Under-Secretary-General Kenzo Oshima, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, called on the Russian authorities to ensure that all actions were taken to preserve the right of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) to a voluntary return, in safety and dignity, and to comply with the assurances given to the UN in this matter. According to the statement, the 2,000 IDPs staying at the camps in Znamenskoye were moved to temporary accommodation centres in the Chechen capital of Grozny. According to UN reports from the region, the relocation could not be regarded as entirely voluntary. The reports also noted that some of the IDPs were very concerned about the security situation in Grozny and that living conditions in the temporary accommodation centres were not satisfactory, the statement said.
Despite a narrowing disparity in access to cleaner water and better sanitation between rural and urban areas, sharp inequalities still persist around the world, says a new United Nations report.According to the 2014 Joint Monitoring Report on global progress against the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on water and sanitation, more than half of the global population lives in cities, and urban areas are still better supplied with improved water and sanitation than rural ones. But this gap is decreasing. The report, produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), notes that in 1990, more than 76 per cent of people living in urban areas had access to improved sanitation, as opposed to only 28 per cent in rural ones. By 2012, 80 per cent of urban dwellers and 47 per cent of rural ones had access to better sanitation. In 1990, 95 per cent of people in urban areas could drink improved water, compared with 62 per cent of people in rural ones. By 2012, 96 per cent of people living in towns and 82 per cent of those in rural areas had access to improved water. Despite this progress, sharp geographic, socio-cultural, and economic inequalities in access to improved drinking water and sanitation facilities still persist around the world. “The vast majority of those without improved sanitation are poorer people living in rural areas. Progress on rural sanitation – where it has occurred – has primarily benefitted richer people, increasing inequalities,” said Maria Neira, WHO Director for Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. “Too many people still lack a basic level of drinking water and sanitation,” added Dr. Neira. “The challenge now is to take concrete steps to accelerate access to disadvantaged groups. An essential first step is to track better who, when and how people access improved sanitation and drinking water, so we can focus on those who don’t yet have access to these basic facilities.” In addition to the disparities between urban and rural areas, there are often also striking differences in access within towns and cities. People living in low-income, informal or illegal settlements or on the outskirts of cities or small towns are less likely to have access to an improved water supply or better sanitation.“When we fail to provide equal access to improved water sources and sanitation we are failing the poorest and the most vulnerable children and their families,” said Sanjay Wijesekera, UNICEF Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. “If we hope to see children healthier and better educated, there must be more equitable and fairer access to improved water and sanitation.” Poor sanitation and contaminated water are linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis A, and typhoid. In addition, inadequate or absent water and sanitation services in health care facilities put already vulnerable patients at additional risk of infection and disease.Overall, since 1990, almost 2 billion people globally have gained access to improved sanitation, and 2.3 billion have gained access to drinking water from improved sources. Some 1.6 billion of these people have piped water connections in their homes or compounds.
New OSU women’s volleyball assistant coach Jay Van Vark.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s volleyball program has added the former California State-San Marcos associate head coach to its staff.Jay Van Vark will serve as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes, according to a Wednesday press release.Van Vark has been at Cal-State since last year and spent this summer working with Team USA, including the USA Collegiate National Team. Prior to that, he coached at San Diego State.During his playing years, he played for the Iowa State Cyclones, the semi-professional indoor ACCO Sportswear team and outdoors for East Beach.OSU junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell worked with Van Vark on the Collegiate National Team this summer.“Coach Jay’s competitive, relaxed and fun-loving coaching style helped my team keep focused and push through the long training sessions,” Mitchell said in a released statement. “I had a blast playing with him this past summer and look forward to the positive impact he will make on the Ohio State volleyball program.”Buckeye coach Geoff Carlston also gave Van Vark a vote of confidence.“Jay is someone I know and trust,” Carlston said in a released statement. “He sees the tactics of volleyball as well as anyone in the game. His experience with USA Volleyball will be a strong asset to have on our staff and in our gym.”Van Vark will be paid an salary of $57,000 but does not have a contract, an OSU spokesman said in an email. Van Vark is replacing former assistant coach Mike Terrill, who accepted an assistant coaching position at a school in his home state of California.OSU is scheduled to start its season Aug. 29 at the University of Oregon Tournament against Oregon. The Buckeyes are set to follow that opening game with a doubleheader Aug. 30 against Illinois State and Central Arkansas.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s basketball squad found a way to slow down the Ohio State fast-break attack Sunday. The Golden Gophers (12-11, 4-5 Big Ten) held the No. 9 Buckeyes (20-2, 7-2 Big Ten) to their third-lowest point total this season en route to their 76-65 win against OSU. Aside from the opening bucket, OSU played from behind the entire game. The deficit began early when the Buckeyes were down by 12 points with 7:41 in the first half, before closing the margin to six. With 30 seconds left in the half, Minnesota sophomore guard Sari Noga sank a 3-pointer to keep the lead, 34-28. The Buckeyes rallied in the second half, with back-to-back 3-pointers by senior guard Samantha Prahalis to cut the lead to four with 5:51 remaining in the game. It was the closest OSU would come to catching the Golden Gophers. The following possession saw Minnesota sophomore forward Kionna Kellogg answer with a 3-point ball to put the score at 66-59. Prahalis and junior guard Tayler Hill combined for 51 of the Buckeyes’ 65 points. Hill had 26 points, but was 3-of-11 from 3-point range, while Prahalis added 25 points and shot 4-of-9 from behind the arc. The Golden Gophers were lead by freshman guard Rachel Banham with 20 points. Banham was followed by senior guard Kiara Buford, who added 15. OSU shit 34.4 percent from the field Sunday, which makes Sunday’s loss the worst shooting performance for the Buckeyes this season. In its only other loss, OSU shot 36.8 percent against Michigan. While the defeat gives the Buckeyes two losses in conference play, they’re still one game behind No. 17 Purdue (18-4, 8-1) for the lead in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers were defeated by Iowa, 59-42 on Saturday. The top two teams in the Big Ten will meet each other February 12 when Purdue travels to Columbus. Players and coaches were not available for comment following the game. OSU returns home Feb. 6 against the Wisconsin Badgers (7-13, 3-5 Big Ten). Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Australia has the best relationship with China of any country in the Western world, according to former Federal Government Foreign Affairs Minister, the Hon Alexander Downer, the country’s longest-serving Foreign Minister. Delivering the 36th annual Essington Lewis Memorial Lecture – one of the most prestigious lectures on the South Australian resources industry calendar – Downer said Australia’s abundant supply of raw materials was the centre piece of its close ties with China.However, the same could not be said for this country’s relationship with the “other emerging behemoth”, India.“There is no so called ‘Western country’ which has a better relationship with China, than Australia,” Downer said. “That may be partly because we have usually played our cards well, but there is no doubting the cards we have are very good ones,” he said.“Watching the new British Prime Minister’s (David Cameron) visit to China this week unfold on television, I couldn’t help but think Britain is 20 years behind Australia in its relationship with China. There are many reasons for that, some historical, but raw material is at the forefront of Australia’s more sophisticated China relationship. But where we have succeeded with China, we have so far failed with India.“It hasn’t worked for one very good reason – as the smaller country, we haven’t had enough to offer India to escape its indifference towards us.”In a wide ranging lecture, titled The Impact of Resources on Global Diplomacy, Downer also spoke about:Australia’s resources sector makes it powerful on the world stage as it is the source of many of the resources that drive the global economyChina needs Australia as much as it needs ChinaAustralia could have played a key role in the global climate change debate – and exerted a lot of influence – but had failed to do soAustralia’s lack of enthusiasm to export uranium has created opportunities for other countries to do so, including CanadaThe nation faces enormous risks by being so dependent on natural resources for its prosperityAustralia is making an enormous strategic and economic mistake assuming that China’s future is a “straight line trajectory” from where it has been over the past 20 years.“Today, Australia is front and centre of resources diplomacy because of its immense mineral wealth,” Downer said. “To understand Australia’s broader political and economic roles as a global source of raw materials, we need to grasp two central points. First, Australia should think very carefully about how it can use its resource diplomacy to good effect. Secondly, we need to reflect on whether our pivotal role as a resource exporter is sustainable.“Sadly though, the country has slumped into a lazy policy complacency with a Parliament controlled by a handful of populist independents who have never demonstrated any proclivity for clever and brave policy initiatives. If we do not husband and value our resources sector, we will lose the great national asset of resources diplomacy.”The Essington Lewis Memorial Lecture is named in honour of the one of the founding fathers of the Australian resources sector, and former Chief Executive and Chairman of BHP.
UPC HAS SAID that there have been nearly 17 million views of its On Demand service since its launch last year.The digital television, phone and broadband provider says that over 87 per cent of its On Demand capable customers have availed of the service which allows them to watch selected television series and movies any time they want.The service is available to around 600,000 Irish homes with customers in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford benefitting from an additional rollout of the service last July following its initial launch in Dublin last May.UPC says that that in total there have been over 16.5 million views of content on the service which offers programmes from the RTÉ and TV3 players as well as over 1,300 hours of series such as Sex And The City, The Office and Mistresses.“It’s hugely popular and our customers have totally embraced the concept of arranging their TV viewing around their schedule,” content development manager at UPC, David Kent, said.Some of the most popular content has been from the RTÉ and TV3 players with soaps like Coronation Street, Eastenders and Fair City among the most watched. Tallafornia and Life on the Inside have also been heavily viewed.The top 5 movies on On Demand have been:Taken 2SkyfallMadagascar 3: Europe’s Most WantedWrong Turn 5: BloodlinesHotel TransylvaniaRead: UPC says it now has over one million subscribers in IrelandMore: How fast are Irish internet service providers? Here’s what Netflix says
Tommy McElroy reflects on Armagh’s win in the replay. (©INPHO/James Crombie)You still can’t believe, to this day, how many frees the lads put wide.10. Sebastien Loeb burned rubber up your back lane in 2009.Ah, it’s yer man… that World Rally guy. (©INPHO/Cathal Noonan)9. You’re not sure what to make of this guy yetAfter all, he hurt you on so many occasions in the past. (©INPHO/Presseye/Russell Pritchard)8. You’ve done a 360 on Lough Erne (or watched someone else do it)YouTube credit: FermanaghTV7. You take a hurling loss as personally as Barry Smith2008: Defeat to Tyrone. (©INPHO/PRESSEYE/Russell Pritchard)2012: Defeat to Tyrone. (©INPHO/Ryan Byrne)6. And you wish Sean Ó hAilpín had convinced his sons to play for the Maguire CountyThe patriarch of the dual-star family is from your county. (©INPHO/Patrick Bolger)5. You raised a toast to the Ladies Football team in 2007The Division 3 title enjoyed a lovely year doing the rounds in the Lake County. (©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)4. You felt like Charlie Mulgrew after qualifying for the All-Ireland semis in 2004You did it Charlie. 0-12 to 0-11 against Armagh and Tom Brewster was the hero. (©INPHO/Morgan Treacy)The last time Fermanagh had got to the semi-finals was 1914 but they were replaced by Monaghan as there was no evening trains to get them back on Sunday night.3. However, the Mayo super subs then broke your heartYouTube credit: Bryansford GaelJames Sherry’s goal had you screaming during the All-Ireland semi-final replay but Mayo finished stronger.2. Playing sports outside was not always possibleSign liable to be accurate. (Paul Faith/PA Wire)1. You once sported a Cormac McAdam ‘doThe keeper’s hair was a distraction for would-be goalscorers in the roaring 90s. (©INPHO)16 signs you’re a sports fan from Cork19 signs you’re a sports fan from Kerry YOUR TEAMS DON’T get out of Ulster much but they are summers to remember when they do.21. You were miffed at John Maughan’s tip of the hat to Mayo in 2001The cap reads ‘Mayo Civil Defence’. The smile reads ‘victory’. (©INPHO/Morgan Treacy)You forgave him that day because you had just defeated a Donegal team that featured Jim McGuinness.20. Bertie Fisher tore up your road in 1997YouTube credit: rallyboy197119. You can’t show your face in London for at least five years25 June, 2011 is a day you wish you could forget. (©INPHO/Gerry McManus)18. You gave Nick Faldo tips on designing the Lough Erne golf courseFour years before the G8, two of the world’s finest meet for ‘Duel in the Lough’. (©INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd)17. You’re not entirely convinced that this was over the lineA let-off for Enniskillen’s finest, Roy Carroll:YouTube credit: JensonsBeard16. Forget the boxers, it’s all about Gavin Noble at Rio 2016London 2012 was just a warm-up for the triathlete. (©INPHO/Photosport/Anthony Au-Yeug)15. You tell everyone that injuries stopped this man from claiming 10 All-StarsAccolades in 2004 and 2006 are good going all the same. (©INPHO/James Crombie)14. You taught Kyle Lafferty everything he knows about free-kicks…But you distance yourself from his celebration routines.YouTube: LXLucien13. You remember when Fr Brian D’Arcy photo-bombed Dom in 2003Next round of the ’03 Qualifiers, here we come. (©INPHO/Morgan Treacy)12. You’ll never forget the time Muhammad Ali paid a visitThe Louisville Lip was visiting his old friend and long-time supporter, Paddy Monaghan, a bare-knuckle boxer who retired from pugilism undefeated. (©INPHO/Andrew Paton)11. This made you laugh before the 2008 Ulster Final Replay(©INPHO/James Crombie)10. You weren’t laughing when Armagh took their second chance
Like trees? Then stop checking Facebook on your cell so much, tree-hater! Because according to one University’s study, we might not be able to have both.Recently, Wageningen University in the Netherlands was commissioned tostudy the rise in strange growths among trees in thecity of Alphen aan den Rijn. The reasearchers exposed 20 ash trees to various forms of radiation. And the ones exposed to wifi radiation seemed to be suffering some form of radiation poisoning including bleeding, fissures in bark, leaf death, and abnormal growth despite no detectable viruses or bacteria.Around 70% of urban-dwelling trees in the Netherlands seem to be showing signs of radiation poisening. This is up 10% from 2005.Before you throw your iPhone off a cliff, more research needs to be done. However, if a proven link between wifi radiation and adverse biological effects (on either man or tree), the ramifications will be a shockwave to the green-minded mobile revolution.pic viaAdChoices广告
We all know that sound is, simply put, vibrations traveling through the air. You can feel a sound if it is loud enough, or on a specific level. Generally, we can’t see sound, though trippy visualizers that dance around in tune with a sound are as common as they are mesmerizing. However, those visualizers aren’t usually an accurate visual representation of noise, whether or not they move in step with the sound. Thankfully for those of us who get lost in visualizers, artist Shannon Novak commissioned Cymascope to create visual representations of 12 different notes played on a piano.Cymascope says that capturing the visualizations was only possible using HD video, and it was difficult to capture the entire sequence of a piano key strike. The noise does not simply begin and then quickly end; there’s a plateau of sound that follows the strike, then a longer phase where sound slowly withers away.The team used an instrument sharing the same name — Cymascope — that is able to visualize sound. The tangible instrument produces a visual effect similar to dropping a pebble into water, thus creating concentric ripples. What’s neater than that, though, is that Cymascope created an applet that allows you to bang on some piano keys, and watch the resulting visualization right next to instrument as the noise plays. Check it out, but make sure you have a few minutes of downtime, because you’ll most likely get a little lost in the shapes and snap out of it sometime after you intended to initially stop.
Criminal Assets Bureau seizes 115 vehicles, €43k in cash and Rolex watch as part of ongoing operation CAB conducted eight searches in counties Limerick, Dublin and Tipperary earlier today. THE CRIMINAL ASSETS Bureau has seized a substantial amount of cash along with 115 vehicles following search operations targeting the assets and activities of an organised crime gang based in Limerick. CAB with the assistance of a number of garda units conducted eight searches in counties Limerick, Dublin and Tipperary earlier today. Searches were carried out in two residential premises, two car sales outlets and four professional premises – an accounting firm, a finance company and solicitors’ offices. During the course of the searches 115 vehicles, one Rolex watch, €43,000 and £1,000 in cash were seized. Source: Garda Press Office Friday 15 Mar 2019, 1:28 PM Mar 15th 2019, 1:28 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4544313 By Adam Daly Share66 Tweet Email1 30,309 Views Source: Garda Press OfficeDocumentation in relation to the ownership of assets, financial documentation, mobile phones and electronic storage devices were seized and are currently being examined by CAB. The investigation centres on an organised criminal gang involved in the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Limerick.The gang is suspected of being involved in laundering the proceeds of their criminal conduct through a car sales outlet in Limerick city.A bank account held by one car sales business was restrained by court order, pursuant to Section 17 (2) of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act, 2010.No arrests have been made but a garda spokesperson said today’s search operation is “a significant development in the CAB investigation and will be seen as a major upset to organised criminal activity in the Limerick city and county areas”. The search operation is currently ongoing. Short URL 11 Comments
Fauchés en plein ciel : des milliers d’oiseaux morts s’abattent sur une ville américaineEtats-Unis – La commission de la chasse et de la pêche de l’Arkansas a indiqué qu’une véritable “pluie” de milliers d’oiseaux morts s’était abattue dans une localité de cet Etat, dans la nuit du 31 décembre au 1er janvier. Les causes de ce phénomène sont encore inconnues.Ce sont 4.000 à 5.000 oiseaux, essentiellement des carouges à épaulettes (Agelaius phoeniceus), reconnaissables à leurs taches rouges à la base des ailes, qui sont tombés raides morts au nouvel an, aux environs de la petite ville de Beebe, dans l’Arkansas (sud des Etats-Unis). Rien que dans les rues de la localité, les services communaux en ont ramassé plus d’un millier.À lire aussiL’effrayante attaque d’un crabe de cocotier sur un oiseauDes analyses devraient être faites aujourd’hui pour déterminer la cause de la mort des volatiles, pour l’instant inconnue. Le quotidien Arkansas Times propose deux explications possibles : une violente averse de grêle en haute altitude, ou bien… les feux d’artifice du Nouvel An, touchant les oiseaux en plein vol. L’absence de cadavres dans les nids des zones boisées de la ville incite les spécialistes à éliminer a priori l’hypothèse d’une maladie ou d’un empoisonnement. Le 3 janvier 2011 à 15:46 • Emmanuel Perrin
Intel prend du retard dans la fabrication des processeurs Ivy BridgeIntel aurait du mal à terminer sa nouvelle génération de processeurs dans les délais. Prévue initialement en avril, les prochains Ivy Bridge ne devraient pas sortir avant l’été, retardant dans le même temps de nombreux modèles d’ultrabooks.Intel mise énormément sur la conception d’ultrabooks, ces ordinateurs portables extra-fins. Pour ce faire, l’entreprise avait démarché les constructeurs en leur présentant un nouveau processeur, Ivy Bridge, permettant d’obtenir une puissance convenable tout en préservant l’autonomie. Mais alors que le lancement de ses processeurs était prévu au mois d’avril, un représentant d’Intel en Chine affirme, selon le Financial Times, que la livraison aura du retard et que les premiers modèles d’Ivy Bridge ne seront disponibles, au mieux, qu’à la fin du mois de juin.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le fabricant avait officiellement parlé d’une sortie pour le printemps, sans donner plus de précisions, mais ce retard entraine une réaction en chaîne chez les constructeurs informatiques. Les modèles d’ultrabooks déjà prévus pour une sortie avant juin se retrouvent bloqués, malgré les annonces effectuées au CES de Las Vegas en janvier dernier.Deux choix s’offrent alors aux fabricants. Soit, repousser la sortie de leur modèle à la rentrée (la période de l’été est plutôt morose pour la vente d’ordinateurs) ou modifier la configuration et remplacer l’Ivy Bridge par un modèle i3 ou i5, dont on apprend qu’Intel va sortir de nouveaux composant de cette famille (25 au total) dès le mois d’avril.Ce dernier choix parait peu probable tant l’industrie attend beaucoup d’Ivy Bridge, du point de vue des performances et de l’autonomie. Une telle puce permettrait de relancer la donne sur le marché des ultrabooks, encore boudé par les consommateurs. Mais le problème principal vient plutôt du prix des machines (plus de 1.000 euros en moyenne) que des performances. Une plus grande puissance permettrait-elle à ces machines de convaincre les clients ?Le 28 février 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambert
All it took was one election. After a Democrat won a special election for a Senate seat in King County last year, Olympia returned to one-party rule. Since 2012, a Republican-led coalition ran the Senate, blocking many bills sponsored by Democrats.In the recently concluded 2018 legislative session, Democrats used their new control of the Legislature to pass a sweeping range of bills regarding gun control, voting rights and registration, housing, use of deadly force by police, health care, school breakfasts and equal pay. They also boosted teacher pay to comply with a court order while also providing property tax relief that Republicans said didn’t go far enough.In some ways, Clark County fared well in the 60-day legislative session that ended on Thursday. The county received millions more in funds from the capital and transportation budgets. Members of the county’s delegation were able to pass bills that would have had a tougher time in previous sessions.However, several bills of particular significance for Clark County fell by the wayside as lawmakers moved to swiftly pass bills pent up from the divided Legislature.Bills that movedEarly in the session, the Legislature passed a bill intended to improve access to school breakfast programs. Referred to as “Breakfast after the Bell,” the legislation was sponsored by state Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, and moved through both chambers after having stalled in previous legislative sessions.
The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for Clark County set to start Friday afternoon.The fire watch was scheduled due to dry and unstable conditions. The weather service says the watch will remain in effect until Friday evening.County communities affected by the watch are below 1,000 feet.“Conditions may be favorable for rapid fire spread which may threaten life and property. Use extra caution with potential ignition sources, especially in grassy areas. Outdoor burning is not recommended,” the weather service said.Just south across the Columbia River, the weather service issued a red flag warning beginning at 1 p.m. today for much of Northwest Oregon. The warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly.The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office on Wednesday imposed a temporary debris burn ban. If and when the ban is lifted, burners are advised to check weather forecasts and constantly supervise burn piles.
Categories: Health, Local San Diego News Tags: Hepatitis A FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The County Board of Supervisors Tuesday extended an emergency declaration over the hepatitis A outbreak, which officials expect may be lifted by February amid a declining number of cases.County health officials today reported a total of 571 hepatitis A cases linked to the outbreak, the start of which was traced back to about one year ago. That’s four more cases than cited in a report issued Dec. 5.The rate of new reported infections has slowed to about two or three per week, a figure that has declined since the outbreak peaked in the first week of September, said Dr. Eric McDonald, the county’s deputy public health officer.There have been no additional deaths reported since the end of October. Of those sickened by the disease, which attacks the liver, 20 have died in the last year.The county should begin to consider what the “status quo” looks like moving forward and consider lifting the emergency declaration at the end of January, county Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer said.The county has administered over 113,000 vaccinations. Despite that and the declining number of cases, it’s important that at-risk populations continue to be vaccinated and the county continue its prevention and education efforts, public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said.“What we can say confidently is, the recommended populations that should be vaccinated, many of them are not,” she said.People at a higher risk of contracting the disease include users of illicit drugs and men who have sex with men. The LGBT population has not been hit hard by the outbreak here, but there have been cases in that group as part of an outbreak in Michigan.Hepatitis A is usually transmitted by touching objects or eating food that someone with the virus has handled or by having sex with an infected person. The disease doesn’t always cause symptoms but can cause fever, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, yellowing of the eyes, stomach pain, vomiting, dark urine, pale stools and diarrhea, according to the HHSA. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Board extends Hepatitis A state of emergency, estimates declaration will be lifted by February Posted: December 19, 2017 December 19, 2017
Twelve hours of gillnetting is scheduled beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the lower Columbia River.Washington and Oregon agreed Tuesday on the commercial fishing period. The net fleet will fish between Beacon Rock and the ocean with 8-inch-mesh minimum nets.Biologist Robin Ehlke of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife estimated 40 to 50 commercial fishermen will harvest no more than 600 hatchery-origin spring chinook. Sockeye and shad also can be sold.The spring chinook are expected to average about 15 pounds and fetch a price of $5 per pound.The commercials have an allocation of 4,397 upper Columbia-origin spring salmon to catch in the lower Columbia under state, federal and tribal management agreements. So far, they have landed 2,841 upper Columbia spring chinook.
Airtel Payments Bank Ltd, a subsidiary of telecom major Airtel, Wednesday launched its commercial operations with an offer to give a hefty 7.25 percent interest rate on savings account deposits.With rolling out a pilot of its banking services in Rajasthan, it became the first payments bank to go live. In a regulatory filing to Bombay Stock Exchange, the bank said over 10,000 retail outlets across the state would function as banking points for the new payment bank.To attract cheap deposits, the bank will give a hefty 7.25 percent to customers, making it one of the highest savings bank rate in the Indian banking system.Most public and private sector banks are offering 4 percent interest rate on deposits with a few private sector banks providing 6 percent on the same. Interestingly, interest rates on fixed deposits have also fallen near the range of 7 percent in recent months.The new payment bank plans to expand its merchant network in Rajasthan to 1,00,000 by December this year, it said.Commenting on the launch, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Payments Bank, Shashi Arora said, “With this pilot, we have taken a big step towards the launch of our banking services and will be testing our operational readiness for full-scale launch across India.”In a bid to improve banking penetration in the country, Reserve Bank of India has issued licences to private firms for setting up payment banks. On August last year, the central bank issued licences to 11 entities including Airtel, FINO, Department of Post, Reliance Industries to set up payment banks.Payment banks will only accept deposits with no provision of giving out loans to clients. While it can open both savings and current accounts, credit card issuances are not allowed.
State Bank of India (SBI) shares were trading with gains of 1.58 percent at Rs 280 at around 1.19 pm on the BSE in response to the state-run lender posting 134 percent spike YoY in December quarter (Q3) standalone net profit to Rs 2,610 crore. The sharp increase was on account of higher other income and interest on deposits with the RBI and other lenders.Read: SBI may raise up to Rs 15,000 crore in next 18 months from capital markets, SBI Life IPOOther income rose 58 percent to Rs 9,662 crore on account of the bank selling 3.9 percent stake in its subsidiary SBI Life Insurance Company for Rs 1,755 crore. SBI’s holding as a result, now stands at 70.10 percent in the subsidiary. The bank’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) and net NPAs stood at 7.23 percent and 4.24 percent, respectively, in Q3, marking an increase from 5.10 percent and 2.89 percent in the corresponding quarter last financial year. In the September quarter (Q2), the gross and net NPAs stood at 7.14 percent and 4.19 percent, respectively.Net interest income (NII) rose 7.69 percent to Rs 14,751 crore in Q3 as against Rs 13,697 crore in the year-ago period.Tota income was Rs 53,587 crore in Q3 as against Rs 46,731 crore in December 2015 quarter.SBI is the biggest lender in India and accounts for about a fourth of bank deposits and loans. Deposits spiked due to people returning the demonetised notes and stood at Rs 20,40,777 crore as of December 31, 2016 as against Rs 18,58,999 crore as of September 30, 2016.The BSE Sensex was trading 20 points higher at 28,349, led by Adani Ports, NTPC and TCS.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council of Northern Virginia will host its annual Black Scholars Awards program May 17, at 3 p.m. at Mount Vernon High School, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Road. This program provides a platform to recognize and support Blacks students in the Northern Virginia community for their academic achievements. To date, over 5,000 African American students have been honored. For more information, contact www.novanphc.org
Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams favors the Exelon-Pepco merger.As the date of the District’s public service commission decision on the Exelon-Pepco merger draws near, District political and business leaders are publicly expressing their feelings about it.A spokeswoman for the D.C. Public Service Commission told the AFRO on May 22 that a decision on the Exelon-Pepco merger will take place on or before Aug. 25. Judi Jones, an advisory neighborhood commissioner for single-member district 4B07, has been outspoken in her opposition to the merger.“There is an overwhelming lack of support for this,” Jones said. “I don’t like the fact that a monopolistic nuclear power company will be in charge of power to District residents and businesses. Thirty out of 40 advisory neighborhood commissions have voted not to support this merger because it is not in the best interest of the residents.”Exelon of Chicago plans to acquire Pepco Holdings for $6.83 billion. If it goes through, Exelon would control the lucrative mid-Atlantic power market and would also give the company financial resources to aid its ailing nuclear power plant portfolio.The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Virginia, New Jersey, and Maryland, approved the merger on May 15. Maryland supports the merger but has 46 conditions that largely deal with energy efficiency, relief for low-income customers, and the delivery of services.The District and Delaware are considering the merger and for Exelon to acquire Pepco, those two jurisdictions must approve.Residents had until May 27 at 5:30 p.m. to submit comments on the merger to the public service commission. Anthony Lorenzo Green, the chairman of the 8B advisory neighborhood commission, led his colleagues to vote against the merger on May 19.“Our residents have a lot of concerns about this deal,” Green said. “There isn’t a lot of faith in Pepco as it is. Many of our residents don’t think that a nuclear-power company in Chicago will be responsive to their needs.”The advisory neighborhood commissions as well as the D.C. Council have no voice in the merger’s approval. However, D.C. Council members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) opposed the merger earlier this year and were recently joined by David Grosso (I-At Large) and Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 6) on that.“I have concluded that the merger does not meet the “public interest” standard as required by the law of the District of Columbia,” Grosso said in a May 12 letter to the public service commission. “First, Exelon has a storied history of opposing commitments to renewable energy. Second, Pepco divested from its generation assets (which focus on financial growth) several years ago and is now focused primarily on the distribution of electricity to its customers.”Grosso said, in essence, that he didn’t want District residents to pay for Exelon’s floundering nuclear power plants. Nadeau, in a May 22 letter to the public service commission, expressed discomfort with the financial benefit that Pepco shareholders and company executives would get as a result of the merger while there are no solid guarantees of rate fairness for consumers.D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) hasn’t commented on the merger because he owns Pepco stock and D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-Ward 5) is a former Pepco vice president and has therefore recused himself from the debate.Jones said that there is one public official she wishes would take a position on the merger: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D). “She needs to take a stand on this,” Jones said.The mayor, through a statement and in interviews with the AFRO, has said she is reviewing the merger and wants what is best for the residents of the District.The merger has its supporters in the District. “A proposal that brings substantial and tangible benefits for D.C. citizens and economy, with no downside, should be pursued,” former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams and Harry Wingo, president of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, said in a May 15 edition of the Washington Business Journal touting the merger.Williams, the executive director of the Federal City Council, and Wingo argue that the $125 one time rate credit, Exelon’s $1.6 million a year community benefits program and its promise to improve performance for customers merit approval of the merger.“When you look at the facts, this proposal is good for residents and ratepayers and it is good for our economy,” the two business leaders said. “We believe that when the [public service commission] examines the facts of this proposal it will agree-and approve this merger.”