Significant Coral Reef Regeneration in Arabian Gulf

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreResearchers studying coral reefs in the Arabian Gulf have found encouraging signs that corals in Abu Dhabi and Qatar are regenerating and the entire range species may be re-established within a decade…According to the World Wildlife Fund-sponsored coral reef study, at least 18 out of an original 36 species of coral found in the region have recovered from damage suffered due to past climatic events. In particular, Halul in Qatar and Ras Ghanda in Abu Dhabi are two areas where the most vigorous coral regeneration is taking place. Yasat and Dalma islands in Abu Dhabi also recorded good coral growth and high coral cover.“We are encouraged by the results of the coral reef project,” said Razan Al Mubarak, Director of the World Wildlife Fund office in the United Arab Emirates.“Assuming no further disturbances to their reef habitat occur, the rate of regeneration suggests that the entire range of the region’s coral species would be re-established within a decade.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Supermarket Introduces “Relaxed Lane” for Special Needs Customers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOne of the Tesco supermarket branches in Scotland has just launched a “relaxed lane” for vulnerable customers who would prefer to take their time at the till. The store, located in Forres, Moray, hopes that the lane will make grocery shopping easier for guests with dementia, autism, Alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, or just a mother with several kids under her arm.RELATED: Toys R Us Open Stores For ‘Quiet Hour’ to Accommodate Kids With AutismThe project, developed with the assistance of Alzheimer Scotland, will hopefully encourage shoppers to comfortably move at their own pace without feeling rushed.Though it is currently only a trial program, the lane – open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays – has already received an outpouring of approval and support.“It was highlighted to me that people living with dementia can feel under pressure when they reach the checkout, and it struck me that this could be true for others as well,” the store’s Kerry Speed told BBC. “Early feedback from customers has been very positive. Although it’s a simple gesture, we hope this will make a difference.”Take It Easy: Click To ShareAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Mark-Taylor, Kitchell open San Sonoma community

first_imgThe development team of Mark-Taylor and Kitchell have opened the doors to their newest rental community, San Sonoma, an expansive 590-unit community located just southwest of Warner Road and Priest Drive. The “Next Generation” community is another example of why apartment living has become so attractive.“The process of renting an apartment with Mark-Taylor is a lot like picking out the finishes from a custom home builder, with features like attached garages, kitchen islands, breakfast bars, plank floors, stainless appliances and stone countertops,” said Mark-Taylor Vice President of Development Chris Brozina. “If you can have all those features, and the apartment is actually similar in size to a first home, it’s a pretty awesome advantage to have the flexibility of leasing from year to year.”Brozina is referring to San Sonoma’s market-leading unit sizes, with many units reaching up to 1,580 square feet. Combined with the unparalleled open recreation areas and an amenity package that includes a 4,500-square-foot fitness facility, spin and yoga studio, poolside volleyball and outdoor living rooms, the lifestyle is hard to beat for residents of any age.San Sonoma is conveniently located very near Interstate 10 and in very close proximity to large employers including Insight Enterprises, Intel and Verizon Wireless Southwest regional headquarters. Casa Paloma is also within walking distance, featuring retailers such as AJ’s, World Market, Banana Republic, Jos. A Bank, Ulta, Grimaldis, and Zoe’s Kitchen.Rents range from $1,100 to $2,800 a month, with one, two and three-bedroom units now available for lease. For more information about San Sonoma, visit the website at www.sansonoma.com or call 480.619.6491.last_img read more

Praxair to offer double address

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Air Liquide venture with OMZ in the pipeline

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Trump targets visas program for highly skilled workers

first_img KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) President Donald Trump hopes to revive the economic populism that helped drive his election campaign, signing an order Tuesday in politically important Wisconsin to tighten rules on technology companies bringing in highly skilled foreign workers.Trump toured the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc., and then he was expected to sign an order aimed at curbing what his administration says are hiring abuses in a visa program used by U.S. technology companies. Dubbed “Buy American, Hire American,” the directive follows a series of recent Trump reversals on economic policies.The president is targeting the H-1B visa program, which the White House says undercuts U.S. workers by bringing in large numbers of cheaper, foreign workers, driving down wages. He was signing the directive at Snap-on Inc. in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a state he narrowly carried in November on the strength of support from white, working-class voters. Trump currently has only a 41 percent approval rating in the state.The tech industry has argued that the H-1B program is needed because it encourages students to stay in the U.S. after getting degrees in high-tech specialties – and companies can’t always find enough American workers with the skills they need.Trump has traveled to promote his agenda less than his recent predecessors. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said he wanted to visit “a company that builds American-made tools with American workers.”The new order would direct U.S. agencies to propose rules to prevent immigration fraud and abuse in the program. They would also be asked to offer changes so that H-1B visas are awarded to the “most-skilled or highest-paid applicants,” said administration officials who spoke only on the condition of anonymity despite the president’s frequent criticism of the use of anonymous sources.The officials said the order also seeks to strengthen requirements that American-made products be used in certain federal construction projects, as well as in various federal grant-funded transportation projects. The commerce secretary will review how to close loopholes in existing rules and provide recommendations to the president.The order specifically asks the secretary to review waivers of these rules in free-trade agreements. The waivers could be renegotiated or revoked if they are not benefiting the United States.The trip brings Trump to the congressional district of House Speaker Paul Ryan, but he is out of the country on a congressional trip.Trump campaigned on populist promises to stand up to China, which he contended was manipulating its currency and stealing American jobs, and to eliminate the Export-Import Bank, which he billed as wasteful subsidy. Trump reversed himself on both positions in interviews last week.And while he has long pledged to support American goods and workers, his own business record is mixed. Many Trump-branded products, like clothing, are made overseas. His businesses have also hired foreign workers, including at his Palm Beach, Florida, club.Trump said at one point during the presidential campaign that he supported high-skilled visas, then said he opposed the program. At one debate, he said: “It’s very bad for our workers and it’s unfair for our workers. And we should end it.”Potential changes could be administrative or legislative and could include higher fees for the visas, changing the wage scale for the program or other initiatives.Critics say the program has been hijacked by staffing companies that use the visas to recruit foreigners – often from India – who will work for less than Americans. The staffing companies then sell their services to corporate clients.Employers, including Walt Disney World and the University of California, San Francisco, have laid off tech employees and replaced them with H-1B visa holders. U.S. workers are sometimes asked to train their replacements to qualify for severance packages.Ronil Hira, a professor in public policy at Howard University and a critic of the H-1B program, said Trump’s planned order is “better than nothing.” But he added, “It’s not as aggressive as it needs to be.”Trump carried Wisconsin in November by under 23,000 votes – less than 1 percentage point – making him the first Republican to win the state since 1984. He campaigned on the promise of returning manufacturing jobs that have been lost in Upper Midwest states.Snap-on makes hand and power tools, diagnostics software, information and management systems, and shop equipment for use in various industries, including agriculture, the military and aviation. It has eight manufacturing sites in North America and employs about 11,000 people worldwide.WINK News streamed the press conference on Facebook: Trump targets visas program for highly skilled workers Author: Associated Press Published: April 18, 2017 2:06 PM EDT Updated: April 18, 2017 4:43 PM EDT center_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARElast_img read more

Infrabel speaks out after axle-counter trouble

first_imgBELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel expressed concern about the reliability of AC100 axle-counters supplier by Siemens in a statement issued on May 8, saying 125 incidents had caused 9 000 min of delay in the first quarter of the year. This was double the figure for the same period last year, and included significant disruption at Schaerbeek on March 12.Siemens began rolling out the AC100 axle-counters in May 2017, and reliability issues began to emerge towards the end of the year. Infrabel said it had demanded an urgent investigation, but four months on a solution was still required.Responding to Infrabel’s statement, Siemens told Railway Gazette that it was working on a solution in co-operation with Infrabel, the causes of the problems were known and a step-by-step plan to solve them was available. The supplier said rectifying the problems was technically complex, but it was ‘doing everything possible’ to implement a solution in as short a time as possible.last_img read more

Independence 2013 program of activities launched

first_img Sharing is caring! Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond Lawrence (file photo)A program of activities spanning over seven weeks has been launched to commemorate Dominica’s 35th year of Independence. “Independence is a wonderful time to build unity, to build national pride, to preserve and promote our beautiful cultural heritage,” chief cultural officer, Raymond Lawrence said at the press launching on Wednesday, 4th September. Dominica was granted independence by the United Kingdom on November 3rd, 1978. This year the National Day Parade will take place on Sunday 3rd November from 4pm at the Windsor Park Stadium.Mr Lawrence noted that the theme chosen “One Mission, One Dominica, Celebrating 35” “really encourages us to work together to partner together to help take Dominica forward”.“With God’s help, we look forward to a wonderful independence this year, it’s a special year; 35 years of nationhood,” he said. Some of the major activities planned to commemorate the Festival includes Flag Day on 30th September and an Art & Craft Exhibition focused on the Breadfruit which will open at the Old Mill Cultural Centre on October 15thHeritage Day will take place in Bagatelle on Sunday 20th October with a church service, grand exhibition and a cultural gala.Market Day With A Difference in Marigot on 12th October, Portsmouth 19th October and Roseau 26th October.The Madam Wob Dwiyet Competition is scheduled for 18th October while the National Miss Wob pageant will be on 24th October.LIME Dominica’s Creole In The Park is scheduled for 21st to 24th October, Creole Day and Creole Dress Parade on 25th October and the 17th annual World Creole Music Festival 25th – 27th October.The National Cultural Gala will be held on Monday 4th November while the National Day of Community Service on Tuesday 5th November.There will also be the E.O LeBlanc Distinguished Memorial Lecture 2013 organized by the University of the West Indies Open Campus by Historian Dr Lennox Honychurch.The official opening of Independence will take place on September 27th at the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Boulevard and is open to all.“We urge all Dominicans to wear your Creole wear, celebrate your music, your food, your language; all aspects of our rich cultural heritage,” Mr Lawrence noted.“We want to have a peaceful celebration so we’re really discouraging any form of violence at any of the activities during the celebrations,” he warned. Dominica Vibes News 30 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share LocalNews Independence 2013 program of activities launched by: – September 4, 2013last_img read more

Teen Pageant and Mother’s Queen Show receives support from NBD

first_img Tweet LocalNews Teen Pageant and Mother’s Queen Show receives support from NBD by: – January 28, 2014 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 28 Views   no discussions Share NBD’s Executive Manager of Marketing, Suzanne PiperThe National Bank of Dominica (NBD) continues to support local organizers of carnival events. The Bank recently presented sponsorship cheques to the organizers of the National Teen Pageant and the Mothers’ Queen Show.NBD will be the official sponsor of one of the National Teen Pageant contestants, Ms. Omisha Francis of the Pierre Charles Secondary School. A cheque of $2000 was presented to Raymond Lawrence of the Waitukubuli Dance Theatre Company on behalf of the Pageant’s organizers.NBD also confirmed their partnership with organizers of the Mothers’ Queen ShowNBD also confirmed their partnership with organizers of the Mothers’ Queen Show by making a $1000 contribution towards the traditional wear round of that event.Suzanne Piper, NBD’s executive manager of marketing said “we are pleased to support organizations such as these that play their part in making our carnival spectacular and unique”. “Each of us can contribute to the development and promotion of this national cultural event. NBD encourages participation in carnival from all ages,” Mrs Piper added.During its 35 years of service, NBD has been a great supporter of carnival and has sponsored numerous carnival events.last_img read more

CEO Corner: 3 practical lessons United Airlines can teach your dairy

first_img1) Assume cameras are everywhereEven if you have banned employees from using cell phones on the job, one must assume they are still everywhere. Anything and everything could be caught on camera on a dairy. Is your dairy ready for that?One idea to prepare for public scrutiny is for you personally to film your dairy farm and employees doing their everyday work. Take some video of herd checks, feed mixing, milking, etc. Show the video to friendly non-ag members of your community. Ask them to describe what they see in the video and guess what is going on. You’ll be amazed at the things they notice that to you are commonplace.2) Have a crisis plan for multiple scenariosFrom the news I’ve read this week, it’s unclear why seated passengers were being asked to “take a later flight.” Usually those “overbooked” situations are clarified before boarding begins. If United did have a protocol for such situations, they aren’t sharing what it is or why it resulted in a dramatic viral video. Have you thought through all the potential situations that could thrust your dairy in the limelight?It’s unlikely you’ll be able to imagine them all, but I would suggest going through a few mock scenarios. That exercise will help you and your dairy team clarify what situations are a crisis, how risky they are, what can be done to prevent them and who on your dairy should be involved should one arise.Here’s a link to the start of a spreadsheet you can use to begin the process of crisis planning. We’ve pre-populated it with a few obvious crises and problems you might face. Talk with your dairy team about other possible situations. Work together to find plausible solutions.advertisement3) Know consumers’ hot-button issuesThe United incident this week has encouraged me to look for resources to help dairy producers understand what consumers’ hot-button issues are.For example, I know for our audience that the cleanliness of cows being milked in the parlor is a hot-button topic. Dairy producers expect a certain level of cleanliness. If I place an image with cows that are “too dirty” on the cover of our magazine, I’ll hear about it.The same thing is true on dairy farms. I’m doing my homework to find out what those consumer expectations are.Without knowing specifics, I would bet that anything that involuntarily compels an animal to do something should be given special care. The movement of down cows is one of those sensitive procedures. That might be one of those procedures to film on your dairy and share with a trusted non-ag friend. Ask them to describe what they are feeling while watching it. Then consider what you can do to improve the “optics” of those events.I’ll share my list of what makes consumers most squeamish in an upcoming issue. Feel free to use it for crisis planning.Does the ‘Pick 3’ rule apply on dairies?Recently Inc. magazine published an article resurrecting a discussion from 2011: Can self-employed business owners really only enjoy three things from among the list of work, sleep, family, fitness or friends?advertisementThe suggestion of limitations was first presented by Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s sibling.As I read about this dilemma, I thought it’s one dairy producers certainly face. I already know that many of our readers don’t get enough sleep and that they work as hard as most entrepreneurs. How do you prioritize your time after work? After work, which two of the following four things do you prioritize next for your time? (Poll Closed) Family  47.56%  (39 votes)     Fitness  8.54%  (7 votes)     Friends  10.98%  (9 votes)     Sleep  32.92%  (27 votes)       Total Votes: 82   After work, which two of the following four things do you prioritize next for your time? Walt CooleyEditor-in-chiefProgressive DairymanEmail Walt [email protected] Leave your comments about either of these stories below in the comments field. Editor’s note: CEO Corners are editors’ compilations of business news from top publications, which they have tailored for the dairy industry.United’s forced removal of a passenger from an overbooked flight offers several lessons for dairy producers. Here were my three general takeaways for dairy producers from the incident:advertisementadvertisement PHOTO: To see your dairy through the eye of the masses, consider taking some video with a smartphone on your dairy. Show that video to someone unfamiliar with dairy operations. Ask them to describe what they see and what they think is going on. Illustration by Philip Warren.last_img read more