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first_imgHALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 On Friday, Dec. 4, Highway 102 (Bicentennial Highway) will be closed for about 20 minutes, between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., for blasting at the Larry Uteck Interchange. Drivers should expect delays or use alternate routes, which will be indicated by electronic signs. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 -30-last_img

In the economys interest

first_imgThe Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) delivered a unanimous 25 basis points (bps) rate cut as well a change in stance to accommodative. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) forecast has been marginally revised upwards for H1FY20 to 3-3.1 per cent (from 2.9-3 per cent) but is a shade lower for H2 at 3.4-3.7 per cent (from 3.5-3.8 per cent). The commentary notes upside pressure to food prices, but a broad-based decline in core inflation on the back of ‘significant’ weakening of demand conditions. Crude prices are volatile, but near-term inflation expectations of households have continued to moderate. Also Read – A staunch allyAcknowledging slowdown in growth drivers, the gross domestic product (GDP) forecast is revised lower to 6.4-6.7 per cent in H1 (from 6.8-7.1 per cent) and 7.2-7.5 per cent in H2 (from 7.3-7.4 per cent). The MPC notes that “growth impulses have weakened significantly as reflected in a further widening of the output gap compared with the April 2019 policy”. Though the change in stance is being seen as unnecessary this late in the cycle, what has been done has only rectified the under-utilisation of a potent policy tool. Also Read – Cuban pathosThe RBI also seems to have de facto adopted a positive liquidity stance. This is evident in the core liquidity having turned positive some time back and yet the RBI having persisted with further injection tools, including open market operations (OMOs) that is scheduled for mid-June. Now with the government spending happening, the headline liquidity is positive too. Further, an internal working group has been constituted to review the existing liquidity management framework and suggest measures, among others, to simplify the current liquidity management framework, and clearly communicate the objectives, quantitative measures and toolkit of liquidity management by RBI. The group is expected to submit its report by mid-July 2019. The one aspect that we have been disappointed with is the continued insistence to not anchor the monetary policy to some sort of a better defined real rate framework. The RBI governor was emphatic in saying observers will have to deduce this via RBI/MPC actions and he would not commit to anything at this point. However, so long as the absence of this framework does not impart a systematic hawkish bias to policy (as seems to have been the case in the past), this may not be a constraint at least in the near term. The other notable aspects of the post-policy press conference were: The RBI governor seems to have a reasonably benign view on government finances. Thus, he underplayed the recent stress instead of focusing on the consolidation underway over the past few years. Furthermore, he also does not seem to be unduly concerned about the PSU borrowings saying borrowings done by PSUs, which have their own revenue streams, shouldn’t be looked upon as government borrowing. This is somewhat surprising since the common perception is that at least some part of the heavier than usual PSU borrowings recently has been to compensate for lack of budget resource availability. Similarly, the heavier usage of small savings was not considered to be a sticky point. Given large buffer stocks (3.4 times the prescribed norm), there seems to be less of a concern from an inflation perspective, in case monsoon turns out to be weaker. This is the right approach. We have gone a step further to argue that even if prices were to rise on the back of a supply shock, they are unlikely to have second-round effects and hence are unlikely to be relevant from a monetary policy standpoint. A welcome clarification has been provided with respect to state development loans (SDL) with the governor explicitly stating that they have an implicit sovereign guarantee and that the RBI automatically debits state accounts at the time of payment. It is relevant since a recent push by the RBI towards asking states to get rated was somewhat muddying the risk perception. A question could always be asked as to what the importance of rating was for a sovereign backed asset? The clarification conclusively clears the air. Implications World growth expectations have taken a decided turn towards the worse over the past month or so. This is now reflected in expectations of easing by major central banks later in the year. As an example, the US yield curve is now reasonably inverted up to 10 years with the market expecting 2-3 rate cuts in the future. Locally as well, there has been a marked deterioration in growth drivers with consumption being the latest casualty, probably, courtesy of an impact to leverage given the ongoing stresses in certain parts of the financing market. Thus, the current monetary easing underway has to be looked at in this context. While currently, the expectation would be for one last rate cut alongside continued easy liquidity, it can quickly change towards expecting a deeper further easing should the global outlook further deteriorate. The next major domestic trigger is going to be the Union Budget in early July. Given the large undershoots in the actual revenue collections in FY19 versus even the revised numbers presented in February, the numbers targeted in the interim budget are looking truly daunting. This is especially in the context of the ongoing growth slowdown. The new Finance Minister will have to present a credible budget while sticking to the assumed deficit target. In this context, the Jalan Committee report on potential excess RBI reserves and their usage by the government will assume importance. From a bond market standpoint, the focus should remain on quality rates (sovereign, SDL, AAA) as the best vehicles to play the current macro environment. As developments continually highlight, the lower rated credit markets are far from settled and the spreads that can effectively be captured there may not yet be compensating for the risks involved. IANS (Suyash Choudhary is Head – Fixed Income at IDFC AMC. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Swizz Beatz To Rock Songwriters Music Series

first_img“It is such a thrill to have Swizz Beatz join VH1 and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation for this unique and inspired cause,” said Paul Cothran , Vice President & Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “As he rallies his friends and puts together what is sure to be an unforgettable night, we will be able to help restore instrumental music to schools devastated by Hurricane Sandy.”Tickets for the event can be purchased here. VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s 2012 Songwriters Music Series finale will return on Thursday, January 17th at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square after being postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.Superstar artist and producer Swizz Beatz will bring together a collection of his famous friends for a one of a kind evening! All funds raised will benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and go towards the creation of the Tri-State Sandy Music Relief Fund, which will allow the Foundation to provide special grants of instruments to schools affected by the storm.This special benefit will celebrate creativity displayed through production and musical composition. In addition, it will help to provide the tools needed for students to be innovative in the classroom and beyond, encouraging them to use music as a means of expression. The event will feature a sponsored bar featuring premium wine from William Hill Estate Wines and passed hors d’oeuvres as well as up close and personal acoustic performances. Participating sponsors for Songwriters NY include: RAYMOND WEIL USA, Monster DNA Headphones, The Mizzy Jonas Family Foundation, Imagine Chocolate, Zico Coconut Water and Stir Events by Match.com.“New York City and the Tri-State area is my home and it’s a place that constantly inspires music and creativity for myself and millions of others,” says Swizz. “I’m going to bring out some friends and put on a crazy show to support the VH1 Save the Music Foundation and the creation of the Tri-State Sandy Music Relief Fund so this creativity can thrive again for kids all over the East Coast.”last_img read more

Dogged by complaints over electoral financing irregularities Penashue resigns cabinet post seat

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National News OTTAWA–Former Innu leader Peter Penashue resigned his cabinet post along with his Labrador seat Thursday saying donation irregularities to his federal election campaign forced him to seek re-election in the interest of accountability.Penashue, who was minister of intergovernmental affairs, has also been dogged by criticism over personal and business ties to the $7.4 billion Muskrat Falls project in his home riding which recently received a loan guarantee from Ottawa.Penashue said in a statement he was resigning his Labrador seat over “ineligible donations” received by his election campaign.The Conservative party said Penashue would be the party’s candidate in the upcoming byelection, which has yet to be called.News of Penashue’s resignation also surprised his riding association and his own brother.Penashue’s wife Mary Ann Penashue said she doesn’t discuss politics with her husband but believes him to be “committed” to helping the people of Labrador.“He is the best man, he is the best husband and the best dad for my kids,” she said.His brother Max Penashue found out about the resignation after he was contacted by a reporter and saw the news on television.“It is a surprise, this is the first I heard of it,” he said.Peter Penashue’s Conservative riding association was also caught off guard.“I just heard the news,” said Tom Riggs, CEO of the riding association. “It is a pity; he was doing very well, we are very sad to hear it.”Riggs said he knew Penashue was under investigation by Elections Canada. Elections Canada would neither confirm nor deny whether Penashue was under investigation.Penashue was dogged by a number of issues surrounding donations to his federal campaign and had recently paid back the ineligible contributions, said Conservative party spokesman Fred DeLorey. Penashue paid back about $30,000.Penashue blamed the donation errors on “inexperienced volunteer” Reginald Bowers, who was the campaign’s official agent. Bowers ended up being appointed to the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum (CNLOP) Board by the federal government. A spokesman for the board said Bowers submitted his resignation in a letter Thursday afternoon.Penashue said Bowers’ replacement found “ineligible donations” had been accepted by Bowers.“I must be accountable to the people who elected me,” said Penashue. “In the byelection, I will be asking the people of Labrador to re-elect me so that I can continue to deliver for Labrador.”Penashue was facing a litany of election donation and spending complaints. Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae sent two letters to Elections Canada requesting an investigation.Penashue beat Liberal incumbent Todd Russell by only 79 votes. Russell, who said he was thinking about challenging Penashue again, said Penashue’s apparent campaign financing irregularities likely put him over the top.“I had my suspicions throughout the election,” said Russell. “There was an enormous amount of money being spent on the election (and) an enormous amount of money being put into charters and signage. There was no secret. We know the cost of this stuff.”In one complaint, Rae asked the electoral authority to investigate five donations received by Penashue’s campaign that were listed under the same St. John’s postal code from senior employees with Newfoundland and Labrador-based Pennecon Ltd., which is involved in construction, energy and real estate.The donations, which included three for $1,100 and two for $550, were also registered on May 4, 2011, two days after the last election.Rae also asked Elections Canada to probe a $25,000 loan Penashue’s campaign received from Innu Development Limited Partnership (IDLP) which was original registered as interest free. This contravened election laws which require loans to follow market rates. Rae also asked the elections watchdog to investigate a decision by an airline, partly owned by IDLP, to write off all but $7,000 of $18,163 in travel costs racked up by Penashue and his family.Penashue was also dogged by criticisms around his family and business links to the Muskrat Falls project, which received a loan guarantee from the federal government.In late November, Penashue asked the federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics commissioner to re-examine his file or any potential conflicts arising from his former role as a Labrador Innu treaty negotiator and an agreement guaranteeing Innu businesses contracts from the multi-billion dollar hydroelectric development project.His financial disclosure filing was also updated on Dec. 20, 2012. The updated filing no longer lists Penashue as receiving employment income from Penashue Group Inc., a company he co-owns with his wife. He is also no longer receiving income from the Innu Nation, according to the filing.The updated filing also shows that Penashue holds a business loan jointly with Bob Engram. In the previous filing, Engram was not named but identified as a third-party. Engram appears to own Inglutek Computers. In his filing, Penashue lists himself as a director for Iglutek.There is no straight line between Penashue and the Muskrat Falls project, but the winding path begins with his filings and flows through a company headed by his wife and a separate firm headed by two senior executives with Newfoundland and Labrador firm Pennacon.Pennacon is in a business partnership with Penashue’s brother Max Penashue and their firm, Liannu LLP, is actively pursuing and landing contracts from the Muskrat Falls project.Penashue was a lead negotiator in the New Dawn agreement between the Innu Nation in Labrador, Ottawa and the Newfoundland and Labrador government. The agreement was signed while Penashue was in cabinet and it was a crucial step in pushing the Lower Churchill project forward, which includes the $7.4 billion Muskrat Falls development.The New Dawn agreement included an impact benefit agreement giving the Innu millions of dollars in royalties and guaranteed contracts for their businesses from the Lower Churchill project. Construction of the Muskrat Falls dam is the first phase of the project.The agreement also included an agreement-in-principle on self-government and compensation for loss of hunting grounds due to flooding from the 1969 Upper Churchill River hydroelectric project.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

F16 crashes in warehouse outside US Air Reserve Base pilot ejects

first_imgRiverside (US): A pilot ejected moments before an F-16 fighter jet crashed Thursday into a warehouse just outside March Air Reserve Base in California, military officials said. The pilot was not hurt, and there were no immediate reports of injuries on the ground, said Maj. Perry Covington, the base’s director of public affairs. The cause of the crash was under investigation. Interstate 215, which runs between the base and the warehouse, was closed in both directions, backing up rush-hour traffic for miles. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportTelevision news showed a large hole in the roof and sprinklers on inside the building about 65 miles (105 kilometers) east of Los Angeles. Cellphone photos and video from inside showed what appeared to be the tail of the plane buried in twisted metal and piles of cardboard boxes. Daniel Gallegos, a warehouse worker, said he’s used to hearing the sound of planes coming and going, but the noise just before the crash was deafening. “Next thing I know I just hear this explosion and turn around to the back of the building, and I just seen a burst of flames and just the ceiling started falling through every part of the building,” he told KABC-TV . Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”I turned around, and my co-worker just told me to get, so I just made a run for it.” Gallegos said he believed one of his co-workers was struck by something possibly a falling fire sprinkler but wasn’t seriously hurt. The crash happened as the pilot was landing following a routine training mission, March Air Reserve Base Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Holliday said. “The pilot was having hydraulic problems,” Holliday said. “He started losing control of the aircraft.” The jet’s cockpit canopy was on a runway, and a parachute had settled in a nearby field.last_img read more

Weekly US unemployment benefit applications jump to a 4month high of 385000

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2013 8:34 am MDT Weekly US unemployment benefit applications jump to a 4-month high of 385,000 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose last week by 28,000, the third straight increase.Weekly applications increased to a seasonally adjusted 385,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s the highest level since late November. The gain pushed the four-week average, a less volatile measure, to 354,250.A Labor Department spokesman says the figures may have been affected by the Easter holiday. The department says the holiday’s timing varies from year to year, which makes it difficult to adjust for school closings and other seasonal factors that can alter the data.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. They have declined steadily since November, pushing the average to a five-year low three weeks ago.The recent increases could be a sign that companies are starting to cut jobs, possibly because of steep government spending cuts that began on March 1. Earlier reports this week suggested that companies may have slowed hiring this month after four months of strong job growth.Economists said they wanted to see more data before concluding the job market’s trajectory had changed.“We suspect the surge in the last two weeks reflects seasonal adjustment problems more than any fundamental change in the trend, but of course that remains to be seen,” said Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, in a note to clients.The government will issue the March employment report Friday. Economists forecast that it will show employers added 195,000 jobs last month, a healthy figure but below February’s total of 236,000.Job growth has picked up in recent months. Employers added an average of 200,000 jobs per month from November through February. That’s nearly double the average from last spring. The gains helped lower the unemployment rate in February to a four-year low of 7.7 per cent.Stronger economic growth this year has spurred more hiring. A steady housing recovery has boosted home construction and prices. Higher home prices make Americans feel wealthier, which can spur more spending.In February, consumer spending rose by the most in five months. And consumer confidence improved in March from the previous month, according to a survey released last week by the University of Michigan.Two reports Wednesday, however, suggested companies may have grown more cautious last month. Services companies grew in March but at a slower pace than in February, according to the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group. Service firms, which include retailers, hotels, restaurants and financial companies, cut back on hiring and a measure of new orders fell.And private employers added fewer jobs in March compared with February, according to payroll processor ADP. Construction firms didn’t add any positions after three months of strong gains.Several economists lowered their forecasts for hiring in March after Wednesday’s reports. Still, many analysts cautioned that the ADP is not always an accurate predictor of the government’s more comprehensive figures.Nearly 5.3 million people received unemployment aid in the week ended March 16, the latest data available. That’s about 170,000 fewer than the previous week. read more

Baseball Ohio States bullpen locks down 74 win against Nebraska for first

Ohio State junior catcher Jacob Barnwell tips his cap following a three-run home run against Nebraska Saturday in Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Mac Connor | Ohio State Athletics.The Nebraska baseball team seemed primed to bust the game wide open in the top of the seventh inning. Having come back from a 4-0 deficit, the Cornhuskers were back within a run at 5-4 with runners on second and third with no outs following a throwing error by Ohio State third baseman Conner Pohl.However, the Ohio State bullpen had other ideas, shutting down the rally and holding Nebraska at four runs to give the Buckeyes (18-8, 1-1 Big Ten) a 7-4 win against the Huskers (14-13, 2-3 Big Ten) Saturday afternoon in Bill Davis Stadium, the first conference win for Ohio State.Ohio State freshman pitcher Griffan Smith entered the game for junior starter Ryan Feltner to face pinch-hitting sophomore Joe Acker in the then-one-run game. Acker chopped a ground ball down the third-base line. Smith gloved it, looked the runner back to third, turned and fired a throw to first for the first out of the inning.Nebraska sophomore left fielder Mojo Hagge flied out with no runners advancing. Senior pitcher Seth Kinker entered the game and finished the inning off by forcing a groundout for the third out.“That’s the highlight of the game for me,” coach Greg Beals said. “You bring a freshman in, and his first series in Big Ten play with runners on second and third and nobody out, and he gets two big outs for us.” Back-to-back singles began Ohio State’s fourth inning, which put runners on the corners with one out for junior designated hitter Nate Romans. Romans failed to deliver, striking out on a low breaking ball from junior Nebraska starter Matt Waldron.Then junior catcher Jacob Barnwell turned on a 2-1 pitch and sent it over the left-field fence for a three-run blast to give Ohio State a 4-0 lead.Hagge led off the game with a double. It took four innings before the Huskers recorded another base hit against Feltner, with freshman right fielder Jaxon Hallmark drilling an RBI triple to score Nebraska’s first run.“[Feltner] left the fastball up there and they got the triple to right-center field,” Beals said. “One pitch he’d like to have back I think.”Feltner struck out the next batter for the second out, and got ahead 0-1 on sophomore Ben Klenke. The following pitch hit the shoulder of home-plate umpire Wayne Harris and ricocheted over the netting behind the plate out of play. Hallmark was given home plate and the score was 4-2.Feltner finished the game allowing just four runs (three earned) over six innings with five hits, two walks and six strikeouts. “Every single out, [Feltner]’s just getting better and better,” Barnwell said. “He’s just got his confidence built up now where no matter what pitch we throw down, he’s gonna execute it where he wants it and get the batter out.”Ohio State sophomore right fielder Dominic Canzone singled and stole a base in the fifth inning. McGowan brought him home with a double, his conference-leading 34th RBI of the season to extend the lead to 5-2.Nebraska first baseman Scott Schreiber responded with his second home run in as many days to make it a 5-3 game.With Ohio State adding two more runs for insurance in the seventh and eighth innings, Kinker hurled the final 2.1 innings of the victory for his fifth save of the season.“[You’ve seen me go to Kinker] earlier than you’d ideally like to,” Beals said. “I thought that was game-winning situation though and I thought we needed to have our best guy out there at that time.In addition to a 3-for-4 day at the plate, McGowan made a pair of key diving plays on ground balls during an all-around strong defensive performance at first. read more

Householder in court for catching neighbours cat in fox snare after it

falkirk Brown, a lorry driver from Falkirk in central Scotland, initially told his neighbour when he was challenged about the incident that he was trying to catch foxes.But he pleaded guilty in court this week to setting an illegal and inhumane snare and trapping the cat, “whereby it became entangled and unable to free itself, causing it unnecessary suffering”.He also admitted contravening the Wildlife and Countryside Act by setting a snare “calculated to cause unnecessary suffering” to any animal coming into contact with it.An allegation that he had also tried to poison the cat – which was not named in court – was dropped by the prosecution.Gordon Addison, defending the jacuzzi owner, said he resorted to snaring the cat when all other measures failed.He told the court: “Mr Brown and his wife had a whirlpool hot-tub, and it was being repeatedly fouled, and of course that meant draining it, cleaning it, refilling it, and disinfecting the whole lot, so it was expensive every time.”Efforts were made to determine what animal was doing it, and it became apparent it was the neighbour’s cat.”He said Mr Brown also tried erecting a fence round the hot tub, and put a screen round it, which was torn down by the cat. The measures he took cost more than building the hot tub in the first place. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “It was a loop of yellow wire with a small metal fixing and there was no stopper on the device which would have prevented it from continuing to tighten. He got some scissors and cut it off. The cat was not injured.” Falkirk Sheriff CourtCredit:Google A householder who tried everything he could think of to stop his neighbour’s cat fouling his jacuzzi, before trapping it in a fox snare, has been warned he could go to jail if he targets the pet again.Laurence Brown, 60, tried putting up screens and putting down pepper and lion dung after the cat repeatedly defecated in the outdoor hut tub.But a court was told that his efforts to keep the cat out “appeared only to make his neighbour’s pet more determined”.He eventually bought a fox snare online and set it at a spot where the cat was squeezing through the palings of the fence that divided his garden from his neighbour.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Susan Campbell, prosecuting, told Falkirk Sheriff Court: “The background is that the owners of the cat in question are neighbours of the accused. His garden backs onto their garden, and the gardens are separated by a six foot fence which has spaces which the cat can fit through.”On June 22 the owner of the cat heard a yowling noise coming from the area of the fence. He saw his cat dashing and realised that she had a piece of wire round her neck. Mr Addison added: “It appeared that the cat became more determined than ever. When the midge screen went up, the cat tore it to shreds, so as a last resort Mr Brown put down these pieces of wire that he bought on the Internet for £5.50.”The cat was caught once. It was checked over and it was fine, it was not injured, and it is no longer fouling the hot tub.”Sheriff James MacDonald fined Brown £300 and told him if there was any repeat of his behaviour he was likely to be jailed, for up to a maximum of a year. read more

Prince Charles and Camilla to make history with first royal visit to

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall with Lady Hale, the President of the Supreme Court Credit:PA Lady Hale said: “They are going to visit the Caribbean. They are not only going to the Anglo Caribbean, they are going to Cuba as well. She is very much looking forward to going to Cuba. It will be quite an event for members of the royal family to visit Cuba. “She said she loved the music and was interested in the architecture. And she did make a remark about she wasn’t so sure about the food.”The tour to Cuba has been rumoured for some time, after the court circular of November 14 noted: “The President of the Republic of Cuba called upon The Prince of Wales at Clarence House.”Barack Obama became the first US president to visit Cuba in 2016, but no British prime minister has been in an official capacity.  Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, pose with the Supreme Court JusticesCredit:PA The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall with Lady Hale, the President of the Supreme Court  The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will become the first members of the Royal Family to make an official visit to Cuba, the Duchess has confirmed, as she admits she is feeling a little apprehensive about the food.The Duchess told Baroness Hale, the president of the Supreme Court, that she was “very much looking forward” to the trip, which had not yet been confirmed as official by Clarence House.The royal couple will become the first to visit Cuba later this spring, in what will be hailed as a groundbreaking trip to the Communist country.The Prince and Duchess yesterday visited the Supreme Court  to mark the 10th anniversary of its founding, talking to its judges on matters official and making small talk. Baroness Hale, the president of the Supreme Court, spoke to the Duchess about the Caribbean as she and Prince Charles toured the courtroom where the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council sits. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, pose with the Supreme Court Justices Royal visits to other countries by the Prince of Wales have enjoyed elevated status since the Queen put a stop to her overseas trips in her 90s.Every tour is undertaken at the request of the Foreign Office, with members of the Royal Family generally seen to exercise the “soft power” and diplomacy that politicians cannot conjure.Trips by the Prince and Duchess have recently seen a heavy focus on their passions including environmental issues, sustainable food production, religious tolerance and children’s literacy.In November 2017, the Prince visited Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands and Dominica, in the wake of a devastating hurricane. read more

Sead Hasanefendic new GWD Minden coach

← Previous Story France LNH (Round 18): PSG Handball with the first defeat of the season! Next Story → Your opinion: HSV to beat Celje PL GWD Mindenhasanefendicminden After the sacking of Ulf Schefvert, GWD Minden were quick to find a replacement, and it seems like a perfect replacement for them. The new coach is former Gummersbach coach, Sead Hasanefendic. He will take over the coaching role immediately and already on Sunday against Luebbecke will have his premiere.

Reminder Northside DART and other rail services to be limited this weekend

first_imgRAIL PASSENGERS IN Dublin and the east coast will be affected by line closures this Bank Holiday weekend as Irish Rail carries out work on its rail lines from today until Monday.Anyone travelling is advised that bus connections will be in operation along some lines as work is carried out on a City Centre Resignalling Project.This means that from today until Monday inclusive, DART services will be operating between Bray/Greystones and Pearse Station only, with no ongoing services between Pearse and Howth/Malahide.Instead, Dublin Bus will accept tickets to and from areas served by northside DARTs.The rest of the changes to services are:Northern Commuter: Drogheda and Dundalk services will operate to and from Malahide Station, with bus transfers between Malahide and Connolly/Pearse stations. However, some services will operate to and from Skerries only.Belfast Enterprise: Bus transfers between Connolly and Drogheda. Trains running to and from Drogheda and Belfast.Rosslare/Dublin services: Operating to and from Pearse Station, instead of Connolly.Maynooth Commuter: All Maynooth services will operating to and from Connolly only.In addition, there will be usual service alterations on Bank Holiday Monday which means a Sunday timetable service on DART and commuter routes.Irish Rail is advising passengers to check details before travelling on its website.The work being carried out is part of a €120 million modernisation scheme which aims to increase capacity on the DART Howth Junction to Grand Canal line from 12 to 20 trains per hour both ways.- reporting from Daragh Brophy Read: Train, bus and Luas fares to increase from next weeklast_img read more

One million dollars granted to transform Kingston tip site

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 2009 State Budget has granted one million dollars to the City of Kingston to develop a much needed management plan for its Green Wedge areas which are plagued by tip sites and soil mounds. The funding was prompted following a State Government Advisory committee review of a planning permit application for a concrete crusher facility at Clarinda, which several local residents including Greek-Australians, opposed. With the concrete crusher already on Kingston Road, awaiting the go-ahead, the operation  was approved by the State Government this month.  Mayor Athanasopoulos says that the grant will be used to improve the surrounding land fill sites. Cr Athanasopoulos had said prior to the announcement that he had, “grave concerns for the environment because a large chunk of the non urban area in Kingston is tip site and the stock piles are up to a height similar to a 4-5 story building,” referring to the landfill site next to the Alex Fraser facility. The sites is used by Trans Pacific Industry (TPI) to stockpile huge amounts of earth landfill stock pilling, the size of two football grounds.The company has a permit but the way they are filling it is causing grief to residents, according to the Mayor.“When the wind comes, it blows soil over their properties,” he explained. “We are in the process of taking them to court but when it comes to taking action against operators, fines applicable are nowhere near the benefit they gain when they don’t adhere to permit conditions. “I am hoping that the grant will assist us to take action against TPI to remove the mounds and once their mounds get down to ground level, enforce permits that requires them to rehabilitate the land. “By using the funds to rezone the land, I am hoping to give land fill companies such as TPI an incentive to fill using engineer fill or to use the land for alternative appropriate uses.”Cr Athanasopoulos also plans to use the grant to:Minimise aesthetic, dust and noise issues while holes are being filled.Rezone land with the possibility of residential development in the northern non-urban area.Continue implementing the Chain of Parks program. This includes implementing a walkway to link from the Clarinda community to the Heartherton community through Barkers road.Establish a task force to lobby the State Government for further funds in the next budget so that the council can start implementing initiatives as soon as possible. Cr Athanasopoulos said that, “Council is well along in its work on plans to transform the 615ha. of land in Kingston’s northern non-urban area into something that we and future generations can all live with and be proud of.”last_img read more

Judiciary steps in on pensions

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s top administrative court, the Council of State, ruled this week that pension cuts adopted in 2012 as part of the country’s tough bailout conditions at the time are unconstitutional, and has ordered the government to restore the payments to previous levels.The government has implemented waves of pension cuts since 2010 as part of austerity measures agreed with its international lenders to put its finances back on track.The court’s decision, which is not retroactive, calls for the government to restore the pensions to the level they were at before a November 2012 law came into force, lowering main and supplementary pensions by between 5 and 10 per cent.In recent years the court debated many of the painful austerity measures Greeks have faced. Last year the Council found that wage cuts for police, the military and firefighters were also unconstitutional.Antonis Samaras’ government took months to comply with the ruling and only partially restored the salary levels, citing budgetary constraints.Wednesday’s pension ruling is expected to cost the state 1.2 to 1.5 billion euros ($A1.76-$A2.20 billion) a year, according to Greek economic analysis site Macropolis.Source: The Economic Times/The Telegraphlast_img read more

ÉtatsUnis Porsche menacé par un projet de loi environnementale

first_imgÉtats-Unis : Porsche menacé par un projet de loi environnementaleÉtats-Unis – Dans seulement quelques mois, les limites de consommation de carburant imposées par une nouvelle loi environnementale pourraient condamner le constructeur automobile allemand Porsche à subir de lourdes pénalités financières.Porsche s’estime particulièrement menacé par une loi américaine qui doit entrer en vigueur en mai prochain. Celle-ci vise à infliger de lourdes amendes aux constructeurs de voitures trop gourmandes en carburant et donc, trop émettrices de CO2.”Nous avons obtenu des dérogations exceptionnelles pour les années 2012 à 2015″ a expliqué au Financial Times Deutschland, Stephan Schläfli, le chef lobbyiste de Porsche. Dès 2016, ces dérogations ne seront plus valables et les voitures de luxe de Porsche devront consommer en moyenne moins de 5,7 litres aux 100 kilomètres.L’application de cette nouvelle limite de consommation de carburant imposerait au constructeur de réduire chaque année la consommation d’environ 10%, explique M. Schläfli. Ce dernier estime que, malgré l’introduction programmée de moteurs hybrides sur certains modèles de bolides, une telle diminution est techniquement impossible.Si Porsche paie déjà régulièrement des amendes pour la consommation excessive de ses voitures, elles ne s’élevaient jusqu’ici qu’à quelques centaines de dollars par véhicule, reportés sur le prix de vente. “Avec la nouvelle loi, l’amende la plus élevée atteint 37.500 dollars par voiture” indique Stephan Schläfli, avant d’assurer que Porsche sera incapable de payer une telle somme. “Économiquement, cette réglementation impliquerait la restructuration de toute l’industrie (automobile)”, a commenté Walter Lewis, chargé de défendre les intérêts de Porsche devant les autorités américaines.Le groupe allemand estime que la loi environnementale de l’administration Obama est beaucoup plus souple avec les constructeurs américains qui seraient soumis à des quotas moins élevés en raison de la taille de leurs modèles.Le 23 février 2010 à 12:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

LAcer Allegro disponible en avance

first_imgL’Acer Allegro disponible en avance !L’Acer Allegro est disponible en avance sur Internet. Son tarif est également moins élevé qu’annoncé.Le smartphone Acer Allegro est commercialisé en avance en Europe. Le marchand en ligne rueducommerce propose cet appareil tournant sous Windows Phone à le vente. Ce modèle présenté comme le Windows Phone le moins cher du marché était attendu pour décembre.Le mobile d’Acer est équipé d’un écran tactile LED de 3,6 pouces affichant en 800 x 480 pixels et d’un appareil photo dorsal de 5 Mexapixels. Il dispose de 8Go de mémoire interne, de 512Mo de mémoire RAM. Il sera propulsé par un processeur Qualcomm Snapdragon 8255 cadencé à 1GHz.Vendu à 284 euros, l’Acer Allegro semble présenter un meilleur rapport qualité/prix que le Nokia Lumia 800, bénéficiant du système d’exploitation Windows Phone et du même processeur. A l’avantage du smartphone d’Acer, la fonction “Fast Charge” permet une recharge 2,5 fois plus rapide du smartphone lorsqu’il est branché sur secteur.Le 26 novembre 2011 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Woke posttruth added to Oxford English Dictionary

first_img(WSVN) – New words were added to the Oxford English Dictionary, and millennials may be happy to know one of them is “woke.”Often times seen in memes and used jokingly, “woke” is now accepted as a proper word, according to the Oxford Dictionary. Before “woke” was accepted, only “woken” was used as the past participle of the verb “wake.”According to Oxford Dictionary, “woke” means “to being ‘aware’ or ‘well informed’ in a political or cultural sense.”“Post-truth” was also accepted into the Oxford Dictionary, defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping political debate or public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”The other words and some forms of current words accepted are as followed and defined by Oxford:Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Man arrested for soliciting minor on dating app

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida man has been arrested and is being held in a Pompano Beach jail with a $1 million bond after soliciting a minor via a dating app.According to police, Robert Gittle planned to meet up with a minor, Tuesday, through the dating app “Grindr.”Gittle was arrested at the Broward County Northwest Regional Library on North University Drive.Gittle is charged with three counts of lascivious battery on a minor older than 12, but younger than 16, and two counts of traveling to meet a minor for unlawful sex.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Europes hotly debated copyright revamp is more than a meme killer

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 1:04 EU Parliament vote means your memes are safe… for now Share your voice First they came for the privacy violations, then they came for the memes. The European Union is trying to pass a hotly debated law on copyright. The European Copyright Directive has been years in the making, and on Tuesday, March 26, the European Parliament is due to vote on the final version of it.Companies including Google, along with free speech advocates and prominent figures within the EU, have opposed parts of the draft legislation. The contentious nature of the legislation saw it morph through multiple iterations before the different EU institutions agreed on a version after three days of talks in France.On June 20, 2018, the European Parliament’s legal affairs committee voted to approve the draft legislation, but then a couple of weeks later, on July 5, the Parliament as a whole rejected the measure. That was hardly the end of the matter, and the individual EU institutions followed up with their own input.Those votes happened just weeks after Europe’s last big piece of internet-related legislation — the General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) — kicked in. 5 Tags Culture Internet Services Both the Copyright Directive and GDPR could dramatically affect and change things about the internet as we know it. But they also differ significantly, not just in scope, but also in how they’re viewed and received by the world beyond Brussels. GDPR has forced internet companies to scramble to fall in line with the new policy, but the privacy protections it promises internet users mean it’s generally thought of as a consumer-friendly effort. Some hail it as evidence that the EU is leading the way when it comes to regulating the internet. The pending Copyright Directive, however, is meeting with the opposite reaction. What is the European Copyright Directive and why are people against it? The EU Copyright Directive — or to give its full name, the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market — is Europe’s attempt to harmonize copyright laws across all member states. The last EU-wide copyright law was put in place in 2001, when the internet was a dramatically different place to how it is today. It’s designed to update the law and make it more relevant to the internet we know and love now, as well as to anticipate change down the line. The legislation, however, is vague — one of the criticisms of it — in terms of what actually needs to change and how it’ll be upheld. But there are two sections in particular that have drawn criticism for being overly harsh: Article 13, and to a lesser extent, Article 11. The impact, critics say, could mean a substantially more closed internet of the future. Who’s in favor of the directive? Alex Voss, rapporteur of the European Parliament for the copyright directive, for one. He suggested the law and believes its criticisms are highly exaggerated. Many members of the European Parliament also support the overhaul of EU copyright law. How many exactly will be determined when it’s put to a vote. Pirate Party MEP Julia Reda suggested alternatives to both Article 11 and Article 13, saying they would “fairly balance the interests of different groups without compromising on fundamental rights.” What’s Article 13? Article 13 is the part of the directive that dictates how copyrighted content — including TV shows, films, videos and pictures — is shared on the internet. It dictates that anyone sharing copyrighted content must get permission from rights owners, or at least have made the best possible effort to get permission, before doing so.It’d force all online platforms to police and prevent the uploading of copyrighted content, or make people seek the correct licenses to post that content. For the most part this would mean filters that check content as it’s uploaded would be mandatory for platforms including Facebook, Instagram, GitHub, Reddit and Tumblr, but also many much smaller platforms.YouTube already uses such a system — called Content ID — to protect copyright infringement, but the technology to do this is extremely expensive and has taken over 11 years to build and refine. Who has a problem with it and why? The concerns about Article 13 are wide-ranging, including unease about the cost of compliance for smaller companies, and out-and-out censorship of the internet. In a letter addressed to the president of the EP, Antonio Tajani, around 70 internet luminaries, including Vint Cerf and Tim Berners-Lee, expressed their concern that the provision could cause “substantial harm” to the internet. “Article 13 takes an unprecedented step towards the transformation of the internet from an open platform for sharing and innovation, into a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users,” they said. An organized campaign against Article 13 warns that it’d affect everything from memes to code, remixes to livestreaming. Almost 400,000 people have so far signed a Change.org petition against the provision. The Max Planck Institute, a nonprofit group, notes that Article 13 could threaten freedom of expression and information as enshrined in the European Charter of Human Rights. What’s Article 11? A second part of the draft legislation, Article 11, is also raising eyebrows. This section stipulates that companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft may have to pay publishers for showing snippets of news articles. Who has a problem with it and why? The objections to Article 11 are less vocal, but they’re out there nonetheless. It’s unclear what exactly would have to be licensed (snippets? headlines? links themselves?) so the jury is out on how much of an impact it might have. “Platforms unable or unwilling to pay licensing fees would need to shut down or disallow users from sharing links with snippets,” said Pirate Party MEP Julia Reda. There are fears it could outlaw news aggregators as we know them or even prevent any sites other than giants like Google, which could afford a license, from linking to articles at all. How will this affect Facebook and other social media companies? The law would force social media platforms to take more direct responsibility for policing uploaded content. Big tech companies will likely put their own, costly solutions in place for doing this. Smaller companies would likely use a more centralized platform. It’d also prevent social platforms from showing any kind of “snippet” of news stories, making it ultimately harder to share and link to content. How will this affect me, an EU resident? Everything you upload onto the internet will be checked for copyright beforehand, so this could mean no more making memes or edits for your favorite fan Tumblr, among many other things. It could also mean the end of some of your favorite news aggregation tools and apps. When you click on a link, you may have little clue ahead of time what lies beyond. These are just some of the possibilities, but because of how vague the law is, it’s hard to see how it might be upheld when the time comes. How will this affect me, a non-EU resident? Each territory is governed by its own copyright laws, so unless the directive causes the big internet companies to make some huge, fundamental changes, you might not be directly affected. The internet may not have as much content generated from within Europe, however, so if you’re a fan of British humor or Europe’s take on popular memes, your experience of being online may be the poorer for it. Will the directive definitely pass into law? It’s too early to say whether the Copyright Directive will pass. The July 5 vote by the EU Parliament was a narrow one: 318 against, 278 in favor, with 31 abstentions.Now that the EU has agreed on a final text for the directive, the European Parliament will vote on the legislation. If it passes, it’ll come into force in each EU country over the next two years.Originally published June 22, 2018.Update July 5, 2018:  Added information about the vote in the European Parliament.Update Feb. 15, 2019: Added information about the upcoming vote in the European Parliament.Update March 25, 2019: Added further information about the upcoming vote. GDPR Legislation Privacy Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Cabinet approves draft Broadcast Bill

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina is presiding over the cabinet meeting at the secretariat on Monday. Photo: PIDThe cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft Broadcast Bill 2018 with a provision to form a seven-member Broadcast Commission to provide licences to broadcast media, including online ones and to bring those under discipline, reports UNB.The approval came at the weekly meeting of the cabinet held at the secretariat with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.The cabinet also approved the draft of Mass Media Employees (Services Conditions) Bill 2018 in principle with a provision to constitute wage board for journalists and employees of all media houses, including electronic ones.As per the Broadcast Bill, a five-member search committee will place its report before the president to form the seven-member Broadcast Commission, said cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam while briefing reporters after the meeting.He said the president will appoint members of the commission, including a chairman and with at least a female member.”The Broadcast Bill 2018 is a new one which was framed following consultations with all stakeholders. The Bill has been placed (in the cabinet) to bring the broadcast media, including online one, under discipline,” said the cabinet secretary.The Broadcast Commission will have the authority to provide licences to broadcast media and revoke those. But the commission will have to take prior permission from the government in case of providing any licence in this regard.As per the Bill, the commission will have to dispose of any complaint to be lodged against any media house within 30 days after receiving it.It will have the authority to suspend or revoke the licence of any broadcast media on seven grounds.About the Mass Media Employees (Services Conditions) Bill 2018, Shafiul Alam said the wage board will be applicable for journalists and employees of all the media outlets, including print and electronic, as per the Bill.According to the Bill, the working hours for media employees will be 36 hours in a week instead of 48 hours, while the casual leave will be 15 days instead of 10 days and the earned leave will be 100 days instead of 60 days annually, he said.Besides, the festival leave will be 10 days in a year, recreation leave will be one month after every three years, and the maternity leave will be six months in place of the existing eight weeks.If anyone or organisation violates the provisions of the Bill, s/he will be fined Tk 50,000-Tk 500,000 lakh, the cabinet secretary said.last_img read more

Ladysmith Gazettes pick of the top 5 local and international news stories

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A 10-year-old rape victim whose plea for an abortion was rejected by India’s Supreme Court has given birth to a baby girl, a doctor said Thursday.Read full story: 10-year-old India rape victim gives birth to baby girl5. North Korea war would be “horrific” but peace “possible”: top US generalPeace with North Korea is a “possibility”, America’s most senior uniformed officer said Thursday, but warned the US has “credible, viable military options” for dealing with the errant regime.Read full story: North Korea war would be “horrific” but peace “possible”: top US generalClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! 1. Weather warning: Cold and possibly wet conditions in store for Ladysmith todayIt is bitterly cold in Ladysmith today, with a high of 9 degrees predicted by the SA Weather Service.Read full story: Weather warning: Cold and possibly wet conditions in store for Ladysmith today2. Notice: Van Reenen’s Pass still open despite inclement weather conditionsMotorists are urged to travel safely on the roads.Read full story: Notice: Van Reenen’s Pass still open despite inclement weather conditions3. Pampering Ladysmith’s lovely ladiesA large crowd of ladies gathered at the Hamilton School Hall on Friday evening to be pampered by the friendly and dynamic team.Read full story: Pampering Ladysmith’s lovely ladies4. 10-year-old India rape victim gives birth to baby girllast_img read more