first_imgSoldiers erected sandbag flood barriers in a city near China’s largest freshwater lake after the heaviest rainfall in nearly six decades drenched the swollen Yangtze River basin.The vast Yangtze drainage area has been lashed by torrential rains since last month, leaving 141 people dead or missing and forcing the evacuation of millions more across several provinces.Flooding along the river — the world’s third longest — has been an annual summer scourge since ancient times, but this year’s inundation has been especially severe. Record rainfall Concern was now shifting downstream to Poyang Lake, which drains into the Yangtze in hard-hit Jiangxi province and is the largest freshwater lake fully within China’s borders.State-run Xinhua news agency said water levels at a key hydrological station on the lake broke a record set in 1998, when more than 4,000 people were killed in China’s worst flooding in recent decades.State media reported that more than 100,000 people — including rescue personnel, soldiers, and ordinary citizens — had been thrown into flood-control efforts in Jiangxi.Around half of those were deployed at Poyang Lake, where many dikes and levees had collapsed, state television reported.In the city of Jiujiang, near where the lake drains into the Yangtze, soldiers wearing orange life vests fortified the river bank with a wall of sandbags piled as high as a man.The Yangtze’s length is exceeded only by the Nile and the Amazon, and its drainage basin is home to around 400 million people.Summer rains and seasonal glacial melt in the river’s Tibetan plateau headwaters cause routine annual flooding.But environmentalists say the threat has worsened over the decades due in part to rampant construction of dams and levees that have cut connections between the river and adjacent lakes and floodplains that for centuries had helped absorb the summer surge.Conservationists also warn that the rapid melting of Himalayan glaciers due to climate change may lead to more dangerous summer flooding. The downpours have intensified since last week, causing dozens of Yangtze-basin waterways to post record-high water levels, while more than 400 had exceeded warning levels, Vice Minister of Emergency Management Zheng Guoguang said on Monday.”Since June, average precipitation in the Yangtze river basin has been the highest since 1961,” he told a news briefing in Beijing.Authorities had been monitoring a flood crest as it neared Wuhan, the metropolis of 11 million that the Yangtze winds through and which had already suffered the vast number of China’s deaths and cases in the coronavirus pandemic, which first emerged in the city.They said river levels were decreasing after the crest passed Wuhan on Monday with no reports of major new flooding there.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgThe Bank of England on Thursday said it had voted to keep its main interest rate at a record-low 0.1 percent, while predicting a less severe recession for the UK. The BoE added that its huge cash stimulus programme used to prop up the British economy during the coronavirus pandemic would remain at £745 billion (US$967 billion, 813 billion euros).Britain’s economy was expected to contract by 9.5 percent this year, the BoE said, downgrading its prior estimate of minus 14 percent. “Upwardly revised growth forecasts, a more rapid recovery than initially feared and no tilting towards negative rates at this time has sent the pound surging towards $1.32.”  The BoE also forecast that Britain’s unemployment rate would shoot higher to around 7.5 percent by the end of the year.”Employment appears to have fallen since the COVID-19 outbreak, although this has been very significantly mitigated by the extensive take-up of support from temporary government schemes,” the minutes said. “Surveys indicate that many workers have already returned to work from furlough, but considerable uncertainty remains about the prospects for employment after those support schemes unwind.”UK companies, from major retailers to airlines, are axing thousands of jobs despite government efforts to safeguard employment during the pandemic.The government is paying up to 80 percent of workers’ wages under the state’s furlough scheme, which finance minister Rishi Sunak has said must end in October.Replacing the scheme is a stimulus package worth £30 billion, including bonuses for companies retaining furloughed staff and offering apprenticeships amid fears of mass youth unemployment resulting from COVID-19 fallout.Topics : “Nonetheless, the recovery in demand takes time as health concerns drag on activity,” the BoE said in minutes of its latest regular meeting that took place Tuesday.”GDP is not projected to exceed its level in 2019 Q4 until the end of 2021, in part reflecting persistently weaker supply capacity,” it added.The pound meanwhile rallied against the dollar on the revision.”The BoE was considerably more upbeat about the recovery than had been expected,” noted City Index analyst Fiona Cincotta. last_img read more

first_imgProgress, the €4.6bn Dutch pension fund of Unilever, saw its net return for 2013 fall below 2%, following a considerable setback due to its interest and inflation hedges.As a result of both rising interest rates and falling inflation, the scheme saw a 6.8 percentage point decline in returns despite investments otherwise returning 8.7%.Over the course of 2013, the scheme managed to outperform its benchmark by 1.4 percentage points, citing returns of 24.1% from listed equity and 15% from private equity.According to Rob Kragten, the scheme’s director, the yield on its fixed income holdings was “slightly negative”. Despite the disappointment, Progress’s board said it was not dissatisfied, as the increased interest rates also caused its liabilities to drop by €174m.“As a result, the nominal funding improved from 133% to 139%,” it said.The scheme’s real funding increased to 106%, making Progress one of the most financially sound pension funds in the Netherlands.Kragten said that the fund had hedged around 60% of its interest rate and inflation risk during 2013.He pointed out that under the pension fund’s risk policy, the level of both hedges rose in line with the scheme’s coverage ratio.Progress said it had also covered 80% of the currency risk of its equity portfolio, but added that it had not yet measured the outcome over 2013. The scheme’s interest and inflation derivatives contributed 4.3 percentage points to its overall result of 18.1% for 2012.The Unilever scheme has 3,420 active participants, 6,940 deferred members and 12,435 pensioners.last_img read more

first_img“Everything was grand – it was overboard massively.” “But I saw the potential with that beautiful waterfront. I just loved the spot, it’s so quiet.”It was so dated, he decided to strip it back to its bare bones and start fresh.“Basically every single wall was pulled down, we just left the shell, we also pulled the roof off,” he said.“I lived through it without a roof for about six weeks, we didn’t have a kitchen for about six months.” 19 Donegal Cres, Sorrento. 19 Donegal Cres, Sorrento. 19 Donegal Cres, Sorrento. 19 Donegal Cres, Sorrento.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 19 Donegal Cres, Sorrento. 19 Donegal Cres, Sorrento.RENOVATING is a labour of love for Paul Nikolas, even if it means living without a roof or kitchen for weeks.He knew what he was in for when he bought the old 1980s built house at Sorrento in 2016.“It had gold-plated everything,” Mr Nikolas said. 19 Donegal Cres, Sorrento.center_img 19 Donegal Cres, Sorrento. The jaw-dropping home that stands on the property today was finished about five months ago.It spans two levels with open living areas at the centre of each floor. High ceilings, wide windows, a black and white palette and timber floors throughout give it a sense of opulence.Most of the ground floor is dedicated to a large living space, which includes a kitchen with butler’s pantry and a glass wine room, dining area and lounge room with a feature fireplace.It flows onto an outdoor entertainment area, which has a built-in barbecue area and keg on tap as well as fridges. A pool and spa are the centrepieces of a deck overlooking the river.Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, two of which have ensuites and open onto a balcony that spans the entire width of the house overlooking the water. Another two bedrooms, one with ensuite and one that could double as an office, are on the ground floor.It also has a four-car garage, a tropical garden with water fountain at the front entrance and a pontoon. MORE NEWS: Fashion designer list Gold Coast condo 19 Donegal Cres, Sorrento. On top of the world in Surfers Paradise Despite the blood, sweat and tears that went into transforming the formerly tired home into a contemporary mansion, Mr Nikolas said it was worth it.“It took about 14 months, full time, to do, it was a massive job,” he said.“But I’m extremely happy with it.”The open floorplan was what he loved most about the home. “I just like the open spaces,” he said. “Downstairs, you walk in the front door and it’s just all open.”While reluctant, he has listed it on the market so he can do it all over again.last_img read more

first_imgNew York Times 1 November 2017Family First Comment: Let’s be clear….“Substances that contain components of marijuana will be treated like any other products that make unproven claims to shrink cancer tumors,” said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the agency’s commissioner, in a news release on Wednesday. “We don’t let companies market products that deliberately prey on sick people with baseless claims that their substances can shrink or cure cancer.”… The websites feature endorsements from people — generally identified only by first names and last initials — who claim that they or their loved ones have been miraculously cured of terminal diseases and other illnesses. “There are a growing number of effective therapies for many cancers,” said Dr. Gottlieb, a cancer survivor himself. “When people are allowed to illegally market agents that deliver no established benefit, they may steer patients away from products that have proven, anti-tumor effects that could save lives.”Everyday Advanced Hemp Oil, Bosom Lotion and CBD Edibles Gummie Men may have their fans, but the Food and Drug Administration is not among them.Four companies selling those and dozens of other marijuana-derived dietary supplements have been warned by the F.D.A. to stop pitching their products as cures for cancer, a common but unproven claim in the industry.“Substances that contain components of marijuana will be treated like any other products that make unproven claims to shrink cancer tumors,” said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the agency’s commissioner, in a news release on Wednesday. “We don’t let companies market products that deliberately prey on sick people with baseless claims that their substances can shrink or cure cancer.”The businesses — Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises, Green Roads of Florida, That’s Natural and Natural Alchemist — each sell products that falsely claim to cure cancer, Alzheimer’s disease or other illnesses, the agency said. The supplements allegedly contain cannabidiol (CBD), a component of the marijuana plant that is not approved by the F.D.A. for any use. Unlike medical marijuana, CBD contains only a fraction of the tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC, needed to cause a high, according to the manufacturers.The companies sell CBD over the internet in a wide range of oil drops, capsules, syrups, teas and creams. The websites feature endorsements from people — generally identified only by first names and last initials — who claim that they or their loved ones have been miraculously cured of terminal diseases and other illnesses.READ MORE: read more

first_img Share Share Share The UN Security Council in sessionUNITED NATIONS — The Security Council on Friday extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for another year and agreed to reduce the number of troops on the ground by 2,500. In a resolution adopted unanimously, the 15-member body extended MINUSTAH’s authorization until 15 October 2012. The number of uniformed personnel in the Caribbean country will be cut from an estimated 13,000 to just over 10,500, comprising 7,340 troops and 3,241 police officers, as the Council noted that Haiti “has made considerable strides” since the catastrophic earthquake of January 2010.The resolution noted that any future adjustments to the size of the mission will be based on the overall security situation, “taking into account the impact of social and political realities on Haiti’s stability and security, the increasing development of Haitian State capabilities, including the ongoing strengthening of the Haitian National Police, and the national authorities’ increasing exercise of the Haitian State’s responsibility for the maintenance of stability and security in the country.”Council members also called on the international community to work closely with the mission to assist the impoverished nation on education, health, reconstruction and security matters, and placed a strong emphasis on the mission’s assistance in preparation for handing over responsibilities to the Government so that it can gradually take care of its security.In particular, the resolution pointed to the importance of the collaborative work between MINUSTAH and the Haitian National Police, and called for the Haitian government to support a five-year plan that seeks to strengthen the capacity of its police force to protect civilians.The resolution also condemned violations against children affected by violence as well as sexual abuse of women and girls, and requested the secretary-general to take all measures necessary to ensure that troops on the ground comply with a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation or abuse of any form. It also called for the investigation and punishment of any reported violation by UN personnel.MINUSTAH was first dispatched as a peacekeeping force in mid-2004 after the then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest, but the mission stayed on and increased its capacity to help the country recover from the earthquake in January last year that killed over 200,000 people and caused enormous damage to the country’s infrastructure.The country is still facing significant humanitarian challenges, with more than 600,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) dependent on assistance for basic survival, ongoing cholera epidemics, and extreme vulnerability to natural disasters.The peacekeeping mission has a broad mandate, and its activities range from ensuring security and stability, supporting constitutional processes, helping to organize and monitor free and fair elections, and aiding on reconstruction efforts. Caribbean News Now Tweetcenter_img 7 Views   no discussions NewsRegional UN cuts troop numbers in Haiti by: – October 15, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

first_imgThe Batesville Boy’s Varsity tennis team defeated Rushville 5-0 to win the team EIAC title. Batesville has went a perfect 14-0 in EIAC matches since the conference expanded to eight teams last year.#1 Singles- Beau Brown defeated Will Hogsett 6-0, 6-2#2 Singles- Blake Walsman defeated Adam Martin 6-0, 6-1#3 Singles- Ben Schwettman defeated Cole Carmony 6-0, 6-2#1 Doubles- Matthew Taylor and Spencer Rose defeated Brandon Slaton and Zach Hoeing 6-2, 6-0#2 Doubles- Harsh Patel and Paul Ritter defeated Michael St. John and AJ Rice 6-2, 6-0In JV action, Batesville won 3-0. Brandon Laker and Lane Westerfeld were both winners in singles. The doubles teams of Jonathan Kunkel/Will Harmeyer and Mitchell Esser/Sam Esser were also winners.The varsity is now 10-3 on the season (7-0 in the EIAC) while the JV is 7-3. The varsity will play in the Whiteland Invitational on Saturday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more

first_imgThe Ripley County Track Meet took place on Thursday, May 5th, and the Batesville Bulldogs came to win. The boys won every event as the girls fell short in just two events. Final scores for the women were: Batesville 120.5, South Ripley 43, Jac-Cen-Del 37.5 and Milan 37. On the Men’s side, the score was: Batesville 141, Milan 53, South Ripley 35 and Jac-Cen-Del 7.Batesville also got to crown the meet MVP’s and they were Stephanie Nobbe and John Moody. 27 different Bulldogs got to go home with an individual championship medal around their neck.Batesville Individual Champions for the night were:  Lexi Hatcher (7’3″) and Nathan Bedel (12′) in pole vault; Samantha Heidlage (101’1″) and Kevin Bedel 128″ discusJonathan Kurtz (39’2) shot put; Morgan Meyer (4’6″) and Adam Bedel (5’8″) in high jump; Stephanie Nobbe (14’11”) and John Moody (19’2.5″); Emma Gausman (11:51.51) and Maria Wessel (13:18.5) in 3200m run; Staphanie Nobbe(26.91) and John Moody (23.14) 200m dash; Connor Bell (2:08.68) in the 800m run; Clare Bruns (51.66) and Garrett Wagner (42.37) 400m dash; Haylee Harmeyer (1:05.29) and John Moody (52.13) in the 400m dash; Sarah Poltrack (5:33.50) and Caleb Moster (4:44.24) 1600m run; Staphanie Nobbe (13.28) and Zach Mears (11.57) 100m dash;Clare Bruns (18.00) and Garrett Wagner (16.02) 100/110 hurdles; 4 x 800 relay teams of Quinten Gowdy, Michael Ripperger, Jackson Wooldridge, and Connor Bell (9:08.35) and Sarah Poltrack, Madeleine Robben, Maria Weseel and Emma Gausman (10:31.14); 4 x 100 relay teams of Garrrett Wagner, Jacob Koehne, John Gerstbauer, Zach Mears (45.68) and Clare Brun, Sophie Meadows, Margan Meyer and Stephanie Nobbe (52.90); 4 x 400 relay teams of Connor Bell, Ian Yorn, Jacob Koehne, John Moody (3:50.14) and Clare Bruns, Madeleine Robben, Alison Muckerheide and Haylee Harmeyer (4:27.18).County runner up winners were: Melanie Werner and Robert Strobel in pole vault; Kevin Bedel-shot put; Adam Bedel-discus; Grant Meyers-3200m run; Morgan Meyer -200m dash; Sarah Poltrack-800m run; Quinten Gowdy-800m run; Henry Lipinski -300m hurdles; Madeleine Robben and Ian Yorn-400m dash; Michael Ripperger- 1600m run; Sophie Meadows-100m dash; and Trevor Gartenman-110m hurdles.3rd place finishers were: Kasey Barrett-100m hurdles and 300m hurdles; CJ Thomas -100m dash; Jacob Koehne-200m dash; Maria Wessel-3200m run; John Gerstbauer -long jump; and Samantha Heidlage-shot put.Coming in 4th were: Hannah Canady-high jump and Alison Muckerheide-long jump.Finishing out the awards in 5th was: Audrey Maupin.There were a handful of personal best performances for the night and they were:Shot Put-Kevin Bedel; Pole Vault-Lexi Hatcher and Melanie Werner; High Jump- Adam Bedel; 200m dash-Stephanie Nobbe; 1600m run-Heidi Shaw; 300 hurdles- Henry Lipinski; and 800m run-Audrey Maupin.At the conclusion of the meet, Batesville honored its 13 Seniors and they were: Kevin Bedel, Connor Bell, John Gerstbauer, Jacob Koehne, Zach Mears, John Moody, Tim Tunny, Clare Bruns, Audrey Hall, Lexi Hatcher, Samanthan Heidlage, Heidi Shaw, Maria Wessel. Best of Luck to all as they all pursue college degrees next year.The Bulldogs get a week off as they will now prepare for the Conference meet which will be held at East Central High School next Thursday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more

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first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to speak to Jack Wilshere after the England midfielder attracted negative headlines this week. Speaking after Arsenal’s friendly at Boreham Wood – which they won 2-0 – he told his club’s official website: “I haven’t spoken to him (Wilshere) so it’s very difficult for me to make any statement. “I know what you can make of pictures – I have to speak to him really to see what happened before I come out publicly. “I’m not deeply concerned by it. I just want to know what happened and before I know what happened, I don’t want to talk too much about it.” A common consensus is that Wilshere’s career has stalled over recent years, with injury and form taking a hold. Wenger will speak to his player next week but insists next season could be an important one for him. “He’s at an age where you want him to move forward,” he said. “He has the potential. I believe for him, the most important (thing) now is to have a good preparation and focus on getting really fit. “Jack is a great player – he has a football brain and he’s ambitious. I’m sure that (if) he’s injury free, he will have a great season.” Wenger has signed Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez already this summer and says more new faces will arrive. Cesc Fabregas opted to go to Chelsea rather than return to Arsenal – as he could have done – though. “I think people came out and said he wanted to go to Chelsea. I don’t know who tells the truth here or not. He landed where he wanted to go,” said Wenger, responding to why Arsenal did not move for their former captain. Wilshere was criticised by his manager last season after he was pictured smoking a cigarette outside a nightclub and, in the aftermath, pledged it would not happen again. The 22-year-old was photographed smoking again this week while on holiday, though, and Wenger, while not overly concerned, wants to find out what exactly happened. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more