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NGO crackdown has foreign fund inflows plunging 40 since Modi govt era

first_imgMumbai: The Modi governments crackdown on foreign funding of non-profit organisaitons has resulted in a massive 40 percent decline in fund flows from external sources for social uplift in the four years to 2017-18, finds and industry report. Over 13,000 non-government organisations have been acted against by the Union home ministry by cancelling their licences, according to a report by a foreign consultancy Bain & Co. The report has also found that as many as 4,800 NGOs lost their licenses in 2017 alone. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”Foreign contributions declined by about 40 percent. This comes amid a government crackdown on NGOs for violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) of 2010,” says the report. Several of these NGOs which lost licences are engaged in rights-based advocacy, and the crackdown has led to an outcry from civil society organisations who termed it as an abuse of legal procedures. The Modi government had cut short the term of Nachiket Mor from the RBI’s central board last year. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsMor is the country director of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the RSS-affiliated Swadeshi Jagran Manch had lobbied for his removal as RBI oversees funding for NGOs coming from overseas. There were also many other big names from the world of charities being targeted. Ford Foundation, and Amnesty International among others being the most notable names. The Bain report says compliance with the rules can result in increase in the social sector wallet size. The report further says donations by individual philanthropists have ensured that the role of private funding continues to grow despite slowing foreign fund inflows. Total private funds raised for the social sector is estimated to have grown to Rs 70,000 crore in FY18, up from Rs 60,000 crore in FY15, even as the share of foreign contributions has come down. India Inch has contributed with Rs 13,000 crore through their mandatory corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, which is a growth rate of 12 percent, while individual donations came in at Rs 43,000 crore growing at 21 percent yearly during this period. The report, however, says there is a need for a greater participation by individual donors to meet various goals and projects that the ultra-high networth individuals have the potential to give 2.5-3.5 times more than they are donating now. This is essential because the country needs an additional Rs 4.2 trillion annually to achieve five of the 17 sustainable development goals, which include ending poverty and hunger, good health and quality education, among others.last_img read more

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Ashes from Icelandic volcano could pose health risks UN agency warns

It is estimated that about 25 per cent of the particles in the ash resulting from the eruption of the Eyjafjalla volcano on 14 April are less than 10 microns in size – considered more dangerous because they can penetrate deeper into the lungs, according to a news release issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).The agency said that people with chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma, emphysema or bronchitis may be more susceptible to irritation if ash is in the lower atmosphere in high concentrations. But as long as the ash remains in the upper atmosphere, there will not likely be an increased risk of health effects. “Since the ash concentration may vary from country to country depending on the wind and air temperatures, our advice is to listen to local public health officials for the best guidance for individual situations,” said Maria Neira, Director of WHO”s Public Health and Environment Department.“If people are outside and notice irritation in their throat and lungs, a runny nose or itchy eyes, they should return indoors and limit their outdoor activities,” Dr. Neira added. WHO noted that at present the cloud is suspended high in the atmosphere and the particles have not begun to settle. When the particles do settle, they could cause an increase in health concerns.“At that point, WHO might recommend that people stay indoors as much as possible, and if they did go outdoors, people with respiratory problems should wear a protective mask,” WHO”s Daniel Epstein told a news conference in Geneva. Scylla Sillaayo of the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) told the same briefing that the ashes were a pollutant just like any other aerosol – the heavier ashes stayed closer to the source, while the lighter ones travelled for long distances before finally settling on the ground. He added that there were volcanic ash advisory centres, and the centre in the United Kingdom was dealing with this particular problem. While the health effects may not yet be fully known, the ash clouds are strongly affecting air traffic, with a number of European nations closing their airspace yesterday in the wake of the volcanic eruption.“No incidents or accidents have been reported due to volcanic ash. Disruptions in air traffic, however, are being experienced in the United Kingdom and Scandinavia,” the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said. The agency, based in the Canadian city of Montréal, noted that since volcanic ash is composed of very abrasive silica materials, it can damage the airframe and flight surfaces, clog different systems, scrape cockpit windows and cause the flame in jet engines to go out, constituting a serious safety hazard. Volcanic ash can also have a serious effect on airports and airfields located downwind of a volcanic ash plume since it contaminates runways, ground equipment and aircraft parked or taxiing in the area, it added. 16 April 2010The United Nations health agency said today that the health risks related to the ashes from the volcanic eruption in Iceland are not yet fully known, but they could be harmful when inhaled, especially for people with asthma and other respiratory problems. read more

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UN humanitarian agency Pakistan flooding victims still in urgent need of support

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that the situation for those impacted by the floods is desperate, with an estimated 14 million people in need of urgent assistance. Many face serious challenges on a daily basis, relying on the supply of safe drinking water, food, health care and shelter, especially as the harsh winter begins and temperatures drop in northern Pakistan. “At this time it is critical, more than ever, for countries to demonstrate commitment to the people of Pakistan,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan, Rauf Engin Soysal. “Millions remain in need of immediate help,” he said.In addition, the Pakistan Floods Relief and Early Recovery Response Plan – set up by the Government of Pakistan and the United Nations to help meet the immediate relief needs of flood-affected communities – is still in urgent need of support. So far, its funding is only at 40 per cent of the required $1.93 billion. “The initial solidarity demonstrated in the early days of the crisis must be re-energized if Pakistan is not to be forgotten,” said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan, Martin Mogwanja. OCHA says resources are crucial for relief and rehabilitation operations to meet the large scale needs of those affected by the floods in the south, while providing temporary shelter in the north with ‘one warm room’ in every home to keep flood-affected families warm while they rebuild. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warns that without significant new funding now, life assistance and recovery work will need to be scaled back in the new year. UNICEF has received $134 million of its $251 million revised appeal – without additional funding, programmes and staffing in child health, education, protection, water and sanitation and nutrition will be cut back.The UN and its partners have provided food and emergency shelter for some six million people in the country over the last month, emergency shelter has been provided for 3.9 million people, 2.5 million receive safe drinking water, and 5.9 million people have benefited from essential health care. 5 November 2010One hundred days into Pakistan’s worst ever flooding crisis, United Nations humanitarian coordinators are drawing attention to the plight of the millions of Pakistanis who remain in urgent need of support, following the rains and floods which swept away entire communities. read more

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UN commission for Western Asia adopts regional transport agreement

In a message to the meeting, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that the importance of transport for cross-border cooperation and commerce “cannot be stressed too highly”, as the experiences of Europe and other regions had amply illustrated. ESCWA’s adoption of the Agreement on International Roads in Arab Mashrek would be “a landmark in the life of the Commission,” Mr. Annan said in a message delivered on his behalf by Mervat Tallawy, ESCWA’s Executive Secretary. The Secretary-General also noted his appreciation that the agenda of ESCWA’s two-day 21st ministerial session, which opened today in Beirut, Lebanon, included the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He expressed regret that conflict continued to plague the region’s development efforts and pledged that the UN, “through diplomacy, peacekeeping operations, development agencies and humanitarian assistance,” would continue to do its utmost in the search for peace. In her own statement, Ms. Tallawy noted that other priorities before the Commission included addressing the problem of scarcity of water, rationalizing energy use and developing and upgrading technology. She also stressed the need for ESCWA to be provided with sufficient financial support to carry out its work, which was currently restricted due to the lack of sufficient budget resources.ESCWA is one of the five regional commissions that report to the UN Economic and Social Council, the principal organ responsible for coordinating economic and social activities in the UN system. read more

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UN political official urges resolution of deadlocked Middle East peace process

“We are concerned that we have not yet seen the progress required for sustained negotiations that could lead to successful outcomes,” the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, told the Security Council during its regular monthly meeting on the Middle East. “While prospects for peace seem to grow dimmer, we – as the United Nations – continue to hope that leaders on both sides will recognize and seize the historic opportunity that is now before them to start seriously working toward the goal of reaching a peace agreement that meets the legitimate aspirations and fulfils the rights of the people on both sides,” Mr. Feltman stated. In the briefing, his first on the situation in the Middle East since his appointment, Mr. Feltman addressed a range of ongoing problems – from the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) fiscal crisis to sustained Israeli settlement construction – which he said continued to impede the positive evolution of the peace process. “We continue to be concerned by the ongoing policy of demolitions and forced evictions implemented by the Israeli authorities in Area C and East Jerusalem,” he stated, adding that he was also concerned by the continuous restrictions imposed by the Israeli authorities on humanitarian assistance provided to those Palestinians affected by the demolitions of their homes. Mr. Feltman similarly indicated that the lack of unity among Palestinian factions in the West Bank and Gaza was also adversely impacting the Palestinian population – the West Bank is run by the faction known as Fatah, while Gaza is run by the Hamas movement. There have reportedly been efforts to unite the two, but with little success so far. In particular, Mr. Feltman cited an incident in July 2012 when Gazan applications for outside medical treatment were not processed due to a dispute between Gazan authorities and their PA counterparts in the West Bank. On a positive note, however, the UN official pointed out that Israeli and PA representatives had been meeting to resolve the latter’s ongoing financial difficulties by enhancing the PA’s revenue capture through the reduction of illegal trade and tax evasion. “These are welcome steps that follow others reported previously, and we encourage continued positive gestures,” Mr. Feltman said, while also mentioning that UN reconstruction work in the Gaza Strip was having a positive, though short-term, effect on employment there. Nevertheless, the Under-Secretary-General emphasized that the primary path forward to resolving the continuing regional impasse remained the two-state solution. “It is clear that the two-state solution remains the best available and most realistic option for the Israelis and Palestinians. It is the view of the United Nations that there is a responsibility not only on the parties themselves but on all Member Sates to consider their action and their language in light of that goal,” Mr. Feltman noted, adding that all Member States should ask themselves the “simple question as to whether a certain course of action brings the Israelis and Palestinians closer to a two-state solution or makes that goal even harder to achieve in practice.” Turning his focus to other events in the region, Mr. Feltman voiced concern about the potential spill-over of the Syrian conflict into neighbouring Lebanon, where sectarian tensions have been increasing in recent months. “As the crisis in Syria continues to deteriorate, the situation in Lebanon has become more precarious and the need for continued international support to the Government and the Lebanese Armed Forces increasingly important,” he told the Council. “Tensions over domestic and security concerns remain high throughout the country and are easily exacerbated by developments in Syria,” he added. In one related incident, on 21 August, clashes erupted between Sunni and Alawite communities in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli resulting in at least six deaths and tens of injuries. read more

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No winners in French derby in Nantes

HBC Nantes and PSG Handball played 26:26 (15:14) in third match of EHF Champions League TOP 16. The French derby was very interesting in front of 4.400 fans, which didn’t celebrate success of home team at the end. Nantes was lead by Spanish right back Gurbindo (6 goals), while Nedim Remili had his shooting performance on high level with the same number of goals for team from Paris who was without Nikola Karabatic (gastroenteritis).HBC NANTES – PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN HB 26:26 (15:14)Nantes : Dumoulin (10 saves), Siffert (3 saves); Lagarde, Gharbi, O. Nyokas (4/9), Claire (3/6), Nyateu (3/4), Klein (2/2), Tournat (4/4), Feliho, Derot (0/3), Matulic (1/2), Delecroix, Gurbindo (6/7 dont 3/4 pén), Balaguer (3/4 dont 1/2 pén), PechmalbecParis : Skof (1 goal), Omeyer (14 saves); Genseheimer (7/11, 6/6 pén), Mollgaard, Accambray, Stepancic, Kounkoud, Barachet, Rémili (6/8), Abalo (2/3), L. Karabatic (4/5), Hansen (6/11), Narcisse (1/2), Nielsen, Nahi ← Previous Story Telekom Veszprem win in Zagreb to come closer to TOP 8 Next Story → Martin Hausleitner will be new EHF Secretary General! read more

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These 8 jobs will make you rich AND happy

first_img The Pixel watch that never was: An inside look at how Google’s smartwatch efforts beat Apple to the punch, but then broke down and never recovered (GOOG, GOOGL) The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there MOST PEOPLE BELIEVE that “a happy career” and “a fat pay cheque” are mutually exclusive, but US online jobs community CareerBliss.com recently found these two things sometimes do go hand in hand.CareerBliss compiled its new list of jobs that can make you happy and rich by analysing more than 50,000 independent company reviews from 2013 and 2014.The reviews are from employees all over the U.S. who evaluated 10 factors that affect work happiness on a five-point scale: one’s relationship with one’s boss and coworkers; workplace environment; job resources; compensation; growth opportunities; company culture; company reputation; daily tasks; and job control over the work performed on a daily basis.CareerBliss combined those numbers to find an average rating of overall happiness for each respondent and sorted the results by job title and salary to determine which jobs pay well and make professionals the happiest.The No. 1 job on the list is chief technology officer. People in this position gave the profession a “bliss score” of 3.4 out of 5. They earn $117,000 a year, on average, more than double the national average salary of $46,440.“We find that people often settle for just a job, when there are many careers out there that take extra effort but pay off with huge dividends,” says Heidi Golledge, CEO and cofounder of CareerBliss. “If you look for the opportunity to build something great while learning and earning a piece of the action, your career and bank account will thank you for it.”Here are the happiest high-paying jobs in 2014: Source: BusinessinsiderRead: Are you Facebook friends with your boss? Half of people areRead: Here’s how Richard Bruton plans to create 7,000 jobs a year in multinational companieslast_img read more

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Listening to Trump voters I am surprised disappointed bewildered fascinated and enlightened

first_img Larry Donnelly Short URL By Larry Donnelly ‘Listening to Trump voters, I am surprised, disappointed, bewildered, fascinated and enlightened’ In overlooking certain perspectives, the media is committing its gravest error in this undeniably frightening time of political upheaval, writes Larry Donnelly. 337 Views 94 Comments Share Tweet Email4 https://jrnl.ie/3184819 Jan 15th 2017, 8:10 AM Law lecturer, NUI Galway THE IRISH ACADEMIC, journalistic and political classes – and those who follow them closely – have been embroiled in a debate recently about just how, and indeed whether, insurgent movements in the West (that many find offensive) should be covered in the press.Assorted arguments have been proffered with respect to the limits of freedom of expression in the context of so-called hate speech, the appropriate role of media organs in determining how information is disseminated and why an individual or group should be granted or denied a platform to articulate controversial (to put it euphemistically) viewpoints.In an intellectual sense, this debate has been stimulating and thought provoking. Yet perhaps because I am an American who abhors curtailments of the freedom of speech or because, for me, nearly everything ultimately comes down to the cold, unforgiving realities of politics and elections, I can’t help but feel that the myriad of contributions that have been made as of late are shedding more heat than light.They are missing the mark.For instance, there is virtually nothing in Nicholas Pell’s now infamous piece in the online edition of The Irish Times that could have not been gleaned from a perfunctory Google search for the ‘alt-right’. And the responses of his numerous vociferous critics have run the gamut from compelling to hysterical.Neither Pell nor his legions of foes here in Ireland, however, directly address the quandary that precipitated their debate:Why did the American people do what most of us deemed highly implausible and elect Donald Trump to be their next president on 8 November?Instead of allowing the men and women who voted for Donald Trump an opportunity to outline their reasons for doing so, much of the focus in the media over the past two months has been on the shadowy “alt-right”, the racism that sadly persists in the United States and the potential that the president-elect’s unexpected triumph may prove a harbinger of the return of fascism to the West.The lack of attention paid by the media and the global intelligentsia more broadly to Trump supporters since his election suggests that those who cannot abide the fact that he will be president either don’t want to know why the American people elected him or are afraid to hear why they did.This seeming indifference, when coupled, as it invariably is, with condescending derision, only confirms to tens of millions of Americans that they were right to cast ballots for the GOP nominee, despite the deeply troubling and potentially explosive rumours that are now in the public domain.In truth, as was sagely observed by Boston Globe columnist Thomas Farragher immediately after the election, many Trump voters “are our relatives, our friends, our neighbours…they are not haters. Some are the most decent, kind, unselfish people I know”.I wholeheartedly agree. Among them are several of my closest friends back in Boston.On a post-Christmas family trip there, I sought to comprehend why they did what they did in November. While I did, I was alternatively surprised, disappointed, bewildered – and fascinated. But unlike after reading Pell and his attackers, I was actually enlightened by our, at times, fiery conversations.What did my friends tell me?First, they are not under any illusion that Donald Trump is a good person or someone they would want their children to emulate. They largely admit that he is not a man of strong character. Additionally, they recognise that Trump does not have all the answers.Nonetheless, they believe that the system is broken and that the leaders of both parties have lied to them repeatedly.Even if they don’t always agree, they like that Trump speaks his mind and doesn’t care about being politically correct.They are seriously concerned – some are very pessimistic – about the future and consider him well-placed to shake things up.In the main, they don’t think their own financial successes or struggles are closely linked to the contents of the Democratic or Republican Party platforms.To a person, they are extremely critical of Hillary Clinton and were repulsed in equal measure by her attempts to portray herself as a champion of ordinary working people and her “basket of deplorables” remark.Mindful of their young children, they lament that neither party has done anything about the skyrocketing cost of third-level education. Some want the Affordable Care Act repealed.From the different points on the ideological spectrum they occupy, they embrace President Trump’s pledge to put the US and its people first. In particular, they reject the idea that it is either incumbent upon or in the best interests of the country they love to be the world’s police force, especially given that so many brave soldiers have been killed or returned home with wounds that will never heal and that military interventions have engendered so much anti-Americanism, which they regard as totally unfair.They have a heartfelt sympathy for the men and women in ‘Middle America’ who have been left behind by the forces of globalism. They raise the question as to why Democrats seem to have abandoned blue-collar workers for “identity politics and Silicon Valley”. And certainly, there is a general notion that, while they work very hard for what they have, others, including racial minorities and immigrants, do not.One can agree or disagree with the relative merits of these justifications offered by a small group of Trump voters. In most instances, however, I found myself at least understanding where they were coming from, if seldom concurring.Tellingly though, they never mentioned the “alt-right” or voiced any desire for Trump to bypass the other branches of government and run the US by fiat like a modern day dictator.I could be wrong, but I suspect that they are representative of millions of Americans who backed Donald Trump. As such, it is a terrible shame that their sentiments – and those of similarly minded citizens in our nearer neighbours in Europe – aren’t heard more often and more widely.It is in overlooking their perspectives, while simultaneously according prominence to malevolent, far-right provocateurs such as Nicholas Pell, on one side, and to those who compete to shout “fascist!” the loudest, on the other, that the media is committing its gravest error in this undeniably frightening time of political upheaval.Larry Donnelly is a Boston attorney, a Law Lecturer at NUI Galway and a political columnist with TheJournal.ie and IrishCentral.com.Obama to Biden: ‘I had to quote an Irish poet and Seamus Heaney was taken’ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 15 Jan 2017, 8:10 AMlast_img read more

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Irish people arent very optimistic about Northern Irelands future

first_img Image: Niall Carson Theresa May and Enda Kenny have both made it very clear that ‘there will be no return to the borders of the past’ but as Article 50 has yet to be triggered, and EU negotiations are still to come, no one is really sure what will happen.This was confused further when a statement made by an MP said that it mightn’t be up to either Ireland or Britain – but that the EU could force a border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.On the News at One yesterday, former Tánaiste Joan Burton suggested that there would be a ‘lycra option’ – a quirkier wording for a ‘soft’ border through technology.It is hoped that this would create a frictionless border with no delays, that could check through sensors whether drivers have the right passes/credentials to travel across the border.But Burton also said the outcome of the border depended on “the strength of the case Ireland makes” about protecting jobs and maintaining relations.It depends on the case Ireland makes, not only to the UK, but to the negotiators and the dealmakers in the other 26 countries, so they understand how technical and how difficult this is going to be.”Read: Police were called 2,738 times about domestic abuse over ChristmasMichelle O’Neill: ‘Martin and Gerry asked if I was up for the role. I said I was’ As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Share14 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3217048 11,981 Views Feb 2nd 2017, 6:05 AM Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha BREXIT HAS CREATED a lot of confusion about Northern Ireland, and a poll has confirmed that people aren’t feeling great about it.After Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the issue of what would happen to the UK’s land border with the Republic of Ireland has gathered a lot of attention.It’s been escalating ever since then: the Stormont Assembly collapsed and Martin McGuinness, one of the leading figures in Northern Ireland politics, resigned.In a Claire Byrne Live poll conducted by Amárach Research, 1,000 adults were asked: ‘Are you optimistic about Northern Ireland’s future?’The results were:Yes – 35%No – 35%Don’t know – 30% Image: Niall Carson 54 Comments Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 6:05 AM Irish people aren’t very optimistic about Northern Ireland’s future A group of Irish adults were asked “Are you optimistic about Northern Ireland’s future?”last_img read more

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Vancouver City Council gets overview of Clark County Jail

first_imgClark County’s blue ribbon committee meets Tuesday for the first time to begin a six-month review process focused on replacing the county’s aging jail.The committee features 24 regional representatives, including Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle and City Manager Eric Holmes.Chief Corrections Deputy Ric Bishop gave the Vancouver City Council an overview of the jail’s issues and what he described as an overwhelming need for replacement Monday evening. He called the commission’s timeline aggressive, but for good reason.“It’s an aggressive timeline because our population in our community is rapidly expanding and our main jail is deteriorating,” Bishop said. “We need to have options soon.”As Bishop briefly mentioned, the commission will consider five proposed options that range in cost from $63 million to $284 million. It’s estimated that the jail will need anywhere between 1,109 to 1,260 beds by 2036, according to a study conducted by the DLR Group in 2017.Built in 1984, the jail has 300 beds, and serves about 400 inmates a day on average, Bishop told the council. Figures from the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs show the average daily number of inmates at a much higher rate — an average of 711 inmates a day in 2017.last_img read more

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Ranieri tips Seri to shine at Fulham

first_imgFulham manager Claudio Ranieri has described midfielder Jean Michael Seri as a “very important” player for the club and has vowed to help build his confidence.Jean Michael Seri signed for Fulham from Nice for a club record of around £25million in July 2018.The Ivorian was impressive in Fulham’s 1-1 draw with Leicester on Wednesday but failed to make much of an impact as they lost 4-1 to United on Saturday.Ranieri believes that once his confidence is back, he can help Fulham stay in the Premier League this season.“It’s important he continues to play because I believe he can improve more,” Ranieri told Sky Sports.“In Nice he played so well two years ago, he was fantastic. In the newspapers it was that Barcelona wanted him.“Maybe he stayed there in Nice and his confidence went down a little – maybe he wanted to go, but he stayed in Nice, and the second year was so-so.The team of OGC Nice line up during the UEFA Europa League group K match between Vitesse and OGC Nice at on December 7, 2017 in Arnhem, Netherlands.Report: Nice has been sold to billionaire Ratcliffe George Patchias – August 27, 2019 French Ligue 1 club Nice has been sold to British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his Ineos chemical company.According to the BBC.co.uk, one of…“For this reason, Fulham had the chance to buy him, and for me, he’s a very, very important central midfielder.“He’s a key player because a lot of the play goes through him, and the other midfielders.“This is very, very important, because he always shows for the ball, plays with the ball, and is important for his team-mates.“I give him a lot of confidence, and him to his team-mates. It’s very important to have the confidence of the manager.“He is very, very important. If you [climb] off the bottom, confidence gets higher and we can do something more.”last_img read more

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Eicher Motors Q4 net profit jumps 71 on robust sales of Royal

first_imgEicher Motors, the makers of Royal Enfield motorcycle and heavy vehicles, reported a 71 percent rise in consolidated net profit to Rs. 334.50 crore for the quarter ended March 2016. The net profit for the corresponding period last year was Rs. 195.30 crore. The company plans to invest Rs.1,000 crore in the current fiscal to enhance production capacity.Consolidated revenues increased 47 percent to Rs. 3,765 crore during the quarter from Rs. 2,568 crore in the year-ago period, according to the company’s regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Friday.The operating margin was 14.1 percent at Rs. 531 crore, as against 11.3 percent, year-over-year.Eicher Motors said sales of Royal Enfied during the March quarter were the best till date. “In this quarter, Royal Enfield sold 148,185 motorcycles, registering its best ever quarterly sales and posting a growth of 59.6% over 92,845 motorcycles sold in the same period last year,” the company said.Sales of Volvo commercial vehicles stood at 15,553 units in the quarter, up from 11,020 units, year-over-year.Twelve-month net profit, revenuesEicher Motors posted 61 percent rise in consolidated net profit to Rs. 1,083 crore and 40 percent increase in income from operations to Rs. 13,120 crore for 12 months ended March 31, 2016. Operating margin was higher at 13 percent. New financial reporting periodThe company changed its financial reporting period from calendar year to accounting year in 2015-16. Consolidated net profit stood at Rs. 1,278 crore and revenues at Rs. 15,688 crore for the 15-month period ended March 2016.Measures to enhance capacity, rev up salesEicher Motors plans to invest Rs. 600 crore during the current fiscal to scale up production and boost sales. “We will be investing Rs. 600 crores towards product development, setting up of the two technical centres, in Leicestershire, UK and Chennai, India, enhancing our manufacturing capacity and market development activities across geographies,” Siddhartha Lal, managing director & CEO of Eicher Motors Limited, said in a statement.”In FY 2016-17, we plan to manufacture 675,000 motorcycles. Our immediate business outlook remains strong and Royal Enfield continues to grow consistently, competitively and profitably towards leading and expanding the mid-sized motorcycle segment globally,” he added.The company also announced plans to ramp up investment to drive its commercial vehicles business. “We will be investing Rs 400 crores in VECV (Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles) towards product development and capacity expansion in FY 2016-17,” Lal said. Stock closes flatOn Thursday, the Eicher Motors stock closed at Rs. 19,687.45 on the BSE, down 0.30 percent from its previous close. The results were declared before trading closed for the day.last_img read more

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Social interactions can help slow climate change

first_imgSimply talking to your friends about adopting a more planet-friendly diet or avoiding the use of fossil fuels may help fight climate change, scientists say. Researchers from the University of Guelph and University of Waterloo in Canada have developed a new mathematical model that accounts for social processes such as social learning in climate predictions. The studyshows that including social processes can alter climate change predictions. The findings may help stem or reduce global warming. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Human behaviour affects natural systems including climate, and that climate systems in turn affect behaviour,” said Madhur Anand, from University of Guelph. “But social processes are often neglected in climate models,” she said. The researchers believe the key to slowing down global warming lies in coupling climate change models with social learning, or understanding how learning from others affects our opinions or actions. For the study, the researchers combined a common climate prediction model with a new human behaviour model to look at interactions. They found that social learning about mitigation strategies such as hearing that a friend has bought a new hybrid car or adopted a plant-based diet can influence social norms in ways that ultimately affect climate outcomes.last_img read more

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Boy Scouts name change is a step forward for trans scouts

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Trans people have joined the Boy Scouts in Pakistan for the first timeGreying the Rainbow: Why Aging MattersMeet Jamey Jesperson, the nonbinary activist who left the Mormon ChurchRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/boy-scouts-name-change-is-a-step-forward-for-trans-scouts/ As a straight black conservative I’m so glad my dad didn’t waste his time by putting me in the boy scouts because I would have been fucking pissed!!! at these cowards at the boy scouts for caving into these men hating liberals what a shame.— Mike Young (@TheMikester1983) May 4, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The United States’ Boy Scouts program is changing its name to Scouts BSA to reflect the organization’s decision to allow girls into the program. Dear Son, You asked a perfectly reasonable question about why the Girl Scouts will remain the @GirlScouts but the #BoyScouts cannot remain the Boy Scouts. And the answer is simple: There is no war on women and girls. There is only a war on boys and men. #Qanon #BSA #feminism— Rama Rama Tiki (@Crunchy_Conserv) May 5, 2018 A group of Boy Scouts in 2010 The name change goes into effect in February 2019.‘As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible,’ Boy Scouts of America’s chief executive Michael Surbaugh said in a statement. ‘That is why it is important that the name for our Scouting program for older youth remain consistent with the single name approach used for the Cub Scouts.’Cub Scouts, for little kids, was the first of the groups to welcome girls. By next year, older girls can join the Scouts and work to achieve the status of Eagle Scout, just like the boys.The criticsHowever, not everyone was happy with this step forward for equality. Critics are calling it ‘co-ed political correctness.’ Many claimed this change was a ‘war on men and masculinity.’Boy Scouts have given in to Political Correctness. So stupid.#BoyScouts #ScoutsBSA pic.twitter.com/mrnFLlyYl6— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) May 5, 2018 The Boy Scouts are no more. They’ve caved in to pressure from feminists & beta males & have officially erased the word Boy from their name. Very sad @boyscouts @scouts #BoyScoutsofAmerica— Jesse Lee Peterson (@JLPtalk) May 4, 2018Transgender ScoutsDespite this uninformed criticism, the name change is significant for many transgender Scouts.i was kicked out of the boy scouts when i was close to eagle scout for coming to terms with being trans. back then, scouts was my life. i was passionate and cared heavily for it. but their conservative mentality that promotes gender segregation forced me out of something i loved.— génesis chéverez (@GenesisCheverez) May 4, 2018Christyn is a former Boy Scout from Connecticut. Since her time Scouting, she has come out as trans and is supportive of the name change.‘I joined Cub Scouts when I was in second grade. Before that I had tired all sorts of other activities – karate, gymnastics, little league, soccer, but none of them were a good fit,’ Christyn recalls. ‘So when the den leader for my age group said she didn’t have any more room in her den, my mom signed up as a leader for me and a bunch of my friends.’Though she didn’t understand it at the time, Christyn remembers feeling dysphoria during her time with the Scouts.‘Especially as I got older I felt more and more like I didn’t belong there,’ she tells GSN.Lifting the gay banBack in 2012, LGBTI organization GLAAD protested the Scouts organization’s discriminatory policy banning gay members. In 2013, the organization lifted its ban on gay youth. By 2015, the ban on gay leaders was lifted as well.‘I remember when I was younger about a lawsuit regarding this that BSA won allowing them to continue banning LGBT members, specifically because they were a private organization,’ Christyn says, referring to a lawsuit from 2000.Safety for trans ScoutsWhile Christyn believes the name change won’t cause a huge shift socially, she is happy that she’ll be ‘able to tell people [she’s] an Eagle Scout, or that [she] was in the Scouts, without outing [herself].’‘But personally, it’s weird for me to know that I was in the Boy Scouts,’ she says.A Scout’s response to the criticsWhen it comes to the critics, Christyn finds a lot of them misattribute things to the founder of the Scouts and make ‘silly straw man’ arguments.‘For example, they say that Lord Baden Powell (who founded the Scouting movement in 1908) wrote Scouting for Boys. But see, when a troop of girls showed up at an event, he was irritated, but helped found Scouting programs for girls. And even now, there’s going to be separate troops by gender, so all these years of shenanigans are ridiculous,’ she says.‘Another argument made is that there’s already GSUSA [Girl Scouts USA], so why does BSA need to steal members. We’re not stealing, though, no more than someone would accuse little league of stealing from soccer. It’s just two different, unassociated programs. World scouting recognizes only one scouting group in each country, and here that’s BSA. Most of the member groups everywhere else are already co ed, so why not us?’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- The Boy Scouts will soon be neutered in the name of political correctness. Instead of learning about the outdoors and boy stuff, there will be sensitivity training prior to selling their allotment of Girl Scout cookies.— Paul Gallo (@paulgalloshow) May 6, 2018last_img read more

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How to tell if your child is on drugs

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Drug abuse is becoming a major issue worldwide and the availability of drugs is increasing at a rapid rate.As a parent, it can be a nightmare to find out your child is on drugs.There are common signs and symptoms that parents should keep an eye out for if they suspect drug abuse:Aggressive behaviourRestlessnessEmotional outburstsDilated (enlarged) pupils (dagga, CAT, methamphetamines)Weight lossUncontrollable shakingTrack marks or red bruisesIsolating themselves from othersAn overdose of drugs such as heroin, cocaine, CAT and methamphetamines can cause death, so it is crucial that parents are able to get their child the help they need before it’s too late.Read also: Marching in Ladysmith to end drug abuse Also read: Teenage drug abuse and addictionFor more information, click HEREClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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Siege Museum raises cancer awareness

first_imgThe Siege Museum hosted a cancer awareness campaign on Friday (October 28) in front of the museum in Murchison Street.The team went out of their way to spread awareness, calling on a cancer survivor and a nurse to stress the importance of getting tested.The event saw people eagerly wanting to know more about cancer; how it affects the sufferers and their families.Walton Clinic nurse Mrs Mthethwa urged people to have regular check-ups, as “cancer has hit our town hard”.As a cancer survivor, Elaine Smuts shared her story of how she has managed to overcome all obstacles in the fight against cancer.“I want to stress that cancer can be beaten, and it will be beaten with the right mentality. I, for one, am a testimony of that because, when doctors discovered I had cancer in 2012 , it was in its last stages. I’m still alive today because I told myself it wouldn’t get the better of me,” said Elaine.It was definitely an emotional as well as educational event, with testimonies of triumph and a demonstration by Nurse Mthethwa on how women can test themselves for breast cancer.DID YOU KNOW? Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics. If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them. To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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first_imgWhen we use Wi-Fi, we expect the most optimum levels of connectivity and any variance from our expectation can cause a lot of frustration. NetSpot Home allows you to visualize and optimize your wireless networks so that can you get the best possible connectivity at all times. Wccftech is offering amazing discounts for NetSpot Home for both Mac and Windows. The offers will expire in a few days, so avail right away. This Wi-Fi analysis application will make your life so much easier.NetSpot Home Lifetime License featuresThis application offers various features that will help you get better connectivity. You can view dead zones and optimum hotspot placement, troubleshoot problems and much more. You will never be disturbed because of moody internet connections ever again. You will enjoy optimum connectivity with complete security. Here are highlights of what the deals have to offer: Visualize, manage, troubleshoot, audit, plan, & deploy wireless networksAnalyze your WiFi coverage anywhere you are or plan on being Easily assure that hotspots are placed correctly & radio channels are assigned properly Identify dead zones on a network using the visual map Load a visual map, collect survey data, & build a comprehensive heatmap of a network View any number of Access Points (BSSIDs) simultaneously Utilize flexible grouping of APs by SSID, channel, vendor, security, etc. & custom groups Choose from multiple export possibilities, including new customizable advanced reports Run Internet download & upload speed testsImportant Details Version 2.5.740All minor updates and major upgrades included Single user, personal use only 2 zones, 2 snapshots 50 data points per zone 3 major visualizations No extra licensesSystem Requirements Windows 10, 8, 7Mac OS X 10.10 or laterAvail the offer right away and enjoy a secure and uninterrupted internet experience.Original Price NetSpot Home Lifetime License:Mac: $68 I Windows: $68Wccftech Discount Price NetSpot Home Lifetime License:Mac: $19 Windows: $19 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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Costa Rica regaining position in global sport fishing world

first_imgTwenty-five years ago, Costa Rica was known as the sailfish capital of the world.This was quite an accomplishment, as the sport fishing industry was still relatively new here. Quepos was the epicenter, and names like Larry Hustler, Jeanette Perez, John Cory, Bill Cannon, and Harry Gray and their crews had put Costa Rica on the world fishing map. Days of 20-plus sailfish per boat were common. Marsha Bennett was opening the Gran Escape, which became the place to be for fishermen when not on the water.After the turn of the century, the numbers began to fall, and double-digit days on sailfish weren’t common anymore. Guatemala had discovered an amazing fishery with little pressure, and Costa Rican fishermen started looking for answers. In 2008, it was discovered that hundreds of thousands of kilos of sailfish were being exported annually to the United States. It was speculated they ended up in seafood restaurants as smoked fish spread or in cans of cat food. In 2009, a small group of fishermen lobbied the government, and the exportation of sailfish was stopped — although the commercial use was still allowed on the national market as an inexpensive food source for Costa Ricans.Several things have happened in the last decade to put Costa Rica back on the sport fishing map, which has grown to a more than $500 million annual industry, according to Henry Marin and Adrianna Chacon’s study.Sport fishing and its economic impactsSport fishing in Costa Rica has impacts on the local and national economies.In 2018, information was gathered in seven communities (Tamarindo, Flamingo, El Coco, Herradura, Quepos, Golfito and Puerto Jimenez) about these impacts. Also, a macroeconomic study on the national level was done.The results on this research revealed an amazing story for the country. Costa Rica receives around $500 million per year because of the activity, more than traditional exports like coffee, which is around $380 million per year. These $500 million represents nearly 13% of the total income of tourism per year for the country.Sport fishing also contribute to other industries such as transportation ($200 million per year) and the hospitality business ($210 million per year), showing that sport fishing activity is key for other important economic activities in the country.The study also shows how people working in sport fishing have a high quality of life: higher family income, access to infrastructure and better educational opportunities. Sport fishing boat operations contributes in around $52-74 million to local coastal economies (salaries, maintenance, fuel, provisions and others).Captains and mates who work directly on boats earn 45% more than the average family income for some areas like Quepos.  Key aspects like presence of sport fishing infrastructure in the different communities make better job opportunities, job stability and more income.A full copy of the report is available by contacting Henry Marin at the Federacion Costarricense de Pesca hmarin@fecop.orgConservation efforts for sport fishing in Costa Rica Photo via Oldemar Lopez.Apart from the stopping the exportation of a prized species in the sport fishing industry, the 2014 “Tuna Decree” moved all tuna purse seine netting activity 45 miles off the coast and protects a total of 200,000 square kilometers of Costa Rican territory, including the Coco Island and various sea mounts.Recently, the tuna boats were moved out to 60 miles. The documented catch rate of marlin, tuna, and dorado has since increased by the sport fishing fleet. By law, all billfish, (marlin and sailfish) are released. All of these, plus dolphins, turtles, sharks, and manta rays are common bycatch in purse seine operations and discarded back into the ocean.More than 25 tons of marlin are saved each year by limiting the area purse seiners fish.The return of world-class fishing in Costa RicaSeveral records for the number of sails caught and released have been broken in tournaments at Los Sueños and Marina Pez Vela in the last few years.Sport Fishing Magazine, considered by some the bible for the sport angling crowd, recently named Costa Rica as one of the world’s top sailfish destinations.Fishing Booker recently named Costa Rica as a the 4th-best destination to catch billfish. Never known before as a marlin destination, the country has really moved up in the world ranking. Photo via Todd StaleyAnother report by Sport Fishing Magazine picked a Costa Rican resort as the 2nd-best place in the world to take a family fishing vacation. Crocodile Bay Resort got the honor, being edged out by Elbow Key in the Bahamas.All of this should be an eye-opener to the Costa Rican government that sport fishing is a viable and sustainable tourist activity here supplying lots of jobs and contributing greatly to the economy.The Costa Rican Tourism Board needs to know the demographic has changed over the years, with fishing becoming more of a family activity, and with proper management, marine resources can recover and be used responsibly to the country’s benefit.Todd Staley has run fishing sport operations on both coasts of Costa Rica for over 25 years. He recently decided to take some time off to devote full-time to marine conservation and is the communications director at FECOP. Contact him at wetline@hotmail.com. 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Affordability Reigns in Major Markets

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Some recent reports have indicated that home price appreciation is outpacing wage gains, thus crimping affordability in the single-family housing market. One analysis found, however, that when house prices are adjusted, many major markets in the country are more affordable than prices would suggest.First American Financial Corporation’s Real House Price Index (RHPI) for August 2016, released Tuesday, indicated that real house prices actually declined by 2.6 percent over-the-year and are still a distant 41 percent below their 2006 peak—and nearly 21 percent below their January 2000 level. The RHPI measures affordability of single-family properties in the U.S. when adjusted for impact of income and interest rate changes on consumer buying power.“Contrary to popular opinion, housing isn’t getting more expensive. In fact, on a purchasing-power adjusted basis, housing is becoming more affordable,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist at First American. “Interest rate declines, combined with meaningful gains in incomes, have provided the consumer with greater buying power, which increases housing affordability. The growth in consumer house-buying power is actually outpacing the increases in nominal prices driven by remarkably tight inventories.”A big reason for the year-over-year decline in the RHPI was the drop in mortgage rates—the average 30-year FRM was nearly 50 basis points lower in August 2016 compared with August 2015 (3.44 percent compared to 3.91 percent). When unadjusted, national house prices are only 1.7 below their pre-bust 2007 level.“Until there is a meaningful increase in mortgage rates, likely starting later this year and continuing into 2017, real house price levels will remain low in most major markets,” Fleming said. “At the moment, affordability is actually increasing in more markets than it is decreasing, including San Francisco, San Jose, New York, Washington and Boston. The conventional wisdom that these markets are over-valued does not account for the meaningful growth in consumer house-buying power across the majority of major metropolitan markets.”The markets with the highest rate of improved affordability were Virginia Beach, Oklahoma City, San Francisco, and Milwaukee; each of those markets experienced a year-over-year decline of 4 percent or more in the RHPIs for those markets. Over-the-year, real house prices declined in 32 of the 43 metros First American tracks due to wage increases and low mortgage rates offsetting the unadjusted price appreciation. October 25, 2016 530 Views Affordability Reigns in Major Marketscenter_img Share Housing Affordability 2016-10-25 Seth Welbornlast_img read more