The diving debate surrounding Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is considered to be “totally unacceptable” and “hostile”, with Robbie Fowler suggesting that the Egyptian is being singled out as an “overseas player”.The Reds star has faced plenty of criticism over recent weeks for a supposed willingness to go to ground too easily.Decisions have gone for and against him when taking a tumble, with Liverpool benefiting from penalty calls. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Fowler believes Salah has had every right to hit the deck when touched, with players at other clubs – such as Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba – proving that referees only act when they are made aware of obvious contact.The Reds legend wrote in The Mirror: “I’ve been shaking my head in disbelief at the criticism aimed at Mohamed Salah in recent weeks for what people have been particularly eager to call cheating.“It’s been sustained and hostile, and I’m wondering why.“Why it’s been much worse than that aimed at Harry Kane this season, for instance, or in the past say Michael Owen or David Beckham (and I’m not singling them out!).“We have to be very careful as football fans. We need to stop and think about whether Salah is being targeted for where he comes from and who he is.“It seems like stereotyping, and possibly because he’s an overseas player.“If that is the case, it’s totally unacceptable.”Fowler added: “Yes, there have been times when Salah has gone over a bit theatrically, sometimes he may have gone down a bit easily.“Two things. One, who doesn’t now? Two, he’s almost always been kicked.“In fact, he has been kicked mercilessly for 18 months. And if he doesn’t go down in a way which lets the ref see he’s been kicked, then will he get the decision? No chance.“Watching the Arsenal-Manchester United game on Friday, Paul Pogba went through early, got hacked from behind, but didn’t go down and then lost the ball. No free-kick.“Soon after, goes through again, gets pulled back slightly. What does he do? Of course, he goes down, because otherwise he knows if he tries to get a shot off and fails, he gets nothing again. It is not as simple as people are making out.“If Salah were this massive cheat people seem to be trying to portray him as, why was the penalty he converted against Newcastle at the end of December the first awarded for Liverpool at Anfield in 18 months?“In that time, he’s scored almost 50 league goals, and not one until this past Boxing Day was a penalty in a home game.”Fowler is not the first to offer his support to Salah in the simulation row, but the likes of John Aldridge – another Liverpool icon – have warned the 26-year-old that he risks earning an unwanted reputation if the theatrics continue. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
New Delhi: A total of 1,56,714 non-heinous cases of crime were reported in the national capital in 2019, up from 1,22,498 in 2018 till July 15, marking a 27.93 per cent rise, according to Delhi Police’s crime statistic data. The cases of murder have increased, as per the Delhi Police data. The cases of murder in 2019, reported till July 15, stood at 283. The figure was 250 during the same period last year, the data revealed. However, a senior police officer said the number of crimes in Delhi under all the major heads have shown a declining trend, except 4.26 per cent increase in motor vehicle thefts and 50 per cent rise in other theft cases this year till July 15. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Till July 15 this year, 24944 cases of motor vehicle theft were reported, which was 23923 during the same period last year. Other theft cases were 102123, against 67760 in 2018 till now. “In all, 159649 cases were registered under the provisions of Indian Penal Code (IPC) till July 15 this year, as against 125669 in 2018. The statistics also showed that there is a slight rise of 1.5 percent in snatching cases. Till July 15, this year 3577 cases were reported as against 3524 in 2018. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings There is a big rise in crime against women. Till July 15 this year, cases of cruelty by husband and in-laws stood at 1936 till July 15 this year, against 1471 during the same period in 2018. In 90 per cent cases of crime against women, it has been observed that the accused is someone known to victims. The officer said one of the big reasons for rise in crime in the national capital is that unemployed youth staying in JJ clusters and unauthorised colonies adjacent to colonies of the opulent class resort to such activities after seeing the lifestyle of the rich that is replete with comfort and opulence. They start harbouring the desire to become rich within a short period. This motivates them to try their hand at street crimes like snatching and robberies. Factors such as low income, unemployment and under employment, increasing charm of consumerism and materialism are the factors which continue to play their role behind the rising level of delinquency amongst the youths.
CALGARY — A children’s rights advocate is urging Canada to adopt a United Nations protocol that 16 youths, including Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, are using to push for climate action.Sara Austin, founder and CEO of Children First Canada, led the years-long global push for a UN code for children — and their adult representatives — to file complaints if their rights have been violated.The UN General Assembly adopted the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child for a Communications Procedure in 2011 and it came into force in 2014.“It really is remarkable to me now to see young people like Greta and 15 of her peers now using this law to file a complaint against five governments and to seek justice for the failure of their government to protect their safe and healthy childhood,” Austin, who is based in Calgary, said in an interview.The complaint this month from the child petitioners — who are between eight and 17-years old and represent 12 countries — is directed at five of the 45 countries that have ratified the protocol: Argentina, France, Germany, Brazil and Turkey. It alleges those countries violate children’s rights by failing to address the climate crisis.“This law is not yet available for kids here in Canada to file a complaint because our government hasn’t ratified it, but we hope to see that change,” Austin said.“As a Canadian who was leading these global efforts, I was dismayed and deeply frustrated that my own government was opposed to the law and to this day has not yet ratified it.”Austin said her efforts were motivated by children’s rights violations she witnessed through her work in Asia, Africa and Latin America. She recalled spending three years in Thailand, where she encountered kids who were victims of child labour and trafficking. Many were not getting adequate health care for AIDS and other diseases.“It was kids like that who motivated me to really find ways to give them a voice and seek timely justice when their rights were being denied.”Greta, 16, has inspired climate strikes in more than 150 countries, including several planned Friday across Canada.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 27, 2019.Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press
APTN NewsFirst Nation child welfare services will see nearly $1.4 billion in additional funding over the next five years according to the 2018 federal budget released Tuesday in Ottawa.Exactly how it will be allocated is not clear, as the budget is thin on details, but it’s geared towards on-reserve services.An immediate influx of $70 million will be available until the end of April, followed by annual increases between $265-295 million.It will mean the total amount Ottawa funds for on-reserve child welfare services will jump from nearly $890 million in the 2017-2018 fiscal year to about $1.12 billion allocated in 2022.The budget mentions this is part of the government’s goal of meeting demands from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that ruled in 2016 that the feds have chronically underfunded First Nations child welfare services.Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in his House of Commons speech Tuesday that investments “will give better child and family service support, with a special focus on prevention, so that Indigenous children are not taken from their families and their communities.”The investment in child welfare is part of nearly $5 billion in new funding from the Trudeau government in the 2018 budget.New money is being put into several areas, including drinking water, housing and health. Self-determination programs alone will net more than $600 million over the next five years.That includes $51.4 million in the next two years for the federal government to support “Indigenous participation” at the so-called self-determination discussion tables.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new legal framework for Indigenous people about two weeks ago that is supposed to lead to self-determination and the “full and meaningful” implementation of treaties and agreements.The minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations will lead “national engagement activities” throughout the spring to determine the contents of the new framework. The government hopes to have it introduced later this year and implemented by October 2019.“This budget invests in new tools to help nations rebuild, and to accelerate self-determination and self-government based on recognition of Indigenous rights, so that our shared future is one where Indigenous peoples are in control of their own destiny, making their own decisions about their future,” said Morneau.There is new money for housing but a closer look at the budget shows the money announced in Tuesday’s budget is mostly from the previous year.Of the $1.5 billion to be spent over the next 10 years, divided up among First Nation, Inuit and Metis, all but $300 million of that comes from the 2017 budget as part of the $4 billion allocated for infrastructure.It’s just now finally being allocated.Housing critics have long said tens of billions are needed to fix the housing crisis in Indigenous communities across the country.One interesting aspect of the budget is the “distinctions-based approach” for Inuit and Metis, as well as First Nations.Through negotiations with Metis National Council, the Trudeau government has allocated $516 million over 10 years, with almost all of that going to housing. The remaining is $10 million for post-secondary education in 2018 and another $6 million for developing a health strategy.Through discussions with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the federal government is funding $27. 5 million over five years to support ITK’s Inuit-specific approach to eradicate tuberculosis. As well, another $82 million for creating a permanent Inuit Health Survey.There is also a distinctions-based approach when it comes to employment with the rebranding of the former Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Program.Nearly $2 billion will be invested in the new Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program over the next five years. Nearly $440 million of that is new funding.Metis National Council will receive $325 million, Inuit get $161 million, urban groups (non-status) will get $213 million as part of the program.The rest goes to First Nations.There also appears to be significant investments in First Nations health. Nearly $1.5 billion will be divided among areas, such as nursing stations, addiction programs and expanding “successful models” of self-determination of health services.The budget also earmarks an additional $172 million over the next three years for drinking water. That’s in addition to $1.8 billion announced in the 2016 budget for drinking water.The new funding is supposed to speed up construction and renovate existing water systems.“We have already lifted 52 long-term boil water advisories and are on track to have all others eliminated by March 2021,” said Morneau.There was no new funding for First Nations education from kindergarten to Grade firstname.lastname@example.org
New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested two women in connection of businessman murder in West Delhi’s Moti Nagar area.Both the arrested persons are wife and daughter of the main accused involved in the killing. Joint Commissioner of Police (western range) Madhup Tewari and Deputy Commissioner of Police ( West) Monika Bharadwaj visited the deceased’s family in Moti Nagar area and assured them about proper investigation and help in the case. DCP Monika Bharadwaj told Millennium Post that both the women were involved in a fight with the deceased’s family. In the statement to police, the victim in the case had told that both of them had beaten the deceased’s daughter. Investigation is underway to ascertain if the two women had helped the accused flee from the crime scene, the officer added. “We have also recorded deceased’s daughter statement in the case,” added DCP West. She further added the deceased’s son who was injured in the case is out of danger and receiving treatment at the hospital.” “Investigator further added that they have also taken the statement of the person who took the victim’s son to the hospital. A 51-year-old businessman was stabbed to death allegedly for objecting to lewd comments made by some boys on his daughter in West Delhi’s Moti Nagar area. Police identified earlier arrested two accused in the case and two minors were also apprehended. Sources said that they are verifying the age of the one of minor in the case. The family of the deceased met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday. Security remained tight in the area Days after the incident the Delhi Police personnel were seen standing at the different corner of the street near the deceased’s house to make sure no untoward incident took place. Deceased’s brother told this newspaper that they do not want any political colour given to the incident. “People are coming but we are only to show condolence we don’t want any politics in this. We condemn such an act,” added the deceased’s brother. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday demanded strict action into the brutal killing of a businessman.
3 December 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended that the United Nations force monitoring the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights be extended for another six months and called on the parties to restart peace talks. “Since the discontinuation in December 2008 of indirect peace talks, there have been no negotiations between the parties,” Mr. Ban writes in his latest report on the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). “I encourage the parties to resume peace negotiations as soon as possible,” he adds. UNDOF was established by the Security Council in May 1974 to supervise the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights and the agreement on disengagement between their respective forces. Mr. Ban notes that the situation has remained “generally quiet” in the Israel-Syria sector. “Nevertheless, the situation in the Middle East is tense and is likely to remain so, unless and until a comprehensive settlement covering all aspects of the Middle East problem can be reached.“I hope that determined efforts will be made by all concerned to tackle the problem in all its aspects, with a view to arriving at a just and durable peace settlement,” he states. Under the prevailing circumstances, he says the continued presence of UNDOF in the area is essential and recommends that the Council extend the mandate of the Force until 30 June 2011
“It is a barbaric act to kill innocent civilians, innocent diplomats who are there to help the Iraqi people and those responsible should be brought to account,” Mr. Annan said in an encounter with journalist at UN Headquarters in New York.“As I have said earlier, these kinds of barbaric acts really should press us to define terrorism and to come up with the 13th convention – the comprehensive convention,” he added, referring to efforts in the General Assembly to draft a new treaty outlawing terrorism that have stalled over the definition of a terrorist.“It is extremely important that we get both done as quickly as possible and definitely by the end of the year, if not by September.”Just two days ago Mr. Annan told reporters that the recent terrorist bombings in London and Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt afforded one more reason to press ahead and get a good definition of terrorism that all can live with.“As I said, it’s not Islamic; it’s not whatever,” he said then. “We know them for what they are. And a simple, clear statement, bringing in moral clarity, that maiming and killing of civilians is unacceptable regardless of one’s cause, I think, will satisfy all of us.”Today he called for every effort to be made to bring the diplomats’ killers to justice. “This is not serving any cause or their cause,” he said. “The people of Iraq have suffered enough. They would want to get on with their lives. And they need the support of the region and the international community to get on. And we must all condemn utterly this brutal and barbaric act.”Condemning the assassination “in the strongest possible terms,” the Security Council, in a statement read out during a formal meeting by its President for the month, Greek Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis, emphasized that there could be no justification for such terrorist acts and underlined the need to bring these perpetrators to justice.The Security Council also reaffirmed Iraq’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and called upon the international community to stand by the Iraqi people in their pursuit of peace stability and democracy.
Short URL Share16 Tweet Email Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie Apr 2nd 2019, 1:58 PM Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 1:58 PM 6 Comments 7,934 Views https://jrnl.ie/4572968 By Garreth MacNamee THE GARDA OMBUDSMAN Gsoc said it has received 24 new protected disclosures from gardaí in 2018.These disclosures brought to 49 the number being dealt with by Gsoc’s Protected Disclosures Unit in 2018, adding to 25 that were still being examined or investigated at the end of 2017.Gsoc previously identified the need for a separate unit within the commission which would deal solely with protected disclosures and made a case for additional staff.Ten new staff members have been allocated since 2017 to deal exclusively with protected disclosures such was the number being received into Gsoc’s offices. Four investigating officers were working in the unit by the end of 2018, with another five investigating officers and an analyst set to join the unit during 2019.Last year, 13 cases were discontinued following a combination of factors, according to the report. The remaining 36 cases were undergoing investigation or examination at the end of 2018.Gsoc has a role in investigating protected disclosures made by members of An Garda Síochána. It said that 24 disclosures under the act have been made since 2014.Prior to 2014, there had been procedures in place in relation to whistleblowers in An Garda Síochána via the Confidential Recipient system.However, the 2014 Act promised to improve the structure and increase protections for gardaí and civilians in the force. Gsoc received 24 new protected disclosures from officers last year – there are now 49 active cases Ten new staff members have been allocated since 2017 to deal exclusively with protected disclosures. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
The Daily Telegraph plays it straight with “Johnson demands election”.Just like the Daily Mirror, the I goes with “Johnson loses control”.The Daily Express takes its own take with “Parliament surrenders to the EU”. “PM loses historic vote” leads The Times. The Guardian runs with “Humiliation for Johnson as Tory rebels turn against him”. And finally, the Metro runs with “Now the MPs take control”. ‘Humiliation for Johnson’: UK front pages react to last night’s Brexit vote UK MPs voted last night to debate a bill that would extend the current Brexit deadline. Sep 4th 2019, 7:00 AM LAST NIGHT, UK MPs voted to debate a bill today that would extend the current Brexit deadline to 31 January 2020 at the earliest. MPs now have the chance to pass all stages of the bill today. It will then go to the House of Lords. The motion prevented the delay of the debate on Benn’s bill beyond 5pm this Friday. As a result of the vote, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is tabling a motion for the general election because he will not accept the Benn bill. He added that he will not go along with the bill and that he does not want an election. However, he said that if MPs vote for a delay to Brexit tomorrow, he will seek to hold an election. Labour leader in the House of Lords Angela Smith has tabled a motion to be debated tomorrow that would make sure all stages of the Benn bill were completed by 5pm this Friday.Boris Johnson has said that this proposed legislation intends to “chop the legs out from under the government”.So, let’s see what spin the UK newspapers have put on Johnson’s first major hurdle as Prime Minister. The Daily Mirror has run with “Boris loses control”.The Sun runs with the more direct “Over to you Britain”. Share41 Tweet Email 41 Comments By Hayley Halpin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4794784 As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Short URL 66,036 Views Wednesday 4 Sep 2019, 7:00 AM
Lucas Digne is undergoing a medical at Everton’s training base ahead of his transfer move from FC Barcelona.The French left-back is closing on a £20million move to the Toffees after both clubs agreed on a transfer fee on Sunday night. Digne arrived on Merseyside on Monday as he seeks to get his career back on track at Everton after spending the last few years as second fiddle to Jordi Alba in Barcelona.The former Paris Saint-Germain defender was previously on tour with the Spanish champions in the United States and was an unused substitute during their penalty shoot-out win over Tottenham Hotspur.The Catalan club confirmed Digne’s departure on social media, according to Sky Sports:“Digne has traveled back to Barcelona with the club’s permission to finalise his departure from the club.”The former Lille man paid tribute to the Catalan club on Instagram, saying:Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“I want to say thank you very much to the club and everyone associated with the club.”“Thanks to the players, the staff, the physios and everyone that makes the club a family,”Digne made 46 appearances for Barcelona since joining from PSG two years ago and was also a part of France’s 23 man squad to the UEFA European Championships in France.The left-back missed out on the chance to play in the World Cup after he was dropped from the team due to lack of appearances at club level for Barcelona.Digne becomes new manager Marco Silva’s second summer signing after Brazilian winger Richarlison signed for the club last week from Watford.
Arsenal great Paul Merson feels that Lucas Torreira has filled the void left by Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva over a decade ago at the clubThe 22-year-old midfielder arrived in the summer from Serie A side Sampdoria for a £26m transfer fee.After a difficult start to life in London, Torreira has become a key part of the Arsenal squad that have gone their last 22 matches without defeat following Thursday night’s 1-0 Europa League win against Qarabag FK.“They’ve been crying out for someone like him since Gilberto Silva and Patrick Vieira,” Merson told Sky Sports.“He gets around people, closes players down, gets everybody fighting. He’s not a natural passer, but he sets the tempo.“I’ve said all along, for years and years; Arsenal are one of the best teams in the world with the ball. But for the last four or five years they’ve been one of the worst in the world without the ball. He has changed that.“When Torreira gets around people, it’s a domino effect, and everybody else rallies and gets around the opposition players.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“And his attitude is great; he leaves nothing on the pitch and gets stuck in. He gets people going. He’s done absolutely outstandingly well, and came up with two massive goals in the last couple weeks.”Despite expecting Torreira to improve though, Merson doubts any of Arsenal’s rivals will be in a hurry to sign him.“Liverpool wouldn’t buy him tomorrow morning, I wouldn’t have thought any of the top four would. He can and will get better, but he’s done great,” added Merson.“They needed it, we all knew that, Arsene Wenger knew it but he was too stubborn to go and get someone.“He could be playing at Southampton and wouldn’t get a mention, or Burnley. No-one would mention it. It’s just that Arsenal needed it so badly.”Arsenal will next take a trip to St Mary’s to face Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.
WILMINGTON, MA — OnBoard Security, an industry leader in automotive cyber security solutions, will be collaborating with Virginia Tech on a US Department of Energy grant for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Cybersecurity. OnBoard Security will be participating in more than a dozen research tasks to “support advanced vehicle technologies that can enable more affordable mobility, strengthen domestic energy security, reduce our dependence on foreign sources of critical materials, and enhance U.S. economic growth.”The Electric Vehicle market is forecast to grow significantly over the next decade, bringing new attack vectors for hackers. OnBoard Security will be leading the team’s threat modeling and vulnerability assessment tasks on battery electric vehicles (BEV) and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). OnBoard Security will also create a formally verified firmware update procedure for the EVSE using shared cryptographic keys between the BEV and EVSE. Finally, the researchers at OnBoard Security will conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment of EVSE/BEV communication to determine if the data being collected, transmitted and stored for billing or charging purposes are jeopardizing the users’ or EVSE privacy, then design and implement a privacy-preserving communication protocol to provide recommendation to standardization bodies. Researchers from Virginia Tech and equipment manufacturers will be assisting these efforts.OnBoard Security will also be assisting Virginia Tech and other university partners in full scale system testing of converters and battery management systems (BMS) to resist cyber-physical attacks and devising device fingerprinting methodologies for conductive and inductive chargers.“The Electric Vehicles ecosystem is potentially vulnerable to attacks via the electric vehicles, the charging stations or the grid itself. Attacks on EV / EVSE could lead to stolen personal and financial information or vehicle damage,” explained Dr. Jonathan Petit, Senior Director of Research at OnBoard Security. “This DoE grant will allow my research team, along with experts from Virginia Tech and other partners, to evaluate these attack vectors and recommend solutions.”“As we look to develop solutions that will mitigate or eliminate threats associated with electric vehicles and charging stations, this DoE grant will bring together the expertise of academic and industry researchers, car manufacturers and utility operators to ensure the reliability of electric vehicle transportation in the future,” said Ryan Gerdes, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and member of the Hume Center for National Security and Technology at Virginia Tech.About OnBoard SecurityOnBoard Security was created to help automotive and IoT organizations stay ahead of the curve through superior cybersecurity. For over 10 years, the world-renowned experts at OnBoard Security have been pioneering technologies that protect the Internet of Things, now and for the future. We address three significant challenges; ensuring the security and privacy of autonomous and connected vehicles, making hardware roots of trust easy to use, and avoiding the existential threat from quantum computers to the integrity of the internet.About the Hume Center for National Security and Technology at Virginia TechThe Hume Center leads Virginia Tech’s research, education, and outreach programs focused on the challenges of cybersecurity, autonomy, and resilience in the context of national and homeland security. Education programs provide mentorship, internships, scholarships, and seek to address key challenges in qualified US citizens entering federal service. Current research initiatives include cyber-physical system security, orchestrated missions, and the convergence of cyber warfare and electronic warfare. For more information, visit: http://www.hume.vt.edu.(NOTE: The above press release is from OnBoard Security via Cision PRWeb.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Security Innovation Announces Intent To Create OnBoard Security Inc.In “Business”Wilmington’s OnBoard Security Strengthens Its Management TeamIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s OnBoard Security Adds Walt Dorfstatter To Board Of DirectorsIn “Business”
Boats tie up at Dillingham’s small boat harbor on Wednesday, with many waiting to be pulled from the water at high tide. (Photo by Austin Fast / KDLG)2018 has been a year for the Bristol Bay record books as total sockeye run surpassed 61 million on Thursday, putting it just a half-million fish behind the largest run of 61.7 million in 1980.Listen nowBert Lewis oversees commercial fisheries in Bristol Bay, Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He’s impressed at the strength of the Nushagak district’s run and even at Bristol Bay’s east-side districts, which came in “late but solidly.”“That stands out really statewide where sockeye runs have not been strong. I know that westward Kodiak area is meeting their goals, but with very little fishing opportunity. Cook Inlet right now is under restrictions,” Lewis said. “King salmon statewide are of concern with low returns, but meeting goals solidly in Bristol Bay.”King salmon escapement was strong enough that nearly 100 anglers filled the Nushagak River this June for a new king derby, even as poor returns canceled a handful of derbies in southeast Alaska.Lewis said the prevailing theory for Bristol Bay’s bounty is “the blob” — an unusually warm water mass that filled the northern Gulf of Alaska as this year’s returning fish migrated out to sea a few years back. It disrupted food webs that support the forage base that juvenile salmon feed on in waters across southeast Alaska and the north Gulf.“The warm blob, this warm-water anomaly, was not present in the Bering Sea where those (Bristol Bay) fish came out, so that’s one possible supporting piece of evidence that we’re looking to that it was the 2015 outmigration year that could be driving some of the patterns that we’re seeing and good returns in Bristol Bay and poorer, weak returns across much of the rest of the state,” Lewis said.Anecdotally, fishermen have been telling KDLG all summer their red salmon seem smaller than in years past, but Lewis confirmed it. In fact, he said the issue cuts across species statewide, with some of the smallest sizes on record. He blamed the marine environment.“That suggests marine productivity at some level is behind it and whether it’s global climate change or just natural alterations through time of how the Pacific Ocean currents are structured, we believe that’s what largely is driving this,” Lewis said.Besides affecting fishermen’s wallets, those smaller fish returning to Alaska’s river systems directly impact processors’ bottom lines, Lewis said.“A processing plant can handle so many fish per day, and once you reach that capacity you’re pretty much topped out. The heading and gutting machines and fillet machines were built on six-pound average fish, and now we’ve got five-pound average fish,” Lewis said. “Ecologically, each female that comes back is going to have less eggs so their overall reproductive potential could be declining, and what are the ecological implications of that is unknown.”Lewis could say with certainty, though, that strong returns and increasing prices over the last five years have raised the value of Bristol Bay salmon. He said this year’s ex-vessel value is among the top five in Bristol Bay’s history since they began keeping records around the turn of the century.Lewis busted out a calculator to punch in the bay’s fish harvest so far — 40 million — times the average sockeye weight of 5.5 pounds, times a base price of $1.25. That puts this season at $275 million, with the fish still trickling in.In the end, Lewis attributed Bristol Bay’s success to strong collaboration among the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, organizations like the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation and Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute, and fishermen themselves.“We’re all in lockstep together, and we receive tremendous support from the industry and the fishing fleet,” Lewis said.
Narayankhed: KVPS district vice-president Kothari Narsimhulu conducted a protest meeting here on Monday. He said, “It is sad that Dr BR Ambedkar statue is destroyed before many people during daytime in Maharashtra. Offenders who committed this should be punished severely. ” He further added, “If they are not punished, protest will be increased under KVPS.” Sangayya, Shankar, Narayana and others were present.
Korea Summit Press Pool via APHand out, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un approaches South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone on Friday.Updated at 5:05 a.m. ETFollowing a historic meeting between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the leaders appeared side by side to make an extraordinary announcement: The two nations — technically in a state of war for more than six decades — would work toward a permanent peace treaty and the elimination of nuclear weapons from the peninsula.“I am very proud to say that I pay tribute to the bold and courageous decision taken by Chairman Kim,” Moon said, saying the two sides had agreed to a peace treaty and the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula.“We have long hoped for this moment to arrive,” Kim, standing next to Moon, said.“We are not people who should be confronting each other,” the North Korean leader said. “We should be living in unity.”While the agreement contains lofty language, it will be up to diplomats, bureaucrats and militaries on both sides to work through specific steps to reach those goals. And the effort will require detailed negotiation between both Koreas and the United States, which could take months, if not years, to conclude.For now, the agreement mentions denuclearization but doesn’t offer specific steps, which will lead to a lot of skepticism about how committed the North is given its past abandonment of denuclearization agreements.The day began with a handshake that symbolized hope that two Koreas could create a lasting rapprochement.Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty ImagesAfter crossing the demarcation line, Kim and Moon walk to the official welcome hall for the first North-South summit in more than a decadeKim, flanked by bodyguards in matching black suits, stepped out of a building on the northern side of the village of Panmunjom, where the two sides ended the Korean War in 1953 with a simple truce, but no broader peace treaty. Notably absent in this shared security zone were the dozens of armed soldiers who typically stand guard near the military demarcation line.Two previous summits, in 2000 and 2007, were unable to make progress on the most pressing issue — the North’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.The nuclear question looms even larger this time around — in the past year, Pyongyang has not only demonstrated its ability to produce such weapons but also the potential to deliver them via long-range ballistic missiles that can reach as far as the continental United States.The Blue House, South Korea’s presidential residence, said the two leaders had a “frank discussion” in a morning session, which included the subject of denuclearization.A year of especially serious tensions leading up to Friday was followed by a sudden thaw and an offer by Kim in recent weeks to meet with President Trump. Mere months ago, the two leaders were trading insults and threatening to wage war. However, the White House appears to be taking Kim’s offer seriously and the two men could meet as soon as next month.At Panmunjom, Kim and Moon smiled and exchanged greetings.Moon, on the south side of the border, walked over to meet Kim so that their handshake could be photographed at the symbolic military demarcation line that divides the North from South.In the meticulously choreographed ceremony, hands clasped and Moon invited Kim over an ankle-high concrete barrier that divides the two countries — the first time the North Korean leader — or any North Korean leader — had ever set foot in the South.Then Kim gestured to Moon to take a step into the North, which the South Korean leader did. The presidential office later said that the unscripted moment came after Moon said he wanted to visit North Korea someday. Kim reacted quickly by offering to have him step right over to the northern side for a few moments, before they crossed back over to the South, hand in hand.They walked side by side down a red carpet, observed a brightly-colored traditional Korean honor guard ceremony, before proceeding into the three-story Peace House for their summit.Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty ImagesKim and Moon continue their visit after posing for photos in front of a picture of North Korea’s Mount Geumgangsan, which has special significance for all Koreans.Entering the Peace House, Kim wrote in the guest book: “New history starts from now, at the historic starting point of an era of peace.”The pair posed for photos in front of a picture of North Korea’s Mount Geumgangsan, which has special significance for all Koreans dating to before the Middle Ages.Kim Yong Chol, the head of North Korea’s national intelligence service, began clapping and others from both sides joined in.“It feels embarrassing to be applauded just for shaking hands,” the North Korean leader said, but acknowledged, “The norms are changing.”“Did that make for a good picture?” he asked as journalists and others laughed.Once seated inside, Kim quipped that he brought Pyongyang’s famous naengmyeon, cold noodles, “from far away,” then corrected himself to say it wasn’t so far away at all.The two leaders and their wives were expected to attend a dinner banquet Friday evening, featuring the noodles brought from the North.Even with the outward appearance of geniality, however, lingering suspicions were evident: After Moon stepped out of Peace House, two North Korean security guards swept into the lobby, sprayed the chair at the guestbook signing desk with sanitizer and wiped it down. They also cleaned the guestbook and pen with sanitizer — twice. Then the guards used electronic gear to scan the chair and signing desk.The reason? A South Korean security guard told reporters that their North Korean counterparts were checking for explosives and recording devices.After separate lunches, the two leaders commemorated the summit by shoveling soil around a pine tree and then sprinkling it with water from South Korea’s Han River and North Korea’s Taedong River.Moon and Kim then walked away from the cameras and microphones and sat at a bench to have a conversation without their aides. For much of that lengthy discussion, Kim could be seen listening intently to Moon, smiling and laughing at times.NPR news assistant Se Eun Gong contributed to this story from Ilsan, South Korea.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
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Go back to the e-newsletter >Qatar Airways’ new safety video featuring FC Barcelona players Messi, Suarez, Neymar, Pique, Rakitic and Mascherano has landed as a hit across all social media channels, generating nearly 40 million views since its debut in December, a record among airline safety videos. In addition, Qatar Airways’ new brand campaign, Going Places Together, generated extraordinary attention online with 31 million views of the new television commercial over the same time period inspiring millions with its message of travel as a transformative experience.A change from the airline’s traditional in-flight safety content, Qatar Airways communicated the airline’s essential safety information in scenes which depicted Suarez taking to the pitch in a life vest, while Pique causes a stir with waiting fans. This safety video will be shown to all passengers on board every Qatar Airways flight, reaching tens of millions of people in addition to the community of fans online.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “We saw an opportunity to bring some of our signature creativity to something that had become just another part of the on-board experience. Safety is of course at the heart of our operations as a global airline and I am delighted that our successful partnership with FC Barcelona has been so warmly received in this way by our passengers and the online viewing public.”Total viewing time of the safety video as posted to YouTube equates to a remarkable 39 years and 94 days since its launch.Salam Al Shawa, Qatar Airways Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications added: “Feedback from our passengers, our staff and the online community has been phenomenal. The safety video has been called ‘among the best of all time’ by mainstream media, a compliment that we take to heart. There is something for everyone in this video, and everyone likes to see their favourite football players having a little fun and showing off their acting skills. Our approach to the video was the same as our approach to our new brand campaign, Going Places Together – we want to take something that has become ordinary and give it a new twist, something that will inspire a fresh look and a new experience. I believe that is why we have seen such an incredible engagement with both social media campaigns.”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WS2CQQfQzEMGo back to the e-newsletter >