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Congress Calls in the Spin Doctors

first_imgThe party has engaged U.S.-headquartered Burson-Marsteller, the public relations firm that represented American pop star Lady Gaga. Related Itemslast_img

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Holy Sites May Offer Clues to Antibiotic Resistance

first_imgThe Hindu holy sites in the Indian cities of Rishikesh and Haridwar attract millions of pilgrims each year – but they are now the destination for another group of devotees. Related Itemslast_img

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Sreesanth ban: SC gives BCCI 4 weeks to respond to cricketer’s plea

first_imgThe Supreme Court has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to file a reply within four weeks after an appeal filed by cricketer S Sreesanth against a Kerala High Court verdict that restored the life ban imposed on him in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.Sreesanth had been arrested back in 2013 during the IPL along with Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila who all played for Rajasthan Royals, on charges of spot-fixing.Sreesanth’s arrest was the most high-profile as he was part of the 2007 World T20 as well as the 2011 World Cup-winning squads. On July 25, 2015, charges against Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila were dropped by a trial court in Delhi. However, that did not have an impact on the life bans the BCCI had imposed on the three cricketers.Issuing the notice, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud gave the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) four weeks to respond.It also gave Sreesanth another four weeks to file his rejoinder to the response by the BCCI.Senior counsel Parag Tripathi accepted the notice on behalf of the BCCI.Senior counsel Salman Khurshid appearing for Sreesanth said that banning him was bad and banning for life was not justified after he has been discharged by a trial court of criminal charges over lack of evidence.A few days back, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra directed that the case be listed for hearing before an appropriate bench according to the roster after the matter was mentioned before it.advertisementDivision bench of the high court had restored the ban on a petition filed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) against a single-judge bench’s order, lifting the life ban imposed on the 34-year-old pacer.The bench had said there was no violation of natural justice against the cricketer and quashed the single bench order in Sreesanth’s favour.In its appeal, the BCCI had said the decision to ban the cricketer was taken based on the evidence against him.The single-judge bench had on August 7 last year lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI and also set aside all proceedings against Sreesanth initiated by the board.All the 36 accused in the spot-fixing case, including Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, were let off by a Patiala House court in July, 2015.The BCCI, however, had refused to alter its disciplinary decision even after the verdict.last_img read more

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Developing Countries Can Spark Wave of Innovation in Clean Energy

first_imgLooking for the innovations that can help developing countries achieve a low-carbon energy future, at an affordable cost.At this week’s Asia Clean Energy Forum, policymakers, private sector firms, and non-governmental organizations will discuss how Asian countries can transform their power sectors while meeting development needs.One topic on the agenda will be innovation: new approaches to bring down the cost and improve the performance of low-carbon energy technologies.Innovation is essential — the only way to meet the dual goals of addressing climate change and increasing energy access in developing countries is to bring down the costs of low-carbon power so countries don’t have to prioritize one of these goals over the other.Innovation happens throughout the value chain: companies can learn to ship products more efficiently, learn how to source parts better, learn how to improve manufacturing or operation of a technology. Grid operators and utilities can learn how to integrate a technology into the energy system more efficiently. And policymakers can learn which policies and regulatory frameworks most effectively support the use of the best technologies at the lowest cost.Why is innovation in low-carbon energy so important?While low-carbon technologies exist today, transforming the world’s energy supply could be expensive and require a lot of resources and land area. In the power sector, it can take decades for a good idea or practice to spread widely – and we simply don’t have decades to lose.More information and case studies available in Grounding Green Power: Bottom-Up Perspectives on Smart Renewable Energy Policy in Developing Countries First, emerging economies will need to add a great deal of electric capacity in the coming years, and so there is a significant incentive for governments to create an enabling environment for domestic research, innovation and entrepreneurship in order to capitalize on the economic and other co-benefits from this energy build-out.Second, no one country dominates this growing innovation wave yet. Technologies like solar panels and wind turbines require many parts, and many services to develop projects, install and run them in the most efficient way. Even small countries can find their niche in the regional or global supply chains.Where is innovation already happening?China’s concerted effort to bring down the cost of wind energy is one successful example. Wind energy will likely be cost-competitive with coal in China in the next few years. The country has built an innovation system to support wind power deployment, which involved investing in research and development, setting standards for quality and interconnection with the power grid, and instituting a carefully-designed feed-in-tariff. With their support of the wind industry as a whole, they are moving closer to their goal of creating high-quality, cost-effective wind farms and incubating an internationally competitive industry. They have had some false starts and challenges, that have led to widely publicized quality issues and idle turbines, but they clearly hope to lead on the technology globally in the coming years.In another example, Indonesia is building the technical capacity of its citizens while growing the use of micro-hydropower. By making the plans for micro-hydro installations publicly available and approaching communities that live near a good flow of water, it is easier for a community to get their own micro-hydro installation up and running. Indonesia is also using an open-source model in which communities are free not just to use the designs, but to build on them and share their improvements. This improves the technology for everyone.What role does policy play in the innovation process?Policy is an important part of driving innovation in low-carbon power technologies. Electricity markets are heavily regulated and the rules governments set are even more important than in other sectors. Therefore, countries need a smart policy environment to foster innovation. They must include innovation goals in their policies from the earliest stages and provide incentives not just to build any clean energy technology, but to build the best ones and to improve them continuously. For example, if you provide a subsidy to solar power, you could reduce that support each year, according to a pre-announced schedule, so that this year’s projects will have to perform a bit better than last years and so on each year, until the technology is fully competitive with conventional technologies.Governments can make innovation a policy goal by thinking through how their energy policy motivates the private sector. Are they attracting new companies to the market? Are they rewarding technologies that are performing better over time? Energy policymakers should also consider how their policies affect manufacturers, operators, and others at all stages of electricity generation and distribution, and the interactions between these groups.Policymakers should try to attract or incubate innovative companies. A country should not just support low-cost manufacturers; when someone else has cheaper labor, the industry will move on. You want to have a workforce that has the skills to assist with innovation. It is also important for countries to consider how they interact with the World Bank and other foreign financial sources. They must be informed, demanding consumers of international technology investment. Scaling up renewable energy in the developing world needs to happen today, and it needs to happen with the best possible technology at the lowest cost. WRI has recognized that innovation is essential to making this happen, and we’re finding ways to think about innovation beyond the lab. We’re trying to find the technical, process, and policy innovations that can help achieve a low-carbon energy future.For developing countries, what are the benefits of innovation in low-carbon power?Developing countries have plenty of reasons to support innovation in low-carbon power. Renewable energy provides a number of benefits – less volatility in energy prices, greater energy security, health benefits due to reduced pollution – that are important for stable economic growth in emerging economies.Moreover, developing countries have to make substantial progress on providing access to affordable energy, while seeking to transition to low carbon development. Innovation allows developing countries to capture these benefits and reconcile these competing demands at lower cost.Furthermore, innovation in renewable energy has the direct benefit of building new industries that can drive growth. Past waves of innovation have given countries a competitive advantage. Japan kicked off a wave in innovative manufacturing processes that let them dominate the manufacturing sector for years. The United States dominated the innovation wave in IT and continues to reap huge benefits today.The low-carbon energy innovation wave is still building and could be dominated by any number of countries. Many developing countries are already taking advantage of this opportunity. Those that focus on delivering low-cost, high-performance solutions will be the most competitive in the long run.Why are emerging economies an important source of innovation?Over the last century, innovations -– from the automobile to the computer — have been created in developed economies and exported to developing countries. Innovation in low-carbon power could happen very differently.center_img No one country dominates this growing innovation wave yet. Even small countries can find their niche in the regional or global supply chains.last_img read more

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Ohio State AD Reveals What Urban Meyer Has Been Like In Retirement

first_imgurban meyer and his wife shelley meyer after the rose bowlPASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and wife Shelley Meyer celebrate after the Ohio State Buckeyes win the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Former Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer is a little more than a month into his retirement from college football. How is post-coaching life going for the three-time national champion?According to Ohio State’s athletic director, Gene Smith, things are going pretty, pretty well.Meyer, 54, is settling into his new role within Ohio State’s athletic department. The former Buckeyes’ head coach is an assistant athletic director now.“He’s relaxed, he’s more comfortable, he’s learning a lot,” Smith said, per Eleven Warriors. “His eyes are wide open to this side of the house, administrative side. He’s really, really embraced all of our other sports.”Smith also explained what some of Meyer’s early tasks in his new job have been.From the report:One of Smith’s first required tasks for Meyer in his new role has been to meet with the head coaches for each of Ohio State’s other sports, “because every team has a different culture, and he needed to understand that,” Smith said. Meyer has also been meeting with student-athletes from a wide variety of Ohio State sports. Last weekend, Meyer helped launch the “Lead Like a Buckeye” program, an initiative he is running alongside associate athletic director of sport administration and student-athlete development Carey Fagan, which is focused on helping team captains become better leaders.Meyer is reportedly getting paid $100,000 for his new role as assistant athletic director.He’s managing to have some off-the-field fun in retirement, too.Urban Meyer partying at LIV in Miami is the video I never knew I needed in my life. pic.twitter.com/oGOJ9s8vgp— Taylor Ashbrook (@taylor_ashbrook) February 16, 2019You can read Smith’s full quotes on Meyer’s new gig here.last_img read more

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CMA CGM Eyes OPDR Acquisition

first_imgzoom French shipping giant CMA CGM revealed plans to acquire the German company OPDR (Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei GmbH & Co. KG).The announcement was made during a visit to Hamburg, Germany by the Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jacques R. Saadé on November 25th.OPDR is a shipping company owned by the Bernhard Schulte Group, an expert in Short Sea Shipping and door to door logistics for North Europe, Canary Islands, the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco.The company connects Europe, Scandinavia and North Africa with its over 200 collaborators and its network of agencies.Farid T. Salem, CMA CGM Group Executive Officer, said: “This new acquisition reinforces the Group’s presence on the growing intra-European Short Sea transportation market. This is a continuation of our strategy to broaden our regional network, a strategy which began with the acquisition of MacAndrews in 2002. As with MacAndrews, we plan on maintaining and developing the OPDR company, as well as creating new synergies with both MacAndrews and the CMA CGM Group.”OPDR operates five different services between:North Europe and the Canary Islands,Seville and the Canary Islands,North Europe, Spain, Portugal and Morocco,North Europe and Morocco,North Europe, Spain and Scandinavia.According to CMA CGM, OPDR and MacAndrews joint capacities will reinforce the Group’s intra-European offering.In 2014, OPDR expects to carry over 240,000 TEUs, and MacAndrews expects to carry over 290,000 TEUs.The closing of this transaction is subject to the approval of the relevant regulatory authorities.Press Releaselast_img read more

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Lomars Ship First to Drydock at Grand Bahama after Dorian

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Grand Bahama Shipyard/ Carnival Corporation The Grand Bahama Shipyard has dry-docked its first vessel since reopening the shipyard shortly after Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas in September.Taipei Trader, a 9,932-ton containership operated by Lomar Shipping Limited, docked at the No. 3 dock earlier this week, marking a major step in the return of normal operations to the shipyard.The vessel first docked at the yard on August 25 for a routine program including propulsion and thruster maintenance, and preparation of the hull for protective coating application. On August 30, in accordance with the shipyard’s hurricane procedures, the vessel had to be undocked and depart the shipyard due to the projected path of Hurricane Dorian.Following the return and docking of Taipei Trader, Grand Bahama Shipyard resumed maintenance work and repairs on the ship, which are expected to be completed in October.In mid-September, the shipyard welcomed the return of the 57,062-ton Agathonissos owned by Greece-based Eletson, which is currently at the pier completing repair work started prior to the storm.Planning remains on track for the next cruise ship dry-dock at the shipyard, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Ecstasy, on October 5.last_img read more

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Bed shortage means no mental reviews done yet on accused Edmonton attacker

first_imgEDMONTON – A month-long delay in the case of a man accused of attempted murder in an attack on a police officer has turned the spotlight on an increase in court-ordered mental-health assessments.Abdulahi Hasan Sharif appeared in provincial court Wednesday to face 11 charges related to the Sept. 30 attack outside a football game.His case was delayed due to what was described by the Crown as a “critical” bed shortage at Alberta Hospital Edmonton.“Due to the bed shortage at the hospital where they conduct the forensic assessments, they weren’t able to accommodate Mr. Sharif to conduct the criminal responsibility assessment yet,” his lawyer, Karanpal Aujla, said outside court. “It is somewhat concerning, considering the circumstances.“I’d rather have them do an assessment that is properly done and well-detailed without rushing.”Sharif, 30, was charged with five counts of attempted murder after a speeding car drove through a barrier at a Canadian Football League game in Edmonton and hit a police officer.The driver got out, pulled out a large knife and began stabbing Const. Mike Chernyk.Four pedestrians were hit and injured hours later when the driver of a cube van with police cars in pursuit sped down Jasper Avenue, one of Edmonton’s main streets.Sharif is also charged with dangerous driving and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.He was scheduled to be seen by doctors on Thursday, although Alberta Health Services asked the court for an additional 30 days to complete both assessments.“I wouldn’t phrase it as a critical bed shortage,” said Mark Snaterse, executive director of addiction and mental health with Alberta Health Services. “We’ve certainly had an increase in the numbers of court-ordered assessments that we are asked to do.“We’ve seen a dramatic increase, actually. Over the last three years, we’ve seen almost a doubling of the number of court-mandated assessments.”Alberta Health Services is expecting to complete nearly 1,000 assessments for the courts in Edmonton this year.“Three years ago, we did 500,” said Snaterse.They range from assessments on fitness to stand trial and criminal responsibility to reports on long-term offenders and dangerous offenders.Snaterse said the health region has shifted the workload and hired additional staff to try to address the increase in court-ordered assessments.“I think the courts really recognize that, when they are making decisions, they need to have all of the information possible,” he said. “A lot of people who go through the criminal justice world have addiction and mental-health issues.”The court has approved Sharif for two psychiatric assessments: one that looks at his current fitness to stand trial and one on criminal responsibility, which looks at his level of culpability at the time of the alleged offences.Police have said they are investigating the September attacks as acts of terrorism, but Sharif hasn’t been charged with anything terrorism related.“He’s facing serious charges, no doubt,” said Aujla. “They are not pertaining to any kind of terrorism act.”Sharif is set to appear in court again on Jan. 12.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had the lawyer’s last name spelled incorrectly.last_img read more

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A second pipeline over the Rocky Mountains

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Kinder Morgan company wants to add a second pipeline over the rocky mountains along a route that’s existed for 60 years.But environmentalists and some First Nations say it’s not worth the risk.APTN’s Tina House has the story.last_img

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Thousands of Swoop passengers inconvenienced as airline cancels flights to US

first_imgThousands of Swoop passengers have been forced to make alternative last-minute flight plans after the WestJet Airlines discount subsidiary cancelled 16 flights in the coming days between Canada and the United States.Flights have been cancelled between Abbotsford, B.C., and Las Vegas, and between Hamilton and Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale, according to its website.Swoop said it hasn’t received a final approval required to operate to the United States that it had anticipated having well in advance of the first flights.It has cancelled 24 flights until Oct. 27, including eight that were to have taken place since last week.The airline that launched service in Canada in June apologized for the inconvenience the cancellations have caused.“We know how disruptive it is to all of our travellers when they have travel plans in place and we’re just hoping that we can help work with them to help minimize their disruption as much as possible,” said spokeswoman Karen McIsaac.Swoop said employees are directly contacting travellers to offer rebooking on alternate airlines or full refunds plus $100 to $200 in compensation per passenger per travelling segment.“Our focus is on doing what’s right for the travellers and all our focus and attention at this point is on minimizing the overall disruption that this has caused and therefore hoping to regain some of that confidence in our travellers,” she said in an interview.Swoop has leased an available WestJet aircraft to operate flights between Edmonton and Las Vegas until Oct. 26.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)last_img read more

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Top Canadian Cowboys coming to Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Get ready for edge of your seat action as top PBR Bull Riders get ready to buck into Dawson Creek at the Encana Events Centre on December 1 and try to tame the beast! Top Canadian Cowboys will be competing at the PBR Dawson Creek fueled by Lyons Production Services.Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, June 15 @ 10:00 AM and can be purchased at the Tiger Box Office Plus in Dawson Creek and at System Sound Source in Fort St. John, or at www.tigerboxboxofficeplus.ca or by phone at 1-877-339-8499.As the top men on the PBR Tour ride their way into town, joining them will be reigning PBR Champion, Zane Lambert. Lambert is also the top bull rider in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s standings. Lambert who is from Ponoka, Alberta, is riding a hot streak and hopes to be on tour by the end of the regular season. Until then, he plans to hit rodeos in Canada and the U.S., as well as PBR Canada, stops. Lambert is scheduled to compete at the Calgary Stampede in July and has his sights set on qualifying for the Canadian Finals Rodeo and repeating as the PBR Canada champion. “There haven’t been too many people back it up, so it would be cool to win it again this year,” he said. “I want to leave as much with the sport as I can before I’m done with it.”Also competing in this event will be Dakota Butter, the 13th ranked cowboy in the PBR World Standings. He hails from Kindersley, Saskatchewan and comments that “This ride is going to be for the 2019 season, so it’s going to be a good one to go to. It’s going to be my first event in BC, so I’m excited about it.” Buttar has focused his attention on the Unleash the Beast series, the PBR’s premier tour, which features dozens of events primarily in the United States. Those events feature the largest paydays in the business, but cowboys must still earn their way onto the tour.This event is produced by Alpha Bull, which has a solid reputation for top events all across Canada. Chad Besplug, Alpha Bull’s founder and CEO, is a former bull rider who has extended his expertise in bull riding into developing top events. “The atmosphere Chad has gone with pyro and lights is cool,” Buttar said. “He brings a different view to the production side of it, which is pretty awesome. I’m on the road a lot, so to compete in Canada is always home, and it’s fun coming back home and riding with your buddies.”last_img read more

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Rev Michael Baldasaro dies at 67

Reverend Michael Baldasaro, a long-time marijuana advocate here in Hamilton, died early Thursday morning at the age of 67. He’d been receiving palliative care at Emmanuel House and the hospice said that he died peacefully in his sleep after a short battle with prostate cancer. He was known as a marijuana activist, a perennial candidate, a reverend and member of the Church of the Universe.Baldasaro has been recognized as a man with ideas beyond his time, a marijuana activist who helped create a religion were pot is proclaimed a sacrament. His daughter Andromeda remembers him differently.29 years ago Baldasaro was dating her mom while she was pregnant and when Andromeda was born he signed the papers as her father. They may not be related by blood but they remained apart of each other’s lives.However many people remember him as a pot activist. For years Baldasaro alongside Brother Walter Tucker, the founder of the Church of the Universe, were in the news battling the courts to smoke marijuana legally. It even landed them both in jail.Today Reverend Juliet Boyd, said that she promised Baldasaro that she would carry on the Church of the Universe.Baldasaro ran for mayor a number of times since the 1970’s almost in every single election. He recognized that he wasn’t your typical candidate but that’s why so many people in Hamilton voted for him. Today City Hall mourns his loss.He will be missed by family, church members and the many people he helped along the way. read more

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Tennessee see recordbreaking tourism visits spending

NASHVILLE — A new report from Tennessee’s tourism department shows that tourists spent an average of $60 million per day last year.The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development announced that 119 million domestic visitors swung by the Volunteer State in 2018, up from 113 million the year before.Gov. Bill Lee and Tourist Development Commissioner Mark Ezell unveiled the numbers at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Tuesday.The agency says travel in Tennessee generated roughly 189,700 jobs and $1.81 billion in state and local tax revenue. All 95 counties in Tennessee saw an increase in domestic travel spending.Overall, Tennessee is outpacing the nation in all areas of travel, including tax revenue and expenditures.The Associated Press read more

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Nearly four out of five eligible Afghans now registered to vote UN

But the rate of registrations across the country, especially for women, remains highly uneven, UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said during a briefing for reporters in Kabul.Voter registrations passed 7.8 million on Tuesday – out of an estimated pool of up to 10 million voters – with women comprising 40.8 per cent of those who signed up.Mr. de Almeida e Silva said about 2.3 million Afghans living as refugees in neighbouring Iran and Pakistan are also eligible to register and vote following agreements struck earlier this month.Presidential elections are due to be held on 9 October, while national and local parliamentary polls have been delayed until next April. Electoral officials are unsure of exactly how many eligible voters there are because there has not been a national census since 1979.Mr. de Almeida e Silva said that Afghan electoral authorities are concerned that voter registration is lagging in some parts of the country, especially among women. In the south, females make up only about 20 per cent of registrants so far.Women face particular difficulties because of the entrenched and sometimes violent opposition from some Afghans. Since mid-June three female electoral workers have been killed in two separate attacks as they attempted to register women voters.This month UNAMA and Afghan authorities have organized workshops in the cities of Kabul and Jalalabad to promote the rights of women to participate in electoral process.In the southern city of Kandahar, Afghan electoral officials met local leaders and elders to encourage more people to register to vote and to discuss the need to find more educated women who can be hired and trained as education officials.Many women in Afghanistan have no formal education because their rights were severely curtailed under the Taliban regime that was ousted in late 2001.Meanwhile, UN agencies have begun distributing relief items in the northeastern and central regions of the country, which have been battered by floods and landslides caused by recent heavy rains.In Bamiyan province, more than 340 homes have been destroyed, 60 per cent of the annual harvest has been ruined and much livestock has been killed, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Fearing for the fate of several nearby villages, local authorities have asked for UN help in removing a dam that has built up out of debris and the effects of mudslides. Officials are also concerned that the large area of stagnant, muddy water trapped by the dam could become a breeding ground for water-borne diseases. read more

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Can you name this little boy smiling at JFK during his visit

first_imgTHE NATIONAL LIBRARY of Ireland is trying to identify the little boy smiling up at John F. Kennedy during his visit to Ireland in June 1963.They plan on using it in the upcoming JFK Homecoming exhibition, and want to name the little boy at the front of the picture or anyone else in the photo.The NLI also would like to know where the picture was taken.If you can answer any of the above, leave a comment or contact NLI.ie.More: Live music, Anne Doyle and a big flame lined up for 50th anniversary of JFK visit>Read: 13 things you probably didn’t know about St Patrick’s Day>last_img read more

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Tireless nurse and paramedic Helen Zahos volunteers again now in Iraq

first_imgGreek Australian nurse and Pride of Australia nominee Helen Zahos has once again left the comfort of her Gold Coast home to lend a helping hand to those in need.The tireless health professional has just arrived in Iraq where she will be based until 15 May as a volunteer to help set up a field clinic.“There [are] 100 people that are internally displaced here,” she told Neos Kosmos upon arrival.“We are 20 kilometres from the fighting zone, and technically in ISIS territory but very much on the outskirts. This is where the camps are located. More people are expected to arrive, so I am helping set up a hospital in a new camp.”As she waits for the camp hospital to be filled with equipment and patients she spends her day in another camp, treating the sick and wounded. “The stories are incredible,” she stresses. “Some of these children saw their own parents have their heads cut off in front of them. Others have burns, others the usual injuries one would expect in a war zone . . . the conditions are bad and it is difficult to get medicine here.” Zahos with a local fighter. Zahos also volunteered in Greece when the Syrian crisis broke out working both on the island of Lesvos, where up to 5000 refugees were arriving a day, and at the border of Greece and Yugoslavia. She says that the mood in Iraq is very different to that of the camps in Greece.“These people are not refugees. They are in their own country. I believe they hope to one day rebuild it. “I saw the destruction of a nearby village by the US air strikes and as a result we do not walk off the path onto the grass as there are still active landmines in the area. The mentality of the people here does not compare. “I will have more to report on the situation in the days to follow. On another note,” she laughs without losing her spirit, “I found a Greek restaurant in just five minutes of being here. Even in Iraq; Greeks are everywhere!”Zahos has also volunteered with St John Ambulance in the Northern Territory, to treat victims of the Bali bombings and she travelled to the Philippines three years ago to help locals deal with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Before volunteering in Greece she had also joined a group that tended to the survivors of the devastating Nepal earthquake. She has also worked on Christmas Island and Nauru. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Un système de production alimentaire à revoir pour nourrir la planète entière

first_imgUn système de production alimentaire à revoir pour nourrir la planète entièreDes experts ont indiqué mercredi que la seule façon qui permettrait de nourrir une population croissante dans une planète confrontée au changement climatique, serait de modifier complètement le système alimentaire mondial. Cela passe par une approche socialement équitable.Aujourd’hui, un milliard de personnes sont sous-alimentées tandis que des millions d’autres souffrent de maladies liées à une alimentation soit trop abondante soit trop riche. Avec une population mondiale attendue de 10,6 milliards d’individus en 2050, une demande accrue de nourriture est à prévoir.Face à ces défis, la Commission sur l’agriculture durable et le changement climatique (CCAFS) préconise des actions immédiates dans un document destiné aux décideurs publics. “Il s’agit de réorienter le système alimentaire dans son ensemble, pas seulement la production agricole et pas uniquement dans les pays en développement”, indique le Pr John Beddington, président de cette commission, créée en février et qui réunit 13 scientifiques et experts.”Nous avons besoin d’une approche cohérente et socialement équitable”, a-t-il déclaré dans un communiqué. En raison du risque de “forte insécurité alimentaire”, il faut “repenser les modes de consommation et modifier les régimes alimentaires pour satisfaire les besoins nutritionnels de base”, souligne la présidente de l’Institut national français de recherche agronomique (Inra) et membre de la CCAFS, Marion Guillou.Réduire les pertes et gaspillages  À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?De nombreux paramètres rentre en ligne de compte. Avec le changement climatique, inondations, sécheresses et autres phénomènes extrêmes sont à craindre et risquent de frapper plus durement ceux qui souffrent aujourd’hui de la faim et de la malnutrition. En parallèle, le gaspillage des ressources en eau, les risques d’appauvrissement de la fertilité des sols et la perte de biodiversité ne doivent pas être négligés.Dans un “résumé pour les décideurs”, la CCAFS formule sept recommandations, invitant à “relever significativement le niveau global des investissements dans l’agriculture durable” au cours de la prochaine décennie. La production est à “intensifier” tout en “réduisant les émissions de gaz à effet de serre et autres impacts environnementaux négatifs de l’agriculture”. Par ailleurs, il faut “réduire les pertes et les gaspillages à tous les stades des filières agricoles et alimentaires”, repenser les moyens d’accès aux produits agricoles et cibler les populations les plus vulnérables. Le rapport final de la CCAFS sera publié début 2012. Le 19 novembre 2011 à 09:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Open house today at Lifeline Connections

first_imgSubstance use and mental health treatment center Lifeline Connections will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. today. The nonprofit is located in room 210 B-C at the Clark County Center for Community Health, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.Attendees can tour the facilities and learn about Lifeline’s programs. Lifeline Connections serves about 4,000 patients annually and provides the only acute medical detox in Southwest Washington.last_img

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Macau gaming tax slows through July but still soaring in 2018

first_img Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm The Macau government saw its direct gaming tax revenue rise 18.1% year-on-year through the first seven months of 2018 to MOP$65 billion, according to latest numbers released by the Financial Services Bureau.The increase includes a 9.6% increase in gaming tax revenue in July to MOP$11.21 billion, reflecting a recent slowdown in GGR growth in Macau. As reported previously by IAG, Macau’s gaming operators raked in revenue of MOP$25.33 billion in July, up 10.3% on the same month in 2017. Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Load More Gaming taxes between January and July represented 82.7% of all government revenue for the period with the public surplus now sitting at MOP$32.2 billion, up 31.0% over the same time last year and representing a whopping 464.8% of the government’s 2018 surplus budget. RelatedPostslast_img read more

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IDG Consolidates Marketing Services into Single Group

first_imgIDG has decided to consolidate its marketing services programs across three divisions into one group called IDG Strategic Marketing Services. This puts the company in a better position to scale an operation that now accounts for 25-30 percent of gross billings, says Matthew Yorke, CEO of IDG Enterprise.Yorke says the separate marketing services teams were beginning to replicate skill sets and best practices were getting lost in the shuffle. “We’ve got a lot of resources spread throughout the business, but we didn’t always get to share best practices,” he says. “The groups tended to approach their markets in different ways and we were developing disparate best practices.” Further, adds Yorke, the different marketing services teams were building competing programs. Proposals were sometimes being sent to the same prospect. “The real driver is that the world we live in today is one of scale,” he says. “It made sense to create one best-in-class group instead of having multiple groups with different resources.”Marketing services teams from IDG Consumer & SMB, IDG Enterprise and IDG TechNetwork will be combined under the new umbrella, resulting in a 50-person group.The new operation is structured around six core competencies: • A marketing services R&D lab called Studio Six• Product and Process Management, which focuses on portfolio development and process execution• Program Architecture, which builds the client program strategy and structure• Content Works, which focuses on content strategy and production• Creative Labs, the design team, focusing on user experience and engagement• Performance Marketing, which is tasked with data analysis and performance optimizationEach of these groups will have a team leader, reporting to Charles Lee, senior vice president and general manager of IDG Strategic Marketing Services.Yorke says the new structure will enable the overall marketing services business to scale more quickly. As of now, the business accounts for “tens of millions” in billings, he says. In the IDG Enterprise group, for example, marketing services grew to account for close to 50 percent of revenues. “For the entire U.S. business,” adds Yorke, “25-30 percent of gross billings are marketing services aligned. It’s a big group and one of the reasons we made the change. It’s absolutely a place where we expect the growth to come from.”last_img read more

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