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Zerhouni Returns to Johns Hopkins

first_imgElias Zerhouni, who stepped down as the U.S. National Institutes of Health director last October, is returning to his roots as a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Zerhouni, a radiologist, was a dean at Hopkins before joining NIH in 2002. He told ScienceInsider that he plans to reestablish a research group in molecular imaging and stay at Hopkins “for the next year at least.” He’s also working as a senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.last_img read more

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Why French Scientists Find Joie de Vivre in the U.S.

first_imgPARIS—The brain drain of French scientists to the United States might not be huge, but America lures some of the country’s best researchers who may never come back, concludes a study carried out by the French think tank Institut Montaigne. The report, titled French Higher Education Expatriates in the United States, sets out 12 proposals to entice French researchers to return to the fold. These include a census of French scholars abroad and foreign researchers trained in France in order to build links with the diaspora, a strong communications campaign on job offers, and clear incentives for researchers to work in France. Only a few thousand French researchers work in the United States for the moment, but the number has accelerated recently and is “worrying,” says Ioanna Kohler, policy programs director at the French-American Foundation in New York City and author of the report. Between 1985 and 2008, 2745 French students pursued their doctorates in America and 70% stayed on. Researchers represented 27% of French expatriates in the United States in 1996-2006, against only 8% in 1971-1980, and a 2007 study showed that the United States was home to 40% of the best French biology and economics researchers. The reasons for buying a one-way ticket are more than the higher salaries available in the United States, although that is a major consideration, says Kohler, citing 83 interviews she conducted with French scientists who are now or once were in the United States Other advantages to America cited by these researches are better working conditions, fairer recruitment, a competitive spirit, and the ability to devote more time to research and less to teaching. On the downside, French researchers working in the United States are under greater pressure to produce, have to spend more time raising funds, find an “Americano-centrism” in the scientific culture and, for women, are deprived of a family life, Kohler says. 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Although French expatriate researchers are interested in reform taking place in France, some of them have little contact with colleagues at home, Kohler also found. At the moment, she laments, “the absence of statistics on French scholars and researchers in the United States” is surprising-and such ignorance “maintains fears of a massive exodus of the French elite” across the Atlantic.last_img read more

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LeT plan to attack Delhi foiled: Chidambaram

first_imgThe Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) sponsored terror module busted in New Delhi on Wednesday had planned to attack a crowded locality with bombs, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said.”There was no VVIP on their target,” he told a press conference in New Delhi hours after central agencies and police forces of three states busted a terror module by arresting two suspected LeT militants.They were planning to detonate a bomb or more than one bomb in a crowded locality, he said adding more details would come after their detailed questioning.They will be produced before courts in Delhi and other respective states, he said.The home minister congratulated central agencies and police of three states involved in the successful operation to bust an important LeT sponsored terrorist module.last_img read more

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IPL 8: Jadhav’s knock in vain as Hyderabad seal 6-run victory

first_imgMoises Henriques’ gritty fifty and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s crafty bowling helped Sunrisers Hyderabad stay in the hunt for the playoffs as they beat Delhi Daredevils by 6 runs in a hard-fought IPL match, here on Saturday.SRH jumped to the fourth spot with their sixth win in 11 games, while seventh-placed DD suffered their eight loss in 12 matches to end their hopes of a final-four spot. Electing to bat at the Shaheed Veer Narayan International Stadium – DD’s second home, SRH rode on an unbeaten 74 from man-of-the-match Henriques to post 163 for 4 in 20 overs.The David Warner-led side then defended its target after restricting DD to 157 for 4 as Kedar Jadhav (63 not out) and Saurabh Tiwary (26 not out) stood disappointed with a 91-run unbeaten stand. Bhuvneshwar (1 for 20) struck early as the medium-pacer got Shreyas Iyer caught and bowled for a naught in the third over of the innings.Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock (50) then stitched a 47-run partnership with skipper Jean-Paul Duminy (12) to give the side some stability. But in came legspinner Karn Sharma (2 for 12), the sixth bowler in nine overs, and got dangerman De Kock stumped on a delivery that tossed and turned to draw the South African out of his crease.Offspinner Parvez Rasool (1 for 20) got Yuvraj Singh (2) caught at long on in the very next over and Karn was the catcher. The Meerut-born Karn continued to make his presence felt as he cleaned up Duminy in his very next over as DD kept losing control.Jadhav, his 34-ball knock laced with 8 fours and 2 sixes, and Tiwary again raised hopes of a successful chase with a good-looking fifth wicket stand but just ran out of steam in the end. Needing 22 of the final two overs, Bhuvneshwar bowled a near-perfect penultimate over to give away just 6 runs. Ishant Sharma then did the job as he never allowed DD to get 16 runs off the final 6 deliveries even after the over started with a boundary.advertisementEarlier in the SRH innings Henriques managed to stick around with a wobbly top-order to finally stitch a crucial 64-run unbeaten fifth wicket stand with Ravi Bopara (17 not out) and take the team to a respectable total.Veteran DD pacer Zaheer Khan (1 for 33) drew first blood after scalping Shikhar Dhawan (13) in the fourth over. The left-hander tried to flick an incoming delivery from the left-arm pacer but mistimed the shot to lob an easy catch to Albie Morkel at midwicketNathan Coulter-Nile (2 for 25) struck in the very next over to send David Warner (17) back in the dug out, just when the skipper was looking dangerous. Henriques and Eoin Morgan (22) then stitched a quiet 33-run partnership before Jayant Yadav (1 for 19), who opened the attack for DD, broke through in the 11th over.Morgan tried to loft out a pitched up Yadav delivery to long-off but Coulter-Nile took a good catch as he got his hands under the dipping white ball.Coulter-Nile continued to make his presence on the field as he broke through another partnership after getting Karn Sharma (16) back in the pavilion. It was now the turn of Yadav to return the favour as he picked a neat catch after Sharma mistimed a short ball to the point region.After that it an Henriques show, who helped the side get 21 runs of the penultimate over post hitting Albie (0 for 35) for two big sixes. The final over, bowled by Zaheer, also saw a six from Henriques as SRH managed 64 runs from the final 5 overs. Duminy, Amit Mishra and Albie went wicketless.last_img read more

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Celebrity brand value rankings: At $171 m, Virat Kohli retains top spot

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Tendulkar hails Dipa Karmakars achievements

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 15 (PTI) Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar today joined millions of Indians and celebrities from all walks of life to congratulate gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who missed bronze medal by a whisker at the ongoing Rio Olympics. Dipa came tantalisingly close to end up fourth with a difference of only 0.150 points with the bronze medallist in the womens vault finals. Tendulkar, who was in Rio recently to encourage the Indian contingent, took to twitter to congratulate the young Tripura girl. “Winning and losing is a part of sport. You have won millions of hearts & entire nation is proud of your achievements,” Tendulkar tweeted. Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan tweeted: “Congratulations to you and your coaches @dipakarmakar for placing the tricolour at the forefront of world gymnastics. Proud #dipakarmakar”. Indias lone individual gold medallist Abhinav Bindra was among the first to congratulate Dipa via the micro-blogging site. “Dipa Karmakar you are my hero,” tweeted Bindra, who also narrowly missed a bronze medal. Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan wrote :”#DipaKarmakar…the pride of India…your story is what compels us to do better… and we will!!Many congratulations!!” National award winning actress Vidya Balan tweeted :”Shabaash Dipa Karmakar!!Loved watching you.. We are Pro(u)dunova of you!!” PTI KHS SSC SSRlast_img read more

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6 Steps to More Money, Stronger Relationships, and Greater Job Satisfaction (Steps 1–3)

first_imgWe’ve all been there: delighted to meet someone with whom we connect and have so much to talk about.I got that buzz last week when I guided NAVREF fundraisers (aka executive directors) to use right-things, right-now marketing to advance their goals. Their organizations—based in VA hospitals all over the country—aim to improve veterans’ health and medical care by helping VA researchers get more grants and sponsorships.Like most of us, NAVREF executive directors have too much to do in too little time. Not surprisingly, they echoed the question I’m most frequently asked by fundraisers and marketers: What’s our magic bullet?Believe it or not, there is a single magic bullet for achieving your fundraising and marketing goals: Get to know your people—your supporters, prospects, and important influencers.We all crave connection. That’s what humans are all about. We want to be understood and valued, to feel that the other person—whoever it is—gets us.Without that connection, you’ll deliver who-cares fundraising and marketing that alienates the people whose help you need most. Connection is crucial!Start to get to know your people with these three steps:Focus on three or fewer clear, specific fundraising goals for the next 12 months. Attempt four or more and you’ll diffuse your impact to zero!Articulate what you want people to do to help you achieve those goals (calls to action). Shape each action to be specific and doable. Line up a series of single actions as needed.Prioritize your people (audiences). Focus on three or fewer groups who are most likely to take these actions or represent the greatest risk if they don’t. Leave the “general public” out.Then, get to know them. (These are steps 4 through 6, coming soon.) Learn as much as you can about their wants, habits, and preferences. You’ll shape your messages, activities, and to-do list to suit them. In doing so, you’ll boost donations, your bond with supporters, and your job satisfaction. It’s a can’t-say-no trifecta of forward momentum. Connection is your magic bullet.I’ll guide you through three steps to getting to know your people in follow-up posts. You’ll find this approach doable and effective, and I’ll do everything I can to motivate you to jump in. Can’t wait!How do you get to know your prospects and supporters, and how do you keep that connection strong? Please let me know by sending me a Tweetlast_img read more

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How to Add a Donation Button to Facebook Page

first_imgTake a few minutes to add a Facebook donation button to your nonprofit’s page. It’s a very simple process that should take only a few minutes—as long as you are an admin for your organization’s page and the page is categorized as a nonprofit. Ok, let’s start updating that donation button, or call-to-action button.But first, does everyone know what I mean when I say (er, type) “call to action”? I like Hubspot’s definition:A call-to-action (usually abbreviated as CTA) is an image or line of text that prompts your visitors, leads, and customers to take action. It is, quite literally, a “call” to take an “action.”Nonprofits’ primary call to action for donors is, more often than not, “Donate now!” Other calls to action might be:Join our email list!RSVP for this event now!Forward this email to a friend!Sign this petition!Adopt this cat!Volunteer now!Be a social media ambassador!When you ask your audience to respond to your call to action, be sure that when they click your call to action, they are then provided with the opportunity to, in fact, take that action. That might seem simple enough, but you’d be surprised to know how many emails I’ve received from nonprofits with a donate button that takes me to the main website. Instead, drive that traffic directly to your donation page! When donors click “donate now,” that’s what they should be able to do!Okay, now that we know what a call to action is, let’s add a “donate now” CTA to your nonprofit’s Facebook page.Log into Facebook and navigate to your nonprofit’s page. Remember: For this call-to-action button to work, you must be an administrator of your organization’s page. Also, only pages categorized as a nonprofit organization have the option to add the “donate now” call to action.Next, locate the “create a call to action” button. It’s in the bottom-right corner of your page’s cover photo.From this view, you can now select which call-to-action button you’d like to use. Highlight the “donate now” call to action in the drop-down menu. 4. Under the drop-down menu is a field where you will paste your donation page URL. Click “save changes.” Now your Facebook Fans can directly access your donation page from Facebook.Told you it was easy! There’s just one more thing: If you don’t have a great-looking donation page to link to, we can fix that. You’ll get more out of all of your calls to action with a smarter donation experience that makes it easy for donors to give. Network for Good’s donation pages are proven to convert more donors and raise more money with larger average gifts. Get your personalized demo today.last_img read more

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Playing Together: Growing Environmental Entrepreneurship through Greater Collaboration

first_imgIn November 2011, GBF established an impact investment fund of $47 million with a blend of capital sources taking different levels of risk. Government agencies, foundations, and investment banks have provided the fund with debt capital (loans); several development finance institutions have become preferred investors (meaning, they have preferential repayment status); and a variety of angel investors got involved (and are focused more on helping the fund succeed long-term than on actual returns on their investments). In addition, GBF’s non-profit capacity-building arm received $12 million in grants from donors to provide advisory services to businesses in which the fund invests. GBF exemplifies a hybrid model where grant capital, investment capital, and business acceleration all play critical roles.In Webster’s mind, a key component of GBF’s success was its initial grant from the IFC, which served as a “first-loss” investment, essentially de-risking the returns of other fund investors. He’d like to see more donors and foundations take on this important role which is critical to achieving scale.Signs Are Promising for Greater Industry CollaborationGBF isn’t alone in taking a collaborative approach. A couple other examples include:Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE): Enhancing effectiveness through collective action was one of the main reasons for founding the group, a global network of 170 organizations that work to propel entrepreneurship in the developing world. Over the last several years, ANDE has been connecting organizations to one another so that they can share and collaborate in a way that strengthens the industry as a whole.UK’s Department for International Development (DFID): Just last week, the Department launched its new 13-year Impact Program. A key component of the initiative is a new £75 million DFID Impact Fund, which will provide capital to kick-start promising funds and attract new investors by sharing the risks of early-stage investments – exactly what Webster called for. The program also includes £7.5 million devoted to technical assistance to help strengthen businesses and a separate £10.5 million commitment to the Global Impact Investment Network (GIIN), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing. The £10.5 million will support the GIIN’s efforts to grow the impact investing market in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. It will complement the blended funding that the network received earlier this year from Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.Growing Environmental Entrepreneurship through PartnershipsThese actors came together in recognition that a combination of their strengths and resources will create a greater impact. After all, ensuring that entrepreneurship grows is critical to solving complex, global challenges—entrepreneurs and the small and medium enterprises they create contribute up to 78 percent of employment and more than 29 percent of GDP in developing economies.Collaborating can be extremely challenging, yet can yield better results because of the knowledge-sharing and innovation required. As Luis Roz from the Inter-American Development Bank’s Opportunity for the Majority initiative pointed out, “Knowledge transfer happens when you are forced to find partners to work with…if you’re able to get all the resources you need internally, you become inward-looking.” It will be exciting to follow the models of collaboration that are already underway and to watch new models arise in the coming decade. This is the fourth installment of a five-part blog series on scaling environmental entrepreneurship in emerging markets. In this series, experts in the field provide insights on how business accelerators, technical assistance providers, investors, and the philanthropic community can work with developing market entrepreneurs to increase their economic, environmental, and social impacts. Read the rest of the series.What do development banks, impact investment funds, foundations, and business accelerators have in common? Each of these organizations plays a significant role in supporting entrepreneurs in developing countries, including those who are trying to solve environmental problems through commercial enterprises.But in most cases, these groups have traditionally occupied distinct niches in the support they provide. Development banks specialize in providing businesses with grants, loans, and technical assistance; impact investors provide debt or equity at market or near-market rates; foundations channel their philanthropy to create change; and business accelerators help entrepreneurs hone their business skills and attract investors.What would happen if these groups worked more closely together? As we discussed at a recent WRI event, if organizations were able to combine their respective strengths, entrepreneurs could capture greater benefits than if groups work alone. Scaling Environmental Entrepreneurship Blog SeriesRead more posts from this series:Part 1: The Challenge of Strengthening Environmental EntrepreneurshipPart 2: Q&A with Jed Emerson: How Can Impact Investing Help Environmental Entrepreneurship Grow?Part 3: Accelerators: A Critical Component in Scaling Environmental Entrepreneurshipcenter_img Industry Organizations Have Real Opportunities to Play Together and Enhance their ImpactWRI recently brought together entrepreneurs and industry experts from development banks, impact investing firms, and business accelerators at the launch event for our publication, Voices of the Entrepreneurs. As panelists discussed the ways in which their individual organizations helped environmental entrepreneurs overcome challenges, one audience member interrupted with a clear call to action: How could you accelerate the success of entrepreneurs by bringing together a hybrid of investment capital, grant capital, and accelerator support?Bob Webster from Grassroots Business Fund (GBF), an emerging markets impact investment fund, explained that in many ways, GBF embodies the intersection of these different types of support. GBF originated in the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Grassroots Business Initiative, and in 2008, spun-off through a grant from the IFC to become an independent non-profit.last_img read more

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Play At End of Oklahoma State-CMU Game Should Never Have Happened

first_imgLet’s try to walk through everything that happened in the last few minutes of the OSU-Central Michigan game. Oklahoma State led 27-24 with a few seconds left on 4th down from the Central Michigan 41.Mason Rudolph dropped back and heaved a ball downfield to nobody. See here.Time ran out on this play. The clock read 0:00. Everyone was on the field. OSU had escaped 27-24. Except that there were penalty flags. Rudolph was penalized for intentional grounding because he had thrown the ball downfield instead of just running around through the back of his end zone and running the clock out.The officials incorrectly (more on that in a second) determined that CMU would get the ball with 0:00 left and have an untimed down.end the game.”— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) September 10, 2016 Then CMU ran the play of its life (sort of … more on that later tonight) to beat OSU 30-24. The whole thing was unbelievable.CMU wins. Wow.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 10, 2016Except that the game was supposed to be over. Here is the rule from Mike Pereira. Intentional grounding is a loss of down penalty. The game was supposed to be over.Rule 3-2-3. “The period is not extended if the foul is by the team and possession and the penalty includes loss of down.” Oops.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) September 10, 2016Here is what Pereira said on the broadcast.“We think we’re looking at a mis-enforced penalty here,” said Pereira. “A penalty is accepted for live ball fouls. Exception: the period is not extended if the foul is by the team in possession and the statement of the penalty includes loss of down.”You work on that play every Thursday late in practice just for that situation. Executed correctly, refs got it wrong.— Zac Robinson (@Zac_Robinson5) September 10, 2016So I’m reeling right now. The game was over. The band was on the field. And then it wasn’t. Then OSU lost. Then OSU was 1-1 with a tough Pitt team coming next week. And none of it ever should have happened. Both because OSU should not have been in that position and because the final play never should have happened.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Svilar becomes youngest GK to save CL penalty

first_imgManchester United v Benfica Svilar becomes youngest goalkeeper to save a Champions League penalty Goal Last updated 2 years ago 04:51 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mile Svilar, Benfica Michael Regan Manchester United v Benfica Manchester United Benfica UEFA Champions League The Belgian teenager stopped a 15-minute spot-kick to set another record in a promising career Benfica teenager Mile Svilar made history on Tuesday, becoming the youngest goalkeeper to ever save a Champions League penalty.Facing Manchester United at Old Trafford, Svilar went down to his right to stop Anthony Martial’s 15th-minute penalty to keep the score 0-0. 18y 65d – Mile Svilar is the youngest goalkeeper to save a penalty in a Champions League match (18y 65d old). Wall. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 31, 2017 At 18 years, 65 days, the Belgian set the mark just two weeks after making his Champions League debut. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Benfica 4/7 to beat Vitoria Svilar made history a fortnight ago in the reverse fixture against Man Utd, becoming the youngest goalkeeper to ever start a Champions League match. The Belgium U-19 international broke the record previously held by Iker Casillas, who made his debut in the competition for Real Madrid against Olympiakos in 1999, aged 18 years and 117 days.Just before half-time, Svilar set another record – this time one of the unwanted variety when Nemanja Matic’s long-range shot rebounded off the post, off Svilar’s back and in for an own goal. 18y 65d – Mile Svilar is also the youngest player to score an own goal in Champions League history. Horror. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 31, 2017 Svilar moved to Benfica in August after coming up through the Anderlecht youth system.last_img read more

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Carnival to Cut Its Greenhouse Gas Footprint by 20 Pct

first_imgPress Release, April 22, 2014 zoom In honor of Earth Day and the importance of year-round environmental awareness, Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise company, announced it will meet its goal to reduce its rate of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipboard operations by 20 percent.CARNIVAL TRUMPHThis goal was established by the company as part of Carnival’s ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impact from its operations.To meet this goal, Carnival and its 10 brand lines around the world have developed, and continue to develop, aggressive energy reduction and conservation initiatives, many of which exceed current laws and regulations.“Carnival has made the amount of GHG emissions released an indicator of our environmental improvement, and we are focused every day on finding innovative ways to cut down on these emissions,” said Jim Van Langen, vice president of management systems for Carnival Corporation. “Announcing that Carnival is well on its way to meeting this goal is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and all that it stands for. In fact, Carnival has already reduced its emissions by more than 19 percent since 2005 and we are likely to exceed our goal of 20 percent by 2015. This speaks to our commitment to constantly look for ways to raise the bar on environmental leadership and performance.”As a part of its air emission reduction initiatives announced in September 2013, Carnival has pioneered an industry-first effort to develop ground-breaking exhaust gas cleaning technology that removes pollutants from the exhaust gases at any operating condition of a ship – at sea, during maneuvering and in port.The company is currently installing the systems in its fleet, representing a significant advancement in environmental technology and reduced air emissions.In addition to these achievements, Carnival has made the following advances in its environmental efforts:Continues to voluntarily install Advanced Waste Water Treatment Systems, and work on research and development for potential installations on new and existing ships. Almost half of the company’s fleet (48 of 101 ships) has installed such systems.Installed vessel shore power systems – known as “cold ironing” – on 20 percent of the company’s fleet to connect to a port’s electrical grid, significantly reducing air emissions at ports that have shore power capabilities. In addition, several ships within Carnival’s fleet have partial plug-in installations which can be retrofitted to full installation if they are deployed on an itinerary where the port has infrastructure and capacity for shore power connection.In 2013, fuel consumption decreased by more than five percent since 2007.An 18 percent increase in non-hazardous waste recycled from ships from 2011 to 2012.One hundred percent of Carnival’s Operating Lines and ships are certified in accordance with ISO 14001, one of the world’s leading environmental management system certifications.In addition, AIDA Cruises, one of Carnival’s 10 brands, will operate the world’s first cruise ships with the innovative Mitsubishi Air Lubrication Systems (MALS), which reduces drag and saves propulsion power. This system enables ships to glide on an air-bubble carpet, which is projected to save seven percent of the operating power.AIDA also recently teamed with Becker Marine Systems to develop a groundbreaking alternative concept – a Liquid Nitrogen Gas (LNG) hybrid barge – that is scheduled to be put into operation in Hamburg this year, reducing nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 80 percent and carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent.“This new technology enables us to operate cruise ships with the lowest emissions and in the most eco-friendly manner to date,” Van Langen said. “We are playing an important role in protecting the environment, improving the quality of air emissions and advancing technology for the industry.”last_img read more

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Advertising Report Posted

first_imgGovernment’s first advertising report is now available online at Government committed in fall 2013 to tabling an annual advertising report. Fiscal 2014-15 was the first full year of operations requiring departments and offices to comply with the Public Service Act, giving Communications Nova Scotia responsibility for centralized delivery of advertising services. -30-last_img

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Real estate fraud turning home buyers dream into nightmare

first_imgNew Delhi: The real estate fraud has turned homebuyers dreams into a nightmare. In Delhi itself, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has registered more than 200 cases against builders and real estate companies for cheating. The investigating agency after probe arrested 107 persons.According to Delhi Police data, as many as 52 cases were reported in 2017 whereas 127 cases were registered by EOW last year. This year till (August 7) 89 cases were registered against builders and real estate companies. “The EOW successfully disposed of 117 cases related to builders or real estate. In 2017-21 cases, 2018-63 and 2019-33 cases were disposed of by the investigating agency,” data further added. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe cases were handled by the EOW teams under Additional Commissioner (EOW) Suvashis Choudhary. The data further added that in 2017 as many as 21 persons were arrested in builder or real estate cases whereas last year 45 and in current year 41 persons were nabbed by the EOW. How investigation is done According to investigators in EOW, probing a fraud case requires a detailed investigation. “We first examine the complaint and complainant. Later after an initial enquiry on the complaint, an FIR is registered,” police said. After that police investigate the details of requisite sanction or approvals procured for the launched project. Later bank statement of the complainant and the suspects are procured to establish the transfer of funds. Analysis of the account statement of the suspect to establish utilization of funds for siphoning off funds is done,” added investigator. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to police, in various cases, homebuyers told them that even after paying full payment for the flat they did not receive the possession as the real estate company did not complete the construction of the project on time. “During the probe, investigator visits the construction site to ascertain completion and status of the project,” police said. Later, there is an appointment of the valuer, surveyor to establish the quantum of funds infused in the development of the project. Role and responsibility of each director of real estate companies are fixed. “Later accused are arrested and EOW files charge sheet,” police said.last_img read more

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TIFF x Huawei Portrait Studio

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment For the third year in a row TIFF will be inviting the Festival’s brightest stars to our official Portrait Studio. We’ve already welcomed Chris Pine, Amandla Stenberg, Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Joaquin Phoenix, Stephan James, and many more.So who else will be stopping by? Check back each day during TIFF to find out, and to enjoy pics of all your favourite stars.The TIFF x Huawei Portrait Studio photos are taken by Andréanne Gauthier (with a Huawei P20 Pro in her arsenal). John C. Reilly, The Sisters Brothers (shot on the Huawei P20 Pro) Dev Patel, Hotel Mumbai (shot on the Huawei P20 Pro) Jason Isaacs, Hotel Mumbai (shot on the Huawei P20 Pro) Nazanin Boniadi, Hotel Mumbai (shot on the Huawei P20 Pro) Tilda Cobham Hervey, Hotel Mumbai (shot on the Huawei P20 Pro) Jacques Audiard, The Sisters Brothers (shot on the Huawei P20 Pro) Rebecca Root, The Sisters Brothers (shot on the Huawei P20 Pro) Twitterlast_img read more

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Oilsands advocate chides singer Jann Arden over 2016 tweet about industry

first_imgI’ll tell ya whats damaging the Alberta environment – the tar sands- NOT the free roaming #wildies #saynotothehorsecull— jann arden (@jannarden) January 8, 2016Robbie Picard, who has a Facebook page called OilSands Strong, is calling on Arden to apologize for the tweet.Picard says if she doesn’t, fans should boycott her Oct. 30 concert in his home community of Fort McMurray.He says Arden, who was born and grew up in Alberta, should be aware of how the oilsands benefit the economy and First Nations. FORT MCMURRAY, A.B. – An oilsands advocate is chiding singer Jann Arden for being “insensitive” to the plight of the ailing industry in a social media post she made more than two years ago.In the 2016 tweet, Arden criticized the Alberta government over its policy of rounding up wild horses on Crown land, saying the horses don’t do as much damage as the “Tar sands” – a derogatory term for the oilsands. Picard also notes that Arden is doing television ads for Toyota.“Once again the total ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ hypocrisy of these celebrities,” he said Wednesday.He said Arden should be held to a higher standard because she is from the province.“She is not just a fly-in, fly-out celebrity like Jane Fonda or Neil Young or Leonardo Dicaprio,” he said of stars who have been critical of the oilsands industry over the years. “I’m sick of these people who drive cars and take planes and crap on the oilsands.” Not sure why a tweet from 2016 was dug up…. but I’ve got WAY WORSE ONES than that…..— jann arden (@jannarden) May 9, 2018 Arden took to Twitter to respond to Picard. On her website she noted that she had to block dozens of people on Twitter Wednesday. Jan, As an Alberta Girl you might wanna rethink. You’ve been out east to often. Ont & Que get ALL foreign tanker oil from Saudi Sheiks who treat women as 2nd class, Venezuela’s Killer Dictator, Africa & Rail from USA. All with terrible enviro laws. This is true check it out????????— commoncents (@commonc57735658) May 9, 2018 So I basically said in a tweet 2 and a half years ago- that the WILD HORSES- didn’t do as much damage as the Tar sands- which is what they used to be called. But I’m old. Wild horses. Just saying.— jann arden (@jannarden) May 9, 2018Arden, who has won eight Juno awards over the years since her breakout hit “Insensitive” in the early 1990s, is also famous for her sense of humour.last_img read more

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Strasbourg Morocco reiterates its full support for development of NorthSouth Center

Strasbourg – Morocco’s ambassador to Lisbon Karima Benyaich reiterated, Thursday in Strasbourg, Morocco’s full support for the development of the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity, known as the North-South Center.Speaking at the meeting of the executive committee of the center, of which she is the vice-president, Benyaich thanked the members for their confidence in Morocco by welcoming her last year as the first non-European statutory member in the presidency of the Executive Committee of this Council of Europe’s body.She also highlighted the importance of this center as a space for exchanges between the two shores of the Mediterranean and its role in mutual understanding between peoples. She also recalled Morocco’s adherence to the goals of the center which is aimed at promoting inter-cultural dialogue and cooperation between the two shores of the Mediterranean and the African continent.The ambassador said that Morocco hosted this year two of its meetings: the first was a workshop last March in the city of Tetouan on the theme ”strengthening women’s access to the political life in the Mediterranean: challenges and opportunities.”The second meeting, held in June, was the third edition of the International conference of the North-South process for strengthening the role of women. read more

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Gold seized from Lankan women at Cochin International Airport

India’s Customs air intelligence unit seized gold bars and jewellery weighing 832 gm and valued at Indian Rs 26 lakh, from two Sri Lankan women passengers at the Cochin International Airport, The Hindu newspaper reported.The passengers had arrived by Sri Lankan Airlines Flight No. UL165. Officers of the air intelligence unit intercepted the passengers at the exit gate of the arrival hall. The gold bars had been concealed in sandals kept in the baggage while the jewellery was on them. A team of officials led by Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Bangartale carried out the seizure. read more

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Man found after going missing from nursing home

first_imgUpdated 22 October 4.30pmA MAN SAID to be in bad health has been found after being reported missing from a nursing home at the weekend.Gardaí said today that Liam O’Halloran has been found “safe and well”.last_img

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WATCH How Irish troops abroad spent their Christmas Day

first_imgOVER 100 IRISH troops spent their Christmas Day in Syria, as part of a UN peacekeeping mission in the Golan Heights.Despite being so far from home, the troops minds were firmly in Ireland.The troops have previously wished family well from the area, which is near the Israeli-Syrian border, but here is how they, and their kitchen staff, spent the day.(DFMagazine/YouTube)And here is how their counterparts in Lebanon spent the day, Santa suits and all.(DFMagazine/YouTube)Read: Defence Forces in Golan Heights send messages back homeRead: Don’t forget about them: Defence Forces abroad send Xmas wisheslast_img read more

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