PJD prepares to Elect Successor to Benkirane

Rabat – The Justice and Development Party (PJD) will convene in mid-January for a conference on the election of a new Secretary-General to succeed Abdelilah BenkiraneThe Justice and Development Party is currently planning a conference in mid-January to elect a new Secretary General for the party. The party will create a preparatory Committee for this purpose.This decision to hold the conference came after the party extended Benkirane’s term as its head last summer in a unique move. The party has agreed to organize the conference now that the party has secured its position at the head of the government following the last election. According to Arabic-language news source, Abdelhak Elarbi, Director General of the party, revealed that the regular session of the PJD’s National Committee, which took place Saturday 17, focused on numerous issues like the ratification of the party’s program and budget drafts for the upcoming year. Additionally, the committee approved the election of the Preparatory Committee of the eighth conference due in mid-January.Today’s session also discussed important complications standing in the way of the formation of a coalition government. The PJD’s Secretary-General enumerated the data pertaining to his mission of forming this government, ahead of the mid-January conference. read more

Canadian Natural on lookout for Montney deal open to sale or jointventure

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian Natural on lookout for Montney deal, open to sale or joint-venture by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 7, 2013 7:17 am MDT CALGARY – Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. is on the lookout for a deal that will unlock value from its vast shale holdings in northeastern B.C.It’s a departure for the company, which has resisted the sorts of joint-venture deals that have been all the rage amongst its oilpatch peers in recent years.Canadian Natural (TSX:CNQ) is the largest player in the Montney formation, which stretches through parts of northeastern B.C. and northwestern Alberta.On Thursday, it said it is looking to “monetize” about a quarter of the more than 400,000 hectares it controls in the Montney. The land being offered is in the Graham Kobes area of B.C., an area rich in valuable natural gas liquids and outside of what Canadian Natural considers to be its core position.Canadian Natural has drastically slowed its natural gas production, with prices of the commodity in the doldrums for several years now.It is considering either an outright sale or a joint-venture deal with a partner with liquefied natural gas, or LNG, expertise. So far, Canadian Natural has also chosen not to join the throng of companies looking to export LNG from the West Coast.On a conference call with analysts, Canadian Natural president Steve Laut acknowledged that the company has “not been keen” on joint ventures historically.“We believe having a high degree of control of our capital allocation allows us to maximize value. We also believe the efforts of our strong team should be directed to creating value for our shareholders, not working interest partners. That is still the case,” he said.“However, in this situation, when we look at the size of our Montney land base and balancing our capital allocation going forward, combined with the strong demand that we see for this type of high quality asset, plus the fact that Graham Kobes is somewhat removed from our core Montney asset base, it is prudent to monetize a portion of our Montney asset base at this time.”Earlier Thursday, Canadian Natural reported a drop in fourth-quarter results and hiked its dividend for the 13th year in a row.The company earned $352 million, or 32 cents per diluted share, down from $832 million, or 76 cents per share, in the fourth quarter of 2011. Revenue fell to $3.7 billion from $4.2 billion.On an adjusted basis, the company earned 33 cents per share — down from 88 cents a year earlier and six cents below the consensus estimate of 39 cents per share.Despite these setbacks, Canadian Natural said its quarterly dividend will rise by two cents per share or 19 per cent to 12.5 cents per share.On an annualized basis, the dividend will be 50 cents per share and at the latest closing price for Canadian Natural common stock the dividend’s yield is about 1.6 per cent.Canadian Natural shares rose 86 cents, or nearly three per cent, to $32.02 in mid-day trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange Thursday.The company also announced some management changes on Thursday.After 37 years at the company, John Langille will retire as vice-chairman after Canadian Natural’s annual general meeting in May.Chief operating officer Tim McKay will have executive vice-president added to his title.Corey Bieber will become chief financial officer and senior vice-president of finance. Douglas Proll, who had previously held those titles, will become executive vice-president. read more

Mergers continue in 2016 Johnson controls and Tyco tie up

Mergers continue in 2016, Johnson controls and Tyco tie up by The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2016 6:12 am MDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Johnson Controls and Tyco will combine as the unprecedented pace of buyouts and mergers from last year rolls over into 2016.Shareholders of Johnson Controls Inc., based in Milwaukee, will own about 56 per cent of the new company, which would have a combined value of about $36 billon, and Tyco shareholders the rest. Dealogic, a research firm that tracks Wall Street mergers and acquisitions, pegged the deal’s value at $14.6 billion, excluding debt. Johnson Controls spokesman Fraser Engerman said he wasn’t familiar with Dealogic’s calculation.But the global headquarters will be in Cork, Ireland, where Tyco is based. Tyco International Plc has its U.S. headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey.The new company, named Johnson Controls Plc, will have its operational headquarters for the U.S. in Milwaukee.Its legal domicile, which could have tax implications, will be in Ireland.The move, called a corporate inversion, has become a popular way for American companies to reduce their corporate tax payment to the IRS. About 50 U.S. companies have inverted in the past decade, with more seeking to do the same.Tyco and Johnson Controls said they expect annual tax savings of at least $150 million.Corporate inversions have become increasingly politicized with the election less than a year away, and Democrats — including presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders — have called for stronger rules to discourage inversions. Republicans have said the best way to curb inversions is to overhaul the tax code. In 2014, Treasury issued new regulations to limit the financial benefits of inversions, but officials said ultimately the issue must be solved by Congress.One big question is whether companies will be rushing to merge with foreign companies before the election is over and any political action on inversions is taken.Tyco and Johnson Controls said the merger will speed innovation in fast-growing smart technology now being enabled in devices, sensors, data analytics and controls. Tyco makes fire suppression systems. Johnson controls makes ventilation systems, auto seating and car batteries.The deal also suggests that the unprecedented appetite for buyouts and acquisitions last year has not been suppressed by the extreme market volatility that kicked off 2016.In 2015, U.S. companies embarked on deals worth a total of nearly $4.8 trillion, busting a record set in 2007, according to Dealogic. The number of mega-mergers worth $10 billion or more also set a record.The shares of both companies have been under pressure, falling more than 25 per cent in the past 52 weeks over concerns about growth potential.Dealogic calculated that the deal was worth $14.6 billion based on Tyco’s shares outstanding and Johnson Control’s Friday closing price of $35.60, said Dealogic spokesman Edward Jones.Johnson Controls shareholders will get $3.9 billion in cash consideration. Shareholders may choose to get one share of the combined company for each of their shares or $34.88 per share.Tyco shares jumped 12 per cent to close at $34.15. Shares of Johnson Controls fell 3.9 per cent to $34.21.___This version has been corrected to show that $3.9 billion is the deal’s cash component, not its overall value. read more

Over half of Irish adults only visit dentist in emergency

first_img75 per cent of people do not avail of free dental check-ups>Fran from Love/Hate explains how they created the toothless effect> PREVENTION IS BETTER than cure but that old maxim appears to be losing traction for Irish people and their dental health.A survey for the Irish Dental Association, carried out by Behaviour and Attitudes, finds that 46 per cent of Irish people are spending less on dental health than they did three years ago – and 41 per cent of people surveyed rarely, if ever, think of visiting the dentist.Even more worryingly, 58 per cent of people will not visit the dentist until they have a dental crisis and need emergency treatment. Most Irish adults believe that their teeth and gums are healthy (four out of five people) and yet a recent national oral health survey found that 80 per cent of people have some form of gum disease.The cutting of some dental benefits previously provided under PRSI and medical card schemes has had a major impact on the frequency of attendance at dental surgeries, according to the Irish Dental Association (IDA). However, the IDA also pointed the finger at the HSE. IDA chief executive Fintan Hourihan said:The Department of Health needs to reach out to the people who are not attending and encourage them to do so. The cost of preventative treatment will be much less than the cost of the current neglect.Currently, women on a middle income and aged under 44 years are the most likely adult group to visit the dentist annually. Adults over the age of 45 years tend to visit less and less as time goes on. However, we have some loyalty to individual dentists with Irish people, on average, visiting the same dentist for over 11 years.last_img read more

One in five company directors is a woman and shes most likely

first_imgFIGURES THAT SHOW that more women are taking up company directorships since the start of the recession have been described as “encouraging”.Analysis of company records from Vision-net show that there are now 104, 971 women in director roles in Irish companies. There were 92,281 in those roles in 2008 – and just 48,571 in 2003. That constitutes a hike of 14 per cent in the number of women in director roles since the economic crash. As there are 494,571 directors in Ireland in total, one in five are now women.Most of the female directors are in their 40s and 50s – only 4 per cent are in their 20s – and are more likely to operate in the professional, social and personal services, as well as in the construction sector.In an aside, the most common first name for a female director in Ireland is Mary, followed by Margaret, Anne and Catherine.However, it also emerged yesterday that only 8 per cent of board members in Irish public limited companies are women. Over half of all PLCs (57 per cent) have no women on their board at all. These figures, compiled by research firm Accreate ahead of today’s International Women’s Day, found that Ireland is “lagging behind” our nearest neighbours, the UK, where 17.3 per cent of all PLC board members are women. In Norway, the figure is 35.9 per cent representation.There had been some good news for businesses in the end of February figures released from company records, which showed that the number of businesses collapsing had slowed down considerably over 12 months. Although 140 businesses had dropped the shutters between 1 and 25 February, this was a 32 per cent decrease on the same period in 2012. Most of the insolvencies had been in Dublin (44 per cent) and Cork and Kildare had 10 per cent and 8 per cent of the cases respectively.On the other side of the coin, 3,418 new companies started up in February – that was up 7 per cent on the same period last year.  Something to note though: of these, 2,277 were simply registered business names and 1,141 were the incorporation of new companies.There was less satisfying news, however, in the hospitality and construction sectors – over 66  per cent of businesses in hospitality, and 58 per cent of those in construction, were deemed ‘high risk’.last_img read more

Apple sues teen who sold white iPhone 4 conversion kit to Steve

first_imgBack in November we regaled you with a tale of a teenage boy named Fei Lam from Queens, New York who had made $130,000 from selling white iPhone 4 “conversion kits” months before the actual white iPhone 4 was released. Even Apple’s own Steve Wozniak bought one. However, it looks like Apple wasn’t too keen on the profits the teen made off of the company’s trademark product, and has filed a lawsuit against Lam and his parents.Whether Lam’s parents were encouraging his illegal activities or not, they’re the ones who are paying for it since Lam is still a minor under their guardianship. Lam sold the conversion kits through the site whiteiphone4now.com, which, of course, is no longer up. He claimed that he was getting the parts from a secondhand relationship he had with someone at Foxconn in Shenzhen, China.AdChoices广告Things clearly were a little fishy as Foxconn is Apple’s manufacturing partner, so why would it be selling parts to a teenage boy in the U.S.? We’re not sure how Lam formed this relationship, but it resulted in him selling the white iPhone 4 parts as a conversion kit for up to $279 a piece.According to Cult of Mac, Apple claimed in its lawsuit that Lam had infringed and weakened its trademarks, and had engaged in “deceptive practices.” Apple said that the defendant knew at all times that Apple had never given permission to sell its white panels for the iPhone 4, and that Lam got these panels from sources that were unauthorized by Apple.Apple somehow obtained instant message conversations between Lam and Alan Yang, Lam’s supplier in China, which showed that Yang was having trouble at customs in Hong Kong due to trademark infringement suspicion.Oddly enough, Apple also filed a voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit at the same time it filed the original lawsuit. This could mean that the two parties have already reached a settlement. Apple has requested that Lam no longer sell the white iPhone conversion kits. He also has to give up all the profits he made, reimburse Apple for its legal costs, and  payback Apple with any other financial matters concerning this case.Via Cult of MacJennifer’s ThoughtsI’m a little surprised that there’s no mention of other legal repercussions on Lam’s end. Did the teen have to go to juvenile detention for this? Will it go on his record? When minors get in trouble with the law for something as small as stealing a couple of candy bars, it can go on their records and affect the jobs and colleges they apply for. Does Lam not have any other repercussions besides the monetary parts of the settlement?Also, do you think it’s fair that Apple filed the lawsuit on the teen, or should it have left Lam alone?last_img read more

Australia Plans to Mine Water on the Moon Within Five Years

first_img The moon is hot these days. In January, China’s Chang’e-4 probe successfully landed on the far side of the moon, while Europe announced plans for a lunar mission to mine moon rock. In February, SpaceX launched Israel’s Beresheet robotic lunar lander and Japan unveiled a Toyota lunar rover for their own mission to the moon.Now, Australia has revealed its own plans to mine the moon for water within five years, Bloomberg reported.It’s an ambitious, bold project but it’s set to boost the country’s role in this new space era. And Australia does have an advantage — it has deep experience in mining and farming remote, inhospitable (and almost Mars-like) locations.According to experts, moon water could be a potential source of rocket fuel to enable manned missions to Mars in the long-term.This image shows the distribution of surface ice at the moon’s south pole (left) and north pole (right), as detected by NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument, which flew aboard India’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft. (Photo Credit: NASA)“Getting things from the surface of the Earth into orbit or into deep space costs a lot of money,” Andrew Dempster, Director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research at the University of New South Wales, told Bloomberg. “If you can produce water in space for less than it costs to get there, then you’re ahead.”A number of Australian resources companies are already adapting terrestrial technology for space, Bloomberg reported. Australia’s biggest listed oil and gas producer, Woodside Petroleum Ltd., partnered with NASA to use robot technology to improve safety at its offshore platforms. In March, Woodside announced that it will work with the Australian Space Agency (ASA) to “promote technology transfer between the space sector and the oil and gas sector.”The CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility Parkes Observatory radio telescope in Parkes, Australia is seen in 2009. It was used by NASA during the Apollo 11 mission which saw man walk on the moon for the first time. (Photo Credit: Lisa Maree Williams / Getty Images)Though the ASA is not even a year old, Australia has a rich history in space. Just 10 years after the start of the space age, in 1967, Australia became a world player in the space race with the launch of WRESAT, the country’s first home-grown satellite. And in 1969, Australia Telescope National Facility’s Parkes radio telescope received the television signals that allowed 600 million people, one fifth of humanity at the time, to watch Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon.Dempster believes taking a commercial approach to extra-terrestrial ventures and tapping a fast-growing start-up culture in the country will be key to the growth of Australia’s space program.“We’re not being weighed down by big lumbering agencies and huge multinationals,” Dempster told Bloomberg. “There’s a lot of agile people with lots of interesting ideas working in this area. Success can occur quite quickly.”More on Geek.com:50 Years On, Untouched Moon Samples Set for StudyNASA Spots ‘Hopping’ Liquid Water on Moon’s SurfaceEurope Wants tp Start Mining the Surface of the Moon by 2025 Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface Stay on targetlast_img read more

ASA Weighs in on Soy Ingredients to Armed Services Committees

first_imgASA joined a group of 23 food and agriculture stakeholders in a letter asking Armed Services Committee leadership to allow public stakeholders to weigh in on food ingredient policy.The House and Senate Armed Services Committees are working on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 and the Senate version includes language regarding the formation of food ingredient policy at the Department of Defense (DOD). The group letter asks for the Conference Report to include the Senate language, which would establish a formal process through which public stakeholders would be permitted to provide input on the formation of food ingredient policy.The provision stems from a 2017 announcement by the Department of Defense that several ingredients deemed safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would be prohibited from food products used by DOD. These ingredients included Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Isolated Soybean Protein (ISP), Soy Protein Concentrate (SPC), and Vegetable Protein Product (VPP) when used as meat protein extenders.The Department’s abrupt decision immediately reverberated through the food supply chain and made clear that a transparent, science-based process must be applied when the Department considers future ingredient limitations.It is important that the DOD be required to provide public stakeholders the opportunity to comment in a manner much like in civilian regulatory agencies, such as the FDA and U.S. Department of Agriculture.Public transparency would provide departmental leadership with useful information as it formulates ingredient-level subsistence policy and provide needed predictability and, for the food and agriculture supply chain, information from which to develop products to meet the evolving needs of the military.last_img read more

Florida Keys woman paddleboards with pet chicken

first_imgISLAMORADA, Fla. (WSVN) — Paddleboarding is a popular activity in South Florida, and some people even take their dogs along for the ride. But in Islamorada, one woman brings her pet chicken along instead.Karly Venezia says she enjoys paddleboarding with her 1-year-old chicken named Loretta.And though you might think chickens are, well, “chicken” when it comes to the water, Venezia says that’s not the case with Loretta.“Loretta seems to enjoy water-related activities. In addition to paddleboarding, we’ve taken her out boating for sunsets and she always seems to have a great time,” Venezia said. “We like to get out on the water, so it only seemed natural to us to take Loretta paddleboarding and boating and things that we do with our dogs.”She says Loretta sits and watches quietly at the front of the board, and seems to enjoy their adventures out on the water.“Paddleboarding’s very calming and I like hanging out with Loretta; she’s an awesome pet to have,” Venezia said. “So for us, I think coming out here and getting to enjoy the beautiful sunsets is what makes living in the Keys so special.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Osman Sagar levels near rock bottom

first_imgRajendranagar: The Osman Sagar, a tributary of Musi river, appears to be caught in a grim situation than the Himayat Sagar comparatively. Owing to the lack of water flow from upstream areas, the present water level in Osman Sagar stood down at the bottom with 1764.20 feet (0.333 tmcft) i.e., just 7.2 feet above the lowest sluice level which is 1,757 feet. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us According official records, as against the present water level of 1,764.20 feet, the reservoir received 1777.50 1.612 tmcft water in the same period last year. This accounts for a deficit of almost 13.3 feet this year. The water pumped through the Osman Sagar is diverted to Asifnagar filter from where it is used to supply to different areas after getting treatment. With only 7.2 feet of water the reservoir posing a bleak picture of scarcity in the days to come if the situation continue to persist. As the permanent storage capacity is 1790 feet, the water body is still lagging behind 26 feet as it stood at 1,764.20 feet down to bottom. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us It is said that the rainfall has been substantially very low over the upstream areas. If there had been adequate downpour in the upstream areas, there would have been some assertive impact on the present level in the reservoir. According to the official estimates on Monday, the reservoir received 0.5 mm rainfall by 6 am but the surrounding areas like Janwada received no rainfall at all while Bulkapur received only 0.1 mm the same day. “This shows that only the reservoir is attracting the clouds while spelling doom over the surrounding areas,” said an official. Advertise With Us Osman Sagar was constructed during the Nizam’s era in the year 1920 to provide for an additional source of drinking water for the people of Hyderabad and to protect the city from floods after the great Musi flood wreck havoc in 1908. Since the magnificent reservoir was built during the reign of last Nizam of Hyderabad state Mir Osman Ali Khan, the reservoir was named after him. The total composite length of the dam is 2,900 feet, and the total length of a dam is 6,300 feet with 1,790 sqft area of water spread. The maximum depth of the water above bed level and below FTL is 104 feet. Its maximum water level (MWL) is over 1,810 feet and the reservoir carries total 15 flood gates to flush out the flood water in case the situation goes alarming after the water body reaches its maximum capacity. At present, the road over the actual dam was completely closed to the public due to various reasons and only the partial route till the park area is open from where the visitors will be able to have a glimpse of the water body besides enjoying the lush greenery.last_img read more

DA for newsmen to be gazetted next week Inu

first_imgInformation minister Hasanul Haq Inu is addressing a discussion organised to mark the founding anniversary of Dhaka Reporters` Unity at its auditorium on Saturday. Photo: PIDInformation minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Saturday announced that the much anticipated Dearness Allowance (DA) for journalists, as recommended by the Wage Board, would probably be gazetted next week (week starting Sunday).He made the announcement at a meeting at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) auditorium.The minister explained that they had completed the necessary formalities and now everything was ready for the promulgation.Scoffing at the idea of proposals for across-the-board unity, he said, “The idea of Razakars and Freedom Fighters marching together was preposterous.”The meeting was also addressed by the prime minister’s media adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury.last_img

INTERACTIVE MAP Much Of Houston Waits Months For Illegal Dump Site Cleanup

first_img[Click the map to see the average time it took to respond to an illegal dumping call in each city council district. Map by Eric Stone/Houston Public Media]The city of Houston aims to respond to 3-1-1 calls about illegal dumping within 29 days. But it missed that target more often than not in 2018 — it only resolved about 35 percent of dumping complaints on time, according to data from the city’s 3-1-1 website, analyzed by News 88.7.About 65 percent of complaints went overdue – sometimes languishing for well over a month. More than 10 percent of cases took over six months to resolve. The situation is worse in poorer city council districts, especially District D and District I, which are two of Houston’s poorest districts by median household income.In District I, 82 percent of calls went overdue last year and the average claim took 117 days to resolve. That includes Hobby Airport, the East End and Downtown.In Pecan Park, the average claim took over five months to resolve — the longest response time of any of Houston’s super neighborhoods. It wasn’t hard to find an illegal dump site littered with household garbage, including fast food packaging, cans and plastic bags.Eric Stone/Houston Public MediaHousehold garbage litters this illegal dump site in Pecan ParkA check of Houston’s 3-1-1 website, revealed another illegal dump site not far away in Magnolia Park. Hidden on a side road without heavy traffic, more than a dozen tires lined both sides of the road. Among the tires were five-gallon buckets that at one point contained brake fluid, joint compound and hydraulic oil, along with some other household garbage. The vast majority of the mess, though, appeared to be waste from a construction or auto repair business — not a household. The dump site was reported to the city in January, but the refuse remains.Eric Stone/Houston Public MediaCommercial waste, including tires, buckets of oil and cans of brake fluid, line Brays Road in Magnolia Park.In District D, which includes the Third Ward and Sunnyside, 78 percent of complaints went overdue. Lee Simmons grew up in the Third Ward, and he expressed frustration with the city’s response to illegal dumping.“It’s almost like they never come. I see a lot of trash and it just sits there,” Simmons said. On average, it takes the city 107 days to respond to complaints in District D.[This map shows the city’s response to illegal dumping complaints broken out by super neighborhood, as defined by the city. Map by Eric Stone/Houston Public Media] Sharelast_img read more

Tyler Perry Steps in to Help 4 Children of Slain Single Mom

first_imgBy The Associated PressALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — Less than a day after the family of a slain single mother of four launched a fundraising appeal, actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry has lent his support.News outlets report Perry offered to take care of the family’s rent to stave off eviction, arrange for 45-year-old Tynesha Evans’ body to be flown to Wisconsin for burial and cover her 18-year-old daughter’s tuition at Spelman College so she doesn’t have to drop out.In this Feb. 24, 2019 file photo, Tyler Perry arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Less than a day after the family of a slain single mother of four launched a fundraising appeal, Perry has lent his support. News outlets report Perry offered to take care of the family’s rent to stave off eviction, arrange for 45-year-old Tynesha Evans’ body to be flown to Wisconsin for burial and cover her 18-year-old daughter’s tuition at Spelman College so she doesn’t have to drop out.(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)Evans was killed Saturday morning outside a bank near Atlanta. Her boyfriend, 58-year-old Othniel Inniss, was arrested at the scene.Evans was an author and a full-time health care worker. According to the family’s GoFundMe, two of her four children are still minors.One of them, 14-year-old Shakemia Turner, called Perry “an angel on Earth.”last_img read more

Grandparents play big role in kids screen addiction habits

first_imgWhile parents usually take the blame for spoiling their kids by letting them spend huge amounts of time with high-tech electronics, grandparents are to be equally blamed for screen addiction in children. Grandparents have long been associated with letting their grandchildren do things their parents would never permit, such as extended bedtime, too much television time, and carefree fun. In the study published in the Journal of Children and Media, researchers found that today’s grandparents are still true to their traditional fun-loving image – allowing their grandchildren, while under their supervision, to spend about half of their time on a mobile phone, tablet, computer or TV. The study reviewed the experiences of 356 grandparents of children aged 2-7 who take care of their grandchildren at least once per week and found that during an average four-hour visit, the children spent two hours either watching videos or playing games on electronic devices. Most of the experts suggest that grandparents should restrict technology use by setting simple rules for screen time when babysitting. This is particularly needed when children bring a device from home and expect to watch even more. The unconditional love-shower of parents and grandparents can go to the point of spoiling children, said Pallavi Joshi, Clinical Psychologist at Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute in Delhi. “Over the past few years, grandparents’ responsibilities for their grandchildren have increased due to changes and issues in families and society. “If we focus particularly at the extreme amount of screen time the kids devote to the idiot box (TV), parents and grandparents may be blamed for the same, as they do not oppose this habit,” Joshi told IANS. “It’s just another sweet way for them to spend more time with children. But this habit should be kept in check before it becomes an issue,” she added. Increased screen time may critically impact a child’s development and have several negative consequences; it can stimulate the way a child behaves, even in the long run, as well as make them less physically active. Now, not all screen time is detrimental, but families need to develop limited, healthy screen habits. “Gadgets have started replacing traditional ways of engaging with children at home. Even with grandparents at home, it is getting increasingly difficult to curtail the screen time for young children. A lot of grandparents are unaware of the effects of excessive screen time,” a Child Psychologist said. We need to educate grandparents about the impact of technology on children’s lives and on its proper use that will benefit them.last_img read more

Instagram Ruffles Feathers With New SnapchatLike App Bolt

first_img Register Now » 2 min read This week, Instagram rolled out Bolt, a new app that lets users record and send quick, unedited photo or video messages by tapping on a friend’s photo. The message then disappears when you swipe your screen. The app is currently only available to users in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. Instagram told The Verge that since 65 percent of Instagram users are based internationally, “we are starting with a handful of countries to make sure we can scale the experience.”Bolt is only the most recent offering of Snapchat-esque apps, a crowded slate that includes Wickr, a “top-secret messenger” that recently raised $30 million; Slingshot, an app created by Facebook that has a unique “I-send-you-send” stipulation; and the Berlin-based one-click messaging app TapTalk. Related: Want Your Brand Associated With Positivity? Snap a Pic, Ditch the Tweet.TapTalk in particular seems to be a model that Bolt is aping, and in an interview with TechCrunch published yesterday, TapTalk CEO Onno Faber said “we know we have a great product, so clones don’t come as a surprise.”Also not particularly thrilled about Instagram’s entry into the market is a free phone-calling app called Bolt. On Monday, Bolt CEO Andrew Benton posted an open letter urging Instagram to reconsider using the name Bolt, saying it’s already causing confusion for their customers.”It wasn’t too long ago that you were the little guy,” Benton wrote. “I know you haven’t forgotten how hard it is to build something from nothing. And not just technology, but a brand and distinct identity for yourself. Imagine how it would have felt if Google or Apple or Facebook had launched a photo-sharing app called Instagram in 2011.”Related: This Bar Wants You to Apply for a Job Via Snapchat Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. July 30, 2014last_img read more

TAT to host the 37th edition of Thailand Tourism Festival 2017

first_imgThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently announced the 37th edition of Thailand’s largest domestic tourism fair- the Thailand Tourism Festival (TTF), which will be held at Bangkok’s Lumpini Park.The Festival, which coincides with Chinese New Year 2017, will be held during January 25-29, 2017. It is expected to attract over 650,000 visitors with 90% of these visitors predicted to travel in Thailand in 2017. These trips could generate up to 400 million Baht in revenue.Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of TAT said, “Thailand has so much to offer visitors and domestic tourists, and we want this year’s Thailand Tourism Festival to showcase the unique local experiences and attractions to be found in all parts of the nation. By visiting Lumpini Park, visitors can enjoy a taste of the foods, festivals and culture found in all five regions before they choose where to travel. They can also enjoy live music, cultural shows, lucky draws, and a wonderful holiday atmosphere with the best of Thailand on show in the heart of Bangkok.”Soraya Homchuen, Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand in Mumbai, said, “We are delighted to announce the popular TTF which will give all our tourists and travellers something to look forward to in the New Year. The festival will see Lumpini Park transformed into a mini representation of the kingdom with replicas of landmarks and instances of cultural events from all the regions along with musical performances and Thai cuisine.”last_img read more

February 15 2010 After meticulous preparation

first_imgFebruary 15, 2010 After meticulous preparation, the pour of the heat-duct tunnel walls and the last section of the tunnel roof, happened on Thursday, February 11. 2010. The concrete was ordered from off-site, also a pump truck with a very long hose to access the lowest section of the forms first. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: sue] Concrete was poured into the sloping form on the west side of the tunnel about half-way up, then the east side about half-way up … [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: sue] … then the upper half of the west-side, followed by the upper half of the east side of the tunnel wall forms. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: sue] The pour of both walls are completed and now the last section of the tunnel roof is poured. Here we see new workshop participant Ikue Saitou helping to finish the surface of the roof slab. We will continue this report with the removal of the tunnel wall forms. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: sue]last_img read more

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