Maharashtra enacts law against discrimination by caste panchayats

first_imgMaharashtra has become the first State in the country to enact a law against social boycott from caste panchayats. President Pranab Mukherjee has given his nod to implement the Prohibition of Social Boycott Bill in the State.The bill had been cleared in last year’s Budget Session with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis claiming that it would deal with the scourge of social boycott with an ‘iron hand’. As per the procedure, the bill was forwarded by the Central government to the President for his assent.A senior officer from the State Home Department said Maharashtra has received approval from the Centre to implement the Act all over the State. Despite repeated reminders from the State to the Centre, the clearance of the Bill was inordinately delayed. An officer said, “The bill involved four ministries including the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. We answered all queries satisfactorily and have now we have received the go-ahead.”The State answered questions raised by the Scheduled Tribes development department regarding overlapping of certain conditions in the bill with existing laws. With growing instances of boycotts of individuals or families by caste panchayats, the need to enact a special law was echoed in the State in 2010. The bill makes provision for punishment of up to three years in jail and/or a fine up to ₹1 lakh. The case has to be fast tracked within six months from the date of filing the charge sheet. The fine charged from accused will be partially or fully handed over to the victim.The Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS), which led the movement demanding the law, expressed satisfaction over the enactment of the bill. Krushna Chandgude, an activist with MANS, said, “Years of struggle have finally been paid off. We campaigned for the Act and were successful in convincing the political class that the issue of social boycott by caste panchayats was not only a matter of law and order but also social justice.” Mr. Chandgude slain rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar has also campaigned against social boycott by caste panchayats in Maharashtra and the bill turning in to an Act was a tribute to the fighting spirit of Dr. Dabholkar.Avinash Patil, executive president, MANS, said, “Now that the Act has been cleared by the President, MANS will run a special campaign for the implementation of it at the district level.”last_img read more

GALLERY: Female athletes take center stage at 2019 PSA Awards

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments The best and the brightest in Philippine Sports for the past year were once again recognized in the 2019 Philippine Sportswriters Association awards night at Manila Hotel on Tuesday.Power is female is the prevailing theme of this year’s gala with women athletes blazing the trail after an eventful year in sports highlighted by the Asian Games competition.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Vic Saludar retains WBO belt after dominating win over Japanese foe Gold medalists from the Asian Games, all women, were named Athletes of the Year.Athletes of the year Yuka Saso and Margielyn Didal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAthletes of the year Yuka Saso and Margielyn Didal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSkateboarder Margielyn Didal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netStar golfer Yuka Saso. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChampion boxer Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFan favorite Kai Sotto with his father Ervin and Chooks-to-Go reps. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPrince and princess of the night of the 2019 PSA Awards. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBasketball star Janine Pontejos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational fencer Maxine Esteban. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netONE Championship stars Team Lakay and Brandon Vera. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMotorsports’ Kenneth San Andres. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPSA Awards Night 2019 guest speaker Bea Lucero Lhuillier. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBoxer Donnie Nietes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChampion gymnast Carlos Yulo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beermen coaching staff. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMajor Awardee for Amateur Basketball Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCyclist El Joshua Cariño. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMotorsports’ Milo Rivera. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netParalympic medalist Enrnie Gawilan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPara chess athlete Sander Sevirino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPara bowler Kim Ian Chi. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMembers of the men’s standard rapid chess team. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTeam Manila softbelles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMr. basketball June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLifetime awardee Bong Coo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLifetime Achievement awardee Paquito Rivas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer Philippine Star sports editor Lito Tacujan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRecepient of the Presiden’ts Award: NU women’s basketball team. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAthlete of the Year: Margielyn Didal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe awardees of the 2019 PSA Awards. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Motorbike ambulance, a boon for tribals in Naxal belt

first_img(With pix)Raipur, Feb 19 (PTI) Virtually cut-off from the modern world, tribals living in inaccessible terrain and dense forests of Chhattisgarhs insurgency-hit Narayanpur district never imagined that they would get timely medical care, till the launch of a motorbike ambulance service sometime back.The free motorbike ambulance service, launched one-and-a-half years back in the region, has changed their views and now at least 35 villages in Dhanora and Dongar areas, located around 400 kms from the state capital, with no proper road connectivity, are availing the facility.”Ensuring medical help was a challenging task in this area due to its geographical location. Only a bike ambulance was the solution to ensure instant medical assistance,” Bhupesh Tiwari, founder of Saathi (friend) NGO, told PTI.The concept was devised and introduced jointly by Saathi and UNICEF.”We did a lot of research in this area, watched online videos and found how this (motorbike ambulance service) was being practised in the remote areas of African countries. Finally, we got an engineer in Vijayawada who gave our idea a final shape,” said Tiwari, who has been engaged in social service from past 25 years in Bastar region.The area used to be a godforsaken land caught under the spell of quacks and black magic. For medical assistance, villagers had to cover several kilometres on foot through dense forests. Maternal health issue, specially institutional delivery, was a far cry in the area, he said.Under a pilot project, the idea of motorbike ambulance was introduced and in just a short span of time it has ferried around 272 patients, mostly pregnant women, to the nearest primary health centres, he said.advertisement”Although we are taking care of all kinds of patients, our aim is to decrease the neo-natal and maternaldeaths in the region by promotinginstitutional delivery of babies,” Tiwari said.As of now only one motorbike ambulance is being run in the tribal area. It has a side car with an adapted mattress attached to it and equipped with an oxygen cylinder. The rider has been given basic first-aid training so as to deal with any emergency condition, he said. (More) PTI TKP GK SC RYSlast_img read more

India vs New Zealand Live Streaming: Where and How to Watch IND vs NZ cricket match

first_imgA strong comeback will be expected from India after the hammering from New Zealand in the series-opener when the two teams square-up in the second T20 International at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday.After suffering their biggest loss in T20 Internationals in terms of runs on Wednesday night, India don’t have a lot of time to introspect with just 24 hours separating the two games.It was the kind of day when nothing went right for India who let New Zealand amass 219 before surrendering meekly in the steep chase.Opener Tim Seifert took the Indian bowlers to cleaners with a 43-ball 84 and visitors must have a plan to contain him on Friday.What time does the 2nd T20I between India vs New Zealand start?The second T20I between India and New Zealand starts at 12.00 PM IST on February 8, Friday at the Eden Park in Auckland.What TV channel and live stream is the 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs New Zealand match.Where will the 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand be played?The 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand will be played at the Eden Park in Auckland from 12.00 PM IST.Where can I watch India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on can I check the online live updates of the India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs New Zealand from our live blog on are the squads for the 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand?India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Siraj.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, James Neesham.Also Watch:last_img read more

Katie Taylor takes first step towards being the one and only champion

first_img Katie Taylor (left)) on the way to defeating Anahi Sanchez for the WBA lightweight title at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium last October. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Katie Taylor too good for Anahi Esther Sánchez and takes WBA title Since you’re here… Taylor, who became a celebrity after winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics, is down to her final preparations after a three-month training camp in Vernon, the small Connecticut town 120 miles north-east of New York where she relocated permanently last year to train with her coach, Ross Enamait, at the Manchester ROCS Boxing Club. The change of scenery was just what Taylor needed after a blotchy final year in the unpaid ranks where she suffered her first defeats in five years – three in four months – and at the Rio Olympics recorded a shock quarter-final defeat by Finland’s Mira Potkonen.Nothing has been left to chance against Bustos, an experienced boxer who has made five successful defences of the IBF title since winning it in 2013. “This is my toughest test yet,” said Taylor, who is unbeaten in eight fights. “She’s a proven champion, a great champion, clever and crafty. I feel like I’m in great shape and I’m well prepared, I’m looking forward to it.”Taylor is not alone in her belief that boxing’s alphabet soup of sanctioning bodies and lack of identifiable champions is the sport’s most glaring flaw, making the sport incomprehensible to casual observers while cheapening the currency of a world title. She is, however, uniquely positioned to do something about it, at least as far as the lightweight division is concerned.“I’d just have one world champion at each weight instead of having so many sanctioning bodies,” Taylor said. “There’s so many great fighters at each weight but they all kind of avoid one another. Years ago there was only one champion at each weight and that’s why the big fights always happened.”Taylor’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has not been cautious about moving his fighter along quickly and would be eager to make fights with Belgium’s Delfine Persoon, the former kickboxer who holds the World Boxing Council belt, and Brazil’s Rose Volante, the World Boxing Organisation champion, before the year is out.“My thoughts are on Saturday night for the time being but my dream all along was to unify the division,” Taylor said. “I’d love to box those great champions. I’m very lucky that in and around the lightweight division there are a lot of great champions.”Taylor believes there is no reason why women’s boxing cannot be elevated the same way Ronda Rousey lifted women’s mixed martial arts from sideshow to headline attraction . It’s a tall order for a sport that has been all but ignored aside from odd moments through the years – Christy Martin landing the cover of Sports Illustrated or Laila Ali trading on the family name to supplement her talent – but not an impossible one. The success of Rousey required the full backing of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which puts the same marketing and promotional heft behind its female fighters as its male counterparts. Boxing’s power brokers have largely been reluctant to invest in female fighters. And yet there are reasons for optimism.HBO announced on Thursday that Norway’s Cecilia Braekhus, the undisputed welterweight champion widely regarded as the pound-for-pound world No 1, will defend her titles on the televised undercard of next week’s Gennady Golovkin fight against Vanes Martirosyan in Los Angeles, marking the first women’s bout to be televised by the network.Then there is Claressa Shields, the two-times Olympic gold medallist and unified world champion at 168lbs, who will headline a Showtime telecast against Costa Rica’s Hanna Gabriels, the unified champion at 154lbs, in a summit meeting at 160lbs for the vacant IBF and WBA middleweight titles. The undercard will feature Germany’s Christina Hammer, who holds the WBC and WBO titles. Should Shields and Hammer win their fights, the pair will face off in a four-belt unification fight in the autumn.“It’s great to see Claressa headlining shows, to see more women’s fights on television,” Taylor said. “People’s perception of women’s boxing have really changed over the last year or two. A lot of times it feel like baby steps, but the big fights have to be made as well, the ones the public are interested in. For the first time in a long time, people are really showing the best of women’s boxing, which is very special for the sport.” There is a warmth and easy magnetism about Katie Taylor that belies the ferocity of her trade and it was on full display on a sun-splashed morning in midtown Manhattan as she outlined her plans from a hotel rooftop terrace lounge overlooking Park Avenue.It has been six months since Taylor won the World Boxing Association’s lightweight championship in only her seventh professional fight in front of more than 70,000 spectators at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, dropping Anahi Esther Sánchez in the second round on the way to a unanimous-decision win on the Anthony Joshua-Carlos Takam undercard.Now Ireland’s only current world champion, male or female, will take her first step toward her goal of unification when she climbs in with Argentina’s Victoria Noelia Bustos, the International Boxing Federation’s titleholder at 135lbs, in a 10-round affair on Saturday night at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Facebook Share on Facebook Read more Support The Guardian Share via Email Topics Boxing Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. features Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Pinterest last_img read more

Forget the Flowers: Mom Wants Knives This Year

first_imgForget the flowers and jewelry this Mother’s Day, she already has enough of that stuff. If your mamma really loves to cook, she’ll much more appreciate something new for the kitchen. Whether it’s a gadget to help her make a delicious meal or a beautiful piece in which to present it, we have it covered right here.Spiceologist 4 Pack Rub SetWe love Spiceologist because they come up with some of the most thoughtful spices, rubs and kitchen gadgets out there. As they offer more than 150 premium products, it’s always hard to choose which delicious rub or spice we want to use in our kitchen next. To give mom a little variety, reach for the 4-pack rub set, including some of our favorites from the brand like Smokey Honey Habanero, Chile Margarita, Greek Freak and Black Magic Cajun Rub. Rub them on anything before grilling or baking.4 Pack Rub Set, $48Fatworks Leaf LardIf mom loves to cook as much as we do, she’ll nerd out just as hard about Fatworks. Fat has gotten a bad rap in the past, so Fatworks’ mission is to educate the mainstream about the benefits of using real cooking oils like tallow, lard and duck fat. They craft these traditional fats naturally by deriving them from grass-fed and pasture-raised animals. The leaf lard has a mild, delicate flavor, perfect for everything from pie crusts to frying and sautéing.Pasture Raised Leaf Lard (14 oz), $17.50Pizzacraft Stovetop Pizza OvenFor any mom who loves pizza (aka, any mom who is sane), Pizzacraft has the perfect gift for the pie-making enthusiast. Designed to harness the power of your gas range, it creates a closed cooking environment with temps that hit 600 degrees F. It preheats in 15 minutes and cranks out perfectly-cooking pizzas in record time. Cue childhood memories of pizza parties stat.Stovetop Pizza Oven, $164.98Crate & Barrel Beck Copper Cheese Board & Knife SetEveryone needs a good cheese board because it’s the easiest way to offer up a killer presentation without a lot of effort. This beautiful set is sleek and modern, designed with solid mango wood and copper-plated details that will look great in every kitchen. She’ll be grateful for a new centerpiece to show off when drop-in guests arrive.Beck Copper Cheese Board & Knife Set, $49,95Simon Pearce Ludlow Nut BowlAnother great piece mom can bust out for entertaining, this beautiful bowl is designed with a hardwood walnut base, custom-made by Vermont-based Butcher Block and Board Company, and handblown crystal bowl. Perfect for nuts, dips and other accouterments, old world techniques mixed with a modern design make it a perfect display piece even when it’s empty.Ludlow Nut Bowl, $75Mosser Jadeite Cake StandIf mom loves to bake, she needs this elegant cake stand to display her equally as pretty desserts. Crafted from timeless green flint glass, it’s a classic that will look great on her kitchen counter and dining room table for decades to come.Jadeite Cake Stand, $60-$75Restoration Hardware Petrified Wood CoastersFor the mom who’s anything but a girly girl, these tastefully rugged coasters will give her a proper place to set down that glass of bourbon. Cut from lengths of fossilized trees, their design is the knots and grains of ancient wood, making each one unique.Petrified Wood Coasters (Set of 4), $64G&G Exclusive Heartwood Forge Oyster ShuckerWe love Heartwood Forge, so we’re obsessing over this walnut oyster shucker made exclusively for Garden & Gun. For any mom who loves her oysters, now she can enjoy them at home, in style.Exclusive Heartwood Forge Oyster Shucker, $350 The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 last_img read more

ITF Opposes Extension of JICT Concession

first_imgzoom The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has urged the Indonesian president to intervene over the extension of the concession for the Jakarta International Container Terminal that has been granted to Hutchison Port Holdings by the Indonesia Port Company (IPC).The move follows grave concerns expressed by the ITF-affiliated Trade Union of Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT Union).The union believes that the concession extension on current terms does not make sense financially and is not in the national economic interest. It considers that the extension process has been too rushed – the existing JICT contract only expires in 2019 – and has not been conducted through an open tender mechanism. And it is worried about the intimidation of workers and potential job losses, particularly as the non-transparent extension process has not taken into account the impact on employees.The JICT Union claims the IPC has ignored its attempts over a year to discuss its concerns and seek a transparent process.In a letter to president Joko Widodo sent on 16 July, ITF general secretary Steve Cotton said:“We seek your urgent intervention to cancel the extension in the light of the issues that have been raised by the union.“For these reasons, the union opposes the extension of the JICT concession to Hutchison Port Holdings.  It, and the ITF, are requesting that you and your government act urgently to cancel the extension of the concession granted by the IPC, and to put in place a transparent process to deal with the matter.  The ITF also strongly supports the JICT Union’s argument that JICT should be owned and managed nationally.“The ITF and its affiliates globally will be following this important campaign by the JICT Union with keen interest, and look forward to your positive engagement on this issue.”ITF Asia Pacific chair Hanafi Rustandi commented that the extension violated national law, which assigns authority for the granting of concessions to the transport ministry.  He also questioned why the management of a profitable terminal should be handed over to a foreign company and warned that this would threaten local opportunities. Print  Close My locationcenter_img 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

Recycling all that crap

first_imgThe latest data on rural sanitation from the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) has said that more than 99 per cent of India’s rural households have been covered by toilets. The National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey of 2018-19 points out that around 38 per cent of the toilets are attached to some kind of septic tank. Officials from MDWS say the septic tank is the most popular option for people, who have a tendency to move towards it as an option for on-site sanitation. Also Read – A special kind of bondThis raises a concern — what will happen to the huge of amount of faecal sludge sucked out of these tanks? Subhash Kirpal, a resident of Linga gram panchayat of Nagpur district in Maharashtra says communities that are well-off prefer septic tanks. In Uttar Pradesh’s Kannauj district, the toilets in the Umrada block constructed under the Swachh Bharat Mission are attached to box-like containment structures wrongly termed as “septic tanks”. Kirpal explains that faecal sludge in the septic tank (or the box in some cases) is emptied by honey suckers and dumped in agricultural fields. The villagers struggle with the raw faecal sludge in the fields. There have been studies to show that dry faecal sludge can be mixed with organic wastes and used for crop production successfully. Countries like India and Bangladesh have implemented some of these projects. Also Read – Insider threat managementAccording to Olufunke Cofie, International Water Management Institute, Africa Regional Office, Ghana, inorganic fertiliser is not sufficient to add nutrients to the soil for crop production. Cofie says that excreta contains valuable nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and organic matter. Municipal solid wastes (MSW), which are also dumped without planning, contain phosphorous, nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and carbon. Co-composting of faecal sludge and MSW complement each other and provide missing components to each other as per Cofie. The microbial population in the final product is reduced enormously says a 2009 study by Cofie. The study says that the final product complies with the 2006 standards of the World Health Organization for the safe reuse of faecal sludge. A study published in 2017 in the International Journal of Recycling of Organic Waste in Agriculture shows that de-watered faecal sludge mixed with agricultural wastes like oil palm, empty fruit bunches or cocoa pod husks is a good fertiliser. An experiment had been carried out at the University of Ghana at the Forest and Horticultural Crops Research Centre. The researchers point out that Ghana produces around 3.5 million tonnes of human excreta based on the average production of 400 grams per capita per day. Similarly, the country also produces 3,135,000 tonnes of empty fruit bunches and 550,750 tonnes of dry cocoa husks. This leaves a lot of human and agricultural wastes in the environment, which are dumped in landfills. According to the authors, co-composting of dried faecal sludge and agricultural wastes can be used as an alternative option for managing these wastes and to produce a suitable soil amendment. The Rural Development Organisation Trust, a Tamil Nadu-based non-profit that has been working in the Nilgiris since 1980, has put up three faecal sludge treatment plants (FSTP). The compost from here is blended with kitchen waste compost. About two tonnes of co-compost is produced every day, says Raj Kumar, the Chief Executive Officer of the plant. Kumar explains the Ketty Town Panchayat in the Nilgiris has developed an FSTP a year-and-a-half ago. There are 68 villages here, with 40 to 50 households in each village. The toilets are either connected to leach pits or septic tanks. The tanks are emptied by honey suckers and brought to the plant. The Town Panchayat has a resource recovery park and the FSTP has been developed as a part of this. The manure is tested at a laboratory in Chennai every month before being distributed to farmers at a subsidised price of Rs 5 per kilogram. The revenue is collected by the Town Panchayat. According to Kumar, the cost of the FSTP comes to Rs 50,000 per kilolitre per day. (The author is the Programme Manager, Water Programme. She is a geologist by training and works on the policy related issues of water management and sanitation. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

BMW sees strong sales increase in Asia N America while Europe is

by News Staff Posted May 3, 2012 5:58 am MDT BMW sees strong sales increase in Asia, N. America, while Europe is flat AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FRANKFURT – Booming sales in China and new versions of key models pushed automaker BMW AG’s earnings higher by 18 per cent in the first quarter to €1.35 billion ($1.77 billion).Sales were flat in Europe where the economy is slack, but the Munich-based maker of luxury cars and SUVs saw a 36 per cent jump in deliveries in China, where it now sells more vehicles than it does in the United States.Revenue rose 14 per cent to €18.29 billion, the company said Thursday.Sales worldwide rose 11 per cent to 425, 528. Top performers were new versions of the 1-series compact and the X3 smaller SUV. The larger X5 SUV and the large 7-series sedan, both of which reap big profit margins, also saw better sales.Sales in China outpaced those in the United States, 80,218 to 75,931. But deliveries in Europe, which is struggling with a slow economy and a crisis over too much government debt, only edged up 0.5 per cent.Analyst Max Warburton said a strong product mix emphasizing expensive vehicles with high profit margins helped alongside the higher sales numbers. He said more profitable vehicles, defined as the mid-size 5-series sedan and up, represented 50 per cent of sales.“BMW’s sales mix, pricing and profitability remain superb,” Warburton said.BMW’s profit margins — measured as earnings before interest and taxes as a percentage of sales — came in at 11.6 per cent, down slightly from 11.9 per cent but ahead of 11.4 per cent posted by Volkswagen unit Audi AG and 8.4 per cent for Daimler AG’s Mercedes brand.Germany’s luxury carmakers are making fat profits, much of it on export sales to emerging markets and the United States, while Europe’s mass-market carmakers such as GM’s Adam Opel AG and Fiat are struggling with tough competition and weak sales and pricing.BMW’s workforce grew by 5.4 per cent over the past year and it employed 101,260 people at the end of the quarter. Part of the increase came from the acquisition of the ICL Group car leasing unit, but the company said that “skilled workers and engineers continue to be recruited in order to keep pace with persistently strong demand for BMW Group vehicles, to push innovations and to focus on the development of new technologies.”BMW makes cars under the BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands. It also sells BMW and Husqvarna motorcycles. read more

Key issues on Keystone pipeline as Senate vote nears on the Canadian

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2015 3:13 pm MDT Key issues on Keystone pipeline as Senate vote nears on the Canadian project Reporters seek comment from Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., sponsor of the Keystone XL pipeline bill, as he arrives for a procedural vote on the long-stalled legislation, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. The pipeline would carry oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast but has been opposed by environmental groups and President Obama has threatened to veto the bill if passed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON – The United States Senate is closing in on a vote to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline this week.But the fate of the $8 billion Canadian project depends not only on what happens in Congress, but also in the courts, at the White House and with Calgary-based TransCanada Corp., the pipeline’s developer. TransCanada has been waiting more than six years for approval of the pipeline.The odds of building seem to change almost daily.A lawsuit is tossed out, then some others filed. The Republican-controlled Congress is poised to approve a bill authorizing construction, despite a White House promise of a veto. The State Department, after stalling its review because of a Nebraska court case, gives federal agencies a new deadline to weigh in.The US $8-billion pipeline would carry an estimated 830,000 barrels of oilsands bitumen from Canada into the United States, connecting with existing pipelines leading to Gulf Coast refineries.For environmentalists, approval would prove catastrophic for the global climate and erode efforts by President Barack Obama to rein in heat-trapping emissions.For Republicans, who have made it their first order of business in the new Congress they control, the pipeline is critical to supplying the country with jobs and with oil from a friendly neighbour, rather than the Middle East.A look at the major players and where they stand:U.S. CONGRESSThe House of Representatives this month passed legislation approving, for the 10th time, the pipeline’s construction. Identical legislation cleared an initial hurdle in the Senate, where a 63-32 vote was three more than the 60 required, but not enough to override a veto.The Senate is expected to vote to wrap up debate, after weighing in on more than a dozen amendments. Republicans and Democrats have so far only agreed to a few additions to the bill, including a 98-1 vote backing a measure saying climate change is not a hoax and real. But Republicans failed to back two other measures saying human beings played a role in global warming, even though the scientific consensus is that the burning fossil fuels is to blame. Late last week, the Senate backed a non-binding measure saying that oil sands should be subjected to a tax used to pay for oil spill cleanups.___THE WHITE HOUSEThe White House explained the veto threat by saying it had to wait for the outcome of a Nebraska court case and the State Department review to play out.Obama’s remarks about the pipeline have gotten increasingly negative in recent months, emboldening environmental groups who have called on him to reject the pipeline outright. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama urged Congress to “set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline.”___THE COURTSOpponents in Nebraska reignited the legal fight last week, filing two new suits over its proposed route.They came from seven landowners in Holt and York counties who have received written warnings that TransCanada plans to file eminent domain papers to gain access to their land.The landowners’ lawyer, Dave Domina, said TransCanada’s written warnings give the plaintiffs a clear legal basis to challenge the project. That’s a key issue, because the Nebraska Supreme Court tossed an earlier, similar suit, with three judges saying those plaintiffs failed to meet the threshold. The judges’ decision removed an obstacle to the project and was a major reason the White House threatened a veto.___THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENTThe department has given federal agencies until Feb. 2 to weigh in on whether the pipeline serves the national interest, a determination required for all border-crossing pipelines. That gives agencies specializing in the environment, commerce and other matters just weeks to file their opinions.The department didn’t set a timeline for when it would make its long-awaited judgment on whether the pipeline was in the U.S. national interest.___TRANSCANADAWith the state court removing a legal barrier, Calgary-based TransCanada has filed paperwork in nine counties to acquire access to the remaining land that’s needed to construct, operate and maintain the pipeline.By law, TransCanada can use the courts to force landowners to sell access to their land. Company officials say they still need to acquire 12 per cent of the total land easements from landowners who have not yet reached a deal. Some holdouts have said they won’t negotiate.The route still faces legal challenges in Nebraska, where two new suits have been filed. read more

More than 2200 Iraqis killed injured in May – UN confirms

The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) reported yesterday that at least 799 Iraqis have been killed and an estimated 1,409 people have been injured in May alone due to acts of terrorism and violence. “I strongly deplore the sustained level of violence and terrorist acts that continues rocking the country,” said the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov. At least 603 of the 799 people killed were civilians, and an additional 144 were civilian police.The overall toll is higher than UN estimates, which do not include casualties from Anbar, where the Iraqi army has been fighting tribal groups. An estimated 195 people were killed there in May and an additional 499 injured, according to figures obtained by UNAMI from the Health Directorate in Anbar.Briefing the Security Council in March, Mr. Mladenov, who is also the head of UNAMI, said the crisis in Anbar province posed the most serious challenge to the Government’s efforts to maintain the stability and security needed to build a democratic State.Since the start of the year, more than 66,000 families were displaced by the fighting, and more families were displaced in the months prior by attacks carried out by Al-Qaida-linked militants.“In all meetings, I have stressed that while the United Nations will support Iraq’s fight against terrorism, the challenges facing the people of Iraq cannot be resolved without dialogue, and concessions,” Mr. Mladenov had told the Security Council.“While a security response is necessary to tackle the threat of armed groups and terrorists, a range of strategies are needed to successfully address the conditions that enable terrorist activity,” he stated. “The protection and advancement of human rights, equality before the law and the inclusion of those who feel marginalized will become central in any political resolution in the future.” read more

Nepal UN continues to support sustainable postdisaster earthquake recovery

“As health facilities are being reconstructed, there is an opportunity to build better, and put more risk reduction measures in place,” she added. She stressed that stronger policies will be needed for ensuring that disaster risk reduction measures are implemented and emergency preparedness and response capacities are built at all levels, with all cadres of health staff trained. “Strengthening emergency preparedness and response capacity should be an ongoing process in Nepal and in all other countries. With WHO South-East Asia Region prone to natural calamities, the lessons learnt from the Nepal earthquake are important for the entire region to prepare better to respond to emergencies,” Ms. Khetrapal Singh concluded. “As the reconstruction effort continues, UNEP will promote a green, resource-efficient and sustainable reconstruction process in the country, focused on environmental recovery, restoration of life- and livelihood-supporting ecosystems, and promoting resource efficiency,” said Isabelle Louis, Regional Director and Representative, UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in a press release. “The aim is to ensure that the rebuilding results in enhanced environmental resilience of the people of Nepal and its ecosystems,” she added. The 25 April 2015 earthquake and its aftershocks killed more than 8,700 people, injured more than 22,000, and destroyed and damaged more than 250,000 houses. While 8.1 million people were directly affected, millions across the mainly rural nation were exposed to increased landslides. Major life-supporting ecosystems were also severely damaged. UNEP said that a rapid environmental assessment undertaken by the Government of Nepal following the earthquake revealed significant destruction of forests and protected areas as well as damage to ecotourism infrastructure such as nature trails, trekking routes and camping sites. The earthquake also destroyed renewable rural energy technology solutions such as improved cooking and biogas stoves. Water sources shifted in some areas, with reduced or no flows in places, and new sources starting to flow in others. Amod Dixit of the Nepal Society for Earthquake Technology talks about the opportunity to make Nepal safer for the next big one. Credit: United NationsFreshwater ecosystems were also affected by increased sedimentation and some rivers were temporarily blocked by landslides. The economic cost of loss of ecosystems services from landslides has been estimated at nearly $328 million, according to the agency. Following the earthquake, UNEP worked with the Government of Nepal to mitigate the adverse environmental impacts of the disaster. This included the development of a comprehensive waste management strategy at national and sub-national levels to manage the estimated 3.9 million tons of earthquake debris, which included hazardous material. With landslides becoming three times more frequent following the earthquake, UNEP facilitated the sharing of best global practices on landslide management. Working with the Government and development partners, UNEP also identified opportunities to green the reconstruction process. “We must learn from the Nepal earthquake, just as we did from the Indian Ocean tsunami. Applying lessons learned from such events can help strengthen our efforts for preventing emergencies from becoming disasters,” said Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia.Ms. Khetrapal Singh was addressing a two-day conference organized by the Ministry of Health, Nepal and WHO, in Kathmandu on 20-21 April. Priority lessons identified in the meeting will be consolidated into a road map for further action. Among the key lessons highlighted at the conference was the need for extending emergency preparedness and response measures beyond the national capital, to the districts. As more than 80 per cent of health facilities in the affected districts were either damaged or destroyed in the 2015 earthquake, the injured had to be rushed to hospitals in Kathmandu, which remained functional as they had been retrofitted, their staff trained in mass casualty management and they had emergency plans in place that were immediately activated. “The preparations that were done in Kathmandu hospitals helped saved many lives. Similar preparations need to be put in place at all other levels too, so that in the event of an emergency, everyone throughout the health system is prepared and knows what to do,” said Ms. Khetrapal Singh. A group of pregnant women and mothers sit outside the Primary health centre of Gorkha District, the epicenter district of the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Photo: UNICEF/Narendra Shrestha UN calls for more investment in resilient infrastructureIn related news, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Robert Glasser, today marked the anniversary of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal this past year with a call for greater investment in resilient infrastructure if the death toll from future earthquakes is to be reduced.“The Nepal Earthquake was long forecast and worse could happen in the future,” Mr. Glasser said. “As the rebuilding effort is now set to get under way in earnest, every support must be extended to the 3 million or more people who lost their homes a year ago so they build back better to earthquake-resistant standards.” Mr. Glasser said that UN Member States have recognized that reducing earthquake risk is a priority given that about 750,000 people have died in earthquakes and tsunamis over the past 20 years. Nepal and recent earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan are a reminder of the urgent need to invest in disaster-resilient infrastructure as agreed in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. A major part of urban resilience is ensuring compliance with building codes and planning laws.“Building back better cannot be done overnight,” Mr. Glasser stressed. “Nepal is a textbook example of how difficult and long drawn out the process can become when risk governance is complicated by the overall political context, including major gaps at the level of local government. The socio-economic impact of this disaster is enormous and it will have a long-term impact on the country’s development and the welfare of its people,” he added.Health sector partners review earthquake response Along those lines, health sector partners recently reviewed lessons learned from the earthquake, and recommended strengthening and expanding emergency preparedness and response capacities beyond the national capital, and testing them periodically, to prepare better for future emergencies. The Asia and Pacific region accounts for nearly half of the world’s natural disasters. The five biggest disasters to strike Asia Pacific in 2013 caused some $100 billion in economic loss and killed more than 19,000 people. read more

World off track to meet most Sustainable Development Goals on hunger food

According to the study, Sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania – excluding Australia and New Zealand – registered the lowest levels of investment in the agricultural sector, which includes fisheries and forests.Key findings from the study that covers some 230 countries include data that more than 820 million people are going hungry around the world.That number has been rising for three years in a row “and is back to levels seen in 2010-2011”, FAO says.The percentage of hungry people has also slightly increased between 2015 and 2018, to 10.8 per cent.Six in 10 livestock breeds ‘at risk of extinction’Among the report’s other findings is the warning that 60 percent of livestock breeds are at risk of extinction in the 70 countries for which information is available.This means that out of more than 7,000 breeds that are found in only one country, almost 2,000 are threatened, FAO says.Examples include Fogera cattle from Ethiopia or Bali’s Gembrong goat, according to FAO.It notes too that there has been “no progress” in conserving the animal DNA that would be needed to create new herds in case of extinction, with less one per cent of their genetic blueprint currently stored, with ongoing efforts to preserve these resources proving to be “inadequate”.Plant conservation more successfulWhile there has been more success in conserving the genetic material of plants, with global stocks held in 99 countries and 17 regional and international centres totalling 5.3 million samples, FAO cautioned nonetheless that crop diversity is still too limited.“Efforts to secure crop diversity continues to be insufficient,” the report states, “particularly for crop wild relatives, wild food plants and neglected and underutilized crop species.”Investing in sustainable fisheries ‘is worth $32 billion annually’Highlighting the need to invest in sustainable fishing, the report also warns that one-third of marine stocks are overfished today, compared with 10 per cent in 1974.“Despite some recent improvements in fisheries management and stock status in developed countries, the proportion of stocks fished within biologically sustainable levels has decreased significantly in developing countries,” the UN agency says.Around 30 per cent of countries still have a relatively low implementation record of key international instruments designed to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, FAO maintains.All countries should “urgently” implement transformational changes in fishery management and governance, FAO recommends, as rebuilding overfished stocks could increase annual fishery production by 16.5 million tonnes and annual revenues from fishing by $32 billion. All continents face water stress, forest clearance ongoingAmong the report’s other findings are that water stress affects countries in every continent. Nonetheless, the majority of countries that have registered high water stress since 2000, are mainly in Northern Africa, Western Asia and Central and Southern Asia.In addition, between 2000 and 2015, the world lost an area of forest the size of Madagascar, owing mainly to agricultural use. Most of this loss was in the tropics of Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia.On a more positive note, the rate of forest loss slowed down globally from 2010-2015, the FAO report notes, and this loss was partly compensated by the increase forest in Asia, North America and Europe. Four years since the international community agreed to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals – whose objectives include tackling food insecurity and poor nutrition – FAO says that a lack of progress “is the norm”.In a new report focusing on Goals 2 (Zero Hunger), 6 (Clean Water And Sanitation), 14 (Life Below Water) and 15 (Life On Land), the agency also warns of unsuccessful efforts to make farming sustainable, as well as the long-term management of land and ocean-based resources.The world is off-track to meet most of the Sustainable Development Goal targets linked to hunger, food security and nutrition.🔖 New FAO report 👉 #ZeroHunger #SDGs #Agenda2030 #GlobalGoals— FAO (@FAO) July 18, 2019 read more

Mumbai to play Chennai Super Kings in IPL season opener

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPL to begin on April 7January 22, 2018In “latest news”IPL 2017 Qualifier 1 : Advantage Mumbai as Rising Pune miss key playersMay 15, 2017In “Sports”Heavy downpour forces postponement of IPL QualifierMay 27, 2014In “Sports” Defending champions Mumbai Indians will face Chennai Super Kings in the IPL opener on April 7 in Mumbai. Super Kings will also play the last match of the league phase, which ends on May 20, against Kings XI Punjab. The IPL has also decided not to alter the tournament’s regular match timings with afternoon matches scheduled for a 4pm IST start and the evening matches commencing at 8pm.In a welcome change, all the double headers – 13 in total – will be played over Saturday and Sunday. In the final schedule released by the IPL on Wednesday, 44 matches during the league phase will be played in the evening, while the remaining 12 games will be start in the afternoon.In addition to the home bases of the eight franchises, Indore will be the ninth venue, playing host to the home games of Kings XI. Apart from the tournament opener and the final, Mumbai will also host the first qualifier.Incidentally the venue for the other two play-offs – the eliminator and the second qualifier – remains unnannounced. The main reason behind that was because the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) sent a letter to IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, demanding the two play-off matches be played in Pune, home of last year’s runner-up Rising Pune Supergiant.In the letter, MCA president Abhay Apte told Shukla that he was merely asking the IPL to stick to the norm and allot the Eliminator and second qualifier to the home base of last season’s runner-up. A final decision on the issue is likely to be taken by the IPL Governing Council at its next meeting.Meanwhile, the IPL acquiesced to the franchises’ demand of sticking to the original match timings and not alter it. In January, the Governing Council had approved the proposal – worked out with the host broadcaster Star – that afternoon matches would begin at 5.30 pm, and evening games would commence at 7pm. The immediate repercussion of that move, the franchises argued, was the second innings of the first match and the first innings of the second would overlap on double-header days.According to an IPL official, one solution was to start the day match at 3.30pm to “avoid” the overlap. That, however, was not a feasible solution considering the IPL is played during peak summer and the franchises did not want the players to suffer in India’s unforgiving heat. (ESPNCricinfo) read more

Former Green TD turned musician Paul Gogarty gains council seat

first_imgI discussed it with friends and family and it was a bit of debate, I don’t want to say that that was the primary reason for my choice but when we weighed it up it came to about 85 per cent that that was the way to go.He added that, having been involved in his local Palmerstown community for 27 years, “I never got votes for being Green.”Read: Guess which former Green TD turned pop singer is back in politics?Read: Election 2014 Liveblog: Local and European results as they happen Source: Damien Mulley/YouTubeSpeaking to earlier this year, Gogarty said he had considered running again as a Green candidate and discussed it with a number of members, including former leader John Gormley but ultimately decided to go it alone. THE FORMER GREEN Party TD Paul Gogarty is back in politics as of this morning.He’s claimed seat on South Dublin County Council for the Lucan area.The two-term Green TD has long-since left the party fold after his membership lapsed.In the years since departing Leinster House amid the Greens wipe-out in the 2011 General Election, Gogarty’s pursued a career as a musician under the name ‘His Sweet Surprise’ .His efforts included this not-so-subtle anti-drugs track, ‘Molly is a Liar’… Source: HisSweetSurprise/YouTubeGogarty (of course) gained international attention when this clip of his “most unparliamentary language” from 2009 went viral, and was picked up by news sites all over the world…last_img read more

Were Big Fans of Cliff Bleszinski and Heres Why You Should Be

first_img Review: ‘Gears 5’ Brings a Fresh Perspective to the FranchiseFinally, Dave Bautista Is In ‘Gears of War’ Video game developers aren’t like actors or musicians. For the most part, the developers that make the games you play are rarely seen or heard. One huge exception to this rule is none other than Cliff Bleszinski. Unlike most of his peers, the Gears of War creator delights in being the center of attention. Although he could come off as such, he isn’t just a showboat. He’s a smart and well-articulated man who knows how to sell a video game and how to convey the power of interactive entertainment to the world. Bleszinski is, in fact, a great ambassador for the gaming industry.Since Cliff Bleszinski is such an interesting person to talk about, we decided to spotlight some of his greatest moments. As you’ll see, our old pal Cliffy B is in a class all by himself.Making Games Before the Age of 18Cliff was making games at an age when others would simply be playing them. He developed his first non-commercial title at the tender age of 11. He made his first commercial game, The Palace of Deceit: Dragon’s Plight, when he was only 17. This was released in 1991 through his own company, Game Syndicate Productions. Cliff sent a copy of the game to Tim Sweeny, who is the founder of Epic Games. Sweeny was so impressed that he hired Bleszinski to work at Epic (then known as Epic MegaGames).Dude HugeBesides Cliffy B, Bleszinski’s most popular moniker is “Dude Huge.” But how did he get that name? It’s all because of a simple typo. When writing a piece about Bleszinski, Kotaku author Brian Ashcraft wrote “dude huge” instead of “dude hugs.” Cliff loved the name so much that he decided to use it. As we’ve learned from the “covfefe” meme, typos are the gift that keep on giving.Jazz The JackrabbitPeople these days know Cliff from his work on the Unreal and Gears of War franchises. While those two series would go on to define him, they weren’t his first success. Old-school PC gamers may remember a quirky platforming title by the name of Jazz Jackrabbit. The game was such a success that it received a sequel. While he would go on to bigger and better things, Jazz Jackrabbit proved Bleszinski had what it takes to create hit games.Gears of WarThe title that made Cliffy B a household name, Gears of War is not only the dev’s most notable work, but a genre and generation-defining title. Gears of War is one of the manliest games ever created. It’s basically the handshake scene from Predator in video game form. Part of what made Gears of War fun was seeing Cliff promote it. Brandishing a real-life chainsaw bayonet along with his in-your-face attitude, Cliff was as grandiose and over the top as his signature creation. Though he left the franchise years ago, Cliff and Gears of War will always be synonymous with one another.Mario MasterCliff’s unofficial entry into the gaming industry was appearing in the very first issue of Nintendo Power magazine. As a kid, he managed to score 9,999,950 points in Super Mario Bros. When Nintendo Power was canceled in 2012, Bleszinski spoke to Kotaku about this experience and how he was a huge fan of the influential gaming magazine.Late Night TV StarCliff Bleszinski announced Gears of War 3 live on the Jimmy Fallon show back in 2010. This was the first time a late night show unveiled a new video game, thus making it a pretty big deal. Cliff is the consummate showman, so he was the perfect person to present the last game in the storied franchise to the world. Gears of War 3 may have been the first game to show up on late night television, but it certainly wouldn’t be the last. We have Cliff Bleszinski to thank for breaking this particular boundary for the games industry.LawBreakersI’m kind of cheating with this one since the game isn’t out yet — but I wanted to include LawBreakers in this post. After a two-year hiatus, Cliff is back with a new title produced by his own studio, Boss Key Productions. Truth be told, LawBreakers seems to be another one of those arena shooters we keep seeing pop up nearly every week. But since it has Cliff’s name attached to it, people are obviously excited to play it.Many Faces of CliffAnd now for the real reason, you’re reading this article.One of the fun things about old-school Cliffy B is how he never seemed to sport the same hairstyle twice. Whenever he would appear, he’d also have a new ‘do. Cliff stopped rocking multiple hairstyles around the time he asked folks to call him Cliff Bleszinski instead of “Cliffy B.” But nothing ever goes away on the internet. A such, we’ve put together this image featuring several of Cliff’s many hairstyles.Keep on being awesome, Cliff! Stay on targetlast_img read more

Amazon Employees Join Sept 20 Global Climate Walkout

first_imgStay on target Geek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your WallsReport: Amazon Testing Hand-Scanning Payment Method We want Amazon to commit to zero emissions by 2030 and pilot electric vehicles first in communities most impacted by pollution. We should be leaders reaching zero first, not sliding in at the last moment. Pledge to walk out with us:— Amazon Employees For Climate Justice (@AMZNforClimate) September 9, 2019Last year, Amazon teamed with Procter & Gamble and Hasbro to reinvent boxes, reduce waste, and simplify packaging. It also boasts a network of solar and wind farms, as well as solar fulfillment center rooftops.And in February, the firm announced a new initiative to reach 50 percent carbon neutral shipments by 2030.That’s not good enough, though, for many employees, who claim Amazon pollutes communities with fossil fuels, bolsters the petroleum industry, and funds climate deniers.Bezos & Co. “must demonstrate real climate leadership,” the group said, by committing to:Zero emissions within a decade (and pilot electric vehicles in communities most impacted by pollution)Zero custom Amazon Web Services contracts for fossil fuel firms accelerating oil and gas extractionZero funding for anyone who dismisses climate change“Amazon has the resources and scale to spark the world’s imagination and redefine what is possible and necessary to address the climate crisis,” the blog post said.Climate science suggests that the world needs to reach net zero emissions by 2050 to avoid catastrophic climate change.Next Friday’s strike marks the first time Amazon workers at corporate offices are walking out; it is also the tech industry’s first revolt over the climate crisis.“I’m proud that Amazon is one of the most innovative companies, and that means we can be a leader on climate,” Roshni Naidu, senior technical product manager at the Seattle headquarters, said in a statement. “As a leader, we need to reach zero first and not be a company who slides in at the last possible deadline.“This walkout is about telling our business and political leaders that we demand urgent action at the scale of the crisis,” she added.Employees will leave work to join youth-led, city-wide actions in their respective locations.Seattle-based staffers are set to walk out at 11:30 a.m., gathering with other tech workers for climate-related activities before marching to join youth groups and the community at City Hall for a rally.Microsoft workers, meanwhile, will also be joining millions of folks around the globe by participating in the Sept. 20 strike.More on Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow AirportEating Less Meat Can Fight Climate ChangeClimate Change + Human Excrement = Death of Coral Reefscenter_img More than 1,000 Amazon employees plan to walk out of work on Sept. 20 in support of a global climate strike.For more than a year, teen activist Greta Thunberg has been leading students and young people in weekly school climate strikes.Now, they want adults to join the fight.“As employees at one of the largest and most powerful companies in the world, our role in facing the climate crisis is to ensure our company is leading on climate, not following,” Amazon Employees For Climate Justice wrote in a Monday blog post.The group, whose aim is to “ensure our business models don’t contribute to the climate crisis,” has invited workers across the world to band together next Friday in hopes of appealing to company CEO Jeff Bezos.last_img read more

Jagielka wants to have a positive end of the season

first_imgThis season hasn’t been an easy one for Everton but it seems like they have finally reached the safe places and can focus just on ending the season positively – which is what Phil Jagielka wants.The Toffees are about to face Manchester City in their upcoming game and the experienced defender believes that with a possible win, they can end the season on a positive note despite it hasn’t been that successful.The former England international spoke about his side’s remaining games, according to Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We want to be pushing on. Since the new manager came in, results wise it has been a steady incline and it is putting us back on a steady footing.”“Our league position is not too bad and there is a chance – if we go on a run – we can finish not too far off where people may have expected us to finish, having had a positive season. That is what we need to look for from now until the end of the season.”“They’ve [City] gone to a new level this year. Their movement is brilliant at times but there are chinks in the armour, it has been proven this season and is up to us to look at those. I expect a busy day off the ball but on the ball, we must make sure we put them under as much pressure as possible.”last_img read more

Nomination period for 2019 G2E Asia Awards extended to 19 April

first_imgReed ExhibitionsVera Ng+86 755 2383 Asian GamingJadeson Ho+853 2875 SJM’s Daisy Ho to deliver keynote address as G2E Asia gets underway today Load More Melco boss Lawrence Ho hails G2E Asia Awards success The co-organizers of the 2019 G2E Asia Awards – Reed Exhibitions, the American Gaming Association and Inside Asian Gaming – have announced that the public nomination period for the 2019 G2E Asia Awards has been extended due to popular demand.With a flurry of nominations having been received over the past week, the nomination period will now run until Friday 19 April 2019. Any member of the public may submit nominations by visiting Companies are welcome to nominate themselves.center_img RelatedPosts The G2E Asia Awards judging panel, currently comprised of 32 judges, is still growing and will be finalized later this month. A select committee of the panel will narrow down the public nominations to a shortlist of official award nominees after the nomination period has closed. Award winners will be announced at the 2019 G2E Asia Awards gala dinner on Tuesday 21 May 2019.The 12 categories for the 2019 G2E Asia Awards include:Best IR Non-Gaming AttractionBest B2B Digital Product SolutionBest Electronic Gaming Solution (Slots and ETGs)Best Table Game SolutionBest Industry InnovationBest Gaming FloorBest Industry Rising Stars (Maximum of 5 Winners)Best Corporate Social Responsibility ContributionBest VIP Gaming PromoterBest Industry SupplierBest Regional Asian IR (Outside Macau or Singapore)Best Integrated ResortSeats at the G2E Asia Awards can be purchased at A variety of sponsorship packages are also available. For more information on writing a compelling nomination, download the G2E Asia Awards’ information guide.For more information on sponsorship packages or tickets to the G2E Asia Awards, contact: Galaxy Macau named Best Integrated Resort for second year running at G2E Asia Awardslast_img read more


first_img“Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down, or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn’t handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is refusing to take advantage of another’s weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other” Marvin J. Ashton When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the Creator.” Mahatma GandhiWhen my friends Bishop Josephine and Tommy Ridgley invited me to join them for dinner at Carson’s Creekside 1110 Beech Drive in Middle River, I didn’t hesitate to accept the invitation to a new restaurant. The first thing I noticed was the beautiful sunset painting a magnificent landscape on the water. The restaurant is an ideal place to dock your boat or eat on the deck among the ducks that wander about the grounds. The fried oysters were delicious and padded to perfection and the servers were prompt and courteous. This is definitely on my return list.Dr. Marie Washington, her daughter Jackie Washington, Rainier Harvey and I were in Prince George’s County for an event honoring Maryland’s Governor Hogan and Lt. Governor Rutherford hosted by Dr. Wilbur Wilson. We decided to look for a restaurant in Prince George’s county. The young people know what to do, Jackie googled a restaurant called “SoBe Restaurant and Lounge” in Lanham. Our server William Redd had the charm of a southern gentleman, very knowledgeable in assisting us in our menu selections. I ordered the shrimp, corn and crab bisque and lamb chops, others ordered southern fried chicken and crab cakes. The ambience was excellent, the food superb and the service was top-notch. They also feature live jazz. For more information go to or contact the GM Chris at“Chances are ’cause I wear a silly grin the moment you come into view. Chances are you think that I’m in love with you… Guess you feel you’ll always be the one and only one for me; and if you think you could, then chances are your chances are awfully good.” Johnny MathisSending a bouquet of pink and green flowers of love to newlyweds Diosa and Rhonda Cylburn on their wedding day.“Three little words oh, what I’d give for that wonderful phrase to hear those three little words… Three little words, eight little letters which simply mean I love you.” Nat King ColeSending “love and happiness” to Beverly and John Carter, Latonya and Charles Queen and a special anniversary wish to Darlene and Robert Williams celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary “cruisin” the Mediterranean Sea.“He is like a man, which built a house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.” Luke 6:48Happy fourth anniversary to Pastor Purcell Wylie and the Carpenter’s House as they continue to be servants unto God.We’re singing, happy birthday to my sister Karen Johnson, Chase, my grandsons Damien Richard Lee and Gregory Warren Packer Jr, Colin Daniels, Keith Pennick, Donna Briscoe, Aloha McCullough, Janet Jones, Dana Petersen Moore, Karen Hill, Beatrice Williams, Steward Beckham, Dyra Johnson, Rod Womack,  Deenen Fassett, Cletis Parker, Delegate Bilal Ali, Annie Hall, Judy Rainey, Sabrina Tapp-Harper, Joe Ann Otis, Sophia Blake, Dorothy Marshall, James “Dickey” Harris and Wendell Rawlings.Sending bouquets of violets to Dr. Marian Davis Foster, Maxine Gaskins, Dr. Ann Emery, Dr. Lavenia Fitzpatrick and my neighbor Ernestine Jolivet.“…and, like a horse unbroken, when first he feels the rein, the furious river struggled hard, and tossed his tawny mane, and burst the curb, and bounded, rejoicing to be free…” Thomas Babington McAulay The death of three of my young friends within 24 hours of each other reminded me of the poem “Horatio at the Bridge,” a story of a young soldier tasked to protect the bridge during wartime despite many obstacles he was victorious in his determination to win that even his opponents cheered for him. I’ve known each one and their families for 30 to 40 plus years, watching them become outstanding citizens in their community.Christopher Byrd (Brother Musab Musharif), son of Dr. Eugene and Laura Byrd fought and won a great health battle over a year ago that changed the eating and health attitudes of his family and friends. He single handedly made us conscious of our bodies by encouraging good health and exercise decisions. His matter of fact demeanor was so encouraging to others especially his nephews and sister Cimmon.Marie “Mimi” Geddie, daughter of Elaine Morton and the late Neal Morton, the wife of Anthony and the mother of two teen-agers, fought a strong battle until the end. Her award winning smile and awesome spirit remained intact despite her illness and discomfort as she fought the dreaded disease that was consuming her body.Troy Madison Belton son of Gloria and the late Darrell Belton died 11 years to the date of his father’s death. Troy was a veteran and committed family man, who courageously fought the disease that consumed his body. His calm demeanor and his shy, but warm spirit embraced everyone he encountered.“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:8I loved and mourn them as if they were my own. Their spirit shall live on through eternity. My regret is they are “gone too soon”Keep Nathan and Joanne Rollins in your prayers on the death of Nathan’s mother Ann Elizabeth Rollins.Breast Cancer awareness month!last_img read more