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Modern forests hold signs of prehistoric apocalypse

first_imgWhen a 10-kilometer-wide object slammed into Earth about 66 million years ago, it created an ecological catastrophe. In the ensuing environmental chaos, dinosaurs died out but mammals survived, setting the stage for the modern world. Now, scientists have confirmed that the plant kingdom suffered similar disparities after the impact, losing many more flowering evergreen species than plants that drop their leaves each year. Researchers looked at more than 1000 fossilized leaves from rocks deposited in what is now southern North Dakota during a 2.2-million-year interval spanning the dino-killing impact. In the 1.4 million years prior to the impact, leaves from the various species of flowering plants in the ecosystem had, on average, thicker and heavier leaves with fewer veins than those that lived in the 800,000 years after the impact, the researchers report online today in PLOS Biology. Thin, veiny leaves are a signature of deciduous plants; even though such leaves must be replaced every year, they allow deciduous species to take up carbon more quickly than their evergreen cousins. This “live fast, die young” strategy enabled deciduous survivors to better take advantage of the extremely variable postimpact climate in which suitable conditions for growth—especially those steady conditions generally preferred by slow-growing evergreens—occurred less frequently, the researchers propose.  They conclude that postapocalyptic forests were likely chock-full of fast-growing deciduous species such as extinct relatives of sycamores, walnuts, and palms (pictured above in an artist’s reconstruction), whereas thick-leaved, slow-growing evergreens similar to today’s hollies and ivies were much less common than they had been prior to the impact. Even today, the researchers note, few if any forests are dominated by flowering evergreens.last_img read more

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Indian Exports to Top $300 Billion

first_imgIndia is aiming to top $300 billion in exports in the current fiscal year. “In the first quarter (FY’12), we have achieved exports of $108 billion and we are hopeful of achieving exports of $300 billion in the current fiscal, as against $246 billion last fiscal,” according to Minister for Commerce & Industry and Textiles Anand Sharma. Related Itemslast_img

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BJP, NCP indulge in sticker war over flood relief material

first_imgFlood relief and rescue operations in the State took a political colour on Saturday with the Opposition accusing the government of manipulating flood management for electoral gains. Leader of the Opposition, Dhananjay Munde (Nationalist Congress Party) said that relief material distributed in flood-affected regions had pictures of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP MLA Suresh Halvankar. He alleged that the government took two days to print the stickers for relief material and, therefore, deliberately delayed the distribution of packets meant for the inundated areas. “What is the priority of this Government? It is to print these stickers and show off, putting people’s life at risk. This is a selfish Government,” Mr. Munde said releasing pictures of the stickers pasted on the rice and grain packets distributed in Sangli on Saturday. In response to this, BJP workers released pictures of senior NCP leader Jayant Patil distributing food packets with his name on the relief packets. Reacting to the allegations, Mr. Fadnavis said, “There should be no need for pictures of any political party or person.” The CM said all parties must unite in the time of crisis. “My appeal to all political parties is to not politicise this situation. We are ready to hear and act on your suggestions. It is time to stand united to provide help and support to the flood-affected,” he said. Meanwhile, NCP supremo and former cabinet minister Sharad Pawar continued his tour of flood-affected areas and said all people of Maharashtra must come together to tackle the floods. “You stay united…We will overcome the situation collectively and show the world how a Marathi manoos defeats any crisis with unity,” Mr. Pawar said in Ambave village in Karad taluka in western Maharashtra. Mr. Pawar said other states must also come forward in support including Gujarat, Bihar and Assam, to reciprocate the help received by them during their crisis. The NCP said it is organising its own relief programme and has written to the Centre to provide more assistance to the flood-hit areas.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Iceland will have to rely on luck and determination if…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementCroatia has already qualified for the round of 16 with their 2-0 victory over Nigeria and a 3-0 victory over a hapless Argentina. Even if they lose today against the underdogs, Iceland it won’t have any impact on their qualification for the knockout stages. However, its a completely different story for the favourite underdogs of this year’s World Cup.With their 2-0 loss to Nigeria last week, Iceland extended its current winless streak to six games with two draws and four losses. That streak must come to an end against Croatia on tonight’s match for them to have any chance of avoiding elimination in the group stage.Entering tonight, Iceland and Argentina both sit at the bottom of the group with one point each, with Iceland currently holding the goal differential tiebreaker over Argentina at -2 to -3. Nigeria has three points in the group and a goal differential of zero.Iceland’s best chance at advancing is with a win over Croatia and an Argentina win over Nigeria, with Iceland retaining its goal differential advantage over Argentina. A far less likely path would be a win over Croatia by three goals or more and a draw in Argentina vs. Nigeria game, giving Iceland the goal differential advantage over Nigeria to advance.Games in which one team has everything on the line and the other has nothing on the line are tough to predict. It will be interesting to see how the game unfolds tonight.Iceland will face Croatia at Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia and the match is scheduled to begin at 11:30 pm IST. It will be telecast live on Sony Six and Six HD.The team line-ups: Who’s ready for the final matches of Group D? The team news is in…#NGAARG#ISLCRO pic.twitter.com/GT69ocJxzL— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 26, 2018Also read: Cricket: Arjun Tendulkar sizzles with pace in Team India’s training ahead of England tourFIFA World Cup 2018: Australia Take On Peru Needing A Win To Stay Alive In The Tournamentlast_img read more

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Monthly Yoga Day in Maharashtra with Patanjali, Art of Living: Parties smell saffron agenda

first_imgAfter the decision to celebrate the International Yoga Day in schools ran into a controversy, yet another decision of the Maharashtra state government has attracted the ire of many.The Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra government directed all schools, colleges and universities in the state to celebrate the 21st day of every month as ‘Yoga Day’ through a GR (Government Resolution) in June.RAMDEV’S PATANJALI, ART OF LIVING TO PARTICIPATEWhat has raised several eyebrows is the participation of organisations who will be helping the government in promoting yoga.Apart from the state Yoga Association, Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yoga Samiti, Sri Sri Ravishankar’s Art of Living and Bharat Swabhiman Nyaas among others will be promoting the yoga culture in educational institutions in the state.NOT MANDATORY”While June 21 is celebrated as the International Yoga, the 21st day of every month will also be celebrated as Yoga Day at every school, college and university. It is, however, not compulsory. But look at it as an initiative to promote yoga as a culture, health and well being,” the School Education and Sports Minister Vinod Tawde said.However, political parties are not buying the theory put forth by the state government and are rather seeing it as a saffron agenda.SAFFRON AGENDA?”There is already sports as a subject in schools. Children play cricket, football and other sport. Why separate yoga day? They have a hidden religious agenda,” alleged Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi.Also Read: Yoga is not a religious activity, says Modi on second International Yoga DayadvertisementAzmi said that his party will oppose any such move by the state government.Even though the government is insisting that it’s not mandatory, the state has already formed a state-level committee to control district-level yoga committees.Apart from these celebrations, the GR also says that a 5-day yoga festival will be arranged across the state from January 12 to 21, on the sidelines of Youth Day.The Youth Day is celebrated on January 12, being the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.Also Read:Modi announces two yoga awards ‘India’s ‘oldest man’s’ secret to long life: yoga and no sex India’s oldest yoga teacher performs age-defying yoga poseslast_img read more

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Islanders Cool Off Rangers, 3-0

first_imgNEW YORK — All the accolades and platitudes the New York Rangers received during their recent three-game California sweep were quickly transferred to the rival New York Islanders, who dismantled the Broadway Blueshirts upon their return to Madison Square Garden.Undaunted and unfazed by the positive press heaped onto the Rangers, the Islanders made yet another statement in their surprisingly successful season. They vaulted to the top of the Eastern Conference on Jan. 13 night with a 3-0 win over the previously surging Rangers.Frans Nielsen’s short-handed tally capped the Islanders’ three-goal second period, Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves in his fourth shutout of the season, and the Islanders stretched their winning streak to three.“We have a lot of hockey left,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “This was a big game with a lot of media attention, and I thought we played well.“For us, it’s about getting the two points. To play a team that is playing so well, and for them to come off the trip they came off, it gives the guys confidence that they can play against good hockey teams.”The Islanders jumped over Tampa Bay for the top spot in the East, and maintained a one point lead in the Metropolitan Division over the Pittsburgh Penguins, whom they will host Jan. 16.“We recognize we’re battling for the top of the division and the conference,” Islanders captain John Tavares said.The Rangers had won five straight and 13 of 14 — a run punctuated by their trek through California last week — but the Islanders finished a seven-game road trip with a flourish.They are 2-0 this season against the Rangers with three meetings remaining, and heard chants of “Let’s Go Islanders” in the last minute of this one.Shortly after the Islanders had a goal waved off because of goalie interference, Anders Lee broke the deadlock at 8:49 of the second. Nikolay Kulemin made it 2-0 with 3:39 left, and Nielsen pushed the lead to three with the Islanders’ NHL-leading seventh short-handed goal of the season — but first on the road.That came with 40.9 seconds remaining to put an exclamation point on the dominant frame in which the Islanders had a 19-12 shots advantage.“We kept our heads on our shoulders and played our game,” Lee said. “On the road you want to play a simple game and really wear them down.”Halak improved to 23-8 this season as he posted his 34th NHL shutout.Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers found themselves in a most unfamiliar position, trailing at all and being behind by multiple goals. They fell behind 2-0 at Los Angeles on Jan. 8 before rallying to win. Their previous three-goal deficit was in a 6-3 home loss to Tampa Bay on Dec. 1.“In the second period, there is no doubt we were a step behind in our execution, a step behind in our decision-making, and they took over,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.The short-handed goal that squeezed under Lundqvist’s arm was the back-breaker.“I made a lot of good saves and I felt like I was playing the way I should, but that was a big goal,” Lundqvist said. “We’ve been good lately minimizing periods like that and playing hard, but that was a tough outing.”Cam Talbot took over in the third for Lundqvist, who stopped 29 of 32 shots. Talbot made 12 saves. Only four times in the previous 15 games had the Rangers allowed as many as three goals.The Islanders (29-13-1) hold a seven-point lead over the fourth-place Rangers (24-12-4), who have three games in hand.The Islanders held a 13-9 shots edge in the first period.Lundqvist squared up to most of the Islanders’ chances, and Halak had his moments of pressure. He denied Mats Zuccarello in tight with 8:58 left and then got bailed out by the posts in a Rangers flurry with 3:30 remaining.Rangers All-Star Rick Nash got between defenders in the slot and sent a drive off the right post. The carom came to Derick Brassard, who fired the puck so hard off the right post that it came across and struck the left post, as well.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Football Game Between Barcelona and National Greek Team Veterans in Mytilene

first_imgATHENS (ANA) – A friendly football game between Barcelona veterans and Greek national team veterans will be held on Thursday 8 June at 18:30 at the municipality Stadium of Mytilene.The event is organised by the municipality of Lesvos, FC Barcelona Foundation (Fundacio FC Barcelona) and the Union of Barcelona players. It is part of a broader programme implemented by Barcelona Foundation on Stavros Niarchos Foundation.“The event aims to honour the citizens of Lesvos for their contribution to the refugees crisis. Moroever it reminds that the refugees crisis is part of an international humanitarian disaster created by the ongoing conflicts, the poverty and the climate change,” stated Lesvos mayor Spyros Galinos to Athens Macedonian News Agency.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Football transfer rumours: Andrés Iniesta to Manchester City or PSG?

first_imgIt’s a nice position to be in. Universally heralded for a sensational career at Barcelona, widely respected as being quite a nice bloke, and at the front of the queue of oldish footballers who very, very rich people want to hurl money at. So it is that Andrés Iniesta is set to leave Catalonia and, despite everyone assuming he was doing so for sackfuls of yuan, instead the lure of Manchester City’s petrodollars, PSG’s petrodollars or Arsenal’s um … er … well, Arsenal have reared their head.Arsenal’s interest stems from the fact they believe they’ve beaten Chelsea to the former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique – a man who was very successful when managing a team featuring Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suárez and indeed Iniesta, but not quite so good when he wasn’t. However, Pep Guardiola thinks his earlier longstanding affair with Iniesta will win through. PSG have no such heartstrings to tug on, they’re just going to PSG it. If Iniesta does link up with Guardiola once more, he’ll find that John Stones will still be parking in the player’s car park – but possibly alongside the Brazil Under-20 defender Lucas Halter, who is the beneficiary of coy Manchester City nods and winks. Wolves, for some reason, are keen on both Eliaquim Mangala and his 85k-a-week wages. Having moaned that Manchester City “buy full-backs for the price of strikers”, José Mourinho is considering offering Tottenham £40m plus Luke Shaw for Danny Rose. Shaw, however, may stick around at Old Trafford to Winston Bogarde his contract until it expires. Real Madrid want to sign Harry Kane but, according to ex-president Ramón Calderón in the Sun, can’t face all the unpleasantness of a Daniel Levy negotiation process, so will make a move for Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski instead. Chelsea builders have knocked up a high wall, portcullis and moat around Álvaro Morata and Tiémoué Bakayoko as they prepare to resist offers for the pair, just in case either of them turns out to be a Kevin De Bruyne, Mo Salah or Romelu Lukaku. Managerially, they have said no grazie to Carlo Ancelotti, who is set for the Italy job, but si grazie to Massimiliano Allegri who is otherwise engaged at Juventus.Talking of Juventus, Boca Juniors want to wring another season out of Gianluigi Buffon and reckon Argentina’s Superliga is the place to do it.And the rest: RB Leipzig are sniffing around Tottenham’s 17-year-old striker Rio Griffiths after he scored four and made three assists during his side’s 9-0 shellacking of Arsenal in the Under-18 Premier League. Leicester are eyeing Porto defender Ricardo Pereira – he has a £36m release clause, but also only one year on his contract. Paul Lambert will not get the boot at Stoke even if he takes them down. And John Terry wants another season at Aston Villa, perhaps after going on a starvation diet: “I’ll have the hunger for sure,” he growled. Share on WhatsApp features Share via Email Football Topics Transfer window Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Rumour mill Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Manchester United to target full-backs with Danny Rose on shopping list Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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18 days agoWolves captain Conor Coady on Man City shock: Everyone needs to take credit

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves captain Conor Coady on Man City shock: Everyone needs to take creditby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveConor Coady was ecstatic after what he believed was a landmark win for Wolves over Manchester City on Sunday.The Molineux outfit ran out 2-0 winners at the Etihad thanks to a brace from Adama Traore.He said: “I think everyone needs to take credit, the whole team, the whole squad and the whole club.”A lot of people have said we started poorly but this week has been amazing.”We are always confident. We know how tough the Premier League and people forget we have had a lot of games.”It really has been tough. We always had confidence in ourselves. Listening to the manager and ourselves we have come through it in the end and we deserved it today.”This is a day for Wolverhampton Wanderers. It is a massive day for the whole club.” last_img read more

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Paul Pogba set for Man United return against Rochdale in League Cup

first_img Reuters ManchesterSeptember 24, 2019UPDATED: September 24, 2019 20:07 IST Paul Pogba had suffered an ankle injury last month. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMan United midfielder Paul Pogba is set for injury comeback against RochdalePogba has been out of action since the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Aug. 31″He’ll probably get some minutes against Rochdale,” manager Solskjaer saidManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has indicated midfielder Paul Pogba will return to the squad for Wednesday’s League Cup match against Rochdale.Pogba has been out of action since the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Aug. 31 due to an ankle injury, but is hoping to regain full fitness ahead of the Premier League visit of Arsenal on Monday.”He’ll probably get some minutes against Rochdale,” Solskjaer told the club’s websiteMason Greenwood was absent from Sunday’s league defeat at West Ham United with a bout of tonsillitis, and the teenager, will be hoping to be back in the squad against Rochdale.Luke Shaw (hamstring) and Anthony Martial (thigh) will both miss the midweek clash as they continue to recover from injuries picked up before the international break.Marcus Rashford is also facing an extended spell on the sidelines after picking up a groin injury in a 2-0 defeat by West Ham.Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong could return to the line-up against Rochdale after making their full debuts against Astana in the Europa League last week, while Jesse Lingard is in line for a first start in over a month after recovering from illness.United have made a disappointing start to the new season, recording eight points in six matches to sit eighth in the league standings.Also Read | Bernardo Silva comes under fire from anti-racism charity over Mendy tweetAlso Read | We were motivated to get the win: Sergio Ramos after Real Madrid beat SevillaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Manchester UnitedFollow Paul Pogba Next Paul Pogba set for Man United return against Rochdale in League CupPaul Pogba has been out of action since the 1-1 draw with Southampton on August. 31 due to an ankle injury, but is hoping to regain full fitness ahead of the Premier League visit of Arsenal on Monday.advertisementlast_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgNEW WORK HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Crews will be repaving the westbound lanes of Highway 101,between the Stillwater railroad overpass and Exit 4(Ellershouse), from Monday, July 19 to Saturday, July 24. Workwill take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. One lane will be closed totraffic. An alternate route is available via Trunk 1. Work on the St. Croix interchange at Exit 4 begins today, July 16and ends Friday, July 30. Crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 7p.m. Speed will be reduced to 80 km/h around the bridgeconstruction. Traffic will be one lane in each direction. HANTS COUNTY: Elmsdale Bridge Elmsdale Bridge on Trunk 2 between Elmsdale and Lantz is closeduntil September 2004. A detour is available around the bridge.Traffic control consists of a detour sign. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Trunk 4 There will be periodic lane closures on three kilometres of Trunk4 near Middle Cape until Wednesday, Nov. 10. Realignment andrepaving work will be carried out from 6.7 kilometres west ofBreac Brook Bridge to the top of the hill in Middle Cape. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. A pilotvehicle will be used when necessary. Motorists can expect delays and are advised to use alternateroutes where possible. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Route 305 There will be occasional lane closures on Route 305 (SeaviewDrive) until Thursday, Sept. 30 while the Leitches Creek Bridgeis replaced. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays andtraffic control persons will be in place when necessary. QUEENS COUNTY: Eastern Shore Road Bridge The Eastern Shore Road Bridge in Brooklyn will be reduced to onelane from Monday, July 19 to Friday, July 30 while bridgemaintenance is carried out. Work will take place between 7 a.m and 4:30 p.m. Temporarytraffic lights will be installed for the duration of the work. Local area office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local area office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signage. Adetour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville StationRoad. Local area office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The Highway 102/Trunk 2 Interchange, at Exit 5 near Fall River,will have lane closures until Friday, Oct. 1. Road crews will becarrying out interchange improvements between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30p.m. daily. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists ofsignage. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local area office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local area office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 PICTOU COUNTY: Joudrey Road The southern end of Joudrey Road, off Route 6 in Pictou West, isclosed to all traffic until further notice for bridgeinspections. A detour is available via Mountain Road or Louisville Road. Signsare posted indicating alternate routes. Local area office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local area office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge, between Margaree and Cheticamp on theCabot Trail, will have a detour for heavy trucks until furthernotice. The detour is available on Pembrooke Lake Road andCarding Mill Road. The weight restrictions are posted and vary depending on thenumber of axles on the truck. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting will take place on Highway 103, at exits 3 and 4,between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until September 2004. Both eastboundand westbound motorists may experience short delays. Trafficcontrol will consist of traffic control persons. Local area office: 902-354-5035 Fax: 902-354-3106 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 209 Route 209, from North Greville Road westerly, will be reduced toone lane until further notice for ditching and repaving work.Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays. Trafficcontrol will consist of traffic control persons. Local area office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 -30- KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Overpass The Highway 101 overpass at Exit 14 at Coldbrook will have one-lane closures until Saturday, July 31. Closures will be in effect24 hours a day as road crews carry out bridge repairs. One lanewill be open at all times. Traffic control will consist oftraffic signals. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 There will be alternating lane closures on Highway 103 betweenExit 12 and the Northfield Overpass until Friday, July 23. Roadcrews will be carrying out repaving work between 6 a.m. and 9p.m. Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle, flashing lightunits, barrels and traffic cones. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Two sections of Highway 102 will have intermittent lane closuresuntil Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic travelling in northbound laneswill be affected periodically while repaving is carried out. Workwill take place daily between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Section one begins 1.3 kilometres north of Commo Road, nearStewiacke, and stretches 5.3 kilometres to Shortts Lake RoadMultiplate, near Brookfield. Section two begins from the north side of Robie Structure, nearTruro, and stretches 3.4 kilometres to the intersection ofHighway 102 and Highway 104. Traffic control will consist of signage. Motorists are asked touse extra caution while driving in these areas. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 will have intermittent one-lane closures untilThursday, Sept. 30. The closures begin 800 metres west of Exit17, near Valley Cross Roads and extend 5.5 kilometres easterly tothe Manganese Mines Overpass. Traffic in eastbound lanes will beaffected and lane width will be reduced to 4.5 metres in the Exit17 area. Road crews will be carrying out repaving and structuremaintenance between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. daily. Traffic control will consist of signage. Motorists are asked touse extra caution while travelling in this area. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732last_img read more

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Beware of dog bites in Ggm 7113 cases registered in 2017

first_imgGurugram: Increase in cases of dog bite continues to be a major challenge in Gurugram. The increase in the population of stray dogs especially in the residential colonies of Gurugram and their rising aggression has resulted in differences in opinion between various residents and dog lovers over the handling of stray dogs. While a certain group of residents feel that there must be firm action taken by the authorities towards the problem, the dog lovers want an amicable solution to the challenge. Recently, a man was bitten in Sector-46 area by the stray dogs and this resulted in an FIR being lodged by him as he accused the animal activists of preventing action against such animals. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsAn RTI report recently filed revealed that in 2017 there were 7,113 cases of dog bites that were registered in Gurugram. These were 1,372 cases more than what was registered in 2016 which was at 5,741. Further constant barking during night time, dog fights and hygienic issues have also been raised by aggrieved residents. According to official estimates, there are over 50,000 street dogs. While concerns have been raised over the rising population of the stray dogs there is also a lot of affection which is shown especially by residents that live in the same locality with the dogs. Besides providing them with food, some of the residents have personally financed in getting these animals vaccinated and even got them sterilised. Some of the residents in collaboration with the NGO’s are also setting up the dog shelter homes. “It is easy to blame the animals but humans are equally to blame for the rising aggression. Many of us blamed overfeeding of stray dogs but just imagine the plight of the dog that is hungry for two days and its behaviour and compare it with a well-fed dog, “said Shruti Khandelwal, a dog lover. “There are complaints of constant dog fights in my colony. Many residents feel that this, in turn, causes danger to them. To prevent this we are of chaining the dogs especially during the night time so that they are in control,” she further added.last_img read more

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New Brunswick had surplus last year auditor says days ahead of election

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s Liberal government got some good pre-election news today: The auditor general says the province actually had a surplus last year.Audited financial statements, released today, show a surplus of $67 million for the fiscal year of 2017-2018.Finance Minister Cathy Rogers says the surplus is the result of a decrease in expenditures and a $150 million increase in revenues — largely due to corporate income taxes.She says the economy is growing at a rate faster than predicted by private sector economists.However, she says the government is forecasting modest deficits over the next few years — with the net debt expected to top $14 billion by the end of March next year.The provincial election campaign officially begins Thursday, but Premier Brian Gallant launched his party’s campaign Sunday, and all the parties have been in pre-election mode for weeks.The Liberals promised today to provide free second-language training if re-elected.Gallant says it could help attract investment and bring jobs to the province because of a bilingual workforce.The Progressive Conservatives and the Green Party are also both expected to make announcements today.The Tories say their first campaign announcement will be at Carleton Park on Fredericton’s north side, while the Green Party plans to launch its campaign with the opening of its Fredericton regional campaign office by leader David Coon.The NDP says it will launch the official campaign Thursday, so far nominating 29 candidates with plans to run 49 in the vote expected on Sept. 24.last_img read more

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King of Rock n Rolls granddaughter drops in on NoDAPL supporters in

first_imgTina House APTN National NewsThe movement started by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is attracting people from around turtle island.That includes politicians, movies stars and even a visit from the granddaughter of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.According to the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, people from 43 States and Canada have been arrested for various activities at the pipeline frontline.thouse@aptn.calast_img

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Chechen leader criticizes the West over hypocritical views towards terrorism

Moscow – In the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks against Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, posed several questions over what he believes are the double standards by which the notion of terrorism is being grasped by the West.In his Instagram profile, the Chechen leader first condemned the killing of unarmed people by terrorists and welcomed the “single-hearted” denouncing of terrorism by world leaders as well as the millions of people who took to the street across the country. Yet, he wondered why global leaders gathered in Paris in solidarity with France against the massacre of Charlie Hebdo, yet no such a march has ever been held against the death of “hundreds of thousands people in other parts of the world.”Kadyrov said, “Why the presidents, kings and prime ministers have never led marches of protest against the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Afghans, Syrians, Egyptians, Libyans, Yemenis, and Iraqis? Why did they remain silent when terrorists exploded a bomb in the Chechen government HQ or when they blew up the Grozny stadium killing Chechen President Ahmad-Haji Kadyrov [Ramzan Kadyrov’s father] and his aides? Why did they not react to the raid on the school in Beslan and the hostage taking at Moscow’s Dubrovka Theater? Why keep silent when in December last year terrorists captured the House of Press and a school in Grozny, killing and injuring over 50 people?” “It is impossible to secure Paris, London, Madrid and other European capitals if the whole society fails to condemn those who raise and sponsor terrorists all over the world masking it as support for opposition movements,” he added.Kadyrov has enthusiastically warned against any disrespect towards Islam, with particular reference to the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH). In this regard, he addressed the Western political leaders by saying: “If we are still silent this does not mean that we cannot get millions of people onto the streets all over the world protesting against those who connive at the insults to Muslims’ religious feelings. Is this what you want?”In the same Instagram post, Kadyrov points out that mass media have contributed significantly to Islamophobia in non-Muslim societies saying, “Peace and stability are more important for all peoples than the right of a handful of journalists to disrespect the Prophet.“Ramzan Kadyrov is the son of former Chechen President Ahmad Kadyrov, who was assassinated in May 2004. He became the president of the Republic of Chechnya in 2007. Kadyrov has faced heavy criticism from the international press and Russia, due to alleged corruption and human rights violations.Photo credit: RIA Novosti/Said Tsarnaev read more

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Australian MP Swaminathan discuss racial discrimination

Minister Swaminathan welcomed this idea noting that it would be more effective to have a separate Act to address the issue of racial discrimination.While pointing out that racial discrimination is covered through the Fundamental Rights enshrined in the Constitution of Sri Lanka, Minister Swaminathan stated that if Sri Lanka could have a separate Act on Racial Discrimination it would be instrumental to bring about a separate body which could monitor incidents of discrimination and act as a mediation body to resolve conflicts regarding racial discrimination. (Colombo Gazette) Australian Parliamentarian Julian Hill met with the Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M Swaminathan today.The Minister and MP Hill discussed many issues including economic development, education and how to overcome racial discrimination in multicultural societies. MP Julian Hill pointed out that Australia has a Racial Discrimination Act to ensure that citizens are not discriminated based on their race and ethnicity in schools, places of work and in public. He stated that this piece of legislation extends to media and social media making it illegal to insult, offend and vilify other cultures and races. ‘Even media has to adhere to the laws against Discrimination and if a breach is committed vilifying another race, action can be taken. The law also provides protection for free speech and political debate in Australia’ the MP said. read more

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Hours after gaining independence East Timor starts process to join UN

“I will be honoured to pass on your request to the Security Council, which I am sure will recommend it unanimously to the General Assembly,” the Secretary-General said in his remarks to the inaugural session of the parliament, which was sworn in early Monday morning after more than 120,000 people celebrated the birth of the world’s newest nation at a massive ceremony on the outskirts of the capital, Dili.”Membership of the United Nations is open to any country that accepts the obligations specified in the organization’s Charter and supports its mission,” he added. “Having seen the extraordinary support you received from so many nations around the world at last night’s festivities, I do not anticipate any obstacle to your membership.”President Xanana Gusmão officially inaugurated the new government, composed primarily of the same cabinet members that made up the pre-independence Council of Ministers. Some 300 dignitaries attended the ceremonies, which in addition to Mr. Annan included President Jorge Sampaio of Portugal, Prime Minister John Howard of Australia and former United States President Bill Clinton.After the inauguration, an independence parade that included members of the East Timor Defence Force, Police Service and ex-Falintil soldiers passed in front of the government building.Later in the morning Chief Minister Mari Alkatiri and Prime Minister Howard signed the Timor Gap Treaty, which is slated to bring East Timor significant oil and gas revenue in the years to come.This afternoon East Timor also formally requested entry into the Community of Portuguese Speaking Nations (CPLP) with its final acceptance to be announced at the next summit in Brazil in July.Before departing East Timor this afternoon Mr. Annan opened the renovated UN House in Dili, where he reiterated the UN’s commitment to promoting development and alleviating poverty in an independent East Timor.”The new mission, UNMISET [UN Mission of Support in East Timor], will focus its efforts on consolidating a stable environment,” Mr. Annan stressed. “The UN agencies will play their role, alongside the bilateral donors, in promoting development and alleviating poverty.” read more

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Drury belts tworun walkoff homer to give Jays a 42 win in

Brandon Drury hit a two-run walkoff homer to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night in the big-league debut of top-ranked prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Guerrero started the rally with a double down the right-field line for his first career base hit. Alen Hanson came on as a pinch-runner and moved to third on Billy McKinney’s sacrifice bunt.After a Teoscar Hernandez lineout, Drury belted a pitch off Yusmeiro Petit (0-1) over the wall for his third homer of the season.Toronto (12-14), which ended a two-game mini-skid, has won eight of its last 12 games. The Athletics (14-14) fell back to the .500 mark by dropping the opener of the three-game series.Toronto starter Marcus Stroman allowed one hit over seven innings but didn’t factor in the decision after Joe Biagini gave up a two-run homer to Oakland pinch-hitter Robbie Grossman in the eighth.Stroman struck out seven batters and issued two walks over his 97-pitch outing, lowering his earned-run average to a sparkling 1.43. read more

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Apart from trauma study finds sexually abused children suffered from STDs

A recent study conducted by ChildLink has found that a number of children have suffered from ruptured uteruses, as well as the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) one of the most dreaded sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).In this specific research, 338 victims were screened and at least four were discovered to have ruptured uteruses, among other health implications.The report said that many of the children had to be hospitalised as a result of the extent of the abuse, while some even required surgery for their injuries.On the other hand, some children became pregnant while others contracted HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, or other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).According to the document, “Child sexual abuse [CSA] must be seen as an important path for the transmission of HIV, Hepatitis C, and other STIs including the virus that causes cervical cancer. Left untreated, some of these infections will lead to infertility and even death. A person who is abused in childhood and does not receive adequate medical attention, including STI screening, is at risk of suffering irreparable harm and innocently transmitting infections to others”.When it comes to other effects of child sexual abuse, ChildLink found that victims complained more of being sad, getting angry easily, feeling bad, thinking about the abuse “all the time,” crying a lot, feeling down or depressed, and “spacing out a lot.” Participants described feelings of loss of control over their emotions and their lives. Many reported new or nearly constant anxiety.Victims even reported that they are affected by nightmares, problems with sleeping or eating, flashbacks, numbness, irrational fears, incessant crying, and suicidal feelings, including significant suicide attempts.Important to note is that those victims also encounter difficulties in school, as they were usually unable to focus. “Many said their school performance suffered; several said they began getting into trouble at school; many stopped attending school; several regretted that they were unable to complete their CSEC and possibly even go on to further their studies or pursue tertiary level education.Often, CSA precipitated school cessation or failure. “We must eliminate CSA so every Guyanese child can reach his or her academic potential,” the report noted. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related56 % of Guyanese youths contracted STIs – GRPA studyAugust 12, 2016In “Health”Letter: Lack of antenatal HIV testing in the hinterland is a travestySeptember 26, 2017In “Letters”New child bride ‘every seven seconds’ – reportOctober 11, 2016In “latest news” read more

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Souness compares Liverpool to Barcelona

first_imgFormer Liverpool captain Graeme Souness has compared his old club to Spanish side FC Barcelona.Liverpool have won all five games of the Premier League so far and Souness insists they remind of him of Pep Guardiola’s Barca team.“You go back to Barcelona at their very best, you sat back and enjoyed their passing and moving football with their magicians like (Lionel) Messi and (Andres) Iniesta and Xavi – but it was easy to overlook their work-rate,” he told Sky Sports.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It’s the same with this Liverpool team. You admire the goals and creativity but can overlook the intensity they play with when they don’t have the ball. If they can keep it going, whoever finishes in front of them this season will win the league.“The front three put the ball under pressure every minute. They nick the ball high up the pitch, they hunt in packs and they all know what they are doing.“They are all a goal threat but in this game they showed another side and worked their socks off. You can say Tottenham didn’t play well but a fundamental reason for that is they weren’t given any time and space to play.”last_img read more

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