Velingkar disbands breakaway unit, to rejoin RSS in Goa

first_imgPanaji: Members of the breakaway faction led by sacked Goa unit RSS chief Subhash Velingkar on Monday unanimously dissolved the rebel unit and announced their collective re-entry into the parent body.Addressing a press conference here , Mr. Velingkar, however said, that their re-entry into the RSS fold did not mean he and the local RSS cadre, had mended bridges with the Goa BJP, and warned BJP leaders not to deviate from the core values and principles of the RSS.Mr. Velingkar also said that all members of the RSS, who had stepped out of the organisation with him, would rejoin the shakhas and continue their work as volunteers of Sangh under the aegis of the Nagpur-based organisation. Message to BJP“The BJP cannot take all RSS rank and file for granted on the matters of ideology, core values and principles, for they know to en mass stand against it and teach BJP a lesson. This is the message which has gone on an all-India level. This is the biggest takeaway from this six-month exercise,” asserted Mr. Velingkar replying to a question about the achievement of the rebellion.RSS publicity division chief Manmohan Vaidya later told presspersons that the re-entry of Mr. Velingkar and other swayamsevaks back into the RSS fold was expected.“This was bound to happen. We had initially said that Mr. Velingkar would join back,” said Mr. Vaidya.Earlier, Mr. Velingkar said that the Goa RSS leaders and volunteers had shown immense respect towards the ideals and teachings of the RSS, despite their exit from the organisation in September last year.Mission complete“When we stepped out of the RSS hierarchy, our objective was to teach the Goa BJP, which was destroying the core of RSS teachings, a lesson in the Assembly elections. We have succeeded in doing that. Our mission in that sense is complete. The BJP leaders should realise that they should never take the RSS for granted,” Mr. Velingkar said.Mr. Velingkar was sacked from the RSS in August last year after he incessantly attacked Defence Minister and former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, and the Goa BJP for “deviating from RSS teachings and betraying the cause of regional languages by declining to stop the government grants to English medium primary schools, most of which are run by Arch Diocese”.After he was sacked, Mr. Velingkar formed a rebel Sangh outfit in September with the backing of thousands of local volunteers as well as several State unit office bearers.In a bid to defeat the BJP, Mr. Velingkar and the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch(BBSM), the movement spearheading the cause of regional languages in primary education, went on to form a regional party — Goa Suraksha Manch — which contested the February 4 elections in alliance with the Shiv Sena, and the MGP, one of Goa’s oldest regional political party, which broke its alliance with BJP just ahead of elections.During his tenure as CM, Mr. Parrikar through a Cabinet decision in 2012, had allowed continuation of State financial grants to English medium primary schools as against RSS and BJP’s direct participation in the BBSM agitation in the run up to the 2012 Assembly elections, opposing grants to English schools granted by the previous Congress government.Mr. Velingkar, who is also the convenor of the BBSM had responded by accusing Mr. Parrikar and the State unit BJP of betrayal and had unleashed a stringent public campaign across the State which led to his eventual ouster as state RSS chief and the appointment of Laxman Behare as his replacement.On Monday, Mr. Velingkar insisted that their stand over opposition to English medium primary school grants and involvement in BBSM movement and GSM as political party will continue. When asked what was the hurry to merge with the RSS ahead of election results as their own party, the GSM, is in the fray, Mr. Kiran Nayak, vice-president of GSM and senior member of Velingkar group recalled their earlier announcement that they would merge on February4. However,it was delayed because some time was needed to convince everyone for a collective and unanimous decision.“To work as RSS we don’t need to wait for results of the election. We are sure BJP will be defeated. Imagine if we were to join after the results and on the background of BJP defeat, we would have been accused of being selfish and opportunists,” said Mr. Nayak.“The Sangh constitution is such that RSS members can join any party. Only he cannot be an office bearer in the Sangh if he joins a party,” Mr. Vaidya said over the issue of continuation of the Velingkar-led Sangh members in the political outfit.last_img read more

‘Braid chopping’ protests spread in Kashmir Valley

first_imgThe authorities closed all educational institutions in the Kashmir Valley on Thursday as protests over alleged braid chopping incidents spread in the Kashmir Valley. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti pledged to “unravel the motive behind these acts”.Educational institutes will remain closed onr Friday, too, “as a precautionary measure”, said the order issued by the office of the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir.students held demonstrations on the the Kashmir University and the Central University of Kashmir campuses over the incidents.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said, “These incidents are aimed at creating mass hysteria and undermining the dignity of the women in the State.” She said the government will “unravel the motives behind these attacks”.Suspected militants hurled a grenade outside a beauty parlour in Pulwama, which damaged the window panes. The police said militants lobbed the grenade near the Rajpora Chowk. “A girl suffered minor injuries in the attack,” said the police.Ceasefire violationMeanwhile, an Army jawan and a civilian porter were killed in Pakistani firing at forward areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.last_img read more

ScienceShot: What’s the Deepest a Fish Can Swim?

first_imgOcean-going fish can’t live any deeper than 8200 meters, according to a new study. All fish have their limits—you’ll never find sharks below 4 kilometers, for example—but why there aren’t any fish at all below 8 kilometers remains a mystery. Now, a team of biologists say the threshold is set by two competing effects of trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), a chemical in fish cells that prevents proteins from collapsing under high pressure. While fish should need more and more TMAO to survive ever greater depths, higher concentrations of the compound also draw in more and more seawater through osmosis, the process by which cells regulate their water content. In the deepest waters, high TMAO levels reverse osmosis pressure, swelling brain cells to the point that they stop working and, in principle, bursting red blood cells open. (The team says they’re still working on how other marine creatures like anemones and bacteria avoid such gruesome fates at the most extreme depths, but they suspect those organisms produce more efficient protein boosters than fish can.) To test that claim, the team looked 7000 meters down in the Kermadec Trench north of New Zealand. There, they captured five Notoliparis kermadecensis snailfish (pictured above alongside a brittle star, Ophiura loveni), whose record TMAO levels and osmosis pressures matched projections the researchers made based on shallower dwelling fish. Extrapolating the new results just a bit further, they find osmosis should reverse itself at a depth of 8200 meters—right about where fish no longer swim the sea.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Ind vs WI: India aim to end Kensington losing streak

first_imgWith a 1-0 series lead on their mind, a confident India take on a demoralised West Indies in the second cricket Test here on Tuesday, hoping to break a 58-year winless streak at the Kensington Oval.All-conquering Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has made little secret of his desire to win at a venue where India has lost five successive Tests since 1971.The Indians have in fact never won at the venue since it first played host to them in 1953, losing seven while drawing a game here and that draw came way back in 1971.Dhoni walked in with his troops at the Kensington Oval on a greyish Sunday afternoon and spent longer time with them in the nets than he usually does.He also made a departure from his usual practice of not inspecting the pitch and almost shared a conclave on the 22-yard strip with Harbhajan Singh and two selectors presently in the Caribbean ?- Narendra Hirwani and Surendra Bhave.The Kensington Oval has tested the technique of Indian batsmen — indeed of any visiting batsman — over the years and the mention of just a few legends, Wes Hall and Charlie Griffith, Malcolm Marshall and Joel Garner, has sent shivers down their spine.However, that’s time bygone and today the hosts lack the firepower almost to the same degree as the visitors are oozing confidence.West Indies are aware they let go a splendid chance in Sabina Park last week and that the Indians are only going to get better from now on.advertisementA troubled West Indies have thus sought the services of cricket’s best-known psychologist Rudi Webster who, over the next five days, would try to get them out of a defeatist mindset.”It’s happened too often. We have lost critical moments of play for too long now,” West Indian skipper Darren Sammy had lamented after the first Test which India won by 63 runs.Webster needs a good hose-pipe of wit and wisdom to wash the hosts off their sins of omission this season.It must be ominous to the West Indies that the Indians are not too happy with the way they won at Sabina Park.Dhoni said on Saturday his team was getting anxious when the last-wicket West Indian pair had entrenched itself in the middle on the fourth afternoon.The Indians didn’t find their skills or concentration up to the mark and indeed chose the free fifth day of the Jamaica Test to practice on the centre pitch.West Indies are unlikely to tamper with their pace attack and the only change from the first game ought to be the induction of Marlon Samuels even as game-changer Chris Gayle continues to cool his heels in the stands due to his feud with the Cricket Board.The Jamaican showed glimpses of his fine touch in the one-day series and would lap up this moment of career resumption.Samuels played his first Test in three years against Pakistan this season and promptly hit a half-century. He has a decent average of over 43 against India from three Tests, including a century.India too may make a change and medium-pacer Munaf Patel could be included in place of leg-spinner Amit Mishra. Munaf Patel also seems to have recovered from his elbow injury as he bowled during nets on Sunday.Munaf hasn’t played in Tests for over two years but he has been an important cog in India’s wheels this season and deserves a promotion on a pitch as juicy as the Kensington Oval suggests itself to be.A few awaiting landmarks could also fire up the Indians.Harbhajan Singh needs just four wickets to reach 400-wicket mark; Ishant Sharma requires four for his 100 Test wickets; VVS Laxman needs 85 for complete 8000 Test runs while Dhoni 59 for his 3000 Test runs.Squads:West Indies: Darren Sammy (capt), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh (wk), Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons, Kirk Edwards.India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c), VVS Laxman, Subramaniam Badrinath, Rahul Dravid, Harbhajan Singh, Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Abhimanyu Mithun, Abhinav Mukund, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel, Parthiv Patel, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma, Murali VijayMatch to start at 7.30 p.m Indian Standard Time (IST).- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

IPL spot-fixing: Sourav Ganguly joins Mudgal committee probe

first_imgGanguly specially flew down to New Delhi to attend the proceedings as the full committee met for the first timeFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday joined the investigations of Supreme Court appointed committee headed by Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal to probe into allegations of betting and spot-fixing in the sixth edition of IPL.Ganguly specially flew down to New Delhi to attend the proceedings as the full committee met for the first time.”Yes, Sourav joined the investigations today (Wednesday). It was the first time after his appointment that we met in person. The meeting took place at my office and I would like to think that discussions were indeed very fruitful. We had already sent the relevant documents that Sourav would have required to study before our meeting. He came well prepared. Beyond that I am not in a position to divulge anymore information. From now on any meeting of the committee will be held in my office,” Justice Mudgal revealed.Other members in the committee are Additional Solicitor General L Nageswara Rao, senior advocate Niloy Datta and senior IPS officer BB Mishra.last_img read more

Former Test umpire Darrell Hair guilty of stealing from employer

first_imgFormer Test cricket umpire Darrell Hair has been handed an 18-month good behaviour bond by an Australian court after pleading guilty to charges of embezzling and stealing money from a liquor store where he worked, local media reported on Tuesday.The 65-year-old, who famously no-balled Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing in a 1995 Test, avoided a conviction after paying back the A$ 9,005.75 ($7,034.39) and writing letters of apology to his employers.Hair, who stood in 78 Tests from 1992 to 2008, said in a written submission to Orange Local Court that he had been struggling with gambling addiction, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.As well as the Muralitharan row, Hair was one of the umpires who sanctioned Pakistan for ball tampering in the fourth Test against England at the Oval in 2006, leading to the tourists refusing to play and the match being awarded to the hosts.Hair was removed from the Test panel in the wake of the incident but restored two years later after dropping a racial discrimination suit against the International Cricket Council (ICC).last_img read more

Video: Watch TCU RB Aaron Green Do LeBron James’ Powder Toss During A Snowstorm

first_imgAaron Green does LeBron-style powder toss with snow.It’s surprisingly snowing quite hard in Fort Worth, Texas, this afternoon. TCU running back Aaron Green is using the rare snowfall to channel one of his favorite athletes – LeBron James. Standing on the Horned Frogs’ campus, Green did the Cleveland Cavaliers’ star’s famed pre-game powder toss, using a snowball in place of the chalk. Check it out:  Well done, Aaron. TCU opens its season Sept. 3 against Minnesota in Minneapolis.last_img

Cataloochee Escape

first_imgWe’ve found the ideal winter getaway combo—days spent challenging snow covered hills on skis and snowboards and nights snuggled up by the fire in a cozy cabin at an adjacent dude ranch.At one time Cataloochee Ski Area and Cataloochee Ranch were under the same ownership, but the family who continues to own the ranch concentrates now on welcoming lodging guests while the ski slopes are under different management. The two work closely together, however, to make sure everyone has a great mountaintop experience in Maggie Valley, N.C.Getting Ready for the Season Beginning November 1 Cataloochee Ski Area staff are primed to begin snowmaking as soon as the temperature dips low enough. Check out the schedule for when the slopes will be open for the 2013-2014 season here.  If you’re just starting out, they can set you up with lessons. And get this: those beginner lessons are free every non-holiday Monday through Thursday if you rent your equipment there.A Little Piece of HeavenAfter a day on the slopes, head next door to Cataloochee Ranch to warm up by the fire and recharge your batteries. A hearty dinner and breakfast are included in your stay. We predict you’ll want to kiss the cook when you chow down on homemade favorites. Lunch is offered as well, but you’ll need to pay as you go for this meal.The original owners of the ranch, Tom and Judy Alexander, converted a stone and log cattle barn into the main ranch house where they raised their family. Today, the ranch is in the hands of second and third generations of the family and the six bedrooms in the rustic ranch house provide cozy comfort to visitors. There are also 12 rental cabins on this 900+ acre property as well as the Silverbell Lodge, perfect for groups who want to travel together. It can hold up to 24 people.Mix and Mingle While you can retreat into the comfort of your cabin without any disturbance from the outside world, you can also enjoy feeling like you’re part of the Cataloochee Ranch family. You might be seated at dinner next to one of the family members or enjoy getting to know guests from other parts of the country. They have a social hour before dinner, and even offer live entertainment on select evenings. If the crowd is lively enough, watch for them to slide back sofas to create a dance floor.Rev up the next morning with a big breakfast—platters of bacon, eggs, homemade biscuits and jellies, grits, oatmeal and more—and hit the slopes again. Perfect getaway, right? Yes, we think so too.Cataloochee Ranch, 119 Ranch Drive, Maggie Valley, N.C. 28751 | 800-868-1401  info@cataloocheeranch.comCataloochee Ski Area, 1080 Ski Lodge Road, Maggie Valley, N.C. 28751 | 800-768-0285  ski2@cataloochee.com 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Best Small-Space Furniture for Living Tiny The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing last_img read more

Spanish Maritime Services Firm Joins DP World

first_imgzoom Dubai-based terminal operator DP World has, through its subsidiary P&O Maritime, acquired the Spanish maritime services company Remolques y Servicios Maritimos (Reyser).Reyser has long-term agreements in 10 ports in Spain and contracts with 2 international liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals at Saint John, New Brunswick in Canada and Point Fortin in Trinidad and Tobago.The company’s services include harbour towage, mooring, bunkering, diving and environmental support.It owns 151 vessels, including 20 tug boats, 53 mooring boats, 5 bunkering vessels and 73 ships conducting environmental work.“We are delighted to make this acquisition which underlines the further development of the group’s maritime services business,” Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO, said.“This is all part of our broader strategy to grow complementary sectors in the global supply chain such as industrial parks, freezones and logistics supported by new technologies adding value for all our stakeholders,” Bin Sulayem added.last_img read more

Tourism Sessions Around Province

first_imgTourism operators and others have an opportunity to help shape the future of Nova Scotia’s tourism industry through a series of meetings this fall. The Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage and the Nova Scotia Tourism Partnership Council are hosting another round of Let’s Talk Tourism sessions across the province. A number of sessions are usually held each year. “Provincial government and the tourism industry have a long and successful history of working in partnership to increase our revenues and grow our economy,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “Let’s Talk Tourism is one of the many ways in which we work with our industry partners, providing information and listening to concerns and suggestions.” During the sessions, participants will get an update on progress with the tourism plan, New Realities, New Directions launched in December 2006, and share their thoughts on how to continue implementing it in 2008. “The Tourism Partnership Council is extremely pleased to help host discussions among industry members and department staff about local tourism issues and ideas,” said council chair Chris Millier. “It’s an excellent forum for our industry members to contribute to a more strategic approach to meeting long-term challenges and seizing opportunities in tourism.” The dates, times and locations of meetings are: Thursday, Sept. 13, 2-5 p.m.White Point Beach Resort, White Point Monday, Sept. 24, 2-5 p.m. Pier 21, Halifax Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1-4 p.m.Grand Pré Historic Site, Grand Pré Thursday, Sept. 27, 5-7 p.m.Rodd Grand Hotel, Yarmouth Thursday, Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Glooscape Heritage Centre, Truro Thursday, Oct. 4, 2-5 p.m.Claymore Conference Centre, Antigonish Friday, Oct. 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Inverary Resort, Baddeck Registration for sessions is not required. For more information, contact annaneb@gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

Alzheimers Awareness at Local Libraries

first_imgNova Scotians living with Alzheimer’s disease and their families are benefitting from a partnership between the Nova Scotia Public Libraries and the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. January has been Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in Canada. It provides an opportunity to highlight the work of the province and Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia to provide greater access to materials and resources for persons living with dementia. “Dementia or Alzheimer’s can affect the whole family, a family’s support system and community,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “As Nova Scotians age, it is more important than ever that trusted information on dementia be accessible through our public libraries.” This 10-year partnership began with the society donating 17 books to each of the nine regional locations. Information is now available in several libraries and in various formats including, books, magazine, DVDs and online resources. “As Alzheimer Awareness Month wraps up and we celebrate our 10-year partnership, we look forward to the day when the cause and a cure are found,” said Mr. Wilson. Dr. Wenda MacDonald of the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia said: “We are privileged to have partners like the Nova Scotia Public Libraries to help us provide education, information and support as well as help for today and hope for tomorrow.” More than 15,000 Nova Scotians are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, and that is expected to double by 2038. Symptoms include loss of memory, judgment and reasoning, and changes in mood, behaviour and communication abilities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. For more information, visit a community library or online at http://publiclibraries.ns.ca .last_img read more

Aboriginal groups pull out of premiers meeting AFN official

first_imgEDMONTON – An Ontario chief says three national Indigenous groups have told Alberta Premier Rachel Notley they won’t be at a meeting with the premiers next week in Edmonton.Isadore Day, Ontario chief with the Assembly of First Nations, says he supports the decision by leaders of the Assembly of First Nations, the Metis National Council and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami not to attend the meeting on Monday, the day before the premiers hold their own talks.“Our participation needs to be meaningful,” Day said Friday. “Talk is cheap.”The leaders of the three groups have scheduled a news conference for Monday morning in Toronto, saying they “expect full inclusion in intergovernmental tables.”Day said holding separate talks for Indigenous leaders “doesn’t meet the test of reconciliation.”Notley’s spokeswoman, Cheryl Oates, said officials are continuing to talk with aboriginal groups about their attendance.“We would like them to come,” she said. “We’ll keep working to encourage them to come.”Five national aboriginal groups were originally scheduled to attend the meeting. The Native Women’s Association of Canada and the Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly of Canada have not signalled whether they will be there.Day said Indigenous leaders are prepared to push harder if the provinces and territories don’t demonstrate a willingness to change their position on the meetings.“We are in troubled waters right now,” he said.last_img read more

Common Joins AdoptAClassroomorg And Burlington Stores To Support Teachers And Students

first_imgAdoptAClassroom.org, the award-winning national non-profit organization that helps teachers and students get the materials they need to learn and achieve in the classroom, is proud to announce its inaugural partnership with the national off-price retailer, Burlington Stores.COMMON Joins AdoptAClassroom.org and Their Partner Burlington Stores to Support Teachers and Students NationwideThe two have combined forces this back-to-school season to launch a national point-of-sale campaign in all 599 Burlington stores nationwide to raise funds for classrooms in need across the country. Joining their efforts is Oscar winning actor and musical artist Common and his mother, a 35-year educator and Chicago Board of Education member, Dr. Mahalia Hines. Together, with their relentless passion and activism for education, the mother-and-son duo have worked with hundreds of students in Chicago to provide opportunities, resources and tools to help them become future leaders.Ninety-one percent of K-12 teachers purchase classroom supplies out of their own pockets, spending on average $600 of their own money each year, with nearly twenty percent of teachers spending more than $1,000 annually. As a result of this campaign, Burlington hopes the funds raised will lessen this burden on teachers and help provide them with the support and classroom resources they need to do their job and make a real impact with students.The fundraising effort launched July 9th at all 599 Burlington stores across the country, encouraging customers to donate $1 or more at checkout to support AdoptAClassroom.org. The back-to-school campaign will run through August 19, 2017. All funds raised will be disbursed to teachers this fall in communities where Burlington operates stores. Additionally, for each new store Burlington opens across the country this fall and next spring, they will adopt all teachers in a school within close proximity to the new store. This is yet another demonstration of Burlington’s on-going commitment to giving back where their associates and customers live and work.Today, Common joined AdoptAClassroom.org and Burlington Stores to announce a surprise donation of $10,000 to adopt the Renaissance School of the Arts in Harlem, New York. Each teacher will receive funding from AdoptAClassroom.org towards school supplies such as Chromebooks, calculators, book sets and science kits, amongst a multitude of other items, so that their students have access to what they need to learn and prosper in the upcoming school year.“Growing up, I watched how my Mother cared for her students, both as an educator and outside of the classroom. I realized very early just how important it is to have an adult in your corner, and for many kids that adult is often a teacher,” said Common. “I’m proud to support AdoptAClassroom.org and their partnership with Burlington to help provide classroom supplies to teachers and students in need.”“At Burlington Stores, giving back is a part of our culture as a caring company and we know the importance of supporting teachers and their students. This back to school season, we are excited to partner with AdoptAClassroom.org to be able to provide the necessary funding so that teachers can get the supplies they need for their students to succeed,” said President, CEO and Chairman of Burlington Stores, Tom Kingsbury.“We are thankful to Burlington and their millions of customers and thousands of associates nationwide for their support to help us further our mission. This initiative will help to fill the resource gap in classrooms across the country,” said Executive Director of AdoptAClassroom.org, Ann Ness. “We look forward to getting even more classroom materials into the hands of students through this meaningful partnership.”We encourage customers to shop Burlington for all their back-to-school needs this summer and donate $1 or more at checkout now until August 19th to help support teachers and their students locally and nationwide.For more information visit BurlingtonStores.com or AdoptAClassroom.org.last_img read more

UN campaign warns migrants about dangers of crossing Gulf of Aden

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is distributing colourful leaflets containing drawings and text printed in Somali and in three Ethiopian dialects throughout Somalia’s Puntland region, while radio spots have been broadcast since October.The advocacy campaign, which is currently being extended to South/Central Somalia and Ethiopia, also informs asylum-seekers coming from nearby countries that they can seek asylum directly in Somalia. In addition, it asks host communities to treat migrants humanely. So far this year, more than 1,400 people – or one out of every 20 – died in the Gulf of Aden, killed by smugglers or drowned at sea, while over 28,300 people made it ashore on 300 boats, UNHCR announced yesterday. This includes over 150 who lost their lives just this past weekend, UNHCR spokesperson Astrid van Genderen Stort told reporters in Geneva, noting that “once again, the Gulf of Aden has taken its toll.” Along with the campaign, the agency has stepped up its work in Yemen over the past year under a $7 million operation. It is also planning to expand its presence along the remote, 300-kilometre Yemeni coastline with the opening of two additional field offices next year. 19 December 2007With more than 1,400 people having lost their lives this year while illegally crossing the Gulf of Aden, the United Nations refugee agency has started a new campaign in the Horn of Africa to highlight the dangers of making the perilous voyage to Yemen. read more

House passes bill that could exempt trillions in foreign derivatives trades from

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House passed legislation Wednesday that would exempt the trading of derivatives from federal oversight if it occurs outside the United States.A bipartisan group of lawmakers supported the carve-out on a 301-124 vote.Supporters say the exemption is necessary to allow U.S. firms to remain competitive in foreign markets. But opponents say the regulations outside the U.S. tend to be weaker and the exemption would put the broader financial system at risk.Derivatives are investments whose value is based on some other investment, such as oil and currencies. The market was largely unregulated around the globe before the 2008 financial crisis and contributed to the meltdown.The legislation’s prospects in the Senate are uncertain. The White House has signalled it would veto the legislation.Opponents said its passage could pressure regulators to take a more lenient approach in writing rules for oversight of foreign derivatives trading.The White House said in a statement Tuesday that House passage of the bill “would be premature and disruptive” to the regulators’ ongoing efforts to write the rules.The legislation’s primary authors were House Republicans, who opposed the 2010 financial overhaul legislation, but many Democrats endorsed it. A key thrust of the 2010 overhaul was to put new regulatory reins over derivatives, traded in a $700 trillion global market that has largely escaped supervision until now.Derivatives are often used to protect an investor against future price fluctuations of an underlying commodity or security. But they also are used by financial firms to make speculative bets, and they have grown increasingly complex and risky.Five of the biggest U.S. banks — JPMorgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and Morgan Stanley — account for more than 90 per cent of total derivatives contracts. A large proportion of derivatives are traded outside the U.S., estimated by regulators at around 40 per cent to 45 per cent of the total.The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has proposed putting under its supervision all derivatives trading, including trading overseas. But the Securities and Exchange Commission has taken a narrower approach, allowing overseas derivatives trades to escape U.S. regulation if the country in which they occur has a rules system that is roughly equivalent to that of the U.S.The bill would require the two agencies to issue a joint rule. And trading in the nine biggest foreign markets for derivatives would be exempt from U.S. regulation.That would “drag that activity back into the shadows,” said Rep. Maxine Waters of California, the senior Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, in debate before the vote.“We’ll be put in the position of bailing out failed institutions all over again,” Waters said. “We shouldn’t have to rely on foreign regulators to protect us.”Opponents pointed to the $182 billion federal bailout of American International Group Inc. at the height of the financial crisis — the largest for any company. AIG nearly collapsed because of its massive derivatives bets on the housing market. It has since repaid the bailout.The new legislation would undermine the 2010 financial overhaul and “create a loophole big enough to drive an AIG truck through,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat.But a supporter, Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, said the bill would “bring some certainty to a very uncertain process.”Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, the Financial Services panel’s chairman, said the nine countries where trading would be exempt from U.S. regulation have systems of rules for derivatives that are closely equivalent to the U.S.Having certainty in the rules would help companies that use derivatives to hedge against risks, Hensarling said, naming Coors, Southwest Airlines and John Deere as examples. That would help economic growth and jobs, he said. by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2013 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email House passes bill that could exempt trillions in foreign derivatives trades from US regulation read more

Syria UN cultural agency chief deplores rising violence damage to World Heritage

“Irina Bokova calls upon the perpetrators to cease the destruction immediately and urges all the parties to the conflict to take the necessary measures to ensure the safeguarding of this World Heritage site along with all of Syria’s cultural property,” the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a statement today citing its Director-General. Ms. Bokova also reminded all parties involved in the conflict of their legal obligations under the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, to which Syria is a signatory and which enjoins High Contracting Parties, to refrain from any act of hostility directed against cultural property. The UN agency added that it stands prepared to cooperate with all parties concerned in deploying “all possible efforts” to protect Syria’s cultural monuments to the extent allowed by the volatile security situation. The Crac des Chevaliers, which Ms. Bokova has called, along with the other damaged castle, Qal’at Salah El-Din, “outstanding examples” of the region’s fortified architecture developed starting in the 11th century, is among six sites in Syria recently inscribed to the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger. ‹ › Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at El-Din. Photo: UNESCO/Silvan Rehfeld< UNESCO said the inscriptions demonstrated the serious concern of the international community over the threats facing the heritage of the country during the current civil strife and turmoil. “The danger listing is intended to mobilize all possible support for the safeguarding of these properties, which are recognized by the international community as being of outstanding universal value for humanity as a whole,” the UN agency had said in a statement. Members of the World Heritage Committee “urged all parties associated with the situation in Syria to refrain from any action that would cause further damage to cultural heritage of the country and to fulfil their obligations under international law by taking all possible measures to protect such heritage.” In an earlier statement, Ms. Bokova had said that “destroying the inheritance of the past, which is the legacy for future generations, serves no purpose except that of deepening hatred and despair and it further weakens the foundations for cohesion of Syrian society.” Crac des Chevaliers and Qal'at El-Din. Photo: UNESCO/Silvan Rehfeld< Crac des Chevaliers and Qal'at El-Din. Photo: UNESCO/Jean-Pierre Heim Crac des Chevaliers and Qal'at El-Din. Photo: UNESCO/Silvan Rehfeld read more

Baleines le Japon demande un mandat darrêt international contre lun de leurs

first_imgBaleines : le Japon demande un mandat d’arrêt international contre l’un de leurs protecteursJapon – Le Japon va transmettre à Interpol une demande de mandat d’arrêt international à l’encontre du Canadien Paul Watson, fondateur de l’organisation Sea Shepherd. Ce dernier est accusé d’avoir entravé, en février dernier, des opérations de pêche menées par la flotte baleinière japonaise.Fondateur de l’association de défense de l’environnement Sea Shepherd, Paul Watson est le capitaine du Steve Irwin, l’un des navires utilisés par l’association pour gêner les baleiniers. Accusé d’avoir orchestré en février dernier une agression contre la flotte nippone en Antarctique, M. Watson aurait, d’après le Japon, ordonné le lancement de “produits chimiques” contre l’un des baleiniers. Lors de cette action, un marin japonais aurait été blessé.À lire aussiUn satellite destiné à faire pleuvoir des météores sur commande va être envoyé dans l’espaceLe Japon a alors décidé de transmettre une demande de mandat d’arrêt international à Interpol contre Paul Watson. D’après la chaîne de télévision publique NHK, les garde-côtes ont déjà obtenu un mandat d’arrêt à Tokyo et souhaitent désormais qu’Interpol le mette en application. “Nous ne devons pas laisser ces affaires en suspens. Peu importe qu’ils soient pour ou contre la pêche à la baleine, ce qu’ils ont fait est un crime”, estime Hirotaka Akamatsu, le ministre japonais de l’Agriculture.L’association Sea Shepherd dément fermement avoir lancé des produits chimiques contre un baleinier, assurant qu’il ne s’agissait que de beurre rance, utilisé en guise de bombe puante. Au cours de cette action, un trimaran de l’association a coulé après une collision avec un baleinier. Furieux, le capitaine du bateau naufragé, Peter Bethune, s’était introduit en pleine nuit à bord du baleinier pour protester. Le militant est aujourd’hui détenu au Japon, inculpé pour coups et blessures.Paul Watson se bat depuis des années contre la pêche à la baleine, menée par le Japon sous couvert de la recherche scientifique. Pour lui, aucun doute n’est permis : “Le mandat est juste entièrement politique”.Le 5 mai 2010 à 18:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Grippe des souris protégées des virus grâce à une thérapie génique

first_imgGrippe : des souris protégées des virus grâce à une thérapie géniqueUne étude récemment publiée montre comment une thérapie génique a permis de protéger des souris contre différents virus de la grippe responsables de pandémie.Alors que certains virus de la grippe, notamment celui de la grippe aviaire, continue de faire des victimes chaque année, des chercheurs pourraient avoir trouvé une piste intéressante pour s’en protéger. Une piste qui fait appel à la thérapie génique. En effet, grâce à une dose de virus adéno-associé, des rongeurs ont été immunisés contre une infection grippale.  D’après l’étude parue dans la revue Science Translational Medicine, une seule dose aurait suffi pour protéger totalement les souris et furets contre les virus H5N1 et H1N1, pourtant hautement pathogène et responsables de grippe mortelle. Les rongeurs ont même été immunisés contre la grippe espagnole (qui a causé la mort de 50 millions de personnes en 1918).Un virus pour protéger l’organismeComme l’expliquent les auteurs de l’étude menée au département de pathologie de la faculté de médecine de l’Université de Pennsylvanie, les virus adéno-associés, utilisés pour transférer des gènes sont non pathogènes et existeraient naturellement chez les humains et les primates. Ils sont donc extrêmement intéressants et prometteurs dans la protection des humains contre les virus grippaux. Une fois dans le corps, ceux-ci seraient capables d’activer un anticorps neutralisant les souches de virus grippaux. “Ce qui est nouveau dans cette approche c’est l’utilisation d’un virus adéno-associé pour acheminer aisément et efficacement un vaccin prophylactique dans les voies nasales” ajoute Maria Lambris, professeur adjoint à la faculté de médecine de l’Université de Pennsylvanie.”Les anticorps sont utilisés depuis longtemps contre le cancer et pour le traitement des maladies auto-immunes mais peu pour combattre des maladies infectieuses” rappelle-t-elle. De fait, “cette nouvelle technique permet de développer un vaccin prophylactique contre la grippe à moindre coût, facile à administrer et dont la fabrication est rapide”.De nouvelles perspectives de traitement À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Ces expériences “démontrent l’efficacité chez des animaux de cette approche, qui pourrait être utilisée pour combattre tout virus pandémique ou agent de bio-terrorisme pour lesquels des anticorps existent et qui peuvent être facilement isolés” souligne le Dr James Wilson, directeur du programme de thérapie génique de l’Université de Pennsylvanie cité par l’AFP.Reste maintenant à poursuivre les recherches sur l’animal puis sur l’homme. “Poursuivre le développement de cette technique génique est devenu encore plus urgent avec l’émergence récente en Chine du virus H7N9 (de la grippe aviaire) qui est mortel chez les humains”, précise-t-il. Mais cette recherche pourrait également ouvrir des voies dans le traitement d’autres maladies infectieuses virales.Le 31 mai 2013 à 18:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Steven Gerrard wants to sign a few more players

first_imgEven after making 10 signings this summer, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard wants “a few” more players, saying “this will be a different team from last year”.The coach say he wants to sign another centre-half during this transfer window to bolster his team’s defence, although he had already signed Connor Goldson from Brighton and Nikola Katic from Croatian side Slaven Belupo.Rangers have had a bid of £200k rejected for Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty, however, Gerrard has refused to be drawn on their interest in the player.“We have tried to add players who are hungry, the idea was to have two quality players in each position,” said Gerrard, according to Sky Sports.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“It’s no secret we are still looking to add a few pieces to the jigsaw. This will be a different team from last year.“I can’t speak on last season but the mentality of my players will be there and we will have winners on the pitch and winners on the bench.“We don’t just want numbers, we want quality. We know our targets and who we will go after.”last_img read more