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Celebrate Swiss National Day and friendship day

first_imgCelebrate the bounty of Swiss flavours with your family and friends, as The Imperial commemorate ‘Swiss National Day’. Revel in a hand-crafted lunch buffet curated by the chefs at 1911 Restaurant for a splendid afternoon or enjoy an exquisite dinner at Nostalgia, 1911 Brasserie. The menu features a generous assortment of salads, soups, signature mains, live carving and desserts with the dishes like ‘Rotkraustsalt – Red cabbage salad’; ‘Nusslisalat- Swiss green salad with creamy dressing’, ‘Swiss apple tart’, ‘Swiss meringues with dark chocolate mousse’, along with many more indulgent offerings. WHERE: 1911 Restaurant (Lunch); Nostalgia, 1911 Brasserie (Dinner) When: August 1 Timings:12:30pm – 2:45pm (Lunch buffet) 6:30pm – 11:45pm (Dinner) Price: INR 3000 per person + taxes Apart from that, the hotel also invites you to celebrate ‘Friendship Day’, at 1911 Restaurant on August 4, 2019. Timings: 12:30pm – 2:45pm Price: INR 3700 per person + taxeslast_img read more

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Grains mostly higher livestock mixed

CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for July delivery rose .60 cent at $4.7960 a bushel; Jul corn was up .40 cent at $3.9840 a bushel; July oats was off 2.40 cents at $3.1060 a bushel; while July soybeans was gained 5.80 cents at 8.3040 bushel.Beef was mixed and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Jun. live cattle was off .40 cent at $1.1068 a pound; Aug. feeder cattle rose 7.87 cents $1.4362 a pound; Jun. lean hogs fell .80 cent at .8835 a pound.The Associated Press read more

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Sri Lanka to establish online damage and loss assessment system

He made these remarks addressing the Sixth Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Geneva from 13 to 17 May 2019, the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Geneva said today. Sri Lanka is taking a number of initiatives towards this end, he added, highlighting national measures to establish an online damage and loss assessment system for all sectors in line with international standards, a Climate-Resilient Integrated Water Management Project aimed at strengthening the resilience of vulnerable smallholder farmers in the dry zone, and a Climate Resilience Improvement Project focused on building a more climate-resilient economy. The Sri Lanka delegation to the Global Platform included Mrs. Samantha Jayasuriya, Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka in Geneva, W.A. Dharmasiri, Director General and Ms. Anoja Senevirathne, Director at the Disaster Management Centre, and Chaminda Pathiraja, Director at the National Disaster Relief Services Centre (NDRSC). Sri Lanka is to establish an online damage and loss assessment system for all sectors in line with international standards.Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez said that risk-sensitive economic planning and coherence between climate and disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies are vital in building resilient societies and economies as envisioned by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Referring to the devastating Easter Sunday terrorist attacks which he said was the manifestation of a global phenomenon that was often a less-highlighted form of disaster in the context of DRR discourses, Ambassador Azeez recalled that Sri Lanka has always demonstrated its ability to rise stronger from both natural and complex man-made disasters in the past decades.“Our national efforts are now focused on how best and how rapidly we could rise again. In the coming months, we would bounce back with renewed vigor, and emerge even stronger, demonstrating our collective resolve and resilience,” he stressed.The Global Platform, organised by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and hosted by the Government of Switzerland, provided an opportunity for the international community to boost the implementation of the Sendai Framework and related Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, as well as commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement. It was also the last global gathering for stakeholders before the deadline for the achievement of Target E of the Sendai Framework: Substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020. “In Sri Lanka, national strategies for disaster risk reduction have been formulated for the period of 2019-2030 and the National Policy on Disaster Risk Management has been updated to enable risk-informed implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the UN Urban Agenda and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.”“Among specific measures taken or being taken are the introduction of an insurance scheme against natural disasters for all houses and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs), National Building Codes for disaster-resilient construction, guidelines to mainstream disaster risk reduction, and mainstreaming DRR into the education sector,” he stated. In his remarks, Ambassador Manuel Bessler, Head of Humanitarian Aid of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, who co-chaired the Sixth Global Platform with UNDRR, expressed condemnation of the heinous acts of terror on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka and wished the country and its people a speedy recovery. read more

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Nathan Cirillo returning to Hamilton

(updated) Corporal Nathan Cirillo who was shot and killed by a lone gunman while he was an honour guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday will have a full regimental funeral in Hamilton.A procession from Ottawa is travelling the Highway of Heroes to the Main St. Hamilton exit. It is estimated that arrival in Hamilton will be at approximately 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.Cirillo’s funeral is Tuesday at noon Christ’s Church Cathedral on James St. N.Visitations will be held at Markey-Dermody Funeral Home in Hamilton on Sunday from 6pm-9pm, and on Monday from 9am-9pm.Corporal Nathan Cirillo’s family says there is an authorized trust fund set up for Nathan’s 6 year old son. It is at TD Bank, Transit #2221 account #6391935 read more

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Canadian crudebyrail exports rise to record high in April NEB reports

CALGARY — The National Energy Board says crude-by-rail exports from Canada grew to a record 193,500 barrels per day in April, up 13 per cent from the previous month, as full pipelines forced more producers to use trains to get their products to market.The oil shipping tally beat the previous record of nearly 179,000 bpd in September 2014 and was well ahead of the 150,000 bpd moved in April 2017.Andrew Botterill, a partner with accounting firm Deloitte, says he expects rail shipments will continue to grow this year.He says the increased use of rail will allow prices for Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend crude oil to strengthen as compared with New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude.Botterill says demand for Canadian heavy oil is expected to increase as it will be needed in the U.S. Gulf Coast refining complex to replace shrinking volumes from Venezuela.Deloitte forecasts global oil prices will fall back from recent three-year highs in the coming months as OPEC countries increase output and international demand for oil declines.“Continuous decreases in Venezuelan production volumes, the possibility of sanctions enforced by the United States on Iran, and decreased oil stockpile volumes have escalated global oil prices,” the report says.“However, these are expected to recede in coming months as OPEC members increase rates to fill void agreement volumes resulting from Iranian and Venezuelan production cuts.” read more

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Reproductive rights focus of UNbacked conference of lawmakers in Ottawa

About 100 lawmakers from 70 countries are attending the two-day conference to discuss how they can help to secure funding and strengthen laws, policies and services so that all women and men can enjoy the right to reproductive health. “We cannon confront today’s massive challenges of poverty, hunger, disease and environmental destruction unless we address the issues of population and reproductive health,” stressed Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). According to UNFPA, a woman dies from a pregnancy-related cause every minute. Another 58 million women give birth each year without any medical help while 350 million women are denied access to safe and effective family planning methods. At the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, 179 countries supported universal access to reproductive health care by the year 2015. Governments also signed a Programme of Action, moving away from demographic targets and family planning quotas to giving free access to reproductive information. UNFPA said the Ottawa conference would give lawmakers an opportunity to outline actions they can take to ensure that the goals set eight years ago in Cairo are fulfilled. At the end of the conference, lawmakers are expected to sign a Statement of Commitment, outlining specific actions they will take in their countries to promote reproductive health and rights and move the Cairo agenda forward. read more

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Security Council establishes UN integrated support team for Sierra Leone

Acting on the request of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Council unanimously adopted a resolution to establish for one year, beginning on 1 January 2006, the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), which will work closely with the Government to root out the causes of the conflict and promote consolidating peace by addressing deficits in governance, human rights observance and the rule of law.In his latest report this month, Mr. Annan said that although there had been significant progress in consolidating peace in Sierra Leone since the end of the conflict in January 2002, many challenges remained and strong support by the UN was needed to help the Government and people of the country address the “complex set of issues” that could hamper reconciliation and long-term development.The Council decided that the office of integrated national and international staff would also assist the Government of Sierra Leone in promoting a culture of peace, dialogue, and participation in critical national issues, including through building an independent and capable public radio capacity; and in developing initiatives for the protection and well-being of youth, women and children.It would also work with the Government towards building the capacity of the National Electoral Commission to conduct a free, fair and credible electoral process in 2007, enhancing good governance, transparency and accountability of public institutions, and developing a national action plan for human rights and establishing the national human rights commission.The Council also decided to request Mr. Annan to continue planning for security for the Special Court for Sierra Leone, which is mandated to try those “bearing the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian and Sierra Leonean laws” committed in the territory of Sierra Leone since 30 November 1996. read more

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Toronto stock market gets boost from higher oil prices amid OPEC talk

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 8, 2016 9:18 am MDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto stock market gets boost from higher oil prices amid OPEC talk TORONTO – Hints that OPEC may be prompted into action over production levels sent crude prices higher Monday as the Toronto stock market registered a solid three-digit gain.The S&P/TSX composite index surged 106.85 points to 14,755.62, buoyed by gains in the mining and energy sectors.The Toronto market was helped by the September crude contract, which was up $1.22 at US$43.02 per barrel after OPEC announced it will meet two months ahead of schedule.Oil ministers from the 14-nation members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries are set to have an “informal” gathering in Algeria in September. The move is unusual because the group rarely comes together outside of regularly scheduled meetings, leading investors to take it as a sign that OPEC is concerned about oil prices.“There is speculation around the upcoming OPEC meeting and what that might mean for production,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“We had a few comments today suggesting that the bear market in oil is over, that OPEC might be doing something to stabilize prices, or even lift prices moving forward.”But Fehr cautioned that although the signals may be there now, past OPEC meetings have resulted in no action.“It’s a little premature to suggest that that meeting is going to mark the turnaround in the oil markets. Quite frankly, the demand story is more important from a sustained oil price increase going forward,” he said.The cost of a barrel of oil has been generally stuck in a range between US$40-$50 a barrel for most of the past year, about half of what a barrel fetched two years ago when it was over US$100.Fehr noted that OPEC wants to stabilize oil prices, but also doesn’t want to risk losing market share to the U.S., which has increased its shale production in recent years.“There’s been plenty of opportunities for OPEC members to cut if they so chose to in the last year and a half,” he said. “But instead, we’ve seen them maintain production as a way to maintain market share.”In New York, the broader S&P 500 composite index barely dipped, falling by 1.98 points to 2,180.89, while the Nasdaq composite lost 7.98 points to 5,213.14. Both indices had smashed through record-highs on Friday as the U.S. Labor Department reported that 255,000 jobs were added in July, beating out expectations.The Dow Jones industrial average also saw a drop, retreating 14.24 points to 18,529.29.Higher crude left little impact on the Canadian dollar, which was up 0.01 of a cent to 75.97 cents US. The loonie had dropped four-fifths of a cent on Friday after Statistics Canada reported unexpectedly weak job and trade figures.Elsewhere in commodities, the September natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.75 per mmBTU, December gold fell $3.10 to US$1,341.30 an ounce and September copper contracts rose a penny to US$2.16 a pound.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect closing price for gold. read more

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Politically Engaged Teddy Pic of the Day

first_img(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)Read: Battle of the Opposition parties: Gerry Adams takes on Fianna Fáil over ‘hypocrisy’ > Read: “People do not feel safe in their own homes” – FF takes aim at Shatter > AS WELL AS all the usual merchandise up for sale at the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis this weekend – badges, t-shirts, books – the party is also selling something a little more unusual: teddy bears.We’re not sure what their stance is on abortion legislation or the property tax but they definitely look a lot cuter than most members of the Oireachtas.last_img read more

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Students create cheap anemia detection system using a cellphone

first_imgA low cost screening device connected to a cell phone could save hundreds of lives in developing countries from anemia, a deadly blood disorder.The device, named HemoGlobe, was developed by biomedical engineering students and it’s designed to convert health workers’ cellphones into a system for detecting anemia. This saves a lot of money compared to dedicated screening hardware or tests, and means no needles are required to take blood samples. It also means anemia can be detected almost instantly, whereas blood tests can take up to a few days, saving time for health workers and getting the patients treated more quickly.HemoGlobe works using a sensor placed on the patient’s fingertip. Different wavelengths of light are then shone through the skin to measure hemoglobin levels. The phone’s screen shows a color-coded result, rating anemia from mild to moderate, and even severe. After the test is complete, the phone sends a text message with the results to a central server in order to compile a map showing where anemia is present and its concentrations within different areas.Anemia occurs when someone doesn’t have enough red blood cells or hemoglobin in their blood, causing low oxygen levels and making them feel weak/light headed. If your oxygen levels are very low it can lead to a heart attack. When pregnant women suffer with this condition it can lead to birth complications and if they lose a lot of blood in the process, the mother can die. Anemic babies can also suffer serious health issues. With this detection system, anemia can be treated quickly by administrating iron supplements. If the condition is found to be particularly bad, a visit to a clinic can be arranged for further treatment.This system is important for testing newborns and pregnant women for the condition in developing countries, and could be manufactured for between $10-$20, saving or improving a lot of lives for very little investment.The Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development competition has warded this Johns Hopkins student’s project with a grant of $250,000. The seed grant will allow the inventors to improve and test the system in Kenya next year.via Kurzweillast_img read more

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Walmart lowers iPhone 4S price to 39 iPhone 5 to 129

first_imgIf you’re an Apple fan who always likes to own and use the latest gadgets, then September and the launch of the iPhone 5S probably can’t come soon enough for you. The iPhone 5s will instantly replace the iPhone 5 as the handset to have, and is sure to command a premium price, but if you don’t mind slightly older hardware then owning an iPhone just got cheaper.Walmart has decided to permanently reduce the price of both the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, making the 4S a budget option and the iPhone 5 much more affordable. Until last week a 16GB iPhone 4S on contract (with AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon) purchased at Walmart stores cost you $90. That has now been reduced to just $39. If that handset is looking pretty ancient to you then there’s the 16GB iPhone 5 instead. It was $190, but Walmart has slashed the price down to $129 provided you sign up for a contract.While both may look like cheap deals, you have to remember we are nearing the launch of the next iPhone (3 months or so to go) and a contract will tie you to that phone for a couple of years. So if you pick up the iPhone 4S it will be a four-year-old device by the time you can upgrade.Even so, if all you want is a handset for calls, texts, and some light Internet browsing, either device is going to serve you well and it seems unlikely the iPhone 5S will introduce any novel, must-have new features. However, if you are in no rush to pick up a new smartphone right now, it may be worth waiting until the iPhone 5S is actually available. At that point the cost of the iPhone 5 will surely come down again, and that’s going to be the best time to pick up Apple’s smartphone.last_img read more

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Prix Pinocchio du développement durable les nominés

first_imgPrix Pinocchio du développement durable : les nominésFrance – Le vote public des internautes pour les Prix Pinocchio 2010 est ouvert. Douze entreprises françaises sont nominées pour remporter l’un des trois prix récompensant les sociétés les moins engagées, ou les plus menteuses en matière de développement durable.Ces prix visent à dénoncer les pratiques de certaines entreprises qui n’hésitent pas à se donner une image respectueuse de l’environnement tout en adoptant un comportement en contradiction totale avec le développement durable. Trois récompenses sont mises en jeu, dans les catégories “Environnement”, “Droits Humains” et “Greenwashing”.À lire aussiComparatif Livebox Play d’Orange / LaBox Numericable : quelle box nouvelle génération est la mieux dotée ?En 2010, les entreprises nominées sont les suivantes : Sodexo, GDF Suez, Vilgrain et Orange pour la catégorie “Droits Humains” ; Total, Eramet, AXA et Alstom dans la catégorie “Environnement”, et le Crédit Agricole, Renault, l’aéroport de Beauvais-Tille et la SNCF dans la catégorie “Greenwashing”.Il est ainsi reproché à AXA ses investissements dans les énergies les moins propres comme le charbon, ou l’extraction d’hydrocarbures par les sables bitumineux, la façon la plus polluante de produire du pétrole. C’est pour ce même investissement que Total est en lice. La société Eramet est quant à elle dénoncée pour son projet de mine de nickel en pleine forêt tropicale, sur l’île de Halmahera en Indonésie. Les raisons pour lesquelles les entreprises sont nominées sont longuement expliquées sur le site prix-pinocchio.org.”Deux ans après la première édition, les Prix Pinocchio démontrent encore malheureusement leur utilité. Tout le monde parle de capitalisme vert et d’économie verte, mais sur le terrain, la réalité est encore une fois bien différente” déploreAloys Ligault, chargé de campagne “Responsabilité des entreprises” pour les Amis de la Terre. Et Nathalie Péré Marzano, déléguée générale du Centre de recherche et d’information pour le développement (Crid), d’ajouter : “Cet événement est également un moyen d’interpeller les responsables politiques sur l’absence de régulation contraignante, qui permet notamment que les multinationales ne soient pas tenues légalement responsables de l’impact de leurs activités, et encore moins de celles de leurs filiales, sur les personnes et l’environnement à travers le monde”.Le 14 octobre 2010 à 15:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Air and Space Museum celebrates 15th annual Space Day

first_img Posted: May 16, 2018 Allie Wagner Allie Wagner, May 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIf you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend for the kids, then head down to the San Diego Air and Space Museum.The museum is celebrating it’s 15th annual “Space Day” this Saturday.The event includes a day of hands-on fun activities, giveaways and a chance to meet Astronaut Woody Spring. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Air and Space Museum celebrates 15th annual ‘Space Day’last_img read more

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Habitat for Humanity volunteers gather in Brickell for fundraiser

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Volunteers from Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami traded in their hard hats for high heels for an annual event at Brickell City Centre.Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami hosted their fourth annual Hard Hats and High Heels event at EAST, located at 788 Brickell Plaza, Thursday night.The gathering was organized by Habitat’s Women’s Leadership Council and brings together a cross section of Miami’s professional, social and philanthropic leaders.“It’s a way to dress up and support Habitat for Humanity,” Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami CEO Mario Artecona said. “Most of the time, our volunteers and supporters are out on a job site hammering, so it’s nice to see them all cleaned up for a good cause.”There was also a silent auction, and all the money raised will go towards the construction of a home for a single mom in Miami through the Women Building Up Women initiative.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Sullivan Supports State Minimum Wage Boost He Once Opposed

first_imgIn a reversal, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan says he supports a ballot measure that would  increase the state minimum wage.Download AudioIn a pre-Primary debate in Fairbanks, Sullivan and then-candidate Joe Miller both said they oppose Ballot Measure 3, which would increase the state’s minimum wage by $2 over two years.But Sullivan, in a story published online Monday by the Wall Street Journal, said he now supports the ballot measure.“Because it is a state-driven initiative, I do support the motion to place a minimum wage question directly to the people of Alaska, and I personally intend to vote for it,” Sullivan said in a written statement.He says he still opposes a national minimum wage increase, saying Alaskans know best how to strengthen their economy.The campaign of his Democratic opponent, Sen. Mark Begich,  promptly issued a press release noting Sullivan’s change of position. Begich supports both Alaska’s Ballot Measure 3 as well as a bill in Congress to boost the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.The Sullivan campaign told the Journal the candidate changed his mind after he had a chance to read the initiative.Alaska AFL-CIO President Vince Beltrami accuses Sullivan of flip-flopping.“Dan Sullivan appears to be able to read polls and knows that opposition to the wage increase might have helped him in a closed primary, but it hurts his appeal to general election voters,” the labor leader said in a press release.The Wall Street Journal reports that, since 2002, every ballot measure to increase a state’s minimum wage has passed, most by wide margins. The paper also reports that such measures typically increase voter turnout by 1 percent and there’s no evidence the increase helps Democrats, as commonly believed.last_img read more

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2600 acres allotted to 4 projects APIIC chief

first_imgAnantapur: Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) has allotted about 2,600 acres for four major projects in the district. The four projects include Bharath Electronics Limited (BEL), National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (NACEN), APADE Park and Kia Motors India Private Limited. The four projects are investing Rs 15,000 crores These four projects are expected to generate 15,000 employment for the jobless in the district. APIIC Chairperson RK Roja told The Hans India that the APIIC is committed to the industrialisation of the district. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us She says that the four industrial projects would have a cascading effect positively on the industrialisation of the district with a host of ancillary industries pertaining to the projects concerned making a beeline to generate employment. More than the high-profile projects generating massive employment, it would trigger generation of innumerable jobs in the small and medium ancillary sectors. Roja stated that there are several enquiries from South Korea on setting up more shops both in the district and other districts in AP State. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us The APIIC, she mentioned, is presently doing all the groundwork to cater to possible industrialisation of the State by acquiring lands and creating a land bank and all infrastructure facilities and amenities relating to the new projects. The APIIC, she says, is planning to develop industrial parks in all the Assembly constituencies in the State. In the district, Hindupur, Puttaparthi, Rapthadu and Madakasira had been zeroed on for establishing industrial estates in 400 acres in the four constituencies. Nearly 1,700 acres of land had been pooled to accommodate new projects.last_img read more

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India Sixth Largest Market of CocaCola Targets to be Top 5 by

first_imgLow price points and wider distribution network of Coca-Cola India made the country the sixth largest market by volume sales globally for the US firm.Coca-Cola India’s ranking was 19 in 2006, but after trailing the top five markets in the US, Mexico, China, Brazil and Japan it scored the sixth position by volume sales in this year. “In terms of potential, we have just scratched the surface….only a quarter of India’s population has had our beverages,” Ventakesh Kini, president of Coca-Cola India and South West Asia, told the Economic Times. He added that there is still huge potential for growth in India.The Coca-Cola Company is an American multinational beverage corporation and manufacturer as well as retailer and marketer of non-alcoholic drinks. This worldwide company was founded in 1886 with its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.Coca-Cola first entered the Indian market in 1950, and opened its bottling plant in New Delhi. By 1973, there were 22 bottling plants operating in 13 states. Along with 38 other companies, Coca-Cola denied stake dilution which resulted the company to formally withdraw from India in 1978. Again in 1993, the company re-entered in India and re-launched as Coca-Cola India Pvt Ltd, after the country allowed foreign investments in 1991. Presently, the company’s brands in India include Coca-Cola, Fanta Orange, Limca, Sprite, Thumps Up, Burn, Kinley, Maaza, Minute Maid Pulpy Orange, Nimbu Fresh, the Georgia Gold range of teas and coffees and Vintingo. Currently, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd is the largest bottling partner of the company.On 24 October 2013, the company opened its 58th manufacturing plant in Chatta, Uttar Pradesh investing ₹135 crore on the project.The Official website of Coca-Cola India states that the system in India has already invested $2 billion since 1993, till 2011. It will be further investing another $5 billion till 2020.With the growing fizz, the Coca-Cola Company also faced criticism.2003: The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a NGO in New Delhi found that Coca-Cola contains 30 times more of toxins that can lead to cancer and a breakdown of the immune system.2004: An Indian parliamentary committee supported CSE, but the Coke company opposed the move and said the lab tests were not reliable. It said that their products were tested for pesticides and meets health criteria. There was a 11 percent drop in the sales due to this allegation.2006: Kerala banned Coca-Cola’s sales and production, but in September the High Court removed the prohibition.2014: The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) closed the Coca-Cola Plant in Varanasi as farmers complained for water shortage due to it.Presently, India is the third largest market in Pacific groups by volume of Coca-Cola sales. According to ET report, the Atlanta-based firm targets India to be a top 5 market by volume by 2020.last_img read more

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NTA Commences Procurement Process for 600 Hybrid Buses

first_imgThe National Transport Authority (NTA) has commenced the procurement process for up to 600 double-deck hybrid buses, as a key element of the BusConnects programme. The NTA intends to enter into a Single Supplier Framework Agreement for the buses.This process is part of the transition to low emission buses, including electric buses, for the urban public bus fleet, as provided for in Project Ireland 2040 and the Climate Action Plan.The Framework Agreement is intended to permit the purchase of double-deck diesel-electric hybrid buses from the supplier during the period of the Framework Agreement.It is envisaged that up to 600 buses may be purchased under this Framework Agreement over a period of about five years. The first delivery could take place before the end of 2020.While the EU’s revised Directive on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles (a.k.a. the ‘Clean Vehicles Directive’) is not expected to enter into force until sometime in 2021, the NTA’s aim is to ensure compliance with the directive for all new city buses delivered from next year onwards.As such, any bus proposed by a manufacturer for inclusion in this tender will be expected to meet the definition of a ‘clean vehicle’ provided for in the revised Directive.NTA spokesperson said: “The new hybrid buses are expected to be at least 30% more energy efficient than current diesel-only buses, and as a result will reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.“The NTA also intend that the new buses will be capable of zero-tailpipe-emissions operation. This capability, combined with the overall reduction in energy consumption, will contribute to an improvement in air quality in the Irish cities that will be served by these buses.”The buses to be provided under the Framework Agreement are intended to:– be double-deck vehicles with a minimum of 40 seats on the upper deck, a minimum of 17 seats (not including longitudinal tip-up seats) on the lower deck and an overall capacity (including standees) of 70 passengers or greater, subject to the vehicle length not exceeding 11.50 metres;– be equipped with a chassis incorporating a low-floor section within which the following are located:– – a wide front entrance doorway fitted with a twin-leaf door and a motorised ramp suitable for unaided wheelchair access;– – a dedicated wheelchair space, which can be easily accessed from the front entrance doorway ramp;– – a dedicated buggy space, which can be easily accessed from the front entrance doorway ramp; and– – a wide centre exit doorway fitted with a twin-leaf door;conform to EU/UNECE Vehicle Category M3 and belong to UNECE Class I;– be designed for both seated and standing passengers;– be suitable for use on city and suburban routes with frequent passenger stops;– be suitable for travelling on mixed roadways at speeds of up to 65 kilometres per hour;meet the relevant definition of a ‘clean vehicle’ under the European Union’s (EU’s) forthcoming revised Directive on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles (a.k.a. the ‘Clean Vehicles Directive’), which is anticipated to enter into force from mid-2021 onwards;– be capable of zero-tailpipe-emissions operation, in order to leverage the air quality benefits of zero-emission vehicles in advance of the roll-out of the infrastructure necessary to support their widespread introduction;– be equipped with a powertrain incorporating a Euro VI-compliant diesel engine;comply with Irish legislation in relation to the suitability for use on public roads;– be laid out in a right-hand driving configuration; andhave an expected efficient operational life of at least 12 years.Further details here.last_img read more

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The Playoff Picture Week 10

first_imgOregon (8-1, No. 5)This week: Blew out Stanford in Eugene, 45-16The case for: Has a strong argument for best non-conference win in college football with 19-point win over otherwise-undefeated Michigan State. Blew out UCLA and Washington. When it’s all said and done, Ducks could have wins over five teams that were ranked at the time. Loss to Arizona could fall under injury considerations in the eyes of the committee.The case against: Lost at home, unlike other one-loss front-runners Ole Miss, Auburn, Alabama, and TCU.Alabama (6-1, No. 6)This week: OffThe case for: With games against No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 5 Auburn waiting (plus at LSU) Alabama has more chances to impress than the rest of their competition. And both must come to Tuscaloosa, where they’ve racked up 1,247 yards and 101 points in their last two games. A 10-point neutral site win over West Virginia has aged like Apple stock.The case against: Zero wins over teams that will be ranked come Tuesday night.TCU (7-1, No. 7)This week: Won at then-No. 20 West Virginia, 31-30The case for: Win over Minnesota is the best non-conference win by a Big 12 team. Frogs’ play against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech makes fourth quarter against Baylor look like a major aberration. Gets Kansas State at home. Win over West Virginia will look better before the committee than it would with the computers.The case against: Leaving the state of Texas twice all season, plus the Baylor loss, means their only impressive road win will be West Virginia. Light closing schedule (at Kansas, at Texas, vs. Iowa State) doesn’t leave opportunity to impress after mid-November.Michigan State (6-1, No. 8)This week: OffThe case for: Should earn major brownie points from the committee for traveling to Oregon. Held a two-score lead in every game this season. Gets Ohio State at home, plus possible Big Ten championship berth.The case against: Most, and only, impressive win so far is five-point defeat of Nebraska at home. Oregon loss means only chance for impressive win in an opponent’s stadium is at Maryland.Kansas State (7-1, No. 9)This week: OffThe case for: K-State is alone in first place in the Big 12, the only team in the conference still with a chance to run the table. The list of teams to win in Norman during the Stoops tenure is short, and Kansas State has now done it in two straight trips. Still has games with Oklahoma State, West Virginia, TCU and Baylor remaining, the latter three on the road. The loss to Auburn will play better during selection committee discussions than it would in the BCS era.The case against: Loss to Auburn means Kansas State’s only non-conference wins are Stephen F. Austin and UTEP.Notre Dame (7-1, No. 10)This week: Survived Navy in Washington, D.C., 49-39The case for: Walked into the house of the defending national champions and more than held their own. Earned a hard-fought win over Stanford. Challenging remaining schedule (at No. 14 Arizona State, vs. Louisville, at No. 20 USC) leaves plenty of opportunities to impress the committee.The case against: Let’s be honest, the only impressive thing this team has done is nearly beat Notre Dame. Their wins are pedestrian, and they haven’t looked especially dominant in the process.Arizona State (7-1, No. 14)This week: Beat then-No. 17 Utah, 19-16 in overtimeThe case for: Displayed great defense since UCLA lost, out-Stanfording Stanford for a 26-10 win and out-grittying Utah on Saturday. Still has home game with Notre Dame, plus trips to Arizona and a potential date with Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship.The case against: 62-27 home loss to UCLA was the very definition of ugly at the time. So bad was that loss that Arizona State, playing without starting quarterback Taylor Kelly that night, can not use the injury consideration asterisk that Oregon and Ohio State will make their proverbial cases with.Ohio State (7-1, No. 16)This week: Blew out Illinois, 55-14The case for: This team looked every bit like a top four team since loss to Virginia Tech, beating likely bowl teams Cincinnati, Maryland and Rutgers by nearly 30 points per game, until struggling with Penn State. Still, a conference win on the road is a conference win on the road. Chance to earn impressive road win at Michigan State. Play of J.T. Barrett since Virginia Tech loss creates a discussion point for the committee.The case against: That Virginia Tech loss has aged like a carton of milk on a Las Vegas sidewalk in the middle of July.“You’re going to need some help.”Baylor (6-1, No. 13)This week: Crushed Kansas, 60-14The case for: Improbable as it was, this is still the team that beat TCU. Still has games with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas State ahead, the latter two in Waco.The case against: Non-conference schedule of SMU, Northwestern State and Buffalo is essentially begging for a slap on the wrist from the committee.“We’re glad you’re here, now go ahead and take a seat at the back of the room.”Nebraska (7-1, No. 15)This week: Beat Purdue, 35-14The case for: Favorite for Big Ten West championship, one upset away from becoming Big Ten champion.The case against: Loss to Michigan State means Huskers may not beat a ranked team until Big Ten championship. Best non-conference win was Miami. Needed Heisman-worthy play by Ameer Abdullah to avoid overtime with McNeese State..Duke (6-1, No. 24)This week: Squeaked by Pittsburgh, 51-48 in double overtimeThe case for: If they can win out and beat an undefeated Florida State in the ACC championship….The case against: Will likely finish regular season with zero wins over ranked teams. Played Elon, Troy, Kansas and Tulane in non-conference. Even if they win the ACC Coastal, it’s still the ACC Coastal. Is Duke.Ole Miss (7-2, No. 4)This week: Lost at home to Auburn, 38-35The case for: The only team this season to beat Alabama, owns a solid neutral-site non-conference win over Boise State, dominant in wins over Texas A&M and Tennessee.The case against: It’ll take a miracle. As in, a five-way tie for first place in the SEC where the Rebels somehow come out on top. West Virginia GazetteThere are five weeks of college football remaining before Selection Sunday and there are a dozen teams that genuinely believe they’ll be in the College Football Playoff if they win out, plus three more that could get there if things break their way. Obviously, there are only four seats on this ride, so let’s sort out where everyone stands.“Win out and you’ve got nothing to worry about.”Auburn (7-1 record, No. 3 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings)This week: Won at then-No. 4 Ole Miss, 38-35The case for: Thursday night win at Kansas State is arguably the most impressive non-conference win in the nation, and certainly in the SEC. Still has more chances to impress than anyone in college football with games at Georgia, Alabama and a possible SEC championship berth waiting.The case against:  None. This was the committee’s top one-loss team before walking out of Oxford with a win. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more