Brasilia – Morocco is in the top three of the favorite destinations for Brazilians to spend the Christmas and New Year Holidays, a survey conducted by the travel site “Viajanet” said according to Maghteb Arab Agency (MAP). In terms of ticket sales, Morocco ranks third behind Cancun in Mexico and Orlando in Florida, says the study, supported by the Brazilian news agency “ANBA”, a body of the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce.The Austrian capital Vienna and Egypt respectively come in fourth and fifth positions, while Paris, Bariloche (Argentina), Washington DC, Florida and Amsterdam close in the Top Ten, adds the same source. In an attempt to diversify Morocco’s markets, Morocco’s Minister of Tourism, Lahcen Haddad, said last month that his ministry would launch a promotion strategy in some promising markets, such as Germany, Brazil, Russia, Netherlands, the UK and the Middle East.As part of Morocco’s strategy to attract more Brazilian tourists, Royal Air Maroc is set to launch a new route linking Casablanca to Rio de Janeiro next year.The new Casablanca-Rio de Janeiro route will be officially inaugurated on May 2, 2016. The new flight will be added to RAM’s existing flights into Brazil on a triangle route alongside Sao Paulo.The state-owned carrier will operate a twice weekly Casablanca – Sao Paulo – Rio de Janeiro – Casablanca flight and a single weekly Casablanca – Rio de Janeiro – Sao Paulo – Casablanca flightStarting on September 11, 2016, the second route will get an additional weekly flight, boosting the overall schedule to Brazil to four times weekly. read more

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said in a statement that it had decided to temporarily relocate 23 international staff from Gaza to Jordan. The relocated staff could continue their work from the Agency’s Jerusalem field office or the UNRWA headquarters in Amman. “All senior staff, 25 internationals in total, are staying in Gaza and the Agency has full communication and support systems in place to enable it to function normally and maintain a continuity of services for the refugees it serves,” the statement said. UNRWA schools in the Gaza Strip were closed today at the request of parents who wished to keep their children at home. read more

Magna International signs deal to buy the Techform Group of Companies AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 30, 2014 12:46 pm MDT AURORA, Ont. – Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG) has signed a deal to buy auto parts maker, the Techform Group of Companies.Terms of the deal were not released.Techform has factories in Penetanguishene, Ont., Portland, Tenn., and China.The company makes hinges, door-locking rods and other auto parts.The deal is subject to customary terms and conditions and is expected to close next month.Magna is one of the world’s largest auto parts makers with more than 300 factories around the world. read more

Tahoe Resources offers mostly stock for Rio Alto in $1.3-billion friendly deal VANCOUVER – Rio Alto Mining (TSX:RIO) shares jumped 10 per cent in early trading Monday after it agreed to a friendly takeover by Tahoe Resources Inc. (TSX:THO), which would become a mid-sized silver and gold producer focused on Latin America.Rio Alto’s stock gained 34 cents to $3.62 on the Toronto Stock Exchange shortly after the market opened while Tahoe shares dropped $1.49 to $16.15.Tahoe’s friendly offer valued Rio Alto at about C$1.3 billion, based on Friday stock prices for the two companies.Under the proposal, Rio Alto shareholders will receive 0.227 of a Tahoe share and one-tenth of a cent cash per share, making the offer worth about $4 per share based on Tahoe’s share price before the deal was announced.Rio Alto shareholders will own about 35 per cent of the combined company.If a competing offer emerges, Tahoe will have an opportunity to match its rival’s bid and would receive a $57.6 million termination fee under certain circumstances.The combined company would produce gold in Peru from Rio Alto’s established La Arena mine and the Shahuindo gold project that’s scheduled to begin production next year.Tahoe’s main holding is the Escobal silver mine in Guatemala, which has been in commercial productions since January 2014.The boards of both companies are supporting the proposed deal, which requires approvals from shareholders of both companies.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) has about 39 per cent of Tahoe’s shares and has agreed to support the deal.The companies anticipate the deal will close by early April. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 9, 2015 6:00 am MDT read more

“Children are suffering the dire consequences of the conflict in Nigeria, losing their homes, missing out on education and risking their lives,” UNICEF’s Christophe Boulierac told reporters in Geneva.Boko Haram’s recent attacks on Baga drove a fresh wave of refugees into neighbouring countries, worsening a humanitarian crisis in the region that has already seen 1 million people displaced from their homes and more than 135,000 seeking refuge in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.About 9,000 people crossed into Chad this month, a mixture of Nigerian refugees and Chadian returnees, bringing the total number of Nigerian refugees there to over 10,000. More than 100 children arrived without a parent or a caretaker, and Mr. Boulierac said UNICEF would scale-up its presence around Lake Chad, using its office in Mao to distribute lifesaving supplies, like hygiene kits and therapeutic food as well as blankets, clothing, tents and water supply.In Cameroon, children represent 60 per cent of the 25,000 Nigerian refugees living in Minawao camp, and in Niger, women and children make up 70 per cent of the 100,000 Nigerian refugees and returnees. Mr. Boulierac said a recent assessment of children in the Minawao camp revealed an alarming rate of malnutrition, noting that the UNICEF is working with the Red Cross to provide nutritional screening and treatment and to create child-friendly spaces where children could receive psycho-social support. In addition, the agency built 10 clean water facilities and 160 latrines, and distributed 1,300 hygiene kits.Vaccination efforts in Niger saw over 96,000 children protected against measles between 28 December and 3 January, while school capacities are being reinforced so refugee children could study alongside locals.UNICEF is working also with displaced children in Nigeria, where more than 65,000 children were being treated for severe acute malnutrition. Trained community volunteers have reached over 13,000 children with psychosocial support, and more than three million children have received vitamin A supplements.Mr. Boulierac’s briefing comes the day after Security Council Members condemned in the ‘strongest terms’ the recent escalation in attacks conducted by Boko Haram, and expressed deep concern that the activities of the Islamist extremist group, including a spate of shocking suicide bombings across northern Nigeria, are undermining peace and stability in the West and Central African region and some ‘may amount to crimes against humanity.’Overall, Boko Haram violence in Nigeria may have forced at least one million people to flee their homes, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said today, citing a combination of IOM and Nigerian government data on people displaced from 10 states including Borno, the heart of Boko Haram activity. read more

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Some hauliers will be allowed to use longer trailers under plans to boost growth published today by Roads Minister Mike Penning.Following consultation on proposals to allow a two metre increase in the length of articulated trucks, the Department for Transport is allowing a 10-year trial of up to 900 trailers at an increased length of 2.05 metres, and 900 at an increase of one metre. The longer trucks will operate within the existing weight limit of 44 tonnes.The trial is expected to provide a £33m boost to the haulage industry as the longer vehicles provide up to 13% more loading space – allowing fewer journeys to transport the same amount of goods – without compromising safety.Mike Penning said, “The road haulage industry is vital to the growth of our economy. By allowing companies to use one truck where they may have previously needed to send two, we can help the sector improve efficiency and save money – which should in turn benefit consumers.“Independent research showed the potential environmental, safety and congestion benefits of longer trailers and this voluntary trial will give industry the opportunity to demonstrate how this works in practice.“The trial will be subject to rigorous annual assessments and will be closely and independently monitored throughout so that any concerns are addressed quickly”.The consultation responses indicated that haulage operators would like the option to choose between different trailer lengths depending on the type of operation they are carrying out.The changes would make the total permitted length for articulated trucks 18.55 metres; the current maximum length for trucks with a drawbar trailer is 18.75 metres. Government has ruled out any further increase in length.The response to the consultation: http://”‹www”‹.dft”‹.gov”‹.uk/”‹c”‹o”‹n”‹s”‹u”‹l”‹t”‹a”‹t”‹i”‹o”‹n”‹s”‹/”‹d”‹f”‹t”‹-“‹2″‹0″‹1″‹1″‹-06 read more

first_imgEyjafjöll : le volcan islandais était bien une menace pour les avions d’EuropeUne nouvelle étude effectuée sur les cendres du volcan islandais Eyjafjöll entré en éruption en 2010 confirme le bien fondé des mesures de sécurité sur la fermeture de l’espace aérien.Près d’un an après l’impressionnante éruption du volcan Eyjafjöll en Islande, les scientifiques continuent d’étudier la dangerosité des particules de cendres qui ont causé la plus grande fermeture de l’espace aérien depuis la seconde guerre mondiale. La dernière recherche menée à ce sujet, a été effectuée par des chercheurs de l’Université de Copenhague au Danemark en collaboration avec l’Université de Reykjavik en Islande. Susan Stipp, principale auteur de l’étude explique à la BBC les avancées de cette nouvelle publication parue dans la revue PNAS : “Les autorités responsables du domaine de l’aviation ont pris des décisions tout à fait raisonnables quant à la fermeture de l’espace aérien. Nous avons en outre établi un protocole capable de produire rapidement des réponses sur la dangerosité des particules si une nouvelle éruption venait à se présenter”. Pour en arriver à de telles conclusions, les chercheurs ont analysé les dimensions et les structures des particules de cendres en utilisant différentes techniques, telles que la microscopie à force atomique, la microscopie électronique et la diffractométrie de rayons X. Ces méthodes ont permis aux chercheurs de comparer les cendres éjectées en début d’éruption lors de la phase explosive, avec celles relâchées par la suite. Les résultats de cette analyse montrent que les particules de la première phase présentent un aspect léger et poudreux comparé à celles produites par la suite dont la structure fait penser à celle du sable sec.  De redoutables particulesÀ lire aussiLe Kilimandjaro, un volcan dormant caché dans la plus haute montagne d’AfriqueSusan Stipp souligne la dangerosité de ces particules : “Elles sont si petites qu’elles peuvent parcourir de longues distances et rester pendant longtemps dans des zones où les avions circulent”. Or ces particules commencent à fondre à partir de 800°C. Un risque très important pour les moteurs d’avion qui fonctionnent actuellement à des températures de près de 2.000°C. “Ces particules sont complètement fondues à partir de 1000° C, un point de fusion qu’elles atteignent rapidement en raison de leurs petites tailles”, explique la chercheur. Du fait de leur nature fortement abrasive, ces particules sont capables d’endommager dangereusement les moteurs des avions en vol traversant un nuage de cendre.La fermeture de l’espace aérien suite à l’éruption du volcan Eyjafjöll a provoqué des pertes financières estimées entre 1,5 milliard et 2,5 milliards d’euros. Quelques 10 millions de voyageurs ont été touchés par cette directive.Voir des images aériennes de cette éruption historique prises par la Nasa, sur Maxisciences.Le 26 avril 2011 à 20:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgStaff employed by retailer Argos in Ireland, who are members of the Mandate Trade Union, have voted to accept a 2.5% pay increase.Mandate Trade Union members working at Argos voted 98% in favour of the 2.5% pay rise, which will be back dated to 1 July 2019.The agreed deal also includes a new process for the allocation of additional hours at Argos stores; this will ensure that existing staff members are offered excess hours before new employees are hired. Mandate Trade Union states that this will enable staff to boost their incomes, providing greater certainty over employees’ earnings.Sarah Byrne, activist based at Argos’ Liffey Valley store, said: “The pay increase is obviously welcome, but probably the most important part of this deal is the clarity it provides in relation to hours.“We now know the exact process for the allocation of additional hours, and this helps members to improve their income. It also helps the [organisation] in terms of planning too.”Argos employs more than 1,000 staff in Ireland, operating across 40 stores.Argos was unavailable for comment at time of publication.last_img read more

first_imgThe fiscal deficit in the Union Budget 2012-13 has been pegged at Rs 5,13,590 crore which is 5.1% of the GDP.”In 2011-12, it was 5.9% of the GDP and Rs.5,21,980 crore in absolute terms. After taking into account other items of financing, the net market borrowings through dated securities through finance this deficit is Rs.4,79,000 crore,” said a statement by the government.With this, the total debt stock at the end of 2012-13 would work out at 45.5% of GDP as compared to the 13th Finance Commission target of 50.5% of GDP.The effective revenue deficit in 2012-13 works out to Rs.1,85,752 crore which is 1.8% of GDP.This has been achieved due to various steps taken by the government for fiscal consolidation despite fall in the direct tax collections by Rs.32,000 crore and the government absorbing duty reduction in petroleum sector with annual revenue loss of Rs.49,000 crore in the year 2011-12.The government also had to incur higher expenditure on petroleum and fertilizer subsidy to insulate people from the rising prices.last_img read more

first_imgKajal Aggarwal in Paris ParisTwitterThe release of Kajal Aggarwal’s upcoming movie Paris Paris has landed in trouble after the censor board questioned its bold visuals and cuss words. The makers have approached the Revising Committee.It is known that producer Manu Kumaran has bought the remake rights of Hindi film Queen for all the south Indian languages. This hit Bollywood comedy-drama movie is being remade in Telugu as That Is Mahalakshmi, Tamil as Paris Paris, Kannada as Butterfly and Malayalam as Zam Zam. All these versions are produced under the banners Mediente International Films Ltd and Liger Commercial Brokers.Queen is a female-centric movie, written and directed by Vikas Bahl and Kangana Ranaut played the protagonist role in the film. Now, Tamannaah Bhatia, Kajal Aggarwal, Parul Yadav and Manjima Mohan are essaying this role in That Is Mahalakshmi, Paris Paris, Butterfly and Zam Zam, respectively.The latest buzz in the media is that Paris Paris starring Kajal Aggarwal is ready for release and the makers recently screened its first copy the panel of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). But the panel is said to have objected certain cuss words and bold visuals and suggested them to mute the words and blur the visuals. Kajal Aggarwal’s boobs grope scene in Paris Paris.YouTube screenshotBut the makers of Paris Paris did not want to follow the suggestions of the CBFC panel, as they think those words and visuals are crucial for the movie. Hence, they have now approached the Revising Committee to get a censor clearance and Ramesh Aravind, who has directed Paris Paris confirmed with the news, by sharing an official statement on his Twitter account.”With the Kannada and Malayalam Censor Boards having certified the movie as is, the Tamil movie has attracted numerous blurs as well as audio and video cuts from the board. To overcome this, the production team has decided to refer this movie to the Revised Committee for review and necessary approvals,” reads Ramesh Aravind’s statement shared on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgPM Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said Bangladesh is now on the verge of an unprecedented crisis over providing humanitarian assistance to tens of thousands of Rohingyas and repatriating them to their own country, reports UNB.”The present situation is very much worse compared to any other time of the past,” she said.The prime minister said this while replying to a question from M Abdul Matin (Moulvibazar-2) during the PM’s question-answer session in parliament.She said Bangladesh has been successful to gain strong support from the international community to repatriate the Rohingya refugees. “I strongly believe that through the assistance from the international community we’ll be successful to resolve the problem peacefully amid various adversities.”Sheikh Hasina said more than 1 million Rohingyas are now staying in Bangladesh, including the 400,000 who had entered the country previously.She also said the root of the Rohingya crisis lies in Myanmar and the country will have to resolve it as well. “It was a time-befitting decision of Bangladesh as the country of humanity to give shelter to the displaced Rohingya people,” Hasina said adding that the name of Bangladesh is now being uttered by international leaders with great respect and honour.She also said the government is working tirelessly to implement the five- point proposal she placed in the United Nations in its 72nd general assembly.Replying to a supplementary question from Abdur Rahman Bodi, the prime minister said the government will provide food to the local Bangladeshi people who are facing problems to earn their livelihoods for sheltering the Rohingyas in the area.Answering to another supplementary question from Nazibul Bashar Maizvandary, she said the government is very much aware so that the Rohingyas cannot get involved in any other activities in Bangladesh.”I want to tell one thing, we believe in peace, we want to maintain good relations with our neighbours, we’ll in no way allow anyone to use the land of Bangladesh to carry out any sort of terrorist acts or provocative activities in any other country, we won’t tolerate this,” she said.Responding to Fazilatun Nasa Bappy, the prime minister said the United Nations secretary general talked to her on 21 October over telephone regarding the Rohingya issue.”At that time I sought his cooperation in implementing my five-point proposal for the permanent solution to the Rohingya crisis, I firmly told him that Myanmar has to take steps for taking back their forcibly-displaced nationals soon with safety and dignity,” she said.Regarding BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s speech during her recent visit to Rohingya camp, Hasina said there is nothing to show off. “It’s the matter of feelings and realisation, I don’t know she has that realisation or not.”The prime minister said the BNP chief concentrated on political showdown rather than providing humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya people.Hasina said the Rohingya problem was created by BNP and her husband (Ziaur Rahman) created it. “The aim of BNP-Jamaat is to fish in troubled waters. They’re always busy in that. They don’t have any humane quality, I don’t take her remarks seriously,” she said.Hasina also said the people of the country are showing sympathy to the Rohingya people as they have such humane quality. “But BNP-Jamaat, antil-iberation force, war criminals and those who burned people to death are exceptional. There is nothing to pay heed to their words. We’ll continue our works,” the prime minister said.last_img read more

first_imgChandpur mapA 15-year old girl saved herself from early marriage dialling helpline 333 (used for redressal of social problem) at Syednagar village in Faridganj upazila of Chandpur on Friday, reports UNB.Asma Akhter, a ninth grader at Balithura Dakhil Madrasa of the upazila, sought help from the local administration using the helpline to foil the marriage bid.Upazila Nirbahi Officer and executive magistrate Mamota Afrin said Asma’s family arranged the marriage ceremony on Friday after Jumma prayers.Receiving the phone call, officials of upazila administration went to the spot and foiled the marriage.A mobile court fined Asma’s father Tk 30,000 and took a written undertaking that he would not take any further step to marry his daughter off before the proper age.Police and local union parishad members were also present there.last_img read more

first_imgIf your child is impulsive, do not blame him or her. It is something that may have been inherited from you as new research has linked such behaviour with “impulsivity” genes. “Delay discounting” is the tendency strongly influenced by our genetic makeup.It gradually improves as teenagers get older and when given the choice, to take a smaller reward that is available immediately, instead of a larger reward that will be delivered in the future.Identifying the “delay discounting” genes are important for understanding the basis of psychiatric disorders, especially addictions and other disorders that involve impulsive decision-making. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For this, Andrey Anokhin and his colleagues from the Washington University’s school of medicine did a study of 602 twins.The results suggest that “delay discounting” gradually improves as teenagers get older — such that 18 year-olds have a greater ability or tendency to wait for the larger delayed reward, as compared to younger teenagers. Apart from age, genes accounted for about half of the difference among individuals in their level of delay discounting. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMany genes are likely to influence “delay discounting” and the data suggest that these “impulsivity genes” may include genes coding for enzymes that synthesise the neurotransmitter serotonin and receptors where serotonin binds in the brain.“While it is tantalising to speculate that the associations between delay discounting and serotonin-related genes may ultimately point the way to new treatments for addictions and other disorders involving impulsive choice,” Anokhin said.The report was presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology’s annual meeting in Hollywood, Florida this week.last_img read more

first_img AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Wow facts 3Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийEvidence Of Liquid Water In PlutoThe study used images of Pluto taken by the New Horizons space probe during a flyby in 2015. A team of scientists analyzed the wavelengths of light in the images to determine the chemical compounds found the dwarf planet’s surface.They found signs of ammonia, a fragile molecule broken down over time by ultraviolet sunlight and cosmic rays. The ammonia-rich water ice was found around a large crack called Virgil Fossa, just west of the large heart-shaped feature of Pluto. The team claimed that Virgil Fossa might have been a fissure from which liquid water once spewed out of a cryovolcano. They also said that the eruption happened not too long ago.”If you find it at all, it suggests that it has been put there fairly recently,” Dale Cruikshank, a planetary scientist at NASA Ames Research Center and one of the authors of the study, told Science News. “There is really no limit [to how recently], as far as I can see in the geology.”Ammonia can also lower the freezing point of water by 100 degrees Celsius. If there is a subsurface ocean underneath the icy crust of the dwarf planet ammonia can explain the existence of liquid water. Pluto, on average, is 39.5 AU away from the sun, and the surface temperature reaches -270 degrees Celsius.Finding An Ocean In PlutoCristina Dalle Ore, also a planetary scientist from NASA Ames Research Center and the first author of the study, said that the extent of the ocean underneath the surface of Pluto is still unknown. She noted that it might only be a few pockets or liquid water or the entire planet might be covered by a watery layer beneath the crust.”My next task is to try to determine the location of all the vents from which water and ammonia might have been sprayed in an attempt to map the size of the ocean,” stated Dalle Ore. TAG Pluto, New Horizon, NASA, liquid water, Dwarf planet All Close In 2015, NASA’s New Horizons space probe flew by Pluto and found the presence of ammonia on the surface of the dwarf planet.Now, a new study suggests that the whiff of ammonia in the reddish ice of the distant world was left over from a recent geological activity — one where a volcano spewed liquid water instead of molten lava.The findings, which were published in the journal Science Advances, hints at the existence of an ocean full of liquid water beneath the surface of Pluto. Bestseller ⓒ 2018 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. ENDS IN Ads by Amazon Search DEAL OF THE DAY Ads by Amazonlast_img read more

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… He was eating alone when he heard other patrons, a man and two women, making racist and homophobic remarks. By the end of Duffy’s time at the pub, he reportedly faced both physical violence and discriminatory tirades.Duffy, who was wearing an LGBTI wristband while eating, told an employee about the trio’s comments.That’s when Duffy claims the man began targeting him directly, saying things like ‘all the gays are nonces’. Nonces is a UK slang term, typically associated with pedophiles.The man ended up sitting down at Duffy’s table and reportedly said: ‘Give me one good reason why I shouldn’t punch you.’ He then punched him, according to Duffy.‘The whole incident has left me feeling incredibly vulnerable,’ Duffy said.He left with a black, swollen eye and reported the incident to the police.Duffy also posted about the incident on Facebook, revealing it took place on 18 August.Duffy’s Facebook post | Photo: Facebook/Sam DuffyFear of basic life decisionsDuffy, who attends the University of Westminster, added: ‘I now fear to show any signs of my sexuality or take gay friends in or near the pub and surrounding area in fear of further homophobic attacks.’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Gay couple attacked for ‘holding hands’ after leaving Edinburgh gay clubA gay man in Berlin has been attacked by a familyEnglish student beaten in Italy in vicious homophobic attackRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Student Sam Duffy | Photo: Facebook/Sam Duffy Sam Duffy, a 20-year-old London student, was allegedly punched in the face at a pub near his home in Cricklewood. He further said he has the pass the pub on the way to work, and gets nervous when he does so now.Authorities are investigating the altercation as a hate crime.‘The victim did not require medical treatment,’ a Met Police spokesman said. ‘Detectives are treating the assault as a hate crime. There have been no arrests.’Another spokesman for the pub also made a statement, saying they have a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy towards ‘violent and homophobic behaviour’.H/t: Evening StandardMore from Gay Star NewsCampaign to end hate crime in Scotland has a strong message for transphobesNew York mayor backs manhunt for suspect in homophobic attackLesbians punched and kicked in unprovoked homophobic attack in EnglandGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

first_imgIn 2016 the course was set to a better world via the establishment of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The global movement to actually achieve these crucial goals is getting into gear, albeit at a slower pace than is needed. More and more of the business and financial world are committed, yet at the same time, the world is experiencing gigantic risks on multiple levels and they are only growing in both numbers and impact.Consider that in the previous decade the world’s economy suffered an estimated loss of 2.7 trillion dollars because of natural disasters. This decade will no doubt show an exponential increase, and inaction on climate change comes with the huge comprehensive cost of 24 trillion dollars. Efforts to slow the pace of climate change so far have had insufficient impact whilst at best, we have 1,000 days to turn the tide.Public-private partnership for the Goals It is increasingly clear that the way forward is one that must be paved by both business and government, but definitely not by government alone. And this is not a matter of trust, but a matter of roles and numbers. For one thing, governments lack the necessary means to bring about the level of change that is needed. We need to consider that ‘the power of business’ has grown tremendously and should be leveraged to grow a stable, sustainable global economy and society. Consider that business corporations account for 50 of the largest economies, operating throughout the entire planet.And consider the investment potential of private capital which is a much larger percentage than public investment potential by now. For instance, the percentage of total capital flows of donor countries’ ODAs into emerging markets has decreased from over 50% to less than 10%, while private capital flows have increased and grown. And last but not least, consider the power of business needed to safeguard consistency in policy, as we are all aware that business was crucial to achieving the Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals and is equally important to maintaining them. Consequently, governments need business like never before.Equally, business needs government: the right frameworks and tax systems are needed to create a system-wide change of internalizing external costs. Business needs good government to set these frameworks of taxes and regulations, to open up markets, create ‘real and fair’ business cases and thus scale up solutions. It has been shown, for example, that pricing externalities for food waste prevention alone adds no less than 92 percent to the value of business solutions addressing food waste.Business’ should be and remain self-criticalBusiness must remain diligent and not succumb to becoming too proud of itself for being part of the solution rather than the problem. While some business is shifting in the right direction, the solutions are not growing at the speed they need to, and the scale is still too limited. If they are to really contribute to the achievement of climate action, our Goals, and the new meaning of capital, business must accelerate and scale up the solutions.A 2017 Global Scan Sustainability Survey, titled Evaluating Progress Towards the Sustainable Development Goals, found that while corporate respondents say their business is responding to the SDGs by developing products or services that will provide solutions, and nearly all report that they are currently contributing or planning to contribute to the SDGs, all respondents agree that society’s progress on sustainable development and the SDGs has been poor thus far.Although more than 75 percent of the companies that took part in the survey have already started addressing the Global Goals, it also raises the question of exactly how companies are really integrating the Global Goals into their business strategies, since only a few companies are actually measuring the societal impact of their work with the Ten Principles and the Global Goals, as was set up by the UN. And although by the end of 2018 numbers have gone up, it is not the steep growth we need.Focusing on the Global Goals and engaging in solutions are definitely beneficial for both business and government and are crucial for a wider system change to create new markets built on sustainable principles, and thus build trust.So, business can and must be a key participator in achieving the Global Goals, and in the rebuilding of trust throughout the world: by demonstrating trust, by giving trust, and by deserving trust. The SDGs bring business the huge gift of learning to be much more holistic and think at a much broader system level, which is key to being successful in the multi-stakeholder era we are in now and is the key to building a stable and sustainable world.Author Bio:Marga Hoek is an international non-executive director, board advisor, author and speaker. She has gained recognition over the years as a successful and innovative business leader in various CEO and executive roles. She is specifically known for her ongoing thought leadership on sustainable business and capital, which led her beginning of 2019 to become honored as a member of the prestigious Thinkers 50 Group, listing world’s most influential management thinkers, mentioning ‘Marga Hoek is a real champion and the only thought leader able to successfully demonstrate how business for good is good business’.Ms. Hoek is an authoritative and inspirational speaker and author of the bestseller books The Trillion Dollar Shift New Economy Business, which both won prestigious (gold) business book awards. She also published numerous articles in magazines such as The Huffington Post, Executive Finance and as a global voice for G7 Climate Change and Cop23.Marga Hoek is a global thought-leader on sustainable business, international speaker and the author of The Trillion Dollar Shift, a new book revealing the business opportunities provided by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The Trillion Dollar Shift is published by Routledge, priced at £30.99 in hardback and free in e-book. To order the book go to www.businessforgood.worldIf you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

first_imgTombstones are being vandalised on a regular basis at the Ladysmith Cemetery. This is according to a furious Mr Vincent Horn, who does maintenance at the cemetery near Steadville every Tuesday.This week, he arrived at the graveyard only to be confronted with another shocking case of vandalism and theft on ground that is meant to be hallowed. When he opened the gate where all the World War II fighters are buried, he immediately noticed that something was terribly wrong. The ‘Cross of Sacrifice’ had been vandalised and pieces of it were scattered all over the place on the ground. In addition, a solid brass sword had been stolen.He immediately contacted the police and notified the municipality. The Cross of Sacrifice is a two-and-a-half metres tall, carefully proportioned structure that comprises a cross standing on an octagonal base with a downward-pointing bronze sword attached to its face. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The sword had been stolen. The cross is intended to represent the faith of the majority of the dead it overlooks, symbolising the fact that they fought a good fight and died to save their country. This cross is widely imitated.Mr Horn is angry and disappointed, as he says it is obvious that the vandals and thieves have no respect for the dead and are only motivated by greed and personal gain. He adds that many tombstones with brass on them have been stolen. The estimated cost of the Cross of Sacrifice is about R100,000.“I just hope the culprits get caught and pay for what they have done. This criminal activity must stop so that the dead may rest in peace. Is nothing sacred anymore?” said Mr Horn. Sadly, the vandals will only get a small pittance in scrap metal from scrap metal dealers. Mr Horn appeals to scrap metal dealer to stop buying scrap metal, especially brass, that has been clearly stolen from tombstones. The irony is that no tomb is safe as long as scrap metal dealers turn a blind eye.Each time Mr Horn arrives at the cemetery, he wonders what will be destroyed next…last_img read more

first_imgPublic Safety officers were seen helping a woman who was having trouble with her vehicle on Wednesday afternoon in Poort Road near Pick ‘n Pay.This after the Ladysmith Gazette received reports that a vehicle was blocking the road near the Poort/Harrismith/Francis Road robots.A journalist went to check, and found Public Safety officers and a petrol attendant from nearby Sondela Service Station pushing the vehicle out of the way of other motorists. Public Safety officers and a petrol attendant push the car to a safe zone. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Residents of Hillview Road have lived with a massive hole in the road for over a month after a pipe burst.The pipe burst on December 24 last year and uThukela was called. Workers went to fix the pipe but have since failed to close up the hole they dug, which extends into the road, making it difficult for motorists to use this part of the road. Residents claim they have called uThukela on numerous occasions, but no information as to when road repairs will take place has been received. During the fixing of the pipe, residents say that palm trees growing over the pipe were ripped up and damaged. “I grew these palm trees myself and they have been ruined. I replanted two of them, but two more have been so badly damaged that there is nothing I can do to save them,” says one resident.uThukela has failed to comment.last_img read more

first_imgThe ocean is home to several aquatic life and climate change, as well as pollution, are putting coral reefs which provide habitats for one-quarter of the world’s marine life – at risk.Source: BBClast_img