3 Dec
2019

Congress names seven more candidates

first_imgThe All India Congress Committee late on Tuesday night released its sixth list naming candidates for seven seats from Maharashtra, including one in Mumbai. Former MP and senior Congress leader Eknath Gaikwad will be the party’s candidate from Mumbai South Central. Sitting MLAs K.C. Padvi and Kunal Patil have been fielded from Nandurbar (ST) and Dhule respectively. Former State unit president Manikrao Thakare is the candidate from Yavatmal-Washim, while Charulata Tokas and Bhausaheb Kamble will contest from Wardha and Shirdi (SC). Navinchandra Bandivadekar will contest the Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg seat in Konkan. Mr. Gaikwad faces sitting Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shewale. Mr. Padvi is one of the senior-most tribal MLAs in Nandurbar, a traditional stronghold of Congress. Mr. Padvi had recently resigned from Assembly as a mark of protest over the State government’s move to extend tribal benefits to the Dhangar community. In Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, rumours were afloat that party would exchange the seat with NCP which could extend support to Nilesh Rane of Maharashtra Swabhiman Party.last_img read more

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25 Nov
2019

(REOPENS DEL 39)

first_imgAsked about the competition in womens singles, Saina said there wont be any clear favourite for the gold medal. “I believe every player is there because they have the potential. Each game is going to be a tough game and each player will be a serious challenger. Li Xuerui, Tai Tzu Ying, Nozomi Okuhara, Ratchanok Intanon, Carolina Marin are all very good,” said the 2010 Commonwealth Games champion. “I think everyone is well prepared for the games. They have been doing well in the recent games and I am going to take each of my competitor seriously. The standard of competition raises every year but having said that I am very positive and confident about my performance.” It was at the Beijing Olympics when as a 18-year-old Saina had hogged the limelight after coming agonisingly close to winning a medal but eventually lost in the quarterfinals to Indonesias Maria Kristin Yulianti. Taking a walk down memory lane, Saina said it was a big breakthrough for her and it inspired many Indians to take up badminton. “It was an amazing experience of participating in Beijing Olympics, I was only 18 years old that time. Now people expect a lot because I feel I have inspired a new generation to take up badminton, especially girls. “Women power is certainly on the rise in badminton in India. Many more players are coming up now. It is a healthy sign and a good trend. We should have more cities producing more badminton players,” she said. “It was a breakthrough for me to enter the quarter-final stage at Beijing and I believe that it gave Indian badminton a massive facelift. Across the world, one generation of successful athletes inspires the next lot of champions. “It is a trend, and Beijing saw Indian badminton cash in on my story. From then, the pressure has been on me to perform and build on my success, and this proved to be a motivating factor in my career,” she explained. Saina, who was presented with a special Omega watch — the Official Timekeeper of the Olympics Games — as a good luck gesture at a recent event in Bangalore, also spoke about the role of the brand in time-keeping at Rio. “From the last 84 years OMEGA has fulfilled the prestigious role of Official Timekeeper at the Olympic Games. Under their watchful eye, records have been set and broken, history has been witnessed and legends have been made. No matter the year, the Olympic Games have always delivered a multitude of great moments in time,” she said. “Three one-thousandths of a second is less than 1/10th of a blink, less than 1/100th of a heartbeat. But if youre a speedskater, 0.003 seconds can be the difference between gold and silver. Theyre responsible for the record-keeping of pretty much every major international sports competition, from swimming to cycling to the biathlon. Olympic timings need to be precise to cater for close finishes and the latest technologies by Omega keep it fair.” PTI ATK KHS ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

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18 Nov
2019

Semenya feels sorry for Dutee, tells her to focus on training

first_img(EDS: Changing intro and headline) By Philem Dipak Singh London, Aug 8 (PTI) There is no one better than Caster Semenya who can relate to the plight of Dutee Chand and the South African says the Indian sprinter should focus more on training while describing the discussion on her gender test as “boring and nonsense”. Semenya, the Rio Olympics champion in women?s 800m, feels sorry for Chand since the Indian, just like her, is facing a gender test row. After winning the gold medal in the 2009 Berlin World Championships, questions were asked about Semenyas gender and she ended up spending 11 months on the sidelines. The IAAF conducted a verification process before reinstating her. Asked what she told Dutee when they met in Rio, Semenya said, “We did not talk much. We just exchanged ways and greetings and say how are you? That is it. She is a nice girl. She just needs to focus more on training and doing better for herself. I feel sorry for her, she is still young. But we are not the same, I do my things my own way.” The Hyperandrogenism Policy of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) bars female athletes with high levels of testosterone from competing on the ground that they have an unfair advantage over their peers. Dutee was banned by the Athletics Federation of India in 2014 under this policy but she challenged it in the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne in Switzerland. In July 2015, the CAS overturned the ban and also suspended Hyperandrogenism Policy for two years. The world?s top sports tribunal asked the IAAF to provide conclusive evidence to prove the policy. As the two year period ended last month, the IAAF has decided to go back to the CAS to submit fresh evidence. The hearing is expected towards the end of next month. Semenya won a bronze medal in the women?s 1500m on Monday at the ongoing World Championships and is favourite to win gold in the 800m race later this week. Semenya, 26, dismissed this talk of gender testing as ?boring? and ?nonsense?. “For me I have no time for this talk. It has been nearly nine years and it is boring. I focus on the future, not the past. For me it is quite boring if you keep on asking me about one question. There is nothing I can do, you have to understand that I am an athlete and I focus more on running and nothing else,? she said. When reminded that the IAAF is set to submit fresh evidence at the CAS and a favourable decision for IAAF could jeopardise her career, Semenya said, “I really don?t have time for nonsense. I do not think about something that might happen in eight months. I don?t focus on the IAAF.” “It?s their business. My business is to train hard and see what I come up with in competition. Those are the writings that I?ve been seeing since 2009. Sometimes you get annoyed or you get bored. Such situations are a waste of time for me.” PTI PDS AT BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

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17 Nov
2019

AFI apologises as tweet over Hima Das’s English skills sparks controversy

first_imgAthletics Federation of India (AFI) has issued an apology after commenting on Hima Das’s English-speaking skills on Twitter.AFI had posted a video on their Twitter account after Hima’s semi-final at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Finland two days back.”#HimaDas speking to media after her SF win at #iaaftampere2018 @iaaforg. Not so fluent in English but she gave her best there too. So proud of u #HimaDas Keep rocking & yeah,try ur best in final!,” AFI had captioned the video.How Hima Das compares with PT Usha and India’s other sprint queens#HimaDas speking to media after her SF win at #iaaftampere2018 @iaaforg Not so fluent in English but she gave her best there too. So proud of u #HimaDas Keep rocking & yeah,try ur best in final! @ioaindia @IndianOlympians @TejaswinShankar @PTI_News @StarSportsIndia @hotstartweets pic.twitter.com/N3PdEamJenAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018The Federation later posted an apology but also clarified that they didn’t mean to mock Hima’s English but were only trying to say that the sprinter is not scared of anything and takes on all kinds of challenges, be it on the track or off it.Hima Das’ parents offer prayers of gratitude as daughter creates historyTWEET ! , ! , ! , !Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 13, 2018, , DELETE ! ! , ! !Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 13, 2018Hima captured the imagination of the world after creating history by becoming the first Indian to win gold at a track event in ongoing World Championships on Thursday.Watch Hima Das run for glory and gold at Under-20 World AthleticsadvertisementCongratulating Das, AFI President Adille Sumariwalla said, “Very proud of Hima for creating history. It is one of the proudest moments of my life and for Indian athletics. Congratulations to Hima and her coaches, the government and SAI for their support to AFI.”Hima Das reacts after historic 400m gold: Thank you for the support, IndiaThe 18-year-old recorded a time of 51.46 seconds in the 400m race and joined the illustrious company of star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort. In fact, Das is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition.Sachin Tendulkar salutes golden girl Hima Das: Start of a new eraThe previous medal winners at the World Junior Championships were Seema Punia (bronze in discus in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in discus in 2014).pic.twitter.com/oLmmhuyD9eHima Das (@HimaDas8) July 13, 2018Hima Das dominates Twitter trends in India after historic gold medalDas is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition.Das was the favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 season leader in this quarter-mile event. Her rise has been nothing less than meteoric as she took up serious running only last year.Das had earlier clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast in April.Since then, she has gone on to improve her timings. She lowered the Indian U-20 record in 400m to 51.13 seconds while winning gold in the recent National Inter State Championships in Guwahati.last_img read more

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27 Oct
2019

Colin Cowherd Ranks Top 10 Coaches From SEC and Big Ten

first_imgColin Cowherd talking into a microphone.@theherd/twitterColin Cowherd ranked the top 10 coaches he would draft from the SEC and Big Ten.The battle between which conference is the best in college football wages on. The Big Ten and SEC are potentially the best conferences in college football, but which one is better? On his show, The Herd With Colin Cowherd, the host picked the 10 best college coaches from the SEC and Big ten.Cowherd’s take?He placed seven Big Ten coaches in his top 10, with just three coming from the SEC. The battle for the top spot came down to Alabama’s Nick Saban and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer. Alabama and Ohio State are the last two national champions, with Saban and Meyer leading their teams to the title.The Big Ten has better coaches than the SEC. pic.twitter.com/ZfLiLwFeGl— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 13, 2016Urban Meyer, Ohio StateNick Saban, AlabamaJim Harbaugh, MichiganMark Dantonio, Michigan StateKirk Ferentz, IowaKevin Sumlin, Texas A&MPat Fitzgerald, NorthwesternBret Bielema, ArkansasPaul Chryst, WisconsinMike Riley, NebraskaAccording to Cowherd, Meyer is the best coach in college football. It’s a tough decision between Meyer and Saban, although the Alabama head coach does have four national championships in the past seven years. Cowherd made the point that Meyer beat Saban in their last battle, and he does have a tendency to turn programs around quickly.The battle between the SEC and Big Ten wages on.last_img read more

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24 Oct
2019

Gener8 Has the Greenest Fleet Delivering in 2016

first_imgzoom As the public pressure mounts on reducing CO2 footprint across the board, the ship owners are investing heavily in greening up the global fleet. This is evident when taking a look at the fleet of ships being delivered next year, as over half of newbuilds, excluding small dry ships, feature eco engines.Gener8 Maritime has the biggest number of vessels joining the world fleet in 2016 that feature eco engines, according to the data provided by VesselsValue.Namely, the company has 16 vessels under construction, worth a total of USD 1.5 billion. In the top five group, Gener8 is followed by Bank of Communications with 12 vessels, Maran Gas Maritime and Eastern Pacific Shipping with 11 vessels each and UASC which has 8 eco vessels scheduled for delivery in 2016.With respect to countries with most prolific shipyards China maintains the lead, as 79% of its total delivery book of 836 ships is comprised by eco ships, totaling in 660 vessels. South Korea comes immediately after China with 344 ships, 87% of its orderbook of 394 ships and Japan, which has 145 eco ships slated for delivery in 2016, which is 45% of its 319 ships.In terms of ship types, percentage-wise, multigas ships take the lead as 100% of ships, out of the 4 ordered, feature eco engines.However, in terms of exact numbers, bulkers lead the way with 637 eco ships joining the fleet next year, out of a total of 805 vessels. Tankers occupy the second place with 345 eco ships, out of 481 slated for delivery next year, followed by boxships with 120 eco units, out of 167 joining the global fleet in 2016.Speaking of country owners, Greece is on top of the ladder with 204 eco ships, succeeded by China with 169, Norway with 119 ships and Singapore with 89 eco ships.World Maritime News Staff; Graph: VesselsValuelast_img read more

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16 Oct
2019

Janet Jackson Pens Letter From My Heart Her Intimate Message To Black

first_imgIn an ESSENCE cover story exclusive, music icon Janet Jackson pens a deeply intimate message to Black women for the magazine’s first-ever “Happiness” issue.Janet Jackson ESSENCE coverIn Letter From My Heart, the artist reveals herself like never before — connecting with the audience as she shares her personal journey to finding joy and happiness in her life.In the essay, Jackson shares with her “ESSENCE Sistas” some of the lessons she learned from her childhood to adulthood—including her early struggles with depression, low self-esteem and failed relationships to her eventual growth as an artist, discovery of peace and learning to “fully embrace God’s love.” She shares: In Her Childhood: “I was happy when my brothers came home from performing on the road. I was happy when my mother lavished me with love. But I wasn’t happy with the way I looked…” In Her Teens: “Happiness came when people asked me to perform…but I was happiest when I was pleasing others and not myself. An older and wiser Janet might have said, ‘True happiness is knowing you’re doing the best you can…’” In Her Thirties: “These were difficult years, when I struggled with depression. The struggle was intense. I could analyze the source of my depression forever. Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority. It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And of course there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism. Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way way through it…” Today, at 52: “Now the height of happiness is holding my baby son in my arms and hearing him coo, or when I look into his smiling eyes and watch him respond to my tenderness. When I kiss him. When I sing him softly to sleep. During those sacred times, happiness is everywhere. Happiness is in gratitude to God…”The gorgeous GRAMMY award-winning singer and actress, who was photographed with members of her J Tribe dancers in the background, stuns as she donned clothing and accessories from designers such as Zac Posen, Givenchy, Haider Ackermann, Azzi & Osta and more.For more on the July/August issue, which hits newsstands on June 22nd, or to purchase tickets for Janet’s upcoming ESSENCE Festival performance on Sunday, July 8th, visit ESSENCE.com.last_img read more

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12 Oct
2019

Housing sales down 5 in JanMar 2019 on changes in GST rates

first_imgNew Delhi: Housing sales dipped by 5 per cent to 75,706 units in nine major cities during January-March period because of transition in GST rates, according to a report by property brokerage firm PropTiger. The company, which is part of News Corp-backed Elara Technologies that also owns Housing.com and Makaan.com, Monday released its ‘Real Insight Report’ for Q4 2018-19 that tracks housing sales and new launches in nine major cities — Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Gurugram and Noida. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”Housing sales in India’s nine key property markets declined 5 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) and new project launches fell 32 per cent annually during Q4 2018-19,” the report said, adding that the unsold housing stock numbers declined by 10 per cent. PropTiger attributed the decline in home sales numbers to changes in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) transition rules. In contrast to PropTiger report, real estate consultant Anarock recently said housing sales rose by 58 per cent to 78,520 units in seven major cities during January- March period of 2019. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysData analytics firm PropEquity said sales saw a 5 per cent rise at 56,146 units during January-March 2019 over the year-ago quarter in the nine major cities. As per the PropTiger data, housing sales rose maximum in Hyderabad by 26 per cent at 7,059 units in the January-March quarter of 2019 from 5,618 units in the year-ago period. Gurugram witnessed 10 per cent rise in sales at 5,764 units from 5,220 units in the corresponding period of the previous year. Sales in Kolkata were up by 8 per cent at 3,623 units. Pune saw 5 per cent rise in sales at 14,348 units from 13,712 units during the period under the review, while Mumbai reported 4 per cent increase in sales at 23,718 units. However, housing sales declined by 23 per cent in Bengaluru to 8,402 units. Chennai, too, witnessed 13 per cent dip in sales at 4,197 units. Ahmedabad reported 10 per cent dip in sales at 4,739 units. The maximum fall in was in Noida, with sales dropping by 50 per cent at 3,856 units. “While there might not be any significant improvement in new launch and home sales numbers in the first quarter of 2019-20, things may start to change after the results of the Lok Sabha elections are announced. “In fact, as more clarity emerges pertaining to GST issues, these numbers might see improvement in the quarters that follow. Property rates would also see an upwards movement in the times to come,” Elara Technologies Group Chief Operating Officer Mani Rangarajan said. In late February, the GST Council decided to cut GST rate on affordable homes to 1 per cent from earlier 8 per cent. The GST on under-construction flats, which are not under the affordable housing segment, was reduced to 5 per cent from 12 per cent earlier. The new GST rates were made effective from April 1. The developers were also denied input tax credit.last_img read more

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12 Oct
2019

Rio Olympics 2016 Bulgarian Silvia Danekova Fails Drugs Test

Sofia – Bulgarian runner Silvia Danekova has tested positive for a banned substance in Rio. She has been temporarily suspended pending a B sample test.The 3,000-metre steeplechase athlete tested positive for banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) on her arrival in Brazil on July 26 to compete in the Olympic Games.The Bulgarian Olympic Committee’s Secretary General Belcho Goranov told reporters: “Unfortunately, we have a positive test.” He declined to name the competitor. The athletics programme at the Rio Olympics begins today.

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6 Oct
2019

UN electoral team arrives in Iraq

The announcement comes a week after UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan received letters from both Iraqi leaders and officials of the United States-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) requesting UN assistance with the transfer of sovereignty at the end of June as well as help with preparations for elections before the end of January 2005.In response, Mr. Annan said he would dispatch a team led by his Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi and the electoral assistance team as soon as possible.Earlier this week, the Security Council welcomed the Secretary-General’s decision to send the teams to Iraq and called on all parties in the country to cooperate with them.

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4 Oct
2019

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2013 5:30 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,337.59 down 143.79 points):Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down $2.06, or 8.24 per cent, at $22.94 on 10.48 million shares. The gold subgroup led the losers on the main index sliding nearly six per cent to 213.97 points as the price of the bullion tumbled US$63.50 to $1,501.40 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The big gold miner has been facing problems with its projects in Latin America.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 47 cents, or 6.83 per cent, at $6.41 on 8.79 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 96 cents, or 6.75 per cent at $13.27 on 7.70 million shares.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G). Miner. Down $1.44, or 4.57 per cent, at $30.07 on 5.66 million shares.Uranium One Inc. (TSX:UUU). Miner. Down two cents, or 0.71 per cent, at $2.78 on 5.43 million shares.Torex Gold Resources Inc. (TSX:TXG). Miner. Down eight cents, or 5.26 per cent, at $1.44 on 5.32 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (1,022.61 down 25.92 points):Petroamerica Oil Corp. (TSXV:PTA). Oil explorer. Down half a cent, or 1.69 per cent, at 29 cents on 5.92 million shares.Primary Petroleum Corp. (TSXV:PIE). Oil and gas. Unchanged at 6.5 cents on 4.66 million shares.Companies reporting major news:BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Up three cents, or 0.22 per cent, at $13.85 on 3.49 million shares. The smartphone maker is asking securities regulators in Canada and the United States to investigate comments made by investment firm Detwiler Fenton, which claims the company’s new touchscreen smartphones are being returned in unusually high numbers.Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL). Discount retailer. Up $3.59, or 5.55 per cent, at $68.23 on 956,861 shares. The discount chain boosted its dividend to 14 cents per share from 11 cents after reporting a big increase in fourth-quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates. Montreal-based Dollarama reported a profit of $77.1 million or $1.04 per diluted share versus $63.6 million or 84 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year. Sales rose nearly 20 per cent to $561.9 million, helped by an additional week in the quarter and new stores.Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B). Media and communications. Down 46 cents, or 1.87 per cent, at $24.20 on 1.08 million shares. The Calgary-based cable and media company earned $182 million, or 38 cents per share in the December-February period. That was up from $178 million, or 38 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier. Consolidated revenue totalled $1.25 billion, up 1.6 per cent from $1.23 billion. Shaw also increased its guidance for free cash flow for the year. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets read more

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2 Oct
2019

Spotlighting humanitys silent ally UN launches 2015 International Year of Soils

Food waste and composting Where food begins FAO estimates that a third of all soils are degraded, due to erosion, compaction, soil sealing, salinization, soil organic matter and nutrient depletion, acidification, pollution and other processes caused by unsustainable land management practices.Unless new approaches are adopted, the global amount of arable and productive land per person will in 2050 be only one-fourth of the level in 1960. It can take up to 1,000 years to form one centimetre of soil, and with 33 per cent of all global soil resources degraded and human pressures increasing, critical limits are being reached that make stewardship an urgent matter, Mr. Graziano da Silva said. Calling soils a “nearly forgotten resource,” he urged investment in sustainable soil management, saying that would be cheaper than restoration and “is needed for the achievement of food security and nutrition, climate change adaptation and mitigation and overall sustainable development.”Echoing that call, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that without healthy soils, “life on Earth would be unsustainable.” Indeed, soils are the foundation of agriculture. They provide vital ecosystem services and the basis for food, feed, fuel, fibre and medical products important for human well-being.“Soil is also the largest pool of organic carbon, which is essential for mitigating and adapting to climate change. In an era of water scarcity, soils are fundamental for its appropriate storage and distribution,” said Mr. Ban, urging all States to pledge to do more to protect this important yet forgotten resource. “A healthy life is not possible without healthy soils,” he declared.According to FAO, at least a quarter of the world’s biodiversity lives underground, where, for example, the earthworm is a giant alongside tiny organisms such as bacteria and fungi. Such organisms, including plant roots, act as the primary agents driving nutrient cycling and help plants by improving nutrient intake, in turn supporting above-ground biodiversity as well. Better management can assure that those usually unnoticed organisms boost soil’s ability to absorb carbon and mitigate desertification, so that even more carbon can be sequestered – helping offset agriculture’s own emissions of greenhouse gases. Marking the Year, FAO has implemented more than 120 soil-related projects around the world and produced together with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Soil Map. Among the most urgent priorities is to update, standardize and render accessible the world’s knowledge of soil types and distribution. Currently, data on soils is very often outdated, limited in coverage, and fragmented in nature. One of FAO’s priorities is to establish a global soil information system that could assist with reliable data decision-making regarding soil management. 95% of our food comes from our soil Healthy soils are the foundation for food, fuel, fibre and even medicine said the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today as it kicked off 2015 the International Year of Soils on the first-ever World Soil Day.Soils are also essential to our ecosystems, playing a key role in the carbon cycle, storing and filtering water, and improving resilience to floods and droughts, and yet we are not paying enough attention to this important “silent ally,” the UN agency explained. The International Year of Soils kicks off today at events in Rome, New York and Santiago de Chile, in an effort to raise awareness and promote more sustainable use of this critical resource.“Today, we have more than 805 million people facing hunger and malnutrition. Population growth will require an approximately increase of 60 per cent in food production,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva warned today. “Unfortunately, 33 per cent of our global soil resources are under degradation and human pressures on soils are reaching critical limits, reducing and sometimes eliminating essential soil functions,” he added. The UN General Assembly declared 5 December World Soil Dayin December 2013. The Day and Year kicks off today with events in Rome, New York and Santiago de Chile, in an effort to raise awareness and promote more sustainable use of this critical resource.“I invite all of us to take an active role in promoting the cause of soils during 2015 as it is an important year for paving the road towards a real sustainable development for all and by all,” Mr. Graziano da Silva said. read more

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25 Sep
2019

Windermere should create special ash scattering platform for Hindu funerals says religious

Mark Eccles, head of park management for the Lake District National Park, said “there’s usually nothing to stop you from having a ceremony” in national parks but anyone scattering ashes should ask the permission of the landowner.He added it was “fine to use water with some caveats”, according to the BBC.”For inland rivers or lakes, contact the local Environment Agency to check there is no nearby water supply, and try to avoid areas where people might be swimming, fishing or boating while you’re doing the ceremony.”You are allowed to scatter ashes at sea, but if it is within five miles of shore it is advisable to let the local Environment Agency know.Cremation and the place ashes are scattered are considered particularly important in Hinduism, with followers believing the ceremony is tied to the process of reincarnation.  At traditional holy sites such as the River Ganges, the ashes of around 100,000 bodies are thrown in every year. Less than a million Hindus currently live in the UK and the number of ceremonies at Windermere is likely to remain small, with one estimate placing the figure at around 10 per month.  Sunrise at WindermereCredit: joe daniel price Lake Windermere from Loughrigg Fell at Ambleside about 30 minutes before sunrise  But for followers of Swaminarayan Hinduism in particular, the site is becoming increasingly sacred.”For us, the lake is as holy as any river in India and we believe that it would have the same impact for my father’s final journey as [if] we [were] travelling to India and performing the rites there,” said Khushal Bhojani, who scattered his father’s ashes in Windermere last month, according to the Times of India. “Due to Swamibapa’s connection with this lake, a number of devotees started visiting it and also immersing their dear ones’ last remembrance. Now it is not just the followers of Swaminarayan sect but also [the] Hindu population at large that is following the tradition,” said the revered Hindu spritual leader, Acharya Purushottompriyadas Swami. The British Mountaineering Council has also raised concerns about the number of ashes scattering ceremonies taking place in the Lake District, whether religious or not. Rob Dyer, access and conservation officer for the BMC, said it was a widespread issue that was affecting local eco systems in some areas. “It is actually increasing the nutrient content of soil on some tops in the Lakes – and as a result common grasses are able to out-compete rare high mountain species, which rely on low nutrient soils that other species can’t survive in.” Windermere should create a special area for scattering ashes, a leading Hindu figure has said. The Lake District has become a surprise tourist attraction for followers of Swaminarayan sect, a rapidly growing group within Hinduism, after one of its key gurus, Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa, passed away following a boat ride on the lake in August 1979. Religious tradition dictates that the ashes of Hindus who die overseas should be scattered at holy sites such as Varanasi, Prayag and Haridwar on the banks of the River Ganges in India.But now some Swaminarayan Hindus in the north of England consider Windermere as sacred as the famous Indian sites.Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, called for a special gazebo building and altar style platform to be built on the banks of the lake. He urged the Environment Secretary Michael Gove and the Lake District National Park’s leaders to build a link road “so that grieving families and friends could gather and perform the last rituals properly, respectfully and peacefully”.Mr Zed told a conference in the US state of Nevada the UK government should “earnestly delve into developing this dedicated area for scattering cremated remains in view of substantial numbers of Hindu populace in England”.”Since Windermere Lake [is] becoming popular with Hindus for scattering the cremated remains of their loved ones; authorities should seriously look into creating a dedicated area along the Lake,” he said, offering “religious expertise” from Hindu scholars to design the structure. 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. read more

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20 Sep
2019

Kinect directement dans nos futures TV

first_imgKinect directement dans nos futures TVC’est ce qu’avance Thedaily.com, qui explique que Microsoft serait déjà en négociation avec les constructeurs Sony et Vizio pour intégrer la caméra Kinect directement dans leurs prochaines TV.Avec plus de 10 millions de ventes dans le monde, le Kinect est un beau succès. En venant concurrencer Nintendo et sa nouvelle façon de jouer avec la Wii (reconnaissance des mouvements à l’aide de manettes et d’un capteur), Microsoft amenait une nouveauté en supprimant totalement la manette. Le seul Kinect reconnaissait les mouvements du joueur. Mais l’idée a dépassé de très loin le monde du jeu vidéo (nous en parlions encore il y a peu). Dans celui de la télévision, son utilisation serait simple: Kinect servirait de télécommande et un simple geste suffirait donc pour changer de chaîne. On imagine que d’autres trouvailles verront le jour grâce à la caméra à tout faire de la firme de Redmond.Microsoft, qui a fait une percée dans le jeu vidéo à reconnaissance des mouvements, s’attaquerait donc à la télévision et marcherait ainsi sur les plates-bandes de Google, qui devrait sortir sa télé connectée dès 2012.Le 26 novembre 2011 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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15 Sep
2019

Bus loses control on I95 causes multivehicle crash

first_imgNo passengers were on the bus at the time.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) – Dramatic video captured a chaotic collision in Boynton Beach after a bus lost control on Interstate 95, Thursday morning.The Palm Tran bus’ two rear wheels came off while driving on the highSurveillance videos shows the bus driver lost control, veered into another lane and smashed into a pickup truck.The crash led to a chain reaction accident with a total of five vehicles involved.The bus driver did his best to maintain control, but slammed into a guardrail and then a light pole.The bus was also rear-ended.Two people, including the bus driver, were taken to the hospital. He has since been released. last_img read more

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15 Sep
2019

Man found stabbed to death in Miami Beach apartment

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a man was found dead in a MIami Beach apartment.Officers got the call Thursday morning regarding a crime near 14th Street and West Avenue. They found the dead man inside of an apartment with a stab wound.Police are asking for the public’s help to catch the attacker.If you have any information on this stabbing, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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14 Sep
2019

Face Up Strategy

first_imgAs a new publication, Arocha says Strategy’s cover lines were a tough area. “Cover blurbs have to play the part of ‘business’ when we fuse the business world with the creative world. They have to convey the magazine’s role as a business publication even when placed with a very artsy image.”The magazine’s second cover marks an initial venture into a world beyond concept covers. While the first issue “was to get us to the newsstand,” publisher Matt Pettoni says, the second cover “was to show readers who we really are.” DESIGNERS’ COMMENTS “The image is strong and clear, which gives it effectiveness, but the dark background color reduces the impact. The red of the lead cover line, ‘The King of Creative Marketing,’ is not legible on the reddish black background. ‘Hot Tips to Increase Income’ is a more effective pull than ‘How To Survive the Recession,’ and as such it should be the larger, more visible line. For business and financial titles there is an ongoing debate as to whether people or concepts make more effective covers. Concept covers are difficult to implement effectively issue after issue, but, when well done, tend to perform a little better. A person on a cover in this category can be effective if it is someone well known to the audience; if it is someone unknown, the impact is considerably diminished.” Linda Ruth | President | Publishers Single Copy Sales“The image is interesting. But the typography all seems to run together. The black bar at the bottom left cutting off his hand definitely isn’t helping the design. The biggest thing distracting me is the masthead and the tagline above it. It’s all very crowded and the two trademark symbols just aren’t needed.”Brian Taylor | Design Director | National Defense Magazine“I find this cover very difficult to understand. The ligature in the logotype is distracting. While I am sure this CEO’s look has something to do with the point he is proving, having your own logo on your clothes on a magazine cover doesn’t exactly say ‘creative marketing’ to me.”C. Winslow Taft, Jr. | Senior Art Director | Mental Floss Issue: November/December 2008Frequency: Bimonthly Launched: September/October 2008Circ: 20,000Editor: Mavian ArochaPublishing company: Strategy Magazine, LLCArt/Production Director: Emily Carmichael Who the heck is this guy? That’s what FOLIO: asked when initially seeing the November/December 2008 cover of Strategy, a business magazine tailored to young “Type A” MBAs. (The answer: a self-portrait of creative marketing CEO William Tincup.)Although November/December is only Strategy’s second issue, editor-in-chief Mavian Arocha has already worked to differentiate its cover from a typical business magazine. For its premiere issue, Strategy’s concept cover featured a hundred dollar bill wrapped around the fuse of a light bulb. While Arocha cites “amazing” feedback on this cover, the publication’s goal is to shy away from “‘always having to be about the light bulb.’ We want to do a 360-degree on the world of business and attract attention. Not so much in the business realm. We just really want people to pick it up.”Arocha credits cover model Tincup with the idea for the photo shoot. “I am a very big fan of self-portraits, so it’s an avenue I wanted to try. The photo shoot was wild and fun—and short. Once we previewed the image, we just knew.” Have a unique “cover” story? Contact FOLIO: Associate Editor Vanessa Voltolina.last_img read more

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11 Sep
2019

RMLD Invites Wilmington To FamilyFriendly Open House On October 11

first_imgREADING, MA — Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) is holding its Annual Public Power Week Open House on Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 3pm to 6pm, at the RMLD Garage (218 Ash Street, Reading).This free, fun and educational event features bucket truck rides, face painting, kids’ games and prizes, pumpkin decorating, a lineman dress-up activity for the kids, lineman demos, and an electric vehicle showcase.RMLD staff will provide education on electricity, electrical safety, and energy conservation, plus information about RMLD rebate and efficiency programs.The event also serves as a great opportunity for RMLD staff and customers to interact and build on an already positive relationship.Public Power Week is an annual event celebrated by not-for-profit, community owned electric utilities such as RMLD. Public power utilities take pride in providing safe, reliable, and affordable electricity to the local community.(NOTE: The above announcement is from RMLD.)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… RelatedSAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD Invites Customers To Attend Open House During National Public Power WeekIn “Community”Wilmington Residents Invited To RMLD’s Family-Friendly Open House On October 5In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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5 Sep
2019

Saddam Hussein at Ram temple A riveting Bengaluru story will kill your

first_imgSaddam Hussein of BengalurutwitterAt a time when the charged-up election campaign results in politicians stoking communal disharmony, a Muslim youth in Bengaluru has hogged the headlines by cleaning a Ram temple in the city ahead of Ram Navami.Saddam Hussein, 27, has been cleaning the Srirama Seva Mandali at Rajaji Nagar in the city for the past three years. And he does it with real devotion. Every year before Ram Navami, Hussein cleans the temple, which is visited by many devotees during the festivals.Hussein got the job through his employer Venkatesh Babu, who got appointed as one of the office bearers of the temple committee. Babu, who knew Hussein for many years, offered him the temple job.According to reports, Hussein plays an important role at the temple. He looks after the temple chariot, which is taken out in a procession across Rajaji Nagar on the occasion of Ramnavami. Not just Hussein, his mother Mehaboobi is also a part of the temple’s workforce. She helps in cleaning the vessels and does other jobs.Hussein said that no one has objected to his working at the temple. He says the work at the temple has only made him closer to the lord. “Everyone in the temple and my family appreciates my work and Hindu-Muslims are like brothers”, he said.”I am a Muslim by birth and have been working in the temple for the last 3 years. I feel good and it gives peace of mind. I take care of complete cleaning. No one has ever objected to it”, said Hussein, reports ANI.According to him, there are no issues between the Hindu and Muslim communities in the region and everyone lives in harmony. He adds that all the communal conflict is a creation of politics while common people remain peaceful. Even as another election season rekindles debate over  Ram Janmabhoomi and Babri Masjid Hussein goes about his job, spreading the message of unity in diversity.last_img read more

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3 Sep
2019

Rohingyas offer special prayers for safe return

first_imgRohingya Muslim refugees offer their Friday prayers at a mosque in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia district on 23 August 2019. Photo: AFPRohingya imams offered special prayers Friday for a safe return to their homeland ahead of the second anniversary of hundreds of thousands of the minority fleeing Myanmar to Bangladesh.Some 740,000 Rohingya from Myanmar’s Rakhine state escaped in August 2017 a military offensive, joining another 200,000 who had fled earlier persecution.Two years later they remain in vast refugee camps in Bangladesh refusing to go home until Myanmar guarantees their safety and gives them citizenship.The imam at the Khadijatul Kubra mosque in Kutupalong — the largest refugee settlement in the world — prayed to “soften up” the heart of the Myanmar government.”Let us go back home in peace,” Abdul Hakim said.Most of the displaced mostly Muslim minority left their homes clutching only what they could carry.Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a repatriation deal in 2017 but two attempts to start sending people back, in November and then again this week, failed as the refugees refused to go.In addition to security and citizenship guarantees, they also demanded that their fellow Rohingya Muslims held in Internally Displaced Personnel (IDP) camps in Myanmar be released.”We prayed to Allah to get justice for what has happened to us. We would like to go back home. But only when our demands are met. I prayed for that today,” refugee Safiul Alam told AFP.Rohingya Muslim refugees offer their Friday prayers at a mosque in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia district on 23 August 2019. Photo: AFPThe imam also asked the devotees to join a major rally to be held on Sunday in the camp to mark the second anniversary of their arrival.”We, once again, will peacefully tell the world our demands,” he said.The Rohingya are not recognised as an official minority by Myanmar, which considers them Bengali interlopers despite many families having lived in the country for generations.Rohingya Muslim refugees offer their Friday prayers at a mosque in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia district on 23 August 2019. Photo: AFPUN investigators say the 2017 violence warrants the prosecution of top generals for “genocide” and the International Criminal Court has started a preliminary probe.”Myanmar has yet to address the systematic persecution and violence against the Rohingya,” Human Rights Watch said Thursday. “So refugees have every reason to fear for their safety if they return.”last_img read more

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