BJP ticket aspirants up their ante against Prasanta Phukan

first_imgDibrugarh, Sept 9 (PTI) Complaints against BJP MLA of Dibrugarh in Assam were made today by party aspirants to Union Sports Minister Sabananda Sonowal, who threatened to resign if the sitting legislator was allowed to contest the upcoming Assembly polls. A closed door meeting was held at Dibrugarh Lok Sabha representative Sarbananda Sonowals residence here attended by all 12 ticket aspirants of the Assembly segments under Dibrugarh LS constituency, said BJP state co-convenor Dr Siddarth Sarma. All the 12 ticket seekers alleged Phukan was “tyrannical” and was “running the Dibrugarh Municipal Board as per his will,” Sarma said. DMB ward commissioner Sudama Pandey said the aspirants were united against Prasanta Phukans candidature unanimously fearing that if ticket was given to the two-time MLA, the BJP would loose the Dibrugarh Assembly seat, he said. They also threatened that if Prasanta Phukan was given the MLA ticket this time, then all BJP members would resign, Pandey said. The ticket aspirants attending the meeting included among others, party state spokesperson Sasanka Dev Phukan, state secretary Dr Hemoprabha Borthakur, Dibrugarh district party vice president Ranjit Sarma, Dibrugarh Town Mandal former president Anil Duwarah, ward commissioner Dr Saikat Patra, Dr Siddaharth Sarma, BJP youth leaders Ujjal Phukan and Ujjal Kashyap, he added. Urging all to work for the partys benefit, the Union Minister assured to take their views seriously and convey their message to BJPS national leadership, Ujjal Kashyap said. PTI COR ESB DKBlast_img read more

Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina Reef—A Beacon of Hope in the Caribbean

first_imgA coral reef in Cuba isn’t just a tourist destination—it can be a lesson in effective ecosystem management.I recently visited Cuba at the invitation of “The Ocean Doctor,” an NGO led by Dr. David Guggenheim, a marine scientist who has worked in Cuba over the past 14 years. The original intent of the trip was to attend a workshop with Cuban government officials and other experts. We hoped to discuss the potential economic benefits of expanding a no-fishing zone in Jardines de la Reina (the “Gardens of the Queen”), a coral reef and mangrove complex 60 miles off the country’s southern coast. But at the last minute, the Cuban Coast Guard denied the 10 Cuban participants’ permissions to join us in the Gardens, halting our plans.But despite inauspicious beginnings, I continued my stay in Cuba, exploring the Gardens with Dr. Guggenheim, two marine philanthropists from the United States, and some local tourism experts. I was surprised and impressed with the diversity and health of the Gardens’ underwater world. It’s a region that offers great lessons—and hope—for coral reef ecosystems throughout the world.A Bright Spot in the CaribbeanLike many regions, the Caribbean’s coral reefs face significant stress. According to WRI’s Reefs at Risk Revisited report, more than 75 percent of reefs in Caribbean waters are threatened, with more than 30 percent ranking in the “high” or “very high” threat category. While overfishing presents the most pervasive challenge, the region’s reefs also suffer from pollution and coastal development.But this was far from the case at the Gardens. My great enlightenment was learning what a healthy, productive, and diverse ecosystem is at the heart of Jardines de la Reina. I dove and snorkeled, and witnessed with my own eyes healthy coral and large sharks. Compared to my previous experiences on coral reefs in the Caribbean, it was inspirational. The Gardens comprise a rare, healthy coral reef ecosystem, with top predators and large fish still present.The Gardens have been spared much of the pressure that most Caribbean reefs are subject to, in part because of its geography. It is far from land – so it does not get much pollution from terrestrial sources. It has many mangroves, which help to filter the pollution that does make it out to the reef. And it has not had a lot of fishing pressure, owing to its distance from shore.Forward-Thinking Reef ManagementBut it’s also clear that the region’s stakeholders have and are taking steps to ensure that the Gardens stay healthy.In 1996, a large no-fishing zone was established in the Gardens. This was a collaboration between the Cuban government and Giuseppe (Pepe) Omegna, an Italian entrepreneur with an interest in establishing an eco-tourist hotel and a dive operation in the Gardens. In exchange for exclusive rights to be the dive operator in this area, Pepe’s company, Avalon Cuban Diving Centers, enforces fishing regulations. In addition, the number of visitors is strictly limited to 1,000 divers per year and 50 sport fishermen (for catch-and-release only). This unique arrangement has kept fishing and tourist pressure low in the area, and has allowed the coral reef and mangrove ecosystems to flourish.Presently, the Gardens are struggling with invasive lionfish, a prolific, voracious species than can wipe out native fish populations. But the region is already taking some action to address this problem. During my visit, I attended some lionfish hunting patrols run by the Avalon dive resort. Staff catch and kill the invasive lionfish and feed them to the native sharks and groupers – essentially training these predators to begin eating lionfish. It is working. Tony, our dive guide (and a marine biologist by training), told a story of feeding lionfish to sharks near a coral that was completely overrun with lionfish. The sharks proceeded to eat all of the lionfish in that area. The patrols show that sharks and groupers are one of the few species that can control invasive lionfish.Ensuring a Sustainable Future for Jardines de la ReinaAcross the Caribbean, many marine protected areas are merely “paper parks” – they’re protected by law, but there’s no enforcement due to a lack of resources. Perhaps the model of the Gardens is one which should be considered elsewhere – a partnership between the government and a tourism operator with a vested interest in maintaining a healthy coral reef.The region may also take sustainable management a step further. There is a proposal to expand the no-fishing zone within Jardines de la Reina, and the Cuban government would like information on the economic benefits. Cuban government officials and marine experts—including myself—are currently planning a workshop to discuss how to conduct an economic valuation of this proposed expansion. This valuation would attempt to quantify the economic benefits the expansion would provide through protecting ecosystem services.Cuba’s reefs are not without their problems, but Jardines de la Reina does offer some powerful lessons in effective management. Through innovation and collaborative partnerships, other stakeholders around the world could take action to improve the health of their own reef ecosystems.LEARN MORE: Check out the video below on Cuba’s “Gardens of the Queen”last_img read more



We Need to Talk about Emmanuel Ogbah

first_imgEmmanuel Ogbah is currently having one of the best seasons by a defensive end in Oklahoma State history. That’s not hyperbole either.Bill Haisten laid out the numbers here, but Ogbah (6.5 sacks so far his season) is probably going to challenge the single-season sacks record currently held by Leslie O’Neal at 16. He’s certainly going to threaten the top five for a single year.1. O’Neal (16)2. Gary Lewis (14)3. Greg Richmond (12.5)3. Jason Gildon (12.5)5. O’Neal (12)“I’m aware of (O’Neal),” Ogbah told the Tulsa World. “I like breaking records, so I actually have that in my mind.”Ogbah is currently in the top five both in the Big 12 and nationally when it comes to sacks and tackles for loss per game on the team in the country that’a better at it than anyone.All this while being double and triple-teamed and remaining the focus of opposing offense. It’s incredibly impressive.NationalScreen Shot 2015-10-08 at 8.48.57 AMScreen Shot 2015-10-08 at 8.48.37 AMBig 12Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 8.47.57 AMScreen Shot 2015-10-08 at 8.48.19 AM“He’s in a difficult situation, to be the age he is and be a potential 1st round pick,” said Mike Gundy earlier this week. “You know, the value of his future, and to be able to be able to set that aside and practice and perform and give some leadership skills like he has is very rare.”What abut on a technical level?“When he gets going, coming around the corner, he’s pretty good. His best years are ahead of him. He really didn’t start training until he got here with (strength coach Rob Glass).”Like this?“His best years are ahead of him. When he’s 24-25-26 years old, he’s really going to take off,” noted Gundy. “He looks like one of those guys that makes people think, ‘Why would you want to play quarterback in the NFL?’”That’s high praise from Gundy, but Ogbah is worthy. If you look back at the way other teams handle OSU’s defense, you can tell everything hinges around No. 38. He’s lived up to the hype so far. OSU’s slim Big 12 title hopes might rest upon how much more he can bring.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

ESPN Has Major Update On Former Coach Charlie Weis

first_imgCharlie Weis locking arms with Notre Dame players.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 21: Head coach Charlie Weis of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish waits to enter the field with (L-R) Jimmy Clausen #7, Eric Olsen #55, Kyle McCarthy #28 and Scott Smith #41 before a game against the University of Connecticut Huskies at Notre Dame Stadium on November 21, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Charlie Weis has been out of football for several years now and out of the NFL for even longer. But it looks like Weis is ready, willing and able to return to the NFL.According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, Weis is interested in returning to the NFL as an offensive coordinator.Weis has been out of the NFL since 2010, when he was offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs. His last coaching stint was as head coach of Kansas from 2012 to 2014.During his time in Kansas, the Jayhawks went 6-22 while going 1-18 in Big 12 games.Charlie Weis, who has not coached in the NFL since he was the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator in 2010, said this weekend that he is interested in becoming an offensive coordinator in the league again.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 23, 2018Originally a Bill Parcells disciple, Weis served in a variety of coaching capacities while Parcells was with the New York Giants, New England Patriots and New York Jets.But Weis’ claim to fame came as offensive coordinator of the Patriots from 2000 to 2004, during which he helped Bill Belichick create the offense that would win three Super Bowl titles in four years.He was hired as head coach of Notre Dame in 2005 and took the Fighting Irish to three bowl games in five years before being fired at the end of the 2009 season.last_img read more

The Phiaton BT 390 Bluetooth Headphones Mix Form and Function

first_img Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) Editors’ Recommendations Have you ever noticed how Bluetooth headphones that sound really good tend to be anything but portable? On the flip side, the more portable they are, the lower sound quality they seem to have. And don’t even get us started on aesthetics. It’s hard finding a good pair of Bluetooth headphones that can satisfy all three criteria. Thankfully, headphone maker Phiaton is looking to solve this disparity with its newest pair of on-ear Bluetooth headphones, the BT 390.The main draw of the BT 390 is its collapsible design, folding down to a much smaller profile to easily slip into carrying cases, backpacks, or even desk drawers. There’s no need to worry about these taking up too much space. This sets the BT 390 apart from Phiaton’s other on-ear model in the same series, the BT-460, which features a solid headband instead of a foldable one.Aesthetically, Phiaton has opted for simple tones, offering a white model and black model. The black model is a single light charcoal (making for more of a charcoal color), while the white features a white frame and black padding on the earcups. Both models features a smooth, sturdy plastic material for the earcups and headband, and soft leatherette for the earcup padding. The entire device is thin and lightweight, making for a muted, minimalist piece. While Phiaton has focused on making the BT 390 portable and stylish, the company doesn’t seem to be skimping on engineering and quality.The BY 390 are on-ear headphones, and feature 40mm drivers with an “optimized vibration system” for “high frequency clarity and an improved sound stage” and neodymium magnets, which Phiaton claims can “provide rich, commanding bass,” and passive sound isolation — meaning that wearing these will still sound good even in noisy environments like buses or commuter trains. The BT 390 are also equipped with Bluetooth 4.1 for wireless connection, and support connections with up to two simultaneous Bluetooth devices. They also sports an “Everplay-X” MicroUSB to 3.5mm cable for wired connections if your device doesn’t support Bluetooth or the battery runs out, though the 30 hours of continuous playback Phiaton is boasting would be hard to burn through by accident.If you’re interested in the headphones, you can check out Phiaton’s official website for more info. However, if you’ve made up your mind and are ready to buy, the BT 390 are available now for $80 at Amazon.A version of this article originally ran on our “brother site,” Digital Trends. There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haullast_img read more

For Thailand digital currency, Wipro, R3 build prototype for blockchain-based solution

first_imgNew Delhi: Wipro Tuesday said it has developed a blockchain-based solution prototype, in partnership with enterprise software firm R3, that will power digital currency transactions for banks in Thailand. The prototype aims to enable digital currency for interbank settlements for a consortium consisting of the Bank of Thailand and eight commercial banks in Thailand, Wipro said in a regulatory filing. “Developed as part of the first phase of Project lnthanon, the solution will enable de-centralised interbank real-time gross settlement (RTGS) using wholesale Central Bank Digital Currency to prove that the technology can perform key functionalities of payment and enhance efficiency,” it added. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraProject lnthanon is an initiative led by the Bank of Thailand, in partnership with eight participating banks. The project seeks to enhance the technological preparedness of Thailand’s financial sector for embracing new technologies and digitalisation. Launched in August 2018, the first phase of the project focused on building the fundamental payment infrastructure, while the application of blockchain technology for other functionalities will be explored in the subsequent phases. “Building a blockchain prototype for issuing digital currency aligns with our vision of driving industry transformation through real-world applications of blockchain,” Wipro Vice-President and Blockchain Theme Leader Krishnakumar N Menon said.last_img read more

Princess Lalla Salma Receives Senegal’s First Lady

Rabat – Princess Lalla Salma, Chairwoman of the Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, received, on Monday at the headquarters of the Lalla Salma Foundation in Rabat, Marième Faye Sall, First Lady of Senegal and President of the ”Servir le Sénégal” Foundation.The purpose of this visit is to study the modalities for the establishment of a partnership in the fight against cancer between the Lalla Salma Foundation and the ”Servir le Sénégal” Foundation, the Lalla Salma Foundation said in a statement.After the presentation of the two Foundations, several cooperation fields and projects were identified. It concerns, among others, the promotion of information campaigns among professionals and citizens, especially vulnerable populations, on all issues related to cancer, the training of health professionals in the field of the fight against cancer, the implementation of a programme of early detection of breast and cervical cancer in Senegal, the strengthening of the pediatric oncology programme to improve access to the treatment for children with cancer and technical assistance for the creation of a cancer care home in Dakar, the same source said.A joint committee will be set up to coordinate all activities of the project, the statement added.The meeting was attended by Senegal’s Ambassador in Morocco, Advisors of the First Lady of Senegal and members of the board of directors of the Lalla Salma Foundation.At the end of this audience, Senegal’s First Lady visited the Moulay Abdellah oncology hospital.With MAP read more

UN health agency issues guidelines on safety of alternative medicines

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced the publication of guidelines aimed at helping countries and consumers navigate the largely unregulated world of alternative medicines.Up to 80 per cent of all people in the developing world rely on traditional medicine for their primary health care, according to WHO. In wealthy countries, many people seek out various types of natural remedies on the assumption that natural means safe. But reports of adverse reactions to these treatments are on the rise.”WHO supports traditional and alternative medicines when these have demonstrated benefits for the patient and minimal risks,” WHO Director-General Dr. Lee Jong-wook said. “But as more people use these medicines, governments should have the tools to ensure all stakeholders have the best information about their benefits and their risks.”The guidelines provide simple, easy to follow tips on issues to look out for and a brief checklist of basic questions which may be used to help facilitate proper use of traditional and alternative medicine.Advice is provided to government authorities on preparing easy-to-access information and on working with the mass media to sensitize and educate the population. In addition, suggestions are given for several health system structures and processes needed to promote proper use of traditional and alternative medicines. read more

Grain futures mostly rose livestock prices mixed

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2013 11:46 am MDT CHICAGO – Grains futures mostly rose Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for May delivery rose 8.75 cents to $7.065 a bushel; May corn rose 6.75 cents to $6.58 a bushel; May oats were flat at $3.7375 a bushel; while May soybeans rose 16 cents to $14.18 a bushel.Beef and pork prices were mixed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.June live cattle rose 0.27 cent to $1.2092 a pound; May feeder cattle slipped 0.42 cent to $1.4135 a pound; June lean hogs added 0.35 cent to 89.80 cents a pound. Grain futures mostly rose, livestock prices mixed

Peladeau back at the helm of Quebecor vowing no change in strategy

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 15, 2017 4:47 am MDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Peladeau back at the helm of Quebecor vowing no change in strategy MONTREAL – Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau vowed on Wednesday to stick to the media and telecommunications company’s existing strategy as he returns to its helm after a brief stint in politics.“I can only be optimistic about our future as we will maintain the strategic direction, notably based on the convergence of value-add content and distribution platforms that served us so well over the past 16 years,” Peladeau told financial analysts Wednesday during a conference call to discuss the company’s latest results.They were his first public comments since returning to the CEO role last month at the company founded by his father.Peladeau, 55, had held the job for 14 years before entering politics as a Parti Quebecois candidate in the 2014 provincial election. He was elected party leader in 2015, but resigned a year later.He said the company has been successful by disseminating content across its network of cable, cellphones, TV, newspapers, magazines, music, live entertainment and books.“We will continue in this direction and it looks like we’re far from being the only ones right now to follow this route because there’s a lot of telecom communications that have been moving in this direction.”And he said he expects new ways to distribute content will emerge over the coming years.Since Peladeau last headed the company, Quebecor has seen the growth of its wireless business, loss of cable subscribers and a media division that faces lower advertising revenues. Late last year, it cut 220 media positions in a restructuring that contributed to an 11 per cent increase in the division’s fourth-quarter adjusted operating profits.Michel Nadeau, a former top leader at Quebec pension fund manager La Caisse de depot, which owns almost 19 per cent of Quebecor Media, has said Peladeau will have to find new solutions for the media and the telecommunications industry problems.The strong cash flow from the Videotron cable and wireless operations gives Peladeau time to craft a response, but Nadeau said Quebecor will have to make some changes because its investment in traditional media is just breaking even.Meanwhile, Peladeau was reluctant to comment on the potential sale of Quebecor’s wireless spectrum outside of Quebec or the purchase of the Caisse de depot’s stake in Quebec Media.During the fourth quarter, Quebecor reversed a year-ago loss by earning $123.3 million or $1.01 per basic share in the three months ended Dec. 31. That compared with a $34.8-million loss or 28 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2015.The company said the improvement was mainly due to a $135.7-million variance in the value of financial instruments.Its revenue was up 2.6 per cent at $1.05 billion.Quebecor class B shares closed up 4.2 per cent at $39.53.Quebecor owns an 81 per cent stake in Quebecor Media, which holds the Videotron cable and telecommunications company and TVA Group broadcaster, Le Journal de Montreal and Le Journal de Quebec as well as other media businesses. read more

Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 19 December

DOWNLOAD1. Budget 2015 date confirmed2. November 2014 UK automotive manufacturing figures published3. SMMT urges London rethink on ultra low emission car zones4. £6bn package for UK science and innovation5. SME sized engineering firms funded to boost skills6. Positive outlook for UK manufacturers7. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

City Airport protest Judge finds it hard to see link between runway

first_imgThe nine also include Ben Tippett, 24, also a former LSE student from Wandsworth, and Sam Lund-Harket, 32, who is a leading activist with the campaign group Global Justice Now.Mr Lund-Harket, who also lives on The Northern Soul, has previously been active in anti-climate change groups. Deborah Frances Grayson, 31, of Slough, also pleaded guilty to aggravated trespass at the airport.She was one of six anti-fracking protesters who locked themselves to a fire engine outside Cuadrilla’s oil exploration site at Balcombe, West Sussex, in August 2013.  The defendants included Richard Collet-White, 23, a former president of Oxford’s Exeter College Junior Common Room (JCR) student body.Mr Collett-White, of Kempston, Bedfordshire, led a student strike against high food prices at the college in 2014.Alex Etchart, another of those who pleaded guilty, last year directed an opera about sex workers, featuring real life burlesque dancers and others who work in the sex industry.The 26-year-old, who lives on a houseboat called The Northern Soul, on the River Stort, near Roydon, Essex, has previously taken part in the Occupy London protests and anti-fracking camps.Also pleading guilty was Esme Waldron, 23, a student from Brighton, who took part in the blockade of Heathrow Airport in November last year.This saw anti-climate change activists occupy the entrance tunnel to Terminals 1, 2 and 3 for nearly five hours, leading to widespread disruption for travellers.Her fellow defendant Natalie Fiennes, a former student at London School of Economics, last year took part in the six-week occupation of its central London campus in protest at student fees.Miss Fiennes, 25, of Wandsworth, south London, who is a third cousin of the actors Ralph and Joseph Fiennes, has also been involved in Climate Camp protests. London City Airport protesters (from left) Sam Lund-Harket, Richard Collet-White, Esme Waldron and William Pettifer arriving at Westminster Magistrates’ CourtCredit:ED WILLCOX/Central Workers try to remove protesters at London City Airport after they storm the runwayCredit:Fiona Hanson London City Airport protesters (from left) Ben Tippet, Alex Etchart, Natalie Fiennes and Sama Baka arriving at Westminster Magistrates’ CourtCredit:ED WILLCOX/Central One man chained himself to a tripod set up on the runway at City AirportCredit: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP The matter of going into a secure area of an airport is a mater that does cause concern to the publicDistrict Judge Elizabeth Rosco London City Airport protesters (from left) Ben Tippet, Alex Etchart, Natalie Fiennes and Sama Baka arriving at Westminster Magistrates' Court The nine avoided jail, but were given a range of conditional discharges after pleading guilty to aggravated trespass by disrupting a person engaged in a lawful activity when they appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates Court, central London.Sentencing the nine judge Elizabeth Roscoe described them individuals who obviously “care deeply” about the issue of climate change.But she said: “I find it rather hard to see the link between the movement which started in America and goes by name of Black Lives Matter, which as I understand protests against the treatment of the black population by the police in America.”I don’t see how they link to London City Airport or climate change.” The other airport protestors were William Pettifer, 27, who works on an organic farm in Radford, Somerset; and Sama Baka, 27, who lives on the same houseboat.Pettifer, Waldron, Baka, Lund-Harket, Fiennes, Collet-White and Tippet each received an 18 month conditional discharge.Etchart was given a two year conditional discharge, while Frances Grayson received a three year conditional discharge due to previous convictions.The judge ruled the rafts, life jackets, tripod and other equipment be confiscated. 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. The protesters had used inflatable rafts to cross the water before climbing onto the runwayCredit:Black Lives Matter/PA Black Lives Matter protest city airport Defence counsel Mike Swartz said the protest was intended to highlight the negative impact of the airport on the local community, which is predominantly from black and Asian backgrounds, along with “the British contribution to climate change and inequality in the global south”.The Black Lives Matter was set up in the US following the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin by a private security guard in Florida, four years ago, and anger at the growing number of young black people killed by police. She added: “The matter of going into a secure area of an airport does cause concern to the public. To put fears and doubts that these areas are easily accessible, not just to you but to others with less peaceful intentions, is serious.”The court heard the activists had used inflatable rafts to cross the water and climbed up from the dock and on to the runway. The group, still wearing their wetsuits, then set up a tripod and one man chained himself to it on the runway, while the others chained themselves together.Around 9,000 passengers had their travel plans disrupted, many of them having booked long-awaited holidays.Prosecutor Philip McGee said delays had also caused a negative impact on the revenue and reputation of the airport operators with other airlines and passengers. One man chained himself to a tripod set up on the runway at City Airport London City Airport protesters A judge has criticised nine protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement who disrupted dozens of flights at London City Airport after blockading the runway.The protesters, who included  a cousin of the actor Ralph Fiennes, an Oxford student leader and a man who directed an opera about sex workers, grounded up to 131 flights over a period of six hours, delaying travellers’ holidays and business trips.The nine locked themselves together after storming the single runway of the east London airport on September 6 at around 5.30am, in protest at what they said was the impact of climate change on black people around the world.Following the blockade it emerged that several of those arrested were veterans of climate change protests and their involvement at City airport led to accusations that the British offshoot of the Black Lives Matter movement has been hijacked by middle-class white activists. 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Restaurateurs feel the pinch

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It would seem chef George Calombaris has a lot to answer for with the success of reality cooking show Masterchef, inspiring home cooks and forcing Greek Australian restaurant owners to shut their doors. One of Melbourne’s most prominent hospitality entrepreneurs, Nick Zampelis, along with a number of other Greek Australians in the industry, have had to rethink their position, with close to 1500 restaurants closing down in the last year. In the past six months Mr Zampelis has had to sell or close six restaurants, including talks of selling the popular Melbourne nightclub Silk Road. This will come at a financial loss, the current offer on the table standing at $3.5 million – an insufficient sum of money compared to the reported $10 million spent on renovations. The entrepreneur does not put this move down to financial pressures however, claiming that he is looking to remove himself from nightclubs as he is “sick of the industry”. “Times are obviously tough, but I’m doing fine. In fact I have plans to open three new restaurants,” Mr Zampelis told The Age. Heavily involved in the industry since the 1980s, Mr Zampelis has been associated with more than 70 bars, restaurants and nightclubs across Victoria, including Café Greco, Silk Road, Lotus and Crown’s Waterfront. Ex-owner of Transport Bar and Taxi Dining Room, Paul Mathis is also feeling the effect, facing liquidation action in the Victorian Supreme Court. His restaurant Soulmama was found to be trading while allegedly insolvent, owing millions of dollars to the Australian tax office, landlord and suppliers. Source: The Agelast_img read more

Le risque infectieux réduit de 40 pour les enfants allaités durant six

first_imgLe risque infectieux réduit de 40% pour les enfants allaités durant six moisD’après une récente étude sur le sujet de l’allaitement maternel, des chercheurs seraient parvenus à prouver qu’un allaitement opéré durant les six premiers mois de la vie d’un enfant permettait de faire baisser le risque infectieux de 40%.L’étude a été menée par des chercheurs de l’Université de Crète qui ont étudié le lien entre nourrissons et allaitement. Ils ont ainsi étudié l’état de santé des bébés nourris exclusivement au sein et seraient parvenus à confirmer le lien entre allaitement maternel et réduction des épisodes infectieux, explique Santelog. Ainsi, pour les besoins de l’étude, 926 enfants ont été suivis par les chercheurs durant 12 mois, chercheurs qui ont étudié à la loupe le mode alimentaire de chaque bébé, en comparaison avec les possibles épisodes infectieux dont ont pu souffrir les enfants comme les otites ou la gastro-entérite.Ainsi, les chercheurs sont parvenus à mettre en avant le fait que les enfants qui ont été allaités durant au moins six mois, présentaient moins d’épisodes infectieux que les enfants nourris au biberon. Mais pour que l’allaitement maternel soit réellement protecteur, il doit être exclusif et non pas partiel. De plus, plusieurs autres facteurs jouent sur la qualité de l’allaitement maternel comme l’exposition à la fumée du tabac et l’origine ethnique, par exemple.Le 1 janvier 2011 à 10:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Hasselblad et Ferrari sassocie pour sortir un H4D40 en édition limitée

first_imgHasselblad et Ferrari s’associe pour sortir un H4D-40 en édition limitéeRouge vif, aux couleurs de l’écurie italienne, l’appareil photo H4D-40 n’est fabriqué qu’à 499 exemplaires.Le fabricant suédois Victor Hasselblad a fait équipe avec Ferrari pour son APN avec une lentille de 80mm et ses 40 mégapixels habituels (format 3/4). Le Hasselblad fait des prises de vue au format RAW 3FR et possède des plages ISO 100, 200, 400, 800 et 1600. Cette édition revête une carrosserie rouge brillante, arborant le logo jaune de la Scuderia, avec le fameux cheval dressé  sur ses deux pattes arrières. Le H4D-40 coûtera aux plus riches d’entre nous 29.499$…A ce prix-là, il vous faudra aimer le rouge. Si vous roulez déjà en Ferrari, ça ne devrait pas poser trop de problème, surtout que le H4D-40 ne passe pas inaperçu.Le 9 avril 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

HP to cut up to 30000 more jobs in enterprise business

first_imgHewlett-Packard Co, which is splitting into two listed companies later this year, said on Tuesday it expects to cut another 25,000 to 30,000 jobs in its enterprise business as the tech pioneer adjusts to falling demand.The latest cuts, on top of layoffs of 55,000 workers previously announced under Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman, notably will be in the company’s faster-growing corporate hardware and services operations, to be spun off as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, or HPE, on Nov. 1.The latest job cuts indicate a reduction of the company’s total workforce by at least 10 percent, based on the company’s most recent number of more than 300,000 employees as of Oct. 31, 2014, and reflecting the previously announced reduction of 55,000.The company indicated the cuts will be global, but provided no specifics.Under the split into two companies, the other company, HP Inc, will comprise the computer and printer businesses, which have been hit hard by a relentless decline in sales of personal computers.”We’ve done a significant amount of work over the past few years to take costs out and simplify processes and these final actions will eliminate the need for any future corporate restructuring,” Whitman said in a statement.The job cuts, aimed at saving $2.7 billion a year, will result in a charge of about $2.7 billion, beginning in the fourth quarter, HP said.Job cuts have become a way of life at the company in recent years as it has digested a series of acquisitions that failed to revive its fortunes.”The number is sadly larger than some people might have expected, but I think it’s a reflection of how much trouble HP has been having with its services,” said Charles King, president and principal analyst of Pund-IT, a Silicon Valley IT consulting firm.Hewlett-Packard’s chief financial officer, Cathie Lesjak, said last month that HP expected the previously announced job cuts of 55,000 under Whitman to increase by up to 5 percent by the end of October.”I’m frankly not sure if HP is finished with the layoffs,” King said, saying he expects the job cuts and the shuffling of people and positions to continue well into 2016.HP said it is moving more of its workers to lower-cost locations as part of its efforts to cut costs. In its 2013 fiscal year, the company said 36 percent of the employees in the unit of HPE called enterprise services worked in what it called low-cost locations. This year 42 percent do, and executives said they plan to increase that percentage to 60 percent by 2018.In its fiscal third quarter ended July 31, HP’s revenue from personal computer and printer businesses, its largest, fell 11.5 percent.Of the units to be housed in HPE, which will be run by Whitman, sales in enterprise services dropped 11 percent, while revenue at the enterprise group rose 2 percent.HPE will have revenue of more than $50 billion, and is expected to report adjusted profit of $1.85 to $1.95 per share in 2016, HP said on Tuesday.The business is expected to report free cash flow of $2.0 billion to $2.2 billion in 2016, at least half of which is expected to be returned through dividends and share buybacks.HP shares fell 1.4 percent to $26.73 in extended trading on Tuesday after the news.Maxim Group analyst Nehal Chokshi blamed the market reaction on the cash flow target, which he said looked short of the contribution needed from the enterprise unit to meet analysts’ forecasts.Late Tuesday, the company also released financial projections for HP Inc, the PC and printer businesses. Saying it expects the market for those products to remain tough for the “next several quarters,” it forecast 2016 earnings for HP Inc to be between $1.67 to $1.77 per share, excluding items.The business is expected to report free cash flow of $3 billion to $3.3 billion in 2016, at least half of which is expected to be returned through dividends and share buybacks.last_img read more

DLF HDIL Indiabulls Oberoi Prestige plunge Kotak offers condolences to land owners

first_imgShares of real estate companies are probably the worst hit on Wednesday on the BSE in response to the ban on high-denomination currencies by the Narendra Modi government, being referred to as “surgical strike” on black money. DLF was the biggest loser at 23.8 percent, followed by HDIL at 19.4 percent. Kotak Securities, in a note on the development, has offered “condolences” to land owners.”Only individuals with large sums of unaccounted cash will be affected by the government’s move. In real estate, we believe most of the cash is used in land transactions (by entities or individuals) and sellers potentially hold un-explainable sums. Post the Income Declaration Scheme 2016, and the recent government doctrine, we believe it could be difficult for them to adjust such huge sums of cash,” the brokerage said.”But our discussion with large developers reveal that most have views opposed to ours that land prices could come down. As for the possibility of lower selling prices in near-term (and resultant lower demand for new land), we believe there is a case for land price correction in some markets,” it added.The BSE Realty index was down 15 percent at around 10.58 am.The crash in share prices of real estate firms is on expected lines, since the sector is widely believed to be one where “cash is king” and consequently the worst hit as a result of the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes effective from Tuesday midnight (November 8, 2016).The fall in real estate shares is sharper when compared to the fall in benchmark indices — the BSE Sensex and the NSE Nifty.The government will bring a new denomination — Rs 2,000 — and issue new Rs 500 notes from November 10.On the positive side, there are benefits for the sector, albeit in the long-term, according to analysts.”Real estate transactions in progress and not completed that involve CASH will be impacted, leading to complications. This will certainly lead to pain in the realty sector in the short term, but it Is a welcome move for the long run,” Ravi Ahuja, executive director, Office Services & Investment Sales at Colliers International, said in a note on Wednesday.”It is great for the country and in the long term. Will give some short term pain, but all for greater good,” Saacketh Chawla, Deputy Managing Director, Colliers International India, said.The perception that the sector is used to deploy cash will subside over a period of time, which augurs well for real estate companies, according to another consultant.”The effects will be far-reaching and immediate, and shake up the sector in no uncertain way. Stricter measures against black money have for long been required to help bring about greater transparency, give the Indian real estate sector more credibility and make it more attractive for foreign investors,”Anuj Puri, Chairman & Country Head, JLL India, said in his note to the drastic development.Black money deals are more common on the unorganised market, but this practice has, in fact, been on the decrease with greater awareness on the part of buyers. Before too long, the caricatured version of black money driving Indian real estate is no longer applicable,” he added.The BSE Sensex was down 684 points at 26,907, while the NSE Nifty was down 311 points at 8,232.last_img read more

Corporate governance Over 150 independent directors quit in last two months

first_imgSEBIReutersOver 150 independent directors have resigned in the last two months due to stringent regulatory interference by the market, banking and insurance watchdogs, according to Prime Database.The regulatory bodies have increased examination on the board members of the companies which pushed the accountability of the directors. This has led to the resignation of 982 directors since January last year, Economic Times reported.According to experts, with the surging regulatory scrutiny, more independent directors might quit which can contract the opportunities for the companies to have more talent.”This is a concern not just for independent directors, but also for the companies, as potential independent directors are becoming more selective and cautious,” said Ketan Dalal, managing partner at Katalyst Advisors.These independent directors mainly worry that they might be made liable for any offence committed by the company they are associated with.According to managing director at law firm Warmond Anuradha Shah, they have recently witnessed a rise in individuals including directors of companies who are keeping aside a part of their assets in an asset-protection trust to protect their personal wealth.In September, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs had disqualified another two lakh directors for holding posts in the companies that have defaulted loans. These directors were barred from holding seats in other companies. REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeMore board members of the companies with stressed loans are being pulled up by the regulators. Several independent directors have walked out of the debt-laden companies and those that have failed to file their financial returns.Earlier this year, markets regulator Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) had also proposed several changes in regulations to improve corporate governance. If implemented, the move could suggest more compliance burden on independent directors.”The responsibilities of independent directors have become quite onerous and penalties very severe, while the company information available to independent directors is rather limited,” said ICRA chairman Arun Duggal.last_img read more

CJ Sinha forced to resign BNP

first_imgBNPBNP senior leaders Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Moudud Ahmed on Saturday alleged that chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha was forced to resign by mounting pressure on him in many ways, reports UNB.”Bangladesh’s chief justice resigned on Saturday. It’s a stigmatised incident for the judiciary and the independence of the court. He (Sinha) was forced to resign.The government has obliterated the remaining independence of the judiciary through it,” Moudud told a discussion.Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Sangskritik Dal arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the ‘National Revolution and Solidarity Day’.Moudud, also a former law minister, said the government took action against Sinha as the 16th amendment verdict went against it. “They did it being aggrieved over the country’s apex court verdict. The government could file a review petition against the verdict, but they harmed the judiciary with their coordinated personal attacks on Sinha.”He further said, “We don’t know what the government has gained through Sinha’s resignation, but the entire nation has got badly affected. I’m in doubt whether we’ll be able to restore the dignity and quality of the judiciary.”Mosharraf said they have come to know from the media and different sources that the chief justice has stepped down. “We’ve also heard that he (Sinha) came to Singapore for returning to the country, but he couldn’t do it. We’re very concerned over the matter.”Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “It’s unfortunate and shameful matter that the chief justice was sent on forced leave making him falsely sick and compelled him to quit by force.”Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said the government has got scared that if Sinha remains as the chief justice, he may declare 154 MPs elected unopposed illegal. “He was forced to quit for that reason, we heard that.”Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Nagorik Dal arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club in memory of BNP standing committee member MK Anwar who died on 24 October last.Amid various speculations and row over the Supreme Court’s 16th amendment verdict, Sinha, now abroad, finally stepped down.President Abdul Hamid received his resignation letter, said his press secretary Joynal Abedin on Saturday.Chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha went on leave on 3 October on health ground and left for Australia on 13 October and his 39-day leave expired on Friday.last_img read more