Centre spreading fear Congress

first_imgNew Delhi: Hitting out at the Government over its advisory issued asking tourists and Amarnath Yatra pilgrims to leave the Kashmir Valley ‘immediately’, the Congress on Saturday alleged that the Centre is spreading fear on Kashmir.”The Home Ministry order has scared citizens. Tourists and pilgrims have never been asked to leave abruptly like this… The government is trying to create an atmosphere of hate, saying that Kashmir is unsafe for outsiders. We condemn this decision by the government of India,” said senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAt a Press meet in the presence of former Sadr-e-Riyasat, J&K Karan Singh, state’s party in-charge Ambika Soni, P Chidambaram and Anand Sharma, Azad said the pilgrimage was never stopped or tourists in the Kashmir Valley were never asked to go back during the previous governments in J&K. Questioning the recent advisory of troop build-up, he asserted that the situation in the Valley is “worrying” and the deployment of the additional forces is a “matter of concern”.last_img read more

Lawyer for Tony Accurso appealing his clients guilty verdict as well as

first_imgMONTREAL – A lawyer for former Quebec construction mogul Tony Accurso is appealing his client’s conviction on fraud and corruption charges as well as his four-year prison sentence.Marc Labelle is also asking for Accurso to be released from custody pending the appeals.The Crown countered in court Tuesday that allowing Accurso out of prison would undermine the public’s confidence in the judicial system.A decision on the release request is expected this week.Accurso, 66, was sentenced last week after a jury had previously found him guilty on all five charges he was facing stemming from a municipal corruption scheme in Laval, north of Montreal.The corruption scheme lasted between 1996 and 2010 and was run by former Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt, who pleaded guilty to fraud-related charges and was sentenced to six years in prison.Quebec Superior Court Justice James Brunton, who sentenced Accurso, did not agree to a Crown request that Accurso pay $1.6 million in restitution to the City of Laval.The $1.6 million represented two per cent of the value of the contracts awarded to Accurso’s firms that authorities believe was paid in kickbacks to city officials.At his trial, Accurso denied any involvement in the scheme and testified he was not aware of any such system in place.Labelle said the system of collusion and corruption was put in place by Vaillancourt and that Accurso “did not create this system, it was imposed,” adding his client had no choice but to comply.Labelle noted that because of the size of Accurso’s construction firms, no others could have legitimately competed with him.Accurso was found guilty of conspiracy to commit corruption in municipal affairs; conspiracy to commit fraud; fraud of more than $5,000; corruption of municipal officials; and breach of trust.His first trial ended last November when one juror said she had received information from a person linked to a key witness and that she had shared the details with two other jurors.Accurso was the last of 37 people arrested in 2013 to be tried. Besides Vaillancourt, 26 others pleaded guilty, six had their cases dismissed because of judicial delays and three other people died before the end of their legal proceedings.last_img read more

New simulation predicts higher average Earth temperatures by 2050 than other models

first_img More information: Broad range of 2050 warming from an observationally constrained large climate model ensemble, Nature Geoscience (2012) doi:10.1038/ngeo1430AbstractIncomplete understanding of three aspects of the climate system—equilibrium climate sensitivity, rate of ocean heat uptake and historical aerosol forcing—and the physical processes underlying them lead to uncertainties in our assessment of the global-mean temperature evolution in the twenty-first century1, 2. Explorations of these uncertainties have so far relied on scaling approaches3, 4, large ensembles of simplified climate models1, 2, or small ensembles of complex coupled atmosphere–ocean general circulation models5, 6 which under-represent uncertainties in key climate system properties derived from independent sources7, 8, 9. Here we present results from a multi-thousand-member perturbed-physics ensemble of transient coupled atmosphere–ocean general circulation model simulations. We find that model versions that reproduce observed surface temperature changes over the past 50 years show global-mean temperature increases of 1.4–3 K by 2050, relative to 1961–1990, under a mid-range forcing scenario. This range of warming is broadly consistent with the expert assessment provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report10, but extends towards larger warming than observed in ensembles-of-opportunity5 typically used for climate impact assessments. From our simulations, we conclude that warming by the middle of the twenty-first century that is stronger than earlier estimates is consistent with recent observed temperature changes and a mid-range ‘no mitigation’ scenario for greenhouse-gas emissions. (PhysOrg.com) — Over the past several years, researchers have built a variety of computer simulations created to predict Earth’s climate in the future. Most recently, most models have suggested that over the next fifty years, we’ll see an average worldwide rise in temperature of perhaps 1°C. Now a new group of simulations, using the combined computing power of thousands of personal computers, says that number is too low, and that we might see temperatures rise as much as 3°C, which would of course, be a far more serious situation. The simulations, run by climateprediction.net in conjunction with the BBC Climate Change Experiment, resulted in predictions of a rise in temperature ranging from 1.4°C to 3.0°C by 2050. The large team involved in the project has published their findings in Nature Geoscience. Warming of two degrees inevitable over Canada: study Explore further Journal information: Nature Climate Change © 2012 PhysOrg.com , Nature Geoscience While very few if any climate scientists expect a rise of 3°C would destroy our way of life, such a change would almost certainly result in much higher ocean levels, permanently flooding many coastal areas. Many also see a rise of 2°C, as the tipping point, or point of no return, which could some time in the distant future spell doom for our species if not our planet. Many suggest that such a rise could also have a profound impact on weather systems. One recent study by a team of researchers and published in Nature Climate Change, reports on findings that suggest recent weather patterns are already showing signs of change due to global warming. A higher incidence of tornadoes in the US, a heat wave in Russian, flooding in Pakistan, etc. are all linked to elevated temperatures.The new computer simulation model was a modification of one already used by the UK’s meteorological agency to predict global temperature changes. It was modified to more accurately take into account carbon emissions, how fast oceans absorb heat, and heat reflected back into space by aerosols in the atmosphere. The simulation was then run over 10,000 times on personal computers offered for service by home computer users, each with slightly different parameters and each covering the period 1920 to 2080. Every simulation also ran with the assumption that carbon emissions would continue to be spewed into the atmosphere at the same rate as occurs today. Once data was received from all the simulations, the researchers discarded those findings that didn’t make sense in a contextual sense. Of those remaining, none showed an increase of less than 1°C over temperatures from just a decade ago, while nearly 15% of them showed a rise of as much as 3°C by the year 2050.While this new simulation isn’t definitive proof that temperatures worldwide will increase as much as predicted over the next thirty eight years, it most definitely is a warning that we as a species would be putting ourselves in peril if we don’t find a way to stop pumping carbon emissions into the atmosphere sooner rather than later. Citation: New simulation predicts higher average Earth temperatures by 2050 than other models (2012, March 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-simulation-higher-average-earth-temperatures.html Evolution of uncertainties in reconstructed global-mean temperature projections. Image (c) Nature Geoscience (2012) doi:10.1038/ngeo1430 This document is subject to copyright. 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Capital hosts sixth Mango Mela

first_imgThe 6th Edition of “Mango Mela”, organized by the Government of West Bengal in the national capital to showcase delectable mango varieties from the state, is proving to be a big draw, attracting patrons in large numbers.The exhibition, on display at the AC Hall at the Second Floor of Handloom Haat, Janpath, Connaught Place, till 30th June, 2018, has brought together a diverse range of tasty mangoes from Malda, Murshidabad and Bankura districts such as Himsagar, Langra, Laxman Bhog, Amrapali and Mallika. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSelect handloom and handicrafts products from Bengal are on sale at the venue. Cultural programmes are being held at the courtyard of Handloom Haat on the weekends. A special attraction this year is two stalls of State Fisheries Development Corporation (SFDC) which are selling savoury fish snacks and other fish products.The initiative is being supported by the Departments of Food Processing Industries & Horticulture, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Agri-Marketing, Tourism and Information & Cultural Affairs, Government of West Bengal, as well as WBSFDC, and the offices of the respective District Magistrates. The Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, is coordinating the event.The Office of the Development Commissioner (Handlooms), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, which is the controlling authority of Handloom Haat, has extended valuable assistance and cooperation to this endeavour.last_img read more