King Mohammed VI Receives US Secretary Of State

first_imgCasablanca – King Mohammed VI received on Friday at the Royal palace of Casablanca visiting US secretary of state, John Kerry, says a release of the Royal office.Kerry is currently on an official visit to Morocco, mainly to co-chair the 2nd session of the “US-Morocco strategic dialog” which is an important component of the exceptional strategic partnership binding the two countries, the release adds.Kerry’s visit also follows suit to the Royal visit to Washington and to the intensive and diversified actions agreed upon during this trip between HM the King and President Obama. During the audience, HM the King reiterated his deep attachment to the strategic partnership, fruit of a longstanding and multidimensional alliance with the USA. This partnership is based on confidence, solidarity, sharing values, interdependence and the defense of shared interests. It has adapted, evolved and been renewed to meet the two countries’ expectations and the mutations of the regional and international context.The Royal visit to Washington, on November 22, 2013, opened new perspectives for the prosperity of this strategic partnership, by considerably enriching its agenda and setting a more ambitious course.The joint release, adopted during this visit, has helped further intensify consultation on strategic issues, define new cooperation tracks, adapt the existing special instruments and develop other diversified mechanisms, while at the same time, consolidating gains and foundations of a historic alliance between Morocco and the USA.The Sovereign recalled that the present regional and international context is confirming the pertinence and the depth of this partnership, which, henceforth, needs to expand and contribute mainly to lasting security and stability, shared economic prosperity and human development in the African continent.On his part, the US secretary of state reiterated President Obama’s attachment to deepening the singular strategic partnership with Morocco.Kerry also reiterated the US will to endeavor with Morocco for the consolidation of peace and stability regionally and internationally.Regarding the African continent, the US secretary of state, who appreciated the Sovereign’s strong and constant engagement for the causes of the African continent’s stability and development, reiterated to the Sovereign invitation to participate in the USA-Africa summit scheduled for next August.Kerry further praised HM The King’s constructive role and active contribution, in his capacity as chairman of Al Quds Committee, in efforts to reach a fair, final and comprehensive settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, on the basis of the formula of two states living side by side in peace and security, in accordance with the United Nations resolutions.The King, chairman of Al Quds Committee, handed to the US Secretary of state a register of all Israeli abuses in the holy city of Al Quds Asharif, seeking to alter its religious calling and its authentic architecture.The meeting took place in the presence of Dwight L. Bush, US ambassador in Morocco, Prem Kumar, director for the Middle East, North Africa and national security, Jonhathan Finer, deputy-chief of state, Fouad Ali El Himma, advisor of HM the King and Salaheddine Mezouar, minister of foreign affairs and cooperation.last_img read more

Morocco to Engage in a Transparent Dialogue to Address Climate Change

Marrakech – The Moroccan Presidency of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) will engage in an open and transparent dialogue with the support of various partners to address climate change, Morocco’s minister of Foreign Affairs and president of the COP22 Salaheddine Mezouar said.If the Paris Climate Conference led to a binding agreement, the COP22 will lay the foundation for a new global stage that would involve the signatories in a concerted action, he added at the opening ceremony of the conference, which kicked off Monday in Marrakech.In order to achieve this goal, the Moroccan Presidency proposes the setting-up of a platform to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement and take urgent measures to protect the environment, he pointed out. Mezouar, who hailed action taken by the French Presidency of COP21, which led to the Paris Agreement, said that Morocco has met all the necessary conditions to ensure the success of this conference.The COP22 is held in a promising situation marked by hope and legitimate expectations, he noted, adding that the convening of this event on African soil shows the involvement of the whole continent in global efforts to protect the environment.Mezouar also called for concrete actions in order to implement the Paris Agreement.The twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22), the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12) and the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1) kicked off Monday morning in Marrakech.These meetings, held in Marrakech until November 18, will focus on action items in order to achieve the priorities of The Paris Agreement, especially those related to adaptation, transparency, technology transfer, mitigation, capacity building and loss and damages.The Conference will also be an opportunity to debate and discuss several issues relating in particular to agriculture, food security, energy, industry, transport and water. The event is taking place in Bab Ighli village, which extends over an area of nearly 300,000 m2.Around 20,000 delegates from 196 countries are gathering at the COP 22 climate change conference read more

Price of 125 kg domestic LP gas increased by Rs 110

The PDN has been issued in accordance with Section 18 of CAA Act and is in response to previous applications to do so by the domestic LPG supplier firms Litro Gas Lanka and LAUGFS Gas PLC to allow them to revise their LPG prices in the market. The price of a 12.5 kg domestic LP gas cylinder has been increased by Rs.110.As a result, the price of a 12.5 kg cylinder has been increased by Litro Gas and Laugfs Gas. Accordingly, price increase of Rs 110.00 has been approved for a 12.5 Kg LPG Cylinder, price increase of Rs 44.00 is allowed for a 5Kg LPG Cylinder, and a price increase of Rs 20.00 is allowed for a 2.3 Kg LPG Cylinder. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile, the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has sent a Price Determination Notification (PDN) to the domestic Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) suppliers Litro Gas Lanka and LAUGFS Gas PLC, allowing them to revise their domestic LPG prices. read more

Protest staged near Justice Ministry seeking equality for Muslim women

“We are aware that significant effort has been put in by committee members towards formulating recommendations for reform of MMDA amidst challenging debates and divergent views from among the Muslim community. Muslim women continue to be regarded as second-class citizens, who are unequal to men in matters of marriage and family. The longstanding call for reform by Muslim women in Sri Lanka has been to ensure justice and dignity – starting with our homes and families. The State response to this call has been with the excuse to await the report of the Committee,” MPLRAG said in a statement.It was also noted that while being deeply appreciative of the work of the committee thus far, which we hear has reached a conclusion – as informed by government delegates in the recent review before the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Geneva last week, there has been no official communication about an exact date of submission, or any indication of the timeline of reforms that will take place thereafter.“We understand that the submission of the report by the Committee is just the start of the process for reforms, as each individual recommendation for amendments to the MMDA will need to be considered in light of constitutional guarantees of equality and non-discrimination, as well as other human rights standards and Sri Lanka’s international treaty obligations. But the submission of the report we believe, will be a significant step towards the expediting progress on equality and justice for Muslim women,” MPLRAG said. For the past many decades, Muslim women and men have been advocating for reform of the Act. There have been multiple Government appointed and independent committees set up since 1990’s to no avail.In 2009 a 17-member Committee was appointed by the then Minister of Justice to review the discriminatory provisions and recommend amendments to the MMDA. The Committee, 9 years later, has not yet submitted a report. “The Act contains many discriminatory and unequal provisions that particularly affect Muslim women and girls in Sri Lanka. This includes: the lack of minimum age of marriage; unequal provisions and procedures for women at the time of registering marriages as well as during divorce; polygamy without conditions; barring of women from positions of Quazi judges, marriage registrars and other key positions in the Quazi court, among other provisions,” the Muslims Personal Law Reforms Action Group (MPLRAG)said. MPLRAG urged the Minister of Justice, Thalatha Athukorale to provide the Muslim community with an urgent update of the status of the report and its exact date of submission. The Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) has been in force since 1956 and governs marriage and family matters for Sri Lankan Muslims. A protest was staged near the Justice Ministry highlighting Muslim women’s call for justice and equality in Sri Lanka.The silent protest focused on the failure to implement amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA). They also called on the Minister to brief the Muslim community on the process and timeline as to when the MMDA amendment bill will be prepared and tabled in Parliament and ensure that any and all amendments considered to the MMDA are in keeping with equality and non-discrimination between Muslim men and women and formulated with full engagement and participation of women’s groups. (Colombo Gazette)Picture by Lalith Perera read more

UN envoy to Liberia urges donors to aid JohnsonSirleafs new administration

In a press statement released today, Alan Doss, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Liberia, said during Wednesday’s meeting he also thanked the officials for their continued support to Liberia and the UN.The establishment of a democratically elected Government in Liberia culminates the peace process envisaged in the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 18 August 2003. During this period, the UN mission in Liberia (UNMIL) supported national efforts to achieve the transition to democracy by providing a secure environment, something Mr. Doss said would continue.“Security and good governance are prerequisites for foreign investment and trade. UNMIL stands ready to support the new administration and create a secure environment that will help attract foreign investment to Liberia,” he said.“While UNMIL will work on consolidating the peace, the United Nations agencies in Liberia will focus on moving the country towards the path of sustainable development,” Mr. Doss added.According to the statement, the main issues that were discussed included the restructuring of the Liberia National Police and the Armed Forces of Liberia, as well as resettlement and reintegration of war-affected communities, including ex-combatants.The agenda also touched on public sector reform, the provision of basic services, infrastructure development, road rehabilitation and reform of the judicial system.In his message at Monday’s inauguration of Ms. Sirleaf, who was inaugurated on Monday as the first woman elected to lead an African nation, the Secretary-General acknowledged that her administration faces a number of pressing challenges in a country still reeling from the effects of war but he called on the international community to help her overcome these hurdles. read more

Liberal plan to hike taxes on top one per cent may lead

by Brian McKenna, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 3, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Dec 3, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Liberal plan to hike taxes on top one per cent may lead to revenue hole: study TORONTO – The Liberal government’s plan to switch some of the tax burden from middle-income earners to the top one per cent will likely lead to multibillion-dollar annual revenue shortfalls for Ottawa and the provinces, according to the C.D. Howe Institute.The Toronto-based think-tank argues that efforts by high-income earners to avoid increased taxes will probably be greater than anticipated, while the reduction in the middle-income bracket will likely cost more than expected.“The result of the federal tax changes could be national tax receipts falling short of commitments for both levels of government by more than $4 billion, meaning higher taxes elsewhere, unplanned spending cuts, or larger increases in government debt,” the C.D. Howe Institute says in a study released Thursday.The report, written by director of research Alexandre Laurin, bases its conclusions on studies authored in a number of countries, particularly the United States and Britain, which estimated the behavioural response of top-income individuals to increases in their margin tax ratesAmong other things, the C.D. Howe study says some high-income taxpayers may decide to reduce work effort by choosing leisure over more labour, while others may plan their affairs in a way to minimize their tax burden.“Tax planning can involve, for example, postponing an important taxable transaction, modifying income sources and forms of compensation and moving to, or avoiding moving from, a lower-tax jurisdiction.”The Liberal tax plan would see the federal rate on taxable income greater than $200,000 rise to 33 from 29 per cent. The rate on taxable income between $45,000 to $90,000 would drop to 20.5 per cent from 22 per cent.However, the study notes that Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia now have combined federal-provincial top tax rates rounding to 50 per cent, while New Brunswick’s rounds to 55 per cent.“These recent provincial hikes unavoidably leave less room for the federal government to increase its own top tax rate,” the report said.Instead of raising income taxes on high-income earners, the federal government could explore other progressive, but less economically damaging, ways of raising revenues, it said.“One option already envisaged by the new government would be to eliminate tax preferences targeted to high-income earners. Another would be to eliminate or to reform the small business tax deduction to better target younger firms rather than all firms that are small, including incorporated professionals,” it said. read more

Explosive device found at Glasgow University linked to packages at three sites

glasgow uni glasgow uni The university said minor restrictions were still in place while the mail room would remain closed. All other buildings reopened late yesterday afternoon.A spokesman added: “We apologise to all staff and students who have suffered disruption and thank everyone for their patience and understanding as police dealt with this incident.”Counter-terror police south of the border are still working to identify a motive or suspect over the explosive packages sent to offices at Heathrow Airport, City Airport and Waterloo Station, which were posted with Irish stamps and had Dublin as the return address. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Counter-terrorism police are investigating a suspicious package sent to Glasgow University after it was linked with improvised explosive devices sent to three major London transport hubs.Police Scotland and the Metropolitan Police are now working together on the inquiry after a controlled explosion was carried out in Scotland’s biggest city on Wednesday.The package was detected the day after devices posted with Irish stamps were received in London, prompting an investigation by counter-terrorism police into a possible Irish dissident plot.Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson said: “There are similarities in the package, its markings and the type of device that was recovered in Glasgow to those in London.“Therefore, we are now treating it as being linked to the three packages being investigated by the Met in London and both investigations are being run in tandem.”Our enquiries into the Glasgow package are at an early stage but there is no ongoing risk to the public.” A suspicious package was found in the mail roomCredit:SWNS A controlled explosion was carried out after university buildings were evacuatedCredit:PA Mr Johnson said the package in Glasgow was identified by “alert staff at the university mail room who had received protective security information” advising them to report suspicious packages.He added: “The same advice has already been sent to a range of businesses, including transport hubs and mail sorting companies, and will now also be sent to those in the education sector.” Police confirmed a “device” was found in the package on the main campus, but said it was not opened and no-one was hurt in the incident, which caused major disruption to the university and on roads in the west end of Glasgow.Staff and students were asked to evacuate several buildings shortly before 11am, with classes cancelled for the rest of the day. Nearby roads were closed for several hours during the incident.One student tweeted during the incident: “Just been evacuated from the med school due to a suspicious package getting told to move to byres road, loads of police, fire engines and all cordoned off now!”Scary stuff, guy just came shouting we needed to evacuate as suspicious package found then the police were shouting at us to move away from the building!” read more

Meat Industry Ireland says 3000 workers have been laid off because of

first_imgMeat Industry Ireland says 3,000 workers have been laid off because of ‘illegal blockades’ The beef dispute is showing no signs of conclusion. Some 80% of overall processing capacity has now closed, and further closures and layoffs are likely in coming days.It is not just the direct employees that will be affected by the ongoing crisis, as hundreds of indirect jobs will be impacted as ancillary businesses including hauliers will be heavily impacted by these closures.Meat Industry Ireland had said yesterday that layoffs were possible and announced it was pulling out of talks due to the ongoing protests. The group said that the blockades at factory gates “intensified” as initial talks began.SIPTU had earlier today warned that jobs were being put at risk but blamed Meat Industry Ireland for not meeting with the union. “This is a situation which is impacting on hundreds of our members who are now facing the loss of their jobs due to a dispute over which they have no control,” said Siptu organiser Teresa Hannick.Talks involving all the parties directly involved in this dispute is the only way in which a solution will be found. Our members are calling on all sides in this dispute to begin serious negotiations to find a swift and just conclusion to this situation.InjunctionIn the High Court today, C&D Pet Foods argued that the blockade of its Edgeworthstown facility could result in more than 500 workers in the locality being laid off in the coming days. The company said that protesters have been physically obstructing the plant’s entrance since the weekend. C&D is owned by the ABP Food Group, which is one of Ireland’s largest beef processors.It claims that despite the fact it plays no part in determining prices paid for beef, as it mainly uses pork and chicken in its products, it has been “tactically targeted by protesters purely on the basis that it is part of the ABP group.”At the High Court this afternoon, Mr Justice Garrett Simons granted C&D Foods a temporary injunction preventing protesters from trespassing, unlawfully blockading the plant, and from intimidating individuals going to and from the plant.The action is against two named defendants, Fine Gael councillor Paraic Brady of The Meadows, Drumlish, Co Longford, and Colm Leonard of Aughanoran Dring Co Longford.Seeking the order Brian O’Moore SC for C&D said his client does not wish to halt any peaceful or lawful protest outside the plant but said that since Saturday evening the defendants and others have gone beyond a legitimate peaceful protest.Since the blockade commented, trucks trying to make deliveries from the plant have been prevented from freely entering or leaving the plant, counsel said.Counsel said that protesters have maintained the blockade by walking in continuous circles around trucks trying to leave or enter the plant and have trespassed on C&D’s premises.Deliveries have had to be cancelled, counsel said, adding that the firm’s staff have been subjected to threatening and abusive language from the protesters.Mr O’Moore said councillor Brady told senior staff members of C&D that no product would be allowed in or out of the site until the dispute over beef prices was resolved.The protests centre on the prices farmers are receiving for their cattle with prices down considerably from this time last year.- With reporting by Aodhan O Faolain and Ray Managh Share21 Tweet Email Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Three hundred workers at the Dawn Meats plant in Grannagh have been temporarily laid off due to the ongoing dispute. Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Tue 6:56 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 65 Comments Updated Tue 7:22 PM MEAT INDUSTRY IRELAND (MII) has said that 3,000 employees at meat processing plants around the country have been “temporarily laid off” as a result of the ongoing beef dispute.The dispute has seen unofficial pickets by farmers at processing facilities around the country and MII has said this evening that staff working in the factories are being intimidated.“Meat Industry Ireland said today that 3,000 employees of its members have been temporarily laid off due to the continuing illegal blockades of factories and intimidation of staff and suppliers by protestors,” a spokesperson for the group said this evening. Tuesday 10 Sep 2019, 7:22 PM Three hundred workers at the Dawn Meats plant in Grannagh have been temporarily laid off due to the ongoing dispute. https://jrnl.ie/4803858 20,019 Views By Rónán Duffylast_img read more

Porn Site Offers Elon Musk NonSex Role

first_img Elon Musk has been invited to make his pornography debut (as far as we know), in exchange for cash and cannabis.Marijuana-infused adult entertainment site XBlaze reportedly offered Musk a “non-sex” role in a smut film, according to British tabloid The Sun.Musk made headlines recently for smoking a joint during a live podcast recording with comedian Joe Rogan.Between doing a Neil deGrasse Tyson impression and quizzing the Tesla and SpaceX chief on the future of automobiles, Rogan handed the entrepreneur a blunt filled with tobacco and marijuana.“I mean, it’s legal, right?” Musk asks before inspecting the object, taking a drag, and passing it along to the next person.Yes, it’s legal in California, where the podcast was recorded. But Musk’s single hit is the controversy heard round the nation.Following the live broadcast, Tesla shares fell more than 6 percent, and the company’s accounting lead resigned after a month on the job.The incident could also have serious implications for SpaceX, which holds Air Force contracts and has access to classified information about government satellites. As others have pointed out, Musk likely has security clearance—a privilege that prohibits the use of cannabis.The U.S. Air Force is not, contrary to some reports, currently investigating Musk. But that doesn’t mean he’s off the hook just yet.Instead of pot-shaming the businessman, though, XBlaze CEO Jeff Dillon praised him for being “a fearless man with an adventurous spirit.”One that Dillon hopes will score his website a special cameo.Elon Musk “almost never” smokes pot—unless he’s on a live podcast recording (via Joe Rogan Experience/YouTube)“I believe that we could make an incredible film together that combines your endless energy, exploratory nature and can-do attitude,” he wrote in a letter to Musk, dated Sept. 7. “Having weed and porn stars on the set would be a plus, too!”Maybe for Dillon. But ask Musk admitted to Rogan, he’s “not a regular smoker.” In fact, he “almost never” partakes in the drug.“I know a lot of people like weed. And that’s fine,” Musk said. “But I don’t find that it’s very good for productivity. Not for me.”No worries: Dillon still wants to pay the impresario in cold, hard cash—$150,000 of it. (As well as “a lifetime of indelible memories from your day with us during the shoot.”)There is no word on whether Musk plans to take him up on the offer.Elon Musk is no stranger to headlines: Since launching an IRL flamethrower, he’s come under scrutiny for calling nanotechnology “BS” and delivering a useless minisub to the children stuck in a cave in Thailand. Read more about his escapades here. SpaceX’s Starhopper Test Launch in Texas ScrubbedElon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over Twitter Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Surveillance video captures meteor near Panama City

first_imgNEAR PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WSVN) – An unexpected light show was caught on camera near Panama City.A Ring doorbell camera recorded a beautiful blue streak across the sky, Sunday.The National Weather Service said the streak was a meteor or meteorite.If it landed, the NWS said it might have done so somewhere just south of Tallahassee.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

UK High Court rejects Vijay Mallyas plea to appeal against his extradition

first_imgLiquor Baron Vijay MallyaJack Taylor/Getty ImagesIn another setback for fugitive Indian businessman Vijay Mallya, the United Kingdom High Court has rejected his appeal against his extradition. Mallya, who is facing charges of defaulting on bank loans to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore, fraud and money-laundering, had moved the High Court after the Westminster Magistrates Court, on December 10, 2018, gave the go-ahead for his extradition.Westminster Magistrates’ Court Chief Magistrate Judge Emma Arbuthnot had then sent Mallya’s case to Home Secretary Sajid Javed, who had also cleared the extradition.Mallya, 63, left India on March 2, 2016, after defaulting on loans amounting to Rs 9,000 crore he had taken for his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines but he has repeatedly denied fleeing the country, saying he is ready to pay back the money he owed to the Indian banks.India had in late 2017 filed extradition proceedings against Mallya which he contested. He is currently out on bail in London.A consortium of 13 banks, led by the State Bank of India (SBI), has been preparing to initiate loan recovery proceedings against him.The proceedings are on before a special court in Mumbai under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act.The Enforcement Directorate had also moved the Special Prevention of Money-Laundering Act Court last year to declare Mallya a “fugitive economic offender” and confiscate all his properties, estimated at more than Rs 12,000 crore, making it the first such case of its kind under the new law.last_img read more

Symbols and Meanings Hidden in Americas Victorian Architecture

first_imgWhy do some old buildings look so scary and intimidating? That’s a question which springs to mind for anyone walking past a Victorian stately home. Whether built during the reign of Queen Victoria herself (1837 – 1901) or taking inspiration from the style of the time, the passerby is confronted with the likes of Gothic gargoyles and eerie elemental symbols.Queen Victoria in 1890Are these elaborate sculptures a way of showing off, or do they have a deeper significance? The answer is both. For example, architectural experts have been taking a look at different areas of San Francisco as a sample and drawing some fascinating conclusions.This city is far from the foggy streets of Victorian England, yet much of the period’s design found its way into the buildings of areas such as Pacific Heights.Painted Ladies houses at sunrise in San Francisco, with the city skyline in the background. Colorful clouds.Writing in 2017, Architectural Digest noted that this approach endured into the 20th century. In addition to buildings erected during Victoria’s life, “many were constructed after the catastrophic 1906 earthquake and fire, which destroyed nearly 500 city blocks. In the aftermath of the tragedy, the spirit of the 19th century aesthetic prevailed.”Examining these faded white facades can bring to life ancient legends, or represent the owner’s guiding principles. Overall it creates a powerful effect that can’t help but catch people’s attention…MythologyImages relating to Greek mythology can be found at locations such as the George W. Gibbs House, designed by Willis Polk. The Victorians ushered in aspects of the modern world but still saw value in these symbols.Built in 1895, the Gibbs place was described in the 1983 book On the Edge of the World: Four Architects in San Francisco at the Turn of the Century by Richard Longstreth as “among the city’s earliest houses constructed entirely of stone and that almost no dwelling of comparable size matched the restraint of its exterior.”The Medusa’s head central to a mosaic floor in a tepidarium of the Roman era. Museum of Sousse, Tunisia Photo by Ad Meskens CC BY-SA 3.0Longstreth noted that “In a metropolis of wood, the Gibbs house became an instant symbol of grandeur and permanency.”One of its striking permanent features are the Medusa and Gorgon faces which look down on visitors from the Roman villa-style entrance. Medusa was decapitated by Perseus and her head — with its eyes and their ability to turn onlookers into stone — used as a weapon.Architectural historian Caitlin Harvey, in a 2016 article for website 7×7, commented that “Medusa or Gorgon heads were often placed on doors or gates to repel evil or enemies. It is also a strong classical reference to great ancient Greek architecture, as Medusa appeared on a number of iconic temples.”The ElementsC. A. Belden House, 2004-2010 Gough St, San Francisco, California, USA. Sanfranman59 CC BY-SA 3.0Also of interest is the C.A. Belden House, designed by Walter J. Mathews and built in 1889. For starters there’s the striking sculpture of a large Green Man face displayed prominently, reflecting a historical interest in nature.But aside from that an elemental symbol reveals a sense of optimism — a sunburst can be seen by the upper window. Harvey refers to it as “a popular motif in the late 1800s. People who lived during that time considered it a golden age… But some historians think they represent the British Empire and the notion that the sun never set on the British Empire.”Queen Anne HouseThe house is a classic example of the Queen Anne style, which is a part of the Victorian era yet at the same time in a category of its own. The 18th century aesthetic (Queen Anne ruled between 1702 – 1714) had been revived a century later.NoeHill.com wrote that it was “the flamboyant culmination of the building styles today grouped as Victorian, particularly in San Francisco where any residence built between the Gold Rush of 1849 and the 1906 Earthquake and Fire is commonly called Victorian.”Related Video: 13 Victorian Vulgarities everyone should knowAnimalsThese Victorian rowhouses are in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, California Photo by Urban CC BY-SA 3.07×7.com mentioned that “larger and more costly homes had more custom details, while most middle-class homes ordered ornamentation from a catalog or pattern book.”One popular and recurring theme was wildlife and the animal kingdom. On a domestic level, the iron sculpture of a dog is singled out. Even by today’s standards, they can be recognized as “symbols of loyalty”.A view of three elaborate victorian houses taken from Alamo Square in San Francisco.A more surprising sight could be a dolphin. Not the first creature thought of in relation to the Victorian period, but still an important one. They “symbolize swiftness, charity, diligence, and love — but she (Harvey) thinks it is popular in SF because of our coastal location”.From beasts to birds. A swallow represented “hope, rebirth, and return (swallows are migratory birds that return to their cliff-side nests year after year).” And owls symbolize ““Wisdom, intelligence, protection, and vigilance.”Purple house in San Francisco.The emphasis was naturally on capturing the spirit of Victorian times. At the same time the architecture focused the old world through the prism of what was believed to be a new and exciting era.Read another story from us: Art Deco House with Original Vintage Furnishings For Sale – Take a TourThose old and stony structures may look imposing. But by taking a closer look at how previous generations of individuals and families presented themselves through their houses, it doesn’t take long to reveal the human factor involved in their design.last_img read more

Less cancelled flights and lost bags for US airlines

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Less cancelled flights and lost bags for U.S. airlines Source: The Associated Press Thursday, February 16, 2017 Tags: Alaska Airlines, America, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Virgin Group NEW YORK CITY — The government says U.S. airlines cancelled fewer flights in 2016 than any year on record while also posting record-low numbers for lost bags and passengers getting bumped off oversold flights.And it says airlines had one of their best years for on-time arrivals, although it wasn’t a record and December was worse than the same month a year earlier.The Transportation Department reported Tuesday that the 12 leading U.S. airlines cancelled 1.17 per cent of flights last year, the lowest rate among comparable figures going back to 1995. The previous best was 1.24 per cent in 2002, when travel decreased after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.So you might think it’s all upgrades and free snacks in the air. Travelers know better.Airlines have added extra fees for many things that used to be included in the ticket price. Changing a ticket? That will cost you up to $200, depending on the airline, and even more for international flights.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsAverage legroom has been shrinking for years. To squeeze in more seats, the cushions are getting thinner. Air travel is less egalitarian – the biggest airlines boast about fancy new seats and other amenities for passengers in the premium cabins, but they are also introducing “basic economy” fares that in some cases don’t let coach passengers use the overhead bins.Still, air travel is first about getting quickly from one place to another. And the airlines seem to be doing a better job of that.The Transportation Department says 81.4 per cent of domestic flights arrived on-time, which the government defines as within 15 minutes of the scheduled time. That was the fourth-best year since 1995. But December’s on-time rate of 75.6 per cent was down from 77.8 per cent in the previous December.Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines had the best on-time rates for the full year. December’s leaders were Hawaiian, Delta and American Airlines. Spirit Airlines ranked last for 2016, but rival budget carrier Frontier Airlines was last in December.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongThe bad news was that there were more long delays in any year since 2013. There were 84 domestic flights last year that sat on the ground for more than three hours, and 36 international flights that waited at least four hours _ long enough on all those flights that the government could fine the airlines.The airlines reported that one bag was lost, stolen or delayed for every 370 passengers, the best rate since the Transportation Department started tracking the figure in 1987. Virgin America had the lowest rate of mishandled bags in 2016, while ExpressJet mishandled bags most often. Sharelast_img read more

Macao promotes culture to enhance citys heritage

first_imgThe Government of Macao will be implementing a new development strategy to promote ‘Cultural Macao’ to strengthen the city’s heritage. It will increase practical training for appropriate professions whilst increasing the protection of the city’s heritage.The government also aspires to increase the number of professional and international branding conventions by nurturing the fast-growing MICE industry through a flagship strategy – ‘Elevating Macao into a City of Events’.For Cultural Macao, a list of Macao’s intangible cultural heritage will be compiled, establishing a heritage monitoring mechanism, and commencing the formulation of the plan for protection and management of the historic centre of Macao by-law.Culture popularisation projects and art education projects will be implemented to encourage original creativity, enhanced cultural connections and the showcasing of the uniqueness of Macao’s diversified culture, enriching, in parallel, the cultural life of local residents.last_img read more

Limassol marina hosts boat show

first_imgJunior minister for shipping Natasa Pilides opened the Limassol Boat Show on Thursday, at the Limassol Marina hosting 120 exhibitors from eight countries showcasing the latest in yachts, sailing boats, motor boats and water sports.The show will run until Sunday.According to the organisers it “will give thousands of visitors the opportunity to view a wide range of the latest products and services in a unique setting.”It will also include seminars, presentations of new products, activities on water and demonstrations.Addressing the opening Pilides sent a message of respect for the marine environment.The sea of Cyprus is part of the national wealth and its culture, she noted.Everyone should have the right to enjoy the sea but should also protect it, she said, adding that respect of the marine environment and a fondness of maritime activities should be cultivated in everyone.Pilides also assured that protection and safety of yachts and sailing boats and the protection of the marine environment are both of particular importance for her ministry.You May LikeFood Prevent6 of The Best Foods for Hair GrowthFood PreventUndoseriouslaTiny Fox Stops Car And Asks For HelpseriouslaUndoproperty.feedbox.info10 Smallest Houses for Rent In The World – Feedbox.infoproperty.feedbox.infoUndo Limassol police investigating attempted murderUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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They also had too much faith in hormonal birth control patches, mostly clarinet players and with a mother who was fond of visiting junk shops in search of old music,give some relief to people?Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today unanimously decided to relax its indefinite strike in the Hills for four days from August 15 to 18 In an all-party meeting convened by GJM chief Bimal Gurungthe party decided to soften its stand on the ongoing strike in Darjeeling and to continue the Gorkhaland movement for a separate state in a peaceful and democratic manner The all-party meet was attended by the BJPCongress and some other outfits while the Trinamool Congress and the Left parties decided not to participate GJM has also decided to hold a central committee meeting on August 16 to decide on the next course of action The state policemeanwhilecontinued to mount pressure on GJM while arresting over 20 leaders and cadres in a dayimportant among them being a GTA-elected member from KurseongAnuj Thapaand Darjeeling Municipality Commissioner Zahid Khanalso a GJM member With thisthe total number of GJM leaders and cadres arrested since August 3 has risen to almost 200 These arrestsall pertaining to old casesare the state governments response to GJM breaking the tri-partite agreement by holding agitations and indulging in violence over its demand for a separate state The state governmentwhich had promised not to execute pending cases against several GJM leadersdecided to revive those cases and execute warrantswhich include those against Gurung and GJM general secretary Roshan Giri Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) chairman Pradip Pradhan urged his secretary to convene a meeting as soon as possible The Gorkha leadership has described GTA as a failure in meeting the aspirations of the peoplealleging there was interference by the state government on small issues of the GTA For all the latest Kolkata News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: ANI | Mumbai | Published: January 9 2017 6:57 pm The report said that the selectors convinced Dhoni to give up the limited overs cricket captaincy which led to his announcement through the BCCI (Source: PTI) Related News MSK Prasad chairman of Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) senior selection panel on Monday rubbished reports stating that Mahendra Singh Dhoni was asked to give up captaincy in the limited over format saying it was totally the latter’s decision to quit the post A national daily had earlier in the day reported that Dhoni had been asked to vacate the post of India’s limited overs skipper It reported that the move to get rid of Dhoni was planned in September 2016 when the new five-man selection committee took charge This came after the BCCI had sent an official mail on Wednesday evening about Dhoni’s decision to step down as captain Quashing such reports Prasad while exclusively speaking to ANI today said “I have to say only this that all the reports which are coming are false To leave the captaincy was completely Dhoni’s decision” “Now we all wish Virat Kohli to captain India in all the three formats of the game” he added Dhoni has achieved unprecedented success as a limited-overs captain guiding India to glory in the World T20 in 2007 the ICC World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy 2013 Although he relinquished Test captaincy and retired from the longest form of the game in 2014 he continued to lead the side in limited overs The wicketkeeper-batsman who currently holds the record for most matches as captain of an international side with 331 games across formats played his last series as captain against New Zealand at home where he led the Indian side to a 3-2 series win India is slated to play three-match ODI series and three-match T20 series beginning January 15 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | Chennai | Updated: September 2 2015 12:59 pm Being directed by Bobby the film also features Kajal Aggarwal and is jointly produced by Kalyan and his best friend Sharrath Marar Related News The makers of upcoming Telugu actioner “Sardaar Gabbar Singh” have unveiled a special teaser on Wednesday to coincide with actor-politician Pawan Kalyan’s 43rd birthday The 33-second teaser features a Khaki-clad gun-totting Pawan Kalyan marching in slow motion with his horse Share This Article Related Article Being directed by Bobby the film also features Kajal Aggarwal and is jointly produced by Kalyan and his best friend Sharrath Marar Meanwhile a source close to Kalyan has revealed that the actor won’t be celebrating his birthday “He’s not at home to celebrate his birthday He has gone out of station and is expected to return only by Friday And as soon as he returns he will directly join the sets of the film” the source said Watch the video here: For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related News” Lochte will also get no monthly funding from either the USOC or USA Swimming.s administrative division in 2011 seeking more judges, “I have always been enraptured by food. IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: April 4,the centre-aligned drain will be moved to the side, said Vhatkar mumbainewsline@expressindiacom History of cave-ins July 112012: A portion of the road near Gamadia Junction caved incausing heavy traffic jams for the next two days September 17: A portion near Jaslok Hospital collapsedcausing snarls till late in the night October 10: A part on Gamadia Lane outside Prabhakunj Building near Cadbury House crashed as the century-old central stormwater drain gave way For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar got ready to host the prestigious 22nd Asian Athletics Championships in just 90 days afterRanchi which was to host the event earlier pulled out at the last minute The entire work commissioned to complete the renovation of the Kalinga Stadium besides the beautification of the city of Bhubaneswar to host the Asian Athletics Championships was completed in record time Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik last week inaugurated the brand new synthetic track at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar for the eventto be held from 5 to 9 July The CM was taken on a golf cart for a tour of all the renovated areas that include the main track the warm-up track the newly-installed elevators and state-of-the-art high mast floodlights "Odisha has come a long way After setting global benchmarks in disaster management playing a major role in the food security of the country becoming a state known for its transparency and anti-corruption measures we wanted to take up this challenge to show the world how far we have come The trust that the people of Odisha have put in us has allowed us to make Bhubaneswar the No 1 Smart City in the country besides setting benchmarks in the ease of doing business here" the CM said "With the Asian Athletics Championships we also want to showcase how ready we are to host global sporting events We will also be hosting the Hockey World Cup next year and in the future we want to be one of the most sought after cities when bigger sporting events take place in India" The chief minister also distributed cheques worth Rs 3 lakh to five prominent Odia athletes —Dutee Chand Sarbani Nanda Amiya Kumar Mallick and Jauna Murmu – who have made India proud on the international stage A cultural extravaganza marked the special occasion as the CM also unveiled the medals for the championships Olympian and national record holder in the 100m women’s hurdles Anuradha Biswal Asian Games silver medallist Pranati Mishra Sushma Behera former Indian women’s football captain Shradhanjali Samantray were among those who ran the inaugural race on the newly-laid track cheered on by the CM who cut a ribbon to declare the track open Current Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal would sit on a chair when Ajax manager Ronald Koeman would put his team through the paces Not once or twice but for a whole week van Gaal was technical director of Ajax then In one instance he also asked Zlatan Ibrahimovic to position himself in a particular area — and the striker scored All this was a complete disrespect of the manager’s authority Koeman may have won that battle with van Gaal [he used the media to force the latter out] — but another Dutch coach — in another sport hockey has lost his job Paul van Ass claimed today that he was sacked by Hockey India (SAI and Batra have claimed otherwise — so this is still a subject of some debate) This is after Hockey India chief Narinder Batra gave a post-match team talk to the side after the 3-2 win over Malaysia in the Hockey World League semifinals in Belgium van Ass rightly asked Batra to leave the field — team talks were his department — and while the HI chief left the pitch he made sure van Ass knew that his behaviour was not acceptable Narinder Batra (R) with India captain Sardar Singh Hockey India The coach/manager has on-field authority: tactics training sessions and in most cases transfers As soon as an administrator interferes in this territory — trouble is not far away Twenty days later after the HWL Batra is still HI chief — and the man who led The Netherlands to a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics is gone "They can sack me it’s in their power But don’t blame me — they asked me not to be there [at national camp in Himachal Pradesh] and they didn’t send me a ticket The reason I’m not there is because they didn’t want me to be there [after the HWL] You have to ask Batra [on the spat] I cannot handle that [interfering]" van Ass told NDTV van Ass made it very clear that he was asked to step down against his wishes: "I don’t complain [about being fired] but at least take the responsibility that they don’t want me there I didn’t step down I didn’t say I don’t want to come back I was fired exactly a week after Belgium I’m still waiting for official documents in the mean time" This is the second sacking in less than a year Terry Walsh under whom India won the Asian Games gold medal — thus guaranteeing Rio 2016 qualification — was sacked just 47 days after the achievement The reason given was ‘beurocratic intervention’ That eerily sounds similar to what van Ass — who lasted for less than six months — went through In fact van Ass’s predecessors Jose Brasa Michael Nobbs (and Walsh) — all of whom were hired by SAI on the recommendations of HI at hefty salaries — left their jobs on unceremonious notes But this is hardly surprising Batra’s reputation is that he wants the credit when the hockey team does well and doesn’t like it when the coaches get all the praise This is not the first time he has courted controversy either — during the standoff with Walsh he dug up old dirt between the coach and USA Hockey "I can’t have anyone working with us who has been accused of financial impropriety I am willing to keep him but first this issue needs to be resolved otherwise we can’t have him My fundamentals are very clear If govt wants to keep a tainted person I am willing to quit in the morning Let the government and Terry Walsh take hockey forward I am ready to quit I will not have any tainted person in Hockey India" he told The Indian Express in November 2014 to which Walsh said: "It surprises me that he (Batra) would raise this issue without speaking to me first" There’s also the well-documented court case he fought for KPS Gill’s ouster from the Indian Hockey Federation But the stick2hockey article says this about the case: "Batra joined the Indian Olympic Association lobby against whom he filed the case He was short-sighted greedy and could not wait more for getting posts Very unfortunately he switched sides and started hobnobbing with the same people against whom he fought in the court" All this points to one fact: Batra cannot be trusted he picks fights with anyone who gets in the way and more importantly: he gets rid of them No one has been able to stand in the way of his wishes "In a short span of time Batra has achieved so much of clout that he has started to believe he is the man destined to run Indian sport He has an opinion on every sports controversy keeping his secretariat busy dashing off mails to all and sundry" a Sportskeeda profile reads Under van Ass the team looked fitter fought harder and employed a quick counter-attacking method The HWL which was mainly a competitive experiment for the side was used as an opportunity for van Ass to use younger faster and more creative players like Harmanpreet Singh Gurmail Singh and Jasjit Singh (who scored the two penalty corners in India’s win over Malaysia) Even against Pakistan in the same tournament India gave up a 1-0 lead to go down 1-2 before fighting back to 2-2 In numerous interviews van Ass would talk about making India mentally a stronger team — and tightening the gaps in defence His boldest decision was to drop a not-fully-fit drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh for sake of ‘trying variations’ On midfielder SK Uthappa’s ouster from the side before the HWL semis he said: "It’s not over for the boys they are not gone I think he (Uthappa) doesn’t play the way he is supposed to He is a big athelete his body is very big but he doesn’t use it too much I asked him to do that more and he can comeback again During team selections you have to be your best and also you have to fit in the tactical plan of coach" van Ass with moderate success shook up the team a bit — there was a feeling that no one’s position however high-profile a name was guaranteed However all these experiments and changes will never be realised This group of players will have to adjust to someone else’s demands now — a new coach new ideas new tactics and new methods — all because an administrator decided to give a post-match team talk — which he is not supposed to do Not the best way to prepare for the Olympics (India were the first nation to qualify for the 2016 event) but someone should trying telling Batra that By: Express News Service | Published: August 30 2014 2:06 am Related News Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi’s remark in the Supreme Court on Tuesday that India will have to wage war with Sri Lanka if it wants to retrieve the Katchatheevu island is a blunt admission of the impossibility of the demand frequently raised by Tamil Nadu politicians Katchatheevu an uninhabited stretch of sand with no source of drinking water off Rameswaram was ceded to Sri Lanka in 1974 while the two nations settled the international boundary No mainstream Tamil political group had questioned the decision then Fishermen from India were allowed landing rights including permission to dry their gear since the island was part of the commons and accessed by all fishermen irrespective of nationality People were also allowed to visit the island during the annual festivities in the church the only building on the island For decades Katchatheevu has been in the possession of Sri Lanka So what has provoked Tamil politicians to dispute the ownership of the island now Katchatheevu has in recent times become entwined with the fate of Tamil fishermen in Sri Lankan jails A number of them have been arrested by the Sri Lankan navy for trespassing into Lankan waters It has become a political issue in Tamil Nadu with parties competing to rake it up Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and others have demanded Central intervention The real issue here is that fishermen who operate out of the Rameswaram harbour now try to fish in Lankan waters since overfishing has exhausted the catch on the Indian side Ownership of Katchatheevu and the sea around would mean an expansion of the waters under Indian control The way forward is to address the core issue which is the plight of fishermen whose livelihood is under threat A new harbour could be built to the north of Rameswaram to enable fishermen to explore the Bay of Bengal Fishermen who now scrounge the Palk Straits could be provided gear and training for deep sea fishing in the Indian Ocean Better fisheries management is necessary to avoid overcrowding and overfishing Instead of resorting to nationalist rhetoric politicians must focus their energies on addressing the livelihood concerns of fishermen And they must work the diplomatic channels to ensure that Indian fishermen do not disappear into Lankan jails For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by S Y Quraishi | Published: January 25 2016 12:00 am Related News Today India celebrates the 6th National Voters’ Day (NVD) This is the biggest festival of democracy next only to a general election Over 30 million voters will get their identity cards at over six lakh booth-level functions all over the country including nearly 10 million young people who have just turned 18 The origin of NVD is a story in itself At a civil-society meeting in Bhubaneswar late in September 2010 a young man in the audience got up and said “18 years is an age that deserves to be celebrated At least one day every year should be dedicated to 18 year olds” I thought it was a great idea And NVD was born In a letter to the cabinet secretary “informing” him of our plan to observe January 25 as NVD I requested him to ask the ministries and state governments to extend necessary cooperation Three months later with only a week left for the nationwide functions a phonecall from the cabinet secretary almost brought our plans crashing down My “proposal” was coming up before the cabinet and he asked whether we wanted a national holiday and how much money we needed Our answers saved the day: No we did not want a national holiday nor did we need a single rupee from the government The cabinet secretary was naturally intrigued — eight lakh functions to be organised without any request for money He had never seen such a proposal in his life Our secret was quite simple Voter registration is a normal activity of the Election Commission (EC) carried out through the year All we did was convert staggered sporadic activity into an “event” using the normal budget The first NVD was inaugurated by then President Pratibha Patil in the presence of 30 chief election commissioners from around the world Some of them including from Pakistan and Bhutan went back home and declared their own NVDs After just four NVDs the 2014 election was conducted with the addition of nearly 120 million more voters than in 2009 This is like adding the entire population of South Africa and South Korea combined or three Canadas or four Australias or 10 Portugals or 20 Finlands NVD is the flagship event of another new programme of the EC Systematic Voters’ Education for Electoral Participation (SVEEP) This programme too faced hiccups — some in the organisation questioned whether “educating” voters was the EC’s job For me it indeed was Low turnout had been the bane of our elections raising questions on elected representatives’ legitimacy In this context we considered voter education an imperative We had seen enormous public apathy especially among the educated urban middle class which not only abstained from voting but used to brag about this Our challenge was to make not voting embarrassing It didn’t take long A 2010 campaign lampooning non-voters — “Pappu doesn’t vote aaha” — did the trick It achieved a remarkable increase in voter turnout A key strategy was to have brand ambassadors — headed by no less than former President APJ Abdul Kalam The youth hitherto indifferent or contemptuous of politics started leading from the front Twenty-five thousand campus ambassadors were appointed in universities and colleges Schoolchildren became watchdogs of voter participation coaxing apathetic parents to vote All elections since 2010 have seen record turnouts Election 2014 broke a six-decade record with 664 per cent turnout In some states this crossed 80 per cent In half the states women voters outnumbered men Many have described this as a “participation revolution” The inked finger became a symbol — restaurants apparently started offering discounts barbers giving free haircuts The EC has now taken the movement to new heights A grand Voter Fest (Matdaata Mahotsav) in Delhi last week attracted nearly three lakh citizens The best endorsement has come from PM Narendra Modi who in his Mann Ki Baat said “Till a few years ago we used to see that our Election Commission is working just as a regulator But it has undergone a significant change in the past few years Today our EC is not a mere regulator anymore It has instead become a facilitator is more voter-friendly and voters are now at the centre of all its plans and thoughts” What makes these remarks especially significant is that the EC has consistently differed with his advocacy of compulsory voting Who says there is no freedom to differ Quraishi a former chief election commissioner is author of ‘An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | New Delhi | Published: October 16 2017 12:05 am Paraguay notched up three convincing wins in the group stage to make the knockouts (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran) Related News They may have breezed past their opponents in the group stage but Paraguay coach Gustavo Morinigo said their real test in the FIFA U-17 World Cup begins with the Round of 16 clash against USA on Monday Paraguay notched up three convincing wins in the group stage to make the knockouts “It was a difficult group but this (Round of 16) is where the game begins” the Paraguay coach said Morinigo said the USA will be a tough side to face at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium “The US is really a complicated team the individuals the captain himself it has one of the best players and the team is really good” Morinigo told reporters “It is really dangerous for us the team in Group of 16 and we really respect that” the 40-year-old added Morinigo said his side has been training hard for the last one year “We have been practising for the last one year about that not only the technical stuff has been focused on mentally they have been prepared because of the concentration and behaviour of the players” the coach said “The players are playing for the colour of their county and that has kept them focused” Morinigo added For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsPublished: June 19 2012 9:48 pm Top News The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development will be held on June 20 – 222012which is commonly known as Rio+20treating “green economy within the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication” and “institutional framework for sustainable development” as its two themes Under the two themesRio+20 will assess the progress and implementation gaps in meeting already agreed commitmentsaddress new and emerging challengesand secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development We are aware that uneven developmentsevere regional environmental pollutiondesertificationclimate changepopulation growthpovertyincreased demand for natural resources and energy supply are among the challenges ChinaIndia and many other developing countries are facing for sustainable development China is committed to pursuing sustainable development as a national strategy As a matter of factsustainable development is embodied in China’s traditional values Over 2000 years agothe great Chinese philosophers Mencius observed that “refraining from over fishing will ensure fishing last forever” and “cutting wood according to the season ensure the health of forest” are the means to achieve harmony between man and nature China has achieved remarkable results in promoting sustainable development process and accumulated some experience China has instituted the most stringent systems for managing farmland and water resourcesand fed one fifth of the global population with less than 10% of the world’s farmland and only 28% of the world’s per capita water resources In the past decadewe have implemented the policy of development-oriented aid to the rural poor and lifted around 70 million people out of povertymaking China the first country to meet the Millennium Development Goal China has carried out afforestation for two decadeswith coverage now reaching 620000 square kilometers We are also committed to the implementation of energy conservationand increase the efforts in pollution control Since 2005while maintaining a robust economic growthChina has cut energy consumption per unit of GDP by 21%and emissions of major pollutants such as S02 and COD by 16% and 14% respectively China also attach great importance to people’s livelihood and strive to promote the well-being of the people China cannot develop itself in isolation from the rest of the worldand global sustainability can not be maintained without China China has taken the initiative to promote bilateral and multilateral cooperation We have carried out cooperation with many countries in the fields of resourcesenvironmentdisaster prevention and mitigationand a large number of demonstration projects on sustainable development with the United Nations agencies and other international organizations We have fully honored our commitments in the field of sustainable developmentcomplying with various international treaties that China has joined MeanwhileChina is also providing any possible assistance to other developing countries and least developed countries in accordance with the principles of equalitymutual benefitand emphasis on practical resultsutilization of diversified formsand the pursuit of common development As of the end of 2010China had offered zero tariff treatment to more than 60% of the products from 38 least developed countriesprovided other developing countries with 287 billion yuan (USD 46 billion) of financial assistanceand written off 30 billion yuan (USD 476 billion) debt of 50 heavily indebted poor countries and least developed countries China is in the process of rapid industrialization and urbanization and its development has many constrains FirstChina is poor in natural endowmentlow in per capita share of resourcesand it has a fragile eco-system and disparity in regional development Secondwe are facing the dual pressures to accelerate development while restructuring the economy China is still a developing country with large populationweak economic foundation and low-level productivity Measured by the newly-adjusted national poverty lineChina still has 128 million poor people in rural areas Each yearover 10 million people enter the labor market The conflict between our resources supply and demand is more prominentthe emissions of major pollutants continue to exceed the capacity of the environment China thus faces a formidable task of growing the economy while protecting the environment Thirdeconomic and social structural problems are prominent in China The industrial structure is not sound; the domestic and external demand as well as investment and consumption are not balanced; economic growth is too dependent on investment and exports; and domestic consumer demand is obviously insufficient While a global consensus on sustainable development has emergedjoint actions to promote sustainable development are still weak and uncoordinated The gap between the developed and the poorest countries has continued to expand Under such circumstancethe Rio+20 has indubitablyattracted great expectations from the world and is undoubtedly set to have a significant and profound impact on the future sustainable development We think the Rio+20 should focus on three principles Firstadhere to the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities” We believe that global sustainable development can only be achieved under such principle while developing countries are ensured equitable right to development and assumed responsibilities that are compatible with their capacity At the same timedeveloped countries should fully honor their commitments of providing official development assistanceadequate funds and advanced technology to developing countries and help them enhance capacity for environmental protection and sustainable development Secondstick to coordinating the three pillars of economic growthsocial development and environmental protection It is necessary for us to develop a green economy as well as eliminate poverty and promote human well-being Thirdpursue the principle of diversifying development models We shall respect the way of sustainable development every sovereign country chooses Every country has its right to independently choose the path of development suited to its national conditions China and Indiaas two emerging economies consisting of one-third of the population in the worldboth want to eradicate poverty and achieve modernization The Indian saying “We produce to livenot to consume” and the ancient Chinese philosophy of “unity between heaven and man” and “the law of following the nature” are all examples of oriental wisdom We look forward to the cooperation between China and India in Rio+20 to guarantee a sustainable development for both countries and other developing countries We hope that the Rio+20 shall send a positiveclear and powerful message to reinvigorate international cooperation and inject new vitality into sustainable development Contributed by: Deng XijunChargé d’ Affairs of Chinese Embassy in India For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top News

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