UNled talks between Greece former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia set for this

9 June 2008The envoy spearheading United Nations attempts to resolve the dispute between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia over the latter’s name is this week renewing efforts to broker a solution between the two European neighbours. Matthew Nimetz, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy on the talks between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, will be meeting with representatives of the two countries in New York, a UN spokesperson told journalists today.A formal meeting – which will involve Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis of Greece and Ambassador Nikola Dimitrov for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – is scheduled to be held at UN Headquarters on Thursday.Mr. Nimetz has frequently held talks with both Athens and Skopje in recent months to try to reach a deal, but he told journalists in March that there has been no progress on the issue, despite an acknowledgement by both sides that a solution was in their best interests.He had proposed several compromise names but the two countries remained far apart on what they considered a satisfactory name for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.The Interim Accord of 13 September 1995, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between Athens and Skopje on the issue. It also obliges the two sides to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General in a bid to reach agreement. read more

Media Minister says he has no issue with Ministry secretary

Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka says he has no issue with his Ministry secretary of the Director General of the Government Information Department.Speaking to reporters today, the Media Minister said that he also has no concerns over his Ministerial post. (Colombo Gazette)

Climate changedriven bug infestations fires wreaking havoc on Canadas forestry industry

Mills in the heart of Canada’s timber industry have fallen quieter this winter as wildfires and infestations made worse by climate change have made vast tracts of once valuable forest into barren stands of dead trees.After seeing record high softwood lumber prices earlier this year, Canada’s forestry industry is facing an uncertain future due to falling demand from a cooling U.S. housing market, increasingly frequent and intense forest fires and the continuing damage from pests such as the mountain pine beetle.“We’re kind of at that point in the cycle where, unfortunately, permanent reductions have to happen,” said Ed Sustar, a forestry products analyst at Moody’s Investor Service.“It’s going to be a relatively sizable part of the B.C. lumber industry, but it’s not a surprise.”‘A handout without addressing the root cause’: Oil industry recoils at Ottawa’s $1.6 billion loan offeringOur trade with China is bigger than you think — and exporters are getting worried‘This could really change people’s lives’: Cannabis company hopes to replace jobs lost in mill closure in small B.C. townBritish Columbia, home to close to a third of Canada’s wood manufacturing jobs, is showing the most visible effects of reduced supplies as numerous companies have cut back mill production in recent months.West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. cited timber supply shortages brought on by the mountain pine beetle for permanently cutting 300 million board feet of production, at a cost of upwards of 75 jobs in the new year, at its Fraser Lake and Quesnel sawmills. That was on top of production cuts in the last stretch of the year at a string of interior mills from log supply constraints.Interfor Corp. cut about 20 per cent of production for this last quarter, citing escalating log costs, while Canfor Corp. curtailed B.C. production by 10 per cent due to log supply constraints. Conifex Timber Inc. cut production by 15 per cent at its Fort St. James, and then by another 10 per cent for the next half year.The supply issue has, however, been looming for some time, as the large swaths of B.C. forest killed by a pine beetle epidemic decay into worthless dead stands. The tinderbox created by the outbreak, combined with warmer, drier weather, have in turn helped create back-to-back record forest fire seasons in the province.In 2017 wildfires destroyed about 1.2 million hectares of forest. This fiscal year it’s estimated at 1.4 million, compared with an average of 151,000 hectares for the 10 prior years.The decrease in the amount of healthy B.C. forest has pushed companies to expand further into the U.S. or abroad, said Sustar.“All these companies where B.C. was their base, they’re all expanding and diversifying outside of B.C., and B.C.’s become a smaller portion.”The provincially-set amount of timber that industry can harvest has already dropped by about 25 per cent in the past decade to around 52 million cubic metres, noted Sustar. B.C. government projections on the impacts of the 2017 fires alone are expected to reduce the mid-term supply by more than half in Williams Lake and 100 Mile House and by about 44 per cent in Quesnel.“We do and we will have a mid-term challenge with respect to availability,” said Susan Yurkovich, president of the B.C. Council of Forest Industries.“Fibre availability is a key issue for the industry, it’s our main product input, so of course it’s very significant.”The wild card in all of this continues to be the effects of climate change, and how much it will change the supply picture.“It’s already really created huge problems in terms of timber supply,” said Sally Aitken, a professor at the University of British Columbia.“Climate change will touch pretty much everything we do in forestry, and everything that lives in forests.”She’s studying how to create forests that will be more resilient to climate change, by selecting genetic varieties of trees that could better withstand the changes coming.The impact of climate change on the health of forests is hard to predict, however, as changing weather patterns lead to both wetter and drier conditions, while a variety of threats including insects like the pine beetle, fir beetle, spruce budworm as well as diseases and fungi get worse.Barry Cooke, a forestry researcher at Natural Resources Canada, describes the trend as climate weirding, since so many factors are at play.“You have climate changes percolating through this cascade of physical and biotic consequences,” said Cooke.His research has focused in part on Canada’s far north forests, where melting permafrost has let to what he describes as drunken trees falling over in the waterlogged soil.But he notes that government research is showing climate change impacts are coming to all areas of the Canadian woods, including the fires of the west coming east. He also sees a deterioration in the quality of the forests, as growth-rings thin and faster-growing but lower quality plants and trees mask the decline of core species.“Yeah there are a lot of trees here, but they’re not as healthy as they used to be…the forest is in a process of transforming,” said Cooke.“We are seeing growth declines in Eastern Canada, and this wasn’t predicted to happen this soon. We thought maybe in 20, 30 years we might see this, but it’s happening already.”The changing trends means lots of uncertainty for Canada’s forests going forward, said Cooke. Trees can endure wide fluctuations of weather, he noted, but their health can change suddenly once critical thresholds like moisture balance are tipped.“Everything looks fine until it’s not.” read more

UNESCO publishes history volume on Central Asia

The latest volume on the histories of the empires that rose and fell in the vast Central Asian region will be launched today in Paris, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said.The fifth and penultimate volume, called Development in Contrast: From the Sixteenth to the Mid-Nineteenth Century, covers the last medieval empires – the Uzbeks, Safavids, Mughals and Dzungars – and early colonialism. The territories covered also include Afghanistan, Pakistan, northern China and western India.”It describes the last phase of nomadism as a viable system of social organization; the effects on Central Asian economies of the shift of the main lines of international trade from the Great Silk Route to the oceanic routes; the various schools of art; the last great age of classical Persian literature and the growth of Turkic literatures,” UNESCO said in a news release.In the religious sphere, the 936-page volume also covers the Shi`ite ascendancy in Persia, the conversion of the Mongol peoples to Buddhism, and the rise of Sikhism, it said. The chief editors were Charyar Adle of Iran and Irfan Habib of India, with Karl Baipakov of Kazakhstan as co-editor.The launch was timed to take place during UNESCO’s 190-member General Conference, which ends on Friday.The sixth and last volume in the series, Towards Contemporary Civilization: from the mid-Nineteenth Century to the present time is due out in the next two years and will be edited by Olivier Roy of France, with Madhavan Palat of India and Anara Tabyshalieva of the Kyrgyz Republic as co-editors, UNESCO said.The series, which started with Central Asia at the dawn of time, is the work of 300 scholars, mainly from the area, it said.

Is This The Year The Chiefs Finally Have A Playoff Breakthrough

Atlanta156.36-0.3 According to Elo, Kansas City was expected to win about about eight of their 16 playoff games, four more than they actually won. That’s a testament to how good the Chiefs’ regular seasons have been, but also to how many ways they’ve fallen short in the playoffs. They’ve choked late in games (Chiefs fans surely remember the team’s slow collapse against Indy in 2014) and been blown out early (they fell in quick holes against the Colts in 2004 and the Bills in 1994). According to their win probability added (WPA) at various stages of the game, the Chiefs have done plenty of both during their run of playoff futility. Cincinnati94.21-3.2 Kansas City167.64-3.6 Houston62.63+0.4 Cleveland10.30-0.3 Arizona114.26+1.8 Tampa Bay115.35-0.3 Miami177.46-1.4 Philadelphia2613.212-1.2 WINS After a hard-earned bye in Week 1 of this year’s NFL playoffs, the Kansas City Chiefs are back in the divisional round for the second straight season. You’ll have to forgive K.C. fans, however, if they aren’t all that optimistic.Simply put, the second round of the playoffs is where Chiefs seasons usually go to die. Including this year, they’ve made seven trips to the divisional round since 1990 (when the league expanded its playoff field to 12 teams). They haven’t made it any further than that since 1993, when they lost to the Bills in the AFC Championship Game.And it hasn’t been for lack of trying. From 1990 through this year, K.C. has been in the postseason 13 times, the eighth-most of any team. But the Chiefs own one of the most disappointing playoff records in modern history: They’ve won a grand total of four playoff games over that span — the fifth-fewest of any team in football. Kansas City’s playoff record is an abysmal 4-12 during that stretch.In fairness to the Chiefs, they’ve played more than half of those playoff games on the road. They’ve also run into more than their share of tough opponents, including the 2015 Patriots and 2010 Ravens in recent years and the Super Bowl-bound Colts, Broncos and Bills in an earlier era. But even if we account for those factors using FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings — which can be used to create a prediction for each game — K.C. still has the biggest shortfall between its actual and expected playoff wins of any NFL team since 1990: Washington146.67+0.4 Buffalo189.610+0.4 Chicago125.95-0.9 San Diego167.87-0.8 Detroit103.91-2.9 Oakland136.76-0.7 New England3822.625+2.4 Minnesota199.16-3.1 Green Bay3619.620+0.4 Biggest playoff underachievers in the 12-team era, 1990-2016 Jacksonville114.55+0.5 Los Angeles105.66+0.4 New Orleans157.97-0.9 Pittsburgh3318.619+0.4 Dallas2413.514+0.5 This funk has lasted so long that it’s hard to assign blame for Kansas City’s struggles. The Chiefs’ stretch of underachievement spans seven different coaches and 11 primary quarterbacks. (Under the team’s current QB, Alex Smith, K.C. has a 1-2 record in the playoffs.) Maybe there’s something in the water — or at least in Arthur Bryant’s barbecue sauce — that precludes the team from making a deep playoff run. Or maybe, given enough teams and enough time, these kinds of droughts will inevitably happen to somebody.VIDEO: The Chiefs are chronic underachievers Indianapolis2913.814+0.2 Denver2613.715+1.3 Carolina167.49+1.6 Seattle2312.013+1.0 N.Y. Jets155.87+1.2 N.Y. Giants229.714+4.3 Baltimore2511.416+4.6 San Francisco2715.215-0.2 Forecasted wins are based on the game’s location and each team’s pregame Elo ratingsSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com Tennessee168.16-2.1 FRANCHISENO. OF GAMESFORECASTEDACTUALDIFFERENCE Either way, this could finally be the year for a Chiefs breakthrough. On Sunday, they’ll play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Elo gives them a 64 percent chance of moving on to the AFC Championship Game — K.C.’s best odds in a playoff game since they hosted the Colts in a divisional-round game in 1996. (Naturally, the Chiefs lost that one, too.) Furthermore, Kansas City is built like a team that traditionally succeeds in the postseason, with a strong special teams and passing defense, plus a surprisingly efficient aerial attack featuring quarterback Alex Smith and tight end Travis Kelce.None of this guarantees that K.C. will overcome its long history of postseason disappointment, nor does it mean the Chiefs are necessarily “due” for a playoff turnaround after such a long wait. But with Elo giving the team a 15 percent chance of winning this year’s Super Bowl, Kansas City’s championship odds are the highest they’ve been at this stage of the playoffs in a long time.1Specifically, since K.C.’s divisional-round game against Denver in 1998, before which it had a 21 percent chance of winning the championship, per Elo. Now it’s up to this team to break with Chiefs tradition and win a dang divisional game.Check out our latest NFL playoff predictions. read more

Arthur D Little demystifies sustainability for the board in latest publication

first_imgWhile ‘sustainability’ has become a corporate watchword in the 21st century, many companies remain unclear about what are the most appropriate practical actions to take for business… In The Board’s Sustainability Handbook, innovation consultancy Arthur D. Little (ADL) demystifies the concept of sustainability in business, and sets out the key ideas for non-specialist senior executives in an easily digestible format.Sustainability has now moved into the heart of the business, and touches on nearly every company function. Investors, customers and society in general take more interest today in how a company operates, rather than just what it makes or offers.The Board’s Sustainability Handbook outlines tools and approaches to assess a company’s readiness to deal with the reality of sustainable business: the risks, opportunities, imperatives and options, to ensure that actions are aligned with business needs. Chapter headings include:– Is there more to sustainable business than we’ve recognised?– How sustainable is our business – really?– What opportunities are we missing to create value?– What can we do to change?Commenting on the book, Michael Traem, Global CEO of Arthur D. Little, said, “Based on our sustainability work with leading companies, we hope that this book will help to clarify what has become a complex and confusing area for the non-specialist. It is vital that executives get to grips with this topic – in 20 years’ time, no one is likely to be talking about ‘sustainable’ or ‘unsustainable’ businesses because the unsustainable ones will have gone to the wall.”If you would like a PDF copy of The Board’s Sustainability Handbook, please send an email request to adlittle@saycomms.co.uklast_img read more

NCA following up on parents complaints as Schoolbooksie problems continue

first_imgRefundsThe company acknowledged a backlog of orders and apologised, claiming in a series of statements that the backlog was about to be cleared but some parents are still awaiting the delivery of books ordered in August while others have cancelled their order but not yet been refunded.Father-of-two Conor Buckley placed an order for €200 worth of books for his son and daughter on 17 August but did not receive all of the books when they were delivered a few days later. Now in October, he is awaiting €70 worth of books and has been unable to contact the company to find out when they will be delivered.He said: “It’s ridiculous because we have used them for three or four years and it’s all been perfect but this year… We’ve heard nothing from the company, no communication at all from them. My wife called twice a week, emailed them twice a week, that’s been since the 30 August. So over a month and no response at all.”Buckley says he will “never, never” use Schoolbooks.ie again. Galway-based Lorainne Kilcar is waiting for over €60 worth of books that she ordered on 7 August when she placed an order totalling €348, most of which only arrived on 21 September.In an email to the company, which she has not received a response to, she wrote:  ”My daughter goes to and from school on a bus which picks her up five miles away from home; therefore, it is not an option to go into school early or to stay late after school to use someone else’s books for study and homework; the situation for those affected by the inefficiency of SchoolBooks.ie is untenable and is causing undue stress to students.”Out of pocketIn another case, mother-of-one Emma Dowling says she is still waiting for a refund of €60 for a book order she cancelled on 20 September.  ”It’s just a point of principle,” she said. “My sum of money is quite small, it’s only €60 euro but then I had to go out and purchase the books, I am a lone parent so €120 out of pocket is significant.”She has not ruled out pursuing the matter through the Small Claims Court. One other parent who contacted TheJournal.ie said she did apply to the court, eventually receiving a cheque for €211.14.Another parent, Teresa Duffy cancelled her order for €73 worth of books at the end of August but is still awaiting a refund having been told it would clear in three to five days. Both she and her husband have been calling and emailing the company to no avail and are still waiting for their money back.“We’ll just take the hit,” she said adding that while she had used the company with no problems in recent years she would not be doing so again.Mitchell-O’Conner said that it was unacceptable that parents would be out of pocket “especially in these difficult times” and added: “I am calling on the company’s managing director to make a statement and clarify exactly what he is going to reimburse parents.”A spokesperson for the NCA said: “The National Consumer Agency is very concerned that some parents are still out of pocket as a result of their dealings with schoolbooks.ie.The NCA has received approximately 250 queries from consumers regarding schoolbooks.ie and has been in contact with the company on a number of occasions in relation to these queries and to remind them of their obligations to consumers under EU law. The NCA is following up on the complaints received.It also said that parents who are experiencing problems with Schoolbooks.ie can request a chargeback from their credit card or can go through the Small Claims Court where the application fee is €25.TheJournal.ie has called Schoolbooks.ie a number of times but has been unable to speak to anybody at the company and repeated emails asking for comment have not been responded to.Last month: As parents wait for books or their money back, Schoolbooks.ie stays silentRead: ‘We have cleared our backlog’: Schoolbooks.ie’s statements in full THE NATIONAL CONSUMER Agency (NCA) says it has received around 250 queries in relation to problems parents have been experiencing with the online book retailer, Schoolbooks.ie.The NCA says that it is “very concerned” that some parents are continuing to experience problems and are being left out of pocket nearly three months after the retailer first encountered problems with a backlog of orders.Some parents are now resorting to getting refunds for undelivered books through the Small Claims Court having been unable to contact the company regarding money they are owed.The Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor has called on the managing director of the Schoolbooks.ie, John Cunningham, to make a statement but the company has so far not responded to numerous calls and emails from TheJournal.ie asking for a comment.The problems first began in mid-August when dozens of parents raised concerns that their children were about to return school in some cases with no books at all after orders failed to materialise weeks after they were placed.last_img read more

Eamon Gilmore resigns as Labour Party leader

first_imgI’ve had the honour and privilege of leading Labour for 7 years. I asked the party to take on the role of government in worst crisis ever. I did so because I believed that we had a responsibility. It was a course that carried a high political risk and has led to election results.The party has seen support slip from 14 per cent in 2009’s elections to just over half that this time around and looks set to take just 60 seats in the locals. Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeHe said Labour must now find a new course.“We must hear, heed and act on the clear message we heard on Friday, “he said. “I believe that the work of renewing the party is best done under new leadership.”I take responsibility for what happened on Friday. This party needs renewal. I think everyone has a sense of the scale of the job.Gilmore said he still intends to seek re-election in Dún Laoghaire at the next general election and will remain as Tánaiste.“I never considered withdrawing from government. That would have be an iresponsible thing to do. We got a message and we have to respond to that. We have to regroup, renew and rebuild.Read: Eamon Gilmore to face two no-confidence motions>Read: Joan Burton: The Labour Party has taken a shellacking from citizens> Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeEAMON GILMORE HAS announced his resignation as leader of the Labour Party, following his party’s disastrous performance in the local election.Gilmore told reporters in Dublin this afternoon that he intends to stand down with immediate effect from 4 July. He said he made the decision last night, spoke with his staff this morning and told the General Secretary at around 10.30am.The announcement follows news earlier today that Gilmore would face two no-confidence motions in the coming weeks, to be tabled by both the party’s central council and the parliamentary party.It comes after Labour’s humiliating defeat in the local elections, with the party losing seats in councils all across the country while Sinn Féin, independents and more left-wing candidates gained ground.Speaking today, Gilmore said:last_img read more

Greece hoping to conclude troika talks this week

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram There were no comments on Wednesday night after Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras resumed talks with troika representatives on Greece’s new austerity package but sources told Kathimerini that the government is hoping to clinch a deal on the cuts in the next few days.According to sources, the government hopes that the 13.5 billion in spending cuts and tax hikes will be settled this week and approved by the three coalition leaders early next week. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has made it clear that he would like all the measures, bar the details, to be agreed before he heads to the European Union leaders’ summit on October 18.Sources suggested Stournaras would try to convince the troika that the amount of measures to be implemented next year should be limited to 7.8 billion euros, rather than reach 9 billion, as Greece’s lenders have suggested. However, the finance minister also informed the troika that a strike by tax collectors had led to revenues in first nine months of the year being about 500 million euros off target.Beyond the fiscal measures, the 89 structural reforms Greece is bound to implement this year as part of its bailout were also discussed. Sources said Stournaras outlined plans for trimonthly reviews for the heads of tax offices and to make the position of general secretary for information systems at the Finance Ministry a permanent one.Stournaras is due to continue talks with the troika at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday.The government is hoping the momentum provided by German Chancellor Angel Merkel’s visit to Athens on Tuesday will help it secure the release of its next tranche of bailout funding by November. Athens received another boost yesterday from two more European leaders.After meeting in Paris, French President Francois Hollande and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said they shared “the same concept of what needs to be done” and called for progress to be made on the the role of the European Central Bank and a banking union at the upcoming EU summit.Both men were supportive of Greece’s continued eurozone membership.“I am convinced that between us we will find formulas so that Greece can respect its commitments and so the others can take timely decisions that allow Greece to remain in the euro,” said Rajoy. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

The Hellenic Initiative in Australia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian launch of The Hellenic Initiative (THE), a United States based global non-profit institution whose vision is to mobilise the global diaspora and the Philhellene community of the world to invest in the future of Greece, is to be launched in Sydney on Wednesday 26 March.The Australian launch will be hosted, as revealed by Neos Kosmos earlier on this month, by journalist Helen Kapalos and will have as its featured speaker THI’s chairman, Mr Andrew N. Liveris AO, the Darwin born and Queensland educated Greek Australian who serves as chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company.THI was launched in 2012 in Athens and in New York, is headed by Andrew N. Liveris, and claims as its president and honorary patron the former President of the United States of America Bill Clinton. The board members of the organisation include, amongst others, John A. Catsimatidis, Arianna Huffington, James Chanos, Nicholas Lazares, Drake Behrakis and other prominent Greek American business people. The Hellenic Initiative aims to provide immediate and vital support in ensuring the prosperity of established and new organisations, as well as to encourage ongoing education, entrepreneurism and investment that will provide a sustainable foundation for Greece’s future. THI is also answering the call for crisis relief in Greece and offers targeted financial support to Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) that provide help to Greek families.The SOS Children’s Villages, for abandoned and orphaned children, Apostoli, an organisation that distributes food to destitute families and Praksis, an NGO that operates a network of free health and dental clinics for low-income families, are some of the humanitarian projects supported in Greece.Only last week, The Hellenic Initiative announced a $300.000 grant to the NGO Médecins du Monde-Greece (MdM) to provide critical childhood immunisations and free dental services for children and adults. MdM estimates that at least 3,500 children and 1,500 adults will receive dental treatments through this program. The vaccination program on the other hand will be centred in Athens, Perama, Thessaloniki, Chania and Patra and is expected to provide more than 7,000 vaccinations to nearly 3,900 children.The Australian launch of The Hellenic Initiative in Sydney on Wednesday aims to achieve similar objectives by bringing together a select group of industry and community leaders of Greek heritage from around Australia.last_img read more

Payback time

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram People who have benefited from Australian student loans and now live overseas will pay for them the same way they would if they lived in Australia following the passage of legislation through parliament. Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said it was estimated that up to $30 million was lost annually due to graduates moving overseas. Senator Birmingham said the passage of the (Overseas Debt Recovery) Bill 2015 and the Student Loans (Overseas Debtors Repayment Levy) Bill 2015 would ensure Australia’s world-class, income-contingent student loans scheme was fairer and more sustainable into the future. “Until now, people who took out a loan under the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) or a Trade Support Loan (TSL) and moved overseas were under no obligation to repay their debt as long as they remained offshore residents,” Senator Birmingham said. “The Turnbull government is committed to ensuring the future sustainability of Australia’s student loans scheme and to ensuring it is fair for all Australians. “From 2016-17, anyone who has a Higher Education Loan Program or Trade Support Loan debt who earns above the minimum repayment threshold (currently $54,126) will be required to make repayments regardless of where they live. Australian taxpayers have lost an estimated $400 million to $800 million due to non-repayment of debts from students living overseas since the student loan scheme started in 1989. “It is estimated that around $20-30 million each year was lost due to graduates moving overseas,” Senator Birmingham said. “From 1 January 2016, all Australians with current and new HELP and TSL debt who move overseas for six months or more will be required to notify the ATO via the myGov website to facilitate repayments. “And from 1 July 2017, Australians with HELP and TSL debts who are non-residents for tax purposes will be required to assess their total Australian and foreign-sourced income in order to make income-contingent repayments, starting with the 2016/17 financial year.” Senator Birmingham said the Turnbull government’s changes also enabled Australian and overseas authorities to better share data to support debt recovery.last_img read more

NABA University integration programme at SCDS underway

first_imgVijayawada: A week-long integration programme is underway with Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) University, Milan at Samana College of Design Studies (SCDS) here. NABA heads Dr Luke, design department head and Michielu, fashion department professor have come to Vijayawada for the strategic implementation of the partnership which involves the SCDS faculty training as per the NABA standards and teaching methodology which is done once in six months, said SCDS founder chairman Samana here on Wednesday. Also Read – TDP blames government for sand scarcity in Tirupati Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Samana said that the integration programme with NABA commenced on June 24 and will continue till June 29 which includes validating and upgrading the undergraduate programmes at SCDS on Fashion Design Degree, Interior Design degree and also hands on workshop with the students of SCDS. She said that NABA provides a wide range of programmes to meet the needs of international art and design students. Under the UG Programme for both ID and FD students of SCDS they will get an opportunity to do part of their course in the 3rd and 5th semester with the experts in Milan for 2 months. She further said that SCDS is the first institution to have a tie-up with NABA University in South India. About 22 students will fly to Milan on August 23 as part of the study exchange programme, she added.last_img read more

Market watch Sensex plunges by 541 points gold extends losses on weak

first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex plunged by 541 points on Tuesday following weakness in the European markets triggered by a sell-off in commodity stocks on concerns over slowing demand in China.The Sensex closed at 25,651 points while the 50-share Nifty fell 165 points, or 2.07%, to end at 7,812 points.”The sudden sell-off in the market in today’s trade has taken it to 7800 levels. The state of the market remains vulnerable as global factors have cropped up every now and then and spooked sentiments. However, investors should use these opportunities to buy into companies with good growth prospects like media, logistics, select pharma and IT companies and select PSU banks,” K.Subramanyam, Co-Head Equity Advisory, Altamount Capital, told Business Standard.Initially, the markets traded in the green on rising hopes of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as early as this month. But they gave up all the gains taking a cue from the sell-off in European markets.Metals stocks saw heavy selling pressure, with Hindalco and Vedanta losing over over 6% at close. Banking, realty and auto stocks were also battered down ahead of the RBI’s bi-monthly meeting on 29 September.Axis Bank, SBI, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank fell between 2% and 3%, while Tata Motors, Bajaj Auto and Hero Moto also posted losses ranging from 1 to 3%.The share price of Amtek Auto plunged by more than 11% after the company missed the deadline to pay Rs 800 crore on bonds.The volatility index India VIX soared nearly 12% to 20.34 points, indicating the possibility of high volatile sessions in the coming days.The sell-off in metal shares was mainly due to the slump in European markets, which fell in the range of 1 to 2%.”The fall in the market was largely after the European markets opened. The ECB pledged to sustain or like to maintain the inflation target of 2 per cent, which also weighed on sentiments. It simply means that the reaction has come into the euro government bonds and as a result of which the selloff has taken place in equity,” Deven Choksey, MD, KR Choksey Investment Managers Private, told The Economic Times.Besides, the sell-off was partly led by the strengthening dollar that touched a two-week high after the US Federal Reserve signaled a rate hike this year last week.Meanwhile, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) lowered its growth projection for India to 7.4% for the current fiscal year from the previous estimate of 7.8%. The bank cited poor monsoon rainfall, a further slowdown in exports, and the government’s failure to pass key reforms bills as the reasons for the downgrade.Gold prices also ended lower on weak global cues, falling by Rs 150 to Rs Rs 26,510 per 10 grams. Silver prices declined by Rs 170 to Rs 35,830 per kg.last_img read more

SC stays HC order staying law secys contractual appointment

first_imgThe Appellate Division of Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed for eight weeks the High Court order that stayed for three months the contractual appointment of ASSM Zahirul Haque as secretary to Law and Justice Division of law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministry.Appellate Division chamber judge Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order.Attorney general Mahbubey Alam said with the SC order there will be no bar for Zahirul Haque to perform his duties for the next eight weeks.Earlier in the morning, HC bench of justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan stayed for three months the contractual appointment of ASSM Zahirul Haque.The court passed the order after hearing of a writ petition filed by the Supreme Court lawyer Md Ashraf-Uz-Zaman challenging the legality of the contractual appointment of judicial officer Zahirul as law secretary without consulting with the Supreme Court.Lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali stood for petitioner while attorney general Mahbubey Alam stood for the state.Zahirul Haque, who took charge as the law and justice secretary in February 2015, was scheduled to retire on 7 August.The government on 6 August appointed him to the same post on a two-year contract.Zahirul had been serving as the law secretary for the past three years.He had served for five years as deputy secretary and joint secretary, being additional district judge.last_img read more

Expired item on supermarket shelves

first_imgA local supermarket evidently sold an expired food item to a customer. The item is said to have expired in June last year and was marked on special.The customer bought the item (frozen food) on June 1 this year and when he was ready to prepare a meal, he was disgusted to see that the frozen vegetables were rotten. He then checked the ‘best before’ date and was horrified to find that the item was dated June 12, 2015.  The unhappy customer went back to the store to lodge a complaint. According to the customer, the manager apologised and basically said he was unaware that the expired item had been put on the shelves. The customer was reimbursed and given a box of chocolates for the inconvenience. The till slip was taken away. The store manager declined to comment when approached by a Ladysmith Gazette journalist, saying that he wanted to see proof (till slip) that the item had indeed been purchased at their store.The disgruntled consumer now appeals to fellow shoppers to please look at ‘sell by’ dates before purchasing items. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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