Moroccan Government Condemns Israeli Assault Against Palestinians

Rabat – The Moroccan government condemned, during its weekly meeting under the chairmanship of head of government Abdelilah Benkirane, the ongoing Israeli assault against the Palestinian people in Gaza.This aggression, which has been going on for 23 days, breaches the spirit and provisions of international agreements and represents a scandalous decline in respecting values, said communication minister, spokesperson of the government Mustapha El Khalfi in a statement at a press briefing following the meeting.The cabinet highlighted the tireless efforts by the Kingdom under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI to stop this attack and avoid its repetition, recalling efforts made in collaboration with brotherly Arab and Muslim countries, whether via the Arab League, whose council of ministers is currently chaired by Morocco, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, or in coordination with the international community. The cabinet reaffirmed the active and effective solidarity with the Palestinian people, pursuant to the instructions of King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al Quds Committee, in order to defend the just Palestinian causes namely the establishment of a Palestinian State with Al Quds as capital. read more

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Polisario Maneuvers: Bourita to Hold Talks with UN Officials in New…

Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita is expected to travel to the US to discuss the Western Sahara question with senior UN officials.Following an emergency meeting held on Sunday at the Moroccan parliament, the Moroccan diplomat will pay an official visit to Washington and New York to hold talks with United Nations representatives on the “dangerous” situation as a result of in Polisario’s“illegal actions” in the Western Sahara buffer zones.Amid the escalating situation in the region,  Morocco’s Ambassador to the UN, Omar Hilale, urged the United Nations Security Council to shoulder its responsibility and prevent the Polisario from changing the status quo of the buffer zone Hilale warned the Security Council that these separatist actions constitute a “casus belli”(justification for war).“Morocco will not stand idly by the deterioration of the situation on the ground,” he added.Bourita condemned Polisario’smaneuvers in the buffer zone on Sunday, stressing that the separatist group went even further in its recent provocations in Tifariti and BirLahlou, with the aim of changing the legal and historical status of this area.In addition to defying the United Nations and its 1991 ceasefire agreement through its continuous presence in the restricted buffer zones, the Polisario has announced its intention to relocate the headquarters of its “Ministry of Defense” to BirLahlou, another area in the buffer zone, located located230 kilometers away from the Es-Semara provinces.Sources close to the Polisario reported that it “has started relocating its ‘defense ministry’” and will “complete its actions within a short period.”Meanwhile, the government called on the Security Council to force the Polisario to abide by the terms of the ceasefire, making it clear that all options are open to repel the “provocations” of the Polisario, including the use of military force.Nabila Mounib, General Secretary of the Unified Social Party told Moroccan press on Sunday that if the UN Security Council does not shoulder its responsibility, “all options remain possible, including resorting to a military solution.” read more

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Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is down 25.82 points to 15,187.60.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 108.09 points to 21,395.12.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 10.20 points to 2,429.90.The Nasdaq composite index rose 21.94 points to 6,166.29.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.10 cents US, up from Thursday’s average price of 76.83 cents US.

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A smart start to university life

Smart Start guides Josh Bowslaugh, Melissa Austin and Taylor Magee will be helping new Brock students get acquainted with campus life.Don’t be alarmed Monday by all the people walking backwards on campus.Though they may appear to be facing the wrong way, they’re actually leading hundreds of new Brock students in the right direction. They’re the guides for Smart Start, the program meant to help incoming students get acquainted with university life before the start of school, which kicks off next week.So far, 2,500 future Badgers – about 80 per cent of first year students – have signed up to learn how to find their way around campus, get their Student ID cards, arrange class schedules and feel a little more at ease about the transition to campus life.“University is so overwhelming and different from high school, you can’t have anything go amiss,” said Taylor Magee, a fourth year political science student and Smart Start team leader. “Smart Start is a great way to ensure nothing goes amiss. Once you do Smart Start, all you have to do is come to class in September.”The program doesn’t just set students’ minds at ease about what’s ahead. About 3,000 guests, mostly parents and family, have also signed up for the orientation. Many lament never having had such a service themselves when they were in school. Others, particularly those from Niagara, who may already be familiar with the campus, appreciate seeing another side of Brock.“I’ve had a lot of local parents say, “We’ve come here for swimming lessons but we’ve never seen the academic side of it,” said fellow team leader Melissa Austin, who’s going into her fourth year of speech and language science.Smart Start and all its merits are an easy sell for many of the guides, Austin noted. Most participated themselves when they were starting university.For those guides who didn’t, they’re now seeing what they missed – and, in hindsight, it’s a lot, said team leader Josh Bowslaugh, whose first day at Brock was when he moved in to residence.“The acronyms of the buildings — it was the little things that you learn with Smart Start that I didn’t know in my first year that I would have wanted to know,” the fourth year kinesiology student said.Smart Start runs until Aug. 10. The cost to participate is $45 per student and $15 per guest, a fee that includes lunch and parking. Money raised from registration fees is used to sustain the program.For more information or to register, visit Smart Start online or call 905-688-5550, ext. 3810. read more

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Jesse King stepping into leadership role for Ohio State lacrosse

Then-sophomore midfielder Jesse King (19) advances the ball during a game against Detroit Feb. 9, 2013, at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 14-8.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorExpectations are mounting for the highest returning scorer on the Ohio State lacrosse team as the men look toward their final exhibition game.Junior midfielder Jesse King scored 32 goals for the Buckeyes last season and is looking to fill the void left by those who graduated. King was a 2014 Face-Off Yearbook Division I First Team All-American selection and was one of eight collegiate players to be selected to try out for Team Canada.A familiar name also invited to try out for Team Canada was OSU’s all-time leading goal scorer Logan Schuss, who moved on to the pros after the 2013 season.OSU coach Nick Myers said he believes Schuss helped with King’s maturation process.“I think he (King) would be the first to tell you that a guy like Logan was a big part of that,” Myers said. “Logan really took him under his wings and I think it was great for him to have that kind of mentor.”Over the offseason, OSU lost a couple of key seniors in Schuss as well as midfielder Dominique Alexander, and King said he knows he is going to have to step up in order to fill the leadership void they left.Fellow junior midfielder David Planning said King has been playing like a veteran ever since stepping foot on campus.“He was a leader and a captain from day one,” Planning said. “Whether it was on the field barking out orders with Logan and Dom, or outside of the field, it’s not new for him to pick up this leadership role this year.”Coming to OSU from Victoria, British Columbia, King still goes back home during the offseason and plays box lacrosse for the Victoria Shamrocks.Last summer, while playing with the junior team, King amassed 111 points in 15 games, good for third in the league despite playing fewer games because of OSU’s NCAA tournament run.However, it was his call up with the senior team for the Western Lacrosse Association playoffs that King said was inspiring.“When I got pulled up with the senior team, I met a lot of the guys that I dreamed about growing up,” King said. “It was cool to see how great they were to me, coming up as a young kid … it makes me reflect on guys coming up to our team and trying to be humble towards them.”Those experiences have translated well in Columbus. Senior midfielder Michael Italiano said the way King conducts himself on and off the field helps make his teammates around him better.“Jesse is a two-way kind of guy. He has a voice and knows the offense real well,” Italiano said. “He always comes in with a smile and a lot of energy … other players see that and they want to get better every day and follow his example.”This season, as OSU looks to defend its ECAC tournament title, Myers knows there could be more focus put on King, but he believes the Claremont Secondary School product is ready to take on the challenge.“Jesse is a very mature young man,” Myers said. “He is a guy that this year realizes that the spotlight is on him more and with that comes a bit more responsibility to manage his emotions and be the leader that we need him to be. I think he has really relished that and so far has done a nice job with it.”King is one of four returning players for OSU who totaled more than 20 points last season, and he does not see any reason why that number can’t increase this year.“We’ve got a great offense,” King said. “We have a lot of guys who are looking forward to step up … I’m excited for it.”Myers described King as a humble player who recognizes what it means to put on an OSU uniform each game and noted that the midfielder always puts his teammates before himself.“We talk about ‘we not me’ as one of our standards, and Jesse is a guy who exemplifies that,” Myers said. “He is a great teammate who really understands what Buckeye lacrosse is all about.”King and the Buckeyes are set to be back in action Saturday at noon, hosting the Robert Morris Colonials in their third and final exhibition game at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

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Driver given ticket for middlelane hogging on motorway

The footage from New Year’s Eve was captured on the M4 between junctions 12 and 13, near Newbury, Berkshire, police said.The force claimed the driver of a silver BMW had been in the middle lane for more than a mile despite officers following “directly behind” in a marked car.The left lane was “totally clear the entire time”, the Twitter post said.Driving too slowly on any road can result in the motorist being penalised for careless driving, which normally carries a £100 fine and three points on a licence. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Vehicle stopped on the #M4 J12 towards 13 (near #Newbury) for #MiddleLaneHogging. 🚙 in lane 2 for over a mile whilst I was directly behind in a marked #BMW. Lane 1 totally clear the entire time. Ticket issued for #CarelessDriving.If it’s clear move across! 🤦🏼‍♂️👮🏼‍♂️#P5562 pic.twitter.com/BHGBvmmAxC— TVP Roads Policing (@tvprp) December 31, 2018 If a case goes to court the maximum penalty is £5,000, up to nine points on a licence and disqualification from driving.But ill-discipline in the central lane has only been targeted by authorities in recent years.A motorist became the first person convicted for the practice in 2015 after persistently refusing to move into the slow lane on the busy M62.He was fined almost £1,000 and handed five penalty points. Footage of a car “middle-lane hogging” on a motorway has been released by police just days after slow driving was found to be increasingly responsible for accidents.Thames Valley Police’s road unit shared the video on social media, urging motorists to “move across” if the left lane is empty.The driver of the car was given a ticket for careless driving, according to the post.It comes after an analysis by the Department for Transport showed casualties from crashes caused by slow drivers had jumped a third in just one year, amounting to 175 injuries and two deaths in 2017.The AA said too many motorway users were hogging the middle lane and driving “far below the speed limit”, which can lead to undertaking, tailgating, congestion and road rage. read more

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Duvnjaks knee worries I have pain but I want to play

Domagoj Duvnjak‘s knee “isn’t ok”, but he will continue to play. Until when, nobody knows, even Croatian star, who wants to stay fit for THW Kiel, but also is eager to stay healthy for the upcoming Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in January on home soil, despite surgery is inevitable in certain moment.Yes, I have pain. But I wanted to play – said Duvnjak after fantastic win in Mannheim, where THW Kiel qualified for the EHF CL Quarter-final.– My knee is not really good. But I am only planning day by day, from game to game. I work a lot with our athletic coach Hinrich Brockmann. Since Paris I have not played, not trained. At some point, my whole body slowly improved. But as I said: My knee is not doing well, but the EC in Croatia I would like to play, of course – said Duvnjak for Kieler Nachrichten. ← Previous Story SHOCK IN SKOPJE: RK Metalurg beat RK Vardar in Macedonian derby! Next Story → Gábor Császár extends in Schaffhausen until 2021 read more

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Confirmed Torres to leave Atletico Madrid

first_imgFernando Torres has confirmed that he will be leaving Atletico Madrid at the end of the season and is determined to finish on a highThe former Liverpool and Chelsea forward’s future at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano has been heavily debated after Diego Simeone confirmed that Torres will not be getting a new contract at Atletico with the Spaniard has fallen down the pecking order this season with Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann often being partnered up front together.Torres first signed for Atletico as a 10 year-old boy in 1995 and made his debut for the senior side in 2001, where his performances caught the interest of many clubs throughout Europe.In 2007, Torres left his boyhood club for Liverpool for a reported fee of £20m and thrived in his first season in the Premier League under Rafael Benitez with an impressive 33 goals in his 46 appearances in all competitions.The World Cup winner later secured a reported £50m move to Chelsea, where his decisive goal against Barcelona in the semi-finals of the 2012 Champions League at the Nou Camp booked the club’s place in the final against Bayern Munich, which they later won on penalties.After a lackluster loan spell with AC Milan, Torres returned to Atletico in January 2015 and has made a total of 34 goals in his 139 appearances.“When I arrived at the age of 10, I always thought that Atletico would be my home,” said Torres, according to Marca.“I have enjoyed the Atleti that I always dreamt of.“I’d like to take the opportunity to say that this season will be my last at the club.“It has not been an easy decision, it has cost me a lot to take it.“Given the reality, the circumstances, maybe it is for the best.”Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…Having only started nine times for Atletico this season, Torres came to the decision that it was time to leave his beloved club.“I think this is the best time to say it,” said the 34 year-old.“You can all see the prominence that I am having and it is very little.“Today isn’t a day for reproaches. I am just trying to explain to the fans how I feel.“It has nothing to do with the club. The club doesn’t have names or surnames. This is the best way to carry myself for the next month and a half.”For now, at least, Torres intends to give his all for Atletico and hopes that he can leave with another title for the club.“I believe I can offer something in games, but the reality of the season is not that,” insisted Torres.“If everything goes well I can go out with a title.“This year I’m playing a lot less than the previous one but I have never surrendered.“If they didn’t count on me for next year I would have liked to have been told.”last_img read more

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Eusebio underlines the importance of Coppa Italia

first_imgEusebio Di Francesco has underlined the importance of winning the Coppa Italia Coppa Italia ahead of their clash with Virtus Entella.Roma will take on Virtus Entella on Monday night, with the winners going on to face Fiorentina or Torino in the quarter-final.“The team has been training well and I’m happy with the approach to this game,” the Coach told Football Italia via Roma TV.“We haven’t been able to call up Stephan El Shaarawy and Kostas Manolas, while Alessandro Florenzi needs to be evaluated. I am yet to decide whether to start Patrik Schick or Edin Dzeko, at the moment it’s 50-50.”Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.Roma are up against Entella, who have had a chaotic campaign between Serie C and a couple of months stalled awaiting legal action over a possible return to Serie B.“Entella have the quality to be in Serie B and cannot be underestimated. We are working well with elevated intensity and realise the Coppa Italia is a very important tournament for us.“I hope to find more consistency in 2019, both in terms of results and performances, as we’ve been lacking that.”last_img read more

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John Laird Puppet accusations dont always hold up to scrutiny

first_imgMany liberals in Southwest Washington are quick to label Jaime Herrera Beutler as a puppet of the Republican establishment. That characterization is untrue, as you’ll see a little later. But first, let’s examine the charge for exactly what it is.This denunciation of the U.S. representative from Camas actually is not so much about Herrera Beutler herself as it is about her status as a first-term member of Congress. As long as we’ve had elections, both parties have tried to cauterize opposition rookies with the “dutiful robot” brand. Sometimes it’s true. Congressional novices often wrap themselves in the warmth of party loyalty, at least until they accumulate seniority and the concomitant clout.That’s not an absolute with Herrera Beutler, though. Her willingness to venture off the GOP reservation was evident last year when Republicans tried to kill the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program. Herrera Beutler was one of two Republicans in the House to support funding the agency that offers short-term loans to people who are at risk of losing their homes because they’ve lost their jobs. And she was one of 36 who broke ranks with the 242-member Republican caucus and voted to protect funding for the Endangered Species Act. Also, she was one of six Republicans in December to vote for the payroll tax cut extension.But Herrera Beutler’s relative independence is not verified by just these three bits of anecdotal evidence. It takes an objective trend analysis. For that, we have the National Journal to thank. Patient and precise wonks at the National Journal have for 30-plus years studied and ranked members of Congress on liberal and conservative ideological scales.They do this by examining roll-call votes: 949 last year in the House and 235 in the Senate. Their website explains: “Unlike interest groups that rate lawmakers, National Journal does not attempt to say how members should have voted. Our goal is to describe how they voted in comparison with one another.”last_img read more

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Warm Springs fire expands into forested area

first_imgPORTLAND — A fire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon has expanded into a forested upland, complicating the battle against a six-day-old blaze.The growth of the Sunnyside Turnoff fire has slowed and is now estimated at 74 square miles. But the projected date for containing it has been pushed back from Sunday to next Thursday.The reservation fire started in grass, sagebrush and juniper but has spread north into the Mutton Mountains, fire information officer Bill Queen said Thursday.The area is marked by a tree common in Oregon’s eastern forests, the Ponderosa pine. Wildfires in trees can expand quickly by igniting lower-level fuels and racing to the crowns of the trees, spreading from there. Mountain winds are less predictable, too.The Kah-Nee-Ta resort on the reservation said it would reopen part of its operation Thursday, although its main lodge is expected to remain closed because of damage from an unrelated fire a few days before the wildfire broke out.last_img read more

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Cruise Ship Traffic Continues Full Steam Ahead

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Seward Port Manager says that the Gateway to Alaska can expect up to 70 cruise shipdockings in 2018, with six double ship days. The World is the largest luxury residential ship on the planet. The residents, from about 45 countries, live on board as the ship travels around exotic ports of call from Antarctica to Greenland, staying in most ports several days. It is also used by several major cruise lines as a “turn around” port for their Gulf of Alaska Cruises. Story as aired:http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Dorene-on-cruise-ship-traffice-continunes-full-steam-ahead.mp3 City of Anchorage External Affairs Jim Jager: “Our cruise ship visitation seems to be pretty stable.  I don’t anticipate that we will have a lot of growth just because the other markets – Seward and Whittier -work for most of the cruise ship schedules much better than Anchorage.” While Whittier has been the other end route, Anchorage is starting to fluff her feathers to make her nest more attractive to cruise ship traffic.center_img Holland America, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line all use the Port of Seward as the northern end of their 7-day Alaska Glacier Cruises sailing to and from Vancouver B.C. Anchorage isn’t targeting the cruise ship market in its port development. Holland America Cruises has a special two week trip where the MS Amsterdam stops at nontraditional ports like Homer, Kodiak and Anchorage.  While the number of visits is small, the prestige of the ships that make Anchorage a port of call is large. City of Anchorage External Affairs Jim Jager: “We had ten scheduled visits in 2017, including the World.  So the World stopped in Anchorage.”last_img read more

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Soldotna To Conduct Feasibility Study On Relocation Of Sewage Discharge

first_imgCurrently wastewater is collected from approximately 29 miles of sewer lines and 16 different lift stations to the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant for treatment and disposal. Once treated and disinfected,  the wastewater is currently discharged at mile 20 of the Kenai River. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council unanimously approved an ordinance at their council meeting on February 28, in order to appropriate funds to conduct an effluent discharge study for the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The ordinance will allow the city to update the outdated report, and evaluate the efficiency of the plant as it currently runs and study the feasibility of alternative options for the wastewater disposal. Robert Ruffner, member of the Board of Fisheries spoke to the Soldotna City Council on Wednesday, February 28: “We know that the discharge happens in an area that king salmon are spawning. If there is an alternative that would result in not having that discharge occur in an area as important as it does now, that would be great.”center_img Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-wastewater-.mp3VmJennifer-on-wastewater-.mp300:00RPd According to the ordinance the last report done on the city’s wastewater effluent discharge was conducted in 2000. The ordinance approves the appropriation of $35,000 to update the city’s current practices, and to potentially establish an alternative.last_img read more

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Raids conducted at Railway stations 36 lakh seized

first_imgVijayawada: The Vijayawada Railway Division has conducted raids at Tenali and Ongole sections on Thursday and achieved earnings of Rs 3,61,475 by registering 787 cases, according to K Kamalakara Babu, Assistant Commercial manger. With a team squad of TTEs and RPF police, they conducted the bus raid starting from Chirala Railway station, covering Appikatla, Tenali and Ongole stations during the check. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Male passengers found travelling in the ladies compartment and several unauthorised passengers travelling in the Divyang Jan coaches were evicted from the coaches during the check. As many as 583 cases of irregular travel were identified and a penalty of Rs 3,05,705 was raised in the check. A total 21 trains, including two special trains and five passenger trains were checked with a staff of 35 squads TTEs and RPF personnel under the supervision of K Kamalakara Babu.last_img read more

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Jon Snow to betray Daenerys Targaryen in her fight against Cersei Lannister

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 episode 3 leakGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 “The Last War” will feature how Daenerys Targaryen will come to terms with Jon Snow (Aegon Targaryen) and will march her army to invade King’s Landing.Now that Night King and his army of White Walkers are no more present in the Westeros, Daenerys Targaryen will be headed to the King’s Landing to fight the one battle that matters to her the most — kill Cersei Lannister and become the Queen of all the Seven Kingdoms. Daenerys still has several of her trusted allies including Tyrion Lannister, Grey Worm, Lord Varys, her two dragons, and possibly Jon Snow.We all know that Jon Snow does not wish to rule. In all the released episodes, we saw him fighting for the right but at the same time, he never demanded to become a King. In Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1, Jon Snow learned that his real name is Aegon Targaryen which makes him the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. That said, Daenerys did not come to terms with him when he told her the same.Even in the recently released episode, we saw that there was still some friction between these two characters. It looks like Daenerys still thinks that Jon will overthrow her and rule the Seven Kingdoms. However, this is probably not going to happen. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 review Daenerys TargaryenGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)There are chances that along with Sansa Stark, Jon Snow will decide to stay in the North and keep it safe from any future terrors. The North is still recovering from the great battle and they will be needing Jon to stay there to help everyone.Jon may accompany Daenerys in her fight against Cersei but given the fact that Dany is not happy with him, she may ask him to stay back in the North, where he truly belongs. At the same time, it should be noted that he has kneeled in front of her and has called her his queen. So, to fulfill his promise, he may walk beside her when she will invade Cersei’s golden palace.If Daenerys brings Jon Snow along with her then she will be very powerful as he will be bringing the rest of the North with him. But if Jon decides to abandon her in the time of her need, then there will be some dire consequences for the character.last_img read more

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Bengaluru water crisis will only worsen as governments chase wrong policies

first_imgDay Zero in Bengaluru.ReutersBengaluru’s water shortage is a topic that has grabbed intense focus over the years. Everyone agrees that rapid expansion of India’s Silicon Valley has led to alarming depletion of water sources. Yet very little has been done over the years to address the basic problems. The latest projections say Bengaluru will run out of groundwater by 2020 due to the fast pace of growth and urbanisation. However, the authorities are turning a blind eye to the core issues even as the ‘Day Zero’ is almost here. A quick examination of the mess reveals that misplaced policy priorities have worsened the problem over the years. A conversation the International Business Times had with the Indian Institute of Science Professor TV Ramachandra reveals that governments have missed the bus when it comes to preventing the looming water crisis.Professor TV Ramachandra, who is part of the Energy and Wetlands Research Group, was the first to warn that Bengaluru is likely to be the next Cape Town due to the water crisis. He reveals that the situation at hand is critical. As much as 81 percent of the 746 sq km area of Bengaluru is concretised currently. In comparison, during the 1970s, 68.7 percent of the city was covered in green. Between 1973 and 2017, concretised areas have increased 1,028 percent, while 88 percent of green cover and 79 percent of water bodies have been lost. Government should take up cost-effective measuresWhile it’s clear that rampant development has led to the depletion of water sources and the deterioration of the environment, what’s more disturbing is the fact that the proposed solutions are not the right ones. According to Prof Ramachandra, Bengaluru receives 700-800 mm of rainfall but rainwater harvesting is not being implemented adequately. Nearly 15 TMC of water can be saved through rainwater harvesting, but instead of looking at these options governments have been chasing multi-crore projects like Mekedatu, Sharavati and Yetinahole.The most efficient way to conserve water is to rejuvenate the lake and retain the rainwater. If the lakes in Bellandur and Varthur region are desilted 5.4 TMC of water can be stored in the region Corruption The solution for burning civic issues mostly runs into bureaucratic and political corruption. Not just Bengaluru but 370 districts in the country are under drought. The mismanagement of water sources and unplanned urbanisation have taken people to the brink. Water for daily use is getting costlier every year and the tanker mafia is choking city dwellers. At the same time, the government is not looking at cost-effective measures but taking up multi-crore projects.Desilting of lakes, watershed management, recycling and reusing of wastewater should be implemented widely by the government, according to experts. Water contamination affecting healthNot just the quantum of water but the quality of it is also a problem in large urban areas. Vegetable and fish samples taken from lakebeds reveal a high level of contamination. “We took food samples from Bellandur area including fish, spinach and mint. All had the presence of heavy metal and it gets reflected in health in the form of cancer or kidney failure. The environmental literacy in Bengaluru is only 3.5 percent although we have educated people all around the city and the ecological degradation is linked to it,” says Prof Ramachandra. KSPCB monitor displaying water qualityAmal RasheedaliHe also highlights the fact that the BBMP data on water quality is all but flawed. When asked about the water quality data shown on LED screens installed around the city, the expert pointed out that the data could be flawed. “The BWSSB secondary treatment plant cannot remove the nutrients or heavy metals, in the inflow it shows the presence of these nutrients but in the outflow, it is zero,” he said.Who will address Bengaluru’s water woes? It’s estimated that as much as 98.5 percent of the city landscape will be concretised by 2025. Will a solution be in place by then? Only if the government acts quickly and adopts the right strategies.  IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:26Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:25?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img The Mekedatu project in Ramanagara district aims to enhance the supply of drinking water to Bengaluru and recharge the groundwater table in the region. The project cost is around Rs 5,900 crore, according to the DPR. On top of it, nearly 52.5 sq km of forest land will be submerged if the controversial project goes ahead.The objective of Sharavati project was to bring the river water to Bengaluru from Linganamakki reservoir in Shivamogga district. But according to studies, the water retention in the catchment has come down and the dam there is silted. To make it worse, people living downstream Sharavati did not have water during the summer, raising questions if it was feasible to transfer water to Bengaluru. Yetinahole is a similar case and comes with a revised cost of Rs 13,000 crore. The authorities say it harnesses 24 TMC of water but in reality, only 9.85 TMC is available.Prof Ramachandra tells IBT Media that rejuvenation of lakes and propagation of water harvesting are the more efficient ways to conserve water than implementing big-budget projects. However, even when many of these government projects are failing and public money is wasted, not many seem to be questioning the wrong policies. “The most efficient way to conserve water is to rejuvenate the lake and retain the rainwater. If the lakes in Bellandur and Varthur region are desilted 5.4 TMC of water can be stored in the region. But the BDA has an objection against removing the silt as they said that only 20 per cent will be desilted,” said Prof Ramachandra.The BWSSB secondary treatment plant cannot remove the nutrients or heavy metals, in the inflow it shows the presence of these nutrients but in the outflow, it is zero The largest water body & the most polluted lake in Karnatakalast_img read more

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Full Show The New American Economy And Stories from the Storm July

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Monday’s Houston Matters: A Texas firefighters union is urging the City of Baytown to drop its lawsuit against a firefighter who’s battling cancer. It’s a legal dispute over coverage for medical treatment. Then, some homeowners impacted by Harvey are dropping out of a buyout program. News 88.7’s Travis Bubenik will tell you why.Also this hour: As lawmakers in Washington, D.C. debate how to move forward with immigration policies, we take a look at how immigrants impact Houston’s economy. Plus: Another installment of Houston Public Media’s ‘Stories from the Storm’, featuring community leaders and everyday Houstonians reflecting on how Harvey changed their lives and the community around them.  Today, the managing directors of the Alley Theatre and Houston Grand Opera talk about going downtown after the storm and discovering the damage to Houston’s Theatre District as well as the difficult road to recovery that had proud moments of resilience along the way.Then, Writer Jeff Balke join Houston Matters for the latest on the developments in Houston Sports. Watch An Excerpt from Houston Public Media’s Stories From The Storm Episode 4: managing directors of the Alley Theatre and Houston Grand Opera talk Listen X WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share 00:00 /50:41last_img read more

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This 38 Million Behemoth Is Basically The Tumbler of SUVs

first_img There’s never really been a vehicle on the market that caters to super-wealthy wannabe superheroes with a family to haul around. The Karlmann King has changed all of that.You’ll be forgiven for not recognizing the Karlmann brand. They’re not exactly a household name, except in households like the ones owned by Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne… whose Tumbler might as well be the sports car version of this over-the-top SUV.The Karlmann King sells for the tidy sum of $3.8 million, which is roughly the same cost as seven fully-loaded Bentley Bentaygas. The King is an entirely different kind of lavishly-appointed SUV, however.AdChoices广告It’s just that the luxury edition has…so much more eagle.Inside it’s furnished more like a luxury suite at a Vegas hotel than most of the high-end vehicles you’ve seen. There’s a retractable HDTV wired to an Apple TV and PlayStation 4, a mini fridge, and a Nespresso machine that stands in for an actual barista. The interior lighting can be adjusted Philips Hue-style to suit the mood.It’s the kind of vehicle Amy Kroker might buy if she was alive right now and willing to drive something that didn’t have seats stuffed with eagle down.Fully assembled, the Karlmann King weighs a lot. Roughly 12,000 pounds. Going back to the Bentayga comparison, that’s as much as five of Bentley’s SUVs.What does it take to move around that kind of bulk? Karlmann opted for a Ford-built 6.8-liter V10. Ford typically sticks it in something that looks more like a small semi or a motorhome than an SUV. You can’t mess around when you’re building a vehicle that’s made to operate in a temperature range of -40C (fairly normal Canadian winter) to 90C (which would be like driving around inside a sauna).Anyone who’s in the market for the particular kind of luxurious crazy the Karlmann King packs will have to move quickly. They’re only going to build nine of them.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Aston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain LairSony Crammed a 9-Inch Touchscreen Into a Single-DIN Car Stereo Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Fungii Turn Rice And Glass Waste Into An Ecofriendly Building Material

first_img This Psychedelic Fungus Can Turn Male Cicadas Into Horny ‘Zombies’Amphibians Are Dying En Masse, Humans Are to Blame Making buildings out of fungus-based materials might sound like the sort of thing that’s best left to floppy-hatted little blue creatures. There’s a team of human scientists that have proven otherwise.Australian researchers have developed a clever new mycelium composite and it’s quite the amazing material. The composite is lightweight and can be formed into just about any shape you can imagine.It’s also very eco-friendly. First, there’s the ingredient list: rice hulls and glass fines. The hulls are left behind after individual grains of rice are removed. Glass fines are small bits of glass that are produced during the glassmaking or recycling process. Fines can sometimes be used as a replacement for sand when making concrete, but they’re often just incinerated — as are rice hulls.To bind the two materials together they enlisted the aid of Trametes versicolor, a fungus commonly know as turkey tail. Once the fungii have done their thing, it’s on to a low-temperature often where the composite can be baked into bricks, slabs, or planks.The process is much less energy-intensive than the ones currently used to produce materials like plastic-based composite lumber. In addition to being an energy-efficeint process, it’s also a zero-carbon one.But wait, there’s more! The composite has excellent thermal stability and would boost a stucture’s overall fire resistance. On top of that, even when the mycelium composite does burn it produces far less carbon dioxide and smoke — which should mean fewer deaths related to smoke inhalation.There’s one more benefit that would be particularly attractive to Australian homeowners. Termites don’t find it nearly as appetizing as wood. With many of Australia’s densely-populated areas considered to be at high or very high risk of infestation, substituting mycelium composite could eliminate a lot of bothersome (and expensive) repairs.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Getting sticky at LHS watermelon feast

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Ladysmith High School (LHS) held their annual Watermelon Feast at the school on Friday. Learners from Grade 8 to matric had the opportunity to smear each other with watermelon and have loads of fun.If they didn’t want to get dirty, they could just sit at the side of the field, eat their delicious watermelon and look on in amusement as their friends chased each another around with the sole objective of making everyone sticky!last_img read more

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