The American Red Cross and Disney have unveiled a new disaster preparedness video, featuring Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce, to help teach kids and families the importance of preparing for natural disasters and other emergencies.The spot will run on Disney Channel as part of National Preparedness Month in September.“When a disaster strikes, it is critical that the entire family is prepared,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “Disney’s continued support helps us keep children safe by educating them about the importance of preparedness in ways that are relevant and fun.”Disney Friends for Change – a global initiative that inspires kids and families to take action and make a difference in their communities – will spotlight the video on its website to show children simple ways to prepare for disasters. The spot will also air on the Disney Channel.The spot features Boyce, who stars as Luke Ross on the Disney Channel series “Jessie,” and his friends as they discuss the basics of emergency preparedness: Learn, Practice, Share, Be Prepared. They portray preparing for emergencies as an activity that is easy, fun and as a way to help reduce children’s anxieties about the unexpected.The video is one of several collaborative efforts between Disney and the Red Cross. The organizations worked together to develop the Mickey and Friends Disaster Preparedness Activity Book, which helps children and families learn how to prepare for disasters through a series of interactive games and activities. The book is available to download in English and Spanish.Disney also contributed to the creation and expansion of The Pillowcase Project through a total investment of $3 million since 2012. The program supports in-school and after-school curriculum to help 3rd to 5th graders and their families prepare for disasters. Trained instructors teach youth the safety actions for various disasters, how to develop a family emergency plan and how to create emergency kits by packing essential items into a pillowcase for easy transport – a technique Boyce uses in the spot.As part of its commitment to youth preparedness, Disney is also funding the development of a new mobile app for youth that will enable the Red Cross to expand the reach of The Pillowcase Project beyond the classroom. The app will be available on IOS and Android by early November.Disney also helps the Red Cross during disaster relief operations by contributing hundreds of hours of volunteer service through the Disney VoluntEARS program and donating Mickey Mouse plush dolls to comfort children in the aftermath of disasters.As a member of the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP), Disney helps ensure the Red Cross is able to respond immediately after disasters at home and around the world.
25 November 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the next round of United Nations climate change talks which kick off in Poznan, Poland, next month, it was announced today. At the start of the high-level portion of the two-week meeting, Mr. Ban will lay out his ideas for some key issues under negotiation, including the shared vision necessary for long-term world collaboration on climate change.“He will continue to call on countries not to abandon their commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions because of the global financial crisis, but rather to make use of solutions that will address both, such as public investments in alternative, low-carbon energy systems,” Michele Montas, his spokesperson, told reporters in New York.At the Poznan meeting which runs from 1-12 December, the Secretary-General will also convey to participants the readiness of the UN system to support governments implement both existing and future agreements.UN-backed talks to reach agreement on a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period ends in 2012, began last December in Bali, where 187 countries agreed on the so-called “Bali Roadmap” – including bolstered action on mitigation, adaptation, technology and finance – to tackle climate change.The two-year negotiations are scheduled to conclude next December in Copenhagen, Denmark.Without effective action, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), co-recipient of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize, has warned of a 4-degree Celsius surge in average global temperatures this century, far surpassing the 0.8-degree Celsius rise in the twentieth century.
25 June 2010Disparities in research capacity among social scientists across the world have reduced the capacity of the field to contribute to human welfare, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a report launched today. Disparities in research capacity among social scientists across the world have reduced the capacity of the field to contribute to human welfare, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a report launched today.Social science from Western countries continues to have the greatest global influence, although the field is expanding rapidly in Asia and Latin America, particularly in China and Brazil, UNESCO says in this year’s World Social Science Report: Knowledge divides, launched at the agency’s headquarters in Paris.In sub-Saharan Africa, social scientists from South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya produce 75 per cent of the academic publications. In South Asia, barring some centres of excellence in India, social sciences as a whole have low priority, according to the report.The report stresses that the world needs social science to effectively deal with the major challenges such as poverty, diseases and climate change.“Social scientists produce work of outstanding quality and tremendous practical value, but as this report illustrates, social scientific knowledge is often the least developed in those parts of the world where it is most keenly needed,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, in her foreword to the report.“Social scientific endeavour is also poorer for its bias towards English and English-speaking, developed countries. This is a missed opportunity to explore perspectives and paradigms that are embedded in other cultural and linguistic traditions,” she added.Published by UNESCO and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the report is the first comprehensive overview of the field in more than a decade. Hundreds of social scientists from around the world contributed their expertise to the publication.The report is in part descriptive, giving facts and figures on the production and transmission of the social sciences throughout the world; in part problem-oriented, examining their application to social problems of the world today; and in part reflective, with essays discussing general perspectives and regional concerns.It covers such topics as social sciences and global challenges; the social science landscape in different regions; research capacities and brain drain; internationalization; competing in the knowledge society; and policymaking.The final chapter suggests ways of reinforcing the social sciences, including more funding, targeted research, better dissemination, and the promotion of multilingualism and multidisciplinary approaches.“The report reaffirms UNESCO’s commitment to the social sciences, and our desire to set a new global agenda to promote them as an invaluable tool for the advancement of the internationally agreed development goals,” said Ms. Bokova.
17 January 2012Representatives of Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have wrapped up two days of United Nations-mediated talks on the dispute over the official name of the latter country, the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General announced today. Matthew Nimetz said the discussions in New York were helpful and focused on the optimal way to move the process forward in a constructive manner. He added that he was given firm assurances that each Government is sincere in its interest in finding a solution and that they fully respect the UN process. A UN-brokered interim accord in 1995 details the differences between the two countries over the name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. It obliges both Athens and Skopje to continue negotiations under the auspices of the Secretary-General to try to reach an agreement, but so far they have not succeeded.Mr. Nimetz met separately with Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis of Greece and Ambassador Zoran Jolevski of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia over the two days. Both sides presented the positions of their respective Governments on the name issue as they stand at the present time. He said he will consult further with the representatives regarding arranging a visit to the two capitals to continue the discussions. “As we move forward, I have asked the parties to demonstrate their commitment to the resolution of their difference by promoting a positive atmosphere through their actions and public statements,” he stated.
The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said during the past day rockets were fired from Lebanese territory and intensive bombing and shelling came from the Israeli side, with 15 incidents of firing close to UNIFIL locations. A position close to the village of Marwahin suffered one direct hit from the Israeli side causing material damage but no injuries. On the humanitarian front, UNIFIL said it continued to cooperate closely with the Lebanese authorities, and they have decided to set up a joint coordination centre for humanitarian activities in Tyre in the western sector, and Marjayoun in the eastern sector.As the situation in Lebanon persists, a UN spokesman said today that the safety and security of all UN personnel is a growing concern for the Organization, and contingency planning for evacuating non-essential staff and dependents of staff members has begun.So far, all UN staff and their dependents are accounted for, with the exception of one staff member and his spouse and the spokesman said all efforts are being deployed to locate them. Two staff members are reported wounded but their lives are not in danger, he added. Meanwhile, arrangements are being made to ensure continuity of UNIFIL’s key functions, he said.
After being ranked as high as No. 6 in the country early in December, the Ohio State women’s basketball team surprisingly now must fight for its right to play in the NCAA Tournament, which takes college basketball’s top 64 teams. Seven upsets will do that to a top-10 team, with the latest being to Northwestern on Sunday at home. Those defeats came to unranked Syracuse, Duquesne, Michigan twice, Penn State and Northwestern twice. “We’re not a team that fights through adversity. That’s how you win games. You got to claw it,” OSU coach Jim Foster said Sunday after his team’s 74-68 loss to Northwestern. Inversely, the Buckeyes (13-9, 4-6 Big Ten) are 3-2 against ranked teams, losing to then-No. 1 Connecticut on Dec. 19 and No. 22 Iowa on Jan. 8. And the team’s last six games of the season won’t be any easier. OSU plays No. 5 Purdue (16-8, 6-5 Big Ten) on Thursday at Nationwide Arena. Then, three of its last five games are away: Minnesota (11-12, 3-7 Big Ten) on Sunday, Purdue on Feb. 20 and No. 11 Michigan State (20-3, 8-2) on Feb. 24. The winner of the Big Ten Tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, but OSU came into Sunday’s in seventh place in the conference. The pile of losses is even more surprising considering the Buckeyes were ranked in The Associated Press‘ Top 25 for 130 straight weeks — a streak that ended last week. Over the past six seasons, OSU racked up 170 wins, sixth most in the country over that span. “It was frustrating — very,” senior center Jantel Lavender said after Sunday’s loss. Missing the tournament would be disappointing for such an established program and for Foster, who has taken the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament each of his eight seasons in Columbus. His teams made the Sweet 16 in 2005 and 2009. But the Buckeyes have played the country’s third-toughest schedule and, according to Realtimerpi.com, rank No. 18 in the nation in RPI. “It’s not different than anything they’re going to face in life. If you’re going to roll over and quit, you’re not going to have a very good life,” Foster said. “This is one of the easiest things in life to fight, quite frankly.” The numbers say OSU is better than its record indicates. After Sunday’s loss to Northwestern, the team averages 72.6 points per game, and has posted an 11-2 record when it has scored more than 70 points. And, only Connecticut has shot at least 50 percent from the field against the Buckeyes. After an injury to starting forward Sarah Schulze, Foster started freshman center Ashley Adams. The 6-foot-4 center provides another defensive presence down low for OSU. But even that hasn’t been enough. “I think that we don’t have … a mentality about defense enough,” Lavender said. “Teams come at us, and we’re not responding in the right way.”
Shelby Lum / Photo editorRedshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall fights for extra yards during a game against Buffalo Aug. 31, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-20.Heading into Ohio State’s 2012 season, it was widely expected that then-senior running back Jordan Hall would be the featured back in the first year under new coach Urban Meyer.Hall was even named captain for the 2012 squad, but was forced to sit on the sidelines for all but three games because of two unrelated injuries.“It was tough, it wasn’t as tough because we won every game, so I feel like if we had lost a couple of games it would have been even tougher because I would have felt like I could’ve helped,” Hall said when asked about his time spent on the bench last season. “But we won every game so I was happy for my teammates.”After being granted a medical redshirt and since returning to full health, Hall was thrust into the spotlight for the 2013 season opener against Buffalo.Hall was named the starter for the game after the suspensions of top running backs senior Carlos Hyde and redshirt-junior Rod Smith.Hall quelled any doubts fans might have had by halftime, tallying 126 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the first half. He finished with 159 yards on the day, a career high.Coach Urban Meyer said Hall stood out against Buffalo on offense for the Buckeyes.“Offensive champions were Jordan Hall, great to see him, 159 yards and graded out 81 percent. I guess those are career highs for him and I thought he played very well,” Meyer said.Both of his touchdowns came on big runs, one of which was a career-long at 49 yards. The other, a 37-yard sprint, came one play after Buffalo had cut the lead to 10 points and all but dashed any hope the Bulls had for a comeback.Junior quarterback Braxton Miller said Hall’s second touchdown helped to keep the momentum in Ohio State’s favor as the game was starting to slip away from the Buckeyes.“It slipped a little bit. But Dontre (Wilson) came back with a nice kickoff return, we got up a little bit and then Jordan (Hall) scored a nice little run,” Miller said.Hall credits his touchdown runs to the holes created for him by the offensive line.“I just was like, wow, I don’t know if they messed up or the O-line just did what they do and I just (saw) it and I took it,” Hall said.During the offseason, Meyer said he thought Hall would end up as the H-back and use his skill set to help the team there rather than in the back field.“Last spring, I had the intention of making Jordan Hall more of an H, but an H that can come in and motion in and that’s when he can cause issues for defenses,” Meyer said.Hall said he spent time preparing to be the H-back, but was also ready if he was needed as a traditional running back.“I was going to be the H and coach told me I had to learn both positions, so wherever they put me, I’m going to do what I have to do to help the team win,” Hall said.Hall finished the game with three catches for 14 yards to go along with his rushing total, but also caught a pass for a two-point conversion from senior quarterback Kenny Guiton.Although he wasn’t expecting to be on the field for the conversion, Hall thought it was a nice addition to the offense.“At the beginning of the season, I wasn’t even the person that caught the ball. Then in the first week, (running backs) coach (Stan) Drayton put me in there. I like it. The defense can’t take a play off,” Hall said.Hall was glad to see the team come out to a fast start, taking a 23-0 lead after the first quarter, but felt the team got complacent and slowed their pace after that.“Coach (offensive coordinator Tom Herman) challenged us to come out fast, get things going, and I think we did that,” Hall said. “In the second half, we slowed down a little bit, but we’ll be better next week.”Hyde, the expected starter heading into the season, is set to return from suspension Sept. 21 against Florida A&M. With Hall’s performance in the opener the player who will be the Buckeye’s long-term starter at running back remains up in the air.Hall said he isn’t worried about Hyde’s return, and said it’s about the team, not his individual stats.“Carlos (Hyde), he earned his right. He had a good season last year and I know that he was going to be the running back at the beginning of the season before he got in trouble or whatever and I was going to play a different position,” Hall said. “Coach Meyer knows that he has a bunch of people that can play running back or H position so I think it’s just going to be harder for a defense to prepare for that.”Drayton said when redshirt-junior Rod Smith returns from suspension Hall’s role might not change.“The beauty of Jordan (Hall), again, like I said, his strength is his intelligence on the football field and he has been cross-trained and he is continually being cross-trained at both of those positions,” Drayton said. “So with the addition of Rod Smith coming back, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Jordan Hall’s role gets lesser. No, it just may be distributed a little bit differently throughout the scheme.”OSU is set host to San Diego State Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
THE IRISH CANCER Society (ICS) has revealed that it made a cumulative loss of €420,000 in its lottery between 2009 and 2013.During that time the cancer charity said it received €1.2 million from the government through the Charitable Lotteries Scheme and so no loss was actually made by ICS itself.This disclosure follows on from revelations that the Rehab Group made a profit of just €9,452 on close to €4 million worth of lottery scratch cards sales. The details were released by Minister Alan Shatter this week and Rehab defended itself, claiming it had been unfairly impacted by the National Lottery.In a statement, the the Irish Cancer Society said it has been running a lottery since the 1960s as one of its fundraising projects. In 1990, it started a scratchcard fundraising lottery, in conjunction with the Polio Fellowship of Ireland which is owned by the Rehab Group. The society said this is the only lottery it is involved in and typical prize money is currently between €10 and €100.According to ICS, the scheme under which it receievd government funding had been set up to shield lotteries from the impact of the cap on prize money and the inevitable loss in income from the competitive advantage awarded to the National Lottery.“Given the increased losses and with no prospect of recovery, in November last the Society and its partner made a decision to close the lottery”, it said. “This will happen in the next few months and will involve the loss of two jobs.”This details of funding received from the State were published as part of the charity’s national accounts.Related: Rehab Group hits back over its lottery profits>More: Rehab Group call on Justice Minister to withdraw €9k profit remarks>Read: Rehab chief Angela Kerins won’t say what her current salary is>
1. Goal of the seasonMatthew Lowton for Aston Villa v Stoke City (a), April 6YouTube credit: LiamTheVillan14Lowton, a 23-year-old English right-back, produced one of the moments of the season when he scored a blockbuster to tip a relegation tussle at the Britannia Stadium in his side’s favour. The score was 1-1 when, with only three minutes to play, Lowton controlled a high ball on his chest and sent a dipping volley past Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from 30 yards. His jubilant celebration was almost as momentous as the goal itself.2. Game of the seasonManchester City 2 Manchester United 3YouTube credit: MrEggroll556Robin van Persie sparked chaotic scenes as the United striker’s injury-time winner capped a heated Manchester derby at Eastlands and put his side six points clear of their bitter rivals.United had raced into a two-goal lead as Wayne Rooney struck in the 16th and 29th minutes.But Yaya Toure’s effort on the hour gave City a lifeline and the champions looked to have rescued a point when Pablo Zabaleta equalised with only four minutes to play.There was a sting in the tale for City, though, as Van Persie’s free-kick curled past Joe Hart, prompting one City fan to invade the pitch in a bid to confront United defender Rio Ferdinand, who had been struck in the face by a coin while celebrating the winner.3. Photoshop of the season: Luis ‘Hannibal Lecter’ Suarezvia @ArsenalChicksRunner-up: Van Persie, Nasri and Fabregas star in ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’via soccer-memes.tumblr.com4. Meme of the Season: The ballboy tries to escape Eden HazardRunner up: Alex Ferguson responds to the incidenth/t @FootyMemes and http://global3.memecdn.com5. Photo of the season: Phil Jonesh/t @iainmacintosh6. Best Fantasy Team (literally)7. Most ill-advised tweet: Ashley Cole8. Best Irish Gareth Bale lookalike: Tottenham’s Kenny McEvoyPic: FAI9. Best Pundit: Gary NevilleYouTube credit: HDArsenalSupremo10. Miss of the Season: Scott Parkerh/t WhoateallthepiesAdditional reporting by AFPHere’s the team that won TheScore.ie’s Fantasy League>‘I’m not Harry Potter’ – 10 of our favourite Jose Mourinho quotes>
32 Comments Share674 Tweet Email4 http://jrnl.ie/3300882 File photo By Órla Ryan Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 4:19 PM Mar 22nd 2017, 4:19 PM 19,942 Views File photo Image: Shutterstock/matimix ‘A potential catastrophe’: 9 in 10 teens have not mastered basic exercise skills Researchers are teaming up with the GAA to help change this. Image: Shutterstock/matimix IRISH RESEARCHERS ARE teaming up with the GAA in the largest ever research project to tackle issues with young people’s physical health.In 2014, a Dublin City University (DCU) study found that 89% of adolescents in Ireland have not mastered fundamental movement skills they should have mastered by the age of six – such as running, skipping and kicking a ball.Researchers from the Insight Centre for Data Analytics and DCU’s School of Health and Human Performance are joining forces with the GAA and the Dublin GAA to find a solution to the problem.The Moving Well – Being Well project will test the physical ability of 3,000 primary school students in the next three months across the island of Ireland.Researchers will then create a plan to be adopted by schools and delivered by DCU and Insight researchers, as well as Games Promotion Officers from the GAA from September onwards.Training sessions are currently underway with the Games Promotion Officers and it is hoped teachers will also be trained in the future. After the plan has been implemented, students will be retested to see how it’s working.‘A potential catastrophe for public health’Dr Johann Issartel of Dublin City University’s School of Health and Human Performance said the results of the 2014 study were “an unprecedented low”.It’s a potential catastrophe for public health because the inability to perform fundamental Movement Skills leads to an aversion to sports and exercise later in life.Pat Daly, the GAA’s Director of Games Development and Research, said: “I don’t think we need to be alarmist here but there is a problem and this project aims to tackle it in the most child-centred, activity-based, learner-led, achievement-oriented, fun-filled and value-laden manner possible.”Professor Noel O’Connor of the Insight Centre added: “This is the largest project of its kind anywhere in the world … We will be assessing 3,000 children and with novel interventions, we will potentially reach 130,000 by the end of the project.”Read: Firearm and cocaine worth €70,000 seized in DublinRead: Halawa trial postponed again as Taoiseach says he is “disturbed” by reports on his health Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
‘Jumanji’ Video Game Seems Pretty MetaWatch These Movies Before ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ In between starring in over a dozen seasons of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, it’s always great when Danny DeVito reminds us he is also one of our most cherished living movie stars. After 2017’s Jumanji reboot Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was an unexpected success, it only makes sense that the sequel would bring in someone as powerful as DeVito to match Kevin Kart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and of course, The Rock. Add some Danny Glover for good Danny measure, too.But this first trailer for Jumanji: The Next Level blew our minds for what Danny DeVito being in this movie even means. See for yourself!The Rock is playing Danny DeVito. We repeat, The Rock is playing Danny DeVito. The sequel’s big hook this time is that Alex Wolff’s Spencer character has repaired the broken haunted video game and zapped himself back inside presumably to chase the high of literally being The Rock. This causes his friends to come rescue him.But now their avatars in the game are different from before and Spencer’s grandfather along with his grandfather’s friend were pulled in as well. This is the glorious dream logic that has now led to a motion picture where Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is doing a Danny DeVito impression. Kevin Hart’s Danny Glover impression is also pretty great.The Rock is playing Danny DeVito.Jumanji: The Next Level is in theaters this Christmas. For more on The Rock check out his awesome new training shoes and who we think he should fight next. For more on Danny DeVito, just look into your heart. Stay on target
Posted: May 20, 2018 May 20, 2018 SD Filipino American community celebrates heritage with junior dance concert 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Samahan Filipino American Performing Arts & Education Center is putting on a dance performance called Pamana Legacy: Celebrating Heritage Through Our Children. This two-hour concert will feature the junior members and students of Filipino folkdance classes of the Samahan Filipino American Performing Arts & Education Center.Ginger Jeffries was live with some of the students to get a sneak peak of their dance.Buy tickets and learn more here: http://www.samahanphilippinedance.com/concert Updated: 11:39 AM Ginger Jeffries, Ginger Jeffries Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
MIAMI (WSVN) – U.S. Marshals are asking for the public’s help in locating a fugitive who they say is the leader of a gang in Little Havana.Twenty-year-old Ulysses Cabrera is wanted for multiple federal charges including violent crimes and drug trafficking.He is believed to be armed and dangerous.Cabrera also goes by the nicknames “Uley” and “Big Cruz.”If you have any information on his whereabouts, call the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-800-336-0102. A $20,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to Cabrera’s arrest.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Relocating the Yuma County Fairgrounds in an effort to eliminate land use conflicts with neighboring Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in southwestern Arizona would cost from $67 million to $94 million, a consulting firm concluded. Facilities consulting firm Populous last month outlined the final results of a $400,000 feasibility study, which was funded by grants from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment and the state Military Affairs Commission, reported the Yuma Sun.Funding to move the fairgrounds could come from a variety of sources, including federal and state agencies, Jennifer Albers, principal planner for Yuma’s Department of Community Development, told residents. DOD possibly could contribute funding, she said, since the fairgrounds are located inside the air station’s clear zone and accident potential zone No. 1.“It’ll be a local decision, whatever we do,” Albers said, with the city, county, fair board, the Marine Corps and airport board playing a role. “There’s no push by anybody to make this happen right now.”The value of the study is that local leaders and residents have “three things we didn’t have before” — a master plan, a cost estimate and potential locations, she said.Concern about the proximity of the fairgrounds to the air station has grown in recent years as the property has become increasingly busy; it now is used for 200 days annually. In addition to concern about safety, noise issues also have been cited as a reason for considering relocating the fairgrounds.The first phase of a possible relocation, costing $67 million, would cover the cost of purchasing 105 acres of land, building infrastructure and facilities, and contingencies. Expanding the fairgrounds to 160 acres, if there were sufficient demand, would bring the cost to $94 million.A market analysis revealed that a new site for the fairgrounds could add between 85 and 119 days of use for non-fair events.
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Dwaraka Tirumala: The APEPDCL Jangareddigudem division has restored power supply to 45 villages affected by floods, according to B Suresh Kumar, divisional engineer. Initially, they ensured water supply and lighting with the help of generators as per the directions of Collector R Muthyala Raju. Under the leadership of Eluru SE Y Suryapratap, the 25 APEPDCL staff went to marooned villages on country boats and restored the supply lines by August 11. The power supply was affected to 19 agency villages under Polavaram-Kondrukota power supply line since July 31. Another 26 villages under Velerupadu-Koida power supply line were also plunged into darkness because of floods. The APEPDCL officials with the cooperation of MLA Balaraju and others restored power supply to 19 villages in Polavaram mandal and to restore power supply to 24 villages under Velerupadu by August 5 amid rains and floods, the divisional engineer added.
The term ‘Limey’ had its heyday during the early 20th century where it was used as a shorthand reference for English emigrants arriving in America, South Africa and Australia. Its roots come from the British navy’s use of lime juice to cure scurvy during the late 19th century.Scurvy has the dubious honor of being one of the oldest recorded nutritional deficiencies in human history.Mostly thought of today as a strictly seafaring issue, it is found throughout history both at sea and on land in places where malnutrition is high and fresh food is in low supply.Representation of patient with scurvy. Photo by Wellcome Collection CC By 4.0The cure for scurvy has a long history of missteps and well-meaning but misguided hypotheses; we understand now that scurvy occurs due to depleted levels of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in the body and that scurvy is prevented by daily doses of ascorbic acid from citrus or other sources.The 16th century was a time of great upheaval and invention; the great empires of the west began to unfold across the globe and with this expansion came greater lengths of time spent at sea, with scurvy being documented as only being cured by citrus fruits.Lime juice for the treatment of scurvy, issued to soldiers on the British Front in Iraq. Photograph, 1914/1918. Photo by Wellcome Collection CC By 4.0There is evidence for the use of citrus fruits and herbs in the treatment of scurvy from many different parts of the globe. The East India Company reportedly used lemon juice almost its entire existence, but it wasn’t until the 18th century that medical physicians in the United Kingdom began to take note.18 Old English insults we need to bring backDr. James Lind (1716-1794) was a Scottish physician who is credited with completing one of the first controlled therapeutic experiments which he did on sailors who were struck with scurvy. Of his twelve subjects, the ones given daily citrus fruits made a full recovery.James Lind, a pioneer in the field of scurvy prevention.More setbacks followed, and it would take another four decades and many deaths at sea — the death tolls from scurvy far outstripping the deaths from combat — before the Royal Navy began to take citrus seriously.As the Encyclopaedia Britannica reports, “When it was finally adopted by the Royal Navy in 1795, scurvy disappeared from the ranks ‘as if by magic’ and it became a daily supplement to all naval fleets.”James Lind, A Treatise on the Scurvy, 1757. Photo by Wellcome Collection CC By 4.0By 1860, much of the world was a colony of another place, and each great power had their own fleet. The admiralty of the British navy oversaw the switch from European lemons to the more expensive West Indian limes because they were being farmed on British plantations and were assumed to be more effective at beating scurvy. It was this decision that gave birth to the term “Limey” and is generally agreed to have been a mistake of ignorance and patriotism.We now know that limes have around 40% less ascorbic acid than lemons and that vitamin C loses its potency over time. The lime juice supplied to the British Navy was often left exposed to fresh air, and when combined with the copper vessels used in the bottling process, it had almost no vitamin C left to speak of by the time it was taken on board.Vitamin C was identified as the main curative factor in scurvy in 1932.Luckily for the British, the time spent travelling at sea had been reduced due to the introduction of steam power, so the mistake went unnoticed until the dawn of polar exploration.Read another story from us: Guinness Brewery Signed a Lease for 9,000 YearsUnluckily for those early polar explorers, the lack of vitamin C in the lime juice lead to a resurgence of scurvy and a new wave of misunderstanding about its causes. It wasn’t until 1932 that vitamin C was categorically identified as the main curative factor in scurvy.These days, science has shown that a diet of fresh food is enough to combat scurvy and the term “Limey” has fallen out of fashion, along with the naval preference for lime juice.
September 1, 2007 Your time and energy may be limited, but opportunities to learn more about eBay are in constant supply. As a part-time seller, you’ll benefit by learning as much as you can about selling on eBay. After all, if you’re going to manage your risk and maximize the return on your efforts, you need to know just as much as full-timers do.Part-timers can help themselves a great deal by picking an area they already know a lot about. “You have to have an interest in it, and you have to have a feel for it,” Ford-Freeman says. “And you have to be willing to educate yourself in the forums.”One such forum is the Part-Time eBay Sellers Discussion Board, a place for part-time sellers to share experiences and information. On the forums, sellers with lots of experience offer countless nuggets of advice to help newcomers. “I learned everything I know about selling on eBay from the forums,” says Ford-Freeman.The Part-Timer eBay Sellers Discussion Board isn’t the only place part-timers can go for help. eBay has many tools that part-timers can use to reduce the amount of time they spend on listing and managing sales (see “Power Up: It’s Tool Time” at right). And the huge amount of information and advice available from resources like Seller Central is also useful for many part-time and full-time sellers. The tools and resources available at Seller Central range from strategies for getting started to best practices of top sellers and e-mail newsletters with the latest tips on promotions and selling features.Never Gonna Give It UpVeteran part-timers like Ford-Freeman have great confidence that they’re on top of their markets and have the skills to move their inventory. In the future, these part-timers intend to keep working at their businesses on eBay, not only because they enjoy the profits, but also because they gain a sense of fulfillment from their work.Ford-Freeman, who is approaching retirement from her day job, plans to work a little harder at her business in order to pay for post-retirement activities. “I plan to indulge in all those things I can’t [indulge in] right now, like researching, writing and traveling,” she says. “I think supplementing [my income] with eBay is going to be the solution.”And Etter is confident that part-time sellers will continue to be an important part of eBay. “The future,” he says, “will be full of opportunities for part-timers.”Mark Henricks writes on business and technology for leading publications and is author of Not Just a Living. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Janice Ford-Freeman loves shopping garage sales for bargain-priced vintage clothing. She loves taking her finds and selling them on eBay even more. Ford-Freeman’s business on eBay, which she conducts under eBay User ID crestwoodian, is a part-time endeavor that blends enjoyment and income. “It gave me a fabulous outlet to market the bargains I found,” says Ford-Freeman, who works by day at The University of Alabama, Birmingham. “It’s been wonderful.”Ford-Freeman has plenty of company from other part-time sellers, says Nathan Etter, senior manager at eBay. According to a June 2006 ACNielsen study, 1.3 million sellers worldwide make all or part of their living on eBay. “A big percentage of those are part-time sellers,” says Etter.People sell part time on eBay for a number of reasons. “First of all,” says Etter, “it can be extremely profitable.” Part-timers usually don’t hire employees or rent warehouses, so they enjoy lower overhead than many businesses. Ford-Freeman, for instance, does as much as $3,000 in a single month working out of her home.Flexibility also attracts part-timers. “They can [sell] on their own time, after their kids are asleep or whenever they want to,” Etter says. “And, equally important, they can do as much or as little [selling] as they want. The business really scales to fit their lives.”Ford-Freeman normally works about 20 hours a week but sometimes cuts back on business to a sales level as low as $150 a month. “[My success] really depends on how much work I put into [my business on eBay], as well as the market,” she explains.Many part-time sellers are motivated by a desire to find an enjoyable hobby with a moneymaking sideline. “I really like the extra money,” says Ford-Freeman. “And I get to indulge this interest of mine. [Instead of] buying all these cool, funky old clothes and having them pile up in my house, now when they pile up, I get them advertised and shipped.”Part-Time ChallengesDespite the rewards, part-time selling presents some special challenges. According to Etter, sourcing is the biggest trouble spot. “The number-one challenge for our part-time sellers is getting a consistent [source] of properly priced inventory,” Etter says.Vendors maintain a steady supply of goods for part-timers, but selling only part time on eBay makes it tough to know what is in demand and, more important, what is about to be in demand. “As a part-time seller, you have less time to spend looking for trends and getting ahead with new products that are hot in the marketplace and may be in short supply,” Etter says. “If you’re not full time, you’re not constantly on that quest, and you may not have as big a network of suppliers.” To minimize supplier problems, Etter says, be consistent. You may not work at sourcing full time, but don’t stop looking for suppliers for so long that you lose touch.Part-timers can get the biggest bang for their buck by following and forecasting the demand for their items. One of the most popular resources for this is What’s Hot, a part of Seller Central that lists ways to identify bestselling categories and stay informed about upcoming promotions and buying trends. “Markets may change, particularly if you’re selling very trendy [items],” Etter explains. “If you’ve acquired a lot of inventory and the market doesn’t sustain it, you may end up [underwater].”Part-timers also have to deal with uneven income from their endeavors. If they’re traveling or too busy with jobs and the demands of daily life to attend to their business on eBay, sales may stop altogether. And working an irregular, abbreviated schedule can make it challenging to give great customer service.eBay provides customer service tools that can help part-timers manage their schedules and meet their customers’ expectations: Sellers can create Frequently Asked Questions lists with standard replies for curious buyers, and eBay Store owners can notify prospective buyers about their upcoming vacations.One key to success as a part-timer is carefully choosing the items you sell and the markets you sell to. “There are items on eBay that are easier to sell than others,” Etter says. In general, he says, products that have a high ratio of value to density (or weight) are easier to sell. In other words, lighter, smaller, more costly products tend to sell better than heavier, bulkier, less expensive products. “We find part-timers in almost every category,” Etter says. “But the ones who are most successful focus on the value-to-density ratio.”Scarcity is another important factor when it comes to selecting the right product or category for a part-time eBay enterprise. There is always a market for limited edition, exclusive and retired items as well as any item that seems scarce in supply, says Etter. “If you can get consistent, properly priced access to that inventory, those are great products to start with on eBay,” he says. 8 min read Power Up: It’s Tool Time Some eBay part-timers like to do things hands-on, in what could be called the old-fashioned way. Other sellers look for easier, faster ways to get their work done. Janice Ford-Freeman, for instance, always lists using InkFrog, a third-party, eBay Certified Provider that automates the listing process.One of the most useful tools for part-time eBay sellers is Turbo Lister. “You can list items on the site using our regular form, but Turbo Lister has additional capabilities,” says Nathan Etter, senior manager at eBay. “When you’re selling similar items in volume, it makes the listing process much easier.”Selling Manager is another eBay tool well-suited for part-timers who want to boost sales volume without a corresponding increase in time. “Selling Manager helps volume sellers manage their inventory, keep track of activity on the site and keep track of sales over time,” explains Etter.eBay Stores is another option worth considering for part-timers because it gives sellers a permanent shelf for merchandising items. “[eBay Store owners] have a number of tools that allow them to produce newsletters, offer discounts or perform other marketing [tasks] that drive buyers to their sites and potentially create repeat buyers,” adds Etter. “An eBay Store is a very inexpensive way for a part-time seller to create an online presence, and it doesn’t take nearly as much time and money as [launching] your own website.”In addition to the tools offered by eBay, many Certified Providers offer tools that give part-timers a wide range of sophisticated capabilities. Etter says consulting services such as As Was give eBay sellers valuable assistance on topics such as serving customers and listing artwork. Aspyro, another Certified Provider of consulting services, helps sellers analyze and develop overall strategies to maximize sales and profits.Listing items for sale is one of the most time-intensive yet critical parts of the business, and tools that speed up the process are popular with part-timers. Auctiva, One-Minute Lister, Vendio and other third-party listing tools can help sellers with image hosting, templates and inventory management. “The solutions aren’t free,” says Etter, “but part-timers find they are worth the investment in terms of saving time and [boosting] profits.” It’s What You Know Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »
“We are in a relationship business. We don’t take it for granted”: Globus Travelweek Group Tags: Globus << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by TORONTO — Stéphanie Bishop, Managing Director for the Globus family of brands, had nothing but high praise for the company’s travel agent partners at the Annual Partner Appreciation lunch.“We’re very lucky to have all of you as partners in our business,” said Bishop, speaking to a crowd of more than 60 at Sassafraz restaurant in Toronto. “We are in a relationship business. We value that tremendously. We don’t take it for granted.”Bishop said that despite some “tough choices” in 2017, “when we make decisions, we make them with you in mind as well.”She added to applause: “We would not be where we are if it wasn’t for you.”The Globus family of brands’ worldwide product offering includes Italy, a major focus for 2018 across the company’s brands. This year’s Italy lineup includes 15 itineraries with Globus, 11 with Cosmos and plenty of City Getaways and countless combinations ranging from four to 16 days with Monograms.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThe company is also fully onboard with the growing trend to off-season travel, with Escapes by Globus, launched in November 2017 with winter escapes right through March, at prices up to 40% cheaper than summer offerings. Monday, January 22, 2018 Share
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