OECD raises outlook for Canadian growth to 22 per cent this year

first_imgOTTAWA – The OECD is raising its economic forecast for Canada amid a strengthening global economy, but also warns that tensions are appearing that could threaten global growth.The Paris-based economic think-tank says trade protectionism remains a key risk that would negatively affect confidence, investment and jobs.The OECD comment follows moves by the U.S. to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from most countries in the world, with Canada and Mexico exempted.The OECD says it now expects the Canadian economy to grow 2.2 per cent this year, up from an earlier prediction of 2.1 per cent.It also raised its Canadian growth outlook for next year to 2.0 per cent compared with its forecast in November for 1.9 per cent.The OECD says the revised outlook compares with growth of 3.0 per cent last year in Canada.last_img read more

Maha IAS official shoots at injures wife hangs self

first_imgMumbai: A 57-year-old IAS official allegedly committed suicide by hanging after firing two rounds from an airgun at his wife in the early hours of Friday in Maharashtra’s Solapur district, police said.Vijaykumar Bhagwat Pawar hanged himself after shooting at and injuring his wife Sonali in Marvade in Mangalwedha town in Solapur, over 380 kilometres from here, an official said. The Indian Administrative Service official was posted in the state’s Skill Development department and had previously served as collector of Nandurbar district. “Neighbours heard shouting and gun shots from the Pawar household following which they alerted police. The couple was rushed to hospital where doctors declared Pawar dead on arrival. Sonali Pawar has sustained bullet injuries and is undergoing treatment,” the official said. “We have recovered two empty rounds and one live airgun cartridge. A probe has been instituted to find out what caused the incident,” he added.last_img read more

Russian award for Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Thursday named for the ‘Order of St Andrew the Apostle’ award by Russia for exceptional services in promoting bilateral ties between the two countries, a Russian embassy official said. The Order of St Andrew the Apostle is the highest state decoration of Russia, the official said. Modi has been conferred with the award for exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India, the official said.last_img

Roberts explains Bielsas reactions

first_imgThe Wales footballer says Bielsa was okay after Leeds United lost 4-1 against West Brom, but he obviously was not happyWales national team and Leeds United striker Tyler Roberts has explained how head coach Marcelo Bielsa endured the 4-1 defeat against West Brom.“I haven’t seen him blow up,” Roberts told Sky Sports.“He was OK after Saturday (when Leeds lost 4-1 at West Brom).”“He always shakes everyone’s hand when we come in from the pitch,” he added.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“It’s always the same, win or lose. He was obviously not happy about Saturday, but that’s the same in every team after a result like that.”“I started as a winger with him (Bielsa),” Roberts commented.“But he’s seen me come away with Wales and play the number nine role.”“He’s taught me a lot about runs in behind, staying up the pitch and making important movements,” the forward said.“He’s opened my eyes to another part of my game that maybe I didn’t see as well before.”last_img read more

Sergio Romero expects OShea to receive a positive reception from fans

first_imgMan Utd goalkeeper Sergio Romero feels that former Reds player John O’Shea will receive a positive reception from the United fans on Saturday.Manchester United face Reading FC on Saturday for their third round of Emirates FA Cup and Romero believes that when O’Shea steps onto the Old Trafford turf on Saturday, he shall receive a great ovation.He adds that any player that has sacrificed their all for the shirt should receive a strong welcome.“Of course, John O’Shea will get a welcome back. He clearly deserves it,” Romero said via Manchester United official website.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It’s the same for all good players who put in 100 percent performances time and time again at United. There is no other way and I would expect them to give him a warm welcome back, to give him something back after all he contributed to the club’s history.”When a player gives 100 percent, they get it back from the fans.“last_img read more

Public Notice Reminder – Persons residing in the TCI on an Expired

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 25, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services is hereby reminding all persons that are currently in the Turks and Caicos Islands on an expired Visa that they are residing here unlawfully.   Such persons are encouraged to leave the country voluntarily as any such person found to be in the country illegally will be prosecuted under the law.The Ministry encourages all persons to avail themselves of the Turks and Caicos Islands Immigration Ordinance 2015 and Immigration Regulations 2016 or to call the Customer Service Quality Assurance Manager, Emilio Seymour on (649) 338-4114 or email himat infobordercontrol@gov.tc should you require any further information or have any questions or concerns.The Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services thanks the public for their cooperation in this regard.Press Release: TCIG Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Does Himansh Kohli want to rebuild relationship with Neha Kakkar

first_imgNeha Kakkar and Himansh KohliInstagramNeha Kakkar and Himansh Kohli were one of the most adorable couples, but they are no longer together. After their breakup, Neha had apparently deleted all their pictures from social media, but Himansh’s Instagram account still has their PDA photos.Neha and Himansh’s relationship had ended on an unpleasant note. The singer had made their split public by speaking about it on social media. She had even said that she was suffering from depression after the breakup.She was so upset with it that she was seen breaking down in public at multiple occasions. Post their breakup, Neha had deleted all her pictures with Himansh, and had even unfollowed him on Instagram.However, a look at Himansh’s Instagram profile shows that he has still not deleted the photos. Is Himansh still in love with the bubbly singer or there is a possibility of a reconciliation? Well, the truth can only be revealed by Neha and Himansh.Their split was a shocker for all the fans. The actor was vehemently attacked on social media by Neha’s fans, who had thought that he cheated on the singer. Neha’s public display of depression further made her fans upset, who had abused Himansh on social media.She soon had later issued a clarification saying that Himansh never cheated on her, and he did not deserve to be roasted on social media for this.Nonetheless, Neha has now come out of the difficult phase, and is seen often posting funny videos and updates of her work on Instagram. Recently she gave a dose of laughter to her fans with a video that showed her and YouTuber Lilly Singh pretending to be drunk. The act was to promote her latest single “Coca Cola Tu”.last_img read more

Infosys appoints Michael Pesch as CEO of its consulting business

first_imgInfosys, India’s second largest IT firm, has appointed Michael Pesch as the new chief executive of its consulting arm Infosys Consulting Holding, which was formerly known as Infosys Lodestone. The appointment is effective from April 1, 2016.Pesch’s appointment comes at a time when the company is stepping up its efforts to increase revenues from new areas such as cloud computing and digital technologies. Pesch will be responsible for Infosys’ consulting practice in Europe, Latin America and the Asia Pacific region and will report to Sanjay Purohit, global head of Infosys consulting business, the company said in a statement.The brand said Pesch will focus on expanding the reach of Infosys consultants and experts in digital transformation and design-led innovation, as well as on increasing Infosys’ expertise in large-scale SAP programs.He will also serve as the regional head of Germany, Austria, Switzerland (DACH) countries, bringing an integrated approach to IT transformation to every client engagement in the region, it added.”Over the last several months, we have reinvigorated our global consulting business, strengthening our team and capabilities. Michael’s appointment as CEO of Infosys Consulting Holding AG adds to our strong leadership in Europe and will bring new vigor in our global consulting business,” said Purohit. The appointments are part of Infosys’ CEO Vishal Sikka’s strategy to put the company back on track to generate industry’s leading growth rates in the coming quarters. Sikka aims to boost its revenues to $20 billion by 2020 from the current $8.7 billion recorded last fiscal year.last_img read more

JS adopts resolution on Rohingya crisis

first_imgParliament Complex. File Photo The Jatiya Sangsad (national parliament) on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the Myanmar government’s continuous persecution and atrocities on the religious and ethnic Rohingya minority in their Rakhaine state and their push in into Bangladesh and called upon the international quarters, including the UN, to exert a strong diplomatic pressure on the Naypyidaw administration to immediately solve the crisis.The JS resolution came after a detailed general discussion on Rohingya crisis initiated by a proposal moved by treasury bench member Dipu Moni under the Rule 147 (1) of the Rules of Procedure of the house with speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.In her proposal, Dipu Moni urged the world conscience to come forward to resolve the problem in Rakhaine state immediately and mount pressure on the Myanmar government to take back their citizens from Bangladesh.She said that several lakhs Rohingyas have already taken shelter in Bangladesh to avoid ethnic cleansing in their homeland.Moving the resolution Dipu Moni bitterly criticized Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for her dubious role in Rohingya crisis which is grossly contradictory to her Nobel acceptance speech – “Ultimately our aim should be to create a world free from the distressed, the homeless and the hopeless a world of which each and every corner is a true sanctuary where the inhabitants will have the freedom and the capacity to live in peace”.Read more: Dhaka likely to raise Rohingya issue in upcoming UNGA sessionTaking part in the discussion, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said Myanmar has created the Rohingya crisis and they will have to solve it. She said, “Everybody knows Rohingyas are citizens of Myanmar and they must have to take back their citizens from Bangladesh.”Most lawmakers called for creating a safe zone for Rohingyas inside Myanmar under the supervision of the UN and an immediately implementation of the Anan Commission Report on the crisis.Participating in the discussion, leader of the opposition in parliament Rowshan Ershad supported the resolution saying international pressure should be mounted on Myanmar to stop the ongoing persecution of the Rohingyas.Listing different diplomatic and political steps taken by the government, foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali said some 300,000 Rohingya victims of Rakhine state in Myanmar entered Bangladesh since 25 August last and most of them are now living in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps.Earlier, more than four lakh unregistered Rohingya people were forced to enter Bangladesh in face of atrocities in Myanmar. On 9 October 2016, some 87,000 Rohingya entered Bangladesh in the wake of Myanmar military crackdown on them, he mentioned.The minister said Bangladesh has been working to resolve the Rohingya problem for a long time. Recently diplomatic efforts have been geared up to resolve the Rohingya problem.Meanwhile, he said, international organisations and countries including the United Nations expressed concern over the issue and appreciated Bangladesh’s role.Industries minister Amir Hossain Amu said the atrocities of the Myanmar government are reminding us the same brutalities carried out by the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed said that Myanmar started their atrocities in Rakhaine state immediately after former UN Secretary General Kofi Anan submitted his report on Ronhingya crisis.They killed thousands of Rohingyas and dishonoured women and girls during their heinous and inhuman crackdown and forced to leave their motherland, he said.Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon sought the intervention of the UN and international organisations to stop Rohingya persecution and ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar military.last_img read more

PM wants intl pressure for Rohingya repatriation

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina talks with UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Dhaka Mia SeppoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday stressed the need for quick repatriation of Myanmar’s forcibly displaced Rohingya people, reports UNB.She renewed the call upon the international community, including the UN, to exert more pressure on Myanmar to take back its nationals to their homeland.The prime minister made the call when newly appointed UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Dhaka Mia Seppo met her at her Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban office in the evening.Sheikh Hasina said the process could be expedited once the repatriation of the Rohingyas begins, the prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told newsmen.The premier put emphasis on both bilateral and multi-lateral efforts to resolve the Rohingya crisis.She extended her gratitude to the UN agencies for supporting Bangladesh and trying to address the issue.Hasina also thanked development partners and other international players for their emergency services to the Rohingya people who fled to Bangladesh.About the impact of such huge Ronhigya influx into Bangladesh, the prime minister said local people in Cox’s Bazar are suffering as they cannot cultivate their lands. More importantly, she said, the environment is being affected due to the stay of the refugees.During the meeting, the new UN official highly appreciated Hasina for providing shelter to the Rohingyas saying her government showed an incredible compassion in this regard.She said such huge influx of the Myanmar nationals from Rakhaine in just three weeks’ time is surprising.Mia Seppo lauded the efforts and good management of the government in providing various assistance and support, and sheltering such huge refugees.She, however, put importance to decongestion of Rohingya camps to ensure a healthy environment there as those are overpopulated.last_img read more

Twins drown in pond

first_imgMap of PabnaA pair of twins aged just two-and-half, drowned in a pond in Boalmari village in Sathia upazila of Pabna on Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased are Ahad and Samad, sons of Alauddin Ali of the village.Inspector (investigation) of Sathia police station Abdul Majid said the two brothers were frolicking near their house around 2:30pm, when they fell into the pond at one stage unnoticed.Later, local people recovered their floating, lifeless bodies from the pond.last_img

China to close N Korean firms by January

first_imgChina to shut North Korean firms or joint ventures in China, as well as any overseas joint ventures with North Koreans.Photo: ReutersChina said Thursday North Korean companies operating in the country will have to shut down by January as Beijing applies UN sanctions imposed following Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test.The commerce ministry said the companies, including joint ventures with Chinese firms, have 120 days to close from the date the United Nations resolution was adopted, 11 September.The sanctions spare, on a case by case basis, entities involved in non-commercial activities or public utility infrastructure projects that do not generate profits.The announcement comes days after China confirmed that it will apply another major part of the sanctions: a limit on exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea starting 1 October and a ban on textiles from its neighbour.In August, China banned North Korean firms and individuals from establishing new companies in its territory following a separate set of sanctions.China’s application of UN sanctions is particularly biting for North Korea. Beijing is Pyongyang’s main ally and trading partner, responsible for around 90 per cent of the hermit nation’s commerce.The United States has pressed China to use its economic leverage to strongarm North Korea into giving up its nuclear ambitions.US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Beijing this weekend for talks with China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.Tillerson will discuss the North Korean nuclear tensions, trade issues and President Donald Trump’s planned trip to China in November, the US State Department said.Trump’s tour will also take in regional allies Japan and South Korea.‘Abyss of misery’Washington has alternated between criticising and praising Beijing’s role in the North Korea crisis, on the one hand welcoming its support for new sanctions but also insisting it must do more to rein in its unruly neighbour.For its part, China has called on both Trump and North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un to tone down their increasingly bellicose rhetoric and instead try to begin peace talks.“We are opposed to any war on the Korean peninsula, and the international community will never allow a war (which would) plunge people into an abyss of misery,” foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular press briefing.“Sanctions and the promoting of talks are both the requirements of the UN Security Council. We should not overemphasise one aspect while ignoring the other,” Lu said.While China has imposed sanctions on its renegade neighbour, it wants to avoid precipitating the regime’s downfall over fears that its collapse could send an influx of refugees across its border and place the US army at its doorstep.But Beijing appears to be running out of patience with North Korea’s nuclear antics-the last test earlier this month triggered an earthquake that was felt in northeast China.Branches of China’s biggest banks have told AFP that they have suspended financial transactions for North Koreans, a measure that is not required under UN sanctions.last_img read more

Fire kills 10 in Chinese city of Tianjin

first_imgA skyscraper fire in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin killed 10 and injured five early on Friday, state media reported.The fire broke out around 4 am on the 38th floor of a serviced apartment building near the city centre, the official Xinhua news agency said.Xinhua said the fire had been extinguished and that early indications were that the blaze was caused by interior decorating materials used in a renovation catching fire. State broadcaster CCTV said renovation workers working on site were among the casualties.Fire safety has come under scrutiny in China after a deadly blaze last month killed 19 in the far southern fringe of Beijing, which has led to citywide evictions seen by some people as unfairly targeting the vulnerable underclass.Tianjin party secretary Li Hongzhong said authorities would carry out citywide fire safety inspections in response to Friday’s blaze, the official Tianjin Daily reported.last_img read more

Myanmar closes Rohingya camps

first_imgMuslim residents at Taungpaw an internally displaced people`s camp walk through the flood to reach the new house built by the Myanmar government in central Rakhine. Photo: ReutersAs the world was focused on abortive efforts to begin repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar last month, hundreds of their fellow Muslims still in Myanmar were boarding boats seeking to escape the country.Their attempted flight cast the spotlight back on 128,000 Rohingya and other displaced Muslims still living in crowded camps in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine, six years after Buddhist mobs razed most of their homes.The government of Aung San Suu Kyi, under international pressure to address their plight, says it is now closing the camps on the grounds that doing so will help development and put the labour of camp residents to good use.But Reuters interviews with more than a dozen residents from five camps and internal United Nations documents show the move simply means building new, more permanent homes next to the camps – rather than allowing them to return to the areas from which they fled – leaving their situation little changed.Those that have moved into the new accommodation remain under the same severe movement restrictions as before, residents and staff working in the camps say. A network of official checkpoints and threats of violence by local Buddhists prevent Muslims from moving freely in Rakhine. As a result, those sources say, they are cut off from sources of livelihoods and most services, and reliant on humanitarian handouts.”Yes, we moved to new houses – it’s correct to say (the camp is closed),” said Kyaw Aye, a community leader from a camp called Nidin, in central Rakhine. “But we’ll never be able to stand on our own feet because we can’t go anywhere.”Reuters spoke to displaced Muslims in Rakhine by phone as reporters are denied independent access to the camps.Myanmar’s Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Win Myat Aye said the government was working with the United Nations on a national strategy to close camps housing people forced out of their homes by violence in Rakhine and elsewhere, known as internally displaced persons or IDPs.There were no legal restrictions on the movements of displaced people in Rakhine, as long as they accepted a so-called national verification card that also gives them equal access to healthcare and education, he said in a written response to Reuters’ questions.Aid workers and Muslim residents say severe restrictions persist even on those who have accepted the identity card, which most Rohingya reject because they say it treats them as foreigners who have to prove their nationality.The U.N. chief in Myanmar, Knut Ostby, warned in a Sept. 24 private note that the government’s plan for camp closures “risks further entrenching segregation while denying IDPs many of their fundamental human rights”.Ostby’s office declined to comment on the note, but in a written response to Reuters’ questions said the UN had been invited to comment on the government’s plans for closing camps and was preparing its response.That response would include recommendations that all displaced people be granted freedom of movement, were involved in planning their resettlement and could return to their homes or another place of their choosing, Ostby said.MARITIME ESCAPERohingya community leaders say that improving conditions for those still living in Rakhine is one of the keys to persuading the hundreds of thousands sheltering in refugee camps in Bangladesh to return.Some 730,000 fled a military crackdown after attacks by Rohingya militants in August 2017. U.N.-mandated investigators have said the Myanmar military unleashed a campaign of killings, rape and arson with “genocidal intent”. Myanmar has denied almost all the accusations against its troops, who it says engaged in legitimate operations against terrorists.Refugees baulked at a plan for repatriating them that was supposed to begin in mid-November, arguing that conditions were not right for return.Meanwhile, at least three boats, each carrying scores of men, women and children, have departed from Rakhine for Malaysia since monsoon rains abated in October, following the hazardous maritime escape route used for years by Rohingya fleeing what they say is persecution in Myanmar.”If they are making the choice to go by boat, it’s clear proof of the conditions in the IDP camps,” said Khin Maung, a Rohingya youth activist in Bangladesh.He is in touch with fellow Muslims who are “living like prisoners” in the camps in central Rakhine, Khin Maung said. “If they are living like that how can we agree to go back?”Win Myat Aye, the minister, said Myanmar was working to improve the lives of both the IDPs and potential returnees.”I assume that the displaced people are leaving with boats because they (have) not fully understood what we arranged for their accommodations, livelihoods and socio-economic development,” he said.”INVESTING IN SEGREGATION”One camp, among the 18 remaining in Rakhine, lies outside a central Rakhine town of Myebon, which was torn by communal violence in 2012.The 3,000-strong Muslim community was expelled and put in the camp, known as Taungpaw, on a narrow strip between the now Buddhist-only town and the Bay of Bengal, in what was supposed to be a temporary arrangement.This year authorities built 200 new houses on rice paddies next to the camp, despite concerns that the area was prone to flooding. They were inundated in early June. In September, the government also built two new buildings set to become Muslim-only schoolhouses.”This is a sign the Rakhine state government is investing in permanent segregation rather than promoting integration,” said a previously unpublished memo dated Sept. 30 and circulated by U.N. officials setting out the concerns of aid workers operating in the camps. The U.N. said it did not comment on leaked documents.Some Muslims in Myebon have Myanmar citizenship and others have accepted national verification cards. They say they still cannot visit the town, where communal tensions have stayed high since the 2012 violence. Rakhine Buddhists have at times blocked aid deliveries to the camp.”Although they gave people new homes, if there’s still no freedom to move, there’s still no opportunity to do business,” said camp resident Cho Cho, 49.Aung Thar Kyaw, a leader among the Rakhine Buddhist community in Myebon, said the two communities were too different to live together, labelling Muslims “so aggressive”.”The government already built them new homes so they don’t need to enter town,” he said.Lei Lei Aye, an official in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, referred questions about the specific concerns in Taungpaw to Rakhine state government officials, who could not be reached for comment.”POLICY OF APARTHEID”Despite the humanitarian community’s efforts to convince Myanmar to change course, including by giving technical advice on camp closures, “the only scenario that is unfolding before our eyes is the implementation of a policy of apartheid with the permanent segregation of all Muslims, the vast majority of whom are stateless Rohingya, in central Rakhine,” said an internal “discussion note” prepared by the U.N.’s refugee agency in late September, first reported by Frontier Myanmar magazine and reviewed by Reuters.Win Myat Aye said he was “not concerned” about such warnings because the government was progressing with its camp closure strategy in consultation with UN agencies, non-governmental groups and foreign diplomats.The UN estimates humanitarian assistance in Rakhine will cost about $145 million next year.Former residents of Nidin, about 100 km (62 miles) north of Taungpaw, told Reuters their situation had barely improved since state media declared the camp closed in August.They are unable to return to Kyauktaw, the town where many lived and worked before the 2012 violence.Tun Wai, a Rakhine Buddhist doctor in Kyauktaw, said Muslims could “go freely outside the town”. But if they try to return, he said, “they will be killed”.Soe Lwin, deputy chief of the Kyauktaw police station, said Muslims “can’t enter the town”, but denied they would meet with violence. “We have the rule of law,” he said.The Muslims now live marooned among rice paddies that do not belong to them. Rohingya fishermen say what they catch barely covers their rental costs as they do not own their equipment.And with no clean water supply, children have contracted skin rashes from washing in agricultural run-off.”We can’t even support our children because we don’t have income,” said former camp resident Khin Hla, 43. “Without aid, we would starve.”last_img

US Fired Tear Gas Into Mexico Early On New Years Day

first_imgBy The Associated PressTIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the early hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who tried to breach the border fence in Tijuana.U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that about 45 migrants got through the first layer of fencing but turned back when they saw the border patrol’s presence early Tuesday. CBP said migrants began to throw rocks at agents from the Mexican side while others tried to cross the concertina wire, including passing “toddler-sized children” over the wire.Migrants run as tear gas is thrown by U.S. Border Protection officers to the Mexican side of the border fence after they climbed the fence to get to San Diego, Calif., from Tijuana, Mexico, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Discouraged by the long wait to apply for asylum through official ports of entry, many migrants from recent caravans are choosing to cross the U.S. border wall and hand themselves in to border patrol agents. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)Border patrol officers responded by firing smoke, pepper spray and tear gas at the rock throwers in Mexico, distinguishing them from those who were trying to cross the fence line, CBP said.“No agents witnessed any of the migrants at the fence line, including children, experiencing effects of the chemical agents, which were targeted at the rock throwers further away,” the statement said.However, an Associated Press photographer saw at least three volleys of gas launched onto the Mexican side near Tijuana’s beach that affected the migrants, including women and children, as well as journalists. The AP saw rocks thrown only after U.S. agents fired the tear gas.The AP photographer was on the Mexican side of the border, while border patrol agents who provided the information for the CBP statement were on the U.S. side.The incident took place between a highway and the border fence. The area is flat near the highway, then slopes sharply downward closer to the fence, where most of the migrants were clustered.U.S. authorities also had a helicopter flying over the scene during the incident so presumably the government has video that could show what was happening on both sides.The agency said 25 migrants were detained, while others crawled back into Mexico through a hole under the fence.CBP said that under its use of force policy, the incident would be reviewed by its Office of Professional Responsibility.Migrants who spoke with AP said they arrived in Tijuana last month with the caravan from Honduras.The caravan left Honduras in mid-October and grew to more than 6,000 members during its month-and-a-half trek north. It has been a constant target of President Donald Trump, who referred to it frequently before U.S. midterm elections in November.Many of the migrants are waiting in Tijuana for a chance to apply for asylum in the U.S., but there was a backlog before the caravan’s arrival and the wait is expected to be many months. Others have found jobs in Mexico and tried to settle there.In a previous incident, U.S. agents launched tear gas across the border after some migrants tried to breach the border following a peaceful march in Tijuana on Nov. 26. Hundreds of migrants who were downwind of the gas were affected.Trump has been locked in a fight with Congress over funding for the border wall that he wants to build. The stalemate has led to a partial government shutdown.last_img read more

New type of kill switch to prevent genetically modified microbes from wreaking

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Science Fiction writers dreamed up the idea of mad scientists creating microorganisms that somehow get out into the world and kill everyone long before modern scientists had the skill to actually do it—but now that technology does exist and along with it fear that in trying to do something good, such as creating a cure for a bacterial disease, researchers could create a monster virus that not only harms patients, but jumps to others and causes serious harm or death. That fear is not ungrounded, as most biological researchers will attest, and that is why some of them are working on making genetically modified organisms safe. The idea is to modify genes to cause the organism to note when some chemical is present, and if so, to self-destruct—a modified virus or bacteria, for example, would die if exposed to a chemical present in the atmosphere. While such an approach is deemed practical by many, others would like to have access to a means for using the same technique on different organisms—those who hold patents on GMOs, for example, would like to be able to kill off their product if it gets into the hands of another entity. To meet that need, the researchers with this new effort came up with two new types of kill switches, which they have named ‘Deadman’ and ‘Passcode.’The Deadman solution is a new take on the kill switch idea from old time trains, a certain chemical must always be present or the modified microbe will die. Passcode, on the other hand is more complex, it combines the idea of a needed chemical and the absence of another. Microbes could be modified to be able to live only in the presence of two different molecules, for example, and the absence of another, or the reverse could be true. The designer could choose whichever “passcode” they desire.The main hurdle facing these new ideas and any others that may come along, of course, is in being able to prove that the microbes they modify will not evolve in ways that overcome the kill switches, either alone or by interacting with native microbes, making such efforts moot and possibly putting everyone at risk. Citation: New type of kill switch to prevent genetically modified microbes from wreaking havoc (2015, December 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-genetically-microbes-wreaking-havoc.html More information: Clement T Y Chan et al. ‘Deadman’ and ‘Passcode’ microbial kill switches for bacterial containment, Nature Chemical Biology (2015). DOI: 10.1038/nchembio.1979AbstractBiocontainment systems that couple environmental sensing with circuit-based control of cell viability could be used to prevent escape of genetically modified microbes into the environment. Here we present two engineered safeguard systems known as the ‘Deadman’ and ‘Passcode’ kill switches. The Deadman kill switch uses unbalanced reciprocal transcriptional repression to couple a specific input signal with cell survival. The Passcode kill switch uses a similar two-layered transcription design and incorporates hybrid LacI-GalR family transcription factors to provide diverse and complex environmental inputs to control circuit function. These synthetic gene circuits efficiently kill Escherichia coli and can be readily reprogrammed to change their environmental inputs, regulatory architecture and killing mechanism. Researchers use CRISPR to create ‘kill switch’ for GMOs Journal information: Nature Chemical Biology Explore further (Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from MIT and Harvard has come up with two new ways to hardwire a kill switch into a genetically modified microorganism to prevent it from going rogue. In their paper published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, the team describes their technique, why they think it is better than other approaches and the ways it could be used. © 2015 Phys.orglast_img read more

EastWest Metro to be made operational by Marchend

first_imgKolkata: The first phase of the East-West Metro that will connect Salt Lake Sector V with Salt Lake stadium will be operational by the end of March 2019 or the beginning of April 2019, said Union Minister of State for Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises Babul Supriyo on Monday.The minister was in the city to witness the progress of work for the E-W Metro.The first trial run of two rakes side-by-side on two tracks was held for the first time in his presence. Supriyo also tried his hands at driving a rake that travelled from Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeCity Centre station to Salt Lake Sector V.”Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Limited (KMRCL), the executing agency wants to ensure that safety and security measures are in place before starting the services. So we have decided not to hurry with the commencement of services,” Supriyo said.”We are installing a modernised signaling system, the software for which is to be imported from Japan. There are several sharp bends and curves in the alignment from Sector V to Salt Lake stadium. The software is expected by the end of December following which the system will be put in place,” he added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe minister has already held talks with the Union Defence ministry including Nirmala Sitharaman for speeding up the process of procurement of the software. According to sources in KMRCL, there will be five rakes in stock before starting the first phase. “We will begin with two or three and will increase the frequency depending upon the passenger demand,” a senior KMRCL official said. The phase from Salt Lake stadium till Sector V will have six stations and cover a distance of 5.5 km. “The way the work is progressing, I am hopeful that Esplanade to Sealdah phase will be operational by June 2019 that we had announced earlier,” he maintained. The minister also shared that some technical problems have delayed work from Sealdah to Esplanade as there are technical glitches in Esplanade where the East-West Metro will intersect the existing North-South Metro that runs from Noapara to Kavi Subhas. “We are working on overcoming the technical hurdles,” a KMRCL official added. The target for the second phase from Howrah Maidan to Sector V is June 2021.last_img read more

Books worth Rs 21 cr sold at International Kolkata Book Fair

first_imgKolkata: The 12-day-long International Kolkata Book Fair has registered a record sale of Rs 21 crore, the organisers said. It was Rs 1 crore more than the sales figure at the book fair in 2018, according to data available till Monday evening. Curtains came down on the annual event on Monday. Altogether 23 lakh people had visited the book fair, since its inauguration on January 31. Russia will be the focal theme country of the 44th International Kolkata Book Fair to be held in 2019, the organising body, the Publishers and Book Sellers Guild, said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose Delegation of writers from Russia had attended the Book Fair and the literature festival in past editions and the two countries share cultural ties, Guild general secretary Tridib Chatterjee said. The next edition of the International Kolkata Book Fair will therefore fittingly make Russia as the theme country which will be in sync with the tradition to name one theme country every year to create awareness about that nation among the people and boost cultural ties, Chatterjee said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata He was addressing the closing ceremony of the 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair. Guatemala was the theme country of the 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair in 2019. The guild has felicitated a teacher from Chakdah in Nadia district for buying books worth Rs 2.42 lakh from this edition of the book fair as “such people should be brought to the limelight for setting an example for the new generation of book lovers,” Chatterjee said. Four winners of a lottery, held to promote buying of books, were also gifted a designer book shelf each by the organisers. The shelf was filled with books of their choice, worth Rs 1 lakh. Several countries from across the world attended this edition of International Kolkata Book Fair which witnessed participation of authors from Russia, Costa Rica, Spain, Scotland, Australia, Argentina, Bangladesh and Guatemala.last_img read more