Eight MLAs in Meghalaya, including five of the ruling Congress, resigned from the Assembly on Friday to join the NDA constituent, National People’s Party. Those who put in their papers are former Deputy Chief Minister Rowell Lyngdoh, Sniawbhalang Dhar, Comingone Ymbon, Prestone Tynsong, and Ngaitlang Dhar of the Congress, Remington Pyngrope of the United Democratic Party and Independents Stephanson Mukhim and Hopeful Bamon, Assembly Principal Secretary Andrew Simons said. With these resignations, the strength of the Congress which comes days after another MLA, PN Syiem, quit the Congress, the number of party MLAs in the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly has come down to 24 from 30. However, there is no immediate threat to the Congress government as it is backed by nine Independents, which takes its tally to 33. The term of the current House expires on March 6. The five Congress legislators had earlier rebelled against Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and the party leadership. Four of the five Congress MLAs were part of the State Cabinet and were sacked by the CM for “incompetence.”Mr. Rowell, a veteran Congress leader, later announced that all the eight MLAs, would join the NPP, also an alliance partner of the BJP in the Manipur government, at a rally next week. The NPP, led by Conrad K. Sangma, son of former LS Speaker P.A. Sangma, has two MLAs in Meghalaya at present. With these resignations, the strength of the Congress which comes days after another MLA, PN Syiem, quit the Congress, the number of party MLAs in the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly has come down to 24 from 30. However, there is no immediate threat to the Congress government as it has support of nine Independents which takes its tally to 33. The term of the current House expires on March 6.Elections in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura are due early next year. An elated Conrad Sangma said the decision of the five Congress MLAs to resign and join the NPP next week was a big boost for the party.“It is a big boost for the NPP ahead of the elections in the state … We will felicitate their joining the party next week. We welcome their decision and we are confident to form the next government in Meghalaya,” Conrad Sangma told PTI. He said their leaving the Congress and joining the NPP indicates that the party was the only alternative available to the people in the state. The NPP chief said: “More than 10 per cent of the Congress MLAs have resigned. This implies that the leadership under Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has failed.”
Maratha activists vandalised the five-star Hyatt hotel in Pune’s Kalyani Nagar area and allegedly assaulted some guests attending a business meet. Incensed that the hotel had allegedly refused to down its shutters during the agitation, a group of 15 to 20 protestors ravaged the conference room on the ground floor and abused guests who were in the midst of lunch after a business meet, Yerwada police said. “We are in the process of registering a complaint,” said police inspector Rajkumar Wagchaure of the Yerwada Police Station. “A group shouting slogans started beating me. They snatched my mobile phone and destroyed it. Initially, the hotel management refused to take my complaint. It was only later when the police arrived to take stock of the situation that the staff acted on my complaint,” said R.K. Mohapatra, a chartered accountant based in Navi Mumbai. “The mob overturned tables where food items were kept and smashed cutlery,” said Arvind Jati, a sales manager with a Belapur-based company, who was present during the incident.Another guest, requesting anonymity, blamed the hotel management and security staff for not taking adequate precautions during the agitation. Hotel authorities, however, said that there was no delay in action on their part, pointing out that the police were immediately notified and that complaints had been promptly acted upon.
A reshuffle in the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet, headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, is likely as three Ministers won the Lok Sabha election, while one was sacked, BJP sources said.The exercise, the first since March 2017 when the Adityanath government was sworn in, is also likely to reward the party’s leaders for their hard work in ensuring win in 62 of the 80 seats in the State, the sources said. The three Cabinet Ministers who won the Lok Sabha polls are S.P. Singh Baghel from Agra, Rita Bahuguna Joshi from Allahabad and Satyadev Pachauri from Kanpur. Disgruntled Minister and SBSP leader O.P. Rajbhar was sacked by the Chief Minister for his outburst against his NDA partner, the BJP.“Reshuffling of the U.P. Cabinet is on the cards. However, it is the sole and absolute prerogative of the Chief Minister,” a senior U.P. BJP leader said. The current Council of Ministers, headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has 18 Cabinet Ministers, nine Ministers of State (independent charge) and 13 Ministers of State, in addition to two Deputy Chief Ministers, Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma. The total headcount stands at 43.“The maximum size of the Ministry can be 15% of the total strength of the Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly). The U.P. Assembly has 403 seats and hence the State can have a maximum of 61 Ministers, including the Chief Minister in the Council of Ministers headed by him,” U.P. BJP vice-president J.P.S. Rathore said. After the declaration of the Lok Sabha election results, Mr. Adityanath had said that a Cabinet reshuffle was very much on the cards and he is likely to take a decision soon. “We will do it (Cabinet expansion). We will do everything as and when time comes. We will do everything in the interest of the State,” he said.Two loyalistsThe two loyalists who could be rewarded with elevated posts are Mahendra Singh and Swatantradev Singh, the in-charge of the party’s campaigns in Assam and Madhya Pradesh, respectively, party insiders said. While Mahendra Singh is the Minister of State (independent charge) for Rural Development and Overall Village Development, Swatantradev Singh is the Minister of State (independent charge) for Transport and Protocol.“Mahendra Singh was the party’s in-charge in Assam, where the BJP won nine out of 14 Lok Sabha seats.“After the elections were over in Assam, he was assigned the task of organising the roadshow of BJP chief Amit Shah in Amethi and Gorakhpur. Both the roadshows were highly successful,” a senior U.P. BJP leader said. Another leader pointed out that Swatantradev Singh was made in-charge of the crucial State of Madhya Pradesh, where the party bagged 28 out of 29 Lok Sabha seats.“The task was indeed very challenging as the BJP had lost in the Assembly election to the Congress. To boost the morale of the party workers and to ensure that a positive result for the party comes from that State was a tough task. His efforts paid rich dividends for the party, as Congress bigwigs such as Digvijay Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia had to taste defeat,” he said. With monsoon session of the UP Legislative Assembly beginning on July 18, it remains to be seen whether the reshuffle takes place before or after the session.
The owners of the Kochi IPL team have asked the BCCI for 10 more days to resolve a dispute over its ownership pattern.The request was filed by two sets of solicitors representing the two factions of the franchise. It was made before the BCCI deadline to the franchise lapsed.The BCCI has said it will consult its legal team before deciding on the request.The Kochi franchise had been issued a showcause notice by the BCCI and ordered to form a joint venture company within 10 days to settle its ownership differences.Talks between promoters Rendezvous Sports and the investors had run into trouble, but efforts are now on to find a consensus.
Meizu’s MX5 has been speculated to hold the company’sflagship banner but the Chinese company has different plans for the next flagship.Meizu might introduce a new line-up that will be placed above the Meizu MX5.According to a report from Droidfeed,the company is planning a new Pro sub-brand that might be replacingthe MX line up.According to the report, the device will be called Pro 5. Inthe leaked images we find the branding on the box along with the mould thatwill hold the purported flagship from the Chinese manufacturer. The device isrumoured to release in two variants sporting different processors, one withSamsung’s Exynos 7420 chipset and the other with MediaTek’s rumoured Helio X20that will be the first chipset to feature ten cores.The rumoured smartphone might sport a 5.5-inch 1080pdisplay. The processor will be supported by 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB of internalstorage. On the camera front the device is rumoured to have a 21Megapixelprimary camera with an 8 Megapixel front facing snapper. The report suggeststhat Meizu might launch the device on September 25 at an expected price of CNY3,000 (Roughly Rs 31,000).Also read: Facebookagrees to pay fine for underage girl’s membership
Published on COMMENTS sport With India only winning two medals at the recently concluded Rio Olympics and several near-perfect performances, Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to have taken it on himself to improve India’s sports performance for the future.The Prime Minister has decided to set up a task force to prepare an action plan for the next three Olympics till 2028.This task force will prepare the overall strategy for sports facilities, training, selection procedure, scouting talent and related matters, an official statement said.This will be done to make a comprehensive action plan for effective participation of sportsperson, keeping in mind Olympics 2020, 2024 and 2028.The task force will comprise in-house as well as external experts. The task force is expected to be set up in the next few days, the official statement added. This decision was taken on Friday.The Indian contingent and officials were embroiled in several controversies during the Rio Olympics. While Indian officials’, accompanying the Indian contingent, behaviour came into question, India’s wrestler Narsingh Yadav was handed over a four-year ban after being hit by a doping scandal. August 26, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT SHARE
In this day and age in the travel industry, river cruising has proven to be a profitable niche for advisors with no sign of slowing down in the near future. Travelers have discovered this leisurely form of travel, giving guest an intimate look into charming cities as they cruise along stunning waterways from the comfort of their floating hotel. Imagine docking right in the center of Europe’s most magnificent cities in France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Belgium, and diving into the culture the moment you step on to shore. CroisiEurope offers travelers the best value in river cruising today. With trips ranging from three to 14 days in length, guests can spend their entire trip on a cruise or add a shorter itinerary to complement their on shore adventures. CroisiEurope set sail in 1976 when Gerard Schmitter introduced lunch and dinner cruises in Strasbourg, France. He dreamed of making river cruising affordable and accessible to all kinds of travelers, rather than limited to the elite. In 2016 CroisiEurope will mark its 40th anniversary with a 40 day cruise for 40 Years of Success. We will set sail to discover 40 years of history voyaging through the waterways of our most popular destinations. As a family-owned and operated business, CroisiEurope in every aspect of their business, from ship construction, interior design, fleet maintenance, itinerary development and staff training in order to ensure the highest quality experience for each and every passenger. To meet the high expectations of today’s modern traveler, CroisiEurope makes it a priority to provide comfortable and stylish cabins, innovative ships, knowledgeable and friendly staff, fine French cuisine as a nod to the company’s French heritage, entertaining itineraries and an overall experience like no other. From the moment our guests arrive, our focus is to make sure they can relax and unwind, leaving the rest to us. Each cruise begins with a welcome reception where travelers have the opportunity to meet the crew and the captain of the ship. Once setting sail, relax on the sundeck while taking in the beautiful panoramic landscape views along the river, mingle with other guests in the lounge, or on select ships, they can sit back with a good book in the library. In addition to offering free Wi-Fi onboard, CroisiEurope has equipped each ship with a Samsung tablet loaded with information about the destinations that are on the itinerary for guests to use. Incentives to Sell Travel professionals are an integral part of our success and want that strong relationship to continue for many years to come. Our travel agent loyalty program, the Mon Ami Gold club, is made of up two levels of membership, the Mon Ami Gold and Mon Ami Platinum. Upon completing your free registration, Gold members automatically qualify for 15% commission on all future sales, regardless of sales history. For agents who close five CroisiEurope cruise sales over the course of one year will be upgraded to Platinum member status, receiving 17% commission on all future sales.In our latest promotion, “Sell & Spell”, travel agents receive one letter in “CroisiEurope” for each cruise they sell. Once you have spelled out “CroisiEurope,” you can redeem a complimentary cruise for two. To participate in this promotion, agents can download a booking from at http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/travel-agent. International Experience, French FlairTravelers truly embark on an international experience onboard our ships. CroisiEurope’s multi-lingual team of 1,350 people strive to make each guests’ stay with us as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. The staff and crew onboard speak French, English and a mix of other languages, so wherever you are in Europe there will always be someone able to assist you. One stand out feature when cruising with CroisiEurope is the diverse, international mix of guests you will find on board. Contrary to other cruises you may have taken, you will find that our guests come from all over the world, such as France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia just to name a few. This diversity creates an immersive and enriching experience, even as we sail en route to our next destination. Even meals onboard are a cultural culinary experience. Head Chef Alain Bohn, a member of the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France (Master Chefs of France), creates menus that celebrate CroisiEurope’s French routes while also finding inspiration from the region the itinerary is exploring. Whenever possible, he sources local ingredients to designs menus that reflect the unique flavors of the location you are visiting. Innovative Ships With new river and barge ships added every year, CroisiEurope’s fleet is constantly growing and 2016 is no exception. After launching the Loire Valley’s first river boat capable of accommodating overnight itineraries thanks to its paddlewheel design last year, CroisiEurope is adding additional paddle wheel boats to its fleet. The new MS Elbe Princess is an 79 passenger paddlewheel river boat, designed after the MS Loire Princesses, this ship will enable CroisiEurope to be the first river cruise company to cruise through the challenging waterways of the Elbe and Vltava rivers, which will be done entirely by boat on their new cruise From Berlin to Prague. A third paddlewheel is scheduled to be delivered in 2017, but you will have to wait and see what route it will operate. Also joining the fleet is the Déborah Barge, with 11 contemporary cabins that can accommodate 22 guests, will discover the charm and history of the Upper Loire Valley on a new barge itinerary. Filled with historic sites and breathtaking landscapes this 7-day cruise will visit Briare, Léré, Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre, La Chapelle-Montlinard, Marseilles-Les-Aubigny and Nevers. We are also looking forward to the addition of the MS Apsara Princesse to our Southeast Asian fleet. This colonial style boat has a capacity of 60 passengers in 30 cabins, which will be cruising on the Mekong from Angkor to Ho Chi Minh City. This itinerary makes stops along the way at Siem Reap, Angkor, Tonle Sap, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Tralach, Koh Chen, Phnom Penh, Châu Đốc, Sa Đéc, Cái Bè and Mỹ Tho before arriving in Ho-Chi-Minh City. Another way in which CroisiEurope strives to be ahead of the curve is through our commitment to the environment. We are constantly looking for way to go above and beyond the standard requirements and implement eco-friendly changes whenever possible. The undersides of all our ships are painted with non-polluting components, the interiors are lined with electricity- and water-saving devices and our cleaning supplies are bio-degradable. Desirable Destinations for 2016As the largest river cruise company, we pride ourselves in creating itineraries that take our guests to new and unique destination. CroisiEurope has announced nine new itineraries for 2016 offering guests even more options when making their vacation plans. These new itineraries will introduce guest to spectacular destinations with cruises to France, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Holland, Italy, Spain, Vietnam, Portugal and many more. These new itineraries are in addition to existing classics along the Danube, Seine and Rhine Rivers, plus a variety of themed cruises. Celebrate the holiday season on one of our Christmas or New Years cruises or make it an active getaway with a hiking cruise through France. The latest addition to our themed cruise program is are combination cruise and biking itineraries where guests go on guided small group cycling tours at each stop on the itinerary. Beginning this year, we are able to offer shore excursions on all our river cruise itineraries, making it a truly all-inclusive experience. Embark on a 6-day journey to experience the culture and traditions of Spain and Portugal. The ship will be making stops in Seville, Cadiz, Libson on our cruise Spain and Portugal: From Seville to Lisbon. Travelers will be given a panoramic tour of Lisbon, which is referred to as Portugal’s “City of Lights”, where they will be able to see the Sao Jorge castle. Venice, the Lagoon, and the Po Delta is a 6-day cruise surrounding travelers with historical sites and outstanding artwork that call Venice, and the surrounding towns, home. A variety of excursions are offered including visits to Verona, home to Romeo and Juliet; Adria, the charming city which the Adriatic Sea is named after; and can end their trip with a romantic gondola ride in Venice. Cruising through the exceptional Bordeaux Region you will be blown away by the magnificent landscapes as you enjoy a glass of fine wine with an exquisite meal. We will cruise along the Garonne River sailing through the Cazeau Islands before embarking on an excursion to visit the Medoc, a region that is home to the most famous red wines. Travelers can also cruise the Mekong River with CFM by CroisiEurope onboard colonial-style ships that cruise between Cambodia and Vietnam, traveling between Siem Reap and Saigon. Guests embark on a variety of excursions such as visits to the city of Saigon, visits to the French-colonial city of Phonom Penh, and visits to the Khmer temples at the sites of Angkor. Cruising is our business, and we take great pride in providing our guests with comfortable accommodations, unique destinations, innovative ship hardware, high quality food and thoughtful service from the moment you arrive. We look forward to welcoming you and your clients onboard this year! Phone number: 1-800-768-7232 Website for travel agents: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/travel-agent
The Nova Scotia Securities Commission announced today, May 30, an amendment to the Securities Act that will provide automatic recognition of orders by other Canadian securities commissions is now law. It became law when it was given royal assent on May 20. The new provisions simplify the procedures of the commission to make orders issued by other Canadian securities commissions and other authorities enforceable in Nova Scotia. The change automatically gives effect in Nova Scotia to orders or settlement agreements issued by other Canadian securities commissions on or after May 20. “The automatic recognition provision will further streamline the enforcement processes and allow us to more efficiently carry out our mission to protect investors and the integrity of Nova Scotia’s capital markets,” said Paul Radford, chair and CEO of the commission. To view the bill: http://nslegislature.ca/legc/bills/62nd_2nd/3rd_read/b158.htm The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating the investment industry in the province. -30-
Canada’s history with minority governments is a colourful one, featuring everything from feuding factions to harmonious collaboration. In fact, some of the country’s most critical legislation was shaped and passed by minority governments.As British Columbia faces the prospect of its first minority government in 65 years, here’s a look back at a few notable examples of minority governments at both the federal and provincial level:OTTAWA 2008In December 2008, fresh off an election victory that established a second consecutive minority government, Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper was dealing with a parliamentary revolt over his proposal to end subsidies for political parties.The Liberals and NDP banded together to fight the effort and soon won the temporary support of the Bloc Quebecois. The coalition of the three parties would have been enough to oust Harper and replace him with Liberal Leader Stephane Dion as prime minister.But Harper forestalled the move by asking Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean to prorogue the Commons. In an open letter written before she left her post, Jean reflected on the decision as “a moment in our political history that very likely made the population question our system and how our institutions function.”In the end, Jean granted Harper’s request and, eventually, the coalition fell apart.____SASKATCHEWAN 1999When Premier Roy Romanow called an election in 1999, pundits predicted the veteran politician would cruise to a third majority government.When the ballots were counted, however, Romanow and his party got a shock — they had lost all their previously held rural seats and were one seat short of a majority.Romanow quickly struck a deal with three Liberals to secure their support for his government, a move that did not go without internal criticism at the time.”I’m so mad I could bite the ground,” Saskatchewan Liberal Party president Rod MacDonald fumed, adding he had not been consulted about the deal. ”These guys have completely sold out their constituents.”The arrangement allowed Romanow to stay on as premier until he voluntarily stepped down in 2001.____ONTARIO 1985Newly minted Conservative Leader Frank Miller had little reason to expect problems when he called an election. His party had comfortably ruled the province for more than a decade and internal polling suggested another slim majority was well within the party’s grasp.But on top of attacks on his authority from within his caucus and a power struggle among his staff, Miller faced an upbeat Liberal Leader David Peterson and the New Democrats led by Bob Rae.On election night, Miller’s government secured only four more seats than the Opposition Liberals and Rae soon brokered a deal with Peterson.The accord stated the NDP would agree to support a Liberal government for two years, while the Liberals promised to implement some NDP policies. It prompted one of the most productive legislative sessions in Ontario history.____OTTAWA 1963When Lester Pearson led the Liberals to victory with a minority government, few imagined he would be ushering in a time of unlikely political stability and productivity.Political scientists point to Pearson’s consecutive minority mandates in 1963 and 1965 as times of considerable accomplishment, thanks to close collaborations with the New Democrats.Between the two sessions, Pearson helped bring in medicare, the Canada Pension Plan and the Canada Assistance Plan for poorer provinces.He was instrumental in bringing Quebec into the Liberal fold during this time, promoting bilingualism and biculturalism and bringing in the Maple Leaf flag to replace the old Red Ensign.The accomplishments are made more striking by the fact that Pearson, to this day, is tied with Mackenzie King for the narrowest minority government. King in 1921 and Pearson in 1965 each fell three seats shy of a majority.____
APTN National NewsThe opening day of the Assembly of First Nations special assembly kicked off Tuesday in Winnipeg.Over the next three days chiefs from across the country will meet and elect a new leader.The AFN says 639 chiefs are eligible to vote.Three hundred had registered by Tuesday morning.APTN’s Tim Fontaine has more.
Kahente Horn-Miller. Submitted photo.Tom FennarioAPTN NewsLast Saturday Kahente Horn-Miller’s weekend was interrupted by a text message from her 25-year-old daughter Karonhioko’he.It read: “What can I do about this?”Karonhioko’he was contacted on social media by a filmmaker writing a script based on her name. The filmmaker wanted to know how to pronounce “Karonhioko’he” and was searching for more details regarding Mohawk culture.“You’re mining our language for profit, and it has to stop,” is how Horn-Miller describes her immediate reaction.The 46-year-old Kanien’kehà:ka (Mohawk) woman from Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory became further incensed when the filmmaker responded to the family’s concerns by stating “names aren’t covered by copyright law”.“When you are appropriating our names, and misusing them and misrepresenting us, that’s a whole other level of insult,” said Horn-Miller.This is because Kanien’kehà:ka custom places a great importance on naming newborns.“We are all supposed to have our own individual names, none of us are supposed to have the same names, which is a very different tradition in western society where multiple people have the same names,” explained Horn-Miller.“So when a baby is born it’s up to the family to help find the name. It’s a spiritual process because the name is associated with the birth of a child and the circumstances around the birth, the name comes out of our relationship, or that baby’s relationship to the natural world when they arrive.”For example, the name Karonhioko’he translates as “she takes the sky out of the water,” which was bestowed upon her after consultation with clan mothers. Which for Horn-Miller, begs the question, how did the filmmaker come across the name in the first place?“I went looking and we found this website ‘behindthename.com’, based out of British Columbia and lo and behold there was her name. And there was my name, and my sister Waneek’s name, and my mother’s name, and my niece’s name,” said Horn-Miller, who says the website complied when asked to have the names removed.“I’m encouraging other Indigenous people to look at the site, find other sites, and encourage them to take these names down because of how important they are to our people,” said Horn-Miller.When asked under what circumstances a non-Indigenous artist could incorporate Indigenous culture into their work, Horn-Miller said it must start with permission first.“You go to a community and say, ‘hey, I’m writing this script, I’d like to write about your people are you willing to share anything with me about this? There’s protocols around this, where we need to be asked first, not last,” explained Horn-Miller, who is an assistant professor at the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University.“For example at the university, we have very strict guidelines on how to do ethical research, where you now have to go to a community, you have to ask, ‘can I do this research in this community,’ then ‘can you help me do this, what kind of questions should I ask, who do I need to ask, what kind of research is useful to you? How can I give back?’ These are things we’re asking in the university, but this is not happening in artistic fields.”Horn-Miller isn’t the only one to articulate these thoughts. In his 2018 reference book, Elements of Indigenous Style Cree publisher and university professor Gregory Younging outlines twenty-two principles of culturally appropriate publishing practices, which include seeking permission, collaboration, not assuming copyright or public domain over oral stories or traditions, and sharing royalties with communities when using aspects of their culture.“Don’t just take our stories and tell them and think that it’s right and it’s okay, because it’s not,” said Horn-Miller, who added that the filmmaker has agreed to remove references to Karonhioko’he’s name from the script.However, Horn-Miller has since found a novel where her name and that of her sister’s is used. Despite her frustration, Horn-Miller hopes speaking about these incidents will deter people in the future from committing cultural appropriation, but without quashing sincere interest in Indigenous culture.“A majority of it we can’t share, but there are some things we should share, because of the importance of building these kids of bridges of understanding,” concluded Horn-Miller “but this has to happen in a proper way. With us, not for us and not over our heads.”email@example.com@tfennario
Tinejdad, Morocco- At the opening of the World Cup 2014, millions of football fans travelled to Brazil to watch and support their teams. Muslim Da’wah groups from all over the world did not miss this global event to spread the teachings of Islam, in hope to get more people to embrace it as a religion.The Team Mission Da’wah from the British Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA) led a campaign in the Brazilian capital Sao Paolo to spread the teachings of Islam.In a video posted by the Da’wah group on YouTube, a Brazilian young man took the Shahada, the Muslim profession of faith and the first pillar of Islam, after a short talk with members of the Da’wah groups. After a brief conversation with the preachers, Analdino, a Brazilian young man, “took the Shahada with John Fontain,” according to the same video.Analdino said “Muslims are the best,” and gave a special message to other Brazilians about Islam in his own language.Under the theme “What’s Your Goal?” the members of the Muslim group spread in the crowded streets of Sao Paolo distributing copies of the holy Quran and flyers, trying to enlighten more people about Islam.“What’s Your Goal?” is the first question they ask people they meet in an attempt to help them believe that “worshiping God directly is the main reason of life.”“Islam says you worship God directly. You don’t go through Jesus,” said one of the preachers.The Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA) announced in their official website that the campaign, which has already started, “will lead up to a Global Da’wah Day (#GlobalDawahDay) on Saturday 5th of July.”The Da’wah team said that there are people in Brazil who do not know about Islam and they never heard about it.
30 March 2007The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for six more months while asking Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to report on plans to draw down the level of blue helmets there. The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for six more months while asking Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to report on plans to draw down the level of blue helmets there.The decision was taken through a unanimously adopted resolution in which the Council recognized that “significant challenges remain in the consolidation of Liberia’s post-conflict transition, including massive development and reconstruction needs, the reform of the judiciary, extension of the rule of law throughout the country, the development of the Liberian security forces and security architecture, and consolidation of State authority.”The Secretary-General had sought a one-year extension of UNMIL, citing the fact that Liberia “still faces significant reconstruction and development challenges arising from 14 years of civil strife.”In its resolution, the Council requested Mr. Ban to “present a detailed drawdown plan for the mission in his next report to the Council, scheduled for June, which should include specific recommendations on force levels and options.”Liberia was called on to take steps towards achieving key benchmarks aimed at facilitating a phased, gradual consolidation, drawdown and withdrawal of UNMIL’s troop contingent, “as the situation permits and without compromising” the country’s security.UNMIL was established in 2003 to support Liberia’s ceasefire and peace process, and currently has over 15,200 uniformed personnel, along with around 500 international civilian personnel, almost 1,000 local staff and 220 UN Volunteers.
The only way to end the Darfur conflict is through political negotiations, Sudan’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today, pledging his Government’s full support of peace talks later this month and calling on all of Darfur’s many rebel groups to end hostilities and participate.Speaking during the last day of the annual high-level debate, Lam Akol noted that his Government has already declared a unilateral ceasefire that will start with the peace talks, scheduled for 27 October in neighbouring Libya.“We expect the armed factions to reciprocate so that a permanent and verifiable ceasefire is arrived at with the beginning of the talks,” he said. “We also call on the international community to take firm measures against those who refuse to participate in or obstruct the peace talks.”Mr. Akol called on the countries that host some of the leaders of Darfur’s rebel groups to pressure them to attend the Libya peace talks.The talks, which are being convened by the UN and African Union envoys for Darfur, Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim, are designed to end the conflict that has raged in the Sudanese region since 2003.More than 200,000 people have been killed and another 2.2 million forced to flee their homes because of fighting between rebels, Government forces and allied Janjaweed militias. Some 4 million Darfurians now depend on humanitarian aid.Earlier this year the Security Council authorized the creation of a hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force to be known as UNAMID to try to quell the violence. The operation is scheduled to take over from the existing AU mission by the start of next year.Mr. Akol added today that the economic reconstruction and redevelopment of Darfur, an arid and impoverished region on Sudan’s western flank, was a vital factor in ensuring that any peace settlement is consolidated.“We look forward for the international community to finalize its current efforts towards holding an international conference on the reconstruction of Darfur, which we hope will take place soon.”The Foreign Minister took issue with what he said were “unfair and hostile ill-intentioned campaigns from some international quarters bent on exploiting the crisis in Darfur to serve their well-known agendas and plans.“This vicious campaign targeted the policies of the country and its stance, and has strived to exaggerate and distort facts and to violate the country’s capabilities and the heritage and values of its people.”During his address Mr. Akol also pledged his Government’s commitment to follow through on the implementation of the January 2005 comprehensive peace agreement that ended the separate north-south civil war. 3 October 2007The only way to end the Darfur conflict is through political negotiations, Sudan’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today, pledging his Government’s full support of peace talks later this month and calling on all of Darfur’s many rebel groups to end hostilities and participate.
During its current three-week session, the Geneva-based Committee on the Rights of the Child will look at first-ever reports from Mauritania, Kenya, Oman, Qatar, Uzbekistan, Gambia, Cameroon and Cape Verde on their efforts to promote children’s rights. Paraguay and Portugal will be presenting their second reports.The 10-member Committee was formed in 1991 to monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which has been ratified by or acceded to 191 countries, making it one of the most widely-accepted human rights treaties ever. Only Somalia and the United States have not ratified it.
Increasing yields FAO has assisted Mozambique in stepping up quality seed production to increase crop yields “In the decades to come, humanity will need to produce more food for a growing population using natural resources such as water, land and biodiversity in a sustainable way – while coping with the challenges imposed by climate change,” the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, José Graziano da Silva, said in a news release. “Our ability to boost food yields sustainably and meet the SDG hunger eradication target will hinge on the availability of better, cost-effective and timely statistical data for agriculture and rural areas” he added.On 1 January 2016, the 17 SDGs of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September last year – officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with the aim of achieving the SDGs, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. In particular, Goal 2 of the SDGs is centred on ending hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture. According to FAO, Goal 2 recognizes the interlinkages among supporting sustainable agriculture, empowering small farmers, promoting gender equality, ending rural poverty, ensuring healthy lifestyles, tackling climate change, and other issues. Feeding a growing population A farmer stands alongside his crops in Ed Damazine, in Sudan’s Blue Nile State. Photo: OCHA Tending crops Agro-forestry farmers tend to their crops in Kigoma, Tanzania. Forests are an integral part of the national agriculture policy with the aim of protecting arable land from erosion and increasing agricultural production. Photo: FAO/Simon Maina ‹ › The USAID donation will cover the first phase of an FAO-led project that will run from 2016 to 2021, starting with pilot efforts in four developing countries – two in sub-Saharan Africa, one in Latin America and one in Asia. A dialogue is under way with eligible countries. The goal of the project is to design and implement a new and cost-effective approach to agricultural data collection in developing world contexts, known as agricultural integrated surveys (AGRIS). In the news release, FAO said that the AGRIS methodology will not only capture improved annual data on agricultural production, but also broader and more detailed structural information relating to farms, including employment, machinery use, production costs, farming practices, and environmental impacts.It will incorporate recent innovations like remote sensing, global positioning systems (GPS), mobile technology and various uses of ‘big data.’ These tools will introduce more objective approaches to measuring agricultural performance, in some cases replacing traditional, more expensive methods. In addition to better and more detailed data, AGRIS is also expected to promote the integration of disparate data sources, improve data timeliness and usability, and cut data collection costs. “The end result,” according to FAO, “will be high-quality data on a wide range of technical, economic, environmental and social dimensions of agriculture that will help governments analyse and understand the impacts of agricultural policies, assess progress toward the SDGs and other goals, and shape better policies.”“Strong national data systems are critical for governments and private sector actors to make informed and smart decisions that foster food security and economic prosperity,” the Assistant to the Administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, Beth Dunford, said in the FAO news release.
RelatedPosts Load More Buyer search no longer exclusive as main Silver Heritage candidate misses second deposit deadline Silver Heritage defends land encroachment allegations The sale of Silver Heritage Group’s Nepal assets remains in limbo after the potential buyer failed to deposit US$3 million into an escrow account by a previously agreed 15 August deadline.Providing an update on Tuesday, Silver Heritage revealed it has yet to receive the US$3 million deposit but said the failed payment was due to reasons outside of the control of either the company or the buyer, named as a Mr Indra Bahadur Thapa. As a result, the deadline has been extended until 10 September. Silver Heritage halts preparation of financial statements on a going concern basis as sale looms If the sale does proceed, Thapa would acquire the company’s Nepal operations at an enterprise value of US$33.9 million by taking ownership of the local Silver Heritage subsidiary holding its Nepal assets for US$20 million. The deal would see US$20 million paid in cash with Thapa also taking on a US$13.9 million lending facility with a consortium of Nepalese banks.Silver Heritage also revealed on Tuesday that a new interim ex parte injunction has been granted by the Rupandehi District Court against two of the company’s subsidiaries in relation to land at Tiger Palace Resort. It follows a previous injunction earlier this month over the same issue, alleging Tiger Palace has encroached on four plots of land belonging to a public canal and another belonging to the government.Silver Heritage said it is now seeking further legal advice but has previously stated that the plots “are not and were never legally registered in the name of the company (or its subsidiaries) but rather as unused Government land lying within the boundaries of Tiger Palace Resort Bhairahawa, and as such the injunction does not restrict the sale or construction on any plots legally owned by the Company through its subsidiaries.”
Earth to Mars in 100 days: The power of nuclear rockets Explore further 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. Humanity has long since established a foothold in the Artic and Antarctic, but extensive colonization of these regions may soon become economically viable. If we can learn to build self-sufficient habitats in these extreme environments, similar technology could be used to live on the Moon or Mars. Citation: Inflatable Habitats for Polar and Space Colonists (2007, January 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-01-inflatable-habitats-polar-space-colonists.html Inflatable dome for cold, high-latitude regions on Earth. The main figure (a) shows a cross-section of the suggested biosphere, and the small figure (b) shows a top-down view. The important components are labeled: a thin, transparent double film on the sunlit side (1), a reflective cover on the shaded side (2), control louvers (3), the entrance (5), and an air pump/ventilator (6). The direction of the Sun is indicated by beams of light (4). The average temperature of the Antarctic coast in winter is about –20 °C. As if this weren’t enough, the region suffers from heavy snowfall, strong winds, and six-month nights. How can humanity possibly survive in such a hostile environment? So far we seem to have managed well; Antarctica has almost forty permanently staffed research stations (with several more scheduled to open by 2008). These installations are far from self-sufficient, however; the USA alone spent 125 million dollars in 1995 on maintenance and operations. All vital resources must be imported—construction materials, food, and especially fuel for generating electricity and heat. Modern technology and construction techniques may soon permit the long-term, self-sufficient colonization of such extreme environments.Why would anyone want to live there? Exceptional scientific research aside, the Arctic is though to be rich in mineral resources (oil in particular). The Antarctic is covered by an ice sheet over a mile thick, making any mineral resources it may have difficult to access. Its biological resources, however, have great potential. Many organisms adapted to extreme cold have evolved unusual biochemical processes, which can be leveraged into valuable industrial or medical techniques. Alexander Bolonkin and Richard Cathcart are firm believers in the value of this chilling territory. “Many people worldwide, especially in the Temperate Zones, muse on the possibility of humans someday inhabiting orbiting Space Settlements and Moon Bases, or a terraformed Mars” Bolonkin points out, “but few seem to contemplate an increased use of ~25% of Earth’s surface—the Polar Regions.”Indeed, the question of space exploration is intriguing. We would all like to know whether there is life on Mars, but robot probes can only perform the experiments they take along with them. Only humans are flexible enough to explore a new territory in detail and determine whether there are enough resources to sustain a long-term presence. Does modern technology really permit the design of lightweight, energy-efficient habitats suitable for other worlds? Greenhouse LivingThe Sun provides the Earth and Moon with about 1400 Watts per square meter, which is ample energy to warm a habitat even when the angle of the incident light and losses due to reflection are taken into account. On Mars, the sunshine is a little less than half as strong—which means that the equator of Mars receives about as much solar energy as the higher latitudes of Earth (Iceland, for example). The most efficient way to generate heat from sunlight is, of course, the well-known “greenhouse” effect. Given a transparent or translucent roof, any structure can hold onto the energy of sunlight long enough to transform it into heat. Glass works well for this, but glass is heavy and expensive to transport.Some good alternatives to glass are now available, however, and more options are on the way. Innovative manufacturing techniques have created many useful composite materials, including translucent, flexible membranes such as Saint-Gobain’s Sheerfill®. While these materials are certainly more expensive than glass, very little is required to construct a useful shelter.In a recent article submitted to arXiv.org , Bolonkin and Cathcart have designed an inflatable, translucent dome that can heat its interior to comfortable temperatures using only the weak sunlight of high latitudes. While many details remain to be worked out, the essential concept is sound. To improve the energy efficiency of the structure, they propose adding multiple insulating layers, aluminum-coated shutters, and a fine electrical network to sense damage to the structure. The dome would be supported entirely by the pressure of the air inside, which can be adjusted to compensate for the added buoyancy caused by high winds. The principle advantages of this design are the low weight and flexibility of the material. If only a few people at a time need shelter, an enclosure the size of a small house would weigh only about 65 kg, or as much as a person. This is light enough even for a space mission, and setting up would be as easy as turning on an air pump. For large colonies, enough membrane to enclose 200 hectares would weigh only 145 tons. The interior would be warm and sheltered, a safe environment for the construction of more traditional buildings and gardens.Bolonkin and Cathcart have attracted attention with their proposal, but a prototype has not yet been constructed.Notes: Source: 1996 report on the U.S. Antarctic Program by the National Science and Technology Council; www.nsf.gov/pubs/1996/nstc96rp/chiv.htm Source: Sam Johnston, “Recent Trends in Biological Prospecting”, UN University Institute for Advanced Studies; www.ias.unu.edu/sub_page.aspx?catID=35&ddlID=20 xxx.arxiv.org/abs/physics/0701098By Ben Mathiesen, Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.
Related posts:Russia OKs imports of Costa Rican beef, milk powder Costa Rica launches catalog of premium food products Costa Rican food producers look for new buyers at international fairs China helps boost Costa Rica’s beef exports Costa Rican exporters take note: Beginning this month, new regulations issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will apply for the entry into that country of tomatoes and gluten-free products.As of Aug. 20, all tomato shipments arriving in the United States must comply with new requirements to prevent the spread of a plague known as the tomato moth (Tuta absoluta), or the tomato leafminer.The moth affects tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and other vegetable crops, according to Costa Rica’s Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG).Among the most important regulations, the FDA will require all tomatoes shipped to the U.S. to be packed without any traces of leaves, stems or other plant parts.“Shipments also must comply with current international standards or be treated with methyl bromide before packing,” said Gina Monteverde, director of MAG’s State Phytosanitary Service.The U.S. agency also eliminated the possibility of shipping tomato samples, as new rules only allow the entry of commercial shipments.On Aug. 5, the FDA also issued new standards for the entry of gluten-free products, Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) reported.As of that date a product only can be labeled or advertised as “gluten-free” if it contains a maximum of 0.002 percent of that substance. The rule also holds foods labeled “without gluten,” “free of gluten,” and “no gluten” to the same standard.Products must not contain any wheat, barley or hybrids, or be derived from a gluten-containing grain that has not been processed to remove gluten.The rule in the U.S. was welcomed by people with celiac disease, who face potentially life-threatening illness if they eat the gluten found in breads, cakes, cereals, pastas and many other foods.Felicia Billingslea, director of FDA’s food labeling and standards department, said “this standard ’gluten-free’ definition eliminates uncertainty about how food producers label their products. People with celiac disease can rest assured that foods labeled ‘gluten-free’ meet a clear standard established and enforced by the FDA.”The U.S. currently is the main destination of Costa Rican exports. That country in 2013 bought 38.7 percent of Tico exports, which represent $4.4 billion, according to PROCOMER. Food products sent to the U.S. accounted for 15.2 percent of total exports from that sector. Facebook Comments
A motorcyclist was on Thursday being treated for serious head injuries after in an accident on Wednesday in Larnaca.According to police, a 47-year-old driver, a resident of Dromolazia, cut the path of the motorbike rider when he was turning his car from Kimonos street into Chrysopolitissis street.The 36-year-old biker from Larnaca was injured in the crash and taken to the local general hospital.The motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet at the time, was diagnosed with a brain injury.The driver of the car was not under the influence of alcohol.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementTop Cardiologist: Throw Out All Your Gluten Now (Here’s Why)Gundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola