Doug Emhoff, Vice President Elect Kamala Harris, President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden on November 7, 2020. JIM LO SCALZO/EPA-EFE/ShutterstockIt looks like we have another inspirational, trendsetting woman on her way to the White House — and we aren’t event talking about Kamala Harris, who also happens to have killer style.Dr. Jill Biden stunned in a midnight blue Oscar de la Renta dress as she joined President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Harris on stage in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday, November 7. Just a few hours following the appearance, the $5,690 frock sold out.- Advertisement – The former second lady of the United States wasn’t the only one to bring her style A-game. Harris also made a splash in an all-white pantsuit reportedly created by American fashion designer Wes Gordon for Carolina Herrera. According to CNN, this was a “very deliberate choice of outfit was a gesture of solidarity with the long line of women who have defied expectations in American politics.” After all, this monochrome coloring has long been linked to the suffragette movement and was notably also worn by Hillary Clinton when accepting the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.Listen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!)- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The 69-year-old educator paired the asymmetrical, floral print dress with pink heels and a black protective face mask. Though the piece was a pricey pick, The Outnet sold the design for a reduced price of $1,707 before selling out.The design house shared a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the number in a tweet on Monday, November 9. “Hope springs eternal. A look at incoming First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s dress, which features house-signature asymmetric drapery and spirited floral vine embroidery.” In the image, co-creative director Fernando J Garcia and “in-house modiste” Luis are seen prepping the fit on a mannequin.This choice in designer has a long history in the White House. Not only did de la Renta dress first ladies like Jackie Kennedy, Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, but according to Vanity Fair, he was also the designer of choice for Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton.- Advertisement –
426 people have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 5,158 samples collected in the last 24 hours Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi has said. This now brings the country case load to 31,441 number of positive cases.From the cases all are Kenyans except nine who are foreigners with 239 males and 187 females.Also Read Uhuru extends curfew ahead of his address Tuesday next week Cumulative tests in the country now stands at 407, 610.Cases by Counties is as follows; Nairobi 132, Kajiado 63, Kericho 48, Kiambu 24, Machakos 21, Migori 17, Mombasa 16, Kitui 13, Laikipia 13, Nakuru 11, Kisumu 11, Uasin Gishu 10, Tharaka Nithi 8, Nyeri 7, Busia 7.Also Read Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East MauMore Counties: Makueni 6, Kilifi 4, Garissa 3, Nyandarua 3, Isiolo 2, Embu 2, Meru 1, Kirinyaga 1, Kakamega 1, Baringo 1, and Lamu 1.Also Read Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocols257 patients have recovered from the disease, with 195 being from the Home-Based Care program and 62 from various hospitals. Total number of recoveries now stand at 17,869.She revealed that the COVID-19 death toll had risen to 516 after 10 more patients died from complications related to the highly contagious respiratory disease. Speaking during the daily COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Mwangangi confirmed the youngest case is a three-month old infant while the oldest is 88 years.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153
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Centres have already been launched in Port Elizabeth and Polokwane, while two more centres are planned for Bloemfontein and Nelspruit. 22 September 2009 Deputy Tourism Minister Thokozile Xasa launched the R7.6-million centre in Rustenburg in North West province on Monday. With less than 10 months to go before the 2010 Fifa World Cup, another 2010 visitor information centre has been launched to give tourists arriving in the country easy access to accommodation, road maps and other information. The centres provide tourists with a one-stop service where they can get assistance with information on a wide range of tourism products, including information on accommodation, tours, vehicle hire, entertainment, dining, sports, adventure, shopping and travel tips. The information and reservation system used in the centres was developed in South Africa and is designed specifically for the South African market. Source: BuaNews The cost-effective system has the ability to allow users to plan and finalise a travel itinerary by means of touch screens and web-based technology. The Rustenburg centre covers 412 square metres and includes offices, a coffee shop and a retail area for locally produced crafts.
“I often hear it said that Africa is runningout of food per head,” says analyst SteveWiggins. “Now unless these statistics arecomplete and utter junk, that just simplyisn’t true. The index shows 16%, 17%,18% more food being produced per capitacompared to the early 1980s.”(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com imagelibrary)MEDIA CONTACTS• Overseas Development InstituteGareth ThomasActing Media and Public Affairs Officer+44 20 7922 email@example.comGillian HartDirector of Communications+44 (0)20 7922 firstname.lastname@example.org• International Food Policy ResearchInstituteMichael Rubinstein+1 202 862 email@example.comMichele Pietrowski+1 202 862 firstname.lastname@example.orgAbid Aslam+1 email@example.com• Future Agricultures Consortiuminfo@future-agricultures.orgSuddenly, after 20 years of relative neglect, African agriculture is a hot topic, with a substantial growth in production and a new interest among major donors in funding the sector.That is the message emerging from the African Seminars Series now taking place in London, a gathering that examines the constraints and opportunities facing Africa’s farmers.The figures being presented are impressive and, according to Steve Wiggins, who leads the agriculture programme at Britain’s Overseas Development Institute, confound the pessimists who assume the situation to be much worse than it is.“I often hear it said that Africa is running out of food per head,” he told the seminar. “Now unless these statistics are complete and utter junk, that just simply isn’t true. The index shows 16%, 17%, 18% more food being produced per capita compared to the early 1980s.”In particular, he said, two regions – West Africa and North Africa – were surging ahead, although there were signs that production in East Africa too might now be beginning to accelerate.“For those of us working on Africa, people use Asia as a stick to beat us with,” Wiggins said. “Well, as far as I can see, there are two bits of Africa there which have done every bit as well as Asia has done over the last quarter of a century.”Wiggins’s fellow speaker at the opening session was Ousman Badiane, the Africa director of the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington. He put his finger on the mid nineties as the point when Africa really turned a corner.With no other overall change which could account for this recovery, Badiane attributed it to the structural adjustment programmes which so many countries had been persuaded to follow.“I believe it was the result of those strong and messy reform programmes of the 1980s. I remember the pain of it, but it completely changed the environment for agriculture.”Challenges, opportunitiesBoth speakers were agreed that the food price spike in 2008 and the world economic crisis pose both challenges and opportunities for African farmers. They worried about a growing protectionism in Asia – a major potential market for African agricultural produce – and about the fact that the speed of Asian development may have closed a window of opportunity for African’s own industrialisation.As Steve Wiggens said, “The single biggest stimulus to most farmers is a thriving local city.”Above all they worried that the gains of the last 20 years might be reversed. Ousman Badiane referred to a new law passed in Kenya to restore price controls on agricultural produce.“That’s where Kenya was 25 years ago,” he said. “The danger is that the generation of leaders that went through the pains of those reforms are no longer active. So those leaders today can make the same mistakes as the leaders of 25 years ago.”He added: “It is just for me unimaginable that a farmer stands up every day, produces the food and someone claims that is a common good: – ‘It’s our rice, it’s our maize.’ It’s amazing. Nobody goes to the farm with them, but once they produce the product, everybody claims it as their own. That has to change. It’s a private product; it belongs to the farmers. And they have to be able to sell it for the price that the market offers.”Comprehensive developmentOusmane Badiane sees the African Union‘s Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (Caadep), in so far as it gives a voice to farmers, as an influence against this kind of reversal of policies.The first two seminars both sparked discussion of Caadep, which obliges member governments to devote 10% of their national budgets to agriculture and encourages them to produce a coherent plan to which donors can subscribe.But there was a considerable level of scepticism about Caadep. One participant, currently working in Malawi, described the frantic rush to produce a programme to put before donors, and said he had seen no evidence of new money becoming available.This was echoed by Christie Peacock, chief executive officer of the NGO Farm Africa. “There’s so little vision,” she said. “I’m very sceptical about the Caadep process. It’s supposed to be African led, but it’s often a very top-down process.”She echoed the reservations expressed by several participants, that even if new money was now being offered for agricultural development, both through Caadep and from the US government’s Feed the Future programme, there was no well-thought-out plan about how it should be used. “I think we are visionless at the moment,” Peacock said, “and after 20 years of lack of interest, we are in danger of reinventing the wheel all over again.”But the keynote speaker at the second seminar, Professor Sir Gordon Conway, author of The Doubly Green Revolution, was more optimistic about funding: “I do think there will be money – about a billion dollars of USAid [US Agency for International Development] money this year, and a billion plus next. Not perhaps the $3.5-billion that has been talked about, but around $2.7-billion will be there.”“Twenty years ago there was a view that African didn’t need agricultural development, that the private sector would do it all, and among some donor agencies that view is still there. But as a result of the food price crisis we have things like the Feed the Future programme, which looks for countries’ own plans. It recognises that countries are different, asks what they intend to do, and acts accordingly, and I think that’s quite a good approach.”The African Seminar Series is organised by the Future Agricultures Consortium and the Overseas Development Institute. Further sessions on markets, land issues and agriculture-led development in an urbanizing world will take place between now and the beginning of September.Source: Irin News
Tags:#Alphabet#Apple#Autonomous#Avis#car rental#driverless#Google#Hertz#Self-Driving#Waymo Related Posts David Curry IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Waymo, the self-driving division inside of Alphabet, has partnered with car rental company Avis to manage its fleet of autonomous cars in Phoenix, Arizona.Avis will be responsible for cleaning the car, managing oil and tire changes, and performing regular safety inspections. It will not manage the specialized hardware, like Waymo’s Lidar sensors.See Also: Waymo picks ex-Tesla engineering chief to build them a driverless carWaymo expects to send the bulk of its 600 Chrysler Pacifica minivans to Phoenix. The city will be the first place for members of the public to experience Waymo’s self-driving cars, having previously been tested by engineers and other Google employees.Previously, Waymo has had less than 200 cars on the road at any one time. The minivan expansion is a major point in the timeline for Alphabet’s car project, which is now focused on vehicles that can be mass produced.Even though the partnership is only for managing the self-driving fleet, pundits suspect that it could turn into a more fruitful agreement in the next few years. Avis owns Zipcar, an on-demand rental service that has around one million members, mostly in urban areas, according to Bloomberg.It is easy to see a time where Zipcar could offer self-driving options for customers, either by the hour or day. Waymo is already rumored to be in talks with Lyft about a similar arrangement, where it would use the ride-sharing service to offer self-driving options.Waymo is not the first to work with a car rental service for self-driving cars, Apple partnered with The Hertz Corporation to manage its three Lexus RX450h vehicles, according to the Chicago Tribune.Car rental services have taken a kicking from the stock market in the past year, as worries over autonomous cars plague the future of these companies. The agreements with Apple and Waymo suggest that there may be light at the end of the tunnel, as shown by the spikes in both companies stock after the announcement. 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “It always gives you satisfaction when you win, especially since it’s our first of the season, and my first one as the coach,” said FEU coach Olsen Racela. “But we’re still far from what we want to be. We still have a lot of things to do and take care of.”Arespacochaga, meanwhile, downplayed the back-to-back 20-point victories to start the season, saying the Eagles still have their work cut out for them if they want to reach the finals again.“Our mentality and philosophy is ‘next game’ and it might have been a 20-point win for us, but we want to keep on improving,” he said. “We don’t want to look at that 20-point win and get big-headed. It doesn’t show how hard we had to fight, especially defensively against all their (UP’s) good guards.” Ateneo guard Tyler Tio wasted little time showing the skills that made him a blue-chip recruit a year ago, while the rest of the Blue Eagles once again stamped their class against another contender.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The Eagles extended a 44-36 halftime lead to 11 points in the third period, before enjoying a 24-point buffer late in the game as Tio, who missed the opening-day win over Adamson due to an ankle injury, caught fire with 10 of his output in the final period.“We’re just happy for Tyler because he’s been working hard since last season,” said Ravena. “We always knew he can contribute.”“I was just doing my job for the team,” said Tio, a standout from Xavier High School, who initially only had Canadian citizenship before applying for a Philippine passport last year.Three days after hitting the triple that lifted the Maroons to a 74-73 win over University of Santo Tomas, Paul Desiderio was held to just nine points on 4-of-18 shooting as he struggled to find his rhythm. But rookie Juan Gomez De Liano got going early and finished with 16 points for the Maroons, who fell to a tie with Far Eastern U at 1-1.The Tamaraws turned back University of the East, 90-83, earlier after another strong game from Ron Dennison, who had 16 points. Prince Orizu also finished with a double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds aside from anchoring FEU’s interior defense.ADVERTISEMENT Bombers try to keep distance vs Knights Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES With Tio delivering one of the finest debuts in recent memory, the Eagles rolled past the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 92-71, last Wednesday to grab the early lead in the UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Tio, who sat out last season after he was unable to get a Philippine passport in time for the tournament, finished with 14 points in just 11 minutes, going 6-for-6 from the field as the Eagles brandished the depth of their squad to seize the early lead in the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThirdy Ravena once again led the Eagles with 16 points and six rebounds, while Chiz Ike followed up his strong opening-day performance with a nine-point, seven-rebound haul for the Eagles. Aaron Black also had a solid game of nine points and 10 boards.“Hats off to the guys who stepped up for us,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “One of the things that coach Tab (Baldwin) said at halftime was we needed to play better defense and take care of the ball and we saw some improvement in the second half.” Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will refer serious dengue cases to the state-run hospitals, which was decided at a high-level meeting held between senior civic officials and the superintendents of different state-run hospitals and senior officials of the state Health department. The meeting was presided over by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh.The civic authorities have dengue clinics in 144 wards and if any serious patient is found attending the clinic, he or she would immediately be referred to any state-run hospital located in the vicinity. In North Kolkata, cases will be referred to R G kar Medical College and Hospital. The civic authorities have requested the hospital superintendents to ensure that the patients referred by KMC are not refused admission. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAs the KMC’s motto is zero mortality in dengue, the senior civic officials have urged people to get in touch with the dengue clinics and get their blood tested if they are found suffering from fever. The KMC dengue clinics are not only well equipped but the patients are also treated following WHO guidelines. The KMC officials regretted that as blood tests in the dengue clinics are free, people do not take them seriously. The KMC has health clinics in every borough, manned by specialised doctors. People suffering from diabetes are treated and blood tests and medicines are given to them free of cost. It may be mentioned that the KMC has launched special drives to eradicate dengue in the city. Twenty wards have been declared vulnerable and drives are being carried out in these wards regularly.
3 min read Bitcoin may be more popular — and pricey — than ever before, but its entrepreneurial ecosystem is still a work in progress. Now Plug and Play Tech Center, which has three locations in Silicon Valley and which was a seed investor in PayPal, has announced the opening of an accelerator program exclusively for Bitcoin-related startups.The program, which is set to induct its first class of 10 startups in January 2014, will last for three months, with the option of extending a startup’s stay to six months if it needs the extra time. The accelerator will be located in Sunnyvale, Calif., where Plug and Play Tech Center has its headquarters.Each participating startup will receive a $25,000 seed investment in exchange for a 5 percent equity stake, Saeed Amidi, the founder and chief executive of Plug and Play Tech Center, tells Entrepreneur.com. “In special cases, we can go up to $100,000,” he says.In December, Plug and Play Tech Center will hold an expo focusing on financial technology and digital currencies. This will serve as a sort of prelude to the Bitcoin accelerator, which will begin accepting applications once the expo concludes.Related: Coinbase Releases iPhone App Amid Strong Market for BitcoinThe seven-year-old Plug and Play Tech Center is no stranger to startup investment; in the course of more than half a decade, it has accelerated 1,500 early-stage companies, by Amidi’s reckoning. It also hosts a weekly Bitcoin meetup that is the largest in Silicon Valley.So why is now the right time to put investment dollars into the Bitcoin space? “We’ve been following Bitcoin for two years, and we still have not totally figured it out yet,” Amidi admits. “But nevertheless we think there is so much traction and so much interest [in the marketplace] that we want to be involved.”The value of a single bitcoin is now about $420, an all-time high that would have been inconceivable a few weeks ago. As reported previously, this stratospheric price has a lot to do with increased interest from China. Indeed, Scott Robinson, who will be heading Plug and Play Bitcoin, was unavailable to speak with Entrepreneur.com, as he is currently attending Asia’s first Bitcoin conference, Bitcoin Singapore.”We’ve pulled together a great community of Bitcoin users, enthusiasts, investors and entrepreneurs, so we feel as though we have a good understanding of the players in the space and the trends we’re witnessing from hardware to regulation to new disruptive payment solutions,” Robinson said in a statement.In addition, Plug and Play Tech Center intends to invest in five more Bitcoin startups outside of the accelerator program. It will invest in two or three before the end of 2013, Amidi says.Amidi has no doubt that Bitcoin is more than a passing fad. “I think it will go through some ups and downs, but it’s going to stay around for a long time,” he says. “But how big it’s going to be, I don’t know.”Related: Winklevoss Twins: Bitcoin Worth at Least 100 Times its Current Price Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. November 15, 2013 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free
Tags: New Routes, NewLeaf Travel Share Posted by Travelweek Group Monday, February 6, 2017 WINNIPEG — NewLeaf Travel Company’s summer 2017 schedule has fewer destinations but more frequencies on its most-travelled routes.This is NewLeaf’s fourth schedule release since it began operating in July 2016. The company, which offers flights on Flair Airlines, recently flew its 150,000 passenger.The summer schedule runs May 1 – Oct. 30 and includes: flights between Abbotsford and Edmonton (five times weekly); Abbotsford and Winnipeg (nine times weekly); Edmonton and Winnipeg (three times weekly); Hamilton and Edmonton (five times weekly); Hamilton and Abbotsford (six times weekly); Winnipeg and Hamilton (five times weekly); Hamilton and Halifax (five times weekly) and Edmonton and Halifax (five times weekly).Back in November NewLeaf announced a U.S. sun program with direct flights from Hamilton International Airport to Orlando Melbourne International Airport as well as three times weekly service from Calgary and once weekly service from Edmonton to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.Days later WestJet announced new service to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport from Calgary and Edmonton. In January NewLeaf said it was cancelling plans to offer flights between Alberta and Phoenix-Mesa, and also that it was postponing its service to Florida from Hamilton. NewLeaf doubles summer capacity on high-demand routes << Previous PostNext Post >>