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first_imgThe Sports Ministry later issued a press release saying that budget for sports has been enhanced by 40 per cent since last year. This is because of the initiative and interest of the Prime Minister that he is taking in sports, the ministry said. “Funds for promotion of sports among disabled will be done now from the funds allotted from Khelo India Programme and hence only a token amount has been provided,” it said. The Sports Ministry said that contributions have been asked from the Public Sector Undertakings for the National Sports Development Fund so as to enhance the sports activities and promotion of players. “A talent search portal is being launched for identification and nurturing of sporting talent in the country. To start with, a sum of Rs 50 lakh has been kept for this purpose. Funds have been separately designated for nurturing and developing sports talent,” it said. “National-level competitions have been organised under the Khelo India Programme so as to initiate a sporting culture in the country. Also, rural games are being planned to be held in the near future.” PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

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Want Healthy, Thriving Cities? Tackle Traffic Safety First

first_imgEvery year, more than 1.2 million people die in traffic crashes worldwide, equivalent to nearly eight Boeing 747 plane crashes every day. As developing economies grow and private car ownership becomes more mainstream, the number of associated crashes and fatalities will continue to rise.The challenge of traffic safety often flies under the radar in cities, where the social and economic challenges of accommodating growing populations take precedent. Without meaningful change, however, the World Health Organization (WHO) projects that traffic crashes could become the fifth leading cause of premature death worldwide by 2030. This takes a particular toll on cities, which are already home nearly half of global traffic fatalities. City leaders must prioritize traffic safety measures to ensure that their citizens have safe, healthy and economically prosperous cities to call home.With Urban Growth Comes Traffic Safety ChallengesWhile there are a number of factors that contribute to traffic crashes, two of the primary challenges are rising motorization trends in cities worldwide and the issue of road equity: The most vulnerable road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, are most impacted by traffic crashes. On top of that, these users, typically lower-income, don’t always have the power or capacity to create the necessary changes.The number of privately owned cars on the road hit the one billion mark for the first time in 2010. If we continue business-as-usual, that number will reach an estimated 2.5 billion cars by 2050. All of these new cars will lead to an increase in traffic congestion in cities worldwide, increasing the probability of traffic crashes and resulting fatalities.Despite these challenges, there is still time to adopt a different path for traffic safety by following the Avoid-Shift-Improve framework. We can avoid unnecessary trips to prevent traffic crashes and instead create compact, walkable communities with access to mass transport. We can shift trips out of cars and into high-quality transit systems and active transport modes. And lastly, we can improve transport and urban design to maximize the safety of all trips by investing in people-oriented design strategies and sustainable transport infrastructure.Making Cities Safer by DesignOne of the best ways cities can become safer for all is through sustainable transport systems like bus rapid transit (BRT), which now serves 31 million people in more than 180 cities every day. BRT can make mobility safer by providing accessible and efficient infrastructure for moving people, not cars. For example, in Guadalajara, Mexico, just one lane of the Macrobús BRT corridor traveling in one direction transports 5,000 passengers per hour. Normal traffic lanes in Guadalajara can accommodate only 3,194 passengers per hour and saw 726 crashes in 2011. Macrobús saw only six accidents in the same year.The growth in BRT and bus priority systems worldwide presents an opportunity to save lives and improve the health and safety of cities. A new report from the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities’ EMBARQ initiative and endorsed by the World Bank, Traffic Safety on Bus Priority Systems, shows that high-quality public transport systems can improve traffic safety, reducing injuries and fatalities by as much 50 percent, seen in cities like Guadalajara and Ahmedabad. The report contains evidence-based planning and design recommendations that help cities make streets safer for all road users. Distributed and pilot-tested in major cities like Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, and Istanbul over two years, these recommendations address design strategies to make bus priority systems safer at intersections, transfer stations, pedestrian crossings, and more.Social, Economic and Environmental Benefits of Safer StreetsThe benefits of safe, well-designed BRT and bus priority systems are multi-faceted. Not only can these systems improve traffic safety, but they can also improve the health of city residents by reducing air pollution and increasing rates of physical activity, which has been shown to greatly improve longevity and quality of life.Creating safer, well-designed bus corridors can prevent pedestrian fatalities, more than half of which occur on bus corridors with limited pedestrian protections in place. Additionally, the typical Latin American BRT system has been shown to provide numerous economic benefits to cities, of which safety impacts account for between 10 and 16 percent through a reduced burden on the healthcare system.With steadily growing daily ridership, BRT and bus priority systems provide a prime opportunity for improving the safety and sustainability of city street and transport design. The findings and recommendations included in this report will help transportation planners, engineers and urban designers develop the best solutions for their cities’ specific challenges and create safer, more accessible cities for all. Most importantly, they help city leaders around the world properly integrate traffic safety into transport policy, finance, planning and design. The Traffic Safety on Bus Priority Systems report is made possible by funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies.last_img read more

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Finance Minister Outlines Opportunities with Debt Reduction

first_imgStory Highlights Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says that as Jamaica’s debt is reduced, more opportunities will become available, particularly for local private investments.Speaking at the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) annual economic forum held recently at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, the Minister said developments associated with ongoing debt reduction and Jamaica’s overall economic reform programme are expected to further increase the level of capital available for investments.Dr. Clarke said the involvement of a “dynamic” private sector will be pivotal to Jamaica’s attainment of resilient and sustainable economic independence from external funding support.The Minister, who reiterated that the Government will be bringing “attractive” investment opportunities to the market, emphasised the need for the private sector to display the level of “entrepreneurial energy that doesn’t see limits or boundaries… but takes advantage of what we have here to transform our environment”.Among these opportunities, the Minister said, is Wigton Wind Farm in Manchester, which is at an “advanced stage of the divestment process”.He indicated that the facility will be divested via the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE), adding that the policy underpinning this “will be to ensure that there is broad participation”.Dr. Clarke also cited the transformation of National Heroes Circle in Kingston to Government Square, with the construction of a complex of public offices as well as commercial and residential space.The Minister further highlighted the Administration’s plans for new town centre developments, beginning with the Morant Bay Town Centre in St. Thomas.This will feature a combination of office space for the Municipal Corporation and various government bodies, as well as commercial enterprises, such as business process outsourcing (BPO).Dr. Clarke also pointed to other opportunities in the energy sector, noting that with the commissioning of multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas plants being developed by the Jamaica Public Service and Jamalco, over the next two years, “our energy costs are on track to becoming even more competitive”.Coupled with these, the Minister said, are facilitatory factors, such as interest rates on loans, “which have never been as low as they are today”.Dr. Clarke argued that the private sector “must take advantage of this new paradigm,” by not only tapping into the opportunities facilitated by Government, “but must generate its own assets through its own projects”.“We are in a new era… a time of unprecedented opportunities… and we need a generation of risk-takers that represent our best chance of enduring and lasting economic resilience,” he said. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says that as Jamaica’s debt is reduced, more opportunities will become available, particularly for local private investments. Dr. Clarke said the involvement of a “dynamic” private sector will be pivotal to Jamaica’s attainment of resilient and sustainable economic independence from external funding support. Speaking at the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) annual economic forum held recently at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, the Minister said developments associated with ongoing debt reduction and Jamaica’s overall economic reform programme are expected to further increase the level of capital available for investments.last_img read more

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New Member of Parliament Sworn in

first_imgMrs Vaz was sworn in following her victory in the by-election held on Thursday, April 4. This followed the death of the incumbent MP, Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield, in February.As a result of the by-election, the ruling Jamaica Labour Party has a 34-29 majority in the Lower House.New Member of Parliament for East Portland, Ann Marie Vaz, is greeted by her husband and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, after she took the Oath of Office, during the sitting of the House of Representatives, today (April 16). Newly elected Member of Parliament (MP) for East Portland, Ann Marie Vaz, was sworn in today (April 16), during the sitting of the House of Representatives. Newly elected Member of Parliament (MP) for East Portland, Ann Marie Vaz, was sworn in today (April 16), during the sitting of the House of Representatives.After taking the Oath of Office, the MP was welcomed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, as well as other Members of Parliament on both sides of the House.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (second right), greets new Member of Parliament for East Portland, Ann Marie Vaz, after she took the Oath of Office during the sitting of the House of Representatives on April 16. Others (from left) are Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw; Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon Nigel Clarke; and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, with oversight responsibility for the Education Ministry, Hon. Karl Samuda. After taking the Oath of Office, the MP was welcomed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, as well as other Members of Parliament on both sides of the House.center_img Story Highlights Mrs Vaz was sworn in following her victory in the by-election held on Thursday, April 4. This followed the death of the incumbent MP, Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield, in February. last_img read more

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Fire Update Tuesday Aug 16 4 pm

first_img there have been no significant changes to the fires and all four remain 100 per cent contained crews continue to dig out hot spots and extinguish flare ups at the fires at Seven Mile Lake, Annapolis Co. and Ten Mile Lake, Queens Co. the fires at Maitland Bridge, Annapolis Co. and Perch Lake, Pictou Co. are still being patrolled, but there is no fire activity for the next few days, the section of Trunk 8 near Maitland Bridge, Annapolis Co., that has been closed since last week will open at 8 p.m. and close again at 8 a.m. travel restrictions remain in effect across mainland Nova Scotia and people are asked to continue to avoid any activity that could potentially cause more fires. As announced yesterday, Aug. 15, travel restrictions have been lifted for Cape Breton the latest information on burning restrictions can be found at http://www.novascotia.ca/burnsafe more information on the fires can be found at http://www.novascotia.ca/nsfire -30- Following is a provincial fire update for Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 4 p.m. last_img read more

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Moroccan Military 3rd Strongest in North Africa

Rabat – Morocco is the third strongest military power in North Africa, according to the 2017 Global Fire Power report published April 25.The Kingdom has also joined the top sixty most powerful armies in the world, coming in at 57 position out of 127 in 2016.The report provided a detailed analysis of the main elements that made Morocco the 57th military power in the world, namely Man Power, Land Systems, Air Power, Naval Power, Petroleum, Logistical and Financial Resources, and Geography. The Kingdom has a population of 33,655,786, out of which 17,000,000 contribute to the country’s man power and 14,406,000 are fit for military service. The GFP added that in 2016 Morocco had 200,000 front line servicemen and women and 150,000 in active reserve personnel.Morocco owned 1,276 tanks, 2,348 armored fighting vehicles, 192 towed- artillieries, 448 self-propelled guns and 72 multiple rocket systems in 2016.In the same year, Morocco had a total of 278 aircraft, in addition to 46 fighters, 50 fixed wings attack aircrafts, 158 transport aircrafts, 80 trainer aircrafts and 128 helicopters.Morocco’s naval Power consisted of 121 total navel strength, three frigates, four corvettes and 18 costal defense crafts.The Kingdom’s petroleum production amounted to 500 bbl per day while it consumed 210,000 bbl per day.Its logistical resources including a 12,230,000 labor force, 26 merchant marine force, 58,395 roadway coverage, 2,067 railway coverage and five serviceable airports.As for financial resources, Morocco’s defense budget was estimated at USD 3.4 billion  while its external debt was at USD 42 billion. The report added that the country’s reserve of foreign exchange and gold was USD 24 billion and its power parity purchase was USD 282 billion.Within North Africa, Egypt scored the top spot, ranking 12th globally, followed by Algeria, which ranked 26th globally.The report found that the leading military power in the world is the USA, followed by Russia, China, India and France.The Global Fire Power (GFP), an American site specializing in defense and military affairs, relied on more than 50 criteria to provide its military strength ranking.The ranking took into consideration on the diversity of the weapons owned by the countries, rather than the amount.Nuclear weapons were not taken into account, but they were considered as a “bonus” if countries are known or suspected to own nuclear stockpiles.Geographical factors, logistical flexibility, natural resources and local industries were key determinants in the final ranking.Countries with large man power and populations ranked higher.The North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies also received a “bonus” due to the “theoretical sharing of resources.”Countries’ current political and military leadership were not taken into consideration in the ranking. read more

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Bandwidth Leading the Way for EnterpriseQuality CPaaS

Network_Programming_CPaaS_774.png BandwidthIDC.png How CPaaS Improves Enterprise Communication Experiences Patrick Harper July 11, 2019 Embedding communications into processes and workflows changes customer and employee experiences for the better. Network command and controlVisibility into network issuesThe knowledge that its network has been purpose built for real-time communications In addition to offering a full suite of voice and messaging products and services, Bandwidth sets itself apart from the competition through: Partnering with customers on the co-creation of solutions to solve specific needsBest in class customer support, with a 24×7 Network Operations Center (NOC) and a team of dedicated customer account managersUnique, innovative features like 9-1-1 Access that enables Bandwidth to help future-proof customer applications that will likely need this integration in the future Communications platform as a service, or CPaaS, is a new approach to building communications applications. As an enterprise-quality CPaaS provider, Bandwidth allows organizations to replace aging systems and move to the cloud and embed communications such as voice, messaging, 9-1-1, and phone numbers directly into their core business processes through the use of APIs. Supercharge Your Enterprise Communications with CPaaS Bandwidth February 20, 2019 Adding communications functionality via APIs can provide enterprises a boon, but not all offerings are equal. See All in CPaaS » Log in or register to post comments Twilio, Vonage Embrace Email Beth Schultz July 11, 2019 Customer engagement often requires email outreach, and CPaaS providers aim to deliver. Bandwidth is uniquely positioned in the marketWhile first and foremost a CPaaS provider, Bandwidth occupies a unique spot in the market as it also owns and operates a nationwide all-IP voice network, which provides it with several advantages: IDC Technology Spotlight Identifies Bandwidth as a great fit for enterprise-grade usersIDC’s 2017 U.S. Enterprise Communications Survey showed that of the 522 organizations surveyed that interacted with a CPaaS vendor, the top factors were: PriceService-level agreementsAbility to customize solutions for specific needsReputation for reliability/uptime Given these factors, the IDC Technology Spotlight says Bandwidth “is a great fit for the enterprise-grade user looking for higher quality, better cost, and the ability to customize services.” Learn more about how Bandwidth can help your Enterprise in the IDC Technology Spotlight — download it free today!Tags:News & ViewsbandwidthIDCCPaaS providerreal-time communicationsCPaaSAPIs & Embedded CommunicationsE-911Real-Time CommunicationsVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like 8×8 Adds CPaaS Platform Through Acquisition Beth Schultz July 18, 2019 Picks up Wavecell, established Asian platform provider, to extend its portfolio with SMS, messaging, voice, video APIs. Examining the Evolution of Programmable Communications Alan Quayle February 14, 2019 We’re at the beginning of a modular enterprise communications revolution, addressing the critical issues of simplicity, speed, and flexibility. read more

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Column Lets stop using the floodgates argument when debating social change

first_imgTHE ARGUMENT OF “opening floodgates” in response to great change has long been a staple tool for many groups across Ireland and the world. Most interestingly it is used within the media almost exclusively in regards to Ireland’s long and dark history of battling against almost anything to do with human sexuality or marriage. Arguably such an argument has been used to distract decision-makers and the public from what really needs to be done within modern society.Whether it was employed in relation to contraception, divorce or – now for the umpteenth time – abortion, the argument has always been raised as a means of defending a point of view routed in a fundamental fear of change.Fear of making real progressYet these are not Irish problems we face, these relate to human lives and civil liberties. Time and again Irish people have resorted to being defensive out of fear of making real progress. Instead of actually instilling real change to our laws and our attitudes, we have instituted flawed compromises to pacify the debate that neither change the situation completely nor leave it totally the same, thus angering those on both sides of the issue.With the approaching abortion legislation due to be debated in the Dáil, there is a feeling within the country that this could mean the opening of yet another set of “floodgates” and that thousands of women will take advantage of it, even with very restrictive conditions around it. Over the past 50 years the floodgate debate has never come true and in numerous cases has been used as a pretense to dismiss these civil rights issues in their entirety.Divorce ‘floodgates’In essence, the concept of the floodgates was well-demonstrated in the Irish approach to divorce. The first real proposal to challenge Ireland’s all-out ban on divorce only came about in a 1986 referendum where two thirds of the population rejected divorce in any form. The opposition to the constitutional change used aggressive fear tactics to underpin their claim that such a change would open the floodgates underpinning the “Irish marriage”. It was heralded as anti-church and anti-Irish, with anti-divorce activists highlighting risks to children and wives abandoned by errant husbands.Research to this effect was greatly misrepresented by the opposition and fear tactics became paramount to soliciting a no vote to the referendum. It was a short step from here to proclaim that any sort of divorce would open the floodgates to family misery and an all-out breakdown of the family home; they argued that, once allowed, it would only get worse and worse.The opposition was, as we can see, totally incorrect. Since divorce was introduced in Ireland in 1997, divorce rates have been noticeably low and as a general rule there has not been mass family breakdowns or hundreds of women and children abandoned by their husbands, nor has society completely collapsed.When divorce was finally made accessible it was restrictive and constitutionally protected so as to prevent further change without a referendum. Such is the approach to major issues in Irish politics; instead of challenging the issue in an affirmative manner, and thus undertake a great leap in civil liberties, we take a minor step creating a situation where in the end its difficult to find out what you have really won. As other countries in Europe move towards simpler and effective means, Ireland has remained in a limbo of sorts unable to move forward for fear of the utter collapse of the family.Contraception ‘floodgates’The perpetual argument with Irish society is whether new laws will hinder the old ways. This was truly at its apex when applied to the ordeal of contraception. Ireland was one of the few countries in Europe to have laws directly banning the use of contraception to its citizens. Whether it was viewed as a moral evil or perhaps as a clear boundary of the defined difference between Ireland and the UK, it effectively left Ireland scrambling to conform to what can only be seen as the Roman Catholic Standard.When Senator Mary Robinson led the first round of battles attempting to combat the ban in 1971, the old arguments came out of the wormwood in Irish society. Contraception was depicted as the end of family values: the implementation of contraceptive methods would lead to the degradation of Irish society and open the door to promiscuity.When McGee took her landmark case she took it not simply for contraceptive rights but so she would not suffer great health problems if she were to give birth to another child. Somehow in the noise of all the political squabbling we lost track of women just wanting control over what they can and can’t do in regards to pregnancy and prevention.It was predicted that legislating for contraception would lead to out-and-out full scale abortion and Irish society would be ruined. Contrary to the doom-sayers the country did not collapse nor did contraception readily lead to free abortion laws. When Charles Haughey produced the Family Planning Bill he presented Ireland with a highly restrictive piece of legislation allowing contraception only in strict circumstances. Furthermore he characterised the situation which brought it about: “There is very little support for a situation in which all forms of artificial contraceptives could be . . . freely available. This legislation opens no floodgates.”Only in 1994 were Irish men and women allowed access to contraceptives without restriction, thus a 21 year gap between the Irish people declaring their need and the legislation responding in kind – quite similar to the current case with Irish abortion legislation.Abortion ‘floodgates’Twenty years later with the abortion debate, we once again face the doom-sayers claiming that the floodgates will burst open and hundreds of thousands of women will seek out abortions for any reason, not taking any time to give the matter thought.As legal experts have reiterated to the Oireachtas committee examining abortion legislation, the fears of the floodgates being opened to widespread terminations are “completely unfounded”. Claims that many more women will have abortions are unfounded and the argument of floodgates in its entirety is simply absurd.Are we so afraid of change that we had to enshrine conservative values in the form of article 40.3.3, a concept unknown in other western states?It’s clear that the current legislation does in fact displease both sides of the issue. At the end of the day, the new legislation leaves one side claiming it goes too far, and the other not far enough.While there will always exist bodies quick to claim that the floodgates are opening and Ireland will be inundated with easily-accessible abortion in the near future, it is important to first examine the tangible evidence. Ireland as it stands is still by-and-by against the idea of freely available abortion, an opinion our political parties also seem to share, with minor exceptions.However is there truly a future for slippery slope argument? Or is it simply a way to prevent us from opening the door to more liberal and progressive legislation? The genius of law is that it is decisive, it accounts for what can and what cannot be done in a modern democracy. While our law in this regard does reek of moral conformity with Roman Catholic Church teachings, perhaps it is time to take a step in the right direction and dismiss this idea of floodgates.If we are to be drowned, as some would claim, at least our conscience will be clear in that we have made a step in the right direction.Nathan Ignatius Wheeler is a DCU Law Student and co-founder of the DCU Secular Society. His active area of research is influence of religion on state affairs.last_img read more

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Ask the tough questions

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Reserve Bank held the cash rate at 3.50 per cent this past week, leaving a lot of business owners none the wiser as to the future state of the economy. But in your own business, you get to decide the value of money as it performs for and within your enterprise. There are eight key segments worth considering: Spending: when you look at your business, what are you spending on? What are your costs and do all of them contribute to creating revenues? Ask this: if I stopped this expenditure right now, what would happen to my business? Saving: many businesses put cash to one side to ensure they can pay essential costs. How much is your savings earning you? Many business owners stash cash in a legacy cheque account and it may be paying zero interest. Yet there are high-interest rate accounts out there and the money is on-call. Make you money work. Borrowing: one of the easiest ways to lose money from your business is to pay too much for debt. Whether it’s an overdraft, a term loan, equipment leases or corporate credit cards, have you fallen into a set-and-forget mindset with your finance? Do regular health checks of your debt, or get a finance broker to do it for you. Repaying: at the end of a finance facility, do you know the most cost-effective way to go forward? Do you know all of your options and how much they will cost you? Sometimes it’s better to rollover a facility and other times it’s better to pay-out a loan as fast as you can. You should know what value you get from debt before taking it, and set your repayment strategy accordingly. Protecting: how do you protect your revenues? There’s a lot of interesting business insurances but you have to know to ask for them. It’s worth engaging a broker and seeing what they would put in place – the entire rationale for running a business is to create revenues, and if you lose them, you have no business. Investing: whether you take out dividends to invest personally, or the business buys commercial property, it’s worth thinking about how to make surplus funds work smart and it’s always worth consulting an expert. This is how I think about it: those investment funds should work as hard as you worked to earn them in the first place. Tax efficiency: you can’t run a business without dealing with the ATO. And you are taxed according to your legal structure or status. I advise business owners to stay close to their accountants and to make sure that they are paying the right amount of tax. Budget: your business budget is not just a road map, but it’s also your official statement about what is critical and what is merely a wish-list. It assigns a value to money. If you feel you’ve lost your way with budgeting, engage an expert. It’s your money – value it! * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on mark.neos@ybr.com.auwith any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch.last_img read more

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Palmier à huile le cultiver en respectant lenvironnement cest possible

first_imgPalmier à huile : le cultiver en respectant l’environnement, c’est possibleIndonésie – Organisée entre autres par le WWF et le Cirad, la deuxième Conférence internationale sur le palmier à huile et l’environnement (Icope) se déroulera du 23 au 25 février 2010 à Bali. Elle se fixe le but de mesurer et de limiter l’impact de cette culture sur l’environnement. La première conférence Icope s’était tenue en novembre 2007, réunissant scientifiques, acteurs de la filière, institutions et ONG autour de la question des impacts environnementaux de la production d’huile de palme. Plus de 400 personnes issues de seize pays y avaient participé afin de confronter leur expérience, présenter les résultats des recherches menées et dégager les premiers éléments de solution.Dans de nombreux pays, notamment en Malaisie et Indonésie, les superficies plantées en palmier ne cessent d’augmenter pour répondre à la demande d’un marché en pleine expansion. “La demande en huile des pays du Sud est en forte progression, en particulier pour l’huile de palme dont ils consomment plus de 80% de la production”, explique Eric Gohet, chercheur au Cirad (Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement). L’équation est simple : “Un hectare planté en palmier à huile a le même rendement que 10 hectares de soja”, précise-t-il. L’huile du palmier Elaeis guineensis fournit ainsi plus de 30% du total des huiles végétales produites dans le mondeMais la filière palmier se doit de répondre à cette demande en prenant en compte les problèmes environnementaux et sociaux, conséquences de cette forte croissance. Les producteurs doivent avoir des objectifs de durabilité, qui imposent une évolution des pratiques agricoles et une révision de l’organisation spatiale des territoires. L’enjeu est de taille : il s’agit de concilier productivité et respect de l’environnement et des communautés locales. Une unité de recherche du Cirad s’intéresse ainsi tout particulièrement aux connaissances et outils permettant aux producteurs d’optimiser leurs systèmes de culture du point de vue agronomique, économique et environnemental. Des indicateurs ont déjà pu être développés, permettant de faire un diagnostic des pratiques agricoles suivies dans les plantations (fertilisation et risques potentiels de pollution de l’air, du sol et de l’eau par exemple). Les chercheurs s’intéressent également à la question de l’implantation des palmeraies. Ils font appel à l’écologie du paysage pour traiter des enjeux liés à la biodiversité et à l’hydrologie (zones tampons autour des cours d’eau, corridors verts pour la faune, etc.). L’ambition  est de préciser, sur des bases scientifiques, les pratiques permettant de concilier respect de l’environnement et productivité. Le 14 février 2010 à 18:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Bayern Munich end pursuit of Callum HudsonOdoi

first_imgBayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has announced their business in this month’s transfer window is finished to bring an end to their pursuit of Callum Hudson-Odoi.The highly-rated teenage winger had been allegedly keen on joining fellow English youngsters Jandon Sancho and Reiss Nelson in the Bundesliga this month.It’s understood that Hudson-Odoi has become frustrated with his lack of regular opportunities at Chelsea with most of his appearances this season coming in cup games.Therefore, Bayern had been strongly linked with a move for the 18-year-old after three reported bids of around £35m were turned down by Chelsea.Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic even confirmed their “great” interest in Hudson-Odoi and had hoped to bring him to the Allianz Arena this month.However, in light of Maurizio Sarri’s announcement on Tuesday that Hudson-Odoi will not be going anywhere, Kovac has now declared that Bayern will not be making any more moves before tonight’s transfer deadline.“We will no longer be active in the transfer market,” said Kovac, according to FourFourTwo.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“The teams do not want to let their players leave. We have a good and big squad. I have to leave one or two at home again this weekend.”The Bavarians will take a trip to the BayArena this Saturday to take on Bayer Leverkusen in a Bundesliga match.Kovac’s side have won all five of their last games to close the gap to leaders Borussia Dortmund to six points and will be hoping to keep the winning run up in their attempt to win a seventh successive league crown.“They [Leverkusen] are a really, really good team,” Kovac added. “We are expecting a real fight at the weekend.”Veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery will both be absent for the game against Leverkusen.But former Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara is expected to be fit for the match this weekend.last_img read more

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2yearold boy last seen in Bonita Springs found safe

first_imgThe Florida Missing Child Alert for BRODI ZUNIGA has been cancelled. The child is safe. If you would like further information, please call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at (239) 477-1000.— FDLE (@fdlepio) March 22, 2019The Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed the child was found safe on Friday. Officials did not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding his discovery.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (WSVN) – A Florida missing child alert has been cancelled for a boy who was last seen in Bonita Springs after he was found safe, officials said.Brodi Zuniga was last seen wearing a red shirt and green sweat pants and has been missing since Thursday.The 2-year-old has two chipped teeth and a noticeable underbite.last_img read more

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House Armed Services Panel to Mark Up Full 2020 NDAA Bill Wednesday

first_imgThe House Armed Services Committee will mark up its fiscal 2020 annual defense authorization bill Wednesday after most of the legislation advanced through the panel’s subcommittees last week.Overall, the Democrat-led House’s fiscal year 2020 NDAA would authorize a $733 billion defense budget, including $633 billion for the Pentagon’s base budget and $69 billion in overseas contingency funding.The Senate Armed Services Committee completed the majority of its NDAA markup activity behind closed doors last month.During the House subcommittees’ markups last week, most of the major policy debate was saved for the full committee markup after wrangling over contentious issues, Military Times reported.One of the issues includes prohibiting the use of Pentagon funds for the administration’s southern border barrier. It also would narrow to $1.5 billion the amount of 2020 military construction funds the Pentagon can transfer within its budget.The draft also does not address the administration’s space force proposal, but on Monday lawmakers struck a bipartisan agreement to include an amendment to create the military branch during the bill’s debate, according to a Roll Call report.Both chambers could pass their full committee drafts by the end of June, allowing the summer for administration, the Republican-led Senate and House to work out a compromise deal toward an overall fiscal 2020 budget agreement.Here is a quick roundup of the important defense hearings this week:House Armed Services Committee markup of its fiscal 2020 NDAA bill, , 10 a.m.House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing with agency officials testifying about modernization of the VA’s electronic records system, Weds., 10:15 a.m. ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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Smart home tech that can save you time

first_img Smart speakers Basically smart speakers with a screen, smart displays like the Google Home Hub and the Amazon Echo Show respond to all of the same voice commands as smart speakers, so they can save you time in the same way smart speakers can. They cost a little more than smart speakers — the Home Hub is $150 and the Echo Show is $230 — but the screen is pretty helpful. Beyond smart speakers, the screen on smart displays can let you check on the feed from your security cam, see the forecast for the week, make a video call or look over the steps of a recipe. I’m a fan of Google’s step-by-step recipe guides in particular. They walk you through each part of the process. You can also multitask if you need to add an ingredient to a shopping list or look up a tutorial for a step like “sauteing” without losing your place in the recipe. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET 0 The growing crowd of smart speakers is ready for your command Why vacuum for yourself when a robot can do the job for you? Competent cleaners like iRobot’s Roomba series and Neato Botvacs will roam your halls and keep your floors clean so you don’t have to. We haven’t tested a robot vacuum that can match the power of a full upright, and the whole category of devices is pretty expensive, with prices ranging from $300 for older models to over $1,000. Still, the good ones can spot-clean well enough that you have a legitimate excuse to put off your own pass at the floors for a while longer.  Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Post a comment reading • Smart home tech that can save you time Tags Smart speaker buying guide Smart displays compared $480 at Amazon • No need to get off the couch. Smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and the Google Home can hear your voice commands from across the room. Say the word and you can control compatible smart bulbs, ask for an answer to a trivia question, make a shopping list or set a reminder. Thanks to smart speakers, you can do any of these tasks while keeping your hands free to work on something else and without walking over to a light switch or a pad of paper. Plus, smart speakers are pretty affordable. Both Amazon and Google offer compact versions of their respective speakers for $50 — the Amazon Echo Dot and the Google Home Mini. Chris Monroe/CNET Now playing: Watch this: CNET Smart Home $2,500 at Home Depot Almost all smart gadgets help you save time in one way or another. Smart lights and smart locks can be particularly handy if you have a big house. At the end of the day, give a voice command to your smart speaker or use your smartphone to shut off everything and lock all the doors instead of walking through all of your rooms and floors to do the same task.  Wi-Fi-connected large appliances can save you time in a few ways. You can remotely preheat smart ovens from brands like Whirlpool and GE using an app, so you can get dinner cooking that much faster when you get home. Smart refrigerators like the Samsung Family Hub have interior cameras that you can check with an app. If you’re at a grocery store and don’t remember whether you need milk, take a look at your fridge and find out.Smart washers and dryers can let you know as soon as your laundry is done in case you need to grab that clean shirt and run out the door. Smart washers and smart dishwashers can order more detergent for you through Amazon Dash. They even track how much you use and order automatically when appropriate so you never have to worry about running out. Upgrading your appliances can be expensive, but if you’re doing it anyway, most smart appliances cost the same as their dumb counterparts, so it’s worth keeping these conveniences in mind as you make your buying decision.  Share your voice How GE torture tests its appliances Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Smart displays Chris Monroe/CNET $150 at Best Buy Smart switches, smart lights, smart locks 4:57 Tyler Lizenby/CNET Convenience is a big part of the appeal of smart home tech. That could mean controlling your gadgets remotely or heating your place to the perfect temp when you’re on your way home, but it frequently means simple niceties like not needing to get off the couch to lock the door or turn off the lights.Almost all smart home gadgets will save you some time, but these device categories do the most to take mundane tasks off of your plate or make them easier so that you can focus on other things. See also — check out how the smart home can save you money and keep you safe.  Smart Home Smart appliances Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) CNET Smart Home See All Robot vacuums Best robot vacs 17 Photos $50 at Amazon Whirlpool’s appliance smarts Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Chris Monroe/CNETlast_img read more

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IAF might have killed 300 terrorists Abhinandans father on Balakot airstrike

first_imgSimhakutty Vardhaman and Abhinandhan VardhamanTwitter [Representational Image]The father of Wing Commander Abhinandan Vardhaman claimed that the Balakot air strike by the Indian Air Force (IAF) over the terrorist camps in Pakistan on February 26, 2019, might have killed nearly 300 people.Retired Air Marshall Simhakutty Vardhaman while addressing the students of defence studies at IIT-Madras said that the laser-guided smart bombs (SPICE – 2000) used for the air strike was deployed at a time when a maximum number of terrorists belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) were inside the camp. The structural damage might be limited, but the fuse of the bomb is delayed to ensure maximum casualties”, reports TOI.According to the senior Vardhaman, the biggest threat to the IAF was the F-16 fighter jets of Pakistan and their Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) missiles. He said that the IAF did a lot of deceptive work to misguide Pakistani jets to bomb the Balakot terror camps.”Basically, we launched seven aircrafts towards Bahawalpur, which is the headquarters of JeM. Pakistan thought we were on the way to attack Bahawalpur and sent F-16s to engage with our fighter aircrafts. Simultaneously, we launched aircrafts to attack Balakot. In a nutshell, the Pakistan Air Force was deceived completely,” he explained, reports TOI.According to hi,m Pakistan was aware that India will retaliate for the terror attacks, but “they did not realise that we got into their territory”, he said.The Wing Commander Abhinandan was held captive by the Pakistani authorities after his MiG 21 Bison went down while engaging in a dogfight with Pakistani jets on February 27. He was manhandled by the villagers after he landed in a village in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK). He was released by the Pakistani authorities on March 1 at the Wagah border.Ever since the Pulwama terror attack by JeM, both Pakistan and India have been on a rough surface. India’s retaliation to the terror outfits in Balakot has stirred more tensions between both the countries.last_img read more

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Full Show Zero Tolerance Policys Effect On Resources And Developing A New

first_img X On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Legal experts overseeing cases stemming from the so-called “zero tolerance” policy say it’s putting a strain on resources and creating confusion, including here in Greater Houston. This comes as Houston prepares for a possible facility to house migrant children. Kate Vickery with the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative shares the policy’s impact here.Also this hour: Gun owners disagree about whether strengthening firearm storage laws will prevent future shootings in the wake of Santa Fe. News 88.7’s Florian Martin has that story. Then, we learn about an experimental Ebola vaccine being used in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr. Thomas Geisbert, a professor at UTMB in Galveston, helped develop the vaccine and tells us what it takes to create new ones.Plus: Horticulturalist Linda Gay from the Arbor Gate Nursery answers your summer gardening questions. And today is Juneteenth, the day slaves in Texas learned of their emancipation. Since 1872, Juneteenth celebrations have been held at Emancipation Park in Houston’s Third Ward. We revisit our conversation with local leaders last year at the re-dedication of the park after a major renovation.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:07center_img Listen last_img read more

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Different moods on canvas

first_imgThe Capital is hosting a group art show titled Simmer Show that displays paintings which are an amalgamation of abstract and easy to understand figurative themes. The show that kick started on 21 June displays works by artists – Pramod Ganpate, Krishnandu Porel, Kishore Roy, Madan Lal, Manoj aggarwal, Praveen Upadhye, Ashoke Acharyya and  Thitaikar Biswas. The artists use architecture, especially the ornate type,found in  Indian religious sites, temples and historical monuments as their principal subject. The usage of bright and beautiful colours not only gives an energetic touch to the work but at the same time is humble, pure and surreal. Aggarwal is a chronicler of society, who simply reproduces the body from the life, never really trying to cast it as a machine for survival. His subjects are human emblems of bare realities rather than any idealist’s imagination. The works that he’s exhibiting are a continuation of striking monochromatic drawings, and large oil on canvas paintings. The drawings have a specific rhythm, lyric and body language captured with great virtuosity, the high contrast arresting to the eye. The artist says, ‘I prefer my art works to stay close to reality and lay maximum impact on viewers mind from its first sight. What matters is how people interpret them’. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Porel employs a subtle interplay between light and darkness, dull and bright colours, to capture each mood he feels from the environment he is painting, and transfer it adeptly to his canvases. Even though the colours Porel uses are often gloomy and quiet greys and browns, there always seems to be a serene and calming light in the painting that strikes up a contrast and leaves viewers at peace. He says, ‘Every artist is an individual and has his own distinct form of expression which is what my paintings are all about’.Acharye noted, ‘For me abstraction holds a wide range to express oneself in true manner, for the artist as well as for the art lover’.When: On till 11 July Where: Gallery Pioneer, Lado sarai, MB RoadTIMING: 11 am till 7 pmlast_img read more

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WB allocated over Rs 1000cr for tea garden workers since 2011

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal government has allocated over Rs 1,000 crore for the welfare of tea garden workers in the state since 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday. Banerjee, in a Twitter post on International Tea Day, said her government has also been providing 35 kg of rice at Rs 2 per kg to the tea garden workers. “Today is International Tea Day. In #Bangla, we have allocated more than Rs 1,000 crore for the welfare of tea garden workers since 2011. “We give 35 kg rice at Rs 2 per kg, electricity, and water supply for free to tea gardens,” she tweeted. The state government is considering the prospects of tea tourism as well, the CM added. The International Tea Day is observed since 2005 in tea-producing nations, including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam and Indonesia, among others.last_img read more

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Bali Reimagined – The New Must Do List

first_imgBali Reimagined – The New “Must Do” ListBali Reimagined – The New “Must Do” ListThere are plenty of reasons why Bali is still one of Australia’s favourite overseas holiday destinations. The ‘Island of the Gods’ represents great value – the local food is delicious, dining out is inexpensive, the scenery is idyllic and it’s easy to live like royalty without forking out thousands.You might think you have seen it all in Bali but it is a destination that keeps evolving. Babbel, the shortest path to a real-life conversation in a new language, has done some digging and found out the new “it” places to experience from where to eat to where to dance.Where to Eat – Da Maria BaliSituated in Seminyak, Da Maria is the new creation from Australian restaurateur Maurice Terzini. It is an Osteria style restaurant with stunning interiors by Roman architect Lazarini Pickering. Bringing the Amalfi Coast to Bali, Da Maria chef Steven Skelly said: “We are offering traditional Italian food, done correctly, in a modern environment without trying to reinvent the wheel”. They serve porchetta, wood-grilled seafood and pizza made with dough fermented for 24 hours and baked in lava-stone ovens. The perfect place for pizza with teman-teman (friends)!Jalan Pettinenget no. 170 Badung, Bali, IndonesiaWhat To Do – Tegenungan WaterfallLocated 5km south east of Ubud on the sacred Petanu river is the beautiful hidden Tegenungan waterfall. To get to the waterfall there is a short walk down some steps, but the reward is worth every drop of sweat. This is the perfect spot to enjoy Bali’s beautiful natural environment while you take a cool dip.Jl. Raya Tegenungan, Kemenuh, Ubud 80581,Where To Relax – Jungle Fish BaliJungle Fish is the ‘no beach’ beach club, a fresh take on a typical Bali beach club environment. Jungle Fish is hidden in the idyllic Ubud Jungle and it is the perfect spot to relax in front of a tropical backdrop with a cocktail. There is an infinity pool, and a deck with cabanas as well as a split level restaurant & bar. In front of the pool you can enjoy the all-day menu which includes Pan-Asian delights as well as Mediterranean dishes made with produce from the hotel’s organic gardens. There is also a day spa where you can menikmati (luxuriate) before you head upstairs at the end of the day to Jungle Fish’s elegant restaurant Di Abing for a candlelit meal. Jl. Raya Sebali, 80561 Keliki, Ubud, BaliWhere To Caffeinate – Ritual Coffee Shop & BoutiqueRitual used to be just a boutique showing off island-based labels and designers, but recently they have expanded their horizons to the frontiers of coffee and home-baked desserts. Ritual uses a specialty coffee blend from Simple Brew to make delicious kopi (coffee). Just like all of the amazing goodies in the boutique, the coffees are lovely to look at. They are served in locally made ceramic ware when you order in, otherwise they come in beautifully designed cups by Riklee illustration.Jl Kayu Aya No. 8, Oberoi, Seminyak, Bali [opposite Hank’s Pizza & Liquor]Where To Dance – La FavelaThis spot is perfect for a night out. Hidden in what looks like an abandoned colonial building, the venue is filled with vintage décor and plants. During the day it is a restaurant but in the evening it transitions into a club that is abuzz with personality. Never missing a beat, La Favela has different events every weekend, so keep an eye out and prepare yourself to dansa (dance) all night.Jalan Laksamana Oberoi 177x Seminyak, Denpasar, Bali, IndonesiaTo prepare yourself for adventures all day and night in Bali, visit babbel.com to touch up on your Indonesian. Babbel has crafted the tools you need to start having everyday conversations in new languages, so that you can open yourself up to a bigger, richer and more inspiring world.Source = Babbellast_img read more

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The Bahamas witnesses historic visitor numbers

first_imgThe Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation has heralded the highest number of international arrivals ever, resulting in record hotel occupancy levels. The Bahamas won numerous tourism industry awards and media accolades in 2018 and 2019. The Bahamas began 2019 strong with the launch of a new, brand campaign highlighting the beauty and authenticity of its 16 islands in partnership with Lenny Kravitz, urging travellers to Fly Away to The Bahamas. The Ministry also announced exciting plans for the development of a state of the art cruise port in Nassau.“It is my great pride and pleasure to report that The Bahamas is experiencing its strongest tourism numbers ever on record,” said Minister D’Aguilar. “We look forward to building upon the success of our progressive plans and continuing the momentum in 2019 as we forge ahead with exciting new initiatives.”The Ministry’s data partner, ForwardKeys that tracks and reports inbound, visitor data 365 days in advance, from key designated marketing areas reported that international arrivals to The Bahamas grew by 15% in January 2019 versus January 2018. Several key markets registered double-digit growth. In February, international arrivals increased by 11.1% year-over-year. The forward booking situation for the next three months (March to May) is optimistic, with forward bookings running 9.0% ahead for international arrivals. April (ahead by 15.6%) shows the most favourable outlook.The Ministry launched the new, multi-channel creative campaign featuring Bahamian-American rock legend Lenny Kravitz which reveals the authentic spirit of The Bahamas as a destination for adventure and discovery. Set to the lyrics of Kravitz’s hit song Fly Away, the television commercial and supporting marketing campaign capture his deep personal connection to The Bahamas, as well as the pure adrenaline rush of exploring the archipelago’s 100,000 square miles by boat and plane.last_img read more

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