Meghalaya Congress leaders to quit party before Assembly polls

first_imgUnhappy with the functioning of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, at least two senior leaders of the ruling Congress in Meghalaya today openly said they would quit the party before the Assembly election due next year.Senior leaders such as former deputy chief minister Rowell Lyngdoh and former cabinet minister Prestone Tynsong decided to leave Congress.“I have the intention of joining the NPP as the Congress’ ticket on which I was elected had betrayed me and the people,” Rowell Lyngdoh told PTI.Claiming that he and his ‘friends’ were ignored by the chief minister, he said they would resign from Congress and join the NPP the moment the elections are announced.Mr. Tynsong said, “I am not happy with the way the chief minister functions as a leader. I will resign very soon, may be before the last session under the present government.”The tenure of the current Assembly expires on March 6 next year.Sources in the Congress said there were at least three more MLAs who would not contest the next Assembly polls on party tickets.Mr. Lyngdoh, Mr. Tynsong and the other three MLAs have been removed from their positions in the party or the government this year.The BJP state leaders have said the party welcomes any person who is willing to work for development of the state and is ready to root out corruption in Meghalaya.last_img read more

25 lakh more to get benefit under scheme for farmers, says Patnaik

first_imgChief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday promised that 25 lakh more identified peasants will get ₹10,000 under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme on the day the Biju Janata Dal forms the government again in Odisha. Addressing a public meeting at Jeypore in Koraput district on Friday, he said a list of 25 lakh more farmers has been prepared who will get the benefit under the scheme. “Not a single farmer will be left out,” he reiterated. According to him, 40 lakh farmers have already benefited from this scheme.Although the party election manifesto is yet to be declared, Mr. Patnaik said “farmers’ welfare” was his top priority.Mr. Patnaik’s promise coincided with a meeting of a BJD team with the Election Commission of India in New Delhi on Friday afternoon. The team demanded permission for disbursement of its stalled second instalment. It alleged that the Odisha Chief Electoral Officer was not allowing disbursement of funds under the KALIA scheme citing model code of conduct, while there was no such restriction on transfer of funds under the Centre’s ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana’.On Friday, Mr. Patnaik had a whirlwind campaign tour of the Maoist-affected Malkangiri district and Koraput district. He addressed public meetings at five places to campaign for Lok Sabha and Assembly candidates in Nabarangpur and Koraput parliamentary constituencies. Following Maoist violence in bordering Chhattisgarh that saw four security personnel being killed, security was tight during his visit.At Kalimela and Mathili in Malkangiri district, he promised to alleviate the problems of Bengali settlers, terming them as family members. Bengali refugees from erstwhile East Pakistan had been settled in Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts since 1972. Polavaram project Mr. Patnaik also addressed rallies at Pottangi, Jashwantpur, Dumuriput and Jeypore in Koraput district. At all these places he alleged that leaders of national parties visited Odisha only during election time for votes. He also came down on the Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh, promoted by the Central government, that is expected to adversely affect life and livelihood of tribals in Malkangiri district. He criticised the BJP-led Central government for stopping the Central assistance for development of the KBK region and scholarship of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students of Odisha.last_img read more

Let’s collectively decide whether to stop IPL: Anurag Thakur

first_imgIPL bashing has often been fashionably used by BCCI critics. Ironically the BCCI President Anurag Thakur involved in a losing battle with judiciary, decided to employ the same tactics using IPL as a tool to showcase false strength.At the end of another tough day at the court for the BCCI, Thakur without any immediate IPL related provocation, chose to write a letter to the BCCI state units expressing pain at the frivolous comments calling the league an ‘extravaganza’.He highlighted the IPL impact by reminding the state units of the 2,406 crores they have got from IPL profits, and the 2244 crores governments have got from direct taxes in the past nine seasons. (BCCI faces Supreme Court intervention after resisting Lodha reforms)He closed the letter threatening to shut down IPL in protest if the members so wished. “I have listed a few positive impacts of IPL however in light of recent comments made against IPL, all members need to collectively decide, whether to stop this extravaganza. I leave it to collective wisdom of the members.”This is one of the many letters the BCCI President has dashed off to his state members in recent times to keep his flock together. With the Board refusing to implement Lodha reforms and bring about change in their constitution, all existing BCCI office bearers could soon be out of power with the final order.Incidentally, it was a tough day at the court for Thakur with his cricket playing credentials mocked at and IPL’s original daddy Lalit Modi choosing the same day to target him with a series of tweets.advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli needs to understand how coaches operate: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer India captain and CAC member Sourav Ganguly today sent out a terse message to Virat Kohli, saying the Indian captain will need to understand how coaches operate in the wake of his infamous fallout with Anil Kumble.WATCH FULL VIDEOThe three-member Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman besides Ganguly, has put the appointment of next India coach on hold despite completion of the interview process.”Virat will need to understand how coaches operate. At the same time, you have to give credit to Kohli that he has stayed out of the coach selection process. We will have a detailed chat with him once he is back from the West Indies,” said Ganguly.The CAC interviewed five candidates for the post of head coach and at the end of it said that they needed more time to come to a final decision. Tendulkar joined in through video conference.Ganguly made it clear that they are looking at the bigger picture for the next two years and will take a decision in the best interest of Indian cricket.”The process is done. All presentations were outstanding.We just want to talk more with people who matter. We all have to be on the same page. Whoever comes will be in charge till the 2019 World Cup. And we want to make sure there is no differences of opinion six months down the line.”Virender Sehwag, Ravi Shastri, Lalchand Rajput, Tom Moody and Richard Pybus were the ones interviewed.advertisementAsked about the inputs taken from Kohli in the meetings during the Champions Trophy, Ganguly said, “That was on a different aspect. As I said, he has stayed out of the whole thing.”We want to make sure we take the best possible decision for Indian cricket. The coach, captain and players are the ones who will take Indian cricket forward. The CAC goes out of the picture once the coach is selected.”Ganguly hinted that the coach will be picked before the Sri Lanka tour that begins with the first Test on July 26.Kumble resigned from the head coach’s post just after the ICC Champions Trophy final against Pakistan last month due to “untenable” differences with skipper Kohli.last_img read more

Aris Fans Welcome Basketball Legend Nick Galis at the Macedonia Airport (Video)

first_imgGalis moved to Greece where he dominated for over a decade in the local and European basketball scene, winning seven straight league titles with Aris and then top place with the national basketball team in the 1987 European Championships.The Panhellenic Association of Paid Basketball Players expressed its gratitude to Galis in a press release on Saturday.“This legend was inducted in the Hall of Fame, the museum of top [players], and reminded all Americans of Greece- this small country that some people didn’t know until 2006 in the other side of the Atlantic […] We thank him and will be grateful for the rest of our lives,” it said.The Hellenic Basketball Federation said the event is “a distinction that constitutes an honour for Greek basketball and of course for him.”“The HBF congratulates the Greek athlete for the highest distinction with which his name entered the pantheon of the sport’s history,” it added.Greek NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo tweeted his respect for Galis, adding he hoped he’ll join the ranks of top basketball players in the future. “RESPECT…Hopefully one day I can be on the same stage and have my name next to yours.”TweetPinShare0 Shares THESSALONIKI – Dozens of people have welcomed at Macedonia Airport, on Monday, the Greek basketball legend Nikos Galis, who was one of 10 inductees in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, as part of the 2017 class.Born to Greek immigrants in New Jersey, he was drafted by the Celtics but never made the team due to an injury.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy M30 goes on sale in India: Price, specs and availability details

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: August 9, 2019 14:38 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Galaxy M30 goes on sale in India for the first time on Amazon India and Samsung’s online storeThe Galaxy M30 price in India starts at Rs 14,990 for the 4GB/64GB modelThe Galaxy M30 brings triple rear cameras and a 5,000mAh batteryThe Galaxy M30 is Samsung’s newest Galaxy M-series phone to launch in India. It follows the affordable Galaxy M10 (Review) and M20 (Review) that were launched in January with Infinity-V displays. The Galaxy M30 slots above the Galaxy M20 and offers similar specifications, while at the same time a few unique features that sets it apart in the affordable mid-range segment. The Galaxy M30 touts an Infinity-U display, triple cameras and a large 5,000mAh battery, among other things.The Galaxy M30 has a starting price of Rs 14,990 in India. This is for the base model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The 6GB/128GB versions of the Galaxy M30 costs Rs 17,990 in the country. The Galaxy M30 will be available in gradient black and blue colours on Amazon India and Samsung’s online store today at 12pm.Amazon is offering 5 per cent instant discount on purchasing the device using an HDFC Bank Credit or Debit card, as well as No Cost EMI options on major Credit cards and select Debit cards. Reliance Jio customers buying the Galaxy M30 can also avail Double Data benefits on its Rs 198 and Rs 299 prepaid packs.Samsung Galaxy M30 specificationsThe Galaxy M30 sports a large 6.4-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ (2340×1080) display. Samsung is using its Infinity-U panel for the Galaxy M30, which offers a U-shaped waterdrop notch on the top of the display to house the selfie camera. The Galaxy M30 comes with a plastic rear panel in gradient colours. It also sees a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and vertical triple camera system.advertisementPowering the Galaxy M30 is a 1.8GHz octa-core Exynos 7904 chipset, which is the same processor that powers the Galaxy M20 as well. This is paired with up to 6GB of RAM for better multitasking capabilities. Much like the Galaxy M20, the Galaxy M30 also houses a large 5,000mAh battery to offer a two-day battery life. It also supports up to 15W fast charging over USB Type-C.The Galaxy M30 is one of the cheapest phones with a triple camera setup. The camera system includes a 13MP primary camera with f/1.9 aperture, a 5MP wide-angle camera and another 5MP camera for depth sensing. On the front, the Galaxy M30 gets a 16MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture. The handset ships with Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung’s Experience UI 9.5 on top. The M30 supports dual Nano SIM cards with support for Dual 4G standby.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M30 launched in India: Price, specifications, colours and all you need to knowALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M30 quick review: Take note because Super AMOLED display and 3 rear cameras at Rs 14,990Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy M30 Samsung Galaxy M30 goes on sale in India: Price, specs and availability detailsThe Galaxy M30 goes on sale for the first time in India today with a starting price of Rs 14,990. The Galaxy M30 touts a Super AMOLED Infinity-U display, triple cameras and a large battery, among other things. advertisementlast_img read more

GM’s Maven Car-Sharing Service Wants to Become ‘Airbnb for Your Car’

first_img Andy Warhol Painted a BMW M1 Race Car, and It’s Gorgeous 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Editors’ Recommendations One day in the near-future, the idea of owning just about anything will seem passé — like Myspace and the Microsoft Zune. Why buy a car, a house, a lawnmower, or a dog when you can pay to use someone else’s? The explosion of the car-sharing economy, in particular, is due in large part to Uber, Lyft, and Zipcar. Now GM is planning to double down on the brand’s Maven wheels-on-demand app by allowing peer-to-peer rentals.Maven’s current incarnation relies on simplicity — just download and launch the free app, which functions much like Zipcar’s ride-sharing plateform. Create a free account, enter your credit card details, and you’re ready to drive. From there, it’s a matter of selecting the model of car you’d like and for how long. Naturally, the inventory of cars is exclusively GM-branded. There are eco-class cars (like the Chevy Volt), compacts (Chevy’s Spark or Cruze), sedans (including the Buick Regal or Cadillac ATS), and even SUVs (like the GMC Yukon or Cadillac Escalade). Pricing for SUVs starts at USD $14 per hour, while every other class starts at just USD $8 hourly.Since launching in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in January 2016, Maven has expanded to dozens of North American cities. However, the service has always functioned much like Zipcar. Basically, GM-owned cars are made available at downtown lots throughout a city, where users can rent by the hour for as long as they like.The expansion of the Maven app to include GM car owners is what sets this news apart. The service will evolve to include peer-to-peer rentals so owners can rent their cars directly to drivers. It’s like Airbnb for your GM car. GM owners need only opt into the program with a few simple steps to start sharing their wheels.Since the implosion of the U.S. car market a few years ago, GM announced it was slowly shifting to become a “mobility” company rather than an automaker. Outside glossy automotive industry magazines, GM’s inner business workings aren’t exactly gripping news, but the fact that the former world-leading automaker is shifting gears away from, you know, making automobiles is a clear sign the car-sharing economy is here to stay. In light of self-driving cars on the horizon, we’ll live to see the day when car renters vastly outnumber car buyers. On a global scale, where we’re rapidly overpopulating the planet, it’s the next logical step economically and environmentally.The peer-to-peer-enabled version of the Maven car-sharing program is likely to launch nationwide by mid-2018, though GM has yet to confirm an exact date. What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) Manned Flying Car Races Are Coming in 2020 A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing last_img read more

Increased Cooperation to Boost Social Enterprise

first_imgGovernment will work with the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia to help more social enterprises start and expand. Their new joint strategies were announced today, April 12. A social enterprise is a business operated to address social, cultural, environmental or economic challenges. Most profits are reinvested to support that purpose. “Social enterprise is an exciting business option for socially minded entrepreneurs, especially youth, who want to create jobs, while making a difference in the world. These are businesses with more than one bottom line,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Business. “We’re proud to support a sector that has so much potential to contribute to our economy and communities in the future.” “The Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia is thrilled that our government, through its framework, has recognized the value and power of social enterprise,” said Cathy Deagle-Gammon, president of the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia. “These businesses are transforming communities and contributing to the social, cultural, environmental and economic well-being in every corner of the province.” The network’s strategy aims to build business skills, enhance access to financing, expand market opportunities, promote and demonstrate the sector’s value, create a supportive policy and legislative environment, and build a strong network. Government’s plan identifies actions it will take to help advance social enterprise with the sector. An initial $200,000 investment will support two projects: developing a portal where entrepreneurs can access resources and training, and conducting research into the economic and social value created by social enterprise. These strategies were developed based on the work of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada, and with input from social entrepreneurs, associations, government departments and other Nova Scotians. As of 2013, Nova Scotia’s social enterprise sector employed at least 3,000 people and paid out more than $83 million in wages and salaries. Last fall, Invest Nova Scotia invested $1.5 million over three years for a social enterprise incubator to help businesses start, grow and develop new markets. The Impact Incubator, operated by the Social Enterprise Network and Common Good Solutions, has received close to 80 applications to date and is currently helping several businesses move their ideas forward. Government’s Advancing Social Enterprise plan can be found at www.novascotia.ca/business/about. The Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia’s strategy is available at http://senns.ca.last_img read more

Le Programme de tribunal dinstruction de causes de violence familiale maintenant offert

first_imgUn nouveau programme de tribunal spécial à Halifax contribuera à instaurer de meilleurs rapports et aidera à protéger les victimes de violence familiale et leur famille contre d’autres actes de violence. Le deuxième programme de tribunal d’instruction de causes de violence familiale a été inauguré officiellement aujourd’hui 28 février à la Cour provinciale sur Spring Garden Road. La juge Amy Sakalauskas de la Cour provinciale présidera ce tribunal qui siégera une journée par semaine. Les premières causes seront entendues la semaine prochaine. Le premier Programme de tribunal d’instruction de causes de violence familiale de la Nouvelle-Écosse a été lancé en 2012 à Sydney. Il traite environ 300 causes par année. Ces deux tribunaux proposent une intervention précoce au moyen de programmes destinés aux personnes qui commettent des actes de violence, afin de les aider à changer leur comportement et à cesser de commettre des actes de violence. « La violence familiale touche beaucoup trop de vies et nous savons que les femmes et leurs enfants en sont les principales victimes, de dire Kelly Regan, ministre responsable du Conseil consultatif sur la condition féminine, au nom du ministre de la Justice, Mark Furey. Le programme de tribunal visera surtout à soutenir dès le départ les victimes de violence familiale. « En misant sur les leçons retenues du programme à Sydney et en étendant le programme à la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, nous pouvons ainsi intervenir plus tôt et accroître la sûreté de notre collectivité. » Ces programmes sont un nouveau moyen de remédier à la violence entre partenaires intimes. Contrairement à un tribunal traditionnel, axé sur la confrontation, le tribunal d’instruction de causes de violence familiale repose davantage sur une approche thérapeutique; il fait appel à une intervention communautaire coordonnée qui met les membres de la famille en contact avec les services et les soutiens offerts là où ils vivent. La personne accusée d’actes de violence doit aussi assumer la responsabilité de ses actes et s’engager à participer. « Une grande partie du programme consiste à surveiller les progrès des contrevenants et à soutenir ces personnes, de même que les progrès de la victime et de ses proches, et ce, jusqu’au rétablissement de la situation, indique la juge en chef de la Cour provinciale et du Tribunal de la famille, Pamela Williams. « Nous comptons sur les organismes qui œuvrent dans la collectivité pour le soutien continu nécessaire, ce qui fait qu’il était si important que ces groupes travaillent avec nous dès le début quand nous avons élaboré le programme. Il s’agit réellement d’une approche collaborative et globale pour remédier à la violence familiale. » Plus de 50 représentants issus de 25 organismes communautaires et de divers ministères gouvernementaux ont contribué à la planification et à l’élaboration de programmes et de mesures de soutien pour les familles qui utiliseront le tribunal. « Nous sommes ravis de voir que le tribunal pour l’instruction de causes de violence familiale de la Nouvelle-Écosse devient réalité dans la région d’Halifax, souligne Heather Byrne, directrice générale d’Alice Housing. Nous avons hâte de voir comment ce programme aidera à assurer la sécurité des clients d’Alice Housing et des autres victimes de violence familiale et à permettre que leur voix soit entendue. » « Ce nouveau tribunal illustre très bien comment la collectivité, le gouvernement et le système judiciaire ont uni leurs efforts pour vraiment changer les choses, de dire Wendy Keen, directrice générale de New Start Counselling. Le processus de travail a réellement été honnête et ouvert, et il est axé sur la création d’une intervention respectueuse, juste et attentionnée à l’égard des personnes victimes de violence familiale. » Pour de plus amples renseignements sur le tribunal (en anglais seulement) : http://www.courts.ns.ca/Provincial_Court/NSPC_domestic_violence_court.htmlast_img read more

Edmontons Aboriginal Womens Association brings in black belt to help make women

first_imgChris Stewart APTN National NewsAcross Canada, big cities can be unsafe for women.The Aboriginal Women’s Professional Association wants to change that.In Edmonton, women were invited to a self defence class to how to now make yourself a target.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

Egypt police arrest AlJazeera journalists ministry

first_imgCairo – Egyptian secret police have arrested an award-winning Australian journalist and an Egyptian reporter for the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera channel on suspicion of illegally broadcasting news harming “domestic security”, the interior ministry said.Officers of the National Security service raided their makeshift bureau at a Cairo hotel on Sunday, arresting the two and confiscating their equipment, the ministry said in a statement.It did not identify the journalists, only mentioning that one was a “Muslim Brotherhood member” and the other an Australian. Their colleagues at Al-Jazeera English identified them as Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Adel Fahmy, and Australian reporter Peter Greste.The raid came after authorities listed the Muslim Brotherhood movement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi as a “terrorist organisation”, making membership in Islamist group or even possession of its literature a crime.The journalists “broadcast live news harming domestic security,” the interior ministry said, adding they were also found in possession of Muslim Brotherhood “publications”.Greste, a former BBC journalist, won the prestigious Peabody award in 2011 for a documentary on Somalia. Fahmy, who formerly worked with CNN, is a well-known journalist in Cairo with no known links to the Brotherhood.Egypt’s military-installed government cracked down on Al-Jazeera’s affiliates following the overthrow of Morsi in July, accusing the broadcaster of pro-Brotherhood coverage.Several Al-Jazeera reporters remain in detention, including Abdullah Elshamy, a journalist for the Arab language station arrested on August 14 when police dispersed an Islamist protest camp in Cairo, killing hundreds in clashes.The government declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organisation last week after a suicide car bombing of a police headquarters killed 15 people.It blamed the attack on the Islamists, although an Al-Qaeda-inspired group claimed responsibility for the bombing and the Brotherhood condemned it.last_img read more

Rising tide of rubbish and wastes key problem for small island states

As if rising sea levels, over-fishing, water shortages and inadequate sanitation service were not enough, these countries now see waste threatening not only public health but also their livelihoods, according to studies presented to the 8th Special Session of UNEP’s Governing Council and the Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Jeju, Republic of Korea. Many small island developing States (SIDS) are dependent on income from tourists, and visitors are less likely to return to an island or recommend it to friends if the landscape, shoreline and coastal waters are littered with plastics, old cans, discarded sofas and other industrial and household rubbish, UNEP noted. “Small islands across the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and the Pacific are some of the most vulnerable nations on Earth,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said. “Handling solid wastes from industry, households and tourism is emerging as another issue with which they need advice and help,” he added, noting they were already threatened by extreme weather and rising sea levels due to global warming. “Such wastes are not only unsightly and a threat to wildlife, they can also contaminate rivers and ground waters as they slowly degrade.” The Pacific island of Nauru, for example, now has a “blue green shoreline,” but this has nothing to do with it being next to a beautiful azure sea, UNEP noted. The colour is caused by mounds of discarded Fosters and Victoria beer cans. One study, a booklet entitled UNEP and Small Island Developing States: 1994-2004 and Future Perspectives, estimates that since the early 1990s the levels of plastic wastes on SIDS has increased fivefold. It points out that problems of rubbish and litter are part of a wider waste crisis. For example, 90 per cent of wastewater is discharged untreated from islands in the Caribbean. In parts of the northeast Pacific, the level of untreated sewage is 98 per cent. Another report, UNEP’s Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA), notes that a short walk along any coastline close to human habitation in the Pacific Islands will reveal many example of inappropriate waste disposal, while for Indian Ocean Islands “the most critical issue for the States in the region is the growing problem of solid wastes.” read more

Lower oil mining revenues drive Newfoundlands deficit up to 726 million

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lower oil, mining revenues drive Newfoundland’s deficit up to $726 million ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy is humming but it’s blaming the global downturn for nearly tripling a forecast deficit that has spiked to $725.8 million from $258.4 million projected last April.Finance Minister Tom Marshall warned Thursday of cuts to the public service and programs next year as he cited a steep drop in oil and mineral earnings.“The volatility that’s inherent in commodity prices is not a factor that’s under our control, but in the face of new fiscal challenges we must respond,” Marshall told a news conference.At issue is the price of Brent crude oil, which at around US$109 per barrel is far lower than the US$124 per barrel on which the provincial budget relies. And some analysts are predicting prices will stay low well into 2013 as economic woes in the U.S. and Europe reduce demand on the global market.For every dollar that oil goes down, it costs the provincial treasury almost $20 million.The Progressive Conservative majority government had anchored its budget, as it has for the last nine years, using an independent average oil price provided by New York-based consultant PIRA Energy Group in consultation with other experts.“I don’t pick what the price of oil is going to be,” Marshall said. “We rely on the best experts out there.“We look at what they say and we plan accordingly.”In the legislature, Liberal Opposition Leader Dwight Ball quipped during question period that Marshall may want to seek new experts and asked how he’d “lost complete control” of provincial finances.The government depends on offshore oil for about one-third of its revenues and is poised to approve the Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject in Labrador that would cost the province at least $6.2 billion.“This is an example of how we can, and how we must, diversify our revenue base,” Marshall said. He stressed that Muskrat Falls is an investment that’s expected to earn dividends of more than $20 billion over 50 years starting in 2017.Despite fiscal troubles brought on by worldwide forces, the provincial economy is among the strongest in Canada with capital investment of up to $9.7 billion this year along with strong housing starts and retail sales, he said.Provincial unemployment is down to 12.5 per cent — an improvement although it’s still highest in the country except for Nunavut.Net debt is now expected to hit $8.9 billion, up from $8.5 billion predicted last spring, but still down from a high of almost $12 billion in 2004, Marshall said.He also talked of the need to whittle spending and keep a lid on government hiring and salaries as the province prepares for what could be testy contract talks with its workers. Publicly funded pension plans continue to be “significantly” underfunded and will go broke unless the province and unions compromise, he added.Carol Furlong, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees, said her union is representing up to 18,000 workers in several groups ranging from educational staff to health professionals to marine services and highway maintenance staff.“Financially we’re well ready for a strike,” she said in an interview. “However, that is not the position that we take. We want to go in and negotiate a collective agreement. It will really be up to government, I suspect in many ways, whether we have a strike or not.”Furlong said there’s widespread skepticism of the government’s fiscal forecasts and suspicion that a “Grinch-like attitude” just before Christmas could be to mute expectations. The province made a choice to divert $600 million to help fund Muskrat Falls — a project that won’t be unfairly shouldered by government workers and should not cut into public programs, Furlong said.Opposition NDP Leader Lorraine Michael questioned the government’s handling of provincial finances.“You have certain needs, then you do multi-year planning for those needs, how you’re going to pay for that. And you just don’t do crisis planning with regard to your expenditures,” she said.“They say that they’re fiscally responsible. I think this today shows that they are fiscally irresponsible because they’re not doing that planning.”The province will now have to borrow more to finance a cash down payment of about $2 billion on Muskrat Falls, Michael said.“I understand the minister said the dividends will pay for the loan. Well, the dividends aren’t going to start until 2017 and the loan is going to have to happen before then.”Michael compared Muskrat Falls and its potential cost overruns to a home renovation that the province can’t afford.“Can we as a province have the luxury of planning a project like Muskrat Falls with the reality that we’re facing today?”Nancy Healey, CEO of the St. John’s Board of Trade, said she believes the hydro development will ultimately be a good investment. But she raised concerns about the extent to which provincial spending is outpacing revenues.“We need to start looking at what government is doing, what services and programs it’s offering and say: ‘Are they sustainable?’“Here we’re in the most robust economy we’ve ever had, with great GDP, yet we still can’t balance the books. So we’re going to have to get very serious about this now.”Healey pointed to countries around the world that are now in dire straits after failing to manage and reduce debt.Premier Kathy Dunderdale asked cabinet ministers last July to call off all but the most vital departmental travel in an effort to save cash. The measure was on top of a review announced earlier this year to cut administrative fat and inefficiencies across departments that together saved about $20 million, Marshall said.He opted for two years of overspending rather than austerity as he tabled his budget last April. He blamed a $1.1-billion hole in the province’s finances due to a dip in oil production during refits and maintenance plus the loss of federal cash as the Atlantic Accord expired.The joint offshore management program with Ottawa put $536 million in provincial coffers last year.Marshall had predicted a return to the black in 2014-15 with a $44-million surplus as higher offshore oil royalty rates kick in. On Thursday, he declined to revisit those numbers.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier story said that Muskrat Falls would earn $50 billion over 50 years. by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 13, 2012 5:24 pm MDT read more

Transport News Brief – Saturday 12 April 2008

Transport News Brief CV Show preview Saturday 12 April 2008 There’s still time to get Fast Track tickets Register on-line quickly at the show website www.cvshow.com and click on the ‘for visitors’ line and you’ll get into the on-line registration system. “Do that and the organisers will arrange you a free Fast Track show ticket, available for you to pick up when you arrive. It will help you beat the queues,” said Bob Sockl, boss of Crystal Communications the Show marketing consultancy. “And as a bonus, that Fast Track ticket will get you an Early Bird breakfast voucher worth £2.” More from Bob Sockl on +44(0)1 634 261 262 or bob.s@crystal-communications.co.uk World premiere for new Citroën Berlingo at CV Show Citroën’s new Berlingo range makes its world debut at the 2008 Commercial Vehicle Show – and will go on sale in the UK on 5 June. The all-new Berlingo is set to make a major impact in the light commercial vehicle market, starting with its debut on the firm’s stand, 17-251. More from Phil Reed on +44 (0)2 086 684 048 or leadingpr@aol.com Aisle-Master offers more space New CV Show exhibitor Aisle-Master on stand 17-251 is confident of a busy Show, with its articulated forklifts offering better use of warehouse space. “Everyone wants to get the best value from their storage space, to avoid paying for any more than is absolutely necessary,” says Gerry McHugh, managing director. “Aisle-Masters replace a combination of reach and counterbalance forklifts and can achieve increased pallet density of up to 50%. They work just as well out in the yard as in very narrow aisles in the warehouse.” More from Steve Surridge on +44 (0)7 725 642 472 or info@aisle-master.com Free trucks at CV Show Tachograph analysis firm Stoneridge says it will give away free Corgi trucks on its stand 7-010 at the CV Show. The aim is to promote its award-winning Optac range, which it designed to simplify the storage and viewing of digital tachograph data. “We’ll give a Stoneridge-branded Corgi truck to anyone signing up for an Optac Fleet Viewer at the Show,” says the firm’s Vicki Giacopazzi. More from Vicki Giacopazzi, +44 (0)870 887 9298 or vicki.giacopazzi@stoneridge.com Premier launches Class 4 Testing Pit at the CV Show Premier Pits, on stand 20-531, will launch its prefabricated Class 4 Testing Pit at the CV Show. The firm says it offers many benefits over a conventionally constructed pit: The unit can be fitted in four days and has better water tightness and minimal running costs. “For many years most Class 4 vehicle testing has been done using lifts,” said Kate Burrell, marketing director. “Recently, however, there has been a growing demand for Class 4 pits. “One of the main factors for this is the lack of headroom in many garages.” More from Kate Burrell on +44 (0)1 775 821 222 or kate@premierpits.com Otto restructures its UK business Otto replaces HN Logistic Systems on stand 19-130 at the 2008 CV Show as Environmental Solutions Europe BV re-organises its UK business. HN Logistic Systems has been incorporated into sister company Otto UK Ltd. “These changes will consolidate Otto’s strong market position with its long established products,” said Max Ryan, MD at Otto UK Ltd. “It will enable us to provide our customers with integrated solutions for refuse containers and container handling equipment.” Otto UK Ltd intends to remain fully engaged with the UK bin lift market and will be introducing three new products with exciting new features during the next few months. More from Chris King on +44 (0)1 664 454 511 or chris@encorepublicrelations.co.uk Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

ASD introduces the next generation FieldSpec 4 spectroradiometer

first_imgThe FieldSpec 4 Hi-Res NG provides enhanced spectral resolution necessary for accurate data analysis with the latest suite of next generation hyperspectral sensors. ASD, a PANalytical company and a global leader in high performance NIR analytical instrumentation and materials analysis solutions, has introduced this next generation of its FieldSpec line of spectroradiometers. The FieldSpec 4 Hi-Res NG provides enhanced spectral resolution to support accurate calibration and image classification analysis with the next generation high spectral resolution hyperspectral sensors.“With the FieldSpec 4 Hi-Res NG, ASD is providing the ground-based spectral resolution necessary to take full advantage of the next generation high-resolution hyperspectral imaging systems such as AVRISNG and HySpex ODIN-1024,” said Brian Curtiss, CTO of ASD. “The instrument provides the required spectral resolution along with the level of spectral detail that is essential for sensor validation and calibration, as well as ground truthing and building spectral libraries.”The FieldSpec 4 Hi-Res NG builds on ASD’s reputation by incorporating its fast spectrum integration speeds and graded index InGaAS photodiode SWIR technology, with new and enhanced next generation SWIR optics. The FieldSpec 4 Hi-Res NG provides unprecedented spectral resolution in the SWIR bands, high performance for rapid field measurement collection, and the smallest available spectral sampling interval with 1,875 measured wavelengths over the full 350 nm to 2,500 nm spectral range. The unit enables precise determination of absorption feature position and quantification of subtle wavelength shifts with spectra having the highest level of detail available in a field portable spectroradiometer.last_img read more

Les toits de chaume fleurissent à nouveau en Europe

first_imgLes toits de chaume fleurissent à nouveau en EuropeEsthétiques et écologiques, les toits de chaume fleurissent à nouveau en Europe, après avoir longtemps été délaissés pour des matériaux plus modernes. Un regain de popularité dû à l’intérêt grandissant des Européens pour les constructions durables, mais aussi pour la préservation du patrimoine.”En France, il y a un regain d’intérêt pour les toits de chaume car ils sont d’une part très esthétiques et en plus le chaume est un matériau naturel qui est un très bon isolant thermique et phonique”, souligne Jacques Baudoin, président de l’Association nationale des couvreurs chaumiers de France cité par Romandie.com. À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauLa France n’est pas le seul pays où ces toits végétaux ont à nouveau la cote, c’est également le cas aux Pays-Bas où les toits en roseaux sont de plus en plus prisés. A ce jour, ce sont quelques 150.000 maisons qui seraient dotées de toits de chaume dans le pays. Allemagne, Royaume-Uni, Irlande… la cote de popularité de ce matériau ne cesse de croître partout en Europe, et ce malgré un coût sensiblement plus élevé que les toits en tuile. Un surplus cependant compensé par la durée de vie des toits en chaume qui peut atteindre cinquante ans, mais aussi par les excellentes qualités isolantes du matériau.C’est principalement le roseau, venu de Camargue, du Norfolk au Royaume-Uni, du delta du Danube, de Turquie ou des Pays-Bas, qui est utilisé pour la construction de ces toits en Europe et en Amérique du Nord. Les couvreurs ont parfois recours à la paille de seigle ou de blé, tandis que des feuilles d’arbres sont souvent utilisées dans le Pacifique ou en Amérique du sud.Le 13 mars 2011 à 18:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Police make arrest in connection to elderly woman killed in hitandrun

first_imgIn his interview with investigators, police said Gonzalez told them he had smoked marijuana before the crash, and “that he felt buzzed, but was fine to drive because he has always driven buzzed and never hit anyone before.”Gonzalez has been charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence.News of Gonzalez’s arrest gave a sense of peace to Garcia’s family.“My family is happy because that person is in jail right now,” said Miraya Bolanos, Garcia’s sister. “My sister is dead right now, but that person don’t kill anymore — another life in the street. I give you the message, I’m sorry, but you have to pay for it.”Funeral services have been planned for Garcia this coming weekend.Gonzalez is being held on a bond of $210,000. If he does bond out, he will be placed on house arrest, and he will not be allowed to drink or drive.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Police have made an arrest in connection to a hit-and-run that killed an elderly woman.Miami Police arrested 25-year-old Ricardo Alexander Gonzalez, Thursday morning. Gonzalez faces charges in connection to the death of 76-year-old Hilda Garcia.Garcia was killed Sunday night around 10:15 p.m. after she was hit while crossing the road near Northwest 37th Avenue and Ninth Street. Garcia was dragged between 80 and 100 feet.According to an arrest report, Gonzalez was spotted by a neighbor damaging the car said to be involved in the crash. When asked what he was doing, Gonzalez said not to worry because it was his vehicle.Gonzalez then reportedly sold his car to a junkyard.Investigators said Gonzalez ultimately turned himself in to police in the middle of Caribe Restaurant.“He just went up and approached the cops,” said Henry Iraheta, a restaurant employee. “He was just crying, literally just sheds of tears coming down.” last_img read more

Emmis Our Cuts are Considerably More Thoughtful and Measured Than What Weve

first_imgAs we reported late Thursday, Emmis Communications, publisher of the award-winning Texas Monthly, Los Angeles magazine and five other regional titles (I’m considering Country Sampler a Southern regional; you don’t have to), is cutting roughly 40 jobs from its magazine publishing division. That’s 4.5 percent of its workforce, which is a significant number when you consider Gannett, the newspaper publisher, just cut 3 percent—or 1,000 jobs—from its workforce, and I heard about that on a local morning radio broadcast driving to work.More significant, though, was the announcement of Emmis’ 2 percent salary cut across the board for the remaining employees. We’ve heard about frozen salaries at plenty of publishing companies this year, but I can only recall one—Cygnus—that rolled them back, which was a bit of a PR and morale nightmare for them.And this, despite Emmis reporting first quarter publishing division revenue of $22.6 million, up slightly from $22.2 million from the same period last year. Here’s the official statement from Emmis:Earlier this week, Emmis Publishing instituted a series of steps to better position its magazines for success. Those steps included a 4.5 percent workforce reduction, as well as a salary reduction for current employees, generally equaling two percent. Notified employees received generous severance packages and other support.The publishing industry has seen a steady stream of staff reductions and expense cutting in recent months. We believe that the expense reductions we are implementing for the coming year are considerably more thoughtful and measured than what we’ve seen from many of our peers. Emmis Publishing employs some of the most talented people in our industry and is continually honored for excellence. We are very confident in the future of the city and regional magazine business.last_img read more

Source Interlink Profits Down 640 Percent

first_imgDistributor and magazine publisher Source Interlink Wednesday reported an operating loss of $243 million through the first nine months of fiscal 2009, down more than 640 percent from an income of $44.9 million during the same period last year. For the fiscal third quarter, the company reported an operating loss of $6.5 million, down 122 percent from an income of $29.5 million last year.Through the first nine months, Source’s media group reported a loss of $234.5 million, down 1,607 percent from the same period last year. The periodicals fulfillment portion of Source’s distribution group reported a $900,000 net loss, down 103.8 percent. Income in the DVD/CD portion of its business was down 52.8 percent to $29.6 million.Year-to-date, EBITDA was $133.1 million, up from $82.4 million during the same period last year. The company carries $1.4 billion in debt.During a conference call, recently-appointed CEO Greg Mays said Source needs to better streamline its operations—especially back office functions like accounting, IT and general administrative—following the company’s acquisitions over the last several years, including the 2007 acquisition of Primedia’s Enthusiast Media in a stock purchase of approximately $1.2 billion. “While the company might have realized most of the model synergies, in my view the real management and cost structure integration has not occurred,” Mays said. “There’s a real opportunity for us to become much more administratively effective and operationally stronger while lowering costs.” Source saved approximately $11 million by eliminating about 300 full-time and 100 part-time employees, or about 8 percent of the company’s overall workforce, CFO Marc Fierman said during the call. The company expects to realize about $27 million in savings due to the layoffs in fiscal 2010, he said.Other cost cutting initiatives included integrating its distribution and sales operations (for which it incurred $23.9 million in expenses) and consolidated eight magazines into other titles, bringing the number of Source magazines to 69.Mays and Fierman also noted that Source, through its subsidiary distributor Alliance Entertainment, is owed money by Circuit City—reportedly almost $16 million—which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month.As of market close Wednesday, Source’s stock was trading at $0.1895, up from its 52-week low of $0.13 earlier this month. In August 2007, when Source acquired the Primedia Enthusiast Group, its stock was upwards of $4 per share. A year earlier, it was well above $10 per share.last_img read more