Sections of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) Act are to be reviewed and redrafted in order to make the law more effective.Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, made the revelation during his presentation in the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate on Tuesday, June 11, in the House of Representatives.He informed that the amendments are to: increase the number of persons on the authority’s board to include representatives from the Association of Local Government Authorities and the Ministry of Health; and allow the Minister, by Order, and subject to affirmative resolution of each House of Parliament, to amend the monetary penalties specified in the Act and any of the schedules of the Act.“We will (also) be seeking to promulgate regulations dealing with: licensing and registration of waste disposal facilities and waste collectors; tipping fees to enable levying of fees for waste disposal; and public cleansing to enable summons being issued for failure to pay fines,” Mr. Arscott said.He said that once the amendments are passed, there will be stricter standards for waste management and improved enforcement to ensure compliance.“The polluter will pay for littering….wherever they litter commensurate with the breach. In addition, we will consider including community service, such as the cleaning of gullies and verges as penalties for this breach,” he stated.He said that the Ministry will ensure that there is no granting of building permits, trade or amusement licenses, without plans to clean up and dispose of the waste.“Too many commercial entities dump their waste on the road side or simply pay a handcart man to take the waste to the market or to areas where citizens dump illegally. Local government is everybody’s business and Jamaica’s beauty is our duty, so let us get involved!” Mr. Arscott said.Contact: Latonya Linton
Northeast B.C.’s unemployment rate fell to third-highest of any region in B.C. after topping the list in July. The lowest rate of unemployment was recorded in the Lower Mainland where 4.8 percent of the labour force was without work, while the next lowest rate on Vancouver Island was 4.9 percent. The highest unemployment rate in B.C last month was recorded in the Kootenay region, which has seen its unemployment rate jump from 4.9 to 7.3 percent in the last two months.The unemployment rate across the province jumped by 0.3 percent to 5.1 percent, while the national unemployment rate went up from 5.9 to 6.1 percent last month. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. last month dropped a whopping 1.4 percent.According to data released by Stats Canada on Friday, the unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. fell from 7.4 percent in July to 6.0 percent in August. The number of full-time jobs increased by an estimated 800, from 32,600 to 33,400. However, the number of part-time jobs dropped from 7,700 to 7,300. The size of the labour force in Northeast B.C. also decreased by an estimated 100 workers.With the drop in the unemployment rate, the region saw a corresponding increase in the rate of employment, which jumped from 71.8 to 72.5 percent, making it the economic region with the highest rate of employment in B.C.
Then-sophomore defender Austin Bergstrom (25) kicks the ball during a game against Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Nov. 9 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Credit: Lantern File PhotoOn Sunday night, the Ohio State men’s soccer team lost their second overtime game in a row, this time to UC Santa Barbara 1-0.The only score in the match was by Gaucho junior midfielder Kevin Feucht on a far cross from freshman forward Jonah Adomakoh. The goal came just three minutes into the first overtime period. “You can’t win when you don’t score,” Ohio State coach John Bluem said. “We probably, maybe deserved a draw in both games we played this weekend. To come up on the short side in both and in overtime is mentally tough on the team.” The game kicked off at 9:15 p.m. after a delay that lasted over two hours due to rain and lightning in the area. The Buckeyes spent much of the early goings with possession of the ball, playing solid defense and connecting on their passes. However, OSU was unable to find scoring opportunities, getting outshot by UC Santa Barbara 8-1 through the first 45 minutes. Opportunity presented itself for the Gauchos as a shot by sophomore striker Nick DePuy was saved by OSU redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried. DePuy launched another shot a minute later, this time the ball ricocheting off the post and out. Offside calls were an issue for the Buckeyes in the first period, registering three in the first 25 minutes of play. One such offside call resulted in a would-be goal getting taken away from OSU senior forward Danny Jensen. The teams went into the half tied at zero. In the 56th minute, OSU had a good scoring chance with a three-on-two man advantage in the Gauchos zone, but UC Santa Barbara freshman goalkeeper Titouan Le Roux made a diving save on a shot by Buckeye junior forward Marcus McCrary. OSU had opportunities to put one in the back of the net in the second period, including a stretch around the 71st minute that included four straight corner kicks, all of which were defended well by the Gauchos. In a match that got continuously more chippy as the night went on, UC Santa Barbara was called for 19 fouls, including two yellow cards, while OSU was called for six fouls. Siegfried had a big night in net for the Buckeyes. The redshirt freshman goalkeeper recorded six saves, including a huge save in the 83rd minute on a penalty kick by Feucht after an OSU handball in the box. Siegfried thwarted his goal attempt, guessing correctly and falling to block the right side of the net, stopping the ball in its tracks.Despite the impressive night in goal for Siegfried, the Buckeyes would eventually fall short. “Its tough taking two overtime losses like that, but the one thing we really do have is a lot of fight,” Siegfried said. “This team is really made of a lot, and these guys have a lot of heart.”Despite the two losses over the weekend, Bluem remains confident in his team’s abilities.“I am very pleased with our performance,” Bluem said. “I know we can get better. We just got to encourage the guys to stay with it and keep after it, because we are going to be a good team.”The Buckeyes next matchup is Friday, Sept. 2 at 10 p.m. at the University of Portland.
Asante Gold says it is reviewing a new mining technique, Sustainable Mining by Drilling (SMD), for use at its Kubi gold project in Ghana.SMD is a two-stage drilling method that enables direct mining of narrow vein deposits. The technology is being developed and commercialised by Anaconda Mining, in collaboration with Memorial University of Newfoundland, and uses technology proven in other industries, Asante said.Anaconda’s SMD technology placed second in the recent Goldcorp #DisruptMining challenge held on the sidelines of the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada event in Toronto on March 3, 2019.“This concept is a complete surface mining option with a drilling rig as a main surface piece of equipment used in conjunction with several field-proven downhole technologies,” Anaconda said.The mining process is divided into two campaigns: drilling the pilot holes and accurately mapping the vein, then enlarging the pilot holes to predetermined sizes to recover the ore.Using an inclined mast drilling rig, an inclined pilot hole is to be drilled along the centre line of the vein (equidistant between the hangingwall and footwall) with directional drilling system.Steering the pilot holes live with a survey tool will determine the current orientation and refine the 3D model of the vein used to plan the pilot hole enlargement.“Once the pilot hole has been drilled, progressively larger hole-openers can be used to drill along the pilot hole’s trajectory up to 2 m,” Anaconda said.Anaconda said the SMD technology is a “disruptor” in that it reduces the cost to extract ore by 50% over conventional underground narrow mining techniques; it places the operator in a safe location on the surface; can access areas not open to conventional mining; reduces the environmental footprint; and by passes the crushing and grinding circuits by moving the +/-2 mm drill cuttings in a slurry direct to the mill.Douglas MacQuarrie, President and CEO of Asante Gold, said: “The new SMD mining technique slashes the mining costs, development time and capital required to take near-surface gold deposits to production.“Our Kubi Main Zone gold resource is located in one of the best and safest gold mining destinations in the world, is road and power accessible, has an average width of 2 m, is near vertical, and appears to be well suited for the application of this technique. Previous metallurgical tests on Kubi mineralisation gave 35% to 40% recovery of the contained gold by gravity concentration from a coarse grind, which suggest a similar recovery might be expected directly from the SMD drill cuttings, giving a potential source of early cash flow. We are looking forward to the development and commercialisation of the SMD technology and its potential application at Kubi.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Ιδιαίτερη χαρά και συγκίνηση κατά την επίσκεψη στην Αγία Σοφία, μνημείο του βυζαντινού πολιτισμού, της ορθοδοξίας και της παγκόσμιας πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς. Εδώ αισθάνεται κανείς το βάρος της ιστορίας. pic.twitter.com/VBUguPOO8y— Prime Minister GR (@PrimeministerGR) February 6, 2019Later in the day, Mr Tsipras visited the former Greek seminary of Halki on the island now known as Heybeliada. The visit is the first of a Greek leader to the institution in decades.He attended a religious ceremony conducted by Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew, and expressed the desire for the seminary to be opened again after it had been closed down by Turkish authorities in 1971.The seminary, created in 1844, was closed by Turks under a law that placed religious and military training under the jurisdiction of the Turkish government. At the time, a number of Greek churches and schools had been closed and reopened as Turkish administrative centres.Over the years, Greek officials have worked towards its reopening and have seen this as imperative as Turkish law also requires that the religious leader that holds the leadership of the Greek Orthodox patriarchate, a seat based in Istanbul, should be a Turkish citizen.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested that it could be reopened if the Greek government improved the conditions for Muslims of Western Thrace. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras continued his official visit to Turkey with visits to sites of religious significance to Greeks.Mr Tsipras toured Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO world heritage site that now operates as a museum. The visit to the cathedral, one of the most significant Byzantine structures in the world, was largely symbolic. The magnificent cathedral had once served as the seat of the Greek Orthodox Church before the sacking of the Ottomans in 1453. The Turkish government, under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, had turned the monument into a museum in 1935. More recently, there have been calls to reconvert it into a mosque and, on occasion, muslim services have been held there.Following his visit to Hagia Sophia, Mr Tsipras declined to make any statements to members of the press assembled outside the monument.On Twitter, the Greek Prime Minister stated that in places like Hagia Sophia, one feels the “weight of history”.
Everton have released their full list of players whose contracts will expire this June and top on the list is Joel Robles the most senior player.It was clear the Spanish goalkeeper won’t be renewing his contract having frequently been displaced as the first choice option, despite working hard to gain the position against more experienced players in Tim Howard and Maarten Stekelenburg.Others on the list include Midfielders Jose Baxter and Conor Grant who will depart the Club but are set to join Oldham Athletic and Plymouth Argyle respectively, according to the club’s website.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Fellow Under-23s players Sam Byrne, Calum Dyson, Louis Gray and David Henen are all set to be released.Second-year scholars who have not been offered professional contracts are Stephen Duke-McKenna, Charlie Ball, Nathan Baxter, Jordan Corke, Matthew Johnson, Sidney Kerr, Nathan Moore and Tom Scully. The club also thanked all departing players for their contribution throughout their time at the Everton Club.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An investigation is underway, after a BMW collided into a Publix 18-wheeler, killing the driver, in Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene at Southwest 148th Street and U.S. 1, just before 5 a.m., Tuesday.According to investigators, the driver of a BMW was traveling northbound on U.S. 1, when it crashed into a Publix truck that was making a right turn.7Skyforce flew over the scene, as rescue crews could be seen trying to free the driver of the mangled car. The car was pinned underneath the trailer portion of the truck for several hours.The driver of the BMW died on the scene, and a passenger was transported to Jackson South Trauma Center. His condition is unknown.The driver of the truck did not sustain any injuries, according to officials.U.S. 1 had to be shut down north and southbound — between Southwest 144th and 152nd streets — for hours until the scene was cleared. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Comments General Motors Cruise AV is more than a Bolt without a steering wheel Share your voice 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 68 Photos 52 Photos Share your voice 71 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks More From Roadshow 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 0 Tags 18 Photos GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Reuss succeeds Dan Amman in the role of president. General Motors General Motors has appointed Mark Reuss the company’s president. Reuss, who joined GM in 1983 as a student intern, succeeds Dan Amman, who in November took over as CEO of Cruise Automation.Reuss was appointed executive vice president for global product planning and Cadillac in June 2018, with GM’s statement crediting him for helping Cadillac plan an accelerated product cycle that will see the brand launch a new vehicle every six months through 2021. GM also said that Reuss will oversee the company’s plan to double its investment in research on electric and autonomous cars, a course change that was announced in late 2018 as the automaker ended production of several slower-selling cars.”Mark’s global operational experience, deep product knowledge and strong leadership will serve us well as we continue to strengthen our current business, take advantage of growth opportunities and further define the future of personal mobility,” GM chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a statement Thursday.Reuss’s previous roles at GM include time as the president of GM North America from 2009, and as executive vice president of product development, purchasing and supply chain from 2013-2018. Automotive News notes that Mark’s father, Lloyd Reuss, also served as GM president, from 1990 through 1992. 4 Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Car Industry 69 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 41 Photos Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. 81 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous General Motors,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. More From Roadshow Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 10 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Post a comment 49 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 12 Photos Car Industry 26 Photos Tags 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura
Transportation Secretary Eilane Chao speaking with Senator Dan Sullivan after a transportation summit in Anchorage (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media)During a visit from the country’s head of transportation, Alaskans got news that one of the most trafficked roads in the state is a step closer to improvements that have been 40 years in the making.Listen nowTransportation Secretary Elaine Chao spent two days in Alaska, touring Prudhoe Bay with Senator Lisa Murkowski- and meeting with infrastructure and business leaders from around the state. After a summit on transportation issues Thursday hosted by Senator Dan Sullivan, Chao spoke with reporters on the top floor of an Anchorage hotel. She announced news about an agreement between the Transportation Department and other federal agencies that moves closer a decision on re-routing a 15-mile section of the Sterling Highway through the Kenai Peninsula, often called the Cooper Landing Bypass project.“We are one big step closer to moving ahead with this project,” Chao said.The agreement reached allows for a land exchange that was holding up federal agencies as they seek to pick an alternative route for the highway. The governor’s office supports the move, and pointed out in a press release Thursday evening that the Sterling Highway project has “currently the longest running federally led Environmental Impact Statement in the country,” dating back to 1975.But Chao had bigger news regarding federal review processes. Alaska is now the sixth state to “wave sovereign immunity,” allowing the State of Alaska to become the lead agency overseeing projects when it reaches a Memorandum Of Understanding, or MOU, with the Transportation Department on federal highway projects.“Basically it gives the states much greater authority and responsibility,” Chao explained. “The state gets to have a whole holistic point of view about what needs to be done, rather than have all these different agencies from throughout the government come in throughout the process.”“It’s very disjointed, and thus adds to the cost of project delays and delivery,” Chao added.Few specifics were offered of projects in Alaska the change stands to affect. Chao and the state’s Commissioner for Transportation, Marc Luiken, both say the new measure will not change the standards for environmental protection.Chao and Sullivan also spoke of a large federal infrastructure proposal being developed by the Trump administration that could designate about a quarter of the money for rural states. But the measure depends on first getting through a dense congressional calendar that includes debt ceiling negotiations and tax reform before the House and Senate take up an infrastructure bill.Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has had a reportedly contentious relationship of late with President Trump. At the end of questions, a television reporter with KTUU asked whether that feud is having an impact on the Transportation Department’s agenda. Chao said only, “Hey, I’m here to talk about infrastructure.”The state’s MOU with federal partners on the Cooper Landing Bypass will be filed Friday, according to Luiken.
Kothaguda: Kothaguda junction is flooded due to overflowing of sewage, thus leaving the motorists stranded in the traffic snarls. Many commuters have complained that the drain over here has been brimming up for the past several days and the situation may become worse in the coming days.As the sewage water is overflowing at the side of the road, it is spreading all over and becoming difficult for the motorist to ply their vehicles says, Rajesh, a commuter. The officials concerned should take immediate action and improve the drainage system over here, he added.
Close Imran Khan avoids question on Uyghur Muslim crisis in China Pictures of Pakistani currency bills lie with old coins and currency notes at a money changer booth along a road in Karachi October 25, 2012 [Representational Image].ReutersThe Pakistani currency’s free fall after the announcement of the $6 billing IMF bailout package has continued, with the rupee reaching a level where it’s close to becoming the biggest loser in May.The rupee has dropped more than 5 percent in the aftermath f the IMF bailout. It breached 150 per dollar last week, its lowest level in history. On Wednesday the rupee closed at 149.64 per dollar according to the central bank.Much of the rupee’s pain comes from the terms of the agreement with the IMF, under which the government has to devalue the currency to deal with the ballooning current account deficit.”This knee-jerk reaction of the market will continue … Given our large deficit and high debt ratio, the rupee will continue to decline. The rupee will be 200 a dollar by year-end,” economist Kaiser Bengali told Bloomberg.The IMF had warned Pakistan in 2017 that the currency was overvalued by as much as 20 percent. The country’s economy is in the grip of a crisis with a soaring debt and rising inflation.”I expect the central bank to be measured in its approach and intervene only when it’s absolutely necessary. The pressure on the rupee will continue and the central bank will allow it to depreciate further in the coming weeks,” Ahmed Ateeq, head of treasury at Pak Brunei Investment Co. told the agency.Prime Minister Imran Khan inherited strident challenges on the economy front with unemployment rocketing and inflation soaring. He replaced the central bank governor while the finance secretary and the head of Board of Investment left their jobs later on. With foreign currency reserves plunging, Pakistan found its dollar reserves barely enough to cover three mints of imports. The worsening scenario forced Khan to knock at the doors of the IMF, though he had initially tried to survive the crisis by raising billions of dollars in loans from friendly countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates China.Markets expect the currency to drop further. “Fears of further devaluation as a result of the agreement with the IMF have depressed the currency market and the rupee may lose more against the greenback in the coming days,” Secretary General of Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan Zafar Paracha told the Gulf Times. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:28Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:27?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …
The college football season kicks off with a full slate of games this weekend, and Fox Sports CFB analyst – and noted Cowherd foil – Joel Klatt stopped by the show to preview this week’s Notre Dame/Michigan traditional power heavyweight matchup, and pour cold water on those who are pushing the narrative that Jim Harbaugh can’t coach (the one thing Colin and Joel agree on).Klatt came in firing, and also gave his first Almost Upset of the Week of the year – which Colin ripped. Get ready for opening weekend and watch it here:
(Credit: vvvita/Shutterstock)My doctor recently declared me deficient in vitamin D and prescribed a weekly pill. Because I take care to eat a healthy and diverse diet, I was a bit annoyed. She said it was no big deal and actually very common, the medical equivalent of a parent telling a child, “Because I said so.” Later on, I was grousing to some of my friends and many of them said they had gotten the same news. It made me wonder: What is going on with vitamin D?A Vexing VitaminTruth be told, we shouldn’t really need vitamin D in our diets at all. Humans and other animals can synthesize this molecule right from cholesterol, something we always have plenty of. Doing so, however, involves a rather obnoxious biochemical pathway. The synthesis of vitamin D begins in the skin with activation of a precursor molecule by ultraviolet light from the sun. After that, the process moves to the liver for further chemical modification and then on to the kidneys for a final tweak.This biochemical pathway is really odd and seems unnecessarily complicated. Our bodies are adept at making lots of complex molecules without stops in three different tissues. What’s more, involving the liver and kidneys makes for a huge detour. Because vitamin D and its precursors are fat-soluble molecules, they distribute in tissues throughout the body and especially accumulate in adipose, or fat tissue. It would make much more sense to house the enzymes for the synthesis of vitamin D within fat cells, which are often tucked right underneath the skin anyway, where the UV light is needed for the first step.Another big problem with our vitamin D synthesis scheme is that, in cold climates, humans must bundle up in order to survive. Since keeping warm wasn’t an issue in Africa, where our ancestors lived for millions of years, we mostly ditched our own fur and instead we now rely on the furs of other animals to keep us warm, thereby blocking the penetration of UV light into the skin and reducing the synthesis of vitamin D.In warmer regions, humans tend not to cover their skin as much, but this opens them up to skin cancer and also the UV-mediated destruction of folic acid. Skin pigmentation helps mitigate those problems, but at the cost of reduced vitamin D synthesis. The result is a problematic tug-of-war: Skin cancer and folic acid deficiency on the one side and vitamin D deficiency on the other.There is a way around this problem, of course. Many animals, including humans, can escape this paradox by simply ingesting the activated vitamin D precursor. Dietary vitamin D still requires the activation steps in the liver and kidney, but at least it lets us stay out of the sunlight. Such supplementation has allowed humans to live in frigid climates and it is no coincidence that Arctic diets tend toward fish and whale blubber, two very rich sources of vitamin D.And yet, despite this, vitamin D deficiencies are still common, and archaeological evidence suggests that they have been for a long time. We know from studying skeletal remains that rickets, caused by childhood vitamin D deficiency, was a common malady in pre-agricultural human populations. The domestication of fowl helped with this, as eggs are rich in vitamin D, and meat and fish are good sources as well. But prior to that, and therefore for most of our evolutionary history, eggs, meat and fish were not in steady supply and still aren’t for many people around the world.The reason for a continued lack of vitamin D in our lives is that patterns of feast and famine can be effectively managed when it comes to calories, which can be easily stored (too easily, but that’s another story) – but not for vitamins. We don’t store vitamin D for a rainy day, so infrequent large doses do not compensate for weeks of deficiency. While we can get vitamin D in our diet, maintaining a regular supply is difficult. Supplements are often the best option for those who must go without sunlight for long stretches of the year.What’s It Good for Anyway?But why do we need vitamin D in the first place? The answer reveals even more poor evolutionary design. While vitamin D has many functions in the human body, the most important, and therefore most sensitive to deficiency, is the absorption of calcium in our intestines.Humans are notoriously bad at extracting calcium from our food. We start off okay as babies, absorbing a respectable 60% of the calcium we are fed, but our absorption ability steadily drops as we mature. Adults are lucky if we can get 20% of the calcium that we ingest and by middle age, it is often below 10%. You might be happy with the 300mg of calcium in a small cup of milk, but if you’re over 50, you’re probably not absorbing more than 20 or 30mg of that calcium. The rest ends up in the toilet. And that’s the sad state of affairs when we are getting enough vitamin D.Those deficient in vitamin D cannot absorb calcium from their diets at all. This is why milk is typically supplemented with vitamin D. If we don’t get adequate sunlight – and most of us don’t – we become desperate for calcium, even if we’re consuming plenty of it. Calcium is necessary for more than just healthy bones — it’s crucial for things like flexing our muscles — so our bodies consider the calcium in our bones as reservoirs to be tapped when the need is urgent.When we don’t get enough vitamin D, we can’t absorb calcium, so we start pulling it out of our bones. If the bones are still growing when that happens, they become misshapen; a condition called rickets. If we’re already fully grown, the lost calcium weakens the bones and they become brittle and easily broken; that’s osteoporosis. All of this because we can’t absorb calcium, even when it’s right there for the taking.Evolutionary HeadacheThe fact that vitamin D is required for calcium absorption is the most bizarre part of the whole story. All vitamin D does is signal the cells to absorb calcium. That’s it! Having a switch for calcium absorption is important because having too much can also be unhealthy. But having that switch involve another compound that also must be acquired in the diet is foolish because now there are two ways to suffer from calcium insufficiency: a lack of calcium or a lack of vitamin D.Since wild animals don’t have the benefit of vitamin D-infused milk in their diet, and are completely covered with thick, light-blocking fur, it seems that they might suffer from similar issues.Nope, not at all. Other mammals, including our own dogs and cats, synthesize vitamin D just fine because they activate it in their fur instead of their skin. We lost this option when we ditched the fur. Vitamin D deficiency is a uniquely human scourge. So much for being the pinnacle of creation!So, the bottom line is that some rather glaring design flaws in our bodies have made vitamin D deficiency so common and harmful. Evolution does not produce perfection and nowhere is this clearer than our demanding dietary needs. For many of us, getting a little more direct sunlight would do the trick when it comes to vitamin D, but who really wants to flirt with melanoma? We can also try to eat fish more regularly. Or whale blubber. I think I’ll just stick with the weekly pill.Nathan H. Lents is professor of biology at John Jay College, CUNY, and the author of Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, From Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
Travelweek Group Posted by From less than 300 to 1,000+ in 3 years for Aussie Specialist Program << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, August 16, 2018 TORONTO — The Aussie Specialist Program now has 1,000+ agents in Canada and Tourism Australia marked the milestone with special gifts for the 1000th Specialist, right in her agency.Danielle Berton, a Travel Consultant at Groupe Voyages VP in Montreal, recently became the 1,000th Aussie Specialist in Canada. The ASP is Tourism Australia’s global training program for international travel sellers.Marie-Hélène Jacques, General Manager, Groupe Voyages VP; Danielle Berton, 1000th certified Aussie Specialist in Canada; Serge Lamarre, Tourism Australia Account Manager, QuebecThree years ago the ASP underwent a “significant re-launch”, says Tourism Australia, introducing a new digital platform with interactive training modules. At the time of the re-launch, there were less than 300 qualified ASP agents in Canada. Since Berton became the 1,000th specialist, the number has continued to grow with 1,076 qualified ASP agents and 309 trainees now coast-to-coast in Canada.Tourism Australia celebrated the occasion with a surprise visit to Berton’s Groupe Voyages office in Montreal to congratulate Berton in person. Tourism Australia also presented Berton with an Aussie-inspired prize that included a retro-style Tourism Australia carry-on bag to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary, a bottle of Aussie wine, a cap, thermal bottle, notebook and pen plus a Visa gift card.Benefits of becoming an Aussie Specialist include access to training modules and sales resources, travel club offers, invitations to attend exclusive events and monthly e-newsletter updates.Those interested in becoming a qualified Aussie Specialist can enroll at www.aussiespecialist.com/en-ca. Tags: Aussie Specialist Program, Tourism Australia Share
The Tico Times wishes everyone a happy Día de las Culturas, or Cultures Day, observed on Monday. While the traditional Limón Carnaval is not taking place this year, stay tuned for our upcoming piece with an update from the Limón community.It’s Oktoberfest! With more than 170 beers on tap, live music, German food and much more, the party at Parque Viva in Alajuela promises to be a big one. Mexican band Molotov will play at the festival on Sunday; tickets are available here (Saturday, Oct. 15 – Sunday, Oct. 16).Also in Alajuela, Cine Foro Elysium is ready to help you gear up for Halloween: the cinema has lined up a frightfest of classic films thorughout the month, starting with “The Exorcist” tonight and “Alien” on Saturday. Check out their page for the full schedule; all films at 6 p.m. (Friday, Oct. 14 – Saturday, Oct. 29).The gallery Despacio welcomes acclaimed Berlin-based artist Julian Charrière, whose work includes photography, installations and performance. This week’s special reception, which the artist will attend, kicks off an exhibit that will last through December 17 (reception on Thursday, Oct. 20). Facebook Comments Related posts:Arts and culture at a glance: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts, culture and Mother’s Day: the week ahead in Costa Rica
Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies In this still image taken from video, a rescue helicopter hovers over the site where a Pakistani army helicopter crashed in Nalter Valley, Gilgit, Pakistan, Friday, May 8, 2015. The ambassadors to Pakistan from the Philippines and Norway and the wives of the ambassadors from Malaysia and Indonesia were killed Friday when a Pakistani army helicopter carrying foreign dignitaries made a crash landing in the country’s north, the military said. (AP Photo) Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement ISLAMABAD (AP) — The bodies of several foreign dignitaries killed in a Pakistani helicopter crash, including ambassadors from the Philippines and Norway and the wives of the ambassadors from Malaysia and Indonesia, arrived a military base Saturday near the capital, Islamabad.State-run Pakistan Television showed Pakistani officials and the country’s army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif saluting the flag-draped coffins of the four foreigners, as well as the three Pakistani crew members killed in Friday’s crash. Twelve people injured in the crash also arrived at the base in a C-130 plane. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share Check your body, save your life The helicopter, transporting dignitaries to a ceremony at a ski resort, crashed and caught fire as it was landing. Some of the survivors described their ordeal from their hospital beds, as a routine flight turned deadly in the final moments.Hasrul Sani Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Scoot 777 Singapore Airlines’ low-cost carrier, Scoot has announced it will replace its Boeing 777-200 with twenty new Boeing 787.Commencing 2014, the budget airline said the fuel-efficient aircraft would be used in favour of its current fleet in order to facilitate growth and route expansion.Despite only launching operations in June this year with its inaugural flight to Sydney, the new aircraft will sport brand new interior as well as enlarged 787 windows.“In addition to a great reputation, Scoot has quickly grown to a fleet of four aircraft and a network soon to encompass nine cities,” the airline’s chief executive Campbell Wilson said. “[This] announcement that we’ll be acquiring 20 Boeing 787’s to power our growth is exciting news and great for our guests – not least because the aircraft’s fuel efficiency will help keep ticket prices low.”The 20 aircraft were ordered by parent company, Singapore Airlines, with engine choice to be made at a later date. Scoot will add network of six cities from 29 October this year as well as Shenyang and Qingdao in November. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.
Best Western Alpine Hotel Christchurch facadeBest Western Alpine Hotel opens in ChristchurchBest Western® Hotels & Resorts today announces the opening of its newest property in New Zealand, the Best Western Alpine Hotel. The brand new hotel is the latest venture from well-known Christchurch businessman Jason Soon.Located in Upper Riccarton, Christchurch, the Best Western Alpine Hotel features 21 spacious rooms complete with video-on-demand Netflix streaming, free WiFi available throughout the hotel and complimentary parking. Whether travelling for business or leisure, guests can relax at champion New Zealand lawn bowler Gary Lawson’s new on-site bar and restaurant, the Horse & Jockey.Managing Director of Best Western Hotels & Resorts for Australasia, Graham Perry welcomes the addition of the new build Christchurch property to the brand.“We’re very pleased to welcome Best Western Alpine Hotel to the Best Western network, and to expand our presence in the important New Zealand market.”Best Western Regional Manager New Zealand & Pacific, Andrew Belsham, says Best Western is throwing its full backing behind the new hotel during these difficult times.“We are rallying around the community of Christchurch and are dedicated to offering all the support we can to help make the hotel a success,” says Belsham. “Christchurch continues to welcome visitors with open arms, and Best Western and Jason and his partner Tina are delighted to be able to assist with this important work.”The conveniently located property is a short drive to both the Riccarton Park Racecourse and the University of Canterbury.Best Western Alpine Hotel owner Jason Soon is delighted to be part of the Best Western brand.“We look forward to showcasing our fine new property to guests and Best Western Rewards members”.Perry encourages travellers to continue to support the city.“Having just returned from a visit to Christchurch, my key takeout is that the community and hotel industry are very resilient and are working hard to get back to a business as usual position. If there’s one thing we can help them with, it’s promoting to all Australians that Christchurch is open for the business and they shouldn’t hesitate to visit – now!” Source = Best Western® Hotels & Resort
The Budget had a minimal focus on aviation. The significant hike in excise duty on ATF will add to the high cost-environment for airlines in India. We do hope the government will do a better job with the National Civil Aviation Policy. While the NCAP is a step in the right direction, there are areas of concern, especially where it adds costs to the industry or where it deviates from well-established global standards. We hope the government will address three priority areas – retract the two percent Regional Connectivity Fund levy, abandon the plan to auction traffic rights, and allow AERA to perform its functions independently by not enshrining any ‘Till’ for airport charges in the policy document.