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Lighting Up The Cigar Trade

first_imgMel (Mehul) Shah was a 23-year-old, software professional in India when he first pursed a cigar under his lips. He recalls that he immediately felt like a classic Hindi movie villain: “Images of Ajeet and Jeevan, known for their gallant bad boy roles in Hindi movies during the 1960s and the 1970s filled up my mind, the moment I lit my first cigar at a celebratory event.”That’s the common perception that most Indians still associate with a cigar. 21 years later, happily busting the myth that cigar is for baddies, Shah, 44, is the owner of Palm Springs, Calif., based cigar company Bombay Tobak, famous for its M Bombay line of cigars.Mehul Shah: “Life as a cigar maker comes with certain ‘fancy’ stereotypes, but deep down we are all simple hardworking men.”The company rolls out boutique cigars from its factory in Costa Rica, importing 250,000 cigars to the United States in 2016.Shah is among a handful of Indian Americans who have penetrated the highly competitive U.S. cigar market.The credit for the growing Indian American presence in the cigar trade in America goes to Rocky (Rakesh) Patel, who founded Rocky Patel Premium Cigars in 1999 in Naples, Fl., after selling his highly successful law practice. Today he owns a luxury conglomerate, known for some of the finest cigars in the world. According to his marketing team, 2016 sales topped $48 million, with imported cigars touching $19 million.Breaking the conventionsIndians in the United States are widely known to have become major, even dominant forces in the convenience store and motel industry, as we well as doctors, engineers, and software professionals. So, it comes as something of surprise to find them making a mark in cigar manufacturing, an industry dominated by long-established Cuban and Latin family-owned businesses.Not unpredictably though, many of these cigar stars from India held conventional jobs before taking a stab at this highly cultivated craft.Rocky Patel: “While it does sound quite groovy if you are associated with a luxury product and perception can be that you are always partying, but it is also a lot of hard work.”Rocky Patel came to America as a teenager and grew up in Wisconsin. He studied law in Los Angeles practiced in Beverly Hills, where he met many Hollywood stars and celebrities and was introduced to the world of cigars.He became fascinated with the cigar trade and finally took a plunge into the business and has never looked back.Patel says: “While it does sound quite groovy if you are associated with a luxury product and perception can be that you are always partying, but it is also a lot of hard work. While establishing my business I worked extremely hard even visiting 600 cities in 700 days. I still spend a lot of time on roads cultivating relationships, understanding consumers and generally making myself accessible to people interested in cigars. It is tiring but very satisfying.”Mel Shah came to the United States in 2000 to work in the Internet industry. But within a year he was done with software and by 2001 opened his first store. Shah says: “My family had a few stores in the U.S. and we were into smoke and liquor shops. I was fascinated by cigars and wanted to venture into it. In 2011, we partnered with a factory in Costa Rica and in 2014 introduced our line of M Bombay cigars.”Shah admits that Rocky Patel has been a major inspiration: “It is still a small number of us Indian Americans in the trade and if you ask any of us we would all say Rocky has been an inspiration. He is a real cool guy.”New York based Jit Singh of The Hampton Cigar Company, among the more recent Indian Americans to enter the cigar trade, says, “When I was approached by a cigar owner to be an ambassador of his products which kind of set the ball rolling for my foray into the field, I did look up to the success of Rocky.”So what makes Indians successful in the business of cigars? Singh say: “We are very entrepreneurial and we tend to put in a lot of hard work to understand the basics of a trade. That’s what makes all the difference.”Both Patel and Shah are very hands-on and spend hours in the fields understanding the crop and in factories fermenting and curating blends.World’s Biggest MarketUnited States is the world’s largest cigar market in both volume and sales. According to a Global Industry Analysts report titled, Cigars: A Global Strategic Business Report 2015, the global market for cigars is projected to reach 19.9 billion sticks by 2020. The niche premium cigar market is witnessing significant growth worldwide.But all may not be well in the seemingly rosy U.S. cigar market. The manufacturers are nervously watching a new ruling by the Food and Drug Administration regulating tobacco, including premium cigars. In 2009, the FDA was authorized to regulate pipes, e-cigarettes and cigars. The agency issued an interim ruling last year, declaring that premium cigars would be regulated like cigarettes and chewing tobacco. The ruling requires cigar makers to undertake expensive testing and approvals prior to selling new products, and also requires that cigars in the market since 2007 must be tested for ingredients.Mel Shah, sees it as a major drawback to the business: “Right now it’s the biggest hurdle that we are facing. As of now the FDA is requiring the knowledge of what goes into a cigar, but we do not know what may come next and that is unsettling. Our focus certainly right now is the regulation and once that hurdle is jumped we will be looking at streamlining the existing productions and moving ahead.”Singh says, “Premium cigars was always a niche acquired taste, but once the e-cigarettes and hookah became the fad, it sort of got us into the same territory, which is unfair but right now we can only wait and see what it entails.”The new regulatory roadblocks notwithstanding, the Indian cigar makers remain upbeat. The industry was boosted last year when Pres. Barack Obama lifted the 50-year-old embargo that barred Americans from bringing home Cuban cigars, a favorite of cigar connoisseurs for their intense flavor.DAPPER DUDESDealing in cigars puts traders in the company of the rich and famous as cigar smoking is a luxe lifestyle. Rocky Patel is known for his dapper style and nuanced approach to fashion. He says: “I was always interested in fashion. Growing up in India I travelled a lot with my father to the remotest places. I also spent a lot of time in Africa. All this exposure to various cultures gave me an understanding of nuances. I went to the Doon School in India known for its cultured crowd, but I would say my style really evolved in Los Angeles. I interacted with movie stars and fashion always formed an important backdrop.”For Jit Singh a penchant for high style is a natural calling.Jit Singh is popularly known as the Feroz Khan of Queens: “I get my suits custom made by tailors in New York City and all my fabrics come from Dubai.”He confesses that he is popularly known as the Feroz Khan of Queens, where he lives: “I get my suits custom made by tailors in New York City and all my fabrics come from Dubai.” However, Shah says, “Life as a cigar maker comes with certain ‘fancy’ stereotypes, but deep down we are all simple hardworking men.”He adds, “The moment you light a cigar, the perception is that you would be driving a Ferrari, well I still move around in my small Lincoln and am quite happy with it.”Interestingly, while most Indian cigar stars have adopted western sounding first names, presumably for convenience, they tap their Indian heritage in their products. Patel says that he uses Indian design and architecture in his packaging. Mel Shah launched his first line of box pressed cigars last year and named it Gaaja, Sanskrit for elephant. He explains: “In Hindu mythology an elephant is a symbol of patience, so it was apt that I call my line Gaaja as I waited a long time to launch it.”Singh has dreams of launching a Bollywood cigar line, besides setting up a one of its kind cigar museum in Sag Harbor in New York, which has a rich history of cigar culture dating to the 1800s.Defying common beliefs associated with harmful effects of smoking, the men defend the cigar as an organic, pesticide free product, with little harm as the smoke is not inhaled, unlike a cigarette. Still, they admit that convincing families back in India to take up a cigar makers’ job, requires some convincing.With their steady success, however, they are hoping to bust popular myths.   Related Itemslast_img read more

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Azkals face China side in friendly Wednesday

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games But the more important match for the Azkals will be on June 13 in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe, where they are gunning for a second straight win in Group F of the qualifying stage against Tajikistan at Central Republican Stadium.Azkals coach Thomas Dooley has called up 23 players for the trip to China and Tajikistan, including veterans Phil and James Younghusband and newcomer Ace Villanueva of Meralco Manila and Ceres-Negros stalwarts Manny Ott, Kevin Ingreso, Iain Ramsay, Luke Woodland, Junior Munoz and Jeffrey Christiaens.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlso in the lineup are Global Cebu’s Patrick Deyto, Nicholas O’Donnell, Misagh Bahadoran, Amani Aguinaldo, Dennis Villanueva and Pika Minegishi, Kenshiro Daniels and Antonio Ugarte of Kaya Makati, Fitch Arboleda of Stallion Laguna and Dominic Del Rosario of Ilocos United.JPV Marikina defender Camelo Tacusalme was also included in the squad, which will be beefed up by foreign based players Javier Patino (Henan Jianye), Daisuke Sato (Iasi) and Mike Ott (Angthong United).First choice goalkeeper Neil Etheridge said he was skipping the two matches in preparation for his move to Cardiff City in the English Championship, which is just a level below the English Premier League. Meralco Manila blanks Davao Aguilas BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV The Philippine Azkals fly to Guangzhou on Monday for its most high-profile international friendly yet aimed at sharpening them for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifying game against Tajikistan.The Azkals face China on Wednesday night at Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou, marking the first time in recent memory that the two countries are facing off.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR “I’ve always put the Azkals first, but this is a slightly personal move for me, a massive move in my career and I can’t jeopardize it,” Etheridge told the Inquirer.Etheridge’s contract with Cardiff starts on July 1.“I hope everyone understands my decision. I can’t jeopardize this move.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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IOC-owned refinery to supply BS-IV compliant diesel from Jan

first_imgVadodara, Jul 3 (PTI) Indian Oil Corp-owned Gujarat refinery will supply Bharat Stage(BS)-IV compliant diesel from January 2017, a senior official has said.”For producing BS-IV complaint fuel, IOC is spending Rs 1,800 crore towards revamping its three diesel treating and hydro-treating units at Gujarat Refinery.”The investment is part of quality upgradation exercise undertaken to meet emission standards set under the Central Governments auto fuel policy,” IOC Executive Director S K Dhar Gupta told PTI.The upgradation will make the refinery, located at Koyali village on the citys outskirts, adequately equipped to supply 100 per cent BS-IV compliant diesel and petrol, he said.Of the total monthly petrol production of 1.60 lakh tonnes, the refinery is currently supplying about 1.50 lakh to 1.55 lakh tonnes of BS-IV compliant petrol, he said.The BS-IV compliant fuels have low sulphur level at 50 ppm. Under BS-III norms, petrol and diesel have sulphur content of 150 ppm and 350 ppm, respectively.The reduced sulphur content will greatly lower air pollution levels caused by auto emissions.”Gujarat refinery has been undergoing revamp of its diesel treating units and the process is expected to be over in January 2017 after which it will supply BS-IV diesel,” said Gupta.However, the IOC facility will continue to produce BS-III diesel from January-April 2017 for enabling old vehicles to smoothly switch over to BS-IV norms.”We want to give them enough time for switching over to BS-IV norms for diesel,” said Gupta.The refinery, which has 13.7 MMT crude processing capacity, has been revamping all its units to supply BS-IV fuels throughout the country by April 1, 2017, he said. PTI COR RSY ANUadvertisementlast_img read more

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New Details Emerging From Ohio State’s Urban Meyer Investigation

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches the action during the first quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)New details from Ohio State’s investigation into Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes’ football program, regarding the handling of domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith, emerged late on Wednesday night.ESPN college football reporter Dan Murphy reported that the Powell Police Department, which responded to domestic violence allegations against Smith but made no arrests in 2015, are being cooperative with Ohio State’s investigation.However, Powell Police are refusing to give up information from some of the files, as they are protected since Smith was never arrested.The police are helping “as much as the law will allow” but have blocked attempts from Ohio State’s investigation team to get records that are sealed.From ESPN.com:Police in Powell, Ohio, have had preliminary conversations with the investigators, according to Chief of Police Gary Vest, and are willing to help as much as the law will allow. The Powell police visited Courtney Smith’s home twice in the fall of 2015 to respond to complaints about habitual domestic violence and stalking. Neither visit resulted in an arrest or any charges against Zach Smith.Vest said he is not at liberty to share the details of what his officers discovered about those incidents in 2015 because of confidentiality laws designed to protect the identity of people accused of crimes. Because Smith was not charged with a crime as a result of those incidents, the details of what police found while responding to those cases are not public record, according to Powell’s city attorney. Vest said he also denied a request from the investigators working on behalf of Ohio State to see the same records based on advice received from the city’s attorney.If Ohio State’s current investigation team is unable to gain access to these files, you have to wonder if this affected any attempts by Ohio State to investigate claims against Smith back in 2015.Ohio State has said that its investigation into Urban Meyer should take about two weeks. It’s possible we learn something regarding his future in Columbus by next week.last_img read more

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Christian Hackenberg Front Runner To Win AAF Starting QB Job

first_imgChristian Hackenberg winds up to throw.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Christian Hackenberg #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions throws a pass in the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)In three years as an NFL player, Christian Hackenberg failed to take a snap in a regular season game.The former Penn State star was a second round pick by the New York Jets in the 2016 NFL Draft.He rode the bench for two years in New York, before having brief stints with the Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, and Cincinnati Bengals.Now, he’s attempting to revive his pro football career in the new Alliance of American Football.The league kicks off the weekend after the Super Bowl, and Hackenberg is reportedly the favorite to start for the Memphis Express.He’s been in a position battle with a few other prominent former college quarterbacks.LSU product and former Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger, Troy’s Brandon Silvers, and Tennessee-Martin’s Troy Cook.Per AAF reporter Dylan Carino, Christian Hackenberg is separating himself as Memphis’ starting quarterback.From AAF.com:1. Hackenberg gains lead in the QB raceThe four-man race for quarterback seems to be nearing its end with a strong performance from Christian Hackenberg against the Stallions. The Penn State product was 9 of 15 for 128 yards passing and one touchdown — a 19-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Fabian Guerra on post route up the right hash. Hackenberg had a strong grasp of the offense particularly early on, going 6 for 6 on the opening drive, which culminated with his touchdown pass.Throughout the majority of camp, it was Zach Mettenberger who had the lead in the starting quarterback race, but after Sunday, the starting role looks like Hackenberg’s to lose.Hackenberg was an all-world talent in high school, and had an extremely strong freshman season under Bill O’Brien at Penn State. He never really built on it in his two additional years though, and flamed out in the NFL.If he can get things straightened out in this new league, it’d be really good news—and publicity—for the AAF.[AAF.com]last_img read more

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US Ambassador to UN Praises Morocco’s Decision to Maintain Flights To…

New York (UN) – US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power praised the airlines which maintained flights to the Ebola worst affected West African countries, including Morocco’s carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM), saying the remaining flights are a precious “lifeline” for the people of the region.Following a tour in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the US official hailed the airlines of Belgium, France and Morocco for maintaining their flights to the West African region.These flights are a “lifeline” for the people of this region who, thanks to these airlines, can move while respecting certain protocols, she added. Royal Air Maroc decided to maintain its regular scheduled flights to the three worst hit countries by the Ebola pandemic (Sierra Leon, Guinea and Liberia) “in a gesture of solidarity” read more

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Sudan and UN sign fouryear development assistance plan

The agreement, known as the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), was signed by representatives of the Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan and 18 UN agencies headed by Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator Ameerah Haq.Ms. Haq said the new agreement, which covers the years 2009 to 2012, “will enable us to move beyond annual planning, and set more ambitious development goals with the help of all our national and international partners. With the endorsement of this planning tool, the UN will spare no effort in helping the country achieve tangible progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).” “The consolidation of peace and stability in the country remains the ultimate goal of the UNDAF process,” she added.Welcoming the new agreement, Sudan’s State Minister of International Cooperation El Elias Nyamlell Wakoson said that it “represents an important step in terms of moving forward jointly with a common vision of our strategic direction in support of the peace process.” 23 July 2008The Sudanese Government today signed an agreement with United Nations agencies operating in the country on a four-year aid plan covering peacebuilding, governance and the rule of law, employment, education and health care as well as other services. read more

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CAO issue put over until April

The absence of a CAO at Governor Simcoe Square is reportedly causing problems for Norfolk’s senior management team.Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus told Norfolk council this week that the CAO has traditionally played a utility role, filling in for senior managers when they are on vacation, taking a sick day or otherwise away from the office.Norfolk has been without a top bureaucrat since the sudden resignation of David Cribbs in mid-January. Columbus says this is creating continuity issues that should be addressed.Columbus bases his position on minutes from meetings of Norfolk’s senior management team.Norfolk’s senior managers meet frequently to co-ordinate strategy and projects. They also meet after council meetings to discuss council resolutions and directives and how they will be implemented.Minutes from these meetings are not available to the public.“There sounded like there were some challenges,” Columbus said.Columbus sponsored a motion at Tuesday’s meeting calling on Norfolk council to expedite the hiring of a new CAO. Columbus wants a replacement for Cribbs named before council’s summer recess.When the motion was presented, Columbus asked senior managers in the council chamber to explain how the absence of a CAO has complicated their jobs.However, Mayor Kristal Chopp intervened and asked for a deferral. Motions for deferral take precedence over everything else on the floor and Chopp was supported in a 5-4 vote. The matter was put over till April 9.After Tuesday’s meeting, Chopp said she had information she wants to share with council. Chopp said Columbus’s motion arrived on short notice and that there are considerations she wants to put before council before it proceeds.The CAO’s position in Norfolk pays about $180,000 a year.During January’s budget deliberations, council noted that it was saving “gapping” dollars on unfilled positions. Chopp said at the time that Norfolk County is operating smoothly without a top bureaucrat and that council would proceed with a search for Cribbs’ replacement when the time was right.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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UN agency hails progress in saving worlds forests says more needs to

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today hailed “steady and encouraging” progress in sustainable forest management around the world, but called for innovative cooperation between governments, organizations and the private and civil sectors to achieve even greater improvements.”Despite high rates of deforestation, progress in implementing sustainable forest management around the world has been steady and encouraging,” according to the State of the World’s Forests 2003 (SOFO), presented by FAO. “However, improvements are needed to bring about further environmental, economic, social and cultural benefits.”The report recommends stronger integrated policies and better linkages across sectors, such as agriculture, transportation and trade. It also suggests innovative partnerships among governments, organizations, the private sector and civil society.SOFO defines sustainable management as meeting present needs for forest goods and services, while ensuring their continued availability in the long term. The concept combines the production of wood and non-wood forest products with the conservation of soil, water and biological diversity, while the socio-economic, cultural and spiritual values of forests are maintained or enhanced.The report underscores the major roles of forests in the context of climate change as a source of carbon dioxide when they are destroyed or degraded and the role they can play in poverty alleviation. “Forests can help to reduce food insecurity, alleviate poverty, improve the sustainability of agricultural production and enhance the environment in which many impoverished rural people live,” it says.It also analyzes the important role of forests in freshwater resources, the contribution of forests to the conservation of biological diversity, and the state of science and technology in the forest sector, including the widening gap between advanced and least developed countries. Listen to UN Radio report on loss of forests read more

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Hurricane ravaged Barbuda and Dominica must build back better

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHigh-level Conference to mobilise resources for hurricane-ravaged CARICOM States set for NovemberOctober 31, 2017In “latest news”Irma aftermath: Some Guyanese want to return home, while others will remain- CDCSeptember 19, 2017In “latest news”300 tons of lumber earmarked for hurricane-devastated islands says PMOctober 2, 2017In “Business” (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rebuilding the Caribbean islands of Dominica and Barbuda, ravaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria, is an opportunity to “build back better” and limit the impact of future disasters, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General Jessica Faieta said.Jessica FaietaAs Hurricane Irma barreled towards the island, all of the 1,800 residents of Barbuda were evacuated to neighouring Antigua, but the storm destroyed most of its buildings and agriculture.In Dominica, Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 18, claiming the lives of 15 people and affecting most of the small island’s population of 73,000 people.Recovery efforts are now focused on providing aid to people in shelters, restoring power and clearing the debris.But in the coming weeks as efforts turn to reconstruction, planning and investment must focus on building back better, including constructing homes, police stations and government buildings that can better withstand hurricanes.“Seeing the devastation, obviously investing in a reconstruction that becomes resilient, of building back better becomes extremely important for the Caribbean,” said Faieta, who also heads the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Latin America and the Caribbean.More frequent and extreme weather linked to climate change like hurricanes and severe flooding will occur more often.“We are going to see more of these (disasters) … such weather is going to become the norm rather than the exception,” Faieta told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.“We are seeing a complete new phenomenon and what has been done before is not enough.”She said the UNDP aims to train people, particularly women, on how to repair and rebuild safer homes, including how to build columns, foundations and roofs more resistant to high winds.“There is an opportunity to rebuild better,” she said.In the case of Barbuda an “island that has to be built from scratch” getting urban planning right is vital to limit the potential of damage of future hurricanes, Faieta said.This includes building shelters and storage areas for food, water and seeds in safe locations, away from flood-prone areas on high-ground, she said.Improving early warning systems is also important, she said. This includes providing communities with cellphone technology to tell people where to pre-position food and seeds ahead of a hurricane and mapping flood-plain areas.In Dominica, a mountainous island, reforestation will be also important to lessen the hazard of landslides triggered by heavy rains.According to the U.N., Hurricane Maria “totally decimated” Dominica’s agriculture sector, and reconstruction could include introducing crops, like palm oil, that are more resistant to high winds.With reconstruction costs for the Caribbean nations estimated in the billions of dollars, Faieta said their economies – often highly indebted and dependent on tourism, fishing and agriculture – need help in setting up a regional emergency insurance fund to soften the impact of disasters.“There has to some sort of financing for them,” Faieta said. “It’s simply not realistic that the domestic resources will cover something like this.”The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank has made emergency grants and loans to member countries to help cover immediate costs in the wake of Irma.Hurricane Irma and other hurricanes this year have also triggered payouts of nearly $51 million from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF SPC), including a $19 million payment to Dominica last week. read more

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Japon nouvelles tentatives de refroidissement des réacteurs

first_imgJapon : nouvelles tentatives de refroidissement des réacteursLes autorités japonaises luttent ce matin pour essayer de refroidir plusieurs réacteurs de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima afin d’éviter une catastrophe nucléaire. Refroidir les barres de combustible des réacteurs n°3 et n°4 de la centrale de Fukushima. C’est la principale préoccupation des autorités japonaises ce matin. Pour la première fois depuis le début de la crise, 30.000 litres d’eau ont pu être déversés par des appareils de l’armée japonaise sur ces réacteurs. Des lances à incendie à haute pression devraient renforcer le dispositif et quatre hélicoptères se relayent. Ceux-ci doivent remplir la piscine de combustible usagé du réacteur n°4, endommagé par deux incendies. Quasiment asséchée, elle provoque des niveaux extrêmement élevés de radiations selon le président de l’Autorité américaine de régulation nucléaire. Concernant le réacteur n°3, ce dernier fond toujours, d’après l’opérateur de la centrale, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco). Il espère que l’alimentation électrique pourra être rétablie dans la journée afin que les pompes refroidissant les réacteurs soient remises en route et puissent remplir les piscines.Par ailleurs, les Etats-Unis ont livré un drône d’observation aux Japonais qui permettra un survol des réacteurs de Fukushima, rapporte Europe 1.Le bilan devrait dépasser les 10.000 mortsÀ lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéUn dernier bilan du séisme et tsunami, qui ont frappé le Japon vendredi 11 mars et causé de lourds dégâts au niveau de la centrale nucléaire, fait état de 5.178 morts et 8.606 disparus selon la police nationale. Ce bilan devrait dépasser les 10.000 morts.Aujourd’hui, des millions de Japonais sont privés d’eau, de chauffage et de nourriture en quantités suffisantes. Une partie de l’archipel risque d’ailleurs une coupure d’électricité à grande échelle aujourd’hui si la consommation n’est pas réduite, selon le ministre de l’Industrie.Les images prises au Japon au lendemain de la catastrophe. Le 17 mars 2011 à 09:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Manchester United will not swap Anthony Martial for Toby Alderweireld

first_imgEarlier, the Spurs has a serious interest in 22-year-old Martial, who is frustrated at his limited opportunities following Alexis Sanchez’s arrival in January.But United are firm to reject attempts by Tottenham to include Anthony Martial in any deal for Toby Alderweireld, according to ESPN FC.The club is also keen to utilize the advantage of Alderweireld’s contract standoff with Tottenham to bring the defender to Old Trafford this summer.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Although it seems that Tottenham have resigned to losing Alderweireld, United are hopeful of keeping hold of Martial and will only listen to offers if he pushes for a move since Jose Mourinho made it clear that any player who wants to leave this summer can go for the right price. However, rumours suggest that if Martial who is also on Juventus’ radar makes it clear he is determined to move, United would prefer to sell to a club outside the Premier League.The 29-year-old Alderweireld has two years left on his contract but with little prospect of an extension being agreed, Spurs are willing to cash in if they receive a fee in the region of £50 million.last_img read more

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Radar Workers without Insurance despite risks says Blue Hills Member

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Mar 2015 – Operators at the country’s Coastal Radar on the peninsula in Five Cays need better attention; one of the messages coming when the Member for Blue Hills made his contribution to the Budget Debate this week. Hon. Goldray Ewing pointed out that the radar operators have no insurance coverage despite the risk they take in carrying out their jobs.“Some employees there for the information of others who climb that 140ft tower, when necessary because that station can’t be down one minute of the day. In the dead of night 30-40 mile winds blowing they have to go up there; risky. No insurance coverage, risky. Radiation, killing. The danger of falling is there.”Ewing explained that these Turks and Caicos Islanders are often working the 24 hour monitoring shifts, solo.“Nothing in this budget for training for the operators or for personnel that is coming on, what I did see, not in the budget, but what I did see is some posts being advertised with some very high qualifications which could only be found in the Police Force or in DEMA. So I am wondering if we are pulling on these two departments so much that we actually brain draining them or are these posts gonna be given to foreigners.”The member called on better budgeting for the Radar Station and its officers. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:blue hills member, goldring ewing, insurance, radar workerslast_img read more

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Chambers Third Energy Conference Serves as Platform for Power Sector Innovation

first_img Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Recommended for you Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, December 19, 2016 – From the smallest detail like banning Styrofoam containers on a construction site at a planned Exuma luxury resort to powering an electric vehicle via a solar power charging station, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation recent energy conference served up a harvest of innovative solutions to the problems of how to provide consistent, reliable power in a modern world. “These are very challenging times for the energy sector,” said Chamber CEO Edison Sumner. “We must find ways to reduce our reliance on traditional forms of energy.”That reliance – along with a dependence on government in order to get anything done – has resulted, said Sumner in a situation where electrical output, particularly in New Providence, is still dependent upon fossil fuels and an antiquated power generation system that is costly, challenging to maintain and unhealthy for the environment. “For a very long time we have been ignoring our own welfare,” said Sumner, addressing business and civic leaders at the Chamber’s third annual energy security conference, hosted in conjunction with the American Embassy with patron sponsor Commonwealth Bank and held at the British Colonial Hilton December 13.   “We want to determine the future of the country when it comes to the energy sector and the impact the cost and quality of energy has on business and on our lives in general.”     Looking to the future, speaker after speaker recounted the need to act responsibly but independently.It was the willingness to find their own vision and make it reality that led Shaun Ingraham and the One Eleuthera Foundation to purchase a rundown closed hotel and transform it into a training centre that has since been internationally accredited.   Sixty adult students have graduated with technical and vocational skills and certification. “With 70% unemployment in Eleuthera, we needed to find ways to stimulate the economy,” said Ingraham.   “We got a license and created a credit bureau.   We partnered with five primary schools including The Island School which is totally off the grid. We got access to the 1.5 tons of trash the schools created and began recycling.  We started to crush the glass and turn it into countertops, floors, pavements. The cans went to Nassau for Cans for Kids. The plastic we shipped back to Nassau.”In eight years, One Eleuthera Foundation has pumped $20 million into the local economy – and done so with a shared vision, equipping dozens with badly-needed skills, providing green jobs and operating with a mission to be economically viable and environmentally friendly. Radiologist Larry Carroll, MD, discovered how important it was to operate without waiting for government to move forward so long as you were within the law.   He did it first in organizing a group of doctors to operate a private hospital, Doctors Hospital, and more recently as he neared retirement, in building a seven room resort in Schooner Bay, Abaco. “The vision for Schooner Bay presented to me was to have a green, sustainable village based on old village models of years ago,” said Carroll.   “The village concept was built around the harbour.   Developers preserved the natural flora and fauna, provided geothermal heating and cooling.  They built the land up so if there were a storm surge, the run-off would flow into the wetlands. We recycle all our gray matter, maintain the indigenous vegetation.”   All utilities are underground.   Nine foot ceilings allow heat to rise, reducing the need for air conditioning.   Positioning of the residences also allows for best breeze flow. Now, Dr. Carroll is trying to unite the Schooner Bay community to tackle the difficulty with energy.   “We have an hour power cut every day.   If we can de-politicize our thinking and our discussions and get together, we could put in a solar mini-grid in Cherokee Sound and sustain that community and Schooner Bay and we would not have to wait for anyone else.   We are too dependent on government and we need to just unite and do it ourselves.” If Family Islands are drawing the blueprints for the energy sector, one of the most interesting is the model that will be set when construction starts on Children’s Bay Cay and Williams Cay in the Exumas.   According to Project Director Michel Neutelings, every aspect of design, engineering and operations is being created to utilize the latest technology to provide the most sustainable development. “The waters of the Exumas are among the most pristine in the world so we have to strike a very careful balance, taking into account the dire need for economic development, sustainability of the environment and wishes of the community,” said Neutelings. “We will meet with every environmental group and will listen to the community before we put a shovel in the ground.”   And when construction starts, there will be a ban on Styrofoam.  The energy conference under the theme Eyes Wide Shut drew nearly 100 persons with the Deputy Prime Minister Philip ‘Brave’ Davis addressing the luncheon and advising that the new energy regime would allow power generation including solar to tie into the grid as early as the end of January.    Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

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Hyundai Nexo fuel cell SUV earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus

first_img More about 2019 Hyundai Nexo Blue FWD Comments The 2019 Hyundai Nexo runs on hydrogen gas and oxygen Fuel Cell Cars SUVs Hyundai Tags 48 Photos 2019 Hyundai Elantra review: Staying relevant in a changing segment 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line review: A legit compact performercenter_img Preview • 2019 Hyundai Nexo: The hydrogen-powered crossover More From Roadshow These tests also include evaluations of a car’s crash-avoidance systems and headlights. Since forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard on the Nexo, and since the vehicle was able to avoid collisions at both 12 and 25 miles per hour, it received the highest rating, Superior. As for headlights, models built after June 2019 receive a Good rating for improved curve illumination, whereas models built before that date are only rated Acceptable. Either way, it’s still good enough for an award.What’s interesting is that these crash tests weren’t actually the IIHS’ idea, given the car’s limited sales potential as a California-only hydrogen car. Instead, Hyundai nominated it for testing. According to the IIHS, that turned out to be a great idea, as it gave the Institute an early crack at a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, a type of vehicle it had never tested before. The 2019 Hyundai Nexo joins several other Hyundai vehicles with Top Safety Pick+ awards, including the Elantra, Sonata, Kona, Tucson, Santa Fe. Additional Hyundai models with the second-best Top Safety Pick award includes the Accent, Elantra GT, Ioniq, Veloster and Santa Fe XL. Enlarge ImageNothing a little duct tape and moxie can’t fix. YouTube screencap You’ve probably heard people express safety concerns about hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles, because of the tank of compressed flammable gas under the body. Well, after withstanding a battery of crash tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Hyundai Nexo fuel cell SUV has rolled away with the Institute’s highest award.The IIHS announced on Thursday that the 2019 Hyundai Nexo has picked up the IIHS’ highest accolade, Top Safety Pick+. However, this only applies to models built after June 2019, when Hyundai adjusted the headlights’ factory aim for better visibility in curves. Models built prior to June 2019 are only eligible for the penultimate award, Top Safety Pick.The first thing a car needs to do to get Top Safety Pick+ is withstand a battery of crash tests. The Nexo received the highest rating of Good in every crash test, including the tricky new test, passenger-side small overlap front, which mirrors a driver-side test to ensure automakers are equally protecting both occupants. The Nexo also received a Good rating in every crash test’s subcategories, save for two, where it was rated the second-best Acceptable. Share your voice Hyundai’s jumbo compact sedan communes with Google Hyundailast_img read more

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Colin Top to bottom the Big Ten is better than the SEC

first_imgThe Big Ten has been getting hammered after a lackluster bowl season, that included losses by heavyweights Michigan and Ohio State. The knee jerk reaction in the media is that the conferences subpar bowl season shows that it’s still not close to being on the SEC’s level.Today in The Herd, Colin said that he expects a dominant Alabama team to beat Clemson in the national championship game, but their dominant run with Nick Saban has masked what is a declining conference as a whole.Sure, Saban is on a historic run, but the rest of the conference is filled with big brand names who are all underachieving.“The SEC doesn’t have a second best program right now. And stop talking about your bowl record. It’s .500, and Mississippi State beat Miami of Ohio. And those are essentially home games for you. You’re all playing them in Florida.The Big Ten is the only conference that has to travel to every bowl game. Penn State had to go play in USC’s back yard. Michigan had to play in Florida State’s back yard. You ever think about that?” Colin pointed out that when you compare the list of coaches in the two conferences, it’s not even close. The Big Ten is headlined by Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh, but also has James Franklin at Penn State, Paul Chryst at Wisconsin, Mark Dantonio at Michigan State. Any of the aforementioned are better than what the SEC has after Nick Saban. Minnesota just upgraded their mid level program with the hiring of Western Michigan’s PJ Fleck, today.“LSU has Ed O as a head coach. Tennessee’s got a gym teacher.”Alabama isn’t just the best team in the SEC anymore, they are the SEC.The second best head coach in the conference might be Steve Sarkisian, who isn’t even a head coach. He’s calling plays for Saban.Steve Sarkisian would be a top tier head coach in the SEC pic.twitter.com/vIy5m4gt9M— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 6, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

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5 LowCost Apps to Make Your Computer Run Super Fast

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. August 26, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Sluggish computers can be a real drag on productivity. What’s more frustrating than watching a computer struggle to complete what used to be an easy task when then machine was new?Most computers run slowly not because the hardware has become degraded but because of issues with memory. As users install programs and browse the internet, those files leave traces of themselves behind that aren’t completely cleaned up even after deleting cookies and running program uninstallers.Luckily, there are a host of apps that can easily and quickly boost your PC or Mac’s performance by getting rid of unused files and freeing up disk space. Here’s a look at five that you might find useful:1. Revo UninstallerAfter Windows users run the Revo Uninstaller, this app goes back and clears related files and programs that Windows might have missed in its own cleanup process. The app lets users customize their level of uninstallation, from light to deep, and a “hunting” mode that can pinpoint specific tasks and files to eliminate.The trial version is free, but users who want to unlock some of Revo’s more powerful features will need to shell out roughly $40 for the pro version.Related: Not Sure What to Eat? This App Knows What You’re Craving2. AppZapperMac users running OS X can uninstall programs via the AppZapper. Billed as “the uninstaller Apple forgot,” AppZapper makes it easy to uninstall programs and their related files by simply dragging the program’s icon into the app. One laser blast later and your hard drive should be freer.It’s a much cleaner and thorough way to uninstall programs than simply dragging them into the recycling bin. The trial version lets users have 12 “zaps” for free. After that, $12.95 will unlock the app’s unlimited uninstallation power for life.3. Flash Cookie CleanerWindows users can clean temporary files out of their internet browser’s cache with the Flash Cookie Cleaner. Not only does clearing out the cache save you space, it also stops websites from tracking your browsing habits and can erase any saved logins in case you have to temporarily share your computer or are concerned about unauthorized logins for some other reason. Best of all, it’s free.4. Washing MachineMac users who want to quickly and easily erase their browsing and download histories, cookies and temporary files cache can find Washing Machine to be handy. The program is compatible with most web browsers and even some less obvious programs that also store personal data.Users can schedule the app to scrub their data at a certain time of day and provides a smart interface that makes it easy to delete specific types of data with surgical precision. The app usually retails for around $10 but is on sale in the App Store for $7.99.5. MemoryFreerNeed more space but there’s simply nothing left to delete? Try MemoryFreer on your Mac. It’s a tiny app with one job: to free up unused RAM at the touch of a button. The app is available for just $0.99. Windows users can get a similar effect with Extra RAM, a free memory management program that adjusts your PC’s memory usage as it runs in the background.Related: 4 Tools That Take the Pain Out of Managing Payroll Register Now »last_img read more

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Conservation works completed on two historic churches in Famagusta

first_imgA ceremony will be held on Saturday May 26 in Famagusta in the north to mark the completion of conservation works in two historic churches, located in the north-western part of the walled city.Works at St. Mary of the Armenians Church and the Carmelite Church were fully funded by the European Commission and were implemented by the UNDP, in partnership with the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage.The Armenian church is the community’s first monument to be restored with the contribution of the bicommunal Technical Committee, while more projects in the area are expected to finish soon.The two churches are part of the Martinengo cluster, adjacent to the namesake bastion that was also recently revamped by the Technical Committee.Takis Hadjidemetriou, the Greek Cypriot Head of the Technical Committee, and Vartkes Mahdessian, the Representative of the Armenians in the House of Representatives, spoke to the Cyprus News Agency, underlining the importance of this project.Both churches are part of the multicultural fabric that characterised the old city of Famagusta, as well as Cyprus, Hadjidemetriou said, adding that the area was now open to visitors. He noted the presence of various other monuments in the vicinity, like the Martinengo bastion, Tanners’ mosque (the former Jacobite church), St. Anne Maronite church and the Greek Orthodox St. George Exorinos church.He said the significance of the Armenian church was tremendous, not just for the community, but also for Armenians worldwide, as well as for Cyprus and called on Armenians and the wider public to attend the ceremony.He said finally that conservation works at Tanners’ mosque and St. Anne are soon to be completed, probably this September.Mahdessian said the church had a great significance for the small Armenian community of Famagusta and said they hoped to secure a permit, in order to hold a service there soon.He expressed the wish for the project to mark the beginning of more restorations, underlining in particular the urgent works needed at Sourp Magar Armenian monastery.St. Mary of the Armenians was probably built after the middle of the 14th century by Armenian refugees from the port of Lajazzo or Aegeae and was part of a monastic complex dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The Carmelite Church, also known as St. Mary of Carmel, was part of the same complex, built between 1324 and 1366. You May LikeJobs in USA | Search AdsJobs in USA for Indian Might Pay More Than You ThinkJobs in USA | Search AdsUndoflarebox.info10 Reasons You Should Buy a Bike Right Nowflarebox.infoUndomytravelhits.comTen Best Places for Affordable Adventures – My Travel Hitsmytravelhits.comUndo Famagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoProperty owners price themselves out of the marketUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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