Canada Nova Scotia and Halifax to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

first_imgA joint government project will use natural gas to power a number of buildings in Halifax, bringing a cleaner source of energy into the city and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The project was announced today, Nov. 24, by Cecil Clarke, Minister of Energy, Stéphane Dion, federal Minister of the Environment, John McCallum, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of Natural Resources Canada, and Peter Kelly, mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality. The federal and provincial ministers also announced three projects that will provide financial incentives to commercial and institutional building owners who convert to energy-efficient natural gas space and water-heating equipment. The overall cost of implementing the Community Energy System Project is estimated to be $47 million with the province of Nova Scotia and the government of Canada each committing up to $20 million. The project is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 128,000 tonnes per year in its first phase. The proposed system would generate electricity and provide heat and hot water using clean natural gas instead of traditionally used bunker C oil. Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre’s Victoria General and Halifax Infirmary complexes are potential anchor customers. Details of the cost-sharing arrangements by the federal, provincial and municipal partners will be worked out over the coming months, once negotiations with these key anchor customers are concluded and a business plan is finalized. “The Halifax district heating project is another way in which the government of Nova Scotia is demonstrating its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mr. Clarke. “This announcement is just the start of a list of items we want to advance on climate change as we move on our recently released Green Energy Framework.” “Provinces and territories, Aboriginal peoples, industry, environmental groups and all Canadians have a fundamental role to play in achieving our climate change goals,” said Mr. Dion. “This project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the benefit of our environment and our health as well as providing economic benefits.” “Today’s announcements are aimed at using cleaner energy, like natural gas, and making sure that we use energy as efficiently as possible,” said Mr. McCallum. “By making natural gas more available in Halifax, it will help businesses, institutions and individuals make decisions that will address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” “The announcement of these funds is great news,” said Mr. Kelly. “HRM has made a commitment to the community energy project because air quality is so important to regional council and our residents. The federal and provincial financial support will certainly help move the community energy project forward, resulting in huge environmental and economic development benefits for HRM.” The ministers also announced that the government of Canada, along with the province of Nova Scotia and Heritage Gas, will provide financial incentives to owners and managers of commercial and institutional buildings and municipal, university, schools and health facilities to convert furnaces and water-heating equipment to energy-efficient natural gas equipment. The government of Canada will invest about $3.8 million, matched by the province, to provide rebates for up to 50 per cent of the capital costs paid by medium and larger energy consumers to replace their existing space- and water-heating equipment with high-efficiency equipment.last_img read more

Centre asks Delhi govt to sell onions at Rs 2390kg

first_imgNEW DELHI: With onion prices still ruling high in the national capital, the Centre has asked the Delhi government to take the key kitchen staple from its buffer stock andsell at a maximum retail price of Rs 23.90 per kg through its civil supplies department and ration shops. While the central government data showed onion prices ruling at around Rs 39-40 per kg in the national capital, retailers in some parts of the city are selling as high as Rs 50 per kg depending on the quality and locality. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn the central government’s direction, National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) and National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India (NCCF) as well as Mother Dairy are offloading onion from the central buffer stock in the national capital. Mother Dairy is selling at Rs 23.90 per kg through its Safal outlets. “We have requested the Delhi government to further boost supply by selling the central buffer stock of onion through its civil supplies department and ration shops,” a senior Consumer Affairs Ministry official said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsOn the other hand, Delhi Minister for Food & Civil Supplies, Imran Hussain has reviewed the issue of rising retail price of onions in Delhi with Commissioner and other senior officers of Food and Civil Supplies Department and expressed his concern regarding rising retail prices of Onion. The Delhi minister was informed that a meeting in this regard was also convened by Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution System, where Delhi Government requested Central Government to provide financial assistance under Price Stabilization Fund so that the Delhi Government could consider providing onion at affordable prices to the citizens through Public Distribution System (PDS) Outlets, in addition to onion being provided through SAFAL Outlets. The state has been offered to sell onion at a maximum rate of Rs 23.90 per kg and take stock at a price of Rs 15-16 per kg from the Centre, the official said. Delhi’s onion requirement is 350 tonnes per day, while the NCR requirement is 650 tonnes per day, the official added. The centre has created a buffer stock of 56,000 tonnes of onion this year, of which 10,000-12,000 tonnes has been offloaded by NAFED, NCCF and Mother Dairy so far. Delhi is a price sensitive market, besides a rise in prices of this key kitchen stable has led to the ouster of several governments in indian elections in the past. Onion prices are under pressure due to likely fall in kharif (summer) production owing to 10 per cent decline in sowing area in key growing states especially Maharasthra.last_img read more

Rose Valley investors can approach asset disposal committee for refund Official

first_imgKolkata: The Enforcement Directorate (ED), probing into the multi-crore Rose Valley ponzi scam case, has urged the duped investors to approach the asset disposal committee appointed by the Calcutta High Court to recover their dues. According to an ED official, the investors, who were promised high returns on their investments by the ponzi firm, are free to approach the committee which was set up following a high court suggestion in 2015. “In the Rose Valley ponzi scam case, so far the ED has attached properties worth Rs 4,600 crore,” an ED official, who did not wish to be named, told PTI. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers The enforcement agency attached Rese Valley properties worth Rs 2,300 crore in one go, including two dozen hotels and resorts, which till date is the single largest attachment in the case. The assets are to be sold off via public auction and the proceeds would be used to repay the investors. The ED had registered an FIR against the firm, its Chairman Gautam Kundu and others in 2014 under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Kundu was arrested by the agency in Kolkata in 2015. Multiple charge sheets have been filed in the courts in Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by the ED in the case. The group had allegedly floated a total of 27 companies to run the chit fund operations, of which only 6 were active.last_img read more

All Liberians must play their part in antirape campaign says UN envoy

At a ceremony today in Harper, the capital of Maryland county, officials with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) spoke out against the devastation that rape – the highest reported crime in the country – exacts on individuals, families and entire communities. The Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu noted that while the UN has previously teamed up with the Government and civil society groups to form a gender-based violence task force, it was vital that members of the public became directly involved in the anti-rape campaign. “Everyone has a role to play,” said Ms. Mensa-Bonsu. “This is not a women-only matter; the men must take action. I believe rape can be prevented and stopped only when men and boys get actively involved and concerned enough.” The anti-rape campaign includes a parade through the streets of Harper, promotional soccer matches, a concert and the screening of videos in large public spaces. 14 March 2008The United Nations has joined forces with the Liberian Government and civil society groups in a campaign in the southeast of the West African country to try to reduce the appallingly high rates of rape of women and girls. read more

Womens participation crucial for democracies UN officials stress

“While women’s political participation improves democracy, the reverse is also true: democracy is an incubator for gender equality,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his remarks at a roundtable held at UN Headquarters on gender equality and democracy.“It provides public space for discussion of human rights and women’s empowerment. It enables women’s groups to mobilize. It makes it easier for women to realize their political, civil, economic and social rights.”He told participants at the event, which included representatives from various UN departments and entities, as well as the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, that one need look no further than the daily headlines to see the timeliness of today’s gathering.“Women were among those who marched in Côte d’Ivoire to uphold the democratic will of the people – with several of them killed for making that stand,” said Mr. Ban. “In Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere, women have been among those in the vanguard demanding change, rights, dignity, and opportunity.” Noting gender inequality in decision-making remains a great impediment to democracy, the Secretary-General said more must be done to address the gender gap in democratic participation. “Certainly there has been important progress. More women, in more countries, are taking their place in parliament,” he stated. “Yet fewer than 10 per cent of countries have female heads of State or government. Fewer than 30 countries have reached the target of 30 per cent women in national parliaments.”He also cited the need to treat gender equality as an explicit goal of democracy-building, not as an “add-on,” stating that experience shows that democratic ideals of inclusiveness, accountability and transparency cannot be achieved without laws, policies, measures and practices that address inequalities.The UN is more involved in democracy-building than ever before, Mr. Ban pointed out. Many UN departments, funds and programmes have expanded their democracy programming, and the establishment of UN Women has added “another strong actor” to the arena.“Across the constellations of entities and activity, we need a stronger gender perspective going forward. Our responsibility is to ensure that our democracy assistance is gender responsive.”Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), told the gathering that democratic governance cannot be fully achieved without the full participation and inclusion of women.“Without the full participation of women in decision-making processes and debates about policy priorities and options, issues of great importance to women will either be neglected, or the way in which they are addressed will be sub-optimal and uninformed by women’s perspectives,” she stated. Helping countries to strengthen their democratic institutions is an important aspect of the work of UNDP, which is the UN system’s lead provider of technical assistance to elections. From 2008 to 2010 alone, it provided electoral assistance to 64 countries and territories, and it is currently working with more than 120 countries on public administration reform and/or strengthening governance.“To be judged successful, all this work must contribute to empowering women and pursuing gender equality,” said Miss Clark. “We need to see more women elected, voting, involved in participatory processes generally, and well represented in public administrations.”She noted that there are a number of proven ways to increase women’s voice and participation in decision-making, including implementing quotas or reserved seat systems, and ensuring that women know how election processes work and about campaign methods and financing.Some 50 countries have now legislated for quotas in electoral and political party laws, and hundreds of political parties have adopted quotas as a voluntary measure. “Quotas are the single, most effective, and quickest measure for increasing the numbers of women in elected office,” the UN development chief stated. 4 May 2011Senior United Nations officials today stressed the need to promote the participation of women in decision-making, noting that democracy and gender equality are interlinked and mutually reinforcing. read more

Siva Senai group in Sri Lanka not linked to Shiv Sena

He added that Siva Senai was started after consultations with many organisations in India, including the Shiv Sena, RSS, VHP and the Goa-based Hindu Jana Jagruthi Samithi.“We thought of many names, but considering that most Hindus in Sri Lanka are Saivaites, we thought something with Siva would be appropriate. So we chose Siva Senai,” he said. The initiative has caused concern, including within the TNA. Parliamentarian and TNA spokesperson M.A. Sumanthiran said the party opposed “bringing religion into politics or the politicisation of religion.” A group of Hindus in Sri Lanka has launched ‘Siva Senai’, an organisation to “protect Hindus from threats from other religious groups” in the island.A ceremony was recently held in Vavuniya, a Tamil-majority town located in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. Clarifying that the organisation had no direct links to Shiv Sena, the right-wing political party in Maharashtra, the group’s Chief Organiser Maravanpulavu Sachithananthan told The Hindu: “But we have their support.” According to him Hindus in the island face problems from other religious groups. Accusing the state of supporting “Sinhala-Buddhist colonisation”, he said “conversion is becoming serious concern for us [Hindus]. Observing that the island’s Muslims were being funded by countries such as Iran and Iraq and that the Christians received Western missionaries’ support, he said: “Hindus alone have no support.”“Organisations such as the RSS, VHP and the BJP are very supportive of this move. I have met the leaders and discussed this in detail,” he claimed.Hindus are the largest religious minority in Sri Lanka. Mr. Sachithananthan, along with fellow coordinator and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Seeniththamby Yoheswaran from Batticaloa and religious leader Then Kailaya Adheenam from Trincomalee, plans to work across the country’s 25 districts for the “protection of Hindus”. “Given the track record of Shiv Sena in India, I don’t think it is a good move,” he told The Hindu.When contacted, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray’s public relations officer Harshal Pradhan denied having any knowledge of overseas Shiv Sena branches. “We do have people working for us in Tamil Nadu, but I am not aware of any party unit functioning in Sri Lanka. No one from there has approached us for any permission.”However, Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said: “Members of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka have set up a Shiv Sena unit and would do the party’s ideological work with support from Sena’s Tamil Nadu unit.” (Colombo Gazette) The organisation which, he said, was in its formative stages would campaign for an anti-conversion law in Sri Lanka. read more

South Sudan will face escalating food crisis in 2017 UN agriculture agency

This time of year in South Sudan, people generally are more secure due to higher food stocks and lower market prices, but the FAO warned that the risk of famine is looming, especially for the most vulnerable communities.“The renewed violence has had severe repercussions on agricultural production and stability needs to be restored to enable farmers to return to their fields,” said Serge Tissot, FAO representative.“We are seeing an unprecedented number of food insecure people at harvest time and many more people at risk of starvation in the months to come as stocks run out. There is a need to act now to prevent a catastrophe,” he urged.Part of the reason for the growing insecurity is due to the violence that has impacted the Equatoria region, which is responsible for over half of South Sudan’s net cereal production. About 50 per cent of all harvests have been lost in areas affected by the violence. Many farmers have been unable to plant seeds for the second season due to not only armed conflict, but also displaced persons.Northern Bahr el Ghazal is one of the most fragile areas of the country. It has seen a protracted economic crisis, market failure, and the loss or depletion of livelihood assets. FAO found that farmers in the region have produced less than they did last year; some areas were hard-hit by flooding and dry spells, and reports found that in Aweil East, sorghum production was reduced by nearly 50 per cent.Since the start of the fighting in Juba (the capital) and elsewhere in the country, cereal prices have increased by more than 500 per cent in only a year. Rampant insecurity along main roads has crippled trade and trader’s abilities to access hard currency for imports. Many have been forced to shut down their businesses. “With the market collapsing and many families having little to no safety nets to cope, we must empower them with the means to produce their own food. With this we want to structurally strengthen their livelihoods and boost their resilience,” explained Mr. Tissot. In the coming dry season campaign, FAO intends to distribute vegetable and fishing kits as well as training to farmers on modern farming techniques for 1.2 million people. Meanwhile, the organization is gearing up to respond to the country’s most dire needs for the main planting season, including providing needed agricultural inputs in order to enable the most vulnerable citizens to continue to produce their own food. FAO will require an additional $28 million by the end of 2016 to accomplish these goals. South Sudan has faced ongoing challenges since a political face-off between President Salva Kiir and his Vice-President Riek Machar erupted into full blown conflict in December 2013. The crisis has produced one of the world’s worst displacement situations with immense suffering for civilians.Despite the August 2015 peace agreement that formally ended the war, conflict and instability have also spread to previously unaffected areas in the Greater Equatoria and Greater Bahr-El-Ghazal regions of South Sudan. read more

Terrorists are only real beneficiaries of WhatsApp endtoend encryption Amber Rudd suggests

first_imgWhatsApp – a messaging app that uses the internet rather than a mobile phone signal to send texts and pictures – is among… Amber Rudd, who is meeting representatives of WhatsApp in California today, says “real people” do not need such high levels of security, which has hindered the security services in their attempts to detect terrorist plots. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Ms Rudd said that this year’s spate of terrorist attacks had shown once again how terrorists use online platforms to “inspire and plan their acts of violence”.center_img Online messaging services such as WhatsApp should stop using “unbreakable” encryption software because it only benefits terrorists, the Home Secretary suggests today.last_img

Duchess of Sussex could work with British theatres amid fears royal titles

Alex Clifton, artistic director of Storyhouse, which the Duchess of Sussex visited with the Queen during a visit to Chester in June, said yesterday that “any arts organisations would really benefit from having her on board as an advocate”.“As an artist and actor herself, she understands the practice and can speak with authority,” he said. “She’s an accessible, dynamic, modern-facing presence: it’s impossible to overstate the impact that someone with her authority can have on people’s lives. The National Theatre Rufus Norris, the artistic director of the National TheatreCredit:Brinkhoff/Moegenburg Prince Harry and Meghan meet the cast of musical  HamiltonCredit:Getty In the new year, she is due to announce her patronages, expected to name a number of organisations she will build a lifelong relationship with. The Queen and Duchess of Sussex visit Storyhouse, Chester At least one will be handed over to her by the Queen, it has been reported. Palace aides have previously emphasised how the Duchess has been at work behind the scenes, claiming she has been undertaking numerous and regular private meetings to establish how she could best make a difference to charities in Britain and the Commonwealth.Last week, the official record of the Royal Family’s work reported: “The Duchess of Sussex today received Mr Rufus Norris (Artistic Director, the National Theatre).”She is also known to have met with representative from the Campaign for Female Education, which works to empower young women in Africa, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The National Theatre The Duchess of Cambridge already holds patronages in the visual arts, at the V&A and National Portrait Gallery, while the Prince of Wales is the patron of the Georgian Theatre Royal, the Mariinsky Theatre Trust, the Theatre Royal Bath and Unicorn Theatre for Children.The Queen herself is patron of the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Theatre.Earlier this year, Rufus Norris suggested the National Theatre had deliberated eschewed the “Royal” from its title for fear of putting new audiences off. “This country is still very class divided and anything that adds to that perception, that this place is not open to everybody, could be a downfall,” he said. “I fear that for some people that [the ‘Royal’ prefix] adds to that perception.” When the heads of both the Royal National Theatre and Royal Opera House raised concerns about having the world “Royal” in their titles, it seemed the world of stage could be turning away from its association with the monarchy for fear of putting off new younger audiences.Not any more, it seems.News of a private meeting between the Duchess of Sussex and Rufus Norris, the artistic director of the National Theatre, has inspired hopes that the Duchess may take on a patronage in the theatre world, in a boost for the industry’s drive for inclusion.Doing so would mix the Duchess’ former career as an actress with her new role as a working royal, with directors saying her background could help bring in diverse new communities to arts organisations.Norris, who has been the director of the National Theatre since 2015, is a staunch advocate for broadening theatre audiences, pledging to increase diversity on stage and off as well as promising a 50-50 gender balance. The Duchess has twice undertaken public engagements relating to the theatre in the last month: attending the Royal Variety Performance with her husband, and making a solo visit to a care home for retired actors. Alex Beard, the chief executive of the Royal Opera House, shared similar sentiments in September, telling a newspaper that the “royals are by definition ‘other’” and that the use of the word could be “a bit off-putting”. Prince Harry and Meghan meet the cast of musical  Hamilton Rufus Norris, the artistic director of the National Theatre The Queen and Duchess of Sussex visit Storyhouse, ChesterCredit:Reuters “As an industry we speak very easily and confidently to existing audiences. The challenge is to reach new, more diverse, more traditionally marginalised communities.“The Duchess provides extraordinary leverage into a massive range of communities. She’s a really powerful voice and can help any theatre achieve more of its mission, in terms of telling stories to as many and as broad a range of people as possible.”A spokesman for the National Theatre said they would not comment on private meetings. read more

Herrera Beutler backs bill to raise smoking age

first_imgA resolution that would raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 nationwide was co-sponsored by a Republican congresswoman from Washington, a state that last month joined a growing list of individual states making the switch.Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, quietly signed on to the Tobacco to 21 Act when it was introduced to the House floor by Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo. Herrera Beutler was one of six original bipartisan co-sponsors, a group that’s since grown to 11 representatives.The resolution, H.R. 2411, would make it illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21, including smoking and vaping products.“Jaime supports this measure to curb the rise of cigarette-smoking and vaping among youth,” Angie Riesterer, Herrera Beutler’s communications director, wrote in an email. “Many (18)-year-olds are still in high school, with a high probability of passing on tobacco products to younger students and siblings.”It’s a new position for Herrera Beutler, who in the past hasn’t been vocal one way or the other about raising the legal age for tobacco use nationwide. Riesterer said the congresswoman decided to co-sponsor the legislation based on new developments in the tobacco industry.last_img read more

Clark College expands efforts in Gorge

first_imgLess than a year after opening the Wind River Education Center in the Columbia River Gorge, Clark College is expanding its academic and technical offerings and moving into a new, larger facility 18 miles east on Highway 14. A new Clark College facility in Bingen will offer new classes designed to meet the needs of local employers, as well as existing classes being moved from the current facility in Carson. The Wind River Education Center in Carson opened in fall 2013 in response to Columbia Gorge residents and school districts requesting access to affordable college classes. The Carson facility will close as the Bingen facility opens for fall quarter, which begins Sept. 22. Details on the Bingen location are still being negotiated, said Chato Hazelbaker, Clark College spokesman.Clark College’s expansion in the Gorge is made possible in part by a $315,000 grant from the state of Washington to increase enrollment in aerospace education. Approximately half of the money will go toward providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education at the Bingen facility. The grant is part of an $8 million statewide program to help two-year and technical colleges prepare future employees in the aerospace field. The Bingen facility will include a computer lab and classroom space for Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), a skill that many regional employers cite as being in high demand. Clark College will hire a full-time employee in the Columbia River Gorge.last_img read more

New RX Drug Drop gives community a chance to safely purge meds

first_imgAdam Nelson says people inquire once or twice a week what to do with leftover prescription drugs. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)Starting Monday, Juneau residents will be able to walk into the police department and hand over prescription drugs without consequence. It’s been several months since the community could safely dispose of their medications.Download Audio:Adam Nelson is the lead pharmacist at Juneau Drug Company. A quaint, old-fashioned pharmacy in the heart of downtown. He started working here when he was 14 and became a pharmacist about five years ago.He says his favorite thing about the job is the people.“Talking to them, finding out about their day and helping in any way I can,” he says.But something that can be difficult to help customers with is what to do with leftover prescription pills. He says they inquire once or twice a week, “Can I drop this off here?”“Because they went to the dentist, they give them 20 pain pills in case they need them, they only take three,” he says. “And they need somewhere to put them and most people in Juneau don’t want to throw them in the garbage.”Trace amounts of medication, flushed down the toilet or thrown in a landfill, can wind up in your drinking water.“Let’s say, you go to the dump and you throw in a handful of pills in the dump. All that rain water is going to turn it into liquid and it’s going to flow out into the streams and the creeks,” he says.The RX Drug Drop is located in the lobby of the Juneau Police Department. Prescription medication is welcome. Needles and liquids are not. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)Twice a year, the DEA, along with the Juneau Police Department, would round up surplus pharmaceuticals. But that program ended last year after funding was cut.Lt. Chris Sell from JPD says disposal options were non-existent.“People were justifiably frustrated when they were trying to do the right thing and there wasn’t an avenue to responsibly and legally dispose of their medications,” she says.Now with the RX Drug Drop, people can walk in and safely get rid of their meds.The model has worked successfully in other places, such as Ketchikan. The police department there has been doing it for about 2 ½ years. Sell says people can drop off medication anonymously.“There’s no forms to fill out it’s just like a book at the library.”Last year, JPD confiscated 374 prescription opioid pills which can elicit the same effect on the brain as heroin. Sell says addiction can start at home and lead to harder substances.“When we talk to addicted people, they almost always started with someone’s prescription drugs.”With the addition of the drop box, JPD hopes it won’t come to that.last_img read more

WHO refuses to declare public health emergency for Ebola outbreak in Congo

first_imgEbola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has claimed around 1400 lives.AFPA meeting held by the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Emergency Committee regarding Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) concluded that that the virus outbreak in the African country does not constitute a global health emergency.At a press briefing, the acting chair of the committee, Dr Preben Aavitsland, confirmed that the outbreak is “a health emergency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo” but that the situation does not yet meet the criteria for being declared as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).A press release also stated that although the outbreak in Congo continues to be a risk to neighbouring countries, the possibility of the virus spread to countries outside the region remains low.According to the International Health Regulations (IHR), for such a declaration, an outbreak must constitute a risk to other countries and require a coordinated response. The declaration achieves an international response and attracts funding.While the international body has declared four global health emergencies before, including the swine flu outbreak in 2009, polio in 2014, Ebola outbreak in Uganda in 2014 and zika virus in 2016, this is the third time it declined to declare the Ebola outbreak in Congo as a public health emergency. The committee expressed that they were “deeply disappointed” that they have not received the funding and resources needed for the outbreak and called for the international communities to “step up” for funding.The virus outbreak that has claimed lives of more than 1,400 people in Congo had transferred into neighbouring countries, with the first case Ebola case in Uganda reported by the international organisation on June 11. Along with the first reported case of a five-year-old child from Congo, two new cases were recently identified by Ugandan authorities. The case of the child’s three-year-old brother and 50-year-old grandmother, are currently monitored by health providers in isolation at a hospital near the DRC-Uganda border.Official figures indicate that around 130,000 people have been vaccinated in Congo. The virus outbreak is the second-worst reported on record. The 2014–2016 outbreak in Uganda was the largest Ebola outbreak since the virus was first discovered in 1976.Convened by the Secretary-General of United Nations, Antonio Guterres, the meeting took place on Friday, June 14, in Geneva.last_img read more

Halo 4 arrives 2012 as first game in a new trilogy

first_imgHalo 4 was accidentally leaked earlier today on, so we were expecting a big reveal during the Microsoft E3 press conference. Unfortunately it wasn’t huge, more of a show-ending teaser.The video above was all that Microsoft was willing to show of the game. Master Chief is in a cryogenic chamber fast asleep when he is awoken by Cortana calling him as the ship they are travelling on is blowing up around them. That same ship is about to enter a portal, but to where? And will they make it before what remains of the vessel falls apart? Sorry kids, you’ll have to wait until next year to find out.So apart from that teaser trailer we know the game will arrive for the holidays in 2012. We also find out probably the best part of the news for Halo fans, which is that Halo 4 is the start of a new trilogy for the series. Meaning there’s at least two more games to come after Halo 4 probably in 2013 and 2014 to keep the momentum (and sales) going.The question this trilogy of games brings up is: do Microsoft intend to keep supporting the Xbox 360 until the trilogy has been released? It seems like the logical thing to do. But the trilogy could form a bridge to the next console with the third game being on the new format as a release title. That would be a very clever move on Microsoft’s part, don’t you think?For anyone who can’t wait until 2012 to play a new Halo game, Microsoft did have some good news. On November 15 you can expect to see Halo: Combat Evolved appear on store shelves again, only this time in remastered HD form and carrying the name Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. It will include seven of the best multiplayer maps plus the original single-player campaign.via Kotakulast_img read more

AllKnowing Google to Roll Out GeographicallyTriggered Shopping Alerts

first_imgMay 6, 2014 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global On the heels of the announcement that Google Shopping Express is expanding same-day delivery in New York and Los Angeles, the search giant has announced a new mechanism that digs deeper yet into consumer browsing habits.A new update to Google Now introduced yesterday will notify U.S. users on their smartphones when they are in close geographic proximity to a store carrying a product they’ve previously searched for on Google.Google Now is an intelligent personal assistant program available on both mobile and PC platforms that is Google’s answer to Apple’s Siri — or Microsoft’s newly-announced Cortana.Related: Google Docs and Google Sheets Are Now Standalone Apps for iOS and AndroidWhile walking through a mall, for instance, “a Google Now card showing you the product and price to remind you that you wanted [it]” will pop up. Such notifications would even surface offline, Google explained in a blog post.And in addition to browsing, the company is also looking to simplify the payment process — by reportedly bringing Google Wallet to its forthcoming Google Glass. The company is testing a way for users to send money to friends by simply vocalizing the command to Glass, according to TechCrunch.“Imagine you’re at a restaurant and you want to send your share of the bill to a friend,” describes the report. “You simply ask Glass to ‘send money,’ swipe through the interface a few times and you’re done.”Related: Cutting the Cord: How One Woman Tried to Hide Her Pregnancy From the Internetcenter_img Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

CCleaner Free update introduces Tools menu Popup annoyance

first_imgCCleaner Free update introduces Tools menu Popup annoyance by Martin Brinkmann on March 15, 2019 in Software – 34 commentsThe most recent update for the temporary file cleaning and system maintenance software CCleaner, CCleaner 5.5.5, introduced a new Software Updater tool.Software Updater scans installed programs on Windows PCs to make sure that they are up to date. The program checks for new versions and informs the user about these new versions.CCleaner’s Software Update tool is available in free and professional versions of the desktop application but it is fully functional only in the Professional version of the application.The free version of CCleaner features the Software Updater entry in the Tools menu but it is feature limited as it reports outdated versions only but gives users no option to update the programs using the tool’s functionality.The selection of “update” or “update all” displays the “you’ll need to upgrade to use Software Updater” popup.All of that would not be much of a problem; it is not uncommon for companies to highlight features of a paid version of a program in the free version. In this particular case, however, it is.Piriform decided to bind a popup notification to the Software Updater tools menu. The popup is displayed if Software Updater is selected. Problem is, the company decided to make Software Updater the default tool in the Tools category.Means: if you select Tools, you get the popup that advertises the upgrade to CCleaner Professional. There is no option to make another tool the default tool or to block the popup from being displayed.The popup is displayed only once per session but it is displayed in every session, at least for now. If you use the Tools menu regularly, you will get the popup once in each session.Closing WordsPiriform introduced advertising popups in CCleaner 5.44 and has been using them ever since to push CCleaner Professional versions. The company ran software bundling experiments previously as well to increase revenue.I’m not a fan of nag screens. While I understand the need to sell professional licenses, I’d very much appreciate it if Piriform would display these popups less frequently or introduce an option to disable them entirely.These popups may annoy some users enough to switch to a different program such as Bleachbit or use one of these methods to free up space which come without these annoyances.Now You: Do you use CCleaner?SummaryArticle NameCCleaner Free update introduces Tools menu Popup annoyanceDescriptionThe most recent update for the temporary file cleaning and system maintenance software CCleaner, CCleaner 5.5.5, introduced a new Software Updater tool.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Two arrested in Tulum carrying 109 bags of crack cocaine

first_imgTulum, Q.R. — Police in the municipality of Tulum have arrested two men carrying drugs and weapons after being stopped for driving recklessly.On Saturday, state police were surveying the federal highway when they saw a Ford with two people inside, driving recklessly. Police attempted to stop the vehicle, however, the driver accelerated and ignored the request.After a second request, the driver did finally pull over. Police say they immediately noticed the driver was under the influence of drugs which led to an inspection of the car.Inside, police found a black suitcase with 100 bags of crack cocaine along with two guns and cartridges. His passenger, identified only by his initials, was found carrying nine bags of crack cocaine and one firearm.Both men were arrested and handed over to the State Attorney General along with the bags of drugs and weapons.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Enticing Black Friday Sale Brings Mega Discount On Smartwatches Including The Xiaomi

first_imgBlack Friday sale is underway and the discounts just keep coming in. Now, we have some more deals which will definitely entice you. Today, we have a bunch of high-end smartwatches as well as standard watches available which does not only contribute in style but also provides enhanced utility when connected to your smartphone. Let’s see some more details on the Black Friday sale and how you can avail the discount.Get MAssive Discount On High-End And Budget Smartwatches As Part Of The Black Friday Sale For A Limited TimeBe sure to note that the Black Friday sale is only available for a limited time and the discount would revert back to its original model. Do act fast as only limited units are available.Garmin Fenix 5X PlusThe Garmin Fenix 5X Plus is a very high-end smartwatch with all the features that are necessary for it to be called a smartwatch. It’s the perfect balance between traditional watches and a smartwatch. It features a heart rate monitor, syncs sports data, a sleep monitor, a remote camera and the anti-lost technology.If you’re up for it, the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus is available at a 5 percent discount, dropping the price to just $999.99 down from $1052.30. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Youpin LightThe Xiaomi Youpin Light is a pretty slick watch for your everyday needs. If you’re not a fan of smartwatches, the Xiaomi Youpin Light is an automatic mechanical watch which not only looks good but provides a stunning build quality. If you’re interested, you can get the Xiaomi Youpin Light at a 33 percent discount, dropping the price to just $83.11. Head over to this link to get it.Lenovo Watch X PlusThe Lenovo Watch X Plus is a neat smartwatch featuring Bluetooth 5.0 and is compatible with iOS as well as Android. It also features a heart rate monitor, blood barometer and a lot more. if you’re interested, the Lenovo Watch X Plus is available at a massive 36 percent discount, dropping the price to just $59.99. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi AMAZFITWe’re all familiar with the Xiaomi AMAZFIT and how well it is made and packs a boatload of features. The colorful display is bright and easy to read and features all the medical as well as other features. If you’re interested in getting the Xiaomi AMAZFIT. it is available at just $55.41. Head over to this link to get it.Huawei Honor Band 4The Huawei Honor Band 4 is sleek yet fully functional and features a heart rate monitor as well as blood pressure measurements. The design is compact and sporty, so if you like working out, it will be the perfect fit. If you’re up for it, the Huawei Honor Band 4 is available at a 34 percent discount, dropping the price  to just $35.99. Head over to this link to get it.Microwear L5The round Microwear L5 features a heart rate monitor and also boasts IP68 waterproof rating, so you can take it for a swim as well. If you’re up for it, the Microwear L5 is available at a 21 percent discount, dropping the price to just $35.99. Head over to this link to get it.Huawei Honor Band 3Fans of Huawei will absolutely adore the new Huawei Honor Band 3. It features a 24-hour heart rate monitor and a 50 meters waterproof design for swimming purposes. If you’re up for it, the Huawei Honor Band 3 is available at just $31.75. Head over to this link to get it.Alfawise T1the Alfawise T1 comes with an activity tracker, a heart rate monitor, sleep monitor and more. It’s an all-rounder with a stunning design. If you’re interested in getting the new Alfawise T1, it is available at a 14 percent discount as part of the Black Friday sale. the discount reduces the price to just $27.99. Head over to this link to get it.Lenovo HX03W Cardio PlusAs its name suggests, the Lenovo HX03W Cardio Plus features a heart rate monitor, sleep monitor and other major features such as waterproofing. If you want to get it, the Lenovo HX03W Cardio Plus is available at just $25.71. Head over to this link to get it.Alfawise Y7The Alfawise Y7 features a 1.3-inch display with an IP67 waterproof rating and also features a blood pressure monitor as well as measures oxygen saturation. If you’re up for it, the Alfawise Y7 is available at a 2 percent discount, making the price come down to just $22.99. Head over to this link to get it.No. 1 F6the No. 1 F6 is IP68 water[roof and the design is pretty sleek. It also features options like sleep tracker and a remote camera finding phone feature. If you’re interested in getting it, the No. 1 F6 is available at a massive 35 percent discount, making the price come down to just $22.99. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi Band 3We’re all familiar with the goodness of the Xiaomi Mi Band 3. It features a waterproof design along with a heart rate monitor and much more. If you’re up for it, the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is available at a 61 percent discount, making the price come down to just $20.79. Head over to this link to get it.Alfawise B7 Prothe Alfawise B7 Pro is a fitness tracker with an IP67 waterproof rating and comes with an always-on heart rate monitor and an activity tracker. It also features a remote shutter for your camera. The Alfawise B7 Pro is available at a 28 percent discount as part of the Black Friday sale coming down to just $17.99. Head over to this link to get it.Alfawise Mini 3The Alfawise Mini 3 is a heart rate monitor, a blood pressure monitor, and a pedometer. It features the standard design like the Xiaomi Mi Band 3. If you’re interested, the Alfawise Mini 3 is available at a 54 percent discount, coming down to just $14.99. Head over to this link to get it.MPOW DSThe MPOW DS is a pretty straightforward smartwatch with the find your phone functionality and a heart rate monitor. if you’re up for it, the MPOW DS is available at a 30 percent discount, making the price come down to just $10.99. Head over to this link to get it.This is all for the smartwatch discount, folks. There will be ore Black Friday sale coming soon, so do stick around for more details. Would you be willing to get one for yourself? Let us know in the comments. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Labour agreement to assist tourism operators

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Aiming to reduce the industry’s shortage of skilled workers, the Australian Government has announced the conception of a new proposed template labour agreement.An initiative designed by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen MP and the Minister for Tourism Martin Ferguson AM MP, the agreement is desiged to assist the tourism attract international workers by creating a common set of requirements tailored specifically for tourism businesses recruiting overseas workers.Minister Ferguson explained that with 36,000 vacancies expected in the industry by 2015, addressing the need for new labour was critical.He said there was a particular need to for requirement in regional areas.“Tourism injects around $35 billion a year into the Australian economy and the Government is acting to ensure labour and skills issues impacting on the tourism industry’s competitiveness are addressed under the National Long-Term Tourism Strategy, Tourism 2020,” Minister Ferguson said. Including recruitments for waiters, chef, bar attendants, hotel managers and other occupations, Mr Bowen added that the agreement balances between visa recruitments while also allowing Australian businesses to locate and reach skilled workers.“Approved employers could nominate workers for temporary skilled subclass 457 visas using the template, enabling workers to be granted visas where they meet the requirements,” he said.  “Of course, employers would need to show they are doing their best to employ and train domestic workers and paying market rates.”The agreement is now open for public comment on areas of eligible businesses, occupations, salary, skills levels and English language requirements.The discussion paper can be found here: read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The end of the NFL regular season has determined each teams’ set of opponents for the 2016 schedule-makers.While the time and dates won’t be released until the spring, the Arizona Cardinals now have their list of opponents for next year. Here’s a look at the list of their opponents for home and away games.HOME— New England Patriots— New York Jets— New Orleans Saints— Tampa Bay Buccaneers— Washington Redskins— St. Louis Rams**— Seattle Seahawks— San Francisco 49ers Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) makes a catch as Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) and linebacker Bruce Irvin (51) pursue during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) AWAY— Buffalo Bills— Miami Dolphins— Atlanta Falcons— Carolina Panthers— Minnesota Vikings— St. Louis Rams**— Seattle Seahawks— San Francisco 49ersThe Cardinals will play two games — one home and one away — against the other three NFC West opponents. The Rams’ possible move from St. Louis to Los Angeles could cut travel hours off one of the Cardinals’ road trips.For 2016, all four NFC West squads will face every team from both the NFC South and the AFC East.The remaining two games for every NFL team are determined by intraconference standings. The Minnesota Vikings’ victory against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday gave them first place in the NFC North and locked them in as Arizona’s opponent for next season because the Cardinals also finished in first place in their division. The Washington Redskins, the third first-place team in the NFC, fill out the schedule.Here is a list of every NFL teams’ list of opponents for next season.last_img read more