APTN InFocus It’s been over a year since the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls began its mandate.But it hasn’t come without much criticism and controversy.In this episode of InFocus, we talk about some of those issues such as how many staff have left or been let go, the lack of after-care for families testifying and the anticipation to a request for an extension.Our panel include Hilda Anderson-Pryz, she is a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Liaison in northern Manitoba, APTN reporter Kathleen Martens and women’s advocate Lorelei Williams.We also talk about our hope for the Inquiry to serve families affected by losing a loved one to this national tragedy.Subscribe to the APTN InFocus podcast below:
WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices increased more slowly in September from a year ago as higher mortgage rates weighed on sales.The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.1 per cent from a year earlier. That’s down from a 5.5 per cent yearly gain in the previous month. It was the sixth straight month that home price increases have slowed.The weaker price gains reflect a broader slowdown in the nation’s housing market. Sales of existing homes rose modestly in October, snapping a six-month streak of declines. But sales are still 5.1 per cent lower than they were a year ago. New home sales have fallen for four straight months. Mortgage rates have jumped in the past year, reaching 4.8 per cent last week, up from 3.9 per cent a year ago.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A cultural group says Facebook is continuing remove posts by an Alaska Native artist selling items made of sea otter fur despite the social media company stating the problem had been fixed.The Anchorage Daily News reports the Sealaska Heritage Institute and Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan issued a statement last week, urging Facebook to restore the posts by Tlingit artist Robert Miller.Miller’s online posts advertising a sea otter fur hat for sale had been removed. The institute says the sea otter was legally harvested.Facebook issued an apology last week and said the posts were restored.The institute’s chief operating officer, Lee Kadinger, says Miller’s posts were still being rejected as of Wednesday.A Facebook spokesperson said Wednesday the company is “reviewing the issue.”___Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.comThe Associated Press
Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious community in which religious acceptance and protection of religious and cultural rights and the freedom to practice their religion anywhere in the country is a basic tenet of the Constitution and a protection assured to all citizens. Meanwhile the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama and the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka urged the Muslim community not to take part in violent protests or demonstrations over the Dambulla mosque issue. “The Holy Quran has prescribed solutions to every threat or disaster through prayers,” the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama and the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said in a statement. 1. Affected Women’s Forum (Akkaraippattu)2. Association of War-Affected Women3. Centre for Human Resource Development (Viluthu)4. Centre for Human Rights and Development5. Centre for Mass Communication and Media (Mannar)6. Centre for Policy Alternatives7. Equal Ground8. Families of the Disappeared9. Human Rights office Kandy10. IMADR- Asia11. INFORM12. Jaffna Civil Society for Equality13. Lawyers for Democracy14. Mannar Women’s Development Federation15. Mothers and Daughters of Lanka16. Mullaitheevu Women Development and Rehabilitation Trust17. Muslim Women’s Trust – Puttalum18. Muslim Women’s Research and Action Forum19. National Peace Council20. Red Flag Movement21. Right to Life Human Rights Center22. Rights Now Collective for Democracy23. Sakhi Collaboration24. Stand Up Movement25. Voluntary Service Development Organization26. Women’s Action Network27. Women and Media Collective28. A.L.M Bashir- NESAM, Nindavaur29. A.Perinpanayagam30. A.Rajasingam31. A.S.Mohamed Rayees32. Ashila Dandeniya33. A.W.A. Jihad (Muthur People’s Forum)34. Aliyar Hazarat (Sammanthurai)35. Ameena Hussein36. Anberiya Hanifa37. Ann Jabbar38. B. Skanthakumar39. B.Gowthaman40. B.F. A. Basnayake41. Beryl Perera42. Bhavani Fonseka (Attorney-at-Law)43. Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe44. Brito Fernando45. C.De Silva46. Cayathri Divakalala47. Chandragupta Thenuwera48. Chathurika Senanayake49. Chulani Kodikara50. Damaris Wickremesekera51. Darshana Liyanage52. Dayapala Thiranagama53. Dileepa Witharana54. Dishani Jayaweera (Attorney-at-Law)55. Divakalala Sundaram56. Dr. Camena Guneratne57. Dr. D. H. S. Maithripala58. Dr. Danesh Karunanayake59. Dr. Dharmasena Pathiraja60. Dr. Farzana Haniffa61. Dr. Harini Amarasuriya62. Dr. Kumar David63. Dr. Liyanage Amarakeerthi64. Dr. M. Vethannathan (University of Jaffna)65. Dr. Muttukrishna Sarvananthan (Point Pedro Institute of Development)66. Dr. Nishan de Mel67. Dr. Pakiasothy Saravanamuthu68. Dr. Philip Setunga69. Dr. Philip Setunga70. Dr. Ranil D. Guneratne71. Dr. Ruvan Weerasinghe72. Dr. Selvy Thiruchandran73. Dr. Shamala Kumar74. Dr. Sumathy Sivamohan75. Dr. T. Jayasingam76. Dushi Kanapathipillai77. Ethayarani78. Faizun Zackariya79. Francis Devarani (Ampara)80. Fr. Nandana Manatunga81. Fr. Jeyabalan Croos82. Fr. Nandana Manatunga ( Human Rights Office Kandy)83. Fr. S. Maria Anthony, S. J.84. Fr. T. S. Josuwa (Kavithalaya Kala Mandram)85. Fr. Terence Fernando86. Fr. V. Yogeswaran87. F. Solomantine88. Gamini Viyangoda89. Godfrey Yogarajah (General Secretary, National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka)90. Gowrie Ponniah91. Harean Hettiarachchi (Programme Manager)92. Harshana Rambukwella (Senior Lecturer- Open University)93. Hashintha Jayasinghe94. Himali Nawalage (Sales Manager)95. I.Malwatta96. J. C. Weliamuna (Attorney at Law)97. Jagath Weerasinghe (Artist)98. Jake Oorloff99. Jehan Mendis (Teacher)100. Jehan Perera101. Jensila Majeed102. Jeyasankar Sivagnanam103. Jezima Ismail104. Jovita Arulanantham105. Juweriya Mohideen106. K.Arulanandarajah (Kalmunai)107. K.Arumugam Asoka (Mahashakthi Foundation, Akkarappattu)108. K.E.Tharagowri, Kalmunai, Ampara109. K. L. Shafi Hatheem ( Kalmunai)110. K.Nihal Ahamed (Humanitarian Elevation Organisation, Addalaichenai)111. K.Niroshan (People’s Progressive Development Society, Akkaraippattu112. K.Praba (Thambiluvil)113. K. R. M. Wickremesinhe (Attorney at Law)114. K.S Ratnaval-(Attorney at Law)115. K.Sukirtha (Ampara)116. Kasun Pathiraja117. Krishna Velupillai118. Kumudini Samuel119. Kusal Perera120. L. Perinpanayagam121. Lakshan Dias122. L. Yaseen Bawa ( Bakary, Oluvil)123. Lal Wijenayaka (Lawyers for Democracy)124. M.A.C. Humaid ( Health Education, Social and Sports Organisation, Akkaraippattu)125. M.A.M. Rifaz (Addalaichchenai)126. M. Casim Kulanthahi Mararaikar ( Kalmunai)127. M.I. Haidar (Akkaraipattu)128. M.I. Rezard (Muthur Youth Social Development Organisation)129. M. M. Nazeer ( Oluvil)130. M.R.M Naufil (Mannar Grand Mosque)131. M. Thiruvarangan132. Mahaluxumi Kurushanthan (Mannar)133. Mahesh De Mel (Director, Waves of Hope)134. Mahinda Hattaka135. Mahisha Warusavitharana 136. Malcolm Peter (Alliance Development Trust)137. Manjula Gajanayake138. Mano Ganesan, (Civil Monitoring Commission)139. Manzoor A Cader. (Rtd Registrar Sammanthurai)140. Marisa de Silva141. Mawlavi Bazeer (Sammanturai)142. Melani Manel Perera (Christian Women Journalist)143. Melanie Perera (Alliance Development Trust)144. Melisha Yapa (Marketer/Banker)145. Menaha Kandasamy146. Minna Thaheer147. Mohammed Mahuruf148. Mohideen Bawa Parikari Ibralebbai. (Oluvil)149. Monroe Jayasuriya (National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka)150. Mujeeb Rahman151. N. L. Pakeer Ali (Oluvil)152. N.Shanthi (Akkaraipattu)153. Nadya Perera154. Mirak Raheem155. Nandala Maduranga Kalugampitiya156. Navin Weeraratne157. Nicola Perera158. Nimalka Fernando159. Niyanthini Kadirgamar160. Pala Pothupitiya (Artist)161. P. Thanbirajah162. P.N. Singham163. Padmini, Women’s Centre164. Peter Rezel165. Priya Thangarajah (Law Student)166. Prof. Jayantha Seneviratne167. Prof Maithree Wickramasinghe168. Prof. Priyan Dias169. Prof. S.H. Hasbulla170. R.M.B. Senanayake171. Raghu Balachandran (Methodist Church of Sri Lanka)172. Rajani Chandrasegaram173. Rajasingam174. Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon (Campaign for Free and Fair Elections)175. Rajiva Godagedara (Accountant)176. Ralston Weinman177. Ramyadarshanie Vithanage178. Rev. Daisy Aseervatham179. Rev. Oswald Firth180. Rifana Buhary181. Rohan Salgadoe182. Romola Rassool183. Rukaiya Mohideen184. Ruki Fernando185. Rukshani Attygalle Abeyeratne (Attorney at Law)186. Ruwani Botheju (Alliance Development Trust)187. S. Mohamed Rayees188. S.C.C.Elankovan189. S.N.S.Rizli (Addalaichchenai)190. S.Yoga (Ampara)191. S.Ziyath, (Addalaichchena)192. Sam Perera193. Sanathanan Thamotharampillai (Artist)194. Sandamali Herath (Marketer)195. Sanjaya Senenayake196. Sanjayan Rajasingham197. Santhasilan Kadirgamar198. Shafinaz Hassendeen199. Shanaka Cooray ( Lawyer)200. Sheik Thajudeen201. Shifan Ahmed202. Shreen Saroor203. Sr. Kathleen A.C.204. Sr. Rasika Pieris205. Sriya, Women’s Centre206. Sultan Mohamed Faizal (Mannar Mosque Federation)207. Surangi Ariyawansha (Center for Human Rights)208. Suren Raghavan209. T. Sivapalan210. T.Pakiyawathi, Aalaiyadivembu (Ampara)211. U.K. Abdul Raheem (Naleemi, Oluvil)212. U. P. S. A. Gafoor. (Rtd, RM Coconut Cultivation Board.- Oluvil)213. Udan Fernando214. V.K.Ranjani (Thandiyadi, Akkaraippattu)215. Vamadeva Kurukkal (Uduvil)216. Vasuki Jeyasankar217. Visaka Dharmadasa218. Wijith Rohan Fernando (Senior Lecturer, University of Kelaniya)219. Y. D. Ravindran (Attorney at Law) Muslims staged a hartal in the Eastern province today against the decision by the government to relocate the Dambulla mosque owing to pressure from some Buddhist monks.Most Muslim shops in Kattankudy, Batticaloa and in Ampara were shut while public transport was also affected as a result of the hartal. The statement said “We specifically condemn the recent violent attack on the Mosque in Dambulla by a group of anti social actors. The Hindu community has also been asked to move their temple from the vicinity. The Dambulla Khairya Jummah Mosque had been in existence for over 60 years and the mosque trustees have legal documents regarding its construction. On Friday the 20th of April 2012 a tense situation arose as regular Friday prayer at the Mosque was prevented by a gang led by Buddhist monks who claimed that it was an illegal construction. The group stated that both the Mosque and Hindu shrine were built on sacred Buddhist ground. It is further regrettable that law enforcement authorities could not take appropriate action to stop the forceful entry into the mosque and the intimidation of the community.On the 23rd after a discussion with the Buddhist monks deputy minister Hizbullah made a public announcement to the media that the monks have agreed to give three months to identify alternative land and relocate the Mosque. However the very affected members of the community have not been part of this discussion and are still unable to express their opinion freely. While we are in support of reaching a solution through negotiations with the Muslim community, we would like to stress that any decision taken on this issue should not be unjust towards the minority communities in the context of post-war Sri Lanka.The mosque has been in existence for over 60 years and the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim persons in the region had been living together in a spirit of amity for decades, if not centuries. Yet, today we see that that religious intolerance is on the rise and the state has done little to check this. The incident in Dambulla is not an isolated one. Last year a Muslim shrine (Dargha) was destroyed in Anuradhapura. In Ashraf Nagar the military has taken over land that belongs to 69 Muslim families, including land that was allotted for a Muslim burial ground. In Illangaithurai Muhathuwaram (now renamed Lanka Patuna) a Shivan shrine was removed and a Buddhist statue was built in its place. A group of Buddhist monks and people attacked the four Square Gospel Church in Kaluthara North last year. The Police have prevented the church from functioning claiming that it would lead to a breach peace. In Ambalangoda the Assembly of God church was attacked in February this year. A pastor in Kalutara was attacked and a house belonging to a Christian was vandalized by Buddhist monks alleging that the church was engaged in conversions. The police failed to frame charges against Buddhist monks. Recently the government has also tried to pass the Town and Country Planning bill which allows for religious land to also been acquired in municipal and urban areas for economic, social, historical, environmental or religious purposes. Even though the bill has been challenged in court and withdrawn there is a move to bring the bill back as law through other avenues. Such acts increase the sense of insecurity that minorities in general feel in this as regards the practice of worship and co existence. Meanwhile several organizations including human rights groups in Sri Lanka and civil rights activists issued a joint statement today raising concerns over the decision to relocate the mosque.The statement said that it was with great concern that they were protesting against the growing trend of increasing religious intolerance in Sri Lanka with regard to minority religions. We appeal to the President, state institutions and officials, and those in the executive to take appropriate action on the incident in Dambulla that serves to build confidence among minority communities in the state structure and mechanisms. We strongly believe that the people of this country, Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Christian and Burgher wish to live in harmony with each other. We also strongly believe that it is a marginal amount of people who take to violence in riding rough shod over the rights of others. We strongly urge the state to take measures to curb the growing trend of intolerance and to do its utmost to make minorities feel in every way people of this country. In the post war context this is of the utmost importance for reconciliation and peaceful co-existence. We also appeal to religious and community leaders to initiate dialogue at all possible levels so that minority communities feel secure”. The statement was signed by:
(Update)A shocking attempt to rob an armoured truck has left a security guard gravely injured and led to the arrests of three Toronto teens. The overnight ambush on a truck owned by Garda World took place at a branch of the TD Bank on Avenue Road and there was a heavy exchange of gunfire between the bandits, and the guard.It could not have been more brazen, or violent commented Staff Inspector Mike Earl of the Toronto Police Service: “He was ambushed by three male individuals, and when I say ambushed, he was immediately fired upon by three males, with a handgun.”What followed was a wild-west shoot-out in the heart of Toronto says Mike Earl: “Forensic officers, officers on the scene here have located projectiles across the street, on the street, in poles –within the area. There was numerous shots fired in this incident that lasted aproximately less than a minute. (How many shots were fired?) In the double digits.”The 37-year old armoured car guard was hit four times. He’s alive, but in critical condition.The armoured car driver put the truck into lockdown, and stayed inside the vehicle. The suspects then fled on foot — empty handed.A short time later, police closed in on an area near Lawrence and Allan Road, and arrested three, 18-year old suspects. They also recovered a semi-automatic handgun.Charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, and several other offences — are Jaden Beckford, Nicholas Cross, and Rashid Clarke.Mike Earl: “All three individuals have never been dealt with by the police before.”But police believe this isn’t their first attempt to rob the same truck. The suspects are being linked to a similar type of ambush on June 5th.Mike Earl: “It’s the actual — the truck, or the company that’s being targetted.”The ambush shut down Avenue Road for several hours as investigators gathered evidence. Shell casings. Errant bullets, that hit a nearby apartment building, and blood samples from the scene. They also gathered pictures from security cameras in the area — and asked for anyone using such a camera, to come forward to police.
Smartphone manufacturers seem to be obsessed with making their handsets ever thinner and bragging about it in the form of marketing, only to be beaten the following week/month by a competitor. Now it looks as though the thin-frenzy is migrating over to the tablet market, too.Toshiba has used the Mobile World Congress this week to unveil the 10.1-inch Excite X10 LE tablet. It stands out from the crowd because Toshiba claims it is the world’s thinnest and lightest tablet. It’s a fair claim as the X10 LE measures just 7.7mm thick and weighs 535 grams. Compare that to the iPad 2, which is 8.8mm thick and 601 grams. That’s a whole 1.1mm thinner than Apple could achieve, and only 0.6mm thicker than the Droid Razr. Impressive.Just because it’s super-thin doesn’t mean the X10 skimps on features. Although the use of Android 3.2 is a bit disappointing, Toshiba promise it will get Ice Cream Sandwich before spring is over. Inside you’ll find an OMAP 4430 dual-core Cortex-A9 chip running at 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, and the tablet comes in 16GB and 32GB configurations. As for the display, it’s a 10.1-inch panel with a 1280 x 800 resolution.The Excite X10 LE will officially go on sale March 6. The 16GB unit will set you back $529.99, while the 32GB unit takes that up to $599. It’s therefore $30 more expensive than the iPad 2 16GB, but manages to match the 32GB on price. March 6 isn’t the best date to launch seeing as we have the small issue of an Apple event the following day. Toshiba may hold the world’s thinnest crown for exactly 24 hours depending on what Apple have achieved with the iPad 3. The Verge got some hands-on with the X10 back in January and posted this video:via TechCrunch and The Verge
A modelling on Greek population came up with some disturbing estimates about the future of the country. According to a report by the Berlin Institute for Population and Development, Greece has lost 3 per cent of its population during the ongoing crisis and the trend is not in a route of reversal. From 2011 to 2016 the Greek population has been diminishing, both due to migration but, more importantly because births have been in decline, for financial reasons. In 2016, Greece had a population of 10.8 million, and according to the Institute’s modelling, the decline will continue for decades. It is estimated to fall to 9.9 million by 2030, reaching 8.9 million by 2050. This 18 per cent fall is due to the fact that Greece has the lowest fertility rate within the EU, with only 1.3 children for every woman. Only 90,000 children are born in Greece annually, which makes the country one of the fastest-ageing countries in Europe with 21 per cent of the citizens being over 65 years old. By 2050, Greece will probably have the worst worker-to-pensioner ratio within the continent, experts estimate. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Vancouver – The Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council is looking for public comment on projects to fund through the federal Transportation Alternatives program within Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat counties.Projects that can be considered include bicycle and pedestrian facilities, safe routes for nondrivers, rails-to-trails, scenic viewpoints, community improvements and environmental mitigation.The public comment and review period will last until May 31. Proposed project applications are available for viewing and comment at http://rtc.wa.gov/programs/tap/projects.
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Impossible Foods initially focused on burgers because they’re one of the most popular meat products. Brown said half of all beef sold in the US is ground beef. But that doesn’t mean the company isn’t exploring other animal products.”It was a natural choice for us to start with ground beef, but in no way is that really our focus,” Brown said. “We have ongoing R & D efforts to make a much wider range of products.”Proof of that? Impossible Food now has 110 scientists working in its labs at its Redwood City, California, headquarters. In the next 12 to 18 months, Brown said that number will increase by about 50%.Originally published June 10, 3 a.m. PT. Update, 11:11 a.m.: Adds additional information. Now playing: Watch this: Impossible Burger 2.0 tastes like beef. Really Burger King made a meat-free Impossible Whopper and it tasted like real burger Meet Impossible Foods’ lab-grown veggie burger. It bleeds Burger King’s Impossible Whopper: see the technology… 7:19 Culture Healthy eating Meatless meat Share your voice 9 Comments Tags Impossible Foods says its team spent an inordinate amount of time getting its Impossible Whopper to survive the “death-defying drop” at the end of the Burger King’s broiler-conveyor without breaking. CNET As expected, the expansion has begun.Burger King’s vegetarian Impossible Whopper debuts Monday in more than 100 stores across the San Francisco Bay Area. Before today, people who wanted to eat the fast food chain’s version of the plant-based flame-grilled burger had to travel to Miami, Columbus or Montgomery.The Impossible Whopper is made by Impossible Foods, which is known for its vegan burger that tastes a lot like real beef. Founded in 2011, the company was first to use a key ingredient called heme, a blood-like compound found in all living things and that can replicate the taste, color and aroma of meat. Other ingredients include plant-based products like soy, potato protein and coconut oil. Companies making similar meatless meat products include Beyond Meat, New Wave Foods and even Nestle. Burger King’s goal is to offer the plant-based protein Impossible Whopper nationwide by the end of the year. The partnership between the two companies makes sense, Impossible Foods’ CEO Pat Brown said in an interview. Seeing as Burger King’s massive reach with more than 17,000 locations in more than 100 countries should help him achieve his goal to “replace animals in the food system by 2035.” “Anywhere any meat product is sold globally, we want to have better products,” Brown said. “A nontrivial fraction of meat sales overall are in fast food restaurants.”Impossible Burgers are now sold in more than 9,000 restaurants and chains across the US, including Umami Burger, Red Robin and White Castle. And it debuted its first meatless sausage product in select Little Caesars locations in May. The company plans to start selling its ground “beef” directly to consumers in grocery stores by the end of the year.
The next interim chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks will be either a current or former UAF employee.Download AudioThat’s according to UA President Jim Johnsen. He says it’s critical that the next hire is already familiar with the university system.“Someone who knows us; someone who’s from here; someone people know,” Johnsen said. “We’ve got some very serious stuff to do and there’s not much time to learn.”This comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that the university would abandon its search for a new, permanent appointment to the Fairbanks campus’ chancellor position.Johnsen says the decision not to fill the job on a permanent basis is due to looming state budget cuts and potential changes to the university’s administrative structure.The University of Alaska faces up to a $75 million budget gap next fiscal year.Three finalists for the interim UAF chancellor position will be selected by June 6, with an appointment announced no later than June 30.The appointment will last for at least one year.
Tirupati: One building worker died and another three were injured in an under-construction water tank slab collapsed incident on Saturday here at Municipal Park. Slab was collapsed when the workers putting concrete. In the incident, Bachu (20) hailing from West Bengal state died on the spot and another three workers were injured. After receiving the information immediately rescue team rushed to spot and rescued three workers from under the collapsed building materials. Deceased worker body sent to postmortem. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The incident took place when the centering sticks were slipped from its standing position. Tirupati Alipiri Police has registered an accident case. Municipal Commissioner PS Girisha has also order for departmental probe on this incident. According to officials information this water tank is constructing under AMRUTH scheme. While District Administration has announced Rs three lakhs compensation to deceased Bachu family. In rescue activities, YSRCP MLA Buman Karunakar Reddy son Buman Abhinaya Reddy and other locals were actively involved.
Indian Meteorological DepartmentMonsoon rains will retreat next week from India’s grain bowl in the northwest, although possible rainfall in its central and southern regions could still help summer crops.Grain output from the harvest of summer crops in one of the world’s leading consumers and producers is forecast to be lower than last year’s due to a weak start of the June-September rainy season.But the harvest will be adequate to allow the government to continue a policy of unrestricted rice exports and to rein in food prices in the world’s second most populous country.Monsoon rains are vital because the farm sector accounts for around 14 percent of the national economy and half of India’s farmland lacks irrigation.The monsoon is the main determinant of rural spending on consumer goods ranging from lipstick to cars as two-thirds of India’s 1.2 billion people live in villages as well as affecting food prices.The monsoon started retreating from western India last week, reflecting a fortnight’s delay in the withdrawal of this year’s annual summer rains.”No monsoon activities are expected in plain areas of north India in the next couple of days,” said B.P. Yadav, head of the National Weather Forecasting Centre at the India Meteorological Department (IMD).The delayed withdrawal is expected to aid sowing prospects next month for winter crops such as wheat and rapeseed by improving soil moisture content.Summer crops such as rice, corn, sugarcane, soybeans and cotton no longer need downpours, though sporadic rains can aid their growth.ReutersThe rains were 9 percent below average in the week to Sept. 24, compared with 25 percent below average rainfall in the previous week, the weather office said on Thursday.Weather officials said there still could be rain in the sugarcane, rubber and tea-growing areas of south India over the next couple of days and that rain is also likely over soybean-growing areas of central India and rice areas of its eastern region.Rains at the end of the summer are seen as boosting 2014/15 rice yields after patchy rains during the first half and flash floods in the second half led farm ministry to forecast a 4 percent year-on-year drop in output to 88 million tonnes.Floods in Assam and Meghalaya have killed at least 71 people in the retreating monsoon phase.Rains have been 11 percent below average overall since the start of the monsoon season on June 1, reflecting a sharp improvement from June, when the level was down 43 percent, the weakest start in five years.
Andrew Dampf/APIn this July 10, 2018 image, Lawson Craddock of the U.S. talks to reporters in La Baule, France, prior to the start of the fourth stage of the Tour de France cycling race. After breaking his shoulder and bloodying his face in an unfortunate crash during the first stage of the Tour de France, American rider Lawson Craddock has soldiered through six more grueling days of the world’s biggest bike race.Houston’s Alkek Velodrome was chosen to host USA Cycling’s new Olympic development program. It aims to support young cyclists and prepare them for racing at the highest level.Houston is one of only three locations to start the program.And that’s not the only good news for the velodrome right by the Addicks Reservoir in west Houston.Houston native Lawson Craddock was able to raise nearly $280,000 in the three weeks of racing in the Tour de France. It’s for improvements after the track was damaged by Harvey.In a phone interview with Houston Public Media, Craddock said the fundraising campaign is what kept him in the race after he broke his shoulder blade in only the first stage.“It was always in the back of my mind that we were doing it for something bigger than just a bike race and just the Tour de France,” he said.Craddock placed last in the Tour de France, but his willpower after the crash and his fundraising gained him international attention.It was the Texan’s second Tour de France after 2016, but he said the feeling of riding into Paris this time was extra special.“This year, especially with just kind of what I went through to get there,” he said “it was a pretty emotional moment for me.”Craddock hasn’t slowed down much after the tour, racing at an international event in Hamburg, Germany, last week. He plans on going to Canada and Austria in the next few weeks for more races.Craddock will be at the Alkek Velodrome on Friday night (Aug. 24) for a celebration and to present the $280,000 check. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Share 00:00 /00:49
Targeting MICE growth down under, Tourism Australia has unveiled a new marketing campaign that will strengthen the sector by up to AU$16 million by 2020.Announced yesterday at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), the digital campaign will see the group set up a new website businessevents.australia.com as well as establish a consumer marketing project that will follow the footsteps of ‘There’s nothing like Australia’. Rolling out to key markets including the US, UK, China, New Zealand, Korea, Singapore and Indonesia, Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy explained the new pitch was developed based on insights contributed by event planners from the selected regions.He added that the campaign has the potential to expand on the sector’s AU$8.4 billion contribution in 2010. “On average business events visitors spend 55 percent more per day than the average visitor at AU$212 per delegate per night – so the returns on our investment are strong but what’s more they are also more likely to return for a business and leisure visit to Australia in the future,” Mr McEvoy said. “Tourism Australia’s new campaign and its dedicated business events website are about reaching the decision makers for such events with a strong message that Australia is a good place to do business.”The GM added that continued external impacts to the industry including the high Aussie dollar emphasizes the need for a dedicated campaign to draw in the business events groups. “It is why the new campaign is so critical in telling the world how Australia can deliver on their business objectives – whether it is incentivising their teams or improving their business performance, and do this with team building activities, experience of our modern cities, unquestioned natural appeal, and great people.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldQQiTJ1KN0Go back to the e-newsletter >Qantas has launched the second series of films in its Feels Like Home brand campaign. The series builds further on the first series launched in November 2014, and the simple concept of what the national carrier has been doing for almost 100 years – bringing people home.The second series tells the story of the Shelper family as they journey home with Qantas. The stories of different members of the family are told as they reunite with their loved ones for a celebratory lunch on the verandah of the family home.Filmed in New York, regional Victoria, Sydney, Longreach and Brisbane, the series also highlights the reach of Qantas’ international, domestic and regional network and also features Qantas employees.Qantas Brand Marketing and Corporate Affairs Group Executive, Olivia Wirth, said the second series builds on the first Feels Like Home campaign and of Australia’s emotional connection with the airline.“Qantas has a unique place in the lives of many Australians. With this second series we wanted to evolve the story of homecoming by focusing on one family and telling the stories of each of the family members.“The story of the Shelper family, of siblings living in different part of Australia and the world, is a very real one for many Australians.“The anticipation, the joy and emotion felt when journeying home is powerful and for many Australians that sense of homecoming starts the moment they see Qantas’ red tail or step on board.“Again this is the spirit we wanted to capture with this second series – it’s a spirit that taps into the heart of what Qantas has been doing for almost 100 years,” she added.The individual stories of the Shelper family are familiar Australian stories; Tony and Pat, 73 and 74, are parents to Kath, Christy, Phil, Anna and Brendan.Kath travels often for work, Christy is staying in Brisbane, Anna lives on a property in regional Victoria, Phil is based in Sydney and Brendan now lives overseas.The longer 120 second film tells the whole story of the Shelper’s reunion, while the four 60 second films tell the story of each of the siblings who are travelling home; Kath, Christy, Anna and Brendan.The homecoming stories are again told against the musical backdrop of Randy Newman’s song, Feels Like Home sung by young Australian singer, Martha Marlow.Neil Lawrence, Creative Director of Lawrence Creative Strategy, worked with Qantas to develop the first Feels Like Home campaign and was also the creative director of the second series. The team from Lawrence Creative Strategy continued his work and vision, taking the second series to launch.Managing Director of Lawrence Creative Strategy, Tanya Jones, said Neil was passionate about bringing to life the story that many Australians share.“Neil’s vision was to tell the story of homecoming in a very authentic way.“He was committed to using real people, telling real stories and capturing real emotions felt when returning home and being united with loved ones.“He was also very proud to be working with Qantas and showing the unique role Australia’s airline plays in people’s lives.”The Feels Like Home campaign will be seen on television, cinema, outdoor, in print and online. The theme of the campaign will also be reflected through in-flight announcements as well as communications to Frequent Flyers and to Qantas employees.Go back to the e-newsletter >
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