Path to India becoming 5trillion economy passes through UP HM

first_imgLucknow: The path to achieve the country’s target of being a USD 5-trillion economy passes through Uttar Pradesh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday, expressing confidence that the state will contribute to it by becoming a USD 1-trillion economy.Speaking at the second ground breaking ceremony for industrial projects worth Rs 65,000 crore here, Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set the target for the country to be among the top three economies in the world in the next five years. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”This is the thinking behind the USD 5-trillion economy target,” he said at the function which was attended by several business leaders. Like the first ground breaking ceremony, which took place last year, this one too aims at bringing investments in the state. The home minister laid the foundation stone for 250 projects worth Rs 65,000 crore at the event. Shah said he has heard that the path to become prime minister passes through Uttar Pradesh.Similarly, the path of India to become a USD 5-trillion economy also passes through the state, the he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The path to become a USD 5-trillion economy passes through Uttar Pradesh and I am sure that the state will contribute to it by becoming a USD 1-trillion economy,” Shah said. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath last week had said Uttar Pradesh has the potential to become a USD 1-trillion economy and though it’s a big target, it’s not impossible to achieve as the state has the requisite resources and manpower. Citing that there had been an increase in allocation of funds to the state by the 14th Finance Commission, Shah assured investors that “along with the state government, the Centre is also committed to the development of Uttar Pradesh”. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi sees dreams with open eyes and such people do not sleep till they realise them,” he said. Lauding Adityanath for bringing several changes for the development of the state, Shah said,”The Yogi government has removed the biggest hurdle in development by improving the law and order situation in the last two years.” “Development is not possible till the law and order situation is bad. I don’t want to take the names of any government but the administration here had been badly politicised. But, now, under the present dispensation, the administration has been made ‘Janata ka Sewak’ (servant of the people) in the real sense,” he said. Shah also spoke about why the BJP chose Adityanath to be the chief minister of the politically crucial state, which sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha.”No one thought Yogiji will be CM. He had no experience in administration but our aim was dedication and loyalty, and ‘parishram ki shamta’ (potential to work hard), and the BJP handed over the reins to Yogi Adityanath, that decision was right and he has made it right,” the Union minister said.last_img read more

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IITKGP researchers develop tech for solid waste management

first_imgKolkata: A research team at IIT Kharagpur has developed a technology which can generate energy from solid waste with high moisture content. The new technology – Hydro Thermal Carbonization (HTC) – can convert municipal solid waste to biofuel, soil amendment and absorbents, the premier institute said in a statement. Lead researcher Brajesh Kumar Dubey said the key to the success of the technology in Indian conditions lies in designing proper industrial scale reactor with improved heat integration system. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “The moisture in the waste is used to the advantage of the process which uses water for the reaction. The biofuel generated as the recovered output can help curb air pollution,” Dubey explained. The technology can be used by the civic bodies to effectively manage solid waste, he maintained. Once the organic waste is entered into the process, the “outputs generated are all usable”, Sagarika Panigrahi, another member of the research team, said. “All outputs can be used for one purpose or the other, including the water which can be converted to biogas or methane,” she added.last_img read more

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Maduros cryptocurrency genius once pushed US sanctions

first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela – A chief strategist of Venezuela’s government-backed cryptocurrency is a former U.S. congressional intern who once organized protests against the same socialist administration he’s now helping to circumvent U.S. financial sanctions.Gabriel Jimenez, 27, was catapulted to something of tech stardom in Venezuela last month when he stood alongside President Nicolas Maduro and two Russian businessmen on national TV signing a contract to position the petro, as the fledgling currency is known, among international investors.“It’s a company founded and led by young Venezuelan geniuses, boys and girls of Venezuela, who have one of the most technologically advanced blockchain companies in the world,” a beaming Maduro said at the petro’s unveiling, referring to Jimenez’s company, The Social Us.It was a remarkable reinvention for Jimenez.Maduro has repeatedly hailed the petro, the world’s first state-backed digital currency, as a way to “overcome the financial blockade” by the Trump administration that prevents his cash-strapped government from issuing new debt. On Monday, the Trump administration banned Americans from dealing in Venezuelan cyrptocurrencies benefiting the government.But Jimenez until recently had been agitating for the very same actions to punish Venezuela’s leader for jailing his opponents and destroying the oil-rich economy.A lawyer by training who describes himself as an “innovation enthusiast,” Jimenez spent several years working at a Dominican Republic-based bank where his father was a top manager. The bank collapsed in 2014 and his father was among several Venezuelan executives charged by the Caribbean nation with defrauding depositors of $30 million.After college Jimenez also started travelling to the U.S. for English and summer graduate classes at Harvard and George Mason Universities. In 2013, he started The Social Us, registering the company in Florida, as a webpage and app developer.In 2014, Jimenez worked five months as an intern in Washington for Miami Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, one of Maduro’s fiercest critics. A handwritten survey he filled out upon being hired, a copy of which was provided by her office, listed in broken English that his goals for the internship were gaining “knowledge and experience about the defence of democracy.”Colleagues remember him as a spirited anti-government crusader who helped organize a caravan, known as the Trip For Freedom, in which thousands of Venezuelan exiles travelled by bus to Washington to pressure the Obama administration to slap sanctions on Maduro’s government. In photos of the event, he can be seen standing on a podium with Ros-Lehtinen at the Capitol addressing supporters in front of an American flag and photos of Venezuelan students allegedly tortured by security forces.Now his former boss thinks he or anyone else behind the petro should be considered for sanctions too.“Gabriel came to our office and said he wanted to learn how to support freedom and democracy,” Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement. “Instead, it appears he is using the freedoms that the United States provided him in order to help advance the Maduro regime’s attempts to consolidate power and destroy Venezuela’s democratic institutions. Those who work to support the Maduro regime and provide it a financial lifeline have chosen their lot and should expect to face the full consequences of turning against their people.”Jimenez in an interview defended his work for the government as serving a greater, non-political purpose: to empower Venezuelans struggling to feed themselves amid four-digit inflation.He said his work on what would become the petro began when he returned to Venezuela in 2015 and banded together with other tech entrepreneurs to design a digital currency. The group then looked to partner with the government in the hopes of bringing Venezuelans’ underground trading in cryptocurrencies out from the shadows and into legal circulation. At the time, bitcoin miners faced the threat of arrest or extortion by government agents.If the petro takes off, he says, Venezuelans will be able to freely exchange their worthless bolivars for a more stable currency, giving them a chance to raise capital and save. Currently the only way for the majority of Venezuelans to get around strict currency controls imposed in 2003 is to buy hard currency in the illegal black market.“This is about providing oxygen to people, not a government,” Jimenez said in an interview at the bustling Caracas office of The Social Us, where a dozen young programmers scrawled code in pink markers on glass windows overlooking a verdant valley and busily designed promotional materials for the petro.It’s a trade-off that many in Venezuela’s burgeoning blockchain community — almost all of them ideologically opposed to the government — are willing to accept.Still, there’s no denying the government will be the first and perhaps biggest beneficiary.This month, Maduro said the government had received commitments from investors to purchase $5 billion worth of the cryptocurrency during the pre-sale phase that culminates this week. If those materialize into actual sales, it would be a windfall equivalent to more than half of Venezuela’s dollar reserves — money the government is desperately clutching onto as it juggles re-paying billions in defaulted bonds while trying to eradicate widespread shortages.However, members of the U.S. Congress are pushing for a robust response, fearing that other nations under U.S. sanctions such as Iran and Russia could emulate Venezuela’s example, or that the petro could be used by criminal networks or corrupt officials to launder money.Of the two Russians who also signed agreements with the government to help develop the petro one, Denis Druzhkov, CEO of a company called Zeus Trading, was fined $31,000 and barred from trading for three years by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for fraudulent trading in futures’ contracts. The other, Fedor Bogorodskiy, lives in Uruguay and was described by the government as director of a company, Aerotrading, whose website consists of a single home page with no company information.Neither would comment on their work with the Venezuelan government. But in response to the request for comment, an email signed by “Zeus Team” said that Druzkhov had been invited to Venezuela as an expert and Zeus is not working on the project. It also said that as part of Druzhkov’s settlement with the Mercantile Exchange in 2014, he did not admit to any rule violations.On Monday, President Trump signed an executive order immediately banning all use by Americans of Venezuelan digital currencies, coins or token issued on behalf of the Venezuelan government.A senior administration official told journalists Monday that while the U.S. can’t block Venezuela from developing the petro, the global reach of the American financial system means its ban will have far-reaching consequences around the world and may force other countries to follow suit.Sen. Bob Menendez, who as the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has led the effort to combat Venezuela’s use of cryptocurrencies, applauded the move.“Beyond sanctions evasion, the Petro was hand-tailored to perpetuate the money laundering and plundering of public resources that has tragically led Venezuela to economic ruin.” He said in a statement.Jimenez, whose preference for sneakers and jeans exude a sort of nerd esthetic not unlike his entrepreneurial role models in Silicon Valley, said he never intended to help circumvent U.S. sanctions. He also argues that the petro — a financial product that doesn’t generate interest or have a payback schedule like a bond — doesn’t qualify as the sort of debt instrument the Trump administration had been targeting.Instead, he talks of “democratizing” access to global financial system for struggling entrepreneurs and decentralizing Venezuela’s government-run foreign exchange system, which many blame for the economy’s depressed state.“We can’t just sit here with our arms crossed, with all that we, our friends and our family are going through,” he said. “Doing nothing would be irresponsible.”—Follow Goodman on Twitter: https://twitter.com/APjoshgoodmanlast_img read more

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Arunachal polls 131 crorepati nominees CM Khandu richest

first_imgItanagar: Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who is seeking a re-election from Mukto Assembly seat for the third consecutive term, is the richest among 184 candidates contesting the state polls, with assets more than Rs 163 crore, according to a election watchdog report. Polling for simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections will be held in the state on April 11. A thorough analysis of the affidavits submitted before the election office found that 131 of 184 Assembly poll candidates are crorepatis, the report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said. As many as 67 candidates (36 per cent) have wealth above Rs 5 crore, while 44 candidates (24 per cent) possess assets to the tune of Rs 2-5 crore, it said. Khandu, who defected to the BJP from the Congress in 2016, has movable assets worth Rs 1,43,87,82,786 and immovable assets worth Rs 19,62,75,356, as declared in his affidavit. Lombo Tayeng, the Congress candidate from Mebo constituency, is the second-richest candidate in the state with wealth of more than 148 crore – movable assets of Rs 1,13,52,21,594 and immovable assets of Rs 35,01,84,400. Another BJP candidate Tsering Tashi, who is contesting the polls from Tawang Assembly constituency, ranks third on the list with assets worth over 109 crore – movable assets of Rs 97,10,97,522 and immovable assets of Rs 12,32,96,250. The average assets of the candidates contesting the Assembly polls were recorded at Rs 9.86 crore, the election watchdog report stated. In the 2014 assembly elections, of the 148 candidates in the fray, 88 (60 per cent) were crorepatis. Among the major parties, the BJP leads the tally this time with 54 crorepatis, accounting for 90 per cent of its candidates in the fray. The opposition Congress has 30 crorepatis (65 per cent), while the National People’s Party (NPP), which is contesting the state polls for the first time, has 11 (73 per cent) crorepatis. Five of the eleven independents in the race have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore. Making an exception, Congress candidate from Tali assembly constituency has declared zero assets. Among those who were found to be possessing nominal assets is Janata Dal (Secular) candidate from Lekang constituency Takam Paleng, with Rs 5000. Another JD(S) nominee from Longding-Pumao constituency, Wangshu Wangsu, has declared assets worth Rs 75,365, while Congress candidate from Liromoba seat, Marjum Karbak, possesses wealth to the tune of Rs 1,20,000. The report added that none of the candidates have declared their ITR details, while two of them have not provided their Permanent Account Number. According to section 10(26) of IT Act, 1961, a Scheduled Tribe (ST) member residing in specific areas of Arunachal, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura or Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir is exempted from paying income tax. Barring one, all seats in the 60-member Assembly in Arunachal Pradesh are reserved for Scheduled Tribe. On the educational qualification front, the election watchdog reported that 108 candidates are graduates, while 68 of them have studied between Classes 5 and 12. Five candidates have been found to be illiterate. A total of 35 candidates have declared their age to be between 25 and 40 years, while 130 have mentioned their age between 41 and 60 years and 19 nominees have submitted their age between 61 to 80 years, the report added.last_img read more

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Casablanca Among Africas Top Cities for Investors

Rabat – Global auditing firm Price Waterhouse consulting (PwC) has ranked Casablanca among Africa’s top “cities of opportunity” based on data collected during the last quarter of 2014 and the beginning of 2015.According to the report titled Into Africa: The Continent’s Cities of Opportunity, Casablanca is ranked in the fourth place among African cities which offer the best business opportunities for investors.The PwC report ranked 20 African “cities of opportunity” based on a number of factors, including infrastructure, human capital, economics and society and demographics. Morocco’s economic hub finishes in the top five in five of eight variables. It ranks first in both number of headquarters of top 500 companies and GDP diversity, third in financial services and fourth in GDP per capita. However, Casablanca was let down by poor diversity and population growth.Casablanca is also among the cities ranked in the report that have concluded or initiated significant modernization projects.The city inaugurated both the largest mall in Africa and a tram network. A new train station has also opened, which will begin high-speed rail service to Tangier. Also awaiting completion in 2015 is a new marina, another mall, and the 24,000-square-metre Grand Théatre de Casablanca.North African cities dominated the top five thanks to strong infrastructure. Cairo ranked first mainly due to how long it has been around. According to the report, “older cities often have more extensive infrastructure because they have been long enough to address their needs.”The Egyptian capital is followed by Tunis, Johannesburg, Casablanca and Algiers. The overall ranking is the sum of performance in all 29 variables grouped under the five aforementioned factors. read more

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As Sudan Darfur rebels sign ceasefire Ban calls for definitive peace pact

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban hailed the agreement signed in Doha, Qatar, by the Government and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) as “an important step towards an inclusive and comprehensive peace agreement” for Darfur, where nearly seven years of war between have killed at least 300,000 people and driven 2.7 million others from their homes. “The Secretary-General looks forward to the full implementation of the agreement’s provisions, and encourages all parties to engage in the inclusive Doha peace process with flexibility and political vision, and to agree on a definitive political settlement of the Darfur crisis,” the statement said. The African Union-UN Joint Special Representative, Ibrahim Gambari, who was in Doha to witness the signing ceremony, commended both parties on their efforts. “The conflict in Darfur cannot be resolved by military means, but only through an all-encompassing, inclusive political solution through a political agreement that would also involve Darfur’s civil society and other stake-holders,” said Mr. Gambari, who heads the joint AU-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID. “The developments of the past few days and the ceremony we are witnessing here today are a testimony that we are on the right track, although there are many other steps we all need to take towards an all-inclusive comprehensive peace agreement.” Other rebel groups have still not signed agreements with the Government. Earlier this month Assistant-Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) Dmitry Titov reported to the Security Council that two rebel coalitions known as the Addis and Tripoli Groups have shown themselves unprepared so far for substantive negotiations. Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and JEM leader Khalil Ibrahim attended today’s ceremony, as did President Idriss Deby of neighbouring Chad, African Union Chairman Jean Ping and Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar. 23 February 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all parties in the deadly conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region to agree on a definitive political settlement following the signing of a cessation of hostilities accord between the Government and a major rebel group. read more

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Expanded Security Council would enhance its legitimacy Annan

Replying to question at a news conference at which he launched his latest progress report on goals set in 2000 at the United Nations Millennium Summit, Mr. Annan declined to be drawn into specifics on who exactly the new members should be, who should be permanent members with the right of veto and who should be elected for specific terms, and what regions should be represented.Instead he noted that UN membership had almost quadrupled since the world body was founded nearly 60 years ago and yet the structure of the Council had not changed since its first day, with five permanent members with the right of veto – China, France, the Russian Federation, United Kingdom and United States – and 10 members elected for two-year terms from the various regions of the world.”Yes, it implies expansion of the membership of the Council and allowing other regions and other groups to be represented on the Council,” he said on reforming UN institutions. “We started with 51 Member States and we are now 191 Member States.”Yes, we are an organization of sovereign States, but the structure of the Council has not changed and I think it is about time that we took the reform very seriously. It will entail expansion in membership,” he added.Asked whether that would mean an increase in permanent membership, he replied: “It could be increase in permanent membership as well as in ordinary, elected membership.”At another point he said the need for Council reform was not questioned. “I think if we can reform the Council and make it more democratic and more representative, it will gain also in greater legitimacy. I think most Member States would want to see that happen,” he declared.Noting that discussion of Security Council reform had been going on for more than a decade, Mr. Annan said: “But I think that in the current climate lots of leaders have been concerned about the state of the international peace and security architecture and would want to see something done about it. I think that the Iraqi crisis brought this to the fore.”But in tackling it this time, I hope we will be much more creative and much more daring, and look at the issue in a broader context and really try to make progress. My sense in my contacts with leaders around the world is that they seem determined to move forward. We should all put our thinking caps on and really make some creative proposals.”All the discussions on reform have considered the possibility of the creation of additional permanent seats and additional elected seats, “and I do not think you are going to get an agreement without allowing for that,” he added. read more

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Trial over lead warning labels on baby food sold in Calif begins

Trial over lead warning labels on baby food sold in Calif. begins in Oakland SAN FRANCISCO – A trial began on Monday in a lawsuit filed by an environmental group against the nation’s largest baby food makers aimed at forcing the companies to alert consumers that some products contains low amounts of lead.The trial will help determine if the products must carry warning labels in California.Gerber Products Co., Del Monte Foods, Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. and many other makers of baby foods and juices are selling products containing lead at levels that require warning labels under California Proposition 65, the Environmental Law Foundation asserts in the suit filed in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland.Lawyers for the food companies say the U.S. Food and Drug Administration tested products targeted in the lawsuit and decided levels were below the federal standards that require a warning.FDA tests on products named in the lawsuit also found lead levels “below FDA’s current tolerable intake levels for lead.”But both sides in the case agree on one fact: Baby foods containing carrots, peaches, pears and sweet potatoes have some lead. Also covered by the suit are grape juice and fruit cocktail.Lead exposure can damage a child’s developing brain and lead to a lower IQ. Overall, lead poisoning in the U.S. has declined significantly since it was removed from paints and gasoline formulas.Still, more than 500,000 U.S. children are believed to have lead poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Old paint, contaminated drinking water and soil tainted by old leaded gasoline are primary sources of lead exposure for children in the U.S., the CDC reported. Some specialists describe children as having lead poisoning only when high levels of lead are present. Others use the term more broadly to describe any child with levels that can impact intelligence or cause other harm.The companies argue that the lead in fruit and vegetables used in the products is naturally occurring. If the trial judge finds that is true, it could exempt the companies from having to warn consumers.“Despite the trace amounts of lead in the products at issue, the federal government has determined that Americans need to eat more — not less — of these nutritious foods,” the companies’ attorney, Michele Corash, wrote in court documents. “FDA recently reiterated its conclusion that the trace levels of lead in the products at issue in this case do not pose unacceptable health risks.”Christine Kuhinka, director of corporate communications for Gerber Products Co., which is owned by Nestle Nutrition U.S., said the company does not comment on pending litigation.“We will, however, vigorously defend the allegations in this litigation,” Kuhinka said in an email.Jim Wheaton, an attorney for the foundation, said California law nonetheless requires food makers to warn consumers about a possible risk of certain toxins, including lead. He noted that Proposition 65 requires warning labels on foods that contain a toxin at 1/1000th of the levels considered dangerous to human health.The plaintiffs also argue that no level of lead is considered safe, especially for newborns and pregnant women.“Even when studying the low level of exposure that is typical in the dietary context, scientists have not been able to identify a level of exposure that is without any health risks,” the plaintiffs wrote in court documents.They hope public pressure or the judge will compel the companies to take steps to remove lead from their foods because a warning label would be devastating for business.“Everyone assumes that a company selling foods for children will never offer a product for sale that carries a warning label,” Wheaton said. “They will take the steps their competitors apparently already are taking to offer product with no lead or so low no warning is required.”___Follow Jason Dearen on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JHDearen by Jason Dearen, The Associated Press Posted Apr 8, 2013 4:16 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UNled tobacco control advocates denounce increasingly vicious industry interference

A young girl smoking. Photo: WHO/Jim Holmes.“As tobacco giants become more creative, we must not forget: the tobacco industry is the problem here, so how could it ever be part of the solution? They have their own agenda,” Dr. da Costa e Silva insisted.Some ‘encouraging decisions’ but an ‘alarmingly slow’ paceTo prevent further interference in public health policy design by tobacco conglomerates, the WHO FCTC is encouraging governments to put tougher measures in place, in line with Article 5.3 of the Convention.Regarding the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, for example, in January 2018, Poland’s Ministry of Health alerted all medical schools in the country, informing them that Poland is a party to the tobacco-control Treaty, and urging them not to request or accept any funding from the tobacco-industry funded Foundation. The letter warned that in future legislative work, the Ministry of Health would not accept any research conducted in cooperation with, or funded by, the tobacco industry.Viet Nam’s Ministry of Health issued a similar letter to all government ministries, and in the United States, 17 of the US’s top schools of public health announced they will not accept funding from or pursue work with the Foundation for the Smoke-Free World.“There are encouraging decisions being made around the world but it is sadly moving at an alarmingly slow pace and we cannot afford to rest on our small victories,” noted the head of the Convention Secretariat. “The industry is always catching up and finding new ways to counter our efforts,” she warned.To keep up, the FCTC Secretariat has set up seven “Knowledge Hubs” to monitor the progress made on the implementation of the treaty, including one in Bangkok, Thailand, dedicated to collecting and analyzing data to measure the progress toward making Article 5.3 a reality. The  WHO FCTC, which stands for the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, is the only UN global health treaty that advocates for the control of tobacco production, sale and use, to reduce its harmful impacts.The bad and the uglyAccording to a report by the Convention Secretariat and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), over seven million people die every year due to tobacco use. In addition, more than a trillion US dollars are spent annually in tobacco-related medical expenses and lost productivity, while the environmental degradation and pollution resulting from its production cannot be overstated.“As more and more people realize the levels of harm caused by tobacco products across the board, and how preventable it all actually is, we are slowly seeing more governments embrace tobacco control to save lives and the environment,” said Dr. Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, the head of the tobacco-control Convention Secretariat.They are now using the tools and language of tobacco control advocates to push their dangerous agenda – Dr. da Costa e Silva, head of WHO FCTC.“But the problem we’re facing is that the interference from tobacco giants in public health efforts is becoming increasingly vicious in that they are now using the tools and language of tobacco control advocates to push their dangerous agenda,” she warned. “It is still the same tobacco business interests, with the same intentions, namely profit, but they are using a misleading new disguise, so we have to be twice as vigilant.”‘Seemingly harmless’ philanthropyThe UN-led treaty watchdog has been focusing on surveillance, documenting the ways in which the tobacco industry is re-branding and inserting itself in tobacco-control discussions and activities, including those related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in order to influence decision-making.Article 5.3 of the Convention legally requires that parties to the treaty ensure that their public health policies are protected “from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry”. The article is based on the idea that there is a fundamental and irreconcilable conflict between the tobacco industry’s interests and public health interests. In 2008, guidelines were developed for the effective implementation of Article 5.3, but the industry’s efforts to interfere continue too often to be successful.For example, as recently as September 2017, the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC denounced the creation of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, funded solely by one of the world’s top tobacco companies with close to US$ 1 billion pledged to sponsor studies on agriculture, labour and nicotine delivery products.“This is a perfect example of a seemingly harmless philanthropy, which claims complete independence, promoting tobacco-industry-funded research and attempting to influence the public debate and common knowledge on the effects of tobacco on health and the environment,” said Ms. da Costa e Silva.The Convention Secretariat stresses that many of the new products developed by the industry, marketed as “smoke-free” and “heat-no-burn”, create confusion among consumers, leading them to believe that they are safer to use, even though there is no independent research confirming it.“With their right hand, they come up with these new – and still harmful – products, and with their left hand they find ways to support studies that present them as safer for people’s health, even though there is actually no scientific evidence to support such claims,” said Dr. da Costa e Silva.The Secretariat notes that these tactics are being used by the industry on other fronts as well, such as issues like environmental degradation or child labour practices, to steer the public conversation in a direction that is more favourable to tobacco conglomerates and to prevent the adoption of effective tobacco control policies. read more

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Car production up by 30 per cent in August CV production doubles

Car production in August 2001 rose by 30 per cent Car production up by 30 per cent in August Production figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that: Car production in YTD 2001 fell by 13.9 per centFor more details and Commercial Vehicle Production figures see the attached press release. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Britain goes Car Crazy for New Number Plate

September is traditionally the month when most cars are sold and this year is expected to be no different. So is business booming within the British car industry? New registration figures released today by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders provide a unique insight into which counties buy the most cars and what type of cars they choose. Top 10 counties for new car registrations based on year-to-date registrations by private buyers. BerkshireBucks.LeicestershireCheshireHerts.WiltshireWest MidlandsWarwickshireHereford and WorcesterSurrey Today is new registrations day and the car industry is bracing itself for a day of frenzied activity as consumers snap up brand new cars all round the country. The top county for new car registrations (based on year-to-date figures per head of population) is Berkshire and the county’s motorists obviously like to drive to impress, as they are also top of the new convertible car registrations. Residents of Surrey are power freaks – they top the list for the new car registrations with engines over 4500cc. Lovers of estate cars are most likely to be found in Warwickshire, while the Welsh are the least likely to buy a new car based on this year’s figures. Notes to Editors: Top and bottom ten lists are also available for registrations to private buyers, registrations of cars with engines over 4500cc, engines under 850cc, convertibles, MPVs, saloons, estates, automatic transmissions, diesel and petrol cars.New car registration figures for August 2003 will be issued at 11.30am on Thursday 4 September and will be available to download from www.smmt.co.uk from midday on Thursday.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Over 440,000 new cars will be registered in the UK this month, pushing the year-to-date total ever closer to the expected 2.52 million units forecast by SMMT. This will make 2003 the second highest total on record, just 40,000 units short of last year’s figure. SMMT Chief Executive Christopher Macgowan commented ‘As the first of the ’53’ number plates leave Britain’s forecourts today, car manufacturers are preparing themselves for a bumper month of new car registrations. September car sales account for over 15 per cent of the annual car market and nearly 25 per cent of those cars will be registered today. Car sales have soared this year, remaining strong as European markets falter. Low prices and great deals have driven buyers to take advantage of the ever-growing choice of models, pushing forecasts close to our best ever total.’ read more

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Retreat to combine graduate writing and expressive arts

A day’s worth of activities meant to help creativity flow for graduate writers is set for Wednesday, May 22.Hosted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and other campus partners, the annual Vitae Writers’ Retreat will take place at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.The event, which focuses on the theme of “Art-making and creative expression for inspired scholarly writing,” will include self-determined writing cycles, writing consults with campus experts and expressive and art-making mini workshops.Participants can choose from three streams for the retreat that will either provide a dedicated day of quiet writing, writing blocks integrated with three unstructured free-painting breaks or writing blocks relieved with an introduction to improv, zine or button-making workshops.In addition to graduate students, faculty and staff who support graduate writers are also invited to attend.Giulia Forsythe, Associate Director of the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, and Elizabeth Vlossak, Interim Director of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, will open the day with a conversation called Musings: Art-making and Creative Expression in Scholarly Writing.Arts-practitioner Deanna Jones, Co-founder and Artistic Director of Suitcase in Point, who has produced and performed in satirical cabarets in St. Catharines, will facilitate a playful mini-workshop to help writers get out of their chairs and open up to creative thinking.“Building on the research linking creative practice to play, motivation and affective regulation, we hope to provide a space for graduate writers and their supervisors to explore these notions while moving forward with their own writing projects,” said Karen Julien, a Faculty of Education PhD candidate, Graduate Writing Scholar-in-Residence and Co-chair of the Vitae Graduate Writers’ community-of-practice, who was instrumental in developing this year’s program.Vitae Writing Partners — a campus collaborative that includes the Faculty of Education, Library Services, A-Z Learning Services and the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation — have been working together for five years to collectively develop graduate-level scholarly writing programs that reflect components of a writers’ community of practice.“We are all writers. We struggle, feel defeated, and sustained by selecting one choice word after another,” said Karin Perry, Program Co-ordinator, Development and Training, in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. “This retreat brings a number of campus services together that provide graduate students with an outlet to talk about their writing and the writing process.”Those wanting to attend the retreat can view the day’s schedule and register on the Grad Studies website. Deadline to register is Friday, May 18. read more

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Mens Basketball Second half surge secures No 15 Ohio States 7371 win

Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) dribbles the ball down the court during the second half of the game against Cleveland State on Nov. 23. Ohio State won 89-62. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State seemed to have a comfortable game ahead as the team took the court for the first time since Dec. 5. With 5:09 to go in the first half, the Buckeyes had a 37-25 lead as sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson recorded a team-leading 13 points and six rebounds. Bucknell, who was playing in its first game since Dec. 4, shook off some rust from the start, going on a 15-0 run at the end of the first half, hitting three 3s in that span and taking a 40-39 lead into halftime. Bucknell continued to make it close at the end of the game, bringing the game to within two after junior guard Avi Toomer hit a 3 with 20 seconds left to bring the Bison to within two points. But Ohio State secured its ninth win of the season, forcing the Bison to shoot 30.8 percent in the second half to close out a 73-71 win against Bucknell. Redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods knew Bucknell had an affinity for the deep ball, coming into the game with 180 3-point attempts, which was something, especially in the first half, Ohio State was not able to stop. “We knew that going in, but lack of detail on our end as players. Not paying attention enough to stop their runs with the 3s and everything,” Woods said. “Some way, somehow we found a way to win the game.” From the start, Wesson was the main point of attack for an Ohio State offense that did not seem to miss a beat despite its 10-day break. A 6-foot-9, 270-pound forward, more than 30 pounds heavier than any player on the Bison roster, Wesson scored or assisted on each of Ohio State’s first 15 points, beginning the game with three assists on the first three scores. Wesson finished the game with a career-high 22 points, connecting on six for 11 from the field and nine of 10 from the free throw line, with a season-high  rebounds, which ties a career high, recording his first career double-double.Ohio State outrebounded the Bison 39-29 in the 2-point win. Even with the mismatch down low for the Bison, Bucknell found a way to stay in the game, making nine of 17 from 3 in the first half, with senior forward/center Nate Sestina, sophomore forward John Meeks and Toomer combining to make six of nine from deep. And this was something Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann was expecting to see. “They have five guys in their starting lineup that are going to shoot 3s,” Holtmann said. “If they get on a roll and start making 3s, it’s going to be a long night for us.” Ohio State freshman guard Duane Washington tried to integrate that aspect into the Buckeyes’ offense, scoring eight points off the bench, including two 3s. But the Bison continued to pick at the Ohio State defense from deep, a defense that has failed to allow 40 points or more in a half this season prior to Saturday’s game. After Bucknell senior guard Kimball Mackenzie hit a 3 with 3:24 left in the half, the Bison chipped away Ohio State’s double-digit lead, taking the lead after sophomore guard Jimmy Sotos hit a 3 with 36 seconds left in the half, Bucknell’s first lead of the game. The hot Bucknell offense carried over into the second half as the Bison came out on a 9-2 run, taking advantage of a cool Ohio State offense that made only one of its first five field goal attempts. The Bisons led by as much as eight points in the second half. After freshman guard Luther Muhammad hit a jumper to lower the Buckeyes’ deficit to six points, Ohio State hit its next six attempts from the field. Woods hit two 3s, helping the Buckeyes to an 10-0 run, retaking its lead with 12:22 left in the game. Woods hit 3 of 6 shot attempts in the second half, including 2-of-2 from 3, finishing the game with 13 points in 27 minutes off the bench. Senior guard C.J. Jackson also stepped up, recording eight points, six rebounds and three assists in the second half. Jackson’s six assists were the most he has recorded in a game since March 2. After Sotos hit a jumper with 10:25 to go in the second half, Bucknell did not connect on another shot attempt until 2:33, connecting on two of its 17 field goal attempts. This was something that Holtmann and the coaching staff planned to adjust for the second half: creating pressure on the outside that he said was not there in the first 20 minutes of play. In the second half, Bucknell hit on three of 13 from deep. “We were pressing the ball more. We put more pressure on the ball, so they couldn’t make pinpoint passes to how they was in the first half,” Woods said. “Pressure on the ball and everybody rotating and actually closing out, it kind of stopped their rhythm a little bit.”  But Ohio State struggled offensively late as well, failing to record a field goal after Muhammad’s layup with 5:38 to go in the game. After Bucknell’s 13-4 run to end the game, bringing the Bison to within two points, Holtmann said he, as the head coach, has to place his players in a better position to succeed at the ends of halves. “It’s a little bit tricky when you are up with a 10-point lead and the other team’s kind of throwing in shots, but I have to do a better job of getting out guys finishing games better, not just making free throws, but our offensive possessions,” Holtmann said. With Bucknell’s game plan and what it does well, Holtmann felt that this could be a closer game. But he said Ohio State will define itself as it overcomes adversity, such as Saturday afternoon’s performance. “I think it’s a step. I don’t think we are there yet,” Holtmann said. “I did think we would play in a lot of close games this year and I thought this could be one. And I think that is when we will see leadership at its best.” No. 15 Ohio State will try and continue its winning streak at home against Youngstown State at 7 p.m on Tuesday. Updated with quotes from Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann and redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods at 3:13 p.m. read more

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Syama to come back

first_imgResolute Mining has signed a letter of intent with GRDMinproc, to undertake EPCM services for the redevelopment of the Syama Gold Mine in Mali. After a validation visit to Syama in early July, key personnel from GRDMinproc’s Johannesburg office will relocate to Perth to commence the detailed design and initial procurement activities for the Project.Resolute comments that “GRDMinproc together with the Resolute owners team bring an extensive mix of Australian and African design and implementation experience which will ensure the delivery of the redeveloped project in a timely and cost effective manner.”The Syama gold project is in the south of Mali, some 30 km from the Côte d’Ivoire border and 300 km south-east of the capital Bamako. Resolute has an 80% interest in the project through its Malian subsidiary, Soc des Mines de Syama (SOMISY). The Malian Government holds a free carried 20% interest in SOMISY.Syama was established by BHP in 1990 as an oxide operation and in 1994 the decision was made to build a primary ore processing facility to treat the hard, refractory ore based on ‘whole of ore’ roasting. It was operated by BHP until 1996 and by Randgold from 1996 to 2001. Both operators were unable to achieve a sustainable operation based on that roasting technology and Randgold placed the operation on care and maintenance in 2001.Resolute acquired the project in April 2004 based on the positive conclusions of a pre-feasibility study, and completed a Feasibility Study in April 2005. This study shows positive returns based on a modified flow sheet that processes a sulphide concentrate through the roasting circuit. The single pit operation currently has a six to seven year mine life with potential to increase reserves by development of an underground operation or by the discovery of new resources. The current estimate of total reserves (Measured, Indicated and Inferred) is 66,579,779 Mt at 3 g/t Au, using a 1 g/t cutoff.The design treatment rate of primary ore is 2.4 Mt/y at a mill feed grade of 4 g/t Au. The key process steps are: • Three-stage crushing • Calcine quench and filtration to remove magnesium • Two-stage milling • CIL (Carbon in leach) gold recovery • Sulphide flotation • Wet gas SO2 gas scrubbing using flotation tailings • Concentrate roast • Standby filtration in the event that concentrates need to be dewatered to ensure auto-thermal operation.last_img read more

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Missing 15yearold girl found safe and well

first_imgUpdated 08.45amGARDAÍ HAVE CANCELLED an appeal for information about a missing 15-year-old girl in Dublin.Candice Crichlow, from Tyrrelstown, has been located safe and well.EarlierGARDAÍ HAVE ISSUED an appeal for help tracing a teenage girl, missing from her home in Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15 since last week.15-year-old Candice Crichlow was last seen close to her home last Thursday.She is described as being 5′ 6″ and of slim build. She has long black hair, dyed blonde on her fringe and to the sides, and three piercings on both ears.When last seen, Candice was wearing a black coat and blue jeans. She also wears glasses.Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 6667000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.Read: 14-year-old boy missing from Dublin since Sundaylast_img read more

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Reus Dortmund passed the test of manhood

first_imgBorussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus insists they were made to suffer in “brutal” fashion against Atletico Madrid, despite winning 4-0 on WednesdayThe Bundesliga leaders handed Atletico a shock 4-0 thrashing at Signal Iduna Park in Group A of the Champions League.Goals from Axel Witsel, Raphael Guerreiro (twice) and Jadon Sancho gave Dortmund a great win.But Reus insists that the scoreline does not reflect on the “brutal evening” their Spanish visitors gave them.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s sensational! We had to suffer a lot, especially in the second half. Atletico really turned up the tempo. But we had the ball more from the 60th minute onwards,” Reus told Sport1.“Atletico had a lot of respect for us. It was a brutal evening for us. We passed the test of manhood, not just because of the result, but because of the way we got it. We knew we had to suffer. I’m extremely happy with the team.”Dortmund now leads Group A with a three-point advantage over Atletico, who can take their revenge in the return fixture on November 6 at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.last_img read more

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University of Lincoln introduces car salary sacrifice scheme

first_imgThe University of Lincoln has launched a car salary sacrifice scheme for staff.The university, which employs 1,600 core members of staff, is introducing the scheme to further enhance its employee benefits offering.The car salary sacrifice scheme, which will sit alongside existing travel benefits, aims to support employees’ commutes to work in the rural county.The scheme, which was developed by CPC Drive in partnership with Tusker, will provide staff with access to more than 5,000 cars, including low-emission and electric cars. Employees can generate quotes via a bespoke website.The university will run a roadshow in May to highlight the scheme to its workforce.Ian Hodson, reward and benefits manager at the University of Lincoln, said: “The new initiative is one of many green travel schemes we operate to help reduce the financial impact of commuting and promote the value of reducing our impact on the environment.BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswy“Early signs are very positive form the workforce that the new scheme will help with both of these aims.”last_img read more

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Game of Thrones director reveals reason behind the cold goodbye between Jon

first_imgDaenerys and Jon in conversation.Game of Thrones/ TwitterThe last episode of Game of Thrones angered many fans. Not least of which was because Jon Snow walked past his beloved direwolf Ghost without even petting him.Reportedly the HBO series’ director David Nutter has shared the reason behind the leading character’s ‘unemotional’ parting from his beloved animal, following years of companionship.In an interview with INSIDER, the TV executive, revealed Jon’s departure from Ghost was brief as the production team needed to cut down the episode to 78 minutes. The TV producer explained: ‘Well the good thing was [Ghost] wasn’t right next to the actors and so forth. So there weren’t any issues with green screen or situations where we’re dealing with any kind of rotoscoping.’  Kit Harington as Jon Snow with Liam Cunningham as Davos SeaworthHBOWe have to say that this sounds like such a half-hearted excuse, it’s like the showrunners don’t care about the story or the fans anymore. It would have taken twenty seconds at most for Kit Harington to walk over and pet Ghost. The excuse is nothing but an insult to fans.When asked whether the separation of the pair helped with streamlining the filming process, David responded: ‘Yes.’The final season of Game of Thrones has been disappointing thus far, with fans voicing their displeasure, but what is done is done. There are only two more episodes left in the final season and it looks like fans are apprehensive about what Game of Thrones has in store for them. It has also been reported that ahead of the premiere of episodes five and six, previews of both episodes have been leaked online spoiling the episodes as well as the end of the show. And fans are not pleased. The fifth episode of the final season of Game of Thrones will air on May 12.last_img read more

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Order on running trial in Khaledas absence 20 Sept

first_imgA Dhaka court on Thursday fixed 20 September to deliver its order whether the trial proceedings in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case will continue in the absence of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of special judge court-5 fixed the date after a hearing.A Dhaka court on Thursday fixed 20 September to deliver its order whether the trial proceedings in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case will continue in the absence of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, reports UNB.Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of special judge court-5 fixed the date after a hearing.Anti-Corruption Commission lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajol on Thursday filed a petition to deliver the verdict in the case seeking completion of trial in the absence of Khaleda as she did not appear before the court during the last several months due to her illness.Besides, Khaleda’s lawyer filed a petition to allow two lawyers to meet her in jail to have an idea about her physical condition.In response to the petition, the court instructed the jail authorities to take steps as per prison rules.The court on Wednesday asked Khaleda’s lawyer Sanaullah Mia to submit a written explanation today, Thursday stating how the trial proceedings will continue in the case.On 4 September, the law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministry issued a gazette notification to hold the trial of Khaleda Zia in the case in the abandoned central jail after setting up a makeshift court there.On the following day, Khaleda was produced before the special court-5 when she stated that she is sick and she will neither be able to appear before the court repeatedly nor can stay there for a long time.The BNP chairperson is now at Nazimuddin Road central jail, serving five years’ rigorous imprisonment as she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 8 February this year.last_img read more

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Suspected Saudi Journalist Murder Case Could Have Implications for Houston

first_img Share Paul Ladd/Invision for Aramco Services/AP ImagesSaudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner visited with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Houston on the last stop of Bin Salman’s U.S. tour. Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a suspect in the alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi can be seen in the far background. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The alleged murder case of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi now has a Houston angle.A photo of one of the suspects while he was visiting Houston earlier this year is circulating in news outlets and on the internet.The picture was taken during Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit in April.Besides the crown prince and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, it shows Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb in the background.Turkey identified him as one of 15 suspects in Khashoggi’s disappearance and alleged death. The New York Times reports Mutreb was a Saudi diplomat who frequently traveled with the crown prince.The revelation puts more pressure on the Saudis to explain what happened to the renowned journalist, who has been critical of the regime – and on the Trump administration to consider sanctions.That could also have effects on Houston. Saudi Arabia is Houston’s eighth largest international trade partner and the Houston-Galveston Customs District is the busiest gateway for U.S.-Saudi Arabia trade, according to the Greater Houston Partnership.Joe Barnes, a U.S. foreign policy professor at Rice University, said Houston companies are not likely to wait for the government to act.“They’re going to be very wary about attending very high profile meetings in Saudi Arabia, announcing brand-new deals in Saudi Arabia at least until the whole question of what exactly happened and more importantly who ordered is sorted out,” he said.Several businesses and media companies have already announced they won’t attend an upcoming conference in Riyadh.And when it comes to oil?Barnes said if the Saudis retaliate to possible U.S. sanctions and cause prices to go up, Houston might actually benefit.center_img X 00:00 /00:57last_img read more

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