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You Are Rich

first_imgAs soon as you give, you are rich.If you have the time to help other people, you are rich. That time is one of the greatest gifts you can ever give another human being. As soon as you give that time, you are rich.If you have it in your heart to care about another person and take action to make a difference for them, you are rich. Your capacity to care and to take action on that emotion is an enormous boon to the recipient.If you make the effort to be with someone in need, standing by their bed and holding their hand when they are ill, bringing them something to eat or drink, or sitting in a chair next to them, you are rich. Being there makes you rich.If you provide financial resources to someone or some entity in need, you are rich. There are many people in need, and financial resources can alleviate much pain and suffering. As soon as you give money, you are rich.A random act of kindness for someone you don’t know and who will never have the ability to repay you, let alone know who to repay, makes you rich. Your willingness to give to strangers with no expectation of being repaid, and no need for any expression of gratitude makes you rich.If you don’t believe that you can do these things, that belief makes you poor.You may have less to give than many others, but it is the ability and willingness to give that makes you rich. It is also what will bring you happiness, meaning, and purpose.Even if you would not consider yourself wealthy by today’s standards, the fact that you have the ability to give is what makes you rich. Even if only a dollar. Even if only an hour. Even if only a kind word. If you give it, you are rich.last_img read more

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SC refuses CBI probe into West Bengal BJP workers death

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea seeking a CBI probe into the recent killing of two BJP workers in Purulia district of West Bengal after panchayat polls. A vacation bench of Justices A K Goel and Ashok Bhushan asked the petitioners to approach the Calcutta High Court for the relief. Advocate Gaurav Bhatia, appearing for petitioners, said that it is a serious matter as the killing of BJP workers have taken place after the panchayat polls in Purulia district. On May 30, 18-year-old Tirlochan Mahato, a BJP worker from Balrampur village of Purulia district was found hanging from a tree with a poster written in Bengali struck on his back, saying he was killed for canvassing for the BJP during panchayat election. Another death of one Dulal Kumar, also a BJP worker, had taken place on June 2 in a similar manner in the same district. The petition was filed by the father of Kumar, who sought a CBI probe into the killings.last_img read more

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Dance Your Ph.D.: And the Winner Is …

first_imgThe votes are in, and the top prize for the 2013 “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest goes to … Cedric Tan, a biologist at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, who finished his Ph.D. there last year with a thesis titled “Sperm competition between brothers and female choice.” His dance interpretation of that research illustrates the chicken mating process using a range of styles, from swing and water ballet—yes, in actual water—to modern jazz and what can only be described as cockfighting.The contest, now in its 6th year, is sponsored by Science magazine and AAAS (publisher of ScienceNOW). Based on votes from previous winners and an independent panel of artists and scientists, Tan won both the Biology category and the overall prize: $1000 and a trip—sponsored by HighWire Press—to screen his video at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Tan spent a year on his video, in the midst of a busy field season massaging male chickens to extract their sperm. “I assembled the team, trained them, forced tight skimpy attires on them (they complained a lot), forced them into the freezing cold lake (they hated me for it),” Tan explains by e-mail. You may recognize Tan’s vibrant style and sense of humor from his 2011 fruit fly dance. His research has involved both behavioral studies with fruit flies and the physiology and reproductive outcomes of mating chickens, so he made separate dances. 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Ambalika Khadria, a biochemistry Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, demonstrated her experimental methods—a trick for revealing whether proteins are linked together in pairs—literally with colored masks and fluorescent light, scooping the Chemistry category prize.Chemistry winnerTimothy Hunter, who left academia for industry and now works at Wolf Star Technologies in Milwaukee, took home the top prize in the Physics category; he demonstrated his Ph.D. on metal fatigue by using the forces between human bodies as an analog. He even used the dancers to depict data graphs.Physics winnerAnd the Social Sciences prize went to Tina Sundelin, a Ph.D. student at Stockholm University. In a certain sense, all graduate students study the effects of sleep deprivation (on themselves), but for Sundelin it’s the actual focus of her research, and she depicted it with a controlled dance experiment: Two versions of her danced their way through a day, one fully rested and one sleep deprived. Social sciences winnerThe results of the online survey are also in. The winner of the Reader Favorite award is Andres Florez’s salsa-dance interpretation of his cancer cell biology Ph.D. It may be the most artistic use of a squash court yet.Reader favoriteCongratulations to all of the 31 submissions that made this the best year yet. Who knew there were so many talented dancing scientists out there?last_img read more

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US Companies Most Active Foreign Investors in Indian Startups

first_imgUS-based investors have been the most active foreign participants in India’s startup deals over the past five years.With over 800 equity deals made by them during the period, investors from the United States have been the second most active grouping since 2012, after their counterparts based in India or Mauritius, according to CB Insights report released earlier this month.CB Insights is a venture capital database that aggregates and analyses data contained in patents, venture capital financings, and startup and investor websites.Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and UK take up other places in the list of top five foreign investors in India’s technology ecosystem, getting five, three, two and one per cent of the deals, respectively.“Excluding India and Mauritius, deal participation is heavily tilted toward investors from the United States, which has seen 800 disclosed equity deals to Indian startups since 2012 — more than four times the number of deals by investors from Singapore,” said the report, according to Business Standard.Of these US-based investors, Tiger Global has backed some of India’s largest start-ups, such as Flipkart, Ola, and ShopClues. They have also made several other investments in smaller companies, and have been featured in the list of top 10 startup backers in the country.Apart from Tiger Global, Japan-based Softbank is another investor in India’s startup scene, having pumped billions of dollars in the last few years.Since 2012, Hong Kong-based Saif Partners, which has backed firms such as Paytm and Urban Ladder, has closed a large number of deals as well.While India and Mauritius-based investors contribute to 61 per cent of the startup deals in the country, foreign investors have, in fact, pushed in larger amounts of money. US-based Accel Partners made its largest investment in Flipkart through the overseas unit rather than its lndia unit.This is expected to see a push as the commerce ministry recently allowed convertible notes as a fundraising option for startups from foreign individuals into early-stage companies. The commerce ministry said that startups can raise up to 100 per cent funds from foreign venture capital investors by issuing equity, equity-linked instruments or debt instruments. This will ease raising venture capital funding from foreign entities. Related ItemsAccel partnersFlipkartLittle IndiaOlaShopCluesSoftbankTiger GlobalUS investment in IndiaUS investment Indian startupslast_img read more

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PH to build on 3×3 World Cup experience

first_imgChooks-Pilipinas 3×3. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netChooks-Pilipinas 3×3 still considers its 11th place finish in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup as an achievement given the short time the country had in preparing for the tournament.The players, meanwhile, are looking at this stint as an eye-opener for the country when it comes to the 3×3 game.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games This Philippine squad was considered as a dream team of sorts, with three second-generation stars bannering the team, but Paras said they paled in comparison with other countries who trot out professional players when it comes to the half-court game.READ: Defense a priority for talented Chooks Pilipinas 3×3“It’s rare that we get to France and rarer to be teammates with Jeron (Teng) and Kiefer (Ravena). We’re lucky that they entrusted us with this lineup, but with our opponents, they do 3×3 for a living. So this is an experience for us for the next 3×3 tournaments. We now know what to do and what we have to improve,” he said.The Philippines finished third in Pool B, finishing the tournament with a 2-2 slate after wins over Romania and El Salvador.But in Paras’ mind, though the country failed to progress from the group stages, this may just set the path for future 3×3 teams going forward.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES READ: Against bigger foes, PH team to bank on teamwork in Fiba 3×3 “Looking at the bigger picture, this tournament is not for nothing. It’s a learning experience for us for the next 3×3 tournaments,” he said.For Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 coach Anton Altamirano, he believes that the country must find players focused on 3×3 the Philippines wants to compete with the rest of the world.READ: Teng, Ravena aim for bigger prize in 3×3 World Cup“We need to have experienced players. It’s hard to make a new team with players who will play the 3×3 game for the first time and we’re facing teams that have been playing for seven to eight years together. We need to invest on these players so that they’ll get used to it,” he said.And this early, JR Quiñahan has extended a helping hand, especially with the Philippines hosting the 2018 tilt.“I won’t mind if I don’t get chosen as a player. I’m happy to be a practice player so that I can share my experience to the next 3×3 teams,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Recovering De Ocampo vows to be ready come Game 3 “Though it’s still basketball, it’s a different type of game with how physical and how fast the game is,” said Kiefer Ravena. “It opened our eyes on what can be done and what to improve when it comes to 3×3. Having the knowledge of the game is very important so the next teams should be prepared and their minds should be well-conditioned.”READ: Ravena: Chooks-Pilipinas raring to bask in 3×3 limelight FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJeron Teng agreed, noting that though speed may clearly have been on the Filipinos’ side, those were negated by the level of physicality of their bigger European.“It’s super physical. We couldn’t take advantage of our speed because you might get past them, but they would really grab you,” he said.last_img read more

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AIBA-appointed ad-hoc panel fine with all-India level boxing meets

first_imgThe National Boxing Championships is unlikely to be held in the absence of a sports ministry-recognised federation, but an all-India tournament to select national campers may soon be a reality as the world body-appointed ad hoc committee has agreed to Boxing India’s demand, provided the latter meets some pre-conditions.Ad hoc committee president Kishen Narsi on Wednesday wrote to BI interim president Meren Paul that his request to organise national-level tournaments was being reviewed. He said the ad hoc panel wants a financial guarantee from the BI in order to ascertain that the requisite expenditure will be taken care of.”Your suggestion and offer to hold the elite championships as planned in Assam is being reviewed by the ad hoc committee and we will revert asap after due consultation with the AIBA,” wrote Narsi.BI interim president Meren Paul had last week written to Narsi, requesting the ad hoc committee to ‘technically assist the national championships’. The BI proposed Senior Women’s National Championships in Guwahati from October 27-November 1.The ad hoc committee is of the view that since India doesn’t have a ministry-recognised federation, certificates given to participants at the Nationals will hold no value for jobs and promotions. It also asks the BI to postpone the competition to November 15-21 to suit the international calendar.”The BI organised Nationals in Raipur in January but the participants couldn’t get fare concession since the boxing body wasn’t recognised by the sports ministry. Some referee and judges could also not get daily allowances for the same reason. We don’t want such an embarrassing situation to come again, that’s why we want financial guarantee from organisers,” said Jay Kowli, a member of the ad hoc panel.advertisement”Secondly, we don’t want to disturb international tournament calendar, especially at a time when all of them are focusing on Rio Olympics, and wants BI to organise the all-India event from November 15-21. I hope they meet our conditions,” said Kowli.   He also said that boxers from the all-India level tournament will be picked for the national camp.”All-India level tournaments won’t hold the same importance as the National Championships but we can at least select boxers for the national camp.”Narsi also asked Paul to inform about aspects like availability of funds, technical assistance and a prospectus sent to AIBA 30 days prior to the event.Narsi wrote, “we also require a detailed draft prospectus at least 30 days in advance in order to get AIBA as well as other sanctions etc.”The BI had also announced October 3 as the date for an annual general meeting and requested Narsi to preside over it. Though AIBA provisionally suspended BI last week, it wants to go ahead with the scheduled meeting.Narsi, however, declined Paul’s request saying he was not available on October 3 due to prior commitments.last_img read more

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Solskjaer confident of Pogba fitness

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer expects Paul Pogba to be fit for Manchester United’s blockbuster clash with Tottenham, although he played down talk of Sunday’s match representing a first real test.United have won four games from four in the Premier League since Solskjaer was put in temporary charge until the end of the season, but they were dealt a blow as Pogba missed their FA Cup victory over Reading through injury following an incident involving Newcastle United’s Jonjo Shelvey last week.With Solskjaer taking his side to Wembley for a tricky encounter against Spurs following a favourable initial fixture list, the United boss will be pleased to have Pogba available again, having featured in recent training sessions during the clubs mid-season trip to Dubai. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “[Pogba] looked OK towards the end so he’ll be fit,” Solskjaer told a pre-match news conference. “He did have some problem but he came through the last couple of sessions well. He’ll be OK.”Gearing up for Sunday #MUFC pic.twitter.com/32trIgVIuq— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 10, 2019The prospect of a meeting with third-placed Tottenham should test Solskjaer’s burgeoning Old Trafford credentials, but he insisted that United have not had it easy since his arrival.”We’ve had tests,” he said. “Newcastle away is a test, the first game at Cardiff is a test, the first home game is a test.”You get tested in every single game in the Premier League. But, of course, Sunday’s game is against a top, top side. If we want to get closer to [Tottenham], we need a good performance and a good result.”Despite the improved level of the opposition, though, Solskjaer will encourage United to attack Tottenham as they have amid their four-game winning streak in the Premier League.”You always adapt to any opposition and we’re playing one of the best teams in the league, so of course we’ve got to be aware of their strengths,” he added.”But I’ve been brought up in a way that we need to attack teams. That’s our strength as well: going forward and attacking teams.”We’re not going to get as many chances to attack as we have before, so we’ve got to be ready for when we get hold of the ball, to play well with it and make sure we use the whole pitch as well.”last_img read more

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Urban Meyer’s Daughter Reveals Special T-Shirt For Tomorrow’s Game

first_imgUrban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is making his return to the Ohio State sideline on Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes’ head coach is back from a three-game suspension. His first game of the 2018 regular season comes at 3:30 p.m. E.T.It’s been a tough couple of months for Meyer, obviously. The Ohio State head coach was suspended for three games as a result of the school’s investigation into his handling of allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.Meyer has not been absolved from criticism, either. There are still many who maintain he’s handled himself poorly throughout this process. And, of course, there are others who have felt the criticism is too harsh.Regardless of all of that, Meyer is getting back to football on Saturday.The family of the Ohio State head coach is certainly excited.Urban Meyer’s oldest daughter, Nicki, posted a photo on Twitter tonight of the special T-shirt she’s wearing to Saturday’s game. “Urban Legends Never Die,” it reads.“TOMORROW!! I’m taking a selfie with everyone I see wearing this! Make your own if you don’t have one, LOL! I’m rockin it baby bump and all!” she wrote.TOMORROW!! I’m taking a selfie with everyone I see wearing this! Make your own if you don’t have one, LOL! I’m rockin it baby bump and all! pic.twitter.com/PZKRzZb4Gl— Nicki Meyer Dennis (@Nicki_07) September 22, 2018Meyer’s family, unsurprisingly, has been extremely supportive of him throughout everything.Ohio State and Tulane are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on Saturday. The game will be televised on BTN.last_img read more

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US retail sales leapt 16 pct last month most in 2 12

first_imgWASHINGTON – Americans increased their spending at retailers last month by the most in two and a half years, driven by strong auto sales as residents of hurricane-ravaged areas replaced destroyed cars.The Commerce Department says retail sales rose 1.6 per cent in September, after slipping 0.1 per cent in August. Auto sales jumped 3.6 per cent, the most since March 2015. Gas sales climbed 5.8 per cent, the most in four and a half years, likely reflecting price spikes after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.Even excluding the volatile auto and gas categories, sales rose a solid 0.5 per cent, up from a 0.1 per cent gain in August.Consumers are optimistic about the economy, unemployment has hit a 16-year low, and wages have ticked up in recent months. That should boost spending in the coming months.last_img read more

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Morocco’s Police Use Water Cannon at Contractual Teachers’ Protest

Rabat – Hundreds of contractual teachers dressed in white coats while marching with banners to voice anger over the government’s decisions on Saturday night in front of the Parliament.The protest, which continued after midnight, was surrounded by several vans of police and auxiliary forces who used water cannons to disperse the protesting teachers.The teachers continued their demonstrations despite law enforcement’s approach. The protesters held several banners and chanted  slogans such as: “social justice, freedom, and dignity” and “people want to bring [temporary] contracts to an end.”The protests followed statements made by Minister of Education and Vocational Training Said Amzazi and Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi, who reaffirmed the government’s unwillingness to abandon employment by contract.Read Also: Ministry of Education Proposes a Reform for Contractual TeachersWhile the government calls the protesters “contractual teachers,” the demonstrators have described  themselves as “forcibly contractual teachers.”What’s in the contracts?Contractual employment in the education sector was introduced in 2016, when the country’s government was still run by former head of government Abdelilah Benkirane.On November 1, former Minister of Education Rachid Ben Al Moukhtar Ben Abdellah announced that regional educational and training academies are able to employ teachers via contract, in accordance with Joint Decision Number 7259, convening Ministry of Education and Ministry of Economy and Finance.One of the conditions of the contract is that regional education academies have the right to terminate a contract within 30 days of sending notice to the teacher. The teachers, who are required to have a  university degree, can be hired on a contractual basis  after oral and written tests and one year of field training.According to the document signed by the former minister, contracts sought  to strengthen human resources. The decision came as an attempt to solve the teacher shortage as a matter of urgency and to curb unemployment.A condition of the contract specifies that  the concerned teachers are not allowed to seek a permanent position in the education sector after signing the contract. The contract requires  teachers to undergo a training period. The contracts can also be renewed for one year after training.The documents also state that employees will receive a monthly salary similar to what teachers in the public sector receive: starting from MAD 5,000.Contractual teachers have rights to promotion and pension, in addition to maternity leave for female teachers, public holidays, and summer holidays.The teachers, according to the document, have the right to “social protection,” which enables them to enjoy several benefits, including the ability to participate in  health coverage managed by the “general cooperation of national education.”Why are they protesting?Contractual teachers argue that they are not afforded as many benefits as those in the public sector, especially concerning retirement. The teachers are requesting  permanent work contracts.Earlier this month, Morocco’s Minister of Education Said Amzazi said the government recruited teachers by contract with the aim of  “improving the regional academies as public institutions with administrative and financial autonomy and controlling their human resources.”Amzazi also added that the recruitment of teachers based on contracts is an “irreversible  strategic choice,” the teachers were informed of all the clauses contained in the contract they signed and committed themselves voluntarily.On March 9, the minister announced that his ministry might consider abolishing employment under fixed-term contract, giving contractual teachers more benefits.The contractual teachers, however, refused the minister’s offer as they are seeking concessions from the government.Read Also: Amzazi: Contractual Teachers Knew They Could Not Join Public ServiceThe protesters’ objection was followed by a statement from the government spokesperson, Mustapha El Khlafi, who said that the protests have “nothing to do with their interest, but they aim to disrupt public utility.”One teacher told Morocco World News, “We cannot make concessions on our rights. We have to fight for them.”He added, “It’s our constitutional right to stage strike as long as the government refuses to open a dialogue with us and solve this issue together.”Teachers are also threatening further protests, announcing that they would push for a “blank year” or anné blanche of striking from work in defiance of the government’s warnings.It remains to be seen whether the government will offer any further amendments to its decisions regarding the situation of teachers. read more

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Boutique Jacob relaunching operations with five Quebec stores

MONTREAL — Womenswear retailer Boutique Jacob is resuming operations, although on a much smaller scale. Family owners are developing a plan to relaunch the business with five stores in Quebec along with online operations after exiting seven months of creditor protection under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.Jacob is abandoning any hope of rebuilding a national brand after closing 91 stores last year and shedding some 990 employees. Instead, it will focus on locations in Montreal, Quebec City and Sorel-Tracy where the company started 35 years ago. The stores, located in buildings owned by founder Joey Basmaji, have remained opened through the liquidation process.The company’s website just reopened with its only product being the popular Jacob perfume. But clothing collections will be added that are made mainly in Quebec and possibly elsewhere in Canada.Basmaji’s daughter, Cristell, said her father has no plans to add more stores but rather develop a new business model that makes sense in the current retail environment that has seen several chains close in recent months.She said creditors overwhelmingly accepted a proposal in December that provided them a “symbolic” payment. However, the company founder and main creditor was not repaid.The Canadian PressJacob will close its doors for good, despite an attempt to reinvent itself as a smaller chainCanadian fashion chain Boutique Jacob closing its doors across Canada read more

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Central Provincial Council votes against special draft Bill

The Central Provincial Council today voted against the Development (Special Provisions) draft Bill.The Bill was defeated 32-0 votes with the United National Party members of the Council abstaining from voting. This week the Southern Provincial Council and the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council also defeated the Development (Special Provisions) draft Bill.Last week the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) and the North Central Provincial (NCP) Council also opposed the Development (Special Provisions) draft Bill. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Land degradation desertification pose challenge to achieving antipoverty goals UN says

“The world’s soils are in some ways unique. You can clean up a river or the air. But cleaning up soils is far more difficult. If you lose soils, it can take centuries, if not longer, to replace them,” Mr. Toepfer told the High-Level Segment of the 191-member UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) meeting in the Kenyan capital.Desertification or land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry, sub-humid areas is a worldwide problem leading to poverty, hunger and forced migration and affecting the two-thirds of the agricultural land where the world’s poorest live, UNEP said.Sixty-six per cent of the African continent is classified as desert or drylands and 46 per cent as vulnerable to desertification, while there are similar statistics from Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Southern Europe, according to the agency.If land degradation continues, the targets and timetables from the World Summit on Sustainable Development agreed in 2002 – including reducing the rate of loss of biodiversity – will be harder to achieve, Mr. Toepfer said.He welcomed the launch of the $4 billion TerrAfrica initiative against land degradation, in which UNEP is taking part. read more

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Unite Insufficient progress made to defer notice of industrial action on ESB

first_imgUpdated 23.06pmESB MET WITH the group of unions in a hope to resolve the ongoing dispute about the firm’s pension scheme today.In a statement issued this evening Unite official Richie Browne said that today’s meeting had begun a process of dialogue, but stating:“Unite considers that insufficient progress was made to defer serving notice of industrial action on the company. Unite will, therefore, be serving notice on the ESB at 2pm tomorrow.”DisputeMr Browne said they ”will remain fully engaged in the process which began today and, together with the other unions involved, will be focusing all our efforts on resolving this dispute before 16 December”.In a statement tonight ESB said that there “was an open and frank exchange of views and significant differences remain between the parties”.They added:Both parties have agreed to engage in intensive dialogue focused on addressing these differences.Read: ‘You have brought this industrial relations crisis’ – ESB unions blame bosses>Read: ESB employees and management in talks to resolve pensions row>last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #NI TALKS: A deal on contentious issues of parades and flags must be reached tomorrow, says US diplomat Richard Haass who is attempting to broker a deal between Northern Ireland’s main political parties.2. #SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he does not hold the same opinion on same-sex marriage as Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, but said he will campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum.3. #FIRE: A ferry has returned to port in Newcastle after a fire broke out in a passenger cabin while out at sea. A number of crew and passengers have been taken to hospital by helicopter.4. #NUCLEAR: An internal memo from the Department of Foreign Affairs from the 1980s shows the Irish government wanted to “cover themselves in the event of anything going wrong” at Windscale.5. #JET: In 1982, the Transport and Defence departments and revealed that the government plane cost £579,325 to run.6. #POWER: Just 200 homes remain without power this morning as ESB workers are completing repairs following damage caused by stormy weather.7. #FAS: The former director-general of Fas has been hit with a Revenue bill of €10,000, reports The Sunday Times, as officials conclude it was benefit-in-kind when his wife accompanied him on official trips abroad.8. #EIRGRID: The Sunday Independent reports that there is a second wave of pylons that will see 45 metre towers running along the Dublin commuter belts.9. #ISRAEL: The Israeli military have confirmed it has shelled Lebanon after two rockets landed in northern Israel, reports the BBC.last_img read more

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PM Christie calls crime insane DNA Leader says 400m lost due to

PM Christie calls crime insane DNA Leader says 400m lost due to

first_img Recommended for you #MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianewscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 14, 2017 – The Prime Minister, Perry Christie goes on the record and likens the recent criminal activity in The Bahamas to the ‘wild wild west’ and the shootings of the weekend, he said were ‘insane.’  The Prime Minister said solving the issues of crime and violence and murder is a togetherness movement and cited gangs and retaliatory crime as being behind the rampant mayhem.PM Christie, who is a two time Prime Minister and a Member of Parliament for the past 40 years agrees for the need of a crime plan and added that government cannot stop a mind intent om killing.   The country’s leader talked about better resources for the Police too.  The comments were largely lending to solving crime. It is widely said that The Bahamas needs to focus on preventing crime.DNA Party Leader, Branville McCartney also had shocking words in a press conference, reminding that crime, according to a recently released IMF report is costing the Bahamas some $400 million dollars in reputation and business. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

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Officer involved shooting in Midway District

Officer involved shooting in Midway District

first_imgOfficer involved shooting in Midway District Updated: 6:46 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- A San Diego police officer shot and wounded a 23- year-old man inside a Midway District apartment, police said Friday.Dispatchers received a 911 call around 9:45 p.m. Thursday from a person reporting that a man in an apartment in the 3100 block of Cauby Street had cut his own throat with a knife and the knife had been taken away from the man, San Diego police Lt. Anthony Dupree said.Officers responded to the location and the man’s family member let them into the apartment and led them to a back bedroom, Dupree said. When officers approached the man in the bedroom he allegedly pulled out a knife from his jacket pocket and raised it up toward officers.The officers then drew their weapons and ordered the man to back up, but the man continued to advance on the officers with the knife pointed at them, the lieutenant said.One of the officers then fired his weapon at the man, striking him at least once in the upper body, Dupree said.Officers administered medical aid until paramedics arrived and transported the man to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, he said.It was unclear if the man, whose name was not immediately available, had cut his own neck with the knife.The officer who shot the man is a six-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department, Dupree said. The officer’s name was not immediately available.Homicide detectives were called in to investigate the officer-involved shooting. January 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom FacebookTwitter Posted: January 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News last_img read more

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Spotify Adds Direct Uploads For Indie Artists

Spotify Adds Direct Uploads For Indie Artists

first_img https://twitter.com/exavierpope/status/1042948916927492096 Spotify Adds Direct Uploads For Indie Artists spotify-adds-direct-uploads-indie-artists Twitter Spotify Adds Direct Uploads For Indie Artists Facebook News The ability to upload directly onto the world’s largest streaming service is unprecedented, and the latest step in streaming music’s evolutionPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 21, 2018 – 6:01 pm On Sept. 20, Spotify announced that it has begun beta trials of a feature allowing independent artists to upload their new tracks directly to the service for users to stream. The company emphasized that this is just one new way to release music on Spotify, and that this has been the most requested Spotify for Artists feature.Spotify for Artists has tried to sweeten its destination for talent with various tools such as analytics and ways to communicate with fans. In a blog post announcing this beta feature, it described how they’ve been working with an initial handful of indie musicians including Michael Brun, Hot Shade, Noname, and VIAA to develop its interactivity and ease-of-use. “Their feedback was instrumental in shaping the feature, and now we’re ready to see how a wider range of artists will put it to use,” Spotify said in the blog post. “Right now, upload in Spotify for Artists is only available by invitation to a few hundred US-based independent artists, but we’re excited to bring upload to even more artists, labels, and teams in the future.” Speculation abounds about the significance and financial terms of this new feature. It’s free, in contrast to CD Baby, DistroKid and Tunecore. It pays, unlike SoundCloud. “There’s not that much information needed other than the music and the metadata associated with it, and then we’ll take care of the rest,” said Spotify product lead Kene Anoliefo. Indie artists will get to set their release date, preview how their offering will appear to users, keep their royalties and rights, and receive 50 percent of whatever revenue Spotify takes in from their track.It seems like an organic addition to what Spotify for Artists already offers, although observers speculate this means Spotify is trying to replace the role of record labels. Certainly for artists such as Chance The Rapper or countless DJ/producers who choose to initially go it alone in the music world, this is an opportunity to begin earning money for their music from a major platform at an earlier stage in their career, without signing away rights or making a major commitment to a label. Behind the scenes, as artists’ fingers control their role in the music business more effectively, this is likely to empower new creative marketing strategies especially because it’s been designed — with input from artists — to fit transparently within Spotify’s extensive analytics and other tools for talent.Upcoming Spotify Renegotiations Magnify Tussles With LabelsRead more Email last_img read more

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DJing Has Never Been An Easy Job It Requires Skill and Tremendous

first_imgRicky Patel aka Dj Ricky who started his career from Vj’ing is also a producer who later indulged himself as a Dj has become one of the top DJ in the country.Ricky started his career not by taking up higher studies in the field or under the mentorship of any individual or any institution learned but Dj ing via YouTube and various blogs all by himself.This self-made man has played for a maximum number of clubs in India with (all the A-listers) and also have been taking up various events.Dj Ricky has also collaborated with some well-renowned artist like Nikhil Chinapa, Shaan, Guru Randhawa, Ali Merchant, Milind Gaba, Darshan Raval and many more.Dj Ricky has also performed in shows such as Sunburn, VH1 supersonic, Enchanted Valley Carnival, Bollybom and many more.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

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Full Show Remembering NASA Pioneer Chris Kraft And Moving The Battleship Texas

Full Show Remembering NASA Pioneer Chris Kraft And Moving The Battleship Texas

first_img 00:00 /49:57 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: NASA pioneer, architect of mission control, and longtime Johnson Space Center Director Chris Kraft died Monday in Houston, just two days after the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. We remember Craft’s career and legacy in NASA.Also this hour: The Battleship Texas is being moved. The historic ship and museum needs to be repaired and then will head to its new home somewhere along the upper Texas coast. But where, exactly, is a point of contention. We learn more about the situation from Bruce Bramlett of the Battleship Texas Foundation.Then, NASA software engineer Darrell Lee draws on his scientific background to write thrillers about science and technology. We learn about his latest work, The Apotheosis, which portrays an all-too-plausible bio-engineering disaster.And we preview this year’s Houston Shakespeare Festival. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

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