The Odisha government on Sunday announced an additional assistance of ₹5 crore for Kerala from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF), besides 500 tonnes of polythene sheets for the flood-hit population.“People of Odisha stand by the flood-affected people of Kerala at this hour of severe distress. Odisha knows what a natural calamity of this magnitude means to the common man,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, expressing deep condolences for the lives lost.The State government had earlier sanctioned ₹5 crore for Kerala. Polythene sheets worth about ₹8 crore will be shortly sent to Kerala.Odisha has sent as many as 244 fire service personnel trained in rescue operations, along with 65 rescue boats and other equipment.Mr. Patnaik also directed the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) of Odisha to remain in touch with the authorities and extend help to all Odias stranded in Kerala. The SRC has sent a list of 187 Odias and their phone numbers to his Kerala counterpart Shyamal Kumar Das.The State Labour Department has already rushed officials to Kerala to ensure the safety of Odia labourers affected by the floods.
Earth’s climate may warm considerably more than expected in response to a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide, a new study of a broad range of climate models hints. The reason, the scientists say, is that simulations that now show only a moderate amount of warming don’t accurately depict the amount of cloud formation in the lower atmosphere, thus cooling the climate more than real-world data suggest will actually occur. If true, warming of the planet will fall toward the high end of the range offered in every expert climate assessment of the past 3 decades.Carbon dioxide is a so-called greenhouse gas: The more of it there is in the atmosphere, the more heat is trapped there and the higher the global average temperature climbs. Scientists have long debated how sensitive Earth’s climate is to this planet-warming trace gas. Specifically, they ask, how much will worldwide temperatures rise if the level of CO2 becomes double that seen in the era before human activity began spewing the gas into the atmosphere?Current models and a range of observations suggest that Earth will warm somewhere between 1.5° and 4.5°C once carbon dioxide levels are twice the preindustrial concentration of about 280 parts per million and the climate system adjusts, says Steven Sherwood, an atmospheric scientist at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. That’s a wide range, he notes—a range that hasn’t narrowed since the first computer simulations of climate debuted in the 1970s. Broad analyses have hinted that a model’s climate sensitivity depends, in large part, on how the model estimates cloud formation at low altitude, he adds. 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Specifically, they looked at how the simulations represented mixing in the lowest few kilometers of the atmosphere, where many clouds form, as climate gets warmer. Then, they compared model results with data gathered worldwide.The team found that on the whole, the global climate models with low climate sensitivity—all 15 of those in which global average temperature rose less than 3°C for each doubling of CO2—produced far too many low-altitude clouds. “These [low-sensitivity] models are doing it all wrong,” Sherwood says. On the whole, he and his colleagues say, increased convection in the lowest portion of the atmosphere will tend to dry out the air there, making cloud formation less likely. That, in turn, suggests that the low-sensitivity models shouldn’t be trusted, and that Earth will most likely warm more than 3°C for each doubling of CO2, the researchers report in today’s issue of Nature.The team’s results suggest that about half the variation in climate sensitivity is explained by differences in how the models depict mixing in the lower atmosphere, climate scientists Hideo Shiogama and Tomoo Ogura of the National Institute for Environmental Studies in Tsukuba, Japan, comment in the same issue of Nature. The rest of the variation can’t yet be explained, they note, but important factors could include how the models simulate overall changes in the amounts of sea ice or of high-level clouds.Because the team’s analysis of the climate models focuses on the processes incorporated into those simulations, “it’s pretty credible,” says Gavin Schmidt, a climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, who also was not involved in the new work. However, he notes, previous studies have indicated that climate sensitivity below 3°C can’t be ruled out. Therefore, the new analysis simply makes low values of climate sensitivity less likely but not altogether out of the question.“This new study is just one bit of information, but I believe it pushes the likely climate sensitivity closer to where it’s always been, up around 3°C,” Schmidt adds. “It’s always difficult to predict the future, we’re always limited by what we don’t know.”
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Appointed: Shabana Azmi, actress and Rajya Sabha member, the United Nations Population Fund’s goodwill ambassador for India. She will advocate issues related to population control, reproductive health and gender equality. Awarded: Navjyoti, an NGO set up by the Delhi Police Foundation, the Serge Sotiroff Memorial Award, for its “outstanding contributions,Appointed: Shabana Azmi, actress and Rajya Sabha member, the United Nations Population Fund’s goodwill ambassador for India. She will advocate issues related to population control, reproductive health and gender equality.Awarded: Navjyoti, an NGO set up by the Delhi Police Foundation, the Serge Sotiroff Memorial Award, for its “outstanding contributions in the field of international drug control”. The organisation has so far treated more than 12,000 drug addicts all over India through a method involving homoeopathy, yoga and counselling.Awarded: V. Gowramma of Bangalore and Chandra G. Kanjilal of Andhra Pradesh, the 1998 and 1999 Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust Award, for fighting injustice at home and the workplace. The award will be presented on September 7, the birthday of Bhanot, an air hostess who sacrificed her life to save passengers on a hijacked flight in 1986.Selected: Medha Patkar, anti-dam activist, for the 1999 M.A. Thomas National Human Rights Award, for her fight for the rights of those displaced by the Sardar Sarovar project. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a citation.Dead: Gopinath Kottoor, 69, a pioneer of sports medicine in India, in Delhi. A former surgeon commander in the army, he was involved with the setting up of the Sports Medicine Centre at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. He was the Indian team’s doctor at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics.
Callum Wilsoncristiano ronaldoDeclan RiceErling Haaland First Published: November 18, 2019, 12:32 PM IST Recently Cristiano Ronaldo, who had left Real Madrid to join Juventus in 2018, revealed he had shortlisted two sides that he wanted to join after his contract ends with Juventus. According to Ronaldo, he either wanted to join Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain.Now, Manchester United have reportedly drawn up a list of eight targets they want on their team, at least according to a report by Mirror, and the list does not include Ronaldo at all. The report further added that the team management is likely to be given funds to strengthen their team in January as team manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to take United back to the top of the Premier League table.Solskjaer has reportedly identified eight players he wants to bring to Old Trafford, with Mirror Sport earlier reporting that the team is keen to strike a £200m double swoop for Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland.Mirror cited an ESPN report, which said that there are a host of under-27 players in Solskjaer’s radar. Furthermore, the report revealed that United also want England star and attacking midfielder James Maddison of Leicester City, as well as West Ham United’s Declan Rice on the team.Other players that the Red Devils want in their jersey include Lyon’s Moussa Dembele as well as Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson. John McGinn and Jack Grealish from Aston Villa are also players who are under Solskjaer’s radar to be a part of Old Trafford.The target players for Manchester United:Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – £100mErling Haaland (Red Bull Salzburg) – £80mJames Maddison (Leicester) – £60mDeclan Rice (West Ham) – £45mMoussa Dembele (Lyon) – £40mJack Grealish (Aston Villa) – £40mCallum Wilson (Bournemouth) – £30mJohn McGinn (Aston Villa) – £20m Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Shimla/Dharamsala, Mar 7 (PTI) Protests against the India-Pakistan match in the upcoming T20 World Cup continued even as a two-member Pakistan team, headed by Director Federal Investigation Agency Usman Anwar and comprising PCB official Ajam Khan, reached Dharamsala this evening to review the security arrangements. Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) President Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu today fired another salvo at BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, also a BJP MP from Hamirpur, and claimed that he had earlier opposed any cricketing engagement with Pakistan. Sukhu said Thakur, who had in August 2015 tweeted against playing Pakistan, said the HPCA chief has now changed his stance. “Thakur had then said Dawood in Karachi. National Security Agency (NSA) wants to meet separatists here. Are you really serious about peace and you expect well play cricket with you? He has changed since his stance,” Sukhu pointed out. “What has changed on ground since Thakur had opposed holding of any cricket matches between the two countries that led him to change his stance on the issue,” he asked, adding thaton one hand BJP talks about nationalism and on the other its MP is trying to justify the hosting the Indo-Pak match. Criticising Thakur for pursuing “pseudo nationalism and double standards”, Sukhu said that he used to make long speeches on patriotism and used to oppose holding of Indo-Pak cricket matches while BJP was in opposition. “But now Anurag Thakur is not only advocating holding of cricket match with Pakistan but is also ignoring the demand offamilies of martyr soldiers,” Sukhu said. Sukhu called on the BCCI to distribute 50 per cent of revenue/profit frommatches to be played at the same venue among the kins of those who laid down their lives in terrorist attacks. “Congress party was not against any sport or cricket but as the match is associated with the sentiments of the families of martyred soldiers and ex-servicemen, the party is supporting their stand and opposing the match at Dharamsala and now the ball is in BCCIs court,” he said. Meanwhile, youth congress workers led by party spokesperson Virender Chander Chauhan took out a procession in Palampur to oppose the match. PTI PCL AH CM CMadvertisement
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Australia sport Support The Guardian Read more England cricket team Cricket Share on Pinterest Australia cricket team Topics Stuart Broad Share on LinkedIn news Read more The Ashes Reuse this content Share via Email Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Share on Twitter A similar environment is expected this time around. “As an England player you’d be disappointed if you didn’t get stick there – that’s gone on for years,” Broad said. “But I love all that, as you’re in the battle straight away and it sort of helps me as a cricketer.“I was sledged by the West Indies 12th man [Raymon Reifer] at Lord’s last week when I came out to bat – that got me in the fight straight away and helped me get some runs. I seem to thrive off the extra spice. I thanked him for after the game. I don’t think I’ve had that before taking my guard, I took offence to the fact he wasn’t even playing.“The great thing about Australia is that generally they like competitors – they like giving stick but if someone comes back, they respect that.”Broad, who was due for a scan on a long-standing left heel problem on Tuesday but stated it was simply a check-up and he would be fit for a Test match starting next week, was untroubled by a summer of 20 wickets at 33 apiece – figures that might have flattered him more had 11 catches not gone down off his bowling across the two series.He added: “I know with me, I go through phases. I think I have seven five-fers in a spell and if I get one in my first 12 balls, I tend to get three or four in that spell. Those catches just didn’t stick. One does and then you have a spell that can win a Test. I’m hoping I’ve saved up my wickets for Australia.” Stuart Broad believes the current England team are primed to defend the Ashes this winter after declaring “this is our time” due to the growing experience of the emerging generation coupled with that of himself, Alastair Cook and Jimmy Anderson.“It’s hard not to be” was Broad’s response when asked about the confidence of Joe Root’s side, who after dispatching South Africa and West Indies during the summer can now talk openly about the much-anticipated series in Australia that starts at the Gabba on 23 November. The 31-year-old, speaking on Tuesday after playing cricket outside 10 Downing Street in support of the Chance to Shine charity, outlined the reasons for this, explaining how Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Root, who have between 39 and 60 Test caps, meaning that they are now unfazed by differing match situations.Broad said: “That is when you learn as a player how to get your team out of trouble or how to put your foot on the throat, so to speak. I think we’re in an exciting place but Australia are the same. I don’t think we know their team; they’ve had injuries but you know it will be a dangerous team.”Test defeats at Trent Bridge and Headingley, to go with a raft of dropped catches throughout the season that had the head coach, Trevor Bayliss, bristling, and newcomers in the batting lineup, serve as a reminder that England remain imperfect at present.But it was the response to the first of those losses in Nottingham – a 340-run defeat to South Africa that prompted a change in the balance of the side – and that they did not fold in Leeds when West Indies dominated the opening two days, that shows signs of development for Broad. “We’re close to having our team sorted for the Gabba,” he said.Australia have not lost at their Brisbane fortress since 1988 against West Indies and Broad knows all about the hostile environment England will face there, having been portrayed as public enemy No1 by the local Courier Mail in the lead-up to the first Test in the 2013‑14 whitewash defeat after controversially standing his ground at Trent Bridge in the previous English summer. 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Mason Mount admits surprise over wonderful Chelsea startby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youngster Mason Mount has admitted he is a little surprised at the start the Blues have made in the Premier League.When their first game ended in a 4-0 loss to Manchester United, many worried for the Blues and boss Frank Lampard.But they have bounced back and are firmly in contention for a top four a lot.Their away form is especially impressive, as evidenced by a 4-1 win at Southampton this weekend.”It’s been going good away from home,” Mount told BBC Sport. “There are little things we can work on, obviously conceding, and we had a tough period but away from home we’ve been very good.”You’ve always got to have that confidence in yourself. To be fair, I probably didn’t think it would go this well at the start. Everyone is working hard, you can see how much it means to us.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Préparez une trousse d’urgence pour la maison. Préparez une trousse d’urgence pour la voiture. Choisissez un lieu de rencontre commun pour la famille. Placez une liste d’adresses et de numéros de téléphones d’urgence près du téléphone. Enseignez aux enfants comment et à quel moment composer le 911. Ayez un plan pour vos animaux de compagnie. « Les planificateurs des mesures d’urgence passent beaucoup de temps à planifier, à préparer et à répéter les interventions d’urgence, a dit Heather MacKenzie-Carey, coordonnatrice régionale de la gestion des urgences. Savoir quoi faire en cas d’urgence permet de sauver du temps et des ressources, et même des vies. » « J’encourage fortement les Néo-Écossais à prendre le temps dès maintenant de se préparer afin de se protéger et de protéger leur famille », a dit M. Furey. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la préparation en vue d’une situation d’urgence, consultez le http://novascotia.ca/just/EMO/francais.asp . La question n’est pas de savoir si une catastrophe va se produire, mais quand elle va se produire. Une situation d’urgence arrive souvent sans préavis, et nous devons être prêts. Dans le cadre de la Semaine de la sécurité civile, qui se déroule du dimanche 4 mai au samedi 10 mai, le gouvernement rappelle aux Néo-Écossais que nous sommes tous responsables de connaître les risques, de prévoir et de nous préparer en vue de toute situation d’urgence possible. « La préparation en cas d’urgence débute à la maison, a dit Mark Furey, ministre responsable du Bureau de gestion des urgences. Nous pouvons tous réduire les risques possibles en comprenant mieux ce qui pourrait se produire et en apprenant comment mieux se préparer et préparer notre famille, notre propriété et notre communauté. » Pour pourvoir bien se préparer en vue des 72 premières heures d’une situation d’urgence, il est essentiel de connaître les risques. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences offre les conseils suivants à cet effet :
23 September 2008Panamanian President Martín Torrijos Espino today called on the United Nations General Assembly to declare a global state of emergency to confront the crisis of soaring food prices by mobilizing all governmental forces, private initiative and international organizations to save millions of people from the jaws of poverty. “In the constitution of nearly every State, the declaration of a state of emergency exists as a mechanism to confront imminent dangers to national security,” he told the Assembly’s annual debate. “I am convinced that in light of food prices we are now face to face with a threat to social peace and the General Assembly could declare it as such.”He noted that in the past few days hundreds of billions of dollars have been put forward to save commercial enterprises while indifference surrounds the deaths each year of 5.6 million children under five as a direct or indirect result of malnutrition.“They have not died because of terrorist acts which we all abhor, nor because of acts of nature which we all lament,” he said. “They died for a reason as simple as it is tragic: they were poor.”Mr. Torrijos added that the food crisis could not be separated from climate change and he called for the development of more efficient alternatives to fossil fuels, such as wind and solar power.“So that the response should be a lasting and sustainable solution and not a temporary palliative, we must tackle both problems without any more delay, the food crisis and climate change, in an integral, comprehensive and coherent manner,” he declared.Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo said the food crisis posed grave problems for the poorest inhabitants of developing countries and threatened to undermine recent improvements in nutrition and health indicators in those nations.The international community must urgently introduce new measures, including an increase in agricultural production, if it is to stave off widespread starvation, he said, adding that agriculture has to be central to poverty reduction strategies.Mr. Jagdeo stressed the need for stronger safety nets to be developed so that the poor continue to have access to food and maintain basic nutrition levels through the current crisis.“It is also urgently necessary for large developed countries to re-examine ways in which current inefficient and distortionary trade policies, particularly subsidies that support inefficient domestic production and tariffs that protect against more competitive imports, can be restructured to reduce distortions in the global marketplace,” he said.
The Toronto stock market moved higher near midday Wednesday, led by metals and mining stocks as traders in the U.S. clung to hope that discussions over the looming “fiscal cliff” deadline would lead to a resolution.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 70.06 points to 12,404.40, as key commodities prices moved higher. The TSX Venture Exchange gained 2.11 points to 1,178.11.The Canadian dollar was down 0.09 of a cent to 101.36 cents US.The TSX metals and mining sector gained 2.2 per cent, with Sherritt International (TSX:S) rising 5.6 per cent to $5.70 and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) lifting two per cent to $36.22. Energy stocks rose 0.9 per cent as the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose $1.54 to US$89.47 a barrel.March copper declined about four cents to US$3.61 a pound while February gold bullion moved ahead $3 to US$1,673.70 an ounce.The potential budget deal in the U.S. has grabbed the focus of traders in recent sessions. While a compromise has yet to be reached between the White House and Congress, sentiment is holding relatively steady.Markets appear mostly confident that President Barack Obama and Republican leaders will reach a deal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” a series of automatic tax hikes and government spending cuts that will start coming into effect at the start of next year and have the potential of derailing the U.S economic recovery.The Dow Jones industrials lost 12.48 points to 13,338.48 and the Nasdaq rose 1.52 points to 3,056.05. The S&P 500 index was off 1.9 points at 1,444.89.The U.S. Commerce Department said that builders broke ground on fewer houses in November, likely in part due to superstorm Sandy in the U.S. Northeast. The report says builders began construction of homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 861,000. That’s three per cent lower than October’s annual rate of 888,000, which was the fastest since July 2008.“Keep in mind that growth in housing starts was extremely strong in the prior three months, so some giveback is not a concern at this point, especially given what permits did in November,” BMO Capital Markets economist Robert Kavcic wrote in a note.Meanwhile, the Teranet-National Bank Canadian housing price index fell in November from a month earlier. The composite index covering 11 major urban centres stood at 154.02 last month, down 0.4 per cent from October.And Canadian bank CIBC is forecasting “very mediocre” domestic growth next year, blaming weakness in the world economy and an absence of key economic drivers at home. CIBC says it now expects economic growth of only 1.7 per cent in 2013, down from its previous estimate of two per cent.General Motors will spend $5.5 billion to buy back 200 million shares of its stock from the U.S. Treasury by the end of this year. The Treasury plans to sell its remaining stake in GM over the next 15 months, allowing the automaker to shed the stigma of being partly owned by the American government. Shares of GM were up eight per cent to $27.62 in New York.In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 0.6 per cent at 5,968 while Germany’s DAX rose 0.2 per cent at 7,667. The CAC-40 in France was 0.4 per cent higher at 3,661.Earlier in Asia, stocks did well too, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index up 0.6 per cent to 22,623.37 and Shanghai’s main index of Chinese shares closing flat at 2,264.30.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index surged 2.4 per cent to close at 10,160.40, the first time the benchmark has closed above 10,000 since April 3.The stock market advance came three days after a landslide election victory by the Liberal Democratic party. Shinzo Abe, head of the LDP, has pledged to keep the yen from strengthening and take measure to boost Japan’s deflation-mired economy.
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, saw the devastating impact of drought on rural communities in northern Kenya.“Crops are failing, food prices are rising, and families are going hungry. The spectre of hunger and disease is haunting East Africa again. We need to put a stop to this,” Mr. O’Brien said.The office he heads, OCHA, is working with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and other partners to save lives in the region, according to a press release.“Our efforts should not only alleviate the current suffering brought about by this emergency, but should also aim to build the resilience of families and the capacity of local governments to deal with future droughts and other calamities,” the Representative of UNICEF in Kenya, Werner Schultink said.UN efforts of support include dispatching 12,000 cartons of ready to use therapeutic foods for the severely-malnourished children, for example.The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, recently declared the drought a national disaster and has called for international support.
The NCAA shouldn’t suspend Jim Tressel for more than two games. It shouldn’t fine him more than $250,000. It shouldn’t bar him from spring practice and summer workouts. After it finishes its investigation, the NCAA should recommend Jim Tressel’s termination as head football coach at The Ohio State University. This incident is further proof that college athletics is spinning out of control, and a message needs to be sent to university presidents and athletic directors who let rule-breaking coaches keep their jobs because they win games and sell tickets. And that’s exactly why Tressel, who said he never considered resigning, didn’t tell the athletic department that he had received an e-mail from an attorney indicating OSU football players were selling memorabilia to Edward Rife. Rife, the owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor, is one of the focal points of a federal drug investigation. Tressel’s contract states that he is bound to report any possible violation immediately. He didn’t. When Regular Joe with a normal job breaches his contract, he gets the boot. So should The Vest. “I am sorry and disappointed this happened,” Tressel said. “At the time the situation occurred, I thought I was doing the right thing.” Doing the right thing? Surely a deeply religious man with a newly released book titled “Life Promises for Success: Promises from God on Achieving Your Best” knows the difference between right and wrong. Or does he? Maurice Clarett and Troy Smith, the highest-profile players of the Tressel era other than current Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor, were both suspended for accepting improper benefits. Tressel also had a player do the same thing at Youngstown State. It’s clear that Tressel, also author of “The Winner’s Manual,” wants to win at all cost. The mantra is shared by athletic director Gene Smith and university President E. Gordon Gee, who make up the university’s “Big Three.” When asked whether he considered firing Tressel, Gee gave a clear indication of who actually runs the university. “No, are you kidding?” Gee said with a laugh. “Let me be very clear: I’m just hoping the coach doesn’t dismiss me.” I rest my case. At this point OSU has given Tressel a slap on the wrist. The NCAA should break his arm.
She had seen a very emotional programme with her friend which had been on all weekCoroner Yvonne Blake Barratt’s character – a depressed husband – made a failed attempt to hang himself in the opening scenes of the first episode, which was shown on April 25 this year.Miss Haley’s best friend, Hannah Rice, a fellow pupil at the school, said in a statement that they had watched the last episode together on the night of April 29.She said: “At the beginning of the week-long series, a character tried to hang himself, but by the end of the week he was happier.” She added that they had both been left “upset and emotional” by the programme which dealt with “issues around suicide and depression” and had hugged each other before going to bed.Miss Rice also said her friend had been increasingly “clinging and frantic” in the week before her death and had expressed worries about leaving school. She thought Miss Haley was “fine” when she went to bed and she had not said anything about wanting to take her own life, she said. She added: “She did not tell me or indicate in any way that she needed to talk.”Miss Haley was found when staff went to wake her up at 7.30am the next morning.Miss Rice said in her statement that she knew Miss Haley had tried to take her own life in the past and she told how she had come to her room in the middle of the night last December when she was “obviously distressed” and looked “distant and drawn”. Auntie Viv (Anna Chancellor) and Deborah (Olivia Colman) in FlowersCredit:Des Willie A sixth former at a top private boarding school was found hanged just hours after being distressed by a Channel 4 black comedy series, an inquest heard.Rebecca Haley, 18, was said to have been left “upset and emotional” after watching a series called Flowers, which examined issues around suicide and depression. The teenager, who had suffered from mental health issues for a number of years, was found dead the following morning in her room at Gresham’s School in Holt, Norfolk.The six episodes of Flowers, which starred Olivia Colman – a former pupil at the school – and Julian Barratt, were all screened in the five days before Miss Haley’s death and focused on the dysfunctional lives of an eccentric family. Ms Blake also suggested she may have “thought very deeply about things”. “It is clear she was a highly intelligent girl… intelligent people can overthink things. There was no note or any element of any planning. It was very sudden and I think she acted impulsively.”She said that her family should not blame themselves over the tragedy, describing her as “much loved at home”. Patrick Draper, a case manager for the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, said he began dealing with Miss Haley in May 2015 for her depression. She denied that she had any issue with bullying or difficulties at school but she made him think that she had “a long standing issue” which she did not want to discuss.Al Bailey, a deputy services manager at the Trust, said a review after Miss Haley’s death had found that she had received inadequate care as a care plan had not been drawn up and no risk assessment was carried out for her.But Mr Bailey said that the fault only effectively involved “poor record keeping” as Miss Haley had made it clear that she did not want help from the trust.Det Insp Chris Burgess of Norfolk Police said there were no suspicious circumstances and no indication of third party involvement.Her parents attended the inquest but declined to comment afterwards. As a result, she went to the school’s medical centre and was referred to mental health services. Miss Rice said she later discovered that she had been cutting her legs and arms.The inquest heard that Miss Haley, who lived with her mother in Barking, Suffolk, had a history of self-harming and was taking medication for depression.She had asked that her family was not told about how she had seen mental health services while away at her boarding school and was reluctant to engage in counselling, the inquest heard.Julie Simms, the matron of Britten House, said she had not noticed any difference in Miss Haley’s behaviour before her death, describing her as “a typical teenager who felt life was unfair, but had a sense of humour and would have a laugh”.In a narrative conclusion, Yvonne Blake, Norfolk area coroner, said there were “no warning signs” Miss Haley planned to take her own life.”I am not satisfied to the criminal standard that Rebecca appreciated the consequences of her actions,” she said. “I think there was a lot going on. She had seen a very emotional programme with her friend which had been on all week… she suffered from anxiety and low self esteem and her friend mentioned she was sad about leaving school.” 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.
Thousands of people are heading to the New York Botanical gardens, and many more are tuning in online to watch a flower bloom. That may seem odd, especially since the flower smells of rotting flesh, but for the Amorphophallus titanium, also known as the corpse flower, it’s a rare event indeed.As disgusting as it sounds, these flowers are special. After they’re planted they often taken 7-10 years to bloom for the first time. Subsequent blooms often take just as long, too. The plant smells so terrible because when it opens, it tries to attract as many bugs — flies, beetles, and the like — to help it pollinate other plants. The insects are attracted to the awful smell of rotting flesh because they usually lay their eggs in rancid meat. Lovely.Because of its rarity, Botanical gardens and private collectors cultivate the plants and make events of their flowering. It’s been more than 80 years since the New York Botanical Gardens had a blooming corpse flower. It’s like the Halley’s Comet of plants that smell like death.It takes about 48 hours for the whole process to finish, so if you’re curious you can check out the livestream from now until late Saturday night. And if you’re eager to test the fortitude of your stomach, you can go to the NYBC in the Bronx to check it out. So hurry and check out this smelly miracle of nature, with your eyes or your nose, before it’s too late. It really is an exquisite corpse flower.
What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Watching Fuller House or Grace and Frankie on my phone during a workout passes the time. But it doesn’t exactly inspire hard work and perseverance.So, Netflix introduced the DIY personal trainer.Its fourth “Make It” project gives users “that extra push,” doling out motivation from your favorite Netflix characters “right when you need them most,” the streaming service said.“If committing to exercise [were] as easy as committing to Netflix, you’d probably have Daredevil’s abs by now,” according to a video description.You (or a tech-savvy friend) will need a background in building electronics and coding. Check out Netflix’s detailed bill of materials before getting started.“Feel free to make substitutions or experiment with different materials based on how you like to work out—or what will get you jazzed about working out,” the project page said.The toughest part, more than climbing a treadmill mountain or pushing up a cycling hill, is choosing the right personal trainer. Do you need a drill sergeant like Terry Crews (Ultimate Beastmaster), Red Reznikov (Orange is the New Black), or Frank Underwood (House of Cards)?NetflixOr do you work better under pressure from Queen Elizabeth (The Crown)? Perhaps the optimism of Kimmy Schmidt (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) or Stephanie Tanner (Fuller House) will get you to the finish line.Other options include Frankie Bergstein (Grace and Frankie), Dustin Henderson (Stranger Things), Kimmy Gibbler (Fuller House), Taystee Jefferson (Orange is the New Black), Titus Andromedon (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), BoJack Horseman (BoJack Horseman), and Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite). Those practicing their Spanish on the elliptical may want to channel drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Narcos).NetflixBuilt-in LEDs act as an activity meter: three lights suggest an energetic workout, while one means you’re slacking and are about to get whipped into shape. If you’re watching Netflix on iOS while working out, the personal trainer will auto-pause your show every time you stop and deliver motivational goodness.A CNC router or 3D printer could prove useful for building a case, to which you can attach a character faceplate. If you don’t hard code a specific personality as your coach, the device will automatically detect which faceplate is attached.Netflix launched its Make It program during September 2015’s Maker Faire, where it debuted the Netflix Switch—place food orders, silence mobile devices, build a playlist of TV episodes, and more with one tap. Three months later, the company introduced socks that pause the television when the wearer falls asleep.All the items needed can be purchased through Amazon. Stay on target
The timings for booking tickets under tatkal scheme have been changed.Under the revised timings, tatkal bookings for AC classes will be open from 10 am to 11 am. For non-AC classes, tatkal bookings will remain open for one hour from 11 am. Besides, passengers will be able to get 50 percent refund on cancellation of these tickets.The Indian Railways is also planning to introduce ‘Tatkal Special’ train service, in which the travelling cost will be more compared to normal trains, The Economic Times reported. These special trains on tatkal fares will run on high traffic routes.Recently, the Indian Railways has announced to roll out paperless mobile ticketing system in luxury trains such as Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express, as a part of its efforts to reduce usage of paper.Currently, the Indian Railways use nearly 600 tonnes paper annually to print tickets and prepare reservation charts. On a pilot basis, the railways department has already introduced the paperless ticketing system in unreserved category in Egmore and Tambram suburban section in Chennai.The department is also expected to roll out multi-lingual portals for reservation of tickets.”Currently, it is in English and Hindi and we want the portals to be in all regional languages,” Railway Board Member (Traffic) Ajay Shukla told The Financial Express..
On May 7 from 9 a.m. to noon, the Baltimore City Branch NAACP is hosting its annual prayer breakfast at the Forest Park Senior Center, 4801 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland. For more information call Joe Aston at 443-22-9459 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Goldman Sachs Pays Big to Settle Fraud Claims in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Share Today, investment banking firm Goldman Sachs finalized a settlement first announced earlier this year, stating that it has agreed to settle federal and state investigations probes concerning the sale of toxic residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) in the time leading up to the financial crisis.Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay a $5.06 billion settlement in regard to its “conduct in the packaging, securitization, marketing, sale, and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) between 2005 and 2007,” according to an announcement from the U.S. Justice Department. Michael DuVally, a spokesman for Goldman Sachs told MReport, “We are pleased to put these legacy matters behind us. Since the financial crisis, we have taken significant steps to strengthen our culture, reinforce our commitment to our clients, and ensure our governance processes are robust.”In January, Goldman Sachs first stated that it has come to an agreement in principle to resolve the investigation of the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group of the U.S. Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (RMBS Working Group).According to the firm, the agreement will resolve real claims and any allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the New York and Illinois Attorneys General, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), and the Federal Home Loan Banks of Chicago and Seattle, relating to the firm’s securitization, underwriting and sale of residential mortgage-backed securities from 2005 to 2007.”We are pleased to put these legacy matters behind us. Since the financial crisis, we have taken significant steps to strengthen our culture, reinforce our commitment to our clients, and ensure our governance processes are robust,” said Michael DuVally, a spokesman for Goldman Sachs.According to the Justice Department, Goldman Sachs is required to pay $2.385 billion in a civil penalty under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA). In addition, the investment firm will provide $1.8 billion toward loan forgiveness and financing for affordable housing, which includes relief to underwater homeowners, distressed borrowers, and affected communities. Goldman will also pay $875 million to resolve claims by other federal entities and state claims, in which $575 million will go to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).“This resolution holds Goldman Sachs accountable for its serious misconduct in falsely assuring investors that securities it sold were backed by sound mortgages, when it knew that they were full of mortgages that were likely to fail,” said Acting Associate Attorney General Stuart F. Delery. “This $5 billion settlement includes a $1.8 billion commitment to help repair the damage to homeowners and communities that Goldman acknowledges resulted from its conduct, and it makes clear that no institution may inflict this type of harm on investors and the American public without serious consequences.”Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, Head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division added, “Today’s settlement is another example of the department’s resolve to hold accountable those whose illegal conduct resulted in the financial crisis of 2008. Viewed in conjunction with the previous multibillion-dollar recoveries that the department has obtained for similar conduct, this settlement demonstrates the pervasiveness of the banking industry’s fraudulent practices in selling RMBS, and the power of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act as a tool for combatting this type of wrongdoing.”Several large financial institutions have settled with the U.S. Justice Department and state regulatory agencies to resolve claims of mortgage-backed securities fraud: Citigroup for $7 billion in July 2014, JPMorgan Chase for a then-record $13 billion in November 2013, and Bank of America for a record $16.65 billion in August 2014. Goldman’s settlement will mark the fourth-largest RMBS settlement to date.”We are pleased to put these legacy matters behind us. Since the financial crisis, we have taken significant steps to strengthen our culture, reinforce our commitment to our clients, and ensure our governance processes are robust,” Michael DuVally, a spokesman for Goldman Sachs told MReport. National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) EVP of Government Affairs and General Counsel, Carrie Hunt, said in response to news that the NCUA will receive $575 million from the January Goldman Sachs Group settlement, bringing NCUA legal recoveries to a total of more than $3 billion.“NAFCU and our members appreciate NCUA’s persistence in seeking recoveries relative to faulty mortgage-backed securities sold to corporate credit unions,” Hunt stated. “We continue to urge the agency to remain steadfast in its legal recovery efforts and to be completely transparent as to how the monies recovered will be returned to credit unions.”In addition to the settlement, Goldman also agreed to be held accountable for the statement of facts, which describes how the firm made “false and misleading representations to prospective investors about the characteristics of the loans it securitized and the ways in which Goldman would protect investors in its RMBS from harm,” the Justice Department stated.Here are the top three statements:Goldman told investors in offering documents that “[l]oans in the securitized pools were originated generally in accordance with the loan originator’s underwriting guidelines,” other than possible situations where “when the originator identified ‘compensating factors’ at the time of origination.” But Goldman has today acknowledged that, “Goldman received information indicating that, for certain loan pools, significant percentages of the loans reviewed did not conform to the representations made to investors about the pools of loans to be securitized.”Specifically, Goldman has now acknowledged that, even when the results of its due diligence on samples of loans from those pools “indicated that the unsampled portions of the pools likely contained additional loans with credit exceptions, Goldman typically did not . . . identify and eliminate any additional loans with credit exceptions.” Goldman has acknowledged that it “failed to do this even when the samples included significant numbers of loans with credit exceptions.”Goldman’s Mortgage Capital Committee, which included senior mortgage department personnel and employees from Goldman’s credit and legal departments, was required to approve every RMBS issued by Goldman. Goldman has now acknowledged that “[t]he Mortgage Capital Committee typically received . . . summaries of Goldman’s due diligence results for certain of the loan pools backing the securitization,” but that “[d]espite the high numbers of loans that Goldman had dropped from the loan pools, the Mortgage Capital Committee approved every RMBS that was presented to it between December 2005 and 2007.” As one example, in early 2007, Goldman approved and issued a subprime RMBS backed by loans originated by New Century Mortgage Corporation, after Goldman’s due diligence process found that one of the loan pools to be securitized included loans originated with “[e]xtremely aggressive underwriting,” and where Goldman dropped 25 percent of the loans from the due diligence sample on that pool without reviewing the unsampled 70 percent of the pool to determine whether those loans had similar problems.Click here to read the full announcement and all of Goldman’s statements of facts. 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LouisianaSteel Magnolias Ok, so … who HASN’T seen the film, Steel Magnolias? … are you lying?For the uninitiated – here’s a Huff Post piece that’s tantamount to Crib Notes.If you’re a diehard fan you might want to consider these lodgings when in Louisiana … because you can now stay in the home where author Robert Harling lived out Steel Magnolias in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Take a trip down memory lane as the Eatenton family home has been turned into a B&B offering Southern hospitality, and where the décor/exteriors haven’t changed since Robert lived there. You can stay in one of six suites, each named after characters for the film, and decorated to match. A stay in The Steel Magnolia House starts at approximately $250 per night.