Goa govt bans single-use plastic in its offices from Oct 2

first_imgThe Goa government has imposed a ban on the usage of single-use plastic in its offices from October 2. In a circular issued on September 25, Shripad Arlekar, under secretary of the general administration department, said, “The Government of Goa has decided to ban the usage of single-use plastic water bottles, glasses, plates, etc, in the government offices, canteens, meetings and functions from October 2, 2019 onwards.” Stating that directive has been issued following approval from Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Mr. Arlekar said the government wants to promote eco-friendly and re-usable items in the coastal state. Last month, the Goa Legislative Assembly passed a bill banning manufacture, sale anduseofsingle-useplasticitems and carry bags, with a penalty ranging from ₹2,500 to ₹3 lakh for violators. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to people to shun single-use plastic.last_img read more

India finishes 16th in Asian Beach Games

first_imgDanang (Vietnam), Oct 2 (PTI) India ended their campaign in the 5th Asian Beach Games at 16th spot with 24 medals, including two gold, here today. Shweta Ramdas More won the gold in womens 48kg-52kg class traditional martial arts event by beating Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung of Vietnam on the final day of the competitions here. India won 2 gold, 4 silver and 18 bronze in the Games to end at 16th spot in the medal table. India were, however, fifth in terms of total number of medals won. Hosts Vietnam topped the medal table with 139 medals (52 gold, 44 silver and 43 bronze), followed by Thailand (90) and China (49) in the top three. Earlier, Deepa Prakash Gawale won a silver medal in the womens Dragon Tiger Form Vovinam event. A 208 member contingent represented India in 13 different sports disciplines in the Asian Beach Games. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

‘Man Utd a mess but can’t afford to lose Pogba’

first_imgManchester United are “a mess”, according to Paul Scholes, but their struggles make it imperative that they retain the services of “best player” Paul Pogba.It has been suggested that the Red Devils are reaching a point where something has to give, with talk of in-house squabbles seeing the exit door edge open for at least one high-profile figure.Pogba, having struggled for consistency since returning to Old Trafford in 2016, and beleaguered boss Jose Mourinho are considered to be the most likely candidates to move on. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Scholes believes that something has to happen, with United having hit a new low during a demoralising display in a 3-1 defeat at West Ham.He told BT Sport: “This club seems to be in a bit of a mess.“Whether it’s from above Mourinho, we know he didn’t get the money he wanted in the summer. He’s been given a lot of money already to spend on players, [Victory] Lindelof and [Eric] Bailly especially. It’s early days for people like Fred, you do have to give him time.“It just seems like a war right through the club from Ed Woodward to Mourinho and then Mourinho to his players. The players just look unstable.”Rio Ferdinand agrees with his former United team-mate, with the public arguments being played out in 2018-19 standing in stark contrast to the era of Sir Alex Ferguson when anybody who crossed the Scot was swiftly shown the door.Paul Pogba, Man Utd“There seems to be mini-wars going on in the changing room, probably above that as well,” said the former defender.“There’s mini wars within the camp. That has to be ironed out, someone within that club has to come in and say get yourselves together and sort it out.“Back in the day Sir Alex Ferguson would have ironed it out. If players stepped out of line in his eyes, they’re gone. Whether they’re in their prime, they’re gone. David Beckham, Jaap Stam, Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrroy. Something’s got to give here.”Scholes, though, believes that parting with Pogba would only serve to heighten United’s problems, with the World Cup-winning midfielder still the finest player on the club’s books.He responded to Ferdinand’s claims about Ferguson selling top stars by stating: “He [Mourinho] hasn’t got those luxuries. When the manager [Ferguson] did get rid of players there was always quality around him.“The war he’s got now with Pogba is he’s still his best player. What else does he do? Can he let Pogba go? I don’t know if he can.”last_img read more

Swadeshi sports to get a boost in Uttar Pradesh: Chauhan

first_imgLucknow, Apr 12 (PTI) Traditional Indian sports like archery, kabaddi, kho-kho and wrestling and are going to get a leg up in Uttar Pradesh as the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to take the Swadeshi push to the sporting arena.Former test cricketer Chetan Chauhan, who is now the Sports minister of Uttar Pradesh said that to promote fitness and skill among the youth, the state government has decided to focus on reviving traditional and local sports.”I want to focus on sports like kabbadi, kho-kho, wrestling, archery and shot put which are not getting enough attention and promote them in a big way,” Chauhan told PTI.Unlike the other games, these sports do not require a lot of investment but are in no way less in terms of improving fitness and skill levels, he said.Tournaments of these sports can be easily organised even in rural areas without much investment, he said.Chauhan, who is also president of an organisation Kreeda Bharti, set up in 1992 to promote swadeshi (indigenous) games traditionally played in rural areas.He said that the Adityanath government would support them so that they can be revived and made popular among the present generation.For tapping and nurturing talent, especially from among the rural areas, directives have been issued to Sports department officials to organise open tournaments in these games. Chauhan, who has played 40 Tests as an opening partner to legendary Sunil Gavaskar and seven one-dayers, said there was no aversion to sports like cricket which has dominated the sporting scene of the country since for several decades. “We are not against cricket….the aim is just to promote traditional Indian games and make them popular among the youth,” Chauhan said. Kreeda Bharti had been promoting games like kho-kho, kabaddi, lazium and malkhambh, a form of marshal arts that originated in India, he said.advertisementSome of these games are not even played any more and the idea is to revive these traditional games, he said. PTI SAB SMI ADSlast_img read more

Caitlin Bassett finds form at right time with Netball World Cup looming large

first_imgDid you hear that sound over the weekend? A deep, cleansing sigh of relief? It was Lisa Alexander. The Diamonds coach – who will meet with fellow selectors Anne Sargeant and Michelle Wilkins this week to pick Australia’s World Cup team – would have been delighted to see her captain, Caitlin Bassett, finally hit her straps as she helped the Giants beat the Queensland Firebirds on Sunday.With her 193cm star shooter returning to form, the national coach has, it appears, one less thing to worry about as she heads into the single most difficult selection of her career, described by Sargeant as a “beautiful headache”. Early next week, the selectors will reveal their 12-player squad, plus four training partners. Attacking options muddy waters before Diamonds make Netball World Cup call Australia sport Share on Facebook Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email In the midcourt, Kim Ravaillion, Liz Watson, Gabi Simpson, who is nursing a hip injury, Kelsey Browne, Jamie-Lee Price, Jess Anstiss, Paige Handley and even Ash Brazill are pushing for selection … but there are just four spots.A revitalised Ravaillion, who took a break from national duties to deal with exhaustion, looks a lock, as does Simpson, injured or not. Vixen Watson put on a sparkling display against Fever at the weekend, while Browne hasn’t been at her best in recent weeks for the Pies.Hadley’s form for the Swifts will be hard for selectors to ignore, but is there room? As happened ahead of the 2015 World Cup, could she come from outside the squad and straight into the 12? Could Alexander pick Brazill, who plays Australian rules football, as well as netball, professionally? Could youngsters Price or Anstiss get a look-in?At the moment it’s all part of Australian netball’s “beautiful headache”. Sara Bayman: ‘England’s gold will be seen as the pivotal moment for netball’ Share on Pinterest Netball Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share via Email Support The Guardian Reuse this content To describe Bassett as key to the Diamonds’ chances of doing that is an understatement of the highest order; many believe the national side simply can’t win without her. And it’s hard to argue with that sentiment given her influence on the scoreboard.The “other Caitlin”, the Vixens’ Caitlin Thwaites, will no doubt be named in the squad too, but Bassett has been Alexander’s go-to for several international seasons now. In big moments, it’s Bassett who has had to deliver and it will be the same in Liverpool.At the opposite end to Bassett at the weekend was Firebird Gretel Tippett, who put her name up in lights for the Australian goal attack bib with a scintillating performance, almost single-handedly keeping her side in the match, shooting 41 from 41 for a perfect return. She also recorded seven goal assists, 19 feeds, 21 centre pass receives, an intercept and a deflection.With Alexander expected to take four shooters, the Caitlins plus Tippett leaves just one spot, which most expect to go to Steph Wood. The Lightning player had a better game this round against the Swifts, shooting 14/19 at 74% to help her side to a two-goal win. Last week, against the Firebirds, she shot just 18 from 30, for an uncharacteristically low 60% accuracy.Vixen GA Tegan Philip – after splitting the goaling load 50/50 with Thwaites against the Thunderbirds last week – was again impressive, shooting 27/30 at 90% in her side’s 63-all draw against an improving West Coast Fever in Perth.At the defensive end, it’s likely injured Fever skipper Courtney Bruce, who missed a third straight game with an elbow injury, will be named in the squad and given every chance to get fit. The player most likely to replace her, Vixen Emily Mannix, has had a mixed start to the Super Netball season, but it’s hard to see anyone else getting the nod.Goal defenders Jo Weston of the Vixens and Collingwood’s April Brandley virtually pick themselves. Brandley had a solid game in Collingwood’s 65-47 shellacking of the Thunderbirds on Friday night, picking up five gains, four intercepts, a deflection and a rebound. She also didn’t record a single obstruction; no easy feat for a player whose job it is to defend. Read more Diamonds Read more Topics Super Netball Read more Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… features … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Bassett, who fractured her left forearm in a practice match in January and missed nearly all of Super Netball’s pre-season, looked back to her fearsome finest against the Firebirds, sinking 50 from 57 attempts at 88% accuracy and taking a round-high six rebounds, virtually nullifying her misses.Bassett shot 72% of her side’s 69-goal total and even managed one goal assist and one feed – not usually features of her game. She also cut down on the handling errors seen in previous weeks.Crucially, for the first time since the only major injury of her 14-year career, Bassett demanded the ball in her inimitable style, was strong on the take and didn’t just look comfortable with the physicality being dished out by defenders Laura Clemesha and Tara Hinchliffe; she appeared to relish it.While still not perfect, Bassett’s performance on the Firebirds’ home court was a world away from her effort in round one in late April, when she scored just 28 goals from 36 attempts, at 78%, and sat out most of the last quarter in her side’s shock seven-goal loss to the NSW Swifts.Her tussle with former Sunshine Coast Lightning teammate and now Collingwood co-captain, Geva Mentor, last weekend looks to have primed Bassett. And she opportunities to build on her form in the coming weeks with clashes against two other world-class keepers : South African Phumza Maweni of the Sunshine Coast and the Adelaide Thunderbirds’ Jamaican star Shamera Sterling.If she can continue on her current trajectory, Bassett will be fit and in-form as she leads the Diamonds at July’s World Cup in Liverpool. It is there that the still-wounded Australians will look to avenge last year’s heart-breaking Commonwealth Games loss to England.last_img read more

18 FEMALE CREATORS THAT MADE GREAT CANADIAN TV IN 2018

first_imgCredits: Showrunner of CBC’s Anne with an E2018 Contributions to Canadian TV: In Season 2 of the “Anne of Green Gables” adaptation, the former Breaking Bad writer went even bolder, and made the world of Avonlea even more inclusive. From introducing the first black character to confirming that there will be multiple queer characters, Walley-Beckett continues to use the series as a vehicle to explore more themes from today, and to trigger important conversations among viewers. Along with her all-female writing room, Walley-Beckett is now eyeing a third season that will undoubtedly continue to expand the world and horizons of its fierce young protagonist.AURORA BROWNE / MEREDITH MACNEILL / CAROLYN TAYLOR / JENNIFER WHALENCredits: Creators and stars of CBC’s Baroness Von Sketch Show2018 Contributions to Canadian TV: The four women writers, stars and executive producers are behind the sketch comedy series that returned to both CBC and IFC in the U.S. for Season 3. Already renewed for a Season 4, the series continued to move briskly from sketch to sketch, using everyday life to be more perceptive than ever. Baroness continues to showcase women’s voices in areas we’ve traditionally seen reserved for men only, all while giving us tons of laughs along the way.EMILY ANDRASCredits: Showrunner of SYFY/Space’s Wynonna Earp2018 Contributions to Canadian TV: From the cold, harsh shoots in Calgary to the hot sun and bright lights of the People’s Choice Awards red carpet, Wynonna Earp continues to defy expectations. There are many stories being told by so many different voices. It’s one of the best things to come out of having so many TV series on our screens over the past year. It means that viewers have many different options available to them to find a story that they can connect with, relate to and that truly speaks to them. It also means that a more diverse pool of voices are now getting the opportunity to create and tell those stories. As we’ve always done here at The TV Junkies, that also means celebrating all the women getting their chance to create television.The past year was another big year in Canadian television for female creators. While not as large or vast as the U.S. industry, Canadian TV is producing some quality content, and a great amount of the series to come out of the Great White North are created by and led by women. As we reflect back on the year that was, we thought it would be the perfect time to shine the light once again on all these powerful, talented lady bosses out there making Canadian television.MOIRA WALLEY-BECKETT Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Indigenous treatment facility in Alberta launches boycott of TD bank

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Aboriginal treatment facility near Edmonton is boycotting the TD Bank after a bizarre incident last week.Two clients with the centre were conducting business at a TD in Saint-Albert when they were accused of plotting to rob it.The Poundmakers Health Lodge says the two clients were a target of racial profiling.APTN’s Brandi Morin reports.bmorin@aptn.caFollow @songstress28last_img

UN peacekeeping mission voices hope Eritrea will release 11 arrested local staff

“We at UNMEE have written letters of protest, as we always do when such arrests take place. We have as yet not received any responses from the Eritrean Authorities regarding these arrests,” deputy information chief Musi Khumalo told reporters in the two capitals, Asmara and Addis Ababa, by videoconference from Addis yesterday.“It is a matter of great concern to us when some of our colleagues are detained in this manner. We have also taken the initiative to remind the Eritrean authorities of the immunities and privileges of UNMEE staff working in the country and we are hopeful that we will get some response from the authorities in the form of the release of the detained members of staff of UNMEE to enable them to come back to work and to continue to help the Mission fulfil its mandate obligations.”According to a September 2000 Security Council resolution, UNMEE’s mandate includes monitoring the cessation of hostilities between the two countries, helping to ensure the observance of the security commitments agreed by the parties, and keeping track of any redeployment of local forces. One of the 11 was among 27 local staff arrested in February but later released, said the spokeswoman. She added that the latest arrests have adversely affected the morale of the remaining national and international staff.A binding decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission in 2002 awarded Badme – the town that triggered a bitter, two-year border war ending in 2000 – to Eritrea, which has become increasingly critical of the UN for not forcing Ethiopia to accept that border demarcation.UNMEE Chief-of-Staff Colonel Mohammed Iqbal said the military situation continued to be tense because UNMEE’s monitoring function was being hampered by both sides.“You must know that due to different restrictions, the monitoring capability of UNMEE has gone down and because it has gone down we are not sure about those areas where we do not have effective monitoring,” he said. “The restriction of helicopter flights has also led to the blindness from the air. So these are the factors that have led the situation to be tense. When you cannot properly monitor 100 per cent, the situation remains tense.”Last month the UN Security Council extended UNMEE’s mandate for just a month, until 15 May, warning that unless both sides fulfilled its earlier demands, including lifting restrictions on UN personnel and recognizing the boundary decision, it would review options ranging from transforming the operation into an observer mission to withdrawing it altogether. read more

In Mozambique Ban calls for push to achieve Millennium Development Goals

“The MDGs have mobilized Governments as never before. They have catalyzed dynamic new partnerships. And – most important – they have achieved results,” Mr. Ban said at a roundtable event in Maputo, Mozambique on the anti-poverty targets and post-2015 development agenda. Agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, the eight MDGs set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and the creation of a Global Partnership for Development – all by a deadline of 2015.“The MDGs were a pledge – a global promise – to help countries like Mozambique to drastically cut poverty and hunger… to reduce vulnerability… to empower women and girls… to improve the health of people and the environment,” Mr. Ban said. “Today, six hundred million people have risen from extreme poverty.”Mr. Ban stressed that while much progress has been made since 2000, not all goals are on track to be achieved by the self-imposed deadline.Mozambique, for example, has made progress in getting most children early schooling, providing its population with access to water and sanitation, and boosting women’s participation in the Government, where 40 per cent of parliamentarians are women. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon takes a group photo with UN staff serving in Mozambique. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is welcomed by Alcinda António de Abreu (centre right), Minister for Environmental Action Coordination of Mozambique, on his arrival at Maputo International Airport. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹ › However, more than half the population is below the national poverty line, more than 40 per cent of children are stunted or undernourished, and HIV/AIDS is still a major challenge, among other issues. “Around the world, wherever we look, the MDGs have brought success. But not complete success. Achievements vary among and within countries. Globally, we are lagging badly on some targets – especially sanitation, which poses a major threat to the health of people and the environment,” he said.“As we look forward to the post-2015 development agenda, our first task is to fulfil – as far as possible – the promise of the MDGs.”Mr. Ban reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to work with Mozambique and other developing countries to help them accelerate their progress. He also emphasized that the post-2015 development agenda will need to be inclusive and address sustainable development issues such as climate change.“There are less than 1,000 days to go before the end of 2015. Less than 1,000 days of action. We must focus on where we are falling short and accelerate momentum,” Mr. Ban said. “By investing in essential infrastructure and its people – its small farmers, its children, its teachers – Mozambique can be an example for Africa and the world,” he added.In addition to the roundtable, Mr. Ban also held meetings today with the President of the National Assembly, Verónica Nataniel Macamo Dlhovo, and other members of Parliament. He praised their efforts to promote cohesion, dialogue and transparency in the country, as well as Mozambique’s ratification of the Optional Protocol of the UN Convention Against Torture.He also commended the Government’s efforts to promote equal gender representation in Parliament. “I am delighted to see the strong representation of women today, which is reflected throughout Government and parliament. It will no doubt benefit society in general,” he said.Tomorrow, the Secretary-General will meet the President Armando Emílio Guebuza. Mozambique is Mr. Ban’s first stop in a five-country journey through the African continent. He will go on to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia, where he will attend the African Union Summit. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a town hall meeting with UN staff serving in Mozambique. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is welcomed by traditional dancers at the Conference Centre. On his right is Graça Machel, founder and President of the Foundation for Community Development. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is welcomed at the Conference Centre by Graça Machel, founder and President of the Foundation for Community Development, and member of the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Verónica Nataniel Macamo Dhlovo (second from left), President of the National Assembly of Mozambique. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe read more

US50M bauxite project for Bonasika

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew US40-50M Bonasika Bauxite Project touts employment for over 200June 14, 2018In “Business”Guyanese workers must be respected and labour laws upheld – Harmon says at RUSAL meetingFebruary 21, 2019In “latest news”Govt in talks with Norway, IDB on Amaila hydro projectSeptember 15, 2016In “latest news” Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, on Thursday, received a courtesy call from Executive members of the First Bauxite Corporation (FBX) at the Ministry of the Presidency, where he was updated on their project at Bonasika in Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven), which is due to begin next year with an investment of approximately US$50M.Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon peruses the Project document as Mr. Roughead explains what the project would entail.According to the Department of Public Information, during the meeting, Mr. Alan Roughead, President and Chief Executive Officer of FBX, told Minister Harmon that the company is looking forward to starting construction of the project next year and production 12 months thereafter.DPI said the Project is expected to provide employment for over 150 Guyanese. FBX commenced feasibility work on the Bonasika Project in 2008. Since then the company has expended US$20M on developing the bauxite resource located in this area and has completed three feasibility studies. The company has also conducted two major production trials in Guyana over the past two years.Minister Harmon said that the Government welcomes the investors and looks forward to the employment opportunities, which will be created for Guyanese, once the project is up and running. He noted that Guyana is always open for investment and to create a more conducive environment for business, he said that the administration is currently working to put systems in place, which can ensure that the bureaucracy associated with investments are reduced, DPI reported.Mr. Larry Washow, Chairman of the Board of FBX, Mr. Bill White, Chief Financial Officer of FBX, Mr. Stanley Ming, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and Mr. Robert Corbin, Legal Counsel of the company, also attended the meeting. read more

Many Bangladesh factory collapse victims still waiting on compensation

first_imgThe purpose of this payment would be to alleviate hardship while these brands continue to deliberate on long-term compensation.However, if the other 27 brands who sourced in Rana Plaza fail to make this contribution, Primark is guaranteeing today that it will pay another three months wages to all the workers concerned. A SURVEY OF nearly two-thirds of survivors from the  garment factory collapse in Rana Plaza in Bangladesh has found that many victims are still waiting on compensation.The survey by ActionAid surveyed more than 2,297 people – both survivors and families of those who died in the eight-storey factory collapse on 24 April this year.The survey found that 94 per cent reported they have not received any legal benefits from their employers since April, including sick pay or compensation.Injury and deathOf those surveyed, 92 per cent of survivors have not gone back to work and of these 63 per cent said physical injury such as amputations, paralysis, severe pains in the head, leg and body have stopped them going back to work.More than 92 per cent of survivors reported being deeply traumatised, with over half experiencing insomnia and trembling from loud sounds. Some said they were scared to walk into a building or an enclosed room.PrimarkTo date only one company, Primark (trading in Ireland as Penneys), has provided financial support to survivors – giving three months’ salary of 15,000 Bangladeshi taka (€137.61) to 3,300 people.The company provided food aid to some 1,300 families within a week of the building collapse.In a statement today, Primark announced that it will take further “unilateral steps to deliver long-term compensation to victims, or their dependents of the disaster”.ActionAid said they welcome today’s announcement that the brand will pay long-term compensation to the victims or their families. The Bangladesh government has given 2.2 million taka (€20, 279.56) to 777 people – around a third of the victims and their family members.Factory workersFarah Kabir, ActionAid’s Country Director in Bangladesh said: ActionAid is also calling on companies to sign up to the Bangladesh Safety Accord, a five-year legally binding agreement between international labour organisations, non-governmental organisations and retailers to maintain minimum safety standards in the Bangladesh textile industry.Column: The Bangladesh factory collapse shows us the deadly cost of cheap fashion>Read: Primark pledges further funds for victims of Bangladesh factory collapse> It’s indefensible that for six months, multi-million dollar companies have left the victims to fend for themselves.While corporations sit on their hands, the victims of the Rana Plaza disaster are in urgent need of medical and psychological support, as well as the financial means to feed and care for their families. ActionAid is calling on companies negotiating the compensation package to deliver a fair deal for the survivors and families of the deceased.Long-term compensationPrimark said in their statement that the company has now set a timetable for beginning long-term compensation payments to the 550 strong workforce or their dependents of New Wave Bottoms, the supplier that was housed in Rana Plaza and which was producing clothing for Primark at the time.Primark said that other retail brands are considering whether to adopt this scheme as an industry-wide framework for delivering compensation, but said that it was taking too long, stating that because of this they would ”press ahead with the scheme in order to deliver compensation to New Wave Bottoms workers, and their dependents, in the New Year”.They added that they were committing to a short-term financial payment also, that this will provide some relief while long-term compensation plans are finalised. The company has already made similar short-term payments, given the delay in reaching agreement on the long-term scheme.BrandsPrimark said it is calling on other brands involved in the Rana Plaza disaster to make a contribution by paying short-term aid to some 3,000 workers or their dependents who made clothes for their labels.To date, they said, these workers have been supported by Primark, even though the workers involved did not make clothing for the company but for other brands.In the meantime, Primark will guarantee a further 3 months salary to the 3,600 or so victims of Rana Plaza to alleviate their immediate hardship, many of whom worked in the supply chain of other brands.They added:last_img read more

Soyez heureux et généreux vos gènes vous diront merci

first_imgSoyez heureux et généreux, vos gènes vous diront merciSelon une étude américaine, le sentiment de bien-être agirait certes sur notre moral mais aussi bien plus en profondeur, sur nos gènes. Néanmoins, il n’existe pas qu’un type de bonheur et tous n’auraient pas le même effet au niveau génétique.Qu’est-ce-que le bonheur ? Voilà une question qui continue encore et toujours de faire couler beaucoup d’encre. Et pour cause, cet “état de plénitude et de satisfaction” tant recherché a des effets positifs sur le corps comme sur l’esprit. Mais jusqu’ici, on n’imaginait pas encore à quel point. Selon une nouvelle étude américaine, être heureux aurait aussi un impact direct sur le fonctionnement de nos gènes. Toutefois, ceci dépendrait du type de bonheur ressenti.En effet, il n’existerait pas un mais deux types de bien-être : eudémonique et hédonique, selon l’étude publiée dans la revue Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Le premier correspond au sentiment créé lorsque l’on a un but profond, un sens dans la vie (un peu à l’image de Mère Teresa). Le second lui, découle d’un sentiment d’auto-satisfaction comme peuvent par exemple ressentir les célébrités. Or, le bien-être eudémonique et le bien-être hédonique n’auraient pas les mêmes effets sur nos gènes.Des profils génétiques opposés malgré le bien-êtrePour en arriver là, les chercheurs ont étudié 80 adultes en bonne santé qui montraient soit du bien-être eudémonique, soit du bien-être hédonique. Via des échantillons de sang prélevés chez chacun, les auteurs ont alors observé l’existence d’un profil génétique particulier appelé CTRA (pour Conserved transcriptional response to adversity) au niveau des cellules immunitaires.Celui-ci apparait lors des épisodes de stress, de menace ou de désarroi et est caractérisé par une hausse de l’activité des gènes impliqués dans l’inflammation et une baisse de l’activité de ceux impliqués dans la réponse antivirale. Cette réponse a été étudiée pendant plus de 10 ans par le professeur Steven Cole du UCLA’s Cousins Center et ses collègues. Mais avec les nouveaux travaux, ils ont voulu étudier cette même réponse face à une psychologie positive. Ceci a permis de mettre en évidence des différences significatives entre les deux types de bonheur. Les sujets ressentant du bien-être eudémonique ont ainsi montré un profil plutôt favorable, à savoir un niveau bas d’expression des gènes inflammatoires et une forte expression des gènes antiviraux et antibactériens. Autrement dit, ils étaient bien protégés contre les agressions extérieures. Les autres sujets en revanche, ont présenté un niveau élevé d’expression des gènes impliqués dans l’inflammation mais une baisse au niveau de la réponse antivirale et antibactérienne. Soit un profil génétique totalement opposé et donc un état plus vulnérable face aux agressions extérieures. Un génome humain plus sensible au bonheur À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? “Les personnes avec de hauts niveaux de bien-être hédonique ne se sentaient pas plus mal que ceux avec des niveaux élevés de bien-être eudémonique. Les deux semblaient avoir les mêmes taux élevés d’émotions positives. Cependant, leurs génomes répondaient très différemment même si leurs états émotionnels étaient similairement positifs”, a expliqué le Pr Cole cité par Science Daily.  “Ce que nous dit cette étude c’est que faire du bien et se sentir bien ont des effets très différents sur le génome humain, même si ils génèrent des niveaux similaires d’émotion positive. Apparemment, le génome humain [qui comprend quelque 21.000 gènes] est bien plus sensible aux différentes façons d’arriver au bonheur que ne l’est l’esprit conscient”, conclut ainsi le Pr Cole. Le 1 août 2013 à 18:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

POLICE LOG for June 21 Vandalism At Wilmington Plaza Wilmington Crossing Driver Arrested

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, June 21, 2019:Police came across a vehicle in the Planet Fitness parking lot with a canceled registration. Parties were advised of their vehicle’s status. Parties were currently homeless and trying to get the vehicle listed in the female party’s name. (12:36am)Police out with a person sleeping in a vehicle on Salem Street. Party was from India. He was driving to Manchester, NH  in the morning. Checked OK. (12:54am)Police noted barrels were flipped over in the Savers parking lot and two kids bikes were left behind. (1:25am)Police noted barrels and planters were flipped over in front of Lowell Five Bank. Police also found broken glass behind Market Basket. (1:31am)A caller reported vandalism to the Bandwagon building on Industrial Way. A bottle was thrown through the window. (8:29am)A Chestnut Street caller reported her recycling bin was stolen overnight. Police notified DPW. (8:31am)Thais Dias (29, Malden) was arrested on a warrant for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding. He also received a written warning for marked lanes violation and seatbelt violation. Dias was pulled over near the Lucci’s plaza. (5:16pm)Fire Department responded to a dumpster fire on Lowell Street. (10:12pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 10: Car Stolen; License Plate Stolen; Road Rage Incident At Cumberland FarmsIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Take steps to promote institutional deliveries Collector RV

first_imgKhammam: District Collector RV Karnan made a surprise visit to the district hospital on Tuesday and inspected the wards, Intensive Care Unit, conference hall and visitors’ room, and interacted with the doctors and other hospital staff.Speaking on the occasion, he directed the health officials to develop facilities in the hospital to promote institutional deliveries and submit month-wise delivery reports to authorities concerned. The Collector also directed the orthopaedic and dental departments to meet their targets besides asking the Chief Superintendent of the hospital to fill the vacant nurse posts. Later, he interacted with Asha workers and pregnant women on the hospital premises. Hospital Chief Superintendent Dr B Venkateswaralu, District Medical and Health Officer Dr Kalavathi Bai, Doctors Dr Krupa Usha Sri and Dr Laxman and various heads of other department were present during the Collector’s visit.last_img read more

19yearold makes Skyrim mod 13 the size of Skyrim to get job

first_imgAs we all know, members of the glorious PC gaming master race like to tout its games’ extensive modding capabilities as one of the main reasons why they’re belong to a master race. Frequently, those mods end up hilarious or hilariously terrifying, but not quite something PC gaming’s console brethren are truly missing out on. Skyrim is one of the main beneficiaries of modding, and this time around, 19-year-old Alexander J. Velicky made an incredible mod that is one-third the size of vanilla Skyrim itself. He didn’t make the mod just to increase the game’s content, but rather wanted a job at Bethesda, and he felt this mod would be his chance.The mod, dubbed Falskaar, is absolutely massive — the landmass is about one-third the entire size of the landmass in Skyrim. The premise has the player step through a portal to Falskaar, which heralds doom for the land. It adds around 25 hours worth of content to the game, which includes quests, characters, voice work, items, and even an original soundtrack. The majority of the content was created by Velicky himself, but he did have over 100 individuals contribute to the project in one fashion or another; 29 of those individuals provided voiceovers for 54 different characters.Velicky built Falskaar over the course of a year, and dumped over 2,000 hours into the project. Luckily, his father seemed to understand that this would be his son’s job application, so rather than force his son to go to school or get a soul-sucking daytime job to pay rent, he provided Velicky with room and board at no cost during the project. The mod doesn’t just involve shallow quests, as one quest reportedly takes around an hour or two to complete — longer than a large swathe of actual quests designed by Bethesda.So far, Velicky said Bethesda is aware of him and his efforts, but it doesn’t seem he has been offered an interview. If you’re interested in the mod, you can grab it over at Skyrim Nexus, and subsequently have 25 more hours of content that you can use to avoid the main quest of the game.last_img read more

TinyNvidiaUpdateChecker update Nvidia drivers without Geforce Experience

first_imgTinyNvidiaUpdateChecker: update Nvidia drivers without Geforce Experience by Martin Brinkmann on September 11, 2017 in Software – Last Update: September 11, 2017 – 17 commentsTinyNvidiaUpdateChecker is a small open source program for Microsoft Windows devices to update Nvidia drivers without relying on Geforce Experience.While it is possible to update Nvidia drivers manually by downloading driver packages from the Nvidia website, the only built-in option to update drivers automatically is part of Geforce Experience.Using Geforce Experience has its advantages, but it comes at a cost. We suggest you customize the installation of Nvidia drivers and only install the drivers you require. This is better for system performance, does away with most Telemetry that may be installed otherwise, and also mitigates security issues.TinyNvidiaUpdateCheckerTinyNvidiaUpdateChecker is a small program for Windows that checks for driver updates when you run it, downloads updated drivers, and runs the installer. The program depends on the HTML Agility Pack which you can download from the project’s website and place in the same directory as Tiny Nvidia Update Checker. The application attempts to download it otherwise (it is just 130 Kilobytes).Note that you need to have WinRAR installed on the system to make use of the minimal installer method the program supports. The standard Nvidia setup is launched otherwise with Express selected by default.NVIDIAs drivers also come with telemetry which this application can remove from the installer, but requries WinRAR in order to extract the self-extracting archive, and will only extract the core GPU drivers. (no Physics, HD Audio, Geforce Experience, 3D drivers, etc).Windows may display a SmartScreen warning when you run the program. You need to bypass the warning, which I have explained in this guide.The program opens a command prompt window, and will display several prompts to you. This is a one-time thing only as your answers will be saved so that you don’t need to go through the initial setup again.Basically, what you do is select the right Nvidia graphics adapter, and decide whether you want to install the driver using minimal installation or not.The program displays information on the updated driver on the screen if it finds one.You may open the Nvidia driver release PDF using it as well if you want. The release PDF document includes additional information, for instance known issues.The download happens automatically at this point, and the next step depends on your previous selection. If you selected the minimal installation method and have WinRAR installed, all components but the core GPU driver are removed from the package.If you have not, the default installation prompt is shown and it is up to you to deselect components that you don’t want installed.Run the program whenever you want to check for updates. You can automate this by adding it to the system start, or by creating a scheduled task that runs when you want it to run (for instance when the PC is idle).Closing WordsTiny Nvidia Update Checker is a handy program for Windows, as you may use it to check for Nvidia graphics card updates, and install them either with minimal components without Telemetry and all that good stuff, or manually if you require some of the components.Now You: Do you update drivers regularly?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 12 votes Software Name TinyNvidiaUpdateCheckerOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://github.com/ElPumpo/TinyNvidiaUpdateChecker Advertisementlast_img read more

Emirates SkyCargo launches freighter services to Maastricht

first_imgEmirates SkyCargo launches freighter services to MaastrichtEmirates SkyCargo launches freighter services to MaastrichtEmirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, is expanding its footprint in Europe with the launch of new scheduled freighter services to Maastricht starting 6 February 2018. Maastricht will join Emirates SkyCargo’s global freighter network of over 40 cities and will become the second freighter destination in the Netherlands after Amsterdam.Emirates SkyCargo will initially operate two freighter flights a week to Maastricht on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The aircraft will arrive at 8.10am local time and depart at 10.10am local time to Dubai World Central airport on both days. The twice weekly service will be operated by the Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter aircraft which has a cargo capacity of 100 tonnes. The freighter also allows for the transportation of large and outsized cargo through its wide main deck cargo doors.Starting end of March, Emirates SkyCargo will be increasing its freighter frequency to Maastricht to seven weekly flights. The freighter flights to Maastricht are expected to supplement the cargo capacity offered on freighter and passenger aircraft to Amsterdam as well as providing air cargo connectivity to neighbouring regions in Belgium and Germany. Expected products to be moved in and out of Maastricht will include general and e-commerce cargo and pharmaceuticals.“Emirates SkyCargo is delighted to be starting scheduled freighter services to Maastricht. The Netherlands is one of our most important cargo markets globally and the freighters to Maastricht will allow us to build a stronger presence to respond to customer needs in the region. In addition, the vibrant business and logistics community around Maastricht will now have access to seamless trade connections to over 155 destinations across six continents on the Emirates SkyCargo network,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.“We look forward to serving this important air cargo customer at Maastricht Airport. This win is a culmination of several months of hard and successful work by our team. We would like to thank Emirates SkyCargo for their trust and confidence in our services and we will strive to fulfil and exceed their expectations and continue to improve our performance,” said Jos Roeven, Managing Director for Maastricht Aachen Airport.Emirates SkyCargo is the world’s largest international airline cargo operator offering customers cargo capacity on its fleet of over 265 aircraft including 14 freighters- 13 Boeing 777-Fs and one Boeing 747-F. In Europe, Emirates SkyCargo operates to over 40 destinations connecting international hubs as well as regional cities to the rest of the world.In Dubai, Emirates SkyCentral DWC is Emirates SkyCargo’s dedicated terminal for handling cargo from freighter aircraft. Emirates SkyCentral DWC has 13 dedicated aircraft parking bays immediately in front of the terminal allowing for quick cargo positioning from terminal to the aircraft and quick cargo retrieval from the aircraft to the terminal in order to enable quicker deliveries to customers. Emirates SkyCentral DWC has extensive cool chain facilities featuring over 15,000 sq. metres of dedicated storage space for temperature sensitive cargo.About Emirates SkyCargoOur Media centre contains all of our business updates, including the latest press releases and articles and our contact details.Emirates SkyCargo is the largest international airline cargo operator in the world. With an unrivalled route network, we connect cargo customers to over 150 cities in 83 countries on six continents and operate in many of the world’s fastest developing markets. Our cargo hold capacity comprises Emirates’ fleet of over 255 aircraft, including 14 freighters – 13 Boeing 777-Fs and one B747-400ERFs.Emirates SkyCargo operates state-of-the-art cargo facilities at its dual hub locations in Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) with cargo being moved 24/7 by truck between the two airports via a bonded virtual corridor.Emirates SkyCargo offers specialised cool chain solutions for perishables and temperature sensitive product such as pharmaceuticals. The carrier operates the first and the largest GDP certified multi-airport hub in the world with 8600 square metres of dedicated space for pharmaceuticals across its hub.Source = Emirates SkyCargolast_img read more

Cyprus receives warning over recycling failure

first_imgAn early warning has been issued by the European Commission to Cyprus as it is among member states at the greatest risk of failing to meet the EU’s 2020 recycling targets for municipal waste.The four worst recyclers are Malta, Romania, Greece and Cyprus. In 2016, all four recycled less than 20 per cent of their total waste.According to Eurostat data in 2016, Cyprus’ municipal waste recycling rate was 17 per cent while the landfilling rate was 75 per cent. The target for 2020 is 50 per cent, rising to 65 per cent by 2035.In 2016 Europeans generated an average of 480kg of municipal waste per person, 46 per cent of which was recycled or composted, while a quarter was landfilled. But municipal waste represents only around 10 per cent of the total waste generated in the EU.While the amount of rubbish heading to landfill has dropped in the EU as a whole, standing at 24 per cent in 2016, again Cyprus was way off the target. The target is for only 10 per cent of municipal waste to end up in landfill by 2035.Construction and demolition produces the most waste in the EU by weight. The 2020 target for this sector is for 70 per cent to be recycled, with over half of states reporting they already do. For the period 2013-15 Cyprus reported that less than 60 per cent was recycled.It was a similar story for waste electrical and electronic equipment, for which the EU has set a target in 2015 to collect a minimum of 4kg of waste per person, a target which according to the European Commission Cyprus missed by a “considerable margin”. Countries such as Denmark and Sweden collected as much as 12kg.The early warning report for Cyprus concluded that the island’s continued difficulties in implementing EU waste law are mainly due to the lack of infrastructure and collection systems for recyclables and the lack of coordination between different administrative levels in addition to insufficient capacity. It also pointed out that there were a lack of incentives to prevent waste and improve recycling. Moreover, it said the scheme for packaging waste in Cyprus is not effective and the monitoring and enforcement of its activity is insufficient.Specifically the report suggested that Cyprus develops a better system to ensure that reporting on packaging recycling by producers putting goods on the market is accurate.It also suggested the creation of pay as you throw schemes that would include better systems for bio waste, collection of food waste from homes and the creation of green points.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more