first_imgTWO WORKERS WITH Irish aid agency Goal are missing after being abducted while on a routine assignment in Sudan.Goal said it is working with authorities to try and locate the two, who have been missing since Wednesday.Three Goal staff members and a worker from another aid agency were travelling in a vehicle near Kutum town in North Darfur when they were abducted by an unknown group.One of the Goal workers was later released but the other three remain missing.“All relevant authorities have been informed and are working with Goal’s crisis management team and [the] team in country to determine the next course of action,” said Jonathan Edgar, the chief operations officer of Goal.Goal said that it is in contact with the families of the staff members, both of whom are Sudanese.It said that it will be making no further comment about the incident right now.Violence in Sudan has increased significantly since April, with international condemnation of the Sudanese government and its armed forces for killing and wounding civilians.Read: Goal has evacuated staff from South Sudan >last_img read more

first_imgIt’s turning out to be a pretty rough month for the folks at Skype. First there was that whole major service outage that the service suffered during one it its busiest times of year. And now it seems that the VoIP provider may soon become illegal in the world’s most populous country.Communist Party-run paper The People’s Daily declared all Internet phone services not run by state sanctioned China Telecom and China Unicom to be illegal. The article stated that The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is set to take Skype and other VoIPs out of commission in China.The Ministry reflected the statement in a recent announcement, “Currently, our ministry is working with relevant departments to focus on the crackdown on illegal VoIP [voice over internet protocol calls] and we are now appealing to the public for clues for illegal VoIP cases.”For now, Skype is currently available in the country. Said a spokeswoman, “Users in China currently can access Skype via TOM Online, our majority JV partner. TOM Online offers local versions of Skype for Windows, MAC as well as mobile platforms such as Symbian and Windows Mobile. More details can be found at”If Skype is indeed officially made illegal, it will be in good company, joing Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.last_img read more

first_img Mar 11th 2017, 8:15 AM The Johnson family’s ‘trash tally’ for 2012. Source: Zero Waste HomeHOW MANY TIMES did you throw something into the bin today? Once? Twice? More than that?We often don’t give a thought to how many times a day – or week, never mind month or year – we throw something in the bin, be it for recycling or not.But followers of the Zero Waste movement could tell you exactly how many times they have put something in the bin over the last year, and exactly what it was. That’s because the most dedicated among them try to create a litre of waste or less a year. Source: Zero Waste HomeCalifornia-based French native Bea Johnson is the guru of the Zero Waste movement, and will be visiting Dublin on Monday evening to talk about her lifestyle. The author of the book and blog Zero Waste Home (which gets 251k pageviews a month), she travels around the world speaking about how she made the journey to living waste-free.With homes in some parts of the country set to be monitored for what they’re putting in their green bins – and people continuing to put non-recyclables in those very bins – we here in Ireland could learn a thing or two from her approach.During a chat with over Skype, Johnson spoke about why she doesn’t pay attention to her critics, why she and her family eat meat, and why living zero waste is the future.Journey to zero waste 36,380 Views The Johnson family (Bea, her husband, their two sons and a dog) live in Mill Valley, California. Over the past nine years, they’ve gradually transformed their home into a zero waste one: they have miniscule wardrobes; they use baking soda instead of toothpaste; they make the most of leftovers. Johnson even uses homemade make-up, such as cacao powder as blusher.Johnson says that the benefits of the zero waste lifestyle aren’t just environment, they are also financial – her family have saved 40% on their overall budget. But the process took time.“It takes a while to actually question every single item that you have in your home. In our case, we don’t even have a junk drawer,” says Johnson. “Everything has really been questioned and thought about.”Johnson decided to move towards being zero waste in 2008, after moving to an apartment with her family, downsizing, and realising how much better life was when it was simpler. She began to reassess what she owned, what she used, and what she threw away.“What was difficult was to find a system that works for us,” she says. So she came up with a system, and five principles behind her method: the Five Rs. These are Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot – and it’s important to follow them in this exact order.Refuse means to refuse those plastic bags, plastic stirrers, free pens and hotel shampoo bottles, for example. It’s this step which can be particularly difficult, but it’s the one that Johnson says is most important.“When you’ve done things a certain way and you’ve been used to accepting things that are handed out to you, it actually takes some practice to learn to say no to these things” she says. Johnson’s shopping kit. Source: Zero Waste HomeReducing what you actually need means decluttering (which is somewhat in vogue, given the popularity of the Marie Kondo method in recent years), and sending the items to be sold second-hand.Reusing means swapping anything that is disposable for a reusable alternative, and buying second-hand.That means paper towels for rags, tissues for handkerchiefs, and a menstrual cup (like a Mooncup) or washable sanitary products instead of tampons. Even dental floss has a zero waste equivalent, says Johnson. (A company based in Germany does a compostable floss that costs €3.95 for 10m – it’s made from silk covered in beeswax. By comparison, most of the floss on the market costs under €2 for 25m but the floss cannot be composted and so creates plastic waste.)Just keep an open mind and embrace [it] – you kind of need a sense of humour sometimes. If you keep an open mind to the alternatives you will see they are solutions to everything.There’s also the need to create a “reusable kit” (that includes reusable kitchen items, bags, glass jars, etc) for when you go shopping, and then the need to find locations where you can buy things in bulk.Johnson admits that “even being open to those alternatives and finding them can be a challenge”, but for her it has been worth it. Bea Johnson with her family’s jar of rubbish. Source: Magda Trebert for Little-GreenfinityBulk livingWhile in California, where Johnson lives, it isn’t too difficult to buy products in bulk, the notion hasn’t quite caught on in Ireland yet. A cursory google for ‘bulk foods’ shows that what we typically understand by that is large orders – rather than loose products that can be measured out into the consumer’s own packaging.That’s probably why Johnson gets one email a week from someone saying they’ve opened a bulk food store after reading her book or hearing her talk.“Of course at first it takes time to find a system that works for you but then once you have that system in place, oh my gosh,” says Johnson. “It’s like a huge amount of time that you save, and then you just regret not having started earlier because you see your whole life as a waste of money, but also a waste of time.”Johnson and her family had to test out the zero waste lifestyle themselves, and then literally write the book on it. There was no guide out there already. That’s in part why Johnson has become a ‘guru’ or leader of the movement, with a significant social media following.On Instagram, for example, she shares with her 70,000 followers how she brings food with her wrapped in cotton bags, and even how her favourite way to find a hair tie is to pick one up off the street. ‘We’ve never pretended to be the greenest family’But being a leader also means dealing with criticism. That includes questions about the fact Johnson and her family are not vegan, given the environmental impact of consuming animal products.“We are very transparent, we share everything we know, everything we do,” says Johnson, pointing out that they’ve had multiple TV crews visit their home, some of whom rifled through her underwear basket.“I have nothing to hide. We have never pretended to try to be the greenest family on earth. Of course not. We can’t do that. We never pretended to try to do zero carbon, that’s completely impossible,” she says, pre-empting any questions about flying to countries like Ireland.We’ve been completely transparent about the things we have done, the things that have failed, the things… where we’ve had to find a balance.Regarding the vegetarian queries, she says: “We eat meat, we tried to eliminate it, it didn’t work for us, so instead of completely eliminating it, we are doing way less of it, and we’re purchasing something that is supporting a whole other set of practices than the meat that we used to buy before.”But in essence, Johnson isn’t too bothered about criticism. “We get highly criticised for some of the things we do, but we don’t care about the criticism,” she says. “Had I listened to the criticism, I would have never been able to launch this movement.” The home cleaning kit, which uses ingredients like vinegar and baking soda. Source: ZeroWasteHome.comConsumer powerJohnson is clear who she believes has the power when it comes to creating demand for zero waste: the consumer.On the subject of using a plastic bag, she says that saying ‘no thank you’ could have a greater impact than you might think.“Because when you accept it, you are creating a demand to make more,” says Johnson. “Every time you accept a free plastic bag it is a way for you to say ‘I love plastic bags and I dream of a world filled with them for my children’s future’. So more oil will be drawn from the ground to create a replacement.”Johnson fears that consumers are waiting for politicians and manufacturers to change things, instead of realising they could do something themselves.“They are just sitting back, saying ‘the waste issue is too big of an issue and I’m just one small consumer, what I do will not make a difference’. And I’m here to say the contrary,” states Johnson.When I got started, people were saying what you do doesn’t really matter, what really matters is what the politicians do and it’s what the manufacturers do and we’ve been able to prove the opposite.She suggests that if readers want to start to move towards a zero waste lifestyle, they start with saying no, and then move on to their home. Tackle one room at a time, and one area of that room at a time.Really question everything in that room. Go through one drawer at a time, one room at a time, one closet at a time, and question the true need and use for anything that is contained in that drawer, closet or room. ‘Hairy granola people’There can be many stereotypes around what zero waste devotees are like, and Johnson says she’s heard them all.“I actually get a lot of those, some people email me to tell me ‘when I read your article I thought these people are crazy, they probably live in the Boondocks, they probably don’t shave, they are hairy granola people’.”But as they see the way we live and they see that our life is actually based on voluntary simplicity… just by the way that we present it, just by showing the way we live we’ve given a face to this lifestyle. And some people have seen our interior and the way we live and are like ‘wow – if that’s what the zero waste lifestyle looks like, I want to do zero waste’.She says that misconceptions include that the lifestyle will cost more, and take more time.“But then as they do it and have an open mind and actually start doing it [they] see that it is the complete opposite,” says Johnson. Johnson (middle) and her family. Source: Stephanie RausserAs for Johnson’s sons, she says they’re not huge ambassadors for the zero waste lifestyle – not because they don’t believe in it, but because it’s so normalised for them it doesn’t occur to them to brag about it.“What they do brag about though is what we’ve been able to do as a family,” she says. “It’s really that life based on experiences instead of things, a life based on being instead of having, that’s actually what makes them different than other people and that’s really what they talk more about.”Johnson doesn’t know if her sons will carry on her zero waste legacy, but feels reassured that she’s given the skills to.Though she has made her living being a zero waste guru, Johnson says that that’s not why she does it.“In the end, even if we were not the face of zero waste we would still do zero waste. Because again we are not doing it just for the environmental aspects, we are doing it for the better life that we discovered.We discovered a life based on being instead of having. It’s a life based on experiences instead of things and once you have that vision, once you discover the great advantages of the lifestyle, you can’t go back. Because you fully see the old life as a waste of time and money and a life based on the wrong priorities.Bea Johnson will speak at Trinity College on Monday 13 March from 7 – 9pm in the Robert Emmet Theatre. The event is hosted by TCD’s Environmental Society and is free to attend. Sponsors include Etherson’s Butchers in Cabra, Honest2Goodness market in Glasnevin and Nuts in Bulk in Glasnevin, who all offer customers zero waste options.Read: 12,000 homes in Dublin will soon be monitored for what they’re putting in their green bins>Read: ‘Dead animals and concrete bricks’: One third of green bin collections can’t be recycled> Short URL Every time you accept a free plastic bag it is a way for you to say ‘I love plastic bags and I dream of a world filled with them for my children’s future’. – Bea Johnson Zero waste living: ‘You regret not starting earlier – you see your whole life as a waste of money and time’ We speak to the Zero Waste guru Bea Johnson, who visits Dublin on Monday. Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 8:15 AM Share Tweet Email2 By Aoife Barry 36 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Man City Monday 11 Jun 2018, 9:30 PM Share your result: Jun 11th 2018, 5:22 PM Peru Tweet 45 Iran You scored out of ! La Liga Not too bad at all. If you’d paid a little more attention you could have won the gold. 37 Comments By Paul Fennessy Cameroon Serbia Barcelona 3 Silver Which of these artists is involved in the official 2018 World Cup anthem? Premier League You scored out of ! Bundesliga Which league has the highest number of representatives at this summer’s World Cup? Australia France Germany Share Tunisia Tweet Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tweet England 2 Which club has the highest proportion of representatives in the England squad? Liverpool Nigeria The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Nigeria Who has the youngest squad? You scored out of ! Share your result: 5 Argentina 35 50 Centcenter_img Tottenham Gold Name the club with the most representatives at this summer’s World Cup? 39 Share your result: Share your result: Share Share35 Tweet Email1 Which of these countries will be appearing at the World Cup for the first time? Man City Talks for 48-team World Cup put on hold – InfantinoDe Gea refuses to rule out Real Madrid move as Man Utd goalkeeper focuses on Spain’s World Cup bid> Madonna 37,839 Views How many times has Lionel Messi made Argentina squads for the World Cup? The oldest player at this summer’s World Cup is what age? Quiz: How much do you know about the 2018 World Cup? The much-anticipated competition in Russia gets underway on Thursday. France Spain Short URL 42 Wooden Spoon You scored out of ! Lady Gaga Well now. There’s not much we can say about that. Do you even like football? South Korea Tweet Real Madrid Bronze The questions just didn’t suit you this time. Which of these countries has not qualified? PSG Top of the pile, you really were paying attention. 4 Iceland Share Serie A Which country has the highest number of managerial representatives? Will Smith Follow us: Answer all the questions to see your result! Share Man Unitedlast_img read more

first_imgA natural resources manager that has helped protect a Florida National Guard facility from encroachment and a partnership of federal agencies and conservation groups that has enhanced mission readiness at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia have received the 2015 Nancy Natoli Élan Award for Innovation in Land Conservation from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities.Paul Catlett has helped protect more than 21,000 acres from development that threatened both the training mission at the Army National Guard’s Camp Blanding Joint Training Center and the rich diversity of habitats and wildlife in northeastern Florida, according to a press release. One project protected 1,600 acres of sandhills habitat preferred by the at-risk gopher tortoise, to which gopher tortoises may be relocated from Camp Blanding.The innovative partnerships forged by Catlett have resulted in his leveraging more than $51 million in state funds with $13.6 million in Army and DOD dollars.Along the Lower Rappahannock River in Virginia, the Rappahannock Land Protection Partnership has helped protect more than 20,000 acres. Those protected lands — an important Chesapeake Bay tributary recognized in national and regional natural resource conservation plans — benefit mission readiness at Fort A.P. Hill and wildlife conservation on Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and helped establish the Mattaponi Wildlife Management Area.The effort’s principal partners include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Nature Conservancy, the Trust for Public Land, the Conservation Fund, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and Fort A.P. Hill.“All of the nominees for the 2015 Natoli Élan Award have achieved great success,” said Peter Stangel, senior vice president for the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, “but Paul Catlett and the diverse members of the Rappahannock Land Protection Partnership raise the bar for their tireless commitment to collaboration and effective leveraging of limited financial resources.”The award was named in honor of Nancy Natoli, who led DOD’s effort to protect military test and training facilities from incompatible development until she passed away in September 2013 at the age of 48. She had been the program director of the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program since February 2012, after serving as a program coordinator for the previous three years. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Andhra University Vice-Chancellor G Nageswara Rao on Friday launched various facilities on the varsity campus. The VC launched a dining hall with a capacity to accommodate 500 diners at the Convention Centre built at a cost of Rs.1.25 crore, an additional toilet block at girls’ hostel, Maharanipeta built at a cost of Rs 30 lakh, sanctioned by former Visakhapatnam MP K Haribabu through MPLADS funds and a solar water heating facility. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us This apart, the VC laid foundation for the additional floor to be constructed at a cost of Rs.80 lakh at AUCE for Women, Sivajipalem. It includes, classrooms, laboratories, among other facilities. Nageswara Rao also laid foundation to the new building block to be constructed at Civil Engineering Department, AUCE for Women. He said the construction work was scheduled to be completed by nine months at a cost of Rs 2 crore. Speaking on the occasion, the VC said that the developmental activities were in tune with catering to the requirement of the increasing students’ strength with each academic year.last_img read more

first_img ‘Black Mirror’ Star Miley Cyrus Says Her Episode Is ‘Dark’ and ‘Out There’Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week Stay on target Black Mirror is the kind of satire that doesn’t feel good to watch. It’s darkly funny at times, but each episode leaves you depressed about the state of the world and where it’s heading. Each episode is a brutal gut punch, but it’s sci-fi settings are so well thought out and smart, we keep coming back for more. And from the looks of this teaser Netflix just put out, that’s not going to change.It’s a simple teaser that doesn’t reveal much. All it gives us is six episode titles, and a brief shot from each. In some cases, that’s enough to give us an idea of what the episode will be about. For most of them, we can’t tell what’s going on. All we know for sure is, none of it looks pleasant.The clip of the first episode gives us the least to go on. Titled “Crocodile,” all it shows us is a woman driving out into the mountains, another woman’s face appearing on a screen, and a third woman looking scared out a window.  “Arkangel” is even more disturbing. After a brief image of a child getting something injected into her head, we see her mom opening up a new tablet. Then, we cut to the mom ripping a pencil out of her bloodied child’s hand. Yeesh. So this episode could be about one of two things based on that. It could be about tablets replacing paper to the point where traditional drawing is heavily discouraged, but that seems too simple for Black Mirror. Could something be speaking to her through whatever was injected into her head?The next episode is called “Hang the DJ” which looks like it could be a dark take on dating apps. “USS Callister” looks like Star Trek but without all that pesky optimism. “Metalhead” looks like it’s about an evil robot dog that looks a lot like the military robots being built right now. Just in case the actual state of the world wasn’t terrifying enough. Finally, there’s “Black Museum” which involves an electronic helmet and a button next to the bed that a woman’s boyfriend clearly didn’t intend to step on. What’s going on there? We have no idea, but we’re sure it isn’t good.Charlie Brooker’s dark satire series works because it shows us a future that’s entirely plausible. It takes our present anxieties about technology and extrapolates them to horrifying extremes. Even in that Star Trek-inspired episode, if that’s what it is, I’d be willing to bet it’s a much more accurate portrayal of what would happen if humans reached the stars. We’re kind of the worst, and will deserve whatever happens in that episode.This is the kind of mood Black Mirror puts you in. It has a bleak outlook on humanity’s future, and you can’t claim any of it’s implausible. It’s a show that’s hard to binge because each episode is so brutal, you need a break to lighten up after one or two episodes. It’s going to absolutely wreck us, and we can’t wait.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgConvincing a viewer to live the moments of happiness, ‘Exploring Lines’ attempts to reflect three experiential journeys of three distinct contemporary artists in shared space and time. Featuring works on paper and canvas expressed sensitively, exploring various media like charcoal, graphite, ink, oil and acrylics, the exhibition will compel one to see the beauty of life with a unique prism and step out of the indolence.The show attempts to perceive beyond the tangible and extract the finite out of the finite. The intent of the show is to present art that is cathartic and vivid, compelling the viewer to connect with the subtle imagery. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThoughts and emotions wander onto the surface in the form of meandering lines, both bold yet delicate, conveying sensitivity, confidence and dynamism. Literally and metaphorically, the ‘line’ serves as the artists’ fingerprint and tool for conveying feelings of space, form and expression.In her charcoal and graphite drawings, artist Gitanjali Kashyap uses the subtle symmetry generated by rhythmic movements in creation. Artist Neeraja Divate’s works are based on the underlying philosophy “Details create the big picture”. The work is textured as a result of pressed effect on an empty space in a determined direction with delicate strokes that bring to the forefront the concealed layers of one’s personality. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveContinuing on the same lines of thought, artist Ritu Mehra creates a textured surface on canvas, often with lines and marks that symbolize the infinite casual connections that make the microcosm of life. In a world where many artists think abstraction is only about colour and intensity of line, these three artists present deep dialogues into the dictates of abstraction’s inner realms. This is why texture is indeed vital and deeply fundamental to their act of creation.last_img read more

first_imgIf you’re someone who likes to save your documents locally and not necessarily keep everything in the cloud, Google Drive is testing a new feature to help you do just that.In a blog post this week, Google said that its G Suite users can apply to be part of a beta test that would let them save PDFs, images, Microsoft Office files, and other documents not saved in a Google format to their local machines. The feature was previously available on Google’s Docs, Slides, and Sheets files, but is now being added to Microsoft Office and other formats.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 However, before you jump to your Google Drive to try out the feature, keep in mind that G Suite requirement, which means that this feature is limited to business customers (at least at first). You’ll also need to be using the Chrome browser.These are all of the conditions that need to be met in order to test out Google Drive offline storage:The domain enables Drive File Stream use/installation (and is therefore a G Suite domain).Admins have enabled offline for the domain / device using the admin console settings.End users are signed into Chrome, and use Drive File Stream with the accounts associated to the whitelisted domainEnd users have offline enabled from within Drive or Docs settings.If you’re interested in joining the beta, you can do so by clicking here and applying. If you’re accepted, you’ll need to sign in to your Google Drive, choose the files you want to save offline, right click on them, and mark them as “Make available offline.” You’ll then be able to download them to your local machine.Google is accepting applications now.This post originally appeared on Tom’s Guide.How to Lock Down Google Drive FilesHere’s the One Gmail Setting You Should Activate NowHow to Upload Documents to Google Drive by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoComputerWorldBrandPost: Empower Your Employees, Empower InnovationComputerWorldUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoForbes.com100 Women to Look up to Right Now, and WhyForbes.comUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Glee star Kevin McHale has spoken in an interview about his boyfriend for the first time. ‘I wanted to protect the person I was with’Confirming his relationship with Austin McKenzie, Kevin said: ‘I posted a picture of us holding hands two month ago or something and I was going to post it, just being sappy and I’m like, this is cute and I’m feeling nice right now. And I’m going to post it but I was like, “Do you care if I post this?” and he’s like, “No.”‘Quizzed about marriage, he added: ‘Let’s not get ahead of ourselves!’He furthermore spoke about being in relationships with guys in the past.‘I wanted to protect the person I was with,’ he said about staying in the closet to protect an ex.Explaining how being considerate of Marc influenced the timing of his coming out, Kevin said. ‘I was very conscious of, this wasn’t just my life they’ll be talking about if I do mention something.‘It’s also the person I’m with. And if they’re not necessarily at the same place as I am, it’s not really fair to them.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Boyfriend of Glee star Kevin McHale surprises him with sweetest birthday presentDid Glee actor Kevin McHale just come out?Kevin McHale shares body transformation photos after health struggleRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Kevin McHale and Austin McKenzie | Photo: Instagram/kevinmchale The actor also spoke about his coming out experience with Mark Malkin in a Facebook Live chat.Explaining how he was never exactly in the closet, the star said: ‘If somebody was a big fan and following everything I was doing [on social media], like the people I interact with on Twitter on a daily basis, I think there was zero surprise. People knew.’Photo: Instagram/kevinmchaleHe also added: ‘The organizations I’ve been supporting and all that sort of work has been apparent, at least to me. I’ve always supported LGBT organizations and things like that because I felt like I had a vested interest in this where I wanted to help out.’ GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

first_imgAt a meeting organized by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Fuegian Institute of Tourism, an announcement was made on a collaboration between the Antarctic cruise industry and the Argentine government.It lays an emphasis on the future growth of Antarctic tourism and the corresponding needs of the city of Ushuaia, which serves as an important gateway to Antarctica for the industry.The Argentine authorities highlighted initiatives that will improve infrastructure and reduce operational costs, including fuel. They also assured IAATO Operators that building works to extend the pier at the Port of Ushuaia will cause minimal disruption to vessel operations.Raúl Enrique Gallo, Project Director Antarctic Cruises of the General Ports Administration, affirmed the government’s commitment to continuing discussions with IAATO about the development of tourism infrastructure in Ushuaia, proposing to meet with IAATO representatives on a monthly basis between November 2017 and May 2018.Terry Shaller from Ponant and Chair of Executive Committee, IAATO, said, “This level of engagement from the national government has given IAATO much optimism for the future. Working together will enable us to promote sustainable growth in the area for the benefit of the local economy and community, travellers, our members and the environment.”last_img read more

first_imgJuly 11 , 2019 You might also be interested in Australia ups efforts against Queensland fruit fly … Aussie produce industry sets ambitious goals for s … Australia: Hort Connections a “one-stop shop” for … center_img Chinese fruit importer Frutacloud says that the 2019 Australian table grape season has been a huge success in the Asia country, with sales having hit a new peak.Its nine-kilogram package of Autumn Crisp fetched record-high-sales of RMB 700 (US$101) before Mother’s Day, on May 12th, it said.In addition to this variety, the country also shipped higher volumes of the “world’s best-quality red seedless Crimson” as well as new varieties Sweet Sapphire, Cotton Candy and Autumn Crisp to China this year, all of which were well received.Frutacloud says it also introduced the first arrival of the Australian Cotton Candy variety in February, which it says performed well on e-commerce and in supermarkets.All things considered, it says that the performance of the fruit during this campaign was “outstanding”.This, it notes, helped reinforce the Chinese consumers’ view of Australian table grapes as “high-end and luxurious”.Australian table grapes’ history in the Chinese marketAustralia exports about 110,000 metric tons (MT) of table grapes each year, with 37% of this volume going to China. As in previous years, this season saw Australia’s supply start from January and last until the end of June. Thanks to favorable weather conditions, overall the nation harvested good-quality grapes this campaign.The round red seedless Ralli arrived first in China by air. Australia then exported Crimson seedless – which saw stronger demand and a huge volume – to Hong Kong by sea, it said.Typically, March to April serves as the peak period of Crimson arrivals in China.This year, the price for 9kg of premium grade Crimson maintained a high price at RMB 320-360 (US$46-52), while the standard grade ones also fetched good prices at RMB 260-290 (US$37-42).A mutually beneficial relationshipCurrently, the category has an anti-seasonal production superiority. What’s more, it will enjoy zero import tariffs in China starting from this year. More and more Chinese nationals are going to Australia to seek investment and plantation opportunities, says Frutacloud.Elaborating, it comments that some importers even send domestic staff to Australia to participate in the packaging process.Frutacloud itself is also actively seeking opportunities to discuss joint venture planting with some growers.”The Australian grape industry still has great potential,” it comments.”With more Chinese people participating in this field, we hope that a more integrated supply chain from farm to customer will benefit the industry greatly.” Australia: Massive hail storm rips through NSW avo …last_img read more

first_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Weatherspoon, 27, has played in only seven games over the last two seasons for the Atlanta Falcons. In 2012, he was bothered by knee and foot injuries and missed all of last season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.ESPN’s John Clayton all but confirmed the report Monday morning on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.“It’s agreed to. Nothing’s finalized until (Tuesday), yeah but he’s coming in for a little less than $4 million a year on a one-year deal,” Clayton told Doug and Wolf. “Good football player. He’s had some injuries the last couple of years, so you hope he stays healthy, but yeah, it’s a done deal.”Originally a first-round pick (19th overall) of the Falcons out of Missouri in 2010, Weatherspoon was a very productive player in his first three years in the league. In 2011, he had a career-high 115 tackles, four sacks and eight passes defensed. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Reports circulated over the weekend that free agent linebacker Sean Weatherspoon was “leaning toward” signing with the Arizona Cardinals.Yahoo! Sports insider Rand Getlin has taken it one step further.Source: LB Sean Weatherspoon will sign a one-year deal with the #AZCardinals.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 9, 2015 LB Sean Weatherspoon’s deal w/ the #AZCardinals will come in just south of $4M. One year to show-out and earn a lucrative third deal.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 9, 2015 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Nov 30, 2017 1:33 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 30, 2017 at 3:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Award-winning playwright-screenwriter Israel Horovitz, who faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment, has departed from the Gloucester Stage Company.The Massachusetts-based theatre announced Thursday that Horovitz had left after officials there confronted him about a New York Times story detailing on-the-record allegations ranging from forcible kissing to rape. Horovitz was Gloucester’s founding artistic director and an ex-officio member of the board of directors. In 1993, the Boston Phoenix reported similar allegations. But the theatre at the time defended him.Horovitz’s plays include “Out of the Mouths of Babes” and “Strong-Man’s Weak Child.” Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor and Charlie Rose are among other men who have been forced out recently because of harassment allegations.The playwright’s agent did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on Thursday.Horovitz said in a statement to the Times that while has “a different memory of some of these events, I apologize with all my heart to any woman who has ever felt compromised by my actions, and to my family and friends who have put their trust in me.”His son, Adam, who is known as Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys, issued his own statement to the newspaper: “I believe the allegations against my father are true, and I stand behind the women that made them.” Playwright Israel Horovitz faces harassment allegationscenter_img FILE – In this Sept. 9, 2014 file photo, playwright-screenwriter Israel Horovitz attends the premiere of “My Old Lady” in New York. Horovitz, who faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment, has departed from the Gloucester Stage Company. The Massachusetts-based theater announced Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, that Horovitz had left after officials there confronted him about a New York Times story detailing on-the-record allegations. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

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