Four women were feared drowned after a boat, carrying nine members of a family, capsized in the Ganga in rural Patna on Wednesday, police said.Five others – two men and three women – could be rescued.The boat was carrying members of the family based in Gaya district, who had come here to take a holy dip on the occasion of Magh Purnima, SHO Naseem Ahmed told PTI.The incident took place at around 10 am in Fatuha police station area.Efforts were on to trace the missing persons, the SHO said.
Haryana’s principal Opposition party, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), on Monday asked the Centre to take steps for an early completion of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal. Leader of the Opposition in Haryana Assembly Abhay Singh Chautala-led delegation met Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari and impressed upon him the early completion of the SYL canal as directed by the Supreme Court. They also requested him to urge the Haryana government to follow the Supreme Court directive regarding compensation to the farmers whose land is to be acquired for the Dadupur-Nalvi canal and continue with the project.Mr. Chautala drew the attention of Mr. Gadkari to the fast depleting ground water in the State. “As it is, South Haryana has already become ‘dark zone’ and a worried Supreme Court has put restrictions on construction. North Haryana, the basmati bowl of the State, too has slipped in the ‘critical’ zone. Thus almost the whole of the State is sliding towards ‘dark’ zone and hence would become infertile and desert due to unavailability of water,” he said. This would have serious repercussions on the social and economic front, he added.Mr. Chautala said that Mr. Gadkari assured them that if the Dadupur-Nalvi canal project were scrapped, the Centre would contribute towards meeting the additional expenses.
Somdev Devvarman’s love affair with the DLTA Centre Court continued as he drew level India’s Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie against Czech Republic 1-1 with an upset win over Jiri Vesley after Yuki Bhambri’s tame defeat in the opening singles, on Friday.Somdev’s biggest victory of the season could not have been timed better as India were in a spot after Yuki’s 2-6, 1-6, 5-7 defeat against big-hitting Lukas Rosol, the world number 85. Somdev came out and maintained his impeccable record at DLTA with a 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-3 win over world number 40 Jiri Vesley, yet again showing that ranking was just a mere number in Davis Cup matches.Somdev has not lost a single match here since 2010 and Vesley has never won a live rubber in his Davis Cup career and the status quo remained. Somdev has suffered defeats against players, ranked outside 400 (Emilio Gomez, 402) on the Challenger circuit in a very ordinary 2015 season so far but the hard-working Indian has managed to win when it mattered most to the nation.It was not as hot and humid as expected. The intermittent breeze and cloudy sky made the weather conditions quite tolerable with temperature remaining between 31 and 34 degree Celsius.Somdev’s fitness, his strong legs and the heart for fight were at work yet again as he pulled off a stunning win. He moved swiftly on the court, hit strokes with precisions and always found a way to open the court for winners, a total of 65.”It’s more of a relief. I enjoy playing here. It’s a team effort, it’s because of them that I could perform,” Somdev said after his inspiring win.advertisementSeasoned players Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna will now take on Radek Stepanek and Adam Pavlasek in the doubles rubber on Saturday.In a complete contrast to the first match in which the first set was over in just 24 minutes, Somdev and Vesley fought a battle of attrition. 27 minutes into the match the score was 2-1 on serve as a baseline slugfest was on.There were seven break chances in those three games – four for Somdev, but no player could convert. The Indian raised the level of his game by several notches as he sprayed winners – a staggering 32 – all over the court and hit 11 aces in the first set. The serve was not fierce but Somdev found the perfect angles to keep the ball out of Vesley’s reach.Vesley stood out with accuracy of his drop shots and one such got him a break in the very first game of the second set. Somdev had saved two breakpoints before that in that game but Vesley placed a perfect touch from just inside the baseline as the ball dropped dead along the net.The next game Somdev served at love and got the break back in the sixth when Vesley double faulted at 15-40. All fired up with his effort, Somdev hit three consecutive aces to take a 4-3 lead.After playing five deuce points and saving a break chance in the ninth game, Somdev wriggled out of that tough contest with his 18th ace. Vesley was serving to stay in the set, saved two set points but double faulted on third to hand Somdev a 2-0 lead.Vesley could never find a way to challenge Somdev after that as he lost mentally. He dropped serve in fourth to let Somdev lead 3-1 and it was a matter of time before the Indian closed the contest.Vesley hit a forehand to net on second match point and Somdev threw his racquet in the air out of jubilation. Earlier, Rosol proved too hot to handle for Bhambri. Rosol stamped his class as he thrashed 125th ranked Yuki in one hour and 55 minutes.The temperature was 31 at the start of the match but neither the conditions nor the game of Yuki proved challenging for the tall Czech, who was ranked as high as 26 last year around the same time.Rosol served extremely well and hit flat and furious ground strokes, imposing himself on Yuki. Rosol played smartly as he kept points short. He served in the range of 200kmh and sometimes more than that, firing as many as 11 aces in the match.Yuki put up some resistance in the third set but could not utilise the chances, squandering as many as five break points in the 10th game. The Czech, who beat Rafael Nadal in 2012 Wimbledon second round, fired five service winners in that game alone after ebbing down 0-40, showing his cool temperament under pressure.advertisementRosol hit 50 winners to Yuki’s 21 and made for his six double faults with his huge game. The only time Yuki could trouble the Czech was when he engaged Rosol in long rallies but those were very few as he blunted the Indian’s challenge with ease.Now, India’s number two player Somdev Devvarman, ranked 164, plays Czech number one Jiri Vesley, ranked 40. Somdev has not lost a single match on the Centre court and the fans who have turned up to watch India fight would hope that he maintains his impeccable record.Both Yuki and Rosol began with solid holds with Rosol hitting service winners as big as 210km per hour. In each of the first two games he hit two aces with a speed of more than 200km per hour. As the 6’5 tall Czech was serving too well, it was crucial for Yuki to hold his own but consistent forehand errors cost him the fifth game.Rosol hit a forehand winner on Yuki’s serve at 30-30 to earn the first breakpoint of the match and the Indian youngster buried his forehand on the net on that point to hand the rival team the lead. Rosol kept serving big and consolidated the lead with solid hold yet again.Unforced errors continued to flow from Yuki’s racquet as he smashed one overhead volley long to be down by another breakpoint and double faulted on the next point to hand Rosol a comfortable 5-2 cushion. Exactly 24 minutes into the match, Rosol was serving for the set and he sealed it with a backhand winner.It was one-way traffic in the second set as Rosol pounded Yuki, who managed to get on board only once. With two consecutive breaks and two easy holds Rosol rushed to a 4-0 lead and with one more break closed the set in his favour.Yuki played little better in the third set, managing to get his first break of the match when Rosol hit a forehand long. However he kept the advantage by dropping serve in the sixth.Having Rosol down 0-40 was the best chance for Yuki to put pressure and get a break but he squandered all five chances. Serving to stay in the match, he buried a backhand to net to give the Czech two match points and then hit a forehand on the net to give the visiting team a 1-0 lead in the tie.
FLORHAM PARK, NJ— New York Jets running back Bilal Powell, right tackle Breno Giacomini and backup tight end Kellen Davis are questionable for the game against the Buffalo Bills because of injuries.Coach Todd Bowles says neither Powell (ankle) nor Davis (foot) practiced Friday, while Giacomini (ankle) was limited. Running back Chris Ivory (knee), linebacker Calvin Pace (abdomen) and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (toe) were also limited, but listed as probable.Not having Powell would be a big loss for the Jets’ offense. During New York’s five-game winning streak, Powell has run for 162 yards and a touchdown, with 27 catches for 232 yards and a score.Giacomini, whose right ankle is taped up, says he’s feeling better and remains confident he will be able to play. Brent Qvale is his backup.___TweetPinShare0 Shares
A post-mortem found Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala died from injuries to his head and torso when his plane crashed in the English Channel.The evidence was heard at a coroner’s hearing in the English city of Dorset on Monday, three weeks to the day since the crash.The single-engine aircraft was flying from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff where Sala was due to start a new career playing for the Welsh capital’s Premier League club.Home Office pathologist Dr Basil Purdue has given the cause of Sala’s death as “head and trunk injuries.”Sala’s body was recovered from the seabed wreckage last week but pilot David Ibbotson is still missing.Acting senior Dorset coroner Brendan Allen said during Monday’s hearing the Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigation could take up to 12 months. A pre-inquest review hearing was set for November 6.Also Read | Fire strikes another Brazilian club days after Flamengo tragedy, 2 players in hospitalAlso Read | Cardiff City manager cancels mid-season break trip to Tenerife to mourn Emiliano SalaAlso Read | AC Milan’s Lucas Paqueta dedicates maiden Serie A goal to Flamengo fire victimsAlso See:
No. 6 Notre Dame took a 20-14 lead over No. 8 Stanford on a 73-yard touchdown hook-up from DeShone Kizer to big-play wide receiver Will Fuller late in the second quarter.The Fighting Irish took over at their own 27 following a Stanford punt. Kizer then immediately connected with Fuller on a deep ball down the left sideline.Will Fuller 73 yard TD reception to make it 20-14 Notre Dame #STANvsND pic.twitter.com/6Szni9qU95— THE MAIN MANN™ (@JacobMann_1) November 29, 2015 Fuller has four receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown already. Notre Dame needs this win to maintain in the CFP hunt, but the Cardinal just scored to re-take the lead.
Image Courtesy: Hansa Heavy LiftGerman shipping company Hansa Heavy Lift has transported 13 modules measuring over 147,124 cbm from China to Australia, to help with the redevelopment of the Nyrstar Smelter in Port Pirie.The cargo was loaded on four separate voyages at the Yanda Module Yard in Jiangsu, China, with the largest piece weighing 690 metric tonnes, and measuring 28 metres in length, 17 metres in width, and 26.7 metres in height.“This was a particularly challenging project which required the use of three of our vessels on four separate trips operating at their full capacity, including HHL New York, HHL Lagos, and HHL Valparaiso,” Henry Woo, Head of AsiaPacific (APAC), Hansa Heavy Lift, said.“Lifting and rigging were particularly challenging for this project due to the height of the modules combined with the offset centre of gravity, with up to five lifting beams required for a single lift,” Woo added.The decks of each vessel were extended to the aft and in some cases even to the starboard side to accommodate up to five modules per trip. The over dimensional cargo required the installation of additional bow radars and the extra crew to double up bridge watches.Modules had to be placed onto the self-propelled modular transporter with minimum clearance in between each vessel’s hull and the fixed structures on the wharf to overcome the limited space on the jetty in Port Pirie.Image Courtesy: Hansa Heavy Lift“We are proud to have completed the project with a smooth execution at every stage, resulting in a safe and on-time delivery of all modules,” Jens Grever, Head of Cargo Management, Asia, Hansa Heavy Lift, said.The Port Pirie Redevelopment Project will convert the smelting facility operated by Nyrstar to a multi metals processing and recovery facility.
zoom The 18,000 TEU containership CMA CGM Vasco De Gama ran aground in August 2016 as it was too far north of the intended track when it started turning into the Thorn Channel near the Port of Southampton.The 399-meter-long ship grounded on the western side of the channel in the early morning hours of August 22 with two Southampton pilots aboard.The ship’s position at the time of the turining into the Thorn Channel reduced the sea room available for the manoeuvre and, given the environmental conditions, CMA CGM Vasco de Gama was unable to sustain the rate of turn required to remain in the dredged channel, a report released by the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) showed.The execution of the vessel’s turn around Bramble Bank and into the Thorn Channel by the lead pilot was not in accordance with the port’s guidance for large inbound vessels.CMA CGM Vasco de Gama’s bridge team, assistant pilot and the Vessel Trafic Services, could not usefully monitor the lead pilot’s actions, or the vessel’s progress through the Precautionary Area, because “a detailed pilotage plan had not been produced; the lead pilot’s intended manoeuvre around Bramble Bank was not explained; the bridge team roles and responsibilities were unclear; and the electronic navigation aids on board were not fully utilised.”The investigation identifed that the vessel’s bridge team and the port pilots had the experience, knowledge and resources available to efectively plan and execute the pilotage. However, the standards of navigation displayed during the pilotage fell short of the standards expected by CMA Ships and Associated British Ports.“It was apparent that complacency and a degree of over confidence on the part of the master and port pilots contributed to this accident,” MAIB said.Actions have been taken by CMA Ships and Associated British Ports to address some of the issues identifed in this report and to improve navigational safety.MAIB added that recommendations aimed at reducing the likelihood of future groundings and improving levels of navigation, bridge resource management, and use of electronic navigation aids have been made to CMA Ships and Associated British Ports.
An Alberta judge is to rule next month whether former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr should have his eight-year sentence for war crimes declared expired.The sentence, which was imposed in 2010 by a military commission in the United States, would have ended last October had Khadr remained in custody.But the clock stopped when a judge freed him on bail in 2015 pending Khadr’s appeal of his military conviction — a years-long process that has no end in sight.His lawyer, Nate Whitling, told an Edmonton court that Khadr served three years and five months in custody and has been out on bail for another three years and nine months.He said the appeal, in the meantime, hasn’t advanced “even an inch” in the U.S.“Mr. Khadr’s sentence essentially is frozen in time,” Whitling told Chief Justice Mary Moreau on Tuesday.The Toronto-born Khadr spent years in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay after he was captured and accused of tossing a grenade that killed special forces soldier Christopher Speer at a militant compound in Afghanistan in 2001.He was later transferred to an Edmonton prison and the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the punishment handed Khadr for the acts committed when he was 15 years old was to be a youth sentence.His application in youth court Tuesday asked the judge to place him under conditional supervision for one day then declare his sentence served.Since his release on bail, Khadr has lived in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., without any issues.“He’s been an upstanding citizen since being released,” said Whitling. “There’s just nothing negative to say about Mr. Khadr.”Another judge had eased some of his initial bail conditions, but several remain in place.Those conditions include not having access to a Canadian passport, a ban on unsupervised communication with his sister, who lives in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, and a requirement to notify his bail supervisor before leaving Alberta.Both federal and provincial Crown lawyers said Tuesday that Khadr should serve the remainder of his eight-year sentence in the community with similar conditions.“We have no objection to the applicant not serving time in custody,” Alberta Crown prosecutor Doreen Mueller said in court. “The remainder of the sentence has to be served.“The sentence is the sentence.”Federal Crown prosecutor Bruce Hughson added any reduction in the sentence would go against the international treaty under which Khadr was transferred to Canada.“Canada cannot, under its treaty obligations, alter the length of the sentence,” he said. “What they do allow is an alteration of the length of confinement.”Hughson said he understands Khadr’s frustration with the appeal process, but suggested Tuesday’s application should have been made by lawyers at the same time as the bail application in 2015.“The fact is they didn’t,” he said.Whitling said they made a tactical decision to seek bail in 2015 without dealing with the sentence.“Hindsight is always 20-20,” said the defence lawyer.He added that the Crown was blowing Canada’s international obligations out of proportion.“What the United States agreed was that you can treat transferred youth prisoners just like you do your own youth prisoners,” he said outside court. “It wouldn’t surprise them at all … to learn that this type of review exists.“I don’t take seriously that somehow the relationship between the two countries would be negatively affected by this decision.”Moreau said she will hand down her decision March 25.
Kananga: Two men suspected of involvement in the murder of two UN experts investigating mass killings in the Democratic Republic of Congo escaped from prison overnight, a defence lawyer said Tuesday. The pair, Evariste Ilunga Lumu and Tshiaba Kanowa, fled the central prison in Kananga, in central DRC, Lumu’s lawyer Tresor Kabangu told AFP. He was informed of their disappearance by the military prosecutor’s office. At dawn on Tuesday, heavy gunfire could be heard from the vicinity of the prison in Kasai-Central province. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAn AFP correspondent reported that by morning, the situation at the prison was tense with inmates in the yard threatening to attack anyone who ventures inside. Military and police officials were at the scene, awaiting reinforcements to enter the prison and do a headcount to determine how many have escaped. The experts — Zaida Catalan, a 36-year-old Swedish-Chilean national, and American Michael Sharp, 34 — were in Kasai on behalf of the UN Security Council to investigate mass graves associated with a rebellion.
Rome: Defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal can’t wait to hit the clay courts of Roland Garros after claiming his first title this season and ninth Italian Open trophy. Nadal defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 for a record 34th Masters, leaving his vanquished foe to label the Spaniard as “the No. 1 favourite for Roland Garros”. “I am going to be there with time enough, as always,” said 32-year-old Nadal, who wants to capture a 12th trophy in Paris. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”I’m going to repeat my normal routines. For sure I can’t wait to be there and have the feeling, see the stadium, watch all the new great things that Roland Garros is doing,” the 17-time Grand Slam winner said of the rebuilt Philippe Chatrier Centre Court. “I saw a picture. Looks great. Still open, still not closed. Is a different stadium, but the feeling probably will not be very different. “This year, I don’t see a big difference. The wind is going to be the same as always. Court is still big.” Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersHis first title this season, and particularly on his favourite clay surface, is a huge boost for the Spaniard. “Happy to reach that level in the last tournament before a Grand Slam,” said Nadal. “But, as I said, for me I don’t want to talk about Grand Slams now. I never did in the past. Important title, now’s the moment to keep going.” Djokovic — winner at the Madrid Open last week — gave an error-strewn display in his 54th meeting with second-ranked Nadal, having spent six hours on court in his previous two matches. “For me, the most important thing is to feel myself playing well and feel myself healthy, with the energy that I need,” said Nadal. “If that happens, experience is that I am going to fight for titles sooner or later.” The 32-year-old had not dropped a set all week before the final taking a 6-0 set from four his five rivals. “During the last couple of weeks, every day and every week have been better. And here we are finally with this great trophy, an important victory.” Nadal pulled out of Indian Wells with a knee injury, and had not gotten past the semi-finals in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid. “After Indian Wells, there have been some tough moments for me in terms of recovering again,” he said. “I didn’t arrive very well prepared to Monte-Carlo. There have been some low moments for me. “The first round in Barcelona, that was a disaster.” Nadal had been stunned by Stefanos Tsitsipas, a player 12 years his junior, in the semi-finals in Madrid.
27 November 2007Information and communication technologies (ICT) are largely contributing to climate change but also hold the key to tackling it, several experts and industry figures told a conference today at United Nations headquarters in New York. “We cannot have a discussion on climate change in isolation from the discussion on the technologies to address the problem,” said Alexander Karsner, United States Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, at the outset of a two-day meeting on the impact of ICT on climate change.Calling for “very proactive problem-solving through the deployment of technology,” Mr. Karsner said that “while waiting for the big solution we should take every bit of existing solutions along the way.” On the positive side, “technology is proliferating solutions faster than our global political leadership can enforce them” and energy efficiency had become paramount for all sectors, starting from the oil industry. The right approach involved science and technology, capital markets and policy, he said, since “markets alone do not make global strategies.”“The Secretary-General sees overcoming the threat of climate change as the defining challenge of our times,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang, adding that ICT “are crucial to understanding the environment and the impact of climate change,” provide tools to help cut greenhouse gas emissions and are instrumental in providing information on climate change.General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said “ICT will be instrumental in helping to develop new, climate-friendly technologies that can help economies growth sustainably and reduce emissions in the years ahead,” stressing that technology had already offered climate-friendly solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon sequestration. IBM Vice-President for Corporate Environmental Affairs Wayne Balta said ICT companies could enact substantial energy savings in their internal operations, in design and manufacturing, and in product use. ICT could improve the energy efficiency of all economic sectors, diagnose the carbon emissions of a product or process and suggest its redesign, he said.Xerox Corporation Environment Vice-President Patricia Calkins said the paper industry was the fourth largest user of fossil fuels, and nearly half of all office paper became waste within a day. The “paperless office” had not materialized, but industry could enable “smarter, more efficient choices,” such as energy-efficient appliances that shut down automatically when not in use. Companies that measured their full environmental impact had achieved greater energy efficiency.“For environmental impact, it all starts with design,” said Tod Arbogast, Dell Computer Director of Sustainable Business, since a product’s design had an impact throughout its life cycle. Efficiency was dictated by economic reasons, since servers, personal computers and monitors accounted for more that 60 per cent of global ICT-related carbon emissions and world average electricity prices had grown by 56 per cent since 2002.Companies had minimized packaging, dematerialized products and were offering customers convenient recycling services, he said, adding that recycling substantially reduced carbon emissions due to raw material extraction, product manufacture, landfill and combustion. The event has been organized by the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development and AIT Global Inc., a global association of management and information technology professionals.
Mr. Corell also met for more than an hour with King Norodom Sihanouk, while Senior Minister Sok An was scheduled to meet later in the day with the full UN delegation, according to a UN spokesman.Tomorrow, Mr. Corell is expected to meet with representatives from non-governmental organizations and then with Cambodia’s Supreme Council.The UN delegation’s trip to Cambodia is expected to wrap up on 17 March, one day before Secretary-General Kofi Annan is due to report to the General Assembly on progress regarding the trials.The meetings in Phnom Penh follow those held in January in New York when a Cambodian delegation led by Sok An met with Mr. Corell for a series of exploratory talks on the establishment of a special court to try the former Khmer Rouge leaders.
“[This] is an alarming escalation of the violence engulfing this vulnerable community and may force others to flee,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. The agency has repeatedly expressed concern for the Palestinians, who fled to Iraq from their homes in newly created Israel in 1948. Some received preferential treatment under ousted President Saddam Hussein, and they have become targets since his overthrow in 2003. “In 2003, UNHCR registered 23,000 of an estimated 34,000 Palestinians in Iraq,” (UNHCR) spokesperson Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. “We believe about 20,000 of them remain in the country. They haven’t had much option, and we are extremely concerned over the plight of those remaining, and the inability to provide them with protection.“It is the responsibility of the Iraqi Government and the coalition forces to provide the necessary protection, particularly of refugees in Iraq who have no alternatives for protection in other countries.”Last night’s attack occurred in Baghdad’s Al Baladiya neighbourhood and followed warnings by militia that Palestinians should leave. Al Baladiya used to house some 8,000 Palestinians, with about 4,000 reported to still remain there. “With this latest incident, it is now very possible that we will see more Palestinians trying to leave for surrounding countries, primarily Syria and Jordan. This worries us because both of those countries have closed their borders to Palestinians,” Mr. Redmond said, noting that 340 Iraqi Palestinians have been stuck in no-man’s land, some of them for the last five months, hoping to enter Syria.“We strongly appeal to neighbouring countries to keep their borders open for Palestinian refugees from Iraq, and to extend once more, in this holy month of Ramadan, the customary generosity and humanitarian concern that could provide safety to Palestinians under threat,” he added, calling on other Arab States to help Syria and Jordan with the burden.Mr. Redmond also voiced concern for 1.5 million internally displaced Iraqis, 754,000 of them uprooted since the US invasion of 2003, and 365,000 of these just since February in the sectarian violence sparked by the bombing of a Shiite mosque in Samara. “We remain extremely concerned about the rapidly deteriorating situation in Iraq and the ongoing displacement this is creating both inside and outside Iraq,” he said.
“There is no other single health intervention that has such a high impact for babies and mothers as breastfeeding and which costs so little for Governments,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Geeta Rao Gupta. “Breastfeeding is a baby’s ‘first immunization’ and the most effective and inexpensive life-saver ever.”Strong leadership is essential, the agency pointed out in a news release, because less than half of all children under the age of six months benefit from exclusive breastfeeding, despite the many advantages it provides for both children and mothers.World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration made by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) in August 1990 to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. Both UNICEF and WHO recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a child’s life and continued breastfeeding for two years or beyond. Children who are exclusively breastfed are 14 times more likely to survive the first six months of life than non-breastfed children, UNICEF stated, adding that starting breastfeeding in the first day after birth can reduce the risk of newborn death by up to 45 per cent.Breastfeeding also supports a child’s ability to learn and helps prevent obesity and chronic diseases later in life. Recent studies in the United States and United Kingdom point to large health care savings resulting from breastfeeding, given that breastfed children fall ill much less often than non-breastfed children.In addition, mothers who breastfeed exclusively are less likely to become pregnant in the first six months following delivery, recover faster from giving birth, and return to their pre-pregnancy weight sooner. Evidence shows that they also experience less post-partum depression and have a lower risk of ovarian and breast cancers later in life, said UNICEF.And yet, only 39 per cent of children aged less than six months were exclusively breastfed in 2012. “This global figure has improved very little for the past several decades, due in part to large countries where the breastfeeding rate is low and to the general lack of a supportive environment for breastfeeding mothers,” UNICEF stated.China, which recently attracted media attention because its strong consumer demand for baby formula caused shortages in other countries, has an exclusive breastfeeding rate of only 28 per cent, the agency noted.To boost such low rates in the world’s most populous country, UNICEF and the National Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health in May launched a “10m2of Love” campaign to locate, register, certify and publicize breastfeeding rooms to raise awareness and support for breastfeeding.Cambodia has had notable success in raising exclusive breastfeeding rates from 11.7 per cent of infants less than six months in 2000 to a very high 74 per cent in 2010. Togo and Zambia also increased the rates from 10 and 20 per cent respectively in the late 1990s to over 60 per cent by 2000.Meanwhile, Tunisia’s exclusive breastfeeding rate fell dramatically from 46.5 per cent in 2000 to only 6.2 per cent by the end of the decade.The exclusive breastfeeding rate in Indonesia is declining; Nigeria has made no improvement over many years; and some of the lowest rates in the world are in Somalia, Chad and South Africa.“Such examples reflect insufficient global leadership on breastfeeding, as it continues to be undervalued relative to its importance in the life of child,” said UNICEF. “There needs to be higher prioritization and commitment, targeted policies and greater consensus to engage the world in promoting this life-saving and vital practice.”
A MOTOR TRADER, who left a mother-of-four with an unsellable “clocked car”, has been given a three-month sentence at Dublin District Court.Ex-soldier turned second hand car dealer, Jonathan McSherry, 35, of Monastery Road, Clondalkin, Dublin pleaded guilty under the Consumer Protection Act.He admitted engaging in misleading commercial practice by providing false information in relation to the kilometre reading on the odometer of a ’09-reg Nissan Qashqai. It happened at Station Road Autos, in Clondalkin Commercial Park, Station Road, in Dublin 22 on 17 July, 2014. The offence can carry a maximum six-month sentence as well as a fine of up to €3,000.McSherry is already serving a three and a half year prison sentence with the final 12 months suspended for assaulting his former partner and breaching a barring order. During that incident he punched and kicked his ex-partner, fracturing her eyes, face and skull. That sentence was imposed on 21 December last.He appeared at Dublin District Court today to face a car clocking prosecution brought by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC). However, he will serve no extra jail time because the sentence imposed will run concurrently to the longer one.CCPC investigator William Fahy told the court that on 17 July, 2014, mother-of-four Onome Nwankwo bought the Nissan paying €6,000 and trading in her previous car which was valued at €5,000. She had seen the Nissan Qashqai on Carzone.ie and noted that the advert said the car had 135,000 kms on the odometer. She bought it but a year later Ms Nwankwo needed a larger vehicle because of her growing family.She attempted to trade in the Nissan Qashqai at another motor traders but they would not deal with her because the car had been “clocked”, meaning “the odometer had been run back”.Fahy agreed with prosecution counsel Lorcan Staines that five months before Ms Nwankwo bought the Nissan car, it had been with another motor dealer. At that stage it had about 175,000kms on the odometer, 40,000 more than it was sold by McSherry to Ms Nwankwo. Ms Nwankwo was left with a car without enough seats for her all family to travel together and she is unable to sell it on as a result of the clocking, the court was told.McSherry had eight prior criminal convictions, said Staines. They included district court convictions for public order offences and minor road traffic offences but there was also one charge for possessing stolen property.After the investigation began he closed down his dealership and tried to open another one at a different location, the court was told. He also had convictions for assault causing harm to his ex-girlfriend and breaching a barring order which led to him getting his current sentence which was imposed in December at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.The CCPC official agreed with defence counsel Tessa White that when questioned about Nwankwo’s complaint, McSherry was co-operative. Counsel said her client’s indication of a guilty plea meant the prosecution did not have to bring all their witnesses to court.The court heard McSherry, who did not address the court, had worked in the public service for a number of years before he entered the motor trade. He sustained the business for some time and had a number of employees but developed drink and drug addiction problems which led to the downfall of his business and his personal situation, his barrister said.She furnished the court with a letter from him and said that he was apologetic adding that he is engaging with all services made available to him. The Probation Service had also found him suitable for on-going supervision which counsel said was perhaps indicative of the efforts McSherry has been making over the last 12 to 18 months.When asked by the judge if there was a chance of compensation, she said that while McSherry would like to be able to pay that was not currently a practical option and he is not due to be released until a date in January 2018.Judge Brennan said the aggravating factors had to be taken into account; his prior convictions, the breach of trust and a customer had been “stuck with a car she cannot sell and is of no use to her with four children”.He imposed a three-month sentence. However, noting McSherry had addiction problems and was going through a rough period but has tried to turn his life around, he ordered that the sentence to run concurrently to his existing jail term.Read: Trump gives up on travel ban as he withdraws court appeal> Image: Shutterstock/sergign No extra jail time for car dealer who sold unsellable clocked car to mother-of-four The ex-soldier is already serving a sentence for assaulting his former partner and breaching a barring order. http://jrnl.ie/3244125 32,350 Views Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 9:32 PM Feb 16th 2017, 9:32 PM 32 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/sergign Share Tweet Email1 By Tom Tuite
Hormones de croissance synthétiques : surmortalité chez les patientsL’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps) indique qu’une surmortalité a été observée chez des patients traités dans leur enfance avec des hormones de croissance synthétiques pour un retard de croissance. Cependant, aucun lien direct et certain n’a encore été établi entre ce traitement et la surmortalité.L’étude épidémiologique baptisée Saghe a porté sur près de 7.000 patients. Les premiers résultats ont indiqué une surmortalité par rapport à la population générale : 93 décès contre 70 attendus. Des résultats qui ne “permettent pas d’établir avec certitude une relation de causalité avec le traitement par hormone de croissance”, mais qui sont, toujours selon l’Afssaps, “néanmoins suffisamment significatifs”.L’Agence européenne du médicament (EMEA) doit examiner ces données la semaine prochaine. Ce traitement hormonal est prescrit à des enfants qui ont un déficit en hormone de croissance naturelle, mais aussi à ceux dont l’organisme produit normalement cette hormone. En attendant d’en savoir plus, l’Afssaps recommande aux médecins de réserver le traitement à ceux qui sont en déficit d’hormone de croissance naturelle uniquement, par précaution. Les hormones de croissance synthétiques sont les seules autorisées en France, et cela depuis l’interdiction des hormones extraites de cadavres humains.Le 10 décembre 2010 à 15:17 • Emmanuel Perrin
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday, calling for the agency to stay its recent decision to approve a new survey method for Argentinian biodiesel imports to the U.S. under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In the Petition for Reconsideration and Request for Administrative Stay, NBB asks that the EPA withhold implementing the decision and reconsider the application with more opportunity for public comment and review.The petition is one of several strategies NBB is pursuing, with support and assistance from ASA and the U.S. soybean industry, to prevent or mitigate the threat of Argentinian biodiesel flooding the U.S. market. NBB and ASA are also pressing the EPA to take into account the potential for sharply increased Argentinian biodiesel imports in future years’ volume rulemakings.ASA has previously written to EPA to express our views and concerns regarding imports of Argentine biodiesel, particularly on the process, timing, and opportunity for public review and input into the EPA review of the CARBIO proposal. ASA expressed great frustration and disappointment that EPA granted the Argentine approval when they are years overdue on their statutory requirement to establish annual volume requirements for biodiesel. The uncertainty that has resulted from the lack of volume requirements has hampered the U.S. biodiesel industry and addressing this issue should be the top RFS priority for EPA.In a press statement regarding the petition, NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel said:“We have serious questions about how Argentinian producers will certify that their product meets the sustainability requirements under this new approach and whether U.S. producers will be operating under more strict regulations. As a result, we have asked the EPA to revoke its approval to reconsider the petition under a more open process with public comment and discussion.Given the circumstances, we think this is a very reasonable request,” Steckel added. “The U.S. biodiesel industry is in a state of crisis right now as a result of EPA’s continued delays in finalizing RFS volumes. An influx of Argentinian biodiesel will only exacerbate the domestic industry’s troubles at the worst possible time.”The EPA initially approved the application from Argentina’s biofuels association, CARBIO, on Jan. 27.Typically under the RFS, foreign producers must map and track each batch of feedstock used to produce imported renewable fuels to ensure that it was grown on land that was cleared or cultivated prior to Dec. 19, 2007 – when the RFS was established.The EPA’s January decision allows Argentinian biodiesel producers to instead rely on a survey plan being implemented by a third party to show their feedstocks comply with the regulations. The goal of the survey program is to ease the current map and track requirements applicable to planted crops and crop residues grown outside of the United States and Canada, resulting in a program that seems far less stringent and more difficult to verify.Because the EPA did not provide an open process when it considered the application, the limited information provided in EPA’s approval document raises significant questions about whether soybean-oil biodiesel being imported from Argentina meets the renewable biomass requirement under the regulation. Many of the soybeans processed into soybean oil in Argentina come from Uruguay, Peru, Brazil and other countries. Given the complex international trade involved and the apparent gaps in the program as outlined in EPA’s approval document, the EPA will have little ability to verify the survey plans proposed by Argentinian producers, even with the third-party surveyor’s limited reviews. Argentina would be the first country to use a survey approach under the RFS. Canada and the U.S. operate under an aggregate approach in which feedstock is approved so long as the aggregate amount of agricultural land in each country does not grow.In addition to the new U.S. survey rules, Argentina supports its domestic biodiesel program with a cost-distorting “Differential Export Tax” program that allows Argentinian biodiesel to undercut domestic prices.