EC submits list of elected candidates to President

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission Saturday submitted a list of newly-elected MPs to President Ram Nath Kovind, an official statement said, Setting in motion the process for constituting the 17th Lok Sabha.The full Election Commission — comprising Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra — called on the President and submitted a copy of the notification issued by the EC containing names of the members, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCWhile the EC notification sets in motion the constitution of a new Lok Sabha, the list given to the President enables him to formally initiate the government formation process. Earlier in the day, the President dissolved the 16th Lok Sabha on the recommendation of the Union Cabinet. On Saturday evening, the newly-elected MPs of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance are likely elect Narendra Modi as the alliance’s leader. After this, a delegation of leaders of the BJP and its allies is expected to call on the President and convey to him their choice of Modi as prime minister, following which he will be invited to form the government. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe counting of votes in elections to the 17th Lok Sabha was taken up on May 23 and the BJP scored a resounding victory, winning 303 seats in the 543-member House. Its arch rival, Congress, managed on 52 seats. Elections were held for 542 of the 543 seats. The election in Vellore Lok Sabha seat was cancelled by the EC citing abuse of money power. A fresh date is yet to be announced. The President congratulated the Chief Election Commissioner and the other Election Commissioners on the successful completion of the electoral process in the largest democratic exercise in the human history. On behalf of the entire country, the President lauded the efforts of the EC, public officials and security personnel in successfully completion a free and fair election, the statement said. The President also commended hundreds of millions of voters who participated in the election process.last_img read more

Read More →

Mamata ropes in master poll strategist Prashant Kishor

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met with poll whiz Prashant Kishor at Nabanna on Thursday afternoon, whose latest success is ‘Project Jagan Mohan Reddy’ in Andhra Pradesh.After a reported two-hour meeting in Kolkata, Kishor signed up as the party’s poll strategist for the Assembly elections scheduled to be held in 2021. Kishor will kick off his assignment very soon and his primary job, as per party sources, will be to prepare a plan to counter the BJP which had bagged as many as 18 seats in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections with the ruling TMC winning 22 seats. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP could manage only two seats in the state while the TMC had won 34. In terms of 294 Assembly seats, the saffron party could manage lead in as many as 121 Assembly segments against the TMC’s 164. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaSources in Nabanna informed that Kishor was taken to the Chief Minister’s chamber at Nabanna by Abhishek Banerjee who is the president of All India Trinamool Youth Congress. According to party sources, the two deliberated over the causes of TMC’s performance in the parliamentary polls and Kishor explained his readings seat by seat for Bengal. It may be mentioned that TMC had sought the assistance of Kishor even in 2016 but the deal did not materialise due to the latter’s reluctance. Kishor had then just bagged the Congress contract for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections at that time. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersKishor is credited with successfully organising the political campaigns for Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh. The YSR Congress won 22 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats and 151 out of 175 Assembly seats. The incumbent Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s party was voted out of power in the parliamentary polls. It is learnt that after the convincing victory of Reddy, few more political parties in the state have been approaching Kishor for being their poll strategist. Kishor is credited with handling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poll campaign in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He joined Nitish Kumar and strategised the election campaign for his party during the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections. His venture to revive the Congress in Uttar Pradesh in 2017, however, was a flop. Kishor had joined politics last year as the vice-president of Bihar’s Janata Dal-United.last_img read more

Read More →

Treat for mango lovers in Janakpuri

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday kicked off the Mango Festival here in the Capital, organised by Delhi Tourism in association with the Delhi Government. The event at Dilli Haat in Janakpuri area was also attended by the German Ambassador to India, Walter J. Lindner, the Director of the National Horticulture Board, and Janakpuri MLA Rajesh Rishi.Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Sisodia said, “Delhi Government has been traditionally organising this festival for the past 31 years and it is a great way to know more about the King of Fruits- Mangoes. Mango Growers have time and again surprised us with the ever-evolving varieties they bring forth.” Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe 31st Mango Festival unfolded over 500 varieties of mangoes, which are on display at the event. The various types of mangoes on display include Langra, Chausa, Amrapali, Rataul, Hussainara, Ramkela, Kesar, Fazri, Mallika and other assorted varieties. Sisodia said that the enthusiasm of people towards the exhibition as well as the competitions showcases their love for this fruit. “I am sure the next two days will be equally engaging with other activities and cultural programmes,” he added. The Mango Festival aims to showcase the specialties of mangoes from different states of India. A total number of 20 farmers along with government horticulture departments and agriculture institutes have participated in the event. The exhibition at the festival also offers the sale of processed mango items including products like pickles, jam, chutney, mango pulp, mango juice, jelly, aam papad, and aam panna.last_img read more

Read More →

Jennifer Aniston Joins 14th Annual St Jude Thanks And Giving Campaign

first_imgThis holiday season, Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Kimmel and Luis Fonsi will once again join St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital National Outreach Director Marlo Thomas in promoting the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.Jennifer Aniston helps kick off the 14th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.Each celebrity supporter will star alongside St. Jude patients in national television spots and digital shorts encouraging people to support St. Jude while holiday shopping.Now in its fourteenth year, the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign has transformed the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Throughout November and December, consumers are asked to support the campaign by shopping at more than 70 leading national brands and spreading the word by sharing what they #GiveThanks for on social media.“The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign is a holiday tradition that I love to be a part of each year,” said Jennifer Aniston. “I have the privilege to work with these brave, beautiful children, as they face the fight of their young lives. To be a part of the St. Jude family, who continue to make a difference and help save children’s lives with your continued support, is an honor and such an inspiration to me.”“Every year I’m so excited to make new friends like Ian and Alana, patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They are so courageous in their fight against childhood cancer. They are truly an inspiration to me,” said Sofia Vergara. “The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign makes it easy for all of us to help the children of St. Jude. So please join me this holiday season to help save the lives of children with cancer worldwide.”The national television commercials will debut Thanksgiving week and run through the end of the year. In addition to national awareness commercials, several St. Jude celebrity friends appear in online videos including Lily Aldridge, Kelsea Ballerini, Banda MS, Jekalyn Carr, Brett Eldredge, Alejandra Espinoza, Ashley Greene, Laurie Hernandez, Adamari Lopez, The Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott and Tye Tribbett.“We are deeply thankful that these incredible stars lend their time and talents to support St. Jude,” said Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Year after year, they open their hearts to the children of St. Jude. Their generosity and commitment help us raise awareness and the critical funds that allow doctors and scientists to continue their groundbreaking research and lifesaving treatments.”St. Jude supporters will also be able to purchase merchandise crafted by their favorite celebrities and retailers to benefit St. Jude. This year, Sabrina Soto has designed a sherpa blanket with proceeds directly benefiting the hospital. Brooks Brothers, Domino’s, HomeGoods, HSNi, Kmart, New York & Company, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Teen, TUMI, west elm and Williams-Sonoma all feature products that give back to St. Jude.Created in 2004 by Marlo, Terre and Tony Thomas – children of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas – the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort and has grown into an annual tradition that unites celebrities, media, retail and corporate partners to support the lifesaving mission of St Jude.The campaign’s national television spots will air on network and cable television channels, as well as online, in both English and Spanish. In addition, a star-studded St. Jude Thanks and Giving movie trailer is shown by national theatre partners including AMC, Cinemark Holdings, Inc., Regal Entertainment Group, and many others. American Airlines provides backing via in-flight video promotion, inclusion in their in-flight magazines and on social media. In addition, Outcome Health, America’s leading waiting room media network, shows the St. Jude PSA in physician offices nationally. All of the spots, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, will debut online in late November.last_img read more

Read More →

French Woman Dies After Falling From Cliff in MarrakechSafi Region

Rabat – Moroccan authorities on Sunday found the body of a French national at the Tassa region in the province of al Haouz in the Marrakech-Safi region. The 69-year old  French Woman fell from a rocky cliff during a hike in the Takherkhort forest. The woman was accompanied by a group of people, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.The group accompanying the victim alerted the local authorities after her disappearance. After the notice,  local authorities declared a search for the victim, whose body was found at the foot of the rocky cliff.Authorities have opened an investigation to determine the circumstances of the incident.

Read More →

A look at the potential causes of the Russian jetliner crash in

In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo, made available on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, Russian Emergency Ministry experts work at the crash site of a Russian passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. A Russian cargo plane on Monday brought the first bodies of Russian victims home to St. Petersburg, from Egypt.(Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP) by Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press Posted Nov 2, 2015 11:12 am MDT Last Updated Nov 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A look at the potential causes of the Russian jetliner crash in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula NEW YORK, N.Y. – Investigators are still trying to determine what led to the sudden and catastrophic breakup of a Metrojet plane Saturday over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, just 23 minutes after the Russian-operated jetliner took off from the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.The Airbus A321-200 was flying at 31,000 feet when the disaster occurred, killing all 224 people aboard, the vast majority of them Russians.That is generally the safest part of any flight. Just 9 per cent of fatal accidents happen when a plane is at cruising altitude, according to a statistical summary of commercial jet accidents done by Boeing.Typically, such midair breakups are caused by external threats, such as a bomb or a missile, or a massive structural failure from either metal fatigue or an on-board fire.Here’s a closer look at some of the potential causes of the crash and what investigators will be looking for.Q: Could this have been a mechanical problem?A: The airline itself has said no to such a technical failure but investigators have not ruled out anything yet, especially a mechanical issue.Most aircraft are made of aluminum which is susceptible to corrosion over time. The constant pressurization and depressurization of the cabin for takeoff and landing also puts great stress on the airframe and can eventually lead to tiny cracks. If unchecked, those cracks can grow and threaten the plane’s structural integrity.In April 2011, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff from Phoenix, Arizona after the plane’s fuselage ruptured, causing a 5-foot tear. The plane, with 118 people on board, landed safely. In 1988, a 19-year-old Aloha Airlines Boeing 737-200 that had made frequent, short hops among the Hawaiian islands lost a large part of its roof. Corrosion and metal fatigue were to blame.Q: Could a prior repair be to blame?A: The Airbus A321-200 was fixed following an incident in 2001 in which its tail hit the runway. If cracks in the tail section were not properly repaired, they could have grown over the past 14 years and led to a tear under pressure. Jets go through a heavy maintenance check every few years that should have spotted such issues. If the tail were to be lost in flight, pilots would have little control over the jet. In 1985, a Japan Airlines Boeing 747 had an explosive decompression that led to a crash killing 520 people. Investigators eventually blamed the crash on prior faulty repairs.Q: What about a bomb?A: Several planes have been brought down, including Pan Am Flight 103 between London and New York in December 1988. There was also an Air India flight in June 1985 between Montreal and London and a plane in September 1989 flown by French airline Union des Transports Aériens that blew up over the Sahara.Investigators will look for traces of explosives on the wreckage. They will also use microscopes to look at the tearing patterns on the metals and to see if there are tiny divots, indicative of an explosion.Q: What else could cause such a breakup?A: There could have been a massive explosion inside the jet from a spark in the fuel tanks or a rapid fire of something in the cargo hold. The 1996 crash of TWA 800 resulted from an explosion in the centre wing fuel tank. That same year, the crash of ValuJet Airlines Flight 592 in the Florida Everglades was blamed on a fire in the cargo hold. More recently, a UPS jet in 2010 crashed after leaving Dubai. Investigators later blamed a fire, traced back to lithium batteries in the cargo hold, for the crash.Q: Could the plane be shot down by a surface-to-air missile?A: Probably not. A local affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group has claimed it brought down the aircraft, but intelligence experts say they don’t have sophisticated weapons capable of reaching the 31,000-foot elevation the plane was flying at when the disaster occurred. Advanced military missiles have brought down other planes. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in July 2014 while flying at 33,000 feet over eastern Ukraine, according to a report from the Dutch Safety Board. Korean Airlines Flight 007 was shot down in 1983 by a Soviet fighter jet, and in 1988, the U.S. Navy cruiser USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flight 655 in the Persian Gulf.Q: What about a midair collision?A: The crash could have been caused by hitting another jet, but no other planes are reported missing and there does not appear to be debris from another plane, ruling out that scenario.Q: What can we tell from the wreckage?A: Parts of the jet are scattered across a 7.7-square mile area. That indicates the plane most likely broke apart at a high elevation. When planes crash intact, the debris field is typically more compact. Also, the parts of the plane tend to be broken into smaller pieces than in this crash.Q: What is the most important evidence in the wreckage?A: The black boxes, which are actually orange. The flight-data and cockpit-voice recorders will reveal the plane’s speed, altitude, direction and the pilots’ actions during the flight. The cockpit recorder will capture the pilots’ final words. Investigators will also listen for an explosion and see if any of the critical systems malfunctioned.Q: Are Russian jets safe?A: The countries of the former Soviet Union have one of the worst aviation safety records in the world. Only Africa sees more plane crashes than the former Soviet nations, called the Commonwealth of Independent States.From 2010 to 2014, there were 2.71 jets lost per 1 million flights in those nine nations, compared with a worldwide rate of 0.45, according to the International Air Transport Association. North America has one of the safest records with just 0.13 planes lost per million flights. That means there were 21 times as many crashes in the former Soviet nations than in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.Q: What do we know about this plane?A: The Airbus A321-200 was produced in 1997 and operated by Metrojet since 2012. The aircraft had accumulated some 56,000 flight hours in nearly 21,000 flights, meaning that it’s typical journey was just over 2 1/2 hours. The A321-200 is the largest version of the highly-popular A320 family of single-aisle jets that can seat up to 240 passengers. The first A321 entered service in January 1994.At the end of September, there were some 6,500 A320 family jets flying with more than 300 airlines worldwide.___Scott Mayerowitz can be reached at http://twitter.com/GlobeTrotScott. read more

Read More →

DSC Wolverine dredge acquired to maintain sediment ponds at Barrick Pueblo Viejo

first_imgBarrick Gold recently acquired a DSC Wolverine Class dredge which is being used in the Pueblo Viejo gold-silver open pit mine in the Sanchez Ramirez Province of the Dominican Republic, located about two hours north west of the country’s capital, Santo Domingo. Barrick acquired the mining rights in 2006 when it took over Placer Dome. Due to the mine’s condition at the time of its acquisition, Barrick then began a wide-scale cleanup of the area, demolishing existing structures and building new state-of-the-art facilities, as well as remediation of significant environmental damage left by the previous mine operation, which closed in 1999.Barrick’s efforts have included water treatment, restoring the Margajita River’s pH to a level low enough that the waters have returned to their natural color and quality; re-vegetating 3,500 ha of land to prevent soil erosion; and removing 180,000 m3 of contaminated soil. DSC’s Wolverine Class dredge was brought in to help maintain the sediment ponds that prevent additional contamination of the local water system. The process begins when buckets of mined material are fed through a screening system that uses water to clean the precious metals as they are reduced. The water that comes into contact with ore stockpiles or waste rock is contained onsite by a series of canals, channels and sediment ponds that hold it until it can be pumped through the facility’s water treatment plant. In addition to contaminated water, small grains of silt and sand also wash into these sediment ponds, creating buildup, which reduces their capacity for water storage. Each pond is approximately 150 to 250 m wide and 450 m long.Dredging allows the silt and sand buildup to be regularly removed from the sediment ponds so the ponds can maintain their depth and prevent overflow into surrounding waterways. Barrick chose DSC’s 21 m Wolverine Class dredge, which is powered by a 440 hp Caterpillar C13 ACERT diesel engine. The Wolverine Class can dredge up to 7.6 m below the surface and offers a 25 cm discharge configuration, which allows particle clearance of up to 15 cm. The cutterhead, designed with six cast-steel smooth blades, is attached to a variable-speed, reversible, hydraulic cutter motor manufactured by Kawasaki. The dredge pump, a J30 Metso Minerals/Thomas Simplicity series, is rated for 61 m total discharge head at 15,900 litres/min. Five hydraulic winches, rated with a 2,040 kg line pull capacity, are used to swing the dredge, lift the spuds and lift the ladder.last_img read more

Read More →

Critical minerals in focus in Australia Governments National Resources Statement

first_imgAustralia’s Coalition Government has released a “National Resources Statement” as it looks to, it says, attract investment, develop new resources and markets, and share the benefits of success with more regional communities.The first such statement the government has released for more than 20 years, it includes an agreement to establish a new critical minerals work programme to boost exploration, develop a data strategy to de-risk investment decisions, and build community confidence in the sector, the government said.“This week, the government announced priority status for funding applications related to critical minerals projects under the A$20 million ($14.2 million) Round 7 of the Cooperative Research Centres Project (CRC-P),” the government said.The CRC programme supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community. It is a model for linking researchers with industry to focus on research and development towards use and commercialisation.“There is a bright future for the resources sector given the economic growth occurring in our region,” the government said. “By 2030, Asia will produce more than half the world’s economic output, consume 40% of its energy and be home to a middle class of almost 3.5 billion people. Given this growth, and if Australia can maintain its global share of commodity production, at least 24,000 new direct mining jobs could be created, along with the broader prosperity those jobs will bring.”The government’s vision is to have the world’s most advanced, innovative and successful resources sector, which delivers sustained prosperity and social development for all Australians, it said.To achieve this outcome, the government will focus on five key priorities:Attracting investment;Developing new resources, industries and markets;Investing in new technologies, especially to improve environmental outcomes;Creating well paid secure jobs, and;Ensuring local communities receive benefits from mining activities.The government said: “Our work starts now. Some elements will be progressed in collaboration with the states and territories through the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council, given their responsibilities in regulating the resources sector.”In addition to the critical minerals work, the government will also progress a number of initiatives under the statement including promoting a “national resources brand to market the advantages of Australia as a resources investment destination to the world”, and supporting the development of new resource basins through cooperation with state and territory jurisdictions – similar to the Memorandum of Understanding with the Northern Territory on the development of the Beetaloo Basin.It will also continue to invest in the “most advanced seismic and aero-magnetic surveys to help discover the next major mineral find through the A$100 million Exploring for the Future programme”, it said, plus improve the consistency and scope of data across the resource sector.“Our resources sector makes up 8% of our economy and exports are predicted to reach a record A$250 billion in 2018–19. It also employs around 1.1 million people directly and indirectly and is the largest employer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” the government said.“These initiatives will help our resources industry deliver even more benefits to Australians.”The National Resources Statement builds on the recommendations of the Resources 2030 Taskforce commissioned by the government last year, the government said.The statement comes a day after the Australia Federal Opposition’s commitment to establish an Australian Future Mines Centre to co-ordinate exploration work and lead the scientific research and development necessary to explore under deep cover, funded by a A$23 million Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative.last_img read more

Read More →

iKlip Brings Your iPad into the Act

first_imgWhether you’re delivering a speech or playing music, your iPad could be a handy way to keep your notes in front of you. Thanks to the iKlip, just announced from IK Multimedia of Modena, Italy, you can now attach your iPad to any microphone stand. The iKlip offers universal support, so it works with any stand you’ll come across. It even lets you hold your iPad an any angle, so you can easily read it and have access to all on-screen controls.The iKlip is made of durable thermoplastic, and its six secure touch points hold your iPad in place without scratching or marring it. Quick-snap clips let you insert your iPad in a hurry, while the whole thing attaches to a mic stand in seconds. You can even use it to mount your iPad to a vertical mic stand or a horizontal boom. Preorder one now for $39.99. AdChoices广告last_img read more

Read More →

Clever cufflinks give 2GB of storage plus WiFi hotspot access

first_imgWhile Brookstone is a usual stop during a mall run to see what kind of new, unique items it has in stock, the retailer isn’t a place I normally spend money. For many of us it just isn’t a store that contains the must-haves that we spend our hard-earned cash on. However, with the release of their WiFi cufflinks, I’m betting some of us geeks may have to bite the bullet and make a purchase. What’s so special about them? How about the geek-cred contained within them in the form of 2GB of USB storage, plus the ability to create a WiFi hotspot.Made from polished silver, the Brookstone cufflinks are a marvel of engineering since they do so much with such little space. It’s not surprising that they retail at $250, since you are probably paying more for the tech inside them than the silver. It seems like one cufflink has the storage capacity while the other serves as the hotspot so you can use both at the same time, but it’s not entirely clear. When we called Brookstone to get some more info, the service agent said that by installing a simple piece of software on your internet connected computer so that your mobile devices could share the connection. Of course, they mentioned the iPad or iPhone, but we imagine all of the Android devices out there will connect as well. We could also see a business person on the go getting in some game time on a 3DS in the same way while waiting for their next flight.While they can be considered a luxury item, the features included make them something that you could almost justify blowing that kind of cash on. Especially if you are trying to be some sort of secret agent that is trying to smuggle information out of a country in a unique way.Pick them up at Brookstonelast_img read more

Read More →

Steve Georganas promises ALP will help middle and working class Australians deal

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With upcoming elections on the horizon, Greek Australian federal MP and candidate for Adelaide Steve Georganas appears calm in the eye of the storm; determined and focused to win his new federal seat of Adelaide.Born in South Australia, Georganas’ working class parents arrived in the country from Arcadia and Kalamata in the 1950s. The values of the 59-year-old father of two have been shaped by his Greek upbringing as well as his career in policy advising and advocacy for workers’ rights.With an even-keeled temperament and a knack for consensus-building, Georganas is a firm believer of democracy and an advocate for equality and human rights.He credits his successful 15-year presence in federal politics to the work he does to ensure working families have access to quality education for their children and health care services for all.Surprisingly, throughout his career, Georganas appears to have attained the unattainable in the broader Australian political arena: no scandals, no haters and no backlash.“I am sure there are people out there that disagree with the policies and ideas we are suggesting, but I always make sure I listen and take on the feedback whilst treating every single person with respect. I do like to listen to what people and my parliamentary colleagues have to say because that’s the only way to learn. At the end of the day every single one of us has a story behind them and we, politicians, can learn a lot if we choose to listen,” Mr Georganas told Neos Kosmos.Asked about how hard the shift from Hindmarsh to Adelaide has been for him, he told us that you can never be ‘confident’ in politics.“There was a redistribution, so the boundaries were completely changed. I am coming from one of the most marginal seats in the country to a notional nine per cent seat for Labor in Adelaide. That doesn’t mean that it is a seat that you take for granted. I am still working just as hard doing everything that I have always done and that’s to represent the people of the electorate to the best of my ability. I have been out there conducting street corner meetings and speaking to people from the electorate so I can understand their problems and assist them going forward. There are around 14,000 Greeks in the electorate, but you can never ever be confident in politics. All you can do is work as hard as you can to make sure that we get the result that we require in the seat of Adelaide on the 18th May so that I can then have the views and concerns of our SA people relayed on in Canberra to the decision makers.”In these tough financial times, particularly for South Australia, Mr Georganas said that the Labor Party’s policy solutions aim to help middle and low-class Australians deal with their economic struggles and inequities, identifying cost of living, unemployment, health and education as the major areas to focus on.COST OF LIVING“Everyone I speak to raises the issue of not being able to keep up with the cost of living. We know that we’ve got one of the lowest periods in the history of Australia of wage stagnation, but the cost of living is going up and I am hearing that from working class people,” said Mr Georganas.READ MORE: Arthur Sinodinos discusses the Coalition’s prospects in upcoming federal electionSteve Georganas with Adelaide University Students. “Every child deserves a decent education,” says Georganas“At the same time pensioners are struggling to pay their bills and their rent. That is the number one issue people are dealing with. We have seen for example a 70 per cent increase in electricity prices in the last six years even though we were told in 2013 that electricity would be cheaper under a liberal government, which has not happened. Electricity has gone up. And one of the reasons it has gone up so much is that there is no energy policy. We need a plan and structure in place so that we can have businesses investing in energy and more players in the market to bring prices down.”UNEMPLOYMENT“The submarines and space centre are expected to create more jobs in Adelaide. Normally, there is always a gravitation to the larger cities, but we need to ensure we have specialities in Adelaide to create more jobs and attract younger people. Also, we need to address (workforce) casualisation – in other words people that work as casuals for a long term, and therefore cannot borrow money from a bank to buy a house,” Mr Georganas said.“The Labor party will legislate to ensure that the casualisation without a reason won’t be happening. We want people to have full-time jobs with a living wage.”READ MORE: The Frydenberg Factor: Australia’s Treasurer tells NK what Greeks stand to gain or lose at the next electionsECONOMY“The economy might be doing okay in some parts but it’s the people that are being left behind and they are feeling the pinch. The multinationals, at the big end of town, secure record profits but what we see is that the middle and low wage income earners are not keeping up with the cost of living, which means they are not feeling any benefits in the economy. The government is saying they want to give $80 billion in tax cuts to the top end and hope that they will create jobs and do other things, that’s the argument for it, but we want to use that money for health and education and also restore penalty rates. If you give $30 to a middle or low-income earner, that money goes straight into the economy; there is a need for that money to pay bills, rent and mortgages,” he said, adding that according to the recent budget introduced by the current government, the liberal tax system is going to leave 3.6 million Australians that are paid less than $48,000 short-changed.“We want to give those workers the tax cuts they deserve and, under Labor’s policy, 10 million Australians will get the same or bigger tax cut in the next parliament and we will deliver bigger cuts to low income earners and everyone earning up to $120,000. The people that will benefit under the current government are the multinationals, the banks and large businesses that pay no tax to Australia and we are saying ‘no we will not give this money to the big corporations’, we will give it to the ordinary Australians and services for young people and the aged.”READ MORE: Exclusive Interview: Labor leader Bill Shorten shares his vision for Australia with Neos KosmosSteve Georganas has always been one to support the elderlyNEGATIVE GEARING“People will still be able to have the tax breaks that they get from negative gearing, but when that changes, they will still be able to invest in negative gearing in new homes, apartments etc, which means more investment will go into the new structures, new houses which creates jobs and that will actually generate quite a bit of work and the economy as well. We have also said that the Labor party will ensure that there is a plan in place to build 100,000 new homes in Australia,” he said.EDUCATION“We will restore every single cut individually to every single school that’s been cut under this government and we know that it is about $190 million in SA alone. Some schools had cuts of up to two to three million dollars,” he said. “Every child deserves a decent education, every school should have the ability and the means to provide that education and so it will be a needs-based system to achieve the outcomes that are required.”HEALTH“We will fund hospitals. We have already made those announcements. The Medicare freeze is a real issue as currently the doctors are charging the gap now and people cant’s find a doctor that doesn’t charge the gap so we will take the Medicare freeze off so that doctors can bulk bill again and therefore people can afford to go to the doctor again.”AGED CARE“We are an ageing population, which means we have now many people who require the services, the aged care facilities or (other) services at home,” he said. “We have seen the packages for home care blown out -there is approximately 120,000 elderly people on the waiting list across Australia and that blows out by about 20,000 every three months. So it is getting harder and harder to stay home and people end up waiting for up to two years in some cases to receive a package. In the meantime, they deteriorate and end up in a hospital or an aged care home which wouldn’t happen if they could receive the aged care package which would service them much better. Our plan is to restore the money that the government took out again which I think it’s approximately $1.9 billion, out of aged care, which had its negative affect. There is also a massive waiting list of people who can’t get in the aged care facilities particularly.”ENVIRONMENT “Emissions are killing the environment and sea levels are rising, and those issues appear to be troubling our younger people and the general public. We have committed to have 50 per cent renewables, which will bring down emissions and again I think we need to look at our children’s future.”SUPPORT TO THE GREEK COMMUNITYMr Georganas also believes that there are issues of great importance to the Greek Australian community of South Australia, which he addressed publicly two weeks ago when he announced a Labor pledge for a $3 million project in Adelaide towards ageing Greeks.“Greek migrants have proudly called South Australia home for many decades and today nearly 40,000 people of Greek ancestry live in the State, but they are now ageing and there is a shortage of culturally and linguistically diverse aged care services. As I announced two weeks ago, a Shorten Labor Government will invest $3 million to work with the St George Orthodox Community and Parish and Saint Basil’s Aged Care to build an aged care facility in the inner western suburbs of Adelaide, the heart of the Greek Community,” he said.“It is our duty to ensure that these people who have worked really hard all their lives making an invaluable contribution to the development and growth of South Australia in every way imaginable, now receive the care, the attention and the respect they deserve so that they can live a life of dignity. The facility will provide culturally appropriate aged care services to residents and provide a meeting place for regular events and functions for the resident’s families and the broader community. There will also be the option of day care where the elderly will have the option to spend the day and receive the care and services that they need giving their partner and family also some relief during the day.”last_img read more

Read More →

NOW HIRING 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of July 1 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of July 1, 2018:Full-Time Teacher Assistant at May InstituteFull-Time/Part-Time Security Officer at SecuritasFull-Time Field Manager at TeslaFull-Time Childcare Teacher at Little SproutsFull-Time Certified Preschool Teacher at Little SproutsFull-Time Entry Level Solar Site Survey at Vivint SolarPart-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time/Part-Time General Labor/Drivers/Movers at Two Men And A TruckFull-Time Buyer/Planner at Watson MarlowFull-Time Cook at Cafe ServicesFull-Time Route Sales Representative at AramarkPart-Time Homemakers, Companions & PCA’s at Assisting Hands of WilmingtonFull-Time Compliance Services Associate at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Operations Analyst at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Technical Analyst at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Head of Corporate Communications and Content at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time/Part-Time Salesperson at Advanced Auto PartsFull-Time Buyer/Planner at Watson MarlowPart-Time Wireless Team Member at Target MobilePart-Time Administrative Office Assistant at X-RiteFull-Time Test Engineer at Randstad TechnologiesFull-Time Facilities Maintenance Technician at Scully Signal Co.Full-Time Web Marketing Manager via Open Systems TechnologiesFull-Time Territory Sales Representative at Patterson CompaniesFull-Time Executive Management Trainee at NAPA Auto PartsFull-Time Physical Therapist at ConcentraFull-Time Overnight Baker at Panera BreadFull-Time Company Driver at JS Helwig & Son LLCFull-Time Customer Service Representative at Por-Shun, Inc.Full-Time Delivery Driver at OptimaFull-Time Information Technology Support Technician at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Long-Term Substitute Teacher (Stepping Stones Program) at Shawsheen Elementary SchoolFull-Time Warehouse Specialist at AramarkFull-Time Customer Service Representative at AramarkFull-Time (Contract) Project Sales Representative at Limbach Facility Services LLCFull-Time Sales Operations Support at Automation Engineering, Inc.Part-Time (25 Hours) After-School Nanny For 2 Wilmington ChildrenFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Technical Business Specialist at Charles River LabsFull-Time Regulatory Specialist at Charles River LabsFull-Time IT Group Manager at UniFirstFull-Time System Administrator Hyper-V at UniFirstFull-Time/Part-Time Caregiver at Associated Home CareFull-Time Technical Analyst at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Field Service Associate at TeslaFull-Time Lead Field Service Associate at TeslaPart-Time Merchandiser at Pepsi Co.Full-Time/Part-Time Package Handler at FedExFull-Time Inspector B at Klein Management SystemsFull-Time Information Security Specialist III at L3 TechnologiesFull-Time Early Education & Child Care Teacher at Little SproutsFull-Time National Accounts Ecommerce Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time/Part-Time Cashier at Panera BreadFull-Time/Part-Time Food Services Associate at Panera BreadFull-Time Comfort Advisor at Super Service Today, Inc.Temporary Full-TIme Nanny For 2 Wilmington ChildrenFull-Time Order Checker at Arrow Paper Co.Part-Time Package Handler at FedEx GroundFull-Time Realtor at ERA Key Realty ServicesFull-Time Director of Quality Engineering at MKS Instruments(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Read More →

Nissan Destination Frontier oneoff is an overlander on a budget

first_img 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box Trucks Nissan 6 Photos 2019 BMW M4 CS review: Greater performance with fewer compromises Tags Share your voice Nissancenter_img Enlarge ImageNissan’s latest project vehicle is designed for overlanding trips way beyond where the pavement ends. Nissan Nissan in recent years has embraced the overlanding trend — essentially long-distance off-roading in tough trucks and SUVs — in a big way, showing off a variety of concept models designed to cater to the enthusiasts. The latest of those vehicles, revealed Wednesday, is the Destination Frontier, a one-off creation that Nissan says would cost someone less than $40,000 to recreate (that price excludes the custom wrap shown here). The truck will be displayed at Overland Expo West, which runs from May 17 through 19 in Flagstaff, Arizona and bills itself as, “the world’s most unique event series for do-it-yourself adventure travel enthusiasts.”The goal of sticking to the relatively strict budget was “to help democratize the overlanding experience by showing a more affordable approach to the sport,” Tiago Castro, Nissan North America director of light commercial vehicles, said in a statement. The Destination Frontier is based on a 2019 Frontier Crew Cab SV Midnight Edition with four-wheel drive; its list price is $32,925 before any options. To help upgrade it for better off-road performance, it has been outfitted with a 3-inch lift kit from Nisstec, as well as new American Racing wheels wearing Nitto Trail Grappler off-road tires. There are also skid plates, rock sliders and a Hefty Fabworks bumper to protect the Frontier’s bodywork when traversing rough terrain.To give adventurers somewhere to stay, the truck also features a Leitner Designs bed rack with a Mt. Shasta tent, as well as various extra storage trays, lights and even a refrigerator/freezer combo. Finally, the Destination Frontier gets a Warn Industries winch to help extract the truck should it get stuck. All told, it looks like all the aftermarket goodies you’d need to take your Frontier on an overlanding trip.While you can’t go and buy this truck from your Nissan dealer, the idea is that you might be inspired to buy the standard model and try to reproduce it yourself. “We believe Destination Frontier will spark the imagination of customers who would like to get into overlanding but don’t want to spend a fortune in the process,” Castro said in a statement. Comments Nissan’s Destination Frontier is designed for wilderness adventures 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing 3 More From Roadshowlast_img read more

Read More →

Hepatitis viruses more dominant among men

first_imgNearly 8.5 million people in Bangladesh are currently carrying hepatitis B virus, reveals a study conducted by Hepatology Society, an organisation of doctors of Dhaka.It was revealed at a seminar titled ‘Previous and current prevalence of hepatitis B and C virus infections in Bangladesh and recommendations for its elimination’ at CIRDAP in the city. Hepatology Society organised the seminar ahead of World Hepatitis Day.Hepatitis is a life threatening liver infection caused by hepatitis virus A, B and C. Out of 325 million people infected with hepatitis virus globally, 90 per cent are unaware of it, according to the study.The study, based on a survey on 2,782 people between December 2015 and January 2017 in Dhaka City Corporation and in four districts and four of the country’s biggest divisions, was conducted by Shahinul Alam, an associate professor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical College Hospital.Among the respondents, 1,694 were men and 1,088 women.The survey shows 5.1 per cent of the respondents were infected with hepatitis B virus and it was higher among youths in the 18-30 age bracket, among whom the prevalence was 6.3 per cent.Five in every 100 adults are carrying HBV, the study shows, while it is more dominant among male as almost 5.7 million male carry hepatitis B viruses.In most of the cases, the B type virus transmitted through contact of mother’s blood to the children. That is why 1.8 million mothers in Bangladesh need treatment, said the speaker.World Hepatitis Day will be observed on 28 July. The theme of the day this year is ‘Eliminate Hepatitis’ and the slogan is ‘Find the Missing Millions, Get Tested’.The survey, however, showed 0.2 per cent of the people had hepatitis C infection.The society introduced a list of recommendations to combat hepatitis B which is a public health concern in recent years.The speaker urged Bangladesh government to create facilities to diagnose hepatitis viruses free of cost.The recommendations also include proposals of free treatments for women with reproductive capacity, children and infants.The seminar was chaired by the chairman of Hepatology Society, Mobin Khan.last_img read more

Read More →

Garment Show of India concludes amidst much fanfare

first_imgThe third edition of the Garment Show of India, organized by Saina Event concluded at Hall No. 7 Pragati Maidan. In the three – day exhibition, more than 100 exhibitors displayed their latest range, including women’s salwar-kurti, leggings, denim men’s shirts, T. shirts, blazers, suits, jeans pants, children’s clothes, shoes wear, Sherwani etc.Gagan Marwa, Organizer of Garment Show of India said that this exhibition was successful as the exhibitors got their new customers and retailers also got the chance to tie new business with wholesalers and agents and distributors. He said that people have also fiercely bought a brand new range of famous brands. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the exhibition, Reliance Trends, Trousers, Waves Overseas, Chirag, Royal Wood, Potties, Chennai Silk, Shoppers Stop, Westside, Wal-Mart, Landmark Group, Market India, Viart, Amazon, Jabong, Flipkart, Mantra, Unic Market, Bindal Group and Aditya Major retailers like Birla Group were present with their latest range. There were many stalls in the exhibition which had their own manufacturing set up.Garment Show of India Co-Organizer, Dipti Marwa said that our main objective is to give an effective platform to garment makers where they can showcase their retail chain and form new retail tie-ups with leading retail chains retailers and wholesalers, agents and distributors.This will boost the business of both buyers and sellers.last_img read more

Read More →

Asbjørn reveals what its really like to be an out gay pop

first_imgHere, Asbjørn reveals all about the beloved ex-boyfriend who inspired his album BOYPWR (‘it’s a monument to him’), the fluidity and freakery of his new home, Berlin, and what it’s really like navigating the ruthless merciless music industry as an openly gay man…Hi Asbjørn! Your single Nothing2Lose is about being in love with a guy one summer in Berlin. What was his reaction to the song?He seems happy, but I never actually asked him directly about it. This whole album is kind of a monument to him and I, all the highs and lows. So I guess it would be a little ambivalent.It’s all written from my love for him, but I understand if it feels a little much, that I get to share our story with so many people around the world.Are you still with him? If not, are you still in touch?We write emails. But we had to stop seeing each other, because there’s just too much love. It’s a complicated story. We can’t be together, but we can’t be close friends either. It’s a tragicomedy, but he loves me and I love him and that’s the most beautiful thing.How do you identify in terms of your gender and sexuality?I am a very happy boy, who happens to be gay. My sexuality is very secondary or probably further down the list in terms of defining qualities. But since I fall in love with boys, that naturally is reflected in my lyrics. It shouldn’t make the music less relatable for anyone though, it’s just about love and love has no sexuality if you ask me.Instagram/asbjornmusic (photo by @jwo_studio)When did you come out?It was a very fluent process. I picked homosexuality as my subject for a project in sixth grade, because adoption had just been legalized. So I was researching and stumbled across an erotic novel, and the rest is history!I was in relationships with both guys and girls for a while, until I felt sure. But it has always been a very open thing, all my friends experimented with sexuality and my family was almost boringly undramatic about it.Have you ever felt under any pressure to remain closeted in the music industry? If so, where did this pressure come from?I’ve always been ‘the different boy’ in every constellation, so I’ve been used to fighting for my right to be me. But I also always earned a lot of people’s respect for sticking to my guns. And that’s how I see the music industry too – not everybody is gonna like me, but I think a lot of people will respect me.[embedded content]What has been your experience of being an openly LGBTI person in the music industry? Have you experienced any prejudice?A record label boss said in the beginning of my career that I was ‘so gay I probably sweat sequins.’ Which is kind of a nice image, but if I had been a slightly more fragile person, that could have knocked me out. Apart from that it has never happened to my face in industry situations.You moved from Denmark to Germany in 2015. In what ways is Germany a more LGBTI-friendly country than Denmark, if at all?Berlin and the rest of Germany has to be separated in this talk. Apart from Berlin, Germany as a country exactly as afraid of the unknown as any other place in the world right now. But Berlin is an oasis. Nobody is a freak because everybody is. It’s lovely. Just a bunch of freaks freaking out and feeling normal. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) There is a new generation of young openly LGBTI pop stars making waves in the industry like Sam Smith and Olly Alexander from Years and Years. How does it feel to be part of that?It feels awesome to be a part of that squad in some form, though I haven’t met them. But I think the least interesting thing about us is our sexuality. The most important thing is that we are showing that there are so many ways to be a man. Masculinity is vulnerability too. And boys should know that, whether they grow up gay or not, that they can be whatever kind of man they want.You have a song called BOY PWR. What is the concept behind that?It was the first thing I did when I realized what this album was really about. And I needed to make a kind of manifesto for myself, so I knew how far I could go. It’s basically saying that the industry is not gonna change the perception of masculinity for us, so we should start doing it ourselves. Put the faith in the power of youth!From where you’re standing, in what ways do you observe the presence of traditional/toxic masculinity at play in the gay male community?It’s kinda weird, but I have never actually been a part of a gay community, so I couldn’t say. There was never a time where I thought that I needed to seek it out, because I felt accepted and free where I was. Music is my way of being a part of the community and trying to change the stereotypcial perception of masculinity in general.What do masculinity and femininity mean to you?I often catch myself defining soft and beautiful sides of people as feminine. But what would happen if we assigned the word masculine to men and feminine to women, and thereby had to define them more? For instance, you could say that I showed soft masculinity, and that would already be a new depth in our perception of the word.Berlin is known for being a progressive and free-thinking places. As such, do Berlin-based queer men have a more fluid relationship with the concept of masculinity than elsewhere, do you think?Everything is fluid. Sometimes confusingly fluid, even to people’s own sense of self. If everything is fluid, how do you create a consistency in life? I truly admire these people and how they seem to be able to let go, but I have never been able to for more than a night out.Have you had any LGBTI fans reach out to share their stories?Yes. And they are the reason I came up with BOY PWR as the working title for this album. It felt like every boy and girl who wrote to me, was looking for this strength within themselves to just be and do and feel and live life, without apologies. So I wanted to make something that could do the same for these people as girl power did for me.You’ve cited the Spice Girls as an influence. Are you excited about the reunion and who was your favorite?So excited! I wanna support them on the tour – please let them know! I was always Posh as a kid, but now I would probably be somewhere between Baby and Scary.What’s the highlight of your career so far?Right now. I have never had more fun making music and talking to people around the world about what it means to be human. I feel like there’s big things about to change in pop culture and we are a part of it.For more information about Asbjørn, visit asbjornmusic.com.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . From Troye Sivan to Hayley Kiyoko, there are more proudly LGBTI pop stars in their teens and 20s than ever before. A new addition to their ranks is Asbjørn: an unabashedly gay 25-year-old from Denmark.The rising star calls his sound ‘shameless pop with a plot twist – a big warm hug with an occasional punch in the face.’ My sketchy experience emailing this anti-LGBTI authorGay K-pop star Holland filmed hot make out scene four times… and loved itGay K-pop star Holland on British bands and Harry Styles: ‘His album is the best’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/asbjorn/last_img read more

Read More →

New TB drug inaccessible to many South Africans

first_imgDoctors Without Borders (MSF), other treatment providers in South Africa and globally have found that the first new drugs in half a century to be developed for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are offering new hope to patients — but significant challenges remain to improve availability and affordability of these treatments.Current treatment regimens for DR-TB involve thousands of pills taken over two years, which can have devastating side effects and ultimately only work for 50% of people with multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB and 26% of people with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB.Access to new drugs bedaquiline and delamanid along with ‘repurposed’ drugs — not specifically developed for TB but that have shown efficacy in treating TB — could be a significant step toward finding a shorter, more tolerable DR-TB regimen in the future.This is good news for South Africa, which has one of the highest burdens of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in the world, with 30,000 new cases each year, over 18,000 people diagnosed and over 11,500 put on treatment in 2014. *Article supplied by Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more groundbreaking initiatives. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite center_img Only 3,000 patients worldwide have been treated with bedaquiline, and fewer than 200 with delamanid – only 2% of the 150,000 people around the world that could benefit.“MSF is treating some of the lucky few people in South Africa — and in fact the whole world – to receive access to strengthened treatment regimens including bedaquiline and delamanid,” said Dr. Jennifer Hughes of MSF in South Africa. “South Africa’s Department of Health has been a leader in accessing new DR-TB drugs, with over 1,750 patients receiving bedaquiline nationally since 2013.Ubuntu clinic (integrated TB/HIV) in Khayelitsha.Patients receiving bedaquiline in South Africa had 77% ‘culture conversion’ rates from TB-positive to negative, which is a promising sign that their treatment may ultimately be successful. Additional information from South Africa showed similar safety and efficacy even when bedaquiline was given together with antiretroviral therapy (ART) to TB/HIV co-infected people, another sign that this drug has the potential to transform DR-TB treatment in coming years.Delamanid, however, is not yet as widely available in South Africa.“TB is curable, yet it is now the infectious disease that kills the most people in the world,” said Dr. Grania Brigden, TB Advisor for the MSF Access Campaign. “We desperately need treatment that is easier for people to tolerate, that cures more people, and that is more available and affordable, otherwise it’s just deadly business as usual.”last_img read more

Read More →

Día de las CulturasColumbus Day a brief incomplete guide

first_imgRelated posts:Día de las Culturas/Columbus Day: a brief, incomplete guide Costa Rica prepares for first visit by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Guatemalan rapper sued for racist Twitter post about country’s genocide Community managed forests protect against climate change, study finds HappyDía de las Culturas (Cultures Day), Columbus Day, Día de la Raza (Race Day, loosely translated), Indigenous Peoples Day, Day of Indigenous Resistance, Day of the Americas or whatever you may call Oct. 12.It is, perhaps, the most disputed holiday — by the largest number of nations and people — in the world.In Costa Rica, where Oct. 12 is officially Cultures Day, banks, government offices, schools and some private businesses will be closed. But few celebrations are planned.School children were supposed to dress up last Friday in the traditional garb of one of Costa Rica’s many cultures. Some did, some didn’t.Still, we have made progress from the days, at least in the U.S., where school kids dutifully colored cutouts of the Nina (actually la Niña), Pinta and Santa María and came away thinking that Columbus was an undisputed hero. Among the educational Columbus Day resources suggested by the National Education Association, the teachers labor union, are an essay by the American Indian Movement’s Russell Means and Glenn Morris on why Columbus Day should not be celebrated.The Associated Press noted that more and more U.S. cities this year are recognizing Oct. 12 as Indigenous Peoples Day along with Columbus Day, thanks to a concerted push by Native American activists.In Costa Rica, the legislature changed Oct. 12 from Día del Descubrimiento y de la Raza (Day of the Discovery [of the Americas] and Race) to Cultures Day in 1994. When the former was declared a national holiday, in 1968, the legislature said the holiday should commemorate “the spiritual community that links the nations of Latin America, the ties of a single religious faith [Catholic], the same historical and cultural traditions, common biological roots and identical aims of defending Christian civilization….” Ehem.The 1994 law, on the other hand, says the day should “extol the pluricultural, multiethnic character of the people of Costa Rica.” (The nation’s constitution was changed in August to recognize that pluricultural, multiethnic character.) The law also says the day will commemorate the historic arrival in the Americas of Christopher Columbus. It goes on:The indigenous, European, African and Asian values that make up the idiosyncrasy of Costa Rica will be exalted in the commemorative acts of Cultures Day. We will remember, on this day, the historical and cultural ties that bind the nations of Latin America. We will also stimulate the recovery of the aforementioned values.Seems like a good start.Suggested reading: Latino Rebels has published several interesting articles about Oct. 12 this year, including pro-Columbus Day and anti-Columbus Day op-eds, as well as an interview with Chilean hiphop star Ana Tijoux (along with clips of her excellent music).  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Read More →

Huntsmans Departure Highlights Politics of Housing Finance

first_img Agents & Brokers Barack Obama Confidence Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Fannie Mae FBR Capital Markets Freddie Mac House Financial Services Committee Housing Affordability Investment Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders National Association of Realtors Processing Refinance Richard Cordray Service Providers The Cato Institute 2012-01-16 Ryan Schuette in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing January 16, 2012 417 Views And then there were five. [IMAGE]Republican presidential hopeful and former Utah Gov. “”Jon Huntsman””:http://jon2012.com/ threw his support Monday behind frontrunner and former Massachusetts Gov. “”Mitt Romney””:http://www.mittromney.com/, calling for American energy independence, education reform, and protection from future bailouts. Veterans, young people, even ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£complete strangers├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø received their share of thanks from the exiting candidate in a farewell statement.Not unlike his fellow candidates ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô or the incumbent himself ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô Huntsman left out any mention of housing finance reform and homeowners as issues for voters in the 2012 general election.Of the Republican candidates left standing, few have taken a new stand on the housing issue. Romney offered his support for a foreclosure freefall last fall in an “”interview””:http://www.lvrj.com/multimedia/Five-questions-with-Mitt-Romney-132028338.html with The Las Vegas Review-Journal. The Hill “”reports””:http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/1091-housing/204163-overhaul-of-fannie-mae-and-freddie-mac-unlikely-this-year that former House Speaker “”Newt Gingrich””:http://www.newt.org/ more recently renewed calls to remove “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ from the mortgage marketplace.President “”Barack Obama””:http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama stepped up housing proposals in recent months, spearheading a new version of the Home Affordable Refinance Program and recess appointing Richard Cordray director of the “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/. But critics suggest these stabs at issues miss a meaningful need for cohesive policy.Paul Miller, managing director with “”FBR Capital Markets””:http://www.fbr.com/, says that ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£the Obama administration is quite content to use this crisis to bash the banks for his political gain.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ØHe cites a ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£vacuum in housing finance├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø that forces various housing programs and incentives to ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£work against each other,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø adding that the United States needs ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£a consolidated housing finance policy.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ØOthers suggest housing finance policy reform will likely fade as much as Afghanistan and Iraq in public imagination as Election Day nears.””Mechele Dickerson””:http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/amd844/, chair of bankruptcy law and policy at the “”University of Texas””:http://www.utexas.edu/ Law School, says it is ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£not politically feasible├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø for candidates to attempt a meaningful conversation with voters about housing finance this year.[COLUMN_BREAK]├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£I can├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ót think of any way you can come up with a long-term sustainable policy that won├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ót gore a number of valuable livestock,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø she adds, a reference to any number of special interests and political action committees at play for candidates in 2012.Recent polls suggest that the political will exists to make housing finance policy a platform issue. In December a “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ poll found that one-third of likely voters wanted to hear more about housing solutions from presidential candidates.The “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.com/ (NAHB) conducted another poll in early January that found three out of four likely voters agree that it is ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£appropriate and reasonable├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø for the federal government to support homeownership with tax incentives. Of these respondents, 84 percent identified as Democrats; 71 percent, as independents; and another 71 percent, as Republicans.In the same poll, a full 73 percent of voters disagreed with any endeavor to eliminate the mortgage interest rate deduction, with 68 percent vowing to oppose any candidate for public office who proposes to abolish it.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£Those running for office in November need to understand that voters will not look kindly on any candidates who seek to dismantle the nation├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós long-term commitment to homeownership,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø Bob Nielsen, NAHB president and a Reno-based homebuilder, said in a related statement.””Mark Calabria””:http://www.cato.org/people/mark-calabria, director of financial regulation studies at the conservative-leaning “”Cato Institute””:http://www.cato.org, casts doubt on the accuracy of such polls.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£Their questions tend to be loaded,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø he says, adding that some interest groups may try to ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£spin poll results├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø to curry favor for their policy initiatives.He also suggests that candidates may not feel the need to address issues involving housing finance, since of the nation├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós four hardest-hit states ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô Arizona, California, Florida, and Nevada ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô only the Sunshine State is a swing state. Party affiliation alone would likely help candidates bag the others in general election.Dickerson says this is a missed opportunity for meaningful reform.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£What is frustrating to me is that we have this moment where we clearly have a housing crisis and we haven├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ót seen very many creative proposals to get us out of it,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø she says. ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£Historically, we├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬óve always seen innovation to address our crises.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ØWith Huntsman now gone, GOP candidates include Gingrich, Romney, Texas Gov. “”Rick Perry””:http://www.rickperry.org/, former Sen. “”Rick Santorum””:http://www.ricksantorum.com/ (R-Pennsylvania), and Rep. “”Ron Paul””:http://www.ronpaul2012.com/ (R-Texas). The next Republican primary will take place Saturday.center_img Share Huntsman’s Departure Highlights Politics of Housing Financelast_img read more

Read More →

Chile declares agricultural emergency in droughtr

first_img Chile declares agricultural emergency in drought-r … You might also be interested in “As the industry’s trade association, we are looking to build stronger links with colleges and universities in the UK to attract high-quality people with a range of interests and skills to a diverse industry,” he explains.Although the FPC already works closely with a number of colleges and universities across the country, its new objective aims to go further. Indeed, there is an additional exciting plan in the pipeline at the FPC, although Jenney is unable as yet to comment on the details.“This is about promoting awareness and knowledge about the transferrable information and skills that students can take from their academic careers into a practical application in the fresh produce industry.“We want to highlight that fresh produce is a rapidly changing and dynamic industry that has a range of opportunities to fit everyone’s interests; whether that’s engineering, agronomy, specialist IT and much more.“There is different set of skills that is required that goes beyond the supply of labour needed for harvesting or working in packhouses.”On that note, later this year the FPC plans to organise an event highlighting the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics in the produce business.“This event is about promoting awareness in the industry about what AI and robotics can do for your business because the opportunity is closer than we all think,” Jenney says. “Although we have an ongoing and serious challenge for some time to come in terms of labour and availability, meeting that challenge will require us to adopt these technologies as rapidly as possible.”Widely recognised as the voice of the UK industry, the FPC plays a unique and crucial role in creating opportunities, defending livelihoods and supporting the growth of its more than 680 members’ businesses.With that in mind, the FPC is once again headline sponsoring The Fresh Careers Fair next month – the specialist recruitment event for the fresh food and drink industry.“Our commitment to support The Fresh Careers Fair in our view is a key part of the FPC’s aim to ensure that young people are attracted to the fresh produce industry, and, ultimately, that they enjoy a fantastic and long career in the sector,” Jenney explains. The FPC will participate as an exhibitor at the show where Jenney and two other FPC team members, Jenny Palmer and Cristina Melenchon, will meet and chat with the students and job seekers in attendance to explain the diverse career options available across the fresh produce, cut flower and pot plant sectors.On top of that, Jenney will take part as a fresh produce panelist in a ‘Dragon’s Den’-style competition that will give the young attendees at the fair a chance to practise their interview technique, and to pitch their career ideas to a panel of industry experts.“I’ve been privileged to be invited to participate as a dragon for the past three years, and I’ve always been extremely impressed by the quality of students, as well as their commitment and ability at such a young age,” he notes. “The students I’ve spoken to have been excellent.”The Fresh Careers Fair is the annual recruitment event for the fresh produce, retail, foodservice and hospitality sectors.The 2019 edition takes place on 13 March at the Business Design Centre in north London. For more information, email: joinus@freshcareersfair.co.uk March 06 , 2019 From the pages of Produce Business UKThe Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) is working to build a stronger relationship with the next generations of talent in the UK in a bid to ensure that career starters, whatever their skills or interests, are aware of the diverse and rewarding opportunities offered by the fresh produce industry. Ahead of the FPC’s sponsorship of The Fresh Careers Fair 2019 this month, CEO Nigel Jenney gives PBUK a sneak peek into the new recruitment initiatives being rolled out by the UK’s fresh produce trade association.“The FPC wants fresh produce to become the sector of choice for students in the future,” Jenney reveals. “With the current challenges commercially and surrounding Brexit, on behalf of the industry we are looking to ensure that youngsters fully understand the fantastic opportunities and job prospects presented by the fresh produce industry for a very broad range of skills.”From the get-go, Jenney points out that quite often students and graduates are not truly aware of the diverse range of employment opportunities within the fresh fruit and vegetable trade. “When I’ve spoken with students in the past, there is a level of ‘Wow, I didn’t realise the breadth of opportunity in the food sector, in general’,” he points out. “We want students to know that the fresh produce trade presents an opportunity to use those skills and interests they never thought would apply to the fresh food industry.” Although Jenney accepts the outlook for the trade is not without its difficulties, he remains resolute about the positive prospects that working in produce has to offer youngsters, which is why they need to be aware of the possibilities as they begin to deliberate their career path.“It’s imperative for any business in any sector to have succession planning in place, and to be attractive to the younger age profile. But I think we face a challenge [in produce]; in recent years, there have been other businesses that have been considered to be more attractive. “The industry is committed to its ongoing expectation of securing talented people from around the world, although Brexit may make that a little more difficult. The whole fresh produce sector is very keen to attract new, committed and dynamic individuals into their businesses.“Companies want to attract those young individuals that will be their business leaders of the future. But it’s a challenge for all businesses, and it’s up to those individual businesses how they present their opportunities to potential employees, and how they can offer a modern working environment to develop employees’ skills and knowledge.”Just as society is adapting to the increasingly digital age, so too the produce industry is undergoing continuing shifts to modernise and remain at the forefront. This is presenting exciting and wide-ranging job prospects for both new and existing roles of which youngsters may not be aware. “We are a very dynamic and globally based industry,” Jenney explains. “There is an opportunity for young individuals to develop and progress no matter what their particular skills and interests are, which I think is highly unusual. You may choose to move to another company, but you will still be working in the global food sector.“I don’t think there is anything more rewarding than working in a business that is highly dynamic and one that is producing great food in an ethically and sustainable environment. It’s very much an environment in which many young people would wish to work at this moment in time.”Strengthening educational tiesTo that end, the FPC is focusing on building a stronger relationship with the very institutions in the UK that are responsible for educating and nurturing future generations of talent.center_img The U.S. says it will refuse conditions on tariff … Australia expects bumper avocado crop, plans expor … New table grape varieties lifting sales and boosti …last_img read more

Read More →