Dominican Republic Reiterates Support for Morocco’s Territorial Integrity

Rabat –  President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina has reiterated his country’s support for Morocco’s territorial integrity.The president reaffirmed his country’s position when he received Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita on Tuesday, June 11, at the Presidential  Palace in Santo Domingo.The meeting is part of Bourita’s official tour of four Latin American countries from June  11 to 14. On his tour, the minister is expected to discuss Western Sahara with the Latin American leaders. During the meeting, Bourita conveyed a verbal message from King Mohammed VI to the president. In the message, the Moroccan monarch reaffirmed Morocco’s determination to foster its bilateral relations with the Dominican Republic and to encourage a partnership between the two countries.Bourita also spoke about the “sustained and constructive” action of the Dominican Republic in the United Nations as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in support of Morocco’s territorial integrity.Following the meeting, the Dominican Republic issued a statement to express its satisfaction with the bilateral relations between the countries.  In the same statement, the country also expressed its “respect for the territorial integrity and national sovereignty” of Morocco. The Dominican Republic  also expressed full support for Morocco’s efforts to reach a mutually acceptable solution for the Western Sahara conflict.The Dominican Republic is on the list of the countries which deem the autonomy initiativea realistic and credible political solution for the Western Sahara conflict. The territorial dispute pits Morocco against the Polisario front, a breakaway movement that claims to be the sole representative of the Saharawis and seeks to establish an independent state in southern Morocco. read more

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Sudan UN hails Souths vote for independence but cautions on tasks ahead

7 February 2011The United Nations today hailed the announcement of the official results of South Sudan’s referendum – which showed that an overwhelming majority opted for secession – and called on both sides to agree quickly on a host of issues stemming from the separation and to resolve the future of a disputed area. Both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the panel he appointed to monitor the referendum urged the sides to reach lasting post-referendum arrangements, building on the momentum generated by the successful holding of a vote that by 9 July will sever a third from what has until now been Africa’s largest country and is widely expected to lead to the creation of the UN’s 193rd member state.Such issues include border security, citizenship, wealth-sharing, frontier demarcation, and popular consultations in the states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile – and Abyei, an area straddling northern and southern Sudan, that was due to have voted in a separate but simultaneous referendum on which side it would join. But a referendum commission has yet to be established there, and there is still no agreement on who would be eligible to vote.“Their work is not over,” Mr. Ban’s Panel on the Referenda in Sudan said in a news release. “The Panel calls on the parties to build on the constructive relationship they have developed to quickly reach a lasting agreement on post-referendum arrangements so that the peoples of Northern and Southern Sudan can live together side by side in cooperation, security and dignity.”Mr. Ban appointed the panel, headed by a former Tanzanian president, Benjamin Mkapa, to monitor January’s week-long vote, a culminating point of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement ending two decades of civil war between the north and the south that killed some two million people and drove an estimated 4.5 million others from their homes.In a statement issued today by his spokesperson, hailing the announcement of the results, Mr. Ban said the “peaceful and credible conduct of the referendum is a great achievement for all Sudanese.” The statement went on to call on the international community to assist all Sudanese towards greater stability and development, reiterating the UN commitment to do so.In its statement, the Secretary-General’s Panel noted recent deadly clashes in Abyei – ”which have only further complicated the situation” – and stressed the continuing importance of the protection of all Sudanese civilians, whether northerners or southerners.“The Panel believes that the referendum’s outcome reflects the free will of the people of Southern Sudan and that the process as a whole was free, fair and credible,” it said, citing an appropriate environment and security conditions for the free exercise of the right to self-determination, the high degree of transparency, and the extensive participation of civil society organizations.It noted that the tone of media coverage and public statements from senior government officials improved as the voting neared. “In spite of political uncertainty and some security incidents during the referendum period, and sometimes inadequate efforts to inform voters about their rights and options, the Panel concludes that voters were able to express their will freely,” it said.The Panel also commended the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission for overcoming numerous challenges to administer the vote successfully, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), the UN Integrated Referendum and Electoral Division, and international electoral advisers, donors and observer groups for their assistance.“The Panel congratulates the people of Sudan for their discipline and patience, which ensured the process was peaceful and on schedule,” it said in its statement.Throughout the referendum period, UNMIS intensified its peacekeeping patrols in Abyei after reports of clashes between Arab nomadic cattle-herders, known as Misseriya and linked to the North, and the Dinka ethnic group linked to the South.The other two members of the Secretary-General’s Panel on the Referenda in Sudan were António Monteiro, a former Portuguese Foreign Minister, and Bhojraj Pokharel, a former Chairman of the Election Commission of Nepal.The UN Development Programme (UNDP), which provided ballots and registration kits, voter registration campaigns, logistics, and technical support for the referendum, also hailed the results.“UNDP is standing by the people of Southern Sudan as they move forward into the next stage of building a strong, stable, and responsive state,” the UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark, said. “UNDP is working with the government of Southern Sudan to build up core government functions and efficient processes, particularly in the areas of rule of law, security, and public finance.” read more

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Lebanon Annan urges restraint after exchange of fire across withdrawal line

Earlier today, shells were fired from Lebanon towards an Israeli military position along the so-called Blue Line, prompting an Israeli artillery and air response. This constituted the third violation of the Blue Line in recent days in what a UN spokesman termed “a worrisome escalation of the situation.” In a statement issued on Mr. Annan’s behalf, the spokesman called on all parties to “exercise the utmost restraint in a situation that continues to be fragile, not just in Lebanon, but also in the wider region.”The Government of Lebanon was called on to extend its control over all of its territory, to exert its monopoly on the use of force, and to put an end to all attacks emanating from its territory.“The Secretary-General once again urges all parties to fully respect the Blue Line, which was unanimously determined by the Security Council, and reminds them that one violation cannot justify another,” the spokesman said. read more

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What next If Scotland votes for independence prepare for intense talks and

What next? If Scotland votes for independence, prepare for intense talks and a messy divorce LONDON – How do you divorce after a 300-year union? It’s complicated, and there is a deadline.If Scots vote yes to separation on Thursday, a clock starts ticking down to March 24, 2016 — the independence day declared by the Scottish government.The British and Scottish administrations have agreed that they will recognize the outcome of the referendum and appoint negotiators to work out the details of separation “in the best interests of the people of Scotland and of the rest of the United Kingdom.”But there is disagreement on many issues, and only 18 months to redraft laws, establish international agreements and work out relationships with international organizations.Robert Hazell, head of the Constitution Unit at University College London, says that is an “impossible timetable,” and estimates it could take up to three years to hammer out the details.Some of the key issues:___DIVIDING THE ASSETSThe Yes and No campaigns have very different assessments of Scotland’s financial picture, including its share of Britain’s national debt and North Sea oil reserves.The pro-independence Scottish government says Scotland would be entitled to 90 per cent of Britain’s oil wealth — based on divvying up the two countries’ waters — but only liable for about 8 per cent of its 1.3 trillion pound ($2.1 trillion) national debt, based on its share of the U.K. population.The British government disputes this, pointing out that Scotland has higher per capita public-sector spending than England and so is more indebted.Scottish independence leader Alex Salmond has signalled he could play hardball.___COUNTRY CLUBSSalmond says that Scotland wants to remain in the United Nations, the European Union and NATO, and he anticipates little difficulty in keeping those seats.Opponents say re-admission cannot be guaranteed. NATO, in particular, may be perturbed by Salmond’s promise to remove nuclear weapons from Scottish territory.That’s not so much a problem for Scotland — nuclear weapons are not a membership requirement — as for Britain, whose entire nuclear arsenal is based aboard submarines at the Faslane naval base in western Scotland.Adm. Mark Stanhope, a former head of the Royal Navy, has said that moving the weapons “would add a dangerous period of destabilization in our nuclear defence posture at a time when the international picture is clearly deteriorating.”The Royal United Services Institute, a military think-tank, estimates that moving the weapons could cost several billion pounds (dollars) and take until 2028. In the shorter term, Salmond may seek to use the base as a bargaining chip in negotiations with Britain.Opponents of independence also say the loss of Scotland would sharply reduce Britain’s clout on the world stage. It could endanger its place in the G-7 group of wealthy industrialized nations and its seat on the United Nations Security Council, although Salmond says Scotland would support Britain in efforts to keep the security council seat.___THE CURRENCY QUESTIONThe day after an independence vote, the pound sterling will remain Scotland’s official currency. The Scottish government wants to keep it in the long term as well — as a key prop of stability amid the uncertainty independence would bring.British officials and bankers say it’s not that simple. Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said that “a currency union is incompatible with sovereignty.”Salmond thinks the British government is bluffing. He says “a common-sense agreement on a common currency” is in everyone’s best interest.Another unknown is whether businesses will pull out of Scotland. Financial institutions including the Royal Bank of Scotland and insurance giant Standard Life have announced plans to transfer some operations south of the border to ensure they remain part of British tax and currency systems.Salmond says these are administrative measures and that the firms will keep most of their thousands of jobs in Scotland — but only time will tell.___DRAWING A BORDERAt the moment only a blue-and-white billboard informs motorists and train passengers that they have passed from England into Scotland, and border checks will not be set up the day after an independence vote.Salmond said there is “no danger” of such border formalities, saying Scotland would become part of the passport-free Common Travel Area Britain operates with the Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland.He says Scotland, like Britain, will be a member of the EU. But opponents say membership cannot be guaranteed; countries such as Spain, that face strong secessionist movements, may be uneasy about quick recognition.If Scotland remains outside the EU — or if Britain leaves, as some London politicians wish — there may be no alternative to border checks. Britain could also take umbrage if Scotland adopts much more liberal immigration policies.Scots will be getting different passports if they opt for independence, even if they don’t need them to cross the border. The Scottish government says all British citizens living in Scotland will automatically be considered Scottish citizens, as will Scotland-born Britons who live elsewhere. They will be able to apply for Scottish passports from independence day in 2016, and would be allowed to retain dual Scottish and British nationality.___KEEPING THE QUEENOne thing both sides agree on — Queen Elizabeth II will continue to be the Scottish monarch after independence.Scotland and England shared a monarch for a century before they united politically in 1707, and the queen remains head of state in Canada, Australia and several other former British colonies.The queen will keep her Balmoral estate in Scotland, the royal family’s traditional summer-vacation destination.Many other symbols of state are up for grabs. Scotland will likely adopt the Saltire, a blue-and-white flag that already flies alongside the Union Jack over government buildings in Edinburgh.The red, white and blue British flag combines the emblems of its member regions, including England’s red-and-white Cross of St. George and Scotland’s blue. A redesign of the iconic banner may be in order.___Follow Jill Lawless at http://Twitter.com/JillLawless AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Sep 14, 2014 2:46 am MDT read more

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Amid progress in West Africa and the Sahel UN envoy warns of

However, some countries in the region had witnessed political uncertainty or significant security challenges, noted the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas. “We were saddened by the quickly unfolding political crisis resulting from President Jammeh changing his mind and deciding to reject the results,” said Mr. Chambas, referring to the presidential elections in Gambia and the ensuing crisis. He further updated the 15-member Council on the initiatives – to resolve the situation there – taken by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), that agreed to uphold the elections results and decided to take all necessary actions to enforce the results. “UNOWAS is fully involved in supporting the ECOWAS-led mediation, which continues to explore all avenues towards a peaceful transfer of power,” the UN envoy added. He also informed Council members of elections in Cabo Verde and Ghana as well as in Guinea, where polls anticipated to be held in February have been postponed. In his briefing, Mr. Chambas also spoke of the continuing security and humanitarian challenges in Nigeria due to frequent attacks perpetrated by the Boko Haram militant group and appealed for more funding and support for relief programmes in the country. He further updated the Council on UNOWAS’ close collaboration with other UN missions in the region and, in the context of the drawdown of the UN missions in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and Liberia (UNMIL), as well as its work on issues related to regional stabilization, technical support as well as in the implementation of its Resolution 2282 (2016) and the General Assembly Resolution on Sustaining Peace. read more

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Former Ohio State football players at NFL Combine finish with mixed results

Redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby (1) tackles a player during a game against Indiana Nov. 23 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorSix former Ohio State football players took their shot at boosting their NFL stock at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis Feb. 22-25.Running back Carlos Hyde, cornerback Bradley Roby, wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown, offensive linemen Jack Mewhort and Corey Linsley and linebacker Ryan Shazier were the six Buckeyes who tried to impress scouts, general managers and owners of teams as they continue their evaluations for the 2014 NFL Draft, scheduled to kickoff May 8.The six players who took part in the combine join seven other former players — kicker Drew Basil, quarterback Kenny Guiton, safeties C.J. Barnett and Christian Bryant, offensive linemen Andrew Norwell and Marcus Hall and running back Jordan Hall — who declared for the draft following the 2013 season.Shazier impressed in both the vertical and broad jump, posting the best marks in each among linebackers and defensive linemen with jumps of 42 inches and 130 inches, respectively.Hyde pulled his left hamstring in his only attempt while running the 40-yard dash, and Roby finished with the third best time in the category among defensive backs at 4.39 seconds.Here’s a look at how each player performed at the combine, in the 40-yard dash, vertical and broad jump as well as how many reps of 225 pounds each player did on bench press. Bradley Roby:-40-yard dash: 4.39 seconds-bench press: 17 reps-vertical jump: 38.5 inches-broad jump: 124 inches Carlos Hyde:-40-yard dash: 4.66 seconds-bench press: 19 reps-vertical jump: 34.5 inches-broad jump: 114 inches Jack Mewhort:-40-yard dash: 5.37 seconds-bench press: 28 reps-vertical jump: 26 inches-broad jump: 101 inches Ryan Shazier:-40-yard dash: did not participate-bench press: 25 reps-vertical jump: 42 inches-broad jump: 130 inches Corey Linsley:-40-yard dash: did not participate-bench press: 36 reps-vertical jump: 27 inches-broad jump: did not participate Corey “Philly” Brown:-40-yard dash: 4.51 seconds-bench press: did not participate-vertical jump: 33 inches-broad jump: 116 inches read more

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Kittiwake added to the list of British birds facing global extinctionand plastic

first_imgThe kittiwake has been added to the list of British birds facing global extinction, with plastic, pollution, climate change and overfishing blamed for catastrophic declines this century.The familiar seabirds used to nest in their millions around UK’s shores but now only around 300,000 breeding pairs remain.It is the first British bird to be added to the IUCN’s Red List where plastic has been a factor in its decline. Kittiwakes have been known to drown in fishing nets while oil pollution and plastic litter can kill chicks in the nest.Since 2000 bird populations have dropped by 87 percent in Orkney and Shetland, and by 96 per cent on St Kilda in the Western Isles.Earlier this year, a two month Greenpeace survey of the important kittiwake stronghold Bass Rock, in the Firth of Forth, found plastic bags, packaging and netting strewn in nesting sites, and microplastics in the water.The RSPB said plastics and pollution made survival even harder for populations which were already struggling to feed themselves and their young. Plastic found on Bass Rock by Greenpeace Plastic found on Bass Rock by Greenpeace Credit:Greenpeace  A Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla at Bullers of Buchan Aberdeenshire Scotland A Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla at Bullers of Buchan Aberdeenshire ScotlandCredit: David Tipling Photo Library / Alamy Stock Photo Rising sea temperatures due to climate change also threaten sandeels, so kittiwake food supplies could be affected by both local and large-scale processes.“We need to ensure that the future management of the sandeel fishery is sustainable. If our internationally important populations of seabirds are going to cope with climate change, then we need to make sure industrial fisheries are not adding to their problems”, said Dr Euan Dunn, the RSPB’s Marine Policy Specialist.“This is an example of why fisheries policy is vital to the health of our seas. Our thinking on fisheries and marine protection must be as joined up as the seas on which we all rely.Others birds listed as at risk in Britain include the Atlantic Puffin; European Turtle Dove; Pochard; Slavonian Grebe; Balearic Shearwater; Long-tailed Duck; Velvet Scoter and Aquatic Warbler. Globally, the species is thought to have declined by around 40 per cent since the 1970s, justifying today’s uplisting from Least Concern to Vulnerable.In the North Sea, sandeels provide a vital food source for breeding seabirds and they are crucial to the breeding success of kittiwakes. However, they are heavily fished to be used for animal feed and fertiliser. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Laura Bambini, the RSPB Scotland’s seabird recovery officer said, “Some efforts are underway to protect important seabird foraging areas in international waters, but there is much more we could do around the UK to protect our internationally important and increasingly threatened seabird populations.”last_img read more

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Plans for St Teresas regeneration published

first_imgA PLAN TO demolish 14 blocks of flats in Dublin’s south inner-city has been published by Dublin City Council.St Teresa’s Gardens, near The Coombe, was given the go-ahead for a regeneration project in 2012, having first been earmarked for work in 2005.Since then, a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) plan has been shelved and the plan delayed.Funding for the project was provided in Budget 2014, meaning that the plan can now progress. The plan will see all but two of the 16 blocks of flats torn down. Those blocks left standing will be completely changed internally.The council will build 50 houses on the site, with 34 terraced houses and 16 apartments.The plans will be on display in City Hall and submissions can be made until 7 March.Subject to the plan being passed by councillors, the demolition is expected to begin in the summer.The council’s plan will see 550 less housing units built than under the PPP scheme, but less land will be used. It is hoped that private investment can be attracted for the left over land.Read: ‘Irredeemable neighbourhood’ now an example of regenerationRead: Over 20 Irish estates in need of major regenerationlast_img read more

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Bicyclist fatally struck by train in Pompano Beach

first_imgThe roadway has since reopened. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A bicyclist has been struck and killed by a Virgin train in Pompano Beach.Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene along North Dixie Highway and 33rd Street just before 7:30 a.m., Tuesday.Witnesses said the man tried to beat the oncoming train but did not make it in time.He was pronounced dead at the scene.7News cameras captured the man’s mangled bicycle near the side of the road.Drivers are advised to avoid the area due to traffic delays.Part of 33rd Street was temporarily shut down. last_img read more

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Buldir Island a life changer for seabird researchers

first_imgBULDIR ISLAND — The night before Ryan Mong was scheduled to start his summer job on Buldir Island, the lanky 31-year-old ducked into the cargo hold of the federal research vessel Tiglax to make sure his supplies were in order.Download AudioWaves break against rocks near Buldir Island as researchers and supplies are ferried from the US Fish and Wildlife Service research boat R/V Tiglax to Buldir Island in the Aleutians during a trip from Adak Island to Attu Island on a weeklong research mission in southwestern Alaska, on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)“All these white boxes are the food that we’ve ordered from a distributor,” Mong said, gesturing past gently swaying piles of waterproof Pelican cases. “Packed up the things we really like — nutritional yeast, the Srirachas, the stuff you just always have a lot of back home.”Mong was one of a handful of biologists hired by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to work in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. They maintain nine field stations stretching from southwest Alaska to Saint Lazaria Island near Sitka.Researchers and their supplies are moved from a beach to the beach in front of their camp on Buldir Island as the US Fish and Wildlife Service research boat R/V Tiglax is on a weeklong voyage in the Aleutian Islands on Friday, June 5, 2015.  (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)But Mong and his colleagues — an adventurous couple, also in their 30s — signed up for a special challenge. Their job was to spend three months studying seabird nests on a windy speck called Buldir Island.Located more than 300 miles west of Adak Island and 70 miles from the next nearest piece of land, Buldir is the most isolated island in the Aleutian Chain. It’s also the most pristine; the fox breeding operations that altered the ecologies of other islands never took here.Without any threat from foxes, seabirds had free rein on Buldir. More species now build their nests among the island’s jagged rock faces than any other location in the Northern Hemisphere.The Alaska Maritime refuge has been sending biologists into voluntary exile on Buldir each year since 1988. The program has become legendary among bird researchers such as Ryan Mong — and the scientist who first clued him in during a field season in Arizona.“It was like, ‘Oh, you get to ride a boat for two weeks out to the end of the Aleutian Chain! And there are so many seabirds that they’re gonna hypnotize you!’” Mong said. “So I immediately got on email, sent the resume off.”It took three years and a stint at another Alaska Maritime research camp in the Pribilof Islands before Mong secured a spot on Buldir. “To describe it to family, I just call it National Geographic Syndrome,” Mong said. “You want to go to the wildest places, the places with the most species, and enjoy the show. And it’s quite a show.”A skiff takes a wave over the bow as it returns for another load of supplies are moved to a research camp on Buldir Island as the US Fish and Wildlife Service research boat R/V Tiglax is on a weeklong voyage in the Aleutian Islands on Friday, June 5, 2015.  (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)A “swiss cheese” islandWhen the birds come back to roost on Buldir, it seems like there’s no number large enough to capture them all — and certainly not enough space. The island is just four miles long and two-and-half miles wide.Nests are built on top of nests, filling every available nook and cranny.Biologist Steve Ebbert has help getting into a dry suit as supplies and researchers are ferried from the US Fish and Wildlife Service research boat R/V Tiglax to Buldir Island in the Aleutians during a trip from Adak Island to Attu Island on a weeklong research mission in southwestern Alaska, on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)“You might find like four or five burrows around this rock, and a storm petrel that’s nesting in the grass tussock on top and puffins underneath from different angles,” said assistant refuge manager Jeff Williams, pointing to an innocuous-looking boulder on the beach.  “Swiss cheese just really describes it.”Williams got his start doing the same kind of work as the field biologists he now hires on an annual basis — hiking over rocky beaches and dense clusters of ferns to find a handful of diverse seabird nests. The researchers go back again and again to find out how many eggs hatch over the course of the summer, and what happens to the chicks.Over time, that data can be used to uncover population trends. Seabird populations are in precipitous decline worldwide, with flocks reduced by up to 70 percent. But the refuge hasn’t detected that trend in the Aleutian Islands. The biggest change seems to be in where birds go to build their nests, which is usually driven by the availability of food in the surrounding ocean. Those observations get sent along to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, so they can get a read on the ocean ecosystem before they set fishing quotas.Williams said that might be part of the appeal for researchers — seeing their work get some use in the real world, instead of going “into a filing cabinet.”Supplies are ferried from the US Fish and Wildlife Service research boat R/V Tiglax to Buldir Island in the Aleutians during a trip from Adak Island to Attu Island on a weeklong research mission in southwestern Alaska, on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)There’s also the unique office environment to consider.“If you think about it, every one of these birds poops,” Williams said. “There’s millions of them. So it’s like millions and millions of pounds of fertilizer coming onto this. It creates this vegetation that’s super dense and rank. I bring machetes and stuff for people to cut their ways through the paths.”Williams also tries to set up the island’s radio antenna and make sure the rough wooden cabin and weather-port tents are in good shape. But this summer, a string of storms in the North Pacific Ocean almost disturbed those plans. It took days before the Tiglax, the refuge’s research vessel, could steer close enough to the island to launch an inflatable skiff and sail ashore. The ride was still choppy, and it wasn’t safe to land on the beach closest to the campsite.That left the research team with no choice but to strap on frame packs and start carrying hundreds of pounds of fuel, food, and tools around the rocky point to their cabin. The crew of the Tiglax had to push on — conducting more research and checking on interpretive signs posted by Fish and Wildlife throughout the refuge.The storms broke and the ship eventually turned back, unloading deckhands, biologists, and refuge staff to help haul the last boxes ashore. But it just as easily could have gone the other way. The rough arrivals are one of many reasons why Williams says any field worker who can handle Buldir “has earned their stripes.”Biologist Jeff Williams, biologist Steve Ebbert and deck hand Andy Velsko return to the US Fish and Wildlife Service research boat R/V Tiglax after checking the conditions to land researchers on Buldir Island in the Aleutians during a trip from Adak Island to Attu Island on a weeklong research mission in southwestern Alaska, on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Scientists on the R/V Tiglax conduct research in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)“Buldir’s a big life-changer”McKenzie Mudge and Kevin Pietrzak had already been through the wringer before they were hired to spend a season on Buldir.“Usually we say we do bird surveys because that’s something most people can understand,” Mudge said. “Nice and simple. We’re outside looking at birds.”Night shift deckhand David Martindell and biologist Ryan Mong on the US Fish and Wildlife Service research boat M/V Tiglax pull in a substance crab pot with Tanner Crab in the Kuluk Bay area of Adak Island in the Aleutian, in western Alaska, on Sunday, May 31, 2015. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)In reality, Mudge and Pietrzak have spent the last six years studying bird migration and diet together. Since they first met at a research site in Antarctica, they’ve traveled from Chile all the way up to the North Slope.“When you get to working in remote field camps like this, at least a third of your time is camp maintenance and trying to keep the building from falling down,” Pietrzak said. “It’s work, too — trying to figure out how to survive in a place like this. It’s not always easy.”Mudge and Pietrzak are not the first scientists to fall in love under these conditions. There are several couples who met working for the Alaska Maritime refuge (Williams, the assistant manager, met his wife that way). But it’s not as common to find a couple that chooses to stay in the field.“It’s different,” Pietrzak said with a laugh. “It’s kind of weird to go back down to Southern California and see my friends that have houses and families and kids of their own, and I’m like, ‘Well, I got to see a lot of the world. That’s really cool, right?’”Katherine Robbins photographs the sunset from the US Fish and Wildlife Service research boat R/V Tiglax as sails from Adak Islands on a cruise to Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands, in western Alaska, on Sunday, May 31, 2015. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)Eventually, Mudge said, they would like to put down roots — adopt a dog, make their own home. But first, they wanted to find out what Buldir had to offer.“You know, everybody always says Buldir’s a big life-changer,” Ryan Mong said. “But you feel lucky getting to do it, because most people just get to come here once or so.”As Mong spoke, he tugged on a pair of hip waders. It was early summer, and the camp was ready — time to push the inflatable skiff back out to sea so the Tiglax could continue on its way.  I asked Mong if it bothered him that the field season he was about to start on Buldir could also be his last.“I like living like that,” Mong said.For two months, I didn’t hear another word from Mong or the rest of the camp.It was to be expected. Besides a sluggish email connection and a satellite phone, there aren’t many opportunities to reach the outside world from Buldir. And there shouldn’t be any opportunity to post images of the island’s rolling green hills and endless views of the North Pacific to Instagram.Captain Billy Pepper of the US Fish and Wildlife Service research boat R/V Tiglax stands on the back deck as he prepares to start moving researchers and their supplies s to their camp on Buldir Island in the Aleutian Islands on Friday, June 5, 2015.  (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)“My season got cut short due to an injury to my finger,” Mong said after I messaged him about his posts on the social media app. “I was done checking all the burrows that I needed to check and I was making my way back down a hill — slipped, dropped the machete I was carrying, and it cut right into my hand, really deep.”Mong tried to work through it, but medical advisors for the refuge suggested he leave. The damage wasn’t permanent. And McKenzie Mudge and Kevin Pietrzak took it all in stride.Even though it was truncated, Mong said the experience was everything he’d hoped — the sheer variety of seabird species, the headiness of living in isolation, the camaraderie among his crew.In fact, spending so much time with a couple like Mudge and Pietrzak got him thinking.“I kind of need to go settle down with my loved one and make her mine for the long run,” Mong said. “So I decided out on Buldir that it’s finally time to propose to my girlfriend.”Once he made it back to the Lower 48, Mong rode his bicycle across the West to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, where his girlfriend works as an interpreter. When he got there, the answer was yes.last_img read more

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Find your prez first Shah slams Diggy after being asked to

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP and the Congress exchanged barbs in the Rajya Sabha on the issue of party presidentship, with Home Minister Amit Shah and Congress leader Digvijaya Singh asking each other to settle leadership matter in their respective parties. During a debate in Rajya Sabha on the amendment in the anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019, (UAPA), Singh asked Shah not to act with “political motives” while being a home minister. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us He said Shah occupies the post once held by Vallabhbhai Patel and he should act like a statesman. “You should leave your the party presidentship and coronate (JP) Nadda ji,” Singh said, referring to JP Nadda who was recently appointed as the BJP working president. Shah still holds the post of BJP president. Shah hit back at Singh saying, “you should first find your party president.” Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us Shah was joined by his party members who jeered at Singh and the Congress in the wake of Congress being without a party president after Rahul Gandhi resigned from the post. The Home Minister also hit out at Singh, saying that he would not be labelled a terrorist under this law as long as he did not do anything that supported a terrorist or aided any such activity. Advertise With Us “Digivijaya Singh has said he would be named as terrorist. I want to assure him, if he does not do anything, then nothing will happen to him. It is now time to listen,” Shah told Singh. Digivijaya Singh had earlier objected the provision of the Centre getting powers to declare any individual a terrorist under this law. Singh had also accused the BJP of compromising on national security. “We doubt their (BJP’s) intent. The Congress never compromised on terrorism that is why we had brought this law.”last_img read more

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Sensex rebounds by 777 points on RBI rate cut expectations

first_imgThe benchmark indices rebounded strongly Tuesday after the government kept its fiscal deficit target unchanged for 2016-17, paving way for lending rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in the coming months.While the BSE Sensex index surged 777 points to close at 23,779 points, the 50-share Nifty rose 235 points to end at 7,222 points.Contrary to the expectations of easing the fiscal deficit target to boost spending, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his third budget Monday, kept it unchanged at 3.5 percent for the next fiscal year.Most of the analysts had expected the finance minister to announce a higher fiscal deficit target amid slowing economic growth.”There were apprehensions that government would not stick to the path of fiscal consolidation and would tinker with long term capital gains tax and both the things did not came which is positive for the markets in the near term,” Nilesh Shah of Envision Capital Services, told NDTV Profit.The status quo on the fiscal consolidation path will enable the RBI to cut interest rates in the coming months, which could be positive for the corporate sector.Earlier this month, global brokerage firm Nomura had said that the RBI is expected to cut the repo rate by 25 bps at its policy meeting in April, after the announcement of the Union Budget.On the BSE sectoral front, Auto, Banks, IT and FMCG were the top gainers. Banking shares witnessed heavy buying, supported by RBI rate cut hopes.While ICICI Bank shares rose 8 percent to trade at Rs 205, Axis Bank shares gained 4.5 percent to Rs 391. IDBI Bank was up 1.8 percent, posting gains for the second consecutive session after Jaitley hinted at selling stake in the bank, while presenting the budget on Feb. 29. Stock price of ITC climbed about 10 percent to Rs 325 despite a rise in excise duty on cigarettes. The excise duty increase was the lowest in the past five years.last_img read more

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BNP to mourn Chawkbazar victims Saturday

first_imgLogo of BNPBNP will observe mourning day on Saturday in memory of those killed in the Chawkbazar fire incident, reports UNB.In observance of the mourning day, the party leaders and activists will wear black badges across the country on the day.Besides, the party will arrange special prayers at mosques across the country after Juma prayers on Friday seeking salvation of the departed souls of the victims and early recovery of those injured in the fire incident.The party announced the two-day programme on Thursday in a press release.At least 81 people were killed and 41 others injured in a devastating fire that broke out at a chemical warehouse and raged through four other adjacent buildings in the city’s Chawkbazar area on Wednesday night.Major AKM Shakil Newaz, director (Operation and Maintenance) of Fire Service and Civil Defence, at a press briefing on the spot in the morning told reporters that a total of 70 bodies were recovered from the buildings.Besides, 11 others succumbed to their injuries at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), duty officer at the Fire Service Central Control Room Rasel Shikder told UNB around 4:15pm.Shakil Newaz said 41 people were rescued alive while the flame was doused at 6:30am. A total of 39 units of firefighters took part in extinguishing the fire.last_img read more

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AP PHOTOS Indias Modi shows media savvy in his first year

first_img Sponsored Stories 0 Comments   Share   Modi’s sartorial choices, meanwhile, are as well documented as his forays into international diplomacy. The flowing, colorful traditional turban he wore to make his first speech to mark India’s Independence Day got as much attention as the fact that he decided to make the speech without the bulletproof enclosure that usually surrounds Indian prime ministers.The pinstripes on the dark suit he wore as he sipped tea with Obama in New Delhi turned out to be his own name printed in tiny letters. The suit was estimated to have cost more than 1 million rupees ($16,000), but Modi sidestepped the negative publicity by auctioning the suit for a whopping $700,000 to raise money to clean the highly polluted Ganges river. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NEW DELHI (AP) — As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wraps up his first year on the job, one thing is clear: He understands the power of a good photo.A selfie with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Enveloping President Barack Obama in a tight bear hug minutes after he landed in New Delhi. Sweeping the streets of the Indian capital with a broom to highlight his national cleanliness campaign. There’s a talked-about photograph documenting just about every major moment of his first year as prime minister. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches FILE – In this Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, sweeps a road with a broom along with civic workers in New Delhi, India. As India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi wraps up his first year on the job, one thing is clear, the prime minister understands the power of a good photograph. Sweeping the streets of the Indian capital with a broom to highlight his national cleanliness campaign. There’s a talked about photograph documenting every major moment of his year as prime minister. (Press Trust of India source via AP, File) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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” said Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, with a minor in Applied International Studies, This was not just a movement to reclaim Iran? resourcesbut a progressive alliance seeking to revamp Iranian society and government The coup overthrowing Mossadegh may have ended the National Fronts reign in powerbut it did not destroy Irans opposition politics In the 1960sanother crisis over foreign exploitation triggered yet another demand for democratic change The measure that sparked the crisis was legislation proposed by the shah exempting the US military presence from Iranian law It was then that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini stepped forth to lead a national coalition that quickly moved beyond Western encroachment and challenged the shahs rule The themes of American interference and the shahs dictatorial rule quickly mergedas democratic empowerment was seen as the true path to national sovereignty This same coalition later forged the 1979 revolutionwhose aspirations for democracy and the rule of law were usurped by agents of theocratic absolutism Like the dynasty it displacedthe Islamic Republic has been bedeviled by dissent By the early 1990san eclectic group of politiciansseminary leadersreligious scholars and intellectuals undertook an imaginative re-examination of the role of public participation in an Islamic government The challenge of the reformers was to reconcile two competing demands: On the one side was Islam with its holistic pretensions; on the other side was political modernity with its democratic claims In essencethe reformers claimed that these two realms were not incompatible in principle or practice This was a remarkable rebuke to totalitarian Islamwhich was increasingly serving as the regimes ideology The odyssey of the reform movement is as familiar as it is tragicas President Mohammad Khatami and his allies ultimately failed to adjust the parameters of Irans Islamist rule Howeverthe guardians of theocracy could not rest easilyas the reformers quickly gave way to an even more robust Green Movement In many waysthe Green Movement is a descendent and successor of all the previous political coalitions that have sought to liberalise Iran The regimeto be surehas managed to regain control of the streets through brute forceshow trials and repression Howeverwhat is important is that the Green Movement severed the essential link between state and society For longthe Islamic Republic sought to present itself as different from typical Middle East autocraciesbecause its electoral procedures provided it with a veneer of legitimacy That legitimacyalong with the republican pillar of the statehas evaporated For nowthe Islamic Republic endures The mixture of strident nationalism and Islamism that has guided its foreign policy for the past three decades remains intact But beneath the facade of order and stability the clerical state continues to face a deep crisis of legitimacy It is impossible to predict whether the Green Movement will revive But whatever its fatehistory suggests that another social movement is lurking around the cornerready to challenge the clerics RAY TAKEYH is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsThe Death of Stalin follows the events that transpired immediately after Joseph Stalin’s death Related News The Death of Stalin is a Franco-British satirical period comedy It is a take on the events that transpired immediately after the death of the ruthless dictator of Soviet Union Joseph Stalin Judging by the trailer the film is going to be hilarious Since it is a comedy characters are essayed by British and American actors in their native accents and not erstwhile Soviet Union actors and chances are nobody is going to mind at all if the film manages to make movie goers laugh Directed by Armando Iannucci The Death of Stalin has a stellar cast with names like Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development fame) Steve Buscemi (The Sopranos) and Michael Palin (A Fish Called Wanda) among others Even though it is admittedly a satire avid history buffs would still expect it to depict the events faithfully even if the depiction is in a tongue in cheek way The trailer begins with the turbulent events following Joseph Stalin’s death All the people on the streets protests war crimes and the mysterious death of the despot itself And as the trailer informs us the fight for leadership begins soon after The viewers can expect a riveting giggle-laced ride and with its cast that is filled with veteran comedic actors expectations are definitely going to be high The Dead of Stalin may be a comedy but it is based on an important global event and there will be a need of subtletyWritten by Tavleen Singh | Published: August 3 2014 12:01 am Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Related News When I saw the Finance Minister announce for the umpteenth time that he was ordering his tax inspectors to go forth and “unearth” black money I sent him a text message asking him to call me He called promptly unlike other ministers in the new government so full marks to him for this In the brief conversation we had I humbly submitted that the Tax Department employed some very very corrupt officials and that his war cries would only make them behave worse than they already did These tax inspectors are directly responsible for the ‘tax terrorism’ that the new government promised to end They harass you if you pay taxes and they harass you if you do not and nearly always the money obtained to stop the harassment never ends up in government coffers Arun Jaitley heard me out and said that I should go ahead and write what I wanted to so as to make my point more clearly So here goes It is obvious that the new government is desperately short of money and this is probably the main reason why that absurd retroactive tax has not yet been abolished Clearly the way to get more money could be relatively easy if more Indians paid income tax but one reason why they do not is because you need an accountant to help you fill the 30-page income tax form I have paid income tax ever since I got my first job in The Statesman newspaper 40 years ago but to this day I need my accountant to fill the form for me It is long confused and dense It contains an endless list of convoluted questions Only an Indian clerk could have come up with this Kafkaesque document If I were an American citizen I would need to fill a two-page form and if I were British the form would be slightly longer but so simple that semi-literate Indians could fill it easily Since the Prime Minister won the election by promising “minimum governance” he would do well to begin by simplifying income tax forms He could then go on to simplifying passport application forms and the total abolition of the arrival and departure forms that Indian citizens fill in every time they leave or enter their own country To come back though to the income tax form may I say that even the Finance Minister a highly educated lawyer would need the help of an accountant to fill out his tax returns Please dear Finance Minister try and file your wealth tax returns online as an exercise to see how devious are the ways of Indian officialdom Technically this service has been introduced to make life easier for those who pay wealth tax but the reality is that it makes it impossible In the case of jewellery the details demanded of the size shape colour weight and worth of every item are so complex that it is much easier not to pay wealth tax or not own jewellery When you next sound your clarion call to “unearth” black money dear minister please keep in mind that the reason why this money has turned black is because of a corrupt obsolete system that badly needs reform Despite the ranting of that well-known economist Baba Ramdev most black money is not in foreign bank accounts but under mattresses in our dear Bharat Mata Small shopkeepers traders and businessmen remain outside the tax net because none of them can afford the time and money required to file income tax returns From talking to owners of small businesses I have discovered that they are harassed even if they want to pay their taxes by inspectors who take bribes to tailor their returns for them The tax department ‘widens the net’ by conducting raids on movie stars and big businessmen assuming they will definitely find undeclared wealth in their homes Victims are treated as guilty till they can prove their innocence and the main beneficiary is not government but those who make up the raiding parties A report prepared for the Finance Ministry by one of its own former officials Vijay Kelkar described tax raids as having no place in a civilised society but they continue because officials like the power it gives them over the richest men in India Of course they like the extra money that can be made through them But a direct consequence of such raids is that they vitiate the investment climate and this government has already inherited a poisoned investment climate These raids are reminiscent of the Emergency (remember Arun) when Indira Gandhi used them to disgrace her political opponents Incidentally it was during this Emergency when I first met our Finance Minister He was a student leader and I a junior reporter This is why I write this appeal Follow Tavleen Singh on Twitter @ tavleen_singh For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Ajay Khape | Pune | Published: August 9 2017 12:45 am Various Congress leaders on Tuesday participated in the Kranti Jyot march organised by the city unit ahead of 75 year of Kranti Din on August 9 (Express Photo by Sandeep Daundkar) Related News In an attempt to highlight the contribution of the Congress in the freedom movement the city unit of the party is planning to mark a 75-year-old historic incident when freedom fighter Narayan Dabhade was killed by the British during the launch of the Quit India movement The Hutatma Narayan Dabhade Pratishthan — which headed by Dhananjay Dabhade the nephew of Narayan Dabhade and general secretary in the Congress’s city unit — and the Itihaas Premi Mandal have joined hands to ‘recreate’ the incident which took place on August 9 1942 at the Congress Bhavan “It is unfortunate that the sacrifice by Narayan Dabhade has not received its due importance Dabhade was 17 years old when he was killed He was the first martyr after the Quit India Movement was launched and five years later the country finally got independence” said historian Mohan Shete chief of the Itihaas Premi Mandal He rued that when even Puneites seemed to be unaware of the incident how could the rest of the country know about it “The Itihaas Premi Mandal has been holding functions to highlight the historical incident… I realised that this is the 75th death anniversary of Narayan Dabhade and the right time to bring it to the public eye” said Shete To mark the occasion a play with 50 artistes would be staged at the Congress Bhavan on Wednesday “The Congress Bhavan is the building where the historical incident took place So we decided to organise the play at the same location” said Shete adding that Dabhade was killed at 330 pm on August 9 and the play would be performed at the same time The organisers have sent invitations to authorities of schools and colleges located close to the Congress Bhavan Four programmes have been organised to mark the anniversary of Dabhade’s martyrdom Floral tributes are going to be paid at the Suvarnakar Samaj cultural hall at 9 am and at the Congress Bhavan at 10 am A function will be held at a memorial near the College of Military Engineering at 11 am and the play would be staged at Congress Bhavan at 330 pm “The present generation is not aware of the contribution of Dabhade in the freedom struggle August 9 is observed as Kranti Din and the politicians merely pay floral tributes” said Dhananjay Dabhade He said all the members of the Dabhade family were active in the freedom struggle but were “ignored after independence” “We are mainly suvarnakars or goldsmiths and I continue to be in that profession The family of Dabhade who were part of the freedom struggle were not given the credit they deserved” said Dabhade Congress leaders meanwhile admitted that the event provided the party a good opportunity to “bounce back in the public limelight” In the civic state and parliamentary elections held in the past three years the Congress has recorded its worst performance and has been looking for a way to revive its fortunes “The contribution of Congress in the freedom struggle needs to be conveyed to the new generation who are unaware of the facts Highlighting the historical incident would enable the Congress to reach out to the new generation and make them aware of its contribution to the freedom movement; it will also inculcate patriotism” said Ramesh Iyer general secretary of the city Congress He said the event would “infuse new energy among party workers and certainly help the party revive itself” For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsPublished: March 5 2017 2:17 pm NASA recently announced the discovery of the first known system of seven Earth-size exoplanets around a single star ( Source: AP) Related News Astronomers believe that NASA’s upcoming James Webb space telescope could help us find out if any of the seven earth-sized planets around the TRAPPIST-1 star 40 light years away could possibly support life “If these planets have atmospheres the James Webb Space Telescope will be the key to unlocking their secrets” Doug Hudgins Exoplanet Programme Scientist at the NASA Headquarters in Washington said in a statement Watch all our videos from Express Technology “In the meantime NASA’s missions like Spitzer Hubble and Kepler are following up on these planets” Hudgins said Launching in 2018 the James Webb Space Telescope is the scientific successor to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope It will be the most powerful space telescope ever built “These are the best Earth-sized planets for the James Webb Space Telescope to characterize perhaps for its whole lifetime” Hannah Wakeford postdoctoral fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt Maryland said At Goddard engineers and scientists are currently testing the Webb telescope which will be able to view these planets in the infrared beyond the capabilities astronomers currently have “The Webb telescope will increase the information we have about these planets immensely With the extended wavelength coverage we will be able to see if their atmospheres have water methane carbon monoxide/dioxide and/or oxygen” Wakeford said When hunting for a potentially life-supporting planet you need to know more than just the planet’s size or distance from its star Detecting the relative proportions of these molecules in a planet’s atmosphere could tell researchers whether a planet could support life NASA recently announced the discovery of the first known system of seven Earth-size exoplanets around a single star Also Read:NASA discovers seven Earth-size planets: Here’s all you need to know All of these seven planets around the TRAPPIST-1 star could have liquid water — key to life as we know it — under the right atmospheric conditions but the chances are highest with three of the planets which are located in the habitable zone according to the researchers Webb is an international project led by NASA with its partners European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency For all the latest Technology News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: ANI | Washington Dc | Updated: January 29 2017 12:54 pm When they said it’s all in the head they weren’t entirely wrong (Source: Thinkstock Images) Top News Scientists have identified a brain hormone that can trigger fat burning in the gut Researchers from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in the US found a brain hormone that specifically and selectively stimulates fat metabolism without any effect on food intake The findings published in the journal Nature Communications in animal models could have implications for future pharmaceutical development “This was basic science that unlocked an interesting mystery” said senior author Supriya Srinivasan an Indian origin researcher and a member of the TSRI The researchers experimented with roundworms called C elegans which are often used as model organisms in biology What else is making news These worms have simpler metabolic systems than humans but their brains produce many of the same signaling molecules leading many researchers to believe that findings in C elegans may be relevant for humans They deleted genes in C elegans to see if they could interrupt the path between brain serotonin and fat burning This process of elimination led them to a gene that codes for a neuropeptide hormone named FLP-7 (pronounced “flip 7”) They found that the mammalian version of FLP-7 (called Tachykinin) had been identified 80 years ago as a peptide that triggered muscle contractions when dribbled on pig intestines The next step in the new study was to determine how FLP-7 was directly linked to serotonin levels in the brain The study revealed that FLP-7 was indeed secreted from neurons in the brain in response to elevated serotonin levels FLP-7 then travels through the circulatory system to start the fat burning process in the gut The newly discovered fat-burning pathway works like this — a neural circuit in the brain produces serotonin in response to sensory cues such as food availability This signals another set of neurons to begin producing FLP-7 and then activates a receptor in intestinal cells and the intestines begin turning fat into energy For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBJP leader Subramanian Swamy has slammed Rajinikanth asking the superstar to stay out of politics as he is not well-educated media reports said on Monday Swamy’s statements have come at a time when the popular South Indian superstar met his fans after eight years at Chennai’s Raghavendra Wedding Hall starting speculations on whether he would be joining politics According to News18 Swamy said" Rajini has no clear cut ideology He has been with various parties and has no ideology Rajini is a mere distraction" Swamy further added that Rajini’s following is a cult following and has no ideology He also said that movie stars are adept at giving statements as their dialogues are scripted by somebody else File photo of Subramanian Swamy PTI According to NDTV Rajnikanth told 700 fans at the meet-and-greet event that he has no political aspirations but will consider it "if it is God’s will" The actor also said that even though he had no political ambitions he wasoften dragged into political debates despite stressing that hewas "neither an influential political leader nor a socialactivist" "My life is in the hands of God I’m not sure what he hasin store for me But I’ll always perform the duty that hebestows on me So don’t feel disappointed if I don’t enterpolitics" he told fans at a gathering?directed by award-winning artist Julian Schnabel and with cameos by Willem Dafoe and Vanessa Redgrave, Pak?IEMarch 25) His political rivalsPresident Zardari and Nawaz Sharifare unlikely to give him a warm welcome Even Imran Khanof Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf partyseems keen to keep a distance from Musharraf A lonely legal and political battle awaits him Under the circumstancesMusharraf is likely to talk tough on Kashmir and Indiamuch like all other political parties No political leader seems worried about maintaining internal peace and security in Pakistan At timesdemocracy seems to strike feeble roots in the countryonly to be usurped by the army and the ISI The country must be saved from violence and anarchy Which political leader is able to do this remains the question Musharraf certainly does not seem fit for the part Zulfikhar Akram Bangalore For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Mumbai | Updated: June 11 2017 2:19 pm Toilet: Ek Prem Katha has Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign at its core and has a satirical flavour within a love story Related News Letting go of an official launch as lead star Akshay Kumar is holidaying abroad the makers of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha will unveil the film’s trailer later in the day on a television sports channel airing India v South Africa Champions Trophy match The trailer will be shown during the mid-innings show on Star Sports India so fans can expect to catch the sneak peek into the film around 6 pm It is also expected that at the same time Akshay and the film’s team will launch the trailer on all social media accounts Weeks ago the National Award-winning actor showed the trailer to a section of media and if the word-of-mouth is to be believed the trailer is the right balance of entertainment and the message like all recent films of Akshay Also starring Bhumi Pednekar and directed by Shree Narayan Singh Toilet: Ek Prem Katha has Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign at its core and has a satirical flavour within a love story The film highlights the importance of sanitation conditions in India with emphasis on the reduction of open defecation in public areas especially in the rural areas of the country Akshay and Bhumi are playing a newly-married couple Besides the critics the trailer has also managed to impress censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani who went to the extent of saying that the movie should be made tax free “Watched trailer of @akshaykumar’s #ToiletEkPremKatha Based on true incidents it promotes #SwachhBharat Should be made #TaxFree #SuperHit” Nihalani tweeted a few days ago Toilet: Ek Prem Katha will hit theatres on August 11 It joins the increasing list of patriotism-heavy films by Akshay The actor seems to be living his golden time in Bollywood with continuous box-office success and critical acclaim The expectations from Toilet: Ek Prem Katha are hence higher Catch #ToiletEkPremKathaTrailer in d mid-innings show on @StarSportsIndia today or to get it personallymessage here http://s.tco/BHCjKbqBth pictwittercom/tmYvOCTyIj — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) June 11 2017 The movie was earlier supposed to clash at the box office with superstar Shah Rukh Khan-starrer love story Jab Harry Met Sejal but with the latter bringing forward the release date to August 4 both the films will now get a solo release and hence an open window For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 12 2017 7:10 pm “Kya baat hain Irfan Bhai hope you can sing for me someday…lots of love” Varun Dhawan tweeted Related News Actor Varun Dhawan has praised cricketer Irfan Pathan’s singing talent and he hopes that the Indian cricketer can sing for him someday Irfan’s elder brother and cricketer Yusuf Pathan had shared a video of him singing “Ae mere humsafar” from Varun’s film Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya in which he starred with Alia Bhatt He captioned the video “Kya sur lagaye hain chote miya Irfan Pathan ‘Aae mere hum safar…’ Singer (What melody my younger brother Irfan Pathan has put ‘Ae mere humsafar’ Singer) To this Varun Dhawan who debuted with Karan Johar directorial Student of the Year alongside Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra responded “Kya baat hain Irfan Bhai hope you can sing for me someday…lots of love” Directed by Shashank Khaitan Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya also featured actress Alia Bhatt in a pivotal role On the acting front Varun is currently busy shooting for Judwaa 2 It also features Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu The film is being directed by the Main Tera Hero actor’s father David Dhawan and is a sequel to the filmmaker’s 1997 film Judwaa starring Salman Khan Karisma Kapoor and Rambha Kya sur lagaye hain chote miya @IrfanPathan “Aae mere hum safar…” #Singer pictwittercom/XAvzXUN7CN — Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) July 9 2017 Kya baat haan irfan Bhai hope u can sing for me someday lots of love http://s.tco/XOmqVYEHzN — Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) July 11 2017 Varun last appeared in Badrinath Ki Dulhania in which he shared the screen space with Alia Bhatt The film which did well at the box office was a sequel to Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania which had released in 2014 Now there are reports that the two will be seen in the next installment of the Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania franchise For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: PTI | Chennai | Updated: August 16 2015 4:10 pm Ilayaraja 72 has composed over 5000 songs in his career spanning over three decades across multiple languages Related News Eminent music composer Ilayaraja has been admitted to a private hospital here after he complained of uneasiness but is stable now The music director 72 was hospitalised on Friday after he complained of unease He was was evaluated for cardiac and gastrointenstinal conditions sources told PTI Share This Article Related Article Ilayaraja’s condition is stable and he is being taken care of by specialists and was likely to be discharged soon the sources said The music composer in his about four decade long career has composed music for hits like “Nayagan” “Sadma” “Swathi Muthyam” “Thevar Magan” and “Hey Ram” He is credited for integrating folk and international sensibilities in South Indian music He has won four National Film Awards; three for Best Music Direction and one for Best Background Score In 2010 he was awarded with Padma Bhushan He most recently composed music in Amitabh Bachchan starrer “Shamitabh” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: AP | Saint-martin-de-re | Published: June 26 2016 4:02 pm Spain finished the group stage as the most accurate passing team at Euro 2016 (Source: Reuters) Top News Spain is pledging to stick to its acclaimed passing game to try to break through Italy’s equally famous defense in the round of 16 of the European Championship on Monday Facing one of the best defenses at Euro 2016 Spain is vowing to stay patient and keep the ball for as long as needed to create scoring chances against its old rival in Monday’s match at Stade de France “It’s difficult to score and it’s difficult to create opportunities against them” Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara said “It’s a team that is well set up It scores few goals but also concedes few goals It will be a tough game It’s always complicated to play against Italy” The two-time defending champion is pledging not to fall into the trap of changing its style and forcing balls into the Italian defense if it becomes difficult to get near Gianluigi Buffon’s goal “We’ve been successful with this type of game We’ve become used to it” Alcantara said “We may vary our style at times sometimes using a striker up front but we have always maintained our passing game” With Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta in command Spain finished the group stage as the most accurate passing team at Euro 2016 completing 93 percent of its passes It also had the most passing attempts among all 24 teams that started the tournament with 2023 That was nearly double what Italy had in its first three games Spain also finished with one of the highest ball-possession rates in the first phase with 61 percent against 48 percent for Italy Italy’s defense proved effective in the group stage against very offensive teams keeping a clean sheet against both Belgium and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Sweden It conceded in a 1-0 loss to Ireland in its final group game after resting some regular starters Spain scored five goals in its first three games conceding two It will be the third straight European Championship in which Spain and Italy play each other Spain eliminated the Italians in a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals of the 2008 tournament and triumphed in the final in Ukraine in 2012 “We played one of the best games I can remember in that final” defender Jordi Alba said “But it’s not going to be like that this time They have three central defenders and two wingers who can create problems for us It will be very difficult” Coach Vicente Del Bosque used the same starting lineup in the first three matches and is not expected to make any changes to the squad against Italy despite the disappointing 2-1 loss to Croatia in its final group game a result that dropped the team to second place and set up the early encounter with the Italians For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: IANS | Mumbai | Published: March 16 2016 7:16 pm “When I see Sidharth and how he manages everything here alone I realise I don’t have to do anything as my family takes care (of all this)” Alia Bhatt said Related News Actress Alia Bhatt who is busy promoting her family entertainer “Kapoor & Sons” has confessed that she never gave enough value to her family but her co-star Sidharth Malhotra’s lifestyle made her realise the value of a family “I am lucky to have family in the industry When I see Sidharth and how he manages everything here alone I realise I don’t have to do anything as my family takes care (of all this)” Alia said here “This film made me realise the true love just not between a man or woman but a family as well Earlier I did not give enough value to the support I get from my family” said the daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and actress Soni Razdan Directed by Shakun Batra “Kapoor & Sons” is releasing on March 18 and also features Fawad Khan For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: AP | Zurich | Published: January 9 2017 10:34 pm Messi’s teammates including Neymar who could be named in a World XI voted for by players will also not travel (Source: AP) Top News Lionel Messi will not attend the FIFA awards ceremony later Monday when Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be named the world’s best player for 2016 Barcelona says it decided Messi would skip the event in Zurich and be “prioritizing preparations” for a match on Wednesday Messi’s teammates including Neymar who could be named in a World XI voted for by players will also not travel Ronaldo is favored to win his fourth FIFA player award after helping Portugal and Real Madrid become European champions last year Messi has five FIFA best player awards and has been runner-up in all other years since 2007 Barcelona hosts Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey The defending champions lost the first leg 2-1 in Bilbao For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top News and going by a few pictures that Sridevi has shared on her Instagram, went on the floors on Wednesday,” AOL News quoted Andrew Elliot, we still excited, which are those 22 places raided by the IT department?

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