At least two persons were killed and 15 injured, five of them seriously, when a passenger bus overturned near Choudwar here on Monday evening, the police said. Elsewhere in the State, at least five persons died and several were injured in three separate road accidents due to poor visibility in the morning.The accidents were reported from Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur and Nayagarh districts. In Kendrapara, four persons died and five sustained critical injuries when an SUV rammed a stationary lorry near Katia on Cuttack-Chandbali road. In Jagatsinghpur, one person died and two were injured when their motorcycle hit a tree by the roadside. Giving details of the Choudwar mishap, Cuttack City Additional DCP Trinath Mishra said the bus on its way to Angul met with an accident at 5 p.m. He said the bus overturned after its right-side wheels went over a mound of sand by the roadside. “The driver was apparently trying to overtake another vehicle and swerved to the extreme right and ran over the mound,” Mr. Mishra said. Two persons died on the spot due to severe head injuries. The bus driver managed to flee, he added.
For decades, Los Angeles has guzzled far more of its water from melted snow in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the Colorado River than from local, rain-fed rivers and aquifers. But although climate change threatens to make mountain snow less reliable, new research says southern California’s rain won’t dry up in the future. The analysis—one of the most detailed climate change forecasts for any city to date—predicts that Los Angeles’s average rainfall will probably stay roughly the same in decades ahead, despite the current drought.The city of L.A. commissioned the research 4 years ago as part of a series of studies to help it prepare for the shocks and stresses of climate change. The city couldn’t rely on existing global climate models to churn out the detailed information that, say, a civil engineer or a water utility manager needs. Most global models of climate change place anything the size of L.A. County (less than 150 kilometers wide) into roughly a pixel—meaning one data point and a single prediction for the entire region. But “there’s clearly large variation in L.A. from the coast to the mountains,” says Neil Berg, a climate scientist on the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), team that headed the work. Climate change could have different impacts on the many types of terrain that stretch across L.A. “It’s hard to make local policy when you don’t have a clear picture of how various neighborhoods could be hit.”To make a more detailed model of L.A.’s climate future, Berg and his colleagues logged countless hours on UCLA’s on-campus supercomputer. They combined two common methods of small-scale climate modeling—one using statistical calculations, one using simulations of weather—and weaved together information from 36 global climate models. Their new model forecasts the climate in different parts of L.A. 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Moreover, as Berg points out, “everyone who lives here knows that we rarely have an average wet season.” L.A.’s weather can be capricious, seesawing between drier and stormier winters. That won’t change, according to the study, but local rainfall could be more valuable as other water sources become scarcer. L.A.’s rain-fed rivers and aquifers “would be a good source to conserve even more,” Berg says.The UCLA team’s approach to developing this model could prove useful to other scientists working to produce fine-scale forecasts of climate change. “The whole idea of using this hybrid approach is new. … It’s very intriguing,” says Robert Oglesby, an earth and atmospheric scientist at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, who wasn’t involved in the new study. But Oglesby cautions that this approach could be harder to pull off elsewhere in the world, such as in Africa and Latin America, where some types of weather records and climate data aren’t as easily available.William Gutowski, a meteorologist at Iowa State University in Ames, praises the authors for creating a model that is both rigorous and also practical, with concrete information about water and weather. “That puts it into a context where people who are using that climate data for, say, planning purposes can understand it,” he says.Berg says he has come to appreciate “how sensitive Los Angeles is to the handful of storms that we get and just how vital those storms are.” He and his colleagues hope the study will be particularly useful for the L.A. region’s local governments, many of which are already trying to collect and use more of the water that falls during local rainstorms and rely less on snow-fed water sources. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti recently instructed the city to cut its reliance on distant water sources in half by 2024, and the city of Santa Monica plans to use only local water by 2020.The UCLA researchers have also used the same method to make predictions for future heat waves in the region. They are now working on forecasts of the effects climate change will have on snowfall in the mountain ranges that ring L.A., on local rivers, and on water resources in the Sierra Nevada.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Be back with my brothers real soon to take care of business #puso,” Blatche wrote on his Instagram account.The 31-year-old Blatche hasn’t donned the national team colors since leading Gilas to a sweep in the Seaba Championship last May here in Manila.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 shutoutHe was supposed to be with Gilas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon but pulled out due to security reasons.Gilas started its buildup on Nov. 3 with a closed-door session and has since been holding twice-a-day trainings. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas has yet to reunite with Andray Blatche, but it’s only a matter of time before the naturalized big man rejoins the team.Blatche has been tapped to lead the Philippines in its Fiba World Cup qualifiers bid, set to start on November 24 in Japan, and the former NBA veteran hinted at his soonest return.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next 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 LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Injured Jalalon rues missing World Cup qualifiers, shifts focus to Star CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA After Sunday’s morning practice, the team left for Tagaytay on Sunday for its three-day training camp.Apart from Blatche, four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and Jayson Castro are also expected to lead Gilas’ bid to return to the World Cup. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101
LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Dell Palomata and skipper Joy Cases stopped Diana Carlos’ final attempt to ensure Air Force’s second win in three games.Despite winning in three sets, Air Force wasn’t exactly in autopilot in the third period as UP managed to trim a 16-11 lead and even tied the set at 19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I think our position on the floor left us vulnerable to UP’s attacks,” said Air Force head coach Jasper Jimenez. “Palomata wasn’t in front of the net and UP’s players got confident and we weren’t able to really play defense.”“Good thing we were able to recover and we were able to overcome that part.” Palomata, who stands at around 6’4,” was the main blocker for Air Force and her absence upfront allowed UP to bring the fight to the Lady Jet Spikers.Iari Yongco led the Lady Jet Spikers with 15 points while getting ample support from her teammates.Jocemer Tapic put up 12 points to play second fiddle to Yongco while Mary Pantino and Cases added 11 and 10 points, respectively.Carlos had a game-high 18 points to lead the Lady Maroons while Isa Molde added 15.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pacquiao: Bob Arum hasn’t paid me and Freddie Roach Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhilippine Air Force dispatched University of the Philippines in straight sets, 29-27, 25-16, 25-22, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Jet Spikers improved to 2-1 and stayed at the fourth spot of the while the Lady Maroons toil at the drudge of the league with a 0-3 card.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View comments
“It was only the strong stand of President Musharraf and help from the US and other countries through which we could defeat terrorism.”-Hamid Karzai, Interim Afghan leaderOTHER VOICES”The BJP is the Kamsa today and we have to be its vanquishers. Lord Krishna was born in captivity, and today the BJP,”It was only the strong stand of President Musharraf and help from the US and other countries through which we could defeat terrorism.”-Hamid Karzai, Interim Afghan leaderOTHER VOICES”The BJP is the Kamsa today and we have to be its vanquishers. Lord Krishna was born in captivity, and today the BJP Government sends me constantly to jail.”-Laloo Prasad Yadav, RJD president, while campaigning for the Congress in Uttar Pradesh”India is invincible. It does not have a birth date and so cannot have a death date. But Pakistan has a birth date – August 14, 1947 – and it can have a death date also.”-Uma Bharati, Union sports minister”Being an Indian and given my position in Pepsico, I can influence lots of investment into India if taxes on beverages weren’t so punitive.”-Indra Nooyi, president and chief financial officer, Pepsico Inc.”Nobody should teach us how to express love.”-Bal Thackeray, Shiv Sena chief, on Valentine’s Day
Taking strong economic action against Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack, India Saturday raised the customs duty to 200 per cent on all goods imported from the neighbouring country, including fresh fruits, cement, petroleum products and mineral ore.The decision would significantly hit Pakistan’s exports to India, which stood at $488.5 million (around Rs 3,482.3 crore) in 2017-18 as it would drastically increase the prices of its goods here.”India has withdrawn MFN (most favoured nation) status to Pakistan after the Pulwama incident. Upon withdrawal, basic customs duty on all goods exported from Pakistan to India has been raised to 200 per cent with immediate effect,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in a tweet.India has withdrawn MFN status to Pakistan after the Pulwama incident. Upon withdrawal, basic customs duty on all goods exported from Pakistan to India has been raised to 200% with immediate effect. #PulwamaArun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) February 16, 2019The two main items imported from Pakistan are fruits and cement, on which the current customs duty is 30-50 per cent and 7.5 per cent, respectively.Slapping an import duty of 200 per cent effectively means almost banning the imports from Pakistan, official sources said.India on Friday revoked the MFN status to Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. The country invoked a security exception clause of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to withdraw this status. Both the countries are member of this organisation.India can also restrict trade of certain goods and impose port-related restrictions on Pakistani goods.Items which Pakistan exports to India include fresh fruits, cement, petroleum products, bulk minerals and ores, finished leather, processed minerals, inorganic chemicals, cotton raw, spices, wool, rubber product, alcoholic beverages, medical instruments, marine goods, plastic, dyes and sport goods.advertisementIndia granted the MFN status to Pakistan way back in 1996, but the neighbouring country had not reciprocated.Under the MFN pact, a WTO member country is obliged to treat the other trading nation in a non-discriminatory manner, especially with regard to customs duty and other levies.In 2012, Pakistan had committed to giving the MFN status to India but retracted later due to domestic opposition. Instead of MFN, Pakistan said it was working on granting Non-Discriminatory Market Access (NDMA) status to India but that also was not announced.Total India-Pakistan trade has increased marginally to $2.41 billion in 2017-18 as against $2.27 billion in 2016-17. India imported goods worth $488.5 million in 2017-18 and exported goods worth $1.92 billion.During April-October 2018-19, India’s exports to Pakistan stood at $1.18 billion, while imports were $338.66 billion.India mainly exports raw cotton, cotton yarn, chemicals, plastics, manmade yarn and dyes to Pakistan.At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kgs of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.Also Read | Unfair to blame Islamabad for everything, Pak minister tells India TodayAlso Read | Pulwama attack: Indian envoy briefs top officials on PakistanAlso Watch | Pulwama attack: Modi government vows revengeAlso Read | No place for Imran Khan portrait at Cricket Club of India after Pulwama terror attack
India skipper Virat Kohli feels that Shikhar Dhawan’s poor run with the bat in the T20I series against West Indies is not a sign of concern for Team India.Shikhar Dhawan, who was returning back to the Indian team after recovering from a left thumb fracture, could manage to score only 27 runs in the three innings against West Indies.Dhawan had played just the first two matches for India at the World Cup before he was ruled out for the rest of the tournament with a hairline fracture on his left thumb.India completed a 3-0 whitewash over West Indies by clinching an 7-wicket win in the final T20I in Guyana on Tuesday. A fiery bowling spell from Deepak Chahar coupled with a 100-plus stand between Kohli and Rishabh Pant helped India dominate the hosts at the Providence Stadium.”Not really, he is a very experienced player and as I said T20 cricket we don’t really look much into how guys are playing and form and stuff like that because you need to get on with the game and you’ll get out at some stage,” Virat Kohli said in the post match presentation when asked about Dhawan’s lack of runs in WI T20I series.”50-over Cricket gives you a bit more time to get into your innings. I think once he gets a bit of time in the middle, we know the skill set he has and the way he can bat. So, not concerned at all,” added Kohli.advertisement”You know this format will give him space and time to just ease himself into it and not necessarily to have to go after the bowlers. I think he is an experienced enough player to know how to build an innings and get big runs.”Also Read | Rishabh Pant breaks MS Dhoni’s India record during Guyana T20I heroicsAlso Read | Virat Kohli keen on giving Rishabh Pant more space, delighted with match-winning knock in GuyanaAlso See:
Tuticorin (TN): Former Vice President of Maldives Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor, who had sought political asylum in India after arriving on a cargo vessel on Thursday, has been sent back to the island nation, with authorities not allowing him to deboard as he did not possess the required documents. “The Maldivian leader left Tuticorin coast by midnight Friday,” a police official told PTI in Tuticorin. Adheeb arrived in the cargo vessel along with nine crew members but was not allowed to disembark from the ship. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He left for his home country in the same ship, police said. Coast Guard personnel oversaw the vessel leaving Indian waters. He was questioned on-board by various central agencies, they said. Adheeb had sought political asylum in India as he faces a serious risk to his life in his home country, a UK lawyer representing the politician had said. Official sources in New Delhi said the Maldivian leader was not permitted to enter India as he was not entering through a designated entry point and did not possess valid documents. They said reports about his deportation are incorrect. “Again, because he is not in India, news about his detention or arrest in India are false,” a source said.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – A U.S. appeals court has ruled in favour of Charles Schwab Corp. and several of its mutual funds, giving new life to their lawsuits alleging 16 financial institutions including Royal Bank of Canada conspired to manipulate the benchmark Libor interest rate.The 2nd U.S. Circuit court of Appeals in Manhattan disagreed with portions of a lower court’s decision dismissing Schwab’s claims, and remanded the case for proceedings.Circuit Judge Gerard Lynch says in the 64-page decision today that the district court was “wrong to assume, at the pleading stage, that Schwab was not harmed by, and may have even benefited from, Libor manipulation.”Libor, or the London Interbank Loan Rate, is a set of benchmark interest rates, published daily, that approximate the average rate at which major banks can borrow money and is a reference point for interest rates for financial instruments globally.Schwab, and several of its mutual funds, allege the 16 banks, including JP Morgan Chase and Citibank, artificially suppressed the Libor rate between August 2007 and May 2010.They are seeking damages in connection with US$665 billion in transactions involving floating-rate and fixed-rate debt instruments.“We will vigorously defend against this action,” said a Royal Bank spokesman.
Rabat – The city of Marrakech is the chosen destination for some of the world’s most-acclaimed football stars to celebrate the end of the year festivities.Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Brazilian international Neymar da Silva Jr, and Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola will be in the “Red City” to welcome the New Year.Ronaldo will stay in the royal suite of the city’s luxury hotel “The Pearl Marrakech” in the Hivernage neighborhood, according to Spanish news agency EFE. The Real Madrid striker has chosen the five-star hotel during his previous visits to the southern Moroccan city. According to the same source, the former Portuguese star pays MAD 35,000 (€ 3,200) per night for his royal suite at “The Pearl.”Ronaldo will be accompanied by his teammate at Real Madrid Karim Benzema, and his friend, Moroccan Kickboxing Champion Badr Hari, the daily said citing trusted sources.Cristiano enjoyed a weekend in Marrakech in the beginning of October to celebrate Portugal’s Euro 2016 classification.He was photographed with the Moroccan boxer at night clubs, resort pools, with fans, and even at a traditional Moroccan dinner. Ronaldo was so happy and grateful that he even tweeted his first message ever in Arabic.Spanish national Pep Guardiola, who got married to his longtime girlfriend Cristina in Marrakech in May 2014, will return to Morocco’s top travel destination to celebrate New Year’s Eve.Marrakech seems to be a town of joy for Guardiola who won the FIFA Club World Cup after Bayern Munich defeated the Moroccan Raja Casablanca Sport Club (2/0) in Marrakech in December 2013.According to the same source, Brazilian and Barcelona striker Neymar Da Silva will also arrive in the “Red City” to say good-bye to 2015.Marrakech is considered the tourist capital of Morocco, and has become the favorite destination for high-profile athletes and the rich and famous.Many football players have fallen for Morocco’s charm. Last October, some of the world’s top football legends have visited the country, including Ronaldinho, Zinedine Zidane, and Diego Maradona.Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho visited Agadir at the end of October to play in a gala match to honor former Moroccan player Mustapha Hadji’s.French former star and current coach for Real Madrid B team Zinedine Zidane visited Marrakech at the end October as well to deliver gold medals to the Moroccan national youth team in its first ever Danone Nations Cup.Argentina’s football legend, Diego Armando Maradona, visited Morocco to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Green March. The superstar participated in a ‘gala match’ for charity, alongside other international football legends.Maradona visited Marrakech and Laâyoune during his four-day trip. He is expected back in Morocco to visit Agadir after receiving an invitation from the city’s governor.
VANCOUVER — Eldorado Gold Corp. says it will resume mining and construction work at a project in northern Greece after an injunction temporarily set aside decisions by Greece’s Ministry of Energy and Environment that forced a shutdown.The Vancouver-based company said Monday that Greece’s Council of State issued an injunction in favour of the Labour Centre of Halkidiki and the unions representing the workers of Hellas Gold S.A., a subsidiary of Eldorado.The council is expected to issue a final ruling at some point in the near future, however Eldorado said the injunction will remain in place until then.“We will resume our mining and construction activities in Halkidiki and bring our employees and contractors back to work, effective immediately,” Eldorado chief executive Paul Wright said in a statement.Eldorado Gold Corp can resume mining in northern Greece, court rulesEldorado scores legal win over disputed Greek goldmine project“Furthermore, we will continue to engage in constructive dialogue with the Ministry of Energy with a view to addressing any concerns the Ministry might have.”The Greek government temporarily halted work at the Canadian-run gold mine in August after it said the company violated terms of technical studies.According to documents released by the government, the violations concern a project to build a copper and gold processing plant, including not carrying out certain tests on the flash smelting process proposed for use.The mines under development have been controversial, with many fearing they will cause environmental contamination and affect tourism.The project has divided residents with supporters and opponents staging multiple demonstrations and, at times, clashing. Eldorado has fought several legal battles as it works to develop the project.
Canada’s economy unexpectedly stalled in February as manufacturing and production in other goods producing sectors shrank during the month. The real estate sector, which expanded 0.5 per cent, had its best one-month gain since 2015 as housing in Toronto soared. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg predicted a 0.1 per cent gain in February, after a 0.6 per cent jump in January.Key PointsThe recovery in goods production seen in recent months came to a halt in February, with those sectors recording a 0.3 per cent decline in February after three straight months of gains. Manufacturers recorded a 0.6 per cent decline in production, with the mining sector down 0.2 per cent. On the upside, it’s all about real estate. The runaway housing market in Toronto was a major contributor to economic activity in February, fuelling a 5.3 per cent gain in output of real estate agents and brokers.Suddenly, Canada has one of the world’s fastest growing economies — but is it real?Here are six ways the Ontario Budget will help (or hurt) your wallet Other sectors benefiting from the hot housing market was the finance and insurance sector as a whole, which posted a 0.7 per cent gain. Construction was up 0.5 per cent during the month. Gains in real estate and finance meanwhile are fuelling demand for professional services like legal services. The professional, scientific and technical services component recorded a 0.5 per cent increase, led by a 2.9 per cent gain in legal services. From a year earlier, GDP is up 2.5 per cent in February, the biggest gain since January 2015.Big PictureCanada’s housing sector, particularly in Toronto, has become both the main driver of growth and one of the biggest sources of uncertainty amid concern the gains aren’t sustainable.Even with the stalled growth in February, Canada is still on pace to have a strong first quarter, with annualized growth estimated to be just below 4 per cent. That would likely be the fastest in the Group of Seven.At the same time, caution prevails. At a rate decision two weeks ago in Ottawa, Canada’s central bank revised up growth projections for 2017, but cut them for 2018 and raised questions about the sustainability of the rebound and the country’s long-term growth outlook.Bloomberg.com
The countries under review have ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and are reviewed regularly by CEDAW on how they are implementing the Convention. The Committee’s dialogues with the delegations will take place at the Palais des Nations – Room XVI. CEDAW’s findings, officially termed concluding observations, on the countries reviewed, will be published on Monday, 6 March. (Colombo Gazette) The Committee, which is composed of 23 international independent experts, will hold dialogues with delegations from the respective governments and will also be briefed by NGOs and national human rights institutions. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in Geneva from 13 February to 3 March 2017 to review women’s rights in the Sri Lanka as well as Ukraine, Ireland, Jordan, El Salvador, Germany, Rwanda and Micronesia.The UN Committee will review Sri Lanka on February 22, the UN Human Rights office said.
Malinga dismissed South Africa‘s top-scorer Reeza Hendricks for 65 on Friday, his 97th T20 international wicket. He is one short of the world record of 98 held by Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi. (Courtesy AFP) “I want to play in the T20 World Cup and then end my career.” “After the World Cup, my cricketing career is ending,” the 35-year-old said after his his side were beaten by 16 runs by South Africa in the second Twenty20 international at SuperSport Park. Sri Lankan limited overs captain Lasith Malinga will retire from international cricket after next year’s Twenty20 World Cup, he revealed on Friday.Malinga said that he would quit one-day internationals after the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales this summer before calling time on his career following the Twenty20 tournament, being played in Australia over October-November 2020.
The Saskatchewan government is defending its decision to sign an infrastructure funding agreement worth almost $1 billion on a handshake that the terms of the deal would later be made more favourable to the province.That handshake is now at the centre of the latest dust-up between Regina and Ottawa, which began last month when the province took its funding negotiations public and accused the federal government of delaying a host of projects.While the two sides subsequently agreed to fund some projects, the spat has nevertheless continued, leading to accusations of political manoeuvring by Premier Scott Moe and Regina-Wascana member of Parliament Ralph Goodale ahead of the Oct. 21 federal election.“We were moving forward with an understanding that there would be more flexibility added to it,” Deputy Premier Gord Wyant said of the decision to sign the deal in October, a month after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blasted Saskatchewan for its tardiness.“If we would have waited to sign an amending agreement or have something formal without taking them at their word, we wouldn’t have any projects approved this year,” Wyant continued, adding that he was “assured” the flexibility would be there.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Infrastructure Canada spokeswoman Ann-Clara Vaillancourt said the original agreement was executed because the federal government wanted to capitalize on construction season and get infrastructure projects moving this year.However, she said, “we would not have made a promise that is not reflected in the agreement, just for the sake of getting it signed.”Wyant’s use of “flexibility” refers to Saskatchewan’s stated desire to use some funds from a $307-million pool earmarked for transit projects in major cities — one of four streams in the deal — to pay for cultural and recreation projects in Saskatoon and Regina.According to the province, an immediate transfer would preserve the $56-million culture and recreation stream for use in other communities. Wyant said proposed projects in Saskatoon and Regina would devour roughly 40 per cent of that total.Saskatoon and Regina collectively represented 41 per cent of the province’s population at the time of the 2016 census.The agreement Saskatchewan and Canada inked in October states Ottawa will review requests for transfers between streams “including, but without being limited to,” three and five years after the deal was executed “to reflect Saskatchewan’s needs.”At the time, following a series of bitter exchanges between Moe and Trudeau, Wyant traded compliments with federal infrastructure minister François-Philippe Champagne, who referred to his provincial counterparts as his “new best friends.”This spring, Infrastructure Canada’s Deputy Minister Kelly Gillis wrote to her provincial counterpart stating that the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program had been changed “to respond to the concerns and challenges (Saskatchewan) raised.”In the letter, Gillis said new “flexibilities” include the ability for the province to immediately transfer money out of the transit stream and into streams for green infrastructure and projects in rural and northern communities, but not culture and recreation projects.Wyant, meanwhile, said Ottawa was aware of the province’s expectations, and that while Saskatchewan didn’t have a signed agreement, it had “conversations” and a draft amending agreement to that effect with its federal counterpart.Vaillancourt, however, said the changes reflected in Gillis’s letter — the ability to transfer some funds between streams ahead of the original three-year window — were a response to an “official request” from the province.“While there were parameters to the funding there was significant latitude within them and we allowed for more still.”email@example.com/macphersonaRelated ‘Not Ralph Goodale’s re-election fund’: Moe agrees to fund three projects but not Regina pools Feds approve Sask. infrastructure projects using formula province rejects Province could withhold funding for big city infrastructure projects if feds don’t cave on dispute Feds and province trade blame over infrastructure projects delays
Full implementation of the Programme of Action for 2001-2010 by both the LDCs and their development partners is critical if these countries are to attain their internationally agreed development goals, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Executive Secretary Kim Hak-Su told the session.“In these countries, implementation of macroeconomic policies may be less than effective, owing to human resources and institutional constraints,” he said. “External sector performance may be erratic, given their reliance on a narrow range of commodities and trading partners. Provision of government services may be limited or costly.”The meeting was co-organized by the ESCAP and the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS), with support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP).Over 60 representatives from the 14 LDCs attended, reviewing progress towards attainment of the goals of the Programme of Action adopted at the Third UN Conference on Least Developed Countries in Brussels in May 2001, which among things called on the international community set aside 0.20 per cent of gross national product (GNP) as official development assistance (ODA) to the LDCs.The High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Anwarul K. Chowdhury, noted that during the last half decade, benefits of South-South cooperation rose for LDCs. Some developing countries have become important markets, emerging as significant investors in or suppliers of technology, producers of medicinal drugs and providers of technical assistance as well as financial aid and debt relief of LDCs, he said. The 14 LDCs are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
“We ultimately expect to help return the nearly 70,000 Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia during 2007, 2008,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) regional liaison representative for Africa Ilunga Ngandu said of the Sudanese, who fled the 21-year civil war in southern Sudan that ended with a peace accord in January 2005. The end of the rains and swampy road conditions allowed the first convoy since late May to leave Bonga camp, near Gambela in western Ethiopia, on Wednesday. It is due to cross into Sudan’s Blue Nile state on Saturday after an 820-kilometre-long journey. “We had to take this long and tiring route because the other options are either not suitable or unsafe, or both,” said Wella Kouyou, who oversees UNHCR operations in Bonga. More than 300 of this week’s returnees are aged under 18, indicating that most were probably born and raised in Ethiopia. The main influx of southern Sudanese to Ethiopia came in 1987. Samuel Nur was born in Sudan, but the 23-year-old was only an infant when his parents fled to Ethiopia in 1987 and his homeland should be as much of a mystery to him as to his four children, but he said his parents had tried to keep him in touch with his roots. “So much so, that I feel like I had been there as a grown-up,” he said, adding that he had passed on his enthusiasm to his kids. “That’s why they are now so happy to go home.” Before leaving Bonga, a camp of 17,000 Sudanese, the returnees received a reintegration package of blankets, jerry cans, sleeping mats, a water filter and a sanitary kit for girls and women. “I am happy to be going home at long last… and I must thank UNHCR and the Ethiopian people for hosting us all those years,” said Taripcana Joseph, a Christian and a mother of four. Ethiopia hosts close to 69,000 Sudanese in five camps. More than 91,500 Sudanese have returned home from neighbouring countries. Of these, almost 20,000 went back with UNHCR assistance. An estimated 350,000 Sudanese refugees remain in exile. “With the resumption of the return movement at this point in time, we, together with our partners… expect to assist the return of more than 11,000 Sudanese refugees over the next six months,” Mr. Ngandu said.
If you were asked what WiFi looks like, you’d probably be tempted to say “nothing.” Well, you’d be right — for the most part. Just because WiFi is a radio wave signal doesn’t mean you can’t create a visual representation of it. That’s just what Austrian artist and architect Peter Jellitsch has done in a new art project.Jellitsch’s new installation is called Bleecker Street Documents, named after the apartment building where he acquired his dataset. You see, Jellitsch spent 45 days in a New York apartment last year and took careful measurements of the WiFi signal strength in the building on a daily basis. He ended up with hundreds of painstakingly transcribed data points.What he did with those numbers is the really cool bit. Jellitsch created a physical model based on the signal readings with each data point chronologically plotted with signal strength. Higher numbers jut upward, and lower values stay flat.The resulting sculpture is essentially a visualization of signal strength over time — an angular mountain range of WiFi numerology, if you will. The final version was milled on a CNC machine and affixed to a shipping pallet for exhibition. The installation has the sculpture, of course, but also some of Jellitsch’s original data and general info on WiFi signals and radio waves.Peter Jellitsch, via Co.Design
Ironically enough, NASA has a “moonshot” subdivision of its own, the Innovative Advanced Concepts unit (NIAC). This division hands out everything from grants or to moral support to hungry space scientists. This week NASA decided to grant funding to an innovative thruster design that could change the way spacecraft maneuver in orbit, and even how they travel between the stars.The idea is called a Photonic Laser Thruster (PLT), and as the name implies it uses the energy contained in the photons of a laser to push a spacecraft away from that laser’s emitter. Photons don’t generally carry much kinetic energy, but the mirrors uses to bounce the photons back and forth form what’s known as a resonant optical cavity to accelerate the particles. As lead researcher Dr. Bae explains in the video below, the spacecraft is accelerated like a bullet down the barrel of a gun, before it exceeds the thruster’s range and is left to fly on its own momentum.This isn’t he first time Dr. Bae has received NIAC funding for this technology; the first time, back in 2006, he managed to show impressive thrust-power ratios that forced NASA scientists to sit up and take notice. Today PLT tech is a genuine contender to become the dominant thruster technology. At present NASA uses things like xenon ion thrusters to get the job done, but these still use up a fuel; the advantages and disadvantages of burning material the move are still intact.The biggest problem for PLT is its limited range, probably not ever to exceed 1000 km from the laser emitter. That makes the technology best for short-range adjustments like nudging slightly to maintain an orbit. One big advantage of photon thrusters is that a low-powered beam can have truly miniscule effect, allowing extremely small-scale adjustments to a ship or satellite’s trajectory.A small-scale PLT in action.A projected early use for PLTs is some sort of tethered satellite array, for instance a computational telescope system in which the diameter of the functional lens is equal to the distance between the participating satellites. With a PLT emitter at the center, the whole could be kept moving very accurately and, perhaps more importantly, very economically.Laser thrusters also take many mission-critical parts out of the ship itself, which is both a blessing and a curse. Making ships lighter and emptier is always good, as is reducing the number of life-saving devices all put in one place; a ship can’t leak a fuel it doesn’t have, can’t get explode a rocket that doesn’t exist. That means the ship itself can be a lot cheaper to produce, keeping the most expensive and powerful parts of the system within easy reach on a stationary emitter. NASA hopes that change alone with exponentially decrease the lifetime costs of many missions, since it will no longer have to continually replace such specialized equipment.On the other hand, taking self-control away from ships and turning them into little more than manned catapult rounds is likely to ruffle a few feathers as well, most notably among astronauts themselves. Almost certainly, any manned ship under the control of PLT technology would supplement it with conventional thrusters under human control. For that reason, among others, PLT will likely be confined to unmanned satellite maneuvering, at least for a while.Dr. Bae with a test unit.Right now a form of on-board laser propulsion called Ablative Laser Propulsion (ALP) is already used. This takes samples of solid propellant and uses a laser to burn off a portion as plasma, which rapidly expands and creates thrust on its way out of the chamber. Like most fuel propulsion systems this provides good acceleration but poor control, at least compared to something like PLT.The latest NIAC grant is part of his ongoing push to get a test vehicle into space. The NASA grant is for just $500,000, but Dr. Bae says he is pursuing outside sources of funding. At this point, the technology can make only limited progress until its basic premise has been proven in the field.