Lankan judge in international tribunal

The new members were identified as Jean-Pierre Cot (France), Chris Pinto (Sri Lanka), and Alfred Soons (The Netherlands.) A Sri Lankan judge has been named in an international tribunal to hear a case by the Philippines against China on the West Philippine Sea dispute, the Philippine Star reported.The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has included Chris Pinto from Sri Lanka in the five-member tribunal that will hear the case. Earlier appointed was Stanislaw Pawlak (Poland) as the second member of the tribunal. The Philippines nominated Rudiger Wolfrum (Germany) to the tribunal. An April 24 letter to Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza, head of the Philippine legal team, disclosed that the three last judges of the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea have been appointed. read more

SLFP to take disciplinary action on party members

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to take disciplinary action on party members who go against the party leadership.The decision was taken when the SLFP Central Committee met today. At the meeting it was also decided not to back a request by some of its members to operate independently in Parliament as the joint opposition. (Colombo Gazette)

Apple keeps Mac Pro assembly in Texas after tariff relief

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple will continue manufacturing its Mac Pro computers in Texas after the Trump administration approved its request to waive tariffs on certain parts from China.The commitment announced Monday clears up several months of uncertainty as Apple mulled shifting production of the Mac Pro from an Austin, Texas, plant where it has been assembling the high-end computer since 2013. In late June, The Wall Street Journal reported Apple was on the verge of shifting the Mac Pro’s assembly line to a factory near Shanghai.But Apple apparently had a change of heart after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative agreed to waive tariffs on the Mac Pro parts made in China. Those tariffs could have made the $6,000 Mac Pro even more expensive.The Associated Press read more

Hold coming on waterfront development in Port Dover

A moratorium on waterfront development in Port Dover is expected to pass next week.In a surprise move, Norfolk council Tuesday agreed to impose an interim-control bylaw on waterfront development in Port Dover. A motion to this effect will be tabled at next week’s council meeting.Under the Planning Act, municipalities can impose a one-year moratorium on specific kinds of development while they sort out issues related to the same. The Planning Act also allows for a one-year extension.Interim-control bylaws are usually adopted without notice so affected property owners don’t take actions that frustrate a council’s objectives.Mayor Kristal Chopp proposed the bylaw at a point in the agenda titled “Future of Port Dover.”“We are at a critical moment in the history of Port Dover,” Chopp told council. “When I look around the incredible community I now call home, I know one bad decision made by this council will – not could – but will forever change the face of Port Dover as we know it because it will set a dangerous precedent for every single development that comes after.“I certainly don’t want that to be the legacy I leave behind and I really hope that none of you do either. We get one shot at preserving this most critical asset to Norfolk County and one shot only. Once the waterfront in Port Dover is gone, it’s gone forever. There’s no do over, Dover.”After council adjourned, Chopp said the question boils down to whether Norfolk wants “Niagara-on-the-Lake or do we want high-rise condos?”Chopp said an interim-control bylaw at this point isn’t as drastic as it might be in another context. She reminded council that new development in Port Dover is on hold until further notice anyway because of a moratorium imposed earlier this year due to water servicing issues.Chopp flagged the treatment deficit in Port Dover this spring. She and council are worried that – given the current infrastructure capacity in Port Dover – demand for water could conceivably outstrip the town’s ability to supply it.Norfolk’s preferred solution is to run an $18-million pipeline from Jarvis into Port Dover. This would take advantage of the huge water- treatment plant in the Nanticoke Industrial Park.That plant was built 50 years ago to service the 250,000 residents who were supposed to be living today in the satellite city of Townsend.Instead, the plant provides treated water to Jarvis, the hamlet of Townsend, Hagersville and New Credit. Both Norfolk and Haldimand share a vision of the plant servicing all towns in Haldimand and eventually Norfolk.Chopp told council that Norfolk and Haldimand have many hurdles to clear before Nanticoke water in Port Dover becomes a reality, let alone running pipelines to Caledonia, Cayuga, Dunnville, Simcoe, Waterford, Delhi and Port Rowan.Vittoria Coun. Chris VanPaassen told council the former City of Nanticoke was about to embark on a “secondary plan” for the waterfront in Port Dover when the restructuring of Haldimand-Norfolk Region pre-empted the exercise in 2000. VanPaassen says what was a good idea then remains a good idea today.“We’re only 18 years behind getting that done in Dover,” Van Paassen said. “It’s about time we did it.”In her presentation, Chopp said now is a good time to have this discussion. A “piecemeal” approach to the waterfront, she said, will likely limit public access to the Lynn River, Black Creek, the harbour and Long Point Bay while leaving Port Dover with projects the community regrets.She noted that ownership of the waterfront in Port Dover is in the hands of a few families and that these families are thinking of cashing in their assets and moving on.Chopp said these families are willing to discuss the future of this real estate because they too want the best possible future for their community.The “multi-stakeholder discussion” ahead will include “land owners, developers and residents.” Questions to be answered include: “What is the aesthetic we want? What are the public spaces we want? How will we ensure continued public access to the waterfront?”In her presentation, Chopp speculated that Norfolk and Port Dover have arrived at this point because previous councils were addicted to new taxes generated by unbridled development.The mayor pointed out new revenue from this source in 2019 will be greatly diminished because of the water moratorium. That could make for extra-challenging budget deliberations when time comes to set the 2020 operating budget in read more

Honda Canada says it will take until spring to get parts for

Honda Canada says it will take until spring to get parts for Odyssey recall MARKHAM, Ont. – Honda Canada says it will take until next spring to get the parts required to fix thousands of Odyssey minivans that are being recalled because second-row seats may not lock into position.The Japanese automaker says the Canadian recall covers 52,710 Odyssey minivans from the 2011 to 2016 models.Honda says there has been no injury or crash report linked to the problem, which was discovered through warranty claims.A similar U.S. recall announced on Thursday covering 633,753 Odyssey minivans is expected to begin on Jan 23.But Honda Canada said it won’t mail initial recall notices to Odyssey owners until mid-February, with a second letter to be sent when parts become available. It didn’t give a specific date for the arrival of the parts but said it will be in spring 2017.In the meantime, Honda Canada is advising Odyssey drivers and passengers to take precautions by manually locking the seat into a fixed position.The company says it will eventually install additional springs and brackets into the affected vehicles, without charge. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 30, 2016 1:53 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 30, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

No 1 Gonzaga rallies past Creighton in 1st true road game

OMAHA, Neb. — Zach Norvell Jr. scored 23 of his career-high 28 points in the second half, and top-ranked Gonzaga wiped out an early double-digit deficit and beat Creighton 103-92 on Saturday.The Bulldogs (8-0), who took over the No. 1 ranking this week after beating Duke in the Maui Invitational, overcame a boisterous crowd of more than 18,000 at the CHI Health Center to win in their first true road game.Norvell was held in check the first 20 minutes but came out strong after halftime as he did in last year’s win over Creighton in Spokane, Washington.The Bulldogs held Creighton (6-2) scoreless for nearly four minutes in the middle of the second half while going on a 12-0 run to go up 84-73.Brandon Clarke added 27 points and 10 rebounds and Rui Hachimura added 22 and 11 boards for the Bulldogs.Ty-Shon Alexander led the Bluejays with 27 points. Damien Jefferson had 15 and Martin Krampelj scored 10.NO. 7 MICHIGAN 76, NO. 19 PURDUE 57ANN Arbour, Mich. (AP) — Jordan Poole scored 21 points as part of a balanced offence and Michigan was stingy on defence as it routed a third ranked team this season.The Wolverines (8-0) are off to their best start since winning the first 16 games of the 2012-13 season. They were coming off an 84-67 win over No. 11 North Carolina, and they beat then-No. 8 Villanova 73-46 on its home court last month.The Boilermakers (5-3) have lost three of their last four games.Michigan’s Jon Teske matched his career high with 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds.Purdue’s Carsen Edwards scored 19 on 7-of-21 shooting and Ryan Cline added 15 points.NO. 10 KENTUCKY 78, UNC GREENSBORO 61LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Reid Travis scored 22 points, Keldon Johnson added six of his 13 points during a 14-2 second half run and Kentucky won its seventh straight.The Spartans seemed poised to take control with a 55-50 edge with 13:08 remaining before Kentucky (7-1) had consecutive three-point plays by Travis and Ashton Hagans for a 56-55 lead.Demetrius Troy’s jumper put UNCG (7-2) back ahead but that was the last lead.Francis Alonso had 22 points but just three after halftime as UNCG had its six-game winning streak end.MARQUETTE 83, NO. 12 KANSAS STATE 71MILWAUKEE (AP) — Markus Howard scored 45 points and went 19 of 21 from the foul line, and Marquette used tight defence to hand Kansas State its first loss.Sacar Anim added 16 points for the Golden Eagles (6-2), who didn’t back down from the physical Wildcats. Marquette outrebounded Kansas State 34-25 and kept attacking the rim in holding a double-digit lead for most of the second half.Howard’s productive day from the field (11 of 17) helped Marquette overcome 20 turnovers.Playing its first true road game against its toughest foe of the young season, Kansas State (6-1) saw its defence falter. Makol Mawien and Xavier Sneed scored 12 points apiece for the Wildcats.NO. 20 TEXAS TECH 78, MEMPHIS 67MIAMI (AP) — Tariq Owens had 13 points and 11 rebounds and tied a career high with eight blocks, Jarrett Culver scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half and Texas Tech rallied to beat Memphis at the HoopHall Miami Invitational.Deshawn Corprew scored 12 points and Brandone Francis added 10 for Texas Tech, which has won all seven of its games this season by double digits. Owens had seven of his blocks in the second half to help the Red Raiders’ comeback.Tyler Harris scored 17 points, and Kyvon Davenport added 13 for Memphis (3-4). The Tigers missed 17 of their final 21 shots.NO. 21 BUFFALO 85, SAN FRANCISCO 81BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Nick Perkins scored 22 points, Jeremy Harris added 15 with eight rebounds and Buffalo held off San Francisco in the title game of the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic.C.J. Massinburg scored 15 points, making 5 of 6 free throws in the final 20 seconds to close out the win, and Montell McCrae added 11 points as Buffalo (7-0) won the matchup of unbeatens to continue its best start since 1930.Frankie Ferrari scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half for San Francisco (7-1), which had won its first six games for the first time since 1980.NO. 23 VILLANOVA 85, LA SALLE 78PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eric Paschall scored 27 points, Phil Booth had 19 and Villanova held off La Salle’s upset bid.Villanova (6-2) remained the class of the city and won its 23rd straight in the Big 5, round-robin play among five Philadelphia Division I basketball teams. The Wildcats haven’t lost a city series game since Dec. 5, 2012 against Temple.They got a pretty good scare against winless La Salle (0-8), who got 17 points from Traci Carter and 15 from Isiah Deas. The Wildcats could never really shake the Explorers until the waning moments and each team hit 12 3-pointers.The Associated Press read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State guard Asia Doss to miss Big Ten championship

Ohio State senior guard Asia Doss has a walking boot on and will not play in the Big Ten championship game against Maryland on March 4, 2018. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorINDIANAPOLIS — The Ohio State women’s basketball team advanced to the Big Ten tournament championship game without senior guard Asia Doss, and now it will be forced to take on Maryland in the title game without her.Doss, who suffered a sprained ankle in the last game of the regular season, will miss her third game in a row Sunday night. She had never previously missed a game, having played 134 in a row.After win against Rutgers in the quarterfinals, Doss said she felt 95 percent healthy, but was being held out for precautionary reasons. McGuff said the team held her out to ensure she is ready for the NCAA tournament.In Doss’ place, senior forward Alexa Hart picked up her first two starts of the season in wins against Rutgers and Minnesota. She had 10 points and six rebounds in the quarterfinals against the Scarlet Knights and picked up eight points and six rebounds in the semifinals win versus the Golden Gophers.McGuff said he felt the loss of Doss hurt the Buckeyes’ transition defense in the win against Minnesota. The Golden Gophers racked up 19 fast-break points.Doss averages eight points and 2.7 rebounds per game. She shoots 33.6 percent from the field and has hit just 26.3 percent of her 3-point attempts. read more

Bilfinger Berger buys Diemme mining filter press business

first_imgDiemme Filtration, the long-standing manufacturer and supplier of global filter presses to the mining industry located in Lugo, Italy, has been acquired from the controlling Melandri family by Bilfinger Berger SE, a leading German multinational company in the building and industry services sectors. Bilfinger Berger stated that is expanding its range of services in filter technology, and that the Diemme assets complement its current portfolio in water and waste treatment and allow it to become “a technological leader in the supply of industrial filter presses.” Diemme Filtration has an annual output volume of around €40 million and has been highly profitable in recent years.The experienced management team at Diemme will remain with the company. “With the new joint-venture, we are adding additional client groups, new markets, and a high level of technological competence to our existing business in environmental and water technology”, explained Klaus Raps, the responsible Member of the Executive Board at Bilfinger Berger SE. “In Bilfinger Berger we have been able to attract a strong financial international partner that will enable the filter division to grow and achieve its full potential in the global market” said Rino Melandri, current reference shareholder of Diemme SpA.Diemme Filtration is active in 42 countries, in Europe as well as India, Russia and South America, and primarily serves industrial clients, especially in the mining sector. Bilfinger Berger Facility Services has to date predominantly served public sector clients in the filter sector through the Passavant-Geiger group, specialised in environmental technologies and water treatment. The new owner believes that Diemme Filtration will complement and strengthen the Passavant-Geiger group, part of the business unit Facility Services of Bilfinger Berger.The Bilfinger Berger statement added: “Stricter environmental requirements and enhanced ecological awareness increase the demands placed on the treatment of industrial waste, especially in the mining sector. At the same time, new areas of application are also arising, in particular in raw material extraction and refining for the chemical and mining industry.”last_img read more

IHF to pay insurance and travel costs to Womens WCh 2013 participants

handballIHFSerbia 2013 handballworld handball championship ← Previous Story HUNGARY: Pick Szeged wins in Gyor! Next Story → EHF CL 2013/2014 Round 1: The best match is … As decided by the IHF Council during its last meeting in Sarajevo, the International Handball Federations pays and distributes compensation fees for all players, who participate in the Women’s World Championship in Serbia, bears the travel costs of all participating teams and pays a bonus fee to all participating federations. Additionally the IHF installed a players’ protection system (insurance) for the final days of preparation and during the tournament in Serbia, which is played from 6 to 22 December 2013.The IHF had already granted those costs for the Men’s World Championships 2011 in Sweden and 2013 in Spain. The IHF Council voted for the proposal of the IHF Executive Committee and described those newly implemented payments and measures as an “act of equal treatment for men’s and women’s handball”.In accordance with the decision of the IHF Council, the IHF has effected a players’ protection programme, which basically covers the players’ contracted salary until the fixed maximum limit towards the corresponding handball clubs in case a player suffers an injury during the World Championship. The protection starts on 1 December 2013 and ends at the latest on 23 December 2013.After the 2013 Men’s World Championship in Spain several cases were compensated by the IHF players’ protection programme.In addition to a qualification bonus for all participating federations, the IHF will pay the compensation fee to all federations, which then distribute the payments to the respective clubs of the players.Further the IHF will for the first time at a Women’s World Championship pay all travel expenses of the participating delegations for 16 players and 5 officials.TEXT: IHFLook at the official Women’s World Championship 2013 website – Serbia 2013. read more

Sydney Uni – Oceania Club Champion 2014 go to SuperGlobe in Doha

handball oceaniaoceaniaQatarst kildasuperglobesydney uni ← Previous Story EHF: EURO 2014 (W) with only one direct ticket for World Championship Next Story → Bjarte Myrhol to sign for Skjern from 2015? Sydney Uni is again the club champion in Oceania, after they narrowly beat St Kilda from Melbourne with 24:23, in New Caledonia where the event took place. This has been their third victory in a row, and this victory means that we will be seeing them again at the SuperGlobe event in Doha, Qatar, where Barcelona is to defend the trophy. The IHF Super Globe will be played from 7 to 12 September in the newly built Qatar Handball Association Complex, one of the four venues of the 2015 World Championship, as first test event for the pinnacle event in 2015. read more

Gardaí appeal for info about teenager missing from Navan since August

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Wanderley Massafelli/ Short URL Gardaí appeal for info about teenager missing from Navan since August Byrir Jange is an Iraqi national who arrived in Ireland in 2017. 16,607 Views Friday 16 Feb 2018, 2:54 PM Share14 Tweet Email A PUBLIC APPEAL has been made for information about a 17-year-old who was last seen in Navan in August.Bryir Jange arrived to Ireland from Iraq in 2017.He was last seen in Navan on the evening of 13 August 2017.He is described as being 5’10″ with black hair and brown eyes.Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information on Byrir’s whereabouts to contact them at Navan Garda Station on 046 903 6100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.Note: Gardaí did not have a picture available of Byrir so no photo of him could be used to accompany this article Image: Wanderley Massafelli/ By Sean Murray 6 Comments Feb 16th 2018, 2:54 PM last_img read more

Greece retains Quality Flag State status

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek flag is among those considered to be of the highest quality in the maritime world, with the vessels on the Greek register being among the most cutting-edge in the global seas.This is evident in the US Coast Guard’s recognition of Greece as a Quality Flag State for another year (2015) on the strength of the exceptional performance recorded in inspections of Greek vessels at various ports. In the last three years the rate of Greek-flagged ships to be detained was below 1 per cent, which is a key condition for the US authority to issue the Quality Flag State qualification.The Greek register therefore maintains its position as a member of the Qualship 21 program that started in 2001 and is aimed at introducing a system for the assessment of quality and for the supply of incentives for ships bearing non-US flags and travelling to American ports.Source: ekathimerinilast_img read more

Alligator spotted lounging outside Central Florida home

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. A Central Florida homeowner was in for a scaly surprise right in her front yard.Christina Broeker recorded video of an alligator lounging right in front of her Winter Garden home, early Thursday morning.Broeker said the four-foot reptile just showed up. “I was panicked, really. Thank God for vigilant neighbors,” she said. “They let me know, I have two young, 19-month-old twins and a small pet, so I was really concerned about my children and my pets.”However, Broeker’s home wasn’t the only place the alligator was interested in. “And then after about twenty minutes of watching it, it just picked up and started moving, and it started moving behind a lot of my neighbors’ houses,” she said. “I was having to ring their doorbells and let them know to stay inside.”Concerned for the safety of her twin toddlers, the homeowner called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “It took them all of a minute to take care of it,” she said. “They assured me that they’re gonna relocate it to another pond.”Now that it’s gone, Broeker is relieved, but she knows they’re the ones living in gator territory. “Unfortunately for the gators, there’s a lot of building out here, and they have nowhere to go, so they’re moving into our neighborhood lakes,” she said. “It’s just important for us to be vigilant and understand.”Broeker said she looks forward to watching her children grow up safely — and, she hopes, gator free. last_img read more

IDG Communications Expands Executive Team

first_img“Pete and his team’s accomplishments in building audiences and adding technologies and partnerships across the TechNetwork of independent sites and our media brands have propelled IDG to a leadership position in delivering data-driven solutions in tech media,” contends Friedenberg.Friedenberg will assume Longo’s CEO responsibilities for IDG Consumer & SMB brands, while maintaining his own CEO status for IDG Enterprise.Gallant, the first-ever chief content officer, previously served the company in a similar role for IDG Enterprise since 2010. Under his guidance, the IDG Enterprise editorial team earned more than 100 awards and maintained a monthly average page view total around 28 million.“John brings a unique combination of editorial management and business skills gained first as editor-in-chief and then as CEO of Network World,” Friedenberg says. “He will ensure that editorial quality and integrity remain a cornerstone of what we do as we serve the evolving needs of both advertisers and readers.” On the heels of IDG Communications Worldwide CEO Bob Carrigan’s decision to step down and subsequent shift to Dun & Bradstreet as its new CEO, new IDG Communications U.S. CEO Michael Friedenberg announced a pair of senior-level promotions Tuesday in his first major move after being promoted last month. Friedenberg lifted Peter Longo to chief digital officer and John Gallant to chief content officer.“Pete and John have been leaders in our transformation from a print to digital media company in recent years,” says Friedenberg in a statement.In his new role, Longo, who joined IDG five years ago, will take responsibility for digital strategy and operations for IDG Enterprise, IDG Consumer & SMB and IDG TechNetwork. In addition, he will retain his current role and title as CEO of IDG TechNetwork, as well.last_img read more

Land into trust limbo for Alaska tribes

first_imgCentral Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has applied to federal government to place its Andrew Hope Building in downtown Juneau into a federal trust making it exempt from local and state jurisdictions. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Indian Country is a term used to describe reservation and other trust lands. Thedesignation allows tribes to have greater economic and legal control of the land that is held in trust for them by the federal government. It can unlock federal funds for development and also precludes state and borough governments from taxing the trust property. The authority has only been in place since 2014 after years of legal battles. Now it’s on hold. How much land has been placed in to trust in 4 years and what does the review mean for future applications?LISTEN HEREHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Richard Peterson – President, Central Council of Tlingit and Haida (invited)Mike Walleri – Fairbanks attorneyAnna Crary – tribal issues attorney Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Governor Narasimhan asks officials to strive for Bangaru

first_imgJubilee Hills: The prestigious second Foundation Course for the very-first batch of Group-I officers, after the formation of Telangana State, conducted by Dr MCR HRD Institute, concluded on Friday. Governor E S L Narasimhan, who was the chief guest at the valedictory function, advised the Group-1 officers to fully utilise their offices and powers thereby positively and earnestly to serve all sections of society. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us He advised against any using brute authority in realisation of the goals of ‘Bangaru Telangana.’ “Developing empathy for understanding the pains and pathos of people and demonstrating sympathy in finding enduring solutions for their problems will be greatly instrumental in realising the dream of Bangaru Telangana,” he told them. The Governor called upon the officers to be available for people 24×7, thereby bringing about a qualitative and transformative change in their lives. “The historic reorganisation of the State into 33 relatively small districts provides a rare opportunity to the Group-1 officers to emerge as people-friendly leaders,” he observed in this regard. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The Governor in his address dwelt on how the officers can contribute proactively to the multifaceted development of the state, rather than confining themselves to merely collecting revenue, endlessly tossing the files from one desk to another, and working mechanically as per the archaic rulebook. He stated that the general image of the officers in the society is that they are not people-friendly. Advertise With Us “The need of the hour in the present-day transparent world of work, characterised by emergence of strong social media, a vibrant civil society, and an ever-alert people at large, is to drastically change this image by diversifying and enriching their professional and personal competence, commitment and integrity,” he added. On the occasion, Narasimhan gave away Course Completion Certificates to the Group-1 officers and also presented mementoes to Nukala Uday Reddy, DSP (Civil) for Best All-Round Performance and to Perka Jayasudha, DPO, for securing Highest Aggregate Marks in written examination. He also released a copy of ‘Savvadi,’ a journal brought out by the House Journal Society. B P Acharya, Special Chief Secretary & DG of the HRD Institute, in his welcome address said that the aim of the Foundation Course was to empower and inspire the Group-1 Officers to contribute their mite to the development of the State with outmost sincerity, integrity, and a sense of purpose. “The Foundation Course, through a series of curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities, focused on developing the nature and quality of the Group-1 Officers, sensitising them to the needs of poor people, and instilling a sense of confidence and idealism in order to make them efficient in implementing different Government programmes,” he added. Dr S M Nabi, Course Director, and Dr Ravalapati Madhavi, Course Coordinator, also graced the function. B Venkateswara Rao, ADG of the Institute, proposed a vote of thanks.last_img read more

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Lupe Valdez Pays Overdue Property Taxes On Time

first_imgLeslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas TribuneTexas gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez, who in this file photo appears at the event her campaign held the day she won the Democratic primary election back in May, has paid off her delinquent property taxes, according to a news report published by the Houston Chronicle.Texas’ Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez has finished paying off her delinquent property taxes, just ahead of a July 1 deadline, the Houston Chronicle has reported.According to the Chronicle, tax records from Dallas and Ellis counties showed this Monday, July 2, that Valdez made her final $7,000 in payments in back taxes on properties she owns in Oak Cliff, her neighborhood in South Dallas on June 12.Valdez was originally listed as delinquent for more than $21,758 in 2017 taxes due January 31 on seven properties she owns in the counties of Dallas and Ellis.The Chronicle detailed that officials from Valdez’s campaign had said she was paying in monthly installments because she could not afford to pay the total amounts. According to the officials, that is the same thing she had done in past years.Valdez, who was Dallas County’s sheriff, is running against Republican incumbent Greg Abbott. Sharelast_img read more

Zoologist bemoans the continuing loss of butterfly species

first_img Butterflies deceive ants using chemical strategies Butterflies hold a unique place in the world of insects, at least for humans. They do not really do anything useful, yet they consistently rate as one of the most popular of all the bugs, showing up in songs, poetry and children’s books. People simply like them because they are so beautiful. But like so many other things in life, their beauty may be ephemeral—many species have already gone extinct, and many more are headed that way.It is because of the way humans use the land, Thomas notes—we destroy their natural habitat and then cover it over with buildings, homes or crops, leaving little for butterfly larvae to eat. The adults are fine, he adds; they move from plant to plant, eating whatever they find. But the larvae for a single species depend on a certain type of plant, or maybe two. And if that plant is unavailable, the larvae die. There is another problem, Thomas points out—most species of butterfly, unlike the migrating monarchs, do not travel far—some never move any farther than a few acres. That means it does not take much to wipe them out. A single housing community, for example, can signal the end for the butterflies that once lived there. He offers some sobering statistics: In a Bavarian reserve, scientists have been tracking butterflies for almost 200 years—back in the 19th century, there were 117 species living there; today, despite efforts to save them, there are just 71. But it is not all doom and gloom. Scientists know more about butterflies than just about any other type of insect, and one thing they have learned is that to save them, all it takes is the proper mix of vegetation and sometimes ants. And better yet, it can be done in conjunction with human settlements—people can find out which types of butterflies could or used to live in their area, figure out what sorts of plants their larvae need, and then simply plant those in their yards—then invite local butterfly groups to bring some over. Journal information: Science Explore further Citation: Zoologist bemoans the continuing loss of butterfly species (2016, July 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img (—Jeremy Thomas, a zoologist with the University of Oxford, has written a Perspective piece for the journal Science offering an overview of the declining numbers of butterfly species around the globe and the reasons for it. He also notes that because of the unique requirements of butterflies, many could be saved if some effort were put forth. 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. More information: J. A. Thomas. Butterfly communities under threat, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf8838SummaryButterflies are better documented and monitored worldwide than any other nonpest taxon of insects (1). In the United Kingdom alone, volunteer recorders have sampled more than 750,000 km of repeat transects since 1976, equivalent to walking to the Moon and back counting butterflies (2). Such programs are revealing regional extinctions and population declines that began before 1900 (3, 4). In a recent study, Habel et al. report a similar story based on inventories of butterflies and burnet moths since 1840 in a protected area in Bavaria, Germany (5). The results reveal severe species losses: Scarce, specialized butterflies have largely disappeared, leaving ecosystems dominated by common generalist ones. Similar trends are seen across Europe (6) and beyond, with protected areas failing to conserve many species for which they were once famed. © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more

3 Ways Retailers Should Accommodate the MobileObsessed Customer

first_imgOctober 16, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min read Smartphones are no longer just a trendy piece of technology. For many consumers, they’re practically an appendage. Eighty percent of 18 to 24-year-olds bring their phone to bed every night. Seventy-five percent of Americans fess up to using mobile phones while using the bathroom. And 12 percent even use their smartphones in the shower.Faced with these stats, retailers can’t be shocked that 68 percent of adults check the Internet on a smartphone while shopping to enhance their in-store experience. From comparing prices to looking up user reviews, this hybrid in-store online / purchasing experience is the new normal for retailers.This new smartphone-centric status quo isn’t such a bad thing for retailers, especially those willing to adapt their go-to-market strategy. In fact consumers who use smartphones when out shopping are 14 percent more likely to make a purchase in the store than those without, according to a study from Deloitte. And roughly half of all smartphone users surveyed said their phones have influenced their decision to buy an item in a physical store.Related: Men’s Warehouse Founder George Zimmer Wants to Change How You Rent a TuxInstead of being threatened by this new breed of buyer, retailers need to see this behavioral change as an opportunity. To stay ahead of the game, retailers need to be finding ways to share the shopping experience with a customer’s screen. Following are three tips to help create a converged online / in-store customer experience that appeals to today’s consumer.1. Make mobile payment easy.Within 72 hours of its launch, one million payment cards were activated on Apple Pay. With a mobile payment structure that is simple and secure, Apple Pay has created a new breed of shopper — one who actively seeks out retailers that accept this new form of payment. In this new environment retailers that don’t offer Apple Pay, or another form of mobile payment like Google Wallet, risk losing sales.Forrester Research projected the mobile in-person market, or people using phones to pay in-store, to be valued at $6.8 billion in 2015. This form of payment is fast and easy for consumers, but it presents a challenge for many traditional retailers who must find ways to accommodate mobile payment capabilities into brick-and-mortar locations. Those willing to make the investment should be at an advantage as more consumers demand mobile payment options.2. Make being mobile friendly your M.O.Developing a mobile-friendly website is critical for retailers to cater to this new breed of buyer. One study from comScore found that 27 percent of smartphone users read customer reviews while in the aisles of a store, 23 percent call, email or text family and friends for feedback on a purchase and 22 percent read product details on their device. Optimizing this online experience for the in-store shopper is critical for success.Related: Target Is Getting Into the Beacon GameApps also win under the new regime. Fifty-five percent of shoppers who responded to Cisco’s fifth annual retail survey said they will use a retailer’s app while shopping, and 34 percent claimed to use a third-party app for the same purpose. With a mobile app, retailers can effectively cater to customers’ needs for convenience and efficient shopping. Apps can effectively deliver special offers, or money-saving coupons once customers are in the store. Retailers can also offer utility services that would otherwise need to be researched on a customer’s own time including interactive store locating tools, information on store hours and customer service contact information.3.  Promote early device upgrades via (what else?) mobile.Mobile-friendly programs can tie a customer’s love for smartphones to her love for shopping. For example, retailers can leverage in-store trade-in programs to accelerate a customer’s device upgrade timeline. Well-timed trade-in promotions can help retailers cut through the clutter during new device launches, such as the upcoming iPhone 6s launch, while increasing foot traffic from buyers looking for money-saving specials tied to new technology investments.Retailers looking to motivate mobile-obsessed customers should look for ways to use their brand’s online presence to amplify in-store promotions, and offer customers mobile promotions that can only be redeemed in store. Promoting in-store trade-in through digital channels ensures the trade-in messages reach consumers who are tied to their smartphones, then helps to drive them in the store. Related: Gap Is Doing Everything It Can to Become Cool Againlast_img read more

Sea Princess cruise cancelled due to virus outbreak

first_imgAfter completing its 26 day Asian cruise, Sea Princess was forced to cancel her Fremantle to Brisbane cruise, with the ship docking in Fremantle Harbour on Sunday, due to a gastro-intestinal virus outbreak.Around 100 people were affected by the norovirus outbreak, on the Fremantle to Singapore cruise nicknamed “Pandemic Princess”, which carried around 1,900 people, Perth Now reported.Furthermore, the drama surrounding the ship continued when the next cruise to Brisbane, which was still scheduled to embark on Sunday evening, was also cancelled with Carnival Australia citing technical problems affecting the ship’s ability to sail at full speed as the reason.Passengers had complained during earlier cruises that the ship was experiencing difficulties in speed, which shortened times in ports of call and brought about itinerary changes in the weeks leading up to the cruise, with Bali and Broome taken off the schedule.Carnival Australia has confirmed all guests will received a full refund of their cruise fare plus a 100 percent future cruise credit.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more