Youth Ambassadors Help Launch Youth Campaign

first_imgYouth ambassadors helped launch a campaign today, Feb. 21, aimed at getting young people more involved in communities and voting. Democracy 250 co-chair John Hamm was joined at Province House by local hip hop artist Jordan Croucher, 2008 ECMA award winner Stephanie Hardy, singer/songwriter Dwight d’Eon, and high school anti-bullying activists Travis Price and David Sheperd to announce D250: Make Your Mark. Other campaign ambassadors include Chad Denny, formerly with the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers and now with their East Coast Hockey League affiliate the Gwinnett Gladiators, and Halifax Mooseheads’ Brad Marchand, gold medalist at the 2008 World Junior Hockey Championship. The campaign, part of celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of parliamentary democracy in Canada, features the youth ambassadors in national and provincial ads that will air throughout the year. Dr. Hamm said a key objective of Democracy 250 is to increase youth voter turnout. “The vast majority of young people under 25 aren’t voting,” said Dr. Hamm. “To change this, we need to know what’s on their minds and, hopefully, respond in a way that encourages more of them to see the importance of democracy and the value of voting.” The slogan Make Your Mark, developed in consultation with VOX: Point of Youth, the provincial government’s youth advisory council, encourages youth to get involved in communities and to make their mark by speaking on issues and voting. Deborah Pellerin, youth program co-ordinator with the Department of Education with responsibility for VOX: Point of Youth, said the Make Your Mark campaign isn’t just about getting out the youth vote, it’s also intended to encourage greater youth participation at the community level. “When people get involved as volunteers, or as advocates for something they feel strongly about, they’re more likely to vote,” Pellerin said. “Hopefully, the campaign will yield positive results on both fronts.” In addition to the campaign, Democracy 250, in co-operation with VOX: Point of Youth, the Department of Education, school boards and Elections Nova Scotia, will host a series of youth town hall meetings. The meetings, which begin later this month, will start with students participating in a simulated election, before breaking into smaller group discussions on youth issues.last_img read more

Anurag Kashyap my worst enemy

first_imgMumbai:Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap have collaborated on critically-acclaimed films such as Udaan, Trapped, Bhavesh Joshi: Superhero and the Netflix series ‘Sacred Games’. Vikramaditya and Anurag, however, have an unspoken understanding of not visiting each other’s set because they are best friends and worst enemies. During the first season of ‘Sacred Games’, Motwane co-directed the show with Kashyap and also was the showrunner. In the second season, he is focussed on just being showrunner, and so he did not visit the set. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”We are the worst of enemies. Anurag Kashyap does not visit my set, and I do not go to his set, because we might just kill each other! We are good when it comes to eating and drinking together, or hanging out, but no set visits. It is an understanding we have,” said Motwane. Based on the novel of the same name by Vikram Chandra, the script of the show is written by Varun Grover. Anurag is co-directing the upcoming season of ‘Sacred Games’ with Masaan maker Neeraj Ghaywan. Season two premieres on August 15. Along with the lead cast of Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the new season also features Pankaj Tripathi, Kalki Koechlin, Luke Kenny, and Shobita Dhulipala among others.last_img read more

Royal Visit to South Sudan Opens Wide Prospects for Bilateral Cooperation:…

Geneva – The recent official visit of King Mohammed VI to South Sudan is appreciated at its true value by the broad prospects it opens for bilateral cooperation in various fields, first vice-president of South Sudan, Taban Deng Gai, said on Tuesday in Geneva.Speaking in a meeting with Minister of Justice and Freedoms Mustapha Ramid, the South Sudanese official said that the royal visit to Juba “is in itself an important message to Africa and the world reflecting His Majesty’s determination to defend the common action and the development cause in the continent”.He explained that the kingdom will accompany his country in various projects, such as the construction of a new capital, the development of the banking sector and the promotion of mechanisms of reconciliation and accountability. During this meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council, emphasis was on the importance of increased coordination and mutual support internationally and within multilateral institutions. read more

New media can promote Middle East understanding – senior UN official

The media, said Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, told UN Radio, could create a “conducive environment” for peace in the region.He was speaking in Lisbon, Portugal, where a two-day media seminar organized by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) wrapped up today. The 18th such gathering, it aims to sensitize public opinion on the issue of Palestine and the peace process.Mr. Akasaka said it is “very interesting” that Israeli and Palestinian military officials are exchanging information about the current situation, as well as their daily lives, through new media.He also voiced hope that it would help to reduce stereotypes creating fear and uncertainty about the future in the Middle East by boosting communication.Israeli and Jordanian journalists taking part in a workshop this morning said that they could triple or even quadruple dialogue, the official said. “Before people could meet in a seminar like this,” but it was very difficult for them to continue exchanging information afterwards, he said.More of these exchanges are needed, especially among journalists since they can reach wide audiences, Mr. Akasaka added.“People do understand the difficulties [in the Middle East], but rather than just blaming each other,” it is important to facilitate dialogue, he stressed.In his message to the start of the seminar yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pointed to the opportunities new media poses in reaching young people.“I encourage young Israelis and Palestinians to use these new tools to spread positive messages that will encourage a culture of peace, coexistence and better understanding between their people,” he said in an address delivered by Mr. Akasaka.The focus of this year’s gathering was the role of women from both sides in achieving security in the Middle East, with this year marking the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the historic Security Council resolution 1325, which stresses the importance of giving women equal participation and full involvement in peace and security matters.The seminar heard from women journalists who “were very vocal” in calling for a more active role on the part of the media, women and civil society, the Under-Secretary-General said.More than 100 people from the region, including both Israelis and Palestinians, and from the rest of the world took part in the seminar, including Government officials, representatives of civil society organizations, academics and journalists.Five panel sessions were held during the seminar on topics such as the role of the Israeli and Palestinian media in reducing tensions and the part that mayors from both sides can play in advancing peace.The participants included Jorge Sampaio, the former Portuguese president and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, set up under UN auspices to promote better cross-cultural relations worldwide, and Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. 23 July 2010New media has helped to foster understanding in the Middle East, the top United Nations communications official said today, spotlighting the role of Facebook, Twitter and other tools in furthering dialogue. read more

Refugees in Djibouti face malnutrition as food supplies dwindle UN warns

In April, WFP was forced to reduce food rations by 20 per cent due to insufficient resources. Refugees are no longer receiving rations of corn-soya blend, a nutritious flour enriched with vitamins, while vegetable oil rations have been cut in half.”Refugees are now getting rations well below agreed international nutritional standards,” said Fatma Samoura, WFP Representative in Djibouti. “If we do not quickly restore normal rations, malnutrition will sharply increase in the camps.”According to WFP, food assistance to the refugees is crucial because they have no other means to feed themselves. They cannot grow their own food due to the arid climate and water shortage in Djibouti. Moreover, there are no employment opportunities in the remote areas where the camps are located.The break in WFP’s food pipeline might also delay a refugee repatriation programme planned jointly by the agency and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which is due to start early June with a group of about 2,000 Somalis.In March, WFP launched an 18-month relief and recovery operation to provide assistance to refugees in Djibouti. So far, the agency has received less than 17 per cent of the $4 million needed for the operation. read more

Central Africa Security Council concerned by grave security situation calls for better

In a Presidential Statement released on Friday, the 15-member body acknowledged UNOCA’s role, in cooperation with other partners, in promoting inclusive dialogue in the region; its work with the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) to develop a strategy addressing the root causes of the security and humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin; and its support for regional anti-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Guinea.However, the statement highlights grave concerns over the security situation and human rights abuses. Terrorist attacks by Boko Haram, ISIL (also known as Da’esh), the Lord’s Resistance Army and other armed groups, are ongoing. There is also continued maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea, and a pervasive threat of transnational organised crime, including the threat of mercenary activities.The statement notes ongoing violence by armed groups against civilians and UN peacekeepers, human rights violations against children, and sexual violence. Incitement to ethnic and other religious hatred is on the rise, as well as manipulated hostility towards the UN Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and other international organisations.In the report, the Security Council tasks UNOCA with consolidating peace and resolving tensions following the various elections that took place between 2015 and 2018, working to prevent election-related violence, improving maritime security in Gulf of Guinea, and combating Boko Haram.UNOCA, says the Council, should take gender considerations into account (ensuring that women play a key role in conflict prevention, mediation and resolution), counter the illicit trade in weapons, and develop long-term strategies to build resilience in the face of climate change and natural disasters, which are having an adverse effect on regional stability.In order to improve regional peace and security, the Security Council called on the Secretary-General to conduct a strategic review of UNOCA’s activities, proposing ways to improve coordination between the various UN agencies operating in the region. These include UNOWAS, MINUSCA and the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). read more

The return of Boaty McBoatface PO asks public to name new ship

first_imgWithin minutes, Boaty McBoatface was on the ballot. Shippy McShipface was also suggested, as was Cruisy McCruiseface. P&O was even on the receiving end of the some banter from the otherwise-amiable Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, which suggested HMS Social Media Gimmick as a name.There is as yet no more information on how the poll might work. P&O Cruises responded to a request for comment with a to-the-point “we will be running a competition next year for the naming of our new ship”, but it is clear the new ship will feature four swimming pools, 13 entertainment venues and be able to carry 5,200 passengers. It will also boast a clear dome on the top deck so that passengers can enjoy the views and facilities no matter the weather. The Boaty McBoatface that never was @pandocruises Boaty McBoatface!!! 😂😂— Ben (@CabinClassBoy) October 26, 2016 The public was frustrated earlier this year in its quest to name a £200 million polar research ship Boaty McBoatface, after the Government decided it was just too silly to honour the democratic vote that gave birth to the moniker.But P&O Cruises has stepped in to provide a second bite of the cherry.The cruise line, perhaps unwittingly, has opened a can of worms by deciding that the title of its new ship, due to launch in 2020, will be chosen by the people.In a tweet on Wednesday night just before 9pm, P&O said: “We’re proud to announce that the name of our new ship… will be decided by you our guests!” We’re proud to announce that the name of our new ship, launched in 2020, will be decided by YOU our guests! pic.twitter.com/yfnVHcEW5g— P&O Cruises (@pandocruises) October 26, 2016center_img Unrelated potentials included Hard Brexit, a nod to the UK’s impending exit from the European Union, HMS Harambe, paying homage to the gorilla shot dead at Cincinnati Zoo in May, and Brian Ferry, just because.Other users on social media saw the initiative as the beginning of the end, and greeted the naming competition with a sense of exhaustion and dread. .@pandocruises pic.twitter.com/fTyZo9tQnz— Evan Bartlett (@ev_bartlett) October 27, 2016 The Boaty McBoatface that never was The name Boaty McBoatface rose to prominence earlier this year when the National Environment Research Council gave the public the opportunity to name its new research vessel, with the joke name coming out on top by a large margin.However, after much speculation, science minister Jo Johnson made the final call, over-turning the public will, deciding instead on a more appropriate name for the boat, RRS Sir David Attenborough, after the much-loved nature broadcaster.Since then, people have been desperate to assign Boaty McBoatface to anything, whether it floats or not. Philadelphia Zoo tried to get the people to name its new western lowland gorilla baby. Unsurprisingly, Boaty McBoatface featured heavily.last_img read more

Three Mobile cyber hack six million customers private information at risk after

first_imgThe Chancellor gave a speech on cyber security The National Crime Agency is investigating the breach and said that three people have been arrested, two for computer misuse and one for perverting the course of justice.A spokesman for Three said: “Over the last four weeks Three has seen an increasing level of attempted handset fraud. This has been visible through higher levels of burglaries of retail stores and attempts to unlawfully intercept upgrade devices.”We’ve been working closely with the Police and relevant authorities. To date, we have confirmed approximately 400 high value handsets have been stolen through burglaries and eight devices have been illegally obtained through the upgrade activity.”The investigation is ongoing and we have taken a number of steps to further strengthen our controls.”In order to commit this type of upgrade handset fraud, the perpetrators used authorised logins to Three’s upgrade system.”This upgrade system does not include any customer payment, card information or bank account information.”Three has over nine million customers and it is understood that hackers, who used company access codes to get into the system, had access to large parts of the upgrade database.The theft will prompt concerns that personal information of millions of customers could be sold online to criminals.A spokesman for the National Crime Agency said: “On Wednesday 16 November 2016, officers from the National Crime Agency arrested a 48-year old man from Orpington, Kent and a 39-year old man from Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester on suspicion of computer misuse offences, and a 35-year old man from Moston, Manchester on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.“All three have since been released on bail pending further enquiries. As investigations are on-going no further information will be provided at this time”.Three was founded in 2003 and employs over 4,000 people in the UK. The network carries over 37 per cent of all the UK’s mobile phone data.This latest data breach follows a similar hack at Talk Talk where the details of more than 150,000 customers were stolen including the bank account details of around 15,000.The company lost 95,000 subscribers as a result of the attack, which cost it £60million. A 17 year old boy pleased guilty to seven counts of breaching the Computer Misuse Act 1990 at Norwich Crown Court earlier this week. The Chancellor gave a speech on cyber securityCredit:PA Earlier this month Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, said that companies have a duty to protect their customers against cyber crime following a series of high-profile breaches.He told an audience in London: ” Trust in the internet and the infrastructure on which it relies is fundamental to our economic future. Because without that trust in, faith in the whole digital edifice will fall away.” Show more center_img One of Britain’s biggest mobile phone companies has admitted to a major cyber-security breach which could put the personal data of millions of customers at risk.Three Mobile admitted that hackers have successfully accessed its customer upgrade database after using an employee login.Sources familiar with the incident told the Telegraph that the private information of two thirds of the company’s nine million customers could be at risk.Three Mobile hack: how to protect yourselfThe company confirmed the breach on Thursday evening but declined to say whether customers’ data was stolen or how many have been affected.Three said that the data accessed included names, phone numbers, addresses and dates of birth, but added that it did not include financial information.It comes after Talk Talk, the phone and broadband company, admitted in October last year that the private details of 157,000 customers had been hacked. Three said that the hackers had been accessing customer accounts and upgrading them then intercepting the new phones, possibly in order to sell them on.Customers whose data was involved have not yet been informed. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

ABB collaborates with drone system provider Kespry to help miners further optimise

first_imgAs part of its ongoing mission to deliver the true benefits of digital technologies via its unified, cross-industry digital offering ABB AbilityTM, ABB is collaborating with automated drone system provider Kespry on integrated aerial intelligence solutions for its process industries customers. “The operational impact of digitalisation on the process industries is significant. For example, it is estimated that the implementation of digital technologies will help the mining industry save over $373 billion by 2025. More widespread use of drones to manage field assets will help process industries operators to optimise their operations.  The intelligence provided by drones will help the process industries achieve higher levels of efficiency, productive resource use, and safety.”More widespread use of drones to manage field assets will help process industries operators to optimise their operations. Kespry’s automated drone and cloud based software system is used for stockyard inventory, mine planning, reserve exploration, reserve mapping, and site surveying, enabling customers to easily capture, view, analyse and share data with the touch of a button. Kespry’s mission is to transform the future of industrial work with market-leading drone and sensor technology. Eduardo Gallestey, Technology Manager for ABB’s Process Industries business unit: “Previously inaccessible field information can now be gathered, analysed and used to help make important production decisions. These systems with accurate and near real time information provide our customers with a more complete view into their operations.”Many of the industries served by ABB will benefit from the integration of rich aerial data collected by unmanned drones. For example, drones can collect intelligence for mining inspection, to inventory assets, measure stockpiles, track dust emissions and other safety conditions on site. Drones can also facilitate remote inspection of difficult to access areas such as shafts, tunnels, power lines, and assets, to ensure the safety and reliability of the infrastructure.Kespry’s automated drone systems facilitate sensor fusion, which intelligently combines data from different sensors to improve performance. This provides a more complete understanding of process situations through sensor data such as ground-based telemetry, aerial thermographic and photographic input.last_img read more

Video shows dog literally melting away in hot car

first_img Source: Dogs Trust/YouTubeAs well as the obvious message to not leave dogs to die of heat stroke and dehydration in a hot car, the AA says that owners should always take keys with them when they leave the car, even for a second.“What tends to happen is that owners step out of the car and leave the keys in the ignition, then the dog jumps up on the central locking button,” says AA Patrol’s Dave Costello. “We’ve had emergency callouts where multiple dogs have been locked in. I remember one where six dogs were trapped.Dogs can also get sunburn, just like humans, and even cracking a window to let in some air is not enough. Renagh Kelly, vet at DogsTrust, says that such counter-measures don’t work. “Just a few minutes in a hot car can prove fatal for a dog,” she says.And if you do rescue a dog from an overheated car, dampen it down with cool (but not freezing) water or cool wet towels, and bring to a vet.It’s a good day for Irish animals>These 62 rescued dogs need new homes> WE’RE SORRY IF this video upsets you (perhaps best not to show it to children) but it’s certainly an effective reminder not to leave pets locked in cars this summer.DogsTrust and AA Ireland are promoting the campaign with this timelapse production:last_img read more

Le Light Warlpiri une nouvelle langue découverte en Australie

first_imgLe Light Warlpiri, une nouvelle langue découverte en AustralieSi de nombreuses langues anciennes ou mortes se révèlent régulièrement aux spécialistes, la découverte de nouvelles langues est un enjeu encore plus passionnant et étonnant. Une scientifique américaine étudie depuis une dizaine d’années ce qu’elle a surnommé le Light Warlpiri, un langage inconnu et récemment né dans les tribus indigènes d’Australie.Il est un nouveau langage, à la syntaxe originale et à la structure encore inconnue qui se développe depuis moins de cinquante ans dans le village de Lajamanu en Australie. Dans cette région, la langue connue est le Warlpiri, le plus important langage indigène par son nombre de locuteurs (entre 4.000 et 5.000), un mélange de Kriol (créole développé au XIXe siècle) et d’anglais. Seulement depuis quelques temps, on observe la jeune génération parler dans un autre dialecte, inconnu et novateur baptisé par la linguiste qui l’étudie “Light Warlpiri”. Carmel O’Shannessy linguiste de l’université du Michigan, étudie depuis 10 ans ce langage parlé par plus de 350 jeunes dans le village de Lajamanu au nord de Tanami. Or, comme elle le souligne, c’est l’isolement qui joue comme facteur important à la création d’un nouveau dialecte. Le village semble ainsi tout indiqué. En effet, Lajamanu est aujourd’hui un lieu isolé, qui fonctionne à l’énergie solaire et où un camion vient une fois par semaine ravitailler le magasin pour ses villageois. Selon Carmel, le Warlpiri Light n’aurait pas plus de 50 ans et aurait été apporté par les indigènes ayant travaillé dans les ranchs anglophones. Ils auraient alors intégré l’anglais à leurs conversations notamment avec les enfants, fiers de pouvoir leur apporter une double culture Warlpiri et anglaise.Une structure novatriceÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Ce qui est frappant, c’est que la plupart des verbes viennent de l’anglais ou du Kriol, mais la plupart des autres éléments grammaticaux proviennent du warlpiri” explique la linguiste. Seulement ce nouveau langage présente une structure originale affranchie de celles connues dans les précédents. Un dialecte entièrement créé par les enfants. Mary Laughren, chercheuse en langue à l’université de Queensland en Australie et non engagée dans l’étude a récemment expliqué dans la revue Language : “beaucoup des premiers locuteurs de cette langue sont encore en vie”. Ce langage est donc résolument nouveau. Une théorie appuyée par Peter Balker, professeur en linguistique à l’Aarhus University au Danemark.Celui-ci avance que “ces jeunes gens ont créé quelque chose de totalement nouveau”, une “langue mère” combinant plusieurs langages avec une syntaxe nouvelle. Sans doute une sorte de processus identitaire, une manière de renforcer encore davantage leur appartenance à la tribu. Reste désormais à étudier plus en profondeur le Light Warlpiri afin d’en savoir plus sur cette langue étonnante. Le 18 juillet 2013 à 16:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fuel Storage Amendment Accepted in WRDA Bill

first_imgAs the Senate continues debate on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), language to change upcoming regulations for on-farm fuel storage has been accepted unanimously as part of the bill. The amendment would set storage tank thresholds below which agricultural operations would be excluded from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Rule.Some farms would be exempt altogether, while others storing a certain amount of fuel would be allowed to self-certify their own oil spill prevention plans.The amendment creates a temporary 6,000 gallon aggregate aboveground oil storage exemption threshold for farms for up to 30 months, pending the completion of a joint EPA–U.S. Department of Agriculture study to set a permanent exemption threshold for farms between 2,500 and 6,000 gallons, based on what constitutes a significant risk of discharge to water and a subsequent rulemaking by EPA.The amendment also permits farms to self-certify their spill prevention plans if their aggregate aboveground oil storage is between 6,000 and 20,000 gallons. A professional engineer must certify the plan if the farm has an individual storage tank greater than 10,000 gallons, an aggregate aboveground oil storage greater than or equal to 20,000 gallons, or a reportable oil discharge history.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Assistant Service Manager at Bill Dube HyundaiFull-Time Service Advisor at Bill Dube HyundaiFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Delivery Driver at J. Polep Distribution ServicesFull-Time Customer Service Representative at Family Protection NetFull-Time Client Account Specialist at Family Protection NetFull-Time Product Returns Processor at CutisPharmaFull-Time Assistant Store Manager at Nouria EnergyFull-Time Location Attendant at Aramark RefreshmentsFull-Time Retail Sales Consultant at Mattress Firm(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Shell ready to drill for Arctic oil as delayed icebreaker arrives

first_imgThe Fennica and its yellow capping stack in Alaska’s Dutch Harbor on July 18. (KUCB/John Ryan photo)Shell’s wayward icebreaker made it to the company’s Arctic Ocean drilling site Tuesday. The arrival of the Fennica after a month’s delay means the company could get to drill for oil beneath the Chukchi Sea this summer.Download AudioCurrently, Shell only has permission to do shallower drilling into non-oil-bearing rocks off Alaska’s northwest coast.With the Fennica steaming toward the Arctic, Shell submitted an application to the Interior Department on Thursday for permission to drill into deeper, oil-bearing rocks.Climate-change activists are pressuring the Obama administration to reject Shell’s application to modify its drilling permit.The Fennica icebreaker hit a rock and tore a three-foot hole in its hull when leaving southwest Alaska’s Dutch Harbor for the Arctic on July 3.The icebreaker then sailed to Oregon for repairs, where protesters blocked its path for about a day and a half.Shell has to stop drilling by late September.Federal inspectors are on board both of Shell’s Arctic rigs.Only the Polar Pioneer rig is actually drilling. It finished digging a 40-foot-deep cellar in the sea floor over the weekend for holding a blowout preventer.Another key piece of oil-spill equipment, the capping stack, is on board the Fennica.Shell had planned to have both its rigs drilling at the same time, nine miles away from each other.Federal officials rejected that plan in order to protect walruses from widespread drilling noise.Even as Shell pursues oil in the Arctic, with climate activists nipping at its heels, Shell officials acknowledge that climate change is a problem.Last week, Shell became the latest oil company to announce it would sever ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council. The conservative group tries to block government action on climate change and other issues.“ALEC advocates for specific economic growth initiatives, but its stance on climate change is clearly inconsistent with our own,” Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said in an emailed statement.A study this year by energy researchers at University College London found that global climate change can only be kept to less than 2 degrees Celsius, as international negotiators have been aiming for, by leaving Arctic oil in the ground.last_img read more

Telangana Students Union 3rd state meeting on Aug 06

first_imgOsmania University: Telangana Students Union (TSU) conducted a meeting at Osmani University guest house on Monday. TSU State president Krishna Madiga and State general secretary Prajapathi Satyanarayana participated in the meeting.Krishna announced that TSU 3rd state meeting would be held at Osmania University PGRRCDE on August 6. He said that problems faced by the students would be discussed in the meeting. Satyanarayana said, “Students should attend in high number and make the meeting successful.” Gaddam Prasad, Anil Kumar, Yadgiri, Anji, Prashanth, Lakshman, Hari Krishna, Jagadish, Suresh, Ramesh, Sunil and others participated in the meeting.last_img

Infosys Foundation sets up faculty chairs in 8 institutions in India

first_imgInfosys Foundation, the philanthropic branch of Infosys, has said it has established faculty chairs at eight leading academic institutes across India over the past one year.The foundation, started in 1996, has offered Rs 2-33 crore grants in order to set up the chairs with a total commitment of Rs 56 crore. The funds to be contributed will be used for research in several areas like rural development, agriculture, economics, mathematics, biology, technology, obstetrics & gynaecology, and cancer.Renowned institutes ranging from International Institute for Information Technology in Bengaluru (IIIT-B), Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB), All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), Presidency University in Kolkata, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and many others will be the beneficiaries of the faculty chairs.Infosys Foundation Chairperson Sudha Murty said her team believes “scientific advancement is imperative for the progress of the nation”.”Through the Infosys Chairs, we seek to encourage scientists and researchers to collaborate with international academicians and enrich the student community with current concepts and the latest technologies. By diversifying our fund into areas as economic, agriculture, science and medicine, we aim to elevate research excellence and contribute significantly towards improving the quality of people’s lives,” she said.Infosys Chief Executive Officer Vishal Sikka said: “I believe the Infosys Chairs will be the great influencers and guides for the next generation of learners, researchers, scientists and problem-finders, the mentors to help us find and solve the most important challenges ahead of us.”The Infosys Chairs will encourage research, offer advanced training, support student and faculty exchange programmes in India and abroad.The donated funds will also be used to provide travel fellowships for conferences and inviting internationally acclaimed professors to India for academic purposes. A part of the funds will also be employed for researches to recognise and discover new drugs and to prepare policies to enhance agricultural growth, value chains and food security.last_img read more

Global travel resilient despite trying times UNWTO

first_imgDespite economically difficult times, people’s desire to travel has not been dampened with an upward trend attributed to the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries, according to World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).UNWTO predicts a growth of up to four percent in international tourism arrivals in 2013 as the global tourism industry proves resilient in the face of the current economic situation.Consultancy company IPK International chief executive officer Rolf Freitag adding that never before have so many people travelled with more disposable money as this past year, in 2012.According to UNWTO, in addition to the boost from the BRIC countries, emerging countries in Asia and the Americas in particular will contribute to this increase, while growth in Europe and North America is expected to grow at a more moderate pace. Mr Freitag pointed out that 2013 has its challenges however, including the existing European debt crisis, drastic rises in energy costs and in some cases food costs that will impact significantly on the travel industry. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

Trinidad Tobago launches travel agent specialist programme

first_imgThe Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC) recently launched the Trinidad & Tobago Travel Agent Specialist Programme, a comprehensive educational platform that will promote awareness and visibility of Trinidad & Tobago’s product to travel trade professionals and enable travel trade professionals to become an extension of Trinidad & Tobago’s marketing team in selling the destination.The online programme is designed to identify, engage and educate travel trade professionals by covering key components of Trinidad & Tobago’s destination profile. Programme participants are then encouraged to record their bookings on the website in order to become eligible for prizes.All website activity will be monitored in real time, and the agents securing the most bookings to Trinidad & Tobago per month and per quarter throughout the year – long programme will be eligible to receive a variety of rewards, from gift cards to FAM trips. Qualifying agents will also receive a personalised certificate and accreditation for participating in the programme with the option of either receiving four continuing education credits from The Travel Institute or 12 credits from the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA).Warren Solomon, General Manager of Marketing, TDC said, “We are extremely pleased to implement this programme and partner with travel agents to raise the profile of our destination, while at the same time driving direct sales. The Trinidad & Tobago Travel Agent Specialist Programme is a key strategic initiative of the Tourism Development Company for positioning Trinidad & Tobago as a top–of–mind vacation destination in our primary source travel market.”last_img read more

More Americans Feel Confident About Housing Survey

first_img Agents & Brokers Confidence Fannie Mae First-Time Homebuyers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2012-03-07 Ryan Schuette Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing More Americans feel confident about their household finances, the housing recovery, and the prospect of an economic upturn, “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html said Wednesday.[IMAGE]The mortgage giant drew on poll data from some 1,000 respondents to sketch a blend of guardedness and hopefulness in a National Housing Report.The results?Thirty-five percent of Americans now believe the economy is on the right track, an increase from 19 percent in November, compared with 57 percent who still feel damp about the state of [COLUMN_BREAK]recovery.Fewer respondents fielded layoff concerns. Seventy-six percent of Americans say they do not feel concerned about job loss, up from 70 percent in November.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£The pickup in the pace of hiring over the past few months has helped soothe consumer concerns, lifting their moods regarding their personal finances, the direction of the economy, and their views on the housing market,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø “”Doug Duncan””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-us/company-overview/leadership/duncan.html, VP and chief economist with Fannie Mae, said in a statement.When it came to housing, respondents anticipate that home prices will inch forward by 0.8 percent over the next 12 months, while 28 percent believe figures for the same will increase and 15 percent expect more declines.Ten percent of respondents believe that mortgage rates will continue to fall further, reflecting a 2-percent increase from January.The number of Americans who believe it is a good time to sell their homes climbed to 13 percent, up 3 percentage points from the past period.Duncan said the developments create a ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£more balanced near-term outlook├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø for the economy as it enters the New Year ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a shift from the doom-and-gloom prophesied by many analysts last fall.center_img More Americans Feel Confident About Housing: Survey March 7, 2012 673 Views last_img read more

Hispanic Homeownership and Homebuying Trends

first_imgHispanic Homeownership and Homebuying Trends The 2018 State of Hispanic Ownership Report shows the number of Hispanics owning a home is on the rise, but so is how much they pay for them.The report, which was compiled from statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau, states that 42.8% of Hispanic homebuyers are likely to have an FHA loan. In comparison, 79.4% of non-Hispanic homebuyers use conventional financing.According to the report, Hispanics are also more likely to pay mortgage insurance premiums for the life of their FHA mortgage, which increases the monthly out-of-pocket expenses.Hispanics are not only reportedly paying more for homes, but they are also occupying more of them, as homeownership rates increased to 47.1% in 2018 from 45.6% in 2015—a net gain of 362,000 homeowners.Hispanics posted their largest homeownership gain in 13 years. The report states that despite concerns about housing inventory and changing government policies for homeownership, the leading indicators, such as household formation, income trends, age, and consumer sentiment, Hispanics will continue to drive homeownership gains in America for the foreseeable future.Hispanics accounted for 62.7% of net U.S. homeownership gains over the past decade, growing from roughly 6.3 million homeowners to approximately 7.9 million. For the fourth consecutive year, Hispanics were the only ethnic demographic group to increase their homeownership.The changing housing market correlates to the impact Hispanics are having to the population and the workforce.The Hispanic population is 18.1 percent (58.9 million) of the overall U.S. population. By 2045, non-Hispanic Whites will shrink to 49.7% and will no longer be the majority population in the United States, according to the report. Hispanics represent 66.3% of the labor force population. California’s 2018 Hispanic population of approximately 15.5 million was the highest in the nation. Texas’ reported Hispanic population of 11.2 million was second. in Daily Dose, Headlines, Origination April 19, 2019 1,088 Views center_img FHA Hispanic Homeownership homeowners 2019-04-19 Mike Albanese Sharelast_img read more