Their cooperation agreement was signed in Addis Ababa by African Union Commissioner Rosebud Kurwijila and WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.“The African Union is an important ally in our fight to ensure food security in Africa,” said Ms. Sheeran during a two-day visit to Ethiopia, her first overseas mission as chief of WFP. She voiced hope that the partnership would serve as “the wind beneath our wings” in aiming to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving global hunger by 2015.“We will work together not only to meet the needs of the hungry but also to address the root causes of poverty and hunger,” she pledged. More than 50 per cent of WFP’s operations are in Africa, the WFP chief noted, adding that the world’s largest food assistance organization is working on many fronts on the continent, endeavouring to save lives, improve nutrition, build human development and help children go to school. “The African Union Commission is one of WFP’s most valuable partners,” she emphasized. “I believe that this cooperation agreement will help us together find innovative and forward-looking ways to overcome chronic food deficits and the social problems they produce.” On Wednesday, Ms. Sheeran will travel to Sudan, where WFP currently has its biggest operation, to see first-hand the situation in the country’s south and in the war-torn Darfur region in the west.She will meet first in Khartoum with Government officials and WFP staff after arriving in the Sudanese capital on the second leg of her three-nation trip, which will take her also to Chad.Ms. Sheeran is then scheduled to travel to North Darfur state, where she will visit the Kassab camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) – where more than 22,000 people, mostly women, receive aid from WFP – and talk to residents, as well as distribute hand mills for grinding cereals.More than 2 million people are displaced within Darfur or have had to flee to neighbouring Chad because of brutal fighting between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militias and rebel groups since 2003. At least 200,000 others have been killed in that time.In South Darfur state, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) reported that unknown armed men yesterday shot at a vehicle carrying staff from an international non-governmental organization (NGO), injuring two of the staff members.A group of young men armed with sticks also entered the Ardamata IDP camp in West Darfur yesterday, threatening residents before local police intervened. Humanitarian workers have suspended their activities at the camp.Ms. Sheeran’s next stop on her trip will be Juba in southern Sudan, where she is slated to meet Government representatives and visit a school feeding programme supported by WFP, the world’s largest humanitarian relief organization.Southern Sudan is attempting to rebuild itself after a comprehensive peace deal in early 2005 ended a long-running civil war between north and south in the African nation.WFP’s Representative in Sudan Kenro Oshidari noted that the country is the agency’s biggest operation in the world. “It’s important that our new Executive Director come to view our work first-hand and to meet with some of the 5.5million people we plan to assist this year throughout the country,” he said. 24 April 2007The African Union (AU) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today renewed their strategic partnership to fight hunger and enhance food security, education and emergency response across the continent.
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by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 3, 2015 7:16 am MDT Last Updated Dec 3, 2015 at 1:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bruce Power plans $13-billion refurbishment of six reactors in Kincardine, Ont. TORONTO – Bruce Power will spend $13 billion to refurbish six of the eight nuclear reactors at its generating station near Kincardine, Ont., and assume all risks for cost overruns.The Liberal government announced Thursday that the agreement with Bruce will delay the start of the 15-year refurbishment project until 2020 from the original 2016 start date to squeeze more life out of the existing reactors.Hydro consumers shouldn’t be concerned about the four-year delay, because Bruce Power found “innovative ways” to extend the life of its nuclear reactors, said president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne.“There is a very positive and immediate price impact for the ratepayer,” he said. “Money spent later is obviously better for the price of power.”The agreement will save $1.7 billion dollars from the government’s original plans, said Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli.“Our updated agreement with Bruce Power secures 6,300 megawatts of emission-free, low-cost electricity supply,” he said.The price of electricity generated by Bruce increases to 6.57 cents a kilowatt hour Jan. 1, 2016, and rises as each reactor is refurbished to 7.7 a kwh cents by the end of the contract, or $77 per megawatt hour.“That’s less than the average price of power in Ontario today at $83 per megawatt hour…30 per cent lower than the residential rate,” said Chiarelli. “So we’re getting a hell of a bargain here in terms of price.”The government says the deal with Bruce will save the average household using 800 kilowatt hours a month of electricity about $66 a year.If the refurbishments come in under budget, Bruce Power, which is owned in part by TransCanada Corp., would get a share of the savings.Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner doubted six reactors could be refurbished for $13 billion because the contract is based on estimates of how much it will cost to do the work years in the future.“We can’t guarantee there will be no cost overruns passed onto ratepayers because we don’t have a final price yet in the contract,” said Schreiner.“The fact that no nuclear project in Ontario’s history has ever been delivered on budget or on time makes me think your pocket book is under threat.”The Progressive Conservatives called the announcement positive news following Wednesday’s scathing auditor general’s report that found Ontarians paid $37 billion more over eight years for the Liberal’s electricity planning decisions.“We’ve been calling for some clarity on nuclear refurbishment for some time,” said PC energy critic John Yakabuski. “I am a little concerned about what’s going to happen with Pickering and the number of reactors that could be out simultaneously.”All units at Ontario Power Generation’s Pickering nuclear station will be retired by 2020, and the province also plans to refurbish some of the reactors at OPG’s Darlington station starting near the end of 2016.Both Hawthorne and Chiarelli said the agreement includes a specific schedule to stagger the work on the reactors to ensure an adequate supply of electricity.The New Democrats want the Ontario Energy Board to review the agreement with Bruce to make sure the power is actually needed.“Anyone who was there for the auditor general’s report yesterday knows that simply leaving it up to the Liberal government to make a decision is not in the best interests of ratepayers,” said NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns.Greenpeace Canada called it foolish and risky to run some of the Bruce nuclear reactors 10 years past their original design life.“The Liberals are delaying rebuilding the Bruce reactors to avoid the wearing the scandalous cost overruns that go with every nuclear project while they’re in power,” said Greenpeace spokesman Shawn-Patrick Stensil.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter
Morgan Motor Company today hosted Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, during a visit to the company’s Worcestershire headquarters and factory.Morgan is one of approximately 10,000 mid-sized businesses in the UK. These businesses represent 0.2% of all UK firms yet account for around one fifth of private sector employment.The Secretary of State was briefed on the latest tools and techniques used by Morgan to ensure that the company continues to be able to produce lightweight sports cars. From bonded aluminium chassis technology to super form body construction, staff explained how light-weighting can improve both fuel economy and chassis dynamics.Vince Cable said, “Manufacturing makes a significant contribution to the UK economy. It generates half our exports and is responsible for much of our business research and development activity”.Dr Cable also met three recent recruits to Morgan’s workforce. The first, Blake Bishop, is two years into his apprenticeship in metal fabrication and has a family connection through his father, Mick Bishop, who has worked for Morgan for the last nine years. The Business Secretary then spoke to Sam Mackintosh, who is completing a four year course at Worcester Technical College to attain NVQs in joinery. Finally, Michael Smith, who joined the design department at Morgan nine months ago, showcased the new Morgan website and car configurator, as well as marketing materials translated into Mandarin to support Morgan’s export strength through dealerships in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong.Find out more about automotive manufacturing in the UK on SMMT’s facts and statistics hub.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Society doesn’t realise how pervasive the issues of domestic violence is in Ireland. We haven’t even begun to address this issue. It’s in all areas of our communities.When it comes to European Council standards, Ireland only meets about 30 per cent of the required places for women of domestic violence. Read: Women’s Aid warns Christmas stress can trigger domestic abuse > Gleeson explained that the numbers of those looking for help or refuge from domestic violence is “increasing steadily, which we welcome, but the funding is not increasing” so centres are already overstretched.Figures from SAFE Ireland show that 1,686 individual women were accommodated and received a range of other supports in refuge in 2011 but on 2,537 occasions, women and children had to be turned away.Since 2008, there were 14,500 admissions of children to refuges because the male in the home was being abusive to their mother, to them or to both.Gleeson stressed that not every woman needs to leave the home, some receive supports like counselling to try and eliminate domestic violence in their lives and advice on ways to keep their children safe.But when women do decide to leave the home they require immediate support and should not feel like they have to return to the situation in which they were so brave to leave in first place. It shouldn’t take days, weeks, months or sometimes years for a woman’s needs to be met.“In Ireland, we need this issue to be taken a seriously like other topics. We are calling for champions. We need clear leadership from the Government on the issue of domestic violence. It must come from the top,” said Gleeson.For support, see here for a list of domestic violence services in your area.Read: Irish Presidency secures EU agreement on domestic violence protection order > ON 2,537 OCCASIONS in 2011, domestic violence services were unable to accommodate women and their children because the refuge was full or there was no centre in their area.Some women and their children ended up in a temporary homeless facilities, like a temporary B&B. Others had no choice but to be accommodated in a garda cell, while some victims had to stay in the home for longer.Deciding to leave the home is one of the most dangerous times for these women and children and they need immediate safety, but it meant that some had no where to go.SAFE Ireland is a national organisation representing 40 frontline domestic violence services in Ireland, 20 of which provide refuge. Caitriona Gleeson, SAFE Ireland’s Programme Manager, is now calling on the Government “to do more” for women and their children:
Le GSM fête ses 20 ansLe 1er juillet dernier, le réseau GSM a fêté un anniversaire bien particulier : celui du premier coup de téléphone officiel passé sur le réseau. Il y a 20 ans, le 1er juillet 1991, le premier ministre finlandais de l’époque, Harri Holkeri ouvrait une nouvelle ère dans le domaine des communications. Précédant près de 4,4 milliards de personnes, il était le premier homme à passer un appel GSM commercial, à partir d’un prototype de téléphone Nokia. Reçu avec succès par l’adjointe au maire de la ville de Tampere, l’appel avait alors transité par le réseau de l’opérateur Radiolinja, aujourd’hui devenu Elisa.À lire aussiSmartphone : Samsung terrasse Apple au deuxième trimestre 2012Ce sont ensuite le finlandais Telenokia et l’allemand Siemens qui ont travaillé sur la mise en place des réseaux téléphoniques mobiles de type GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) avant de fusionner en Nokia Siemens Network, la structure qui existe toujours aujourd’hui.Un an après le coup de fil de Harri Holkeri, Nokia sortait alors son premier téléphone GSM grand public, le Nokia 1011.Le 4 juillet 2011 à 18:28 • Emmanuel Perrin
A public vigil at the site of a car crash that killed a Ridgefield man is planned for Sunday afternoon in Salmon Creek.William Ray Ellis, 38, died after his car went off the road and hit a concrete barrier Wednesday afternoon.Family and friends have planned a vigil to honor Ellis’ memory, set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the crash site, in the 15400 block of Northeast 20th Avenue.
Security Gadgets Post a comment Amazon unveiled several new Alexa-powered devices this year. Ry Crist/CNET Under Europe’s GDPR law, you can request personal data from tech companies to see what information they’ve gathered on you. So when an Alexa user asked Amazon for his info, he thought he’d get recordings from his Alexa device.Not quite.Instead, the man (who remains unnamed) got 1,700 recordings of a stranger, from a different Alexa gadget. The story was picked up by German magazine c’t and later confirmed by Amazon.”This was an unfortunate case of human error and an isolated incident.” Amazon told CNET. The company said it’s reached out to the relevant regulatory officials “on a precautionary basis” and that it’s contacted the two customers and resolved the issue with them.Still, the accidentally shared audio files reportedly included potentially sensitive information from the stranger, including at-home conversations with a female companion.Amazon sold tens of millions of its Alexa-equipped Echo devices in 2018, and the number of people using Alexa every day has doubled. So the voice assistant has a strong foothold in many households and may have access to a lot of personal recordings.Amazon said, however, that it’s “taken steps to further improve” its processes for dealing with data requests.Alexa, please try to be discreet.CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.’Alexa, be more human’: Inside Amazon’s effort to make its voice assistant smarter, chattier and more like you. Share your voice Tags 0 Alexa Artificial intelligence (AI) Amazon
Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Now playing: Watch this: See at Amazon Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It Tags DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Tags Read Google Home Hub review Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Rylo $520 at HP Amazon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $155 at Google Express Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See it Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. TV and Movies Internet Services Read DJI Osmo Action preview Farewell to Middle-earth: celebrate ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ (pictures) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Amazon Fire TV Stick 2019: Cheap streaming TV date with… $999 Read the Rylo camera preview Sprint $210 at Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Gandalf is either revealing the One Ring’s secrets to Frodo or plotting to discover the secrets of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series. New Line/WireImage via Getty One does not simply walk into Amazon’s Lord of the Rings writers’ room.There’s “really exciting material” being produced by the Santa Monica-based writers, but getting to see it would be an epic quest, Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke told The Hollywood Reporter last week.”You have to go through such clearance, and they have all their windows taped closed,” she said. “And there’s a security guard that sits outside, and you have to have a fingerprint to get in there, because their whole board is up on a thing of the whole season.”Not with 10,000 men could you break in, it is folly. They’d better watch for Hobbits, though. See It $6 at Tidal Read the AirPods review See at Turo Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Chris Monroe/CNET 42 Photos What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Amazon $299 at Amazon Boost Mobile The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Salke, who joined Amazon last year, also revealed that author JRR Tolkien’s estate holders (some of whom are in their 80s and 90s) are coming to New York for a dinner. They’ve invited Salke, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and senior vice president Jeff Blackburn to see some art that hasn’t been revealed publicly yet.Salke previously said she hopes the show will air in 2021, and Amazon last week gave us a hint of the landscape it’ll take place on by releasing a new interactive Middle-earth map. Comments JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See It $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 1:19 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $59 at eBay Angela Lang/CNET 2 Apple iPhone XS Comments Turo Share your voice 7 Share your voice $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express The Cheapskate I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast.
Warangal: Almost three years after the reorganisation of districts in Telangana, the State government is likely to rechristen the names of Warangal Urban and Rural districts as Hanamkonda and Warangal respectively. It has been on the cards for some time. Minister for Panchayat Raj E Dayakar Rao had hinted about it a few days ago and on Monday Warangal East MLA Nannapuneni Narender made a fervent appeal to Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to rename Rural district as Warangal besides including East constituency under it. Also Read – Thimmapur villagers pledge to go plastice-free Advertise With Us The proposal is not a new one. In fact, the government had announced Hanamkonda district when it took up reorganisation of districts in 2016. However, due to strong resentment from various people’s organisations the proposal was discarded. The civil societies then objected to the proposal citing that it would be detrimental to the culture and heritage of the Kakatiya dynasty. This forced the government carve out Rural and Urban districts in place of Warangal and Hanamkonda. Also Read – Opposition leaders exhort farmers to step up agitation Advertise With Us With the whole administrative set-up of erstwhile Warangal district spread across Hanamkonda region over the decades, the functioning of Urban district did not face any problem. Adding more comfort for the Urban district administration, the construction of Integrated Collectorate Complex is in progress. On the other hand, the Rural district has to function from makeshift buildings located in the Urban district as the construction of its Integrated Collectorate Complex remained a non-starter with leaders chugging in different directions demanding it in their region.
Guntur: A to-let board has been placed to the Janasena party office at Prathipadu in Guntur district. It’s said that the multi-story building situated at Gorantla inner ring road has been vacated and handed over to the building owner. In this context, the owner has placed the to-let board in front of the building. The Janasena leaders have inaugurated this office in March before the elections. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us After Janasena defeat in the 2019 general elections, many leaders have left the party. This resulted in the shut down of party offices in many constituencies. The building owner stated that they are looking to give the property for lease to a bar and restaurant. Ravela Kishore Babu who joined Janasena after quitting TDP has opened the party officer in this building before the elections. However, after losing the elections, Ravela has stopped coming to this office and later joined the BJP.
The much-anticipated Rs.3,018 crore initial public offering (IPO) of air-carrier Indigo’s parent company – InterGlobe Aviation (IGA) – was subscribed by 80.5 percent till evening on Tuesday – the first day of the three-day IPO.According to data from the National Stock Exchange, of the 3,01,22,088 shares put up on the bourse, 2,42,41,380 shares received bids by 5 p.m.In the qualified institutional buyers (QIB) segment, where 85,22,935 shares were reserved, bids were received numbering 2,37,62,865 of which foreign institutional investors had bid for 2,35,40,655 shares in the QIB segment.In the non-institutional investors segment, against an offer of 58,19,746 shares, only 40,980 shares were subscribed while in the retail individual investors section, only 4,03,155 bids were received for an offering of 1,35,79,407 shares.Bids for 22,00,000 shares reserved for employees also saw weak pick-up as 34,380 bids were submitted.The company has, however, already raised Rs.832 crore from anchor investors after allotting shares at the upper price band of Rs.765 per share.With a face value of Rs. 10 per share, the price band for the shares has been fixed between Rs. 700 to Rs.765.The IPO from IGA is the biggest in nearly the past three years.Barclays Bank PLC, Kotak Mahindra Capital Company and UBS Securities India are the managers for the issue with Citigroup Global Markets India, J.P. Morgan India and Morgan Stanley India acting as the global coordinators.The fleet size of IndiGo comprises of 98 aircrafts of which about 75 have been taken on lease.
Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar takes oath as Union Minister at a swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on May 30, 2019twitterNew External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday said he was proud to follow in the footsteps of Sushma Swaraj, who has been seen as one of the most approachable ministers at the MEA’s helm. Jaishankar sad he and his team will be available to help people anytime.Jaishankar also thanked everyone for their good wishes.”Thank you all for the best wishes! Honoured to be given this responsibility. Proud to follow on the footsteps of @SushmaSwarajji,” tweeted Jaishankar, who took charge on Friday.Sushma Swaraj was known for constantly solving common man’s problems, always available on Twitter.Jaishankar has previously served as Foreign Secretary from 2015-2018 and was appointed as Minister of External Affairs in the newly formed BJP-led NDA government.”We at Team @MEAIndia continue to be at your service 24×7. Happy to be leading the effort with my colleague MoS Muraleedharanji,” he said.Jaishankar’s “always available” tweet came a day after his son Dhruva Jaishankar attracted attention with his reply on a tweet seeking help with a passport or visa.Dhruva has received a request regarding help with visa or passport. Replying to the tweet, he said: “Dude. Wrong Twitter handle.””Before anyone asks, I can absolutely not help anyone with their passport, visa, or getting-you-out-of-a-foreign-prison problems,” he added.”I have plenty of those problems myself (other than the prisons – I try to stay clear of those).”The tweet was later deleted by the twitter user, though the replies by Dhruva stand on the micro-blogging site.
BNP mayoral candidate Ariful Haque is seen speaking to police men as he turns up at the office of Sylhet Metropolitan Police’s deputy commissioner (South) to lobby for the release of his activists. The photo was taken on 21 July by Anis Mahmud.Wholesale detention of opposition BNP leaders and activists and raids in their houses by the police are increasing as the day of balloting in the Sylhet civic polls is nearing.The police arrested at least seven leaders since Sunday and conducted raids in houses of more than 50 leaders in the past one week, alleged leaders of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).Elections in Sylhet City Corporation will be held on 30 July when two more cities — Rajshahi and Barishal — go to polls as well.So far, 72 leaders and activists of the main opposition party have been implicated in two cases filed on 21 July.Detective branch of police filed a case for BNP mayoral candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury took position in front of the office for the deputy commissioner of metropolitan police demanding release of two of his party men. As many as 39 BNP men were made accused in the case.The other case was filed by a leader of ruling Awami League for alleged arson attack in the AL’s makeshift electioneering office in Tultikar area in the city.In this context, several civil society representatives said it would be impossible to ensure congenial atmosphere for free and fair elections if the process of detaining the opposition men and intimidation continue.The pre-polls atmosphere in Sylhet city was peaceful and enthusiastic until the police started carrying out raids in BNP leaders’ house and detained many in the past few days, they said.The Awami League’s mayor candidate Badaruddin Ahmad Kamran and the BNP’s Ariful Haque Chowdhury participated in at least four programmes together.”The drives by the police have ruined the atmosphere all of a sudden,” one of them said.The police, earlier, detained two activists, Suman Ahmed and Rasel Ahmed, when they were campaigning for the BNP mayor candidate.Ariful Ahmed Chowdhury, on hearing that, went to the deputy commissioner’s office (south) and stood there for long. The police first denied that the two were detained.Ariful eventually left the place as the police sent Suman and Rasel to the court.BNP leaders alleged that former president of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), Sayeed Ahmed, who was arrested on Sunday night, was earlier asked to quit electioneering.Ruman Razzak, the son of member secretary of BNP candidate’s election committee, was also arrested the same day.“I cannot stay home at night. The police picked up my son to pressure me. My son is not even involved with politics,” Ruman’s father Abdur Razzak told Prothom Alo,Faruk Mahmud Chowdhury, president of Sylhet Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan), said to Prothom Alo, “It’s an inappropriate practice to sue anyone as every citizen of Bangladesh has the right to protest [campaign].”“The election commission did not take any actions against any accused till date. The police could never sue or arrest anyone if the EC did its job properly,” he added.A group of miscreants set fire on the AL’s makeshift electioneering office in Tultikar area of the city on Saturday night and a case was filed against 33 BNP men with Shah Paran police station in this connection.The BNP mayor candidate, Ariful Haque Chowdhury, addressing a press conference on Monday, alleged that the returning officers and local police were working in favour of AL candidate.“The election commissioner during his Sylhet visit asked the election officers and the police to do their job fairly during the election. But some police officers are behaving the opposite,” said Ariful Haque Chowdhury.Ariful Haque named Akhtar Hossain, the officer-in-charge (OC) of Shah Paran police station, and alleged that he is harassing the opposition leaders and activists by conducting raids. “The police officer is ruining the political atmosphere,” he said, adding, “If the government has not asked them (policemen) to harass the opposition, why are they doing so?”Denying the allegation Akhtar Hossain said, the police were operating drives on the basis of specific allegations.Asked about the situation, returning officer Alimuzzaman told Prothom Alo that they are examining the complaints with due importance.“We are not biased towards any candidate of any particular party,” he claimed.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat
Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,SC Protestant-only ministry changes course, opens its doors to Catholics By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! 5 issues religious liberals will be tuned to in the Democratic debates Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Tagsbackground check child sex abuse homepage featured Jeffrey Epstein LifeWay Ministry Brands national sex offender registry Southern Baptist Top Story,You may also like Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Catholicism Share This! News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Since they were first offered an opportunity to pool their resources and buy background checks on volunteers and employees at a discount 11 years ago, about a third of Southern Baptist churches have signed up for the OneSource program from LifeWay Christian Resources. Earlier this year, LifeWay reported that 16,000 congregations and other church organizations ran background checks on men and women it hired through a service called backgroundchecks.com. (The Southern Baptist Convention has so far resisted calls to set up a database of its own, saying the national registry was more dependable.)Other denominations are also increasingly using searchable databases on prospective employees as the #churchtoo movement begins to shift church attitudes toward sexual abuse and prevention.Most background checks sift through more than 600 million felony, misdemeanor and traffic records. Perhaps most importantly, they also check the nationwide sex offender registry. But that may give churches and other religious groups a false sense of security about preventing abuse, experts say.“We make it clear to folks you will have to do a more in-depth search,” said Josh Weis, executive vice president of Ministry Brands, a provider of church management software that also sells screening products for some 30,000 congregations, mostly Protestant. “Not all background checks are created equal.”Federal law requires all 50 states to implement sex offender registries. But the law does not address lower-level sex abuse convictions and state laws regarding sex abuse vary from state to state. That means some sex offenders can slip through the cracks.Jeffrey Epstein, the New York financier charged with sex trafficking underage girls, is a good example. Epstein was registered as a sex offender in Florida. But in New York, where he owns a residence, he was not required to show up for periodic check-ins required by law after he changed his address to the Virgin Islands, The New York Times reported.And in New Mexico, where Epstein owned a 26,700-square-foot mansion south of Santa Fe, he was able to avoid inclusion in the state’s registry altogether because his conviction involved a 17-year-old. That is the age of consent in New Mexico.Graphic courtesy of Ministry BrandsChurches need to invest in deeper background searches for employees and volunteers and not settle for less expensive searches in the state where the congregation is located, Weis and representatives of other background check companies insist.Ministry Brands recently released an audit of the 29,768 churches that have used its “Protect My Ministry” brand, a product for churches. It showed that 40% of those church and ministry clients do not take advantage of deeper, more thorough searches of each of the 50 states.The report also recommended that congregations require applicants to provide Social Security numbers for background checks so it can detect people using false names or aliases.Just last week, the Sarasota County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office charged Charles Andrews, a minister, with 500 felony counts of possession of child pornography. Andrews, who served Osprey Church of Christ in Osprey, Fla., is registered as a sex offender in Alabama.Officials said Andrews used email addresses and a social media account that were not reported to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Orlando Sentinel reported. It was not clear if church members knew Andrews was a registered sex offender in Alabama. The church’s telephone number was disconnected.Elizabeth L. Jeglic, a professor of psychology John Jay College, City University of New York, who studies sex offender registries, said such cases are pretty rare. Only 5% of people on the sex offender registry are repeat offenders, according to a recent study in New York state. The vast majority are first-time sex offenders.Running potential employees through the sex offender registry is useful, said Jeglic. But the data it provides is limited. The national registry became law after a series of child rapes and murders, perhaps the most famous being that of Megan Kanka, a 7-year-old girl from New Jersey who was raped and murdered by her neighbor in 1994. Her murder led to a series of bills requiring a sex offender registry, with a database tracked by the state and community notification of registered sex offenders moving into a neighborhood. President Clinton signed Megan’s Bill into law in 1996, making sexual offender registries required by all 50 states.But in recent years, the effectiveness of the national sex offender registry has been called into question. For one thing, the database is not updated in real time. It can take months or years before the database is updated with people who have been released from prison on sexual offenses. For that reason, companies providing churches with database searches recommend that all employees be screened every year.“Churches have this idea of one-and-done,” said Weis. “We recommend they do it annually.”In addition, a 2010 South Carolina study showed that many sex offenders plead down their to charges to a nonsex crime so they aren’t included in the registry. That, plus the variability of state laws on sex abuse, leads researchers to conclude that screening people through databases such as the national sex offender registry or the state’s criminal database won’t guarantee a sex-abuse-free church environment.“We’re spending a lot of time and money on enforcing restricted policies that don’t prevent recidivism instead of working on prevention,” said Jeglic.She recommended that congregations work on policies or procedures to reduce the incidence of sex abuse. That could mean, first and foremost, establishing clear training protocols that forbid church workers to be alone with a child, even in the bathroom, and submitting all new hires to a period in which they are shadowed. “As a woman and as a mother, it feels nice to be able to look (someone) up and know,” Jeglic said. “But as a researcher the data doesn’t help prevent any future sex crimes. A lot of the information on the registry is incorrect. It gives us a false sense of security.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! News • Photos of the Week Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This!
More information: Remote sensing and conservation of isolated indigenous villages in Amazonia, Royal Society Open Science, rsos.royalsocietypublishing.or … /10.1098/rsos.140246 Citation: Hi-res satellite imagery helps researchers monitor isolated Amazonian tribes-people (2014, November 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-hi-res-satellite-imagery-isolated-amazonian.html (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers has found that it is now possible to monitor isolated indigenous tribes-people living in the Amazonian jungle, using high resolution satellite images. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the team describes how studying such images can help governments protect such people from dangers posed by poachers, those in the illegal drug trade and others that may spread disease. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2014 Tech Xplore Remote surveillance may increase chance of survival for ‘uncontacted’ Brazilian tribes Journal information: Royal Society Open Science Scientists believe that there are approximately fifty to one hundred tribes of people living in the dense Amazonian jungle—people who exist at different levels of modernization. For the most part, most of the people survive by planting crops, and carrying on much as they have for hundreds, if not thousands of years. As the existence of such tribes became known, governments of the countries involved have chosen to allow such people to continue to live as they wish, preserving their way of life, on land that has been protected from use by others. As the value of land in the Amazon has gone up, however, tribes-people have been put at risk from illegal loggers, those in the illegal drug trade etc. Further complicating the matter is that because the jungle is so vast and dense, it’s been difficult for governments to know where the tribes are, how they are doing, and whether they need protection. In the past, explorers were dispatched to hike into the jungle to see what they could find. Later, planes have been used to fly over vast stretches, looking for breaks in the jungle that might indicate cropland. Both methods have their drawbacks. The jungle is too big to simply canvass, and allowing modern people to enter such tribes brought with them the risk of spreading diseases—and having planes fly over caused alarm and stress. In this new effort, the researchers have found that satellite imaging technology has now advanced to the point that it can be used to identify not just villages, but activity going on there, such as home building or what types of crops are being grown.The team reports that they have found the locations of five villages (with populations ranging from 50 to 300) and have been able to monitor changes over time by revisiting older satellite images. They report also that they have information regarding 29 more villages and plan to find them and to learn more about all the tribes by watching them over time, and presumably, alerting officials if they spot any activity that might cause harm. Top image is the western portion of site H in May 2012 and the bottom image is the same area in July 2013. Note the addition of more slash-and-burn fields (designated by arrows) and the expansion of the two large cleared areas in the centre of the image. These additions total 16 ha cleared in 14 months. Areas that were cleared in 2012 are filled with planted crops in 2013. Credit: Royal Society Open Science, doi/10.1098/rsos.140246 Explore further
5. Mitch Trubisky or Mitch Trubustky? – The Bears trading into the second spot in the NFL Draft to grab North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky caught everyone by surprise, including recently signed quarterback Mike Glennon, who was left out of the loop. The Bears are going to be bad, and even though GM Ryan Pace has said Trubisky will sit, he’ll likely play at some point. Colin isn’t sure the Trubisky can play. He could fall on his face in Chicago.Fake the jet sweep, look off the safety, drop a dime for 6.Trubisky makes it look easy. ??? #Bears pic.twitter.com/OzTaEEPvx5— ✶ Sports Mockery ✶ (@sportsmockery) May 4, 2017 He also put up another huge season statistically and may be the most physically gifted player in the league. What will the new year bring? The saga continues.?? Odell Beckham’s touchdown is the difference. Cowboys lose their first game since Week 1.#DallasCowboys #GiantsPride #NYGvsDAL pic.twitter.com/B8nDVp20oI— The Fanatics View (@thefanaticsview) December 12, 2016 4. Can the Raiders win despite off field distractions? – The Raiders have an electrifying young roster, and Colin loves Derek Carr. From a personnel standpoint, the Raiders should be more talented than last year with the addition of Beastmode in the backfield, but to win this year they’ll have to find a way to block out the off field circus as they play out a lame duck season in the worst stadium in the NFL.Even with Carr’s otherworldly leadership ability, overcoming the distractions will be a monumental task. Bad vibes in Oakland.With a broken pinkie, down 8 in the 4th Quarter your QB1 @derekcarrqb made these three throws in a ROW to tie the game. RETRO-RECAP below pic.twitter.com/UeYJwjnFo4— Ted Nguyen (@RaidersAnalysis) March 18, 2017 6. Can Andrew Luck bounce back? – Andrew Luck has taken a beating for the better part of his career behind a bad offensive line, and has been surrounded by one of the worst rosters in the NFL, thanks to incompetent former GM Ryan Grigson.Indy finally has a real NFL personnel guy in Chris Ballard, who has been active in upgrading the o-line and defense. Will Luck return to the form that made him the most heralded #1 pick ever? Or will another season of injuries continue to derail his career?SportsOne Replay: #Colts QB Andrew Luck leads CLUTCH comeback to defeat the #Jaguars! (via https://t.co/PCKJ5FqYpn) pic.twitter.com/AwTxcrLp3Y— Indy SportsOne™ (@IndySportsOne) January 1, 2017 8. Is Jared Goff a massive bust? – The Rams and Jeff Fisher didn’t do Jared Goff any favors in his rookie year, but Goff looked overwhelmed on the field and was mostly ineffective. Enter 30-year-old head coach, offensive wonderkind, Sean McVay, who called plays for a prolific Washington offense, and helped elevate Kirk Cousins into a franchise quarterback conversations.Goff’s rookie year was mostly a write-off, but if he doesn’t start looking like a #1 pick this season, L.A. may cut ties with him sooner than later.#1: Vic Beasley (@VicBeasley3) sacks Jared Goff and force a fumble for a Touchdown (Week 14 at LA) pic.twitter.com/dJUVHzDxPZ— DBN Fanatics (@DBN_Fanatics) January 3, 2017 7. Can Cam come back? – Cam Newton followed up an MVP season and a Super Bowl run with a terrible 2016. Newton threw 19 TD’s, 14 interceptions, and only completed 55% of his passes. The Panthers have reloaded offensively, including drafting Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey and Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel. Was last year an outlier, or the new normal for Newton?Here’s a couple angles of Cam Newton getting sacked by Dion Jordan. Carroll is all about speed and athleticism. pic.twitter.com/2TmfLXL6SL— C.J. Tumbarello (@Tumbarello16) April 11, 2017 Advertisement 3. Is Aaron Rodgers Super Bowl window closed? – Aaron Rodgers bounced back from a subpar first half of last season by scorching the NFL on a stretch run that ended in the NFC Championship game. Even with Rodgers at his peak, the subpar Green Bay roster was exposed in a blowout championship game loss to the Falcons.And, just like every year, GM Ted Thompson didn’t go on any shopping sprees to surround his franchise QB with better talent. Will Rodgers ever have a team around him again that can make a Super Bowl run? Or is his title window closed?Rodgers to Cook was one of the greatest throws we’ve ever witnessed on a football field.— @ClayTravis. https://t.co/Ki510h9Ddw pic.twitter.com/yH1aikWjcI— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) January 17, 2017 9. Will the Falcons come back or implode? – NFL history is filled with teams that followed up a Super Bowl loss with a disastrous season. The Panthers did it last year. The Falcons are coming off maybe the most devastating Super Bowl loss ever, after blowing a 28-3 lead to the Patriots.Will Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense continue to dominate without offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan? Or, will the Falcons get hit with a Super Bowl hangover?This still has to sting:#Edelman‘s big catch because what would a #Patriots Super Bowl be without a miraculous catch? pic.twitter.com/auAxJEludk— Kyle Smith (@AFCEastBros) February 18, 2017 Will Dak and Dallas have a sophomore slump? – Dak Prescott’s meteoric rise from unknown rookie to franchise quarterback caught everyone by surprise. Colin was slow to buy into Prescott, but thinks he’s a star. Now, the league has a year of film on Prescott, and the Cowboys have a brutal schedule to close the upcoming season. Many quarterbacks have struggled in their second year after impressive rookie campaigns. RGIII and Matt Ryan come to mind.Romo is gone. It’s Dak’s team and Dallas is loaded, but anything short of a Super Bowl will be considered a failure. Prescott has risen to every challenge so far, can he step up again in year two?RT ChatSports: Big play alert! dak hits DezBryant on a BOMB to put the #DallasCowboys on the goal line! #TNF pic.twitter.com/gxMAUvxtjf— Seahawks Fan (@centurylinkfiel) December 2, 2016 2. Can Tom Brady keep it rolling? – Father time is undefeated, but he still hasn’t caught Tom Brady. Coming off his fifth Super Bowl win and locking down G.O.A.T status. Conventional wisdom says that Brady can’t play at an elite level forever. Is this the year he begins to decline? Or do the normal laws of athlete-aging not apply to Tom Brady? The addition of Brandin Cooks and no Deflategate shouldn’t hurt.Great example of #conflictclimb within the pocket to buy more time to go through his progressions #TomBrady. pic.twitter.com/gWOzjmp8dY— Coach Bass (@Coach_Seabass) April 12, 2017 The kickoff to the 2017-18 NFL season is only four short months away, and today in The Herd, Colin went through his Top 10 storylines to watch for the upcoming year.How will Dak and do in year 2? Can Cam bounce back? Is Jared Goff a massive bust?Here are Colin’s stories to watch:10. Odell Beckham drama in New York – Colin has a low tolerance for diva wide receivers, and last year Odell Beckham was a constant headache in New York. From kicking kicking nets, to sideline temper tantrums, to ill advised boat trips, Beckham left no stone unturned in the distraction department.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts held a cocktail reception at Altitude restaurant at the Shangri-La in Sydney this week to celebrate the acquisition of the Traders Hotel, Brisbane and the recent launch of their iPhone mobile application.Managers, sales and marketing directors and other staff from the Asia-Pacific group of hotels including Kerry Hotels, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and Traders Hotels were on hand to welcome industry members.Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts recently assumed management of the Traders Hotel, Brisbane.“This is the first Traders property operated by Shangri-La Hotels in Australia and we’re very proud and pleased to have acquired this wonderful accommodation,” Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts director of sales and marketing Jenny Williams said.Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts also recently launched the company’s first iPhone application.“We now have an app for our mobile customers which makes booking accommodation and researching our resorts that much simpler, easier and more accessible,” Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts regional director of sales and marketing, resorts Ogie R. Manuel said.Plans are underway for the second phase of this versatile mobile app and will be launched during the first quarter of 2013 to develop additional hotel-centric features.The industry’s elite were treated to an array of cocktails, canapés and sweets as well as a performance from our nation’s ‘Prime Minister’, Julia Gillard.Leave it to Diva Entertainment’s, Lesley Hancock entertained guests with a hilarious comedy routine and some high-powered dance moves.The talented impersonator belted out some impromptu tunes and was even able to re-invent our coveted national anthem, combining a range of popular Australian song lyrics and creating a new ode to Oz.Check out the photo gallery on our Facebook page for full coverage. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T
Event & Famil photosHelloworld Travel Helloworld Travel staff have been busy raising funds for the Indigenous Marathon Foundation last week, turning out in force for the annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge.Sydney’s Centennial Park was packed with more than 8,000 runners and walkers from over 390 companies taking part in the 5.6km race, with the Helloworld Travel team finishing off the race strongly in both the men’s and women’s team divisions.Pictured from left to right back row: Benn Hartung, Colin Dunne, Mark Brownlee and Retief Lampen. Front row: Atina Vertzonis, Maia Cohen, Amanda Doonan and Kathryn Feist.