As the Government moves to institute a Food and Nutrition Policy for Jamaica, the country’s farmers are again being urged to increase their output to support this and other efforts to safeguard the nation’s food security.Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, who made the call during the Jamaica Agricultural Society’s (JAS) 118th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Wednesday, July 10, at the Denbigh showground in May Pen, Clarendon, said the administration is “determined” to develop the policy, to ensure “that our people have available and reasonably priced, nutritious foods.”The Minister said, however, that this requires that the farmers “lead by example” by boosting outputs as well as diversifying production to support the policy’s objectives.He cited as examples, “unfulfilled” markets for crops such as sweet potato, dasheen, corn, and red peas, and urged for focus on cultivating these produce.Minister Clarke also underscored the need for farmers to be guided as to the appropriate periods for planting certain crops, so as to prevent gluts, and provided with assistance in establishing market linkages.“The Jamaica Agricultural Society must assist to establish the linkages. The farmers have to come together so that you can find a way to make that linkage, and we are going to work together. I am prepared to work with the JAS in a very, very serious way, to address…that marketing problem,” the Minister assured.Mr. Clarke, in the meantime, urged the farmers to increase their support for the JAS to enable the organisation to maximize its contributions to the sector.He said that of the island’s approximately 230,000 active farmers, only 80,000 are affiliated with the JAS, and of that amount, only 15,000 have fulfilled their obligations to the entity, thus ensuring that their membership is up-to-date.“If the farmers of this country cannot support their organisation…something is radically wrong. I must congratulate JAS on being 118 years old, but you are going to have to up the ante now. You are going to have to begin to chart a new way of doing things because things and times have changed; so you must start to believe in your organisation once more,” Mr. Clarke said.JAS President, Senator Norman Grant, assured that the organisation is “prepared to work” with the Ministry and its agencies to ensure it contributes to maximizing the sector’s outputs.Contact: Douglas McIntosh
Effective immediately, eligible Nova Scotia property owners will no longer need to apply for the Capped Assessment Program (CAP). New regulations announced today, June 15, remove the application process for property owners who qualify for the CAP. The province established the CAP program in 2004 to protect Nova Scotia property owners from dramatic increases in the market value of properties by capping the annual taxable-assessment increase. “In addition to making it easier for eligible property owners to be covered by this program, eliminating the application process will make implementing the program more efficient and cost effective,” says Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The regulations will ensure all Nova Scotia residents who own eligible residential or resource properties will receive the CAP. The annual cap rate will be tied to the Nova Scotia Consumer Price Index. For more information on the eligibility of the CAP program, visit www.nsassessment.ca .
APTN National NewsOTTAWA—A verdict in the influence peddling trial of Bruce Carson, a former top adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, won’t be handed down until well after the federal election.Justice Bonnie Warkentin will be handing down the verdict on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.The two-day, paper-only trial was held in mid-September.Carson was charged following an APTN National News investigation around the former Harper confidant’s activities to promote an Ottawa-based water filtration company looking to sell its product to First Nation communities suffering from water woes.The company, H2O Pros, had signed a side deal with Carson’s then-fiancée Michele McPherson guaranteeing her a large cut of all revenues from sales to First Nations.Carson approached Aboriginal Affairs officials and Harper government ministers claiming water filtration systems were a quick-fix for water problems in First Nation communities.Carson is facing a separate set of illegal lobbying and influence peddling charges. That trial is scheduled for next firstname.lastname@example.org@APTNNews
Chickens huddle in their cages at an egg processing plant at the Dwight Bell Farm in Atwater, Calif., in this Sept. 10, 2008 file photo. A decision by Tim Hortons and Burger King to serve only cage-free eggs by 2025 is shining a spotlight on how the breakfast staple makes it from farm to plate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 2, 2016 11:09 am MDT Last Updated Feb 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cracking the yolk: An in-depth look at how eggs are sourced in Canada TORONTO – A decision by Tim Hortons and Burger King to serve only cage-free eggs by 2025 is shining a spotlight on how the breakfast staple makes it from farm to plate.While the transition is nearly a decade away, Egg Farmers Canada says that’s because it will take time.More than 90 per cent of the country’s roughly 1,000 registered commercial egg-producing farms keep their hens in conventional housing, said Peter Clarke, the chairman of Egg Farmers Canada.“It isn’t just like turning a light switch on and off,” he said. “It takes a significant amount of time to be able to do that.”The average farm has between 10,000 and 20,000 hens. Some only house several hundred and others as many as 400,000 hens.Here’s a more in-depth look at how eggs are sourced in Canada:BATTERY CAGES:The wire-floor cages house about four to seven hens, said Debra Probert, the Vancouver Humane Society’s executive director. They give each chicken the living space of about a standard piece of paper measuring 8.5 inches by 11 inches.Probert estimates 95 per cent of Canada’s egg producers operate use battery cages.Battery cages are “more convenient for the farmer than it is, obviously, for the hens,” she said.___ENRICHED CAGES:These cages are larger, housing dozens of hens, said Tina Widowski, an animal and poultry science professor at the University of Guelph who holds the research chair in poultry welfare at Egg Farmers of Canada. The cages provide perches and somewhat private nesting areas.She said enriched cages give chickens more space, allowing them to exhibit natural behaviours like dust bathing, perching and laying eggs in private.Clarke said he prefers this type of hen housing because it also protects the health of farmers, as it exposes them to less dust and ammonia.A&W, a notable standout from its competitors, has committed to source all its eggs from hens in enriched cages by the close of the year, much to the dismay of animal rights groups pushing for a cage-free industry.___CAGE-FREE/FREE-RUN:Farmers are under growing pressure to shift to this type of housing as more companies promise to provide eggs from hens that don’t live in cages. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that hens will suddenly be meandering outside as they please.“We’re not saying that definitely that cage-free is cruelty-free,” Probert said. “It’s not.”Cage-free hens may live in a free-run system, housed in an aviary in a barn without access to the outside world, she said.Clarke and Widowski say cage-free living conditions have some trade-offs. They can poorly impact chicken and farmer health by exposing them to irritants like dust and can cost more to operate.___CAGE-FREE/FREE-RANGE:The other option — what Probert calls “the ideal” — is free-range hens, which are allowed to roam outside. All certified organic eggs in Canada must come from free-range hens.It’s unclear which cage-free option Tim Hortons, Burger King and other restaurants making such public declarations will source their eggs from. Cage-free never means chickens will go outside, said Widowski, unless they’re producing free-range or certified organic eggs.Still, Probert calls the incremental change to move hens out of cages a positive step.“Once they’re out of cages, that makes a huge difference.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
The United Nations Security Council today adopted a historic resolution on youth, peace and security that urges greater representation by young men and women in the prevention and resolution of conflict amid “the rise of radicalization to violence and violent extremism amongst youth, which can be conducive to terrorism.”Along with positioning youth and youth-led organizations as important partners in the global efforts to counter violent extremism and promote lasting peace, the resolution also gives impetus to the youth-led peacebuilding and conflict-prevention interventions to build peaceful communities and underpin democratic, inclusive governance.By the text, the 15-member Council “urges Member States to consider ways to increase inclusive representation of youth in decision-making at all levels in local, national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention and resolution of conflict…and, as appropriate, to consider establishing integrated mechanisms for meaningful participation of youth in peace processes and dispute-resolution.”The resolution, introduced by Jordan during its presidency of the Security Council in April, also covers the protection of youth in armed conflict, including asking “all parties to armed conflict to take the necessary measures to protect civilians, including those who are youth, from all forms of sexual and gender-based violence.”Reacting to the Council’s action, Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, haled the text as “a major breakthrough” in collective efforts to change the predominantly negative narrative on youth and recognize the significant role of young people in peacebuilding. “Youth have for too long been cast away as either the perpetrators of violence or its victims,” he continued, stressing that: “With this resolution the Security Council recognizes the important contributions that young people make in countering violent extremism and supporting peacebuilding efforts around the world.”Through the resolution, the Council also urged Member States to increase their political, financial, technical and logistical support, that take account of the needs and participation of youth in peace efforts, in conflict and post-conflict situations, including those undertaken by relevant entities, funds and programmes. It also encourages all those involved in the planning for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration to consider the needs of youth affected by armed conflict.And for next steps, the resolution requests Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to carry out a “progress study” on the youth’s positive contribution to peace processes and conflict resolution, in order to recommend effective responses at local, national, regional and international levels.It also requests the Secretary-General to include in his reports measures taken to implement the text, “including information on youth in situations of armed conflict and the existence of measures relating to the prevention, partnerships, participation, protection, disengagement and reintegration of youth under this resolution.”At the Security Council’s first-ever meeting on the issue in April, Mr. Ban said that “the role of youth lies at the heart of international peace and security” and emphasized the need “to encourage young people to take up the causes of peace, diversity, and mutual respect.”
While the Ohio State football team has started its season with nine consecutive wins, its next opponent, Illinois, is currently riding a streak of its own. The Fighting Illini, however, have lost five consecutive games, including all four of their games thus far against Big Ten competition. Wins have been hard to come by for Illinois this season, but that has not deterred junior linebacker Jonathan Brown’s confidence going into Saturday’s matchup with the No. 6 Buckeyes at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. “I think we have a very good chance of winning the game,” Brown said. “We’re a good team despite what our record says. I think we got enough weapons to go out and win this game.” With a 2-6 record, and all of its losses being by at least 14 points, Illinois will be considered underdogs in a road contest against the 9-0 Buckeyes. Redshirt junior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase said it does not matter to him if the team’s opponent is favored to win. “It’s more about the team that goes out there and executes and is more consistent throughout the game,” Scheelhaase said. “I’m sure nobody really talks about projections and who was favored, this and that, but who did a better job executing play to play, quarter to quarter and the game.” Scheelhaase acknowledged, however, that the competition will be a challenge on Saturday. “We’re meeting a team that is as good as anyone we’ve played, and you know, really as good as anyone in the country,” Scheelhaase said. “We know we’re going up against a tough team. It’s going to take great execution … to knock off a team like Ohio State. But there’s no doubt that we have the potential to go in there and compete with these guys.” The Illini have not won since Sept. 15, but rather than dwelling on their losses as they prepare to face a team that has not lost since last season, Scheelhaase said the team is taking the season “one game at a time.” “It’s one game, and that’s definitely the mantra that we’re taking going into the game, and that’s what everybody should be thinking about, just this game,” Scheelhaase said. Illinois first-year coach Tim Beckman echoed his quarterback’s sentiment. “We understand that Ohio State’s a good football team, but the only thing that we can control is what we do,” Beckman said. “We understand that we got four football games, four opportunities left … we’re going to take one at a time.” Offensively, Scheelhaase said the key to a victory is consistency. “We have to execute in critical downs,” Scheelhaase said. “On those critical downs, you got to make plays … that’s what it comes down to for any great offense.” Through their first eight games, the Illini have converted less than 35 percent of their third-down conversion attempts this season, which ranks just 102nd nationally. That is consistent with Ohio State’s defense, which ranks 33rd nationally, holding opposing offenses to a conversion rate of just under 35 percent on third-down plays. Beckman said the OSU defense is “fairly talented,” while Scheelhaase said the OSU defensive line is “as tough as anyone in the country.” “They’re really good just with getting push off the ball, beating people at the point of attack, getting pressure on the quarterback,” Scheelhaase said. “It’s something that’s important to take note of and make sure that we try to get after those guys early and definitely send different looks at them, send different things at them so they’re not playing as fast and as aggressive as they’re accustomed to. They’re great players, you know they’re going to make plays, you just try to limit them in different ways, slow them down a little bit.” On the other side of the ball, Brown said the Buckeyes offense, which ranks 21st nationally with 38.6 points per game, is a “well-oiled machine.” “They do make mistakes, but there’s few and far between,” Brown said. “They capitalize on your mistakes, and they got a lot of playmakers, a lot of guys that can go up and get the ball. So it’s going to be a fun challenge for us trying to stop them.” Going into last year’s contest in Champaign, Ill. against the Buckeyes on Oct. 15, 2011, the Fighting Illini were 6-0. But including their 17-7 loss on that day to OSU, the Illini have won just three of their last 15 games. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes were just 3-3 heading into that game last season. Scheelhaase said he is not drawing much from last year’s loss going into Saturday’s game, because the two teams are in positions “about as opposite as possible” from last year’s game. “You don’t think too much about stuff like that going into the game, you just think about how you can execute and how you can prepare to play one of the best teams in the country,” Scheelhaase said. Scheelhaase did say, however, that the chance to play and potentially be the first team to defeat the Buckeyes this season gives him extra motivation for Saturday. “I think everyone in the (Big Ten) conference gets up for playing a team like Ohio State,” he said. “With as much history and tradition as they have … it’s hard not to be excited to get to go and play in that environment. That’s why you come play in the Big Ten conference, that’s why you choose to play college football in a conference like this because you get to play great games like that, and it’s something that I’m excited about and I think the rest of my team is.” Brown said that given the team’s struggles this season, a win at the Horseshoe on Saturday would be “better than anything.” “I don’t think it’s so much with being the team that gave Ohio State its first loss, as much as it’s just getting the win for us,” Brown said.
It was dark but still light enough to see the exit. I ran out. The doors were open, but a lot of rubble fell in front of them — I think that’s why some people couldn’t get through.Riga mayor Nils Usakovs said five people were feared trapped inside but it was unclear how many were still believed to be missing on Saturday.Police investigators could be seen sifting through the rubble alongside rescuers today. The latest body was hauled from the mass of tangled steel and concrete at 6am (4am GMT).Speculation has centred on the extra weight created by a rooftop garden and playground and on the possibility that building regulations may have been bent.Maxima spokeswoman Olga Malaskeviciene told AFP the company had launched safety checks at its 140 other stores in Latvia and plans similar reviews in Lithuania and Estonia.“The cause remains a mystery, but it must be discovered. Obviously if a mistake was made it was a massive one,” said Marite Straume, spokeswoman for the Re&Re firm that did the building work.The strange thing is at the time of the collapse we were replacing the heavy rocks that had been there for two winters with much lighter materials to make the garden. The roof was actually getting lighter. A photograph published by Latvia’s Diena daily showed an aerial view of the roof prior to the collapse, covered in soil, shrubbery, a children’s playground and construction material.Passers by react outside the collapsed Maxima supermarket in Riga, Latvia. Pic: AP Photo/Mindaugas KulbisPart of the roof at the two-year old supermarket crashed down during peak shopping hours around 6pm on Thursday, in the Zolitude district of the Latvian capital.A second collapse crushed to death the rescuers who had already entered the building.Thousands of glowing candles and heaps of flowers decked the perimeter crash barriers surrounding the site, placed by a constant stream of shell-shocked residents.Flags were being flown from houses across the country with a black sash attached as Latvia began a three-day period of national mourning.Just days after November 18 independence celebrations, the tragedy snuffed out an upbeat mood in Latvia, with 2014 set to mark its entry into the eurozone and showcase Riga as the European capital of culture.Child Protection Inspectorate director Laila Rieksta-Riekstina told Latvian Radio Saturday that “16 children lost one parent and one child has unfortunately lost both parents” in the tragedy.A view of collapsed Maxima supermarket in Riga, Latvia. Pic: AP Photo/Mindaugas KulbisThe state fire and rescue service website paid tribute to the three firefighters who died, describing them as “more like family members than colleagues”.Books of condolence have been opened at Latvian embassies abroad including Britain, Canada, Ireland, Poland, Russia, Poland and the USA while world leaders have also expressed sympathy.The central government, Riga city council and the Maxima retailer have promised compensation to victims and charities are also raising cash.- © AFP, 2013Read: Death toll in Latvia supermarket roof collapse doubles> LATVIAN INVESTIGATORS AND rescuers combed the ruins of a Riga supermarket for clues and bodies today after its roof crashed down on shoppers, killing at least 52.Hope was dwindling of finding any survivors two days after the roof of the Maxima supermarket caved in and the small Baltic state began mourning the victims of its worst disaster since independence in 1991.As horrific accounts of the tragedy emerged from some of the 40 people known to have survived, anger and suspicion mounted over the causes of Europe’s third deadliest roof collapse in 30 years.A woman lights a candle near the collapsed shopping centre in Riga, Latvia. Pic: AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis“I was queueing at the cash desk when the roof suddenly caved in. It all happened within a few seconds,” 19-year-old Antons Ryakhin, saying “about 100 people” had been inside with him.
THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN Police force is hoping to hire “a significant number” of trained officers from the UK and Ireland in a recruitment drive over the next six months.It is currently seeking applications from serving gardaí with between three and seven years service to fill vacant roles in the region.The application process opened last month and there has been a “number of enquiries from Irish police officers”, a spokesperson for WA Police told TheJournal.ie.“However, [we] are yet to receive any applications from Irish police officers.”Last year, six members of An Garda Síochána emigrated to become officers in Australia and are now being considered for permanent residency visas.A source from within the Gardaí told TheJournal.ie that the link to WA Police’s recruitment website has “gone viral” among rank-and-file members as tensions with senior management grows and concerns over possible pay cuts rise.GRA President John Parker said the situation for gardaí here is getting more frustrating, adding it wasn’t just about pay but also conditions in stations.When asked about the Australian scheme he said he was “cognisant of the fact that some people have reached rock-bottom and want to give something else a chance”.“Any reductions in numbers would be worrying…in the overall scheme of things, our own Minister would want to start recruiting by the end of the year.”Australia is looking for already-trained officer because of a skills shortage across the whole region. Those interested should be under 50 years old and need to meet a number of other requirements, including physical fitness and vision standards.Successful applicants will undergo a 13-week transitional training course at an academy in Joondalup. On graduation, the pay scale begins at $64,077 (€49,597) per year and increases on the third year of service. By the fifth year, salaries have reached over $70,000.It is understood that the force picked Ireland for the drive because gardaí are already well-trained and speak English.The recruitment process comes as rank-and-file gardaí threaten industrial action. They plan to “turn off the goodwill tap” from 22 February if the government refuses to budge on pay cut proposals.Read: Garda Commissioner to meet GRA as plans for industrial action get underway
Posted: June 10, 2019 June 10, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Wild Night Out at the San Diego Zoo Night time Zoo comes back June 16th!! Always so fun to hang with their animal ambassadors @sandiegozoo @KUSINews @KUSI_GMSD pic.twitter.com/8H17IBMQZH— Allie Wagner (@alliewagnertv) June 10, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Guests are invited to enjoy a special preview of the Zoo’s Nighttime Zoo celebration, without the kids and the crowds for one night only.During Wild Night Out beginning at 6 p.m. added perks include unique talks with keepers, up-close animal ambassador presentations, a complimentary beverage (choice of beer, wine, soda or water) and more, according to zoo organizers.Upon entering, the San Diego Zoo said guests will be greeted by our loveable Zoo characters before embarking on a fun evening of festivities and live entertainment—including toe-tapping musical stylings from Zoo favorites. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom,
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Officers temporarily closed a road in Southwest Miami-Dade after a Miami-Dade officer was involved in a crash.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene at 200th Street and 123rd Place, Wednesday, after an officer and a civilian were involved in a collision.According to police, the officer was part of the Special Response Team and was not responding to a call at the time.Officers temporarily blocked off 200th Street in both directions to investigate. The road has since reopened.Police said no injuries were reported.Officials have not determined who was at fault.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioLegislature votes to dip into budget reserve to pass state budgetAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Legislature is poised to pass a state budget that would prevent layoff notices going out to state workers tomorrow. But the budget could draw three billion dollars from the state’s piggy bank, the constitutional budget reserve. And it’s not clear how Governor Bill Walker will respond to a spending plan that doesn’t address Alaska’s long-term state fiscal imbalance.Father, son die in Glacier Bay capsizingAssociated PressAccording to The National Park Service, a father and son died when a boat capsized at Glacier Bay National Park.Several fires plague Mat-Su over Memorial Day weekendEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThree new fires in the Matanuska Susitna Borough were sparked over the long weekend. On Monday, fire crews were called out to two fires in the Palmer area. Despite the area being under a burn suspension, both of the fires were human caused on private land, when residents chose to burn debris piles. Forestry crews from Palmer responded to those fires, which were declared contained.Real winners in pot bonanza? Security companiesZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageOne IT security firm estimates 80 percent of its business is consulting on surveillance and data storage to bring cannabis companies into compliance with state rules.Despite federal changes, ‘Eskimo’ still in use in Western AlaskaEmily Russell, KNOM – NomeThe term “eskimo” is divisive across much of the arctic, but it’s still being used in western Alaska. Some identify with it, while others want to see change.Former Wrangell Institute property could see another boarding schoolAaron Bolton, KSTK – WrangellWrangell could see another boarding school in the next five years. ANSEP, an accelerated high school program based on University of Alaska Anchorage campus, is interested in building a 400-bed facility on the former Wrangell Institute property.Former UAF shooter prepares for his 4th OlympicsDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksFormer University of Alaska Fairbanks shooter and 2004 Olympic champion Matt Emmons is in top form heading toward his 4th Olympics this summer in Rio.Fairbanks’ largest care facility to be operated by Greater Community Hospital FoundationRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksThe Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation is planning to operate the community’s largest care facility and private employer. The decision follows in the wake of failed negotiations with Providence announced earlier this month. The Foundation is confident it has the management group in place to succeed.Unalaska ambulance inherited by ChignikGreta Mart, KUCB – UnalaskaOne of Unalaska’s former ambulances will soon be taking a ferry ride to the Alaskan Peninsula town of Chignik. Chignik is an incorporated city in the Lake and Peninsula Borough, home to about 60 permanent residents and hundreds of seasonal workers.
Interglobe Aviation, which owns IndiGo, announced its third quarter results on Thursday and its shares plunged on Friday by about 20%, sending other aviation stocks such as Jet Airways and SpiceJet to nosedive.Though Interglobe Aviation reported a 24% rise in its third quarter net profit at Rs 657 crore, its second quarter profit at a low of Rs 112.6 crore caused the sharp correction on the BSE.At around 2.15 pm, the Interglobe Aviation stock was trading at Rs 991.75, down 17.18% and off from the day’s high of Rs 1,180.The company that owns India’s biggest air carrier by market share, earned Rs 4,273.39 crore in revenues from operations during the third quarter, up 11.3% from Rs 3,838.09 crore from the corresponding quarter last fiscal.Its second-quarter financial results were not available till Thursday since the company got listed only in November last year and initiated its IPO activities a month prior to it.The company raised Rs 3,010 crore through its IPO, issuing equity shares at Rs 765 per share. The shares listed at a premium on the stock exchanges.IndiGo’s market share in domestic air traffic was 35.6% in December 2015, marginally up from 35.5% in the previous month. “IndiGo’s nine-month performance in FY16 was much below estimates due to a sharp fall in profitability in the second quarter, where net profit declined to Rs 110 crore from Rs 640 crore in the first quarter,” said Kotak Securities, reports NDTV.The second quarter is seasonally weak for air carriers forcing them to resort to steep discounts, which in turn hits profit margins.SpiceJet reported net profit of Rs 23.77 crore in the second quarter, down from Rs 71.84 crore in the first quarter.Shares of SpiceJet and Jet Airways were trading with losses in the range of 6 to 7% at around 2.30 pm. The S&P BSE Sensex was up 497 points, or 2.08% at 24,459.87.
23 year old Nahida Manzoor will become the first Kashmiri woman to scale the Mount EverestFacebookFacebook23 year old Nahida Manzoor would become the first Kashmiri woman to scale the Mount Everest. Nahida who lives in Zevan area of Srinagar outskirts had earlier sought public support through crowdfunding campaign online so that she would be able to achieve this feat. Nahida had urged the people to come out and support her dreams as she belongs to a middle class family which has financial constraints.But Nahida is already on her way to conquer world’s highest peak after scaling almost every mountain in the Kashmir valley. She has held a record for climbing the 3,966 metre high Mahadev peak in the valley and would now 5,975 metre high Swargarohini peak during the expedition. She was also the first Kashmiri female mountaineer to undertake a two months long expedition course with the NCC.””It was my childhood dream to climb Mount Everest. Mountaineering is a very expensive sport and the expedition to the Everest costs Rs 30 lakh. After failing to get sponsors, I resorted to crowd-funding. I have climbed Mount Deo Tibba, Manali; Friendship Peak, Himachal Pradesh; Srinagar’s highest peak Mount Mahadev; and Mount Tatakooti in Pirpanjal Range besides others. During my first hike as a 10-year-old, I had promised myself that one day I will climb the highest peak of the world,” Nahida told The Tribune.She said that she started scaling mountains at a very young age which was partly due to the reason she lived near them. She climbed the nearby peaks without any gear and was almost sucessful in all her attempts. Finally, she got enrolled in a professional mountaineering course which has made it possible for her to pursue her dream.She later went on to conquer Mount Deo Tibba-Manali with a height of 6001 meters and Friendship Peak of Himachal Pradesh with a height of 5289 meters. Nahida has received plenty of support from the local tourism officials who said that they are tracking the team which also comprises Reeza Ali, the youngest mountaineer from Kashmir to be scaling the world’s highest mountain.Reeza said that through his achievements he wants to establish a foundation which can raise awareness on climate change and environment. His love for climbing mountains also dates back to his childhood days when he would scale small peaks around his village for fun. Nahida Manzoor and Reeza Ali are the young Kashmiris who are on their way to conquer Mount EverestTwitter
Russia’s foreign ministry on Sunday said it regretted US President Donald Trump’s policy reversal on Cuba, calling it reminiscent of the Cold War era.”The new line towards Cuba announced by US President Donald Trump takes us back to already half-forgotten rhetoric in the style of the Cold War,” the ministry said in a statement on its website.Trump vowed Friday to overhaul his predecessor Barack Obama’s deal to restore ties with Cuba, promising instead to support the Cuban people against Raul Castro’s government.Moscow said Trump’s policy changes showed that “anti-Cuban discourse is still widely in demand. This cannot but cause regret.”It said that easing of sanctions under Obama was a “well-thought-out political decision in which there were no losers except marginal Castro opponents.”Russia said it was reaffirming its “unshakeable solidarity with Cuba.”Cuban President Raul Castro visited Russia in 2015 while President Vladimir Putin visited the island on a tour of Latin America in 2014, meeting both the president and the revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, who died last year.
Kolkata: Fresh tension was triggered at NRS Medical College and Hospital on Thursday afternoon, after some people pelted stones on junior doctors from outside the hospital campus.The junior doctors, who have been continuing agitation at NRS Medical College and Hospital, alleged that the local councillor had led the attack. It was alleged that the junior doctors were sitting in agitation inside the main gate of the hospital, when some people threw stones and bottles at them from outside. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe incident caused chaos to erupt inside the hospital again. The junior doctors alleged that police personnel posted at the hospital have failed to catch the miscreants. Subsequently, a heated altercation also broke out between the junior doctors and the policemen. The junior doctors alleged that some outsiders with hockey sticks in hand stormed into the hospital campus and tried to attack them. They claimed that it was a deliberate attempt by some people to disrupt their movement. The junior doctors closed the main gate of the hospital following the incident. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA huge contingent of police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. The main gate remained shut and police later allowed staff members of the hospital inside after checking their identity cards. Meanwhile, MSVP of NRS Medical College and Hospital Professor Saurabh Chattopadhyay and principal Saibal Kumar Mukherjee submitted their resignations to the Director of Medical Education, for their failure to handle the prevailing situation.
Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary has refused to discuss what action was taken against an MP who used “racist and homophobic” language.Lesley Laird, the party’s Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, was quizzed by the BBC about the action taken against Scottish Labour MP Hugh Gaffney. PINK NEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Scottish National Party officials have since called for him to be sacked.The SNP’s Humza Yousaf said: “This is utterly awful. A simple apology and diversity training does NOT cut it! In fact it is a slap in the face to suggest this absolves him.“Hope [Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard] takes serious action against Hugh Gaffney. At very least he should be suspended from the party & whip withdrawn.”Labour official Anas Sarwar added: “[This] is sadly another example of why we need to recognise that everyday racism is a reality.“I published an 8-point plan yesterday on how Scottish Labour can lead by example… Deeds not words.”Labour was recently forced to suspend another MP who made homophobic comments.Jared O’Mara, the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam, had made the posts on a music forum in the early 2000s.Jared O’MaraA user known as ‘gingerjared’ referred to gay people as “fudge packers” and “poofters”, also alluding to anal sex as “driving up the Marmite motorway”.Labour initially refused to suspend Mr O’Mara over his comments.After his comments were reported, Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner, who was previously Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, said she would be “happy” to sit alongside Mr O’Mara.Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, she claimed that there are “many” people and voters with similar views.She said: “Yes, I am happy to sit alongside him, because those comments he made 15 years ago.“I’ve met many people in my life that had had homophobic, misogynistic and even racist views, quite frankly, I’ve knocked on doors where that’s been the case.“Jared has said he held those views 15 years ago, but he changed his views because he recognised those views were absolutely abohorrent and wrong. He changed those views, and he is not the Jared who made those comments 15 years ago.“I think it’s important for listeners as well, because people do change those views at times.“It’s important that they recognise that, they apologise, and they correct that behaviour.”O’Mara was eventually suspended when a string of other comments and allegations about his behaviour came to light. He remains an MP, sitting as an independent.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Hugh Gaffney, the Member of Parliament for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, was rebuked by officials over remarks he allegedly made to a Labour Students Burns Night gathering.According to sources, the 54-year-old is reported to have made a joke about Robert Burns not being “bent”.He said of Burns: “He started off being a farmer/But he really was such a charmer/Going for ales he frequent/Telling the lads and lassies he was not bent.”The MP also used a slur to refer to Chinese food, joking that he could “be at home having a Ch**ky”.The party said the MP would face disciplinary action over the comments – but Ms Laird refused to discuss what form they would take.Pressed on the issue, she claimed it was “confidential”.She said: “The facts of the case are known, the matter has been dealt with, and the matter is now closed. I won’t be adding anything further.“We’ve already acknowledged that Hugh will be attending diversity training… I’m not going to get into discussing individual situations.”Pressed further during the interview with BBC’s Good Morning Scotland, she said: “As I confirmed last week, the matter is closed, and I think most people would recognise that from a disciplinary point of view, these matters are considered confidential.“The matter of the event is known. It has been dealt with, and is now closed.”Asked what action Jeremy Corbyn had taken, she said: “I’m not going to disclosed any further. I’m here to discuss a matter that is live in my constituency.”She added: “From my perspective, the facts are known, it has been dealt with and the matter is closed.”Gaffney has since apologised for the comments.He has since apologised for the comments.In a statement, Mr Gaffney said: “Last week I attended a Labour Students Burns Supper In Edinburgh.“At that event I used certain language relating to the Chinese and LGBT communities that was wrong and completely inappropriate.“I want to offer my unreserved apologies for what I said; my remarks were deeply offensive and unacceptable.“I will be taking part in equality and diversity training at the earliest opportunity.“I will do everything possible to make amends with both the Chinese community and the LGBT community.”A Labour party spokesperson said: “Hugh Gaffney MP has been reprimanded for using inappropriate and offensive language.“He has apologised unreservedly and referred himself for equality and diversity training. The Labour Party is clear that this language is unacceptable.”
Frequent flyers have reacted strongly on social media, with one tweeter saying that the program had become only focussed on high-earning high-flyers. “‘A lot of consumers who are looking for discounted air-fares and seeking to get a benefit from signing up to a rewards program will have to think twice before looking at Qantas,’’ Mr Godrey said. Under the new scheme, new routes will also attract bonus points. Consumer lobby group, Choice spokesperson, Tom Godfrey, said the news is not good for consumers. The changes will take effect from 1 July and mean that customers will earn points and status credits when they book more “flexible rates”, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Qantas has defended the overhaul, saying that the changes would make earning points “simpler” and “fairer” for all flyers. Customers who regularly used the old scheme were assured by Qantas that their points are still redeemable. Qantas has revamped its frequent flyer program so that regular travellers will now earn points based on how much they spend, rather than how far they fly. Source = ETB News: Tom Neale
One of the anti-drugs council’s (ASK) top priorities is tackling underage drinkers’ easy access to alcohol by increased checks and stricter application of the law, a senior official from the council said on Wednesday.According to ASK executive secretary, Ioanna Yiasemi, the organisation, which takes part in the Safer Tourism Platform, last year promoted measures to monitor the sale of alcohol particularly during the summer season.These include training staff of establishments selling alcohol “on the responsible sale and service of alcohol and dealing with emergencies”. A pilot scheme ran in all five districts.Measures also include increased checks on businesses selling alcohol to ensure they apply the legislation, and stationing an ambulance in areas where there are many pubs and clubs to provide first aid if necessary.ASK also promoted legal amendments that have facilitated police checks on places selling alcohol and by introduced harsher penalties on businesses caught serving alcohol to under 18s. The new regulations provide for up to a €3,000 fine.“The new measures that were incorporated into the legislation aim at enhancing compliance of vendors with existing legislation and hence reducing the accessibility and availability of alcohol among children and young people,” Yiasemi saidThe Safer Tourism Platform – which consists of 42 social partners – is a collaboration between the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) and the UK high commission. Its goal is to make Cyprus an even safer holiday destination with fewer incidences of violence.One of the measures adopted was the amendment of legislation, restricting the legal alcohol intake to 9 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath for drivers who have under three years’ driving experience.The CTO said earlier in the year that recent online surveys rank Cyprus among the top safest small countries, while the UK high commissioner congratulated the stakeholders and said that the initiative is now considered an international best practice. 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 SearchUndoE Commerce Platform I Search AdsSelling Online Has Never Been Easier. Search The Best E Commerce PlatformE Commerce Platform I Search AdsUndo 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
The Michigan House today unanimously approved Rep. Thomas Albert’s legislation to build upon recent reforms improving the financial prospects of the school employee retirement system.Albert’s legislation provides a more stable and predictable method of paying into the system to erase debt and preserve retirement benefits for teachers. He said it’s an important step to follow changes signed into law last year.“We have made significant and positive changes to improve the retirement system, and brighten the financial future of our schools and our state,” said Albert, of Lowell. “The legislation we’re talking about today is the next logical step in that evolution. It’s also a necessary step to build the better Michigan we want for our children and grandchildren.”Albert said his proposed changes will greatly enhance the chances of truly eliminating the retirement system’s $30 billion debt by 2038, which is the current goal.“The legislation would eliminate a flawed and unpredictable methodology now used to project the state’s debt payment schedules,” Albert said.Payment projections are now based on an assumption that school payroll will grow by 3.5 percent annually – but payroll has been declining for more than a decade, which means payments to offset unfunded liabilities have fallen short and debt has continued to rise.Albert’s plan calls for gradually reducing the payroll growth assumption over time until it reaches zero. Debt then would be paid off along the lines of a fixed-rate home mortgage, with “level dollar” payments that remain the same year to year.“If we don’t make this change, we could wind up in serious trouble,” Albert said. “We could be facing a mountain of debt we cannot climb, with payments too large to make. The good news is this legislation offers a solution.”Albert’s legislation affecting the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System is House Bill 5355. The bill advances to the Senate for further consideration.### 27Feb Michigan House approves Rep. Albert’s bill to further improve school employee retirement fund Categories: Albert News,News
Categories: LaSata News,News Bills will help Michigan residents report illegal behaviorState Rep. Kim LaSata today announced the state House has approved her plan to expand the 24-hour OK2SAY hotline to include reporting on sexual abuse, assault and rape.“Survivors of sexual misconduct need options for reporting this despicable behavior,” said LaSata, who co-chaired a House inquiry into the recent Larry Nassar scandal. “The over 300 girls and young women Nassar brutalized needed more advocates and opportunities to report his actions. OK2SAY is yet another option.”The program was originally introduced as a method of confidentially reporting criminal activity in schools, but has expanded its reach to include threats of suicide and drug-related offenses. Prior to the Jan. 1, 2018, the tip line has received 10,734 reports, including 2,471 involving incidents of bullying on school property.LaSata’s legislation is part of a 28-bill bipartisan package approved by the House to increase protections to Michigan’s residents in the wake of the Nassar sex abuse scandal.“We need to open the lines of communication between our children and the proper authorities on sexual-based offenses, but that’s just part of making Michigan safer,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “There were medical professionals, subject experts, Nassar survivors, university administrators and retired judges who all came forward over 19 hours in committee testimony. What the House approved today is a thorough solution to protect our children, while strengthening punishments against anyone who engages in sexual misconduct.”House Bill 5539 advances to the Senate for its consideration. 24May House approves LaSata plan to help victims of sexual assault