Here are five destinations in India where you might find snow in the month of November. Have a look!Kufri, Himachal PradeshIn North-India, October to March are the cold months when the temperature drops to sub-zero levels in some areas. And if you are one of those who like to go for snow-related activities like skiing then you must visit Kufri during this period. It is advisable to pack heavy woollens and insulators when you visit and if you are lucky enough, you might even get to see snowfall.Sela Pass, Arunachal PradeshPicture courtesy: Flickr/Bombman/Creative CommonsIt is believed that the place has derived its name from one of the oldest and largest Buddhist monasteries in India, Tawang Monastery. A hidden paradise for many, this place is a must-visit for those seeking snow, peace and natural beauty.Hemkund, UttarakhandPicture courtesy: Wikipedia/Hemkund/Creative CommonsThe minimum temperature can go down to -4 degree celsius here. The place remains snow-clad and out of bounds till February. But if you really want to experience the beauty of Hemkund lake, then you will trek for two days to reach here. Auli, UttarakhandPicture courtesy: Flickr/Anuj Kumar Garg/Creative commonsUsually peaceful for the rest of the year, Auli gets all peppy and wakes up to the snowfall season close to the month of November. It is almost difficult to describe its scenic beauty in words during the snowfall, you must experience it atleast once in your lifetime. It is the perfect destination for people who are bored of visiting the regular winter holiday spots.Lachung, SikkimadvertisementPicture courtesy: Wikimedia/Lachung/Creative commonsThe Zero Point is situated near Lachung and is covered with snow most of the time. However, you won’t find many optionsfor sports-related activities but it is a delight for your eyesbecause it has some stunning landscapes.
Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov produced a brilliant display to end Richard Gasquet’s promising Australian Open campaign with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory in the third round on Saturday.Dimitrov, who ended a two-and-a-half-year trophy drought by winning the Brisbane International title in the run up to the season’s opening grand slam, appeared to be in a hurry to get off court after the players were kept waiting until almost midnight to start the match.He broke early in every set and the 18th-seeded Frenchman, who had lost only 13 games in his two previous matches, bowed out after two hours and two minutes of action on a sparsely populated Rod Laver Arena.The 15th seed, who hit 48 winners, leapt high into the air as he celebrated sealing only his second win in seven meetings over Gasquet.Dimitrov will next face six-times champion Novak Djokovic’s conqueror, Denis Istomin, for a place in the last eight.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: The Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers in between plays at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)One of the top wide receiver recruits in the 2019 class has announced his decision to open up his recruitment.Arjei Henderson, a four-star wide receiver out of Texas, announced that he’s decided to de-commit from Oklahoma.The top wideout announced his decision on Twitter.“I would like to thank the University of Oklahoma for all the drive and support throughout this process. It wasn’t an easy decision. With that being said i will be re-opening my recruitment. I am now open to all schools!” he announced.I would like to thank the University of Oklahoma for all the drive and support throughout this process. It wasn’t an easy decision. With that being said i will be re-opening my recruitment. I am now open to all schools!— Hendi™ (@king_hendi) November 26, 2018Henderson is ranked the No. 17 WR and No. 104 overall recruit in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. Alabama, Oregon and Texas A&M, among other programs, are all heavily involved in his recruitment.
By Shirley McLeanAPTN National NewsWHITEHORSE –A Yukon family was in court Friday trying to quash the finding’s of a coroner’s inquest into the death of a 43-year-old First Nations man who died in a Whitehorse hospital after spending several hours lying in his own feces, urine and vomit inside an RCMP cell while officers and guards watched and mocked him.Silverfox’s family have gone to the Yukon Supreme Court to challenge the findings of the inquest which concluded the death was the result of natural causes.The court adjourned proceedings for two months.“No way I’m going…to let my dad have that set against him and I took the next step and here I am now,” said Silverfox’s daughter Deana Lee Charlie. “I will fight all the way through for my dad.”Silverfox’s family believes the coroner was biased in favour of the RCMP. They are raising questions the coroner’s handing of RCMP audio and vidoe footage from the jail cell.The family is calling for the footage to be made public and for an inquiry into Silverfox’s death.“It’s very important for the public to see what truly happened to my dad, he sacrificed his life for others to see what really happens in jail cells,” said Charlie.During the coroner’s inquest, the family learned that Silverfox was mocked and ridiculed by RCMP officers and guards while he lay in his own excrement.Most of Silverfox’s cell was covered with his own vomit, feces and urine and he was denied a request for a mattress by an RCMP officer who told him to “sleep in your own shit,” the inquest heard.Silverfox, from Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation, drank a bottle of vodka while celebrating his 43rd birthday when he was picked up by police early on the morning of Dec. 2, 2008.Throughout the about 13 hours in the cells, Silverfox writhed in pain, vomited and soiled himself but received no aid from the RCMP officers and guards watching him over closed circuit television cameras. Instead, they cracked jokes about his predicament.An ambulance was called after Silverfox was found lying face down and unresponsive in his cell.Paramedics managed to revive him on the way to the hospital in Whitehorse where he was eventually pronounced dead.A forensic pathologist testified at the inquest that Silverfox had died from pneumonia and sepsis.The pneumonia was likely triggered by Silverfox breathing in his own vomit, the pathologist concluded.Stomach bacteria were found in his lungs.The RCMP issued an apology.“I am shocked and disappointed, as are many members of the RCMP that Mr. Silverfox had to endure the insensitive and callous treatment he endured while he was in our care. We have failed you and we have failed ourselves,” said RCMP Supt. Peter Clark, in the apology issued earlier this year.The Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP is also probing the death.Family and friends believe the RCMP is responsible for Silverfox’s death because they refused him help. They also believe that the inquest merely meant to tidy-up the death.“They thought that nobody would care. They didn’t realize that we do care, that we love his guy. His family loved him, people loved him,” said friend Joseph O’brien.Silverfox’s daughter said she’s not going to stop fighting until she finds justice.“It’s very important for the public to see what truly happened to my dad,” said Charlie.”He sacrificed his life for others to see what really happens in jail cells.”
16 November 2009Israel should end the blockade of Gaza, cease evictions and demolitions of Palestinian homes, and ensure that the rights of children are respected and that all allegations of torture and ill-treatment are promptly investigated and perpetrators prosecuted, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in an annual report released today. Israel should end the blockade of Gaza, cease evictions and demolitions of Palestinian homes, and ensure that the rights of children are respected and that all allegations of torture and ill-treatment are promptly investigated and perpetrators prosecuted, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in an annual report released today.“In particular, the Government of Israel should allow unimpeded access to Gaza for humanitarian aid and the non-humanitarian goods needed for the reconstruction of properties and infrastructure,” he writes in the report to the General Assembly on the human rights of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.“Israel should also address effectively and immediately the water, sanitation and environmental crisis in Gaza,” he stressed, citing the devastating damage stemming from Israel’s military action against Hamas last winter and its blockade of many materials other than foodstuffs, medical supplies, stationery and some industrial or electrical appliances.“Those heavy import restrictions, coupled with a near total prohibition on exports, have had a devastating effect on the Gaza economy. The blockade has also severely impaired the realization of a wide range of economic, social and cultural rights, as well as civil and political rights.”Mr. Ban says the reported ill-treatment of children includes beatings, being forced to stand or sit for long periods in extremely painful and harmful positions, in most cases with hands tied together and eyes blindfolded, threats of sexual abuse and hooding the head and face in a sack.He cites one case documented by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in which a 14-year-old-boy from the village of Qatanna was arrested in March by soldiers after other children had thrown stones at an army vehicle. While being transferred to an Israeli military camp, soldiers slapped him several times, handcuffed and blindfolded him.The boy stated that the handcuffs were too tight and caused him great pain and that the blindfold may have been coated in tear gas since his eyes were burning the entire time. After repeated appeals at the police station, a soldier noted the boy’s hands were turning blue and took off his handcuffs and blindfold. He was then subjected to interrogation for four hours, during which an interrogator beat his face and ears with the back of his hand, approximately 40 times.“All parties to the conflict should abide scrupulously by their obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law,” Mr. Ban writes in an overall recommendation, calling for all allegations to be investigated by credible, independent and transparent accountability mechanisms. “Equally crucial is upholding the right of victims to reparation.”On the West Bank, he reiterates that the wall which Israel says it is building to keep out Palestinian suicide bombers and other attacks, should be dismantled where it is in occupied territory, in accordance with an advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice.Israel should also issue viable zoning plans and a less cumbersome process for issuing building permits in a non-discriminatory manner for all in East Jerusalem and other places in the West Bank. “Until such time, the evictions and demolitions of Palestinian homes should cease,” Mr. Ban stresses. “Victims of forced evictions should also be afforded the possibility of effective redress. Punitive demolitions should cease immediately.”In East Jerusalem alone from January to July 2009 at least 194 persons were forcibly displaced as a result of home demolitions. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in August cited “conservative estimates” of more than 1,500 pending demolition orders in East Jerusalem.Some neighbourhoods face the prospects of mass demolitions. In the Silwan neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, some 90 houses are threatened, potentially displacing about 1,000 people. In Sheik Jarrah, an area in central East Jerusalem, 475 residents could face potential eviction as the ownership of their homes is contested by Israeli settlers.
“As the large number of irregular migrants stuck in Greece is mainly a result of EU policies and practices, there is a strong need for solidarity and responsibility-sharing within the EU in order to ensure full respect of the human rights of all these migrants,” the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, said at the end of a nine-day visit to Greece.During his trip, Mr. Crépeau spoke with many Greek interlocutors who expressed dismay at the reluctance of other EU countries at taking on a number of migrants stuck in Greece with little possibility of being returned home, as well as little chance of being integrated in the local labour market and society, given the economic crisis the country is going through. Mr. Crépeau underlined that while it is the EU’s role to manage migration flows to Greece, the Greek Government needs to respect the human rights of migrants. “I urge the Greek authorities to undertake all the necessary measures to combat discrimination against migrants,” he said. “I am deeply concerned about the widespread xenophobic violence and attacks against migrants in Greece, and I strongly condemn the inadequate response by the law enforcement agencies to curb this violence, and to punish those responsible.”In particular, the Special Rapporteur drew attention to a new policy implemented by the Greek Government which systematically detains everyone that is detected as irregularly entering the Greek territory, including children and families. Separated or unaccompanied children are let go without an official status in the country.“There does not seem to exist a clear, coherent strategy as to what to do with irregular migrants who are not clearly and easily deportable,” Mr. Crépeau said. “I met migrant children who lived in abandoned buildings or under highway overpasses, without any proper status and without any institutional support apart from the action of some civil society organizations.”He added that this policy leaves individuals in a state of legal limbo and goes against a human rights framework. A plan for a civilian asylum and first reception service in Greece that would effectively and quickly screen migrants with vulnerabilities has been supported by the EU. However, Mr. Crépeau said not enough financing has been received to fund these services. “I am concerned by the lack of appropriate staffing and budget yet dedicated to these two services, and I urge the Greek government and the EU to work together in order to ensure their swift operationalization.”While in Greece, Mr. Crépeau visited Athens, the Evros region bordering Turkey, the Aegean island of Lesbos, and the western port city of Patras. He met with Government representatives, civil society and international organizations, as well as migrants themselves, including in detention centres.Mr. Crépeau’s visit was the last stage of a special study on the management of the EU’s external borders. He visited Brussels in May, Tunisia and Turkey over the summer and Italy in October. The Special Rapporteur will present a report on his findings to the UN Human Rights Council in June next year.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs like Mr. Crépeau, are appointed by the Geneva-based Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
2. Will Bradley Roby be ready to step up?This year hasn’t gone exactly how redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby had planned. After being named a preseason All-American, Roby was then suspended for the season opener after a July incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar. He has been outplayed during games against California and Wisconsin and was then ejected from the game against Iowa for targeting. Roby is expected to play the whole game against the Nittany Lions and will likely be matched up against Penn State junior wide receiver Allen Robinson. Robinson is averaging 117.5 receiving yards per game, the highest among players that OSU has faced so far in 2013. It will be another test for Roby, who continues to watch his NFL Draft stock plummet with his struggles. If Roby can contain Robinson, it could be a long day for Penn State. 4. Can Ohio Stadium and Buckeye Nation rattle Christian Hackenberg?True freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg has been all Penn State could have asked for this season. The 6-foot-4-inch Palmyra, Va., product has thrown for 1,672 yards and 11 touchdowns so far in 2013, against six interceptions. His three first-half scoring tosses kept the Nittany Lions afloat early on in their quadruple overtime win against Michigan two weeks ago, and the freshman is only getting better. OSU’s secondary has taken multiple hits this season, with the loss of senior safety Christian Bryant to a broken ankle against Wisconsin Sept. 28 and Roby last week to the ejection. If Hackenberg is able to find holes and complete big plays to Robinson and others, the team could light up the scoreboard. 3. Braxton Miller’s rollercoaster season.Since spraining the MCL in his left knee in OSU’s win against San Diego State, junior quarterback Braxton Miller has struggled to play consistently. After a four-touchdown performance against Wisconsin, Miller played poorly against Northwestern, turning the ball over three times and failing to find the end zone. Now Miller heads into the game against Penn State on the heels of a performance against Iowa in which he threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and added 102 yards on the ground. If Miller wants to lead the Buckeyes to another undefeated season, he will need to find more consistency in his play and keep his mistakes to a minimum. Although he was successful against the Hawkeyes, it remains to be seen which Miller will show up Saturday. If Miller can avoid turning the ball over and instead score a couple of touchdowns, it will go a long way to pushing the Buckeyes to 8-0 overall on the season. Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) dives forward during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editor1. How many yards does Carlos Hyde gain?Let’s face it: The lead running back role in the Buckeye offense belongs to Carlos Hyde. Although redshirt-senior Jordan Hall played well during Hyde’s three-game suspension stemming from an incident at a Columbus bar in July, Hyde has completely taken over No. 4 Ohio State’s (7-0, 3-0) backfield. In the four games since returning from suspension, Hyde has rushed for 41, 85, 168 and 149 yards, respectively, and five total touchdowns. Two of those games came against then-top 10 rushing defenses in Wisconsin and Iowa, and Hyde was still successful. Penn State (4-2, 1-1) comes into the game Saturday with the No. 21 rushing defense in the country, so Hyde will look to have another big game to help OSU win its 20th straight game. 5. Will the pressure get to OSU?The Buckeyes currently sport the nation’s longest winning streak at 19 games, and with the opportunity to take another step toward a Leaders Division title, will the pressure finally get to the team? The last time OSU boasted a 19-game winning streak, Meyer was on the other sidelines with Florida when it ended in the 2006 BCS National Championship. A victory against conference rival Penn State (8 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium) would surely vault the Buckeyes ahead into their next two games on the road against Purdue and Illinois.
At the opening of the 2007 South Australian Resources & Energy Investment Conference in Adelaide on April 30, The Honourable Mike Rann MP, Premier of South Australia and Minister for Economic Development, commented: “We are today celebrating , and ‘celebrating’ is not too strong a word to use, a political and policy breakthrough of huge, long-term implications for the industry and the State. And that was the decision by the Australian Labor Party, at the weekend, to at last join the real world when it comes to uranium – to finally end its illogical, outdated and ineffectual ‘no new mines’ policy. I’m very proud to have played a role in ending a policy that made no sense. I’m delighted that the ALP has scrapped a policy that had the potential to restrict the development of South Australia’s vast uranium resources. The old ALP policy did nothing whatsoever to prevent the expansion of existing uranium mines, such as the Olympic Dam mine in the north of this State, which is poised to more than double in size. But the policy did represent a ban on the number of mines in existence. Under a Federal Labor government, this would have blocked exciting and potentially world-class projects like the Quasar-Alliance joint venture development of the Beverley 4 Mile site. The ALP conference decision on uranium represents, from my point of view, ‘mission accomplished’. It’s a victory for common sense. It’s a victory for South Australia. And it’s a victory for your industry. The uranium policy change is great news for South Australia. The money spent on exploring for uranium in South Australia has topped A$30 million, which is the highest figure in 25 years. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 56% of Australia’s uranium exploration activity is occurring in this State. Today, about 60 companies and individuals hold a total of more than 160 exploration licences for uranium in South Australia and more than 100 further licences are being sought. There is a growing number of Adelaide-based uranium explorers listing, or proposing to list on the Australian Stock Exchange. As of less than 48 hours ago, South Australia is now totally and completely ‘open for business’ in the area of uranium mining and export: a carbon-free energy source for the future.
Mom, I know what I want for Christmas. Microsoft may have its Surface technology, but a new invention has been designed with the iPhone lover in mind. Table Connect for iPhone turns your small iPhone into a large display table that even comes with multi-touch capabilities.The display table operates in conjunction with an application running on the iPhone. However, comments on the video mention that it looks like when the guy launches the “special app” he also presses the sleep/wake button on the iPhone. I must admit the move made to launch the app is not a natural one and you can clearly see another finger touching the top of the iPhone before its screen goes blank and the table begins “loading up.”AdChoices广告Regardless of whether the video is fake or not it is a fantastic idea for a product and one which would be a nice addition to any Apple home. If these guys are genuinely working on a table I think they just shot their credibility with this video if it has been staged. You be the judge.Read more at the Table Connect for iPhone website
More Americans are taking advantage of ride-hailing apps, including Lyft and Uber, to travel to airports, restaurants, and workspaces across the nation.On Thursday, Pew Research Center released survey results in a blog post, which showed an increase in ride-hailing app use in the U.S. over the past three years. In the blog post, Pew Research Center expressed how more Americans are aware of these ride-hailing apps, and how they use them to conveniently travel to places.According to a fall 2018 survey conducted by Pew Research Center, 36 percent of U.S. adults said they’ve used ride-hailing services, including Uber or Lyft. Only three percent of participants said they’ve never heard of ride-hailing services before, which is an improvement compared to Pew Research Center’s 2015 ride-hailing survey results.Three years ago, Pew Research conducted a similar survey and the results are different: Only 15 percent of participants said they’ve used ride-hailing services before, and 33 percent didn’t even know about ride-hailing services for transportation.Ride-hailing use also varied depending on age and community setting. Fifty-one percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 said they’ve used a ride-hailing service before, while only 24 percent of Americans ages 50 and older have used one. City and suburban dwellers are also more likely to use ride-hailing apps: Forty-five percent of city residents and 40 percent of suburban residents have used ride-hailing apps, compared to 19 percent of residents who live in rural areas.Even though ride-hailing use is on the rise, American’s aren’t adding this service to their regular routines. Only 10 percent of Americans use ride-hailing apps once a week, while a mere 22 percent use them on a monthly basis. Most ride-hailing customers (67 percent) use ride-hailing apps less than once a month.Despite these differences, ride-hailing services remain a popular travel method for people in the U.S. Rather than walk, bike, or take a subway, some Americans prefer the comfort of a convenient car service over transportation delays and crowded streets.More on Geek.com:Uber Driverless Cars Return to the Road After Fatal Arizona CrashUber, Lyft Help Voters Get to the Polls on Election DayUber Launches an AI Lab Because Robot Drivers Are the Future SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Stay on target
And on the third Monday in April, the Vancouver City Council said: Let there be lights.Streetlights, that is. Let there be 13,500 of them — a project that will cost the city about $4 million upfront but cut its annual electricity bill in half.The city council gave the purchase the green light (or, technically, a whole lot of white lights) during its regular public meeting Monday. The new LEDs, shorthand for light emitting diodes, will replace all of the classic, cobra head-style streetlights within Vancouver city limits.Vancouver is behind the curve when it comes to making the switch. According to Bill Hibbs, commercial programs and key accounts manager at Clark Public Utilities, Camas, La Center, Ridgefield, Washougal and Yacolt have all taken advantage of a small-cities transportation grant to upgrade their lighting infrastructure to LEDs.“There’s not a lot of negative feedback that we hear from customers,” Hibbs said.Clark Public Utilities is partnering with Vancouver on the project, contributing $1.3 million as part of the company’s cash incentive program to promote energy-efficient updates.Currently, the cobra head streetlights use high-pressure sodium bulbs that cast a warm, hazy orange glow. They might be atmospheric, but they’re inefficient: Compared to LED lights, they use about twice as much electricity. LEDs also last around six times longer before they need to be replaced.
Liverpool have confirmed that defender Joel Matip will leave their pre-season tour of the United States in order to undergo treatment on a thigh problemThe Cameroon international was forced to miss the final part of last season due to a similar injury problem, but appeared to have made a full return to fitness during Liverpool’s preseason friendlies before the squad headed off to the US.However, in Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund, Matip sustained a similar injury to the one he had just gotten over from and has now returned to England to undergo treatment.A club statement read: “Joel Matip will leave Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States to undergo rehabilitation on the muscle injury he sustained against Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“The defender picked up the issue midway through the first half of the International Champions Cup fixture and was immediately substituted.“Though the muscle injury suffered in his upper leg is not considered to be a long-term concern, Matip will not be available for selection in the remaining two games in America.”It is currently unclear how long Matip will be out for this time, but it appears likely that he will not make it in time for Liverpool’s opening Premier League game against West Ham United on August 12 at Anfield.
Blaise Matuidi showered Lucas Digne with praises, confessing that the Everton left-back became stronger in defense since after playing in the Premier League.Blues signed Digne last summer from Barcelona and ever since then he has made 11 appearances in all competitions and one assist in his 10 league games for Everton.Speaking about Digne, Matuidi said via Sports Lens:Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Lucas played at PSG, Roma, Barça, the big clubs where he progressed offensively. And here he plays in a championship that forces him to be stronger defensively. I don’t see all his matches but I have seen him, and I find him effective. Above all, in the (national team) he never disappointed.”Having won four games and a draw from last six outing, Everton grabbed a ninth place in the Premier League table.The club also has possessed 19 points from 12 games in all, this season.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is unsure if Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde will recall star for Copa del Rey showdown with Sevilla after losing quarter-final first leg without him.Barcelona lost 2-0 to Sevilla on Wednesday night and their key men played little or no part in the defeat.Speaking after Wednesday’s defeat at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, Pique told Dailymail:Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).”First we have to play the league game against Girona and then focus on the return leg at the Camp Nou. Whether Messi plays is the decision for the coach.“In the first half we had a very clear opportunity and in the second we could have risked a little more to try and draw the match but Sevilla were better, and I congratulate them for it.“We have a very competitive squad and the coach wants us all to participate. The performance was good but they took advantage of all their chances.”
A paper tiger is on the prowl, perking up a Central Vancouver neighborhood and creating a scene. Make that Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters, brewing up robust java every day at 703 Grand Blvd.Launched in autumn 2009 by proprietor Zachary Gray, 28, the coffeehouse has enlivened the short stretch between East Mill Plain and Evergreen boulevards, fast becoming a community hub and artistic haven.It’s just what Gray, an Illinois transplant, had in mind when he pounced on the space formerly occupied by The Chicago Steamer hot dog eatery.“I could see the neighborhood embracing this place. This was a little bit of a diamond in the rough,” Gray said. He’d scouted around near downtown before settling on the busy arterial that splits the Edgewood Park and Hudson’s Bay neighborhoods.His dual goal: Serve killer coffee and establish a “third place” where conversation and good energy flows, where personal connections are made for the greater good.“I think we need a lot more places like this in Vancouver,” Gray said, quick to embrace all that “coffee culture” conjures. “I’m not in it for the quick buck. It’s about adding value to my life, and the community.”
Debris are seen after the tsunami damage at Sunda strait at Kunjir village in South Lampung, Indonesia on 28 December. Photo: ReutersAs Indonesia reels from the carnage of yet another natural disaster, authorities around the globe are working on how they can prepare for the kind of freak tsunami that battered coasts west of Jakarta this month.The 23 December tsunami killed around 430 people along the coastlines of the Sunda Strait, capping a year of earthquakes and tsunamis in the vast archipelago, which straddles the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire.No sirens were heard in those towns and beaches to alert people before the deadly series of waves hit shore.Seismologists and authorities say a perfect storm of factors caused the tsunami and made early detection near impossible given the equipment in place.But the disaster should be a wake-up call to step up research on tsunami triggers and preparedness, said several of the experts, some of whom have traveled to the Southeast Asian nation to investigate what happened.”Indonesia has demonstrated to the rest of the world the huge variety of sources that have the potential to cause tsunamis. More research is needed to understand those less-expected events,” said Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the University of Southampton.Most tsunamis on record have been triggered by earthquakes. But this time it was an eruption of Anak Krakatau volcano that caused its crater to partially collapse into the sea at high tide, sending waves up to 5 metres (16 feet) high smashing into densely populated coastal areas on Java and Sumatra islands.During the eruption, an estimated 180 million cubic metres, or around two-thirds of the less-than-100-year-old volcanic island, collapsed into the sea.But the eruption didn’t rattle seismic monitors significantly, and the absence of seismic signals normally associated with tsunamis led Indonesia’s geophysics agency (BMKG) initially to tweet there was no tsunami.Muhamad Sadly, head of geophysics at BMKG, later told Reuters its tidal monitors were not set up to trigger tsunami warnings from non-seismic events.The head of Japan’s International Research Institute of Disaster, Fumihiko Imamura, told Reuters he did not believe Japan’s current warning system would have detected a tsunami like the one in the Sunda Strait.”We still have some risks of this in Japan…because there’s 111 active volcanoes and low capacity to monitor eruptions generating a tsunami,” he said in Jakarta.Scientists have long flagged the collapse of Anak Krakatau, around 155 km (100 miles) west of the capital, as a concern. A 2012 study published by the Geological Society of London deemed it a “tsunami hazard.”Anak Krakatau has emerged from the Krakatoa volcano, which in 1883 erupted in one of the biggest explosions in recorded history, killing more than 36,000 people in a series of tsunamis and lowering the global surface temperature by one degree Celsius with its ash.Broken Warning SystemSome experts believe there was enough time for at least a partial detection of last week’s tsunami in the 24 minutes it took waves to hit land after the landslide on Anak Krakatau.But a country-wide tsunami warning system of buoys connected to seabed sensors has been out of order since 2012 due to vandalism, neglect and a lack of public funds, authorities say.”The lack of an early warning system is why Saturday’s tsunami was not detected,” said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho, adding that of 1,000 tsunami sirens needed across Indonesia, only 56 are in place.”Signs that a tsunami was coming weren’t detected and so people did not have time to evacuate.”President Joko Widodo this week ordered BMKG to purchase new early warning systems, and the agency later said it planned to install three tsunami buoys on the islands surrounding Anak Krakatau.The cost of covering the country is estimated at 7 trillion rupiah ($481.10 million). That is roughly equivalent to Indonesia’s total disaster response budget of 7.19 trillion rupiah for 2018, according to Nugroho.But other experts say even if this network had been working, averting disaster would have been difficult.”The tsunami was very much a worst-case scenario for any hope of a clear tsunami warning: a lack of an obvious earthquake to trigger a warning, shallow water, rough seabed, and the close proximity to nearby coastlines,” said seismologist Hicks.In the Philippines, Renato Solidum, undersecretary for disaster risk reduction, said eruptions from the country’s Taal volcano had caused tsunami waves before in the surrounding Taal Lake.He told Reuters that what happened in Indonesia showed the need to “re-emphasize awareness and preparedness” regarding volcanic activity and its potential to trigger tsunamis in the Philippines.The United States has also suffered several tsunamis caused by volcanic activity, including in Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington, according to the national weather service.More EducatoinIn Indonesia earlier this year, a double quake-and-tsunami disaster killed over 2,000 people on Sulawesi island, while at least 500 died when an earthquake flattened much of the northern coastline of the holiday island of Lombok.In a country where, according to government data, 62.4 per cent of the population is at risk of being struck by earthquakes and 1.6 per cent by tsunamis, attention is now focused on a continued lack of preparedness.”Given the potential for disasters in the country, it’s time to have disaster education be part of the national curriculum,” Widodo told reporters after the latest tsunami.For Ramdi Tualfredi, a high school teacher who survived last week’s waves, these improvements cannot come soon enough.He told Reuters that people in his village of Cigondong on the west coast of Java and close to Krakatau had never received any safety drills or evacuation training.”I’ve never received education on safety steps,” he said.
Listen Mark WilsonPresident Trump walks toward Marine One before departing from the White House in Washington, D.C., in AprilPresident Trump is expected to announce this afternoon whether the U.S. will be withdrawing from the Paris accord — the historic global agreement, reached in 2015, to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the rise in average global temperatures.Trump has tweeted that he will reveal his decision at 3 p.m. ET in the Rose Garden at the White House.During his campaign, Trump vowed to “cancel” U.S. participation in the deal. World leaders and business figures have urged him to reconsider.Barack Obama used his authority as president to join the Paris Accord, without a vote in the Legislature. That means Trump can also remove the U.S. from the accord without a vote. But it will take a while: Under the terms of the agreement, he wouldn’t actually be able to withdraw until November 2020.Leaving the underlying treaty — the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) — would be faster, and could be completed within a year. But that treaty was U.S. Senate-ratified. Presidents have unilaterally exited Senate-ratified treaties before, but it’s rare and controversial.Urged to stay, urged to leaveA wide chorus of voices are calling for Trump to recommit to the Paris agreement: Other world leaders and hundreds of scientists, of course, but also CEOs of major energy companies and other big U.S. corporations. Even many of Trump’s own advisers support the deal, according to The New York Times.But the accord has a number of detractors. More than 20 Republican senators called for Trump to leave the deal. Influential Trump advisers, reportedly Steve Bannon and EPA Director Scott Pruitt, also urged him to withdraw.And then, of course, there’s the argument advanced by candidate Trump. On the campaign trail, he criticized the agreement that the U.S. formally signed onto last year. He has said the deal is “unfair” to the U.S., objecting in particular to the requirement that wealthy nations help developing countries build renewable energy sources.Trump has also signaled, more broadly, that fighting climate change is not a priority for his administration. He’s denied the existence of climate change in the past, and appointed as the head of the EPA a man who doesn’t accept the overwhelming scientific consensus that humans are causing global warming by releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. And he’s already overturned several Obama-era efforts to reduce emissions.A hard-fought diplomatic agreementThe Paris accord was reached in 2015, after lengthy negotiations. The deal relies on voluntary cuts in emissions by all the member nations — nearly 200 of them.The agreement also, significantly, sets a global target: To keep the rise in the average temperature no higher than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. And it calls for some $100 billion a year in funding, from developed countries toward developing countries, to support green energy sources.It fell short of what some parties had hoped for. Island nations — which face an existential threat from rising sea waters — had pushed hard for a target of 1.5 degrees Celsius. (Why not even lower? Well, as of 2015, the global average temperature had already risen by 1 degree Celsius, and even with robust efforts to cut emissions, some further increase is essentially inevitable.)And the agreement relies on voluntary cuts in emissions, which is seen by some critics as a major weakness.Still, the fact that the world managed to agree on a target was celebrated as a diplomatic achievement, one multiple world leaders have emphasized as crucial to support. After the recent G-7 meetings, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and vocally supported her commitment to action on climate change.Modi said failing to act on climate change would be “a morally criminal act.” Merkel had previously vowed to “convince the doubters” among world leaders that “protecting the climate matters to all of us.”The doubters are in the minority. Only two countries — Syria and Nicaragua — have completely rejected the deal.Several dozen countries have signed but not fully approved — including Iran, Turkey and, most significantly, Russia, which is a major emitter of greenhouse gases. But three-quarters of the countries on earth have fully committed to the accord.A pact in name, or in deed?It’s important to note that the Paris accord is only as strong as each nation’s actual reduction in emissions. That means leaving the agreement isn’t the only way to weaken it: Trump could keep the U.S. as a signatory, but continue to slash the programs that would actually make it possible to reach the target for emissions.The opposite is also true: U.S. greenhouse gas emissions could continue to go down, at least in the short term, even if Trump withdraws from the accord.As NPR’s Christopher Joyce recently reported, emissions in the U.S. have declined by about 12 percent since 2005.“The U.S. has successfully bent its greenhouse gas emissions curve,” Kate Larsen, of the economics research team Rhodium Group, told Christopher. “And we are going to continue to reduce emissions over the next 10 years, likely regardless of Trump policy.”But while the Paris accord isn’t synonymous with U.S. emissions cuts, that doesn’t mean Trump’s decision on the accord is meaningless.Economist Marc Hafstead, who’s with Resources for the Future, told Christopher that exiting the deal “could potentially have political ramifications — to the extent that our pulling out of the agreement is going to cause other countries to do less.”It would also threaten the $100 billion a year pledged to help developing countries achieve emissions cuts, as Bloomberg has reported.Meanwhile, many analysts see a U.S. departure from the deal as paving the way for China to take the lead on climate change.It’s not just a question of intangible moral leadership, or even of the potential profits from green energy that would be on the table. The Atlantic reported last year that a U.S. departure would likely result in less-transparent mechanisms for actually enforcing the Paris accord — because Chinese “faulty and unreliable energy statistics” could play a prominent role.By staying in the deal, the U.S. would keep a spot at the negotiating table — and potential influence over how the agreement is enforced. A vote to remain also would mark a beginning — not an end — of questions about how the Trump administration will affect global climate change efforts.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /03:38 X
Kolkata: The state Health department has urged the agitating medical students of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) to end the 12-day long stir, assuring them all sorts of cooperation.In a press statement issued by the Director of Medical Education (DME), Prof Dr Debashis Bhattacharrya, the students taking part in the symbolic hunger-strike for the last few days have been requested to lift their agitation and advised to take care of their health. He also assured the students that appropriate measures are being taken to renovate the hostel rooms. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Some students of CMCH resorted to symbolic hunger-strike over new hostel accommodation. The college council has consistently requested them to withdraw the strike and take care of their health,” press note issued by Dr Bhattacharrya stated.He reminded the students that they are a part and parcel of the hospital and it is a place to provide health services to people. “I request the students to withdraw their symbolic strike, return to academics and see that health services to people are not hampered. I further assure the students that appropriate measures are being taken to improve and renovate the hostel rooms,” Dr Bhattacharrya said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMeanwhile, it may be stated that the CMCH authorities were looking into various options where it would be possible to accommodate the medical students from the second and third year in the new hostel building on the basis of the availability. The authorities may discuss the issue with the Health department in this regard.Some of the MBBS students from the second and third year of CMCH started a hunger-strike on July 10 with a demand of allotment of rooms in the new hostel building where the first year MBBS students have been accommodated. Some of the junior doctors and interns at CMCH extended their moral support to the movement. Students demanded that they must be given accommodated in the new hostel rooms. They also alleged that the hostel rooms, where they currently stay, lack basic infrastructure.Some of the students have fallen ill due to the hunger-strike. On Saturday, another student was admitted to the hospital after he fell seriously ill.The principal of CMCH Uchhal Bhadra was admitted to SSKM Hospital on last Tuesday after he was allegedly heckled by some of the agitating students.Prof Dr Ashoke Bhadra is working as the acting Principal of CMCH. The agitating students also threatened to continue the demonstration as the college council denied to give written assurances new hostel rooms.Kolkata: The state Health department has urged the agitating medical students of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) to end the 12-day long stir, assuring them all sorts of cooperation.In a press statement issued by the Director of Medical Education (DME), Prof Dr Debashis Bhattacharrya, the students taking part in the symbolic hunger-strike for the last few days have been requested to lift their agitation and advised to take care of their health. He also assured the students that appropriate measures are being taken to renovate the hostel rooms.”Some students of CMCH resorted to symbolic hunger-strike over new hostel accommodation. The college council has consistently requested them to withdraw the strike and take care of their health,” press note issued by Dr Bhattacharrya stated.He reminded the students that they are a part and parcel of the hospital and it is a place to provide health services to people. “I request the students to withdraw their symbolic strike, return to academics and see that health services to people are not hampered. I further assure the students that appropriate measures are being taken to improve and renovate the hostel rooms,” Dr Bhattacharrya said.Meanwhile, it may be stated that the CMCH authorities were looking into various options where it would be possible to accommodate the medical students from the second and third year in the new hostel building on the basis of the availability. The authorities may discuss the issue with the Health department in this regard.Some of the MBBS students from the second and third year of CMCH started a hunger-strike on July 10 with a demand of allotment of rooms in the new hostel building where the first year MBBS students have been accommodated. Some of the junior doctors and interns at CMCH extended their moral support to the movement.Students demanded that they must be given accommodated in the new hostel rooms. They also alleged that the hostel rooms, where they currently stay, lack basic infrastructure.Some of the students have fallen ill due to the hunger-strike. On Saturday, another student was admitted to the hospital after he fell seriously ill.The principal of CMCH Uchhal Bhadra was admitted to SSKM Hospital on last Tuesday after he was allegedly heckled by some of the agitating students.Prof Dr Ashoke Bhadra is working as the acting Principal of CMCH. The agitating students also threatened to continue the demonstration as the college council denied to give written assurances new hostel rooms.
Mothers who have trouble sleeping may engage in more permissive parenting, that is parenting marked by lenient or liberal discipline, says a study. This type of lenient parenting, especially during the adolescent years, may increase the risk of problematic or risky behaviour among children including affiliation with deviant peers, engaging in delinquent behaviour, or substance use and abuse, according to the researchers.”We found that when mothers were not receiving enough sleep, or receiving poor quality sleep, it had an effect on their levels of permissiveness with their adolescents,” said Kelly Tu from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It may be that they’re more irritable, experiencing impaired attention, or so over-tired that they are less consistent in their parenting. But on the plus side, we also find that mothers who are receiving adequate sleep are less likely to be permissive with their adolescents,” she added. The study, published in the Journal of Sleep Research, focused on the effect of maternal sleep on parenting of adolescents.Tu explained that during adolescence – 11 to 18 years of age – parental involvement is an important factor regarding how well their kids are adjusting socially, emotionally and behaviourally. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Given that permissive parenting may heighten the risk of adolescents’ risky behaviours, we wanted to take a step back to ask what’s driving these permissive parenting behaviours, and to see if sleep could be a contributing factor,” Tu said.In order to examine maternal sleep duration and quality, the study included 234 mothers who were asked to wear actigraphs – a wristwatch-like device – for seven consecutive nights which tracked their movements at night and determined whether there was a disruption in sleep. Simultaneously, the adolescent children of the participants of an average age of 15 years completed questionnaires about how they perceived their mothers’ parenting.The results showed that mothers who had a longer duration of sleep or who were able to fall asleep easily, had adolescents who reported lower levels of permissive parenting.The study is significant as it points out the need for self-care and the importance of sleep, according to Tu.
Advertisement Colin Kaeprnick remains unsigned, and the polarizing debate continues. Kaepernick supporters say he is being blackballed for his social activism, and the anti-Kaep crowd say he just isn’t good enough to justify bringing in the extra media media attention and would be a distraction if signed.Kaepernick is supported by a large number of current NFL players, Bills running back LeSean McCoy is not among them. While speaking to the media yesterday, McCoy said the distractions Kaep would bring outweigh his on-field benefit.McCoy said if Kaep was good enough, teams would line up to sign him.“He’s not really a good enough player to deal with it.” McCoy is already getting pushback from Kaepernick’s army of supporters, which is not surprising given the intensity of the debate.
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