CBK has no intention of returning to politics

Kumaratunga however said that she will assist those in power to rebuild the country without returning to politics. (Colombo Gazette)Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/29.06.15.-Chandrika-Bandaranayaka-Voice.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga says she has no intention of returning to politics.Kumaratunga said that she is not “mad” to return to politics like some others who are attempting to return to power. “I have no intention to get back to power,” she asserted. Speaking to reporters in Kandy today, Kumaratunga said that she went home after 12 years in politics on her own free will. She claimed that those who are attempting to return to power are those who have things to hide and want to use the power of politics to hide the truth.The former President said that she had nothing to hide and that she was never involved in corruption or crime. read more

UNbacked awards recognize innovative green enterprises

The 2013 Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development (SEED) Awards, announced today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), spotlight new locally-driven enterprises that have found creative ways to overcome environmental and developmental problems while also creating economic and social opportunities for their communities. “These micro-companies are the little acorns from which big and mighty businesses could well grow, but they are more than that. These mini-enterprises are achieving profitability, not at the expense of their environment or their communities, but by providing solutions to the social, economic and environmental challenges of our time,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.“If proof is needed that a transition to an inclusive green economy is underway, then look no further than these remarkable entrepreneurs.”As in previous years, the SEED Awards placed a special focus on Africa, with 20 awards being made to enterprises in Ethiopia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. In addition, ten Low Carbon SEED awards were given to social and environmental enterprises that focus on mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and two SEED Gender Equality Awards recognized projects to further gender equality or women’s empowerment.“With their innovative entrepreneurial approaches and unfailing attention to women’s empowerment, the SEED Gender Equality Award winners are advancing sustainable development, both locally and at global level,” said the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.“In every region, women are coming forward with new ideas to combat poverty and improve living standards while protecting natural resources.”Other Award winners include Uganda’s ‘Nuru Energy’, which sells generators powered by pedals and provides reliable, clean, sustainable power to off-grid households, and ‘moWoza’ – a mobile phone application providing cross-border traders in Mozambique with fast information on prices, payments and deliveries and empowering female entrepreneurs. “The SEED winners show us a viable path to a greener economy and highlight the power of creative local business models that can inform the discussions on the post-2015 development agenda,” said the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark.The winners will receive a package of individually tailored support for their businesses, access to other supporting institutions and technical assistance, and a financial contribution of $5,000. read more

Intel Capital sets aside 300 million for Ultrabook tech innovation

first_imgWhen Intel announced a new category of mobile computing earlier this year called Ultrabooks, we compared it to the introduction of the Atom processor. While that chip line from Intel made netbooks and cheap desktop PCs a reality, the Ultrabook goes in the other direction, bringing thin, light, and performance computing to the masses.If you want a laptop that is less than 20mm thick, runs one of the latest Sandy Bridge processors, and costs under $1,000, then an Ultrabook is for you, and we hope to start seeing them appear on sale before the end of 2011.Intel isn’t just pushing the Ultrabook platform as a way of repackaging existing technology, though. Intel’s investment arm, Intel Capital, wants to push innovation to support the Ultrabook category. With that in mind it has earmarked $300 million for investment in such tech over the next 4 years under the name of the Ultrabook Fund.Specifically, Intel is targeting enhanced user experiences, longer battery life, increased storage, and slim components as areas of interest for investment. The chip company wants to find companies that can provide a solution for the all-day battery in such a slim form factor, will come up with new ways for interaction beyond the keyboard, trackpad, and touchscreen, and allow for components so thin Ultrabooks can make even the MacBook Air look chubby.Such a large investment fund will be good news for a number of tech startups working in these areas if they can get Intel’s attention. For consumers, it means the potential for Apple to finally have some serious competition in the area of premium laptops, but significantly, at much lower prices than what Apple currently charges for its hardware.Read more at the Intel press releaselast_img read more

Solidarity with Greece forum

first_imgA forum will be held in Victoria to show solidarity with Greece has been organised by Greek Australians to show their support to the Greek austerity crisis. Live skype interviews will be conducted with participants on these social movements. In recent months there has been an almost catastrophic decline in living standards. Unemployment is now over 20 per cent, the demand for food aid and medical care via charities has massively increased and public services have, in many cases, ceased to exist; the only parts of the State that still function as normal are the police and the army. There will also be music from a 5 piece Rembetika kompania (Greek oriental folk), a short film from the movement against austerity, and poetry from Greek-Australian writers. Solidarity with Greece: We owe nothing, We’re not selling, We wont pay! will be held at the Uniting Church Hall, Northcote 251 High Street, Northcote, 7:00 pm on Thursday 29 March. For more info visit http://www.facebook.com/events/384223368273951/ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les personnes obèses plus exposées à lasthme

first_imgLes personnes obèses plus exposées à l’asthmeEn se basant sur de nombres études, plusieurs scientifiques mettent en avant le lien entre obésité et asthme.Lors du 6e congrès francophone d’allergologie qui se tient en ce moment même à Paris, le Pr Alain Dider, pneumologue-allergologue et chef du service de pneumologie du CHU de Toulouse, a déclaré : “La prise pondérale est clairement associée avec la montée de l’asthme”. Ainsi, l’homme explique que les obèses auraient plus de risques d’être asthmatiques, tandis que l’asthme diminuerait nettement lorsqu’ils maigrissent.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Pour soutenir ses propos, le Pr Didier cite plusieurs études sur le sujet, soutenant l’existence d’un lien entre l’asthme et l’obésité. Il cite notamment les résultats d’une méta-analyse qui faisait part d’une augmentation de 50% de l’asthme chez les personnes en surpoids ou souffrant d’obésité. L’étude de 5.000 sujets a également permis de montrer que si 6,1% des personnes de poids normal souffrent d’asthme, ce taux monte à 11,9% chez les personnes obèses. L’AFP cite également une étude datant de 1999 opérée auprès de 86.000 infirmières qui ont été suivies pendant 4 ans. Cette étude montre qu’une prise de poids de plus de 25 kilos, après l’âge de 18 ans, était associée à un risque cinq fois supérieur de développer de l’asthme. Plus la prise de poids est importante, plus le risque de développer de l’asthme augmenterait. De plus, le Pr Didier précise à l’AFP : “Le fait d’être en surpoids rend plus difficile de contrôler l’asthme et de la faire passer à un stade acceptable”. Si le lien entre asthme et obésité a clairement été établi, les causes n’ont pour le moment pas été identifiées. Parmi les hypothèses avancées, on retrouve notamment les facteurs génétiques, la modification des débits pulmonaires ou l’influence sur l’inflammation d’un régime riche en certains acides gras. La France compterait plus 4 millions d’asthmatiques.Le 23 avril 2011 à 12:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Brown backs Sanchez to deliver

first_imgFormer Manchester United defender Wes Brown says Alexis Sanchez is not a flop while also backing Marcus Rashford to prove a point this season.The former treble winner insists Sanchez would become a huge player for the club but also backs Martial and Rashford to challenge him for a place in the team.Sanchez joined Manchester United from Arsenal in January but has struggled to replicate his form at previous clubs, with just three goals in 18 appearances causing fans and pundits alike to blame Jose Mourinho’s system.“I don’t think it’s not working,” Brown said, as quoted by Goal.”“We all have faith in him, he was a fantastic player at Arsenal, he got bought in January.”“It takes a while to settle in and after one game I don’t think you can really say that. But you know he’s a fantastic talent and I’m sure he’ll be getting better all the time.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Sanchez’s arrival at Old Trafford has seen reduced playing time for Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford but Brown believes both players can challenge the Chile international for a place in the team.“I like Martial, I really do. I know he didn’t get much game time last season but he’s a player that if I was playing against he’s just a pure threat with his speed.”“He’s a player that United have who definitely can change a game and hopefully he can get in the team.”“Players will be fighting for positions and in that area there’s a good battle going on. They’ve got fantastic players.”Brown added: “I like Rashford, complete threat I would call it. I’d hate to play against him.“I think he’s going to get better every year now, same with [Jesse] Lingard.”last_img read more

Sleet ice deep freeze hit large swath of US

first_imgRICHMOND, Va. — A winter storm delivered a sloppy smorgasbord of snow, freezing rain and sleet to the southern Mid-Atlantic region and other states Sunday, with parts of Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey seeing more than 3 inches of accumulation, making driving dangerous for millions of residents nationwide.The slow-moving storm prompted officials in Virginia, parts of Maryland and other states to urge residents to stay off the roads and forced scattered airport delays. In Wisconsin, there were several vehicle pileups due to snow and dangerous road conditions, with one fatal interstate rollover.In Pennsylvania, the snow wreaked havoc on the turnpike and covered the fields of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles in white.Paul Jones, 24, a youth hockey coach from Warminster in the Philadelphia suburbs, was on his way to a game in Lancaster when he got stuck — along with his fiance, another coach and three players — in a major backup on the turnpike.The roadway was “snow-covered, slick,” Jones said in an interview from the car, where he was a passenger and had been at a standstill for more than an hour.“People are in and out” of their vehicles, he said. “Kids are having a snowball fight on the side of the road, making snow angels, people are walking their dogs.”last_img read more

Doctors object to geotagging of Ayush employees

first_imgHyderabad: In a significant move, senior officials have decided to register attendance of all staff in Ayush department, from doctors to sweepers, through a special mobile application. All employees have been told to install the app in their mobile phones. The app will give location access to senior officials during office hours. At present, meetings are being held by officials even in various districts to create awareness and working about the new app among the Ayush staff. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Employee ID and mobile number have to be entered into this app to get going. However, this decision has not gone well with the doctors from the Health department. “We are against this “geo tagging”. How can they decide to track doctors like tagging done for animals. If access is given from mobile phones would it not lead to privacy breach,” questioned some of the doctors. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Lalu Prasad Rathod from Telangana Government Doctors Association said that they are strongly opposing this move. He said that they never heard of doctors being tagged in the name of attendance, he said. Meanwhile, officials have explained that this decision was taken to ensure doctors are available to patients to offer better treatment. No employee would be affected with this app, they stressed.last_img read more

Brahmastra Ranbir Kapoor to play a DJ and 5 other important details

first_imgBrahmastra: All about Ranbir Kapoor’s looks and character in the filmInstagramEver since the much awaited Brahmastra’s logo was launched, the buzz around the film refuses to die down. From Alia Bhatt – Ranbir Kapoor’s chemistry to the presence of Amitabh Bachchan in the fantasy-thriller triology, everything has been grabbing the headlines and how!While everything, from the looks of the stars to the sets had been kept a secret from the audience so far, we now have got access to some interesting details of the film. As per a report in Mid-day, Ranbir Kapoor would be seen playing the role of a DJ in the film. What’s more? The report reveals that Ranbir Kapoor would be unaware of his superpowers until one day he would accidentally find out about it.Ranbir would leave his house in the film due to a clash with his father and in his journey and struggle to fulfil his dreams and desires, he would be made aware of the super-powers he possess. What’s interesting is that Ranbir Kapoor’s superpower in the film would be to draw and unleash fire through his palms.Recently, while talking about the film, Alia Bhatt had revealed that she had insisted and almost begged Ayan Mukerji to get Ranbir Kapoor onboard so that she could work with him on the film. Not just that, she added that she always looks up to him and they both have very similar way of acting onscreen. “The idea for Brahmastra was conceived long back when Ayan had just done ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’. I wanted to work with him and I have always wanted to work with Ranbir as well. I pleaded to Ayan that please cast me with him,” Alia said in an interview with Firstpost.Scheduled to release in December this year, the film also has Amitabh Bachchan and Alia Bhatt in lead roles.last_img read more

Struggling Maduro seeks early parliament vote

first_imgDemonstrators raise their hands during a protest against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro`s government in Caracas, Venezuela on 2 February 2019. Photo: ReutersVenezuelan president Nicolas Maduro proposed early parliamentary elections on Saturday, seeking to shore up his crumbling rule after a senior general defected to the opposition and tens of thousands thronged the streets in protest at his government.As domestic and international pressure on Maduro to step down mounts, a senior air force general disavowed him in a video that circulated earlier on Saturday, expressing his allegiance to parliament head and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido.The military’s support is crucial for Maduro, who is deeply unpopular, largely due to an unprecedented economic crisis that has prompted an exodus of millions. Maduro claims he is victim of a coup directed by the United States.In a speech to supporters, Maduro said the powerful government-controlled Constituent Assembly would debate calling elections this year for the National Assembly parliament, which is opposition-controlled.Guaido has called for a new, fair presidential election after the disputed vote won by Maduro last year.”You want elections? You want early elections? We are going to have parliamentary elections,” Maduro told a pro-government rally in Caracas, held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez’s first inauguration as president.Opposition lawmaker Armando Armas said in a statement that proposing bringing forward the parliamentary elections, which were scheduled for 2020, was just another act of provocation.”Maduro is not president and the Constituent Assembly has no legitimacy, no value,” he said.While small rebellions against Maduro have broken out in Venezuela’s armed forces in recent months, there has been no large scale military uprising against him.Handout picture released by the Venezuelan presidency showing Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro (R) holding a meeting with his Bolivian counterpart in Caracas on 1 February 2019. Photo: AFPHowever, General Francisco Yanez of the air force’s high command became the first active Venezuelan general to recognize Guaido since he proclaimed himself president on 23 January. Venezuela’s chief military attache to the United States also said he was defecting last week.”People of Venezuela, 90 per cent of the armed forces of Venezuela are not with the dictator, they are with the people of Venezuela,” Yanez said in the video. “Already the transition to democracy is imminent.”On its Twitter account, the air force’s high command accused the general of treason.At an opposition rally in Caracas, Guaido told his supporters he expected more to follow Yanez’s example. The previously little-known 35-year old industrial engineer has offered the military and public officials amnesty if they defect.”I am certain many officials and soldiers will repeat this gesture, very soon, very soon,” he said.The rally was one of many nationwide on Saturday, where demonstrators decked out in the yellow, red and blue of the Venezuelan flag honked horns, pounded on drums and chanted “Guaido, Guaido, Guaido.””It’s been years of destruction of companies and poverty,” said Pedro Gimenez, 51, a worker in an aluminum factory in the southern state of Bolivar. “We want a better present and future and we are about to achieve that.”In a possible sign of Maduro’s weakening support, riot police who had planned on blocking demonstrators from reaching the rallies decided to let them pass in at least three cities, according to Guaido and Reuters witnesses.Pressure GrowingHumanitarian aid from an “international coalition” would soon flow into Venezuela, which is facing rampant hunger and medicine shortages, from collection points in Brazil, Colombia and a Caribbean island, Guaido said.It is unclear whether Maduro’s government, which denies the country is suffering a humanitarian crisis, will let any foreign aid through.”In the next few days, we will be asking for your help to go get this aid,” Guaido said, asking the armed forces to allow a humanitarian corridor. “It won’t be an easy task.”Opposition leader Juan Guaido (L) gestures next to his wife Fabiana Rosales as he delivers a speech before thousands of supporters, in Caracas on 2 February 2019. Photo: AFPThe self-declared president, who has no control over state institutions or any functions of day-to-day governance, said the opposition would not let up on protests until Maduro stepped down and allowed free elections.Maduro’s adversaries say he has run roughshod over democratic institutions and destroyed the once-buoyant economy through a corruption-riddled exchange control system and arbitrary nationalizations.The United States, Canada and several Latin American nations have recognised Guaido as the legitimate head-of-state. Some European Union member states are expected to officially recognise Guaido next week, while others will likely take a more cautious stance of support. Maduro still has the backing of Russia and China.In a bid to pressure Maduro financially, Washington has imposed sweeping sanctions on state-owned oil firm PDVSA , although these risk exacerbating the plight of ordinary citizens by curtailing hard currency necessary for imports.”(US president Donald) Trump is imposing measures because he is the dictator of the world and thinks we are his slaves,” said Gregory Carrasquel, 35, at the pro-government rally in Caracas, attended by many public sector workers wearing the trademark red socialist shirts.”For us Venezuelans, there is only one president – president Nicolas Maduro.”last_img

Black Candidate Charges Democrats are Disenfranchising Her

first_imgBy BEN FINLEY, Associated PressNORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Black woman who’s running for Congress in Virginia has accused the state’s Democrats of reverting to their old ways of disenfranchisement by trying to remove her from the ballot, according to a legal motion filed Friday.Shaun Brown is a former Democrat now running as an independent in the hotly contested 2nd Congressional District on Virginia’s coast.In this July 25, 2016 file photo, Virginia delegate Shaun Brown walks around the convention floor during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)Democrats are suing state elections officials to end Brown’s candidacy. They’ve cited allegations of forged signatures and other mistakes on petitions that were collected to place Brown on the ballot.Democrats also claim that dozens of the allegedly fake signatures were turned in by campaign staffers working for Republican incumbent Congressman Scott Taylor.The Republican effort to help Brown is widely seen as strategy to split the Democratic vote in a race that could help Democrats retake the U.S. House.Brown’s filing made clear her intention to fight the Democratic lawsuit. She also rebuked the Democrats’ legal arguments and invoked the party’s past in Virginia.“Shaun Brown is a Black female citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States of America,” the filing stated.“(The Democratic Party of Virginia) has a long history of racism and disenfranchisement of Black people in this Commonwealth,” the document added, citing poll taxes and literacy tests.Brown also accused Democrats of machine party politics by hand-picking Democratic candidate Elaine Luria before the June primary and “dumping scads of money in her lap.”The Virginia Democratic Party did not immediately return a message seeking comment.Brown was the Democratic candidate in Virginia’s 2nd District in 2016. She lost to Taylor by nearly 23 percentage points.Brown faces trial in October on charges that she defrauded the federal government through a summer meal program for children.Political observers say Brown’s candidacy still poses a threat to Democrats in what could be a war of attrition for votes. The race between Taylor and Luria has been listed as either a toss-up or as leaning Republican.last_img read more

Surrogate nanny for Indian kids

first_imgWith technology fast becoming an integral part of people’s lives, parenting has also undergone a sea change in the last few years. In nuclear families, parenting apps are helping couples raise their offspring in a much more efficient and secure way.Today there are a number of smartphone apps to make parents’ life simple and more organised as far as kids are concerned.Launched in October 2010, “mycity4kids” has become an indispensable mobile platform for several mothers. “The idea for ‘mycity4kids’ struck me when my kids were six and two, respectively. Like other parents, we also used to dwell on how difficult it is to find appropriate things to do or places to go to where our kids could acquire new skills or just have a fun time,” said Vishal Gupta, the co-founder of the app. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The USP lies in the app’s unique mother-focussed content around which it has built the largest community of parents. “We would like to become the indispensable mobile platform for today’s multi-tasking mother by giving her access in one place to everything she needs and can learn from the shared experiences of other parents,” explained 40-year-old Gupta who lives in Gurgaon.The app offers highly utilitarian features like a “Family Calendar”, to-do lists, upcoming events, kids resources and parenting blogs that parents can access on the go to share their parenting responsibilities actively with others. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Being the first-movers in this category, we had to face many challenges in its initial stages and to create a unique business model,” Gupta added.This app is available for both Apple and Android users for downloading.The app currently caters to parents in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.Soon, it will expand its reach in other cities. In the last one year, “mycity4kids” website has received 20 million page views by nearly 3.5 million parents. There are some other apps too for parents. For instance, “Family Tracker” helps parents track the whereabouts of their children and keep a tab on their activities inside home or while they play in the neighbourhood park.Considering child safety as a main concern, another app “Northstar” provides a platform for parents and schools which can be used to track the location of school buses. This mobile app is used to keep track of the children’s location as they commute between school and home.There are also apps like “Dr. Panda’s Hospital” that teach kids how to nurture pets at a young age and help them become sensitive to others. Another app named “10 Monkeys Multiplication” helps children master tables from two to 10 in a fun and engaging way.last_img read more

Health of adults declines when they stop driving

first_imgA new review of previous studies indicates that cessation of driving by older adults may contribute to a variety of health problems, especially depression.“For many older adults, driving is instrumental to their daily living and is a strong indicator of self-control, personal freedom and independence. Unfortunately, it is almost inevitable to face the decision to stop driving during the process of aging as cognitive and physical functions decline,” said senior author Guohua Li of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In older adults, declining health is a major reason they stop driving. But when they stop driving, this impacts their subsequent health and well being. “When the decision time comes, it is important to take into consideration the adverse health consequences of driving cessation and make personalised plans to maintain mobility and social functions,” added the professor from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in the US.last_img read more

HC discharges contempt rule against school service commission

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC) has been discharged from contempt proceedings by the Calcutta High Court in connection with the publication of a merit list of candidates to recruit teachers for 12,905 vacancies. The contempt proceedings were initiated against the SSC on a petition alleging that the court’s September 18, 2018 order directing it to publish the merit list was not complied with properly. Satisfied with the submission of the SSC that it has published the merit list for the State Level Selection Test 2016, conducted by the SSC in accordance with rules, Justice Rajasekhar Mantha “discharged the contempt rule”. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The petition was moved by candidates Monika Roy and Sabnam Banu. Hearing the contempt prayer moved by their lawyer Ashish Chowdhury, Justice Mantha on Monday directed the SSC to submit before it, within a day, what was done with regard to publication of the merit list of candidates who appeared for teachers’ recruitment examination. Appearing for the SSC, counsel Sutanu Kumar Patra Tuesday submitted that according to the commission’s rules, list of candidates who were empanelled and those waitlisted are published on the basis of marks obtained in the examination, and academic and professional qualification. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose Patra submitted that while the empanelment is done on the basis of actual number of vacancies, the waitlist is that of four candidates per 10 empanelled candidates. Thereafter, the personality test of these candidates is done and a further list of the selected candidates is published. He submitted that this has been done in the present case and as such the court’s order was complied with. Patra told the court that the number of vacancies for SLST 2016 was 12,905 across all subjects. Justice Mantha noted that an affidavit of compliance was filed by the SSC secretary stating that publication of the merit list has been done in accordance with the commission’s rules. The court expressed its satisfaction that the order of September 18, 2018 had been complied with. The SSC secretary and current chairman were present in the court during the hearing.last_img read more

TAKEONRACISM – Has sport helped in the fight to stop racism

first_imgIt is very evident that sports have played a major role in the fight to stop racism, as more and more black people now play rugby, with whites and Indians playing soccer.“As an Indian, contact sport in my community is uncommon, so you find more Indian people on the cricket field, as it is regarded as an Indian sport. But that’s just a stereotype people should really let go of. Sport for me, in particular rugby, has made me interact with different races and ethnic groups, so yes, sport has played a major role in the fight against racism,” says Indian rugby player Uvir Govender.Heinrich Slabbert, who is also a sportsman, stated that sport knows no race and they all go to play despite there being racial differences among players. “Because we love sport, we all gather to enjoy it!”Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Racism is prejudice, discrimination or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.Sport has played a major role in fighting racism in this country. Although stereotypes such as rugby is a ‘white man’s sport’, cricket an ‘Indian man’s sport’ and soccer a ‘black man’s sport’ still prevail, the love for sports by South Africans has somehow decreased the levels of racism in our country.center_img Also read: #TAKEONRACISM: Is my dog racist?Also read: #TAKEONRACISM – Facebook man threatens to kill whites and Indians and Aids-rape their kidsAlso read: #TAKEONRACISM- Ladysmith couple who love each other to bitsAlso read: #TAKEONRACISM – Is racism colour blind or selective?Due to the love and passion for sport, people of all races and ethnic groups gather together at sporting venues to either support their respective teams or play the sport themselves.last_img read more

Jamaica generates 146 billion in tourism earnings in the first six months

first_imgDuring the first six months of the 2017 calendar year, Jamaica generated $1.46 billion in tourism earnings, recording a 7.5% growth over the corresponding period in 2016.In addition, the country welcomed 2,165,330 visitors up to the end of June this year, which was 3.9% higher than the corresponding period in 2016. The figures included 1,186,646 stopover visitors and 978,684 cruise passengers.Tourism Minister of Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett, while announcing these figures, said a record 104,098 stopover visitors arrived during the first two weeks of July, representing 14.9% increase over the corresponding period last year.The Minister said these out-turns indicated that the industry was, at the end of June, ahead of the government’s projected growth targets, aimed at increasing visitor arrivals to five million and generating $5 billion in five years.Bartlett said the cumulative out-turns for 2016 and the year-to-date indicated that “we really would be looking at a 5.5% increase and $1.6 billion (in) earnings, which would be a little over an eight percent increase in earnings over the previous year.”Of note, he said the industry’s growth averaged between eight and 11% for the first three months of the 2017/18 fiscal year, from April to June.last_img read more

Cyprus to tap an additional €81m in EU funds

first_imgFunds drawn by Cyprus under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (Efsi) reached €45m in November, as the island was set to receive an additional €81m, the European Commission said.The Efsi was extended on Tuesday until 2020 to finance more projects that promise the best economic and social returns in the EU member states.Commission Vice-President Jurki Katainen had urged Cyprus to work harder to benefit from the Efsi, since it ranked second to last among the EU states.He also said many sectors in Cyprus could benefit from the fund, such as tourism, energy, renewables, as well as research development and innovation.Efsi, also known as the Juncker Plan, aims to mobilise €500bn to redress market failures and investment gaps, by funding innovative projects with a high-risk profile which would not have been supported otherwise.According to the agreement between the Parliament and the member states, investments should also foster job creation, particularly for young people and economically weaker EU regions.The Efsi, implemented by European Investment Bank, was established in 2015 for an initial period of three years with the aim of mobilising at least €315bn in investment in the real economy.The European Commission proposed to extend the fund’s duration until the end of the EU’s current Multiannual Financial Framework in December 2020, with a view to reaching an investment target of €500bn. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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