Get Started Shutdown puts brakes on small business activity

first_imgThe federal government shutdown appears to have lasted one business day, long enough to give many small companies a taste of how much a longer disruption could affect them.The Small Business Administration largely shut down except for its disaster relief operations. That means small business loans weren’t processed, nor were requests by companies to be certified to participate in federal contracting programs like the 8(a) and HUBZone programs.While visitors to www.sba.gov were able to use the website, a notice warned, “the information on this website may not be up to date, the transactions submitted via the website may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries” until funding is restored. Phone calls to the SBA’s New York offices during regular business hours Monday went unanswered.Business owners could still apply for loans — the process begins with a bank application. Banks were taking applications, which during an extended shutdown would go into a queue, creating a backlog for when SBA employees return to work. In past shutdowns, the backlog meant delays in loan approvals.When the government shuts down, small businesses hoping to be paid for work they’ve done for the government must wait until agency employees get back to the office. Not only does lack of funding mean federal workers aren’t being paid, it also means contract payments cannot be disbursed.Many companies with contracts with the government had to stop working Monday because they received “stop work” orders from agencies. The government won’t pay for non-essential work done during a shutdown and/or work whose funding depends on the bill that stalled in Congress. The law firm Fisher Phillips, in a posting on its website Friday, said companies that did not receive such an order should keep on working.Federal websites that advertise contracting opportunities were available Monday, but owners hoping to contact employees about specific opportunities, or to check on the progress of a contract or bid, were likely to have their emails or phone calls go unanswered.Also unreachable: the government’s online system for employers to verify the eligibility of individuals to work in the U.S. A notice on the system’s website, www.uscis.gov/e-verify , said employers couldn’t able to access their accounts during the shutdown.And any government office or agency that performs non-essential or non-emergency services was likely to be unavailable. Agencies like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or National Labor Relations Board were unlikely to work on any cases. And Department of Labor divisions like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were unlikely to be carrying out investigations except in situations where employees are at risk, according to Fisher Phillips._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenberglast_img read more

UN appeals for almost 40 million to assist flood victims in Nicaragua

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said $22.8 million is needed to provide emergency life-saving relief for an estimated 162,000 people affected by the hurricane, while an extra $16.3 million is required for early recovery programmes over the next six months.Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said he hoped international donors would respond generously to the appeal.“As the longer-term economic impact is also bound to be grave, their assistance will prove crucial in the recovery effort that follows,” said Mr. Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.The world body is drawing from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to kick-start the appeal, which is focused on helping the people of Nicaragua’s North Autonomous Region on the Atlantic Coast, the region hit hardest by Felix.Almost 8,000 houses, 6,000 latrines and 5,000 wells were damaged or completely destroyed as the winds of the category-five hurricane, which made landfall on 4 September, reached 270 kilometres per hour. So far the death toll is 67, with another 110 people recorded as missing.OCHA said the appeal calls for help with food aid, nutrition, shelter, health, water and sanitation, education, telecommunications, security, logistics and protection. Medicines and emergency health kits are seen as priorities, as well as ensuring water quality and maintaining disease control. For the next three months, UN agencies expect to carry out general food distribution within the affected communities in the North Autonomous Region on the Atlantic Coast, which is a predominantly poor and relatively inaccessible region, and at the evacuation centres. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is also likely to help affected communities and households rebuild their infrastructure.This is the 11th “flash appeal” to be issued by OCHA this year, which eclipses the previous record of 10 set in 2005. Aside from last month’s appeal to help earthquake survivors in Peru, the appeals have followed climate-related disasters, such as hurricanes, drought and floods. 14 September 2007United Nations humanitarian agencies today appealed for more than $39 million to help Nicaraguans deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Felix, which left a deadly trail of destruction when it struck the Central American country earlier this month. read more

Brock University reopening Wednesday

All Brock University campuses have re-opened Wednesday, Feb. 13 after being closed due to a winter storm across southern Ontario.Classes and activities at the St. Catharines and Hamilton campuses are resuming as scheduled.Some roadways remain slick and heavy winds are still causing some issues, so those coming to Brock are encouraged to be cautious and allow extra time for their commute.

How blasting worms into space could help slow down the ageing process

A tiny transparent worm could be the key to finding out how to stop the frailty and ill health which often comes with old age.British scientists are sending tens of thousands of worms into space in a government backed project to see if two drugs can prevent or slow down muscle wasting brought on by microgravity.In space, the 1mm long c-elegans worms have nothing to push against to maintain their muscle mass and so quickly start losing strength, mirroring the effect experienced by elderly people back on Earth or those with conditions like muscular dystrophy.But researchers at Nottingham University are hoping that by either boosting the cell batteries – known as mitochondria – or improving their uptake of calcium, they can slow down the process or even prevent it entirely.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The microscopic worms share many of the essential biological characteristics as humans and are affected by biological changes in space, including alterations to muscle and the ability to use energy.Dr Bethan Phillips, Assistant Professor, Clinical, Metabolic & Molecular Physiology, said: “We know that microgravity accelerates the effects of muscle disuse similar to when elderly people are bedbound or are recovering from an injury.“Skeletal muscle is linked to many systems in the body, such as the immune system, so the health implications are not just loss of movement they are far more widespread.“The worms have similar muscle to human skeletal muscle so we can see if these pharmaceuticals have a beneficial effect which could eventually lead to new treatments both for astronauts and the elderly.”Not only do the experiments offer hope for older people on Earth, but they will be vital to the success of future colonies on the Moon or Mars. Astronauts can lose up to 40 per cent of muscle mass on a lengthy mission, and 1.5 per cent of their bone mass for each month spent in space. Tim Peake was missing nearly 10 per cent of his bone volume by the time he touched down from his trip aboard the ISS.The experiment is one of several being funded by the UK Space Agency which has provided nearly £3 million ahead of the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday.Tackling ageing is one of the government’s ‘grand challenges’ and it wants to add five extra healthy years of life by 2035.A team from Liverpool will also be sending tubes of human muscles grown from stem cells to the ISS to see if ‘heat shock’ proteins could stop the inevitable decline of muscles.In the cells of older people muscles fail to get stronger even when they exercise, which researchers think could be because of inflammation in the body. The ‘heat shock’ proteins may help to dampen down the impact, researchers believe.Professor Malcolm Jackson, from the University of Liverpool, said: “Ageing is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century and so the opportunity to use microgravity to help understand the mechanisms underlying age-related muscle loss is really exciting.“There is some evidence that inflammation is behind the problems with ageing muscle and if we can find a way to stop that inflammatory response it could be beneficial.“Sending cells into microgravity allows us to look at muscle ageing response in isolation without the other effects of ageing complicating the pictures.”The University of Strathclyde will also receive almost £1.3 million to investigate how shaking a liquid in microgravity induces solid particles to accumulate and form highly ordered aggregates, instead of causing the floating particles to simply disperse.Science Minister Sam Gyimah said: “This research will help those with muscle conditions to live longer, healthier, happier lives, and is a great example of our modern Industrial Strategy in action – transforming life on earth through out-of-this-world research.”Dr Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, added: “For 20 years the International Space Station has provided a unique laboratory for astronauts to carry out cutting-edge research.“As we celebrate all that has been achieved over the last two decades this new funding puts UK academics at the forefront of future pioneering scientific research, allowing us to gain knowledge that will improve life on Earth.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Several wholesale vendors arrested by Constabulary officers for plying trade

Almost thirty wholesale vendors were on Thursday afternoon arrested by City Constabulary officers and placed on station bail for allegedly attempting to ply their trade in the vicinity of Robb and Alexander Streets, Bourda, Georgetown.Some of the vendors making their way to the City Constabulary outpostAt the scene today, the family members of the arrested merchants, who are also vendors, stood in their numbers and told media operatives that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) is stifling their means of earning honest income.“The Revenue [Officer] come collect the money. I already done pay to sell in the car. The constable them come now and seh no selling…A whole gang of them gone in inside. Wa you gon do with the load? We done pay to sell,” one of the merchants identified as “Natasha” told INews.This online publication understands that the vendors were given permission from the M&CC to ply their trades along Robb Street, Bourda, for three hours, per day, with the cut off point for them at the location being 15:00hrs.As such, they are ordered to pay between $1,000 to $1,500 daily.“The three hour vary from when you come. That’s what City Hall tell we but the [Constabulary Officer] now come with different rules,” another irate vendor explained.According to him, today, they were told that the three hours commenced from 07:00hrs- meaning their selling period would conclude at 10:00hrs.One the vehicles belonging to the vendors laden with perishable goodsHowever, the wholesale vendors complained that the logic behind the time set is severely flawed and hinders them from achieving their maximum sales, and leading to significant losses of vegetation.“I come from till a Berbice and is eschallotte and celery we bringing down. The eschallote and celery can’t reach here fuh 7 o’clock. The only way it can reach is if we bring it a night before and we can’t do that because it gon spoil. Is perishable items we does sell,” a merchant explained.Another vendor who identified herself as a single mother, was almost in tears as she explained that she is running out of options to provide a daily bread for her family.“My kids going to school. I buy and sell load [vegetables]. I take greens from the farmers. You does bring the load and you does have to sell it [because] when you go home, farmers look forward for their money,” she said.They recalled that Government had urged them to plant more and to invest in farming, however, according to the vendors, the advice is of no use if they’re being hindered constantly from selling their goods.Meanwhile, at the Bourda Police Outpost, a large group of vendors were seen seated on the benches inside.Moreover, the female constables were heard screaming and shouting at the relatives of the vendors who had been apprehended, ordering them to leave the Outpost.Also witnessing this was City Councillor, Bishram Kuppen who expressed his belief that the vendor’s arrests seemed to be ethnically motivated.“When we came here, apparently there were about 20 vendors that were arrested. They are all of one ethnic background. They’re all [East] Indian vendors. Now I’m wondering why there are only these [East] Indian people that are being arrested…The people are just trying to make a living here and I don’t understand why they’re hassling them…Some of these people cannot afford to pay bail and they’re crying inside there,” he said.He also criticised the City Constabulary Officers for what he described as inappropriate behaviour.One the vehicles belonging to the vendorsWhen INews made contact with Town Clerk, Royston King, regarding the issue, the City Hall official said that he had not received an official report on the matter. However, he said that in prior instances, the M&CC had being experiencing some problems with the wholesale vendors who were attempting to extend their activities beyond the three hour limit.“In so doing, they were influencing in a very negative way, the flow of business in our [nearby] markets. In particular, the Bourda Green area,” he explained.King further noted that he has had several meetings with the vendors “and we had tried to persuade them to abide by the time given to them by the Clerk of Markets so that all of the vendors who are involved in making a living would be given an opportunity to do so.”As such, he posited that action had to be taken to bring some order. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Rescind reckless decision and allow vendors to make a decent livelihood’ – Opposition Leader urges M&CCSeptember 7, 2016In “latest news”Evicted Robb Street vendors mulls legal action against M&CCSeptember 8, 2016In “Business”PPP slams M&CC over plan to remove Stabroek canopy vendorsOctober 13, 2016In “latest news” read more

PYBAR awarded underground contract for Red Rivers Far West zinc mine

first_imgRed River Resources has confirmed PYBAR has been chosen to carry out contract mining at its Far West underground zinc mine, part of its Thalanga operations in Queensland, Australia, for a term of at least seven years.This is PYBAR’s third contract with Red River – it is already carrying out surface development work at Far West and undertaking underground mining operations at the West 45 underground mine (both at Thalanga).Development activities at Far West kicked off in May, with the company saying today (July 6) that the first Far West decline cut had been completed (see photo). This should lead to first ore from Far West in early 2019.Far West has a current JORC reserve of 1.5 Mt at 12% zinc equivalent and a minimum mine life of five years. It is the down-dip extension of the Thalanga West mineralisation, and is classified as volcanogenic-massive-sulphide-style of mineralisation where copper, zinc, lead and silver mineralisation is found associated with sulphide minerals. It is located some 500m from the Thalanga mill and 1km from the West 45 mine.last_img read more

Adams accuses European leaders of trying to create EU army

first_imgWe should look at the work of the Defence Forces in Chad, Somalia and Mali where the men and women of the Defence Forces have been engaged in activities completely consistent with our neutrality, as well as its safeguards in the Lisbon treaty. It is about protecting and promoting vulnerable communities which need support to protect their human rights. In other cases, it is about the country’s security interests.“Anything we have done to date and will do in the future recognises and will recognise the clear parameters laid down in the Constitution and the Lisbon treaty,” he stressed. “There should be no doubt or ambiguity in this regard.”Read: Extra Banking Union meeting needed after ministers fail to reach agreement>Column: What happens to Ireland if the UK exits the EU?> SINN FÉIN LEADER Gerry Adams has accused European Union leaders of trying to further militarise the European Union with the aim of eventually creating an “EU army”, allied to NATO.Speaking in the Dáil yesterday, Adams said the function of such an army appears to be protecting the interests of former European colonial powers in their former colonies.He was responding to a report to the Dáil from the European Council which covered the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), economic and social policy and a number of other issues.“Did you at any stage stand up for the ideal of Irish neutrality, a concept supported and valued by the vast majority of citizens in this State?” Adams asked the Taoiseach.“Unless seriously challenged, a continuation of the plans discussed at the EU summit we will see increased spending on weapons by EU states, including this state.“At the time of one the biggest economic recessions that Europe has ever witnessed, the main idea contained in these Council Conclusions is to increase spending on weapons and military technology. Where is the sense in such a policy?”Responding to these comments, Paschal Donohoe, Minister of State for the Taoiseach’s department, said the council recognises the safeguards for Ireland’s neutrality set out in the Lisbon Treaty.“If I look at the understandable concerns raised by members as to what the Common Security and Defence Policy could look like in the future, I point to what it has done in the past and now, as well as Irish participation in it,” he said.last_img read more

Dublin councillors reject proposals allowing for log cabins in gardens

first_img Share72 Tweet Email6 Dublin councillors reject proposals allowing for log cabins in gardens Independent councillor John Lyons had proposed amending the city’s development plan to allow for their construction. 61,267 Views Monday 4 Mar 2019, 10:55 PM By Cónal Thomas 72 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4523891 Councillor John Lyons Source: Sasko LazarovRollingNews.ieDUBLIN CITY COUNCILLORS have rejected proposals to allow for ‘log cabins’ in the gardens of family homes in an effort to ease the housing crisis. Independent councillor John Lyons proposed amending the city’s development plan, in particular its “Ancillary Family Accommodation” section which states that this type of accommodation must have access to the main house and not be separate. Lyons, however, has argued in favour of allowing for free-standing structures to ease the pressure on those renting, those who’ve lost their homes and those saving for a deposit to buy a home. Following a report from Head of Planning Richard Shakespeare, however, councillors this evening voted against Lyons’ proposal. Relaxing current planning regulations to allow for ‘log cabins’ “will result in the provision of small substandard dwellings,” the report notes. “There are genuine concerns that a major relaxation or variation of the policy or standards to facilitate the construction of free-standing structures in rear gardens will result in the provision of dwellings with poor residential amenities and detract from the amenities of adjoining residential properties,” it said. Crucial to the matter, the report notes, is the “issue of access which could have safety implications for future residents in the event of a fire”.  According to the report, there have 175 complaints directly relating to structures erected in back gardens over the last three to four years. Independent councillor Mannix Flynn, however, argued in favour of allowing ‘log cabins’ in back gardens at this evening’s meeting while Labour councillor Alison Gilliland cautioned against such a move, saying there was a risk of creating “shanty towns” in Dublin should ‘log cabins’ be allowed. Green Party councillor Ciarán Cuffe said that Lyons’ solution to the housing crisis was a “slippery slope” and that it could result in sub-standard homes. In the end, councillors voted against the proposal 36 to 11.  Mar 4th 2019, 10:56 PM last_img read more

Vancouver delays plan to limit chickens

first_imgIf you own more than five cats, chickens or rabbits — breathe easy. At least for now.Vancouver city councilors delayed a decision on Monday to limit the number of cats, chickens or rabbits on residential properties. The city currently has no limit but does restrict dog ownership — no more than three dogs older than 5 months is allowed.The city’s goal is to discourage animal hoarding, but councilors were concerned with the lack of detail for enforcing the ordinance. It originally planned to establish enforcement in future meetings.Councilor Jack Burkman called the ordinance “piece-mealing,” and wants to establish the enforcement before enacting the ordinance.“If we pass this, we’re going to enact an ordinance that has an impact, and then in a few months, we’re going to go, ‘Just kidding! Here’s another one,’ ” Burkman said.Ariel Young testified at the meeting. She criticized the ordinance, arguing that the five-chicken limit was an arbitrary number.“When I heard about the limits, I felt like they weren’t appropriately flexible,” Young said.Young said she thinks people who own more than five chickens should be considered as individual cases rather than fall under a blanket that limits the number of all three types of animals.The retired cardiac nurse also expressed concern with part of the ordinance that grandfathers in people who owned more than the limit at the time the ordinance began. That rule was not entirely clear in the ordinance, Young said.last_img read more

BusinessWeek IDG Lead ASBPE Web Site Award Finalists

first_imgThe American Society of Business Publication Editors has announced its finalists for the 2009 Digital Azbee competition.The four finalists include BusinessWeek, IDG’s CIO and InfoWorld, and CBS Interactive’s TechRepublic. The Digital Azbees total 28 categories, with the 15 new digital categories added this year, including Best Use of Social Media Reporting Techniques, and Microsite/Special Section.Finalists for the Digital Azbee category called Multi-Platform General Excellence include Meister Media Worldwide’s Today’s Garden Center and Greenhouse Grower, as well as Realtor Magazine. Digital Azbee winners will be announced during an award luncheon November 6 at the San Francisco Hyatt.center_img Finalists for all the categories can be found here.last_img read more

Iditarods midpack mushers prepare final pushes to Nome

first_imgKatherine Keith tending to her dogs in Kaltag before departing for Unalakleet during the Iditarod. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media)Iditarod mushers face a grueling next few days.Not just those fighting tooth-and-nail at the top of the pack but, also, everyone else with competitive ambitions jockeying for spots in the top 10, 20 and 30.At this point in the race, the leader board is hardly set in stone. At the Kaltag checkpoint, a lot of mid-pack mushers are getting ready to make moves.This is the fourth Iditarod for Katherine Keith of Kotzebue, but she’s not where she wants to be.“I had hoped for a top 15 or 20 finish, and that’s such a competitive space, so I’m not sure that that’s what we’ll be looking for, but I haven’t given up yet,” Keith said.Keith is running her best race yet, with very few mistakes. She overslept once, but just by 20 minutes. And her hands were acting up. The deep cold early along the trail revived frostbite from the Yukon Quest a few weeks ago.John Baker and Katherine Keith in Kaltag during the Iditarod. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media)“It slows me down. I have to take more time for doing things that require fine-motor skills, so, I just give myself more time,” Keith said. “Instead of 20 minutes to bootie, I have to give myself 30.”“Everything’s Velcro,” Keith said. “Velcro’s, like, the worst thing when you have fingertips that aren’t happy.”Even at the top of her game, Keith was just barely one of the top 20 mushers into Kaltag. She’s down to just 10 dogs heading toward the coast.At one point, her partner, John Baker, an Iditarod champion, was parked next to her, and she asked him how with such relentless competition he’d ever been able to win.“It just boggles me. I have no idea how people accomplish it.”Keith is hoping she’ll be able to maintain an edge once teams start hitting the coast. With its hills and rolling terrain, she thinks her team will be at an advantage over teams that are more accustomed to flat trail.Others, like Noah Burmeister, have been saving up energy in order to let their teams speed up in the last few 100 miles of the race.“I’ve been trying to keep ‘em slowed down and takin’ it easy,” Burmeister said. “Saving some for the coast. You gotta save it for the coast. You don’t want to start pushin’ too early.”John Baker and Katherine Keith talk at the checkpoint in Kaltag in the Iditarod. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media)Burmeister got 11th place last year. This time around, that’s looking like a long shot.He’s had some problems with his team and made a mistake early on sticking to his planned strategy instead of trying to push ahead of the pack to get to better trail conditions.The early cold made for sugary snow, and the trail was churned up more with each passing sled. Like a lot of competitors, Burmeister got slowed down. Now, his aim is to overtake tired teams that pushed too hard getting into the positions where they are now.“I’d like to climb up another five or 10 places,” Burmeister said. “But we’ll just see what happens with the teams in front, and how hard they’re pushing and if they’re pushing too early.”Burmeister is hardly the only one hoping a second wind will nudge him up in the leaderboard.Just a few spots away in the dog lot is Scott Smith, who finished 10th last year. His team’s been fighting a bug. But now, he thinks they’re about to hit their stride.“I’d say we’re kinda, like, in the building-up end of things, which is good,” Smith said. “I’ve had two or three key dogs in here start to get healthy, which is optimal for hitting the coast. I just want to put myself in a position to pick up the pieces.”At this point, Smith doesn’t even know which position he’s in, let alone who he might feasibly overtake. But he’s planning a big push.Not long after we talk, Keith finishes packing her sled, getting ready to go over the long portage from the Yukon River over to the Bering Sea Coast.As she does, she chats with a different former champion, Joe Runyan.“Oh, you’re taking a new sled, huh?” “Yeah, I am. Compared to this big old thing.” “Oh, you’ll fly.” “Yeah, I’m excited.” “Ok, have fun.” “Yeah, it’s very cathartic, it’s like ‘I need this! I need this!’”And with that, Keith and her 10 dogs trotted off toward Unalakleet.last_img read more

PM to hold dialogue with opposition Quader

first_imgObaidul Quader . Prothom Alo File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina will once again hold talks with the political parties which were invited for dialogue before the 11th general election, said Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader.He told newsmen before joining a joint meeting in AL office on Bangabandhu Avenue in Dhaka Sunday.The meeting was arranged with the presidents, general secretaries and chairmen of districts, upazilas and municipalities near Dhaka.Earlier, the PM held talks with as many as 75 political parties including the Jatiya Oikya Front and Jukta Front before the 30 December election.“The prime minister will exchange views with the leaders. There will be refreshment arrangements as well,” Obaidul Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister said.The parties will be invited to the Ganabhaban through letters soon, he added.Asked about Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain, the Awami League general secretary said, “Kamal Hossain made a mistake by uniting with BNP. Kamal Hossain has to admit his mistake.”“What Kamal Hossain kept saying all his life and what he did was contradictory. He deliberately united with the BNP. The BNP has no existence except Jamaat. Therefore, Kamal Hossain must pay for the mistake,” Quader added.last_img read more

Old meets new Lohia speaks on iconic renovation of Presidency corners

first_imgKolkata: Presidency University VC Anuradha Lohia on Tuesday shared her experience on how the iconic professors’ common room and Baker building were transformed maintaining the heritage structure in mind.She was speaking at the launch of a book called ‘Kolkata Happening City’ by Belani Group to commemorate the 50 years of its real estate business in Kolkata. The book contains 700 photographs including the old architecture and heritage buildings in the city. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeLohia said an infrastructural overhaul of the building was needed when Presidency College transformed into a University. Earlier, the professors used to sit around a long table in the common room. In 2014, the professors desired to have separate cubicles, AC and WiFi connections and a telephone at the desk. Hence, necessary renovation works were done only by following the heritage norms. The common room was transformed into a modern room maintaining the heritage. It become possible because of architects like Dulal Mukherjee and Partha Ranjan Das, said Lohia. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Baker building was also giving a modern touch by keeping the heritage rules in place. After the renovation work, it has become more spacious. Earlier, around 10 Physics professors used to sit there but now a total of 35 professors sit there. Around 40 laboratories have been set up while the figure stood at 5 before. The roof of the Bakers lab was damaged that has been renovated to give a new look. “We preserved the heritage and made the Bakers building and professors’ common room modern. We have removed many toilets which were illegally set up under the stair case,” Lohia said. Bratya Basu, the state minister for Biotechnology Science and Technology, said Kolkata has always been a happening city. On one hand there are old heritage buildings that have stories to tell and on the other there is another part which has seen processions and movements. The various moods of the city are often caught in various films. Partha Ranjan Das, one of the renowned architects in the city, pointed out there is no clash between conserving heritage and creating something modern. “We need to set up modern buildings but not at the cost of old heritage buildings. They can exit together. The city’s architects and developers are scared to combine both. In the Eastern part of the country, the level of awareness to combine old and new buildings does not exist.” Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee also pointed out the importance of maintaining the old heritage buildings. The dignitaries were all taking part in a panel discussion — “Can Kolkata’s rich architecture legacy be transformed into competitive advantage?” organised by Belani Group in a city hotel. Nandu Bilani, Chairman, Belani Group said: “The government must relax the rules for development of heritage buildings. There is some need for relaxation in rules so that they are development friendly. Some buildings along Chowringhee are in a bad shape and need to be restored.”last_img read more

VIDEO Bills defenders call out Jarvis Landry for dirty bonecrushing block on

first_img Advertisement Many fans are complaining that the NFL is getting soft and slowly morphing into flag football, and it may be rubbing off on some of the players.Take the devastating block that Browns receiver Jarvis Landry laid on Buffalo corner Taron Johnson to spring Carlos Hyde for a goal line TD run in Friday night’s preseason game, for example.NASTY block by @God_Son80#BlessEm #DawgPoundNation #ClevelandBrowns #NFL #NFLPreseason #STB pic.twitter.com/WcfkBT6jvM— Aldo Murià (@scout_aldomu) August 18, 2018 As much as fans loved the bone crushing block, several Bills defenders weren’t so amped about the hit, including linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who called the hit ‘dirty’:“Landry, he’s a good receiver, physical guy, but some of those plays that he has — Aaron Williams, Taron, I’m pretty sure he has other ones — I just think they’re dirty.” Safety Micah Hyde also wasn’t thrilled:“If a defensive player did that to a offensive player, he’s getting ejected.”–#Bills Safety Micah Hyde (@micah_hyde) on Jarvis Landry’s ‘block’ Friday night.“That’s basically the same exact play that @ajwilliams23 got hit on a few years back and basically ruined his career.” pic.twitter.com/hrDcAjlnh7— Dan Fetes (@danfetes) August 19, 2018center_img For the record, Johnson, who was on the receiving end of the block, didn’t have a problem with the hit, and Landry later apologized to Johnson for laying the wood on him. What do you think?last_img read more

Meet the farmers at this years Onion Festival

first_imgThe 23rd edition of the Onion Festival is being held now in Santa Ana in all its yellow, white and purple glory. The Tico Times paid a visit on Thursday March 19, catching the festivities, held in the park in front of the Catholic Church of Santa Ana, in full swing and enjoying local onions in a vivid range of colors and flavors you won’t find in your average produce section.There are two parts in the country where the onion grows very well, Santa Ana and Cartago, with Santa Ana’s onions characterized by their dryness. The Festival aims to support farmers in and around the western Central Valley town.“We are always trying to sell the best quality onions, rather than the greatest quantity,” said farmer and fair participant Danilo Montoya from Salitral, Santa Ana.“The Onion Festival has been a success all these years because the organizers have managed the publicity of the cultural aspect very well, as well as the product itself,” said Edwin Jiménez, another local farmer and seller at the fair, who added that farmers’ families and friends join in the celebration.The onion harvest season tends to be from January until April; for that reason, the Onion Festival is always held during the first months of the year. Jiménez explained that the onions he sells are called summer onions because of their dryness.Every year the fair is dedicated to someone that is directly associated with onion production. Jiménez told The Tico Times that three years ago, his father was the local farmer to whom the Onion Festival was dedicated. The love for onions in the Jiménez family has been passed from generation to generation. This year’s fair is dedicated to the engineer José Martí Jiménez Bermúdez.As the farmer spoke, he was “braiding” various onions. This is a way in which the onions are placed or organized in order to sell them all together. “It is an art,” said Jiménez. The braiding consists of accommodating the onions in a way that is both appealing to the eye, yet functions in a manner that holds them steadily. It looks as an easy task to do, but actually requires a deft touch and some serious endurance, since it can hurt your hands.The Onion Festival will draw to a close Sunday, March 22, with an oxcart parade. Facebook Comments Related posts:New Saturday afternoon organic market to open in Zapote Christmas cheer, oxcart parades, and other happenings around Costa Rica Sea Shepherd publishes vegan cookbook An arugula-growing farmer feeds a culinary revolution in Cubalast_img read more

Strong growth delivers record NZ cruise passenger numbers

first_imgPacific Princess arrives in Sydney Harbour, Australia. Image credit: James MorganA record 66,152 New Zealanders plied the world’s oceans on a cruise holiday in 2015 with a 10 per cent leap in passenger numbers helping to make the country one of the world’s top performing markets, according to a new report.The report reveals that New Zealand was one of only three international cruise passenger markets to record a double-digit increase last year, beaten only by Australia and emerging hot spot China (up 52 per cent).With Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia’s annual New Zealand Cruise Industry Source Market Report now focussed solely on ocean cruising, in line with international CLIA reporting, the latest figures show the New Zealand ocean cruise passenger market has gone from strength to strength, recording almost 65 per cent growth over the past five years.Cruises in local waters, including New Zealand and the neighbouring regions of Australia and the South Pacific, continued to account for the majority (54 per cent) of cruise passengers, with last year’s strong growth led by an increase in New Zealanders cruising in Australia (up 71 per cent) as well as Asia (up 64 per cent).Released in Auckland, the figures also show that New Zealand cruise passengers spent almost 680,000 days at sea in 2015.CLIA Australasia Chairman Steve Odell said the 2015 figures meant the equivalent of 1.4 per cent of the population had taken a cruise last year with New Zealand now ranked sixth in the world for market penetration ahead of many established cruise nations including Italy (1.3 per cent), Spain (1 per cent) and France (0.9 per cent).“New Zealand is still an emerging source market but after another year of solid growth, which saw the nation outperform most key markets, it’s clear that cruising is growing in popularity,” Mr Odell said.“These figures show us that New Zealanders are increasingly recognising cruising as a great value and relaxing way to travel, not only in their backyard but also as part of an overseas trip.”The annual source market report is based on data received from CLIA’s cruise line members, which account for more than 95 per cent of the world’s cruise passengers. View the full reportSource = Cruise Lines International Associationlast_img read more

Hopes that matchfixing bill will be ready for next season

first_imgJustice Minister Ionas Nicolaou expressed hope on Wednesday that a bill aimed at combating match fixing would be approved by parliament before its summer recess so it can come into effect by the start of the new seasonThe bill includes provisions for investigating such offences and others designed to work preemptively.The minister said a five-member committee will be created to investigate and collect information that will be passed on to the attorney-general who will decide whether there was a case. The investigation will be carried out by the police.Cypriot football is plagued by match-fixing, described as the worst in Europe. Footballing authorities have received scores of notifications about suspicious betting, which suggests match-fixing, but no one has been brought to book to date, apart from several €50,000-fines imposed on teams.The bill affords courts the authority to seize any profits collected by the offender and creates a bribery offence concerning officials and athletes.Those found guilty face up to seven years in jail and or a €200,000 fine.It will ban betting by athletes, club officials, referees, and members of the football association. Club officials would be banned from representing athletes.The bill also includes provisions for protecting athletes who blow the whistle and banning termination of their contract.Nicolaou said the bill did not include a conspiracy offence because that was already covered by the criminal code.Akel MP Giorgos Georgiou suggested the government had delayed submitting the bill, adding that the “stench” of fixed matches was threatening to choke the entire footballing structure.“We have been inundated by Uefa notifications in recent years … but there was no response or effective tackling of this sick phenomenon,” he said.Georgiou said the bill was full of gaps and vague points but his party was prepared to be constructive in bid to stamp out the “gangrene”.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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