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Power tariff was higher during Cong regime CM

first_imgNEW DELHI: A day after Delhi Pradesh Congress chief and former CM Sheila Dikshit said that statehood is not possible, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took a dig at Congress regime of Delhi. He said that in Congress time every year the price of electricity used to rise and the Delhiites used to complain about the high price where the citizens are now happy. “Earlier whenever I went to people they used to complain about high electricity price but now everyone is happy. In Delhi, AAP-government gives the cheapest electricity in the country,” said CM Arvind Kejriwal. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe also talked about the popularity of Mohallah Clinics across the city. “Greater Kailash is an area where rich people live but when I visited the place some days back the residents asked me to build two Mohallah Clinics there. Rich people are also coming to these clinics because the government provides the best healthcare,” he said. The Chief Minister also slammed the BJP over the issue of sealing. “I could not stop sealing because Delhi is not a full state. But if we get the full statehood then I will pass an ordinance which the BJP did not pass in the Center, and stop the sealing,” said the CM. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFrom healthcare, housing, electricity, education, the safety of women to stopping sealing, Kejriwal made a host of promises if Delhi becomes a full state, which will be possible, he claimed, if Delhi chooses AAP candidates from all seven Lok Sabha seats. “While Delhi pays Rs. 1.5 lakh crore in income-tax every year, the Centre gives it only Rs 325 crore,” the chief minister said. Delhi government would have made many more schools and hospitals if the Centre had allocated more funds, he added. “Some works can’t be done till Delhi becomes a full state. Women feel unsafe and there is hooliganism everywhere because Delhi Police doesn’t listen to people,” CM Kejriwal said. “The police come under the PM and no one can meet the PM,” said the CM. If Delhi Police reports to Delhi government, he said, the law and order system will be such that girls will be able to go out at 11 pm without any fear. Sealing will also be stopped in 24 hours, CM Kejriwal promised.last_img read more

Ban Kimoon urges Darfur parties to foster positive climate for peace talks

9 September 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today in Libya called on all parties to the conflict in the Sudanese region of Darfur to create a climate conducive to successful peace negotiations to be held next month in Tripoli. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today in Libya called on all parties to the conflict in the Sudanese region of Darfur to create a climate conducive to successful peace negotiations to be held next month in Tripoli.In a statement released in the Libyan capital, where Mr. Ban is wrapping up a three-nation trip that also took him to Sudan and Chad, the Secretary-General set out a series of measures required to address the conflict that has engulfed Darfur since 2003, killing over 200,000 people and driving an additional 2.2 million from their homes.He urged all parties “to declare their serious commitment to achieve a political solution to the Darfur crisis; to create a security environment in Darfur conducive to negotiations; to participate in and commit to the outcome of the negotiation effort; and to cease all hostilities immediately.”Mr. Ban further stressed the need for an end to violence and insecurity, a strengthened ceasefire supported by the incoming UN-African Union peacekeeping force, to be known as UNAMID, as well as an improvement in the humanitarian situation and better prospects for development and recovery for the people of Darfur.The peace negotiations will begin in Libya under the lead of the AU-UN Special Envoys on 27 October. The envoys, Jan Eliasson representing the UN and Salim Ahmed Salim for the AU, “will continue to work in close coordination with the countries of the region and ensure that the concerns of civil society, representatives of internally displaced persons, women’s groups and tribal leaders are channeled into the negotiation process,” Mr. Ban said today.During his visit to Sudan, Chad and Libya, the Secretary-General received “strong endorsement” for the upcoming negotiations, according to the statement. read more

Police investigate violent incident in St Catharines

Niagara Regional Police are looking for footage of an argument that happened in St. Catharines earlier this week.Officers were called to St. Paul St. and James St. around 3 a.m. Sunday for reports of a disturbance.They found two men with head and facial injuries.Police say their investigation revealed that the victims and assailants knew each other from a previous argument that had occurred earlier that night on St. Paul St.They say there were a number of witnesses to this earlier incident and some may have recorded what happened.Anyone with information or who captured the disturbance is asked to contact Niagara Police at 905-688-4111 ext. 9533.

Small Arms Survey launched as UN panel reviews curbing illicit weapons trade

Peter Batchelor, the Survey’s Programme Manager, introduced the new report at a press conference this morning, highlighting the direct link between the spread of small arms and economic underdevelopment. This finding was especially relevant in light of the situation in Iraq and the visit to Africa by United States President George Bush, he added. Noting that poor people in the developing world were more than twice as likely to die from small arms than their counterparts in the developed countries, he highlighted the weapons’ indirect effects. For example, they impeded the tasks of aid workers and relief agencies. Small arms injuries also led to permanent disabilities, which had obvious effects on labour patterns, and their availability caused increases in crime and a greater displacement of people. In addition, Mr. Batchelor said, such weapons discouraged teachers and children from going to school and farmers from taking their goods to the market. Increased violence also affected revenue collection for social expenditures. Turning to Iraq, he said it was difficult to engage in post-conflict reconstruction and achieve security and stability in volatile regions when such weapons were available. He said the Survey shows, among other things, that the industry had continued to grow and that the United States and the Russian Federation were dominating the field. On stockpiles, it revealed that, although Europeans thought they lived in a gun-free society, there were actually 84 million firearms in the European Union (EU), 80 per cent of which were in civilian hands. It also showed that the EU as a whole was the largest small arms exporter. Meanwhile, the first biennial meeting to consider implementation of the UN Action Plan entered its second day, after hearing a call from Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Monday for redoubled efforts to curb a “global scourge” that kills about 60 people every hour. The current meeting will focus on exchanging information on initiatives undertaken thus far by states, regional and international organizations, and civil society. The Plan, formally known as the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, identifies national, regional and global measures, including: legislation on illegal manufacturing, possession, stockpiling and trade in small arms; stockpile management and destruction of weapons confiscated, seized, or collected; identification and tracing of the illicit arms; international cooperation and assistance to States to strengthen their ability to identify and trace the illicit weapons; and public awareness campaigns. read more

Spanish league sues soccer federation over match in US

MADRID — The Spanish league has taken legal action against the country’s soccer federation in an effort to get approval for a regular-season match in the United States.A Madrid commercial court says the league filed a lawsuit accusing the Spanish soccer federation of unfair competition. The court says a decision is expected in two weeks, in time for the planned January match between Barcelona and Girona near Miami.The league has confirmed it brought the matter to court but did not provide further details about the legal action. It says it is expecting a decision in the coming days.The Spanish federation did not immediately answer a request for comment.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoniTales Azzoni, The Associated Press read more

Trelleborg demonstrates excellence in tyre solutions

first_imgTrelleborg Wheel Systems industrial and construction tyre operation, will show its solid and pneumatic tyres at Steinexpo from August 30 to September 2. Amongst the products on show will be the company’s latest radial and diagonal pneumatic tyres for wheel loaders and graders, and its solid tyres for extreme environments.For extreme environments such as underground mining operations, Trelleborg’s solid tyres deliver durable, cut resistant solutions that eliminate downtime caused by flats and sidewall cuts. Trelleborg says “these solid tyres also offer excellent ride comfort due to the patented elliptical aperture design. This helps reduce equipment wear and operator fatigue, for safer, longer operation.”For use by loaders and graders, all steel radial construction tyres “deliver optimum durability and maximum productivity. Providing enhanced traction on sand, mud and gravel while reducing vibration on concrete and asphalt, they offer trusted quality and reliability regardless of terrain or weather conditions.”“Trelleborg has always stood for the best quality products, said James Pick, Marketing Communications Director at Trelleborg Wheel Systems. “We believe that ‘Excellence begins here’ and we will demonstrate that excellence with the groundbreaking quality and reliability of the products we have on show at Steinexpo.”The 10th Steinexpo will take place in Europe’s largest and most impressive basalt quarry in Homberg/Ohm, Germany.last_img read more

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Boost to rights for gay couples in Greece

first_imgA Justice Ministry bill that was put up for public consultation stipulates that same-sex couples entering cohabitation agreements should have the same rights as married couples but bars them from marriage and common adoption.The bill, which was posted on the ministry’s website this week, essentially amends an existing law granting greater rights to heterosexual couples who are not married, seven years after its approval. This follows Greece’s conviction in December 2013 by the European Court which deemed that the existing law discriminates against gays.The new bill does not permit marriage between same-sex couples, but several appeals by citizens to the Supreme Court demanding the right to gay marriage are pending.On the issue of adoption, although the bill prohibits joint adoption by same-sex couples, existing legislation allows individuals to adopt children.The bill, which has been drafted by Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos, foresees that both heterosexual and same-sex couples signing a cohabitation agreement have the same rights in terms of pensions, taxation and inheritance as couples who are married.As regards the division of property and assets, parties entering cohabitation agreements can choose to retain a majority stake for themselves rather than sharing all their assets with their partners.It remained unclear when a parliamentary vote will be held on the new bill, which was put up for public consultation just a few days before Pride events are to take place in Athens and other cities on the weekend.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

WWF chiffre à 4000 milliards deuros par an les économies dénergie possibles

first_imgWWF chiffre à 4.000 milliards d’euros par an les économies d’énergie possiblesD’après un rapport publié par le WWF, réaliser 4.000 milliards d’euros d’économies d’énergie par an, et ce d’ici à 2050, est un défi réalisable. Cet objectif nécessitera toutefois pour être atteint, des investissements “massifs” dans les énergies renouvelables.Aujourd’hui, 80% environ de l’énergie utilisée dans le monde est issue de combustibles fossiles. Alors que les investissements dans les énergies propres ont atteint en 2009 110 milliards d’euros, le WWF assure dans une étude citée par Romandie.com, que “nous pourrions économiser environ 4.000 milliards d’euros par an d’ici 2050 grâce à une plus grande efficacité énergétique et une réduction des coûts des carburants”.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéPour atteindre un tel objectif, 95% de la consommation énergétique devra être assurée par les énergies renouvelables, explique l’organisation de protection de l’environnement. Pétrole, charbon et gaz devront être abandonnés au profit des énergies solaires et éoliennes notamment, ce qui nécessitera d’importants investissements financiers. Des investissements que le WWF évalue entre 1 et 3,5 milliards d’euros par an, et ce pendant 25 ans.Ce “changement radical du cours actuel de l’humanité” demandera d’importants efforts, dans les domaines du logement et de l’alimentation notamment, mais il est techniquement réalisable, insiste l’ONG. “Même avec les technologies existantes aujourd’hui il est parfaitement possible de répondre aux besoins en énergie verte de la population mondiale” assure le directeur général de WWF James Leape, reconnaissant l’ampleur d’un défi atteignable “sans conséquence majeure sur la croissance mondiale”.Grâce à la mise en place de mesures ambitieuses, une réduction de 15% de la consommation énergétique par rapport à celle de 2005 est possible d’ici à 2050, affirme l’association, et ce malgré l’augmentation de la population, son enrichissement, et la croissance de la production industrielle.Le 5 février 2011 à 10:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Koulibaly delighted after captaining Napoli to victory

first_imgNapoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has revealed his delight after captaining the team to a victory over Cagliari on Sunday.The 27-year-old insists he’s happy after leading the Partenopei to a 1-0 victory over Cagliari in the Serie A at the Sardegna Arena.Arkadiusz Milik’s late winner helped Carlo Ancelotti’s side claim their 12th league win of the season and maintain their stronghold on second place on the standings.The Senegal international played the entire 90 minutes and made three tackles to ensure they keep a clean sheet and he took to the social media to express his joy over the win.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Good and determined: we have proven to be a great team. And what a pride [to have] the captain’s band from the first minute,” Koulibaly tweeted, as quoted by Goal.The win in Sunday is a welcome relief for Napoli, who suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday which meant they’ll be playing in the Europa League come next year.last_img read more

Man shot in leg during robbery outside Lemon Grove bank

first_img KUSI Newsroom, November 28, 2018 Posted: November 28, 2018 Man shot in leg during robbery outside Lemon Grove bank KUSI Newsroom LEMON GROVE (KUSI) – A masked thief shot a man in a leg Wednesday while robbing him at an ATM outside an East County bank.The holdup and shooting at the Union Bank branch in the 3200 block of Lemon Grove Avenue was reported about noon, according to sheriff’s officials.Following the crime, the robber, who was armed with a handgun, fled in a vehicle of undetermined make and model, Lt. Dave Perkins said.Medics took the victim to a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound of unknown severity.Deputies searched for the thief by ground and aboard a patrol helicopter, Perkins said. The perpetrator remained at large in the early afternoon. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Lawmakers Take Second Week Of The Special Session On The Road

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Today begins the second week of the special session for state lawmakers called by Governor Mike Dunleavy to approve a $3,000 Permanent Fund dividend. After last week’s drama surrounding a split session and an inability for lawmakers to gather enough votes on an override to the governors veteos. The House Finance Committee will now be holding daily hearings on House Bill 2001, which would pay Alaskans a $1,600 dividend this year. The committee has hearings scheduled every day, starting with an 11 a.m. meeting in Anchorage Monday and up to five hours set aside for public testimony starting at 2 p.m. The committee has also scheduled a Fairbanks hearing on Wednesday before returning to the capital on Thursday. Hearings will also be held Tuesday in Wasilla at the legislative information office which is set up for teleconferencing and historical recording for additional call-in testimony.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Tia Martignetti Named To Headmasters List At Worcester Academy

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — Worcester Academy proudly announces its Honor Roll and Headmaster’s List for the spring semester of the 2017-2018 School Year. The honors represent the achievements that each of these Worcester Academy students has earned through academic excellence, challenge, and personal growth.Among the students are:Tia Martignetti, of Wilmington, Grade: 12, Headmaster’s List.About Worcester Academy Worcester Academy is an independent co-ed day and boarding community for Middle School (grades 6 to 8) and for High School (grades 9 to 12, and postgraduates). Our urban setting, diverse community, and innovative curriculum provide each student with unique opportunities for self-discovery, academic achievement, and personal empowerment. Visit us at www.worcesteracademy.org.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Worcester Academy via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Tia Martignetti Makes Honor Roll At Worcester AcademyIn “Education”Wilmington’s Martignetti Named To Honor Roll At Worcester AcademyIn “Education”Wilmington’s Martignetti Named To Honor Roll At Worcester AcademyIn “Education”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for September 6 Car Leaking Lots Of Fuel In Parking

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, September 6, 2018:A Shawsheen Avenue caller reported their mailbox was damaged overnight. (10:48am)Employee of Eiro Car Center on Andover Street called station due to customer being verbally aggressive with business’s owner. Customer left prior to police arrival. Police unable to locate customer. Police spoke with owner, who confirmed argument was only verbal in nature. (11:09am)A walk-in party reported a white Lexus was possibly leaking something in the library’s parking lot. Police responded. Fuel was being leaked. Fire Department put down pads to soak up fuel. AAA enroute. Owner told not to operate until repaired. (12:23pm)A jogger on Garden Avenue reported a small white dog with no collar was running loose in the roadway. Animal Control Officer brought dog to Best Pets. Owner was located. Contractor at house had left door open, allowing dog to escape. (12:49pm)A walk-in party found a wallet in the Benjamin Moore parking lot. Owner came to station to pick up. (3:38pm)Lights at Route 62 and Route 38 were flashing red. MassDOT contacted and reset lights. (5:33pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 13: Woman Arrested After She Quits Her JobIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 10: Car Stolen; License Plate Stolen; Road Rage Incident At Cumberland FarmsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Real or fake This photo shows Anil Kapoor has finally grown old

first_imgHas Anil Kapoor finally grown old?Instagram/Varinder ChawlaAnil Kapoor is one actor whose age appears to have no impact on his appearance. Despite being 62, the veteran celebrity still looks very young and fit. However, a picture has come up on social media that shows him look quite old.The photo posted on Instagram shows Anil with grey hair and a tired face. Wearing a black cap and a jacket, the senior actor looks quite aged, unlike most other times. The picture has a text written over it saying, “Finally saw his old-age, now I can die in peace”.However, it is not clear if the picture is real or morphed. Some of the people who commented on the post believe that it is a fake image, while some others think it is real. Although the photo appears to be genuine, it is difficult to be certain in this photoshopping age. InstagramA few days ago, a picture had gone viral in which Anil appeared to be as young as any new generation star. The photo included Anil posing with Aditya Roy Kapur, Disha Patni, Kunal Kemmu and Mohit Suri. The veteran actor looked so young in the photo that people had started searching for his diet routine on Google.last_img read more

Afraid of the stock market That could cost you Rs 40 lakh

first_imgRepresentational image.Reuters fileImagine 2032. What’s scarier?A) Investing in the stock marketORB) Missing out on Rs 40 lakh in gains since you sidestepped stocks 15 years ago.It’s a safe quess that you ticked option B!The Young Indian, who is intent on building a New India, cannot afford to make the same old mistakes. Millennials often fear stocks because prices sometimes plummet. Episodes like 2008 (when the markets crashed 50 percent) seemed to have transfixed their collective financial gaze to the ground when it comes to experimenting with stocks as long-term investments.When it comes to retirement savings, young Indians and millennials are courting a big financial risk by avoiding stocks altogether. Simply put, not investing in stocks comes at a big opportunity cost.Consider the math: A 25-year-old who saves Rs 1.50 lakh a year in a public provident fund (PPF) would accumulate about Rs 45 lakh by the time she or he hits 40 years of age. PPF is a safe investment option, trusted by many. An attractive interest rate of 7.8 percent currently, which is fully exempt from Income Tax under section 80C, for a tenure of 15 years or even more, and the window to deposit a maximum Rs 1,50,000 in a financial year makes PPF very popular.PPF or any other debt investment option avoids equities by definition.Unfortunately, by avoiding stocks, the 25-year-old would be making a big mistake. If she was to invest the same Rs 1.50 lakh a year in tax-saving mutual funds or unit-linked insurance plans that invest in equities, they could easily get a return of 15 percent annually over a 15-year-period. In the last 15 years, most MFs have given returns between 13.5 percent to 30 percent annually. Such returns of 15 percent, though not guaranteed — unlike in PPF –, would take them to Rs 85 lakh. That’s Rs 40 lakh more than returns via the PPF route.If you invest the money in tax-saving bank fixed deposits, that would fetch you an interest rate of 6-6.5 percent. This means that savings of Rs 1.50 lakh annually for 15 years would fetch you Rs 38 lakh, which is lower than PPF and definitely lower than stock-linked investment products.Clearly, the opportunity cost of leaving a sum that large on the table is a bigger risk to millennials and young earners than stock market volatility.While it’s true that stocks swing up and down and volatility can be a fearsome prospect for many, returns from equities over a long-term period are not negative, especially if you invest in a portfolio of large and top quality companies. For instance, the portfolio of top 50 stocks traded on the National Stock Exchange have given about 8 percent returns annually over last 10 years. In the last five years, this portfolio has given over 12.5 percent.Take a look at the chart below to see how a collection of top 200 stocks (CNX 200) and sectoral benchmarks have performed over the last few years. While they have no doubt seen their ups and downs, at the end of the day, remember that negativity does not linger on forever; or, with anybody. Market sourceslast_img read more

France likely to offer 2 additional squadrons of Rafale to India

first_img Why does the Indian Air Force need new fighter aircraft? The IAF requires at least 42 air squadrons to face a two-front war but the strength these squadrons are depleting quickly. At current levels, the IAF is operating with only 33 squadrons. With Soviet-era MiG-21 fighter aircrafts getting too old to be continued in service and slow manufacturing of indigenous Tejas aircraft, the IAF is in a desperate situation to maintain its fleet. Further, India planned to buy 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) fighters from France but finally, only 36 fighters were ordered. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:03Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:02?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … RafaleTwitter/Rafale_DisplayIn another attempt to sell its Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) to India, France is expected to offer 2 additional squadrons of Rafale jet during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to the European country for the G-7 Summit. Financial daily, the Economic Times reported that the French side is all set to offer 36 more Rafale immediately to Indian Air Force, which is badly struggling to keep up with a number of squadrons, to fight a two-front war.During his visit, PM Modi is scheduled to meet French President Emmanuel Macron where two leaders are expected to discuss a series of issues. However, key issues like defence and maritime cooperation are likely to dominate the discussion.Sources confirmed that the in comparison to 2016 deal where 36 Rafale jets were signed for €7.87 billion, the latest offer for the same number of aircraft would cost considerably lesser as India has already made payments for fixed costs covering India-specific enhancements, training equipment, and infrastructure. IAF officials added the airbases identified for stationing these two squadrons are capable without any further change. A Rafale fighter aircraft.AFPFor the latest offer, France is likely to put up a quotation of €6 billion. As per the industry sources, France is even ready to operate on a tight delivery schedule which would mean that one Rafale would be manufactured every month for next years to meet the deadline. France is scheduled to deliver the first Rafale to IAF in September for which defence minister Rajnath Singh expected to travel to France for a formal handing over ceremony.The 2016 deal between two countries meant that Dassault will be delivering 36 Rafale jets to IAF in the coming 3 years. The Jets will be loaded with advanced weaponry including the long-range Meteor air-to-air missile. With the induction of Rafale, the IAF is expected to maintain its supremacy in the region.last_img read more

Tax Breaks For Urban Farmers Approved

first_imgUrban farmers who grow and sell vegetables and animal products can now qualify for a property tax credit of up to 90 percent. The bill, introduced by Councilman William “Pete” Welch. District 9, was passed by the City Council on May 4th and signed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on May 11th.Councilman Welch said he introduced the bill to deal with a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables in his district. “We have to make available fresh fruit and vegetables, and we have to reduce the price of fruits and vegetables,” Welch told the Baltimore Sun. Some “people make decisions based on price, not on health.”There are currently about a dozen urban farms in Baltimore, according to The Farm Alliance of Baltimore City.In other City Council news, Councilman James B. Kraft’s anti-human trafficking bill received preliminary approval. Workers at hotels in Baltimore would be required to receive training on how to recognize human trafficking and what to do after recognizing it. The legislation will have amendments added to it and still needs final approval from the Council.last_img read more

Sweet Valentines Day deals for agents and clients from TravelBrands and more

first_img TORONTO — A round up of deals for both agents and clients is making Valentine’s Day sweeter this year.TravelBrands is showing its retail partners some love this Valentine’s Day with more commission, more loyalty points and a chance to win a trip for two to Hawaii.Bookings made today, Feb. 14, qualify for:Extra 2% commission for all online bookings including the GDS’s on all Sunquest, FIT, car, cruise and Travelgenie files.Extra 2% commission on all Exotik Tours, Boomerang Tours, Carte Postale Tours.2X the loyalty points on ALL Intair bookings made online.Plus for every booking made agents get a chance to win a trip for two including airfare, four nights at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel and transfers.For more details and information see travelbrandsagent.com.Meanwhile for clients Club Med has a Valentine’s Day Flash Sale Feb. 14 – 16 offering savings worth up to $3,000 per couple on all-inclusive escapes in addition to extra perks.More news:  FIVE FESTIVE FOODS TO TRY AT EUROPE’S CHRISTMAS MARKETSExtra perks available with the sale include free upgrades and champagne in-room. Some restrictions apply. The promotion is good for travel March 18 – Aug. 26 at Club Med’s resorts in Mexico, the West Indies and the Caribbean.“It’s the first time we are offering a sale like this for three days only. Don’t let your clients miss out,” says Carolyne Doyon, Principal VP of Club Med Canada and Mexico. “It’s the perfect time for them to book their summer escapes. Whether they are looking for relaxing or active holidays, they can find their perfect vacation at one of Club Med’s all-inclusive resorts!”For more information see clubmedagents.ca.Insight Vacations has a Valentine’s sale too, good through Feb. 28. Clients can save $400 per couple off air-inclusive journeys and take advantage of Insight’s 7.5% Early Payment Discount.Applicable tours include the 17-day Country Roads of France, the nine-day Italian from Milan, to Venice, Florence and Rome and an 18-day discovery of Iberia on Treasures of Spain, Portugal and Morocco.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises“With Insight Vacations, guests can enjoy a perfect mix of group experiences and leisure time to enjoy on their own or with a loved one,” says Insight.For more information see insightvacations.com or contact your local sales manager. Tags: Club Med, Insight Vacations, Romance & Weddings, TravelBrands Posted by Sweet Valentine’s Day deals for agents and clients, from TravelBrands and more Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

El Niño Kiss of death for Costa Ricas sea turtle eggs

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s Playa Ostional: A community that lives for sea turtles Police find 9,400 sea turtle eggs in car trunk outside Nicoya Mob of tourists at Costa Rica’s Ostional Beach prevents sea turtles from nesting New turtles arrive at Costa Rica’s Ostional beach, testing efforts to control tourists PLAYA OSTIONAL, Guanacaste – Annual rainfall has decreased by 52 percent this year in the Guanacaste region, according to the National Meteorological Institute, affecting the hatching rates of turtles in Ostional, a mass nesting site on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast for the olive ridley species.Approximately 70 kilometers from Nicoya, Ostional shore temperatures have been increasing and causing problems for the hatching rate of the olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea).“By this time, the rainfall would have already been at least two meters; however, this year it is probably less than half of that,” said Gerardo Chávez, a biology professor at the University of Costa Rica who is in charge of turtle research in Ostional.This year has been the most severe El Niño drought recorded since 1986, with sand temperatures rising to over 35 degrees Celsius, causing major problems for the eggs. The eggs rarely survive when the temperature approaches 35 C, Chávez said. “Over 35 degrees Celsius, they will all die.”In the middle of July, Chávez conducted a developmental assessment of the eggs on Playa Ostional and found that a significant number from June’s arribada, or mass nesting, were still buried in their nest in the sand and were already dead.During a large arribada, which usually last four days, hundreds of thousands of female olive ridley turtles come to shore and each female lays approximately 100 eggs. The eggs that survive on the shores will usually hatch within 45 to 55 days after being laid, and the scent of the ocean will draw the hatchlings there. Mollie Muchna/The Tico TimesAccording to Francisco Ortíz, an Ostional native who has been a certified turtle tour guide for six years, even if the sand becomes too hot it is possible some of the eggs in the lower, cooler parts of the nests would be able to survive. However, many times the whole nest is affected when rising temperatures occur.Occasionally, if the temperature of the sand is determined to be too high for the eggs to survive, they will be taken out in hopes of assisting their survival, Ortíz said.The temperature of the sand where the eggs incubate not only determines their survival, but also the turtle’s gender. If the sand is 29 degrees Celsius, there is a 50 percent change they will be males or females. Below 28 degrees, male turtles will almost always develop. When the sand is above 31 degrees Celsius, primarily female turtles hatch.The University of Costa Rica is planning a reforestation program within 50 meters of the Ostional shoreline in hopes of creating cooler sand and increasing the male population rates in turtles.“There is a much higher population of female turtles because of the rising temperatures,” Chávez said.According to Chávez, the idea behind this project, which he unofficially calls “La Cortina Verde,” or green curtain, is to help the turtle hatching rates while having small human impact upon the turtles, to allow the species to naturally thrive.“When humans produce the change [for species] then some species can really struggle,” Chávez said. “I don’t believe that other sorts of projects going on [to counteract the effect of the drought], like an incubation habitat, is okay for the turtles.”Mollie Muchna is an honors undergraduate student at the University of Arizona’s School of Journalism in the United States.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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