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The former Catholic Bishop of Derry, Seamus Hegarty, has died at the age of 79.He died at Letterkenny University Hospital, where he was receiving treatment, according to the Catholic Communications Office.Dr Hegarty led the diocese of Derry from 1994 to 2011, when he retired due to an “irreversible and progressive” illness. Before that, he served as the Bishop of Raphoe.Hegarty, who was from Kilcar, had been Bishop of Derry from 1994 to 2011 having served as Bishop of Raphoe.He was ordained as a priest in 1966, and was consecrated Bishop of Raphoe in 1982.Former Bishop of Raphoe Seamus Hegarty dies aged 79 was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, an idea that began with a vision by Nelson Mandela as far back as his presidency in the 1990s, has finally become a reality.CD AndersonThe hospital, overseen by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, along with various local and international partners, is dedicated exclusively to paediatric medicine and care. It will welcome its first patients on 2 December 2016.The world-class hospital has had a difficult road to realisation, struggling to raise the $100-million (R1.4-billion) needed to complete the project in the midst of a tough global economic environment and, more crucially during the last stages of the project, without the guidance and vision of the hospital’s patron, Mandela, who died in December 2013.Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital set to admit first patients https://t.co/A1LMhiFS6i pic.twitter.com/MXYsJIy7HF— The Citizen News (@TheCitizen_News) November 28, 2016“It’s a miracle, or just short of a miracle. The children’s hospital was a dream,” Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, told AFP during a media tour of the facilities in November 2016. “It was very difficult to do it without him … extremely difficult, but people were ready to hear us. People could relate to his vision. There is a number of ways that you can remember him; he was a statesman. You could build a statue … but at his core, he loved children.”An aerial shot of the new @NelsonMandela Children’s Hospital near @WitsUniversity #Joburg. Opening set for December pic.twitter.com/1vPZ49BsDn— SurenNaidoo (@SurenNaidoo) July 19, 2016Finally breaking ground at its site in Parktown, Johannesburg in 2014, the hospital received financial support from a host of South African and international philanthropists and organisations, including the Bill Gates Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, Islamic Relief Worldwide and industrialist Eric Samson.Additional financing came from donations made by millions of ordinary South Africans via SMS and through various fundraising events held since 2009.Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital! Dream come Reality! @NMCF_SA pic.twitter.com/5KhQ0duUb0— Sam Tsima (@samtsima) August 26, 2016The three-floor facility, which is part of the University of Witwatersrand’s medical faculty, specialises in paediatric cancer care, and kidney and lung treatment, as well as heart, chest and brain surgery, and a range of other children’s medical needs. While Africa does have four other paediatric specialist hospitals – one each in Cape Town and Nairobi, and two in Cairo – the new Johannesburg hospital is the most advanced facility in Africa.The hospital is equipped with the latest medical equipment and technology, including the most advanced operating theatres in the country, offering the best all-inclusive diagnosis and treatment regime on the continent.Equipment was able to identify and analyse the “minutest” details, hospital project leader Joe Seoloane leader told AFP, “(making) diagnoses that general equipment might not pick up”.The hospital also provides real-time video conferencing, enabling doctors and medical students across the continent to access consultations and procedures done onsite.With a staff of 450 expertly trained paediatric nurses and 150 specialist doctors sourced from South Africa and the rest of the world, the hospital offers free services to those from poorer backgrounds and only charges those who can afford it.The brightly painted wards, colourful furnishings and the latest multimedia technology – including in-house radio and television channels tailored to its young patients – all help the hospital present a comforting and fun environment.“It’s a children’s hospital and must specialise in conditions that are unique to children,” Seoloane said. “(The hospital is) proud and excited that … on 2 December, we can officially say (Africa has a children’s hospital on par with the rest of the world).”Soon 2 be open Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital providing state-of the art care 2 children of #SouthernAfrica https://t.co/ECIxSrtqpN pic.twitter.com/iHhZmof2lU— ELMA Philanthropies (@ELMAPhilanthro) October 21, 2016Source: eNCA
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market bernard lunn Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#Features#NYT#web “Bits of destruction” is a phrase Fred Wilson uses to describe the destructive part of “creative destruction” brought on by digitization. We hear a lot about the destruction wrought on the newspaper business. A more interesting and nuanced wave is now hitting the book publishing business. Actually, it is three waves: the digitization of back catalogs, e-books, and print on demand. However this plays out, a lot of people will be affected, but the way in which it will play out is not at all obvious. This is too big a subject for one post, so read this as an introduction to a multi-post investigation.Somewhere Between Author and Reader Is Multi-Billion Dollar MarketData on market size is hard to come by. Albert N. Greco, in his book “The Book Publishing Industry” (the relevant extract of which is available, ironically, on Google Books), pegs the number at $65 billion in 1993. The value is probably higher by now. In any case, it is big.An author writes a book, and you read it. A lot of money is exchanged between those two actions. Consider the steps an author has had to go through in the past to make a living from writing books:Find an agent, who takes a cut and finds a…Publisher, who arranges everything and takes a very big cut and delivers the manuscript to the…Printer, who takes a cut and delivers the product to the…Distributor, who takes a cut and delivers the books to the…Retailers, who sell one to you.Courtesy of iReaderReview, we have created a very simplistic view of how the pie is currently divided:Author: 10% (This in fact ranges between 8% and 15%, depending on the author’s clout — e.g. Stephen King does better than most. If the author has an agent, the agent’s cut comes out of this. It is indeed tough for new authors.)Publisher: 30% (This ranges between 25% and 32%, again depending on the author’s clout — e.g. their percentage is less with Stephen King because the risk is lower too. Note: this is their net revenue, after deducting author royalties and printer fees.)Printer: 10%Distributor: 10%Retailer: 40%Enter the Dragon: AmazonJeff Bezos, who could go down in history as the most driven and talented entrepreneur of the Internet age, shook up this last stage: retail. About a decade ago, people were talking about how retailers were “getting Amazoned.” But then a couple of things happened:Amazon discovered that pick-and-pack distribution through warehouses was almost as expensive as running stores on Main Street.Because the end product was still a physical object, many people still liked browsing in bookstores.During all of these bruising battles, the publishers did just fine. The long-tail of online media enabled them to sell more of their back catalog.So, we know how e-commerce played out. But then along came three more waves.The Three Big Waves Hitting the IndustryOne massive wave crashing down is confusing enough. But when three crash at the same time, even seeing what’s going on (let alone predicting how things will play out) becomes really difficult. These three big new waves are:The digitization of print books by Google Book Search.Increasing consumer acceptance of e-books, mostly because of the Kindle.Print on demand.Wave #1: Google Book Search Archive DigitizationThe first wave, Google Book Search, has kicked up a storm of controversy, with some waving lawsuits in the air. Google threw down the gauntlet in classic Google style, threatening every player in the industry. Its initiative has reached an impressive scale:“On October 28, 2008, Google stated that it had 7 million books searchable through Google Book Search.” (Source: Wikipedia)Google is dealing with three types of books here:Books in the public domain but no longer in print or easily accessible outside of libraries. These are useful for research and can be downloaded as PDFs. Google has scanned these at considerable cost, and the content does not seem to be a good platform for selling ads, and so we would assume this is not a directly commercial venture. Non-profit initiatives in Europe are doing the same sort thing. No one could really argue with this point.Books that are out of print but still copyrighted. These were the subject of legal action taken by the Authors’ Guild and the Association of American Publishers to protect publishers’ revenue from back catalogs and authors’ royalty streams. The case was settled in October 2008.Books that were scanned by 20,000 publishing partners and sent to Google, which restricts how much of any one you can read online. Publishers are using Google in its classic role as a source of traffic. They hope the extracts entice you to buy the books.But this does not bear on the best-sellers and books that you buy at airports. Google is simply performing its normal role of directing online traffic.That is where the second wave, Amazon’s Kindle, comes in.Wave #2: E-BooksWith the Kindle, Jeff Bezos finally gets rid of those warehouses and delivery trucks. He still works through major publishers. As Steve Jobs did with the iPod and iPhone, Bezos is using a device to extract high rent for digital products delivered through the device.Alternatives to the Kindle exist, of course. But alternatives to the iPod and iPhone exist, too, and Bezos is betting that his device will exact similar loyalty in consumers, forcing all of the major players to work with Amazon.So, what does the book publishing revenue pie look like with the Kindle now in the eco-system? Let’s look at this from the point of view of authors. That seems a good starting point. Without authors, there would be no readers and thus no value for intermediaries to extract. Well, it turns out that the Authors’ Guild (yes, the one that sued Google and got a settlement) has a strong opinion on the Kindle, as its President, Roy Blount, explains in an article in the New York Times.Blount probably gets good legal advice. He is going after a weak link in Amazon’s legal defense, as he explains:“Serves readers, pays writers: so far, so good. But there’s another thing about Kindle 2 — its heavily marketed text-to-speech function. Kindle 2 can read books aloud. And Kindle 2 is not paying anyone for audio rights.”But this seems like a side issue. The real questions are:Does the reader get a cheaper product? Well, not yet. But consumers seem to be sending a loud message that e-books should be cheaper.Will authors get more than the 8 to 15% share of the pie that they currently get? That should be possible, because a few big pie-sharers have been eliminated by the Kindle, namely:Unless Amazon is giving a bigger percentage to publishers (which is unlikely, but possible), 60% of the pie is available to be shared between Amazon, publishers, authors, and readers.Printer: 10%Distributor: 10%Retailer: 40%. Here is an author asking all the right questions. And in the comments, another writer addresses the question of royalties on Kindle sales:“One-third of the cover price. If Amazon discounts the book, they still pay you one-third of the cover price you submit.”He goes on to explain that authors are paid monthly, and they do not ask for exclusivity and do not get advance royalties. That all sounds fine. You can check the actual terms and conditions on Amazon’s Digital Text Platform, and the forums contain other advice.But note that one-third of the cover price goes to the publisher. That is not the author’s cut. So, with the Kindle in the mix, the pie appears to be more like this:Author: 8%Publisher: 33%Printer: 0%Distributor: 0%Retailer: 0%Amazon: 59%In other words, publishers and authors get no more than they did before, and Amazon takes everyone else’s cut. This is very good if you own Amazon stock and quite a worry if you are a printer, distributor, or retailer.Wave #3: Print on DemandNot everybody wants to pay $359 for a Kindle, particularly when e-books for it are not significantly cheaper than print versions. Also, most books are not yet available on the Kindle, and many (for example, ones with a lot of high-quality images) are not suitable for the device (at least not the current version).This is where the third wave, print on demand (POD), comes in.While printing single copies of books using traditional technology such as letterpress and offset printing was simply never economical, digital printing technology now makes it possible.POD caters to the new long tail: new books that are not best-sellers. Authors go through one of the POD intermediaries: Lulu and Blurb.In simple terms, the intermediaries allow you, the author, to sell books one at a time. (You could give your book away for free, but you would still have to pay Lulu or Blurb for printing costs.) The model requires no up-front cost from you and no minimum purchase from the reader. Your print-ready content goes to Lulu or Blurb’s printing partners, which print and send the books to readers. The printers are willing to work with these intermediaries because they aggregate demand.You, the reader, see no difference. You order online, pay by credit card or PayPal, and get the book delivered to your home or office.This initially caught on in the self-publishing and vanity publishing industry, where books often had no market beyond the author’s immediate circle of friends, family, and associates. For a good breakdown of the types of publishers in this industry and what to look out for, see this article.A lot of publishers specialize in this area, including Epigraph, Xlibris, I-Universe, AuthorHouse, SelfPublishing.com, and BookSurge. But they typically require a minimum order, albeit a small one. Blurb and Lulu have used the Web to take this idea to its extreme: no up-front costs, and books printed one order at a time.Part 2: Wiping the Muck from Our Crystal BallIn part 2 of this series tomorrow, we will look at how this could play out for the major players:Readers: will we all get more choice at better prices? Almost certainly.Authors: will making a living from writing books be any easier for them? This is important to a lot of people but far from certain.How will the other players (publishers, printers, distributors, and retailers) evolve to meet the challenges of this new world?What new intermediary models will emerge, and which players stand to profit from them?UPDATE:Part 2 of this series is now available. It explores how this could play out in the future, specifically for the major players of book publishing: readers, authors, printers, publishers, retailers, and e-book device vendors. 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How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Technology has always been positive for impacting businesses. Technology is the grease on the wheels that will bring growth to your business. With growth as your mindset, here are a few facts you can’t ignore namely, that the positive evolution of your business depends on the tech revolution.After the Industrial Revolution, the business world remained the same for about a century. Most people suppose that we can safely say that another industrial revolution won’t ever happen again — can we safely say that? We’re witnessing the positive evolution of the technology revolution. It’s developing, mutating, and adapting at such an exponential rate that we can’t help but get swept away with its progress. Regardless as to whether you’re ready — the tech wave has not even crested. Some people find it surprising that we’ve come this far — but looking back over the past five years is shocking. Technology has quickly changed almost everything about how businesses operate — with zero concern about the size of the entity. This unprecedented growth brings about both tangible and intangible benefits that help you increase your bottom line. As business becomes better equipped to meet their customers’ demands, they enter the growth-hacking phase. In turn, this growth affects a business’ culture, efficiency, relationships, security of confidential information and its trade advantages.Cloud ComputingCloud computing allows businesses large and small to move some of their operations to third-party servers accessible via Internet connectivity. Not only does this allow for variable data packages but also for rapid (on-demand) expansion and mobility without the fear of downtime, crashes, or permanently lost data. The cloud computing has allowed small business access to resources that would have been cost prohibitive for them in the past and has evened the playing field when it comes to competing against corporations with far more funding.Technology’s Social ImpactBusinesses can no longer afford to operate in a vacuum. With the rise of social networking, the world has shrunk even further than ever before. The social impact of technology means that people from all over the world can connect to you without worrying about things like geography, time zones, finances, or even social status. Operating in the open (as in full disclosure) also means that while in the past you could get away with offering just “okay” customer service, products and services — now a lax attitude with regards to your customers will result in a hateful Facebook rant or a bad review on some rating site like Yelp. Unfortunately, it’s also true that what goes on the Internet stays on the Internet so once you earn a bad reputation, it will stick with you for a long time. The longevity of “a bad reputation” is why businesses of all sizes must be concerned about their digital footprint and their social identity from today — forward until forever. It’s also why so many businesses are hiring community managers to not only watch for potential “bad press” but also to take a proactive stance against it when possible.A Changing Consumer BaseToday, Millennials are the main driving force of businesses, the economy, and the world. It won’t be long before they represent more than half of the American workforce and reach their peak affluence – and influence. The changing consumer base means that the Millennials will have the most money to spend and the least financial obligations holding them back from consuming it. There are more Millenials than Baby Boomers in the world today, and they have a looser hold on their wallets — coupled with a strong desire for near-instant gratification. They’re also the ones who’ve been raised on digital technology. Entering the world with a computer in their hands means the Millennial is the most wired generation. Even more incredible, they’re responsible for forcing businesses to become more tech-savvy. Shockingly, Millennials are willing to take on the responsibility to teach the other generations; they like this position — and they’re good at it.Cost CuttingA voice AI phone system is a wise way for businesses to succeed in today’s “buyer’s market.” The AI bots are much easier to use and affordable than most of the solutions that were offered in the past. Numerous tech-savvy and entrepreneurial minds can exploit this system for its advantages — and have also multiplied them exponentially — for you. You don’t need to be a multi-million-dollar company to take advantage of this tech today. These great AI bots came from minds that can create an affordable system for you in just a few weeks. While it won’t lack anything that the big competitors are using, it’ll also be so simple to use that you won’t need to hire a dedicated employee or sign a long-term service contract.ConnectivityTechnology has also made it easier for everyone to stay in touch. Coworkers and employees can always be reached within minutes via texting or video chat. You can send targeted promotional email blasts to prequalified customers who are shopping at nearby businesses. Mobile technology almost seamlessly blends with communication software today and creates a hyper-real web that’s filled with real-time information.Communicating with CustomersTechnology affects how you interact with your customers — which is essential because of the busy environment we now live in. Today’s websites must let their customers find answers to their questions even after hours. If you are in product and need to ship; fast shipment options are no longer a perk — it’s a must. Your product must be able to across large geographic areas — faster than Superman. Technologies like these benefit your clients and customers helping to catapult your brand forward creating a stronger bond with your public image.Operational EfficiencyWith technology on your side, you’ll also have a better understanding of your financial needs and how to better use resources like time and physical space. Using technology in your warehouse, lets you understand how to manage your storage costs. Today’s busy executives can hold online meetings instead of traveling to them. When you use the right technology in these various ways, you’ll save time and money. SecurityMost of today’s businesses are subject to security threats and vandalism. You can use technology to protect your company’s financial data, confidential executive decisions, and proprietary information. Take prodigious care so that you won’t succumb to hackers or be taken over by your competition. Always take (at least) the simple steps to protect your hard work, like using passwords on your computers — and changing them often.Deciding Where to go From HereTechnology is in a vast mammoth wave — and you should think of it in that way. You can either ride it or wipe out — but the one thing you definitely can’t do is ignore it. Technology is progressing at such a rapid pace today that failure to adapt not only means you’ll get left behind much sooner than you can even guess. You can find yourself becoming obsolete while other companies — who were wise enough to adopt new strategies of all kinds, using tech. Keep a clear working consciousness about tech’s offerings to help you growth hack success. Take on tech’s positive evolution in your business — including how you act and present yourself. Don’t allow other businesses to reap all the positive rewards. Adopting technology doesn’t mean that you need to rebuild your business. What embracing the available technology does entail is putting action into understanding how technology affects your business. Increase your competitive advantage — with technology — so your business will stand the test of time. Related Posts Mila Jones Tags:#business#cloud#cloud computing#Customer#security#technology AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Mila Jones is a Senior Business Consultant, with rich experience in the domains of technology consulting and strategy, she works with both established technology brands and market entrants to offer research inputs and insights on leveraging technology as a source of strategic competitive advantage. 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Fertiliser is a key input in agricultural production as it supplies essential nutrients to enhance and increase crop yield, thereby boosting agricultural productivity. The commodity is however, expensive, and so it is important that farmers purchase the correct fertiliser for their crop and soil type, or risk losing money and time. Newport Fersan Jamaica Limited, a leading local and Caribbean manufacturer and distributor of fertiliser, is ensuring that local farmers have access to the best quality products that are guaranteed to increase their yields. Managing Director, Dennis Valdez, tells JIS News that the company is undertaking a project to provide farmers will fertiliser that is customised to their needs. “We know fertiliser is an expensive commodity and that is why Newport Fersan is embarking on this campaign to supply the farming community with what farmers need and require for their crops,” he says. “It is not only supplying or selling fertiliser, but we, at Newport Fersan, want to supply to a farmer, what is required. Custom build fertiliser is what we want to deliver to farmers,” he states. Through technology, Newport Fersan is able to customise any formulation from a soil result. Farmers, who want to benefit from the initiative, just simply need to provide a soil sample to Newport Fersan, which is then analysed, after which a fertiliser is designed for that particular soil or crop. “The most important thing is for farmers to know what their crop requires and what their soil requires in terms of nutrients. There is a simple way for you to determine that, which is taking soil samples. We can assist farmers in that regard, by going to their farm and showing them how to take the soil sample or we have, from time to time, sent in our experts to give talks about soil types. This is the type of work that we do in the field every day,” says Mr. Valdez. He informs JIS News that there have been “outstanding results” since the company began applying the technology last year and is encouraging the farming community to take advantage of the opportunity. “Believe me it works. You can save money when you get a fertiliser that only gives you what you need. You don’t have to add more products; you don’t have to add more elements,” he points out. Mr. Valdez tells JIS News that by undertaking the initiative, the company is trying to assist the agricultural sector to move away from the traditional way of just applying the nitrogen, phosphorous, and potash (NPK) fertilisers and providing formulations for specific needs. He notes, for example, that if the soil has a high pH (too alkaline) “you have to apply sulphur to reduce the pH, and elemental sulphur is the fastest and the best to amend your soil. On the other hand, if you have acid soil you need to apply calcium carbonate to control and to try to maintain the soil from losing more nitrogen (that is low pH). We have all the micro elements that your crops require and your soil needs”. There is a minimum cost involved in the process as soil samples have to be sent to a laboratory for analysis. Farmers are being encouraged to form associations or groups, to access assistance free of charge. “Because of the size of the island and the different types of soil in different locations, we try to group certain sectors so that when we go to that area, we sample the area, and we provide recommendations and even the sampling, free of cost” Mr. Valdez tells JIS News. Newport Fersan Jamaica Limited produces in excess of $5.6 billion worth of fertiliser per year, and exports more than $400 million of the commodity. The company is a key supporter of the local agricultural sector, donating 1,000 bags of fertilisers in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and cutting the cost of purchases by the Government to assist replanting efforts.
Global music and entertainment platform TIDAL has announced the lineup for the 3rd Annual “TIDAL X: Brooklyn” charity concert hosted by Angie Martinez.The event includes Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, DJ Khaled, Kaskade, Chris Brown, Cardi B, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Daddy Yankee, Yo Gotti, A$AP Ferg, Vic Mensa, Fifth Harmony, Joey Bada$$, Willow Smith, Belly, Iggy Azalea, Jessie Reyez, Mack Wilds, Machel Montano, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Mr. Eazi, Charly Black, Princess Nokia, Tee Grizzley, Rapsody, Kranium, Chloe x Halle, Cipha Sounds, Victory and more with special appearances by Rosie Perez and Lin-Manuel Miranda. This year’s performers are coming together in an effort to raise awareness and funds for organizations that support relief and recovery for those affected by the unprecedented natural disasters, including: Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria and the earthquakes that took place in Mexico.TIDAL also announced that BACARDĺ rum will be the presenting sponsor of TIDAL X: Brooklyn. As part of the sponsorship, BACARDĺ has committed $1.3 million specifically to TIDAL X: Brooklyn charities. This is in addition to the Bacardi family and company’s previously announced $3 million in general disaster relief support for local relief agencies supporting communities impacted in Florida, Puerto Rico, other islands in the Caribbean, The Bahamas, and Mexico.“This partnership with TIDAL: X touches on two areas that are very close to our heart – music and philanthropy. BACARDĺ is proud to play a part in raising awareness and funding for the regions affected by these terrible disasters, including Puerto Rico, Florida and the Caribbean region – all homes to our family and company,” said Facundo L. Bacardi, Chairman, Bacardi.BACARDĺ and TIDAL X: Brooklyn will join Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico by covering the cost of cargo planes desperately needed to transport donated goods (i.e., cleaning supplies, toiletries, canned food, clothing, etc.) to Puerto Rico. Artists will also participate in a public awareness campaign to encourage New Yorkers to donate goods and money to help the people of Puerto Rico recover.Governor Cuomo said, “After seeing the terrible devastation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands firsthand, it is clear that those affected by these natural disasters need our help more than ever. We in New York are putting the full weight of our resources behind recovery efforts, and I am grateful to TIDAL X: Brooklyn and its sponsors for joining us and helping to deliver much-needed goods to people in desperate need. We must do everything we can to help these communities rebuild, and I encourage all New Yorkers to join us in our efforts.”Fans worldwide will be able to learn more, purchase tickets, tune-in to the show and participate in fundraising efforts at TIDAL.com/BROOKLYN. One hundred percent of ticket proceeds will be donated to organizations including: The Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico, Global Giving, All Hands Volunteers, Kids in Need Foundation, Direct Relief, One America Appeal, Greater Houston Community Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union, Miami Community Foundation, Habitat For Humanity in Puerto Rico, and more.Learn more about how and where to donate goods to The Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico in the New York area here.
EDMONTON – Alberta is making changes to help do-it-yourself brewers and wine makers, along with laying out more rules underpinning the pending legalization of cannabis.The changes are in a bill introduced in the house by Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley.The bill will allow businesses to be set up for customers to make their own beer and wine on site.On the cannabis front, the changes will make clear that private operators who set up cannabis outlets can’t use store names that suggest their product is tied to medical or therapeutic benefits, and can’t entice children.Fines for breaking rules under the Gaming and Liquor Act will rise from $200,000 to $1 million.Finance Minister Joe Ceci says they’re creating do-it-yourself wine and beer making outlets at the request of many Albertans, and says craft brewers aren’t worried this will cut their market share.
Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said it has examined 22 “pin locations” shared by India but found no terror camps and claimed that there are no links to nail 54 people detained in connection with the Pulwama terror attack as it shared the “preliminary findings” with New Delhi. Pakistan is willing to allow visits, on request, to these locations, the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement. “While 54 detained individuals are being investigated, no details linking them to Pulwama have been found so far,” it said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Similarly, the 22 pin locations shared by India have been examined. No such camps exist. Pakistan is willing to allow visits, on request, to these locations,” the FO said. It said that in consistent with its commitment to cooperate, Pakistan on Wednesday shared “preliminary findings” of its investigations with India along with a set of questions. “Subsequently, the diplomatic corps in Islamabad was briefed as well,” the FO said. India handed over the dossier to the Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan in New Delhi on February 27 with specific details of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)’s complicity in the Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel on February 14 and the presence of JeM terror camps and its leadership in Pakistan. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The FO said soon after receiving the dossier, Pakistan constituted an investigation team, detained a number of people for investigation and initiated work on the technical aspects of social media content, a main basis of the Indian documents. The Indian dossier contains 91 pages and six parts, out of which only part two and three pertain to the Pulwama attack, it said. “Other parts are generalised allegations. Pakistan is focusing on those parts which relate to Pulwama incident,” it said. The FO claimed that during the course of investigations, all aspects of the information provided by India have been thoroughly examined including the “confessional” video of Adil Dar, “claim” of responsibility for the attack, Whatsapp and Telegram numbers used to share videos and messages in support of the Pulwama attack, list of 90 individuals suspected of belonging to a proscribed organisation and 22 pin locations of alleged training camps. Service Providers have been requested for data including relevant details of activities and contacts of the GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) number provided by India, it said. A request for assistance from Whatsapp has also been made to the US government, it said, adding that the said additional information and documents from India would be essential to continue the process of investigations. “Pakistan remains committed to taking this process to its logical conclusion,” the FO added. Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after the suicide bomber of JeM killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. India launched a counter-terror operation against a JeM training camp in Balakot. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured its pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1.
New Delhi: The Election Commission has found no violation of the poll code in Niti Aayog sharing data with the prime minister’s office on places where PM Narendra Modi was set to campaign for the Lok Sabha elections. Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena said the commission has disposed off the complaint as the prime minister is exempted from the provision that bars ministers from combining official visits with campaigning. The exemption to the prime minister was given in October, 2014. “It was not a one time exemption but a standing instruction,” Saxena told reporters here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghSources later said, the Niti Aayog had not shared any political data but district-level data with the prime minister’s office (PMO). The EC had written to Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on May 4 flagging the allegations made by the Congress and the AAP. Asking Kant to furnish the reply “immediately”, the EC had referred to the allegations that the Niti Aayog has asked officers in various states and Union territories to provide to the PMO write ups about destinations of the prime minister’s campaign. The EC also responded to a question on the Congress’s fresh complaint against information allegedly sought by an officer of the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade from the Commerce Ministry on Start Up India, claiming that it was meant to be used for BJP’s manifesto.