Malcom rubbishes Barcelona exit talk

first_imgBarcelona forward Malcom, fresh from netting his first goal for the club, has rubbished reports suggesting that he could soon be heading out of Camp Nou.The Brazilian found himself at the centre of a transfer storm over the summer as he prepared to leave Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux.A switch to Roma appeared to be on the cards, only for Barca to hijack that deal and complete a €41 million (£37m/$48m) agreement of their own. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! They have had to be patient with the 21-year-old, with limited game time having sparked speculation regarding another switch just a matter of months after arriving in Catalunya.Premier League sides such as Arsenal and Chelsea have been credited with holding an interest in Malcom, but he insists there is no substance to the exit talk.“That is fake information and it will not break my confidence,” Malcom told Goal.“Scoring a goal for Barcelona right after that [the rumours] was important for my confidence and I’m sure I can do much more to help the club.”Malcom’s comments reiterate a message he recently posted on Instagram, in which he made it clear that he is not looking for a way out of Barca.He said: “About news that came out here in Spain, I want to clarify this: I came to Barcelona with many objectives, and those who know me know that I am a very determined person.“I’m very happy with my development with every passing day. My objective is to make my dreams come true.”Malcom Barcelona 2018-19Malcom insists that he is still living the dream at a La Liga heavyweight, with his boyhood ambitions being fulfilled after making his way from the academy ranks at Corinthians to Camp Nou.He added to Goal: “All that I have done has been worth it.“I had a dream of being a professional footballer, and then my dream was to be a champion with my first club and after that I dreamed of playing in Europe.“Everything I have dreamed of I have achieveed with lot of hard work.“And today, being at Barcelona, with great players by my side, it’s very good. It is worth every sacrifice that myself and my family have made.”Malcom’s first goal for Barca, in his fourth appearance, came during a 1-1 Champions League draw away at Inter.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Nathan Coulter-Nile not sure of playing against India despite 92 vs WI

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Nathan Coulter-Nile not sure of playing against India despite 92 vs WIAfter scoring 92 in just 60 balls which decided Australia’s win against West Indies, all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile says that it is good to have competition among spots. However, he isn’t very sure of himself for the upcoming match between Australia and India.advertisement Press Trust of India LondonJune 8, 2019UPDATED: June 8, 2019 14:03 IST Nathan Coulter-Nile isn’t sure of himself for the Australia vs India match (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia managed to defeat West Indies in their second World Cup 2019 encounterCoulter-Nile’s 92 was the highest by a No.8 in a World Cup matchHe scored 58 runs more than his previous best ODI scoreAustralia’s fast bowling all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile says he is not sure of his place for the big-ticket World Cup encounter against India despite a match-winning 92 against West Indies.His 92 off just 60 balls proved vital in Australia’s 15-run victory, but the 31-year-old believes his expensive outing with the ball in Bristol may not help his cause.Asked if he felt his spot was secure, Coulter-Nile said: “No. I took none for 70.”We’ve got two world-class (fast) bowlers (on the sidelines). I’m not in the team to make runs, hopefully the top order does that, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I got dropped for the next game,” he was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.”I’m in the team to take wickets and I’ve had two wicketless games, so we’ll see how we go.”Coulter-Nile’s 92 at Trent Bridge was the highest score by a No. 8 in a World Cup, 58 runs more than his previous best ODI score.Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins are Australia’s lead pacers, while coach Justin Langer has indicated that Nathan Lyon has been considered as a second spinner alongside Adam Zampa.Back-up pacers Jason Behrendorff and Kane Richardson could also come into contention for the India game at The Oval.Coulter-Nile insists he is not bothered by the competition for spots.”I actually like it,” he said.”I think it’s good to have competition and it wouldn’t be good if we had no one pushing you trying to get better, so I love it.”Coulter-Nile combined with Steve Smith (73) for a counter-attacking stand of 102 off just 89 balls power Australia to 288 against the Windies.”To have a guy play the innings of his life was something I’m sure you guys enjoyed watching,” said vice-captain Alex Carey, who earlier scored 45 off 55 deliveries.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pressure on England as Bangladesh seeks another CWC upsetAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Unfazed by MS Dhoni gloves row, India focussed on Australia matchAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Nathan Coulter-NileFollow West Indies vs AustraliaFollow ICC World Cup 2019 Nextlast_img read more

DBJ and EXIM Bank to Expand Financial Services to MSMES

first_img “Assistance will also be given to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to meet the collateral requirements of commercial banks,” said Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw. Minister Shaw said that MSMEs are the “backbone of our economy and a primary source of employment” and must be supported. The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) and the National Export-Import Bank of Jamaica (EXIM Bank) will be expanding the provision of new financial services to the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector. Story Highlights The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) and the National Export-Import Bank of Jamaica (EXIM Bank) will be expanding the provision of new financial services to the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector.These services, which are not currently available to them from the commercial financial institutions, include assistance with single-digit interest rates, venture capital, factoring and leasing.“Assistance will also be given to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to meet the collateral requirements of commercial banks,” said Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw.He was opening the 2018/2019 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8 under the theme ‘Stability, Growth and Prosperity – Our Goal, Our Responsibility’.Minister Shaw said that MSMEs are the “backbone of our economy and a primary source of employment” and must be supported.He hailed the assistance to the sector from the multilateral development partners. Recently, the World Bank signed a US$15-million loan contract with the Government to improve access to finance for MSMEs.“This will bolster the initiative supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to assist businesses to meet the collateral requirements of commercial lenders and to build business acumen of microenterprises,” he noted.Mr. Shaw added that this year will see the implementation of a programme financed by the European Investment Bank that will make a local currency loan available to the DBJ to provide financing for micro-entrepreneurs.last_img read more

PIL against Paytm post paid wallet RBI company oppose it

first_imgNew Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) cannot be used as a weapon to challenge the financial or economic decisions taken by the government or the RBI. The RBI made the submission in response to a PIL alleging that online payments platform Paytm was providing lending facilities in violation of the law regulating such activity. The affidavit was filed before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar which has listed the matter for further hearing on September 18. The petition filed by Abhijit Mishra, a financial economist, claimed that Paytm Payments Bank Ltd’s ‘post paid’ service was operating contrary to the existing law and guidelines regulating such entities. It contended that RBI’s guidelines for payments banks, like Paytm, do not permit credit or loan disbursement activities by such entities. In its affidavit, RBI said that section 22 of the Banking Regulation Act empowers the RBI to issue banking licence to a company to carry on banking business in India, subject to certain conditions provided in this provision. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Upon an application made in this behalf by respondent 2 (Paytm), a licence to carry on banking business in the style of a ‘payments bank’ has been issued by the RBI subject to certain conditions enumerated in the licence itself. These conditions along with the operating guidelines issued by the RBI, specify the broad contours within which a payments bank is required to operate, strictly adhering to the same,” it said. Seeking dismissal of the plea, the central bank said Mishra has sought the relief against Paytm but he has made RBI the first party as he might be aware that a PIL would not lie against a private body and is indirectly attempting to misguide the court. “For initiating action under the relevant provisions of the BR Act, RBI has to satisfy that Paytm has acted in such a manner which is detrimental to the interests of the depositors. No action can be initiated solely on the baseless allegation of the petitioner. Hence, no relief should be granted to him,” RBI said in its affidavit. Paytm also opposed the petition claiming that the plea was based on incorrect facts and incorrect understanding of law. In its response, it said the Paytm application is owned by One97 Communications Ltd which was engaged in the business of providing payment solutions, providing services related to electronic payments and selling of digital good on its mobile application.last_img read more

Dog seen being hit by woman on Toronto subway has been seized

first_imgTORONTO – Authorities in Toronto have seized a dog that police say was seen in an online video being hit by its owner while on a subway train.The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals took the dog after executing a search warrant on Monday, OSPCA spokeswoman Alison Cross said Tuesday, noting that charges are pending in the case.“This is a concerning video that we wanted to have an opportunity to investigate,” Cross said.The alleged incident caught on video took place on Friday afternoon.Police said they were called to St. George Station in downtown Toronto for a report of a dog being abused.Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said officers interviewed a woman and witnesses and ultimately issued her a warning, releasing her with the dog.“We couldn’t do anything because the dog appeared to be unhurt and we didn’t have access to any video of the incident at the time,” Douglas-Cook said.A video appearing to show the incident surfaced later that day, Douglas-Cook said.In the video, which has been viewed more than a million times on YouTube, a woman appears to hit, pull and bite a small dog sitting on her lap on a subway train.“You hear me? Stop it, stop it right now,” the woman yells at the dog, which is on a leash and is seen trying to move away several times.“You’ve got to stop hitting your dog,” a man is seen saying to the woman when the train is stopped and its emergency alarm is going off.“Stop what? Pardon?” the woman says to the man before hurling expletives.Roxy Huang, who said she shot the video and posted it online, said she watched the incident unfold as she sat on the subway train.“I was terrified and worried she might punch me in the face if she noticed I was recording her,” Huang said in an email. “I have heard too many stories about abused animals, I know it is important to have evidence, that is why I started to record her.”Huang said she left the train as its emergency alarm went off and didn’t immediately see any police, so she uploaded the video to YouTube.Police said they grew concerned for the dog after watching the video and notified the OSPCA, which opened an investigation.The OSPCA said the dog, a Chinese crested dog, has seen a veterinarian and is doing well.last_img read more

US judge scraps Oakland California ban on coal shipments

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge in California on Tuesday struck down the city of Oakland’s ban on coal shipments at a proposed cargo terminal, siding with a developer who wants to use the site to transport Utah coal to Asia.In a scathing ruling, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco said the information the city relied on to conclude that coal operations would pose a substantial health or safety danger to the public was “riddled with inaccuracies” and “faulty analyses, to the point that no reliable conclusion about health or safety dangers could be drawn from it.”The decision cheered coal proponents while opponents said they would continue to fight for cleaner air. Oakland is reviewing its options and may appeal, said Justin Berton, a spokesman for Mayor Libby Schaaf.The issue over coal has rocked then San Francisco Bay Area city that is environmentally friendly but also economically depressed in spots.City leaders approved construction of a rail and marine terminal in 2013 as part of a larger makeover of an Army base that was shuttered in 1999. The $250 million project in west Oakland is expected to bring thousands of jobs to a historically African-American neighbourhood that is among the poorest and most polluted in the region.Oakland officials said coal was never mentioned as a possibility but lawyers for developers said city officials always knew there would be a mix of goods, including coal.Concerned about pollution caused by coal dust, the city moved in 2016 to ban shipments of coal and petroleum coke, a solid derived from oil refining. The decision came after Utah lawmakers approved a $53 million investment to help ship the state’s coal through Oakland to Asia.Utah Sen. David Hinkins, a Republican who represents coal-producing counties, applauded the decision on Tuesday. “It would be good for my little depressed area,” he said.Many Utah mines are now shipping through Mexico to reach markets in Japan and Korea, as the U.S. market wanes, but a California shipping point would be closer and less expensive, he said.Utah’s $53 million would still be on the table, pending a committee approval, he said.The government-watchdog group Alliance for a Better Utah, meanwhile, said they were disappointed in the ruling, and said the public money would be better spent on local water systems or fire trucks rather than the port.In a statement, Schaaf vowed to continue the fight. Alex Katz, chief of staff to Oakland’s city attorney, said they will discuss options with the City Council.One of the developers of the project is Phil Tagami, a close friend of California Gov. and former Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown. The governor’s environmental efforts have made him a global leader in the fight against climate change, but he hasn’t spoken out publicly against the project.Chhabria agreed with attorneys for developers that the city relied on a flawed analysis to justify its ban. As an example, he said the city failed to factor in covers on the coal-carrying rail cars in its emissions estimates for the project.It also had no meaningful assessment of how emissions would affect air quality in Oakland, he said.The city’s opposition to coal operations appeared to stem largely from concerns about global warming, but it was “facially ridiculous to suggest that this one operation resulting in the consumption of coal in other countries will, in the grand scheme of things, pose a substantial global warming-related danger to people in Oakland,” the judge said.___Associated Press writer Sudhin Thanawala in San Francisco and Lindsay Whitehurst in Salt Lake City contributed to this report.last_img read more

Israeli Soldiers Assault 3 American Women at Dome of the Rock

Rabat – Israeli soldiers violently assaulted three American women on vacation in Jerusalem after they tried to help a disabled woman at the Dome of the Rock, also called Al-Aqsa Mosque, on Tuesday, March 12. Nour Hawash, a nursing student; her mother, Germeen Abdelkarim; and her sister, Safa Hawash, were taking pictures after their midday prayer when the Israeli soldiers stormed the Dome of the Rock and tried to evacuate the place, according to the Palestine Chronicle.Nour reported, “We heard these shots being fired and people just started running all over the place. We saw the IDF [Israeli soldiers], guns pointed, running, trying to chase people. So we just ran with everyone else to the side.” During the evacuation, a disabled woman was being wheeled out of the mosque after her prayer. The confrontation caused her to fall from her chair, and she was unable to climb back into it.Several Muslims tried to help her, but the IDF arrested them.Read also: Leaked Video of an Israeli Soldier Arresting and Hitting a Palestinian Child“I saw that a couple of women were trying to help her, but they were being shoved so I tried to go in as well,” Nour said. While she attempted to help the woman, the soldiers forced her to the ground and arrested her.Nour told the soldier that she is an American citizen and tried to show her passport, but the soldier replied, “I don’t care about your ID.”Nour said her sister was also assaulted. “[Safa] was being physically pushed down to the ground, and punched and shoved, they pulled her scarf off and tried to choke with it so she couldn’t come near me.”Nour Hawash, Germeen Abdelkarim, and Safa Hawash. Credit: MemoWhile soldiers were assaulting her daughters, Germeen was pushed against the wall and arrested.The assault lasted for more than half an hour before a soldier picked up Nour’s passport and instructed the others to release the women.According to a statement published by Palestine’s WAFA news agency, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has accused Israeli soldiers and settlers of “consistently violating the sanctity of the mosque and provoking the sentiments of Muslims.”Israeli forces briefly banned Palestinians, including religious figures, from entering the Al Aqsa compound, which is located near the eastern wall of the old city, causing protests among the Palestinians.According to Israel’s Reshet Kan radio station, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to close the Al-Rahma gates that lead to the southern part of the dome, despite the Palestinians’ protests. Whether this claim is true remains to be seen.Read also: Israeli Soldier Convicted by Tel Aviv Court for Killing a Wounded Palestinian read more

Protection of children caught in Sri Lankan conflict first priority – UN

“Images of children killed, maimed and wounded from the Vanni area of Sri Lanka are truly disturbing,” Radhika Coomaraswamy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, said in a statement, referring to the area in which some 250,000 civilians are trapped by the fighting.Ms. Coomaraswamy said that the LTTE must release the civilians to safety, especially the children, and the Government must be more careful with its artillery fire and aerial bombardment to avoid civilian casualties.She stressed that the international community has a duty to work with the Sri Lankan Government to ensure that the treatment of internally displaced children meets international standards, adding that child soldiers must be rehabilitated, not punished.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has voiced alarm over the LTTE’s stepped-up recruitment of child soldiers, having recorded some 6,000 such cases between 2003 and the end of last year.UNICEF said it is also concerned over the high number of children sustaining injuries – including burns, fractures, and shrapnel and bullet wounds – in the Vanni region, from which many wounded children have been evacuated in the past two weeks.Also today, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes travelled to Vavuniya in northern Sri Lanka, on the second day of his three-day visit to the country, to assess the condition of people who have recently fled the conflict zone. Accompanied by Basil Rajapakse, Senior Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka, Mr. Holmes visited two sites for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and met with local authorities and representatives of humanitarian agencies working on the ground, a UN spokesperson said. 20 February 2009The United Nations official charged with the welfare of children in armed conflict today urged that priority attention be given to the fate of children in northern Sri Lanka, where Government forces are battling the separatists Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). read more

Man 24 wanted on Canada Wide Warrant

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant.Alexander William Collin, 24, is described as an Indigenous male, 5’10”, 240 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. He has tattoos of an eagle arm band, bull dog, “Collin”, and a skull on his right arm.Police say Collin is known to frequent the Greater Toronto Area and London, Ont.He is serving a 7 year and 7 month sentence for robbery, possession of a firearm, aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm.Collin is wanted for breach of parole.Anyone with information is asked to the Provincial Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement Squad at 416-808-5900 read more

UN observes International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People

Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in remarks to the General Assembly’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, said recent peace initiatives by Palestinian and Israeli civil society leaders show a settlement can be reached to the conflict.Mr. Annan said the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority must act now rather than wait for the other side to the make the first move. He added that there was hope that the two Prime Ministers may meet soon and a ceasefire could be established.”These tender shoots must be nourished. At the same time, the parties must be judged not by their stated intentions but by their actions on the ground,” he said.General Assembly President Julian Hunte of St Lucia said history showed that “problems between peoples and States could not be solved by violence and conflict,” adding that a two-State solution was the only way to end the conflict.Mr. Hunte praised the work of the Quartet, and said the rest of the international community must support their efforts.The Security Council President for December, Ambassador Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria, said the Council was particularly concerned about the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories.”Easing the restrictions that had been placed on the movement of humanitarian personnel would enable the workers to reach those in need and to improve the quality of life in the Palestinian territories,” Ambassador Tafrov said.The Chairman of the Committee on the Palestinians, Papa Louis Fall of Senegal, said the Committee – while recognizing Israel’s right to security – “vigorously condemned the policy and practice of targeted assassinations.”Mr. Fall said the Committee also found it unacceptable that Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, remained confined by Israel’s army to his headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah.Nasser Al-Kidwa, the Observer for Palestine, said in a statement on behalf of Mr. Arafat that the past year has been a difficult one for Palestine.He said Israel’s construction of a barrier and “the barbarism of the associated practices and repressive measures” of Israeli occupation had “further nurtured the seeds of malice and hatred.”The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed each year on 29 November, which fell on a Saturday this year. Listen to UN Radio report read more

Alaska fishery featured in Deadliest Catch finally begins after being stymied by

Alaska fishery featured in ‘Deadliest Catch’ finally begins after being stymied by shutdown AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Alaska’s red king crab fishery, made famous by the Discovery Channel reality show “Deadliest Catch,” was finally moving into to full swing Friday after returning furloughed federal workers issued the necessary permits.Some boats began heading into the Bering Sea from Alaska’s Dutch Harbor on Thursday night, said Mark Gleason, executive director of the Seattle-based trade association Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, which represents 70 per cent of the Bristol Bay red king crab fishery.“Relief is the biggest thing in my mind right now,” Gleason said. “I’m just relieved that the Congress has put aside its squabbles temporarily.”Alaska’s red king crab season opened Tuesday, but most of the participating boats had remained at dock. That’s because the federal managers who set their individual quotas for the fishery were among those furloughed in the government’s partial shutdown.Those National Marine Fisheries Service employees returned to their jobs Thursday and went right to work processing the individual fishing quota permits, issuing them the same day.The quota permits were issued faster than some expected. Gleason said federal officials earlier estimated it would take three to five days.Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said Friday that processing of all necessary permits for the fishery has been completed. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oversees the Fisheries Service.“I think it speaks to the professionalism of our federal employees that we were able to implement the plan to get the permits out to the crabbers so that the fishing can begin,” she said.In Tuesday’s red king crab fishery opening, only boats representing a tiny fraction of the total haul were allowed to head out on time because those quotas were assigned by the state.Those affected by the 16-day shutdown were crabbers on 80 other boats involved in the much larger harvest.Crabbers have been anxiously waiting to head out, saying a late opening could severely cut into their profits domestically and from the lucrative holiday market in Japan.“Deadliest Catch” captain Keith Colburn spoke last week before the Senate Commerce Committee, testimony that was filmed by a Discovery crew for the season that begins in April. The show also documented the furlough’s effects on the fishery, but Colburn said just before the shutdown ended that he hoped the footage would turn out to be no more than a blip in the show, if anything.In a statement issued Friday afternoon, the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers praised federal workers for a rapid post-shutdown response, saying that would help minimize any market impacts from a further delay.“What could have become a marketplace catastrophe will now be nothing more than a late start, similar to that of a weather delay,” the statement says.___Follow Rachel D’Oro at . by Rachel D’Oro, The Associated Press Posted Oct 18, 2013 3:09 pm MDT read more

Report Evan Lisle transferring from Ohio State football

Ohio State will be losing some offensive line depth next season, as fourth-year junior offensive lineman Evan Lisle will reportedly transfer to Duke University next season.Bucknuts of 247Sports was the first to report. Duke Athletics confirmed that Lisle had joined the program officially on Jan. 11.Lisle, a 6-foot-7, 308 pound native of Centerville, Ohio, backed up multiple positions this year on the line. Last season, the junior saw playing time on special teams, including extended time on the offensive line against Rutgers.Even with the praise of the backup offensive line from OSU by coach Greg Studrawa in the preseason, Lisle had limited time in the trenches for the Buckeyes this year. Lisle is a graduate transfer, and will be available immediately for the Blue Devils next season. While the departure might hurt the depth of the offensive line, it aids in OSU meeting the scholarship limit of 85. The Buckeyes currently have 91 players on scholarship, which includes the incoming 2017 recruiting class, with that number likely to grow as more members of the commit to OSU for 2017.Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with confirmation from Duke Athletics read more

Turning a negative to a positive Alternatives to neknominate gather pace

first_imgUpdated 11pm(Youtube / David Stapleton)THE HASHTAG #RAKnomination was trending on Twitter in Ireland this afternoon as people reject the neknomination” drinking game in favour of something more positive.Ógra Fianna Fáil is one of a number of groups who have got on board to promote the approach and have advocated donating a pint of blood instead of filming yourself drinking a pint of alcohol.RAKnomination refers to “random acts of kindness” and involves people doing just that and nominating others to do so.A Facebook page dedicated to the idea was set up yesterday and already has a number of videos posted to it.Another similar idea “nekdonate” has also reached Ireland as the video above shows.The video shows David Stapleton donating €5 to Temple Street Children’s Hospital and then nominating two friends to do something similar.Ógra Fianna Fáil has been more specific in asking people to donate a pint of blood to charity instead of drinking a pint of alcohol.“This is an opportunity to turn something destructive into something more positive,” says Uachtarán of Ógra Fianna Fáil Kate Feeney.“We are calling on people to consider spending the time donating a pint of blood to help save a life, rather than risking their own safety by downing a pint of alcohol simply to impress others.”Read: ‘Will it take my brother’s death for people to realise how stupid neknomination is?’ >Read: ‘Neknomination’ is the new social media craze >last_img read more

It was really touch and go Eightweekold pup given life saving surgery

first_img 21,621 Views Share691 Tweet Email2 Image: ISPCA Mar 28th 2019, 8:47 PM Short URL By Conor McCrave ‘It was really touch and go’: Eight-week-old pup given life saving surgery following public donations “We realised we were dealing with a very life threatening condition.” Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 8:47 PMcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Eight week old Odhrán Eight week old Odhrán Image: ISPCA AN EIGHT-WEEK-old puppy who needed emergency heart surgery to survive is now on the road to recovery thanks to donations from the public.A spaniel-cross pup called Odhrán, born in a litter of five pups and in the care of the ISPCA Donegal centre, was born with a rare condition which meant he could not swallow food. He needed open-heart surgery and was quickly operated on by a team of veterinary specialists at UCD. Speaking to 98FM’s Dublin Talks show, Donegal centre manager Denise McCausland said the young pup, who will be available for adoption following his recovery, is doing “fantastic”. “He just didn’t seem to be able to eat properly and when he did eat he regurgitated his food,” she explained. “There was only so much we could do and we started investigating further as to what was going wrong. Then we realised we were dealing with a very life-threatening condition.“It was making him nauseous, it affected his breathing and this funnily enough is attached to the heart.”The condition is known as Persistent Right Aortic Arch and creates a hole in the oesophagus of dogs meaning food cannot pass.Yesterday, Odhrán underwent surgery to correct the condition and will soon be ready for re-homing.“It was really touch and go now for a while,” McCausland said. “It is very expensive – bearing in mind that they are specialists and it was an open heart surgery. Life-saving surgery gave Odhrán a second chance.“I had a report back last night that he done well in the surgery and he was recovering in intensive care,” she added. “This morning reports back are just fantastic that he is doing well. He is alert he is eating and has had no regurgitation and he is in great form.”The cost of the surgery came in around €2,000 with over €1,500 of that received in donations from members of the public. The ISPCA is now appealing for assistance to make up the remainder of the cost of operating on the puppy, with any excess donations going towards future operations on ISPCA dogs. “It could cost up to €2000 for the one little pup, and so far people have been very generous on Facebook and to have raised €1,534 which is just amazing. “We would be glad for any other assistance if anyone would like to help Odhrán in this case, and of course in similar cases going forward.“Odhrán in particular, of course, will be looking for an extra special home to look after him and help him grow up into a the beautiful dog he is going to be,” she added. Anyone who wants to donate to the ISPCA can do so here.  18 Comments last_img read more

Dinosaures de premiers fossiles découverts en Arabie Saoudite

first_imgDinosaures : de premiers fossiles découverts en Arabie SaouditeUne équipe internationale de paléontologues a découvert les toutes premières traces de dinosaures en Arabie Saoudite. Les fossiles de ce type sont exceptionnellement rares dans la péninsule Arabique. Il y a 70 millions d’années, de gigantesques dinosaures foulaient le sol de ce qui est aujourd’hui l’Arabie Saoudite. Et des paléontologues disposent maintenant de belles preuves pour le démontrer. Une équipe internationale a en effet mis au jour les fossiles de deux grands dinosaures en menant des fouilles dans la formation d’Adaffa située à 11 kilomètres au nord-est d’Al Khuraybah. Les fossiles dateraient d’il y a 72 millions d’années et appartiendraient à deux espèces différentes, un théropode et un sauropode. Une découverte d’importance quand on sait que les fossiles de dinosaures sont extrêmement rares sur la péninsule Arabique. Jusqu’ici, seules quelques dents et fragments d’os appartenant à des espèces similaires avaient été trouvées en Jordanie, à Oman et au Liban, d’après les paléontologues.Nous n’avions qu’une “poignée d’os très fragmentés décrits jusqu’ici. La découverte est importante non seulement au vu du lieu où les restes ont été trouvés, mais aussi parce que nous pouvons les identifier. En effet, ceux-ci sont les premiers dinosaures taxonomiquement reconnaissables rapportés dans la péninsule Arabique”, a expliqué le Dr Benjamin Kear de l’Uppsala University et principal auteur de l’étude.  Un herbivore et un carnivore D’après la description faite, les fossiles découverts sont un fragment de vertèbre provenant de la queue d’un sauropode et une dent aiguisée issue de la mâchoire d’un théropode. Pour l’heure, les chercheurs n’en savent pas beaucoup sur le premier. Au vu du fossile, il s’agirait d’un animal de type titanosaure, un grand herbivore pouvant atteindre les 20 mètres. Le second dinosaure lui a pu être mieux identifié. Certaines caractéristiques présentes sur la dent montrent qu’il appartiendrait à la famille des abélisauridés, de grands théropodes bipèdes semblables au tyrannosaure et qui pouvaient grandir jusqu’à 6 mètres. A l’époque, cette famille de dinosaure était commune dans le nord de l’Afrique. Toutefois, l’Arabie Saoudite était loin de ressembler à ce qu’elle est aujourd’hui, un désert aride.Une région noyée sous l’océan À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il y a 70 millions d’années, l’Arabie n’était pas encore séparée de l’Afrique et était limitée à l’est par la Théhys, un large paléo-océan. Aussi, plusieurs régions de l’Arabie Saoudite dont celle où la découverte a été faite étaient noyées sous les eaux. Ce qui explique pourquoi il est si rare d’y trouver des dinosaures. A l’inverse, les paléontologues ont trouvé plusieurs fossiles de créatures marines telles que des plésiosiaures, des requins ou des tortues, en Arabie Saoudite.Mais les spécialistes gardent bon espoir de trouver d’autres restes de ces animaux préhistoriques. “Le fossile le plus difficile à trouver est le premier. Savoir qu’ils apparaissent dans une région particulière et connaitre les circonstances dans lesquelles ils apparaissent, rendent la découverte d’autres fossiles significativement moins difficile”, a expliqué le Dr Tom Rich du Museum Victoria en Australie et membre de l’équipe.(crédits photo : PLoS ONE) Le 8 janvier 2014 à 19:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Why One Nonprofit Is Restoring 1 Billion Oysters to New York Harbor

first_imgStay on target Landsat Images Show Greenland Glaciers Changing Over 46 YearsClimate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next Month New York harbor was once the oyster capital of the world. In fact, what lobsters mean to Maine today, oysters meant to New York just a few centuries ago.Archeologists have found middens — ancient piles of shells — dating back to 6950 B.C, suggesting that oysters thrived in the brackish waters around New York harbor for millennia, providing bountiful food to the Lenape people who lived in the region. Later, British explorer Henry Hudson found 350 square miles of oyster reefs when he sailed into the harbor in 1609 and as you would expect, it didn’t take long for European settlers to establish a booming oyster industry in the harbor shortly thereafter.Before long, immigrants began calling Ellis and Liberty islands “Little Oyster Island” and “Great Oyster Island.” The Dutch paved Pearl Street in New York City with discarded oyster shells; while other shells were crushed into mortar paste for construction. Trinity Church is one example of a place built using this oyster shell-mortar paste. By the 19th century, New Yorkers ate about one million oysters every day, with higher-end restaurants, oyster cellars, cheap eateries and street vendors all serving oysters prepared or cooked in a variety of styles. All in all, 50 percent of all the world’s oysters were coming from New York harbor, providing food not only for the city’s residents, but also to much of the east coast and other regions further west.Sadly, a combination of over-harvesting, raw sewage dumping, industrial pollution, and harbor dredging quickly brought an end to all of this.By the early 20th century, the harbor was largely depleted of its oyster beds, and by 1927, the oysters that remained were no longer safe to eat. They remain that way today.This dramatically altered the ecosystem of New York Harbor, says Katie Mosher, director of restoration for the Billion Oyster Project (BOP), a nonprofit that is working tirelessly to restore the New York Harbor’s oyster reefs.Oysters, even though they may be small mollusks, play a vital role in their habitat. They are natural purifiers, which means that clean and filter water as they eat, removing dangerous pollutants, such as nitrogen which, can trigger algal blooms when levels get too high, depleting water oxygen and killing off living organisms in that zone. One single adult oyster can clean about 50 gallons of water every day.Oysters also build three-dimensional reef structures that, like coral reefs, provide a habitat for a number of other species. (Photo Credit: Agata Poniatowski)Oysters also build three-dimensional reef structures that, like coral reefs, provide a habitat for a number of other species, from tiny microorganisms that live in the nooks and crannies created by their shells to larger species such as seahorses, whales and seals that feed on the critters living on the reef. Oyster toadfish, for example, like to hide and lay their eggs in the crevices of oyster reefs, while blue crabs use the reefs as hunting grounds.The reefs also provide natural breakwaters, or underwater barriers, that soften the blow of large waves, helping prevent storm surge and the erosion of shorelines.So when these natural oyster reefs around New York Harbor were destroyed, explains Mosher, “a really important and vital landscape disappeared.”“Just imagine a forest disappearing from a landscape and all the animals that go with it being wiped out as well,” she continues. “That’s why restoration is so important. We’re trying to restore that critical lost landscape.”To accomplish this, they want to restore one billion oysters to the region by 2035.Of course, this is not a quick or easy task. In many places in the harbor, the rocky hard bottom that oysters use to latch on to and form reefs has been destroyed or disappeared. Without that hard surface, oyster larvae have nothing to grow on, causing them to sink into the soft, muddy floor and die.So, to restore the reefs, Mosher says, “one of our major [restoration] initiatives is to build a structure called a gabion, which is an 8 by 2 by 2 foot welded steel cage.” This cage, she explains, can then be filled with recycled oyster shells collected from more than 70 restaurant that BOP partners with across New York City. So far, they’ve collected a million pounds of oyster shells from these restaurants, diverting them from landfills in order to recycle them for oyster reef restoration.These shells are then cured, which means that they are left outside for the elements to naturally cleanse them of any organic matter or pathogens that could cause harm to baby oysters, or oyster larvae.Once cured, these recycled shells offer the perfect structures for oyster larvae to latch onto in the water. Just one reclaimed shell can house 10 to 20 new live oysters. So, when these shells are placed in the water in areas, such as in the upper Hudson River, where there are some wild oyster populations remaining, they can help recruit and jumpstart the creation of new, artificial reefs.So far, BOP has started 12 artificial reefs — containing 28 million oysters — across the harbor, some close to shore, others further out in deeper water. (Photo Credit: Agata Poniatowski)In places where there are few or no wild oyster populations left, BOP takes an extra step. Instead of just placing the cured shells in the water as is, they work with their partner, the hatchery at the New York Harbor School on Governors Island, to grow and hatch baby oysters that are attached to the cleaned shells prior to being placed in gabions. They are then strategically placed off New York’s coastline in the hopes that they’ll create brand new reefs.So far, BOP has started 12 artificial reefs — containing 28 million oysters — across the harbor, some close to shore, others further out in deeper water. Of those 12, four are “community reefs” where local New Yorkers can volunteer to help monitor oyster reef health and growth. They also have three floating oyster hubs active off piers, marinas, and basins to grow new oysters. BOP also teams with more than 70 public schools across the city, allowing students to help monitor water quality and oyster survival, while also learning about the importance of oyster restoration in the process.In total, those twelve artificial reefs amount to 7 acres, a far cry from the historical numbers New York once knew, but they still represent a very important step forward in BOP’s ongoing work because these reefs are already yielding promising results.“This past summer in 2018, we had a really abundant wild oyster set in the upper Hudson, as well as further down the Hudson river near Manhattan. We even saw some as far down as Coney Island creek,” says Mosher. “We saw wonderful settlement of baby oysters onto a lot of the structures we put in the water and even some natural habitat in a few rocky places.” Hopefully with more progress like this, the help of BOP and the dedication of local volunteers and students, the reefs in New York harbor will one day again be as thriving and diverse as they once were.More on Eerie Underwater Sculptures Are Helping Save the Ocean’s Coral ReefsSquid Protein Could Be an Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticsResearchers Turn Lobster Shells Into Biodegradable Plasticlast_img read more

Agriculture Groups Call for Action to Bolster Farm Safety Net

first_imgThe American Soybean Association and 11 other agricultural organizations sent a letter today to House and Senate leaders calling for Congress to take specific actions to boost agricultural exports and support farm income. The letter cited the need to follow through on Congressional assurances made at the time the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform (FAIR) Act was enacted in 1996. Under FAIR, farmers agreed to accept reductions in income support payments based on government pledges to provide “safety net” policies to improve global competitiveness, enhance risk management and expand agricultural research.”In our view, it is essential for the Administration and the Congress to recommit their support for basic programs that will ensure the viability and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture over the short and long terms,” stated the letter signed by the American Soybean Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council of America, National Grain Sorghum Producers Association, National Grange, National Oilseed Processors Association, National Pork Producers Council and National Sunflower Association.Specific areas of concern identified in the letter include deterioration in support of U.S. agricultural trade policy, reduced government support for export assistance and promotion programs and delay in providing adequate funding for the federal crop insurance program. The letter also cited the inability of Congress and the Administration to agree on agricultural spending priorities, including national agricultural research initiatives.The groups urged the following actions to address these concerns:Fast Track negotiating authority must be actively sought by the Administration and approved by Congress;Legislation to provide $18 billion to replenish the International Monetary Fund should be immediately passed by the Congress;The Administration and Congress should modify U.S. sanctions policy to allow greater flexibility for food exports to restricted countries, including Iran and Cuba;The Administration should commit to seek agreement to end unfair trade practices in the next round of multilateral trade negotiations;Congress should appropriate $35 million for the Foreign Market Development program to allow continued operation at the current level;Congress should restore funding to allow the Market Access Program to operate at its current level of $90 million;The Administration should immediately expand the Supplier Credit Guarantee Program under GSM-102 and -103, and increase the amount of risk covered under the program to 85 percent from the current level of 50 percent. The GSM-5 Direct Credit Sales Program should be reactivated;Budget baselines equal to annual outlays permitted by the WTO should be provided for the Export Enhancement Program. EEP should be used to combat unfair trade practices, or unused funds should be shifted to other WTO-legal export programs.Congress should immediately pass the Conference Report on the Research Title of the FAIR Act (S. 1150), providing $470 million for delivery of federal crop insurance and $600 million for national agricultural research objectives;Income averaging for farmers and ranchers and full deductibility of health insurance premiums should be made permanent in the next tax bill;Farm and Ranch Risk Management (FARRM) accounts should be authorized in the next tax bill.Recipients of the letter included House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO) as well Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) and Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD). Copies of the letter were issued to President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Madeline Albright, U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky, Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman and Members of the House and Senate Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Ways and Means.last_img read more

5 directors of IMA Credit Cooperative Society arrested for manipulating documents

first_imgAfter the multi-crore, I Monetary Advisory (IMA) Ponzi scam was busted, the investigating officers have now arrested five directors of IMA Credit Co-operative Society on Friday (June 21) for acquiring the company license illegally.The accused directors Usman Abrez (33), Israr Ahmed (32), Mohammed Idreez (30), Fuzail Ahmed (30) and Shadab Ahmed (28) have been arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) for acquiring the renewal license of IMA’s co-operative society by manipulating several documents and misleading the Registrar of Cooperative Societies (RCS) authorities.According to the SIT officials, the directors did not provide proper details of the company like the total investors, their investment and the schemes offered by the company to the RCS and still managed to renew the company license without any impediment. The investigating officers also doubt the alleged involvement of the RCS officials in this scheme and are investigating over this.The SIT sleuths on Friday had raided the houses of the workers and relatives of IMA director Mohammed Mansoor Khan, who allegedly absconded to Ras al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after getting a hint of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) tailing him for running fraudulent schemes. However, they have not furnished any details of the seized documents as of now.It is alleged that Mansoor Khan left the country after selling of the gold and other precious metals worth over Rs 20 crores. On Thursday, the SIT had seized Rs 20 crore worth jewellery and diamonds from the IMA Jewels store on Lady Curzon Road. They also seized some important documents relating to the schemes and investments from the store.last_img read more

Houston City Council Postpones Vote On Layoff Of 220 Firefighters

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Brien Straw/Houston Public MediaThis file photo shows a meeting of the Houston City Council with Mayor Sylvester Turner (Center), Marta Crinejo, (agenda director, left), and Ellen Cohen (District C/Mayor Pro Tem, right). 00:00 /00:48 The Houston City Council postponed on Wednesday a vote to lay off 220 firefighters, as the city wrestles with how to implement voter-mandated pay raises for the fire department.Proposition B, which voters approved last November, requires the city to compensate police officers and firefighters equally on a rank-by-rank basis. The City of Houston estimates Prop B represents a 29 percent raise for firefighters, and the Turner Administration has said the cumulative cost would amount to $307 million from fiscal year 2019 to fiscal year 2023. Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaHouston City Council Member Dwight Boykins.Council Member Dwight Boykins postponed the crucial vote by using a procedural action called tagging. Boykins has been critical of the potential layoffs and previously proposed creating a citywide trash collection fee to fund the raises, although that initiative wasn’t successful.The city has already notified approximately 70 firefighters cadets and 50 municipal employees of their termination. The 220 new layoffs require council approval because firefighters are classified employees. Boykins delayed the vote, in part, to put pressure on the city to release specific financial details of how the Prop B raises will be implemented. That has been a key sticking point in negotiations between the city and the firefighters union. But Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association made some progress last week toward reaching a deal on Prop B. They tentatively agreed on the pay raises being phased in over three and a half years, although the union has conditions, including a guarantee that firefighters get the same raises in base pay and incentives as police officers. Mayor Turner argues if the raises were phased in over three and a half years, then the city would still have to layoff some firefighters, but not as many as under the current proposal. On Tuesday, Council Members Brenda Stardig and Steve Le called for the city to bring in a mediator in the negotiation between Turner and the firefighters union.“We want to move forward so that public safety is not negatively impacted in the process of trying to get something done on this particular item,” Stardig said during the Council meeting, “the will of the voters was [expressed] last November, and this has been an ongoing negotiation for two years.”The mayor dismissed the idea, saying the only options are a phased-in approach or immediate implementation. Shortly after the council meeting, the city released financial information the union had requested. Listencenter_img X Sharelast_img read more

Watch the First Trailer for Marvels Black Panther

first_img What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix Universe Stay on target In what seems like a scam to get comics geeks to watch sports with the other kids, Marvel debuted the first trailer for Black Panther during Game Four of the NBA Finals. While everyone else tuned in to see the Warriors could sweep the Cavaliers, Marvel fans were just waiting for a first glimpse of T’Challa’s solo flick. They made us wait a bit, but there it was. Finally, we saw footage from Black Panther. Yeah, that was pretty cool. Definitely worth watching the same two teams play against each other for the third year in a row. Black Panther’s debut was easily one of the most exciting parts of Captain America: Civil War. (Spider-Man was cool too, but Black Panther has the advantage of being essential to the plot.) After seeing him in action in someone else’s movie, pretty much everyone wanted to see him star in his own. Now we know what that looks like, and we can’t wait to go to Wakanda. Plus, director Ryan Coogler’s track record has been pretty sterling so far.Leading up to the trailer, Marvel also debuted the poster for the movie that looks nearly as cool. It’s just T’Challa sitting on his throne in full costume, minus the mask. It’s Black Panther at his most badass, and that’s saying something. The poster also gives us a good look at the inside of the Wakandan palace. I wouldn’t mind spending a decent chunk of the movie in here.(Via Marvel)Black Panther will feature T’Challa returning to Wakanda to assume the throne after the murder of his father. A synopsis Marvel put out says an old enemy will reappear to challenge T’Challa’s authority, drawing him into a conflict that will put his entire country at risk. We’ll learn exactly what that means when Black Panther premieres on February 16, 2018.last_img read more