first_img(Eds: Changes in headline, intro)Shimla, Dec 29 (PTI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur kept key Home and Finance departments with him after the portfolios were alloted today.Besides Home and Finance, the chief minister will also look after the General Administration, Planning and Personnel department and all other departments not alloted to any minister.Mohinder Singh Thakur has been allocated Irrigation and Public Health, Horticulture and Sainik Welfare departments, while Kishan Kapoor will be in charge of Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Election departments.First-time MLA Suresh Bharadwaj has been given Education (Elementary and Higher), Parliamentary Affairs and Law portfolios.Anil Sharma, who quit the Congress to join the BJP ahead of the assembly polls, has been allocated Multipurpose Projects and Power and Non-Conventional Energy Sources departments.The lone women minister Sarveen Chaudhary has been allocated Urban Development, Town and Country Planning and Housing departments, while Ram Lal Markanda will be in charge of Agriculture, Tribal Development and Information and Technology departments.Vipin Parmar has been given Health and Family Welfare, Medical Education, Ayurveda and Science & Technology, while Virender Kanwar will have Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries departments.Vikram Singh has been given Industries, Labour and Employment, Technical Education and Vocational and Industrial Training, and Govind Singh Thakur has been allocated Forest, Transport, Youth Services and Sports departments.Rajiv Saizal has got Social Justice and Empowerment and Cooperation.Jai Ram Thakur was sworn in as the 14th chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, along with 11 other ministers, at a ceremony at the historic Ridge Ground here on December 27.advertisementGovernor Acharya Devvrat administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 52-year-old Thakur, a five-time MLA from Seraj, and other ministers.The council of ministers has six new faces.The assembly polls took place on November 9 and the results were announced on December 18.The BJP defeated the Congress by winning 44 seats in the 68-member assembly.The Congress managed to bag just 21 seats. Two seats went to Independents, while the CPI(M) won one seat. PTI PCL SMN SMNlast_img read more

first_imgIraq have withdrawn their team slated to play the football tournament at the upcoming Asian Games 2018 just two weeks ahead of the kickoff in Jakarta. The withdrawal of Iraq from the roster may throw the opening phase of the tournament in turmoil.Asian Football Confederation (AFC) conducted a redraw last week in order to add Palestine and United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the competition’s group stage after the two teams had been left out of the original list.With the redraw, two of the six group increased to five teams from four but with Iraq’s withdrawal, the group containing China, Timor Leste and Syria has been trimmed to just three teams.According to a Reuters source in Baghdad, the Iraq Olympic Committee have pulled out the team and the headache has fallen over the AFC officials now to address the imbalance in the early phase.The Olympic Council of Asia, the organisers of the Asian Games, have yet to respond to a request from Reuters for comment.Also read – AIFF slams IOA for not allowing football team to play in Asian GamesA source at the Iraq Football Association had initially denied reports the team would be removed from the competition and that the squad’s preparations were being finalised following the completion of a training camp in the northern city of Erbil.Earlier this week, football officials were reported to have been fired over their involvement in the selection of overage players for the nation’s under-16 team after they were stopped at passport control on their way to participate in a regional tournament.advertisementAlso read – IOA chief defends football’s exclusion from Asian Games 2018The withdrawal of Iraq’s footballers follows a decision by the Philippines not to send the nation’s basketball team to Jakarta in the aftermath of their on-court brawl with Australia during a recent World Cup qualifier.The football tournament at the Asian Games begins on August 10 and features teams made up of players 23 years of age and under. Coaches are permitted to select three overage players.The final will be played on September 1.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt has been well over a decade now since the waters off a Mi’kmaq community in New Brunswick almost became a battleground.Well, the so-called Burnt Church crisis is long over and Mi’kmaq fishing rights are now mostly recognized by the government.As APTN’s Tim Fontaine shows, true reconciliation could still be a long way off.last_img

By Younes MasskineRabat – In the Green March speech, King Mohammed VI reaffirmed that Morocco is reaching out to Algeria. Since then, many media outlets and political elites have expressed their hope to see the aspirations of nearly 100 million Maghrebis come true. Others reacted with accusation driven by stereotypes, bad faith, or worst-case scenarios.In reality, emotive language, litmus tests, and trying to push the other side to a tight corner are just the tip of the iceberg. The Morocco-Algeria rift runs much deeper. The dream of unity, which has existed since the feigned withdrawal of the European occupation from the Maghreb, will never see the light unless Maghrebis realize the geopolitics of the problem.It is neither chauvinistic nor narcissistic to say that Moroccans are the biggest losers in the state of delayed union of the Maghreb.The younger generations, born after the Green March in 1975, must know the reason of Morocco’s isolation, and why Morocco wasted so many opportunities for growth and reconstruction.They also should know why they became the victims of a great geopolitical game to isolate Morocco from the Maghreb, beginning, at least two centuries ago, with the colonial plan to divide North Africa.While European colonization brought the downfall of the Ottoman Caliphate in the rest of the Maghreb, Morocco survived the colonial machine that cuts countries off from their historical and religious roots.For France and other colonial powers, Morocco has always been the last bastion that they needed to conquer in order to link the colonized territories of Algeria with West Africa.The signing of the Treaty of Fez, by virtue of which Morocco became a French protectorate, brought about the fall of the 10-century-old Cherifien empire, said veteran Moroccan Independence Party leader, Mohamed El Khalifa, speaking at the anniversary of the launching of the e-newspaper Also: Dujarric: UN Very Supportive of Dialogue Between Algeria and Morocco“Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past,” George Orwell said in his 1984 novel. So the political elites who understand the roots of the past battles must break the taboo of fear and start the conversation and ask the tough questions about the factors of division in the Maghreb.There is no Moroccan–Algerian dispute outside a certain geopolitical structure, nor is there a question of Western Sahara outside the configuration left by colonial powers.If Morocco’s neighbors in the Maghreb sincerely want to break free from the constraints that have prevented Maghrebis, all these decades, from finding common ground and moving forward, they must recognize that they have inherited—consciously or unconsciously—agendas that are neither their own, nor to their interest.Every battle Maghrebis fought against each other was a lost one; the time has come for all Maghrebis to realize that their nation-states can only thrive in a united Maghreb.Read Also: Holocaust Curriculum: Exploring Morocco’s Relationship with the HolocaustThe subversion of Morocco is not an Algerian Bismarckian project but a neo-colonial one. The strong state with a long history that is Morocco is what prevents linking the former French colony of Algeria and the territories south of Tarfaya: Timbuktu, Dakar, and other parts of West Africa.This colonial project is not a thing of the past. A case in point is Libya, the scene of yet another Franco-Italian battle for a new sphere of influence. France has been working tirelessly to regain political, economic, and military influence in North and West Africa, just like it used to do in the late 1980s and early 1990s.Meanwhile, the US, a relatively new player, is pressing for less French influence in the region, pushing the countries of the Maghreb to get together. King Mohammed VI’s initiative for dialogue and the subsequent calls by Algeria and Mauritania for Maghreb foreign ministers to meet could give momentum for Maghreb countries to start taking action.History and diplomatic archives will tell us that Morocco has been unfair to Algeria, which, in reality has been unfair to itself by claiming or giving the impression that it is driven by its own agenda to gain a stranglehold on iron, phosphate reserves, or to have access to the Atlantic Ocean.According to independent historian Jilali El Adnani, in the late 19th century, French military leaders drew borders with Morocco on behalf of Algeria. The French called that border “the TTT line” for Tarfaya, Tindouf, and Touat.Their plan was to limit Moroccan sovereignty to territory above this line, making it easier for them to connect Algeria and West Africa, two regions then under their control.For a long time, the TTT line has been one edge of the Bermuda triangle of hindered progress in the Maghreb. Today, Maghrebis can turn the triangle into a river delta where Algeria and Mauritania meet Morocco and where old dreams are born anew.Translated from Arabic by Zakaria Wadghiri read more

MOSCOW — A Russian court has released from jail a U.S. investor who faces charges of embezzlement and has placed him under house arrest.Michael Calvey had been behind bars since February on charges of embezzlement from a Russian bank in which his investment firm Baring Vostok has a controlling stake.Baring Vostok has said the case results from a dispute between bank shareholders. Calvey denies wrongdoing.Thursday’s decision came a day after Russia’s Investigative Committee asked to change his detention terms. The application cited his charitable work, investments in Russia and a large number of people supporting him.Calvey’s arrest shocked the Moscow business community because he had avoided political controversy and helped develop Russian tech companies.His house arrest will be valid for three days, then its extension considered.The Associated Press read more

Gauging the value of center Tyson Chandler has never been the easiest basketball exercise.The 17-year veteran has made his name in the NBA as a stellar rim protector, earning the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011-12. But looking solely at his work on the defensive side of the ball would be selling him a bit short, given how well he has served as a lob specialist and a vertical floor-spacer in pick-and-roll situations.And then, of course, there’s the fact that Chandler — the newest member of the Lakers after a buyout from the Phoenix Suns — is perhaps the best player in NBA history at securing rebounds … without actually securing them.The cerebral 36-year-old has long excelled at what should be known as Tyson Tapbacks: volleyball-like plays in which he swats his club’s misfires toward half-court, where his teammates are more likely to come up with the ball. FiveThirtyEight reviewed every offensive rebound Chandler has obtained since the start of the 2013-14 season1Regular season only. and found that he has generated at least 140 tapbacks in that span. In other words, about 15 percent of his offensive boards during the past five-plus years have stemmed from this play.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The natural question, of course, is how someone would become so good at such a counterintuitive skill, given that players would obviously prefer to grab misses with both hands. Chandler has suggested that he stumbled onto the strategy.“Once I started getting double-teamed and boxed out, I realized, ‘OK, I can’t get to my full jump — I’ll be getting over-the-back calls all the time,’” the 7-foot-1 Chandler wrote in The Players’ Tribune a few years back. “So I started jumping like I do on a jump ball and batting it with one hand to my teammates. Now it’s funny because I see other big men do it.” In the same piece, Chandler also mentioned that rebounding that way likely cost him from a statistical standpoint for some years, as scorekeeping officials probably weren’t initially crediting him with boards for his backtaps.2With this in mind, FiveThirtyEight’s analysis covers only plays in which Chandler was credited with having snagged an offensive rebound.Chandler, who’s used this method for the better part of a decade, isn’t alone with his unusual, hard-to-track rebounding style. The move is a distant cousin of a strategy employed by Hall of Famer and NBA rebounding legend Dennis Rodman, who would often tip rebounds to himself while in traffic until he could secure the ball. Retired Pistons star Ben Wallace, also one of the best rebounders of all time, used the strategy every so often, too. And players like Brook and Robin Lopez have collected defensive accolades in recent years despite grabbing relatively few boards because they box out so well — an unselfish approach that boosts their teammates’ rebounding stats.Chandler certainly doesn’t lack ability as a traditional offensive rebounder. He’s still elite at generating offense from teammates’ misses — his career offensive rebound percentage ranks third among active players — and he has finished in the NBA’s top 10 in putback frequency3Tracking the share of a player’s offense that stems from a shot attempt immediately after securing an offensive rebound. Minimum of 75 putback possessions required. each of the past three seasons, according to Synergy Sports.It’s worth noting that not all of Chandler’s tapback efforts will be successful. (Laker fans, of course, have fond memories of the sport’s most infamous tapback, when Vlade Divac tipped the ball out to Robert Horry, who hit a game-winning three in the Western Conference finals.) Every now and then, he may toss one out of bounds by mistake, or throw one into the hands of a defensive player who happens to be in better position than one of Chandler’s teammates.But there are indications that Chandler’s tapback rebounds may carry a bit more weight than a typical offensive rebound.Chandler has already displayed clutch timing with his signature play — he’s come up with huge tapbacks already for the Lakers in the last four minutes of games against Miami, Atlanta and Minnesota. But the play also often creates high-value shots for teammates because of how flustered it leaves opponents, who have already crashed the defensive glass and aren’t in ideal position to run out and contest perimeter shooters.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.An analysis of Big Data Ball play-by-play logs shows that the offensively challenged Suns launched shot attempts a tenth of a second quicker than league average — and shot 3 points of effective field goal percentage better than usual4Going from a 43.4 percent effective field goal rate to a 46.5 percent effective field goal rate. — following a nonputback offensive rebound while Chandler was on the court5So excluding attempts that were within 2 feet of the basket or within 2 seconds of the offensive board. last season. The improved efficiency may have been at least partly due to the extra space shooters enjoyed from Chandler’s occasional tapbacks.And while the one-time All-Star has already proven his worth to the Lakers, who have gone 5-1 since signing Chandler, there are reasons to think that they could benefit from more of the Tyson Tapback. Entering Tuesday night, the club ranked ninth in jump-shooting6Meaning shots ranging from 10 to 35 feet. efficiency when the closest defender was at least 4 feet away. By contrast, the Lakers rank 21st when defenders are any closer than that, according to Second Spectrum. So it might be best for Los Angeles to get more open looks from outside.With time, the Lakers could even benefit from better understanding Chandler’s tapback patterns. In December 2012, Chandler told his teammates on the Knicks during a late-game timeout against the Nets to be prepared for him to tap the ball toward the perimeter on a miss.“I told the guys before we went out there I was getting grabbed and held down. I said, ‘I can’t come up with the rebound, so be ready. Don’t run away so quick because I’m probably going to get my hands on it and tap it out. So be ready to retrieve it,’” he said. Then, like clockwork, Chandler tapped out a rebound to get the Knicks an extra possession, and Jason Kidd — who had won the 2011 title in Dallas with Chandler — hit a game-winning triple on the next sequence.So while Chandler’s 3 points per game might make it easy to overlook his impact on that side of the ball, keep in mind that his value — even on the offensive end — generally goes far beyond that.Neil Paine contributed to this article.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

first_imgTwo of the passengers, Sinitta and Beverley, told the BBC there was a fire after the collision.”The train stopped suddenly and then people started screaming,” they said. “Then we saw the fire so we moved up the train, and they evacuated the train.”In a statement released after the collision the British Transport Police said that the Rail Accident Investigation Branch had been notified of the incident.The Rail Accident Investigation Branch is a specialised government agency that works with the Department for Transport and independently investigates railway accidents. Scene of fatal level crossing crash The victims were aged 15 and 72Credit:Eddie Mitchell The line was closed after the crashCredit:Peter Macdiarmid/LNP The line between Horsham and Pulborough was closed to allow officers from the British Transport Police and Sussex Police to investigate the crash .Paramedics also attended the scene.British Transport Police Detective Inspector Brett Walker said: “This is an extremely tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.”Our officers have been working at the scene, and will continue to do so for the rest of the day, to ensure we gain as much information about how the collision happened.”People should expect some disruption to services in the area while we investigate. I would like to thank the community in Barns Green for their support and patience.” Train at scene of level crossing crash Around a hundred train passengers were taken to the nearby Sumners Ponds campsite after the collision. They were given hot drinks until rail replacement buses arrived.  A 15-year-old boy and his grandfather have died after a train hit the car the were travelling in at a level crossing in West Sussex.Emergency services were called to the Barns Green level crossing at 8.47am Saturday morning and declared both the driver and the passenger dead at the scene. No one on the train was reported injured.It is believed the victims were travelling to a football match.Images of the wreckage show that the blue car was split into several parts when it was hit by the train. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgGFMS launched its annual Copper Survey this week, which estimates that the copper market was in surplus of 777,000 t in 2009, as falling consumption in the majority of key markets more than offset the growth noted in China and production continued to increase, albeit at the margin. The consultancy said the main driver was strong investment demand for the red metal throughout the year. It noted global mine production increased by 2.4% in 2009, to reach 15.8 Mt, with rises in Africa and Asia, amounting to 14% and 15% year-on-year respectively. North American declines were partly offset by growth in Chilean production, culminating in output in the Americas overall falling by 1.9%.As Neil Buxton, Managing Director of the Base Metals division of the consultancy noted, “despite this outcome, prices climbed 141% from their annual low in January of a little more than $3,000/t to an end-year peak of $7,346/t, before rising further in the new year, peaking recently above $7,800/t”.Support was also provided by official stockpiling in China, an increase in work-in-progress inventories in the same country as well as modest improvements in supply-demand conditions as the year progressed, especially compared to their dire state in the first few months of 2009.GFMS: “although copper’s supply/demand fundamentals were negative for the price in 2009 and remain uninspiring this year-to-date, the outlook for them in the longer-term is positive for prices. Given projections of a persistently tight concentrate market, it is difficult to see how production will be able to keep up with the consumption recovery expected going forward. Realisation of this has undoubtedly been a principal factor driving investors to the red metal and can in large part explain why copper has outperformed the majority of other commodities.”One issue the Copper Survey addresses is the short to medium-term outlook for copper prices. “The key question here”, Buxton argued, “is whether the momentum provided by investment demand will be maintained through to a time when an improvement in supply-demand conditions can take over the reins. Developments so far this year suggest that the answer is yes.” The limited extent of the recent correction and the fact that speculators and consumers found prices well above $6,000/t low enough to rush back into copper is supportive of this view.At the same time, GFMS acknowledges the price currently stands at levels already elevated and that in the upper-$7,000s it is difficult to see a new wave of money moving into the market, at least until the time when supply-shortages emerge. Elsewhere, it says, “yield-hungry speculators are likely to actively trade copper-related news, macro developments and movements in other asset classes and this will likely maintain considerable volatility in the price.”To conclude, GFMS expects that the above forces will most probably see copper prices go through a period of consolidation over the next few months and breaches through the February low and the end-March high are expected to be limited and short-lived. As the market moves into deficit towards the end of 2010, strong investment demand is likely to re-emerge. This will probably lead to more noteworthy advances and GFMS would expect copper prices to exceed $8,000/t before the end of the year.Highlights of the report include:Estimated global average cash costs (C1) declined by 5.9% in 2009 to reach 99.5 ¢/lb, equivalent to $2,194/t. The decline was fuelled by weaker producing country currencies, lower input prices and higher gold by-product creditsGlobal refined production rose by 0.9% last year to reach 18.4 Mt. A tight concentrate market compounded with lower scrap availability, in the aftermath of the collapse in copper consumption in the second half of 2008 and over much of last year, limited growthIn spite of dire conditions in most key markets, global consumption posted a limited decline of 1.7% last year, to reach 17.6 Mt overall. The relatively benign outcome was almost exclusively due to China’s 26% year-on-year growth, fuelled by an aggressive fiscal stimulus and loose monetary policy in the country. In contrast, demand in the majority of mature economies posted double digit declines.last_img read more

first_imgChauve-souris : géante, vampire, ce qu’il faut savoirLa chauve souris est un mammifère insectivore qui a mauvaise réputation. Souvent associés à l’image des vampires ces animaux considérés comme moches sont pourtant extrêmement importants dans le règne animal. Maxisciences vous explique tout !Les chiroptères, appelée communément chauves-souris sont des mammifères qui souvent s’orientent grâce à l’écholocoation. Les chiroptères peuvent être classés en deux sous-ordres, les michrochiroptères avec 814 espèces et les mégachorptères qui comporte 170 espèces, dont les roussettes. De nombreuses espèces de chauves-souris sont en forte régression, notamment à cause de la déforestation. La chauve-souris a une place importante dans la culture populaire, qu’elle en soit bénéfique ou maléfique, son aspect original a attisé les histoires et les rumeurs sur cette espèce, les menant à être longtemps persécutées par l’Homme. Caractéristiques Morphologie L’os de l’avant-bras des chiroptères ainsi que leurs métacarpes et leurs phalanges du deuxième et du cinquième doigt sont très allongés. Ils permettent de former la structure de l’aile, constituée de peau contenant de nombreux vaisseaux sanguins, des nerfs et des muscles. Communication et déplacementLes chauves-souris communiquent dans un spectre qui n’est pas accessible à l’oreille humaine à l’aide d’ultra-sons. La majorités des chauves-souris se déplacent à l’aide de l’écholocalisation, un principe qui peut être comparé à celui du sonar. Elles émettent des ultrasons, par la gueule ou le nez qui leur permettent de localiser des objets et de déterminer la taille et le mouvement avec une très grande précision. VisionContrairement à la croyance populaire, les chauves-souris ne sont pas aveugles. Leur vision est d’ailleurs adaptée à une vie nocturne. Elles peuvent être perturbés par l’éclairage extérieur.  ComportementsLes mégachiroptères comme la roussette sont crépusculaires et ne de déplacent que très peu la nuit. Les microchiroptères sont elles des espèces nocturnes. Les chauves-souris dorment la tête en bas environ 20 heures par jours. Alimentations Les microchiroptères se nourrissent de nombreuses choses les chasseurs capturent leurs proies en vol avec leur gueule grâce à leur “sonar”. Les frugivores détectent leur nourriture grâce à leur vue et à leur odorat.  Les espèces mégachiroptères, elles, se nourrissent de fruits, de fleurs ou encore de pollen. Reproduction Les chiroptères se reproduisent lorsque leur maturité sexuelle est atteinte, entre la première et la troisième année de leur vie. Les femelles gardent le sperme durant l’hibernation jusqu’à l’arrivée du beau temps et ouvre la membrane du sac à sperme. Généralement, les chauves-souris donnent naissance à un seul chauve-souriceau.HibernationLes chauves-souris hibernent durant l’hiver, leur température corporelle passe de 38 degré celsius à 17. Il est risqué de réveiller une chauve-souris en hibernation qui pourrait mourrir à cause de la trop grosse consommation d’énergie que lui prend le réveil.  Chauve-souris géante  De son nom latin, Pteropus giganteus, la chauve-souris géante d’Inde consomme uniquement des fruits et vie en Asie du Sud. Elle peut mesurer jusqu’à 1 mètre d’envergure.  Chauve-souris vampireÀ lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuDe la sous-famille des Desmodontinae, elle est appelée vampire car elle est hématophages. Il existe trois espèces de vampires : le vampire commun, le vampire à ailes blanches et le vampire à pattes velues. Ces chauves-souris vampires n’attaquent que très peu l’homme, mais elles sont amenées à le faire à cause de la perte de leur habitat. Elles se nourrissent en général de petits insectes tels que les moustiques.  Le 6 février 2018 à 13:30 • Morsli Paulinelast_img read more

first_imgSlavisa Jokanovic told the press that his players still need time to work details out, but he believes in them ahead of Saturday’s clashFor Fulham boss Salvisa Jokanovic, Saturday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur would be a great test for his players.The newly promoted club lost 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace on their first game of the season.And now, they want to rebound back to a victory.“We have many new players and will need time. We worked well this week, building our spirit and working on the way we want to play football,” Jokanovic told the press as reported by Sky Sports.“We are returning to Wembley as a Premier League team. An amazing and great challenge is ahead of us, and we will do our best to fight for the points.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“It’s a great opportunity. We have fought for the opportunity to play against teams like Spurs,” he said.“We have experience playing against them in the FA Cup a year ago and it wasn’t an easy day for us. But they haven’t changed much and we might see a similar starting 11 for Spurs.”.@Jokanovic: “We have many new players and will need time. We worked well this week, building our spirit and working on the way we want to play football.”— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) August 16, 2018last_img read more

first_imgNAMPA, Idaho — Folks who live near Idaho’s western border may complain about Oregon drivers, but a pair charged with shoplifting in Nampa on Thanksgiving made police officers’ jobs a lot easier this week. After reports of ongoing shoplifting, Nampa officers responded to a busy parking lot full of holiday shoppers. When they tried to arrest Gregory Redner and Camilla Hunt, both of Oregon, the pair fled. Police say Hunt ran to a car and drove away. Given the potential threat to public safety, the police declined to pursue her in the busy parking lot. But Hunt didn’t make an escape. Instead, she drove in circles. Police laid a spike strip down and Hunt drove over it, deflating two of her tires. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports the pair face multiple charges.last_img

first_imgBlogging is becoming the dominant force for many magazine Web sites and while most sites have their magazine staff blogging on a rotating schedule, the industry is starting to see some staffers dedicated full-time to blogging.That’s the approach The Atlantic has taken in hiring big names such as Jeffrey Goldberg, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Andrew Sullivan, who was named to the 2009 FOLIO: 40 for his efforts in making the Atlantic a credible online brand (its bloggers are also tasked with writing for the magazine as well-Sullivan’s next project is to look at how the conservative party in England came back into prominence and what lessons that may have for the reeling Republican party in the U.S.)Sullivan says that he typically posts 300 times per week (a number that surged to 400 or 500 a week during the presidential election). Of course, Sullivan has also been able to hire two full-time assistants to help navigate the white noise of the Web. And with seeing traffic grow from 522,066 uniques and 1.4 million page views in January 2007 to 2.5 million uniques and 68 million page views in January 2008, it seems to be worth the investment.last_img read more

first_imgHyderabad: Ambiguity over the government granting cheque power to Sarpanches has led to chaotic situation. The Sarpanches are feeling totally helpless as they cannot withdraw fund from the bank accounts, and it has led to hampering of development activities. While the government said that joint cheque power would be granted to Sarpanches and upa-sarpanches as co-signer, the officials have stated that the village heads are authorised to draw funds with Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us panchayat secretaries as co-signers. Confusion prevails as the officials have been referring to different sections of the Panchayat Raj Act and giving statements in contradiction to the government orders. The officials said certain sections in the PR Act states that Finance Commission funds have to be withdrawn with panchayat secretary as co-signer. Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us On the other hand, though the government announced that the sarpanches could draw funds from the accounts of the GPs, the process of authorising them is yet to be completed. This has also left sarpanches in confusion. Sarpanch of Thigul Gram Panchayat of Jagdevpur Mandal K Bhanu Prakash Rao told The Hans India that they have not yet been authorised to draw funds for the works in the villages. Advertise With Us He said the sarpanch and the upa sarpanches have to submit the specimen signatures to the concerned bank officials. However, this process was not initiated so far in many of the Gram Panchayats. Bhanu Prakash said the Sarpanches have opposed to granting joint cheque power along to sarpanch and upa sarpanch as it would lead to faction in the villages. He said that a memorandum was submitted to the District Panchayat Officer in this regard. He said that they want the government to remove joint cheque power to sarpanch and upa-sarpanch and restore the old system of cheque power to sarpanch and panchayat secretary jointly. Several sarpanches said that though there were funds in the accounts of the Gram Panchayats, they were unable to draw them. They said that the government instructed the panchayats to use the Fourteenth Finance Commission funds for providing drinking water in the villages. People of most of the villages are facing drinking water shortage due to water sources drying upo. Many drinking water schemes have become defunct as there were not enough rains even after the onset of the monsoon. In some villages the water is yet to be released through the Mission Bhagiratha project. They were unable to make alternative arrangements to supply drinking water as there were no funds available. The villagers have been blaming the sarpanches for the shortage in the supply of drinking water.last_img read more

first_img X On Friday’s Houston Matters: Leaders of the Catholic Church — including some here in Houston — are pledging to address the sexual abuse scandal, but critics have their doubts. We learn more.Also this hour: For the first time since the 1970s, the United States is the world’s largest producer of crude oil, according to preliminary estimates published Wednesday by the Energy Department. The boom in shale oil production – or fracking – over the last decade is responsible for the surge. Journalist Bethany McLean explores the rise of fracking in her book Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking and How It’s Changing the World.Then, from Gov. Abbott calling for a statewide ban on red light cameras, to Tilman Fertitta’s Post Oak Hotel garnering AAA’s five diamond rating, our panel of non-experts weighs in on the week’s news.And actor Bruce Campbell talks with Ernie Manouse prior to his appearance at the Fandemic Tour this weekend.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share Listencenter_img 00:00 /50:37 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Stay on target Basic pumpkin carving might involve jack-o’-lantern faces, but NASA engineers are taking their gourd artwork to the next level.Today, NASA held its unofficial pumpkin carving contest at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The fun event, which encourages engineers to work together and develop extreme pumpkin creations, is held annually before Halloween. Over the past seven years, engineers have transformed average gourds into twinkling UFOs, celestial pirate ships, and parachute-suspended objects.Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechUnlike other competitions, NASA’s pumpkin carving contest requires planning, developing, and competing off the clock. The purpose of these rules is to get engineers’ creative juices flowing and encourage cooperation-building initiatives along the way. Entries are submitted by teams that put all hands on deck before the big day.AdChoices广告Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech“Everyone gets so excited about this competition that has no prize other than bragging rights,” said Iona Brockie, an engineer who previously helped build a cow-abduction pumpkin for the competition. “It’s fun to see everybody bring the same kind of crazy energy that they do to making the flight projects to something as simple as a pumpkin carving contest.”This year, participating teams served up some of the funniest pumpkin creations. Click through the slideshow to see some of the best entries to the 2018 NASA Pumpkin Carving Contest.View as: One Page Slides1/141. 2018 Pumpkin Carving Contest at NASA/JPLPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechPumpkins created by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory were on display during the laboratory’s Halloween festivities, which also coincide with JPL’s birthday.2. 2018 Pumpkin Carving Contest at NASA/JPLPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechPumpkins created by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory were on display during the laboratory’s Halloween festivities, which also coincide with JPL’s birthday.3. 2018 Pumpkin Carving Contest at NASA/JPLPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechPumpkins created by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory were on display during the laboratory’s Halloween festivities, which also coincide with JPL’s birthday.4. 2018 Pumpkin Carving Contest at NASA/JPLPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechPumpkins created by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory were on display during the laboratory’s Halloween festivities, which also coincide with JPL’s birthday.5. 2018 Pumpkin Carving Contest at NASA/JPLPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechPumpkins created by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory were on display during the laboratory’s Halloween festivities, which also coincide with JPL’s birthday.6. 2018 Pumpkin Carving Contest at NASA/JPLPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechPumpkins created by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory were on display during the laboratory’s Halloween festivities, which also coincide with JPL’s birthday.7. 2018 Pumpkin Carving Contest at NASA/JPLPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechPumpkins created by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory were on display during the laboratory’s Halloween festivities, which also coincide with JPL’s birthday.8. 2018 Pumpkin Carving Contest at NASA/JPLPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechPumpkins created by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory were on display during the laboratory’s Halloween festivities, which also coincide with JPL’s birthday.9. 2018 Pumpkin Carving Contest at NASA/JPLPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechPumpkins created by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory were on display during the laboratory’s Halloween festivities, which also coincide with JPL’s birthday.10. 2018 Pumpkin Carving Contest at NASA/JPLPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechPumpkins created by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory were on display during the laboratory’s Halloween festivities, which also coincide with JPL’s birthday.11. 2018 Pumpkin Carving Contest at NASA/JPLPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechPumpkins created by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory were on display during the laboratory’s Halloween festivities, which also coincide with JPL’s birthday.12. 2018 Pumpkin Carving Contest at NASA/JPLPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechPumpkins created by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory were on display during the laboratory’s Halloween festivities, which also coincide with JPL’s birthday.13. 2018 Pumpkin Carving Contest at NASA/JPLPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechPumpkins created by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory were on display during the laboratory’s Halloween festivities, which also coincide with JPL’s birthday.14. 2018 Pumpkin Carving Contest at NASA/JPLPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechPumpkins created by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory were on display during the laboratory’s Halloween festivities, which also coincide with JPL’s birthday.More on Generates Last-Minute Halloween Costume InspirationBest Spooky Comics for HalloweenPhotos: Good Doggos in Costumes at Halloween Dog Parade in NYC Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Becomes Universal Halloween Horror MazeLife-Sized Jabba the Hutt For Sale on Craigslist for $100 read more

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Searching for new office space is often an arduous – but exciting – process. While touring potential locations, it’s easy to imagine your business thriving, employees enjoying their new surroundings.  Finally, after looking at a couple dozen locations, you find it. It’s just what you wanted – high ceilings, prime location with lots of transportation options and great spots for team-building activities, plenty of space for a creative build-out – and for the right price. Although amenities, location, comfort level and pricing are important things to consider when looking for new office space, there is another critical factor that many businesses are not keeping at the front of mind, the one that can impact your business the most: the building’s tech infrastructure.More industries are moving their entire product offerings – and workforces – to cloud- or web-based frameworks, and the ability to get and stay connected is more important than ever. With businesses becoming increasingly reliant on the Internet to interact with clients, customers and colleagues, every company should be careful and strategic about the building they call home.When you find yourself on the hunt for office space, you should keep in mind the following questions about IT and telecom. Here are seven questions to ask your broker or potential landlord:What are your telecom needs?Before packing a single box, make sure you’ve clearly defined your company’s tech requirements. Leverage a trusted IT advisor – whether it’s your CTO, head of IT, or an outside telecom consultant, to help you determine critical connectivity requirements. For example, a high-frequency trading desk will have very different IT needs than an art studio. If the Internet is your bread and butter, you should be able to clearly communicate your speed, reliability, and security requirements to your broker or potential landlord so that they can best assess if a building has the tech infrastructure to support your growing business.Related: Tony Robbins: Could Moving Be the Answer?Which telecom providers and carriers are currently in the building?Which companies currently serve the building? It can range from big telecom companies, cable companies and independent fiber providers to Competitive Local Exchange Carriers that lease telecom lines from large telecom companies and resell them. It’s a good idea to look for buildings with a wide range of providers. Creating competition among them means better pricing and services for you. Knowing the full range of options in the building will help you determine the perfect provider and plan for your company.What services do these providers and carriers offer?Although large providers like Level3 or Verizon might have connectivity to the building, they might not be able to offer their full range of services due to the building’s infrastructure. This could limit your connectivity, and, therefore, affect your business. Your best bet is to look for buildings with fiber-based tech services – a key data point to find out whether the building is fiber-lit, or if it only offers older, slower and more outdated copper-based services. Fiber cables use light pulses to send signals at the speed of light, and as the latest technology, is a good indicator of how much your building values its tech infrastructure and how well it can support your businesses connectivity needs.Is my potential office space equipped for service?Here’s where gauging Internet connectivity in your office space can get even trickier: Even though fiber services might be technically “available” in the building, the actual floor or office space that you are leasing might not be equipped for fiber. For example, your building might say it offers fiber. But in some cases, the fiber cables may be way down in the basement, nowhere near your office! Perhaps the previous tenant used other services, and the fiber cables are not connected to your office.Building out your Internet connections requires planning for added construction, higher costs and extra time before the office is move-in ready, which results in extra headaches. To avoid delays and get your business up and running as quickly and seamlessly as possible, look for buildings with a dedicated telecom closet in your space that has the fiber “pulled” into it already. This will save you time, money and hassles in an already long and expensive process.Related: So, You Want to Move Your Startup to Silicon Valley. Now What?What’s the experience of other tenants in the building?Moving into a new building means new neighbors – a whole community of new businesses that are happy to meet and share insight with you about the inner workings of the building. Reaching out to other companies in the building gives you a chance to ask about their experience. Are there any problems with or recommendations for the Internet providers at the property? This dialogue allows you to benefit from their wisdom and avoid their pitfalls, all while getting to know your future neighbors. A win-win!Is the landlord willing to bring new providers into the building?It’s happened to the best of us: You might find yourself falling in love even though you know it’s not right for you. If your business requires Internet services that your building doesn’t currently offer, some landlords may be willing to work with your preferred internet provider to meet your needs. Don’t be afraid to ask your broker/landlord for a specific provider as a negotiating point when securing your lease in order to make sure you have the internet services your business needs to function.Is the building Wired Certified?Even when armed with information and a savvy team of consultants, it can still be difficult to get accurate and comprehensive IT and telecom information on office buildings. One way to streamline the process is to find out if the building is Wired Certified. A Wired Certified building has been independently vetted and confirmed to have what it says it has – so you can avoid costly miscommunications or mishaps based on inaccurate or outdated information. Wired Certified buildings are best-in-class in connectivity so you can rest assured that the building can support your internet-driven business. Related: The Case for Relocating an Office Over Renovation July 15, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 6 min readlast_img read more

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Economic advisers are warning motorists that the price of gasoline will likely reach 20 peso per liter before summer.Rafael del Moral González, economic adviser out of Merida, says that the price of gasoline, which has slowly already increased 7 percent since the beginning of the year, will exceed 20 peso per liter by July. He says the increase is due to international and national level elements.He adds that the current electoral process in Mexico also brings an instability, which is why the government is trying to hold the price and implement the rise in the summer.“The cost of gasoline per liter since the beginning of the year is increasing little by little and there is no indication that it will stop. This affects the consumer because this increase is added to basic living costs.”On Sunday, the cost of the premium in Cancun closed at 19.20 pesos per liter with magna reaching 17.60 peso and diesel, 18.65 peso. There is no encouraging picture indicating a decline, he noted.At the beginning of the year, the cost of premium in Cancun was 18 peso per liter, magna at 16.32 and diesel at 17.23 per liter.Pablo Gutiérrez Laguna, representative of the National Association of Fiscal Specialist, says that the gasoline increases are due to rising international oil costs, noting that Mexico imports magna and premium.He says the expectation of new fuel increases by summer depends on two factors, that oil indicators continue to rise and that the US dollar gains ground. The July 1 presidential elections also play an important role that could lead to the rise of fuel.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Openings & Renovations, Peninsula Hotels Monday, March 5, 2018 center_img Posted by TORONTO — With so many luxury offerings on the market today, it’s becoming harder for upscale properties to stand out from the crowd. Hong Kong-based The Peninsula Hotels, however, is rising up to the challenge with its intimate collection of 10 ultra-luxe hotels, located in some of the world’s most celebrated cities.Representatives from each of its properties were recently in Toronto to host a dim sum lunch at Toronto’s famed Luckee restaurant, whose head chef – Susur Lee – coincidentally once worked at Peninsula’s flagship in Hong Kong. As the oldest small hotel company in the world, The Peninsula Hotels celebrates its 150th anniversary this year with plenty of new updates to its upscale portfolio.“We’re constantly refreshing our hotels and are always at the forefront of industry trends,” said Amanda Perlyn Jackson, Regional Director of Marketing, Midwest and Canada. “Peninsula has a very rich heritage, thanks to our 150-year-old history.”Eri Sugimoto, The Peninsula Tokyo (left), and Sharon Yuen, The Peninsula BeijingCorey Utberg, Regional Sales Manager, also highlighted two new properties that will soon be added to the company’s portfolio: The Peninsula Istanbul, coming in 2020 with 200 rooms, meeting space and restaurants along the Bosphorus; and The Peninsula London, which had its groundbreaking ceremony last fall and will boast 190 rooms with 24 residences, also opening in 2020.Also, currently in construction and scheduled for a 2021 opening, is The Peninsula Yangon, which will be part of a mixed-use project. It will occupy the former Myanmar Railway Headquarters and will be fully renovated into The Peninsula Residences Yangon, featuring luxury residential apartments.But for now, agents can book their most discerning clients at the following properties:The Peninsula Hong Kong:Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, the flagship property is located in Kowloon overlooking Victoria Harbour, offering perfect views of the city’s nightly light showThe hotel was renovated three years agoThe Peninsula Hong Kong’s lobby had the world’s first city check-in counter for airlines, while The Verandah restaurant is known for serving Hong Kong’s first-ever buffetSelling points: Afternoon Tea in The Lobby; seven restaurants and two bars; dim sum cooking demonstrations; 14 Rolls-Royce Phantom vehicles and two MINI Cooper S Clubman, all customized with refrigerators and iPod connections for guest useThe Peninsula ShanghaiThe Peninsula Shanghai:Opened in 2009, this hotel topped ‘The Best City Hotels in Asia’ readers’ pool for the second consecutive year with a score of 97.01 out of 100It has 235 rooms and suites, five restaurants and bars, a spa, indoor swimming pool and fitness centre, and a Peninsula Arcade featuring lead retailersIt is the only luxury hotel in Shanghai with a customized car fleet: four bespoke Extended Wheelbase Rolls-Royce Phantoms, six BMW Peninsula Editions, two MINI Cooper S Clubman and a restored 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom IISelling points: Airport greeting service available upon request; The Peninsula Academy featuring activities for all ages, including kite-making and a private tour of Shanghai’s heritage buildingsThe Peninsula Beijing:This hotel recently downgraded its 525 rooms to 230 to double the size of rooms to become an all-suite propertyFollowing its renovation, the hotel has focused largely on art, by integrating a collection of original artworks by renowned Chinese artists into the hotel’s design, and offering art tours to local museumsSelling points: It is the only hotel in Beijing to offer guaranteed 24-hour check-in and checkout at no extra charge (flight details must be confirmed ahead of time)The Peninsula TokyoThe Peninsula Tokyo:Eri Sugimoto, Assistant Director of Sales, told Travelweek that Tokyo is becoming more popular for Canadians who come during cherry blossom season (late March-early April); however, she also suggests May (“picnic season”) as well as October-November for beautiful fall foliageThe hotel is ideally situated just a few minutes’ walk from the shopping capital of GinzaIn 2014 The Peninsula Tokyo welcomed a Tesla Model S to its fleet, which already includes a restored 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II, two BMW 740Li and two MINI Cooper S ClubmansSelling points: It’s pet friendly, featuring dog walking services and specially designed menus; it’s the only hotel in Tokyo to offer 3-connecting roomsThe Peninsula New York:Located in Midtown Manhattan, this hotel is within walking distance of Central Park, Rockefeller Center and Fifth Avenue shoppingIt’s housed in a 1905 landmark building, with two Chinese Guardian Lions standing guard at the hotel entrance to ward off evil spirits, according to Chinese traditionIt’s family friendly, with dedicated children’s amenities and spacious roomsSelling points: complimentary three-hour, chauffeur-driven experience in one of two MINI Cooper S Clubmans; The Peninsula Academy experiences include behind-the-scenes access to a Broadway show, a foraging tour and a picnic in Central ParkThe Peninsula ChicagoThe Peninsula Chicago:This property was named the #1 hotel in Chicago, and the #2 hotel in the USA in 2018 by ‘U.S. News and World ReportKids will get a kick out of Peter Bear, the beloved mascot of The Peninsula Hotels, who pop in at Afternoon Tea to hand out treats and pose for photosVIPs (Very Important Pets) are greeted at the hotel with a pet bed, water and food bowls and also enjoy in-room dining menus (must be 30 pounds or less)Selling points: Guests who book a suite can book a chauffeured bespoke BMW for a three-hour Chicago tour; The Peninsula Academy experiences include sightseeing by helicopter, a cooking class and tea ceremony, a private architectural boat cruise, and moreThe Peninsula Beverly Hills:This hotel boasts 195 guestrooms, including 38 suites and 17 private villasFeaturing more of a traditional look, it offers a private estate feel as well as custom-designed suites furnished by famed designers, each with its own personalityIt is the only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star-rated hotel in Southern California every year since 1993Selling points: The Peninsula Spa and The Roof Garden offer a refined resort oasis, featuring a rooftop swimming pool, private cabanas and outdoor cocktails and dining; it’s also family- and pet-friendly, with adjoining rooms and doggy amenitiesThe Peninsula Paris:Located just steps from the Arc de Triomphe, The Peninsula Paris houses 200 rooms, including 86 suites inspired by Haute CoutureIts on-site spa is one of the largest hotel spas in Paris, and features a 20-metre swimming poolThe Peninsula Paris received the acclaimed ‘Palace’ distinction for its excellenceSelling points: Guests are offered an exclusive opportunity to visit Versailles in a Rolls-Royce as part of a private, behind-the-scenes tour that can also include a picnic on the groundsThe Peninsula BangkokThe Peninsula Bangkok:This hotel celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with 20 riverside “amazing” experiences launching next monthMeals are made with ingredients grown from The Naturally Peninsula GardenThe hotel’s pastry team creates over 300 variations of chocolate fresh each dayThe Peninsula Bangkok has four shuttle boats available on demand between three piersSelling points: Refreshed product that focuses largely on health and harmony, including complimentary activities such as Muay Thai boxing, yoga and culinary tours in a tuk-tuk equipped with Wi-FiThe Peninsula Manila:Opened 42 years ago, this hotel is affectionately known as the ‘Jewel in the Capital’s Crown’It’s lobby marble staircase is one of two staircases in the Philippines that are the most photographedSelling points: 24-hour dining and beverage service in the lobby; its bespoke Jeepney (a Filipino cultural icon) offers a thrilling way to zip around townFor more information go to The Peninsula Standard: Updates from the luxury hotel chainlast_img read more

first_imgPresident Laura Chinchilla on Thursday inaugurated “Electronic Services Windows” (VES), a new electronic platform to facilitate immigration procedures for foreigners residing in the country.With the new system, foreign residents can schedule an appointment to obtain or renew residency cards in under a week, an 80 percent cut in waiting time. The new measure will also help applicants save on transportation, food and accommodation costs. Currently the process can take up to 45 days.The service will be available through Correos de Costa Rica (the company that operates the country’s postal service) at San José offices in: Zapote, Desamparados,  Escazú, Guadalupe, Pavas, Tibás, Curridabat, San Pedro and Santa Ana. Cantons in Alajuela also are participating, including in Grecia.Correos de Costa Rica plans to expand the coverage to 60 service points in all seven provinces by the end of this year. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

first_imgHUNDREDS of visitors are expected to descend on Polemi village in Paphos this weekend for the annual tulip festival.The stunning mass of wild blooms present a magnificent sight, and this year, the organisers have timed the festival ‘just right’ to present them to the public, according to Dr Antonis Nicandrou, the president of the association of tulip friends.“By the weekend the tulips will be in their full glory and last well for about a week after the festival,” he told the Cyprus Mail. “They will be the best ever as the weather has been with us this year.”This year’s event will be held on Sunday, April 2 at 11am at the Metochi Cultural Centre in the centre of the village. It will include free wine, traditional Cyprus sweets and a dancing and singing programme. Visitors will then be able to go for a walk on the fields filled with blossoming tulips.The two tavernas in the village – Elia Taverna and Kokkinos Taverna – will be open for lunch, but booking is advised. After the cultural programme, visitors will be able to walk to the field and divided into groups with experts available to provide background information.Nicandrou noted that awareness of the significant importance of the tulips within the local community is catching on and far fewer farmers and residents are now picking them or disturbing them.“The farmers are becoming more aware of the tulips and don’t really bother them. People from Polemi are finally becoming environmentally conscious and are refraining from picking them,” he said.The tulips, ‘Tulipa Agenensis’, are originally from France and are found all over the southern Mediterranean and other areas such as Israel.The festival which has been held every year since 2002, apart from 2013 when it was cancelled due to the economic crisis, is being organised by the Polemi village council for a second year, said Nicandrou.“They did a great job last year and I’m sure this year will be the same,” he said.The event growing in popularity with more than 800 attending last year and around the same numbers expected this year.Wild tulips used to grow almost everywhere in Polemi, however, due to regular use of pesticides the stunning flowers are diminishing in numbers.The plateau between the villages of Stroumbi and Polemi is the only area on the island where they grow in any sort of numbers, apart from a few discovered in the Troodos a few years ago.They have been in Cyprus for at least two centuries on record.  There are also two other species of tulip in Cyprus, one found in Tymbou and a sub species of that found in the Akamas region, but these are very few, he said.Raising awareness of the tulips is a priority for Nicandrou and his wife, Constance, an independent legal consultant. With this is mind, she has recently initiated the ‘Art in Wild Tulip Project’, a campaign with the aim of raising awareness of the Tulipa Agenensis.She is creating unique art works promoting the tulips and recycling clothes at the same time.Antonis and Constance Nicandrou in hand-painted, tulip-themed shirts“My mother was an artist and I grew up surrounded by beautiful art. I had an idea in my mind for some time; to use art and design as a mechanism to raise awareness in a way which is green,” she said.Recently she has started to hand paint white cotton clothing items with designs of the tulip, using a special fabric paint. The designs are permanent and fully washable, and so far she has adorned shirts, trousers, gloves and other items with her stunning designs.Initially, she asked friends for white cotton items from their wardrobes that they might not regularly wear. More recently, she has bought from charity shops in Paphos, sourcing white cotton items of high quality, as this helps to absorb the paint. Polemi Tulip Festival, Sunday April 2, 2017 at 11am at the Metochi Cultural Centre. The village can be accessed off the main B7 Paphos to Polis road. For further information, call Polemi community council, 26 632736.The Art in Wild tulip project: . You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more