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  • Debate on EVMs will go on: CEC

    first_imgThe Chief Election Commissioner of India O.P Rawat has reiterated that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were “unbiased and tamper-proof” and said the EC will allay concerns of all political parties on the matter.Mr. Rawat, who was in Nagpur on Tuesday to deliver a lecture on “Questions on the Electoral process: Apprehensions and Solutions”, claimed that the EVMs did not witness any malfunction and its failure rate was 0.5 %.“Today, many political parties are raising apprehensions about the EVMs. When the ballot papers were being used, lakhs of votes would get invalidated because of some small reason and at times, the victory margin would be less than the invalidated votes. Election by ballot paper involved many dangers and risks of manipulation. Our two neighbouring countries recently witnessed elections using ballot paper. But in both these countries, large-scale complaints are being received. Our technical experts from IIT Mumbai, Delhi and Bhilai have done a root cause analysis (of the EVMs) and improved it. Now you don’t witness [EVM] failures like the previous elections. Despite all this, some political parties are going to demand election by ballot paper. We will give them time and try to address their concerns,” Mr. Rawat said.Posing a counter question to those who raise doubts over the EVMs, Mr. Rawat said, “Common people, political parties, and the election commission have to decide [on the EVM]. If you can do transactions involving crore of rupees by electronic means, why do you want to go the other way [in terms of voting]?” Blaming the non-seriousness of some polling officials while taking training for EVM snags, Mr. Rawat said that some polling officials miss out on important details during training which causes EVM snags but the blame goes to the EVM.To a question from Congress leader and former Lok Sabha MP Nana Patole regarding malfunctioning of EVMs during the by-election in Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha constituency, the CEC said, “It wasn’t the EVM which witnessed snags. It was the VVPAT. New machines and those (officials), who didn’t take training properly, caused it. The VVPAT machines should be compatible with the same generation of the EVMs and the companies which is why the EVMs were brought from Surat for this election. The Election Commission is committed to resolving all the concerns of the stakeholders i.e. the people and political parties.”Terming the media management, including social media, and money management during elections as a worry for the Election Commission, Mr. Rawat said he was concerned over the misuse of money and public data during elections.Admitting that fake news affected elections, the CEC asked the people not to be vulnerable to it.“Have faith in the strength of the Constitution and the country’s institutions. Don’t doubt common citizen of this country. There are people who take money (from political parties) but vote for only those who do good work,” he added.He termed the Election Commission’s ruling over the Rajya Sabha election of Congress leader Ahmad Patel last year as proof of how the ECI was competent enough to take unbiased decisions. At the same time he expressed concerns over illiteracy of voters and democratic deficit.“The debate on the EVMs will go on. Some people are spreading rumours that the VVPAT captures pictures of the voters. We are running a campaign against this. We had connected 30 crore voter IDs to Aadhaar but the Supreme Court put a stay on it. We will start the process as soon as the court’s ruling comes,” he said and refused to comment on a “hypothetical question” if the Election Commission was ready for an early Lok Sabha election.last_img read more

  • Nagas take out rally in Delhi

    first_imgCarrying blue flags, thousands of Nagas marched in Delhi on Saturday to demand an “immediate political solution” to the Naga issue lingering on for decades.This was the first time that such a large mobilisation of Naga residents had taken place in Delhi after August 2015, when the government signed an agreement with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), the largest group representing the Nagas. A press statement issued by the group said, “The BJP has no merit to campaign for support among the Nagas in the upcoming 2019 general election unless there is a concrete promise for a solution.” The solution should be “honourable and acceptable” to them, they said.The Naga peace accord, which has been hanging fire since a framework agreement was signed with the NSCN-IM in 2015, is tied in knots.The rally was organised by the Naga Student Union Delhi (NSUD) in collaboration with the Naga community in Delhi under the theme ‘Global Nagas call for immediate political solution — honourable and acceptable”.After signing an agreement with the NSCN-IM, the Centre signed a preamble in November 2017 with six Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) to further hold discussions to find a solution to the issue.The protesters were carrying banners which said, “PM Modi pass an ordinance to solve Indo-Naga issue within stipulated time. PM Modi, where is the promised solution?” Around 3,000 Naga residents converged at Mandi House and later marched towards Jantar Mantar.last_img read more

  • What’s down

    first_imgPreity Zinta. She went underwater for her 36th birthday, snorkelling in the Maldives to celebrate.Sonu Nigam.Sonu Nigam. With fewer songs on hand, the 37-year-old singer is now concentrating on his hair, with bizarre results. The bun atop his head at an awards show was an all-time low. Christopher NolanChristopher Nolan. The man behind this summer’s genius blockbuster, Inception, was not among the list of Oscar nominees for Best Director. Is it a bad dream? Pooja BediPooja Bedi splits from beau Dwiti Vikramaditya days after announcing to the world that they were to get married.  Veena MalikVeena Malik. A case has been filed in a Lahore court against her for “immoral acts”. Salman Khan.Salman Khan’s alcoholic consumption. The actor is off drinks till he completes his new film.  Preity ZintaPreity Zinta. The Kings XI Punjab owner had a spat with Siddharth Mallya of Royal Challengers over Saurabh Tiwary who had already been sold to the latter for USD 1.4 million.  (From India Today magazine issue dated January 24, 2011)GovindaGovinda’s weight. The actor is trimming the excess baggage to look fit for his upcoming film Naughty @ 40. He has lost 8 kg. (From India Today magazine issue dated January 24, 2011) Anil KumbleAnil Kumble, who withdrew himself from the IPL auction. Sigh. One gentleman less in a very gentleman-less version of the game.  (From India Today magazine issue dated January 17, 2011) Yuvraj SinghYuvraj Singh. The Indian batsman finds himself in a rather unflattering list with a British newspaper naming him as one of the Top 10 Sporting Egos of recent times.  (From India Today magazine issue dated January 17, 2011) advertisementlast_img read more

  • BHAGWAT 3 LAST

    first_img(Reopen DES 53) (Reopen DES 53) Meanwhile, Bhagwat, who was in Jodhpur for last five days, held a series of meetings before leaving for Bengaluru this afternoon. Media, however, was kept away from all his programmes and meetings at the RSS headquarters here and other places. Sources from RSS said that his meetings were aimed at exploring possibilities of strengthening the organisation to the grassroot level across the communities in consultation with the senior cadres of the district, besides teaching lessons of the organisational values to swayam sewaks. “On his last day address to the swayam sewaks, he talked about how nation building can be done through character building,” a source said, adding that it was basically a motivating session. While stressing upon the core values of the RSS, Bhagwat called upon all the 2,743 swayam sewaks, who had been invited for the one-hour address of the RSS chief at the Adarsh Vidhay Mandir in the morning, to work for the nation and conservation of the culture, the source added. The source further said that keeping with the agenda of the RSS, which is social harmony and family management in the wake of “spurt in the trend of family splits”, Bhagwat emphasised upon inculcation of the humane attributes and work for building strong character. “Swayam sewaks are very important components of the RSS and they have the responsibility to work for the society, which should reflect from their persona,” he quoted the RSS chief as saying. PTI COR HUlast_img read more

  • Russian team Rostov subjected to random doping test: FIFA

    first_imgRussian Premier League side Rostov had their entire team subjected to a random doping test following their match against Dinamo Moscow on Thursday, FIFA said.FIFA, confirming a report by Russia’s Tass news agency, said the test was routine and there were no complaints from players or officials.Rostov, second in the league and two points behind CSKA Moscow, won the match 3-1.”We have to be unpredictable, they have to know that we can turn up anywhere at any time,” FIFA’s chief medical officer Jiri Dvorak told Reuters by telephone.”I have to stress that the team was very co-operative, there was no resistance or complaints whatsoever; they understood what we were doing and that is very important.”FIFA later said in a statement, “the initiative was based on previous media reports regarding potential use of Meldonium.”An independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission last November revealed widespread state-sponsored doping in Russia, which led to a ban on the country competing in international athletics competitions.Unless that ban is lifted, Russian athletics competitors will miss the Rio Olympics in Brazil, set to run Aug. 5-21.At least 16 Russian sportsmen and women, including world tennis player Maria Sharapova and speed skating Olympic gold-medallist Semion Elistratov, have been caught using meldonium since it was banned by WADA on Jan. 1.Meldonium, manufactured for people suffering from heart problems, helps boost blood flow and increases the amount of oxygen taken in by the body, allowing athletes to recover faster while training.The use of meldonium was widespread before the ban. One study showed 490 athletes at last year’s European Games in Baku had taken it.advertisementlast_img read more

  • Alia Bhatt’s latest bikini look is giving us a Shaandaar deja vu

    first_imgIt was a mind numbing film, but the Alia Bhatt and Shahid Kapoor starrer Shaandaar will continue to be memorable for the former’s bikini scene.A top notch actress frolicking on the beach in a bright pink bikini has to be hard to forget, right? Especially after all those reports about Alia working her ass off to get that body!The scene that set tongues wagging. Picture courtesy: Pinterest/allaboutwomen.in Also read: Alia Bhatt’s favourite designer Prabal Gurung is all set to visit IndiaHowever, the actress totally took us to her Shaandaar days by sporting a similar bright pink bikini while taking a short break in Spain.Alia and her BFF. Picture courtesy: Instagram/@aliaabhatt Surprising her best friend on her birthday, the actress seemed quite taken by the hue as she paired her pink bikini with pink shades, a bright pink pout and a coverup in a similar shade.That pink pout. Picture courtesy: Instagram/@aliaabhatt Also read:Can’t get over PeeCee twirling? These Bollywood actresses also twirled their way into our hearts!While so much pink could easily be an overkill, Alia’s look didn’t make us feel that even a bit, as though she stuck to one colour, instead of playing matchy-matchy from head to toe, the Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania actress wore different shades of the same hue and that totally worked in her favour.One with all the girls! Picture courtesy: Instagram/@aliaabhatt That’s an important tip, people can seriously benefit by learning!last_img read more

  • Sports highlights

    first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 5 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1800 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of unofficial Test between India A and West Indies A. *Stories related to FIFA World Cup *Stories related to India-England T20 series. *Stories related to Wimbledon. STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-IND-PREVIEW 2nd T20I: India look to wrap up series win By Chetan Narula Cardiff, Jul 5 (PTI) A dominant opening win has set the tone and India would look to ensure that a spin-wary England remains on the back-foot when the two sides clash in the second T20 International, here tomorrow. SPO-BAD-2NDLD INDBirthday girl Sindhu, Prannoy enter quarterfinals of Indonesia OpenJakarta, Jul 5 (PTI) Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu celebrated her 23rd birthday with a straight-game win over Japan’s Aya Ohori, while H S Prannoy eked out a three-game victory over Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei to enter the quarterfinals of the USD 1,250,000 Indonesia Open here today. SPO-IOA-BATRAIOA chief defends football’s exclusion, says no place for “also rans” New Delhi, July 5 (PTI) Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra today defended football’s exclusion from the Asian Games contingent and justified the decision of including lesser known sports like pencak silat, saying they are potential medal winners and there is no place for “also rans” in the squad. SPO-HOCK-IND-ACTIndia to open title defence against Oman in ACT hockey New Delhi, Jul 5 (PTI) Defending champions India will open its campaign in the fifth men’s Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) hockey tournament against hosts Oman on October 18 in Muscat.advertisement SPO-HOCK-HARENDRAAsiad gold will give us ample time to be podium contenders in Tokyo: Harendra By Saumojyoti S Choudhury New Delhi, Jul 5 (PTI) Back with a creditable silver medal from the Champions Trophy, the Indian men’s hockey coach Harendra Singh is determined to seal India’s 2020 Olympic berth in the upcoming Asian Games as he feels it will give the eight-time winners ample time to become realistic medal contenders in Tokyo. PTI BS BSBSlast_img read more

  • India vs South Africa: Mayank Agarwal bullies South Africa with 2nd successive hundred

    first_imgadvertisement Next commentary No data available! scorecard view more view less graphs Rajarshi Gupta PuneOctober 10, 2019UPDATED: October 10, 2019 15:13 IST Mayank Agarwal hit a second consecutive Test hundred for India (AP)HIGHLIGHTSMayank Agarwal hit a second consecutive Test hundred for IndiaAgarwal and Pujara helped lay a solid platform for India vs South AfricaAgarwal had hit 215 in the Vizag Test. A few days later, he scored his 2nd Test hundred in PuneMayank Agarwal hit his 2nd Test hundred as India took firm control on Day 1 of the second Test against South Africa in Pune. Last week, Agarwal had scored 215 in an emphatic victory for India in the first Test.In Vizag, Mayank Agarwal became the 4th Indian batsman after Dilip Sardesai, Vinod Kambli and Karun Nair to convert his first Test hundred into a double century.In scoring his 2nd Test hundred, Mayank Agarwal also became only the 2nd Indian opener after Virender Sehwag (2009-10) to score back-to-back centuries vs South Africa.After falling for 7 in the second innings of the first Test, Mayank Agarwal was once again a picture of concentration in Pune. Kagiso Rabada’s peach got rid of Rohit Sharma early but Agarwal joined forces with Cheteshwar Pujara to grind South Africa.Mayank Agarwal made his debut in the Boxing Day Test against Australia and impressed immediately with scores of 76 and 42 as India won by 137 runs.In his second Test, Mayank Agarwal scored a fluent 77 before managing a solitary half-century in 4 innings in the West Indies.In his first Test at home, Mayank Agarwal was involved in a record 317-run stand with Rohit Sharma. Agarwal faced 371 balls, hit 23 fours and 6 sixes to score 215 and pave the way for a huge Indian victory.Also Read | Virat Kohli 2nd India captain after MS Dhoni to lead in 50 TestsAlso Read | Rohit Sharma flops in 1st innings of Pune Test after twin hundreds in VizagFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Mayank AgarwalFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Cheteshwar Pujara India vs South Africa: Mayank Agarwal bullies South Africa with 2nd successive hundredIndia vs South Africa: Mayank Agarwal followed up his 215 in Vizag with a composed hundred in the Pune Test against South Africa on Thursday.last_img read more

  • Students Showcase Energy Research

    first_imgEnergy research was taken out of the lab and into the hallways ofSt. Francis Xavier University’s Charles V. Keating MillenniumCentre today, May 13. Twenty-one graduate students fromuniversities such as Queen’s, Acadia and Dalhousie displayedtheir work to more than 200 delegates at Nova Scotia’s firstEnergy Research and Development Forum. Andrew Henry, a forum steering committee member and co-ordinatorof Energy @ Dalhousie, said it is important to involve thescience and engineering graduate students because they are theresearchers of the future. “By bringing students together with other researchers andindustry representatives, we are connecting them to the researchpriorities of today and tomorrow,” said Mr. Henry. Students have also found value in this event. Adam Donald, anengineering graduate student at Dalhousie is presenting his workentitled “Pore Pressure Using Quality Factor”, which predictspressures of a reservoir’s capacity to drill safely andeconomically. He said the forum is a chance to connect withpeople currently working in the energy industry. “The questions I am being asked here at the forum are important,”said Mr. Donald. “Without being challenged by others, the workdoes not progress. You get answers from people’s questions.” The Energy Research and Development Forum is a provincialinitiative sponsored by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy andthe Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), with supportfrom Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada. For more informationvisit the website at www.energyresearch.ca/forum2004 .last_img read more

  • ExBlackwater contractor found guilty in 2007 Iraq shooting

    first_imgWASHINGTON — A former Blackwater security contractor has been convicted of murder at his third trial in the 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq.Nicholas Slatten, of Sparta, Tennessee, was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in Washington.Prosecutors say Slatten was the first to fire shots in the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians at a crowded traffic circle in Baghdad. The shooting strained relations with Iraq and drew intense scrutiny of the role of American contractors in the Iraq War.The defence had argued that Slatten opened fire because he thought a bomb-laden car was headed toward his convoy.An appeals court had overturned his 2014 conviction, saying he should have been tried separately from three other men. A jury couldn’t reach a verdict in his second trial last summer.Michael Balsamo, The Associated Presslast_img read more

  • Airbus open to a fighter plane assembly plant in Quebec ahead of

    first_imgMIRABEL, Que. — Airbus is not ruling out the possibility that Quebec will host a fighter plane assembly line and satellite construction plant if the European giant manages to win new contracts in Canada.Simon Jacques, head of Canadian operations for the multinational, mentioned the possibility Monday at a company event in Mirabel, an off-island Montreal suburb, where it manufactures A220 jetliners, previously known as the Bombardier C Series.Airbus is on the lookout for Ottawa’s call for tenders — expected before the start of the 2019 election campaign — for 88 fighter planes to replace the government’s aging CF-18s. Airbus makes the Eurofighter Typhoon.Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Saab are all in the running alongside Airbus for the federal contract.Jacques says the construction of a new assembly line, which would create numerous jobs, would not be a logistical challenge given there is space available in Mirabel.Since the call for tenders would impose local content requirements, he says he wants to propose a “Canadian solution.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Site C to start construction of fivekilometrelong conveyor belt

    first_imgB.C. Hydro says the conveyor belt is expected to come into service during the summer of 2019 and will be used to transport materials to the dam site until 2023.More information on project details can be found on Site C’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro is announcing that starting this week, construction activities will begin on the installation of a five-kilometre-long conveyor belt system that will be used to transport materials from the 85 Avenue Industrial Lands to the Site Cconstruction site.According to Hydro, the conveyor belt system will run adjacent to Shaman Industrial Way, cross under Old Fort Road, and 240 Road through culverts.The work will consist of excavation and pile driving, to install the brackets and supports for the conveyor, and will take approximately three months. In addition, road work associated with the culvert installations will take approximately two months to complete.last_img read more

  • More Students Walk Out in Protest of Time Change

    Rabat – Two weeks ago, Morocco announced that the country would be staying on GMT+1 time year-round instead of reverting back to GMT. The move, announced two days before the scheduled change, was widely criticized for not allowing citizens and companies enough time to adjust.In the decree, the government said the new rule was “to avoid many changes that occur many times during the year and repercussions at many levels.” It also indicated that the permanent DST will be adopted as “an experiment.” The Ministry of National Education said that protests against the new school hours were “isolated cases.” In Rabat, some protestors gathered in front of parliament; reports from Casablanca say students occupied the stairwells of the Twin Center.Last Friday, the Ministry of Education issued a memo to schools nationwide, encouraging them to adapt the new school hours. Normally, schools begin at 8 AM and end at 6 PM, allowing two hours for lunch. With the new hours, students in urban areas begin at 9 AM, end at 5 PM, and have a two hour lunch break, while schools in rural areas begin at 9 AM, end at 3 PM, and only allot 30 minutes for lunch. read more

  • Government sticks to local judicial process

    The Government has decided to stick to a local judicial process to investigate alleged human rights abuses related to the war.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told local media heads today that the Government had discussed this with the United States which had moved a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. A new law will also be introduced to give powers to the Special Counsel and foreign judges who look to assist the investigations process will need to operate under the Sri Lankan system.The Prime Minister said that in 2009 when the Sri Lankan issue was discussed at the UNHRC,  the then Government had agreed to uphold international humanitarian laws but did not have the right mechanisms in place. The Prime Minister said the Government will setup a Special Counsel to handle the operations of some of the investigations and foreign lawyers and judges can assist the special counsel if such assistance is required. He said that the failure by the then Government to keep to its commitments led the US to move two resolutions against Sri Lanka during the following years.The Prime Minister assured that the new Government is committed to uphold democracy and also ensure a political solution for the National issue.He said that among the mechanisms which will be established to address some of the human rights concerns is a Truth Commission. “In my view if President Rajapaksa had accepted the proposal from South Africa to setup a Truth Commission we would not be in this problem today,” he said. The resolution moved last week at the UNHRC has proposed that the Sri Lankan judicial mechanism obtains assistance from the Special Counsel’s office, of the Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defence lawyers, and authorized prosecutors and investigators. He said that Sri Lanka will now establish a local Truth Commission which will also have a compassionate council with the participation of religious leaders.The Prime Minister said that Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will explain Sri Lanka’s position to the UNHRC this week when Sri Lanka is discussed at the ongoing 30th session of the UNHRC in Geneva. (Colombo Gazette) read more

  • UK represented at Our Future Mobility Now roundtable

    Today, two UK representatives will attend the European ‘Our Future Mobility Now’ roundtable event on skills and innovation at the Solvay Library in Brussels. The event features CEOs from Europe’s leading automobile manufacturers as well as senior EU policymakers. The event is supported by the European Commission’s ‘Youth on the Move’ initiative, which is helping young people gain skills, experience and build careers.The programme is packed with activities for both the young delegates, experts, the CEOs, European Commissioners and MEPs, divided over a whole day. From the UK, Jaguar Land Rover employees, Natalie Dowsett and Jo Schofield are set to meet a wealth of senior automotive executives that committed their attendance ahead of today’s meeting: Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FIAT S.p.A; Harrie Schippers, CEO of DAF Trucks N.V; Alfredo Altavilla, CEO of IVECO S.p.A; Didier Leroy, CEO of Toyota Motor Europe.Joining these industry leaders and the 40 chosen students, graduates and young professionals, a number of leading European policy makers have committed to joining the roundtable including; Commissioners Connie Hedegaard, DG Climate Action; AntonioTajani, DG Enterprise & Industry; Lazlo Andor, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, Janez Potočnik, DG Environment; plus MEP Pablo Zalba Bidegain and Jorge Chatzimarkakis MEP and Libor Rouček MEP.With an audience of 120 expected in the afternoon, the discussion looks set to build on the past successes of the ‘Our Future Mobility Now’ project.There is Live streaming of the event from 14:30.Our Future Mobility Now is an initiative managed by the automobile industry in Europe that was launched in June 2011, bringing together young people with industry leaders and policy makers. In keeping with the aims of the project, today’s roundtable on ‘Innovation for Europe, Skills for the Future’, discussions will focus particularly on young people’s attitudes on skills, innovation and mobility.For more information, visit www.futuremobilitynow.com. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

  • Volkswagen emissions scandal Britons dying due to toxic fumes travelling across North

    first_imgBritons are dying because of the Volkswagen emission scandal with dozens killed from fumes travelling across the North Sea from Germany and ‘many times’ more killed by pollution from cars on UK roads, a study suggests. Between 2008 and 2015 Volkswagen rigged diesel cars so they could pass stringent environmental tests while emitting dangerous levels of pollution.More than one million VW cars in Britain were fitted with ‘defeat devices’ which pumped deadly nitrogen dioxide into the atmosphere at banned quantities.Environmental researchers at MIT studied the impact of the scandal across Europe and found that based on the 2.6 million cars sold in Germany alone, 2,600 people will die up to 10 years early even if a complete recall is completed by the end of this year.Yet only 1,100 of the deaths will actually occur in Germany, with more than 60 per cent of the premature mortalities affecting neighbouring countries, including Britain, Poland, France and the Czech Republic because pollution spreads on the wind. The team estimates that 30 people will die in Britain from fumes which have travelled across the North Sea, but said the final death toll could be ‘many times’ greater. If the research was extrapolated to Britain’s 1.2 million VWs more than 450 people may die as a result, although pollution in the UK is mitigated to a certain extent because we are an island.“Pollution doesn’t care about political boundaries; it just goes straight past,” said study co-author Steven Barrett, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. The scandal could cost British taxpayers nearly £300 million in healthcare and social costs.The team found  If Volkswagen can recall and retrofit affected vehicles to meet European standards by the end of 2017, this would avert 2,600 additional premature deaths, or 29,000 life years lost,The research was published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. “Thus, a car in Germany can easily have significant impacts in neighboring countries, especially in densely populated areas such as the European continent.”We estimate that about 30 early deaths in the UK are attributable to the excess VW emissions in Germany. If the impact of UK emissions were added to this then the figure would be very significantly higher — possibly many times higher given the additional million affected vehicles in the UK.”Great Britain is an island so emissions from the UK will likely cause fewer deaths per tonne of Nitrogen Oxide than in Germany. But it’s remarkable that emissions as far away as Germany can contribute to UK air quality degradation.”  In addition to the increase in premature deaths, previous research has shown that the excess emissions are likely to contribute directly to more than 31 cases of chronic bronchitis and 34 hospital admissions involving respiratory and cardiac conditions.Individuals will also experience more than 120,000 minor restricted activity days, including work absences, and about 210,000 lower-respiratory symptom days. Paul Willis, the managing director of Volkswagen Group UK answering questions in front of Transport Select Committee The mortality rate was calculated on the basis that there is a one per cent extra risk of dying early in a given year per microgram per meter cubed of fine particles a person is exposed to.Prof Barrett added: “Typically that means that someone who dies early from air pollution ends up dying about a decade early.“It seems unlikely that Volkswagen is the only company with issues with excess emissions.“We don’t know if other manufacturers have these defeat devices, but there is already evidence that many other vehicles in practice emit more than the applicable test-stand limit value. So we’re trying to do this for all diesel vehicles.”In the wake of the scandal, the Department of Transport began a £1.1million retesting programme of 37 vehicles from 20 different carmakers to determine if others were also using similar defeat devices to pass emissions tests.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. VW Group claims to have fixed 470,000 cars in the UK and say they are now repairing cars at a rate of 20,000 a week although the company insists that vehicles in Britain never had defeat devices and were only being recalled to give drivers “peace of mind”.However last month MPs accused Volkswagen UK boss Paul Willis of telling “absolute blatant lies” when he repeated the stance at the Transport Select Committee. Researchers at MIT also warned that Europe was more severely affected by the scandal than the US, not only because far more cars were sold, but also because of higher population density and atmospheric conditions.Europe’s average population density is about three times higher than the US average, and historical data has shown that diesel cars are driven on average 20 per cent more, in terms of annual mileage, compared with the average American car. Paul Willis, the managing director of Volkswagen Group UK, answering questions in front of Transport Select Committee The atmosphere in Europe also contains more ammonia than in the US, so more deadly particulates may form the same amount of nitrogen dioxide.“It takes time for nitric oxides to get converted into particulates, at which point, they could be 100 to 200 kilometers or further away from their source,” added Prof Barrett.last_img read more

  • Cutbacks causing stress among parents of children with autism

    first_imgThis research included diaries, questionnaires, 24 hour blood pressure monitoring and also an analysis of the stress hormone cortisol. “We looked for the physical flags of stress, such as high blood pressure”, explained Dr Leader.She said that their findings were not necessarily a surprise, and told TheJournal.ie that she hoped the research would help to bring the subject to the attention of the rest of the country, as stress can have “serious impacts” on those who suffer from it.Perhaps none too surprisingly, parents of children of autism experience elevated levels of stress compared to parents of typically developing children. However, we were also able to show a correlation between increased stress among parents of children with autism who have less access to services and interventions.Services and sleepThe preliminary results demonstrate that unmet services needs were a significant factor in the stress. Having a child with a greater number of service needs that were not being met (such as speech and language therapy, respite services) was associated with higher maternal blood pressure and higher parental reports of depressive symptoms and parenting stress, said ICAN.The study also shows that sleep is an important factor. Child sleep problems and parental sleep quality were associated with maternal blood pressure, parenting stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms.A group of 140 mothers, fathers and a control group of caregivers of typically-developing children were included in the study. The research was conducted by PhD student Ciara Foody under the supervision of Dr Leader and Professor Jack James.It will be presented at the conference, Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Research to Practice, which will take place from 11-12 June. As well as keynote talks, it will also include a number of workshops where parents can get practical feedback on subjects such as mood, anxiety, DHS and the role medication; advocacy in Ireland; teaching key language skills; and managing challenging behaviour at home and in the classroom.The event is being organised by ICAN in collaboration with the US science and advocacy group Autism Speaks, and runs from 11-12 June. For more information visit www.conference.ieRead: Good news as autism help dog found alive and well>Read: New study finds no link between vaccines and autism> THE PARENTS OF children with autism have higher stress levels than parents of children without autism, or children who have other disabilities.That is according to preliminary data from a study by NUI Galway’s Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research (ICAN), which will be presented next week at a conference in the university city.The research indicates cutbacks in services are having a real and measurable effect on parents’ wellbeing, ICAN said, as well as highlighting stress levels among parents of children with autism.The Irish Society for Autism told TheJournal.ie:We welcome any research that can help families with children with autism. It is important to highlight the need for services to be provided for people with Autism.  Research can highlight the deficiencies in services and this can lead to an improvement which benefits people with Autism and their families.StressThe study shows that levels of stress among parents of children with autism are higher when those families have less access to services.Dr Geraldine Leader, Director of ICAN at NUI Galway, explained:Our research is highlighting the negative impacts that cutbacks and inadequate service provision may have, not only on child outcomes, but also on the health and wellbeing of the parents.last_img read more

  • A quoi ressemble la Terre vue du ciel en ce début 2012

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