Yellowknife pilots wet housing project

first_imgAPTN National NewsBefore you can deal with mental health and addictions issues, you need a roof over your head.That’s the philosophy behind the new project that the city of Yellowknife is piloting.APTN’s Iman Kassam takes to the streets of Yellowknife to find out more.last_img

Canadian Natural reports 961M Q1 profit up from 583M a year ago

first_imgDaily production averaged 1,035,212 barrels of oil equivalent, down from 1,123,546 in the first quarter of 2018.On an adjusted basis, Canadian Natural says it earned 70 cents per diluted share from operations compared with 71 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 51 cents per share and revenue of $5.25 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. CALGARY, A.B. – Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. reported a first-quarter profit of $961 million, up from $583 million in the same quarter last year, as it benefited from higher prices due in part to Alberta’s mandatory production curtailments.The oilsands producer says the profit amounted to 80 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, compared with a profit of 47 cents per diluted share a year ago.Revenue totalled nearly $5.25 billion, down from $5.47 billion in the first quarter of last year.last_img read more

Protests erupt in West Bengal over BJPs LS poll candidate selection

first_imgKolkata: Protests erupted in various parts of West Bengal after the BJP, in its first list of 28 candidates, nominated its veterans and defectors from the ruling Trinamool Congress to take on Mamata Banerjee’s party in the state. With old-timers being overlooked in favour of turncoats and newcomers, protestors gathered outside BJP offices in various parts of the state and, in some places, put up posters of rejected ticket aspirants outside the offices. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja BJP state vice-president Raj Kamal Pathak submitted his resignation after he was denied a party ticket. The saffron party, which bagged two Lok Sabha seats in the state in the 2014 elections, is now targeting 23 of the state’s 42 constituencies. Of its 28 candidates, nearly 25 are new faces, with a thrust on active political workers rather than greenhorns from the glamour world. Unlike the TMC which had 18 new faces and a mix of old-timers and greenhorns, hardcore politicians and personalities from the film industry, the BJP has put faith on its own leaders and defectors from other parties. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “If after serving the party for three decades and holding the post of vice-president do not make me qualified to get a party ticket, it is better to resign from the post,” Pathak said. The veteran BJP leader wanted to contest from Hooghly district, but he was overlooked in favour of a newcomer in the party. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said efforts will be made to pacify the dissidents. “There can be resentment in some places, but everything can be sorted out through discussions,” BJP state secretary Rahul Sinha said. This is not the first time the BJP has faced such protests. During the Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls in 2015, several ticket aspirants staged protest rallies outside the party office. Of the candidates, five had recently defected to the saffron party from the Trinamool Congress and one from the CPI(M). Union minister and BJP MP from Asansol Lok Sabha constituency Babul Supriyo has been renominated from the same seat and is pitted against actor Moon Moon Sen of the TMC. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh will contest from Medinipur seat against TMC leader Manas Bhunia. BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha will take on TMC heavyweight Sudip Bandopadhyay in Kolkata North Lok Sabha seat. State BJP vice-president and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s grandnephew, Chandra Kumar Bose will contest from Kolkata South Lok Sabha seat. Former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh, once known to be close to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, will be fighting against TMC candidate and actor Dipak Adhikary, popularly known as ‘Dev’, from Ghatal Lok Sabha constituency. The BJP has fielded former Trinamool Congress MLA Arjun Singh from Barrackpur Lok Sabha seat. Singh, who had recently joined the saffron party, has been pitted against TMC’s Dinesh Trivedi. In Coochbebar Lok Sabha seat, the party has fielded former TMC youth leader Nishith Pramanik, while in Jadavpur, expelled TMC MP Anupam Hazra will contest against TMC’s Mimi Chakraborty, an actor by profession. Another former TMC MP Soumitra Khan, who joined the BJP in January, has been given ticket from Bishnupur (SC) Lok Sabha seat. Former CPI(M) MLA Khagen Murmu, who too had switched over to the BJP, will contest from Malda North seat against TMC’s Mausam Benazir Noor, who had recently defected to the party from the Congress, in Malda Uttar seat. Former TMC leader Sreerupa Mitra Chowdhury, who had contested elections on a TMC ticket from New Delhi, is the BJP candidate from the neighbouring Malda South seat. There are four women candidates and one Muslim nominee in the first list. The BJP in minority-dominated seats such as Malda South, Malda North and Basirhat did not field any candidate from the community. “We do not believe in giving tickets just on the basis of religion. For us winnability is the biggest criteria,” said a state BJP leader. The Lok Sabha elections in the state will be held from April 11 till May 19 in seven phases.last_img read more

Morocco Chairs Executive Committee of African Construction Enterprises Federation

Dakar – Morocco chaired the Executive Committee of the federation of African construction enterprises, which met on January 29-31 in Accra.  The event was an opportunity for the Moroccan delegation to highlight the importance of the Moroccan-African partnerships in the construction sector.In this respect, Morocco was considered as a model in light of its increasing investments in several African countries, in line with the Royal instructions, to achieve 60,000 housing units as well as cement production plants, a source from the Moroccan delegation told MAP. The federation of African construction enterprises aims at supporting African enterprises in forging partnerships with a view to developing the construction sector.

Japanese Sumitomo Corporation Partners with Attijariwafa Bank for Major Operations in

Rabat – Attijariwafa Bank and Sumitomo Corporation Europe Limited, a subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo Corporation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on July 26 to develop a long-term partnership for large-scale operations in Africa.Signed by Boubker Jai, Chief Executive Officer of Attijariwafa bank and Bin Haga, CEO of Sumitomo Corporation Europe Limited, the Moroccan bank explained in a statement issued on Monday that the purpose of the memorandum is to promote cooperation between the two groups in the automotive, infrastructure, chemical, mining, and agriculture sectors in Morocco and Africa at large.Jai stated that Attijariwafa Bank is “pleased to have signed this Memorandum of Understanding with Sumitomo Corporation Europe Limited” adding that it is an excellent opportunity for two groups “to act together in Africa.” For Jai, this partnership “opens up promising prospects for the Sumitomo Corporation for the development of its investments and trade flows with the support of our group.” Ikari Data, Managing Director in charge of Business Development at Sumitomo Corporation Europe Limited, said that the Japanese group decided to sign this agreement with Attijariwafa bank to “support our presence and operations at the continental level and also to have access to the network and expertise of the Moroccan bank, which is now an integrated African financial group capable of supporting our new regional strategy in the countries where the Group already operates.”The Sumitomo Corporation group is already present in Morocco and South Africa, through several subsidiaries. In Morocco, it operates extensive exchanges with local distributors of Japanese brands. read more

Stocks jump on track for best week since late November

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks moved broadly higher for a fourth consecutive day as investors look to start June with a strong weekly gain after a downturn in May.Investors bought stocks and bonds after a report showing weaker than expected hiring in the U.S. in May appeared to increase the odds the Federal Reserve will have to cut interest rates in the coming months. Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell had signalled the possibility earlier in the week.The lacklustre jobs report could be a sign that businesses are becoming more cautious as economic growth slows and the U.S. engages in multiple trade conflicts.Bond prices rose, pushing yields lower, also a sign that the market is worried about economic growth. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.07% from 2.12% on Thursday. Banks, which rely on higher yields for profit from loan interest, fell broadly and held back gains for the financial sector.But most sectors soared higher. Technology stocks led gains on Friday. Microsoft rose 1.6% and Apple rose 1%. Health care companies and internet stocks were also among the largest gainers. Johnson & Johnson rose 1.3% and Facebook rose 1.6%.Investors are also optimistic about prospects for a U.S.-Mexico trade deal. The U.S. is poised to start imposing 5% tariffs on Mexican goods Monday but both sides are negotiating and media reports have suggested that the U.S. could consider delaying the tariffs.The S&P 500 index rose 1.3% as of 10:55 a.m. Eastern time, and is on track for its best week since late November. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 329 points, or 1.3%, to 26,049. The Nasdaq composite rose 1.8%.This week’s gains have offset some of the losses from May, when President Donald Trump escalated trade wars with China and Mexico by threatening or imposing new tariffs. That disrupted a strong run by the market to start the year that culminated in the S&P hitting a new high on April 30.Technology stocks suffered a sharp blow from the ramped up disputes, particularly with China. Even with this week’s gains, the technology heavy Nasdaq is down 6.7% since hitting a record on May 3 and technology stocks within the broad S&P 500 index have fallen 5.4%.Meanwhile, Facebook and Google parent Alphabet dragged down the internet heavy communications sector over the month. The sector is suffering the most and is down almost 9% from its April 29 high. Consumer-related stocks are down about 6%, with a large portion of companies depending on China for significant revenue.Meanwhile, investors have signalled their expectation that the Fed would have to cut rates because of a cooling economy by buying bonds. The yield on the 10-year Treasury is now 2.07%, down from a close of 2.48% on April 7. Yields move inversely to bond prices.Gold, which is also viewed as a safe-play investment, gained 5% over the last month.CLOSING THE BOOK: Barnes & Noble rose 11.2% after the last of the big book retailers announced its sale to a hedge fund for $476 million.Hedge fund Elliott Management is expected to close the buyout in the third quarter. The chain was the main force behind the demise of independent bookstores and was ultimately laid low by the shift to online sales and Amazon’s rise.BEYOND EXPECTATIONS: Beyond Meat soared 29% after the plant-based meat maker beat Wall Street’s first quarter financial forecasts.The company also gave investors a solid revenue forecast for the year.Sales of the company’s fresh products — burgers and sausages — jumped 304% during the quarter.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Following unrest UN mission in TimorLeste extended one month past expiration

Following fatal mob violence late last month in Timor-Leste, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations office there (UNOTIL) one month past its 20 May expiration as the world organization considers how to further reinforce the stability of the nascent country.Through a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-Member Council expressed its deep concern over the incident of 28 and 29 April, in which five people were reported killed and 60 injured after a large portion of the national army was dismissed, and requested Secretary-General Kofi Annan to provide, by 6 June, an update on the situation and on the role of the United Nations following UNOTIL’s departure.The Council also encouraged the Government of Timor-Leste to address, with UNOTIL’s assistance, the causes of the violence in order to prevent a recurrence.In what would have been his final report on UNOTIL, Mr. Annan – responding to a request by the Timorese leaders – recommended the establishment of a new UN political presence for one year including an electoral assistance unit, police training advisers, military liaison officers, and civilian advisers in critical areas that require continued assistance. Experts would also be deployed to monitor and report on the human rights situation leading up presidential and parliamentary elections to be held in 2007. “Given the considerable investment of the United Nations in Timor-Leste over more than six years, it is in the interest of the international community to assist the country in consolidating the achievements thus far,” Mr. Annan writes in the report, referring to various UN missions that saw the Southeast Asian nation through independence after it voted to break away from Indonesia, which took over the former Portuguese colony in 1975.“With the provision of assistance through the proposed integrated United Nations office, as has been requested by the Timorese leadership, the Organization can better enable the Government to make further advances in fostering peace, stability and democracy at this critical juncture,” he adds. UNOTIL itself succeeded the UN Mission of Support in Timor-Leste (UNMISET) last May and the new office was planned to run for one year, beginning on 21 May 2006. read more

Hospital turns down donation from men who wore demeaning nurse costumes

first_imgIn a letter to the Ludlow Hospital League of Friends, Ms Ditheridge and chair of the trust Mike Ridley, said: “The presentation of men dressed as female nurse sin a highly-sexualised and demeaning way is wrong, very outdated and insulting to the profession.” Peter Corfield, chairman of the League of Friends of Ludlow Hospital, described the refusal of the cash as “absolutely ridiculous.”  Nurses  A hospital has turned down a donation from a group of men who raised money by dressing up as nurses, claiming their behaviour was “highly-sexualised” and “demeaning”.The men raised £2,500 in the event in Ludlow, Shropshire, which sees them dress up as female nurses and take to the streets with collection buckets.The fundraising drive for Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust has been taking place without complaint for 30 years, raising around £90,000 in total.Jan Ditheridge, chief executive of the trust, said she is not comfortable with how the event portrays medical staff and refused the donation.  Ms Ditheridge, chief executive of the trust said: “It isn’t okay to portray healthcare professionals in this way.”We have previously asked that this doesn’t happen and therefore don’t think it’s right to accept any money associated with this activity.”I’m sure the event was organised with the best intentions and we are sorry if it’s made people feel uncomfortable or embarrassed.”Many people kindly and selflessly raise money for our organisation, and especially for our hospitals. We are eternally grateful for that.” Men dressed up as nurses The event has been running for 30 yearsCredit:Caters He added: “The event has always run with the full knowledge and support of the hospital and primary care trust management with participation by NHS staff.”The whole thing is a light-hearted fundraiser which has raised between £2,500 and £6,500 each year and so over that period of time it’s a very tidy sum. The health chiefs turned down the donationCredit:Caters  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Larvik – Gyor to set new attendance record

Larvik HK ← Previous Story Kjelling plans to come back to Norway? Next Story → EHF CL: Fuchse in TOP form – 40 goals in Schaffhausen! Women’s EHF CL derby match TOP 8 Round 3 will be played in Norway between Larvik HK and Hungarian Gyor. Only a few days before the first whistle the hall is almost sold out. About 3.000 spectators can watch handball in Larvik Arena, but right there are only 300 tickets left.– We will not be surprised if Arena Larvik get a new attendance record on Saturday – says Larvik’s administration chef Roger Bakke.Both teams beat Buducnost Podgorica at the beginning og TOP 8, what put them among the biggest favorite to win the EHF CL this season.Match time is 16.45hrs.

British cycling chief to challenge Pat McQuaid and restore credibility

first_imgBRIAN COOKSON WILL challenge controversial incumbent Pat McQuaid for the presidency of the International Cycling Union (UCI).Irishman McQuaid has been in charge of the sport’s global governing body since 2006 but has come under pressure for the way in which the UCI reacted to the fall-out from the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.British cycling chief Cookson, 61, said he was standing against McQuaid in a bid to restore “cycling’s credibility”, having overseen a transformation in the sport’s British fortunes from near bankruptcy to the multiple medal-winning success at last year’s London Olympics led by Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy.Elections will take place at the UCI’s annual congress in Florence, Italy, in September.“I am not doing this lightly as I know how much needs to be done,” Cookson said in a statement.“When I became the President of British Cycling in 1996, the Federation was deeply troubled and close to bankruptcy. Since that time cycling in my country has been transformed beyond recognition.“Many wonderful people have helped this process, motivated by a passion to do the best for cycling, and I have been proud to lead them.“Many good things have happened in our sport around the world in recent years, and I am proud that British cyclists and British events such as London 2012 have played their part in showing what a superb sport we have in cycling, in all its diversity.“But the passion I and many others have for cycling cannot hide the fact that our international body, the UCI, remains hugely distracted, continuing to flounder in waves of damaging historical controversies.“For far too many people our sport is associated with doping, with decisions that are made behind closed doors and with ceaseless conflicts with important members of the cycling family and other key stakeholders. We must restore cycling’s credibility. The first priority for the new UCI president must be to change the way that anti-doping is managed so that people can have confidence in the sport.We must also urgently carry out a fully independent investigation into the allegations of corruption in this area which have so damaged the UCI’s reputation.”The UCI has come under pressure since the publication of a damning US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) report in October last year, accusing Armstrong of orchestrating the biggest doping network in sporting history.The US rider was later stripped of his record seven Tour de France wins, amid allegations that the UCI was complicit in covering up previous positive tests.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) also criticised the UCI when an independent panel the governing body established to examine its own alleged involvement was disbanded before it could report.© AFP, 2013Updated: Oscar Pistorius hearing adjourned until AugustIrish amateur Phelan qualifies for US Openlast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_img EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #SERIOUSLY INJURED: A 14-year-old boy is in hospital after he was knocked off his bike in the Kildare area yesterday.2. #VARADKAR: The new Taoiseach has said that he intends to be a leader for a new Ireland.3. #BAD AND GOOD: Rents across the country have risen in the last 12 months but there is good news in the capital as Dublin rates have seen a decrease.4. #THEY SEE ME ROAMIN’: Roaming charges are being abolished as of today which means you can use your online data in the EU just as you would at home.5. #GRENFELL TOWER: The death toll from the massive London fire is expected to rise today.6. #CAN’T PAY WON’T PAY: A third of motorists fined for driving without wearing a seatbelt didn’t pay the fine last year.7. #TRUMP: The US president is being investigated for allegedly obstructing justice over his ties with Russia.8. #CHARGED: A man is due in court today charged in relation to the murder of Paul Gallagher whose body was found dumped in a Meath field in 2014.9. #JOE DUFFY: The broadcaster has been awarded with the Lord Mayor’s Award for his contribution to Dublin society.Comments have been turned off as legal proceedings are ongoing in one or more of these stories.  By Garreth MacNamee The 9 at 9: Thursday Here’s everything you need to know this morning. Jun 15th 2017, 8:42 AM 13,950 Views No Comments Image: Shutterstock/beats1 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 15 Jun 2017, 8:42 AM Share1 Tweet Email1 Image: Shutterstock/beats1last_img read more

Chine les forêts de Hainan dévastées par le tourisme malgré lopposition des

first_imgChine : les forêts de Hainan dévastées par le tourisme malgré l’opposition des habitantsSur l’île de Hainan, en Chine, les autorités ont réduit au silence un militant écologiste qui luttait pour en protéger les forêts. Selon Greenpeace, il n’aura fallu que dix ans pour que l’île perde le quart de ses forêts au profit de résidence de luxe et autres parcours de golf.Actuellement, sur l’île de Hainan, les pelleteuses chinoises achèvent la construction d’un terrain de golf en bord de mer. Les plages de sable de l’île continuent à attirer les promoteurs qui poursuivent le déboisement pour y implanter des résidences et des hôtels de luxe destinés à booster le tourisme. Wang Jurong, une paysanne de Wanning se souvient : “ils ont coupé la forêt il y a à peu près un an”. Si la chose apparait désastreuse, elle est malheureusement aussi bien trop facile : comme cette habitant le précise, “si vous nous donnez une somme suffisamment élevée, vous pouvez faire ce que vous voulez de la terre”. Ainsi, selon Greenpeace, Hainan a perdu en dix ans 25% de ses bois et forêts. Et ceux qui s’y sont opposés ont purement et simplement été réduits au silence. C’est le cas de Liu Futang, un ancien responsable de l’administration des forêts qui a vu son compte Sina Weibo (l’équivalent chinois de Twitter) fermé suite à un message de soutien adressé aux habitants de Yinggehai qui protestaient contre une centrale électrique au charbon.”Botter les fesses des responsables officiels” Il a ensuite été emprisonné et condamné pour avoir publié des livres contre la destruction de forêts (dont Le rêve vert et Les larmes de Hainan). Relâché après quelques mois et condamné à une peine de trois ans de prison avec sursis, il lui est aujourd’hui formellement interdit de parler aux médias. Ne mâchant pas ses mots, l’homme, cité par l’AFP, avait écrit que “pour protéger l’environnement de Hainan qui est déjà pratiquement détruit il faut botter les fesses des responsables officiels, leur faire sentir le pouvoir du peuple”. Une phrase qui n’a pas été du goût des autorités chinoises qui l’ont arrêté quelques mois plus tard. Les procureurs de Haikou, la capitale de l’île, l’ont accusé d’avoir publié illégalement à compte d’auteur des livres sur les problèmes environnementaux à Hainan et d’avoir ainsi gagné 78 000 yuans (soit 9 640 euros). Une accusation absurde, selon ses avocats. Liu expliquait au tribunal, au bord des larmes, “si j’avais voulu faire de l’argent, je n’aurais jamais publié ces livres”. L’avocat Zhou Ze est lui aussi connu pour son travail sur les affaires de droits de l’Homme. Malheureusement, il n’a pas été autorisé à représenter Liu et il affirme que “le bureau local de la sécurité publique lui a fait promettre de ne pas parler aux médias, ce qui constitue clairement une violation de ses droits”. De leurs côtés, ni la sécurité publique ni le tribunal n’ont répondu aux questions de l’AFP.Des habitants menacés par les arrestations et les passages à tabac À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Malgré tout cela, Liu Futang est devenu un symbole de la répression contre les militants écologistes en Chine. Mais cette condition n’est pas facile. A Yinggehai, une ville pauvre, les habitants se souviennent des arrestations et passages à tabac de ceux qui ont protesté contre la centrale électrique en octobre dernier. Un commerçant, qui témoigne anonymement, raconte que les autorités “ont arrêté ceux qui se trouvaient en premier ligne du mouvement de protestation”. Aujourd’hui “nous craignons d’être arrêtés, c’est pourquoi nous ne voulons pas parler de la centrale”, ajoute-t-il en glissant discrètement à l’AFP le texte d’une chanson rap protestataire. On peut y lire : “Personne n’ose le rapporter, à cause de la pression du pouvoir central… et ceux qui défendent leur jolie maison sont réprimés”, évoquant les médias chinois censurés et les expropriations forcées.Le 16 avril 2013 à 10:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mats Hummels agent dismisses Premier League move in January

first_imgThe agent of Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels has denied claims that he is engineering a transfer to the Premier League for next monthUnder new coach Niko Kovac, Hummels has struggled for regular game time with only eight starts in Bayern’s 16 Bundesliga games this season.Despite being named in the starting line-up for the second time in a row in Wednesday’s 1-0 win against RB Leipzig, Hummels continues to be linked with a move away from Bayern.Bild previously reported that the Germany international’s dissatisfaction with his role led him to seek a switch to the Premier League in January.The report added that Hummels’ agent, Marc Kosicke, travelled to England to discuss a potential move for his client to either Chelsea or Tottenham.But Kosicke has now publicly denied those claims.“The story is a classic hoax,” Kosicke told Sport1.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…It turns out Kosicke only advises Hummels on marketing matters and not on his footballing career.Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has also spoken out on the report by insisting Hummels will not leave the club in January.The German made his 100th appearance for Bayern against Leipzig and is contracted with the Bavarians runs until June 2021.💯 appearances for @fcbayern and a big win last night💪🏻👨🏻 many more to come!— Mats Hummels (@matshummels) December 20, 2018last_img read more

Union Budget 2015 Belies Hopes of Tax Slab Revision

first_imgContrary to expectations, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget 2015 did not announce any changes in the income tax slabs. However, the minister raised the total exemptions for individual taxpayers to Rs 4,44,200.The proposed changes in the direct tax regime would incur a loss of Rs 8,315 crore, the FM said. New indirect tax proposals will bring in Rs.23,383 crore, Jaitley said.12:28 PM: Extension of benefits for the middle class tax payers announced.12:20 PM: Will abolish wealth tax; the rich have to pay more tax than the less affluent people.12:12 PM: New law to bring back black money from foreign countries.12:10 PM: Will reduce corporate tax from 30% to 25%.12:05 PM: GST will reduce the cascading effect of our goods and services.12:05 PM: ‘Make in India’ also aimed at our defence equipment including aircraft.11:57 AM: Will make sure that no student misses out on higher education for lack of funds.11:53 AM: Committed to make our development as green as possible.11:50 AM: Will move towards making India a cashless society.11.28 AM: Measures needed to monetise gold stocks of 20,000 tonnes.-Introduce a gold monetization scheme-Earn interest in metal account-Banks and dealers are able to monetise-Sovereign gold bond-Indian gold coin11.45 AM: Financial market reforms:–Aim to create world class equity market– Measures to reduce wild speculation– Capital accounts controls – propose amend FEMA– Sector neutral financial grievance reddressal agency–Introduce Indian financial code in parliament11:42 AM: The government plans to set up five ultra mega power projects.11:40 AM: We aim to improve ease of doing business.– Expert committee will prepare a draft legislation on creating a pre-existing regulatory mechanism that will replace multiple regulatory processes in setting up business.11:38 AM: All aspects of start-up businesses and self-employment opportunities will be addressed.11:35 AM: Tax free infrastructure bonds for rail and road.11.31 AM: Soon to be launched plan to offer 2 lakh rupees accident cover for 12 rupees premium a year– Propose to create Senior citizens’ welfare fund11:30 AM: Mudra Bank: Lending priority will be given to SC/ST candidates.A large portion of India is without insurance of any kind.A universal social security system Pradhan Mantri Surakha Yojna will be started.11.25- Government committed to increase people’s access to banking and funds. 11:24 AM: Helping farmers: Improving soil fertility, aimed at irrigating the field of every farmer.11.23 AM: Subsidies are needed for the poor. We need a well targeted system for subsidies delivery.– We need to rationalise subsidy not eliminate it.11: 21 AM: Considerable scaling up of the disinvestment figures.11. 20 AM: We will meet challenging fiscal deficit target of 4.1 percent which we inherited says Jaitley11:16 AM: Jobs for the young people who make up 35 percent of population. With ‘Make in India’, youth will turn from job seekers to job creators.– The eastern parts of the country will be economically integrated to the rest of the country.– Fiscal discipline in spite of rising demand of public investment– 42 percent of tax revenue to be shared with states.11:15 AM: We have to make India the manufacturing hub of the world.11:13 AM: Each house in India should have basic facilities, says Finance Minister.11.06 AM: Double digit growth to kick in soon; ”we think in terms of a quantum jump’. 11.06 AM: Jaitley hints at further easing of monetary policy this year as inflation seen around 5%. 11:05 AM: Jaitley says that the Budget aims to benefit the common man, women and children.11:01 AM: Arun Jaitley starts the 2015 Union Budget.11 AM: Indian markets up ahead of Finance Minister’s speech: Sensex up 0.7% at 29433.89 and the Nifty is up 0.6% at 8900.45.10:20 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Parliament.10:15 AM: Cabinet meeting under way.10 AM: If the Budget is pro-poor that does not mean it has to be anti-rich, says BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli.9:35 AM: Arun Jaitley makes his way to the parliament.9:26 AM: Union cabinet to meet ahead of the Budget.9:25 AM: Sensex opens at over 200 points.Where To Watch Budget 2015 Live Online9:20 AM: Nothing has changed on the ground as far as doing business is concerned, says Congress spokesman Sanjay Jha.9:15 AM: Arun Jaitley meets President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan.9 AM: Arun Jaitley reaches Finance Ministry two hours ahead of the Union Budget.We will wait for the #Budget2015 and ask very pointed questions: Anand Sharma (Congress)— ANI (@ANI_news) February 27, 2015last_img read more

Let the Browser Battery Wars begin

first_imgLet the Browser Battery Wars begin by Martin Brinkmann on September 07, 2016 in Internet – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 11 commentsRemember the time when browser developers focused on JavaScript speed? This started with the release of Google Chrome, and Google’s initial focus on speed.While that certainly helped, especially since organizations and companies like Mozilla or Opera had to improve their engines as well to provide users with a similar experience, it put other features such as customization or control on the backburner.The focus changed eventually, when all browsers shipped with reasonably fast JavaScript engines. The main reason for that is that while there are still differences in speed, their impact on a user’s experience is minimal except for the odd web application that runs a lot better when a certain feature runs faster.Nowadays, focus seems to have switched to battery live. The past couple of months has seen Microsoft release a battery comparison that saw Edge coming in first and Chrome last, and Opera Software shipping its browser with a battery saver mode that the company claims beats other browsers.And now it is Google’s time to claim that battery life in Chrome 53 has improved significantly over previous versions of the browser.Google demonstrates the improvement with a comparison video that pits Chrome 46 released in 2015 against Chrome 53 released in 2016 against each other.In that video, the device running Chrome 46 dies after 8:27 hours of playing a Vimeo video while the identical device running Chrome 53 dies after 10:39 hours or 2:12 hours longer.Google did not test Chrome 53 against other browsers.  If you remember Microsoft’s tests, it did use Surface Books for the testing as well. The company’s browser Edge came in first with 7:22 hours of battery time while Chrome came in last with 4:19 hours.The tests cannot be compared with each other, as different videos were used in the tests.Update: Microsoft released an update battery test that showed the improvements made in the Anniversary Update compared to the Fall 2015 update.Additionally, Microsoft compared Edge against Chrome and came to the result that Edge is more efficient than Chrome (and Opera and Firefox).The company created a new side by side comparison which Edge one against the other browsers.Closing WordsIt seems clear that battery time is the new battleground for browser developers, with each claiming the coveted “best in class” spot for themselves.Playing a video non-stop until the battery dies is probably not the best “real world” test that one could come up with to test battery life. Most users are probably not using their mobile devices to play videos non stop.What’s missing is an independent test that pits all major browsers using default configurations against each other in real-world scenarios.While one browser may very well be more optimized than others, it is clear that all users will benefit from this new battleground eventually. Browser developers will start pushing improvements to better their software’s battery life; a process that has already started.Now You: Do you care about battery life?SummaryArticle NameLet the Browser Battery Wars beginDescriptionBrowser developers such as Google, Microsoft or Opera have found a new battleground to compete in: battery life of their browsers.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Trchnology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Recap Two lanes shut due to accident on M6 in Staffordshire

first_imgUPDATE: All lanes have now reopened Two lanes are closed on the M6 motorway in Staffordshire due to a collision this afternoon (Wednesday March 20). Inrix, the traffic data company, reports the collision has taken place on the northbound carriageway between  J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). Lanes one and two are reported to be shut and traffic is queueing. The accident, which was first reported at around 3.15pm, is understood to involve a car and a lorry. The ambulance service are reported to be at the scene. Highways England have confirmed they are on their way to the scene. A spokesman said:  “2 lanes (of 4) closed M6 J12 Gailey to J13 Dunston due to a collison. Traffic officers on route.” We will bring you further updates as we get them on the feed below. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive.16:08All lanes now openAll lanes have now reopened.15:59Minor injuriesThe ambulance service have confirmed they were called to the scene just after 3pm and one person is receiving treatment for minor injuries.15:27Travel time 15 minutesTraffic data company Inrix reports 15 minute delays against expected travel time.15:26Ambulance at sceneInrix, the traffic data company, reports paramedics are at the scene. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing womancenter_img Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more

Campaign planned to attract cruise ships to Great Lakes

first_img Share MACKINAC ISLAND — A coalition of government and business groups on both sides of the border is kicking off a campaign to attract cruise ships to the Great Lakes.Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other officials attended an announcement of the “Cruise the Great Lakes” initiative this week on Mackinac Island, MI.The announcement coincides with a port of call by Victory 1, a cruise line ship that regularly tours the Great Lakes.The new marketing partnership includes several of the region’s states and Canadian provinces, plus port authorities and local tourism agencies.They say cruise ship tourism on the Great Lakes is expected to grow significantly in coming years. Eight ships were expected to visit this year, representing about 100,000 passenger port visits.Two additional vessels plan to begin operating on the lakes in 2020. Campaign planned to attract cruise ships to Great Lakes By: The Associated Press Friday, August 31, 2018 Tags: Great Lakes << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Engraving empathy with Andrea Bravo

first_imgRelated posts:5 questions for Costa Rican artist Alejandro Villalobos 5 questions for Guatemalan artist Herssonoe 5 questions for Costa Rican artist Rossella Matamoros 7 questions for a Chilean muralist in Costa Rica Andrea Bravo, 23, is an engraving student at the University of Costa Rica who uses her personal experiences to create empathy for all kinds of women’s issues ranging from femicide to body acceptance.Born in the province of Cartago, Bravo has lived in San José for almost a year, fulfilling her dream of having her own workspace. She shares an apartment with two roommates and affectionate dog named Pati. She opened the doors to this apartment to show me more about her passion for social issues and how they take form in her art.While both her parents are interested in art, Bravo initially thought she couldn’t study plastic arts. Her mother painted when she was younger and her father, who’s from Uruguay, played a big role in teaching her about culture and music. Despite that, she had never thought of herself as an artist, much less making a career out of it.She started studying history at the University of Costa Rica, which honed her research skills, and that’s where she realized she could study plastic arts.The first thing I noticed in her apartment was an easel with some of her work.¨The one in the center is something that I have to update, but it is the list of girls who have been killed this year in femicides,” Bravo said. “The idea is to show that they exist.¨ Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesBravo is a mix of things. She’s interested in feminism, gender issues, and intersectionality. She studied engraving, lithography, silkscreen and metal engraving. She likes engraving the most because of the collage-like variety of materials she can use, but her main goal is always to create empathy.We sat at a small dining table and she told me that the first exhibition focused on questioning the acceptance and normalization of sexist phrases. Now Bravo is an Academic Residency for Emerging Central American Artists (RAPACES) art resident. RAPACES is promoted by the Spanish Cultural Center in El Salvador and Espira la Espora in Nicaragua and the one Bravo was chosen for focuses on gender issues. Residents will display their work next year.While Bravo decides what her life path will be, she is working on her degree. Iva Alvarado / The Tico Times“It is about the influence of a panoptic landscape on the image of female corporeality. The panoptic landscape is this entity or control that exists economically and socially, as a government or society,” Bravo said. “It’s that patriarchal look that sometimes controls how we see ourselves as women.“So I’m showing what those bodies would look like without that axis or control, how they would look without judgment.”Books, art, magazines, donated materials…they’re all part of the workspace. Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesHer creation process includes keeping notes, always. She writes down keywords of things she would like to do, research, references, and materials she experiments with. She doesn’t want to show the obvious, but instead, reveal what’s underneath.One of the most interesting donated collage materials is a script of an award-winning short film. People constantly look for her to give her materials they no longer need. Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesHere she’s experimenting with a mixture of poetry and collages. She would like to publish a book like this someday: Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesShe says Edward Hopper is her favorite artist and that she is very proud that her collection has more books written by women than men. She also has works by artists Diana Hérnandez, Mariana Corrales, and several others in her collection. Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesShe showed us a piece that needs to be well-covered and taken care of. It is a small piece but also works with larger formats: Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesHere are some other pieces in progress: Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesThat’s Pati on the left, a pet and faithful apartment friend: Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesTo engrave, Bravo needs special equipment like gouges, wood, metal, and linoleum. Iva Alvarado / The Tico Times Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesBravo wants to apply to more international programs and is happy for the Central American residency she’s a part of. But she also misses Cartago and her family. Iva Alvarado / The Tico TimesI hope to see your book of poetry and collages soon.Our Weekend Arts Spotlight is brought to you by the Jason Babchuk Gallery/W22 Galería.“Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at Alvarado is a communicator and inveterate traveler. Photography captured her world about a year ago; she found in this art the perfect medium to communicate, report, create awareness, but most of all, demonstrate that life’s not that bad if you can look at it. She also works in production and development of content related to culture and the city. Instagram: @ivacaminando. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Ascott wins third prestigious award in Australia in four months

first_imgStudio Deluxe Citadines on Bourke Melbourne wins ‘Best Suite/Apartment Hotel’ at the AHA National Awards for Excellence 2011The Ascott Limited (Ascott)’s first Citadines Apart’hotel in Australia, Citadines on Bourke Melbourne, was announced as the winner of the ‘Best Suite/Apartment Hotel’ category at the 2011 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) National Awards for Excellence. The awards recognise Australia’s outstanding hotel industry performers who display excellence in service standards, business operations and quality management. This is the third prestigious award for Citadines on Bourke Melbourne in four months. The property, which opened in July last year, also garnered the Silver Award in ‘New Accommodation Development’ at the National Accommodation Industry Awards for Excellence 2011 and the ‘Best Suite/Apartment Style Hotel’ at the 2011 AHA State Awards for Excellence (Victorian Accommodation Division) earlier this year. Mr Dean Minett, Ascott’s Country General Manager for Australia, said: “Having won at state level was a wonderful achievement for Citadines on Bourke Melbourne, but to win nationally with such fierce competition in this category is the ultimate accolade.”  “The awards are judged by a mystery guest audit of the property. The win is a testament to our outstanding customer service and the quality of our product” said Mr Minett.Citadines on Bourke Melbourne is located in the heart of Melbourne on Bourke Street. At Citadines on Bourke Melbourne, guests can create their own stay experience.The property offers studio, one and two-bedroom apartments and each apartment comes with separate living and dining areas, kitchenettes, modern fittings, state-of-the-art home entertainment system and wireless broadband internet access. In addition, travellers can choose to enjoy a range of facilities including conference and meeting spaces, launderette, swimming pool, sauna, gymnasium and outdoor sundeck and services such as business support and room service. Source = Ascottlast_img read more