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Ex-Oregon football star Keanon Lowe stops armed student at Oregon school

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next There are no other suspects. Police declined to release the student’s name and said they were still trying to determine if he fired any shots. Police spokesman Sgt. Brad Yakots declined to confirm Lowe’s reported involvement.“I’m just happy everyone was OK,” Lowe said as he walked out of the school about four hours after the incident, according to The Oregonian/OregonLive. “I’m happy I was able to be there for the kids and for the community.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLowe didn’t reply to messages sent on Twitter or LinkedIn.Yakots, the police spokesman, said the first responding officers found the gunman being detained by the staff member in the hallway. A firearm was recovered at the school, he added. Parkrose was evacuated and a nearby middle school was on lockdown for several hours as the investigation unfolded. The high school students were bused to a nearby parking lot where they were reunited with their parents.The outcome was “the best-case scenario, absolutely,” Yakots said. “The staff member did an excellent job by all accounts, (and) our officers arrived within minutes and went right in.”Students recounted how the student entered their government class in the school’s fine arts building — separate from the main building — just before noon. Lowe had been in the classroom earlier looking for the student, whom other students identified as an 18-year-old senior at Parkrose.About 10 minutes before the end of class, the student appeared in the doorway in a black trench coat and pulled out a long gun from beneath his coat, senior Justyn Wilcox, who also was in the room, told The Oregonian/OregonLive.The student didn’t point the gun at anyone, Alexa Pope said.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport FILE – This 2016, file photo shows Keanon Lowe of the San Francisco 49ers NFL football team. Lowe, a former analyst for the 49ers and wide receiver at the University of Oregon, subdued a person with a gun who appeared on a Portland, Oregon high school campus Friday, May 17, 2019. Lowe is now a coach at Parkrose High School. (AP Photo/File)PORTLAND, Ore. — A former college football standout at the University of Oregon was credited Friday with tackling an armed student at a Portland, Oregon, high school before anyone was injured.Keanon Lowe, a football and track coach and a security guard at Parkrose High School, told reporters as he was leaving a police interview late Friday that he was tired but relieved at the outcome, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Students fled out the back door because the gunman was blocking the main doorway.“As I was running, I was just like, Lord don’t let this be it,” Pope told the newspaper.In college, Lowe was a star wide receiver at the University of Oregon, playing from 2011 to 2014. He caught 10 touchdown passes in his college career and had nearly 900 receiving yards. He also saw playing time on special teams.After college, he worked as an offensive analyst for the San Francisco 49ers and as an analyst for the Philadelphia Eagles.Lowe began working at Parkrose last year as the school’s head football and track and field coach, according to his LinkedIn profile. Before that, he worked for his high school alma mater, Jesuit High, where he earned state defensive player of the year as a defensive back and was a standout sprinter.Students, parents and co-workers lauded Lowe’s actions on Twitter, calling him a hero. Several also noted that the school’s prom, scheduled for Saturday, was still on.Olivia Katbi Smith wrote on Twitter that she coaches track with Lowe at Parkrose and wasn’t surprised to learn what he did.“As soon as I heard what happened I knew it was him because he would do anything for these kids. It was surreal to be waiting for my athletes behind caution tape today, but might have been much worse if not for Keanon,” she wrote. 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first_imgan arrangement with Businesswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.) Akamai Revolutionizes Bot Management Industry-first web security technology- Akamai Bot Manager- designed to allow true management of bots vs. detection and blocking only Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Business Wire India) February 18, 2016 Based on analysis of traffic across the Akamai Intelligent Platform?, upward of 60 percent of an organization?s Web traffic may be generated by bots ? programs that operate as an agent for a user or another program or simulate human activity. In response, Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services, today introduced Akamai Bot Manager. Unlike traditional bot detection or mitigation solutions that only enable automated Web traffic to be discovered and/or blocked, Akamai Bot Manager is designed to allow companies doing business on the Web to adopt a new, more comprehensive, strategy when dealing with bots. By helping users better identify and understand what types of bot traffic are hitting their sites, and by providing remediation capabilities beyond simple blocking, Bot Manager can help customers take the most appropriate actions and have greater control over the business and IT impacts of bot traffic ? both positive and negative.Nearly all online businesses can be impacted by various types of bot traffic. This traffic may include scrapers that grab content or price information, automated ?clicks? that fraudulently increase ad revenues and ?transactional? bots that can be used to purchase limited availability goods and services, making them unavailable to legitimate customers. Further, there are situations where the impact of bot activity on the business may be beneficial, while the impact on site performance is not. As such, organizations require a new way to not only identify the type of bot activity they are experiencing but also provide a variety of techniques to most effectively respond to different types of bot traffic beyond simple blocking. Bot Manager is designed to provide customers with this industry-first combination.advertisementOne company to see early benefit from Akamai Bot Manager is leading Internet retailer U.S Auto Parts Network, Inc. According to the company?s IT Director, William Avellan, ?Bot activity is in many ways a ?cost of doing business? when you sell online, and up until now, there has not been a good way to achieve the visibility into bot traffic necessary to make truly informed decisions. With Bot Manager, we have the information we need to solve all of the bot problems we?ve been facing including content theft, price scrapers, and even identifying the IP transit providers hosting these bots.? more Busineswire GSVlast_img read more

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Sebastian Vettel leads Ferrari revival to Russia

first_imgFormula One champions Mercedes have led every lap of every Russian Grand Prix since the race made its debut around Sochi’s Olympic Park in 2014 but Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will aim to break that streak this weekend.The four times world champion is enjoying his best start to a season since he was at Red Bull in 2011, leading Lewis Hamilton by seven points after two wins and a second place from the first three races.Another win, at the street circuit where the German finished second in 2015, would signal Ferrari’s best opening four races since 2008.”Things start to click and hopefully that sort of success now in the first couple of races helps us to build up some sort of momentum that maybe these guys (Mercedes) had in the past,” said Vettel after winning in Bahrain on April 16.Hamilton, presented with the winner’s trophy by Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2014 and 2015 before now-retired Mercedes team mate and champion Nico Rosberg won from pole position last year, felt the pain in Bahrain.”We’re going to push hard together, re-gather as a team and come back fighting,” he said after collecting a time penalty and finishing second.Mercedes, who still look faster over a single lap in qualifying, have done plenty of homework since then but recognise they have a battle on their hands.”In this season with these new regulations, you can’t take anything for granted,” said team boss Toto Wolff.”The trophies of previous years don’t guarantee that we’ll be winning in Russia when you have a very fierce competitor like we do in Ferrari. We’ll take it one step at a time.”advertisementHamilton saw team mate Valtteri Bottas take a career first pole position in Bahrain and the Finn has a good track record in Sochi too, setting aside a last lap collision with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in 2015 while battling for third place.Bottas set the first fastest lap of his career there in 2014, on his way to third place, and it is a layout that he likes.”I have always been comfortable there so we will see. Its a completely different type of track again, completely different kind of temperatures, different asphalt so many different things. We’ll see,” he said.Red Bull, the only team to beat Mercedes last season, have yet to reach the podium in Sochi but both Australian Daniel Ricciardo and Dutch teenager Max Verstappen are hoping for more excitement this time with cars loading more G-forces than previously.”I expect this year for the track to be grippy and with these cars it should be quite fast,” said Ricciardo. I would say it’s going to be more enjoyable than it has been so Im looking forward to that.”Behind them, Force India’s Sergio Perez is chasing his 14th successive scoring finish while Sauber and McLaren have yet to open their accounts for the season.Toro Rosso’s Spanish driver Carlos Sainz has a three-place grid penalty for his Bahrain collision with Williams’ Canadian rookie Lance Stroll, who has yet to see the chequered flag.last_img read more

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Indian girl creates World Cup history as Brazil keep their campaign alive

first_imgNathania John K from Tamil Nadu on Friday became India’s first-ever ball-girl at a World Cup when she led the Brazil team on to the field for their Group E encounter against Costa Rica at St. Petersburg.Earlier, 10-year-old Rishi Tej carried the ball to the field on June 18 for the game between Belgium and Panama to become India’s first-ever ball-boy at a World Cup.Both the kids are the two designated Official Match Ball Carriers (OMBC) for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia from India.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEUnder the FIFA OMBC programme, 64 school kids from various countries, including two from India, get this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only watch a World Cup match but actually walk alongside some of the biggest names in world football.11-year-old Nathania is the lone girl to make it to the top after beating competition from 50 boys and impressing everyone with her footballing skills in the campaign organised by FIFA’s official partner KIA Motors.Meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho and Neymar scored two extra-time goals to give Brazil a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica.Englishman sails, Indian cycles to Russia to see their heroesCoutinho scored in the 91st minute as he stabbed home from barely six metres to the goal and then Neymar followed it up with a volley six minutes later to seal the deal and help Brazil go on top of Group E with 4 points.It was tragedy for Costa Rica, ranked 23rd in the world. They had held the five-time champions 0-0 when six minutes were added at the end of the 90th and were looking like getting away with a point. However, their resiliance broke and after conceding two goals in seven minutes, they are now knocked out of the World Cup.advertisementlast_img read more

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Hriday Hazarika shoots gold in 10m air rifle junior ISSF World Championship

first_imgIndia’s young shooters continued to shine on the seventh day of the ISSF World Championship in Changwon on Friday.Hriday Hazarika notched up a gold medal in the 10m air rifle junior men’s event of the shooting championship.Hazarika, the lone Indian to qualify for the final with a score of 627.3, was tied with Iran’s Mohammed Amir Nekounam on 250.1 once the field was pruned to the regulation top eight.A thrilling shoot-off decided the gold medalist of the 10m Air Rifle Men Junior event. #ISSFWCH pic.twitter.com/D8h3fpzoRXISSF (@ISSF_Shooting) September 7, 2018But the 17-year-old Indian claimed the top honours after prevailing in a shoot-off at the prestigious International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) tournament.The bronze went to Russia’s Grigorii Shamakov, who managed a score of 228.6 in the final.The Indian team, comprising Hazarika, Divyansh Panwar and Arjun Babuta, finished fourth with a combined total of 1872.3.There was disappointment for the country in the senior men’s 50m rifle three position competition as none of the Indians in fray managed to make the cut for the finals.16 yr old HRIDAY HAZARIKA is the new JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPION in 10m Air Rifle ????Hriday shot a score of 250.1 in the finals & won the Gold in a thrilling shoot off!! #ISSFWCHOGQ is very proud to support Hriday!Congrats @OfficialNRAI @Media_SAI & coach Deepak Dubey ?? pic.twitter.com/SlAECKlWOjOGQ (@OGQ_India) September 7, 2018JUNIOR WOMEN SHOOTERS SET NEW RECORDThe women’s 10m air rifle team of Elavenil Valarivan (631), Shreya Agarwal (628.5) and Manini Kaushik (621.2) then produced a sensational performance to total 1880.7 for a gold with a world record score.advertisementThe score by Elavenil, a junior world cup gold-medallist, was also a new junior world record.SENIORS DISAPPOINTAsian Games silver-medallist Sanjeev Rajput was the lowest-placed Indian at 58th with a score of 1158.Swapnil Kusale was 55th with a score of 1161 while Akhil Sheoran took the 44th position with 1167.The Indian team, comprising the trio, ended 11th with a total of 3503.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Atletico Madrid 3 Elche 0 (4-1 agg)

first_imgAtletico Madrid 3 Elche 0 (4-1 agg): Torres double sees Simeone’s men cruise through Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 06:21 11/30/17 atletic-corpped Getty Images Atletico Madrid cruised into the last 16 of the Copa del Rey thanks to a comfortable second-leg win over Elche. A Fernando Torres double helped Atletico Madrid comfortably beat Elche 3-0 to secure Copa del Rey progression with a 4-1 aggregate triumph.Atletico were only able to come away from last month’s first leg with a 1-1 draw, but they never looked in danger of being on the end of an upset at the Wanda Metropolitano, with Torres scoring twice in a strong performance.Diego Simeone refused to jeopardise progression by playing an inexperienced team like he did in the away leg and his side looked focused as a result in making it four wins from their last five games. 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 Initially they wasted opportunities and began to look frustrated, but Jose Maria Gimenez finally ended Elche’s resistance with a header at the back post in the 31st minute.And their second followed shortly after, with Torres producing a fine finish for his first goal at the Wanda Metropolitano.The chances continued to flow for Atleti and although wasteful finishing again surfaced after the break, Torres finally doubled his tally in the 68th minute to make absolutely sure of their qualification for the last 16.2 – Fernando Torres has become the first player to score a brace at Wanda Metropolitano and was the last player to score a brace at Vicente Calderon (all competitions). Idol. pic.twitter.com/aku0uFXvql— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 29, 2017Atletico were quick out of the blocks and almost broke the deadlock after just three minutes, but Luciano Vietto – enjoying a rare start – shot just wide of the left-hand post from a tight angle after a fine run in from the right flank.Elche had to rely on the post to save them just before the half-hour mark, with Koke’s 30-yard drive smacking against the frame of the goal.But there was to be no denying Gimenez soon after, however, as the Uruguay defender stealthily appeared behind the Elche defence at a corner and headed just inside the right-hand post.And with their very next attack, Atleti added a second.Guille Vallejo failed to hold on to Yannick Carrasco’s long-range effort and Torres was there to pounce on the rebound, tucking in from a tight angle.1 – Fernando Torres has scored his first goal at Wanda Metropolitano with his 9th shot. Toast. pic.twitter.com/GxbR3eXPvD— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 29, 2017The wasteful Vietto should have extended the lead just before the break, but he fired over from the centre of the box after Torres’ cut-back.Things were similarly one-sided after the break and Atletico should have gone three up shortly after the restart, but Nicolas Gaitan could only find the side-netting after a fine flowing move.Atletico then began to sit back a little more and invite pressure in the hope of catching Elche on the break.And they almost did so in the 64th minute, as Gaitan darted in from the left, skipped past a couple of challenges and fed Thomas Partey into the right side of the area, only for his squared pass to be cut out at the last moment.An even better chance fell to Torres soon after, with Vietto teeing him up with an easy finish from 12 yards, yet he inexplicably scuffed wide.He made amends a few moments later, though, slamming past Vallejo from close range after being released by substitute Sime Vrsaljko.Torres almost got his hat-trick 10 minutes from the end, but Vallejo made a brilliant save down to his right to deny the striker, as in-form Atletico settled for a three-goal victory. read morelast_img read more

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Ranked: Who are Man Utd’s best-paid players?

first_imgManchester United Alexis or Pogba, De Gea or Lukaku? Ranking Manchester United’s best-paid players Kris Voakes Last updated 1 year ago 20:13 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) David de Gea Paul Pogba Alexis Sanchez split Getty/Goal composite Manchester United Premier League Crystal Palace v Manchester United Crystal Palace Gallery The Red Devils have been fairly liberal in handing out huge contracts in recent years, but who sits where in their list of highest salaries? Manchester United caused a real stir in January when snapping up from Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. Far beyond the Chilean being recruited from a Premier League rival midway through the season, the biggest bone of contention appeared to be his British-record salary of £350,000 per week.Such is the fascination in the money being spent by football clubs in the modern era, supporters have taken an increased interest in players’ wages as well as the outlays made to selling clubs in the transfer market.And United have led the way in splashing out on playing contracts over the course of the Premier League era, signing themselves up to the five biggest deals in English history over the last five years, most recently with Sanchez. 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 But who gets what in the current United squad? Below,  Goal  goes through the Old Trafford pay-grades, listing the estimated weekly salary of the top-ranked Red Devils in terms of salary.last_img read more

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Leicester force Liverpool to settle for a point

first_imgLiverpool missed the chance to open a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League table as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Leicester City on Wednesday.Jurgen Klopp’s Reds appeared on course to capitalise on Manchester City’s surprise loss at Newcastle United 24 hours earlier when Sadio Mane fired them ahead inside three minutes at Anfield.But, just like their nearest challengers on Tuesday, a nervy Liverpool failed to hold onto their early advantage, though a point at least extends their advantage at the summit with 14 games remaining. 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? After James Maddison had inexplicably missed a free header from close range, Harry Maguire steered in a half-volley to make it 1-1 in first-half stoppage time.Snow fell prior to kick-off on Merseyside, but Liverpool quickly warmed to their task. Mane’s low, right-footed drive slipped across the wet surface and beyond Kasper Schmeichel’s dive to put the hosts ahead.The early strike appeared set to signal an avalanche of goals for the Reds, Schmeichel turning aside a Roberto Firmino effort before an unmarked Mane carelessly headed the resulting corner well wide.However, Leicester posed the greater threat as the opening half wore on, eventually equalising in added time through Maguire – only booked minutes before after clipping Mane as the forward looked to run onto a throughball – as Liverpool failed to reorganise in defence after a partially blocked shot was headed back into the penalty area by Ben Chilwell.The visitors should have been level earlier, too, but Maddison nodded Marc Albrighton’s inviting cross beyond the target, letting Alisson – who had turned over possession with a lazy clearing kick – off the hook.Liverpool’s goalkeeper was called into action early in the second half by one of his team-mates – Firmino spared by his fellow Brazilian after poking Maguire’s low cross towards his own net.Shouts from the Kop for a penalty were dismissed by referee Martin Atkinson when Naby Keita fell under a challenge from Ricardo Pereira but Klopp’s side were below par following such a fast start.3 – Liverpool have conceded in each of their last three Premier League home games, after only conceding in two of their opening nine home league games of the season. Slip. pic.twitter.com/MjnrUKsF66— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 30, 2019What does it mean? Reds fluff their lines after City slipPoints, not performances, are all that matter for Liverpool. A quest for a first title in the Premier League era received an unexpected boost from former boss Rafa Benitez and Newcastle, yet they wasted a glorious opportunity to move further clear of City.Worryingly, after conceding three in their victory over Crystal Palace last time out, they again looked shaky in defence. Admittedly injuries to Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez have left Klopp short of options – Jordan Henderson played as a makeshift right-back – but they must quickly regain the solid foundations that have underpinned their challenge so far.Maguire makes his mark in both boxesWhile his goal was crucial, Maguire’s best work came at the back. The England international shackled Mohamed Salah in particular, the Egyptian failing to have a shot on target, as the Foxes became the first team from outside the ‘big six’ to deny Liverpool victory this season.Van Dijk caught coldVirgil van Dijk was fit to maintain his ever-present league record in this campaign after overcoming illness in time to feature. However, the centre-back – such a pillar of strength for Liverpool this season – allowed Maguire to escape his attention for Leicester’s equaliser after Andy Robertson had needlessly given away a free-kick out wide.Key Opta facts:2:01 – Sadio Mane’s opener for Liverpool was their quickest goal in the Premier League since April 2016, when Daniel Sturridge netted against Newcastle (1:07). Intense. pic.twitter.com/8U3dar4iwd— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 30, 2019- Liverpool failed to win at Anfield for just the second time in the Premier League this season (W9 D2), having also drawn against Manchester City in October 2018.- Liverpool attempted just 10 shots in this game against Leicester – the only occasions when they’ve had fewer in the Premier League this season were both against Manchester City (seven, both home and away).- Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has now scored 10+ goals in each of his five seasons in the Premier League, with eight of his 10 goals this term coming at Anfield.- Each of Harry Maguire’s three league goals for Leicester this season have come away from home – only Wilfried Zaha (4) has netted more among players to have scored 100% of their goals in away games.What’s next?After back-to-back league games at Anfield, Liverpool head on the road for a clash with West Ham on Monday. Leicester, meanwhile, host Manchester United the previous day. read morelast_img read more

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Panama Canal Cuts Maximum Draft for Neopanamax Locks

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Panama Canal Authority The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has decreased the maximum allowable draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks at the beginning of January.Precipitation registered in the Panama Canal watershed during December 2018 was around 90 percent below the historical average, causing water levels in Gatun and Madden Lakes to drop below the expected levels for this time of the year.As a result, the Panama Canal has deemed it necessary to implement water conservation measures to delay implementation of seasonal draft adjustments and to minimize the adverse effect that these may.Despite these efforts, the weather forecast for the upcoming weeks indicates that the first seasonal draft of 14.94 meters (49 feet) TFW is required effective February 11, 2019, for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks.The authority said that vessels arriving with drafts over 14.94 meters (49.0 feet) TFW may be allowed to transit past this date depending on the actual level of Gatun Lake at the time of transit. Otherwise, they will be required to trim or off-load cargo to transit.last_img read more

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Panel Makes Recommendations on Natural Resources

first_imgNova Scotia is another step closer to having a new strategy that will protect its natural resources, while supporting jobs and the economy. Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell received a report today, May 7, that recommends how the province should manage its parks, minerals, forests and biodiversity. The report, A Natural Balance: Working Toward Nova Scotia’s Natural Resources Strategy, was prepared by the minister’s steering panel, and gives direction to write a new strategy to manage natural resources. Forest policies will be developed by late summer, the rest of the strategy will be completed before the end of year. In receiving the report, the minister said a new natural resources strategy supports government’s commitment to make life better for Nova Scotians in every region. “This report provides us with the evidence we need to develop a new strategy, one that will protect our natural resources for generations,” said Mr. MacDonell. “The new strategy will ensure families can continue to enjoy our parks and trails, and our forests and minerals can continue to support and create good jobs and grow the economy.” The submission of the report completes the second phase of a three-phase process to develop a new natural resources strategy. The first phase incorporated information collected through public consultations held in 2008, and culminated in a report written by the Natural Resources Citizen Engagement Committee supported by Voluntary Planning. The final phase is writing the strategy. “We have proposed a vision of a Nova Scotia in which healthy diverse natural resources are nurtured and sustained for the economic, environmental, and social benefit of all Nova Scotians today and in the future,” said Constance Glube, steering panel chair. “We have asked Minister MacDonell to direct his department to use our report as the framework for the natural resources strategy document.” “It’s time to define a new legislative relationship with nature,” said Joe Marshall, steering panel member and executive director, Union of Nova Scotia Indians. “Hundreds of years ago, the Mi’kmaq were a nomadic people. Biodiversity was our lifestyle. But, now, Nova Scotia’s biodiversity is at risk. Biodiversity needs an act, a home, and accountability within government.” Mr. MacDonell has asked the steering panel to review the forthcoming strategy to ensure it accurately reflects what was heard in the first two phases. “As we write the strategy, the values of Nova Scotians will be become the touchstones for the department,” said Mr. MacDonell. “When we implement our strategy, the five citizen values identified during phase one – sustainability, diversity, collaboration, transparency, and informed decision making – will guide department policy and program decisions in the future.” The report contains the advice of technical experts who spoke with dozens of stakeholders to closely examine the diverse issues concerning Nova Scotia’s natural resources. The report and information about the natural resources strategy is available on the Department of Natural Resources website, www.gov.ns.ca/natr .last_img read more

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UN and USbased agency to seek renewable energy sites in poor countries

Continuing its bid to pinpoint the most promising sites for renewable energy in some of the world’s poorest countries, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced a new collaboration with one of the world’s leading “green energy” research centres. The new joint project with United States-based National Renewable Energy Laboratory widens the ambit of UNEP’s current project to create high-quality solar and wind maps for 13 countries by adding the Maldives to that list. It also broadens the existing plan to map Bangladesh. UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer welcomed the agreement, which will expand the Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment programme. “Delivering cleaner and less-polluting forms of energy to poorer parts of the world is absolutely crucial for fighting poverty and helping to reduce emissions of pollutants linked with global warming,” he stressed. The programme is part of a “Group of Eight” initiative to provide renewable energy to a billion extra people in an attempt to limit environmental damage since “those without access to electricity are forced to fell trees for firewood and cooking fuel, accelerating impacts such as soil erosion and the loss of the world’s wildlife,” explained Mr. Toepfer. “While the costs of renewable energies like solar and wind have been tumbling in recent years, obstacles remain to their widespread deployment, particularly in developing countries,’ he said. The programme will also “bridge the knowledge gap so that potential investors can know, with a great deal of accuracy, the locations where they can secure a good and reasonable return.” read more

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New chief for UN internal oversight officially takes office

Hailed by a senior United Nations official as a remarkable woman of vital integrity, the world body’s new chief watchdog met the press for the first time in her new capacity today, saying she was pleased to be at the UN during a time of such far-reaching changes.Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Chief of Staff, Mark Malloch Brown introduced veteran Swedish inspector and auditor Inga-Britt Ahlenius as the new Under-Secretary-General for the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS).Previously the former Auditor-General of Kosovo, she succeeds Dileep Nair, who has been cited for misconduct by the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) led by former United States Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker probing alleged irregularities in the UN Oil-for-Food programme for Iraq.OIOS submits reports to the Secretary-General and the Assembly on protecting the organizations’ assets. It also does worldwide audits of UN operations and provides consulting services to UN funds, programmes and tribunals.Ms. Ahlenius was also a member of the Committee of Independent Experts established by the European Parliament with a mandate to examine the ways in which the 20-member Commission detected and dealt with fraud, mismanagement and nepotism. Its report in 1999 led to the resignation of the entire Commission and its later reform.Calling Ms. Ahlenius “a remarkable woman,” of vital integrity, Mr. Malloch Brown said that she exhibited “exactly the values and priorities that we want to see in the oversight function here at the United Nations.”For her part, Ms. Ahlenius said that she was happy to be at the UN during this time of change. She had officially only been on the job for three days, but was already looking into the various recommendations that had emerged during the Volcker investigation.When asked by reporters if she would be more open with the press than her predecessor, she said that while she had been in regular contact with the media in other positions she had held, an internal audit, by definition, was an interior undertaking. Still, she was aware that the Assembly had asked for more disclosure of reports and would be looking into the matter.She added that she had been in the position to make “tough” decisions regarding the disciplining of and/or firing of staff. “While no one enjoys that sort of thing, the hope is that such decisions are taken with a view to preserving the integrity of your organization,” she said. read more

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Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 6 February 2016

DOWNLOAD1. SMMT – new car market and van registration figures released2. BIS Committee evidence session – Spending Review3. Automotive industry launches new scheme to recycle cars and vans4. Driverless cars technology receives £20 million boost5. Mayor calls for new measures to secure the success of London’s roads6. India triples imports of British build cars7. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Teenager scarred for life as stranger bites her face after putting her

first_imgA woman was left with permanent scarring after being bitten on the face by a stranger in a “savage attack”, police said.The 18-year-old victim had left a nightclub in  Kingston, south-west London, when she was approached by an unknown male, who put her in a headlock and then bit her face.The woman required immediate medical treatment and her injuries have resulted in a permanent scar, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.There have been no arrests and the assault is being treated as grievous bodily harm. Police are appealing for help to 'urgently find the person responsible' for the attack on the teenager Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack, which happened at around 3.30am on Sunday, 25 June, after the woman left Pryzm Nightclub in Eden Street.Officers revealed details of the incident on Tuesday and released a picture of the unnamed woman’s large scar.The man who attacked her is described as white with blond hair.Detective Constable Robert Wise said: “This was a savage attack that has left a young girl with a permanent scar; we urgently want to find the person responsible.”There would have been many people who witnessed this horrible assault and I would appeal to anyone with information to contact police.” 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. Police are appealing for help to ‘urgently find the person responsible’ for the attack on the teenagerCredit:Metropolitan Policelast_img read more

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Alkane to kick off Tomingley UG gold operation with RCT autonomous solution

first_imgRCT says it has entered into a project with Alkane Resources to commission autonomous technology at its Tomingley gold operations in New South Wales, Australia.The work involves installing and commissioning ControlMaster® Guidance Automation on two Caterpillar R2900G LHDs to operate at the company’s underground gold operation at Tomingley, just south of Dubbo.RCT will also supply a Tele Cabin including operator chair, LCD monitors and laser guard containment control with the option to operate from the mine’s surface via the ControlMaster® Fibre Optic Control Station.“Guidance Automation removes operators from machine cabs, which improves safety while the technology enables faster tramming speeds and eliminates machine damage from operator errors, thereby significantly reducing unplanned maintenance works,” RCT said.The technology will be installed by mid-2019 with operator training to be held simultaneously.Back in September, the Alkane board approved the development of underground mining operations at Tomingley. This would see 93,000 oz of gold recovered over a 40- month development, with development commencing in early 2019 and first ore expected in mid-2019.last_img read more

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HELP SERBIA Plock and Wisla to help Loznica

City of Plock and Orlen Wisla Plock Handball club will help Serbian city of Loznica, who suffered a disaster due floods last week. Citizens and Wisla’s fans will collect clothes, many and every other kind of help for the people who lost their homes and families.Two Serbian players from Wisla, Petar Nenadic and Ivan Nikcevic called for the action which will be organised from Friday till Monday… ← Previous Story Sven-Soren Christophersen to join Hannover-Burgdorf! Next Story → SLOVENIA: Celje PL smash Gorenje to win 18th title! read more

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Epilepsy Ireland extremely frustrated about drug substitution

first_imgEPILEPSY IRELAND HAVE expressed disappointment that The Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill that was passed in the Dáil today does not exclude anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) from substitution.While the bill has been viewed as a largely positive measure, the group had hoped that it would be amended due to the fact that AEDs are tailored to the needs of individuals and that a change in this balance could result in a breakthrough seizure.The CEO of Epilepsy Ireland, Mike Glynn, said that government had failed to consider “the needs of over 37,000 people with epilepsy in passing this Bill.”Given that we are legislating for generic substitution and the evidence that exists in favour of specifically exempting AEDs within it, it has been extremely frustrating to see a series of amendments voted down which would have offered safety and reassurance to people with epilepsy.Believing that an opportunity had been missed to “enshrine the rights of people with epilepsy”, Glynn said that the group would now begin a campaign to ensure that the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) would not designate AEDs as being interchangeable with generic drugs.The group want those with epilepsy to insist that their prescribers now write their AED prescription using the regular brand name as opposed to the generic (active ingredient) name, while also ensuring that the pharmacist writes ‘do not substitute’ on their prescription.Read: A man, woman or child dies from heart disease and stroke every hour in Ireland >last_img read more

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Return to austerity

first_imgGreece took a major step towards meeting its obligations in order to receive the agreed €86bn ($128bn) bailout, after its parliament passed a second set of reforms in the early hours of Thursday morning.Despite fears of a rebellion by SYRIZA MPs, in the end Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gained the support he required easily, with 230 votes in favour and 63 against. Almost half the dissenting MPs were members of his own party.Unlike last week’s vote, this time around Yanis Varoufakis voted with the government; the former finance minister declaring that he felt it important “to protect the unity of SYRIZA” even though he believed the program agreed with the creditors was “designed to fail”.The reforms passed include changes to the banking system to protect savers’ deposits of less than €100,000 ($150,000) and the introduction of rules to ensure shareholders and creditors – not taxpayers – cover the costs of a failed bank.Meaures were also taken to overhaul the judiciary system.During the debate Mr Tsipras told the parliament once again that he was not happy with the measures that the lenders had imposed.“We chose a difficult compromise to avert the most extreme plans by the most extreme circles in Europe,” he told MPs, adding that the deal was the only way Greece could remain in the eurozone.Negotiations will now begin with the creditors on agreeing the detailed terms of the bailout. Due to be completed within a month, a likely scenario is that once concluded, the full agreement will usher in early elections.However major sticking points are still possible. The most contentious measures – including the phasing out early retirement and tax hikes for farmers – have been pushed back to August.Meanwhile Greeks this week faced a new era of austerity. They woke on Monday able to enter banks for the first time in weeks, but with Value Added Tax increased from 13 per cent to 23 per cent, the cost of the bailout deal was immediately felt in their pockets. Many everyday supermarket basics have increased in price. Services hit by the increase include restaurants and cafes, funeral parlours, taxis, and the much used tutorial schools – held precious by tens of thousands of parents trying to give their kids a better start in life.To get a sense of the mood across the country this week Neos Kosmos spoke to a handful of those affected.27-year-old Stav Balafas in Athens was shocked by price increases to the most basic necessities.“We’d get coffee and sparkling water every day for €4 and the next day we were surprised to pay €5. They listed coffee and sparkling water under luxury goods. Even tea is seen as luxury goods. No joke.“People are concerned about public transport tickets prices, taxis and petrol getting more expensive. Air, bus and even boat fares are up. The internet and phone calls got a top-up.”Valia Evangelatou (26) in Chios thinks the imposition of higher tax rates for virtually identical products is confusing.“Normal bread stays the same, bread with olives gets a hike. Normal milk stays the same, chocolate milk goes up. You need to have a masters degree in advanced economics to figure it all out,” said Ms Evangelatou.Despina Varsami (21) on holiday in Chania was bemused by the jump in price of that modest staple – the souvlaki.“I swore to eat one a day while I’m here. It used to be €1.80 and now it’s €2.30. I wonder if they taxed each ingredient separately!”Ilias Katrakis in Chalkidiki says the VAT hike will not get to the root of Greece’s economic problems but instead hit the poorest.“The increase will once again hurt the little man when we should be looking at tax evasion. “I say increase the VAT to 28 per cent for cash transactions but keep it at 18 per cent for card transactions. This will offer the incentive to move away from our outdated cash system, which is a huge part of the problem.”Kosta Karageorgiou in Mykonos echoed his sentiments. “People need to start paying taxes, yes, mainly the rich, but not on basic commodities and tourism. Tourism is what keeps this country alive and right now the prices are unappealing even to holiday makers from abroad.”Panagiota Stamou (26), a single mum living in Thessaloniki, sums up the mood of most Greeks who expected more from a government that vowed to fight austerity.“I’m struggling to make ends meet on a salary of just €400 a month. If the price of food, electricity and water goes up, but my wage stays the same there is absolutely no way I can survive, “says the 26-year-old Ms Stamou.“My child and I are already living on the absolute bare minimum. I didn’t vote SYRIZA for this. I voted for change. I voted ‘No’ This is far worse than anything I expected from them”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Discovery la navette ne décollera pas avant le 17 décembre

first_imgDiscovery : la navette ne décollera pas avant le 17 décembreCap Canaveral, Etats-Unis – Déjà reporté à plusieurs reprises suite à la découverte de fuites dues à des fissures, le lancement de la navette spatiale Discovery n’aura pas lieu début décembre comme l’espérait la Nasa. Selon l’Agence spatiale américaine, il n’y aura pas de tentative avant le 17 décembre.  “Clairement, nous ne sommes pas prêts pour un lancement dans la fenêtre de tir du 3 au 7 décembre”, a annoncé lors d’une conférence de presse John Shannon, le directeur du programme de la navette. Ce dernier précise que la Nasa envisage une possible tentative entre le 17 et 20 décembre prochains.À lire aussiApollo 11 : À quoi la conquête spatiale ressemblera-t-elle dans 50 ans ?Discovery devait décoller le 5 novembre dernier, pour effectuer avec à son bord six astronautes, son ultime vol vers la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Mais une fuite d’hydrogène lors du remplissage du réservoir externe a conduit la Nasa à annuler le tir. Les techniciens de l’agence ont dans les jours qui ont suivi, découvert plusieurs fissures sur des soutiens en alliage d’aluminium de la navette, et tentent depuis de comprendre la gravité du problème, et de trouver un moyen de réparer ces craquelures. Un type de réparations qui n’a jamais été réalisé auparavant sur le pas de tir, mais seulement durant la construction en usine du réservoir.Alors que la Nasa espérait pouvoir tenter un lancement début décembre, la décision de reporter ce tir a été prise suite à une réunion du bureau de contrôle technique de l’agence. La prochaine réunion de ce groupe se tiendra le 2 décembre, et c’est là que sera confirmée ou non la tentative du 17 décembre.Le 25 novembre 2010 à 16:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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