Warming Arctic may be causing heat waves elsewhere in world

first_imgGlobal warming is increasing temperatures twice as fast in the Arctic as elsewhere on the planet. Some scientists have suggested that this so-called Arctic amplification can alter circulation patterns that affect weather in the United States, Europe, and Asia, potentially helping cause the powerful winter storms and deep freezes that have blasted the midlatitudes over the past decade. A new study suggests Arctic warming could ultimately pack a summertime punch, too, possibly contributing to extreme events such as the deadly 2010 Russian heat wave.Melting sea ice in the Arctic has left vast expanses of dark open water available to absorb the sun’s energy. In the late autumn and early winter, when sea ice is at a minimum and temperatures begin to cool, the ocean releases that extra heat and moisture back into the atmosphere. Those fluxes help drive a positive feedback effect, further intensifying warming in the region.One result of this Arctic amplification is that there’s less of a temperature difference between the Arctic and the lower latitudes. Some scientists have suggested that the lower temperature gradient is weakening the winds that circle the globe, particularly the polar jet stream. In the wintertime, the idea goes, a weaker, wavier jet stream could promote more and longer bouts of frigid air reaching farther south, leading to extreme snowfalls such as those that struck the eastern United States in the past few years.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(*)But winter cold spells are just one part of a possibly larger story. The jet stream is weaker in summertime, too—and it “has been weakening over the last 36 years,” says Dim Coumou, a climatologist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany and lead author on the new paper. While many of his colleagues have plugged away at the higher profile winter extremes debate, Coumou has focused on summer extremes. “Of course, heat extremes are on the rise almost everywhere on the globe, purely because we’re warming the air,” Coumou says. “But on top of that, changes in atmospheric circulation can favor particular weather conditions associated with heat waves.”Coumou has examined the waviness of the jet stream in previous work and has suggested that its large twists and turns, slow-moving undulations called Rossby waves, promote atmospheric “blocking”—a kind of stagnation of weather patterns that he says can exacerbate heat waves. But in the new study, he and his colleagues took a different tack: Instead of focusing on blocking and slow-moving Rossby waves, they turned to smaller and quicker undulations called “free, transient Rossby waves.” The winding path of these waves sketches out storm tracks across the midlatitudes.What Coumou and his team wanted to know, he says, was how the energy of these weather systems has changed over time, from 1979 to present. The kinetic energy of large-scale weather systems—including cyclones and anticyclones—is closely tied to the overall strength of the jet stream, Coumou says. “If the jet is strong, the wind shear will be strong.” And shear is important in generating “eddies”—cyclonic or anticyclonic swirls of energy—within the overall wind flow. “So if you see a weakening of the jet, it’s logical that you’ll also see a weakening of the kinetic energy of these systems.”Coumou and colleagues analyzed observational data on daily winds for June, July, and August from 1979 to 2013, focusing on the Northern Hemisphere’s midlatitudes (between 35° north and 70° north). They found a slow decline in the overall “eddy kinetic energy”—a drop of about 8% to 15% in summertime energy during that time period, they report online today in Science. In other words, there were fewer, or less intense, summertime storms.“That is very important for weather conditions on the continents,” Coumou says. “In summertime, these systems bring cool and moist air from oceans to continents and have a moderating effect on the continental weather.” In the absence of such storms, he adds, there’s a greater likelihood of drought and lingering heat. The researchers also noted a statistically significant relationship between times of low eddy kinetic energy and extremely high temperature anomalies—for example, the sweltering Russian heat wave of 2010.The paper is “an important contribution” and “a new perspective on mechanisms linking Arctic amplification with midlatitude weather patterns,” says Jennifer Francis, a climatologist at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, in New Jersey. “When these small [free Rossby] waves get weaker in summer, they tend to be associated with more stagnant weather conditions, particularly heat waves.”The finding of an overall decrease in summer storminess is “reasonably convincing,” says James Screen, a climatologist at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. But, he says, the difficulty is linking this effect to Arctic amplification. There are many factors that can affect the number and intensity of storms—not just the temperature gradient between pole and equator, but also east to west gradients and vertical gradients at both larger and local scales. “It’s unclear to what extent changes in storminess are … part of the large-scale Arctic amplification or [are] due to more local factors.”Coumou has taken the story forward, analyzing existing climate models to track the future of eddy kinetic energy over the 21st century. “In those you see a clear weakening; it’s a robust signal in those models”—and that, the authors suggest, means that recent bouts of extreme heat might be just the beginning.last_img read more


first_imgInfrastructural works like development of pathway,Infrastructural works like development of pathway, illumination, water sports facilities, a foot overbridge on the creek to connect main land to Subarna Beach, renovation of fishery jetty, Tourist Reception Centre, food court and cafeteria, change room with cloak room, amphitheatre, parking, landscape, beach furniture, site development and solid waste management facilities have been proposed for development of the project, he said.The initial investment for infrastructure development of the circuit has been estimated at Rs 4302 crore, he said.”We have been directed to implement the project soon. The beach is about 80 kilometre from Balasore town. Talsari beach would be developed into a world class beach with all the facilities desired by a modern tourist,” Tourism Secretary G K Dhal said. PTI AAM SKN SUS DV SNPlast_img read more

IBPS PO Mains 2018: Last minute tips and tricks you should follow to secure top rank

first_imgThe Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has scheduled the mains examination for IBPS PO Recruitment on November 18, 2018.IBPS PO Mains 2018: Division of marksIBPS Mains Examination will constitute 155 questions for 200 marks to be answered within the duration of 3 hoursThe Examination will be divided into 4 sections i.e. Reasoning and Computer Section, English, Data Interpretation and General AwarenessThe overall time allotted for IBPS PO Mains 2018 is 180 minutesGeneral AwarenessThis will be the Game changer in this Examination as higher the attempt in this section will be directly proportional to your selection.Topics to Focus on:1. Financial AwarenessThis topic will include Current Affairs specifically related to all the Financial Institutions and presently occurring changes within the Financial/ Banking/ Economic Industry.2. Current AffairsNationalInternationalAgreementsAppointmentsSchemesSummitsAwardsBusinessEconomyBankingImportant daysSports3. General KnowledgeEnglish SectionThis section will have mixed questions from both grammar and non-grammar section. So, practice more and more questions, increase vocabulary by learning new words.Reading ComprehensionCloze Test Error DetectionIdioms and Phrases ParaJumble Sentence CompletionPhrase ReplacementVocabulary based questionsOdd one out cum para jumblesParagraph Based QuestionsReasoning SectionThe best part of the reasoning section is that it can be solved by using common sense. Presence of mind is more than sufficient to solve these problems. Focus on Syllogism. Practice Visual/ Verbal Reasoning more so that you manage to score lead. Try to attempt at least 80 per cent of reasoning questions with full accuracy.advertisementImportant topics:Series: Alpha-Numeric, Alphabetical, Alpha-Numeric SymbolInequalityCoding- DecodingOrder and RankingData SufficiencySitting ArrangementComplex ArrangementBlood RelationDirectionsSyllogismLogical ReasoningInput and OutputQuantitative SectionData Interpretation questions will be there in the huge number. The route towards the success lies in increasing the number of accurate attempts as the time given for the section is more than the real time to complete the section especially in case of quant. This doesn’t mean that you can increase your guesses as it will have a negative impact. Quantitative section is completely based on practice as in this you required good speed with accuracy, which can only be achieved by practice.Important topics:SimplificationAverageRatio and ProportionData InterpretationMensuration and GeometryProfit and LossNumber SeriesSpeed, Distance and TimeTime and WorkData SufficiencyNumber SystemMixture and AllegationsLinear EquationPermutation and Combination and ProbabilityComputer KnowledgeLearn abbreviations, shortcuts, basic theories related to MS Office, OS and basic computerRead topic by topic each day so that you didn’t feel monopolyImportant topics:Number SystemHistory of ComputersHardwareSoftwareDatabase (introduction)Communication (Basic Introduction)Networking (LAN, WAN,)Internet (Concept, History, working environment, Application)Security Tools, Virus, HackerMS Windows, MS OfficeLogic GatesHere we conclude our article on IBPS PO Mains exam last minute preparation tips. Have faith in your preparation and you will persevere.–Prashant Pandey, Exam expert at OnlineTyari.com shares the tips and tricks for the students.last_img read more

IPL 2019: KL Rahul gives KXIP consolation win but CSK seal top-2 finish

first_imgKL Rahul hit a 36-ball 71 as Kings XI Punjab chased down 172 to defeat Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets in their final league match of the 2019 Indian Premier League at Mohali on Sunday. Defending champions CSK had already qualified for the playoffs and they are now assured of a top 2 finish.On Sunday, KXIP were playing for pride against CSK, the most consistent team in the history of the Indian Premier League. Faced with a challenging total, KL Rahul came out all guns blazing and targeted the experienced Harbhajan Singh in his first over.In the 2019 IPL, Harbhajan Singh had done a commendable job for Chennai Super Kings, bowling some economical overs in the Powerplay. However, on Sunday, KL Rahul hit 2 sixes in his first over to announce his intentions.More was to follow. KL Rahul was determined to stamp his authority on a classy off-spinner. In Harbhajan Singh’s second over, Rahul hit him for 4, 4, 4, 6 and 6. The 5th ball of the over was a dot. KL Rahul, who hit the fastest IPL fifty last season, raced away to his half-century off only 19 balls. It was the third fastest fifty of the 2019 IPL after Hardik Pandya’s 17-ball fifty and Rishabh Pant’s 18-ball fifty.Chris Gayle, the fastest player to hit 4000 IPL runs and the only man with over 300 sixes in the IPL, was happy to watch Rahul expode from the other end. KL Rahul was unstoppable on Sunday.In a stunning assault, Rahul hammered 7 fours and 5 sixes to set the tone for KXIP’s chase. He looked good for his 2nd hundred of the season Harbhajan Singh returned to dismiss Rahul and Gayle off successive deliveries.advertisementHarbhajan Singh struck again to remove Mayanak Agarwal in his final over but by then, KXIP were closing in on victory.Earlier in the afternoon, Sam Curran dismissed Shane Watson for 7 adter R Ashwin had won the toss and asked Chennai Super Kings to bat.But Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina added 120 runs off 12.3 overs to keep Chennai Super Kings on course for a huge total. At one point, it did look like CSK would cross the 200-run mark but KXIP staged a good comeback. Curran returned in the attack to get rid of Suresh Raina for 53 in the 17th over.In the 19th over of the CSK innings, Curran struck again to deny Faf du Plessis a hundred. He fell for 96 and CSK unable to finish as strongly as they would have liked after a remarkable partnership for the 2nd wicket.KXIP needed to chase down the target in 14.2 overs for CSK to slip out of the top 2 and at one point, it did look possible. But Harbhajan Singh’s triple strike made sure the defending champions would return home to the Chepauk to play the first qualifier.Also Read | IPL 2019, KXIP vs CSK: KL Rahul attacks Harbhajan Singh to hit 19-ball fiftyAlso Read | IPL 2019: Faf du Plessis hits career-best 96 as CSK batsmen peak at the right timeAlso Seelast_img read more

Villarreal win crucial for Barca’s Valverde

first_imgBarcelona Villarreal win ‘crucial’ for Barcelona boss Valverde Joe Wright 07:16 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) lionel messi - cropped Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Ernesto Valverde Villarreal v Barcelona Villarreal The Catalans ended a run of two draws in a row thanks to Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi’s goals, much to the relief of their coach Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde felt Sunday’s 2-0 win at Villarreal could prove vital to their La Liga title hopes.The Catalans went into the game at the Estadio de la Ceramica on the back of consecutive draws in the top flight and having seen Valencia, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid all claim three points this weekend.Sixth-place Villarreal proved to be stubborn opponents but Barca eventually wore them down after Raba’s red card in the second half, with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi getting the goals to restore the visitors’ five-point lead at the top. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Valverde believes it was a very important time to return to winning ways, with games against Deportivo La Coruna and Real Madrid to come before the end of the year.”It was a crucial and difficult game,” he said, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo. “We had to face a great team on a pitch where it’s difficult to get points.”They gave us a tough game, with problems in circulating the ball and danger on the counter-attack.”We’ve kept up the winning run. We knew our rivals had won but we’re always relying on ourselves. Regardless of rivals having won, before a game, you have to win. You prepare to win and that’s that.49 – Lionel Messi has scored more goals than any other player from the top five European leagues in 2017 (all competitions). Gold. pic.twitter.com/g34bwa5YH1 — OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 10, 2017 “If your rivals win, you have more pressure and you deal with that. After drawing at home [against Celta Vigo], we wanted to refocus with a victory.”Valverde praised the impact of full-back Jordi Alba, who was once more a dangerous attacking outlet for Barca and linked superbly with Messi throughout.”Alba is one of our weapons,” he said. “Villarreal close down a lot and they stopped the advance of our full-backs. “In the second half, the runs of Jordi Alba were key. He has a really good understanding with Messi and these connections always appear. It’s insurance for the team.”Raba received a straight red card for a lunge on Sergio Busquets near the Barca penalty area, a decision that was argued against furiously by the Villarreal players, but Valverde understood why he was sent off.”I haven’t seen it on TV. I have a feeling that the one who protested the least was the player himself,” he said.”It’s a hard tackle and the referee saw it that way.”last_img read more

USA star Alex Morgan kicked out of Disney World alongside MLS players

first_img Read more Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp news The 28-year-old took responsibility for the incident on Wednesday morning.“I want to apologize for my actions that occurred over the weekend,” Morgan wrote on Twitter. “I will learn from this make sure it does not happen again.”Morgan is one of America’s most famous footballers – she has 3.4 million followers on Twitter – and appeared on the cover of Fifa 2016 with Lionel Messi in US versions of the game, and her popularity has helped her land lucrative endorsement deals. She won a gold medal with her USA team-mates at the 2012 Olympics in London, as well as the 2015 Women’s World Cup. She is married to another Orlando player, Servando Carrasco, who was not cited in Sunday’s incident.She has also played a prominent part in seeking better pay for female players. “To force a change sometimes you need to stand up. You know what you’re worth – rather than what your employer is paying you. We’re not scared. To move the women’s game ahead we need to do what’s necessary. I feel other national teams are looking at us for that guidance,” she told the Guardian this year. Morgan is far from the first US footballer to find herself in trouble. Goalkeeper Hope Solo was suspended for six months for “a sum total of actions”, which culminated in her calling the Swedish football team “cowards”. Meanwhile, the US’s all-time leading scorer, Abby Wambach, was arrested for driving under the influence and later spoke about her struggles with alcohol and prescription drugs. Topics MLS Share on Messenger USA striker Alex Morgan was one of three football players kicked out of Walt Disney World in Florida after an argument at a restaurant, police say.Morgan was part of a group including Orlando City SC players Giles Barnes and Donny Toia who were issued citations by the Orange County sheriff’s department, as was Toia’s wife, Courtney. Barnes is a former England Under-19 midfielder and played in the Premier League for Derby County and West Bromwich Albion. Share on LinkedIn USA women’s football teamcenter_img Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share via Email Women’s football Share on Twitter Orlando City US sports The group had been partying at a bar in the United Kingdom section of Disney’s Epcot theme park on Sunday when Barnes cut in front of another guest and a verbal altercation ensued, prompting officers to arrive at around 8.30pm, police said. As the officers escorted Barnes to the front of the park so a trespass warning could be issued, they were summoned back to the bar to assist with Morgan, who was “screaming” and “appeared to be highly impaired” according to a copy of the incident report obtained by the Guardian. Police then brought Morgan, along with Donny and Courtney Toia, to a conference room where they were briefly detained and issued citations before they were escorted off the property.Earlier, Morgan had posted a picture to Instagram of her party. The caption appears to suggest that Morgan and her friends was involved in a popular drinking game at Epcot, in which participants have a drink in each of the attraction’s themed zones. Alex Morgan: ‘If Fifa start respecting the women’s game more, others will follow’last_img read more


first_imgTFA are pleased to announce that the new AusTouch website is up and running! Just click on the AusTouch logo on the left hand side of the webpage and away you go…There is heaps of information, downloads, ideas and news. Make sure you check out the website and read all about the AusTouch junior program. For all enquiries on the program contact Marianne Maguire on marianne@austouch.com.au or 1300 654 002.last_img

Ports America to Operate Port Tampa Bay Terminal Until 2046

first_imgzoom US stevedore and terminal operating company Ports America, the current operator of Florida’s Port Tampa Bay Container Terminal, has signed an amended container agreement with the port that will be valid through May 2046.The company also agreed with Port Tampa Bay to a new breakbulk concession of five years, which includes two one-year extension options.“For the past 10 years, Ports America and Port Tampa Bay have enjoyed a committed, productive partnership and look forward to increasing containerized imports from vessels arriving through the newly expanded Panama Canal as well as trans-Atlantic cargo shipments,” Ports America Stevedoring President Tom Perdue said.In addition, the duo jointly purchased two new post-Panamax gantry cranes made by ZMPC, a crane manufacturer from Shanghai, China, which arrived in April this year to supplement the facility’s existing three gantry cranes.With the new cranes, the port is able to handle ships of 9,000 TEUs, or 20-foot equivalents, compared to the previous 4,500 TEU vessels.last_img read more

Apex court allows eight girls to reunite with their families

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed eight of the 44 girls of Muzaffarpur shelter home, where allegations of rampant sexual assault surfaced last year, to reunite with their families.The top court directed the Bihar government to provide all necessary financial and medical assistance to these eight girls identified by ‘Koshish’ — a field action project of TISS — as fit for being sent to their families. Several girls were sexually assaulted at the NGO-run shelter home in Bihar. The issue had come to light following a report by TISS, which had conducted a social audit. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A bench of Justices N V Ramana, M M Shantanagoudar and Ajay Rastogi asked the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to submit a status report with respect to the other 36 girls. It also directed the state government to assess the compensation liable to be paid to the girls under the victim compensation scheme and submit a report to the court in eight weeks. The apex court’s decision came after TISS filed its field action project ‘Koshish’ before it in a sealed cover, saying the eight girls were fit to be handed over to their families. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAdvocate Vrinda Grover, appearing for TISS, said these 44 girls have been staying in four different shelter homes after the incidents of sexual assault in Muzaffarpur shelter home came to the fore. In case of some girls, their extended families are willing to take them back while some of the girls are children with special needs, she said. One of the girls is unable to give the address of her family but she has given details of the locality where her family resides, she said. Grover told the bench that ‘Koshish’ has contacted the family members of the girls and eight of them were found to be suitable to be sent to their families. The court was dealing with an application filed by the Bihar government seeking permission to complete the process of rehabilitation and restoring the 44 girls to their families. The apex court had in July this year allowed ‘Koshish’ to interact with these children and their respective families to find out the acceptability of these children by their families and the repercussions thereupon. The counsel appearing for Bihar had earlier told the top court that children of Muzaffarpur shelter home have been kept in different child care institutions and some of them have started showing aggressive behaviour and also indulged in inflicting self harm. The apex court had in June granted three months to the CBI to complete the probe in the case, including suspected murders, and had directed it to widen the scope to investigate the “outsiders” involved in the crime. It had also directed the CBI to probe the allegations of unnatural sexual assault under section 377 of the Indian Penal Code in the Muzaffarpur case. Besides, it had asked the CBI to probe the offences under the Information Technology Act regarding the video recordings of the alleged assault on girls at the shelter home. Trial against 21 accused, chargesheeted by the CBI for alleged sexual and physical assault on the inmates, is going on in a trial court of Delhi. The apex court had in February transferred the case from Bihar to a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in Saket District Court complex in Delhi.last_img read more

Union sues GM says laidoff workers should replace temps

first_imgDETROIT — The United Auto Workers union is accusing General Motors of violating a national contract by using temporary workers instead of employing full-timers who were laid off from its factories.The union filed a federal lawsuit in Cleveland alleging that GM has temporary workers at its pickup truck plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The lawsuit says GM has about 1,000 workers on layoff from several factories who should be working at the plant.The UAW says its contract with GM requires it to hire the laid-off workers, including 690 at a small-car plant in Lordstown, Ohio, which is scheduled to close in March.Messages were left Thursday seeking comment from the company.In November, GM announced plans to shutter five factories this year as it adjusts to lower demand for cars.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ethiopia UNbacked initiative provides livesaving treatment to millions of children

The Enhanced Outreach Strategy programme, which provides low cost and high-impact survival interventions for children and women, received almost $1 million in funding from the European Union to help people in four regions: Tigray, Oromia, Amhara and the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region.Between October and December of last year, over five million children between six and 59 months of age in those areas benefited from vitamin-A supplements and nearly the same number received de-worming treatments. Around 5.2 million youngsters were screened for malnutrition and referred to the targeted supplementary food project of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). In addition to children, more than 800,000 pregnant and lactating women have benefited from the Strategy, which has also provided nutritional guidance.By the end of June, it is predicted that a further 6 million children and 1.2 million women will receive assistance in these areas thanks to the Strategy.“It is only through the continued support from our partners that UNICEF can provide vital materials and expertise to help millions of children grow into healthy adults,” said Sylvie Chamois, the agency’s Project Officer in Ethiopia, where one out of six children die before reaching their sixth birthday.In the largest project of its kind, every six months UNICEF provides almost 7 million children and 1.6 million women with six services: vaccination, micronutrient supplementation, de-worming, malaria nets and malnutrition screening. The recent surge in funding from the European Union has accelerated the number of people the Strategy’s assistance is reaching.Two regional Emergency Nutrition Coordination Units, which monitor nutrition trends and coordinate emergency responses as necessary, will be reinforced and two new facilities built with funds from the EU donation.UNICEF said the Strategy is extremely effective towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of targets that aim to deal with a host of social ills – including reducing child mortality – by 2015. 14 February 2007A child survival initiative backed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided millions of youngsters and almost 1 million pregnant women in Ethiopia – where two out of every five people have no access to vital health care services – with life-saving treatments, thanks to a boost in funding. read more

Toronto becomes latest city to crack down on payday lenders

TORONTO — Canada’s largest city is the latest of a host of municipalities to crack down on payday lenders with bylaws to impose restrictions on their business activities and rein in the number of physical locations.Toronto City Council adopted new interim regulations last week that cap the number of physical locations allowed across the city and require operators to be licensed. That permit will cost lenders an initial $633, plus $309 to renew it annually.The number of payday licenses will be capped at 212, which matches the number of provincially-licensed locations already operating in the city as of May 1, according to Toronto’s municipal licensing and standards department.Payday lenders are often a last resort for borrowers who would otherwise be rejected for a traditional bank loan. The crackdown is in addition to new regulations handed down by the province. The Ontario government decreased the cost of a payday loan from $21 to $18 per $100 in 2017 and dropped it again to $15 this year.The loan rates still far exceed Canada’s criminal usury rate of 60 per cent interest when expressed annually, but because the loans are meant to be used to cover short-term expenses for a two-week period, the lenders do not express terms annually. However, many users end up carrying them for far longer than their next paycheque.Toronto city councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, who has long pushed for more restrictions on payday lenders, said these businesses often prey on the most economically vulnerable and trap them in a “vicious cycle” of debt with high interest rates that make it nearly impossible to repay the loan. A licensing system will give municipal officials more control, she added.“Ultimately, what we want to do is reduce the number of payday lenders and try to cap some of the rates so people cannot be a victim of predatory lending,” she said.Last month, Ottawa city council adopted a motion to examine options to establish a cap on the number of payday loan establishments and measures to reduce their concentration.In March, Hamilton city council adopted legislation to cap the number of payday loan outlets to 15, or one per ward, while city council in Belleville, Ont. adopted a councillor’s resolution to study the possibility of limiting payday lenders’ presence to three distinct zones.But even as cities close in on physical outlets, short-term loan providers increasingly interact with their customers online.“That’s certainly the challenge that we have,” said Wong-Tam. “Much of the financing is also available online. And once it’s online, how do you regulate something that doesn’t have a physical address in Toronto?”Toronto city officials are also considering limiting distances of payday lender establishments in certain neighbourhoods as part of its consultation and research process over the next year. After one year of the interim regulations being in force, licensing officials will make recommendations on how to regulate payday lenders, including possible additional license requirements.Tony Irwin, CEO of the Canadian Consumer Finance Association, said its members understand the industry needs to be regulated, but these new rules seem like “duplication,” with additional fees on top of the provincial fees.The additional regulations could lead to store closures and fewer options for those individuals who rely on payday loans, he said.“What does that mean for the single mother who works two jobs but has a shortfall of income in a particular month and needs help?… Where will she go? The need doesn’t go away.”Irwin said most consumers typically turn to their physical locations to access payday loans, but people who don’t have access to a physical store will simply find another option online, such as an unlicensed, offshore lender out of the reach of Canadian law enforcement.The scant research available shows that individuals who have low incomes and live in poverty are more likely to go to brick-and-mortar stores for payday financing, as opposed to online, said Michelynn Lafleche, the vice president of strategy, research and policy at United Way Toronto and York Region.She said the non-profit organization, which made submissions to the city regarding payday loan regulations, is pleased that Toronto is taking initial action to make sure that these credit products are not taking undue advantage of people.“The ultimate aim is the protect the consumer… Without ending and killing the business. There is a balance that needs to be struck there somehow.” read more

CIBC expects only shortterm hit from partial loss of Aeroplan customers

CIBC expects only short-term hit from partial loss of Aeroplan customers AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 18, 2013 5:28 pm MDT MONTREAL – CIBC (TSX:CM) was willing to take a short-term earnings hit from losing about half of its Aeroplan credit card customers because of the strategic benefits from launching its own card for travel on any airline, says chief executive Gerry McCaughey.The net impact of its deal with TD Bank (TSX:TD), announced early this week after weeks of negotiation, will not only be short-term but also total less than 30 cents per share, McCaughey told a conference Wednesday.Under the deal between the two banks and Aimia (TSX:AIM) announced Monday, CIBC will receive about $312.5 million for shifting about 500,000 cardholder accounts to TD. Aimia will fund about $150 million of the payments to CIBC.Losing half the Aeroplan customers will lower CIBC’s ongoing earnings per share by about 45 cents, but renewing the contract would have cost 15 cents per share.“There was a cost to re-signing,” he said.McCaughey said retaining complete control of the “value proposition” of its own card was a critical part of its decision not to renew with Aimia, while the deal with TD gives it the best of both worlds by allowing it to continue to issue Aeroplan cards to customers who fly mainly with Air Canada.“The key element for us is that we are in complete control of the value proposition for the portion of our strategy that will be the in-house flying airline card, and that’s critical.”Tim Hockey of TD Bank (TSX:TD) told the conference later that the bank was “pleasantly surprised” by both the high spending and “nice” level of balances held by Aeroplan card members.He added that there is a certain “cache” that comes with having a relationship with a national carrier and Aeroplan holders who have been very loyal over 20 years.“That’s why the actual deal was hotly contested (and) why we’re thrilled to win it,” he said, adding that Aimia’s investment to refresh Aeroplan will improve an offering that “got a little stale” in light of the many competing cards.The Aeroplan deal also helps TD’s efforts to further tap into the U.S. market after the bank became the exclusive issuer of Target-branded credit cards to American customers, Hockey said.“When you look at our opportunities in the U.S., we think it’s just enormous not just because of our retail presence but because of the rebound in the card market and our position to be able to grow there.”Meanwhile, Hockey told the conference that while Canadian housing remains “a bit” overvalued, the chances of a major drop — or hard landing — are increasingly unlikely.“Our belief that there will any form of hard landing is actually diminishing because the industry and the government in particular has been able to show that when we see signs of that we’ll be able to implement additional steps that will put a damper on, so we’re actually feeling quite good.” read more

Cake Boss stars restaurant is denied bid for roof sign

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2016 3:02 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 15, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Cake Boss’ star’s restaurant is denied bid for roof sign BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The star of TLC’s “Cake Boss” show is running into a little trouble promoting his new Italian restaurant in Pennsylvania.The Express-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1J7mqcB ) Buddy Valastro is opening a Buddy V’s this spring at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. His other one is in Las Vegas.A casino representative asked the Bethlehem Planning Commission on Thursday for permission to erect a neon sign on the casino’s roof.But planners denied the request. They say rooftop signs aren’t allowed under city zoning laws and making an exception could set a precedent.The capital projects manager for the resort says there’s a backup plan. He says a sign would be allowed on the side of the casino.___Information from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times, http://www.lehighvalleylive.com read more

Economic growth possible even while tackling climate change UNbacked report finds

“Yes, it is possible to have better growth and better climate. Yes, it is possible to create jobs and reduce poverty and at the same time reduce the carbon emissions that threaten our future. Yes, it is possible, but we need to make some fundamental changes and smart choices,” said former President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón at a UN Headquarters press conference. Launching the Better Growth, Better Climate: the New Climate Economy report alongside UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Mr. Calderón said the new data refutes the idea that the world must choose between fighting climate change and growing the world’s economy. “The transition to a low carbon economy can improve the quality of growth, including the creation of new jobs, cleaner area and better health. A growing number of businesses, cities and countries are showing us it is indeed possible,” said Mr. Calderón.Chaired by Mr. Calderón, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate – which conducted the study –, comprises 24 leaders from Government, business, finance and economics in 19 countries. The year-long study was conducted by leading research institutes from Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, South Korea, the United Kingdom and United States and advised by a panel of world-leading economists. Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon called the report timely, noting that greenhouse gas emissions are at record levels and the effects of climate change are not only widespread, they are costly and consequential. “Scientists have long warned of the potential implications of climate change for economic growth. We can no longer afford to burn our way to prosperity. We must manage climate risk for sustained ¬– and sustainable – economic progress. We need a structural transformation in the global economy,” Mr. Ban said. The UN chief said he looked forward to next week’s climate summit, where leaders from Government, business, finance and civil society are expected to deliberate challenges and deliver recommendations on how to promote low-carbon growth. Simply put, eradicating extreme poverty is not possible without fighting climate change. The two agendas must be pushed simultaneously.Today’s report does just that, he said. It sets out a detailed 10-point Global Action Plan of recommendations to achieve prosperity and a safer climate at the same time. It emphasizes that over the next 15 years, about $90 trillion will be invested in infrastructure in the world’s cities, agriculture and energy systems. That is an unprecedented opportunity to drive investment in low-carbon growth and bring multiple benefits including jobs. The Commission calculates that if fully implemented its recommendations could potentially achieve up to 90 per cent of the emissions reductions needed by 2030 to avoid climate change. But this would require decisive and early action by economic decision-makers.”Today we are giving $600 billion in subsidies for fossil fuels, but only $100 billion in support of clean energy every year. We are paying to pollute. That cannot continue,” urged Mr. Calderón. The report found opportunities to achieve strong growth with lower emissions in three key sectors of the global economy – cities, land use and energy. But Governments and businesses need to improve resource efficiency, invest in infrastructure, and stimulate business innovation.Building better connected, more compact cities based on mass public transport can save over $3 trillion in investment costs over the next 15 years. Restoring just 12 per cent of the world’s degraded lands can feed another 200 million people and raise farmers’ incomes by $40 billion a year.As the price of solar and wind power falls dramatically, over half of new electricity generation over the next 15 years is likely to be from renewable energy, reducing dependence on highly polluting coal. Consistent Government policy signals are essential for businesses and investors to create low-carbon jobs and growth. By establishing a level playing field through an international climate agreement, Governments can unlock investment and innovation, states the report. read more

CARS 21 group will address European industry competitiveness

CARS 21 group will address industry competitiveness at European level Comprising members of the car sector, European Parliament, trade unions, NGOs and chaired by the European Commission, CARS 21 will present 10-year recommendations to the Commission by the end of 2005. SMMT today welcomed the launch of a group set up to improve the competitiveness of the European automotive industry. The CARS 21 group1 will propose measures which balance that goal with EU policy objectives and regulation, as well as wider aims to improve road safety and reduce the environmental impact of vehicles. SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan, said, ‘Initiatives like SMMT Industry Forum and the Foresight Vehicle programme are already delivering improvements in supply-chain productivity and in supporting research and development projects. SMMT also set up the VIPER group to establish better liaison between government and the industry so that the detail of new legislation does not adversely affect competitiveness.’ The launch of CARS 21 follows an interim report that pointed to ‘disappointing delivery’ on objectives to make the EU the world’s most competitive economy. Published in November 2004, the report suggested an overloaded agenda, poor coordination and conflicting priorities had hindered objectives set by the European Council in Lisbon in 2000. He added, ‘However, our industry doesn’t operate in a vacuum, nor within national boundaries. The drive for competitiveness across Europe must be balanced against wider policy aims, EU-driven regulation and long-term sustainable mobility requirements. A joined-up approach is therefore crucial to the health of the sector in this country.’ Notes:CARS 21 (Competitive Automotive Regulatory System for the 21st century) was announced today (13 January 2005) in Brussels in a joint press conference held by Günther Verheugen, EU Commission vice president responsible for enterprise and industry and Dr Bernd Pischetsrieder, president of ACEA.Automotive Manufacturing – the Industry Perspective is available to download from www.smmt.co.ukParticipating in the group on behalf of the automotive sector will be: Bernd Pischetsrieder (VW), Lewis Booth (Ford of Europe), Leif Johnasson (AB Volvo), Sergio Marchionne (Fiat) and Louis Schweitzer (Renault).VIPER is the Vehicle Industry Policy and European Regulation group, established in 2003 to bring together the automotive sector and officials from government departments to discuss upcoming regulation issues.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The UK boasts two of the most competitive car plants and the most competitive truck plant in Europe. This country also hosts more car makers than any other country in Europe. However, competitiveness remains a key issue, particularly for component suppliers. In a recent survey of senior industry executives, Automotive Manufacturing – the Industry Perspective, SMMT found that just 36 per cent felt their business to be competitive when compared to similar companies operating outside Europe. In the same report 95 per cent feared the burden of new legislation was likely to add significant costs to their business. read more

Football Ohio State kicker Sean Nuernberger breaks Big Ten record for consecutive

Ohio State junior kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) kicks a field goal in the second quarter in the game against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLINCOLN, Nebraska — Ohio State redshirt junior kicker Sean Nuernberger drilled an extra point with 5:39 remaining in the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Nebraska Saturday night to become the Big Ten record-holder for most point after attempts converted in a row. This extra point was the 142nd in a row.Nuernberger has not missed an extra point in his career. He has converted seven of nine field goals this season. In his career, Nuernberger has made 23 of 33 field goals.Nuernberger broke kicker Drew Basil’s Ohio State record for most consecutive made extra points last season.

SAS instructors lost control of  training exercise which left three reservists dead

A post-mortem examination ruled his death was caused as a result of the effects of hyperthermia. At 4.10pm, Cpl Dunsby was noticed to be static, having left his penultimate check point at 2.51pm.He was found unconscious at 4.52pm and an ambulance arrived at the scene at 5.18pm. Cpl Dunsby died in hospital on July 30, 17 days after the drill. “It is clear that something went terribly wrong,” Mr Mably said.”The defendants lost control of events and ended up in a position where they couldn’t account for a number of candidates.” The court martial continues. The court heard L/Cpl Maher was identified as a “slow-moving candidate” at 4.10pm, having reached the penultimate check point at 1.22pm.Mr Mably said L/Cpl Maher’s tracker revealed he had not moved “very far at all” between leaving the check point and being found.”It was two hours and 38 minutes since he had left the check point at 1.22pm,” he said. L/Cpl Maher was discovered at 4.55pm.”He was sitting upright with his Bergen on, with a half full bottle of water in one hand and a half eaten chocolate bar in the other,” Mr Mably said. Brigadier John Donnelly, director of personal services at the Ministry of Defence, reads a statement outside the Civic Suite in Solihull after the inquest  Those who voluntarily withdrew from the march, or were withdrawn on medical grounds faced being failed, which provided an incentive to “keep on going”, Mr Mably said.Temperatures reached 26.3C from midday on the day of the march and had risen to 28.3C by 4pm. Mr Mably said the first casualty to be struck by a heat-related illness took place at about 11am.L/Cpl Roberts passed a drill at the penultimate check point but was later found unconscious less than a mile from the finish by another candidate. His “man down” alarm was activated at 3.36pm, with emergency services arriving about an hour later.L/Cpl Roberts was pronounced dead at 5.10pm, with his cause of death later found to be hypothermia. The widow of Corporal James Dunsby, Bryher Dunsby, reads a statement outside the Civic Suite 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. The widow of Corporal James Dunsby, Bryher Dunsby, reads a statement outside the Civic SuiteCredit: Joe Giddens/PA Two SAS instructors “lost control” of a training exercise which left three reservists dead on the hottest day of the year, a court martial heard. Lance Corporals Edward Maher and Craig Roberts were pronounced dead in a drill on Brecon Beacons after suffering heatstroke in July 2013. Corporal James Dunsby later died in hospital after he also collapsed on the Welsh mountain range in near 30C temperatures.Two other soldiers suffered non-fatal heat illnesses. Two instructors, known only as 1A and 1B, have appeared at the Court Martial Centre in Bulford, where they both deny “negligently performing a duty” by failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of candidates taking part in the exercises.Prosecuting, Louis Mably QC told the court martial that the men, then an Army captain and Warrant Officer, had “lost control” of the exercise in which soldiers marched for 16 miles.Thirty-seven reservists and 41 regular troops took part in the exercise, which was part of the aptitude phase for selection of an elite military unit. Soldiers were expected to cover almost 30km or 18.5 miles within a target time of eight hours 45 minutes while carrying a bergen and a backpack, weighing between 22 and 27kg, as well as a dummy rifle. Brigadier John Donnelly, director of personal services at the Ministry of Defence, reads a statement outside the Civic Suite in Solihull after the inquest Credit: Joe Giddens/PA read more

HACCI calls for nominees for business awards

first_imgThe Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI), is set to reward the Hellenic business and professional community with the 2010 Business Excellence Awards. HACCI is calling for nominations in the categories of business excellence, professional excellence, community services, young achiever and lifetime achievement. The awards, which have been running for over 20 years, aim to encourage, acknowledge and reward achievements of excellence in Hellenic Australian business and professional life. The Chairman, Harry Stamoulis, the President Nick Mylonas and the HACCI Committee invite nominations for Hellenic Australians who deserve to be recognised for excellence in one of the award categories. President Nick Mylonas told Neos Kosmos HACCI is purposely targetting the awards not just towards the business community, which was traditionally the case, but also towards professionals. “We want to encourage people to excel, we want to encourage people to have something to strive for. We are targeting the awards at younger people by the way of the young achiever award but also recognising people who have served the community their entire lives, which is evident in the lifetime achievement award,” Mr Mylonas said. Award winners will be announced at this year’s HACCI Gala Ball to be held this Melbourne Cup Eve, Monday November 1, at the Park Hyatt Hotel, Melbourne. Nomination forms can be downloaded from http://www.hacci.com.au. Entries for nominations close Friday 22, October. For enquiries to the HACCI Manager Mary Gekas contact: (03) 9602 2977 or email info@hacci.com.au or go to www.hacci.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

NXT Highlights The Viking Raiders defend against Street Profits Kushida takes on

first_img WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Facebook Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Seth Rollins Twitter Videos Articles Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Kurt Angle Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Now Playing Up Next Lacey Evans Shows Up In Stellar Outfit To Make Monday Night RAW Debut Cesaro Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Jon Moxley To Go To NJPW Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE posted the following highlights from last night’s NXT.last_img read more