Mirwaizs appearance before NIA paves ways for thorough probe into JK terror

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first_imgNew Delhi: Appearance of separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq before the NIA has paved the way for a thorough probe into charges of terror funding and conspiracy against the Hurriyat leader, officials said Tuesday.Mirwaiz appeared before the National Investigation Agency for the second consecutive day on Tuesday for questioning in connection with a case related to funding of terror groups and separatist organisations in Jammu and Kashmir. “Appearance of Mirwaiz before the NIA proves the government’s determination to establish that Kashmiri separatist leaders will have to be held accountable to the law of the land. It has paved the way for thorough investigation into charges of terror funding and conspiracy against the Hurriyat leader,” a home ministry official said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The questioning of Mirwaiz by the NIA has been considered a significant development as he had been trying to evade the questioning by the probe agency by resorting to various stratagems. These include by not responding initially to the NIA summons at all, and later saying he was ready to be examined by NIA in Srinagar. “However, eventually he had to follow the summons and travel to New Delhi to answer questions from the NIA. This is in line with the government’s firm stance that separatist leaders cannot claim immunity and that they will be held accountable for laws of the land,” the official said. The NIA had conducted raids in February 2019 on allegations of terror funding and money laundering on the premises of Mirwaiz and other Hurriyat leaders like Yasin Malik and son of SAS Geelani, Naseem Geelani. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThey are part of Joint Resistance Leadership who frequently organise protests, stone pelting and shutdowns in the valley, disrupting normal life, impacting students and daily wage earners, businesses and tourism. The investigation against Naseem Geelani and others is proceeding as per law. Recently, legal hurdles had been cleared for resumption of trial in Jammu against Yasin Malik in the case of terrorist attack by JKLF militants in 1990 on IAF personnel which led to the death of four persons. “Yasin Malik had exploited the provisions in law to inordinately delay the trial. But relentless efforts by the home ministry have finally resulted in Malik’s arrest and transfer to Jammu jail. His plea for transfer of trial from Jammu to Srinagar has also been quashed,” another official said.last_img read more

UN calls for protection of migrants human rights regardless of legal status

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“Millions of migrants provide essential services to the economies and societies of the countries they live in while supporting their families and communities back home, where remittances boost the national economy,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in message marking International Migrants Day, in which he called on all States to ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. “Unfortunately, migrants rarely receive recognition for their contributions. Instead, they often contend with abuses and discrimination ranging from the absence of protection mechanisms to discriminatory national legislation. In extreme cases, they are victims of racist or xenophobic attacks,” he added, noting that only 37 countries had so far ratified the treaty. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour underscored the primacy of migrants’ human rights over their legal status. “It is particularly important to recall that all migrants, irrespective of their legal status, enjoy the protection of international human rights standards laid down in human rights instruments,” she said in a message, condemning working conditions that amount to modern forms of slavery. “Irregular migrant workers are particularly vulnerable to all kinds of abuses, as their irregular status exposes them to a wide range of abuses and violations. Their children are often at risk, deprived of access to schools or health care facilities. Violations committed by private individuals often go unpunished when committed against irregular migrants.” Calling on all countries to ratify the International Convention, she highlighted abuses facing migrant workers: long working hours, payment of salaries well below minimum wage established by law, exposure to degrading and dangerous working conditions and confiscation of travel documents. “They often face restrictions on access to health care and are at times deprived of the right to marry. They suffer from restrictive policies that limit family reunification,” she added. Yet today’s economies could barely function without their contribution. Two independent UN experts called for the decriminalization of irregular or undocumented entry into a country. “Any migrant worker detained in a State of transit or in a State of employment for violations of provisions relating to migration should always be separated from convicted persons or persons detained pending criminal trial,” said Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants Jorge Bustamante and the Chairman of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, Prasad Kariyawasam. The two emphasized the hardships faced by irregular migrant women, often exposed to all sort of abuses by their employers, including sexual harassment and physical violence, yet denied legal protection and access to effective remedies because of their status. “Women migrant workers in domestic service should have access to mechanisms for bringing complaints against their employers and all abuses, including sexual abuses, should be investigated and punished,” they said. They also called on Member States to ensure access to education for all migrant children irrespective of their migratory status and to intensify their efforts to prevent these children from falling victim to any kind of exploitation, and notably economic or sexual exploitation. 18 December 2007United Nations officials today called on all countries to protect the human rights of the world’s 200 million migrants, regardless of their legal status, stressing that they provide vital services to the States where they live, yet often face abuse, discrimination and even violence in return. read more

More action needed to combat noncommunicable diseases in Europe – UN meeting

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26 November 2010Governments need to pay more attention to the worsening problem of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Europe, representatives attending a United Nations-convened conference said today, calling for measures that reduce risk factors that expose people to these illnesses. “The challenge posed by NCDs is not one just for the health sector alone to tackle, but for all sectors to fight together, including foreign affairs, development cooperation, urban planning, finance, education and transport,” said Ala Alwan, the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable diseases and mental health.“More and more people are dying and suffering from these diseases, which are causing both enormous health and economic impacts globally. In particular, the poor and vulnerable people are affected in the world’s poorest countries,” Mr. Alwan said at the end of the two-day meeting of the WHO European Region in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, to discuss the response to the crisis.The four most common NCDs – cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung diseases – have been recognized as the key health priority in the WHO European Region this decade. These illnesses account for 77 per cent of the disease burden and 86 per cent of all deaths in the 53 countries in the region.The two-day consultation came ahead of the UN high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases to be held in September next year.At the Oslo meeting delegates also recommended the inclusion of NCDs into global development initiatives and related investment decisions, saying the diseases posed a threat to development in all countries. Additional research is needed to halt and reduce premature death from NCDs, they said.“NCDs are becoming a major health challenge all over the world and the cost of not taking action is unacceptable,” said Norway’s Health Minister, Anne Grete Strom Erichsen. “Countries in the European region need to share our own domestic experience with other nations on what does and does not work in the fight against NCDs,” she said.Next year’s UN summit will focus on the four most common NCDs, which are responsible for more than 60 per cent of global deaths, or 35 million people.Nine million of the deaths are premature and could be prevented by low-cost measures targeting four key risk factors – tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, poor diet and physical inactivity.Globally, NCDs are affecting an increasing number of people in developing countries, particularly the poorest, who live in regions with weaker health systems.In Africa, deaths from NCDs are expected to increase by around 25 per cent by 2020, according to WHO.In Europe, NCDs annually account for more than 8 million deaths – over 80 per cent of all deaths in the region – including 1.5 million people who die under the age of 60. Three out of four premature deaths from NCDs in the European region occur in low- and middle-income countries. read more

Hailing Liberias new President UN fund pledges 500000 to support gender equality

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The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) today announced that it has pledged $500,000 to Liberia while congratulating the country on the inauguration of its new President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first female to head an African nation.The money will be used to support Liberia’s Ministry of Gender and Development, and women’s organizations that promote gender equality and peace in the country. “UNIFEM is proud to have supported the Ministry of Gender and Development, and women’s organizing throughout Liberia to reach this truly historic achievement,” said Noeleen Heyzer, the Fund’s executive director, who attended the inauguration.Vabah Gayflor, Liberia’s Minister of Gender and Development, paid tribute to UNIFEM’s long history of working with Liberian women. “They stood with us when we were mobilizing to support women’s candidacy and leadership in the parliamentary and presidential elections.”UNIFEM said it will mobilize its partners to respond to Liberia’s priorities in promoting gender equality. read more

ANZ Bank faces multimillion dollar payout after Australian court rules on credit

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ANZ Bank faces multimillion dollar payout after Australian court rules on credit card late fee by The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2014 10:18 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MELBOURNE, Australia – One of Australia’s largest banks faces a multimillion dollar payout to thousands of customers after a judge ruled on Wednesday that late payment fees it charged on credit cards were exorbitant.ANZ Banking Group Ltd. partially lost a class action law suit in the Australian Federal Court brought by more than 43,000 customers who claimed they had been charged excessive fees for years. In some cases the fees were 70 times the cost to the bank of administering late payments.Justice Michelle Gordon ruled that the bank had been illegally imposing penalties for late payments on credit cards.She agreed with lead plaintiff Lucio Paciocco’s argument that the fees were “extravagant, exorbitant and unconscionable,” and represented a breach of contract.But she also ruled in ANZ’s favour by dismissing claims that other types of bank fees were illegal penalties.It was not clear how much the bank would have to pay back customers who had been charged too much over six years. Lawyers for the bank and customers have until next week to agree on a proposal for repaying customers that the court can rule on.ANZ chief executive Philip Chronican said he was still reviewing the judgment, and its implications were unclear.“We felt it was a fair fee at the time,” Chronican told reporters. “We are now getting a different perspective on that as a result of what the courts have determined.”He said that in 2009 his bank reduced a number of fees it charged and abolished another 27 fees.While the credit card fees were illegal, Chronican welcomed the court’s ruling that another four fee types that had been challenged by the suit were legal. Maurice Blackburn, the law firm representing the customers, had claimed 57 million Australian dollars ($51 million) in damages from all five fee types.Maurice Blackburn said the ruling changed the banking landscape in Australia.The case was the first of eight planned class action law suits involving 185,300 customers of Australian banks, claiming AU$243 million ($216 million) in damages.The court found ANZ late fees on credit cards ranged from AU$20 to AU$35. The actual cost of administering such late payments was mostly 50 AU cents and sometimes up to AU$5.50.James Middleweek, investment manager at Bentham IMF which funded the class action, said ANZ will have to repay customers the difference plus interest.Melbourne Law School lecturer Katy Barnett said she expected ANZ’s liability would be more than AU$12 million ($11 million). She also expected other banks would also repay customers if their credit card contracts contained similar late fee clauses.She said many companies that charge customers late fees had nervously awaited Wednesday’s ruling, which would have come as a relief to many as most of ANZ’s fees proved to be legal.The Australian Banking Association, which represents the banking industry, declined to comment. ANZ CEO Australia Philip Chronican holds up his hand while he answers questions during a press conference to discuss the outcome of the Federal Court ruling in the IMF fees class action in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. ANZ Banking Group Ltd. partially lost a class action law suit in the Australian Federal Court brought by more than 43,000 customers who claimed they had been charged excessive fees for years.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith) read more

Outrage and revulsion voiced by UN over suicide attack on voter registration

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“The UN family in Afghanistan feels a deep sense of revulsion at today’s outrage,” said the Head of the Mission, Tadamichi Yamamoto, adding that “the killing appears to be part of a wholly unacceptable effort by extremists to deter Afghan citizens from carrying out their constitutional right to take part in elections.”Sunday’s attack took place when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt, blew themselves up near the election facility in the west of Kabul – an area mostly populated by Shi’ite Muslims, according to UNAMA.The UN Secretary-General António Guterres strongly condemned the attack and said that those responsible must “swiftly be brought to justice.””They must not be allowed to suceed in deterring Afghan citizens from carrying out their constitutional right to take part in forthcoming elections,” he added. Mr. Yamamoto expressed his deep condolences to the family and victims, and wished the injured a speedy recovery.News reports said that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levan (ISIL) extremist group had claimed responsibility for the bombing, and many women and children are believed to be among the victims.Voter-registration began last week for parliamentary and district elections scheduled to take place on 20 October.UNAMA said that since then, “there have been a number of violent incidents around the country against the centres where citizens are required to sign up for the upcoming ballot.”Two police officers were shot and killed by armed assailants at a registration place in the city of Jalalabad on Thursday, and gunmen also torched a centre in Ghor; abducting electoral and security officials.They were released the following day. read more

Student Services staff aid local charities

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Volunteers included Tammy Brown, Jenna Novess, Linda Steele, Jeff Capel, Klara Kross and Karen Turner.Brock staff were out in the community recently for a day of service at local not-for-profit agencies.More than 60 employees from the University’s Student Services division took part in “Brock Cares – Student Services Community Service Day” on Feb. 25. Volunteer activities included:Working in the soup kitchen to prepare and serve lunch at the Port Cares “Reach Out” Centre in Port Colborne. Volunteers also co-ordinated a fun game of BINGO and a cooking circle with clients at the centre.Designing a display board and hands-on, educational activities for the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara. The materials will be used as part of community presentations to promote volunteer opportunities and educate families, businesses and funders.General cleaning, maintenance and painting of facilities at Community Living-Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln.Preparing and serving a meal at the Hope Centre in Welland. Volunteers also helped sort and organize donated items in the agency’s food bank and developed marketing and promotional materials for the Hope Centre.Sorting donated food items, stocking the food store with donated items and running a Savoury Samples session (a cooking program for quick and nutritious menu items), at Project Share in Niagara Falls.“It has become a tradition for Brock Student Services staff to volunteer a ‘day of service’ at local community-based agencies,” said Kim Meade, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Student Services. “We all recognize the need to support and give back to our community, and this is a great opportunity for staff to contribute their time and talents at agencies across the Niagara Region. Our community is important to us and we wanted to do something to help.” read more

Big Ten champs Buckeyes knock off Illini on senior night win conference

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The night started with tears dripping down the face of senior Mark Titus.It ended with a floor full of Buckeye nuts celebrating Ohio State’s first Big Ten Championship since the 2006-07 season.Behind a barrage of 3-pointers by junior Jon Diebler, the No. 6 Buckeyes raced past Illinois to win 73-57 on senior night at the Schottenstein Center.Diebler drained seven shots from behind the arc, including five in the first half. He paced the Buckeyes with 21 points.With the win, Ohio State clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title. Illinois didn’t make it easy, though.The Illini matched Diebler’s first-half onslaught, nailing six 3-pointers of their own to stay within 37-33 after the first frame. Junior Demetri McCamey knocked down four of his five attempts from 3-point range en route to 12 first half points.Still, Illinois never mustered the run it needed to threaten the Buckeye lead down the stretch.OSU turned up its defensive pressure in the second half, forcing turnovers with a full court press and allowing fewer open shots from outside. Illinois managed just 24 points after halftime, shooting a woeful 2-for-10 from 3-point range. McCamey was limited to six points in the half.In perhaps the final home game of his illustrious three-year career, Evan Turner contributed 16 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Junior David Lighty chipped in 15 points and sophomore William Buford had 17, giving the Buckeyes a well-balanced offensive attack.OSU used a 12-2 run in the second half to grab a 65-51 lead and never looked back.With the lead intact, coach Thad Matta emptied his bench, allowing his seniors one final cameo on their home floor. For Titus, it was an opportunity to achieve one last “trillion,” the term he coined for recording one minute of playing time with no statistical output.The team gathered with its fans on the court following the victory, rejoicing with plastic sharks commemorating “The Shark” Titus and chants of “one more year” directed at Turner, who experts have penciled in near the top of June’s NBA Draft, should he decide to forgo his senior season of eligibility.Michigan State and Purdue can join in on the Big Ten Championship party by winning their last two games, respectively. Even so, by virtue of a plethora of tiebreakers, OSU will earn the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big Ten Tournament. read more

MKB Veszprem prolongs contract with four players – Unstoppable Perez

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MKB Veszprem believes in current squad. Hungarian champions announced contracts prolongation with four players. Among them are Ivancsik brothers, wings, Gergo and Tamas, right back Balasz Laluska as well.  They prolong contract until 2014. Fourth player is Veszprem’s legend, Carlos Perez (41), who will play for one more season in red T-shirt. He came to Hungary in 1997 from Cuba. In 15 years period, Perez was five times Hungarian player of the Year and one of the best player of Hungarian NT squad.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1mQ9UwC-80[/youtube]photo: mkbveszprem.eu ← Previous Story GWD Minden and TUSEM Essen are back to Toyota Handball Bundesliga! Next Story → Swiss Play Off (1/2 Final): Kadetten leads 2:1 – Thun VS Winterthur 1:1 Carlos PerezGergo IvancsikHungarian handballLaluska BalazsMKB VeszpremTamas Ivancsikveszprem read more

Larvik win first spot before TOP 8 – Vardar are back on

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3. Viborg HK A/S7214183:190(-7)5 1. Larvik8800209:176(33)16 ZRK Vardar are back on the winning track by home victory over Leipzig 26:20. 4. Metz Handball7205178:181(-3)4 5. HCM Baia Mare7205173:195(-22)4 2. Györi Audi ETO KC8602226:181(45)12 6. IK Sävehof7115165:211(-46)3 3. Viborg HK A/S7214183:190(-7)5 6. IK Sävehof7115165:211(-46)3 4. Metz Handball7205178:181(-3)4 1. Larvik8800209:176(33)16 5. HCM Baia Mare7205173:195(-22)4 Norwegian Larvik HK secured the pole position before the quarter-final clashes at the Women’s EHF Champions League by beating Gyor 21:19 in the decisive clash of Round 8. Home team TOP scorers were Koren and Solberg with five goals, while Muller and Korsos netted the same number for the guests. ← Previous Story Hungarian Csurgoi KK lose goalkeeper until the end of season Next Story → EHF CUP: Germans defeated in Norway and Denmark 2. Györi Audi ETO KC8602226:181(45)12 read more

50 million to be spent improving street security in Australia

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first_imgThis is an ongoing, long-term concern of ours but obviously we’ve had recent evidence of how vital CCTV footage can be, however this is not something we’ve only discovered in the last few weeks. The premier of Victoria – the state in which Meagher lived – praised the capabilities of CCTV and the role it had played in catching the man charged with her murder. Ted Baillieu said:With the tragic events around the Jill Meagher case we’ve obviously seen it (benefits) very, very graphically and I think it’s just a reminder that these cameras can play an important role in community safety.Read: “We are devastated. We are heartbroken.” Families grieve for Jill Meagher > AN AUSTRALIAN POLITICIAN is pledging that money seized from criminals will be used to pay for more CCTV cameras and better lighting.The news comes just over two weeks after the murder of Irishwoman Jill Meagher.Opposition leader Tony Abbott told the Herald Sun that $50 million (approximately €40 million) would be spent over a four year period, should his Liberal Party of Australia get to form a coalition government in the country.Despite declaring that plans to fund CCTV cameras were discussed as far back as 2007, Abbott told the paper:last_img read more

Police 2 at large after stealing car in Davie

Police 2 at large after stealing car in Davie

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first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two men are on the run after, police said, they stole a vehicle in Davie, early Saturday morning.According to Davie Police, security cameras captured the two individuals who, police said, were dressed in all black while walking through a neighborhood, at around 4 a.m.The duo then allegedly stole a 2017 white Mercedes GLS550, officials said, near Southwest 26th Street and 148th Avenue.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Marijuana Control Board Shuts Down Frozen Buds

Marijuana Control Board Shuts Down Frozen Buds

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first_imgDestiny and Nick Neade, co-owners of Frozen Buds also had their marijuana handler permits revoked. They do have the option to appeal the board’s decision to the Office of Administrative Hearings. Peter Mlynarik, former chair of the Marijuana Control Board released the following statement in December: “The board found the acts of this licensee especially egregious. The licensee disregarded marijuana industry regulations and put the public at significant risk by selling products that were not safe, tested, or tracked.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Marijuana Control Board has unanimously voted to close the doors of a cannabis retail shop in Fairbanks. In addition, the board imposed a $500,000 civil fine and ordered all the products made by Frozen Budz to be seized, both from their product manufacturing facility and from all retail stores that have their products. In 2016, Frozen Budz became the first marijuana shop in Alaska to be approved by the state marijuana board, and on Friday became the first to be shut down by the state. Story as aired: Audio PlayerFrozen-budz-shutdown.mp3VmFrozen-budz-shutdown.mp300:00RPd The board revoked Frozen Buds manufacturing license on December 15, amid allegations that the company falsified records, sold untested products to consumers and sold edibles that had no THC at all. On Friday, January 26, the board voted to shut down the establishment.last_img read more

Randall Robinson to Speak at Virginia Union U in Richmond

Randall Robinson to Speak at Virginia Union U in Richmond

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first_imgRandall RobinsonVirginia Union University, an historically black university in Richmond, Va., founded in 1865, is hosting author and internationally acclaimed advocate for freedom and justice, Randall Robinson, to address university faculty, alumni, students and the general public, Sept. 8 at VUU’s Coburn Hall.At a time when historically black colleges and universities are advancing leadership and educational opportunities for students, Robinson will address the topic of “Virginia Union University: A Bridge to Intellectual Freedom and Equality.”Robinson – a VUU alumnus — founded TransAfrica in 1979 and led the “Free South Africa Movement,” a campaign to end Apartheid. In 1994, he led a campaign to end military rule in Haiti during which time he underwent a 27-day hunger strike. This caused the United States Government to lead the successful multinational operation that, in 1994, returned to power Haiti’s first democratically elected – but violently overthrown – government. He now is a professor of law at Penn State University.Robinson’s address is the first of many planned events highlighting the university’s 150th year of advancing higher education. See more at.last_img read more

Muhammad Ali May Receive Presidential Pardon

Muhammad Ali May Receive Presidential Pardon

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first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he may pardon another late heavyweight boxing champion — this time, Muhammad Ali.Trump tells reporters he’s looking at “thousands of names” of people who could be granted clemency.The late heavyweight boxing champion, Muhammad Ali. (Courtesy Photo/Library Of Congress)Trump’s already granted a posthumous pardon to boxing’s first Black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson — convicted of violating a law that made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral” purposes.Ali refused to enter the military during the Vietnam War, declaring himself a conscientious objector. His decision resulted in a draft-evasion conviction, and he was stripped of his heavyweight boxing crown. Ali’s legal fight ended in 1971, when the Supreme Court ruled in his favor.Earlier this week, Trump commuted the life sentence of a woman whose cause was championed by Kim Kardashian West.last_img read more

Amazons Making Big Changes With Whole Foods

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first_img You’ve probably heard the whole story about Amazon having purchased Whole Foods by now. Maybe you’ve even seen a meme or two here and there. It’s all to be expected with the new branding and all the changes that are undoubtedly coming down the pipeline. Did you expect, however, to see Whole Foods stores with Amazon Echo displays emblazoned with “Farm Fresh” spreads like they’re some sort of nutritious food?Well, it’s happening, albeit this is just a bid by Amazon to inject a little humor into its Whole Foods takeover. Tables full of Amazon Echo speakers and Amazon Echo Dots are standing in Whole Foods stores across the country, with signage promoting their pricing at $99.99 and $44.99 respectively. It’s just like Grandma used to grow down on the farm, where you could pick iPods and string them for dinner with the pot roast.This isn’t the only move Amazon has made, however, having moved to slash prices as well, especially on goods like avocados and produce, with avocados down to $1.99 from $2.79. More impressive are price cuts on meats, eggs and other options, dollars less than their previous purchase prices. It’s an impressive new bid for the chain, which some folks may previously have found too expensive to purchase groceries from, but this change signals a great way to get new customers in, and hey — throw in some Echo and Echo Dot purchases as well!.@amazon logo made out of ground beef at an LA-area @WholeFoods. #AmazonWholeFoods h/t @ChrisWoodyard pic.twitter.com/Jv0zLG4LMB— Zlati Meyer (@Zlatimeyer) August 28, 2017The meat department is even getting in on the fun, with this hilarious display. It’s Amazon’s world, clearly, and as this Whole Foods thing has taught us already, we’re just living in it. Personally, I can’t wait to see what other changes Amazon has in store for its newest acquisition. What’s next? It’s going to be fun finding out.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Amazon’s ‘Marvelous’ Gas Station Discount Causes Chaos in CaliforniaAmazon to Donate Unsold Products Instead of Trashing Them last_img read more

Monkeys have better basic counting skills than originally thought

Monkeys have better basic counting skills than originally thought

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first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Monkeys have better basic counting skills than originally thought (2011, March 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-monkeys-basic-skills-thought.html Play A monkey choosing and obtaining the reward in the ‘Food’ condition. Image credit: NPG, doi:10.1038/ncomms1262 Researchers point out that these natural impulses in the monkeys and their desire to eat the raisins interfered with their judgment in the initial experiment. Similar to young children and the reverse reward paradigm, these monkeys were not able to see past their desire to eat the raisins.In the reverse reward paradigm, young children are presented with two piles of candies of different sizes. The children will always point to the larger pile and then this pile is given to another child. Children have difficulty understanding that by choosing the smaller pile, they will receive the larger pile. However, if this test is repeated with non-edible objects, the children are able to understand and perform the experiment correctly.Researchers in this study point to the same interference in judgment by the monkeys when presented with food. Their desire to eat the food gets in the way of the task at hand. These researchers believe that previous studies performed on other primates using food as a test symbol may have impaired results and therefore underestimated the primate’s numeracy abilities. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Macaca fascicularis, long-tailed macaque. Photo credit: Roy Fontaine Island monkeys do not recognize big cat calls More information: Representational format determines numerical competence in monkeys, Nature Communications 2, Article number: 257 doi:10.1038/ncomms1262 , Published 29 March 2011 Explore further Researchers, led by Vanessa Schmidt from the German Primate Center in Goettingen, Germany, conducted basic numeracy tests on long-tailed macaques in an effort to show that these primates understand the concept of relative quantity.In the first experiment, researchers presented the monkeys with two plates of raisins with one having more than the other. The idea being that the monkeys would choose the plate with the larger number of raisins. In this first experiment, the monkeys were then allowed to eat the raisins on the plate they choose. In this experiment, researchers found that the monkeys had a tendency to get this wrong and chose the plate with the smaller amount of raisins.In the second experiment, the researchers decided to replace the raisins with non-edible objects, in this case pebbles. When presented these plates with pebbles, the monkeys did much better.The third experiment returned to the plates with raisins, but instead of being rewarded with the raisins on the plate, the monkeys were rewarded with raisins hidden underneath. This experiment showed the same results as the pebbles. (PhysOrg.com) — In a recent study published in Nature Communications, it appears that Old World monkeys have the ability to count better than was originally thought. The research also shows that when presented with counting tasks, these long-tailed macaques are very similar to children in suppressing their impulses.last_img read more

13 finalists announced for 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards

13 finalists announced for 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards

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first_img13 finalists have been announced for the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards by Responsible Travel at WTM London sponsored by Belize, with a strong focus on innovation, reasserting the Awards’ position as the leading scheme in the world for responsible tourism.The Awards ceremony will be held at WTM London which will see an incredibly strong list of contenders.  Professor Harold Goodwin, Chair of judges, explained, “Over the past few months each of these organisations have been subject to intense scrutiny by a panel of judges combining some of the leading minds in responsible tourism, conservation and development in the country. They have come through one of the most rigorous and competitive judging processes for an Awards scheme of this kind and have emerged as international leaders in their respective fields.”Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, WTM London and fellow judge said, “Once again the World Responsible Tourism Awards will be a key part of the opening of World Responsible Tourism Day at WTM London. The stories of the winners and their achievements will be even more poignant this year as we celebrate the tenth anniversary of World Responsible Tourism Day – the largest day of responsible tourism action in the world.”The other judges in the panel include Dr Dilys Roe, Principal Researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development; Justin Francis, Founder, World Responsible Tourism Awards and CEO, Responsible Travel, among others.The 13 finalists are !Xaus Lodge, South Africa; Burj Al Arab Aquarium, United Arab Emirates; Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Resort, South Africa; East African Safari & Touring Company, Tanzania; Elevate Destinations, USA; Friends International – Childsafe Movement, Cambodia; Lemon Tree Hotels, India; Misool Eco Lodge, Indonesia; Sam Veasna Centre, Cambodia; Sapa O’Chau, Vietnam; Tren Ecuador, Ecuador; Viaggi Solidali, Italy; and World Cetacean Alliance.last_img read more

Greece and Turkey trade accusations at start of Erdogan visit

Greece and Turkey trade accusations at start of Erdogan visit

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first_imgBy Michele KambasGreece and Turkey squared up over old disputes on Thursday during a state visit to Athens by Tayyip Erdogan that quickly descended into verbal sparring over a list of historical grievances.Designed to boost relations between the two nations, the first visit of a Turkish president in 65 years quickly turned into a blunt grudge-fest between the Nato allies.The two countries agreed to revive a consultation process for confidence-building measures, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said.The topics of venting ranged from discrimination against Muslims in northern Greece to Turkey’s military presence in ethnically split Cyprus, and loose interpretations of an international treaty defining the borders of the two countries.The 1923 Treaty of Lausanne covered an array of issues and defined the borders of modern-day Turkey, and by extension, Greece.Erdogan told Greek media outlets before he even landed that the treaty needed a revision, putting Greeks in a defensive mode.In an unusually candid exchange at a welcoming ceremony, President Prokopis Pavlopoulos ruled out any change to the treaty while a stern-looking Erdogan, seated beside him, said there were details in the treaty which required clarity.Though Erdogan focused on religious rights of the Turkish Muslim community in northern Greece, he said there were also problems on ‘military topics’.“The truth is I’m a little confused regarding if what he is putting on the table is to modernise, to update, to comply with the Lausanne Treaty,” Tsipras said at a news conference as Erdogan stood at his side.Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting at the Presidential Mansion in AthensThe long exchange between Erdogan and the Greek president was the show-stopper, however.“This is the bedrock of our friendship,” said Pavlopoulos, referring to the treaty and pointedly telling his VIP guest he was a Professor of Law. “It has no flaws, it does not need to be reviewed or updated,” he said.Erdogan responded by saying it was a treaty signed 94 years ago and did not apply only to Greece or Turkey but also included countries such as Japan. It was also supposed to protect the Turkish minority in northern Greece, whom Erdogan said were still discriminated against.“You can’t find such treatment of my Greek citizens in Turkey,” Erdogan said in a 30-minute, back-and-forth exchange where notes were slipped to both he and Pavlopoulos by ministers.“Erdogan is the first Turkish president to visit Athens since 1952. He is now doing his best to make sure that the next visit will not take place in the next 150 years,” said Wolfango Piccoli, Co-President of Teneo Intelligence.‘YOU ARE IN NATO BECAUSE OF US’In Northern Greece, Erdogan said, Greece insisted on calling the Turkish community there Muslim rather than using the term “Turkish”. There are more than 100,000 of them in the area known as Western Thrace.“They can’t accept the word ‘Turk’ being written outside a school,” said Erdogan, who is due to visit the region on Friday.Tsipras told Erdogan he too had sensitivities on religious freedoms. The Greek government, he said, had moved ahead with the reconstruction of a series of mosques around the country.“Yet not once did it cross our mind to hold an Orthodox religious ceremony in Fethiye mosque (in Athens) as wrongly, in my view, is taking place repeatedly in Hagia Sophia,” he said of the imposing structure in Istanbul that was once a church, converted into a mosque and now a museum. There have been readings of the Koran in Hagia Sophia in recent years.The Nato partners teetered on the brink of war in 1974, 1987 and 1996 over long-running disputes on ethnically divided Cyprus, mineral rights in the Aegean Sea and sovereignty over uninhabited islets in that sea.“We allowed your re-entry to Nato,” Erdogan told Pavlopoulos, referring to the departure of Greece from the bloc in 1974 after Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus in response to a brief Greek-inspired coup.It rejoined in 1980. “If it wasn’t for us, you wouldn’t have been able to (rejoin),” Erdogan said.While relations have improved, many Greeks believe Turkey has territorial aspirations against their country, an issue Erdogan said on at least two occasions was not the case.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoBridesBlushThe Cast of Dirty Dancing Isn’t Holding Back Any Longer On What Happened During FilmingBridesBlushUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more