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Protests against Ratnagiri refinery to gain steam

first_imgMumbai: People in the Konkan region are up in arms at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between State-owned oil companies IOCL, BPCL and HPCL and Saudi Aramco to develop and build an integrated refinery and petrochemical complex, the Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd.The residents see the move as a betrayal by the government, coming as it does barely a month after Industries Minister Subhash Desai’s assurance in the Assembly that the project will not be implemented against the local people’s wishes. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis too had accepted that locals were against the project and had said the government will not proceed without their consent.Satyajit Chavan, Convener, Committee for Opposing Destructive Projects in Konkan, said, “The government has double standards and now stands exposed in front of the people of Konkan. The people have repeatedly voiced their opposition to the project, and despite this, the government is going ahead with it.”The committee, along with other local residents, had opposed the measurement of land to be acquired for the project. Violent clashes between the villagers and police administration a few months ago had resulted in suspension of the exercise in many villages.“It appears as though successive governments are hell-bent on destroying the natural wealth and beauty of Konkan,” said Mr Chavan. “The earlier government brought in the Jaitapur nuclear power project and now this government is set to force this oil refinery on us.” The protest, he said, will only gain momentum here on.All political parties, including the ruling Shiv Sena, have extended support to local residents. Recently, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had met Mr. Fadnavis along with villagers, carrying letters written by them opposing the project. The Opposition Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena too have announced that they oppose bringing in the project despite the resistance from local residents.last_img read more

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Better smelling beer, thanks to fruit flies

first_imgThe next time you see a fruit fly hovering around your pint of beer, don’t swat it—appreciate it. You’re witnessing a unique relationship between yeast and insect. A new study reveals that the single-celled organisms have evolved to secrete a fruity scent that attracts fruit flies, which they hitch a ride on for greener pastures. The findings may also explain the sweet aroma of some craft beers.Like many scientific discoveries, the new work was the product of a happy accident. Kevin Verstrepen, a geneticist at KU Leuven in Belgium, was working with two types of yeast: a normal strain and another with a mutation in a gene called ATF1 that causes the cells to produce fewer odors during fermentation. “Nobody really knew what was happening until I was lazy enough to leave the lab on a Friday with these yeast left out on the bench,” he says. By coincidence, a group of fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) chose that weekend to escape from a neighboring genetics lab. When Verstrepen returned to work on Monday, he discovered that the insects had found their way into the smelly yeast culture but had ignored the mutant colony.To probe further, Verstrepen and colleagues set up an enclosed “arena” and pumped ATF1 aromas, which are either fruity, flowery, or solventlike, into one corner. Another corner received a dose of odors from the ATF1-deficient yeast. The remaining two corners emitted odorless streams of air to serve as controls. As expected, the flies congregated almost exclusively in the corner emitting the fragrant odors of yeast with intact ATF1 genes. Analyses of the insects’ brains revealed that the neurons in flies exposed to smelly yeast responded in an entirely different way from those exposed to odorless air or the scent of ATF1-deficient yeast strain, the researchers report online today in Cell Reports.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(*)It makes sense that the fruit flies would evolve to be attracted to yeast odors, Verstrepen says. After all, these odors smell like the insects’ favorite food: rotting fruit. But what’s in it for the yeast?Verstrepen thinks he has the answer. Additional experiments by his group revealed that yeast cells were capable of sticking to the tiny hairs on the fruit flies’ appendages. Every time a fly found a new fruit, it brought the yeast along with it. Moreover, the scientists discovered that the yeast were more likely to emit their fly-attracting odors when their populations were growing rapidly, suggesting that the aromas were an evolutionary adaptation that prevents a yeast colony from becoming overcrowded. “When [yeast is] feeding on a piece of banana the population is growing exponentially. So maybe it makes sense for a few of them to go somewhere else,” Verstrepen says. The yeast may also be tricking the flies into playing matchmaker for them. As the insects move from one rotting fruit to another, they transport members of one yeast colony to the next, helping the microbes breed and reproduce with distant, genetically different strains.“[The study] has added proof to the idea that the yeast produce these [aromatic molecules] to attract insects—the compounds are not just waste products,” says Paul Becher, a chemical ecologist at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, who was not involved in the study. Verstrepen expects that an improved understanding of yeast-insect communication could lead to several new applications including safer fly traps and improved pesticides. In the midst of the honey bee decline, there’s also the question of pollination. “Could these perhaps help to attract pollinators?” he wonders. But the primary application will likely be the one that Verstrepen jokingly says is “most urgent for humanity”: “to generate superior industrial yeasts that produce better beers and wines.”last_img read more

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Kolkata to host India-Pakistan match on March 19

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England to host West Indies in day-night Test next year

first_imgEngland will become the third country to host a day-night Test match when they meet West Indies in Birmingham next August.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and hosts Warwickshire County Cricket Club said in a joint statement on Thursday that the first Test of the series would be held under lights, probably with a 1400 local time start.”It’s a great opportunity to attract more fans to the game and see how staging Test cricket in the afternoon and evening fits with working patterns and modern lifestyles,” said ECB chief executive Tom Harrison.”We think it can help attract different fans and families to Test cricket.”A pink ball will be used during the August 17-21 match at Edgbaston and players will wear traditional test clothing. As part of their preparations, West Indies are to play Derbyshire under lights with a pink ball from August 11-13.Australia’s day-night Test against New Zealand in Adelaide last year was the first under lights. Pakistan will entertain West Indies in another in Dubai next week.last_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Chechen fans’ special gift on birthday cheers up Salah

first_imgEgypt forward Mohamed Salah had a forgettable 26th birthday on Friday as his team lost to Uruguay 1-0 in their World Cup opener, but a group of fans from Chechnya brought a smile to his face with a 100kg cake decorated with a golden boot.Salah, who scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season, injured shoulder ligaments in the Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid on May 26 and was not risked in Egypt’s 1-0 Group A loss to Uruguay in Yekaterinburg.Happy birthday @MoSalah , the real celebration will be after winning on Russia next game pic.twitter.com/E4Nkv6nQSUahmed Samirovich (@SaMiroVich33) June 16, 2018Egypt’s talisman, who is expected to play in their remaining group games with Russia and Saudi Arabia, was presented with the two-tier cake in the colours of the national flag on the team’s arrival at their training base of Grozny early on Saturday.Salah smiled and hugged his team mates as they sang ‘Happy Birthday’ in English and Arabic before blowing out the candles and heading to his room.Egypt take on hosts Russia in St Petersburg on Tuesday.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt Says Michigan State Is The Best Program In College Football

first_imgJoel Klatt get interviewed on The Herd claiming that Michigan Stat is the best program in college football.Michigan State Joel Klatt Best ProgramOhio State is the reigning national champion, and Alabama is the hands-down most successful college football program over the past decade. But according to Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt, Michigan State is the best program in college football right now. Klatt joined Colin Cowherd Thursday and told listeners that he voted the Spartans No. 1 in the country because he thinks they’ve “earned” it. He also praised the job that head coach Mark Dantonio has done in East Lansing.We imagine that this won’t go over very well in Columbus, Tuscaloosa, and a few other big college football towns.Michigan State has certainly had a stellar run, posting a 24-3 run over the last two years. But the Spartans might need to win a national title before others start to agree with Klatt.last_img read more

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NCC holds bi-annual conference in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: The two-day bi-annual conference of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) was held at its headquarters in New Delhi from 2nd May to 3rd May. Additional Directors General and Deputy Directors General representing NCC Directorates from all the states in the country attended the conference. Whilst inaugurating the conference Lt Gen Rajeev Chopra, AVSM, Director General, National Cadet Corps highlighted the efforts made in the past six months to improve the training, infrastructure and logistic functions of the organisation. Major issues discussed in the conference included early fructification of ongoing expansion plan of NCC as per Government directives to meet the aspirations of our youth. The Director General reiterated that NCC is fully committed to the cause of motivating Young Indians to become responsible citizens of the country. The Director General emphasised that resurgent India should be our prime focus and NCC should also consciously contribute towards social awareness and community development programmes. He also stressed the need of institutionalized training to be the main focus of all Directorates. He appreciated the contribution of all units towards Swachhta Abhiyan and also towards spreading awareness towards digital economy.last_img read more

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Grey divorce wreaks financial havoc on seniors

TORONTO — When Deborah O’Connor was 50, her marriage died.At the time, she didn’t realize her decision to leave the unhappy relationship was going to result in what she estimates to be a $150,000 legal battle still being fought five years later.“It did me in,” said O’Connor, a University of British Columbia professor who studies the effects of divorce on baby boomers and seniors.According to Statistics Canada, “grey divorce” has been steadily growing among those 55 and over, with rates expected to increase as more people continue to age.While marriage remains the predominant family structure in Canada, it only represents 67% of Canadian families, down from 70.5% a decade ago — and 91.6% in 1961, before the advent of the Divorce Act, Statistics Canada reported Wednesday in its latest batch of 2011 census data.[np-related]And for the first time, the number of common-law families in Canada outstripped the number of single-parent families in 2011, another sign of the declining popularity of matrimony.As baby boomers — their children grown and moved out of the family home — reach the retirement-age threshold, divorces among couples 65 years old and older are becoming more and more common, according to Statistics Canada numbers that pre-date Wednesday’s census release.In 2008, there were 1,237 divorces among women 65 and older, 2,486 among men of that age and 852 divorces where both partners were over the age of 65, the agency’s figures show.O’Connor said it’s no longer just men who are leaving their wives, perhaps for a younger woman. In the past few years, she said she’s heard more cases of older women exiting their long-term marriages by choice.These “silver separations” usually occur after the children have left the family home, and the women decide they have enough financial independence to go too.What doesn’t always become apparent right away is that divorces are a costly decision, especially in the senior years.“Financially, it is devastating,” said O’Connor. “Emotionally, it is way better off for these women.”Women leave for myriad reasons, including unhappy marriages, emotional or physical abuse, or a simple desire to end their partnership, she said. It’s a difficult adjustment period as women deal with their own aging process while also re-thinking how they pictured their retirement years.Susan Eng of the national seniors advocacy group, CARP, said women have the most to lose in any kind of separation.“This is going to be an issue for women more than it is for men,” Eng said.“Still, in this generation, we still have quite a lot of women who are stay-at-home mothers. When they divorce for all the same reasons as other people divorce, they don’t have the same things to fall back on as perhaps younger people who are still working.”Eng said divorce and money remain sensitive topics among seniors. In recent years, her office has been seeing an increase in calls from divorcees, unsure of how they’re going to make financial ends meet now that they’re alone.“In society there’s a presumption that after a certain age, these things don’t happen,” she said. “It’s like thinking about sexuality after a certain age, or dating.”She said she tells these seniors the truth, even if it may be hard for some to hear.“(I say) ’If you were barely making it before, you’re going to definitely suffer a blow to your standard of living.”’ said Eng. “There is reality to that. There really is no good way of sugar-coating that.”Tina Di Vito with the Bank of Montreal said there’s no way for seniors to anticipate a divorce, but there are steps that can be taken to prepare for financial independence if it happened.One of those steps should be understanding and taking control of your finances.“Upon divorce, there’s going to be a division of property. Assets are divided, which could include things like the home, and could include Registered Savings Plan assets,” said Di Vito, who is head of the bank’s Retirement Institute.“Pensions like CPP (Canadian Pension Plan) credits are eligible for splitting upon marriage dissolution. There are also entitlements to pension company plans, regardless of the age you are.”One of the added difficulties of divorce later in life is that seniors are usually on a fixed income, with little opportunity for financial growth because they’re no longer working.“Reduced assets means that there is less time to rebuild those assets. Whereas if you were younger, in your 30s or 40s and you’re involved in a divorce and division of assets, there is still some time left to rebuild those assets,” she said.“In later life, that becomes a little more difficult, specifically if you have a retirement date in mind.”Di Vito recommends clients look at their married lifestyle and re-evaluate how they’re newly-single lifestyle will look like.“The home that they are in right now may no longer be affordable. The lifestyle may no longer be affordable,” she said. “So it’s important to manage budgets and expenses quite thoroughly. Understand where your money is going, where your money is coming from.”Certified financial planner Debbie Hartzman said she often hears from older clients clueless about their financial situations.“One partner has been quite financially savvy, and the other partner not so much,” she said. “Upon separation, the spouse that wasn’t as savvy, has no idea how to unravel the situation.”Recently one of Hartzman’s clients, a woman who had been married for 35 years, found out her husband was filing a divorce.“Her husband came home on a Monday and said ’I don’t love you anymore. I’m leaving,’ ” said Hartzman, a member of the Financial Advisors Association of Canada with a private practice in Kingston, Ont., that specializes in divorce and income planning.The couple had only $2,000 left to pay on their matrimonial home but then he dropped a bomb on her: he had secretly used their joint line of credit and bought a new home for himself.“She panicked. I told her, ’Don’t panic,”’ said Hartzman.Eventually, her client took the news as a wake-up call.It’s advice that many seniors should heed if they want financial protection during a divorce, said Hartzman.“You have to be able to advocate for it,” she said. “You have to understand where the equity is and understand the value of the assets to be on the same playing field. (You have to) be able to fight for it.” read more

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TransCanada plans 160M natural gas pipeline expansion to meet rising demand in

CALGARY — TransCanada Corp. announced plans to expand its Canadian Mainline pipeline in southern Ontario as it reported an improved second-quarter profit compared with a year ago.The company says it plans to spend $160 million in increase capacity of the natural gas pipeline. The project will add compression and associated facilities to transport an additional 80 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.“This expansion will help ensure Ontario customers receive the natural gas they need over the long-term and meet growing market demand in Atlantic Canada,” said Karl Johannson, TransCanada’s executive vice president and president, Canada and Mexico natural gas pipelines and energy.Meanwhile, TransCanada said it earned $881 million attributable to common shareholders or $1.01 per diluted share for the quarter ended June 30.That compared with a profit of $365 million or 52 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Revenue for the quarter totalled nearly $3.22 billion, up from $2.75 billion a year ago.Total’s refusal to pay bills new twist in Big Oil’s exit from oilsandsCenovus’s earnings rebound after massive acquisition impresses investors — but not analystsCEO Russ Girling said the improvement was due to the acquisition of the Columbia Pipeline Group last year, strong performance in its pipelines businesses and higher earnings from Bruce Power.On Thursday, the company launched an open season for additional commitments for the transportation of crude oil on the Keystone pipeline system, according to a statement. The open season will close on Sept. 28.The Keystone system, including the Keystone and Keystone XL pipelines, moves oil from Hardisty, Alberta, to markets in Cushing, Oklahoma, then onto the U.S. Gulf Coast.While the original Keystone is already operating, the controversial Keystone XL was delayed for years before being rejected by the administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama.In May, TransCanada’s chief executive said lower oil prices and alternative export routes were complicating negotiations for shipper commitments on the XL pipeline project. He said the company did not have a firm deadline for concluding those talks.In March, President Donald Trump’s administration approved Keystone XL. The expansion increases the capacity of the current Keystone system from Canada’s oil-producing Alberta province to the Gulf of Mexico.The Canadian Press with files from Thomson Reuters 2017 read more

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SMMT celebrates new 63plate with UKs bestsellers

To celebrate the arrival of the new 63-plate, SMMT has curated an exhibition at its Westminster headquarters, showcasing a number of the UK’s best-selling new cars of 2013 so far. The Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Nissan Qashqai included in the exhibition all occupy a top 10 position in the 2013 new car sales league table.The introduction of the new ’63’ registration is expected to continue the success seen by the 13-plate so far this year. Since March, 1,115,459 cars have been registered on a 13-plate, outselling the past nine registration plates. This reflects the continuing strength of the UK new car market, which has grown for 17 consecutive months.It is expected that approximately 390,000 new cars will be sold in September, when the 63-plate first comes into use. This equates to a spend of approximately £6 billion by motorists in the first 30 days of the plate’s term.Featured in SMMT’s exhibit to celebrate the introduction of the 63-plate is the UK’s best selling car, the Ford Fiesta, with 72,129 units registered from January to July 2013. Also included in the exhibit is the Fiesta’s closest class-rival and third-best-selling car overall, the Vauxhall Corsa, which registered 51,135 in the first seven months of the year.The UK’s most popular crossover, the Nissan Qashqai, with 31,424 units registered, completes the exhibition.Click through to find out more about the upcoming 63-plate.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Whos who in the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges Turnip Toff set

Unsuprisingly, it is not easy to break in to the Norfolk massive. Most have been friends since they were old enough to join the West Norfolk Foxhounds; bonding at teen reeling parties and gap year travels. Many of the Cambridge’s generation returned… One thing is for certain, rumours of a rift between the Duchess of Cambridge and the Marchioness of Cholmondeley will have displeased the Norfolk dinner party circuit – there is nothing the so-called ‘Turnip Toffs’ dread more than being expected to take side between two local dynasties. Indeed, 80,000 of the county’s 1.3 million acres belong to estates such as Houghton and Holkham, owned by families who have been loyal to the crown for generations. read more

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Berlin to host the 2014 EHF Cup Finals

The European Handball Federation announced today that Berlin will be hosting the EHF Cup Finals 2014, by the EHF Cup participating team, Fuchse Berlin. The event is scheduled for the 17th and 18th of May 2014. Six further bids have been rejected.The first final four in the EHF Cup was played in Nantes last year. Rhein-Neckar Lowen won the first EHF Cup Final Four. BerlinEHFehf cup finals 2014european handbal federationFuchse BerlinNantesRhein Neckar Lowen ← Previous Story SG Flensburg wins in Denmark – THW Kiel beat Wisla Plock! Next Story → SERBIA 2013: TOP 15 stars in battle for the world crown! read more

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MVM Veszprem put on silence Jane Sandanski in Skopje

MVM Veszprem Hungarian MVM Veszprem are close to the EHF CL Final 4 in Cologne. Xavi Sabate guys made an important step toward Lanxess Arena by beating RK Vardar 29:26 in SKopje!RK Vardar – MVM Veszprem 26:29 (9:12)SkopjeSpectators – 6000RK VARDAR:  Šterbik six saves, Gorbok 3/5, Toskić 1/2, Dibirov 6(3)/10, Brumen 1/2, Dujshebaev 4/7, Cindrić 1/4, Shishkarev 3/4, Maqueda 0/2, Stoilov 0/2, Manaskov 1/1, Karačić 6/8MVM VESZPREM:  Alilović 13 saves, Mikler three saves, Nagy 2/5, Ilić 9(5)/13, Ugalde 5/6, Palmarsson 7/8, Terzić 0/1, Slišković 1/2, Sulić 4/4, Marguč 1/1RESULT:  2:0 (4.) 3:4 (10.) 7:6 (18.) 7:12 (26.) 8:12 (29.) 16:16 (38.) 18:23 (46.) 22:24 (52.) 24:25 (55.) 25:28 (58.)MoM: Momir Ilić (Veszprem) ← Previous Story PSG Handball to pack for Cologne Next Story → Kiel with +5 to Blaugrana read more

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Abducted by a dictator Spains stolen babies

first_img Saturday 25 Feb 2017, 8:05 AM A FORMER DOCTOR will stand trial in Madrid for allegedly stealing a newborn from her mother and giving her to another woman, a practice thought to have affected thousands of families during Spain’s dictatorship.In a court document obtained by on Tuesday, a judge gave the green light for the trial of Eduardo Vela to go ahead — the first in the dock over the “stolen babies” scandal that shook Spain when it eventually came to light in 2010.The practice is thought to have begun after Francisco Franco came to power in 1939 following Spain’s civil war pitting Republicans against Nationalists loyal to the general.Doctors and nurses would reportedly steal babies from parents deemed politically dangerous to the dictator or born out-of-wedlock, and give them to families in favour of the regime.The practice was gradually extended to include the theft of newborns from poor families for adoptive parents in Spain and abroad.Vela is suspected of having taken part in the 1969 theft of Ines Madrigal, now in her late forties, who accuses him of having forged her birth certificate so that her adoptive mother appeared as her biological parent.Her adoptive mother, who has since passed away, had allegedly later confessed to Madrigal that she worked as a volunteer in a convent and a priest had put her in contact with Vela who gave her the baby.A date has yet to be set for the trial of the former gynaecologist, who is now elderly and faces charges of child abduction and falsifying official documents.Angel Casero of the Onwards Stolen Babies association that campaigns on the issue welcomed news of the trial.“It’s really important as this paves the way for more cases and for people to realise that what we’re telling them is the truth,” he told AFP.Estimates of the number of children who were allegedly taken from their parents vary from thousands to several hundreds of thousands.New mothers were often told their babies had died within hours of birth and the hospital had taken care of their burials.Victims have filed official complaints, but the judicial process has been slow in a country that has yet to fully come to terms with its civil war and Franco’s subsequent dictatorship.© – AFP 2017Read: Gas-packed truck speeding wrong way down Barcelona motorway stopped by police gunfire >Read: Spain might move its clocks back in a bid to end long working days > 19,490 Views http://jrnl.ie/3252670 Feb 25th 2017, 8:05 AM Share Tweet Email Short URL Abducted by a dictator – Spain’s ‘stolen babies’ Thousands upon thousands of infants were taken during Franco’s dictatorship. Image: AP/Press Association Images 24 Comments By AFP Image: AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Mike Pence visit to Ireland to be brought forward to Monday

first_img Short URL US Vice President Mike Pence. By Cormac Fitzgerald Updated Aug 30th 2019, 3:29 PM US VICE PRESIDENT Mike Pence’s visit to Ireland has been brought forward to Monday.A government spokesperson confirmed this afternoon that Pence would be meeting the Taoiseach on Tuesday.  The US Vice President was due to arrive in Ireland in a week’s time for the visit, which was announced earlier this month.Earlier, an official with knowledge of the planning said it was very likely that Pence would now arrive in Ireland on Monday instead for the two-day visit, departing Wednesday morning. That has now been confirmed. The reason for the change of plans is that Pence is taking US president Donald Trump’s place at World War II anniversary commemorations in Poland, after the president said he needed to remain in the US to deal with the approaching Hurricane Dorian.“To ensure that all resources of the federal government are focused on the arriving storm, I have decided to send our vice president, Mike Pence, to Poland this weekend in my place,” Trump said last night.Pence will attend the ceremony on Sunday, and as he will be in Europe anyway, will travel onto Ireland afterwards, arriving on Monday. It is believed that Pence will arrive in Shannon on Monday evening and stay overnight in Trump Doonbeg – the golf resort owned by Donald Trump, where the president stayed earlier this year. Pence will then travel to Dublin on Tuesday where he will meet with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, before staying another night in Doonbeg and departing on Wednesday. US Vice President Mike Pence. Image: CNP/SIPA USA/PA Images 54 Comments Mike Pence visit to Ireland to be brought forward to Monday Pence was due to arrive in Ireland next Friday, but his plans have changed. Share15 Tweet Email1 center_img Image: CNP/SIPA USA/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4789304 Friday 30 Aug 2019, 3:29 PM 24,590 Views Aug 30th 2019, 2:53 PM last_img read more

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Labor unions ratchet up pressure on Greek government

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece will experience a series of strikes as unions step up their action against the government’s austerity policies.The coalition was given a taste on Wednesday of what might lie ahead when members of the Communist Party-affiliated union, PAME, took over Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis’s office. The protest was in response to comments Vroutsis had made about the social security system.Riot police were deployed to remove the protesters and 35 people were taken into custody. PAME denied the government’s claims that Labor Ministry offices were damaged during the protest and KKE leader Aleka Papariga returned from a visit to farmers demonstrating in Thessaly to demand the release of those detained. SYRIZA also called for their release.Government sources suggested that the incident was prompted by KKE’s bid to take a more active stance after seeing SYRIZA try to adopt a more moderate position on Greece’s economic policies.There will be no buses or trolley buses in Athens on Thursday, while the Proastiakos suburban railway and trains on the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) network will also be out of action. The metro will stop at Doukissis Plakentias station as the rest of the line to Athens International Airport is operated by OSE.The capital’s metro, electric railway and tram will run normally as workers on these fixed-track modes of transport were issued with civil mobilization orders last week. The nine-day strike on the metro and stoppages on the electric railway and tram cost transport authorities about 6 million euro in lost ticket revenues.The Public Power Corporation (PPC) workers’ union, GENOP-DEI, has called a 24-hour strike for Thursday in support of transport employees.Hospitals and healthcare centers will be operating on skeleton staffs today as doctors and nurses walk off the job to protest shortages and poor working conditions. Unions claim that there is a lack of 6,000 extra doctors and another 20,000 hospital staff.The civil servants’ union, ADEDY, has lent its support to the strike and has called on members to walk off the job from noon until the end of the early shift.A 48-hour strike by the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation also begins on Thursday. The sailors are protesting a change to the law that would allow ferry firms to employee less staff for sailings between November 1 and March 31.Source: Katheriminilast_img read more

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Zidane thinks Ronaldo will be staying

first_imgReal Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane admitted he is a sceptic when it comes to Ronaldo’s departure from the Los Blancos – something the Portuguese himself hinted at shortly after they won the Champions League.Real won the title for the third time in a row now – a complete domination in the football world on the European continent.However, it seems now this is not enough for everyone from the club, and most notoriously the main stars – Ronaldo recently said his future at the club is not certain.“We’ll be thinking about now, and thinking about tonight’s game, and the achievement of tonight. Focussing only on that, then we will see,” Zidane said, according to 101 Great Goals.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Cristiano Ronaldo has to stay at Real Madrid.”“Cristiano Ronaldo will stay with Real Madrid, but we have to see.”“I think he is a Real player and we cannot describe what he has done in his career.”last_img read more

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Thursday is World Diabetes Day

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThursday is World Diabetes Day and the Turks and Caicos Diabetic Association wishes to remind the public to ‘step out’ in their World Diabetes shirts on Thursday to support the day. As the organization continues its mission throughout the month to promote diabetes awareness and wellness within the community, the Association will also be having a walkathon this Saturday starting at the Children’s Park in the Lower Bight. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigns

first_imgI could not have asked for a better deputy than @SHSanders45 – she will be a fantastic @PressSec and serve @POTUS & @WhiteHouse very well— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) July 21, 2017″I’m humbled by this honor, and grateful to the President for his confidence in me,” Sanders said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to working with our new Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci. I have great appreciation and respect for Sean Spicer, who has been more than a colleague, but a true friend and mentor. We’ve had a tremendous first six months, and I’m excited about the opportunity to continue promoting the President’s agenda to Make America Great Again.”Scaramucci said his goal is to help connect the American people to the president in a more efficient manner.”I think there’s been, at times, a disconnect between the way we see the president and how much we love the president and the way some of you perhaps see the president. I certainly see the American people probably see the president the way I do, but we want to get that message out there,” he said.Last month, three CNN investigative journalists resigned over a retracted Trump/Russia story that attempted to connect Scaramucci to a $10 billion Russian investment fund.  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigns , Posted: July 21, 2017 July 21, 2017 WASHINGTON D.C. (KUSI) — White House Press Secretary resigned Friday after the president named Anthony Scaramucci its new communications director.According to CNN, Spicer’s resignation came after Scaramucci accepted the position, a move Spicer adamantly opposed. He also resigned despite President Trump’s request that he remain in the position.”I am grateful for Sean’s work on behalf of my administration and the American people. I wish him continued success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities, just look at his great television ratings,” President Trump said in a statement released by the White House. “It has been a tremendous honor to serve as the Trump Administration’s first Press Secretary,” Spicer said. “In just six months, President Trump and his staff have done great work to advance the interests of the American people, both at home and abroad. President Trump’s unwavering commitment to making America great again will no doubt ensure that these successes continue in the coming months and year.”Anthony Scaramucci is a 53-year-old, Long Island native, a self-made billionaire with a Harvard Law Degree and is the co-founder of the global investment firm “Skybridge.”He has an estimated net worth of $1.5 billion, but it wasn’t always that way.Scaramucci calls his family background a “classic Italian immigrant story.” He had a middle-class upbringing, his father was a laborer for 42 years.He is also a Trump campaign fundraiser and long-time ally.”I love the president and I’m very, very loyal to the president and I love the mission that the president has,” he said.Although Scaramucci has no previous political or communications experience, President Trump is confident he can oversee the Communications Department, saying “Anthony is a person I have great respect for, and he will be an important addition to this administration. He’s been a great supporter and will now help implement key aspects of our agenda while leading the communications team.”Scaramucci’s first order of business? Officially replacing Sean Spicer with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who recently conducted the press briefings instead of Spicer. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Senator Feinstein seeks to expand federal housing help for homeless children

first_imgSenator Feinstein seeks to expand federal housing help for homeless children Updated: 10:27 PM Sasha Foo Posted: May 1, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — California Senator Dianne Feinstein was in San Diego Tuesday touring a school for homeless children and promoting a bill that would help more unsheltered families and children.Under the current definition of homelessness used by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), some families and children don’t qualify for federal housing assistance.Senator Feinstein said the current definition is too narrow and she’s sponsoring legislation with Senator Rob Portman of Ohio to change the definition used to verify eligibility for HUD’s housing assistance programs.According to the latest count conducted in the San Diego region, nearly 24,000 children experienced homelessness in San Diego County. Under the current HUD definition, some of those children would not qualify for federal housing aid, unless they were living in a shelter or on the street.Feinstein’s bill would expand the housing definition of homelessness, so that families and children who have short-term stays in motels, with family members or live in their cars, would not be disqualified from federal assistance.Jeff Davis with the San Diego Housing Commission said the bill would remove some of the bureaucratic barriers that keep families from being able to receive more substantial help for housing.The new definition would allow families “who are in fact, without a place to stay, to continue to be considered homeless and to be able to access those permanent solutions,” Davis said.Advocates for the homeless observed that it’s easier to obtain housing help if you are a single adult or a veteran. Amy Gonyeau, Chief Operating Officer with the Alpha Project, said this bill could give more children access to safe and secure housing.“It would open up more resources for families because under the (updated) definition of homelessness for HUD, they would qualify for additional resources,” Gonyeau said.According to Senator Feinstein, HUD’s narrow definition results in an undercounting of homeless families. Nationwide, HUD estimated the number of homeless families with children at 222,197, while an expanded definition used by the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services (HHS) puts the count of homeless school-aged children at 1.25 million.Feinstein said this means HUD, which directs federal dollars for housing resources is off by a factor of five.center_img Sasha Foo, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 1, 2018last_img read more

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