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Kashmir weave

first_imgKashmir silk was renowned to be finer than the Chinese weave till the thread broke in the vicissitudes of time. But there is hope now. The Government Silk Factory spanning Rajbagh and Solina in Srinagar is reopening, with the Word Bank granting ₹23.54 crore to infuse new life into its filatures and looms.From 200 looms in its heyday, only 26 remain. The floods in 2014 dealt the final blow. “The deluge damaged the looms and stocks,” Muhammad Afzal, factory manager, says. Encroachments have shrunk the site from 13.5 acres to 3 acres.The British opened the factory in 1896, taking Kashmir into the industrial era. By 1939, the factory, working round the clock with 2,000 workers, used to churn out 20,000 metres of silk a month. But protests had broken out against the Dogra monarchy over the poor condition of the artisans and the tough laws on weavers. The factory suspended operations for some time in 1917. Muhammad Iqbal, poet, visited Kashmir in June 1921 and wrote the famous Persian poem Saqi Nama on the ordeal of the weavers. In 1924, the workers launched a full-fledged agitation against low wages, but the rulers crushed the protest.“The revival of the project should be seen not only as an effort to step up silk production but also as a memory project,” says Tassaduq Mufti, Peoples Democratic Party leader and former State Tourism Minister. Mufti, a Bollywood cinematographer-turned-politician, backed the idea of reviving the silk factory as “a living memory”. The revival plan envisages generating 10 lakh metres of silk a year from the Rajbagh and Solina unit and those at Nowshera and Bari Brahmana in the State.As silk production grew phenomenally elsewhere, Srinagar’s silk factory failed to compete in the international market and saw a declining number of customers, especially high-spending Europeans. Now is the time for another stab at glory.Text by Peerzada Ashiq and images by Nissar Ahmad(Peerzada is a Special Correspondent and Nissar a Senior Special News Photographer of The Hindu based in Srinagar)last_img read more

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UAAP volleyball: La Salle cruises past UE, nears twice to beat edge

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess La Salle Lady Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines– La Salle scored a 25-17, 25-16, 25-19 blow out over University of the East Wednesday to assure itself of at least a playoff for the twice-to-beat gem in the UAAP women’s volleyball at FilOil Flying V Center.The three-time defending champions made it swift and cold in thrashing the already eliminated Lady Warriors, making sure they are in good position for the Final Four with a 10-3 record.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Now La Salle has to beat its last assignment on Sunday — against last year’s final contender Far Eastern University — to nail the seminal shield against closest pursuer University of Santo Tomas.The Lady Warriors fell to 3-10 and will face Ateneo for their last eliminations assignment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 76ers destroy Nets to advance in NBA playoffs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Dangal girl in making…Pooja Dhanda medals for India at World Wrestling Championships

first_imgAdvertisementPooja Dhanda etched her name into the history books by winning the bronze medal at the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest on Thursday. She follows the footsteps of Alka Tomar and the Dangal sisters Geeta and Babita Phogat who achieved the feat at 2006 and 2012 Worlds respectively.Pooja Dhanda fended off Grace Bullen in the bronze medal match to clinch the medalThe 24-year-old started her campaign with a 10-4 victory over Russia’s Olga Khoroshavtseva in the first round, followed it up with a tight 7-6 victory over Nigeria’s Odunayo Adukuoroye before succumbing to Rong Ningning of China 3-4 in the quarterfinals. However, she made it to the repechage round after the Chinese made it to the final where she eventually won the gold.The 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist showed no signs of complacency in the repechage as she cruised past Azerbaijan’s Alyona Kolesnik 8-3 and Norway’s Grace Bullen 10-7 to clinch the bronze medal in the 57kg category.Bajrang Punia had earlier finished second on the podium in the 65kg freestyle category. With Pooja’s triumph, India finishes its journey at the World Wrestling Championships with a silver and bronze.The Sportsindiashow team wishes Pooja and the rest of the Indian Amateur Wrestling fraternity all the best for their future endeavors.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Fadnavis apologises for his barber barb

first_imgMumbai, Nov 18 (PTI) Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has apologised to the barber community after he made an analogy about the prefession to target the Congress-NCP government over incomplete projects.Fadnavis, while speaking at a programme near Pune on November 9, had said that during the previous Congress-NCP government, various irrigation schemes were left incomplete as money was not being provided for them.To highlight his point, he had said, “In the garb of schemes, the houses and vaults of contractors were being filled (with money). Just like a barber shaves half beard of one man and half portion of hair of another to prevent customers from leaving when there is a long waiting (queue). Similarly, these people (previous government) gave a little cream to everybody, that left the works incomplete.””Our government is doing the work of completing these pending schemes now. In another two years, we shall complete all of them and farmers will benefit,” he had said.Following Fadnavis comments, the barber community held protests at some places, including Osmanabad district, and put up posters showing him with half beard and with only half portion of head sporting hair.Facing backlash, Fadnavis yesterday wrote a letter to the association of barbers and apologised for his comments.”I only wanted to stress on how the previous government left projects incomplete and in doing so, I unintentionally gave an example. I did not mean to hurt the sentiments of anybody in doing so,” Fadnavis said.”Yet, adverse reactions were brought to my notice. I wish to clarify that there was no intention of hurting anybodys sentiments. I express my apology to the barber community as their sentiments have been hurt,” he said. PTI MM NP AARadvertisementlast_img read more

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First ride review: Avan Xero+

first_imgUsing electric vehicles is a growing trend and is here to stay. Avan Motors is one of the several electric vehicle manufacturers that is helping to push this electric trend in the country with the launch of the Xero and Xero+ electric scooters earlier this year, but we have the more premium Xero+ with us. The instrument panel is simple with just odo, speedo and battery level on display. (Picture: Nishant Jhamb)The styling and design is quite modern with its sharp lines giving it an attractive look. Gone are the days when electric scooters were unattractive and unappealing. It has a slim and slender profile when viewed from any angle while the headlamp cluster up front is mounted on the visor unit with fox intake on the front apron makes the Xero+ look good. It sports 5-spoke 12-inch alloy wheels whereas the chrome crash guards run from the front to the rear with a 3-litre capacity luggage box mounted at the rear section for either a full-sized helmet or an additional storage space. We would’ve liked a rubber strap along the edges of the box to cut down on the rattling noise it makes whenever it goes over a bump. The tail lamp and rear indicators have been integrated into one unit and look good too. The most notable feature is the simple instrument cluster which displays the odometre, speedometer and a battery level indicator. Switch to toggle between ride modes. (Picture: Nishant Jhamb)The Avan Xero+ comes in two variants, a single battery and a double battery version. The one we have is the double battery version which comes powered by a detachable 48V battery located below the floorboard, keeping the centre of gravity low for the scooter. The disadvantage we see here is that the battery cradle is at its lowest point and is susceptible to scrapping on large speed bumps. The battery pack is paired to an 800 watt brushless DC motor that powers the rear wheel, however, only one battery can be used at a time which can be toggled between the switches situated in the under seat compartment. When equipped with two batteries, the Xero+ has a combined travel range of 110km, while a single battery covers up to 55-60km depending on riding style. The charge time is about 4-5 hours for a single battery and comes with an onboard charger which can charge the unit without actually removing it. However, the scooter comes with a single charger allowing one battery to be charged at any given point of time. Nevertheless, the batteries are detachable and can be charged remotely as well and is a fairly easy process but does take some effort to do so.advertisement Storage space for a full-faced helmet. (Picture: Nishant Jhamb)The Xero+ has a high positioned floorboard resulting in the handlebar hitting the knee every time you want to turn. However, position yourself comfortably on the seat and you are good to go. Once throttled, the scooter quickly picks up speed but getting to its top speed of 47kmph takes some time. Overtaking is out of the question and it is advisable to stick to the side of the road. The suspension setup of telescopic at the front and coil spring unit at the rear is good enough to make for a comfortable ride to the office. It soaks up the undulations and bumps on the roads quite well. Braking is handled by a disc at the front and drum at the rear but it does lack in power and bite. The three riding modes or gears as Avan Motors calls it, can be toggled by a switch on the right handlebar that ranges from an economical ride to a more performance-based result, for a young rider that is. Once throttled, the scooter quickly picks up speed but getting to its top speed of 47kmph takes some time. (Picture: Nishant Jhamb)VerdictThe electric two-wheeler market is expanding at a rapid pace and Avan Motors is placed at the lower end of this spectrum with increasing sales. At a price of Rs 47,000 (ex-showroom, India) for a single battery and Rs 66,500 (ex-showroom India) for double battery unit, the Xero+ takes the fight directly to Hero Electric’s Optima e-scooter. Avan claims that the running cost is about 85 per cent cheaper than a conventional petrol-powered scooter, but the company needs to step up its game and become a popular brand. With rising fuel cost and the damage done to our environment, it may be a very good idea to go green.advertisementALSO READ | Fourth-generation Mahindra Scorpio spied testingALSO READ | Aston Martin Valhalla, DB5, V8 to feature in upcoming James Bond movieALSO READ | Next-gen Hyundai Xcent spied testing, India launch expected in 2020last_img read more

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ESPN FPI Iowa vs. Mississippi State Prediction

first_imgKirk Ferentz makes a play call.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes directs play against the LSU Tigers January 1, 2014 in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)We’re just over a week away from New Year’s Day’s slate of bowl games. Among them: Iowa vs. Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.Impressively, we’re breaking entirely new ground with the match-up, as the Hawkeyes and Bulldogs have never played before.Mississippi State, wrapping up a solid first year under head coach Joe Moorhead, is a solid favorite over Kirk Ferentz’s club, and the odds have been moving further in the Bulldogs’ favor.Per OddsShark, the line opened at MSU -4.Most sportsbooks now have things at Mississippi State -7 as of this writing.That isn’t overly surprising though. Mississippi State comes out of the brutal SEC West, and Iowa hit a bad mid-season slump. The Hawkeyes recovered to win their final two games heading into bowl season, and this one should be pretty competitive.52-percent of bets are going towards Mississippi State, per OddsShark.As for winning the game outright, ESPN’s Football Power Index gives Mississippi State a better than 60-percent chance of beating Iowa football.That number sits at 60.6-percent,vs. 39.4-percent for the Hawkeyes. ESPN's FPI prediction for Iowa vs. Mississippi State.ESPNNext Tuesday’s game will kick off at 12 p.m. ET. It is being held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.The SEC’s representatives have won the Outback Bowl three years in a row, and five of the last six match-ups.[ESPN]last_img read more

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Crowley Overhauls Business Structure

first_imgzoom Jones Act shipowner Crowley Maritime Corporation has restructured its business units putting more focus on government-related business and better alignment of vessel operations and fuel distribution services.The company said that over the coming months its non-liner and logistics business units would be transitioned into three main service lines – Crowley Shipping, Crowley Fuels and Crowley Solutions.“The company expects this to be an orderly and transparent transition allowing the corporation to stay keenly focused on running the business with the same reliable service,” Crowley added.Furthermore, the liner shipping and logistics business units will continue its integration over the next several years towards a singular supply chain solutions division – Crowley Logistics.“This plan facilitates a pivot towards growing the company’s government portfolio of work, building upon recent successes such as our recent USD 2.3 billion-dollar Defense Freight Transportation Services contract award and our current work with FEMA to bring much-needed supplies to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands,” said Tom Crowley, the company Chairman and CEO.“The alignments within Crowley Shipping and Crowley Fuels better tie our markets, customers, processes and technology together to be more responsive, efficient and cost-effective.”Rob Grune, Senior Vice President and General Manager, will oversee Crowley Shipping, which encompasses vessel ownership, operations, and management services; offshore vessels; and commercial ship management services, including the management of Crowley’s Commitment-Class ConRo ships and three tankers being acquired from SeaRiver Maritime.Under Rocky Smith, Senior Vice President, Crowley Fuels will include Crowley’s LNG sales, distribution and engineering unit, and the company’s fuel sales and distribution business in Alaska.Todd Busch, Senior Vice President and General Manager, will lead Crowley Solutions, which includes engineering and project management services; naval architecture and engineering through subsidiary Jensen Maritime; along with government vessel management.last_img read more

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Province Invests in Policing at Mikmaw Communities

first_imgThe province is building safer communities by continuing to invest in a successful policing arrangement for two Mi’kmaw communities. An RCMP officer will continue to have a special focus on policing the Glooscap and Annapolis Valley First Nations. “This officer delivers a valuable service, and I’m glad that we are continuing to work and partner with Mi’kmaw communities to make their families safe and secure,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. The officer provides safety and security for the residents, and works to build positive relationships between their communities and the RCMP. The officer will continue to be based at the New Minas RCMP detachment. “I think it’s a wonderful thing, and we need more (police) visibility,” said Chief Janette Peterson of the Annapolis Valley First Nation. “It is very important the Glooscap First Nation community and the RCMP develop our positive working relationship for the betterment of our children and the families we serve,” said Chief Shirley Clarke of Glooscap First Nation. The two communities have embraced the initiative. The officer has been working with the communities for the past two years and has built a solid relationship with residents and Mi’kmaw leadership. “This is another example of working together. Maintaining this policing position benefits all partners and the entire community,” said Warden Diana Brothers of the Municipality of the County of Kings. The province will fund 52 per cent of the position, the federal government 30 per cent, and the two communities will split the remaining cost.last_img read more

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Amendments to the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter Reduce Greenhouse Gas and Improve

first_imgMunicipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette introduced amendments to the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter today, March 8, that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create more vibrant neighbourhoods. The changes cover two areas: a district energy system for the Cogswell redevelopment area incentive or bonus zoning throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality “We are pleased to support the Halifax Regional Municipality request for these changes, which reflect their strategic priorities for healthy, livable communities and social development,” said Mr. Mombourquette. One set of amendments will allow for incentive or bonus zoning in all areas of the Halifax Regional Municipality. Currently, this is only permitted in the Centre Plan area. Bonus zoning is a planning tool that allows a municipality to grant extra height or width to a building in return for public benefits such as affordable housing, streetscaping and green space. The second set of amendments will give the Halifax Regional Municipality the authority to require that any future development in the Cogswell redevelopment area be connected to a district energy system. These systems supply heating and cooling to multiple buildings from either a centralized plant or several interconnected but distributed plants. The system would be owned and operated by the Halifax Regional Water Commission. It would use steam generated from the nearby wastewater treatment plant to generate heat and cooling for buildings in the Cogswell redevelopment and contribute to a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. “We anticipate these welcome changes, as requested by council, will further our efforts to sustainably grow the Halifax region and foster innovative responses to real challenges like housing affordability and environmental stewardship,” said Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Mike Savage.last_img read more

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Bharat Forge JV gets 100 mn defence order from Israel firm

first_imgHyderabad: Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems Ltd (KRAS) Thursday received a $100-million contract from Israel-based defence manufacturer Rafael Advance Systems to make 1,000 units of BARAK-8 MRSAM missiles and kits. Speaking to reporters after the formal announcement of the contract, chairman of Kalyani group Baba Kalyani said the missiles and kits were intended to be supplied to defence public sector BDL Limited for further integration. KRAS is a 49:51 joint venture between Rafael Advanced Systems and Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepHe said KRAS wa looking to set up second facility here and approachedthe Telangana government seeking about 100 acres of land. “This order is a testimony to the capabilities that exists in the country and how they can be utilised to truly achieve the aim of Make in India,” he said. Kalyani group is proud of this achievement and its association with Rafael, he said. “We are confident of executing many more such orders,” he added. A senior KRAS official said the time schedule for the $100-million order was about four years starting from the fourth quarter of this fiscal. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsHe said the company had exported $15 million worth of products last year. KRAS was expected to ramp up its employee strength to 300 technical experts by year 2023 and Rafael has so far invested $250 million during over last two decades in India through various partnerships and joint ventures through its Make-in-India initiative, a press release from the company said. “Why we are looking at the second facility here is to create more local manufacturing, indigenisation and integration of defence products. It cannot happen in the place we have now. We need to have a second unit, which is why we’re holding talks with the Telangana government to get about 100 acres of land,” Kalyani said replying to a query. In future when the joint venture gets more ‘matured’, KRAS would also start directly supplying products and extend our services to the Defence Ministry, he added. Rafael’s executive vice-president and general manager of air and missile defence systems division Pini Yungman said, “We look forward to crossing many more milestones with KRAS as well as our many other partners like BDL within India.”last_img read more

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Sri Lanka reiterates commitment to combat people smuggling

Speaking at the 7th Bali Process Ministerial Conference on people smuggling, human trafficking, and other international crimes in Bali, Indonesia, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana reiterated Sri Lanka’s commitment for a comprehensive regional approach to combat people smuggling, and to work in partnership with Governments, international organizations and civil society to prevent human smuggling, protect and support victims, and bring perpetrators to justice, the Foreign Ministry said today.Following deliberations at Ministerial and Senior Officials level, the Conference adopted a Ministerial Declaration and Chairman’s Statement of the Senior Officials‘ meeting. While recognizing the importance of the UN system, and other multilateral organizations as vehicles for international discourse and norm setting, the Minister expressed support to the Bali Process and to implement Sri Lanka’s legal obligations with respect to combating migrant smuggling, trafficking in persons and transnational crimes.  He also referred to the monitoring mechanisms under Sri Lanka’s National Anti- Human Trafficking Task force and the five-year strategic plan (2015-2019) based on the 4 pillars of Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Partnership, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.Foreign Minister Marapana was joined by Deputy Minister of Justice, Prison Reforms, and Buddha Sasana, Sarathi Dushmantha, who led Sri Lanka’s interventions at the Ministerial session with Business leaders.  The Minister held bilateral discussions with the Foreign Minister of Indonesia (Mdm) Retno Marsudi, Australia’s Home Affairs, Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton, and IOM’s Director General Ambassador William Lacy Swing. During his remarks at the Conference and during his interactions with Indonesia’s Foreign Minister (Mdm) Retno Marsudi, Minister Marapana conveyed Sri Lanka’s condolences to all those who have been affected by the devastating earthquake off the island of Lombok in Indonesia.Associated with Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana at the Conference and related meetings were Sri Lanka’s Deputy Minister of Justice, Prison Reforms, and Buddha Sasana Sarathi Dushmantha, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Indonesia and ASEAN Dharshana M. Perera, and officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Prison Reforms, the Attorney General’s Department, and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Indonesia. The Minister explained steps being taken by Sri Lanka including being party to the core international human rights treaties which provide for the prevention and suppression of human trafficking, noting in particular the ratification of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its 2015 Protocol, and The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption.  read more

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Some Canadian retailers join global climate strike plan to close shop Friday

VANCOUVER — A global movement aimed at pressuring governments into action over climate change is calling on Canadians to join a mass strike planned for Friday and “disrupt business as usual.”But many retailers in Canada seem to be ignoring that call, with only three chains planning to shutter operations to help raise awareness about Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’s movement.“Sustainability is really part of our DNA,” said Phil Arrata, CEO of Vancouver-based MEC.The company will close its 22 stores in Canada on Friday until 5 p.m. local time to allow staff the opportunity to participate in protests.Organizers plan climate strikes on Friday in more than 150 countries, including Canada. Vancouver is one of several Canadian cities with planned actions, according to the Global Climate Strike website.The movement started with Greta, an activist who protested outside of her country’s parliament for several weeks in August 2018.When her action caught the attention of social media, she expanded the movement to encourage kids to skip school every Friday to pressure global leaders to act. The young activist and her Fridays for Future school strike followers are now calling on everyone to walk out of their commitments Friday in a collective strike.“We can all take part, whatever our circumstances, by refusing to accept the status quo,” reads the strike’s website.Arrata said MEC staff wanted to participate.The company knew it may be short staffed that day as a result, he said, and didn’t want to skimp on customer service or overwhelm the employees who choose to come in.MEC’s head office, as well as distribution and service centres, will remain open, but those employees are able to let the company know they plan to attend a local protest.While MEC wanted to accommodate staff desires to participate, it also wanted to send a message to customers about the issue.“Naturally our move is going to raise awareness,” Arrata said.The company emailed its members to inform them about the closures and explain why they made the decision.“The current rate of emissions causing climate change, if continued, puts the earth on a path to seeing 3–4 degrees of warming by mid-century. This will cause significant impacts to where we live, work and play,” the note reads.Another Vancouver-based company, Lush Cosmetics North America, made a similar decision.The toiletry maker said it will shut down its 50 shops, manufacturing facilities and online shopping in Canada on Friday in an effort to encourage its 2,216 staff and customers to participate in local actions. It closed some 200 shops in the U.S. last Friday, when the strike took place in that country.“We have really come to understand the impact that climate crisis is having on our staff, as well as the rest of the world,” said Carleen Pickard, the company’s ethical campaigns specialist.Between the company’s roughly 250 stores, Lush employees felt the impacts of flooding, hurricanes and wildfires, Pickard said.That feeling of climate change being “something that’s really, really real for staff” drove the company to take this bold move, said Pickard. Lush also has an in-store campaign to educate customers on the impact of climate change and the strike movement.Both companies realize their moves may be met with cynicism by some.MEC understands its a retailer and its operations impact the environment, Arrata said.“We sell product that’s made out of plastic. We have a supply chain. We move product around Canada,” he said.But the company wants to become a leader in change and reduce its impact so that customers know when they buy their outdoor gear from MEC they’re choosing sustainably made goods with the least environmental impact.“I think we’re all, at this point, part of the problem,” said Pickard, but pointed out that not all brands operate in the same manner.“Standing back and not participating at this point in time feels like it’s the wrong decision,” she said. “The right decision is to step up and say that we understand that we all need to be engaged in this.”The Canadian Press contacted some of Canada’s biggest publicly traded retailers to learn if they planned to support the protests.Vancouver-based Lululemon Athletica Inc. intends to keep its shops open, a spokesperson said, but would accommodate staff scheduled to work who wish to attend the strikes instead.An Indigo Books & Music Inc. spokesperson said the retailer’s home office teams in Toronto and Montreal would have the opportunity to participate.The Hudson’s Bay Co., Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd., Dollarama Inc., Canada Goose Inc., Cineplex Inc. and Aritzia Inc. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Vermont-based Burton, which makes snowboards and winter apparel, plans to close its four Canadian stores on Friday to allow staff to join the movement.“The Amazon is literally on fire, the seas are rising and glaciers are melting,” wrote CEO Donna Carpenter in an email to staff. “I’m proud to have Burton join Greta’s movement to draw attention to this global crisis.”The company is also closing its European stores where actions are planned on Friday, and shuttered operations in Europe, North America, Japan and Australia on Sept. 20 where protests took place. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 25, 2019.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press read more

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Uganda launches campaign against pregnancyrelated disability UN reports

Through the campaign, 12 regional hospitals will receive much-needed equipment and supplies for to deal with “fistula,” a preventable condition caused by prolonged and obstructed labour, coupled with a lack of appropriate medical intervention – typically a Caesarean section – to relieve it. Victims suffer chronic incontinence and in nearly all cases the baby dies, according to UNFPA. The Uganda campaign, launched in Kampala by Janet Museveni, involves training local doctors in surgery and post-operative care and conducting awareness-raising activities about the problem. Today’s launch was also attended by some 150 participants, including representatives from the Ministry of Health, religious and cultural leaders. UNFPA representative James Kuriah, who was on hand for the event, noted that fistula receives scant attention because victims are often ashamed to come forward due to stigma. “I am convinced that all of us can make a difference by bringing hope to the thousands of women who are affected with this misfortune,” he said. About 60 per cent of Ugandan women deliver their babies at home and only 38 per cent of births take place with a skilled attendant, according to the agency, which is leading the first-ever Global Campaign to End Fistula. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 15, 2013 5:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,004.88 down 332.71 points):Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G). Gold producer. Down $1.69, or 5.62 per cent, at $28.38 on 33.59 million shares. The Vancouver-based company surpassed Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) as the leading gold miner by market capitalization. The gold sector has been taking a beating as price of the bullion plunged to its lowest level in more than two years. The June gold contract lost its lustre, closing down US$140.30 to $1,361.10 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Down $1.43, or 4.57 per cent, at $29.85 on 21.9 million shares. The energy sector was one of the biggest decliners, tumbling 4.04 per cent to 234.78 points. The price of crude oil dropped US$2.58 to $88.71 per barrel.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down $2.64, or 11.51 per cent, at $20.30 on 11.06 million shares. The giant gold producer closed at its lowest level since late 2000. Apart from the falling bullion price, Barrick is also dealing with a decision by a Chilean court to stop construction on its $8-billion Pascua Lama mine.Osisko Mining Corp. (TSX:OSK). Miner. Down $1.07, or 20.94 per cent, at $4.04 on 10.5 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 87 cents, or 13.57 per cent, at $5.54 on 10.10 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down $1.12, or 8.44 per cent, at $12.15 on 8.31 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (958.26 down 64.36 points):Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas explorer. Down eight cents, or 7.41 per cent, at $1 on 6.28 million shares.New Guinea Gold Corp. (TSXV:NGG). Mine explorer. Down half a cent, or 50 per cent, at half a cent on 5.73 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bombardier Aerospace (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Down 11 cents, or 2.74 per cent, at $3.91 on 3.88 million shares. Bombardier Transportation signed a contract valued at $199 million with the State of Florida Department of Transportation for operations and maintenance services.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Down $1.32, or 4.58 per cent, at $27.50 on 4.98 million shares. The Calgary-based company is selling the bulk of its Western Canadian natural gas business to a British-Qatari partnership for $1 billion. Production from the business is estimated to be about the equivalent of 42,000 barrels of oil per day this year. read more

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Packers Part Ways With Defensive Leader Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson, the Green Bay Packers’ veteran defensive stalwart, was released by the team Friday, his agent, Carl Poston, told NFL.com.“It’s part of the business,” Poston said. “I just talked to him. He sounds like he has a lot of football left. He’d like to play for a contender, win another Super Bowl.”Woodson was set to make $9 million in 2013 and would’ve counted for $10 million against the Packers’ salary cap.He signed a five-year, $55-million deal before the 2010 season. He missed nine games last season because of a broken right collarbone, but played in two playoff games.“We had a good run,” Woodson told ESPN 540 in Wisconsin via text message.Woodson was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1998. He spent the first eight years of his career with the Oakland Raiders, who drafted him out of Michigan with the No. 4 overall pick.He’s the only player in NFL history with touchdowns off interceptions in six straight seasons, a feat he pulled off from 2006-11, and leads the league with nine touchdowns off interceptions since 2006.Woodson, 36, was productive for the Packers, but they have some tough decisions to make this offseason to manage the salary cap. Despite his age and recent injury, Woodson likely will be an in-demand free agent. He was injured last October, but bounced back in time to defend two passes in the playoffs.“Charles has been a stud in this league for 15 years, so whenever he’s on the field with us, he’s always a huge threat,” Packer linebacker A.J. Hawk said in January. “Not only is he a threat to make huge plays throughout the game, but quarterbacks, I think they know where he’s at every single play. He seems to know what receivers are running before they do. And I think he has an intimidation factor as well.” read more

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In Loving Memory Ellen Amelia Jolly Howell MBE

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 500 in Five Cays get Healthy Big Breakfast Related Items:Ellen Amelia Jolly Howell, enid capron, osetta jolly Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Mar 2015 – It is International Women’s Week and in keeping with the spirit of the commemoration; we thought to tell you about an educator whom we lost last week but whose name is not at all strange; especially on the island of Providenciales. Life for this early childhood lifelong educator did not begin in Provo, it started in North Caicos. She was born on July 13th 1937, Ellen Amelia Jolly and grew up in the quiet community of South Winsor, in the settlement of Bottle Creek, North Caicos with her parents Violet Oseta Jolly, who was once a Higgs and Eric Emmanuel Jolly. Ellen has an amazing story and believe it or not, the journey toward her professional career as a teacher began at the tender age of 14. One of her sons, the respected Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell shared with me that his mother returned to Bottle Creek, after a teachers’ course in Grand Turk and then moved to Provo to work as an assistant teacher. At the time there were only three teachers working at the school. Ellen worked with education celebrities… her mother Oseta Jolly and namesake for the Five Cays Primary School, Enid Capron. She married one too… her husband: Clement Howell. It took a little wooing by young Howell, but eventually the crooner and educator himself got his girl; they were married at Bethany Baptist Church on January 6th, 1957 and had nine children: “God permitted them to raise eight – five sons and three daughters.” She was honored with many awards including a Member of the British Empire in 2001. She is called an industrious woman, who loved her husband and her family; a Christian saved since 1956 and spending over 40 years in the teaching profession. Among her other relatives: Education Director: Edgar Howell, her son; Education Officer: Tamera Robinson, her daughter; Point Grace Resort General Manager: Beverly Williams, her daughter and Judymae Knowles, teacher and Gospel music minister, her sister. To the family of Ellen Amelia Jolly Howell, sincerest condolences…. Her funeral is this Saturday at Bethany Baptist Church in Blue Hills. Mrs. Howell was 77 years old when she died. Enid Capron Student To Star In A Public Service Announcement Recommended for you Earth Day underwater Clean-up & Tree plantinglast_img read more

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