India to install telescope for Sikh devotees to view Kartarpur in Pakistan

first_imgIndia plans to install a “high-powered telescope” in Punjab’s Gurdaspur for Sikh devotees to view Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib across the border in Pakistan, the Home Ministry said on Monday. This is part of a series of projects planned to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the Sikh faith.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had criticised Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu in September, when he had announced that Pakistan’s Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa had given him an assurance about opening a route to Kartarpur Sahib from Punjab.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had constituted a National Implementation Committee (NIC) under the chairmanship of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to plan events for the anniversary which falls in 2019. The committee’s meeting, on November 8, was attended by Mr. Sidhu among others.The telescope would be installed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the Home Ministry said in a statement. Currently, pilgrims pay homage to the holy site with the help of binoculars, installed by the local gurdwara committee in Gurdaspur, on a raised platform that is manned by the Border Security Force (BSF). The Centre would also release a commemorative coin and postage stamps, the Home Ministry said.“Sultanpur Lodhi, where Guru Nanak spent much of his life, will be developed as a heritage city, also incorporating Pind Babe Nanak Da,” the Ministry said. “A National Institute of Inter Faith Studies will be set up by Ministry of Human Resource Development in Punjab for which the State Government will provide land free of cost.” Chairs on Guru Nanak Dev would be set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, one in a university in the U.K. and another in Canada.“Publication of Gurbani in different Indian languages will be made by National Book Trust (NBT), Ministry of Human Resource Development. UNESCO will be requested to translate and publish anthology of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s writings in world languages,” the ministry added.last_img read more

Researcher Behind Stem Cell Controversy Agrees to Retraction

first_imgAfter steadfastly defending her work against accusations of falsified data and an official misconduct ruling, the lead author on two controversial stem cell papers published this year in Nature has reportedly agreed to retract one of them. Earlier today, Japanese media began reporting that stem cell researcher Haruko Obokata of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan, is willing to retract a paper concluding that so-called STAP stem cells can form a wide variety of tissues, but does not intend to retract the paper describing how to make those stem cells.Along with colleagues in the United States and Japan, Obokata described online on 29 January in Nature a new method for reprogramming mature cells into stem cells. The technique, called stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP), appeared amazingly simple—exposing mature cells to an acid bath or physical pressure could seemingly switch them into stem cells. But it drew almost immediate accusations of image manipulation and plagiarism. In April, an investigating committee at RIKEN ruled that the issues with the papers constituted research misconduct, but did not call for their retraction. Obokata’s lawyer now tells the Japanese press that she will retract a secondary paper describing what STAP cells can develop into, but not the methods article, in which the committee had identified image manipulation and data apparently reused from Obokata’s graduate thesis.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Obokata has argued that the problems with the papers were the result of inexperience, not deliberate wrongdoing, and that STAP cells really do exist. After the ruling, she issued a statement saying that she intended to appeal the judgment.The Japan Times reports that at least two of Obokata’s 10 co-authors on the letter have also agreed to the retraction, including Teruhiko Wakayama of the University of Yamanashi, the paper’s last author. Wakayama has been consistently critical of the work, telling the Japanese press he had “lost faith” in the paper, and calling for its retraction. However, Charles Vacanti of Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, last author on the main article and Obokata’s former adviser, has continued to defend the research. A BWH representative told ScienceInsider that Vacanti had no comment on Obokata’s announcement.Willingness to retract one paper but not the other is a sign of the lingering disagreement among the co-authors, says stem cell researcher Paul Knoepfler of the University of California, Davis. He argued in a blog post earlier this week that Nature should editorially retract both. “It would be naive to think that only the letter [the second paper] can be retracted and that the [methods] article will remain with the STAP cell narrative overall having any legitimacy,” he told ScienceInsider in an e-mail. “I believe the ultimate fates [of the two papers] are tightly tied together.”last_img read more

Painters turn back Road Warriors

first_imgMeanwhile, Alaska and Magnolia shoot to extend their respective winning streaks to four when they collide with separate sides in a Petron Saturday Special double-header also at the fabled Big Dome floor.The Aces take the court against Blackwater at 4:30 p.m., looking to win four straight for the first time in what seems like ages, while the Hotshots try to keep solo second place when they tangle with TNT KaTropa at 6:45 p.m. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Arellano whips San Beda, books outright semifinal berth MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Playing without Greg Slaughter and Joe Devance, the Kings dropped to 2-4 like the Road Warriors.Ahanmisi drained 5-of-7 triple tries and helped the Painters lead by as large as 21 with the help of a Rain or Shine defense that was unrelenting in the second half.The Painters thwarted several Road Warrior rallies that had NLEX coming within 10 points a couple of times in that period.NLEX tumbled to a fourth straight defeat after opening up with two victories.The Road Warriors continued their tailspin because they simply could not execute when they needed to—and the Rain or Shine defense had a lot to do with that.ADVERTISEMENT It was a great way to bounce back for Rain or Shine, which became the butt of jokes after losing to doormat KIA Picanto, 98-94, over the weekend, and Garcia did a good job in making his Painters move on from that debacle.“I just told them that we cannot take that back,” Garcia said in Filipino after drawing 20 points from point guard Maverick Ahanmisi and twin digits from three others at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I just asked them to focus on our next six games, because that will be very important.”The win was the third in six games for the Painters, the same record now held by Phoenix Petroleum, which held on later in the night to clip Barangay Ginebra, 87-82. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood. PBA IMAGESRain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia wasn’t exaggerating when he said two nights before that he had witnessed his team’s best practice.The Elasto Painters justified that claim when they ran roughshod on NLEX Friday night, 97-86, and Garcia now has just one wish as Rain or Shine jockeys for playoff position in the PBA Philippine Cup: “I just hope we can be consistent in playing this way.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Ravichandran Ashwin leaves training session after sustaining hand injury

first_imgIndian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin suffered an injury to his hand during the training session on the final day of India’s preparatory camp in Bengaluru, ahead of the four-Test series in West Indies.Overseen by newly-appointed coach Anil Kumble, the Test squad underwent a training camp at the National Cricket Academy ahead of the Caribbean sojourn which starts on July 21. (Also read: Virat Kohli and Co. fail ‘one hour test’ at preparatory camp) According to India Today sources, a ball hit Ashwin’s right arm after which the off-spinner left the morning training session.’NOT A SERIOUS INJURY’ Coach Kumble, when addressing the pre-departure press conference earlier today, ruled out a bigger scare and said Ashwin just had a bruise.Ashwins injury should not be serious, its just a bruise. We will get to know more about the injury in the next hour.?? he said. With the West Indies tracks providing bite for spinners in the recently concluded tri-series involving the hosts, Australia and South Africa, Ashwin would be key to India’s chances during the Test series. (Also read:Anil Kumble chairs meeting with Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni)On the penultimate day of the camp, the squad was put to test in a Test cricket simulation exercise by Kumble, in which Ashwin dismissed opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan when the Delhi batsman tried to take on the off-spinner. (Also read: Virat Kohli greets MS Dhoni with a hug at Bengaluru meeting) Ashwin, who became the highest wicket-taker in Tests in the 2015-16 season, rose to the No. 1 spot in ICC rankings emulating Bishan Singh Bedi’s 1973 feat. However, the Tamil Nadu spinner has not been able to repeat the success in the shorter versions of the game.advertisementAshwin, who was skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s go-to-man in the recent past, had a horrid time during the ICC World Twenty20, in which India were eliminated in the semi-final. Ashwin picked up four wickets and his economy rate was on the higher side (7.66 RPO) in the five matches India played. His poor run with the ball continued in the Indian Premier League, in which he managed just 10 wickets from 14 outings for newbies Rising Pune Supergiants.last_img read more

Stylish Conversation Pieces – Simon Miller x Stephen Kenn

first_img The Best Sunglasses for Men this Season You know that favorite pair of jeans in your closet? The ones that look so stylish, yet feel ultra comfortable? Well, imagine pairing that wardrobe stable with your furniture. That’s exactly what happened when furniture designer Stephen Kenn recently teamed up with the Simon Miller Design Studio.“The idea was to build the furniture with a similar mindset as the clothing,” says Daniel Corrigan, partner and co-creative director. “Focusing on the texture and material and how that will age over time.”The new Inheritance collection includes an array of pillows, table, chairs and sofa—all with a simple, streamlined design and very comfortable and livable for your home—but there’s more here than meets the eye. Each piece reflects a piece of history, as the material used to create the upholstery is repurposed military fabric.Kenn found his inspiration while digging through a military surplus store. The bins full of tents, parachutes, bags and clothing once used in WWII gave him a focal point for not only giving these items new life, but in creating furniture that reflects appreciation for our hard-fought freedom.Even better, they’ve found a way to produce everything locally in Los Angeles. Kenn ties his furniture together with webbed WWII mule belts, replicas he hires a local webbing company to produce. The fabric is tediously hand-dyed by Noon Studio to create the comfort of a well-worn pair of jeans.The sofa is priced at $6,000. A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men Editors’ Recommendations How to Properly Polish Your Own Shoes It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt last_img read more

PMs threat to sue Scheer about demanding truth in politics Trudeau says

first_imgOTTAWA — Justin Trudeau says his threat to sue Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is about making sure there are consequences for lying in politics — but he’s not saying if he intends to make good on it.Asked whether he plans to follow through with his threatened lawsuit, the prime minister would only say that with an election on the horizon, he won’t put up with politicians twisting the truth and distorting reality.Scheer revealed Sunday that Trudeau’s lawyer sent him a libel notice late last month, demanding he take back claims the prime minister interfered with the prosecution of Montreal firm SNC-Lavalin and lied to Canadians.On Monday, the Conservative leader urged Trudeau to bring it on, saying he’d welcome a lawsuit that would force Trudeau to testify about the affair under oath.Trudeau says that while people disagree in politics, there are consequences for telling lies about one’s partisan adversaries.He says he would be satisfied if Scheer agrees to retract the comments and apologize.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Saskatchewan Aboriginal Track and Field Championships larger than ever

first_imgAPTN National NewsAthletes travelled from reserves and communities across the province to complete in this year’s Saskatchewan Aboriginal Track and Field Championships.Organizers said the  7th annual event tripled in size with nearly 300 athletes.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has the story.last_img

Federal Liberals urged to accept Senate change to sex discrimination bill

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing increased public pressure from Indigenous women and a feminist alliance to accept a Senate amendment to legislation to end sex discrimination under the Indian Act.Advocates have joined forces with two Aboriginal senators, Lillian Dyck and Sandra Lovelace-Nicholas, in an awareness campaign that kicked off this week urging the Liberal government to change the bill known as S-3.Part of the outreach, supported by the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action, includes the distribution of a letter to women’s organizations, academics and human rights groups to canvass support on the “full and final removal” of sex discrimination in the Indian Act.“We write to you now because the government of Canada is poised to pass Bill S-3, a revision to the Indian Act, which will, one more time, remove discrimination for some but leave the core of the sex discrimination in place,” the letter says.The discrimination has existed since the Indian Act was first introduced in 1876, the letter adds.Sharon McIvor, a plaintiff in a case resulting in a 2009 British Columbia Court of Appeal ruling on status for previously excluded Indigenous women and a signatory of the letter, said the campaign’s goal echoes work she’s done since the 1960s.“The Indian Act has built into it a discriminatory scheme that is very hard on Aboriginal women,” she said. “We have not been able to pass … our status on to our children the same way that the men do.”In June, the Senate unanimously passed a change to Bill S-3 dubbed the “6(1)(a) all the way” amendment _ a change designed to ensure Indian women and their descendants have full Indian status like Indian men do.The House of Commons, however, did not accept the Senate’s change and the government said it required more time to examine its impacts of the amendment. A message was then sent back to the Senate.“The message is essentially asking us to agree with them,” Sen. Dyck said. “I would say the vast majority of senators would say ‘No, we don’t agree with it because you took out the main amendment that we added in.”’Equality for Indigenous women remains on the line in what is clearly a human rights issue, Dyck added.“The prime minister is a feminist,” she said.“He’s gone around telling other countries, ‘Let’s advance women’s issues, let’s give women equality. But if you’re not going to give Indigenous women equality, then there’s something clearly that doesn’t match up with your message to other people. Indigenous women deserve equality as much as any other woman.”In a statement, the office of Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett insisted the federal government is committed to ensuring there is gender equity for all women in Canada.“We will continue to work with First Nations, impacted individuals, experts and parliamentarians to remove all sex discrimination from registration provisions in the Indian Act,” the office said.It also suggested it will be watching the Senate’s next move.“The debate on the current bill has yet to begin in the Senate, therefore, we cannot speculate or comment on how that debate in the Senate will evolve,” it said.Shelagh Day, one of the founders of the feminist alliance, said the Senate was very clear about their position when it passed the amendment last spring.“This is a simple matter of whether women are treated in the Indian Act as men,” she said. “It is 140 years after discriminatory legislation was passed. It is time to end it.”She also said sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act is clearly linked to the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls, now the subject of a national public inquiry.“It is one of the root causes of the violence and has been identified both by the United Nations and by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as a root cause of the violence,” she said.“The government itself has treated them as though they were not equal human beings and that has made them vulnerable in the broader society and in their own communities.”last_img read more

Shaw Communications execs say growth plans unaffected by Corus dividend cut

first_imgTORONTO – Shaw Communications Inc. reported a third-quarter loss Thursday, after booking a nearly $300-million impairment charge related to its stake in Corus Entertainment Inc., but its senior executives said Shaw’s growth plans and dividends won’t be affected by troubles at Corus.The Calgary-based cable, internet and wireless company, which owns about 38 per cent of Corus equity, said it hasn’t depended on the $90 million a year in dividends it had been receiving from the Toronto-based media company.Corus announced Wednesday that it will reduce its dividends by about 80 per cent for the 2019 financial year starting Sept. 1, and divert the savings to debt reduction.The company also said it was writing down the value of its television assets by $1 billion amid uncertain future earnings due to intense competition for advertising dollars and viewers.The announcements pushed down the Corus share price by about 27 per cent over two days, setting record lows on Wednesday and Thursday. The stock closed at $4.63 on Thursday, down 10 per cent from the previous close.The decline in Shaw stock was less dramatic but the shares were down 98 cents, or about 3.5 per cent, at $26.76 at the close on Thursday — about the mid point of its 52-week price range — after the company announced weaker-than-expected earnings that included a $284-million impairment charge on the Corus assets.Shaw executives declined to comment Thursday on news reports that they may be considering the sale of Corus shares but said the reduction in dividends from Corus won’t affect their communications business.Cash from the sale of Shaw Media to Corus largely funded its purchase of Wind Mobile, now called Freedom Mobile, which is a key component of the company’s strategic growth and investment plans.The Freedom Mobile wireless division added 54,000 postpaid subscribers — ahead of analyst estimates — and ended the quarter with a total of 1.32 million pre-paid and post-paid wireless subscribers as of May 31.Chief executive Brad Shaw said the company is moving ahead with investments in fifth-generation wireless technology — an industry trend that’s expected to enable faster wireless networks capable of powering emerging technologies such as self-driving cars.Shaw said the company looks forward to participating in the consultation process set up by the federal government, which is preparing to auction wireless spectrum for 5G networks in coming years, and said the company has been taking steps to ensure its networks will be ready.“In May, we completed some initial 5G technical trials, and it’s clear that this new technology will transform the industry through faster wireless speeds that will enable future technologies. Both wireline infrastructure and spectrum allocation will play a critical role in 5G deployment.”The company generated $1.3 billion of revenue in the quarter ended May 31, up from $1.22 billion a year earlier, with the growth coming from its wireless, residential internet and business wireline products and services.Shaw’s wireless revenue for the quarter was $237 million, up 54 per cent from a year earlier, due to a combination of equipment sales and service revenue.Revenue from Shaw’s business wireline unit increased six per cent to $141 million.But Shaw’s consumer wireline business — which includes Western Canada’s biggest cable TV network — was down slightly at $923 million, as declines in video and phone services offset a gain in internet.Shaw executives said they weren’t satisfied with wireline sales performance, attributing some softness to price competition from its major rival, which is Telus Corp., and some to seasonal weakness.“Even after considering these factors, we’re not pleased with the overall execution within our wireline business,” Brad Shaw said.Shaw reported a loss of $91 million, or 18 cents per share, for the third quarter ended May 31. That contrasted with a year-earlier profit of $133 million or 27 cents per share and analysts’ expectations for net income of 36 cents per share, according the Thomson Reuters Eikon.Shaw Communications acquired nearly 71.4 million Corus non-voting shares, representing 37 per cent of the Toronto company’s equity, when it sold Shaw Media, but the number had grown to 80.6 million shares or 38 per cent of the total as of May 31 as a result of investing dividends in additional Corus stock.The founding Shaw family controls both companies through class A voting shares but Corus had been completely separate from Shaw Communications from late 1999 until early 2016, when the Shaw Media deal closed.Companies in this story: (TSX:SJR.B, TSX:CJR.B, TSX:T)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version suggested Shaw would take part in a federal auction of 5G spectrum rather than that it would participate in consultations about the auction.last_img read more

IUSF convener remanded for violating bail conditions

The Colombo Fort Magistrate today ordered the convener of the Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF) Lahiru Weerasekara to be remanded till February 9.Lahiru Weerasekara was arrested and remanded for violating a condition imposed when he was granted bail over an earlier case. (Colombo Gazette)

UN agency moves ahead with plan to revive ancient Silk Road for

“Regional cooperation is a key to help meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing poverty and promoting growth and equality,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in China, Khalid Malik, says of the Silk Road Regional Programme (SRRP).The five participating countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and China – held the first SRRP meeting last month in Beijing, focussing on strengthening cooperation in trade, investment and tourism.The ancient Silk Road brought contact between different people for exchanging commodities and ideas, which led to the high living standards for communities along the road. The Silk Road countries should therefore learn from each other now and work together on transport networks, information services, management approach and policy regulations, says UNDP Resident Representative in Uzbekistan, Fikret Akcura.“By strengthening trade and investment ties, the programme will help the Central Asian countries draw economic growth lessons from China which has developed at a very fast pace,” he adds. “We can achieve new miracles by opening tourism and realize the free movement of visitors, goods and services.”UNDP and the UN World Tourism Organization (WTO) will identify up to 10 cities along the route to be awarded the title of “UN Silk Road City” to encourage their commitment and long-term planning to the protection of cultural assets.Mr. Malik calls for increasing trade by abolishing remaining barriers and harmonizing procedures. He notes specifically the organization of the “Silk Road Investment Forum” to attract additional investment to the region through public-private partnerships. The first forum is scheduled to be held in China during the first quarter of 2006.Over time, the SRRP may extend to a broader area beyond the five participating countries, as neighbouring nations such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Mongolia have expressed interest in joining. read more

Ecuador UN agency to feed 5000 families who fled floods

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has made plans with the Ecuadorian Government to provide food for some 5,000 families forced to flee their homes after torrential rains caused renewed flooding along the country’s coast.The WFP-distributed ration packs, which include two bags of rice, one bag of lentils, oil, sugar and tuna, are intended to last a family of five for fifteen days.Following two months of downpours, weekend rains drove thousands of families from their homes in the provinces of Manabí, Los Ríos, El Oro y Guaya into temporary shelters, according to WFP.Up to 25,000 people are facing food and water shortages, with one of the greatest concerns being public health, WPF says, warning that stagnant waters could lead to outbreaks of respiratory disease and tropical disease such as dengue fever.On Monday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced plans for emergency relief focusing on food, drinking water, medicines and sanitation supplies as well as assistance for the repair and reconstruction of homes.UN recovery efforts are led by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), while OCHA has channelled $80,000 to the relief effort.The current flooding in Ecuador is hitting areas that already suffered from floods in 2005, and the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology expects heavy rains to continue until April. read more

Top twelve NGSA Linden students get 25M to assist with transportation

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon poses with the top twelve NGSA students of Region Ten after they received their chequesMinister of State, Joseph Harmon on Thursday presented Region Ten’s top twelve National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) students with cheques totalling $2.5M, to assist with transportation costs to attend Secondary Schools in Georgetown.According to a DPI release, the bursaries were donated by several of his acquaintances who made pledges at a community meeting held last July in Linden.BK International’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Brian Tiwarie, through Member of Parliament, Jermaine Figueira also donated $1.5M to the students.At the presentation ceremony, Minister Harmon encouraged the children who were accompanied by their parents, to take all the opportunities afforded to them to extend their knowledge, skills and experiences. Minister Harmon reminded students that they are a vital asset the country and its development.Minister Harmon said the contribution is in keeping with President David Granger’s Five B’s initiative, which ensures more of the nation’s children can attend school thereby having equal access to education.One parent, Rayann Jacobis said that she is appreciative of the monetary support and thanked all those who played a part in making it possible. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinister Harmon donates salary increase to install street lightsNovember 16, 2015In “Politics”Minister Harmon donates $215,000 to Angoy’s AvenueDecember 7, 2015In “Politics”Gov’t to provide relief to Linden residents after ‘freak storm’- State MinisterJune 9, 2017In “latest news” read more

France 2017 with €30000000 budget

The opening whistle of the 25th Men’s Handball World Championship, held in France from 11 to 29 January, will be heard in just one week. Just the time for a spotlight on French handball, which is extraordinarily healthy both on the court as well as economically.The 2017 Men’s Handball World Championship is making a great contribution to the development of a discipline that is now a solid and lasting part of the French sports DNA. The arrival in recent months of many top-notch sponsors to the world of French handball, is an indication of the new appeal of the sport, that has a growing number of registered members (520,000). As such, the Caisse d’Epargne, LIDL, Eden Park and more recently Renault, have joined the pool of partners of the Handball World Championship, after having signed a long-term partnerships with the FFHandball. In the last 10 years, sponsoring revenues of the latter have tripled, from €3 million in 2006 to €9 million in 2016. “There’s no doubt about it, our sport has become attractive for sponsors. We’re benefiting from the very good sports results of French handball in the last 20 years, but also clearly from the leverage provided by hosting a major event such as the 2017 World Championship. The Women’s EHF Euro 2018 will then follow in the winter and maintain this momentum”, according to Jean-Pierre Feuillan, Vice-president of FFHandball in charge of marketing. Similarly, LIDL has decided to work with the National Handball League this year by becoming a major partner, lending its name to the Men’s First Division French Championship, the LIDL Star Ligue. Also, for the first time this Wednesday January 4th, Panini, the famous publisher of sports cards, will be releasing an entire album devoted to handball, in particular the French men’s and women’s teams.For Jean-François Jeanne, General Manager of Infront France, the marketing agency of FFHandball, the France Handball 2017 Organisation Committee and the National Handball League, all of the lights have turned to green: “Handball has the wind in its sails and is very well-viewed in the sponsoring market at this time. The French teams are winning, the men’s championship is spectacular and close, driven by such a great locomotive as the PSG Handball, whereas the women’s D1 is taking shape in the wake of the renewal of the French Team. The international calendar is also favourable, coming after an Olympic year, with the World Championship in January and then the Women’s Euro in December 2018. Companies really appreciate the accessibility of the male and female players, who have a really good image with the general public and the media. We’re in a good spot! ».Changing the dimension in terms of economic appeal was one of the objectives given to the Organisation Committee by the FFHandball. This will be done. All the more so since this includes a VIP hospitality system (public relations operations for companies) offered in the eight stadiums that will be hosting the event, which should reach the objective of 10,000 seats sold, and that will attract an equal number of economic actors to handball. “We’ve purchased sponsoring rights from the IHF in order to set up and market attractive packages along with our agency Infront France. I’m very happy with the current results that will allow us, in addition to the direct and indirect support of the sponsors, to rely on very good marketing relays that tie in perfectly with what we’re doing ourselves, and to present a very modern face with their help”, happily reports Edouard Donnelly, General Manager of the Organisation Committee. All we need now is a successful and phenomenal World Championship, running from 11 to 29 January!The World Championship budget:Total budget: €30 millionProceeds:– Ticketing and hospitality: €18 million / 60%– Subsidies (State, communities): €8 million / 27%– Partners and supplier promotions: €2 million / 6.5%– IHF and FFHandball: €2 million / 6.5%World Championship partners: – IHF partners: Adidas, beIN SPORTS, Gerflor, Grundfos, Intersport, Molten– Organisation Committee partners: Caisse d’Epargne, LIDL– Organisation Committee suppliers: Renault, Eden Park, Transdev, Mumm– Media partners: L’Equipe, RMCDon’t forget:– 500,000 tickets for sale– 75% of admission tickets to see a match are the same price as a cinema ticketTicketing website:  tickets.francehandball2017.com Key dates of the 2017 Handball World Championship:11 January 2017: Inaugural game with team France in Paris12 – 20 January 2017: Group stage: Nantes (including 4 Team matches), Metz, Rouen and Paris21 – 23 January 2017: The President Cup in Brest21-24 January 2017:   – Lille Metropole: Final 16 and Quarter-Finals for team France, if qualified and other nations qualify– Montpellier, Albertville and Paris: Last 16 and Quater-Finals for other qualified countries26 – 29 January 2017: Semi-Final, Bronze Medal and Final in AccorHotels Arena in Paris ← Previous Story Slovenia without Gorazd Skof at France 2017 Next Story → Norway without Reinkind – Berg’s boys to repeat fantastic January 2016 in France? read more

Heres what the Tánaiste is up to in Paris today

first_imgTÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE is to meet with French president Francois Hollande in Paris this morning for high-level talks on a number of issues.The two are expected to talk about the economy, and the European elections which are being held at the end of May at the meeting in the Elysée Palace.Eamon Gilmore is spending three days in the French capital ahead of St Patrick’s Day. The Department of Foreign Affairs said he will be meeting with other members of the French administration during his stay.He is also due to meet with French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault this morning.Yesterday he compared notes with his counterpart, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, on what’s happening in Ukraine and the humanitarian crises in Syria, Mali and the Central African Republic.Column: Will Kenny finish the job he started as a ‘reforming’ leader in Brussels? > Read: Obama calls European leaders over Ukraine crisis >last_img read more

WWE stars have fun with the Buffalo Bills NFL team Main Event

first_img SPOILERS: 9/1 NXT UK TakeOver Cardiff Fallout TV Tapings to air on WWE Network Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp WWE stars Finn Balor, Titus O’Neil and Curt Hawkins had some fun with members of the Buffalo Bills NFL team on Monday prior to last night’s RAW in Buffalo.The WWE stars were at the practice facility that ended with Hawkins being put through a table by the Bills football players because he was praising his team, the New York Jets.Balor and O’Neil posted the following about their time with the football team below.https://www.instagram.com/p/BlTLauLluXS/?taken-by=titusoneilwweMain Event spoiler results from BuffaloThe following was taped on Monday from Buffalo for this week’s episode of Main Event.* No Way Jose def. Curt Hawkins.* The Revival and Mike Kanellis def. Chad Gable, Heath Slater and Rhyno.Source: PWInsidercenter_img Facebook SPOILERS: 9/5 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch Twitter SPOILERS: 8/15 Impact TV tapings in Mexico City to air on Pursuit and Twitchlast_img read more

9 die in immigrantsmuggling attempt in sweltering truck

first_imgSAN ANTONIO — At least nine people died after being crammed into a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Wal-Mart in the midsummer Texas heat, victims of what authorities said on Sunday was an immigrant-smuggling attempt gone wrong.The driver was arrested, and nearly 20 others rescued from the rig were hospitalized in dire condition, many with extreme dehydration and heatstroke, officials said.“We’re looking at a human-trafficking crime,” said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, calling it “a horrific tragedy.”One U.S. official said Sunday evening that 17 of those rescued were being treated for injuries that were considered life-threatening. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the information has not been publicly released.Authorities were called to the San Antonio parking lot late Saturday or early Sunday and found eight people dead inside the truck. A ninth victim died at the hospital, said Liz Johnson, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.The victims “were very hot to the touch. So these people were in this trailer without any signs of any type of water,” San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said.last_img read more

Pacific Beach program improves street cleaning and safety while aiding homeless

first_imgPacific Beach program improves street cleaning and safety while aiding homeless Updated: 10:27 PM May 3, 2018 Posted: May 3, 2018 Sasha Foo center_img Sasha Foo, PACIFIC BEACH (KUSI) — One of San Diego’s most popular beach communities may strike some people as looking as a lot cleaner and safer.The improvements are the result of a program called “Pacific Beach Clean and Safe.”At a news conference Thursday on Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach, business owners and community members joined by City Councilmember Lorie Zapf touted the program’s success in making the community cleaner, safer and providing unsheltered people with an opportunity to work.The program began in 2017, as a pilot project with funding from Zapf’s office and Pacific Beach business owners.In the first year, 29 people were employed as “Street Guardians” to empty trash, pick up litter, perform janitorial work and help to set up special events. Of that number, 5 people were placed in permanent jobs and housing.In talking about its achievements, Zapf and other supporters of the program boasted that 256 tons of trash were picked up last year, and more than one ton of trash was removed each day.Clean and Safe also hires a private security company to provide “Safety Ambassadors” 40 hours a week.The annual budget for PB Clean and Safe is $140,000. Discover PB, the downtown business group that runs the program is looking for more financial support from the community to meet its budget for another year.“Although it has not been that easy to fundraise, it’s been hard to put a price on the outcomes that have been achieved. The bottom line is lives here in PB have been changed for the better,” Zapf said Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Obama raises minimum wage for federal contractors

first_imgWASHINGTON — After promising for weeks to do so, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors — but only after wagging his finger at Congress for failing to “give America a raise” by refusing to increase the overall minimum.Surrounded at the White House by people who work for an hourly wage, Obama delivered remarks aimed largely at members of Congress who have ignored his call to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.“In the wealthiest nation on Earth, nobody who works full time should have to live in poverty — nobody, not here in America,” Obama told a crowd gathered at the White House to witness the signing.“While Congress decides what it’s going to do — and I hope this year, and I’m going to work this year, and urge this year that they actually pass a law — today I’m going to do what I can to help raise working Americans’ wages,” he said.In so doing, Obama put the executive order to its intended use: calling out Congress for inaction.The executive order, which Obama had announced in his State of the Union address and detailed in a series of appearances that followed, is the first unilateral action of the administration’s 2014 strategy of emphasizing moves the president can take on his own. It would require companies that do business with the federal government to pay their workers at least $10.10 per hour.last_img read more

HBOs Share A smartphone video tears a teens world apart

first_imgWatching new HBO movie Share is a raw, tough experience — but so is the age we live in. This powerful drama uses a fresh young cast to offer up a thoughtful, compelling allegory for the #MeToo era and the pressures facing the kids of the smartphone era.Share was first shown in January at the Sundance Film Festival 2019 and premieres on HBO on July 27 in the US. It begins with small town teenager Mandy waking up face down in the grass outside her house. As groggy night gives way to the cold light of day, her phone blows up with concerned texts. Her friends are worried about her. They’ve all seen the video. Mandy doesn’t even remember what happened last night, but suddenly she finds her entire life defined by a blurry video of a drunk girl swarmed by faceless, jeering boys. Torn between a desire to piece together what happened or just getting on with her life, Mandy finds events spiraling out of her control at school and at home as the spread of the video and photos seems unstoppable.Writer and director Pippa Bianco marshals a naturalistic teen cast led by a sympathetic performance from Rhianne Barreto as Mandy. Bianco lets the story unfold at a measured pace, defying the audience’s pained hope for resolution and easy answers.The droning and tinkling score marries with muted colors and jumpy, jarring editing as the camera shoulders in among the kids. They’re children, bored and playing, flitting from hard partying to lung-busting sport with the vigor of youth. They’re old enough to drive, to go out, to get drugs, but not old enough to go anywhere better than a 7-Eleven parking lot. They’re playing games with adult stakes. And thanks to smartphone cameras, their choices follow them even when they sober up.But Share avoids becoming a cautionary tale about drinking and drugs and the strange urge to film everything. Presenting the kids with sympathy and nuance and carefully eschewing judgment of the victims, it feels like a smartphone-driven, Instagram-era update of Larry Clark’s controversial 1995 movie Kids, which featured a group of hard-partying kids under the cloud of AIDS. Equally uncomfortable yet essential, Share is a Kids for the WhatsApp generation. Now playing: Watch this: 0 Share your voice 2019 movies to geek out over Westworld season 3 trailer debuts 1:31 Sundance Festival TV and Movies Post a comment Tags 77 Photos Bianco expanded the film from her own short, and the slight story does wander later on. But that also serves to evoke the hellish combination of trauma and boredom felt by Mandy as she hopes for her trials to be over. The second half of the movie feels as listless and dazed as a trauma victim, shrugging off the earlier scenes that play almost like a detective story with its piecing together of clues. But a case like this has no easy answers, no cathartic revelation, just ripples of shame and guilt.The adults are at best sympathetic, at worst oblivious. J.C. MacKenzie gives a sensitive turn as a befuddled dad from another time and another world, initially just a blurred figure glimpsed through banisters and later unable to comprehend how any of this could even happen, let alone what to do about it. As a woman, Mandy’s mother, played by Poorna Jagannathan, better understands the pervasive reality of sexual assault. But even in an age when predators incriminate themselves with sex tapes and revenge porn, she can’t work out if things are better.Schools victim-blame and parents abdicate responsibility with platitudes that nail the modern culture of non-apologies. “We didn’t raise him like that,” a parent says, echoing celebrities and companies and politicians claiming that abuses “don’t reflect our values”. Which only suggests that their values aren’t what they want you to think they are.In an age when sexual abuse is coming to light like never before, Share highlights the painful process of exposing predators and shows the brutal pressure on survivors of these painful revelations.As a snapshot of our troubled modern age, Share couldn’t be more timely. Movie reviewslast_img read more