In rhino country, a division to boost conservation efficiency

first_imgIn about a week’s time, an entire forest division in Assam will start moving 160 km northeast. The one-horned rhino of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) is the reason for this “long march”.On August 14, Assam’s Environment and Forest Department issued a notification saying the KNP had been split into two divisions — the existing Eastern Assam Wildlife and the new Biswanath Wildlife — for “intensive wildlife management”.The Brahmaputra separates the two divisions straddling a total area of 1,030 Kaziranga had an area of only 232 sq.m when it began its journey as a proposed reserve forest on June 1, 1905.The KNP officials said the creation of the Biswanath Wildlife Division, with headquarters at Biswanath Chariali in northeastern Assam, will entail relocating the Central Assam Afforestation Division at Hojai 160 km away. In fact, the afforestation division has been renamed a wildlife division.All these years, the KNP was being administered by the Eastern Assam Wildlife Division with headquarters at Bokakhat on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra. This division was formed in 1966, two years before the State government designated Kaziranga a national park, though it was given the official status in 1974.The Eastern Assam Wildlife Division had five ranges — Eastern or Agratoli, Kaziranga or Kohora, Western or Bagori, Burapahar and Northern — until the split. All except the Northern Range are on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra.Now, the Northern Range, with an area of 401, has been upgraded to the Biswanath Wildlife Division with four ranges of its own — Eastern or Gamiri, Central or Biswanath Ghat, Western or Nagshankar and Crime Investigation Range.“Much of the rhino poaching was being done from the northern side of the Brahmaputra, which was difficult to manage for officers posted on the southern side. Splitting the KNP into two divisions means there will now be two divisional forest officers under one director (based in Bokakhat near the Agratoli range), ensuring better vigil,” Assam’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forest N.K. Vasu told The Hindu.“We will start moving to Biswanath in six or seven days. Not all the officers and staff of the division to be shifted might be suited for wildlife protection, so there could be transfers. But at the end, Kaziranga will now have many more hands,” he said. He could not provide an estimate of the number of people to be shifted to Kaziranga.The KNP, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, currently has a staff strength of nearly 1,300. Wildlife officials estimate that the park would require at least 3,000 men if they were to be deployed in eight-hour shifts.Between 2015 and February this year, 74 rhinos fell to poachers in Assam. Many of these rhinos were from the KNP, though there have been fewer cases of poaching since 2017.According to the last rhino census in March, the KNP has an estimated 2,413 rhinos. The park also has 57% of the world’s wild water buffalo population, one of the largest groups of Asian elephants and 21 Royal Bengal tigers per 100 – arguably the highest striped cat density.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from France

first_imgKarim Benzema and Franck Ribery will be crucial for France in the World CupSeveral members of the France team that went on strike in training four years ago will be at the World Cup in Brazil, including mainstays Franck Ribery and Hugo Lloris.But France coach Didier Deschamps has freshened up an aging squad and youngsters like 21-year-old Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba will be eager to make an impression on the world stage.Karim Benzema, who was left out of the squad for the World Cup in South Africa four years ago, will get his chance to shine after a disappointing European Championship in 2012, and Blaise Matuidi has become a key player thanks to his boundless stamina and tenacious tackling.Here are five players to watch:KARIM BENZEMAAfter failing to score in the last two European Championships, and missing out on the 2010 World Cup, this is Karim Benzema’s big chance to shine on the world stage.In the space of a few months, he has gone from losing his form and confidence to becoming one of the most lethal strikers in Europe.It has been some turnaround from Benzema, who lost his place in the France team to Olivier Giroud last year after a dismal run of 15 international games without a goal. Since the turn of the year, the 26-year-old Benzema has scored freely for Real Madrid and he even outshone Cristiano Ronaldo in the 4-3 loss to Barcelona on March 23, scoring two clinical goals.FRANCK RIBERYWhen Benzema was struggling for form and goals, France turned to Franck Ribery.Ribery’s international career started brilliantly when, as an unknown, he was catapulted into the side that reached the 2006 World Cup final.It was all downhill from there with a knee injury against Italy at Euro 2008 and a three-match ban from the French federation after the 2010 World Cup, when he was perceived to be one of the ringleaders of a training ground strike.After two difficult years, the Bayern Munich winger got the fans firmly back on his side with some outstanding performances.With 81 appearances and 16 goals, he remains France’s most dangerous player.HUGO LLORISNot many goalkeepers are international captains, especially not the silent ones. But, despite his mild-mannered demeanor and soft voice, Hugo Lloris has nonetheless imposed himself as a leader on the field through his faultless attitude and consistent performances.The Tottenham goalkeeper has been firmly installed as France’s No. 1 since the last World Cup and with 55 international appearances at the age of 27, he is set to win more than 100 caps for his country.Quick off his line, solid in the air on corners and free kicks, and with exceptional reflexes as well as good feet, Lloris is a complete ‘keeper.BLAISE MATUIDIDefensive midfielder Blaise Matuidi is one of the most valuable members of the France team.A tireless runner with tremendous stamina, he is also a tenacious tackler and a careful passer. He rarely does anything flashy, but his ability to keep things simple has proved invaluable for French champion Paris Saint-Germain and the national team over the past two seasons.The 26-year-old Matuidi made only four appearances in two years under former France coach Laurent Blanc. He has already been picked 16 times by Didier Deschamps, France’s former captain, who perhaps sees something of himself in the way Matuidi sacrifices himself for the team.PAUL POGBAFrance coach Didier Deschamps gave Paul Pogba a huge vote of confidence when he thrust him into the starting lineup against world champion Spain in a crucial World Cup qualifier last March.It was only the 21-year-old Pogba’s second international appearance, but Deschamps thought he was ready to face the best midfield in the world.Although Pogba got sent off for a clumsy foul on Xavi Hernandez, the experience served him well and he has not been out of the side since.His graceful, athletic running, solid tackling and excellent passing are allied to a brilliant eye for goal. Pogba has scored some superb long-distance goals for Juventus and Deschamps is counting on him to show his attacking flair in Brazil.last_img read more

New Gold for Eleftherios Petrounias at FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku

first_imgGreek athlete Eleftherios Petrounias on Saturday won his eighth gold medal in the last 22 months after finishing first in the rings event at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan.Petrounias took gold with a total of 15,333 points during the finals of the competition, ahead of Turkish athlete Ibrahim Colak with 15,100 points and China’s Xingyu Lan with 14,866 points. A notable performance was also given by the second Greek athlete to make it to the finals of the event, Konstantinos Konstantinidis, who finished fourth with 14,700 points.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 coaching centres inspected across Delhi found lacking fire safety norms

first_imgNew Delhi: All the 10 coaching centres inspected by the Delhi Fire Service were found lacking the fire safety norms with only one exit route incase of an emergency and inadequate firefighting equipment, officials said on Wednesday. In the wake of the Surat fire tragedy, the Delhi government had directed the city’s fire department to take immediate action for “closing down” coaching institutes operating above fourth floor in buildings in violation of the fire safety norms. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe Delhi Fire Service has formed four teams, comprising two officials each, to inspect coaching centres in Karol Bagh, Mukherjee Nagar, Laxmi Nagar and Lado Sarai and its adjoining areas. During inspection, it was found the coaching centres were functional with only one exit route as opposed to fire exits and inadequate firefighting equipment, an official said. They have been given 90 days time to ensure they fulfil the fire safety norms and incase they do not comply with, they will be issued showcause notice, he said, adding that they can also seek extra time of 90 days. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe Delhi Fire Service is currently focussing on inspecting building that have a height of 50 metres or above. According to the official, during the time of inspection they see whether there is an area of six metres around the building where fire-tenders can be stationed and there are fire extinguishers in the building. Apart from these parameters, other things they analyse include the presence of a 2,500 litre water tank, 900 lpm water pump, manual electric alarm and if there is a fire or smoke check staircase for an exit route. Aspirants from across the country come to the city to prepare for competitive exams. Areas like Laxmi Nagar, Mukherjee Nagar, Kalu Sarai, Ber Sarai, Jia Sarai, Munirka and Karol Bagh are home to several coaching centres. The Surat fire tragedy, in which 22 students, including 18 girls, of an art and craft coaching institute, lost their lives, has highlighted poor fire safety norms being followed by the institutes, prompting the government and municipal authorities to start inspections of coaching centres. Twenty-two students were killed in the devastating fire that engulfed the four-storey Takshashila Arcade in Sarthana area of Surat on May 24.last_img read more

Thousands offer Eid prayers in JK clashes in parts of valley

first_imgSrinagar: People in large numbers thronged mosques, shrines and Eidgahs in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday to offer prayers on Eid-ul-Fitr even as celebrations were marred in some partsof the valley due to clashes between protestors and security forces. The biggest congregation was witnessed at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar where thousands of people gathered to offer prayers on the culmination of the holy month of Ramzan, officials said. The Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta in the old city also witnessed a huge crowd. People thronged to Sonawar and Soura shrines in the heart of the city, they said, adding that similar gatherings were held in all districts headquarters and major towns of the valley. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCClashes broke out in some parts of the old city between protestors and security forces after Eid prayers, the officials said. Similar clashes were reported in Sopore in north Kashmir and Anantnag in south Kashmir, they added. In the Nowhatta area of the city, masked protestors reportedly held banners in support of banned Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and slain militant commander Zakir Musa. However, police officials said they were verifying the veracity of these reports. There were no reports of anyone getting hurt in these clashes, the officials said. The situation elsewhere in the valley remained peaceful, they added. Security forces exercised maximum restraint while dealing with the law and order situation, the officials said.last_img read more

Ryan Reynolds cant stop talking about Celine Dion — or singing her

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Ryan Reynolds and Céline Dion, about whom the Deadpool 2 star cannot stop gushing. (Hector Retamal/ Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images) Asked by France’s Canal+ how he felt upon learning that Dion would be on the Deadpool 2 soundtrack, Reynolds said, “I lost my mind. I was the most excited human being ever.”The French network’s Boîte à questions also asked him to do an impression of Dion singing her new song. You’d think this would be easy for Reynolds, seeing as he — or, if you’re less credulous, someone else wearing the Deadpool suit — danced around her in the music video. But instead of Ashes, he delivered a stirring performance of her ballad from the movie Titanic.Therein lies the essential truth of the human condition: We are all just waiting for a chance to belt a few lines from My Heart Will Go On. Stars: They’re just like us.When we last checked in on Ryan Reynolds, he was bantering with Céline Dion at the conclusion of her music video for Ashes.Nearly two weeks have passed and the Deadpool star still can’t stop talking about Céline Dion. Can you blame him?center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Over 5500 Chadians relocated to refugee camp in northeastern Cameroon – UN

Another 10,000 refugees are expected to be transferred to the camp from the town of Kousséri, which at one point was hosting some 30,000 Chadians – who left their homeland due to fighting between Government forces and armed opposition groups – in two temporary sites, as well as in local schools, churches and private homes. The UN Resident Coordinator for Cameroon reports that many have returned to Chad. “At present, along with the Cameroonian authorities, we plan to continue providing assistance and protection to an estimated 15,000 refugees, until they feel comfortable enough to return home,” said Sophie de Caen.Jacques Franquin, Representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the country added that “the camp will enable us to provide assistance and protection in the best possible way.”UNHCR reports that a total of 4,600 families – comprising around 20,000 people – have registered with the agency and indicated that they want to stay in Cameroon for the time being.The relocation to Maltam camp, which has been made possible thanks to a $4.7 million grant from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), began on 16 February. Upon their arrival, the refugees received essential non-food items from UNHCR, such as plastic sheeting, sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, cooking stoves, soap, and sanitary items. A cargo plane chartered by UNHCR is set to leave on Wednesday from Denmark to Cameroon carrying some 40 tonnes of relief items. This is the third airlift organized by the agency for Chadian refugees in Cameroon. Two similar flights took place earlier this month, bringing 90 tonnes of essential supplies.In addition, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed a total of 28 tonnes of food and is providing logistical support for the relocation. “So far, we have completed five general food distributions, targeting all refugees newly arrived in Maltam,” said Abdoulaye Baldé, acting WFP Representative in Cameroon. Refugees arriving in Maltam are being provided with nutritional screening thanks to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partner non-governmental organizations such as the Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). About 25 cases of moderate malnutrition and nine of severe malnutrition were identified so far. Following a successful measles and polio vaccination drive in Kousséri last week, UNICEF is set to begin a campaign against meningitis this Thursday in the Maltam camp and surrounding areas. The agency is also partnering with the NGO Action Aid to provide recreational and educational opportunities for children in the Maltam camp. 26 February 2008More than 5,500 Chadians who fled fighting in their capital, N’Djamena, earlier this month and have been living in temporary sites in north-eastern Cameroon have now been relocated to a newly equipped camp in the village of Maltam, according to United Nations humanitarian officials. read more

Iraq UN agencies scramble to bring relief with special concern over Basra

Local employees of United Nations relief agencies fanned out inside Iraq and around its borders today to bring aid to the civilian population, with particular concern focused on the country’s second city, Basra, where lack of water has raised the spectre of disease for its 1.7 millions residents, especially 100,000 children under the age of five.”There must now be a threat of disease as tens of thousands of people in their homes, hospitals and care institutions attempt to cope and find what water they can from the river and other sources,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) spokesman Geoffrey Keele told a briefing in Amman, Jordan, on the UN’s relief activities. “Unfortunately, the river is also where sewage is dumped.”Noting UNICEF’s role as the lead agency for water in the emergency and that this was the third day Basra was reported to be without water because of frequent power cuts, he said: “As UNICEF has warned, bad water costs lives, especially among the most vulnerable. And the children of Iraq are some of the most vulnerable people in the world.”Not only are they suffering from high rates of malnutrition, in Basra there is the very real possibility now of child deaths, not only from the conflict, but from the additional effects of diarrhoea and dehydration. We estimate that at least 100,000 children under the age of five are at risk.”UNICEF is looking at ways to provide emergency water supplies as soon as conditions allow and is also at work in Baghdad focusing on the urgent need for clean water in the capital’s hospitals, Mr. Keele said.The World Health Organization (WHO) added its voice to the concern, warning that the health situation could deteriorate quickly. It said teams from the International Committee of the Red Cross had managed to restore service for some 40 per cent of the population but that would only partially and temporarily cover needs.Re-hydration is one of the most efficient and cost-effective measures against diarrhoea-related diseases, the second cause of mortality among children under the age of five, WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaib said, but the use of re-hydration salts requires clean water. In similar past situations in Iraq, diarrhoea diseases have accounted for 25 to 40 per cent of deaths during the acute phase of the emergency, with 80 per cent of deaths in under-two-year olds. Women and children will be the most affected group, she added.The UN High Commissioner for the Refugees (UNHCR) said mobile teams based from the southwestern Iranian city of Ahwaz were monitoring the crossings from Iraq because the grim situation reported in Basra. Spokesman Peter Kessler said that further north along the frontier, a UNHCR team based in Khermanshah was visiting the Khosravi crossing today to check the frontier, following reports of attacks inside Iraq.To the far north of Iraq, he said an eight-truck UNHCR convoy of relief items reached Silopi in southeastern Turkey this morning. Eight thousand mattresses from a regional stockpile at Iskenderun were being unloaded at the Red Crescent warehouse.But no refugee movements were reported in the last 24 hours, he added.For its part, the World Food Programme (WFP) said 19 trucks carrying about 380 tons of food offloaded their shipment in a warehouse in Erbil, where local staff are still working, for distribution under a nutrition programme in the northern provinces. Spokesman Khaled Mansour said the situation there was described as quiet but tense. People who had left Erbil because of the conflict were returning, he added. read more

SMMT publishes bestselling Towing and the Law Guide

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Today, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has launched the sixth edition of its popular Towing and the Law Guide that helps businesses and individuals to stay on the right side of the law when towing anything weighing up to 3.5 tonnes.Available since the late 1950s, the regularly updated publication has sold more than 300,000 copies in the last 10 years alone, catering for those towing anything from a trailer or caravan to a horse box or boat.“SMMT’s Towing and the Law publication has a proven track record of success with hundreds of thousands of people using it to stay legal in their business and leisure towing activities,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “The SMMT website offers a host of facts, figures, advice and guidance on topics ranging from towing to electric vehicles, providing detailed industry knowledge to motorists and businesses across the UK.”The booklet includes a new, easy to follow guide to ensure drivers hold the correct licences and a revised presentation of the information about tachograph use. In addition to these updated sections, the new 36-page booklet covers crucial ‘need to know’ subjects from towing in Europe and the various types of coupling, to essential safety points such as the use of breakaway cables and correct tyre pressures.Only available in hard copy, the sixth edition costs just £6.00 plus postage and packing (£3.50 for SMMT members).To order a copy of the latest SMMT Towing and the Law Guide, go to read more

End in sight Paris Bakery workers to meet with boss today

first_imgWORKERS AT THE beleagured Paris Bakery on Dublin’s Moore Street are to meet with one of the two owners today in a bid to reach a deal on wages they say they are owed.Yannick Forel, who owns the well-known bakery with Ruth Savill, will sit down with staff today to try the resolve the ongoing situation.More than 20 workers at the bakery had not been paid for several weeks, they say, when the owners shut the doors last Tuesday.Employees began a sit-in at the premises late on Friday in protest at the lack of payment, sleeping on the shop floor and relying on trade unions and passers-by for food. Source: Siobhán O’ Donoghue/Twitter “We want the money owed to us as soon as possible,” said Anissa Hosany, one of the workers. “We do not have any money to live on because we haven’t been paid in so long”.On Sunday, some of the workers went to the home of one of the co-owners, Ruth Savill, seeking payment of the unpaid wages.More than 2,000 people have signed a petition calling for the workers to be paid the wages owed to them.Read: Paris Bakery workers visit owner’s home calling for unpaid wages > Read: “I don’t think we will see the money” – Dublin bakery staff staging sit-in over back wages >center_img guards yesterday called a few times to see if everyone ok #ParisBakery ‘are ye still keeping up the good fight’ says one fella— Siobhán O’ Donoghue (@siobhwithafada) May 26, 2014last_img read more

Series of crashes leaves one dead snarls traffic on I15

first_img September 30, 2018 Posted: September 30, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 1:50 PM ESCONDIDO (KUSI) – A series of crashes left a man dead on Interstate 15 north of Escondido, a CHP officer said in a statement late Saturday.The crash happened in the early morning hours of Saturday on northbound I-15 just before Gopher Canyon Road.At about 4:15 a.m., a Volkswagen Jetta rear-ended a Dodge Ram pickup, leaving the Jetta stopped partially in the center divider and partially in the left lane, CHP Officer Mark Latulippe said.About four minutes later, a Dodge Magnum traveling in the left lane clipped the Jetta, causing it to spin around, and ejecting the man driving the Jetta into the the third lane from the left.A Toyota Tacoma pickup then struck and killed the Jetta driver, Latulippe said. The victim was also struck by at least one more vehicle that left the scene.The dead man’s name was not immediately released.The male driver of the Dodge Ram and the female driver of the Dodge Magnum both sustained cuts and were taken to Palomar Medical Center, Latulippe said.All lanes of northbound I-15 were closed from the time of the crash until about 7:20 a.m., when the two right lanes were re-opened.  All lanes were opened at approximately 8:15 AM. center_img KUSI Newsroom Series of crashes leaves one dead, snarls traffic on I-15 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Sackers appoints Holmes

first_imgLaw firm Sackers has appointed Debbie Holmes director of human resources.In the role, Holmes will develop and provide a strategic and operational HR approach to support employees at the law firm.Holmes previously worked as head of people and resourcing at BDO UK, and as senior HR manager at Clifford Chance.last_img

TRS a real estate agency in Telangana BJP leader

first_imgHyderabad : BJP leader Krishna Sagar Rao on Thursday alleged that the TRS has become a real estate agency in the state.He said that BJP would take up agitation against prime lands given away to the TRS for construction of party offices in districts. Addressing a press conference here Krishna Sagar Rao alleged that the TRS has become a real estate agency. The TRS was allocated prime lands and the BJP would take up agitation after discussing in the party. He further alleged that the TRS was trying to increase assets by doing real estate business. The government should release white paper on the lands allocated to the party. They have allocated prime and expensive lands in the heart of the city, said Rao. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The BJP leader alleges that chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao was afraid of BJP after the Lok Sabha elections. “We condemn the comments of KCR against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the cabinet meeting. The insecurity in KCR is coming out now. KCR’s comments are insult to the people who have elected Narendra Modi,” said Rao alleging that KCR was unable to digest people electing Modi as prime minister for second time.last_img read more

The Second Presidential Debate In 100 Words And 6 Videos

first_imgWatch Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump name a quality they respect in one another at the #debate— Bloomberg (@business) October 10, 2016 View NPR’s Debate Fact Check Below:  Rick T. Wilking/APDemocratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, on Sunday.The second presidential debate was a no-holds-barred affair. Trump and Clinton did not shake hands at the outset — and it quickly turned nasty. Trump dismissed his comments on women as “locker room talk,” and then attacked Clinton for her husband’s transgressions. Clinton talked past the attacks, defending her record, and tried to prosecute Trump for not having the temperament to be president. She said his latest comments on women “represents exactly who he is.” Trump stayed on the offensive, attacking the moderators and disagreeing with his running mate on Russia. With that, here are the six must-watch moments:Trump on comments from leaked video: “Certainly I’m not proud of it. But this is locker room talk.” #debate Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016— Vox (@voxdotcom) October 10, 2016 .@HillaryClinton: “I’m reminded of what @FLOTUS said: ‘When they go low, you go high.’”— POLITICO (@politico) October 10, 2016 Donald Trump: “Bill Clinton was abusive to women. Hillary Clinton attacked those same women.” #debates #Debates2016— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) October 10, 2016center_img Share Clinton: “Good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law.” Trump: “Because you’d be in jail.”#debate— New York Times Video (@nytvideo) October 10, 2016 Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Pitcher Roy Halladay Dies In Gulf Of Mexico Plane Crash

first_imgPhoto via Wikimedia CommonsMajor League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico.Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a news conference that Halladay’s ICON A5 went down about noon Tuesday near Holiday, Florida.The sheriff’s office marine unit responded to the downed plane and found Halladay’s body. No survivors were found.They said they couldn’t confirm if there were additional passengers on the plane or say where it was headed.Halladay retired in 2013 after 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays followed by four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. Sharelast_img read more

Incoming Delegates Antonio Hayes and Cory McCray Discuss Their Vision for Leadership

first_imgAntonio Hayes (R) and Cory McCray, newly elected delegates in Baltimore. (Photo by Roberto Alejandro)As the significance of last week’s electoral outcomes continues to unfold, a new, younger crop of delegates are reshaping what the Democratic party looks like in Baltimore City and Maryland. These newly elected leaders are less concerned with the civil rights and social issues that have dominated Baltimore’s political class since the 60s. They are now more focused on how they can use their office to create economic opportunities that move residents beyond the middle class.Recently, newly elected delegates Antonio Hayes (D-40th) and Cory McCray (D-45th) sat down with the AFRO to discuss their approaches to campaigning and their visions for how to bring greater economic opportunity to a city that has over 23 percent of its population living below the poverty level. Both delegates won their primary victories last June by combining a broad outreach strategy focused on social media for younger voters and a more targeted effort for long-term, older voters.“One thing we’re doing is we’re communicating better,” said McCray. “ We’re on Facebook, Twitter [and] Instagram. We’re emailing you. We’re knocking on your door.  We’re phone calling you. It’s a concentrated effort to get you to understand the issues we care about, whether it’s good government or economics. ”Hayes notes that the majority of his Instagram followers are newer voters. She believes  that it was just as necessary to engage these newer, younger, voters on a social media platform as it was to knock on their door and have a conversation with them. “[Social media] communicates a different message to them about your level of commitment. Because you’re in their neighborhood, you’re on their ground,” said Hayes about the importance of combining new and more traditional campaign outreach.But effective outreach is only part of the story. Both candidates credit messaging with their success in this year’s primary and general elections. Hayes notes that younger voters are less interested in the civil rights and social justice messages that were at the forefront of previous generations’ concern.“There’s definitely added advantage to talking about economic policies, which are becoming more appealing to the future generation,” said Hayes. “They’re really looking to step out there on their own and do some stuff, and figure out how they fit into the larger thing we call Baltimore and the state of Maryland. When you start talking about economic empowerment, you’re getting their attention.”McCray noted that, while the city as a whole may be seeing an approximately 23 percent poverty rate, in his district it is closer to 50 percent. This dismal figure is despite the fact that his district alone has seen $2 billion in development over the course of the last five years. “Folks want jobs in the community. They want to figure out how can they go to work,” said McCray.For both delegates, it is not enough to create jobs offering $10 per hour if these employment opportunities do not generate meaningful wealth or help employees save for their future.McCray, who is an electrician by trade and an organizer for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 24, believes that one of the best ways to create the sorts of living wage jobs that are essential to broader economic growth. He stressed the importance of strengthening union apprenticeship programs in order to ensure city residents have the necessary skills to do the jobs that are coming to their neighborhoods.In a similar vein, Hayes would like to see the city take better advantage of its two-year academic institutions to make sure they are training students for the city’s growth industries.Having a workforce capable of doing the job is only one part of the equation. Both delegates argue that the city and its representatives need to do more to ensure local hiring when developers or institutions are coming to the city or state for money or tax credits for their development projects.Hayes emphasized that the willingness of the state to grant assistance to such projects should be predicated not only on acceptable levels of local hiring, but on adequate levels of local procurement as well.“Just a small percentage of that [development] money can mean a whole lot to a little mom and pop store down on Washington Blvd,” said Hayes. “We have to make sure that we’re good stewards of those resources as they’re coming through the community. We have to hold their feet to the fire to make sure they’re reinvesting them.”McCray notes that the path to development is increasingly coming through public-private partnerships. These programs are typically funded when government dollars are combined with private investments. He says the key is to making these programs successful is to ensure that all parties walk away feeling like winners. McCray further adds that it is necessary for city officials in Baltimore to move away from low-bid contract models and to look to which partnerships offer the greatest value to the city.He says, “[We must ask,] ‘What is your economic plan to make sure we do local hiring?’  ‘What is your economic plan to make sure that we’re more inclusive?’ If that person has a better value in reference to local hiring and this person has the lowest bid, who do you think that [contract] should go to? [We’ll go with] the guy [who] has the plan [and who] wants to move us in the right direction. It’s about both [of us] winning.”last_img read more

How Entrepreneurs Are Cashing in on Pokémon Go

first_img If you hadn’t noticed, gamers are taking to the streets, to businesses and even oceans to catch creatures called Pokémon in what’s become the first hit augmented reality game — Nintendo’s Pokémon Go.In this massive virtual scavenger hunt, users’ mobile devices vibrate when they come close to Pokémon dragons, rats and more. Players then throw a Pokéball at a virtual creature to ‘catch it.’ The goal is to catch all 150.Related: Pokemon Game Adds $7.5 Billion to Nintendo Market Value in Two DaysUsers can also “lure” Pokémon to PokéStops in towns nationwide, for 30 minutes — making the Pokémon available to all gamers in the area. Players will also look for “gyms,” which is where people take their Pokémon to battle.Pokémon Go has already made Nintendo $7.5 billion in just a few days after its release July 6, and more people are using the app than Instagram and Snapchat.Nintendo isn’t the only company making money off of the game though. For some local businesses, this game is attracting Pokémon-crazed customers — and their money. Want to capitalize on the excitement?  Download the app and get ready to get creative. Meanwhile, here are some of the strategies small businesses have already put into place.Join the gameJoyride Nashville — a Tennessee service that takes people on tours through the city — created a special Pokémon Go Tour once it noticed more customers asking to be taken to specific landmarks to catch Pokémon along the way. The company says it booked seven tours in 24 hours, bringing in $45 a person.Welcome playersUtah clothing shop iconoCLAD discovered its location was actually a Pokéstop. It moved quickly, posting a sign outside the shop saying “Gotta catch ‘em all, in style,” and shared photos of the sign on social media. The simple whiteboard sign has already been featured on Forbes and Money.If you find your location is a Pokéstop, you can go one step further. Download the app and screenshot pictures of the Pokémon in your store, showing players which characters they can find there. Later, encourage players to post their own photos — and tag your store.Related: How Cemeteries, Police and the Holocaust Museum are Coping with PokeMon GoGive players a boost Huge, an ad agency owned by IPG in Atlanta, is using a coffee shop to experiment with the Pokémon Go craze as a marketing platform. The coffeehouse is located between two Pokéstops. As the game “lures” Pokémon to the stops — in turn, lures Pokémon Go players to the cafe. Since the game’s use of GPS drains batteries quickly, the shop is conveniently providing 25 phone charging stations and a free steamed bun appetizer for customers who catch a Pokémon inside its store.Related: 8 Weird Reasons Pokémon Go Isn’t the Game Craze We’re Used ToCast your own lureL’inizio, a pizza bar in New York. Spent a mere $10 on lure modules in the location, according to the New York Post. That following weekend, sales rose 75 percent.Want to do this yourself? Once you have downloaded the app, you can determine the nearest Pokéstops to your business. Once you know where they are, you can lure more players to the location by using the lure module, which makes Pokémon abundant in that area for 30 minutes. Each lure costs $1.Have you caught the fever yet? Share your own stories with us on social media. July 13, 2016 Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min readlast_img read more

Kuwait names Saudi man as suicide bomber in mosque attack

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies More than a third of Kuwait’s 1.2 million citizens are believed to be Shiite.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwaiti authorities on Sunday identified the suicide bomber behind an attack on a Shiite mosque that killed 27 people as a Saudi citizen who flew into the Gulf nation just hours before blowing himself up.Police have begun making arrests in connection with Friday’s bombing, which took place at one of Kuwait’s oldest Shiite mosques during midday prayers. An affiliate of the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the blast in the normally peaceful oil-rich nation. The Interior Ministry named the bomber as Fahad Suleiman Abdulmohsen al-Gabbaa and said he was born in 1992, making him 22 or 23 years old. It said in a statement carried by the official Kuwait News Agency that he arrived on a flight to Kuwait International Airport at dawn Friday.Authorities also said they arrested a 25-year-old from Kuwait’s “bidoon” community, identified as Abdulrahman Sabah Eidan Saud, who they say drove the car that brought the bomber to the mosque.The bidoon community is made up of descendants of desert nomads and others considered stateless by the government. They have long claimed the government deprives them of citizenship and rights.A Kuwaiti man who housed the driver was also taken into custody. The Interior Ministry described him as a follower of a “fundamentalist and deviant ideology.”The government-linked Al-Jarida newspaper reported that at least seven suspects had been detained in connection with the attack, which has drawn condemnation from Sunni groups in Kuwait and leaders from across the Middle East.Officials say 227 people were wounded in the attack.A local affiliate of the Islamic State group calling itself the Najd Province has claimed responsibility for the bombing. The IS group considers Shiites to be heretics and is fighting Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq and Syria. Top Stories center_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Thousands of Sunnis and Shiites from across the country take part in a mass funeral procession for 27 people killed in a suicide bombing that targeted the Shiite Imam Sadiq Mosque a day earlier, at the Grand Mosque in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Saturday, June 27, 2015. Police in Kuwait said they are interrogating a number of suspects with possible links to the bombing, which was claimed by an affiliate of the Islamic State group. (AP Photo) Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

AustraliaCyprus collaboration in field of solar energy

first_imgScientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) of Australia have designed and installed a solar field in Cyprus, placing the island at the forefront of the solar energy frontier in Europe.According to a news release as most of island’s electricity is currently generated using oil, harnessing the sun’s energy through solar thermal technology is an attractive option for Cyprus.It could also power energy intensive desalination plants used to tackle perennial water shortages.“This project was a big step FOR CSIRO as it’s the first time we’ve deployed this cutting edge technology outside of our own backyard,” CSIRO solar research leader Wes Stein said.“It’s also the beginning of an exciting collaborative research program, having signed a MoU to undertake joint solar research with the Cyprus Institute.“Our high-performance heliostats have a unique design that is well suited to the rugged terrain on Cyprus’ south coast, allowing them to operate very efficiently. They are smaller than conventional heliostats, which gives the user more control over the intensity of the solar concentration. They also feature a low cost design which allows them to be installed more affordably.”Professor Costas Papanicolas, President of the Cyprus Institute said solar thermal technology had enormous potential for sun-rich countries such as Cyprus.“Like Australia, Cyprus is blessed with an abundance of sunshine, so increasing the penetration of solar energy is an attractive option both in terms of energy affordability and lowering greenhouse gas emissions,” Professor Papanicolas said.“We have enjoyed working with CSIRO to install this field in a professional manner, and we are extremely pleased with the performance.”It took CSIRO, with local help, five weeks to construct the solar thermal field, which spreads out over a half-acre plot of land at the south of the island, on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean at Pentakomo.Consisting of 50 heliostats, the heat generated by the field could bring a two litre kettle to the boil in less than five seconds.This is a suitable size for the Cyprus Institute, the country’s premier research institute, to conduct their research, with expansion planned for the future.The experimental facility will be initially used for demonstration purposes by the Cyprus Institute, with a view to longer-term commercial use of the technology in Mediterranean islands and the Middle East.“The Cyprus Institute has been and will be an ideal partner for CSIRO as it is a research organisation with a similar ethos to turn new ideas into commercial products,” Stein said.“By working collaboratively through exchange of ideas and researchers, and now with common solar concentrating research infrastructure, we can accelerate the deployment of this technology and make big inroads in reducing global emissions of carbon dioxide.”Solar-thermal tower technology uses many mirrors (heliostats) that accurately track the sun, reflecting light towards a receiver on top of a tower and heating a fluid.The hot fluid is subsequently used to drive a turbine for generating electricity and, in the Cyprus Institute research, powering simultaneously a sea-water desalination plant.Thermal energy can also be stored relatively cheaply compared to other technologies, improving potential for large scale power generation regardless of when the sun is shining.CSIRO’s Energy Centre in Newcastle is the home of Australia’s low emission and renewable energy research, featuring two solar tower pilot facilities with more than 600 heliostats.CSIRO’s solar thermal team have set a number of records in the past 12 months, generating pressurised air at 880°C and supercritical steam in research projects.To satisfy European legislation, 13 per cent of Cyprus’ total energy consumption must be derived from renewable sources by 2020.In February the Cyprus Institute was awarded a European Research Area (ERA) Chair grant of €2.5 million in the field of Solar Thermal Energy (STE).You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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