Meghalaya-Myanmar highway project may start next month

first_img(Eds: Upgrading) Mumbai, May 30 (PTI) Work on the highway from Meghalaya to Myanmar is likely to start next month as part of the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral pact, Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said today. “We will probably start work on Meghalaya to Myanmar project from next month. The cost of the project is Rs 5,000 crore,” Gadkari told reporters today on the sidelines of a programme here. India, Thailand and Myanmar are working on a 1,400 km long highway that would link the country with Southeast Asia by land, which would give a boost to trade, business, health, education and tourism among the countries. Addressing a meet on the green ports and oil spill management” here, Gadkari said the government is planning a waterway connectivity up to Myanmar via Bangladesh using Brahmaputra river. “Waterways are more cost effective than roads and railways and so any goods required to be traded to Myanmar or Bangladesh could be done in a very cost effective manner. This will finish before 2018,” he said. With the Cabinet approving Rs 2,000 crore from a central fund for development of water transport, operationalising at least 10 of the 111 national waterways by next year is on top of the governments agenda. Massive work worth Rs 5,000 crore is already underway on Ganga (1,620 km), with World Bank assistance, which is the National Waterway No 1. The work includes development of three multi-modal hubs at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Haldia in West Bengal and Sahebganj in Bihar. Pitching for environment-friendly initiatives, Gadkari said that the country could be flooded with electric commercial and passenger vehicles by December as a move to curb dependence on crude oil and cut emissions. He noted that India needs to encourage electric as well as bio-diesel and ethanol-fuelled vehicles. On concerns on lack of infrastructure for charging electric vehicles, the minister said “the technology is there and if we have more vehicles we will get more charging stations.” Nagpur has earned the distinction of becoming the countrys first city with a fleet of 200 electric vehicles, including taxis, buses, e-rickshaw and autos. Gadkari also suggested that shipping corporations should explore use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative source of fuel to save on costs. The minister also said he would discuss lowering the goods and services tax (GST) rates on hybrid vehicles with the finance ministry. Under the GST rates, hybrid cars, which are considered eco-friendly, are slated to attract a 15 per cent cess over and above peak rate of 28 per cent, same as those of large luxury cars and sports utility vehicles (SUVs). PTI SSM GK NM MRadvertisementlast_img read more

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Hockey World League, Semi-Final: India rout Pakistan 7-1 to enter quarters

first_imgPenalty corner specialist Harmanpreet Singh and forwards Talwinder Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored a brace apiece as India flayed Pakistan 7-1 in a Pool B clash to storm into the quarter-finals of the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi Final here on Sunday.Harmanpreet (13th and 33rd minutes), Talwinder (21st and 24th) and Akashdeep Singh (47th and 58th) ripped apart Pakistan’s defence. Pardeep Mor (49th) too contributed a goal for India.Coming into the match, four-time world champions Pakistan had conceded four and six goals in consecutive losses to the Netherlands and Canada, respectively. India further exposed Pakistan’s weaknesses in their team’s structure in a match that had chances galore for both the teams right from the start. But it were India who capitalised on most of them.Pakistan got the first opportunity of the match in the third minute when a counter-attack from the right flank saw Indian goalkeeper Vikash Dahiya at the mercy of Ajaz Ahmad but the latter flicked wide of the far post.Akashdeep then was in with a chance to break the deadlock but his soft hit from close range was easily blocked by goalkeeper Amjad Ali.Then drag-flicks from both Pakistan’s Muhammad Aleem Bilal and India’s Harmanpreet Singh went wide.Pardeep Mor earned a penalty corner in the 13th minute and Harmanpreet came up with a grounder to beat Ali on the latter’s right to give the 1-0 crucial lead.India, having scored the opening goal, seemed to ease their nerves and they played smooth and fluent hockey thereafter. The way they did the build-up play through the back and midfield unsettled Pakistan and the latter ran out of patience.advertisementIt resulted in two quick field goals through Talwinder in the 21st and 24th minutes. The first one was a brilliant team goal, as a Mandeep’s cut-back from the left byline to S.V. Sunil, stationed in front of the goal, saw him drive the ball to a waiting and unmarked Talwinder at the far post, who just had to tap it in. Three minutes later, Talwinder dinked past goalkeeper Ali from the right to make it 3-0.Harmanpreet’s second goal, an unchallenged drag-flick three minutes after the half-time break, gave India a handsome 4-0 lead, putting the game beyond doubt.Trailing by four goals, Pakistan showed some resilience and tested Indian goalkeeper Akash Chikte but the Indian didn’t allow their citadel to be breached and instead pounded two more goals through Akashdeep and Mor to complete the successful outing.Muhammad Umar Butta (57th) scored a consolation goal for Pakistan.With this win, India moved to the top spot with nine points, while their neighbours are yet to open their account.last_img read more

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Africa’s youngest billionaire free 9 days after abduction

first_imgDar Es Salaam(Tanzania), Oct 20 (AP) The man described as Africa’s youngest billionaire said Saturday he is free more than a week after his abduction from a luxury hotel in Tanzania’s commercial capital, while police suggested his captors came from South Africa. “I thank Allah that I have returned home safely,” said a statement released by the 43-year-old Mohammed Dewji’s foundation. It did not give details about the October 11 abduction or what led to his release but thanked police for working for his safe return. Dewji, while arriving at the hotel for a workout, had been seized by two masked gunmen who fired into the air before driving away. Regional authorities have said two white men were seen on surveillance video, and they tightened controls at border posts and airports. “We got information that the abductors used the same car that was used to seize him at the Colosseum Hotel and dumped him at gymkhana (sports facility) grounds,” Dar es Salaam Regional Police Chief Lazaro Mambosasa said on Saturday. “We found him there physically fit, and we suspect that the abductors are South Africans because he said they were communicating in one of the vernacular from that country.” The inspector general of police, Simon Sirro, later told reporters that the captors had demanded a ransom but he didn’t divulge the amount or say whether it was paid. Police seized the vehicle along with an AK-47 assault rifle, two pistols and several rounds of ammunition, Sirro said. The captors had tried to burn the vehicle after dumping the billionaire, he added.advertisement Tanzania’s Environment Minister January Makamba, in a statement posted on Twitter, said he had spoken with Dewji and “he’s the usual Mo. So he is okay.” Forbes magazine in 2016 put Dewji’s wealth at USD 1.5 billion. (AP) SMJSMJlast_img read more

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Scott Frost Updates Status Of Maurice Washington’s Legal Issues

first_img “We’re going to wait and see how it all turns out with Maurice,” Frost said Thursday at Big Ten Media Days. “He’s been doing a pretty good job in the weight room with the team. We won’t make any decisions on status or anything until we know his legal problems are over.Here is the video from Frost’s press conference:Nebraska head coach Scott Frost on the status of sophomore I-Back Maurice Washington:”We’re going to wait and see how it all turns out.” #Huskers pic.twitter.com/b1SaiLpCQC— Kevin Sjuts (@kevinsjuts) July 18, 2019Nebraska is expected to be pretty competitive in the second year under Frost. However, any absence from Washington could affect the team’s offensive production.Washington had 455 rushing yards and four total touchdowns last season. He is supposed to be the primary running back for the Cornhuskers this upcoming season.Stay tuned for the latest. Scott Frost coaches against Illinois in a Big Ten game.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches first half action against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Although the upcoming season is almost here for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the status of running back Maurice Washington is still up in the air. Scott Frost is hopeful that he’ll have his best tailback available, but there isn’t any indication he’ll be suiting up for Week 1.Frost enters next season with high expectations. During his time at UCF, he led the program to an undefeated season in just his second year.The Cornhuskers have a bunch of playmakers returning for this season, yet the uncertainty surrounding Washington could present a challenge for the offense. He is currently facing two legal charges after allegedly sending a sexually explicit video to a former girlfriend.One of the biggest questions this week at Big Ten Media Days was when Nebraska expects Washington to return. Frost didn’t have a definitive answer.last_img read more

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ESPN Releases Its New Top 25 Following Week 5

first_imgJustin Fields warms up before game at Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 28: Quarterback Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)ESPN has updated its college football top 25 rankings following the fifth full weekend of the 2019 college football season.Week 5 didn’t feature any big upsets, though No. 1 Clemson was nearly knocked off on the road by North Carolina. The Tigers stopped a game-winning two-point conversion attempt by the Tar Heels late in the fourth quarter.Ohio State was probably the most-impressive team of the weekend, as the Buckeyes shellacked Nebraska, 48-7, in Lincoln.ESPN’s Football Power Index has since updated its top 25 rankings:AlabamaOhio StateClemsonGeorgiaOklahomaLSUAuburnPenn StateNotre DameOregonWisconsinFloridaWashingtonMichiganMichigan StateTexas A&MIowaUtahMissouriUCFTexasOklahoma StateUSCIowa StateMississippi StateThe official new polls will be out later today.The new Coaches’ Poll comes out at noon E.T. and the new AP Poll is out at 2 p.m. E.T.last_img read more

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Gulmarg gears up as tourists throng to celebrate New Year 2019

first_imgOther Videos from India 04:04 Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 2 school buildings set ablaze by terrorists in Kashmir in last 48 hours 01:18 Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 India, Pakistan sign Kartarpur Corridor agreement 01:12 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Money laundering case: Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar released from Tihar Jail 11:44 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Difficult to define motive at this stage: UP DGP OP Singh on terror angle in Kamlesh Tiwari murder case 00:42 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi Express catches fire, no casualty reported 04:50 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Modi govt hikes MSP of rabi crops from 50 per cent to 109 per cent 02:31 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 ED likely to initiate probe against self-styled godman Kalki Bhagwan 03:31 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar granted bail in money laundering case Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

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Humboldt Broncos player joins his hometown Saskatoon Blades as coaching assistant

first_imgSASKATOON – One of the Humboldt Broncos hockey players injured in a bus crash that killed 16 people has joined his hometown Western Hockey League team as an assistant to the coaches.The Saskatoon Blades say in a news release that Xavier Labelle, who is 18, has joined the major junior team as a hockey operations assistant.Labelle suffered a fractured skill, a concussion, internal bleeding and 20 broken bones on April 6 when a transport truck collided with the junior hockey team’s bus in Saskatchewan.Ten of his teammates died, and he was one of the 13 who were injured.The team says Labelle, who spent the past two seasons with the Broncos, had attended Blades training camp in 2014, 2015 and 2016.He graduated from high school at the end of June and joined the Blades hockey operations staff prior to this year’s training camp in August.It was initially thought that Labelle had died in the crash, but it turned out he had been mixed up with another player.His family has said they hold no ill will about the error.In the Blades news release, Labelle said he was approached by the team when he was still in hospital recovering from the crash.“Of course, I jumped at the opportunity,” he said. “I thought it would be great to remain involved in the game. I never really thought about coaching but being here around the staff and seeing what goes into this side of a team, it’s definitely piqued my interest.”The team says Labelle will start by helping coaches with reviewing game footage, but he’s expected to take on more responsibilities going forward.“I just started thinking about the boy and what we could do for him, and how we could help him,” said Blades general manager Colin Priestner. “We discussed the different opportunities, where his comfort level was, and it became quite clear he wanted to remain involved in the hockey operations.”The team says Labelle will also have a role in the Blades’ pre-game tribute to the Broncos in their home opener on Sept. 22.last_img read more

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Esteemed Americans Come Together For 35th Anniversary Of Vietnam Veterans Memorial

first_imgThe Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is commemorating the 35th anniversary of The Wall in 2017 and an esteemed group of Americans, led by The Honorable Chuck Hagel, 24th Secretary of Defense and Vietnam veteran, have come together to form the 35th Anniversary of The Wall committee to help commemorate this milestone.VVMF will host a series of events in Washington, D.C. in the week leading up to Veterans Day in November to honor and remember the service and sacrifice of those who served in Vietnam and their families.“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the perfect tribute and a fitting reminder of that divisive war and its enormous human cost to our country,” said American entrepreneur, philanthropist and Vietnam veteran Bob Parsons. “Many of us who served in Vietnam and made it back received either a rude or no reception. Be that as it may, our 58,000 plus brothers and sisters whose names are inscribed on The Wall, are memorialized here, always ready and waiting to whisper to us in a solemn and perfect way ‘Welcome Home!’”“I am so honored to be back to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial,” said Ann-Margret, award-winning actress and entertainer. “In 1966 & 1968 I went to Vietnam to entertain our troops and I can never put into words what those experiences were like. I will never forget the courage, the strength, the heroism of those brave men & women. May we never forget the debt that we owe to those courageous & honorable people of our military that allow the rest of us to be free in this county that we love.”“As a Vietnam veteran, it’s important to me that we never forget those who served and especially those who sacrificed everything and didn’t make it home. This committee has come together to commemorate this 35th anniversary milestone and to honor the more than 58,000 service members on The Wall and all our nation’s Vietnam veterans,” said Chuck Hagel, 24th Secretary of Defense and Chairman, 35th Anniversary of The Wall Honorary Committee.The Vietnam Veterans Memorial began with a promise to never forget the names of the more than 58,000 service members who sacrificed all in Vietnam and to honor all those who served in the Vietnam War. It has become one of the most-visited memorials in America with nearly 5.6 million visitors each year. The Wall was dedicated in November 1982 and gave Vietnam veterans a tangible symbol of recognition from the American people for their service.“As we commemorate the 35th anniversary of The Wall, we’re asking all Americans to ‘keep the promise’ that was made 35 years ago to never forget the service and sacrifice of our Vietnam veterans,” said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of VVMF, the nonprofit organization that founded the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.“The Vietnam War on PBS has brought new attention to the Vietnam War, The Wall and our Vietnam veterans and we hope that all Americans will join us as we honor all those who served in Vietnam.”The 35th anniversary of The Wall committee includes:Chair – The Honorable Chuck Hagel, 24th U.S. Secretary of Defense 
The Honorable Colin Powell, 65th U.S. Secretary of State The Honorable Tom Ridge, 1st U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security The Honorable Eric Shinseki, 7th U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs The Honorable Richard Armitage, 13th US Deputy Secretary of State The Honorable Max Cleland, Former U.S. Senator (D-Ga) The Honorable Bob Kerrey, Former U.S. Senator (D- Ne) and 35th Governor of Nebraska The Honorable Chuck Robb, Former U.S. Senator (D-Va) and 64th Governor of Virginia 
General Peter Pace, 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General George W. Casey, Jr., 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army General Barry McCaffrey, Former Director of the White House National Drug Control Policy 
Alan Buckelew, Chief Information Officer, Carnival Corporation Henry Cisneros, Principal, Siebert, Cisneros, Shank & Co., LLC Edward B. Cody, Chairman, Board of Directors, PenFed Credit Union Tom Hagel, Professor Emeritus, University of Dayton School of Law Red McCombs, Founder, Red McCombs Automotive Group Bill Murdy, Civilian Aide to the Sec. of the Army and Chairman, Thayer Hotel Group Bob Parsons, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Founder and CEO of YAM Worldwide Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President and CEO, FedEx Corporation Ken Stinson, Chairman Emeritus, Kiewit, Inc. 
Ann-Margret, Award-winning Actress/Entertainer Jimmy Buffett, Entertainer/Humanitarian Gary Sinise, Actor/HumanitarianThe 35th anniversary of The Wall will be commemorated at several events this November. • November 7 – 10, 2017 – The Reading of the Names • November 10, 2017 – A reception honoring Maya Lin, the designer of The Wall • November 11, 2017 – A breakfast with Lynn Novick, co-director of The Vietnam War • November 11, 2017 –Veterans Day observance at The WallThe Reading of the Names is a special event that has only taken place five other times in The Wall’s history. For 65 hours over a four-day period leading up to Veterans Day, volunteers will read the names of each of the more than 58,000 service members listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.VVMF will honor Maya Lin, the designer of The Wall, at a special reception on Friday, November 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at The Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. More information can be found and tickets can be ordered at www.vvmf.org/maya.VVMF will host a breakfast with Lynn Novick at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, November 11 at 9:30 a.m. More information can be found and tickets can be ordered at www.vvmf.org/novick.The annual Veterans Day Observance at The Wall will be held at 1:00 p.m. on November 11th. Chuck Hagel will deliver the keynote address and Maya Lin will provide special remarks. Guests can register for individual or group seating at : www.vvmf.org/2017-veterans-day-RSVP.To learn more about all of these events, please visit: www.thewall35.org/eventsVVMF couldn’t hold these commemorative events without its generous sponsors. Sponsors for the 35th Anniversary of The Wall include: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Alan Buckelew, William F. Murdy, The Land of The Free Foundation, PenFed Credit Union, USAA, and Wells Fargo.To learn more about the 35th anniversary and how to ‘keep the promise,’ visit www.vvmf.org to find ways to get involved and honor Vietnam veterans including: visiting The Wall in Washington, D.C. or VVMF’s mobile replica, The Wall That Heals; posting a photo or remembrance to VVMF’s Wall of Faces; or nominating a Vietnam veteran who returned but later died of service-connected illness for the In Memory program.The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is the nonprofit organization that founded the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C. in 1982. VVMF continues to lead the way in paying tribute to our nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families. VVMF’s mission is to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era. To learn more about VVMF, visit www.vvmf.org or call 202-393-0090.last_img read more

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Gucci owner Kering fined 17 bn for dodging taxes

first_imgRome: The owner of Italian fashion giant Gucci is set to pay a record fine of nearly 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in a tax evasion case, according to media reports Friday. “Lawyers are still negotiating with the tax authorities over a few hundred million euros, but the fine that the (French luxury) Kering group is about to pay is the highest (in Italy),” the La Stampa newspaper said. “It’s a cheque for nearly 1.5 billion euros,” it added. It follows a probe by Milan’s public prosecutor into the fashion house on suspicion of declaring several years worth of Italian sales in Switzerland, thereby saving around 1.3 billion euros in domestic tax. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalKering is expected to sign an agreement on the amount due on May 2, according to the financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. “At this stage, no agreement has been reached on any specific amount,” the French group said. Earlier this year, Kering said it faced a claim for 1.4 billion euros in unpaid Italian taxes, adding it contested the preliminary findings. The group has consistently denied avoiding tax, saying its activities were fully compliant with all tax obligations. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe company’s Swiss-based Luxury Goods International (LGI) subsidiary has been under investigation for allegedly avoiding tax on earnings generated elsewhere. Most of the allegations centre on Gucci, whose offices in Milan and Florence were raided by Italian police in late 2017. In November, Milan prosecutors wrapped up their probe into alleged tax evasion of more than 1 billion euros by Gucci for revenues booked in the years between 2010 and 2016. The prosecutors say that revenues booked through LGI should be taxed in Italy and not in Switzerland. By agreeing to a settlement, Kering would be spared from having to pay interest and sanctions for late tax payments, which one source said would have added around 500 million euros to the final bill. Gucci’s Chief Executive Marco Bizzarri and former CEO Patrizio Di Marco are under investigation in the case. That investigation is expected to conclude with a separate settlement once the agreement on the tax dispute has been signed, one of the sources added. Lawyers for Bizzarri and Di Marco declined to comment.last_img read more

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Ducky day in Vittoria

Martin Wernaart knows the secret life of birds and it’s all to do with a simple aluminum band around their legs.“It tells us everything – where do they go? Where do they come from? How old are they? All of this from a little thing around their leg.”Wernaart, who has banded thousands of birds over the years, demonstrated the practice on the Delta Waterfowl property near Vittoria on Saturday as part of Duck Day, an event that drew at least 200 people.Wernaart knows just how to trap the ducks for banding with a bit of corn bait and a simple trap they can swim into but find it difficult to exit. He brought some of the most common ducks from this area to the banding demonstration and showed them off to an interested audience of kids and parents.“See? This is a male mallard but it’s so young, it doesn’t have a green head yet,” Wernaart said, showing the bird around to the crowd.After clipping the painless band to the bird’s leg, Wernaart confidently hands the duck to a youngster with instructions on how to throw the bird into the air to release it, and the delighted child lets the mallard fly off over the clearing.The band number was carefully recorded, along with the bird’s type, sex and location.Wernaart’s bands – and all those done by dozens of other area banders – track the birds and help moderate the number of ducks that can be hunted.“The idea is to maintain the population,” says Wernaart. “If the number of a certain type of ducks goes down, you can’t shoot anymore.”The bands – which are to be reported to the North American Bird Banding Program – go on all sorts of birds and provide data that helps researchers monitor the various populations. Estimates are that almost one million birds are banded each year in Canada and the United States, only about 10 per cent of the bands are recovered.“Some of these ducks breed in Alberta, fly over the Great Lakes area here and will end up in places like South America or Cuba,” said Wernaart. “That’s a very long trip.”Along with banding birds, Wernaart has also worked for several southern Ontario communities as a sort of bird wrangler – urging along gangs of nuisance crows or trapping and moving Canada geese that have lost their flight feathers.Bird banding was just one of the demonstrations at Duck Day.Organizer Maya Basdeo, the Ontario waterfowl programs manager for Delta Waterfowl, said the event was double the size of last year’s Duck Day.“We have a dog training demonstration and lots of puppies here,” said Basdeo. “Our pellet gun shooting range is much improved from last year and we have lots of prizes for the kids.“It’s been a great turnout and it’s not over yet.”The family-friendly event also featured duck decoy painting and a duck calling demonstration where kids could learn to call the birds.Duck hunter Mark Leuwerier, his young son Blake and several of Blake’s cousins were at the event taking in all the aspects.“So far we’ve shot pellet guns, watched the puppy show, bought some decoys and now we’re eating. After this we’re getting ice cream and then going to paint some decoys.”Leuwerier said he believes the Delta Waterfowl program represents safety and conservation efforts and those are things he wants to teach his son.“My father trained me and I want to be able to train my son too. I want to pass on that tradition.”Delta has 40 acres on lease on Turkey Point Road near Vittoria where it can host conferences, run education programs and support the local bird populationSGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble read more

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Worlds migrant population hits 175 million UN reports

International Migration 2002, a new wall chart produced by the UN Population Division, shows that 56 million migrants live Europe, 50 million in Asia, and 41 million in Northern America. Some 40 per cent of all migrants live in the less developed regions. Almost one of every 10 persons living in the developed countries is a migrant, while nearly one of every 70 persons in developing countries is a migrant. Despite this disparity, developed and developing countries are strikingly similar in their views and policies concerning levels of emigration, according to the chart. About three quarters of both developed and developing countries view their level of emigration as satisfactory. In contrast, one in five countries have policies in place to lower levels of emigration. Joseph Chamie, the Director of the Population Division, said governments are putting out two fundamental and often conflicting messages. “The first is ‘Help Wanted,’ asking for migrants to come in… from computer programmers and nurses to janitors and fruit pickers,” he said. “The second message that comes across is ‘Keep Out.’ Societies are increasingly concerned about the number and proportion of migrants – who’s coming in, what are they doing, how are they affecting my job, what languages are they speaking, what faiths are they professing?” Three decades ago, 6 or 7 per cent of all governments had policies to restrict emigration. “That per cent today is 40 per cent,” he noted. The growing concern about terrorist attacks has fuelled worries about “who is coming in, who is staying, and what are they doing,” Mr. Chamie added. Stressing the financial component of international migration, he said through the movement of workers across borders, “enormous amounts of money are being transferred.” The annual amount of remittances to developing countries from foreign workers is estimated at $50 billion. read more

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Honduras risks becoming lawless killing zone for human rights defenders – UN

UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst’s appeal came after the killing of yet another outspoken leader of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations Honduras (COPINH), Nelson García, reportedly occurred on 15 March.Earlier this month, Berta Cáceres, COPINH founder, prominent indigenous leader and environmental and women human rights defender, was slain.García was allegedly killed shortly after he had witnessed a forced eviction carried out by security forces in the Río Lindo area, South of San Pedro Sula. “This new tragedy points once again to major faults in the protection of rights defenders in the country,” Mr. Forst said in a press release.“Amid unrelenting attacks against environmental and indigenous defenders, it is high time the Honduran authorities take concrete steps to ensure safety for all human rights defenders in the country, and their families,” he stressed, recalling States’ obligation to guarantee security and protection for all human rights defender or activists within its borders.“I urge the Honduran Government to publicly condemn the assassination of Nelson García and ensure an immediate, independent and impartial investigation into his death,” he said. “This cycle of violence will only stop when impunity is addressed and perpetrators of such attacks are put to justice.”According to numerous reports received by the special rapporteur, Honduras has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world for human rights defenders, particularly those promoting rights related to environment and land issues.On 5 March, after the death of Berta Cáceres, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights decided to call for precautionary measures for all members of COPINH as they were suffering an escalation of threats and harassment. “However, this has regrettably not prevented Mr. García’s murder,” Mr. Forst concluded.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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Egypts oldest pyramid saved by engineers from Newport

Mr James described how his team had tackled the project, painstakingly clearing the rubble, fixing stainless steel “anchors” into the crumbling walls and repointing the ancient brickwork.He said Egyptians had dug some 29 metres underground to bury the sarcophagus in an eight-metre squared burial chamber, which had been in a state of collapse for some 2,000 years.“The longest stone they had at the time was 2.8m so they used palm trees as beams,” he told the Telegraph.“All of the extra weight was put on them and as they dried out they bent and flexed and eventually broke under the weight.“So from being a flat ceiling it became an inverted hanging stone. No one has been allowed inside it for decades.” British structural experts were hired to shore up the pyramid  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. But the ancient sarcophagus, buried below up to 200 tonnes of debris, was empty – the mummy thought to have been looted by builders hundreds of years ago. Among the materials found to have been used in antiquity was the lid of a coffin, covered with instructions on how to get to the afterlife.“It was just being held together by loose stone, mud and friction,” Mr James added.“For the workers it was like a giant game of Kerplunk – tonnes of it could have fallen on your head.”The company has developed technology used to contain IEDs which consists of self-inflating water-filled bags, which were also used to support the structure. Giant air bags were used to hold the structure in place before more than 100 steel rods were inserted Giant air bags were used to hold the structure in place before more than 100 steel rods were insertedCredit:WALES NEWS SERVICE When the team discovered a chimney, incorporated to allow the Pharaoh’s spirit to gain access to the stars, they carefully restored it before covering the opening with mesh to, which pleased the locals as the spirits could still pass through it.When the work was complete, the Egyptians painted small dots on the walls to indicate where each of the anchors were placed.“It’s quite tidy now,” said Mr James. “It’s like an inverted spotted dick or pin cushion.” British structural experts were hired to shore up the pyramid Credit:WALES NEWS SERVICE Egypt’s oldest pyramid has been saved from ruin by a group of British engineers, who likened the challenge to a “massive game of Kerplunk”.The step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara, known as the step pyramid, had been unstable since a massive earthquake in 1992 and was in danger of collapse at any moment.To the rescue came an unlikely team of saviours from Newport, south Wales, who inadvertently uncovered a sarcophagus buried deep under debris in its burial chamber.Cintec, founded by Peter James, won the £1.8million contract due to the unique methods it has developed restoring historic buildings, including Windsor Castle, the White House and the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem as well as several projects in Egypt.Over a period of almost a decade, with a three year hiatus due to the Arab Spring, the team has managed to stabilise the 62-metre high pyramid on the Nile’s west bank near Cairo, using giant airbags and some wire mesh left over from a previous project at Westminster Abbey.During the course of their work, the team came across the resting place of Pharaoh Djoser, who ruled around 2700 BC, deep within a partially collapsed eight-metre squared burial chamber. read more

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Four decades of Struga tournament – Two European champions among the winners

Four decades of International Handball Tournament in Struga (Macedonia) brought a lof of great handball and also teams who were the winners. Among them two two most successful were domestic teams RK Vardar (12 times winner) and RK Pelister (11). These teams are the most succesful teams in Macedonian history with RK Metalurg, who won the tournament only once last year – 2012.Also two European club’s champions RK Metaloplastika and RK Borac Banja Luka are among the Struga winnersHere are the list of the Struga winners:RK Vardar 12RK Pelister 11RK Borac (Banja Luka) 4RK Metaloplastika 4T. K. Brend 3RK Železničar Niš 2V. V. Tikveš 1Aski Ankara 1Priština 1RK Metalurg 1 Handball tournamentsStruga 2013 ← Previous Story Handball madness in BiH – Over 15000 fans in three hall last night! Next Story → Junior WCh 2013: Croatia, Germany, Sweden and Slovenia still 100%! read more

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California Briefly Met 50 Of Its Energy Needs With Solar Last Month

first_imgStay on target UPS Delivers Parcels in Pittsburgh With Three-wheeled e-BikesA Giant Panda Is Now Producing 50MW Of Solar Power California laid out plans to produce 33% of its power using solar panels by 2020… and ramp that up to 50% by 2030. It looks like they might be a little ahead of schedule.Last month, California crossed the 50% mark. Now, there’s a colossal asterisk next to that percentage. It only happened on a single day and only for a three-hour period of time. There are many, may more hours in the month to go… but this is still a major milestone in California’s march toward a renewable future.According to the state’s most recent figures, there are already well over half a million solar installations in California. In total, they’re supplying just short of 5,200Mw of power.A number of factors have driven California’s explosive solar capacity growth. The rapidly dropping price per watt of solar panels has certainly helped. California also has a number of solar initiatives in place, like the Multi- and Single-family Affordable Solar Housing Program as well as aggressive rebates.It also helps that companies like Tesla are bringing innovative new solar products to consumers on a regular basis. After revealing their slate-look solar shingles, the company came back with a sleek new 325-watt panel.Though it currently provides less than 1% of all power, solar is growing like crazy in the U.S. right now. In fact, only one country — China — posted faster growth. In 2016, new installations in the States added about 14.8 gigawatts of generating capacity.The complete renewables picture looks even better. Around 15% of the nation’s power is coming from renewable sources right now.last_img read more

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Schick denies exit rumors

first_imgAS Roma forward Patrik Schick has rubbished rumors linking him with a loan move in January, saying “I want to show my worth”.Schick joined AS Roma in 2017 on a temporary deal for a loan fee of €5 million, with a conditional obligation to buy the player.The 22-year-old has failed to make an impact at the Giallorossi having made just 6 appearances and scored one goal this season.His lack of game time and form has led to speculations about his future and the latest transfer gossip has him being shipped out on loan in the January transfer window.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“It’s just conjecture,” Schick insisted, speaking to reporters at the Czech Republic training camp, as cited by Football Italia.“I’m still convinced of wanting to show my worth and make it with the Giallorossi.“I’m happy to have scored my first league goal [against Samp] and now I’m sure I’ll get more chances.“I need to play more, I’m lacking minutes.”last_img read more

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Editors Share Twitter Best Practices

first_imgJessica Lillian, editor, Solar Industry Magazine (Twitter followers: 11,598)Solar Industry doesn’t only promote its own content, but general information we believe followers would find useful. This includes links to mainstream mediasites, politician commentary on pertinent topics and solar industrycompany project developments.One of the most important things isnot being robotic. With magazines in particular, there’s a temptation to send out headlines and get people to click on them. You have to surround that with conversation; engage, reply and talk to followers.I use the Tweet Deck tool to filter users. While Solar Industry only follows about 500 people, there can be a lot of noise from users.Tweet Deck is used to organize users according to brands, companies, etc. It’s a good way to stay in touch with what segments are doing andto sometimes find news leads.Hashtags are used in the majority of Solar Industry tweets. Using the most appropriate hashtags in a magazine’s topic or domain, and using them consistently, is key. We use “#solar” because simple often works the best.When Solar Industry hit Facebook, all stories were being fed into both social sites. It was meant to be temporary and wasn’t really well received; people don’t want to see the same thing twice. Today, Twitter is used for short headlines and spreading news; Facebook gets its own set of content.Brian Klems, Online Editor, Writer’s Digest (Twitter Followers: 207,000)We use Twitter for a multitude of things, but the goal of @writersdigest Twitter account is (1) to share information on how to write better and get published and (2) to challenge our readership to be more creative and reach their writing goals. We don’t think of our followers as “followers,” we think of them as THE writing community. It certainly helps that everyone on our staff is either an accomplished or aspiring writer, so we’re not just driving the community-we’re part of it and learning from it too. It’s a recipe that’s worked well for us.”Ultimately if you want followers, provide good information that helps address the needs of a specific community and be willing to discuss, challenge, and entertain in the process. And don’t be phony. It’s a complete turnoff to tweeters. People are smart and can spot your phoniness a million miles away. You have to be a part of the community if you want success. Aaron Kenedi, Editor-in-Chief, Print Magazine (Twitter followers: 378,931) We post about four or five editorial links per day (to Imprint and/or Printmag.com). We also tweet about special promotions or sales (conferences, competitions, new products) but without being overbearing. One thing we always do is answer questions so that people know there are live Print reps listening to them and responding accordingly. We have grown our followers about 340,000 since last summer, so our approach seems to be resonating with designers. Twitter has become part of the daily routine for almost every editor, but are you using it as effectively as you can? Here, four different editors, including three members of the top 50 (TIME, number 2 with 2.8 million followers; Print at number 26 with 378,931 followers, Writer’s Digest at #48 with 207,000 followers) and one from a small b-to-b publisher that’s seen explosive growth in its market offer their advice for engaging and growing readership via Twitter. Allie Townsend, Social Media Producer, TIME (Twitter followers: 2,870,423)Just as we focus on giving each story the best headline for SEO, we’re also giving attention to social optimization. You’ve only got a few seconds of someone’s attention (at best) on Twitter, so what you’re writing needs to earn their click. Don’t be afraid to be urgent, funny, maybe even a little sarcastic if the story calls for it. It’s all about humanizing your digital presence. We want readers to glance at a TIME social account on any platform and know automatically that it is not run by robots. Instead of traditional headlines, I’m digging into the story for the right fact, joke or quote to tweet. My name is attached to the account because we want people to know that this was handpicked. The exciting thing about social media is that it’s still largely a testing ground. Our social curation is about the human experience. We’ll joke when it’s appropriate, but we’re also not afraid to call an African famine ‘heartbreaking.’ It may break a few traditional rules of journalism, but it’s also one of the reasons TIME has adapted to Twitter so well. Because Twitter journalism is only a few years old, it’s too soon to rule ideas out entirely. We’ve tried things that maybe weren’t a success for us, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t work elsewhere.last_img read more

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Liz Vaccariello Named EditorinChief of Merediths Parents Network

first_img “Liz has an outstanding track record with many of the industry’s leading brands,” said Jon Werther, president of Meredith’s National Media Group, in a prepared statement.  It’s a homecoming for Vaccariello, who served as executive editor at Meredith’s Fitness for seven years before departing to take the editor-in-chief position at Rodale’s Prevention. Vaccariello then moved on to Trusted Media Brands, spending about a year as editor-in-chief of Every Day with Rachael Ray before being promoted, in 2011, to chief content officer and editor-in-chief for flagship title Reader’s Digest. The female-focused publishing giant announced today that Liz Vaccariello will rejoin the company November 28 to head up editorial for the network, which includes Parents, Fit Pregnancy and Baby, Family Fun, Parents Latina, Ser Padres, and Siempre Mujer. “This is an incredibly rich opportunity to help shape a powerhouse portfolio of brands that serve and inspire the growing, coveted audiences of Millennial and Latina women. I am thrilled to return to Meredith,” said Vaccariello in the statement. At Meredith, Vaccariello replaces Dana Points, who had served as editor-in-chief of Parents since 2008 before her departure, which Folio:’s sister title min reported yesterday. A Meredith spokeswoman declined to provide details on the circumstances of Points’ departure, referring only to a statement that Points is leaving the company to “pursue a new endeavor.” Meredith Corp. has wasted little time announcing Dana Points’ successor as editor-in-chief of its Parents Network. This is a developing story.last_img read more

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Singapore GDP growth of 91 in Q4 brings little cheer for 2017

first_imgAt a time when several mid-tier economies slipping into recession do not surprise the world anymore as growth worldwide continues to be anaemic and powerhouses of the world economy are helpless reviving demand, Singapore on Tuesday reported that its October-December period GDP growth expanded at a seasonally adjusted and annualised 9.1 percent over the previous quarter.Also read: What are the best countries to live and work in? Here’s the definitive listThe island country’s fastest GDP growth in three years was not only way better than its government’s estimates, it also shocked analysts, who perceive it as too good to be true.The city-state had reported a 1.9 percent contraction in the July to September period and was expected to technically avert a recession in the most recent quarter as economists fourth-quarter GDP to grow at 3.7 percent.Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said on Tuesday that strong improvements in the manufacturing and services sectors helped to boost growth in the final quarter of 2016.However, the country’s growth outlook for 2017 remains cloudy and analysts are cautious over the sustainability of the GDP figures given a weak property market and the ongoing economic restructuring efforts in the country. Nomura economist Brian Tan said, “We will likely get more clarity on Brexit this year and if things appear to be moving towards a hard Brexit, that could take a toll on global sentiment and Singapore won’t be spared.” For 2017, Nomura forecasts Singapore’s economic growth to be at 0.7 percent, way below the government’s expectation of between 1 to 3 percent.In addition, rising local interest rates is also expected to weigh on growth.”The Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) managed exchange rate regime ties interest rates in Singapore fairly closely to the Fed funds rate. Higher borrowing costs are likely to weigh on household and business spending, weaken the housing market further and dampen construction activity,” Capital Economics’ Krystal Tan said, as reported by Channel NewsAsia.Selena Ling, head of treasury research and strategy at Singapore’s OCBC Bank, shares similar forecast and expects next year’s GDP growth to be range bound at around 1 to 2 percent.”2017 outlook remains tentative… amid key uncertainties like the Trump presidency potentially having spillover effects for global trade, China’s slowdown, and heightened market volatility, especially on the currency and interest rate front, potentially weighing on corporate and consumer confidence,” Ling said.last_img read more

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