IOC to invest Rs 2L cr to expand refining petrochem capacities

first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s biggest oil firm Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) will invest Rs 2 lakh crore in next 5-7 years to expand refining and petrochemical capacities in order to maintain leadership position, its Chairman Sanjiv Singh said. The plan is to almost double its oil refining capacity to 150 million tonnes per annum, expand fuels and LPG retailing network, jack up petrochemical production capacity and produce more crude oil and gas. IOC is implementing a Rs 2 lakh crore investment plan in next 5-7 years “to evolve into a future-ready corporate that provides comprehensive energy solutions to diverse user groups in an exciting phase of energy transition and technology disruptions,” he said in the firm’s latest annual report. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe company currently is India’s largest oil refiner with a group refining capacity of 80.7 million tonnes per annum. It wants to maintain this leadership position by raising the refining capacity to 150 million tonnes through greenfield and brownfield expansions. Simultaneously, it wants to raise petrochemical production capacity to 13 million tonnes from the current 3.15 million tonnes. It is expanding Panipat naphtha cracking capacity and plans to set up new chemical projects in Gujarat, Paradip and Panipat. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAlso, the company is looking at rapid expansion in natural gas retailing by investing Rs 10,000 crore over the next eight years, the report said. IOC, which now has city gas license to retail gas in 40 cities, sold 3.96 million tonnes of natural gas in 2018-19. It wants to “triple current market share in gas business” and expand its presence in city gas to 60 geographical areas from current 40, it said. It wants to expand its presence in upstream oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) by investing in oil-rich countries in the Middle East and Central Asia and acquiring producing assets. Its stakes in oil and gas fields in 10 countries such as Russia, UAE, the USA and Venezuela, currently give 4.39 million tonnes and the plan is to raise this to 7 million tonnes by 2023-24 and further to 11 million tonnes by 2030, the annual report said. While continuing expansion of its petrol pump and LPG distribution agencies, the firm will focus on retailing in rural markets to expand its marketing. It will automate and modernise fuel stations as well as set up electric vehicles (EV) charing stations. IOC said it also plans to increase its overseas footprint to 8 per cent of turnover with additional regional hubs in South Africa and Nigeria and agents/distributors in 20 countries to scout for new business. “Besides the focus on refinery expansions, new technologies for clean fuels and enhanced outputs, and refinery-petrochemicals integration, Indian Oil is aggressively leveraging its R&D expertise to move into horizon technologies like 2G and 3G ethanol, bio-fuels, coal gasification, H-CNG, hydrogen fuel cells, battery technologies etc,” Singh said.last_img read more

Firefighters working forest fire near Buckinghorse along the Alaska Highway

first_imgAs of 8 p.m. Monday, the fire is 6.5 hectares in size and in stable condition.  Water tankers attacked the fire Monday afternoon along with two initial attack crews.  Firefighters will reassess the fire Tuesday morning to determine how to continue their attack.According to the Wildfire Service, there are no structures near the fire and it is believed the fire was caused by lightning.A photo of the Buckinghorse fire posted to the Na Deh Kleh Newsletter Facebook Page FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Wildfire service is working to extinguish a forest fire near Buckinghorse and the Alaska Highway.The fire started Monday afternoon and is near Trutch Mountain along the Alaska Highway.  The B.C. Wildfire Service has traffic control crews in the area monitoring smoke conditions.  Motorists should expect delays if they plan to travel in the area.The Highway is still open at this time.last_img read more

Hunger drives Darfurs locals to accept food meant for displaced Sudanese –

Some of the estimated 100,000 residents of Al-Junaynah, in Western Darfur, are mingling with the tens of thousands of IDPs who have set up camp near the town, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.The townspeople of Al-Junaynah have exhausted their own food stocks and have also hosted IDPs for several months. Many residents have now set up makeshift shelters near the camps and loiter in them on food distribution days. Briefing reporters in New York, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said aid workers find it “almost impossible” to tell the residents and the IDPs apart.However, the World Food Programme (WFP) has managed to identify and register about 40,000 IDPs in Al-Junaynah during the past week.Mr. Dujarric said many aid workers in Western Darfur, the most remote of the region’s three states, have fallen sick because of the poor health conditions there. WFP is also having logistical problems pre-positioning food supplies for the rainy season because of a lack of staff and resources.UN agencies estimate up to 2 million people need emergency relief in Darfur because of conflict between Sudanese Government forces, allied militias known as the Janjaweed and two rebel groups. Two UN human rights reports have found that the Janjaweed, who are mostly Arab, have conducted numerous attacks on black African civilians, killing and raping villagers, burning homes, poisoning wells and stealing livestock.In neighbouring Chad, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) yesterday opened a ninth safe camp for people fleeing the violence in Darfur. The camps have been set up away from the border and the threat of raids by the Janjaweed.UNHCR spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters that convoys of refugees will be transferred to the new camp, at Oure Cassoni, on a daily basis. So far 258 people have arrived. More than 123,000 of an estimated 170,000 refugees have been housed in the nine camps.The refugee agency is also continuing its airlift of emergency supplies to Sudanese living in eastern Chad. A flight from Denmark to the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, today is due to provide blankets, kitchen sets and pre-fabricated warehouses.Yesterday, a senior UN humanitarian official told the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) that the work of UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in areas such as Darfur can be measured literally in terms of life and death.Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland said “hundreds of thousands” of people may die in the deserts of Sudan and Chad if the international community does not provide enough relief quickly.”We are late in Darfur because the senseless violence against civilians lasted for too long, access was blocked for too long, insecurity remains too high and resources have been provided too late,” he said.Mr. Egeland, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, was addressing ECOSOC’s annual debate on humanitarian, disaster relief and special economic assistance. read more

Alberta introduces first overhaul of workplace rules in almost 30 years

EDMONTON – The first major overhaul of Alberta’s workplace rules in almost 30 years proposes that workers be allowed to take unpaid leave to look after themselves and loved ones without fear of losing their jobs.The Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act introduced Wednesday also would bring maternity and compassionate leave up to federal standards and set new rules for overtime and vacation pay.Labour Minister Christina Gray said the changes, hammered out with the help of the former head of the Alberta Labour Relations Board, would modernize laws and bring them in line with most other provinces.“Our government could not allow legislation that touches the lives of so many to be disregarded any longer,” Gray said. “This legislation would bring Alberta’s workplaces into the 21st century.”People working for an employer for 90 days would be allowed to take unpaid leave if they were sick, injured, had a death in the family, a missing child or were the victims of domestic violence.Right now, there are no provisions for leave in those cases.Overtime would be banked at 1.5 hours for every hour worked instead of straight time. Minimum annual vacation would be two weeks off paid at four per cent of an employee’s salary.Employers would also be prevented from charging gas station and restaurant workers if customers left without paying.The changes would allow for a union to be certified without a secret ballot if more than 65 per cent of employees had verified membership cards. Less than 66 per cent would still require a vote.The proposed labour law update comes after decades of the NDP calling for better rules while the Progressive Conservatives were in power.Andy Sims, an expert on Alberta and federal workplace laws, helped draft the new legislation. He said it balances the interests of employees and employers, and takes into account the province’s recovering economy.“This is not cutting-edge, lead-the-country reform,” Sims said. “In most respects it brings the best experiences from elsewhere to Alberta.”Opposition Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said his party supports parts of the bill that deal with giving workers unpaid leave, but doesn’t like sections that deal with nuts-and-bolts changes to the labour code, including changes to union certification votes.He called on the NDP to split the bill into two.“It’s our hope that the NDP government will recognize that these compassionate care components are separate and distinct from the labour code changes that require greater consultation,” he said.Wildrose deputy house leader Dave Hanson sent a letter to Alberta’s ethics commissioner asking her for “clarity” on what he called potential conflicts of interest in the NDP caucus in regards to the new labour bill. He says in his letter that 27 NDP MLAs have direct union ties and another four have ties to unions through their spouses or partners.“I trust the commissioner will carefully review this topic, and report back with any personal ties that may result in conflicts of interest in voting for the legislation,” Hanson said in a news release.Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney said his party will fight what he called the NDP’s attack on workplace democracy.“So the worst fears were true,” Kenny posted on social media. “NDP plans to take away the secret ballot from union certification. An outrageous attack on workplace democracy.”The Alberta director of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said the legislation will saddle employers with higher costs.Amber Ruddy said she doesn’t like the change that would see workers paid time and a half for overtime instead of straight time.“Right now there is the flexibility that you can offer time off in lieu,” she said. “Now it is going to have to be paid out at time and a half. That is going to be a huge strain.”Ruddy said the government should delay passage of the bill until next year and seek more feedback from the business community on the proposed changes.Labour leaders were more positive, but had some concerns.Guy Smith, president of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, said the proposed legislation is a good compromise that would make the handling of labour disputes more fair and efficient.Smith said the union wishes the government had included a ban on replacement workers during strikes.“Had there been a blanket prohibition on the use of replacement workers like there are in other provinces … that would have gone a long way to preventing labour disputes overall.”The Alberta Federation of Labour praised the legislation, including the proposed changes to union certification.Federation president Gil McGowan said the government didn’t go as far as he had hoped, but the change is still an improvement.“We are happy that the government has acknowledged that the current system for union certification is flawed and tips the scale against workers who try to join a union,” he said.Gray said the government wants to have the legislation pass in time for it to go into effect in the new year. Alberta introduces first overhaul of workplace rules in almost 30 years by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted May 24, 2017 3:05 pm MDT Last Updated May 25, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN human rights report shows rise in reprisals against activists victims

The study documents incidents from nearly 50 countries, such as the detention and imprisonment of activists, and the filming of participants at meetings, including on UN premises, without their consent.  Andrew Gilmour, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, said there are also cases of authorities threatening and harassing relatives of activists.🆕 UN Secretary-General Report documents alleged #reprisals against victims, members of civil society and activists for cooperating with the @UN in 4⃣8⃣ countries. Learn more:— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) September 19, 2019 “Some governments seem prepared to go to almost any lengths to punish people who cooperate with us.  This may actually underscore the justice of the victims’ causes,” he said.The report covers the period from 1 June 2018 to 31 May of this year.  It also notes misuse of online spaces to promote hate speech, cyberbullying and smear campaigns, particularly against women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons.Mr. Gilmour expressed concern over the continued trend in the use of national security arguments and counter-terrorism strategies as justification for blocking access to the United Nations. “Reported cases include individuals or organizations being charged with terrorism, blamed for cooperation with foreign entities or accused of damaging the reputation or security of the State. These have also been used to justify restrictions on foreign funding,” he wrote in the report’s conclusions and recommendations.“A disproportionate number of cases of enforced disappearance or detention, many which have been deemed arbitrary by United Nations experts, relate to these national security arguments. This is a worrisome trend that I have addressed publicly, including in my previous report, and, regrettably, it continues.”He said the UN will continue to strengthen its response to these developments, including through improved reporting on allegations.  However, he added, the onus remains on countries as “Member States must be accountable for their own actions and practices, and provide remedy when reprisals occur.” read more

Wow Week 1 Of The NFL Was Terrible

The results from the past five days are an anomaly for Week 1, which in recent years has been one of the NFL’s most competitive weeks.2From 2000 to 2016, Week 1’s average margin of victory was 10.8 points, second-lowest behind Week 9. And it marks a particularly stark turn from last season, when opening week produced four 1-point games, two 2-point games and an average margin of victory of 7.6 points, the lowest of any week since Weeks 1 and 2 of 2013. In Week 1 this year, games were decided by an average of 13.6 points.If games aren’t close, then — for entertainment’s sake — let them at least be high scoring. But Week 1 didn’t give that to us either. Teams in Week 1 combined for 40.4 points per game, the sixth-lowest weekly mark since 2012. That’s more than 5 points below the 2016 average. (If you bet the under in Vegas on Sunday, you probably earned a room upgrade — 10 of 12 unders cashed.)Low scores and blowouts happen, but they’re rarely this pronounced at the same time. The ratio between Week 1’s average total points per game and average margin of victory was 3.0 to 1, the eighth-lowest it’s been in a week since 2012.3Headed into Monday night, the ratio was 2.7 to 1, which would have been the second-lowest since 2012. Low ratios mean low-scoring games that aren’t very close, either — not exactly the hallmarks of entertaining football. We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe The lackluster start to the season was most likely the result of a confluence of factors. Injuries to stars like the Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck and the New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. derailed those two offenses and helped generate boring routs. There were also some uniquely terrible performances, such as the historic stinker put up by Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. And there are a couple teams — the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets — that appear to have checked out before even starting their 2017 campaigns.That the most exciting football of the NFL’s first “weekend” came after midnight on Tuesday for many Americans speaks to how awful things were in Week 1. Here’s hoping they get back to normal in Week 2.Check out our latest NFL predictions. All newsletters Last NFL season gifted fans some of the highest scoring, most competitive football in league history, capped off by an epic Super Bowl, which saw the New England Patriots rally from a 25-point deficit. Week 1 of the 2017 season made all of that feel like a long, long time ago.Only three Week 1 games were decided by 7 or fewer points, the lowest number for an opening week in the NFL since 1973, when one game was decided by 7 or fewer. The first week hadn’t yielded fewer than even five such games since 1976, the year before Tom Brady was born.In the 290 regular-season NFL weeks since 2000, a week with three such contests has only happened 10 times. And if not for two late fourth-quarter Los Angeles Chargers touchdowns that occurred while most of the East Coast was sound asleep Monday night,1The Chargers’ opponent, the Denver Broncos, blocked what would have been a game-tying field goal in the final seconds to win 24-21. Week 1 of 2017 would have joined Week 7 of 2009, Week 8 of 2010 and Week 12 of 2008 as the only weeks since 2000 with a measly two games decided by 7 points or fewer. read more

Olivia Colman reigns among the stars in Queens Birthday Honours

Boyd Tunnock, the head of the Uddingston-based firm which produces the snack, receives the honour for services to business and to charity. Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, in The Favourite, for which she won an Oscar for best actress Mr Tunnock, 86, said: “When you get to my age, very few things surprise you but this certainly did and I am deeply honoured and grateful to Her Majesty The Queen. Our primary purpose in life is to help others who are less fortunate than ourselves. Our country is full of very worthwhile causes that we can all make a contribution in some way.”He developed the famous treat, consisting of a small round shortbread biscuit covered with a dome of Italian meringue filled chocolate  in 1956, after his father challenged him to come up with something new.Retired RAF bomber pilot Tony Cunnane revealed in 2014 how Tunnock’s Teacakes became a favourite ration snack of the V bomber nuclear deterrent flight crews based at RAF Gaydon, after they found they expanded at high altitude when one was left unwrapped and exploded on the instrument panel.The teacakes took centre stage at the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow, with dancers dressed as teacakes performing at the start of the show, leading to a huge rise in sales the next day. Norwich-born Colman, 45, came to prominence after playing Sophie in Channel 4’s cult comedy series Peep Show, before starring in ITV’s crime drama Broadchurch, BBC drama The Night Manager and films including Hot Fuzz, Tyrannosaur and The Iron Lady, where played Margaret Thatcher’s daughter Carol, opposite Meryl Streep. She recently said that playing the real Queen has been far harder than her role in The Favourite, “because everyone knows what she looks like, everyone knows what she sounds like, everyone has an opinion on whether the casting is right”.Fellow actor Simon Russel Beale, 58, receives a knighthood for services to drama. The stage actor, described as one of the finest of his generation, said: “It is a very great honour and I think my mother, were she alive, would be very proud.”Establishment honours might have been anathema to the musicians who came out of the punk rock explosion of the 1970s, but four decades on they are finding recognition at the palace.Elvis Costello, 64, whose songs, including Oliver’s Army, (I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea and Pump It Up, frequently aimed pointed barbs at British manners and institutions, is being awarded an OBE. Sharkey and his band of fellow Derry teenagers created a joyful counterpoint to the darkness of the Northern Ireland Troubles, with songs such as Teenage Kicks and My Perfect Cousin chronicling love, rejection and adolescent angst.At the other end of the cultural spectrum Joanna Trollope, 75, the author whose work inspired the term Aga Saga and whose stories of middle class people living unexceptional lives revealed depths of passion and intrigue, is to be made a CBE to add to her OBE.Rachel Whiteread, 56, the artist and sculptor famous for her casts of objects, particularly that of a Victorian terrace house which won her the Turner prize, is being made a Dame.Other stars of entertainment being recognised on this year’s list include Cush Jumbo, the British star of the US drama The Good Wife, who receives and MBE, and Alistair Fothergill, the producer of the acclaimed Blue Planet and Planet Earth series, who receives an OBE.Tunnock’s Teacake inventor honouredThey have become one of the nation’s favourite tea-time treats, even featuring in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.Now the man who invented the Tunnock’s Teacake is to receive a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Elvis Costello, pictured at the Royal Garden Hotel, London, in September 2018Credit:Rii Schroer/The Telegraph The honour comes after Costello was forced to cancel a string of concerts last year to recover from a “a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy”, after which he urged fans to heed their doctor’s advice, saying: “It may save your life. Believe me, it is better than playing roulette.”Another child of the punk movement, Feargal Sharkey, 60, the former frontman of The Undertones, is also accepting an OBE. Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, in The Favourite, for which she won an Oscar for best actressCredit:Atsushi Nishijima/Fox Searchlight Films Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. There was controversy in 2016 when Tunnock’s faced a boycott campaign from supporters of Scottish independence after mistaken allegations that the firm had removed the Scottish lion and other national branding from their products.Mr Tunnock, 85, was criticised last year when he donated a Rolls-Royce car to Glasgow City Council at a time when it faced cuts in public services.He confirmed he was behind the gift, saying he just wanted to do “a good thing” for the city. Tunnock’s managing director Boyd Tunnock walking past a picket line outside Tunnock’s factory in Uddinston, when the workforce held a one-day strike over pay in 2010Credit:Andrew Milligan/PA Of course it’s not really Her Majesty who decides on these things – that’s up to a team of civil servants – but you could almost see it as a fitting  tribute from one Queen to another.Olivia Colman, the actress who plays Elizabeth II in the forthcoming series of The Crown, is to receive a CBE in her Birthday Honours for services to drama.Characteristically for an actress who tends to appear embarrassed in the limelight, Colman has asked that the award be presented to her under her real name, Sarah Caroline Sinclair, rather than her stage name.Colman, who won an Oscar for best actress for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite earlier this year, said: “I’m totally thrilled, delighted and humbled to be in the company of these incredible people, most of whom have been nowhere near as visible as I have, but should be – and hopefully now will be. It’s such an honour.” Elvis Costello, pictured at the Royal Garden Hotel, London, in September 2018 Tunnock's managing director Boyd Tunnock walking past a picket line outside Tunnock's factory in Uddinston, when the workforce held a one-day strike over pay in 2010 read more

Coach of Budućnost Podgorica Dragan Adžić Larvik is a favorite – I

← Previous Story USA women’s handball – For the Love of the Game Next Story → Greek handball League (Round 19): AEK leader in front of PAOK Budućnost Podgorica coach, Dragan Adžić, after the win over Itxako in the last round of Main Round Group at the EHF CL for the first place, admitted to the domestic PRESS that Norwegian Larvik is “a favorite” in upcoming semifinal clash:– Our next rival is Norwegian Larvik, the last team who beated us in “Morača” in October 2009. Since than, they strenghted their squad with a few more players. Larvik is a favorite, but that don’t mean that they will reach the final games. I wish all the luck to Itxako against Gyor and hope that we will meet again in the big final – said Adžić at the Press conference after the match. Budućnost PodgoricaDragan Adžić handballGyorItxako handballLarvik read more

Dummett admires Benitezs work

first_imgPaul Dummett was injured for a major part of this season but he has still enjoyed a successful Newcastle’s ride to avoid the relegation – and he believes that Benitez will stay for many years to come.The defender has been playing for the Magpies since 2012 when he made his debut and he decided to stay at the club even after being relegated two seasons ago – and he hopes that he will experience only better times now.Dummett spoke about Benitez’s importance as he said, according to Sky Sports:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at 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…“When we were in the Championship some people said we had a Premier League team and when we got in the Premier League they said we had a Championship team.”“He’s done well with us. He’s steadied the ship with our team. We don’t ship loads of goals every game like we’ve maybe done in the past.”“He’s been great with me and great with the other lads so hopefully, we can keep him for many years to come and keep progressing.”last_img read more

Gerson wants a chance in the Brazilian national team

first_imgThe attacking midfielder has only appeared in 7 occasions with the Brazil U20 team but has never been called to the senior teamFor attacking midfielder Gerson, the opportunity to play now with Fiorentina is important.Not only he wants to have club success, but he is also aiming to make the Brazilian senior national team for the first time in his career.“When I arrived in Giallorosso, the project specified that in my third year, I’d play the most. And Fiorentina can allow that to happen, giving me the possibility to chase my dream: the Brazilian national team,” he told Globo Esporte as reported by Gianluca Di Marzio.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“The expectations are the best possible. The group, the environment and the structure that I’ve found here will give us the support to do great things.”“Other than the importance of the shirt and its history, Fiorentina can rely on very trustworthy leadership,” he continued.“The experience in Giallorosso was sensational. I don’t think that my story there is finished, as I have a contract with Roma until 2021. I’m very grateful for all that the club has given me.”“I learned a lot and I still have plenty to learn. The Italian league is defensive and tactical, there’s not much space to play,” he added.last_img read more

Pickford reveals Evertons season target

first_imgEverton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has revealed that qualifying for Europe is their target this season under Marco Silva.Everton endured a difficult start to the Premier League season after recruiting Marco Silva and a number of players in the summer and Pickford now believes the team has gelled are is now looking forward to European football next year.“We’ve got a very good base camp, the mood is very good,” Pickford told Sky Sports.“The new players have come in and just bedded in straight away, flying straight away, and we’ve got a lot of competition for players which is beneficial because everyone has to be training hard, and everyone wants that shirt. It gives the gaffer a good headache.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He’s (Silva) very detailed, so every individual knows what they’re doing in that role. Attacking-wise I think we’ve got much more of a threat; Richarlison has come in, Bernard, Theo (Walcott) is flying, Mola (Ademola Lookman) is flying. So you’ve got a lot of choices here.“For Everton, I would say hopefully return back to Europe,” Pickford said. “I know the fans love it, and it’s a great status to have, and it’s quite tough being in Europe. It’s a stepping stone again from last season.“We’ve still got the FA Cup to play for, and the fans want some silverware, something to smile about. It would be a massive bonus, if not this year for Everton, then in the next few seasons.“Regarding England, we’ve got the opportunity to get some silverware. I know it’s a new competition, but it’s silverware, and we go in with the belief to be able to win that competition.”last_img read more

Twitter tests suggestions on people to unfollow for when your timeline

first_imgTwitter tested unfollow suggestions, because your timeline is full enough.Image: Richard James Mendoza/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesBy Johnny Lieu2018-08-30 02:38:34 UTC You’re likely familiar with Twitter’s suggestions on who to follow. Now, the company is asking some users if they want to unfollow people. As first pointed out by Slate, the social media platform is testing unfollow suggestions.“We know that people want a relevant Twitter timeline. One way to do this is by unfollowing people they don’t engage with regularly. We ran an incredibly limited test to surface accounts that people were not engaging with to check if they’d like to unfollow them,” a Twitter spokesperson told the publication.The feature is reminiscent of Gmail’s unsubscribe suggestions, which prompts you when the algorithm detects you haven’t engaged with a particular sender in awhile.People who were part of the test posted screenshots on Twitter, although the suggestions weren’t entirely welcome.Twitter’s prompt tells users they “don’t need to follow everyone to know what’s happening.”At the moment, Twitter’s explanation to users on why they should unfollow certain accounts seems pretty vague. Gmail’s unsubscribe prompts at least make it clear that you haven’t been engaging much with its suggestions, leaving no room for perceived bias in its selections — an argument which Twitter would perhaps like to avoid right now.last_img read more

TUI aims at reduction in emissions to provide greener holidays

first_imgA Sustainability Report has been recently published by TUI Group that offers an overview of the activities and progress delivered in the first year of the Group-wide ‘Better Holidays, Better World 2015-2020’ strategy.TUI does not just assess the economic, social and ecological impact of its own business operations, the Group is also committed to pioneering more sustainable tourism.Fritz Joussen, CEO, TUI Group, explained, “TUI recognises that the tourism sector shares responsibility for sustainable development and we actively engage in many ways to support this. We see the societal and economic potential of tourism to benefit people throughout the world. For us, environmental and social sustainability are two sides of the same coin.”The tourism group’s targets for the period until 2020 entail reducing the specific CO2 emissions of the airlines, cruise companies and hotels by a further 10 per cent. TUI’s goal is to deliver 10 million greener and fairer holidays per year, and to unite and expand the Group’s community engagement with the support of the TUI Care Foundation. By 2020, the Group will invest 10 million euros per year to support good causes.“Since the publication of our sustainability strategy a year ago, we have worked hard to achieve our ambitious 2020 targets. We have been able to improve our carbon efficiency and have implemented countless initiatives to minimise our environmental footprint,” added Thomas Ellerbeck, member of TUI’s Group Executive Committee.last_img read more

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first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted May 24, 2018 7:51 pm PDT Last Updated May 24, 2018 at 8:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prize-winning children’s author Richard Peck dies at 84 NEW YORK, N.Y. – Prize-winning children’s author Richard Peck, who drew upon his Illinois roots for such favourites as “A Long Way from Chicago” and “A Year Down Yonder,” has died.Peck died on Wednesday at his home in New York City at age 84. His publisher, Penguin Young Readers, told The Associated Press, that he died after a battle with cancer.A native of Decatur, Illinois, and graduate of DePauw University, he was a prolific author who wrote dozens of books, but didn’t start until his mid-30s when he decided to quit teaching. Willing from the start to address social issues, his debut novel “Don’t Look and It Won’t Hurt” was a story of teen pregnancy later adapted into the acclaimed independent film “Gas Food Lodging.” He received his highest praise for “A Year Down Yonder,” set in rural Illinois during the Great Depression and winner of the John Newbery Medal in 2001 for the year’s best children’s book. A year later, he became the first children’s writer to be given a National Humanities Medal.His other books included “The Best Man,” ”A Season of Gifts” and “The River Between Us,” a National Book Award finalist. His novel “A Long Way from Chicago,” was a prequel to “A Year Down Yonder” and also a finalist for the National Book Award. Both featured his beloved character, the no-nonsense Grandma Dowdel.last_img read more

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