May says Greens will work with any party that has a serious

first_imgOTTAWA — With three months until Canadians vote in the next federal election, Green party leader Elizabeth May says her big hope for the final result is a minority government over which she can exert some influence.In fact, May thinks that influence could even get the Conservatives to drop their dyed-in-the-wool opposition to carbon taxes if it means the difference for them between governing or spending more time in opposition.“People change their minds when they see the dynamic of a way a Parliament is assembled and maybe think, ‘Killing carbon taxes isn’t such a good idea if the only way I get to be prime minister is by keeping them,’ ” May says.It would be unprecedented for the Greens to hold the balance of power at the federal level but it has happened provincially. In British Columbia, the Greens’ three seats are keeping NDP Leader John Horgan’s minority government in office. In New Brunswick, the minority Tory government can turn to either the Greens or the righter-wing People’s Alliance for support on confidence votes.In Prince Edward Island, the Greens formed the official Opposition after the spring vote, the best finish the party has ever had in a Canadian election.Federally, May says she could support a minority government of any party but only if that party is serious about acting to stop climate change.“We will negotiate with anyone, we will talk to everyone, but we won’t compromise on climate action,” she says.On a multi-city, pre-campaign tour of the country that began last winter, May was found last week bumping along rural roads in Ontario south of Barrie, Ont., driven around in a Tesla owned by a local party volunteer. She won’t call the events Green party rallies — they are “community matters” meetings, even though in almost the next breath she talks about how cool it is to be greeted by throngs of people waving Green signs and shouting “We love you, Elizabeth!”Those greetings are new to her, even though this is the fourth national campaign for the 65-year-old, who in 2011 became the first Green MP elected in Canada.She says this campaign feels very different, with a “groundswell” of support, and she is holding out hope this one won’t end with Green backing collapsing on voting day as Canadians turn to parties with better chances of winning.Nik Nanos, founder of Nanos Research, says that is always a risk, even though the Greens are polling better than ever.“The challenge for the Greens is that they might be a safe haven for disgruntled progressive Liberals and NDP voters,” he says. “If there is the chance of a Conservative win, Green support, even with the goodwill for the party and the leader, may swing back to the Liberals to block a Conservative win.”Nanos says the “best scenario” for May and the Green party is that Canadians don’t think anyone will form a majority and they want more Greens in the House of Commons.May doesn’t say it quite as directly.“I think it’s really important to communicate with Canadians how our democracy works and that a minority Parliament is the very best thing, if, and this is a big if, you have parties and MPs in Parliament who are committed to working together,” she says.And by “working together” she specifically means to slow climate change with policies that drastically reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, don’t build any more oil pipelines and replace fossil fuels with renewable energy as fast as possible.But even within her own party, there is a dispute erupting about how fast that can happen.The head of Quebec’s Green party, Alex Tyrrell, launched a petition about three weeks that has drawn signatures of provincial and federal Greens, including several whose names will be on the ballot for the party in October. That petition says May’s plan to continue to use Canadian oil for years, and even invest in upgraders so bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands can be turned into gasoline at Canadian refineries, is nowhere near the aggressive climate action needed.Tyrrell says he will still vote for the federal Greens this fall but he is disappointed in May’s position.May dismisses Tyrrell’s criticism entirely and denies any of the petition’s backers are running for the federal party — although she is wrong about that.Cass Romyn, who is the Green candidate in the Edmonton-area riding of Sturgeon River-Parkland, signed it. Romyn says not to read too much into the petition, though, saying the Greens are a true democracy and differences of opinion are not a bad thing.Romyn also says that with more Canadians feeling the heat of climate change in their own backyards, the growing interest in the Green party should not be surprising.Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UNESCO Director Calls on Water Experts to Support Sustainable Water Management and

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 22, 2017 – Nassau – Lidia Brito, Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean, advised water experts that sustainable water management and use are essential to ending poverty and hunger, improving health and well-being, protecting ecosystems, and ensuring access to renewable energy and called on them to support their countries in the quest to achieve these goals.The Director addressed the 12th United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and Meeting of National Committees and Focal Points taking place at the British Colonial Hilton.The objective of the Meeting is to agree on resolutions for implementation of the International Hydrological Programme in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to discuss ways to achieve water security for Small Island Developing States.Over 60 international delegates representing the Caribbean, South and Central America are attending the Meeting, taking place in Nassau, The Bahamas.“Your involvement is even more critical as the achievement of the SDGs will depend on researchers and policymakers, practitioners and stakeholders having access to and being able to share pertinent and accurate information and knowledge to support their societies in the path for sustainable development.“That is why it is so important that we gather here, in this beautiful city of Nassau, for our 12th meeting of IHP National Committees and Focal Points of Latin America and the Caribbean,” said the Director.According to Ms. Brito, the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs set forth a new framework for development cooperation over the next 15 years.   This agenda, she said, aims to ensure prosperity and well-being for all, while protecting the planet and strengthening the foundations for peace.   Furthermore, the Director remarked that the SDGs represent the most “universal”, “ambitious” and “comprehensive” agenda ever seen.She said the 2030 agenda highlights the vital importance of human capacities, skills and knowledge to adapt and respond to the challenges and opportunities of the present and the future, many of which are still unknown.“The 2030 Agenda is above all about shifting the world on to a sustainable and resilient path, reflecting a changing world and a new appreciation for the growing complexity and interconnectedness of development challenges reaching beyond borders, which need to be addressed in an integrated, coordinated and coherent manner.“UNESCO is approaching the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in an integrated manner across all its areas of competence (education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, communication and information), capitalizing on its multidisciplinary expertise and inter-sectoral mandate.“Critically for UNESCO, the 2030 Agenda recognizes that “sustainable development cannot be achieved without peace and security” and commits to intercultural understanding, mutual respect, and “an ethic of global citizenship and shared responsibility.”The Director expressed profound gratitude to the Government of The Bahamas, for hosting the event.By: Kathryn Campbell (BIS) Related Items:last_img read more

Say goodbye to your boring workouts

first_imgIt’s very obvious to get bored with the same old exercises, and the same amount of sets, reps, loads and rest. At this stage, change can prove to be good not only for our mental approach but the overall performance as well. Moreover these exercises won’t be heavy on your pocket and will not take up more than Rs 5000 per month. As suggested by Manmeet Manchanda, Fitness Trainer, Anytime Fitness, switching to ‘Unconventional training exercises’ will not only add life to the monotonous training plan but will give out better results. Below are few of the tips to attain a better physique and healthy body. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhether you’re in a workout routine, or your regular elliptical routine is starting to feel stale, certain quirky fitness routines like Pole exercise, Ariel Yoga, Battle ropes and Aqua workout can give sweating it out a whole new meaning.These exercises, combined with proper nutrition, results in a faster transformation. Just a few weeks of consistent exercise and healthy eating will yield you a slimmer and leaner figure. You will be closer to your goals in less time than you ever thought. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe exercises cover different body parts thereby helping you to achieve your fitness goals. For example: Trampoline workout: A solid trampoline workout can effectively train the muscles in your abdominals, legs, thighs, and buttocks.Pole exercise / Dancing: This is effective for all body parts including arms, shoulders, upper back, lower back, core, abdominals, oblique, gluteus, quads, calves, ankles, wrists, forearms – you name it! Pole dancing is one of those incredible activities that literally target your entire body. Ariel yoga: Yoga strengthens core muscles and increases spinal and shoulder flexibility.Boot camp: It helps in toning down core, arms, legs, glutes and back.Battle rope: It works on the muscles in your abs, back, and glutes.Aqua workout: It works on the muscles in core abdominal, lower back, deltoid, shoulder muscles, forearms, upper back muscles glutes and hamstring.As we all are aware that everyone these days is a fitness freak. It is evident that the level of fitness lovers and fitness trainers has increased in the last few years. Apart from the basic traditional pattern of workout, people are more interested to learn or do a different kind of workout to reach a different platform.last_img read more

Abhishek donates 3 months pay to Army

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee has decided to contribute three months’ salary for the welfare of armed forces.Banerjee is the first MP is the nation who has come forward to donate his salary to the Army. Banerjee said in a tweet: “I’m contributing three months’ salary as an MP to the concerned funds for the welfare of the armed forces. I know this just a tiny drop in the ocean but with these tiny drops a mighty ocean is made.” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseWhile addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of a proposed bridge over Chorial canal in south 24-Parganas on Monday, Banerjee had said if he had a son he would send him to the armed forces. Banerjee said the time had come for a law which would make it necessary for every household to have a representative in the armed forces. He further said the MPs and MLAs should inspire their children and grandchildren to join the armed forces. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee plans to set up a corpus to create awareness about the nation in young minds to inspire them to be more informed and inclined towards the country’s welfare. “This could be achieved through campaign, seminars and interactive sessions in schools, colleges and other educational institutions,” he suggested. Banerjee also urged for communal peace and harmony. He tweeted: “We must do our bit to maintain communal harmony at this hour of grief. Our jawans keep our borders safe. They sacrifice their lives, so that we can stay safe. Before bullet trains, we need bullet-proof jackets for our jawans. Today is the time, more than ever, to stand by them.”last_img read more

Reasons behind a nagging backache

first_imgPoor posture at the workplace and a sedentary lifestyle – there are many lifestyle habits that might be ruining your back, and you may not even be realising it. Doctors and health experts share what might be behind that back pain. Smartphone mania: Many people multi-task and talk on the phone while their hands are doing other things. Doing this for a few seconds isn’t going to cause an imbalance in your body, but anything more that that will cause tension on one side of your neck and upper back. This could eventually convert to back pain as well. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLifting style: Whether it is your pets, children, backpack or handbag, the way you lift has a role to play in your bone health. Incorrect and repetitive heavy lifting not only sprains and causes muscle damage, it cause a multiple of other pathological spinal issues. When lifting heavy objects, ensure that all of the weight does not fall on your spine alone. Diet dilemma: Your eating habits and weight gain – especially the ‘bulging tummy’ puts a lot of stress on lower back. It can cause back pain. A weak core compounds this effect in aggravating low back pain. Reducing dairy products, increasing smoking, soda, caffeine is definitely harmful for your bone health. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpending long hours indoors: The fat under our skin gets converted to precursor of vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D is a bone vitamin responsible for strengthening bones, intervertebral disc and musculoskeletal well being. Modern day lifestyle lacks outdoor activities and thereby majority of population working indoors is deficient in Vitamin D. This results in weakening of bones, early degeneration of discs and lower back pain. Mental stress: Even minor back pains can be increased by mental stress. Inability to sleep at night because of stress does not allow your body to relax properly. This can cause muscle fatigue and back spasms. Smoking effect: People who smoke are more likely to develop chronic low back pain. Smoking has been shown to have adverse effects on the brain pain circuits causing persistent low back pain. Smoking also interferes with the natural healing that body attempts after a back injury. Bad roads and long travel: The human body experiences sudden deceleration and random movements which get concentrated at the spine when a vehicle bumps over a pothole. In people who are having low back pain, this can trigger a new episode of severe pain and spasm which may need prolonged recovery time.last_img read more

More travellers flying for business instead of leisure says new survey

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share Tags: Business Travel, Trend Watch More travellers flying for business instead of leisure, says new surveycenter_img NEW YORK — The majority of air travellers are travelling for business, not leisure, with most booking air tickets directly with airlines and via online price comparison websites.These are just some of the findings in the GlobalData Travel and Tourism Survey 2017-2018, which was based on the surveyed opinions and expectations of 362 global travellers in April 2017.Here’s what the survey found:Globally, the majority of air travellers are travelling for business purposes rather than leisure.The majority of travellers in the age group 18–24 years select online price comparison websites for ticket bookings.Travellers with annual income between US$100,001 and $150,000 are most likely to use airline websites for ticket bookings.The highest numbers of travellers with annual income less than $20,000 opt for economy class when traveling abroad.Of travellers who are above 65 years, 46% shopped 4–7 times at duty-free airport retail outlets in the past 12 months.On average, 47% of female travellers shopped at duty paid airport retail outlets.The majority of travellers across all age groups spend 15 minutes or less at duty paid airport retail outlets, especially the 18–24 years age group.Competitive prices and last-minute gifts are key factors motivating travellers to purchase at airport retail stores.The highest percentage of travellers purchased food and beverages from airport retail stores for consumption at the airport during the last year.The highest number of travellers prefer PC/Laptop when booking air tickets for travel abroad.On average, 46% of female travellers shopped at duty-free airport retail outlets.The majority of travellers purchased food and beverages from airport retail stores for consumption at the airport in the last 12 months.Competitive prices and last-minute gifts are the key factors motivating travellers to purchase at airport retail stores.Of travellers, 41% indicate that they intend to travel to the U.S. by air in the next 12 months. Travelweek Group Tuesday, May 30, 2017 last_img read more