Green light for TOG to create new shared space at King’s Cross

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Atlas Copco acquires Walker Filtration

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Dangerous winds, snow come to the UK with Storm Caroline

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — A large storm system named Caroline is moving to the north of the United Kingdom Thursday, with fierce and possibly life-threatening winds that are gusting more than 90 mph.The U.K.’s national weather service, The Met Office, issued Amber National Severe Weather Warnings from Scotland to northern Ireland.“Storm Caroline is well on its way across northern parts of the U.K.,” Met Office meteorologist John West said. “There will be devastating winds in some parts. More broadly across Scotland there will be 60 to 70 mph gusts, but in exposed areas we could see 90 mph.”So far, the highest wind measured so far was in Scotland’s Shetland Isles, at 93 mph. Winds are expected to ease in the west, with the strongest winds confined to the Northern Isles in the evening, The Met Office Chief Meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said.The strong winds may affect Scotland’s road, rail, air and ferry services.“We would urge people to check with their operators before they travel, especially if they are planning a ferry journey,” Scotland’s Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said. “There may also be bridge restrictions, particularly for high-sided vehicles, and we would urge road users to check the latest information on wind thresholds on the Traffic Scotland website.”Flying debris could be an issue and damage to buildings, such as tiles blowing off roofs, is possible. Some short-term loss of power and effects on other services is possible and some coastal routes, sea fronts and communities are likely to be affected by spray or large waves.Snow is expected as Storm Caroline moves away from the U.K. later on Thursday and through Friday, allowing winds from the northwest to spread across the U.K., bringing much colder air.Thursday evening, snow showers will become increasingly frequent and heavy across northern Scotland.Friday will bring severe snow and ice conditions. The Met Office has also issued a Yellow National Severe Weather Warning for snow and ice for much of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and parts of northern and western England for Friday — 1-3 inches of snow is likely fairly widely, with 4 to 8 inches in more northern areas. Icy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight and during the morning. Strong northwest winds may cause some blizzard conditions across northern Scotland.By Saturday, the heaviest and most frequent of the snow showers will become more confined to northeast Scotland.Storm Caroline will be the third named storm of the season for the U.K., following Storm Brian that affected southern and western parts of Britain and Ireland on Oct. 21.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Indigenous peoples denounce ongoing land rights violations in Ecuador

first_imgArticle published by Genevieve Belmaker Forest People, Forests, Governance, Government, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Reserves, Indigenous Rights, Rainforest People, Rainforests, Tropical Forests Indigenous leaders in Ecuador say that a lack of progress toward addressing key issues stands in the way of their fundamental territorial rights.Concerns include resource extraction projects initiated without proper prior consent and consultation, as well as the activation of several mining and oil concessions in Ecuador.The outcry comes at a time when indigenous peoples are increasingly being recognized as key partners in ensuring the protection of the world’s tropical forests. Indigenous people in Ecuador say their territorial rights are being systematically violated, according to a top United Nations official. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, is urging the Ecuadoran government to form a “truly plurinational and multicultural society” in accordance with its constitution and international law.Indigenous leaders cite a lack of progress toward addressing key problems impeding their fundamental rights, according to Tauli-Corpuz. That includes a lack of free and informed prior consent before implementing resource extraction projects. The leaders are also concerned about the activation of several mining and oil concessions.While Tauli-Corpuz has praised the current Ecuadoran government for advancing constructive dialogues with indigenous people over territorial rights, she criticized it for maintaining a status quo established by predecessors that failed to recognize, respect or protect the fundamental rights of indigenous communities.“The future of Ecuador’s indigenous people as well as the country’s forest ecosystems are at stake,” Tauli-Corpuz said in an interview with Mongabay. “The government has eliminated the autonomous institutions within the state that represented indigenous people, which means the national development plan is being developed without meaningful participation on the part of the indigenous.”During a recent trip to Ecuador, Tauli-Corpuz met with the country’s top officials, including President Lenín Moreno, high-ranking ministers, and representatives from the legislative and judicial bodies.Indigenous women march in Puyo, Ecuador on March 8, 2018. Photo by Kimberley Brown/Mongabay.The former president, Rafael Correa, borrowed billions of dollars from China to pursue his national development agenda from 2007 to 2017. That left Moreno with a massive budget deficit when he took office last year. To close the deficit, Ecuador signed contracts worth $1.6 billion in October to increase oil production at sites in the northeastern Amazon basin. The country is expected to increase metal mining investment from $1.1 billion this year to $7.9 billion in 2021, according to a BMI Research report.“The government feels that the country is in an economic crisis with high debt,” Tauli-Corpuz said. “Therefore they’re pushing economic ventures to raise revenue to pay off their foreign debt.”On her trip, Tauli-Corpuz reviewed a report put together by indigenous leaders that covered five emblematic cases in the Amazon Basin involving Chinese capital and investment. The extractive projects and infrastructure covered in the report were carried out without adequate human rights protection of indigenous peoples in countries such as Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Brazil, creating concerns over China’s rising influence in the region.Mining and oil threatsAfter visiting several indigenous territories around the country, Tauli-Corpuz said mining and oil extraction were the main threats to indigenous peoples, although agribusiness expansion and large-scale infrastructure projects also endangered their communities.She cited the case of an older woman she met from an indigenous community, who told her she had been given just five minutes to clear out after being notified of her family’s eviction. Her home was bulldozed before she could get her children to come help her move her belongings, Tauli-Corpuz said.“When the military and police arrive, the indigenous people are subjected to inhuman treatment as they are forced to leave land they have lived in for time immemorial,” she added.Deforestation in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Photo by Jeremy HanceAlthough the security situation for indigenous communities has reportedly improved slightly in recent years, Tauli-Corpuz said indigenous peoples had complained to her about armed groups threatening and even assassinating land rights defenders with impunity for standing up to extractive industries such as gold mining. She pointed to the example of indigenous leader José Tendetza, a prominent critic of the Mirador gold mine operating on Shuar indigenous territory. His battered body was found floating in a river in 2014 and showed signs of him having been tortured and beaten.“The perpetrators of that crime have never been brought to justice,” Tauli-Corpuz said.Indigenous peoples have also demanded amnesty for land rights defenders held by the state after opposing extraction projects in their territories, Tauli-Corpuz said. Seven pardons and one amnesty have been granted to indigenous human rights defenders to date, and the government is considering a simplified process to grant 137 additional pending petitions.Tauli-Corpuz called on the government to meet its commitments under its own 2008 constitution to fully recognize and implement “indigenous peoples’ rights in accordance with international human rights law.”“Protection of rights of nature cannot be achieved without protection of stewards,” she said.Indigenous land rights and climate changeA report released in November showed that countries are not on target to meet the 2020 goal of the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF), which aims to halve global deforestation by 2020 and eliminate deforestation by 2030. The average annual rate of natural forest loss is 42 percent higher than in the previous decade.According to the latest NYDF Goal 10 report, co-authored by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), studies have shown territories where indigenous rights are legally recognized have lower rates of deforestation than lands beyond their borders.The Goal 10 report pointed to a study released this year that found that between 2000 and 2012, rates of deforestation inside legally recognized indigenous communities in the Brazilian Amazon were seven times lower than in lands beyond these borders. In the Colombian Amazon, the rates were three times lower.Global forest programs such as REDD, or reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, have yet to invest substantially in the protection of land rights for indigenous communities, according to RRI spokesman Andy White. The REDD program was first negotiated under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2005.“The problem was that the REDD program was first developed by ministries of environment in Europe,” White said. “From there, REDD mostly went to work with the ministries of environment in the tropical countries but it hasn’t really dealt with land rights as of yet.”White said protecting and restoring the world’s forests could produce natural solutions to climate change impacts, and would go over 30 percent of the way to achieving the cost-effective mitigation necessary to bring down runaway carbon emissions.“In a world where it has become a global priority to protect global forests, research shows that indigenous people do a better job at protecting forests than governments do,” he said. “We aren’t going be able to solve the climate change problem without protecting indigenous rights.”Multiple attempts to reach Ecuador’s Ministry of Energy and Non-Renewable Resources for comment by email and telephone before publication were unsuccessful.Banner image: Indigenous women march in Puyo, Ecuador on March 8, 2018. Photo by Kimberley Brown for Mongabay.Editor’s note: A previous version of this article noted that the battered body of José Tendetza, a prominent critic of the Mirador gold mine operating on Shuar indigenous territory, was found in an unmarked grave in 2014. Tendetza’s body was found floating in a river and showed signs of torture and beating. Mongabay regrets the error.  center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Maghery band reigned victorious in All Ireland Title defence

first_imgMaghery band reigned victorious yesterday (Sunday) in Drogheda in the defence of their All Ireland Title against another Fife band from Dungannon.Led by Erin O’Donnell, the band gave a spectacular performance and went live to thousands of spectators, before being crowned All Ireland champs and performing to thousands that lined the street of Drogheda.The band have shot to fame over recent years following their innovative drill, music and drumming routines especially when their Easter performance went viral last April. Since their rise to fame, the band are believed to have been preparing for yesterday’s Fleadh competition.The Fife band will look to go one better next year as ‘the drive for five’ takes place in Drogheda 2019.An East coast tour of the United States, taking place across several states, will take place before next year’s All Ireland title defence. Their winter training period will see them train for their tour and Easter competition as well as engage in some exciting fundraising opportunities.The band have a go fund me page, where they welcome donations to assist their fundraising efforts as they train further to represent Ireland’s Irish language, music, culture, youth and heritage on the world stage.The band will be returning tonight to Dungloe and Maghery where they will be parading and performing their All Ireland routine at approx 7.30pmA cavalcade will then ensue to Maghery where they will return the cup ‘home’ across Roshine Bridge, parade down the lobby, and perform their finale performance in Maghery.The band’s All Ireland duties will wrap up in the coming weeks. They will be a part of Imagine Media’s programme that followed their third All Ireland win and will air on TG4 on September 10.The band’s Go Fund Me page can be found here. Maghery band reigned victorious in All Ireland Title defence was last modified: August 20th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dungloeFleadhMAGHERYMaghery Bandlast_img read more

Cricket umpire dies in Israel after getting hit by ball

first_imgAn umpire standing in an Israeli league cricket match in the city of Ashdod was killed after being struck by a ball on Saturday, Israeli police and a hospital spokeswoman said.The umpire, named as Hillel Oscar, 58, died of a catastrophic head wound, said Ayelet Keidar, a spokeswoman for Barzilai Hospital in the Mediterranean coastal town of Ashkelon near Ashdod where Oscar was rushed by ambulance.Oscar, standing at the bowler’s end, was hit when the ball ricocheted off the stumps and hit him in the neck from a shot that came straight back down the pitch, Avital Felix of the Ashdod Cricket Trust told the YNet web site.He said the players attempted to revive Oscar after he fell to the ground and the ambulance crew that arrived soon afterwards had worked for an hour at the scene before he was taken to hospital and was subsequently declared dead.Police said there was no suspicion of foul play but sports minister Limor Livnat had called for an inquiry. Oscar’s wife, Jenny, told YNet that the incident had occurred moments after a minute’s silence for Australia batsman Phillip Hughes, who died in hospital on Thursday after being struck by a ball during a domestic first-class match in Sydney.Cricket is not a professional sport in Israel but Ashdod is one of the main centres, where a large number of Jewish immigrants from India live. The fixture between Young Ashdod and Lions Lod was being played on the last day of the season.advertisementlast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool defender Gomez: I can’t blame Southgate

first_imgLiverpool defender Gomez: I can’t blame Southgateby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Joe Gomez accepts he needs to be playing to earn his England spot.Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate rates Gomez highly but the Liverpool centre-half has found himself behind Everton ‘s Michael Keane in the England pecking order, with Harry Maguire and John Stones the current first choices.The Kop defender said: “I cannot blame him (Southgate). He speaks to me and is a great manager but if you meet up with England you are expected to be playing so I have to keep working hard.“I have not been playing and every footballer wants to be playing.”At the same time I understand that we are European champions and the lads are doing very well at the minute so all I can do is keep my head down, keep working hard in training, and wait for my chance.”You cannot sit there and be down. You have to stay positive and do yourself justice when the time comes.“You need to show the good attitude otherwise you will do yourself harm.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Top Students Awarded by JAPSS

first_img In his address, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said teachers must be commended for surmounting numerous challenges to “make a success of students”. The awards were presented recently at a ceremony held at St. George’s College in Kingston. Story Highlights More than 430 students have been awarded for being top performers in their examinations, by the Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools (JAPSS). More than 430 students have been awarded for being top performers in their examinations, by the Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools (JAPSS).The Association recognises high-school students for exceptional achievements in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) as well as top-performing schools.The awards were presented recently at a ceremony held at St. George’s College in Kingston.In his address, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said teachers must be commended for surmounting numerous challenges to “make a success of students”.He said students have done better in various examinations last year, and “much of the credit for the improvement belongs to the nation’s teachers”.Senator Reid also thanked parents and stakeholders for their commitment to the students and the education system.He noted that the awardees have done “exceptionally well” and encouraged them to remain focused and continue to “be the best”.President of the Association, David Wilson, said the students deserve praise, and urged them to use the moment for greater resolve. “You must go further from here,” Mr. Wilson, who is also the Principal of Clarendon College, implored the awardees.Student at the Westmoreland-based Manning’s School, Daycia Reid, told the gathering that their success came from hard work, the sacrifice of parents, and that the recognition will “inspire other students towards this level of achievement”.Campion College in Kingston was again awarded the top school for CSEC and CAPE.Other awards were made by Custos of Kingston, Hon. Steadman Fuller, who is also Head of Kingston Bookshop; and the main sponsor, McMillan Publishers.last_img read more

Enrollment Down By Over 100 Students In KPBSD

first_imgThe district has begun the budgetary process for the 2019-2020 school year, and with student enrollment down that means funding from the state will also be down. According to Dusek the district believes they have some savings that could offset that number and told the assembly they will update them as they move through the budget process. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Enrollment is down for this year according to preliminary reports from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Dusek: “After we ran the numbers through the formula that does translate into about $300,000 less in revenue from the state.” center_img KPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek told the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly last week that the district has experienced a steady decline in enrollment: “We’ve kind of experienced another decline. The numbers that we did send to the state is 8,673 students in our schools this year, we did project 8,778, so we are down.”  Upcoming budget talks with the borough will begin on January 14.last_img read more