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29 girls raped in Bihar shelter

first_imgA day after the police said that 16 out of the 44 girls at a State-run shelter in Muzaffarpur had been sexually assaulted, the medical test results of 13 more girls have confirmed rape. A total of 42 girls had been sent for medical examination, and so far, in the cases of all the 29 girls whose reports are available, “sexual contact” has been confirmed, the police said. The medical reports of 13 more girls are still awaited. Two girls were not sent for a medical examination as they were unwell.“Out of the 44 girls from the Muzaffarpur shelter home, 42 were medically examined and their reports now show 29 of them had had sexual contact. The remaining two girls were not well, so they could not be sent for a medical test,” State Director General of Police K.S. Dwivedi told journalists in Patna. Mr Dwivedi also added that there was no need for a CBI inquiry as “he was satisfied with the investigation being conducted by the police department.”He further said that 10 of the 11 accused had been arrested and sent to jail while “one Dilip Verma is still absconding”. When asked why a test identification parade had not been done as yet, Mr. Dwivedi said that it would be done if required. He also said that no girl was missing from the shelter home. “Four girls were reported missing from the shelter home from December 2013 to 2018. Of these, three have been reported dead, while one had married and was living in Muzaffarpur,” Mr. Dwivedi said.Accusing the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government of protecting the main accused, Brajesh Thakur, the Opposition parties protested inside and in front of the State legislature on Tuesday, demanding a “High Court-monitored CBI inquiry into the case”. An aggressive opposition led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) disrupted the proceedings in the Bihar Assembly and the legislative council.last_img read more

Top stories: An Ebola emergency, Earth’s tiny saviors, and Rosetta makes history

first_imgHow two U.S. patients changed the debate about using untested Ebola drugsEbola has already sickened 1779 people and killed 961 in four West African countries, and the World Health Organization has declared the escalating outbreak an international emergency. But until last week, there appeared to be little hope that any experimental drugs or vaccines might be used to control the infection. Now, the cases of two U.S. Ebola patients who were treated with an experimental antibody cocktail have suddenly upset that international consensus.Ancient worms may have saved EarthSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)You can credit your existence to tiny wormlike creatures that lived 500 million years ago, a new study suggests. By tunneling through the sea floor, these creatures altered our planet’s chemistry and kept oxygen concentrations at just the right level to allow animals and other complex life to evolve. The finding may help answer an enduring mystery of Earth’s past.After 10-year chase, Rosetta spacecraft catches its cometOn 6 August, the Rosetta spacecraft made history. After a 10-year chase through the solar system, the probe finally arrived at the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, making it the first spacecraft ever to rendezvous with a comet. The mission, perhaps the most ambitious one ever undertaken by the European Space Agency, will now join the comet as it begins a lap around the sun, heats up, and releases stores of ice in a cloud of dust and gas.Nose swab detects fatal brain diseaseThe early signs of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease—a rare, incurable brain disorder best known for its connection to mad cow disease—are difficult to interpret. By the time memory failure, blindness, and coma set in, death is usually imminent. Now, researchers report that a simple nasal swab may help doctors detect the disease much sooner—and more accurately.How fat grizzly bears stay diabetes-freeEvery fall, grizzly bears pack on the pounds in preparation for their winter hibernation. In humans, such extreme weight gain would likely lead to diabetes or other metabolic diseases, but the bears manage to stay healthy year after year. Their ability to remain diabetes-free, researchers have now discovered, can be chalked up to the shutting down of a protein found in fat cells. The discovery could lead to new diabetes drugs that turn off the same pathway in humans.Senior RIKEN scientist involved in stem cell scandal commits suicideYoshiki Sasai, a noted stem cell scientist at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology who co-authored two controversial and later retracted papers that reported a simple way of reprogramming mature cells, was confirmed dead on 5 August, an apparent suicide. Sasai was facing disciplinary measures and a damaged reputation in the wake of the scandal surrounding the papers.last_img read more

WWE Raw Results: Seth Rollins Goes Hunting For The Fiend, Braun Strowman and Tyson Fury Sign Contract for Crown Jewel

first_img 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. While Monday Night Raw primarily was aimed at the conclusion of the 2019 WWE Draft as Raw and SmackDown move to USA networks and Fox respectively. The conclusion of the show saw Raw emerging as the roster stocked with more heavyweight wrestlers, it also pushed prominent storylines like the Crown Jewel event, slated for October 31, in Saudi Arabia.Notably, Raw this week featured some solid and entertaining in-ring efforts that provided a positive outlook for the show. The evening commenced with a video montage that showcased one of the most well-known pay-per-view event finishes in recent memory in universal champion Seth Rollins vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt at Hell in a Cell. It concluded with footage from Friday’s SmackDown, where “The Fiend” emerged from underneath the ring to attack Rollins during his show-opening bout with Roman Reigns. Later during an interview, Rollins revealed that he would be going “Fiend hunting” on Raw to find Wyatt and end this once and for all. Furthermore, it was later announced that Rollins will defend the Universal Title against “The Fiend” in a falls count anywhere match at Crown Jewel.The evening also saw an episode of Firefly Funhouse where Wyatt said The Fiend never forgets. However, Rollins showed up and started to beat down Wyatt and literally set it on fire to close the week’s episode.The evening also saw a contract signing for the Crown Jewel matchup between Braun Strowman and the lineal heavyweight boxing champion of the world Tyson Fury. The segment, moderated by Jerry “The King” Lawler, the segment saw a war of words between the two before Strowman broke the table with his bare hands. Fury, on his part, after a few attempts, broke the pen used for signing the contract and walked off.Here’s what else happened on Monday Night Raw:Becky Lynch defeated Charlotte Flair via pinfall with a crucifix rollup to earn Raw the top draft pick for the night.Andrade defeated Ali via pinfall after the Hammerlock DDT.Raw Tag Team Championship — The Viking Raiders defeated Dolph Ziggler & RobertRoode (c) via pinfall to win the titles.Aleister Black defeated Eric Young via submission with the Dark Ritual.Ricochet defeated Shelton Benjamin via pinfall after connecting with the Recoil.Buddy Murphy defeated Cedric Alexander via pinfall after Murphy’s Law.The Kabuki Warriors defeated Lacey Evans & Natalya via pinfall after Asukarolled up Evans for the victory. Becky LynchBraun StrowmanBray WyattCharlotte Flair First Published: October 15, 2019, 3:45 PM ISTlast_img read more

High court stays election process of Rajasthan cricket Academy till Dec 13

first_imgJaipur:- A single judge bench of Rajasthan high court Monday stayed the election process of Rajasthan Cricket Academy (RCA) till December 13. The registrar cooperative society had dissolved the executive body of RCA  headed by Congress leader and former Union minister C P Joshi on September 18 this year and directed fresh elections by an ad-hoc committee.This was owing to the ongoing dispute between the group led by C P Joshi and the one led by RCA secretary R S Nandu. The order for dissolution was challenged in the High Court through a petition filed by RCA through its president  C P Joshi. The petition was opposed by 6 district associations and the state government on the ground that the order of registrar was appealable before secretary, Sports Council. The bench found the petition not maintainable on the ground of seeking alternative relief and directed the aggrieved parties approach the Secretary Sports Council on December 13, and that the body decide on the appeal the same day. The bench also halted the election process till that period. PTI COR TVSTVSlast_img read more

Klopp: Liverpool need to improve against Arsenal

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has called on his players to show even more when they resume Premier League services against Arsenal.The Merseysiders are unbeaten in the league this season, and have won their last eight games since drawing with the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium back in November.That run has seen them power ahead of Manchester City, who now lie seven points back after losing twice in the space of a week against Crystal Palace and Leicester City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Liverpool’s last run-out saw them destroy Newcastle United in a 4-0 Boxing Day rout – but Klopp wants to see an improvement in Saturday’s clash at Anfield.“Arsenal are in a good moment; they have a fantastic team and a fantastic manager, so that will be really difficult,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.“A completely different game, of course. If we let them counter-attack like we did [against Newcastle] I don’t think we have a chance because they are really strong in that. So we have to improve so many things.“But on the other hand, we have 51 points and that’s unbelievable. We played the first part of the season unbeaten – that’s all good and we feel it, it feels really good.“The only little problem we have is the second part of the season starts [on Saturday]. What we wanted to do when we started in the summer was to create a basis in the first part of the season for the second part.“We’ve created that basis and now we have to work with it. What we did so far, we will do again and again and again. We’ll really be completely focused on the next game.“We need tunnel vision, all of us, being in the situation – dig in and try to make the best of each game. Then we will see where it leads us to.”Saturday’s Arsenal test is the first of two crucial fixtures for the Reds, who have never lifted the Premier League title since its inception in 1992-3.The following Thursday Klopp’s men will visit City’s Etihad Stadium, with the current league holders keen to break their current slump and relaunch a faltering title challenge. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Messi: It hasn’t been my best Copa

first_imgLionel Messi admitted he had been below his best at the Copa America so far, but said Argentina’s progress to the semi-finals was most important.Argentina set up a blockbuster semi-final against hosts Brazil by beating Venezuela 2-0 at the Maracana on Friday .Messi has scored just once in Argentina’s four games, and his goal came from the penalty spot against Paraguay in the group stage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Barcelona star, whose team face Brazil on Tuesday, accepted he was yet to hit top form at the tournament.”The truth is that it’s not been my best Copa America, not what I expected,” Messi said.”There are matches that occur in this way. You cannot play a lot, it’s complicated for those of us who want to do something different, to avoid rivals.”The important thing is that we won and we continue.”A Argentina  se classificou para as semifinais pela quinta vez nas últimas seis edições da #CopaAmerica . pic.twitter.com/q6up6wsvT6 — Copa América (@CopaAmerica) June 28, 2019 Messi started in behind the front two of Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero against Venezuela, with the Inter forward getting on the scoresheet for the second straight game.After the win, Messi was happy with the attacking trio, while he slammed the pitches – which have been criticised throughout the Copa America – in Brazil again.”We know it is fundamental that if we want to play the top three, we must run and help in defence,” he said.”It is a cup match, anyone beats anyone. It is difficult to play, the pitches are bad. It is a shame that all the pitches are like this in a Copa America.”Argentina have advanced to the semi-finals without convincing in the tournament so far.They lost their first match in the group stage to Colombia, 2-0 and drew with Paraguay 1-1, thanks to Messi’s lone goal to date.They secured qualification to the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Asian invitees Qatar.Despite their unsure play to date, they are now just one game away from a third straight Copa America final.If they should beat the hosts in the semis the Albiceleste will have a chance to avenge their defeats on the last two finals.They lost both games to Chile, in 2015 and 2016, in penalty shoot outs.last_img read more

CMA CGM Merges Subsidiaries

first_imgzoom French CMA CGM Group will merge its two subsidiaries MacAndrews and OPDR, specializiang in short sea transportation, effective January 1, 2018, the company said.Following the move, the merged company will be headquartered in Hamburg and will have 595 employees, as employment in each entity will be maintained. In addition, MacAndrews will have a presence in 16 countries through 36 agencies.“The union between these two companies specialized in intra-European transport enables the CMA CGM Group to strengthen its multimodal offer in Europe, particularly thanks to the complementarity of the geographical zones covered today by MacAndrews and OPDR, in order to create the sector’s leader,” CMA CGM said announcing the deal.Acquired by CMA CGM in 2002, MacAndrews is the oldest shipping company in Europe. It offers rail, land and maritime transport services and is a specialist in container transport on short-sea routes as well as multimodal solutions in Europe. MacAndrews connects Great Britain, the Iberian Peninsula and Poland.OPDR, acquired by the CMA CGM Group in 2015, specializes in intra-European short-sea transport and logistics. OPDR mainly covers Central Europe, Spain (including the Canary Islands), Portugal and Morocco.last_img read more

MSC Cruises Acquires Interest in Trieste Cruise Terminal

first_imgzoomllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Switzerland-based cruise company MSC Cruises has acquired a significant interest in Trieste Adriatic Marine Initiatives (TAMI), a strategic holding company of the cruise terminal Trieste Terminal Passeggeri (TTP).The company has not disclosed the amount of money invested in the terminal.Following this investment, MSC Cruises plans to develop homeporting operations in Trieste starting in summer 2020.“This investment will support MSC Cruises’ long-standing objective of providing enhanced and seamless experiences for cruise guests right from the point of embarkation onwards,” the company said today in a statement.The announcement came on the same day when the company celebrated a steel cutting ceremony for MSC Seashore, the first ship of two new Seaside EVO class of ships.The ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone.Coming into service in spring 2021, MSC Seashore is the seventh ship to be built under the company’s ten-year development plan including seventeen new ships and will become the nineteenth ship MSC Cruises has built.last_img read more

Plans Announced for Highlight Celebrations

first_imgA fabulous showcase of musical talent for a free public concert, an 18th century costume ball and a national youth symposium involving 100 young Canadians were among the events Democracy 250 highlighted today, Sept. 10, in the countdown to Oct. 2. Nikki Balch, Z103.5 morning host and D250 youth ambassador, kicked of a news conference at the World Trade and Convention Centre by announcing Hedley will be the headline act at D250’s Rockin in the Free World concert. The concert will be held from 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Sat. Sept. 27 in Halifax’s Grand Parade. Other performers include ill Scarlett, Chad Hatcher, Blueberry Grunt, Samantha Robichaud, Lone Cloud and D250 youth ambassadors Jordan Croucher, Stephanie Hardy and Dwight d’Eon. Ms. Balch said, “Hedley is one of the most popular rock bands in the country. They are a multiple-platinum selling, multiple-Juno nominated and a multi-Much Music Video Award recipient. Their new song, Old School, is at the top of the charts. Throw in a long list of other talented performers and the fact that the concert is free, and you know Grande Parade is going to be rocking.” Democracy 250 co-chair Russell MacLellan also announced a national youth symposium on youth engagement at Dalhousie University. The symposium will kick off D250’s five-stop university Roller Coaster Tour from Sept. 20 to 24, with performers ill Scarlett, JSB, The Tom Fun Orchestra and Alert the Medic. “A key objective of Democracy 250 is to reach youth with the message about the importance of getting involved in their communities and voting,” said Mr. MacLellan. “The Rockin in the Free World concert, the National Youth Symposium and the university concert tour enable us to reach our target audience, to bring them into the celebrations and to encourage them to vote in coming elections.” Plans were also released for celebrations Thursday, Oct. 2, the date Canada’s first parliamentary assembly met in Halifax 250 years ago. Events planned include a traditional Mi’kmaq smudging ceremony, a special ceremonial session of the legislature, a salute and musical tribute to veterans, a Roots of Democracy art display at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, a sail past along Halifax Harbour led by the Bluenose II, an 18th century costume ball and a fireworks display. Nova Scotians will also be encouraged to visit Province House to sign a giant thank you card that will be sent to Canada’s military serving overseas as a show of support. Democracy 250 co-chair John Hamm said proceeds from ticket sales for the ball will go to support the Mi’kmaq Maliseet Youth Council. “The Mi’kmaq are the fastest growing population in our province,” said Dr. Hamm. “This is a small but important gesture. Democracy 250 hopes it will acknowledge history has not always been kind to the Mi’kmaq. It is a way of showing Democracy 250 supports greater inclusiveness and greater opportunity for a segment of our population that continues to face many struggles.” For more information on these and other events, visit www.democracy250.ca or www.D250.ca .last_img read more

Saskatchewan premier pitches changes to federal equalization program

first_imgREGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is proposing a major change to a federal policy that transfers money from so-called “have” provinces to less prosperous ones.Moe says Canada’s equalization program has not benefited Saskatchewan for years despite a steep economic downturn in the province’s resource sector.At the same time, he notes, provinces such as Quebec have received billions of dollars under the program.Moe says he has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the other provincial premiers asking for a change to how the program is calculated to make it fairer.His proposed “50-50” formula calls for half of equalization to continue to be calculated and distributed as it is now.The other half would be distributed on a per capita basis.“Equalization is an incredibly inequitable and flawed program,” Moe said in a release Wednesday.The province estimates it would receive about $300 million if the system were changed. Moe said under the current formula Saskatchewan would not receive any equalization payments.The province has been running deficits for years, but hopes to balance its books by 2020.“I would contend that this proposal is more than reasonable,” Moe said.Regina-Lewvan MP Erin Weir said he doesn’t believe Moe will get very far with his idea.“I wish him well in pushing for increased federal transfers to our province, but fear he will not get far in persuading equalization-receiving provinces,” Weir said in a statement.Saskatchewan Opposition Leader Ryan Meili cautioned Moe to be careful what he wishes for.“The way the economy is going under the premier, I’m very concerned that we might actually end up being in the have-not circumstance,” Meili said.Moe said he wants equalization added to the agenda when Canada’s premiers meet in July in New Brunswick.Saskatchewan estimates its taxpayers contribute about $600 million per year into program through federal taxes. The province itself does not make a direct payment into equalization.Saskatchewan acknowledges the program is enshrined in the Constitution, but contends its design and formula is completely up to the federal government and changes can be made without the approval of the provinces.— With files from Ryan McKennalast_img read more

Cops question neighbours in Jodhpur Park murder

first_imgKolkata: Police could not able to arrest any person in connection with the Jodhpur Park murder till Friday night. According to Kalyan Mukhopadhyay, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), South East Division (SED) of Kolkata Police, no detection could be made in this case.Sources informed that sleuths are almost sure that the elderly lady identified as Shyamali Ghosh (74) has been murdered by someone or some persons who were known to her. Primarily it is suspected that the killer or killers used to go to her flat often. Even Ghosh’s mobile phone could not be found at the murder spot. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPolice have already initiated International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number tracking to locate the lost mobile phone. On Friday after completion of autopsy examination, concerned surgeon could not able to point out the time of death as it was in highly decomposed state. But from the autopsy it has been confirmed that Ghosh has been killed by strangulation. Also several injury marks could be located on her head and body. Though the motive is not clear, sleuths suspect that the murder was done over some gain. Though no costly things have been stolen, sleuths suspect that the gain might be in some other aspect. To know whether she had owned any land or property which she might had declared to give away to someone after her death, sleuths are contacting her keens. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayApart from her family members, police are also questioning another occupant of the said building who is a businessman by proffession. Sleuths came to know that when his close people used to visit Kolkata, he used to arrange the two flats in the same building on rent. The caretaker of the building is also being questioned to find any clue. Ghosh was last seen on Tuesday afternoon by her neighbours when she told them that she is going to market.last_img read more

Sri Lanka undecided on nuclear power

Residents in the area have voiced opposition to the power plant despite the Tamil Nadu government insisting it is safe.Meanwhile the Minister expressed full confidence over the Chinese built coal power plant after it resumed operations following an unexpected breakdown. However he said no final decision has been taken on switching to nuclear power. The government is still undecided on using nuclear power to meet the electricity needs of the country, Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka said today.Addressing a media briefing in Colombo today the Minister said that the authorities are carrying out a feasibility study on nuclear energy. “You see the problems at Kundankulam,” the Minister said laughing. Kundankulam is the site of a nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu. He said that the Norochcholai coal power plant is expected to meet 60 percent of the country’s electricity demands once the full project is completed.“The allegation that the power cuts were solely because of the breakdown of the Norochcholai coal power plant is not correct. The power cuts were because there was no rain. Blaming me, the Ceylon Electricity Board, China or the Chinese engineers was not fair,” Ranawaka said. read more

Debate continues about alcohol in corner stores

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 (Update)Convenience store owners in Ontario are gearing up for a big announcement and pushing back against the Liberal government. They want to sell beer, wine and spirits in corner stores. And while the battle is years old, a statement made Monday by Ontario’s Finance Minister Charles Sousa has them fired up all over again. Elise Copps reports.As a small business owner in rural Ontario, Joanne McMurchy struggles to turn a profit: “Even if it comes down to it where it does put us out of business because I can’t compete with the liquor agency up the road, I will continue to hopefully see it through. Whether I have a store or not.”She’s been fighting to get beer and wine into the Vanessa General Store for years.In 2012, she presented a petition of over one hundred thousand signatures to legislators at Queen’s Park:   “It’s clear that the people of Ontario want beer and wine in the stores but the government is choosing who can and who can’t sell.”Finance Minister, Charles Sousa, says the Liberals have no plans to let corner stores sell alcohol: “At this point we’re going to stick with the framework and the plan that we have.”That answer isn’t good enough for McMurchy: “We’ve got one store that’s an agency that thrives, and four stores that are struggling. In the same area.”It’s not just small businesses that are pushing for change. big players like Mac’s Convience Stores and Petro Canada are a driving force behind the lobby.Some consumers worry that selling alcohol at a gas station will encourage drinking and driving. But the Ontario convenience stores association says as it stands now, most Ontarians already have to drive to get to an LCBO or a beer store.According to the OCSA, 67% of Ontarians support their cause.“I don’t see a problem as long as they check ID’s and that kind of thing.”“People who own the stores will not adhere to the law that carefully and people will be underage drinking more.”“More competition would probably drive the prices down lower and you’d have something like the states. Maybe we’ll have less people going to the states and buying their alcohol.”As for McMurchy, she’ll keep targeting Ontario’s leaders until she can sell alcohol in her general store.The Ontario Convenience Stores Association will be making their announcement Tuesday at Queen’s Park. They’ll be joined by big players from Mac’s Convenience Stores and Petro Canada. We don’t know exactly what the announcement will be, but it’s about craft breweries and wineries in Ontario. read more

Petronas buys 25 stake in LNG Canada a year after scrapping its

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian state-owned energy company Petronas says one of its wholly-owned entities has signed an agreement for an equity position in the LNG Canada project in Kitimat, B.C.Petronas — which did not divulge the investment amount in a news release early Thursday — says it expects the agreement to be completed in the next few months once regulatory approvals are obtained.The announcement comes less than a year after Petronas and its partners scrapped a $36-billion megaproject in British Columbia.A consortium led Petronas announced in July 2017 that it would not proceed with the Pacific NorthWest LNG project near Port Edward, B.C., due to what it called an “extremely challenging environment” brought on by prolonged low prices.In the new agreement announced Thursday, the Petronas-owned North Montney LNG Limited Partnership would hold a 25 per cent stake in the LNG Canada project.Shell Canada Energy would hold 40 per cent, PetroChina Canada Ltd., would have a 15 per cent stake, Mitsubishi Corp., subsidiary Diamond LNG Canada Ltd., would also hold 15 per cent, and Kogas Canada LNG Ltd., would have the remaining five per cent.Petronas says the proposed project includes the design, construction and operation of a gas liquefaction plant and facilities for the storage and export of liquefied natural gas, including marine facilities.The plant will initially consist of two LNG processing units with an option to expand the project in the future.“Petronas is pleased to be part of the LNG Canada project,” said president and group CEO Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin.“We are committed to deliver LNG and natural gas, the cleanest fossil fuel in the world, to the growing global energy market.” read more

Gauge of US economys health posts moderate 03 per cent gain in

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – A measure of the U.S. economy’s health posted a moderate gain in January, suggesting that the economy will continue to expand in the first half of this year.The Conference Board reported Thursday that its index of leading indicators rose 0.3 per cent last month following no change in December and a solid 0.9 per cent increase in November. The index is designed to signal economic conditions over the next three to six months.Conference Board economist Ken Goldstein said the January advance reflects an economy that is expanding moderately. But he said growth was held back over the past two months by severe winter weather in many parts of the country.“If the economy is going to move on to a faster track in 2014 compared to last year, consumer demand and especially investment will need to pick up significantly from their current trends,” Goldstein said.The advance in January was aided by fewer applications for unemployment benefits and strength in financial indicators. This strength offset weakness from a decrease in applications for building permits and fewer hours worked in manufacturing. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2014 8:16 am MDT Gauge of US economy’s health posts moderate 0.3 per cent gain in January, suggesting growth read more

Creator of energy solutions to shine a light on childbirth wins 1

The “Powering the Future We Want” grant aims to fund capacity development activities in energy for sustainable development. It is awarded to an individual, institution or partnership based on past and current achievements. “We in this room know how to solve darkness – with light,” Dr. Laura Stachel, co-founder of We Care Solar, said as she accepted the award at a ceremony held at UN Headquarters. We Care Solar’s goal, she said, was to “put that solution in a box and get it to every healthcare facility in the world.”“Women have the right to safe childbirth,” she said, adding that “every health centre is entitled to life-saving electricity.” The “Powering the Future We Want” grant initiative is carried out by DESA in collaboration with the China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC), a Hong Kong-based non-governmental organization in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The ten finalists for the award were Eco-Fuel Africa; Electricity Regulatory Authority of Uganda; MicroEnergy International; Pact Institute; Powerhive; Self Employed Women’s Association, Bharat (SEWA Bharat); SolarAid; Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF); Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC), Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) and Village Energy; and We Care Solar.Masdar, a renewable energy company, received a special award, and BYD, an electric vehicle company, was chosen to receive special recognition.“Energy is a key priority for the UN,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the ceremony, adding that it underpinned all efforts to achieve development objectives.“I know what it is like to not have access to modern energy,” he said. “When I was growing up in Korea, I studied by candle or kerosene lamp.”Mr. Ban noted that one third of the world’s population lacks access to electricity, and four million die each year from the effects of indoor air pollution. General Assembly President Sam Kutesa thanked the finalists for their hard work and innovation in seeking practical solutions in sustainable energy, and said he was “impressed by a number of proposals and the inspired way in which applicants addressed sustainability issues.”Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo said that the finalists all deserved the UN’s deep gratitude. “You have demonstrated through your actions on the ground how you are contributing to the sustainable energy commitment,” he said. “Access to energy should be a basic universal right of every man and woman,” said the Secretary-General of the CEFC, Patrick Ho, adding that energy security and energy sustainability should transcend private interests. read more

Ohio State footballs SeVon Pittman no longer with team

Defensive end Se’Von Pittman is no longer part of the Ohio State football team. OSU spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed to The Lantern that Pittman, a rising sophomore, was granted a release from the program. Pittman was absent from OSU’s first spring practice Tuesday.  Emig said he wasn’t sure why the Canton, Ohio, native made the decision, though. Before becoming OSU coach Urban Meyer’s second commit in 2012, Pittman was a two-time first-team Associated Press Division I All-State selection at Canton McKinley High School. Because of a knee injury suffered last spring, Pittman did not play in the Buckeyes’ undefeated campaign last season. OSU finished 12-0 and No. 3 in the final AP poll. read more