Delhi BJPs Purvanchal Morcha to explain govts schemes to parkgoers

first_imgNew Delhi: Purvanchal Morcha workers of the Delhi unit of the BJP will hold interactions with the city park-goers telling them about Modi government’s schemes for their benefit while “exposing” AAP government in Delhi.The teams of Purvanchal Morcha will visit parks across the city, specially in areas dominated by people from Bihar and eastern UP (Purvanchalis) settled in Delhi, and explain to them how Modi government has worked for their welfare Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderin the past five years, president of the Morcha, Manish Singh, said. “The campaign will begin from Thursday with Purvanchal Morcha visiting 15-16 major parks in each of the 14 districts in the national capital to popularise schemes and work of the Modi government,” Singh said. The planning for the park visits by Morcha workers was discussed in a meeting on Wednesday, attended by Singh, vice president of the outfit Jagdamba, general secretary Rahul Ranjan, and district presidents. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”We will focus on those areas where Purvhanchali population is concentrated in the city,” Singh said. Singh claimed the community, comprising 44 per cent of the Delhi voters, is “disillusioned” by the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) which they “wholeheartedly” supported in the 2015 Assembly elections. The Morcha has so far held over 1,200 meetings in different parts of the city having sizeable Purvanchali population. It has set a target to hold 2,000 such meetings by April 20 in the run-up to the general elections, he said.last_img read more

Landslide Victory of the PJD Over Chabats Istiqlal Party in Fez

Rabat – The Party of Justice and Development (PJD) achieved a historic victory over his arch-rival the Istiqlal Party, led by its controversial leader, Hamid Chabat, mayor of Fez.Election official have finished counting ballots at a polling stations in several cities across Morocco, including Fez.The Initial results reveal that the PJD, the leader of the coalition government, has achieved landslide victory in Fez over the Istiqlal party. Alyaoum24 quoted sources as saying that PJD secured over 31 seats in Fez Sais, giving the party a slender majority. Istiqlal party, on the other hand, ended up second with 22 seats.Following the release of these initial figures, Hamid Chabat who has been the mayor of Fez since 2003, expressed his anger saying these results must have been “forged.”“PJD’s massive winning of most seats in Fez is a national disaster,” he told Alyaoum24 adding that there must be “several violations and cases of fraud behind these results.”Moroccans cast their votes on Friday in local polls seen as a test for the ruling Islamists, who came to power nearly following the adoption a new constitution in Morocco in July 2011.The local elections are the first since the new constitution by virtue of which King Mohammed VI devolved some of his powers to the head of government.The PJD has been at the helm of a few towns since the last local election in 2009. It achieved a huge success during this election despite being criticized by Moroccans for poor opportunities and a lack of jobs, issues that have been catalysts for social unrest elsewhere in North Africa. read more

Moroccan Saves 3 Children from 4th Floor of Burning Building in

Rabat – A Moroccan resident in Spain has saved three children, two of his own and a neighbor’s toddler, from a burning building in northern Spain near Barcelona.Spanish media reported that a 10-floor building caught fire, killing three and injuring 20. Thirteen of the victims are reported to have suffered “light injuries.”The fire began shortly after 9 a.m. local time on Saturday. The building was on Marques de Mont-roig Avenue, in Badalona, a residential town north of Barcelona in Spain. The Moroccan hero, Yassine Maati, climbed bravely to the fourth floor through an emergency exit and an air conditioning duct to reach his apartment and save his two children.Read Also: Moroccan Immigrant Heroically Rescues Italian DoctorAccording to testimonies, Maati climbed a ladder on the outside of the building while another neighbor held it secure from above. After rescuing his two children, Maati helped them and his neighbor’s three-year-old son jump out of the window.The three children are in critical condition after jumping out of the window to escape the flames. Firemen placed mechanical ladders against the building to save many of the residents who immediately received initial treatment.Following the tragedy, Badalona City Council decreed three days of mourning for the three fire victims. read more

JVP decides to stage mass protests against new VAT

VAT was increased from 11 percent to 15 percent and among the items exempted are petrol and diesel and aviation fuel as well as wheat, rice, milk powder, mobile phones and healthcare services and education.However water, telephone charges and other key items have been included in the new VAT and this has resulted in strong opposition being raised against it. (Colombo Gazette) The opposition Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says it has decided to stage mass protests against the new Value Added Tax (VAT).JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told reporters today the protests will be staged in Colombo while public awareness campaigns will also be staged. The new 15 percent VAT was implemented from this month but the Government insists that several items have been exempted. The JVP, which backed President Maithripala Sirisena at the last Presidential election, said that the VAT is a burden on the public. read more

Jamie Oliver the latest celebrity chef to launch restaurant in Toronto

Jamie Oliver the latest celebrity chef to launch restaurant in Toronto Jamie Oliver, shown in a handout photo, is the latest international chef to move into Toronto, with the opening of Jamie’s Italian restaurant this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO TORONTO – Jamie Oliver is the latest international culinary icon to launch a restaurant in Toronto, with the opening of his first North American outpost of Jamie’s Italian set for next week.Toronto previously hit the radar of New York’s David Chang, who opened a Momofuku location in 2012, and French chef Daniel Boulud, who retooled the French brasserie Cafe Boulud at the tony Four Seasons Hotel earlier this year.“Iron Chef” star Masaharu Morimoto is slated to open his first Canadian resto in Toronto in the spring. And culinary heavyweights Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Lidia Matticchio Bastianich are looking at opening the first Canadian location of their beloved Eataly in Toronto.Why Toronto and why now?Lidia Bastianich says the city is vibrant with different ethnicities and a keen interest in food.“You need a city that has all of those elements, then it’s a great city to live and hence a great city to do business,” the TV host and cookbook author said from New York, where she has four restaurants as well as one each in Pittsburgh and Kansas City, Mo.She couldn’t confirm when Eataly — an Italian marketplace with restaurants, food and beverage counters and retail items for sale — would open in Toronto, but expects late 2016 or 2017.Oliver has partnered with Toronto chef Rob Gentile and the King Street Food Company, which owns Italian eateries Buca and Bar Buca, for his new restaurant at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre. There are more than 60 Jamie’s Italian locations worldwide and nine more are due in Canada over the next five years.“I’ve worked in Canada for 15 years. Loved it. Get on really well with the people here,” Oliver said while visiting Toronto in October to promote his new cookbook “Everyday Super Food” and TV show “Jamie’s Super Food.”Of Jamie’s Italian, Oliver said: “It’s not trying to be flashy food. We’re not waltzing in trying to be Billy Big Boy. It’s just really good comfort food, freshly cooked, good price, high ethics, grass-fed, free-range, which is at the heart of all our restaurants. Trying to get it to the masses, really.”Restaurant critic Ruth Reichl says celebrity chefs have become their own brands and are increasingly looking to go global.“They’re opening all over the world and I think it’s kind of irresistible to them,” says the former editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine.“I think big companies come to them and say, ‘Will you anchor our hotel, our shopping mall, our whatever?’ It’s big business.”But other international celeb chefs worry that expansion outside their home country means they won’t be able to control their brand.“As we were walking around (Toronto) the last two or three days looking at spaces, I thought, ‘That would be amazing or how cool is this,’” said “MasterChef” judge Graham Elliot, who visited from Chicago last month to promote “Cooking Like a Master Chef.”“But I would never want to open something and just have it be an outpost…. I’d want to keep it small and make sure that I could be here a lot if I did. Luckily it’s an hour flight from Chicago. It’s pretty close.”Yotam Ottolenghi, who has four locations of his eponymous restaurant as well as the high-end Nopi in London, admits he’s been tempted to expand outside the U.K., but two things stop him.“One of them is the quality control, which we’re quite obsessed about, and the other is the quality of life. If you open a restaurant in another part of the world it means you have to travel a lot and be on airplanes all the time, which is a big price to pay if you have a family and all that.”Ottolenghi, whose new cookbook “Nopi” is on store shelves, said he wouldn’t rule it out if he forged a strong partnership abroad with someone trusted, as Oliver has done.It remains to be seen how international chefs will do in the Canadian market, which has its share of domestic celeb chefs like Michael Smith, Mark McEwan, Lynn Crawford, Chuck Hughes and Michael Stadtlander, says Donna Dooher, president and CEO of Restaurants Canada.“I think David Chang is doing very well. He really appeals to a different generation of young chefs and entrepreneurs and I think that they have a much more global perspective than perhaps the generations before them,” said Dooher.“I think Jamie Oliver will do well here. He’s got such a huge name, a huge brand, I’d be surprised if he didn’t succeed.”She thinks Batali is popular in Canada and will likely do well with Eataly in Toronto.One high-profile American chef didn’t fare well.“I know that Wolfgang Puck tried several years ago to come into the Toronto marketplace. He’s a huge name in the U.S., but it didn’t translate into the Canadian marketplace,” Dooher said.But she added that it would maybe be a different story now.Follow @lois_abraham on Twitter. by Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 3, 2015 1:42 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 3, 2015 at 2:53 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Nowruz promotes sense of fresh possibility a chance to renew our commitment

“It is an opportunity to renew our pledge to human dignity and our promise to leave no one behind. It is an occasion to strengthen our new resolve to our path towards building a prosperous future for all while living in harmony with nature,” he stressed, echoing the pledge of the landmark UN 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “I think we all recognize that nothing in our world is more important than the spirit of Nowruz,” he underscored, pointing to the world’s conflicts, the plight of refugees and migrants, and the rise of xenophobia and racism in so many parts of the world. For more than 300 million people, Nowruz is about new beginnings. The beginning of a new year.  The arrival of spring.  The renewal of nature.It is an ancestral festivity that promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighbourliness – thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.“Nowruz unites communities beyond borders,” Mr. Guterres told a special event held at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, on the eve of the international celebration of the Day. “Its values echo those that we together promote at the United Nations every day and everywhere. The beginning of a new year brings with it a sense of fresh possibility,” he stated.According to the Secretary-General, Nowruz provides a chance to renew our commitment to peace, sustainable development and human rights. Nowruz is a reminder of commonalities and our rich diversity. Mr. Guterres concluded his message wishing “a prosperous, happy, healthy and peaceful Nowruz,” to everyone, adding “And may its spirit of friendship, harmony and respect for nature serve as an inspiration to us all.” read more

Walton leads Ball State to 8272 win over Evansville

MUNCIE, Ind. — K.J. Walton had 20 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots to lead Ball State to an 82-72 victory over Evansville on Saturday afternoon.Tahjai Teague added 17 points with eight rebounds. Kyle Mallers scored all 17 of his points in the second half. Tayler Persons chipped in nine points while dishing out nine assists for Ball State (3-3).Walton was 8 of 9 from the floor for 19 points in the first half. Teague added nine as the two combined for 12 of BSU’s field goals in the first half.Ball State finished the first half on a 22-10 run to take a 37-26 lead into the break. Evansville’s Shea Feehan nailed a 3 to close to 79-68 with 2:53 remaining but the Purple Aces could get no closer until John Hall scored a layup for the final score.Feehan hit 4 from deep to total 19 points. Hall and Marty Hill chipped in 10 apiece for Evansville (2-3).The Associated Press read more

General election 2017 sees record level of female candidates

first_imgThe majority of these were from the Labour Party, with Tony Blair’s 1997 landslide victory helping to push female representation in Parliament.  Women were first able to stand for Parliament in 1918 – provided they were over 21 years old.This led to the election of Constance Markievicz, the first woman to be elected to Parliament. Along with other Sinn Féin MPs, however, she did not take up her seat. The history of women in parliamentIn total, 456 women have been elected to the House of Commons since 1918, seven per cent of all MPs over the period, according to the House of Commons library.191 of these female MPs were elected at the 2015 General Election – accounting for 29 per cent of all MPs. The proportion of women standing as candidates in this year’s general election is the highest on record.The electorate will be presented with a combined total of 965 female candidates on June 8 according to figures compiled by Democracy Club and the Telegraph. The first female to actually sit in the House of Commons was Nancy Astor, who was elected in a 1919 by-election.The 1990s helped to improve female representation in Parliament, with the proportion of seats held by women doubling in 1997.This led to 120 female MPs being elected – 18 per cent of the total. Until this point, women had never held more than one in 10 Commons seats.The number of female candidates reached a new high in 2015, with 1,033 standing. This accounted for just over a quarter of all candidates standing in the General Election.However, now that the candidates for 2017 have been announced this years’ election has overtaken 2015 as the most balanced in terms of gender. This is a lower number of female candidates than in 2017, however there are fewer candidates in total this time round. Back in 2015, 26 per cent of candidates were women compared to 29 per cent this year.Labour are fielding the most female candidates out of the major parties at 40.4 per cent while the Green Party is second on 34.8 per cent.UKIP has the most imbalanced gender ratio among the major players with just 13 per cent of its candidates being female. 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.last_img read more

School which taught that only Muslims were saved on Noahs Ark is

The staff room at the Al-Istiqamah Learning CentreCredit:Ofsted / PA  Beatrix Bernhardt (left) and Nacerdine Talbi (right) arriving at courtCredit:Brais G. Rouco/ Central News Speaking after the judgement, Amanda Spielman said: “I am glad the courts have recognised our serious concerns about unregistered schools. These schools deny children a proper education and leave them at risk of harm and, in some instances, radicalisation. “We hope that the judgement sends out a message to all those running such schools that they will face justice. We will continue to investigate and expose illegal, unregistered schools and where we find them, play our part in making sure they are closed or become properly registered.“Further action is needed now to protect the children who attend these settings. As I have said before, Ofsted need proper powers so that we can make sure all children receive a decent education that prepares them for life in modern Britain, and keeps them safe from harm.” These are the first convictions under section 96 of the Education and Skills Act which came into force in 2008. Noah is identified as a prophet of Allah, who built an ark and saved only Muslims and animals. A question which asked why Allah punished the people was answered: ‘they disbelieved’.Other examples of Islamic-focused tuition include poems thanking Allah for providing grapes and a letter written by a student to a teacher in which he draws a mosque and writes: “Thank you for helping me. May Allah reward you!”Mr Talbi told the court the teaching of children never exceeded 18 hours at the centre’s doors which were open between 9am and 2pm.He said he felt ‘intimidated’ by the Ofsted visits, adding: “They didn’t give me a chance to explain how the centre is run.“I believe that by the DfE advice, guidelines that I don’t need to register. I follow the advice,” he said.At Westminster Magistrates court, Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said: “I have no doubt from the documents exhibited that the academic year at the centre is a ten month year. The fees being charged were £230 per month for primary school age pupils and £250 for secondary school age and envisaged a ten month year.”As such the centre was “being operated as an unregistered independent educational institution providing full-time education”. 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. The staff room at the Al-Istiqamah Learning Centre While Ofsted said the centre did not solely teach religious education, photographs on the school’s website appear to reveal a focus on Islam.One photograph of a child’s homework showed a question sheet about Noah and the ark. Beatrix Bernhardt (left) and Nacerdine Talbi (right) arriving at court An Islamic school which taught that only Muslims and animals were saved on Noah’s ark has become the first to be successfully prosecuted for operating illegally.The Al-Istiqamah Learning Centre in west London marketed itself as a study centre where home-educated children had part-time tuition, but Ofsted inspectors found that almost 60 children of compulsory school age were regularly attending the centre during school hours.The case was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service after the centre failed to respond to Ofsted’s warning notice in November 2017.Director Nacerdine Talbi and Headteacher Beatrix Kinga Bernhardt have now become the first people convicted of running an unregistered independent school and were each given a three-month curfew and ordered to pay a total of £970 towards costs. The school has also been fined £100.HM Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman welcomed the verdict and said that it sent an important message to other unregistered schools, some of which she said deny children a proper education and leave them at risk of harm and, in some instances, radicalisation. read more

MineARC questions Australian stance on refuge chambers

first_imgPaul Medcraft, Australian Business Development Manager for MineARC Systems, the leading supplier of mine refuge chambers, has questioned the negative stance by the Australian coal industry and authorities on the use of refuge chambers in underground coal mines. The stance puts Australia at odds with all the other major coal producing nations, in particular the US and China.Medcraft comments: “There is no question that given the risk of further explosions and exposure to methane and coal dust, the best solution in the event of any underground emergency in a coal mine is to exit the mine immediately. Where Australian coal differs with the rest of the world, is the issue of what happens if miners simply can’t get out of the mine? With miner’s lives at stake, you’d expect an amount of care and consideration dealing with this question. It’s certainly a valid question as there have been numerous past incidents in coal mining where miners have survived the initial explosion, fire or collapse and been left trapped and/or incapacitated.”He points out that after the Sago coal mine explosion in 2006 where 13 miners became trapped and later died, intensive research by the US regulatory authorities MSHA and NIOSH determined that refuge chambers were “vital” to ensure that those unable to escape as a result of blocked escape ways, smoke or injuries, had another means of reaching a safe environment and a second chance at survival. In a detailed study involving all major mining incidents in the US between 1970 and 2006, NIOSH determined that “refuge stations (chambers) would have had a positive impact on the outcomes of 12 disasters or 32%. The total number of miners that would have been positively impacted was 83 (19%) of the 429 underground and impacted (miners) by these accidents. A total of 74 (29%) of the 252 fatalities would have been positively impacted and potentially would have survived the accident.” Following the report, the Miner Act was introduced making refuge chambers compulsorily in all underground US coal mines, with all mines given until 2009 to have them installed.Medcraft comments: “To date Australian coal has vehemently resisted the numerous calls for refuge chambers to be become mandatory at home, no-matter what the evidence presented to them. They are fixed in their mindset. Instead they seem to believe that a combination of SCSR’s, CABA’s and escape ways where available are all that’s required to provide a viable alternative in an emergency. They believe it so strongly that there is not a single long duration refuge chamber in any Australian coal mine – to the best of our knowledge.” And he argues that the belief is common both to the coal producers and the state authorities.He concludes: “We have refuge chambers that the US and Chinese industry say are essential, US research in particular indicates that had they been available in previous disasters lives would have been saved. We have refuge chamber manufacturers making full use of available technology to protect miners and keep them in communication with the surface for extended periods of time. We have miners and their families who have certainly indicated to us that they believe refuge chambers should be in coal mines. What we don’t have is a forum for discussion. We understand that a review of the use of chambers in coal mines was held in 2010 involving coal producers and the regulatory authorities. What didn’t appear to occur was for someone to ask us what was possible. We would like to see this changed.”last_img read more

Atlas Copco offers new RC grade control kit

first_imgAtlas Copco continues to expand its blasthole product offering with the addition of the reverse circulation (RC) kit for the DM45/50 mid-range blasthole drill. Based off proven systems, components, and technology the RC kit is designed to meet the demands of today’s expanding mining market by offering the added dimension of in-pit grade control. A number of components are included with the optional kit, which can also be retrofitted on drills currently in the field. The cyclone arm allows for sampling from the ground or platform level, with a vertical raise and lowering function.A cyclone rotation of 160 degrees provides safe access for cleaning, maintenance, and attaching new sample hoses from ground level. The cyclone is a heavy duty system designed specifically with flexibility in mind. Some of the features of the cyclone assembly are: a hydraulic upper knife valve and pneumatic lower knife valve for collecting and isolating the sample; a hydraulic hinge between the dump box and cone splitter that allows for easy cleaning; a fixed cone splitter with primary and duplicate sample chutes. All cyclone and sample functions are all easily controlled from the operator’s cab.A 66 litre dump box, with a steep cone for limiting sample hang up is part of the sample collection feature. The primary and duplicate ports can easily be adjusted from 4-15%. The RC carousel has four 4.5 in rod cups and offers a 44 m maximum on-board capacity. Some other components included with the RC kit are a blast box/discharge, a blow-down valve that offers internal valving that does not require any external three-way valving or unnecessary hosing above or around the rotation head, an above head dual swivel that eliminates the need for a below head air swivel, and a fully integrated sample hose management system that has been designed with safety and practicality in mind. The DM45 and DML reverse circulation drills offer hole diameters ranging between 4 ½ in – 5 ¾ in (114 mm – 146 mm) with maximum hole depths of 145 feet (44 m) based off on-board capacity.last_img read more

FLASHBACK Brian Cowen became Taoiseach five years ago this week

first_img(YouTube: Eoin Smith)IF THEY SAY that a week is a long time in politics, half a decade must mark a totally new era.Five years ago this week, a popular finance minister was promoted from Tánaiste to Taoiseach – and was met by a crowd of thousands when he returned to his hometown for a valedictory sing-song.Brian Cowen’s appointment as leader of Fianna Fáil, succeeding Bertie Ahern, had been expected for some time – a few months previously, hinting that he may not remain in power for much longer, Ahern had referred to his deputy leader as his successor-in-waiting.When Ahern announced his retirement on April 2, 2008, Cowen was seen as the natural heir – and was the only nominee for the FF leadership, meaning automatic succession on May 6. The following day, the Dáil confirmed his appointment as Taoiseach.In his hometown of Clara, Co Offaly, the public were buoyant – and with the country appearing to be in good economic shape, Cowen was welcomed in a valedictory return to Offaly where he sang a song in memory of his late father, Bernard, whose Dáil seat he had inherited in a 1984 by-election.The honeymoon didn’t last long. A month later, a referendum on ratifying the Lisbon Treaty was defeated – and the global financial crisis meant his Government’s first Budget was brought forward two months with a package of swingeing austerity measures.By the time he decided to step down as Fianna Fáil leader in January 2011 – having lost the confidence of his Green coalition partners – Fianna Fáil had slumped to third place in party opinion polls, and Cowen was the least popular head of government in modern Irish history.Read: Er, what’s happening on the Euronews website?last_img read more

Marriage proposal sees ring delivered by an aerial drone

first_imgThere have been some memorable marriage proposals and weddings captured on camera and uploaded to YouTube. Not many of them put technology to good use, though, but wedding photographers must be getting asked to cover more unusual proposals and weddings as we embrace technology more and more.One example of this is a marriage proposal recently made in Alamo Square park in San Francisco, which photographer Chris Geiger was asked to record on film. The guy proposing, Jason, asked his bride to be, Christina, to go to the park to have some pictures taken. Little did she know Jason had attached a engagement ring to the top of an aerial drone and planned to fly it in as he took photos of her.The setup worked quite well as you can see in the video above. She looked a little confused but ended up very happy when he eventually asked the question.The drone used isn’t specified, but we do know there were 4 cameras involved. Photographer Chris Geiger was shooting with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Jason was capturing video with his Canon EOS 5D Mark II, and the drone was equipped with two camera: the first, a GoPro Hero3 Black Edition, and the second an 18 gram 808 #16 keychain camera with a “D” wide angle lens.If you happen to think the houses in the background behind Christina look familiar, that’s because they are regularly used in sitcoms and are referred to as the “Painted Ladies” according to Geiger.last_img read more

Hadopi les fournisseurs daccès veulent faire payer lEtat

first_imgHadopi : les fournisseurs d’accès veulent faire payer l’EtatFrance – La grande majorité des fournisseurs d’accès à internet (FAI) souhaite facturer à l’État les opérations permettant de récupérer les adresses IP des internautes pirates. Les autorités ne l’entendent pas de cette oreille.Une lettre est arrivée récemment au bureau du ministère de la Culture. L’ensemble des FAI, SFR mis à part, souhaite que l’État paie la mise en place et le fonctionnement d’Hadopi. Pour les opérateurs, récupérer une adresse IP sur des réseaux et la transmettre aux autorités coûte 8,5 euros. La transmission automatique n’existant pas encore, Free, Bouygues Telecom, SFR, Orange et Numericable doivent réaliser ces manipulations manuellement. Les opérateurs légitiment cette demande en rappelant qu’ils ne sont pas à l’origine de la mise en place de l’Hadopi, et qu’ils ne devraient donc pas à assumer les coûts qu’elle engendre. Le 13 août 2010 à 11:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Biodiesel Industry in Washington

first_imgThis week, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) held its board meeting in Washington, D.C. In attendance were ASA and NBB board member Mike Cunningham, Ill., numerous state soybean association staff, ASA Washington representative and industry partners. The focus of the meeting, which included a day of Hill visits with congressional offices, was the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for 2014.  EPA’s initial goal was to have the final rule in place by June 20, but they still have not submitted a draft to the White House for review and reports indicate that it will now be August or September before it is transmitted or finalized.ASA continues to communicate with the Obama Administration and House and Senate members on the importance of having a more robust biodiesel requirement in the Final Rule.  In addition to many meetings with House and Senate members and staff, ASA also met this week with the Director of Rural Affairs for the White House Domestic Policy Council, which has input into the RFS decisions and recognizes the importance of the soybean industry to the rural and national economy.In addition to the RFS, other topics discussed at the NBB meeting was the efforts to reinstate biodiesel tax credit, and concern for the potential of imports of biodiesel from Argentina to flood the U.S. market and undercut domestic production. Tom Hammer, president of the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA), spoke at the NBB meeting on the trade distorting impact of Argentine Differential Export Taxes (DETs) and the artificial advantage they provide to soybean products exported from that country.last_img read more

Need to expedite process to elect new Cong prez Marri

first_imgHyderabad: Senior Congress leader and former MLA Marri Shashidhar Reddy has suggested that the process to elect a new president in the wake of Rahul Gandhi’s decision to step down should be expedited and an interim chief be put in place for the confidence of the party’s rank and file. “I think there is a need to expedite it. Because the feedback from the grassroots level is that the party cadre is growing restless. What appears to be a leadership vacuum should not be allowed to continue for long,” Shashidhar Reddy, son of former Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh Marri Channa Reddy, told PTI here. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us “The perceived vacuum should not be allowed to continue particularly in the light of alleged use of money power and all kinds of intimidation by the BJP to wean away people from other parties,” he said. “When I interact with people at the grass-root level, they ask me what should we do… (where are we heading). This question should not creep into the minds of Congress cadres and workers at the lower level. Because, they are the base,” he said. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The hardcore Congress workers, small or big, form the nucleus and the vacuum is creating anxiety in their minds which is not good for the party, he asserted. “We may be down, but we will not be out,” he said. Reddy, also former vice-chairman of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), suggested that an interim president be declared for the party immediately as it cannot remain a headless organisation. Advertise With Us “I am not an expert or somebody who can say what needs to be done. But, certainly, one of the suggestions I would like to make is that let them immediately declare an interim president,” he said. Rahul Gandhi, having declared that he is no more the president of Congress, is being described in news channels as a Member of Parliament, he said. “He (Gandhi) is no more the Congress president. He has made it very clear. So, it cannot be a headless organisation. Let there be an interim president… At least, that will give some confidence to the people,” Shashidhar Reddy said. The delay (in arriving at a decision about the replacement of Gandhi) is understandable as Gandhi’s decision has stunned everybody, but there is a provision to declare the senior-most general secretary as interim president in case the president quits, he said. Shashidhar Reddy, a staunch Congressman, had earlier appealed to CWC members and AICC office-bearers to quit their posts to give a free hand to the Gandhi scion to reorganise and revamp the party.last_img read more

Untouched Roman tomb uncovered by bulldozer

first_imgIt is not that unusual in Europe to come across old, medieval, or even ancient archaeological sites during construction work. However, it is unusual to find ancient sites in virtually untouched condition. This was the case recently in Rome, Italy. Logically, the older a site, the less likely it is to have survived wholly intact. Soil conditions, weather, agriculture, later settlements, and simply the passage of time all play a part in the erosion and disappearance of evidence of our collective past.So archaeologists were particularly excited when this most recent site was exposed in Case Rosse, an area to the west of central Rome. A bulldozer was being used to lengthen an aqueduct when the discovery was made. Workers found what is now being called the “Tomb of the Athlete”: the undisturbed remains of four people including 3 men in their 30s to 50s and a woman of unknown age.Entrance to the tomb. Photo by Soprintendenza Speciale di RomaThe earthmover had opened a hole in the side of a burial chamber. According to Rome’s special superintendent with archaeological oversight, Francesco Prosperetti, “had the machine dug just four inches to the left, we would have never found the tomb.” Being a nation with ancient roots, all significant construction projects in Italy require the presence of an archaeologist. Fabio Turchetta had been onsite with the project for around a year, but almost nothing had been dug up until the discovery of the tomb. And it had definitely been worth the wait.Thessaloniki dig unearths ancient mosaicsIt is estimated that the site dates from between 335 and 312 B.C. – when the Roman Republic was in its prime – based on a coin that was found next to one of the skeletons. The coin shows the head of Minerva on one side, and a horse’s head on the other with the word “Romano.”In addition, there were a variety of dishes and jugs, as well as what would have been offerings of food such as rabbit, lamb or goat, and chicken. Two strigils were also found. These hook-shaped objects were used by Romans to remove dirt and excess oil in the baths. Moreover, they are strongly associated with athletes to scrape perspiration from the body, hence the name of the tomb.Remains of animals buried as a funeral offering. Photo by Soprintendenza Speciale di RomaThe quality of the black-glazed pottery found inside the tomb suggests that the occupants may have been quite privileged, according to Stefano Musco, the scientific director of the archaeological dig.Researchers are in the process of retrieving the bodies from the tomb, after which they will be analyzed and have their DNA tested in a lab to establish whether or not they are related to one another. Alessandra Celant, a paleobotanist from the University of Roma La Sapienza, has taken pollen and plant samples from the tomb to determine the flora of the area when it was built. The site has been mapped with a laser scanner, and once excavations are complete it will be sealed up.Construction of the Metro C station San Giovanni in Rome.Photo by Sergio D’Afflitto CC BY-SA 4.0That the tomb was untouched is unusual, particularly as this area of Rome had been heavily surveyed and excavated in the past. What is more, the volcanic rock typical of the area in which it was found is quite porous. The organization in charge of looking after Rome’s heritage, the Soprintendenza Speciale di Roma, plans to go over the newly discovered contents in detail.Read another story from us: Construction of a new subway line in Rome brings thousands of precious artifacts to lightIn the past, construction work in other areas of Rome has uncovered frescoes, catacombs, and even entire buildings. During work on the Metro Line C, a military barracks and what might be Rome’s first university were exposed. Some of the artifacts found can now be seen as commuters ride the metro in the San Giovanni subway station – proof that we never know what is under our feet in these ancient, and historically rich, cities.Patricia Grimshaw is a self-professed museum nerd, with an equal interest in both medieval and military history. She received a BA (Hons) from Queen’s University in Medieval History, and an MA in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, and completed a Master of Museum Studies at the University of Toronto before beginning her museum career. She has lived and traveled all over Canada and Europe.last_img read more

Europe Sports Equipment and Apparel Market is projected to reach 172315

first_img“Europe Sports Equipment and Apparel Market by Activity: Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2018 – 2025,”the Europe sports equipment & apparel market size was valued at $115,709 million in 2017, and is projected to reach $172,315 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 5.5% from 2018 to 2025. Germany dominated the Europe sports equipment and apparel market in 2017, accounting for 19.7% share of the total revenue.Download Sample Copy Of Report@ equipment are utility devices or tools useful for engaging in sports activities. Similarly, sports apparel is useful for boosting the sports performance with required comfort. However, consumers are actively wearing sports apparel during non-sports hours. This report is an in-depth study of the sports equipment and apparel market consumed across different types of sports activities. On the basis of outdoor activities, the market is divided into hiking; winter & water sports; team games such as football, volleyball, & basketball; and racket sports such as tennis, squash, & others.Increase in health awareness among consumers and rapid rise in per capita disposable income are expected to boost the demand for sports equipment and apparels market. In addition, increase in demand for sports apparel among young sports enthusiasts and advancements in formulation of sports equipment fuel the Europe sports equipment & apparel market growth. However, decline in participation of the young generation in sports activity hampers the market growth. Moreover, increase in interest of consumers in leisure activities other than sports such as movies, musical concerts, virtual gaming, and others restrains the growth of the Europe sports equipment & apparel market. Conversely, increase in participation of various organizations in donation of these equipment and apparel to emerging sports enthusiasts and athletes with poor financial background is anticipated to provide lucrative opportunities for the market growth. For instance, Sports Gift, Let’s Play It Forward, Europe Sports Foundation, and One World Play Project are some of the well-known organizations that support the sports equipment donation process. Thus, rise in distribution of sports equipment and apparel through online retail platform is anticipated to boost the market growth in the near future.Ask For Special Discount on This Report@ governments of European countries are constantly in the process of conceptualizing and establishing effective and timely healthcare programs. Developing countries indicate a significantly growing trend of healthcare offerings across all sectors. The allowances related to employee fitness is expected to experience an increase in the future. This is anticipated to boost the business of sports equipment & apparel industry, as a significant portion of the employee income would be invested in fitness activities such as gym and yoga. This in turn is expected to drive the growth of the Europe sports equipment and apparel industry.Based on region, the Europe sports equipment & apparel market is analyzed across Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, and rest of Europe. In Germany penetration of the sports equipment & apparel is high, owing to upsurge in state, national, and international level competitions conducted by various governments across the European region increase the participation and develop interest of the youth in sports activities. This in turn has resulted in increased demand for sports equipment and apparel, which significantly contributes to the overall growth of the Europe sports equipment & apparel market.Direct Purchase this report@ Findings of the Europe Sports Equipment and Apparel Market:In 2017, Germany was the highest contributor toward the Europe sports equipment & apparel market, growing at a CAGR of 5.6% from 2018 to 2025.In 2017, the sports equipment segment accounted for more than half of the Europe sports equipment & apparel market share, and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 5.8% from 2018 to 2025.The independent stores segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.1% during the Europe sports equipment & apparel market forecast period.In 2017, the France accounted for nearly 14% of the Europe sports equipment & apparel market size, and is estimated to grow at CAGR of 5.1%.In 2017, sports apparel and footwear segment accounted for a prominent share of Europe sports equipment & apparel market, and is anticipated to grow at the highest CAGRs of 5.0%.The key leading players operating in the Europe sports equipment & apparel industry include Adidas AG (ADIDAS), Amer Sports Corporation, Asics Corporation, Fila Korea Ltd, New Balance, Nike, Inc, Puma Se (Kering), Sports Direct International Plc, Under Armour, Inc, and VF Corporation (VFC).About Us:Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact Us:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1⟨855⟩550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Cabañas Coconut hotel project shut down on Isla Holbox

first_imgHolbox, Q.R. — A hotel project on the island of Holbox has been shut down by federal authorities after they discovered it was being built without an environmental permit.The Federal Attorney’s Office for Environmental Protection (Profepa) closed the construction of a hotel project located in the Protected Natural Area of the Island of Holbox. In a statement, the agency reported that the construction affected an ecosystem.Profepa inspectors made a visit to verify that the construction work and activities of the Cabañas Coconut hotel project were being carried out in compliance with the provisions contained in the current environmental legislation.They report that the hotel, which already consisted of 15 two-level cabins, parking lot, kitchen and numerous other buildings, had removed all vegetation on more than 2,200 square meters of land from a site that is immersed in an ecosystem.At the time of the visit, the hotel could not prove the legal authorization required from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources regarding their environmental impact permit.Under the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection, Profepa officials proceeded to temporary close the hotel project.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more