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first_imgCommunity Members, I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this with you as I have been waiting awhile to showcase more about CIRA & what is coming in Montevina from a vPro stand point. I remember awhile back I was asked by a group of students if this capability would exist like this in the future & finally I can showcase more of the pieces of the puzzle to the world. For the folks out there that asked me about this & I just smiled.. well.. here’s more of the puzzle.. Here is the AMT 4.0 (Cira, Montevina) Platform User Guide that explains the MEBx settings in detailed screen views. If you have any questions let me know & hopefully soon to follow will be a youtube video to show off these new capabilites of the new mobile platform.Please watch out for this new platform to hit the news wire in the near future….. Also here is my first post on CIRA about what it does in picture format.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 2 (PTI) The workers money in EPFO has not been diverted to stock markets but it is invested in funds which are safe and profitable, the government said in the Rajya Sabha. Replying to a Calling Attention Motion of Ahmed Patel (Congress), Labour and Employment Minister Bandaru Dattatreya asserted that his “paramount interest will be safeguarding of the workers interest.” Patels motion was on the alleged diversion of money from Employees Provident Fund (EPF) to stock market. Describing the allegation as “totally incorrect”, Dattatreya said, “There is no question of diverting funds. This government is pro-poor, pro-worker and pro-progressive… We have made (investments) in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and not in share markets.” ETF is a fund which holds several assets such as stocks, commodities or bonds and most ETFs track an index like a stock index or a bond index. With regard to the pattern of such investment (pension funds in ETFs) and in long term investments with equity participation, he said the interests are “positive and encouraging”. “This worldover pattern is giving positive returns. These funds (equity funds) are generally for 10 years or more period, so thats why this will give encouragement in a positive direction and in a profitable manner,” he said. He assured the House that the government is maintaining a “cautious approach” and is “more concerned” about the workers money in the EPFO. “The indications are positive and we are in the right direction,” Dattatreya said. On the quantum of investments in ETFs, he said a March 2, 2015 notification by the Finance Ministry had prescribed minimum 5 per cent of the investible deposits and maximum 15 per cent in ETFs. Besides, the Para 52 of the EPF Scheme, 1952, mandates that the investment will be made in accordance with the notification of the central government. Of the total amount, 75 per cent is being investment in Nifty and the remaining 25 per cent in BSE, he said. “In Nifty there are 50 baskets and in the BSE, 30 baskets. The funds are not invested in individual shares,” he added. The total amount invested, so far, is Rs 7,468 crore and its current market value is Rs 8,024 crore, which is an interest of 7.45 per cent, the Minister said. “Earlier only SBI was investing it, but now to increase competition, we have also allowed UTI,” he added. The Minister said EPFOs total corpus is Rs 7.5 lakh crore and of this Rs 6 lakh crore was invested in equity, government and corporate bodies till August 2015. After August 2015, only Rs 1.25 lakh crore has been invested. (MORE) PTI RNK AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe difference in opinion among BCCI top brass once again came to the fore as acting president CK Khanna, treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry and senior member Rajiv Shukla were apparently not kept in the loop over the scheduling of the historic Test against Afghanistan.BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary and CEO Rahul Johri on Tuesday announced that Bengaluru will host the memorable Test between India and Afghanistan from June 14-18. It will be Afghanistan’s first-ever five-day match.The normal convention as per BCCI constitution is that any decision with regards to venue and date of international matches is taken by tours and fixtures sub-committee.President, secretary and treasurer are ex-officio members of that committee while Shukla, a senior Congressman is also a part of that panel.”Yes, neither secretary nor treasurer was kept in the loop about the decision as one needs to call a sub committee meeting as per protocol. The decision to play Afghanistan was taken at general body forum (SGM in December) and now the members were bypassed when date and venue is announced,” a senior office bearer said.While Shukla was unavailable for comment, it can be confirmed that even he was not in the know of things.BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was unavailable for comment but an official close to secretary Choudhary said that as of now there is no requirement of taking any permission from the tours and fixtures committee.”The secretary has been entrusted with the powers of taking a decision on all ICC matters,” an official close to a ruling faction said.advertisementHowever, the aggrieved members believe that Supreme Court, when it gave its views on ICC matters, meant that it was pertaining to world governing council meetings and not international fixtures.The India-Afghanistan Test will be a historic first for the war-ravaged nation where cricket has become the most popular sport.Their leg spinner Rashid Khan Armaan is a sought after player across T20 leagues and their junior team recently beat Pakistan in the U-19 World Cup opener.(Source: PTI)last_img read more

first_imgKolkata, Jan 27 (PTI) Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai reckons that they have got to the root of problems confronting the Indian Cricket Borad (BCCI), but “cleansing” can not happen overnight. In the aftermath of 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, the COA was appointed by the Supreme Court about a year ago but the Lodha Committee recommendations are yet to be implemented by many state association. “You cant expect a committee of one and half years to get to the 360 degrees of the entire problem. But I must say 99 per cent of the problems have been identified. We have tried to plug it also. They have done a fairly good job about the diagnosis of the problems that confront Indian cricket today,” Rai said during a session on “Reforming Indian Sport” organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce. “As an avid sports lover, I would very much like to see BCCI become the role model in large number of ways for administration to be built upon in a large number of way in the days to come.” The COA, originally a four-member panel, has now been reduced to a two-member Committee as cricket historian Ramachandra Guha and Vikram Limaye resigned. “When youre out there trying to fix things, you have to be thick-skinned. Youre addressing issues about policy reforms and how can you you allow personalities to derail. You have to continue to focus on whatever happening. “30 years cleansing you cant do overnight. The buzzword for us is perseverance. Only thing I can say is Im a retired unemployed, totally benign private citizen. Ive tons of time and Ive perseverance,” the 69-year-old said. Rai lamented that the Indians are content with mediocrity when it comes to achieving excellence in sports. “Look at China in Olympics 30 years back. Where were they? Look at now. The state has taken over. Its the pursuit of excellence and with professionalism that has delivered. “Somewhere I think, as far as India are concerned, we have just become satisfied with mediocre performances. We have become to worship mediocrity, someway it has got into our souls. The moment we try to pursue excellence — only the gold medals and not the silver and bronze — I think we have done it.” He also praised the former BCCI officials. “People behind the BCCI have done a huge amount of good. They built up the game of cricket in big time, theres no denying. All that we need to do just put a model in place to make it sustainable for a long period. “For anything to be sustainable, it has to be formed on an edifice of accountability, transparency and an element of objectivity. Thats why between a sportsperson and fans, an administrative agency works,” he summed up about their role. PTI TAP AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAfghanistan maintained their dominant run over Zimbabwe as they started the five-match one day international series on a high.Batting first, Rahmat Shah smashed 114 off 110 balls to guide Afghanistan to a massive 333/5. In reply, Zimbabwe were folded for 179 as Rashid Khan destroyed the visitors’ batting line-up with his 4/26.Zimbabwe’s chase never really got going. Solomon Mire top-scored with a brisk 34 off 26 balls and later Craig Ervine (33) and Skinadar Raza (25) put together something of a partnership but when Ervine fell at just about the time of Rashid’s introduction with the ball so began a collapse from which Zimbabwe could not recover.The 19-year-old leg-spinner ended with the remarkable figures of 4/26 off just 5.4 overs, clean bowling Brian Vitori for 8 to secure a 154-run victory, as Zimbabwe lost their last five wickets for 51 runs.Earlier, having won the toss, Afghanistan piled on 333/5, building from a solid start by openers Mohammad Shahzad (36 off 40) and Ihsanullah (54 off 53), who put on 90 for the first wicket before Ihsanullah was caught by Solomon Mire off the bowling of the skipper Graeme Cremer (3/47).That brought Shah to the wicket to produce the game’s defining innings. He hit four sixes and eight fours in his 110-ball 114, only falling when attacking the last ball of the innings, caught by Ervine off paceman Kyle Jarvis.Though Nasir Jamal added 31 off 41 balls, the innings’ most telling late intervention came from 24-year-old Najibullah Zadran, whose explosive 81 came off just 51 balls and featured five sixes and five fours, Jarvis and seamer Tendai Chatara in particular bearing the brunt of the late assault. There were 122 runs in the last 10 overs and 82 runs in the last five — including a 30-run over off Chatara.advertisementThe result means Afghanistan remain unbeaten on this tour – following their 2-0 victory in the Twenty20 International series.The second ODI will be at Sharjah again on Sunday.(Courtesy: ICC)last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva: Positives in Man City defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva felt they weren’t strong enough in attack for defeat to Manchester City.Silva’s team suffered a third consecutive Premier League defeat at Goodison Park on Saturday evening after goals from Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling overcome Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first-half opener. “We didn’t get the most important thing in football, as you know, which is the result, but we got some positives for sure from the game,” the manager explained afterwards.”Analysing the game, we didn’t start like we wanted to. They started the game strong, faster with the ball than us, more aggressive than us.”Until the goal they scored, the first, they were clearly better than us. After that we showed that reaction and desire to challenge them and try and get a different result.”The reaction was really good and after that the game was more balanced with the possession and the quality they have to break that immediate pressure in some moments.” last_img read more

first_img1. Oregon-based Imbue is a company that prides itself on only making vermouth, nothing else. 2. New York-based Atsby vermouth is great on its own or in a classic cocktail. 3. Australia’s Maidenii crafts artisanal vermouths using botanicals indigenous to the country. Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion Thank the Italians. In the late 18th century, they were the first to create vermouth. The fortified wine was often drunk on its own but morphed into a key ingredient in many standard cocktails, from the Martini to the Manhattan to the Negroni. Although Europeans have long drunk vermouth on its own, Americans were late to the party. Thanks to today’s artisanal varieties, tipplers on this side of the Atlantic can enjoy the classic beverage the way nature intended.The Manual has selected a few of our favorite artisanal vermouths from around the country and beyond.ImbueGaston, OregonWinemakers in the United States have gotten on the vermouth bandwagon in recent years. Not so Oregon-based Imbue. The company prides itself on being a vermouth company, not a winery that “dabbles in vermouth.” Imbue’s vermouths are a combination of white wine and Pinot Gris brandy and a number of botanicals including chamomile, cinnamon and elderflower.  The Petal & Thorn version is aromatic, with hints of orange peel and rose, giving it sweetness with a bit of a kick. Still too sweet? Try the brand’s Bittersweet Vermouth, which offers hints of pear, lemongrass and elderflower.AtsbyNew York, New YorkIf F. Scott Fitzgerald were still alive, he’d probably prefer Atsby vermouth, or at the very least, have one of his characters in “The Great Gatsby” drink it. A New York–based brand launched by lawyer Adam Ford, Atsby pays homage to vermouths from the 1930s, the beverage’s heyday. Atsby has two varieties: Amberthorn and Armadillo Cake. The former is more akin to a sweet vermouth with hints of nettle, French lavender and basil. The latter is darker and richer with hints of nutmeg and other fall botanicals.MaideniiAustraliaAlthough many stateside vermouths have nothing to do with their European counterparts, other vermouth makers trust Italian and French winemakers to give them a more traditional product. Enter Australia’s Maidenii. A collaboration between French winemaker Gilles Lapalus and Australian Shaun Byrne, Maidenii takes the best of the old and new worlds and fashions vermouth that looks and tastes European but has an Australian sensibility. A base of wormwood and wine, Maidenii crafts vermouth with 34 botanticals, 12 of which are native to Australia. You can taste hints of strawberry gum and wattleseed as well as river mint. The brand offers three varieties: classic, sweet and dry. Opt for the dry vermouth, which is made with locally-sourced viognier, yarrow and Japanese gentian. It’s great on its own or in a classic Martini. Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Editors’ Recommendations center_img How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Bar last_img read more

first_imgzoom Turkey-based cruise port operator Global Ports Holding (GPH) has listed its initial public offering (IPO) on London Stock Exchange (LSE).The company was officially listed on LSE on May 17.With the pricing of its offer at 740 pence per share, the floatation gives the company a market capitalization of GBP 465 million (around USD 605.7 million).The company said it will receive net proceeds of about GBP 51.7 million, which will be used to develop and expand the cruise business.“The announcement is a significant moment for Global Ports Holding and I would like to welcome our new shareholders who share our … vision… We look forward with confidence to the next stage of our development as a listed company,” Mehmet Kutman, Chairman/Co-Founder of GPH, said.Established in 2004, GPH operates fourteen ports in eight countries.last_img read more

first_imgThe province is working with the public to make roads safer for drivers and residents in the Kytes Hill Drive area just outside Sydney. The province recently hired a consultant to review the area, including the intersection at Kytes Hill Drive and Grand Lake Road, to address safety concerns from residents. “Road safety is always our first priority,” said Maurice Smith, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “My department is working with a consultant and other stakeholders to determine how we could enhance public safety on this busy section of road.” The consultant, Hatch Mott MacDonald, will work with a steering committee of representatives from CBRM, police, and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. A public meeting will allow residents to provide input. “The public meeting is a great opportunity for the many motorists in our area who travel Grand Lake Road,” said Peter McIsaac, Cape Breton Regional Police Chief. “I know many will look forward to discussing the issues and possible solutions for a safe roadway.” The meeting will take place Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Grand Lake Road Volunteer Fire Department, 866 Grand Lake Rd., Sydney. The $30,000 review, funded by the province, is expected to be complete by August.last_img read more

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsFormer Justice minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould found herself at the centre of a political hurricane Thursday in Ottawa.According to a report in the Globe and Mail, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) pressured her last October to intervene in a criminal case involving construction giant SNC Lavalin.The report, based on sources, said Wilson-Raybould refused.She was eventually shuffled from justice to Veterans Affairs in January.The story consumed the House of Commons from the start of the day.Thursday marked the second reading of Bill C-91, the Indigenous Languages Act.But Conservative Indigenous Affairs critic Cathy McLeod had something else on her mind.“Everyone was so proud when the attorney general, the Justice minister of Canada, was an Indigenous woman,” McLeod said during the debate. “And we congratulated her on her amazing success.“We are now learning that this government threw her under the bus.”The Liberals used deflection to try and change the subject.“I would’ve thought that all members of the House would have more respect for our veterans than to consider transfer to the ministry of Veteran Affairs as being thrown under the bus,” replied Liberal Doug Eyolson.But McLeod wouldn’t let go.“But when you have someone, and clearly now we know why, and clearly the reason is because as she indicated she was speaking truth to power. The Prime Minister’s Office cared more about their friends than they did about listening to someone with integrity and compassion,” she said.SNC Lavalin has been facing legal trouble over allegations it paid millions of dollars in bribes to get government business in Libya, which would be a crime under Canadian law.As Justice minister, Wilson-Raybould could have gotten involved in the case against the company by directing federal prosecutors to negotiate a “remediation agreement,” a way of undoing damage without admitting the company itself was at fault for things particular employees did.The Globe reports that SNC-Lavalin repeatedly lobbied Trudeau’s aides for a deal and Trudeau’s office leaned on Wilson-Raybould to make it happen.No such agreement was ever reached and Wilson-Raybould was moved to be minister of Veterans Affairs in a January cabinet shuffle.At a news conference in Vaughan, Ont. Thursday morning, Trudeau denied his office directed Wilson-Raybould.“The allegations in the Globe story this morning are false,” Trudeau said. “Neither the current nor the previous attorney general was ever directed by me or by anyone in my office to take a decision in this matter.”Conservative opposition Leader Andrew Scheer believes otherwise.“Jody Wilson Raybould lost her job for refusing to bow to pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office,” Scheer said during Question Period. “Well, that’s what I’m saying, it’s up to the Prime Minister to come clean on this.”The issue dominated Question Period with both the NDP and Conservatives asking questions.“SNC Lavalin was rewarded Mr. Speaker when they faced corruption and fraud charges the Liberals leaned on their own Justice minister not to go to trial but to get a plea deal,” said NDP MP Nathan Cullen.“Do Liberals seriously expect Canadians that all these illegal and troubling events implicating the Prime Minister’s Office itself and their former Justice Minister are all somehow just a coincidence.”Conservatiive MP Michael Cooper followed.“Did the Prime Minister fire the attorney general because she refused to do his dirty work? Yes or no!”Trudeau wasn’t in the house on Thursday.Instead, current Attorney General and Justice Minister David Lametti answered all questions related to Wilson-Raybould.“Mr. Speaker the Prime Minister has said no such direction was given to my predecessor and no such direction has been given to me,” he repeated several times.Opposition MPs started directing questions towards Wilson-Raybould in the hopes she would answer the question everyone was asking.She did not.In the Globe and Mail article, Wilson-Raybould also refused to comment on the read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Income Tax department has notified I-T return forms for individuals and companies for the assessment year 2019-20. While there has been no change in ITR-1 or Sahaj, which is to be filled by the salaried class, some sections in ITR 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 have been rationalised. Individuals, firms and companies have to file returns for the income earned in 2018-19 during the course of current fiscal. ITR-1 is filed by individuals having a total income of up to Rs 50 lakh, having income from salaries, one house property, other sources (like interest), and agricultural income up to Rs 5,000. ITR-2 is filed by Individuals and HUFs not having income from profits and gains of business or profession, while ITR-3 is filed by individuals and HUFs having income from profits and gains of business or profession. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalITR-4 or Sugam is meant for individuals, HUFs and firms (other than LLP) having a total income of up to Rs 50 lakh and having presumptive income from business and profession. Those filing ITR-3 and ITR-6 (companies) will have to disclose information regarding turnover / gross receipts reported for Goods and Services Tax included now in ITR-3 and ITR- 6 also. Last year, it was applicable only for those assessees filing ITR-4. The last date of filing Income Tax Return (ITR) is July 31 for those who are not required to get their accounts audited.last_img read more

first_imgChennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday held that Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi “cannot interfere” in the day-to-day affairs of the elected government of the Union Territory, a decision hailed by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy who termed it as “victory” of democracy.Allowing a petition by K Laksminarayanan, a Congress MLA, Justice R Mahadevan set aside the two communications issued in January and June 2017 by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs “elevating” the power of the administrator. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghReferring to the Supreme Court judgement on the tussle between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt Governor Anil Baijal, the judge said restrictions imposed on the Government of Delhi are not applicable to the Government of Puducherry. “The apex court has clearly held that there is a distinction between the National Capital Territory of Delhi and Puducherry”, the judge said. Though Puducherry was not a state, the Legislative Assembly would have the same powers as that of a state, he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHailing the judgement, Congress leader and Chief Minister Narayanasamy, who has been at loggerheads with Bedi over various issues, said the court order was “historic and demonstrates the victory of democracy.” In her reaction, Bedi said, “We are examining the judgement.” The judge in his order said, “The Administrator cannot interfere in the day-to -ay affairs of the government. The decision taken by the Council of Ministers and the Chief Minister is binding on the Secretaries and other officials.” The petitioner Lakshminarayanan is an elected member of the Puducherry assembly from the Raj Bhavan constituency. He submitted that there were political differences between the elected Government of Puducherry and the Centre. “She (Bedi) conducts review meetings with the officials directly, by-passing the elected government, carries out inspections and issues on-the-spot orders and thereby runs a parallel and diametrically opposite government within the government,” he claimed. The petitioner also alleged that the Administrator was interfering in the day-to-day administration of the territorial government, its policies and programmes. The judge observed that the court had already discussed the role of secretaries. They normally act only as a medium of communication, utmost to render their opinion at circumstances and have no power or authority to override the decisions of the Council. “Though they may report to the Administrator nominated by the President, still they cannot shed their duty to the decision of the Council of Ministers taken as per the procedure laid down in the Government of Union Territories Act and the Rules of Business of the Government of Pondicherry, 1963. “…they cannot jump the gun and run a parallel Government under the directions of the Administrator,” the judge said. The court said elected representatives of the government play a major role in decision making, or else, there would be no purpose in having an elected government, who are the true representatives of the people. “…the elected government functioning through the Council of Ministers cannot be defeated by the act of the Administrator, who is also functioning under the provisions of the Constitution, by way of interfering in the day to day affairs of the Government…,” it said. Alluding to the allegations over use of social media by the Administrator (Bedi) to summon officials, the Judge said, “The Government officials cannot use their personal media to address the grievances of the public. “A public redressal forum in the form of official e-mails, telephone numbers are to be circulated and used, if already not put into use.” “The Administrator has no exclusive authority to run the administration in derogation of the Constitutional Principles and the Parliamentary Laws governing the issue,” he added. Responding to the court order, Narayanasamy said: “The High Court has in its order pointed out unequivocally that Kiran Bedi does not have independent powers and she must work in tandem with the elected government in administrative and service matters, financial aspect of governance.” “We are examining the judgment, after which we shall take a view,” Bedi said in a Whatsapp message to media. She said the Model Code of Conduct in the context of the parliamentary polls was still in force and “files which require Lt Governor’s approval such as service matters, promotions, appointments, disciplinary matters and financial sanctions for grant in aid are being received and being examined.” “They are being cleared on merits of each case,” she added.last_img read more

Rabat – A 28-year-old man of Moroccan origin died on a sidewalk in Chicago Monday night due to what police officers claim could have been a drug-related dispute, a report by the local source WGN TV said. The perpetrator shot the man, who has been identified as Achraf S. by acquaintances, in the head and face while the victim had been seated in his car at Elston and Pulaski Avenue in the windy city’s Irving Park neighborhood. He ran across the street and collapsed on the sidewalk after the attack.A local named Jonathan Valentin live streamed the scene after the incident on Periscope. “That’s the whole body, right there,” he said, referring to the corpse covered by a white sheet provided by the police. Only the soles of the victim’s sneakers showed.Police have taken a suspect into custody, but no names have been released yet.The victim’s friends say he has been working odd jobs in the U.S., but resided in Morocco and the neighboring Spain for most of his life. They speculated that Ashraf had been running towards the restaurant to get help, as he had no family in the country.The man’s three roommates spoke to the Chicago Tribune and said they had moved to the area a few months ago from the South and West sides of Chicago in search of a safer place to live.“I moved from a bad neighborhood thinking this was a good neighborhood,” Teresa Cruz, 26, said.According to a bystander comforting Ashraf’s friends, Irving Park has grown increasingly dangerous in recent years because drug dealers have found a new market. read more

“With these funds behind us, we can ensure an uninterrupted flow of food assistance to the hungriest and the most vulnerable in Pakistan, especially young children,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran. “This donation comes at a critical time as WFP is transitioning from emergency food distributions, towards helping communities rebuild the lives they lost before the floods,” she said.The US contribution – divided equally into $45 million in cash as well as in-kind food aid worth $45 million consisting of wheat flour, vegetable oil and dried peas – will be used to provide food assistance to more than 7 million flood-affected people, according to WFP.“This donation, along with others, will buy us more time,” Ms. Sheeran said. “We had genuine concerns that we would have to cut rations for hungry people if we could not mobilise more funds. With this wave of support, we now have some breathing space at least until the New Year,” she added.WFP is providing life-saving rations to some 1.7 million people who cannot return to inundated villages in Sindh and Balochistan provinces.More than 5 million people who have already gone back home are also receiving rations and seeds from the Government and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) so that they can plant and have an harvest in April. WFP is also providing food as compensation for work to rebuild infrastructure that was damaged by the floods.The health and nutritional needs of young children is a priority and the agency is supplying highly nutritious ready-to-eat supplementary food for youngsters. WFP has also been pre-positioning food supplies in northern areas ahead of the cold winter months when snow can cut off access to communities. 8 November 2010The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it has received a $90 million donation from the United States which, combined with other recent contributions, will help prevent a reduction in food aid to millions of people affected by the recent catastrophic floods in Pakistan. read more

The three camps removed yesterday were located at Amee, Zavi and Nyamokaka, near Mona, more than 100 kilometres north of the main town in the region, Bunia, according to a UN spokesman.On 5 December, MONUC carried out a similar operation against the Armed Forces of the Congolese People (FAPC) in Ndrele, about 20 kilometres south-west of Mahagi. Four days later, the peacekeepers undertook another manoeuvre against the FAPC, that time in Mahagi itself.Yesterday’s move came early in the morning. UN troops razed huts in the camps but made no arrests. Local people, often victims of harassment and exactions by the FNI, welcomed the action, according to MONUC. read more

Representatives from China, France, Gabon, Libya, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Panama, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, Syria, Turkey and Uruguay signed the UN Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products during a ceremony at the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) headquarters in Geneva. “The protocol gives the world a unique legal instrument for countering and eventually eliminating a sophisticated international criminal activity that costs a lot, especially for health,” said WHO’s Director-General, Margaret Chan, during the signing ceremony. The new Protocol aims to help protect people across the globe from the health risks of tobacco, which kills nearly six million people every year. Approximately one person dies every six seconds due to tobacco and this accounts for one in 10 adult deaths. The treaty advocates combating the illegal trade in tobacco products through control of the supply chain and international cooperation. As a key measure, Parties commit to establishing a global tracking and tracing system to reduce and eventually eradicate illicit trade. “The adoption of the Protocol is the result of close cooperation between multiple sectors of government,” said the Head of the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), Haik Nikogosian. “It also shows how a unified stand on a public health subject can benefit important government objectives on health and beyond, such as protecting revenues and countering criminal activities.” The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products was adopted at the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC, on November 2012, in Seoul, in the Republic of Korea. WHO noted that the Protocol will remain open for signature at UN Headquarters in New York until 9 January 2014 and will enter into force 90 days after the 40th Party has ratified it. read more

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Line of Dutyactor Martin Compston has had a lucky escape after a HGV truck collided into a taxi he was travelling in.The recovery truck ploughed into the passenger side of a black cab as the television detective was heading to a hotel in Greater Manchester on Thursday night. Taxi driver Derek Burton, 71, said the actor – known to fans as DS Steve Arnott – was “very shaken” by the incident but was unhurt. “There was a thundering bang. I thought it was a bomb. Martin screamed. We didn’t know what happened. We hadn’t seen the truck.“It smashed into where he was sitting. Martin’s door was bashed in. It was probably doing 10mph but was so big it destroyed the cab,” he told The Sun newspaper. Mr Burton said the passenger door was bashed in but said Mr Compston was unharmed. He appeared on BBC Breakfast the following day to promote Sunday night’s season finale of Line of Duty. It comes as Compston has signed up for a further two series of the hit BBC drama which follows the unit of AC-12 who investigate police corruption.  read more

first_imgNola Cross, co-owner of Battle Ground Computers, said she looks to downtown Camas, which has used the Main Street program, for inspiration on how to revive Old Town Battle Ground. BATTLE GROUND — It may take more than a dash of fresh paint, a flower pot or two and a few park benches to revitalize Old Town Battle Ground.It will take money, know-how and something even more important. “It will take buy-in,” said Robert Maul, Battle Ground’s community development director.A loose partnership between the city and the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce has been forged in an effort to revitalize the city’s historic business district using a state-sponsored urban renewal program.The Main Street program, as it’s called, provides redevelopment guidance, as well as tax incentives, to commercial districts that have fallen on hard times. City leaders have expressed interest in pursuing the program, if Old Town businesses are on board with it.When business districts are accepted into the program, they form committees to raise money and set improvement goals.Across Washington, the Main Street program has moved into 13 cities, according to the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, which manages the program. It’s been used in cities as far afield as Olympia, Port Townsend and Walla Walla.Nationwide, about 2,000 communities have taken part in the program, battling everything from the influx of boarded-up buildings to the invasion of look-alike strip malls. For Old Town, the Main Street program would be a long time coming.last_img read more

first_img RIDGEFIELD — The federal shutdown couldn’t spoil Birdfest as an estimated 3,000 took in the weekend event under glorious skies.While the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge was closed, Davis and Abrams parks were alive with activities on Sunday.“How do they catch their prey? They’re so big,” 8-year-old Gavin Meyer said as he studied Aristophanes, a common raven held by Portland Audubon Society volunteer Scott Salzwedel, 50, of Portland.“They really like using their beak,” Salzwedel said. “They know how to get food without trying very hard. … They love berries.”Gavin, dressed in his Cub Scout uniform, was at the park with Liam Rapp, 8, and Ronan Blanchard, 8. The boys attend Union Ridge Elementary School in Ridgefield.“This is our first year (at Birdfest),” said Steve Rapp, 36. “It’s pretty neat.” He’s an engineer for a medical equipment manufacturer and Scout den leader and was there with his wife, Sinead, 34, and Liam.Children and adults seemed taken with birds brought to Davis Park by Audubon volunteers.Sherie Salzwedel, 48, was tethered to Ruby, a turkey vulture.“People are so surprised how majestic they are upclose,” she said. “Lots of people think they are ugly, but they’re really not.”“I’ve been getting pretty good questions. This is a good group,” Salzwedel added.It takes about $10,000 to stage Birdfest, Russ Roseberry said. He is a board member of the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and Birdfest coordinator. He said six Ridgefield businesses contributed $700 to bring the Audubon volunteers to the event, which had many other sponsors.Roseberry said the closure of the refuge altered aspects of the weekend festival, “but it was made up by the great weather.” Temperatures were in the low 70s. Aristophanes, a common raven, was among the stars at Birdfest.last_img read more

first_img Load More Speculation has been rife in recent months as to which foreign operators might be interested in bidding for the Queensland State Government’s mooted second casino license, however in a statement published by The Gold Coast Bulletin this week, a Caesars spokesman said, “Several weeks ago, Caesars Entertainment decided that it would not pursue a casino license in Queensland.”While no detail was provided by Caesars as to the reasons for its decision, Queensland Tourism Department Director-General Damien Walker, said the government had been informed “this decision by (Caesars) was a result of internal company changes and not the attractiveness of the Gold Coast market as an investment opportunity.”The decision also precedes comments made by Eldorado CEO Tom Reeg during an investor call this week discussing the merger agreement with Caesars. Reeg, who will take charge of the merged entity upon completion of the deal, stated “no firm decisions” had yet been made on the company’s long-term international ambitions but “the opportunity internationally will have to be stupendous for us to run in that direction.”As for the Gold Coast, it is still to be seen whether the proposed development of a second casino goes ahead at all, with no site yet confirmed and questions being asked over whether the region is big enough to host another IR under the government’s Gold Coast Global Tourism Hub ambitions.Approval for a second casino would also likely put an end to a proposed AU$2 billion “mega masterplan” by The Star Gold Coast operator, Star Entertainment Group, in addition to the AU$850 million it has already spent upgrading its Gold Coast property. The masterplan would see a total of four new hotel towers developed on top of the already under-construction Dorsett Hotel and Star Residences.Star Entertainment Group has previously expressed concerns over the government’s plans for slot machine licenses should a second casino be given the green light, stating the company “has a declared position that the Gold Coast is already saturated as an electronic gaming machine market.” Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move RelatedPosts US casino giant Caesars Entertainment has revealed it has pulled out of the race to develop a casino on Australia’s Gold Coast.According to reports from News Ltd, the decision was made a number of weeks ago and well before the announcement by Caesars this week that it had entered into a US$17.3 billion merger agreement with fellow US casino operator Eldorado Resorts.last_img read more