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  • Brookland Elementary Officially Opens

    first_imgStudents joined together with educators, community members andgovernment today, Feb. 7, to officially open Brookland ElementarySchool in Sydney. The Primary to Grade 6 facility welcomed more than 500 studentslast September, replacing Colby, Sacred Heart, and St. Josephschools. “Brookland is a wonderful school,” said Education Minister JamieMuir. “The students and staff have brought the spirit of thethree predecessor schools to a fine new building with all themodern amenities. “There’s no better example of that spirit than the money they’veraised for the regions hit by the tsunami in South Asia — $2,300and counting.” Darlene Morrison, chair of the Cape Breton-Victoria RegionalSchool Board, said Brookland holds great promise for children inthe area. “I am convinced that this new school will allow everyone –students, teachers, parents and the community — the opportunityto find answers, to discuss and share problems, and to worktogether for the ultimate goal of a thorough education for everychild,” she said. The participants marked the event by unveiling a commemorativeplaque. Student performers provided entertainment. The school is home to 24 classrooms, a spacious gym, an art room,a music room, and a multi-media room. It devotes 3,716 squaremetres (40,000 square feet) to teaching and learning with spacefor storage and support. The new school is part of an eight-year, $400-million investmentby the province in its children. It was built at a cost of almost$11 million.last_img read more

  • Ontario legislature resumes amid two Liberal trials focus on labour and pot

    first_imgTORONTO – Major labour law changes, including a $15 minimum wage, and marijuana will be on the front burner as Ontario’s legislature returns from its summer break on Monday.But the business of legislating also resumes at the same time as two Liberal trials get underway and are sure to dominate Ontario politics.Both opposition parties will likely try to keep reminding people of the Election Act bribery charges trial in Sudbury related to a 2015 byelection and mischief and the breach of trust trial in Toronto related to the cancellation of two gas plants before the 2011 election.Premier Kathleen Wynne is set to testify in the bribery trial in Sudbury on Wednesday.“It’s a sad day for the people of Ontario that they will be seeing their premier as a witness on the stand in court on Wednesday,” Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown said in a statement.Wynne was asked last week if she was worried the trials would overshadow her agenda.“I really don’t have control over that,” she said. “My job is to implement our plan to make sure that we do everything that we can to make this a fair place to live.”Wynne and her team have been pushing the fairness theme hard over the past months. Expect that to continue through the fall and all the way to the June 2018 election.A key part of that is the Liberal government’s labour bill that would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2019 as well as give equal pay for part-time workers, increased vacation entitlements and expanded personal emergency leave.Public hearings on the bill were held this summer and it will go back before the House with some tweaks for second reading, before being sent for a second round of committee hearings.Though the minimum wage increase has proven popular in government polling, business groups have been campaigning hard against the phase-in period, saying the increase — it is currently set to rise to $11.60 in October — is too much to absorb that quickly.The business groups say they’ll continue to press for amendments to the bill, but they’re also eager for the government to unveil a promised package of offsets to help businesses cope with increased costs the labour bill will bring.That is set to be announced in the fall and Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid has said a break for small businesses will come “likely on the tax side.”The NDP will continue to push for more changes to the labour bill, including more vacation days and paid sick days. Party Leader Andrea Horwath also indicated in a statement she would turn part of her attention to Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown — who is leading in the polls.“Patrick Brown won’t tell us what his plans are, but after years of standing with Conservatives who cut like Stephen Harper, Mike Harris and Tim Hudak, we can expect his priorities to be conservative cuts and conservative privatization,” she wrote.Legislation to control the sale of recreational marijuana is set to be tabled this fall, after the Liberal government on Friday announced its plan to sell pot to people 19 and older in as many as 150 standalone stores run by the province’s liquor control board.Opposition parties and cannabis activists slammed the plan and are expected to continue to be vocal as the legislation is crafted and goes to public hearings.Other policies the government has previously said will come this fall include:— The next long-term energy plan— Police oversight legislation— Legislation to create two new northern ridings— An updated Police Services Act— Ticket sales and resales legislation— Legislation to create safe zones around abortion clinicslast_img read more

  • Contractual Teachers Camp Out in Front of Rabats Parliament

    Rabat – Saturday night to Sunday morning, young contractual teachers decided to camp outside of Rabat’s parliament in protest of the government’s recent decision to keep contractual teaching positions.The teachers, aged 20-30, donned white coats and carried banners with slogans such as “the people for the abolishment of contractual employment” and “freedom, dignity and social justice” as they marched around Rabat during the day. There were approximately 10,000 protesters on Rabat’s streets, according to Reuters.Read also: Government Tells Contractual Teachers to Go to Work, Threatens FiringAs night fell, the protesters marched from the Ministry of Education to the Parliament, where they lit candles and set up an improvised camp in front of Rabat’s parliament. Authorities initially attempted to negotiate with the contractual teachers, but when the teachers refused to leave after two hours, police and auxiliary forces used water cannons and batons in an attempt the disperse the protest. March 23 was chosen as the day for this large protest in reference to a mass student protest in Casablanca that occurred on the same date in 1965, which ended in as many as 100 deaths according to the Union Nationale des Forces Populaires (UNFP).The protest follows the government’s unwillingness to change the laws on contractual employment. Contractual employment doesn’t allow the teachers to seek a permanent position in the education sector, and they can be fired with 30 days of the contract being signed. Contractual teachers are also only paid MAD 5000 month, putting in them in the government’s ninth pay grade. Many are protesting to receive a raise to the 10th pay grade, adding an extra MAD 1500 to their salary. Approximately 55,000 contractual teachers have been hired since the practice was introduced by the government in 2016.The protests began on March 3 and are showing no signs of slowing down. On March 10, the government tried to find solutions to ease the tension, such as proposing the contractual teachers by hired within the regional academy they currently work, but protesters said this was not enough and they would keep protesting until the contractual hiring of teachers was abolished completely.Government Spokesperson, Mustapha El Khlafi, in response to contractual teachers rejecting the government’s proposed solutions, said that the protests have “nothing to do with their interest, but they aim to disrupt public utility.”Read also: Former Head of Government Benkirane Criticizes Protesting Contractual Teachers, Citing Islam read more

  • Morocco Offers Ivory Coast 120 Scholarships for Coming Academic Year

    Rabat – Morocco is offering 120 scholarships for high-achieving Ivorian students, Ivorian media has reported.The local newspapers quoted a statement from the Ivorian ministry of foreign affairs as indicating that the scholarships are for the 2019-2020 academic year and would be available for grasp until mid-August for students interested in pursuing their studies in Morocco. Of the scholarship offers, 100 are for university degrees while the remaining 20 will be taken at vocational schools in Morocco, the ministry explained.  The news comes as a further illustration of the “strong friendship” between Morocco and Ivory Coast. The West African country is a known, outspoken supporter of Morocco’s “African diplomacy” or South-South agenda, in addition to backing the Moroccan autonomy plan in Western Sahara.Last month, Ivory Coast became the first country to open a consulate in Laayoune. Idrissa Traore, the Ivorian ambassador to Rabat, said that the move was not merely symbolic. Rather, he proposed, his country wished to overtly express its commitment to its “strategic partnership” and “multidimensional relations” with Rabat.As Morocco capitalizes on its “African gaze” in foreign relations, the country has maintained its policy of attracting more African students. The goal, according to Moroccan authorities, is to make the North African country a continental hub for scientific research and academic collaboration.Read also: Moroccan Company to Build Hospitals in Ivory CoastMorocco has long been one of the most prized study destinations in Africa, especially for students from francophone Africa. In recent years, scholarships and learning agreements with a number of governments across Africa have helped improve Morocco’s image in the continent, boosting its aspirations for continental leadership. read more

  • Independent BC MLA blasts government for farmland sales to global corp

    by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 1, 2015 3:50 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2015 at 6:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Independent B.C. MLA blasts government for farmland sales to global corp. VICTORIA – An Independent member of the legislature says British Columbia must protect valuable farmland after an international company bought more than 12,000 hectares it plans to turn into forests.Vicki Huntington, who represents the agriculture-rich Delta South riding, said Thursday that the latest purchase by British-based company Reckitt Benckiser included about 320 hectares of ranch land near Dawson Creek.She said the land deal occurred less than one month after the Ministry of Agriculture announced, after meetings with the company, that its land-purchase policy was under review and further deals were halted.“They’ve got to deal with this issue because it’s real,” Huntington said. “It’s significant to the production of forage for our farmers, and the ministry is just not doing its job effectively in this regard.”She said the 320-hectare property located just west of Dawson Creek is valuable cattle-grazing land. It was part of B.C.’s agricultural land reserve.The company’s website says it has planted seven million trees in efforts to achieve net-zero emissions from its manufacturing operations.“We aim to have net-zero emissions from manufacturing through planting trees,” it said in a statement on its site.“By converting land used, or previously cleared, for cultivation back to forest, we help to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere that would otherwise have remained there contributing to global warming.”Huntington, who is a member of an Opposition agriculture committee, said farm land is becoming increasingly more valuable, especially with ongoing drought conditions.She said local politicians in the Caribou and Peace River regions have expressed concerns since last April about the company’s agricultural land purchases.Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick said his ministry does not endorse turning farms into forests and received assurances in June that Reckitt Benckiser would not buy any more agricultural land.But he said the latest purchase in July involved a deal that was already in the works.“In my mind, and the government’s mind, it is not appropriate for anyone to be taking good agricultural land out of production by planting forests,” Letnick said.He said a solution is being worked out with the company, but that he could not elaborate.Reckitt Benckiser is a manufacturing company that produces a diverse range of products including household cleaners, acne creams and hot dog condiments. read more

  • Brock alumnus shares how he found purpose by erasing hate

    Rather than succumb to his weaknesses, Corey Fleischer (BA ’06) harnessed and used them to create change in the world.In hopes of inspiring others to do the same, the Brock alumnus returned to campus on Tuesday, March 19 to share his story.In a room full of Brock students, alumni, staff, faculty and community members, Fleischer gave an impassioned talk about how he overcame the barriers of his learning disability and dread of an uncertain future through the discovery of his life’s mission: erasing hate.Founder and President of #ErasingHate Corey Fleischer (BA ’06) shared how his journey from Brock University led to the creation of the worldwide movement that targets and eliminates hate graffiti for free.The founder of the global #ErasingHate movement, which sees hate graffiti around the world removed for free, was honoured with the Brock University Alumni Association’s (BUAA) Community Engagement Award at the event.Growing up in Montreal, Fleischer said he struggled for many years to maintain his grades because the education system was ill-equipped to support him and his learning disability. It was not until he attended a prep school in Maine on a hockey scholarship that he “learned how to learn,” transforming his disability into one of his biggest strengths.“My greatest problems with my learning were realistically my greatest attributes. I had to learn things differently than other people,” said Fleischer. “This process helped me to think outside the box. It’s not so much about what you’re learning, but how you learn it.”With the help of various campus services and the compassionate guidance of Brock Learning Disabilities Program Co-ordinator Dianne Jansen (MEd ’10), Fleischer discovered his passion for Women’s Studies at the University and graduated in 2010.After Convocation, Fleischer returned to Montreal, where he started his own power-washing company. While he was able to make a living off his successful business, Fleischer felt like his life was missing substance.That changed the day he encountered a swastika spray painted in a public space.Although he initially ignored to the urge to remove the hate symbol, it didn’t take him long to realize this was a task he needed to take on.In the 15 seconds it took for him to clean the vandalized intersection, he found the feeling he had been searching for his whole life.Brock alumnus Corey Fleischer returned to campus for the first time in 10 years to receive the Brock University Alumni Association’s Community Engagement Award on Tuesday, March 19.After his first removal of hate graffiti, Fleischer spent five years privately scouring the streets of Montreal looking for disparaging graffiti he could remove in his spare time. Then, in response to an upsurge in incidences, Fleischer shared photos of his erasures on Facebook. What he did not anticipate was the viral response and flood of media requests that followed, turning his once private act of volunteerism into a public, global movement.In the first five years, Fleischer erased about 50 instances of hate graffiti on his own, averaging 10 pieces per year. Now, Fleischer estimates #ErasingHate removes more than 50 pieces of hate graffiti daily, ranging from homophobic and Islamophobic remarks, to anti-Semitic symbols and racial slurs, around the world.“What we’re seeing is social change taking place through social media,” he said.“A lot of people think you need unattainable things to make a difference, like millions of dollars or complicated algorithms, but you don’t. The difference between me and everyone else in this room is I have a power-washer, water, a phone and the drive to make a difference … All it takes is one person to say, ‘I’m not taking this anymore’ and you’d be surprised how quickly things can change.”When Fleischer left Brock and stopped playing hockey, his role as protector of his teammates disappeared along with it. Since founding the #ErasingHate movement, Fleischer says he has a new team, only it is much bigger now.“Erasing Hate was built on helping your neighbours. It’s about inspiring people to step up when something is wrong and to do something about it.”Fleischer’s quest to make a difference around the world made him an obvious choice for the BUAA’s Community Engagement Award, which recognizes a Brock graduate who has made outstanding contributions to their community and in doing so, has enriched the lives of others. “Corey was a natural fit as this year’s recipient,” says Jayne Morrish (MA ’12), Chair, BUAA Recognition of Excellence Committee. “Corey embodies this award’s vision every day, but on a global scale.“He has dedicated his life to making the world a kinder, friendlier and more accepting place, while also spreading the message that youth can overcome any challenges that come their way. This, coupled with his passion for authentic engagement, made Corey the ideal candidate for the Community Engagement award, and I am so proud to count him among my fellow alumni.” read more

  • Millionaire seeks greater share in divorce because he is a genius prompting

    first_imgReferring to the use of the use of the word ‘genius’ in court to describe Mr Work’s investment skills, the judge remarked: “I personally find that a difficult, and perhaps unhelpful, word in this context.“To my mind, the word ‘genius’ tends to be over-used and is properly reserved for Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart, Einstein, and others like them.”But Mr Work, who says his share should be nearer two-thirds, is preparing to take his case to the Court of Appeal after his lawyers complained that Mr Justice Holman had been wrong not to give credit for a special contribution. Mandy Gray When Oscar Wilde reputedly told a US customs official that he had nothing to declare but his genius, he was, it is assumed, joking.But genius has become a term used in everyday life to describe everything from hot-housed children to footballers, pop stars and celebrity chefs.Now a panel of judges in the Court of Appeal is to be asked to grapple with the meaning of the word in the case of a multimillionaire husband seeking a bigger slice of the wealth he once shared with his wife in a divorce settlement. Randy Work, an American financier, is seek to overturn as order at the High Court last year awarding his estranged wife, Mandy Gray, half of a fortune, totalling more than £140 million.His lawyers argue that his performance as an investor was so stellar that the usual principle of dividing assets half and half in divorce settlements should be put aside.They argue that he was not left with a fair cash share following a divorce battle with his unfaithful wife because his “special contribution” to their fortune had not been recognised. Mandy Gray arriving Royal Courts of Justice with her lawyer Fiona Shackleton Credit:Nick Ansell /PA Albert Einstein Mandy Gray, 45, arriving Royal Courts of Justice with her lawyer Fiona Shackleton  The court heard last year how, during a stint in Japan working for a US private equity firm, he had earned $7 billion for his employer, taking home a multimillion income himself.Under the Matrimonial Causes Act the usual principle of equal division can be permitted if it would be unfair to disregard the conduct of one party to the marriage.Last year Mr Justice Holman rejected the argument, concluding that Mr Work’s contributions to wealth creation were not “wholly exceptional”.  Mandy Gray was awarded half the couple’s fortune Credit:Nick Ansell /PA 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. Allowing the appeal to go ahead Lady Justice King said that Mr Work’s lawyers had argued that Mr Justice Holman had appeared to have accepted that “genius” was a prerequisite for a finding of special contribution.Appeal judges are now expected to consider the case at a hearing in London in February.At one point during last year’s hearing Mr Justice Holman told Mr Work: “I am not sure you and I are on the same planet”.Mr Work had argued that his wife was only entitled to £5 million from their fortune because, he said, she had failed to abide by a Texan post-nuptial agreement.Throughout the case the judge urged the couple to settle their differences, telling them there was “plenty of money to go round” adding: “People who are struggling to afford two-bedroom houses have difficulties.”The couple began living together in 1992 and married in 1995 in California. They separated in 2013 and have two teenage children. To my mind, the word ‘genius’ tends to be over-used and is properly reserved for Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart, Einstein, and others like themMr Justice Holman A judge last year said the word ‘genius’ should really be used for people like EinsteinCredit:AP last_img read more

  • Tougher AIM requirements were needed says Cobbetts partner

    first_imgIn March, the London Stock Exchange cracked down on AIM’s mining and oil & gas sectors by issuing new guidance in a bid to tighten up the process of coming to the AIM market. The new guidance now clarifies when resource companies must provide an expert’s report on their reserves and resources (known as a Competent Persons’ Report) in the admission document, what the report should contain and to what standard it should be produced. In addition it explains the reporting standards required following admission whenever the company updates the market (see the article by Alexander Keepin in the June issue of IM). Charles Bond, corporate partner at leading law firm Cobbetts LLP, says: “It is no secret that there has been a sense of unease amongst investors, advisers and the wider public markets community, that the flexible approach to regulation which has been so attractive to companies wanting to come to AIM, could also lead to a major upset. Lack of full technical disclosure by these companies has been a real concern, especially when compared to other regimes.” “However, the general consensus amongst the AIM community is that the new guidance has provided more confidence in the market and is a positive sign of things to come, indeed setting a standard for the main market.” Bond continues: “Although some commentators may say that the guidance is only that and does not go far enough to bring AIM into line with other markets, it does provide the advantage of retaining the markets’ appeal of flexibility whilst maintaining credibility. Both of these factors are particularly important in attracting international companies, particularly as the sector for markets and exchanges enters into an era of consolidation.” With so many rules and regulations to consider, Bond offers some advice to resource companies looking to be admitted: “With many resource companies already on the market, investors are now beginning to look for companies with international assets that are going into production rather than merely exploration. In addition, companies coming to London must make sure that their corporate governance is in order, including having the right mixture of non-executives and executives on the board and being able to demonstrate clear internal reporting and control procedures. ”Advisers play a fundamental part in the whole process and finding the right one for your business can also be difficult: “Nomads are essential in navigating the whole process but with some 80 to choose from, it can be tricky to find one that best suits your needs. Choose one that you have a good relationship with, who represents investors relevant to your sector and who has a good reputation. Other advisers needed are reporting accountants, a broker (normally covered by the Nomad), a PR adviser, and of course, a UK legal adviser.”last_img read more

  • Katarina Tomasevic joins Nantes Loire Atlantique HB

    ← Previous Story DKB Bundesliga: Goppingen beat Kiel – Flensburg joins championship race! Next Story → Iwan Ursic to GC Amicitia Zürich Katarina TomasevicNantes Loire Atlantique HB Serbian goalkeeper Katarina Tomasevic (29) will continue proffesional career in French team – NANTES LOIRE ATLANTIQUE HB. The leader of the Second French League almost secure the first position and promotion to the French elite. A part of the ambitious project is signing of one of the best European goalkeeper from the last Women’s EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia, where Tomasevic was guilty why France didn’t achieve semi-final.Tomasevic plays for German Thuringer. She has also experience of playing in Austria (Hypo), Denmark (Esbjerg) and Spain (Bera Bera) with domestic RK Zajecar, etc… read more

  • Ronaldo leaves a massive tip at Greek resort

    first_imgSealing a move to Juventus appears to have put Cristiano Ronaldo in a very generous mood with the star having reportedly left an unbelievable £17,850 tip at a restaurant in a luxury Greek resortThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner was spending some at Greece for his summer vacation with his family following Portugal’s last-16 exit at the World Cup last month.His time in Greece will be mostly remembered as the place where he sealed his move to Juventus with even the club chairman Andrea Agnelli having flown over from Italy to meet Ronaldo and seal the deal that saw him end his glorious nine-year spell at Real Madrid for a move to the Serie A champions.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.But it turns out that there will be other things that the locals will remember Ronaldo for with the New Zealand Herald reporting that the new Juventus man was so impressed with the service that he received at the Costa Navarino resort in the Peloponnese region of Greece that he decided to leave them a massive cheque of £17,850 as a thank you gesture for everything they had done for him and his family.The 33-year-old specifically asked the management at the hotel to split the cheque equally between all their employees.While he gave away a lot of money there, Ronaldo should be able to quickly recuperate with his new lucrative contract at Juventus set to see him earn €30m a year.last_img read more

  • Digicel TCI new CEO Erik Staaf launches LTE first in Turks and

    first_img Related Items:ceo, digicel, erik staaf Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands Thousands without power in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you TCI Govt meets with Digicel and Carnival Cruise Lines Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Mar 2015 – LTE technology is finally launched in the Turks and Caicos and since yesterday mobile phone users could activate the service only at Digicel. At a luncheon held at Blue Haven Resort, media learned of the expansive offerings of the company and met its new CEO, Erik Staaf who explained Digicel is heavily focused upon being the ‘home of internet & entertainment’. With a new commercial marketing campaign, produced by local company Spotlight Communications, Digicel used familiar faces including Takara Bain, former WIV news anchor to explain the faster speed of LTE. Staaf said it is four times faster than 4G and 120 times faster than 2G. During the announcement, we also learned that all Ministry of Education schools will receive free internet, will see a smart or digital classroom established by Digicel, that current 4G customers only need change their settings – the LTE comes at no extra cost, that prepaid customers need a special SIM card to access the new mobile data service and all will get free Netflix and Rdio, a music streaming app free in the first month.last_img read more

  • Amar Singh attacks Bachchan family calls them indecent and hypocrites

    first_imgAmar Singh and Amitabh Bachchan, who were considered the thickest of friends, have been at loggerheads for a while now. Adding fuel to the fire, Amar Singh recently took to Twitter to lambast the Bachchan family once again.Singh criticised Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan over their “indecent scenes” in movies and called them hypocrites.Attacking Jaya Bachchan’s speech in the parliament, which was about the condition of the women in the country, Amar Singh tweeted a two-minute long video.”My old friend, who is no longer a friend, expressed grief in Rajya Sabha yesterday about the condition of women in the country. You are a mother and a wife. The remote to control the society is in the hands of a mother and a wife. Why don’t you ask your husband to not dance on ‘jumma-chumma’ or embrace the actress in a rain dance sequence,” Amit Shah said in the video. Stop hypocrisy Jaya Bachchan ji. @SrBachchan @juniorbachchan @smritiirani @nsitharaman @samajwadiparty @ABPNews @dna #CrimeAgainstWomen pic.twitter.com/eNAyTo0GWM— Amar Singh (@AmarSinghTweets) July 25, 2019Singh did not stop there. He also asked Jaya Bachchan why she did not tell her daughter-in-law (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) to not do what she did in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. He also targeted her son Abhishek and asked Jaya to tell her son to not dance with semi-naked actresses in Dhoom.He told her to bring changes inside her home first and then talk about society. He said that films have a big role to play in whatever is happening in society.Amar Singh’s video has garnered both positive and negative comments. While few have supported Singh, many have lashed out at him for targeting the Bachchan family.last_img read more

  • Ambassador Shahidul made Bimstec Secy Gen

    first_imgM Shahidul Islam. Photo: UNBThe 15th Bimstec ministerial meeting on Friday appointed Bangladesh’s candidate ambassador M Shahidul Islam as the next secretary general of Bimstec for a period of three years, reports UNB.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali led the Bangladesh delegation to the 15th Bimstec Ministerial meeting held in Kathmandu, Nepal.The current chair of Bimstec, foreign minister of Nepal Krishna Bahadur Mahara, chaired the meeting.Ambassador Islam is currently serving as the ambassador of Bangladesh to France.Earlier on Thursday, the senior officials’ meeting recommended appointment of secretary general of Bangladesh as the tour of duty of the first secretary general expired on 10 August.In 2012, ambassador Sumith Nakandala was nominated as the first secretary general of Bimstec and he assumed the charge of the secretary general on 10 August, 2014. His tenure ended on 10 August 2017.Nepal’s prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba inaugurated the meeting and the foreign ministers of Bimstec member states jointly met the prime minister of Nepal.Prime minister Deuba emphasized on the need for developing connectivity along with other areas of cooperation to unleash potentials for economic development of Bimstec countries.Among others, Bhutan’s foreign minister Lyonpo Damcho Dorji and India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj attended the meeting.Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand are the members of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec).This sub-regional grouping of South and South East Asian Nations has completed 20 years since its inception as BIST-EC in 1997 through Bangkok Declaration.During the meeting, minister Ali called upon the member states to review past performances, renew commitment and reframe strategy to transform Bimstec as one of the most dynamic regional organizations of the 21st century.The foreign minister urged the member states to conclude Bimstec Free Trade Area (FTA) negotiations for its early implementation and stressed enhancing cooperation in science and technology and ICT sectors, climate change, culture and tourism and blue economy, among others, said the foreign ministry.He requested the member states to give a big push together to bring in dynamism in the areas of cooperation of Bimstec.Bimstec foreign ministers expressed their unequivocal commitments to strengthen cooperation under the aegis of Bimstec and stressed implementing directives of the Bimstec leaders.Ministers agreed to prioritize sector-wise cooperation especially on trade, connectivity, energy, disaster management, technology, poverty alleviation and countering terrorism and violent extremism and speedy implementation of the pledges and commitments already made.Foreign secretary Shahidul Haque led the Bangladesh delegation to the senior officials’ meeting.last_img read more

  • Full Show ITC Cleanup Continues And City Controller Weighs In On Layoffs

    first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:45 center_img Listen On Monday’s Houston Matters: We get the latest on cleanup efforts a week after the fire at the ITC chemical facility in Deer Park.Then Houston Controller Chris Brown says the city’s financial situation is just as dire as the mayor suggests given the implementation of Proposition B.Also this hour: A new report says the city’s affordable housing crisis puts many Houstonians at risk for future flooding. We take a closer look. Then, veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller answers your pet care questions.And the Houston Cougars are headed to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. Jeff Balke updates on that and other local sports stories.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

  • Final Fantasy XVs Developers Cooked All Food See in the Game

    first_imgCreating such realistic looking food was a group effort according to Hasegawa. The art department would plan out what each dish’s ingredients and appearance would be before handing it off to another team that went outdoors to cook the meals on a camp stove.“Our team members took out their gear and went camping to cook outdoors,” said Hasegawa. “You know how even the simplest foods can taste really delicious when you’re out camping? We wanted to focus on that same feeling while we created them.”After the meals had been cooked, they were photographed from a variety of angles before being scanned to create the 3D versions used in the game. The digital artists also made sure to physically hold each dish to get a better understanding of their composition and weight. The rendering team also tasted each dish and adjusted them in-game as necessary.“I believe sharing feedback amongst the team members is what leads to the high-quality of the final recipe images,” said Hasegawa. “This is not just for the recipes — within the Final Fantasy XV game production as a whole we constantly ask ourselves: ‘How can we incorporate the team members’ real-life experiences into the game itself?’”A lot of effort went into creating all of these delicious looking meals but the results speak for themselves. Since each of these dishes is based on a real meal, Square-Enix really ought to release a Final Fantasy XV cookbook for those of us who want to actually eat the foods the game’s protagonists enjoy each night. Stay on target Cool Gifts for ‘Final Fantasy’ LoversGEEK PICK: Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition HD center_img Final Fantasy XV has a lot going for it. A giant world open world to explore, a ton of interesting side quests to complete, fast-paced, real-time combat, gorgeous, awe-inspiring visuals, and a deep, satisfying story. Okay, maybe not so much with the story, but by and large, FFXV is one of the more enjoyable games of 2016; no mean feat for a title that was in development for the better part of a decade.One of the things those who’ve played FFXV noticed is how ridiculously detailed the food is in the game. In between missions, FFXV‘s protagonists make camp at night and are served meals by the straight-laced guardian, Ignis. As mentioned above, the game is a visual marvel, but its in-game food looks so scrumptious that you may feel the urge to jump into the TV to eat it. How did Square-Enix manage to render some of the most realistic looking in-game food ever seen in a game?Speaking with Eater.com, Final Fantasy XV‘s director, Hajime Tabata, explained why Final Fantasy XV‘s food got so much attention.“Recipes were just one element of the camping scenes, but the catalyst for our obsession was the high quality of the food graphics that the camp team was able to create in the pre-production phase,” said Tabata. “In Japan, we have a term called ‘meshi-tero’ (an abbreviation of the Japanese-English combo phrase ‘Meshi (food) Terror’ and similar to the English term ‘food porn’), but that pretty much summed it up. We have to create truly delicious-looking food scenes similar to those that appear in movies and anime.”According to the game’s art director, Tomohiro Hasegawa, some of the food was based on photographs, but for other meals, the team had to cook them. “It’s actually pretty difficult to make something look tasty in the game,” said Hasegawa. “And I believe what beats even the best photography is the personal experience.”last_img read more

  • Fruit flies can detect heavy hydrogen study

    first_imgIn the present study wildtypes of different origin were shown to be quite different in their behavior towards odors of different origin. Credit: Rickard Ignell This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Dr Efthimios Skoulakis of the Alexander Fleming Biomedical Sciences Research Center in Vari, Greece and colleagues presented fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) with acetophenone, an odorant molecule often used in perfumes, in a T-shaped maze. In one branch the molecule contained normal hydrogen, while in the other the hydrogen atoms in the molecule were replaced by deuterium. The flies were able to choose the branch they preferred.The fruit flies, which are known to have a strong sense of smell, showed a definite preference for the molecule with more hydrogen and their aversion to the deuterated molecule grew as more hydrogens were replaced. When fruit flies that had been genetically modified to have no sense of smell were used, they showed no preference.The fruit flies’ ability to discriminate between the molecules was also demonstrated by successfully giving the flies mild electric shocks to their feet as they walked on the floor of the maze to condition them to selectively avoid either form of the molecule.Dr Skoulakis said the results support a new theory of olfaction first proposed in 1996 by co-author Dr Luca Turin, a biophysicist who is now at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge in the US. The new theory suggests odorants are detected by their vibrations rather than by their shape.Deuterium differs from the normal isotope of hydrogen in that its nucleus contains a proton and a neutron instead of just a proton. This roughly doubles the mass of the deuterium atom, and so while it has similar properties to normal hydrogen, the larger mass means bonds between deuterium and other atoms within molecules vibrate more slowly.The leading theory of how smell works is that odorant molecules are detected by receptor proteins in the olfactory membranes because of their shape, which fits into the shape of a cavity in the protein, like a key in a lock. If the molecule fits a signal is sent to the brain.Dr Turin’s theory is that the electrons of the odorant might be able to cross a receptor membrane only if the bonds in the molecule are vibrating at exactly the right frequency. Since an odorant with normal hydrogen will have different vibrational properties to the deuterated odorant, the two odorants should smell different even though their shape is the same. As further confirmation the researchers tested the fruit flies with nitriles, which have a similar vibrational frequencies to that of deuterium-carbon bonds. The fruit flies had an aversion to the nitriles as expected.Humans have not been shown to have the ability to discriminate between compounds containing normal and heavy hydrogen, but Dr Turin said there were unpublished reports of a similar ability in at least one dog, which ignores an odorant it is trained to detect if the molecule is deuterated.The paper is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Explore further More information: Molecular vibration-sensing component in Drosophila melanogaster olfaction, PNAS, Published online before print February 14, 2011, doi:10.1073/pnas.1012293108 In lean times, flies can’t survive without their sense of smell © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Fruit flies can detect heavy hydrogen: study (2011, February 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-fruit-flies-heavy-hydrogen.html (PhysOrg.com) — A new study by researchers in Greece and the US has found that fruit flies can discriminate between normal and heavy hydrogen (deuterium) isotopes, which adds weight to a new theory of how the sense of smell works.last_img read more

  • US Tomato prices could nearly double in case of

    first_img U.S.: Tomato prices could nearly double in case of … April 01 , 2019 If there is no new suspension agreement by May 7, a temporary anti-dumping duty of 17.5% would be imposed on US importers of Mexican tomatoes. In addition, the US government would resume the anti-dumping duty investigation initiated in 1996.Later, the US International Trade Commission would publish a determination on whether or not the US tomato industry was harmed due to tomato imports from Mexico. If it finds substantial harm, an updated anti-dumping duty would be determined. However, if no harm is determined, all restrictions to trade for fresh tomatoes would have to be removed.To read the full report by Rabobank (for Rabobank clients), click here. The U.S. has announced plans to unilaterally withdraw from the tomato suspension agreement with Mexico by May 7, 2019. In the meantime, negotiations may continue. According to the RaboResearch report, Tomato Fight: What Is at Stake?, if parties reach a renewed suspension agreement, specific conditions may change, and the withdrawal would be avoided. You might also be interested in Report summaryAs half of the fresh tomatoes consumed in the US come from Mexico, potential changes to international trade would have relevant implications – not only for growers, but also for shippers, retailers, and consumers, says David Magaña, Senior Analyst – Fresh Produce. “Specific implications for the players along this highly integrated value chain would depend on the nature of the potential outcome.” Trump calls off tariffs on Mexico, says it will bu … Mexican avocados: WTO to mediate after Costa Rican … PMA hires Rubén Ramírez as general manager in Me …last_img read more

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    first_img Comments   Share   When most people talk about the matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers the focus eventually turns to each team’s stars.For Arizona, that list includes quarterback Carson Palmer, receiver Larry Fitzgerald and cornerback Patrick Peterson, while for the Packers there is QB Aaron Rodgers, receiver Randall Cobb, defensive lineman Julius Peppers and linebacker Clay Matthews.Other players will undoubtedly have an impact on the game. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling ESPN.com’s Field Yates, in an Insider piece, tried to pinpoint players who will do just that. Going over the X-factors for each team in the Divisional Round, he pointed to safety Rashad Johnson as the player who could come up big for Arizona.The Cardinals lost their most versatile defensive back, Tyrann Mathieu, in a Week 15 win against Philadelphia, but the secondary still has the personnel to keep this defense rolling. Johnson is among them, as he’s a steadying presence with excellent field vision and on-ball production.He had five interceptions this season and is getting back to 100 percent after missing a pair of games late in the season due to an ankle injury. The 30-year old is just a steady playmaker on whom Arizona will rely to try to smother Green Bay’s passing attack for a second time this season.Johnson did not play in the first meeting between these teams, which the Cardinals won 38-8 just a few weeks ago.On the season, the veteran has tallied 75 total tackles and 16 passes defensed to go along with his five interceptions. As Yates notes, Johnson is one of the team’s defensive leaders and someone who helps keep the rest of the team calm and ready to play. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals free safety Rashad Johnson (26) tackles Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)center_img For the Packers, Yates cited cornerback LaDarius Gunter and offensive lineman J.C. Tretter as players who could swing the game in Green Bay’s favor. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories last_img read more

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    first_img by Geir Moulson, The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2019 8:36 am PDT Director Charles Ferguson poses for a photo prior to an interview with the Associated Press about his movie ‘Watergate” at the 2019 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BERLIN — Charles Ferguson thought Watergate had never “properly been done.” The result was a documentary that explores the American presidential scandal in its full epic span, clocking in at more than four hours.The director of financial crisis documentary “Inside Job,” which won an Oscar in 2011, is presenting the film this week at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it had its European premiere. The documentary was shown in the U.S. last year.Ferguson told The Associated Press on Tuesday that while many books have been written and films made about the 1970s scandal that ended U.S. President Richard Nixon’s time in the White House, “there’s never been one place where the entire story was told in a comprehensive way.”Titled “Watergate — Or: How We Learned to Stop an Out of Control President,” the documentary features extensive interviews with many of the surviving players in the scandal, 1970s news footage as well as material from Nixon’s notorious tapes.It frames the scandal in a wider context, including the Vietnam War and foreign crises during Nixon’s presidency, while detailing the beginnings and development of Watergate through to and beyond Nixon’s 1974 resignation. Nixon quit as he faced impeachment over his role in the attempted coverup of a break-in at Democratic Party headquarters executed by burglars connected to his re-election campaign.Ferguson mixes the interviews and archival footage with re-enactments of scenes from the Nixon tapes. The director said he felt that would be “easier on the viewer,” given the tapes’ poor audio quality.Ferguson, who was in high school at the time, recalled watching the U.S. Senate’s Watergate hearings. He said he came up with the idea for the documentary about five years ago.“I felt that it hadn’t ever properly been done,” he said.Work on the film started as “things were happening in American politics that made us think that we might live through it again,” Ferguson said.President Donald Trump’s administration and its scandals have drawn comparisons with the characters and events of the Nixon era. Ferguson’s documentary avoids explicit reference to any possible modern-day parallels, but does go out of its way to explain American law and the mechanics of impeachment.“I felt that it was necessary to show how the American legal and constitutional system worked in this situation so that people would understand what might happen now,” Ferguson said.“I also felt that it was important not to bias the film in any way as a function of what was going on now, but rather to show what happened during Watergate and let people draw their own conclusions about what was the same and what was different,” he said.Geir Moulson, The Associated Press Watergate in full: Epic documentary shows at Berlin festlast_img read more

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