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Industry Minister Welcomes Lumber Treatment Plant

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first_imgMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the newly opened ARC Lumber Treatment Plant, is a welcome investment that will help to further grow the country’s economy. “The launch of this facility is a clear indication of the owner’s confidence in the country and its evolving business environment. The launch of the lumber treatment plant certainly represents the kind of innovative response from businesses needed to drive our economy and country to the next stage of its development,” he said. Mr. Hylton was speaking at the official opening of the state-of-the-art facility at its Bell Road location in Kingston, on Wednesday, March 13. The Minister further noted that innovations of this type contribute to strengthening the country’s export capacity and is consistent with advancing the national export strategy, which seeks to improve the country’s export performance by advancing the competitiveness of firms and sectors, while enhancing the business and trade environment. “ARC Manufacturing, with its innovative plant, represents the next wave of value-added manufacturing that we expect will benefit directly from the implementation of the Global Logistics Hub, which will serve as a global supply chain platform to support the country’s export sector,” he said. Mr. Hylton further noted that the launch also signifies the company’s efforts to improve the competitiveness of the lumber supply sector in Jamaica. “Management’s efforts to push the company further up the value chain will inevitably position it to take advantage of export opportunities and to generate export earnings, while creating employment and increasing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of our country,” he said. The Minister praised Osmose Inc., a wood preserving company which collaborated with ARC to establish the facility, for the “strategic partnership in allowing the technology to come not simply to ARC but to Jamaica.” General Manager for Osmose Inc. in Latin America and the Caribbean, Dr. Javier Romero, said the facility, which is the first of its kind in Jamaica, “is the most modern and advanced plant I know in the Caribbean and the Latin-American region.”While the plant, which is fully automated, has the capacity to treat approximately 500,000 board feet (BF) of lumber per 40-hour week, Dr. Romero noted that it has the potential to treat 50 million BF per year, “allowing ARC to cover the domestic demand and also export markets.”He further noted that he is pleased that the company will be using the most environmentally friendly preservative in its treatment operations. The plant, which occupies approximately 11,000 square feet of space, is equipped with a pressure tank; four holding tanks; and a control room. It utilises a process called Pressure Treatment for its lumber and wood products. The type of treatment used is a form of micronized copper preservative, which is widely used in the construction industry in the United States.ARC is one of Jamaica’s leading manufacturers and distributors of building materials. The company locally manufactures construction wires and mesh, nails, fencing and roofing products. It also distributes lumber, cement, steel and steel products.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Youth Forum on the Arctic

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first_imgThe Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, in partnership with the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada and Students on Ice, is hosting Polar Perspectives in celebration of International Polar Year on Wednesday, Nov. 26, in Halifax. The event is being held at 15 venues across the country this year and features a day-long forum for high school students and an evening speakers series for the public will be held at the museum at 1747 Summer St., Halifax. “The youth forum is a truly unique opportunity for our future scientists, leaders and environmental stewards to learn about Arctic ecosystems, northern issues, International Polar Year and climate change,” said museum manager Janet Maltby. “We are thrilled to be part of this important learning opportunity for young Nova Scotians and to involve them in discussions about current issues affecting our polar regions and ultimately, our planet. These students will then go back to their schools and communities with a commitment to being International Polar Year ambassadors for climate change issues.” This fall, high school students with a strong interest in science and environmental leadership from across Nova Scotia were encouraged to apply for the one-day forum. Hilary Ashley, a Grade 10 student at Citadel High School in Halifax, was selected as one of the 25 participants. She wrote: “I am wanting to participate in the Polar Perspectives Youth Forum so that I can learn about the issues facing the North, such as climate change and the impact on wildlife. I am looking for ideas to help raise awareness in my community and school to slow down the impact of climate change in the North.” During the forum, students will participate in discussion groups on themes such as health, culture, climate change, conservation, sovereignty and indigenous rights. There will also be a special live videoconferencing session with students in Canada’s Arctic region. “This live video component will be a tremendously powerfulexchange and opportunity for Nova Scotia’s young people to interact directly with northern youth to hear their thoughts, stories and perspectives,” said Geoff Green, a veteran of more than 100 polar expeditions, and founder and executive director of Students on Ice Expeditions. The forum concludes with a display created by the students from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. followed by two public lectures. Arctic Paleobiology Adventures will be presented by Natalia Rybczynski, paleobiologist, Canadian Museum of Nature and Carving the Islands of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago with John Gosse, Canada research chair in Earth Systems Evolution, Earth Sciences, Dalhousie University. Ms. Rybczynski will discuss evidence of past climate, ecosystems and biodiversity and Mr. Gosse’s talk will focus on the causes and timing of island formation and what the climate records indicate about this Arctic landscape change. Also taking part in the forum is Zoë Caron, co-author of Global Warming for Dummies, a founding member of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, who also helped develop the Sierra Youth Coalition’s Sustainable Campuses initiative in Atlantic Canada. Recently recognized in Vanity Fair, she has been named among the Top 30 Under 30 to watch in Halifax by Canada’s Alternatives Journal. A documentary film based on the forums that weaves together Canadian impressions of the polar regions will be produced in the coming year. Youth forum participants and Canadian high school students are also invited to enter a national International Polar Year contest to send one student from each province and territory on a Students on Ice International Polar Year Arctic Expedition in 2009. Other sponsors of the forum include, Canadian Geographic, Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and the government of Canada’s International Polar Year Program.last_img read more

Kim executes 5 summit men for being won over by USA

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first_imgSeoul: North Korea executed its special envoy to the United States following the collapse of the second summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, a South Korean newspaper reported Friday. The Chosun Ilbo said Kim Hyok Chol, who laid the groundwork for the Hanoi meeting and accompanied Kim on his private train, was executed by firing squad for “betraying the supreme leader” after he was “won over to the US” during pre-summit negotiations. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”Kim Hyok Chol was executed in March at Mirim Airport along with four senior foreign ministry officials following an investigation,” the newspaper quoted an unidentified source as saying. The other officials were not named. Kim Hyok Chol was the North’s counterpart of US special representative Stephen Biegun in the run-up to the Hanoi summit in February. South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean relations, declined to comment on the report. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe paper also said Kim Jong Un’s interpreter Shin Hye Yong was sent to a prison camp for a mistake at the summit. She failed to translate Kim’s new proposal when Trump declared “no deal” and walked away from the table, Chosun reported, citing another unnamed diplomatic source. Kim Jong Un and Trump left the Vietnamese capital without a deal after they failed to reach agreement on rolling back Pyongyang’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief. The North has since sought to raise the pressure and carried out two short-range missile tests in May. Senior party official Kim Yong Chol, the North’s counterpart to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in nuclear talks, was also sent to a labour camp, the paper said. In April, South Korea’s parliamentary intelligence committee said Kim Yong Chol had been censured over his handling of the Hanoi summit, despite the fact he had recently been named a member of the State Affairs Commission, a supreme governing body chaired by Kim Jong Un. News of the reported purge came as North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper, mouthpiece of the ruling party, Thursday warned that officials who committed anti-party or anti-revolutionary acts would face the “stern judgement of the revolution”. Previous South Korean reports of North Korean purges and executions have later proved inaccurate.The Chosun Ilbo itself incorrectly reported in 2013 that Hyon Song Wol, head of the North’s Samjiyon Orchestra, was executed by firing squad for distributing and watching pornographic content. And the Unification Ministry also mistakenly announced in February 2016 that Ri Yong Gil, chief of the general staff of the North Korean People’s Army, had been executed.last_img read more

Reviving folk music and culture in Bengal

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first_imgRamakrishna Mission Institute of Culture is going to present a unique programme on Loksangeete Mahajani Pad at the Vivekananda Hall of the Institute on March 30. The programme will be presented by Tapan Roy, an outstanding scholar of Lok sangeet or folk sangeet besides well-known theatre personality Bibhas Chakraborty.Folk music and culture have played an important role in Bengal’s varied and diverse cultural world. In undivided India, East Bengal was very rich in folk culture and music and there were great lyricists who had composed the songs in the local language. The folk songs spoke about communal harmony. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIt was Lalan Fakir who became the leader of folk music and culture owing to his great work. Along with him, there were a host of great lyricists and composers like Gagan Harkara, Fikir Chand, Radharaman, Hasan Rajashah, Panju Shah, Durbin Shah, and Bijoy Sarkar among others. Over the past three decades, Tapan Roy has been carrying out intense research on folk music and culture and has held workshops and took part in programmes to make people aware of Bengal’s rich culture and heritage. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardRoy has directed music in dramas like ‘Lala Fakir’ by Iswar Chakraborty, ‘In the land of Chinopatra’ by Saibal Mitra and some teleserials. He has also composed music for group theatres like ‘Bahoorupi’, ‘Theatre Workshop’, ‘Samakalin Sanskriti’ among others. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken an initiative to bring back folk culture and music in Bengal. Over 2 lakh folk artists are getting month stipend and are taking part in regular programmes organised by various departments of state government. Folk artists are regularly visiting foreign countries where Bengal folk music is becoming increasingly popular.last_img read more

Motion to suspend funds to Prime Ministers office passed

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The motion notes that the House on 16th November, 2018, accepted the official statement made by the Speaker on 15th November, 2018 that, in terms of paragraph 2 of the No Confidence Motion against the Government adopted on 14th November 2018, the Cabinet of Ministers stood dissolved in terms of Article 48 of the Constitution, and accordingly this House further resolved that, since 26th October, 2018, as contemplated in Article 48 of the Constitution, this House had no confidence in the Government including Mahinda Rajapaksa.The motion also notes that Parliament has full control over Public Finance as mandated in Article 148 of the Constitution and accordingly Parliament resolves that from 15th November, 2018 the Secretary to the Prime Minister has no authority to approve any expenditure drawn from the funds of the Republic, and any person taking any action in violation of this Resolution will be dealt with according to law.  (Colombo Gazette) A motion submitted to Parliament to suspend funds to the Prime Minister’s office was passed today.The motion was passed with 123 members voting for it and no one against it. The United National Front (UNF) presented the motion to Parliament. Government MPs were absent in Parliament at the time of the vote as they had boycotted sessions today. The motion was presented by UNF Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake while UNF MP Navin Dissanayake seconded the motion.An electronic vote was taken on the motion and it was passed. read more

Driver charged with impaired in Skyway crash

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(Update)A major shutdown on one of the busiest highways in the province late this afternoon after a truck slammed into scaffolding at the top of the Skyway Bridge. No Toronto bound traffic is allowed on the bridge — creating major headaches on surrounding roads like Eastport Drive.  The 34-year old male driver of the truck has been charged with impaired driving.  The CHCH team coverage begins with Al Sweeney and Pamela Vanmeer.

Shkreli campaign for boss music collection rolls on

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FILE – In this Feb. 4, 2016 file photo, Pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli smiles on Capitol Hill in Washington during the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on his former company’s decision to raise the price of a lifesaving medicine. Former pharmaceutical CEO and government target Martin Shkreli continues his attempts to build up his music collection. After spending $2 million for the sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.” The 32-year-old former hedge fund manager is now offering $10 million for Kanye West’s new album. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2016 10:08 am MDT Last Updated Feb 12, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Former pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli’s campaign to build up an impressive music portfolio rolls on.After spending $2 million for the sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” late last year, the 32-year-old former hedge fund manager is now offering $10 million to become the sole owner of Kanye West’s new album.Shkreli, an active Twitter user, posted a copy of an offer letter for West’s new album “The Life of Pablo” to his account on Thursday. In the letter, Shkreli, asks West to withhold the release of his album and instead sell it to him.Shkreli said in a separate tweet that West and his label, Universal Music Group, are legally required to take his offer to their board. He said it could delay the album’s release by a few days.West has yet to comment on Shkreli’s offer on his official Twitter account, but did tweet Friday that the album was being mastered and would be out on Friday.Universal Music Group did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.Shkreli made headlines last year after a drug company he founded, Turing Pharmaceuticals, spent $55 million for the U.S. rights to sell a life-saving medicine called Daraprim, then raised the price by more than fifty-fold.He was called last week before a congressional committee investigating the price of drugs, but cited the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.Before the meeting was over, however, Shkreli was back on Twitter, calling members of Congress “imbeciles.”Shkreli is out on $5 million bail after being arrested in New York in December on securities-fraud charges not directly related to the drug price increase. Shkreli campaign for boss music collection rolls on read more

North American markets mixed Nasdaq hits new record loonie rises slightly

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TORONTO – Most North American markets ended slightly in the red Friday following disappointing U.S. economic news, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq eked out a small gain to hit a new record high.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 48.61 points to 14,747.45, led by energy companies, which were up 0.53 per cent on higher benchmark crude prices.The health-care sector was the lead decliner on the TSX, slipping 4.95 per cent as Concordia International (TSX:CXR) announced it’s suspending its dividend and writing down the value of two of its products due to competition from generic drugs.The Oakville, Ont.-based health-care company saw its stock plunge 39.09 per cent, or $8.31, to $12.95 at the close.The TSX’s metals and mining sector lost 2.65 per cent, while base metals stocks lost 2.62 per cent.The Canadian dollar was at 77.15 cents US, up 0.11 of a cent from Thursday’s close.South of the border, the Dow Jones industrial average fell by 37.05 points at 18,576.47, the broader S&P 500 composite index slipped 1.74 points to 2,184.05, and the Nasdaq composite added 4.49 points to 5,232.89.The market declines came after a new spate of data showing that retail sales were weaker than expected and producer prices saw a sharp decline last month.The U.S. Commerce Department reported that consumers spent less on groceries, clothing, electronics, appliances and sporting goods, though the declines were offset by an increase in auto sales.“I think the consumer is OK, but what are they doing?” said Susan Da Sie, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“They’re buying houses, they’re buying cars. Maybe they’re buying more high-priced goods because interest rates are very, very low. They’re not in the department stores buying clothes.”Meanwhile, the U.S. Labor Department reported that producer prices saw a big drop last month — the largest since September — on the back of energy, clothing and food prices.“The markets have done really well and people are just taking some money off the table,” said Da Sie.“I think the little bit of a decline that we see today is just noise. There’s nothing really going on … the little bit of a correction we’re seeing today is a normal little pause in what seems to be this march upwards.”In commodity news, the September crude contract was up $1.00 at US$44.49 per barrel and September natural gas climbed 3.5 cents to US$2.59 per mmBTU.The December gold contract gave back $6.80 to US$1,343.20 an ounce and September copper contracts lost five cents at US$2.14 a pound.—With files from the Associated Press.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 12, 2016 9:35 am MDT Last Updated Aug 12, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email North American markets mixed, Nasdaq hits new record, loonie rises slightly read more

FEATURE Ahead of Security Council elections General Assembly President explains how a

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The five Member States – one seat for the African Group, one seat for the Group of Asia and the Pacific small island developing States, one seat for the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States, and two seats for the Western European and Others Group – will be elected by the General Assembly to two-year terms on the Council, to begin on 1 January 2017 and run through 31 December 2018.In an interview with the UN News Centre, General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft – who has spearheaded efforts at the Organization to make the election process for the next Secretary-General more transparent – explained that the elections for the non-permanent seats on the Council, which were previously held in October, were moved to June under Assembly resolution 68/307 (2014) so that elected Member States can have more time to prepare for their terms before assuming their responsibilities.“It is one of the revitalization resolutions worked out in the General Assembly, where it was found more reasonable that countries knew very much beforehand if they were to be members of the Security Council,” Mr. Lykketoft said.“It is to get countries better prepared to organize their participation. It takes a lot of work and a lot of staff, I think, for the individual countries being elected to the Security Council, so they get more time to organize it,” he added. UN Photo/Amanda VoisardMogens Lykketoft (right), President of the seventieth session of the General Assembly, presides over a meeting at Assembly at the UN Headquarters, in Ne York. At his side is Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (file) How to get a non-permanent seat on the CouncilUnder an amendment to the UN Charter that went into effect in 1965, the General Assembly increased the number of non-permanent members in the Security Council from 6 to 10, with five new members elected for a two-year period every year. This brought the membership of Security Council, the primary UN body tasked with the maintenance of international peace and security matters, to 10 non-permanent members, who sit alongside the five permanent, veto-wielding members: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.The non-permanent seats are allocated according to a rotation pattern set by the Assembly back in 1963, to ensure a proportionate representation over time from the different parts of the world: five from African and Asian States; one from Eastern European States; two from Latin American States; and two from Western European and Other States.“We have these five different geographic formations in the United Nations. Some of them can seem a little old-fashioned and odd for people,” said the General Assembly President, noting that, for instance, Cyprus remains a member of the Asia-Pacific Group although it is a member of the European Union.“We have a division between the Western European and the Others. The Others are United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Israel – but it is the traditional divide during the Cold War that defines the Western European members of this group. While in the Eastern European group, we have, of course, Russia, you have countries like Armenia, Ukraine, Belarus, and then we have, nowadays, 12 members of the European Union and NATO. So the historic configuration can seem somewhat awkward, but that’s how it works,” he explained.This year, the one seat for the African Group – currently held by Angola – is uncontested, with only one candidate – Ethiopia – put forward by the regional group. The same holds true for the seat for the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States – currently held by Venezuela – for which Bolivia has been nominated.More and more countries are announcing their candidacy for the Security Council earlier. It’s one of the most prestigious and influential places to be in for Member States, and you have seen, for instance, already for the selection four years from now candidates have come forward – Assembly President Lykketoft  However, the seat for the Asia-Pacific Group – currently held by Malaysia – is being contested this year, with two Member States – Kazakhstan and Thailand – presenting their candidacies.Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden are competing for two seats under the Western European and Others Group – which are currently held by New Zealand and Spain. With the exception of Kazakhstan, all competing candidate countries have served on the Council in the past.The new membership will join the five other non-permanent members of the Council whose terms expire at the end of 2017: Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay.The voting process in the General AssemblyTo secure a non-permanent seat on the Council, a candidate country must garner the votes of two-thirds of the Member States present at the General Assembly session. If all 193 UN Member States are present tomorrow, this means winning a seat will require 129 positive votes.If no candidate country obtains the required number of votes in the first round, voting in the following round will be restricted to the candidates that received the most votes. Under this restricted ballot, the number of countries included on the ballot is limited to twice the number of available seats for a particular group.This restricted voting can continue for up to three rounds of voting, after which unrestricted voting is reopened for up to three rounds if a candidate has not obtained the minimum number of votes. Such a pattern continues until a candidate successfully obtains the required two-thirds of the votes.Historically, extended rounds of voting to fill a contested seat have taken place on several occasions. Another possible outcome in situations of extended voting is that one of the contenders withdraws, or a compromise candidate might be elected instead.As Mr. Lykketoft explained that, in 1979, there were 155 votes between Cuba and Colombia over a non-permanent seat on the Council, and in the end, Mexico was elected as the compromise candidate.“And we had, back in 1956, 52 rounds between Poland and Turkey, and that was solved in another way. They divided the two-year period between them, and got that accepted in the General Assembly,” Mr. Lykketoft said.“Then we had in 2008, 48 rounds between Guatemala and Venezuela that ended up with Panama being the compromise candidate. And we had in 2011, 17 rounds of voting before Azerbaijan, who was in front of Slovenia, got the needed two-thirds majority,” he added.Announcement of candidate countriesIn addition to the change in election month this year, candidate countries have begun to announce their candidacies for a non-permanent seat on the Council earlier than ever before.“More and more countries are announcing their candidacy for the Security Council earlier. It’s one of the most prestigious and influential places to be in for Member States, and you have seen, for instance, already for the selection four years from now candidates have come forward,” Mr. Lykketoft said.Processes are changing gradually, and this demand from Member States and from the general public, for more transparency in the deliberations, both in the Council and the Assembly, has an impact, and changes gradually the way we are working– Assembly President Lykketoft  ​​​​​​​In one of the latest examples, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in March announced Canada’s bid for elections in 2020.Also for the first time this year, and in the context of momentum for accountability and transparency in the selection process of the new Secretary-General, candidate countries to the Council participated in two election debates at UN Headquarters in New York.The events – held on 23 and 24 May – consisted of two debates with the five competing candidates of the Asia-Pacific Group and Western European and Others Group, organized by the World Federation of UN Associations.Such debates are in line with continuing efforts to improve working methods in both the General Assembly and Security Council, the General Assembly President said.“There is an ongoing discussion both in the General Assembly and in the Security Council about working methods, in order get more well-organized and more productive in the outcome, and that will hopefully be even more fruitful in the current Security Council,” Mr. Lykketoft said.“Processes are changing gradually, and this demand from Member States and from the general public, for more transparency in the deliberations, both in the Council and the Assembly, has an impact, and changes gradually the way we are working,” he added.The elections for the non-permanent members to the Security Council are scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York. read more

UN forum highlights importance of stronger partnerships for financing sustainable development

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VIDEO: UN General Assembly President, Peter Thomson, underscores the need to mobilise both public and private financing in driving the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mr. Thomson also said that efforts by governments, central banks and financial regulators are already leading to positive developments but multiplying these efforts to reach the scale needed to achieve the global goals remains the main challenge. In particular, he underlined the need for reforming existing policy and regulatory frameworks to leverage public and private financing for the SDGs, and to contribute to sustainable development, including through local and regional capital markets. “If we are to succeed, today’s discussions cannot be a one-off occurrence. [It] will have to represent the start of an extended dialogue,” the President of the General Assembly said. In addition to senior UN officials, Mahmoud Mohieldin, the Senior Vice President for Partnerships at the World Bank Group, also spoke at the high-level event, which also featured a panel discussion on sustainable development financing, an inter-governmental plenary debate, and workshops showcasing approaches to finance specific groups of SDGs. VIDEO: UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, outlines strategic approach to financially fuel the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The dividends will reverberate far and wide […] success on the SDGs will trigger beneficial results that will feed project pipelines leading to progress on gender, economic growth and climate action,” she added, noting examples from around the world that have shown such benefits. Mobilizing the ‘right mix’ of resources vital – General Assembly President Also speaking at the opening, the President of the General Assembly, Peter Thomson said that financing the SDGs could require some $90 trillion over the next 15 years and called for “exponential transformation” in the global financial system that taps into all sources of funding. “We are at a time when we must foment a global conversation bringing all stakeholders together to discuss how we can mobilize the right mix of resources to achieve the SDGs,” he said. “We must distinguish between the various sources of capital and asset classes that they represent, and recognize their varying spheres of operation and influence – from multinational corporations through to grassroots small-holder farmers.” In her opening remarks at the high-level event, SDG Financing Lab – How to finance the SDGs, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed recalled the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, which was adopted in 2015 at the UN Third International Conference on Financing for Development. She said the agreement – which sets out a series of bold measures to overhaul global finance practices and generate investments for tackling a range of economic, social and environmental challenges – is a key component of the 2030 Agenda. “The Action Agenda provides the framework for global cooperation to finance and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by mobilizing public and private sources,” said Ms. Mohammed. The deputy UN chief also noted that in addition to prioritizing domestic resource mobilization, aligning public spending with sustainable development and partnership with the private sector and businesses is equally important. “It is in the interest of all countries, companies and people to tap the wealth of good that sustainable development will bring in environmental, economic and social terms,” she added. In her remarks, Ms. Mohammed also noted that financial flows and investments are increasingly being aligned with the SDGs and said that with mobilization of large pools of capital such as pension funds and the insurance sector, “greater wins” for everyone can be realized. read more

Eagles Fire Defensive Line Coach Jim Washburn

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The Philadelphia Eagles have fired defensive line coach Jim Washburn after their 38-33 loss to the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night.According to the team, Washburn was “relieved of his duties” following the team’s eighth straight loss. The Eagles defensive line gave up 123 rushing yards compared to the Cowboys 183 rushing yards, which does not seem to be the reason behind his firing.“Jim is a fine football coach and we appreciate the efforts he gave to this team over the past two years,” coach Andy Reid. “However, I determined that it was in the team’s best interest that we move in a different direction in terms of trying to maximize the production of that position group. We look forward to having Tommy Brasher back on board to work with the defensive line.”Brasher was the Eagles defensive line coach in 1985 and from 1999 through 2005.One the determining factors that played into Washburn’s firing was that he had become a “cancer” around the team, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. His attitude took a turn for the worse when defensive end Jason Babin was released last week and picked up off of waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars.Washburn was hired by Reid in Jan. 2011 to improve his pass rush defense. He brought his wide nine scheme to the Eagles, which aims to sack the quarterback at the expense of a run defense. The Eagles only managed to sack Tony Romo Sunday night one time for an 11-yard loss.The Eagles have 46 sacks on the season, but that was not enough for Reid nor the Eagles front office.Washburn built a reputation with the team for being outspoken about his thoughts. Last November, he was involved in an argument with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg on the sideline during a game.He also expressed his frustrations to players about former defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, who was fired earlier in the season by Reid. Washburn has also complained about new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.With a few more weeks left to go in the season, Reid has potentially seen his last days as the Eagles head coach and could possibly receive his pink slip soon. read more

Half of electrical goods sold on Black Friday are cheaper at other

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first_imgIn another, Currys is said to have listed a Samsung television for £579 “was £699”. “The Black Friday price of £579 for this Samsung television was only slightly less than the price it was going for just days before Black Friday – £599,” Which? said. “It had been sold at £599 for months, making Currys’ decision to use a ‘was price’ of £699 both mystifying and, in our opinion, misleading.” Last night, Pete Moorey, head of campaigns at Which?, said: “Shoppers might be surprised to learn that only half of Black Friday deals are actually cheapest on Black Friday. Half of electrical goods sold on Black Friday are cheaper at other times of year, an investigation by Which? has found.Forty-nine per cent of products “on offer” cost less in the months before or after the annual bargain frenzy, the consumer watchdog said. We fundamentally disagree with this approach taken by Which? in this reportCurrys 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. More expensive products included a 48-inch flatscreen Samsung television from Currys, advertised as £698 on Black Friday but dropping to £599 just weeks later in December, and a Vax Air Classic Pet on AO.com, which had been £30 cheaper the day before.In recent years, Black Friday has become the biggest shopping day of the year with companies promoting apparent cut-price and limited-time bargains for customers to snap up before Christmas.  The investigation tracked deals on 20 popular gadgets and appliances on Amazon, AO.com, Argos, Currys and John Lewis for three months before and two months after Black Friday last year.It found that just 8 per cent of discounts were one-day only offers. Meanwhile, 12 per cent were cheaper at some point in the three months before and 38 per cent cost less in the weeks after. “If you’re thinking about starting your Christmas shopping around Black Friday, do your research as some ‘deals’ may not be all they’re cracked up to be.”Which? also accused AO and Currys of breaking government guidelines after it appeared to uncover examples of offers where the word “was” had been used to make deals appear better than they were.center_img A spokesman for Currys insisted its prices were “transparent”.“We fundamentally disagree with this approach taken by Which? in this report and comply fully with the PPG guidelines, displaying a clear date from when the ‘was’ price was taken,” she said.AO said that some products remained on promotion beyond Black Friday to give customers “great deals beyond just the one day a year”. AO said it had followed regulations when it came to displaying discounts. Shoppers might be surprised to learn that only half of Black Friday deals are actually cheapest on Black FridayPete Moorey, head of campaigns at Which? A John Lewis spokeswoman attributed its prices to its ‘Never Knowingly Undersold’ promise, and said: “Our never knowingly undersold commitment means that we will match our competitors’ deals and offers for as long as they run.”Argos said: “We offer customers thousands of great deals over the Black Friday period and work hard to ensure that all of our offers are fully compliant with the full range of regulations and guidance in pricing practice.”We certainly do not intend to mislead in anyway. We update our pricing frequently to ensure that we can offer our customers the best deals.”A spokesman for Amazon added: “Six of the eight products that Which? reviewed on Amazon.co.uk last year had our lowest price on Black Friday and, in response to customer feedback, we spread out great deals over several days.” Some are up to £99 more expensive on Black Friday, prompting Which? to warn customers that deals are not always what “they’re cracked up to be”. The Government’s Pricing Practices Guide (PPG) states that product comparisons should “in general” be made with the immediate previous price for the product. If this cannot be done, the basis of the comparison must be “explicit”.Which? highlighted several examples of places where it believes the guidelines were breached. It says a “was” price must be the most recent price the item was sold at for 28 consecutive days or more and not a price that is more than six months old.In one case, it said AO listed a Bosch washing machine for £399 “was £539” – the price it had been for 19 days the previous year instead of the £499 it was in the months before.last_img read more

Marée noire JeanLouis Borloo plaide pour la création de casques bleus de

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first_imgMarée noire : Jean-Louis Borloo plaide pour la création de casques bleus de la merFrance – Alors que la pire marée noire qu’aient connu les États-Unis a déjà souillé 200 kilomètres de côtes dans le golfe du Mexique, le ministre de l’Écologie français Jean-Louis Borloo appelle à la création d’une Organisation mondiale de la mer et des océans, à l’image de l’ONU.Depuis l’explosion et le naufrage d’une plate-forme pétrolière exploitée par BP dans le golfe du Mexique, la marée noire s’est divisée en centaines de milliers de petites nappes de pétrole pour s’étendre désormais dans un rayon de 320 kilomètres autour du puits.À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Face à cette catastrophe qui a déjà souillé près de 200 kilomètres de côtes et tué des centaines d’animaux en Louisiane, au Mississippi, en Alabama et en Floride, le ministre français de l’Environnement estime nécessaire la création d’une Organisation mondiale de la mer. “On a déclaré la guerre aux poissons, on est en train de la gagner” a déploré Jean-Louis Borloo sur Canal +.Et le ministre d’assurer : “Je suis convaincu qu’on ne passera pas la décennie qui vient sans qu’il y ait une Organisation mondiale de la mer et des océans”. Pour Jean-Louis Borloo, “il nous faut des casques bleus de la mer et des océans” pour protéger les richesses de la mer, la “première réserve énergétique du monde”.Lundi, la compagnie pétrolière britannique BP a annoncé avoir réussi à pomper plus de 15.000 barils de brut grâce au nouveau dôme de confinement mis en place au-dessus de la fuite. L’objectif du groupe est désormais de faire passer ce chiffre à 20.000 barils par jour.Le 9 juin 2010 à 10:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

PDM Leader challenges Commission to Educate on Corruption

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first_img Related Items:corruption, education, Pdm, sharlene robinson TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Dec 2015 – ‘Integrity – Live it’ was the theme of the Anti-Corruption Day commemoration held by the TCI Integrity Commission and addressing attendees was attorney and PDM Leader, Hon Sharlene Robinson. Robinson, who as a member of the House of Assembly heads one of the arms of the House which forensically examines the movement of public monies as the Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee issued a challenge to the Commission. Hon. Sharlene Robinson, PDM Leader: “…do more in the area of adult education especially in the climate that we are in. More must be said of the effects of corruption and how it impacts national development and how benefits can disappear or be reduced as a result. There is a great need for that connection to be made. I encourage you to partner with all Churches, attack the language barrier, use all the media tools available to educate and be courageous in showing the results of corruption. The task is great but achievable – you have many valuable partners awaiting your call. This will go a long way in the TCI’s public taking ownership of this Institution that others envy.” last_img read more

Car Jackers caught by Nassau Police

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 21, 2017 – Nassau – A vehicle stolen on Tuesday March 14 is recovered now and two men are in custody for the armed robbery and auto theft.  The pair was found in Pinewood Gardens in the stolen vehicle around 5pm on Saturday.#MagneticMediaNews#carjackerscaughtbyNassauPolice#Nassaumenfoundinstolencar Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#carjackerscaughtbyNassauPolice, #magneticmedianews, #Nassaumenfoundinstolencarlast_img read more

Zabaleta hasnt decided about his future

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first_imgThe veteran West Ham United defender will finish his two-year contract in the English Premier League club this summer.After signing a two-year contract with West Ham United in the English Premier League, Pablo Zabaleta’s contract will finish in the summer.And the veteran full-back doesn’t know what he will do after the 2018-2019 season ends.“I haven’t made any decision yet,” Zabaleta was quoted by Kumb.“I am enjoying my football, but I will be 34 this week!”declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“For me, it is about still enjoying it – and at the right moment I will sit down with the club and decide what to do next,” he added.“I am happy at West Ham. It is a club with such great potential, but at the moment we are in January and it is too early to decide. I want to make the right decision.”“I am probably no longer in my prime, but I think I am still good enough to do the job. I don’t want to be selfish with the decision,” he commented.“If I believe I can’t give 100 percent then I will walk away, but it is too early to make that decision.”last_img read more

EEOC files sexharassment suit against Tapioca Express

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first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 13, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Allegations of sexual harassment on the part of the owner of Tapioca Express outlets in Chula Vista and National City has prompted the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to file suit against the Asian-themed fast-food chain, the federal agency announced Wednesday.According to the commission, the proprietor of the two San Diego-area shops repeatedly wrapped his arms around female employees, pressed up against them and made inappropriate comments about their bodies.Some of the alleged victims quit their jobs due to the “escalating sexual harassment,” according to an EEOC news release that did not identify the accused businessman.The commission filed suit in U.S. District Court in San Diego against South El Monte-based Tapioca Express Inc. and two related companies — Edeleen Inc. and Erivera Enterprise — after trying in vain to reach a settlement through a conciliation process, according to the government agency.The lawsuit charges the defendants with failing to prevent and correct the alleged harassment despite numerous complaints, seeks monetary damages for the women purportedly subjected to the demeaning behavior and calls for injunctive relief intended to prevent and correct such discrimination.“Sex harassment remains a persistent problem which requires all employers to ensure accountability, training and leadership to promote a workplace free of harassment,” said Anna Park, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Los Angeles-area office.According to its website, Tapioca Express specializes in milk tea and other popular snacks from Asia, with stores in California, Nevada and Washington. June 13, 2018center_img EEOC files sex-harassment suit against Tapioca Express Updated: 9:44 PM KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Two multivehicle crashes snarl traffic on I805 through Chula Vista

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first_img Posted: October 9, 2018 October 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A pair of multi-vehicle crashes Tuesday on Interstate 805 snarled morning traffic all the way to Chula Vista and sent at least one motorist to the hospital.The first crash involving four-vehicles happened shortly before 5:50 a.m. on northbound Interstate 805 near Market Street in the Lincoln Park area, California Highway Patrol Officer Tommy Doerr said.The driver of a Ford minivan was transported to a hospital, Doerr said. The extent of the driver’s injuries was not immediately available.The second crash involving a motorcycle happened shortly before 6:20 a.m. on northbound I-805 south of state Route 54 in Chula Vista, Doerr said.A witness told dispatchers a white van crossed into the HOV lane, cutting off the motorcyclist, and the motorcycle collided with the white van, according to a CHP incident log.An ambulance responded to the scene, but Doerr could not say if anyone was transported to a hospital following the crash.As of 6:45 a.m., traffic was congested on northbound I-805 all the way to Telegraph Canyon Road, Doerr said.CHP officers were investigating the circumstances of the crashes. Two multi-vehicle crashes snarl traffic on I-805 through Chula Vistalast_img read more

BiPC students can opt for biotech in B Tech

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first_imgOsmania University: Intermediate BiPC students opting for B Tech (Biotechnology) need not do a bridge course in Mathematics, said Prof Raja Rao of Biotechnology department and Srinidhi Institute of Science and Technology director Narasimha Reddy during a press meet held here on Tuesday.”Education Minister G Jagadish Reddy, Telangana Education Secretary Dr B Janardhan Reddy and Commissioner of Technical Education Navin Mittal released orders stating that BiPC students are eligible for B Tech Biotechnology. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) implemented this in 2002 and then scraped it in 2008. Now it is being implemented again,” they added. OU Biotech faculty A Ravinder, JNTU representative Dr L Saida Naik, CBIT Biotech HOD Dr Raja Sri and other were present.last_img read more

Disney Content Lineup Will Be Less Than 20 of Netflixs but Disney

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first_imgAnd Disney is prepared to invest heavily in Disney+, although not on the order of Netflix (which analysts project will have a $15 billion total content spend in 2019). For Disney’s fiscal year 2020 (which ends in the September quarter of next year), the company expects to spend $1 billion in cash on original programming for Disney+, rising to to around $2.5 billion by 2024, CFO Christine McCarthy told analysts at the Disney investor day earlier this month.By fiscal year 2024, the company projects that Disney+ will encompass over 120 recent movie releases and more than 500 library films; over 10,000 TV episodes; and more than 50 original series and 10 original films and specials.Both in the near and long term, Disney is well positioned to be a significant SVOD player, according to Dallas Lawrence, chief brand officer at ad-tech vendor OpenX. “If content is king, Disney owns the castle,” he said, adding that the media conglomerate operates an “unrivaled content factory of beloved movie franchises and television shows,” including those from Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar.Disney+ has plenty of room to gain share of consumer SVOD spending — it’s not a zero-sum game. On a related note, as consumers increasingly cut the cord on pay TV in favor of OTT services, Netflix could even benefit from the entry of Disney+, WarnerMedia, Apple TV+ and others.One data point here: A recent survey commissioned by OpenX found that American consumers who use over-the-top video services said they’re willing to pay upwards of $100 per month on average for self-made bundles of subscriptions. Of course, what people say and what they do can be very different. In any case, at $6.99 per month, Disney+ will be an attractive option, even if Disney later hikes the price a bit. The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll from Feb. 13-March 6, 2019, among 2,002 U.S. consumers 18 or older who reported using at least one OTT service.Disney has really aggressive targets — McCarthy’s model forecast 60 million-90 million Disney+ subscribers by end of FY 2024, two-thirds of those outside the U.S. It’s clear Disney has the content assets, powerful brands, financial wherewithal and the addressable market to make a big run at SVOD. The key question is how quickly it can ramp Disney+ into a sustainable business. Popular on Variety First of all, it’s no surprise that Disney+ won’t have a title count comparable to other SVOD players out of the gate. More important, raw numbers aren’t everything: They don’t reflect the total value or appeal of a subscription service.Here’s a critical point: Disney’s top content beats both Netflix and Amazon in consumer perceptions of quality, according to Ampere Analysis. The U.K.-based firm compared the top 100 original-labeled titles (movies and TV seasons) currently available across top U.S. SVOD platforms. The Ampere Rating grades content on a scale of 1-100 (with 100 being the best) based on a proprietary algorithm that assesses user opinion of individual titles.What Ampere’s analysis found is that the existing U.S. catalog of Disney content ranks above Amazon and Netflix, trailing only HBO (see chart below).“Every Disney title will need to guarantee an audience, but with the entirety of Disney and Fox’s library to choose from, that’s very achievable,” said Richard Cooper, research director at Ampere Analysis.Notwithstanding its relatively small title count, the Disney+ direct-to-consumer service will pack a huge punch with high-profile, big-name movies and shows. Those include the Marvel and Star Wars franchises, classic Disney and Pixar films, Fox titles including 30 seasons of “The Simpsons,” and original films and series, including Star Wars-set show “The Mandalorian” from Jon Favreau. Read more about the Disney+ lineup here: Disney+ Lineup: All the Shows and Movies Confirmed for Streaming Service.Note, too, that Disney is winding down its licensing deal with Netflix, which previously had an exclusive SVOD window in the U.S. and Canada for Disney movies. Starting with 2019 releases, all Mouse House titles will be available to stream only on Disney+; those include “Captain Marvel,” “Toy Story 4,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Frozen II,” the live-action remakes of “Aladdin” and “The Lion King,” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (Episode IX). ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Stars Tease How Saga Ends Related What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019center_img For reference, per Ampere Analysis, here’s how the number of Disney+ selections in the first year will stack up against other streaming platforms: And here is Ampere Analysis’ comparison of the top 100 movie titles available on SVOD services: Disney will roll into the subscription VOD wars with a smaller content selection than rivals — with a strategy of playing to quality, not quantity.Disney+, the Mouse House’s new SVOD entry launching in the U.S. this November at $6.99 monthly, will cost nearly half of Netflix’s standard HD plan. But in its first year, Disney+ will have less than one-fifth of the selections on Netflix in the U.S., according to a study by research firm Ampere Analysis.In the first year of launch, Disney+ will include 7,500 episodes of current and past TV shows and 500 movies, according to Disney. That represents just 16% of Netflix’s U.S. catalog of 47,000 TV episodes and 12.5% of the Netflix movie library of 4,000 titles, Ampere Analysis estimates.In addition, Disney+ will have a lighter TV lineup than Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and CBS All Access, as well as fewer movies than Prime Video — which includes more than 12,000 titles — Hulu, Starz Play, and HBO Go, according to Ampere’s study. (See charts below.) ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more