Stretch of NH117 caves in work in progress to restore normalcy

first_imgKolkata: A part of National Highway-117 at Diamond Harbour caved in due to erosion of River Hooghly early on Thursday morning. Transport services from Kolkata to Kakdwip and Namkhana via Diamond Harbour were disrupted due to the subsidence and vehicles were diverted from an alternative road via Sirakole near Amtala.Diamond Harbour MLA, Dipak Halder who visited the site said work for the beautification of the river bank in Diamond Harbour was going on for the last few months with MPLAD funds. There was a strong tidal current at the time of the cave in. A tunnel boring machine, three JCV machines and two generator vans which were engaged in the work have been swallowed by the river. “We began work of mending the road to resume vehicular movement soon after the damage. We are hopeful of restoring normal vehicular traffic along the stretch by Friday. We want to ensure that the daily commuters along the stretch are not inconvenienced,” said P Ulaganathan, District Magistrate, South 24-Parganas. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaEngineers have already been instructed to come up with a detailed plan of thorough restoration of the road. “This work will also go side by side and will be carried out at a brisk pace,” a senior district official said. Diamond Harbour MP Abhishek Banerjee also tweeted saying that normalcy would be reinstated and restoration work will be completed by Friday. Locals expressed their apprehension that a major disaster was averted as the timing of the incident was early morning when there was no traffic.last_img read more


first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter Actor Michael D. Cohen in Burbank, Calif. on April 16, 2019.Ryan Pfluger for TIME “I was misgendered at birth,” Cohen says. “I identify as male, and I am proud that I have had a transgender experience — a transgender journey.”Today, there are more actors than ever who are open about having had, as Cohen puts it, a transgender journey. This is in part because there is a proliferation of shows, including Pose and Transparent, that are portraying nuanced transgender characters. But Cohen is rare in that he worked in the entertainment industry for more than two decades before he chose to make this disclosure.. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: “We need more sweat!”On that command, a production assistant takes a spray bottle filled with glycerin and scurries over to actor Michael D. Cohen, making his bald head glisten as a crew stands by at a studio in Burbank, Calif. They’re filming the fifth season of Henry Danger, a farcical superhero saga that is Nickelodeon’s longest running live-action sitcom. In it, Cohen plays a character named Schwoz, a quirky genius who aids the show’s good guys much as Q aids James Bond. In this scene, as a goof, Schwoz is leading some of the show’s younger actors through an aerobic workout. Cameras roll as Cohen, clad in spandex and now suitably sweaty, breaks into action. “Your life begins where your comfort zone ends!” he barks while huffing through the routine.It’s just a line that Cohen is delivering in his character’s silly accent. But it also expresses an idea that the actor has come to understand intimately, one he is ready to embrace again, whatever it might mean for his future. Spurred in part by the political climate — which in recent years has seen fraught public reckonings around issues related to gender — Cohen wants to publicly disclose a private fact that he has been sharing with colleagues on the set of Henry Danger: Nearly twenty years ago, he transitioned from female to male.last_img read more

Meghan Markle wears coat by Montreals Mackage at event with Prince Harry

first_imgMeghan Markle is continuing to boost Canadian fashion labels as she tours the U.K. with new fiance Prince Harry.At a charity event in Nottingham for World AIDS Day on Friday, Markle wore a long navy double-breasted wool coat by Montreal-based outerwear label Mackage.There were only four of the $790 Elodie jackets left in company’s online store early Friday and they sold out within minutes of photos of the Nottingham event appearing online, said Mackage’s communications director Hugo Thibault.“Our website traffic exploded,” Thibault said. “We had a 500 per cent increase today … mostly all in Europe, because North America (was) just waking up.”Markle has been a supporter of Mackage for years, attending the brand’s fashion show in Toronto seven or eight years ago, Thibault said. The company knew she owned several of their pieces but had no heads-up that she planned on wearing the jacket Friday.“I woke up this morning with tons of instant messages on my phone,” Thibault said. “Oh my god, oh my god, she’s wearing our jacket again!”In September, Markle wore a Bordeaux-coloured Mackage leather jacket to the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games. That colour sold out within 24 hours, Thibault said, and other colours followed quickly.The actress, who is from Los Angeles, has lived part-time in Toronto since 2011.In her time here, she’s supported many Canadian designers at a variety of price points, including luxury designers like Jason Wu and Erdem, high-end brands like Sentaler and Smythe, and mid-range retail brand Aritzia. In 2016, she partnered with the more affordable retail chain Reitmans for an advertising campaign and a “capsule collection.”On Monday, at a photo op to announce her engagement to Prince Harry, Markle wore a white wool wrap coat by Toronto brand Line the Label, which quickly sold out and was renamed the “Meghan.”Thibault said other celebrities have worn Mackage but no one has made quite the same impact that Markle is having now.“Everybody looks at what she’s wearing all the time,” he said. “The Meghan effect is much stronger than everything we’ve seen before.”last_img read more

Odisha pegs cyclone Fani loss at 12K cr seeks relaxation norms

first_imgBhubaneswar: Seeking a relaxation in disaster assistance norms, the Odisha government on Wednesday estimated a tentative loss of Rs 12,000 crore due to cyclone Fani that killed at least 64 people and damaged more than 5 lakh dwelling units in the state’s coastal districts.The state government, which has launched a massive restoration work in the cyclone-ravaged areas, in a preliminary report to a visiting inter-ministerial team, said an initial assessment has put the overall loss at approximately Rs 12,000 crore. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghWhile the loss to public properties was to the tune of Rs 5,175 crore, expenditure towards relief and response stands at Rs 6,767.56 crore, the report said. “We have submitted a tentative loss figure to the central team. This amount may increase as the officials will undertake door-to-door survey to access the actual loss caused by the cyclone. The government will prepare a full report on the loss after the completion of the detailed survey,” Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadIn its preliminary report, the state government has estimated the highest loss in the power sector at Rs 1,160 crore, while the loss in the panchayati raj and the drinking water department stands at Rs 587 crore. “The loss shown in the preliminary report is purely tentative. It will go up as we get a detailed report,” Chief Secretary A P Padhi said after a meeting with the central team, which wrapped up its three-day visit to the cyclone-hit areas. Stating that there has been huge losses to public and private infrastructure in the calamity, Padhi said, “We have urged the central team to consider revising the norms of the NDRF and the SDRF so that the loss in the power sector can be covered.” Padhi said while the NDRF and SDRF norms include assistance for loss due to the damage of 220 KV, 132 KV, 33 KV, 11 KV and low tension power supply, there was no provision for losses in the high tension (HT) power supply. As many as 75 towers have been uprooted by the high velocity winds in Puri district alone and a huge investment is required to make them operational. Vivek Bharadwaj, Additional Secretary in the Union Home Ministry, who is heading the team, said: “There has been massive destruction to houses, hotels and livelihood means of the affected people. Puri has been severely hit in the cyclone.” Noting that the central government has been assisting the cyclone-ravaged state and will continue to do so in restoration and rehabilitation works, Bharadwaj said there is a need to further strengthen the MGNREGA scheme in order to provide livelihood means to the affected people. He said there has been a substantial loss to betel vines and coconut plantations. “Keeping in view the gravity of the devastation, the Odisha government’s action in providing relief and other assistance to the affected people is praiseworthy,” Bharadwaj said, adding that people have been provided with relief immediately after the cyclone. “The people have been given rice, cash and tarpaulin sheets,” he said. The 11-member central team visited some of the worst-affected areas in Puri, Khurda and Cuttack districts, besides the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) region, during its visit.last_img read more

Cenovus scales up caribou protection efforts with 32M project to reestablish species

CALGARY — Cenovus is planning a $32-million project that aims to restore the habitat of dwindling caribou populations around its oilsands sites in northeastern Alberta over the next 10 years.Decades of industry activity in the region have sliced up the boreal forest where the animals live, creating openings that make them more vulnerable to predators.The Calgary-based company has been working since 2008 on pilot projects to help protect the threatened species.Risk of environmental spill liability remains for Ontario officers and directorsShell Canada donates controversial Arctic exploration permits for marine conservation areaFirst part of Energy East impact study filed with Quebec, public hearings may resume in OctoberThe new project aims to replant forests along old access roads and seismic lines in an area covering 3,900 square kilometres — more than 10 times what the company has accomplished through its early-stage work.The company’s move comes a week after the Alberta government released a draft plan that calls for the protection of an additional 18,000 square kilometres of caribou habitat, bringing the province-wide total to 49,000 square kilometres.The provincial plan also involves working with industry to ensure the restoration of 10,000 kilometres of industry-caused land disturbances in caribou habitat the western part of the province.The population of the Cold Lake caribou herd in northeastern Alberta, whose habitat range overlaps with Cenovus oilsands sites, is estimated at 150 animals and numbers are dropping.The industry’s footprint has essentially created “highways” for moose and deer looking for young grasses to munch on and that, in turn, attracts predators such as wolves and bears, said Jon Mitchell, the company’s vice-president of environment and sustainability.“And it just so happens that they stumble across caribou as well and that’s caused a lot of the issue,” he said in an interview. “Caribou aren’t used to having that kind of predator density there and their strategy tends to be to hide and that hasn’t worked very well.”Caribou aren’t used to having that kind of predator density there and their strategy tends to be to hide and that hasn’t worked very wellThe Cenovus project involves planting some four million seedlings and making sure conditions are right for the new trees to grow.To help the new trees along, the company plans to build soil mounds in damp, mushy areas and bending some of the trees along the edge of the corridor to provide the right amount of shade and protection.Mitchell said the Cenovus plan is being undertaken separately from the Alberta one, but the company has been keeping the provincial government in the loop and sharing its knowledge. The province’s range plan for Cold Lake area is expected in 2017.“At this stage it’s been very collaborative with respect to making sure that those projects work together and don’t compete against one another,” said Mitchell.“These techniques are ones that can be applied in any caribou habitat so our focus has been on demonstrating their effectiveness.”Simon Dyer, with the Pembina Institute, an environmental think-tank, said the Cenovus and Alberta plans together can make a big difference for caribou.“This is a bigger voluntary restoration commitment than we’ve seen from any other company, so they deserve credit for that,” he said in an interview.“What Cenovus is proposing here is very significant by one company but this needs to be a model that every company operating in caribou range needs to be thinking about. The government needs to think about what incentives and tools it can put in place to encourage or mandate this level of restoration.” read more

Swiss push for reconciliation plan in Sri Lanka

“It is very important that both the Swiss government and the South African government make this lack of progress clear to the world and not allow the Sri Lankan government to mislead the world on this point. Both the Swiss and the South African governments should support a strong resolution at next month’s session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva,” said Keenan.The US is set to sponsor a resolution against Sri Lanka, for a second year, at the rights council in March for failing to pursue those responsible for abuses as government forces were crushing Tamil rebels in the final phase of the three-decade war that ended in May 2009.Sri Lanka rejects charges of human rights violations, including the alleged killing of thousands of innocent ethnic minority Tamil civilians in the rebel area, and has dismissed calls for an independent international inquiry. In reply President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a domestic Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) in 2010, which was heavily criticised by international human rights groups, to investigate events between February 2002 and May 2009.Last March the UN rights council adopted a resolution urging Sri Lanka to implement recommendations made in the LLRC final report published in December 2011, including investigations into individual violations of human rights or humanitarian law.A new report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights released on February 13 said steps taken by the government to investigate allegations of serious violations of human rights further had been “inconclusive and lack the independence and impartiality required to inspire confidence”. It added that Sri Lanka had only committed to implement some of the LLRC recommendations.But Sri Lanka’s government disputes many of the UN report’s findings. Officials defend their record saying much has been done to address post-war issues and seek progress on the LLRC recommendations.During a visit to Sri Lanka last month by a US delegation, Gamini Lakshman Peiris, Sri Lanka’s minister of external affairs, told reporters the success of the healing process would depend on the country being given time and space to continue the on-going domestic process.He added that the country was making rapid progress in the resettlement of internally displaced persons, reintegration of the ex-combatants, de-mining and reviving the northern economy.But the Swiss do not view developments in the north and east in such a positive light.“The situation in the north, and to a lesser extent in the east of the country, remains precarious despite obvious infrastructure progress,” said Wälti. “The northern province is the only one which didn’t hold elections to its parliament and the military still plays an important role in civil and economic affairs. Civil society in general and human rights activists are under great pressure.”International rights groups and western countries have raised concerns about the recent removal of Sri Lanka’s chief justice and restrictions on freedom of expression.The Economist magazine ran an article in January describing Sri Lanka as “shuffling further down the path to dictatorship”.And an Amnesty International report at the end of last year described a “climate of fear”, crackdowns on dissent and continued reports of torture, resultant deaths in custody, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions.“The real issue is a continued culture of impunity and on-going violations. This is not just about the past,” Yolanda Foster, Amnesty International’s expert on Sri Lanka, told a written answer to this week’s UN report the Sri Lankan government denied claims there had been a recent spike in disappearances and said it had taken measures to investigate all cases of missing people.It also said there was “no institutionalisation of military authority over civilian matters” in the north and east, and rejected criticisms of army involvement in rebuilding efforts in the north, saying its assistance was “welcomed by the people in the area”. (Swiss info) Sri Lankan and South African officials visited each other on several occasions last year and a TNA delegation flew to Africa for further contacts earlier this month. Eager to help find a durable peace solution for the southeast Asian state, Switzerland is lending financial and political support to the South African initiative. “Switzerland is convinced that only an inclusive dialogue can bring about a lasting solution to the political conflict in which all parties, including the minorities, co-decide on an equal footing,” said Swiss foreign ministry spokeswoman Carole Wälti.Observers say potentially the South African experience has much to teach post-war Sri Lanka, but the initiative comes with risks attached. Almost four years after Sri Lankan government forces crushed Tamil rebels, Switzerland is backing a South African post-Apartheid reconciliation initiative to bring parties to the negotiating table, but the prospect for lasting peace remains elusive.Since 2011 South Africa and civil society groups have been leading a multi-pronged peace initiative aimed at restarting Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Sri Lankan government negotiations and supporting potential reconciliation efforts following the end of 30 years of war. Current policies towards Tamils, especially in the northern province, were undermining their rights and damaging the prospects of a lasting political settlement, he added. “Governments concerned with sustainable peace in Sri Lanka also need to be careful that their desire for constructive engagement does not end up facilitating Colombo’s intransigence and delaying tactics,” declared an International Crisis Group (ICG) report last November.“Hard to be optimistic”Alan Keenan, an ICG Sri Lanka expert, went further, stating that it was “hard to be optimistic” about the South African initiative: “If it has any value, it is only as a long-term channel for eventual trust-building between the parties. But the onus is on the Sri Lankan government to show a willingness to match the many compromises that the main Tamil party has made recently … I don’t see this happening any time soon.”He accused the Sri Lankan government of having no interest in fair negotiations with Tamil political parties, no intention to devolve meaningful power to the Tamil-majority northern province or the Tamil-speaking majority eastern province, and of going back on its many promises. read more

RIM looks to reduce typos with trapezoid parallelogram shaped BlackBerry keys

by News Staff Posted May 9, 2012 1:53 pm MDT RIM looks to reduce typos with trapezoid, parallelogram shaped BlackBerry keys TORONTO – It appears Research in Motion (TSX:RIM) believes the key to easy, accurate mobile typing lies in trapezoids and parallelograms.The Waterloo, Ont.-based smartphone maker has been granted a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for an “angular keyboard for a handheld mobile communication device.”Submitted in January 2009, RIM’s patent application outlined a newly designed smartphone keyboard with angled lines separating each key.RIM said the unique keyboard makes it easier for users to type and increases accuracy.The beleaguered company has been denying rumours that it’s phasing keyboards out of its smartphone designs, in favour of flat front surfaces, like Apple’s iPhone.Chief executive Thorsten Heins told media at the BlackBerry World conference in Orlando last week that RIM’s new line of smartphones, to be installed with the forthcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system, will include models with and without keyboards.“We won’t lose the focus on physical keypads. It would be wrong — just plain wrong to do this,” Heins said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

FiatChrysler and Unifor reach tentative agreement

Fiat-Chrysler and Unifor reach tentative agreement TORONTO – Unifor says Fiat Chrysler has commited to invest a total of $554 million at its Ontario plants in addition to increasing wages and benefits for the union’s members in line with a pattern established at General Motors.Unifor president Jerry Dias announced a tentative four-year deal with Fiat Chrysler just minutes before a strike deadline of 11:59 p.m. Monday night.He said the deal, which followed what he called “one very difficult set of negotiations,” mirrors the one reached with General Motors on Sept. 20.That deal, since ratified by GM workers, includes a two per cent wage increase this year and another two per cent increase in September 2019. There is also a $6,000 signing bonus plus lump-sum bonuses of $2,000 in each of the next three years to most employees.Dias said the agreement with Fiat Chrysler includes a $325 million investment at an assembly plant in Brampton, Ont., and a pledge to upgrade an old paint shop at the facility.“We were deeply concerned with the fact that the paint shop in our Brampton assembly plant that builds the 300s, the Chargers and the Challengers is over 30 years old,” said Dias. “If you don’t have a paint shop … it creates incredible uncertainty.”Dias also announced Fiat Chrysler has committed to make a plug-in hybrid vehicle in Windsor. Unifor spokeswoman Denise Hammond said it will be the Pacifica hybrid that was displayed at the Detroit auto show in January.The agreement also includes a measure to protect jobs at the automaker’s casting plant in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke that are threatened by the company’s discontinuation of the Chrysler 200 and the Dodge Dart.“That decision will lead, candidly, to the layoff of up to about 150, potentially 200 of our members,” Dias said.“So what we have found is a solution to make sure that our members will not be laid off and will have employment opportunities in the Brampton assembly plant.”Dias said the automaker has committed to upgrades at the casting plant “to refurbish, to rebuild, to update the machinery, the equipment in order that we are prepared to solidify our strength as a die-cast operation.”The union leader did not say how much would be spent to achieve this part of the agreement.Unifor said its members at Fiat Chrysler will vote on the tentative agreement on Sunday, and if approved, the union said it would immediately hold talks with Ford — the last of the so-called Big Three automakers.Fiat Chrysler employs 9,750 workers in Brampton, Windsor and Etobicoke. Unifor says a vote on the tentative agreement will be held on Sunday, Oct. 16. by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 11, 2016 6:40 am MDT Last Updated Oct 11, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Thousands of hospital patients have planned operations cancelled on day of surgery

first_imgThousands of patients are having their operations cancelled on the day of their scheduled surgery, a new report has found.And tens of thousands are being forced to wait for longer than 18 weeks for routine operations, the authors said.Equipment shortages, a lack of beds and scheduling errors were the main excuses given to patients for cancelling their elective surgeries on the day, the authors said.The Patients Association warned that cancelling an operation places a “significant psychological burden” on patients.A new report from the patient charity found that during 2015 hospital trusts across England cancelled an average of 753 operations on the day. There is a significant psychological burden on patients waiting to be given a date for surgery and for patients whose surgery has been cancelledPatients Association NHS funding crisis hits waiting times. Read more of our #FeelingTheWait report here:— Patients Association (@PatientsAssoc) August 16, 2016 An NHS England spokesman said: “We have significant concerns about this report which is both misleading and statistically flawed and is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the referral-to-treatment performance standard. Waits for an NHS operation remain close to an all-time low – down from a maximum wait of 18 months over a decade ago to 18 weeks now, with the average wait less than 10 weeks.”Last month more than nine out of 10 patients were waiting less than 18 weeks to start consultant-led treatment. We continue to make strides in cutting long waits, with the number of patients waiting over a year slashed from over 5,000 recorded in March 2012 to being in the hundreds now.”In the last five years, since June 2011, the NHS has reduced the number of patients waiting more than a year for treatment by over 12,000.” “The Patients Association has noticed a clear, trend over recent years in the increasing time people are waiting for operations, as well as the number of people waiting longer for elective surgery,” said Patients Association chief executive Katherine Murphy.”Every day we hear from the people behind these statistics on our national helpline: individuals who are in pain, worried they will lose further mobility, or will take longer to recover when they finally get their surgery. Their family members and carers are also having to share the added uncertainty and pressure faced by patientswhilst they are waiting for their operations.”Overall, with the significant jump in waiting times, we are very concerned that relaxing the rules on waiting time targets as recently reported, will only exacerbate an already unacceptable situation for patients.”From the patient’s perspective, nothing positive can come from taking away NHS targets – it just means people could be waiting even longer as there will be little incentive for NHS providers to focus on efficiency.”In July, NHS officials in England announced that hospital trusts will no longer be fined for missing key targets on waiting times and cancer as part of a bid to improve finances.National fines for missing targets have been scrapped for at least 12 months and replaced with individual trust plans aimed at improving performance and finances.Hospitals will no longer be fined for missing the four-hour A&E target, the 62-day target to get cancer treatment and the 18-week goal for routine operations, such as hip and knee replacements. The NHS said it has ‘significant concerns’ about the Patients Association report, which it described as ‘misleading and statistically flawed’Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA NHS Its annual report, Feeling The Wait, found that the total number of surgeries cancelled by individual trusts ranged from eight to 3,269.The report states: “We have grown increasingly concerned at the waits patients are facing for surgery and the amount of patients who have had their operation cancelled on the day.”It adds: “There is a significant psychological burden on patients waiting to be given a date for surgery and for patients whose surgery has been cancelled (often on the day the surgery was due to take place).”Meanwhile, the report also highlighted “substantial” increases in the number of patients who are waiting more than 18 weeks for routine operations.”This year’s report based on 2015 data shows that on the whole, waiting times are getting worse, not better,” the authors wrote.Their analysis show that the number of patients waiting for elective surgical procedures – such as hip or knee operations – over 18 weeks during 2015 was 92,739, compared to 51,388 in 2014 – a rise of around 80%.The report is based on responses to 112 Freedom of Information requests sent to NHS Trusts across England.And the average waiting times for five procedures – hip replacement, knee replacement, hernia, adenoid and tonsillectomies – are above 100 days, the Patients Association said. No patient should ever feel like a burden. #FeelingTheWait— Patients Association (@PatientsAssoc) August 16, 2016 Health officials contested the claims by the Patients Association on the number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for routine operations.Health minister David Mowat said: “These claims are both unreliable and misleading. The latest official figures show that nine in 10 patients still wait less than 18 weeks for treatment, despite the fact that last year the NHS carried out 1.6 million more operations than in 2010.”He added: “Fewer than 1% of operations were cancelled on short notice – stable despite this rising activity – and the number of people waiting more than a year has dropped by nearly 18,000 under this Government.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

La tablette Sony S1 sappellera Tablet S

first_imgLa tablette Sony S1 s’appellera Tablet SLa future tablette tactile de la marque japonaise, jusqu’ici connue sous le nom de S1, sera commercialisée sous le nom de Tablet S.Sony change son fusil d’épaule pour sa future tablette tactile. Le constructeur nippon a décidé de ne pas commercialiser cette concurrente à l’iPad d’Apple sous le nom de Sony S1, comme cela était prévu, mais de Sony Tablet S, comme le révèle le site Engadget relayé par Le Nouvel Obs. On ne sait en revanche pas si ce nom sera francisé en “Tablette S”.Ce nouvel arrivant dans la galaxie des tablettes tactiles disposera d’un écran 9,4 pouces et fonctionnera sous le système d’exploitation Android 3.1 Honeycomb. Mais elle sera surtout suivie d’un autre modèle, baptisé jusqu’ici S2 mais dont le nom pourrait évoluer d’ici sa commercialisation. Les premières Sony Tablet S seront disponibles au mois de septembre.Le 25 août 2011 à 19:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Utd to extend Martial Contract as talks over oneyear extension continue

first_imgManchester United are set to utilize the one-year clause on Anthony Martial’s contract after failing to agree terms for a new long-term deal.The Frenchman is signed to United until 2020 but negotiations are ongoing over a possible five-year extension with the side.The France international has scored eight goals in all competitions this season, leading Mourinho to praise him for resurrecting his United career.“One thing is that he’s a talented player that everybody knows he is – since he was in Monaco, everybody knows he was a talented player,” said the United manager last month as published by Evening Standard.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Another thing is, a talented player with consistency and understanding of what a football match is in the globality.“So, when you reach that level or when you are almost reaching that level, it’s when you become a player – what I say, a top player.“Because one thing is top talent, another is a top player.“So, when he is now much closer to being a top player, obviously I would like him to stay.”last_img read more

DP Astwood encourages cooperation with Investigators as Ministry smeared by forgery arrests

first_img Related Items:#2inministryarrested, #fakeworkpermits, #magneticmedianews, #OneStopShopemployeesarrested Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 29, 2017 – Providenciales – In a statement following the arrests of two of his ministry staff, Border Control & Labour Minister, Sean Astwood is speaking out and asks employees to cooperate with the investigation of the Police and the Integrity Commission.Deputy Premier Astwood said he does not want to influence the investigation but confirmed that “persons were arrested and released on bail and that my Government supports a corruption free public service and any activity that would lead to the accomplishment of this state of being.”Police confirmed yesterday that they arrested 28 and 47 year old women from a Government Department and have charged them with uttering false documents.   The pair is allegedly responsible for creating fake work permits and distributing them from the One Stop Shop.  Agencies would request for renewals of the work permit, the pair is accused of making up fake documents and pocketing the payment for those work permits.  Work permits cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars.The Financial Crimes Unit is spearheading the probe and has asked that anyone who may unwittingly hold a fake work permit, contact them immediately.  The DP also spoke to restructuring for better customer service at the Ministry; you can read his full statement at Update: Police and Integrity Commission on Public Sector Crack Downlast_img read more

Paul Ryan Immigration legislation unlikely in 2014

first_imgWASHINGTON — Days after House Republicans unveiled a roadmap for an overhaul of the nation’s broken immigration system, one of its backers said legislation is unlikely to pass during this election year.Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said distrust of President Barack Obama runs so deep in the Republican caucus that he’s skeptical the GOP-led House would pass any immigration measure. He said a plan that puts security first could only pass if lawmakers believe the administration would enforce it — an unlikely prospect given Republicans’ deep opposition to Obama.“This isn’t a trust-but-verify, this is a verify-then-trust approach,” Ryan said.Last week, House Republicans announced their broad concerns for any immigration overhaul but emphasized they would tackle the challenge bill-by-bill. Immigration legislation is a dicey political question for the GOP. The party’s conservative base opposes any measure that would create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living here illegally, but many in the party worry that failing to act could drive many voters to Democratic candidates. In 2012, Obama won re-election with the backing of 71 percent of Hispanic voters and 73 percent of Asian voters. The issue is important to both blocs.Republicans have preemptively been trying to blame the White House for immigration legislation’s failure, even before a House bill comes together. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said “there’s a lot of distrust of this administration in implanting the law.” And Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., last week warned that distrust of Obama would trump the desire to find a solution for the estimated 11 million people living in the United States illegally.“We just don’t think government will enforce the law anyway,” Rubio said, recounting conversations he’s had with fellow Republicans.House Republicans are pushing a piecemeal approach to immigration that puts a priority on security before considering a pathway for those here illegally to earn citizenship. That strategy runs counter to a comprehensive bill, passed through the Senate seven months ago with bipartisan support, that includes a long and difficult pathway to citizenship.last_img read more

Pakistan court to take up terror financing charges against Hafiz

first_imgLAHORE: An Anti-Terrorism Court in Pakistan will take up the terror financing charges against Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jammat-ud Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed on September 2, an official said on Friday. The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police declared Saeed “guilty of terror financing” in the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Gujranwala district of the Punjab province on August 7. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us The ATC Gujranwala in the last hearing had shifted the case to Gujrat ATC court (some 200-km from Lahore) on the request of the prosecution as it was related to Mandi Bhauddin district of Punjab. “The ATC Gujrat will take up the terror financing charges against Saeed on September 2. “The CTD has declared him guilty of terror financing and it will plead its case before the ATC and get him convicted for his crime,” a CTD official told PTI. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Saeed is being kept at Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat jail amid high security. The founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba was arrested on July 17. The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a USD 10 million reward for information that brings him to justice. Advertise With Us Saeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. He was listed under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. The CTD on July 3 registered 23 FIRs against 13 JuD leaders, including Saeed on the charges of terror financing in different cities of the Punjab province. Since the Imran Khan government has taken control of the JuD and its charity wing Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) properties including seminaries and mosques across the country following immense international pressure built up after the Pulwama attack, Saeed was keeping a low profile at his Lahore’s Jauhar Town residence. He was even barred from entering the JuD headquarters in Lahore and Muridke. The Pakistani government had also arrested the JuD’s second-in-command Abdul Rehman Makki, who is brother-in-law of Saeed, on the charges of making a public speech and terror financing charges. The CTD said it booked Saeed and his 12 aides for ‘terror financing’ in 23 cases after “irrefutable evidence” against them was detected. The cases have been registered in Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan for collection of funds for terrorism financing through assets/properties made and held in the names of Trusts/ Non Profit Organisations (NPO) including Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawatul Irshad Trust and Muaz Bin Jabal Trust. The CTD said the investigation launched into financing matters of proscribed organisations – JuD and LeT – in connection with implementation of the UN Sanctions against these Designated Entities and Persons as directed by the NSC (National Security Committee) in its Meeting of January 1. “These suspects made assets from funds of terrorism financing. They held and used these assets to raise more funds for further terrorism financing. Hence, they committed multiple offences of terrorism financing and money laundering under Anti Terrorism Act 1997. They will be prosecuted in ATCs (Anti Terrorism Courts) for commission of these offences,” the CTD said. Makki, MaliK Zafar Iqbal, Ameer Hamza, Muhammad Yahya Aziz, Muhammad Naeem Sh, Mohsin Bilal, Abdul Raqeeb, Ahmad Daud, Muhammad Ayub, Abdullah Ubaid, Muhammad Ali and Abdul Ghaffar are other suspects. The other suspects are reported to have been hiding since the government took over the properties of these organisations.last_img read more

Air India Looks to Raise ₹1200 crore from Real Estate Sales to

first_imgDebt-ridden Air India Ltd has planned on selling some of its real estate assets in the country as well as abroad. This move is expected to help the struggling government-owned carrier to raise around ₹1,200 crore in the next two years, said sources close to the matter.Air India has also obtained the approval of the ministry of civil aviation to sell its properties in Chennai, Coimbatore, and Mumbai.”Selling real estate properties is one among three plans suggested by the government to turn around the airline. Real estate monetization is critical as it would save at least ₹300 crore in terms of interest as the airline has plans to use these proceeds to settle a part of high-cost loans,” a source said, according to Live Mint.Experts say that Air India’s attempt to monetise real estate assets to trim debt and reduce interest costs may prove difficult.The country’s third largest airline is struggling with a huge debt of around ₹40,000 crore as of 31 March and is expected to see a turnaround by 2018-19.It appears that the company is planning to “raise some rupee bonds” and sell a part of its fleet to reduce debt, besides selling properties in the three cities.The state-owned airline actually planned to sell properties amounting to ₹5,000 crore by March next year, but did not get through because of delays in approval from the concerned authorities.In January 2013, Air India roped in real estate consultant DTZ International Property Advisors Pvt Ltd to assist it in disposing of some of real estate properties.”In the last two to three years, a number of corporates who haven’t got adequate cash flows from their core businesses have divested real estate assets to raise capital,” said Rajeev Bairathi, executive director, capital transactions group, at property advisory Knight Frank India.The domestic airline is also considering selling its properties in New Delhi, which include office and reservation building, and housing quarters for staff in Vasant Vihar. It is also looking to sell staff housing quarters in Navi Mumbai and Chennai.”It may not be easy for Air India to sell its assets because they have a mixed bag of assets, including apartments, and not all are clear land parcels. While there is demand for clean titled land parcels, there may not be many takers for other kinds of properties in a slowdown scenario,” said property consultant familiar with the matter.Air India is planning to sell properties present in other countries such as Hong Kong, Nairobi, Mauritius, London, and Tokyo.”Air India is expecting to get at least ₹88 crore for Sterling Apartments in Mumbai, while the Anna Salai plot in Chennai is likely to fetch ₹108 crore. Our Coimbatore plot should fetch ₹20 crore. The majority of money should come from overseas properties,” the source added.last_img read more

N Korea says no plans to meet US officials at Olympics

first_imgOympic-2018-North Korea-Members of North Korean cheering squad arrive at a hotel in Inje, South Korea on 7February 2018. Photo: ReutersNorth Korea has no intention of meeting US officials during the Winter Olympics that start on Friday, the KCNA news agency reported, dampening hopes the Games will help resolve a tense standoff over the North’s nuclear weapons programme.USbicepresident Mike Pence, who described North Korea as the world’s most tyrannical regime on Wednesday, flies in to South Korea on Thursday ahead of the opening ceremony in the mountain resort of Pyeongchang, just 80 kilometresfrom the heavily armed border with North Korea.The ceremony will also be attended by a senior delegation of North Korean officials, including the younger sister of leader Kim Jong Un and the North’s nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam.”We have never begged for dialogue with the United States and it will be the same going forward,” KCNA reported on Thursday, citing Cho Yong Sam, director-general of the North American department of North Korea’s foreign ministry.”To be clear, we have no intention of meeting with the US during our visit to South Korea”, and no plans to use the Winter Olympics as a political vehicle, Cho said.South Korea wants to use the event to re-engage with North Korea and open the way for talks to resolve one of the world’s most dangerous crises, in which US President Donald Trump and Pyongyang have swapped nuclear threats.Speaking after meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on his way to South Korea, Pence said Washington would soon unveil “the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Koreaever”.US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions would be unveiled “in the coming weeks” and urged all countries to fully implement existing UN sanctions and to back the US pressure campaign by expellingNorth Korean “financial facilitators and trade reps”.North Korea is set to mark the founding anniversary of its army with a large military parade in Pyongyang on Thursday, having last month changed the date of the celebration to the eve of the Olympics.Pence will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul later on Thursday. On Friday, before he attends the Olympic opening ceremony, he will visit a memorial for 46 South Korean sailors killed in 2010 in the sinking of a warship that Seoul blamed on a North Korean torpedo attack.Pence is taking the father of Otto Warmbier, an American student who died last year after being imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months.Kim Yo Jong, the 28-year-old sister of the North Korean leader, will be sitting in the same stadium as VIP guests along with ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam.She will be the first member of the Kim family to cross the border into the South. Kim Yo Jong is a propaganda official and was blacklisted last year by the US Treasury Department over alleged human rights abuses and censorship.Japan’s Abe, whose nation has been within range of North Korean missiles for decades, will also attend the ceremony, adding to seating complications for hosts South Korea.South Korea asked the United Nations on Wednesday for an exemption to allow a UN. sanctioned North Korean official, ChoeHwi, to attend the opening ceremony with Kim Yo Jong.A group of 280 North Koreans arrived in South Korea on Wednesday to support athletes from the two sides at the Games. The group included a 229-member cheer squad, taekwondo performers, journalists, and the sports minister.last_img read more

The Mortgage Markets Best Kept Secret

first_img CoreLogic Mortgage Market Rural Housing Market 2016-05-13 Staff Writer May 13, 2016 600 Views There is one growing sector of the housing market that often flies under radar of industry attention: the rural housing market. But it’s definitely making some noise now.According to CoreLogic’s Faith Schwartz, the rural housing market is often an afterthought in the industry and does get the respect or attention it deserves.Schwartz noted that the rural housing market should receive more attention for two reasons:It serves as a laboratory for cutting edge affordable housing techniques.It benefits a huge swath of the country: about 80 percent of all land area and about 20 percent of the country’s population.Both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and HUD have products packaged into Ginnie Mae’s Rural Housing Service Section 502 direct and guaranteed mortgage, and the HUD Section 184 mortgage program targeted to American Indians, Schwartz reported. These programs made up about four percent of the $436 billion in Ginnie Mae securities issued last year or about $17 billion to fund rural housing.HUD 184 has guaranteed some $5 billion through more than 25,000 loans in single family mortgages for Indians, most of them on or adjacent to their rural reservation since starting to guarantee loans in 1995, the report said.In March, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) announced a new ruling that will qualify for small, rural crediting provisions.According to the CFPB, the Bureau has officially moved to implement Congress’ recent HELP Act, which stands for Helping Expand Lending Practices in Rural Communities. The act expands the guidelines for what “small creditors” are and will allow more lenders to take advantage of special lending provisions on CFPB mortgage rules set forth in January 2014.Since the initial implementation of these rules, the CFPB has made several moves to expand the definitions of “small creditor” and “rural area,” but before the HELP Act, smaller lenders were only eligible for special provisions if more than half its loans were in rural or underserved areas.CFPB Director Richard Cordray explains: “The Consumer Bureau today has acted to implement the recent law that extends to more small creditors the specific provisions for operating in rural or underserved areas. This rule provides broader eligibility for lenders serving in those areas to originate balloon-payment qualified and a high-cost mortgages.”Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may soon be made to offer mortgages for homes in ‘underserved markets.’A new rule, introduced in December 2015, requires the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) by federal law to issue a regulation to implement the Duty to Serve requirements specified in the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992, as amended by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) of 2008 among both GSEs.According to a press release from the FHFA, the proposed regulation will require the GSEs to serve three underserved markets including manufactured housing, affordable housing preservation, and rural markets.”The proposed rule would require the Enterprises to adopt plans to improve the distribution and availability of mortgage financing in a safe and sound manner for residential properties that serve very low-, low-, and moderate-income families in the three specified underserved markets,” the FHFA stated in the release.Schwartz concluded, “So even though you don’t hear about rural housing all that often that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lot happening…and a lot of good being done.” in Daily Dose, Headlines, Market Studies, Newscenter_img The Mortgage Market’s Best Kept Secret Sharelast_img read more

DBRS expects continuity in Anastasiades second term

first_imgDBRS, the Canadian rating company, said that the outcome of Sunday’s presidential elections gives President Nicos Anastasiades a solid mandate to continue his government’s policies to tackle challenges.The Cypriot president, who was compelled into taking tough decisions for the banking system which included losses for depositors at the island’s two largest lenders in the first weeks of his first term five years ago, “campaigned on his record and his proposed policies are known,” DBRS said in an emailed statement on Wednesday.“DBRS expects policy continuity,” the rating company which changed in December Cyprus’s BB (low) credit rating from stable to positive, said. “The government remains committed to addressing the country’s challenges. These include reducing banks’ high non-performing loans, lowering still high private-sector debt, maintaining healthy growth and reducing the public debt ratio”.On Sunday, Anastasiades, supported mainly by Disy, got 56 per cent of the vote while his challenger Stavros Malas, supported by Akel, got 44 per cent. The DBRS rating is three notches below investment grade.DBRS added that it expects the island to continue its “solid economic and fiscal performance”.The rating company added that it expects an economic growth rate exceeding 3 per cent in both 2018 and 2019 after the economy expanded a projected 3.8 per cent last year.“The forecast for the 2017 fiscal surplus was revised upwards to 1 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) from an earlier forecast of only 0.2 per cent,” it said. “Importantly, it is now expected to be above 1.3 per cent over the next two years. Because of these stronger-than-expected developments and a partial early debt repayment, the government debt ratio is estimated to have fallen below 100 per cent in 2017, one year earlier than initially estimated in the government’s stability programme in April 2017”.“Another positive development is that banks’ non-performing loans continue to decrease,” DBRS said.On Wednesday, the Central Bank of Cyprus said that they dropped to €21.4bn or 44.1 per cent of the total in October 2017.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Almost €2 billion euros owed in overdue taxes

first_imgThe audit office has called on the tax department to do all it can to collect overdue taxes – to the tune of almost €2 billion – that are increasing alarmingly, but accepted that collecting a large proportion of it is unlikely.According to the annual audit report on the tax department that was released on Friday, €3.5 billion in taxes were collected in 2016, while overdue tax, including interest and charges, amounted to €1.8bn. Of that amount €1.3bn concerned direct tax and €485.7 million indirect tax. Overdue taxes in 2015 were €1.74bn, the report said.“The [tax] commissioner informed us that overdue payments include millions of which the chances of collecting are virtually non-existent,” the report said.It said that between November 2014 and December 2017, the tax department placed encumbrances on immovable property for debts totalling €197.8m and received €113.4m. Also, during the period between April 2015 and December 2017 the department withheld funds in bank accounts for taxes due worth €944,776 and received €548,368.The tax commissioner informed the audit office that a special team has been appointed to deal with debtors, starting with those owing the largest amounts and that by the end of 2018, a major clean-up of the inland revenue department’s database is expected.The audit service recommended that the tax department takes all necessary measures to limit the state’s non-performing debts amounting to millions of euros “and which are increasing at an alarming rate”.It also recommends timely updating of the inland revenue department’s database concerning taxpayers who are not active.The report said that it found problems in the department’s tax collection capacity, such as inadequate measures for the collection of overdue taxes.There were cases where legal measures were taken (real estate freezing) that did not cover the due amount but no further measures were taken by the tax department. Also, in some cases, while the taxpayer had other assets, the department did not place encumbrance on them.On some occasions, court cases were filed against taxpayers which were later withdrawn.The report also said that companies that are under liquidation appear on the records of the tax department under overdue taxes. This, it said, might not paint the real picture.But delay in probes could also mean lost chances of uncovering possible offences. One of the cases mentioned by the report is that of a now retired state doctor for whom the audit office had asked for a tax probe in 2016. This only took place a full year later as more important cases were prioritised by the tax department.The audit service said it did not agree with the tax commissioner who argued that delays in such investigations can only be a problem under certain conditions which were not applicable in that case.“Our office does not agree with this position since the identification of undeclared income by a civil servant (especially a doctor) points to a possible case of corruption (brown envelopes),” the report said.According to the report the most important sources of loss of tax income due to undeclared income were from people renting out property, businesses offering Ministry of Transport (MOT) tests, but also artists, businesses and individuals offering fitness and wellness services, and spa, beauty and hair salons.As regards MOT shops, following random checks of 16 establishments, the total amount of turnover which was declared for VAT taxation but not to the inland revenue department, was for the period between 2002 to 2015, approximately €11.1m.Of this amount, approximately € 10.3m concerns the period between 2006 and 2015, a period for which the tax commissioner may impose tax according to the law, the report said.Random checks in 20 fitness centres, the report said, revealed that the overall turnover not declared to the tax department, but which was declared for VAT reasons, was around €24.4m for the period between 1995 and 2015. It added that the tax commissioner could impose taxation on €20.1m of that amount concerning the period between 2005 and 2015.There have also been 14 cases of top-flight football referees and assistant referees who did not declare income between 2007 and 2014 even though they appear to have each refereed between 84 and 171 matches in Cyprus and abroad. It is believed that they each earned on average €16,800 per year for the period between 2013 and 2014. The report said that the referees may have refereed more matches as the probe concerned only top-flight games in Cyprus and abroad. But even when referees stop refereeing matches, and continue to work as observers, they still fail to declare their income from that activity.As regards football clubs, the report said that most of them appear to have failed in responding to their obligations for a number of years, even after the approval by cabinet between 1998 and 2014 of a number of schemes to help them repay their debts.Until January 2017, football clubs owed €34.15m both in direct and indirect tax.The report said that the football club companies also owed €11.99m in direct and indirect tax.You May LikeWhitening Toothpaste Coupons | Search AdsCrest Toothpaste & Whitening CouponsWhitening Toothpaste Coupons | Search AdsUndoAcademy of Art UniversityReasons Why People Attended Academy of Art UniversityAcademy of Art UniversityUndoEtsyRough Pink Tourmaline 14k Rose Gold Twig Ring, Gemstone Solitaire, Engagement Ring, Anniversary Ring by Dawn Vertrees JewelryEtsyUndo Urgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more