RSF_en June 8, 2020 Find out more NepalAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts January 17, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government plans new authority, high fees to stifle radio stations Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage News News Follow the news on Nepal Organisation May 17, 2019 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today called on the international community, especially the United Nations, to persuade the government to rethink its plans to create a Broadcasting Authority with broad powers over radio stations, cable TV and online media, and to increase the cost of a radio broadcasting licence by at least 10 or 20 times.The proposed ordinance could have “disastrous consequences” for the development of independent radio broadcasting in Nepal, the press freedom organisation said.”After trying to silence FM radio stations by force, the authorities are now trying to suppress the right to broadcast news and information by creating an entity under its political control and by means of exorbitant licence fees,” Reporters Without Borders said.”It is deplorable that the Nepali government is attempting to introduce repressive legislation disguised as regulatory measures for the media sector just a few days before the first anniversary of the coup it staged on 1 February 2005,” the organisation added.The information ministry sent a letter to Nepalese FM radio station managers summoning them to a meeting on 19 January to discuss a proposed Broadcasting Authority and the ordinance under which the new authority will created. The letter did not however include a copy of the proposed ordinance.In an initial draft seen by some journalists, the price of a broadcasting licence has been increased 20- or 40-fold. The fee for a 50-watt transmitter goes up from 25,000 to 1 million Nepalese rupees (from 290 to 11,710 euros). For transmitters of more than 1,000 watts, the fee rises from 500,000 to 10 million rupees (from 5,850 to 117,100 euros). As the annual renewal charge is 10 per cent of the initial fee, it will also rise dramatically. Several radio station owners told Reporters Without Borders they were not sure they would be able to afford the next renewal fee.Three organisations representing radio station owners and journalists issued a warning about the “motives behind this decision to prepare a new ordinance on the part of a government which has tried by all means to control independent radio stations.” They also criticised the fact that media representatives would be in the minority in the proposed Broadcasting Authority and that its president would be a senior information ministry official. News NepalAsia – Pacific Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story to go further News May 29, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information
(ESPNCricinfo) – PCB chairman Ehsan Mani believes it is not “feasible” to host the men’s T20 World Cup in Australia in 2020, and that the tournament is likely to be “deferred” by a year. A final decision on the matter is likely in the next “three-four” weeks.Mani becomes the second senior member sitting on the ICC Board in as many days this week to say that the T20 World Cup, scheduled between October 18 and November 16 in Australia, is unlikely to go ahead this year because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.On Tuesday, Earl Eddings, Cricket Australia (CA) chairman, said that it would be “unrealistic” and “very, very difficult” to expect the event to go ahead as planned, considering the number of infections that were still “spiking” in some of the 16 participating countries.“The biggest challenge in Australia – although Australia and New Zealand they have controlled COVID-19 – their governments are very cautious,” Mani said at a virtual media briefing yesterday. “If it is played this year they will likely insist it happens in a bio-bubble.“Like with the Pakistan team in England, teams come, stay in a hotel, with no crowds. This is okay for one or two teams but when 12-16 teams play in a T20 tournament, it becomes an impossible thing. I don’t think it is feasible today that there is any ICC event in 2020.”Apart from the ICC Board, Mani and Eddings also sit on the global cricket body’s second-most influential wing, the Finance & Commercial Affairs committee. Mani is the F&CA president while Eddings is one of six members on the panel, which also has ICC chairman Shashank Manohar and chief executive Manu Sawhney as ex-officio members.The F&CA committee decides and allocates budgets for each of the world events for both men’s and women’s cricket and also looks after the distribution of money that members get annually from world events,. That has been one of the main concerns for the ICC and has contributed to the body continuing to delay officially postponing the men’s T20 World Cup this year.With members needing clarity on the event in order to work on their own calendars, the ICC Board has already met virtually a few times over the last two months to discuss contingency planning for key world events which also include the women’s ODI World Cup, scheduled in New Zealand for February-March next year. The Board met last week and is scheduled to do so again on June 25.The ICC is keen to utlise 2022 – in which no ICC event is currently scheduled – within the current events cycle that stretches until the 2023 men’s ODI World Cup. India is scheduled to host that event as well as the 2021 men’s Twenty20 World Cup.However, CA is keen to host the 2021 edition of the event, something Eddings noted in his communication to the F&CA, contents of which were reported in the Times of India. Eddings said that it would be “detrimental to cricket” in case Australia failed to host the T20 World Cup in October-November 2021.He also suggested India would be fit to host the event during the same period in 2022, since it was likely the country would have fully recovered from the pandemic by then.The BCCI is yet to make any public comment on the matter, although it is understood the Indian board is concerned about hosting two back-to-back world events in the space of six months if it were to host the men’s T20 World Cup in October-November 2022, followed by the ODI World Cup, in February-March, 2023.“In my opinion I think (this year’s event) will probably be deferred for a year,” Mani said.“The ICC has time because ICC events were supposed to happen in 2020, 2021 and 2023. The gap in the middle can be filled and this will be deferred. That is where the talk is headed towards – what event will happen first and where, those talks are happening.“It is a big risk, God forbid, if in the middle of a big tournament a player gets an infection; the panic from that will be too much so we can’t take that risk.”A number of stakeholders, Mani said, need to be on board, which is why a decision hasn’t been taken in haste. “Cricket boards are one stakeholder,” he said. “Another stakeholder is the broadcaster – Star is the broadcaster, they will see their position, what is better for them. Other than Full Members, associates also get money from ICC events so discussions are on as to what their priorities are.“But you’ll see that in the next three-four weeks a decision will be taken on this. There is a conference call next week. We’ve had four-five con calls on this in the last month. Obviously a decision will have to be made about where the first event will be.Right now, it was to be Australia, then India and then a gap of one year and then India for the World Cup. Now we have to see whether it will be Australia first, or India, to see who will host in 2022.”
23 Aug 2016 England stars selected for world championships Curtis Cup players Meghan MacLaren and Alice Hewson and the Amateur Champion Scott Gregory are included in England’s teams for next month’s World Amateur Team Championships in Mexico. MacLaren and Hewson – who also helped England win the European women’s team championship in July – will be joined by Gemma Clews for the women’s Espirito Santo Trophy. The non-travelling reserve is Sammie Giles. Gregory will team up with Jamie Bower and Alfie Plant for the men’s Eisenhower Trophy. All three were members of the GB&I team which retained the St Andrews Trophy against the Continent of Europe last month and of the England team which beat France in this season’s biennial international Both championships will be played at Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club and Mayakoba El Camaleion Golf Club. The Espirito Santo Trophy takes place from 14-17 September and the Eisenhower Trophy from 21-24 September. Women’s team: Gemma Clews, 21, (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) leads the England Golf women’s order of merit, having tied 4th in the English women’s amateur and sixth in the English stroke play. She reached the last 16 in the British women’s championship and was fifth in the Welsh strokeplay. She was in England’s winning team at the Women’s Home Internationals. (Image © Leaderboard Photography). Alice Hewson, 19, (Berkhamsted, Hampshire) made her Curtis Cup debut in the winning GB&I team in June. She has been a regular individual winner since capturing the English U13 girls’ title and has helped England beat Spain in the biennial international, to win the girls’ and women’s Home Internationals and the team event at the European Young Masters. She has won twice since starting at Clemson University in South Carolina last year. Meghan MacLaren, 22, (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) holed the winning putt in this year’s Curtis Cup match. She is a past British and Irish stroke play champion and has won eight times on the US college circuit. This season she has had top ten finishes in the South American Amateur, the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play championships and in qualifying for the European team championship. She reached the last 16 in the British women’s amateur. Sammie Giles, 21 (St Mellion, Cornwall) is the English women’s amateur champion and won the 2015 English stroke play title. She is a past winner of the English mid-amateur championship. Men’s team: Jamie Bower, 23, (Meltham, Yorkshire) won the English men’s open stroke play for the Brabazon Trophy and reached the last 16 in the Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl. Earlier this season he won twice in South Africa, in the Gauteng North Amateur and the Southern Cape Open, and was third in the African Open. He was in England’s winning team in the 2016 international against France. Scott Gregory, 21, (Corhampton, Hampshire) won the Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl and, with it, places in The Open, the US Open and a traditional invitation to the Masters. He went on to reach the second round of the US Amateur and currently leads the England Golf men’s order of merit. Earlier this season he was runner-up in the Spanish amateur and was in the winning England team at the Costa Ballena tournament. Alfie Plant, 24, (Sundridge Park, Kent) beat an international field by seven shots to win the 2016 Lytham Trophy. He reached the match play stages of the Amateur Championship and has had top tens in the Brabazon Trophy, the Cape Province Open in South Africa and the Berkhamsted Trophy and was 11th in the French amateur. He was runner up in the 2015 English amateur.
Materials ‘mating’ to find the optimal materials for post-combustion CO2 capture. Credit: Sean P. Collins and Tom K. Woo (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the University of Ottawa has found that an algorithm used in genetic research has proven to be useful in helping to narrow down the number of possible carbon dioxide sponges, aka, metallic-organic frameworks(MOFs) for possible use in industrial applications. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes how they used the algorithm, what it helped them find and what still needs to be done to figure out if the MOFs they isolated might actually be used some day to capture carbon dioxide from coal burning plants before it is emitted into the atmosphere. Journal information: Science Advances More information: S. P. Collins et al. Materials design by evolutionary optimization of functional groups in metal-organic frameworks, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600954AbstractA genetic algorithm that efficiently optimizes a desired physical or functional property in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) by evolving the functional groups within the pores has been developed. The approach has been used to optimize the CO2 uptake capacity of 141 experimentally characterized MOFs under conditions relevant for postcombustion CO2 capture. A total search space of 1.65 trillion structures was screened, and 1035 derivatives of 23 different parent MOFs were identified as having exceptional CO2 uptakes of >3.0 mmol/g (at 0.15 atm and 298 K). Many well-known MOF platforms were optimized, with some, such as MIL-47, having their CO2 adsorption increase by more than 400%. The structures of the high-performing MOFs are provided as potential targets for synthesis. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Use of genetic algorithm helping to find the best carbon dioxide sponge (2016, November 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-genetic-algorithm-carbon-dioxide-sponge.html New heights reached for solids that capture carbon dioxide at low concentrations in gas mixtures © 2016 Phys.org Most scientists now agree that global warming is actually happening and that we humans have caused it. Because of that a host of scientists around the world are working on projects dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide. The biggest offenders, automobiles and coal fired electricity producing plants are the main focus. In this new effort, the researchers sought a way to narrow down the number of possible MOFs that could be used to grab the carbon dioxide that is released from coal when it is burned before it is released into the air and which also allows for release so that it can be sequestered.MOFs are compounds that consist of metal ions or clusters that are coordinated with organic ligands resulting in structures that have porous features. Because of that porosity, such materials can be used like a sponge—carbon dioxide molecules, for example, can become lodged inside of them during exposure. Because of that property, scientists would like to know which of the millions of possible types of MOFs would work the best as a carbon sponge in an industrial plant. To help narrow them down, the researchers turned to an algorithm that geneticists have developed to imitate the process of natural selection over time. The researchers used it by starting with 23 “parent” MOFs that had been tested by prior researchers—each was “mated” with another MOF and the offspring judged for its suitability—the process was repeated over and over moving through a list of 1.65 million possibilities. The ideal MOF would grab a large number of carbon dioxide molecules (because of a large surface area) and release them easily when heated.The team reports that the algorithm helped identify approximately 1,000 MOFs that were deemed exceptional, 141 of which could actually be created and tested in the lab. Materials ‘mating’ to find the optimal materials for post-combustion CO2 capture. Credit: Sean P. Collins and Tom K. Woo Explore further
Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Friday suspended its Bijpur legislator Subhranshu Roy for a period of six years for making anti-party comments. Roy’s activities had been under the scanner of the top party leadership particularly after his father Mukul Roy shunned the TMC and joined the BJP in November 2017.”He has been constantly making such statements that we feel has affected the image of the party. The discipline of the party should be prioritised and the party felt that he had not towed the party line on more than one occasions. So we have been compelled to take this tough decision. Our party’s disciplinary body, after consultation with party supremo Mamata Banerjee, has decided to expel him,” Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said on Friday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataEarlier in the day, Subhranshu held a press conference in his own Assembly constituency and heaved praises on the organisational skills of his turncoat father Mukul Roy. He claimed that he tried his best to give party’s Barrackpore candidate Dinesh Trivedi a lead from his Assembly constituency but failed to do so as his father proved to be a better organiser than him. “I have lost to my father. He is a real Chanakya of Bengal politics. I feel proud to be the son of Mukul Roy who had earlier played a pivotal role in TMC gaining strength in Bengal and now he has been instrumental in uprooting it. Our party has lost and people voted against us. We should accept it,” Roy said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to him, both he and his father have done the best for their respective parties. But people have chosen his father. “Many people had said that if one Mukul Roy leaves, they will make hundreds of Mukul Roys. I just want to say, Mukul Roy who was there since the inception of the party has now single-handedly destroyed it,” Roy added. Though he did not say anything about shifting allegiance to the saffron party following the footsteps of his father but after his statement speculations of him leaving the party have become stronger. Roy further alleged that a section of the party leadership had questioned his allegiance to TMC even after he continued to be loyal to the party.
Sunwing teams up with celebrity chef Lynn Crawford to launch new menu items Tags: Sunwing Toronto – Sunwing invited travel media to an industry event on Wednesday morning to introduce Food Network Canada’s celebrity chef Lynn Crawford, the inspiration behind the airline’s ‘Sunwing Café’ onboard menu.Chef Crawford has inspired three of the offerings on the 10- item, buy-onboard menu, which has been featured on Sunwing flights for just over a month. The three items are: Peameal on a Bun, a pasta dish, and Beef Short Ribs.According to Chef Crawford, when creating these dishes she tried to focus on what she has learned over the years about people like to eat. She also wanted to keep the integrity of the food and create good recipes that focused on fresh local ingredients.Sunwing’s Stephen Hunter advised that the customer feedback of the new menu has been very positive and has greatly exceeded the company’s expectations. He added that this is just another step in Sunwing’s ongoing process of improving the customer experience on Sunwing flights. Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Share Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Posted by Tags: AMResorts, Apple Leisure Group, Playa Hotels & Resorts Travelweek Group Playa going public as part of growth strategy; AMResorts parent company sold TORONTO — The hotel industry saw some shakeups this week with Playa Hotels & Resorts B.V. announcing plans to go public, while the parent company of AMResorts has been sold.Playa’s move to go public will be a catalyst to accelerate Playa’s growth strategy by providing US$500 million of additional capital and access to the public markets to strengthen its balance sheet, pursue acquisitions, and enhance distribution. Reports indicate that Playa intends to launch a new hotel brand as part of its growth plan.Playa owns a portfolio consisting of 13 resorts with 6,142 rooms in Mexico, the D.R. and Jamaica. Playa owns and manages Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Jamaica, Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, and Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos. The company also owns and operates three resorts under Playa’s brands, THE Royal and Gran, as well as five resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic that are managed by a third party.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthMeanwhile AMResorts’ parent company Apple Leisure group has reached a deal to be bought by financial firms KKR & Co. and KSL Capital Partners LLC. Financial terms of the deal, expected to close in the first quarter of 2017, weren’t disclosed. << Previous PostNext Post >>