UK cities join hands to attract more Indian tourists

first_imgIn a first-of-its-kind partnership, three of Britain’s largest cities have formed an alliance to attract more tourists from India as part of a new drive launched here today.London, Manchester and Birmingham will collaborate on the “Experience England” initiative to jointly promote the best of English tourism in three of the world’s fastest growing markets — India, China and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries that include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).The first-of-its-kind partnership will focus on increasing the number of visitors arriving in one city and then travelling across the different regions of England.Read it at Outlook India Related Itemslast_img read more

Farmers’ Protests Shake Modi’s 2019 Bid as Economy Slows

first_imgAnger over falling farm incomes has spilled onto streets across a swathe of India’s largest states as farmers struggle with food price deflation and a breakdown of the informal agriculture economy.For Prime Minister Narendra Modi — already grappling with a sharp slowdown in economic growth and looming job cuts in manufacturing — the protests involving hundreds of thousands of farmers highlight his struggle to deliver on the promises that swept him to power.On Sept. 15, state officials in Rajasthan joined those of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra — all ruled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party — in promising to waive farmers’ loans after 13 days of protests. But farmers aren’t satisfied.“We’re planning a national rally on Oct. 30 when we would carry torches to show light to state administrations bumbling in the dark,” said Amra Ram, 60, the leader of the All India Kisan Sabha — the farmers’ assembly that represents 15 million members — on the phone from Sikar, Rajasthan. “Our farm incomes are falling and there are no jobs for us anywhere else.”Farm and labor unions with an estimated combined membership of 30 million are also set to join the wave of demonstrations. The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh — which is affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological parent of Modi’s ruling BJP — plans to march to the Parliament to protest the government’s policies on November 17, its president C K Sajjinarayanan said over phone from Thrissur in Kerala.The agriculture sector — employing more than half of India’s working population — was among the worst hit by Modi’s November cash ban which led plummeting produce prices. Despite the ensuing hardship, farmers largely supported Modi’s move, which they viewed as an attempt to target illegally hoarded wealth. Their backing helped propel the ruling BJP to election wins in key states such as Uttar Pradesh.Still, farmers’ restlessness worsened after the implementation of the nationwide goods and services tax in July, which further hurt supply chains across India at the peak of monsoons, when prices of vegetables and grains were expected to gain.“There’s an uncertainty on the farm product prices — what will we do if we aren’t getting the right prices for our produce?” asked Arun Muluk, from Vadgaon Kashimbe near Pune, who joined at least 100,000 others in protests last month that shut down India’s financial capital, Mumbai. “Farmers have the potential to bring the downfall of this government — the government won’t even know how quickly the tide will turn against it.”The protesters belong to the Maratha community — a key vote bank in the western Indian Maharashtra state, many of whom are land owners or farmers. Their main demands included reservations for the community in jobs and higher education.Jagdish Thakkar, a spokesman in the prime minister’s office, didn’t answer calls seeking comment.For the main opposition Congress Party, there are plans to make this a key election issue. “This government is destroying farmers,” said Ajoy Kumar, New Delhi-based spokesman for the Indian National Congress. “And going by the huge protests across the country we can see that people are coming around to this realization. We have stood by farmers in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Haryana and our leader Rahul Gandhi is right now in Gujarat raising his voice for them.”According to Amra Ram, wheat farmers suffered after Modi cut import duties on wheat, first to 10 percent from 25 percent and then to zero in December.Compounding the stress, 52 percent of Indian farms aren’t irrigated and climate change-led variations in monsoons have only worsened their losses. Small landholdings cut access to institutional funding, while the failure to repay local loan sharks contributes to the suicide of 12,000 farmers every year, according to government figures.In the lead up to the 2014 elections Modi promised higher prices and reforms including minimum support price for grains, protecting small farmers and addressing rising risks to farming.“I think those are tough questions that the government will face in 2019,” said Neelkanth Misra, Credit Suisse’s India Equity Strategist. “If half your workforce has not seen an income growth, should you act on it or no?”Yet Modi, who vowed to add 10 million jobs a year in a workforce that sees the entry of at least a million new seekers each month, hasn’t been able to keep pace with employment creation.The government is trying its best to accelerate the pace of agriculture reforms, said Ramesh Chand, member of the government’s official think tank NITI Aayog.Allowing farmers direct access to buyers instead of forcing them to go through a chain of middlemen is high on the agenda, Chand said in New Delhi. States, responsible for implementing agriculture policy, have also been encouraged to introduce market reforms and compensate farmers for the differential between prices offered by merchants as against the government’s minimum support guarantee.“When I look at the country as a whole I am not satisfied,” said Chand of agriculture reforms. “The Prime Minister wants it, but it is a state subject.”The answer may not be enough for protesting farmers.“This struggle is not for us, it’s for the next generation — if our kids didn’t find jobs, they would at least have comfort that they can return and rely on the traditional profession to feed themselves,” said Muluk at the Mumbai protests. “But now, where do we go?”— With assistance from Nupur Acharya© Bloomberg Related Itemslast_img read more

Sports ministry should share blame in doping scandal: VK Malhotra

first_imgActing Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Vijay Kumar Malhotra.Acting Indian Olympic Association President Vijay Kumar Malhotra on Tuesday said that Sports Ministry should also share the blame for the doping scandal that rocked athletics, saying that the coaches and doctors allegedly involved in it are its employees.”All the SAI centres are under the Ministry, all the coaches and doctors are under its rolls. So, the Ministry should also take some blame,” Malhotra said, reacting to Sports Minister Ajay Maken’s sacking of Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogrodnik on Tuesday following the dope scandal.”The Sports Minister should not only point fingers at the federations, he should rather look into the SAI Centres. What is happening there and the coaches and doctors,” said Malhotra.Asked if Maken was taking these steps to push through the controversial National Sports Development Bill, Malhotra said, “I don’t know if he is doing all these to push through the Bill. But if he is doing that it is unacceptable and condemnable.”Malhotra said if any Athletics Federation of India officials are found to be involved by the inquiry panel set up by the Ministry on Tuesday, strong action would be taken against them.”If someone from the federation are found to be involved, we will also take action,” Malhotra told ‘Times Now’.Malhotra, however, refused to blame AFI Secretary Lalit Bhanot and lifetime president Suresh Kalmadi for the doping scandal.”They have been in jail for some time. Holding them responsible would not be correct,” he said.advertisementMalhotra expressed satisfaction with the setting up of the judicial inquiry to probe the doping scandal and said it should be time bound and cover all the SAI centres.”The minister should have waited for the report of the inquiry panel before pointing fingers at others. Federation officials are not even allowed to go anywhere near the camp,” he said.”This is not the first time these things are happening. Such doping scandals have happened in the past. The Ministry owes an explanation why such things are happening at SAI centres,” Malhotra told PTI.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

England beat India by 6 wickets in lone T20 match

first_imgA win eluded India once again as they lost the lone Twenty20 International against England by six wickets at the Old Trafford on Wednesday.Sterling displays from Eoin Morgan (49) and Jade Dernbach (4/22) helped England scamper home to a six-wicket win in a tense Twenty20.Opting to bat first on a sluggish track, India made a competitive 165 all out in 19.4 over after valuable contributions by debutants Ajinkya Rahane (61) and Rahul Dravid (31).Rahane’s eye-catching 49-ball innings was studded with eight fours and Dravid playing in his first and last Twenty20 International smacked three consecutive sixes off Samit Patel to score a 31 from 21. Suresh Raina, who had a miserable Test series, also scored a useful 33 from 19.India, however, were largely done in by Dernbach’s array of slower balls and yorkers as he returned with his career-best figures of four for 22 from 3.4 overs.England made a slow start, losing debutant Alex Hales to a second-ball duck off Praveen Kumar and were 17 for one after three of their Powerplay overs.Kevin Pietersen scored 23-ball 33 but it was Morgan’s 27-ball 49 that kept England in the match.England needed 10 runs off the last over, and Samit Patel (25) and Ravi Bopara (31) held their nerves to take the team safely with three balls to spare.In the last over, umpire Rob Bailey erroneously called wide when Vinay Kumar pitched his first delivery just inside the tramlines and then Patel came up with two streaky fours and a slap over extra cover to pull England over the line.Both players were booed by Indian fans for their decision to play against their country of birth, but their turned the jeers into cheers with their unbroken partnership of 35 that secured the win for England.advertisementlast_img read more

As stars sit out Terrific 12, Blackwater young guns get their exposure

first_imgLATEST STORIES The star tandem of Mike Digregorio and Bobby Ray Parks and Rabeh Al-Hussaini all were nursing health concerns and had to sit out the invitational here.Dimaunahan said the complexity of his team would’ve changed drastically if the three had played. Instead, the Elite lost their two games by a margin of 33 points including a 109-69 beatdown from China that eliminated them from contention.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“This could’ve been a different story if Rayray, Rabeh, and Mike played because it’s like we lost 36 to 40 points among those three guys,” said Dimaunahan Wednesday at Tap Seac Sports Pavilion here.“We have to deal with the situation and let the other guys play and see how they would fare in the international tournament.” Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00PH military destroys thousands of illegal guns, ammo00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Dimaunahan was happy to see his other players get the exposure ahead of the Governors’ Cup which opens Friday.Paul Desiderio and Gelo Alolino took the role of Parks and DiGregorio but the two couldn’t make up for the lost offense and put a combined average of 13 points a game.“Our younger guys had the minutes here and they would learn from it and help them in the third conference.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas out 6-8 weeks after thumb surgery View comments MACAU—Blackwater lost two blowout games in the East Asia Super League: The Terrific 12, but head coach Aris Dimaunahan believes things could’ve been different if his key stars were in play.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Slide caused by veteran Aces committing rookie mistakes

first_imgLascuña goes for three straight For a PBA franchise as proud as Alaska, absorbing successive beatdowns is uncharacteristic. And so is playing like a young team.That was basically what Jeff Cariaso was pointing to Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum where his veteran Aces fell for the fifth straight time in the season-ending PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect “We’re a veteran team making a lot of rookie mistakes,” Cariaso said following a 95-90 loss to defending champion Magnolia.“And we have to clean that up,” said the former Rookie of the Year and member of Alaska’s Grand Slam team of 1996. He was thrust into the coaching job shortly before the conference began after Alex Compton resigned.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manCariaso, more than the defeat, was deflated over his charges’ inability to get basic things going in the endgame—something they had no trouble doing in the past.The owner of 14 PBA crowns—the second-most by active teams in the league, Alaska only missed the quarterfinals of this tournament twice this decade, in 2012 and 2017. Becoming his own man The Aces hope to notch their first win against another limping team in Rain or Shine, which they play on Sunday.“Yes, of course,” he blurted out when asked if he is worried. “Are we playing the right way, have we improved from the last game? Yes, also,” said Cariaso.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES And their chances are getting thinner, unless the Aces pick up the pace.Though citing those “rookie mistakes” in the endgame, Cariaso feels that his team is improving.“It was a little better with regards to performance. They didn’t stop fighting,” he said of the losing stand against the Hotshots.“If we continue staying disciplined, if we continue staying together no matter what happens, the wins will follow,” he added.Cariaso could only hope his words become prophetic as Alaska still has six more games left to make things happen.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man PLAY LIST 03:00House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man02:50Philippines reaffirms commitment to United Nations00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View commentslast_img read more

Knee Injury Ends Anthony’s Season

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Carmelo Anthony will have surgery on his left knee that could keep him off the court for four to six months.New York Knicks President Phil Jackson said a timetable for Anthony’s recovery couldn’t completely be determined until after the surgery, but early indications were that he could be back on the court this summer and be ready for training camp.Jackson said he anticipated the procedure, which will include a left knee patella tendon debridement and repair, would be performed this week.“It’s obvious that he physically can’t do the things that he’s capable of doing, so this is a necessary step for him to take, I think, in order for him to get to the level that he’s capable of getting to,” coach Derek Fisher said.Anthony has had pain for most of the season but continued to play despite the Knicks’ league-worst 10-43 record. He was able to start in the Feb. 15 All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden but appeared to be struggling, scoring 14 points on 6-of-20 shooting.Jackson said he talked to Anthony last month, after he had missed six straight games, about scheduling the surgery — though said the Knicks were comfortable with Anthony taking part in the All-Star Game.“I had a meeting with him when we were in London and we discussed this process of having the surgery sooner than later,” Jackson said, “because we know that the process can take some time for rehab and getting back on the court and we wanted him to be able to make a full recovery and be ready for this coming season.”Anthony did not speak to reporters Feb. 18.He finished his 12th NBA season averaging 24.2 points and 6.6 rebounds in 40 games. The two-time Olympian turned 30 in May, two months before signing a five-year, $124 million contract in July, but Jackson said he was confident the former scoring champion would make a full recovery.“We anticipate that as a scorer that’s been prolific in his career, he’ll continue to be so,” Jackson said.Anthony had knee surgery in 2011 during the off-season, and Jackson said he thought Anthony recovered well from that. He also had fluid drained from his right knee late in the 2012-13 season.The decision on Anthony comes two days after the Knicks waived Amare Stoudemire following a contract buyout and leaves them severely undermanned for the final 29 games. Fisher believes Anthony may have kept playing this long because of the team’s difficulties.“He struggled with, I think, letting his teammates down and feeling like he wanted to be out there but knew some nights he shouldn’t have been,” Fisher said.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

Wind River and CENGN accelerate StarlingX adoption for edge computing applications

first_imgWind River is working together with the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN) to create a public repository to host StarlingX resources as a reference for the open source community.StarlingX, as a source code–only project with no ISO or binary image available, has been challenging for interested developers to quickly get on board and meaningfully experiment. With this new public repository, visitors will soon be able to download an ISO image and gain access to the upstream components. Currently, developers can access CENGN’s mirror site for StarlingX, as well as check for updates about the repository. StarlingX is an open source project hosted by the OpenStack Foundation that provides cloud infrastructure software for demanding critical infrastructure applications and services to be deployed at the network edge. A key benefit of StarlingX is that it provides a complete edge cloud software stack comprised of many open source components.Launched in May of this year with initial code contributions from the Wind River Titanium Cloud virtualization platform, StarlingX has grown to more than 80 active contributors from the community. The StarlingX software platform provides virtualization infrastructure designed for the rigorous demands of critical infrastructure applications, such as telecom networks and industrial control.CENGN is contributing staff and equipment resources to host a mirror of key upstream StarlingX components that are required in the edge cloud stack. This new StarlingX repository will serve as the community-driven build and continuous integration process. Wind River is contributing staff resources and expertise to this environment. Together, CENGN and Wind River are collaborating with the community to deliver the mirror service to all Starling X users.CENGN is dedicated to accelerating the growth of the Canadian information and communications technology (ICT) sector. Through leading-edge technology infrastructure and expertise plus the creation of a globally recognized ecosystem of partners, CENGN helps small and medium enterprises overcome commercialization barriers and grow.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Arrow Electronics signs Hongfa for EMEANext Mouser Electronics and Sigfox announce global distribution agreementlast_img read more

Wimbledon serves up ban on plastic straws

first_imgShare on Facebook Tennis Wimbledon would not be the same without a thirst-quenching Pimm’s, but this year visitors to the annual tennis championships will be served the beverage without the customary plastic straw.The All England Lawn Tennis Club announced on Tuesday that no plastic straws would be used in its bars, cafes and restaurants during this year’s Wimbledon fortnight.Hundreds of thousands of cups of Pimm’s are sold at the tournament each year – a large number served in plastic containers with plastic lids and plastic straws that can be taken on to the courts. Last year more than 400,000 plastic straws were used during the tournament. But this year as part of a wider sustainability plan, Wimbledon will not be using plastic straws during the tournament. Recyclable paper straws will be used instead.The UK uses an estimated 8.5bn straws a year, according to the Marine Conservation Society, and plastic straws are one of the top 10 items found in beach clean-ups. A single plastic straw can take up to 500 years to decompose, and the buildup can wreak havoc among marine life. As part of a drive to reduce waste from “single-use” plastics, chains including JD Wetherspoon, Wagamama, Costa Coffee, Pizza Express, Waitrose and All Bar One have started phasing out plastic straws – in some cases replacing them with paper substitutes or offering them only on request. In April, more than 60 independent British music festivals committed to banning plastic straws and other single-use plastics from their sites by 2021. Under the Drastic on Plastic initiative, led by the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), plastic drinks bottles, plastic straws, glitter, plastic food trays, cable ties and toiletry bottles will be removed from festival sites.Also unveiled at the Wimbledon press conference on Tuesday was the provision of a paper bag option for merchandise bought at shops during the event. This will complement the existing multi-use, oxo-degradable plastic bags that are gradually being phased out.The Wimbledon chief executive, Richard Lewis, said there would also be 87 free water refill points available for public use in the grounds, as well as 21 water fountains. The number of water points had nearly doubled since 2014, he said.Recycling point signage and waste collection at the tournament is also being improved, although in 2017 only 1.4% of waste generated over the fortnight went to landfill. Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Plastics news Topics Wimbledoncenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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 hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger London Share via Email Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Gov’t Far Advanced in Identifying Waste -to-Energy Solution

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that the government will embark on a programme aimed at transforming the collection and management of garbage before the end of this year. According to Mr Holness protecting the environment is paramount for the government. Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that the government will embark on a programme aimed at transforming the collection and management of garbage before the end of this year.Mr Holness was speaking at the LASCO Releaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP) Awards Ceremony today (June 7) at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston.The prime minister announced that the government is far advanced in examining options for Waste- to – energy solutions.“The government has commissioned an enterprise team to look at waste disposal in Jamaica, from a national strategic perspective. How can we improve waste collection, solid waste collection, and solid waste management and importantly to look at the options for waste to energy”, said Mr Holness.According to Mr Holness protecting the environment is paramount for the government.He said that all Jamaicans must be responsible when disposing garbage, as improper disposal of plastic bottles does not only destroy our pristine environment but also pose a threat to our infrastructure.“Recently we saw some of the adverse effects of not doing so and especially now as the hurricane season approaches, we must take greater care and responsibility for how we treat our environment and our environs,” stated Mr Holness.Mr Holness stated that the LASCO REAP initiative will add to the national effort in managing waste disposal and protecting the environment.“In order for Jamaica to obtain sustainable growth, we must embed the right mind-set in our children for protecting our environment for future generations. It is not merely a challenge for the education system, it is a challenge for all Jamaicans. Our actions have a direct impact on our environment. It also has a direct impact on our safety and security especially when it comes to severe weather events. We all must be responsible,” explained the prime minister.Since the start of the project in October 2012, 15,000 trees have been planted and 2 Million plastic bottles collected across the island. The prime minister announced that the government is far advanced in examining options for Waste- to – energy solutions. last_img read more

Food Security Receives New Investment

first_imgMaking healthier foods more readily available to more Nova Scotians is the aim of a $40,000 investment from Nova Scotia Health Promotion. The funding will be used to support various food security initiatives around the province. Food security is a term used to describe the availability of nutritious, safe, economical foods for all Nova Scotians and it is a priority in the Healthy Eating Nova Scotia Strategy. “Providing access to healthy, affordable food is an important issue to the overall health of our province,” Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald said today, Sept. 26. “It’s not enough to tell people to eat their vegetables. Instead we have to look at why they are not eating them. This investment will help do that.” Funding will be used to hire a co-ordinator to support the work of the provincial Food Security Projects steering committee, facilitate the production of handbooks and resource materials for the public, and organize workshops that will bring interested groups together to develop tools on how food security can become a reality for everyone. “The investment made by Nova Scotia Health Promotion in food security is important,” said Patricia Williams, assistant professor of applied human nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University. “When people from government and communities work together, great things happen at the community level.”last_img read more

South Shore Region Receives Recreation Funding

first_imgImproving the community swimming pool in Lunenburg is one of nine projects on the South Shore receiving grants totalling $216,300 to help Nova Scotians stay fit and have fun. The region’s grants were announced today, June 18, through the Recreation Facility Development Program. “Community organizations and recreation facilities like this swimming pool offer Nova Scotians a wide variety of ways to get active and lead healthier lives,” said Lunenburg MLA Pam Birdsall, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “The province is providing nearly $2 million for 59 projects provincewide so children, youth, and families can stay fit and have fun.” The Lunenburg and District Swimming Pool Society is getting $16,800 for upgrades to the deck and pool. “Our mission is to ensure all children, youth and adults have the opportunity to learn to swim in a quality environment, and we’re thankful for the volunteers who’ve helped us do this over the past 36 years,” said Jane Lordly, president of the society. “This grant will go a long way to making sure we have a safe, quality pool environment for everyone.” The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Examples include renovations to buildings, developing and maintaining walking trails, and building and upgrading fields used for sport and recreation. The grants support Thrive!,the province’s plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. The plan has 34 actions to create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity. Learn more at thrive.novascotia.ca .last_img read more

Older vehicles in London to be charged more for polluting

first_imgLONDON – Drivers of older, more polluting cars will face an additional charge when entering central London as the city battles air pollution blamed for thousands of premature deaths each year.Starting Monday, cars registered before vehicles were forced to meet new European emissions standards now face a toxicity charge of 10 pounds ($13.50) a day in addition to the congestion charge of 11.50 pounds every time they enter central London. The new rules apply primarily to cars registered before 2006 and may include some registered before 2008.London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he plans to clean up the capital’s air and the so-called T-Charge will “encourage motorists to ditch polluting, harmful vehicles.”The city says almost 95 per cent of Londoners live in areas where particulate pollution exceeds World Health Organization standards.last_img read more

Cautious optimism for 2018 as crude oil hits US60 a barrel

first_imgFor the first time in a long time, crude oil has hit US$60 a barrel.But there needs to be cautious optimism because there are still concerns.Auspice Capital CIO Tim Pickering said 2017 wasn’t a horrible year by any stretch, explaining it was a year of transition.“We saw stability come back into the market,” he explained. “I wouldn’t say that anybody was shooting the lights out so to speak, but as we came out of the summer, we saw good momentum in crude oil and we predicted it would get to 60 bucks.”When he looked at oil from a global perspective, he remained positive.“U.S. inventories have really started to draw, or decrease, so the market is indeed rebalancing,” Pickering said. “The structure of the oil curve, the pricing curve in the future, is such that it disincentivizes storage and it really accelerates withdraws.”Exports to China, the worlds largest importer of oil, are also strong, but export problems due to a lack of pipelines persist which has lead to a discount of about CAN$24 a barrel for Canadian crude.However, Pickering believes even that has lead to some good investment opportunities.“If you get a rally in global crude, it’ll bring Canadian crude up with it, we’re starting from a much lower price point, and so if we get a $10 rally in global crudes and Canadian crude moves up that $10, it’s a much better return given it’s at a lower price,” he said.last_img read more

Sahara Paraguay supports UNbrokered solution respecting Moroccos territorial integrity

Rabat – Paraguay supports a UN-brokered solution respecting the territorial integrity of Morocco, said, on Wednesday in Rabat, speaker of the National Paraguayan Congress Julio César Velasquez Tilleria. We confirm our commitment to strengthening our relations with Morocco and we reiterate our stand over the Sahara issue in favor of a UN-brokered solution that respects the territorial integrity of Morocco in order to reach as soon as possible a solution to this dispute,” Velasquez Tilleria told the press following his meeting with Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs Mbarka Bouaida.Bouaida recalled that the visit of the Paraguayan official follows the adoption of UNSC resolution 2152 which backs the position of Morocco to find a political solution to the Sahara issue within the framework of the autonomy plan, lauding Paraguay’s unconditional support for Morocco’s territorial integrity. Paraguay is a friendly and very important Latin American country which could play the role of a facilitator in terms of cooperation between Morocco and this region, she added. read more

Financial watchdog to gut most of its payday lending rules

NEW YORK — The nation’s federal financial watchdog said Wednesday that it plans to abolish most of its critical consumer protections governing payday lenders.The move is a major win for the payday lending industry, which argued the government’s regulations could kill off a large chunk of its business. It’s also a big loss for consumer groups, who say payday lenders exploit the poor and disadvantaged with loans that have annual interest rates as much as 400 per cent.The cornerstone of the regulations was a requirement that lenders make sure borrowers could afford to repay a payday loan without being stuck in a cycle of debt, a standard known as “ability to repay.” This standard would be eliminated under the new rules. Another part of the rules, which would have limited the number of payday loans a person could roll over, was also eliminated.Critics of the payday lending industry have argued that without these underwriting standards, the CFPB’s new regulations are effectively toothless. The main criticism of the payday lending industry was that many borrowers would take months to repay a loan that was originally designed only to last a couple of weeks, renewing the loan over and over again.“This proposal is not a tweak to the existing rule … it’s a complete dismantling of the consumer protections (the bureau) finalized in 2017,” said Alex Horowitz, a researcher with Pew Charitable Trusts, a think-tank whose research on the industry was relied on heavily by the bureau when the original rules were unveiled a year and a half ago.The announcement was the first abolition of regulations under the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new director, Kathy Kraninger, who took over the bureau late last year. Mick Mulvaney, who was appointed by President Donald Trump’s as acting director of the bureau in late 2017, announced a year ago that the bureau was intending to revisit the rules. As a Congressman from South Carolina, Mulvaney received tens of thousands of dollars in political donations from the payday lending industry, raising concerns he was too connected to the industry to appropriately regulate it.The Community Financial Services Association of America, a payday lending group, is holding its annual conference in March at Trump’s Doral golf club in Miami. It held its conference there last year, too. Government watchdog groups have criticized the use of Trump hotels and resorts by businesses and lobbying groups as legal bribery, a way to influence regulation and policy by giving money to the president.The CFSA did not respond to an Associated Press request for comment on that criticism, but sent a statement saying it was “disappointed” with certain regulations left intact and that its members were looking forward to returning to the Doral this year.“The venue is popular with our members and it meets our needs,” said CSFA CEO Dennis Shaul.Under the Obama administration, the CFPB spent close to five years working on a process to finally nationalize the regulation of the payday lending industry, which is mostly regulated at the state level. The bureau started the process back in 2012 and its finalized rules were finished in late 2017. It was the last major pieces of regulation done under Richard Cordray, the bureau’s first permanent director, before he left the bureau.“I think this is a bad development for consumers,” Cordray said. “We looked carefully at this industry and there was a common problem of borrowers getting trapped in long-term debt. We had put together what I considered to be a modest proposal. The change is really disappointing and hasty.”CFPB did propose keeping one part of the payday lending regulations: a ban on the industry from making multiple debits on a borrower’s bank account, which consumer advocates argued caused borrowers hardship through overdraft fees. In a statement, the CFSA felt the CFPB’s repeal did not go far enough, and would have wanted the regulations over debits eliminated as well.The proposed new rules are subject to a 90-day comment period by the public. The proposed changes are almost certain to face legal challenges, since the bureau is taking a radical departure from its previous position, which is not something federal regulators are typically allowed to do under law.___AP Business Writer Bernard Condon contributed to this report from New York.___Ken Sweet covers banks and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for The Associated Press. Follow him on Twitter at @kensweet.Ken Sweet, The Associated Press read more

9 Moroccans in Africa Reports Top 50 Influential Businesswomen in Africa

Rabat – The Africa Report magazine has published profiles of the top 50 African influential women in business, including 9 Moroccan businesswomen.The African magazine published the list Tuesday, August 14, and drew up the profiles along with Jeune Afrique and the Africa CEO Forum.The businesswomen “shaped their sectors, helped a new generation of female leaders and improved their firms’ profitability,” according to the monthly magazine. Mama Tajmouati, the most senior businesswomanMorocco’s Mama Tajmouati, 81, was “the most senior businesswoman” to appear on the list, the magazine said.Tajmouati is the CEO of Ynna Holding.  In 2016, she inherited the empire of her husband Miloud Chaabi, a prominent Moroccan businessman in Morocco, and continues to invest. The family business includes more than 30 subsidiaries in sectors of real estate, industry, construction, distribution, agribusiness, renewable energy, and social work.Tajmaouti said in an interview with Telquel that succeeding her husband is “a big responsibility because I must continue his work.”“I was at his side in every step at the creation of his empire, which we built together. So I was involved in every strategic decision.”“Miloud began as a shepherd and became a powerful businessman and a political figure,” she added.In November 2017, Tajmaouti accompanied Morocco’s industry and trade minister and the energy and mines minister to inaugurate two new production units of Gharb Paper Cardboard (known as Gharb Papier and Carton in French), a subsidiary of Ynna Holding, in Kenitra north of Rabat along the Atlantic coast. The plants cost more than MAD 800 million.Salwa Akhannouch, Aksal CEOSalwa Idrissi Akhannouch, the wife of Morocco’s agriculture minister, Aziz Akhannouch, was also honored by the Africa Report. She is the CEO of Aksal Group, a prominent Moroccan company producing luxury products.In 2015, Akhannouch was ranked 8th among the 100 most powerful Arab businesswomen according to Emirati weekly magazine Arabian Business.In October 2017, Akhannouch launched her fine cosmetics and beauty brand “Yan&One” in Casablanca’s “Morocco Mall,” one of Africa’s largest shopping malls.According to the Africa Report, Aksal “owns a 50% stake” in Morocco Mall.Miriem Chaqroun, Oulmes Mineral Water CEOPossibly the most besieged member of the group, businesswoman Miriem Bensalah Chaqroun is the CEO of Oulmes Mineral Water, which includes bottling brands such as Sidi Ali, Oulmes, Bahia, and others. Sidi Ali is among the three companies which many Moroccans have boycotted since April 20.Bensalah-Chaqroun is also the director of Holmarcom Group, a Moroccan company operating in finance, agro-industry, logistics, and real estate. Holmarcom Group was founded by Chaqroun’s deceased father Abdelkader Bensalah in 1978.The businesswoman is also a pilot and golf player, according to the Africa Report.Leading businesswomen of MoroccoAnother notable Moroccan businesswoman, Lamia Tazi, is the general director of Sothema, a Moroccan pharmaceutical company founded by her father, Omar Tazi in 1976. Sothema has seven fabrication pharmaceutical plants in Morocco and one plant in Senegal. Tazi is also the new secretary general of the Moroccan Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry.Saida Karim Lamrani, executive vice president of the Holdings Safari-Sofipar-Cofimar Group which operates in real estate, industry, and finance is also head of the SMEIA car dealership company which “has the import rights for Jaguar, Land Rover, BMW and Mazda automobiles.”Rita Maria Zniber is the CEO of Diana Holding, a Moroccan spirits and agribusiness company, and a majority shareholder of French spirits company Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits.Also on the list are Nadia Fassi-Fehri, CEO of INWI, the royally owned telecommunication company in Morocco; Ghislane Guedira, executive vice president and CFO of OCP Group (Office Chérifien des Phosphates), one of the leading producers and exporters of phosphate in the world; and Ghita Lahlo, director of the international Saham Insurance company and of Casablanca’s Central School for engineering. read more

Fans of NBA could feel impact of China trade wars

NEW YORK — That LeBron James jersey could get a little more expensive.Companies that make clothing and shoes for the National Basketball Association players are in the crosshairs of President Donald Trump’s escalating China trade wars.So, the question is, will American fans of sports stars like Los Angeles Lakers’ James be willing to pay higher prices for the gear?The stakes are high as U.S. sales from sports licensed merchandise including NBA items rang up $21 billion last year, according to Licensing International, a trade group. Sales on NBAStore.com rose 15% during the 12-month period through August, according to the league. And many of the sports brands ranging from Adidas to Puma rely on China for at least some of their sourcing.Moreover, experts worry China could impose penalties on Western brands who sell there at a time when business in that country is exploding. Some also believe U.S. fans might turn to counterfeit merchandise if they don’t want to pay higher prices.“When you raise prices on legitimate goods, you encourage the production of illegitimate goods,” said Steve Lamar, executive vice-president of The American Apparel and Footwear Association, a trade group. “We’re definitely seeing pressure on brands. We’re just waiting for the other basketball shoe to drop.”Until now, consumers were largely spared from higher prices in Trump’s previous round of import taxes. That has changed. Starting Sept. 1, the U .S. government began collecting 15 per cent on $112 billion in Chinese imports, on a wide array of merchandise including basketball jerseys, basketball shoes, basketballs and even hoops. Higher tariffs are set to hit another batch of Chinese products — $160 billion worth on Dec. 15 and include other sports products, according to the American Apparel & Footwear Association.President Trump tweeted Wednesday that planned tariff increases on another $250 billion in Chinese imports, which would include sports bags, would be delayed until Oct. 15, from Oct. 1. Tariff increases are set to go from 25% to 30%.Many sporting goods companies, including Adidas, Under Armour and Spaulding declined to comment on how their business is being affected by the China trade wars. But like many companies, sport brands have been diversifying their sourcing away from China to factories in Vietnam and Bangladesh for the last several years even before escalating tensions between the U.S. and China.Take Puma, which announced earlier this year a new multi-year partnership that will make the international sports brand an official marketing partner of the NBA.“Our sector in China has been very strong. We’ve been growing 15% every quarter,” says Puma U.S. CEO Bjorn Gulden, noting it’s the fastest growing market ahead of the U.S. and Europe.But he added, “Tariffs and trade wars are not good for the market. It carries uncertainty.”Puma has been moving its sourcing out of China over the past two years and now the country accounts for 20 per cent of its overall production. Still, Gulden says costs are going up, and he’s not sure whether the company will have to raise prices.Gulden and others believe that the top end of the market may be less vulnerable than the lower end.For customers who buy sneakers ranging from $150 to $250, an increase may not hurt sales, but that could be a different story for customers who buy shoes in the $60 to $70 range, he said.Still, he says no one “has an appetite for higher prices.”The tensions between the U.S. and China come as many sports brands have been digging deeper into China where basketball is a massive business and the NBA’s fan base is exploding through social media.The good news is that American brands including Nike who sell there say business remains strong and they haven’t seen consumers in China pull back because of the strain.“We have not seen any impact on our business to-date and we continue to see strong momentum as we enter fiscal year 2020, ” Mark G. Parker, chairman, CEO and president of Nike told analysts during a conference call following its fiscal fourth quarter earnings in June. It reported revenue growth in China up 21% this past fiscal year.Nike says it produces about a quarter of its product in China for the globe. However, its exposure in terms of product produced in China to North America is “relatively modest.”There’s a silver lining for sportswear makers to Trump’s trade war with China, however.Puma’s Gulden says that the company is using the same factories in China that used to produce merchandise for the American market for the Chinese market. Previously, factories outside of China produced goods for China. Now, Puma can stay on top of trends faster.“You are much quicker. No duty. No freight, ” Gulden added.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzioAnne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

Soft and perverse suspended sentence for criminal who dragged police officer along

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A senior police figure has criticised the “soft and perverse” sentence given to a driver who dragged an officer 200 yards.Jamie Williams, 23, drove off with a policeman hanging out of his car window, causing multiple injuries to the officer.But after Williams was spared jail, John Apter, National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, criticised the justice system for failing to protect officers.He said: “Time and time again we see soft and perverse sentences being handed to those who attack and assault police officers. This is unacceptable.”An assault on a police officer is an assault on society and we must show, in the strongest terms that this will not be tolerated.”Police stopped Williams after seeing him pull out of a tight junction “at speed” in Thornton Heath in August 2018, Croydon Crown Court heard.But, as he was being questioned, Williams got back in his dark grey Mercedes and drove off – with a police officer hanging out the car window trying to stop his escape.Williams sped off before reversing and crashing into a police car. He then took off again, despite the efforts of other police officers to stop them and with the original officer – then aged 26 – still hanging out of the window.He eventually had no choice but to let go, and threw himself from Williams’ car.The officer was taken to hospital and treated for a number of severe grazes and a fractured left wrist.Though he has since returned to work he is still suffering the effects of his injuries, according to the Metropolitan Police.Mr Apter added: “Police officers who are victims of assault want to see justice.”They want to feel supported by the wider Criminal Justice system but, sadly, at this time they don’t feel they have that support.”Until they do, officers will continue to feel under-protected and under-valued with criminals laughing in the face of justice.”Williams, of Croydon, south London, was handed an 18 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and a two year driving ban after pleading guilty to ABH assault, criminal damage and dangerous driving in July.A compensation order was made for £3,500 to be paid to the officer in the next 12 months.Williams must obey a curfew between the hours of 9pm-6am for the six months, and is to complete 150 hours of community service within the next 12 months – as well ac taking an extended driving exam before he is allowed back on the roads. read more

Atlas Copco updates versatile FlexiROC T15R

first_imgAtlas Copco’s compact and highly versatile FlexiROC T15 R drill rig has recently been updated with new features that make it even more useful in a variety of applications. “It may be small, but Atlas Copco’s four-wheel drive FlexiROC T15 R drill rig has had a big impact since its launch in 2008. Now it’s been updated with a range of improvements that make it more useful and efficient than ever.”Designed for drilling 27-51 mm holes the FlexiROC T15 R is a vital piece of onsite equipment for construction, dimension stone quarrying as well as other demanding tasks such as bolt installations and boulder blasting. New features include an extended feed of 3.66 m (12 ft), a robust foot attachment, a 2.8 Cummins Tier 4 Final engine and a 2.4 Hz Bluetooth Radio Remote Control unit. The rig has a long boom reach of 4,500 mm and the 360 degree roll-over feed system enables holes to be drilled in practically any position. Not only that, it takes just a couple of minutes to re-pin the rig for either horizontal or vertical operation.The control system automatically adjusts impact and feed speed in proportion to rotation torque which means high productivity and smooth drilling even in soft formations. “Equipped with an advanced hydraulic rock drill from the COP 1020 range, excellent tramming capability and support legs it can be used in rough terrain and in locations that are normally difficult to access.” An added bonus is that fuel consumption can be kept to a minimum as the engine’s RPM can be adjusted from the remote control system.last_img read more