Mohammad Amir can lead Pakistan attack in England: Wasim Akram

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Wasim Akram expects young pacer Mohammad Amir to rise above the negativity surrounding him during Pakistan’s tour of England.The English crowd is likely to give a hostile reception to Amir and the England players’ comments on the tainted pacer shows signs of it. Captain Alastair Cook and fast bowler Stuart Broad have issued veiled threats to Amir and believe that the 23-year-old will be under pressure from the vocal English crowds, who will spare no efforts in reminding him of the spot-fixing scandal. (Also read: Akhtar advises Amir to remain humble on England tour) Back in 2010, during Pakistan’s last tour of England, Amir was involved in the spot-fixing controversy that saw him banned from international cricket for five years. The talented left-arm seamer has also served a jail-term.AMIR WRECKS SOMERSET BATTING UNITHowever, Amir has taken the criticism in his strides and is already back to doing what he knows best.  In Pakistan’s first tour game against Somerset, Amir wrecked the home team’s batting line-up with three wickets, including the one of veteran batsman Marcus Trescothick. Helped by favourable conditions in Taunton, Amir got the ball to move around and troubled the Somerset batsmen. (Also read: Pakistan Cricket Board fumes as Mohammad Amir appears on TV show)Akram said Amir has what it takes to sparkle on the field and should brush aside taunts from English players and fans.”It won’t be easy for him,” the 50-year-old told AFP on Monday.”My advice to him will be to enjoy the game, he has got pace and skill so go out and try to do his best.”advertisement’AMIR CAN BE THE LEADER’Akram added that Amir could form a deadly partnership with leg-spinner Yasir Shah, Pakistan’s highest ranked bowler, who is returning from a doping ban.”Amir can be the leader of the pack which also has a quality leg-spinner Yasir Shah. I think if Shah is fit he can be the trump card in a varied bowling attack,” said Wasim, who in his own playing days often paired up with spinners Mushtaq Ahmed and Saqlain Mushtaq with devastating effect.Chief selector and former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq also blasted Cook over his comments on Amir.  “How would the England captain feel if they were in Pakistan and our captain made a similar statement about some player?,” Inzmam asked.Inzamam said England have already started putting pressure on Pakistan’s main man- Amir. “I see this as the start of a campaign to start pressuring Amir. Because not only England but even Australia and South Africa see him as a threat. And he can be a match-winner in England,” he said.last_img read more

Honda CBR650R bookings begin in India, bike to be priced below Rs 8 lakh

first_imgHonda Motorcycle and Scooter India today commenced the bookings of CBR650R for an amount of Rs 15,000. The upcoming sports middleweight bike will be priced below Rs 8 lakh.CBR650R, which replaces CBR650F, was revealed at the 2018 EICMA Show in Milan. It can be booked at Honda ‘Wing World’ dealerships across 22 cities in India and will be available in two colours – Grand Prix Red and Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic.The new motorcycle will get a 649 cc, liquid cooled, four-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve engine. CBR650R’s chassis is 6 kilograms lighter than that of CBR650F. The adjustable 41 mm Showa SFF (Separate Function front Fork) offers better suspension response.”Less than two weeks after the national launch of CB300R, Honda is proud to unleash its second global blockbuster in the middle-weight segment under the Silver Wing-mark umbrella,” Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, said in a statement.”After the 2019 global fun model line-up unveil in EICMA, Honda has now opened bookings for its new middleweight sports machine CBR650R in India too,” he said.CBR650R gets a slipper clutch for controlled corner manoeuvres. The rear wheel traction is maintained by Honda Selectable Torque Control and it can be switched off if the rider chooses to. There is dual channel ABS accompanied by dual radial-mount calipers at the front and single-piston rear caliper.Inspired by Fireblade Super Sports style, the new motorcycle gets fresh styling with its sharp, aggressive lines, extended side fairings and a super-short rear section. Modern full LED lighting with a narrow dual headlamp and a digital LCD display enhance the bold looks of the bike.advertisementOn February 8, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India had launched CB300R in India at an introductory price of Rs 2.41 lakh (ex-showroom). The company claimed that in just 25 days since the start of bookings, CB300R had been booked for over three months based on the two-wheeler manufacturer’s current production plan.ALSO READ | Tata Harrier’s automatic variant expected to be launched by mid-2019ALSO READ | 2019 Ford Endeavour revealed ahead of official launch on February 22ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: Five reasons why the compact SUV is popular among the buyerslast_img read more

India vs Australia: Usman Khawaja says adaptability key in T20I series

first_imgAustralian top-order batsman Usman Khawaja believes that adaptability is going to be the key against India in their upcoming two-match T20I series, beginning February 24.The 32-year-old, an experienced hand in playing on the Indian wickets as he has been previously part of the Indian Premier League (IPL), said that pitches in India are “pretty good” for batting.He further asserted that many Australian players have got the experience of playing on the Indian tracks which will prove to be beneficial for them.”I found there was probably one wicket that spun a fair bit in Dharamsala, the other ones (in Mohali (twice) and Bangalore) were pretty good batting surfaces. You just have to adapt to whatever you get here,” Cricket.com.au quoted Khawaja, as saying.”As the Australian Cricket Team, a lot of guys have had some really good performances in India in the past, so I think we can draw from that,” he added.The left-hand batsman, who is one of the front-runners to get the opener’s slot in the T20I series, is confident of Australia’s good performance against India. “It’s good to have options. A lot of guys that are in this team are quite flexible on where they can play so whatever happens, moving forward I think everyone will do quite well in whatever role they have,” cricket.com.au quoted Khawaja, as saying.India and Australia will play their first T20I on February 24 at Visakhapatnam followed by the second match on February 27 in Bengaluru.advertisementAlso Read | Hardik Pandya ruled out of Australia series due to back injuryAlso Read | India can try and throw Pakistan out of World Cup but it won’t happen: Sunil GavaskarAlso See:last_img read more

Government Reviewing Decision of the Court

first_img The Supreme Court today handed down it’s ruling on aspects of the 2017 National Identification and Registration Act. The Government is respectful of the court’s ruling and will spend some time carefully reviewing the judgment, after which a more fulsome response will be forthcoming.The Government would like to place on record its sincere gratitude to the full court panel comprising of Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, Justice David Batts and Justice Lisa Palmer Hamilton for their considered judgment. Story Highlights The Supreme Court today handed down it’s ruling on aspects of the 2017 National Identification and Registration Act. The Government is respectful of the court’s ruling and will spend some time carefully reviewing the judgment, after which a more fulsome response will be forthcoming.center_img The Government would like to place on record its sincere gratitude to the full court panel comprising of Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, Justice David Batts and Justice Lisa Palmer Hamilton for their considered judgment.last_img read more

Port Botany’s Newest Stevedore Starts Operations

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Port Botany’s newest container terminal, Sydney International Container Terminals Limited (SICTL), is now operating. It received its first ship on Wednesday night, the Forum Fiji.SICTL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator.SICTL is HPH’s second international container terminal in Australia. Brisbane Container Terminals (BCT) began operations at its first berth earlier this year with a second berth scheduled to come online in 2014.The Forum Fiji is operated by Pacific Forum Line as part of the Auspac consortium with Neptune Pacific Line. Auspac was also the first customer to call at BCT.SICTL Chief Executive, Dr Steve Gumley, said: The development of the terminal has benefited greatly from the development of its sister terminal in Brisbane.Our group has built up considerable expertise in developing new container terminals from the ground up,” Dr Gumley said. Hutchison Ports Australia, November 11, 2013 Print  Closelast_img read more

Clyde and Co: Ships with Fatigued Crew Unseaworthy

first_imgzoom  If a ship’s crew doesn’t receive enough rest while trying to keep up with a ship’s schedule, there should be a regulatory framework under which the ship could be considered unmanned or unseaworthy, Law firm Clyde and Co claims.However, there have been no reported judgments to form a precedent in order to back up an argument that a ship is unseaworthy as a result of seafarer fatigue, according to the law firm.“It could be argued that a master, officer, or crew member that is fatigued could be considered to be incompetent (temporarily), in that their mental and physical capacity to perform their duties is impaired. Therefore, the carrier could be viewed to have failed to exercise due diligence before and at the commencement of the voyage to properly man the vessel in breach of the Hague/Hague Visby Rules,” the company said.The majority of cargoes are carried pursuant to contracts of carriage that contain within them a Hague Rules type regime and hence, amongst other things, an obligation on the carrier to exercise due diligence before and at the commencement of the voyage, to properly man, equip and supply the vessel and to make it seaworthy.A quarter of seafarers say they have fallen asleep while on watch, according to a research carried out with the support of the Trade Union, Nautilus International.This is a result  of working 85-hour weeks or more, despite regulations being introduced to combat this issue.This is further facilitated by false record keeping and lack of enforcement.Fatigue has been determined as cause of considerable number of accidents at sea.The international maritime community has been battling to resolve this issue for some time as previous regulations were open for individual interpretation by respective flag states.On 20 August 2013 new regulations came into force with the implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC).The new batch of regulations has set minimum hours of rest benchmark which should not be lower than ten hours in any 24-hour period and 77 hours in any seven-day period.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

New Chief Negotiator Appointed

first_imgFormer MLA Danny Graham has been appointed chief negotiator for the Made-in-Nova Scotia Treaty Negotiation Process underway with the Mi’kmaq and Canada, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Michael Baker announced today, Dec. 30. “Mr. Graham has extensive experience working with First Nations in advancing community justice initiatives in Nova Scotia and other parts of Canada,” Mr. Baker said. “In Canada, and internationally, he is known as an expert on the subject of restorative justice, which is in keeping with the Aboriginal models of justice.” The minister said Mr. Graham understands that Nova Scotians want outstanding treaty issues and land claims resolved through negotiations. “I consider the current discussions on treaty and related issues to be a positive first step toward developing a better relationship between government and the Mi’kmaq and eliminating the social and economic gap that most Mi’kmaq communities still face,” Mr. Graham said. He was hired under contract for a year after former chief negotiator Jamie Campbell was appointed a provincial court judge. Mr. Baker said the negotiations are at an important point. Negotiators have agreed on a framework agreement, which outlines the process and topics for future negotiations. The parties are now proceeding with their respective approvals before the agreement can be signed. Cabinet has approved the framework agreement and authorized Mr. Baker to sign on behalf of the province. The treaty negotiations began in 2002 with the signing of an umbrella agreement by Nova Scotia’s 13 Mi’kmaq chiefs and the federal minister. Mr. Graham has been a leader in the fields of business, law, public policy and politics. He was chair of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Steering Committee from 1997 to 1999. He returned to the practise of law in October, specializing in matters related to public policy.last_img read more

Govt issues norms for Rs 1L cr partial guarantee scheme for nonbanking

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has issued guidelines on operationalising Rs 1-lakh crore partial guarantee scheme under which public-sector banks can purchase high-rated pooled assets of financially sound non-banking finance companies (NBFCs). NBFCs, including housing finance companies (HFCs), came under stress following series of defaults by the group companies of IL&FS in September last year. To help the sector come out of the stress, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Budget announced support for fundamentally sound NBFCs in getting continued funding from banks. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”For purchase of high-rated pooled assets of financially sound NBFCs, amounting to a total of Rs 1 lakh crore during the current financial year, the government will provide one-time six months’ partial credit guarantee to public sector banks for first loss of up to 10 per cent,” she had said. In pursuance of that the finance ministry last week released a detailed guidelines for this with the objective to address temporary asset liability mismatches of otherwise solvent NBFCs/HFCs without having to resort to distress sale of their assets for meeting their commitments. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe partial guarantee would help rework the Asset Liability structure within three months to have positive Asset Liability Management in each bucket for the first three months and on cumulative basis for the remaining period. “At no time during the period for exercise of the option to buy back the assets, should the CRAR (capital to risk weighted assets ratio) go below the regulatory minimum. The promoter shall ensure this by infusing equity, where required,” an official statement said. As per the guidelines issued, the window for one-time partial credit guarantee will be for a period of six months, or till such date by which Rs 1 lakh crore assets get purchased by banks.last_img read more

Kimberly Wyatt Visits Ghana

first_imgSinger, dancer and TV personality Kimberly Wyatt recently had an inspiring visit to Ghana, to see how some of the money raised by schools and the public from this year’s Red Nose Day, £10million of which was match funded by the UK Government, is building brighter futures for children across Africa.Video: Kimberly Wyatt visits Ghana to see how Red Nose Day cash is building brighter futuresFollowing her recent Celebrity Masterchef win, Kimberly visited schools and families that are benefiting from the work of the Sabre Trust, a project that is training kindergarten teachers to use interactive activities in class, transforming the way children are taught. In Ghana, almost half of all kindergarten teachers have not had formal training, and more than 355,000 four and five year olds are not in school.Kimberly, who hadn’t been away from 10 month old daughter Willow for longer than a few days, said: “This was truly a life changing experience. Seeing the excitement and joy on the children’s faces as they answered questions was so inspiring and made me think about my own baby girl’s learning and development. Meeting the children’s parents and hearing about the difference teaching has made in their home lives also shows how it doesn’t just enable these kids to read and write, but helps give them the best possible start in life so they can make a positive difference in their communities for years to come.”International Development Secretary Justine Greening, said: “The way children are taught in their early years provides a foundation for the rest of their lives. A positive school environment engages young children, helping give them the skills and knowledge they need to get the most from their education.“By matching £10 million of public donations to this year’s Red Nose Day, including all of the money raised by children in UK schools, we will support Sabre Trust’s fast-track teacher training work so thousands more school children across Ghana can benefit from this high-energy, innovative approach.”Red Nose Day 2015 raised over £95 million, which will be spent to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people in some of the poorest communities around the world. This includes £10 million provided by the UK government, which included doubling all of the money raised by schools across the UK, so that twice as many children could gain access to essential learning. The Sabre Trust project is one of many putting that cash to work, improving the quality of education across Africa and building brighter futures for thousands of children.last_img read more

The Digital Animation Accelerator

first_imgAdvertisement CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN forTwo Day Animation Workshop for Canadian Creators of Colour!The Digital Animation AcceleratorThe Digital Animation Accelerator is a unique two-day intensive pitch workshop that will help up to 10 selected Canadian creators of colour to develop their animated digital short projects. On completion of the workshop, three (3) final projects will be selected to receive a commission of $1000.00 each to produce a “proof of concept”. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment SELECTION CRITERIA:  Selection for participation in the Digital Animation Accelerator will be based on a) the quality of the application and b) evidence of the applicant’s’ previous work, and/or contributions to the Animation industry..Applications must meet the following criteria:The project must be no more than ten (10) minutes in lengthThe project can be either 2D or 3D animation (animation can be stop move, mixed media, etc.)The project must have a targeted audience for children and/or young people;The project must be owned or co-owned by a Canadian creator of colour as described in the ELIGIBILITY section;The team must include at least 1 producer with a strong track record and significant animation production experience. Facebookcenter_img The three finalists will go on to participate in the CaribbeanTales Market Incubator Program in September 2017. From this development process, 1 project will be selected for production.GOAL:The Digital Animator Accelerator is a competitive pitch workshop that is specifically targeted towards the creation of original, digital animated content and focused on building sustainable audiences.ELIGIBILITY:The Digital Animation Accelerator is open to Canadian Animation Creators of Colour. For the purpose of this Digital Animation Accelerator, “creators of color” include those who self-identify as any of the following: Black, Caribbean, African, Hispanic, Indigenous, Middle Eastern, Asian, and South Asian. Women, persons of the LGBTQIAP2S+ community, those with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply..CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINEDeadline: April 30th 2017 Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Senate confirms former Delta executive as FAA administrator

The Senate has confirmed former Air Force pilot and airline executive Stephen Dickson to lead the Federal Aviation Administration. Dickson overcame Democratic opposition and claims he mistreated a whistleblower during his tenure at Delta Air Lines.Dickson was confirmed by a 52-40 vote that broke along party lines.Dickson appeared to be cruising toward confirmation until Democrats on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee learned of his involvement in a whistleblower case while at Delta.An experienced pilot who raised safety concerns to Dickson and another executive claimed that as retaliation, Delta ordered her to go through a psychiatric exam.The FAA has been without a confirmed administrator since January 2018. It’s been led since then by an acting chief, former American Airlines pilot Daniel Elwell.David Koenig, The Associated Press read more

DRC calm but tense as country awaits presidential election result

A refugee mother carries her child and relief items in Congo-Brazzaville. (file) © UNHCR/Frederic Noy “Intimidation and harassment against journalists, opposition candidates and human rights defenders continues to take place,” she said. “This being a very sensitive, a very tense period, we are concerned that these efforts to silence dissent could backfire considerably when the results are announced. We are watching carefully, and we are calling on all sides to refrain from the use of violence.”As the DRC waits for the results of the poll, Ms Shamdasani also highlighted evidence of other civil rights violations:“The internet is cut off, the signal of Radio France Internationale (RFI) has been tampered with, as well as Canal Congo Television, which apparently belongs to the leader of the MLC, Jean-Pierre Bemba”, she said, referring to his party, the Movement for the Liberation of Congo.Ahead of the presidential election, the UN’s top human rights official, Michelle Bachelet, condemned reports that police had reportedly fired live ammunition at opposition rallies.The High Commissioner also spoke out against the use of inflammatory speech by political leaders and said that it was essential that people’s rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly were fully protected.Renewed clashes force 16,000 into Congo-BrazzavilleIn a major humanitarian developement on Friday, some 16,000 people from DRC have arrived in neighbouring Republic of the Congo – also known as Congo-Brazzaville – after fleeing deadly intercommunal clashes.Andrej Mahecic from the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said in Geneva that old hostilities flared up again at the end of last month between two communities in Yumbi, Mai-Ndombe Province, in western DRC. Amid reports that journalists and opposition political candidates have been intimidated and access to selected media broadcasters remains blocked, OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani warned that efforts to silence dissent could “backfire”.Her comments come ahead of consultations behind closed doors on the election, in the UN Security Council in New York, later on Friday.The result of the delayed poll held on 30 December – which featured 21 candidates – is due to be announced on Sunday, although the DRC’s electoral commission announced that this may be pushed back.“What my colleagues have told me and they have observed is that the situation remains calm but tense ahead of the announcement of the results,” Ms Shamdasani said. “There are preliminary reports of some pockets of violence and people being injured.”OHCHR has an office in the vast central African country but has not played a role in supervising the national election, which was held following a week’s delay and postponements dating back to 2016. Voting across several cities in eastern DRC that have been hit by the on-going Ebola outbreak and inter-communal violence, was postponed until March by the election commission (CENI).Last Sunday’s vote will decide the successor to President Joseph Kabila, who came to office in 2001 after the previous incumbent, his father Laurent, was assassinated in the aftermath of a civil war involving numerous armed militias. Ms Shamdasani also noted reports that freedom of expression is under threat in DRC. People are “in dire need of basic assistance”, Mr Mahecic said, adding that those fleeing DRC spoke of attacks that “left homes burned and people killed”.“This influx in a matter of days is a major event for Congo-Brazzaville,” he added. “The area is very remote, it’s not easy to reach, so we are right now, together with other agencies, including the World Food Programme (WFP), deploying teams to these areas and they are distributing the relief items including food and shelter materials and other items and this has been going on since 29 December.”According to UNHCR, this is the largest influx of refugees in over a decade, since 130,000 people were forced to seek shelter amid ethnic clashes in DRC’s former Equator Province in 2009.Refugees, mostly women and children of the Banunu tribe, continue to arrive in Makotipoko and Bouemba districts in the Republic of Congo, where they are given assistance. read more

Prom attire needed to support community project

Start your spring cleaning early and help local high school students attend their prom in style.Brock’s Student Life and Community Experience is again partnering with the Education Foundation of Niagara to collect gently used dresses, suits, shoes, accessories and other formal attire to give to local teens as part of Prom Project Niagara.Prakisha Pradhan, Student Life and Community Experience’s Community Outreach and Volunteer Assistant, said the donated items help to ensure all students are able to attend their prom, while also reinforcing Brock’s commitment to the community.“Collecting gently used clothing allows the Brock community to help students who might not otherwise be able to afford a prom outfit, while also contributing to a sustainable initiative that benefits schools and students across Niagara,” she said. “Last year we received more than 50 items and we are hoping to get even more this time around.”Donations will be accepted until Friday, March 15 in the Student Life and Involvement Commons (MCA 204) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Donated items will then be distributed to local high school students during three events on Saturday, April 6 at DSBN Academy in St. Catharines, Beamsville District Secondary School and Fort Erie Race Track.To learn more, visit the Prom Project Niagara website or email studentlife@brocku.ca read more

Parents expected to pay up to £5372 a year towards university costs

first_img 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. As students across the country prepare to start university for the first time, analysis of student loan data has revealed that many parents may be feeling the pinch.According to figures obtained from the Student Loans Company (SLC), there has been a “hidden” rise in the amount that parents are expected to contribute towards their child’s education.  In some cases, parents are facing a 27 per cent increase on last year, meaning many families could be expected to pay hundreds more a year, following changes to the way student loans are allocated.The research, by consumer help website MoneySavingExpert.com, also revealed that the highest earning parents – those earning upwards of £69,803 a year – are now expected to pay over £5,300 a year towards university costs.The increase follows recent changes in the way in which student loans are allocated.Previously, students from lower income families were eligible for a non-repayable maintenance grant to help with the cost of living. This grant was scrapped by George Osborne, the former Chancellor, to be replaced by an increased maintenance loan, which is means-tested based on parental income.The reduction in this loan starts for families with incomes of £25,000 a year and it can be halved for those whose family income progresses towards £60,000.For new 2016 university starters, this increase in loan size, coupled with a large increase in the portion of the loan that is means-tested, means some parents are expected to pay up to 27 per cent more than parents on the same income last year.  According to MoneySavingExpert.com, parental contribution is calculated by taking the maximum maintenance loan available and subtracting the actual amount received after means-testing. For 2015, this was calculated by taking the maximum total award – maintenance loan plus grant – and subtracting the actual amount of loan and grant received after means-testing.Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert.com, criticised “the lack of transparency and clear guidance” on parental contributions, saying it could  lead to “unmanageable levels of debt” for students whose families can’t afford to pay.In response, the former head of the Independent Taskforce on Student Finance Information, has written an open letter to Jo Johnson, the universities minister, calling for the Government to make parental contributions explicit in information supplied by the SLC.”Almost every 18-year-old school leaver – while able to vote, join the army, marry and apply for a credit card (all the freedoms of adulthood) – still sees their university maintenance loan dictated by a means test of their parents’ residual income,” he said.”The reduction in this living loan starts for those from families with incomes as little as £25,000 a year and loans can be halved for those whose parents earn £60,000.”The implicit premise is that parents will fill the gap, but implicit isn’t good enough – this must be made explicit. The only thing I can find from the Student Loans Company is within its guide to how you’re assessed and paid; it says ‘depending on their income, parents may have to contribute towards the living costs of their student children’.He continued: “The bare minimum requirement must be that parents should be loudly told about it, including exactly how much they are expected to give.”A Department for Education spokesperson said: “There should be no barrier to any child’s ambitions and we are already seeing record numbers of disadvantaged young people going to university. We want to go further and ensure we are building a society that works for everyone.“We have increased maintenance support for students from the lowest income backgrounds by 10 per cent.“As the OECD has recognised, this Government’s approach to student finance is sustainable. Maintenance support is provided as a contribution to students’ costs.‎ Financial assistance is also available through universities.”last_img read more

Ditch the bath Environment Agency chief says as he warns of need

If we don’t take action now, then by 2050 or so we just won’t have enough water for people, business and the environmentSir James Bevan  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. Sir James, chief executive of the EA, said: “It’s the government’s target, which the government set in the 25-year environment plan and there are a series of practical things that we can do to hit that target. “For example, you can take a shower, rather than a bath, you can turn off the tap while you brush your teeth, you can make sure you have a full load in your washing machine before you use it.” Asked if people should not use hosepipes, he said: “Each of us need to be responsible in the way we use water.”Asked whether consumers will be penalised financially for using more than their target, Sir James told The Today programme: “A lot of this is about changing the way people think about water and the way they use it so that we start thinking about water not just as something the happens automatically when we turn on the tap, but something that is a precious resource that we all have a responsibility to look after.”There are various ways you can influence how people behave and metering is a really important intervention. We know that if you do meter water, then they will use less of it.” We need to change our attitudes to water use. It is the most fundamental thing needed to ensure a healthy environment but we are taking too much of itEmma Howard Boyd He added: “What really matters is all of us take personal responsibility for an issue we all will face. Climate change and population growth mean that if we don’t take action now, then by 2050 or so we just won’t have enough water for people, business and the environment.”There is a solution to that, which is to reduce demand for water and increase sustainable supply. Part of that is setting sustainable targets for all of us.” Sir James said: “What these measures will need to be is practical and cost effective. It doesn’t have to mean legislation. “It doesn’t have to mean spy cameras in the bathroom. We can do a lot just by changing people’s attitudes and by encouraging the right behaviour.”In England, almost 9,500 billion litres of freshwater were abstracted in 2016, which is enough to cover the whole of Greater London in nearly 6m (20ft) of water – reaching to the eaves of a two storey house, the EA said. Around 55 per cent of water taken from freshwater sources was by utilities to provide public supplies, the EA report said. But three billion litres a day are lost through leaks from pipes, which is about a fifth of the water put into the system, and is equivalent to the amount of water used by more than 20 million people in an average day.England’s population is growing, and is set to rise to 58.5 million by 2026, putting even more stress on water supplies. If no action is taken to reduce demand and increase supplies of water, most areas will not be able to meet demand if climate change is severe and population growth is high, the report said.Even with low growth and less severe changes to the climate, there will be significant water supply deficits by the 2050s, particularly in the South East. Emma Howard Boyd, chairwoman of the EA, said: “We need to change our attitudes to water use. It is the most fundamental thing needed to ensure a healthy environment but we are taking too much of it and have to work together to manage this precious resource.” People should take showers instead of baths, the head of the Environment Agency has said, as he warned of the need for personal water targets.Sir James Bevan also suggested that householders could help avoid water supply shortages by turning the tap off while brushing their teeth and ensuring the washing machine is full before starting a cycle.The Environment Agency (EA) is warning that people need to use less water and companies must curb leaks to prevent future shortages and damage to rivers and wildlife, the Environment Agency has warned.Many sources of water supplies are already overstretched and, with climate change and a growing population, much of England could see significant supply shortages by the 2050s – particularly in the South East.The EA wants people to have a personal water target, as it urged them to use water more wisely. read more

Volunteers brave wet weather to lay sod for veterans new custom home

first_imgWASHOUGAL — The weather wasn’t ideal for landscaping on Saturday morning, with temperatures in the 40s and gusty wind sending rain sideways, but that didn’t stop about 100 volunteers from getting their hands dirty.People from across Southwest Washington and throughout the Portland-metro area showed up in force to slog through mud, lay sod and plant flowers at a home still under construction in Washougal. They did it for one reason: to give back to Army Spc. Alex Hussey.Hussey, who served with the 82nd Airborne Division, was deployed in early 2012 to the Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. Two weeks before his tour was over, on Aug. 7, 2012, Hussey was on patrol when an improvised explosive device went off. Hussey was knocked unconscious by the blast and spent six months in a coma. He lost both his legs, most of his left hand and sustained a traumatic brain injury.In a few months, Hussey, 26, and his wife, Kim Hussey, 25, will be handed the keys to their first home — a 2,500-square-foot, mortgage-free home built and donated by the nonprofit Homes For Our Troops. On Saturday, the volunteers helped prepare the outside of the house for the Husseys upcoming homecoming.The Husseys, who currently live in Milwaukie, Ore., were amazed by the turnout — particularly by those the couple had never met.“So many people showed up to support us,” Kim Hussey said. “It is heartwarming. It really is.”“I’m very thankful,” Alex Hussey added.Homes For Our Troops builds and donates specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-Sept. 11 veterans, said Mell Barbosa, a community outreach coordinator with the nonprofit. Last weekend, the organization handed over the keys to the 250th home built since 2004, she said.last_img read more

Compensation paid to IFS officer

first_imgNew Delhi : The Centre has finally paid Rs 25,000 as compensation to IFS officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi in compliance with the Uttarakhand High Court order issued in August 2018, after contempt notices were issued by the court in June this year. Chaturvedi had filed a case before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in a matter pertaining to adverse entries made in his appraisal report of 2015-16 by AIIMS, New Delhi, where he worked as chief vigilance officer from 2012 to 2016. The CAT started hearing the case from July 2017. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us The CAT chairman at its principal bench in Delhi had stayed the proceedings filed by Chaturvedi, pending before a division bench of the CAT in Nainital. When Chaturvedi filed an application before the Nainital bench challenging the appraisal report, an interim order was passed in his favour after which the Centre approached the principal bench of the CAT to transfer the matter from Nainital to Delhi. The CAT chairman stayed the proceedings pending before the two-member bench at Nainital for a period of six weeks and issued a notice to Chaturvedi. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer challenged the order of CAT Chairman before Uttarakhand High Court last year. The court quashed the CAT chairman’s order, terming it “without jurisdiction” while observing that the attitude of the Centre and AIIMS as “vindictive” against the officer. In the same order Uttarakhand High Court imposed a cost of RS 25,000 on the Centre and AIIMS. Advertise With Us This order of the Uttarakhand High Court was challenged by the Centre and AIIMS before the Supreme Court which in February 2019 not only upheld the High Court’s order but imposed a further cost of Rs 20,000 to be deposited into the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee. The cost imposed by the Uttarakhand High Court was not paid to Chaturvedi. In June 2019, the Uttarakhand High Court issued contempt notices to Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan and AIIMS Director Dr RandeepGuleria. In response, the Centre submitted an affidavit before the Uttarakhand High Court on August 5, tendering ‘unconditional and most sincere apology” and explained that it was because of “wrong advice” of their Delhi counsel that they could not pay the amount to Chaturvedi. A bank draft of Rs 25,000 was issued in the name of the officer. In a similar case in 2011, the then Bhupinder Singh Hooda Government in Haryana had also paid a compensation of Rs 10,000 to Chaturvedi on the orders of the State Information Commission for harassment.last_img read more

Another controversy Krushna says his home doesnt run because of Kapil but

first_imgInstagramWell, before the headline makes you think that The Kapil Sharma Show has landed in another controversy and there is a fallout between Kapil and Krushna Abhishek, then let us make it clear that all is well between the lead comedians of the show and that Krushna made the above statement in jest.Yes, in the upcoming episode of The Kapil Sharma Show, viewers are set to witness a hilarious banter between Kapil Sharma and Krushna Abhishek. A sneak peek from the episode has been shared by the channel Sony TV, wherein an angry bird comes on stage and has Kapil’s voice-over. Krushna then enters the stage dressed as Sapna and looking at the red angry bird, he jokes that Kapil must have fled as someone has come to meet him from Hollywood and he doesn’t know English. Krushna feels flattered as people from Hollywood have come to meet him due to his popularity. He then tells Archana Puran Singh that ‘Kappu’ would have felt jealous of him had he been here. To this, the angry bird says that there is no reason for Kapil to be jealous of him as his (Krushna) home run because of the ace comedian.Krushna gives it back to him that his home runs due to his talent and not Kapil and to this, the audience break into applause. To this, the angry bird tells Krushna that 80 per cent of his talent is due to Govinda.Just then, Kapil enters the stage and promotes the upcoming Hollywood movie Angry Bird 2, wherein not just Kapil but Archana and Kiku Sharda have also done voice-overs.On the personal front, Kapil and his wife Ginni Chatrath are expecting their first child in December this year. The couple recently returned from their babymoon. The comedian had confirmed the news of Ginni’s pregnancy to Mumbai Mirror only a few weeks ago. He had said, “I just want to take care of my wife and be by her side for now. We are obviously very excited as it’s our first kid but my mother is the most excited. She has been waiting for this moment for years now. We are just praying for Ginni and the baby’s health.”On preparing for welcoming the new member, Kapil shared, “There is no prep because we don’t know if it would be a boy or girl. It’s a happy time for the family and everybody is looking forward to welcoming the new member.” Kapil and Ginni tied the knot in Punjab on December 12, 2018.Angry birds ne banaya #TheKapilSharmaShow mein hassi ka ghosla. Bhariye inke saath masti ki udaan aur dekhiye iss weekend raat 9:30 baje.@KapilSharmaK9 @kikusharda @haanjichandan @Krushna_KAS @bharti_lalli @sumona24 @RochelleMRao @apshaha @Banijayasia pic.twitter.com/Tfi8QpAGdP— Sony TV (@SonyTV) August 16, 2019 Kapil Sharma, Krushna AbhishekSony TVlast_img read more