Warning Sign on the Colorado River

first_imgIn an ominous precedent, dam operators on the Colorado River will cut the amount of water released over next year from Lake Powell, a massive reservoir in the Western United States. The river flows through the Grand Canyon, eventually supplying millions of homes in Las Vegas and large farms in Arizona and California.The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced today it will reduce the flow out of Glen Canyon Dam by 9% starting in October. Homeowners and farmers will still get the same amount as they do now, but the decision highlights the likelihood of future shortages. “I view this as another serious warning to users of the Colorado River that we’re headed for big trouble,” says water and climate specialist Peter Gleick of the Pacific Water Institute in Oakland, California.Historically, the untamed Colorado River flooded after the snow melted in the Rocky Mountains and then water levels dropped during the summer. Two massive dams changed that behavior, regulating the river throughout the year and also generating billions of kilowatts of electricity. Glen Canyon Dam in northern Arizona created the vast Lake Powell in 1966. 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Both reservoirs, the two largest in the country, are now about half full—or empty, depending on how you look at it. “This is the worst 14-year drought period in the last hundred years,” the Bureau’s Upper Colorado Regional Director Larry Walkoviak said in a statement.As a result of the drought, less water has been flowing from the watershed into the upper Colorado River and into Lake Powell. Flows in July were just 13% of normal, so Powell has continued to drain. Over the next operational year, which begins 1 October, the Bureau will release just 9.23 cubic kilometers of water into the river, compared to the usual 10.15 cubic kilometers.And with a smaller river flowing downstream, levels in Lake Mead will drop by an additional 2.4 meters. The reservoir will nevertheless remain high enough for the same amount of water to be released from Hoover Dam as this year. Looking ahead to 2015, however, there is a 2% chance that Hoover dam will have to cut back, according to the Bureau’s 2-year forecast of river conditions and dam operations. Those odds go up to 50% in 2016.  If Hoover Dam tightens the tap, some users of the Colorado River would get less water than before, as specified in the 2007 agreement.Even though today’s announced cut doesn’t immediately affect users, “it portends worse coming down the line,” says Tim Barnett, a climate modeler at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, who has predicted frequent shortages in the Colorado River water deliveries over the coming decades due to climate change. “It’s pretty scary when you look at the economic ramifications.” Both he and Gleick note a fundamental problem: More water has been promised to 27 million users than can be supplied by the river.last_img read more

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Mumbai stops to salute World Cup heroes

first_imgThey say behind every successful man there is a woman. But that woman too has to pay the price of success. The look on Anjali Tendulkar’s face as she entered Hotel Taj Palace in Mumbai on Sunday said it all.If getting out of their Bandra house took her almost half an hour, thanks to the hundreds of fans gathered outside the Little Master’s residence, it wasn’t any easier entering the hotel where the new world champions were put up.Having not met her husband since he won the World Cup on Saturday, eagerness finally got the better of her as she walked through the passage leading to the entrance of the Taj.Someone visiting the city for the first time could easily mistake the road leading to the Taj to be the entrance to the Gateway of India. For once, the entrance to the Taj looked more crowded than the adjacent landmark.For the locals though, it was another opportunity to catch a glimpse of the new world champions.The magnitude of the achievement has finally sunk in and the party doesn’t look like stopping.Even a glimpse of a star was enough for these fans and an autograph is like the icing on a cake. Karan, who has been waiting with his eight-year-old son, was ecstatic when his son managed to get an autograph from coach Gary Kirsten.”We have been waiting since 10 in the morning and I finally managed to get an autograph from not only Kirsten, but also umpire Simon Taufel. Kirsten looks so down-to-earth and humble. Although the police tried to stop me from getting near him, he was more than willing to oblige,” Karan told Mail Today.advertisementBut it wasn’t as easy for the people out to have lunch at the Taj. With ICC president Sharad Pawar, BCCI president Shashank Manohar and the likes of Anil and Tina Ambani coming in with their families to be a part of the function organised by the board to felicitate the stars, the security cordon only got tighter with police officials starting to lose their cool as the fans tried to sneak in.Shiv Raj, who had come for lunch with his wife and daughter, found it hard to convince the security at the gate.When a police official tried to stop him, he lost his cool.”I am not here to take a look at the stars. I just want to have lunch with my family. If you people stop me from having my lunch, I will complain to your higher authorities. I am no terrorist. Check me if you want, but you can’t stop me from entering,” he shouted.As the players left for Raj Bhavan where President Pratibha Patel was to felicitate them, the narrow streets of Walekeshwar Road increased the risk of a stampede.A lathi-charge was on the cards when the crowd got berserk seeing the team bus, but the police got the situation under control.As the evening turned into night, the people of Mumbai got back to bursting crackers. Every house on Marine Drive looked as if it was celebrating Diwali.After all, they were celebrating the rise of a new dawn, led by none other than the charismatic Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Time to relax after triumphThe mood was relaxed and the presence of the media didn’t seem to bother the players of the Indian team as they arrived at the picturesque Raj Bhavan to get felicitated by President Pratibha Patil for winning the coveted ICC World Cup on Saturday.The setting sun, the cool breeze from the Arabian Sea in the background and the band playing some soothing music was all that the players could ask for, having sweated it out for the last month and a half.But the players weren’t the only ones present as the who’s who of the Maximum City didn’t miss a chance to be seen on the occasion.For once, the cricketers obliged fans, giving them autographs and having their pictures clicked with them. Even the wives of some of the players were present.Even the likes of ICC president Sharad Pawar and chief executive Haroon Lorgat found no takers.They were left in the background as everyone wanted a piece of the stars who have brought glory to the country.Dhoni was the biggest crowd puller, followed by Mumbai’s very own Sachin Tendulkar.last_img read more

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SPORT-SRIKANTH 2 LT(SPB3)

first_img“These two tournaments are really important. If I gain “These two tournaments are really important. If I gain some points and come back into top eight, comparatively I will get an easier draw. There will be 16 seeds. Seeds 5-8 will play seeds 1-4 only in the quarters, while 9-16 will play in the pre quarters. Thats why its important,” Srikanth said.”I have played too many tournaments over the last five-six months. Now is the time not to play too many tournaments. After these two tournaments, I will have nearly seven-to-eight weeks break. Thats the time I will train for the Olympics.”I want to keep my body fit. I now have three-and-a-half weeks break. Its a very good time (to rest and train) as in the last 4-6 months I never got four weeks of training. I am thinking to do the physical aspects now to keep me fit for the Olympics,” he said. Srikanth has beaten top players like Lin Dan, Tommy Sugiarto and Lee Chong Wei in the Indian Badminton League.According to the shuttler, though there was very little to choose when it came to the top 20 rankers, it was always difficult to play against the top three. “Its kind of more open now. The top 20 are at the same level and it depends on who is mentally strong and who plays with better strategy on a particular day. “Its always tough to play the top three players — Chen Long, Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan. They have so much experience, they have played in these tournaments before and they know how to handle pressure. Need to have the believe as all three have lost many matches.”advertisementSrikanth feels his aggressive style of play is his strong point, but at the same time he wanted to unravel the mystery of winning close matches after losing a few recently.”My attacking style is one of my biggest strengths. In the last five matches, I had lost two matches in close finishes. I just need to find out a way to pull out these close matches.”I made some crucial mistakes and at times chose the wrong strokes to execute,” he said in a candid self-assessment. PTI SSR SDL CM BASlast_img read more

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PBA: San Miguel halts Magnolia streak to maintain perfect run

first_imgLATEST STORIES San Miguel vs Magnolia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel survived a gutsy and gritty game to overcome Magnolia, 90-89, in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Beermen snapped the Hotshots’ three-game winning streak to stay unscathed at 4-0, just behind leader TNT which holds a 5-0 card.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Travis had 31 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists for the Hotshots who slipped to the fifth spot in the standings.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical This jewelry designer is also an architect NBA decides to remain silent for rest of China tripcenter_img Magnolia suffered two unlucky breaks in the fourth quarter, the first one being Romeo Travis hurting his leg after colliding with Chris Ross with 4:44 left to play and the other being the more gruesome one after Paul Lee lost a tooth with 2:53 remaining.Lee had an awkward fall after Wells’ challenged his layup hitting his face on the parquet floor.Magnolia had a chance at the buzzer but Mark Barroca’s heave fell short.Wells finished with 33 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals to lead the Beermen while June Mar Fajardo added 16 points and 16 boards.Alex Cabagnot also finished in double figures with 13 points with four assists and three steals.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Defense proved to be the defining factor for San Miguel with Dez Wells’ layup with 2:11 left to play becoming the match’s final field goal.Collectively, the two teams missed six shots in the final two minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manMagnolia dropped to 3-2.“The players refused to lose and they know the importance of this game,” said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria. “Credit also goes to the opponents because they know how we play and they had a well-executed game plan.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READlast_img read more

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Seven athletes selected at GAIL Indian Speedstar Season II

first_imgNew Delhi, May 10 (PTI) After a series of trials across the country, the Season II of GAIL Indian Speedstar culminated today with selection of 7 athletes, who will now be trained to compete in international athletic events. The grand finale of this grass root athletics program was held at Thyagaraj Sports Complex. Starting with over 1,13,000 aspirants initially, as many as 118 athletes had qualified trials at the zonal level from 107 districts of India before top 7 were selected from the national camp. PT USHA, who is one of the members of the National selection committee, said, “I am happy to be associated with GAIL Raftaar since the inaugural season, the initiative is providing support to young athletes in the under 14 and under 16 categories. This is a welcome move by GAIL in a sport where support is generally available only at the senior level or when one begins winning medals. “Looking at the level of talents available and the coaching and support facilities that are being made available to athletes, I am hopeful that our country will win a medal in athletic by the 2024 olympics.” PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

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Lowly Knicks Working to Hire Jeff Hornacek as Coach

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Knicks want Jeff Hornacek as their next coach.The team is working on a deal to hire Hornacek, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press on May 18.President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson has had discussions with the former Phoenix Suns coach and there is mutual interest, but they have not begun negotiations on a contract, the person said on condition of anonymity because details of the coaching search are private.Bleacher Report first reported that the Knicks would hire Hornacek.The Knicks finished the season with Kurt Rambis as interim coach after Jackson fired Derek Fisher in February. Jackson also met with former Cleveland coach David Blatt and former Indiana coach Frank Vogel before turning his attention to Hornacek.Hornacek went 101-112 in 2 1/2 seasons in Phoenix before he was fired Feb. 1 with a 14-35 record.He led the Suns to a surprising 48-34 record in his first season, when they almost made the playoffs with a team that was expected to be one of the worst in the league, but the team was in one of the worst stretches in its history when he was dismissed.He was an unexpected candidate, given Jackson’s stated intention to hire someone with whom he had a relationship. Hornacek never played for or worked under Jackson, who won an NBA-record 11 championships as a coach.Rambis had been the only candidate Jackson identified after the season ended in April. He was only 9-19 after replacing Fisher, but is close with Jackson and runs the triangle offense that Jackson favors.Hornacek, who played in two NBA Finals with the Utah Jazz when they lost to Jackson’s Chicago Bulls, ran a fast-paced, guard-oriented offense in Phoenix.The Knicks finished 32-50 last season, their third straight season out of the playoffs.Jackson was in no hurry to make a hire, saying last month it could be May, or could be July. While other teams worked quickly to fill their openings, he took a trip across the country, posting some pictures on Twitter along the way.But he began talking at some point with Hornacek and will try to close a deal he could never get done with Steve Kerr two summers ago. Jackson said he let Kerr out of a verbal agreement when the Golden State job became available, and the Knicks ended up hiring Fisher.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd midfielder Angel Gomes expecting physical Rochdale test

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Angel Gomes expecting physical Rochdale testby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Angel Gomes is expecting a physical test against Carabao Cup opponents Rochdale.The United youngster is set to be involved tonight.He told MUTV, “They’re a League One side, a tough team and physical but that’s part of the game anyway. Every team we play against will be physical, that’s a given, so I don’t really take that into consideration.”We’ll try to play our football and attack as much possible, trying to show our strengths.“They’ll come out all guns blazing, I would imagine. It’s a big game for them, they’ve not played against our club for a long time and they have an ex-United player in Oli Rathbone.”I grew up watching him as he was two or three age-groups above me. I know him quite well so hopefully he’ll play and I’ll be able to play against him.“ last_img read more

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President Donald Trump To Meet With FCS Champ North Dakota State

first_imgDonald Trump stands for the national anthem at the CFB Playoff.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: U.S. President Donald Trump on field during the national anthem prior to the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)For the seventh time in eight years the North Dakota State football team took home the Football Championship Subdivision title. The Bison used a dominant performance against Eastern Washington to take home yet another title with a 38-24 win.As all national champions do, the Bison will now have the chance to meet with President Donald Trump. Clemson took a visit to the White House earlier this year after the team’s win over Alabama.Now it’s time for the Bison to make the trip to Washington D.C. North Dakota Senator John Hoeven made the announcement to the team last week after speaking with President Trump.According to the Duluth New Tribune, the team will meet with President Trump in early March.Trump will meet the Bison national championship team March 4 in a ceremony in the Rose Garden. Hoeven said he and Trump agreed to an event for the Bison football team “some time ago,” but held off in announcing it until last week.The Bison are scheduled to charter a plane to the nation’s capitol for a one-day trip – funded with private donations.North Dakota State players, coaches, administrators and those funding the trip will be in attendance at the celebration.[Duluth News Tribune]last_img read more

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All the Reasons to Catch an MLB Spring Training Game in Clearwater, Florida

first_imgThe Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn is a nostalgic literary examination of the Brooklyn Dodgers and the team’s historic victory in 1955. The World Series is often referred to as “The Fall Classic,” and while it is true that baseball season spans largely over summer and fall, it is perhaps in the spring — in the sweet center of March — that building a weekend getaway (or even a spring break vacation) around America’s favorite pastime might be your best getaway idea yet.Every year, before the official first pitch of the season, baseball teams gather in some of the country’s most desirable vacation destinations to partake in spring training games. These games, designed to figure out the rotations, try out new players,and clean up the kinks, etc., are arguably some of the most fun games to attend the entire year (and are far more casual and far less expensive than regular season games).Major League Baseball, like all sports, is divided into conferences. The Western Conference, known affectionately during spring training as the Cactus League, plays its  games in Arizona. The Eastern Conference, known as the Grapefruit League, plays throughout Florida; a high concentration of the game’s best teams play in and around Clearwater. Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team Photo by John Coletti/Getty ImagesPhoto by John Coletti/Getty Images All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Clearwater is home to Spectrum Field and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Toronto Blue Jays are also in the vicinity, and George M. Steinbrenner Stadium, spring headquarters of the famed New York Yankees, is only a half-hour drive from town. These stadiums are typically a quarter the size of a typical MLB stadium, creating a more intimate feeling, and given their proximity to one another, baseball enthusiasts can get an early look at more teams than they could in their hometowns.Perhaps the MLB chose locations like Clearwater to ensure warm temperatures and limited rain delays, but these mid-size cities also offer terrific amenities, world-class dining opportunities, and other outdoor activities. For the 2018 season, games begin February 21 and run until March 27; tickets and scheduling can be found here. Here’s everything else you need to know to make a spring break, spring training game trip to Clearwater, an ideal spot for the beer-drinking, food-loving, adventure-seeking baseball fan.Philadelphia Phillies/FacebookPhiladelphia Phillies/FacebookWe suggest staying at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach. It the perfect hub to make the most of Florida’s spring training season and even offers discounted rates for games at Spectrum Field.Fans will love the St. Pete/Clearwater’s Craft Beer Trail. This “trail” runs from Clearwater to Dunedin, and showcases more than 30 craft breweries along the way. Get a Gulp Coast Craft Brewery Passport to keep track of the visits with a stamp from the bartender at each stop.For dining options, try the Ocean Hai. Located inside the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, Ocean Hai specializes in Asian-fusion cuisine. The Restorative in Dunedin is a casual neighborhood restaurant with an ever-evolving menu, and The Mill features  craft cocktails and American food with a southern curve.For a bit more culture, head to nearby St. Petersburg. The Imagine Museum showcases contemporary studio glass by emerging American artists. The Morean Arts Center, also located in Saint Petersburg, is home to world renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly’s first permanent exhibit.There is also the Salvador Dalí Museum, which is dedicated to the prominent Spanish surrealist.Adventurous guests can take a break from the ballpark and go out on a boating excursion to Caladesi Island go bird-watching on Anclote Key, or take a snorkeling trip to Egmont Key. America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Superhero without a cape

first_imgFrom selling papads on the streets to giving free education to underprivileged students, the journey of well- known mathematician and founder of ‘Super 30 Programme’ Anand Kumar is an inspiration to many, so much so that his life has become a script for an upcoming movie, featuring Hrithik Roshan.”The career journey is not new to the world, but struggles of my personal life and the motivation to overcome them is still an unknown aspect to many,” said Anand Kumar. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIt was during his Graduation days that Anand received a letter from Cambridge University, United Kingdom. But unfortunately, things didn’t turn out the way they were supposed to. “I wanted to go to Cambridge, but due to my father’s demise and other financial constraints, I had to compromise with the situation.” There was a time when Anand’s mother used to make papads at home and the two children (Anand and his brother) would roam around the streets of Patna to sell them. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”My father always inspired me to give my best in everything that I do. He always taught that ‘if you cannot do best, at least try to do something that could bring a meaningful change’. And that’s what always kept me motivated in my life,” mentioned the renowned mathematician. The idea for Anand’s biopic was conceived 8.5 years back, and the proposal was initially put forward by scriptwriter Sanjeev Datta, revealed Kumar. “Sanjeev worked on the script for almost a year and Anurag Basu was to direct this movie. However, after a while, Basu’s enthusiasm fell short and the idea was dropped.” 2.5 years back, when Biopics started ruling the box office, Sanjeev once again approached Kumar and the project was finalised with Madhu Mantena as Producer and Vikas Bahl as Director. Anand was overwhelmed when he came to know about it, but the most crucial aspect – selection of the lead actor – was yet to be finalised. “The discussion took a whole lot of time and after a long search, we finally approach Hrithik Roshan. The decision, however, was doubted by many. ‘How an actor who is said to resemble a Greek God will play a Bihari on screen’ – they would question.” “The questions were valid, but after seeing the amount of effort he has put in to get under the skin of the character, I can say that nobody could have been a better fit for this role than Hritik,” he added. Recalling his first reactions on seeing Hrithik in the character, Anand said, “When I first saw Hrithik shooting for the film, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It felt like I am standing in front of a mirror and looking at my reflection.” Concluding the interview, Anand said, “This movie will inspire young minds and fill them with motivation. To be a hero, you don’t necessarily have to be powerful. Every person who is capable of making a change for the betterment of society is a ‘hero’ according to me.” Anand’s story of struggle stands as a motivation for all the youngsters who do not have resources, but an urge to fulfill their dreams.last_img read more

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Western Sahara UNSC Highlights Moroccos Achievements in Human Rights

United Nations – The United Nations Security Council adopted on Friday its annual resolution on the renewal of the United Nations Mission for the Organization of a Referendum in Western Sahara, known as MINURSO. In the resolution, which received the yes of 10 members, two against and three abstentions, the UN Security Council highlighted Morocco’s achievements in human rights, notably through the National Human Rights Council (French acronym CNDH) and its branches in Laayoune and Dakhla, as well as the interaction of the Kingdom with the special procedures of the UN Human Rights Council.In its Resolution No. 2285, adopted by the majority of UN Security Council members extending the MINURSO mandate for one year until 30 April 2017, the Security Council hails the latest measures and initiatives taken by Morocco, and the role of the branches of the National Human Rights Council in Laayoune and Dakhla. The fifteen members of the UN Security Council also highlights “Morocco’s interaction with the special procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council”, stressing the need to “register” the populations in Tindouf camps, southwest Algeria. The UN executive body also called for making “efforts in this regard.”The UNSC recalls its endorsement of the recommendation in the report of 14 April 2008 that realism and a spirit of compromise by the parties are essential to achieve progress in negotiations.The Council also calls upon the parties to continue to show political will and work in an atmosphere propitious for dialogue in order to enter into a more intensive and substantive phase of negotiations. read more

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Senior UN relief official arrives in quakehit Iran to raise funds for

The top United Nations relief official arrived in Tehran today on his way to the earthquake-devastated Bam area of Iran, where he will join the country’s authorities tomorrow in launching a Flash Appeal for humanitarian assistance.Jan Egeland, who heads the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), carried a letter from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to Iranian President Mohamed Khatami pledging long-term international support for Iran’s efforts to rebuild and rehabilitate Bam, according to a UN spokesman.Mr. Egeland will join with Iranian authorities and the Iranian Red Crescent Society on Thursday in asking for special funds to cover urgent needs over the next three months, including temporary shelter, food, water and sanitation, as well as health care and schooling. The appeal aims to smooth the transition from emergency relief to recovery initiatives.UN and other humanitarian officials are already in the area assessing needs, while teams from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are working out how to rehabilitate Bam’s historical heritage.The earthquake, registering 6.3 on the Richter scale, hit the area around Bam on 26 December. As of yesterday, OCHA, citing government estimates, said some 30,000 people were killed, another 30,000 injured, and 25,000 of the area’s 29,500 buildings were destroyed. Approximately 45,000 people have been rendered homeless, but that number is expected to rise to 75,000 when many affected people return from hospitals or from staying with relatives.To date, OCHA said, more than $80 million has been pledged for continuing relief efforts in Bam.Some 9,000 relief workers and volunteers of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, along with the Iranian military and international rescue and relief teams, participated in rescue and recovery operations, OCHA said. read more

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First UNorganized repatriation of southern Sudans refugees gets under way

“You could say it’s a drop in the ocean compared to the hundreds of thousands of refugees in neighbouring countries, not forgetting the millions of internally displaced persons in Khartoum and the South who would like to come home,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) director of Sudan operations Jean-Marie Fakhouri said, referring to the small number – just 131 – on this first repatriation. “But a drop in the ocean can be the start of a tsunami. Today the message will go out to everyone that maybe we should start thinking about going home now,” he added. In all some 550,000 people fled south Sudan where a peace accord between the Government and rebels last January ended the civil war, while a further 4 million were displaced internally. “This is a joyous day, the day we welcome refugees home from exile,” a representative of the new government of South Sudan, set up under the agreement, said at a ceremony on Saturday in Nadapal, just inside South Sudan on the Kenyan border, where local residents waved paper flags of what they call New Sudan to welcome their kinfolk home. He was speaking to 64 refugees who came by bus from Kakuma Refugee Camp in north-western Kenya, headed for villages near Kapoeta and Chukudum in Eastern Equatoria state. UNHCR flew another 67 refugees to Bor, in Jongley state, on two aircraft on Saturday. It was a long, tiring journey for all 131 refugees, most of whom were still on the move towards their final destinations as of this morning. The agency, along with other UN agencies and non-governmental organizations, has been working since the signing of the accord in January, to prepare communities in the south to receive the returnees from neighbouring countries as well as the internally displaced persons (IDPs) displaced within Sudan. UNHCR has built or rebuilt schools, hospitals, vocational training centres and water points to help entire communities, not just the returnees. “Now we feel ready to offer refugees who want to return the full range of services,” Mr. Fakhouri said. He pledged that UNHCR will expand the areas to which it is assisting returns. Next month, it plans to start bringing refugees home from the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mr. Fakhouri said some 18,000 Sudanese in Ethiopia had asked UNHCR to take them home, which it plans to do early in 2006. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) gave the weekend’s returnees two weeks’ supply of food, and is distributing another three-month supply inside South Sudan. Returnees will then be offered the chance to work on community projects to get another three-month supply of food from WFP. “This first group is a hope for the future for all Sudanese refugees and displaced,” WFP Country Director Tesema Negash said. But he added: “The problems caused by 21 years of civil war are not going to disappear overnight. Bringing all the Sudanese home will take a long time and needs the international community’s support to happen. The end is at last in sight, but we will all need to work to get there.” He noted that so far WFP’s operation for 220,000 refugees in Kenya had received no funds to allow it to continue beyond March 2006 and contributions in kind and cash are urgently needed. Despite the growing needs, the agency has a shortfall of $94 million, or over 30 per cent, for its 2005 emergency operation in the south, east and transitional areas of Sudan. read more

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Food insecurity threatens children in Yemen South Sudan Nigeria and Somalia –

The welcome announcement of an end to famine conditions in South Sudan earlier this week should not distract from the severe food insecurity that continues to put the lives of millions of children at risk in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, said UNICEF. “The crisis is far from over and we must continue to scale up our response and insist on unconditional humanitarian access, otherwise the progress made could be rapidly undone,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Director for Emergency Programmes, in a press statement. “There is no room for complacency,” he continued. “While famine has been reversed in South Sudan, the lives of millions of children are still hanging by a thread.”In north-east Nigeria, Boko Haram violence continues to contribute to large-scale population displacement, limit market activity and restrict normal livelihoods. Around 5.2 million people remain severely food insecure, with 450,000 children expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year. With deteriorating road conditions and flooding making populations harder to reach, the rainy season will further complicate the humanitarian response and raise the risk of water-borne diseases. The fragile Somali population, battered by conflict, is facing further exposure to prolonged drought. An estimated 275,000 children will suffer from severe acute malnutrition in 2017, making them nine times more likely to die of diseases such as cholera, acute watery diarrhoea and measles, which are spreading through the country.After a scaled-up humanitarian response, famine in South Sudan has eased, according to new analysis released this week. However, the situation remains dire across a country where some six million people struggle to find enough food each day – the highest level of food insecurity ever experienced there. This year, an estimated 276,000 South Sudanese children will be severely malnourished. In Yemen, an estimated 400,000 children are severely malnourished as an unprecedented cholera outbreak – with over 175,000 suspected cases and more than 1,000 deaths to date –has complicated the ongoing humanitarian response. Some of the children who have become ill or died from cholera were already suffering from malnutrition, which had weakened their immune systems.Moreover, Yemen’s healthcare system is on the brink of collapse, with hospitals and treatment centres struggling to cope amid dwindling medicines and medical supplies. As the conflict continues, famine is a possible worst-case scenario.Beyond these four countries, food, water and health crises are endangering hundreds of thousands of children across the Greater Horn of Africa, the Lake Chad Basin and the Sahel. This year, UNICEF is working with partners to provide therapeutic and life-saving food treatment to severely malnourished children in Nigeria (314,000), South Sudan (200,000), Somalia (200,000) and Yemen (320,000).UNICEF is also restoring and equipping health facilities, developing medical and nutritional supply pipelines and providing clean and safe water to vulnerable children and families. read more

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Alex Ivanov growing into leader for Ohio State mens soccer

Redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov prepares to take a free kick during a match against Wright State Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 0-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAfter starting seven games for the Ohio State men’s soccer team last season, a confident redshirt-junior Alex Ivanov is having a solid season as goalkeeper for the Buckeyes — but it could just be because of his good luck charm.As a child, playing in goal wasn’t always his preferred position, but his instincts led him to the position he would grow to love.“When I was in the seventh grade, they threw me in the goal because I was the only kid who wanted to dive for the ball and they kind of just kept me in there,” Ivanov said.Last season, Ivanov had the chance to play with current Columbus Crew and former Buckeye goalkeeper Matt Lampson. Lampson posted a 0.86 goals-against average during his career at OSU and produced the second most shutouts in OSU men’s soccer history.Buckeye assistant coach Taly Goode works primarily with goalkeepers and said Ivanov learned how to build good habits from Lampson, which has helped his progression this year.Goode also said more playing time this year has led to an improvement for Ivanov.“Last year, one of the big things that (Ivanov) needed was games,” Goode said. “I think with goalkeepers, that game experience, it helped him mature and helped him build confidence in himself and then the teammates build confidence in him.”Ivanov is also building a stronger relationship with his teammates, Goode said. The players voted Ivanov as the most improved in the fall.Senior defender Sage Gardner said knowing Ivanov is behind him is a “breath of fresh air” and said the goalkeeper’s leadership and confidence has helped the team.“It’s nice to know that you have someone back there who is always going to cover you,” Gardner said. “The leadership and organization back there from him has been good for the team.”Currently, Ivanov is leading the Big Ten Conference in total saves with 55, 19 more than second place Michigan redshirt-junior goalkeeper Adam Grinwis. He also has three shutouts for the team this year.Daily improvements from practice are a focus for the Buckeye goalkeeper.“I’m always looking for stuff that I do in games that I need to improve on and I try and get something out of practice every day,” he said. “I think that will spread to all of the defenders and we will all get better as a unit as the season progresses.”Ivanov attributes most of his success to the team’s defense but also to his grandfather’s necklace, which he wears every night before a game.“I have this little good-luck charm that I wear, it’s my grandpa’s necklace that I got,” he said. “It’s like this golden nugget and I have to wear it every night before I go to sleep before a game.”One of the biggest improvements in Ivanov’s game this year has been his confidence. Coach John Bluem said Ivanov believes in himself more than last year and that comes from support of those around him, but also that he has a greater belief in his own abilities.Bluem also said having a more than capable backup in junior Andrian McAdams has helped Ivanov this year.“Andrian trains really hard and really pushes himself in training and that makes (Ivanov) push himself as well,” he said. “(Ivanov) knows if he slips up and has a few bad games that we’re probably going to give McAdams a chance. That kind of pressure and that kind of somebody in training that works hard helps keep you ready.”Earlier this season, in a match against Wright State, Ivanov was shown a red card for an intentional handball outside of the box, forcing him to miss the following match versus Dayton and giving McAdams the start.Bluem said instead of getting down on himself, Ivanov helped the backup goalkeeper prepare for the game.“He handled it well. He was at training and working hard like always, but now his role on the team is a little different,” Bluem said, “but his role for himself never changes. He comes and he gives 100 percent of himself to the team and he encouraged Andrian and helped Andrian get prepared so we were able to handle the goalkeeping duties successfully.”This kind of effort and care for the team has led Bluem to look at Ivanov as a leader of the team.“He is a leader,” Bluem said. “This is his fourth year here now and the other day at Akron when they scored the early goal against us, he’s the guy who called the players in and calmed everybody down and got the guys moving forward again.”Ivanov and the Buckeyes have an overall record of 2-5-2, 0-1-0 in conference. The team is scheduled to host No. 18 Louisville Wednesday at 7 p.m., before rival Michigan comes to town Sunday. read more

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Poppi Worthingtons father will not be charged over her death CPS says

first_imgThere will be no charges over Poppi Worthington’s death 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. Mr Worthington was originally arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in August 2013 but no action was taken against him, and he has always denied any wrongdoing.The toddler’s mother was said to be “distressed and disappointed” by the decision not to prosecute.A CPS spokesman said on Monday: “Following a review of the original charging decision in this case, the CPS announced that there was not a realistic prospect of conviction in July 2016.”The CPS subsequently received an application under the victims’ right to review scheme in September 2016.”In accordance with the scheme, a CPS lawyer with no prior involvement in the case has completed a full review of the evidence and has concluded that the decision not to charge was correct.” Show more The father of Poppi Worthington will not be charged over the toddler’s death, the Crown Prosecution Service has said after reviewing the evidence.A judge in the family courts earlier this year ruled that Paul Worthington probably sexually assaulted his 13-month-old daughter before her sudden death. Mr Worthington denies any wrongdoing.The CPS said on Monday that a full review of the evidence found that “the decision not to charge was correct”.Poppi collapsed with serious injuries at her home in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, on December 12 2012 and was rushed to hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The case has been beset by a series of errors, failures by police and controversial decisions. Poppi Worthington  Poppi’s mother is understandably both distressed and disappointed by the CPS’s decision not to bring a prosecution regarding her deathFiona McGhie, lawyer representing Poppi’s mother Mr Justice Peter Jackson In July the CPS concluded that there was insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction, but in September the prosecuting agency said it would look again at the circumstances of her death, prompting the latest inquest to be called off.Fiona McGhie, a lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, representing Poppi’s mother, said on her behalf: “Poppi’s mother is understandably both distressed and disappointed by the CPS’s decision not to bring a prosecution regarding her death. The girl’s death was shrouded in secrecy, with a 2014 fact-finding civil court judgment by Mr Justice Peter Jackson being kept private so as not to prejudice any criminal proceedings.An inquest into her death lasted just seven minutes and called no evidence.Cumbria Police conducted no real investigation for nine months as senior detectives thought a pathologist who examined Poppi’s body “may have jumped to conclusions” that the girl had been abused, concluded Mr Justice Jackson.A list of basic errors in evidence-gathering by detectives was also highlighted, which Cumbria Police later apologised for. Chief Constable Jerry Graham said earlier this year that the initial investigation “fell well short of the standard that could and indeed should have been expected.”A fresh inquest into the death of Poppi – ordered by High Court judges after the first hearing in October 2014 was deemed “irregular” after it called no evidence – had been adjourned pending the latest review.  “She has always been anxious to know exactly what happened to Poppi on the day of her death as well as to secure justice for her little girl.”She hopes that an inquest, which was delayed while the CPS examined its decision, will shed some light on Poppi’s injuries and create a path to justice so her daughter can finally be at peace.” Mr Justice Peter Jackson made his ruling in the family court Credit:Gary Leelast_img read more

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Ulster Bank parent company forced small firms to default

first_imgROYAL BANK OF Scotland, the parent company of Ulster Bank, faces more damage to its reputation after the British government handed regulators a report claiming that the state-rescued lender forced small firms to default.Compiled over the past six months, it focuses on claims against the bank’s Global Restructuring Group (GRG), which deals with risky loans.The report alleges that the bank hit seemingly healthy businesses with unmanageable charges and rates before it seized their assets at a knock-down price.Reacting to the report’s findings, Royal Bank of Scotland insisted that “GRG successfully turns around most of the businesses it works with” but said that “not all businesses that encounter serious financial trouble can be saved”.It added in a statement: “We are already committed to an inquiry to investigate how customers are treated by RBS when facing financial difficulties and ensure that we provide them with appropriate support.”Business Secretary Vince Cable handed the report, written by Lawrence Tomlinson from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).The report’s author noted: “From the cases I have heard, it is clear that a perception has arisen that the intention is to purposefully distress businesses to put them in GRG and subsequently take their assets… at a discounted price.”“There are many devastating stories of how RBS has wrecked good businesses and the ruinous impact this has on the lives of the business owners,” it said.Cable called the allegations “very serious”.“I am however confident that the new management of RBS is aware of this history and is determined to turn RBS into a bank that will support the growth of small and medium sized businesses,” he added.RBS is 81 per cent owned by the British state following its near collapse during the 2008 financial crisis.It recently announced plans to create an internal ‘bad bank’ to run down €46 billion of high-risk assets as the government looks to return the rescued lender to the private sector.Ulster Bank reported over €1.2 billion in losses last year and has been beset by a series of problems in recent months including IT failures and under-collection errors.- additional reporting Hugh O’Connell- © AFP, 2013Read: Ulster Bank assets to be transferred to RBS ‘bad bank’Read: Ulster Bank says its customer deposits are up 12 per cent since IT meltdownlast_img read more

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Riverdale Might Be One of 2017s Best Surprises

first_imgStay on target When The CW first started talking about Riverdale, it was easy to be skeptical. A dark, modern adaptation of Archie comics? Really? Yes, the network has a fantastic track record with comic book shows, but Archie isn’t a superhero. He’s a normal teenage boy. Would Riverdale turn into just another teen soap opera? Well, thanks to a unique look, an intriguing mystery, and well-written characters, it became a lot more.Right away, Riverdale lets you know exactly what kind of show this is going to be. A noir-style narrator, who we learn to be Jughead, tells us that if you look closely at the idyllic small town, you’ll see the shadows. Here, Jughead sets up what will most likely be the main mystery of the first season. Cheryl Blossom’s brother Jason mysteriously died while the twins were on a boat in the river early Fourth of July morning. Cheryl says he fell into the water trying to rescue her glove and drowned. The police can’t find a body and accept her story.The Twin Peaks influence is heavy on this opening scene. The haunting music, the breathless way the Blossom twins speak to each other, the unsettling camera angles, all of it immediately makes Riverdale feel like Archie Meets David Lynch. The show jumps forward to the night before the first day of school, and it starts to feel more like a typical teenage soap. Archie has returned from a summer of working construction and is meeting up with Betty at Pop’s Chock’lit Shop. Betty’s friend Kevin is helping her pick an outfit and encouraging her to tell Archie she likes him. His arguments grow more emphatic when they spy a shirtless Archie through his bedroom window. He got buff over the summer.KJ Apa as Archie, Camila Mendes as Veronica and Lili Reinhart as Betty. (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)The would-be date doesn’t go exactly the way Betty plans, though. Just as she’s about to confess her feelings to Archie, a new girl walks in. It’s Veronica, who used to be a rich girl in New York, but her family recently lost everything, and she was forced to move back to her mom’s small hometown. Archie immediately tunes out Betty and starts drooling over Veronica. Yeah, he can be kind of an ass.Veronica’s character turned out to be one of the better surprises of the show. It would have been easy to cast her as the snobby rich girl. As the episode goes on, it becomes clear that that was who she used to be. Her recent experiences have humbled her, and she is a genuinely nice person. Instead of a bitter rival, she instantly becomes one of Betty’s best friends and strongest supporters. She encourages Betty to go after Archie despite her own feelings for him. She forces Cheryl Blossom, who actually is Riverdale’s resident stuck up rich girl, to accept Betty onto the cheerleading team. It was an unexpected and refreshing take on the character.Archie himself turns out to have a pretty conflicted life. His dad wants him to work construction and eventually take over his business. His coach wants him to play varsity football. He just wants to make music. While working construction, he wrote lyrics in his head and recorded some songs despite having no musical training. Everyone he plays them for agrees that he’s some kind of musical genius, but could really use some training. He asks Josie and the Pussycats, but they’re too busy developing their brand. We do get to hear one of their songs briefly, and I can’t wait to hear more. Their story will likely be one of the most fun to follow. (And who knows? Maybe they’ll get a spin-off show. The Archie-verse starts here.) At any rate, their song is better than what Archie has been playing for people.Ashleigh Murray as Josie (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)As Archie approaches Miss Grundy, the music teacher for lessons, we learn that they have an awkward (and illegal) past. During the summer, she saw Archie walking down the street while driving and couldn’t stop staring at his abs. She offered him a ride home and, well, you can guess where this is going. Now, she wants no contact with Archie, but she’s the only one who can teach him music. Then we learn he wants to talk about something else. They were together near the river on the morning of July Fourth, when Jason Blossom supposedly drowned. They heard a gunshot. But, fearing having to explain why they were together so early in the morning, they had to keep it a secret. After promising that music is all he’s interested in, Miss Grundy agrees to tutor Archie.The rest of the episode carries on in typical teen soap fashion. There’s a dance followed by an afterparty where Archie and Veronica are made to spend seven minutes in a closet, much to Betty’s dismay. Archie runs to her house and tells her that she’s “perfect,” but he doesn’t have romantic feelings for her. She storms into her house, and Archie runs to Pop’s where he runs into Jughead. They used to be friends, but aren’t any more for some reason. That’s all we get because the teen soap is interrupted by the mystery portion of the show. Jason Blossom’s body has turned up in the river. He has a gunshot wound in his head.Cole Sprouse as Jughead (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)Riverdale is absolutely a teen soap opera, but it’s one of the most enjoyable ones I’ve ever seen. The characters are interesting and complex to the point where I want to see where the season takes them. The Betty/Veronica friendship is one of the show’s best elements. Lili Reinhart (Betty) and Camila Mendes (Veronica) have a natural chemistry together, which makes you root for them more than anyone else. Like in the comics, Archie is the least interesting character in his own show, which is why I hope we see more of the ensemble as the season goes on. The mystery is intriguing, but Riverdale has enough unrelated secrets to keep things interesting even while we try to figure out whodunit. If this show takes off, I’m on board for an expanded Archie-verse. While crossing it over with Greg Berlanti’s other CW shows might be too much, here’s hoping they can make a deal with Marvel and get us a live action Archie Meets The Punisher.I love the art direction and cinematography of Riverdale. The lighting is sparse, which makes the bright colors, like the Pop’s neon sign or Archie’s hair, stand out. It has the effect of making every frame look like a comic panel. Hell, the show looks more like a comic book than any of The CW’s superhero fare. The framing, editing and subtle music helps give the show a Lynchian feel. Yes, this show is borrowing heavily from Twin Peaks, but by combining that with a compelling teen soap story and its own weirdness, Riverdale turns into something all its own. 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