Expressing concern over the Sindh government’s recent business restrictions given the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday said the Karachi business community was unhappy with the government’s decision and wanted to run their business 24 hours a day.
Speaking at a press conference at the party headquarters, MQM-Pakistan deputy chairman Kunwar Naveed Jamil said Karachi pays the highest taxes to the federation and Sindh, and it is unfortunate that the government is using “hands-on tactics against city merchants under orders under the guise of spreading coronavirus” .
Accompanied by MPA party Muhammad Hussain, Javed Haneef and others on the occasion, Jamil said MQM supported the traders and understood their genuine grievances.
He said the price of groceries had risen more in March alone than in the past seven months, adding that price control systems, including the deputy commissioner and assistant commissioner, had failed miserably in controlling prices.
“On the other hand, the Sindh government is devoting all its strength to fan the flames of rural-urban division in the province,” he claims. He demanded that the federal government lower the prices of gas, electricity and medicine, and immediately stop gas and electricity blackouts.
According to Jamil, controlling inflation is the government’s main responsibility. “The holy month of Ramadan is almost here, and even this month, the intrigue of profit-seekers is on the rise, which must be controlled by government machines.”
ISLAMABAD: The lights of the Prime Minister’s House were turned off to mark Earth Hour amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to show a moment of solidarity for the planet.
Like other countries in the world, this event is held annually in Pakistan to encourage individuals, communities and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights for one hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. as a symbol of commitment to the planet.
In his message, Prime Minister Imran Khan said improving environmental conditions was the government’s top priority and asked people to fully support the government in its efforts to protect the natural environment. The Imran-led government is currently pursuing several ambitious projects such as the Ten Billion Trees Tsunami project, Green Clean Pakistan, the Protected Areas Initiative, the Miyawaki Forest Campaign and the construction of thirty-one national parks to protect and conserve the natural environment.
Environmentalists, nature conservationists, nature lovers and passionate citizens also pledge their support for this opportunity for nature and its people.
WWF’s official website reads, “This year, we invite you to spread the same message and recreate an unmissable scene online by taking part in our first Earth Hour Virtual Spotlight.”
Pakistan is among the top 10 countries affected by climate change and these environmental challenges are already having a devastating effect on our national economy.
Earth Hour is the flagship global environmental movement. Born in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has grown to become one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment, inspiring individuals, communities, businesses and organizations in more than 180 countries.
When contacted, a spokesman for the climate change ministry said that they had not arranged any activities this year related to Earth Hour.
Meanwhile, Balochistan Governor Amanullah Khan Yasinzai has submitted a quarterly report to the prime minister on the performance of federal agencies in the province.
The report is related to the recovery of public complaints on the Citizen Portal.
In the report, Yasinzai complained about senior federal agency officials not attending the meeting.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed anger at the complaint and the PM’s Dispatch Unit issued a letter to all relevant senior officials.
The PMO directed senior officials of federal agencies in the provinces to attend meetings and warned of stern action against those who did not attend meetings on public welfare.
The dashboards of officers from 17 federal agencies in Balochistan were reviewed, while in Balochistan the federal agencies received more than 11,000 complaints.
The report said 90 percent of complaints were resolved, while public satisfaction was 37 percent.
Sustainability is a hot topic for luxury brands, with conglomerates such as Richemont, which owns Panerai and several other leading watch brands, building multi-pronged initiatives to help solve the burning problems of our time.
For Richemont, one such initiative is building environmentally friendly manufacturing facilities, such as Panerai’s in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, designed to reduce the carbon footprint of 100,000 square feet of buildings with solar power, geothermal pumps, water conservation practices, and more.
The brand is also starting to look for creative ways to incorporate recycled materials into its watches. “This started to occupy us in Panerai about two years ago,” said Jean-Marc Pontroué, CEO of Panerai. He recalled discussions with extreme adventurer and brand ambassador, Mike Horn, who told Pontroué, “’We see pollution not only in places like New York and Geneva, but also in the most remote parts of the planet. As a Panerai, you have to be one of the brands that takes action so that it stops. ” ‘
In 2019, Panerai launched the Mike Horn Submersible made of Eco-Titanium (recycled titanium), a first in the industry. One of the two versions is the XPerience watch, a super limited edition that includes a once-in-a-lifetime experience of joining Horn on a glacier journey in Svalbard, Norway, in the Arctic Circle. The band is made from recycled PET plastic bottles and the packaging is 100 percent recyclable. Last year, Panerai followed up with the Mike Horn Submersible Tourbillon with a case made of metal recycled from the amphibious shaft Horn, Pangea.
As Panerai announced its partnership with the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team, Italy’s challenger for the 36th American Cup race in New Zealand, which is currently underway, Panerai released a collection of four 2019 Luna Rossa watches with dials made from ship’s recycled sails. racing cruise. . Last year’s limited edition Luminor Luna Rossa GMT features a dial made of Scafotech, a composite made of carbon fiber residue collected from the hull and hydrofoil of the team’s AC75 yacht. The recycled material is forged into polymers for use in dial.
New for this year, the Guillaume Néry Special Edition Luminor Marina features a PET recycled strap and is named after the brand’s dive ambassador.
“Panerai was connected to the ocean from the start,” Pontroué said, “and we believe we must take action in that area.”
Five recently spoke with Pontroué, 56, about sustainable watchmaking and why the brand is so committed to it.
FIVE: How has sustainability in watchmaking evolved in recent years?
Jean-Marc Pontroué: We believe Panerai will always be a pioneering brand – a pioneer of great watches, a pioneer of new materials and experiences, just as we did two years ago. We believe it is also part of our mission to lead in what is one of the most important subjects in the world. We believe that at our small level we must also take action.
In the past, we started thinking about it when everything was done, and today’s ecology program made us think about it before we started product development. So, the packaging will be recycled and bonded, and in the future, the movement, the case, all the products will be recycled.
This year’s watch with Guillaume Néry is part of our warm-up workout, much like when you warm up before a race. It’s the same concept. That’s how you mobilize 740 people in our organization to prepare for this new mentality, which consists of developing greener products, using more Zoom than taking a plane, updating boutiques with low-intensity electricity – the way you keep the environment in mind at every turn. action that you do.
What were the easiest and most difficult parts of making this a priority?
Easy is not the right word, because you start from scratch. We started two years ago, and we didn’t really know how to start. We’ve worked with [several] companies in the US, France, Switzerland, Italy and Germany, and we don’t want this to be a secret story. We want the business model to be as open as possible, because to be sure, Panerai alone will not save the world. We told the people in the US who supplied our new generation of rope, who in France could propose recycled steel, and so on.
How challenging is it to get the right material and produce such work?
It’s like when you bought an old house, and you sure need a few bucks to restore it. Then you find out at the end of the process, it will cost more than if you started from scratch. It’s the same with recycling. More investment, more expensive, more painful. If you asked an auto manufacturer if it was more complicated and more investment in building an electric car than building a regular car, they would probably tell you the same thing. This is a revolution that we must take. Across all the different industries, it will be more investment driven because you are starting from scratch. Maybe 20 years from now, electric cars will be the same price as cars that exist today. Maybe it will be the same for us. Currently, launching this kind of activity is less profitable, but it is a must in our business mindset.
What is the demand for such items – did the client ask for them?
Two things: First, the new generation is paying more attention to it. Second, they don’t say, “I want recycled products,” but they’ll ask why you didn’t take the initiative to be a part of this movement, as we’ve seen in the car business, the airplane business, the hotel business. Many industries have large programs, and I guarantee you, in the watch industry you should start doing it. It will be like being in fashion – something very important for brands to communicate, to prove that what we are doing is right and not a marketing concept and trying to be an open book story – we are open to any input to help us and to improve our processes . The more we can work with other brands, the better.
How important is your America’s Cup Luna Rossa partnership?
It was a great partnership with our friends at Prada and Pirelli in Milan to be able to support the Italian team to win. We have a great exchange [the aforementioned] material exchange concept – they work at the lightest possible performance, so we are in the same business, only in different industries. So, we learned a lot from them. The last Luna Rossa program is based on material. We’re the first to put them in making because we reuse the screen on our dial. It’s a very close partnership in our hearts and, of course, we think of Italy when we do that. This allows us to restate that we are an industry-unique pure watch operator originating in Italy.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
This interview has been updated with new information.
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday congratulated Sadiq Sanjrani and Mirza Muhammad Afridi on winning the election for chairman and vice chairman of the Senate and said Balochistan and ex-Fata got this slot in line with his policy of mainstreaming marginalized parts of Pakistan.
In a tweet, he said, “Congratulations to Sadiq Sanjrani & Mirza Mohammad Afridi on winning the election for Chairman & Deputy Chairman of the Senate. I’m glad Balochistan & ex FATA got these two slots in line with my policy of mainstreaming parts of Pak that have been marginalized or left behind in the past.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved the creation of a state civil drone authority for the purpose of implementing institutionalized mechanisms to facilitate sector development and regulation.
The authorities will be mandated to regulate and control the drone systems in the country and will decide on matters relating to licensing, importing, manufacturing, inspecting and issuing drone permits, the Prime Minister’s Office said.
The Authority will also develop standards for manufacturing, operations, training, and research and development. In addition, it will also provide technical guidance to the industrial sector to facilitate domestic manufacturing. Authorities will be empowered to impose fines and sanctions, including revocation of licenses and registration, in addition to initiating legal proceedings under applicable civil and criminal laws.
Led by the Secretary of the Aviation Division, the composition of authority includes senior level representatives from the PAF, Civil Aviation, Defense Production, Home Affairs and the Ministry of Science and Technology. It also includes respective representatives from federation units including AJK & GB. Three leading experts in this field will also be members of the authority.
The composition of the authority will serve to ensure smooth coordination among all stakeholders on matters relating to the smooth functioning of the authority.
Prime Minister Imran Khan in his remarks stated that using drone technology for commercial, research and development, agriculture and other peaceful purposes is a necessity at this time.
He observes that the creation of a drone authority will not only fill the void that exists in the absence of legislation to regulate this important sector, but will also play a role in the promotion and domestic production of this critical technology. He said that the effective use of drone technology in various sectors would help in better optimization of resources and service delivery.
The prime minister has directed that the legislative process for establishing powers be finalized on a priority basis and the bill is introduced in Parliament after being approved by the Cabinet.
Rocket Spade won Gr. 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m). Photo: Kenton Wright (Racing Image)
Twenty-four hours after winning Gr. 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) with Rocket Spade on Sunday, coaches Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott enjoy the glory of a job well done.
The coach duo appropriately celebrated the blue ribbon victory with close friends and family in Matamata on Sunday evening after leaving behind taciturn Ellerslie, who had a feature meeting a day later than planned under COVID-19 level 2 alert conditions.
“It was a really satisfying and good win for the whole team at Wexford,” said O’Sullivan.
“Scotty and I both woke up with a headache this morning.”
Racing by the Hermitage Thoroughbreds, a race and breeding operation led by Hong Kong businessman Eugene Chuang, the Rocket Spade connection was eager to win the Derby and O’Sullivan said it was very satisfying to complete the mission.
“Five years ago, the owner gave us the opportunity to buy a horse for them, and that’s in a nutshell, to try and win the Derby,” he said.
“It was the third runner for the owner in the New Zealand Derby. Dragon Leap ran fourth last year and we also had Cha Siu Bao contest in the Derby which Gingernuts won.
“The saddle slipped and he came out of the gate and finished the last 40 distances. It was their introduction to the Derby runners so it was a bit demoralizing, and it was very satisfying to get the result on Sunday.
The journey across Tasman is now on the way for the son of Group One winner Fastnet Rock.
“We’re going to Sydney but what we’re going to do, we’re not 100 percent sure yet,” said O’Sullivan.
“The owner wants to go. I know the Australian Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m) is clearly visible racing, but we have nominated him for a few races and we will make that call with the owners.”
Apart from the Australian Derby, the three-year-old also holds a nomination for Gr. 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), Gr. 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) and Gr. 1 Doncaster Handicap (1600m).
As a well-bred Group One champion horse, O’Sullivan admits the value of the Rocket Spade’s potential stud can influence which races he enters in Australia and he also recognizes that it is challenging to get to the top on many occasions.
“It was the grand final for us yesterday, that’s what we thought,” said O’Sullivan.
“After his win at Avondale Guineas (Gr. 2, 2100m), he stopped and made a decent lift. We don’t need to improve his job because the race suited him for Derby and he was just in the zone yesterday.”
While it was Scott’s third Derby win, who previously costed Cut the Cake and Xcellent in partnership with Mike Moroney in the early 2000s, for O’Sullivan it was his first in a training capacity, and 28 years later since he saluted on Ship. classic Popsy, coached by his father Dave and brother, Paul.
“It seems not that long ago. I can clearly remember things that happened that day,” said O’Sullivan.
The four runners O’Sullivan and Scott at Ellerslie on Sunday wore the familiar dark green hue of the Hermitage Thoroughbreds’ red chevrons, including the mare that featured in Group One of the Spring Heat, who may have run her last race in New Zealand and did not appreciate the rainy conditions. soft at Ellerslie on Sunday when the third talent appeared Entriviere at Gr.3 King’s Plate (1200m).
“After yesterday, there really isn’t much left for him in New Zealand unless we take him to Australia and have a look at a place like Brisbane,” O’Sullivan said.
“She is a very fast, top-of-the-ground mare.
“She has been an outstanding mare to stall and I can’t see too many other races on the program that will raise her CV any further.”
Summer Passage is seventh in the same race, with six years, the stakes are placed on this preparation for the paddock and will return next season.
O’Sullivan is delighted with Cha Siu Bao’s run in the 1500m open and hopes to prepare seven years for the Group’s target back in Ellerslie next month, hoping for stronger conditions.
“He finished in a creditworthy third and the ground might be a little too testing for him, but there are races like the Easter Handicap (Gr.2, 1600m) that Andrew and I hope to prepare for,” said O’Sullivan. .
Meanwhile, Home hopes to have another runner headed for Sydney, with Group Three winner Force Of Will to go over 1600m at Ellerslie on Saturday in what will be his fifth racing appearance.
“The plan is to run on the Vinery Stakes (Gr.1,2000m) and we will run it this Saturday under special conditions over a mile,” said O’Sullivan.
“He is owned by Sir Owen Glenn and I think he is still untouchable and certainly deserves his chance.
“The plan was to run at the New Zealand Oaks (Gr.1, 2400m) but he had a slight setback in bad blood and missed the race, so we chose to get it right and if he does well on Saturday he will get his ticket to Sydney. . “