U.S. agency says 20 coral species are threatened

first_imgWhile protecting five Caribbean and 15 Indo-Pacific corals “marks an important acknowledgement that corals are in trouble,” said CBD’s Miyoko Sakashita, it falls short of what the environmental group had wanted. “There is a little bit of a mixed reaction because there were some corals that we felt deserved protection that didn’t ultimately get it.” According to Melanie Rowland, a retired NOAA attorney and ESA expert not involved in the listing decision, it’s not unusual for an agency to change its mind between its initial proposal and its final decision, especially when there is new research.Now that 20 corals are listed, the question is how to arrest their decline. Threatened status does not automatically restrict activities like fishing or coastal development. However, other federal agencies undertaking projects that could harm corals, such as building ports, must now consult with NOAA first. “Those bigger threats [from] climate change have bigger impacts and harder solutions,” said Mike Tosatto, NOAA’s fisheries administrator for the Pacific Islands. “Land-based impacts of fishing and land-based pollution are generally lesser threats overall, but [they are] something that we might be able to more effectively address.”The agency already has a coral reef conservation program, and it will continue to study climate change impacts to corals while trying to reduce overfishing of reef ecosystems and reduce polluting runoff from land that can cause coral disease. But many scientists fear those steps, by themselves, won’t be enough to save corals. “Without reducing carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere, no amount of good management of these ecosystems is going to save coral reefs,” said Katharine Ricke, a climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Palo Alto, California, who has modeled large-scale climate impacts to corals. *Clarification, 10 September, 2:35 p.m.: David Bernhart’s NOAA position has been clarified. Ocean acidification, warming waters, and disease could lead 20 species of Caribbean and Pacific corals to be at risk for extinction by 2100. That argument formed the basis for a decision Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to add them to the list of threatened corals under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).   “I don’t think we can make any decision anymore about ESA listings without taking into account the reality that the planet is warming, that the ocean is changing, and will continue to change,” said Russell Brainard, NOAA’s Coral Reef Ecosystem Division chief, in explaining the agency’s action. Two coral species are already listed as threatened, a less protective category than endangered. The agency must now decide how to reduce the stress of those changes on coral species, some of which have declined by 90%.            In 2009, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) asked NOAA to list 83 species under the federal law, arguing that each one had declined by at least 30% in 30 years. In 2012, NOAA proposed listing 66 of those petitioned corals as threatened and moving the two species already on the list, the Caribbean elkhorn and staghorn corals (Acropora palmata and Acropora cervicornis), to the most protective category of endangered. David Bernhart, the protected resources chief for NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast region, told reporters yesterday that new information about the abundance of each coral species, their location, and how they respond to threats like pollution and ocean warming led to fewer listings than had been anticipated.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Perlas Pilipinas routs Singapore to open SEA Games bid

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Gilas Pilipinas escapes Jordan, salvages 7th place View comments LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games FILE – Perlas Pilipinas’ France Mae Cabinbin against Japan in the 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup. Photo from Fiba.comKUALA LUMPUR — Perlas Pilipinas shone bright Sunday night.True to its moniker, the Philippine women’s basketball team fashioned out a 88-54 demolition of Singapore to start its bid for the 29th Southeast Asian Games crown at full-packed MABA Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Displaying fluid transition offense through flashy playmaker France Mae Cabinbin, the Philippines kept the tentative Singaporean side under control in the first half, with just about everybody in the lineup scoring at will.Perlas stepped on it in the final two quarters with Cabinbin, Afril Bernardino and Analyn Almazan leading the charge to rip the game apart and cruise to its first victory of the meet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Shots fired at shop in Dwarka

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 23 (PTI) In a suspected case of extortion bid, two armed assailants riding a bike fired at a shop near Gola Dairy in southwest Delhis Dwarka area today but none was killed or injured. The owner of the hardware and building material shop, Sunil Kumar, was at the shop along with his elder brother and father when two persons on a bike stopped at the entrance of the shop. “They were wearing helmets. One of them got down and fired two shots aiming at us as we sat there and fled from the spot on their bike. We were lucky not to been hit,” Kumar said. Kumar then called up the police who are checking the available CCTV footages in the area in order to ascertain the identify the attackers. “A case has been registered. We are checking the footage. Registration number of their vehicle is being traced and they will soon be arrested,” a senior police officer said. Kumar in his complaint said that two persons with their faces covered had intercepted him while he was on his way to the shop some 15 days ago. They had asked him to pay Rs 20 lakh rupees and threatened him with dire consequences if he approached police. However, no case in this regard was registered at that time. Police are yet to make arrests in the case. PTI DEY PLB PALlast_img read more

Trent Bridge Test victory could not have come at a better time: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia were under serious pressure when they reached Nottingham for the third Test against England. Despite Virat Kohli heroics and some spirited performances by the pacers, India had gone down at Edgbaston and Lord’s.Barring Kohli, India’s batsmen looked incapable of competing against James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran. At Lord’s, Joe Root did not even call on Adil Rashid to bowl. Former cricketers from India and England questioned the Indian team’s attitude. Why were the players not practicing enough?They had played just one warm-up match before the Test series and it was days before India practiced again for the third Test. What was going on?Kohli’s captaincy was under the scanner too. He had taken pride in the team’s performance and he wanted his side to be world beaters. Yet, after the highs of those victories over South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia at home, India had started their series of away Tests on a disappointing note.Murali Vijay dropped, Prithvi Shaw in India squad for final 2 Tests vs EnglandIndia failed in the Test series against South Africa. In Cape Town, they failed to chase down a modest total. In Centurion, India failed in conditions that were as close to their own as they would ever find in South Africa. A consolation victory at Johannesburg meant little but the Indian team seemed to believe it could take a lot from that win.EXCLUSIVE – Virat Kohli looks like he is batting on a different pitch: Harbhajan SinghadvertisementAnd then disaster struck at Edgbaston and Lord’s.Questions were asked: Is Kohli a good enough leader? Is Ravi Shastri doing enough as coach? Were the players insecure? Constant changes were bound to create a sense of fear. But Kohli was determined. Nobody was insecure and Shastri, the coach spurred his players on at a pre-match press conference – there’s not a negative bone in the side, he said.Read – India complete historic Test triumph in England: Recapping all seven victoriesAnd before you knew it, the Trent Bridge Test had started. And India were asked to bat. And they showed intent.Kohli’s India can be the best travelling side in the world: Ravi ShastriThe openers fought. Virat Kohli scored 200 runs. Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara found form. The bowlers delivered as usual – Hardik Pandya’s five-wicket haul was possibly the icing on the cake. Besides, debutant wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, with seven catches, showed he belonged to the biggest stage. India registered their 7th Test victory in England (AP Photo)A few days later, India had secured only their seventh Test victory in England. The players had rallied to their captain’s call of now or never. The series was well and truly alive.Also Read – Virat Kohli breaks Sourav Ganguly’s record as Test captainShortly after sealing victory, Kohli said the victory could not have come at a better time.Kohli was named man-of-the-match for his 97 and 103 but he could not stop praising his bowlers. Jasprit Bumrah, Pandya, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami deserved all the rich praise that came their way from the captain and coach.”The bowling group was eager to take 20 wickets again. It was just a question of what we could do as batsmen to provide them with that cushion of going hard at the opposition and that’s exactly what we did in this game.”When both skills come together with slip catching, you win Test matches and I’m really happy to see everyone taking the responsibility at the right time. Couldn’t have come at a better time for us,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Virat Kohli dedicates historic Test triumph to Kerala flood victimsKohli was convinced there was nothing wrong with his team. Before Trent Bridge, India had lost four out of five overseas Tests this year. But the team believed it was outplayed only at Lord’s where they went down by an innings and 159 runs.Anushka Sharma keeps me motivated, I dedicate my innings to her: Virat KohliThe bowlers were doing their job – the batsmen had to step up and support Kohli, who is now the leading scorer in Test cricket this year.”We only spoke about the fact that we were outplayed in only one Test out of the last five overseas, which was at Lord’s and there was no need for us to change anything because Birmingham was close.”As a batting group, we spoke about how the bowlers are doing so well and if we just stepped up as batsmen we will definitely be on top and that’s exactly what we did.”advertisement Cheteshwar Pujara (right) returned to form in the Trent Bridge Test (Photo)India will now travel to Southampton for the fourth Test with the belief they can draw level and even win the series in September.last_img read more

Gareth Southgate offers to help England women’s team before World Cup

first_img Next Gareth Southgate offers to help England women’s team before World CupThe England women’s team is ranked fourth in the world and are among the favourites to win the World Cup, which starts on June 7 in France.advertisement Reuters EnglandMarch 29, 2019UPDATED: March 29, 2019 16:17 IST Gareth Southgate led England men’s team to the World Cup semis in Russia last year (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouthgate led England men’s team to the World Cup semis in Russia last yearEngland women’s team won the four-team SheBelieves Cup earlier this monthEngland kick off their women’s World Cup campaign on June 9 against ScotlandGareth Southgate has said his door is open for Phil Neville if the England women’s team coach wants to reach out to him for advice ahead of the women’s World Cup in June.Southgate, who led the men’s team to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia last year, meets Neville regularly at St George’s Park and says information is already being shared between members of their support staff.”We’re all at St George’s and in offices next door to each other so, as much as we can, we try and share what’s going on across the games,” Southgate told the Daily Telegraph.”Phil knows that whenever he wants to pick our brains on tournaments or our experiences then we are here to help. It’s not for me to go knocking and tell him, he knows we are here.”A lot of the medical teams and physical performance teams are sharing information… because that area in the women’s game has been underfunded and is better now because more of the bigger clubs are getting involved.”The Lionesses are ranked fourth in the world and are among the favourites to win the World Cup, which starts on June 7 in France.Neville’s side won the four-team SheBelieves Cup earlier this month, beating Brazil and Japan and drawing with hosts United States, who are also the reigning world champions.”I think they’ve broken through. The bronze medal (at the 2015 women’s World Cup) was a massive step forward,” Southgate added. “They’re hugely competitive now with all the top nations.”advertisementEngland, who are in Group D, kick off their World Cup campaign on June 9 against Scotland. Argentina and Japan are the other teams in the group.Also Read | France is hosting the women’s FIFA World Cup in 2019: Time to talk about itAlso Read | India set to host FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020Also Read | England manager Gareth Southgate banking on youth to bring future gloryAlso Watch | Lingard, Southgate defend Raheem Sterling over gun tattooFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow FIFA World CupFollow Gareth SouthgateFollow Women’s World Cuplast_img read more

BJPs Pragya Thakur leading in Bhopal in early trends

first_imgBhopal: BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur is leading in early trends received after counting of postal ballots in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal constituency. Thakur is contesting against former Chief Minister and Congress candidate Digvijaya Singh.Counting of ballots started at 8 a.m. in 51 district headquarters of the state’s 29 parliamentary constituencies. Some 9,000 security personnel have been deployed for the security of the vote count process in which around 15,000 government employees are involved. Counting of votes in the EVMs begins after postal ballot count.last_img

Since 2018 30 persons booked under MCOCA

first_imgNew Delhi: Since 2018, the Delhi Police have arrested 30 persons under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). The law enforcement agency has initiated 17 proposals under MCOCA.Police sources told Millennium Post that the Delhi Police Commissioner in the recent meeting reviewed the action taken by districts and units under MCOCA. The meeting was held in May. Sources further revealed that as many as 26 persons were nabbed in 2018 whereas till May 15, the city police arrested four persons. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”One of the units nabbed 19 persons last year under the act whereas two districts nabbed seven persons,” added sources. More than a dozen cases were registered by city police last year. Sources further stated that the law enforcement agency has identified four snatchers, 18 robbers and 13 other criminals who may be booked under MCOCA. As many as 17 proposals have been initiated against criminals. In a press statement, Delhi Police said that special cell, in order to curb illegal activities and to contain violence by criminals indulging in criminal activities in Delhi, has booked them under MCOCA in the recent past. “MCOCA was initially enacted by the Maharastra Govt in the year 1999 to contain the criminal activities of the underworld criminals, which was adopted in Delhi in the year 2002,” said Delhi Police.last_img read more

With Gaza pullout ending Israel Palestinians must remain true to Road Map

Video: – Security Council meeting [23 mins]- Statement and press remarks [5 mins] “Under the leadership of President Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinians are soberly welcoming this important stage in their history. His continued leadership will be needed at a time of rising expectations in Gaza and mounting concern in the West Bank,” Ibrahim Gambari, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told the Security Council today during its regularly monthly briefing on the situation in the Middle East. For its part, Israel has demonstrated that it has the requisite maturity to do what would be required to achieve lasting peace, and the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) has demonstrated their ability to discharge their mission with carefully calibrated restraint, Mr. Gambari said. “Prime Minister Sharon should be commended for his determination and courage to carry out the disengagement in the fact of forceful and strident internal opposition,” he added. As the disengagement drew to an end, attention must turn to the aftermath – the “day after,” he said. Over the next month, that would be at the forefront of agenda of the diplomatic Quartet – the UN, European Union, Russia and United States. It will be necessary to bring the process back into the mainstream laid down in the Road Map, which calls for a series of parallel steps leading to two states living side-by-side in peace, and to achieve a comprehensive and just peace in the region. But while Israel’s “bold” first withdrawal is welcome, the situation elsewhere in the occupied Palestinian territory continues to fester, Mr. Gambari warned, with many Palestinians fearing that Israel is consolidating its occupation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Of concern in that connection are recent statements by Hamas leaders that they will carry their resistance to the West Bank. ‘Violence as a means to achieve any objective should be rejected,” he said, “but at the same time, it would be unwise to lose sight of the concern of mainstream Palestinians in both Gaza and the West Bank that their legitimate aspirations may be put off indefinitely.” “Neither party should be exempt from its Road Map obligations,” he said. President Abbas must take up the difficult challenge to transform and develop the security sector and ensure that the Palestinian Authority held the monopoly on the use of force. He would need all possible support from his own people, as well as from Israel and the international community. For its part, Israel should freeze all settlement activity in the West Bank. Following the briefing, Ambassador Kenzo Oshima of Japan, which holds the Council’s presidency for August, said in a press statement that the members appreciated the coordination between the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority before and during the engagement. He also reiterated their call on both parties, in close cooperation with the Quartet, to ensure continued progress in the full implementation of the Roadmap and relevant Council resolutions. read more

Sound of Music PanthersSaints game draw viewers to NBC giving it a

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Sound of Music,’ Panthers-Saints game draw viewers to NBC, giving it a strong ratings week NEW YORK, N.Y. – Singing and hard-hitting football is the formula for success for NBC, at least for one week.The network’s success with its live remake of “The Sound of Music” starring Carrie Underwood, which drew more than 18 million viewers last week, stunned even the most optimistic network executives. The showing already has them talking publicly about remaking more musicals in the future.The telecast led NBC to a strong week in the Nielsen company’s weekly ratings race, but the Von Trapp family had some help. Two episodes of “The Voice” landed in Nielsen’s top 10 last week, and the annual show surrounding the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting was the week’s most popular holiday-oriented show.Then there’s the football: NBC’s Sunday night game between Carolina and New Orleans, with more than 19 million viewers, was the most-watched program all week.“The Blacklist” was second only to CBS’ “NCIS” as the week’s most-watched drama and won that distinction among the youthful viewers that NBC courts.NBC averaged 10.6 million viewers in prime time for its triumphant week. CBS had 7.9 million, Fox had 7.2 million, ABC had 5.9 million, Univision had 2.8 million, the CW had 1.8 million; ION Television had 1.4 million and Telemundo had 1.3 million.ESPN was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 3.3 million viewers in prime time. The Disney Channel had 2.4 million, the Family Channel had 2.3 million, USA had 2.2 million and History had 1.9 million.NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.6 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 8 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 7.5 million viewers.For the week of Dec. 2-8, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: Carolina at New Orleans, NBC, 19.07 million; “Sound of Music Live!” NBC, 18.62 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 15.63 million; NFL Football: New Orleans at Seattle, ESPN, 15.5 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 15.22 million; “The OT,” Fox, 14.61 million; NCAA Football: Ohio St. vs. Michigan St., Fox, 13.9 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 12.59 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 12.14 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 12.03 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Dec 10, 2013 4:22 pm MDT read more

A gem of a producer

first_imgGem Diamonds and the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho have named the 493 ct white diamond recovered from the LetSeng mine LetSeng Legacy. The LetSeng Legacy ranks as the world’s 18th largest rough diamond and was recovered from the LetSeng le Terai mine in Lesotho on September 7. Gem Diamonds says “the name reflects growing legacy that the LetSeng le Terai mine is creating as a producer of remarkable diamonds. LetSeng Diamonds, which is 70% owned by Gem Diamonds and 30% owned by the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho, has now produced three of the world’s top 20 diamonds. Two of these were recovered by Gem Diamonds in the last 13 months – the 603 ct Lesotho Promise recovered in August 2006 and this 493 ct stone. The LetSeng Legacy will be sold on tender in Antwerp by WWW International Diamond Consultants on Wednesday November 14 at a ceremony attended by the Lesotho Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Minister Monyane Moleleki, and the Gem Diamonds directors. The Lesotho Promise, which was the 15th largest rough diamond, was sold on tender in October 2006 for $12.4 million to Graff Jewellers. The collection of polished diamonds from the Lesotho Promise is expected to sell for between $25 and 30 million. The Lesotho Brown diamond was recovered in 1961 and ranks as the world’s 16th largest diamond. It yielded 18 polished diamonds, the largest of which was recently re-acquired by the original buyer, jewellers Harry Winston.In January 2007, LetSeng Diamonds also produced a 215 ct D-colour flawless diamond which subsequently sold on tender for $8.3 million.The LetSeng mine hosts two kimberlites, the Main and Satellite Pipes, that have a combined diamond resource value of $4.7 billion. It is renowned for producing some of the world’s largest diamonds which attract the highest average price per carat of any kimberlite mine. As reported in Gem Diamonds’ Interim Results to end June 2007 released in September, the average price per carat achieved from the LetSeng Satellite Pipe was $1,894 and $1,128 from the Main Pipe. This compares with the world average price of approximately $81/ct.last_img read more

Two emergency landings in 12 hours at Shannon Airport

first_img Image: RollingNews.ie Short URL 20,504 Views Dec 2nd 2016, 2:11 PM Share5 Tweet Email1 Friday 2 Dec 2016, 2:11 PM Two emergency landings in 12 hours at Shannon Airport The two emergency landings involved a technical fault and a medical emergency, according to the airport. Image: RollingNews.ie 23 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha SHANNON AIRPORT HAS confirmed that two planes diverted to the airport in less than 12 hours.The first, an Aer Lingus A320 EI 45D routing from Faro to Dublin, diverted to Shannon with a technical issue and landed safely at 8.30pm yesterday.A second flight, flying from the Dominican Republic to Germany, diverted to Shannon having declared a medical situation.The Air Berlin A330 was on its way to Dusseldorf from Punta Cana.The plane landed safely at 04.45 am this morning and was met by HSE ambulance services.A passenger was transferred by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick.Read: Nothing left to give back: Coveney says water charges money already spentRead: Body found during Welsh-Irish search for missing woman http://jrnl.ie/3116064 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

James Rodriguez may return to Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid are understood to be reconsidering whether to allow James Rodriguez to leave on a permanent deal to Bayern Munich this summer after he suggested that he may be returningThe Colombia international left the Santiago Bernabeu last summer for the Bundesliga after failing to break into the team at Real.Under former coach Zinedine Zidane, the playmaker found his opportunities restricted due to the fact that he just did not fit into the Frenchman’s tactics.In light of that, Rodriguez moved to Bayern in a two-year loan deal and thrived under Jupp Heynckes after the firing of former Real boss Carlo Ancelotti in September last year.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.And now the Colombian has been rumoured to be on the verge of making his stay at Munich a permanent one.But now, due to the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and the appointment of Julen Lopetegui as their new manager, Los Blancos are now considering taking back Rodriguez after his impressive season Allianz Arena as Bayern secured a sixth successive league crown.The Spanish news outlet Marca have since reported that both Real and Bayern are currently locked in negotiations on bringing the 27-year-old back to the Spanish capital.last_img read more

Censky Reiterates Call for Senate Solution on GMO Labeling

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) CEO Steve Censky again called on Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow to come to an agreement on legislation to set a national standard on the labeling of food products containing biotechnology. Censky indicated that as a steering committee member of the Coalition for Safe, Affordable Food, ASA will support a compromise struck by Roberts and Stabenow to move a solution forward.On a press call alongside Grocery Manufacturers Association President and CEO Pam Bailey, Food Marketing Institute President and CEO Leslie Sarasin and National Council of Farmer Cooperatives President and CEO Chuck Conner, Censky pointed to the looming threat of reformulation away from biotechnology-enhanced food ingredients, specifically including products including GMO soybean oil and meal, and the impacts of such reformulation on an already-teetering farm economy.“Markets for the crops that our farmers are growing today will be lost, and value of farmers’ crops will be diminished,” said Censky. “Farmers will lose, and ultimately consumers will lose as a safe and valuable tool for sustainable food production is driven from the marketplace by activists who got a state to pass ill-conceived legislation that devastates farmer livelihoods and raises food costs for all Americans.”“The lack of Senate action really threatens the livelihoods of the farmers we represent,” continued Censky. “Their crops are in the ground and growing, and they have leveraged their farms to take out operating loans in a depressed agricultural economy.”Censky also highlighted the benefits to conservation and sustainability lost as a result of the potential reformulation away from biotech.“Agricultural biotechnology has helped to make both insect pest control and weed management safer while safeguarding crops against disease,” Censky said. “It has allowed for a significant reduction in the use of pesticides, and promoted no-till or reduced tillage agriculture systems that help preserve topsoil from erosion and enhance water quality. Today over 90 percent of the soybeans, corn, cotton, and sugarbeets grown by U.S. farmers are biotech enhanced because of these very benefits.”“Farmers are used to responding to the market. The U.S. and world markets have told farmers that they want farmers to produce safe and healthy crops to feed growing U.S. and world populations,” concluded Censky.“Health agencies from around the world repeatedly have affirmed the safety of biotech crops. Yet because of the lack of Senate action we are on the verge of having one state with a bit over 600,000 people dictate nationwide food policy and stigmatization of biotechnology through on-pack labeling.”Roberts and Stabenow have indicated that they continue to make progress toward a solution, however only a handful of legislative work days remain for the Senate prior to the Vermont law’s July 1 implementation deadline.last_img read more

Atlanta to Launch Planning Process for Remaining Acreage at Ft McPherson

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR With the sale of about two-thirds of the former Fort McPherson to filmmaker Tyler Perry complete, the city of Atlanta soon will begin crafting a redevelopment plan for the remaining 145 acres at the southwest Atlanta site.The master planning process will come under the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Cities Initiative and encompass property outside the post, including the Oakland City MARTA station just north of it and the western extension of the Atlanta BeltLine, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.The BeltLine is a far-reaching transportation and economic redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown Atlanta. Construction of the BeltLine trail and Perry’s movie and television production complex are expected to bring more than $140 million in investment to the immediate area that could spur additional growth.The McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority would like to attract retailers to serve the studio and local neighborhoods, according to Executive Director Brian Hooker. Hooker said he plans on marketing the office buildings at Fort McPherson for a variety of end uses, according to the story.Last month, an Urban Land Institute panel recommended the remaining land at McPherson be used for a mix of retail, restaurants, office space and apartments. The panel also suggested luring federal agencies, government contractors and media companies to the installation.“It’s of critical importance to get under way now,” Hooker said, so that retail and other amenities at the Army post can be ready to support the community and Perry’s studio.last_img read more

Shawsheen Tech Superintendent Tim Broadrick To Step Down MidYear

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — The Shawsheen Tech School Committee released the following press release on Monday morning:The Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School Committee is deeply regretful to announce that it has received a letter of resignation of Mr. Timothy Broadrick, who has served admirably as its Superintendent-Diector for more than three years.Mr. Broadrick, who started his career as a teacher in the District in 2004, has notified the committee that he is currently negotiating a contract with a comprehensive school district in New Hampshire. He acted swiftly to give notice of his intention to leave Shawsheen Tech, in his words, “in order to provide as much notice as possible for an orderly transition.”In his letter of resignation, Mr. Broadrick wrote, “Many in our community know that I have previously expressed interest in making a transition from the world of vocational schools into the K-12 comprehensive school arena. I am pursuing a path that will afford me that opportunity while also allowing me the time and opportunity to complete a doctoral degree during the next few years.”Mr. Broadrick and the Committee are working together to create a plan that will allow the District to appoint an interim to guide the District during its transition to a new superintendent. Although Mr. Broadrick is available to remain in the District for the school year, both parties agree that an interim solution is likely to benefit the District, as Mr. Broadrick anticipates starting in his next role by July 1st, and it is unlikely that a complete search for a new Superintendent could be started and completed by that date.Since his appointment, the District has completed substantial facilities expansion and renovation projects, including the construction of a new outdoor athletic campus, renovation of the high school’s swimming pool, security upgrades to the high school building, installation of a new fire alarm system, and nearly $1 million in grant-funded equipment purchases. In the areas of curriculum and instruction, the school has added electives to its academic schedule, and this year students began enrolling in dual-enrollment courses with Middlesex Community College.—The School Committee is expected to discuss the Interim Superintendent position at its meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2019 at 7:30pm.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Tech School Committee Wants Broadrick As Next SuperintendentIn “Education”BREAKING: Shawsheen Tech Superintendent Charlie Lyons Announces Retirement Effective December 2015In “Education”Interested Wilmington 8th Graders & Parents Invited To Shawsheen Tech’s Family Forum On February 8In “Education”last_img read more

Rajya Sabha proceedings adjourned till 2 pm as mark of respect

first_imgNEW DELHI: In a departure from practise, Rajya Sabha proceedings were Tuesday adjourned only for a part of the day as mark of respect to departed sitting member of the House. Sitting Rajya Sabha MP Madan Lal Saini died on Monday. In the past, proceedings of the House were adjourned for the day whenever a sitting member of the Rajya Sabha passed away. Also Read – Chandrayaan-2 reaches nearer to moon with orbit change Advertise With Us But as the debate on the Motion of the Thanks to the President’s Address has to be concluded by the end of the day so that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could reply to it on Wednesday before embarking on his foreign visit, the proceedings were adjourned till 2 PM. When the House met for the day, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu mentioned the passing away of Rajasthan BJP state president and sitting Rajya Sabha MP Saini on Monday. Also Read – Shia Waqf Board claims right over disputed Ayodhya land Advertise With Us Reading out an obituary reference, he said an advocate by profession, Saini fought for labour rights. He began his Rajya Sabha stint in April 2018 and was its member till his passing away on Monday. “He suddenly developed some health problem and was admitted to AIIMS on Monday,” he said, adding Saini was suffering from leukaemia. “In passing away of Shri Madan Lal Saini, the country has lost an able parliamentarian, a veteran trade unionist and a dedicated social worker,” he said. Members thereafter stood up in silence as a mark of respect to the departed. Naidu said the discussion on the Motion of Thanks has to be concluded by Tuesday evening even if the House needs to sit late. As a mark of respect to the sitting member, proceedings stand adjourned till 2 PM, he said.last_img read more

Houston Jewish Community Responds to Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack

first_img Listen – / 3 Nearly 1,500 Houstonians gathered Sunday night for an interfaith candlelight vigil to honor the victims of the Pittsburgh Synagogue attack.The Houston Rabbinical Association and other representatives of the city’s Jewish community led the vigil, which was held at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center near Meyerland. Jewish leaders and other faith-based community officials called for unity during the ceremony, urging Houstonians and Texans across the state to fight hatred in all its forms.“It brought people together,” Joel Dinkin, CEO of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center told Houston Matters. “People needed an opportunity, wanted an opportunity, to express themselves and feel a part of a community. People from all faiths were here.”The accused gunman faces multiple state and federal charges after the 46-year-old opened fire, killing eight men and three women inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh during Saturday morning worship services.Across the country, condolences and remembrances of the 11 victims of the deadly attack were held over the weekend. There is also a national movement to organize Solidarity Shabbat services next weekend.“We are encouraging people to go to synagogues next Friday night and Saturday morning for the Sabbath to make a statement that we are a people of faith; that we believe; and that we can feel safe,” Avital Ingber, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, told Houston Matters.Security ConcernsIn the aftermath of the shooting, synagogues have been boosting security and ramping up visibility of officers in areas near worship centers.“It forced us to talk and to say, ok, what conversations do we need to have about our own security? How do we make sure that our security measures are in order?” Ingber said. “There’s no way to absolutely prevent anything like this, unfortunately in the polarized world in which we’re living, but we need to make sure we’re doing everything we possibly can to be safe and secure.”Dinkin echoed this sentiment, saying the center has security concerns on a regular basis. “We are always focusing on security here,” he said.According to the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) 2017 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. increased nearly 60% in 2017 compared to the previous year. The Southwest region, which encompasses Houston, saw a similar increase, with the number of reported instances doubling.“Antisemitism is definitely on the rise, but it’s not just antisemitism it’s also hatred in all its forms,” Dena Marks, Senior Associate Director of the Southwest Regional Office of the ADL, told Houston Matters.  This latest attack also nears the one-year anniversary of the Sutherland Springs church shooting, where 26 people were shot and killed while attending Sunday service about 30 miles east of San Antonio. 00:00 /16:10center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Sharelast_img read more

Manafort Indictment Judge was US Magistrate Deborah Robinson

first_imgU.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson, a Black woman based in Washington, D.C. and the presiding judge over Paul Manafort’s 12-count indictment, placed President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman on house arrest with a $10 million bail for money laundering and other financial crimes.Manafort, and his former business associate Rick Gates, have been brought up on charges through Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia Probe. On Oct. 30, Robinson set the terms of Manafort and Gates’ release. Both men pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy. Bail for Gates was set at $5 million.A court artist drawing shows President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, center standing and Manafort’s business associate, Rick Gates, in federal court in Washington, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson. Seated at front left is Manafort’s attorney Kevin Downing. Manafort and Gates have pleaded not guilty following their arrest on charges related to conspiracy against the United States and other felonies. The charges are the first from the special counsel investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)Robinson has been a presiding judge in D.C. since 1988. Prior to that she was the Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she prosecuted criminal actions in both the Superior Court and the United States District Court, argued appeals in both the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the District of Columbia Circuit, and served in the Civil Division.  This is her forth term as a D.C. Magistrate Judge. The term is expected to end in July of 2020. She is one of two Black women who are currently sworn in as magistrate judges for the district. The other is Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather. U.S. Magistrate judges are appointed by U.S. District Court judges, and assist District Court judge in various aspects of U.S. District court matters.  They cannot try or sentence persons in felony cases., but can handle misdemeanor and other minor cases including civil cases. According to news reports, Robinson is no stranger to high profile cases, presiding over cases involving Sandy Berger, President Bill Clinton’s former national security advisor; Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a former White House aide in the George W. Bush administration who was convicted of interfering with a CIA investigation and the preliminary hearing for Rayful Edmond III, a drug dealer in D.C. and a probation hearing for former D.C. Mayor Marion S. Barry.Robinson is a graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore and Emory University Law School in Atlanta. U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson will preside over the rest of the Manafort and Gates’ cases.last_img read more

Remembering Hamiet Bluiett

first_imgBy Nyame-Kye Kond, Special to the AFRODating back to the days of Black Broadway, When the U street corridor was an important destination for Black musicians, and later on when it became a poetry, and Go-Go hotspot in the 1990’s to the early 2000’s, Washington D.C. has always been an artistic mecca for progressive Black musicians. One such musician that cultivated important jazz relations in D.C. was the trendsetting saxophonist and bandleader, Hamiet Bluiett.Transitioning earlier this month at the age of 78, Bluiett was a fierce contributor to the Washington, D.C. jazz world, and leaves behind a legacy worth commemorating.A photo of the album, Live at the Knitting Factory featuring Bluiett Baritone Saxophone Group, led by legendary jazz musician Hamiet Bluiett who died earlier this month.Known for being a well-versed bandleader and accompanist, Bluiett played a slew of different instruments but his specialty was the baritone sax. Turning the latter into a soloist instrument, which is not very common because of its strong belching sound, Blueitt is credited for being a pioneer in jazz because of this, and also helped to revolutionize the “Downtown Loft Jazz” scene that swept the nation.Perhaps his biggest achievement was establishing the World Saxophone Quartet.  The first of its kind, the World Saxophone quartet, was originally formed during the era of “free jazz” and had little structure until Blueitt decided to take matters into his own hands – providing structure and order where there was none. When interviewed for NPR in 2010, Bluiett recollected the moment he decided to add more structure and said “’Wait, this ain’t making sense. I don’t like this. Because we play a tune, let me stick to what’s on the paper.’ I would see what’s on the paper, and make a bass line out of it — makeup some kind of line using the tunes.”Steadily changing the ways in which saxophones worked together, as well as the way in which people listened to them, Blueitt quickly became influential in pushing the jazz boundaries into further avant-garde territories.Referencing his admiration for the D.C. jazz style early on in his career, Bluiett cites his earliest inspirer to play baritone saxophone as Duke Ellington’s longtime player, Harry Carney. Seeing Carney play while he was still a young guy, Bluiett committed himself to being a baritone sax player as well as an eternal advocate for young musicians.Understanding that influence and representation is everything, Bluiett got some of his earliest work being an accompanist for other great musicians.  Playing with such legends as Charles Mingus, Babatunde Olatunji, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder to name a few, Bluiett dug out his own niche in the arts community, even going so far as to establish his own art organization entitled Black Artist Group (B.A.G) of St. Louis early on in his career. Combining free form jazz with theater, B.A.G, helped to support and usher in a new generation of progressive musicians under Bluiett’s leadership, and innovative ways.A revolutionary artist because of his stance and politics, Bluiett understood the power of art, and that it is the artist themselves who have the actual power. When asked about corporate power in the world of jazz interviewed, Bluiett said, “They have got a lot of corporate action going on in our music and the arts where the corporate people are making up our minds about what should be done and making the decisions and the decisions aren’t really made by people who love art. That is not happening. It is not going to keep happening because it won’t sustain itself.”These are sage words of advice when the current state of jazz and progressive Black art in D.C. is taken into consideration. With most of the jazz spots being shut down over the years, and the demographic of the city changing, it is obvious that the lines between art, corporations and consumerism have become more and more blurred, and that Black artists are attempting to chart new territory in the midst of the chaos.last_img read more

Spreading christmas cheer

first_imgJingle Bells, Jingle Bells, jingle all the way…” The very sound of this carol is enough to assume what is around. Christmas is finally here and with that comes the time to celebrate and to bid a hearty goodbye to the bygone year, leaving us just a week to dwell on the happenings of the past year and look forward to New Year.The atmosphere, which is dipped in the festive spirit with the sound of carols, smell of freshly-baked cakes, the brightness of the lights and greenery of the Christmas (fir) tree decorated, is very enchanting for those who visit the Bethlehem, created here. It won’t be wrong to say that Delhiites definitely know how to celebrate, not only Indian festivals but international festivals as well in the “desi” style, with much ardour by adding an extra oomph to them. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In order to do something special during Christmas and New Year, various restaurants, hotels and food joints have devised strategies to rope in customers, who are looking forward to celebrate their Christmas and New Year in style and grandeur.MAFIA, Lounge & Bar, Punjabi Bagh, has organised a musical night to celebrate Christmas with DJ Nakul Shourie on Thursday. It is also offering a variety of delicacies to pamper your taste buds. The place boasts of taking one to the world of romance with its ambiance and with the tunes of soulful music. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixUmang Garg, owner, Mafia, lounge & bar said: “Christmas is the festival of love, peace and harmony celebrated with great merriment. Mafia follows the same motto but with a different style. We have special arrangements for the festive jubilation wherein we have Christmas special musical night and a variety of food delicacies. Come at Mafia and enjoy the Christmas spirit with us.” With online shopping portals offering discounts on an array of Christmas and New Year items to their customers, wholesale and retail markets around Delhi aren’t left behind either. LED-lit Christmas trees to decorative items for homes, exquisite gift hampers, cakes and bakery products as well as other party items are at the disposal of the shoppers. “Christmas here is celebrated just like Holi or Diwali. The demand, for cakes and other bakery products for Christmas and New Year parties, rises as people start booking their orders for cakes, pastries etc beforehand for their homes as well as office parties,” said a salesman of a bakery in Hauz Khas Village.Christmas ‘bazaars’ and Christmas ‘melas’ are also popular in Delhi where one gets all the necessary items for celebrating Christmas and organising New Year bashes at home. This year, Delhi Tourism has organised ‘X-Mas Carnival’ at Dilli Haat, Janakpuri and ‘Winter Carnival’ at Dilli Haat, INA.Sudhir Sobti, Chief Manager (PR and Pub.) said: “This year we have organised two carnivals at both the Dilli Haats. At Janakpuri Dilli Haat, the ‘X-Mas Carnival’ has been organised, where for kids we have got special arrangements done such as a Santa Claus, Christmas tree and rides for the kids, carol singing, camel rides as well as various cultural programmes, so that the general populace at large can also have the feel of Christmas celebrations. Also, Christmas “bazaars” have been set up which would sell all decorative items to cater to the needs of the kids as well as adults.”last_img read more