US productivity growth slows to 22 per cent rate in Q3

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.2 per cent in the third quarter, a slowdown from the previous quarter but still better than the lacklustre gains of the last decade. Labor costs accelerated but remained at a low level.The rise in productivity in the July-September period followed a 3 per cent rate of increase in the second quarter, which had been the strongest figure in three years. Labor costs rose at a 1.2 per cent rate after having fallen at a 1 per cent rate in the second quarter.Productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, has been weak throughout the current recovery that began in June 2009. Analysts have been unable to come up with definitive reasons for the slowdown.Productivity last year rose by just 1.1 per cent. Over the past decade, productivity has been up at an average annual rate of 1.3 per cent, just about half the 2.1 per cent gains seen in the seven decades starting in 1947. The period from 2000 to 2007 saw even stronger annual gains of 2.7 per cent, a burst that was credited to efficiency improvements achieved with the introduction of high-tech computers and other devices to the workplace.A slowdown in the third quarter had been expected given that overall output, as measured by the gross domestic product, slowed to a still-strong annual rate of 3.5 per cent in the April-June quarter after a sizzling 4.2 per cent growth rate in the second quarter. With less output and hours worked rising at a rate of 1.8 per cent, productivity edged lower.Economists said they were not concerned about the slight acceleration in labour costs. The Federal Reserve closely watches various gauges of compensation to make sure that wages and salaries, the biggest component of business expenses, are not rising at such a rapid pace that the economy could be in danger of overheating.“Any rise in core inflation from here will be very modest, allowing the Fed to continue with its policy of gradually normalizing interest rates,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics.Finding a solution to the slowdown in productivity growth is one of the key economic challenges facing the country. Rising productivity is critical to boosting standards of living because productivity gains allow companies to pay workers more without having to increase the cost of their products, which can be inflationary.Economists are uncertain why productivity has remained static during a nine-year expansion. Some explanations include the difficulty of pulling out of the deep 2007-2009 recession and reluctance of companies to invest in new productivity-enhancing equipment.Without a significant improvement in productivity, the Trump administration will find it difficult to achieve its goal of sustained GDP growth of 3 per cent or better each year. An economy’s potential for growth is determined by an expansion in the labour force, which is determined largely by birth rates and immigration, as well as the growth in productivity.In a separate report, the Labor Department said that the number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits, a proxy for layoffs, dipped by 2,000 last week to 214,000, further evidence of a healthy labour market. The government will release the October unemployment report on Friday and the expectation is that the jobless rate will remain at a 49-year low of 3.7 per cent.last_img read more

Prof hits national airwaves this Sunday in CBC quiz

Prof. Sharilyn Ingram’s knowledge of Canada will be tested on CBC Radio Sunday.Humanities professor Sharilyn Ingram will put Brock University on a national stage this weekend. She’s one of three academics who will duke it out in a pre-Canada Day quiz on CBC Radio’s flagship current affairs program, the Sunday Edition.The show was pre-taped with host Michael Enright earlier this month, though Ingram is sworn to secrecy about who prevails in the good-natured derby between herself, University of Calgary professor Rebecca Sullivan and Anthony Stewart of Dalhousie University.She says the experience was fun, if a bit nerve-wracking. The questions cover a broad range of topics, from history to geography and pop culture.“There are some very creative answers, and we all laughed a lot,” said Ingram, who teaches in the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture. “The quiz was meant to be a light-hearted look at all things Canadian, and I think it lived up to this goal.”Staging a quiz with contestants in three different studios across Canada has its challenges. She said each contestant was asked to bring their own noisemaker to signal their attempt to answer.“I learned that it was most important to be the first to get the noisemaker going, and only then worry about whether you knew the answer – which accounts for some pauses, as well as some wild guesses.”Ingram ended up on CBC through a twist of fate. At a recent social event in Toronto, a producer for the program was mentioning the search for an academic who is a good fit for a pop-culture quiz on Canada. A friend of Ingram’s was present, and the rest is history.“One of my former employees said I would be perfect – never defeated in Trivial Pursuit.”The quiz will air June 24 during the show’s final hour, between 11 a.m. and noon, on 99.1 CBC Radio One. read more

Australia slip to 34year low in ICC ODI rankings

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPakistan move closer to direct qualification for 2019 World CupJune 19, 2017In “latest news”Sri Lanka secure World Cup berth after Windies defeatSeptember 20, 2017In “latest news”Bangladesh rise to No. 6 in ODI rankingsMay 25, 2017In “Bangladesh rise to No. 6 in ODI rankings” Defeats in the first two ODIs against England have sent Australia tumbling to a 34-year low in the ICC rankings. They have slipped to sixth place, and will need to win at least one of the three remaining games in the series to climb back above Pakistan to fifth.According to, the last time Australia found themselves in sixth position was back in January 1984.The latest ICC ODI team rankings ESPNcricinfo LtdAustralia’s rankings situation reflects their downturn as an ODI side since beating Pakistan in a home series in January 2017. Thereafter, they have lost 13 of their 15 completed ODIs, in which time they have lost three successive bilateral series – to New Zealand, India and England – and exited the Champions Trophy at the group stage. (ESPNCricinfo) read more

Györ one step closer to Budapest after win over Larvik

← Previous Story Tomori, Verten and Szucsánszki stay in FTC! Next Story → Vive Targi Kielce to EHF CL TOP 16! One of the most anticipated rivalries in women’s club handball got another sequel today in Norway, as GyoriAudi ETO KC defeats Larvik 23:29 (13:18).Prior to the match, a ceremony was held in honor of the former coach of both teams and the Hungarian women’s national team, Karl Eric Bohn, who past away this weekend, aged 48.Larvik hosted arguably the best team in the world right now,in a very difficult situation as the Norwegian powerhouse had already lost an awaymatch in the group 2 against Krim Mercator (24:18).Despite the importance, the first half of this crucial match was a fairly one-sided affair for Gyor who got the early lead, forcing Ole Gustav Gjevik to call a time-out with tenminutes from the start of the match.Larvik was unable to respond to the attacking threat and solid defending from Gyor players coming from all areas of the court with the one-sided first half ends 13:18. The closest Norwegian team got was 16:18 four minutes into the second half, following a 3:0 series, courtesy ofLin JorrumSulland(3) who took up an old habit of shooting from the right-wing position. The commanding presence of Anita Gorbicz(8) was felt, as Gyor took their biggest lead of the game, 17:25 mid-way through the second half; with Bulatović(4), Loke(5)andAmorim(5) the main contributors to this great run. Larvik showed a lifeline with the only goal from the experienced Karolyn DyhreBreivang to seal the 6:2 run in their favor with the result 23:27 with ten minutes until the final whistle. This period was also married with mistakes from Gyor, who failed to find the net for 6 minutes as Larvik tried hard to get back into the match. It was ironically one of the Norwegians in the defending champion’s team who put an end to all doubts in this match Kartine Lunde, who kept a penalty from an othervise solid Nora Mork(4), and stopped Anja Hammerseng-Edin form adding to her tally of 4 goals at the very last minute of the match. Highest scorer for the home team was the experienced winger Riegelhuth Koren with 5, while of the best middle-backs in the world, Anita Gorbitz had a night to remember scoring 8 for the final score 23:29.This loss will further complicate things for the ambitious Scandinavian side, as Larvik players now find themselves bottom of the group with no points from two matches.Gyor,who is hotly tipped to be among the frontrunners for the trophy in Budapest, entered the match with highest ambition. A draw in their first match at home with Buducnost(23:23) was a wakeup call for the Hungarian side, and there were no excuses for missing out on two points again. Gyor will now take top of the Group2 with three points from two games, above Krim (2 pts.) who is to play an away match against Budućnost (1 pt.) on Sunday. TEXT: NEMANJA SAVIC Gyor handballLarvik HK read more

Could the new Kinect bundle be the cause of scratched discs

first_imgWhile I love playing on my Xbox 360, I have to admit I own one of the older consoles and I have always attempted to nurture it. I go as far as laying the console flat on a hard surface with plenty of ventilation and install all my games onto the hard drive so “A” I don’t overheat the console (thus attempting to stop the cause of the RROD), and “B” I don’t put any wear and tear on the disc tray, which as many of you may or may not know has been known to cause problems with discs in the past.Whilst I have never experienced these issue, news that we reported back as early as 2006 showed that Microsoft’s earlier consoles suffered with the disc scratching problem. So it comes as a surprise when we heard news that a reader of KitGuru was experiencing issues with the latest Xbox 360 console, the model that comes shipped as an all-in-one bundle with the new Kinect system.Apparently after an hour of playing Kinect Adventures (a game that comes as part of the package), he heard a rumbling noise emanating from the disc drive, this rumbling noise then turned into a louder clattering noise. After popping out the game disc, he found that the disc surface had been chewed to bits by the drive. Of course the incident could have been a one off, but more and more reports emerged from readers stating similar problems.Whilst Microsoft has yet to comment on the matter it seems that the incident is only affecting the Arcade style Kinect Bundle, which leads me to believe that the the speed of the drive (which does go like the clappers when it reads discs) mixed in with a poor batch of discs was probably the main cause of the problem. I’ve seen similar issues with dodgy discs on PC drives.It would be interesting to see if other game discs got mashed by the disc drive, at this point alarm bells would need to be raised, but until we get an official response on the matter we can only speculate at this point in time.Read more at KitGurulast_img read more

Teenager drugs parents to keep surfing past 10pm

first_imgThere’s always going to be complaints when you ask a teen to turn off their PC and go to bed, but one 16-year-old girl decided to circumvent her 10pm Internet curfew with drugs. The drugs weren’t for her though, they were for her parents.The girl figured out that the only way to keep surfing after 10pm was if her parents weren’t around to stop her. But she also couldn’t exactly throw them out the house, so she came up with another plan: put them to sleep.Borrowing her friend’s prescribed sleep medication, she offered to buy her mom and dad a milkshake. They accepted, she mixed in the meds, and they started slurping them down. Only, they didn’t taste quite right and had a “crunchy texture.” It didn’t matter though, as after drinking a quarter of the shake both parents were asleep and she was free to surf all night.I guess you could see this as a clever solution to her problem, but waking up confused and not making it to bed the previous night obviously made her parents suspicious. They subsequently took drug tests, monitored Internet use for a while, and finally confronted the daughter who admitted to the crime.You may think that’s the end of the saga and the daughter is now under more strict rules at home, but it’s actually much worse for her. Both the daughter and her friend (and partner in crime) have been arrested on charges of conspiracy and “willfully mingling a pharmaceutical into food.”How this proceeds now depends on the parents. They decided a trip to Juvenile Hall was the best way to deal with this and hopefully stop it happening again.via CBS Sacramento [Image credit: David Richfield, NickSS]last_img read more

Fukushima les taux échappés de césium 137 et diode 131 revus à

first_imgFukushima : les taux échappés de césium 137 et d’iode 131 revus à la hausseSelon des scientifiques de la Japan Atomic Energy Agency, les taux de césium 137 et d’iode 131 émis lors de l’explosion de Fukushima sont bien plus importants que ceux annoncés à l’époque.Ce sont les radionucléides présents dans l’atmosphère qui peuvent renseigner les experts sur l’impact environnemental et notamment maritime de l’explosion de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima. En effet, après être restés un certain temps en suspension dans l’air (et avoir voyagé jusqu’à la côte est des États-Unis), ces radionucléides ont fini par retomber dans l’océan. Les “termes sources”, c’est à dire les dispersions atmosphérique et océanique estimées, sont comparées aux relevés réels constatés.Aujourd’hui, les chercheurs de la Japan Atomic Energy Agency indiquent que les taux de césium 137 (137Cs) et d’iode 131 (131I) rejetés dans l’atmosphère sont beaucoup plus importants que ne le prévoyaient les études. Ainsi, au lendemain de la catastrophe, entre le 12 et le 20 mars 2011, ce sont 2 x 1017 Bq de 137I et 1,3 x 1016 Bq de 137Cs qui ont été relâchés dans l’atmosphère (et non pas 4,7 x 1015 Bq d’iode et de césium comme l’avait dit la compagnie Tepco gérante de la centrale).À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La chose est loin d’être anodine car les isotopes que sont les 137Cs et 131I, issus de la fission de l’uranium 235, sont fortement radioactifs et ils peuvent entraîner la mort. De plus, l’iode, inhalé ou ingéré, entraîne des problèmes de thyroïde. Des données plus précises doivent encore être apportées pour pouvoir obtenir une meilleure estimation du taux d’isotopes émis dans l’atmosphère et déposés dans les océans. Cela permettra notamment d’étudier les zones marines où les effets de la catastrophe nucléaire sont les plus significatifs et les plus graves.Le 18 avril 2013 à 19:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Afghan avalanches death toll tops 100

first_imgAn Afghan man walks along a path under snow-laden trees in Kabul on 5 February, 2017. Photo: AFPMore than a 100 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by days of heavy snowfall around Afghanistan, including 50 in one village, officials said Sunday, warning the death toll could rise still further.The avalanches struck after three days of heavy snow, which has destroyed scores of homes and blocked roads mainly in central and northeastern provinces, making it difficult for rescue workers to reach the stricken villages.The bulk of the deaths however occurred in remote Nuristan province, where at least 50 people were killed in a single village, Mohammad Omar Mohammadi a spokesman for the ministry of natural disaster told AFP.“Avalanches have buried two entire villages in Bargmatal district, 50 bodies were recovered from one village while rescuers are trying to reach the other village,” said the spokesman.Elsewhere 54 people were killed in northern and central Afghan provinces, where officials said massive avalanches destroyed 168 houses and killed hundreds of cattle.Bad weather and deep snow had hampered efforts of rescue workers to reach the isolated villages, raising fears the toll could rise sharply, according to officials.In Badakhshan province also in the northeast of the country, at least 18 people, including three women and two children, were killed when avalanches struck their houses overnight, said provincial spokesman Naweed Frotan.“Several dozens are still trapped, we are trying to rescue them,” he said, adding that many roads were still blocked.Five people were killed by avalanches in the Balkhab district of Sari Pul province in northern Afghanistan and at least 70 people trapped under the snow were being rescued, said provincial spokesman Zabiullah Amani.“The roads to Balkhab are still blocked and we are trying to open them,” he said.Freezing weather killed at least two people and over 100 animals in the western province of Badghis.In Parwan province just north of Kabul, the spokesman for governor Wahid Sediqqi said 16 people died.The government declared Sunday, a normal working day in Afghanistan, to be a public holiday to deter non-essential travel and ensure schools were closed.Heavy snowfall -Unusually, snow even fell in the southern province of Kandahar.Neighbouring Pakistan was also hit by severe weather, with at least 13 people killed in the northwest by avalanches or heavy rain.An avalanche smashed into eight homes in the village of Shershal in Chitral district, killing nine people including four women and four children.The region has been hit by heavy snowfall that is four feet (1.2 metres) deep in some places.Six people who had been trapped beneath the snow were rescued.A separate avalanche killed a soldier at a border checkpoint in Chitral district, a military statement said, while six more soldiers were injured.Chitral district mayor Maghfriat Shah said the city’s airport was closed because of the weather.The region’s electricity supply was also disrupted after the main power line was damaged.In the Khyber tribal district on the Afghan border in the northwest, three infant girls were killed and two women injured when the roof of their house collapsed in heavy rain.Deadly avalanches are common in Afghanistan’s mountainous areas in winter and rescue efforts are frequently hampered by lack of equipment.Despite billions of dollars in international aid after the ousting of the Taliban government in 2001, Afghanistan remains among the world’s poorest nations.Last month heavy snowfall and freezing weather killed 27 children, all under the age of five, in Jawzjan province in northern Afghanistan.last_img read more

Suicide bomb kills 85 at Pakistan election rally

first_imgAn injured was taken to hospital after a bomb blast at an election rally in Quetta on 13 July 2018. A bomb killed at least 25 people and injured more than 30 on 13 July in southwestern Pakistan, in the day`s second attack on a political rally as fears of violence rise ahead of nationwide polls. Photo : AFPThe death toll in a suicide bombing in southwestern Pakistan Friday jumped to 85, an official said, the deadliest in a string of attacks on political rallies that have raised security fears ahead of nationwide polls on 25 July.The blast in the town of Mastung, near the Balochistan provincial capital Quetta, came hours after another bomb killed at least four people at a campaign rally in Bannu in the country’s northwest.The attacks underscored the fragility of Pakistan’s dramatic improvement in security and raised fears ahead of the vote.”Death toll has risen to 85,” Balochistan health minister Faiz Kakar told AFP, adding that were more than 100 wounded.Earlier he had said 70 people were killed.According to senior provincial official Saeed Jamali, the bomber detonated in the middle of a compound where a political meeting was taking place. Another senior official, Qaim Lashari, also confirmed it had been a suicide blast.The explosion killed Siraj Raisani, who was running for a provincial seat with the newly formed Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), provincial home minister Agha Umar Bungalzai told AFP.”Mir Siraj Raisani succumbed to wounds while he was being shifted to Quetta,” he added. Raisani was the younger brother of former provincial chief minister Mir Aslam Raisani.The explosion comes hours after four people were killed and 39 injured when a bomb hidden inside a motorcycle detonated near a Pakistani politician’s convoy in Bannu on Friday, near the Afghan border.The earlier bomb was targeting the convoy of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) candidate Akram Khan Durrani, who survived the attack, police said. No group has yet claimed responsibility.On Tuesday, a bomb claimed by the Pakistani Taliban targeted a rally by the Awami National Party (ANP) in the city of Peshawar.Local ANP leader Haroon Bilour was among the 22 killed. Thousands flocked to his funeral the next day.’Duty to protect’Following the series of attacks, activists called for Pakistani authorities to remain vigilant to protect candidates during the final days of the campaign season.”The Pakistani authorities have a duty to protect the rights of all Pakistanis during this election period — their physical security and their ability to express their political views freely, regardless of which party they belong to,” said Omar Waraich, deputy South Asia director at Amnesty International.The military has warned of security fears in the run-up to the tense election on 25 July, and said it will deploy more than 370,000 soldiers on polling day.Militants have targeted politicians, religious gatherings, security forces and even schools in Pakistan.But security across the country has dramatically improved since government and military operations cleared large swathes of territory near the Afghan border in recent years.Analysts warn however that Pakistan has yet to tackle the root causes of extremism, and militants retain the ability to carry out attacks.Last month a drone strike killed the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Maulana Fazlullah, in neighbouring Afghanistan in what the Pakistani army called a “positive development” that also sparked fears of reprisals.last_img

CIA Backs Off Directors Claim That Russian Meddling Didnt Swing Election

first_img Share Carolyn Kaster/APCIA Director Mike Pompeo speaks during the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ National Security Summit in Washington on Thursday.The CIA on Thursday was forced to walk back an assertion by Director Mike Pompeo, who incorrectly said U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election were unsuccessful.Asked at a security conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday whether he could say with absolute certainty that the November vote was not skewed by Russia, Pompeo replied: “Yes. Intelligence community’s assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election.”In a later clarification, the head of the CIA’s office of public affairs, Dean Boyd, said: “The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed, and the Director did not intend to suggest that it had.”U.S. intelligence concluded in a January assessment that “the senior-most officials” in Russia had authorized hacks into the Democratic National Committee and officials connected with the Clinton campaign. And then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate hearing that the hacking was one part of a coordinated effort that “also entailed classical propaganda, disinformation, fake news.”But the agencies have yet to make an assessment about the impact of Russian interference, something Democrats were quick to point out.“In fact, the intelligence community made no such finding, nor could it,” said California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.“This is not the first time the Director has made statements minimizing the significance of what the Russians did, but it needs to be the last,” he said.At odds with U.S. intelligence assessments, President Trump has repeatedly sought to deny or minimize Russia’s role in influencing the 2016 election.last_img read more

Wolfram Research introduces new programmable document type

first_imgOne unfortunate downside to using the new format, is that in order for a user to receive the benefits of it, they have to download and install a 150MB installer, which then takes up some 500MB of drive space. There’s also the tricky problem of going to all the trouble of programming a document (which the company says is as easy as recording a spreadsheet macro) only to find there aren’t any users out there who can see your results, because they haven’t downloaded the program, much less heard of it.On a positive note, now that Wolfram has shown what is possible, it’s likely Adobe will either license and incorporate the new standard into PDF (CPDF anyone?), or come up with its own way of doing the same thing. Either way, users will certainly benefit in the end, especially if this new technology winds up on cell phones, or especially tablets; being able to manipulate data in a report with our fingertips, sounds like something we should already be able to do. Citation: Wolfram Research introduces new programmable document type (2011, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Wolfram Research, the same folks who brought us both Mathematica, and Wolfram Alpha (see here, here, and here), the search computation site, is now announcing via Conrad Wolfram’s blog, that it has designed a new document format that allows for simple programming on the creator end, and interactivity on the user end. Called, appropriately enough, the Computable Document Format (CDF), it takes PDF documents one step further by allowing data embedded in a document to be manipulated in real time. Explore further More information: … a-expand-the-medium/ This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Nitro PDF Reader out to blow away Adobe © 2010 While it doesn’t appear, at least for now, that Wolfram intends to compete with Adobe with its new format, it does appear to be sort of a knock on the static nature of the current PDF format.As it stands now, if you download and look at a PDF document, it’s like looking at an image, in that that’s all you can do with it, look and read. With the CDF format however, the person or group who creates the document can embed code in the document t so that when a user downloads it, he or she has the option of manipulating data in that document to taste. As an example, per Wolfram’s blog, say you wrote a paper on the Doppler affect. With a PDF document, you’d lay down your words and then try to come up with a graph/chart/picture that hopefully conveys the sound of a siren changing in pitch, for example, such as an ambulance passing by. With CDF, you could embed code that would allow a user to actually listen to that ambulance, and then by adding changeable parameters, allow them to adjust such things as the speed of the vehicle, to hear the differences that would result; in other words, you’d have a much more dynamic document.last_img read more

Delhis waste chokes Yamuna of all aquatic life

first_imgIt is not that Yamuna river has no aquatic life at all. Upstream from Wazirabad – before the river enters Delhi – it is home to turtles, different species of fish, crocodiles and an abundance of aquatic plants and phytoplankton. But as it enters Delhi, the river starts to die. Noted ecologist CR Babu, who is helping the Delhi government in developing a riverfront for the Yamuna, says that the river is in fact “ecologically dead” in the 22 km urban stretch – between the Wazirabad and Okhla barrages. “Low levels of dissolved oxygen (DO) and a very high degree of pollution are the reasons that killed the river,” said Babu. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA retired Delhi University professor, Babu says that sewage from 21 nullahs (drains) flow into the river, polluting it to a level that is enough to kill the components essential for maintaining aquatic life. Agents like phytoplankton are responsible for sustaining the aquatic food web by creating organic compounds from carbon dioxide dissolved in the water. In the urban stretch of Yamuna there are no phytoplankton or zooplankton left; these play an important role in maintaining the aquatic life of any water body. They have vanished,” he said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveExperts say factors like river-basin degradation, ecological pollution, contaminant effect on ecosystem and ecology, solid and liquid waste pollution and encroachment on riverbed have all combined to kill Yamuna’s aquatic life. The river, which normally flows through the city in the form of a big ‘nullah’ with no water life, is these days flooded because of heavy monsoon rains which may temporarily revive some aquatic life. According to a report of the Central Pollution Control Board, the current level of DO in the river is only around 1 mg/litre, while it should be between 4 to 5 mg/litre to sustain life. “The formation of coliform bacteria is very high due to pollution. It is formed from raw sewage, and the Delhi stretch of Yamuna is no different than a sewer drain. This is a major factor discouraging aquatic life in the river,” said Sushmita Sengupta, Deputy Water Programme Manager at the Centre for Science and Environment. Ammonia levels, which should to be at a maximum level of 1.2 mg/l, also shoot up to 12 mg/l at some points in the city. Research biologist Chaitra Baliga, who has worked extensively on turtles in various parts of the country, says that other than in Delhi, the Yamuna contains rich aquatic life. Besides different species of fish, crocodiles, turtles and mugger crocodiles, even fresh water Gangetic dolphins can be found in some stretches of the river near Hamirpur, in Uttar Pradesh. “Fresh water during the monsoon may dilute some of the river’s pollutants, but that will not have any sustainable effect on aquatic life,” said Baliga, adding that river-bed construction and human interference are equally responsible for the ecological imbalance in the river. Delhi Water Minister, Kapil Mishra said the government was working seriously to clean the river and bring the Yamuna back to life. “The construction of 14 STPs is going on and we will complete it by December 2017. It is our primary focus that after the STPs are made functional, untreated water will not be allowed into the river,” said Mishra.last_img read more

Meet Trafalgars new Sales Manager for BC Yukon

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by TORONTO — Trafalgar has announced a new Sales Manager for British Columbia & Yukon.Xenia Slosarcikova, who brings with her over eight years of international work experience focusing on marketing and sales in travel, tourism and hospitality, will be covering a six-month paternity leave for Oben Sert.Prior to her new role, she worked for a luxury tour operator in the United Kingdom, travel retailers in Europe and Canada, luxury resorts in Mexico and, most recently, as a Sales and Marketing Manager for a hotel chain in downtown Vancouver.On joining the Trafalgar team, Slosarcikova said: “My lifelong passion for travel has led me to Trafalgar and its wonderful team of dedicated travel professionals. I look forward to connecting our industry partners and travel agents to the most iconic moments that anyone can only experience on Trafalgar itineraries. The world is a wonderful and inspiring place, so who better to explore it with than the world’s leading travel brand?”More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAnita Emilio, Vice President of Sales, Trafalgar Canada, welcomed Slosarcikova to the team. “We are very delighted to have Xenia join our Trafalgar and Costsaver tribe in the Canadian market and our continued #AgentsFirst commitment. Xenia brings a wealth of knowledge to the travel industry and we know she will be a tremendous asset to our loyal agents in the British Columbia & Yukon area during Oben’s paternity leave.”Slosarcikova can be reached at or via telephone at 1-800-834-5677 ext. 8497435. Share Thursday, August 1, 2019 center_img Tags: Sales Manager, Trafalgar Meet Trafalgar’s new Sales Manager for BC & Yukon Travelweek Group last_img read more

US starts landmark Agent Orange cleanup in Vietnam

first_imgAssociated PressDANANG, Vietnam (AP) – Fifty years after American planes first sprayed Vietnam’s thick jungles with Agent Orange to destroy enemy cover, the United States began for the first time cleaning up dioxin left from the chemical defoliant.A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday at a former U.S. air base in Danang.Dioxin, a chemical linked to cancer, birth defects and other disabilities, has seeped into Vietnam’s soils and watersheds, creating a war legacy that remains a thorny issue between the former foes nearly four decades after the Vietnam War ended. Comments   Share   Washington has been slow to respond. Since 2007 it has given about $60 million for environmental restoration and social services in Vietnam, but this is its first direct involvement in dioxin cleanup.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

Public to have their say in gender change legislation

first_imgThe justice ministry on Monday launched a public consultation for a new bill on legal recognition of gender identity – the first stage in a long process before the bill can become law.The bill proposal provides for the right of any person over 18 who feels that their gender identity is not that stated in official documents to request a correction of their registered gender. They would simply submit a form without having to undergo any surgery, medical examination or receive medication “concerning their physical or psychological health”.In the case of minors, this would be possible through their parents or guardians who need to file the form and after a court order.The court could issue the order for correcting the gender of a minor after it receives the green light by a committee comprised of a social worker, doctor specialised in gender identity matters and a psychologist. The parents would also have to verify that their child is in a position to make such a decision of its own free will and in full knowledge of the consequences.Applicants may also state if they wish their name to be changed. If their request is accepted, they will receive a new birth certificate with the changed gender and name. They will also be able to obtain new documents such as identification card and register in electoral lists with the changed information.If their application for gender identity change is rejected, applicants may appeal to the justice minister.Where applicants are parents, the change in their details “does not cause any change in the birth certificate of their children or any documents issued for children or records, registers or lists of children.”The bill also provides that court decisions of other countries concerning gender identity changes would be recognised by Cypriot courts.To-date there is no gender recognition law in Cyprus. The bill in question was a demand by Accept-LGBT Cyprus but also MPs. The promotion of the issue of the legal recognition of gender change has also been brought up by the Council of Europe.The House human rights committee heard last May that four applications from transgender people who want to change their identification papers because of a sex change have been pending before the interior ministry since last November because Cyprus lacks the necessary legislation to make that possible.The heads of the Disy, Akel, and Diko political parties have already expressed their support for the legal amendment, which however, has still a long way to go before it is tabled to the House plenum to vote.The public consultation is just the first step in a long line of procedures, as the revised proposal including suggestions of the public and groups must first be sent to the legal services for vetting, then to cabinet for approval and then to the competent House committee for discussion.  Only after discussion is completed at committee level will the final bill proposal be tabled to the plenary to vote.Anyone wishing to submit their suggestions may do so by September 17 at or send a fax at 22 518356.The bill proposal (Greek only) may be found at: You May LikeKingdom Of Men15 Workout Methods For The Chest GainsKingdom Of MenUndotravel.feedbox.info10 Best business class airlinestravel.feedbox.infoUndoCheap Flights | Sponsored LinksFlight Price From India to USA Might Surprise YouCheap Flights | Sponsored LinksUndo Data is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoProperty owners price themselves out of the marketUndoNew equipment for Paphos lifeguards but ‘proper’ towers neededUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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