Girl gangraped accused absconding

first_imgNEW DELHI: A girl was allegedly gang-raped in South East Delhi near Millennium Park on September 15 and was found at the flyover by some passersby and the police was informed. The girl was taken to the hospital by the police team where rape was confirmed. A case in his regard has been filed at Sunlight colony police station.According to sources, the victim is a vagabond and often begs near Nizamuddin Railway station and when she was near the Millennium Park Sarai Kale Khan bus depot she was allegedly spotted by two boys who lured her for food. The boys then took turns to rape her at a secluded spot nearby in the bushes. The girl then went at the flyover and when the motorists suspected her movements, a call was made to the cops. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice are also trying to ascertain the mental condition of the girl. Several teams of police have been formed to identify and arrest the accused. Police are also looking for suspects residing near the Sarai Kale Khan bus stand. Teams are also looking for the vagabonds of the area in search of the suspects in the case. CCTV cameras around the area are also being scanned and manual information is being gathered by the police sources.last_img read more

Casablanca Police Arrest African with 2 Kilograms of Cocaine in Stomach

Rabat – Security services at the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca have arrested a sub-Saharan passenger with nearly 2 kilograms of cocaine inside her stomach.The passenger was arrested on December 17 when she arrived on board a flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil.The passenger had 131 capsules of cocaine concealed inside her stomach, according to a statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN). Police transported the passenger to a hospital to remove the cocaine from her stomach. She is now in custody for further investigation under the supervision of the prosecutor’s office.Read Also: Morocco’s BCIJ Seizes Colombian Cocaine Network’s Drug-Trafficking BoatEarlier this week, Morocco’s BCIJ seized a boat loaded with cocaine in El Jadida, near Casablanca.On December 15, the BCIJ also found a farm in Boujdour, a city in the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region, used by a drug network for cocaine trafficking and storage.The operation followed the arrest of seven individuals in possession of one ton of cocaine earlier this month.The criminal network attempted to smuggle cocaine between Morocco, the US, Latin America, and Europe. read more

UN envoy to Kosovo says 2006 will likely see wrap up of

“The past twelve months, like every year, have had their ups and downs – their triumphs and their tragedies,” said the Special Representative for the Secretary General, Soren Jessen-Petersen, in a New Year’s message. “But they have ended on a high – with the opening of the process to determine the status of Kosovo.”The international community, in partnership with Kosovo’s institutions, has worked on some of the challenges he noted a year ago – the rule of law, the protection of minorities, freedom of movement, the return of displaced persons and decentralization, said Mr. Jessen-Peterson, a lawyer and journalist by training who has headed the United Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK) since June 2004.“That there was progress on these issues there can be no doubt – the opening of the status process is itself evidence of that. But that there could have – and needs to be – more progress is also plain,” he added. “Many of those issues that were priorities a year ago remain priorities today.”He said the vehicle for achieving progress remains the Standards framework – eight targets that include building democratic institutions, enforcing minority rights, creating a functioning economy and setting up an impartial legal system.Mr. Jessen-Petersen said the Standards framework, along with economic improvements, would form the core of the international community’s work in Kosovo as the coming year is dominated by the status talks.In early November, former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari was appointed as Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s special envoy to lead the talks on the future status of Kosovo. In his statement, Mr. Jessen-Petersen repeated that a sustainable status settlement must be based on the desires of the majority in Kosovo and those desires – peace, stability, security and economic prosperity – must also be ensured for minority communities.In a report in July, Mr. Jessen-Petersen stressed the need for a stronger commitment by Kosovo’s Albanian leaders to move forward on the return of Serbs who fled their homes during the fighting as well as on the freedom of movement. Kosovo’s Albanians outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1. Serbia rejects independence for the province which the UN has run ever since North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid grave rights abuses during ethnic fighting.The envoy said his hope for Kosovo in the coming year is that everyone can live freely and at ease with their own and each other’s culture, with no reason to fear the future.“Another hope for Kosovo in 2006, then, must be that it is the year when true political co-operation between all communities becomes a reality,” he said. “These are earnest hopes – and they will be difficult to realize – but in December 2004, twelve months ago – it was equally hard to see Kosovo reaching the point it has achieved today,” he said. read more

Chinese affiliates of Big Four accounting firms settle with SEC in dispute

Chinese affiliates of ‘Big Four’ accounting firms settle with SEC in dispute over fraud probes AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Chinese affiliates of the “Big Four” accounting firms have agreed to pay a total $2 million and provide documents in a settlement with U.S. regulators resolving a yearslong dispute over fraud investigations of Chinese companies.The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday announced the deal with the Chinese arms of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, KPMG and Ernst & Young. They each will pay a $500,000 penalty and take steps to provide documents to SEC investigators over the next four years. The deal resolves a dispute that pitted China’s assertion of its sovereignty against efforts of U.S. regulators to crack down on corporate fraud and questionable accounting.The SEC has been battling the four affiliates over their withholding of company audit documents from investigators. The firms, which are subject to Chinese law, insisted that law bars them from releasing the documents.An administrative law judge at the SEC ruled in January 2014 that the Chinese-affiliated firms acted improperly when they withheld audit documents from investigators looking into possible fraud by Chinese companies trading on U.S. exchanges. The judge recommended that the Chinese-affiliated firms be suspended for six months from conducting the audits that U.S.-traded companies must submit in order to remain on American exchanges.The accounting firms appealed the judge’s decision. If no deal had been reached and his ruling had been upheld, it might have left dozens of Chinese companies with no way to provide audits required for their shares to be traded in the U.S. Major corporate names such as oil giant PetroChina, search engine Baidu and Alibaba — the e-commerce giant that went public last fall in the biggest IPO ever — could have been forced to find new auditors or withdraw from U.S. stock exchanges.An exit from U.S. exchanges would leave small investors fewer options to profit from China’s rapid growth.Under the settlement, the four firms admitted that they did not produce documents before the SEC took legal action against them in 2012. They eventually began to provide them, the SEC said. The firms also were censured, bringing the possibility of a stiffer sanction if the alleged violation is repeated.“Obtaining an audit firm’s work papers is critical to (the SEC’s) ability adequately to protect investors from the dangers of accounting fraud,” SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney said in a statement.The dispute highlighted the clash between Washington’s anti-fraud efforts and Beijing’s official secrecy despite its desire to profit from broader links with the ‘global economy.The dispute arose in 2012 after the SEC asked for “work papers,” or corporate documents used by auditors to prepare financial reports, for nine U.S.-traded Chinese companies suspected of fraud.Hundreds of Chinese companies trade on U.S. stock exchanges, and the SEC has investigated at least two dozen of them for possible accounting fraud.In a separate dispute, Washington and Beijing have been wrangling for years over whether a U.S. accounting oversight panel created by a 2002 anti-fraud law can inspect Chinese auditing firms of U.S.-traded companies. The two sides announced a deal in May 2013 giving the U.S. panel access to audit documents. But the chairman of the panel, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, said that didn’t replace the need to inspect auditing firms.“We engage in active dialogue with Chinese authorities as we pursue an agreement on access,” the PCAOB chairman, James Doty, said in remarks Wednesday at a public meeting of the SEC commissioners.U.S. investors essentially have had to take Chinese companies’ financial statements on faith. Investors in U.S.-traded Chinese stocks must often rely on audits that don’t comply with U.S. law.Other governments, including the 27-nation European Union, also have resisted U.S. pressure for more access to corporate records but most reached compromises with Washington. That often involves joint audits by American and local regulators.Chinese companies have raised billions of dollars by selling shares to American investors since the late 1990s. Many were private companies that couldn’t raise money on Chinese exchanges, which were created to finance state industry. by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2015 9:48 am MDT read more

Ban appoints Atefeh Riazi of the United States as new UN information

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Atefeh Riazi of the United States as the new Chief Information Technology Officer for the United Nations, with the responsibility for all substantive and operational needs of the world body relating to information and communications technology (ICT).She will replace Choi Soon-hong of the Republic of Korea, who has headed the Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) within the Department of Management since 2007. “Ms. Riazi brings with her wide-ranging experience in the public and private sector, focusing on leading complex organizational change involving large departments in challenging environments to deliver vital business transformation through the use of innovation and technology,” stated the announcement of her appointment. Since 2009, Ms. Riazi has served as the Chief Information Officer of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) with oversight responsibilities for design and deployment of smart building technologies and cost containment practices. She also served as the Acting General Manager with responsibility for all operations.Prior to joining NYCHA, she was the global Chief Information Officer and Senior Partner of Ogilvy and Mather overseeing technology, applications, networks and data centres. She began her career with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York City, where she held various progressively responsible positions over the course of 16 years, and was appointed as the Chief Information Officer with responsibilities for implementing the Metro Card in New York City. OICT provides services to meet the overall ICT needs of UN Headquarters and, in cooperation with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, for lease lines and satellite communications to overseas duty stations. read more

Armed groups to be neutralised says UN DR Congo envoy after massacre

“Nothing will deter MONUSCO from its purpose to neutralise all armed groups terrorising the population,” said Mission chief, Martin Kobler, who is also the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the country. “We will support the Congolese authorities to ensure that everything is done to prosecute the perpetrators of these atrocious killings and bring them to justice.”Civilians in the village of Mayangose-Kibidiwe, northeast of Beni, were attacked with machetes, Mr. Kobler said, adding that elements of MONUSCO, the DRC’s armed forces (FARDC) and the national police were dispatched to the site and an investigation was launched. Mr. Kobler also referred to a separate attack in Kasu, in Eastern Province, where several villagers were beheaded by people from outside.“We will continue our active support for security operations by the FARDC, so tranquillity can return to Beni and throughout eastern DRC,” he said. read more

Mens Lacrosse No 6 Ohio State welcomes Hofstra for second home game

Then-sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (2-0) will host Hofstra (0-0) at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in front of its second sell-out crowd of the season on Saturday.The Buckeyes’ most recent encounter with Hofstra came in the 2016, but they lost 8-5. The 2018 Buckeyes aren’t hung up about the loss, choosing instead to look to the future and focus on the what they’ve practiced thus far.  “You try to put past losses and past wins behind you,” senior attack Colin Chell said. “It’s a new year, new team, so you just try to take that approach with every game we play.”While unranked, the Pride still draw cautious respect from players like redshirt senior midfielder John Kelly, who has faced Hofstra twice. “They’re always a great team. They’re scrappy, they have some good players — it’ll be a good test for us, we don’t have any film on them,” Kelly said.The Buckeyes enter Saturday’s match with the momentum it garnered from wins against Cleveland State and then-No. 19 Boston, which has bolted them up two spots in the NCAA Inside Lacrosse rankings since the season began.“It’s good to know that our hard work has paid off in our first two games and so we just have to keep that momentum going and keep up that hard work and never get comfortable,” Kelly said. “We’re making sure we’re pushing ourselves as far as we can go.”Ohio State’s 15-9 home victory against the Terriers was an important obstacle for the team to overcome, being that they were its first ranked opponent of the season. While the team struggled to dominate the second half, the Buckeyes said they had valuable takeaways from the experience that they hope to carry over to this weekend.Kelly said the team set the tone early in the game, which was an important factor in their first-half superiority. “We kind of fell off a little bit in the third and fourth quarter and had to build back and set that tone a little bit more, so coming into this game we really want to set that tone and hold it,” he said.Chell added it was exciting to see the younger players own their roles and gain experience against Boston.Both Kelly and Chell noted that playing in front of a packed home crowd on Saturday will contribute to the energy of the game.The faceoff against Hofstra is at noon Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

Can Oklahoma Survive The Opening Half To Compete With Alabama

One year ago, the Oklahoma Sooners fielded the worst defense to ever qualify for the College Football Playoff. Under first-year head coach Lincoln Riley, and behind Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma took a 17-point lead on Georgia, the eventual national runner-up, before losing in the Rose Bowl semifinal. Twelve months later, Riley has another Heisman-winning quarterback in Kyler Murray and has piloted another one-dimensional Sooners team to a playoff berth.The reward — a date with Alabama, college football’s lead power broker — seems more like a punishment. The Tide, long a defensive force under coach Nick Saban, now boast what’s likely the best offense in program history. Las Vegas oddsmakers cared not for Oklahoma’s three-game winning streak against the Tide and opened with Alabama as two-touchdown favorites. According to FiveThirtyEight’s college football prediction model, Alabama has a 41 percent probability of winning the national title. Oklahoma faces much taller odds, with an 11 percent probability of winning it all.Here’s what to look for the when the two programs meet in the Orange Bowl semifinal Saturday at 8 p.m. Eastern.Will Tua Tagovailoa or Kyler Murray win the QB showdown?Seldom do a Heisman winner and his runner-up meet after the winner is crowned. Even given that rarity, this may be the best postseason clash of college quarterbacks we’ve ever seen. Both are coming off of historic regular seasons, with each in line to trump the record for Total Quarterback Rating, which ESPN has tracked since 2004 and is measured on a scale of 0 to 100. But it’s not just the quarterbacks. In terms of offensive efficiency, this is the best matchup since the playoff began in 2014. Oddsmakers have taken notice, setting a points over/under total that’s unprecedented in the playoff era.It seemed logical that the departure of Mayfield, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL draft, would abate Oklahoma’s offensive horsepower. That 2017 team had the most efficient offense ever tracked, according to the ESPN Stats & Information Group.1It has measured efficiency since 2005. But in Murray’s first full season as a starting college quarterback, the Sooners’ offense has actually improved. “Kyler Murray has accomplished more in one season and had more impact on the Sooners’ tradition in one season than any other player in our history,” former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer told The Athletic. “He’s broke all the damn records.” Alabama1812 20116.46429.6215.221.632.1 SeasonYardsYardsPassingYards1st DownsOffensive Points Both Murray and Tagovailoa are having little difficulty stretching the field. If they keep up this pace during the playoffs, each would rank in the top three among all QBs since 2004 in single-season passing yards per attempt, with Murray’s current 11.92 mark in line to set the all-time record.They won’t, however, be competing against equally proficient defensive units. Murray will be staring down a top-flight fortress that spent the past few months razing offensive lines and leveling quarterbacks. The Crimson Tide rank second in defensive efficiency, behind Clemson, and they lead the country in adjusted defensive quarterback rating, which accounts for the strength of the opposing quarterback. The Tide ranks among the 15 best teams in opponent completion percentage (51.8 percent) and yards allowed per pass attempt (5.86).Tagovailoa will have the luxury of playing against a defense that might seem as though it’s providing Alabama an escort to the end zone. Oklahoma ranks 92nd in defensive efficiency, unseating last year’s squad as the new worst defense to make it to the playoff; the Sooners have allowed 56 touchdowns this year, 13 more than Alabama has allowed since the beginning of the 2017 season. Uninspired performances led to the midseason firing of defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. But the unit’s play hasn’t improved. After giving up 39 first downs to Oklahoma State, the most allowed by any FBS team this season, interim defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill found room to praise his team for making “critical stops.”Pass defense, in particular, has been ghastly for the Sooners. No FBS team allows more passing yards per game (291.4), and only five allow more completions (22.3). The Sooners love to give up the long play, having allowed 56 passing plays of 20-plus yards, the fourth-most by any team.It’s unlikely that the turnover margin will favor the Sooners — even though Tagovailoa threw as many interceptions in his last outing as he did the rest of the season total. Oklahoma has generated 11 takeaways all season, the fewest of any qualifying team in the playoff era. Alabama has forced 11 since the beginning of October — and 21 in total.On the opening drive of the SEC championship game, Tagovailoa suffered a high ankle injury, which required surgery the following day. The sophomore has said that he’ll be unencumbered come game time, and given how little he rushes — generating just the 89th-most rushing yards among QBs — he won’t need much mobility. Even a pocket-locked Tagovailoa can still shred an opposing defense.Can Oklahoma survive Alabama’s first-half avalanche to win the second half?Players come and go, and each season carries idiosyncrasies, but the narrative arcs of the Sooners’ two previous playoff appearances were seemingly penned by the same author. In both, a lead evaporated and a dominant first half gave way to a second-half dud.In those appearances — in the 2015-16 Orange Bowl and the 2017-18 Rose Bowl — the Sooners outscored opponents 48 to 33 in the first half and were pummeled 49 to 14 in the second.2Excluding the overtime periods against Georgia in last season’s Rose Bowl. Those losses, Riley said,3Riley was Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator during the 2015-16 season. could be traced to physical opponents and conservative play-calling.Rewriting the script, then, will be paramount this time around for Oklahoma.Offensively, the Sooners seem to have the first half covered. No team puts up more first-half yardage than Oklahoma, which averages 313.4 yards a game. The team racks up 9.5 yards per first-half play — nearly a first down on each play. Riley’s offense is outscoring opponents by an average of 11.3 points in first halves this season, the eighth-best mark in the country.Of course, what separates Alabama from Oklahoma is its defense. The Tide allow 7.9 points per game in first halves, 12th-fewest in the nation and 7.9 fewer points than the Sooners. Alabama doesn’t just shut the door on its opponents in the opening 30 minutes — it packs their bags, shuttles them to the airport and ushers them through TSA. Remember when the Tide turned Tiger Stadium into a morgue by the third quarter of November’s top-five showdown with LSU? Or when the Tide took a trip to Oxford, watched Ole Miss score on its opening play and then blitzed the Rebels with 62 unanswered points, including 49 in the first half?4Alabama was playing a third-string quarterback in the third quarter of that one.LSU and Ole Miss aren’t alone. Saban’s squad is outscoring opponents 388 to 103 in first halves this season. On average, the Crimson Tide enter the locker room at halftime with a 21.9-point lead, the second-biggest margin by any team since at least 2004, the first year for which data is available.5The best mark over that stretch belongs to the 2010 Boise State Broncos, with an average 24.2-point halftime lead. Ninety-three teams have scored fewer total touchdowns than Alabama has scored in first halves. Only four teams in the past 15 seasons have scored more first-half touchdowns than the Tide’s 53.These lopsided first halves mean that the Tide hardly ever fall behind on the scoreboard. The average college football team this season played 178.6 first-half offensive snaps when trailing. Alabama played 18 — 32 fewer than the next-closest team. Offensive points per game47.043.6 Notre Dame6940 Yards per play8.88.3 20187.92527.6325.524.643.9 20106.96444.1261.222.133.4 20075.05373.8224.522.626.4 Percentage of first downs or TDs per pass attempt51.1%49.4 Bama rarely plays from behindTotal first-half snaps when trailing for this year’s playoff participants Percentage of first downs or TDs per play41.0%37.6 Per playPer Game 20126.95445.5218.021.637.2 Percentage of plays for zero or negative yards25.6%26.6 20146.66484.5277.924.336.3 20176.59444.1193.422.236.1 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 20137.15454.1248.523.234.2 Oklahoma12854 This is Saban’s most dominant Alabama offenseAlabama’s offense by season under head coach Nick Saban Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 20085.52355.8171.118.825.6 As if spring-loaded, Murray’s legs have minced opposing defenses. On a 75-yard touchdown run against Kansas, a broadcaster declared, “You’re not going to catch him,” before Murray had passed the 40-yard line. The junior is the country’s pre-eminent dual-threat wizard, whose 892 rushing yards place him seventh among all Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks this year.At the same time, Tagovailoa has been the figurehead of the Tide’s offensive ascension since replacing Jalen Hurts in last season’s national championship game. Saban has been in Tuscaloosa since 2007, and this year’s offense has been his best in terms of, well, everything. TeamOffensive SnapsDefensive Snaps National average177129 20166.47455.3210.321.031.9 Clemson6324 20155.89427.1227.121.930.1 Metric20182017 The Sooners have gotten better under MurrayOklahoma’s offensive production in 2018, with Kyler Murray at quarterback, vs. 2017, with Baker Mayfield at quarterback 20095.96403.0187.920.630.1 Coming into the SEC title game, teams had run a combined 388 first-half plays against the Tide defense. They didn’t have the lead on any of them. Georgia finally broke through in the SEC championship; the Bulldogs ran 43 first-half offensive plays against the Tide and led for 12 of them.The nightmare doesn’t end for Alabama opponents in second halves: Then they’re outscored by a touchdown and a half, on average. In second halves, teams score 0.92 touchdowns per game against the Tide, tied for the sixth-fewest.Conversely, Oklahoma’s dominance tapers off considerably in the final two quarters, when it outscores opponents by only 5.2 points, which ranks 24th nationally.Little if any of that decline is attributable to the offense, which roars from start to finish. But defensively, the bottom seems to fall out for the Sooners after halftime, as they allow an average of 2.23 touchdowns per game in second halves, the most by any team in the Big 12 and tied for the 20th-most nationally. Riley’s defense has allowed 29 second-half touchdowns, the most by an Oklahoma defense since at least 2004.However, should Oklahoma keep the game close down the stretch, it has a peerless crunch-time quarterback in Murray. The Sooners have played seven games decided by 14 or fewer points, while Alabama has played only one. In the fourth quarter, when the scoring margin is within 14 points, Murray has a nation-leading quarterback rating of 99 — that’s on a 1-to-100 scale, mind you.There’s an argument to be made that Oklahoma is better equipped — certainly more experienced — to handle high-leverage situations.6Before the SEC title game, Tagovailoa had played three snaps the entire season in which his team was trailing. But Alabama has been so dominant that it simply hasn’t mattered. read more

Branislav Pokrajac a new coach of Sporting Lisbon

Management of the last season EHF Challenge Cup winner, Portuguese, Sporting Lisbon, decided to change something after bad start of the season.  Leaders of Portuguese handball team hired Yugoslav (Serbian) coach legend, Branislav Pokrajac, for a new coach. Pokrajac won Olympic gold twice, as a player (Munchen 1972) and a coach (Los Angeles 1984). Last medal (bronze), he won with Yugoslav team (Serbia and Montenegro) at WC in France 2001.Previously, he worked in Portugal and won Champions title with Porto in 2003. ← Previous Story Barbara Varlec: “I will play for Serbia” Next Story → Stian Hauge Tönnesen one year more in SC Magdeburg Branislav PokrajacSporting Lisbon handball

Ireland is being taken to court over waste water by the European

first_imgIreland is being taken to court over waste water by the European Commission The State has failed to ensure urban waste water is adequately treated, according to the Commission. By Daragh Brophy Image: Shutterstock/UzFoto Updated at 14.25pm THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION has confirmed it plans to take Ireland to the Court of Justice of the EU for what it describes as a failure to ensure that urban waste water in 38 areas “is adequately collected and treated to prevent serious risks to human health and the environment”.Under EU law, towns and cities are required to collect and treat their urban waste water. Untreated waste can put human health at risk and pollute lakes, rivers, coasts, soil and groundwater.These are the 38 areas (or agglomerations, to use the Commission’s term) in question:ArklowAthloneBallybofer/StranorlarBallincollig NewCastlecomerCavanClifdenClonakilyCobhCork CityDundalkEnfieldEnniscorthyFermoyGaoth Dobhair (Co Donegal)KillarneyKillybegsLongfordMallowMidletonMonkslandNavanNenaghOberstownPasage/Monktown (Co Cork)PortarlingtonRathcormacRingaskiddyRingsendRoscommon TownRoscreaShannon TownThurlesTraleeTubbercurryYoughalWaterford CityEU member states had until the end of 2000 to ensure appropriate treatment of wastewater from large urban areas (with a population of over  15,000).Countries were given until 2006 to properly treat discharges from medium-sized areas and discharges into freshwater and estuaries from smaller areas.The Commission, which is the EU’s independent executive arm, initiated its case against Ireland four years ago and followed up with warnings in 2015 and last year.Elsewhere in its announcement today the Commission said it was also concerned “about the failure to ensure that a correct operating licence has been issued for the treatment plants serving the agglomerations of Arklow and Castlebridge”.A recent Commission report found that Ireland faced a major challenge maintaining investments required for water services.Separately, the Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday as it launched its annual report that “substantial and sustained capital investment is required to deliver improved water infrastructure in Ireland”.Possible fine If Ireland is found to be at fault by the Court of Justice of the EU, it will be issued with a further warning to comply with the law or risk a second case being brought, which may result in a fine.Irish Water, established in 2013, brought together the water services of 31 local authorities. Since then, successive ministers have stressed the need for householders to pay water charges in order to boost investment in water infrastructure – however, the issue has effectively been parked in the wake of a major protest movement and is now being considered by an Oireachtas committee.Related: Against Fine Gael’s wishes, Right2Water will be invited to speak before water committee >Irish Water said in a statement to that it had put in place “a prioritised range of projects to deal with historic deficits and lack of investment in wastewater treatment across the country.The utility has identified key projects in our current and recently approved future capital investment plans to address all non-compliances in our treatment plants by 2021 in each of the areas identified by the EU as part of this ECJ case. This element of our investment programme will exceed €1 billion. 79 Comments The Department of Housing Community and Local Government said it noted today’s announcement from the Commission, adding:We have been actively engaged with the EU Commission, Irish Water and the EPA in relation to the infringement since it was first formally notified by the EU Commission in October 2013. We provided the Commission with details of the operational and investment plans in place to ensure compliance, including the timeline for compliance for each urban area.  Significant capital investment is needed to ensure compliance. This has been identified in the Irish Water Investment Plan covering the period 2017 to 2021, and the works needed to address the infringement will be progressed during this period. Over this period, Irish Water plan to invest €1.7 billion in waste water projects, programmes and asset maintenance. In addition, Drainage Area Plans for waste water collection systems will be completed for 44 urban areas by 2021 with the prioritisation of plans based on ensuring compliance with the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive and meeting other environmental objectives.Read: Irish Water: ‘We did not waste €70m on consultants’ >Read: Regulator denies saying water metering programme should be abandoned > Short URL Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 1:02 PM We are also carrying out detailed studies into a number of issues raised by the EU in relation to our wastewater collection systems (network overflows) and full compliance for our networks will take longer, extending into the next investment programme. Share283 Tweet Email3 Image: Shutterstock/UzFoto 22,239 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 15th 2017, 1:02 PM last_img read more

State grants green light for milfoil herbicide in Vancouver Lake

first_imgThe state has given Friends of Vancouver Lake the OK to use its preferred herbicide to treat milfoil infestation, the group announced Sunday.The announcement came during a fundraiser at the Vancouver Lake Sailing Club, part of the Friends’s ongoing efforts to eradicate the aquatic invasive weed. After surveying the lake for two days in early July, ProcellaCOR — favored over other herbicides because it will prevent an extended closure of the lake — will be placed in the lake July 16, said Larry Cassidy, the group’s chairman.“We’re going to be able to use the best herbicide,” Cassidy said. “This is a big deal for Vancouver. This is a big deal for Clark County. We need to work not just this year but for the next few years.”Eurasian milfoil started choking the shallow lake a couple of years ago. The cause is unknown, though some have surmised that it may have been introduced by a boat or through a flushing channel connected to the Columbia River.“I had a pit in my stomach because I knew what that meant,” said Philip Parshley, the sailing club’s commodore, about the first time he noticed the weeds.Milfoil currently covers 20 percent of the lake, primarily located near shorelines, and could engulf it by 2022 if not treated, according to the Friends group. The tangles of vegetation would render the lake unusable for rowing, sailing and other recreation. It also warms the water, chokes fish habitat, drives out native plant species and makes swimming dangerous.last_img read more

WeCarnival gets lackluster support

first_img Minister announces partnership for junkanoo reboot Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Aug 2015 – It was described as underwhelming and not garnering the support organizers had hoped for in this debut edition of the WeCarnival weekend. Magnetic Media is told that the Junkanoo rush along Grace Bay Road on Sunday did not happen but other events linked to the weekend festivity did take place. A final event is slated for today. Pastors of the Providenciales Ministerial Fellowship continue to call for a stop to mass secular events on Sundays.center_img Pastors talk tough on more direct dealing with social woes Related Items:junkanoo, Providenciales Ministerial Fellowship, wecarnivallast_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Guyana, April 28th 2017, Georgetown: Did you know that changes in global temperatures can have detrimental effects on Caribbean Ecosystems, which in turn can lead to the spread of harmful diseases?These were just some of issues addressed by a series of panelists at the 62nd CARPHA Regional Health Research Conference held in Guyana this week.Panelist, John Balbus, Senior Director and Advisor for Public Health, at the World Health Organisation uncovered how changes in water temperatures caused by global warming can create health threats in places where it never existed before. He illustrated this through vector borne diseases such as mosquitoes. Balbus says while vector ecology was complicated to explain in just one session, changes in temperatures led to the changes in breeding seasons and how vectors respond to changes in the environment allowed for an increase in disease spread such as Chikungunya and Dengue. Similarly, Balbus noted that with alterations in how seasons occurred also led to an increase in allergens and the structure of protein molecules.CARPHA Executive Director, Dr. James Hospedales alluded to greenhouse gases within the Caribbean region also contributing to climate change and the rise in sea level. This to, he says threatens the existence of several small islands with low lying coasts.Underscoring the need for integration within the region was Dr. Maureen Lichtveld, Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences at Tulane University, who urged the region to pool its assets and urgently to address gaps in analysis, research and training to become climate change resilient”. It’s expected that a final roadmap detailing strategic priorities and ways in identifying financial support will be presented at the 2018 CARPHA Conference. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Man held with 11 kg ganja in Hyderabad

first_imgHyderabad: A man was arrested on Friday for selling 11kg ganja here at Langar Houz. Chandan Naveen (30), a resident of Jumeraat Bazar from Dhoolpet was caught with the ganja by Langar Houz police during a regular vehicle at Moghal-Ka-Naala. The police said Naveen was caught while he was heading to Golconda in search of customers. He is said to have procured it from Odisha for Rs 35,000 and brought to the city a week ago to sell it. Earlier, the Manghalhat police caught him in a similar case and sent to remand.last_img

First ZikaLinked Microcephaly Case Identified in Harris County Baby

first_img Share A photo of the mosquito that carries the Zika virus.Harris County health officials confirmed Wednesday the first birth defect in the area related to the Zika virus, marking also the first such case in Texas.Harris County Public Health said in a press release that the infant has microcephaly, an abnormally small head size, and also tested positive for the Zika virus.The mother had traveled to Latin America and later got tested for Zika during her pregnancy. But the results of that test were inconclusive, according to officials.No other details about the family are being released at this time.So far, all cases of Zika infection in the United States involve people who traveled abroad to countries where the virus is widespread.Zika is transmitted primarily by two species of mosquitoes, but it can also be transmitted sexually. The virus has not yet been found in local mosquito populations.“Microcephaly is one of the worst tragedies related to Zika virus infection. We are sad to report that we now have our first case of Zika-associated microcephaly and our hearts go out to the family,” said Umair Shah, executive director of the Harris County Public Health, in a statement.Shah added that he encourages individuals traveling to areas where the virus has been identified to take steps to prevent Zika infection and to contact their healthcare provider immediately if they develop Zika symptoms even after their return to the United States.last_img read more

Bayesian statistics theorem holds its own but use with caution

first_img 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. When errors improve performance: Model describes how experiences influence our perception Explore further © 2013 Bayes’ Theorem was proposed by Thomas Bayes in the 18th century, and it combines newly acquired data with prior data to predict an outcome. In his paper, Professor Bradley Efron of Stanford University, presents the example of predicting whether twins are likely to be fraternal or identical in his overview of the theorem. In Professor Brad Efron’s example, there are two categories of data to be considered: the newly acquired data (that sonograms show a pregnant woman is carrying twin boys), and the prior data (the fact that one-third of twins are identical). Identical twins are twice as likely to produce twin boy sonograms because identical twins are always the same sex while fraternal twins have only a 50:50 chance of being the same sex.Bayes’ theorem combines these data in the formula.P(A|B) = [P(B|A) x P(A)] / P(B)where P(A|B) is the conditional probability of A given B, and P(B|A) is the conditional probability of B given A. In the example, A is the twins being identical, a prior with probability = 1/3. B is the “sonogram shows twin boys”. Genetics imply P(B|A) = 1/2, giving P(A|B) = (1/2) x (1/3) / (1/3) = 1/2.The formula correctly predicts the twins have an equal probability of being fraternal or identical.The theorem has proved its worth, such as in 2012 when it was used to successfully predict the outcome of the U.S. presidential election in all 50 states before the final vote counts were available. Despite its success it has always been regarded with some suspicion by statisticians, particularly because it has been used when genuine prior data is unavailable or uncertain. Efron also compares more recent statistical theories such as frequentism to Bayes’ theorem, and looks at the newly proposed fusion of Bayes’ and frequentist ideas in Empirical Bayes. Frequentism has dominated for a century and does not use prior information, considering future behavior instead.Statistical theorems are important because they are widely used in areas such as medical research. Efron reports that in his work as an editor of a statistics journal, he found around 25 percent of papers used Bayers’ theorem and most were based on uninformative priors, which counts against it, but on the other hand he notes that the current environment of data being produced in “fire hose” quantities means Bayers’ theorem could effectively connect disparate inferences.Efron uses another example to explain the problem: a study of 52 men with prostate cancer and 50 healthy controls looked at the activity of 6033 genes in the hope of identifying genes expressed differently in the patients. They calculated a test statistic (z) for each gene, with a normal bell-shaped distribution if there was no difference between patients and controls, but with larger values if there were differences.The resulting histogram looked normal except for 28 of the genes on the right of the distribution, having z>3.40 values. These could represent real or false discoveries, since some z values are bound to be large even in the null hypothesis (no difference between patient/control gene expression). The frequentist theorem predicts false discovery rate (FDR) to be below 10%, which means only 2.8 of these are false. The Bayes theorem suggests the probability of nullness is also 10%, but no prior evidence is used, and the prior is estimated from the data itself. Efron says this “statistical jujitsu” is Empirical Bayes, which is essentially a fusion of frequentist and Bayes ideas that says that when there are large numbers of parallels (as in the 6033 gene study), the data “carry within them their own prior distribution.”Efron warns that Bayes’ theorem can be used if genuine prior information is available but caution is needed if there are uninformative priors. For parallel cases, Empirical Bayes methods can be used effectively. More information: Bayes’ Theorem in the 21st Century, Science 7 June 2013: Vol. 340 no. 6137 pp. 1177-1178 DOI: 10.1126/science.1236536AbstractThe term “controversial theorem” sounds like an oxymoron, but Bayes’ theorem has played this part for two-and-a-half centuries. Twice it has soared to scientific celebrity, twice it has crashed, and it is currently enjoying another boom. The theorem itself is a landmark of logical reasoning and the first serious triumph of statistical inference, yet is still treated with suspicion by most statisticians. There are reasons to believe in the staying power of its current popularity, but also some signs of trouble ahead.center_img ( —In a Perspective in Science magazine this week, a Stanford Professor of Statistics re-examines Bayes’ Theorem, its varying fortunes over the two-and-a-half centuries since it was proposed, and its current boom in popularity and likely future. Bayes’ theorem spelt out in blue neon at the offices of Autonomy in Cambridge. Credit: Wikipedia / CC Citation: Bayesian statistics theorem holds its own – but use with caution (2013, June 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Sciencelast_img read more

ASI 2 others arrested for abduction

first_imgKolkata: An Assistant Sub Inspector of Kolkata police along with two persons were arrested for allegedly abducting a jewellery shop owner of Nadia and snatching jewellery and cash worth Rs 2.5 lakh approximately. Sleuths came to know after interrogating the ASI that another police personnel is also connected with the crime.According to sources, on July 5, a person identified as Bablu Nath of Nadia lodged a FIR at the Muchipara police station stating that he was abducted by two persons in a SUV who claimed themselves to be policemen. He said they had taken Rs one lakh and gold jewellery weighing about 50 grams and left him near the airport on July 4. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDuring the interrogation, sleuths identified the SUV and its registration number from CCTV camera footage. Later, on the basis of the SUV’s registration number police managed to get hold of the driver identified as Nepal Dhar and the owner of the SUV. Dhar was arrested a few days ago. During interrogation, he stated that a person identified as Ashish Chandra who works in the records section of Kolkata Police was involved in the case. Chandra was arrested on Tuesday night. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAll three of them were produced before the Sealdah Court and were remanded to police custody till July 16. Sources informed that Chandra stated that another police constable is also connected to the case. They somehow came to know that Nath frequently comes to Sonapatti in Burrabazar for his trade. Sleuths are looking for the other accused police constable. Chandra was arrested earlier in 2014 for his connection in a cheating case at Sealdah Government Railway Police (GRP). That time, he was suspended and a departmental inquiry was also initiated. As a result, he was suspended and also barred from salary increment.last_img read more

Federico Berardinucci is Uniworlds new DSM – Eastern Canada

first_img Travelweek Group Share Federico Berardinucci is Uniworld’s new DSM – Eastern Canada Wednesday, March 13, 2019 TORONTO — Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has appointed Federico Berardinucci as District Sales Manager for Eastern Canada, effective March 18.Berardinucci most recently served as National Accounts Manager at Air Canada Vacations, where he gained vast knowledge of the trade business and direct experience in business development, sales strategy and account management. He was also instrumental in negotiating preferred agreements with top chains and consortia.Prior to his time at ACV, Berardinucci held Regional Sales positions with Porter Airlines and Manulife Insurance.“We are very excited to have Federico join our North American sales team,” said Michelle Palma, Vice President, Field Sales of North America for Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. “Federico brings a wealth of expertise in sales and new business development to this role. His ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with our agency partners will allow Uniworld to build our market share in Eastern Canada in 2019 and beyond.”More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthKristian Anderson, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, also added: “Federico is very well known and respected within the leisure and corporate travel markets in Canada. He brings a strong track record of success in working with our agency partners in Eastern Canada.”Berardinucci replaces Carlo Rinaldo at Uniworld, who will be joining AMEX Global Business Travel, Quebec, beginning in April. Berardinucci can be reached at Posted by Tags: New Hires, Uniworld << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Man charged with planning Prince Charles assault

first_imgErrorOK… ErrorOK The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a six-day tour of New Zealand, the last leg of their Pacific tour marking Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th Jubilee.Police spokeswoman Noreen Hegarty said officers arrested Bacanov, a known anti-royalist, on Monday near a downtown Auckland venue where Charles and Camilla were due to appear. She said the royal couple had not yet arrived at the outdoor venue and were never in any danger.Hegarty said officers were making sure the area was safe when they noticed the man with the bucket.Bacanov is due to appear in court again on Nov. 27.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) – Police say they caught a New Zealand man before he had a chance to throw a bucket of horse manure over Prince Charles and his wife Camilla during a royal visit to the Pacific nation.Castislav “Sam” Bacanov, 76, pleaded not guilty in an Auckland court Tuesday to planning a crime in a public place. He has agreed under his bail conditions to keep at least 500 meters (1,600 feet) from the royal couple. 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more