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33 years later, Bhopal gas victims still fighting for justice

first_imgOn the 33rd anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy on Sunday, more than 500 victims and their supporters marched to the abandoned Union Carbide India Limited plant in protest against the negligence on the part of the government. Hours of furious sloganeering culminated in burning of an effigy with the logo of the Union Carbide, Dow Chemical and DuPont. Numerous placards with slogans such as “No More Bhopal”, “33 Years Of Struggle For Justice And A Life of Dignity” were displayed.Rashida Bi from the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh said, “There were at least 500 people at the rally today [Sunday]. Our main demands are that the victims should get employment, the contaminated soil should be cleared, the women who lost their husbands should get a monthly pension and affected kids should be given proper treatment. The government has not responded to our protest yet.”The list of demands released by the organisations that led the protest included proper medical care and punishment to the corporate criminals.The protest in Bhopal was lead by five survivors’ organisations. The leaders of these groups accused the State and the Central governments with criminal neglect of the victims. The leaders also said the official apathy had increased after the BJP government came to power in 2014 because a large number of the victims were poor Muslim and the majority of the Hindu victims were from the depressed classes.The aftermath of the tragedy continues to haunt the victims till today. Exposure to the deadly methyl isocyanate gas and other chemicals that had leaked from the factory in the early hours of December 3, 1984 led to one of the worst industrial disasters in the world.last_img read more

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Space Buffs Make Contact With Discarded NASA Probe

first_imgA group of citizen scientists has commandeered a NASA spacecraft that was launched in 1978 and had gone unused since 1997.Today the group made first contact with the International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3) when the spacecraft acknowledged receiving a signal from the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, says Keith Cowing, co-director of the ISEE-3 Reboot Project, a group of about 20 volunteer space buffs. “We knew we could do this—it’s a vindication,” he says. “It’s sort of like reaching back in time to grab something that otherwise would have been lost.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Cowing says that the group is now getting telemetry data from the spacecraft. Over the coming days, they will try to understand the health of the spacecraft and its 13 scientific instruments. The spacecraft was launched to study space weather and is due to make a close pass around the moon.Next month, they plan to instigate a burn with the remaining fuel and move the spacecraft into a new orbit. Also in June, they plan to start communicating with ISEE-3 from a second radio telescope, a 21-meter dish at Morehead State University in Kentucky. This dish is more movable than the massive Arecibo telescope and can better track the spacecraft as it gets closer to Earth, Cowing says.The ISEE-3 Reboot Project raised more than $150,000 in crowd-funding to support its volunteer efforts.last_img read more

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Lee-Yamaguchi rematch, Askren last fight headline ONE card in Singapore

first_imgMOST READ Askren, meanwhile, eyes the perfect end to his career as he battles Japanese legend Shinya Aoki in the co-main event.“This is going to be the biggest event we have ever put together for martial arts fans in Singapore and around the world,” said ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong.FEATURED 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 shutoutOther fights in the card have not yet been announced. Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07Anne Curtis headlines Araneta City’s Christmas tree lighting01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Castro admits De Ocampo irreplaceable LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Angela Lee celebrates after stopping Jenny Huang in the third round to defend her atomweight title in the main event of ONE Championship: Warrior Kingdom on March 11, 2017 in Thailand. Photo from ONE Championship’s Facebook pageWorld champions Angela Lee and Ben Askren defend their titles in the main offering of the ONE: Immortal Pursuit fight card in Singapore on November 24.Hometown bet Lee stakes her undefeated record and ONE Women’s Atomweight belt in a rematch against Japanese martial arts veteran Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi in the main event of the promotion’s return to Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Jayalalithaa’s comments gross contempt of court: Chidambaram

first_imgHome Minister P ChidambaramHome Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday dismissed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s statement demanding his resignation on the ground he was elected in “fraudulent” manner in 2009 Lok Sabha polls calling it a “gross contempt of court”.Referring to her remarks in a press conference in New Delhi on the issue, he said “she knows that her candidate Rajakannappan has filed an election petition in the Madras High Court and that is pending since September 2009. Her statement, is therefore in gross contempt of court.”The Home Minister said that Jayalalithaa has the habit of “starting on the wrong foot” and “she has always had utter contempt for court proceedings and hence her statement today is not at all surprising”.He said Rajakannappan had also contested the Assembly elections last month and lost from one of the segments falling under his parliamentary constituency Sivaganga.”Perhaps, she would say that that election result was also fraudulent,” he said.Jayalalithaa said the alleged attack on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy figured to a “great extent” during her talks with the Prime Minister.”There is a lot of discrepancies in the figure given by the Sri Lankan Government and the private agencies on the number of Sri Lankan Tamils still in the camps. So I requested the Prime Minister to verify and get the correct figure,” she said.The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said she requested the Prime Minister to consider sending a delegation of MLAs from Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka to see for themselves the living conditions of the Tamils displaced due to the decades-old civil war.advertisement”We would want the Tamils in Sri Lanka to lead a life of dignity that is on par with their Sinhala counterparts,” she said.She parried a question on whether she thought Tamils in Sri Lanka should have a separate state.Referring to ceding of Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka by India in 1974, she accused Karunanidhi of not approaching the Supreme Court seeking a stay for implementation of the agreement.”Despite a precedent of the Supreme Court declaring null and void the ceding of Berubari to the then East Pakistan, Mr Karunanidhi did not approach the Supreme Court,” she said.Demanding the revoking of the 1974 agreement on the grounds that it was never approved by both houses of the Parliament, Jayalalithaa said Katchatheevu should be taken back so that Indian fishermen can have a decent catch when they venture into the sea. For more news on India, click here. For more news on Business, click here. For more news on Movies, click here. For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Twitter starts streaming live sports

first_imgMicro-blogging website Twitter started streaming from Wimbledon, one of the most-watched tennis tournaments of the year, a media report said.Wimbledon’s official Twitter account tweeted the live feed early Wednesday morning, opening up Twitter plans to stream live sports more broadly.”Twitter is increasingly a place where people can find live streaming video, and that includes exciting sporting events like Wimbledon. This live stream is an extremely early and incomplete test experience, and we’ll be making lots of improvements before we launch it in its final form,” recode.net quoted Twitter’s statement on Wimbledon stream.Twitter will have access to live interviews and analysis and match replays, but ESPN still holds the US digital streaming rights for all live matches at Wimbledon.Twitter worked with both Wimbledon and ESPN to make this happen. ESPN bought exclusive TV rights for Wimbledon back in 2011, and the stream on Twitter includes a mix of content from Wimbledon and ESPN.Twitter also paid the NFL $10 million for the rights to stream some of the league’s Thursday Night Football games later this fall, the report added.last_img read more

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Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia to Make Joint Bid to Host 2030 World Cup

first_imgSOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The leaders of four Balkan countries say they will make a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.The prime ministers of Bulgaria, Greece and Romania and the president of Serbia say their countries will make an official bid to host the soccer event in stadiums across the four countries.The idea was announced on the sidelines of a regional meeting in the Black Sea resort of Varna.Although the 2030 contest is not officially open, South American soccer leaders are already promoting a three-way centenary bid by Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, which was the original World Cup host in 1930.Also, English soccer officials have launched a feasibility study into bidding in partnership with Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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What Channel Is the Game On: Oklahoma State-Kansas State

first_imgOKC –67/7282191501652 Broadcast team: Justin Kutcher | Steve Hutchinson | Bruce FeldmanStreamingFox Sports GoRadioCowboy Radio NetworkTuneInSirius (199)XM (200)So there you go. Hope it’s helpful.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Stillwater505 –219150652 Tulsa –13122191501652center_img Somebody the other day had a really good suggestion.As this blog has evolved into more of a website than an in-your-mom’s-basement operation, the need for more functional features has grown. I’ve added a writer, thrown in the forums and so on. One thing I’ve done a bad job of is schedules, TV, game times etc. I honestly just never really thought about it.We get asked, “how can I watch the OSU game?” and “what channel is this on?” all the time so here you go. Here’s what channel the OSU-Kansas State game is on and how you can stream it, watch it on TV and basically do everything but play in it.Also, I’ve added a season schedule which you can also access at the top of the page.Screen Shot 2015-10-03 at 1.02.39 PMTime3 p.m. CSTTelevision FS1SuddenlinkCoxDirecTVDishU-Verselast_img read more

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Road to Adventure: AXS Adventure Race Report

first_img The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure Behold the World’s Most Adventure-Ready Electric Motorcycle Adventure racing is a multidisciplinary sport where racers navigate through backcountry terrain – often without the benefit of trails – using map and compass, and all manner of transport from stand up paddle boards to mountain bikes. In September Austin Parker is tackling the Adventure Xstream Series adventure race in Glenwood Springs, CO to get a taste of this grueling sport. As part of his training, we are documenting the best gear for paddling, running, biking, and recovery, as well as keeping track of all the (mis)adventure along the way.Road to Adventure: Rewind | SUP Gear| Mountain Biking | Recovery Gear | Backpacking | Best Adventure Races |Race Day Essentials |The summer of running before dawn, paddling after work and marathon weekend sessions on our bikes was over. All that we needed to do was put it all together in one painful day, so we loaded the car up and headed for Glenwood Springs, Colorado for the AXS Adventure Race Series. The drive from Salt Lake City was just long enough to let some pre race jitters set in, especially as we rolled though the narrow canyons along I-70 and watched steep trails and gnarly sections of whitewate go by. After we stopped in town to pick up our jerseys, a map with all of our checkpoints on it, and dinner, we spent the evening packing and repacking gear that we would carry in our packs and also pre-load into plastic tubs to leave at each transition area. Sleep was not much of an option.Race day morning dawn was crisp and cold. We showed up to the River Park along the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers just as the majority of racers were pulling in to get last minute gear checks completed and form up at the starting line. Each team seemed much better prepared than we were, often hauling multiple boxes of bike and running gear into the holding area. Suddenly our new Osprey Packs felt a little heavier as we worriedly checked one last time for every last spare tube, tire lever, and pack of Honey Stinger Chews.A few minutes before our scheduled start time, the race director pulled our Sprint division racers together and it was decided that we’d head out early. With a countdown from his megaphone we were off to tackle our first leg of the race. The run portion of the course wound up a series of fire roads from the valley floor almost two thousand vertical feet. That three-and-a-half mile section of trail running felt like an eternity. At the top, Glenwood Caverns greeted us with our first checkpoint to get recorded, and a short section of navigating through the cave and a rappel out the upper entrance. Following that, we turned around and headed back to the start line the way we came. I don’t think I’ve ever covered three miles faster than the full tilt spring we made – after all, after the cave section we could see the lead we had on others in our Co-Ed Sprint Division.At the start, our first transition area, Sprint racers geared up for a twelve to fifteen mile bike ride (part of adventure racing is plotting your own course, so course distances are often unpublished). Our notes on the map led us to the bottom of the Red Mountain trail, and a daunting climb up old access roads from a long abandoned town ski lift. The dirt road climb made it easily observable that when it was running in the 1940s, Red Mountain Ski Area would have been an amazing gem to have in your backyard – although I’m sure skiers never planned to go straight up the mountain. The top of this climb gave us stunning views of the Roaring Fork Valley, and the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers. On a more relaxed day we’d be fly fishing the mellow water, but during the race we only took enough time to snap a couple pictures, find our single track descent, and take off. Second place had caught us on the climb and we were eager to make up some time; at least I was. My wife and race partner was more than a little apprehensive of some of the steeper section on her bike. After navigating a few sharp switchbacks and building confidence though, she suddenly let go of the brakes and charged. The race was back on.The final bike portion was a trail through town and then following the highway six miles up the Colorado River to our second transition. Contrary to what we had plotted on the map, we ran into a couple of sustained climbs as the trail left the main highway and meandered closer to the river and campgrounds. We paid for our haste downhill, especially as we hadn’t drunk enough water during that leg, and each uphill section became slower and slower. Eventually the mile markers became our only source of satisfaction as we ticked off each quarter mile section in preparation for the river.At transition two, we hurriedly stowed our bikes and stripped out of sweat soaked clothes in favor of PFDs and paddles. The stretch of river from the Grizzly Creek put-in is generally mellow in September, so we sped down stream as fast as we could paddle. The first couple of riffles and rapids were very forgiving – fortunate for us, as we’d never taken a tandem kayak down real whitewater. Eventually we got into a nice rhythm and started overtaking rafts full of tourists and racers in kayaks at every turn. Soon the main bridge into down town Glenwood Springs came into view and we were greeted by flags marking our take out point. We hauled our boat up the ramp and jogged into the finish for the win. With racers finishing the longer course up to twelve hours after the starting line, the finish area was a mellow affair. We chatted with some of the other teams while replenishing our water and cleaning our gear. Soon after we had everything packed up, my only thought was for my recovery tights and some caffeine for the long drive home. After more than twenty-six miles on the course and nearly four-thousand vertical feet of human powered climbing, we were spent. You can bet we’ll be back next year.Photos Courtesy of AXS Adventure Racing and Austin Parker Editors’ Recommendations How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt center_img The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 1. AXS Adventure Race 2. AXS Adventure Race 3. AXS Adventure Race 4. AXS Adventure Race 5. AXS Adventure Race Introducing a New Look for The Manuallast_img read more

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Government Moves to Strengthen JADCO

first_imgStory Highlights The Minister described the discussions with the WADA officials as very frank. Minister Neita Headley provided an update on a two-day visit by a team from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). WADA to collaborate with JADCO in the strengthening of its programmes. The Government is moving to strengthen and build the capacity of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), to improve its operations.Minister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, made the announcement on Thursday, October 30, at a press briefing, held at JADCO’s South Odeon Avenue offices, in Kingston, where she provided an update on a two-day visit by a team from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which began on Monday, October 28.The consultation was initiated following an invitation extended to WADA by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, on August 5.The Minister described the discussions with the WADA officials as very frank and done in a spirit of partnership.“I believe these meetings were fruitful and constructive and we have come out of those meetings having a greater commitment to working closer together in partnership, to ensure that JADCO advances and becomes not only world class, but best in class,” Mrs. Neita Headley said.She added that the world anti-doping body has assured the Office of the Prime Minister that they will collaborate with JADCO in the strengthening of its programmes and will also provide support for the establishment of the Commission’s new website which is on track.“Greater emphasis will be placed on communications, in order to improve the flow of information coming out of JADCO to the media and to the rest of the world in a more timely and responsive manner,” the Minister informed, while noting that the agency has engaged the services of a communications and public relations specialist.Mrs. Neita Headley further informed that in addition to recently filling the position of Executive Director, the recruitment process for five of nine identified vacancies at JADCO is nearing completion, and all the positions are expected to be filled within the next two months.The new Executive Director is Carey Brown, a chemist employed by the Ministry of Youth and Culture, who was employed within the last two weeks.A new Financial Director has also been engaged by JADCO and the financial operations have been transferred from the OPM to the in-house management team at the Commission.The Minister further noted that budgetary support has already been increased by 14 per cent over the previous year and recommendations have been made for additional funding to support the Commission’s testing programme and the development of the new website.She revealed that the agency plans to do 300 tests per year at an average of US$300 per test. “I believe this year we are seeking to add another 100 tests and to commence the process of blood analysis,” Mrs. Neita Headley informed.The Minister noted that last year, 179 tests were done, as against 286 up to September this year. Approximately 45 per cent of these were done out of competition.The Minister stressed JADCO’s compliance with the regulations.  “We are not non compliant at this time. I want to make that clear. We have never been non-compliant and I have never seen any report that has suggested that we have been non-compliant,” she emphasized.She pointed to Jamaica’s long and illustrious history of sporting success at many levels and expressed commitment to integrity in sports, fair play, and the maintenance of a doping free environment.“We stand resolute in our commitment to improve and strengthen the operations of our national anti-doping agency and we will make it the best in the world, commensurate with the level of excellence of our sportsmen and women,” Mrs. Neita Headley asserted.She pointed out that  the organisation, at five years old, is still young and while  there are some things that it has done well, there are areas for improvement and these will be addressed.A report is expected to be generated from WADA in the coming weeks that will detail findings of the visit.last_img read more

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Zacks: Shippers Have Good Year Ahead

first_imgzoom 2015 will be good for the shipping industry with sector specific risks projected to decline and new investment slated to flow in, the investment analyst Zacks predicts.Cheaper fuel will be a major positive for shipping companies this year, according to Zacks.  The slump in crude is expected to significantly reduce costs of bunker fuel prices this year. Despite a rally last week, the specter of a worldwide glut has kept prices nearly 50% lower than the highs achieved in mid-2014.Zacks believes tanker owners will benefit the most from this development. By the end of last year, very large crude carriers (VLCC) were close to a level of USD 100,000 a day. Their average rates through 2014 were also the best in nearly four years. Low oil prices will increase demand for tankers and could result in higher rates for shipping companies this year.Another important factor is the introduction of larger vessels and shipping alliances. Opinion is divided about whether these developments will increase profitability or lead to a reduction in rates across the industry. However, Zacks predicts that even though smaller ships will be replaced by larger ones, the total number of ships will come down because of the alliances. This could lead to capacity remaining unchanged or even declining, which could subsequently push up rates.Ultimately, how the shipping business copes with new regulatory standards could determine its success this year. Conventionally, shipping fuel had 3.5% sulfur content worldwide. This was reduced to 1% in 2012 and has been cut to 0.1% starting this year in the Baltic, North Europe and North American Emissions Control Areas following the approval of the International Maritime Organization.This has led to an increase in the cost of fuel due to higher refining costs of fuel with low sulfur content. One estimate puts this at an additional USD 300-USD 400 per ton in Vancouver and USD 80-USD 100 in Asia.The fate of rates will result in whether the advantage gained from cheaper fuel can offset the increase in costs imposed by stricter regulatory standards.Source: Zacks; Image: LUKOILlast_img read more

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Garden Party in Guysborough

first_imgResidents of Guysborough and the surrounding area will have a chance to meet Nova Scotia’s lieutenant governor at a Garden Party on Wednesday, July 22. The public is invited to attend the party at the DesBarres Manor Inn, 90 Church St., Guysborough. “Guysborough is known for its gracious Maritime hospitality,” said Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis. “I look forward to meeting people from the community.” The event will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., refreshments will be served and all are welcome. The dress is business.last_img

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Lancement de la campagne de sensibilisation au service 911

first_imgAfin de contribuer à réduire le nombre d’appels accidentels ou non urgents au service 911, le gouvernement a lancé une campagne de sensibilisation, aujourd’hui 7 mai. « La campagne de sensibilisation au service 911 est un effort de collaboration avec les premiers intervenants, y compris la GRC, la police municipale, les services de santé d’urgence et les services d’incendie, a dit Mark Furey, ministre responsable du Bureau de gestion des urgences. Nous communiquons avec le public de plusieurs façons, notamment à l’aide d’une courte vidéo sur le service d’urgence 911. » « Nous espérons que cette vidéo permettra de mieux informer les gens sur la façon appropriée d’utiliser ce service vital et de réduire le nombre d’appels non urgents au 911. » Environ 20 pour 100 des appels au service 911 ne sont pas urgents, ont été faits par erreur ou sont des appels malveillants. De nombreux Néo-Écossais composent le 911 par mégarde sur leur téléphone cellulaire, alors que d’autres signalent des incidents non urgents tels qu’une plainte liée au bruit. « Chaque appel accidentel doit être traité comme un appel d’urgence jusqu’à ce que le téléphoniste détermine qu’il ne s’agit pas d’une urgence, a dit M. Furey. Les appels inappropriés au 911 utilisent des ressources précieuses. Une mauvaise utilisation intentionnelle du système peut entraîner des accusations. » « Les Néo-Écossais doivent uniquement composer le 911 si leur santé, leur sécurité ou leurs biens sont en danger immédiat. En cas de doute, composez le 911. » Les téléphonistes du service 911 en Nouvelle-Écosse reçoivent 650 appels par jour. Ils jouent un rôle essentiel dans la protection de la santé, de la sécurité et des biens des Néo-Écossais. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences gère le service 911 de la province et travaille en étroite collaboration avec tous les organismes d’intervention d’urgence. Les quatre centres d’appels du service 911 en Nouvelle-Écosse sont situés à Dartmouth, Sydney, Truro et Kentville. Pour voir la vidéo, consultez le www.novascotia.ca/noemergency (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

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Alexandra Burke To Headline Princes Trust Red Dinner

first_imgThe Prince’s Trust will be hosting its annual Red Dinner at Clifton College, Bristol on Thursday 13th March 2014 sponsored by Bond Dickinson and RBS.Guests will be welcomed with a Champagne and Canapé reception kindly sponsored by Suttons & Robertsons, Bristol; Laurent Perrier and Goldbrick House.This will be followed by a four course meal prepared by esteemed chef Tom Green of the Flavour Smith.Omid Djalili, comedian and Prince’s Trust Ambassador, will host the evening and guests will be entertained by two performances, one by Celestine, who was supported by The Prince’s Trust and sung at HRH The Prince of Wales’ birthday, and chart topper Alexandra Burke.Since the event started in 2012 The Red Dinner has raised over £120,000 to support disadvantaged young people in the South West access education, training or employment. This year they hope to exceed their target of £60,000.There will be a silent and a live auction sponsored by Matthew Clark on the night with some fantastic money can’t buy prizes and luxury holidays. During a game of Head & Tails two business first flights to New York, kindly donated by United, will be won by one lucky guest.• Date: 13th March 2014 • Tickets available: 200 • Location: Clifton College, College Road, Clifton, Bristol • Timings: Champagne and Canapés served from 7.00pm, dinner and entertainment commencing at 8pm prompt. Carriages at 12 midnight. • Dress code: Hollywood Glam with a hint of red • Tickets: Tables of 10 are available for £1,500Find out more here.last_img read more

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Over 900 Commitments To Action Announced At CGI University Meeting

first_imgOver the weekend, more than 1,200 college and university students from across the country and around the world came together at the University of California, Berkeley for the ninth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting, making more than 900 Commitments to Action to address this generation’s most pressing challenges.

New commitments this year include efforts to create 24-hour centers to assist victims of gender-based violence in Pakistan; use drones to monitor elephant poaching in Benin, Niger, and Burkina Faso; create an algorithm to predict and monitor disease transmission in Brazil and Malaysia; develop a $1 HIV test to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDs in Africa; and organize coding workshops to increase employment opportunities for refugees.

”You can’t create a perfect world, you can only create a better world, but you can make it better every day,” said President Clinton during an interview with Conan O’Brien during the closing plenary. “What we try to do here at CGI U is bring people together so that they can discuss ideas and come up with commitments to change the future.”

”We believe that no one is ever too old or too young to make a difference. The earlier we start, the more likely we are to find the right partners and the better chance we have of making the positive difference we feel called to do,” said Chelsea Clinton. “We believe this so strongly, in part, because of the legacy of CGI U and the impact that we’ve seen so many of our students have already.”

Chelsea Clinton also revealed the winner of the CGI U 2016 Commitments Challenge, a national online competition of new commitment ideas from college and university students in the form of a “bracket.” The competition began on March 1, during which students received private donations from supporters around the world through CrowdRise. In total, students raised more than $31,000 for their commitments. The winning commitment is FutureBox by Tameem Addeeb of DePaul University, which raised over $10,400.

In the lead up to the CGI U meeting, on March 31 and April 1, students had the opportunity to participate in a two-day “Code for Impact” event in partnership with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative. The Codeathon challenged student designers from across disciplines to build original prototypes to promote emotional wellness on campus. After the teams presented their prototypes to a panel of expert judges that included Chelsea Clinton, Laura Quintana of Cisco, and Kiah Williams of SIRUM (Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused Medicine). The winning teams, recognized at the closing plenary, are Quokka and Be Well.• Quokka, named after the “happiest animal in the world,” is an app to help freshman students who moved to campus from a different city or country to acclimate to their new environment. Quokka uses a dual approach of journaling and personalized recommendations to give the 80% of students experiencing daily stress the tools they need to integrate good mental health practices into their new campus experience. The winning team members include Vijay Edupuganti, Gwen Yi Wong, Clementine Haimeng Zhang, Viraj Mahesh, George Shaikouski, Danielle Elizabeth Harris, and Sydney Wang. • Be Well is a holistic platform that enables users to reflect on their emotional well-being and interact with others in the same emotional state. The application addresses the problem of isolation by using a platform centered on creating authentic human interactions. The winning team members include Navgeet King Zed, Amy Miao, Chadwick Maycumber, Hoaithi Le Dang, Rediet Yibekal Wegayehu, and Kristy Liao.This year, through the CGI University Network, the Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge, and other opportunities, $1,000,000 in funding opportunities were made available to CGI U 2016 students to help them turn their ideas into action. This summer, CGI U will launch the Innovation Fund competition, which will invite young social innovators from around the world to submit their Commitments to Action online to the competition. Through this challenge, winning students will receive seed funding for their commitments, and will then be invited to attend the CGI U 2017 meeting. This weekend also marked the launch of the Impact Library, a new website designed for the CGI community, development practitioners, and others interested in the social impact sphere. This new digital platform aims to share knowledge and data to drive effective results across all stages of project development and implementation.

Support for CGI U 2016 is generously provided by: Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos, Richard C. Blum, Laureate International Universities, The MasterCard Foundation, Andy Nahas and the Prospect Fund, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Ramsey Social Justice Foundation, and XQ Institute.

On Sunday, April 3, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton led CGI U students in a Day of Action, a service project in partnership with the Oakland Unified School District and the Oakland Public Education Fund at the Havenscourt and Lockwood Campuses in Oakland, California. CGI U students and members of the CGI community worked with several community-based organizations on activities ranging from planting trees, to organizing libraries, to mural painting.

Founded and led by Chelsea Clinton in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Clinton Foundation Day of Action program seeks to create service opportunities and mobilize thousands of volunteers to give back to their communities. To date, the Clinton Foundation has hosted 28 Days of Action in the United States and abroad, which have mobilized more than 5,700 volunteers and donated more than 24,000 volunteer hours.last_img read more

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Kiehls 8th Annual LifeRide For amfAR

first_imgThe eighth annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR will kick off in Minneapolis, MN, on Monday, July 31, 2017.Video: PSA | 1.2 Million Americans Are Living with HIV/AIDSThe week-long initiative will raise funds for HIV/AIDS research while calling attention to the HIV epidemic among youth.The 8-day, 1,100-mile charity motorcycle ride will make nine stops at Kiehl’s stores along a multi-state route ending in Nashville, TN, on Monday August 7. At each stop, the public will be encouraged to meet the riders, learn more about amfAR, and contribute to the Foundation. Kiehl’s will donate a total of $100,000 over the course of the event. At the conclusion of this year’s ride, Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR will have racked up more than 11,500 miles since 2010, and raised more than $1.7 million, funding nine cure-related research projects.Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA, and amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost will lead this year’s riders: Ian Bohen, actor, Teen Wolf; JR Bourne, actor, Somewhere Between; Anthony Carrino, co-host, Kitchen Cousins; Gilles Marini, actor, Switched at Birth; Tyler Posey, actor, Teen Wolf; Grant Reynolds, host/producer, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?; and Luke Wessman, tattoo artist, Miami/NY Ink.MONDAY, JULY 31—MINNEAPOLIS Kiehl’s Since 1851, Mall of America, 8100 24th Ave., Bloomington, MN, 11 AM-12 PM Kiehl’s at Macy’s, Ridgedale Center, 12411 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka, MN, 12:30-1:30 PMWEDNESDAY, AUG. 2—CHICAGOLAND Kiehl’s at Von Maur, Yorktown Center, 145 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, IL, 1:30-2:30 PM Kiehl’s at Bloomingdale’s, 900 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL, 4:30-5:30 PMTHURSDAY, AUG. 3—CHICAGOLAND Kiehl’s Since 1851, The Shops at North Bridge, 520 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL, 11 AM-12 PMFRIDAY, AUG. 4—INDIANAPOLIS Kiehl’s Since 1851, The Fashion Mall at Keystone, 8702 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN, 12-1 PMSATURDAY, AUG. 5—LEXINGTON Kiehl’s at Dillard’s, Fayette Mall, 3625 Nicholasville Rd., Lexington, KY, 11:30 AM-12:30 PMMONDAY, AUG. 7—NASHVILLE Kiehl’s at Dillard’s, CoolSprings Galleria, 1796 Galleria Blvd., Franklin, TN, 11AM-12 PM LIFERIDE FINALE! Kiehl’s Since 1851, The Mall at Green Hills, 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville, TN, 12:30-1:30 PMThe proceeds from the 2017 Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR will support the research of Dr. Daniela Fera. Dr. Fera is the recipient of one of amfAR’s Mathilde Krim Fellowships, which support bright young scientists seeking innovative solutions to HIV/AIDS. She is reengineering HIV proteins so that they lose their protective shield and elicit a more effective response from the immune system. Her project could advance the search for both a vaccine and a cure. Dr. Fera is an accomplished scientist and teacher who has won several awards for her work in structural biology during her postdoctoral training at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.Key partners for the ride include Cadillac, Delta Air Lines, and Hedon helmets.last_img read more

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BELL MEDIAS THE MOVIE NETWORK HBO CANADA AND CRAVETV COME TOGETHER AS

first_imgThe new Crave is an unrivalled value proposition offered in two packages – Crave and Crave + Movies + HBO – giving Canadians flexibility to choose the programming that best suits their needs.“We’re excited to present one of the best entertainment offerings in North America, delivering thousands of hours of prestige programming at an unbeatable value,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “Crave is immediately positioning itself as the leading option in Canada’s increasingly competitive streaming and SVOD market.”“As HBO continues to create ground-breaking content, movies are bringing in record-breaking Pay TV audiences, and family-friendly titles continue to be some of the most popular On Demand and SVOD selections,” said Tracey Pearce, President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. “This is the content Canadians crave, and we’re delivering it on whatever platform they want.”The PlatformsCrave is available today through participating television providers across Canada. This gives consumers the added opportunity to access the Crave linear channels on traditional set-top boxes, as well as via On Demand channels, through the Crave app (iOS and Android), and online at Crave.ca. Customers should contact their television provider for pricing and details on how to subscribe.Crave is available as of Monday, November 5 directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet at Crave.ca, and via the Crave app on iOS and Android. Over the coming weeks, Crave will become available on all other partner platforms such as Apple TV, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TVs, and Amazon Fire TV.Direct PackagesOffered at $9.99/month (plus applicable taxes), an Internet-only subscription to Crave includes exclusive access to more than 11,000 hours of content such as Crave Originals, current SHOWTIME programming, select HBO library content and previous seasons of some current HBO hits, a collection of VICE programming, acclaimed TV series, kids’ programming from WOW! Unlimited Media, and much more. Visit Crave.ca/subscribe for more information.For an additional $9.99/month ($19.98 total plus applicable taxes), Crave + Movies + HBO includes all the great content mentioned above, plus HBO’s current lineup of ground-breaking series, movies, documentaries and specials, and some of the best Hollywood-hit movies, spanning all genres. Visit Crave.ca/subscribe for more information.Television Service Provider PackagesCrave packages are available across Canada through participating television service providers. TV subscribers should contact their provider for pricing details and availability.The ContentOn Crave:The SHOWTIME Collection, which includes current programming like RAY DONOVAN, KIDDING, BILLIONS, THE AFFAIR, ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA, PATRICK MELROSE, WHO IS AMERICA?, THE CHI, as well as past SHOWTIME hits such as DEXTER, TWIN PEAKS, EPISODES, CALIFORNICATION, and PENNY DREADFUL.The extensive HBO Collection, featuring HBO’s vast off-air library with classics such as THE SOPRANOS, THE WIRE, SEX AND THE CITY, ENTOURAGE, GIRLS, and more, plus select past seasons of HBO hits like GAME OF THRONES, BALLERS, INSECURE, and BIG LITTLE LIES.Recent watercooler hits such as THE HANDMAID’S TALE, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, KILLING EVE, CASTLE ROCK, and more.The VICE Collection, featuring buzz-worthy titles like THE HUNT FOR THE TRUMP TAPES WITH TOM ARNOLD, the Emmy-nominated GAYCATION with Ellen Page, MOST EXPENSIVEST, F*CK THAT’S DELICIOUS, and THE TRIXIE & KATYA SHOW. Additional titles will join the collection early next year.Complete libraries of some of TV’s most iconic series like SEINFELD, CHEERS, FRASIER, and more.The Comedy Central Collection, featuring Seasons 1-21 of SOUTH PARK, NATHAN FOR YOU, BROAD CITY, and more.Two Kid’s Collections from WOW! Unlimited Media featuring THE ADVENTURES OF PADDINGTON BEAR, LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL, THE PALS, and all four original seasons of REBOOT, plus the upcoming PEPPA PIG, WORLD OF QUEST, DOODLEBOPS ROADSHOW, and more.A limited-time offering of Starz content, such as COUNTERPART, VIDA, and SWEETBITTER, plus select previous seasons of POWER and PARTY DOWN.Crave Originals like the award-winning comedy LETTERKENNY, Crave Original stand-up specials created in partnership with Just For Laughs, the upcoming in-depth interview series MUCH STUDIOS PRESENTS: MIKE ON MUCH, and upcoming satirical dramedy NEW EDEN.On Crave + Movies + HBO:The thousands of hours of unrivalled television programming mentioned above, PLUS:HBO’s current lineup of ground-breaking series, movies, documentaries and specials such as GAME OF THRONES, WESTWORLD, SHARP OBJECTS, LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER, REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER, CAMPING, THE DEUCE, THE SHOP, the upcoming miniseries MY BRILLIANT FRIEND, and all-new seasons of TRUE DETECTIVE and VEEP.Hollywood-hit movies from most major movie studios spanning all genres, such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Wonder Woman, Pitch Perfect 3, Fifty Shades Freed, The Greatest Showman, Pacific Rim Uprising, Rampage, Red Sparrow, and countless others.An expanded Crave Kids Collection, featuring family-friendly movies like Despicable Me 3, The Lego Ninjago Movie, Ferdinand, The Boss Baby, and Paddington 2.TMN and TMN Encore RebrandThe former TMN Pay TV linear channels are now rebranded as Crave 1, Crave 2, Crave 3, Crave 4, HBO Canada 1, and HBO Canada 2.TMN Encore Pay TV channels are now Encore 1 and Encore 2. As was previously announced, Starz and Bell Media have entered into an exclusive, long-term alliance to bring Starz to Canada, with TMN Encore rebranding in 2019.Former TMN subscribers now have access to thousands of hours of additional content through Crave.ca and the Crave app not available to them before, such as the award-winning Canadian comedy series LETTERKENNY, plus watercooler TV hits like THE HANDMAID’S TALE, KILLING EVE, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, and CASTLE ROCK.TMN GO will be decommissioned and users will now access their on-demand content through the all-new Craveapp, or by logging into Crave.ca with credentials from their television service provider.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:@CraveCanada@CraveCanadaPR@HBOCanadaFacebook/HBOCanadaInstagram/HBOCanadaAbout Crave:Delivering more Emmy® Award-winning programming than any other service, Crave is Canada’s prestige entertainment offering, with HBO, SHOWTIME®, Starz, Hollywood-hit movies, a superior collection of kid’s movies and programs, and thousands of hours of acclaimed television series, specials, factual programming, and originals that can’t be found anywhere else. Crave is the exclusive home of HBO in Canada, delivering HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, documentaries, films, and live specials, as well as titles from HBO’s extensive off-air library. Crave is also home to current SHOWTIME series and specials, and past SHOWTIME hits. Crave is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet via iOS and Android, and other platforms. It’s also available through participating television providers across six 24-hour High Definition linear and on demand channels. Crave is from Bell Media, Canada’s leading content company, providing Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming on network, specialty, pay and digital platforms. Visit our website at Crave.ca. Facebook TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2018 – Bell Media announced today the all-new Crave, featuring a catalogue of some of the most sought-after content in the world and more Emmy® Award-winning programming than any other service in Canada. For the first time ever, current HBO programming, including new episodes of GAME OF THRONES, as well as box-office hits such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Wonder Woman, are available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet. Additionally, Pay TV service The Movie Network (TMN) rebrands as Crave today, making the brand ubiquitous across all platforms.The all-new Crave is available through participating television providers today and directly to consumers as of Monday, November 5 on Crave.ca, iOS, and Android. Crave becomes available on additional platforms in the coming weeks, including the ability to subscribe directly via the Crave app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.Crave’s exceptional entertainment offering is home to HBO, SHOWTIME®, Hollywood hit movies, VICE programming, a superior collection of kids’ content including movies as well as programs from WOW! Unlimited Media, and thousands of hours of acclaimed television series and original programming not found anywhere else. Advertisement Advertisement Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment All-new Crave home page user interface (CNW Group/Crave) Advertisementlast_img read more

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Air Transat signs lease deal with AerCap for seven new Airbus aircraft

first_imgMONTREAL – Air Transat has signed a deal with AerCap for the long-term lease of seven new Airbus aircraft.Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.The subsidiary of Transat AT Inc. is acquiring two A321neos and five A321neo LRs which will be delivered between 2020 and 2022.They will replace wide-body A330 aircraft whose leases will expire during the period.The new aircraft will join 10 new A321neo LRs being leased from AerCap that are expected to be added to Air Transat’s fleet starting in the spring of next year.Air Transat’s fleet currently includes 33 permanent aircraft.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRZ)last_img

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OECD calls for global tax crackdown to stop corporate loopholes that give

PARIS — The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development says large multinationals are using legal loopholes to avoid paying their fair share of taxes and that global solutions are needed to combat the problem.The OECD report says many rules designed to protect multinational corporations from being double-taxed go too far and sometimes allow them to pay no taxes at all.[np_storybar title=”Yahoo joins Google, other corporate giants in US$13-trillion Netherlands tax haven” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/01/23/yahoo-joins-google-other-corporate-giants-in-us13-trillion-netherlands-tax-haven/”%5DBy routing profits through the Netherlands en route to island havens, companies receive an important benefit: they generally don’t have to pay taxes on payments leaving or entering the country.Keep reading. [/np_storybar]It says such rules do not properly reflect today’s economic integration across borders, the value of intellectual property or new communications technologies.The G20 countries commissioned the OECD study, which was released Tuesday ahead of a weekend meeting of finance ministers and central bankers from 20 of the world’s leading economies.The OECD says the gaps that enable multinationals eliminate or reduce their taxation give them an unfair competitive advantage over smaller businesses.That hurts investment, growth and employment and can leave average citizens footing a larger chunk of the tax bill, the OECD says.“These strategies, though technically legal, erode the tax base of many countries and threaten the stability of the international tax system,” OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria said Tuesday in releasing the study.“As governments and their citizens are struggling to make ends meet, it is critical that all taxpayers — private and corporate — pay their fair amount of taxes and trust the international tax system is transparent.”The OECD said the practices multinational enterprises use to reduce tax liabilities have become more aggressive over the last decade.“Some, based in high-tax regimes, create numerous offshore subsidiaries or shell-companies, each time taking advantage of the tax breaks allowed in that jurisdiction,” it said.“They also claim expenses and losses in high-tax countries and declare profits in jurisdictions with a low or no tax rate.”The report does not suggest optimal tax rates, since each government decides that on its own.However, the OECD said that in coming months it will draw up a plan in co-operation with governments and the business community that will further quantify the corporate taxes lost and provide concrete methods and timelines for reinforcing the integrity of the global tax system.The OECD, with headquarters in Paris, is a global economic policy forum that provides analysis and advice to its 34 member governments and other countries worldwide. read more

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Bangladeshi Prime Minister wins UN environment prize for leadership on climate change

“Serving as Prime Minister of Bangladesh – one of the world’s least-developed countries – Sheikh Hasina has proven that investing in climate change is conducive to achieving social and economic development,” said the announcement issued by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which confers the awards.UNEP noted that Bangladesh is one of the world’s most populated countries, with over 159 million people. It is also one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Cyclones, floods and droughts have long been part of the country’s history, but they have intensified in recent years. “Through a number of forward-looking policy initiatives and investments, Bangladesh has placed confronting the challenge of climate change at the core of its development,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “These initiatives, from climate change adaptation measures to ecosystem preservation legislation, mean that current and future generations of Bangladeshis are better prepared to address climate change risks and reverse the impacts of environmental degradation.” He added that Sheikh Hasina has demonstrated “leadership and vision” in both making climate change an issue of national priority and advocating for an ambitious global response. “As an early adopter and advocate of climate change adaptation policy, she continues to be an example to follow as world leaders seek to take action on climate change as part of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris climate conference in December.” The award cites, among other initiatives, the progressive Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan of 2009, which made the South Asian nation the first developing country to frame such a coordinated action plan. Bangladesh is also the first country to set up its own Climate Change Trust Fund, supported by nearly $300 million of domestic resources from 2009-2012. Also noted is the fact that the Government currently earmarks 6 to 7 per cent of its annual budget – some $1 billion – on climate change adaptation, with only 25 per cent of this coming from international donors. In addition, under her leadership, the Bangladesh Constitution was amended in 2011 to include a constitutional directive to the State to protect the environment and natural resources for current and future generations. “As one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, Bangladesh understands the importance of addressing the impact of climate change. The country is already experiencing its detrimental effects, and it is often the poorest and marginalised who feel it most,” said Robert Watkins, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh. He noted that by 2050 it is estimated that one in every seven people in Bangladesh is likely to be displaced by climate change, and they are also likely to move to urban centres already burdened with meeting the needs of a dense population.“I congratulate the Government of Bangladesh for being proactive in tackling climate change as a priority of the country. It is also a clarion call for the global community to take action today, and to realise that climate change is not a problem of the future, it is already happening in our lifetime.” The awards will be handed out at a special ceremony on 27 September in New York at the close of the Sustainable Development Summit. In addition to Sheikh Hasina, the other winners announced so far are the National Geographic Society (Science and Innovation); Brazilian cosmetics firm Natura (Entrepreneurial Vision); and South Africa’s Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit (Inspiration and Action). read more