first_imgGoa Congress president Shantaram Naik wrote to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday demanding that the Centre issue Aadhaar cards to Non-Resident Indians (NRIs).In his letter, Mr. Naik said the government should amend the Aadhaar Act to make arrangements in embassies and consulates for issuing the cards. Mr. Naik suggested in his letter that equipment to print the cards should be installed at such designated places.He said that NRIs should be exempted from producing PAN cards and other ID proofs within the possession of family members of NRIs should be accepted.Read it at The Hindu Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgAccording to the latest data released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), India has retained top spot on Dubai’s list of source markets for inbound tourism, with 1,478,000 Indian tourists arriving in the city between January and September, registering a significant 20 per cent rise over the same period in 2016.This increase affirmed the effectiveness of various innovative promotional activities driven by Dubai Tourism in the market, including highly successful influencer-led collaborations with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, a statement said.Saudi Arabia and the UK also retained their positions as Dubai’s second and third largest feeder markets.“The sustained growth ahead of the global average that we have witnessed so far this year is indicative of the positive impact yielded by our consolidated strategy across regulatory measures, promotional efforts, trade initiatives and partner programs. Even as we continually work to ensure Dubai’s proposition remains stellar and globally competitive, drawing on the concerted cross-industry efforts of all stakeholders, our priority remains the delivery of the highest levels of visitor satisfaction.“Ultimately, our aim is to make every satisfied Dubai visitor our customer for life and our strongest advocate, in order to drive not only higher repeat traffic but also acquire newer audiences most efficiently, as we strive towards our 20 million target by 2020,” Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai Tourism, said in a statement.Dubai’s hotel sector also saw significant growth, with the city’s total number of hotel and hotel apartment keys standing at 106,167 at the end of the third quarter of 2017. A total of 11.58 million international overnight visitors arrived in Dubai during the first nine months of 2017, reflecting a 7.5 per cent increase over the same period last year.And, in line with the 10X Agenda set by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, “we are focused on continuously innovating, harnessing the power of data, redefining the customer journey and amplifying the voice of the traveller, to ensure that Dubai is a decade ahead of any other global city from a travel and tourism perspective,” Almarri added.The performance in the first three quarters of 2017 indicates that the emirate is making sustained progress towards its Tourism Vision 2020 goals of welcoming 20 million visitors per year by 2020 and increasing the tourism sector’s contribution to GDP, the statement said. — (IANS) Related ItemsDubai tourismHelal Saeed Almarri Dubai TourismIndia outbound tourismIndian touristsIndian travellersIndians DubaiUAE travellast_img read more

first_img Hardworking Gentlemen Offers American-Made Grooming Goods for the Everyday Man How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide Editors’ Recommendations Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits How to Get Rid of Cigar Breath, Smell, and Smoke We’re all for amazing smartphones, cutting-edge robots, and flying cars. But when we’re stuck on a subway or bus next to a particularly pungent passenger on the commute to work, the one technology we’re hoping for more than anything is a next-generation deodorant, capable of wiping out body odor wherever it rears its malodorous head. Fortunately, such a thing may soon be a reality thanks to researchers from the United Kingdom.Scientists at the U.K.’s University of York and University of Oxford have taken the first, important step to eradicating body odor for good by isolating the species of Staphylococcus bacteria which causes the most foul-smelling compounds in sweat. Their work concludes that, just like a few bad apples spoils the bunch, a fairly small number of bacteria species are responsible for the majority of a person’s bad odor.That may sound relatively dry (well, as dry as research into sweat ever gets), but understanding the structure of body odor’s transport protein opens up the possibility of developing new, supercharged deodorants. Rather than indiscriminately targeting all bacteria, these next-gen antiperspirants — whether spray-on or roll-on deodorants — could be created especially to target these specific bacteria, while leaving the rest alone to continue with their inoffensive existence. Instead of simply masking the scent, the idea is that these futuristic foul smell battling deodorants could block the pungent enzymes and disable the transport proteins which otherwise result in a person giving off an unpleasant whiff as they walk by.At present, the research is still at an early stage, but having a more comprehensive understanding of the biochemical, enzymatic and genetic background of body odor causation can only be a good thing. If you’re one of the unlucky folks who is affected by body odor, regardless of whether or not you wash, this could turn out to be a game-changer. (Until then, you can check out some of our top picks for natural deodorants.)The research was funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, in addition to an industry grant from Unilever, the consumer goods company which produces a number of deodorants and other hygiene products.A paper describing the work, titled “Structural basis of malodor precursor transport in the human axilla,” was recently published in the journal eLife.UntilA version of this article originally ran on our brother site, Digital Trends.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – A Washington law professor answered with nary a nanosecond’s hesitation when asked what advice he’d offer President Donald Trump’s eldest son Monday, as the Russia scandal inched its way through the First Family.”I would tell him that he should get a lawyer,” said Paul Berman of George Washington University.He made that suggestion in an interview just before 3 p.m. Within the hour, Donald Trump Jr. confirmed in a statement that he had, in fact, retained legal counsel in this mushrooming controversy.It followed Trump Jr.’s own admission over the weekend that he met a Russian lawyer with ties to the Putin government during the last election, in the hope of gaining dirt on Hillary Clinton.That news was compounded by an explosive new report in The New York Times late Monday. The newspaper said that before attending the meeting Trump was informed in an email, from the friend who set it up, that the damaging information about Clinton came from the Russian government in a bid to help his father’s candidacy.These developments mark the first evidence that the Trump family sought electoral assistance from someone in Russia, after months of allegations that officials from that country stole and distributed emails to influence the U.S. election.Lawyers for two former White Houses said this means legal trouble.The chief ethics lawyer to George W. Bush, Richard Painter, likened it to treason, and to conspiring with a burglar: ”Going to a known (thief) to buy a TV can get you charged with attempting to buy stolen goods. Going to the Russians for info on Clinton(?)…”In the Bush Administration we would have had him in custody for questioning by now.”Barack Obama’s White House counsel pointed in another direction: campaign law. Bob Bauer said it’s illegal to assist foreign nationals seeking to influence a federal election, illegal to solicit their help, and illegal to co-ordinate with them.In a statement, Trump Jr. said he didn’t know who Natalia Veselnitskaya was when he met her. He said a business associate put them in touch. And she offered no useful information when he met her at Trump Tower in June 2016, along with then-campaign manager Paul Manafort and presidential staffer and son-in-law Jared Kushner, Trump Jr. said.But Bauer said it strains credulity that three senior staffers sat down with Veselnitskaya, without realizing they were soliciting help from a foreign national, which he called willful blindness: ”(That) is not helpful to their legal position.”Several members of Trump’s family have now hired attorneys in the Russia affair: the president himself, Kushner, and now Trump Jr.The president’s son characterized the news as no big deal. In one tweet Monday, Trump Jr. said he’d gladly answer questions from a congressional committee.He also joked that the story of collusion was a non-issue: ”Obviously I’m the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent… went nowhere but had to listen.”Berman also sees potential legal landmines in espionage laws and disclosure of information — it’s a crime to fail to disclose significant contacts with foreign nationals upon entering a government job. Kushner did not initially include multiple contacts with the Russians on his security-clearance paperwork.Jonathan Turley, professor of public interest law at George Washington University, sees disclosure as the lone problem area. He said he’s had to fill out the same government form as Kushner and would list even brief meetings with academics at conferences.As for the rest, he said he sees no obvious criminal act based on current information.”It is hardly shocking to see a willingness to gather dirt during that election,” Turley wrote in a blog post. ”Quite frankly, most people in (Washington) look at that account and snicker that Trump Jr. was a fool to personally attend such a meeting. Other campaigns would have used surrogates…”Unless there is more (and this is worthy of investigation), I see nothing close to treason or a crime in this account. That obviously does not fit with the breathless accounts given the story but the criminal code is not a code of political etiquette.”last_img read more

first_imgA crowd of nearly 70,000 turned out to Soccer Aid at Manchester United’s Old Trafford this week to witness Michael Sheen’s Rest Of The World team defeat England in a pulsating encounter between the two sides, by four goals to two.A second half hat trick from Rest of The World’s ’s former dutch international Clarence Seedorf, and a great chip from 25 yards from Nicky Byrne cancelled out a long range effort from Jamie Redknapp and a penalty from Kevin Phillips to win the much coveted Soccer Aid trophy.By the time the final whistle blew ITV viewers had pledged over £2million to UNICEF’s vital work saving children’s lives, which will be matched by the UK Government pound for pound, bringing the total to £4.2 million so far. The final figure will be announced in due course.The winning team also included Gordon Ramsay, James McAvoy, Sam Worthington, and more. The England team included Stephen Moyer, Olly Murs and John Bishop.David Bull, Executive Director UNICEF UK: “Tonight at Soccer Aid we’ve shown how the power of sport can unite people to help save and change children’s lives all over the world. As a result of the generosity of the British public, and the Aid Match from the UK Government, UNICEF will be able to get life-saving food, medicine and clean water to some of the world’s most vulnerable children. We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who donated tonight.”International Development Secretary Justine Greening added: “The incredible public response to Soccer Aid shows Britain at its best. We are backing the generosity of the British people by matching all donations to Soccer Aid pound for pound, helping UNICEF double its impact.”“That means even more women giving birth safely and more children getting life-saving vaccinations and nutritious food in some of the world’s poorest countries.”The public can continue to donate to UNICEF by texting the word CHILD to 70333 to give £5. Lines are open until the 30th June 2014.last_img read more

4 April 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for universal adherence to all international treaties prohibiting the use and stockpiling of landmines, and appealed for support for mine awareness and clearance efforts, which he said are necessary to create a safer world for all. In his message to mark the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, the Secretary-General applauded the 156 States which are party to the Mine Ban Treaty, the 55 countries that have ratified the Convention on Cluster Munitions, and the 99 others that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.“Mine clearance prevents an indiscriminate weapon from causing harm and havoc long after conflicts have ended, while also creating jobs, transforming danger zones into productive land and setting societies on course for lasting security,” said Mr. Ban.Last year alone, hundreds of thousands of people received United Nations mine risk education that prevented tragedy for individuals, families and communities, he said. In Afghanistan alone, 14,400 people were employed in the mine action sector, helping to destroy more than a million explosive remnants of war.UN development agencies are working to connect mine action with broader development plans to promote agricultural production, strengthen infrastructure, improve water supply and provide better education and health services, he added, saying the efforts would help affected States achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Mr. Ban pointed out that despite its many well-documented successes, mine action remains underfunded. This year’s portfolio of mine action projects has secured only about a quarter of the needed resources, leaving a funding gap of $367 million, he noted.“While this is a significant sum, the cost is far outweighed by the benefits of removing explosive hazards, creating awareness, providing mine risk education, assisting survivors and helping communities,” said Mr. Ban.The UN Mine Action UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) reported that despite significant achievements in the global campaign against the use of the weapons, landmines and explosive remnants of war continue to kill or injure thousands of people a year.“Landmines and explosive remnants of war take a heavy toll on people’s livelihoods, countries’ economic and social development, and international peace-building efforts,” said Jordan Ryan, Director of the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery.“Clearing these hazards and releasing land back to the communities allow them to have access to basic infrastructure and services, earn a living, and live safely – all of which ultimately link mine action to broader development plans, including the Millennium Development Goals,” he added.Maxwell Kerley, the UNMAS Director, said that the Day was an “opportunity to revitalize international support for mine action.”“We’ve made impressive progress toward eliminating landmines and explosive remnants of war during 2010. This year will be a very important year for mine action as we continue to strengthen our partnerships with affected countries around the world,” said Mr. Kerley.According to UNMAS, joint efforts by mine-affected countries, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the UN to clear mines, provide mine risk education, and destroy stockpiles has helped to reduce the annual number of new casualties to about 4,000, a 75 per cent fall from a high of 26,000 in 1997.Mine action work opened up 7,000 kilometres of roads in both the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and in Sudan. Nearly 290,000 people in Somalia learnt about landmines and their risks. In Iraq, 18.7 million square metres of land were cleared from late 2007 to July 2010, helping 1,500 families return to their farms, and enabling 2,400 children to go back to school.“It is essential that we all sustain our efforts to protect vulnerable populations and to rehabilitate and reintegrate those who have survived accidents with landmines and explosive remnants of war,” said Susan Bissell, the head of the child protection unit of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).She cited the civil society group, Landmine Monitor, which reported that at least 40 per cent of civilian mine casualties last year were children. “This is a problem with a proven solution, and a strong international commitment can, and should, put an end to it once and for all,” said Ms. Bissell.UN support to mine action provides services in more than 40 countries and includes building national capacities of national mine action, finding and destroying landmines and explosive remnants of war, assisting victims, teaching people how to remain safe in a mine-affected environment, advocating for universal participation in the Anti-Personnel Mine-Ban Treaty and other treaties, and destroying stockpiled devices. read more

The UN Committee against Torture, which is concluding its 47th session in Geneva, has reviewed “numerous, consistent and substantiated” reports and information about widespread rights violations in the country, it stated in a news release. The violations include cases of torture and ill-treatment of detainees; rife or systematic attacks against civilian population, including the killing of peaceful demonstrators and the use of excessive of force against them; and the persecutions of human rights defenders and activists.“Of particular concern are reports referring to children who have suffered torture and mutilation while detained, as well as cases of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, arbitrary detention by police forces and the military, and enforced and involuntary disappearances,” stressed Claudio Grossman, who currently heads the 10-member expert panel. More than 3,500 people have died in Syria since an uprising, similar to the protests demanding reforms in other countries across North Africa and the Middle East, began early this year.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other top UN officials have repeatedly called for an end to the killings in Syria, accountability for the crimes committed and the protection of human rights.Mr. Ban remains extremely concerned at the escalating crisis, and welcomed the efforts of the League of Arab States to end the bloodshed and promote a political solution, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York today.“The Secretary-General welcomes in particular the Arab League’s proposal to send an observer mission to protect civilians in Syria, and strongly urges the Syrian authorities to give their consent and full cooperation,” he stated, adding that Mr. Ban stands ready to provide support.The Committee said it is alarmed by the fact that the reports of massive human rights violations are occurring amid “total and absolute impunity,” as prompt, thorough, and impartial investigations have not been undertaken in such cases.“These generalised abuses are allegedly conducted under direct orders from public authorities, at their instigation or with their consent or acquiescence,” Mr. Grossman said.The Committee is tasked with monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which has been ratified by 149 States, including Syria.It requested the Government to provide it with a special report by 9 March 2012 that indicates the measures it is taking to ensure effective implementation of the Convention, as well as information on the events occurring in the country the Committee has referred to.The expert panel will review the special report during its next session in May 2012.In a related development, the head of the UN agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the brutal killing of Syrian cameraman Ferzat Jarban and called on the authorities to respect the basic right of freedom of expression. Mr. Jarban was reportedly arrested after filming anti-Government protests in al-Qasir on 19 November, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a news release. His “severely mutilated” body was found the next morning. “This ruthless attack must not go unpunished,” stated UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. “It is a violation of the basic human right of freedom of expression and of journalists’ inalienable right and duty to carry out their work in safety and without hindrance. “I call on the Government of Syria to stop all forms of violence against journalists immediately. I also appeal to the authorities to put an end to flagrant repression against those who report on current events in the country,” she added. According to the non-governmental Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Mr. Jarban is the first journalist reported to have been killed since the crackdown against protesters began eight months ago. The group is investigating a number of cases concerning journalists who have gone missing in the country. 25 November 2011A United Nations panel today voiced deep concern about massive human rights violations in Syria, including the reported torture of children, as the Government’s violent crackdown against protesters continues. read more

MONTREAL — Fashion retailer Le Chateau plans to close about 40 additional stores across Canada over the next three years even as it hopes to swing to its first profit in six years in 2016.The Montreal-based company has been shuttering underperforming stores and renovating others as it “recalibrates” in the face of growing online purchases.It closed 11 stores in the last year to reach 211 locations and plans to close 14 more in 2016. By early 2019, Le Chateau expects to shrink its retail network to about 171 stores, the least in the chain since 2007 and a 30 per cent reduction since it began closing stores in 2012.Why the time is right for 175-year-old Quebec retailer Simons to take a big plunge across the countryLaura Canada optimistic about the future after learning from a critical mistake that almost destroyed itHow the rise of puffy parkas in Canada led to the downfall of Danier Leather IncLe Chateau declined to say how many of its 2,400 employees might lose their jobs, saying most will be absorbed into nearby stores or be eligible to work in its the growing e-commerce operations.Franco Rocchi, the retailer’s senior vice-president sales and operations, said some stores identified for closure at the end of their leases may get a reprieve if they can negotiate lower rents or the shopping centres where they are located improve.Le Chateau expanded in the 1980s and 1990s, but like many retailers has been adjusting to a switch to online shopping.“Today, in the post-digital world, your brand is as close to everybody as their cellphone, so having all this real estate…isn’t necessary anymore,” Rocchi said in an interview.The chain lost $35.7 million for the 12 months ended Jan. 31, compared with a $38.7-million loss a year earlier. Sales decreased 5.3 per cent to $236.9 million, as same-store sales slipped 1.9 per cent.Rocchi said Le Chateau sees “a path” to turning a profit this year.Online sales grew 34.8 per cent last year and are trending at 50 per cent. Savings from store closures outweigh additional online sales, however the company is targeting for them to account for 10 per cent of overall sales within two years.Industry analyst Jean Rickli of J.C. Williams Group said Le Chateau has been slow in closing stores and embracing e-commerce.“They’re struggling,” he said in an interview. “I think they are starting to get it now but we find it’s late.” read more

At a briefing for reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Tafrov said December’s schedule would include consultations on the report of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) on Iraq and a report on the return of Kuwaiti nationals and property.Ambassador Tafrov said there would also be discussions following the delivery of a report on the implementation of resolution 1511, passed in October, which provides a framework for UN and international participation in the political and economic rebuilding of Iraq and the maintenance of security.He added that he expected that the Council would discuss a letter sent recently by Iraq’s Governing Council regarding a timetable for elections and the drafting of a constitution.The President said that the Council would receive briefings on the situation in Burundi, Liberia and the Middle East.The Council is also scheduled to discuss protecting civilians in armed conflict, peacekeeping, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Guinea-Bissau and sanctions in Somalia.Bulgaria has taken over the presidency in the final month of its two-year term on the Council, one of five countries whose terms expire at the end of this year. Those countries will be replaced in January by Algeria, Benin, Brazil, the Philippines and Romania. Video of press briefing read more

first_imgTHE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION will sit for the final time as part of its current program in a couple of weeks but tonight it will hold the first in a series of public meetings to ask people to help ‘set the agenda’ on the next issues to be tackled.So far the Constitutional Convention have made a series of recommendations to government on issues such as lowering the voting age and extending voting rights to Irish citizens abroad. They have also rejected a number of proposals including shortening the presidential term and changing the electoral system in general elections.Last week the convention said that was looking to the public to direct its final phase and tonight it will hold the first of the meetings in University College Cork.The convention said that the meetings will have “no rigid agenda or narrow focus” and are being held instead to provide two way communications with the public.The chairman of the convention Tom Arnold will address the crowd and talk through the work done so far with members of the public then asked to give their ideas of what they would like to see addressed in the upcoming plenary meetings.These ideas may be fleshed out a bit and members of the convention can answer questions that the public might have and vice versa.Following tonight’s there will be further meetings at: Galway: NUI Galway, 30 OctoberWaterford: Waterford City Hall, 7 NovemberDublin: Dublin City University, 11 NovemberDublin: Royal Irish Academy, 13 NovemberSligo: Sligo Borough Council, 19 NovemberAthlone: Radisson SAS, 20 NovemberMonaghan: Monaghan Educational Campus, 25 NovemberA Limerick meeting has also been added as a result of demand from the public but spokesperson for the convention said that logistics around the Limerick meeting are still being worked out.Tonight’s meeting be evening at 7.30pm in The Aula Maxima (Great Hall) in UCC.The Convention on the Constitution will hold its next full session on the first weekend in November and will discuss the removal of the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution.Read: No referendum on ‘women in the home’ clause before “extensive consultations” >Read: Constitutional Convention will recommend votes for Irish abroad >Read: No complaints to Convention over concerns about gay marriage hearings >last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Argoni flows down the cliffs of Mount Olympos in northern Karpathos. Accessible only on foot, it is a small stream that never runs dry, even on hot summer days, something rare on this arid island in the southeastern Aegean. This small river has been home for thousands of years to a small frog, a creature that most are probably indifferent to, yet which is extremely important to scientists, who consider it an important link in the chain of life.Pelophylax cerigensis, also known as the Karpathos frog, is endemic to the island and has been listed as critically endangered because of its small population and extremely specific geographical location. Up until the mid-1990s, when Swiss biologists first studied it, the scientific community was unaware of its rarity. In 2002, however, an agency was formed to manage the protected area, leading to the first efforts to study the animal.In January, with the support of the management body, a small team of scientists from the universities of Athens and Ioannina and the Museum of Natural History on Crete launched a program to study this rare species in order to add to the rather small sum of knowledge and raise awareness among the local community as to the importance of keeping the Karpathos frog alive.The team is coordinated by Panayiotis Pafilis, assistant professor of animal diversity at Athens University’s Department of Zoology. “The Karpathos frog is doubly isolated: It lives on an island and reproduces in fresh water. This means that all it would take for it to become extinct is two consecutive years of low rainfall,” he says.The project, however, is underfunded and the team has sought help from the international community. One of these initiatives was to submit a proposal to the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, headed by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, which was later approved.“Because knowledge of this rare species was fragmented, we basically started from scratch. We had to learn some basic facts: where it lives, what it eats and where it moves around. The contribution of the people from the management agency was valuable in this respect because they directed us to the more remote habitats. We recorded their calls and made a sonogram. Every species of frog has an entirely different call by which we can recognize it, something like a human fingerprint. Finally, we took samples of the frogs’ saliva to analyse their genetic diversity,” explains Pafilis.The scientists are trying to determine whether the Karpathos frog can breed outside of its current habitat, though still within the boundaries of the island, so that the species can be saved in the case of an extended drought. They are also trying out various theories to expand the habitat.“The residents of Olympos have told us that up until a few years ago, frogs could be found at a small lake called Votsis tou Perati near the village,” says Pafilis. “With the help of Dinos Protopapas from the management agency, we revived the lake and will allow it to develop over the winter before trying to introduce the frogs.”The scientific team was warmly welcomed by the local management agency, which has just seven members of staff, making it the smallest body in charge of a natural resource in Greece.“There have been cases of scientists being hired and quitting after just a few months because wintertime on Karpathos is very tough,” says the head of the agency, Harikleia Kargiolaki, who is also director of Forests in Rethymno on Crete. “But this is a very special place, culturally as well as environmentally. It hosts a number of endemic species, is one of the homes of the Mediterranean monk seal and is also on the migratory route of a number of birds.”Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

first_imgAs plans to redevelop Preston Market start to take shape following approval by the City of Darebin, traders and the local community have anxiously been awaiting their fate.And they haven’t been quiet about their concerns. In an interview with Neos Kosmos last month, leasing advocate and representative of the market’s 150 traders Manny Spiteri expressed their disappointment over the lack of consultation and transparency, resulting in greater uncertainty over the market’s future; a space that over 45 years has developed into a celebrated and familiar cultural hub.However, Preston Market Developments Pty Ltd, a partnership between Salta Properties and Medich Corporation responsible for the $4 million development, has since contacted Neos Kosmos disputing claims that traders have been kept out of the loop. “Most of the building upgrades and other improvement works have been identified based on suggestions raised by traders and the community,” said Sam Tarascio, Salta Properties managing director, who says they have been in talks with traders since late last year.“Our sense is that the traders are generally excited about the market’s future and the proposed renewal works,” he added − a conflicting sentiment given that traders and concerned members of the community held a general meeting last month to further express their frustrations.Set to include three apartment buildings currently awaiting approval, one of the main concerns has been that the development will destroy the market’s amenity and cultural feel.While Mr Tarascio acknowledged that concerns over change are understandable given that the site has been untouched since the 1970s, he assures the market’s integrity is a priority.“We are 100 per cent committed to respecting and retaining what people love about the market, and finding the right balance between the old and the new. We also know that people love the feel of the market, which will be retained as part of the renewal and in the future stages of development,” he told Neos Kosmos.Developers are seeking to increase foot traffic and revenue by redesigning the space to become a place where art, music and food come together. A part of the cited improvements is greater sustainability, with plans to include solar panels, onsite waste treatment and better recycling infrastructure, along with new shopper-friendly amenities such as new toilets, parents’ rooms, kids play areas, and increased parking.While there was speculation that the shopping precinct would have to be downsized to accommodate the impending apartment blocks, the managing director asserts that is not the case.The accommodation will be located near the northern quarter of the market, and if all goes to plan the trading space will grow, with the number of traders set to increase.Though Mr Tarascio said disruptions will be kept to a minimum, he could not confirm whether traders, many of whom have been tenants at the market for upwards of 10 years, would be compensated for any loss in revenue, nor whether they can expect job security.“We know that one of the main reasons people love Preston Market is because of the relationships they have developed with the traders over many years. We don’t want that to change,” he said.“While traders will change from time to time, we are looking forward to emphasising the markets speciality offerings and the diversity of traders, to ensure the market maintains its point of difference from the typical shopping centre.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgLes Palmes de l’alimentation vont lever le voile sur leurs lauréats !Jeudi, les Palmes de l’alimentation en partenariat avec Noteo, vont dévoiler les 40 produits alimentaires qu’ils ont jugés les plus vertueux en fonction de plusieurs critères. Le but : aider les consommateurs à choisir les meilleurs produits en magasin.Un petit plus d’un an après leur lancement, les Palmes de l’alimentation vont enfin rendre leur tout premier verdict ! Imaginés par deux nutritionnistes, ces prix dont Gentside Découvertes est partenaire, visent à récompenser les produits alimentaires jugés les plus vertueux selon quatre critères : nutrition, additifs, environnement et social. Mais celui-ci présente une petite spécificité : celle d’être complètement indépendant. En effet, pour décerner ses trophées, aucune marque n’a déposé sa candidature. Ce sont les Palmes qui se sont elles-même rendu directement dans les supermarchés pour faire leur sélection. Pour cette première saison, ce sont ainsi plus de 5.000 produits classés dans 40 catégories qui ont été analysés, de la compote de pomme à la chips en passant par le sandwich et les plats préparés, tout ceci en s’appuyant sur la méthodologie de notation exclusive de Noteo. Celle-ci évalue les effets sur la santé et la planète de tous les produits que nous achetons en leur attribuant une note pour chaque critère, environnement, santé, social et budget. Grâce à cela et une base de données de plus de 20.000 produits alimentaires, les Palmes ont choisi de récompenser 40 lauréats dont les noms seront révélés jeudi. Faciliter le choix des consommateurs À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Au-delà de la récompense, cette initiative vise à sensibiliser les consommateurs et à faciliter leurs choix en magasin pour une alimentation plus responsable pour la santé comme pour la planète. Ainsi, les marques lauréates pourront faire valoir leur prix en arborant sur leur pack et dans leur communication le logo des Palmes de l’alimentation by Noteo. Un bon moyen pour les consommateurs de repérer les produits de meilleure qualité.”Dans un monde où l’information est pléthore, le consommateur a de plus en plus de difficulté à choisir ses produits ! Quel paradoxe ! Partageant l’amour du bien manger depuis plus de 15 ans, nous avons toujours eu à cœur de rendre la nutrition facile à comprendre, l’équilibre alimentaire plus simple à mettre en musique au quotidien, en aidant le consommateur à devenir acteur de ses choix alimentaires en ayant en main toutes les clés pour le faire. Avec ce prix, nous souhaitons l’accompagner dans ses choix”, commente Isabelle Mallet, co-fondatrice des Palmes de l’Alimentation.Mais ces prix ont également pour but d’encourager les industriels à améliorer la qualité de leurs produits et de valoriser ceux qui adoptent déjà une démarche responsable et citoyenne. Ne reste donc plus qu’un jour à attendre pour savoir si l’un de vos produits préférés fait partie des lauréats !Le 27 mars 2013 à 18:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Share your voice 0 Now playing: Watch this: Мистер Старк, м-мне что-то плохо…#ЩелчокТаноса— Honeydew melon (@elizavetapm) April 24, 2019 The above tweet quoted Spider-Man’s now-infamous line: “Mister Stark, I … I don’t feel so good,” according to the BBC.The people who avoided Thanos’ wrath were shown how many people were dusted and the number of fellow survivors — it seems 397,795 accounts fell and 397,794 survived.If you want to see how the Marvel Cinematic Universe deals with the fallout of the snap, you’d better see Avengers: Endgame before the events of that movie become the subject of online stunts and memes. 24 hours into the 59-hour Marvel movie marathon Tagscenter_img 3:39 Marvel The Avengers People on VK gambled over the Russian social network’s version of Thanos’ snap. VK/Screenshot by CNET Much like Google’s Thursday Easter egg and Reddit’s 2018 purge, the Russian equivalent of Facebook apparently sought balance as Avengers: Endgame hits theaters.Marvel fans on VK (previously known as VKontakte) signed up to a plug-in that would mirror the impact of villain Thanos’ snap at the end of last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, where he wiped out half of all life in the universe, the BBC reported Thursday. Those who fell victim to the snap — which happened at 12 p.m. local time Wednesday — were shown the image of the Infinity Gauntlet hovering over a pile of dust for 15 minutes before being “resurrected” by having their accounts restored. One person was unfortunate enough to have two separate accounts dusted by the snap, the BBC noted. Post a comment TV and Movies Internet Serviceslast_img read more

first_imgWarangal: The target is not just planting one crore saplings but also to ensure their survival, Warangal Urban District Collector Prashanth Jeevan Patil has said, taking part in the Haritha Haram programme along with Greater Warangal Mayor Gunda Prakash Rao at Singaram village under Inavole mandal on Friday.”The farmers will be provided with authorisation letters to cut and sell Srichandanam and teak plants which they raise in their fields after 10 years,” the Collector said, urging farmers to take up plantation drive on a massive note. It may be mentioned here that citizens need government permission to cut Srichandanam and teak plants. He along with Mayor planted teak saplings in the field of a farmer, Paladugula Rajender, at Singaram village. Also Read – 3-day Snacks Festival begins at Ameerpet Metro station Advertise With Us The teak and Srichandanam plants would provide additional income, Patil said, stating that fruit-bearing plants and shade-giving trees would not only give additional income to farmers but also sustain groundwater levels. He said that the government was providing saplings free of cost to farmers to those who plant them on field bunds. He directed the officials to create awareness about the importance of Haritha Haram, its benefits and marketing facilities among the farming community. He said that the agriculture department was entrusted with the responsibility of planting six lakh saplings in farm fields. Stating that the Urban district has just 3 per cent of green cover, Patil urged the people to make it 33 per cent. Agriculture assistant director Damodar Reddy, farmers coordination committee (FCC) district coordinator Lalitha, village FCC coordinator Rajaram and mandal FCC coordinator Jayapal were among others present.last_img read more

first_imgThe Cavs overhauled most of their roster with a slew of deadline deals in which they acquired George Hill, Rodney Hood in a three-team deal with the Kings and Jazz, and Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, Jr. from the Lakers for malcontent Isaiah Thomas.In their debut against Boston, a re-energized LeBron and his new squad manhandled the Kyrie Irving and the Celtics on Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement ceremony day, and Colin thinks the deadline roster reformation has ended any hope that Boston can win the East this season.The younger, longer, more versatile Cavs also closed the gap on the Warriors in a prospective NBA Finals matchup. The old, old roster looked poised to get slaughtered if they could somehow limp out of the East.The Warriors are still the favorites, but the Cavs have made things a lot more interesting after their aggressive deadline moves. GM Koby Altman went all-in and deserves credit.“Cleveland separated from Boston and Cleveland absolutely closed the gap on Golden State.” — @ColinCowherd— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 12, 2018last_img read more

first_imgJune 15, 2015 Four-digit personal identification numbers are too square for millennials.At least, that’s what the British security firm Intelligent Environments is betting on. The company just launched an alternative to the traditional PIN designed explicitly for 15- to 25-year-olds: emoji passwords. Instead of typing in four digits to access online bank accounts, users would enter a series of four emojis, the BBC reports.Besides the argument that emoji passwords are more fun than numbers, Intelligent Environments claims the passwords are also more secure  since the 44 emoji options offer more potential combinations than numbers 0 to 9. In a promotional video (below) memory expert Tony Buzan  says emoji are easier to remember because “the brain doesn’t work digitally or verbally — it works imagistically.”Related: The 100 Most Popular Emoji Hashtags on Instagram (Infographic)To ensure that you don’t forget your password, Intelligent Environments recommends that your emoji-sequence tells a story.”You can use hearts, bits of fruit,” David Webber, managing director at Intelligent Environments, says in the video.”We’ve got the hamburger, we’ve got the smiling poo,” adds Alan Brown, a product development manager.”Banana!” declares Buzan.While the company has not announced any official partnerships, it says it is in talks with banks to launch the technology sometime within the next year.So, what would your emoji story/password be? Just think of all the options…Related: ‘Bacon’ and ‘Drooling Face’ Are Among the 38 New Emojis Arriving Next Year Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

first_imgAfter a significant pre-season snowfall early this week, Cardrona Alpine Resort is on track to have all trails open by Opening Day.With the current snow base, cold temperatures, snowmaking and grooming capabilites, all guns are blazing for the resort to open to the public on June 11.35-40cm of snow fell across the entire mountain on Monday, with some wind drifts measuring over 2m deep. This has helped to create a 40cm compacted snow base over most of the resort, with just over two weeks before Cardrona’s scheduled Opening Day.With temperatures forecast to remain cold over the next few days, Cardrona’s snowmaking team are blasting snow around the mountain to add to the natural base created in the last week.“It’s all hands on deck to find the mountain again under all this powder!” says Cardrona’s General Manager Bridget Legnavsky. “We’re absolutely stoked to have had this much snow so close to Opening Day and we can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been up to the past few months!”Among the final preparations for the upcoming winter are the installation of both the new Learner Conveyor Tunnel and the Little Meg Café.The see-through tunnel arrived on the mountain this afternoon and will take approximately 7 days to install. Once installed, it will protect skiers and snowboarders from the mountain elements on the Learner Conveyor, while still offering spectacular mountain views.The Little Meg Café installation is also underway – foundations have been laid and the café itself has arrived in Wanaka, ready to transport up the mountain. The small café will sit at the bottom of Valley View Quad, beside the new Valley View Carpark. Cardrona Winter 2016Stay updatedSource = Cardrona Alpine Resortlast_img read more

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