TORONTO – Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is promising to ban all military-style assault rifles as part of a broader gun-control plan that will also take steps towards restricting and banning handguns.“People are dying. Families are grieving. Communities are suffering,” he said. “So we’re going to do more and we’re going to do better. Thoughts and prayers are just not going to cut it.”In Toronto, Liberal Leader @JustinTrudeau making a gun control announcement #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 20, 2019Trudeau made the pledge in Toronto as he worked to get his campaign back on track after apologizing for wearing blackface years ago. The Liberals have also pledged to work with provinces and territories to empower municipalities to further restrict or ban handguns.He made the announcement in the city’s Greektown neighbourhood, where a gunman killed two people and wounded 13 others last year in a shooting rampage.The party says it will protect the rights of law-abiding hunters and vows not to re-establish the controversial long-gun registry that was scrapped by the previous Conservative government.Trudeau says the Liberals will ban military assault rifles and allow municipalities to implement hand gun bans #elxn43 pic.twitter.com/YFsewnoZw6— Cynthia Mulligan (@CityCynthia) September 20, 2019But Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has said that Trudeau’s party is focused on the wrong things.“Our plan goes after the real criminals. We’re going after illegal firearms, we’re standing up for honest Canadians.”The Liberal proposal also includes pledges to create a buy-back program for all legally purchased assault rifles and a two-year amnesty while the program is being set up.
Sachin Tendulkar and UNICEF today released a new video to celebrate fatherhood and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains.Video: Sachin Tendulkar on why early moments matter I UNICEFThe video will be played at the International Cricket Council Champions Trophy 2017 Final at The Oval, London on Sunday 18 June, when more than 80 countries celebrate Father’s Day.The video features cricketer and father-of-two Sachin Tendulkar who is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. It is part of UNICEF’s Super Dads initiative, which invites families to post photos and videos of what it takes to be ‘super dads,’ using the hashtag #EarlyMomentsMatter on their Instagram and Twitter accounts.To inspire families across the world to share their ‘super dads’ moments, photos and videos of UNICEF ambassadors and supporters who have got behind the campaign will be posted on UNICEF’s Instagram and Twitter, and featured on the campaign’s gallery between 6 and 18 June.“When I was a young child, my father gave me the right amount of love, freedom and support to shape who I am today,” said UNICEF Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar. “Every kid needs protection, love, good food and play to support growth and development, and it’s up to both parents to provide these.”Good parenting in early childhood, especially during the first 1,000 days, sparks neural connections in children’s brains, laying the foundation for their future successes. Research suggests that when children positively interact with their fathers, they have better psychological health, self-esteem and life-satisfaction in the long-term.The ‘Super Dads’ initiative forms part of UNICEF’s #EarlyMomentsMatter campaign, which aims to drive increased understanding of how children’s environments and experiences in early childhood can shape their future health, well-being, ability to learn, and even how much they will earn as adults.All photo and video submissions to the Super Dads initiative will feature on the #EarlyMomentsMatter gallery. UNICEF will select the most heart-warming, humorous, and imaginative photo and video submissions post them on the organization’s own digital platforms.
New Delhi: Automobile dealers’ body FADA Wednesday said retail sales of passenger vehicles (PV) in March declined by 2 per cent to 2,42,457 units as compared to the same period last year. PV sales stood at 2,47,278 units in April 2018, according to Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA).Two-wheeler sales declined by 9 per cent to 12,85,470 units last month compared with 14,09,662 units in the year-ago period. Commercial vehicle sales declined by 16 per cent to 63,360 units against 75,622 units in April last year. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThree-wheeler sales saw a dip of 13 per cent to 47,183 units last month. Total sales, across categories, declined by 8 per cent to 16,38,470 units in April, against 17,86,994 units in the same month last year. “On a year-on-year basis, there was de-growth in all the categories as April 2018 had a very high base,” FADA President Ashish Harsharaj Kale said in a statement. The near-term outlook continues to be negative to neutral with the absence of any immediate positive triggers which could affect retail sales, he added. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysKale said that despite negative situation, which is expected to continue over the next 8-12 weeks, the industry still believes that things could become better if there is a stable government in place. Besides, an average to above average monsoon with an even spread and continued easing of liquidity by Reserve Bank of India can also help the sector, he added. Kale said that inventory levels continue to remain high and requires further correction than done in recent months. “We believe that high inventory at this time is an extra burden on the auto dealers especially when the current environment is witnessing negative sales growth combined with extremely tight working capital availability,” he added. FADA will be strongly advocating for a leaner inventory of 21 days for its members thus helping them reduce a huge cost burden to stay afloat in these challenging times, Kale said. He added that consumer liquidity in April has seen marginal improvement but continues to be tight and still far away from the normal levels. “FADA is extremely concerned at the dealer liquidity which continues to remain very very tight and access to working capital for dealers has reduced further with the banking system taking a negative view towards auto retail in the current circumstances,” Kale said. There have been an unusually high number of dealership closures in recent times, especially in metro and tier 1 cities.
TORONTO — An uptick in the price of gold helped boost the Toronto stock market to a higher close, while U.S. markets closed lower following indications of a relatively tepid start to the holiday shopping season.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index gained 101.59 points to 13,469.83.Meanwhile, the loonie was up 0.11 of a U.S. cent, rising to 74.89 cents U.S.In New York, the Dow Jones average of 30 stocks slipped 78.57 points to 17,719.92, while the broader S&P 500 lost 9.70 points to 2,080.41 and the Nasdaq gave back 18.85 points to 5,108.67.On commodity markets, the February contract for gold rose $9.10 to US$1,065.30 an ounce, while March copper fell one cent to US$2.05 a pound.The January contract for benchmark crude fell six cents to US$41.65 a barrel, while January natural gas advanced 2.3 cents to US$2.235 per mmBtu.
WASHINGTON – U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years.Employers posted 4.67 million jobs in June, up 2.1 per cent from May’s total of 4.58 million, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. The number of advertised openings was the highest since February 2001, a positive sign that points to a strengthening economy.The report “provides further confirmation that the US labour market has indeed shifted to a period of stronger growth,” said Jeremy Schwartz, an analyst at the bank Credit Suisse.Known as the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey or JOLTS, the report provides a detailed look at where employment might be heading. It records job postings, overall hiring and the number of workers who either quit or were laid-off. By contrast, the monthly employment report shows the net total of job gains or losses.Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen relies on the JOLTS report as a barometer for economic conditions. The June figures indicate that employers are looking to expand, yet actual hiring has not increased as significantly in recent months.Roughly the same percentage of Americans quit their jobs in June as they did in May, though the rate has increased over the past year. Quit rates usually rise when employees are finding new and better-paying jobs.Hiring rose in June to 4.83 million, up from 4.74 million in May. Still, the hiring rate has not risen over the past year as quickly as the number of positions being advertised.Job openings have increased 17.6 per cent during the past 12 months, while hiring has risen 9.3 per cent during the same period.This suggests a mismatch in the jobs market.Some economists interpret the slower pace of hiring as a sign that workers lack the necessary skills. People who previously worked in manufacturing or construction might not have the right background to segue into the health care sector.The other possibility is that companies are offering low wages that fail to attract the workers they want. If companies offered higher salaries, which could cause more openings to be filled and boost wages, which have barely match inflation since the recession ended more than five years ago.But the pressure on employers to offer more generous wages could be increasing. On average, there are 2 unemployed workers for every job opening. That’s down from an average of 2.6 unemployed people per opening at the start of the year. As that ratio continues to fall, employers will likely have to boost salaries. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US employers advertised 4.67 million job openings in June, most since February 2001 by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Aug 12, 2014 9:25 am MDT
WEEKLY FOOTBALL PICKSSaturday’s Games:New Mexico State @ No. 17 Ohio StateNo. 3 Texas @ No. 14 Oklahoma StateNo. 5 USC @ No. 10 OregonQuinn PitcockOhio State, Texas, OregonOverall: 11-4 Last week: 2-1Pitcock played defensive tackle for OSU from 2002–06.Marcus FreemanOhio State, Texas, USCOverall: 9-6 Last week: 3-0Freeman played linebacker for OSU from 2004–08.Justin ZwickOhio State, Texas, USCOverall: 9-6 Last week: 2-1Zwick played quarterback for OSU from 2002–06.Malcolm JenkinsOhio State, Texas, OregonOverall: 8-7 Last week: 2-1Jenkins played cornerback for OSU from 2005–08.Zack MeiselOhio State, Texas, USCOverall: 7-8 Last week: 2-1Meisel is the sports editor for The Lantern. New Mexico State travels to Columbus to face No. 17 Ohio State Saturday on Halloween.The Aggies (3-5, 1-3) are not expected to give the Buckeyes (6-2, 4-1) much of a scare, but OSU coach Jim Tressel remains firm in his stance that his team cannot afford to overlook any opponent.Purdue held a record of 1-5 when it upset OSU in West Lafayette, Ind.“To me, focused is having a moment-by-moment awareness of what needs to be done,” Tressel said. “I don’t feel like we did a great job of having that focus or awareness a couple weeks ago. … Purdue did what you have to do. They got five takeaways, they did this and they did that. If we have an understanding of what needs to be done today, we go do that as well as we can do it.”Saturday’s contest is a rare non conference game, breaking up the eight-game Big Ten slate.While the Aggies hope to come into The ‘Shoe and trick a confident Buckeye squad, their struggling defense could be a treat for a progressing OSU offense. New Mexico State has allowed 28 points and nearly 370 yards of offense per game.After five turnovers and only 18 points against Purdue, the Buckeye offense produced more than 500 yards against Minnesota during Saturday’s 38-7 victory.Tressel said he was satisfied with the evidence of offensive progression, which must continue this week against the Aggies.“I hope that they do understand that the progress we make or we don’t make will affect the next time we play when we get back in the conference. They seem to be a group that is willing to take instruction and if it’s reasonable, if it makes some sense, yeah, it makes some sense, we need to get better, well, let’s go get better. I don’t think that’s going to disrupt us.”The injury bug has taken its toll on the Buckeye roster, especially at running backs. Against Wisconsin on Oct. 10, Dan Herron reinjured the ankle he had sprained two weeks earlier, and Brandon Saine suffered a concussion during last week’s rout of Minnesota. Both backs’ statuses are up in the air, Tressel said.“If Brandon Saine is cleared, Brandon’s playing,” he said. “If ‘Boom’ Herron is cleared, he’s going to play. This is an important game, that’s one thing. We need to get better. That’s just as important. So the best chance you have to get better is on Saturdays.”New Mexico State has had its share of quarterback struggles. Jeff Fleming and Trevor Walls have split the duties, combining for four touchdowns and 11 interceptions, while completing just 52 percent of their passes.No matter how inferior an opponent the Buckeyes might face on any given week, Tressel said he wants his troops concentrating on improving.“This is game nine,” he said. “We’ve got to progress. I’m not sitting here today saying, you know what, I think we’ll put this guy in or that guy in. No, we’re going out all barrels blazing and do what the situation calls for.”
New coach, no problem. Despite being saddled with the difficult task of replacing a program legend, first-year Ohio State coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly is embracing her new role at the helm of the Buckeyes softball team. Prior to Schoenly’s arrival from Miami (Ohio), OSU had been under the direction of former coach Linda Kalafatis, who compiled 538 wins and six NCAA Tournament appearances in her 16 seasons leading the Buckeyes. Kalafatis was let go in May after OSU declined to renew her contract. “I have a ton of respect for (Kalafatis) and the coaching staffs she’s brought to the program through the years,” Schoenly said. “We constantly tell the girls she’s part of our tradition … She’s a great coaching legend for the Ohio State softball program and I’m proud to follow in her footsteps.” While replacing a program stalwart is difficult enough, trying to get 21 players, 17 of whom played under the previous regime, to buy into a new coach’s identity can be equally challenging. “Every group of girls is going to have its own mentality,” Schoenly said. “So you just want to embrace the personalities in the group that you have. I’m not trying to change them, you have to find the strength in each kid and let it come out.” With wins against three ranked opponents (No. 8 Georgia, No. 16 Louisville and No. 14 Arizona), Schoenly’s Buckeyes are off to a hot start at 9-6. “I think the team has responded great,” said senior third baseman Megan Coletta. “It was a fresh start for everyone and the (new) coaches made it really easy with how they were open to us and very friendly with us.” Coletta said there haven’t been any issues with the new staff so far and that everything is going smoothly in the early season. “All of our new coaches are really energetic and lively,” said freshman utility fielder Cammi Prantl. “The team’s feeding off their energy and creating our own energy. I think everyone likes the positive environment.” During the transitional period after Kalafatis’ departure and Schoenly’s arrival, the team’s four seniors led off-season workouts to keep the women on the same page and to welcome the incoming freshmen to a coachless environment. “It’s not like we’re just freshmen to them,” Prantl said. “We’ve been included in the group the whole time.” The summer workouts paid dividends for the team’s eventual bonding once Schoenly was named coach. “This summer when there wasn’t a coach at all, the seniors were really involved with keeping the freshmen active,” Schoenly said. “(The seniors) were like little assistant coaches before we arrived, just keeping the freshmen on track and wanting to be here.” With the Big Ten season looming after OSU’s spring break, Schoenly said the real test begins once her team starts conference play against Indiana on March 22. Each day the OSU softball team spends together, they get closer and more familiar with the ways of their new head coach. The team knows the growing pains they suffer now will help them better prepare for the grind of conference play. “The adjustment is having to get to know all 21 (players),” Schoenly said. “You have to find out which buttons to push for which kids, and that takes some time to learn … My goal is to find out which kids fit what roles and to put them in positions to have success.” OSU is next scheduled to take on Maryland on Saturday at 1 p.m. in College Park, Md.
Then-sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Former Oller ReporterThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will face its biggest test of the season to this point when it travels to take on No. 11 Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, on Saturday.Despite being the only undefeated team left in Division I, the Buckeyes (6-0) have yet to face a ranked opponent this season, and the Fighting Irish (4-2) will be the first.“To beat a team like Notre Dame, you’re going to have to be pretty buttoned up in almost every area, so that’s where our focus has been,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said.The No. 5 Buckeyes come into the game with some rest after their game scheduled against Denver last Saturday was canceled due to weather conditions.Myers said he was disappointed in not being able to play, but said the team used its break to come together as a team. But not playing a game since March 9 could prove to be costly for the Buckeyes.“Having two weeks off presents some positives but also so some challenges,” Myers said. “There’s a rhythm that you lose.”Notre Dame got back to its winning ways against Michigan on Tuesday, winning the contest 12-9 off the heels of senior Brendan Gleason’s two goals and an assist. The Fighting Irish also have two ranked wins against No. 4 Maryland and No. 13 Denver.The matchup between the two teams look very similar on paper. Ohio State and Notre Dame have a nearly identical scoring defense, with the Buckeye ranked 12th and Notre Dame ranked 13th. To Myers, the X play will be crucial to the overall success of Ohio State.Ohio State’s sophomore midfielder Justin Inacio has been dominant this season in the faceoff circle with a 63.6 win percentage. Inacio has also been massive on the ground game, ranking No. 5 in ground balls, recording 10.17 per game.Ohio State junior midfielder Christian Feliziani has helped a lot with the faceoff unit, not only with his on-field performance, but through his leadership.“Because of an injury, I couldn’t do a lot in the fall physically, so I tried to use my voice and what I could from the sidelines,” Feliziani said. “I would like to say I was a coach kind of.”Notre Dame junior faceoff specialist Charles Leonard picked up a career-high 16 ground balls last week against Michigan, and was also dominant in the faceoff play, winning an impressive 20-of-24 faceoffs.Saturday will be the 44th matchup between the teams, with Notre Dame leading the series 34-9.No. 5 Ohio State will take on No. 11 Notre Dame on the road at 1 p.m Saturday.
The Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) has issued a wanted bulletin for two men they are currently seeking, and is appealing to the public to come forward if they have any information which can lead to the men’s whereabouts.Wanted: Mark Sauers, called Marcus and Kelvien Sauers called JohnWanted are Mark Sauers, called Marcus and Kelvien Sauers called John.According to a statement released by the entity on Wednesday, Mark’s last known addresses were listed as Lot 1 Ogle, East Coast Demerara and Second Street, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown.In addition, Kelvein was recorded to have once resided at Lot 327 Fourth Street, Success, East Coast Demerara.Persons with information are asked to make contact with CANU on telephone numbers 227-3507 and 226-0431. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related4 years jail, $3.3M fine for man busted with 1.608 kilos of cocaineJuly 26, 2018In “Court”Woman tried to smuggle cocaine to help son, jailed 4 years & fined $9.1MMay 2, 2019In “Court”Sickly 24-Y-0 remanded on cocaine chargeNovember 20, 2015In “Crime”
Tornade : un Texan la filme de l’intérieur Texas, États-Unis – Un automobiliste a réussi à filmer une vidéo spectaculaire du moment où une tornade touche terre à Rice, dans le comté de Navarro.Ce responsable de la gestion des opérations d’urgence du comté a filmé la scène, toujours au volant, alors que son véhicule pénétrait à l’intérieur de la tornade.Celle-ci s’est abattue sur la ville américaine dimanche soir, faisant au moins quatre blessés. Plusieurs maisons se sont écroulées, certaines infrastructures comme les établissements scolaires ont été endommagées et des wagons de train ont déraillé.Le territoire américain est le plus touché au monde avec plus de 1.000 tornades par an. Le Texas fait partie de la région la plus exposée à ce phénomène, appelée la “Tornado Alley” (allée des tornades).Découvrez la tornade de l’intérieur en vidéo : https://www.maxisciences.com/tornade/un-automobiliste-filme-une-tornade-de-l-039-interieur_art9980.html Le 26 octobre 2010 à 13:15 • Emmanuel Perrin
Des cellules pancréatiques humaines créées en laboratoireDes chercheurs de l’Inserm et du CNRS viennent de créer en laboratoire des cellules bêta pancréatiques humaines. Des cellules défectueuses dans les deux types de diabète 1 et 2 et si importantes pour réguler le taux de sucre dans l’organisme.C’est une première pour la recherche et plus particulièrement dans la lutte contre le diabète, maladie qui touche actuellement plus de trois millions de personnes en France. Depuis 30 ans, les chercheurs du monde entier tentent sans succès de reproduire les cellules bêta, productrices d’insuline, en laboratoire pour les étudier et comprendre leurs dysfonctionnements. Les cellules alpha et ces cellules bêta sont organisés en îlots dans la partie endocrine du pancréas, autrement dit celle qui produit les hormones. Tandis que les premières génèrent du glucagon, les secondes produisent, quant à elles, la fameuse insuline. Ce sont ces deux hormones qui régulent le taux de sucre dans l’organisme, une fois libérées dans le pancréas. Or, la destruction des cellules bêta productrices d’insuline conduit au diabète de type 1 tandis que la perturbation du fonctionnement de ces mêmes cellules conduit au diabète de type 2. D’où l’importance de concentrer des recherches sur ces structures comme l’ont fait les chercheurs de l’Inserm et du CNRS qui sont finalement parvenus à produire des cellules bêta pancréatiques humaines fonctionnelles productrices et sécrétrices d’insuline.Modifier l’expression génétique des cellules bêtaPour obtenir de telles cellules, les scientifiques ont dû suivre un protocole complexe en plusieurs étapes. Dans un premier temps, ils ont utilisé dans un fragment de foie foetal, un vecteur viral capable de s’intégrer dans l’ADN des cellules bêta, permettant ainsi d’effectuer un transfert de gènes et de conférer aux structures un avantage sélectif. Autrement dit, les cellules bêta sont devenues aptes à se multiplier continuellement sans dépérir.Dans un second temps, ils ont transplanté le tissu pancréatique dans l’organisme d’une souris immunodéficiente, permettant ainsi la différenciation et l’amplification des cellules bêta matures. Puis, après plusieurs mois, la tumeur formée a été retirée et dissociée, tandis que les cellules générées ont été amplifiées en culture, formant au final des lignées de cellules bêta stables, explique le communiqué du CNRS.”Certaines de ces lignées ont des propriétés moléculaires et fonctionnelles très proches d’une cellule bêta humaine adulte. Ces cellules expriment tous les gènes d’une cellule bêta. Aucune expression significative des autres hormones du pancréas endocrine ni des marqueurs du pancréas exocrine n’a été retrouvée “, explique ainsi Raphaël Scharfmann, directeur de recherche à l’Inserm.De nouveaux fondements thérapeutiquesÀ lire aussiDes chercheurs observent une nouvelle forme d’ADN dans des cellules vivantesUne fois les lignées conçues, il restait donc à tester l’efficacité des cellules. Pour ce faire, les chercheurs les ont greffées à une souris diabétique chez qui elles ont alors, parfaitement restauré le contrôle de la glycémie, indique Philippe Ravassard, co auteur de cette étude.Au vu de résultats si prometteurs, cette découverte a donc ouvert la voie à de nombreuses équipes de recherche pour travailler sur ces cellules bêta humaines tant attendues. Grâce à ce nouveau matériel, elles peuvent désormais espérer en savoir plus sur les propriétés et les dysfonctionnements de ces structures ou encore sur leur destruction observée dans les diabètes de type 1 et 2. Par ailleurs, ces cellules recréées rendront également possible la recherche de nouvelles molécules voire leur utilisation comme modèles précliniques de thérapie cellulaire du diabète.Mais avant de pouvoir faire de ces cellules un véritable traitement pour les diabétiques, il reste tout de même du chemin à parcourir. Le 27 septembre 2011 à 18:44 • Maxime Lambert
DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – DAVIE, Fla. (WSVN) – Davie Police reported, Friday, that a 57-year-old man died on Thursday while putting up shutters ahead of Hurricane Irma.This incident happening at around noon, Thursday, at a home in Davie’s Shenandoah neighborhood. The man was hired by the homeowners to install shutters.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Hyderabad: Kadiyam Srihari – a leader from the Dalit community served as Deputy CM of Telangana for four and a half years. He even held office as the Education Minister. However, there seems to be no trace of the leader in influential positions in KCR’s cabinet during the second term. He is replaced by Erraballi Dayakar Rao from Warangal, a constituency where Kadiyam was once hailed as a powerful leader. Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us The leader’s supporters say he is being ignored on purpose by the KCR government. Part of the speculation as to why he is being mistreated alludes to his spat with MLA Rajayya and partly because of the steps the leader took against Malla Rajeshwar Reddy’s education institutions. Sources say even his daughter Kadiyam Kavya was denied a ticket. The leader is now seen not attending, or leaving without addressing various gatherings of the TRS party. He was not invited for the Kaleshwaram Project event either, all leading up to his disappointment with the party, say sources and the leader’s supporters. All these series of event have given rise to speculations about the leader having second thoughts about continuing as a TRS Party member and may join forces with BJP.
Rice crop faces further setbackAus and Aman rice crops, as well as vegetables, have suffered a severe blow like the Boro crop in the recent floods in 40 districts of the country.The Boro rice crop was affected by the floods only in the haor regions whereas the recent floods inundated 652,654 hectares of Aus and Aman croplands in the 40 districts, revealed agovernment estimation.The agricultural extension department (DAE) expected that rice production from each hectare of land will be around 3.5 tonnes. According to that estimation, the production of rice was expected to be at least 2.3 million tonnes from the land that went under water.The rice production may fall by as much as one million tonnes if half of the expected amount of production is destroyed due to the floods this season.An estimate of the agricultural affairs ministry revealed that the production of rice in the Boro season fell by one million tonnes in the haor regions.Contrary to this estimate, the food ministry says the production diminished by two million tonnes whereas the rice mill owners claimed that the production shortage was four million tonnes.Agricultural ministry secretary, Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah, said to Prothom Alo, “We are making a list of affected farmers. We shall provide them with seeds and other agricultural equipment as soon as the floodwater recedes.”“We have already prepared a list of 600,000 affected farmers of the haor regions. They will receive agricultural rehabilitation assistance very soon,” he hoped.According to economists, the country will suffer from a serious shortage of rice this year. The government has already signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) and rice import agreements with four countries to tackle the situation. But the amount of rice imported so far is inadequate.According to food ministry’s daily food grain situation report, prepared on Monday, the government has imported 46,000 tonnes of rice while private entrepreneurs have imported 262,000 tonnes from July till now.The report also said the stock of rice in the government warehouses at present is 295,000 tonnes. The stock was about 700,000 tonnes in the same period last year.Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) researcher M Asaduzzamn told Prothom Alo that the production of Boro and Aman rice could be 10 per cent less [than the previous year].“As a result the price hike might put poor people’s food security at risk. This is why the government should buy imported rice from the businessmen and increase the stock on an emergency basis.”*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition is rewritten in English by Shameem Reza
Angela Hernandez is found at the bottom of a cliff in Monterey County, California, 13 July 2018, in picture obtained via social media. Photo: ReutersAn Oregon woman who disappeared a week ago was rescued from the bottom of a California coastal cliff where she survived by drinking water from the radiator of her wrecked sports utility vehicle, authorities said on Saturday.Angela Hernandez, 23, of Portland was found by a pair of hikers on Friday evening after they saw her wrecked Jeep Patriot SUV partially submerged at the bottom of a 200-foot cliff in the Big Sur area, said Monterey County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Thornburg.Her disappearance captured widespread attention after she and her vehicle were last seen on a surveillance camera video at a Carmel gas station on July 6, about 50 miles north of the stretch of Highway 1 where she was found.The hikers discovered Hernandez conscious, breathing and with a shoulder injury, Thornburg said.Rescuers managed to get her up the cliff and to a helicopter which flew her to a nearby hospital. She was in fair and stable condition but appeared to have suffered a concussion during the collision, the California Highway Patrol said in a statement.Hernandez told investigators she swerved to avoid hitting an animal on Highway 1 on 6 July and plunged over the cliff north of Nacimiento Fergusson Road.She stayed alive “by drinking water from the radiator of her vehicle,” according to the Highway Patrol.”It’s usually the fall that gets them, or the ocean that gets them, and she was lucky to survive both,” said Thornburg.Hernandez was on a road trip from her home in Portland to visit her sister Isabel in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, when she crashed.”My sister survived 7 days alone 200ft down a cliff on HW1,” her sister Isabel Hernandez said in a Facebook post on Saturday. “This is very traumatic and will be a slow recovery process.”