Govt has intimidated country through ED CBI says Gehlot

first_imgJaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday said there is an undeclared emergency in the country and the Centre has intimidated the entire nation through ED, CBI and Income Tax Department.His comments came shortly after senior Congress leader D Shivakumar said the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued fresh summons to him. The agency asked the former Karnataka minister to appear before it in Delhi on Friday in a money laundering case. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are also probing INX Media money laundering and corruption cases against senior Congress leader P Chidambaram. “Those who win elections should work with a big heart. Everyone should work together. Is Modi’s government doing it? They have frightened the whole country through Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax Department and CBI be it industrialists, businessmen, bureaucrats or anyone else,” Gehlot told reporters at the Congress state headquarters here. The chief minister claimed the people of the country are living in fear. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”There is an atmosphere of an undeclared emergency in the country. The new generation has to understand this,” he said. Gehlot claimed the country is going through a recession and the Centre is not doing enough to tackle it. “There is a period of severe recession in the entire country. People are committing suicides. Earlier, only farmers used to commit suicide. Now businessmen, industrialists, small and big ones, have started committing suicide,” he said. “One million people in the automobile sector have lost their jobs. A well known company in the country making biscuits has fired 10,000 people due to the imposition of GST,” he said. “This central government does not understand anything. The exemptions which were announced recently are not enough. They are late and they are not enough. So they have to think how to get the economy back on track,” he added. The chief minister also claimed that the law and order situation is deteriorating due to people losing their jobs. Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of misleading people with his speeches, Gehlot said the truth is different from what people are being told. “The new generation will have to understand who is right and who is wrong. The reality is different. Modi ji, who specialises in speaking, speaks such words that people are misguided and misled…,” he said.last_img read more

Lightning storms across BC raise tension as wildfire danger climbs

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – Lightning storms that swept across British Columbia are being blamed by the Wildfire Service for many of the blazes that started this week across the province including one that threatened Kootenay Park Lodge on Wednesday.Spokesman Ryan Turcot said more than 300 wildfires have started since Tuesday, with dozens recorded in the last few days in the Cariboo region, the area hard hit by last year’s record-breaking fire season.Unstable weather began Saturday but there were hundreds of lightning strikes Tuesday, said Turcot. Storms were expected to continue through the week.The lodge in Kootenay National Park, near the Alberta boundary, was one of two backcountry resorts that were evacuated in southern B.C. because of fires. The lodge in Cathedral Provincial Park, south of Princeton, was also evacuated.Flames from a 15-square-kilometre fire crept closer to the lodge in the provincial park and could cut into the single road leading to it, said Cameron Baughen, the emergency operations spokesman with the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.“There are people who hike through that area, the hiking trails are magnificent, some of the best in our area, so people could be as far as a day or two away from the lodge and not be aware that there are changing conditions,” he said.Flames and heavy smoke prompted the closure of Highway 93 between Radium and the Alberta boundary through Kootenay National Park because of two wildfires that were burning in the Vermilion Valley, just off the road.“Once they started, they were very active, fast moving and aggressive right from the early onset,” said Jed Cochrane, a Parks Canada fire and vegetation specialist who’s the incident commander on the fires. “We did have helicopters and crews on scene almost immediately after they started.”The two fires, which were estimated to be between 100 and 200 hectares each in size, were also close to the lodge, he said. The lodge and a second building, the Parks Canada facilities at Kootenay Crossing, were being protected with sprinklers, Cochrane said.The two fires were close to each other in a mature forest, which Cochrane estimated hasn’t seen fire for about 100 years.“There is a fairly substantial buildup of forest fuels,” he said. There were two previous wildfire burns nearby, which he said could serve as fire breaks.Cochrane said five attack crews and six to seven helicopters were working on a total of five fires in Kootenay and Banff national parks. The other three fires were contained, he said.Smoke was heavy in the area and a fire ban is in effect in Kootenay National Park. Trails and other areas in the park were closed.Wildfire activity prompted an evacuation order late Wednesday about 100 kilometres east of Kitimat. The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako said the order covers the east end of Nadina Lake, including the Nadina Lake Lodge and recreation site.Increased wildfire activity also led to evacuation alerts for separate wildfires burning east and west of Quesnel in central B.C., while an evacuation alert was expanded to cover nearly 900 properties in the Keremeos and Cawston areas.The wildfire service listed 10 fires of note burning across five of B.C.’s six fire centres and Turcot urged extreme caution.“We are dealing with a lot of new lightning-driven activity. The last thing we need right now is human-caused fires to divert critical resources away from the fires we are responding to right now,” he said.Cooler weather and some rain is in the forecast for the upcoming long weekend, but Turcot called the shift a double-edged sword.“When you get instability, you also get a little bit more wind, and wind can drive fire activity as well.”— By Beth Leighton in Vancouver, with files from Colette Derworiz in Edmonton.last_img read more

Strength in numbers Alberta town wants all smokers to butt out for

first_imgCOCHRANE, Alta. — There’ll be no need for ashtrays in one Alberta town on the weekend if residents take up a retiring pharmacist’s call for all smokers to butt out for 24 hours.Kelly Kimmett persuaded the town of Cochrane, about 40 kilometres west of Calgary, to proclaim Saturday “Cochrane Quits Smoking Day” Kimmett, who has served the community for 30 years, is hoping a day without tobacco could encourage some smokers to stop for good. Cochrane officials say many smokers fail to quit because they try to do it alone, but could feel empowered if the whole town is behind them.The mayor and council are asking non-smokers to show their support by refraining from their own vices such as soda pop, sugar or alcohol.Things kick off Saturday with a pancake breakfast and registration, followed by presentations on programs and products to help smokers kick the habit.People who attend the event will be entered to win an airline ticket, and will receive an extra entry for all full packages of tobacco they hand in. (CTV Calgary) The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Charges against Rainbow Tobacco band politicians looming RCMP

first_img(Photo: Workers sorting cigarettes inside Rainbow Tobacco’s factory. APTN/Photo)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsAn Alberta prosecutor is expected to decide soon on whether to lay charges in connection with the seizure of 14 million cigarettes on the Montana First Nation reserve, according to the RCMP.Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission agents along with the RCMP seized the cigarettes on Jan. 5 because they were not licensed for sale in the province. The federally stamped cigarettes were manufactured and shipped by Rainbow Tobacco, a company in Kahnawake, a Mohawk community near Montreal.British Columbia and Saskatchewan authorities, with the help of the RCMP, have also recently seized three separate shipments from Rainbow Tobacco.Hobbema RCMP Staff Sgt. Robin Alexander said he believes the prosecutor will sign off on charges against the company and possibly the band council politicians involved with the shipment.“There is no dispute Alberta tax was not paid and I do know it is a violation of the Tobacco Tax Act. Unless there are reasons I can’t imagine, I believe charges will be laid in relation to that,” said Alexander.Alexander said a provincial prosecutor is currently reviewing the case, including statements from witnesses and documentation obtained from Rainbow Tobacco.“We expect that (a decision) will be reached in the near future and we will deal with that when it comes,” he said.Alexander said Rainbow’s cigarettes were properly licensed at the federal level and the RCMP has concluded that aspect of the investigation. He said the Canada Revenue Agency now has the file to review whether all its regulations were properly followed by Rainbow in its shipment.Calls to Alberta Justice were not returned.A spokeswoman for the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission said she could not confirm whether charges were imminent.“All I know is that our investigation is ongoing. I have no idea where (Alexander) is getting his information from, but I can’t confirm that at all,” said Christine Wronko.Carolyn Buffalo, the chief of Montana First Nation who is currently fighting a suspension, said she was told by another RCMP sergeant that Rainbow was likely to face a charge or charges. She said the officer also told her she could be facing charges along with band Coun. Len Standingontheroad.“What (the officer) told me is that Rainbow is going to be charged for sure under the Alberta Tax Act,” said Buffalo, in an interview with APTN National News Friday. “And that somebody in Montana has to be held accountable and charges could be laid against me and Coun. Leonard Standingontheroad.”Rainbow Tobacco president Robbie Dickson called the RCMP’s decision to reveal their belief that charges were imminent an act of “intimidation.” Dickson said the company is also reviewing its legal options.“It is intimidation. We are fighting for our economic lives and they are intimidating and they are acting like thugs on behalf of the province,” said Dickson. “There is so much poverty in the West…it is disgusting, the government actions being taken.”Rainbow Tobacco, a federally licensed cigarette manufacturer, states that provincial governments have no jurisdiction over trade between First Nations which are exclusively federal jurisdiction.Rainbow Tobacco, along with Montana First Nation, recently launched a lawsuit against Alberta over the seizure claiming $1.499 million in damages for lost business and defamation.Montana First Nation’s continued role in the lawsuit, however, remains unclear.Buffalo was suspended after the seizure by a group of three councillors. Two of the councillors continue to aggressively oppose her in an increasingly bitter feud.RCMP officers forced Buffalo to leave the band office Thursday after she showed up for a planned press conference by her opponents.There is talk of holding a community referendum in March to determine whether a new election should be held.An Indian Affairs spokeswoman in Ottawa said Montana First Nations is under custom code which means it is up to the community to determine who leads. The department however has received no indication of a change in leadership, the spokeswoman said.Buffalo said she has obtained legal opinion that her suspension was illegal and broke the band’s own rules. She said her opponents called the Jan. 7 meeting to suspend her knowing she would be in hospital with her nine-year old son, who suffers from cerebral palsy, for a scheduled operation.“Everyone knew that I was going to be there with my son,” said Buffalo.She is asking for an apology from the RCMP for threatening to arrest her if she did not leave the band office Thursday. Buffalo said she will launch a formal complaint if no apology comes.“I am asking all the chiefs across the country, ‘Is this okay for a duly elected chief to be told to leave her own office under threat of arrest and charges by the RCMP?’” said Buffalo. “Is this okay?”Trouble began on Jan. 3 when Buffalo called the RCMP to investigate a break-in at the Quonset holding the cigarettes.Noticing the large quantity of cigarettes, the RCMP officers on the ground decided to tip off Alberta authorities, triggering the seizure days later.Now, the scene is being set for a legal battle that could reach the Supreme Court.The cigarettes were meant as an initial shipment from Rainbow Tobacco to establish an on-reserve distribution network.Montana First Nations was to become a distribution hub for Rainbow Tobacco products which would then be shipped throughout the province. Rainbow also had plans to establish distribution links throughout British Columbia and Saskatchewan as part of the same plan.Buffalo said she decided to back dealings with Rainbow as a means to kick-start the local economy of her severely impoverished community. Tobacco has been an economic boon for communities like Kahnawake and Western chiefs are looking to replicate the success.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Nunavut boycott attempted against North West Company

first_imgAPTN National NewsNorthern food activist attempted a boycott Saturday of the North West Company, the biggest retail outlet in the North.APTN’s Iqaluit team stopped by the Northmart to see if the boycott worked.last_img

Chiefs tell Ottawa to slow down Indigenous rights negotiations

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsChiefs at a special rights forum hosted by the Assembly of First Nations in Gatineau, Que., across the river from Ottawa spoke with a single voice in telling the Trudeau government that it must slow the process to enact its inherent rights framework.The federal government says it wants to bring in legislation called Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework in the fall.But many feel the negotiations are being run from the top down rather from the communities themselves.On Wednesday morning, the Chiefs of Ontario announced that it would not support the process and called for a “hard reset.”tlamirande@aptn.ca@ToddLamirandelast_img

Development cooperation tops agenda of upcoming UN meeting for Africa

Finance and planning ministers from 11 African countries – Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lesotho, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia and Uganda – are scheduled to attend the so-called Big Table, which will get underway in Addis Ababa on Saturday.The Big Table is an initiative designed by ECA to promote frank, constructive dialogue between African finance ministers and their OECD counterparts. The format and agenda are designed to allow for maximum interactive dialogue, with no formal statements.This year’s discussions will focus on approaches to monitoring the performance of Africa and its partners towards meeting shared goals in the context of mutual accountability.The notion of mutual accountability is a hallmark of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and a manifestation of its appeal for a new “compact” between Africa and its external partners. This compact calls for African countries to undertake the political and economic reforms needed to place their economies on a path towards sustainable growth. In turn, external partners would invest – through aid, debt relief, and market access – the resources needed to help African countries in this effort. read more

As Syria deadline nears OPCWUN mission focuses on swift removal of remaining

Given that the 30 June 2014 deadline for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons programme will not be met, the focus now is on the immediate removal of the remaining materials, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN) said today.“The deadline will not be met,” Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag told reporters, referring to the destruction of the full arsenal of the country’s chemical weapons in line with the decisions taken by the UN Security Council and the OPCW Executive Council.The removal of the most critical material for destruction began in early January, in line with an agreement brokered by Russia and the United States, by which Syria renounced its chemical weapons material and joined 1992 Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons.The removal of the chemical agents out of the country involves transporting them to the port of Latakia, where they will be shipped on commercial vessels provided by some Member States. They will then be loaded onto a United States ship and destroyed at sea using hydrolysis.Speaking after a closed-door briefing to the Security Council, Ms. Kaag stressed that what is important is that all material is out of harm’s way and destruction can begin as soon as possible aboard the US ship. At the same time, she underlined that “significant” progress has been attained over an “impossible” period of nine months in dismantling most of Syria’s declared chemical weapons programme. The focus now is on the urgency of the removal of the remaining 7.2 per cent of the declared chemical weapons material, which is still held at one site, and is made difficult owing to the volatile security conditions. “We have an indication from the authorities that as soon as security conditions permit, removal from the site will happen; additional indications are that this is expected to be soon,” she said. “The security considerations have been assessed as reasonable,” she noted. “However, that doesn’t mean that additional delays can be incurred.”The Joint Mission has also spoken to Member States with influence over the parties to the conflict in Syria to assist in this regard. “We call on all Member States to exercise their influence to ensure the immediate removal of the remaining chemicals… the urgency, the time, the pressure to remove the remaining 7.2 per cent is very, very critical.”The Special Coordinator also discussed with the Security Council the residual activities of the Joint Mission, as well as how it will continue its work and possible successor arrangements when the OPCW Executive Council and the Security Council determine that its mandate has been completed. “When we speak of residual activities, it doesn’t mean that they’re any less important,” Ms. Kaag said in a separate interview with the UN News Centre. “It is really the remainder of important tasks of the chemical weapons programme that still need to be completed.”She said these are: the immediate removal of the remaining 7 per cent of chemical weapons material; an ongoing conversation with the authorities on areas of work in the initial Syrian declaration to the OPCW that still need to be addressed; and the destruction of hangars and tunnels that form part of the production facilities. “But in this context, if you look back at the tremendous progress that has also been attained since the establishment of the chemical weapons elimination programme – the production and mixing facilities, the specialized equipment, the closure of storage sites, the rendering inoperable of a large array of facilities that normally form part of a chemical weapons programme, as well as the start of elimination of all the chemical weapons material – tremendous progress has been achieved and now the final push is to really address all the other areas,” she stated. “Ultimately, it’s up to the State parties [of the Chemical Weapons Convention] and the Security Council to determine that Syria’s chemical weapons programme has been eliminated and compliance has been attained.”Ms. Kaag added that she sees the work of the Joint Mission as a “modest, but hopefully meaningful” contribution to peace and security in Syria and the wider region.“We can only hope that whatever we have done will benefit the people of Syria and the region, and that it is an enabler for the big, urgent humanitarian track, and of course for the political process to continue or be re-started.” read more

Wrestling Ohio State presents talented lineup in wrestleoffs

OSU then-freshman Myles Martin during a match against Wisconsin on Feb. 13 at St. John Arena. Credit: Lantern file photoFrench Field House played host to the one of the nation’s top wrestling programs Thursday night, where the Ohio State wrestling team provided a season preview in front of hundreds of coaches and fans alike.  The Buckeyes’ unofficial start to the season began with an intrasquad wrestle-off, where each weight class had a match to determine a varsity starting spot.  Coach Tom Ryan explained that the annual event brings excitement for the upcoming season not only for the wrestlers, but also for their supporters.“You get a sense of the energy and the passion the people have for the program,” Ryan said.  “So overall, it was a good night.”Practice officially began Oct. 10, but according to Ryan, the training is continual for the wrestlers.  “It seems like (the seasons) never end.  They roll into each other,” Ryan said.  “I think what tonight has showed is that this is the team that all summer long was staying busy.”Three freshmen had dominating match performances, starting off the season in impressive fashion.  At 125 lbs. redshirt freshman Jose Rodriquez pinned his opponent in only two minutes.  True freshman Luke Pletcher, at 133 lbs., had a commanding five takedowns and two four-point near falls to win 18-3.  Lastly, at 141 lbs., redshirt freshman Ke-shawn Hayes used five takedowns in a 19-3 victory.  Notable returning Buckeyes showed additional team and individual strength throughout the night.  Redshirt sophomore Micah Jordan, at 149 lbs., rolled to victory 21-6.  At 157 lbs., redshirt sophomore Jake Ryan captured a 16-4 major decision win, scoring eight points in the first period. Sophomore Myles Martin, at 184 lbs., dominated with seven takedowns in a 20-6 final.  Redshirt juniors Nathan Tomasello and Bo Jordan, along with Olympic champion and OSU junior Kyle Snyder, did not wrestle.OSU’s season outlook is bright, and Thursday night provided extra incentive to look forward to the upcoming months for Martin, who comes into the year as the only true-freshman for the Buckeyes to win a national title, and only the 15th in NCAA history to do such.“I’m really excited for this season because we started off in the preseason rankings, we’re ranked two in the country,” Martin said.  Martin’s focus on team success goes hand-in-hand with his personal goals, as his weight class changed, moving up from last season. “I want to win a national title,” Martin said.  “I know it’s going to be a lot harder than last year… you’ve got a returning national champ Gabe Dean (Cornell) there, so I’m excited.”Both coach Ryan and Martin shared goals of a team championship in not only the Big Ten, but also nationally.  But, this is not a primary focus in the eyes of Ryan, whereas the focus aims to better the individual in ways not connected solely to winning championships.“I think the unwritten, the unspoken truth is that there’s a standard.  The standard is to be the best in the world,” Ryan said.  “But we don’t talk a lot about that.  We talk a lot about being the best version of yourself.”When it comes to improving during the season, Ryan strongly noted that the focus is to get the most out of the wrestler, not focusing on the result of each match, but the effort put in during matches, and finding the purpose and joy in each match.  Discussing the outlook for the team and individual performance goals, Ryan does note the chase for a championship.“We’ve got a shot.  No doubt this team is in the hunt for a (Big Ten, national) title,” Ryan said.  “But there’s a lot of work to do.  We have to stay healthy, and keep moving forward.” read more

A kettle a hammer an Ouch Pouch the painful secrets of making

first_imgWE LEARNED THIS week that a lot of hard work goes into making ballet dancing look effortless.But not half as hard as knocking a pair of ballerina slippers into shape, it seems.Watch one of Ballet Ireland’s lead dancers, Zoe Ashe Brown, explain how she uses a boiling kettle, hammer and bits of elastic to make the shoe fit. And yes, there are bunions involved.It’s no Cinderella story. via TheJournal.ie/Youtube VIDEO: Behind the scenes at the ballet>Photos: Dublin ballet dancers attempt a new world record>last_img

ATTs Android market share increases as Verizons declines

first_imgBack in March, Chitika, a research arm that monitors and reports on Internet trends, published a study breaking down Android smartphone traffic share by mobile provider. At that point, T-Mobile held 16.7 percent, Sprint held 25.3 percent, and Verizon held 51.4 percent. But what about AT&T? The provider known for its allegiance to the iPhone only had 3.6 percent of the Android market share.But the numbers are slowly changing in favor of AT&T. Chitika ran the same study for the numbers in August, and found that the results were quite different this time around. Verizon still has the majority of the market, but it has decreased by about 10 percent. Verizon now holds a 41.05 percent share. AT&T, on the other hand, has increased about 5 percentage points from 3.6 percent to 8.7 percent . Though that’s not a huge number, compared to Verizon, it shows that AT&T is on its way up.AT&T’s HTC Inspire and Motorola Atrix were very popular among smartphone users. Though its numbers are down, Verizon still holds four of the top five Android smartphones, including the Droid X, HTC Droid Incredible, Samsung Fascinate, and the Droid. Is Apple taking away from Verizon’s numbers thanks to its CDMA iPhone? That smartphone makes up 10.3 percent of the total iPhone market at 2.3 million. The numbers did decrease after Verizon launched its iPhone 4 suggesting it has had an impact.As for T-Mobile and Sprint, both companies have kept a steady ratio. However, the smaller companies like MetroPCS, Virgin, and US Cellular which had a total of less than 3 percent of the Android market back in March, now collectively stand at 8.75 percent of the market, which is almost as much as AT&T holds.Via Chitika, AppleInsiderlast_img read more

Découverte dun nouveau système stellaire à 6 planètes

first_imgDécouverte d’un nouveau système stellaire à 6 planètesLe télescope spatial Kepler vient de découvrir un système stellaire composé d’une étoile similaire au Soleil, autour de laquelle gravitent six planètes. Une découverte importante qui fait la une de la revue Nature.La sonde Kepler de la Nasa, lancée en 2009, a repéré un système extrasolaire composé d’une étoile semblable à notre Soleil et de six planètes qui orbitent autour d’elle. Cette étoile centrale a été nommée Kepler-11 et est située à 2000 années lumière de la Terre, dans la constellation du Cygne.Un des astronomes de la Nasa indique qu’il s’agit de “la chose la plus importante dans le domaine des exoplanètes depuis la découverte de 51 Pegasi b, la première exoplanète détectée en 1995”. La particularité de ce système est d’être composé de plus d’une planète. Les cinq planètes internes possèdent une masse allant de 2,3 à 13,5 fois celle de notre planète. La sixième planète, plus éloignée, possède une masse de près de 300 fois celle de la Terre.Le journal Nature qui rapporte cette découverte indique que cinq planètes sur les six possèdent des orbites de 10 à 47 jours et que la sixième planète possède une période de 118 jours. De plus, cinq d’entre elles sont les plus petites exoplanètes jamais observées auparavant.À lire aussiLe grand “boom” entendu par les New-Yorkais proviendrait d’une météoriteCette découverte ne devrait pas permettre de trouver une vie extraterrestre car ces étoiles, très proches de leur soleil, possèdent des conditions atmosphériques extrêmes avec des chaleurs très élevées bien que leur atmosphère reste stable. L’étude doit toutefois se poursuivre car du fait de la présence de ces différentes planètes et de leur proximité, des interactions permanentes se font entre elles et leurs orbites sont sans cesse décalées et modifiées. Les chercheurs ont effectué des simulations de l’évolution de ce système sur 250 millions d’années et il semblerait que même si d’éventuelles variations se manifestaient, celles-ci resteraient minimes.Découvrez les visuels de la Nasa sur Maxisciences. Le 3 février 2011 à 12:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Jamaicas Govt leveraging science and technology to build ClimateSmart houses

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #Jamaica, October 24, 2017 – Montego Bay – Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government will be leveraging science and technology to build climate-smart houses.Dr. Chang, who was delivering closing remarks at the 2017 Regional Housing Conference in Montego Bay on Friday, October 20, noted that stakeholder deliberations during the forum around the use of technology to assist in land selection, spatial planning and housing design provide impetus for the Ministry to incorporate greater scientific inputs in future developments.“Jamaica will continue to experience warmer temperatures and by 2023, a mere six years from now, our coolest day will be hotter than any in previous years.   The environmentalists across all agencies have served a clear warning to the Government that (we) must take heed and build homes that are…more suited to warmer temperatures,” he stated.Meanwhile, Dr. Chang said work undertaken by the University of the West Indies in seismic projections and research findings presented by the University of Technology on the value of designing and building homes to create safe communities, as opposed to establishing structures solely for shelter, were compelling.“The use of Geographic Information System (GIS)-based technologies and software and the research being done by our own geo-spatial professionals at the National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) in this Ministry, provide useful tools to assist us in building homes that will indeed be safe and resilient,” he stated.Dr. Chang argued that stakeholders at the forum also underscored the broad considerations which are critical to governance and management of housing in Jamaica.   These, he noted, include providing safe and quality housing; financing and access to affordable homes; and environmental preservation.The Minister said consequent on the housing sector’s high dependence on cross-sectoral and non-state input, the discussions on joint financing of housing developments involving public and private sector agencies were invaluable.   Against this background, Dr. Chang said the knowledge and information garnered at the three-day conference would serve to guide the Government’s policies for future housing developments.The Regional Housing Conference, the first to be convened in the Caribbean, was hosted by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation under the theme: ‘Providing Safe, Legal and Affordable Housing for All: From Policy to Implementation’.Participants included: representatives from the World Bank, policymakers, members of academia, technocrats and housing agencies from across the Caribbean.Among the sponsors were: the National Housing Trust, Jamaica Social Investment Fund, Victoria Mutual Building Society, Housing Agency of Jamaica and First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union Limited.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

People on the Move 090408

first_imgPlayboy Enterprises has appointed Loma M. Donohoe to the newly-created position of senior vice president of global strategic marketing, responsible for the “development and execution of marketing programs designed to enhance global awareness and impact of the Playboy brand.” Donohoe most recently served as Playboy’s division vice president of retail marketing and merchandising.The CQ-Roll Call Group named Fred Barbash as deputy managing editor of CQ Weekly magazine. Barbash previously served as national editor and business editor at the Washington Post and deputy editor of the newspaper’s Outlook section.Outside magazine named Lesli Lawrence director of active traveler/direct response. Previously, Lawrences served as advertising director at Natural Solutions. Advanstar’s Automotive Group named Pete Meier group technical editor. Meier served as a contributor to Advanstar’s Motor Age since 2005.Stacy V. Bearse will retire as president and CEO of Blood-Horse Publications effective November 1 after two decades with the company. The Blood-Horse board of directors has initiated a search to replace Bearse as chief executive.Tennis magazine publisher the Tennis Media Company named Mason Wells publisher. Most recently, Mason served as associate publisher of Condé Nast’s Wired. Prior to that he was the founding associate publisher of Rodale’s Best Life.Three digital heads are reportedly set to exit Newsweek Digital. They include: general manager Geoff Reiss, editorial director Mark Miller and recently-appointed executive editor Gabriel Snyder.The Reader’s Digest Association named Lauren Newman advertising director of Fresh Home. Most recently, Newman served as fashion and retail director at Self magazine.last_img read more

Arjun Singh removed from post of Bhatpara municipality chairman

first_imgKolkata: Arjun Singh, who recently joined the BJP from Trinamool Congress and will contest on the saffron party’s ticket from Barrackpore in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, has been removed from the post of municipal chairman at Bhatpara after a no-confidence motion was passed against him through secret ballot.After he joined BJP, Trinamool Congress leaders had decided to issue a no-confidence motion in the 34-member Bhatpara Municipality in North 24-Parganas. The no-confidence motion was passed against Singh on Monday through secret ballot, where he lost 21-11. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThis may be a major cause of concern for Singh ahead of the elections. He was a four time Trinamool Congress MLA from the Bhatpara Assembly constituency and had been the chairman of the Bhatpara Municipality since 2010. He shifted his political allegiance towards BJP after being denied ticket from Barrackpore. Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi has been pitted against Singh in Barrackpore, which will go to poll on May 6. Singh has, however, claimed that the process in which the no-confidence motion was brought is totally undemocratic. “The people of Bhatpara will give a befitting reply to TMC in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls,” Singh maintained. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSenior TMC leaders in the district said the people do not want a “corrupt person” as their municipality chairman and the councillors were reluctant to continue under his leadership. Hence, they removed Singh from the post. Soon after the no-confidence motion was passed, a party office of BJP in Bhatpara was ransacked and some BJP leaders were injured in the incident. The party has alleged that Trinamool Congress backed goons were behind the attack. The matter has, however, been brought to the notice of the Election Commission, which has instructed the District Election Officer (DEO) of North 24-Parganas to take stringent action against those found guilty. A report has also been sought from the DEO in this regard. The DEO has also been asked to ascertain who had ransacked the party office and with what intention.last_img read more

Shock as these four petrol stations shut without warning

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailCustomers have been left shocked after four petrol stations operated by the same dealer shut down with no warning. The stations – all branded under the name of their supplier Essar Oil (UK) Ltd – were based in Longton, Bentilee, Fenton and Endon. Now they have been fenced off and are out of action as a question mark hangs over the future of each of the sites. Essar said in a statement today that the decision has been ‘entirely beyond our control’. “We have been informed by the dealer operating the retail stations at Endon, Fenton, Longton and Mossfield that his arrangements to lease the sites from the freehold owner have been terminated,” the company added. “We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused to our customers or to the communities local to the sites. “We continue to supply high-quality fuel from the Stanlow refinery to the rest of our network of branded stations acros the UK, including others in the Stoke-on-Trent area.” The affected petrol stations. Clockwise from top left: Fenton, Bentilee, Endon and Longton The affected sites include Longton Service Station, in Sutherland Road. Read MoreThis big high street name is closing – and here are some of the bargains you can get Connor Hulstone works at neighbouring Timberland DIY and said he was surprised to see the garage shut down on Wednesday last week. The 25-year-old, from Wolstanton, said: “It just happened. It took about two days to strip down. “I’m not sure why it happened. But we’ve seen people coming to look at it every day. It would be sound if somebody else took it on.” Read MoreMan, 45, BANNED from approaching women in public for three years – after complaints about his inappropriate conduct Jeremy Bowler, from Weston Coyney, often called in at the Longton station while visiting Timberland DIY. He said: “I was really shocked when it closed. It seemed to be doing OK.” Mossfield Service Station, in Dividy Road, Bentilee, also shut without notice. Helen Meek, from Dividy Road, used to get newspapers from the store there. The 77-year-old said: “It’s a shame, particularly for older people. They used to go there to get things like milk. “There have been about five owners of the station since we moved here 16 years ago.” Mrs Meek fears the site may now become home to a fast food business if it doesn’t re-open as a garage. Read MoreAsda CAN open petrol station and drive-through restaurant at town centre store Residents were also shocked to see Endon Service Station close. One neighbour said: “One minute it was open, the next it was shut. Within two or three days, all the pumps were ripped out.” The Fenton service station was based in Victoria Road.last_img read more

FIFA corruption probe Michel Platini vows to fight injustice

first_imgPARIS – Michel Platini told AFP in an interview Tuesday that he is determined to fight for the FIFA presidency and to clear his name after being banned for eight years.Platini and FIFA chief Sepp Blatter were suspended by FIFA’s ethics committee over a 2 million Swiss franc ($2 million) payment made to Platini in 2011 for work carried out between 1999 and 2002.Corruption charges against the two men were dropped by the FIFA court, but they were found guilty of “abusive execution” of their powers and a conflict of interests.The Frenchman was informed by FIFA on Tuesday evening that he must take any appeal to them first before being able to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.That means, even if he does clear his name, his chances of meeting the Jan. 26 deadline to submit his candidacy for the FIFA presidency are extremely slim.Excerpts of the interview follow:AFP: How do you feel after the ban?MP: I am thinking about it, I am struggling to understand. Why? How did we get to this? I did some work, I asked to be paid, I sent an invoice, I was paid, I paid taxes on that. That was in 2011. It was a debt that was settled, full stop. Then in 2015, the Swiss justice wanted more information. Then it took off at FIFA and a lot of people at FIFA are happy that this issue happened, this story. And here I am suspended from all football-related activity for eight years. What was the FIFA ethics commission doing between 2011 when I was paid and 2015? Was it asleep? All of a sudden, suddenly it woke up? Oh yes, it woke up in a FIFA election year when I am a candidate. It’s amazing.You are in the middle of a fight?I am fighting against this injustice. Nothing else. What I don’t understand is that it is the same company that paid me, with a bill in 2011, that in 2015 is dragging me before its ethics commission. And it is stopping me today from doing my work at UEFA, taking part in the draw for Euro 2016 in Paris and preparing for this tournament. A cloud hangs over Michel Platini, the former French football captain and one of the greatest players of all time. Lionel Bonaventure/AFPWhat are the next steps?I am fighting against this injustice from court to court. There you go. But in the meantime, my name has been dragged through the mud in the press. Whatever happens my reputation has been sullied. I have been kicked in the teeth. I have been put in the same bag as Blatter.Your two names are linked in the ethics commission decision.The people on the ethics committee are more focused on a timetable question — to stop me from standing in the FIFA presidential election — and scandal-mongering than in ethics. They are not ethical, they are pathetic.The corruption charge was dropped.I’m so happy! There is no corruption in this affair. I am proceeding on the basis of the principle that the truth will come out and my innocence will be acknowledged.You did not like to lose as a footballer. Did you feel that what happened on Monday was a defeat?No defeat. It is more a victory when you consider that the prosecutor dealing with the case at FIFA had demanded a life ban. A life ban! And why not? Go ahead while we are at it! What a joke.What action will you take?Later I will go to the civil courts in Switzerland to demand damages. But first there is the Court of Arbitration for Sport. It is the real match starting. Before the dice were rolling in front of the ethics commission. How could someone who defends FIFA go against the interests of this body? These FIFA judges are so-called independents, but it is FIFA who pays them, for example. What do they hold against me? Oh yes, I should have told the FIFA executive committee ‘by the way, FIFA owes me money and it is going to pay me.’ And they would have replied: ‘Yes, and so what?’ And today I am condemned for not saying that. It is shameful. Everyone looks after their own business. It was not for me to tell the executive committee, but for those who paid me. UEFA President Michel Platini answers questions Dec. 8 as he leaves the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. Fabrice Coffrini/AFPIsn’t the timetable too tight now for you to stand in the FIFA election?What is troubling is that I have no certainty about the timetable ahead. As long as I have not had the reasons for the suspension I cannot appeal before the CAS. Without certainty on the timetable, I don’t know how the match will play out. I said about the FIFA scandals and Blatter in May that ‘enough is enough.’ Now I say go step-by-step. I will fight to clear my name.Is clearing your name more important than standing for FIFA?I still have my honor. My conscience is clear. There are a lot of people who say bad things about me, that’s all. But I also get a lot of support from a lot of federations who tell me to fight, not to give up. The question is what is the timetable for getting out of this trap? And if I win I will have to submit my candidacy by Jan. 26 before Domenico Scala [the head of the FIFA electoral commission]. Another obstacle, … I will fight. But then I will take my responsibilities according to what happens. I know what I want but there are others to take into consideration. All these stories do a lot of damage, particularly to the credibility of institutions. And I have always said that institutions are more important than people. Facebook Comments Related posts:FIFA ethics tribunal bans Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini for 8 years Blatter fights ban amid FIFA turmoil Top US sponsors of FIFA urge football body to enact reforms Honduras ex-President Rafael Callejas goes to US to face FIFA corruption chargeslast_img read more

Geneva Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgGeneva, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAfter seeing the new BMW 5 Series Touring debuted at the recent Geneva Auto Show, BMW’s pitch that it is the perfect symbiosis of driving pleasure, efficiency, versatility and sporting elegance may just be spot on. Powerful design aesthetics, modern premium-level functionality and brand-typical driving dynamics combine with exemplary efficiency that should deliver signature BMW driving thrills. Extensive comfort and safety features, which include numerous exclusive driver assistance systems, round out the appeal.The design of the new BMW 5 Series Touring is characterized by a high level of individuality with regard to its proportions and surface design. Its uniqueness is reflected by dynamic and powerful looks. With its long bonnet, short overhangs, the longest wheelbase in its segment, the stretched silhouette and a steeply inclined roofline, the new BMW 5 Series Touring possesses an elegance unseen in the previous version of the 5 Series.Thanks to a multi-functional interior and intelligent detail solutions, the new version can meet the most diverse demands. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 560 litres. If desired, an increase in capacity to a maximum of 1,670 litres is guaranteed by 40:20:40 split folding rear seats, which are unique in this segment. The backrest angle is variable by up to 11 degrees. The backrest can be folded down using two control levers inside the luggage compartment, the loading space cover of which is automatically lowered when the tailgate is closed. The separately opening rear window automatically swings upwards at the push of a button.The most advanced drivetrain and suspension technologies ensure supreme sportiness and a higher level of motoring comfort. Optional Dynamic Driving Control enables drivers to set the suspension individually to their personal requirements. The new BMW 5 Series Touring features as standard pneumatic suspension on the rear axle, including automatic self-levelling. Adaptive Drive and Integral Active Steering are optionally available.The new BMW 5 Series Touring is making its debut with a choice of two straight-six engines as well as a four-cylinder and a six-cylinder diesel. The BMW 520d Touring is powered by a 135 kW/184 bhp four-cylinder turbo diesel power unit featuring an aluminium crankcase and Common Rail direct injection. It is equipped with Auto Start Stop function as a standard feature, and with an average fuel consumption of 5.2 litres/100km (54.3 mpg) and a CO2 emission level of 137 g/km in an EU test cycle, it achieves the best efficiency in its segment.The straight-six engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo under the bonnet of the BMW 535i Touring, with High Precision Injection and VALVETRONIC, develops a power output of 225 kW/306 bhp. Maximum power output of the straight-six engine featured in the BMW 523i Touring in lean operation is 150 kW/204 bhp. The BMW 530d Touring features a straight six-cylinder diesel with a 180 kW/245 bhp output. Thanks to BMW BluePerformance technology it fulfils the EU6 emission standard. All versions of the new BMW 5 Series Touring fully comply with the EU5 requirement.www.bmw.comlast_img read more

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