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15 September 2009Faith has a key role in addressing current global challenges, ranging from disarmament to climate change to the economic crisis, and in bringing people together to promote peace and progress, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. “The power of prayer is immeasurable,” Mr. Ban said yesterday evening at a service held at the Church of the Holy Family in New York. “The power of prayer for the United Nations is invaluable.”Today’s crises have not just a material, but a spiritual impact as well, he stressed, with many becoming discouraged and angry due to their suffering.The UN is responding by helping countries meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, but the world body “alone cannot heal the wounds that families are suffering from economic hardship,” the Secretary-General said. “Here is where faith can make all the difference.”Speaking on the eve of the start of the sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly, he told religious leaders at the church that faith groups also have the ability to shape policies which can also help meet people’s material needs.Faith can “strengthen our ability to reach the UN’s life-saving goals, for the sake of our planet and all people,” he emphasized.
CALGARY – Tough times in the oil and gas industry are being blamed for smaller crowds on the first day of the Global Petroleum Show, an annual event in Calgary considered a bellwether for the energy business.Wes Scott, executive vice-president of energy for show promoter DMG Events, said about 50,000 people pre-registered as delegates, about the same as in 2015. But returning exhibitors said Tuesday that crowds were smaller than last year.Scott said there were about 1,500 companies exhibiting at the show, which isn’t too far off from the number last year, but a far cry from the 2,000 during its peak year of 2014.He said that’s due to spending restraints as companies hit hard by low oil and gas prices rein in spending.“This year we are slightly behind,” he said.In another sign of the times, the show for the first time is highlighting exhibits and featuring educational talks zeroing in on clean technology.Exhibitor Mike Crabtree, vice-president of energy for the Saskatchewan Research Council, said the theme works perfectly with his organization’s proposed technology testing service set to start next year. The service would help companies prove environmentally friendly technologies for oil and gas.“You know, it used to be around what’s the price of oil and how much does this (project) cost, what’s the differential that we’re paying?” he said. “The fourth piece now is very much the environmental component. How compliant am I with my technology?”Quinn Holtby, president and CEO of Edmonton-based Katch Kan, said he likes the show’s new focus because his oilfield manufacturing company has been in the clean technology business since it was founded in 1994. It makes a portfolio of drilling rig products it calls the “zero spill system” designed to ensure safe and clean operations.The longtime petroleum show exhibitor said slowing sales have forced him to reduce staff at his manufacturing facility in Edmonton to about 75 from over 200 people two years ago.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. Global Petroleum Show in Calgary, a bellwether for energy business, kicks off by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 7, 2016 4:40 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 7, 2016 at 5:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
In Peru, a caregiver helps a girl wash her hands with soap in a early childhood development centre, in Ventanilla, outside the capital Lima. © UNICEF/NYHQ2010-2088/Susan Markisz In Haiti in 2010, a girl washes her hands near a UNICEF tent in the Dei Gloria School, in central Port-au-Prince. She and other students have participated in cholera-prevention lessons. © UNICEF/NYHQ2010-2632/Roger LeMoyne “Washing hands before eating and after defecation drastically reduces the spread of diarrhoeal disease and has far reaching effects on the health and welfare of children and communities,” the global head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programmes, Sanjay Wijesekera, said in a message marking the Day, whose theme this year is The Power Is in our Hands.“The simple act of handwashing with soap is one of the most effective ways to save children’s lives.”In Ethiopia, some 5 million children are participating in handwashing demonstrations and workshops around the country. In Yemen, Global Handwashing Day celebrations will take place in 3,300 schools, involving 1.4 million children. There is also a mass media campaign aimed at sensitizing the public around hand washing. One thousand schools in Viet Nam; 450 primary schools in Sierra Leone and 424 in Mali; 200 schools in 50 communities in the Gambia; 12 cities in Indonesia and 22 educational institutions in several municipalities in Bolivia – will be holding Global Hand Washing Day activities.According to UNICEF, diarrhoea remains the second largest cause of under-five mortality globally. Some 600,000 children die each year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by a lack of safe water, sanitation and basic hygiene out of a total of over 1.7 billion cases. In Sri Lanka, school girls wash their hands with soap and water at individual sinks at K.M. Vivehananda Vidalayam School in Eastern Province. © UNICEF/NYHQ2009-2144/Tom Pietrasik In Mali, boys wash their hands at a handwashing station outside the Fatao primary school in the village of Fatao. © UNICEF/MLIA2010-00665/Olivier Asselin (Left-right) Jemal Iremadze (11), Akaki Kheladze (12) Irina Romanchenko (10), and Nana Sarishvili (10) wash their hands at the children’s home in the village of Kokhnari, Georgia. © UNICEF/NYHQ2010-3029/Giacomo Pirozzi In Vietnam, 10-year-old Lu Thi Dung and other students wash their hands with soap and water at Ban Pho Primary School in remote Lao Cai Province. © UNICEF/NYHQ2009-0225/Josh Estey Boys play in the safe water being pumped through a large hose in Aceh Province on Sumatra Island, Indonesia. The school was severely damaged in the tsunami and most of its staff and students killed. It was rebuilt with UNICEF support. © UNICEF/NYHQ2009-1894/Josh Estey In Haiti in 2010, a child washes her hands during educational activities held for Global Handwashing day at a refugee camp in Port au Prince. © UNICEF/HTIA2010-00590/Marco Dormino ‹ ›These diseases are also associated with a higher risk of stunting, as shown by low weight for age and developmental delay, and they take a huge toll on society. However, one of the simplest and most inexpensive barriers to infection is hand washing with soap. “The evidence is clear. Each individual – every mother, every child, every teacher, every member of every community – can contribute to the health of all by just washing their hands,” Mr. Wijesekera said. “If you knew of something monumental that could benefit the world, you would do it. Everyone has this power – simply wet, lather and rinse – with soap and water.”
“When a major disaster strikes like the earthquakes on 25 April and 12 May, it incurs not only loss of lives but also destruction of assets, sources of livelihoods and substantially reduces household income particularly among the most vulnerable population,” said Tomoo Hozumi, the UNICEF Representative in Nepal, over the weekend.Although the humanitarian situation has improved over the past three months, hundreds of thousands of Nepalese children still need shelter, food, access to water and sanitation, medical care, education and protection.About one million of them continue to live in areas at high risk of landslides and floods, points out UNICEF in a press release. As the rainy season takes hold, access to these areas is becoming increasingly challenging, threatening these children and putting them at a higher risk of exploitation and abuse, including trafficking.More than 10,000 have been identified as acutely malnourished since the first earthquake, including more than 1,000 with severely acute malnutrition. Over 200 children remain without a parent or caregiver, and more than 600 have lost one or both of their parents to the quakes. Over 32,000 classrooms have been destroyed and nearly 900,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed.According to a Government-led assessment, between 700,000 and almost 1 million people in the worst-affected districts could be pushed below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day, stated UNICEF.“We know that when going through difficult times, poor households often resort to harmful coping strategies, such as reducing their food consumption, cutting down their health and education expenditure, and sending their children to work – all of which can have irreversible negative consequences on them and more so on their children,” Hozumi said.“The top-up cash provided will help vulnerable households to at least meet some of their basic needs such as food and medicine without further resorting to harmful coping strategies during these lean times.”To help address the immediate needs of children and their families affected by the quakes, UNICEF is providing $15 million worth of direct cash transfers to approximately 330,000 households, including an estimated 450,000 children. This support, channeled through existing government social assistance programmes, is reaching vulnerable individuals including Dalit children, people with disabilities, widows, the elderly and marginalized ethnic groups.”The earthquake has exposed the fragility of Nepal’s progress in terms of poverty reduction,” continued Hozumi.“Looking beyond immediate relief, one of the priorities for UNICEF is to assist the government to phase in a reliable and predictable form of income support for children and their families. Strengthening and expanding the country’s social protection system and improving its responsiveness to shocks will contribute to children’s well-being and development during normal times and increase their families’ ability to cope in case of future disasters.”Since April, UNICEF has also been providing a wide range of services to the children and families living in the areas worst hit by the earthquakes.“Together with the Government and partners, we have been able to achieve a lot in the past 90 days. At the same time, given the enormity of the damages and losses, and the possible impact of the monsoons, there is a lot more to be done to bring a sense of normalcy to the lives of the earthquake survivors especially the most vulnerable amongst them,” said Hozumi.
Updated 7.56pmA WOMAN HAS died following a suspected hit-and-run incident in Drimnagh, Dublin.The 40-year-old pedestrian was crossing the road at Golden Bridge Luas stop on Davitt Road at 10.30pm on Friday when she was struck by a car, which failed to remain at the scene.The woman was taken to St James’s Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.Witnesses described the offending car as dark-coloured, possible a Ford Focus, and of either ’08 or ’09 registration. The car left the scene in the direction of Naas Road. Gardaí say this car would have damage to the front and to the windscreen.Garda forensic collision investigators have examined the scene which has now reopened.Anyone with information is asked to contact Sundrive Road Garda Station on 01 666 6600.First published 8amRead: Man to appear in court in relation to fatal road traffic collision in Wicklow
FIGURES FROM AN Garda Síochána show how much the strength of the force has fallen since the start of the recession.As you can see from the chart above, there was growth in garda numbers between 2008 and 2009 but after that they fell consistently each year from 14,377 in December 2010 to 12,992 in April of this year.In response to a recent parliamentary question from TD Bernard Durkan, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said management keep personnel distribution under “continuing review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities” to ensure the best possible use of resources.At the start of this year, the first recruitment drive since 2009 was launched and some 20,000 people applied for positions in the forces. It is understood that between 250 and 300 new positions are being created.Even if the full 300 positions are filled, however, it still would not bring the force close to its pre-recession strength.The minister noted that it is intended that the first intake of new trainees will enter the Garda College in July of this year. They will take part in the new training programme and it is expected they will join the force in early 2015.Fitzgerald also said it is hoped to have further recruits entering training in Templemore later in 2014.“The precise number of recruits to be included in each intake will be determined by a number of factors including retirements and will be decided shortly,” she said.Read: Rogue taxi drivers beware: Gardaí are clamping down>Read: Gardaí seized all this alcohol on Portmarnock beach yesterday>
DESPITE FEMALE GENITAL mutilation being outlawed in Ireland in 2012, there have been no prosecutions to date under the legislation.The gardaí confirmed to TheJournal.ie that no one has been prosecuted yet under the Act.However, this doesn’t seem to be a rarity. Last year, the Home Affairs Committee in the UK discovered that there had been no convictions there either, and FGM was criminalised in the UK 28 years ago.The Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2012 makes it a criminal offence for someone resident in Ireland to perform FGM. The maximum penalty under all sections of this new law is a fine or imprisonment for up to 14 years or both.It is also a criminal offence for someone resident in Ireland to take a girl to another country to undergo FGM.It is estimated that 3,780 women in Ireland have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), although it is estimated that the numbers could be much higher. Many of these women would have had it carried out in other countries, though AkiDwA, a minority ethnic-led national network of migrant women living in Ireland, believes that it is still being carried out here. Some of the blunt and dirty tool used to carry out female genital mutilation (FGM) which were surrendered to Afnet, the anti-female genital mutilation network in Dodoma, Tanzania. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesWhy no prosecutions? The difficulty is detection. The only way to know if FGM has been carried out on someone is to have a physical exam and while it has been floated by other countries that perhaps young school girls should be screened, this raises a whole host of legal, privacy and child welfare issues and it would also be an invasion of the privacy of young girls.Salome Mbugua, Director of AkiDwA said that the summer months are a particularly risky time as young girls are often taken out of Ireland back to their home countries to have FGM carried out.This summer, police in the UK stepped up their methods of detecting those at risk of FGM with Border Force child protection squads across the country targeting specific flights in a bid to prevent vulnerable girls being taken out of the country for FGM.The Guardian reports that officers are told to put aside “cultural sensitivities and fears of being branded racist in order to pursue investigations into FGM”.Flights to countries that practise FGM – including Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Dubai, Egypt and Turkey – are being targeted. Gatwick Airport Source: PA Wire/Press Association ImagesJust last week their efforts paid off when a 72-year-old Ugandan man was arrested in east London under the FGM law. He was stopped at Heathrow airport having arrived that morning on a flight from Kampala, Uganda with an 11-year-old girl.Deterrent Speaking to Senator Ivana Bacik, who first proposed the Bill, said they had not expected there to be any convictions at this stage.She said that research in the UK shows that just having the legislation in place acts as a preventative measure, adding that it is very difficult to get convictions as witnesses, who are often family members, are reluctant to come forward.Bacik said:We were always conscience that there would not be convictions at this stage, but it is still very important that we have the legislation in place. We can’t really value the legislation in convictions.Mbugua said that FGM is usually detected by GPs or doctors in maternity hospitals. “Often the women had FGM carried out on them when they were very young and may not even remember it. Doctors often notice when women present in maternity hospitals when they are having a baby,” she said.AkiDwA states that medical workers have a key role to play with victims of FGM. They said the antenatal period is the optimum time to identify a woman who has undergone FGM.“During this time, counselling by skilled practitioners should take place with the woman and her partner regarding the best management to achieve a safe delivery and prevent future FGM,” they said, adding that a care plan for the type of FGM they have undergone must be put in place.ResowBacik said that the introduction of the law was very important to doctors working in maternity hospitals, stating that she had been told by many doctors that after giving birth, many women who have had FGM carried out on them have asked doctors to “resow” them.Bacik said, “For whatever reason, some women were asking their doctors to do this after they had given birth, whether it be pressure from their families or fear of what their husbands would think,” she said.“This law is very important to the doctors put in the position as they can refuse with the weight of the law behind them, so they can categorically say, no, that is a criminal offence. It removes the pressure placed on doctors by their patients,” she added.Read: More training needed for teachers on female genital mutilation to identify children at risk>Read: Woman arrested at Heathrow Airport for conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation>
Sipping coffee, nibbling cookies and holding remote controls, the 30 or so folks gathered at the Water Resources Education Center to give their opinions on the city of Vancouver’s direction Tuesday night looked like they could’ve been in their living rooms.They weren’t — but at least 30 other people who chimed in likely were doing so from their sofas, desks and laptops all over the city, while watching the event broadcast live on CVTV Channel 23 or online.Using a new technology for the first time, Vancouver officials polled residents in person and via the Web, providing instant feedback about what priorities the city should have as leaders struggle to cut an estimated $10 million, or 12 percent, of their 2011 operating budget.Standing at the front with a microphone, Assistant City Manager Eric Holmes asked the first question. Some 20 seconds later, people in the audience and at home had let him know, anonymously, that 46 percent lived in Vancouver, 38 percent live and work in Vancouver and the rest were nonresidents.Tuesday’s meeting marked the last formal outreach effort to the public as part of its Horizons process, the budget reprioritizing method the city council and city manager will use as they craft the budget over the coming months. City Manager Pat McDonnell will present the 2011-2012 budget in the fall.
Fitbit Charge HR Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Mentioned Above Fitbit Charge HR (black, large) The 17 best health and fitness apps for Apple Watch Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • One year later, Fitbit Charge HR stands out as the best Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier 3:49 Now playing: Watch this: Fitness trackers could have a flaw, according to Stat. Sarah Tew/CNET Since their debut, fitness trackers and smartwatches have become a common sight on people’s wrists. As of February, Apple, Samsung and Fitbit made up 88% of smartwatch unit sales in 2018, the Smartwatch Total Market Report said. However, the gadgets might not work as effectively for people of color or those with tattoos, according to findings published Wednesday by Stat, a health and medicine publication. Users have complained on Fitbit forums and on Reddit about the smartwatches having trouble giving readings on people with darker skin. Fitbit replied in the community forum and said the Charge HR tracks “heart rate on every complexion” and directed users to a support article. “Fitbit takes accuracy very seriously and continuously performs studies to rigorously test the accuracy of our products among diverse groups of users,” a Fitbit spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday.The company said its PurePulse technology performs to industry-standard expectations for optical heart rate on the wrist. The company said it designed its optical system to emit green light at a sufficient strength to effectively penetrate darker skin and its detector is sensitive enough to accurately detect the heart rate signal.Fitbit, Samsung watches, Garmin devices and other wearables use green lights, which are cheaper than infrared lights, to take readings. Stat’s report said that green light has a shorter wavelength and is “more readily absorbed by melanin.” This makes it harder for people with darker skin tones to get accurate readings. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple told Stat that it also uses green lights to continuously monitor, but uses infrared light to take readings every five minutes. The company’s support page says its watch measures a user’s heart rate using photoplethysmography. PPG is a low-cost optical technique that illuminates the skin and measures changes in light absorption, according to the US Library of Medicine. Apple’s support page says this works because your blood reflects the red light and absorbs the green light. Samsung and Garmin didn’t immediately respond to request for comment. Tags Share your voice Fitbit Versa 2 and Fitbit Premium promise to revamp my… reading • Fitbits might not track your heart rate right if you’re a person of color • Originally published July 24.Update, July 25: Adds comments from Fitbit and more background information on the Apple Watch. See it Wellness Gadgets Mobile Apps Mobile 18 Photos 8 Fitbit Garmin Samsung Apple $94 Apple See All
Hyderabad: A latest decision of the Health department to absorb only non-teaching doctors working in various PHCs as the teaching faculty in the government medical colleges is leading to a fresh row. Doctors from Telangana Vaidya Vidhana Parishad (TVVP) are understandably peeved at this development. And so also teachers from DME side, who join with MBBS qualification but are later absorbed into Assistant Professor posts after completing PG and a few years of service. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us According to the doctors, the memo issued by the Health department is in violation of GO 154 issued in the combined State, under which eligible doctors from both wings-Directorate of Health and also Vaidya Vidhana Parishad were allowed to be absorbed into the DME side. The Assistant Professor vacancies in teaching hospitals are filled in a way that some percentage is filled through direct recruitment (written test and interview) while some doctors (completing PG) from both DH and VVP are also absorbed as Assistant Professors. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us According to Pallam Praveen of the Telangana Government Doctors Association, the fresh decision of the Health department is nothing but discrimination against the doctors from VVP. “Government has taken unilateral decision on DME surrenders and issued a memo which is against the GO 154. This is undemocratic and nothing but closing the doors on VVP doctors and DME CAS (Civil Assistant Surgeons) and teachers who want to become Assistant Professors which is a dream of every broad specialist doctor working in the government sector,” he said. Meanwhile, the Telangana Government Doctors Association has decided to hold an urgent meeting on Monday to discuss on this issue and also meet the Health Minister to express their concerns.
Vikarabad: MLA Dr M Anand planted saplings on the premises of government junior college as part of Haritha Haram on Wednesday. On the occasion, he said students should take responsibility of adopting plants and protect them, and also plant various varieties of plants on the premises. Principal, Municipal Commissioner Bhogeshwarlu, DEE Venkateshwarlu, leaders Prabhakar Reddy, Vijaykumar, Ananth Reddy, Vijender Goud, Rangaraju, Rajender Reddy and others were present.
The Ramgopalpet police on Friday traced the five-year-old girl, Fatima, who was kidnapped by one Saleem on Monday at Nallagutta. Fatima’s parents Raju and Hajira earn their livelihood by seeking alms. On Sunday, Raju took her daughter to a hospital as she was ill and went to Secunderabad railway station to seek alms. Later, he stayed back at the station on Monday as it was Bakrid where he met the accused Saleem. Raju went to seek alms and handed over Fatima to Saleem and asked him to care of her as she was suffering from fever. A few hours after Raju returned, he found Saleem and his daughter were missing. He then approached Ramgopalpet police station on Tuesday, who registered a case and traced the girl and the accused at Kishanbagh based on the CCTV footage.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.ReutersNorth Korea said on Saturday that it has tested a “new weapon” under the guidance of its leader, Kim Jong-un, in the launch of two projectiles the previous day, the media reported.Kim “guided the test-fire of (a) new weapon again on Friday morning”, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.”The national defence scientists showed a perfect result in the test-fire, too, and helped cement bigger confidence in this weapon system.”It is our party’s goal of defence building to possess invincible military capabilities no one dare provoke and to keep bolstering them,” KCNA quoted Kim as saying.”Everyone should remember that it is the party’s core plan and fixed will for defence building to possess such a powerful force strong enough to discourage any forces from daring to provoke us.”KCNA did not provide other details on the weapon, including its name, Yonhap News Agency reported.The report came a day after South Korea’s military said that the North fired two projectiles presumed to be short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast. It said that they flew around 230 km at a maximum altitude of 30 km.Military experts say that the projectiles bear outward similarities to the US’ Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), a surface-to-surface missile system.Friday’s firing came six days after North Korea flew two projectiles believed to be short-range ballistic missiles, though the North said later it tested a “new weapon”. It also was the sixth such launch since late July.North Korea has carried out weapons tests in recent weeks in apparent protest of the ongoing joint military exercise by South Korea and the US, which it sees as a rehearsal for invasion.Earlier this week, the North warned that inter-Korean dialogue won’t resume unless the South offers a “plausible excuse” for its combined military exercise with the US.
This year’s International Drama Festival highlights the various faces of Indian theatre and brings to the Capital 71 performances by renowned theatre groups from different parts of India and the world on same platform. It’s going to be a treat for the theatre aficionados in the city .This year, theatre groups from 17 states, representing all the four regions of the nation – East, West, North South will stage their performances on this international platform. Even countries like Sri Lanka, Japan, Israel, China, Poland and Germany which are steeped in theatre culture, brings in seven performances in this year. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The inauguration will take place on Saturday, 4 January at Kamini auditorium which will be followed by play Chhaya Shakuntalam directed by KN Panikkar.Over the 15 days various venues will host various plays like, on Sunday, Sri Ram Centre will host Pampa Bharata written by KY Narayanaswamy, directed by Pramod and will be staged by Shiggaon Samudaya from Karnataka.Those Who Could Not Hear The Music, written and directed by Vikram Iyengar, will be staged at LTG. At Bahumukh one can see Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Woman Who Didn’t Want To Come Down To Earth performed by Physical Theatre, Israel. A folk performances will be given in the Open Lawns by Bastar Band from Chattisgarh. At Kamani auditorium play titled Anji will be presented by Ank Theatre, Mumbai. Bengali play Urubhangam written and directed by Manish Mitra will be staged at Abhimanch.On Monday SRC will host play Imaan Imaan Paani written and directed by Mrinal Jyoti Goswami and will be staged by Bhaxa Xahityo Xonmiloni from Assam. LTG will host Purushasukta play by Abhijnana Theatre Research Foundation. Kamani auditorium will host Alka written by Manoj Mitra directed by Uma Jhunjhunwala and Abhimanch will witness Nautanki by Brij Kala Sansthan, Uttar Pradesh.On Tuesday, Life-In- Progress will be staged at SRC directed by Anurupa Roy and to be staged by The Katkatha Puppet Arts. LTG will host Sindu Kirilli by Red Wings Theatre Group from Sri Lanka. A non-verbal play Maya II will be presented by SACH (Sharma Art & Craft House) at the Open Lawn.Kamani will host Nihsanga Samrat, a Bengali play, and Abhimanch will host a play called Utsushi which will be presented by group from Japan Sankai Juku.Wednesday will witness Jahajin by Raaga Repertory, Patna at SRC, Pandavani by group Satyam Pandavani Party from Chattisgarh, Agnipatha directed by B Jayashree performances will be given by Natana Rangamantapa, from Karnataka and Trojan Women by Sri Lankan group Trikone Cultural Foundation.Thursday will start with Museum…Of Species In Danger by Agashe Being Association at Sammukh and Bahumukh will stage Ripples by Delhi based group Desaksi. Other performances will be Koi Baat Chale at SRC by Theatre Wala, Mumbai, Bhand Pather (Raaze Pather) by Dilkash Folk Theatre from Kashmir.Over the weekend SRC will stage Taoos Chaman Ki Myna by Gillo Theatre Repertory, Mumbai on Friday and Marathi play Ringan by Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune. Kamani audiotorium will host Gosain Pather by Kashmir Bhagat Theatre and Saudagar by Rang Vidushak, Bhopal on Friday and Saturday respectively.When: 4-15 January
We, the species homo sapiens, like to think of ourselves as the dominant species on Earth, but that boast wears a bit thin in the Gobi Desert, where the common house fly, by sheer weight of numbers, can well claim dominance, or Northern Canada in summertime, when the giant mosquito is king. And in the aspect of selfless cooperation between individuals, the ant wins hands down. But in terms of physical achievement, which is what counts in environmental competition, we keep the crown. And in mental development, too, we are second to none.We can confidently describe the first microseconds in the formation of the Cosmos itself, we understand and can duplicate the specific steps in self-replication, and we are on the verge of conquering disease.Fine, but like every individual who ever existed, our life span is intolerably brief, and our species itself a mere flash in the pan on the road to cosmic domination. True, there walk among us at this moment the next generation, developing specific plans for exploiting our solar system and clearing up unanswered questions about the Cosmos: reconciliation of Quantum Theory with gravity, elucidation of dark matter, dark energy and co-existence of parallel universes.Even so, there is a limit to progress along the present lines. Neanderthals actually had larger brains than ours, but Neanderthal women failed to develop a pelvic girdle wide enough to deliver the oversize cranium, condemning that species to early extinction in the usual way. We ourselves sidestepped the problem by intensive miniaturization of the neural network and development of the Caesarian section as a stopgap, but Band-Eid solutions are not the way evolution makes a leap.A tour through our hospitals or our response to any threat to Medicare will convince you that we are approaching an end to purely organic development.Fortunately, an inorganic solution is already within our grasp. Development of the MRI, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, has reached the point where every part of the body can be faithfully recorded on tapeor disc, and can be reproduced in full-color 3-D. We still lack a machine to infuse the construct with life, but one more decade of research should suffice.Then we can launch Electromagnetic Man into the Universe, traveling at the speed of light accompanied by electronic instructions for reincorporation using inexpensive, locally-available materials. And thus neatly avoiding the horrific delays associated with rocket travel.But looking still further into the future, we can forget reincorporation techniques and become truly bodiless entities, radiating forever into the outer darkness searching for new environments to dominate, What a pity you won’t be there! Facebook Comments Related posts:The royal baby: A bouncing bundle of international obsession In for a future shock Neanderthal poo shows cavemen ate their veggies Meet CambYoCar: the first car to be designed and built in Costa Rica Jack O’Brien Our journey from bacterium to human has been a long one: more than two billion years, with many casualties along the way. But who or what is the ‘our’ I so boldly speak for? Certainly it cannot be my own species, because it has traveled only a negligible fraction of the way. No, the ‘our’ I refer to is actually an ‘it,’ an idea: the concept of dominance over the environment.
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “I’m not sure I can afford to take my daughters when the movies start, but it’s nice they are opening this theater and fixing up the Champ de Mars,” she said.___Associated Press writer David McFadden in Kingston, Jamaica, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories President Michel Martelly inaugurated the revamped theater Friday along with dignitaries and dozens of local artists. Authorities say it won’t actually start showing films to the general public for about another month, once arrangements for a parking garage are completed.Port-au-Prince had roughly 30 cinemas in the 1970s. But over the years they all closed amid political turmoil and rampant bootlegging of movies with pirated DVDs and videotapes.The last movie theater to operate in Port-au-Prince was the Imperial Cinema, which closed shortly before the January 2010 quake that devastated much of the capital and surrounding areas.Musician, producer and playwright Jean Jean-Pierre said Monday that the Triomphe’s reopening by the Champ de Mars plaza in downtown Port-au-Prince is “very exciting.” It’s the city’s main public square and major work has been done to rehabilitate it, including the recent completion of an open-air amphitheater.“The idea is to create confidence so that people will come back to the Champ de Mars for regular cultural events,” said Pierre, a member of Haiti’s council of the performing arts.On a recent morning, dried food vendor Lisette Issonne gazed up at the Triomphe as she strolled across the bustling square with her two daughters. Quick workouts for men PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The first movie theater to operate in the Haitian capital in years has opened its doors off a renovated downtown square, a welcome sign of revival in a city shattered by an earthquake more than five years ago.The Triomphe theater had been closed since 1988, but was rehabilitated with more than 700 plush seats, a digital sound system and two screens. The Port-au-Prince cinema with a glass facade also boasts conference rooms and a hall for concerts, plays and other cultural performances. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility
By June MukherjeeThe Thailand Travel Mart 2016 Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Sub-region (TTM+ 2016) opened in Chiang Mai, the northern capital of Thailand, with more than 850 delegates from 55 countries.The three-day event, the largest travel trade show of its kind in Thailand, is being held from June 8-10, 2016, at the state-of-the-art Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC).The decision to hold the TTM+ in Chiang Mai was a very strategic one because the entire North and Northeast Thailand region is set to become a major bridgehead between Thailand and its neighbouring countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam.Celebrating the launch of the ASEAN integration that took effect this year, the TTM+ 2016 will see senior tourism executives of Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, and Myanmar hold a joint press conference to discuss the theme, ‘CLMVT Link: Prosper Together’.Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “I am very excited to have the opportunity to personally meet everyone who’s anyone in Thailand’s travel industry scene, especially our overseas partners. This will be my first TTM+ since I assumed the TAT governorship in 2015. In planning this year’s event, we had promised to make it unique, different and distinctive. The unique content indicates that this objective will be achieved.”Now in its 15th consecutive year, the TTM+ is being held under the theme, ‘Smile with Us’, which reflects friendship, enjoyment, happiness and hospitality. It is in line with the new logo of ‘Amazing Thailand’, which represents the most well-known characteristic of Thainess – the Smile.The event has reported registration by 345 sellers from Thailand and the GMS countries, and 305 buyers from 55 countries, 110 trade visitors, as well as over 100 international and local media.China has the largest contingent of buyers (43) followed by the United Kingdom (27), Australia (21), India (17), Italy (15), South Africa (13), and Russia (11). A smaller group of high-quality buyers have also been invited from emerging markets; such as Lithuania, Moldova and Ukraine.The sellers comprise hotels and resorts (265), tour operators and travel agents (24), entertainment (8), transportation (3), NTOs (4), the Greater Mekong Sub-region (14), and other travel services (27).TTM+ 2016 will open with a presentation on Thailand’s Sports Tourism potential by H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports. This will be followed by the forum for sellers and buyers to be addressed by H.E. Dr Surin Pitsuwan, former Foreign Minister of Thailand and former ASEAN Secretary General, on the topic of ‘ASEAN Brand…Stronger Together’.Dr Pitsuwan’s speech will be followed by a second session on the topic of ‘OTA: An Inconvenient Truth’ with presentations by Daryl Lee, Regional Vice President Sales and Marketing Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, GTA and Deepak Ohri, Chief Executive Officer, Le Bua Hotels and Resorts. The session will be moderated by Joseph Wang, Chief Commercial Officer, Travel Daily.Later in the evening, the Welcome Reception will be presided over by H.E. General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand under the theme of ‘Thai Lanna’, a unique historic culture of Northern Thailand. A Thai classical music and cultural show will be accompanied by performances from Cambodia and Myanmar.On June 9, the joint press conference will be organised under the theme of ‘CLMVT Link: Prosper Together’. Representatives of the CLMVT countries confirmed to speak are 1) Try Chhiv, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia; 2) Manisakhone Thammavongxay, Director of the Public Relations Division, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lao PDR; 3) Daw Khin Than Win, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, Myanmar; 4) Vu Nam, Deputy Director General, Tourism Marketing Department, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Vietnam, and 5) Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thailand.Also on June 9, a ‘Lanna Night’ reception will be hosted by the Upper Northern Provincial Cluster at Chiang Mai Grandview Convention Centre. The ‘TTM+ 2016: Thank You Party’ will be held on June 10. In addition to the trade show on June 8-10, at the CMECC, a specialist selection of 6 complimentary pre-tours have been organised on June 7 to highlight the culture, heritage, folklore, cuisine, products and facilities of ‘Thai Lanna’.Three post-tours have been offered for the TTM+ 2016 delegates to see other destinations; such as Chiang Mai, Lampang, Lamphun, Phuket and Phang Nga. One five-day tour also covers Thailand and Myanmar.The major sponsors of the TTM+ 2016 are Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, Pelican Hotel Solutions, King Power International, and the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau.In January-April 2016, Thailand’s visitor arrivals surged to a record 11.7 million, up by 14.12% over the same period of 2015, according to figures published by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. China continues to grow as the top source of visitor arrivals with 3.44 million arrivals, up by 27.35% over the same period in 2015.Visitors from East Asia and ASEAN totalled 7.63 million (+17.26%), Europe 2.52 million (+8.89%), the Americas 502,627 (+13.76%), South Asia 459,157 (+8.72%), Middle East 226,973 (+11.36%), and Africa 51,566 (+6.44%).
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Delinquency Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Loan Modification Mortgage-Backed Securities Refinance Service Providers 2013-10-25 Tory Barringer September marked the third straight month of declining business for “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/, with purchases and issuances coming in at their lowest level in almost a year and a half.[IMAGE]Freddie Mac’s total mortgage portfolio shrank at an annualized rate of 4.3 percent in September, contracting at a slightly lessened pace compared to August’s -5.0 percent growth rate. Through September, 2013’s average monthly growth rate has been -2.0 percent.As of September 30, Freddie Mac’s portfolio has contracted through six of the year’s first nine months. By the end of the month, its ending balance stood at $1.927 trillion.[COLUMN_BREAK]New business fell for the second straight month to a 2013 low, with purchases and issuances totaling approximately $28.2 billion–the lowest since April 2012 ($25.9 billion). Year-to-date, new business has totaled $382.5 billion.Multifamily new business volume was $1.0 billion in September and $18.8 billion for the year’s first nine months.The GSE’s portfolio of mortgage-related securities and other guarantees took a downturn after improving in August, shrinking for only the third time this year at a rate of 0.2 percent.Single-family refinance loan purchase and guarantee volume was $16.4 billion, representing 62 percent of total single-family purchases or issuances–another signal of the fading interest in refinances. Relief refinance mortgages made up 39 percent of the mortgage giant’s single-family refinance volume.The company’s single-family seriously delinquent rate dropped to 2.58 percent, continuing the declining trend in delinquency rates. The multifamily delinquency rate was flat at 0.05 percent.Freddie Mac reported 6,685 loan modifications in September, totaling 60,431 for the year so far. October 25, 2013 437 Views in Secondary Market Freddie,New Business at Freddie Mac Falls to 1 1/2-Year Low Share
Pupils from both sides of the divide participated in a study visit in Nicosia on Wednesday that took place across the buffer zone of the walled city, an initiative of the Bicommunal Technical Committee on Education.The committee’s new initiative concerns island-wide study visits with the first one – ‘Learning from Nicosia’ – taking place across the buffer zone in Nicosia walled city. In total, 52 pupils – 27 Greek Cypriots and 25 Turkish Cypriots – aged between 14 and 15 – had the opportunity to explore elements of the multicultural character of the city.The pilot phase will continue until the end of 2018-2019 school year and will include study visits to other cities.“Study visits are designed in ways that provide students with opportunities to and study cultural heritage and physical environments together all over Cyprus,” an announcement said.The co-chairs of the Bicommunal Technical Committee on Education, Dr Meltem Onurkan Samani and Dr Michalinos Zembylas, participated in Wednesday’s activities, along with 10 teachers and a representative of the UN good offices mission in Cyprus.Zembylas told the Cyprus News Agency that the aim of the study visit was to give the opportunity to Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot pupils to get to know the multicultural character of the old town of Nicosia in both sides of the divide.“We are constantly looking into new ideas that will bring together pupils and teachers, or will create opportunities to promote peace, anti-racism and human rights through education, in consistency to our mandate,” Zembylas said. The aim for this year, he said, is to provide seminars for teachers and parents, to create an educational material that will promote these goals and organise conferences and workshops.The committee also runs the educational programme ‘Imagine’ that continues to bring together Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot pupils and teachers from all areas of Cyprus, the announcement said.So far, 3,500 pupils have participated in the Imagine project that takes place under the auspices of the committee and implemented by the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research and the Home for Cooperation with the support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, as well as UNFICYP and the UN Good Offices mission.The committee was established in 2015 after an agreement between the two leaders. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola