ACB sends notice to Mehbooba over JK Bank appointments

first_imgSrinagar: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Jammu and Kashmir has issued a notice to former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti asking her whether she had verbally or otherwise endorsed the recommendations made by some ministers in the PDP-BJP government for appointments in JK Bank. “During the course of investigations of case FIR No. 10/2019 police station ACBK dated 08/06/2019, it has surfaced that some appointments were made by chairman JK Bank on references of recommendation of few ministers. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”It may please be clarified that whether such references had your endorsement, verbal or otherwise, for appointments in JK Bank,” read the ACB notice to Mehbooba issued on Saturday. Mehbooba posted the notice on Twitter, saying she was not surprised by the development. “Not surprised to receive a letter from the Anti-Corruption Bureau. Concerted efforts are being made to browbeat mainstream leaders & thwart potential efforts for a collective response. I am too small an entity vis a vis the cause that unites us today. Such tactics won’t work,” she wrote.last_img read more

La La Anthony To Host Russell Simmons HipHop Inaugural Ball

first_imgHip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) along with PHILANTHROPIK are pleased to present the HIP-HOP INAUGURAL BALL II in celebration of the Hip-Hop community’s role in the 2012 Election and promoting political awareness.Actress and television personality La La Anthony together with actor and E! News anchor Terrence J will host the black tie, charity gala at 8 p.m., January 20, at The Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F Street, N.W., Washington, DC.The brainchild of event chairs Russell Simmons and Zach McDaniels, the HEINEKEN USA sponsored Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball will once again be the hippest and hottest ticket of the Inaugural weekend, celebrating the hip-hop community’s role in popular culture and the 2012 election. 2 Chainz, John Legend, Eva Longoria, Swizz Beatz, Pharrell Williams, Jadakiss, Brandy, LOS, Tank, Lance Gross, 9th Wonder and Raheem DeVaughn and more will be amongst the many in attendance to celebrate the role that hip-hop played in registering and mobilizing voters during this election cycle.The highly anticipated evening promises exclusive performances, reunions, unbelievable collaborations and great music from legendary artists including Hip-Hop DJ D-Nice and Hip-Hop Icon Doug E. Fresh and will also award and recognize those artists and organizations that have impacted and influenced the hip-hop and youth communities to be active, politically and socially.A special treat: hip-hop violinist Damien Escobar from the group Nuttin but Stringz (America’s Got Talent) will perform, as will Wayne Brady and Meek Mill, Marsha Ambrosius. Charles “ROC” Dutton and Jadakiss will give us a sneak peak at their new movie “Must Be the Music.”Lifetime Achievement honoree MC Lyte will be honored with a special tribute performance by fellow ladies of hip-hop Yo-Yo, Smooth and Lil Mama. The Human Beat Box , hip-hop legend Doug E. Fresh will also receive a Lifetime Achievement award.This year, special acknowledgment will be made in recognition of the role the Hispanic/Latina hip-hop community played in galvanizing large numbers of Hispanics to vote by honoring VOTO LATINO . Actress Rosario Dawson will accept an award on behalf of Voto Latino, the non-partisan organization she co-founded to bring new and diverse voices into the political process by engaging youth, media, technology and celebrities to promote positive change.A special recognition will be given to honor Dr. Benjamin Chavis, HSAN President, and his work as a mentor and advocate within the hip-hop community and for his life-long commitment to the Civil Rights Movement. The governor of North Carolina recently pardoned him and ten others who were falsely convicted and imprisoned for arson in the historic “Wilmington Ten” case.The party will continue throughout the venue after the awards and performances with Legendary DJ D-Nice and DJ Lil Mic on the one’s and two’s.The Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball is a charity fundraiser with all ticket proceeds going to PHILANTHROPIK, a non-profit committed to supporting programs and initiatives that empower the community and inspire young people to be philanthropic.FOR TICKETS GO TO: www.eventfarm.com/HIB2013.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Enerplus plans more North Dakota growth as higher oil prices fuel Q4

first_imgCALGARY – Calgary-based Enerplus Corp. plans to continue to pour money into its North Dakota light oil play this year after crediting it with fourth-quarter profits that handily beat analyst expectations.The company will invest 90 per cent of its 2018 capital budget of between $535 million and $585 million in the United States, most in North Dakota Bakken light oil wells, where production is expected to grow by 30 per cent.It is also planning to drill up to three new oil wells on a new project in Colorado after strong results from its first well drilled last year.“For the last while, it’s been pretty easy to put money into the U.S. and it’s been harder to put money into Canada,” CEO Ian Dundas said on a conference call.He said the decision by Enerplus to concentrate on North Dakota a few years ago was based on its superior prospects and wasn’t an “anti-Canada call.” But he added falling corporate taxes in the U.S. and higher taxes in Canada since then have reinforced the wisdom of the move.“The Canadian regulators could make life a lot better for Canadians if they started to really pay attention to what’s happening in the U.S.,” he said. “It just needs to compete.”His comments echo those of Suncor Energy Inc. CEO Steve Williams, who said on a conference call earlier this month that Suncor is “having to look at Canada quite hard” when deciding to invest because of the regulation and higher taxes.“Other jurisdictions are doing much more to attract businesses so Canada needs to up its game,” he said.Canadian operations accounted for less than 20 per cent of production for Enerplus in 2017.The company said Friday it earned net income of $15 million or six cents per share in the last three months of 2017, compared with $840 million or $3.43 per share in the year-earlier period, with the latter figures boosted by asset sales.Stripping out non-recurring items, its fourth quarter 2017 earnings were $61.5 million or 25 cents per share, beating analyst predictions of $5.8 million or 17 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.Enerplus said its average realized selling price for oil jumped 22 per cent to C$65.91 in the fourth quarter. Eric Le Dain, senior vice-president of corporate development, pointed out on the call that was partly because of less competition from light oil stranded in Canada due to pipeline constraints.The company reported the discount in its realized price compared with benchmark West Texas Intermediate fell to US$1.61 per barrel in the last three months of 2017, half of the US$3.24 per barrel discount in the previous quarter.By comparison, the average discount paid for Western Canadian Select oilsands blend crude from Alberta in the fourth quarter was US$12.26 per barrel and it has since spiked at times to around US$30 per barrel, a trend also blamed on constrained pipeline access.Enerplus said it is trying to sell Canadian natural gas-prone properties producing about 5,000 boe/d after selling similar assets with about 7,700 boe/d of production in 2017.The company said higher-than-expected fourth-quarter corporate production of nearly 89,000 boe/d, an increase of 12 per cent from the third quarter, was realized mainly due to growth in oil output from North Dakota and natural gas from its Pennsylvania Marcellus wells.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:ERF, TSX:SU)last_img read more

ICC nod for names, numbers on player shirts in Tests

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to further popularise Test cricket the International Cricket Council (ICC) has allowed players to have their names and numbers on the back of their shirts starting with the World Test Championship from August 1. The Ashes series between England and Australia will be the first instance when the players will sport these jerseys. “They will come into force on August 1 as part of the World Test Championship,” ICC General Manager Claire Furlong said. The ICC in recent times has already taken major strides in the direction to highlight Test format — the introduction of the World Test Championship was in this line. The championship will start from July 15 and go on till April 30, 2021, with the final being played in June 2021. With an aim to attract more fans to the game, the ICC has approved the idea of having players’ names and numbers on their shirts even in the longest format of the gentleman’s game. The World Test Championship, whose calender was released in June 2018, is being seen as a tool to make bilateral ties more contextual. The move to introduce jerseys with the name of players and their numbers will only make it more exciting for the fans who seem to be more interested to follow the shorter formats of the game. Commenting on the fixtures of the Test championship, ICC CEO David Richardson had said: “The agreement of this FTP (Future Tours Programme) means we have clarity, certainty and most importantly context around bilateral cricket over the next five years. “The World Test Championship will get underway next year with the ODI league kicking off in 2020 as part of the qualification towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. “Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but with the release of this FTP, our members have found a genuine solution that gives fans around the world the chance to engage regularly with international cricket that has meaning and the possibility of a global title at the end.” ICC chairman Shashank Manohar had recently said that Test cricket was dying. “We are trying to see whether Test championship can generate interest because Test cricket is actually dying to be honest. “So to improve the situation, we are trying ways and means. The (ICC) board directors has come to a conclusion that if we start a Test championship, it would keep Test cricket alive and generate more interest in the game,” Manohar had said.last_img read more

Security Council briefed on monitoring of sanctions against Iran

4 March 2010The Security Council was briefed today by the head its committee monitoring sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme, including reports of violations regarding the transfer of arms. Ambassador Yukio Takasu of Japan, who chairs the committee, provided an update on its latest work to the 15-member Council.During the reporting period, 11 December 2009 to 4 March 2010, the committee received two reports of violations of resolution 1747 of 2007, which bans arms exports from Iran, the Ambassador stated.It has asked for explanations about arms-related materials from Iran that was found on board two ships, the Hansa India and the Francop.The committee, Mr. Takasu said, has approved another notice to urge Member States to be especially vigilant for violations similar to those involved in the Hansa India incident, which involves the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL).Iran’s nuclear programme – which its officials have stated is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).Resolution 1737 of December 2006 banned trade with Iran in all items, materials, equipment, goods and technology which could contribute to the country’s enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy water-related activities, or to the development of nuclear-weapon delivery systems.Resolution 1747 of the following year tightened the sanctions by imposing a ban on arms sales and expanding the freeze on assets. The Council imposed further sanctions against Iran in resolution 1803 in 2008. These included the inspection of cargo suspected of carrying prohibited goods, the tighter monitoring of financial institutions and the extension of travel bans and asset freezes, over its nuclear programme.Mr. Takasu also informed the Council today that the committee had received three notifications from Member States concerning the delivery of items for use in the nuclear power plant at Bushehr, Iran. As for the reporting requirement by States on their implementation of the sanctions, the Committee so far had received 91 reports under resolution 1737, 78 reports under resolution 1747 and 67 reports under resolution 1803, he said.On Monday, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) stressed that stepped-up cooperation from Iran is crucial to ensure that the body can verify that all nuclear material in the country is for peaceful purposes.The IAEA continues, “under its Comprehensive Safeguards Agreements with Iran, to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran, but we cannot confirm that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities because Iran has not provided the Agency with the necessary cooperation,” Director General Yukiya Amano said in his address to the body’s Board of Governors in Vienna.He urged Iran to cooperate in areas including the implementation of resolutions by both the IAEA and the Security Council, as well as clarification of issues related to the possible military dimensions to its nuclear programme.Last October, an agreement on fuel for a civilian nuclear research site in Tehran was put forward in which Iranian low-enriched uranium would be shipped for further enrichment to Russia and then on to France to be fabricated into fuel.Iran has said it needs more time to provide a response, while the other three parties to the talks – France, Russia and the United States – have all indicated their approval of the agreement.Earlier this month, the IAEA expressed its concern over an announcement by Iran that it will increase its enrichment of uranium. read more

Ministers highlight impact of policy on people as UN Assembly continues

“Are we really doing enough for our people?” asked the Foreign Minister of Vanuatu, Sato Kilman, blaming international power plays that prevent strong United Nations action and calling for effective reform of the Organization. “We are now on the threshold of a new beginning, so let us not let the opportunity pass.”Foreign Minister Carlos Morales Troncoso of the Dominican Republic said that for small, poor nations, nothing could be more important than leading their people out of poverty and avoiding despair, violence and chaos. The burden of such an effort should be borne by developed and developing nations alike, he said.”We need a new concept of sovereignty where protecting the rights of people is increasingly more important than protecting the prerogatives of State power. We must bring the human being to the centre of activities of international institutions,” Polish Foreign Minister Adam Daniel Rotfeld proposed.Belarus Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov warned against moves to divide the UN membership into rich and poor, instead of having the common goal of working together for peace. He said members were recently asked to approve a new decision-making procedure in certain agencies where those who paid more would have more votes. Now the proposal was to elect countries to the main UN human rights body on the basis of subjective criteria.”This is a dangerous tendency. This is a clear deviation from the UN Charter. This is a road to a split in the UN,” he said.Eritrean Foreign Minister Berhane Abrehe, whose country fought a two-year war with neighbouring Ethiopia before a UN commission delineated a boundary, said: “Almost four years after the decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC), the dark clouds of war are again hanging over my country.”The situation was not an intractable border dispute requiring “flexibility” of the parties. “It is squarely a grave matter of an illegal and forcible occupation of sovereign territory of Eritrea, a United Nations Member State, in stark violation of Article 2.4 of the United Nations Charter,” he said.Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Foreign Minister Raymond Ramazani Baya brought the profound gratitude of his people for the international community’s investment in the peacekeeping UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) and said a major remaining problem was disarming the foreign armed groups in his country, which posed a threat to the peaceful conduct of the upcoming elections.Viet Nam’s experience has shown that economic growth and the improvement of the people’s lives will help strengthen peace and stability and that an environment of peace, political and social stability is indispensable for development, Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien said. “In this regard, we believe the United Nations should have a greater role to play in making these links more interactive.”Calling on the UN, too, the Foreign Minister of Malta, Michael Frendo, said illegal immigration represented a collapse of the international legal order and had to be unequivocally addressed by the world community. Countries of origin and transit needed to bear their responsibilities to uphold the rule of law and vigorously clamp down on criminal human trafficking. He added that his small island nation and its already dense population had seen the problem reach crisis proportions.The ability to protect one’s people was also dependent on a Government’s ability to increase its gross national income by finding opportunities for equitable trade, some said.”It s undeniable that trading relations between industrialized and developing countries remain marked by inequality, even iniquity,” Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Youssouf Ouédraogo said. “You understand why, therefore, Burkina Faso continues to call for the suppression of unjust subsidies of exports, especially those on cotton.””Myanmar is a multi-ethnic nation comprising over a hundred races. Immediately after independence, the country had to face the scourge of insurgency. This has posed a serious impediment in our national development endeavours,” Foreign Minister Nyan Win said of his country.”Based on the bitter lessons from the past, we have today embarked on a programme for the prevalence of law and order and stability of the nation. As we are able to build peace and stability, we have been able to focus our attention on economic development, giving priority to human resource development.”Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah pointed to his country’s success in reducing illicit narcotics output by 21 per cent. Besides asking rural communities to plant alternative crops, however, “we have to provide them with agricultural assistance, invest in irrigation, build roads, and provide electric power and assistance in generating non-farm employment in rural areas.”Tanzanian Deputy Foreign Minister Abdulkader Shareef said his country was nine years ahead of schedule to meet the universal primary education target of the Millennium Development Goals and on course for providing access to safe drinking water, reducing child mortality and promoting gender equality in political participation and decision-making. “With steady assistance and macro-economic and political stability, we should get closer to achieving most of the Goals by 2015,” he added.Cape Verde called for a new analysis of the whole practice of financing for development. If the poorest countries could get a breath of fresh air from such a gesture of international solidarity as debt cancellation, it might also be good to make a gesture towards those middle-income countries without natural resources, which had borrowed prudently and honoured their debt servicing, Foreign Minister Victor Manuel Barbosa Borges said.Tongan Finance Minister Siosiua T. ‘Utoikamanu, said the development agenda remained the first priority for small island developing States. Tonga welcomed the proposed increase in aid resources, but international development assistance alone would not be sufficient. It would have to be complemented by foreign direct investment, improved market access and effective development partnerships.Albanian Foreign Minister Kastriot Islami said: “My country is definitely on the path to Euro-Atlantic integration with a clear perspective of EU and NATO membership. We consider this membership would be a contribution to peace, stability and prosperity achieved in the Western European countries during the last 50 years.”Integration in these structures meant for Albania acknowledgment and acceptance of such values as economic and political freedom, fundamental human rights and freedoms, the rule of law, social prosperity and solidarity, while simultaneously making its contribution to this community of values, he said.“As a country suffering from senseless and brutal terrorism for a decade, Nepal unequivocally condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and supports the early conclusion of a comprehensive convention against international terrorism,” Nepalese Foreign Minister Ramesh Nath Pandey said, adding that the human rights situation in the kingdom needed to be understood in the context of the unabated violence perpetrated by the terrorists. read more

US worker productivity rebounds a modest 13 per cent in 2nd quarter

FILE – In this July 27, 2015 file photo, cook Bulmaro Sosa, right, goes over a food order with server Zachary DeYoung at an Ivar’s restaurant in Seattle. The Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 11, 2015 6:47 am MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2015 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US worker productivity rebounds a modest 1.3 per cent in 2nd quarter WASHINGTON – U.S. productivity rose at a moderate pace in the April-June quarter as growth picked up and hiring remained steady.The Labor Department said Tuesday that worker productivity increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.3 per cent, up from a drop of 1.1 per cent in the first quarter. The first quarter’s decline was revised sharply higher from a previous estimate of a 3.1 per cent decline.The second quarter rebound occurred mostly because the economy grew faster: It expanded at a 2.3 per cent annual rate, compared with the first quarter’s anemic 0.6 per cent growth.Productivity is a gauge of how efficient workers are. It measures the output of goods and services for each hour worked.Weak productivity growth can boost hiring in the short run, as companies have to add more workers to boost output. But it also holds back wage growth. Faster productivity growth allows employers to boost pay without pushing up inflation.Productivity growth has been sluggish since the recession. That’s a key reason why the recovery has been weak. Productivity has expanded just 0.3 per cent in the past year, far below the long-run average of 2.2 per cent.And productivity growth was even weaker in 2012 and 2013 than previously thought. The government revised the previous three years’ data to incorporate recent changes in its estimates of economic growth.As a result, worker productivity was flat in 2013, down from a previous figure of 0.9 per cent growth. That is the weakest showing since 1982. In 2012, productivity growth was revised down to 0.9 per cent from 1 per cent.Labour costs, meanwhile, crept up just 0.5 per cent in the second quarter, a sign that wages are rising only modestly. Labor costs increased 2.3 per cent in the first quarter, sharply lower than the previous estimate of 6.7 per cent.Rising labour costs can be a precursor of inflation. Yet they have been mostly sluggish since the recession. Companies haven’t had to increase pay much to hold onto workers.The Federal Reserve carefully monitors productivity and labour costs for signs that inflation is nearing higher levels.The weak productivity growth in recent years has largely puzzled economists. It has risen an average of just 1.3 per cent a year from 2007 through 2014.That’s far below the strong 2.8 per cent average annual growth that occurred from 1995 through 2004, which largely reflected a boost from the widespread use of computers and the Internet.Some experts believe that improvements in software and other high-tech products aren’t being accurately measured by the government’s statistics, which were formulated when manufacturing, agriculture and other tangible goods accounted for a bigger share of the economy.Other economists argue that companies haven’t yet figured out how to fully exploit smartphones, tablets and other recent innovations. Productivity should increase as they learn to do so. And still others point out that companies have been reluctant since the recession to invest in large equipment such as industrial machinery, which could boost their employees’ productivity. read more

At Dubai forum UNESCO chief calls for scaling up efforts to educate

Speaking at the second annual Global Education and Skills Forum, held in Dubai, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova pointed out that there were 31 million girls out of school in 2011, of whom 55 per cent are expected to never enrol, and that women still represent two-thirds of the world’s 774 million illiterate adults.“This is a waste of talent and human ingenuity that no society can afford,” Ms. Bokova stated in a news release.“Girls education is a development multiplier and one of the most powerful transformational forces we have to build peace and social inclusion,” she added. “Educated girls have healthier families, earn more income and contribute to national growth. Everyone benefits.” Ms. Bokova warned that “a generation of young women will be left behind” unless there is a concerted global push now, and at all levels of society, to change the status quo. At a session devoted to New Partnerships for Girls’ and Women’s Education, the Director-General encouraged business leaders present to join UNESCO’s Global Partnership for Girls’ Education. Launched in 2011 by Ms. Bokova, Secretary General Bank Ki-moon and former United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the initiative targets the weakest links in education – the transition to secondary education and literacy.The Partnership has brought together several Governments, private sector leaders and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide girls and women in underprivileged urban and rural areas in Africa and Asia with education and learning opportunities. Some 20,000 learners and hundreds of teachers and ministry officials have benefitted from projects implemented in seven countries – Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, and Tanzania – including awareness-raising and capacity-building activities, academic support, access to learning opportunities, guidance and counselling, as well as access to, training on and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).“We have seen that we can produce results,” said Ms. Bokova. “But to make a real difference, we must scale up our efforts exponentially. Our actions must measure up to our ambitions. This requires greater engagement from all sectors.”Over the next two years, UNESCO will seek to increase the number and diversity of its partners in girls’ education; expand the geographic coverage of its activities; increase the amount of resources invested; and promote innovative approaches and encourage South-South and North-South-South cooperation.More than 1,000 representatives of Government, NGOs, business leaders and academia are attending the Forum, which is organized by UNESCO, the Ministry of Education of the United Arab Emirates, GEMS Education, the Varkey GEMS Foundation and Dubai Cares, in support of the Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative. read more

Consul general visit boosts BrockIndia relations

Brock University this week welcomed new Consul General Ankhilesh Mishra from the Consulate General of India in Toronto.Brock University this week welcomed new Consul General Ankhilesh Mishra from the Consulate General of India in Toronto, and Gary Comerford, vice-chairman of Canada-India Business Council.This was the consul general’s first visit to Brock University, during which he spent a full day on campus learning about Brock and the Niagara region.Comerford has 40 years experience in the financial sector, both in Niagara as well as Toronto, and previously taught courses in marketing and business in Brock’s early years.During the visit, Consul Mishra had the opportunity to meet with several faculty, staff and senior administrators, including Brock University President Jack Lightstone and Dean of the Goodman School of Business, Don Cyr.The purpose of the visit was to make Canada-India business connections, explore opportunities for increased student recruitment and enhanced research collaboration, as well as to introduce Consul Mishra to Brock University.Consul Mishra also met with eight students from India, many of whom are undertaking their MBA studies at Brock.Consul Mishra spoke to the students about the possibilities of future Canada-India collaborations, the ways in which the two countries can engage in mutually beneficial partnerships, and the role that young, educated people can play in those collaborations.The students said that they were inspired by his words, and all spoke highly of Brock and their experiences in Canada.Brock is already engaged in activities in India, in areas including the Centre for Applied Disability Studies, whose faculty members have helped set up schools and services for children with autism, in collaboration with their colleagues in Chennai. read more

Opinion Troubles in Brazil could pose problem for World Cup

Demonstrators participate in a protest against the rising public transportation prices, and the Brazilian government’s lavish spending for the FIFA Confederations Cup and World Cup soccer events June 19 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.Courtesy of MCTWhile most of the world is invested in the Winter Olympics, there are those of us that are counting down the days until June 12.That day marks the beginning of the greatest single event in sports: the World Cup.Brazil is hosting this year’s tournament, and the excitement has been building for four years since Spain claimed its first World Cup title in 2010.The questions from pundits are wide-ranging, to say the least. Can the Spaniards repeat? Will Brazil claim its record sixth title, this time on home soil? Will it be Argentina’s Lionel Messi or Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo who will solidify their claim at being the world’s best player by leading their team to glory on the sport’s biggest stage?When one pictures a Brazilian World Cup, images of Pelé, Garrincha, Zico and Ronaldinho come to mind. A truly beautiful version of the beautiful game.But while happiness and excitement run rampant, if you peel back the layers,  you will find a much darker scene.As the clock ticks down until Brazil take on Croatia in Sao Paulo June 12, there are still issues in Brazil.Five of the 12 host sites for matches at the World Cup were intended to be finished by the end of 2013 but were still under construction as of last Saturday according to a report by The Guardian.The worst of these was the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, which until Tuesday was under threat of losing its right to host to another city if it did not pass a FIFA inspection.Although the city passed, the idea that this puts on display is a scary one: if Brazil can’t have these stadiums ready by its initial deadline, what faith can we have that it will be ready for the actual tournament?According to the same report by The Guardian, there have also been six worker deaths in the construction and renovation of these stadiums.Protests have also been a big problem in the lead up to the World Cup.Periodically throughout the summer of 2013 and stretching into this year, the youth of Brazil have poured into the streets to protest the money that’s being poured into the World Cup despite a failing economy, which pales in comparison to the violent deaths directly related to Brazilian football that have occurred in the past year.The situation right now seems like a powder keg, and that one little spark could cause the whole thing to blow.Will the tournament go on, even with the chaos in the streets and the questionable safety of the stadiums? Yes. But the likelihood that it will go off without a hitch decreases by the day.For an event so romanticized by soccer faithful — myself included — this is a frightening precedent that is being set. If a country thought to be so ingrained in soccer, particularly on the national level, is struggling like this, what will it be like for those less culturally impassioned by the sport (Qatar 2022 comes to mind).Will I still tune in to every match I can, voraciously cheering on the U.S. Men’s National Team as they attempt to escape their so-called Group of Death and advance? Of course I will.But some part of me will be on the edge of my seat for a different reason. I will be waiting and wondering if and when the next negative thing will happen, and what could happen to the legacy of the greatest sporting event in the world. read more

Guyanese to benefit from launching of VAT and Excise Tax Handbook

Chartered accountant and attorney-at-law Christopher RamAccountancy firm Ram and McRae, will, this afternoon at 5:00hrs, be launching their second edition of its Value- Added Tax (VAT) and Excise Tax Handbook.Inews was told that the twelve-chapter handbook contains updated information relating to the VAT Act and the Excise Tax Act, which would be of use to persons desirous of supplanting their knowledge base within the particular field of law.Moreover, the Handbook has been outfitted with illustrations and new features aimed at making knowledge acquisition of the subject matter user friendly.The outlined illustrations have been reported to include, but are not limited to, differentiations between zero-rated, standard-rated and exempt supplies; calculating VAT where the registered business engages in both taxable and exempt supplies; Mixed Supplies; VAT-inclusive pricing; Tax Invoice; setting up and maintaining the VAT account; the VAT Return; specimen Notice of Appeal; the Objections and Appeals Process; the Application for Refund form; among others.The Handbook has reportedly received glowing reviews from eminent personalities that have been able to peruse it before its scheduled launch this evening.The book will be launched at the Georgetown Club, Camp Street at a reported price of $30,000 per copy. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

Apple la production de liMac 27 pouces arrêtée

first_imgApple : la production de l’iMac 27 pouces arrêtée ?États-Unis – Apple aurait arrêté la production de son iMac 27 pouces. Des problèmes d’affichage sur le grand écran auraient été constatés.Rien n’est officiel, mais Apple aurait stoppé la production de son iMac 27 pouces. Ce modèle est le plus large des ordinateurs tout-en-un de la firme à la pomme mais celui-ci cumule les pépins et les retards. Cette fois-ci, Apple souhaiterait régler ces problèmes pour de bon, à commencer par celui des taches jaunes qui apparaissent sur les coins de l’écran. La production aurait donc été arrêtée jusqu’à la résolution du problème. Pour les utilisateurs de l’iMac 27 pouces, la firme américaine diffuse une mise à jour sur son site internet afin de permettre une meilleure qualité d’affichage.Le 3 février 2010 à 12:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Alzheimer les médicaments jugés de service médical rendu faible

first_imgAlzheimer : les médicaments jugés de service médical rendu “faible”Jeudi, la Commission de la Transparence de la Haute Autorité de santé (HAS) a décidé de reclasser à “faible” le service médical rendu par les médicaments prescrits aux malades d’Alzheimer.C’est une mauvaise nouvelle pour tous les patients souffrant de la maladie d’Alzheimer. A l’heure où les recherches se multiplient pour en apprendre davantage sur ce mal et tenter de trouver de nouveaux traitements, la Commission de la Transparence de la Haute Autorité de santé (HAS) est revenu sur l’avis qu’elle avait émis en 2007. A cette époque, celle-ci avait en effet concentré des travaux sur l’efficacité des médicaments anti-Alzheimer et avait considéré comme “important” le Service médical rendu (SMR) par ces traitements. De même, malgré “un rapport efficacité/effets indésirables modeste”, elle avait qualifié l’amélioration du service médical rendu de “mineure” (ASMR IV).À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Mais aujourd’hui, c’est un tout autre avis qu’elle a rendu, tandis qu’elle a décidé de dégrader le SMR de ces quatre médicaments à “faible”. La Commission a ainsi également jugé que ces traitements n’apportaient pas d’Amélioration du service médical rendu (ASMR V). “Cette décision a été prise dans des conditions difficiles et un climat de tension tout à fait désagréable”, a souligné auprès de l’AFP le Pr Jean-Luc Harousseau, président de la HAS, en dénonçant les fuites qui ont émaillé le travail de la commission depuis le 20 juillet. Il a également ajouté : “je veux insister sur les mérites qu’a eus la Commission de la Transparence à prendre une décision la plus objective possible et fondée sur des critères exclusivement scientifiques”.La dégradation annoncée ne devrait pas avoir de conséquences sur le remboursement, ces médicaments étant remboursables à 100%, dans le cadre de l’ALD (affection de longue durée) maladie d’Alzheimer. Elle pourrait toutefois avoir un impact sur les prix des médicaments. Le 27 octobre 2011 à 16:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Vancouver council to vote on 17500 raise for city manager

first_imgOn Monday, the Vancouver City Council will vote on whether to raise the city manager’s salary about $17,500, or 7.9 percent, bringing his annual income to $239,052.City council members said Holmes’ salary increase is justified by his performance and an attempt to bring his salary closer to similar executive positions in Clark County and also other city managers.Holmes oversees 1,106 employees and manages a budget of $1.1 billion for the 2017-18 biennium.This year marks Holmes’ 10th year working for the city of Vancouver. He formerly worked as the city’s economic development director, and in 2010 became city manager.Holmes said his job is becoming more complex with the growth of Vancouver’s population, a greater density and a more diverse population.“There are always competing demands and interest between all intentions and ideas, and trying to balance that is a challenge,” he said.Holmes gained a 17 percent raise in 2014 and a 5.5 percent raise last year.Holmes oversees most day-to-day city operations and is the only employee that the city council and mayor hires and determines salary. Vancouver’s government is known as a council-manager type, which gives greater responsibility to the city manager. Other cities in Washington with similar formats include Tacoma and Yakima; Tacoma’s city manager receives a salary of $252,544 and Yakima’s receives $170,000. Both of those city managers have in recent years earned similar raises to Holmes’.The Vancouver City Council switched a couple of years ago from using a numerical 1-10 rating for assessing city managers to hiring a facilitator to prepare a report of the manager’s accomplishments. Holmes said the final version will be finished soon.last_img read more

Bahamas BTC Pays Courtesy Call on the Prime Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 30, 2017 – Nassau – Cable & Wireless Communications Ltd., CEO John Reid (left) and BTC CEO Dexter Cartwright (right) paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Office of the Prime Minister.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Town Moderator Rob Peterson Endorses Robertson For State Rep

first_imgDear Wilmington/Tewksbury Voters,On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, I will be casting my vote in favor of Dave Robertson as he vies to be elected the next State Representative for the 19th Middlesex District.Over the years I have got to know Dave personally and professionally, and I can say, without a doubt, that Dave is the candidate that would best represent the townspeople of Wilmington and Tewksbury. Dave has the temperament needed for the elected office he seeks, and the knowledge to effectively navigate our State Legislature.There are many attributes that make Dave a great candidate, but perhaps the greatest of those is that he takes a holistic approach to the issues he is faced with, weighing all facts and constituent stances on a given a issue before making a decision. That attribute has shown through during his campaign, as Dave has demonstrated an unmatched understanding of the critical issues facing Wilmington and Tewksbury.My belief in Dave’s candidacy has strengthened over the past weeks as I have watched him navigate this race with intellect, understanding and civility. In a time where it can feel like disagreement is prevalent, Dave Robertson will serve to bridge the gaps of political ideologies, especially in cases of disagreement, and serve the people of the 19th Middlesex District admirably. Dave Roberson is the type of leader we would be privileged to have represent us in the Massachusetts General Court.Please consider joining me in voting for Dave Robertson, as I can think of no better person to represent the 19th Middlesex District.Sincerely,Robert G. Peterson, Jr.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Dave Robertson Is The Right Choice To Succeed Jim MiceliIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

Turkey says US criticism of leader unacceptable

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has criticized the United States for rebuking the Turkish prime minister over his comments linking Israel to the Egyptian president’s ouster.Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested this week that Israel was behind the overthrow of Egypt’s Islamic leader Mohammed Morsi, prompting condemnation from the White House which said the comments were offensive, unsubstantiated and wrong. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy In an interview aired on Kanal 24 station late Wednesday, Davutoglu said Erdogan’s comments were about Israel and not the United States and said such public condemnation of Turkey’s leader by “a friend and ally” was unacceptable.Davutoglu also says Erdogan’s comments were misinterpreted and that Erdogan was referring to a “mentality” that had led to a coup in Egypt and not a plot hatched by Israel.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous oflast_img read more

Palma de Mallorca to be next Royal Caribbean base

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1d392/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Royal Caribbean International announced last week it would base a ship in Palma de Mallorca in a strategic move to attract more U.K. and Irish passengers and families.It is the first time the cruise line will base a ship in the port and marks a departure from its usual homeports of Venice, Barcelona, Rome and Southampton.Royal Caribbean said the Grandeur of the Seas ship would operate 7-night cruises from the Mallorcan capital during summer 2011.”Our research has found that Royal Caribbean International is now the brand of choice for families choosing to cruise” said Royal Caribbean GM Jo Rzymowska in a statement.She also told Cruise Critic that the company was “very much targeting the 14-night family market over the main summer period.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.Llast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterClick the cover to view the guide onlineHawai‘i Tourism Oceania has released its 2019 Meet Hawai‘i Guide, aiming to assist meeting and event organisers in planning business events, conferences or incentive programs in Hawaii. The guide is available for free download and provides a general overview, map and information on Hawaii’s six islands: Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i and The Island of Hawai‘i.The Hawaiian islands remain a popular destination for meetings and incentives among Australian organisations, due to their accessibility, natural beauty and comprehensive accommodation and venue options. Providing event planners with a blueprint of experiences, activities, accommodation, culinary and team-building opportunities, the 2019 Meet Hawai‘i Guide is a handy resource for planning the perfect meeting, incentive, conference or event.Kritsada Phadungkiatipong, MICE Manager, Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania said that more and more Australians are choosing Hawaii as their destination for conferences, meetings and incentives.“There are first-class conferencing facilities, accommodation options to suit all budgets and a range of experiences to help organisers deliver an exceptional program for delegates and partners. Whether it’s a bespoke incentive for 30 people or a conference for 3,000 delegates, Hawaii has the facilities, unique experiences and service levels to cater for every requirement,” Phadungkiatipong said.Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania offers a free event planning service for organisers considering holding a conference or incentive in Hawaii. Contact Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania’s Sydney-based team for up-to-date destination information and advice to find the best hotels, venues and activities to create a memorable event.Download the Meet Hawai‘i Guide here.For a hard copy or more information about holding an event in Hawaii, please email groups@hawaiitourism.com.auGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — JP Dellacamera and former U.S. midfielder Aly Wagner will be Fox’s lead broadcast team for the Women’s World Cup in France.The announcement comes 100 days before the tournament opens June 7 with a matchup of France and South Korea. Fox said Wednesday that 22 matches will be broadcast on the main Fox network, 27 on FS1 and three on FS2.Fox’s Paris studio will be in the Palais Chaillot at the Cafe de l’Homme at the Trocadero, with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop.This will be the 15th World Cup on television and radio for the 67-year-old Dellacamera, including five women’s tournaments. It’s the third for the 38-year Wagner, including her second women’s tournament.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press Dellacamera, Wagner Fox’s lead team for Women’s World Cupcenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2019 6:03 am PDTlast_img read more