Growing demand for cropland threatens environment UN agency reports

Up to 849 million hectares of natural land may be degraded, according to report, “Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply”, produced by the International Resource Panel, a consortium of 27 internationally renowned resource scientists, 33 national Governments and other groups, hosted by the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP).“Recognizing that land is a finite resource, we need to become more efficient in the ways we produce, supply and consume our land-based products,” said Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.The need to feed a growing number of people has resulted in widespread environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity, affecting an estimated 23 per cent of global soil.Authors attribute the increasing demand for land to more protein-rich diets in developing countries and a growing demand for biofuels and biomaterials, especially in developed countries.They attempt to answer the question: how much more land can be used to serve the growing demand for food and non-food biomass while keeping the consequences of land use change at a tolerable level?The report outlines the need and options to balance consumption with sustainable production, focusing on land-based products – such as food, fuels and fibre – and describes methods to enable countries to determine whether their consumption levels exceed sustainable supply capacities.Its release comes amidst the final 700 days towards reaching the deadline for the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and as the international community defines the sustainable development goals post-2015.“Recommendations from the report are meant to inform policy and contribute to ongoing discussions on targets and indicators for sustainable resources,” Mr. Steiner said.The report authors argue that the key causes of global challenges are linked to unsustainable and disproportionate consumption levels. Meanwhile, in high-consuming countries, only a few policy instruments address excessive consumption habits and the structures that encourage them, according to the report.Among its recommendations, the report pushes for measures that improve land management and land use planning, investment in restoration of degraded land, and a reduction in food waste and shift towards more vegetable diets. Earlier this month, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said the current food production system is not sustainable today, or in 2050, when it will have to provide food for a population of 9.6 billion people.In addition to degraded soils, pollution and reduced biodiversity, intensive farming systems – combined with food wastage on a massive scale – have also contributed to greenhouse gas emissions.The UN agency urged consumers to make healthier food choices, and called on political leadership to focus in agricultural research and development on nutrition, as well as local biodiversity and diversified farming systems. read more

Somalia Security Council commends advancements urges accelerated peace and Statebuilding

In a press statement following up the mission, they underlined the advances made since the transition ended in 2012, while underscoring the need to accelerate the country’s peace- and state-building process, saying: “Holding a peaceful, transparent electoral process in 2016 will mark a historic step forward for all Somalis, and will be fundamental for the country’s continued progress towards democracy and stability.” In the context of Security Council resolution 2232 (2015), which laid out that there be no extended electoral process timelines in Somalia, the members welcomed the electoral mechanism in the decree issued by President Mohamud on 22 May 2016, noting that it should “enable necessary technical preparation and implementation without further delay.” They also acknowledged that Somali leaders had worked hard to achieve agreement on the modalities of the electoral model and commended President Mohamud and the Government for ensuring that the electoral process timelines were upheld. “The challenge now is to prepare and implement the elections and renew their call on all Somali stakeholders to work constructively to that end, without delay,” the members emphasized. The Council members called it “a historic opportunity” to deliver more representative governance to the people of Somalia. They commended the Government’s commitment to reserve 30 per cent of seats in the upper and lower houses for women and emphasised the importance of adhering to the political road map to 2020 – in particular to reach one-person, one-vote elections by 2020. The Security Council members further underlined their determination to play a constructive and active role in the months ahead. read more

Pour être fertile privilégiez le kilt au pantalon

first_imgPour être fertile, privilégiez le kilt au pantalonUne récente étude publiée dans le Scottish Medical Journal révèle que le port du kilt rendrait les hommes plus fertiles. En effet, la température trop élevée causée par les sous-vêtements actuels ralentirait la production de sperme.A ceux qui détestent le slip kangourou, cette révélation pourrait enfin vous libérer. On savait déjà que l’utilisation du portable réduisait les chances pour monsieur de faire un bébé, mais d’autres éléments pourraient accroitre les problèmes de fertilité.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les spermatozoïdes sont à notre image, trop de chaleur fatigue. Et le parcours semé d’embûches jusqu’au Graal de la procréation peut être long pour ces petits soldats de l’Amour. C’est précisément ce que le docteur Erwin Kompanje, chercheur à l’université d’Érasme de Rotterdam nous apprend. Son étude repose sur la thèse suivante: la compression réalisée par les sous-vêtements comme le slip, caleçon, string, ou encore le port de jean slim empêche la production de sperme de se faire correctement. En effet, le scrotum serait à sa température idéale aux alentours des 34°. Or le fait de porter des sous-vêtements augmenterait considérablement cette dernière, l’élevant de 3,5°. En étudiant trois facteurs, le scrotum, la spermatogenèse ainsi que les précédents rapports sur la fertilité, l’étude confirme le fait déjà énoncé sur nos habitudes de vie nocives à la conception d’un enfant.   Porter le kilt oui, mais sans rien d’autre On imagine aisément ces chercheurs, les jambes à l’air dans le laboratoire nous expliquer que les vêtements amples permettent de réguler la température nécessaire durant la période de conception d’un enfant. Mais il est vrai que, d’une façon générale, prendre l’air n’a jamais fait de mal…Bien au contraire, donc. Les scientifiques précisent tout de même que le kilt doit être porté sans rien en dessous. L’étude explique également la baisse de natalité en Écosse depuis ces 50 dernières années par le changement vestimentaire du pays. Les hommes ne porteraient plus la légendaire et ancestrale jupe.Le kilt n’est pas une jupe, c’est un puissant élément de séduction nous dit Erwin Kompanje. “Real men wear kilts” paraît-il. Le 26 avril 2013 à 13:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Police questioning students on gun find at school

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 1, 2017 – Two students are in custody responding to police questions after a gun was found on Monday at their school; it is believed the students know something.   Quick thinking school officials got Police on the scene at the junior high said to be located off Tonique Williams Darling Highway; and a handgun was found, thankfully there was no ammunition. #MagneticMediaNews  Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

ABM Adds to Board and Membership Rosters

first_imgABM had a productive board of directors meeting last Wednesday. The trade media association added ten new members to its roster, including three media companies, six associate members and a sister association, the PPA, which ABM has also formed a strategic alliance with. The organization also voted in three new board members.Joining the board of directors are Access Intelligence president and CEO Don Pazour (AI is the parent company of Red 7 Media, publisher of Folio:); Northstar Travel Media chairman and CEO Tom Kemp (Northstar was just sold to The Wicks Group in early July ); and Britton Jones, president and CEO of Business Journals Inc. (Jones has also served on the boards of the Society of Independent Show Organizers and the Exhibition Industry Foundation).Pazour, Kemp and Jones are now part of a roster of 16 other ABM board members, including: Frank Anton, CEO, Hanley Wood, LLCJames Casella, President & CEO, Asset InternationalGary Fitzgerald, Chairman & CEO, Meister Media WorldwideJayne Gilsinger, SVP, Planning and Development, PennWell CorporationGlenn Goldberg, President, Commodities and Commercial Markets, The McGraw-Hill CompaniesRussell Glass, CEO, BizoDavid Kieselstein, CEO, Penton MediaJeffrey Killeen, Chairman & CEO, GlobalSpecJeff Lapin, President, Farm Progress CompaniesJoseph Loggia, CEO, Advanstar Communications Inc.Doug Manoni, CEO, SourceMediaMarion Minor, CEO, M2MEDIA360William Morrow, EVP, Operations, Crain Communications Inc.Anthea Stratigos, CEO, Outsell Inc.Neal Vitale, CEO, 1105 Media, Inc.Steve Weitzner, CEO, Summit Business Media The association’s new members include a couple that are returning to the fold. In all, ABM added the following companies: Media Members:Boardroom EventsHG DataUnited Publications (returning member)Associates:HCL TechnologiesiNet Solutions GroupLaredo GroupMequoda Group (returning member)Nomad EditionsPredictive Growth InstituteABM also added the Professional Publisher’s Association to its membership, which included a strategic partnership intended as the first of several alliances that will ultimately form an international coalition of b-to-b media and information associations.last_img read more

Galaxy Home will launch by April Samsung CEO says

first_img • Now playing: Watch this: See All Mobile Smart Speakers & Displays Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Samsung’s first Bixby speaker, the Galaxy Home, revealed Artificial intelligence (AI) Amazon Google Samsung Apple Samsung goes all in on its Bixby digital assistant A Galaxy far, far away? Samsung’s Bixby speaker is still a no-show Galaxy Fold dominates Samsung Unpacked, leaving Galaxy S10 in its shadow Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See also 12 Photos Samsung’s blowout “Unpacked” event reading • Galaxy Home will launch by April, Samsung CEO sayscenter_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Originally published at 12:47 p.m. PTUpdate at 3:48 p.m. PT: Adds background The Galaxy Home will launch this spring.  Juan Garzon / CNET Samsung’s long-awaited Galaxy Home speaker will launch by April, the company’s co-CEO said Wednesday. DJ Koh, the head of Samsung’s mobile business, made the comments to CNET following the company’s Unpacked event in San Francisco. The company unveiled four new Galaxy S10 smartphones (including a model that runs on 5G networks), its Galaxy Fold foldable phone, Galaxy Buds earbuds and three new smartwatches.The ultra-packed product launch included no word about Samsung’s smart speaker. The South Korean company unveiled the Bixby-powered device during its Galaxy Note 9 launch in August. It showed it again during its developer conference in November but hadn’t yet specified the launch date. 0 Only 4 percent of US adults accessing voice assistants on a smartphone use Bixby, according to a survey by Voicebot.AI. That compares to 44 percent for Siri, 30 percent for Google Assistant and 17 percent for Alexa.Putting Bixby in a smart speaker is the next logical move for the company, which bought Harman and its well-regarded audio business in late 2016. But Samsung and Bixby face an already crowded smart speaker market. According to a report from IHS Markit, 21 percent of US households already have a smart speaker. Amazon with its Alexa-enabled Echo speakers, virtually dominates the smart speaker market, while Apple with its Siri-controlled HomePod is trying to appeal to higher-end audiophiles. Google, the provider of the operating system that runs on Samsung’s phones, also has been pushing its Assistant in speakers and other devices and has a strong foothold in the sector.   Post a comment Tags Apple Bixby is Samsung’s homegrown digital voice assistant that launched with the Galaxy S8 nearly two years ago. It initially was geared as an interface to control the phone, but Samsung since then expanded the technology into its various appliances and televisions. Bixby will show up in Samsung’s TVs this year, as well as its Family Hub refrigerator. For Samsung and numerous others, artificial intelligence is the next big wave of computing. Every tech heavyweight is investing in these assistants because they’re heralded as the future of how we’ll interact with our gadgets. The ultimate promise for the smart technology is to predict what you want before you even ask — but in most cases, the digital assistants just aren’t smart enough yet. Share your voice 1:36 Samsung Eventlast_img read more

Buser dropped to last dinged with 2 penalties

first_imgMartin Buser has been dropped to last place and without prize money for this year’s Kuskokwim 300. The race committee made the decision yesterday after reviewing evidence of Buser committing two penalties: leaving the trail and receiving help to feed his dogs.Download AudioMartin Buser at the 2016 K300 Mushers Meeting. (Photo by Chris Pike.)Before the race, Race Marshal Nels Alexie warned the mushers that teams who veered from the trail would receive harsh penalties.K300 Board Chairman and Race Co-Founder Myron Angstman says the board has steered away from giving penalties for most of the race’s history, even letting minor infractions go without comment. But Angstman says with the race’s growing status, the rules are tightening.“The purse is getting bigger, the attention to the race is getting bigger, and the precedent would be that yes we do take rule violations seriously, especially in a situation like this where it impacts safety.”According to the race committee, Buser left the trail inbound to Kalskag and did not return to the marked route even after a race representative intercepted him and told him to return to the trail or be disqualified.Buser also allowed children to feed his dogs, which is against the rules.In an email to KYUK and the race committee, Buser says he was following the markers when he got lost and started mushing through what he called “scary looking watery ice” on a busted sled. When the race officials met him and told him to go back to the marked trail, he said he had already tried to find it.Ultimately, the race committee docked Buser from 14th place with $3,700 to last place with no money. Buser says he won’t return to the K300 as a competitor.last_img read more

Telangana deputy speaker reacts to stuffing cash into boys

first_imgHyderabad: Making himself at the centre of controversy, Telangana deputy speaker Padma Rao stuffed a wad of cash into a boy’s mouth as a gesture of appreciation for playing drums during the Bonalu celebrations at Secunderabad. Terming it as an insensitive act, some of the activists said that the boy could have led to suffocation as none of them has come forward to remove the Rs 500 notes from the boy’s mouth. However, Padma Rao said that is a common culture in Telangana where the money is stuffed into one’s mouth appreciating their performance. “It is not offence putting cash in one’s mouth, the boy was just rewarded for his musical skills,” said Padma Rao, a three-time MLA from Secunderabad.last_img

Jagruthi pays tributes to Prof Jayashankar

first_imgSangareddy: Jagruthi members conducted the birth anniversary celebrations of Professor Jaya Shankar and paid tributes to him in here on Tuesday. District Jagruthi president Uday Bhaskar, youth president Arun Raj Serikar, Women Jagruthi Anusamma and members of Jagruthi were present.last_img

Diana mourned on her 20th death anniversary

first_imgThis file photo taken on November 13, 1992 shows Diana, Princess of Wales, arriving at Orly airport on November 13, 1992 for a private three-day visit she is making without her husband Prince Charles. AFPFans and friends of Diana, princess of Wales were to mark the 20th anniversary of her death on Thursday as well-wishers lit candles and paid their respects at the sombre scene of her fatal car crash.Her children Princes William and Harry on Wednesday greeted the steady stream of well-wishers bringing floral tributes to the gates of London’s Kensington Palace, where they grew up with the princess.And just after midnight in Paris on Thursday, a few braved the rain to be at the Pont de l’Alma tunnel where, precisely two decades earlier, her car smashed into a pillar, taking the life of the most famous woman in the world.One man lit several candles around the Flame of Liberty monument, which stands above the underpass and has become a shrine to the princess.Diana was “revolutionary”, said Sian Croston, a 17-year-old student from London.“She changed the royal family forever.“She will always be the people’s princess,” she said, using the epithet coined by prime minister Tony Blair in the hours after her death.Royal fans including John Loughry (L) put in place their own tribute among the flowers, candels and photographs outside one of the entrances of Kensington Palace in London in the early morning on August 31, 2017, to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Tributes of photographs, candels and photographs have gathered at the gates of Kensington Palace left by well-wishers and fans of Diana, princess of Wales to mark the 20th anniversary of her death on August 31, 2017. AFPThe crash happened at around 12:23am on August 31, 1997.Diana was killed along with Dodi Fayed, her wealthy Egyptian film producer boyfriend of two months, and his drink-impaired, speeding driver Henri Paul, who was trying to evade paparazzi photographers.Twenty years on, a few dozen bouquets of flowers and pictures of the princess have been laid at the Flame of Liberty by sympathetic visitors.“I was a child when she died but I studied her biography,” said German journalist Marie Hermann, 25, from Frankfurt.“l loved Diana and her commitment to charities,” she told AFP.Linda Bigelbach, 61, from Saint Paul in Minnesota, said: “I remember her wedding day and I remember the day she died.”‘All of us lost somebody’In London, William and Harry, who were 15 and 12 respectively when she died, paid tribute to their late mother on Wednesday and were to spend Thursday privately.The princes inspected the dozens of bouquets left in front of Kensington Palace.Photographs of Diana, Princess of Wales, are seen tied onto a gate outside Kensington Palace in Central London on August 29, 2017 ahead of the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana`s death. Britain prepares to mark the twentieth anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. AFPEarlier they braved torrential rain to visit the White Garden at the palace, created this year to evoke the princess’s sense of style and colour choices.They met with representatives from the charities she supported, including those helping AIDS sufferers and children in need.Harry told one group of campaigners that his mother’s death was a tragedy for them too.“I can imagine for a lot of you it was like, ‘right, here we go, now we’ve got her, we’ve got the thirst, we’ve got the attention, now let’s do something’,” the 32-year-old said.“Then suddenly she’s snapped away; if I can put it (this way), all of us lost somebody.”They then emerged at the palace gates to look at the heartfelt messages, pictures and flowers left in remembrance of their mother, thanking well-wishers for coming, and placing bouquets given to them.Handwritten notes on bunches of flowers read: “Diana, a brave princess, your sons have your courage” and “our country was so very lucky to have you”.“I was so sad,” recalled a tearful Lena Pettersson, a cleaner from Sweden who had travelled to London for the commemorations.“She cared about people, she was very special. Her sons are continuing her work, they are just like her.”Helen Zacharia, 62, who tied a bouquet to the gates, told AFP: “I come down every year because I’ve always liked Diana. I’ve never met her but if I don’t come down I feel very sad. Everyone loved her.”Global iconTimeline of Diana, Princess of Wales, who died following a car accident in Paris 20 years ago. AFPThe princess was to be remembered on Thursday at the Mildmay Mission AIDS hospital in London, visited regularly by Diana when it was a hospice caring for HIV patients.The institution will hold a remembrance service and past members of staff will share their memories of Diana, as well as dancer Wayne Sleep who famously performed with the princess in 1985.Her untimely death at the age of 36 shocked the world.The complex life of Diana-a shy, teenage aristocrat who suddenly became a global icon-and her tragic death still captivates millions across the globe.Diana wed Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, in 1981, but their marriage collapsed under the strains of public duty and their incompatibility.She was cast out of the royal family in the 1996 divorce she had inadvertently made inevitable with an explosive tell-all television interview.However, the monarchy’s shining star was undimmed, her reputation sealed as a fashion icon, charity campaigner, humanitarian and a self-styled “queen of hearts”.last_img

Iran renews nuclear pact ultimatum amid tensions with US

first_imgIranian president Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 15 June. Photo: ReutersIran will continue scaling back compliance with a nuclear deal unless other signatories to the pact show “positive signals”, the Iranian president said on Saturday as tensions with the United States escalated over tanker attacks in the Gulf region.Iran stopped complying in May with some commitments in the 2015 nuclear deal that was agreed with global powers, after the United States unilaterally withdrew from the accord in 2018 and ratcheted up sanctions on Tehran.”Obviously, Iran cannot stick to this agreement unilaterally,” president Hassan Rouhani told Russian, Chinese and other Asian leaders at a conference in Tajikistan.His comments follow rising tensions with Washington, which has accused Tehran of carrying out Thursday’s attacks on two oil tankers in a vital oil shipping route at the mouth of the Gulf. Tehran has denied having any role.Rouhani did not refer to this week’s tanker incident in his speech to the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, behind held in the Tajik capital Dushanbe.”It is necessary that all the sides of this agreement contribute to restoring it,” he said, adding that Iran needed to see “positive signals” from other signatories to the pact, which include Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.He did not give details on what actions Iran would take or say what positive signals Tehran wanted to see.Russian president Vladimir Putin said Moscow would adhere to the agreement and urged other signatories to follow suit.”We believe that the only sensible decision is for all deal participants to honour commitments,” Putin told the conference.Tehran said in May that Iran would start enriching uranium at a higher level, unless world powers protected its economy from US sanctions within 60 days.Washington has ratcheted up pressure on Iran, saying it wants to prevent Tehran developing a nuclear bomb, rein in its ballistic missile programme and end what the it calls Iranian meddling in the Middle East.Tehran has said its nuclear programme is peaceful and will not be stopped, says its missile work is for defence and accuses the United States of destabilising the region.France and other European signatories to the nuclear deal that aimed to curb Iran’s nuclear work, have said they wanted to save the accord, but many of their companies have cancelled deals with Tehran, under pressure from the United States.last_img read more

Black Baltimore Leaders Need to Urge African Americans to Vote

first_imgAfrican-American voters in Baltimore City will likely trickle to the polls in June if Black leaders do not ramp up efforts to educate and mobilize those voters, election experts say.“Black politicians are obligated to register and educate Black voters [but] you don’t see Black politicians in Baltimore aggressively turning out the vote,” said Raymond Winbush, director, Institute of Urban Research at Morgan State University.“A lot of Black politicians actually don’t want Black voters to turn out because they may not get re-elected,” he added.According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, Baltimore City’s voting age population is decreasing.In 2012, there were 459,555 citizens of voting age (18+) in Baltimore—almost 16,000 fewer than in 2000. Of those, 291,210 (63.3 percent) were of African-American or of Black biracial descent. However, voter registration seems to be increasing, a Baltimore election official said.As of Feb. 6, 2014, there were close to 400,000 voters on the rolls, according to Armstead Jones Sr., election director of the Baltimore City Board of Elections. Comparatively, in the 2012 presidential election cycle, 324,344 Baltimoreans registered to vote in the April primary and 392,584 registered to vote in the November contest.“The numbers are looking good…. We were down for a while,” Jones said.In Baltimore and nationally in the race between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, Black voters outstripped their counterparts in voter registration and turnout at the polls.Using data from the Maryland Board of Elections and the Maryland Department of Planning, the AFRO compared patterns in the top 10 predominantly Black and the top 10 predominantly White voting precincts.The precinct with the highest majority of voting-age African Americans was 26029, with 4,007. Comparing that figure with the total number of eligible registered Democrats in that precinct—since Blacks tend to vote almost exclusively Democratic—yields a Black voter registration rate of 75 percent in the 2012 primaries and 81.2 percent in the General Election.The precinct with the largest number of voting-age Whites, 27045, has a comparative number of individuals – 4,124 – to its Black counterpart. But its voter registration rate was significantly lower at 34.2 percent in the primaries and 41.6 percent in the November race.But that precinct seemed to be an outlier. Making those comparisons across the top 10 Black and White precincts, we find that there were a total of 31,426 voting-age Blacks, 76 percent of whom were likely registered in the primary and 80 percent of whom likely registered in the General Election.On the other hand, there were 28,310 persons of voting age in the majority White precincts, 61 percent of whom likely registered in the 2012 primaries and 81.7 of whom likely registered in the General Election.The numbers—and what they say about Black voter power—are remarkable, particularly in light of the fact that Blacks comprise about 64 percent of Baltimore’s population and Whites, a little more than 31 percent.Blacks do not wield as much political power as their numbers should command, the power they demonstrated in their influence on the outcome of the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.Nationally, 1.7 million more African Americans voted, and did so at a higher rate (66.2 percent) than non-Hispanic Whites (64.1 percent) for the first time since 1996.And while the state and city election boards don’t collect voter registration and turnout information per precinct and by race, overall, data shows that 253,500 registered voters in Baltimore —64.6 percent, which was higher than the national rate of 61.8 percent—cast ballots in the 2012 presidential showdown.But the high turnout in those contest will likely not be repeated in this year’s mid-term elections, experts said.“Most Black voters in Baltimore are registered but most Black voters don’t vote,” Winbush, the Morgan State professor, said.He continued, “Most people vote during national elections—that’s when you see the biggest turnouts. Voting in off-year or mid-term elections, however,[is] lower” particularly among African-American voters.For example, in the 2011 mayoral race in Baltimore 76.3 percent of voting age individuals in the 10 precincts with the highest majority of African Americans registered to vote, compared to 63.3 percent of persons in precincts with majority White populations.But turnout at the polls was the most abysmal the city had witnessed in years. Only a little more than 77,000 of 324,349 registered voters–23.72 percent, down from 28 percent in 2007—turned out for the September primary. And the numbers spiraled even lower for the November general election with 49,463 out of 372,888 registered voters –13.28 percent – showing up at the polls.Similarly, in the 2010 gubernatorial race when then-incumbent Gov. Martin O’Malley ran against former Gov. Bob Ehrlich, only 21.49 percent of registered Baltimore voters turned up at the polls in the primary and 41.57 percent showed up in the general election.Jones, the city election official, predicts turnout to follow a similar trend in this year.“We have six early voting stations now [but] I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of business,” he said. Early voting runs June 12-19.“If people are totally disgusted by whoever’s been in office, they may turn out, but there also has to be a viable alternative choice, a candidate they feel they can support,” Jones continued. “It just depends on morale.”And from what he’s heard in his interactions with the public, Jones added, voter morale seems to be low.“A lot of voters are just not happy with what’s going on but feel that they can’t make a difference, that their vote doesn’t count,” he said.Winbush said it is up to politicians—particularly Democrats in the case of African Americans—to energize voters.“Black people traditionally vote Democrat and Republicans turn out their vote in mid-term elections more so than Democrats. Democrats in Baltimore have to target the Black vote,” he said.last_img read more

Watch out for role of regional parties

first_imgKandi/Jangipur: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched an all-out attack against the BJP at Kandi and Jangipur rallies on Wednesday. Stating that the regional parties would play a vital role to form the government at the Centre, the Chief Minister added: “The BJP will be voted out of power and the Congress will not be able to form the government singly. The BJP will not get more than 100 seats.”Addressing two rallies at Kandi and Jangipur, she maintained: “The BJP will get zero seats in Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Moreover, if they get fewer seats in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan as well, how will they become the hero in the 2019 election,” she said. Jangipur will vote on April 23 while Berhampur will go to polls on April 29. In 2014, Congress candidates had won both the Berhampur and Jangipur seats. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee alleged that RSS and BJP are backing the Congress candidates in these seats and maintained: “The RSS is trying to buy votes. If you see them distributing money, take their photographs and send us. The RSS has no work and they are here to create division among people.” The Chief Minister further said people had lost respect for political leaders and had developed fear in the mind about them. “People are scared of the BJP leaders. The moment you go against them, agencies such as CBI, ED and DRI will harass you. People have never seen a political party with so much vengeance ever. See their body language, it is scary,” she said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateTalking about DMK leader K Kanimozhi, whose residence was recently searched by the Income Tax officials, she said: “They sent the Income Tax department officials to the house of (DMK chief) M K Stalin’s sister Kanimozhi to conduct raids. He is harassing (Telugu Desam Party chief) Chandrababu Naidu and Jaganmohan Reddy in Andhra Pradesh and (Janata Dal-Secular leader) H D Kumaraswamy in Karnataka. “Even Arvind Kejriwal, Mayawatiji or Akhilesh (Yadav) have not been spared. Lalu Prasad has been put to jail. He is harassing everyone. People of Bengal are still living in peace because we are here,” Banerjee said.last_img read more

Hard Rock Hotels comes full circle with new London hotel

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Hard Rock Hotels, London LONDON — The global expansion of Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos has come full circle with the opening of the company’s newest property, Hard Rock Hotel London.It’s Hard Rock’s first hotel in the UK but it continues the brand’s legacy in its original birthplace. The very first Hard Rock Cafe was founded in London in 1971.“Blending the DNA of the Hard Rock brand with London’s musical culture creates a memorable experience for all guests to enjoy,” said Ian Fletcher, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel London. “We’re excited to showcase the property’s unique offerings and signature brand amenities to visitors and locals alike — they won’t be able to find anywhere else like it in the UK.”As part of a partnership with London’s largest hotel owner-operator, glh, the hotel has 900 rooms and suites, along with a Rock Royalty Lounge, GMT Bar, a Hard Rock Cafe, a cocktail bar and a Rock Shop. More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureIt’s on the corner of Oxford Street at Marble Arch, in a building that dates back to the 1700s – and was home to the first Hard Rock Café.“The first Hard Rock Cafe was founded in London in 1971 and here we are, building on where it all began 48 years ago,” said Dale Hipsh, Senior VP of Hard Rock Hotels. “Every Hard Rock Hotel property is one-of-a-kind, but this one represents something special for the brand. This hotel is the culmination of three concepts – the cafes, hotels and Rock Shops – coming together as one in an open-lobby, community-driven environment with Hard Rock’s memorabilia as the design thread binding them together. It’s truly incredible.”Legendary memorabilia is sprinkled throughout the property, telling the story of London’s rich musical history. There’s even a letter written in 1958 by the late Buddy Holly, while he stayed at the hotel that is now Hard Rock Hotel London.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upAlso on display is the Kirkwood piano that Queen’s Freddie Mercury practiced on as a teenager.In addition to the GMT bar, the Hard Rock Cafe features a new design and menu and includes 370 seats for guests to enjoy daily live music performances that celebrate both local London performers and international talent. For more information see hrhlondon.com. Hard Rock Hotels comes full circle with new London hotel Posted bycenter_img Friday, July 12, 2019 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Airline operates first and largest GDP certified multiairport hub in

first_imgAirline operates first and largest GDP certified multi-airport hub in the world His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group with dignitaries at the inauguration of Emirates SkyPharmaAirline operates first and largest GDP certified multi-airport hub in the worldEmirates SkyPharma, Emirates SkyCargo’s new purpose-built facility dedicated exclusively to the timely and secure transport of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical shipments at Dubai International Airport (DXB) was officially inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.His Excellency Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Health, United Arab Emirates and His Excellency Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of Dubai Health Authority (DHA) were also present at the inaugural.“Pharmaceuticals are one of the most important products we transport because of the impact on people’s lives and communities across the world,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.“As a leader in the global air cargo industry we decided that it was not only important for us to build state-of- the-art cool chain facilities for the transport of pharma products but to also go the extra mile and ensure the compliance of our operations against the highest international standards. Our customers can continue to rest easy knowing that shipping their high-value and temperature-sensitive goods with Emirates SkyCargo is a safe and efficient choice for their business and end customers.”First and largest GDP Certified multi-airport hub in the worldThe new purpose built Emirates SkyPharma facility, part of the new 11,000 square metre extension of Emirates SkyCentral terminal at Dubai International Airport, offers 4,000 square metres of space dedicated to pharmaceutical cargo. It also features temperature controlled zones (2-8 degree Celsius and 15-25 degree Celsius), 88 temperature controlled individual positions in the automated ULD (aircraft pallet) handling system and 5 temperature controlled acceptance and delivery truck docks.Emirates SkyCargo has also been awarded the certification of compliance under the EU Good Distribution Practice guidelines (GDP) for medicinal products for human use by Bureau Veritas following an audit conducted by the certification agency’s team from Germany. The certification validates the carrier’s adherence to the strict guidelines on the transport and handling of pharmaceutical products and covers all Emirates SkyCargo handling activities for pharmaceutical products at its hub in Dubai.Emirates SkyCargo is the first cargo airline in the world that has obtained GDP certification for its hub operations covering two airports and the 24/7 bonded trucking service that connects cargo between them. The carrier also operates the largest GDP certified area in the world offering a total area of 8,600 square metres of combined handling space dedicated for pharmaceutical products at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central.The Good Distribution Practice guidelines outlined by the European Commission have been designed to ensure that the quality and integrity of pharmaceutical products are maintained during transportation. As part of its audit process, Bureau Veritas, well known around the world for their high standards, subject knowledge and experience, scrutinised all aspects of the handling and storage of pharmaceutical shipments through Emirates SkyCargo’s dual hubs in Dubai to ensure compliance with GDP guidelines on a number of subjects including quality management, product integrity, security and training of staff handling pharmaceutical products.“Throughout the audit process we found strong evidence of Emirates SkyCargo’s commitment across all levels to delivering high quality and secure transportation for pharmaceutical products. We are pleased to certify Emirates SkyCargo’s facilities at Dubai International airport, at Dubai World Central and the bonded road service between its hubs as GDP compliant” said Mr Ahmad Chaouk, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Middle East, India, Caspian Sea & Africa Operating Group, Bureau Veritas.The new Emirates SkyPharma facility at Dubai International airport works in conjunction with Emirates SkyCentral DWC, the carrier’s freighter hub in Dubai World Central which offers 4,600 square metres of dedicated area for pharmaceutical cargo. Both facilities complement the range of innovative cool chain products and solutions offered by Emirates SkyCargo including the Cool Dolly, the White Container and White Cover Advanced, all of which are designed to prevent temperature fluctuations or spikes from occurring during any part of the transportation process.Emirates SkyCargo’s pharma handling capabilities at its dual hubs further consolidate Dubai’s position as a leading destination for healthcare and pharma logistics.In 2015 Emirates SkyCargo shipped close to 11,000 tonnes of pharmaceutical products across its global network through its hub in Dubai. The top pharmaceutical products shipped include critical medication for diabetes and cancer, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), blood derivatives and vaccines.About Emirates SkyCargoEmirates SkyCargo is the largest international airline cargo operator in the world connecting cargo customers to over 150 cities across 82 countries in six continents. Emirates SkyCargo’s cargo hold capacity comprises Emirates’ fleet of more than 250 aircraft, including 15 freighters – 13 Boeing 777-Fs and two B747-400ERFs.Emirates SkyCargo is renowned for the highest standards of product quality in supporting business logistics – achieving customer satisfaction through innovation, flexibility and the constant refinement of service levels.The 2015-16 financial year was a strong one for Emirates SkyCargo with a 6% increase in airfreight uplifted to 2.5 million tonnes. Contributing 14% of the airline’s total transport revenue, Emirates SkyCargo continues to play an integral role in the company’s expanding operations. Source = Emirateslast_img read more

Macao Government Tourism Office commemorates the vibrancy of Macao

first_imgTo celebrate the vibrancy of Macao, the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) showcased the destinations fascinating history, glorious sights, and fiery festivals at the National Geographic Traveller Culture Meetup for Macao. The evening kick-started with a gorgeous traditional dragon dance performance, followed by unveiling of the National Geographic Traveller Magazine Cover. The cover displayed the picture of a Macao Latin festival taken during the festival held in Macao in December 2016.The evening witnessed the unveiling of a specially curated photo exhibition by the versatile talents in the field of photography as they captured the magnificent essence of this Asian Paradise in their own style.The celebrations included a panel discussion amongst prominent speakers such as Arzan Khambatta, Head of Macao Government Tourism Office in India, famous photographer-Ashima Narain, writer and foodie-Diya Kohli and travel writer-Neha Dara as the moderator.last_img read more

Rep Tedders senior discussion rescheduled

first_img Rep. Jim Tedder today announced that due to unforeseen circumstances, the senior session scheduled to take place in Waterford on Friday, June 24, will instead be combined with another program the same day at the Independence Senior Community Center in Clarkston.“The Waterford Senior Center is dealing with a leaky roof and will be closed for repairs on the day of the discussion,” said Rep. Tedder, R-Clarkston. “Thankfully, Independence Senior Community has been kind enough to put on a joint session, so anyone who made plans to attend the event in Waterford is welcome.”Independence Senior Community is located at 6000 Clarkston Road in Clarkston. The joint session will begin at 1 p.m.The discussions will feature Katie Cahill of AAA 1-B and Ginna Peterson of Critical Signal Technologies (CST). Katie’s presentation will focus on useful websites and web-based services for seniors and Ginna will demonstrate the hands-on application of life saving technology, including both home and on-the-go emergency response systems and medication management systems.“This is a great time for seniors in my district to meet with me and ask questions that are important to them,” Rep. Tedder said. “We will also be joined by two wonderful speakers who will cover some of the new technologies and services offered to seniors in the Clarkston area.”For more information about the sessions, give Rep. Tedder’s office a call at (517) 373-0615 or email Rep. Tedder at JimTedder@house.mi.gov.##### Categories: Tedder News 16Jun Rep. Tedder’s senior discussion rescheduledlast_img read more

Rep Frederick hosts October office hours

first_img Categories: Frederick News State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso announced his monthly in-district office hours for Monday, Oct. 23 at the following times and locations:8 to 9:30 a.m. at Durand City Hall, 215 W. Clinton St., in Durand; and5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Marion Township Hall, 10925 S. Merrill Road, in Brant.“Meeting with residents of Saginaw and Shiawassee counties on a regular basis is extremely important to me, “Frederick said. “I encourage residents to come with any concerns they have, or just drop by and introduce themselves.”No appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to meet during the scheduled times may contact Rep. Frederick’s office at (517) 373-0841 or email at BenFrederick@house.mi.gov. 13Oct Rep. Frederick hosts October office hourslast_img read more

Michigan Senate approves Bellinos bill helping police and fire retirees

first_img Categories: Bellino News,News 17Oct Michigan Senate approves Bellino’s bill helping police and fire retirees The Michigan Senate today approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Joe Bellino providing income tax relief to younger police and fire department retirees not covered by Social Security.The legislation is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration.“I look forward to this proposal becoming state law,” Bellino, of Monroe, said after the Senate vote. “After spending decades keeping Michigan safe, public safety employees have earned the right to keep more of their own money in retirement.”The bill primarily affects Michigan public safety employees who were born after 1952 and retired before 2013, bringing their tax structure more in line with many other retirees. The legislation provides an increased tax deduction for retirement or pension benefits from government employment that was not covered by Social Security.The bill allows these retirees to claim the same sort of income tax deductions already allowed for retirees covered by Social Security. A similar fix for retirees born before 1953 and not covered by Social Security became part of state law several years ago.The difference in taxation has been an issue since Michigan adopted broad tax reforms in 2011.Bellino’s bill would benefit retirees from public safety departments across the state, including hundreds of members of the Retired Detroit Police and Fire Fighters Association.“Lowering taxes is one of my top priorities,” Bellino said. “I am hopeful this proposal will be a key step toward tax relief for all Michigan families.”###The legislation is House Bill 4396.last_img read more

Rep LaFave issues statement on Supreme Court dark store ruling

first_img20Oct Rep. LaFave issues statement on Supreme Court ‘dark store’ ruling Categories: LaFave News,News State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain today issued the following statement after the Michigan Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Menard Inc. in the ‘dark store’ tax case involving the City of Escanaba:“The Supreme Court’s decision to leave the Court of Appeals ruling untouched is great news for Escanaba and will have positive effects across Michigan. It brings fairness and common sense to a system that had been rigged against small retailers competing against big box stores. It also will help communities that had been hurt by a loophole allowing retail giants to unfairly reduce their tax bills.”last_img