Understanding the Brahmaputra and the annual flooding in Assam

first_imgSand is being dug from the river Brahmaputra due to massive siltation in the water ways in the outskirts of Guwahati on November 25, 2015. Gulzarilal Nanda, Union Planning Minister, visit a rapid survey of flood and erosion-affected areas of Assam on August 22, 1954. Photo shows the Union Minister (third from right) looking at the swirling Brahmaputra at Palasbari about 14 miles from Guwahati.  | Photo Credit: The Hindu Archives The permanent destruction of wetlands in the State has also been contributing to the deluge. File The massive earthquake that ravaged Assam on Independence Day that year not only claimed over 1,000 lives, but also changed the course of the mighty Brahmaputra. The riverbed rose as the mountains shook, and what had been a stable course became a constantly shifting one eroding the banks.This especially increased the amount of silt carried by the river and its tributaries. The silt was deposited on the banks downstream, and on the riverbed. Due to this heavy deposition, the river “frequently changes its course with the main channel flowing into multiple channels” hitting the river bank causing further erosion, a study published in 2014 by the Civil Engineering Department, Royal Group of Institutions explains.The riverbed area of the Brahmaputra has increased by more than 50 per cent through erosion since the quake. According to a report on climate change published by the government of Assam in September 2015, erosion has destroyed more than 3,800 square kilometres of farmland, which is nearly half the size of Sikkim, since 1954. Due to erosion, the riverbed area has expanded from around 3,870 sq.km. estimated between 1916 and 1928 to 6,080 sq.km. in 2006. Based on the civil engineering report, between 1954 and 2008 about 4,27,000 hectares has been eroded at the rate of 8,000 hectares per year.  Controlling the floodsOne of the main methods used in the State to control floods is embankments, but almost every year the Brahmaputra and the Barak breach their banks, inundating agricultural land and houses. “The most recent embankments are 25 years old,” says Himanshu Thakkar, coordinator of the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People. “Checking embankments before monsoon should be done as we never know where it will be breached. When the flow is extreme, erosion capacity is greater,” he adds.In August this year, the State government announced that as many as five dredgers will be used to deepen the Brahmaputra, and the harvested silt will be used to construct the 725-km Brahmaputra Expressway along both banks of the river. In an earlier report, the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal told The Hindu: “We believe it will not only improve the water-carrying capacity of the Brahmaputra, but also make the river navigable for bigger cargo ships. That used to be the case before Independence.”Sanjoy Hazarika, director of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative is unconvinced. He is for an engineering assessment, along with environment assessment, as dredging “might change the course of river.” Mr. Thakkar adds that the way dredging is done followed by the construction of highway on both banks will determine the changes the river will see.The Brahmaputra Board, under the Ministry of Water Resources, had suggested constructing dams in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh about 30 years ago, the Subansiri project being one of them. Subansiri was initially designed as a hydro-power and storage dam, which the board believed would help reduce the impact of floods. However, it was later transformed into just a hydroelectric project aimed at generating 2000 megawatts of electricity, which invited opposition from local people and environment scientists.There is the possibility that hydro electric projects can worsen the situation. “Ranganadi project is a classic example of damage caused by the dam in downstream,” Mr. Thakkar points out. The dam in Arunachal Pradesh — part of a hydro-electric project — is on the Ranganadi tributary of Brahmaputra. During winter the river barely exists, but during monsoon it swells up, inundating villages. The All Assam Students’ Union in July this year demanded demolition of the Ranganadi hydro project, alleging that release of water by the North Eastern Electric Power Corp. on July 11 without prior notice affected hundreds of thousands of people in Lakhimpur and Majuli, media reported.  A similar story was told by Nishikant Deka, 80, of Gorubandha, a village about 40 km from Guwahati. He and his 12-member family had to evacuate their house in neck-deep water and take shelter at a naamghar (public prayer hall). They managed to carry some rice, and food provided once in a while by NGOs kept them going. The head of the house described how almost every year the family has to reconstruct the bamboo home that floodwaters destroy.The government of Assam estimates that 2,753 human lives have been lost along with 6,73,329 cattle and the total losses due to floods and erosion amount to nearly ₹4659.472 crore. Flooding this year took the lives of 157 people and destroyed hundreds of acres of land. According to the state disaster management authorities, in the past five years, flooding has killed about 500 people. | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwar The permanent destruction of wetlands in the State has also been contributing to the deluge. Assam is home to more than 3,000 wetlands and many varieties of flora and fauna. “Wetlands, locally known as beels, act as reservoirs and rejuvenating them before monsoon can help in mitigating flood in parts of the state,” said Dulal Chandra Goswami, former head of department of environmental science at Guwahati University.“Wetlands play a very significant role as natural reservoirs of water that absorb part of the flood waters from the nearby rivers through their connected channels and also from surface runoff,” Mr. Goswami explains. Most of these wetlands are in derelict condition mainly due to human-induced factors such as encroachment for agriculture or infrastructure development.“To mitigate floods, any potential practical solution should be based on an integrated, multidisciplinary basin management plan focused on water and soil conservation together with geo-environmental, eco-biological and socio-cultural integrity of the basin,” Mr. Goswami says. “The basin management approach is essential in view of the interstate as well as international character of most of the tributaries and the mainstream.”Effects of Climate ChangeCompounding the issue of an unpredictable Brahmaputra, are the effects of climate change. “Climate change will result in more frequent and severe floods, which will increase the costs of reconstruction and maintenance on state infrastructure, including roads, irrigation, water and sanitation,” says the report on climate change published by the Assam government.According to the study, by 2050, the average annual runoff of the river Brahmaputra will decline by 14 per cent. However, there is a risk of glaciers melting, leading to flash floods.As the economy of Assam is largely dependent on natural resources, what happens with agriculture and forests has direct effects on the livelihood of its people. During floods, water becomes contaminated, and climate change has a direct impact on the water resources sector by increasing the scarcity of freshwater, which is a constant problem in summer.“The predicted increase in average temperature and decrease in the number of rainy days due to climate change will further stress water resources,” the report points out.The study goes on to say that heavier rainfall replacing continuous low or normal rainfall during monsoon might lead to flash floods in low-lying areas. This will also reduce the groundwater recharge. | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwar  Change in approachWhile the present approach towards flood has been immediate relief, much more need to be done before torrential rains hit the State during monsoon. The short-term measures on which flood management in the State presently depends, such as rebuilding the breached embankments, are largely inadequate.Besides, more accurate and decentralised forecasts of rain can help in improving preparedness. “Weather reports should be made available on district level and should be accessible to public,” says Mr. Thakkar of the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People. “Information should be available in local languages. With the forecast in, one can calculate how much more water will flow downstream, thereby alerting people in advance to evacuate. The nature of rivers is such that there is no way one can flood-proof whole of Assam so one has to keep it mind that floods will happen.”He adds that the water flow information shared by China on the Brahmaputra with India, for which India pays a certain amount, should also be shared with the public, as this will help in understanding the river better and therefore help people better prepare for floods.As the research scholars point out, studying the river and the impact of climate change is a must to understand why the state gets flooded every year. As line in a famous Assamese song goes: “Luitar parore ami deka lora; moribole bhoi nai (We are the youths from the banks of the Luit [Brahmaputra]; we are not afraid of death),” people in the Valley seems to be living by the same spirit. The human costLalita Biswas, 30, a daily wage earner at a brick factory in Morigaon, Assam, had to leave her submerged house in a village in Morigaon in a boat provided by villagers and take shelter in an open space on a nearby hillock. She was living in a polythene tent with her husband, who also works at the brick factory, and children. Her children have suffered from colds and fevers, and her family did not receive any help from the government, she said.“We’re always neglected because we are poor,” she said when asked if she had received any help from the state authorities. Ms. Biswas wasn’t alone. About 100 people climbed the hills to escape the flood and have to rebuild their houses and lives.Also Read All you need to know about Assam floods Marooned houses in the flood affected Morigaon district of Assam. “The river was swollen the morning after the earthquake, which seemed to last for an eternity. We saw fallen trees in it, people and animals flailing, dead bodies of people and animals that were carried on the strong current.”Krishna Chawla (née Das) was 13 when a strong earthquake that lasted about eight minutes jolted Assam and adjacent areas on the evening of August 15, 1950.The Brahmaputra River, which was always “eating away at parts of the state,” looked terrifying, she recollects. “All of us students went to help build embankments the next day, and while I was passing a bag full of sand to a fellow student, I saw the river take away the house I was born in. The house collapsed, and I stood there paralysed,” said Ms. Chawla, the daughter of a forest officer in Dibrugarh. | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwarlast_img read more

Reader slideshow: Your most electrifying lightning photos

first_img By Meghna SachdevDec. 17, 2014 , 3:00 AM Bradley Kloostra A 2011 lightning storm in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Zuzana Pilková Eliot M Herman ‹› A summer storm in a small village in southwestern Slovakia in 2013. William Livingston A composition of 13 images taken between 11 p.m. and midnight during a July monsoon storm in Phoenix. Jonas Doerr Geoffrey Giller A summer thunderstorm in Bonn, Germany. Josef Brůna A reader’s backyard view of Tucson, Arizona, as another summer monsoon storm hits the city. A 2012 lightning strike in Rome. A summer thunderstorm in Bonn, Germany. center_img Arizona is world-renowned for its spectacular lightning displays. Here, lightning strikes the town of Tucson. Reader slideshow: Your most electrifying lightning photos Scott Matthews A reader on Florida’s Captiva Island looks west at lightning over the Gulf of Mexico in 2014. See more. Matt Zinn Lightning in Šumava National Park in the Czech Republic in 2013. A 2011 lightning storm in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Gianluca Casponi Lightning strikes Toronto’s CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. Geoffrey Giller Part of a time-lapse series, this photo was taken in front of the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University, Bozeman, in 2014. Scott Chimileski Jonas Doerr Last month, we asked you to send us your best photos of lightning—and boy, did you come through. From Arizona’s famous monsoon storms to lightning in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, here are 11 amazing, awe-inspiring, and electrifying photos of lightning taken by Science readers.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

Lamar Odom arrives in Manila for Mighty Sports stint

first_imgThe 6-foot-10 point forward, who was the fourth overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1999 NBA Draft, ended his NBA career with averages of 13.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The former Los Angeles Lakers star will reinforce the Philippine side together with Barangay Ginebra resident import Justin Brownlee and veteran big man Randolph Morris in the tournament which tips off February 1.Joining the three are Fil-Americans Jeremiah Gray and Roosevelt Adams, former pros Joseph Yeo, Jet Manuel and Gab Banal and college standouts Juan Gomez Di Liaño, Santi Santillan, Justin Gutang and Troy Rike.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 39-year-old Odom last played for Spanish club Laboral Kuxta Basconia in the EuroLeague back in 2014.Odom, who is known for his versatility, helped the Lakers win back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. Screengrab from Lamar Odom’s Instagram Story.Two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom arrived in Manila on Wednesday to join his team Mighty Sports ahead of the Dubai International Basketball Championship next month.Odom was welcomed by fans and members of media at the airport.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Dennis Smith returns after trade drama as Mavs beat Clippers 106-98last_img read more

France’s Pouille upsets Nadal to reach quarters

first_imgtennis SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on × COMMENTS Young Frenchman Lucas Pouille scored a stunning, five-set upset over 14-times grand slam singles champion Rafa Nadal, winning a climactic tiebreak 8-6 to reach the US Open quarter-finals on Sunday.Displaying poise beyond his years, the 22-year-old Pouille took charge early and led two sets to one, then rebounded after sagging in the fourth set to win 6-1 2-6 6-4 3-6 7-6(6) in a four-hour struggle against the fourth seed.Playing his third consecutive five-set match, 24th seed Pouille, still looking for his first ATP Tour title, showed that his quarter-final advance earlier this season at Wimbledon was no fluke.“It’s my first match on the centre court, against Rafa,” Pouille said in an on-court interview after dropping flat on his back in celebration after his forehand winner ended the marathon on his fourth match point.“I couldn’t dream better than this.”The see-saw battle carried all the way into the fifth-set tiebreak, reached after Pouille answered Nadal’s opening game service break with one of his own in the eighth game.In the tension-packed decider, the Frenchman rushed out to a 4-1 lead. Double US Open winner Nadal drew within 4-3 but a forehand winner by Pouille made it 6-3 for triple match point.Nadal, who has made an extraordinary comeback from a wrist injury that forced him to retire before his third-round match at Roland Garros and withdraw from Wimbledon, fought them all off to make it 6-6.The Spaniard looked poised to reach match point himself when he came in on a short ball and looked set to unleash a winner, but his forehand found the net and Pouille made no such mistake on his big swing that finished the match.“I learned that it’s never over until the last point,” said Pouille. “I was a break down in the fifth, I came back and led 6-3 in the tiebreak and he came back. Yeah, it’s never done until the last point is over.”Said Nadal: “I fight until the end, until the last ball. Was a very close match. I congratulate my opponent, he played with better decisions than me the last couple of points.Nadal said Pouille has a very bright future.“He’s a player that has all the shots. He’s a potential top 10 and good fight for the big things the next couple of years, if he’s able to keep playing well, keep improving.”Pouille will play 10th-seeded compatriot Gael Monfils in the last eight.Monfils advanced with a 6-3 6-2 6-3 victory winner against unseeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, and has yet to lose a set in the tournament. September 05, 2016 COMMENT nad SHARE nadlast_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Kolkata dance to samba tune before all-European final

first_imgStreets have been cordoned off, traffic diverted. A sea of yellow, red and white have fill the streets of Kolkata, all of them walking in the same direction. Kolkata is staying true to the love of football they are known for, never siezing to amaze.The final two matches of the FIFA U-17 World Cup is in town and the football crazy city thronged the Vivekandna Yuvabharti Krirangan.Spain and England are facing off for the crown while Brazil take on Mali in the third-place match. Kolkata has picked their favourite colour (read yellow) and the greatest show in India’s footballing history is all set to begin.Fodens and Brewsters are surely going to get a good support at the VYBK Stadium tonight #ENGvESP #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/AhKrNsWCd7- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 2017″I bought the ticket the day Roberto Carlos unvieled the ticket a month back,” Tathagatha Das said standing in the line to get inside the stadium.He though belongs to a handful section of the crowd supporting England.Photo Credit: India Today The colour of Brazilian yellow and green is actually the one that is most visible inside and outside the stadium. Kolkata’s love for ‘o jogo bonito’ (the beautiful game) is well known and though Brazil will not be featuring in the final, their fans haven’t lost heart.”I am here for Brazil. They will win today, Mali is no match,” states young Shreya.”The final is the bonus match, I am here to see Brazil play,” says Sumit Ghosh, who naturally has worn his favourite Brazil jersey for the occasion.advertisementA city generally divided on the basis of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, when football season comes around, has united to celebrate the beautiful game.Photo Credit: India Today Snehashish Das and Rahul Bera have been coming to the stadium all their lives but in different colours.  The ‘usually enemies’, who sit in opposite parts of the stadium, will be sitting together and cheering for the love of the game today.The Mariners are here too. Come, cheer for #IndianFootball and #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/vdw9a3SmpJ- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 2017last_img read more

Team India joins PM Modi’s campaign

first_imgAsian Cup Qualification Indian national team participates in PM Modi’s Swacch Bharat Abhiyan Goal Last updated 2 years ago 08:17 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Indian National team training session AIFF Media Asian Cup Qualification India v Macao India Macao Stephen Constantine and his charges took part in the Prime Minister’s initiative for cleanliness drive… Shri Narendra Modi, Honourable Prime Minister of India, launched the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan on October 2nd, 2014 on the occasion on Gandhi Jayanti.The idea being to achieve the mission of a ‘Clean India’ by 2nd October 2019.The Swacch Bharat Abhiyan has become a national movement of sorts with citizens participating in the cleanliness drive. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The latest to join the bandwagon are the Indian national team. The Blue Tigers took to the streets of Andheri (East) to participate in PM Modi’s initiative, cleaning the llocality using brooms.Well, our Senior Team have shared a hand in the #SwachhataHiSeva movement. Good work lads #BackTheBlue pic.twitter.com/gPVVOsNLuH— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 29, 2017Not only did the players participate, the coaching staff including the likes of coach Stephen Constantine and assistant coach Shanmugham Venkatesh participated as well.last_img read more

Photo: This Fan’s T-Shirt At Today’s Alabama-Arkansas Game Is Going Viral

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prepares to enter the field with his team prior to facing the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 26: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prepares to enter the field with his team prior to facing the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama and Arkansas have entered the fourth quarter of their SEC contest. Thankfully, only a couple of minutes remain in this SEC showdown.The Crimson Tide are putting an absolute beating on the Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Ark.Alabama is leading, 58-17, with about 9 minutes to play. Tua Tagovailoa had more than 300 yards passing in the first half. Nick Saban was putting both Tua and Jalen Hurts on the field at the same time.The Crimson Tide were having a lot of fun.Arkansas? Not so much.It’s tough to have fun when you’re playing Alabama this season, after all.This is disappointing for a fan in the stands, who is wearing a pretty appropriate T-shirt:Arkansas FOOTBAWL #WooPigSooie pic.twitter.com/hJRojiVD5Z— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) October 6, 2018Maybe next week…last_img read more

Justice Ministry and NIA Enter New Phase of Partnership

first_img “We shall be supporting the implementation of the Child Diversion Act to include training of police officers and other agents in the justice system,” said the NIA’s Executive Director, Professor Trevor Munroe. The Ministry of Justice and National Integrity Action (NIA) has entered a new phase of collaboration. The Ministry of Justice and National Integrity Action (NIA) has entered a new phase of collaboration.“We shall be supporting the implementation of the Child Diversion Act to include training of police officers and other agents in the justice system,” said the NIA’s Executive Director, Professor Trevor Munroe.He said that the NIA will also continue its drive for legislative reforms to strengthen the justice system framework.He was speaking at a press conference at the Ministry’s Constant Spring Road headquarters on Friday (Feb.15).Professor Munroe noted that the NIA will continue to support the sensitisation of Justices of the Peace (JP) and will facilitate a series of island-wide two-day training seminars to strengthen the capacity of JPs to properly administer justice through legislation and alternative dispute resolution.He said that over 1000 JPs will be targeted.The NIA will be integrating restorative justice practices in its integrity clubs, which are being implemented in schools across the island in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.“We shall be expecting to produce awareness-building communication products, commercial advertisements so that the public becomes more aware of new developments particularly in the area of alternative dispute resolution,” Professor Monroe noted further.The NIA Executive Director said that the mandate of the entity, since its launch in December 2011 remains to combat corruption in all its forms, to strengthen integrity at all levels and to enhance good governance in all sectors particularly in the areas of transparency and accountability.“Fundamental to the advancement of this mission is the justice sector and therefore, part of our responsibility has been and remains to assist in making that sector more efficient and equitable in the service of the Jamaican people,” he noted.“We are excited by this new phase of our longstanding partnership and our expectation is that the collaboration will contribute to greater levels of integrity in the justice system,” Professor Monroe said. Story Highlights He said that the NIA will also continue its drive for legislative reforms to strengthen the justice system framework.last_img read more

Chief Parliamentary Counsel Working on Amendments to Road Traffic Act

first_img The Minister was responding to comments from Opposition Spokesman on Transport, Mikael Phillips, during his contribution to the debate on the Road Traffic (Temporary Ticket Amnesty) Bill in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 11). Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, says the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel is still working on changes to the Road Traffic Act, and assures that the legislation will be before the Lower House in short order. Story Highlightscenter_img Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, says the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel is still working on changes to the Road Traffic Act, and assures that the legislation will be before the Lower House in short order.“The Chief Parliamentary Counsel department is still not finished (working) on the Bill… some 345 changes (are)… being implemented. I did say we intend to hasten that position, and I am advised that we should be getting (the Bill) not very long from now,” he said.The Minister was responding to comments from Opposition Spokesman on Transport, Mikael Phillips, during his contribution to the debate on the Road Traffic (Temporary Ticket Amnesty) Bill in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 11).Mr. Phillips had raised concern that the legislation was still not passed, despite debate on the Bill having started more than five months ago.The updated law will repeal and replace the existing 1938 Act, and will establish new offences as well as provide increased penalties for current wrongdoings.Under the Road Traffic (Temporary Ticket Amnesty) Bill, which was passed, delinquent motorists have been granted an opportunity to pay fines on outstanding traffic tickets, without incurring a penalty or interest, through an amnesty scheduled to run from August 2 to October 31.The amnesty will affect tickets issued from September 1, 2010 to July 31, 2017.last_img read more

Province Meets Budget Savings Target

first_img The government has succeeded in reducing overall spending by $32million — about two-thirds of one per cent of total programspending for the year. Finance Minister Peter Christie saidtoday, Nov. 21, that the savings came from operations rightacross the provincial government, with two notable exceptions. “The priorities of Nova Scotians — patients in the care of ourhospitals and children learning in our schools — wereprotected.” The minister said Nova Scotia is not alone in the budget battlethis year. Slower than anticipated growth in the national economy blamed on a multitude of factors from SARS to one case of mad cow disease in Alberta — combined with ever-rising costs for health care have taken a toll on the finances of many provinces. “Most provinces are struggling this budget year. Health costs areclimbing faster than we can pay. Revenues are down all over. Nova Scotia, in the earliest stages of financial recovery, isparticularly vulnerable.” The minister said keeping Nova Scotia’s finances in the blackremains a tall order. “We’re on the right track. Financial stability breeds economicgrowth, and that means a better life for Nova Scotians and moresecure public services. We’re on the right track, but we stillhave a way to go.” In 2002-03, Nova Scotia recorded a balanced budget, based onaccrual accounting that is universally accepted in the financialcommunity. Nova Scotia’s auditor general maintains that theprovince is a national leader in public financial accountability,given its compliance with Generally Accepted AccountingPrinciples. The 2002-03 surplus was the province’s first in 40years. Mr. Christie said operational savings across government accountfor about half of the $32 million savings targeted in his mid-year Budget Management Plan. The other half comes largely fromdeferral of planned spending. While the government managed to confine most of the savings tointernal operations, the minister cautioned that the delivery ofsome government services could still be affected. Job vacanciesin government will go unfilled and virtually every administrativebudget has been squeezed. “Departments are already operating on slimmed-down budgets, soit’s not easy to find savings. We appreciate the effort they aremaking to ensure Nova Scotia maintains its improved financialstatus, and improved credit rating position.” In mid-September, Mr. Christie forecast a fiscal year-end surplusof half a million dollars, down from the $2.8 million surplusprojected in the spring budget. The next update on the province’sfinancial picture will come in December, and contain updatedrevenue data that will help determine whether a balanced budgetfor 2003-04 is still within reach. All departments contributed to the Budget Management Plan. The Department of Community Services identified $5.8 million insavings, which is 0.87 per cent of the department’s $666.4million 2003-2004 budget. Savings of $5.5 million from theDepartment of Education amounts to a 0.46 reduction in thatdepartment’s annual budget. As part of its total $4.4 million (1.79 per cent) savings, theDepartment of Transportation and Public Works is deferring somemaintenance work until spring. The Department of Health, with far and away the largest budget ingovernment at $2.2 billion, is contributing 0.18 per cent or $3.7million in savings. Smaller government operations, while not saving those largedollar amounts, are contributing at a higher proportionate level in many cases parring two per cent or more from annual budgets. Total savings from various Public Service operations amount to $3.7 million. Included in that is $1.4 million from Nova Scotia Business Inc, which is reducing its payroll rebate budget.center_img The budget reductions are effective immediately. FINANCE -Province Meets Budget Savings Targetlast_img read more

Tornado struck town in Quebecs Laurentians region Sunday Environment Canada

first_imgMONTREAL – Environment Canada is confirming a tornado struck the Laurentians town of Mont-Laurier on Sunday afternoon.The agency said today an analysis of photos and video led them to conclude an EF-0 — the weakest possible intensity — was fairly localized and probably hit an area spanning only a few dozen metres for a brief time.Meteorologist Alexandre Parent says a cold front from Ontario and rare warm wet October air created ideal conditions.It’s the seventh observed tornado this year in Quebec.On average, the province records about six each year.Parent says the Mont-Laurier area, about 240-kilometres northwest of Montreal, is susceptible to tornadoes.last_img read more

UNICEF heralds new childrens protection laws in South Africa

The Children’s Amendment Act “is a comprehensive piece of legislation that is line with provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child,” UNICEF country representative Macharia Kamau said this week in a press statement issued in Cape Town.The new law stresses the role of the State in strengthening the capacity of families and communities to care for and protect children, UNICEF said, and differs from previous laws where the State only intervenes after a child has already suffered abuse, neglect or exploitation.The Act also details protective measures for children deprived of family care to receive support through foster care or in child and youth-care centres.Welcoming the legislation, Ms. Kamau said South Africa still faced critical challenges in making sure that the laws are actually implemented – especially in providing enough funds at the national and provincial levels for the care services.The various Government ministries dealing with the issue, including health, education, justice and social development, also need to cooperate more, she said.“Resources are lost due to poor inter-sectoral cooperation, and inefficiencies in the effective delivery of services to children at provincial and municipal levels.” 10 April 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed the signing of new laws in South Africa on the protection of children, calling them “a major step” forward in ensuring the well-being of the country’s young people. read more

Water contamination forces supply to be curtailed

The contamination of the water at the Kelani river has once again forced the supply of water to parts of Colombo and Greater Colombo to be curtailed.The National Water Supply and Drainage Board said that the water supply had to be curtailed in Colombo, Kotte and Dehiwala, Mount Lavinia Municipal Council areas. Water at the Kelani river was found to have been contaminated a few days ago and the supply was then curtailed. It was later found that a soft drinks company was responsible for the contamination. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN comptroller says partial budget approval scheme might hobble operations

“This place does not run on air – it runs on money”, UN Controller Warren Sach said at a Headquarters press conference yesterday, as he addressed concerns over the possibility that, at the end of this year, a regular budget would be approved only for the first three months out of the next biennium.The regular budget includes all mandated activities of the UN except for peacekeeping operations, international tribunals, agencies, or the Headquarter facilities master plan, which are funded through other kinds of assessments and contributions.Proposals for partial budget approval had been “floating around” in the press, but are not part of the informal consultations in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) at present, he said. He said the Committee had yet to consider the text of the draft resolution on the budget, which was usually adopted around 23 December.The $3.89 billion regular budget proposal before the Committee included some $73.4 million for reform activities resulting from the outcome of the September Summit, he said.The Secretariat considered the quarterly budget scheme a serious problem, because cash requirements for the first quarter of the year would amount to some $450 to $500 million, but, based on a normal payment pattern, only $170 to $180 million would probably be received in that time period, leaving a $320 million gap.As the situation stood at the moment, Member States still had a lot of negotiating to do on the budget and on reform proposals, so it was too early to speculate on the consequences of the reforms on the budget.Various committees of the General Assembly were working hard on human rights, peacebuilding and management reforms. A large number of complex proposals were before the Assembly following the Summit, and it took time for that machinery “to digest everything.”He expected significant progress to be made on that front in the coming weeks, after which the budget and financing picture should become much clearer. read more

With 2 OSU Dline starters out in Fiesta Bowl Joey Bosa to

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was hoping to strike a deal with Urban Meyer about where Ohio State junior defensive end Joey Bosa would line up Friday when the two teams square off in the Fiesta Bowl. The Buckeyes are missing both their starters at defensive tackle, which has given birth to the possibility of Bosa spending more snaps at the interior spots, rather than his usual place at the end. “If (Bosa) comes inside, that would be awesome,” Kelly said. “If we could make an agreement before the game that he was going to play the 3-technique then we would be very happy.”Kelly said he asked Meyer about inking such an agreement, and he got the kind of response many would predict.“He was noncommittal,” Kelly said, laughing, of Meyer’s response to his proposition. But about 45 minutes later, while addressing the media to kick off OSU’s media day, Meyer offered a more concrete answer to Kelly’s inquiry.Meyer was rattling off some of the names of some relatively unknown players expected to fill in for injured senior Tommy Schutt and suspended senior Adolphus Washington, such as sophomore Michael Hill and redshirt sophomore Tracy Sprinkle, before mentioning a more well-known guy.“Then, obviously, Joey Bosa will be playing some on the inside,” Meyer said. Based off that, Kelly, it appears, will be getting his wish. Exactly how much time Bosa spends there is unclear, but regardless, whenever the two-time All-American slides inside, Kelly will be happy.Bosa, though, doesn’t understand exactly why the coach feels that way. “I don’t know,” Bosa said, chuckling. “I have no idea because I think 3-technique is easier, honestly, to be disruptive.” The occasional migration to playing defensive tackle is something Bosa has done before this season, but mainly on third-down passing situations. But with Washington and Schutt sidelined, he will likely be there in scenarios outside of the previously mentioned one. “It’s nothing completely new,” Bosa said. There are similarities between his familiar role as a 4- and 5-technique end, Bosa explained, but the main differences are in the run fits and the size of pass-rush lanes. Bosa said he likes being on the inside because he can, usually, rush the passer on both sides of his blocker, rather than being on the outside where he typically tries to beat the tackle on the edge.As for why Kelly might want him on the inside, Bosa later suggested he thinks the coach might find it easier to double team him that way. That is nothing new to the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native, though, as he has faced a barrage of blocking combinations this year attempting to slow him down. “Something that’s not going to go away,” Bosa said. Regardless of which technique Bosa plays, he said he knows it will be a challenge against the Notre Dame offensive line, as he called it “one of the best, if not the best, we’ve played this year.”That unit is led by senior left tackle Ronnie Stanley, who many consider to be a sure-fire first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Bosa said the opportunity to go up against fellow elite talent is something he values highly, and Stanley fits that bill. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Stanley echoed Bosa’s view. “I mean, if you want to be the best you’ve got to go up against the best,” Stanley said. “We’re both really good at our positions. I’m sure we’re both really excited to go up against each other. “That’s what competitors want to do.” Guard Quenton Nelson said the Fighting Irish aren’t going to change what they have been doing all season just because they’re playing against Bosa. The redshirt freshman labeled him an “incredible player,” but Nelson said Notre Dame will stick with its base concepts to try and impede Bosa. Those concepts include frequent double-teams of opposing defensive ends, which the team used against Texas and Virginia, Nelson said. But, Nelson added, the Fighting Irish trust the ability of their own players to match up one-on-one with the opposition. That means Stanley and Bosa, two first-round talents, might go mano-a-mano during the Fiesta Bowl. “I’m sure that’s going to happen,” Stanley said, cracking a smile.Junior right tackle Mike McGlinchey said no matter what Bosa is doing and where he’s doing it, the talent around No. 97 poses a difficult task for the offensive line, even with Washington and Schutt out of the lineup. “They’re all good players, I mean Ohio State is stacked,” McGlinchey said. “There is not much letdown.” Which is why Bosa said he doesn’t feel too much added pressure from losing two starters. All season long, he said, Sprinkle and Hill, as well as redshirt senior Joel Hale and sophomore Donovan Munger, have had the reps in practice to prepare them for this moment. “We all trust them,” Bosa said, “to go in there and do their job.”   As for Bosa, who is potentially playing his final game in scarlet and gray, he will likely keep doing the job he’s been doing so well since arriving in Columbus. Kelly might be so optimistic about Bosa playing inside because he doesn’t have to block him. But McGlinchey, who does have to block him, said he knows Bosa will be effective wherever he plays. “No matter where he plays we’re going to be accounting for him,” McGlinchey said. Although Kelly’s wish might come true, Bosa said he thinks Kelly might be selling his ability on the inside short. “Yeah,” Bosa said, squeaking out a smile, “a little bit.” OSU players and coach Urban Meyer addressed the media about the upcoming BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30th in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor read more

Mens Basketball CJ Jackson makes statement in Ohio States win over PurdueFort

Ohio State senior guard C.J. Jackson take a free throw in the second half of the Buckeyes’ game against Purdue-Fort Wayne. Ohio State won the game 107-61. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorThere have been talks about senior guard C.J. Jackson all throughout the summer.Jackson, who was No. 2 on Ohio State in points per game a season ago, has been seen as a leader for a team attempting to move on from the likes of Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate.On Sunday, Jackson proved his potential to be that guy.In the 107-61 victory against Purdue-Fort Wayne, Jackson had team highs with 25 points and five assists, while also finishing second on the team with six rebounds.The 25 points was also Jackson’s career high.Jackson said it was his teammates around him that allowed him to have the breakout performance.“My teammates just found me in the right spots tonight, and credit to them, just finding me and looking for me as I kind of got rolling a little bit,” Jackson said. “Once you see it finally go in, the confidence level goes up.”Though the Buckeyes ended up winning by 45, they only led by seven after the first half.The lead remained seven two minutes into the second half. That’s when Jackson took over.Already leading the team with 12 first-half points, the senior guard hit three three pointers within 66 seconds, all in succession for Ohio State, putting the team up 52-38 on his self-created 9-2 run.The Buckeyes outscored Purdue-Fort Wayne 55-23 from that point forward.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said Jackson just took what the defense was giving him.“C.J. can get more happy with the three probably at times than I want him to, but they were going under a lot of ball screens today, and he’s worked on that part of his game,” Holtmann said.Jackson shot 72.2 percent on the day and made 4-of-7 from behind the arc. In the 2017-18 season, Jackson hit on 41.6 percent of his shots, and 37.9 percent of his three pointers.“The coaches stayed on me all summer, and that’s kind of where it started, right after the season ended we got straight to work,” Jackson said. “Once you get to this moment, it’s kind of like you’ve already been through it, so you just perform what you did all summer and all preseason.”Through two games, Ohio State has proven nothing about its style of play.The Buckeyes smothered Cincinnati defensively, holding them to less than 30 percent shooting and earning the low-scoring victory. On Saturday, they put up more than 100 points in the rout of the Mastodons. But in both games, it was Jackson who came up big when the team needed it.Though he only shot 3-for-10 against the Bearcats, one of those three baskets was a layup with 29 seconds remaining to put Ohio State up six. He then hit the last two free throws to officially seal the win.Against Purdue-Fort Wayne, Jackson played a complete game, looking like the best player on the court and finishing with the No. 2 plus-minus on the team.Holtmann said he liked what Jackson did on the defensive side as well, but that his team still has places to improve.Jackson said his performance only matters if it comes in an Ohio State victory.“As far as the win, that’s pretty much the only thing,” Jackson said. “We know we have to win to be successful, especially with the tough schedule that we have, so that’s kind of the only thing that I’m concerned with at this point.” read more

CSM Bucuresti W to make superteam next season

Alexandra do Nascimento, Fernanda Franca da Silva and Ana Paula Rodrigues are the first three names that will join CSM Bucurest in the next season, all three currently players of Hypo, and reigning World Champions with Brazil. More signings are expected to join the team, and the aim is to win the Champions League 2015/2016. Gabriela Perianu, Oana Manea, Aurelia Brădeanu, Linnea Thorstenson are among the names that are rumoured to be in contacts with the club and ongoing negotiations.Mette Klit is to be named the new coach for the current season. The club wanted Jakob Vestergaard, but finally they opted for Klit, who signed the contract and will be joining the club on 15th of February.source: gsp.ro Alexandra Do Nascimentoana paula rodriguesCSM Bucurestifranca ← Previous Story Robi Konecnik moves to Switzerland Next Story → Junior Fasano wins Italian Cup! read more

Man charged after father and daughter seriously injured in hammer attack

first_imgUpdated 20/04/13A 31-YEAR-OLD man has been charged in relation to yesterday’s hammer attack in Artane, north Dublin.An elderly man and his daughter were seriously injured in the incident when, at approximately 1pm yesterday, a man and a woman entered the house of the elderly man, who was alone at the time, and demanded money from him.The homeowner was then assaulted with a hammer and sustained serious injuries.During the incident the elderly man’s daughter returned to the house and was also attacked and seriously injured.The suspects then fled the scene on foot. The father and daughter were taken by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital where they are being treated for their injuries.In a follow-up operation a 31-year-old man was arrested and subsequently charged. Having appeared before Dublin District Court this morning, he has now been remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Wednesday, 24 April.Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to the incident as their investigation continues.- Additional reporting by Paul HylandComments are disabled as legal proceedings are now active.last_img read more

One in three business in Athens consider leaving the capital

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis faces a battle to convince businesses to remain in the capital. A study carried out for the municipality, which he presented yesterday, found that the 36 percent of businesses were considering relocating.They cited high municipal rates, a lack of security and poor accessibility as the main problems in Athens. The survey found that 34 of businesses in the capital are involved in wholesale and retail trade.They account for 24 percent of the city’s employees but the study found that it was much easier to create jobs in the tourism sector.The study found that for every 1 million euros spent, 16 tourism jobs were created compared to just three in trade.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Barca boss wants to win Champions League and La Liga

first_imgBarcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was asked about Valladolid, the state of their pitch and the controversial plan for the Blaugrana’s trip to Girona on January 27 being played in the US and this is what he says:“The newly-promoted teams play with enthusiasm early on. They still have the joy of promotion on their minds and channel it on to the field,” he said as quoted by Football Espana.“They’re a dangerous team, so we must take that into account. It’s not normal to relay the pitch four days before a match, although Camp Nou isn’t at its best either.“The players are an important part of the show. They have a voice and something to say. They only want to be heard.”Finally, does Valverde believe Real Madrid are weakened by Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit?David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It’s a similar situation to ours with Neymar, which gave us the strength to grow. I see them in the same way,” he concluded.“I want to win the Champions League like everyone else, as well as La Liga. It’s normal to get excited.”Barca squad for Valladolid: Ter Stegen, Ezkieta; Semedo, Sergi Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Coutinho, Arthur, Arturo Vidal; Messi, Suarez, Dembele, Malcom, Munirlast_img read more