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'Destruction of historic city of Palmyra has begun'
The Islamic State terrorists have already begun damaging the Unesco World Heritage site of Palmyra in Syria since they seized the 18 centuries old city, according to a report from the region.
 
Palmyra's remaining residents heard "large explosions" inside the ancient temples, according to the Samanews website, which is close to Palestinian militant group Hamas.
 
Most local people have left the area, the report said.
 
Unesco said any destruction to Palmyra would be "not just a war crime but...an enormous loss to humanity".
 
"It's the birthplace of human civilisation. It belongs to the whole of humanity and I think everyone today should be worried about what is happening," said Unesco's director-general Irina Bokova in a video statement.
 
Rising out of the desert, Palmyra contains the monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world, according to Unesco.
 
Authorities managed to remove around 100 statues before IS fighters reached the Roman-era archaeological site on the city's southwestern edge.
 
Syrian state television reported that army troops and pro-government militias withdrew after evacuating the remaining civilian residents from the city.
 
The IS offensive against Palmyra started on May 13. The group has since captured the towns of Sukhneh and Amiriyeh and the al-Hail and Arak oil fields.
 
Dating back to the 1st and 2nd Century, Palmyra rose to prominence when the region was under Roman rule. Its grand, colonnaded street and ancient temples previously attracted thousands of tourists.
 
IS sparked international outrage this year when they destroyed ancient sites in Iraq that pre-date Islam, notably Hatra and Nimrud and smashed artefacts in the museum of Mosul.

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What Does ‘Made in the USA’ Really Mean?
Patriotism sells but the details may tell where the product is really made
 
Anyone whose seen Carrie Underwood’s “Simply American” Almay ad knows that patriotism can be an incredibly effective marketing tool.
 
 
Heck, some people are even willing to pay more for a product that’s advertised as made in the U.S. But what exactly does “Made in the USA” mean?
 
Is a product that’s assembled in red-white-and-blue Peoria, Illinois “Made in the USA” if the parts were manufactured entirely in Mexico? 
 
What if the parts were produced here in the States but the final assembly takes place in Canada? 
 
How about 60/40 U.S./Mexico parts and 50/50 U.S./Canada assembly? 
 
If a car is assembled in Japan with 99% American parts, is it definitely not “Made in the USA”? 
 
And if a product is manufactured entirely in Puerto Rico or Guam (both U.S. territories), is that product considered to be U.S.-made?
 
These are the kinds of murky waters we’re wading into when we consider what it means for a product to be advertised as “Made in the USA”
 
What does the law say, you ask? Well, according to the FTC, if a product is advertised as “Made in the USA,” (which can be done directly or implicitly using, for example, images of American flags or U.S. maps, or by describing the “true American quality” of the work) then “all or virtually all” of the product must have been made in the United States. But with no definitive definition of what “virtually all” means, there’s some wiggle room for advertisers.
 
The FTC takes the position that in order to advertise a product as “Made in the USA,” “the product should contain no – or negligible – foreign content.” That is to say, all significant parts and processing that go into the product must be of U.S. origin, and the product’s final assembly or processing must take place in the U.S. This means the answer to the first four questions raised above is “no, those products are not considered to be made in the USA.”
 
Oh, and that product made in Guam? According to the FTC, “United States,” includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories and possessions, including Guam.
But what about marketing a product as something slightly less than “Made in the USA,” such as “Made in USA of U.S. and Imported Parts”? Well, that’s what the FTC calls a qualified Made in USA claim and it’s allowed when a product has a significant amount of U.S. content or U.S. processing but doesn’t quite meet the “all or virtually all” standard described above. Other examples of qualified Made in USA claims are: “60% U.S. content,” “Couch assembled in USA from Italian Leather and Mexican Frame,” and “Assembled in the USA.” The key to making a qualified Made in USA claim, though, is to make sure the qualifying language is not buried in fine print. It needs to be clear, prominent, and understandable so that consumers can make sense of the label or ad.
 
So that Almay ad at the top? It’s making an implied, unqualified claim that Almay products are made in the USA, despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of Almay’s products do not meet the legal standard for American-made. For more information about TINA.org’s investigation into Almay Simply American’s deceptive marketing, click here.
 
If you want to read the FTC’s Made in the USA policy statement, you can do so here. More on TINA.org’s coverage of Made in the USA issues can be found here
 

 

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Rs.60,000 crore metal trading industry to desert Mumbai: Official
Fed up of what they call government's "indifferent attitude", the Rs.60,000 crore per annum metal trading industry headquartered in Mumbai has decided to desert Maharashtra for Gujarat, a top official said here on Friday.
 
Metal and Stainless Steel Merchants Association (MSSMA) secretary Jitendra Shah said that since past few months, the MSSMA has been in communication with the Gujarat and Rajasthan governments.
 
"The Adani Group has come up with a very attractive proposal to give us full developed infrastructure and land for offices and residences on around 75 acres near Gandhinagar (in Gujarat), besides more for our warehouses," Shah told IANS.
 
Apparently rattled by the prospects of an important chunk of Mumbai's business market moving out of the state, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has summoned MSSMA for a meeting early next week to thrash out the issues.
 
Earlier, the government had accused the MSSMA of arm-twisting tactics as their members had defaulted on over Rs.10,000 crore by way of various taxes.
 
Shah challenged the allegations claiming that a RTI query has revealed an outstanding of around Rs.2,000 crore, of which 50 percent has been recovered and the rest is under dispute. "Where did they get the figure of Rs.10,000 crore?" he demanded to know.
 
The MSSMA and the state government have locked horns with each other over the past few years with the former demanding better working conditions and proper infrastructure as it has become difficult to operate from cramped areas of south Mumbai, which lacks even clean public toilets.
 
"We have asked them to provide us around 100 acres of land anywhere around Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, or Navi Mumbai with full infrastructure to enable us to relocate. More than 90 percent of India's metal and stainless steel is routed through our 2,200 registered members and the rest through unregistered operators," he said.
 
In last Saturday's AGM, the members vociferously demanded that the Adani Group's offer should be accepted and preparations to shift out of Mumbai - where it is centred in Khetwadi locality of south Mumbai - must begin forthwith.
 
Among other things, the Adani Group has offered shops, flats, warehouses of various sizes and budgets with full infrastructure and amenities comparable to a township to lure the country's biggest and only metal and stainless steel markets there.
 
"Depending on the outcome of our meeting with the chief minister next week, we shall take the final call to ask our members submit their individual requirements which we shall provide to Adani Group and initiate the shifting process within a year or so," Shah said.

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