Metro PhaseIV SC asks DDA to clarify stand on funding for three

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday asked DDA to clarify whether it is agreeable to the EPCA proposal for increasing financial contribution of the DDA in three priority corridors of the fourth phase of the Delhi Metro project. The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), in its recent report filed in the apex court, has said that the total share of Delhi government in the three corridors is around Rs 7,844.07 crore but the Delhi Cabinet in December 2018 approved only Rs 5,994.50 crore. “Therefore, the difference in financial terms is at most Rs 1,800 crore, which constitutes some 7% of the total project cost of these three key corridors,” the EPCA said. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticIt said DDA has agreed to pay Rs 5,000 crore for the six corridors and “its contribution for the first three corridors could be increased to either partially or completely taking on the difference between the Delhi cabinet approved cost for the three corridors as against the final approved cost”. The 103.94 km long phase-IV of Delhi metro will consist of six corridors – Aerocity to Tughlakabad; Inderlok to Indraprastha; Lajpat Nagar to Saket G Block; Mukundpur to Maujpur; Janakpuri West to R K Ashram and Rithala to Bawana and Narela. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) had on March 9 this year approved the 61.66 km, three priority corridors –Aerocity to Tughlakabad, R K Ashram to Janakpuri (west) and Mukundpur to Maujpur –at a cost of Rs 24,948.65 crore.last_img read more

Survey 50 per cent cops feel Muslims naturally prone to crime

first_imgNew Delhi: One in two police personnel surveyed feel that Muslims are likely to be “naturally prone” to committing crimes, the 2019 Status of Policing in India Report has found.It also found that 35 per cent of police personnel interviewed for the survey think it is natural for a mob to punish the “culprit” in cases of cow slaughter, and 43 per cent think it is natural for a mob to punish someone accused of rape. The report on police adequacy and working conditions, prepared by the NGO Common Cause and Lokniti programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, was released on Tuesday by former Supreme Court judge J Chelameswar. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Spread across 21 states, the survey involved interviews of 12,000 police personnel in police stations and around 11,000 of their family members. The survey found that 37 per cent personnel interviewed feel that for minor offences, a small punishment should be handed out by the police rather than a legal trial. It found that 72 per cent police personnel experience “political pressure” during investigation of cases involving influential persons. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “One committed officer can make all the difference. But who will put that one officer there,” Justice Chelameswar said. He also narrated his experiences as a judge in dealing with cases where the police had sidestepped the rules.”What is the training we give our officers? (A) six-month crash course on civil and Criminal Procedure Codes, the (Indian) Penal Code and the Evidence Act cannot be deemed sufficient,” he said. Speaking about the need to insulate police personnel from political influence, the retired judge said: “Transfer as a form of punishment for displeasing someone is a problem. Even judges, who hold Constitutional posts, are not protected from undue transfers.” In October last year, the Delhi High Court in its landmark judgment on the Hashimpura massacre case relied on the 2018 edition of the Status of Policing in India Report to establish institutional bias of the police force against Muslims to convict 16 policemen for killing 42 people in 1987. The trial court had acquitted the policemen for lack of motive.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

TVA Group cutting 68 positions in bid to reduce costs blames unfair

MONTREAL — TVA Group is cutting 68 positions as it looks to reduce operating expenses.The company blamed what it called “numerous” unfair practices that have undermined the television industry.TVA called for changes to help modernize the system, including changes to subscription fees for specialty channels and a refocusing of CBC/Radio-Canada’s mandate to make its programming complementary to the private broadcasters.The company also says sales tax and income tax should apply to Netflix and other businesses, foreign and domestic, physical and virtual.Quebecor, TVA’s corporate parent, was embroiled in a dispute with Bell earlier this year over the royalties paid to specialty channels.The company criticized Bell for not paying it royalties that reflect the fair value of its specialty channels, especially TVA Sports. Companies in this story: (TSX:TVA.B, TSX:QBR.B, TSX:BCE) The Canadian Press read more

Tibet Ban Kimoon urges restraint by authorities amid reported violence deaths

Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban called “on all concerned to avoid further confrontation and violence,” while stressing the importance of a peaceful resolution.Asked if he sees a role for the UN to play, he responded: “We will continuously monitor the situation.”The Secretary-General said he discussed the matter with the Chinese Ambassador Wang Guangya at their meeting this morning. “I expressed by concern and my views to the Chinese Government.”Mr. Ban’s comments come just days after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour issued a statement calling on the Chinese authorities to allow protestors to exercise their right to freedom of expression and assembly, after some 60 monks were reportedly arrested in Lhasa during a peaceful demonstration on 10 March.The following day, Chinese police fired tear gas at some 600 monks who were demanding the release of the arrested monks. There have been reports of further violence in the area since then. 17 March 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he is “increasingly concerned” about recent developments in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, including reports of violence and loss of life, and urged restraint by the authorities there. read more

UN to undertake science and technology strategy review for Iraq

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) announced today that it will work with the Iraqi Government to map out a strategy for using science, technology and innovation to reconstruct its economy and accelerate its development. The parties plan on performing a science, technology and innovation policy review (STIP) with a view to helping Iraq successfully function in a knowledge-based, globalized economy, UNCTAD said in a press release. While Iraq’s efforts in science, technology and innovation were once among the best in the region, the troubled country’s intellectual infrastructure has been decimated in more recent years. UNCTAD report estimates have put 80 per cent of the country’s universities and research institutions are not fully operational, and large numbers of Iraqi engineers and scientists have left the country. The STIP, formalised in a ceremony to be attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 1 September, will be prepared by experts working under the direction of UNCTAD and in partnership with Government officials, private-sector interests, academics and researchers. “The major goal of the STIP will be to help Iraq ensure that its science, technology and innovation programmes become an instrument for supporting the reconstruction of Iraq, including through assisting the Government in stimulating the return of Iraqi scientists and engineers,” UNCTAD said. A memorandum of understanding on the project will be signed at the 1 September ceremony in Geneva by Iraqi Minister of Science and Technology Raid Fahmi and UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi. 29 August 2008The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) announced today that it will work with the Iraqi Government to map out a strategy for using science, technology and innovation to reconstruct its economy and accelerate its development. read more

Billions change hands as April home sales set record in British Columbia

VANCOUVER — More property sales records tumbled in April according to the British Columbia Real Estate Association.A release from the association says a record 12,969 homes were sold last month in B.C., a 30 per cent increase over the same period last year.Sales also eclipsed the record of 12,560 units set in March.Is it time to tax foreign property owners? CIBC economist weighs inHousing critic questions how ‘student’ can afford $31.1 million mansion in VancouverThe release says $9.64 billion changed hands in April, a leap of almost 53 per cent compared to April 2015.Year-over-year sales dollar volume rocketed to $31.2 billion, up 64 per cent.The real estate association reports the average price of a home in B.C. nudged $744,000 last month, a 17 per cent hike in one year.“Housing demand is exceptionally strong across the southern regions of the province,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA chief economist.The Vancouver Island, Fraser Valley and Thompson/Okanagan regions are particularly active, he said.Modest movement away from Vancouver came as sky-high prices and a lack of properties were blamed by the Canadian Real Estate Association for a minor sales dip in the city in March, but experts see no end to healthy sales in B.C.“Strong employment growth is helping underpin consumer confidence,” said Muir.The BCREA points to statistics showing the provincial economy employed more than 78,000 additional workers during the first four months of 2016, up 3.5 per cent compared to last year. read more

Buffalo snow creating Fort Erie backlog

(Updated)We just can’t seem to escape the early winter weather. It’s expected to feel like minus 19 in some areas tonight. And there’s snow is in the forecast for Wednesday.And the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie is still closed to truck traffic this hour after a wall of snow buried Buffalo.A photo that went viral on Twitter shows a giant wall of snow that took aim at Buffalo and it’s all of the lake effect variety. The U.S. National Guard is now on its way to the area to assist with the cleanup and all of Erie County is in a state of emergency.That state of emergency means a travel ban is in effect. No flights are taking off or landing at Niagara Falls International Airport. Buffalo is already in need of additional plows and tow trucks to help clean up this mess. It’s been snowing for more than 20 hours now. There’s more than a metre in some places.This storm has paralyzed upstate New York from Buffalo to Rochester. Major highways are closed, including the I-90 South.Hundreds of trucks and drivers are waiting out this storm in Fort Erie which escaped this storm even though it’s just across the river.It started snowing late last night south of Buffalo and hasn’t let up. The snow is piling up fast. In some places it’s falling at more than 7 centimetres an hour.Jason Rolston, truck driver: “Snow’s blowing. It’s really slippery. Everything’s frozen up.”Driving is impossible. The New York State Thruway has been shut down from Dunkirk to Rochester. 120 vehicles, most of them trucks, got stuck on the Thruway in Lackawanna just south of Buffalo overnight.That’s why transports travelling from Canada are being blocked at the Peace Bridge.Robert McLean, turned around at the Peace Bridge: “They told us we can’t go any further because the highway is closed.”Hundreds of trucks jammed the parking lot at the Fort Erie truck stop, forced to wait out the storm. On a normal day, about 18 hundred trucks cross the Peace Bridge into the U.S.(Where are you going?) John Meade: “Cheektowaga, I only have to go another 18 km. And I can’t get there.”Looking over the lake towards Lackawanna and you see nothing but black clouds full of snow — while Fort Erie is clear.Robert McLean says he was going to try to cross anyway: “Take it from me. I was there. And they turned me around. Stay here. Better off here.High winds kept ships out of the Welland Canal.They shut down the Welland Canal when the wind gusts over 70 kilometres an hour. They don’t want the ships crashing into the lock walls There are ships delayed at both ends of the canal — in Lakes Ontario and Erie.Meanwhile, with the whiteout conditions and the snow piling up over the border, the only way to get around safely right now is by snowmobile.The lot at this truck stop is jammed with trucks right now. There is no place to park. Drivers have not been given an indication of when they’ll be able to leave. There were 16 race horses in trailers heading to Florida that tried to cross the Peace Bridge that were turned back. The horses are now back at the Fort Erie race track. They’re appealing for blankets and bales of hay to keep them overnight. read more

More People Are Running Fewer Are Playing Bar Sports

Running, jogging and triathlons are in. Football, paintball and horseback riding are out. So are sports that can be enjoyed with a beer — or three.That’s the quick take on the latest survey from the Sport & Fitness Industry Association, released Monday. The group — a partnership of six industry associations — fielded nearly 20,000 surveys in January and February, asking Americans (both individuals and households) about their physical activity last year. Overall activity was flat, a turnaround from declines in recent years.Individual sports and activities, though, showed bigger changes, some of them dramatic. The number of people who participated at least once in adventure racing or a traditional triathlon increased by more than 25 percent last year compared with the year before. Meanwhile, nonmotorized scooter-riding and non-inline roller skating experienced big declines.Even with such a big sample, year-by-year changes in individual sports may not mean much. I limited the analysis to activities with an estimate of at least 2 million participants last year, but that still means a change of 10 percent could be a difference of just a dozen or so respondents. And that’s when looking at total participants. The group also reports more regular participants, but that means an even smaller sample size. (Also, as I noted when writing about this survey in a recent piece, the survey is fielded only in English, which could skew results for activities that are unusually popular or unpopular among U.S. residents who are less comfortable speaking to strangers in English.)We get a more reliable picture when looking at five-year trends.Triathlon and adventure racing still top the gainers list. Kayaking, trail running and yoga are other solitary or noncompetitive endeavors increasing in popularity. Meanwhile, activities popular in bars or in other venues where beer often is sold — including pool, darts and bowling — are losing ground. So are all varieties of football — though touch football sustained the biggest percentage decline, suggesting concussion fears aren’t solely to blame.To sum up: We’re bowling alone — or together — less often, but running, paddling or posing more. read more

Kelvin MacKenzie suspended from the Sun after racist column on the people

first_img“There is something about the lack of reflection in his eyes which makes me certain not only are the lights not on, there is definitely nobody at home.”I get a similar feeling when seeing a gorilla at the zoo. The physique is magnificent but it’s the eyes that tell the story.”So it came as no surprise to me that the Everton star copped a nasty right-hander in a nightclub for allegedly eyeing up an attractive young lady who, as they say, was ‘spoken for’. A News UK spokesman said: “The Sun’s columnist Kelvin MacKenzie has been suspended from the paper with immediate effect. “The views expressed by Kelvin Mackenzie about the people of Liverpool were wrong, unfunny and are not the view of the paper. “The reality is that at £60,000 a week and being both thick and single, he is an attractive catch in the Liverpool area, where the only men with similar pay packets are drug dealers and therefore not at nightclubs, as they are often guests of Her Majesty.”England midfielder Barkley, 23, has a Nigerian grandfather.Labour councillor Mr Anderson had told BBC Sport: “Not only is it racist in a sense that he is of mixed-race descent, equally it’s a racial stereotype of Liverpool. It is racist and prehistoric.” The Sun apologises for the offence causedNews UK spokesman Delighted to hear the news that Kelvin Mackenzie has been suspended. Surely they can be no way back after that article.— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) April 14, 2017 Ross Barkley of Evertoncenter_img Kelvin MacKenzie has been suspended from the Sun after he expressed “wrong” and “unfunny” views about the people of Liverpool, News UK has announced.The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, had reported the columnist to police over an article he claimed contained “a racial slur”.The comment, in MacKenzie’s Friday column, centred on Everton footballer Ross Barkley, who was punched in a Liverpool city centre bar in the early hours of Monday.He wrote: “Perhaps unfairly, I have always judged Ross Barkley as one of our dimmest footballers. Ross Barkley of EvertonCredit:Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA “The Sun apologises for the offence caused. The paper was unaware of Ross Barkley’s heritage and there was never any slur intended.”Mr Mackenzie is currently on holiday and the matter will be fully investigated on his return.”MacKenzie said he did not know of the footballer’s family background and added that it was “beyond parody” for  critics to describe his article as “racist”.He said: “I had no idea of Ross Barkley’s family background and nor did anybody else. For the mayor of Liverpool and a handful of others to describe the article as racist is beyond parody.” 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

Male and female training squads selected for Canada Indoor Series

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHockey Board announced under-19 squad for two year developmental programmeSeptember 29, 2014In “Sports”Synthetic surface to be unveiled in first quarter of 2014December 19, 2013In “Sports”Guyana confirmed as host of Pan American Cup qualifiersMarch 8, 2017In “latest news” The 2017 National Indoor Men’s TeamIn anticipation of their upcoming Canada Indoor Series, scheduled for Toronto from March 22nd to 24th, the Guyana Hockey Board (GHB) has selected its training squads for the indoor series.Both the male and female national teams have been invited by Hockey Canada to compete in a four-team competition as part of both countries’ preparations for the 2020 Indoor Pan American Cup.The GHB has already kicked off its 2019 national programme of activities with the indoor developmental men’s team tour of Trinidad & Tobago, where they placed 4th in the Ventures and 3rd in the UWI Indoors respectively. GHB President Philip Fernandes explained the board’s approach to selection of the squads.“Consistent exposure to the intensity of international competition is an area we have identified as lacking in the development of our national players. So opportunities like these have to be used to invest in the players that will benefit most from the experience. We have decided to select young squads of predominantly under-30 players who will be around for the next two to three Indoor Pan American Cups in 2020, 2022 and 2024. There are still a few experienced players included in the squads to provide leadership, but this tour is about exposure. Later this year, we will be competing in the outdoor Pan American Challenge, and the selection for those teams will be strictly performance-based, since it’s a continental tournament where we earn world ranking points.”Five members of the indoor developmental men’s team that competed in the Ventures and UWI tournaments (Warren Williams, Nandalall Persaud, Samuel Woodroffe and Nickel Ashby) have indicated that they are unavailable for squad selection due to their academic commitments leading up to their CSEC examinations.26 Member Women’s Indoor Training SquadLatacia Chung, Minsodia Culpepper, Nicole Eastman, Marisha Fernandes, Marzana Fiedtkou, Trisha Woodroffe, Alysa Xavier(GK), Gabriella Xavier, Abosaide Cadogan, Madison Fernandes, Briawna Gordon (GK), Makeda Harding, Sarah Klautky, Jessica Mittelholtzer (GK), Dacia Woodroffe, Kezia Chinian, Tekeisha Deleon, Donyale Nurse (GK), Mariah Seegobind, Charlia Webb, Aneesa Permaul (GK), Kenisha Wills, Julia Gouveia (GK), Candace Glen, Bushani Kaladeen and Akeaba Singh.23 Member Men’s Indoor Training SquadMedroy Scotland (GK), Michael Hing (GK), Steven Xavier, Mark Sargeant, Kareem McKenzie, Meshach Sargeant, Robert France, Rayon Branford, Andrew Stewart, Jamarj Assanah, Aroydy Branford, Leon Bacchus, Tivesarid Garnett, Shomere Garnett, David Williams (GK), Paul D’Andrade (GK), Jael Gaskin, Omar Hopkinson, Dominic Alleyne, Stefan King, Hilton Chester, Hilmar Chester and Troy Hodge. read more

Pictures Day one of Michael D Higgins in Chile

first_imgPRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins has held talks with the Chilean president Sebastian Pinera in Santiago today as he got his two-week South American trip under way.The President met with Pinera at the Palacio de La Moneda earlier and later today will be the guest of honour at a dinner hosted by the Chilean leader.Earlier in the day Higgins laid a wreath at the grave of Bernardo O’Higgins, a Chilean independence leader with Irish roots.Here are some pictures:last_img

Weather Eye Sunglasses in tote umbrella in car good ideas for this

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. We have just about made it through the extra-long holiday without any torrential downpours. We did get a few hours of light rain early Saturday in Vancouver and most parts of the county.Don’t expect warmer or hotter conditions as some forecast models indicated a few days ago. Poof, just like that it was gone. Expect a good marine influence to continue to hold, longer-range models now say, for another 10 days or more.The reason for all the clouds and a continuing chance of drizzle or showers is that the northern jet stream is undercutting a strong ridge of high pressure over Alaska. Up there they have had record heat and sweltering temperatures well into the 90s. We didn’t make it out of the 60s Saturday. The high as of 5 p.m. was 66 degrees.On the Fourth of July, Vancouver reached 79 degrees while Anchorage, Alaska, had 90 degrees, beating the record of 85 degrees set in 1969.I do think we see more sunshine Monday and may get to 80 degrees or so. The past several summers we have had a strong, hot ridge of high pressure over the Four Corners area and, hence, heat waves locally as well. That hasn’t developed yet, so we’ll get some on-again off-again summerlike weather until the overall flow of things settles into a more normal position.Despite the lack of much in the way of summer heat, many readers passed on to me that their corn was knee high by the Fourth. Right where it should be. The rest of the garden is doing nicely as well.Enjoy your week, sunglasses in tote and maybe the umbrella in the back seat.last_img read more

What diplomats do and why it still matters

first_img KUSI Newsroom, September 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom What diplomats do and why it still matters Posted: September 26, 2018center_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:31 AM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – On Wednesday, September 26, from 6pm–8pm, the San Diego Diplomacy Council presents an evening with Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, President of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA). The event is co-hosted with the San Diego World Affairs Council, and co-sponsored by the Charles Hostler Institute on World Affairs at SDSU, the San Diego World Trade Center and the City of San Diego’s International Affairs Board. It will be held at the Q Auditorium, Qualcomm Corporation, 6455 Lusk Boulevard, San Diego, 92121, in Sorrento Valley.Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, a 33-year veteran of the United States Foreign Service, will discuss the role of the nation’s diplomats as the most cost-effective tool in our national security toolkit. Ambassador Stephenson will highlight how diplomatic engagement, whether through international exchange programs, helping U.S. businesses compete and win, or working with international law enforcement partners, helps the United States maintain global leadership and keep America secure and prosperous.The Ambassador will share about her work with the State Department, Members of Congress, the foreign affairs agencies and others involved in the foreign policy process in advocating for a strong and compelling U.S. diplomatic presence in the world. She will also stress the importance of citizen, cultural and public diplomacy.About Ambassador Barbara Stephenson:Barbara Stephenson was elected President of AFSA in 2015 and re-elected in 2017. Her remarkable Foreign Service career includes service as Ambassador to Panama, Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge’ d’affaires (acting Ambassador) for the U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom, and Consul General in Northern Ireland.In Washington, Ambassador Stephenson served as Dean of the Leadership and Management School at the Foreign Service Institute where she launched and co-chaired the department-wide Culture of Leadership Initiative. As Deputy Senior Adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Coordinator for Iraq (2006-2008), she won the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award for developing and implementing the “civilian surge” that helped improve governance and reduce violence in Iraq’s provinces.Ambassador Stephenson travels the country emphasizing the imperative of diplomacy and the need to maintain a strong cadre of U.S. diplomats abroad. Our country has enjoyed a position of unprecedented global leadership in our lifetimes. This leadership was built on a foundation of military might, economic primacy, good governance, business savvy and tremendous cultural appeal. Diplomatic prowess and leadership abroad keep Americans safe and prosperous at home.For more information, Click here. last_img read more

Police department shares list of things you dont need to tell cops

first_img7. Things we do like to hear are listed below-“Hello”“How are you today?”“Could you give me directions to_______?”“How ’bout those Sox, Patriots, Celtics, actors in this year’s Penobscot Theatre production of Beauty and the Beast?”“Could you help me get to my car? It’s slippery and I am not doing well today.”“Are you going to eat all those fries?”“You are not wearing too much Old Spice today.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Kids have enough to worry about without thinking that each time they see a police officer they are going to be arrested. We don’t arrest kids. You are going to need to work on your parenting skills if this is one of your strategies. Stop it.4. If you are drunk, you do not need to tell us you are drunk. We can usually tell. Just don’t drive a motor vehicle.Otherwise, enjoy your altered state of mind. We don’t mind.5. If you are not drunk, you don’t need to tell us that either. We know that people consume alcoholic beverages in many settings.Most people who are drinking for the pleasure of having a drink are not drunk.6. Don’t feel you need to tell us that you did not speed today. You don’t need to tell us the last time you got pulled over, or even if you never had a summons. We appreciate the way most folks drive. We are not thinking that you are a bad person when we show up in the fast food line with you. We think you are hungry. It’s all good. We’re hungry too.We do not hold poor motor vehicle records against you while you are buying a burger. We know you will do better right after lunch. (WSVN) – One police department in New England took some time to compile a list of things that “you don’t need to tell the cops” while out in a public setting.The Bangor Police Department in Maine shared the list on Facebook with its more than 230,000 followers.Read it below:1. You do not need to tell us-“I didn’t do it.” We probably don’t think that you did do it. We probably don’t know what “it” is. We assume most people we run into during the average day didn’t do it, and neither did their friends.2. Do not point at your friend and say-“He/She did it.” It was funny the first 389 times. Actually only about 4 times, but we are all about fairness.You might not know that we have heard it before. Most of us will still smile.3. Do not tell your children that we are going to arrest them if they don’t behave. Don’t. Do. That. We are not going to arrest them if they are not behaving. We are not going to scare them for you. We just don’t do that. last_img read more

City Of Homer Proposes 035Percent Sales Tax In Lieu Of Seasonal Tax

first_imgIn order to put a bond question on the October 2018 ballot, the Council would need to pass an ordinance by the last and only meeting in July. The council plans to draft an Ordinance for consideration by Council this summer and a ballot question for the voters in the fall. On April 12, the council agreed to ask the voters to approve a 1% seasonal sales tax to pay for a 20-year bond to cover the remaining $5 million. However, the council has now decided that a seasonal tax at a higher percentage would put a heavy burden on the city residents. According to the council, the city plans to go out to bond to cover the cost of the new station, estimated at $7.5 million. The city currently has $2.5 million designated to the project. Written within the ordinance, the 0.35-percent tax would end on December 31 of the year the city has raised the necessary funds to cover the $5 million dollar bond. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享At the Homer City Council meeting on April 23, an ordinance was introduced  for a year-round, 0.35-percent sales tax in lieu of the previously proposed seasonal sales tax. A public hearing is set for the new tax proposal on May 14.last_img read more

CBI books Prannoy Roy his wife Radhika

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika Roy, co-founders of New Delhi Television (NDTV), and the company CEO and Director Vikramaditya Chandra for bringing to the listed broadcaster tainted money of unidentified public servants through a web of transactions via the foreign direct investment (FDI) route. Also Read – BJP launches anti-AAP campaign to save Delhi Advertise With Us The CBI said NDTV through its promoters Prannoy Roy, Radhika Roy, KVL Nary­anan Rao (since expired) and Chandra had entered into a criminal conspiracy with unidentified public servants to park their tain­ted money in the company. According to FIR, at the time of NDTV’s incorporation on September 8, 1988 the Roy couple and Naryanan Rao (a retired IRS officer) were whole-time directors and Chandra was CEO-cum-whole-time Director. Also Read – In his first after abrogation of Art 370, Army chief to visit Srinagar today Advertise With Us “During May 2OO4 to 2010, NDTV floated 32 subsidiary firms, mostly in tax havens, like Holland, the UK, Dubai, Malaysia and Mauritius. Majority of them had no business transaction and were meant only for financial transactions to bring funds from abroad,” the FIR said. Terming them sham transactions, the FIR stated that the funds were invested by unidentified public servants through NDTV and later laundered back to India through multiple layers of transactions and shell companies. “The proceeds of corruption of unknown public servants were invested through NDTV,” the FIR said. The CBI had initiated preliminary enquiry into the case in 2016 against unidentified income tax officials, the Roy couple, Naryanan Rao and Chandra.last_img read more

Bapex finds new gas reserve

first_imgLocation of Bhola. Photo: BSSBangladesh Petroleum Exploration Company (Bapex) has discovered a new reserve of a significant amount of natural gas in Bhola, a district of the country’s southern region.The new gas reserve, which is found in Bheduria union of Bhola district, is estimated to have 600 billion cubic feet (bcf) natural gas, reports BSS.“With this reservoir, the total gas reserve in Bhola now stands at 1.5 trillion cubic feet (tcf),” cabinet secretary Shafiul Alam told a press briefing.Shafiul was briefing the media following the weekly meeting of the cabinet at prime minister’s office (PMO) with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.The cabinet secretary said Bapex hoped getting more gas in the district, with carrying out more exploration work there.According to Petrobangla, the country has 26 gas fields with remaining reserve of 13.60 TCF as of January 2016. The new gas field in Bhola will be the country’s 27th gas reserve.last_img read more

Holocaust Museum Houston Reopening After 34 Million Expansion

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Gary Fountain/ Holocaust Museum HoustonThe first look at the Holocaust Museum Houston Lester and Sue Smith Campus.The Houston Holocaust Museum is reopening Saturday at nearly double its previous size, following a $34 million expansion. The new building is almost 57,000 square feet, making it the fourth largest Holocaust museum in the country. Alongside an expanded facility, it has also expanded its mission.Kelly Zúñiga, CEO of the Holocaust Museum Houston, told Houston Matters that while the Holocaust gallery is still a main part of the museum, they have also expanded their galleries to include a larger discussion of human rights and genocides throughout recent history.“The human rights movement was an outgrowth of the Holocaust,” she said. “So, that’s exactly what we do is we talk about that history in our human rights gallery.”Also included in the new galleries, is a showcase of seven “upstanders” who worked towards stopping injustices in their communities. Zúñiga said she hopes that this exhibit shows visitors how important their voices are. “Our museum is not a passive learning experience,” she said. “We feel that it is so important that our visitors leave feeling emboldened, that they can take action and make a difference in our world. That’s really what our mission is.”As part of the museum’s efforts to engage the Houston community, every aspect is in both English and Spanish. In the Human Rights Gallery, six local non-profits are highlighted to visitors.Zúñiga says that the museum has dedicated staff members whose job it is to go to local schools and teach students about the Holocaust and other genocides, and to start a discussion about human rights.She also says that she will measure the success of the redone museum through the success of this outreach as well as through different collaborations that the museum brings in.“We measure success by involvement, and I think that many many people from all over the world will come to this museum,” Zúñiga said.– / 5Listen to the full Houston Matters conversation with Kelly Zúñiga, CEO of the Holocaust Museum Houston, in the audio below: Listen 00:00 /11:32 X Sharelast_img read more

3 Reasons Entrepreneurs and Startups Are Bringing Toys Back to Life

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free Entrepreneurs and startups are always reimagining industries and changing the ways businesses operate. The industries ripest for disruption? Those that haven’t seen any significant technological or content innovation in their recent history. With innovation tied mostly to new franchises rather than new types of toys, the toy industry is one of those industries ready for a significant upgrade. Sales have been declining in recent years due to the dominance of digital technology in everyday life. Yet the industry remains a powerhouse, with immense potential, evidenced by data from Statista, which shows that the U.S. toy market is worth $21.18 billion.Related: Everything You Need to Know About Breaking Into the Video Game Industry A growing movement called toys-to-life is the likely vehicle for disruption in both toys and gaming. Toys-to-life is a new genre of video games that uses physical figurines or action figures to interact within the game. A collection of brands active in this space have made toys and other objects with near-field communication (NFC) technology, which enables their use with console and mobile-gaming experiences.Kicked off by the Activision and Toys for Bob partnership on Skylanders in 2011, the toys-to-life movement has seen rapid growth, with big names like Nintendo and LEGO jumping in.Tech brands, then, are recognizing the potential the toy industry has and creating innovative product offerings, which may be exactly what the industry needs to resurrect previously successful franchises and increase revenue.Jia Shen, CEO of PowerCore, a company that helps develop toys-to-life solutions, is working with toy giant Mattel and Animoca Brands to do exactly that. “We worked closely with Mattel and Animoca Brands to incorporate our toy-to-life digital activation platform into the latest version of He-Man Tappers of Grayskull,” Shen explained. “To kick off the integration, we produced a series of five NFC-enabled He-Man character cards, each featuring one of five fan character favorites.”1. Making toys more engagingBy creating collectibles that help enhance game play, Mattel, PowerCore and Animoca Brands are making the mobile experience more engaging and giving the physical toys involved a purpose. Many toy veterans have struggled to innovate on a large scale, which is why the opportunity for startups is so great. Lean, creative startups in both the toy and gaming space can partner with more established brands to help them innovate while leveraging their existing distribution network and marketing resources to help grow the franchise.The reason why toys-to-life has been successful is that it bridges the divide between children’s early toy-collecting years and the increasingly younger age at which they start to play with digital games. This digital divide was a part of the initial decline in the toy market, but by creating collectibles that are a part of game play, the industry has successfully created a transitional product for those that are beginning to make the switch to digital.2. 3D printing opens toy and gaming doors.At this year’s Designer Con in Pasadena, whole sessions were devoted to how 3D printing can be used to create new toy designs. McKinsey estimates that the impact 3D printing will have on consumer products like toys could be as high as $100 billion to $300 billion. PowerCore was one of the chief sponsors of DesignerCon and, at that event, created a live scavenger hunt through the PuzzleCore app to demonstrate how gaming can be used to enhance all kinds of events.Related: The Hidden Opportunity: Toys That Bridge the Gender Gap 3D printing benefits the industry in two ways. The first is that it’s making it easier for entrepreneurs in this space to gain a piece of the market. The second is that 3D printing creates opportunities for consumers to customize their toy experience. Imagine a kid at home, adding custom color or accessories to a template provided by a toy designer or a game, then having it printed and sent to his or her home for immediate use.Companies can leverage consumers’ creativity to help create buy-in and brand loyalty.3. Expanding gaming horizonsWhile toys-to-life is driving innovative changes in gaming, the industry is also experiencing some significant growth in other sectors. Augmented reality mobile games and the advent of easy-to-use virtual reality headsets is changing the way consumers interact with gaming experiences. Both are emerging trends that have yet to be fully realized, so it remains to be seen how they will all interact.But it is fair to assume that industry leaders will try to leverage each of these movements to drive growth in the coming years.The toys-to-life market has plenty of room to grow. With long-term revenue projected to rise to $8.8 billion by 2020, new brands have the potential to break into a previously saturated market. Before entering into this competitive industry, however, business owners should consider what partnerships may help them launch their brands into viral hits.Related: How One Toy Company Gets Open Innovation Right In this space driven entirely by consumer preference, newcomers will be tasked with creating unique toys, exciting gaming experiences and seamless digital activation, in order to survive. Shen recommends, “The key is seamlessly integrating games into everyday life. In doing som they become a natural lens through which you experience real life.”Companies that leverage the toys-to-life genre to create games that are intertwined with everyday life stand to experience significant growth in 2017. 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 2, 2017 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more