Leonardo DiCaprio Visits Indonesias Leuser Ecosystem

first_imgLeonardo DiCaprio has been in Indonesia lately, visiting Leuser Ecosystem – one of the most important areas of intact rainforests left in Southeast Asia and home to critically endangered Sumatran orangutans.Leonardo DiCaprio Meets A Sumatran Orangutan In Indonesia’s Leuser EcosystemCredit/Copyright: FacebookWhile there, he has been finding how Palm Oil is destroying the habitat, and raising awareness of the problem of deforestation.Dicaprio also visited Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)’s Orangutan Quarantine Center, where rescued orangutans are rehabilitated so they can be released back into the wild.Leonardo DiCaprio Visits Forest Nature and Environment AcehCredit/Copyright: FacebookAs well as being home to orangutans, the lowland rainforests of Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem are considered “the world’s best remaining habitat for the critically endangered Sumatran elephant. In these forests, ancient elephant migratory paths are still used by some of the last wild herds of Sumatran elephants. But the expansion of ‪#‎PalmOil‬ plantations is fragmenting the forest and cutting off key elephant migratory corridors, making it more difficult for elephant families to find adequate sources of food and water.”To find out more about Leonardo’s trip, click here.Source:Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation via Facebooklast_img read more

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Alberta wildfires force thousands to flee northern First Nations

first_imgBrandi MorinAPTN National NewsDozens of out of control wildfires have forced the mandatory evacuation of more than 3,000 people from their homes in northern Alberta.The Bigstone Cree Nation (BCN) located near Lake Wabasca 320 kilometres north of Edmonton stated in a release Tuesday that the fire was started by a burning vehicle last Saturday on the reserve transfer site.Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development ordered the evacuation of the BCN and Wabasca starting last Sunday.The Municipal District of Opportunity established reception centers for all evacuees in the Hamlet of Calling Lake and the County of Athabasca.“The MD and Bigstone Cree Nation are very grateful for offers of assistance from the public and outside agencies,” read the statement.“At this time, the evacuees are supplied with necessities and the Wabasca and BCN Fire Department are well supplied with equipment and manpower. Provincial agencies and an animal welfare agency are also on scene.”The RCMP has approximately 50 members on scene to secure the community.BCN resident Nicole Auger fled the community with four members of her family, including her sister who is pregnant and her aunt who has liver and kidney issues.At the time they left, the Red Cross was not yet set up in nearby evacuation sites to accommodate their needs.The BCN sent them to stay at a hotel in Edmonton.“It’s all very tiring and surreal,” she said of suddenly packing up and leaving home.Augers father stayed behind, and told her over the phone that the smoke in Wabasca is not very prevalent yet.“He’s kind of being stubborn and won’t leave. But he said you can’t see the fire. ” she said.According to the release from the province of Alberta, a total of 3,750 Wabasca hamlet and reserve residents are registered as evacuees.Last night 630 people were housed in reception centres in Calling Lake and Athabasca and another 400 people are either camping in Calling Lake or staying with family and friends there. Approximately 100 people with special needs are being lodged in hotels as far away as Westlock.On Tuesday the Friendship Centre in Slave Lake, home to the 2011 tragic fires that wiped out over a 1/3 of the town, opened its doors to evacuees.Alberta Government wildfire information officer, Geoffery Driscoll said that wildfires are a natural part of Alberta’s landscape and something that happens all the time.On average the province sees about 1,500 wildfires a year and the north is no stranger to them.The main cause of wildfires are from lightning and overly dry conditions.“We can’t do much about the fires that we’re going to have to fight, there’s no choice there,” said Driscoll.However, it’s the human caused fires that could be prevented that end up causing an extra burden for firefighters.On Monday the government enacted a province wide open-fire ban. This type of ban was last implemented in 2011 during the disastrous Slave Lake fire.About 40 fighters as well as helicopters, air tankers and heavy equipment are working around the clock to contain the fire near Wabasca.“The fire that’s near Wabasca and the Bigstone Cree Nation hasn’t grown much in the past day thanks in part to the work of firefighters in that area. They’ve been able to get in front of it and put a fire guard around most of that fire. It’s still considered out of control, but we’re going to see what happens in the warmth of the day and see if the firefighters can continue to contain that fire,” said Driscoll.There are currently about 60 fires burning across Alberta, 50 of which were started just last night by lightning, 19 of them are listed as out of control.Today the Alberta government’s provincial operations center in Edmonton opened in response to the out of control wildfires.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

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Eagle feathers now recognized by Nova Scotia courts and can be used to

first_imgAngel MooreAPTN NewThe Nova Scotia courts took a step towards reconciliation Thursday as Indigenous people attending court now have the option to take legal affirmation with a sacred eagle feather.Sacred feathers were presented to the court by members of the Mi’kmaq community at a ceremony that was attended by chiefs, Elders  and Nova Scotia chief justices.Chief Leroy Denny of Eskasoni First Nation said it is a good step to reconciliation, inclusion, and to practice ceremony besides the bible.“Sometimes the power of the feather, they know our creator doesn’t judge them, and it helps them from the start. It helps them tell their truth,” said Denny.The feather can be held or placed in front of a person while testifying. They are also allowed to bring their own feather with them.Chief Rod Googoo of Waycobah First Nation said he is glad the courts are incorporating Mi’kmaq beliefs and teachings.“Now we don’t feel like we are isolated, intimidated. Now our people will feel a sense of belonging, not an outsider coming in,” said Googoo.Nova Scotia Chief Justice Michael MacDonald said the colonial system has problems and it’s time to look at the Mi’kmaq approach to justice.“They have a strong sense of community, respect for elders, and a restorative justice approach that we can learn from,” said MacDonald.The implementation of the eagle feather is part of the process of the Nova Scotia courts to be more inclusive and relevant to the Indigenous community.“It is a proud day to bring the sacred eagle feather for people to come to court and tell their truth,” said MacDonald.The sacred eagle feathers were on display at the ceremony, in custom holders made by Elder Lorraine Whitman of Glooscap First Nation.“I did not expect to make 33 eagle feather holders for the courts of Nova Scotia,” said Whitman.The handmade holders represent justice, people, and tradition. They are designed to keep the feathers protected.“The colors represent the robes of the judge and the justice, the ribbons represent all people, yellow, black, red and white, so anyone can use it,” said Whitman.Each holder has a tiny pouch with sacred medicines and representations of all the elements; earth, water, fire, and air.Chief Deborah Robinson of Acadia First Nation said the feather is a reassurance of fairness and recognition of culture and the deep spiritual connection.“When you can experience that within a courtroom under even the most stressful times, when you need that reassurance, it brings comfort and a sense of calmness and acceptance,” said Robinson.The feathers will be kept in a locked secure area at night and weekends and are made available to the courtrooms during the day, upon request.Eagle feathers are also used in Ontario courts.The feather is available to anyone who is appearing before the court.amoore@aptn.ca@angelharksenlast_img read more

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Mississippi utility inks deal on troubled 75B power plant

first_imgJACKSON, Miss. – Regulators have reached a settlement with Mississippi Power Co. on how much customers should pay for a troubled $7.5 billion power plant once touted as a model for the future of coal. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. is agreeing to lower the price tag on its Kemper County power plant by $85 million, its second round of concessions in the last two weeks, after shareholders earlier absorbed $6 billion in losses.Virden Jones, executive director of the state Public Utilities Staff, said the final parties signed the deal Friday. It was hammered out at the last minute before rate hearings were scheduled to begin Monday. Those hearings will now be postponed to allow people to comment on the plan, with the Public Service Commission likely to decide on the new plan in January.“I think it’s going to save everyone a lot of time and money and give the company a chance to move on,” said Commissioner Cecil Brown, a Democrat representing the central third of the state.The move means residential customers could soon pay about $1 less per month than they’re currently paying for the part of the power plant that burns natural gas.The $85 million cut in the plant’s price tag, to $853 million, will push down the amount of money the company collects from retail customers next year to $112.6 million.“This agreement represents significant compromise from all parties involved, but is an important step to settle all costs remaining on the Kemper project,” Mississippi Power President Anthony Wilson said in a statement.Customers will eventually see their payments for Kemper fall even more, as Mississippi Power had already agreed late last month in a deal with Chevron Corp. and other large customers to pay off some costs over eight years, instead of stretching them out over 20. Cutting that payoff period is worth tens of millions of dollars to customers over time. The company also agreed in that earlier deal to forgo more than $50 million in other costs.The agreement will likely cap a project that one of the nation’s largest utilities launched with the much-hyped promise of burning coal more cleanly while capturing climate-warming carbon dioxide. But Kemper’s price ballooned from $2.9 billion originally. The project was dogged by delays and court challenges, and the company never made the first-of-its-kind technology run reliably. Ultimately, political support for Kemper failed, after elections produced a three-member Mississippi Public Service Commission which united in May to tell the company to pull the plug on coal gasification.Instead, Kemper will keep making electricity by burning natural gas and its 189,000 customers from Meridian to the Gulf Coast aren’t supposed to pay for the gasifier’s costs.Mississippi Power had once warned of a total rate increase of up to 40 per cent, and customers have been paying 15 per cent higher rates since 2015 for the part of the plant that burns natural gas, plus associated infrastructure. Friday’s settlement, if approved, would mean a slight monthly decrease in those rates.“It’s a direct result of commission leadership,” Public Service Commission Chairman Brandon Presley, a Democrat representing the northern third of the state. “A year ago, I don’t think anyone would have talked about stable rates or a rate decrease when you’re mentioning Kemper.”The announcement comes after the commission said Tuesday that for legal reasons it would delay a final decision for months more if the company couldn’t reach a deal with the staff, a separate agency which advises commissioners. With debt rating agencies calling for certainty, that further delay ratcheted up the pressure on Mississippi Power.Mississippi Power had faced opponents who wanted it to get even less than it will collect, estimating a built-from-scratch natural-gas plant would cost less than $600 million.They note that Mississippi Power’s rates are still high compared to neighbouring utilities. Last year, Mississippi Power charged residential customers 50 per cent more for electricity than Entergy Mississippi, the state’s other privately-owned electric supplier, according to U.S. Energy Department data.Also Friday, Southern said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has ended its securities fraud investigation into whether the utility misled investors about progress at Kemper and won’t recommend any enforcement action. The company still faces lawsuits from shareholders, a former employee and a former business partner over claims that Southern lied about problems at the plant, concealing delays and overruns.___Follow Jeff Amy on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jeffamy . Read his work at https://www.apnews.com/search/Jeff_Amy .last_img read more

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Door to IsraeliPalestinian peace must stay open Ban tells Arab leaders

“If the door to peace closes, it will be very hard to reopen,” Mr. Ban cautioned in a message to the Arab League summit in Sirte, Libya.“There is no alternative to a negotiated settlement resulting in the creation of an independent and viable State of Palestine living side by side with the State of Israel in peace and security. Let us reaffirm our common commitment to this goal, and work together to achieve it in the year ahead.”In his message, delivered by UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry, the Secretary-General recalled the resolve shown by President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when they met last month in Washington.Meeting for the first face-to-face talks in 19 months, the two leaders agreed to work towards an historic Israeli-Palestinian agreement on all permanent status issues within a year.Welcoming the resumed negotiations, the diplomatic Quartet – comprising the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States – reiterated its call on Israel and the Palestinians to promote an environment conducive to progress, including by refraining from provocative actions and inflammatory rhetoric. Mr. Ban said today that the continuation and expansion of settlement building in the West Bank is contrary to international law and the Road Map, the internationally approved plan for a two-State solution in which Israel and the Palestinians can live side by side in peace and security.“Moreover, the expiry of Israel’s ten-month partial settlement moratorium, without anything in place to preserve an atmosphere for successful negotiations, has created a major obstacle to progress,” he added. The Secretary-General has repeatedly urged Israel to restore the settlement moratorium, most recently at his monthly press conference at UN Headquarters last Wednesday, during which he also stressed that negotiations should move forward intensively, focused on resolving core issues – “not talks for the sake of talks.” 9 October 2010Recently revived efforts to resolve the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict must not falter, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today, calling for statesmanship and wisdom by all to keep the peace process moving forward. read more

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Ohio State mens basketballs upset bid vs No 8 Maryland comes up

OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) carries the ball during a game against Maryland on Jan. 31 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 61-66. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorIf the goal was to improve upon its 35-point loss the last time the Ohio State men’s basketball team took on Maryland, Sunday’s tight matinee affair at the Schottenstein Center could be considered a sort of victory.But with the need for signature wins at an all-time high as its NCAA tournament hopes vanish further and further into the rearview mirror, OSU (14-9, 6-4) is in no position to pick up “sort of victories.” It needs all the real victories it can get, one of which it failed to achieve against the No. 8 Terrapins (19-3, 8-2) on Sunday despite a strong effort against one of the nation’s better teams, falling 66-61.“I’ve never been a big fan of moral victories,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “…You’ve got to find some positives, but we had a chance to win the basketball game.”A strong beginning to the game quickly devolved into an immense struggle to put the ball in the hoop, as the Buckeyes missed 27 of the final 37 shots they took in the game, shooting 35.1 percent overall. Maryland also struggled from the field, particularly in the second half, shooting 30 percent over the final 20 minutes.“We just came out with more energy, more effort, we put it all on the line,” OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “Just there at the end we came up short. Also credit to Maryland, they made some big-time shots down the stretch.”The game began at a torrid offensive pace for both teams, with 31 combined points being scored in the first seven minutes. The Buckeyes did much of their damage from the outside, knocking down each of their first three 3-point attempts and receiving a very quick 10 points from Tate.But OSU knew well not to put too much stock in the early happenings against the Terrapins. On Jan. 16 in College Park, Maryland, OSU trailed by just two points at the 11:42 mark and went on to lose 100-65. On Sunday, it was OSU holding the slim two-point lead at that time, hoping to hold off a similar Maryland onslaught.But the Buckeyes went ice cold from that point, hitting just one of their next nine field-goal attempts. Fortunately for the home crowd of 16,592 at the Schottenstein Center, Maryland failed to completely take advantage, only managing to grab a lead as high as six points, which was the 37-31 score at the half.As has been a recurring theme this season, OSU managed to leave a good deal of points at the free-throw line in the first half, shooting just 6-of-11. Those misses came at an inopportune time for the Buckeyes, as all five happened during OSU’s 1-of-12 shooting stretch to end the half. OSU made just three of its eight free throws during that time.“I was very upset at halftime, just with the way we closed out the first half,” Matta said.Tate led OSU with 10 points in the first 20 minutes, though all of them came within the first seven minutes of the game. Freshman guard A.J. Harris and sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop chipped in six points apiece.It was a more balanced effort in the first half for Maryland, which has five points averaging double-figure scoring this season. Senior forward Jake Layman led all first-half scorers with 12 points, while sophomore guard Melo Trimble had nine points and junior forward Robert Carter Jr. and freshman center Diamond Stone each had eight.The Buckeyes shot just 34.4 percent from the field in the first half, a number almost unthinkable after their 10-of-20 start. Maryland countered at a 50-percent clip, shooting 15-of-30. The Buckeyes were able to hold on in part due to a 7-4 turnover margin and a 10-6 second-chance point advantage.Things did not warm up in the second half, with the Buckeyes missing five of their first six shots. That was balanced out by an equally cold 1-of-7 start to the half for Maryland, as OSU was able to cut the deficit to just two points after a 3-pointer by redshirt sophomore guard Kam Williams.Maryland grew the lead back to five points from there, but a split at the free-throw line followed by a put-back dunk by freshman center Daniel Giddens brought the margin back to two points and rose the home crowd to its feet.A quick Maryland timeout failed to stop the momentum, as a turnover and missed layup gave the Buckeyes a few chances to tie the game or take the lead. OSU was unable to capitalize, however, with a good look at a layup by Tate rolling out.“I definitely thought that going into the last 10 minutes of the game that we had this one,” Tate said. “But give credit to Maryland as a top-five team.”But the Terrapins kept missing the shots and the Buckeyes kept battling, eventually grabbing the lead with seven minutes remaining on an and-1 jumper by junior forward Marc Loving, putting the home team up 49-48.“Give Ohio State a lot of credit, we struggled offensively, they did a nice job defensively, and it kept the game close,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said.But a loose ball foul put Maryland back up by a point, giving it a lead it would not relinquish despite a close score throughout the final minutes of the game. Back-to-back 3-pointers by senior guard Rasheed Sulaimon and Trimble were the back-breakers on the OSU upset bid.“Veteran players make veteran plays,” Matta said. “I thought they did a heck of a job with staying with what they were trying to do, and I thought that was the difference.”Tate didn’t have an easy time scoring after his hot start, but he was a huge factor for the Buckeyes on defense, finishing with a pair of steals and matching up with some of Maryland’s top scorers. He finished with 16 points on just 6-of-18 shooting. He ended the day as the only OSU player in double figures, though Williams added nine points in the second half and Loving also finished with nine.“He’s a great player,” Turgeon said about Tate. “He’s got high energy. He’s a great athlete at the 4 which gives us fits.”Trimble led all scorers with 20 points, followed by Layman’s 16. Layman had a double-double for the Terrapins, adding 10 rebounds.A big difference in the contest came at the charity stripe, where OSU was 14-of-24 while Maryland was 20-of-23. “We were inches away, and those are things we’ve got to continue to — we’ve got to close that gap of that inch,” Matta said.“(Free throws) are the little things, that inch that we have to close down.”OSU is set to continue its Big Ten grind at Wisconsin on Thursday as the calendar flips to February. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Madison. read more

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Ohio State basketball takes a bite out of Gators in 8174 win

A slow start, foul trouble and a nationally-ranked opponent weren’t enough to stop the No. 3 Ohio State men’s basketball team from picking up its second win of the season, as the Buckeyes overcame a slew of obstacles to pick up an 81-74 win against No. 7 Florida at the Schottenstein Center Tuesday night. “That was about as high-powered of a basketball game as you’re going to see at this time of the year,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the game. “For our program, we beat a great basketball team tonight.” The Buckeyes were hindered by a sluggish start, as Florida center Erik Murphy connected on his first three 3-point shot attempts to give the Gators a 14-6 lead. OSU responded with a 7-0 run, but didn’t manage to grab a lead over the Gators until senior guard William Buford’s jumper gave the Buckeyes a 31-29 advantage at the 2:48 mark of the first half. After not attempting a field goal in the first five minutes of the game, OSU sophomore forward Jared Sullinger scored 10 first half points — two of which came from a fade-away baseline jumper as the shot clock expired with less than two minutes remaining in the first half. OSU took a 35-32 advantage into intermission, but not before two personal fouls on sophomore point guard Aaron Craft forced Matta to take out the player who Florida coach Billy Donovan called the key to the game for the remainder of the first half. “He physically beat up our guards. And I’m not saying our guards got fouled,” Donovan said. “Totally within the context of the rules of the game, he physically manhandled our guards.” Craft returned to play the second half, finishing with 13 points, seven assists and two steals. A 9-3 run helped the Buckeyes gain some breathing room in the second half before a third personal foul sent Sullinger to the bench. With their leading scorer out of the game, the Buckeyes extended their lead to as many as 16 points, and were helped by a 3-3 shooting performance from junior forward Evan Ravenel. “That’s what he does in practice, that’s the way he plays,” Sullinger said of Ravenel. “He played really well today.” A late charge by Florida brought the OSU advantage back down to a single-digit lead with a minute remaining in the game, but could never get closer than five points to the Buckeyes, who converted seven of their eight free throw attempts in the final 60 seconds. Freshman guard Bradley Beal led Florida in scoring with 17 points and Murphy and sophomore center Patric Young each scored 14 points for the Gators. Buford finished with a game-high 21-points and pulled down six rebounds for a Buckeye team that for the second consecutive game attempted more than 30 free throws, as OSU went 27-34 from the charity stripe on Tuesday. “We always want to get to the line,” Matta said. “We always want to keep them off of the line as much as we possibly can, but I’m pleased with how we shot them tonight, that’s for sure.” The Buckeyes return to action on Friday when they’ll host Jackson State at 9 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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VIDEO Safari guide drunkenly charges at an elephant and then gets fired

first_imgA SAFARI GUIDE who drunkenly charged at an elephant at a South African reserve where he worked has been fired from his job.A video showing the off-duty guide running at the elephant in the country’s famous Kruger National Park has been viewed more than 250,000 times since it was posted online on Saturday.In the video, the man is seen pausing before running head-on at the elephant. He briefly stops before running even closer, at which point the elephant runs away. The man is then high-fived by one of the people watching him.The man was originally assumed to be a tourist. However in a statement on its Facebook page, Singita Game Reserve, which operates lodges in the giant park, said it had carried out an internal investigation into the video and found that he was an employee.“The guide involved is no longer employed by Singita and further disciplinary procedures are in progress with regard to others involved,” the company said.The company said the elephant was “extremely agitated” by the confrontation before it retreated into the bush.“We cannot stress enough that the behaviour displayed in this video completely contradicts Singita’s guiding ethos and values towards conservation and wildlife preservation,” Singita said.(Video: Kruger Sightings/YouTube)Read: Demand for exotic pets pushes species to brink > Read: Volunteer killed by lion at California zoo >last_img read more

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HTML5 Logo Unveiled

first_imgIt looks a big shield to me. Or maybe something taken from the chest of a superhero (the Fanastic Five*, anyone?). It’s the bold new logo for the bold newish Web standard HTML. The logo has been sent out into the world via the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), as a way of enticing folks to dump the HTML4 and get with the hero.In fact, the organization has a whole page set up for the new logo that looks a bit like the grown up Web nerd version of an activity book, encouraging folks to incorporate it into their site, create their own HTML5 merchandise, and use the Badge Builder 500, which lets you design “your own stunning, customized badge.”Take that, older version of the Web standard!*See: After Jumplast_img read more

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Kellogg going strong: Country singer-songwriter sees career gain steam

first_imgThe local girl who blew audiences away with cover versions of country classics at county fairs and talent shows is all grown up and writing her own songs now.Britnee Kellogg said she was the classic child performer who “was born singing and wearing high heels,” and hit the county fair circuit as early as she could. “I basically grew up on stage, performing,” she said.Her dream of stardom was powered by an unforgettable Johnny and June Carter Cash concert she attended with her grandparents at age 9, she said. “It was that moment when it’s like, ‘I want to do that forever,’ ” Kellogg said. “I took one look and one listen. The connection was immediate.”The dream carried her through graduation from Prairie High School, a trip to Nashville to meet Taylor Swift after winning a “Sing Like Taylor” contest in 2010, and a stint on “American Idol” in 2013. It faltered while she struggled through a too-early marriage that produced two children but didn’t endure, she said.“I wasn’t singing during that time period,” she said. “When I left that marriage, I literally picked up where I left off, and I’ve never looked back.”last_img read more

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Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 More trouble for Prerna new entry to create

first_imgKasautii Zindagii Kay 2instagramArdent fans of Ekta Kapoor’s top-rated show Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 are currently witnessing a high dose of drama as Prerna (Erica Fernandes) married Mr Rishabh Bajaj (Karan Singh Grover) ditching her love Anurag Basu (Parth Samthaan) and leaving the entire Basu family devastated. And to add spice to the ongoing drama, the makers will soon introduce a new face in the form of an antagonist on the show. Senior actress Alka Amin will enter Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 as Mr Bajaj’s aunt, the only person he calls family. A source told Bollywood Life: “Alka signed the show on Tuesday and will play Mr Bajaj’s aunt, who won’t have a soft corner for Prerna.”The senior actress’ entry will further create problems for Prerna. However, this is not the first time the show will witness an antagonist. Earlier, Komolika, played by Hina Khan, had created havoc in Anurag and Prerna’s lives and the recent entry of Bajaj further separated the lovebirds.Meanwhile on the show, Prerna and Mr Bajaj have left for Switzerland for their honeymoon. Heartbroken with the news of Prerna’s marriage, Anurag decides to seek revenge from his ladylove, He faked his his death for his family. As the Basu family mourns their son’s death, Anurag followed Prerna and Bajaj to Switzerland. In the upcoming episodes, the lead pair will have a faceoff in the scenic location where Anurag will try to grab his ladylove by her neck to know the reason for her ditching him. Prerna will act rudely with Anurag in an attempt to make him hate her. Alka Amininstagramlast_img read more

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TDK sees hard drive breakthrough in areal density

first_img(Phys.org)—TDK has realized increased areal density of its hard disk drives. TDK has set a new record, compared to previous areal density at 1Tbit/inch2, with the new stat of increased density to 1.5Tbits/inch2. The point of all this is that TDK can say it will offer 1TB of storage per platter in a 2.5-inch hard drive, and 2TB of storage per platter in a 3.5-inch drive. TDK used a technique that combines platter technology from Japanese firm Showa Denko (Showa Denko Platters) with their refined read-write heads. Showa Denko’s disk platter is based on perpendicular magnetic recording with discrete track recording (DTR) superimposed on it. Fujitsu Develops Optical Element for Thermal Assisted Magnetic Recording Explore further via Tech-on The magnetic head for thermal assist recording. Credit: via Tech-on. More information:center_img Citation: TDK sees hard drive breakthrough in areal density (2012, October 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-tdk-hard-breakthrough-areal-density.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Perpendicular magnetic recording was an idea that languished for many years, says a TDK technology backgrounder, because the complexity of high-density magnetic recording technology stymied commercial development. “This method demands highly sophisticated thin-film process technologies to form microscopic single poles between multiple thin layers. Beyond that, a number of complex issues arise when trying to miniaturize single poles,” said TDK. “One particularly difficult problem is overcoming pole erasure, the deletion of magnetic data due to remanent magnetization at the tip of the pole.”As magnetic head manufacturers, TDK says it is now drawing on nano-level thin-film multilayering and processing technologies that clear the technological hurdles one by one.TDK features a Tunneling Magneto-Resistance (TMR) head , which uses thermal assist recording and a near-light field. (Researchers from Hitachi describe thermally assisted recording as an extension to perpendicular magnetic recording. In thermally-assisted recording, says Hitachi, magnetic grains can be made smaller while still resisting thermal fluctuations at room temperature.) Consumers are to see these hard drives using thermal assisted magnetic heads in 2014. Before that, though, TDK will officially unveil its new hard-drive technology this week at CEATEC Japan 2012. At CEATEC, the company will also show a thermal assist recording method based on near-field light by using an actual HDD supporting the method.A significant side story belongs to Showa Denko, which, among other divisions, engages in hard disk media. Showa Denko also has a confident grasp of the disk drive market: “We expect that demand for hard disk drives (HDDs) will continue to grow by about 10 percent annually. “Hard disk drives for years have been a dominant device for storage of data. Greater capacities and lower prices have kept the hard drive from falling victim to SSD technology. Showa Denko believes HDDs still have nowhere to go but up because of notebook demand, cloud computing, and current requirements for high-capacity servers at data centers, expected to increase. To meet the demand, the company intends to “speedily commercialize the sixth-generation PMR (perpendicular magnetic recording) media, and develop the next-generation SWR (shingled-write recording) media.” © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

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Cheeky marriage equality scarf to be memorialized in history

first_imgPhoto: Facebook via Janet RiceAustralian Senator Janet Rice is the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson. | Photo: Facebook via Janet Rice A ‘fun and cheeky’ piece of Australia’s marriage equality debate is now forever memorialized in history.Greens Senator Janet Rice made headlines last year when she knitted a rainbow scarf in the Senate.In 2017, Australians overwhelmingly voted in favor of same-sex marriage during the country’s postal survey on the issue. But in the months leading up to the survey, debate raged in parliament and across all walks of life.Immigration Minister Peter Dutton famously told influential business leaders to ‘stick to their knitting’ rather than weigh in on the debate. His comments went viral and Senator Rice decided to have some fun with it.‘It was a fun and cheeky way to bring some colour and laughter to a debate that was largely negative and exhausting for a lot of people,’ she told Gay Star News.‘I decided to knit the rainbow scarf in the senate because I wanted to pivot away from Peter Dutton’s negative comments… and not speaking out about equality.’May the record reflect that I absolutely love @janet_rice. pic.twitter.com/nQnx6WU4Nu— Jordan Janssen (@JordanCJanssen) March 20, 2017Rice has now donated that scarf to the Australian Gay and Lesbian Archives (ALGA). ALGA the only community group in Australia that actively collects and preserves LGBTIQ material. Its collection is the largest and most significant collection of Australian LGBTIQ life.Rice donated the scarf to ALGA to preserve the ‘significant moment’ in Australia’s history.‘The campaign to achieve marriage equality in Australia is a significant moment in LGBTIQ history, and it’s important to preserve that history for future generations,’ she said.‘I’m very happy that the scarf and the cheeky moment it represents will be preserved and remembered.’The infamous scarf knitted by Senator Janet Rice. | Photo: Facebook/Australian Lesbian and Gay ArchivesA watershed momentAustralia finally legalized same-sex marriage more than six months ago, but the impact of the postal survey is still keenly felt. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘The postal survey should never have happened. Future generations will look back on that time and be shocked that LGBTIQ communities were put through such a harmful and unnecessary ordeal,’ Rice said.Rice remembered the campaign ‘as a time of incredible resilience’.‘I’ll never forget the passion and dedication of everyone who stepped up to campaign for the ‘yes’ vote,’ she said.Penny Whetton with her wife Australian Greens Senator Janet Rice. | Photo: HRLCBut for ALGA it was also a critical time to keep up with the volumes of content created. Its small team worked tirelessly to ensure its historical preservation. It acquired many significant pieces from the postal survey. One of the key pieces included a copy of the amended Marriage Equality Bill which legalized same-sex marriage.‘The passing of marriage equality law reform was a watershed moment for Australia, placing LGBTIQ rights firmly on the national agenda in a way that hasn’t occurred previously; and bringing to a close more than a decade of divisive campaigning on the issue,’ ALGA’s Nick Henderson told Gay Star News.Preserving marriage equality historyALGA has collected materials concerning the marriage equality debate since 2004. In that year then Prime Minister John Howard changed the Marriage Act to say ‘marriage means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others’. That change sparked the start of the fight for marriage equality in Australia.Australian cross-party Senators who co-sponsored a Private Member’s Bill to legalize same-sex marriage. | Photo: Twitter @janet_riceBut ALGA even has marriage equality materials that date back as far 1847. A British Government convicts report refers to ‘up to 150 couples male couples’ which it described as married.ALGA will make the marriage equality materials available to researchers and exhibit them to the public in the future.‘The campaigning around the plebiscite and survey produced an outpouring of ephemeral material unlike previous campaigns, and collecting the breadth of this material produced across Australia nationally was challenging for our small volunteer-run community archive,’ Henderson said.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Senator wants leftover money from marriage vote to be spent on LGBTI health servicesNeo-Nazi group plasters ‘Happy AIDS Month’ posters around Australian cityAustralians ‘Wear it Purple’ to empower LGBTI youthRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/cheeky-marriage-equality-scarf-to-be-memorialized-in-history/last_img read more

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92 Discount Offer On The KeepSolid VPN Unlimited Lifetime Subscription Is Something

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first_img News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more December 21, 2011 — RealTime Medical featured its latest advancements in cross-platform, automated shared workflow at RSNA 2011. It showed software solutions with applicability to workflow orchestration and remote diagnosis applications, including teleradiology, telecardiology, telepathology, teledermatology and teleophthalmology networks.In collaboration with Accenture, RealTime has deployed its DiaShare software platform in Spain and the U.K., with similar projects also underway in the United States. DiaShare is a cross-platform, automated shared workflow, dynamic workflow assignment and workload balancing platform.The Madrid, Spain implementation spanned eight hospitals and two different picture archiving and communications system (PACS) solutions. The entire deployment was carried out remotely by the RealTime Medical team, and was completed within 2.5 months, including translation of DiaShare into Spanish.The software is compatible with standards-based systems, across any number of PACS, radiology information system/health information system (RIS/HIS) or equivalent infrastructures; it can be applied in radiology, cardiology, pathology, dermatology, and ophthalmology.It dynamically balances and optimizes system-wide image acquisition, exam assignment, workload balancing and distribution. The system also features live coverage and schedule management between exam producers and diagnostic specialists; peer-to-peer and cross-institutional collaboration; and reporting and results management and billing. This makes DiaShare one of the first, functionally complete, end-to-end eDiagnosis solution platforms.An additional software supplement, QAIC, enables advanced, automated quality assurance, improvement and cross-platform/cross-region collaboration workflows; these include over-reads, resident reads, pre-dictation ‘ask a colleague’ and anonymized peer review and feedback, including second/third and fourth reviews.For example, QAIC enables anonymous post-distribution peer review and feedback amongst colleagues who use different native systems; it also supports the proactive, pre-distribution review of the accuracy of diagnostic results before they are reported.For more information: www.realtimemedical.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more Technology | December 21, 2011 RealTime Medical Unveils Enhanced DiaShare Workflow Software Technology | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 FDA Approves Zebra Medical Vision’s HealthPNX AI Chest X-ray Triage Product Zebra Medical Vision has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for HealthPNX, an artificial… read more Technology | Ultrasound Imaging | May 15, 2019 Clarius Releases Clarius Live Ultrasound Telemedicine Solution Clarius Mobile Health released a telemedicine solution called Clarius Live. The simple-to-use feature allows any… read more News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more News | Teleradiology | May 06, 2019 Chipmunk Health Chooses Philips HealthSuite for Telehealth Services Philips announced that telehealth service provider Chipmunk Health, with locations in the Netherlands and Canada, is… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 15, 2019 Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Implements Change Healthcare Enterprise Imaging Change Healthcare successfully implemented its Radiology PACS (picture archiving and communication system), Image… read more News | PACS Accessories | May 28, 2019 Intelerad Showcases Clario SmartWorklist at SIIM 2019 The Clario SmartWorklist intelligently manages picture archiving and communication system (PACS) reading workflow by… read more last_img read more

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Guatemalas Pérez Molina clings to power despite unprecedented pressure to resign

first_imgOtto Perez refuses to resign as Guatemalans declare they “don’t have a President” on twitter http://t.co/Wnx0rwjm2C pic.twitter.com/pCmGNgy5Vt— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) August 24, 2015 Spurred by the news of Baldetti’s arrest, thousands of Guatemalans took to the streets again Saturday to demand the president’s resignation, waving placards that contained references to the “La Línea” scandal and to Pérez Molina’s military past.As the evening fell, demonstrators headed towards the presidential palace, amid rumors that he would hold a press conference announcing his decision to step down. “Coward! Coward!” chanted the crowd. But the much-awaited conference never happened.Finally, last night, a haggard-looking Pérez Molina broke the silence but caused surprise and indignation by stating his innocence and refusing to step down.“The Prosecutor’s Office and CICIG made serious accusations against me and have filed a petition for my impeachment. What’s more, they have accused me of being the ringleader [of La Línea]. I reject such accusations and I deny taking any money from that network,” he said.The evidence gathered by CICIG includes wiretap recordings in which the members of “La Línea” refer to “No. 1,” “el mero mero” (the big chief) and “the owner of the finca.”“We have found close financial ties between the president and the La Línea network,” said CICIG commissioner Iván Velásquez during Friday’s press conference. Velásquez also said that among the key pieces of evidence against Guatemala’s embattled president is a memo specifically addressed to Pérez Molina. GUATEMALA CITY – In a pre-recorded message broadcast to the nation last night, Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina refused to step down in the face of growing evidence of his likely involvement in a massive customs fraud network known as “La Línea.”After former Vice President Roxana Baldetti was arrested Friday on corruption charges, and the U.N.-funded International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) requested that Pérez Molina be stripped of his immunity from prosecution, the almighty private sector lobby, CACIF, held a press conference urging him to step down.Hours later, seven Cabinet ministers with strong ties to the private sector resigned, stating that they felt “let down” by the revelations of his alleged involvement in “La Línea.”Cornered, with no remaining political allies and with his government falling apart at the seams, Pérez Molina’s resignation seemed imminent.See: A whopping 88 percent of Guatemalans disapprove of President Otto Pérez Molina’s job Pérez Molina defies the business eliteDefying the country’s powerful business elite, Pérez Molina said: “I will face this [CICIG’s allegations] and through the due process of law I will prove that I have not been part of this network and that I did not receive ill-gotten gains. … I understand the investigation’s logic, but there is no network. There are two parties involved in this and until now only one has appeared: The party that took the bribes and not the one who paid them, which is undoubtedly deeply rooted in the private sector.”The La Línea case has placed Guatemala’s powerful business elite – which was initially aligned with the Pérez Molina administration – in an awkward predicament. As it became clear that it was impossible for La Línea to operate without the corrupt businesses that were willing to bribe corrupt customs officials in order to benefit from cheaper import duties, CACIF has desperately sought to distance itself from Pérez Molina. Guatemala’s former Vice President Roxana Baldetti, right, sits next to her lawyer Mario Cano during a hearing in court in Guatemala City on Aug. 24, 2015 after being arrested on corruption charges on Friday. Johán Ordóñez/AFPOn May 8, a month after the La Línea scandal hit the headlines, CACIF demanded then-Vice President Baldetti’s resignation and made vague calls for “a crusade against corruption.” Twenty days later, CACIF issued another vague press release in which it warned, “Governance does not depend on the president remaining in power.”Then came a long silence, during which CACIF was criticized for its tepid reaction to the deepest political crisis in the country’s recent political history, until CICIG’s latest revelations of Pérez Molina’s direct involvement in La Línea jolted the business sector into action and finally led its outright call for the president’s resignation. A man holds a sign with pictures of Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina, ex-Vice President Roxana Baldetti and the chief of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, Iván Velásquez. Johán Ordóñez/AFPObservers regard Pérez Molina’s references to “the two parties involved” as a warning to CACIF to stop exerting pressure on his administration lest he should name powerful business actors allegedly involved in La Línea.After Pérez Molina’s televised address to the nation, CACIF’s president, Jorge Briz, branded Pérez Molina’s stance as “insolent and disrespectful.”Finally, although Pérez Molina denies his own involvement in La Línea, he offered the nation an apology for the involvement of some of his closest aides.“The facts are the facts, and although I deny my involvement, I cannot deny that this happened under my administration and involved officials close to me. This forces me to offer the Guatemalan people a public apology from the bottom of my heart,” he said.Pérez Molina’s refusal to step down has incensed Guatemalans who have vented their anger on social media. Pérez Molina “is lethal for our country and for the principles and values of our democracy. He is making a mockery of our dignity. Otto Pérez should resign now. He should face trial! He should even be tried for treason!” wrote Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú on her Facebook account. Memorandum encontrado durante allanamientos en casa de Salvador González. pic.twitter.com/dBuCuGDbio— MP de Guatemala (@MPguatemala) August 21, 2015center_img Guatemala is heading for general elections, scheduled to take place on Sept. 6, in a volatile political climate, amid growing rumors that the president’s address to the nation was deliberately confrontational in an attempt to provoke a coup that could facilitate his escape from the country. Protesters wave Guatemalan flags and a sign reading “I love CICIG” during a demonstration in Guatemala City on Aug. 22, 2015. Johán Ordóñez/AFP Facebook Comments According to CICIG, La Línea’s ringleaders received 61 percent of the kickbacks taken by senior customs officials as part of a parallel payment schedule for customs duties, benefitting corrupt import businesses. The network allegedly pocketed up to $260,000 a week while hospitals and police stations languished, which has enraged Guatemalan taxpayers and has fuelled an unprecedented protest movement.Pérez Molina denied the allegations and lashed out against CICIG by making oblique references to “an interventionist strategy that seeks to take political decisions in this country.”Watch Pérez Molina’s speech (in Spanish): Related posts:Guatemala prosecutor confident President Pérez Molina will be removed from office, charged with graft Update: Judge orders Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina jailed pending corruption hearing In Guatemala, Pérez Molina claims US conspiracy behind corruption prosecution Guatemala ‘La Línea’ ringleader turns himself in, accuses ex-president of directing fraud schemelast_img read more

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Costa Rican Happy Hour 4 No me visto para vos

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican Happy Hour #5: Get your FIA 2018 groove on Costa Rican Happy Hour #6: A music video filmed at the Coca Cola Market Costa Rican Happy Hour #7: The ultimate World Cup playlist 5 questions for Costa Rican pop rock band Los Waldners Costa Rican Friday Happy Hour #2: ‘Malpaís’center_img What better way to end the week than dancing to a happy pop tune, with the joyous electric guitars of Luis Carballo and Daniel Ortuño, the bass rhythm of Gustavo Quirós and Diego Zeledon’s joyful drum beat? That’s what you’ll find yourself doing today while listening to our #CostaRicanHappyHour tune for this week,No me visto para vos (I don’t dress for you) by the Costa Rican independent pop band Los Waldners.The single was released on March 19 and the energetic lyrics of singer Luis Carballo communicate a message of respect toward women by addressing the sexual harassment they experience every day.“This has a lot to do with what I’ve experienced in my life, specifically with my sister, because maybe when you’re a child you have no idea of what’s happening in the world. I always learned through her a bit about harassment, discrimination and inequality. At some point the moment came up with the idea of making this song and that’s were I focused the lyrics,” Carballo told The Tico Times.Listen to the song here:<a href=”http://loswaldners.bandcamp.com/album/no-me-visto-para-vos”>No Me Visto Para Vos by Los Waldners</a>The song transmits a sense of happiness while also creating awareness about a critical issue.“It’s something that clearly we’ve all witnessed. It’s something with which we can feel certain empathy and try to analyze if we’ve ever had some type of attitude… or even try to overcome that fear of talking to our compas [Costa Rican slang for friends] when they’re fighting with those types of attitudes,” guitarist Ortuño told The Tico Times. Singer Luis Carballo (left) and guitarist Daniel Ortuño (right) ready to read our latest print edition at Franco Coffee Shop in Barrio Escalante. Elizabeth Lang / The Tico TimesThe members of Los Waldners have been playing the song live for a while, but did not record it until September 2017, releasing the single on March 19, at a time when speaking out about sexual harassment has become a particularly hot topic on both a national and international level.“[Awareness about sexual harassment] has been awakened by different factors, including [Costa Rica’s] elections and, on an international level, within Hollywood. Some people have raised their voices and suddenly everyone has experienced similar things and have said: ‘Ok, it’s my time because there’s a legitimacy that provides us with a moment [to speak about it],” Carballo mentioned.The group members say they wanted to express their respect toward women at a time in which speaking up for others is a demonstration of love and caring in a divided Costa Rica.“One way or another, it’s a wink to this cause,” Carballo said.No matter what you’re wearing, now’s a good time to crank up your speakers. TGIF.last_img read more

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The Rainforest Alliances response to EU Communication on deforestation

first_imgThe Rainforest Alliance welcomes the renewed commitment from the European Union to reduce deforestation and forest degradation, as stated in the Communication from the European Commission. As one of the most active consumer zones in the world responsible for about 10% of the global impact on tropical forests, the EU is on the right track to halt deforestation through political, financial, and technical support for tropical forested countries. It is the right and just thing to do, and the EU is correct in their assessment that “This is not somebody else’s problem.” If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking Rainforest Alliance response to EU Communication on deforestation As an NGO stakeholder, the Rainforest Alliance provided input to this communique, suggesting the EU should financially, technically, and politically support forested countries in developing or enforcing tenure policy and forest governance. The Rainforest Alliance also called for strengthened traceability and transparency. Seeing many of our suggestions in the text, as well as references to a Rainforest Alliance program, we are pleased the Commission has taken on stakeholder input and commend the EU for pushing forward its agenda to halt deforestation and forest degradation.“This is an important step, but it is only one step towards the comprehensive action we need to see,” said Han de Groot, CEO of the Rainforest Alliance. “The EU must energize and empower its constituents to translate these commitments into concrete action. No less than the fate of the world’s forests is at stake.”“Deforestation and forest degradation are driven, at least in part, by consumption habits in developed countries, many of which are in the EU,” said Henriette Walz, Deforestation Lead for the Rainforest Alliance. “The EU correctly identifies changing agricultural consumption patterns and partnering with producing countries to improve forest governance as tackling the root caused to deforestation. Both transparency on voluntary no-deforestation commitments and exploring regulatory measures are key steps to driving out deforestation from the EU imports by 2030. The Rainforest Alliance is ready to assist companies and government in making their commitments a reality.”The Rainforest Alliance is a key member of the consortium of NGOs that developed the Accountability Framework, referenced by the EU as an example of an initiative for forest and supply chain transparency (p. 5). The Accountability Framework provides guidance to companies with no-deforestation commitments. One of the recommendations of the AFi is the inclusion of all ecosystems in commitments. The Commission plans to develop a framework for improved transparency on voluntary commitments which should consider all ecosystems, not only forests. Read more about the Accountability Framework.The Commission calls for rigorous certification and verification of supply chains, a sector in which the Rainforest Alliance has been a leader for more than 30 years. Read more about Rainforest Alliance certification.The Commission plans to promote sustainable productivity, agro-ecology, agroforestry, and forest landscape restoration to avoid future deforestation. Read more about the Rainforest Alliance stance on agroforestry and restoration.More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home The Communication outlines five priorities with a comprehensive set of actions. We particularly welcome the exploration of further regulatory measures on imported deforestation, establishment of a new multi-stakeholder platform on deforestation and forest degradation and the focus on partnering with producer countries to scale up improved land governance.  As the host of one of the largest certification systems, we also welcome the framework for increased transparency on voluntary commitments. It is now up to the new Commission to make sure this momentum is realized.last_img read more

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Best Ever May for Abu Dhabi hotels

first_imgOccupancy rates also increased by seven percent in May to 67 percent, while total revenues jumped 22 percent to AED439.5 million. “While there is still much to be done, the results suggest we are on the right track,” Mr Al Muhairi explained. Up to 232,650 guests checked-in to the emirate destination’s properties during the month, accounting for 716,041 guest nights, which is up 32 percent on the month-to-month comparison. To date, 1.1 million guests have stayed in the emirate’s hotels this year, a 12 percent increase on the first five months of 2012. Source = ETB News: NJcenter_img Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority director general HE Mubarak Al Muhairi said results were “extremely heartening” and signified the group’s campaign to attract travelers was working. Abu Dhabi hoteliers experienced their ‘Best Ever’ May results this year, with a 21 percent increase in guests compared to the same month last year. Record results for Abu Dhabi’s 146 hotels and hotel apartments. Image: commons.wikimedialast_img read more

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The Material Costs of Building a Home

first_img Share The Material Costs of Building a Home 18 days ago 324 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Originationcenter_img The latest Producer Price Index (PPI) shows that the prices paid for materials used in residential construction decreased 1.1% in June, breaking a four-month trend of increases. The decrease in the PPI, released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), is only the fifth time in the past two years where home prices fell. Prices for building materials have decreased 1.6% year-over-year, and June 2019’s decline is stark contrast from June 2017 to June 2018 when prices grew 8.8%.Softwood lumber prices decreased by 1.7% in June, which is the third-consecutive month of declines. Prices for softwood lumber remain at their lowest levels since February 2017. Also seeing declines in June were prices for lumber and plywood, which fell 2.3%. Prices paid for softwood lumber and lumber, and plywood have decreased 23.1% and 17.6%, respectively, year-over-year. Gypsum products also saw their prices drop in June, falling 1.9%. Prices for gypsum products have increased two in the past 10 months.The only building material to see increase was concrete, which grew 1.2% in June. Prices for concrete have grown by more than 1% in two of the past three months. A report by the NAHB in June stated that tariffs on $10 billion worth of building materials, along with regulatory costs, the shortage of construction workers, and concerns over housing finance have impact housing affordability. According to the report, regulations account for 25% of the price of a single-family home, and 30% of the cost of a multi-family development.“Removing regulatory barriers that contribute to the increased costs of housing will pave the way to homeownership,” said NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde, a builder and developer from Torrington, Connecticut. “Home builders and the residential construction community are committed to working with Congress to ensure homeownership is within reach of hard working families.”Home buyers stated in an NAHB analysis that high home prices remain a barrier to homeownership. Seventy-eight percent of buyers estimated they could afford fewer than half of the homes for sale in their markets. The NAHB states 53% of buyers seeking a home in Q1 2019 have been searching for three months or longer. National Association of Home Builders Single Family Housing Handbook 2019-07-15 Mike Albaneselast_img read more

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