ICCA becomes CLIA Australasia

first_imgThe ICCA will now be referred to as Cruise Lines International Association Australasia (CLIA Australasia) and will join eight other cruise industry associations to form a united voice for the cruise industry globally. Other associations part of the new global body include: Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA); European Cruise Council (ECC); Asia Cruise Association (ACA); the UK’s Passenger Shipping Association (PSA/ACE); France’s AFCC; Brazil’s ABREMAR; Northwest and Canada Cruise Association (NWCCA); and Alaska Association (ACA). The body will become a one-stop global resource for cruise lines on technical and regulatory issues and will offer agents stronger partnership programs and expanded networking opportunities.Governed by a Global Executive Committee chaired by Carnival Corporation & plc vice chairman, COO and Executive Committee member Howard Frank, the body is expected to provide longer term benefits for the cruise industry. “We are now truly one industry with one voice,” Mr Frank said. “Given the tremendous growth and continuing globalisation of the cruise industry, this evolution addresses the need to speak and act globally with a unified voice while recognising the importance of local relationships.”CLIA president and CEO Christine Duffy will serve as president and CEO of the association while ICCA general manager Brett Jardine will continue to report to both Ms Duffy and the Australasian board headed by Chairman Gavin Smith. “It enables us to better leverage our members’ and partners’ investment in association membership while strengthening the industry’s leadership globally on issues such as safety, security, the environment, sustainability and health,” Ms Duffy said. Local matters will continue to be managed by the regional national associations in North America, Europe and Australasia while the global organisation will represent the cruise industry at the International Maritime Organisation in London, the International Labour Organisation in Geneva and international maritime and shipping organisations worldwide.“Australasia is the fastest growing cruise market in the world, with cruise lines from around the globe sailing in our waters and carrying our passengers on cruises across the world, so it makes enormous sense for us to join with our international counterparts and create a cohesive global partnership,” Mr Smith said. “This new structure will strengthen the cruise industry’s voice in Australia and New Zealand and provide greater resources for the benefit of our travel agent and cruise line members.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A The cruise industry welcomes a united voice with the creation of the CLIA global association. Image: Royal Caribbean International last_img read more

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House committee considers LaFaves pneumatic air bow legislation

first_img26Jan House committee considers LaFave’s pneumatic air bow legislation State Rep. Beau LaFave shows the House Natural Resources Committee the ease with which someone with a physical disability can use a pneumatic air bow. The first-term representative from Iron Mountain has introduced legislation allowing pneumatic air bows to be used for hunting in Michigan.State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain recently testified before the House Natural Resources Committee in support of his legislation allowing the use of pneumatic air bows for hunting in Michigan.Pneumatic air bows function similarly to crossbows in that arrows are loaded one at a time, the bow is cocked and then fired with the pull of a trigger. Unlike a crossbow, it uses compressed air to launch the projectile, a useful feature for hunters with disabilities.“Crossbows and compound bows require quite a bit of strength to cock,” LaFave said. “Pneumatic air bows take strength out of the equation, offering people with physical limitations a safe, reliable and humane way to kill deer.”LaFave, whose personal experiences have made him a strong advocate for people with disabilities, said he introduced the bill after being approached by a local woman with a passion for bow hunting who now has multiple sclerosis.“She has never been a rifle hunter, she’s never going to use a shotgun, she’s just not interested in that type of hunting,” LaFave said. “Unfortunately, her disabilities now prevent her from being able to do the thing that she loves. This legislation would allow her the opportunity to get back into the woods and take back part of her life that she’s been missing out on due to physical limitations.”LaFave’s bill would direct the Natural Resources Commission to consider allowing licensed hunters to take game with pneumatic air bows during any open season in which a firearm may be used. Additionally, an individual with a disability and a permit would be allowed to hunt with a pneumatic air bow during bow season.House Bill 5180 remains under consideration by the House Natural Resources Committee.### Categories: LaFave Newslast_img read more

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Labours shadow minister for disabled people has d

first_imgLabour’s shadow minister for disabled people has dispelled any doubts about Labour’s support for the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, making it clear that she backs every one of its demands.Marsha deCordova said this week that she backs everything the petition calls for,including an inquiry into links between the Department for Work and Pensions(DWP) and the deaths of disabled benefit claimants, and for any evidence ofcriminal misconduct by ministers and civil servants to be passed to the police.The petition has now been signed by more than25,000 people in less than three weeks. If the petition secures 100,000signatures it should be debated in the House of Commons.The need forevidence of criminal misconduct to be passed to police is a key demand of thepetition, following years of evidence that the actions of senior DWPfigures, including ministers, have been clearly linked to the deaths ofdisabled people. The call fora police investigation has been strongly backed by the eight families who havesupported the petition.De Cordova, who has been prominent this week in highlighting the government’scontinuing failure to appoint a new minister for disabled people following the resignation of SarahNewton, said: “Isupport each of the demands of this petition.“There is anurgent need for an independent inquiry into these deaths and I will write tothe minister asking for one. It is not enough for the department to be its ownjudge and jury.“The DWP isnot fit for purpose and has failed disabled people with tragic consequences.Their families and friends deserve answers. “It isshameful that the DWP continues to ignore the impact that its policies arehaving.“The governmentmust immediately scrap the cruel and callous assessment framework for ESA andPIP and punitive sanctions regime, which has created a hostile environment fordisabled people.”The petition was launched following the death of Jodey Whiting (pictured) and is set up in her name, with the backing of Black Triangle, Disabled People Against Cuts, Mental Health Resistance Network and WOWcampaign, as well as DNS.DWP failedfive times to follow its own safeguarding rules in the weeks leading up to hersuicide in February 2017, an independent investigation found in February.Jodey Whiting,who had a long history of mental distress, had her out-of-work disabilitybenefits stopped for missing a work capability assessment when she wasseriously ill. She took her own life just 15 days later.There has alsobeen strong support for the petition this week from Disability Labour, which represents disabled members of the party.FranSpringfield, its co-chair, said Disability Labour supported all four of thepetition’s demands.She said: “Theway the DWP treats disabled claimants is to disbelieve us, lie and use badlanguage about us on forms and fail to take notice when we report feelingsuicidal.  “Yes, theDWP is institutionally disablist and it has not been fit for purpose since IainDuncan Smith’s time as DWP secretary. “We totallysupport the need for urgent action on safety. There should be an inquiry and ifthat shows misconduct or misfeasance in public office, the law must take itscourse.”WayneBlackburn, her fellow co-chair, pointed to DWP’s “appalling record” on how ittreats its own staff.He highlighteda DNS report last year which revealed that the EmploymentTribunal had dealt with almost 60 claimsof disability discrimination taken against DWP by its own staff over a 20-monthperiod, which he said was “utterly disgraceful”.Springfield added:“Disability Labour believes that the most important result of [an inquiry]should be that legislation and systems are put in place to ensure that deathssuch as Jodey’s never happen again. “The DWP inits current state is clearly no longer fit for purpose. It must be radicallyreformed.”To sign the petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeeA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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Apple Hit with iTunes Lawsuit

first_img –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article Brought to you by PCWorld Technology What would a week in the tech-world be without another questionable lawsuit against Apple? Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business November 8, 2007 Apple Hit with iTunes Lawsuit Add to Queue 2 min read What would a week in the tech-world be without another questionable lawsuit against Apple? Apple is already facing a lawsuit for dropping the price of the iPhone and another one filed on the behalf of someone who iBricked his iPhone and is mad.This time around Apple is being sued by a Florida resident Frederick Black who filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple, claiming the company is attempting to establish a monopoly over the digital media market by “illegally” tying iPods to the iTunes Store.According to Apple Insider, Black asserts, among many things, that Apple acts unlawfully in not letting its consumers transfer iTunes-purchased content to a non-iPod device or transfer other online vendors’ content to their iPods. Also, if consumers happen to lose or break their iPod, the lawsuit asserts users are unable to transfer songs purchased through iTunes to a non-Apple device and have to repurchase an iPod as a result.There are so many things troubling about this case I don’t know where to start. First did someone forget to tell Black about how to add DRM-free files to iTunes that are purchased from online music stores like Amazon music download service or eMusic? ITunes also allows anyone to buy iTunes Plus tracks with no DRM that can be played on any device.Also, if you feel your Apple iTunes’ library is imprisoned by iTunes software there are ways to convert Apple AAC files. There are several programs such as AppleMacSoftware DRM Converter for Mac, Magic AAC to MP3 Converter, and MP3&WAV Converter that will get the job done.A few years back PC World wrote about how to beat the music download blues which gives some great tips on how frustrated folks can solve their music download problems without getting their attorney involved.The case, which was filed in Florida district court in August, has made it to the US District Court for the Southern District of California. Black is seeking in excess of $15,000 in damages, even up to $45,000 for attorneys’ fees, damages and any further relief. Register Now »last_img read more

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McDonalds Pulls Plug on Happy Meal Activity Trackers

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Contributing Editor McDonald’s Pulls Plug on Happy Meal Activity Trackers –shares McDonald’s Happy Meals might be beloved for their included toys, but the food inside is just as unhealthy as most of the menu at the Golden Arches.As the Rio Olympics approached, the franchise hoped to reverse its kids combo’s poor nutritional reputation by including an activity tracker in place of a normal toy. Unfortunately, reports of possible skin irritations prompted the chain to end the promotion early.Instead of handing out the pedometers until the international games ceased their four-week run, McDonald’s will hand out a substitute toy while they investigate the potential dermal abrasions. The franchise gave no further details, according to The Associated Press, leaving it uncertain whether they will again attempt to urge athleticism using Happy Meal giveaways. 1 min read David Lumb Register Now » This story originally appeared on Engadget McDonald’s Image credit: AP via Engadget August 18, 2016 Add to Queue Next Article Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

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TiVo Integrates Demographic Attributes Ad Airings and Mobile Devices into TV Viewership

first_img audience insightsentertainment technologyMarketing TechnologyNewspremium demographic attributesTiVo CorporationTV Viewership Data Previous ArticleH Code and Radio Mitre SA Announce Exclusive Partnership to Reach US Hispanic MarketNext ArticleNCMEC Launches Geo-Targeted Digital Out of Home Campaign to Help Find Missing Children TV Viewership Data Incorporates Kantar, Drawbridge Data, and Premium Demographic Attributes to Deliver Robust Partner-Agnostic Solutions to MarketTiVo Corporation, a global leader in entertainment technology and audience insights, announced that its TV Viewership Data product is being expanded to include Kantar ad occurrences, Drawbridge’s Identity Graph and premium demographic attributes; giving TiVo customers an expanded data offering with more flexibility to meet the ever-changing needs of the market.“Household-level TV data is becoming more attractive as the advertising and media industries look to connect consumer touchpoints across screens, platforms, and campaigns across the TV ecosystem”The availability of premium demographic attributes through TiVo’s relationship with best-in-class partners enables advertisers to supplement anonymous household viewership data with additional insights around demographics, consumer preferences and behaviors, providing contextual audience insights that better connect advertisers with relevant target audiences.Marketing Technology News: Jumpshot Releases State of eCommerce Data Report that Reveals New Retail Strategies for Sponsored Search, Affiliate Marketing and InfluencersThe Kantar ad data enables customers to now know both the programming viewership as well as the advertising viewership across millions of US households.The Drawbridge Identity Graph enables customers to link viewership data with associated mobile ad identifiers, extending the reach and measurement of advertisements and marketing across pay-TV, OTT, and digital platforms.“Household-level TV data is becoming more attractive as the advertising and media industries look to connect consumer touchpoints across screens, platforms, and campaigns across the TV ecosystem,” said Ben Maughan, VP business development and data product management, TiVo. “TiVo’s unique TV Viewership Data has been a leading innovator in the space and is constantly evolving into a more robust offering.”“Marketers rely on Kantar’s industry-leading ad intelligence data to track competitive activity in their sector. By connecting with TiVo TV Viewership Data, we can give our customers a holistic view of what messages consumers are receiving,” says Vik Sharma, SVP for media and tech at Kantar. “We’re excited to continue providing clients with ad exposure data on a set-top-box level through our arrangement with TiVo.”Marketing Technology News: Travel Tech Providers Gimmonix and Trip Sciences Strike a Strategic Partnership to Deliver Travel Industry’s First White-label Native Mobile Solution for Hotels“TV’s power as an awareness channel is clear, but it’s long been missing the component of identity,” said Jon DeGennaro, VP of enterprise partnerships at drawbridge. “There’s no reason why TV can’t be as targetable and measurable as other platforms and give marketers the ability to reach and report on viewership, engagement, and conversion across the entire cross-channel consumer journey. Bringing identity to TV does just that. We’re excited to be partnering with TiVo to enable these crucial tools.”With these integrations, TiVo solidifies its role as an innovator in the TV data landscape and continues to deliver improved viewership data products that are partner-agnostic and consistent with the transforming industry.Marketing Technology News: DataGrail Research Reveals 70% of Privacy Professionals Agree Their Systems Will Not Support New Privacy Regulations TiVo Integrates Demographic Attributes, Ad Airings, and Mobile Devices into TV Viewership Data Product, Helping Connect the Media and Advertising Industries to Viewers PRNewswireMay 23, 2019, 6:48 pmMay 23, 2019 last_img read more

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Worlds First Crowd Promotion App Set to Shake up the Sharing Economy

first_imgMNFST, the world’s first crowd promotion platform which connects brands with nano influencers has launched on Android and IOS following a successful investment round.Promising a new approach to Influencer Marketing, the MNFST platform allows all users of Twitter and Instagram to earn money through brand collaborations in just three simple steps, irrespective of their number of followers.MNFST, standing for Manifest, allows users to manifest their social channels into a lucrative business, calculating each individual’s ‘Social Capital Score’ via a proprietary algorithm that determines their influence and projected earnings for their participation in brand campaigns. Users of the app have complete discretion over the brands they partner with, acting as an authentic voice of influence towards their follower base.Marketing Technology News: Lionbridge Launches Lionbridge AI, Extends Leadership Position in AI Data Training ServicesThe app is able to connect brands with a previously untapped online community of the ‘everyday’ social media users – those who have a small but loyal following of family and friends – by operating on a Crowd Promotion basis. This unlocks the potential for unparalleled reach and maximum return on investment when a brand collaborator uses MNFST as a standalone Marketing channel, or if it adds MNFST into the Paid Social and Influencer Marketing mix.Those who run campaigns with MNFST have access to a community of over 800 designers who can create a suite of campaign assets in the form of 2D, 3D, video and AR  adverts. The app is also pioneering a new visual format of Segmentation, allowing the user to be transported into a different setting via their phone camera. As they take a picture of themselves, they are ‘cut out’ and placed into a new background. Other technologies embedded in the app include face tracking, to ensure all posts have a human visual in the shot and object recognition, which scans for inappropriate content.The founders were inspired by the rise of the sharing economy – just as anyone can rent out their home or room on Airbnb, now anyone can monetize their social media profile with MNFST.Currently available in the UK and Poland, the app operates an innovative auction-based pricing model that allows brands to set payment offers based on price per impression – such as 1p per impression – which is then translated into a unique, non-negotiable monetary offer to the user.Marketing Technology News: Internet Grows to 351.8 Million Domain Name Registrations in the First Quarter of 2019Misha Sokolov, the co-founder of MNFST, comments “Our mission is to help people grow their Digital Assets by empowering them to support the brands they genuinely like and benefit from it monetarily or morally via supporting brands and/or charities.”“This new breed of influencer doesn’t have a fanbase of millions or a blue tick, but offers brands an unrivaled sense of authenticity and transparency, and boasts a highly engaged, loyal ‘fanbase’. These influencers want to share content they love, with the people who they care about most – and now they can get rewarded to do exactly that” Misha continues.At a time when the Social Media Advertising market is estimated to reach $100 billion in 2019, MNFST aims to boost growth even further by effectively creating a new advertising surface.Companies have been quick to recognize the potential of MNFST, with current partners including Ideal Flatmate, The Prince’s Trust, and Shelter. Gett taxi service, the first company to run a campaign with the app, saw over 3000 people participate its ‘Gett Green’ campaign – raising awareness of its eco-friendly fleet of electric cabs – within five weeks, with posts on Instagram and Twitter generating over four million impressions and nearly 400 shares. It resulted in a cost per impression that was almost three times lower than the cost of Facebook advertising.Dave Waiser, Founder & CEO of Gett, Europe’s leading ride-sharing solution says: “MNFST has a truly innovative approach to Digital Marketing; one which Gett, as a fellow disruptor and tech innovator, highly appreciates. We were very impressed by how quickly the MNFST team was able to ramp up and scale, and in a way that was not only seamless to operate, but also very much on brand – and consumer-friendly. We are eager to see what the MNFST team does next – and look forward to playing a part in their successful path forward.”Marketing Technology News: Mobiquity’s AdCop Finds Ad Fraud Lurking Below the FloorMisha adds: “Prior to MNFST, less than 1% of the global Social Media community were able to use their profiles as valuable assets. MNFST breaks down that barrier and offers this opportunity to millions – whilst giving brands a chance to harness the power and massive potential of crowd referral.” Influencer marketingMarketing TechnologyMNFST platformNewsSocial Capital ScoreSocial Media Previous ArticleYext Transforms Search with Brand Verified AnswersNext ArticleCofense Report Reveals Weaknesses in Secure Email Gateways, Illustrates Critical Role of Human Intelligence in Phishing Defense World’s First Crowd Promotion App Set to Shake up the Sharing Economy – by Allowing Anyone to Monetise Their Social Media Profiles MTS Staff WriterJune 4, 2019, 6:02 pmJune 10, 2019 last_img read more

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Researchers find mechanism behind susceptibility to viral infections

first_imgDr Low is also Associate Professor at Duke-NUS’ EID Programme and co-corresponding author of this study.These findings also imply that preventing conditions known to place cells under increased stress and altered metabolism, such as obesity, could prevent disease from viral infections.The team is currently starting another clinical trial in 2020 to test if suppressing the early immune response can reduce the likelihood of getting sick from a viral infection. Source:Duke-NUS Medical SchoolJournal reference:Chan, K.R. et al. (2019) Metabolic perturbations and cellular stress underpin susceptibility to symptomatic live-attenuated yellow fever infection. Nature Medicine. doi.org/10.1038/s41591-019-0510-7. Our findings show that increased levels of stress and altered metabolism of an individual’s immune cells are factors that make one prone to developing symptoms during an infection. Correspondingly, this tells us that immune cells and metabolic pathways could be useful targets to develop treatments for yellow fever or other flaviviral infections.”Associate Professor Jenny Low, Senior Consultant at the Department of Infectious Diseases, Singapore General Hospital and Co-Director of ViREMiCS Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 16 2019A team of researchers from the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medicine Centre’s Viral Research and Experimental Medicine Centre (ViREMiCS) found that immune cells undergoing stress and an altered metabolism are the reasons why some individuals become sick from viral infections while others do not, when exposed to the same virus.The findings, published in top medical journal Nature Medicine, have important implications for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases caused by flaviviral infections such as dengue fever, congenital Zika syndrome and yellow fever. Flaviviral infections, a family of virus infections transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks, are major health concerns as they spread rapidly and lack licensed treatments.Most viral infections result in a range of outcomes even when individuals are infected with the same amount of virus in their blood. For example, up to two-thirds of all dengue virus infections result in no symptoms, while the remaining one-third go on to develop dengue fever and even fewer progress to severe dengue. Understanding why this happens could lead to new ways of preventing disease and reduce the burden of some viral diseases.”We investigated why some individuals do not get sick despite being infected with the same virus, while others develop symptoms and infections. Understanding the molecular events that lead to development of symptoms could lead to new prevention and treatment methods for infectious diseases worldwide,” said Professor Ooi Eng Eong, Deputy Director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Programme, Duke-NUS Medical School and Professor, SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute. Prof Ooi is also Co-director of ViREMiCS, Professor at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, National University of Singapore and the corresponding author of this study.Related StoriesDogs and cats relieve academic stress and lift students’ mood, according to a new studyIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyThe team conducted two clinical trials involving more than 100 healthy adults using the yellow fever vaccine, one of the most effective vaccines in the world with an excellent safety profile. The team analysed the blood profiles of the volunteers immediately before and after vaccination, and found that individuals whose blood cells had increased levels of stress from protein production and altered metabolism before vaccination went on to develop flu-like symptoms after vaccination. Increased stress and altered metabolism resulted in earlier than expected activation of the immune response that was linked with development of symptoms.last_img read more

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Barry Becomes a Hurricane Barrels Toward Louisiana Coast

first_imgHurricane Barry is barreling northwest toward Louisiana, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 km/h), with heavy rain, storm surges and dangerous winds expected along the northwest Gulf Coast. As of 11 a.m. ET, Barry was moving northwest in the Gulf of Mexico at 6 mph (9 km/h), and its eye was about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Lafayette, Louisiana, and about 50 miles (80 km) west of Morgan City, Louisiana. Hurricane forecasters expect the hurricane to lose strength over the next few hours, getting downgraded back to a tropical storm. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued a hurricane warning from Louisiana’s Intracoastal City to Grand Isle, meaning hurricane conditions are expected somewhere in that area over the next 36 hours or so.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65932-hurricane-barry-barrels-toward-louisiana.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Barry is expected to turn toward the north-northwest tonight, followed by a turn toward the north on Sunday (July 14), NOAA said. The center of the storm is forecast to move through southern Louisiana today and central Louisiana tonight. Then on Sunday, it should be churning through northern Louisiana, NOAA forecasts. “A lot of rainfall still yet to come out in the Gulf of Mexico,” NOAA National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham said during a Facebook Live at 11 a.m. ET. The rainfall will then start to impact portions of Louisiana, including New Orleans, he said. Because of the high winds, there’s a chance of tornadoes spinning off Barry. “A few tornadoes are possible through tonight across the southeast Louisiana, southern Mississippi and southern Alabama,” according to NOAA’s forecast. 5 Things Hurricane Sandy Changed for Good A History of Destruction: 8 Great Hurricanes Hurricane Katrina History and Numbers (Infographic) Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoEditorChoice.comSee What The World’s Largest Dog Looks LikeEditorChoice.comUndoAnti-Snoring SolutionA Simple Fix for Snoring And Sleep ApneaAnti-Snoring SolutionUndolast_img read more

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Lok Sabha passes Bill to give constitutional status to NCBC

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL government SHARE Published on August 02, 2018 Lok Sabhacenter_img As the Lok Sabha unanimously passed the Bill to give Constitutional status to the National Commission on Backward Classes (NCBC), the Congress said the BJP is trying to portray that the Opposition was against the Bill. The Constitutional amendment Bill, if passed, will make the NCBC at par with the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. “The Congress party supports the OBC Commission constituted, but the BJP constantly accuses that the Congress has opposed it,” said the Lok Sabha member of the party Tamradhwaj Sahu. He said that in the Rajya Sabha, the Bill was passed with amendments and it came back to the Lok Sabha. “The Congress party toiled hard for 27 per cent reservation for the OBC, and stands by them. We wholeheartedly support Constitutional status for the NCBC, but as a party that has been a firm believer in the principles of federalism and debate in a parliamentary democracy, we will fight tooth and nail so that people from the OBC get their rightful legislation,” the Congress said in a statement. Meanwhile, BSP president Mayawati said in Lucknow that the new Bill was an effort by the Centre to “cheat” weaker sections ahead of upcoming polls. “The BJP, which has tried to deprive backward sections like the Dalits and the tribals of their rights, is now trying to bring a Bill granting Constitutional status to the Backward Class Commission to lure weaker sections,” Mayawati said. “The BJP wants to cheat these sections on election eve and is therefore bringing the Bill in Parliament.” NCBC COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Congress MLA likens Goa crisis to political prostitution

first_img Next Congress MLA likens Goa crisis to political prostitutionThe Congress has alleged that the 10 MLAs were lured by money and promises of ministerial positions in return for switching over.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service Panaji (Goa)July 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 14:47 IST 10 Congress MLAs from Goa joined BJP (Image: ANI)Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo on Friday likened the current political upheaval in Goa, with 10 party legislators rebelling and later joining the BJP, as “political prostitution”.”There is no sorrow or joy in politics. Politics, what has happened this time is only political prostitution. We cannot talk about it,” Reginaldo told the media after a brief meeting with Goa Forward President Vijay Sardesai at the latter’s residence.The Congress has alleged that the 10 MLAs were lured by money and promises of ministerial positions in return for switching over.Sardesai, a Deputy Chief Minister and two other Ministers are likely to be dropped from the Pramod Sawant-led government, after the Bharatiya Janata Party inducted the 10 Congress MLAs on Wednesday, following which the PARTY now has a healthy majority of 27 in the 40-member Goa Legislative Assembly.Reginaldo said that his visit to Sardesai’s residence “was casual”.”It was a casual visit. I thought I should meet him now. When you are in power everybody visits you. When you are not in power, there lies the real charm, when you visit somebody when you are not in power,” he added.Also read | Manohar Parrikar’s style of politics is over: Goa BJP allyAlso read | BJP took different direction after father’s death: Manohar Parrikar’s son on Goa crisisAlso watch | Watch: JP Nadda welcomes 10 rebel Goa Congress MLAs into BJPFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnumika Bahukhandi Tags :Follow GoaFollow Goa crisisFollow congressFollow Aleixo Reginaldo Lourencolast_img read more

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