Goa inches closer to plastic ban

first_imgGoa will ban PVC-based plastic from May 30, and no plastic packaging will be allowed in the State from December 19, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Thursday. Speaking at a public function in the city, he also said that littering would be made a punishable offence soon. “When I talk of a plastic ban, I am talking about PVC-based plastic. From December 19, plastic packaging will be banned. Let us make Goa free of plastic,” Mr. Parrikar said.last_img

Water Vapor Plumes Erupt From Europa

first_imgEuropa, an ice-swaddled jovian satellite that has long fascinated both scientists and science fiction writers, just got a bit more interesting. Data gathered by the Hubble Space Telescope suggest that plumes of water vapor hundreds of kilometers tall, possibly originating in a subsurface ocean, spew from the moon’s south pole. The phenomenon is similar to the sprays of ice particles found emanating from the saturnian moon Enceladus almost a decade ago.Oxygen and hydrogen atoms emit or absorb certain wavelengths of ultraviolet light. If these telltale signs appear together in light from a distant object, they hint that water vapor might be present there, explains Lorenz Roth, a planetary astronomer at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. So, late in 2012, in hopes of detecting vapor plumes, he and his colleagues used the Hubble Space Telescope to observe Europa in ultraviolet light. Oxygen is often present in Europa’s tenuous atmosphere, and sometimes it’s more concentrated in the space above the moon’s southern hemisphere, Roth says. But for one lengthy interval during the observations, the team spotted emissions from hydrogen (at a wavelength of 121.6 nanometers) in the same region. Because the satellite’s surface is covered with ice, the clearest observations came from portions of the purported plumes that were silhouetted against space rather than against the moon itself.That whiff of hydrogen, which apparently lasted no more than 7 hours, burst forth when Europa was farthest from Jupiter in its orbit, the researchers report today in San Francisco at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union and online in Science. 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That moon’s sprays of ice are most profuse when Enceladus is farthest from Saturn in its orbit. Most likely, scientists have proposed, the tidal flexing induced in a moon’s icy surface causes cracks in polar regions to open widest while the satellite is farthest from its parent planet but clamp shut at other times. It’s not clear whether Europa’s plumes, like those on Enceladus, are triggered by icy surfaces of a surface fracture rubbing together—somewhat akin to the sides of a tectonic fault scraping past one another—or whether they represent water vapor spewing from Europa’s subsurface ocean through narrow cracks in the moon’s polar ice at supersonic speeds, Roth says.The new finding “is very exciting,” says Geoffrey Collins, a planetary scientist at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. “I’m not sure that this paper clinches the case for Europa plumes, but you can bet that it will inspire a lot of follow-on work.” Nevertheless, he notes: “If the plumes are real, this shows that Enceladus isn’t the only icy moon where this happens. … The resemblance between Europa and the south polar terrain on Enceladus has always been striking to me, so perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising if they share more in common than just looks.”Christophe Sotin, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, calls the new results “quite compelling.” But it’s important to note, he says, that what’s been discovered is evidence of individual hydrogen and oxygen atoms. To show that those atoms are bonded together into water vapor or a similar substance, observations at other wavelengths would be needed.If Europa’s vapor plumes are confirmed by more observations, “that would change the kinds of instruments you’d want to install on future probes to the moon,” Sotin continues. In particular, sensors that could analyze the chemical composition of the plumes, either remotely or by sampling the material as it whizzed through the vapor, could provide keen insights into the chemical processes taking place on or deep beneath Europa’s icy surface.last_img read more

Crowdfunding The Next Big Thing in India

first_img“Democratized funding”, is how Professor Jonah Berger, University of Pennsylvania, defines Crowdfunding. It is the practice of raising small amounts of capital from a large number of people to fund projects like new business ventures, startups, films & documentaries, social projects or non-profit works.Read it at Entrepreneur Related Itemslast_img

Bundit stays as Ateneo coach

first_imgTai Bundit. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAnusorn “Tai” Bundit is still the Ateneo women’s volleyball coach for now.Amid rumors of the Thai coach’s reported ouster, Ateneo president Fr. Jett Villarin, SJ admitted that there are concerns within the Lady Eagles, but those were not enough to merit the immediate ouster of the coach who turned the school’s volleyball program around.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Celtics snap losing streak to injury-hit Spurs John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Read Next But Villarin requested fans to avoid any speculation as the school tries to clear up the matter.“I appeal to your patience and understanding as we try to resolve these internal issues. I also appeal to your better sense to refrain from any speculation or spreading of falsehood that may besmirch the reputation of our fine players, our good coach, and our school,” he said.Bundit led the Lady Eagles to four consecutive Finals appearances and he school’s first women’s volleyball titles in Seasons 76 and 77.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “I would like to inform everyone that Coach Tai is still with the team. In fact, I just had a meeting with Coach Tai and our athletics people this morning. And I will soon be meeting with our players. I must acknowledge though that there are issues within the team, as in all teams, and that these will require some time to resolve,” he said in a statement.READ: Bundit status as Ateneo volleyball coach in limboFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutVillarin had to step in to mend the reported rift between Bundit and the Lady Eagles, with much of the unresolved issues stemming from the players’ alleged displeasure over the mentor’s hard practices.Ateneo team manager said last Wednesday that Bundit was asked as to go on leave by Ateneo Athletics Director Em Fernandez.last_img read more

Our Favourite/Duty free

first_imgEither you spend too much time at an airport or too little, there is hardly ever just the right time. Here’s a list of airports worth spending hours at-or the Duty Free shopping of course!Suvarnabhumi, BangkokBangkok’s new airport-only four years old now-is like a city in itself. And much like the city, its shopping attractions are worth every tourist’s attention and time. Its Duty Free area, the King Power Duty Free, offers an amazing shopping variety, from upmarket boutiques and world-famous luxury goods, to Thai handicrafts and fabrics, including those must-have famous silks.But the King Power group has more stock for travellers to the Land of Smiles. In the heart of the Thai capital, the King Power Duty Free Mall occupies the first two floors of the King Power Complex, a vibrant mixed-used complex which also comprises a 600-seat theatre, restaurants and a hotel. Duty free items can be pre-purchased at the Mall and then delivered to the airport for pick-up upon departure.Changi, SingaporeSingapore’s Changi is one of the main aviation hubs in Southeast Asia, despite being located in a micro island city-state which is the smallest nation in the region. A benchmark in the aviation industry for service excellence, the airport scores equally well on the duty free front. Changi’s Duty Free has more than 300 shops and eating outlets in its three terminals. The last one was inaugurated in January 2008 and incorporates natural features, a lot of greenery and warm tones. Changi’s Terminal 3 has the first official FIFA store in the world, and also Asia’s first Ferrari travel retail shop. This year, it was voted the World’s Second Best Duty Free Shopping by Skytrax, and the World’s Best Airport Duty Free by Business Traveller’s Asia-Pacific edition, for the 12th year running!DubaiDubai has always been high on superlatives, and its Duty Free is no exception. Last December, Dubai Duty Free celebrated its first silver jubilee, by achieving as much sales on that day as on its first full year of business. Two months earlier, with the inauguration of the new Emirates Terminal 3, Dubai Duty Free doubled its retail space to 15,000 sq m, making it the biggest Duty Free in the world, with the highest sales (US$ 1.1 billion in 2008). Dubai Duty Free offers an ever-growing range of products, such as leather goods, clothing, high-tech and electronic items or gold. For more than 20 years, Dubai Duty Free has a promotion that offers ticket holders the chance to win a luxury car. Also, the Millennium Millionaire draw offers US$ 1 million to one of 5,000 ticket holders. Recently, the Double Millionaire draw was created to offer the chance to win US$ 2 million.Heathrow, LondonIn 2008, London Heathrow was the world’s busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic, and the second in terms of total passenger traffic. With over 67 million passengers last year, it does not come as a surprise that its duty free had the world’s second highest sales in 2008, of more than US$ 1 billion. The inauguration of the new Terminal 5 in March 2008 added more than 100 shops and restaurants to the space.Heathrow’s Duty Free offers truly fantastic tax-free prices on a wide range of products: fragrances, skincare and cosmetics, liquor and tobacco and luxury products. For connoisseurs, Terminal 1’s World of Whiskies is a “treasure chest for all whisky lovers”, with a range of around 350 malts. Passengers leaving Heathrow are not the only ones, who can enjoy the shopping experience, as it’s possible to shop out in the Arrivals stores as well.Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, MumbaiNo longer just a transit area, the sparkling new Mumbai airport is now the first stop on a traveller’s itinerary of modern Mumbai-high ceilings, sleek dÅcor, coffee shops, bookstores, cosy lounges and duty free shopping. It’s just the right place for you to do some quick gift-buying if you have missed the chance abroad. Sample this: liquor (premium whiskies, cognacs, champagnes and the best wines), tobacco (cigarette brands, Cuban cigars and pipe tobacco), cosmetics and perfumes (Lancome, Chanel, Dior-you name it, they have it), clothing (Hugo Boss, Ermenegildo Zegna etc), hi-tech electronics (Sony, Olympus, Canon etc), boutiques (Hermes, Burberry, Bvlgari…), accessories (Swarovski, Lladro, Majorica and so on). When the shopping drains you, get a refill from the many coffee shops around.JFK, New YorkNew York’s John F. Kennedy airport has infamously been described by news channel CNN as the source of 60 per cent of all travel delays in the United States. Having said that, the airport that cannot really be avoided in the country, is probably the one out of the three in New York with the best duty free options, albeit within a crowded and hurried environment. Products range from standard New York souvenirs to cosmetics and fragrance products from the likes of Chanel, Christian Dior, Lancome, Shiseido, Donna Karan, Givenchy, Gucci, Vera Wang and YSL among others to the very up-market Godiva chocolates and popular Nestle goodies. Also available are luxury gifts such as writing instruments, leather, collectibles, ties, scarves and other accessories. Needless to add, the duty free is well stocked with liquor, cigarettes, cigars and other specialty tobaccos.JohannesburgWith six terminals, Johannesburg’s international airport is Africa’s busiest. The South African airport also offers extensive shopping facilities, with more than 40 shops in both the public and restricted areas, including Cape Union Mart, Capi International, Ekhaya, Klein Karoo and Out of Africa. Smokers have the best deal at Johannesburg, which offers cigarettes at one of the cheapest rates across the world. From bulky hand-knit sweaters to African masks-one of those must-haves from any trip to South Africa-Johannesburg has plenty to keep you on your toes. The shopping area also has about 10 restaurants, including the African Lounge, Cafe di Roma and the world-famous Nandos franchise that offers the hot and spicy peri-peri sauce.Oslo Airport Gardermoen, NorwayThe main international airport in Norway has been pro-active in encouraging travellers to shop. The airport was extended in area by 4,000 sq m of new floorage over two floors. Not only does it feature the largest duty free area in Europe, with 1,530 sq m, but the shops take a large part of the terminal’s width, in front of the international concourse. Therefore, most passengers are funnelled through the duty free area. The shopping zone also has a selection of restaurants including a seafood bar, American sports bar and a Kon Tiki Kitchen and restaurant that serves international food as dishes inspired by exotic expeditions!Schiphol, AmsterdamSchiphol was ranked in 2008 as the world’s third largest airport by international passenger traffic, and hence features vast shopping areas. The “See Buy Fly” slogan and logo of the duty free shops has become a recognisable brand in the world. Despite the abolition of duty free shopping inside the European Union in 1999, Amsterdam airport duty free shops apply one single price, regardless of the destinations. The prices are on average 10 percent lower than any major European city, and special offers can go as low as 35 percent below the usual prices. The airport souvenir stores even have wooden tulips for those unable to carry the country’s fresh bouquets out.Akihabara, TokyoAnd then there is the duty free paradise for gadget freaks, which may not be part of an airport but is part of everyone’s Tokyo itinerary. The Tokyo duty free experience goes on in the capital’s major shopping area for computer and electronics products, Akihabara, also known as Akihabara Electronic Town. This ghetto for geeks is famous for its stores devoted to video games and computer building, personal robots and robotics, anime (local comics and cartoons) and otaku (nerds) goods. Customers can enjoy duty free pricing if their passport indicates a presence of less than six months in the country, in shops like LAOX Duty Free Akihabara, or the Takarada Duty Free Akihabara. Enjoy!10 more…Duty free outlets worth checking out. Spend some time browsing.Abu Dhabi: Following the success of its glitzier cousin Dubai, the Abu Dhabi Duty Free is all set to begin a monthly ‘Big Ticket’ raffle draw with 15 cash prizes, the first one being about US$ 270,000. It also boasts the first Jimmy Choo airport store and the first Hermes outlet in West Asia. If you want gold, check out the Pure Gold outlets.Cape Town: It’s all eyes on Cape Town, as it dresses up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. With over 150 shops it has all the usual trappings but don’t miss the Big Five stores where you can pick up tasty snacks and lovely South African wines.Charles de Gaulle, Paris: The main French airport was Europe’s second busiest in terms of passenger traffic in 2008. And we can safely assume most spent hours in the sprawling airport’s duty free zone. Find an excellent selection of all things French-fashion, beauty and gastronomy.Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas: You cannot return from Texas without your cowboy hat. Or that bottle of BBQ sauce. And if there’s no time to rush back to the city for last-minute shopping, pick it up from the Buckaroo stores. A latest report suggests that the number of duty free shops here is likely to go up by 100 in the next couple of years.Frankfurt: The busiest German airport features plenty of wellness facilities to make the duty free shopping experience more relaxing. Save your euros for a little splurge at the Porsche Design store, the world’s largest. From swanky mobiles to watches, this must-see shop is just one of the many stores you cannot miss.Hong Kong: Rediscover the meaning of ‘value for money’ at HK. At last count, the number of shops in the duty free stands at 250. Add to that 70-odd food outlets and you have all it takes to make the longest layovers pleasant. Also one of the best places to buy digicams.Incheon International Airport, Seoul: Seoul airport, voted World’s Best Airport by Skytrax in 2009, reported the world’s third highest sales in 2008. Apart from your regular high-end brands–Chanel, Burberry et al-it is also a good place to stock up on kim chi, ginseng and seaweed. Kuala Lumpur: Local teas, antiques, liquors, fragrances… you will find them all here. But sales figures indicate that the digital videocam is the most popular buy here. Among other things, you may want to stock up on Malay curry spices, ginger flower buds and cinnamon sticks. Munich: Lovers of Bacchus vouch for this airport’s cheap liquor. The second busiest airport in Germany has an enticing display of some of the world’s finest spirits. If not all, at least a couple of the 35 lingerie outlets here too are worth a dekko. Zurich: It’s like walking into a chocolate factory. No Willy Wonkas here but hundreds of chocolatiers from across Switzerland, instead. Give the perfumes, gadgets and fancy handbags a miss. The handmade chocolates in duty free zone here deserve all your forex. And if you still have some bills you want to spend, pick up the study Swiss Army knife from the Victorinox outlets here.Plus saysIf you have an hour to spare, rush off to the first floor at the Changi airport to the spa that is neatly tucked away just around the escalator. There are also free internet kiosks here that not many know of!Plus saysApart from Mumbai international, almost all the major domestic airports in the country have gone through a complete change. Hyderabad and Delhi domestic are our two new favourites.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Govts Urged to Uniform Procedures ahead of Low Sulphur Switch

first_imgzoom Pressing challenges associated with the need for ships trading to Emission Control Areas, in North America and Europe, to switch to low sulphur fuel, and the serious implementation problems that will be created by the eventual entry into force of the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, were a hot topic at the last week’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in Limassol, Cyprus.Even though the ICS underlined the shipping industry’s commitment to full compliance with the IMO sulphur ECA requirements from January 2015, information collected by ICS members suggests that many governments are not ready to implement the requirements in a uniform manner, in order to ensure the prevention of market distortion.In particular, ICS members identified an urgent need for the Paris MOU on Port State Control – in co-operation with the European Commission and the United States – to finalise harmonised procedures before implementation begins.It was also agreed that port states need to resolve detailed implementation questions on the use of alternative compliance mechanisms for those companies that have chosen to invest in them, as permitted by the IMO MARPOL Convention.“The shipping industry is investing billions of dollars in order to ensure compliance. The huge costs involved could have a profound impact on the future structure of the entire shipping industry and the movement of international trade,” said ICS Chairman Masamichi Morooka.“It is therefore incumbent on governments to get the details of implementation right as we enter this brave new world in which fuel costs for many ships will increase overnight by 50% or more. We only have six months to go and we think it vital that governments clarify all of the details of ECA implementation as soon as possible.”In addition, ICS members considered the deep flaws in the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention (adopted in 2004 when the technology required to comply had not been widely tested or proven commercially) and possible solutions to these issues.It is apparent that there is now a greater understanding of these problems amongst IMO Member States which for many seems to be the primary issue impeding ratification, according to ICS.These obstacles include the lack of robustness of the current type-approval process for the very expensive new treatment systems that will be required, doubts about the procedures to be followed during Port State Control, and the need to provide confidence to shipowners that have already installed the new equipment (or are about to do so) that they will be regarded by the authorities as compliant.ICS supports the objectives of the Convention, “However,” explained Mr Morooka “unless these problems are resolved immediately at IMO there is a considerable risk that the regime will not be fit for purpose.”ICS voiced concern that port state sanctions could impact unfairly on shipowners who, in good faith, have fitted type-approved equipment, only to be told subsequently that it falls short of the required standard.At the next meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 67) in October 2014, governments need to take what may be the final opportunity to act by agreeing some relatively simple changes to how the Convention will be implemented.“Time is rapidly running out,” said Mr Morooka.The ICS AGM agreed in principle to the text of a detailed industry submission that will be made to MEPC 67. This submission will suggest solutions to these complex problems in the form of a draft MEPC Resolution that could be adopted by IMO Member States before the Convention enters into force. This final industry submission will be made in the next few weeks.When speaking about the lessons learned with respect to the development of regulations, Mr Morooka explained: “Environmental protection is of the utmost importance, and ICS does not question the objectives or good intentions that are usually behind most government proposals. But in the future we believe there needs to be far more emphasis on proper regulatory impact assessments which also take full account of the economic sustainability of shipping. More attention also needs to be given by IMO Member States to the practicality and timescale allowed for implementation of new regulations. This should happen before the rules are adopted, not several years later when it may be too late.”ICS, June 19, 2014last_img read more

Three New Members Join SEALNG Coalition

first_imgzoom Three new members have joined the multi-sector industry coalition SEA\LNG which aims to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.Representing key aspects of the LNG value chain, international classification society Bureau Veritas, LNG solutions provider Clean Marine Energy, and Spanish natural gas utilities company Gas Natural Fenosa have joined SEA\LNG to break down the barriers to LNG uptake and assure its vital role as a clean and economically viable alternative to traditional bunker fuels.“We firmly believe that collaboration, demonstration and communication on key areas such as safety, regulation, emissions and the economic case are essential to providing the confidence and demand required for an effective and efficient global LNG value chain by 2020,” Peter Keller, SEA\LNG Chairman and Executive Vice President, Tote said.Keller added that with the addition of these members, the coalition is expanding its “knowledge and experience base, bringing us one step closer to achieving our vision.”Bureau Veritas’ involvement across the entire LNG fuel chain includes the classification of LNG-fuelled vessels, including tankers, ferries and cruise ships, as well as LNG bunker vessels, and LNG plant and terminal certification. At the end of 2016, Bureau Veritas had 22 LNG-fuelled ships in class with a further 39 under construction.“Bureau Veritas is committed to helping make LNG one of the preferred, and safe solutions for a clean shipping future, which is why it makes sense to work collectively with SEA\LNG members to achieve this,” Philippe Donche Gay, President, Marine and Offshore, said.The three new SEA\LNG members join a growing band of organisations including ABS, Carnival Corporation & plc, DNV GL, Eagle LNG Partners, ENGIE, ENN Group, GE, GTT, JAX LNG, Keppel Gas Technology, Lloyd’s Register, Mitsubishi Corporation, NYK Line, Port of Rotterdam, Qatargas, Shell, Total, TOTE Inc., Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and Wärtsilä.In late January, the coalition called for a collaborative approach to understanding the opportunities and tackling the associated commercial barriers to liquefied natural gas (LNG) in an effort to encourage its use as an alternative to traditional bunker fuels ahead of the global sulphur cap of 0.5% from January 2020.last_img read more

UP Major reshuffle in police department 22 IPS officers transferred

first_imgLucknow: In a major reshuffle in the state police, the Uttar Pradesh government has transferred 22 senior IPS officers including IGs and police chiefs, officials said on Tuesday. In a late night decision, the government transferred IG of Kanpur Alok Singh to Meerut in the same capacity, while IG Prayagraj, Mohit Agarwal was brought to Kanpur, a government spokesperson said. DIG, Kumbh Mela Prayagraj Kavindra Pratap Singh has been given the charge of DIG Prayagraj and IG PAC central zone, Lucknow while A Satish Ganesh has been made IG of Agra, he said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! IG, Saharanpur Sharad Sachan comes to Lucknow in place of Ganesh, he added. SSP, Ghaziabad Upendra Kumar Agarwal has been made DIG of Saharanpur and DIG PAC Meerut Dipak Kumar and DIG Chitrakoot Dham Anil Kumar Rai swap posts, the official said. SSP Muzaffarnagar Sudhir Kumar Singh has been shifted to Ghaziabad in the same capacity and SP Railway Agra Abhishek Yadav comes to Muzaffarnagar, the spokesman said. SP, Abhishek Dixit who has come from Tamil Nadu on inter state deputation has been made commandant 35th battalion of PAC Lucknow. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed SP, cyber crime Lucknow, Dhuley Satish Pradhan will be the new SP of Kasganj in place of Ashok Kumar who goes to 9th battalion og PAC Moradabad as commandant. Satish Kumar, attached to DG headquarters in Lucknow has been made SP of cyber crime and SSP Meerut Nitin Tewari has been sent to 6th battalion of PAC Meerut as commandant. SP, Barabanki Ajay Sahini has been made SSP, Meerut and SSP Agra Jogendra Kumar has been sent to 43rd battalion of PAC Etah, the spokesman said. The commandant of 4th battalion of PAC, Prayagraj, Bablu Tewari has been made SSP Agra and SP Sant Kabirnagar, Akash Tomar comes to Barabanki, he added. ASP Amroha, Brijesh Singh has been made SP of Sant Kabirnagar district, the spokesman added.last_img read more

Despite the Ban Plastic Bags Still Used in Morocco Ministry Review

Rabat – Two years after the use of plastic bags was banned from medium and large distribution companies and convenience stores, plastic bags are still commonly used in Morocco.According to Minister of Industry Hafid El Alamy, plastic bags have not been completely eradicated because new sources of plastic bags have emerged, such as illegal manufacturing workshops, smuggling, and illegal distribution. “We notice a kind of awareness, but also a change in the understanding of the problem of plastic bags, but there is still a long way to go.” The Minister also spoke of the importance of awareness-raising among citizens towards the dangers of plastic bags. On the other hand, he said the ban’s impact has been “extremely satisfactory and encouraging.” Medium and large distribution companies are exclusively using substitute products he mentioned, in a meeting with industry stakeholders and civil society representatives on Tuesday, July 3.According to a review of control and support operations published by online outlet Media24 after the meeting, the Ministry of Industry recorded 3,826 offenses among 682,467 inspections it carried out.Approximately MAD 5 billion in fines was imposed on 757 judgments. More than 750 tons of plastic bags were seized in workshops and outlets. More than 89 tons were collected at border inspection posts.The Ministry has made two separate funds available to industrialists to dispose of plastic bags: a conversion fund of MAD 200 billion for companies impacted by the ban and a business competitiveness support fund called “Imtiaz” (“excellence”) for investment projects in alternative industries.The conversion fund included 25 beneficiary companies, 18 of which changed their business to manufacture substitutes to plastic bags. Others continued to make bags, but began to make them biodegradable to comply with the law. As for the “Imtiaz” fund, 19 investment projects received money from the program, at a total of MAD 52 billion.There have been 250 suppliers of substitute products in Morocco since the ban took effect. This was considered a positive result compared to the ministry’s expectations.Nonwoven fabric bags: 3.2 billion bags / yearWoven bags: 1.2 billion bags / yearPaper bags: 5 billion bags / yearFreezer bags: 50 million bags / yearGarbage bags: 60 million bags / yearBags for wet products (non-woven and laminated): 60 million bags / yearThermoforming products: 1500 tons per yearAs one roams the streets of Morocco and its shops and traditional souks, one notices that plastic bags are still used by grocery stores and street vendors in Morocco. Shops dedicated to selling plastic bags are still open as well.In addition, many Moroccan customers are still using plastic bags. They are easy to use and merchants offer them for free, unlike alternatives which are considered expensive in reference to the purchasing power of Moroccan citizens. read more

Presidents decision on foreign judges in war probe will be final

President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision on the involvement of foreign judges in the investigation on incidents related to the war will be the final decision, a Government Minister said today.Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the President has made clear foreign judges will not be invited to be part of the domestic accountability process. President Maithripala Sirisena recently emphasized that he will not allow any foreign court, judge or organization to interfere in the internal administration and judiciary in the country. He also said he will not allow any national or international activity to take place which challenges the freedom, independence and the territorial integrity of the country.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera however had said that no final decision had been taken and that everything will depend on the outcome of an ongoing consultation process. Several countries, at the recently concluded UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, had called for international participation in the accountability process.Earlier this year UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon had also called for international participation in the judicial mechanism when investigating the war in Sri Lanka.Ban ki-moon’s spokesman Stéphane Dujarric had said that the Secretary‑General understands that the discussions in Sri Lanka on the transitional justice mechanism, including the judicial component, are ongoing. However he said the UN Secretary General remains hopeful that the Sri Lankan Government will stand by its commitments and fully implement a resolution on Sri Lanka adopted by the UN Human Rights Council last year which notes the need for international participation. (Colombo Gazette) He said that when the President takes a stand and the Prime Minister also expresses a similar view that is the final decision and the matter is closed. read more

UN agencies call for better protection of children working in fishing industry

Governments must take measures to protect children from harmful work in small-scale fisheries and aquaculture, two United Nations agencies stressed today, noting that many are exposed to hazardous working conditions even when their countries have signed treaties to protect them.In a guidance document, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) said many children working in the fishing industry remain exposed to unacceptable working conditions, requiring them to dive to unsafe depths – often at night – work long hours in unsanitary processing plants, and handle toxic chemicals and dangerous equipment or gear. Girls working in fish processing depots are also at risk of sexual abuse. “Work of this kind is intolerable,” said the FAO Assistant Director-General for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Árni M. Mathiesen. “It affects children’s health and learning abilities, and often prevents them from attending school.” Constance Thomas, Director of ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour, stressed the importance of ensuring that agreements designed to protect children from child labour are implemented, as many times countries have signed treaties but failed to translate them into national legislation.FAO and ILO estimate that around 130 million children work in agriculture, livestock and fisheries – accounting for 60 per cent of child labour worldwide. There is no aggregate data showing how many children work in fisheries and aquaculture, but case study evidence suggests child labour is a problem especially in informal small and medium-sized fishing and aquaculture enterprises and in family operations.“Children are more at risk than adults from safety and health hazards because their bodies are not yet fully developed,” said the Director of the Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division of FAO, Rob Vos. “Programmes to reduce poverty and improve fishing technologies and practices will take away the need for child labour.”A major challenge is addressing the root causes of child labour – poverty and food insecurity. Promoting decent work opportunities for adults, social protection and, free education with school feeding programmes can lead to sustainable solutions, the agencies said.FAO and ILO are urging compliance with international rules to protect children working in the industry. These include the ILO’s Minimum Age Convention, and its Worst Forms of Child Labour and Work in Fishing conventions, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and FAO’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. Working with fishing communities is also essential to ensure that children receive adequate care and education, and are not involved in hazardous activities, the agencies added. read more

Not enough done to reintegrate victims of human trafficking UNbacked report warns

“Any support offered to victims of trafficking needs to be given in a way that restores a sense of control for the victims over their own lives,” the regional project manager for the UN Inter-agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP), said of the study, commissioned by the Governments of the Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking (COMMIT) – Cambodia, China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.“When support is provided in a way that does not respect the will of the victims, or is even provided against their will, this may result in further trauma and a continuation of their victimization.”She called the report “an important first step in understanding the reintegration experiences of trafficking victims,” which will help inform service providers and policymakers on how to improve assistance “to ensure that trafficking victims in the region can overcome their experiences and go on to lead happy, healthy and productive lives.”While estimates of the number of trafficked persons vary considerably, it is widely agreed that those reached and assisted is a small fraction of the total. The Mekong region compared to many other parts of the world, contains very diverse patterns of human trafficking – internal and cross-border; highly organized or small-scale; sex and labour, through both formal and informal recruitment mechanisms. Examples range from men, women, children and families trafficked into Thailand from Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia for forced prostitution, domestic servitude, or forced labour in sweatshops, fishing boats, construction sites, plantations, or farms Vietnamese girls and young women trafficked for sexual exploitation and virginity selling in Cambodia.Children from Cambodian or Myanmar border areas and rural Vietnam or China are trafficked to beg or sell flowers on the streets of larger cities, while women and girls from Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam are increasingly being found in forced prostitution or domestic servitude in Malaysia. Trafficked Thai women are also found in the sex trade in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Africa, the Middle East, the United States and Western Europe.The report – After Trafficking: Experiences and Challenges in the (Re)integration of Trafficked Persons in the Greater Mekong Sub-region – was prepared by the NEXUS Institute, an independent international human rights research and policy centre. with support from UNIAP, UN and civil society partners dealing with the issue of human trafficking.Researchers travelled throughout the region to conduct in-depth interviews with over 250 survivors of trafficking, collecting their stories and experiences to give victims a voice as they overcome the horror of their experiences and piece their lives back together.One of the key features and most damaging aspects of human trafficking is that it robs individuals of their freedom of will and action. It has a devastating effect on the lives of its victims and their families, which is further compounded by numerous factors as victims attempt to return to their lives without receiving assistance, or when they receive poor quality or ineffective assistance.The report found that that too few trafficked persons receive what could be reasonably termed comprehensive care.” Others decline assistance, sometimes in the face of acute need, because it does not meet their needs or mesh with their life situation after trafficking. Still others receive assistance in programmes where the quality and scope are inadequate. Issues of discrimination, maltreatment and substandard care are also present. read more

As South Sudan fighting intensifies UN rights chief warns of persistent impunity

South Sudan’s ongoing conflict began in December 2013 and has been marked by brutal violence against civilians and deepening suffering across the country. Some 119,000 people are sheltered in UN compounds there while the Organization estimates that the number of people in need for 2015 will include an anticipated 1.95 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and a projected 293,000 refugees.In a press release, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein warned that for more than 17 months, millions of people across South Sudan had been “senselessly suffering through an entirely man-made catastrophe” which has robbed more than two million people of their homes and livelihoods and plunged and entire nation into violent instability.“Over the past few weeks, the opposing parties have actually managed to make a terrible situation much, much worse,” Mr. Zeid declared. “I shudder to imagine how much more the humanitarian situation can worsen with the onset of the rainy season. The unrelenting, indefensible conflict in South Sudan should enrage the conscience of each and every one of us.”In recent weeks, the fighting in the country has worsened considerably with reports of widespread killings, rapes, abductions and the burning and destruction of towns and villages throughout South Sudan’s Unity state. In addition, UN human rights monitors have been denied access to various sites in the State by members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLM/A) as they sought to verify the reports. Mr. Zeid urged the authorities to allow such access. “Such persistent impunity has left many with unresolved grievances that are easily mobilized for renewed violence and revenge attacks,” the High Commissioner continued. “The fight against such impunity must be a priority if any peace in South Sudan is to hold.”Mr. Zeid further warned the parties to the conflict that they must take all feasible measures to prevent harm to civilian lives and infrastructure, including personnel and premises of the United Nations and humanitarian agencies. Earlier in the week, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that the renewed fighting between the SPLM/A and opposition and allied groups is unacceptable – part of a series of violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed by the parties on 23 January 2014, and undermines the ongoing Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) efforts to find a political solution to the conflict.The Secretary-General called upon President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar to immediately cease all military operations and reminded them of their obligations to protect civilians under international human rights and humanitarian law, after two mortar bombs landed within the compound managed by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Tuesday. read more

Greater operational efficiency with tool management by RFID tracking

first_imgToolHound, a global supplier of tool tracking systems, explains that the ToolHound tool and equipment management system is helping a large diamond mining company in Canada maximize efficiency, security and productivity with RFID tool tracking technology. The mine was faced with the challenge of tracking and securing mining tools that are in use round the clock. Because workers require 24/7 access to the equipment, staffing a full-time tool and equipment room attendant was not practical. However, the company needed to protect its investment in valuable tools. The mine selected ToolHound’s secure RFID tracking solution for mining, deploying the ToolHound SecureCrib™ kiosk. The fully automated ToolHound tool inventory system allows workers to quickly check out and return the equipment they need from the unmanned kiosk, and each employee is responsible for the tools they use.“Tracking metal tools that are typically covered in dirt requires quick and reliable RFID technology, particularly when there is no tool attendant on site to verify the check-out process,” said Dean Perry, President of ToolHound. “ToolHound provides real-time tool tracking and management for convenient access without sacrificing security, reducing tool loss and increasing productivity.”Mining tools are RFID tagged with Xerafy Nano RFID-on-metal tags and Metalcraft Standard RFID tags. The ToolHound SecureCrib kiosk employs an Impinj xPortal gateway reader and touch screen monitor. With the easy-to-use touch screen kiosk, a worker simply scans their badge and chooses whether they are checking out or returning inventory, then the xPortal gateway scans the items and displays them on the computer screen. The worker confirms that the list matches their inventory to ensure accountability.last_img read more

Flisvos Marina in Athens gets highest distinction at global awards

first_imgIn a glamorous award ceremony held at the Maritime Navigation Museum in Greece, Flisvos Marina was awarded with the most prestigious international distinction, the 5 Gold Anchors Platinum by the Gold Anchor Scheme.The ceremony took place on Saturday, 27 October, following the completion of the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference 2018, which this year took place in Greece.Flisvos Marina is the second mega-yacht marina in Europe to win the Platinum accreditation, ANA reports, proof that it is one of the most beautiful and functional marinas in the world.This accreditation has put the high end facilities of Flisvos Marina in the spotlight worldwide, complementing the immaculate service it offers to its customers and visitors.Meanwhile, Flisvos Marina is the first and only marina in the South-East Mediterranean to have received the five Golden Anchors award. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sanofi une solution de télémédecine pour les diabétiques

first_imgSanofi : une solution de télémédecine pour les diabétiquesLa filiale française du groupe pharmaceutique Sanofi a annoncé mardi qu’elle allait prendre part au développement d’une nouvelle solution de suivi pour les personnes diabétiques. Baptisée Diabeo, cette solution fonctionnerait sous forme de télémédecine et serait prévue pour 2014. C’est un projet qui pourrait faciliter la vie de tous les personnes diabétiques. Mardi, la division Sanofi a annoncé avoir signé un accord de collaboration avec le Centre d’étude et de recherches pour mettre au point un meilleur traitement du diabète (CERITD) et la société éditrice de logiciels médicaux Voluntis. Le but : développer une nouvelle solution de suivi pour les personnes diabétiques qui passerait par de la télémédecine.  À lire aussiCes instruments médicaux de l’ancienne époque vont vous effrayerBaptisée Diabeo, cette solution serait en fait “constitué de 3 systèmes intelligents”, a expliqué Sanofi. Le premier consistera en une “application smartphone qui permettra au patient d’avoir une plus grande autonomie grâce à un ajustement simple des doses d’insuline en fonction de sa glycémie, de son alimentation, et de son activité physique”. Ensuite, Diabeo fournira également un suivi médical plus régulier en transmettant par internet à l’équipe soignante “des données quotidiennes de glycémie et doses d’insuline enregistrées et affichées dans un carnet électronique”. Enfin, cette solution de télémédecine inclura de même un système d’alertes entièrement paramétrables pour permettre aux médecins et infirmières d’intervenir ou de suivre le patient entre les consultations. Une première étude a déjà été menée auprès de 180 personnes diabétiques entre 2007 et 2009 pour tester Diabéo. Désormais, les différents collaborateurs du projet s’apprêtent donc à mener une nouvelle étude, cette fois-ci à l’échelle nationale. La mise à disposition de Diabeo serait ainsi déjà prévue pour 2014.  Le 13 septembre 2011 à 19:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Stadia Is Googles New Video Game Streaming Platform

first_img Yes, Google is making a video game thing. After months of speculation (and hopeful montages of social gaming throughout the centuries) Google revealed its new Stadia platform during its GDC keynote. Instead creating any kind of limiting box, Stadia is a streaming service that allows you to play the best-looking versions of modern games on anything with a good enough internet connection and Chrome. The company that made AI smart enough to play high-level StarCraft can probably build data centers to pull this off.On Stadia your gameplay experience seamlessly exists across devices, from phones to PCs to a Chromecast. You could even start playing a game with no loading after clicking a link on a YouTube video. Google is making its own controller, with smart cloud features for detecting what device you’re using, but you can use whatever.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Yes, Project Stream with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was a test for this. And along with Ubisoft, Google is working with partners like Unity, Epic, and iD. GDC attendees can even play Doom: Eternal at 4K 60 FPS at the show with GPUs more powerful than Xbox One X and PS4 Pro combined. Finally, couch co-op that deosn’t destroy framerate. And Google’s brains do more than just increase graphical muscle. Machine learning techniques also generate new kinds of potential art styles and allow for even more massive multiplayer matches.And as a streaming-based platform, Stadia also has YouTube/Twitch-like features blurring the lines between playing and watching video games with streamers and their fans. A video clip could also include a save state allowing others to pick up a game at the most exciting moment. Crowd Play lets you join lobbies for multiplayer games you’re watching. There’s even a YouTube share button on the controller.This is exciting, ambitious, and surely has more news coming soon we can’t wait to hear. We barely even mentioned Google Assistant strategy guides or Jade Raymond’s new first-party Google game dev studio. So look out for more on Google Stadia, launching in 2019, as GDC continues. 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation Stay on targetlast_img read more

Country Music Band Sawyer Brown to Headline Commodity Classic Evening of Entertainment

first_imgWhen the record-breaking Commodity Classic convention and trade show wraps up next March in New Orleans, it’s going out in style – with an Evening of Entertainment, sponsored by Monsanto, spotlighting the multiple-award-winning country band Sawyer Brown.“We always like to end Commodity Classic with a great night to top off a busy week for our growers,” said Wesley Spurlock, a Texas corn farmer and Commodity Classic co-chair.  “Sawyer Brown will be the perfect band to help us enjoy one last night together and celebrate our friendships and successes, before we head home for a hectic planting season.”Since the band was founded in Florida the early 1980s, Sawyer Brown lead vocalist Mark Miller and crew have put in more than 4,500 shows and counting, spotlighting a stunning discography of 23 albums and more than 50 chart singles – including “Some Girls Do,” “Thank God for You,” “This Time,” “I Don’t Believe in Goodbye” and “Drive Me Wild,” not to mention the new tune “We Got the Night.” While racking up the hits, Sawyer Brown also earned numerous awards, from the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, TNN and CMT.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more