Advantages of FreelanceWhen freelancing, you have complete control of your schedule and the clients that you maintain. If you find yourself without the type of clients or work that you’d like, it’s entirely up to you to change. You’re accountable to yourself. And that accountability can be an advantage or disadvantage, depending on what you make of it. Depending on your position, as a freelancer, you may have a much higher chance of working on bigger productions, as they most often pull from pools of freelancers. However, there are many full-time positions for large brands creating phenomenal and consistent work. Disadvantages of FreelanceImage via ImageBySutipond.Taxes. Insurance. Maintaining clients. Owning gear. Scheduling. When you’re freelancing, there’s a whole slew of different things to manage to keep your business afloat. Often, you’re also investing in your own equipment and fronting the capital to do so. You manage your own books, write far more emails, and maintain strange and very inconsistent hours. Some filmmakers thrive with this degree of unpredictability and lack of structure, but others can really struggle with it.Deciding whether to go freelance or take an in-house position can be difficult. There’s no simple way to make this decision; however, by adequately weighing all of your options, you can make a decision that will provide you with adequate career opportunities and help you grow as a filmmaker — and, most importantly, make work that you’re proud of.Still thinking of pursuing a freelance video career? Here are some more articles and resources to check out to help you along your way.Freelance Tip: How To Make Sure You Get Paid By Your Clients7 Things Producers Look for When Using “Staff Me Up”Freelance Tip: How Do You Know When to Turn Down a Job?7 Things All Video Professionals Should Share with ClientsShould You Ever Give Your Client The Unedited Project Footage? Full-time film production opportunities are more common today than ever before. So does that mean you should stop considering freelance work?Just a few short years ago, finding a full-time, in-house production job wasn’t nearly as feasible as it is today. With a surge in video content creation, you can now find more full-time production opportunities than ever before. Choosing whether to go in-house and full-time or to navigate the unpredictability of the freelance world can be difficult. So, fully evaluating the different advantages and disadvantages of each is important. As someone who has personally worked a full-time, in-house position and freelanced, each opportunity offers a unique set of advantages and disadvantages.Advantages of Full-TimeBeing a filmmaker with a full-time position can have some great perks. For example, the consistent paycheck is enticing. Eliminating the unpredictability of not always knowing when your next payday is coming can provide a sense of relief and security. While in-house and full-time, you have the comfort of always knowing where your next job is coming from, too. You enjoy the luxury of health insurance, 401K packages, vacation time, and any of the other benefits your employer may provide. When it comes to equipment, you don’t have to personally worry about investing your own money into the best and newest equipment available. Your employer will assume all the financial responsibility of maintaining the best equipment for the job.Disadvantages of Full-TimeImage via guruXOX.One of the more difficult things that I always found about the in-house, full-time life was that you’re not in control of your schedule or the clients you maintain. When you’re freelancing, you’re in control of which clients you decide to take on. When full-time, you don’t have this ability. The company you’re a part of directs the type of projects and clientele you take on. That’s why it’s immensely important that you find a company who has clients that directly align with the type of work that you want to do. If not, you’ll most likely find less joy in your work. Looking for more info on working full-time at a video production company? Check out some of these resources for finding the right spot for you.Film & Video Production Jobs at ProductionHUBVideo Production Jobs on Indeed6 Great Websites for Finding Video Editing Jobs5 Reasons a Video Production Internship is Worth Your TimeHow to Land Your First Video Production Job Today Cover image via guruXOX.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.5 Reasons You Should Consider Volunteering at Film Festivals How To Become A Full-Time Freelance Filmmaker Right Now7 Things You Need to Start Your Own Video Production Company5 Reasons Why You Should Shoot Your Own Digital Web SeriesIndustry Insights: The Ins and Outs of Real Estate Video Production
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has urged agitating sections of the society to come together for the sake of peace and development of the state. In his Independence Day speech, after unfurling the flag at the state secretariat here, Mr. Fadnavis said his government has done everything possible to extend benefits to the existing creamy layer of the reserved categories and backward classes. The schemes meant for their welfare, growth, and jobs to the youth has been pushed by the government in all forms. Maharashtra has so far grown because fruits of economic growth were divided equally among all the section of the society, and this tradition must continue, he said. Growth vital“The economic growth of the State has been vital for development of backward and poorer sections of society. We must keep in mind that the unrest was never spread, and social harmony maintained because of this division,” he said.Maharashtra has been lately grappling with protests from various sections of the society agitating to demand reservations in jobs and education. Earlier this month, a combined bandh call was given by the Marathas, Dhangars and farmers, all pressing for different sets of demands from the government. Lauding the performance of the State even during times of farm crisis and drought, Mr. Fadnavis said Maharashtra’s performance on the development, ease of business, liveable cities and investment indexes is commendable. The CM claimed his government has outdone the growth and progress made in the past 15 years in just three years of its tenure.Committed to farmers “In the 15 years of the past regimes, the government had bought grains worth ₹ 450 crore. We have already bought grains worth ₹8,000 crore in the last three years. This is our commitment to the farmers of this state,” he said. The results of the implementation of the Ease of Business programmes are being seen, resulting in jobs and more investments in the State. A total of eight lakh jobs and 47% of total investment coming in the country have come into Maharashtra, he said. “It is for this reason we need to keep the harmony and social fabric intact,” ” said Mr. Fadnavis.
The scorching colors of a large volcanic blast can stain sunsets around the world for years after the initial eruption cools down. Droplets of sulfuric acid spewed into the atmosphere scatter away blue light, creating vivid crimson twilights. Inspired by these stunning sunsets, famous artists included the fiery colors in the backgrounds of their paintings, such as the above 1818 piece Woman before the Setting Sun by German artist Caspar David Friedrich. Two years earlier, the ash from an unusually large number of major volcanic eruptions reflected so much sunlight that 1816 became known as the year without a summer. Researchers wondered if similar sunset paintings could double as snapshots of volcano-induced climate change. The team compared the proportion of red and green hues in the skies of hundreds of sunset paintings produced between 1500 and 2000. Regardless of artistic style, paintings created soon after volcanic eruptions had redder skies than those painted during periods of low volcanic activity, the researchers report online today in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. The researchers say their results agree with other indicators of historic atmospheric pollutant levels, such as ice cores. Because these existing indicators provide limited evidence for short-term trends due to their scarcity, the researchers hope their work provides climate scientists a colorful new spectrum of data to fill in the gaps.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
initiativeShimla, Aug 8 (PTI) BJP MP from Hamirpur Anurag Thakur today announced the launch of the second leg of the Khelega Yuva, Jeetega Himachal initiative to nurture budding talents in schools.Thakur, the former BCCI president, recently hosted Himachal Pradeshs first ever state olympic games in Hamirpur to provide a platform to the athletes to showcase their talent and skills.Under the Khelega Yuva, Jeetega Himachal (youth will play, Himachal will win) initiative, seven sports will be promoted across schools with a strength of 300 plus students to identify talent, nurture them, channelise their energies in the right direction and insulate them from falling prey to menace like drugs.”A provision of Rs 2 crore will be made for the development of sports infrastructure in schools, for any of the seven sports — football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, athletics, kabaddi, boxing, badminton and kho-kho,” he said. PTI PCL SMN
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Other Galleries 10 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Malaika Arora in top and mini shorts makes case for comfort dressing at gym. See pics 9 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Disha Patani is comfortable yet sexy in spaghetti crop top and track pants at Mumbai airport 12 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Kiara Advani to Urvashi Rautela: Best and worst-dressed at award night 9 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kriti Sanon pairs smart denim jacket with neon green dress for Housefull 4 promotions. See pics Other Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Caption: Malaika Arora was spotted heading out of her gym today in Mumbai, after a workout session.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: For her workout look, Malaika opted to wear a sheer black top over white slogan sports bra and printed shorts.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Caption: The 45-year-old star, who is currently dating Arjun Kapoor, paired her gym ensemble with black tinted aviators and neon green training shoes.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Caption: With her hair sleeked back into a low bun, the Chaiyya Chaiyya girl went for a comfy look.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Caption: The diva kept her gym look simple with no-makeup.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Tags: Malaika AroraSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticlePhoto By: Yogen ShahShort description: Malaika Arora, who is currently dating Arjun Kapoor, was spotted heading out of her gym today in Mumbai after a workout session. Malaika opted to wear a sheer black top over white slogan sports bra and printed shorts.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5c7e4b2b901681551780651_1470695_editCommentContent Publish date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 – 15:30Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433:
zoom Florida-based liquefied natural gas supplier JAX LNG has received acceptance for the operations at its waterfront LNG facility and approval to conduct ship-to-ship LNG bunkering.Under a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from the US Coast Guard (USCG), the company was granted the approval to carry out bunkering operations with TOTE Maritime’s Marlin Class ships and the LNG barge, Clean Jacksonville. The ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations are scheduled to start in early 2018.In August 2015, JAX LNG, a joint venture between Pivotal LNG and Northstar Midstream, along with its partner TOTE Maritime received their first LOA from the USCG establishing an industry first landside LNG bunkering facility in the Port of Jacksonville. Since then, JAX LNG has safely delivered LNG to the company’s LNG fueled container ships.“The receipt of this second LOA demonstrates our commitment to our customers, the value of inclusive port stakeholder relationships and exhibits confidence in our rigorous operational risk analysis methodology,” Tim Hermann, president of Pivotal LNG, said.Expected to be operational by end of 2017, JAX LNG’s waterfront LNG facility in Jacksonville will be outfitted with a marine dock and truck loading capability.The facility’s initial daily liquefaction capacity will be 120,000 gallons of LNG per day and it will have 2 million gallons of storage capacity.
African Heritage Month kicks off today, Feb. 2, in Cumberland County and will provide a number of fun-filled activities for all ages. The Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association (CANSA) has created a program to honour the community and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of African Heritage Month. “The celebration of 25 years has given CANSA the opportunity to work closely with the municipality of Cumberland and other various community partners to recognize the achievements of the African Nova Scotian,” said Elizabeth Cooke-Sumbu, CANSA executive director. The spirit of the celebration will revolve around musical performances. With the African Children’s Choir performing Sunday, Feb. 1, a festival of choirs taking place Saturday, Feb. 7, the Ruddick Family variety show on Saturday, Feb. 21 and an Imani (Faith) concert rounding out the month on Friday, Feb. 27. “It is important to commemorate and recognize the contributions people of African descent have made to the province,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “These events give community members a chance to interact and discover African culture and heritage.” This year will be the first time all the towns in the municipality gather to celebrate heritage month. “The community-wide events are a significant milestone,” said Ms. Cooke-Sumbu. “Our coming together bridges the relationship between people of African descent and the communities they live in.” Cumberland municipality includes the African Nova Scotian communities of Springhill, Joggins and Amherst. For information on African Heritage Month and a list of events being held provincewide, visit the African Nova Scotian Affairs website at www.gov.ns.ca/ansa or call the events line at 902-424-3482.
Mumbai: Veteran director and actor Hrithik Roshan’s grandfather, J Om Prakash, passed away on Wednesday. He was 93. The news of his death was shared by actor Deepak Parashar, who said that Prakash breathed his last in the morning. “My dearest uncle Mr J Om Prakash passed away about an hour ago. So saddened as he joins his friend, my Mamaji Mr Mohan Kumar in heaven! “Their contributions to Indian cinema is a gift they left behind for us! Took this pic few months ago when went to see him! Om Shanti!” Parashar tweeted. A spokesperson for Hrithik said Prakash’s last rites were performed at a crematorium next to Pawan Hans, Vile Parle. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Dharmendra, visited his residence. Veteran stars like Jeetendra and Prem Chopra were also present for the funeral, along with family members, including Rakesh, Hrithik, his former wife Sussanne Khan and their two sons.
NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has sought an action taken report from schools about initiatives taken by them for cleanliness of the river Yamuna.The heads of schools in the national capital were asked to conduct various activities during July and August to ensure students contribute with their efforts for cleanliness of the Yamuna. “The school principals were required to ensure the conduct of activities scheduled in the month of July-August for cleanliness of the Yamuna. Further, for the feedback of same, all the HoS are requested to furnish information regarding activities conducted in their respective schools regarding cleanliness of the river,” a senior Directorate of Education (DoE) official said. “The schools have been asked to ensure that the activities mentioned in the plan are conducted effectively as per the schedule with involvement of maximum number of students, teachers and community,” the official added.
Rabat – Morocco did not make the cut for the upcoming 2018 Oscar for Best Foreign Film. After raising eyebrows over the legality of its participation in the Oscars, Nabil Ayouch’s Razzia ended up being eliminated from the race for honours.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday, the shortlist for best foreign-language film, cutting down the 92 foreign submissions to just nine.The continent is now competing with Senegalese film Félicité by Alain Gomis and South African The Wound by John Trengove, while the Arab world’s chances of victory are in the hands of Lebanese Ziad Doueiri’s film L’insulte. Worldwide, the films retained in the competition are from Chile, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Lebanon, Russia, Senegal and South Africa.A Fruitless Debate On September 16, the Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM) announced that it nominated an “independent committee” which selected Ayouch’s kaleidoscopic social drama “Razzia” to compete in the foreign-language category of the 2018 Academy Awards. The CCM specified that this selection was made “in accordance with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (OSCARS).”“Razzia” is set in Ouarzazate, the Atlas Mountains and Casablanca. It is composed of five separate stories, one of which dates back to the 1980s in the Atlas Mountains. The remaining four storylines take place in present day Casablanca.Ayouch revealed that the film primarily focuses on social issues such as the difference between upper and lower classes and freedom of speech, an issue that concerns all Moroccans, regardless of their social status. In addition, the film deals with the intolerance between social groups and “the increasing tendency that lead them to contempt each other.”Far from lauding the movie’s selection for such prestigious award after CCM’s announcement, many media outlets screamed scandal, throwing accusations of foul play and conflict of interests.Arabic speaking news website Ihata accused Ayouch of having circumvented the Award Academy’s rules and regulation.At the time of the polemic, the committee insisted that “Razzia” has already made an official commercial release in Morocco. A member of the CCM committee contacted by MWN who chose to stay unnamed affirmed that Razzia made its official release at the Colisée movie theater in Marrakech, which the director Ayouch himself confirmed.However the manager of the movie theater, said that “Razzia” had been released on August 26 and was screened only until August 29. He would not disclose the number of tickets sold.The news of this presumed projection are nowhere to be found, including on “Razzia’s” active official Facebook page, which lists all of the aforementioned international screenings of the film.
Rabat – Facebook is taking preventive measures to preempt ill-intentioned exploitation of its users’ personal data.The latest move in the technology giant’s response to global outcry over political manipulation came on Thursday of this week, as Facebook announced that it is shutting Israel-linked social media accounts and groups attempting to influence elections and public discourse in many countries, especially in Africa and Asia.“Today we removed 265 Facebook and Instagram accounts, Facebook pages, groups, and events involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s Head of Cybersecurity Policy, announced in a statement on Thursday. Unlike similar announcements in the past months, when the technology giant rang alarm bells about groups spreading conspiratorial and deceptive content without providing specific details about the responsible entities, the latest statement revealed that the primary culprit behind the series of “inauthentic behavior” is Archimedes Group, a public relations firm based in Tel-Aviv, Israel.Influencing public opinion“Although the individuals behind this network attempted to conceal their identities, our investigation found that some of this activity was linked to an Israeli commercial entity, Archimedes Group.“It has repeatedly violated our misrepresentation and other policies, including by engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior. This organization and all its subsidiaries are now banned from Facebook, and it has been issued a cease and desist letter,” the statement noted.With a robust online presence, including dozens of accounts, hundreds of groups, and millions of followers, the Israeli group principally engaged in the dissemination of content to “artificially increase engagement.” The artificial accounts’ activities mainly targeted Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger and Tunisia,” but they also boasted some visible “activity in Latin America and Southeast Asia,” according to Facebook.Part of the fake accounts’ modus operandi is targeting countries by presenting themselves as locals, especially with local news outlets, to publish “allegedly leaked information about politicians.”The group also publicized and hosted political events, and was involved in circulating online advertisements and slogans. The slogans mostly consisted of smear campaigns or supportive messages about front-bencher politicians in target countries.Archimedes Group has not yet responded to Facebook’s announcement.On its website, however, the Israeli firm presents itself as an agenda-setting/influencing firm comprised of “experts from a wide spectrum of fields,” including “consulting, lobbying, public diplomacy, international public relations, information, and social media.”As far as the Israeli firm is concerned, its teams of experts have taken “significant roles in many political and public campaigns, among them presidential elections and other social media projects all over the world.”Facebook’s warning comes as the group redoubles efforts to clamp down on security to protect users’ privacy and freedom.Faced with global outrage in the age of fake news and scandals such as Cambridge Analytica, the tech giant is promising to upgrade its security policy to protect users’ freedom and privacy. Recent developments also suggest that sustained efforts to monitor “inauthentic behavior” are part of a charm campaign to improve the tech giant’s tarnished reputation.“We’re constantly working to detect and stop this type of activity because we don’t want our services to be used to manipulate people,” read Facebook’s statement.Despite the company’s repeated warnings and promises to punish any “inauthentic behavior” which jeopardizes the privacy of users around the world, the trend has shown no signs of abating.In recent months, Facebook issued similar warnings against a string of “inauthentic behaviors” and other digitized opinion-influencing platforms originating from Iran.Between January and February of this year, Facebook announced that it had uncovered and taken down hundreds of fake Facebook groups and Instagram accounts which specialized in disseminating Iran-friendly narratives in the US, South Asia, and much of the Arab world, including Morocco.
Of these children, one in 22 is severely malnourished and at a nine-fold increased risk of death compared to well-nourished children, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported.In south and central Somalia, which has been plagued by factional fighting and has not had a functioning central government since 1991, the rates are higher with one in five children acutely malnourished, of which one in 20 is acutely malnourished. These national rates of acute malnutrition continue to be amongst the highest in the world.Currently, the rates translate into an estimated 240,000 children under five years of age being acutely malnourished, of which 63,000 are severely malnourished. More than two thirds of these children are located in south and central Somalia, the area’s most affected by the current conflict. Long-term integrated responses combining nutritional rehabilitation with promotion of optimal infant and young child feeding practices and increasing access to safe water and health services are the only way to address the crisis, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.Internally displaced persons (IDPs) continue to be the largest single group in crisis, representing 44 per cent of the 3.2 million, and with the ongoing conflict this is likely to even increase further. In the north, a drought following four seasons of below-average rainfall has left 290,000 pastoral and agro-pastoral people in need of both life-saving and livelihood support to recover, but some good indications are reported for agricultural areas in the south, where a bumper harvest will increase food availability and accessibility to many households, including poor urban families, and has reduced the number of rural people in crisis by 15 per cent from six months ago. 5 February 2010A widespread humanitarian crisis persists in war-torn Somalia, with an estimated 3.2 million people, or 42 per cent of the population, in need of emergency aid or livelihood support, and one in six children acutely malnourished and requiring specialist care, according to a United Nations update released today.
23 March 2010Women farmers are often the chief executives of their rural areas and supporting their economic development is crucial for economic growth and poverty reduction, a senior United Nations official said today ahead of an international conference on women’s empowerment. “Women farmers grow, buy, sell, cook food and feed their children. They perform the majority of the agricultural work and, on a global scale, women cultivate more than half of all the food that is grown,” said Yukiko Omura, Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).“Despite their contribution to global food security, women farmers are frequently underestimated and overlooked in development strategies,” Ms. Omura added.The statement comes two days ahead of the “Women’s Empowerment and Employment” Conference in Copenhagen, which will be attended by UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro.The conference has been organized by the Danish Government to find ways to accelerate and enhance employment for women to achieve the third Millennium Development Goal (MDG), which is related to women’s empowerment and international development.The eight MDGs were adopted by world leaders in 2000 as a blueprint for development by 2015. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a conference on the MDGs this September in New York where he wants world leaders to commit to accelerated programmes to reach the Goals.In a message to an IFAD conference last month, the Secretary-General noted that with more than 1 billion people hungry, smallholders and rural producers have a vital role to play in overcoming global hunger and poverty, and new and varied partnerships are needed, with particular emphasis on the interests of women.IFAD has said it prioritizes women’s economic empowerment by providing support in enterprise development, income-generation activities and access to microfinance, education and training. “Women have strong motivation for learning and are open to engage in new activities, such as marketing and exporting products, which can create a better livelihood for themselves and for their families,” Ms. Omura said.“These traits need to be developed and supported in order to help them feed their families and communities,” she added.
“The late President left an important mark on his country,” Mr. Ban told the Assembly. “During his relatively short period in office, he pursued his responsibilities with dignity and with respect for the rights of all. He will be remembered for his unwavering contribution to democratic governance, economic revitalization and in particular his determined efforts to bring peace to the Niger Delta region.“As Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States, he fought tirelessly against unconstitutional changes of government and for the restoration of peace and stability throughout the sub-region.”Mr. Ban praised Mr. Yar’Adua’s commitment to UN principles and objectives. “One concrete demonstration of that support is Nigeria’s current standing as the fourth largest troop contributor to United Nations peacekeeping operations,” he added.The leaders of various UN regional groups also took the podium to laud the late president. 13 May 2010The United Nations paid tribute today to Nigerian President Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua, who died last week, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon eulogizing “his unwavering contribution to democratic governance” and the 192-member General Assembly standing in a minute’s silence.
16 December 2010The peace process that ended two decades of war between northern and southern Sudan, culminating in next month’s referendum on independence for the country’s south, risks unravelling unless both sides reach agreement on the disputed oil-rich Abyei region, the United Nations peacekeeping chief warned today. “We are confronting the most critical period of the peace process,” the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Alain Le Roy, said in a briefing to the Security Council. “The days and weeks to come will determine the future of Sudan for the next decades.”However, while hailing the successful conclusion of voter registration in southern Sudan ahead of the 9 January vote, Mr. Le Roy voiced deep concern over the lack of accord on the terms of a simultaneous referendum on the final status of Abyei, a region which straddles northern and southern Sudan.“The current impasse on the referendum in Abyei is deeply worrying… An agreement has still not been found and tensions on the ground are rising,” he said, noting that political and historical sensitivities are making it even more difficult for one side to consider options that its constituents could view as concessions. Mr. Le Roy said that the parties cannot afford to not resolve the question of Abyei as tensions and frustrations on the ground will only grow, which will make the matter even more delicate to resolve, especially as the migration of the Misseriya into the area has already begun. The Misseriya are nomadic cattle-herders, linked to northern Sudan, and they have clashed with the Dinka, an ethnic group located in Abyei, in the past. “In such a climate, any security incident can derail the CPA process,” he added, referring to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the civil war. “The parties must show responsible leadership and recognize that difficult compromises are necessary to ensure peaceful coexistence between the communities.”Mr. Le Roy stressed it was important for the sides to reach agreement on these CPA issues before the referendum. He noted that one of the most serious questions is that of citizenship since possible changes in legal, employment and property status will be a major concern for southern Sudanese living in the north and northern Sudanese living in the south.But he cited the registration success in southern Sudan, despite the tight electoral calendar, as “an example of what the North and South can achieve when they work together. It is vital that the parties continue their efforts and preserve an environment favourable to holding a referendum that is free and without violence.” In his remarks to the Council, the head of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Panel on the Referenda in Sudan, the former Tanzanian President, Benjamin Mkapa, said the registration process was generally transparent with very few cases of rejection reported, and that both sides had given unequivocal public assurances about respecting the outcome.The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), which has nearly 11,000 uniformed peacekeepers in southern Sudan, has been working on options for a possible increase to prevent any deterioration in security after the referendum, and to lift its capacity to monitor possible cease-fire violations and protect civilians throughout the mission area. Mr. Le Roy said that in the meantime, UNMIS is increasing its presence in hot spots with its existing force, redeploying troops to areas such as Abyei, Southern Kordofan, and a new site near the border between Upper Nile and White Nile states.“While UNMIS continues these efforts, we must emphasize that the presence of UN troops alone will not be enough to prevent a return to war, should wide-spread hostilities erupt,” the peacekeeping chief said. “Only a demonstrated commitment by the parties to refrain from inflammatory statements, uphold the CPA ceasefire mechanisms, and engage in dialogue to settle differences will succeed in maintaining peace.”Mr. Le Roy added that in the unlikely event that the referendum leads to large-scale violence, approximately 2.8 million people could be internally displaced and another 3.2 million people may be negatively affected by breakdowns in trade and social service delivery. “In this scenario, up to $63 million may be required to provide emergency assistance to those in need,” he added. Mr. Le Roy also noted that restrictions on UNMIS’ freedom of movement remain a major challenge in areas such as Southern Khordofan and Northern Abyei and he urged the Sudanese authorities to prevent such incidents and hold those responsible to account. UNMIS is also experiencing long delays in the receipt of nearly 350 Sudanese visas for its personnel, including those most needed in the upcoming referendum. The Council, in a presidential statement echoing “deep concern” but also hailing southern Sudan’s successful voter registration, strongly urged the parties “to calm rising tensions in Abyei, to urgently reach agreement on Abyei and other outstanding CPA issues and to resolve critical post-referenda issues including border, security, citizenship, debts, assets, currency and natural resources.”The Council also called on the parties “to find peaceful solutions to all outstanding matters, to never resort to war again, and that neither party should take any action or support any group that would undermine the security of the other.”
Slain journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga had told his family that the MiG deal exposé could harm his life.The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) told court today that Wickremetunga’s family had told the CID that Wickremetunga feared his life could be under threat over the MiG deal story. The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) on behalf of the Government had signed an agreement with Ukrinmash (a Ukranian company) for the supply of four MIG-27 aircraft as well as the overhauling of four existing SLAF MiG-27 aircraft.Current Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Sripathi Sooriyaarachchi, two key ministers, who broke away from the then Mahinda Rajapaksa led Government, filed a complaint later with the Bribery Commission alleging corruption in the deal. (Colombo Gazette) The case is to be taken up for hearing once again on March 20. Wickremetunga had exposed the controversial deal surrounding the purchase of MIG aircraft when the former Government was in power.The purchase of four MiG-27 aircraft in 2006 at a cost of US$ 2.462 million each and the procedure followed in relation to the purchase had been clouded in mystery. The CID presented facts over the case to the Mount Lavinia Magistrate today.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ CSX Corp. (CSX) on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $870 million.The Jacksonville, Florida-based company said it had profit of $1.08 per share.The results missed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.11 per share.The freight railroad posted revenue of $3.06 billion in the period, which also missed Street forecasts. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $3.14 billion.CSX shares have risen 28% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 20%. In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, shares hit $79.34, a climb of 24% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on CSX at https://www.zacks.com/ap/CSXThe Associated Press
AS THE BEAST from the East hits the country hard, one school in Cork is not letting the freezing, snowy weather get in the way of students sitting their exams.Hewitt College informed students and their parents this morning that due to the “hazardous footpaths and roads, and disruption to water services”, the school would close.Students at the private school, however, will still sit exams today at home.Principal Trish McGrath told TheJournal.ie: “All of our 4th, 5th and 6th year students do pre-examinations. The conditions are so bad, we made a decision last night to close today.”She said that the exams have been sent by email, with parents given instruction on how to ensure “supervision and examination-style conditions” for their children to do the tests.A decision will then be taken over the coming days on whether to send further exams home if the conditions persist.And, as for whether students may take the opportunity doing the exam at home to take a peek at their textbooks, McGrath was doubtful.She added: “I don’t think so. We’ve given full instructions to parents regarding exam conditions.It’s not important what mark they get here, but it’s important they have a trial run for the real thing. I don’t think there will be any cheating.Read: PHOTOS: Many parts of Ireland are covered in snowRead: ‘Now is the time’: People asked to clear snow from outside their home before snow worsens File photo. School closed today due to snowy conditions. Image: RollingNews.ie File photo. School closed today due to snowy conditions. Feb 28th 2018, 9:56 AM 15,404 Views 21 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3876217 Share227 Tweet Email1 Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 9:56 AM Short URL Image: RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sean Murray Cork school allowing students to sit their mocks at home during the freezing weather The principal of the school doesn’t think students would use the opportunity to cheat on their exams.
Durcissement du malus automobile en 2012L’Assemblée nationale a adopté hier le projet de loi concernant le durcissement des bonus et malus automobiles. Cette loi prendra effet en 2012 et s’inscrit dans le cadre du projet de loi de finances.Le gouvernement avait prévu de baisser les taux de bonus écologique pour mieux maîtriser les déficits engendrés par le dispositif de 2008. En effet, il atteignait 500 millions d’euros en 2009 et probablement autant en 2010.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauLa nouvelle mesure qui prendra effet en 2012 concernant les bonus et malus automobiles se traduira, concrètement, par un abaissement du seuil de tolérance. “Les bonus de 500 et 1.000 euros seront ramenés à 400 et 800 euros en 2011 et les exigences environnementales du bonus seront accrues : le bonus de 100 euros sera ainsi supprimé”. Par ailleurs, les malus sont eux, revus à la hausse, “ainsi, en 2012, la tranche de malus de 2.600 euros touchera les modèles émettant plus de 231 grammes de CO2 par kilomètre au lieu de 241 grammes de CO2 par kilomètre”, indique le gouvernement.De plus, cette loi voit l’apparition de tranches intermédiaires taxées de 500 et de 1.100 euros pour les modèles émettant entre 151 et 190 grammes de dioxyde de carbone par kilomètre. Autre mesure qui prendra elle aussi effet en 2012, “un abaissement de 10 grammes de CO2 par kilomètre du seuil d’application du malus de 200 euros. Ainsi, en 2012, la tranche de malus de 200 euros touchera les modèles émettant entre 141 et 150 grammes de CO2 par kilomètre”.Le 10 décembre 2010 à 16:27 • Emmanuel Perrin