Revenue depts time release study to identify trade flow bottlenecks at ports

first_imgNew Delhi: The revenue department is conducting India’s first national Time Release Study (TRS) at 15 ports, including sea and air, with an aim to identify and address bottlenecks in the cross border trade flow process. TRS, an internationally recognised tool advocated by World Customs Organisation, is being conducted from August 1-7, the finance ministry said in a statement Thursday. The exercise will be institutionalised on an annual basis, during the same period every year, it added. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe initiative for accountable governance will measure rule-based and procedural bottlenecks (including physical touch points) in the clearance of goods, from the time of arrival until the physical release of cargo, it added. “The aim is to identify and address bottlenecks in the trade flow process and take the corresponding policy and operational measures required to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of border procedures, without compromising efficient trade control,” the ministry said. The expected beneficiaries will be export oriented industries and MSMEs, who will enjoy greater standardisation of Indian processes with comparable international standards.last_img read more

Stars Help End The Use Of Elephants In Indian Circuses

first_imgWith the support of John Abraham and numerous other stars and following a nine-month-long investigation of circuses across India, which was conducted by a team that included representatives from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and Animal Rahat and was authorised by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) – a statutory body operating under the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) – the AWBI has confirmed that it has decided to end the registration of elephants for performances because of the cruelty and abuse that they endure.The notes from the 39th general meeting of the AWBI held in Chennai also indicate the group’s support for a ban on the use of all animals in circuses and state that the board “decided to stop immediate performance of all the injured and aged animals in the circuses mentioned in the report and seize them after making arrangement for rehabilitation”. It also said that PETA India’s findings will be forwarded to the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) for further action.In April, Abraham fired off a letter to the MoEF stating, “Unlike human performers, animals are forced to entertain through the use of fear, pain or hunger”. He urged the government to “make the compassionate choice by issuing an immediate ban on the use of all animals in circuses”. Other stars who have supported PETA India’s campaign against the use of animals in circuses include boxer Vijender Singh, cricketer Wayne Parnell, rapper Hard Kaur, dancers Pt Chitresh Das and Lauren Gottlieb, Malaika Arora Khan, Rakhi Sawant, Sherlyn Chopra and Shilpa Shetty.“The AWBI’s decision to end the slavery of elephants in Indian circuses – animals who have spent their lives in chains, in fear of being hit and jabbed with hooked weapons – is cause for celebration”, says PETA UK Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi. “We hope this prompts other countries to follow suit. Until then, anyone with a conscience should stay away from circuses that make the lives of the animals they use a living nightmare.”PETA India’s investigation of 15 circuses – conducted from November 2012 to July 2013 – documented rampant apparent violations of India’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960; the Performing Animals Rules, 1973; and the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972; among other guidelines aimed at protecting animals from abuse. The investigation revealed that animals had died from inadequate care or had simply “gone missing”, drunken circus staff were handling animals and animals with wounds and diseases had not received veterinary care.PETA India is now calling on the AWBI, the CZA and the MoEF to permit circuses with only willing human performers by immediately banning the use of all animals in circuses, following the lead of Bolivia, Austria, Greece, Cyprus and Bosnia and Herzegovina.Source:PETA UKlast_img read more

Delhi BJP demands withdrawal of CM Kejriwal’s security cover

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi BJP on Sunday wrote to Delhi Police, demanding the withdrawal of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s security cover, following the AAP chief’s worries that his own security personnel might assassinate him as in the case of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.Praveen Shankar Kapoor, spokesperson for the state unit of the saffron party sent a letter to the Commissioner of Delhi Police, Union Home Ministry, and the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, demanding that the Chief Minister’s security be withdrawn. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”Delhi Police should seek an apology from Arvind Kejriwal and if he does not apologise, then the Chief Minister’s security cover be withdrawn,” Kapoor wrote in the letter. Further, Kapoor raised concerns about the mental condition of the security personnel who are posted for the security of the Delhi Chief Minister following the allegations and demanded psychological counselling for them. The party spokesperson went on to say that hearing such statements from their protectee, the security personnel deployed to keep him safe must be facing mental depression. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaDelhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants to assassinate him for building a political narrative around schools and hospitals. “The BJP would get me murdered by my own PSO (personal security officer) one day, like Indira Gandhi. My own security officers report to the BJP. The BJP is after my life, they will murder me one day,” Kejriwal told a news channel in Punjab. After the Delhi CM’s statements were made public, Delhi Police issued a statement, asserting that police personnel deputed for protection of high dignitaries of all political parties are “well-trained personnel who are thoroughly committed to their job and perform duties with a high level of dedication and professionalism”.last_img read more

Ban urges end to prejudice against people living with HIVAIDS

“Most countries still have a long way to go to meet the goal” set two years ago at the General Assembly to move towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010, Mr. Ban said last night at the opening of the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City.These nations will thus have difficulty in reaching the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of curbing and reversing the spread of AIDS by the target date of 2015, he noted.The Secretary-General stressed that more resources are needed to combat the scourge in the coming decades as greater numbers of people receive treatment and live longer.He welcomed the recent legislation passed in the United States earmarking $48 billion to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria over the next five years, and praised the commitment of the Group of Eight (G-8) industrialized nations to provide universal access to HIV prevention and treatment by 2010.“Just as important, in most countries, stigma against people living with HIV remains a grave challenge,” Mr. Ban told the Conference. One third of countries lack laws to protect those living with HIV, and in many places, discrimination against women, men who have sex with men, sex workers, drug users and ethnic minorities is still legal.“This must change,” he said, calling for an end to discrimination against people living HIV and members of vulnerable groups.Since taking up the post in January 2007, the Secretary-General said that some of his most moving and inspiring experiences have been meeting with colleagues and others living with the virus.“They are wonderfully courageous and motivated people, and should serve as an example to us all on how to act with dignity in the face of adversity,” he said. “That they should be discriminated against, including through restrictions on their ability to travel between countries, should fill us with shame.”In those nations with legal protections in place, Mr. Ban pointed out that those living with HIV have greater access to services, resulting in fewer infections, less demand for anti-retroviral treatment and fewer deaths.Right before he spoke, Keren Jamina Dunaway-Gonzalez, a HIV-positive 11-year-old from Honduras, addressed the Conference. After discussing the problems she faces as a young girl with HIV, she greeted the Secretary-General, whom she had met earlier this year, and gave him a kiss. Also addressing the Conference last night was Peter Piot, the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). He told participants that, for the first time, the world was witnessing large-scale results, with fewer people dying of AIDS and fewer becoming infected with HIV. “This is cause for encouragement. But not cause for complacency, nor for declaring victory,” he added. “Because the end of AIDS is nowhere in sight. Every day, almost three times as many people become newly infected with HIV as those who start taking antiretroviral treatment.”Dr. Piot quoted Caribbean singer and poet Bob Marley, telling the audience, “Get up, stand up… don’t give up the fight.”Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), said she found it appropriate that the Conference is hosted in Latin America. Many countries in the region have a long tradition of embracing the principle of equitable access to health care as a fundamental human right. The future of the AIDS response rests on this foundation, she said.As part of his three-day visit to Mexico, which kicked off yesterday, the Secretary-General met last night with the UN Country Team, who surprised him with a mariachi band during a town hall meeting. Mr. Ban sang along as the band played Besame Mucho and Canta No Llores.This morning the Secretary-General held a working breakfast with the Global Compact’s Mexico network. He also addressed an extraordinary session of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, known by its Spanish acronym OPANAL, stating that international efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation and achieve nuclear disarmament continue to face significant challenges.“Some of the nuclear-weapon-free zone treaties have not yet entered into force. Several signatories have yet to complete the ratification or accession process… whole regions have been unable to establish such zones, including the Middle East. And some nuclear-weapon States have not concluded the relevant Protocols,” he noted. “Clearly, there is still much work to do before we achieve our shared goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.” Also today, he will be meeting separately with Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa and President Felipe Calderón.He will also address a joint session of the Mexican Parliament and meet with HIV-positive civil society leaders at a side event of the International AIDS Conference. 4 August 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for bolstered global efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS, stressing at the world’s largest forum on the pandemic that the virus impedes economic development and that discrimination against people living with HIV remains widespread. read more

Upcoming elections represent milestone in Myanmars democratic transition – Ban

“It is crucial that these proceed in a fair, inclusive and transparent atmosphere. This responsibility rests with the Government, the Union Election Commission and the Army, but also all sections of Myanmar society,” he said at a meeting of the Partnership Group on Myanmar, held on the margins of the high-level segment of the United Nations General Assembly. The public commitment by the Army leadership to ensure a free election and to respect its results must be honoured, Mr. Ban stated. Likewise, it is essential that the Government ensure a free and unfettered process for candidates and voters. In addition, he noted that civil society needs space to carry out its work – and actions against media and activists as well as arbitrary arrests and detention must stop.“The authorities must ensure that all those who were able to vote in previous elections retain those rights,” Mr. Ban continued. “I am deeply disappointed by this effective disenfranchisement of the Rohingya and other minority communities. Barring incumbent Rohingya parliamentarians from standing for re-election is particularly egregious,” he stated. According to a read-out of the meeting, participating Member States noted the need for more decisive action on resolving the humanitarian situation in the camps for internally displaced persons and on the broader issues of citizenship for the Rohingya, adding that failure to do so could result in more suffering and loss of lives. Concerns were expressed at the disenfranchisement of voters and rejection of candidatures, especially of Muslim representatives who had qualified for previous elections. Ultimately, the credibility of the elections and smooth transfer of power will depend on acceptance of its results among the political leaders and the broader population within Myanmar, the read-out stated, echoing Mr. Ban, who noted that only this can ensure a smooth transfer of power. read more

EHF CL KINGS Ilic scores 700 goals Karabatić looks for No 800

Momir IlicNikola Karabatic ← Previous Story AFRICAN EXPLOSION: Wael Jallouz torture – Šterbik is victim Next Story → Filip Jicha will be out for months? After Kiril Lazarov netted his 1000rd goal at VELUX EHF Champions League, some other players set new personal records. The 34 years-old Serbia bomber from MVM Veszprem, Momir Ilić, netted his 700rd goals in the European elite competition in victory of his team in Celje on Sunday.Ilic, twice in a row winner of “golden ball” for the EHF CL Top scorer, is now on 703.Exactly 90 goals more has the WORLD  HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 Nikola Karabatić. Frenchman, currently in PSG Handball, netted 793 goals. read more

Ronaldo insists penalty call was correct

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has defended referee Michael Oliver’s decision to award Real Madrid an injury-time penalty, which he scored to send the club to the semi-finals of the Champions LeagueJuventus had produced a stunning comeback against the title-holders at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night and had leveled the aggregate scoreline at 3-3 between the two sides, after a Mario Mandzukic brace and a Blaise Matuidi second-half goal.Yet all that was undone in the final moments of the second leg, when Oliver awarded the hosts a late penalty after Lucas Vazquez was fouled by Mehdi Benatia in the third minute of added time.After Gianluigi Buffon had been sent off for strongly protesting the decision, Ronaldo held his nerve and fired past the helpless substitute Wojciech Szczesny to send Real into Friday’s semi-final draw.“I don’t understand why they are protesting,” said Ronaldo, according to Marca.“Lucas was tackled from behind and if they don’t give him the penalty, it’s a goal.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“The pulse increased, but I calmed down, and I knew I’d be decisive.”The Portuguese star acknowledged the threat that Juventus had been for Real and revealed his gratitude that they had managed to reach the semi-finals, despite a 3-1 defeat on the night.“We have suffered, but it helps us to learn,” admitted Ronaldo.“In football, nothing is given away, you have to fight until the end.“Madrid could’ve scored more goals but Juve and Buffon were good.”last_img read more

Nacho talks about Lopeteguis sadness at Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid defender Nacho, spoke to the media after the match against Viktoria Plzen about the bad moment that Julen Lopetegui is going through.Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui is going through the most difficult moments of his career, players like Nacho Fernandez are very aware of how much the boss is suffering and always try to express their support for their boss.Sometimes in the top clubs in European football, it’s complicated to convince the players to keep winning trophies, especially if they are coming from winning four out of the last five Champions League titles.It was quite evident that this dip in form was eventually going to happen, it’s unfortunate that this is happening in the same moment that Julen Lopetegui took control of the squad.Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez attended a public event this Wednesday and he was questioned by the press about the manager.“I see a hurt Julen, he’s just like every one of us. We are all professionals and all we think about is winning,” said Nacho via Cadena Cope. “We have to get through these complicated moments and now we have to hold the pressure and try to win El Clasico.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“El Clasico is a very special match, it’s a beautiful game that everybody wants to play. We have been through regular matches and we got back some good feelings with yesterday’s victory. We will get to this match very eager to play.”“Julen staying in Real Madrid is not my decision, all I care as his player is to win next Sunday and I want Julen to stay in the club.”“We are all to blame for this situation because we are a team. We can’t be looking out for what the press has to say about this situation, we have to remain focused on winning matches,” he concluded.📹VÍDEO | @nachofi1990: “A Julen le veo dolido como a todos los jugadores por la situación que estamos pasando”— Tiempo de Juego (@tjcope) October 24, 2018last_img read more

Homicide investigation underway in Oceanside after man dies from multiple stab wounds

first_img OCEANSIDE (KUSI) — A homicide investigation was underway in Oceanside Tuesday after a man found stabbed overnight near the San Luis Rey River later died at a hospital, police said.Emergency crews responded around 11:45 p.m. Monday to the 1100 block of North Coast Highway after emergency dispatchers received a call of a man in that area suffering from what appeared to be a stab wound, Oceanside police Sgt. Gabe Jimenez said.“Oceanside Police officers and paramedics arrived on scene and began rendering medical aid,” Jimenez said. “The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead by medical staff.”Police did not release the name of the victim pending family notifications but said detectives from the OPD’s investigation division are working the case. Anyone with information about the fatal stabbing was asked to call Detective Erik Ellgard at (760) 435-4748 or the OPD’s anonymous tip line at (760) 435-4730. Posted: January 2, 2018 Homicide investigation underway in Oceanside after man dies from multiple stab wounds January 2, 2018 Updated: 4:08 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Crime FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For July 28 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, July 28, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.In The Community: The Wilmington Department of Veterans’ Services is hosting The Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial from Thursday, July 26 at 11am to Monday, July 30 at noon on the Wilmington Town Common. The wall is open to the public, 24 hours a day, free of charge. Ceremonies will held at The Moving Wall at 7pm on each of the four nights.Public Safety Ceremony: Saturday, July 28, 7pmWelcome: Wilmington Police Chief Michael BegonisHonor Guards: MA Army National Guard Honor Guard; Police, Fire and Military Honor GuardsInvocation: Deacon Clifford King, US Marines, Vietnam War VeteransNational Anthem: Katy Downey, MA State Police TrooperFly Over: Massachusetts State Police Air WingIntroduction of Guest Speakers: Wilmington Police Chief Michael BegonisGuest Speakers: Lee Scalzilli & William McKenzieGold Star Families Place WreathsReading of Names on the WallRiffle Team: Wilmington Police DepartmentTaps: Ken Michaud, Butch AlpersBenediction: Deacon Clifford King, US Marine Corps, Vietnam VeteranIn The Community: Town Beach is open. Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Here’s what you need to know.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library.In The Community: The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.Attention Drivers!: The Massachusetts State Police will be holding a Sobriety Checkpoint in Middlesex County on Saturday, July 28, 2018 into Sunday July 29, 2018.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For July 26, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For July 27, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For July 29, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

PrabhasShraddhas Saaho sets new record with Psycho Saiyaan special preview running full

first_imgPrabhas and Shraddha Kapoor’s dashing new look in the first Saaho song The Psycho SaiyaanTwitterThe makers of Saaho starring Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor held the special preview of Psycho Saiyaan in different cities after fans demanded it. All the preview shows went full house everywhere.Psycho Saiyan is the first song from the upcoming movie, Saaho, which is one of the biggest films of the year. Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor are seen sizzling to the very catchy tunes of the track in its music video, which was released on YouTube on July 8. The video took the internet by storm the moment it was released. It registered over 15 million on YouTube and other digital platforms in 24 hours.But the fans’ frenzy did not stop there, as it has reached new heights. It was so much so that the Saaho team had to keep an exclusive preview of the song at the specially organized screening at the PVR cinemas in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Kochi before its launch online for the audience. Looking at the fan frenzy, the excitement is real. Prabhas’ dance move SaahoTwitterThe exclusive preview of Psycho Saiyaan saw a full house and the excited fans caught an early glimpse of the song. The song earned so much appreciation just by the first look released by the song teaser that the makers had to keep this special screening across Select PVRs in the southern cities of the country due to the massive fan following that the duo, Prabhas and Shraddha, enjoy.The screening took place in the hours during the unveiling of the song on YouTube. It was pre-booked and the whole event took the idea of fan support and appreciation to the next level as seldom in the history of Indian cinema has a screening of a song from a film been requested by the fans.Saaho is being simultaneously shot in three languages Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. It is also dubbed and released in Malayalam on the same date. This high octane action thriller features an ensemble cast of Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Panday, Mahesh Manjrekar, Arun Vijay, Murali Sharma, amongst others. Directed by Sujeeth, the movie is set to hit the theatres on August 15.last_img read more

DU teachers students protest at attacks by BCL men

first_imgStudents and teachers of International Relations department at Dhaka University on Monday formed a human chain protesting at attacks on teachers and students, allgedly by BCL men on SundayStudents and teachers of International Relations department at Dhaka University on Monday protested against the assault on associate professor Mohammad Tanzimuddin Khan and two other teachers of the university allegedly by BCL men.They formed a human chain on the campus carrying placards inscribed with different messages such as “Why are teachers assaulted” and “We want justice”.The teachers and students under the banner of ‘Students of International Relations’ formed the human chain in front of Social Science faculty around 11am Monday, a day after ruling Awami League-backed Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men attacked teachers and students who protested at arrest of quota reform activists.The teachers and students of the International Relations demanded exemplary punishment of the attackers.Professor Md Abdul Mannan, and lecturers Lamea Momen and Md. Ali Siddiquee were present at the human chain.They also brought out a procession on the campus.Tanzimuddin Khan, professor Fahmidul Haq and associate professor Abdur Razzaque Khan of Mass Communication and Journalism department and some quota movement activists were assaulted allegedly by leaders and activists of BCL during their human chain programme at the central Shaheed Minar premises on Sunday.Also, t6he teachers and students of Economics department of the university formed another human chain protesting at assault on two students by three BCL activists and demanding safe campus.Professor MM Akash of the department said the attack on the students by the BCL activists in broad daylight is not tolerable. He demanded expulsion of the attackers.”It is duty of the university administration to ensure security on the campus. If they fail, they should resign. They should also ensure students’ freedom of speech.”Earlier on Saturday evening, some BCL activists beat up two students of Economics department of Dhaka University in front of Surja Sen Hall.last_img read more

Rohingya Rally Govt to act against such demo in future

first_imgRohingya refugees gather to mark the second anniversary of the exodus at the Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 25 August, 2019. Photo: ReutersForeign minister AK Abdul Momen on Monday said the government will take appropriate steps in consultation with all stakeholders to deal with the situation like recently-held mass rally by Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar, reports UNB.”We weren’t informed beforehand about the Rohingya rally (held in Rohingya camp on Sunday),” he told reporters after attending a discussion, marking the National Mourning Day in the city. He said they came to know about the rally through the media and have already talked to the home ministry to find ways to deal with such a situation in the future. Momen said the government did not make any objection to it as they came to know that Rohingyas gathered there for offering doa. Thousands of Rohingyas attended the rally marking the 25 August what Rohingyas described as “Genocide Day” and placed a number of demands, including their safety, citizenship and punishment of those involved in killings of Rohingyas in Rakhine state of Myanmar. “There’s a huge rally. Many demands came,” Momen said, adding that they are thinking afresh how to “handle” such situation in the future.Asked whether the government will stop any movement by Rohingyas, he said they will surely take whatever steps are required.The foreign minister said Myanmar is responsible for Rohingyas’ unwillingness to return to their place of origin.”They (Myanmar) have failed to convince Rohingyas,” he said, adding that there is still trust deficit among Rohingyas.On Sunday, the Bangladesh government urged the Myanmar government to fully concentrate on implementation of its obligations and commitments necessary for a durable solution to the Rohingya problem.”The government of Myanmar should seriously consider a comprehensive engagement of the international community in the creating of an environment conducive for their return as well as in the monitoring of repatriation and reintegration process in Myanmar,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here in a press statement.Accusing Bangladesh of non-cooperation in the repatriation effort by a party who is fully responsible for the protracted crisis is “baseless, ill-motivated and totally unacceptable”, it said. The government of Bangladesh maintains its principled position of “not preventing anyone, regardless of one’s ethnic and religious identity, who intends to return” to Myanmar anytime.Despite all the preparations, no Rohingya turned up on 22 August to avail of the “voluntary” repatriation offer given to them to go back to their place of origin in Rakhine state of Myanmar prompting the authorities to suspend the repatriation process for the day.The first batch of Rohingyas was scheduled to return on 15 November last year but it was also halted amid the unwillingness of Rohingyas to go back for lack of a congenial environment in Rakhine.More than 730,000 Rohingya fled and took shelter in Bangladesh to escape a vicious campaign of ethnic cleansing since 25 August, 2017.The two countries signed a repatriation deal on 23 November, 2017, but there has been little progress.On 29 July, Bangladesh handed a fresh list of 25,000 Rohingyas from around 6,000 families to Myanmar for verification before their repatriation to Rakhine State.With the latest list, Bangladesh has so far handed the names of around 55,000 Rohingyas to the Myanmar authorities and around 8,000 of them have been verified. Myanmar only cleared 3,450 Rohingyas for beginning the repatriation.On 16 January, 2018 Bangladesh and Myanmar inked a document on “Physical Arrangement”, which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.The “Physical Arrangement” stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferably within two years from the start.last_img read more

We created Travel Unlocked specifically to addres

first_img“We created Travel Unlocked specifically to address the direct feedback from agents, with 90% telling us they want and need better e-learning resources. Furthermore, 94% of agents surveyed said they wanted access to information that consumers could not find in any brochure or online, cementing their role as the experts in the industry,” said Conrad McCall, Trafalgar’s Global Trade Engagement Manager and podcast host. “As category leaders, we saw the opportunity to reach our valued agent partners in a way that suits them – that directly addresses challenges they currently face with accessing brand information in a hassle-free way. This e-learning series truly speaks to our AgentsFirst mantra and constant innovative thinking.“These Podcasts will change the game for our agent partners, opening up opportunities for them to learn about our brand on an even deeper level, in turn empowering them to share the Trafalgar story with their customers when recommending travel choices, and with plenty of laughs along the way.”Travel Unlocked will be available from 1 July, via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and more as well as TTC Agent Academy. ‘Travel Unlocked’ is Trafalgar’s newly launched agent e-learning podcast, which the company says is ‘another industry first’, providing behind-the-scenes access to the brand in a way ‘that has never been done before in travel.’The initial five-part series, ‘Travel Unlocked’, sees the brand reveal stories and never before shared information from a variety of guests within the business, such as Travel Directors, Sales Managers, Product Developers and CEO Gavin Tollman. Episode content includes FAQs, JoinTrafalgar sustainability efforts, and how Be My Guest – another innovation by Trafalgar – was born. The podcast series has been created in a way that is fun, engaging and takes listeners behind the scenes, whilst also doubling as Trafalgar’s official e-learning course. Each episode has an associated quiz, which can be accessed through TTC Academy, either via a desktop or on the go via the Litmos App. Agents can download the app, log in with their TTC Academy credentials and listen to the podcasts, accessing the review questions directly in the app, making it easy and accessible at their convenience. agentse-learningpodcastTrafalgartrainingTravel Unlockedlast_img read more

After Paolo Soleris comments the significance of

first_imgAfter Paolo Soleri’s comments the significance of the many parasols in evidence became clear. The parasol is important for its efficient daily use and ritualistic presence in a truly urban landscape among congenial people.[photo: sue] The Community Waterfall (a part of the theatrical work “Spectrum”) was a ritual performed by Vessel and the members of the audience/ community. Vessel performers gathered water from the canal in buckets and brought them up on the bridge. At a signal, the buckets were emptied over the side of the bridge back into the canal.[photo: David DeGomez] Of course Paolo Soleri was the star of the day. He was repeatedly solicited for photos and comments and here we see media and fans surrounding him.[photo: sue] Waiting for solar high noon when a shaft of sunlight was produced in the 6″ gap between the stainless steel pylons was a highlight of the ceremony.[photo: Tomiaki Tamura]center_img Many Arcosanti residents attended wearing black and carrying white parasols. Many old friends and alumni, including Nancy Way and Paula Wittner (creator of the large painting “Fellowship” now hanging in the Arcosanti Cafe) were there for this important event.[photo: sue] December 27, 2010This continues our report of the opening and dedication of the PAOLO SOLERI BRIDGE AND PLAZA. The public opening and dedication was held on Saturday, December 11, with festivities and events throughout the day. The official dedication ceremonies and speakers were scheduled between 11 am and 2 pm.Members of Vessel performed another installment of “Spectrum”, the atmospheric theatrical work created for the bridge site and the opening. The work started with a processional walk through the plaza and across the bridge and continued throughout the day with the silent, solemn performers weaving in and out of the crowd in colorful costumes. Each performer was costumed all in one color of the spectrum, even the skin.[photo: YoungSoo Kim]last_img read more

Nicosia mayor hails minibus success but wants more people to get on

first_imgBy Annette ChrysostomouSince it started operating in May 2017, the number of passengers using the Nicosia mini-bus service, which operates in and around the old town, has jumped from 80 people in its first week to 1,200 per week today, the capital’s mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis said on Friday.In a written announcement, Yiorkadjis called on residents to make more use of the small buses, saying they were a vital means to combat traffic congestion in the city.“The municipality has taken the bold decision and has been operating the minibus service in the centre of Nicosia for a year,” he said. “Many will have noticed Nicosia’s small buses, as well as the fact that they travel with few passengers and will reasonably ask why the municipality insists on running the service, especially since it cannot be economically viable.”In reality, he explained, no public transport network in Cyprus, but also in many other countries, makes money, but the government has a duty to provide low-cost public transport.In his announcement, he pointed out the widespread dependence on private cars in Cyprus, and many households have as many cars as adult members, he said.But, the use of cars takes a toll on the environment and the quality of life, creating air pollution, noise pollution, traffic problems and reducing road safety. In addition, it entails significant costs for households, the mayor said.For these reasons, he added, it was necessary to try to increase the use of public transport, and that is why the municipality insists on keeping the minibus service though it was aware of the fact this was going to be a difficult undertaking.“However, the tendency to use the small buses is increasing, and this is encouraging,” Yiorkadjis said. “Eighty passengers used them in the first week of operation, by the tenth week 588 passengers, in week 23, around 725, in week 40 the number increased to 839, and now around 1,200 people use them every week.”He reminded the public that the buses run every 20 minutes and make short stops in the city centre. The two routes operate 16 hours a day. Potential users can find information on where buses currently are and where their nearest bus stations are at statement says the municipality would continue its efforts and run campaigns to increase the use of the bus network.“We would also like to invite our fellow citizens to use them to make their journey to the city centre easy, fast and affordable.”The small buses, which were purchased in December 2015 link the historic centre and the city’s modern shopping centre run from 7.30am until 11.50pm every day. Τhe eco-friendly buses follow two routes, both of which start at the old GSP stadium where cars can park for free.Unlike the bigger buses which can only get to Solomou Square, the 13 mini buses are able to negotiate the narrow roads in the old part of the city.The buses are fully air-conditioned and have the facilities to transport wheelchair users and strollers. They can transport 21 people, 13 seated and eight standing. Three seats are for disabled persons.They also have racks for bikes.The service is available free of charge.You May LikeArticles Vally13 Year Old, Luke Thill, Builds Own Home For Just $1,500Articles VallyUndoFinsFeed20 Rarely Seen Historical Photos UncoveredFinsFeedUndoMiss Penny StocksAnn-Margret Olsson Is Absolutely Gorgeous At 76Miss Penny StocksUndo From space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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