State govt looks to adopt Japanese tech for converting waste to energy

first_imgKolkata: The state Municipal Affairs department will explore Japanese technology for conversion of solid waste to energy, with all the landfill sites across the state overburdened with wastes.”The people in our country and those in Japan have different food habits but I have learnt that a waste-to-energy plant has come up at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, with technology inputs from Japan. I will send a team there to examine the effectiveness of the plant. The time has come for us to channelise wastes and recycle it effectively so that it can provide us with some sort of income,” said state Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim on the sidelines of the 12th Edition of the Annual Environment and Energy Conclave organised by Bengal Chamber, in association with H Energy. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHakim said that he would seek the papers of the conclave from the Bengal Chamber and take note of the deliberations where Hiroyuki Ito from a leading company in Japan has talked about their technology of converting waste to energy. Hakim, who is also the state Urban Development minister and Kolkata Mayor, said that Uttarpara Municipality in Hooghly has been successfully doing segregation at source and has set up the infrastructure for converting wet waste into compost. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”The dry waste is being picked up by rag pickers and now channelising this waste is posing a big challenge for us,” he said. The minister said that the government is laying a lot of emphasis to push for electric vehicles across the state in a bid to reduce carbon emissions, which is a major contributor to air pollution. “We are also encouraging vertical gardens and rooftop gardens in the city. We have already floated tender for a vertical garden under Maa flyover,” he maintained. Hakim also lashed out at the Metro Railway authorities for not taking up the vertical garden project under the flyovers, even though land was provided to them for the purpose. “They have put up advertisements for their own publicity,” he said. Later in the day, while addressing a meeting on solid waste management with ADMs at Subhanno, Hakim reiterated that processing solid waste is a major challenge for all urban local bodies across the state.last_img read more



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Canadas envoy to the Rohingya crisis issues interim report

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s special envoy on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar says it’s hard to put the extent of the humanitarian crisis into words.Bob Rae issued his interim report on Thursday night on the crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh because of a crackdown by Myanmar security forces.Rae’s interim report said refugee camps are “deplorably overcrowded and pose a threat to human health and life itself.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed the former Ontario premier earlier this year to give him advice on the humanitarian crisis, which the United Nations has described as ethnic cleansing.Rae travelled to Bangladesh earlier this year to see the situation and has also met with a number of leaders, officials and non-governmental organizations in the region.His interim report drew particular attention the plight of women, saying he heard detailed and graphic accounts from women who made it to Bangladesh about sexual violence and abuse at the hands of the Myanmar military.Rae said those accounts included sexual violence as a weapon of war and there is clear evidence of sexual trauma among the women who survived.“A focused effort to deal with this issue is required,” the report said.“Seeing these words in print makes me realize how inadequate words are to express the extent of the damage and trauma being suffered by women and girls among the Rohingya refugees.”Rae said the international community must get involved in addressing the issue and additional resources will be required.“These allegations of crimes against humanity need to be addressed directly by the international community, and there is a need for post-traumatic measures to help those who survived this ordeal.”The United Nations Human Rights Council has appointed a fact-finding mission to examine the treatment of the Rohingya, but officials have not been allowed to visit Myanmar or interview officials in the country’s government and military, Rae said.The investigation into what happened must be “thorough and systematic” and must gather evidence and examine events over the past several years, the report said, adding that Canada must remain involved in this “important” international work.The International aid group Doctors Without Borders said last week that it conducted a field survey that found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in the crackdown.International rights groups blame the government and military for being unwilling to investigate possible wrongdoing by government officials and have urged Myanmar to accept the assistance of international investigators.Myanmar’s military said in a statement Monday that legal actions would be taken against the perpetrators.Rae said he intends to return to Bangladesh in the New Year to continue his “challenging assignment” and have more talks with officials in Myanmar, Bangladesh and international organizations before completing his final report and issuing recommendations.last_img read more



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Norwegian technology employs artificial magma to stifle Alberta gas well leaks

first_imgCALGARY – New technologies employing brute force as well as artificial volcanic action are being developed to better seal thousands of inactive oil and gas wells in Canada that are leaking methane, a greenhouse gas with an outsized impact on global warming.The technology is advancing as federal and provincial governments embrace new goals to cut fugitive methane gas emissions that the industry concedes are difficult to measure, much less control.A Norwegian company is working in B.C. and Alberta with a technology that creates a pool of volcano-inspired “artificial magma” underground to plug wells by melting and fusing the steel pipe with surrounding rock.Michael Skjold said he came up with the idea to use thermite — a metal-chemical powder that burns at around 3,000 C — to seal oil and gas wells about eight years ago. It has advanced from backyard testing to a full-scale commercial test program to plug oil and gas wells.“The reaction lasts for maybe two or three minutes and then it acts like magma that’s erupting from a volcano. A small man-made volcano. Very controllable,” said the innovation and business development manager for Interwell Norway AS during an interview in Calgary.“Actually, we’ve used the volcano as inspiration because … we are creating something very similar to igneous rock and basalt formations.”Thermite has been used for decades in exothermic bonding, a welding technique used to join railway track segments together by melting the steel ends. It’s considered safe to handle and store because it requires a substantial amount of electrical energy for ignition.The Interwell technology was targeted at Norway’s offshore oil and gas industry but Skjold said Alberta’s inventory of nearly half a million wells, compared with Norway’s cumulative total of about 5,000 wells, convinced the company to focus on Canada instead.The leaking well problem is also better known in Alberta than in Norway because it is more visible, he said, pointing out it’s hard to tell whether wells hundreds of metres deep in the cold and stormy North Sea might be leaking small amounts of natural gas.Interwell has tested its technology on four Alberta wells and one in B.C. for producers Shell Canada, Imperial Oil and Canlin Energy in the past 18 months and plans to test eight to 10 more this year. Skjold said the testing has been successful so far, but the next tests will be performed on “problem wells,” where standard plugs have failed.Most wells in Alberta that no longer produce profitable volumes are plugged with a cast-iron-and-rubber plug inside the steel casing and sealed by pouring cement on top, said Will Butler, lead, regulatory efficiency, for the Alberta Energy Regulator’s oil and gas operations group.If a leak develops outside the casing, the standard fix is called “perf and squeeze,” where the casing is perforated from within and cement squeezed through the holes to make a better seal with the surrounding rock.He said perf and squeeze is successful on the first attempt about half of the time, but often needs to be repeated, which adds to the cost.Skjold said the Interwell technology is probably too expensive to compete on simple well plugs, but can likely be cost-competitive with perf and squeeze and similar methods.The problem with cement is that it tends to shrink and pull away from the metal casing over time — wells that are sealed today may still leak in the future, said Dale Kunz, president of Winterhawk Well Abandonment Ltd.The private Calgary company is developing a tool that can be lowered into a well and then expanded with enough force to make the steel casing bulge outwards to create a tighter seal with the surrounding rock.He said natural gas can leak from oil wells, too, because producers often drill through gas-bearing rock to reach deeper oil-bearing formations. The shallower gas formations are normally sealed off with cement while the oil is produced but that cement seal can also deteriorate over time.Between 80,000 and 100,000 of Alberta’s wells are inactive — in other words, no longer producing but not yet permanently abandoned and reclaimed — said Butler.He said 10 to 12 per cent are probably leaking at least some natural gas.“We know there are many, many hundreds if not thousands of wells that the industry doesn’t realize are leaking,” he said.“They’ve been abandoned previously in the past, maybe decades ago, but not to the standards of today and they may be leaking again … Industry is of the mindset this is no longer their issue. But it is.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more



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Militiamen fire on protesters in Libyan capital: AFP

first_imgTRIPOLI – Libyan militiamen opened fire on Friday on a crowd wanting them to move out of their headquarters in southern Tripoli, wounding at least two people, an AFP journalist witnessed.Hundreds of people in the Gharghour district converged on the Misrata militia’s headquarters to press their demands when gunmen inside fired into the air to scare them off.But when the crowd continued to approach the building, the gunmen started firing at them. Libya has been troubled by instability and increasing levels of violence, usually involving former rebels who helped overthrow dictator Moamer Kadhafi two years ago but have never disbanded their militias.The Misrata militia sparked headlines earlier this week when one of its leaders, Nuri Friwan, was fatally wounded in fighting at a checkpoint manned by other ex-rebels.Two people were killed in subsequent fighting, and one Western diplomat said the situation was becoming “increasingly critical”.last_img read more



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Iran Security Council sanctions committee reports on latest activities

7 September 2011The head of the Security Council committee set up to monitor and enforce sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear programme said it had received new complaints about the country’s launch of ballistic missiles and clarified concerns or issues over several other matters. The head of the Security Council committee set up to monitor and enforce sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear programme said it had received new complaints about the country’s launch of ballistic missiles and clarified concerns or issues over several other matters.Ambassador Néstor Osorio of Colombia, outlining the work since late June of the committee established as a result of a Council resolution adopted in 2006, also detailed other ongoing investigations by the committee into previously reported violations of the sanctions.The Council has imposed four rounds of sanctions against Iran since 2006, including a ban on all items which could contribute to the country’s enrichment of uranium, a freeze of assets and a prohibition on arms sales.In May, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and stressed the need for Iran to continue negotiations with concerned countries over the status of its nuclear programme, and to cooperate fully with the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).Iran has repeatedly stated that its nuclear programme is for the peaceful purpose of providing energy, but many countries contend it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons.Speaking today, Mr. Osorio reported that a UN Member State had given it additional information about a previously reported violation by Iran of a ban on exporting and procuring arms and related materials, and that four countries had jointly submitted information on an alleged violation of a ban against launches involving ballistic missile technology.The ambassador said the committee, with the help of a panel of experts, had been able to clarify that an unnamed country was not involved in an illegal arms trans-shipment.Mr. Osorio added that the committee had clarified matters regarding the disposal of confiscated cargo aboard a particular ship, the payment of a contract signed before the sanctions were imposed, and the ownership of companies or shares by individuals and entities named under the sanctions regime. read more



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Moldova must work harder to end discrimination says UN rights chief

“I welcomed the positive spirit of my meetings, as well as the engagement of the Government to seriously contemplate human rights reform,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said at a press conference in Chisinau, the capital, at the end of her four-day visit.“I was nevertheless troubled by the message of some that certain groups must wait for human rights,” she added. “I have been clear in emphasizing that, where human rights are concerned, the time is now.”Ms. Pillay noted that her visit, the first to the country by a UN human rights chief, has been a timely one. “The country is clearly on the road to strengthening its democracy, and aims at a number of ambitious reforms.”At the same time, she said the economic circumstances of the country are troubling. “I saw with my own eyes the poverty and material deprivation in which many Moldovans live. Issues such as very low pay and a weak public infrastructure have serious implications for the effective realisation of economic and social rights.” She outlined a number of concerns, including strengthening the independence of the judiciary, the need to tackle the scourge of trafficking, especially of women and girls, and protecting the rights of certain groups in the country.One group she particularly focused on were people who were confined to psychiatric institutions. She visited the Chisinau Psychiatric Hospital, where she spoke with numerous patients and with hospital staff, and was struck by the “very limited extent” to which forcibly interned patients have access to processes that could lead to their release.“It is clear that comprehensive reforms are needed to ensure equality and dignity for people suffering from mental and intellectual disabilities,” she said. In general, people with disabilities need as far as possible to be integrated, not segregated, and strenuous efforts need to be made to help people lead an active life in the community rather than be locked away in institutions.”During talks with senior Moldovan officials, Ms. Pillay highlighted a range of problems related to discrimination against various religious minorities, especially Muslims, Jews, Protestants and Jehovah’s Witnesses; the Roma, who are “systematically excluded” and “almost completely unrepresented” in government; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people.In order to combat such discrimination, she stressed the need to enact as soon as possible a truly comprehensive law banning discrimination on all grounds. “My message to the Government – and to the public – is that diversity is among our highest values. A democracy is only as strong as its ability to protect its most vulnerable,” she stated.She also voiced concern at a punitive fine issued against the weekly journal Ziarul de Garda, adding that such measures are “incompatible with democratic societies based on the rule of law.”The education system, said the High Commissioner, can and should play a key role in combating discrimination and promoting diversity. At the same time, well-constructed and properly implemented laws are also essential. “It is deeply troubling that, despite all the problems facing the wide range of groups I have mentioned, the legal system in practice remains inert in redressing discrimination and violent acts motivated by intolerance,” she said.Ms. Pillay’s mission included a visit to the Transnistrian region, where she held meetings with the de facto authorities on issues concerning violations of minimum international standards relating to conditions in places of detention, as well as persistent allegations of arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment in custody.She noted that the work of her office (OHCHR) with de facto authorities on human rights issues does not amount to their legitimisation. 4 November 2011It is vital for authorities in Moldova to ensure an independent judiciary, tackle discrimination and protect the rights of minorities as it works to strengthen democracy, the United Nations human rights chief said today. read more



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Loonie climbs against weak US dollar as Fed chair candidate bows out

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 16, 2013 8:45 am MDT Loonie climbs against weak U.S. dollar as Fed chair candidate bows out of race AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar climbed Monday as the U.S. dollar weakened on news that one of the top candidates to lead the Federal Reserve has withdrawn from the race.The Canadian dollar was stronger, up 0.20 of a cent to 96.85 cents US.Economist Lawrence Summers had long been perceived as an opponent to the Fed’s aggressive bond-buying program, which has helped push down interest rates to spur lending and jump-start economic growth following the financial and economic crisis five years ago. The program, dubbed quantitative easing, has also weakened the dollar and boosted stock markets.Summers’ withdrawal to succeed current Fed chairman Ben Bernanke means Janet Yellen, a Fed vice-chair and supporter of the stimulus program, may be next in line for the top job. The other choices, including Bernanke himself, are all considered dovish in nature.Nevertheless, there may be big changes afoot at the U.S. central bank, as seven of the 12 voting members could potentially change.“It is very much external elements that are driving (the loonie) modestly higher,” said Paul Ferley, assistant chief economist at the Royal Bank of Canada.Ferley said Summers is perceived to have an aggressive stance on U.S. monetary policy.“That move is being reversed now so we’re seeing a bit of a weakening in the U.S. dollar, and less prospects that interest rates will go up and, with that, Canada is benefiting and appreciating modestly.”The Canadian dollar was under pressure last week as worries over Syria eased and commodity prices have waned.On Monday, United Nations inspectors said it had “clear and convincing evidence”‘ that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in an attack last month in Syria that killed hundreds of people.The findings represent the first official confirmation by scientific experts that chemical weapons have been used in Syria’s civil war, but the report left the key question of who launched the attack unanswered.The rebels and their U.S. and western supporters have said the government of President Bashar Assad was behind the Aug. 21 attack, while Damascus and its closest ally, Russia, blame the rebels.Meanwhile, commodities were mixed as the October crude contract dipped $1.62 to US$106.59 a barrel. December gold bullion saw an uptick of $9.20 to US$1,317.80 an ounce. December copper was up two cents at US$3.22 a pound.In economic news, U.S. factories increased output in August by the most in eight months, helped by a robust month at auto plants. The gains are a hopeful sign that manufacturing could help boost economic growth in the second half of the year.Manufacturing production rose 0.7 per cent last month from July — the biggest increase since December. It followed a 0.4 per cent decline in July.Factory output is the largest component of industrial production. The strong gain adds to other signs that manufacturing could be rebounding from a weak start this year. read more



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The Brewers Pitcher Switcheroo May Be Coming Soon To A Game Near

The Milwaukee Brewers challenged traditional position labels all season. They’ve helped push bullpenning forward in the postseason. They’ve been the most forward-thinking club this October in part out of necessity, entering the playoffs with one of the weaker starting rotations in the field.But they’ve never been more radical than they were early in Wednesday afternoon’s Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell stepped out of the visiting dugout at Dodger Stadium and pulled left-handed Brewers starter Wade Miley after he had faced only one Los Angeles batter, the left-handed-hitting Cody Bellinger. Miley was replaced by right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who has limited right-handed batters to a .199 average over the course of his career. It was a premeditated plan, something of a surprise attack, against one of the heaviest platoon teams in the league. While the short-term results did not work in the Brewers’ favor — the Dodgers won 5-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the series — the strategy’s long-term ramifications could be far-reaching. In a season of openers and bullpenning, managers might now have to think more deeply about how much they want to bet on that day’s listed opposing starting pitcher working deep into the game. (Especially if that listed starting pitcher isn’t an ace.) Platoon-heavy lineups are more vulnerable. And game-planning might become more complicated as starting pitcher designations become increasingly less relevant.“Look, they’re trying to get matchups, we’re trying to get matchups,” Counsell said after the game. “They’re a very tough team to get matchups against.”When he takes the mound Friday as the Game 6 starter, Miley will become the first pitcher to start consecutive postseason games since 1930, according to MLB.“It’s not my job to question it. We’re trying to get to the World Series,” Miley told reporters. “This is the strategic side of it. I was in. Everybody bought in.”The Brewers have thrown 75⅔ innings this postseason, but only 26⅔ (35 percent) have been logged by their starting pitchers, distressing traditionalists. Milwaukee’s upside-down approach became extreme Wednesday.It is baseball tradition that teams announce their starting pitching assignments days in advance, even in the playoffs. (Imagine an NFL team announcing its personnel plans in advance of a game.) And because the starting pitcher is typically expected to absorb the lion’s share of innings in any particular game — well, at least until this season of “the opener” — opposing managers often try to create as many favorable matchups as possible within their lineup cards.What has become a common part of daily game-planning — trying to gain platoon advantage against a starting pitcher — might be in jeopardy, particularly in high-stakes games.Because of the angle pitches travel toward home plate and the way pitches break, batters tend to perform better against opposite-handed pitchers. That is, right-handed batters typically perform better against left-handed pitchers and vice versa, gaining what’s known as a platoon advantage. The Dodgers ranked ninth out of 30 Major League teams in platoon advantage, owning it in 57.3 percent of plate appearances.Consider how differently the Dodgers constructed their lineups in this series based on the handedness of the opposing starting pitcher. In Game 3 against right-handed Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin, Dodger manager Dave Roberts penciled in Yasmani Grandal, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig as right-handed-pitching mashers. They were replaced in the lineup Wednesday against the left-handed Miley with David Freese, Chris Taylor and Austin Barnes.The Dodgers were weaker this season facing left-handed pitching than right-handed pitching. They produced .324 on-base and .409 slugging marks against left-handed starters with 101 weighted runs created plus1Weighted runs created plus, or wRC+, adjusts for park and league scoring environments. A mark of 100 is league average. compared with .337 on-base and .458 slugging marks against righties with a 117 wRC+, which ranked second in the game .By starting a left-hander, the Brewers were able to keep some of the Dodgers’ strongest bats against right-handed pitchers out of the game temporarily — though Puig and Pederson eventually entered and combined for four at-bats.Moreover, against the left-handed Miley, the Dodgers featured a weaker defensive lineup. Max Muncy switched from first (where he most often plays) to second base to accommodate Freese at first, forcing Enrique Hernandez from second base to right field, where he replaced Puig. Puig is credited with 24 defensive runs saved over the past two years in right field, ranking second only to Boston’s Mookie Betts.The Dodgers responded with a number of in-game substitutions.In the top of the fourth, Pederson replaced Freese and went to left field. Bellinger switched from center to right, Muncy moved from second to first, and Taylor moved from left to center. Hernandez switched from right to second before he was replaced by a pinch-hitting Puig in the sixth inning, sending Bellinger back to center and Taylor to second. After Brian Dozier pinch-hit for Pederson in the seventh, he took over second, and Taylor went back to left field.Ultimately, Dodger lefty Clayton Kershaw pitched so well — one run allowed over seven innings — and the Dodgers did enough damage off Woodruff (three runs, two earned in 5⅓ innings) that the plan did not yield a win. But in a season of radical strategies, Milwaukee’s move could have a lasting impact. The Brewers are rethinking everything — and baseball just might follow.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more



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Theresa May to send out fleet of ad vans amid claims her

first_imgMrs May’s key aides – Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy – have also been reportedly “at loggerheads” over the strategy with Ms Hill blaming Mr Timothy for including it in the manifesto.The Daily Telegraph has been told that Mr Timothy is now rarely seen at party headquarters, from where Ms Hill is running the party’s communications campaign with Sir Lynton Crosby, the election strategist who mastermined the party’s 2015 victory. One source said: “Fi comes to central office but he [Nick Timothy] doesn’t.” Labour Party leader Jeremy CorbynCredit:Jonathan Brady/P Meanwhile a poster campaign is being launched today by the country’s biggest trade union bearing the message that the Conservative party is “no friend of the North”.Unite is targeting cities in the north of England with billboards, where the Tories have to make large inroads to deliver the landslide promised by polls at the start of the campaign.The Unite campaign describes the Tories as the party of the “leafy shires and the lucky few”.Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “The Tories are not and never will be the friends of the North.” Nick Timothy Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley Fiona Hill  After weeks of stressing the value of Mrs May’s leaderships, the Tories are expected to make more use of their frontbench team over coming days with Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary,  Amber Rudd, the homes secretary, and David Davis, the Brexit secretary pushed to the fore.Sir Michael Fallon, a Cabinet minister, said the talk of division among Mrs May’s top advisers was “rubbish” and blamed “Westminster tittle-tattle about various Westminster figures”.Friends of Mr Timothy and Ms Hill denied a rift. One said: “The two of them are as thick as thieves. The idea that there is any split – it is just not true.” One Tory source said the cash would not be hard to raise from wealthy donors because “the prospect of Corbyn is so horrific they will help us out. There will be a final push”.As well as the ad vans, the party is planning to spend heavily on social media messages which appear on voters’ mobile phones, rather than traditional billboard advertising.Some donors were initiallly unhappy that the party’s social care plan to force wealthy pensioners to pay more for care in their homes had been poorly explained, and were dubbed the “dementia tax”, sources said. One Tory source said: “The key choice is who do you want at the negotiating table. We can’t have people thinking that there are free votes [for Labour].”There was a boost for the Conservatives on Sunday when the party’s lead over Labour started to widen. YouGov, which on Friday said the Tories were just five per cent ahead of Labour, said the party was now 7 points ahead.The party has already pulled in between £13million and £14million and wants to raise another £2million over the remaining 10 days to order to hit its spending limit. Michael Fallon  Fiona Hill  Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister Theresa May Credit:REUTERS/Christian Hartmann Michael Fallon Credit:BBC Prime Minister Theresa May  Our manifesto: Real political insight, free for 30 days.Rely on unrivalled insight and sharp analysis from our stellar team of Westminster insiders.Join the most trusted voice in politics. Follow Election 2017 with Telegraph Premium.Start your no obligation, 30 day free trial today. Mrs May will attempt to stress the importance of Brexit talks when she appears in her first live election debate on Channel Four and Sky News tonight. [mon]Mrs May will answer questions posed by former  BBC Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman and a live studio audience after her Labour rival Jeremy Corbyn, giving her the chance to have the final word.The ad vans, which have messages down the side, will revive memories of Mrs May’s “go home” vans which she sent out with message to illegal immigrants when she was Home secretary. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Theresa May is to send out a fleet of ‘ad vans’ to reinforce her Brexit messageamid claims of a split among her most senior aides.The Tory leader is considering dispatching the advertising vans around the country as the part of a final push to convince voters she is best placed to negotiate Britain’s exit from the European Union.Tory strategists are hoping that switching the focus to the fact that Brexit talks start just 11 days after next Thursday’s general election will concentrate minds among the electorate. Nick Timothy last_img read more



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Ram and McRae launches 2nd edition of Companies Act Handbook

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedState Audits ignored VAT – RamJanuary 31, 2017In “Business”Guyanese to benefit from launching of VAT and Excise Tax Handbook from Ram and McRaeJanuary 30, 2017In “Business”‘STOP THE ABUSE’ – Ram & McRae urges President regarding employment of contract workersFebruary 9, 2016In “Politics” Accountancy firm Ram and McRae on Friday launched the newly-published second edition of its Companies Act Handbook at the Georgetown Club.The new book serves as a practical guide to the Companies Act and is intended to provide Guyanese business owners and managers, as well as their legal advisers, with the practical guidance and templates to properly complete a Memorandum of Incorporation for their business.Speaking at the launch, Managing Partner of Ram and McRae, Christopher Ram noted that the book was long overdue and would help to serve the country and to a larger extent, the legal and accounting professions in a meaningful way.Attorney Christopher Ram and others who assisted with the second edition of Companies Act HandbookHe commended those who helped in the successful completion of the handbook, including seven legal interns who were attached to his company at the time.“It has taken us 11 years to get here; I hope that you will find it worthwhile. We were able to do this because of the tremendous work of a number of young people from the University of Guyana. It is my humble pleasure to say what a wonderful job that they have done,” Ram said.The Companies Act is arguably one of the most important business laws in any country. In Guyana, the principal Act (Companies Act) was passed in 1991, based on similar legislation in countries like Canada and Barbados.It was passed with 140 sections and it was organised in six parts, with each having a number of subdivisions. Since then, the Act has only been amended on six occasions, the last two times being as a result of amendments to the anti-money laundering legislation.With that Act becoming law, Ram and McRae published the first edition of the Companies Act Handbook in December 1998 which was later sold out.The updated version of the handbook went through a much longer review process with lots of starts and stops.Ram said the Companies Act in his view has not been subject to rigorous examination, noting that both Canada and Barbados, countries from which Guyana adopted its principal Act, have both had substantial amendments over the years, something that is lacking here.The Attorney and Chartered Accountant told the launch that he had written a Government agency asking that it put in the legislation for amendment of non-profit organisations and limited liability companies. “I did the drafting and submitted it and I am still waiting for a response. I believe that we can form companies with unlimited guarantees; shareholders are free to choose,” he added.The new handbook has 372 pages compared to 338 in the first edition, and 19 chapters compared to 15 in the first one. There are references to 93 cases compared to just 17 in the last edition. Included also are references to the oil and gas sector, securities legislation and taxation of companies.The Handbook covers topics from company formation to creation in 14 of its chapters, and at the end of each of these, includes a statutory provision section containing restated extracts of the Act itself.In addition to the Companies Act Handbook, Ram and McRae will also be launching three other books, including one that will deal specifically with anti-money laundering later this year.“We at Ram and McRae decided that we will do four books this year and we are on target for doing it. In November, you will have the handbook on the anti-money laundering legislation,” the Attorney disclosed.Earlier this year, the company launched the second edition of its Value Added Tax (VAT) and Excise Tax Handbook. The 12-chapter book contains updated information relating to the VAT Act and the Excise Tax Act, which would be of use to persons desirous of improving their knowledge base within the particular field of law.Moreover, the Handbook has been outfitted with illustrations and new features aimed at making knowledge acquisition of the subject matter user friendly.The outlined illustrations have been reported to include, but are not limited to, differentiations between zero-rated, standard-rated and exempt supplies; calculating VAT where the registered business engages in both taxable and exempt supplies; Mixed Supplies; VAT-inclusive pricing; Tax Invoice; setting up and maintaining the VAT account; the VAT Return; specimen Notice of Appeal; the Objections and Appeals Process and the Application for Refund form. read more



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Dainis Kristopans stays in Presov until 2015

Latvian giant, right back Dainis Kristopans (22, 214 cm) signs new contract with Slovak champion, Tatran from Presov. Ambitious Slovak team wanted to keep talented player and offered him three year deal, which was accepted by Dainis. He will stay in Presov until 2015.photo: EHF Dainis KristopansLatvian handballPresovSlovakiaTatran Presov ← Previous Story Slovenia: Gorenje close to the tile after win in Koper! Next Story → Bulgaria wins IHF / EHF Trophy



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Conor McGregor named as one of Times 100 most influential people

first_img Short URL Conor McGregor named as one of Time’s 100 most influential people McGregor is among some illustrious company on the list. Image: Jason Silva/Zuma Press/PA Images From the first time I met Conor, I knew he wasn’t the type of star you could box into one category. Since I’ve gotten to know him, I can tell you that what you see on the screen—the now familiar face of mixed martial arts—just scratches the surface. By Cormac Fitzgerald Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Conor has a fire in his belly that can’t be quenched with championship belts. There are no brakes that can stop his engine.Other entries on the list were entered under the headings of ‘Titans’, ‘Artists’, ‘Leaders’ and ‘Icons’.Notable people included author Margaret Atwood, Basketball star LeBron James, musician Alicia Keys and Ivanka Trump.Read: UFC boss estimates McGregor will make $75 million from Mayweather fightRead: Artem Lobov: Training with Conor McGregor has left me ready for anyone 11,843 Views Apr 20th 2017, 3:35 PM center_img Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 3:35 PM IRISH MIXED MARTIAL arts fighter Conor McGregor has been named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.The UFC star was listed as a ‘Pioneer’, with movie star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger writing an entry about his influence.The Dublin native shot to fame over the past few years in the UFC. His string of high-profile victories and brash, cocky out-of-ring style cementing his reputation early on as one of the best.He is currently the UFC’s reigning lightweight champion, and may soon fight boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather in a high-profile upcoming bout.Speaking on the entry on Time’s 100 most influential people in the world, Schwarzenegger said:“Conor McGregor is more than a fighter, more than an athlete, more than a champion—although, as the first person in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship to hold titles in two weight divisions at once, he is clearly all of those things.Conor is also the rare personality who has become bigger than his sport. That lean, compact body must struggle to keep his enormous character inside. http://jrnl.ie/3349592 The Dublin native is razor-sharp, disciplined and charismatic. His energy is absolutely contagious, to the point where you almost start shouting in an Irish accent after 30 seconds of hearing that world-famous mouth. Share Tweet Email2 Image: Jason Silva/Zuma Press/PA Images 38 Comments last_img read more



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Fan Creates Playable Version of Breath of the Wilds 2D Prototype

first_img Rhythm Game Spin-Offs We Want After ‘Cadence of Hyrule’Fan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the Wild Stay on target The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is great for many reasons. One of its standout features is how different mechanics react to one another. Shoot a tree with a fire arrow, and it’ll burn. Chop that same tree down, and it’ll topple over, setting anything it touches ablaze. Thanks to these reactive systems, the game encourages players to be creative when approaching its various challenges.To demonstrate how different game elements would interact with each other, the game’s developers created a 2D prototype in the style of the original Legend of Zelda. Though it looks exactly like the NES classic, it had a lot of Breath of the Wild‘s DNA. Anyone who saw footage of this prototype probably wished that they could play the game. Now, thanks to a dedicated fan, people can.As you can see from the video below, Breath of the NES is very much like the Breath of the Wild prototype. It features a day/night cycle, food you can harvest, and more. Using Game Maker Studio, it has taken developer Winter Drake several months of work to get up to this point.Speaking with Kotaku, Winter Drake said that “this project is still in its early stages…I’ll be adding more areas with distinct elements and atmospheres, puzzle elements for dungeons, and lots of ways to creatively kill enemies.”Though this game is inspired by Breath of the Wild and the 2D prototype, it will have its own unique twists.“I don’t feel the need to be bound to BOTW’s exact structure,” said Winter. “For example, one of the original items in the game is a ‘Byoki Berry,’ which the game tells you is poisonous to humans. However, if you drop a Byoki berry near some Octorocks, they’ll flock to it ignoring everything else, allowing you to trap them, kill them, or sneak by. I have a lot of plans for original features in the game, and although I’d like to capture the spirit of BotW and NES Zelda, I’m not restricting myself to be perfectly faithful.”A project like this will no doubt garner the attention of Nintendo, who has in the past swiftly brought an end to such fan-made projects. Winter Drake doesn’t seem to be too worried about this, however.“While I’m going to stay hard working on Breath of the NES for as long as I can, if Nintendo asks me to stop using their IP, I do plan to continue development with my own original characters. I’m having way too much fun creating this world to just give up.”If you want to try Breath of the NES for yourself, make sure to follow this link.last_img read more



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Tim BernersLee still believes the web can be fixed even today

first_imgBut he said he never anticipated how nation-states would use the web to influence elections and public discourse. After the 2016 US presidential election, he realized this was “not just about … junk out there that you should ignore, but things that people believe” that have been “manipulated by some very clever and malicious people,” he told the audience at the Post event. He said it was at that point that he and the World Wide Web Foundation, which he’d created in 2009 to promote Internet accessibility and equality, had to take “a big step back” to “reconsider the web.” How ‘pods’ can helpNow Berners-Lee says he wants to fix the problems ailing the internet, and he launched two major efforts in November to turn the web around. The first is the Contract for the Web, which he says will make the web more trustworthy and less susceptible to some of today’s problems. The other is a new platform called Solid, which gives users control over their data. The web-contract project is meant to bring together governments, tech companies and individual citizens who agree to establish common principles to govern the online world. “You can’t just outlaw fake news. It’s much more complicated,” Berners-Lee said. “The Contract for the Web is about locking in a midcourse correction, a change of momentum, back toward constructivism, back toward science, facts.” He said it’s important for as many people as possible to get involved in this effort, and he urged everyone in the audience and around the world to join the discussion. He used the issue of speech as an example. “When it comes to hate speech and free speech, we know Germany and Texas have different traditions on where to draw the line,” he said.   The Solid project, which he’s developing with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is meant to give people more control over their personal data, which today is being bought and sold without their permission. The idea is to give people “pods” for storing data, which would let them decide where and how their information is used by apps that are separate from the data storage. That means you could control what data from your pods is accessed by services such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, he explained. “You can have a personal pod, you can have a work pod,” Berners-Lee said. It’s through these efforts that he hopes people will be able to take back control of their personal information and once again use the web for what he’d intended: sharing and collaborating for the greater good of humanity.  Tags How Chrome changed web browsers 10 years ago 4 The hyperlinks let people categorize and organize their information any way they liked, and easily share it, too. The creation of the web spawned a global technological revolution and created an entire economy that thousands of companies rely on today. Three decades after the system was proposed, half of the world’s population is now online, and there are close to 2 billion websites. But it was CERN’s decision in 1993 to keep the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or HTTP, free and open that allowed the web to flourish. Berners-Lee described how the Gopher protocol, a competitor to HTTP, declined after the University of Minnesota announced it would charge licensing fees. “I’m still not a gazillionaire,” he said. “But that’s fine, otherwise the web wouldn’t have existed.” Trouble brewing Berners-Lee said he was always aware of the potential problems of the web. After all, he explained, there are bad people walking down the street, and those people, like millions of others, have found their way online. But he said it wasn’t until the advent of social media that these voices became amplified. Still, he said he often preached the importance of thoughtful web consumption, telling people who complained of internet trolls to not “browse the garbage websites.” You can’t just outlaw fake news. It’s much more complicated. Tim Berners-Lee 2:24 Where the web began On March 12, 1989, Berners-Lee, who was working at CERN, a physics laboratory in Switzerland, published “a universal linked information system” to help academics from across the globe run a complicated particle accelerator. Within a few years, the World Wide Web spread far beyond its first intended audience of academics and scientists. Fueled by the advent of the then-novel idea of hyperlinking, and a commitment to keep the protocols underlying the network open and free, people could share information on the internet simply by clicking a link. This idea of a decentralized and permissionless way of sharing information was revolutionary. At the time technologists were still building mainframes to store data. “There were folks who thought everything should go onto their own machines, and they invested a lot of their careers thinking everyone had to do it their way,” Berners-Lee said. “The reason why people didn’t go along with these systems is that they wanted to have their own structure and control.” Comments Share your voice Tim Berners-Lee Mandel Ngan/Getty Images Three decades ago, a young computer scientist named Tim Berners-Lee proposed an internet-based hyperlink system to allow the sharing of information among different computers, forever changing how people communicate and use the net. The idea behind what would become known as the World Wide Web was both simple and lofty, he told an audience Tuesday at an event marking the 30th anniversary of his invention. It was about letting people all over the globe collaborate to solve the world’s problems. “Imagine you have a big problem like climate change or curing cancer, but the pieces are in different people’s brains,” he said at the event, hosted by The Washington Post at its headquarters in DC. “That’s what the goal of the web was: to connect all these people.” But 30 years on, the web has been “hijacked by crooks” who could destroy it, Berners-Lee said. It’s morphed into a platform where disinformation spreads like a contagion, hate foments and personal privacy has been relinquished to the highest bidder looking to make a quick buck. Now, the 63-year-old said, he’s working to fix the online world he helped create. I’m still not a gazillionaire. But that’s fine, otherwise the web wouldn’t have existed. Tim Berners-Lee Now playing: Watch this: Internet Tim Berners-Leelast_img read more



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UK housing Why you should bank on builders Barratt Berkeley and Bellway

first_imgThe Brexit debate over Britains upcoming Stay or Go EU referendum has had some obvious effects in financial markets, not least on sterling, which has weakened markedly against both the US dollar and the euro in recent weeks.A more surprising casualty of the economic uncertainty thrown up by Brexit is the UK housebuilding sector. Why should this be the case, given that this is an exclusively domestically-oriented industry?Housebuilders have been left behind over the last monthWhile the bellwether FTSE 100 stock market index has recovered nearly all of the ground lost between the start of the year and early February, housebuilders like Barratt Development, Berkeley Group and Bellway have struggled. Over the year to date, the FTSE 100 has lost just 1%, while these housebuilders have lost on average 12% (Chart 1).But the long-term is a completely different storyThat is all very short-term. But if we pan out and look at a much longer time frame such as since the year 2000, we get a completely different story.While housebuilders have enjoyed massive highs and suffered crushing lows over time, the last 16 years have seen house builders gain 340% while the FTSE 100 has gone precisely nowhere (Chart 2).Investors worry about a construction slowdownA key negative driving housebuilding shares lower is the worry that the UK construction sector is slowing down.It is true that the recent Market/CIPS survey of activity in the sector revealed slowing growth but activity is still growing, albeit at a slower pace than previously. (Chart 3).On the other hand, house price trends have remained remarkably robust, judging by the most recent readings from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) monthly housing survey.Over the long term, housebuilders have suffered when this RICS survey has pointed lower, but right now the RICS survey is hovering around historic high levels (Chart 4). Which should be very supportive for housebuilders, as they can then achieve better profits on new houses that they build.Housebuilders are cheap and pay high dividendsA key attraction of housebuilders right now is that they are much cheaper than the overall stock market. While the FTSE 100 is valued at a price/earnings ratio of 13.8 times (lower is cheaper, higher is more expensive), all three of Barratt, Bellway and Berkeley Group are valued at well under 10 times according to financial data website stockopedia.com (Chart 5), so much much cheaper than the average UK stock.Secondly, all three Bs in the housebuilding sector offer excellent income potential with high dividend yields with Barratt and Berkeley in particular forecast to pay out income yields from dividends of over 6% in the coming year.Bottom line: the stock market looks to have overreacted to short-term slowdown concerns in housebuilders Barratt, Berkeley and Bellway, giving an excellent potential entry point for the long-term, value-oriented investor. It could be a much better investment than, lets say, a buy-to-let property.last_img read more



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Was Dutch teen rape victim legally euthanised Heres what really happened

first_imgNoa PothovenInstagramA 17-year-old girl from the Netherlands, who was sexually assaulted three times during her childhood, breathed her last a few days ago. The girl died after she refused to eat or drink because of her unbearable psychological suffering and a long struggle with depression.She wanted to end her life earlier and had approached a state authorised clinic in the Netherlands but was refused because of her age.Penning an emotional note on Instagram, Noa Pothiven said that she had completely stopped eating, drinking as she was going through unbearable suffering. She said that she would die within the next ten days.Noa was first assaulted when she was 11 years of age and then when she was 12 at children’s parties. Again, when she was 14, she was raped by two men. She had hidden these incidents from her parents because she was ashamed, The Sun reports. Many reports claimed that the girl was assisted by a physician to end her life but her parents emphasised that she died at home after she refused to eat or drink and she did not end her life through euthanasia. Physician-assisted suicide is granted to those who are medically deemed sick and are “enduring unbearable and unendurable suffering”. She had earlier contacted Life End Clinic in The Hague to talk about life-ending options. She had done this without informing her loved ones.Euthanasia is granted to adults as well as children in certain circumstances.  InstagramNoa wrote in her Instagram post that “Love is letting go.””I deliberated for quite a while whether or not I should share this, but decided to do it anyway…Maybe this comes as a surprise to some, given my posts about hospitalisation, but my plan has been there for a long time and is not impulsive.””I will get straight to the point: within a maximum of 10 days I will die,” wrote Noa.She explained, “I have quit eating and drinking for a while now, and after many discussions and evaluations, it was decided to let me go because my suffering is unbearable.”She then said that she is breathing but is not alive and that no one can change her mind about the decision. During her final days, she was in a hospital bed in her living room because of her anorexia.Last year, her lack of eating led to her organs on the brink of failure and she had to go under a medical induced coma so she could get nutrients through tubes, Noa’s award-winning book – Winning or Learning revealed.The book also said that she had gone to the police last year to report the attacks and hoped the men will be given the justice they deserve one day.last_img read more



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Titan shares glitter on betterthanestimated Q3 results

first_imgShares of Titan Company flared up on the BSE on Wednesday in response to the better-than-expected December quarter (Q3) results. The Titan stock gained as much as 9.66 percent intraday high to hit Rs 431 and was trading at Rs 422 at around 1.15 pm in reaction to higher-than-estimated net profit growth of 13 percent YoY to Rs 256 crore.  Read: Indian gold jewellery demand fell to 7-year low in 2016, says WGCThe company derives about 80 percent of its total revenues from jewellery sales under the brand name Tanishq. In Q3, jewellery business rose 15.4 percent to Rs 3,255 crore from Rs 2,820 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal.”A good festival and wedding season contributed to growth in retail sales…despite some headwinds on account of demonetisation,” the company said in a statement.Income from watches increased 5 percent to Rs 508 crore. Overall income rose 14.7 percent to Rs 3,905 crore in Q3 from Rs 3,404 crore.In the previous quarter (September 2016), Titan had reported a marginal fall in overall income to Rs 2,660 crore while net profit grew 23.5 percent to Rs 181 crore.Share prices of other gold jewellery companies were also trading with gains, with Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (TBZ) up 1.98 percent at Rs 72 and PC Jeweller trading 2.86 percent higher at Rs 389.The BSE Sensex was down 54 points at 28,280.last_img read more



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Flipkart initiates aggressive tech hiring Is it going Amazon way

first_imgFlipkart initiates aggressive tech hiring: Is it going Amazon way?REUTERS/Abhishek N ChinnappaIndia’s homegrown e-commerce giant Flipkart is increasing its headcount in areas of data science and analytics among other specializations.Flipkart has over 700 open positions in technology and related areas including data scientists, UI & UX designers, product solution engineers, tech program managers, software developers, IT infrastructure & service delivery and IT applications, says an Economic Times report.”Flipkart is aggressively hiring in tech functions. Over 4/5th of all current open positions at Flipkart is for technology functions,” Economic Times quotes a spokesperson for Flipkart as saying.”Aggressive tech hiring is part of the company’s ‘AI for India’ programme, which leverages Flipkart’s strengths in tech and data to build scalable AI-powered solutions for the country” the spokesperson added. Flipkart has kept about 50 data sciences positions open.It seems like Flipkart is following the Amazon suit who are reportedly hiring over 1100 people for its Alexa business unit. The company is looking out for Language Engineer to join their Alexa Machine Learning Team.According to a report by Citi Research, the company is hiring more than Google for its technical and product roles across the entire Alphabet group of companies including YouTube and Waymo.As the talks about hiring by Flipkart intensify, it is interesting to note that Flipkart is planning to invest in setting up a 4.5 million sqft state-of-the-art logistics park in Karnataka state which aims to create 20,000 jobs. The logistics park includes the direct recruitment of 5,000 people while 15,000 jobs would be created indirectly.Also, the US retail giant Walmart is now said to be nearing closure of a deal with Flipkart by which the Walmart will acquire a major share in Flipkart through the secondary purchase of shares from existing shareholders apart from making investments through the primary route.last_img read more



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UN urges Myanmar to hold proper probe into atrocities against Rohingya

first_imgA group of Rohingya refugee people walk in the water after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. Reuters file photoMyanmar must hold a “proper investigation” into alleged atrocities against the Rohingya, a UN Security Council envoy said Tuesday, after the highest-level diplomatic visit to an area from which 700,000 members of the Muslim minority have been driven out.Refugees and rights groups say Myanmar’s army and vigilantes systematically raped and murdered civilians and torched villages during “clearance operations” in Rakhine state ostensibly targeting Rohingya militants.That campaign launched last August in the mainly Buddhist nation sparked the exodus of Rohingya into Bangladesh.During the two-day trip to Myanmar, UN delegates travelled to Rakhine and also met both civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who heads an army accused by the UN of “ethnic cleansing”.”In order to have accountability there must be a proper investigation,” Britain’s UN ambassador Karen Pierce told reporters, after envoys had visited the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and also Rakhine.There were two ways to establish a full probe, “one is an ICC (International Criminal Court) referral”, she said. The other was for Myanmar’s government to hold its own comprehensive inquiry.Last month the chief prosecutor for the ICC asked judges to consider whether the court’s jurisdiction extends to Myanmar, which is not a member of the panel.Suu Kyi, pilloried outside her country for failing to speak up for the Rohingya, promised to “undertake a proper investigation” where evidence of atrocities was found, Pierce said.”It doesn’t matter whether it (a probe) is international or domestic, as long as it’s credible,” she added.During his meeting late Monday with the UN envoys, Myanmar’s army chief denied his forces had committed rape and other sexual abuses during the crackdown which he ordered.”The Tatmadaw (army) is always disciplined… and takes action against anyone who breaks the law,” he told the delegates, according to a posting late Monday on his official Facebook page.Rohingya women and girls in Bangladesh have provided consistent accounts of sexual violence — reports verified by conflict monitors — but Min Aung Hlaing said his forces have “no such history of sexual abuse.””It is unacceptable according to the culture and religion of our country,” he said, adding anyone found guilty of crimes would be punished.- Speed up returns -Min Aung Hlaing also repeated the official line that Myanmar was ready to take back those refugees who could be verified as residents, as per a repatriation deal with Bangladesh.Several months after the deal was signed, no refugees have returned. They demand guarantees of safety, the right to return to their original villages and the granting of citizenship.Another UN diplomat warned it would take “two or three years” for the refugees to be repatriated as the current timeframe to implement the deal continues to slip.”There is a need to speed up the process,” said Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi, the Kuwaiti ambassador to the UN, adding conditions must be “safe and dignified” for return.Bangladeshi accuses Myanmar of buying time by pretending to cooperate over repatriation for the benefit of the international community.Myanmar says its neighbour has only handed back 8,000 repatriation forms so far, many of them incomplete, delaying the return process.Myanmar denies the Rohingya citizenship and accompanying rights.Since 2012 it has driven out two-thirds of its roughly 1.5 million Rohingya population.last_img read more



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Straight college students report greater sexual satisfaction than LGB students

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Heterosexual undergraduate students report higher sexual satisfaction than their gay, lesbian and bisexual peers, a survey has shown. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- ‘Minority stress’ refers to disproportionately high levels of stress faced by stigmatized minority groups.The researchers also acknowledged the limitations of their study.‘The sample size of the study is quite small, since we focused on college students, so generalizing to larger groups was difficult,’ Ritter and Morris said to PsyPost.‘We would like to see how larger populations of students feel about their sexual satisfaction, and how this changes over time for these students.‘Understanding differences in sexual satisfaction for this population is important, as it can have implications for their relationship outcomes and health behaviors, both during their college years and beyond.’Also on Gay Star News:46% of bi women have been raped in their lifetime, says UN report US researchers Lacey J. Ritter and Hannah R. Morris published their findings in a study entitled Who’s Getting The Best Sex? A Comparison by Sexual Orientation.497 individuals were questioned regarding their sexual orientation, sexual satisfaction, political ideology, religious affiliation, and relationship status, among other factors.Participants rated their sexual satisfaction along a 10 point scale. Lesbian, gay and bisexual participants reported an average score of 7.06 for sexual satisfaction. Heterosexual participant, however, reported an an average of 7.81.The study’s abstract states: ‘Results revealed that sexual minority undergraduates reported lower sexual satisfaction than heterosexual undergraduates.This difference persisted when controlling for sex, race, education, and SES.’Minority stress may affect sexual satisfactionRitter and Morris attributed the lower levels of satisfaction among sexual minorities to ‘minority stress,  including internalized homophobia and sexual identity discrimination experiences’. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Straight college students report greater sexual satisfaction Gay and bisexual students aren’t getting the help they need at college, major study showsStudy reveals different masturbation habits of gay and straight peopleLGBTI’s in the US less likely to have jobs or health insurance – studyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/students-sexual-satisfaction-study/last_img read more



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