Goa govt issues advisory against venturing into the sea

first_imgDrishti Lifesaving, Goa government’s beach safety agency, on Monday issued an advisory cautioning people and tourists not to venture into the sea over the next 96 hours.The advisory comes in view of the Meterological Department’s weather warnings of heavy to very heavy rain in the coastal State over next four days. Red flags have been put up at all the beaches indicating that they are strictly no-swim zones. The team of lifeguards present along the coast are monitoring the conditions and are trained to carry out rescues even in rough weather , the advisory stated. Drishti’s lifeguard force man Goa’s beaches through the year. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next couple of days putting Goa and the Konkan region on ‘red alert’. The MET Department has warned the state to be ready for any eventuality. The department has predicted that between Monday to Thursday heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places across the State. The State-appointed lifeguard agency has issued an advisory cautioning locals as well as the tourists strictly not to venture into the sea or indulge in water sports of any kind over the next 96 hours as the weather and sea conditions are expected to be rough and heavy showers are expected to continue for the next few days.It’s advisable to steer clear of the high tide line in such circumstances. Even wading into the sea can be risky, the advisory noted. The Goa government shuts down the beaches for swimming and all water sports activities during the monsoon months from June to September each year as the sea during this season tends to be extremely rough and choppy.The State government is contemplating a stringent legislation to ban tourists venturing in the sea after sunset and in inebriated conditions.last_img read more

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Launched Morcha for bringing change in UP, India: Shivpal

first_imgEtawah (UP), Sep 17 (PTI) Convenor of newly-floated Samajwadi Secular Morcha, Shivpal Singh Yadav Monday said the aim of his new outfit was to emerge as a political power to bring a change in Uttar Pradesh and the country.The estranged uncle of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said the Morcha is for neglected socialists and unemployed youth.”The aim of the Samajwadi Secular Morcha is to emerge as a political power and bring a change in the state and country so as to ensure development of all,” Yadav said inaugurating a function at the Saifai Sports stadium here.He said he will talk to all the parties having similar ideology to strengthen the Morcha and come to power.Shivpal Yadav had launched the Morcha last month, saying he would seek support of “neglected” party workers for it.Shivpal, who had maintained a low profile after the worst ever feud in the Samajwadi family broke into the open before 2017 Assembly elections, later announced his Morcha would contest on all Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh. PTI COR SAB DIPDIPlast_img read more

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Morata shows Lukaku how to be a real No.9

first_imgManchester United Morata shows lumbering Lukaku how to be a real No.9 Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 02:29 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(20) Alvaro Morata, Chelsea Getty Manchester United Premier League Chelsea v Manchester United Chelsea The Spaniard netted the winner as his striking counterpart fell horribly short at the other end of the pitch Given the protracted summer transfer saga involving Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku which saw the former end up at Chelsea and the latter at Manchester United, it appeared inevitable that their first meeting would polarise their respective values in one way or another.And on Sunday at Stamford Bridge it was Morata who showed Lukaku how to snap a goalless streak with a quality display of forward play, scoring the only goal in Chelsea’s 1-0 win while Lukaku stretched his run without a goal to 567 minutes.Chelsea -1 7/5 v West Brom Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Morata’s wonderful header from Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross in the 55th minute settled a fascinating contest between two of England’s biggest clubs, and it was no coincidence that it came at a time when United had been struggling to clear their lines for any significant period of time.On two separate occasions in the moments building up to Morata’s winner United had dealt with Chelsea attacking threats and cleared the ball into the home side’s half. But first Lukaku watched on from short distance as Andreas Christensen headed away with ease, and then he completely mistimed a jump for a second challenge. Each time the Blues easily collected the second ball and built another attack, eventually breaking United down soon after.Lukaku was not the only guilty party for United, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan also invisible for long periods. The Armenian playmaker has been way short of his best form for some weeks now and there had been some talk that he would lose his place to Jesse Lingard for the trip to west London. Jose Mourinho’s reward for giving the former Borussia Dortmund man another chance was a further afternoon of frustration.Romelu Lukaku Chelsea Manchester UnitedBut it will be the difficulties of Lukaku which will be the greatest cause for concern to Mourinho, and Morata’s performance was a timely reminder of what United gave up in order to snap up the Belgian. The manager might have come out in defence of the former Everton man over the last seven days, but Lukaku clearly needs to do more.Morata’s was a display of truly traditional No.9 forward play. With his back to goal he was an absorbing presence, taking the ball in his stride whatever the pressure around him and buying Chelsea valuable time in possession. And when it mattered he also had the final say in front of goal.Player ComparisonSelect players to compareCompetitionEnglish Premier LeagueTeamChelseaTeam–Select player–Thibaut Courtois (GK)Gary CahillCésar AzpilicuetaAndreas ChristensenDavide ZappacostaN’Golo KantéCesc FàbregasTiemoué BakayokoMarcos AlonsoEden HazardÁlvaro MorataEthan AmpaduWilly CaballeroWillianPedroDaniel DrinkwaterMichy BatshuayiAntonio RüdigerCompetitionEnglish Premier LeagueTeamManchester UnitedTeam–Select player–David de Gea (GK)Phil JonesEric BaillyChris SmallingAnder HerreraNemanja MaticAshley YoungLuis Antonio ValenciaHenrikh MkhitaryanRomelu LukakuMarcus RashfordMarouane FellainiSergio RomeroDaley BlindJesse LingardAnthony MartialScott McTominayMatteo DarmianÁlvaro MorataComparisonRomelu LukakuFWPositionFW90Minutes Played90GeneralDefence & DisciplineAttackGeneralÁlvaro MorataComparisonRomelu Lukaku29Passes1672.4%Passing Accuracy68.8%64%Passing Accuracy opp. Half (%)61.5%3Long Passes226Short passes149Duels Won311Duels lost61Aerial duels won33Aerial duels lost56Recoveries0Defence & DisciplineÁlvaro MorataComparisonRomelu Lukaku0Tackles01Clearances11Blocks00Interceptions06Fouls Won05Fouls Conceded20Yellow Cards00Red Cards0AttackÁlvaro MorataComparisonRomelu Lukaku1Goals02Total Shots on target11Total Shots off target00Blocked Shots00Successful crosses02Unsuccessful Crosses00%Successful Crosses (%)0%0Assists01Chances Created00Offsides0Alvaro Morata Chelsea Manchester UnitedAntonio Conte will be delighted with the response of his players five days on from their 3-0 mauling at the hands of Roma in the Champions League. For United it was another reminder of the difficulty involved in negotiating the absence of Paul Pogba.The Frenchman has been out for the last two months with a hamstring injury and United’s play has suffered immeasurably. With their most natural link player on the break, Mkhitaryan, struggling, they need to be getting more out of Lukaku in an all-round sense. The lack of goals in his last seven appearances is almost becoming a secondary problem to his inability to influence games when his team need an out-ball. On Sunday, he touched the ball just 24 times – the lowest number for any starter – losing it on 10 of those occasions. He also failed to win a single free kick all game, while Morata won six.As Premier League leaders Manchester City administered their latest cruise past high-profile opponents, United were lacking once more. There are now eight points between the Manchester rivals but it’s starting to feel more like 18. And unless they can rely on their star striker to help them out when they’re under pressure in key fixtures, the gap only looks likely to grow from here. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Rangers hammer Hamilton 5-0 but Steve Clarke chants continue

first_img Hide Claude Puel sacked by Leicester as club target Brendan Rodgers 25 Martin Substitutes Hamilton rarely troubled their visitors although Worrall might have been penalised for a high boot on Oakley inside his penalty box and Darian MacKinnon needlessly strayed offside before finishing off a counterattack for the hosts. Lafferty came close on a number of occasions before slotting home a square pass from Candeias. Substitutes 22 Andreu (s 46′) 33 Mimnaugh Pinterest 6 Kilgallon Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media 1 8 (s 62′) 6 Goldson Share on LinkedIn Was this helpful? 63 37 But Rangers fans against chanted about Clarke during the first half on Sunday as they chanted the same “Cheer up Steve Clarke” song he complained about in midweek. A banner stating “Get well soon Steve Clarke” was unveiled by some visiting fans before kick-off.Gerrard said: “At the risk of repeating myself, we don’t want to hear that or see anything. I was quite clear in my press conference last week. There’s no place for it. We want it to stop.”Celtic moved eight points clear at the top of the Premiership following a 4-1 win over Motherwell at Parkhead. After a slow start by the leaders goals from winger Scott Sinclair and striker Odsonne Edouard had them comfortably ahead by the interval.An otherwise uneventful match turned sour six minutes after the break when Gboly Ariyibi reduced the deficit with a controversial goal, as the home side thought they were initially getting the ball back from a throw-in.The match continued to the soundtrack of boos from the angry home fans before Edouard curled in a free-kick in the 88th minute to ease the tension, with substitute Oliver Burke adding a fourth. Match stats Possession 28 Smith 3 Worrall 18 Kamara 16 5 Share on WhatsApp 5 Tshiembe Rangers 1 Woods Topics 2 Hamilton Off target 13 Rangers 1 Hamilton On target 8 Rangers 31 Barisic 2 McGowan Thank you for your feedback. 4 Gordon Share on Twitter 21 Candeias Rangers’ Jermain Defoe scores his side’s second goal. Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA Hamilton 13 Foderingham Share on Messenger 16 McMillan 23 Coulibaly Read more Twitter Facebook (s 46′) Show 13 Gogic (s 77′) 19 Winter 30 Boyd Hamilton RGR63HAM37% 1 McGregor Rangers match reports (s 62′) Rangers finally found their shooting boots without the suspended Alfredo Morelos as a first-half rout helped them to a comfortable Premiership victory at Hamilton.Steven Gerrard’s side had not won any of the five previous matches Morelos missed through suspension this season and drew a blank in the first two games of his current three-match ban. But goals from Ryan Jack, Jermain Defoe and Scott Arfield plus James Tavernier’s penalty made the second half a formality at the Hope Stadium. Substitute Kyle Lafferty added a fifth in the 88th minute with his first league goal in five months. Steve Clarke’s appeal over sectarianism fell on deaf ears with some Rangers fans who repeated the chants that offended the Kilmarnock manager on Wednesday. Clarke had accused the Rangers fans who called him a “Fenian bastard” of living in the Dark Ages following his team’s Scottish Cup defeat at Ibrox. Goal attempts 11 Lafferty 37 Arfield 2 Tavernier Share on Pinterest 20 Marsden Lineups Corners Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe 17 McCrorie 9 Defoe 8 Jack 19 Katic 18 MacKinnon Defoe came in for Morelos after the Colombian hit four goals in a 5-0 Scottish Cup replay win over Kilmarnock on Wednesday before dropping out to complete the league ban he received for his latest clash with Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna.Jack was allowed all the time and space he needed after receiving Ryan Kent’s pass 25 yards out to curl into the far corner in the 16th minute and Defoe then converted a free header from close range after being picked out by Daniel Candeias. It was soon game over as Arfield made it three goals in eight minutes when he steered the ball into the top corner from 22 yards.Rangers got their fourth in the 43rd minute after Ziggy Gordon went in late on Kent as the winger cut the ball back. The referee, Nick Walsh, pointed to the spot and Tavernier sent Woods the wrong way. 14 Kent 11 Miller 9 Oakley Scottish Premiership Fouls The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Facebook RGR HAM Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels 10 Davis Share via Email 16 Halliday 46 Sowah Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Italy stay perfect with comfortable win over Greece

first_imgItaly made it three wins from as many Group J matches with a 3-0 victory over Greece in their pursuit of a place at Euro 2020.Roberto Mancini’s side added to wins over Finland and Liechtenstein as Nicolo Barella, Lorenzo Insigne and Leonardo Bonucci all scored inside 10 first-half minutes in Athens. It leaves Italy – who are yet to concede in qualifying – with a maximum return of nine points, while Greece remain on four.  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? Andrea Belotti was thwarted by Zeca’s timely intervention as he sought to get on the end of a threatening throughball inside the opening five minutes. The Torino striker then showed poor technique in lifting a shot from the edge of the box well over the crossbar at the end of a promising move.But the breakthrough came in the 23rd minute when Greece were overrun at the back and Belotti’s cutback was slammed home by Barella.#EuropeanQualifiers23’YES!!!! #BARELLA POPS UP TO OPEN THE SCORING! #GreeceItaly  0-1 #VivoAzzurro pic.twitter.com/qaglYvd4N1— Italy (@azzurri) June 8, 2019Greece charged forward in an attempt to get back into the match but were caught on the counter-attack as Insigne darted past Andreas Samaris and poked a deft finish beyond goalkeeper Vasilios Barkas.The match as a contest was over before half-time, Bonucci’s header from Emerson’s delivery clipping the upright on its way in.With the points practically assured, Italy produced a composed second-half showing in which retaining possession took precedence over creating opportunities.And Greece could do little to instigate a turnaround, Georgios Masouras going close only to see an offside flag raised as the hosts’ frustrations grew.When substitute Manolis Siopis fired wildly over the bar from a decent position, it was clear that even a consolation goal was going to be beyond Angelos Anastasiadis’ side. What does it mean? Italy in cruise controlWith a 100 per cent record from their opening three games, Italy are already five points ahead of third-placed Greece and look well set to qualify. Mancini’s men have not yet conceded a goal, which further underlines the strides they have made since failing to reach the 2018 World Cup.Left flank woes for GreeceGreece struggled in general to contain Italy in the first 45 minutes, but it was down the visitors’ left side that the threat came, be it from Insigne or Marco Verratti. The former scored, the latter was typically industrious. Kourbelis bypassed in midfieldDimitrios Kourbelis was perhaps more a symptom of Greece’s first-half capitulation than a cause, but the way the game passed him by showed just how dominant Italy were.After managing just 11 touches and seven passes, he was substituted at the break.What’s next?Greece remain in Athens to welcome Armenia on Tuesday, while Mancini’s men host Bosnia-Herzegovina in Turin on the same night.  read morelast_img read more

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Minister Bartlett Underscores the Importance of Tourism Service Excellence

first_img Meanwhile, Mr. Bartlett said recognising and rewarding service excellence is integral to developing tourism’s offerings, and lauded the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) for spearheading the Tourism Service Excellence Programme (TSEP) and hosting the awards. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has underscored the importance of building a culture of service excellence within the tourism sector to further position Jamaica as a globally competitive destination.“Our goal is to create a differentiation in service that establishes a competitive advantage for Jamaica, so we remain top of mind for visitors when they are planning their next vacation,” he said.The Minister contended that to secure the sector’s continued growth and long-term success, “we must ensure that all aspects of the product are right… that every tourism worker and entity provides exceptional service and delivers on what we promise when we market destination Jamaica”.Mr. Bartlett said the new tourism approach towards this thrust requires a highly skilled, efficient and competent employee base, capable of delivering the highest standard of personalised, first-class customer service.He was addressing participants, via video link, at a recent ceremony to announce the semi-finalists for the Tourism Service Excellence Awards (TSEA) at the Courtyard by Marriott Kingston Hotel.Meanwhile, Mr. Bartlett said recognising and rewarding service excellence is integral to developing tourism’s offerings, and lauded the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) for spearheading the Tourism Service Excellence Programme (TSEP) and hosting the awards.The programme selects, showcases and awards the industry’s best in service excellence; evaluates the service provided; and serves as a mechanism to encourage tourism entities to improve customer service delivery.The 21 semi-finalists will vie for the awards on March 17 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, where the winners for both the Individual and Organisation categories will be announced and awarded.The 10 Individual and 11 Organisation qualifiers were selected from 126 nominees, covering the regions of Ocho Rios, Negril, Kingston, the south coast and Montego Bay.The semi-finalists, who represent various categories within the industry, including accommodation, ground transportation, attractions and the craft industry, were selected by a panel of judges following a series of evaluations and interviews.“Jamaica has proven itself as a world-class destination by its ability to deliver on the brand promise through these very individuals and organisations that we recognise annually at the TSEA,” Mr. Bartlett statedHe added that, “events like the TSEA, which recognise and reward shining examples of tourism excellence, are important to the industry, as they keep us on our toes, raise the bar in terms of enhancing visitor experiences and reinforce the value of our tourism workers and the sector”. The Minister contended that to secure the sector’s continued growth and long-term success, “we must ensure that all aspects of the product are right… that every tourism worker and entity provides exceptional service and delivers on what we promise when we market destination Jamaica”. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has underscored the importance of building a culture of service excellence within the tourism sector to further position Jamaica as a globally competitive destination. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Traffic Advisories Inverness and Pictou Counties

first_imgINVERNESS COUNTY: Orangedale Road Orangedale Road, between the United Church and the train station in Orangedale, will be closed for culvert replacement on Wednesday, Sept. 29. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4050 PICTOU COUNTY: Balfour Bridge Balfour Bridge on the Balfour Road, off Route 289, will be closed from repairs from today, Sept. 28 until Friday, Oct. 1. A walking bridge is in place. Local Area Office: 902-925-2247 -30-last_img

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Barca officials head to Paris for Neymar talks

first_imgMadrid: Barcelona officials headed to France on Tuesday for talks with Paris Saint-Germain to seal a return to the Spanish club for Brazilian star Neymar, reports said. The club’s director for football, retired French international Eric Abidal, and two other top club officials few to Paris to meet with their Paris Saint-Germain counterparts, Catalan radio Rac1 and Catalan television TV3 reported. “The breakthrough is significant as PSG had up until now refused to meet with Barcelona emissaries but it does not mean that the deal is close,” Rac1 wrote on its website. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe deal which the Barcelona officials will propose could include other players such as Philippe Coutinho or Ivan Rakitic, it added. Paris Saint-Germain revealed on Saturday that Neymar transfer talks are “more advanced than before” after the Brazilian was dropped for the French champions’ opening Ligue 1 match. Sporting director Leonardo confirmed to reporters that the Brazilian was near the exit door but that PSG were “not yet ready to give their approval” for the transfer. Real Madrid or a return to Barcelona are the most likely destinations for the world’s most expensive footballer, won two La Liga titles and the 2015 Champions League in four years with the Catalan side. Sports newspaper AS has reported that Neymar has been offered to Madrid by PSG, who are open to selling if they can either recoup the 222 million euros they spent on him in 2017 or receive half that amount with players included in the deal. But Barcelona-based Mundo Deportivo says that he would prefer a move back to Catalonia to play alongside former teammates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.last_img read more

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Indian Dental Association conducts workshop on preventive dentistry

first_imgKolkata: A two-day of workshop on interceptive and myofunctional appliances was organised by department of pedodontics and preventive dentistry in association with Indian Dental Association, state branch, at the Dr.R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital for the first time in Eastern India.Prof. Dr Baby John, president Indian Society of Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry was the chief guest of the programme while prof Dr Bimalendu Saha , deputy secretary of the department of Health and Family Welfare and Dr Tapan Giri, Principal of R. Ahmed Dental College graced the occasion. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDr Partha Pratim Chowdhury, assistant professor of Dr R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital was appointed as an observer from West Bengal Dental Council. Distinguished personalities such as Dr T K Pal, Dr J K Singh , Dr Subhra Nandi, Dr Pranab Banerjee, Dr Sitangshu Ghosh, Dr Timir Baran Sarengi, Dr Sibram Karmakar, Dr Jiban Mishra ,Dr Amitava Chakroborty, Dr Tirthankar Debnath, Dr R D Rekhade ,Dr Anant Pal Singh also took part the programme. Dr Raju Biswas secretary IDA West Bengal State Branch said: “Innovative workshops helps participants to specialise on latest expertise of pedodontic dentistry. Especially in an era of development in dentistry such seminars and workshops provide the latest updates in patient service.” Dr Biswas also added: “We hope to conduct more such workshops in future for the betterment of people and spreading awareness. I thank all the participants to make this program a grand success.”last_img read more

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Morocco and Switzerland Sign MoU on Road and Rail Transport Cooperation

Rabat – During a visit to Switzerland, a Moroccan delegation led by the Minister of Equipment, Abdelkader Amara, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Councilor Simonetta Sommaruga, Minister for the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications. The two parties signed the memorandum following their bilateral talks during a train journey to Erstfeld where they visited the Ripshausen Heavy Traffic Control Center. The memorandum aims to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the field of road and rail transport. Road safety is one of the issues at the core of this cooperation. In a statement to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), Amara said that the memorandum of understanding “covers about twenty areas of cooperation, from planning to the operational phase.” According to Amara, the transports issue concerns, at least, two levels. The first is related to the theme of “sustainability,” noting that “this is a strategic theme in Morocco as the country has adopted a pioneering strategy of renewable energy.”The second level relates to the efforts needed for the development of railway transportation. The goal is to give this type of transportation enough “importance given that it is ecological and allows mass transport and optimized territorial planning.” Swiss Federal Councilor Simonetta Sommaruga welcomed the signing of the memorandum noting that the discussions were an opportunity to tackle different issues related to transportation and infrastructure.Sommaruga stressed “the importance of transporting more goods on railways from an ecological and efficiency point of view although the needed infrastructures can take a lot of time to be accomplished”. She also emphasized that “financing such infrastructure is also very important.”The Federal Councilor highlighted the determination of the two countries “to collaborate on issues related to the transport sector, whether funding, infrastructure issues, road safety, or tunnels, in which Switzerland has gained a great deal of experience.” read more

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Workers fired over alleged abuse caught on video at chicken farms in

Workers fired over alleged abuse caught on video at chicken farms in B.C. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 13, 2017 12:41 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – A company responsible for catching chickens at farms in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley says it has fired five employees after an animal rights group released video of alleged abuse.Dwayne Dueck, president of Elite Services based in Chilliwack, says in a statement the company is taking “immediate corrective action” and one of the fired employees was a supervisor.“Elite Services understands the importance of ensuring the proper care and handling of animals. Proper handling techniques help maintain production quality and effectively reduce stress on the animals,” he said in a statement issued Tuesday.“We are sickened with the footage and want to ensure all our suppliers and producers that this is not reflective of who we are, our fundamental beliefs or behaviour we accept from our employees.”The SPCA in British Columbia has launched a formal investigation.Lindsay Wolf, vice-president of investigations with the group Mercy For Animals, says the abuses were captured by a whistleblower working for the company that supplies services at more than a dozen factory farms in the Fraser Valley.Wolf said the birds were slaughtered at a plant in the Vancouver suburb of Port Coquitlam before they were shipped to Loblaws and Loblaws-owned stores.“The shocking video footage we obtained showed workers hitting, kicking and throwing birds, and smashing them into walls and transport crates,” Wolf said in a conference call from Toronto.“Birds are run over by forklifts and crushed by transport machinery.”It wants grocery giant Loblaws to ensure the welfare of animals in its supply chain.Loblaws said it is investigating.“We stand firmly behind the standards set by the National Farm Animal Care Council, the policies outlined by the Chicken Farmers of Canada, and our own commitment to animal welfare which is clearly articulated in our supplier code of conduct, and in our animal welfare principles,” it said in a statement.“We continue to work with industry partners and animal welfare experts to ensure standards and codes of practice are upheld so our customers can remain confident in the food they buy.”Loblaws said it has told its supplier, Ontario-based Sofina Foods Inc., that it has “zero tolerance for any kind of animal abuse.”Sofina said it has reviewed the “horrifying footage” allegedly taken of the company it contracted to catch chickens at its facilities in British Columbia and it is “appalled and extremely shocked” by it.“Ethical and responsible treatment of animals is of utmost importance to our organization,” it said.“We are taking immediate steps with our supplier to initiate a comprehensive investigation of the situation and have engaged internal and external expertise to help us determine proper course of action in line with our animal care commitment and expectations.”The whistleblower, who is a volunteer with Mercy For Animals, was hired by Elite Services and witnessed abuse soon after being hired, Wolf alleged, adding a hidden camera was used to capture the video.SPCA spokeswoman Marcie Moriarty said its investigation started after the society received undercover video, which she said was shot by the animal advocacy group between May 10 and June 9.“The video includes some of the most brutal and sadistic acts of violence against animals I have ever seen,” she said. “It is extremely difficult to watch.”Investigators with the SPCA are working on a report that will be forwarded to Crown counsel.Moriarty said they will recommend multiple charges of animal cruelty under both the Criminal Code and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. She said convictions carry a fine of up to $75,000, a maximum five-year prison sentence and possible bans for life from owning or being around animals.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled the company name of Sofina Foods Inc. and said volunteers captured the video. read more

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Flooding keeps force majeure in place for Macarthur mines

first_imgOn December 3, 2010, key Australian coal miner Macarthur Coal had declared force majeure to customers as a result of unseasonal heavy rain in the Bowen Basin. On January 5, Macarthur advised the market that its declaration of force majeure with customers remained in place. Force majeure allows the coal miners to be released from delivery obligations due to the flooding.  Cockatoo Coal has also advised that severe flood conditions resulted in a significant water inflow into the main pit of its Baralaba coal mine. No company or contract personnel associated with the mine have been injured as a result of the flooding. Flooding in Queensland has resulted in the temporary closure of 8% of the global thermal coal exports supply, according to ANZ Bank. The mainly produces coking coal used for steel making, but also produces thermal coal for power generation.  Record rainfall at Macarthur’s Coppabella and Moorvale mines in December (Coppabella 611 mm and Moorvale 475 mm) has continued to hamper coal mining and production. But despite the weather conditions, coal sales for the six months to December 31, 2010 were 2.4 Mt, in line with guidance provided to the market in mid-December.The Goonyella rail corridor has reopened and Macarthur Coal has been able to resume transporting coal to Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, however, future railings will be dependent on coal availability. Commenting on the status of the mines, Nicole Hollows, managing director and CEO said: “We have activated our water management plans and are currently able to mine overburden at both sites. Coal is already being mined at Moorvale, but the sustained wet weather has slowed coal recovery at Coppabella. Dewatering of the pits at both sites is underway and we are aiming to have coal recovery progressively return to normal over the next few weeks. Once the pits are free of water, we’ll have more coal exposed that can be processed and transported but it is not possible to predict when we will return to a steady state of mining as that largely depends on any future rain.”All Baralaba mine’s key capital assets, including offices, workshop and coal processing equipment at Cockatoo’s operation remain undamaged and on high ground. It says “advising a timetable for recommencement of Baralaba main pit production is currently premature, given the extent of current flooding and uncertainty regarding future weather patterns. At a minimum however, a production delay of some weeks and potentially longer should be anticipated.“The company has sufficient cash reserves to meet the relatively low fixed costs of this small (50,000 t/month) mining operation during any reasonably foreseeable restoration period. Typically less than 20% of the mine’s quarterly operating costs are from fixed costs.”Peak flood levels in the region have passed, and access to the mine by Cockatoo staff is occurring today to conduct a safety audit, and preliminary assessment. Cockatoo has activated its water management plan, and dewatering processes will begin once approvals are in place. Mining engineers, hydrologists and environmental scientists will work in conjunction with the relevant Queensland Government departments to ensure all dewatering is conducted in a safe, efficient and environmentally sound manner.Cockatoo also advises that exploration activities at its Bowen and Surat Basin projects will resume as soon as access permits.Xstrata Coal, Rio Tinto Coal Australia, Peabody Coal and BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance are all also affected by the flooding in Queensland to varying degrees with warnings of missed deliveries should the heavy rains continue. It is not unusual for Queensland’s wet season to disrupt coal mining, but in late 2010 the rains began sooner than usual, making it harder for coal producers to build stockpiles to last through first quarter of 2011.Australia is the world’s biggest coal exporter when supplies of coking coal to make steel and thermal coal to generate power are combined. The country shipped 259 Mt of coal in 2009, according to data compiled on the World Coal Association.And not only Australia is affected. BHP Billiton, Xstrata and Anglo American have all said that their South African operations are also being hit by unusually high rainfall. South Africa has just raised the flood-warning level for its central Orange River area as water levels in places are expected to reach their highest since 1996.last_img read more

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La Nasa remet ça lancement dun observatoire spatial cet aprèsmidi

first_imgLa Nasa remet ça : lancement d’un observatoire spatial cet après-midiÉtats-Unis – La Nasa doit lancer cet après-midi à 16h26 heure française, Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO),  un observatoire spatial qui permettra d’approfondir les connaissances sur le Soleil et ses effets climatiques sur la planète Terre.Le lancement du SDO devait en principe se dérouler mercredi 10 février mais il a été retardé de 24 heures à cause des vents violents qui ont soufflé sur Cap Canaveral, en Floride. Le SDO sera envoyé dans l’espace par une fusée Atlas 5. Celle-ci décollera du Centre spatial Kennedy (KSC), d’où a également été envoyé Endeavour lundi dernier (afin de livrer le module Tranquility et le poste d’observation Cupola à la Station spatiale internationale). À lire aussiCanicule : Comment se protéger efficacement contre la chaleur ?D’une extrême précision, le SDO effectuera une mission longue de cinq ans qui aura pour but d’en apprendre plus long sur l’activité du Soleil et de voir l’influence de ses cycles sur le climat terrestre. En effet, l’activité de notre étoile varie par rapport à un cycle qui dure en général vingt-deux ans. Pendant les onze premières années, l’activité solaire est croissante, et lorsqu’elle atteint son maximum, les éruptions et les effusions de lave ne se comptent plus, les taches à sa surface sont très nombreuses. Puis, durant les onze années suivantes, le Soleil “ralentit” en quelque sorte, les éruptions à sa surface se font alors rares, jusqu’à arriver à un seuil minimum. Le Soleil est alors “endormi”, il n’y a plus aucune tache sombre à sa surface. Or, voilà treize ans que notre Soleil était plongé dans sa profonde léthargie. Deux ans de trop ? Les scientifiques commençaient à s’inquiéter. Et si ce calme plat avait une réelle influence sur notre environnement ? C’est l’une des questions auxquelles le SDO va tenter de répondre. Cet observatoire, géosynchronisé à une altitude de 35.000 km, permettra également d’estimer la durée du prochain cycle solaire et peut-être même de savoir quand les vents solaires intenses et chargés de particules frapperont la Terre. Ces vents peuvent être néfastes au bon fonctionnement des satellites, des systèmes de distribution électrique, et même aux astronautes en mission dans l’espace.En tout cas, le Soleil est finalement reparti : les 19 et 20 janvier, cinq éruptions de classe M (le deuxième type d’éruptions en matière de puissance) ont été recensées.Le 11 février 2010 à 15:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Thaïlande Bangkok ne peut plus être préservée des inondations

first_imgThaïlande : Bangkok ne peut plus être préservée des inondationsLa Thaïlande est dépassée par les pires inondations qu’ait connues le pays depuis des décennies. Alors que plus de 300 morts sont à déplorer, le Premier ministre a lui-même reconnu que le gouvernement était débordé par la catastrophe. Ce jeudi, le gouvernement a pris la décision de ne plus préserver la capitale.Depuis la fin du mois de juillet, la Thaïlande est en proie à des inondations historiques. D’après le dernier bilan de la catastrophe, publié ce jeudi matin, elles ont emporté 320 personnes tandis que trois autres sont portées disparues, rapporte l’AFP. Hier, le Premier ministre Yingluck Shinawatra a reconnu que son gouvernement était dépassé par la situation, et ce matin, elle annonçait qu’il n’était plus possible de continuer à préserver Bangkok, la capitale du pays dont les défenses ont été renforcées avec, notamment, l’édification de murs.”On ne peut pas bloquer l’eau indéfiniment. Plus nous la bloquons, plus l’eau monte”, a-t-elle déclaré selon l’AFP. Le gouvernement a alors décidé d’ouvrir les écluses de la capitale pour évacuer quelque dix milliards de mètres cubes d’eau vers la mer. “J’ai décidé de demander à Bangkok d’ouvrir toutes les écluses, ce qui pourrait provoquer des inondations, afin de drainer l’eau vers la mer aussi vite que possible. “Simultanément, les pompes vont fonctionner”, a expliqué Yingluck Shinawatra. Jusqu’alors, le gouvernement ne savait que choisir : soulager les zones proches de la capitale les plus touchées en inondant une partie de la ville de douze millions d’habitants, ou préserver encore Bangkok. Mais hier, un conseiller du Centre d’alerte national pour les catastrophes naturelles, l’amiral Kohlak Charoenruk, a estimé nécessaire cette évacuation des eaux à travers la capitale, sans quoi le pays pourrait être frappé par “des épidémies et un désastre humanitaire” a-t-il alerté.Alors que mardi, le gouvernement a décidé d’augmenter le déficit budgétaire de l’année fiscale en cours de 50 milliards de bahts (1,18 milliard d’euros), de nombreuses zones industrielles sont inondées, et certains secteurs, comme l’automobile et la haute technologie s’en trouvent paralysées. “C’est une crise nationale donc j’espère obtenir la coopération de tous les secteurs” a insisté la chef du gouvernement.Découvrez en images la ville de Bangkok et ses environs noyés sous les eaux Le 20 octobre 2011 à 15:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Néandertal chassait et pêchait dès 250000 ans

first_imgNéandertal chassait et pêchait dès – 250.000 ans De nouvelles fouilles réalisées en Ardèche viennent de révéler que l’homme de Neandertal était un chasseur-pêcheur complet. Il était capable de cela il y a au moins 250.000 ans.Les recherches effectuées depuis plus de dix ans dans la grotte de Payre, en Ardèche, ont permis de découvrir plusieurs niveaux d’occupation du Paléolithique moyen (entre – 250.000 et – 125.000 ans), rapporte Sciences et Avenir. À lire aussiCette vidéo retrace l’évolution de nos ancêtres en moins de 2 minutesParmi les nombreux vestiges qui y ont été retrouvés, on compte : des outils en silex, des restes osseux d’ongulés (bovidés, cervidés, équidés) portant des traces de découpe caractéristiques d’un travail de boucherie et de tannage des peaux… mais surtout des restes de plumes d’arêtes de poissons, et d’amidon qui témoignent de la découpe d’oiseaux, de pêche et de la consommation de féculents.Les résultats, publiés dans la revue PLoS One, indiquent que les hommes de Neandertal étaient capables de chasser les petits gibiers comme les oiseaux ou les poissons. Si les paléontologues pensaient l’inverse, c’est sans doute parce que les restes d’oiseaux ou de poissons sont plus fragiles et ne laissent pas de traces archéologiques. Cette étude montre donc que les hommes de Neandertal étaient capables de s’adapter à leur environnement immédiat et de consommer une large gamme de gibiers ou de poissons.Le 21 octobre 2011 à 17:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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‘Minimizing contact’: Amid measles outbreak, some parents taking no chances

first_imgIt was quiet Friday afternoon in the Goss family’s Salmon Creek home, where the only immediate sign that it was a special day was toddler Shep’s new shirt.“Young, wild and three,” it read.Friday was Shep’s third birthday. There were plans to throw a camping-themed birthday over the weekend complete with tents, hot dogs and s’mores cupcakes. But in light of the ongoing measles outbreak in Clark County, the family decided to wait until Shep’s half-birthday this summer to celebrate.“This whole thing has spiked my anxiety,” his mother, Christina Goss, said Friday.Christina and Ian Goss, Shep and their 4-month-old daughter Faye are among several Clark County families who reported to The Columbian that they were hunkering down and waiting for the proverbial storm to pass before taking their children out or inviting friends over. Shep is vaccinated, but Faye is still too young to receive the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine; babies cannot receive the shot until they’re between 12 and 15 months of age.Other parents with babies worry about exposing their children to the highly contagious virus, which causes a high fever, cough, runny nose and rash.“We’re pretty much minimizing contact with any outside areas,” said Samantha Randall, who has daughters 3-year-old Lily and 7-month-old Lexi. There are no public play areas on the Vancouver-area exposure site list, but Randall said they’re still avoiding those places, just in case.last_img read more

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The stars of Cars 3 visit Bayside Marketplace

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – They’ll soon be burning rubber on the big screen, but first, Lightning McQueen and some new racers made a South Florida stop.Disney’s “Cars” are revved up for a return to the box office, and South Floridians can join in on the excitement this weekend. The Road to the Races Tour is stopping in Miami, and after kicking off at Walt Disney World, the tour will stop in more 25 cities, gearing up for the release of “Cars 3,” this summer.“Everyone is kind of left on a cliffhanger, and they are wanting more, let me tell you,” said Lisa Cabello, a Disney field marketing specialist. “There’s some serious racing going on in here. It’s going to be amazing.”All the stars of the hit series are at Bayside Marketplace through Sunday.“Lightning McQueen, he’s really our favorite from all the previous films, but then we have two new friends of his,” Cabello said. “Cruise Ramirez — she’s this tech savvy trainer that’s really going to whip him into shape. And then also Jackson Storm, who is not really his friend. I would more say his nemesis in this film.”Family friendly and free, there is something for everyone to get you ready to see Lightning McQueen’s next move on the big screen.“You come on down and you find a host of activities from our five amazing title sponsors,” Cabello said. “Each has an activity for someone to have so much fun. It’s all ‘Cars 3’ themed.” Once you’ve seen all that’s outside, visitors will want to head inside the trailer transformed into a movie theater, where they can watch an extended sneak peak of “Cars 3.” But to see the whole movie, you’ll have to wait until June 16.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Freedom House Resident Assists With The Swan Lake Fire

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Freedom House is a local long term recovery residence in Soldotna that is open to individuals in the community working towards a lifestyle of sobriety, and one of those residents is using her sobriety to assist crews out at the Swan Lake Fire. Tammi: “God blessed me with the opportunity to help the swan lake fire team. It means a lot to me to protect the community I grew up in. I spent a long time causing destruction in this area and I’m thankful I get a chance to do something positive for Sterling” Freedom House took to Facebook to show their support for their resident: “One of our residents is out helping with the Swan lake fire. Please pray for her and all the fire fighters keeping our community of Sterling safe!!” Tammi has been pulling 16 hour days running heavy equipment and assisting with the over 467 crew members currently working on the fire in Sterling.center_img Freedom House is a home for women any women coming out of hurts, habits, or hang ups located in Soldotna. Freedom House just recently opened their first location for men that is also located in Soldotna. Tammi, a resident at Freedom House Woman, currently works for a company running heavy equipment that was hired to assist with the ongoing work out at the Swan Lake Fire.last_img read more

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Despite decades of backcountry experience beloved coach died in avalanche

first_imgThe recent avalanche death of a longtime Anchorage ski coach with decades of experience in Alaska’s mountains shocked those who knew him.Listen nowBut as much as Randy Bergt knew about avalanche danger, his death represents a phenomenon not unfamiliar in backcountry skiing: sometimes, even snow safety experts get caught in avalanches.Bergt spent years coaching up-and-coming cross-country skiers, including the dominant Service High School teams in the mid- to late-’90s and even some athletes who went on to the Olympics. The recently retired 60-year-old was considered a pillar of the ski community. Service’s recent Snowball ski race finals we’re dedicated to Bergt.It isn’t a surprise Bergt’s contributions to skiing are part of how he’s being memorialized. More unexpected is that he died skiing, in the alpine, buried under 4 feet of snow at Hatcher Pass the day before Thanksgiving.“It’s like finding out the best driver you knew just got in a bad car wreck,” Gary Snyder said. Snyder is a high school science teacher and fellow ski coach who spent time in the backcountry with Bergt.“Here’s a guy who had a ton of experience,” Snyder said. “He thought things through a lot. He paid attention to details, and clearly he knew a lot about avalanches, and then to have him die in an avalanche is really shocking.”Snyder is not alone in struggling to understand what happened.Bergt was with two other skiers on Marmot Mountain and was the first to descend. The most recent avalanche forecast noted a weak layer in the snowpack.Bergt triggered an avalanche reportedly 150 feet wide by 800 feet long. His group carried the recommended avalanche rescue gear: beacons, probes and shovels. Bergt’s partners dug him out, but their attempt to resuscitate him was unsuccessful.Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center director Jed Workman said a major factor in the accident is that instead of fanning out, the snow funneled into what’s known as a terrain trap.“This was a fairly thin avalanche, but getting buried in a ravine, it increased the depth,” Workman said.The avalanche hazard was rated “considerable.” But considerable is in the middle of a scale that has five degrees of risk, and it doesn’t mean the entire forecast area is unsafe.The forecast is just one part of the puzzle, Workman said.“There’s just no guarantee that any one of us is going to put all the pieces together every single time. Accidents are going to happen, and it’s not a reflection, necessarily, of our skill,” Workman said.Still, friends and family said Bergt was about the last person you would expect to be buried in an avalanche.Bergt was a professional ski patroller at Alta Ski Area in Utah for 11 winters. He made hundreds of human-powered alpine ascents and descents. Bergt’s backcountry buddies said he was one of the most careful skiers they’ve ever known.But Workman and Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center Director Wendy Wagner said the more time someone spends in avalanche terrain, the more they are exposed to the risk of getting caught in one.“There is no way you’re going to be able to reduce a risk to zero, to be able to know for sure a slope’s not going to avalanche,” Wagner said.Avid skiers will face so many variables that are often unseen and completely out of their control that the odds of an accident increase over time, Wagner said.“It just takes that one day, with that one wrong decision, in the wrong spot, and you have a really bad outcome,” Wagner said.Like everyone else interviewed for this story, Wagner doesn’t blame Bergt for his death. But the impulse in others to assign blame might have deeper origins.Paul Wunnicke was a longtime friend and ski buddy of Bergt’s, and also a trained avalanche professional. He’s on the Alaska Avalanche School board of directors.Though he admits he’s no psychoanalyst, Wunnicke has a theory about why people are quick to judge victims of accidents like the one that befell his friend.“If you can sit in your armchair and say, ‘Well, you know, I would do this and I would do that, and I wouldn’t have done this or wouldn’t have done that,’ then you feel a little bit better about all the times that you had near-misses you had that you don’t even know about,” Wunnicke said.There’s a lack of negative feedback for bad decisions made in the backcountry, because more oftentimes, nothing goes wrong, Wunnicke said.“If it didn’t avalanche, and we’re home by our sweeties by the fire at the end of the day, then we must’ve made good decisions,” Wunnicke said. “And that isn’t necessarily what happened. In reality, it might just be that we were very lucky.”Bergt would’ve wanted his death to cause others to learn more about traveling in the mountains, to think critically about the risks while they’re there and to communicate with their partners, Wunnicke said.And Wunnicke says Bergt would’ve also wanted one other thing:“Absolutely, without a doubt, I know Randy would say, ‘Go skiing.’ That’s what Randy would want us to do.”last_img read more

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Apple Ericsson sign patent license deal ending yearlong dispute

first_imgSwedish mobile telecom gear maker Ericsson (ERICb.ST) announced it had signed a patent license deal with Apple Inc (AAPL.O), ending a year-long dispute and sending its shares up 7 percent on Monday.Ericsson did not specify how much it would earn from the deal but estimated overall revenue from intellectual property rights in 2015 would hit 13 to 14 billion crowns ($1.52-$1.64 billion), including positive effects from the settlement with Apple, up from 9.9 billion crowns in 2014.Investment bank ABG Sundal Collier said in a note to clients it believed the deal meant Apple would be charged around 0.5 percent of its revenue on iPads and iPhones by Ericsson.Ericsson Chief Intellectual Property Officer Kasim Alfalahi said the agreement was broad, covering the latest 4G-LTE generation of mobile technology, as well as the earlier 2G and 3G technologies.”It means we can continue to work with Apple in areas such as 5G radio network and optimization of the network,” Alfalahi told Reuters, but declined to provide further financial details.Ericsson filed a complaint against Apple over mobile technology license payments in January, responding to a lawsuit filed by the iPhone maker that month.Analysts had estimated that if the dispute with Apple went Ericsson’s way, the U.S. firm would have to pay it between 2-6 billion Swedish crowns annually, based on estimates of levels of handset sales and royalty payments per phone.Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

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