Miami – Just a few months after Pope Francis gave positive declarations about Islam and was supported as much as he was criticized, the British Daily Mail has resurfaced a short video of the Pope, on the topic of Islam.Argentinian-born Pope Francis speaks to reporters aboard an aircraft headed back to Rome from a three-day trip to Turkey.At a time when extremist religious beliefs have negatively affected the world and generalized stereotypes are constantly creating controversy, Pope Francis conveys a simple but assertive message of peace by describing how terrorism has obscured positive views of Islam. “On, Islamophobia, it is true that when one sees these terrorist acts, not only in this region, but also in Africa, there is this reaction: ‘If this is Islam, I am going to get angry’, and so many Islamic people are offended”, said the religious leader in Italian.He goes on to reassure his remark and shares a reaction of the Muslim majority to these assumptions. “Many, many say: ‘No, we are not this, the Koran is a book of peace; it is a prophetic book of peace’. That [terrorism] is not Islam”, said the Pontiff.It is not the first time Pope Francis opens up about his tolerance and what some consider “liberal views”.He has been called the modern Pope, the liberal Pope, and his declarations make the news at all media levels regardless of the subject. His charismatic personality and his humble simplicity are undeniable.Media outlets and social media users of all countries and religions have an interest on what he has to say. This video which has gone viral was no different.There are millions of Islamic people in the world who follow the Koran and whose actions and lives are peaceful and disciplined. It is unfair to regard them as violent individuals and blame an entire religion for the terrorizing acts of extremists.World peace and acceptance is a must in which unbiased and knowledgeable information can lead us to unification.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday as investors closed the books on a year that saw a solid advance.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 40.16 points to 13,621.55 with gains for the day led by the battered gold sector, by far the biggest loser on the Toronto market this year.The TSX ended 2013 up 9.55% for the year, with the advance racked up over the last five months.“The back half of the year was really the inflection point,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.He observed that was the point where the market started to transition from one that was driven by central bank stimulus to an environment where investors started to focus more on economic fundamentals.“And that’s a healthy transition,” added Fehr.The Canadian dollar closed up 0.04 of a cent to 94.02 cents US.U.S. indexes also ended the year higher as traders digested a mixed bag of data on home prices, consumer confidence and manufacturing.The Dow Jones industrials rose 72.37 points to a new closing high of 16,576.66, adding up to a gain of 26.5% for 2013. The Nasdaq was ahead 22.39 points to 4,176.59, up 38% this year to its highest level in 13 years. The S&P 500 index was up 7.29 points to 1,848.36 for a gain of 29% for 2013, its best year since 1997.The gains on the final trading day of the year came as Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 0.2% from September to October, down from a 0.7% increase from August to September, as higher mortgage rates weighed on sales and dampened the housing recovery.For the year, U.S. home prices reflected big gains in earlier months. They rose 13.6% over the past 12 months, the fastest pace since February 2006 — before the U.S. real estate crash.Other data showed the Chicago Purchasing Managers Index, a key reading on manufacturing in the American Midwest, slowed during this month, falling to 59.1 from 63.Also, the U.S. Conference Board said its consumer confidence index for December came in 78.1, up sharply from 72 in November.TSX gains for the year would have been greater if not for deep losses in the mining sectors. The gold sector fell about 48% for the year while the precious metal has fallen about 28%, the first annual loss since 2000.Gold prices have taken a big hit this year as the global economy gradually improved and the U.S. Federal Reserve made moves to cut back on its monthly bond purchases, a key area of stimulus.On Tuesday, the gold sector was the major advancer, up just over 2% while the February contract on the Nymex shed early losses to move up $1.50 to US$1,202.30 an ounce. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) climbed 51 cents to C$18.71.In addition to the big losses in gold, the base metals component has retreated 21% as an uneven global recovery kept the lid on commodity prices.The base metals group was also ahead 0.77% on Tuesday with March copper up a penny at US$3.40 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) was ahead 35 cents to C$27.65.Outside of the mining sectors, most TSX sectors did quite well for the year.“Roughly half of the TSX sectors are up double digits or more for the year,” said Fehr.“And when you look at industrials, consumer discretionary, there are some very strong gains and I think the investments that were really tied to fundamental growth, better manufacturing, consumer spending around the world, those are areas that did exceptionally well.”Financials were up 22% for the year. Insurance companies were particularly strong performers as companies benefited from strong stock market gains and rising bond yields.Industrials also had a good year, up about 35% as railroad stocks shot ahead, helped along in large part by rising shipments of crude oil. Fresh questions about rail transport safety for crude will be asked after a 1.6-kilometre-long train carrying crude oil derailed outside of the town of Casselton, North Dakota on Monday. BNSF Railway Co. said it believes about 20 cars caught fire after its oil train left the tracks Monday afternoon.The consumer discretion sector jumped about 40%. Many stocks almost doubled over the past 52 weeks, including auto parts makers Magna International (TSX:MG), Linamar Corp. (TSX:LNR) and Martinrea International (TSX:MRE).The TSX energy sector was ahead 0.47% Tuesday, for a gain of about 9.5% for the year. The February crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed 87 cents lower to US$98.42 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) advanced 36 cents to C$35.94.Most TSX sectors were positive but the tech sector shed 0.3%. However, BlackBerry (TSX:BB) gained 18 cents to $7.90, a long way from its 52-week high of $18.49. Prices started to plummet mid-year when it became apparent its new lineup of smartphones had widely missed expectations.The Canadian Press
Ambassador Andreas Mavrommatis, Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights, concluded a three-day “exploratory” mission during which he had, in general, “a meaningful exchange of views with the Government on human rights issues,” according to a statement released in Geneva by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Special Rapporteur, who is now preparing to report to the Commission at its annual meeting next month, “expected that this dialogue might be continued in the future with a view to achieving concrete positive results,” the statement said. “Given the nature and duration of the mission, only a pre-selected number of human rights issues were discussed during those meetings, including the question of missing persons and prisoners of war, the right to life, religious freedom, rule of law, the rights and status of minorities, the situation of women as well as economic and social rights,” the statement said. During the visit, Ambassador Mavrommatis’s delegation met with several Government ministers, parliamentarians, politicians and religious dignitaries, as well as two prominent Kurdish persons from Baghdad. The delegation also held discussions with the president and judges of a criminal court in Baghdad, and with the chairman and members of the Iraqi Bar Association. According to the Special Rapporteur, the meetings with Foreign Ministry officials, including those from the Department for Human Rights, “constituted the first step in a proposed constructive dialogue.” The UN delegation visited two prisons, a hospital for children, a food distribution outlet, a local primary school in Baghdad, as well as religious sites in Baghdad and Kerballa. The Special Rapporteur also met with the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Tun Myat, and other senior UN officials, who, he said, “provided useful background information.” Prior to this visit, the Government of Iraq had accepted only one mission, conducted in 1992 by the then Special Rapporteur, Max van der Stoel.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana’s import bill increases to US$1.8B for 2018July 1, 2019In “Business”Finance Minister reports ‘dismal’ 2.6% real growth rate as economy slumps further in 2016November 29, 2016In “latest news”3.4% economic growth expected for 2018- Finance MinisterNovember 26, 2018In “Business” Finance Minister Winston JordanDuring his budget speech last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had announced that real economic growth is expected to be 4.6 per cent in 2019. However, figures released recently by the Bank of Guyana have downsized this prediction.According to the central bank in its 2018 Annual Report, Guyana’s economy is actually projected to grow by 4.4 per cent by the end of 2019. According to the report, various productive sectors are expected to record growth.“The economy is projected to grow by 4.4 per cent at the end of 2019 on account of growth in the major economic sectors. The agriculture sector is expected to increase by 3.2 per cent, due to the increases in other crops by 4.0 per cent, production of rice by 3.4 per cent and the output of sugar by 3.2 per cent.“The mining and quarrying sector is forecasted to expand by 3.4 per cent due to increases in the production of bauxite by 10.0 per cent and gold by 1.7 per cent. The services industry is estimated to grow by 3.7 per cent on account of higher outturns of wholesale and retail trade by 5.0 per cent and transportation and storage activities by 3.5 per cent,” the report states.Meanwhile, the report projected that Guyana’s construction and manufacturing industries are projected to increase by 10.5 per cent and 3.8 per cent respectively. It also projected that inflation rates would be measured at 2.5 per cent owing to moderate increases in food and fuel prices.The central bank noted that global growth in 2019 is expected to slow to 3.5 per cent, partly owing to the negative effects of tariff increases enacted by the United States against China. As such, the bank projected that growth in advanced economies is expected to decline to 2.3 per cent.“Additionally, economic expansion in emerging markets and developing economies is expected to hold steadfast in 2019 at 4.5 per cent. Latin America and the Caribbean is expecting growth of 2.0 per cent in 2019.”The report states that economic recovery in the Region will be supported by increased demand from external trading partners and the option of better financial conditions rather than the volatile international financial market. It projected overall growth of 2.0 per cent in the Caribbean for 2019.Another bank, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), has previously warned that with the prevailing uncertainty in Guyana regarding elections (and the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruling on last year’s no-confidence motion), political uncertainty can have a significant impact on Guyana’s preparations for first oil and the overall economy.This warning was contained in the Bank’s country economic review of Guyana for 2018, the year in which a government was toppled after a no-confidence vote was passed for the first time in Guyana’s history.The Bank explained that this includes minimising negative impacts on traditional sectors.In the report, it notes that Guyana’s economy grew by 3.4 per cent for 2018.However, the banking institution warned of the risks to Guyana’s progress in preparing for the oil and gas sector and indeed, the overall macro-economic outlook if political uncertainty continues.“Guyana is on the verge of a sharp increase in economic growth, but immediate prospects partly depend on ending political uncertainty,” the report states. “In the November 2018 budget speech, the Ministry of Finance was targeting 4.6 per cent (Gross Domestic Product) growth in 2019.These warnings were echoed by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), which has warned about the impact of the political climate on businesses. In fact, the Chamber did a survey earlier this year that found that the political climate has been bad for business.
[BBC] If you’ve bought a luxury leather handbag in Milan or Manhattan recently, chances are high that it was made in Sanjay Leekha’s three-storey factory in Faridabad on the outskirts of Delhi.But on Wednesday, the 33-year-old family-owned business – along with thousands of other Indian manufacturers – will become the latest victim of the Trump administration’s effort to reshape its international trading relationships.Exporters of goods including imitation jewellery, building materials, solar cells and processed food will face a hike of up to 10% in the US tariffs imposed on their products, following the White House’s revocation of India’s membership of the Generalized System of Preferences, or GSP.First introduced in 1976, the GSP is a preferential trading agreement between the US and more than 120 countries and territories. It’s designed to help developing countries grow their economies, while bringing down the price of imported products for American consumers.India was by far the largest beneficiary of the GSP – $6.3bn (£4.9bn) of its exports enjoyed concessionary tariffs – or no tariffs at all – in the United States last year.Among the companies to have gained a significant competitive advantage from GSP exemptions is Mr Leekha’s firm, Alpine Apparels, which produces as many as 40,000 handbags a month. But US buyers of his bespoke products are already asking the firm to absorb the cost of higher levies by reducing its prices.If he is forced to do that, Mr Leekha says, he will eventually have no choice but to lay off some of his 1,000 employees.Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48495058 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIMF’s Lagarde warns of worse trade hit to global economyNovember 28, 2018In “World”Trump ‘ready’ to tax all Chinese importsJuly 20, 2018In “latest news”G7 summit ends in disarray as Trump abandons joint statementJune 9, 2018In “World”
The Amerindian Peoples Association (APA), along with its partners, the Indigenous Peoples Affairs Ministry, the National Toshaos’ Council (NTC) and the South Rupununi District Council (SRDC)/ South Central People’s Development Association (SCPDA), have embarked on a two-year project aimed at promoting the demarcation and tilting of Indigenous lands in Guyana as well as the revision of the Amerindian Act.This project titled, “Securing and enhancing Indigenous land tenure in Guyana,” is the beneficiary of a USD$1.6 million grant from the International Land and Forest Tenure Facility and runs from July 2019 to July 2021.In a joint press statement, the organization stated that the Tenure Facility, as it is better known, is an international, multi-stakeholder financial mechanism that focuses on securing land and forest rights for Indigenous Peoples and local communities following the current laws and guidelines of the country in which the project is being implemented. The APA is the project holder.“This project which began in mid-July, has three components that focus on demarcation and titling of Indigenous lands, the revision of the Amerindian Act 2006, and various issues related to land management plans and continued land talks with the government by the Wapichan communities of southern Guyana”. the statement added.The three components are complementary and mutually-reinforcing as it involves the implementation of land titling with Indigenous communities while working to support government in the development and implementation of policies that recognize and protect our rights as Indigenous Peoples.To this end, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the APA and the Indigenous Peoples Affairs Ministry detailing our respective commitment and roles in the implementation of this project.The scope for closing the gaps and learning quick lessons from past titling and demarcation efforts and facilitating an Indigenous-Led Land titling approach in collaboration with government is a key aspect of the project. Additionally, the project will be monitored by a Project Coordination Board comprising the APA, MIPA, NTC and the SRDC.A planning and inception meeting was recently held at the at the Regency Suites Hotel where all partners discussed project objectives, components, schedules and partner responsibilities. Such meetings are expected to continue throughout the life of the project.“We believe that this project is an important step in allowing Indigenous Peoples to take the lead in the initiatives related to land titling and related processes”, the statement added. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndigenous peoples land rights under threat – APADecember 17, 2016In “latest news”Gov’t says key elements of land rights addressed – as Amerindian Land Titling Project winds downMay 4, 2016In “Local News”APA accuses Govt officials of bullying Amerindian leadersDecember 19, 2016In “Local News”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMasked gunmen terrorize, rob Essequibo familyFebruary 9, 2015In “Crime”Essequibo couple’s home invaded by masked banditsApril 10, 2017In “Crime”Crime spirals out of control in Region 2May 27, 2019In “Crime” A businessman is now left counting his losses after bandits stormed his electronic store on Monday (September 2, 2019).DJ’s Electronic Store, located at Columbia on the Essequibo Coast, was broken into during the wee hours.A quantity of car audio systems and over $700,000 in cash were stolen.Reports are that the perpetrators gained entry by breaking a window.Three persons have been arrested as the investigation continues.
Weba Chute Systems & Solutions says it has leveraged the latest technology to ensure high-quality results for its global customer base.Using 3D scanning technology during on-site assessments has enhanced the levels of accuracy which has, in turn, minimised rework costs in design and manufacturing, and significantly reduced downtime during installation, according to Managing Director, Mark Baller.“Implementing 3D scanning technology to our capabilities two years ago enabled our on-site technical teams to obtain accurate measurements from a safe distance, and allows us to inspect and survey large infrastructure in detail,” Baller said. “The technology allows us to consider all elements in existing infrastructure and this plays an important role when replacing transfer points or chutes as we are able to create an accurate preliminary design and costing in the early feasibility stages of a project.”Design engineers can use the data from modern laser scanners to superimpose this information on their design intent, according to the South Africa-based manufacturer of custom transfer points and chute systems. “This allows them to pick up any interference, existing defects, redundant elements, structural deformation and undocumented historical alterations made to the site’s infrastructure that may lead to problems during the design and execution phases,” Weba Chute Systems said.From this data, taken on-site, Weba Chute Systems teams can generate 3D models specific to on-site conditions enabling accurate reverse-engineering to be done. Baller said it is not just the access to accurate measurements provided by the 3D scanning technology that makes this possible, but also the level of in-depth expertise and experience the company has garnered over its more than 35 years in operation.“Many companies offer 3D scanning, but do not have the in-house ability that Weba Chute Systems does to process and effectively use the data in a mining engineering environment,” Baller said.“As a market leader, that is one of our strengths; and comes from our continuous investment in upgrading our systems and work flow processes to ensure that we stay abreast of best practice.”He concluded: “Leveraging this technology allows our engineers to get to the highest probability factor, so the project can be seamlessly executed and time overruns are not incurred during the constrained shutdown periods which are normal on these projects.”
Debmarine Namibia, a 50/50 joint venture between the Government of the Republic of Namibia and De Beers Group, has announced that its Board of Directors have approved the construction of the world’s first ever custom-built diamond recovery vessel. The new vessel is expected to cost $468 million and represents the largest ever single investment in the marine diamond industry.The ship will become the seventh vessel in the Debmarine Namibia fleet and is scheduled to commence operations in 2022. On completion, the vessel is expected to add 500,000 carats annually to Debmarine Namibia’s production, an increase of approximately 35% on current production. Following an extensive global tendering process, Damen Shipyards were selected to build the ship based on their strong track record for delivering quality vessels and their advanced technological capabilities. The new vessel will incorporate the latest marine technologies that will drive improved safety performance while optimising efficiency and utilisation rates.Tom Alweendo, Minister of Mines and Energy, the Government of the Republic of Namibia, said: “We note and appreciate the investment announced today by Debmarine Namibia. It is through investments like this we can continue to develop Namibia’s economy. As the Government we will continue to do what we can to promote and encourage investment in the mining sector.”Bruce Cleaver, CEO De Beers Group, said: “Some of the highest quality diamonds in the world are found at sea off the Namibian coast. With this investment we will be able to optimise new technology to find and recover diamonds more efficiently and meet growing consumer demand across the globe.” The new vessel is expected to create more than 160 new jobs alongside Debmarine Namibia’s current workforce of 975 employees.
There are changes afoot at Aus Tin Mining’s Taronga Stage 1 project, in Australia, after the ASX-listed company appointed a contractor for an initial program of mining, crushing and civil works, and made the decision to acquire its own crushing plant.The company said it had appointed Townes Contracting, a firm with experience in quarrying and crushing operations, to undertake the initial mining, crushing and civil works associated with Taronga Stage 1. Expected to last three months, this contract should provide for site establishment, initial mining of some 50,000 t of ore and waste, crushing of ore and construction of a water dam, Aus Tin said.Aus Tin’s decision to acquire its own crushing plant, meanwhile, follows a crushing trial completed with a preferred contractor in May. Aus Tin explained: “The company was unable to secure their services in a timeframe consistent with operational requirements.”The Taronga tin project is the world’s fifth largest undeveloped tin reserve, based on a JORC resource of 57,200 t of contained tin, plus 26,400 t of contained copper and 4.4 Moz of silver, Aus Tin says.The company completed a prefeasibility study in 2014 that outlined a project treating 2.5 Mt/y of ore, producing an average 2,800 t/y of contained tin over nine years. Following this, in 2015, the company commenced the approvals process to undertake trial mining and pilot processing of 340,000 t of ore to evaluate several areas of potential upside. This project – Taronga Stage 1 – is now fully permitted.Peter Williams, CEO of Aus Tin, said: “Now that we are no longer constrained in any way by contractors at Granville, we have decided to take a different approach to the operation and believe this will provide the optimal means to exploit this small, but high grade tin deposit.”Back in March, Aus Tin Mining commenced owner mining at the Granville East tin mine in Australia, just over a week after liquidators were named to its previously appointed mining contractors, Jemrok Pty Ltd.Aus Tin said the initial programme of work to be carried out by Townes Contracting will provide “several important outcomes”. Included within this is a provisional metal reconciliation, with the average grade of ore mined compared with the respective mining blocks estimated in the 2014 probable reserve; productivity and cost data to optimise pricing for the remainder of Stage 1, and; material for additional metallurgical test work planned prior to the commencement of Stage 1 pilot plant operations.The remainder of the Stage 1 project, including the expanded mine and pilot plant operations are expected to commence in late 2019.In terms of the crusher Aus Tin is due to acquire, the company said it had made an initial payment on a second-hand mobile crushing plant, located in Tasmania, and refurbishment of the unit – expected to take three to four weeks – had commenced.“The key benefits of owner crushing will be a lower operating cost and ability to crush ore on an ongoing basis rather than the campaign basis required for contractors,” Aus Tin said.
Comet Resources has launched a scoping study into building a pilot plant to test a potential new nickel processing breakthrough, Director Hugh Morgan said on the final day of the Paydirt 2019 Africa Downunder mining conference in Perth, Australia.The company’s Titan nickel project, in Nigeria, is one of those rare discoveries where the metal is contained within super small clusters of “balls” that cannot be conventionally processed. This is the reason the company is launching the new study.If successful, the new processing route could unlock the mining future for the project, which has reportedly seen nickel balls visible at surface that contain 95% Ni metal.Speaking on the third and final day of the conference, Morgan said a company called WildIP had patented a new metal extraction process thought applicable to the Titan metallurgy. A royalty-free licence to use the process has been granted to Comet specifically for the Titan project and a pilot plant scoping study using the technology is now underway, according to Morgan.“WildIP’s Ni metal digestion process uses low temperature and low cost reagents,” Morgan said. “It’s environmentally benign digest liquor has proved to be 100% effective and efficient and can be recycled, meaning cheaper processing costs and less water requirements.“This potentially points to the opportunity not to have a tailings dam on a mine site and for any dried residue to be used for backfill,” Morgan said.The new approach also allows the pregnant liquid to be precipitated to produce whatever nickel product is required such as nickel sulphate hydroxide, according to Morgan.He said the breakthrough had broad application to metals and was particularly effective for nickel metal and other nickel ore types including laterites. But it could also extract other metals including gold, platinum, palladium, copper and silver, with initial testing of some gold ore types returning 100% gold extractions.Comet discovered the deposition at Titan about four years ago as a new “ball-style” of native nickel metal. The balls comprise 95% nickel and are disseminated in the host rock at a grade estimated at between 1.5-3% Ni, the company says.Morgan acknowledged the normal process would have been to start a drill out to define the mineralised body at Titan and to assess its grade and depth extent and then move to mining – but it was found the nickel balls were insoluble by conventional digestion methods, forcing a hunt for a new processing solution.“Physical extraction was one possible method but would have resulted in only 25% recovery of the Ni metal as 70% of the balls are too fine to physically extract and many balls are buoyant and floated off in conventional processing tests.“It was clear to us that without a wet chemistry process, we could only extract 25% of the metal.“The new breakthrough maintains our conviction that there continues to be a reasonable expectation of developing Titan into a world-class Ni deposit able to rival the world’s largest and important Ni mines.”
Amazon is launching a new donation program for third-party sellers in the US and UK.Starting next month, the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) Donations scheme will be the default option for independent sellers looking to dispose of excess or returned products stored in Amazon warehouses.“We know getting products into the hands of those who need them transforms lives and strengthens local communities,” Alice Shobe, director of Amazon in the Community, said in a statement.“We are delighted to extend this program to sellers who use our fulfillment services,” she added.Items will be distributed in the US through Good360, which works with retailers to source products and distribute them through a network of nonprofits.In the UK, Amazon is teaming with charities like Newlife, Salvation Army, and Barnardo’s.“At Amazon, the vast majority of returned products are resold to other customers or liquidators, returned to suppliers, or donated to charitable organizations, depending on their condition,” a company spokesperson told CNBC.Merchants can choose to opt out of the new donation service. Though it won’t do anything for their public image.Recent reports suggest Amazon warehouses in Britain and France routinely trash unsold products: One facility allegedly sent 293,000 items to a local dump over a nine-month period.“This program will reduce the number of products sent to landfills and instead help those in need,” according to an Amazon email announcement, published by CNBC.FBA Donations is the company’s latest attempt to cut down on waste. It recently revealed new fines for sellers who ship products in oversized boxes.Early this year, the firm announced a short-term goal to reach 50 percent zero carbon shipments by 2030.More on Geek.com:Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearAmazon Personal Shopper Service Ushers In Curated FashionAmazon Had Another Record-Breaking Prime Day Stay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls
With the diligence and attention of a team of midwives, Clark Regional Wastewater District employees helped a sewage pump birth a 100-pound wad of adult flushable wipes, which the district named Reggie.Reggie was brought to a landfill almost as soon as it was pulled to the surface in May 2014, but its spirit lives on as cartoon character named Reggie the Rag Ball that teaches schoolchildren not to flush wet wipes and other junk down the toilet.The wet wipes that constituted Reggie, and so many other blockages like it, have been a popular alternative to toilet paper for Clark County residents in recent years. While they may leave their users feeling fresh and clean after every flush, they’re an expensive and time-consuming problem for the people who manage the sewers.“If you talk to the line maintenance guys and operators, they’ll tell you they just despise them,” said Frank Dick, wastewater engineering supervisor for the city Vancouver.Dick and Shawn Moore, the assistant manager of the wastewater district, say the wipes don’t break down in between the time they’re flushed in a home or business to when they reach the sewer’s pumping stations.
Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Saturday released a new song titled Prothom Vote targeted towards first-time voters, on all its social media platforms. The song comes on the heels of the phenomenal response to the party’s first theme song Maa Mati Manush that was released a few days ago for the Lok Sabha elections.The catchline of the new song Tomar Prothom Vote Banglar Pokkhe Na Bipokkhe, Decision Nao (Take a decision whether your first vote will Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatabe in favour of Bengal or not) has been penned by Trina-mool Youth Congress president and party MP Abhishek Banerjee. The rest of the lyrics has been written by Bengali rock singer Rupam Islam, who has also composed the music. Interestingly, the video follows the international lyric format, in which animated words appear on screen. The song carries the message that the Lok Sabha elections 2019 will be a significant event in the history of India. It reiterates that when the entire country is in turmoil because of hate and violence, an atmosphere of peace and harmony thrives in Bengal. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAs depicted through the song, development and not divisive politics gets an upper hand in the state. It states that 60 lakh girls have been empowered by Kanyashree. The scheme, along with Utkarsh Bangla and Sabuj Sathi, has received international recognition. It presents a picture of contrast regarding the employment scenario in Bengal and the country. While unemployment is on the rise across the country, in Bengal youths are being empowered to become self-dependent through schemes likes Gatidhara. The Silicon Valley Hub which is coming up at Rajarhat, is also set to open new avenues of employment generation. “We have urged the first-time voters to ‘take a decision’. Will their vote be in favour of or against Bengal? It is entirely their own discretion. This song makes it easier for them by putting things in perspective. Let their first-vote (prothom vote) be in favour of peace and progress. Let it be in Bengal and India’s favour,” a Trinamool youth leader said. The song assumes special significance as Bengal, with over 20 lakh voters, has the highest number of electors in the 18-19 age group in terms of names registered in the 2019 electoral rolls of the Election Commission of India before the Lok Sabha polls. Murshidabad, with more than 2 lakh names, records the highest registration of teen voters in the state, followed by South and North 24-Parganas and Nadia. The young voters are expected to play a pivotal role in the electoral process. TMC is confident that the song will be able to strike a chord with the young voters, who will cast their first vote (prothom vote). Abhishek Banerjee has appealed to the young generation to popularise the song over the course of the next month, through dance, videos, flash mobs, or any other way they want.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Register Now » April 15, 2014 It’s been about a year since Google Glass was formally released to a select, invite-only crowd of “Explorers.” Today — and today only! — Google is allowing any shmoe who wants a pair of the computerized glasses to get their uber geek wearable tech fix on. There are a few catches, however. First, and possibly the biggest, is the price tag. Google is still charging $1,500 for each pair of Glass. Even after about 12 months, the cost hasn’t come down. Bummer.The other big thing is the negative stigma. By now you’ve probably heard of “Glassholes.” It’s fairly easy to do some pretty stupid things with smart tech that you wear on your face. You don’t want to be a Glasshole.Related: Google to Make ‘Glass’ Available to the Masses…for One Day Only.But there has been some serious backlash against Glass wearers — especially in tech-heavy San Francisco. The latest: a reporter from Business Insider was assaulted while walking down the sidewalk in San Francisco’s Mission District. A person grabbed the glasses off the reporter’s face and ran off with them before eventually smashing them onto the ground. Not cool. Not cool at all.So, we ask you, is it worth all the money and potential hassle to have a smart pair of glasses on your face? Would you buy Google Glass for $1,500?Heck yeah. You can take pictures, get directions, you name it. They look so cool.Cool? Have you seen those things? The design is awful and makes people look like fools.I’d love a pair but $1,500 is too much to pony up.I’d rather buy a smartwatch and avoid physical abuse from Glass haters.Nah. Glass is little more than a prototype. I’ll wait for something better.VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comRelated: Google Gets Defensive About Google Glass ‘Myths’ Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The red satin dress has a message written across the rosebud pattern: “This dress has a bitter story.”It was donated by a rape victim from Kosovo’s war of independence to hang Friday along some 5,000 skirts and dresses stretched on clotheslines across a football pitch in Kosovo’s capital Pristina.The display is an art installation that seeks to heighten awareness of the plight of war rape victims and help many of them break the silence they kept for over 15 years since the end of Kosovo’s 1998-99 war. The dresses were donated in response to a call by Alketa Xhafa-Mripa, a Kosovo-born British artist whose work often deals with sexual violence. Rows of women’s clothing hang, as a part of an art installation called ‘Thinking of You’ by Kosovo born artist Alketa Xhafa Mripa, in Pristina Stadium, Kosovo, Friday, June 12, 2015. Thousands of dresses and skirts were collected and hung across the field of the Pristina stadium, in a tribute to the estimated 20,000 wartime sexual violence survivors from Kosovo’s 1998-1999 war for independence from Serbia. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories 0 Comments Share Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Thousands of women were raped during Kosovo’s war with Serbia, the overwhelming majority of them ethnic Albanian. Exact figures are not recorded as the issue is often suppressed in Kosovo’s patriarchal society.Many of the dresses were donated by rape victims themselves. Some were brought by the victims’ husbands, brothers and sons. The vast majority were donated by Kosovar women parting from dresses they wore on special days: weddings, birthdays or funerals. Politician Vlora Citaku gave the dress she wore on the day Kosovo seceded from Serbia on Feb. 17, 2008. Kosovo born pop star Rita Ora also donated a dress.“Finally the time came for them to get some recognition and some help that they deserve. What we’re doing is bringing the whole society as one, where it’s not them and us,” Xhafa-Mripa told The Associated Press. “All these skirts represent us as women.”The art installation is backed by Atifete Jahjaga, Kosovo’s first woman president. Jahjaga said the one-month long campaign was “a call to break the silence, to fight the stigma a call to act, a call to awareness raising and a call for acceptance.”“We got together to remember their pain,” she said, “to recognize their sacrifice. And to tell them that they are not alone.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Men’s health affects baby’s health too Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians fought a separatist war against Serbia at the tail-end of the 1990s Balkans wars that led to the disintegration of Yugoslavia. Serb forces launched a heavy-handed crackdown against the ethnic Albanians; the rising civilian toll led to a NATO bombing campaign against Serbia to end the atrocities. Some 10,000 people were killed. Serbia rejects Kosovo’s secession.“It is dedicated to all the women who suffer in silence and couldn’t talk about this problem,” said Anna Di Lellio who produced the art installation. “They should be remembered and embraced and they are being embraced by the society.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Quick workouts for men Patients with chronic pain give advice
Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Comments Share Uber’s dynamic pricing system results in fares generally higher than street taxis, but competitive with local radio and base cabs that usually offer decent service. There are also at least two apps, Easy Taxi and Yaxi, which summon licensed cabs.Incidents elsewhere have raised security concerns about Uber — sexual harassment complaints in the U.S., a customer raped in India. But it’s widely seen as the safe option in Mexico, where people of all classes worry about being abducted.The sense of safety comes from having the name and license number of drivers who undergo background checks. Many families send Uber cars to pick up their kids, then monitor the app to ensure they stay on course. Parents who restricted teens from going out at night now say it’s OK if they use Uber.“In my case, as a woman, I think we demand more security and respect,” said Bethzabe Zavala Martinez, an occasional rideshare user. “I’m afraid to take just any old taxi.”City prosecutors say at least two rapes are reported in cabs each month. Taxi union officials contend most violent crimes occur in the estimated tens of thousands of unlicensed and illegal “pirate” taxis. The city has since improved licensing enforcement and decommissioned old-model cabs. Today, the Beetles known locally as “vochos” are extinct, and cab crime has fallen somewhat, according to official statistics.But it’s hard to shake taxis’ ignoble place in the popular imagination. It’s also still common to hail a street cab only to find beer cans rattling in the back, a driver unwilling to go anywhere he considers inconvenient, blaring music he won’t turn down, and a cigarette-and-sweat stench that sticks to your clothing.“Honestly it’s frightful,” said Hugo Castellon, a financial worker who uses Uber up to 10 times a week. With traditional cabs, “the service is terrible — so many bad experiences.”Contrast that with the fresh-smelling sedan driven by Cesar Hernandez, a clean-cut Uber driver who opens the door for customers and uses the polite “usted” form of address. He washes the car every two days, scrubbing the exterior and brushing the upholstery.“You should feel comfortable, no?” said Hernandez. “We try to make the car feel like it belongs to the customer. … Have a seat, put on the music you like and, if you want, we can turn on the air conditioning.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Cabbies are also robbery targets, and Uber drivers feel safer with a record of their clients’ identities and knowing they’re affluent enough to have a credit card and smartphone. Plus, drivers don’t have to carry cash because payments are made electronically.Mexico City’s Transportation Department says a decision is expected around month’s end that favors “modernity and the experience of travel.” At least some regulation seems likely, and Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said Saturday that talks with cabbies aim to support them and level the playing field.But the drivers vow lawsuits and further protests if they don’t like the outcome.The Organized Taxi Drivers of Mexico City contend they’re losing up to 24 million pesos ($1.5 million) a day and it’s unfair that Uber and Cabify drivers avoid costly licensing and inspections. They say the government fixes fares artificially low for “political” reasons and they need to charge more if people want better cabs.“Mexican law is very clear and it defines this as a crime, as an illegal provision of a service,” union spokesman Daniel Medina said. “For us, Uber and Cabify are nothing but criminals.” Mesa family survives lightning strike to home In this Monday, May 25, 2015 photo, a man holds a sign that reads in Spanish “Uber Out” in front of a line of riot police as thousands of taxi drivers blocked the main streets to protests against Uber in Mexico City. Licensed cabbies have staged protests to demand that authorities arrest Uber drivers and seize their cars. Yet Uber continues to grow in part because much old-school cab service is terrible. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) While Uber has faced legal hurdles that forced it off the road in some places, officials have signaled it may be allowed to remain in this megalopolis of 20 million-plus inhabitants.“Generally speaking, the more options consumers have, the better off they are,” competition commission chairwoman Alejandra Palacios Prieto told The Associated Press. “They will receive better services and pay better prices for those services.”That’s not to say it hasn’t been a bumpy road.Licensed cabbies have staged protests demanding authorities arrest Uber drivers and seize their cars. Some vowed to “hunt down” Uber vehicles and in one case cabbies bashed doors and a windshield with baseball bats while a terrified client sat inside. A large taxi union has vowed not to obey cab regulations if Uber isn’t required to do the same.Legal approval would amount to recognition that despite complaints of unfair competition, app-based services like Uber and the smaller Cabify have become widely popular here, in part because much old-school cab service is terrible.Mexico City street cabs were once practically synonymous with assaults and kidnappings, and it seemed everyone had at least one taxi-related tale of woe. The green-and-white Volkswagen Beetle taxis with the front passenger seats removed made it easy for armed accomplices to hop aboard and rob trapped passengers. MEXICO CITY (AP) — Times are tough for Uber in many parts of the world, from a recent California ruling that its drivers cannot be classified as contractors to a Paris taxi protest that became a riot and led France’s president to promise a crackdown.But the smartphone-based ridesharing app may soon get some good news in Mexico City.Ahead of a city government decision on its future, Uber recently got a ringing, though nonbinding, endorsement from the influential Federal Commission on Economic Competition. Even Mexico City’s Human Rights Commission has weighed in favoring the service. Taxi protests have done little to sway public opinion. When cabbies recently snarled a major thoroughfare, Uber offered users free rides and reported an 800 percent spike in downloads.The company says greater Mexico City is its 10th largest market worldwide with 300,000 users, just two years after launching. It also operates in Guadalajara, Monterey, Queretaro and Tijuana, with plans to expand to Puebla.“Obviously technology is moving forward,” Uber spokesman Luis de Uriarte said, “and what the law needs to do is adjust and accommodate all those advances that benefit the people.”___Peter Orsi on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Peter_OrsiCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 5 ways to recognize low testosterone
HotelTonight’s Spontaneity Suite is on the move again, set to float into an idyllic secret location on Sydney’s iconic waterways this month.The luxurious travelling hotel suite, which made its debut in the picturesque Yarra Valley in August, will offer thrill-sleepers the chance to spend a night overwater, soaking in one of Australia’s most coveted views.Made out of two 20 foot shipping containers, the Spontaneity Suite will be Sydney’s first floating hotel, available only for two nights and accessible exclusively by boat.Sydney-siders will have the chance to snap up a stay in the lavish suite, when the price drops from $36,000 to $99 between 12-2pm on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November.The Spontaneity Suite will be fully serviced by Ovolo Hotels, the group behind 1888 and Blue Hotel in Sydney, and Laneways Hotel in Melbourne.Room service will be delivered by boat daily, and guests will be able to enjoy the picturesque views from the rooftop terrace and Jacuzzi, or from the comfort of their bed through a floor to ceiling glass frontage.Doing justice to HotelTonight’s love for all things tech, the suite is equipped with numerous mod cons and boasts the latest smart in-room technology including a Kevo keyless entry system, Apple TV and Netflix.HotelTonight Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Stefan Cordiner, said the brand is on a mission to help Australians fulfil their inherent wanderlust, right in their own backyard.“There is a large trend recently of Australians having a real thirst for holidays that are thrilling and off-beat. The Spontaneity Suite taps into this desire to experience something unique, and also aims to inspire travel-loving Australians to explore their own backyard in search of adventure,” Mr Cordiner said.“Our brand is all about creating memorable moments, and we believe these can be created by being more spontaneous at home.”A stay also includes return boat transfers to the suite, all-inclusive meals and minibar and the services of a personal mobile concierge called Aces, a new HotelTonight in-app chat feature which connects guests with a team of insiders for access to authentic local tips and recommendations, plus time-saving help with room and hotel requests.Dirk Dalichau, Chief Operating Officer of The Ovolo Group, said it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the creative traveller.“Ovolo at its core thrives on innovation, creativity and breaking boundaries. This is what we are aiming to provide lucky guests of HotelTonight’s Spontaneity Suite,” Mr Dalichau said.The Spontaneity Suite has already seen guests enjoy spectacular Yarra Valley vineyard views and will continue to roam the country in search of unique locations. Follow HotelTonight.anz on Facebook and Instagram to follow its journey.HotelTonight is a free app, available for download from the App Store or Google Play. HotelTonightSource = HotelTonight
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