Report suggests growing gap between greenhouse gas projections and promises

first_imgA recently released federal report suggests the gap is growing between Canada’s greenhouse gas reduction promises and what its policies are likely to achieve.The news comes as the Liberal government continues to promise a new pipeline will be built to take bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to ports in British Columbia — a move critics say would push Canada’s emissions even higher.In December, the government delivered a report to the United Nations outlining its progress on reaching targets agreed to in the Paris Accord to fight climate change. Canada has promised to reduce those emissions to the equivalent of 517 megatonnes of carbon dioxide.In 2016, Ottawa made a similar report to the UN acknowledging that both its current and planned policies would likely leave the country 44 megatonnes short of its target.But in the recent report, Canada notes the gap between its commitments and the likely result of its policies has grown to 66 megatonnes — a 50 per cent increase in only 18 months.Environment Canada was unable to immediately explain that expanding shortfall. Figures for greenhouse gas emissions in the report are only given up to 2015 and are reported to have been largely stable for several years previously.Keith Stewart of Greenpeace said the increasing gap between promises and probable results is likely due to increasing energy production.“There might be some changes from demographic growth, but I can’t believe there’s been a huge change in those projections in a year and a half,” he said. “I think the main factor here is oil and gas.”Figures from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers suggest overall oil production declined by 15 per cent between 2014 and 2016. Production from the oilsands, the most carbon-intensive form of production, increased 12 per cent over that time.Stewart said Canada should not be considering a new pipeline to move more of that high-carbon production at a time when the country is falling further behind its commitments. Pipeline critics say building more infrastructure to move the product will only increase production.“Another pipeline is just going to dig an even deeper hole,” he said.Simon Fraser University energy economist Mark Jaccard said, overall, Canada’s climate change policies aren’t tough enough to meet its targets.“We would need much higher stringency of any package of the intended policies to achieve Paris (targets),” he said.Higher carbon taxes, though politically difficult, are one method. Others include a lower overall emissions cap on the oilsands, tighter rules on methane emissions, quicker phase-out of coal-generated power that leans more on renewables than natural gas and a clean fuel standard.“We can do it all with only carbon taxes. We can do it all with only regulations. We can do it all with a combination.”A “package” of policies is called for, he said.In its report, Environment Canada offered few specifics on how the 66 missing megatonnes of carbon might be made up.It said greater reductions might come from investments in public transit and clean technology. Calculations of the capacity of forests and wetlands to store carbon may also increase, the report says.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

1 for the Planet Jack Johnson Team Up To Give Back

first_imgOn May 23, Jack Johnson, 1% For The Planet Ambassador and business member, will perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival in Boston, MA, kicking off a summer long collaboration with 1% for the Planet, the world’s largest environmental network.During his 2014 summer tour, Jack will entertain crowds around the globe. He’ll simultaneously raise awareness around sustainable local food systems and plastic free initiatives in his All At Once Village Green, which highlights several environmental nonprofits within the 1% for the Planet network.Jack Johnson joined 1% for the Planet in 2004, becoming the 50th business member to join the movement. Businesses within the network donate at least 1% of sales annually directly to nonprofit partners to maintain membership, however, this past year Jack went well beyond the required minimum, donating nearly 6% of record royalties and 100% of his net tour income back to environmental organizations. A longtime advocate for the earth, Jack is also an ambassador for the network, raising awareness and encouraging additional organizations, businesses, and individuals to get involved.From May 23 – September 1, 1% for the Planet will hit the road with Jack, appearing at multiple venues from New York to Hawaii to gain support and raise awareness about 1% for the Planet and Jack’s commitment to local foods, clean water, and a plastics-free lifestyle. 1% for the Planet will attend the following shows:• May 23 – Boston, MA (Boston Calling Festival) • May 30 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH • June 7 – Wantagh, NY (Jones Beach) • August 1 – Oahu, HI (Wakiki Shell) • August 23 – Quincy, WA (The Gorge) • August 28 – Los Angeles, CAAs part of the All At Once Village, Jack Johnson’s tour is collaborating with over 130 community groups that focus on plastic-free initiatives, sustainable local food systems, and other hands-on, grassroots environmental projects. At most Jack Johnson shows, nonprofits from the 1% for the Planet network will be on-site and for every donation made by fans, Jack’s charity, the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, will offer a matching contribution up to $2,500.“As our 50th member and a longtime ambassador, Jack has always gone above and beyond to encourage individual action to better the environment,” said 1% for the Planet’s Managing Director, Melody Badgett. “We’re excited to be able to partner with him during his summer tour to amplify his work through our network.”Jack Johnson’s All At Once Campaign was founded in 2008 and aims to empower consumers to connect with nonprofits, take environmental action, and receive recognition for their efforts. Jack empowers people to get involved with a simple mantra: An individual action, multiplied by millions, creates global change.To learn more about 1% for the Planet’s involvement on Jack Johnson’s tour this summer, click here. To learn more about Jack Johnson’s All At Once Campaign, click here and for a complete list of Jack Johnson tour dates visit JackJohnsonMusic.com.Source:PR Weblast_img read more

CAF President: ‘President of Esperance Tunis Threatened Me’

Rabat – The President of the Confederation of the African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad said that the president of Esperance Tunis threatened him “in front of witnesses.”Ahmad Ahmad’s statement comes after a backlash against poor referee performance during the Wydad Casablanca-Esperance Tunis second leg final of the African Champions League on Friday, May 31.In a statement to sports news outlet Stad’Afric, Ahmad condemned the absence of the video assistant referee (VAR) in the game. “VAR works everywhere but not in Tunis?” he said. He added that “major presidents of [football] clubs accuse the practices of this club, but we have no evidence.”During the game a referee rejected an equalizer for Wydad Casablanca, suggesting that it was offside. When Wydad Casablanca put pressure on the referees, asking them to check the legitimacy of the goal through VAR, the referees claimed that the technology was unavailable due to technical issues.Ahmed’s remarks followed several other statements, where the CAF president backed Wydad Casablanca. In previous statements, CAF has acknowledged that Wydad Casablanca’s goal during the second leg of the African Champions League final against Esperance Tunis was legitimate.“If somebody did not see WAC’s goal as legitimate, he then should change his hobby and to stop watching football,” he added.The scandal and criticism over the VAR and referees lead CAF to hold an emergency executive committee meeting on June 4 convened by Ahmed  to “discuss regulatory issues” following the EST-WAC game.The president of Wydad Casablanca, Said Naciri, and the president of the Royal Football Federation (FRMF), Fouzi Lekjaa will attend the meeting. read more

Bringing Garden of Eden to Africa under UNsponsored nature restoration

6 October 2008Learning from the success in rehabilitating the Iraqi marshlands that some believe was the site of the Biblical Garden of Eden, United Nations-backed pilot projects are now targeting a ‘lost’ lake in Mali, a Kenyan forest that is a vital source for key rivers and lakes and land restoration in Haiti. The projects are among several such large-scale and nationally significant rehabilitation initiatives that the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) wants to launch in five countries during the run-up to the next meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan, in 2010. UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner told the Fifth World Conservation Congress in Barcelona today that the international community needs to “invest and re-invest in the ‘soft’ infrastructure too, from forests and fisheries to wetlands and soils, if we are to ensure water and food supplies in a world with climate change and in a world with 9 billion mouths to feed in just four decades.” He spotlighted Lake Faguibine, a spearhead-shaped body of water linked with seasonal flooding of the Niger, Africa’s third largest river. At its maximum the lake can cover close to 600 square kilometres but has been almost totally dry since the 1970s. A UNEP dispatched in August has now completed its preliminary assessment of some of factors behind the loss, including declining rainfall, increased evaporation and land-use changes – and of the benefits likely to accrue to close to some 200,000 mainly nomadic people living in and around the area. The rehabilitation, expected to cost more than $12 million, seeks to manage the land and hydrological cycle, possibly including clearance of some 2 million cubic metres of sand blocking feeder channels, less intensive land use and more sensitive management of discharges from Niger dams. Several donor countries have signalled interest in taking the work forward in cooperation with Mali, UNEP and other partners. UNEP will draw on the skills and expertise gleaned from a four-year, $14 million programme, funded by Japan, to assist Iraq restore the Marshlands of Mesopotamia, considered by some to be the location of the Biblical Garden of Eden, after they were massively damaged by a vast drainage operation carried out by the ousted regime of Saddam Hussein. The project has restored clean drinking water for well over 20,000 Marsh Arabs as well as boosting habitats for a wide range of species. This has prompted the Iraqi Government to seek listing of the marshlands as a World Heritage Site with support from UNEP and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Lessons from other countries, not just Iraq, can also be applied. A new management plan for the Itezhi-tezhi dam in Zambia has helped to restore natural seasonal flooding of the Kafue flats, while wetlands expansion around Diawling National Park in Mauritania is helping to control flooding and improve livelihoods, UNEP said. In Kenya, the Mau, the country’s largest closed-canopy forest, generates goods and services worth more than $320 million annually for the tea, tourism and hydropower sectors as well as feeding rivers and lakes in Kenya and Lake Victoria, which is shared with Uganda and Tanzania. But over recent years it has been impaired by poorly planned settlements and illegal logging. Over 100,000 hectares, nearly a quarter of the total, has been destroyed in the past decade, putting at risk livelihoods, businesses and existing and planned hydropower schemes. A UNEP-backed Government task force is currently assessing needed steps, and restoration, including re-establishing forest plantations, promoting natural regeneration and forest enrichment planting, is expected to start early in 2009. A further project proposal is being drawn up and staff being hired to restore soils, wetlands, forests and other key ecosystem on the hurricane-vulnerable island of Haiti where environmental degradation has been linked to social unrest, UNEP announced. read more

Noconfidence motion against Ravi likely next week

Alahapperuma said that SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake had misled the media by claiming President Maithripala Sirisena had told the SLFP to back the budget. Alahapperuma, an SLFP member, said that he had raised his concerns with President Maithripala Sirisena over the statements made to the media by Dissanayake on the SLFP stand on the budget.He said that the President also agreed that the statements were misleading and that he would raise the issue with Dissanayake. (Colombo Gazette) The opposition is considering submitting a no-confidence motion against Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake next week.United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) member of Parliament Dullas Alahapperuma said that Karunanayake had presented the 2016 budget in Parliament when there were allegations of fraud against him. He also denied claims that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) had agreed to support the budget as a party. read more

Vulnerable countries that have progressed must not be left out of global

Tough challenges faced by vulnerable countries, such as small island developing States (SIDS), must be addressed by any future global development agenda, even if progress has been made in boosting the well-being of their people, the Acting Foreign Minister of the Maldives told the General Assembly today.“Simply having a high gross national income (GNI) or a high Human Development Index score does not make SIDS less vulnerable to external shocks, including emerging threats such as climate change, Mariyam Shakeela, who is also the Minister of Environment and Energy of her country, said as she opened the final day of this year’s high-level general debate. She said that her country had made “remarkable progress” in achieving most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the existing development targets to be reached before 2015, but had experienced setbacks due to a variety of factors, including the loss of development assistance following the country’s graduation from the category of least developed countries or LDCs.“The Maldives is a perfect example of a SIDS graduating from LDC status based on distortive data and geographically disassociated global aggregates and indices,” she added. “Even upon graduation, the country continues to face numerous economic, social and climate-change challenges.” For that reason, the plight of SIDS, even those that are not longer considered among the poorest, must be given differential treatment in the post-2015 agenda now under consideration, she said, supporting the formulation of a goal focussed on such island nations.Among challenges faced the Maldives, she described severity of the threat posed by climate change, pointing out that 80 per cent of the small nation is barely one and half meters above sea level. She called for urgent international action to reduce that threat.Noting also that the country had recently held only its second multi-party election, with a second round now awaiting a decision of the Supreme Court, she said that the most pressing challenge to the Maldives remains democracy consolidation, and related building and reform of institutions.Such challenges do not, however, “mean that larger countries have a right to intervene and attempt to dictate outcomes in domestic affairs of the Maldives,” she stressed, insisting that.The process must be allowed to proceed constitutionally and without external interference. read more

Week in Brussels – Week ending Friday 21 February 2014

DOWNLOAD1. Commission begins legal proceedings against UK on air quality.2. European new car registrations up 5.5% in January 2014.3. EU and US trade chiefs review progress towards Transatlantic trade deal.4. 2013 industrial structure reports highlights need for industrial renaissance.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

REMINDER Wednesday Feb 22 is Pink Shirt Day

The Brock community is being asked to think pink when they come back to work Wednesday, Feb. 22.Pink T-Shirt Day will be celebrated on campus in support of the Bullying Stops Here campaign.The University is encouraging people to wear their favourite shade of the rosy colour in an effort to show that bullying will not be tolerated.Brock Health Management and Wellness Manager Kathryn Walker said the day is meant to promote kindness among students, staff and faculty, while also taking a stand against bullying.The goal, she said, is to “spread the message that Brock is a safe and welcoming environment and that showing kindness to all is part of our core values as a higher education facility and as a workplace.”Pink T-Shirt Day has been making waves across the country since it began in Nova Scotia in 2007.For more information, visit www.pinkshirtday.ca. read more

Council tells residents they wont have bins collected because its too cold

first_imgacebook post by Renfrewshire Council  A Renfrewshire Council spokeswoman said general waste and recycling bins had been unaffected by the cold.She added: “The sub-zero temperatures on Tuesday night meant that a small percentage of food and garden waste contents were frozen solid and compacted in the bins and so could not be removed the following day.”This did not impact on general or recycling bins.”Every bin was lifted for collection and material collected as normal for the vast majority of bins. Where the contents from frozen bins could not be released, these will be picked up at the next collection date.” Another added: “This has to be a joke right??? By the time it reaches its destination it will be thawed out”.Temperatures across Renfrewshire on Wednesday dropped to -4C, although climbed to 2.3C by the afternoon.Zeb Harris commented on the post: “As an expat living in Mid Norway, our bins are emptied every two weeks. The temperature here are between -10 and -30C during the winter months. They don’t have problems.” A council has been criticised after it announced that wheelie bins could not be collected because of the cold weather. Renfrewshire Council claimed they were unable to carry out their routine collection of brown bins on Wednesday because the contents of the bins had frozen in the icy conditions. The bins, containing food and garden waste, are now expected to be collected at the next scheduled date in two weeks time. The local authority made the announcement on social media, writing: “Brown bins could not be collected today as their contents froze in the icy weather.”They will now be collected on the next scheduled date. Apologies for any inconvenience.”The Facebook post prompted many residents to question the decision, with one suggesting the council should “freeze council tax” instead. One post said: “My bins in a heated outbuilding so the contents are NOT frozen. Did you even open the lid of my bin and look”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Minnovares global expansion for Azimuth Aligner

first_imgA few months ago, Australian mining technology firm Minnovare, secured significant investment from two highly-regarded private equity firms to aid in the global expansion of its flagship product, the Azimuth Aligner.The company says that “delivering unprecedented efficiency to the underground drilling process, the Azimuth Aligner improves productivity, accuracy and safety while significantly reducing rig set-up time.”Minnovare’s Azimuth Aligner enables a drill rig operator to achieve correct orientation in up to 90% less time compared to traditional labour-intensive manual alignment methods – which typically include a string line, plum bob and surveyor.In addition to providing significant productivity gains, the Azimuth Aligner is a critical enabling technology for the introduction of autonomous, semi-autonomous and remotely operated rigs.  The cumulative effect of these technological advances is faster, more accurate, and better value exploration and production drilling for mining operations and a stronger customer service offering for drilling services providers.last_img read more

Frédéric Mitterrand déçu de léchec de la carte musique jeune

first_imgFrédéric Mitterrand déçu de l’échec de la carte musique jeuneDire que la première version de la carte musique jeune n’a pas rencontré son public est un doux euphémisme. Le Ministre de la Culture reconnait des erreurs de conception.La carte musique jeune était une manière plutôt bien pensée d’enrayer le téléchargement illégal de musique sur Internet. Pour une somme dépensée de 5, 10 ou 25 euros, l’utilisateur reçoit le double à dépenser sur sa plateforme de téléchargement favorite. Tous les acteurs sont présents, citons pèle-mêle iTunes, Deezer, Virgin, Fnac Music ou encore Amazon MP3. Mais malgré ces promesses, le lancement a été un véritable flop pour le gouvernement. En une année d’existence, seules 50 000 cartes ont été achetées. Un chiffre déjà avancé en début d’année et qui voudrait dire que quasiment aucun carte n’ait été obtenue durant l’année selon Numerama.À lire aussiHadopi : Aurélie Filipetti règle ses comptesFrédéric Mitterrand, Ministre de la culture et à l’initiative de ce projet, ne cache pas sa déception quant à cet échec. “Il y avait des défauts techniques – mauvaise ergonomie du site, communication fragile. Nous avions surtout un handicap de fond. Nous devions faire admettre à des gens qui font les choses gratuitement qu’il faut les payer”, reconnaît le Ministre. Toutefois le projet carte musique a subi une série de revers, avec une communication de départ moquée par les internautes. Le système a été aussi détourné puisque l’on pouvait acheter par ce biais des applications iPhone et même Mac OS X (comme le dernier système d’exploitation Lion).Aujourd’hui, la situation s’est grandement améliorée. Le site est plus clair, le message plus transparent pour l’utilisateur.  Mais cette solution se heurte toujours à l’état d’esprit, encore trop habitués au gratuit proposé par le piratage. Pour toucher les 12-25 ans hors d’Internet, le gouvernement permet aux chaînes de distribution Carrefour et Géant de vendre les cartes, ce qui résout aussi le problème de la carte bancaire indispensable mais pas forcément accessible à un très jeune. Dans tous les cas, et même si le budget consacré à la carte musique jeune sera réaffecté à d’autres actions, M. Mitterrand continue d’y croire: “La carte musique est intéressante. Elle revient à diviser par deux le prix de la musique.”  Le 25 novembre 2011 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

iOS rapporte plus à Google quAndroid

first_imgiOS rapporte plus à Google qu’AndroidLe procès pour violation de brevets entre Google et Oracle a permis de mettre en lumière un détail assez incroyable concernant les revenus publicitaires du géant américain…Ils ont beau se faire une guerre acharnée, Google et Apple n’en restent pas moins des partenaires commerciaux de premier ordre. Le futur procès qui opposera Google et Oracle a permis de s’en rendre compte… À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Des documents légaux transmis par la firme de Mountain View dans le cadre de la procédure judiciaire révèlent, en effet, un fait pour le moins surprenant, explique Business Mobile. Le système d’exploitation iOS rapporterait à Google plus de revenus que son propre système Android !Entre 2008 et 2011, Android aurait ainsi généré moins de 550 millions de dollars (412 millions d’euros) de revenus alors que sur la même période, les publicités diffusées sur les terminaux iOS via Google Search, le moteur de recherche par défaut sur Safari, le navigateur Web d’iOS, et le service Google Maps ont rapporté quatre fois plus. Soit 2,2 milliards de dollars (1,6 milliards d’euros) au profit de Google grâce à Apple. Reste désormais à déterminer dans quelle mesure la réciproque est vraie… Le 2 avril 2012 à 12:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Regions GDP rose 47 percent in 2010

first_imgA government report released Tuesday says the Portland-Vancouver region’s gross domestic product climbed by 4.7 percent in 2010, putting the region far above the 2.5 percent average increase for all of the nation’s metropolitan areas.The region’s gross domestic product in 2010 was $124.7 billion, an increase from the recession-dampened $118.8 billion in 2009, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said. Even with that one-year decline from 2009 to last year, the gross domestic product increased by an average of 2 percent a year between 2007 and 2010, noted Scott Bailey, regional economist for the state Employment Security Department. That’s better than the average for all the nation’s metropolitan areas, which dropped slightly in that three-year period, he said.The GDP growth for the Portland region, which includes Clark and Skamania counties, was 45th in the nation in three years, while the Seattle region was 155th in GDP growth, Bailey noted. While those numbers look good, “I take them with a little grain of salt because the reality doesn’t seem so good,” he said. The unemployment rate for the Portland metropolitan area is hovering around 10 percent, while Clark County’s rate for June was 12.3 percent.Nationally, gross domestic product as measure by metropolitan area increased 2.5 percent in 2010 after declining by the same percentage in 2009, the federal bureau said. It found that 304 of 366 metropolitan areas experienced increases in gross domestic product. Among the nation’s 10 largest metropolitan areas, the three with the fastest real GDP growth in 2010 were Boston, up 4.8 percent; New York, 4.7 percent; and Washington, D.C., 3.6 percent.last_img read more

Hype Williams VH1 To Honor HipHop Video Director

first_img Twitter Facebook Hype Williams: VH1 To Honor Hip-Hop Video Director News VH1 To Honor Video Director Hype Williams hype-williams-vh1-honor-hip-hop-video-director Email GRAMMY nominee to be honored for his lasting contributions to hip-hop at 2017 VH1 Hip-Hop HonorsTim McPhateGRAMMYs Sep 12, 2017 – 3:11 pm He’s worked on classic videos for Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott and Kanye West that have been MTV “TRL” favorites and gotten millions of views on YouTube. Hype Williams is now set to receive some much-deserved recognition.The GRAMMY-nominated video director will be among the honorees at the 2017 VH1 Hip Hop Honors, a ceremony celebrating the genre’s lasting impact on pop culture.With a unique video style that incorporated a fisheye lens that distorted the camera view around the central focus, Williams’ music video credits read like a greatest hits compilation. His video résumé includes visual stunners such as Busta Rhymes’ “Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check,” Will Smith’s “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” TLC’s “No Scrubs,” West’s “Gold Digger,” “Heartless” and “All Of The Lights,” and Missy Elliott’s instantly recognizable “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly).”At the 43rd GRAMMY Awards, Williams received a nomination for Best Short Form Music Video for Rhymes’ “Fire.”The 2017 VH1 Hip Hop Honors, which will also honor Mariah Carey and Martin Lawrence, among others, will air Sept. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on VH1.Read morelast_img read more

Celebrating 50 years of education

first_imgOutlining the journey of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, a travelling photo exhibition kicked off in the capital today to carry forward the institute’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. Inaugurated by the Minister of State, Human Resource and Development, Jatin Prasada in the presence of Comissioner of KV Sangathan, Avinash Dixit and other senior officials of Ministry of HRD and KVS, the exhibition was followed by a vibrant cultural evening by students from different central schools. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Beaming in their uniforms, student scouts marched in the corridors of Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts to welcome the arrival of dignatories. After watching the visual journey depicted through the pictures and paintings of students and teachers of KVS, Jatin Prasada commented,’ The photo exhibition portrays the commencement of KVS, its glorious past and the road ahead for its future. The paintings put up by the students are delightful.’ The travelling photo exhibition, planned in 14 cities in India starting from New Delhi, will showcase the journey of KVS from 20 schools to 1093 vidyalayas and dwell on its initiatives and innovative practices for promoting quality education and capacity building of its teaching staff. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition about growth and evolution of KVS will spread awareness about the institute’s role in the field of school education. It will be stationed at 14 cities, namely, New Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Patna, Jaipur, Kolkata, Guwahati, Bhopal, Ahmadabad, Mumbai, Bnagalore, Trivandrum, Chennai and Hyderabad. The Golden Jubilee celebrations began with the inaugral function organised at Vigyan Bhawan on 6 July. The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh unveiled the new logo of KVS during this ceremony. In the cultural presentation today, Jatin Prasada addressed the audience and discussed the imperative issues related to education in our country. He emphasised, ‘We are grappling with the issue of an imbalance in education. Inequality pervades on the basis of gender, caste and class even in this field. We need to provide skill based education and I hope that KVS would continue delivering quality education.’last_img read more

Couple on empowerment mission

first_imgSulochana Chaudhary, a mother of three successful daughters, was watching TV with keen interest as Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the audience while launching the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” campaign in Jhunjhunu on March 8. But long before the girl child became a campaign slogan for the current Prime Minister, Sulochana went against all odds to educate her children and inculcate a strong sense of values in them – in a Marwari society which looked down upon a woman giving birth to multiple daughters. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The entire Churu society to which we belonged had something bad to say to me when I delivered my third daughter. Their frequent taunts, soon after the delivery, left me and my husband tormented and pained. But I took my daughter in my lap, kissed her and told her, ‘You are going to be my third son. I will give you the best so that you too can serve the nation following in the footsteps of Indira Gandhi and Mother Teresa’,” said Sulochana.As the girls grew up, she took them frequently to visit the village. “I wanted them to know that this was the real India and they had to help the poor here. So they grew up with a vision and mission of improving the socio-economic standards in rural India,” she said, adding that “we also gave them wings to fly abroad and spread their horizons… to do their best”. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey were never made to feel that they were weaker or inferior in any way to the boys.Sulochana’s husband N.K. Chaudhary said, “I knew I had three daughters, but I decided they will build my future and realise my dreams. Although society left no stone unturned to make me feel unlucky for having three daughters, my best English friend, Ilay Cooper, who has written many books on the Shekhawati region, inspired me with his positive thoughts.”He made the Chaudharys realise why it was important to treat their girls at par with boys – and that often women were more efficient and capable than men. “I decided to give the best education to my daughters. As they grew up, I decided to send them to the US so that they could bring best practices to my business,” Chaudhary said.The girls joined the family business, Jaipur Rugs, after finishing their education, with Archana Chaudhary heading the operations in the United States and Asha Chaudhary becoming the CEO. Kavita Chaudhury became head of the design department. “They took the business to heights which I might not have been able to do alone,” says the trio’s father.Kavita is extending the business by engaging rural artisans and allowing them to transfer their thoughts and ideas into rug designs which are making waves across the globe. Recently, one of their weavers, Vimladevi from Aaspura village, was taken to Germany to receive the prestigious German Design Award she had won. “We want to create more such Vimlas in India,” says N.K. Chaudhary.He says they are always trying to boost the confidence of their grassroots weavers. “We want more daughters to become empowered, to stand on their own. We are employing more women and setting up doorstep opportunities for them so that they can recreate the magic of success at different levels,” he added.Kavita says there was a lot of pressure from their Marwari relatives on her parents to treat their girls in accordance with traditional societal norms – where girls were hidden within the confines of four walls at home and limited to kitchen-related work.”However, my parents trusted Cooper and, since early childhood, provided us with the best education and nurtured our personal interests, including sending us abroad.” All this despite their limited resources.Asked if her parents motivated the sisters to pursue their dreams, Kavita said it was not really that. “As children, we did not know what it meant to have dreams that could be fulfilled. They simply created a nurturing space for us to grow and experience life. They motivated us to learn the things we loved to do. And they greatly trusted us,” she said.The Chaudhary family business is now working with the most modern versions of enterprise resource planning, the design studio has been computerised and the products are being counted among the best, inviting global awards.N.K. Chaudhary believes strongly in the concept of women empowerment. Nature, he says, gave sufficient time to man to prove himself and contribute to the society. “But now it is women who are scripting success stories in each field with their untiring efforts.”last_img read more

Meteor 18 addresses technical debt of 17 with delayed legacy builds upgraded

first_imgAfter the release of Meteor 1.7 in June this year, the Meteor community released Meteor 1.8 yesterday. This version eliminates many of the performance problems in Meteor 1.7. They have addressed the technical debt of compiling an additional client bundle which had led to slow build times in Meteor 1.7. Here’s what all has been added and improved in this latest release. Improved build time In addition to the web.browser and web.cordova bundles, Meteor 1.7 introduced a new client bundle called web.browser.legacy. This addition of an extra bundle resulted in increased client build and rebuild times. Usually, developers spend most of their time testing the bundle in development and the legacy bundle provides a safe fallback in production. Meteor 1.8 takes advantage of this fact and cleverly postpones building the legacy bundle until just after the development server restarts. Development can continue as soon as the modern bundle has finished building. As the legacy build happens during a time when the build process would otherwise be completely idle, the impact of the legacy build on server performance is minimal. Still, the legacy bundle gets rebuilt regularly, so any legacy build errors will be surfaced in a timely fashion. A new mechanism for compiling unused files Meteor’s compiler plugins compile every file they receive, regardless of whether the file will ever actually be imported. To avoid this unnecessary compilation of unused files Meteor 1.8 has finally introduced a simple mechanism. Expensive compilation work will now be delayed by the compiler plugins that call inputFile.addJavaScript or inputFile.addStylesheet. This will be done by passing partial options ({ path, hash }) as the first argument, followed by a callback function as the second argument. This callback function will be called by the build system once it knows the module will be included in the bundle. Though the compiler plugin will process every possible file, any unused files will now be ignored by the build system, and their uncalled callbacks will be discarded after the bundle is built. Create Meteor apps with a simple command You can now easily create new Meteor apps with React instead of Blaze using the following command: meteor create –react new-react-app Overriding problematic version constraints from packages A new syntax is introduced for the .meteor/packages file for overriding problematic version constraints from packages you do not control. If a top-level package version constraint in .meteor/packages ends with a  ‘!’ character, any other (non-!) constraints on that package elsewhere in the application will be weakened. Which means, any version of the package that is not less than the constraint will be accepted, regardless of whether the major/minor versions actually match. For instance, using both CoffeeScript 2 and practicalmeteor:mocha used to be difficult because of the api.versionsFrom(“1.3”) statement. This statement constrained the coffeescript package to version 1.x. In Meteor 1.8, if you want to update coffeescript to 2.x, you can relax the practicalmeteor:mocha constraint by putting coffeescript@2.2.1_1! in the .meteor/packages file. Dependency upgrades Upgraded to Babel 7 You can get the benefits of non-beta Babel 7 by updating to Meteor 1.8. Install the latest version of @babel/runtime by running the following command: meteor npm install @babel/runtime@latest Upgraded to Mongo 4 Meteor 1.8 comes with MongoDB 4.0.2, a major upgrade from version 3.6.4 in Meteor 1.7. Your local development database will now use version 4.0, though the mongodb@3.1.6 driver will connect to production databases going all the way back to Mongo 2.6. The major advantage of MongoDB 4.0 is its support for multi-document transactions, which are now supported by Meteor’s oplog tailing system. Node.js 8.11.4 for now Although Node 8.12.0 has been released, Meteor 1.8 still supports Node 8.11.4, due to concerns about excessive garbage collection and CPU usage in production. If you want to start using Node.js 8.12.0, you can contribute to the Meteor 1.8.1 pre-release process. In order to update to Meteor 1.8.1, run the following command: meteor update –release 1.8.1-beta.n Read the full change list on Meteor’s GitHub repository and also read the release announcement on Medium. Read Next Meteor 1.7 released with modern and legacy browser support Building a real-time dashboard with Meteor and Vue.js The Ember project announces version 3.4 of Ember.js, Ember Data, and Ember CLIlast_img read more

Record year for US visitors to Abu Dhabi

first_imgRecord year for U.S. visitors to Abu DhabiAccording to statistics from the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), the number of hotel guests staying in Abu Dhabi increased by 4.9% during the first five months of 2018 compared to the same period last year, with key international target market the United States, leading year over year growth at 25.7% with a total of 82,300 guests and a whopping 42% increase in the numbers of visitors in May 2018 compared to the same month last year.  Overall, DCT Abu Dhabi reports 162 hotels, resorts and hotel apartments offering 31,236 rooms across the emirate welcomed 2,073,586 guests during January to May. “These results are very encouraging and demonstrate steady growth. They also prove Abu Dhabi’s ability to realize its strategic goals of positioning the emirate as a leading global destination, through forward-looking marketing and promotional campaigns that seek to sustain growth,” said HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi. “We continue to promote awareness of Abu Dhabi’s tourism and leisure attractions and authentic cultural heritage, as well as its highly-developed business and convention infrastructure.”Occupancy rate averaged 75% during the same period (January to May), with a 1.4% increase, while the average length of stay was 2.7 nights, an increase of 2.4% compared to the same period in 2017, with China topping the number of visitors, recording 192,500 visitors, an increase of 19.9% ​. India came in second with 166,700 guests and a 22.2% increase, followed by the UK with 119,900 amounting to a 12.7% increase, the United States with 82,300 guests and a 25.7% increase, and Germany with 71,300 guests at a 20% increase.Abu Dhabi continued its outstanding performance across most of its target markets in May 2018, compared to the same month of last year, with a 7% growth in the number of visitors from India, followed by the UK at 7.9%, the United States at 42% and Germany at 35%.Domestic tourism rose by 7.9% during the first five months of 2018 with 1,489,154 hotel guests received, compared to 1,371,327 during the same period in 2017.Growth indicators included the three regions of the emirate, with an 8.6% increase in Al Dhafra at a total of 63,471 guests, 5.3% in Abu Dhabi with 1,833,348 guests received and 1% in Al Ain with 176,767 guests.DCT Abu Dhabi also works in cooperation with local and international entities from Abu Dhabi’s tourism sector to participate in the most prominent conferences and exhibitions held throughout the year.  Such participation allows DCT Abu Dhabi to communicate directly with leading international travel and tourism agencies, promote cooperation efforts, and encourage the development of vacation packages and tourism programs in the emirate.“We expect to see significant momentum across the tourism sector in the forthcoming months with Abu Dhabi Summer season having begun and the anticipated the opening of new leisure establishments and resorts such as Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi on Yas Island and Jumeirah’s luxurious Saadiyat Island Resort this fall,” Ghobash added.While the Abu Dhabi Summer Season will run until 18 August, the second half of 2018 will witness prominent events such as the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Abu Dhabi Art in November, and the Abu Dhabi Food Festival in December.Abu Dhabi’s tourism and hospitality sector is booming following the Executive Committee’s approval of DCT Abu Dhabi’s proposal to cut tourism and municipal fees, implementing a reduction from 6% to 3.5% for tourism fees; a drop of 4% to 2% for municipality fees, and lowering the municipal fee for each hotel room from AED15 to AED10. Effective as of July 1st, this amendment is a result of the continuous efforts to further tourism infrastructure development and encourage investors to build tourist and cultural attractions, and organize events, elevating Abu Dhabi’s status as a leading tourist destination.“This decision encourages investments across Abu Dhabi’s tourism and hospitality sector and enhances its competitiveness by bettering the economic value we offer our visitors for our quality services and attractions,” Ghobash added.“It will also help us attract more visitors and increase occupancy rates, revenues and the average length of stay, and thus increase the tourism sector’s contribution to the UAE’s GDP and reach economic diversification targets. We are dedicated to conveying a clear message to visitors in our target markets, inviting them to explore Abu Dhabi and enjoy the exceptional recreational, cultural and family experiences it offers.” About The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu DhabiThe Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike.  The Department manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment.  Its policies, plans and programs relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.  The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honor the emirate’s heritage.  A key role played by the Department is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close coordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.  http://tcaabudhabi.ae/enSource = The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabilast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo According to Cardinals’ VP of Media Relations Mark Dalton, Campbell was taken to a nearby hospital after the game to undergo precautionary MRI & CT scans.Dalton later tweeted that initial tests on Campbell have been positive but that the former Pro Bowler will still require further evaluation.The team plans to provide more information on Campbell’s status as it becomes available.Campbell has 18 tackles and 3.5 sacks in six games this season. Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories – / 22 The Arizona Cardinals are hoping that all they lost Sunday was a divisional contest against the San Francisco 49ers.That’s because in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 32-20 loss in San Francisco, defensive end Calais Campbell was injured during a collision and had to be taken off on a stretcher.The first reports out of Candlestick Park indicated that the sixth-year veteran could move all of his extremities but was also feeling numbness and tingling. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter With Mothers Day just

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWith Mothers’ Day just around the corner, spoil the most important woman in your life with special treats on offer at Conrad Macao, Cotai Central.From indulgent buffets at Grand Orbit restaurant, to traditional Chinese feasts at Conrad Macao’s signature restaurant, Dynasty 8, the Mother’s Day special menus are available from 7 to 8 May. What better way to thank her than with a pampering head to toe indulgent spa retreat at Bodhi Spa, available all month long from 1 to 31 May 2016.Grand OrbitThe whole family will appreciate the impressive selection of indulgent delights on offer at Grand Orbit’s buffet. The international buffet features Canadian snow crab, roasted prime beef rib for the lunch buffet and Boston lobster, Australian rack of lamb, Italian style roasted boneless suckling pig ‘porchetta’, baked oysters Kilpatrick with spinach, and a sumptuous sashimi station for the dinner buffet. Mums with a sweet tooth will enjoy the wide array of desserts, pastries, decadent cakes and the magnificent chocolate fountain.With so much choice on offer you will find something to treat everyone.When: Available 7-8 May 2016Price: Buffet lunch MOP 2981* (adult) and MOP 149* (children) per personBook: To make a reservation call +853 8113 8910Buffet dinner MOP 428* (adult) and MOP 214* (children) per personDynasty 8Mum’s dining experience will be taken to a whole new level with a selection of gourmet set menus on offer at Conrad Macao’s signature restaurant Dynasty 8. Highlights of some of the menus include double-boiled superior soup with fish maw, silk chicken and matsutake mushrooms; wok-fried prawns and scallops with chilli sauce; braised chicken, sliced abalone in abalone sauce; and braised vegetables with fresh crab meat.When: 7-8 May 2016Price: Lunch and dinner: MOP 1,980* (for four people)Book: For reservations call +853 8113 8920Bodhi SpaTo make mum feel really special book a pampering Champagne and Rose Retreat for her at Bodhi Spa, located on Level 3, Conrad Macao. The treatment starts with 30-minute private use of the Spa suite including aromatic Spa bath with a glass of rose Champagne, followed by a 90-minute Rose Indulgence Facial and 60-minute Aromatic Rose Massage that will leave her feeling totally relaxed. To enhance the overall experience, Bodhi Spa has also added a complimentary gift of a Full-Sized Aromatherapy Associates Rose Hand Cream for mum.Gift vouchers are also available to purchase.When: Available 1-31 May 2016Duration: 180 minutesPrice: Weekday / MOP 2,4202 (Monday to Thursday)Book: For reservations call +853 8113 6188Weekend / MOP 2,570+ (Friday to Sunday and public holidays)* Subject to 10 per cent service chargeGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more