Honorees Announced for 2018 World of Children Awards Ceremony and Benefit

first_imgWorld of Children, a global recognition and funding organization for individuals exclusively serving the needs of vulnerable children, revealed today its 2018 award winners.These five real-life heroes have dramatically improved the lives of at-risk children around the world through high-impact programs in the categories of education, health, humanitarianism, protection and youth helping youth. In addition to providing each Honoree with a substantial multi-year grant, World of Children will celebrate these recipients at the annual 2018 World of Children Awards Ceremony & Benefit on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 583 Park Avenue in New York City.“We are thrilled to welcome five of the bravest and most courageous humanitarians from around the globe to our family,” said World of Children Co-Founder Harry Leibowitz. “Three of these Honorees are being recognized for their efforts in countries we have never before had the chance to serve — Afghanistan, Senegal and Bolivia — which is a testament to the reach and growth of our organization and our mission to find and fund the heroic efforts of heroes who are on the ground in some of the most vulnerable places in the world. This is an exciting year, and we look forward to celebrating each of these individuals’ achievements in New York City.The annual ceremony will also recognize New York-based Devin Beresheim (MARSH Finpro) and his wife Sarah with the World of Children Board of Governors’ Award for their unwavering dedication to the organization and elevating awareness for child advocates.Caryl Stern (President and CEO, US Fund for UNICEF), Lily Aldridge Followill (World of Children Ambassador, International Model, Child Advocate), Alina Cho (World of Children Advisory Council, CBS Sunday Morning Contributor) and Andy Adler (Sportscaster, Journalist, TV Personality) will serve as event hosts for the evening.This year’s Honorees include:2018 World of Children Education Honoree: Ehsan Mehrangais, founder of Afghanistan Demain, a non-governmental organization that provides education, school programs and rehabilitation to disadvantaged street children in three of the poorest neighborhoods in Kabul regardless of their gender or religion.2018 World of Children Health Honoree: Sandy Kemper, founder of Smiles Forever, which improves the quality of life for impoverished children in Cochabamba, Bolivia, through free preventative and restorative dentistry, and nutritional education to reduce conditions such as life-threatening abscesses, painful cavities and malnutrition.2018 World of Children Humanitarian Honoree: Phyllis Keino, founder of Lewa Children’s Home and mother to hundreds of orphans and abandoned children in Eldoret, Kenya, providing them with a safe home, medical care, a first-class education and a caring family environment.2018 World of Children Protection Honoree: Anta Mbow, founder of Empire des Enfants, a child-based shelter based in Dakar, Senegal that leads humanitarian action for children who have been exploited and are at risk of starvation, abduction, physical and sexual abuse after being forced to live on the streets.2018 World of Children Youth Honoree: Caragan Olles, co-founder of Bright Young Dyslexics, the only organization to offer funding for private tutoring and assistive technology for dyslexic students in Wisconsin, in addition to in-school programs to educate teachers and students on how to accommodate students with learning disabilities.World of Children receives thousands of nominations from around the world ever year and uses a uniquely rigorous vetting process to select Honorees, including extensive on-site investigations and an independent audit of each finalist. Recognized by the media as the “Nobel Prize for Child Advocates,” Honorees receive funding and educational support to help expand their program and ultimately impact the lives of even more children.The event’s Honorary Chairs include Faeth Bradley, Daniela Braga, Leonard Gorski, Dean M. Klisura, Rebecca Minkoff and Greg Scott. World of Children is led by Co-Founders Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, retired senior executives from Procter & Gamble and Victoria’s Secret respectively.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI to Chair Council of Ministers Thursday

Rabat – King Mohammed VI will convene Morocco’s Council of Ministers at the Royal Palace of Rabat on Thursday evening.Several laws and appointment activities are expected to take place during the meeting.The Council of Ministers will occur just a few days after the monarch’s return to Morocco following the recovery period for his heart surgery in France. King Mohammed VI’s private plane arrived in Morocco’s Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca on Monday night.The monarch successfully underwent surgery in January, following a minor arrhythmia on an otherwise healthy heart, according to a statement from the Royal Place on February 26.

At UN session Indonesian President urges new strategic mindset for global peace

“There is no question that the world we live in today is in much better condition than the one in the 20th century. Freedom has spread. The threat of nuclear holocaust is receding significantly. There is no prospect of a world war, the kind of which twice wrecked the 20th century,” President Yudhoyono told the gathered delegates at UN Headquarters in New York during the first day of the Assembly’s General Debate. “However, it is only relative peace. Not total peace as yet,” he warned, noting that the world had moved on from the Cold War to “an era of warm peace.” Underlining the concept of a “warm peace,” President Yudhoyono said that the global security architecture still reflected 20th century circumstances; that questions on how emerging powers would be accommodated by the existing world order continued to go unanswered; and, that old rivalries and long-standing conflicts – such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, disputes in the South China Sea, and tensions on the Korean Peninsula – still risked resurfacing. “The first thing we have to do is to evolve a new strategic mindset,” he stated. “The remnants of Cold War mentality still persist in parts of the geopolitical landscape – not least our own UN, where rigid, dogmatic, zero-sum calculations sometimes still come into play.”In order to usher in a new mental approach in dealing with the world’s most complex issues, President Yudhoyono stressed that Security Council reform must continue unabated until the Council reflected the 21st century strategic reality. He also urged the creation of “a universal culture of mutual tolerance and mutual appreciation” of religious differences and called for the establishment of an international body “to effectively prevent incitement to hostility or violence based on religions or beliefs.” In addition, he encouraged the doctrine of strong regionalism and pointed to the successes of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – the regional body of which Indonesia is a part. Pointing to the growing need for preventive diplomacy, President Yudhoyono argued that robust regional entities helped resolve simmering disputes before they escalated into full blown conflict and said that ASEAN had done just that in the South China Sea. “The territorial and sovereignty disputes have been festering there for the better part of a century,” he said. “But we are managing them with restraint, confidence building and, at present, through earnest negotiations toward a legally binding Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.” Scores of the world’s heads of State and government and other high-level officials are expected to present their views and comment on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

Violent attacks reported against civilians fleeing ISILcontrolled areas of Iraq – UN

“We have received reports that suggest a violent clampdown on people who are attempting to flee ISIL-controlled areas in Iraq, particularly through the Hamrin mountain chain in northeast Iraq” and onto Tikrit, Al-Alam and Kirkuk, said spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).Ms. Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland, that an increasing number of people have been attempting to escape, taking a very difficult journey, and at least four families, including children and elderly people, reportedly died earlier this month after attempting the journey without a guide and with few supplies. According to sources, the journey takes eight to 12 hours in very hot weather through uninhabited areas without signage or paved roads, she said.“ISIL gunmen have also begun to set ambushes for people fleeing and ISIL snipers have reportedly attacked and killed those caught,” according to the OHCHR. “In one incident, three taxi drivers were reportedly executed between 10 and 12 July in Shirqat, purportedly for assisting residents in making the passage through Hamrin.”There are also reports that many other families were abducted by ISIL en route to Tikrit and Al-Alam, it said.“Any intentional direct attack against civilians is considered a serious violation of international humanitarian law,” the human rights spokesperson said. “All parties must ensure that civilians are protected, that they have unhindered access to medical facilities and humanitarian assistance, and that they are able to leave areas affected by violence – safely and with dignity.”Ms. Shamdasani also said “ISIL continues to viciously target those perceived to be opposed to its ideology and rule, with despicable violence.”On 20 July, for example, ISIL reportedly publicly killed an Imam in western Mosul following a decision by a self-appointed so-called court, allegedly for having criticised ISIL, and earlier this month four other Imams were allegedly executed for performing tarweed prayers, which are not authorized by ISIL.Furthermore, on 10 July, ISIL reportedly killed nine people in central Mosul by running a bulldozer over them for allegedly provided information and collaborating with the Iraqi Security Forces and Peshmerga. There have also been an increasing number of civilian casualties across the country due to car bombs and gun attacks are also occurring with frequency, according to the OHCHR. read more

Smart money moving to green financing reveals new UN report

In its new report on green finance, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has noted that the G20 and other countries have taken huge strides over the last year towards mobilizing public resources and private capital needed to make sustainable development and climate action a reality.“The world has committed to creating a better future for people and planet. But we will not be able to achieve [this] vision without the global financial system using its capital to fuel the transformation,” said the Executive Director of UNEP, Erik Solheim, in a news release announcing the findings. “This new research […] shows encouraging progress in this regard. From a record number of new green finance measures to ambitious plans for green finance hubs, we are seeing the smart money move to green financing,” he added. The Green Finance Progress Report further notes that the establishment of the Green Finance Study Group by the G20 last year, under its Chinese Presidency, showed the group understood that green financing at scale is critical to achieve the G20’s goal of securing balanced and sustained growth. This message was reinforced by Germany’s decision to continue the work during its G20 Presidency this year, the report highlights. The report also draws out examples from G20 countries of actions they took in relation to green finance, such as the disclosure requirements announced by the Securities and Exchange Board of India for the issuing and listing of green debt securities, and pilot areas for green finance announced by the State Council of China. It also finds that the progress made nationally, internationally, and in financial and capital markets shows that financial system is reshaping themselves to align with the sustainable development imperatives of the 21st century. “The challenge now is to rapidly increase capital flows to investments that will support our sustainable development objectives and create commercially viable green businesses for decades to come,” said Mr. Solheim. “The G20 and others have set the wheels in motion. Now is the time to press hard on the accelerator,” he added. read more

Schools in lockdown amid concerns knife attacker could still be at large

Police said initial investigations indicated he had been stabbed in the Silver Street area around three miles away but made his way to Seven Sisters before collapsing.The last incident took place on Sunday morning at 9.43am hours when a man had been stabbed in the back in Brettenham Road in Walthamstow. They are also being warned to stick to main roads rather than take shortcuts and not to listen to music or be distracted by their smartphones when walking.Police said they are looking for a tall, slim black man, possibly wearing a hooded top.Patrols have been stepped up in the area and the public have been warned to remain vigilant until the assailant is definitely caught. Four people were stabbed in Edmonton, north London The first of the linked attacks took place on Saturday evening when a 45-year-old woman was approached by a man and knifed once in the back as she walked along residential AberdeenRoad in Edmonton.Locals who heard the woman’s screams ran to her aid and tended to her until the paramedics arrived.She was taken to an east London hospital where her condition was described as critical.Around four hours later the same attacker is believed to have approached a 52-year-old man on Park Avenue in Edmonton around three miles away stabbing him more than once.The victim was taken to an east London hospital for treatment where his condition was described as not life threatening.A few hours later, just before 4am, police received reports that another person had been stabbed in the area.This time they found a 23-year-old man close to Seven Sisters Tube station suffering from knife injuries. Schools close to where a knife attacker stabbed four people during a 14 hour rampage have been placed in lockdown amid concern that he could still be at large.The attacker stabbed four people at random in the Edmonton area of north London between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.Two people, including a 45-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man, were left in a critical condition after what the police condemned as “senseless and cowardly” attacks.Two people remain in custody on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, but police have been unable to say whether they have apprehended the person responsible.As a result, schools in the local area have increased security and have placed their pupils on lockdown.Children at schools in Edmonton are being restricted from leaving the premises during breaks and lunchtime and are being advised to walk home in pairs or small groups. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Four people were stabbed in Edmonton, north London Police said while the victim’s injuries were not life threatening, they were potentially life- changing.Detective Superintendent Luke Marks, from the North Area Command Unit, said: “Our investigation into these assaults is ongoing and, to date, our enquiries have resulted in two people being arrested.”All four of the victims were assaulted from behind in the street in seemingly random attacks. Due to the proximity of the assaults, we still believe that a single suspect was involved andenquiries, including the review of CCTV footage, are ongoing.”Two of the victims remain in a critical condition and a third is receiving medical treatment. We are in contact with the fourth victim who has been discharged from hospital.”I would ask that anyone with information come forward and contact us.”I am also continuing to encourage people to remain vigilant, especially when walking alone. You will see uniformed patrols in the Edmonton area; if you have any concerns, please speak with my officers.” read more

Facebook Traffic Jumps 55 Percent in a Year

first_imgIs Facebook plateauing? Hardly. The social networking giantcontinued its quest for global domination, growing 55 percent in the past year,according to comScore’s numbers. The site jumped from 97.37 million uniques in theU.S. in October2009 to 151.13 million.The social network is the number two site in the U.S.,just behind Google’s 173.3 million uniques. It boasts some 500 million membersglobally, making it second place site in the world (again, behind Google). AdChoices广告last_img

Woman sent tip to FBI last month that Florida shooting suspect is

first_img Image: Mike Stocker via PA Images By Associated Press Friday 23 Feb 2018, 10:33 PM http://jrnl.ie/3869392 Feb 23rd 2018, 10:33 PM Margarita Lasalle, a bookeeper and Joellen Berman, a guidance data specialist look at the memorial after returning to the school. Share66 Tweet Email Short URLcenter_img No Comments Woman sent tip to FBI last month that Florida shooting suspect ‘is going to explode’ The woman described Cruz’s short temper and said he had the “mental capacity of a 12 to 14 year old”. Margarita Lasalle, a bookeeper and Joellen Berman, a guidance data specialist look at the memorial after returning to the school. Image: Mike Stocker via PA Images A WOMAN CLOSE to the man charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school warned the FBI he had rifles and said, “I know he is going to explode”.That’s according to a transcript of the 5 January tip to the FBI’s call centre, which was obtained today by the Associated Press.The FBI has acknowledged it failed to investigate the tip about 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz. But the transcript, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, provides new details.The woman described Cruz’s short temper and said he had the “mental capacity of a 12 to 14 year old”.She said Cruz posted pictures of weapons on social media, writing, “I want to kill people.”The woman told the FBI, “I do believe something’s going to happen”.According to the Wall Street Journal, she made the call because she wanted a “clear conscience if he takes off and, and just starts shooting places up”.Nineteen-year-old Cruz is charged with killing 17 people and wounding many others in last Wednesday’s Valentine’s Day attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which he once attended.His lawyers have said he will plead guilty if prosecutors agree not to pursue the death penalty. No decision has been made on that.Several of the students have criticised the president, whose election was strongly supported by the National Rifle Association and who ran on a platform opposing gun control.Read: Donald Trump says armed officer who didn’t confront school shooter may be ‘a coward’Read: NRA chief criticises ‘politicisation’ of Florida school shooting 36,573 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Iniesta denies interest in Man City move

first_imgAndres Iniesta has revealed that Pep Guardiola sent him messages after his announcement that he will be leaving Barcelona in the summer, but has denied any interest in joining at Manchester CityThe veteran playmaker has previously revealed that he is now close to making a final decision on his future and expects an announcement to be made soon.Iniesta is expected to join either the Chinese Super League or the J-League in the summer, but that has not stopped reports emerging that the Spaniard has been in contact with his former Barcelona boss over a move to the Premier League instead.The 34-year-old has now denied he has ever had any interest in joining City and stated that his loyalty to Barcelona means that he will never be able to allow himself to join a rival club.“Yes, Pep Guardiola has sent me messages, but reports came out that I did not understand,” said Iniesta, when asked about City (via Marca).“I will not compete against Barcelona.“My period in elite football ends with Barcelona.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…The departing midfielder is hopeful that he can return to Barcelona at some point in the future on a non-playing capacity, but for now intends to prolong his playing career.“I would love to return, this is my home,” he said. “I have grown up here since I was 12.“I would love to keep forming part of this club.“The itch to move into coaching is starting to hit me.“I will obtain a coaching badge, but I still have time left to play right now.“I don’t know how everything will be in seven years or in 10.”last_img read more

Nonprofit Just in Time helping young adults transition out of foster care

first_img Posted: May 15, 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) – May is National Foster Care month. And one local organization helps those who are transitioning from the foster care system to being out on their own when they become adults.The nonprofit Just in Time Foster Care helps former foster children in many ways.One program it has is called My First Home called. At its distribution center in Mission Gorge, qualifying young adults who are coming out of foster care can pick out furniture to furnish their first apartment or home.The program has proven to help former foster children to become confident capable and connected.Just in Time is always in need of more furniture if you can donate furniture or volunteer go to www.jitfosteryouth.org Updated: 6:09 AM May 15, 2019 Non-profit “Just in Time” helping young adults transition out of foster carecenter_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Party leaders clash over Obama as election nears

first_imgWASHINGTON — Claiming new momentum 48 hours before polls open across America, Republicans on Sunday assailed President Barack Obama in a final weekend push to motivate voters as Democrats deployed their biggest stars to help preserve an endangered Senate majority.GOP officials from Alaska to Georgia seized on the president’s low approval ratings, which have overshadowed an election season in which roughly 60 percent of eligible voters are expected to stay home. “This is really the last chance for America to pass judgment on the Obama administration and on its policies,” the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, said in a message echoed by Republicans across the country on the weekend.The president has avoided the nation’s most competitive contests in recent weeks, but encouraged Democrats to reject Republican cynicism during a Sunday appearance with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy.“Despite all the cynicism America is making progress,” Obama said, imploring Democrats to vote on Tuesday. “Don’t stay home. Don’t let somebody else choose your future for you.”last_img read more

Tugboat carrying over 300 gallons of oil sinks in Sitka

first_imgThe tugboat Powhatan remains underwater, surrounded by booms to contain the oil spill. (Photo courtesy of SEAPRO)A tugboat with more than 300 gallons of oil aboard sank Wednesday night in Sitka.Listen nowThe tug – owned by Samson Tug & Barge – sank near its dock in Starrigavan Bay. According to divers from Hanson Maritime Company, the tug Powhatan had drifted offshore and was found around 10:15 p.m. The divers estimate the Powhatan was 60 feet below its resting location. On board was 325 gallons of lube oil, 12 gallons of diesel, and possible sledge. It’s not known how much oil was spilled into the water.The U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska Department Environmental Conservation, and the Southeast Petroleum Response Organization responded to the scene, surrounding the tug with booms to contain the oil.The response team is monitoring impacts to wildlife, but no incidents have been detected so far.According to the state’s situation report, an underwater camera may be used to confirm the tug’s location and monitor for fuel leakage.Update: This story’s headline has been updated to reflect that 300 gallons of oil were on the tugboat, not 300 pounds. The story has also been updated to reflect the boat had sunk on Wednesday night, not Thursday.last_img read more

Male elephant Naganna dies in Karnatakas Shivamogga

first_imgShivamogga: A 35-year-old male tusker Naganna died at the Sakrebyle Elephant Camp in Shivamogga on Augsut 23. The death of the elephant has created a stir among the camp’s mahouts as authorities have not yet ascertained the cause of death.A detailed investigation by several teams of the wildlife expert is underway in this regard. Last week also, a 62-year-old female elephant named Indira died in Udupi district on Tuesday due to prolonged fever over the past 20 days. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us The elephant was living in the centuries-old Kollur Shree Mookambika Temple in Udupi district, which is situated in foothills of Kodachadri hills. According to the temple authorities, the elephant dedicated its life to the temple for 22 years after it was gifted to the temple by a timber merchant.last_img read more

Modis popularity wanes in rural India

first_imgNarendra ModiIndian farmers voted overwhelmingly for prime minister Narendra Modi in the 2014 general election that swept him to power. He cannot count on them doing so again, as a crash in commodity prices and surging fuel costs stoke anger in the countryside.Four years ago, Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, winning 73 of 80 seats, as the rural poor – swayed by promises of higher crop prices – deserted the rival Congress party.Now, facing criticism for not improving living standards in the countryside, where 70 per cent of India’s 1.3 billion people live, analysts and farm economists said Modi would find it hard to repeat the feat in a general election due by May 2019.While it is risky to predict election outcomes in India, where religion and caste remain important issues – not to mention the influence of fickle regional parties – interviews with some of the state’s millions of farmers suggest rural angst could cost the government dearly.“No doubt, there was a wave for Modi in 2014, but farmers are disenchanted with him now,” said sugar cane grower Uday Vir Singh, 53, plonking down on a wicker chair and smoking his hookah. “Modi promised to double farmers’ income but our earning has halved because of his apathy and anti-farmer policies.”Nearly half a dozen farmers sitting with Singh on a hand-woven rope cot, and many of others in Kairana – which elected a joint opposition candidate from a small regional party in a key by-election this week – accused Modi and the Uttar Pradesh administration, also run by the BJP, of failing to live up to their promises and overlooking the concerns of villagers.“Modi is a very good salesman but we are not going to fall prey to his glib talk again,” said 55-year-old Narendra Kalhande, who grows cane on his 2.5 acre farm.Farm minister Radha Mohan Singh defended the government’s record, citing initiatives on irrigation, crop insurance and electronic trading platforms for farmers to sell produce.“For farmers, prime minister Modi’s 48 months have been much better than the Congress’s rule of 48 years,” Singh told Reuters, referring to the main opposition party that dominated Indian politics for most of the years since independence from British colonial rule in 1947.Crisis in CountrysideHigher inflation and sluggish growth helped Modi trounce Congress, which had long counted the rural poor as its core constituency, in the 2014 election. Small farmers had been hit by rising living costs but benefited little from rising food prices because of the web of middlemen in India’s agricultural markets.Since then the economy has picked up, recording its quickest pace of expansion in nearly two years in the first three months of 2018, helped by higher growth in the farm sector.But lower food prices, weaker farm wages and modest crop procurement rates – the result of a shift in focus from the subsidies favoured by Congress to investment under the pro-business BJP – have hurt most of India’s 263 million farmers, who typically own less than 2 hectares of land.In the past year, Modi’s popularity has fallen by 12 percentage points among farmers, according to a “Mood of the Nation” survey published last week by the Lokniti, part of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), a research institute.Next year’s election would be fought on farmers’ issues, said Yogendra Yadav, a leading academic-turned-politician.Farmer organisations in some states began a 10-strike on Friday, in which they have said they will stop selling produce to protest a steep drop in the prices of an array of farm goods.Farm minister Singh said his government had yet to hear from farm leaders but was ready to listen.Commodities CrashPrices of pulses, a key crop for Indian farmers, have fallen 25-30 per cent below state-set support prices, as higher imports and bumper local crops bumped up supplies. While the government announces support prices for more than 20 crops each year to set a benchmark, state agencies actually buy only rice and wheat at the support level.Vegetable prices, especially onions, cabbage and tomatoes have fallen 25 per cent from last year, largely because of the lack of refrigerated trucks that could take the perishables to the consuming big cities.Milk prices have also dived by more than 25 per cent in the past year as a global glut has brought exports to a near halt.Farmers in Charkhi Dadri, three hours’ drive west of the capital New Delhi, recently dumped tomatoes onto the road in protest after buyers offered a quarter of a rupee per kilogram for a crop that costs at least 6 rupees ($0.09) a kg to produce.Jai Bhagwan, 54, borrowed 12,000 rupees to grow onions on a plot of about half acre in Jhajjar, an area otherwise famed for pottery. When his crop was ready, Jai Bhagwan could get only 1,200 rupees.“I could not even recover my labour cost,” said Jai Bhagwan, who was in New Delhi recently to participate in a farmers’ meet.Prakash Singh, also from Jhajjar, spent 6,000 rupees to grow green chilli, but the crop fetched him barely 200 rupees.“I’m in debt up to my eyeballs. But I can’t sit idle, so I’ll have to borrow more to grow something else,” Singh said.Ashok Gulati, a farm economist who advised India’s last government, said there were three policy options to support farmers: building state buffer stocks to soak up excess supply, acting to boost exports or building capacity for processing farm commodities into end products such as milled, dehusked pulses or vegetable oils.Most of those measures would require long-term structural changes, however, and analysts predict in the run-up to the election Modi is likely to announce more populist, short-term fixes such as higher guaranteed prices for crops and farm loan waivers.Many farmers complained they are still reeling from disruptions caused by the launch of a new nationwide Goods and Services Tax (GST) in July 2017 and a ban on high denomination bank notes in November 2016.Blaming the shock move for exacerbating farmers’ financial woes, Gulati said: “Expectations were high from the government, but the fact is that the plight of farmers is far worse now than what it was four years ago.”Modi’s drive to purge “black money” from the economy by removing, at a stroke, 86 percent of the cash in circulation, made it difficult for farmers, who survive on cash, to buy inputs like seeds and receive payments for their crops.In Kairana, all 35 farmers Reuters spoke to agreed that abolishing 500 and 1,000 rupee bank notes had made things worse.Power SurgeFarmers in Uttar Pradesh, home to 220 million people, are also angry over a sharp rise in the pump price of diesel and a steep hike in electricity tariffs.Many farmers in the state use diesel to run tractors for ploughing and trolleys for moving their produce to wholesale markets. They depend on electricity to operate irrigation pumps.Diesel prices have shot up by more than 40 per cent to record highs and electricity tariffs have surged by more 20 per cent in the past two years, said Shri Pal, a farmer from Shamli.“Villages account for most of India’s diesel consumption and that’s why higher prices pinch farmers the most, but diesel in India is much more expensive than Bhutan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka,” said Hannan Mollah, a former lawmaker and a senior official of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).Kairana and Shamli lie in the sugar cane belt of Uttar Pradesh, the top sugar state of India, the world’s biggest producer after Brazil.Soaring global output has caused a collapse in sugar prices, leading to losses for mills who now owe nearly 23 billion rupees to cane growers.A BJP spokesman, GVL Narasimha Rao, said the government has streamlined timely payments to cane growers.That has not been enough to satisfy farmers such as Ram Lakhan Singh, a cane grower from Shamli.“Most sugar mills have not paid us a single rupee since December and the government has connived with them to deprive us of our rightful dues. Trust me, cane farmers will think twice before voting for the BJP.”last_img read more

Real Madrid beaten again

first_imgReal Madrid’s La Liga title hopes were dealt another huge blow as they suffered a third league defeat in five games to Roberto Soldado’s solitary goal at Villarreal.Atletico Madrid’s 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao earlier in the day means Real now trail their city rivals and Barcelona by five points at the top of the table.Real were outplayed in the first-half on Sunday, but reacted after the break and were left to rue a hat-trick of missed chances by troubled French striker Karim Benzema as defeat piles the pressure on under-fire coach Rafael Benitez.Elsewhere, a late own goal salvaged a point for Valencia in Gary Neville’s first taste of La Liga action as Los Che battled back with 10 men to draw 1-1 at Eibar. Real had won five consecutive games since being thrashed 4-0 at home by Barca last month, but were forced onto the back foot by a whirlwind start from Villarreal.last_img read more

Your next summer DIY project is an AIpowered doodle camera

first_imgWith long summer evenings comes the perfect opportunity to dust off your old boxes of circuits and wires and start to build something. If you’re short on inspiration, you might be interested in artist and engineer Dan Macnish’s how-to guide on building an AI-powered doodle camera using a thermal printer, Raspberry pi, a dash of Python and Google’s Quick Draw data set.“Playing with neural networks for object recognition one day, I wondered if I could take the concept of a Polaroid one step further, and ask the camera to re-interpret the image, printing out a cartoon instead of a faithful photograph.” Macnish wrote on his blog about the project, called Draw This.To make this work, Macnish drew on Google’s object recognition neural network and the data set created for the game Google Quick, Draw! Tying the two systems together with some python code, Macnish was able to have his creation recognize real images and print out the best corresponding doodle in the Quick, Draw! data setBut since output doodles are limited to the data set, there can be some discrepancy between what the camera “sees” and what it generates for the photo.“You point and shoot – and out pops a cartoon; the camera’s best interpretation of what it saw,” Macnish writes. “The result is always a surprise. A food selfie of a healthy salad might turn into an enormous hot dog.”If you want to give this a go for yourself, Macnish has uploaded the instructions and code needed to build this project on GitHub.last_img read more

SECTUR and SENATUR join hands for Sustainable Tourism

first_imgUnited Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) welcomed the agreement reached by the Sustainable Tourism Observatory of Guanajuato (Mexico) and Paraguay to facilitate knowledge and technology transfer. Guanajuato is also one of the 16 Observations in the UNWTO network.The Tourism Observatory of Guanajuato, the first in Latin American, became a member of the UNWTO International Network of Tourism Observatories in 2014. The first meeting held between SECTUR and SENATUR happened at the UNWTO International Meeting of Spanish Tourism Observatories in 2016.“We praise the agreement signed by the State Secretariat of Tourism of Guanajuato (SECTUR) and the National Tourism Secretariat of Paraguay (SENATUR) as an important step to increase the development of sustainable tourism observatories,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.Fernando Oliver Rocha, State Secretary, Tourism of Guanajuato, said, “Through this alliance, we aim at fostering public policies with regard to sustainable tourism practices.”Executive Secretary, Paraguay, Marcela Bacigalupo, recognised the relevance of the work of the UNWTO Observatories and underlined the importance of engaging private sector in sustainable tourism initiatives. “UNWTO has referred to Guanajuato as one of the best Observatories in Latin America, so we are very glad to have undersigned this agreement,” she mentioned.last_img read more

Twentyfour countries are covered in Abercrombie

first_imgTwenty-four countries are covered in Abercrombie & Kent‘s new collection of journeys through Africa, Arabia and Persia.In Africa, the portfolio is largely made up of journeys that take in the many wildlife experiences available for independent travellers and small groups. There are over 20 different safaris on offer, exploring the most important wilderness areas in East and Southern Africa. Perfectly paired with unique accommodation offerings, there’s a variety of ways to view the wildlife. Beach stays on the Indian Ocean are also featured as well as cultural sojourns in West Africa and Ethiopia.New to the portfolio is a journey for rail enthusiasts, which includes the Blue Train between Pretoria and Cape Town and safaris in two South African game reserves. For a special family adventure, a new Southern African safari is designed to deliver unforgettable experiences. Taking up residence in exclusive villas and houses, guests have their own guides, vehicles and chefs on tap allowing intimate shared experiences across generations.Also new in Southern Africa comes a partnership with Relais & Châteaux. Guests travel in style from Cape Town to the game reserves of the northeast, the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls before finishing in Botswana’s Selinda Reserve. Beautiful handpicked Relais & Châteaux lodgings are included throughout.In Kenya, where the A&K story began over 50 years ago, a new safari offering includes some of the country’s finest boutique lodges and safari experiences from Nairobi North to Samburu and concluding in the Masai Mara.Egypt is firmly back on A&K’s radar with three journeys featuring luxury Nile cruises on its own small ships. With over 30 years’ experience in Egypt and nine offices throughout the country, A&K is well placed to understand the local political climate, gauging traveller safety. Egypt is a must, especially while there’s good availability and easy access to major sites without the crowds.In Arabia, there are fascinating cultural journeys through Jordan and Israel, Oman and the UAE. Two intriguing experiences are on offer in Iran, which is fast becoming one of A&K’s most popular destinations thanks to its incredible array of ancient sites, breathtaking landscapes and the warm hospitality of its people who love sharing their Persian culture and history.A&K’s managing director Sujata Raman says, “Africa is at the heart of everything we do. It’s where the company was founded and where, in the intervening years, we have forged a pioneering path. We now have 11 offices there, employ the finest safari guides, have a collection of luxury safari camps and lodges as well as a mobile tented camping operation. We have also established Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP), which supports over a dozen projects throughout the continent allowing us to give back in the local communities our guests visit, and make a real difference. Many of the journeys featured this year provide guests with the opportunity to visit some of these important and life-changing projects and a donation to AKP is made on behalf of every guest travelling.”last_img read more

Cotter honors local sheriff during ceremony for 911 heroes and first responders

first_img11Sep Cotter honors local sheriff during ceremony for 9/11 heroes and first responders Categories: News Isabella County resident joins Cotter at state CapitolThe Michigan House today hosted a special ceremony honoring first responders and members of the military who lost their lives in the line of duty during the last year.State Rep. Kevin Cotter attended the ceremony with Deputy Joe Chritz from the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, who has served as a first responder in the area for many years.“I was proud to stand with Deputy Chritz in the House chamber as we honored our state’s first responders,” said Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant. “Chritz faces danger every day as he protects our local community, and today I join my colleagues in honoring the brave officers and military personnel who make our neighborhoods and communities safe.”Today’s noon ceremony featured ringing of a fire bell after the name of each first responder was read by legislators who represent the cities in which the slain public servants lived. Special music was provided by a fire department bagpiper and “Taps” was played by two members of the Grand Ledge Marching Band.Cotter said the remembrance for those who lost their lives in the line of duty was a somber moment, and it’s important to remember the sacrifice these citizens made.###PHOTO RELEASE: State Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, attends the Michigan House of Representatives’ fourth annual 9/11 ceremony with Isabella County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Chritz.last_img read more