Muttur probe intensifies

The LLRC had called for an investigation into the incident after human rights groups and the international community continuously raised the failure to take to task those responsible. suspects on charges of unlawful assembly, murder and attempted murder in the killing of five students in Trincomalee.The 13 suspects have already been remanded by the Trincomalee Magistrate. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has been instructed to prepare a comprehensive list of witnesses in the controversial case involving the murder of 17 aid workers in Muttur in 2006.According to the National Plan of Action on the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the CID is conducting investigations into the killing of the aid workers of Action Against Hunger, a French humanitarian agency. The National Plan of Action, which was last week placed in the public domain by Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, stated that the outcome of the Muttur inquiry was forwarded to the Attorney General. A team of Senior State Counsels are also reviewing material related to the incident, the National Plan of Action stated.The National Plan of Action also notes that the Police has been advised to institute Non Summary Proceedings in the relevant Magistrate Court, against thirteen read more

UN conference sets agenda for talks on further cuts in greenhouse gas

Delegates at a United Nations sponsored-conference on climate change have agreed on how to pursue negotiations on further cuts in greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol, officials who participated in the first round of talks concluded in Bonn, Germany, today, said in a statement.Describing the meeting as “successful,” officials said it has set an “ambitious agenda,” which focuses on a sound process leading towards science-based emission reduction targets on the part of industrialized countries with in the next few years.“There is a strong sense of urgency and there’s a clear consensus that there should be no gap after 2012 when the first commitment period ends,” said Michael Zammit Cutajar, who chairs one of the working groups under the Kyoto Protocol. The Protocol requires 36 industrial countries to reduce to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below levels specified for each of them. Overall, according to officials, this should amount to reductions of at least 5 per cent below 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012.Developing countries, which will be hit hardest by climate change, are pushing for rapid agreement on deeper emission cuts, according to officials. “This is the message we have also been hearing from business leaders meeting here in Bonn,” said Richard Kinley, acting head of the Climate Change Secretariat. “They have underlined the importance of speedy process from their perspective. Obviously, the carbon market needs clear signals.”The talks in Bonn also included discussions on new technologies and the role of the private sector, officials said, adding that the first round of the “Dialogue on long-term cooperative action” was open to all 189 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is the Kyoto Protocol’s parent treaty.“Industrialized countries have emphasised the importance of these negotiations based on the latest scientific data and taking into account new technological solutions available today,” explained Feng Gao, the Convention’s Deputy Executive Secretary for Implementation. Mr. Gao said negotiations on the next phase of the Kyoto Protocol and the “Dialogue on the long-term cooperative action” are “mutually reinforcing” in shaping international action to fight climate change.Noting that much progress has been made in the Convention’s subsidiary bodies during the talks in Bonn, Halldor Thorgeirsson, Deputy Executive Secretary for scientific and technical advice, added: “Representatives have been excited by the prospects offered by the new technologies such as carbon capture and storage. Countries agreed to take forward the work on reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries.”The next round of negotiation on Kyoto Protocol and the Convention on Climate Change will at take place in Nairobi, Kenya, in November. read more

Auto industry demonstrates commitment to UK supply chain

Over 20 UK-based vehicle manufacturers and high-value Tier 1 suppliers will gather at a dedicated supply chain networking event next week to meet more than 90 automotive component companies, to discuss sourcing opportunities that will strengthen and grow the UK’s £4.5 billion supply base.With 200 one-to-one meetings due to take place, SMMT’s ‘Meet the Buyer’ event is the largest business building event of its kind, demonstrating industry’s commitment to boosting local component sourcing and providing a mechanism to forge new business partnerships.“£5.6 billion of investment has been committed to UK automotive during the last 18 months and is creating major new growth opportunities for component companies across the country with vehicle manufacturers looking to secure local suppliers to support new model production,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive.“By sourcing closer to their UK plants, manufacturers and major Tier 1 companies can benefit from reduced logistics costs and more open and flexible relationships with automotive suppliers. Events like ‘Meet the Buyer’ will help to facilitate greater local component sourcing, so more of the value of these products is created and retained here in the UK.”The UK automotive supply chain has the capacity to provide more than 80% of all component types required for vehicle assembly, but vehicle manufacturers are only purchasing between 60-75% of their manufacturing requirements within the UK. A recent report, commissioned by SMMT, highlighted that there is strong ‘appetite for growth’ within the UK supply base, with almost 60% of auto suppliers confirming business growth plans to meet new demand and close the domestic sourcing gap.Vehicle manufacturers confirmed to attend the SMMT ‘Meet the Buyer’ event as ‘buying’ organisations include Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and TATA Motors. Tier 1 supplier companies attending include Aisin Europe, Bosch, CAB Automotive, Calsonic Kansei, Faurecia, Futaba Tenneco, Grupo Antolin, IAC Group, Jtekt/Koyo, Kahn Design, Koito, Kostal UK, LuK UK, Mobis Parts, Sanoh UK Manufacturing, and Scorpion Automotive.The participating supply chain companies for this event were selected via SMMT’s Automotive Supplier Finder (ASF) database (, a tool designed specifically to match buyers to suppliers based on the UK automotive commodity demand list that was published earlier this year.For more information about participating as a buyer or a supplier at future SMMT ‘Meet the Buyer’ events, visit: To find out which automotive commodities buyers at SMMT’s forthcoming event are looking to purchase, download SMMT’s latest UK automotive commodity demand list.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Queens attempt to make Balmoral go green is blocked because of red

first_imgThe Queen’s attempt to improve the green credentials of Balmoral, her Scottish estate, has been stopped over concerns the plans are too noisy for red squirrels.The Cairngorms National Park Authority, which is responsible for planning in the area, has called in a plan by the estate to create a new hydroelectric scheme. It wants to build a turbine to generate power worth up to £650,000 a year from the River Muick, which runs through the property.But objectors claim the project would be too noisy for wildlife in the area, including badgers, red squirrels and otters.The decision is a setback for the estate, where the Queen spends her summer holidays.It has offered to restrict workers’ hours on the protected site to avoid disturbing otters in the early morning and late at night.Construction work would last two years and involve the installation of a 30ft salmon ladder to enable the fish to swim upstream. “The scheme comprises the construction of a buried pipeline approximately 3km long, a semi-buried powerhouse and a pipe and channel returning water to the river.” The application, submitted by Richard Gledson, factor of the 55,000-acre estate, states: “Balmoral Estates has already developed a hydro scheme on the Gelder Burn, which was commissioned in 2014. “Following on the success of this project, and with a view to increasing the economic and environmental sustainability of Balmoral Estates, a study was carried out in 2013 into the potential for additional hydro generation.” Any surplus electricity could be sold to the national grid.Last year, Prince Charles backed a UK Government initiative to sterilise grey squirrels in order to protect the native red squirrels. Balmoral also runs wildlife safaris, costing £60 per person, and lists the species regularly encountered as red squirrels, birds of prey, red deer, red grouse, black grouse, snow bunting and salmon. Other green initiatives include a part-organic garden, overseen by the Prince, and solar panels on a cottage built by Queen Victoria for her servant John Brown.A working estate, where deer stalking, grouse shooting, forestry and farming are carried out, its environmental policy states that it is committed to “operating the estate in an environmentally sustainable manner”. The Queen spends parts of the summer at the estate in ScotlandCredit:David Cheskin – WPA Pool/Getty Images Objectors to the plan say it will be too noisy for red squirrels and other animalsCredit:Westend61/Getty Images Contributorcenter_img Objectors to the plan say it will be too noisy for red squirrels and other animals The Queen spends parts of the summer at the estate in Scotland A report by the authority said the proposal for a “run of river” hydro scheme raised issues of significance “to the collective aims of the national park”. It will now be held up while further investigations are carried out.It added: “This application seeks permission for the installation of 2MW hydroelectric scheme on the River Muick, approximately 7km to the south-west of Ballater.last_img read more

Stroke rates rising among under 50s amid soaring obesity levels

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. Medics have raised concern about rising rates of strokes among younger age groups, fuelled by soaring obesity rates.Research by the University of Oxford shows that those aged between 35 to 54 are seeing a rise in the condition, which is falling in older age groups.The study found that in a decade, deaths from stroke have halved – largely thanks to advances in treatment of strokes.But the research shows the numbers suffering such the condition in their 30s, 40s and 50s has risen by a fifth over the same period.Experts said rising obesity levels – with two in three adults overweight or obese – were likely to be contributing to the trend.And they highlighted low take-up of NHS health checks among younger age groups, with just one in 10 of those in their 40s and 50s taking up the programme offered by GP surgeries.The study, published in the BMJ, involved data from almost 800,000 adults in England who were admitted to hospital with acute stroke or who died from a stroke between 2001 and 2010. Researchers said increasing use of cocaine among younger age groups could be contributing to the trend.Professor Jamie Waterall, National Lead for the NHS Health Check programme, part of Public Health England, said: “If you’re over 40, getting your free NHS Health Check will help you find out your risk of stroke and more importantly what you can do to lower it. It’s a simple check that could add years to your life. That’s why we need to encourage more people to make sure they get their check.“Every council has a duty to provide checks for people aged 40 to 74 years old and Public Health England is working hard to support them in delivering this world leading prevention programme.”  Vanessa Smith, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “It’s really good news that stroke deaths are decreasing overall, and this is testament to improvements in care and pioneering medical research that has revolutionised treatments.“It’s alarming however to see that the number of younger people having strokes is on the rise. We should treat findings like these as a warning sign that we can’t get complacent, and more needs to be done to understand why we are seeing this trend.” Overall, death rates from the condition – which occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is cut off – decreased by 55 per cent over the period.Across all age groups, the incidence of strokes also fell, by around one fifth.But among those aged 35 to 54 the opposite trend was seen, with rates rising by a fifth.Among men of this age, there were 49.7 cases per 100,000 people in 2010, compared with 40.1 cases per 100,000 in 2001, the study found.And among women, the number rose from 24.5 cases per 100,000 people to 30.4 cases per 100,000.”The increase in stroke event rates in young adults is a concern,” the authors said.”This suggests that stroke prevention needs to be strengthened to reduce the occurrence of stroke in people younger than 55 years.” read more

24 breathtaking photos taken by Irish camera club members

first_imgWE ALL FANCY ourselves as photographers these days with cameras on our phones and pocket digital devices. However, there are still some images that just stand out as evidenced by this selection from the Irish Photographic Federation’s 2013 Print and Projected Image competition.The contest invited entries from camera clubs across Ireland. The best overall image came from Des Clinton of Drogheda Photographic Club. He took the first image in the following slideshow, of a Roma family who he befriended near Cluj in Romania.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 50 could be the Androidpowered PMP weve been

first_imgOf all the great Android devices that have come out so far, we’re still waiting for one that is a viable alternative to the iPod touch. It shouldn’t be that hard right? Get a quality Android phone, take out the phone part, and make sure it’s not too expensive. Apparently it’s harder said than done because it hasn’t happened yet (at least in the US). Apparently Samsung, who had previously showed off Android PMP’s like the Galaxy Player 50, has another Android media player up its sleeve. The Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 was just released on Samsung’s Picasa page without any details, but hopefully we’ll learn more before MWC is over.Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 looks much like a Galaxy S handset, but the “WiFi” in the name tells us this isn’t just another phone. It appears to be slim, metal-backed, and packing a microSD slot on the top. On the bottom there seems to be a 3.5mm headphone jack and a micro USB slot which will work with HDMI). There also looks to be a front-facing camera.The name seems to imply that this will be a 5-inch device, but we have no word if there will be a Super AMOLED display or availability in the US. We should know more soon.Update: Wired’s Charlie Sorrel has a hands-on post covering the Galaxy S WiFi 5.0. Here is what he has to say:The thin little media-player is somewhere between the already wrong-sized 7-inch Galaxy Tab and the regular Galaxy S cellphone, only without the phone or 3G parts of either. For such an odd product – kind of like the too-tall, gawky girl from school – it’s actually pretty great. The screen is way better for watching movies than the smaller display of, say, the iPod Touch, but despite the extra roominess it still slides easily onto a (back) jeans pocket. And the screen isn’t far off the size of a dedicated e-reader like the Kindle, either. Samsung’s Picasa page, via Engadgetlast_img read more

ND and SYRIZA in Golden Dawn row

first_imgIn another indication that Greece’s mainstream parties are at a loss regarding how to deal with the rise of Golden Dawn, New Democracy and SYRIZA traded insults on Saturday in the wake of a far-right MP being ousted from Parliament, with government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou accusing the leftists of sharing “many similarities” with the neofascist group.Kedikoglou was responding to a speech by SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras to his party’s central committee. Referring to the incident in Parliament on Friday, when Golden Dawn’s Panayiotis Iliopoulos was forced to leave after insulting the leftist leader and refusing to acknowledge deputy parliamentary speaker Yiannis Dragasakis, also a SYRIZA MP, Tsipras suggested that the neofascists’ behavior was a result of the government pandering to the far right.“Even democrats who support New Democracy are stunned by [Prime Minister Antonis] Samaras’s continuous far-right slip-ups,” he said.Tsipras added that his party would take a tougher line against Golden Dawn, as Dragasakis had by refusing to let Iliopoulos engage in a rant during the time he was allocated to ask a question.“From now on, there will be zero tolerance of gangs and those who insult democracy and the history of this country, which paid the Nazis with blood,” he told party members.Tsipras’s comments prompted a strong response from Kedikoglou, who accused him of “incoherence and irresponsibility” and dismissed his attacks on Samaras as an attempt to unite the “scattered groupings” within the leftist party. He also suggested that SYRIZA’s behavior was similar to Golden Dawn’s in some respects.“The extremes are defined by their actions and, unfortunately for SYRIZA, it has many similarities with Golden Dawn,” he said.The far-right party, meanwhile, put out a statement claiming that it is coming under attack from all sides because it is “the only voice of truth and the only voice of Greeks in Parliament.”PASOK called for the anti-racism bill, which has been held up mainly due to reservations within New Democracy, to be submitted to Parliament as soon as possible.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La lutte contre lexploitation du gaz de schiste se poursuit dans le

first_imgLa lutte contre l’exploitation du gaz de schiste se poursuit dans le GardDimanche, des milliers de manifestants ont réclamé, dans le Gard, l’abrogation des 61 permis de recherche d’hydrocarbures toujours en vigueur en France.Le gouvernement a annulé le 13 octobre trois permis de recherche de gaz de schiste accordés à Total et à l’américain Schuepbach dans le sud de la France. Mais 61 autres restent en vigueur concernant le gaz et le pétrole et des milliers de manifestants (2.000 selon la préfecture et le double selon les organisateurs) ont défilé dimanche dans le Gard, à Barjac, pour demander leur abrogation.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueLes manifestants ont appelé à continuer le combat, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. “Tous les permis, dont celui du bassin d’Alès, ici à Barjac, doivent être abrogés quel que soit le produit qu’on recherche”, a ainsi indiqué Jacqueline Balvet, représentante de l’organisation altermondialiste Attac qui craint que la loi qui interdit depuis juillet la technique de la fracturation hydraulique, notamment accusée de polluer les nappes phréatiques, ne soit contournée. De son côté, Antoine Combier, responsable de la coordination du collectif ardéchois contre les gaz de schiste prévient que “en cas de début des travaux des titulaires de permis, nous avons de quoi mobiliser très rapidement la population pour aller faire du blocage”.Le 25 octobre 2011 à 20:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Palm Cay Marina Projects Smooth Sailing Best Season

first_img Related Items:billfish Grill restaurant, Demaro Demeritte, nassau, new providence, palm cay mrina, zack bonczek Another Murder in Nassau Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 27 Nov 2014 – The manager of New Providence’s newest full-service marina said today he is expecting a “solid season” that could see as much at 50% improvement in boat slip rentals and an even greater increase in fuel and other service-related sales.Demaro Demeritte, dockmaster at Palm Cay Marina, offered the positive projection after the third hurricane-free year.“In one week, the official hurricane season will close and at this point there is nothing on the horizon that gives us cause to worry,” said Demeritte, who took the helm of the 194-slip marina in 2014, less than two years after it opened and months after it was equipped with full fuel service, sophisticated electrical hook-ups and wi-fi, placing it in a position to compete with marinas that cater to luxury vessels.“Yachtsmen look at weather even more than the rest of us do, so when you have one season, then two, without a hurricane, it builds confidence. That is part of the reason I think we are already seeing a good jump in reservations of visiting boats.”But reasons besides being storm-free are also influencing boaters, said Demeritte.“Two years ago, Palm Cay Marina was just getting started,” he said. “It was new and relatively unknown. But thanks to the original management and to the developers of Palm Cay who really believed in the marina’s potential, it has become one of the boating hot spots for The Bahamas. BASRA (Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association) has named us an outpost – the only one in this area. It’s the closest marina to Exuma so we are seeing both locals and visitors who know they are cutting six to seven miles off a 35-mile trip between mid-Nassau and Highborne Cay, even more if they were at a dock or marina west of town. And Palm Cay Marina is the site of a lot of family boating activity, particularly with local boaters who can zip out to the south side for a day of fishing and return long before dark.”The multi-million dollar marina is one of the main features drawing buyers to Palm Cay, according to Sales & Marketing Director for the nearly 70-acre community on New Providence’s southeastern shoreline Zack Bonczek.“We’re a waterfront community with a natural inlet. There had been a boat repair facility here for decades when investors bought the property,” said Bonczek. “At that time, there was talk that the development could have been built around the existing marina, but when they examined it further, they made the decision to remove all the old docks, rebuild the seawall to make sure it would last for years to come and re-do all the docks, put in 3-phase electricity, provide for wi-fi, install a sea gate for security, everything that makes a marina a good, safe, secure and comfortable place to keep your boat. Yes, it cost a lot of money but these people were not building for the short term. They were looking at a community that would be especially appealing to boaters and to those who love the water for generations to come.”Palm Cay Marina can handle vessels up to 110 feet with a draft of up to eight feet.According to both Bonczek and Demeritte, the opening of Billfish Grill restaurant and members’ club last year also added to the appeal.“Where else in Nassau can you dock a boat, use the swimming pool, take a swim in the Atlantic Ocean, go back, shower and enjoy a 4-star meal or a pizza prepared in a brick pizza oven? The options and choices with Palm Cay are amazing,” says Bonczek. “I don’t think there is another place like it anywhere on this island. Palm Cay has it all.”Whatever that “all” is, the formula appears to be working. Some 80% of the single family lots have been sold, more than 90% of the first two phases of condominium offerings are sold with the third phase announced ahead of schedule because of demand, construction is on target and townhouse rentals and sales are improving. There is a waiting list for two more phases – the next stage of the 5-phase condos called The Anchorage and a section of cottages to be named Mariner’s Cove featuring architecture reminiscent of Hope Town, Abaco or Harbour Island. The development is slated to be completed and turned over to homeowners in 2017. GB Port Authority given new milestones, with extension of concessionslast_img read more

LIBRARY LINEUP PJ Storytime On April 23 LL Bean Offers Camping Tips

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsPoetry Circle *RRSaturday, April 21, 9:15 am-11:30 amLove poetry? The poetry circle is a great opportunity to meet other poets and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials in advance. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.The Hero’s Journey and Your Job Search *RRMonday, April 23, 10 amWhether you are currently employed searching for a better position or unemployed looking for a new opportunity, a job search can be a long taxing process. How do you stay motivated when you hit a roadblock? One possible way is to follow the template of Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey”, which provides a blueprint to help keep you focused on finding your “elixir.” Presented by Rick Salemi who is always searching for new opportunities.Creative Writing Skill Group *RRTuesday, April 24, 7 pmLearn and apply creative writing tips, tools, and techniques shared by published authors and other writing experts. Open to all who want to improve their creative writing skills and get theirWell Read Wednesday Book Group *RRWednesday, April 25, 10 amFeatured Book: The Soul of an Octopus by Sy MontgomeryThis is a new book group that will discuss contemporary books, both fiction and non-fiction, led by Library Director Tina Stewart.  Please stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book.Camping Essentials *RRThursday, April 26, 7 pmEver wonder what you need to go camping and why you need it? Come learn about all of the camping essentials, how to use it along with a few fun hiking and camping hacks to ease your time in the outdoors! Led by Ben Swanson from the L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools.Kids & Teen Events Little Movers *RRMonday, April 23, 10 amLet’s move! Join us for a morning of singing, dancing, and moving around! Ages 1-2PJ StorytimeMonday, April 23, 6:30 pmWear your snuggly pajamas, bring your favorite teddy bear or blanket, and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and more! Ages 2-5 and one or more adultsFirst Look Book Group *RRWednesday, April 25, 3 pmWant to discover the next big thing in YA lit? First Look is for you! Hang out with other teen fiction aficionados and read books hot off the presses! Snacks provided. Grades 6-12Music and More with Bernadette Baird *RRWednesdays, April 25, 6:30 pmBernadette Baird presents music and movement for toddlers and young children through age three. Sing, play musical instruments and dance. Ages 1-3Drop-In StorytimeFriday, April 27, 10:00 amDrop in for stories, songs, rhymes and a fun craft!  Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Ages 2-5 and one or more adults(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Summer Bash On August 15; Coffee With A Cop On August 21In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Wildwood Cemetery Stroll Set For September 21In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”last_img read more

Honey Mission blooms in Banaskantha

first_imgA lot of water in Banas River might have flown from the time immemorial, but it seems another river is in making in this lush green area – having abundant flora and fauna, pomegranate and mustard – in the last two years. It may sound incredible though, a very few people must have anticipated that after December 10, 2016 – when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated that ‘After Shwet Kranti, there is a need for Sweet Kranti’ while introducing Banas Honey project at Deesa in Banaskantha district of Gujarat, a virtual river of sweet nectar would also flow through this area. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith a week ahead of the second anniversary of Prime Minister’s clarion call of ‘Sweet Kranti’, its resultant ‘Honey Mission’ of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) seems taking that call to a new high – particularly at its birthplace, with distribution of 2,450 bee-boxes and extracting 19,500 kilograms of finest honey. KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, who distributed another 650 bee-boxes on December 3 in a remote village Madal of Banaskantha district, said that following the Prime Minister’s call of ‘Sweet Revolution’, the KVIC immediately made an action plan on this line named ‘Honey Mission’ and started it from Gujarat. “We have decided to distribute 7,350 bee-boxes among the farmers in Gujarat in fiscal 2018-19, in which 5,770 bee-boxes have already been distributed among the farmers of Banaskantha, Arawali, Kutch and Dahod districts. Most of the beneficiaries hail from SC/ST and Tribal categories,” he said, adding, “We have already identified the beneficiaries for the training and distribution of remaining 2,240 bee-boxes among SC/ST villagers of Valsad, Navsari, Tapi, Dahod, and Narmada district, besides general category villagers in Banaskantha, Patan and Bhuj/Kutch districts, under our ‘Honey Mission’ project in Gujarat.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe KVIC Chairman also distributed 500 saplings of Moringa trees to the farmers of Banaskatha district and also informed about the importance of the tree. It may be mentioned here that so far KVIC has distributed 51,000 bee-boxes, across the country, which had happened for the very first time in India. The KVIC had not only distributed bee-boxes, rather it had also created more than 7,000 new employment under ‘Honey Mission’, besides creating around 6,000 additional man-days through the fabrication of Bee boxes and Honey Extractors. The KVIC has also provided the bee-keepers practical training about the examination of honeybee colonies, acquaintance with apicultural equipment, identification, and management of bee enemies and diseases, honey extraction and wax purification, and management of bee colonies in spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter seasons. Vice Chairman Banas Dairy Mavjibhai Desai and Chairman and Gujarat Khadi Board K Padheria were also present in the function. The KVIC Chairman also felicitated two farmers who extracted a huge amount of honey in one year from the bee boxes distributed earlier by KVIC. KVIC Chairman V K Saxena, who himself monitors the progress of ‘Honey Mission’ round-the-clock, further said that besides the production of healthy honey and wax, bee-keeping would open many job avenues for the unemployed youths and aspiring young entrepreneurs. “Being the nodal agency of Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), the KVIC would provide loans for setting up units of processing, packaging and labeling units for the honey,” he added.last_img read more

La Sele draws Nicaragua Haiti and Bermuda in Gold Cup group

first_imgJune 20 (Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas)Nicaragua vs. HaitiCosta Rica vs. Bermuda June 24 (Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey)Bermuda vs. NicaraguaHaiti vs. Costa Rica Related posts:Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying Legendary Radio Columbia sportscaster Mario McGregor dies at 59 Costa Rica’s Sele out of Korea U-20 World Cup The 5 greatest moments in Costa Rican soccer history The Group B winner will face the runner-up from Group A, which contains Mexico, Canada, Martinique and Cuba. Group C is comprised of Honduras, Jamaica, El Salvador and Curaçao. Though Honduras is the group’s seeded team, Jamaica will have the advantage of hosting the June 17 match against the Central American side. Group D contains the United States, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana. (U.S. fans might have cringed at that announcement, as the North Americans were eliminated from 2018 World Cup contention after a stunning loss to Trinidad and Tobago.) The top two teams from each group will advance to a single-elimination quarterfinal, and the tournament winners will be determined July 7 in Chicago. The United States are the reigning champions, while Costa Rica has never won the tournament. This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5% Club. If only 5 percent of our readers donated at least $5 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Costa Rica’s men’s national soccer team will open its 2019 Gold Cup campaign against Nicaragua at the National Stadium in La Sabana on June 16.The announcement was made as part of the tournament’s group and schedule reveal on Wednesday afternoon.Costa Rica will become the first Central American country to host Gold Cup matches when La Sele faces Nicaragua as part of a doubleheader. That day, the National Stadium will also welcome Haiti vs. Bermuda, the other two members of Group B.The full Group B schedule is as follows:June 16 (National Stadium of Costa Rica)Haiti vs. BermudaCosta Rica vs. Nicaragualast_img read more

UNWTOWTM Ministers Summit social media changing destination branding

first_imgMinisters of Tourism and private sector leaders meeting at the 9th UNWTO & World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers’ Summit agreed that destination branding and the way tourism marketing organisations operate need to be adapted to the changes brought in by social media (London, United Kingdom, November 3, 2015).Over 60 tourism ministers and leaders from Facebook, Expedia, Melia Hotels, Eurostar and the World Travel and Tourism Council meeting in London discussed how market changes and consumer empowerment has fully shifted destination branding. Participants recalled that the current social media landscape requires destinations to invest further in understanding and engaging travellers in social media.The Summit, moderated by CNN International’s Richard Quest, addressed issues such the need for transparent, honest and swift action in social media in times of crises, how to generate engagement with travellers and transform them into destination ambassadors and how to maximise big data to develop targeted marketing.Opening the Summit, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, underscored that, “Today consumers have access to more information, more choices, and more opportunities to voice their opinions and can be the whistle-blowers for unethical practices or the biggest ambassadors for destinations and service providers. In this context, branding is an ever more complex challenge requiring destinations and companies to adjust their structures, their policies and their strategies.”Speaking at the Summit were Nikolina Angelkova, Minister of Tourism of Bulgaria; Li Shihong, Vice Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA); Mauricio Ventura Aragón, Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica; Darko Lorencin, Minister of Tourism of Croatia; Nayef H Al-Fayez, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordan; Dato Sri Mohamed Nazri Bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia; Edward Zammit Lewis, Minister of Tourism of Malta; Derek Hanekon, Minister of Tourism of South Africa; Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand and Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry of Zimbabwe as well as Nicolas Petrovic, Chief Executive Officer of Eurostar International: Noah Tratt, Global Senior Vice President of Expedia, Inc.; Lee McCabe, Global Head of Travel for Facebook; Anthony Cortizas, Vice President of Global Brand Strategy of Meliá Hotels International and David Scowsill, President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).last_img read more

AccorHotels buys hotel distribution expert Gekko

first_imgAccorHotels buys Gekko, a specialist in hotel distribution solutions for business travellers in a 100 million euros deal.Gekko has a database of more than 500,000 hotels worldwide has more than 300 corporate customers and 14,000 business travel agencies in France, Belgium, Spain and Portugal. Gekko’s founders Stephane de Laforcade and Olivier Delouis will continue to run the company following its acquisition by Accor.Thibault Viort, Accor’s chief disruption and growth officer, stated, “We are very pleased to have Gekko’s team join our group. AccorHotels’ extensive global footprint, together with Gekko’s technological leadership, today paves the way for the creation of a global leader in business-to-business hotel distribution.“Since business travellers represent a key segment of the group’s business, our capacity to respond to the specific requirements of this segment across the entire value chain is a factor that really sets us apart.”The transaction will assist Accor to build strategy aimed at improving the range of services offered to business travellers.last_img read more

Report Increased Regulation to Boost Profitability in Coming Years

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Citigroup Dodd-Frank Investors JPMorgan Chase Lenders & Servicers Processing Profits QRM Regulation Service Providers Wells Fargo 2012-11-26 Tory Barringer Standardization and market stability brought on by increased regulation will pave the way for a bright future for mortgage banking and related industries, “”FBR Capital Markets””: speculates in a recent report.[IMAGE]The report, titled _Future of the Housing & Mortgage Markets: Winners & Losers,_ examines the impact of heightened scrutiny and changing markets to determine where the industries will head in the next five years.According to the forecast, FBR believes that “”companies directly involved in mortgage banking or housing, or involved in a derivative of the two, such as homebuilders, housing rental companies, mortgage/title insurance, and reverse mortgages, should enjoy strong profitability, less volatility, and better valuations relative to historical expectations.”” At the same time, portfolio lenders and private-label securitizers “”will be at a strategic disadvantage.””While many mortgage professionals have been expressing anxiety about certain aspects of proposed regulations, FBR points to the end result: a more stable market with higher underwriting standards and lower risk from “”exotic”” mortgage products such as low/no-doc loans and prepayment penalties. “”The capacity constraints created by increased barriers to entry and regulatory oversight, coupled with the standardization of the mortgage product and the [COLUMN_BREAK]continued dominance of the government guarantee, should produce a more stable and consistently profitable mortgage origination market,”” the report reads.Although the mortgage industry as a whole is expected to benefit from the increased regulatory oversight, some proposed regulations–particularly those related to qualified residential mortgage (QRM) rules–are expected to give preference to loans securitized by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These risk retention requirements may stifle any private securitization activity and potentially keep out new entrants who could otherwise bring down underwriting standards.In addition, with larger banks like “”Citigroup””:, “”JPMorgan Chase””:, and “”Bank of America””: scaling back their lending operations (leaving behind an estimated $1.3 trillion in annual origination capacity), “”the opportunity set for smaller players in the origination and refinancing market has increased.”” While “”Wells Fargo””: continues to dominate the market, FBR notes the biggest lender’s originations are flat relative to pre-crisis levels. As a result, about 60 percent of the market will still be driven by smaller players.””We believe the largest opportunities in mortgage originations are with a smaller, mortgage-concentrated model,”” the report says. “”This model will allow lenders to have the appropriate local knowledge to understand their market risk while maintaining the necessary regulatory quality controls.””At the same time, originations are expected to continue growing as a demographic shift supports a healthier purchase market. With the average homebuying age at 34, the market is squarely in the hands of the large “”echo boom”” generation, or the children of the baby boomers. This phenomenon will lead to a boom in construction (with an estimated 1.3 million to 1.7 million additional housing units expected to be demanded in the next several years) and home purchases.As a result, the recovering purchase mortgage market could expand to exceed $1 trillion, creating a net for the industry as refinance volume falls. In total, FBR anticipates overall originations between $1.5 trillion and $2.0 trillion over the next five years. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing November 26, 2012 432 Views center_img Report: Increased Regulation to Boost Profitability in Coming Years Sharelast_img read more

Are Home Builders Locking Out Firsttime Buyers

first_img First-Time Buyers Home Builders Home Demand Inventory 2016-03-24 Staff Writer Share Home builders’ focus in recent years has continually been on expensive properties, which could be placing a damper on the homebuying process for first-time shoppers.Although home builders are focused on more expensive homes, they are responding to underlying demand conditions, a report from Capital Economics found.The report also pointed out that first-time homebuyers who typically search for homes that are under $200,000 are not deterred by home builders in the market. Further, as credit standards begin to ease,  new, cheaper homes will be put on the market.Capital Economics believes that housing demand will continue to rise due to the large share of young adults living with their parents that will eventually want to become either renters or homeowners. New data for March found that the share of 18 to 34 year-olds that live at home is now at 31.5 percent, slightly off the record high.”Indeed, given that mortgage interest rates are close to record lows, credit conditions are gradually being eased and employment is above its pre-crisis level, it is something of a puzzle that the share has not already declined,” the report said.Instead, the report noted that the lack of available homes on the market is what is holding back demand among first-time buyers. “Both the rental vacancy rate and months’ supply of homes for sale are currently very low. And in the new homes market–where overall supply constraints are not so bad–builders have been focusing in recent years on the more expensive segment of the market,” the report said,”That said, it is possible that as credit conditions have slowly improved, builders may have been slow to respond. In that case, a lack of suitable, cheaper new homes could have put a short-term break on household formation,” Capiral Economics stated. “However, there are signs that homebuilders are now shifting production to less expensive properties. Despite growth in existing house prices accelerating in recent months, the median new home price has edged back since November of last year.” March 24, 2016 563 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination Are Home Builders Locking Out First-time Buyers?last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — “Rose,” an original show from Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company, edged out Broadway imports such as “Next to Normal” and “Dear Evan Hansen” to nab the most nominations for a musical at this year’s Dora Mavor Moore Awards.Soulpepper is up for a total of 25 nominations as the leading contender in both the general theatre and musical categories heading into the awards show and ceremony, which recognize excellence in Toronto theatre, dance and opera.“Rose,” a new production inspired by Gertrude Stein’s “The World is Round,” racked up 11 nominations, including best production; best new musical for playwright Sarah Wilson and composer Mike Ross; best direction for Gregory Prest; and acting nods for lead Hailey Gillis and featured players Peter Fernandes and Sabryn Rock.Trailing behind in the musical category is The Musical Stage Company’s “Next to Normal” with 10 nominations, while Mirvish Productions’ “Dear Evan Hansen” and Young People’s Theatre’s “Mary Poppins” both earned nine. Newcomer Eclipse Theatre Company also racked up six musical nominations for its debut production of “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”In general theatre, Soulpepper racked up a total of 14 nods over five productions, including seven for the Canadian premiere of “The Royale,” based on the true story of African-American boxer Jack Johnson’s fight to become the heavyweight world champion amid early 20th-century racial segregation.The Canadian Opera Company scored 33 nominations, a higher total than any other contender, including best production nods for “Otello,” “Eugene Onegin,” “La Boheme” and “Hadrian.”In the independent theatre division, Coal Mine Theatre leads with 10 nominations, five of them for “The Nether,” a co-production with Studio 180 Theatre.Saga Collectif and Human Cargo both garnered seven nominations, and Native Earth Performing Arts earned six.The winners will be announced on June 25 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.The Canadian Press by The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2019 8:38 am PDTcenter_img Soulpepper’s original musical ‘Rose’ racks up 11 Dora nominationslast_img read more

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