Delhi city officials offer incentives for businesses to stop using coal

first_imgDelhi city officials offer incentives for businesses to stop using coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Authorities in the Indian capital Delhi approved measures on Tuesday to encourage businesses to use clean energy as one of the world’s worst polluted cities stepped up the fight against deadly air pollution.The Delhi city government gave the go-ahead for financial incentives for restaurants switching to electric or gas tandoor ovens from coal, its food and supply minister Imran Hussain said on Twitter, without elaborating.The city cabinet also approved various incentives to industries switching to piped natural gas, said Hussain, who is also Delhi’s environment minister, as the cheaper, safer and less polluting fuel is consumed across the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors.A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in May said India was home to the world’s 14 most polluted cities, with Delhi the sixth most polluted. Air quality has worsened in New Delhi in recent years, prompting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office to monitor measures to clean up the capital’s air directly.Last November, India’s top court upheld a ban on the use of petroleum coke, a cheaper and dirtier alternative to coal composed mainly of carbon, in and around New Delhi.More: Delhi backs incentives for clean energy switch to combat pollutionlast_img read more

International tourist arrivals could be reduced by 20 to 30% in 2020

first_imgThe World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has published its latest estimates of the likely impact of the coronavirus on international tourism. Given the unprecedented introduction of travel restrictions around the world, the United Nations Specialized Tourism Agencyexpects international tourist arrivals to decrease by 2020 to 20% in 30 compared to 2019 data. “Tourism is one of the hardest hit of all economic sectors”, stressed UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, adding that tourism has joined forces to find a solution by working together to mitigate the impact of the crisis, especially on employment, and to support broader recovery efforts by providing jobs and economic prosperity around the world. The expected decline between 20 and 30% could translate into a drop in international revenues from tourism (exports) of 300-450 billion US dollars, which is almost one third of the 1,5 trillion US dollars that were realized in 2019. Taking into account past market trends, this would mean that COVID-19 will lose the growth achieved between five and seven years. Putting this in context, the UNWTO notes that in 2009, on the back of the global economic crisis, international tourist arrivals declined by 4%, while the SARS epidemic led to a decline of only 0,4% in 2003. Source: UNWTOPhoto: Pixabay It is clear that millions of jobs in the sector are at risk, and according to UNWTO estimates, about 80% of all tourism businesses are small and medium-sized enterprises. In addition to this new assessment, the UNWTO emphasizes historical resilience and the ability to create jobs in post-crisis situations, while emphasizing the importance of international cooperation and ensuring that the sector becomes a central part of recovery efforts. However, the UNWTO emphasizes that these numbers are based on the latest developments facing the global community. These are unprecedented social and economic challenges that need to be interpreted with caution given the extremely uncertain nature of the current crisis.last_img read more

Gold Coast real estate agent selling Quade Cooper’s property

first_img MORE NEWS: Coast apartments contributing to the average Australian home’s reduced size Quade Cooper and his partner Laura Dundovic are selling their Brisbane home. Picture: Adam HeadA GOLD Coast real estate agent is helping celebrity glamour couple Quade Cooper and Laura Dundovic market their Brisbane property.Ed Cherry of Sophie Carter Exclusive Properties is used to selling real estate on the southern Gold Coast but jumped at the chance to co-list rugby star Cooper’s luxury Bulimba residence.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMr Cherry has also been helping them out by showing them property on the Gold Coast.“I’ve been assisting Quade and Laura for some time now and have been sourcing them various property ventures on the Gold Coast,” he said.Cooper and Dundovic put the property on the market earlier this month. MORE NEWS: Inside Quade Cooper and Laura Dundovic’s Brisbane property.last_img read more

Wine connoisseurs will fall in love with this new penthouse

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThe ‘super penthouse’ is at Parkridge Noosa. Created by award-winning local developers Altum Property Group, Parkridge Noosa aims to push the boundaries of design and innovation and this approach has been well received, according to director Alex Rigby.“With sales exceeding all expectations, only a limited number of premium apartment opportunities remain available, including one prime penthouse we have just released,’’ Mr Rigby said.“Our architects Blackburne Jackson have risen to the occasion by creating a stunning design for our super penthouse. This is the biggest and best apartment we have for sale, the 400sq m home features 298sq m of internal floor space and around 101m of balcony, including one which is 23.5 metres long.“The penthouse features three vast balcony spaces enveloping the home and enabling residents and guests to capture the sun on all sides throughout the day, while the home’s secure four car garage is a very rare find in any apartment development,”“ Our interior design team have maintained the neutral, textured and tonal palette throughout the apartment in keeping with the Parkridge coastal aesthetic.’’Sales consultant Jeremy Gilmore said there was a growing appetite for large penthouse homes in Noosa with buyers wanting to reduce their maintenance work outside the homes while not compromising on space, innovative design and quality inside. ‘Super Penthouse’ at Parkridge Noosa. Photo: SuppliedIt’s been dubbed a ‘‘super penthouse’’ and is sure to appeal to wine connoisseurs. Parkridge Noosa’s latest release to the market, a massive penthouse, features a north-facing oversized balcony along with a spacious butler’s pantry with two large wine fridges.last_img read more

Coaches Corner Finale

first_imgTonight will end another successful season of Coaches’ Corner.  Our program tonight features several local track programs as well as the Batesville Academic Team.  We hope you will tune in for our season finale!It has been a very enjoyable year with great cooperation from our area coaches.  I want to thank them for being a part of our program.  I have not counted our actual guests, but I know we had to set a record for the number of coaches we had this year.  Even with their busy schedules and the bad weather at times during the winter, they all faithfully fulfilled their commitment to our program.A big thanks has to go out to Cecil Ison and his staff for hosting the show, and also to Jack Smith for filling in when I was not able to be there.  WRBI’s Caz Burdette and Trey Bradshaw kept us on the air.  As I always say at the end of my show, “none of this would be possible without the faithful support of all of our sponsors.”See you next August!!last_img read more

A-League chaos as Melbourne teams fail to beat border closure

first_img It left players and officials frustrated. “Trying to get a chartered plane for three clubs within a few hours, it’s a difficult job and I know all hands were on deck to make it happen,” City’s director of football Michael Petrillo told SEN Radio. “Unfortunately you can’t bank on the fog coming over Canberra because if that didn’t happen we would’ve been in the air and over the border and landed,” he said. Western United striker Besart Berisha described the situation as “unbelievable” in a message on social media. “Never in my life, in my career do I see this before,” he said. With the NSW border now closed to Melbourne residents, Football Federation of Australia head of leagues Greg O’Rourke said they would seek an exemption for the Melbourne clubs. An ambulance is seen outside one of nine public housing estates locked down due to a spike in COVID-19 coronavirus numbers in Melbourne Read Also: Tension mounts in Premier League relegation battle “If we find it necessary to revise the match schedule we will do so accordingly and will announce once confirmed, however at this time the schedule remains the same,” he said in a statement. The NSW government indicated it would be sympathetic to the request with Deputy Premier John Barilaro saying if the opportunity was there “let’s bring them across the border.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Australia’s planned A-League restart next week was thrown into chaos after three Melbourne teams failed to leave Victoria state when their dramatic airport dash to beat a border closure was scuppered by fog. Nine days from the scheduled opening game, the A-League was left seeking a New South Wales government exemption for the teams after the border was shut to contain a worsening COVID-19 crisis in Melbourne. The Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory and Western United players had planned to fly out Tuesday ahead of a midnight border closure, but were forced late Monday night to race to the airport at short notice when the shutdown for Melbourne residents was brought forward by 24 hours. But the hastily rearranged plans were thwarted when their chartered flight to Canberra was grounded because of fog over the Australian capital.center_img Loading…last_img read more

Alastair Cook names Virat Kohli in the list of 5 all-time greats

first_imgLONDON: Former England captain Alastair Cook has included current India skipper Virat Kohli in his list of batsmen who came close to matching genius of legendary West Indies batter Brian Lara.Lara, who is the only batsman to score 400 in a Test inning, had retired after scoring 11,953 runs in 131 Tests and 10,505 runs in 299 ODIs. During a Q&A session with the Sunday Times, Cook recalled a 2004 tour game where the legendary West Indies batsman had scored a century in a session to leave him awestruck. “I was part of an MCC team that played West Indies at Arundel in the first match of their 2004 tour,” Cook said. “We had a decent bowling attack — Simon Jones, Matthew Hoggard and Min Patel, all of whom were England players. “Brian Lara scored a century between Lunch and Tea which made me realise I was witnessing another level of batsmanship altogether. It was genius at work,” he added. Apart from Kohli, the other players who found spot in Cook’s list were Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Kumar Sangakkara. “The ones who came close to that when I was playing for England were Ponting, Kallis and Sangakkarra,” Cook, who captained England for 59 Tests, said. According to the former left-handed England opener, Kohli finds a spot in the list because of his sheer ability to score runs freely across formats. ‘Now you would have to put Virat Kohli in that group, especially for his ability to score so freely in all three formats,” Cook said. IANSlast_img read more

Art and exercise meet at Fisher Museum

first_imgIn a similar vein, Harmon encourages all members of the USC community to take a class to relax, exercise and appreciate the artwork. Taking the time for introspection in a quiet and comfortable environment is essential for busy college students. Inhale, exhale.  Stanley Davis, a graduate student studying astronautical engineering, is a regular Fisher yoga class attendee. As a former track athlete, Davis said he appreciates Choudhary’s willingness to engage with all people interested in the discipline, regardless of their experience level, and loves to stretch his muscles before starting his day. The class is less of a formal workout and more of an immersive art, body and mind experience, he said.  Divya Choudhary, a graduate student and International Ashtanga Yoga instructor, believes in the restorative benefits of yoga and art immersion. (Aarohi Sheth | Daily Trojan) Although the artistic atmosphere shifts based on every new exhibition in the museum, the event’s concept remains the same — to cultivate a calming relationship between yoga, art, exercise and mindfulness. USC community members can attend with varying levels of proficiency in yoga and solely concentrate on their physical and mental health while enjoying the artistic atmosphere within the museum, according to Harmon. Students who seek to find balance with their academics, job applications, work, sleep, exercise and social events can find a different kind of inner peace at the USC Fisher Museum of Art. With artwork that spans from the 16th century to the present, students can stretch their muscles and calm their minds surrounded by the museum’s collection.  Divya Choudhary, a graduate student studying computer science and an international Ashtanga Yoga-certified instructor, has done just that. Choudhary’s Ashtanga Yoga certification means she has not only mastered the poses of yoga, but she has also learned how to connect her mind and body together within the practice. Ashtanga translates to “eight-limbed yoga” in Sanskrit, and the certification process is rigorous as students must follow postures in specific sequences. But the hard work paid off, as Choudhary said she has learned to connect her body and mind together.  “I started doing yoga in my childhood, unaware that it was yoga. I used to do Ashtanga poses not knowing that they are Ashtanga,” Choudhary said. “As I grew up I became more and more involved. There was a lot of stress that was coming up because of the responsibilities I was taking … [which] took me to the meditation side of yoga, and I tried it and really loved it.” In partnership with USC Recreational Sports, the Fisher Museum hosts one-hour yoga sessions every Thursday at 10 a.m. All students, staff and faculty are welcome to practice yoga within the 80-year-old walls of the building.  “I like the atmosphere because it’s different when you’re at a museum,” Davis said. “It feels like less of a workout…  It’s good for your body and I’ve been realizing more and more it’s good for your mental health, so I would always recommend [the class].” “The museum is huge so it gives a lot of room for the participants and also being surrounded by the artwork while you’re doing yoga is very grounding in a way,” Choudhary said. “[It] gives you a better feeling of being present.”  Due to the openness, free structure and minimal commitment required to attend the classes, Harmon said  yoga at Fisher can accommodate many different schedules, . Because of this, the event attracts many different people — faculty and students alike.  The combination of artwork within the museum and calming yoga postures provides students with an alternative workout experience.  “We want people to go to the museum and see the art,” Harmon said. “We really want to create events for students to feel like the museum is theirs … It’s the University’s museum, and we want to get people who are on campus into the space.”  “It’s a nice environment, a nice place to exercise and recharge,” Davis said. “The instructor is very inclusive and she will help you advance at whatever level you’re at. You’re getting the workout from the gym without going to the gym.”  Brigid Harmon, the museum’s communications and marketing coordinator, hopes that the free event will incentivize students to not only practice yoga but also appreciate the intriguing artwork. Choudhary has been teaching the class at the Fisher Museum since Spring 2019 and recommends students try it as a way to relax in the morning before their classes. Additionally, the spaciousness of the museum provides participants with a special yoga experience, she said.  (From left to right) Participants Ryan George, Stanley Davis and Gegham Mughnetsyan follow Divya Choudhary in performing a traditional Ashntaga Yoga pose Thursday morning at the USC Fisher Museum. (Aarohi Sheth | Daily Trojan) “We have this space and we have this beautiful art, and we’re really looking to provide people who come to yoga with a sedating experience that involves people doing yoga … in a situation that’s calming, that’s quiet,” Harmon said. “Even if you’re not paying attention to what the art looks like, it’s a space that probably feels good to be around. So that’s why we are trying to have these meditative wellness moments for the people on campus.” last_img read more

Nigeria to Host ITTF African Cup, Club Championships

first_imgAlso, it aims to encourage more African players to feature in the Nigeria Open this year.He expressed optimism that more players would feature in the tournaments as most of them would be using it as tune-up to the 2019 African Games in Morocco, which serves as Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers.For the President, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Ishaku Tikon, Nigeria is known to have staged one of the colourful table tennis tournaments in the world, adding that hosting the continental tournaments would not be an issue.“We are ready to host the tournaments as ITTF and ATTF have both agreed to do the necessary things to ensure we stage befitting tournaments. We have the experience and the human resources to put up a good show and we hope to again put Africa on the world map with hosting of the championships,” Tikon said.On the ability of Nigeria to stage the tournament, the ATTF boss said: “Nigeria is one of the very experienced African Federations hosting Continental & World title events, and I see that success is increasing year by year for their ITTF World Title event, thus this year with additional African events, they will have more success.”For this event, each national association is expected to register four players made up of two men and two female as the African Cup serves as qualifiers for the ITTF World Cups for men and women.“Each Association will register two male and two female players including the title holders – Aruna Quadri of Nigeria and Dina Meshref of Egypt being the champions of previous edition in Agadir, Morocco in 2017,” El-Salhy added.The African Club Championships serves off on July 31 to August 2 while the African Cup holds on August 3 to 5 with an average 15 countries and 70 players expected to compete in the tournaments in Lagos, Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Following the successful staging of one of the elite tournaments in the world, Nigeria has been awarded the hosting right for the 2019 ITTF African Cup and Club Championships in August 2019.According to the President of African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Khaled El-Salhy, it was Nigeria’s pedigree in staging one of the continent’s colourful tournaments that prompted the ATTF Executive Council (EC) to give the West African nation the nod to stage the tournaments.“Nigeria applied for the bid to host such prestigious event on time and the EC found it is a very good chance to bring the event to Lagos just prior to the 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open in order to give multiple benefit for the African players to play more than one tournament especially at same venue.last_img read more