HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania is aiming to curb air pollution and greenhouse emissions from its vast natural gas exploration fields, even as the Trump administration moves to relax federal requirements.Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration formally proposed new regulations Thursday that environmental groups welcome but also say should go farther in combating methane leaks.Methane is the primary component of natural gas and is one of the most potent heat-trapping pollutants. Pennsylvania is the nation’s second-largest natural gas producer after Texas.The proposal would impose stronger limits on smog-forming pollutants and require companies to more aggressively search for methane leaks at existing oil and gas installations. A gas-industry trade group, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, says it’s concerned about the cost for companies to comply.Earlier this year, Pennsylvania began enforcing tougher standards on equipment at new or updated installations.Marc Levy, The Associated Press
New York (UN) – A photography exhibition highlighting the contribution of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) in world’s humanitarian action under the UN peacekeeping missions was inaugurated on Tuesday at the UN headquarters in New York.Photography exhibition at UN headquarters on FAR’s contribution in humanitarian actionThe inauguration ceremony was attended by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, Dmitry Titov, Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions (Department of Peacekeeping Operations), UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief Kyung-wha Kang, and Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, as well as ambassadors accredited to the UN. The event is organized by the Moroccan representation under the theme “Morocco’s international humanitarian action”, and mirrors, according to Eliasson, Morocco’s commitment to humanitarian action for decades.Eliasson also paid tribute to HM King Mohammed VI for the Kingdom’s mobilization and contribution to this lofty cause, lauding Morocco’s continued commitment to peacekeeping operations.The photo exhibition, which runs until Nov. 15, highlights contribution of the Moroccan contingents deployed under the UN peacekeeping operations in different conflict zones such as in Congo, Somalia, Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, Cambodia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Haiti.
Rabat – While Morocco pays local imams MAD 1,500-2,000 monthly, it pays imams in Ceuta and Melilla double.In a press report aired on Spanish channel Telecinco, the president of the Bezu mosque in Ceuta, Mohammed Ali, said that Morocco pays about €500 monthly for each imam in Ceuta.He said that there are 42 official mosques, and there are up to three imams in each of the mosques around the Spanish enclave. Morocco pays €756,000 per year for imams in Ceuta.Another report from local media outlet Red Ceuta said Morocco’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs decided to help Moroccan imams in the two enclaves because they do not receive aid from the Spanish government.The report, which dates back to 2017, notes Ceuta “has 15 mosques and 16 prayer rooms for a population of 42,200 Muslims.”Read Also: Ministry of Islamic Affairs Counts Imams Who Use Social NetworksThe report complained about the management of mosques, which require financial aid.Morocco’s Ministry Islamic Affairs intervened to fund the mosques. According to the report, the ministry “is very organized and respected throughout the world, as it was a pioneer in establishing guidelines for imam training and is currently an imam factory for everyone, so much so that in many countries, Westerners entrust to Morocco the administration and appointment of the imams in the mosques in their territories.”The report added that the Ministry of Islamic Affairs manages “deals with all the expenses generated by the 31 prayer points in Ceuta.”The funds that the ministry must allocate for imams’ salaries exceed €700,000 per year, in addition to other expenses like electricity and water.What about imams in Morocco?In Morocco, imams receive around MAD 1,500-2,000. The Ministry of Islamic Affairs also offers housing and health coverage for imams. However, imams do not receive retirement pensions.An imam speaking anonymously told Morocco World News today that housing and health coverage is not enough. “Once they don’t need you, you will not have the right to a retirement pension.” He explained imams do not have permanent work contracts.“If an imam undergoes a surgery, the health coverage compensates him. However, if that person is 60-year-old, he receives no retirement pension.”Read Also: Ministry of Islamic Affairs Fires Imam for Alleged Boycott Support in Friday SermonThe imam, who works in a mosque in Temara, near Rabat, told MWN that the government needs to meet the demands of imams.“Imams in Morocco should be independent; they cannot join any NGOs or a union that can defend their rights,” he said.According to MWN’s source, the Ministry of Finance does not allocate a certain budget for imams.In his interview with MWN, the imam also said that his colleagues across the country do not receive additional income when they have children, like others in the public sector receive.The government, according to MWN’s interviewee, have excuses. “They said that since they are providing us with housing and that they have a monthly salary of MAD 1,500 and 2,000, that is enough and that they don’t have to increase our salaries.”The source said that some imams choose to read the Qur’an at ceremonies and funerals for a small fee to help themselves financially. They receive MAD 100 or 200 for such events. However, he said, this remains insufficient.We are not allowed to protestImams should say yes to everything from the government. Imams are not allowed to protest, the imam told MWN.“Imams should not have any links with politics, unions or NGOs.”He added that the government does not consider the imams’ mission a job. “They believe that the imam is doing religious rituals, and that is it.”In contrast, the imam said that imams have important tasks. They should be mobilized; they do not have weekends. “We wake up before dawn to be ready for morning prayers. After morning prayers, we get ready for afternoon prayers (her and al asr), sunset (maghrib) and evening prayers.”The anonymous imam called on the government to meet their demands and consider imams as employees in the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.He said everyone, including the lowest paid people in the ministry, have more rights than imams, whose job is to convey religious values.
Rabat- Morocco’s BNPJ has arrested six individuals linked to a migration network in Nador, the capital of the northern Rif region.The National Brigade of the Judicial Police (BNPJ) and security forces in Nador arrested five Moroccans and one Senegalese national. The six are suspected of organizing undocumented migration, reported the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) on Saturday.Following the arrest, security forces seized equipment used for irregular emigration: safety jackets, 5 zodiacs, 3 cars, a GPS, electronic devices for communication, 104 passports of various nationalities, bank receipts, and cash. The arrest led to the interception of 19 irregular migrants from sub-Saharan countries, including seven women.According to DGSN, members of the criminal network lured sub-Saharans into crossing the sea only to abandon them in makeshift and inflatable boats. The network would then urge Spain to help the migrants.Read Also: UNHCR: ‘Morocco Sets an Example in Immigration, Asylum PolicyEarlier this week, DGSN dismantled a similar migration network, arresting 19 migrants, 1 intermediary, and 3 alleged organizers.The police also seized their equipment: a seven-meter zodiac, two paddles, one engine, and five safety jackets.The arrests have come at a time of increasing irregular migration attempts which have pressured the navy into using controversially aggressive measures to fight the phenomenon.Read Also: DGSN Dismantles Irregular Migration NetworkOn Wednesday, the royal navy fired on a “hostile” migrant boat, injuring 16-year-old Ilyas Amrani.On September 25, the navy, in another attempt to intercept a “hostile” migrant boat, shot and killed 20-year-old Hayat Belkacem, and injured Lahbib (26), Hamza (25), and Mouad (23).
22 May 2007Five community groups from the tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America won the United Nations-backed Equator Prize today for their initiatives to alleviate poverty while conserving local biodiversity. The winners, who will each receive $30,000, were announced at a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York after being selected by a jury from a group of 25 finalists chosen from more than 300 original nominations.The village of Andavadoaka in Madagascar was among the winners, honoured for demonstrating how it managed an octopus fishery so that it can provide sustainable long-term benefits. In Kenya, the Shompole Community Trust won for conserving the country’s vast and scenic grasslands and savannah as part of a profit-making ecotourism venture for the local Masai people.In Guatemala, the women of Alimentos Nutri-Naturales won the prize for reinstating the Maya nut as a staple source of nutrition and this conserving the nut forests in the buffer zone next to a biosphere reserve.The women of Isabela Island’s “Blue Fish” Association, who work within the World Heritage-listed Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, were rewarded for marketing a local delicacy – tuna smoked with guava wood – as a way to promote the alternative use of marine resources and control invasive plant species.The other winner, Shidulai Swarnivar Sangstha, uses riverboat-based educational resource centres throughout the Ganges River delta in Bangladesh to deliver information to locals about sustainable agricultural practices and market prices.Awarded biennially, the prize is part of the Equator Initiative, set up in January 2002 by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), governments, business, civil society and communities to promote grassroots efforts in the tropics to reduce poverty through conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity.Equatorial regions are home to both the world’s greatest concentrations of biological wealth and some of the highest levels of poverty.Congratulating the winners, UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis said they are just some of the numerous community initiatives of their kind taking place around the world.“The proliferation and scaling up of efforts such as these is critical to the achievement of our common goals to conserve biodiversity, respond to climate change and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” he said.
The clashes between the Borana and Gabra livestock herding communities around the northern Kenyan town of Moyale, which is situated on the border with Ethiopia, have reportedly also displaced thousands of people.“What we are seeing up there is cyclical inter-communal revenge attacks and violence between the communities,” said Matthew Conway, spokesperson for the East African bureau of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which is based in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.“What appears to be motivating the violence is competition for land for grazing and livestock,” he said in an interview with UN Radio, adding that the violence follows the recent drought in northern Kenya during which pastoralist communities lost large numbers of their livestock due to the lack of pasture and the drying up of water sources.“We seem to be seeing groups competing now for land for grazing and conducting raids on each others herds of livestock in an effort to restock some of the animals they may have lost during the drought,” said Mr. Conway.Clashes have also been reported between members of the Borana and Turkana communities in the central area of Isiolo, he added.He said access to the areas affected by the violence has not been easy due to insecurity, but the Kenyan Red Cross Society has been carrying out some relief work among those displaced.“One of the things certainly that OCHA is calling for is greater provision of security and protection by Government authorities in these regions so that we can have access… to populations in need and so that they can also return to their areas of origin,” said Mr. Conway.He stressed the need to step up ongoing reconciliation efforts to break the vicious cycle of violent animosity between herder communities that inhabit Kenya’s northern and north-eastern regions.“Communities themselves are at the core of resolving this, but certainly greater attention need to be given by central Government authorities to rein in this violence and rein in the instigators of the violence,” Mr. Conway added.He said that an estimated 300 people had died in such violence in 2009 and a similar number lost their lives last year, according to OCHA’s tally. 5 January 2012The United Nations humanitarian arm today voiced concern over inter-communal clashes in northern Kenya where some 46 people have died in recent months in reprisal attacks linked to rivalry over pasture and cattle rustling.
The Trade Facilitation Agreement aims at streamlining, harmonizing and modernizing customs procedures. It contains provision for expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods in transit. It also sets out measures for effective cooperation between the authorities involved in the Trade Facilitation measures.According to World Trade Report 2015 of the WTO, the full implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement is expected to reduce trade time and cost, facilitating increasing trade flows and GDP. It is envisaged to reduce time to export by 91% while reducing the time to import by 47%. The trade cost for all merchandise goods is expected to reduce by 14.3% while adding US$ 345 billion – US$ 555 billion to global GDP per year. The topic of trade facilitation was taken up for discussion in 1996 in Singapore at the first WTO Ministerial Conference held after establishing the WTO. After several years of negotiations it became a reality at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference held in Bali, Indonesia.Member countries are expected to categorize all the 35 trade facilitation measures in the Agreement and notify their identified categories under A, B, and C to WTO. Category A measures to be implemented by the Agreement enters into force. Measures that need extra time can be classified under Category B. Similarly, measures that require not only extra time but also technical and capacity building can be notified under Category C.Sri Lanka, through the Department of Commerce in 2014 undertook a Needs Assessment for implementation of the Trade Facilitation with the technical assistance from the WTO. It was further followed by a team from the World Bank Group identifying the implementation requirements of the Trade Facilitation Agreement. The WTO Mission in Geneva is currently working with World Trade Organization, World Bank Group, International Trade Centre, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation through World Economic Forum, UNIDO and World Customs Organization to identify and quantify technical and capacity development assistance to Sri Lanka for effective implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement. The Cabinet of Ministers recently approved setting up of the National Trade Facilitation Committee, which is represented by relevant trade facilitation government agencies and private sector Trade Chambers. The National Trade Facilitation Committee is expected to closely liaise with the World Bank Group, the lead agency for Trade Facilitation Programme in Sri Lanka, during their next visit to Sri Lanka to plan out implementation requirements with necessary technical, funding and infrastructure development assistance. Trade Facilitation Agreement is the most significant achievement after the Marrakesh Agreement for both WTO and its Members. Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the WTO in Geneva Ambassador R.D.S. Kumararatne has presented to Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of WTO the Instrument of Acceptance of the Protocol on Trade Facilitation. Sri Lanka is the 81st Member to deposit its Instrument of Acceptance with the WTO on the ratification of Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) of the WTO. Once the two-third (108) of the current membership deposits its Instrument of Acceptance, the Agreement will come into effect.The Trade Facilitation Agreement is expected to significantly benefit global trade while delivering support particularly to developing and least developed countries. The full implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement will achieve trade cost reduction and global economic growth. The developing and least developed countries of the WTO will enjoy implementation flexibilities and assistance. Implementation of this Agreement will bring positive results to developing countries, in particular small economies such as Sri Lanka to improve their competitiveness in the global market and to attract foreign direct investment through application of simplified border control measures in supporting trade.
by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 30, 2013 8:42 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Thursday amid rising gold and copper prices while traders took in positive trade data and awaited the latest reading on economic growth.The loonie was up 0.49 of a cent to 97.09 cents US as a widely-watched measure of Canadian trade performance with the rest of the world improved somewhat in the first quarter. Statistics Canada says the country’s Canada’s current account deficit on a seasonally adjusted basis shrank by $500 million to $14.1 billion.The agency is also expected to report Friday that gross domestic product rose by 0.1 per cent in March, which would add up to an annualized advance of 2.2 per cent in the quarter.Oil prices erased early losses and the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 48 cents to US$93.61 a barrel. Prices improved after data from the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration said stockpiles increased by three million barrels last week. The American Petroleum Institute had reported a bigger, 4.4 million-barrel increase in inventories on Wednesday.Traders also looked to a meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries on Friday to discuss, among other things, production levels.Overhanging the meeting is the rise of shale oil production in the U.S. and a report from the International Energy Agency saying total production could top nine million barrels a day by 2018. That would mean near self-sufficiency for the U.S. as well as significantly less dependence on OPEC imports.Gold was up $20.20 to US$1,412 an ounce while copper futures were ahead two cents at US$3.32 a pound.The decline in the loonie on Thursday followed a rise of 0.4 of a cent in the previous session as the Bank of Canada said it was keeping its key rate unchanged at one per cent and added that “recent economic indicators suggest that growth in the first quarter was stronger than the bank projected in April.”On the American economic front, a second reading on U.S. gross domestic product for the first quarter showed GDP coming in at an annualized rate of 2.4 per cent, a bit below the initial reading of a 2.5 per cent gain. But the showing was still a marked improvement from the 0.4 per cent gain in the final quarter of 2012.And the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 354,000, a sign layoffs have increased. The U.S. Labor Department also said the four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased 6,750 to 347,250, the third straight gain. The average had fallen to a five-year low of 338,000 earlier this month.There was positive news from the American housing sector. The National Association of Realtors said its seasonally adjusted index for pending U.S. home sales rose 0.3 per cent to 106, the highest since April 2010, when a homebuyer tax credit inflated sales. Signed contracts have jumped 10.3 per cent in the past 12 months. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar up amid higher metal prices, traders await economic growth data
The Buckeyes gather on the mound during a timeout in their 4-1 victory over Wright State on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Ohio State softball team will spend its spring break and then some in California, taking on eight teams across 10 days. It will include 11 games as part of the Louisville Slugger Invitational and the Easton Invitational.One of the opponents includes No. 5 Oklahoma, a team head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly talked about before the season had even started. She called the Sooners one of the most challenging teams the Buckeyes will face all year.But the Buckeyes aren’t interested in analyzing their opponents as much as they are focusing on their own game and what they can control.“Right now we’re just focused on ourselves, not necessarily who we’re playing,” senior outfielder Bailee Sturgeon said. “Our coaches keep telling us, ‘Have confidence in yourselves because when you guys play, you guys are unstoppable,’ so I think that right now we’re just our own biggest opponents and as long as we play Buckeye softball I think we’ll be good.”One team to watch in the Louisville Slugger series will be No. 3 UCLA. The Bruins are undefeated with 19 wins.The Buckeyes also will take on San Diego State, San Jose State, Cal State Fullerton, Loyola Marymount, California State University Northridge and Grand Canyon.Rested and ready to goPlaying so many games in such a short timespan can take a physical toll, from soreness to exhaustion. But the team’s trainers and coaches have made an effort to be sure that the team is taken care of. “Luckily this year we have an awesome staff with coach Claire and Kelsey, our athletic trainer, who recognize when we’re getting fatigued,” Sturgeon said. “After the games we’re doing a lot of recovery, more than we usually do.”Having a weekend of not playing games also has been a big help for the team, giving it a chance to rest up and recharge.“It gives our bodies a rest from the travel constantly on airplanes, in buses, constantly standing and doing games all weekend,” sophomore shortstop Amy Balich said. “But we got the chance to work on some things that we needed to get sharpened up and I think we’ll go to California with fresh new minds and it will be good.”HomecomingHeading to California will be a homecoming of sorts for eight of the 24 Buckeyes on the roster who claim the Golden State as their home.For some, this will be an opportunity for friends and family to watch them play in scarlet and gray. “Oh, I think it’s going to be so fun,” said sophomore infielder Carley Gaskill, a native of West Hills, California. “Coming out [to Columbus], I don’t get to see my friends, they don’t get to see me play and my parents don’t always get to come because I have three other siblings so they’re always with them.”Let the Games BeginThe Buckeyes begin the series Friday against San Diego State and will play Oklahoma on March 18 to end the 11-game stretch.
The design features nine hands symbolising the then nine members of the Community, clasping one another “in a mutual gesture of trust, assistance and friendship”, according to the Royal Mint. Mr Clancy said a coin of limited mintage usually means that it will be popular with collectors and fetch a high price, but that some editions become unexpected success stories.Although the 2005 design to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Samuel Johnson’s dictionary had a mintage of more than 17,600,000, it has nevertheless been hoarded by collectors.The historian said the Royal Mint identifies which coins are being collected by sitting an employee in a room for several days and making him sift through a sample of 15,000 50p pieces from across the country.If the proportion of a certain edition found in the sample is less than expected, officials know it is being kept out of circulation.“It’s a question of mintage,” he said. Jemima Puddleduck, issued in 2016Credit:Royal Mint If we see a drop of a particular coin in the surveys we know it’s become popularKevin Clancy, Royal Mint Museum Judo, from the 2011 Sporting Series released ahead of London 2012 Behind that, two 2016 coins featuring Beatrix Potter characters, one Jemima Puddleduck and the other Squirrel Nutkin, are the next hardest to come by.These coins are normally sold in bags of 20 on eBay for around £35, equating to £1.75 per coin.Other rare 50p coins include the Suffragettes and Battle of Hastings designs, which will fetch around £10 and £5, respectively. He explained that the relatively small number of Kew Gardens coins means they amount to around just 0.02 per cent of roughly 50 billion 50p pieces in circulation.After the offside rule edition, triathlon, judo and wrestling coins from the Olympic series are the third, fourth, and fifth rarest 50p coins, according to Change Checker, which developed the “scarcity index”. Rare 50p pieces are being sold online for more than £200 each, according to a new list which reveals the most scarce commemorative designs.A limited 2009 edition, minted to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, has now become so prized by collectors they are offering over 400 times its value for a single specimen.It tops a new leaderboard of specially commissioned 50p coins, demand for which has caused their value to rocket to several times the face value. Behind the Kew Gardens edition, which features a pagoda encircled by vines, designed by Royal Academy President Christopher Le Brun, the next most sought-after 50p is one of a series released ahead of the London Olympics explaining the offside rule in football.But, unlike the 2011 “Sporting Series”, of which more than 53 million coins were minted to publicise the games, just 210,000 Kew Gardens coins ever entered circulation.“It’s an attractive design, but it wasn’t intended to make it the most valuable, it just turned out that way,” said Kevin Clancy, Director of the Royal Mint Museum.“I think the Market finds its own way.” The 2009 Kew Gardens edition was designed by Christopher Le Brun of the Royal AcademyCredit:Royal Mint “We know some get lost or taken abroad, but if we see a drop of a particular coin in the surveys we know it’s become popular.”Outside sporting designs from the 2011 series, coins commemorating the Battle of Hastings, as well as the Battle of Britain and the composer Benjamin Britten make the Change Checker scarcity list.Number 33 on the list of 54 features a coin minted in 1973 celebrating Britain’s accession to the European Economic Community, of which nearly 90,000 were minted. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A group of children playing in the street, Powis Square, Notting Hill, London 1964Credit:UniversalImagesGroup However the research also showed the difference in height between the poorest and richest has narrowed, with fewer disadvantaged children now of short stature. Children born after the war were raised on rations until 1954, and so had a diet high in vegetables and low in fat and sugar. Since then, the food environment has become increasingly obesogenic, with previously expensive treats becoming cheap and readily available. Dr David Bann, of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at UCL, said: “Our findings illustrate a need for new effective policies to reduce obesity and its socioeconomic inequality in children in the UK – previous policies have not been adequate, and existing policies are unlikely to be either.“Without effective interventions, childhood BMI inequalities are likely to widen further throughout adulthood, leading to decades of adverse health and economic consequences.“Bold action is needed, such as creating further incentives for food manufacturers to reduce sugar and fat content in food and drinks, reduce the advertising of unhealthy foods to children and families, and incentivise the sale of healthier alternatives”.One in five children are now obese by the time they leave primary school and in some areas of the country nearly half of 11-year-olds weigh too much. Recent research from Public Health England (PHE) found that overweight and obese children are eating an extra 500 calories a day.To tackle the problem PHE is calling on food manufacturers to cut the number of calories in the foods most bought by families.The new study included data for more than 35,000 children born in England, Scotland and Wales from four longitudinal birth cohort studies beginning in 1946, 1958, 1970 and 2001 Poor children in Britain are now fatter than wealthy youngsters demonstrating a total reversal in the weight of the two social classes over the past 70 years.Traditionally, poverty has been associated with malnutrition and thinnness. But a new study by University College London, which compared children today to those born in the 1940s, 50s and 70s, has found a dramatic switch.In 1957, deprived 11-year-olds were on average 4.4lbs lighter than those from the upper classes as food shortages and gruelling lifestyles took their toll. But in 2015, the poorest children were 4.6lbs heavier than the richest.BMI (Body Mass Index) was also found to have risen among the most socially deprived teenagers. For children born in 2001, by the age of 15, there was a 1.4 kg/m2 difference between the classes, the highest ever recorded.In new research, published in the The Lancet Public Health, the authors said there had been considerable changes to diets and physical activity levels in Britain since the end of the Second World War. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. In the 1946 cohort, the average 7-year-olds were one and a half inches (3.9cm) shorter than the least disadvantaged children in the 1946 cohort, whereas the difference in children in the 2001 cohort was just half an inch (1.2cm).Commenting on the new study, Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, said: “The availability, quality and affordability of food is key to this research.“Though all children have grown in stature in the decades since the war, the end of rationing and simply more food enabled the poorest substantially to catch up in height.“The downside, however, is that their staple diet has become progressively worse in comparison with that of richer families and in an obesogenic society its density has stayed with them.“The researchers are quite correct to call for a sea change in our food composition if further obesity is to be avoided in deprived areas.” Researchers said there had been a major shift in eating and exercise habits Credit:Getty Images
Black and Asian parents are more ambitious in their attempts to get their children into good schools, a Cambridge University student has found.Only a minority of parents (39 per cent) choose their local school as their first option, the research showed, with white families more likely to put their local school as their top choice even if it is not particularly good.Meanwhile, Black or Asian children, or those who speak English as a second language, are on average more likely to apply to schools that are further away from where they live but have perform better academically. Researchers from Cambridge and Bristol universities found that there is a “striking difference” between different ethnicities when it comes to school choice. They analysed the background characteristics of more than half a million children in England, and gave each secondary school in the country a score based on its how many students achieved at least five GCSEs with grades of A* to C. Children from Asian families apply to schools that score seven percentage points on average more than schools that their peers from white families apply to, while those from black families apply to schools that score six percentage points more. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Professor Simon Burgess, one of the report’s authors, said: “We interpret this as being about ambition and an understanding that education and schools are a way to get on in life. “You can’t always get into the school that you want.But Asian and black families are more likely to apply to the further away, better school, to try and get into a high quality school. White British families more likely to settle for the closer more mediocre school, and more likely to get in.” The research, published in the Oxford Review of Education, found that Black or Asian families or those who speak English as a second language also make more use of the school choice system. 41 per cent of White British households only make one choice, compared to 17 per cent of Asian households and 12 per cent of Black households.But despite making more choices, children who speak English as a second language have a lower chance of receiving an offer from their first-choice school which researchers say could be because they were picking more ambitious schools.
Trimble has released its Trimble® Connected Mine™ Visual Intelligence module with support for mixed-reality technology including Microsoft HoloLens to provide visual collaboration of mine spatial data. Trimble Connected Mine is an integrated and complete view of mine data to improve and accelerate operational and strategic decision making. Visual Intelligence is an optional module that enables the 3D visualization of Trimble Connected Mine data. With a proven track record of enterprise-level implementations in some of the largest mines worldwide, Trimble is transforming the way mines work by combining mining expertise, spatial technology, business analytics, visualization and decision support tools to enable mining companies to fully optimize their resources for safe, productive and profitable mining. The portfolio includes mine information systems, planning and productivity applications, intelligent devices and technology infrastructure. Trimble Connected Mine provides a live web environment for data to be collected and presented in easy-to-read tables, graphs, dashboards and spatial views. It enables a wide range of administrative and operations data to be connected and consolidated across language, currency, commodity, unit of measure, time zone and location, which can be viewed from a single software solution. With Trimble Connected Mine Visual Intelligence, management teams can be more confident in making key decisions by using a validated set of inputs and unique visualization that allow both strategic and detailed scenario planning. Visualization quickly reveals outliers, with options to review historical data quickly.“Using Trimble Connected Mine Visual Intelligence with Microsoft HoloLens provides an interface to our data that has massive potential,” said Johan Smet, General Manager of Trimble Mining. “It enables mining professionals to improve collaboration and communication by visualizing and interacting with high-definition holograms of the mine.”“This powerful but practical technology delivers immediate value to mine management and confirms Trimble’s commitment to provide innovative measurement, reporting and decision support solutions for the industry,” said Smet. “Trimble’s broad technology portfolio delivers revolutionary analytical tools to mining management teams and tailors those tools to the type and size of their operations.” Using Microsoft HoloLens and Trimble technology, mine management can clearly visualize large spatial datasets to rapidly identify exceptions without the need to visit the site, improving safety and reducing the need to travel.“Microsoft HoloLens enables companies, designers and creators to work with three-dimensional data in order to bring products and information to life, and Trimble’s implementation of the technology via the Trimble Connected Mine solution is an example of how visualization can generate business benefits such as efficient decision making, analysis and collaboration,” said Scott Erickson, General Manager, Microsoft HoloLens. Trimble Connected Mine includes a range of reports including material, product, delay, budget tracking and KPI dashboards that can be personalized for a fast deployment and are flexible to align with most mine workflows. Now, the CEO, COO, mine manager, business improvement manager and metallurgist can share the dataset to examine and solve issues from a single data source. For remote operating centres, Trimble Connected Mine offers an immersive environment to understand workflow and site issues. Trimble Connected Mine offers a platform that aggregates geospatial data and production data. The immersive 3D environment adds visual context to the operational data and allows stakeholders to view operations in safety from remote operations centres and offsite locations. Trimble Connected Mine using the Microsoft HoloLens will be showcased during MINExpo in Las Vegas September 26 – 28. Technical and case study presentations are scheduled throughout the show for mine management to learn how innovative mines are gaining value from the technology. Trimble is developing a new generation of tools, built using HoloLens and the Windows Holographic platform on Windows 10, which are intended to improve quality, collaboration and efficiency in the design, construction and operation of buildings, structures and mines.HoloLens extends interaction with 3D models beyond the confines of a 2D computer screen, creating new ways for the many stakeholders of complex, multiphase construction and mining projects to visualize, collaborate, share ideas and manage change.
Speaking to The Sun, she said,The onesie saved my baby’s life. If I’d not been wearing it I don’t think Kye would have survived.Jessica explained that the baby might have fallen onto the pavement of the carpark rather than staying nestled in the leg of her cosy garment.Jessica’s mother, Christine, said,I undid the zip of her onesie and there he was, tucked up safely in the garment’s leg. If she hadn’t had it on I dread to think what might have happened. It was really scary stuff.So there you have it. One more reason to defend your onesie.Hero Dublin Bus driver works in tiger onesie for Halloween>The 6 most hated items of clothing on the internet> I knew something had come out. I thought it was the water sack. It felt like a rubber duck slapped across my leg. A LONDON WOMAN has attributed her onesie with saving her baby’s life after she gave birth suddenly in a hospital car park.21-year-old Jessica Wynter was on her way in because she was experiencing labour pains two days after Christmas, when baby Kye ‘popped out’.The new mother told The Daily Mail,
REVENUE HAS SAID it is happy with the level of response to property tax payments, as the postal deadline for filing paper returns passed yesterday.It is estimated that so far 500,000 people have paid the tax – but an updated number will be known towards the end of this week.A spokesperson said that they were “happy with the level of interest” given that three weeks remain until the online payment deadline of 28 May.Yesterday, users reported issues using the online service for paying the tax. It transpired this was due to a scheduled system maintenance that took longer than expected to implement.A spokesperson said today there should be no further problems with the site due to this now completed maintenance.If people do not pay the tax by 1 July, Revenue will deduct it from source, by mandatory deduction from employment income, pensions, certain government payment or even from bank accounts if people do not comply.For more details on the property tax, here’s our questions and answers guide.Read: Users encounter problems with Revenue website on property tax deadline day>Read: Here’s what you needed to know about the property tax>
Google’s web shopping cart has received a major UI update, complete with touch-friendly card elements and information reorganization.A little over a year ago, Google shifted all of their digital goods to the Play brand. The Android Market became the Google Play Store and also now contained the retail portal for books, movies, music, and eventually devices. The Play branding stretched to all of these products, who at the time had wildly different user interfaces. This latest update to the web version of the Play Store allows everything to fall in line with the Android app, and create a uniform experience across Google’s retail experience.The new Play Store is a lot like the Android version. It’s touch-friendly with a lot of bright colors and a UI that plays nice with every resolution. The left hand navigation for the major sections of the Play Store try to balance mouse input and touch input, but there are a few places where that can be confusing. When in a specific tab, you can still touch the other categories even though you can’t see them. Meanwhile, the back button that shows up in each category is a mouse over only button, so your fingers won’t benefit from it at all. Otherwise, the rest of the UI features large buttons and bright colors to make it easy to navigate with either touch or mouse.There are two huge usability improvements in the new Play Store. The first is the quick and easy access to adding credit to a Play Store account. As Google makes their shopping experience more and more family friendly, this feature makes it very easy to add credit to an account without needing to purchase gift cards or using the previous clunky and confusing interface for adding credit. The other big update is at the install screen for an app. The install card that pops up now includes all of the permissions that is being requested by the app, which is a great way of raising awareness with users who prefer to install apps through the web.The biggest win here for Google is that there’s now real unity across their retail experience. The UI for Google Music, Apps, Books, etc all look and feel the same, and with more and more people buying hardware from this same retail portal it couldn’t be more important that these services be unified than right now. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Google Play DevicesGoogle Play DevicesGoogle Play CreditInstall appApp purchaseGoogle Play Home
President of Victoria’s RSL Hellenic Sub-Branch, Steve Kyritsis, will give a talk at the Greek Club in South Brisbane on Monday 15 April – revealing insights into the exclusive research he undertook for his book Greek Australians in the Australian Armed Forces WWI and WWII. A Vietnam veteran himself, Kyritsis began delving into the lesser-known aspects of Greek Australians’ experience in the military with his first book in 2009 that examined Diggers of Greek descent who fought in Vietnam. The same year, Steve began the painstaking work of tracking down the names of all the men and women of Hellenic ancestry who served Australia in the Great War and WWII. The book, which was published in May last year, reveals every Greek who enlisted with the Australian military as far back as the second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). His research uncovered five individuals who took part in the Boer War, 80 who served in WWI, (including 11 who fought at Gallipoli), and nearly 2500 Greek Australians who served in WWII. Organised by the Cultural Committee of the Greek Orthodox Community of St George and the Brisbane RSL Hellenic Sub Branch Qld, the talk will begin at 7.30 pm in the Ionian Room of the Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane. Admission is free. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Google+ Actually it was at the end of the New Generation Era. The Royal Rumble at the Alamodome was in January 1997 and most wrestling historians cite the Montreal Screwjob in November 1997 as the beginning of The Attitude Era. Now Playing Up Next JFJ October 2, 2016 at 1:39 am Shut up jackass. Are you even old enough to remember the New Generation Era? It was the closest WWF/E ever came to bankruptcy and even those who worked there at the time acknowledged it as the lowest point in WWF/E history. Maybe you’re just one of the few easily entertained simpletons who enjoyed Doink the Clown or those stupid Billionaire Ted skits. TheCyberZon Videos Articles October 1, 2016 at 1:34 am October 2, 2016 at 1:32 am Videos Articles October 2, 2016 at 1:26 am Ah ok thanks for the info. Fascinating! October 2, 2016 at 3:17 pm Now Playing Up Next Goldberg tweets he knocked himself out during match on Friday, WWE Superstar returns Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles Steven Herrera October 1, 2016 at 4:37 pm SPOILER: Former WWE Superstar returns at last night’s Impact TV tapings in Windsor Now Playing Up Next October 1, 2016 at 8:00 am October 1, 2016 at 4:37 pm Steven Herrera October 1, 2016 at 11:07 pm Facebook TheCyberZon Steven Herrera It depends on the event. The AT&T Center is much better for concerts and basketball. Having seen wrestling in both venues, I would say the AT&T Center has better sight lines, but the Alamodome makes for a more exciting experience as since it’s larger it allows for more lingering crowd noise and more noise overall whereas in the AT&T Center noise may have to be piped in (and has been in the past). The AT&T Center has a much better sound system and video screens though both have been updated at the Alamodome since the 1997 Royal Rumble. The seats at the AT&T Center are much more comfortable as they are cushioned at all levels whereas those above the first level in the Alamodome are not. The AT&T Center is also better for laser shows and does a better job of removing smoke from pyro displays. At the AT&T Center the smoke is gone 2-3 minutes into the ensuing match. At the Alamodome, the smoke will linger throughout the show from beginning to end. It’s not as bad as it used to be, as they have upgraded the filtration system several times but it’s still not at the level or speed of the AT&T Center’s system. For those that would want to tweet or Facebook during the show, the AT&T Center is much friendlier. Both venues have free Wi-Fi but the AT&T Center’s signal is faster and stronger. Concessions are about the same in terms of price (at least on the lowest seating level) and quality in both venues. Here’s a little known tip: If you plan to buy snacks and drinks at the Alamodome, do it at the bottom level. They get more expensive as you go up. That doesn’t happen at the AT&T Center. The biggest advantage, other than sheer size, that the Alamodome has over the AT&T Center is that tickets to events there can be sold cheaper as there are more of them to sell. A lower level ticket at The AT&T Center for the Royal Rumble would cost anywhere from $200-$250, if not more. The same ticket at the Alamodome will probably cost around $150-$175. Sorry for the long response but I wanted to give you as much information as possible in case you were thinking to coming to the Alamo City for the Royal Rumble. WWE Smackdown Results – 5/21/19 (Money in the Bank fallout, The New Day welcomes Big E back) Now Playing Up Next Wasn’t it also held in San Antonio in 2007? Was it also the same venue? Patrick October 1, 2016 at 8:00 am WhatsApp October 1, 2016 at 8:15 pm Pinterest Yes it was in San Antonio in 2007 but it was at the AT&T Center and saw The Undertaker enter at #30 and eliminate San Antonio’s own Shawn Michaels, who entered at #23, to win the Royal Rumble. WWE probably wanted the AT&T Center for 2017 but it’s booked that night as the San Antonio Spurs are hosting the Dallas Mavericks. October 1, 2016 at 9:03 pm Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ronda Rousey Well, the Alamodome opened in 1993 and the AT&T Center opened in 2002 (and was known as the SBC Center until 2006) and there were massive improvements in technology in those 11 years, which is why the AT&T Center is so far ahead of the Alamodome in terms of technology (that and the fact that the smaller building has a telecommunications company as a named sponsor). Also, the TNA PPV you reference was in the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome and thus didn’t use the main part of the building or all of its amenities. The Illusions Theater is on the North Side of the building. It’s like hosting an event at the Felt Forum (now known as the Theater at Madison Square Garden) and saying it’s at MSG. Technically,it’s at MSG but it isn’t in the main arena. Will it be any Roster’s exclusive ppv???? Oh ok which venue would you say is the better one? Twitter Steven Herrera JFJ No. The Royal Rumble is one of the 4 co-branded Pay per views. The other three are Wrestlemania, Summerslam and Survivor Series. Shawn Michaels October 1, 2016 at 7:06 pm JFJ October 2, 2016 at 3:41 am Pretty great turnout back then (even if they did have to give away 12,000+ free tickets) seeing as it was during the height of the horridly mundane New Generation Era. Let’s see if they can do better this time around. Comments are closed. I’ve never been to AT&T Center but I was at the Alamodome for TNA Lockdown in 2013. It was better than I thought it would be but it was still a second rate arena like you say. WWE announced on Friday evening that the Royal Rumble PPV will return to the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Sunday, January 29, 2017.The Royal Rumble was held in the same venue back in 1997 drawing an estimated crowd of 60,525 fans (48,014 paid) headlined by the 30 Man Royal Rumble match and Shawn Michaels vs. Sycho Sid for the WWF Championship in the main event.The Road to @WrestleMania begins when the 2017 #RoyalRumble returns to San Antonio’s @Alamodome this January! https://t.co/gHiL7E9Fwa pic.twitter.com/tvHIJ0gbDi— WWE (@WWE) September 30, 2016Tickets go on sale beginning October 14 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. CT).Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Kingshuk Kirtania Shawn Michaels Breaks Down His Mid-Air Sweet Chin Music Move WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Steven Herrera So the New Generation was still going on at RR ’97 until 10 months later. Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next 16 COMMENTS No you’re horridly mundane! JFJ October 3, 2016 at 3:18 pm JFJ TheCyberZon
Anthony Martial believes team-mate Paul Pogba is capable of leading Manchester United to greatness and gave his account of life under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Pogba has been in sensational form since Solskjaer was appointed as Jose Mourinho’s replacement in December with an impressive tally of six goals and five assists in nine games.This form has helped elevate United firmly back into the race for a top-four spot in the Premier League as well as a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup, where they will take on Chelsea on February 18.Now Martial, who has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract at United, is tipping Pogba to spur the Red Devils to glory.“We all know what quality Paul possesses – Paul is Paul,” The French forward told Sky Sports.“Now he has got this freedom to play with, I think we are beginning to see the real Paul Pogba play and let’s hope it continues.“He is a leader, he talks more in the dressing room than he does on the field to be fair. Technically and with the spoken word, he is a leader in both senses. I hope he can continue to lead us to great things.“I don’t think we are very far off the top four now so it is just a case of keeping going, winning as many games as we can so we can ensure a place in those Champions League spots at the end of the season.“Any footballer would say the same thing, [my goal is] to win as many titles and trophies as possible, as much silverware as possible and it is also really important to keep developing, progressing and improving as a player over the years.“I’d describe the period [since Martial has been at United] as really enriching for me as a person and a footballer. They have been good years, I’ve learnt a lot and I hope that I can continue to push on in the next few years as well.“The fans and I have had quite a special relationship from my first season and fortunately, it has continued to last until now. I hope it continues into the future and let’s hope that together, we can win trophies and silverware.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.CARDIFF, WALES – DECEMBER 22: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United embraces Anthony Martial of Manchester United as he is substituted during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Manchester United at Cardiff City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)Solskjaer has won many plaudits in his brief time in charge at Old Trafford with a record nine wins and one draw in his opening 10 games.And, like Pogba among many others, Martial has also benefitted greatly since the United legend returned.The 23-year-old added: “He [Solskjaer] is a coach with great values. I think he knows how to get the best out of players and he makes things clear so when we go out onto the field, we all know our jobs and we all know what we’ve got to do.“He’s given me lots of advice. It’s always positive to get advice from a top player in his own right, but sometimes, when you’re out on the field, it comes down to what comes naturally to you and you do what you’ve always known how to do in terms of finishing.“We have a laugh among ourselves quite often because I think finishing is something that comes naturally to me. I’ve played since I was a young kid, I’ve always been a footballer and a striker from that early age.“The thing we laugh about is that I miss quite a few in training, whereas in a match, I may only get one chance and I manage to convert it.”Martial has scored 10 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions this season for United.Ice cold, black gloves… you know the rest 😉Watch @AnthonyMartial SMASH the #MUFC buzz-wire challenge — that smile at the end 😍 pic.twitter.com/HhHTr9F2J7— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 7, 2019
“Counterintuitively, this drives an industry-leading level of reader engagement that sets Bauer apart with advertisers,” he says. “Also it’s an additive audience – because Bauer uniquely among publishers activates a majority of its readership at retail point of sale, our brands have very low duplication from all our competitors whose readers are overwhelmingly served subscriptions in their homes.”In such a difficult print environment, Kotok emphasizes that Bauer’s recipe for success boils down to focus.“Not only does Bauer lead the industry in total unit sales, we also lead the industry in percentage of our own revenue earned from reader purchase decisions at retail,” he explains. “The level of focus we have on satisfying that reader and activating that retail purchase is unparalleled and undiluted by other considerations.”In addition to increasing print frequencies of four of its titles next year, Bauer is the only publisher up in ad pages this year, according to data from MediaRadar. Kotok says that generally, advertisers from consumer packaged goods and over the counter pharmaceuticals seeking retail sales are particularly good fits for the company’s magazines.Hitting newsstands this week is a special holiday issue of Woman’s World. The title regularly limits its ad pages to seven per issue, however, for the special edition, Bauer decided to increase its page count and place two additional ads.“Woman’s World zealously guards our reader-favorable ad/edit ratio by strictly limiting ad pages of every issue at just seven. We sell out all seven of those ad pages every single week, all year long,” says Kotok. “So with the extra edit pages providing additional reader value, it was a no-brainer to offer more opportunities for advertisers to reach our audience, when we could do so without diluting the ad/edit ratio that is key to the reader experience and drives industry-leading engagement with both the edit and the ads.”As the company looks ahead to build upon the momentum it has seen this year, Kotok tells Folio: the Bauer team seeks to maintain and deliver on its promise and value proposition to its readers.“As with the Hippocratic oath, Do No Harm, because what we are doing is working for our readers and in turn, what works for our readers directly benefits our bottom line,” he says. “But we have some other ideas on the drawing board to expand on the value we bring to both readers and advertisers.” It’s been a rather tumultuous year for magazine media, to say the least. With so many consumers reading content on digital platforms, it appears that many publishers are reducing print frequencies or altogether shuttering print editions of magazines to focus on digital initiatives and cut costs.Steven KotokWhile most publishers seem to be drifting away from print, Bauer Media Group is doing just the opposite. In 2018, the media giant is not only continuing its print editions, but also increasing frequencies for four of its titles, with Life & Style slated to rise from 51 to 53 issues, and Closer, In Touch and Woman’s World from 52 to 53 issues.“Bauer earns a positive margin on every issue from single copy sales,” Bauer CEO Steven Kotok (pictured) tells Folio:. “So the more issues we publish, the more money we earn, unlike an ad-dependent model in which fewer ads each year are spread over the same number of issues.”Kotok explains that Bauer’s “absolute focus” on the reader is what sets its titles apart from other magazines on the newsstands.