Crans Montana Forum In Dakhla, Opportunity To Develop Renewable Energy In…

Dakhla  –  Crans Montana Forum, to be held in Dakhla on March 12-14, is an opportunity to develop Africa’s renewable energy, civil society stakeholders in the southern region of Oued Eddahab-Laguira said.In a statement to MAP, several associations operating in Dakhla highlighted the significance of the Forum which attests to the importance of the city and its development potential.In this respect, the civil society stakeholders recalled statements made by the Chairman and Founder of the Crans Montana Forum, Jean-Paul Carteron who described Dakhla as a city enjoying exceptional strategic location as a hub of a major African region offering an extraordinary model for economic and social development. The civil society stakeholders also said that the Forum will have positive impact on promoting tourism and investments in the region with a special focus on renewable energy.The forthcoming Crans Montana Forum on Africa and South-South Cooperation a high-level panel will be dedicated to energy access through renewables with a special focus on wind farms.The Forum will bring together government officials, financial stakeholders, regional and international organizations, NGO’s and Businessmen. read more

Morocco Says Five Moroccans Died in Mina Stampede, 34 Are Missing

Rabat – Morocco said in a press release on Monday that five Moroccans pilgrims died as a result of the fatal stampede that occurred in Mina last Thursday.According to a press release issued this Monday by the Moroccan foreign ministry, five Moroccan pilgrims were killed while eight others were injured and are receiving the necessary medical care in several Saudi hospitals.The Moroccan government has been working closely with Saudi authorities to identify the number of victims and inform their families. Meanwhile, these figures remain temporary and could rise in the few coming hours, as the release specified that 34 Moroccan pilgrims (15 women and 19 men) are still missing.The search operation of other missing Moroccan pilgrims continues in coordination with Saudi authorities.  Moroccan authorities stressed that this operation remains very complicated given the scale of the tragedy and the conditions surrounding the search operations of the victims and the confirmation of their identities. read more

Women must play full part in peacebuilding Security Council declares

The 15-member body voiced deep concern about the under-representation of women at all stages of peace processes, particularly the very low numbers in formal roles in mediation processes, nearly nine years after it passed an earlier resolution calling for increased female representation at all decision-making levels in preventing, managing and resolving conflict. “A growing body of evidence suggests that bringing women to the peace table improves the quality of agreements reached, and increases the chances of successful implementation,” Mr. Ban told the Council in a message to a day-long open session on Women, Peace and Security delivered by Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro. “Women are likely to put gender issues on the agenda, set different priorities and possibly bridge the political divide more effectively. Experience also suggests that women’s contributions in post–conflict situations can make a critical difference to community survival and reconstruction.” He noted that in nine years since the adoption of the earlier resolution, only 16 countries had adopted National Action Plans for its implementation, and he called on all Member States to take action before the 10th anniversary. Today’s resolution likewise highlighted deep concern at the violence and intimidation, lack of security and lack of rule of law, cultural discrimination and stigmatization, including the rise of extremist or fanatical views on women, all of which hinder full female involvement in conflict resolution. It reiterated the call for all parties in armed conflicts to immediately cease all violations of international law regarding the rights and protection of women and girls and emphasized the responsibility of all States to put an end to impunity and prosecute those responsible for all forms of violence, including rape and other sexual violence. “Women face appalling violence – especially sexual violence – in the anarchy generated by conflict and its aftermath,” Mr. Ban said in his statement. “Yet post-conflict gender-based violence often remains below the radar screen, since a cessation of conflict is often mistaken for the full return of peace.” The Council called on Mr. Ban to develop a strategy, including through appropriate training, to increase the number of women appointed to pursue good offices on his behalf, and to submit within six months a set of indicators to track implementation of the resolution. It also said it intended to include provisions on promoting gender equality when establishing or renewing UN peacekeeping missions. And it encouraged Member States to address such female needs and priorities as greater physical security, better socio-economic conditions through education, income generating activities, access to health services, including sexual and reproductive health, and access to justice. Presenting Mr. Ban most recent report on the issue, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women Rachel Mayanja warned that it was not enough simply to adopt National Action Plans – these plans must be implemented to achieve their goals and be backed by resources. “The Council must be relentless in its insistence on women as peacekeepers, peace builders and decision-makers,” she said. UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Ines Alberdi noted that women average less than 10 per cent of members of official negotiating teams at peace talks. “Their striking absence at this stage means they lack voice in everything that follows,” she said. “In post-conflict planning, women must participate in needs assessments, priority-setting and monitoring public expenditure. Civil society groups representing women’s interests must be invited to donor conferences,” she added, stressing that economic recovery usually means job creation for young men, often at the expense of adequate investment in women’s employment and livelihood needs. “Securing women’s land and property rights must be a major focus of recovery efforts and should be addressed in peace negotiations,” she declared. Over 50 Member States were scheduled to speak during the debate. 5 October 2009The Security Council today unanimously urged all countries and international bodies to take further steps to ensure full participation of women in all stages of conflict resolution and peace-building, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling it “a top priority for the United Nations.” read more

Federal government commits 20 million to help scale up health innovations

VANCOUVER — The federal government has committed $20 million to help scale up innovative Canadian companies in the health and biosciences sectors.The funding will go towards establishing a marketplace on which smaller companies and startups will be able to sell health technologies to participating hospitals and health providers.Small Business Minister Mary Ng says the CAN Health Network will provide easy access to a large, consolidated domestic marketplace to both scale up companies at home and help them expand abroad.The federal government will initially put up $7 million to establish a western Canada network led by the Saskatchewan Health Authority and a southern Ontario network led by Trillium Health Partners.The network, which could later be expanded nationally, is designed to reduce the barriers to entry for smaller Canadian companies and help them understand the needs of health providers.The federal government says Canada’s health-care spending totalled $253 billion last year while the international market for medical technologies is estimated at $500 billion annually.The Canadian Press read more

GOP health overhaul puts pressure on state governments

GOP health overhaul puts pressure on state governments FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2017 file photo, Michael Boone poses for a portrait in his Gary Ind., home. It is the Republican proposed changes to Medicaid, which has become the largest source of federal revenue for states, that have drawn the most reaction since the Coordination of Benefits report was released. Under the Affordable Care Act, 31 states and the District of Columbia expanded their Medicaid programs, providing coverage to about 11 million Americans. Among those benefiting from Indiana’s expansion is Boone. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File) CHERRY HILL, N.J. – The Republican health care plan means less money for states and gives them a tough choice: Find a pot of cash to make up the difference or let coverage lapse for millions of lower-income Americans.Governors and state lawmakers analyzing the Republican plan to replace former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act fear a return to the past, when those without health coverage used emergency rooms for their medical needs. That uncompensated care was written off by hospitals or billed to the state.The axe would fall especially hard on Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health care to the poor and lower-income workers.In Washington, for example, state officials say they would have to come up with $1.5 billion a year starting in 2020 to keep coverage in place for about 600,000 residents who gained coverage through the Medicaid expansion that was a key part of Obama’s health care law.“It would actually leave our nation worse off than before the ACA was implemented,” Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, said in a written statement.Most states don’t yet have firm cost estimates on the consequences of the proposal by Republicans in the U.S. House. A Congressional Budget Office analysis released Monday said the GOP plan would lead to 24 million Americans losing health care coverage over the next decade but did not provide a state-by-state breakdown.In addition to Medicaid, states are concerned about the Republican plan to replace federal premium subsidies for people who buy private insurance with tax credits that would be adjusted based on age, with older people paying more. If the cost of health insurance is too great under the GOP plan, people might drop coverage and rely instead on emergency rooms.Connecticut estimates that 34,000 people who buy policies in the insurance marketplace would drop their coverage under the GOP plan. Overall, it would add about $1 billion in annual costs for the state, equivalent to 5 per cent of its budget.It is the GOP’s proposed changes to Medicaid, which has become the largest source of federal revenue for states, that have drawn the most reaction since the CBO report was released.Under the Affordable Care Act, 31 states and the District of Columbia expanded their Medicaid programs, providing coverage to about 11 million Americans. That included a number of Republican-led states, including Indiana under Vice-President Mike Pence when he was governor there.Among those benefiting from Indiana’s expansion is Michael Boone, a 55-year-old cook from Gary.Boone said it was the first time he has had health coverage as an adult, and it allowed him to get treatment for medical problems he didn’t know he had. They included high cholesterol, high blood pressure and a hernia.His coverage could be a casualty if the Medicaid cuts take effect and Indiana cannot find a way to pay for a larger share.“I really don’t have a full grasp of the situation yet,” Boone said. “But right now, I’m scared to death.”The federal government paid the entire cost of the Medicaid expansion for three years under Obama’s law and was to continue paying 90 per cent of the cost starting in 2020.The Republican plan, which is supported by President Donald Trump, calls for getting rid of the higher match in 2020 for new enrollees who are eligible under the expanded standards.A second Medicaid change would limit the federal aid per enrollee for everyone on Medicaid, with the caps varying by state. Under the caps, states would be locked into the choices they will make now for the structure of their Medicaid programs, reducing their flexibility in the future, said Barbara Lyons, a senior vice-president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan group that studies health policy.New Jersey state Sen. Joe Vitale, a Democrat who chairs a legislative health committee, said the costs of the proposed federal cuts to Medicaid could be dramatic for his state.“It’s not sustainable for New Jersey,” he said. “How would we also make our pension payment and pay for everything else?”Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, is among a group of governors calling for more flexibility on caps in federal Medicaid funding to allow for changes in the number of people being covered or costs for expensive new drugs.Several other Republican governors are calling on Congress to rethink the House approach.“This certainly signals that there’s more work to be done,” Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in an interview Tuesday on CNN. “And there needs to be some adjustments to relieve some of that cost shift to the states and to make sure that we don’t go back to where we were before — which was we just had our emergency room filled with those who didn’t have any coverage.”Dennis Daugaard, the Republican governor of South Dakota, a state that opted against the Medicaid expansion, doesn’t like that costs would shift to the states but sees a benefit in restraining federal spending.“I don’t like the aspect of the more risk,” he said, “but I think from a more nation-centric viewpoint, it’s probably necessary.”___Associated Press writers Andrew DeMillo in Little Rock, Arkansas; James Nord in Pierre, South Dakota; Erik Schelzig and Sheila Burke in Nashville, Tennessee; and Brian Slodysko in Indianapolis contributed to this report.___Follow Mulvihill at by Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Press Posted Mar 15, 2017 7:24 am MDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2017 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Football Ohio State lands commitment of 2019 fourstar running back Steele Chambers

Ohio State added another running back to its 2019 class.Four-star running back Steele Chambers committed to the Buckeyes, announcing it via Twitter Wednesday night.The 6-foot-2, 215-pound recruit played both running back and outside linebacker at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Rosewell, Georgia. Ranked as the 340th-best recruit in the nation, according to the 247 composite rankings. He is also listed as the No. 29 athlete and No. 37 recruit in the state of Georgia.Chambers is the sixth member of Ohio State’s 2019 class and is one of four in the class not from Ohio. The Georgia native will join four-star running back Sampson James in the class. read more

Gilmore We were determined that Ireland would be Europes success story

first_imgTánaiste to meet Peter Robinson to discuss sport and peace>Gilmore: Vacant social housing stock is a problem, but we’re fixing it> TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE said today it is a “good time to have great hope and ambition for Ireland”.Speaking at SDLP Annual Conference he spoke about how the Troika had paid their final visit to Dublin this week, stating that the past two and a half years have been a “tough, exacting and, at times, frustrating”.He said:The economic collapse affected every person in the country. It affected employment, pay and services. It affected confidence. It affected Ireland’s reputation. It affected the capacity of the Government to make the level of investment in an all-island economy that we would have liked to make.Bright futureHe added:But we were determined – determined that Ireland would, once again, offer its people a secure future, a bright future.Determined that Ireland would be Europe’s success story. He said it was this drive to be a success story that the government took “decisive action to recapitalise and restructure our banks” and why they “insisted on re-writing the terms and conditions of our bail-out, and we tore up the Anglo Irish Bank promissory note”, he said.He added:That is why we have not shirked our deficit targets. That is why we instigated major reform of our welfare services, so that we do not have – as we did in the nineties – years of jobless growth.Gilmore said that the Ireland’s future was something to look forward to, stating: “This is a good time to have great hope and ambition for Ireland.”Northern IrelandThe Tánaiste also renewed the government’s commitment to reconcilition stating that at the 15th anniversary of the Agreement both sides need to “take stock of where we are in terms of peace and reconciliation, potential and prosperity a decade and a half after the transformational moment of the signing of the Agreement”.Gilmore said there had been “astounding progress” made in Northern Ireland since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement but said that it had been a “fraught year for community and political relations”. He added:It is now a time to have honest conversations about the causes of strains and stresses, about the ongoing hurt of so many and about the political and societal absences which confound matters at best and aggravate them at worst.… We need to reaffirm our commitment to fundamental principles on which the peace process was founded:  power-sharing, equality; ending division; human rights; parity of esteem; support for the rule of law and for the devolved institutions; and the continued shared responsibility of the two Governments to act as co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement.last_img read more

Agriculture department launches rehome program in South Caicos

first_img Recommended for you Turks & Caicos and United States team up for ‘Don’t Pack a Pest’ program Related Items:agriculture dePARTMENT, dogs ordinance, National Animal Traceability and Identification Programme, re-home Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Sept 2015 – The Department of Agriculture through its recently launched Re-Home programme is ensuring that family pets are properly licensed or registered under the Dogs Ordinance. RE-HOME™ is the licensing and registration programme developed for dogs and cats respectively as part of the National Animal Traceability and Identification Programme (NATIP™). The inaugural event took place in South Caicos and the Department says their purpose is to encourage pet owners to microchip, license their dogs and register their cats in order to build a pet identification database, to use the database for animal disease control and to reunite lost pets with their rightful owners.last_img read more

Hearing at Grossmont College discusses protecting student veterans

first_imgHearing at Grossmont College discusses protecting student veterans April 24, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – More than 1,200 for profit colleges went out of business in the last 5 years. Many were characterized as predatory because they targeted veterans returning home from war zones.What those schools would do is recruit veterans knowing they had $18,000 a year of taxpayer dollars to spend on education.This was the topic of a congressional hearing at Grossmont College today.KUSI’s Steve Bosh was there. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 24, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Seabird dieoff takes twist with carcasses in Alaska lake

first_imgDead murres on the beach in Haines on Jan. 12, 2016. (Tim Ackerman)The massive die-off of a widely distributed North Pacific seabird continues to surprise federal scientists.Download AudioThe latest twist was the discovery of thousands of carcasses of common murres along a freshwater Alaska lake.U.S. Geological Survey research wildlife biologist John Piatt says an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 carcasses were counted last month on the shore of Lake Iliamna in southwest Alaska.Common murres spend winters at sea. Piatt says if he saw a murre in a lake he would conclude it was a misguided individual, but to have more than 6,000 in a lake mind-blowing.Federal agencies are trying to determine why common murres are apparently starving.The confirmed carcass count is up to 36,000 and researchers say that’s probably a fraction of the deaths.last_img read more

After 30 years Raven Shark pole back in Sitka

first_imgThe top of the Raven Shark totem pole lies in Totem Hall at Sitka National Historical Park. (Emily Russell/KCAW)The totem pole is an icon of the Pacific Northwest. The carved art form showcases clan stories and family crests in museums around the world. After more than 30 years in the Anchorage Museum, a century-old pole from Southeast has made it back to Sitka, where curators are prepping a permanent home.Listen nowIt’s a little echoey inside Totem Hall at Sitka National Historical Park. That’s because the ceilings are about 30 feet high. Sun is streaming through the windows today, but it’s pretty cold in there.“The environment in here really mirrors the outside environment,” Kelsey Lutz, Sitka National Historical Park’s museum curator, explained. “We do not have any heat or humidification going on in this part of the facility.”SNHP’s Chief of Interpretation Angie Richman and Curator Kelsey Lutz . (Emily Russell/KCAW)Lutz oversees the park’s collection of more than 30 totem poles. Most of them are outside along the park’s trail system. The oldest ones, though, are stored inside Totem Hall.“They are used to being outside in that wet, cool environment, so this is really perfect for the wood,” Lutz said.Poles tower over us, so tall you have to crane your neck to see the tops of them. There is one, though, that you actually have to look down to see. Lutz invites me back to take a look.“Feel free to come back here,” Lutz said.A couple of bright orange traffic cones work as dividers between the pole and museum patrons. Behind them lies a totem pole separated into two sections.“The Raven Shark that has come back is the original pole,” Angie Richman explained.Richman is the Chief of Interpretation at the park. The Raven Shark pole at our feet was carved in Klawock over one hundred years ago. Richman said it was donated to Alaska’s governor at the time.“So a year after it was donated it went to St. Louis for the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, also known as the World’s Fair,” Richman said.It was also shown at the World’s Fair in Oregon in 1905, brought back to Sitka for a few decades and then went back out on the road for the New York World’s Fair in 1964.“And in 1978, due to the deterioration,” Richman said, “that’s when it was taken off the trail and moved inside.”And it’s been inside ever since, most recently in the atrium of the Anchorage Museum, where the pole stood on display for thirty years.Around the time the original was moved inside, a replica of the Raven Shark pole was carved and folded into the forest along Totem Trail.The replica of the Raven Shark pole was carved by Tommy Jimmie in 1978 and placed along Totem Trail Loop. (Emily Russell/KCAW)The trail loops around the coastline and sometimes there’s a break in the trees, where the Raven Shark replica pole stands. You can see out on the ocean and it’s just spectacular.Wet snow is falling and forming puddles on the trail today. Tommy Joseph is a Tlingit wood carver originally from Ketchikan.“My first opportunity to work with a knife on a piece of wood was in the third grade– 8 years old,” Joseph said.Since then, Joseph says he’s carved 40 or so full-size totem poles – he stopped counting after 30.“Totem poles, well they’re a visual tool for telling a story– somebody’s story– about who they are, where they’re from, what they’re all about. Some are grave markers or mortuary memorial poles,” Joseph explained.Others are commemorative, like the centennial pole Joseph carved for Sitka National Historical Park’s 100th anniversary. But as Joseph says, they all tell stories. The Raven Shark’s is one of two Tlingit clans–the Raven and Shark clans.Tlingit carver Tommy Joseph with the Centennial Pole he carved for the park’s 100th anniversary. (Emily Russell/KCAW)Since its carving over a century ago, the pole has told that story to onlookers around the country, but curator Kelsey Lutz says this will be it’s final home.It could be a few months before the pole stands upright in Totem Hall. Until then, Lutz says, they’ll focus on the pole’s presentation.“Well hopefully we’ll upgrade the traffic cones to something more museum-appropriate,” Lutz said.last_img read more

Yaba trader Rohingya man found dead

first_imgPolice recovered the bodies of a suspected Yaba trader and a Rohingya man from near Leda Rohingya camp in Nilha of Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar on Friday, reports UNB.The deceased were identified as Shamsul Huda, 33, brother of Nurul Huda, member of 8 no ward of Nilha union, also a listed Yaba trader and Rahim Ullah, 22, of Leda Rohingya camp.Locals spotted the throat-slit body of Shamsul and the body of Rahim in a sack near the camp around 12:30 pm and informed police, said Md Afruzul Haque Tutul, additional superintendent of Cox’s Bazar Police.Later, police recovered the bodies and sent those to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsies. Police primarily suspected that they might have been murdered over Yaba-related issue.last_img read more

Harris County Approves Buying Out 200 Homes Impacted By Harvey

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /00:50 Gail Delaughter Ruined household items on the curb in southeast Houston.The Harris County Commissioners Court approved Tuesday starting the buyout process of approximately 200 homes that got flooded due to tropical storm Harvey and that are located in all parts of the county, not in a specific area.The Court gave the green light to using $20 million for the buyouts. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett detailed the county’s Engineering Department has identified the homes that will be bought out.Emmett explained the homes have been selected because, in order to get a permit to rebuild, the owners would have to raise the level of the homes and that would be “expensive” for them, so the county wants to reach out to those homeowners sooner rather than later.According to the county’s research, raising an average two story house by five feet or more could cost the homeowner between $120,000 and $150,000.County officials say some of the people who will have their homes bought out had already shown interest in that option.The county will begin notifying them about the buyouts this week and it expects to eventually be reimbursed by the federal government. Sharelast_img read more

Our soldiers our heroes

first_imgAs I write this, India celebrates its 43rd Navy Day. For the uninitiated, every year December 4 is celebrated as Navy Day to commemorate the start of Operation Trident during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971. Not something many of us, at least from our smartphone generation, are aware of, are we? I mean, why do we even need to know? Not like it’s a festival that brings new clothes and parties with it, or a public holiday so we can catch up on our sleep, or a dry day that we need to stock up on liquor! Also Read – Find your own happinessWe belong to a generation that laughs at Indian war films, considers the Armed Forces a ‘bad’ career choice, and has little, or no, respect for the men and women in uniform who tirelessly watch over us, guard us, keep us safe so we can live freely and sleep peacefully. Clearly, ’99, 26/11, have had no effect on us. Let others die for the nation. Why us? We belong to a generation with parents who aspire to have money-minting engineer/banker/lawyer children. None of my friends are in the Forces. And, none of my friends’ friends are either. Which is what amazes me. Didn’t our parents live through ’65, 71? Don’t they have enough to thank our Forces for? Evidently not. Instead of taking pride and showing them our gratitude, we’ve taken them for granted. Also Read – Into the wildJust the other day somebody remarked during the course of a discussion, “Why is it such a big deal if a soldier dies? Why must we weep over every war casualty? They were just doing their job. They signed up for it!” I was too stunned to utter even a word. We were in a room full of people, most of whom seemed to agree with her. Dear girl, you know who you are. And, I also know you’re reading this. There are a few things you need to know. It IS a big deal if a soldier dies. Hell, it’s a big deal if anybody dies, and more so when it’s somebody who has lost his life trying to protect you! We WILL cry over every war casualty. If we don’t, then we aren’t humane enough. And, finally, it isn’t a soldier’s ‘job’ to die. His job is to protect, and yes, if that means at the cost of life, then that too. We should be indebted to these selfless, brave souls, and instead, we have the gall to belittle their tremendous sacrifice? Today isn’t about the various scandals that have rocked our Armed Forces over the years. Today isn’t about the Government’s seemingly step-motherly treatment, or the controversial AFSPA and its repercussions either. Today is about a young man who spends his childhood dreaming of being a soldier, undergoes backbreaking, rigorous training for years to become one, sacrifices relationships, friendships for his first love-his nation, plays with fire to keep his countrymen safe, and if necessary, doesn’t blink an eye before giving up his life for the nation and its people. Today is about us, and how as a society we continue to show absolute neglect and indifference towards our soldiers! The military life isn’t about free rations, cheap alcohol, and fancy parties like most of us believe. It’s a life full of sacrifice, extreme stress-both physical and mental, inhumanly long hours, zero recreation, and constant life risk. Very few have the heart to do it. By failing to show our gratitude to those blessed few, we fail them. If this continues, there will come a day when there will be nobody to protect us. Is that where we wish to head?The day cricketer Phil Hughes died, Naik Kulvinder Singh of the Indian Army died fighting militants in Kashmir. How many of us even knew about it? None of the national dailies mentioned it. Both 26-year-olds laid down their lives doing what they loved best: batting for their country. Yet, there was one marked difference. This was shared with me by a soldier and I quote him, “…while Phil’s passing was mourned by…the world…Naik Kulvinder Singh’s name was reduced to just a footnote, a sad statistic in this ungrateful nation’s history.”Why? Yes, we are a selfish nation, but are we so heartless that we can’t even honour someone in death?? Reams are dedicated to cricketing heroes and Bollywood superstars. But, what about the real heroes for whom there are neither second chances nor retakes? Don’t they deserve some respect, too?Let’s not continue to be a nation of ingrates. It’s time we got up and saluted the selfless souls who watch over us. Who needs guardian angels when we have soldiers? Our soldiers, our heroes- let this be our motto! Jai Hind.Malini Banerjee is a snotty single child, mountain junkie, playback singer, Austen addict, and dreams of singing alongside Buddy Guylast_img read more

Thunderstorm likely in some parts of South Bengal districts in next 24

first_imgKOLKATA: The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted thunderstorm in some parts of South Bengal districts in the next two days. A senior official of the weather office said storm and thundershowers accompanied by strong gusty wind may occur in some parts of South Bengal districts on Tuesday and Wednesday. A cyclonic circulation has been hovering over the Bay of Bengal which will bring thunderstorm in the city and some other districts in South Bengal. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe official said it is not possible to announce the names of the districts where thunderstorm may occur. The alert of storm will be issued a few hours prior to the incident, the weather official said. There may be some cold spell in the city as well. The city dwellers were witnessing pre-monsoon rains until Sunday evening when the temperature lowered following heavy thundershowers. People got relief from the sultry weather on Monday.The month of May has been quite fruitful for city dwellers with rains lashing the city from time to time. The month began on a rainy note for Bengal. The people in the city may, however, feel sultry and discomfort during the afternoon. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedWeather experts predict thunder squall with wind speed exceeding 50-60 kmph along with lightning in some parts in the next two days. Light to moderate rain is likely to affect some parts of Kolkata and adjoining districts.According to an expert, these weather activities can be attributed to a cyclonic circulation. A few days ago, an anti-cyclone was also detected over Bay of Bengal that was providing moisture over the region. Some of the South Bengal districts may witness scattered rains during the next couple of days. According to a senior weather official, the situation is favourable for a thunderstorm.last_img read more

Rail Europes Impressionist trains make a colourful trip

first_imgTags: Rail Europe Travelweek Group WHITE PLAINS, NY — In celebration of Normandy Impressionist Festival, taking place through Sept. 25, three French TER regional express trains have been wrapped in duplicates of paintings by Monet and Pissarro and are being referred to as the ‘trains of Impressionism’.Onboard passengers can discover famous art work on the walls with descriptive captions while they whisk through Normandy’s colourful countryside, following the path Monet, Renoir and Delacroix painters would have used 150 years ago to travel the region by steam train from Paris.Departing from the iconic landmark Paris Saint-Lazare train station, which happens to be the train station that inspired Claude Monet for a series of paintings, the train stops at Vernon-Giverny, site of the house and garden where Monet painted his Water lilies series, and the Normandy capital, Rouen.The train’s final destination is the town of Le Havre, just over two hours from Paris. This special train service makes daily departures from Paris on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Whether travellers catch this Impressionist train, or hop aboard a more traditional local TER train to Normandy, all passengers can enjoy train stations that have been decorated in celebration of impressionism in Normandy.For travellers who wish to make this easy connection to Normandy from Paris, visit Rail Europe to purchase a point-to-point local train ticket, or with a France Rail Pass, board any Normandy-bound TER train with no reservation needed. See Friday, August 19, 2016 Sharecenter_img Posted by Rail Europe’s ‘Impressionist trains’ make a colourful trip << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Invitation Homes Adds Two Senior Executives

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