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Cong.’s last call to CPI(M) on seat sharing

first_imgMiffed with the CPI(M), the West Bengal Congress on Wednesday said there will be no seat sharing with the CPI(M) by compromising party’s dignity and gave an ultimatum to the Left Front to take a call on the tie-up by this Sunday. The Congress convened a meeting of its State election committee, which was chaired by Congress in-charge of Bengal Gaurav Gogoi, to decide on election strategy for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. State Congress sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it has been decided that chairman of the State co-ordination committee Pradip Bhattacharya and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Abdul Mannan will speak to CPI(M) on the issue of the seat sharing and the matter should be sorted out by March 3.last_img read more

Make-or-break moment as Lokpal Bill drafting committee meets today

first_imgUnion ministers and civil society representatives in the Lokpal Bill joint drafting committee will meet on Monday in a last ditch effort to resolve contentious issues in the proposed anti-corruption legislation.The meeting comes amidst the persisting deadlock between the two sides and will be the eighth since April 16.If the discussions are not concluded on Monday, another round of talks is likely on Tuesday.Ahead of the meeting, senior ministers held discussions for nearly three hours on Sunday to finetune the government’s strategy.The meeting was chaired by Finance Minister and drafting committee chairman Pranab Mukherjee and attended by members Kapil Sibal, Salman Khurshid and Veerappa Moily.N. Narayanaswamy, Minister of State in PMO, also attended the meeting. Home Minister P. Chidambaram, who is another committee member, was not present.Key issuesSeveral issues have kept the government and civil society camps divided. Both are at loggerheads on whether to bring the prime minister and judiciary under the purview of the proposed Lokpal Bill.While the government has virtually ruled out bringing the post of prime minister under the Lokpal, Anna Hazare’s camp remains adamant on it. The Congress Core Group has favoured convening an all-party meet on the issue.Another bone of contention is the conduct of MPs inside Parliament. The government has maintained that this is not possible in the proposed legislation as it would amount to amending the Constitution.Hegde backs HazareMeanwhile, Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, a member of the drafting committee, denied any split in the Hazare camp and said he will attend the meeting.advertisementHegde also backed Hazare’s planned fast from August 16. Hegde’s earlier comments on Hazare’s fast and absence from meetings had fuelled speculation of differences among the civil society representatives.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

India vs Pakistan in World Cup: Recapping 6 Indian victories from 1992-2015

first_imgIt doesn’t get any bigger than this! Or does it? Actually, it does if you imagine India and Pakistan slugging it out against each other for the World Cup 2019 trophy on July 14th at Lord’s. But for now, the encounter on June 16 at Old Trafford promises to be another exciting chapter in the history of arguably the most popular rivalry in the modern game.Tensions run high, adrenaline shoots upwards and almost a billion eyes are glued to TV and mobile screens whenever India and Pakistan face each other on the cricket field. And if it is at a World Cup, it’s even more mouth-watering than any other scheduled fixture.While India hold a dominant 6-0 win-loss record against their neighbours in World Cups, Pakistan are still way ahead with 73 victories to India’s 54, when it comes to the overall ODI record against each other. The 2 teams first met in a World Cup during the 1992 edition and till 2015, we have seen 6 engrossing contests between the two fierce rivals. Here is a quick recap of these clashes which have defined the World Cup rivalry between the teams till date:- Sydney, 1992: India won by 43 runs9 years after they had won their maiden World Cup, India faced Pakistan for the 1st time on the sport’s biggest stage. The match was dotted with some impressive performances from Ajay Jadeja and Sachin Tendulkar who scored 46 and 54* respectively to push India’s total to 216/7. That Pakistan fell short in their pursuit was largely thanks to Javed Miandad’s snail-paced 40 off 110 balls as they kept losing wickets in order to up the ante. One of the highlights of the match was Miandad jumping up and down trying to mimic Kiran More as the stumper kept bugging him with his own choice of words.advertisement- Bengaluru, 1996: India won by 39 runsIndia found the unlikeliest of heroes in opener Navjot Singh Sidhu, who scored 93, and Venkatesh Prasad (3/45) as they restricted Pakistan to 248/9 after scoring an impressive 287/8. That India were able to post a big total was largely due to a late assault from Ajay Jadeja off the bowling of Waqar Younis, carting him away for 40 runs in his last couple of overs. In what was a quarter-final, a charged-up Prasad uprooting Aamer Sohail’s off-stump, after being sledged and hit for a boundary on the previous ball, has now been etched into the memory of every Indian cricket fan.- Manchester, 1999: India won by 47 runsThe Kargil War acted as the perfect backdrop as tensions ran high when the 2 teams met each other at the same ground where they will play a day later. Prasad, once again proved his World Cup credentials by picking up a 5-for to skittle Pakistan for 180 after India huffed and puffed on their way to 227/6, helped by dogged half-centuries from Rahul Dravid and Mohammad Azharuddin.- Centurion, 2003: India won by 6 wicketsSachin Tendulkar couldn’t have timed his best World Cup knock better even if he wanted to as his blazing 98 off 75 balls blew Pakistan away in a glorious display of ball-striking ability. Pakistan would have thought of breaking their World Cup hoodoo against India after they posted 273/7 helped by Saeed Anwar’s 20th ODI century. But from the time Sachin uppercut Shoaib Akhtar for a six over third-man, Pakistan’s dreams came swiftly crashing down to earth.- Mohali, 2011: India won by 29 runsTendulkar was once again at the forefront by scoring a vital 85 helping his team to 260/9 after Wahab Riaz bowled a searing spell picking up 5 wickets. But the pressure of the chase meant Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals with Misbah-ul-Haq (56) playing a lone hand. What made the victory taste even sweeter was that India now had reached the final where they beat Sri Lanka to lift the trophy after a long wait of 28 years.- Adelaide, 2015: India won by 76 runsAs if it was destined to be, the baton of shouldering India’s batting passed on from Sachin to Virat Kohli, who became the 1st from his country to hit a century against their arch-rivals in a World Cup match. Kohli’s 107 propelled India to 300/7 even though Sohail Khan picked a sensational 5-for. In reply, Pakistan were troubled by the bounce and pace of Mohammed Shami, who took 4 wickets including that of veterans Younis Khan, Misbah and Shahid Afridi to break the back of their batting.Come June 16, (and rain permitting) it doesn’t matter whether it’s 7-0 or 6-1, you are bound to answer ‘yes’ to the question: Are you not entertained?Also Read | World Cup 2019: Recent history suggests India firm favourites vs PakistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Why India are outright favourites against Pakistanadvertisementlast_img read more

2019 Model UN Camp teaches children what it takes to be a global leader

first_img Next 2019 Model UN Camp teaches children what it takes to be a global leader98 students from nine countries participated in the Eye Level Model UN camp, through which they learned how the United Nations works together to solve real-world issues that affect societies and communities at a global level.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 12, 2019UPDATED: August 12, 2019 13:54 IST 2019 Eye Level Model United Nations camp. (Image: Eye Level)Eye Level, a global leader in educational services, together with the United Nations, the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Save the Children Korea, hosted the Eye Level MUN (Model UN) camp from August 6th through 11th, 2019.Complimentary trip to Korea for students98 students from nine countries between third to sixth grades of elementary education participated in the camp. Registration was free for all students but those who were selected as participants through local competitions were provided with a complimentary trip to Korea along with meals and accommodations as well as various commemorative items.Moreover, for every participant that registered, Eye Level is scheduled to donate 1 USD to ‘Save the Children Korea,’ a charitable organisation that seeks to improve the lives of our youngest populations around the world.This year, the organisation ran sessions about their ‘Safe School Declaration’ campaign and students got together to discuss building safe learning environments.Goal of the Model UN camp1. Through this academic simulation, children learned how the United Nations works together to solve real-world issues that affect societies and communities at a global level.2. In essence, students played the role of UN delegates from assigned countries. A strong focus of the Eye Level MUN camp was to sharpen language skills so that students can develop their public speaking capabilities.3. Students had the opportunity to develop their leadership skills as well as acquire knowledge about cultural diversity awareness.The highlight of the camp was allowing students to meet a former UN council and learn what it takes to become a global leader.advertisementThe Eye Level MUN camp was more than just learning about geopolitics and international relations; students also participated in recreational activities involving music, dance, and sports.About Eye LevelEye Level is an international provider of supplemental education services in Maths and English with more than two million students having experienced its programs. The goal of Eye Level is to prepare students to embrace learning as a lifelong project with a focus on mastery.Read | Students in Japan clean their own classrooms and school toilets and the reason is incredibleRead | 14 important United Nations agencies and their rolesGet 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow Model United NationsFollow South KoreaFollow Educationlast_img read more

Patagonia Cares About Fair Trade

first_img Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! REI’s Gear Rental Program Will Change How You Experience the Outdoors Editors’ Recommendations It’s almost impossible to know who makes the clothes we buy and that’s largely a deliberate choice by retailers. Most stores offering low prices understand that if consumers knew the working conditions and pay of the people who made that $9 button-down, people likely wouldn’t buy it. Sadly, even high-end clothing stores have questionable manufacturing practices in developing nations. Patagonia, the famed outdoor clothing and gear retailer, chose to change things by becoming a part of Fair Trade USA.Patagonia is fairly famous already for providing incredible quality of life for its employees, so it’s hardly a surprise that this concern for healthy, happy lives extends to the people who manufacture their products. The team at the company tasked with ensuring environmental and social responsibility vets the factories Patagonia considers employing, working with Fair Trade USA to ensure the factories adhere to International Fair Trade standards. These standards include stipulations about providing living wages, safe working conditions, and employee empowerment–all rare considerations among most garment producers. Not all their factories are overseas– they have a factory in Los Angeles, which sews and prints their organic cotton t-shirts and is a great example of their commitment to transparency. On their website, they provide detailed information about the factory, including issues they found during an audit and an update on the needed changes now being made.Essentially Patagonia pays a premium for every item they offer that is Fair Trade certified. That money goes straight to the workers of the factory and it’s up to the employees to decide how to spend it. According to the company, between 2014 and 2016, the workers who are a part of their Fair Trade initiative have earned an additional $430,000 in wages, which was spent on anything from educational costs to creating a child care program at the factory.In the years since Patagonia began working with Fair Trade USA, they have steadily expanded the styles offered through the program. In 2014, 10 Fair Trade styles were offered, all of which were made in one factory. A mere two years later, Patagonia offers 192 Fair Trade options across three categories: Men’s, Women’s, and Children’s clothing. These items are made in six different factories and, by 2017, the company hopes to offer 300 styles, expanding their Fair Trade factories to 13. That is a remarkable amount of lives transformed: about 7,000 in fact.Some of the Fair Trade Certified options include the Patagonia classic Better Sweater Fleece Jacket, which is about $139. Not bad when you consider the opportunities for education and economic advancement in developing nations that your decision to keep yourself warm provides. Their durable, long-lasting and versatile Men’s Cords are also certified and are only $89. You can find the full line of Fair Trade Certified options here.If you’d like to learn more and meet some of the people who make Patagonia’s clothes who have benefited from consumers choosing Fair Trade products, you can watch Patagonia’s trailer.last_img read more

Celebrating Nova Scotias Top Defence Companies

first_imgNova Scotia’s aerospace and defence industry is soaring. Today, May 4, Premier Darrell Dexter congratulated several Nova Scotia organizations ranked among the top Canadian aerospace and defence companies by the Canadian Defence Review Magazine. Irving Shipbuilding Inc. ranks first, while General Dynamics Canada, L-3 Communications, CAE, Lockheed Martin, and Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc., are among the top 18 companies of 50 ranked across Canada. “Congratulations to these great companies, and their workers, that have put Nova Scotia on the map, while further signalling the growth and success of the province’s aerospace and defence sector,” said Premier Dexter. “We are proud of these companies and their employees. They should all be honoured by this achievement, especially Irving, as the first shipyard to have received the top ranking.” Nova Scotia’s aerospace and defence sector continues to represent a large and important piece of the province’s economy, employing about 6,000 highly skilled workers and generating $600 million annually for Nova Scotia’s gross domestic product. The province’s commitment to the sector is demonstrated through a $10-million investment for the Aerospace and Defence Fund through jobsHere and the recent investment of $1.7 million in Bluedrop’s $2.3-million defence training and simulation centre. The centre is the first of its kind in Canada, and will create more than 30 jobs. “Investments like these, and Irving’s win of the federal shipbuilding contract, will help the province turn the corner on 20 years of slow economic growth in Atlantic Canada,” said Premier Dexter. “The federal shipbuilding contract alone will create thousands of jobs for Nova Scotians, and billions in economic spinoffs over the next 30 years, money that can be reinvested in important public services like health and education.” Canadian Defence Review is Canada’s leading defence and military journal, which bases its annual ranking on factors like economic impact, innovation, contribution to the nation’s security, and support of Canada’s military. For the complete list of Canada’s 2012 Top 50 Defence Companies, visit www.canadiandefencereview.com/2012_top_50_defence_companies_en_310cms.htmlast_img read more

Warren Buffetts Secret Millionaires Club Announces Grand Prize Winners

first_imgGenius Brands International proudly announce the winners of the 4th annual Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club “Grow Your Own Business Challenge” sponsored by the Fairholme Foundation.Congratulations to Individual Winner Miroslav Bergam, 14 of Short Hills, NJ and Group Winner Team Keep Track Sticky Back: Emily Harkins, 12 and Bryn Hansen, 11 of Omaha, NE.Over 4,000 kids from all over the country entered their innovative business ideas for a chance to win $5,000 and meet Warren Buffett. Mr. Buffett also awarded all of the finalists 10 shares of Berkshire Hathaway B Stock. The two winning ideas were picked by the judges for their creativity, entrepreneurship and ingenuity. To learn more about their winning ideas visit www.smckids.com.Miroslav’s winning idea was Beyond the Books. He developed a free education website that offers educational courses for students anywhere in the world.“I’ve never been to a competition like this,” said Miroslav Bergam. “This competition has brought me into a whole new world. It was just amazing.”Team Keep Track Sticky Back: Emily Harkins and Bryn Hansen’s grand prize winning entry is a plastic pouch with pockets that help organize people by having a sticky back to the pouch that will attach to anything.“It was absolutely mind blowing when we won,” said Emily Harkins and Bryn Hansen. “Being at this competition has been a once in a lifetime opportunity and we will never forget it.”The program and competition were created to encourage kids to be entrepreneurial and practice good financial habits from an early age. The SMC “Grow Your Own Business Challenge” is open to kids 7–14. The competition, sponsored by the Fairholme Foundation to further its mission of improving [financial] education, launched on October 20, 2014, and ended on January 31, 2015.Five individuals and three groups were selected as finalists to present their business concepts to Warren Buffett and a panel of VIP judges in Omaha, NE on May 18, 2015. This year judges included:Otha Thornton, President of the National PTA Artis Stevens, Chief Marketing Officer of 4-H Ed Grocholski, SVP of Junior Achievement Roberta Wilhelm, Executive Director at Girls Inc. John Ziegelman, Portfolio Manager at Wolverine Asset Management, LLC. Andy Heyward, CEO of Genius Brands InternationalJake Johnson, SMC’s individual winner from last yearThe grand prize winning individual and members of one grand prize team each received $5,000. The runners up received $500. All finalists nominated a teacher/mentor who was inspirational to them in the process to join them in Omaha. The teachers of the grand prize winners also received $1,000.“My advice to all young entrepreneurs is to select someone they greatly admire as a role model and use them as a guide in their life,” said Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. “My role models are my dad, Benjamin Graham and Tom Murphy. They gave me guidance that helped me to shape my life and make smart business decisions. They, in fact, helped change the course of my life to make me the person that I am today.”The “Grow Your Own Business Challenge” is a part of the Secret Millionaires Club Learn and Earn financial literacy promotion which is sponsored exclusively by the Fairholme Foundation and reaches over 250,000 classrooms and youth organizations with free tools and lessons for teaching good financial habits to youth.The Secret Millionaires Club animated series, created in partnership with and starring an animated Warren Buffett, features a group of kids who have adventures in business. Secret Millionaires Club empowers kids by helping them understand the world they live in, teaching them about the impact their decisions have on their own lives…and teaching them to have the confidence to be the best they can be. The series makes it fun for kids to learn to think like entrepreneurs and features a robust list of guest talent including, Bill Gates, Jay-Z, Shaquille O’Neal, Nick Cannon, Gisele Bundchen and Kelly Rowland. The celebrities play themselves; provide their own voiceovers and lend the lessons of their own life experiences in the context of stories that are relatable and inspirational to kids.last_img read more

Different perspectives Trudeau adamant pipeline to BC will be built

first_imgAsked if Notley’s move will spur the federal government to get more aggressive on the project, Trudeau repeated that the pipeline will be built.“What I have been very clear about is that this project is in the national interest and it will get built,” he said in Regina. “The role of the federal government is to watch out and ensure that the national interest is always protected and promoted. That is what I will continue to do. We will continue to ensure that we are protecting the environment while growing the economy and working across the country to ensure the projects that are in the national interest – like the Kinder Morgan pipeline – move forward.”Notley said Thursday that Alberta’s key focus is to get people’s attention about what is at stake. She said the pipeline is economically vital to the province and to the rest of Canada, and the country is already forgoing thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in lost revenue due to pipeline bottlenecks.The Trudeau government approved the Kinder Morgan project in 2016, but the pipeline has since faced permit fights and challenges from the B.C. government. The $7.9-billion expansion would triple the amount of Alberta crude going from Edmonton to the port in Burnaby. REGINA, S.K. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the dispute between B.C. and Alberta over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion isn’t the first time provinces have disagreed on a project.Trudeau says there have been many times where provinces have taken what he calls “different perspectives” on a proposal. He says it’s important that the federal government show leadership to make sure the national interest is served.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is threatening to expand a fight with B.C. over Kinder Morgan’s pipeline by reducing the amount of oil her province ships. The pipeline dispute began earlier this year when B.C. said it would not allow increased bitumen shipments until it could do more research on pipeline safety and spill response.last_img read more

Chairman Of Chinese CPPCC Hails Moroccos Economic Achievements

Rabat – Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Yu Zhengsheng, who started Monday a two-day official visit to Morocco, hailed the Kingdom’s political and economic achievements.“Under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, Morocco achieved major progress in terms of economic and social development,” said Zhengsheng at a joint press briefing on Monday with speaker of the house of advisors Mohamed Sheikh Biadillah.The Chinese official said he was glad of his visit which enabled him to examine with Moroccan officials means and ways to further friendship and cooperation ties between Morocco and China. “I am sure that the close Moroccan-Chinese relations will grow stronger to serve the strategic interests of the two peoples,” said Zhengsheng who is also a member of China’s communist party. read more

Weir Minerals celebrating 125th year of Lewis pumps

first_imgWeir Minerals has announced that 2016 marks its 125 year anniversary for one of its long standing brands – Lewis® pumps. For 125 years, Weir Minerals Lewis Pumps has developed an international reputation in the design and manufacture of pumps and valves in the sulphur, sulphuric acid and phosphoric acid industries; with sulphuric acid in particular used widely in the mining industry in leaching and roasting of pyrites.“It is an honour to be celebrating 125 years of developing and manufacturing our Lewis pump range in this ever-changing industry. We have witnessed many challenges and opportunities throughout our history and continue to advance to meet the demands of our markets,” states Bob Elliott, Divisional Director EHS/VCE for Weir Minerals and former Managing Director of Weir Minerals Lewis Pumps.Back in 1891, Charles S. Lewis founded a company called Chas. S Lewis and Co Inc, a family business that adopted alloy customisation methods to furnish custom OEM pump lines to the beer pasteurisation and bottle cleaning industries. By the turn of the century, in 1906, the company commenced manufacturing pumps in-house and later developed and manufactured its first sulphuric acid pump in 1914, beginning a specialisation which has continued to the present day. This specialisation in sulphuric acid equipment continued and, in 1975, the company manufactured its first sulphuric acid valve.As the century drew to a close, the company became part of the Weir Group in 1994. Weir’s well established manufacturing excellence programs were implemented at Lewis resulting in even greater level of quality and performance. In 2012, the first Lewis® molten salt pump was manufactured; these highly engineered centrifugal pumps are integral to a molten salt systems circulation in the solar power industry. “We have developed a full range of pumps engineered for the unique requirements of molten salt. With over 100 years of experience focused on high density and high temperature we have been able to develop a pump which has a superior feature set to provide high reliability and low operating costs,” says Bob Elliott.Today, after 125 years’ experience, Weir Minerals Lewis Pumps still manufactures this wide range of Lewis® pumps and valves and has made significant investment to develop and enhance its product line to better serve the industries in which it operates. “In recent years we have added gate, globe and butterfly valves with our proprietary Lewmet alloy, proven to be highly effective in sulphuric acid pumps,” states Ken Black, Vice President Sales and Marketing for Weir Minerals Lewis Pumps.“With customers in more than 100 countries, careful manufacturing planning, identifying the most requested spare parts and ensuring stock is constantly replenished for the needed items is the key focus for satisfying customers.” This in-depth project involves collecting and collating spare parts usage data to truly understand customers’ requirements and actively stocking items that will meet customers’ expectations during emergency situations. To ensure successful implementation, Weir adopted a LEAN manufacturing strategy to access and share global best practices and training between all Weir factories. “Our most recent improvement efforts include moving 92% of all factory equipment into product cells, linking our most requested spare parts into new replenishment techniques, creating close bonds with key suppliers and reducing the overall lead-time with an eye on strengthening spares availability,” says Ken Black.Weir Minerals Lewis Pumps recently invested in the modification of its test stand area for axial flow pump testing. This enables engineers to test all pumps extensively, under real-life working conditions, before they leave the facility. In addition, they have opened a new Distribution Centre, which is 42,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space, allowing them to manufacture, assemble and ship Weir Minerals Lewis Pumps’ products to customers around the world with ease. “We have streamlined our process to allow all departments to review the orders on a daily basis. This allows all departments to ask questions at the time the orders are processed, improving the flow throughout our system,” say Bob Elliott.William Charles Stone, President of Weir Minerals Lewis Pumps states: “Throughout the last 125 years, we have remained dedicated to the market and the customers we serve and this can be witnessed through the evolution of our Lewis pumps and valves. Our product innovations and dedicated group of employees will not only provide better service to our valued customers but will enable us to continue to deliver solutions to our customers for another 125 years and beyond.”last_img read more

Deal signed to save shrinking Dead Sea by connecting it with Red

first_imgREPRESENTATIVES OF ISRAEL, Jordan and the Palestinians have signed a “historic” agreement to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead SeaIsraeli Energy and Regional Development Minister Silvan Shalom told army radio that under the agreement water will be drawn from the Gulf of Aqaba at the northern end of the Red Sea.Some will be desalinated and distributed to Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians, while the rest will be transferred in four pipes to the parched Dead Sea, which would otherwise dry out by 2050.“Saving the Dead Sea”Shalom noted the economic aspects of supplying cheap desalinated water to neighbouring states, the environmental angle of “saving the Dead Sea” and the “strategic-diplomatic” aspect of the deal, being signed at a time when peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are floundering.“This is a breakthrough after many years of efforts,” he said.It is nothing less than a historic move.According to Yediot, the Palestinian Authority’s minister in charge of water issues, Shaddad Attili, and Jordanian Water Minister Hazem Nasser will be signed the agreement with Shalom.Shalom said that following the signing, “an international tender will be issued for the entire project — building the desalination plant in Aqaba and laying the first of the four pipes”.According to Yediot Aharonot newspaper, which first broke the story, the idea dates back to the 1994 signing of a peace treaty between Israel and Jordan.The World Bank in 2012 published a feasibility study report on the project.Fragile ecosystemFriends of the Earth Middle East and other environmental groups warned that a large influx of Red Sea water could radically change the Dead Sea’s fragile ecosystem, forming gypsum crystals and introducing red algae blooms.Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director of EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East, told AFP the water sharing project had absolutely nothing to do with the much-maligned Red and Dead Sea conduit proposal, and accused an Israeli minister of deliberately misleading the public over the issue.“It’s a completely different project,” he said.“It’s a water exchange project that has an option to bring brine from the Gulf of Aqaba to the Dead Sea, should that be found workable”.But channelling brine generated from the proposed desalination plant which is to be built near Aqaba, up to the Dead Sea would cause the water-sharing project to fail, he said.“Trying to link it to the Dead Sea will lead to its complete demise,” he said, noting that World Bank studies had found that introducing Red Sea brine could have “detrimental impacts” on the Dead Sea’s fragile ecosystem.- AFP 2013Read: See the Dead Sea Scrolls online >Explainer: What do the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks mean? >last_img read more

Prevent Coalition to host vaping discussion in Vancouver

first_imgPrevent Coalition will host a free, public discussion centered around teen vaping from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the ESD Conference Center, 2500 N.E. 65th Ave., Vancouver.The public forum will include a panel of youth, prevention experts and school-based law enforcement, according to a coalition news release.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that 1.5 million more students used e-cigarettes in 2018 than in 2017. That amounted to a 78 percent increase for high school students and a 48 percent increase for middle school students, according to the FDA.The forum is called “It’s Not Just Vaping: Trends Gaining Steam Among Youth in Clark County,” and it will include personal testimony from local youth, which includes a “former user of vapor products turned tobacco prevention ambassador,” according to the news release.Panelists for the coalition meeting and public forum include: Shane Gardner, manager of school safety and security; Deb Drandoff, director of prevention and youth services; Sharice Lee, student assistance professional; and Maddison Langer, Tobacco Free Kids Youth ambassador.Registration is not required, and light refreshments will be available.last_img read more

Conde Nasts Domino Returns as a Special Issue

first_imgCondé Nast’s much-beloved Domino magazine, which closed in 2009, is making a return to market as a special edition, called Domino Quick Fixes, set to hit newsstands in April. The one-off issue will sell for $10.00 through July 16 of this year.A second special edition is in the works for fall, though no further plans have been made.The magazine, launched in April 2005, carried a ratebase of 850,000. During the first half of 2008, its total circulation was at 1.12 million, according to ABC. While ad pages fell 4.1 percent in 2008, ad revenue was up 24.3 percent to $60 million, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures. The closing of Domino sparked an outcry among readers. In 2010, Domino was cited as a “most missed” magazine among 33 percent of respondents to a poll from FOLIO: sister publication min.The Domino Facebook page has been active since the title’s shuttering; news of the special edition garnered more than 1,000 “likes,” 359 shares and 165 comments from followers. Domino’s previous post on the page is from January 2009, announcing the magazine’s folding, and has been drawing comments ever since. Last week, a user wrote, “I’ve kept almost every issue and everyone in my family knows not to touch them. Please bring back this magazine! I’ll work for you for free.” Why now is the time to breathe life into this dormant title is not immediately clear, but the timing may suggest increasing confidence in the shelter category. Condé Nast’s Architectural Digest saw an 18.4 percent bump in newsstand sales in the second-half 2011 over the same period 2010, according to ABC’s most recent FAS FAX report. Hearst’s House Beautiful and Meredith’s Traditional Home also saw gains in single copy sales, at 1.4 percent and 4.5 percent respectively. Retail sales for Dwell fell 2 percent, compared to a 5.4 percent drop at Elle Decor.More on this topic House & Garden to Fold Editor Leaves Portfolio Paul Jowdy Named Vice President, Publisher of Every Day With Rachael Ray Some Ad Agencies Realizing ‘You Don’t Have to Buy Conde Nast’ Domino Falls, and Shelter Magazines Run for Cover Obama Shatters Newsstand Ceiling for TimeJust In Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media ConsultantPowered bylast_img read more

YouTube To Launch Its Own Free And Paid Music Service

first_img YouTube To Launch Its Own Free And Paid Music Service YouTube Launching Free-And-Fee Music Service youtube-launch-its-own-free-and-paid-music-service Secret’s out. Ready for a new era of music streaming? #itsallhere → https://t.co/mEertqG7tM pic.twitter.com/xlrbIRGcCf— YouTube Music (@youtubemusic) May 17, 2018 YouTube Music and YouTube Music Premium will start shaking up online listening beginning May 22Philip MerrillGRAMMYs May 17, 2018 – 11:53 am In a blog post on May 16, YouTube announced it will be launching a new free and premium music listening platform in the U.S. and other territories on May 22. Alphabet owns Google and YouTube, so the new offering will not only compete directly with other digital listening services but also with Google’s existing offerings. Let’s take a closer look at how this new development could have an impact on the daily lives of millions of music fans.In addition to the U.S., May’s service launch will reach Australia, Mexico and New Zealand with additional territories being added over the next few weeks. In addition to the introduction of the free, ad-supported version of YouTube Music, there will also be an ad-free premium tier at $9.99, and this will be added for all Google Play Music subscribers.The YouTube Red premium video service will be rebranded as YouTube Premium and will also include YouTube Music Premium without altering the price. New subscribers to YouTube Premium will get the music service included for $11.99 monthly. Twitter Facebook center_img https://twitter.com/youtubemusic/status/996969142967152640 News Email Much of the company’s promotional list of benefits for their new service surrounds music discovery. YouTube Music will include music videos and its search is meant to process natural language searches such as “that hipster song with the whistling.” There is certainly great potential here, especially given the currency of what is trending among millions of other users.The inescapable context for this news is the way YouTube is already used for music discovery. While free listening services such as Spotify are a natural for users wanting to dig into an artist’s offerings, hearing a new song for the first time on YouTube has become a no-brainer, essentially like a reflex for millions of YouTube regulars.Deepening the user experience with interactivity designed with music in mind makes the YouTube experience stickier. “The days of jumping back and forth between multiple music apps and YouTube are over,” said YouTube on its blog. “Whether you want to listen, watch or discover, it’s all here.”Rolling Stone’s coverage also suggests YouTube Music’s business was designed to build better relationships with the recording industry, at a minimum by modifying how YouTube’s notorious “value gap,” caused by low monetization, is perceived.While Google and YouTube’s separate corporate identities are both dominant, this launch is clearly an expansion of the YouTube experience so that music is no longer presented in an interface designed for video. It seems likely music listening will be the winner and that YouTube Music is a step forward that will become more meaningful over time.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Middlesex Sheriffs Office Announces Upcoming Correction Officer Exam

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian has announced that the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) is now accepting applications for its newest class of corrections officers.Those interested in applying to take the written examination must register before 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019 by going to https://www.middlesexsheriff.org/human-resources/news/registration-2019-mso-correction-officer-entrance-exam. The exam will be administered on Saturday, March 30 and there is no charge to sit for the exam.“The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office has a proud and storied history – one which we continue to build on with new and innovative initiatives aimed at reducing recidivism and enhancing public safety,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “If you’re someone looking to make a difference and serve your community, I encourage you to apply for our upcoming 43rd Basic Training Academy.”In addition to the written exam, candidates must pass a physical fitness test and criminal background check as well as psychological and medical examinations before being selected to participate in the 12 week basic training academy.All applicants must be 21 years of age, a resident of Massachusetts by the date of the exam and be legally eligible to work in the United States in compliance with federal law. Applications must also have a high school degree or equivalent certificate and possess a valid motor vehicle license. A Bachelor’s degree and/or prior experience in law enforcement or security is preferred.Established in 1692, the MSO provides care, custody and control for individuals housed at the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction in Billerica, and partners with law enforcement agencies on every level of government. During Sheriff Koutoujian’s tenure the MSO has been recognized with a series of national accolades, including being named a Center of Innovation by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) for its Medication Assisted Treatment And Directed Opioid Recovery (MATADOR) program and selected by the Laura & John Arnold Foundation as one of three national pilot sites for the Data Driven Justice (DDJ) Project.To read a full list of qualifications and register for the exam please visit http://www.middlesexsheriff.org.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMiddlesex Sheriff’s Office Announces February Correction Officer ExamIn “Police Log”51 Wilmington Students Graduate From Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Seeking Correctional OfficersIn “Government”last_img read more

BSE closes points 72873 up on Jan 15

first_imgBSE closes points 728.73 up on Jan 153.6K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 728.73 up on Jan 153.6K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Jan 15 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 728.73 points up to stand at 28,075.55. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 216.60 points up to stand at 8,494.15. HDIL and PRESTIGE were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 18.66% and 11.46% along with INDIABULLS REAL ESTATE LTD. and DLF with an increase of 10.55% and 10.39% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PIPAVAV DEFENCE AND OFFSHORE ENG LTD. and RASOYA PROTEINS LTD. with a decrease of 4.50% and 4.30% along with JETAIRWAYS and BERGER PAINTS INDIA LTD. with a decrease of 3.67% and 3.35% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 402.26 points at 19,306.90 while the banking sector is up 701.71 points at 22,023.30 and the reality sector is up 119.25 points at 1,611.43.The Indian currency is down 0.56% at Rs 61.83 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Jan 15 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 728.73 points up to stand at 28,075.55. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 216.60 points up to stand at 8,494.15. HDIL and PRESTIGE were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 18.66% and 11.46% along with INDIABULLS REAL ESTATE LTD. and DLF with an increase of 10.55% and 10.39% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PIPAVAV DEFENCE AND OFFSHORE ENG LTD. and RASOYA PROTEINS LTD. with a decrease of 4.50% and 4.30% along with JETAIRWAYS and BERGER PAINTS INDIA LTD. with a decrease of 3.67% and 3.35% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 402.26 points at 19,306.90 while the banking sector is up 701.71 points at 22,023.30 and the reality sector is up 119.25 points at 1,611.43.The Indian currency is down 0.56% at Rs 61.83 per dollar.last_img read more

3 deceased sued over Gazipur boiler blast

first_imgA Bangladeshi rescue worker walks through rubble and debris at a garment factory in Gazipur on July 3, 2017, after an explosion at the factory on the outskirts of Dhaka. AFPThree deceased and 8-10 more unidentified people have been made accused in the case filed in connection with a boiler blast at a readymade garment (RMG) factory in Gazipur on Monday evening that claimed 13 lives.Abdus Salam, Ershad Hossain and Monsurul Haque — all of whom were the factory’s boiler operators who died on the spot — are named as accused in the case, according to the case statement.Chakrawabti police camp’s assistant deputy-inspector Abdur Rashid filed the case with Joydebpur police station on Tuesday night.According to the statement, the accused continued operation of boiler despite being informed about its risk factors.Joydebpur police station officer-in-charge told Prothom Alo that those whose names were mentioned in the case were the main culprits as they operated the factory with expired boiler.Thirteen people have so far been died of the incident and dozens were burnt when a boiler exploded at the RMG factory Kashimpur area on Monday evening.Three people are still missing.last_img read more

Woman found dead at home in Maniktala

first_imgKolkata: A woman was found dead inside a room at Maniktala on Sunday afternoon. According to police, Ashima Roy (23) used to live in room number 108 of Srikrishna Colony in Maniktala.On Sunday afternoon Roy was found unconscious on the floor inside the room. She was rushed to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. A source said while examining her body, doctors noticed a strangulation mark on the neck. Seeing the mark, doctors were sure that Ashima was murdered. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBased on the information, police and officials of homicide section of Detective Department (DD) visited the place of incident for investigation. It is suspected that she was murdered by someone known to her. But the motive is not clear yet. Sleuths are checking whether she had any enmity with anyone. The role of her family members are also being investigated. Police are questioning Ashima’s husband Biswajit and other family members if any clues could be traced. Till Sunday night, no one was arrested in this case. Sleuths are waiting for the autopsy report as it may contain information which may help them to crack the case.last_img read more

Cancun International Airport launches new digital biometric kiosks

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The first digital biometric kiosks for automatic passenger registration were launched at three major airports around Mexico including Cancun International.Flora Patricia Martínez, representative of the Ministry of the Interior said on Tuesday, the kiosks were launched at Mexico City International, Cancun and Los Cabos which process about 48,000 travelers per day.The new electronic self-serve systems use biometrics rather than visas to enter and leave the country, but have the ability to read both documents and biometrics to identify a passenger.Head of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, said that these devices are a faster, more comfortable and modern entry for national and international tourists to the country.He explained that 40 are installed at the International Airport of Mexico City (AICM) distributed in the two terminals and that 40 are in the Cancun Terminal with 20 more in the Los Cabos Terminal.The kiosks work with biometric data by using the information generated by the airlines, guaranteeing the confidentiality of the information.Travelers who opt for the new self-serve kiosk can have their review complete within two and a half minutes, a system officials say will easily cut documentation waiting time in half when compared to using the airport migratory agent.“As visitors to international airports grow, the needs of migration agents grow and that is something that does not make sense when we have the technology to help us with that challenge,” said the head of the SECTUR, Enrique de la Madrid.The Secretary of Communications and Transportation stressed that, for every million new passengers that arrive by plane, 4,000 jobs are generated. Hence the importance of airports not being a constraint or an obstacle to growth for tourism.He specified that 120,000 passengers arrive daily at Mexico City International, and together with Los Cabos and Cancún, they receive almost 75 percent of the total tourism that comes to the country by air.Mexican government officials have spent the past two years incorporating the technology into the three busy airports to ensure efficient support the arrival of visitors from abroad.The Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Interior said that the start-up of the new system will allow a more agile and efficient reception of tourists visiting Mexico, adding that Mexico is one of the most visited worldwide and the most important in Latin America.The project was done in collaboration with the National Institute of Migration (INM), the General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC) and the airports of Mexico City, Aeroportuarios del Sureste (Asur) and the Pacific (GAP).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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more