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first_imgNote: Video and photographs of the discovered bat colony are available at http://novascotia.ca/news/photos/2016/08/04/ The discovery of a colony of healthy bats is a hopeful sign for Nova Scotia’s at-risk bat population. Scientists estimate that nearly 300 healthy female little brown bats and their young are thriving at the site, which is the largest known maternity colony in the province. Bats are ecologically and economically important mammals. A bat can eat up to half its weight in insects every night – the equivalent of 1,000 to 3,000 mosquitoes. Bats in eastern North America are at risk after years of population decline due to white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease affecting bats. It has killed about seven million bats in the region. “This discovery is very significant as the recovery potential of our bats depends on the number of healthy females,” said Minister of Natural Resources Lloyd Hines. “Every bat sighting provides important information to scientists and we encourage people to report observations of bats each time one is seen.” As part of its commitment to the monitoring and recovery of species at risk, the province is asking people to help track Nova Scotia’s bat population by reporting bat sightings on the website www.batconservation.ca or by calling 1-866-727-3447 toll free. “We hope people will continue to report bat sightings so we can learn from these new discoveries and one day return to a healthy bat population in Nova Scotia,” Mr. Hines said. Due to the concerns for the bat population, the location of the healthy colony is not being revealed.last_img read more

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first_imgAfrican wildlife conservation organizations Tusk USA (tusk.org) and Space for Giants (spaceforgiants.org) have partnered to host music phenomenon Chic featuring Nile Rodgers on November 2nd, 2017 at the Brooklyn Bowl.Tickets starting at $200 are available now here or at stampedeofsound.org.Tusk USA, whose mission is to advance innovation to protect Africa’s wildlife and natural habitat, and Space for Giants whose mission is to protect African elephants and their habitats through new conservation models providing anti-poaching, economic and political solutions, are delighted to join forces on this event.Funds generated by the concert will be invested in initiatives aimed at ensuring that Africa continues to maintain diverse populations of large mammals, including elephants, and the healthy habitats on which they rely. Ending the illegal wildlife trade and poaching crisis, providing alternative and sustainable livelihoods, and implementing management strategies to mitigate human-wildlife conflict are all critical components of the holistic strategies of both organizations. These solutions allow wildlife and people to co-exist and give biodiversity in Africa a fighting chance.Tusk USA and Space for Giants are working towards an Africa where wildlife is no longer threatened and both humans and wildlife coexist and thrive alongside each other. But if we fail to act now we may lose the most precious and iconic species forever. Together we can make a difference.Tusk USA and Space for Giants are both 501c3 registered charities whose headquarters are in New York City.last_img read more

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first_imgCALGARY – Farmers are looking to space in the continuous push to better know what’s going on in their fields, and a growing number of public and private initiatives are helping get them there.One of the latest is a partnership between Winnipeg-based Farmers Edge and San Francisco-based Planet announced Wednesday, with the two planning to combine precision agriculture programs with what they say is the world’s largest fleet of earth imaging satellites to better monitor the health of crops.Wade Barnes, president of Farmers Edge, and a farmer himself, said the technology is one of the most exciting developments in agriculture he’s ever seen.“We’re actually going to save agriculture,” he said in an interview ahead of the announcement.“With this technology, we’re going to save crops.”The snapshots of the field, taken almost daily by Planet’s current 190 earth imaging satellites, provide what they say is a clear and regularly updated picture of the growing conditions in the field, possibly alerting a farmer to something like a growing infestation of army worms eating at their wheat field.“Suddenly now, I can look inside my fields, I can see a crop problem, and I can act on it, and remedy it,” said Barnes.For the most part, he added, farmers have had to rely on consultants to physically drive through fields to check on early conditions; once crops start to grow, they’ve been limited to seeing what’s going on from the road.Drones promised to bring an end to that problem, but Barnes said they’re proving more difficult to operate than expected.“Everyone thought drones would fix this problem of frequency, but the problem was drones are just too much work and just weren’t logistically feasible.”The challenges with drones are compounded by the increasing size of farms, said Andrew Pylypchuk, account lead for Farmers Edge at Planet, something he says satellites help address.“Growers are able, at breakfast time, to have an overview on all their fields and decide where’s the most efficient use of their time and resources and pick the fields that need the most help on that particular day.”The collaboration between the two companies is by no means the first foray into satellite-imagery farming. For years, various government agencies and private satellites have allowed farmers to access a bird’s-eye view of their field.Companies like Satshot and Gamaya have relied on this satellite data to provide their own detailed crop assessments to growers, with Gamaya and others also touting the benefits of drones for more detailed and targeted work.Planet’s satellite images are generally supplied at a quality of three metres per pixel, which allows a general view of colour patterns in the field, but not the precision that can be found on a Google map of major cities.The company has been able to launch many satellites because of their reliance on consumer technology, said Pylypchuk, making the satellites “orders of magnitude” cheaper than ones like the Landsat satellites launched by the U.S., and which makes the images available for free.Pylypchuk said the vast array of Planet satellites solve the problem of frequency for those who rely on government satellites, but space is getting increasingly crowded.Heather McNairn, a research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada who’s research focuses on crop assessments from space, said the amount of data available is constantly increasing, with more satellites and more agencies sharing the information.“We have a much more open data policy now in general with remote sensing satellites, so the data’s more available, there’s more open access.”She said the federal government has been making strides in its own crop assessment programs, which focus on radar satellites that can see through clouds to assess soil moisture and even the amount of biomass in the field.Canada plans to launch three satellites with third-generation radar technology next year, which will further boost crop monitoring frequency to near daily as well, said McNairn.She said that the different types of satellites can be complementary, with the government also making use of Planet’s satellites, and all are contributing to a better assessment of real-time ground conditions.Overall, she said she’s excited by the advancements already made in satellites and what can be done with the data, as well as by the potential that still awaits.“I’ve been just absolutely amazed with the pace of the technology,” she said.“We’re doing things with these data that I never thought possible.”last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is overhauling how Canada assesses big energy projects in a bid to ensure new projects can get built without the government having to buy them to make that happen.The Liberal’s Impact Assessment Act passed second reading in the Senate last week but is widely expected to be amended when it goes before a Senate committee in the new year.The bill is one of a long list of sore points between the Trudeau Liberals and Canada’s oil patch, with several oil industry representatives and the Alberta government arguing the bill will set up regulatory hurdles that will prevent any new energy projects from being built. Trudeau says he’s open to amending the bill to give the private sector the kind of certainty it craves in order to invest in new projects in Canada because Ottawa should not have to pass a new law or buy a pipeline in order to get things built.However, he won’t say whether he is prepared to say no to expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline if the court-ordered redo of the environment and Indigenous consultations comes back warning that the project does more harm than good.Getting the Trans Mountain pipeline expanded is a major weak point for Trudeau’s re-election bid and his assertion that Canada can develop its resources responsibly without harming the environment.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

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first_imgCAIRO  – A leaked audio recording purportedly by Egyptian army chief and Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has showed the top general saying that the military will maintain its role in Egypt’s affairs for about a decade.The Jazeera Mubasher Misr released the audio recording of comments said to have been made by al-Sisi during a recent interview with Yasser Rizk, editor-in-chief of prominent Egyptian daily Al-Masry al-Youm.In the leaked recording, the army chief allegedly defends efforts to provide a constitutional immunity for the military establishment in Egypt’s amended charter. “This establishment has been playing a role and will continue to play this role for a period between five to ten years regardless of whoever runs the country,” al-Sisi purportedly says.Last month, the Rassd News Network published an audio recording of al-Sisi in which he allegedly called for providing a constitutional immunity for himself if he is not elected Egypt’s president.In the new leaked tape, the army chief allegedly says that “the army can’t be left in the hands of someone (the president) in light of the current turmoil” in the country.He allegedly argues that “this person could unintentionally undermine the military establishment”.Al-Sisi is allegedly heard criticizing a decision by ousted president Mohamed Morsi to sack top military brass last year, blaming what he said “failure of the ruler to assess the reaction and weight of the military establishment”.Shortly after being elected Egypt’s first civilian president, Morsi had sacked then defense minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and chief of staff Sami Anan. He had also scraped a constitutional declaration that granted the military establishment sweeping powers.The authenticity of the recording attributed to al-Sisi could not be verified and there was no immediate comment on the tape by Egyptian authorities.It was the fifth such leaked recording of the interview which has been published last month to coincide with Egypt’s celebrations of the anniversary of the victory over Israel in 1973. The paper dismissed the recordings as “fabricated.”By Abdel-Rahman Fathilast_img read more

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) _ The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) on Friday reported a first-quarter loss of $61 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.On a per-share basis, the Akron, Ohio-based company said it had a loss of 26 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 19 cents per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 5 cents per share.The tire maker posted revenue of $3.6 billion in the period.Goodyear shares have declined 4 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased 17 per cent. The stock has decreased 23 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on GT at https://www.zacks.com/ap/GTThe Associated Press read more

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Rabat – Guatemala has joined an expanding cohort of Latin American countries to extol the merits and legitimacy of Morocco’s Western Sahara stance. In remarks following a working visit to Morocco this week, Guatemala’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luis Fernando Carranza Cifuentes, said his country supports Morocco’s autonomy proposal and its commitment to territorial integrity.“The government of the Republic of Guatemala supports Morocco’s efforts to find a political solution to this regional dispute and considers that the autonomy initiative presented by the Kingdom of Morocco in 2007 constitutes the realistic, credible and serious basis for achieving a negotiated outcome between the parties, in the context of respect for Morocco’s territorial integrity and national sovereignty,” the minister said at a joint press conference with Morocco’s Nasser Bourita on Friday, September 20. Cifuentes lauded Morocco’s “credible” and “serious” efforts for a negotiated settlement in the longstanding conflict. Guatemala joined a growing trend of countries in its region supporting Morocco’s position in the decades-long conflict. The past months marked a wave of Latin American support for Morocco’s territorial integrity in its southern provinces. Pro-Morocco messages from countries like Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Peru ignited suggestions of a Moroccan “diplomatic remontada” in Latin America. Morocco’s diplomacy has made notable gains, securing the region’s trust and support. Latin America was formerly known as a bastion of pro-Polisario sentiment.At the joint press conference on Friday, Cifuentes was also full of praise for Morocco’s commitment to South-South diplomacy as well the kingdom’s role in various global initiatives. Read Also: Ecuador Joins UK, Senegal to Support Moroccan Efforts on Western SaharaHe spoke of Morocco’s visible role in promoting South-South Cooperation and driving international discussions on topics of global significance, such as migration and counter-terrorism. “The Republic of Guatemala commends the efforts of HM King Mohammed VI for peace and stability throughout the world,” he said. read more

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27 September 2008The world’s estimated 1.1 billion Muslims deserve specific representation on an expanded Security Council, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister said today, calling for any reform of the 15-member body United Nations body to consider the need for a variety of constituencies as well as greater geographic distribution. The world’s estimated 1.1 billion Muslims deserve specific representation on an expanded Security Council, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister said today, calling for any reform of the 15-member body United Nations body to consider the need for a variety of constituencies as well as greater geographic distribution. Hassan Wirajuda told the General Assembly’s annual General Debate that the Council was in urgent need of reform, saying that in a series of recent conflicts and tensions – over Iran, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Iraq and Afghanistan, among others – the panel “should have been more decisive.” Mr. Wirajuda said it was clear that the Council’s inability to deal adequately with these challenges was due mainly to what he described as its lack of democracy. “To make the Council more democratic, the application of veto power of the permanent five [members] must be regulated,” he said, referring to China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. “The misuse of the veto by any one permanent member should no longer be allowed to paralyze the entire Council.” He said that true democratization of the Council “also means an equitable distribution of its membership – not only in terms of geographical representation, where we already have imbalances – but also in terms of constituencies. Hence, the world’s major civilizations should be proportionately represented. The world’s community of 1.1 billion Muslims must be represented on the Council if it is to be truly democratic.” Meanwhile, Zambia’s Foreign Minister stressed the need for two permanent and two non-permanent seats on the Council for African nations, given that the continent comprises the second largest bloc of UN Member States.Such a move would help to redress “the historical injustice against Africa,” Kabinga J. Pande said.Uruguay’s External Relations Minister, Gonzalo Fernández, told the Assembly that his country would not support reform of the Council if it meant the creation of new members with veto rights. Mr. Fernández said the veto right “constitutes a privilege that goes against the democratization of our Organization” and would in any case not be allowed under any intergovernmental negotiations package. Earlier this month the General Assembly adopted a decision to begin intergovernmental negotiations on Council reform in informal plenary by February next year. However, Mr. Fernandez said he was disappointed that countries have not yet reached consensus on reform, and taken on “timid steps forward” on changes to the UN Secretariat and the General Assembly. Paula Gopee-Scoon, Foreign Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, said reform of Council was indispensable to the wider transformation of the UN. “Failure to reform the Security Council could serve to undermine that organ’s authority as the agency with the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security,” she said. Mrs. Gopee-Scoon said small States such as her own deserved “equity of access” on any expanded Council and she added that there was a need for all the world’s regions to be represented in the permanent membership. For his part, Pham Gia Khiem, Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Viet Nam, said reform of the UN should not be confined to just the Security Council, but include the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and specialized agencies as well. Such reforms “will make this Organization more effective and efficient in the areas of work mandated by the [UN] Charter,” he said. Reforming the world body could also bolster its ability to alleviate the suffering resulting from the current food crisis and propel globalization to help ensure peace and development for all, Tunisia’s Foreign Minister, Abdelwaheb Abdallah, said.He called on international financial institutions to create and implement agricultural and production policies that would guarantee the fundamental right to food security for all. read more

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Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Tuesday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Tue Mon 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2500 1.2505 1.2977 1.3110 British Pound 1.6557 1.6601 1.6862 1.6844 Japanese Yen 0.0111 0.0111 0.0116 0.0129 Euro in U.S. 1.1753 1.1745 1.1415 1.1213 Euro in Cdn 1.4691 1.4687 1.4813 1.4700Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada

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NEW DELHI — India has decided to liberalize foreign direct investment in domestic manufacturing, coal mining and digital media and will also allow single-brand retailers to start online sales to infuse capital into the country and boost its economy.Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal says the Cabinet on Wednesday approved 100% foreign direct investment in coal mining and associated infrastructure. He says it also approved 100% foreign direct investment in contract manufacturing and up to 26% investment in digital media.The government made the decision as it grapples with a slowing of economic growth to a five-year low of 5.8% in the January-March quarter, with consumer spending and corporate investment faltering. Declining industrial output and automobile sales also raised fears of a deeper slowdown.The Associated Press read more

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In a new report “Coverage at a Crossroads,” released on Monday, UNICEF stressed that just two doses of vitamin A per year, can save thousands of children’s lives.Vitamin A boosts the immune system and can help protect young children from potentially fatal diseases like measles and diarrhea.The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified vitamin A deficiency as “a public health problem” affecting about a third of all children aged 6 to 59 months – according to 2013 figures – with the highest rates registered in sub-Saharan Africa, at 48 per cent; and South Asia at 44 per cent.The UNICEF report says only 64 per cent of children in need are receiving the life-saving benefits of vitamin A supplementation, leaving the remaining third, or more than 140 million children, without sufficient coverage.The coverage of vitamin A supplement programmes dropped by more than half, in countries with the highest under-five mortality rates in 2016 – the countries where such programmes are needed the most.As a result, the number of children left unprotected in high-mortality countries more than tripled between 2015 and 2016, jumping from 19 million to 62 million, the report notes.Global coverage reached a six-year low in 2016, with the largest dip seen for West and Central Africa. On the contrary, targeting children in East Asia and the Pacific has proved effective, with more than 80 per cent of children there, receiving two-dose coverage over the past decade.The report recommends that the global community incorporate vitamin A doses into other programmes to reach every child, strengthen monitoring to identify those yet to be reached, and expand knowledge overall concerning the most effective platforms. read more

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first_imgSix Gran Turismo 5 gamers are in for a treat this coming Labor Day. Former McLaren Mercedes and Red Bull Racing F1 driver David Coulthard is set to race them around an as yet unannounced UK track for 10 laps.Each driver will be at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz AMS SLS, with the one difference being Coulthard will be racing in the real car around the real track. The other six competitors will be doing it on the perfectly recreated version in the game on the PS3.Put an F1 driver in a race against anyone and in any car and you’d expect them to win, but this is different. Can the real take on the virtual and win? I suspect the answer is still yes unless these GT5 players are something special and know a few tricks to go faster without cheating. Games are never perfectly real, after all.Coulthard does make a good point in the video above. I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of the younger current F1 drivers try and pick up one of the GT5 places for this race just to attempt to beat him. Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are well-known for gaming, and I’m sure newcomers like Senna is too. As the final gamers list will be chosen at random they would have to be extra cars on the track, though.The chance of racing Coulthard is worth it not only for the challenge, but also the prize. If you beat him and log the fastest time, you’ve got a free trip to the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 27 this year.Wired will be live streaming the event on Monday, so be sure to head on over this Labor Day to see if the real thing can beat the virtual gamer.Read more at Wiredlast_img read more

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first_imgBusiness laptops can be boring. We understand your pain when your system breaks down and it’s time for a thick, hefty BlandBook, in a business-friendly color, with the mandatory optical drive, average about of RAM, and cost effective processor. Sometimes computers exist to get work done — you know it and we know it — but when you have to pick up a work computer, it makes sense to minimize the blandness and minimize the price, so as much as possible can go back in your pocket.This discount on a workstation bundle gets you a Dell Latitude E5520 15.6-inch laptop, a Dell docking station for charging and extra inputs, and a 20-inch Dell E2011H LED-backlit LCD monitor. The base configuration for the laptop is enough to get the job done, but it’s not anything to brag about. It has an Intel Core i3 CPU, 250GB HDD but only comes equipped with a single DIMM of 2GB DDR3 memory (so RAM upgrade is in its future). Graphics are integrated, the 15.6-inch display is HD (but not full HD), and you’ll get a free one-year hardware warranty and Microsoft Office Starter Edition. This laptop is not exactly a killer, but there’s more.The Dell E Series monitor is an excellent add-on for the price. At 20 inches and backlit by LEDs, it’s an energy-efficient bargain. It displays 16.7 million colors, and projects an industry-standard 250 nits.As the for the “workstation” part of the bundle, the dock — or, port replicator — provides all the extra inputs you need for the Latitude laptop. This includes five USB 2.0 inputs, one eSATA/USB combo port, Ethernet, VGA, DVI. This should give you enough space and range for most,  if not all, of your accessories.In this case Dell’s gear is exactly on the cutting edge, but if you know you need a docking station and a new monitor, $733 is a great priceStop by Logic Buy for this deal.last_img read more

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first_imgAccording to the Spanish manager, the problems are now over but the players were “suffering” because of the bonuses disputeWith just a few hours before their Premier League Week 1 match, Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez spoke about his players’ problems at the club.“There were days where they were a little bit unfocused but now it is sorted out they are focused,” Benitez told The Chronicle.The Magpies had some difficult weeks. The players were not cooperating with the media over a dispute in the team’s bonuses.This problem saw the footballers not doing their “walk up” shots for the TV channels on Monday.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…But the problem was solved a couple days later.“I can tell you that some of them, watching the training sessions, they were suffering because they wanted a solution. After that, they were fine,” he told the newspaper.“You can change the motivation of players in one minute. As soon as it is done, that is it. You forget.”“I am happy because now they are focused. That is it. I could see against Braga, my players were not really focused, for different reasons. But you have to focus on football,” he added.last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Sales Floor Team Member at TargetFull-Time Food Service Professional at Cafe Services, Inc.Full-Time Chef Manager at Cafe Services, Inc.Full-Time Management Trainee at UniFirstFull-Time Lead Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Intern at AramarkFull-Time Assistant Controller at AMETEKPart-Time Settlement Advisor at AmetrosFull-Time Client Engagement Coordinator at AmetrosFull-Time Customer Service Rep at Olympia Sports(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

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first_imgOngole: A three-acre farmer from Santhanuthalapadu village, Kareti Venkaiah visited a bank in his village for farm loan on Monday. The bank rejected his application and said that his creditworthiness is very low as per the transactions recorded on CIBIL, Credit Information Bureau (India) Limited, a credit information company. The bank quoted that he is used to be a defaulter and does not pay the installments for the earlier loans in time. Venkaiah, who didn’t have much gold to take the loan, said The Hans India that he should take a loan from villagers, who considers his problems but not CIBIL score. Also Read – 10 injured as school bus falls off bridge in Nellore district Advertise With Us The denial by the banks due to low CIBIL score is not the problem of Venkaiah only, but the problem of thousands of other farmers in Prakasam district and across the state. Syndicate Bank is the lead bank for Prakasam district. Bank’s regional manager Tadi Ramakrishna said that the RBI has made CIBIL score as a mandatory for any type of loan long ago, but the banks didn’t imply it seriously. But the RBI sent a fresh guidelines making verification of CIBIL score compulsory for any loan including the farm loan. He said they check the credit track record of farmer or customer based on the product and try to take a favorable decision. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us When asked about the loan waivers offered by the parties, the RM advised the farmers to not believe in their local leaders. He said the ground level leaders were obstructed the farmers who are willing to pay the loans, by promising that their government will waive off the loans completely. But he announced that the State or Central government were not going to offer any loan waivers and they have authentic information about it. He advised the farmers to settle the earlier loans immediately and restructure them, to save on the interest. He said they were giving new farm loans to the farmers whose credit track record is good, by giving concession on interest. Advertise With Us Ramakrishna also said from the coming October, the RBI was canceling its interest subvention on gold loans. He said the decision of RBI will increase interest on the gold loan by 3 per cent so that there will be no special category like the gold loan for farmers and they too should pay the complete interest as others. The RM advised the farmers to keep paying the installments of loans in time to keep the high CIBIL score. He said the high score can be maintained very much required if they happen to apply any education or personal loan in the future.last_img read more

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first_imgIn other Facebook news, Bosworth shared that new iterations of Facebook’s video-chat hardware, Portal, would be arriving in the fall, though he didn’t specify what form factors the new products would take. He also highlighted the fact that in the two weeks since Oculus Quest was launched, Facebook has rung up $5 million in content sales, which he deemed an encouraging sign.“This $5 million number is a big deal because we’re on the path of this becoming a self-containing ecosystem,” said Bosworth. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img The lead execs at Facebook’s Instagram app and VR/AR efforts believe breaking up Facebook wouldn’t do much good.Instagram head Adam Mosseri and Facebook VR/AR VP Andrew Bosworth appeared Monday in a joint Q&A at the Code Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., where they addressed the speculation that their company could face regulatory pressure to be split into several smaller organizations.“It’s a terrible idea,” said Mosseri. “If you’re trying to solve issues like election integrity, hate speech, it would make it exponentially more difficult to keep people safe.”Mosseri, who has been with the company since 2008, acknowledged that Facebook was slow to confront problems with the platform. “We were very focused on the good,” he said. “We were not sufficiently focused on the bad. Social media is a great amplifier, whether it’s a good issue or a bad issue. We need to do more to nurture the good and address the bad.”last_img read more

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first_img With Canada’s cherry season now well underway, industry players are reporting a severe drop in the campaign’s production, with a volume that’s “easily half” of what it was last year.”Overall, we’re seeing a decreased crop due to winter damage and other factors. The quality on the trees was really nice but we’ve been getting a record rainfall…it’s been a difficult year, with the lower yields,” Gold Star Fruit Co.’s operations manager Balpreet Gill told FreshFruitPortal.com.”With the rain, we’re losing lots of fruit to waste – a lot of fruit is being split.”This is a much greater drop than the decline cherry growers were anticipating at the start of the season, he says.”We’re seeing a lot of shock at some growers’ losses in their fields. Some are getting a good pullout…Some guys are at a 20% loss of crop, some are at 70% or 80%…for some growers, it’s a complete loss.”This follows news earlier this month in which Sukhpaul Bal, from Hillcrest, said that some of the earlier, more susceptible varieties were seeing quite a bit of damage.”Hit-and-miss” cherry damageWhen asked whether some regions have been more affected than others, Gill points out: “It’s kind of a random thing. I’m not sure if it has to do with the hardiness, the wood, or the pruning, but it seems like some farmers suffered from quite a bit of winter damage and some didn’t suffer as much.”Bikaramjit Sandhu, operations manager at Sandhu Fruit Farm, also emphasizes how “hit-and-miss” the season has been so far.He elaborates: “I think we have more fruit than last year in our orchards – probably 5-10% more. But I have a neighbor that’s not picking one block because the fruit’s split quite severely, but he and I put the same efforts in protecting our fruit from the rain.”Whereas cherry farmers were harvesting eight to 10 metric tons (MT) per acre last year, this year some growers aren’t getting more than one-and-a-half to two MT, Gill stresses.Strong market sees sparse supplyOn account of the lighter supply, he notes that prices are “significantly higher” than in past seasons, with an increase that’s “at least 30% or so” above last year’s.Yet he’s quick to point out that though the category is fetching higher prices, this hasn’t made up for the season’s huge losses.He explains: “The fruit has to make it to the box for the price to even matter. There’s a lot of fruit going to waste because of rain, and it’s just a difficult season.” The global blueberry industry gathering in British … ‘New NAFTA’ fails local growers, says Florida Farm … July 29 , 2019 You might also be interested incenter_img Canada considers retaliatory tariffs on U.S. apple … While Canada’s lower volume originally led to bigger and higher-quality fruit, the almost constant rain in cherry-producing regions damaged that quality, he explains.”We got both ends of the sword so to speak; we got less fruit that just ended up being of average quality because of the rain.”So we’re down in yields to begin with and then the rain is decreasing the amount of packable fruit because not all the fruit is being packed and is ending up in the landfill as waste.”Canada struggles to meet export market demandsRegarding conditions in the country’s key export destinations, Gill says: “Our export markets are strong, the pricing is good…the demand is there, but we need to have an extremely high quality of fruit to ship to those markets successfully. And with the rain, it’s becoming more and more difficult every day.”These circumstances will certainly affect the country’s export volume to China. The North American nation’s exports there had increased 82% last year, but Gill believes matching those shipments this season will likely not be possible.Regarding export conditions, Sandhu explains further: “Not many people are buying right now and this could be due to the Washington fruit, where they think it’s better fruit; it could also be the fact that there’s been rain damage, and with China – the political landscape. So, all those factors are playing a huge role.”Tech advances are ‘making all the difference’With extreme weather events affecting growers’ crops, Gill points out that, in his company’s case, utilizing optical grading advances has saved an unfortunate situation from being worse.”Our company itself works with a company called Unitech, they’re an optical cherry grading company…we just recently, last year installed a brand new Unitech Cherry Vision 2 machine, and it’s been a massive help.”Without that machine, some of the cherries that we were packing would not be packable. Optical grading has made all the difference- without it, we would be in big trouble.”This is because some of the bigger fruit that has split would be impossible to pack without the technology, he says.Other farmers have also benefitted from such sorters, he adds.”We’ve seen probably a dozen, maybe two dozen rains so far this season. Without the Unitech sorter, this season would be next to impossible for some farmers.”It was a really big help in a year like this.” Mexico becomes first nation to ratify trade deal w …last_img read more

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first_imgPlummer completed 22-of-30 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown, Adrian Murrell rushed for 107 yards and Mario Bates scored a pair of touchdowns for the Cardinals. – Larry Fitzgerald and Karlos Dansby had a short chat. Two of the team’s leaders, they are also members of the Cardinals’ much-heralded 2004 draft class, which includes Darnell Dockett and Antonio Smith, who will return to the Valley as a member of the Texans Sunday.Stat of the DayCardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson has intercepted three passes this season, which is as many as the Houston Texans — as a team — have picked off.Quote of the Day“It’s not ideal to block him whenever you’re fully healthy, he’s a tough guy to block,” Cardinals left tackle Bradley Sowell said of Texans DE J.J. Watt. “But there’s different things we can do, and hopefully we can run the ball a little bit and get after him a little bit.”This Day in Arizona Cardinals HistoryOn November 8, 1998, Jake Plummer’s right arm and Joe Nedney’s left leg led the playoff-bound Cardinals to a 29-27 victory over the Washington Redskins.The Cardinals, who would reach the playoffs that season, trailed 17-14 at the half but scored the next 12 points, and had a 26-17 lead with just more than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. However, Trent Green brought the ‘Skins back, and Carey Blanchard’s 54-yard field goal with 35 seconds remaining looked like it would be the difference. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Plummer had other ideas, and as you can see in the video below, “The Snake” was at his best that afternoon when the Cardinals needed him most. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals had their final day of practice this week in preparation for a home game against the Houston Texans.Of Note:– Left tackle Bradley Sowell, who had been battling the flu, was back on the field during the portion of practice that was open to the media. – Lineman Bobby Massie, however, was nowhere to be seen, but ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss reported the second-year player is attending a funeral.last_img read more

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first_imgNovember 12, 2008 We continue our report from 11/10/08, about the finishing work in Unit 9 of the East Crescent, with this report from planning coordinator Jenn Epstein of a new experiment. “We are using ‘American Clay’ LOMA plaster, purchased from A.K.A. Green in Phoenix, for a portion of the wall in our new ADA unit currently under construction. The clay plaster has a negative ionic charge, claimed to affect inhabitants mood, repels dust, as well as creating a latent heat flux within the space moderating the temperature. For unit 9 we are using the Mauna Loa pigment with a sanded primer over drywall. [Photo & text: Jenn Epstein] We use hand texturing to impress a design into the plaster to make it more of a focal point of the room.” [Photo & text: Jenn Epstein] This report continues the week of Dec.8.2008. [Photo & text: Jenn Epstein]last_img read more