Trial of potential coronavirus vaccine set to begin in UK

first_imgThe British government funding two clinical trials of potential vaccines for the new coronavirus. The first trial will begin Thursday.The trials will be conducted at Oxford University and Imperial College London.The project at Imperial will receive 22.5 million pounds ($28 million) to support its phase-two clinical trials, while Oxford’s will be trialed on people beginning Thursday and will be granted 20 million pounds ($24.5 million).Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the government will invest in manufacturing capacity if either or both vaccines end up working.last_img read more

Knight, Smith register early wins at Douglas Forrest meet

first_imgAction at the Douglas Forest meet got off to a late start this morning inside the National Stadium with the competition starting a full hour after the scheduled 8:00am start. St Jago’s Andrenette Knight and Kingston College’s Orlando Smith, were among the early winners, as they came out  on top in the respective girls and boys 400 metres hurdles events, which got things going at the meet. In the female event, Knight who was being strongly challenged by Vere Technical’s Sanique Walker in the opening heat, took advantage after Walker fell at the sixth hurdle to win the event in 1:00.56 for the overall top time. Shian Salmon of Hydel finished second overall in 1:01.21 with Vere Technical’s Jonelle Thompson coming third with 1:03.89. Kingston College athletes dominated the boys open 400 metres hurdles event with Smith leading the way after posting 53.91 seconds to win his heat and register the fastest time overall. Calabar’s Aykeem Francis clipped Kingston College’s Chadrick Brown on the line to win his heat in 54.34 seconds and finished second overall with Brown being time in 54.53 seconds for third overall. Sherwayne Campbell, also from Kingston College rounded out the top four after he won his heat in 54.89 seconds.last_img read more

Guyana still unprepared for oil spill – conservationist

first_imgOil and Gas– comprehensive national response plan only the beginning By Jarryl BryanThe Oil and Gas sector has its advantages and disadvantages. One of the major disadvantages is the widespread destruction to the environment an oil spill can cause. According to a notable environmental activist, Guyana’s safeguards against an oil spill still leave much to be desired.According to long time conservationist Annette Arjoon, there is still no comprehensive national oil response plan. This is even as ExxonMobil’s commercial production of oil is slated to begin two years from now.Conservationist Annette Arjoon assists one of the several beached wales Guyana has seen on its shores over the past few years“Am I satisfied that enough preparations are in place for an oil spill? The answer is no, for many reasons,” she related, during an interview with this publication on the sidelines of the Guyana International Petroleum Business Summit. “We’ve only been privileged to have a look at the (oil agreement with Exxon) two months ago, and there’s very little as regards the environmental safeguards,” she declared“Apart from that and a few discussions that the oil spill response plan is being developed, we’re yet to have a comprehensive national oil spill plan, which will only be the beginning of a long journey,” she continued. “But then you need people who are trained to be a part of that national response. I do know that our Civil Defence Commission is the focal agency with regard to response, with MARAD (Maritime Administration Department).”Arjoon expressed the hope that the Marine Conservation Society will seek partnerships with those agencies in order to play its role. However, she was also concerned that enough is not being done to get persons, such as residents of Region One (Baraima/Waini), involved in the conversation.Region one is home to Shell Beach, one of Guyana’s National Protected Areas. The beach is renowned for being a nesting site to four of the world’s seven sea turtle species, most of which are endangered. They include the Leatherback, the largest of all living turtles whether sea or otherwise, and perhaps the best known one; while the Hawksbill, Olive Ridley and the Green Turtle are the other species. These all seek refuge at the beach.“Thus far, they (Region One residents) have not been invited to participate, but I do look forward to (them engaging) in the months to come, and also for Exxon itself to (visit). As much as they’ve done simulation oil spill response training in the man-made lake at Splashmins, the conditions in Region One in our marine waters are vastly and dramatically different,” she said.“So I urge (Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited and) the relevant partners to also go into Region One to get this done. We have a robust regional administration. We have the Mayor and Town Clerk who are veterans in that area. We have the Shell Beach rangers who have been doing this work for decades. We have all the raw elements that are ready to participate,” she detailed.That said, she acknowledged that Guyana’s oil industry is still fairly raw, and so observed that in the coming months, only time will tell whether certain standards have been reached regarding Guyana’s oil spill preparedness.CapacityLast year, it was announced that the Audit Office of Guyana (AOG) would commence a number of environmental audits in 2018. These audits, Auditor General Deodat Sharma had said, would analyse the capacity of the country’s relevant agencies to protect the environment and endangered species of animals in case of a disaster.Asked what areas the environmental audit would cover, Sharma had identified Region One.“As you know, North West (Region One) has the four turtle (species). We have to preserve those, because we don’t want to have an oil spill and it could be dangerous. I remember several years ago, there was the cyanide overspill. It had an effect on the environment in the interior.”This is a reference to the cyanide spill in Guyana in 1995. In gold mining, cyanide is used as an extracting agent for the ore. In the case of Guyana’s cyanide spill, the highly poisonous material spilled out of a reservoir into the Essequibo River.Guyana does not have to look far to see examples of the long term effects of oil spills. Effects from an Exxon oil tanker spilling millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Alaska (popularly known as the Valdez oil spill) in 1989 are still felt today on the environment. And cleaning up oil spills can costs billions of US dollars.For instance, British Petroleum’s (BP) expended approximately $14 billion in clean-up costs after its Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank in 2010. The disaster killed eleven persons on board and nearly five million barrels of oil were released underwater before the well was capped.In 2016, President David Granger commissioned Guyana’s first oil spill response operation service at the Gaico Wharf at Nismes, West Bank Demerara. Gaico Oil Spill Response Operation Services, a name coined by Komal Singh, was set up as a pre-emptive measure against probable spillage once production commences in the future. The company has previous experience in construction.last_img read more

Block maker takes rap for cocaine in fire extinguisher

first_img…jailed for 48 months, fined $5.1MTwenty-six-year-old block maker, Dinesh Dias was on Friday jailed for 48 months and fined $5.1 million after he pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of 1.8kg of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. He was additionally fined $15,000 after he also pleaded guilty to having 1.89kg of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking. Failure to pay the fine will result in him serving an additional week in prison.Dias, also called “Anil”, of Timerhi Base Road, East Bank Demerara, was jointly charged with Anthony Collins called “Black Boy”, 31; Seenarine Mathura called “Desi”, 43, and Mohamed Inshan, 48. They all appeared at the Providence Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Sunil Scarce. After Dias admitted to the offence, the charges against his co-defendants were all dismissed.The fire extinguisher filled with cocaineThe court heard that on April 23, 2019, agents of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) swooped down on Dias’ Lot 26 Timehri Base Road, EBD home during which the cocaine was unearthed in a fire extinguisher. The cannabis was also found in his home.He along with the three men were arrested and an investigation was launched. Dias, in taking the rap for the offence, told the court that his friends had no knowledge that the cocaine and ganja were at his house during the time of their visit.CANU, on Thursday had stated that the cocaine-laden fire extinguisher was expected to be placed on an aircraft leaving the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) for an international destination.last_img read more


first_imgAn air corps helicopter has been deployed to spread water on forest fires across Donegal today.The fires broke out at Glengesh near Ardara and were spreading so fast that the army also had to be called in.A spokesman for the Defences Forces said they have been successful in stopping the fires form spreading further. There were further fires in the Kilcar area last night. ARMY HELICOPTER CALLED IN TO PUT OUT FOREST FIRES was last modified: May 27th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:donegalFOREST FIRESGLENGESHlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Airport has been put out of operation after it was struck by lightning this evening.Vital equipment at the airport was damaged leading to a cancellation of flights.Tomorrow morning’s flights to and from the airport have also been cancelled. Engineers will be on site tomorrow morning in a bid to repair the damage.Passengers are currently being bussed to and from Dublin.It comes as winds begin to pick up speeds across the country ahead of a code red storm warning for this evening.Donegal may escape the worst of the storm but winds are expected to increase across the North West again tomorrow. If you have any storm damage report please contact will publish all reports once they are verified. STORM ALERT: DONEGAL AIRPORT KNOCKED OUT BY LIGHTNING STRIKE was last modified: December 26th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Donegal Airportlightning strikestormlast_img read more

DePaul Defeats Men’s Soccer, 3-1

first_imgNext Game: Western Michigan 9/10/2017 – 3 PM Merideth ended the Bulldogs’ scoring drought with the help of Paul Ciszewski (Germantown, Wis.) who made a great switch of the play to Andersen on the wing. Andersen delivered a perfect bending cross to Merideth who scored with a well-placed one-time finish. Full Schedule Roster Preview The Valley on ESPN3 CHICAGO – The DePaul Demons defeated the Drake University men’s soccer team, 3-1, on Friday afternoon at Wish Field.center_img Watch Live “This wraps up a tough run of games on the road,” said Drake head coach Gareth Smith. “We had some good periods in the game today and generated more goal-scoring opportunities, but being good for moments won’t win us games. We need our younger guys to take more responsibility in the key moments and be tougher mentality and physically when it comes to competing. It doesn’t matter if you have ability, if you don’t win your 1v1 battles on the field you can’t win games. We need to toughen up and be braver when we play good teams on the road.” DePaul (2-3-0) used a pair of first-half goals and one late in the second half to build its lead before junior Ryan Merideth (East Moline, Ill.) scored his first career goal and the first this season in the 83rd minute (83:06) for Drake (0-4-0). Freshman Alex Andersen (Iowa City, Iowa) tallied his first career assist on the goal. Live Stats After playing its first four road matches on the road, Drake will host Western Michigan on Sunday at 3 p.m. in its home opener. Sunday’s match will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Science vs Activism in Biological Gender Ambiguity

first_imgA small percentage of live births involve genetically-based gender ambiguity. What is the ethical response?They’re called DSDs: disorders of sexual development. They are rare, but they are real. We’re not talking about grown people deciding one day to “identify” with the opposite sex despite clear evidence to the contrary. No; there are a very few children born with a “micropenis” or enlarged clitoris that seem to share traits of both sexes. Why not just look for a Y chromosome? Trouble is, some XY children have a genetic mutation that switches off an key gene named SRY that controls development of male traits, while some with XX children express abnormal amounts of testosterone. Then there “males” with an XXY genome.While the vast majority of children are clearly identifiable as male or female, there are a tiny fraction facing these biological challenges. Uncomfortable as it is for many to talk about this, the LGBT activists are driving the issue to the forefront, trying to legitimize the notion that gender is a spectrum with a biological basis. That’s an unwarranted extrapolation; the exceptions prove the rule, not the other way around. Nevertheless, children born with DSDs, along with their parents and doctors, need to know what to do. Policy issues reach all the way to the International Olympic Committee, which is revising 2011 standards about whether those who “identify” as females can compete against other women.Sara Reardon in Nature News this week explores the emotional and philosophical challenges of DSDs. She claims:DSDs occur in an estimated 1–2% of live births, and hundreds of genital surgeries are performed on infants around the world every year. But there are no estimates as to how often a child’s surgically assigned sex ends up different from the gender they come to identify with.The numbers depend on how one defines a DSD. The term covers a whole range of conditions. Since sexuality develops in the embryo over time, some cases may involve “late bloomers” trending toward their gender later than usual. This is not surprising, since everyone knows that secondary sexual characteristics develop at puberty over a decade after birth when certain hormones kick in. Even in adulthood, individual men and women exhibit ranges of masculinity and femininity; that does not imply that they fall into wholly different categories of gender. Quoting a number like 1-2%, as if a snapshot at birth is the final word, may be an overstatement; children with apparently ambiguous genitalia may develop normally later as hormones continue their expression. A BBC article puts the incidence at 1 in 1,500, an order of magnitude lower than Reardon’s number. This page by the “Intersex Society of North America” breaks down the 1% figure into categories. The number with genetic abnormalities is closer to one in a thousand; those with “complete genital dysgenesis” is 1 in 150,000. Exact figures are hard to come by (see this NIH paper about attempts to classify DSDs, and another one from Korea that puts the overall incidence of DSDs at 1 in 5,500).Reardon centers her story about the work of medical doctor Eric Vilain, one of the few geneticists and medical doctors trying to get to the biological basis behind these disorders and help children affected by them. He is not a villain except to certain polarized extremists; Reardon portrays him as a fair-minded scientist who just wants to understand the phenomenon by collecting data on DSD children in longitudinal studies. Because he doesn’t jump on LGBT activist bandwagons, he gets flak. “The thing I don’t want to compromise is scientific integrity, even when it clashes with the community narrative,” he says.One of the things Vilain gets flak over is his refusal to categorically denounce surgical restoration of children. For decades, the standard medical practice has been surgical restoration toward one or the other sex. Having worked with many families facing this challenge, Vilain thinks parents have a voice in the decision. This runs afoul of the growing intolerance by LGBT activists for anyone who denies each individual their own choice about what gender to identify with. Vilain, for his part, “doesn’t generally recommend surgery,” Reardon says.But he and his collaborators on the longitudinal study are reluctant to condemn surgery outright — they prefer to approach each case individually and to consider the views of parents who may feel strongly about what is right for their child.This attitude helped to create the rift between the researchers and intersex advocates….Vilain and colleagues are trying to keep the conversation focused on hard data, but “things are getting uncomfortable for him” in the current political climate. With the feds threatening cutoff of over a billion dollars to North Carolina for its law requiring state-run institutions (not private companies, who can make their own choices) to have people use the bathroom that corresponds with the sex stated on their birth certificates, the tense political situation is forcing doctors like Vilain into the spotlight. (Hear Family Research Council “Washington Watch” broadcasts for May 10 and 11 about the developing standoff in North Carolina; the governor sued the Feds, and the Feds have now sued back!)Activists demand that his science support their agenda, but his experience does not show that children operated on are generally worse off physically or psychologically. The few that have problems as adults make more noise than the majority of well-adjusted adults who go on with their lives. Without surgery, children can face severe embarrassment among their peers. Activists want him to condemn all surgery outright, but Vilain cautions, “Good ethics requires good data.” He is also concerned for parents; do they not have a voice? International pressure is making his rational search for good data difficult.In January, the United Nations released a report saying that sex-assignment surgeries on infants “lead to severe and life-long physical and mental pain and suffering and can amount to torture and ill-treatment”. Vilain and [David] Sandberg [Univ. of Michigan, also working on data collection] worry that the language could alienate doctors and parents alike. “You’re basically calling doctors torturers when they’re doing something considered standard medical practice,” Vilain says. He points out that few medical procedures are governed by law — physicians tend to operate according to guidelines and principles. “I‘m not opposed to guidelines, I’m opposed to things that completely alter medical practice in an irreversible way,” he says. He and Sandberg also worry that legal bans could drive infant surgery underground. “Parents are scared. You just don’t dictate to them and say get over it,” Sandberg says.Vilain has also been dragged into the Olympics controversy. He admits that a testosterone threshold provides insufficient justification for those XY genotypes who identify as women to be allowed to compete in women’s events, but the science just isn’t there yet to support the LGBT activists’ demands, he claims. Reardon says he’s not trying to antagonize anyone:Yet Vilain’s experiences with patient advocates have hardened him somewhat. “I call the ones who work with us advocates; those against us activists,” he says. He remains driven by questions about sex, even if it kicks up dust. “We’re trying to listen to the community, but by the same token we’re committed to producing data and evidence.”This contrasts with the response of psychiatrist Robert Spitzer, whose capitulation to gay activists in 1973 gave them a weapon to use against anyone opposing their agenda (see 1/10/16). Activists today are not content to let parents and doctors decide. They want to blur gender distinctions entirely. Given the political hot potato, how long will Vilain be allowed to keep his “just the facts” approach?Bathroom PoliciesStephanie Pappas on Live Science describes “the weird history of gender-segregated bathrooms,” claiming that separate bathrooms are a recent invention. Actually, cultures rarely had free-for-alls when it came to obeying nature’s call. There were other ways people managed discretion and privacy, especially women, as Pappas shows. Even today, most small operations, including small businesses and airlines, provide unisex bathrooms to be used one person at a time. Since the vast majority of people have no problem identifying as men or women, Tony Perkins of Family Research Council offers a compromise; his, hers, and “other” for the very few needing accommodation.We are trying to be scientifically sound about this politically hot topic. Every human being deserves respect as a creature made in the image of God. In the beginning, as Christians and Jews affirm, there were only two sexes: “In the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” That is the foundation for understanding human sexuality. God ordained two–and only two–sexes, that unite to procreate and form the family unit. A very few have a real biological basis for failing to fall into clear male/female categories due to genetic mutations (a consequence of the Fall). They deserve the same respect and understanding anyone with a genetic disorder deserves.That does not mean, however, that the whole society has to toss out millennia of tradition about male-female differences to accommodate a tiny percentage of affected individuals, especially when the majority of those, with proper treatment or surgery, grow to comfortably identify with one sex or the other on their own. (For the few of those that continue to have biological ambiguity issues, there is sex change surgery as an option.) Society does not have to invent something new: a third gender, a fourth, an n-th gender, or come up with new words and pronouns with which to refer to them. The Judeo-Christian ethic would be to compassionately help steer children toward the sex God ordained for them, as best can be determined.It’s just like government bureacrats to insert their power into matters that never were a huge problem before. The current administration’s Justice Department (how’s that for an Orwellian term) appears to be on a campaign to force all bathrooms in the country to be open to everyone. If they succeed, that campaign will not be satisfied till every locker room and shower is “gender neutral,” to the horror of little girls seeing grown men naked in their most vulnerable moments. Where is the protection for the majority? It’s similar to the TSA demanding every airline passenger be subjected to an intrusive body scanner producing nearly-nude imagery (for who-knows-what TSA voyeur) or else be subjected to an invasive pat-down, just because a tiny minority of terrorists cannot be “profiled” out of “political correctness” (another Orwellian term).Society can help a few individuals with legitimate genetic issues without turning the world upside down and hurting everybody. Accommodation is an American tradition. But already, there have been incidents of male voyeurs invading girls’ bathrooms and taking pictures of women on the claim they “identify” as female. We can expect more atrocities if this trend continues. Maybe 0.4% of the population is so-called “transgender.” It’s not enough to love them and accommodate their needs. No! Everyone must celebrate them and call them normal! To keep from hurting their feelings, everyone must suffer! Everyone’s privacy and security must be compromised! If you complain, we will call you a bigot! Do you need any more evidence that leftist liberalism is a form of mental illness?“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you…. you’ll be a Man, my son!” —Rudyard Kipling(Visited 54 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Breakthrough technology makes Soweto school among world’s greenest

first_imgLYT Architects vision of a new type of school envisions the outside being as much part of the classroom as the building. (Image: LYT Architects)• S. MakhaniPrincipalSt. Martin de Porres+27 11 936 PhilipCurious kids come and go, watching from the top of an embankment as the first of the four structures of their new campus rises on what was once the school’s sports field. The field is now a dust bowl, the grass churned over by trucks and boots. The backhoe pulling down the embankment sends clouds of dirt and grass into the air each time it slams into the dry earth.St Martin de Porres High in Orlando West, Soweto, is not an average township school. Once its new campus is complete it will be one of the most environment-friendly and sustainable schools in the world. Twenty new classrooms will replace temporary structures of brick and zinc built 50 years ago. The campus is being constructed using modular building technology developed in South Africa and using a Green School design concept developed by South African architecture firm LYT Architects.Constructed from prefabricated panels manufactured offsite, the four structures use integrated solar technology and natural light to reduce power consumption from the grid. Instead of traditional peaked roofs, the buildings’ flat roofs will be able to harvest rainwater for watering the gardens and sanitation.Sliding panels allow natural airflow to warm and cool the rooms, and wash each classroom with sunlight. Sustainability will even extend to schoolwork. The 720 pupils will be given tablets for their studies to make the school as paperless as possible, and horticulture and recycling will be included as new subject choices.A different kind of teachingPatrick Nayler, a director at LYT Architects, says the firm’s belief that buildings influence life is central to their concept. “The sliding doors and open walkways are integral to the design. It allows a different kind of teaching to take place, one that elevates the indoors as much as the outdoors. We should be encouraging education outside the classroom as well; we have the climate that makes it possible.“We envision the school becoming a communal node, expanding beyond its function as a school. Organic hydroponic gardens will be established to educate the learners and community members about intensive, highly productive methods of farming, and to produce healthy food for the school learners, as well as a modest income for the local community.”Offsetting carbon emissionsDesigning intelligent buildings is one thing; even better is having the technology to make them a reality. The South African developed, world-leading green technology allowing the first structure to be erected in days, and the entire school in a month, is the result of a partnership between Sasol and Novo Domus, a construction systems design company.Two of the three largest industrial polluters on Earth are South African. Power utility Eskom and petrochemicals giant Sasol are both dependent on coal, and their resultant emissions put the country at risk of being fined billions for not meeting its commitments to the Kyoto Protocol.The technology used by Novo Domus – the name means “new house” in Latin – comes out of billions of rands of research funded by Sasol to offset their carbon emissions. The prefab walls and insulation foam use the byproducts of its coal to liquid fuel process.“What does Sasol gain by shutting down production?” asks Keith Warmback, the project manager and owner of Novo Domus “Nothing, plus the number of jobs lost directly and indirectly would be staggering. Funding this research, incubating companies to take advantage of the research, creates jobs as well as helps Sasol to generate carbon credits to offset its carbon footprint.”In the relative quiet of the site office, Warmback sits in front of a desk covered in architectural plans. “It’s not just the buildings. The entire process is green. The trucks bringing panels from factory to site as well as all the construction equipment run on biofuel. There is no waste because the entire building is made to order.”Easing the healthcare and housing backlogWarmback believes the technology is a cost-effective solution to the backlog of school construction in the country. Steel panels are slotted into place for walls with PVC resin used as insulation. Double-glazed window frames and ceiling panels keep the temperature a constant 18 degrees Celsius no matter the weather outside.The construction site is not as loud or chaotic as a traditional site. For one thing, the crew is smaller – there are no bricklayers. Other than skilled artisans and heavy machinery operators, the crew consists of local community members trained by Novo Domus in the new construction technique. Warmback says the simplicity of the modular structures makes their construction an easy skill to learn. “We built a school in the rural Eastern Cape. There is nothing there, no roads, a mud school and houses built out of mud and thatch. We built a school with people we trained in the local community. Those skills are now being used to build houses and clinics.”The construction of an entire school is a lot faster and a lot cheaper than a traditional bricks and mortar structure – R30 000 instead of R1.5-million. There is a lot less waste than in traditional wet work construction, which requires bricklaying, plastering and pouring concrete. “As much as 25 % of material is wasted in traditional construction,” Warmback says. “The modular design with prefabricated panels means there is no waste. Another advantage is that any material available in abundance in any location can be substituted in the process.”Novo Domus will be redoing the roads and parking lots at St Martin de Porres as well. Instead of traditional tar they will be using a new polymer adapted from an Israeli technology. Guaranteed not to crack or develop potholes for 10 years, it has been tested at a mine in Australia for the past four years. “The surface flexes and grows harder and stronger the more traffic using it. It’s new technology and, once it proves successful here, we hope to use it across the country.”Combating anxiety over new technologyNovo Domus has found it slow going convincing government departments and contractors to accept its modular building technique, despite it being the standard internationally. Since it built its first structure, a simple single room displayed at COP 17 in Durban, most of its orders have come from international clients. In Liberia they have built 5 000 low-cost houses; in South Africa just a dozen schools.Nayler, of LYT Architects, identifies the problem simply. Everyone wants a brick structure because that is what they know, he says. “What mitigates against adoption of this concept and technology is the concerns of the holders of the purse strings. The more buildings we put up the faster the anxiety over a new technology dissipates.”The first building at St Martin de Porres has been completed in time for the international C40 Mayors Summit, which begins in Johannesburg today. Joburg mayor Parks Tau will host a delegation of mayors from the 63 cities attending the summit at the school. For the mayor, a parishioner of the congregation of St Martin de Porres, it is a showpiece of the city’s programmes to combat climate change.“We have a responsibility to provide leadership and to share our experiences, best practice and capacity for innovation with the rest of the globe,” Tau said ahead of the opening of the summit. “Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, in the end, we are measured not by how much we undertake, but by what we finally accomplish.”last_img read more

Vinay Tendulkar wins Goa RS seat

first_imgPANAJI: Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar on Friday won the Rajya Sabha seat from the State by defeating Congress MP Shantaram Naik.Mr. Tendulkar received 21 votes from the BJP and ruling alliance members and the lone NCP legislator, Churchill Alemao, while Mr. Naik got 16 votes from the Congress.All 38 MLAs of the truncated 40-member State Legislative Assembly earlier in the day cast their vote for the Rajya Sabha seat, which falls vacant on July 28. Speaking to reporters, BJP Minister Francis D’Souza said “There may be cross-voting here too, if cross-voting has happened (in the presidential polls).” However, the results did not show any cross voting in the Rajya Sabha election. Mr. Tendulkar later thanked Mr. Alemao for voting for him. He said the win was expected. “Now we have won across all levels in Goa — in panchayats, zilla parishads, Assembly and now Parliamentary elections,” he told reporters. ‘Didn’t get secular votes’Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said the Congress had failed to attract secular votes from the BJP allies, which led to the loss. “We had appealed to MLAs with secular credentials to come out and vote for our candidate, but there was no response, if one goes by the votes,” he said. Mr. Kavlekar, however, seemed relieved that after the cross-voting in the Presidential election earlier this week, the Congress managed to keep all its votes intact.last_img read more