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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Activists condemn Bhima-Koregaon arrests, protest ‘undeclared Emergency’

first_imgActivists from civil rights outfits including the Nari Samata Manch and People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) on Thursday held a public meeting to protest the “undeclared Emergency” in the country’, and to create awareness on the arrests of noted activists and intellectuals in connection with the Elgaar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case.The event, organised under the banner of Lokshahi Utsav Samiti, witnessed the participation of Professor Anjali Maydeo Ambedkar of the Nari Samata Manch, Kavita Srivastava, national secretary of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and Dr. Manisha Gupte, coordinator of the Lokshahi Utsav Samiti.In their addresses, the speakers said suppression of dissent and the climate of undeclared Emergency prevailing in the country was due to the authoritarian policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).“If Emergency means creating an environment that ensures that no other voices than your own are heard, then such an atmosphere has always existed in India and was dictated by the rigid caste system,” said Ms. Maydeo.A faculty member at the city-based Karve Institute of Social Sciences, Prof. Maydeo said that a thread of intolerance linked the murders of IT professional Mohsin Shaikh in Pune with the killing of Dr. Narendra Dabholkar and the arrests of Surendra Gadling, Sudha Bharadwaj, Shoma Sen and others by the Pune police in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case.Prof. Maydeo, the wife of Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) chief Prakash Ambedkar, further said that the “illegal arrests” of civil rights activists in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case was a “terror tactic” on part of the BJP government to create terror so as to stifle independent thinkers from the youthThe Elgaar Parishad- Bhima Koregaon arrests resemble a script that has been written earlier and is now being played out with some expert suddenly emerging to comment on ‘urban naxalism’,” she said, commenting that the arrests were “a travesty of justice”.“When Indira Gandhi declared Emergency in 1975, it was characterised by media censorship. But today, this is not even required as a majority of the media houses are spokespersons of the ruling BJP,” Prof. Maydeo said.Remarking that the struggles of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar was against the denial of one’s freedom of choice, she said that citizens were again experiencing that denial today as ‘cultural terrorists’ were increasingly dictating what one ought to read, speak and publish.Dr. Gupte said that the toxic climate of “ideological intolerance” in Pune was destroying the city’s social and cultural fabric.“Pune was a city which once took pride on its progressiveness and reformist attitude. But today, dissent against the powers that be is being stifled in establishments including educational institutes,” she said.The city has witnessed the shocking murder of Dr. Dabholkar, which was followed by those Govind Pansare, Prof. M.M. Kalburg and journalist Gauri Lankesh) in the country, she said.“Yet, there is a thunderous silence by the law agencies on these killings. Now, the State and the police have concocted this ludicrous theory connecting the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ with the Maoists,” Dr. Gupte said.last_img read more

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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Virat Kohli confirms he will play limited-overs series vs Sri Lanka

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli on Friday made it clear that he has no problems playing the upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka amid speculation that he may be rested keeping in mind a long season ahead.”Who said I am not playing? I don’t know where this came from, but I have no problems in playing,” Kohli’s forthright answer to a query regarding team selection made it clear as to where he stood on the issue.The Indian team will be selected on August 13. There is a possibility that senior spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be rested along with pacer Mohammed Shami.”We (team management and selectors) are going to sit down on selection soon and we certainly have plans in mind and combinations that we want to speak about. So as captain, I am definitely in the thick of things and knowing what to speak to the committee about,” he signed off.last_img read more

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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah named African Footballer of the Year

first_imgLiverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah was named African Footballer of the Year for 2017 over his club teammate Sadio Mane (Senegal) and Borussia Dortmund’s Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The 25-year-old got 625 points from a voting panel made up of nation team coaches and captains. Selected journalists and officials also get to vote  for the award. Mane finished second on 507 with Aubameyang third on 311.Salah’s heroics helped Egypt reach the African Nations Cup final and qualify for this year’s World Cup.WATCHHe also made an African record move to Liverpool and scored 23 goals in all competitions for the Premier League club in 2017 so far.”This is a dream come true for me. 2017 was an unbelievable year for me with the Egypt national team and my clubs. To qualify to the World Cup after 28 years and to have a great season at Roma and Liverpool were special moments in my career,” Salah said at the Confederation of African Football awards.Can’t really complain about a great 2017, but very much looking forward to 2018… pic.twitter.com/1ke9zRAK1U- Mohamed Salah (@22mosalah) December 31, 2017Salah is the second Egyptian to win the award after Mahmoud Al Khatib in 1983.Salah and Mane were due to fly straight back to Liverpool by charter jet after Thursday’s ceremony, which finished at 2200 GMT. Liverpool play local rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round on Friday.(With inputs from Reuters)ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh 10 months agoLiverpool fullback Robertson: We want to intimidate opposition

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Robertson: We want to intimidate oppositionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool fullback Andrew Robertson admits they want to start intimidating the opposition.The Reds face Manchester City on Thursday.The full-back is not sure whether Liverpool carry that aura just yet, though when asked if it is something they hope to achieve, he said: “Of course. If teams are coming here maybe a bit worried then of course that works to our advantage.”But it only works to our advantage if we make it. Today we did that by going behind (against Arsenal) and we hit them hard straight after it so it was really good.”If people are worrying coming here then it’s a good sign for us, but it’s up to us to continue that and we need to keep winning games by doing that.” last_img read more

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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Improving Scenic Views in Cape Breton

first_img Visitors to Nova Scotia will soon enjoy even better views of CapeBreton’s rugged coastline and scenic vistas, thanks to a projectthat will enhance and develop area viewplanes. The province is investing $400,000 to improve the driving tourexperience in Cape Breton, primarily along the popular CabotTrail. The project will be managed by the Cabot Trail WorkingAssociation. “The scenic beauty of our province, and of Cape Breton inparticular, is a major reason that pleasure travellers choose tocome to Nova Scotia,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism,Culture and Heritage. “This project will not only improve one ofour best known tourism products, it also will attract morevisitors to Cape Breton and encourage longer stays.” About 35 per cent of visitors to Nova Scotia travel to CapeBreton during their stay in the province. A survey conducted in2000 by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage foundthat 21 per cent of pleasure travellers chose Nova Scotia as adestination for its coastal and general scenery. Many pleasuretravellers specifically identified Cape Breton and the CabotTrail as locations they wanted to see. The one-time grant will be used to assess and prioritizepotential and existing vistas and scenic pull-off areas. It alsowill be used to clear scenic viewplanes, develop interpretive anddirectional signs, and enhance existing scenic look-off sites. “It is very important that we ensure that the views around theCabot Trail, one of North America’s premiere drives, aremaintained, and that the experience is enhanced to allow visitorsto enjoy the destination to its fullest,” said Scott McAulay,chair, Cabot Trail Working Association. The province’s terrain lends itself to a variety of look-offvantage points. Nova Scotia’s 2005 Tourism Plan identified theneed to ensure major travelways have clear, scenic viewplanes. Today’s investment is part of $15 million in funding announced byMr. MacDonald in December 2004. That funding is designed to helpboost Nova Scotia’s tourism industry in the areas of marketing,product development, and regional tourism initiatives. TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Improving Scenic Views in CapeBretonlast_img read more

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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Enbridge offers 114 billion in stock to investors in four affiliate companies

first_imgCALGARY – A U.S. agency’s move to kill off a tax loophole enjoyed by certain Enbridge Inc. pipeline subsidiaries in the United States has prompted the company to launch an $11.4-billion initiative to buy back those entities and fold them into a simplified corporate structure.And the Calgary-based company is not alone.Its announcement Thursday coincided with news that American pipeline operators The Williams Cos. and Cheniere Energy Inc. have launched similar multibillion-dollar offers to use their shares to buy out partners in their master limited partnerships (MLPs).MLPs are tax-exempt corporate structures in the United States that pay their profits to investors in dividend-style distributions.In 2016, a U.S. Appeals Court ruled that energy regulators were allowing these companies to benefit from a “double recovery” of taxes, prompting a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision in March to end the tax breaks.Enbridge said the decision hurts its subsidiaries by cutting their distributable cash flow. It also has weakened their credit worthiness and ability to raise money from investors, a process that fuels “drop-downs” of assets from Enbridge Inc. in return for cash to support its growth.“Having all of our core assets under one roof will further surface the value of these highly strategic and irreplaceable systems, which should attract a premium valuation,” Enbridge CEO Al Monaco told analysts on a conference call Thursday.He added the moves will be good for credit ratings and funding arrangements because 100 per cent of the cash flow generated by the assets would be “kept in the family and not paid out in third-party distributions.”Analyst Gavin MacFarlane, a vice-president at Moody’s Investors Service, agreed that the Enbridge move is “credit positive” although it doesn’t address all concerns about the company’s complicated debt structure.“Clearly, this type of transaction would be a big first step toward simplifying the organizational structure of the company,” he said.“It doesn’t address the structural subordination of Enbridge Inc. creditors but on the call they indicated they will look at different ways of addressing some elements of the capital structure around the time of completion.”Moody’s downgraded its Enbridge credit rating last year after the company’s $37-billion takeover of U.S.-based Spectra Energy inflated its debt.Earlier this month, TC PipeLines LP, a U.S. pipeline partnership 25 per cent owned by Calgary-based TransCanada Corp., said it would slash distributions to unitholders by 35 per cent due to the FERC move to kill the tax break. It said it is also considering a corporate reorganization.TransCanada filed a request in April for clarification and, potentially, a re-hearing on how the FERC’s proposed changes will affect entities that don’t have typical MLP ownership structures. A spokesman said Thursday there was no update on the situation.If the series of transactions unfold as anticipated, investors in all the Enbridge companies and limited partnerships will exchange their shares for shares in Enbridge Inc., one of North America’s largest energy infrastructure companies.Enbridge is proposing separate all-share offers with the boards of Spectra Energy Partners, L.P., Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P., Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. and Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc., offering them company shares worth a total of roughly $11.4 billion based on current stock prices.Only Enbridge Energy Partners and Spectra Energy Partners are MLPs but Enbridge said the FERC ruling has negatively affected all four.While Enbridge is the leading investor in each of the businesses, which are considered “sponsored vehicles,” each has a board with a duty to get the best possible deal for other stakeholders.Monaco said Enbridge believes that its proposal will benefit other investors as well by providing them with a direct equity stake in the main company, but acknowledged that it’s possible not all of the transactions will be accepted.“If for some reason we can’t proceed with one of them, because we can’t come to an agreement, then obviously we’ll have to think about other things,” he said.The plan, if accepted on the proposed terms, will have a neutral impact on Enbridge’s current three-year financial guidance and result in a positive impact after 2020, it said Thursday.Monaco said the company is aiming to complete the transactions by the fourth quarter of 2018.Earlier this month, the company announced more than $3 billion in asset sales in a pair of deals including a $1.75-billion agreement to sell a 49 per cent stake in a group of renewable power assets to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.In a separate deal, Enbridge said it will sell Midcoast Operating LP to an affiliate of private equity firm ArcLight Capital Partners LLC for about $1.44 billion.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:ENB), (TSX: ENF).last_img read more

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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh JNU sedition Delhi court grants govt time till Jul 23 to decide

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday granted the government here time till July 23 for deciding on grant of sanction to prosecute former JNU student’s union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the 2016 JNU sedition case. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat granted specific time to the Delhi government which had earlier told the court that it will take over a month to decide whether to grant sanction to prosecute Kumar and others in the case. On January 14 this year, the police had filed a charge sheet in the court against Kumar, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised on the JNU campus during an event on February 9, 2016.last_img read more

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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh UN study emphasises economic growth as a poverty reduction strategy

Current poverty reduction approaches that separate poverty from the broader process of economic growth and development are unlikely to succeed and could leave about 1 billion people destitute by 2015, according to a new United Nations report released today.The report by the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) explores the causes, dynamics and persistence of poverty, as well as what works and what does not in international policy and practice.The study, released as governments and international institutions focus on cutting poverty in half to meet the target in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, reveals the multiple and complex processes involved in sustainable poverty reduction and lays out a range of policies and institutional measures that countries can adopt to succeed.The eight MDGs provide concrete benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty. They include goals and targets on income poverty, hunger, maternal and child mortality, disease, inadequate shelter, gender inequality and environmental degradation.The UNRISD report argues that while simple prescriptions may attract government support and funding from donors, they are unlikely to create conditions in which poor people can lift themselves out of poverty.According to the report, evidence has shown that poverty is reduced when economic and social policies, institutions and political arrangements are mutually supportive. The pursuit of policies in one social development domain while neglecting others is likely to undermine efforts to combat poverty and inequality.Yusuf Bangura, UNRISD Research Coordinator and lead author of the report, attributed failure to the tendency to neglect the root causes of poverty.“Current approaches to poverty tend to focus on things poor people lack rather than why they lack them. But when a large proportion of a country’s population is poor, it doesn’t make sense to detach poverty from the dynamics of economic growth and development,” Mr. Bangura said.“For example, in many countries income and wealth inequality have increased and inequalities based on gender and ethnicity persist. High levels of inequality are often found in the poorest countries, which means that poverty and inequality must be considered as part of the same problem.“But apart from a commitment to eliminate gender disparities in primary and secondary education, current approaches to poverty reduction virtually ignore inequality. They shy away from confronting inequality head on — through redistributive policies, for example,” he added.The report draws lessons from countries that have successfully and sustainably improved the well-being of the majority of their populations. In those cases, economic, social and political transformations — not poverty reduction per se — were central public policy objectives.According to the report, the following elements are crucial to sustainable and inclusive development: Economic transformation, involving not only growth but also changes in the structure of the agricultural, industrial and service sectors that generate and sustain jobs that are adequately remunerated and accessible to all, regardless of income or class status, gender, ethnicity or location. Social transformation, accomplished through comprehensive social protection and services that are grounded in universal rights and supportive of social cohesion and democratic politics. Political transformation, including the protection of civic rights, activism and political arrangements that ensure states are responsive to citizens’ needs and that the poor have influence in how policies are made.The report argues that reducing poverty takes more than having employment-centred growth strategies, or pursuing universal social policies, or getting the politics correct. To deliver maximum impact all three must work together, the report stresses.In calls upon governments and international institutions to recognize how institutions and policies are linked across economic, social and political spheres, and act on the knowledge when designing and implementing poverty reduction strategies.The report is the result of global research involving 130 scholars and drawing on in-depth case studies, country overviews, thematic background papers, UNRISD work on social policy, as wells as gender, governance and corporate social responsibility. 3 September 2010Current poverty reduction approaches that separate poverty from the broader process of economic growth and development are unlikely to succeed and could leave about 1 billion people destitute by 2015, according to a new United Nations report released today. read more

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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Sudan UN delivers food to help malnourished children in strifetorn Darfur

A flight carrying 33.6 metric tons of vitamin and mineral-fortified biscuits donated by the Danish Government is scheduled to leave the UN’s Humanitarian Response Depot in Brindisi, Italy, for the Sudanese capital of Khartoum. WFP’s Director in Sudan, Ramiro Lopes de Silva, said recent surveys of the internally displaced in Darfur indicate alarmingly high levels of malnutrition, especially among children under five.The studies show malnutrition rates have fallen close to the levels where a nutritional emergency can be declared. “For many children, these biscuits could well mean the difference between life and death,” he said. “We are racing against time and circumstances to reach at least 1 million people in desperate need of help.” That’s the number of Sudanese estimated by the UN and aid agencies to have become displaced within Darfur since early last year, when fighting broke out between the Khartoum Government and two rebel groups. At least another 150,000 refugees fled across the border into Chad. Many civilians have been killed, raped or injured in attacks by the Janjaweed militias, loose bands of Arab fighters that were recruited and armed by Khartoum. The Janjaweed have been burning villages and committing atrocities against the area’s black African population, according to a UN human rights report. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that it has safely relocated more than 93,000 people away from the unstable border to refugee camps further inside Chad. The Janjaweed had been making cross-border raids on refugees living in makeshift shelters. Donations to UNHCR’s emergency appeal for Sudanese refugees in Chad continue to fall far behind needs. So far the agency has received $18 million in funds, while requirements are estimated at more than $55 million. Last month, WFP distributed food supplies to more than half a million people across Darfur, but its deliveries are being hampered by the onset of the rainy season, which is expected to peak in July. Meanwhile, this weekend Carol Bellamy, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), will visit Darfur for to assess the situation there first-hand. UNICEF has been providing safe drinking water, health services, education, hygiene kits and shelter to families in Darfur. read more

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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Canadian banks rank as countrys most valuable brands Brand Finance

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 16, 2013 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian banks rank as country’s most valuable brands: Brand Finance TORONTO – Canadian banks continue to come out on top as the country’s most valuable brands while energy and resource companies saw a notable decline in the last year, according to Brand Finance Canada.The list released Wednesday, which analyzed brand performance of Canadian companies as of Jan. 1, named the Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD) as the most valuable brand in Canada with a worth $10.4 billion.It attributed TD Bank’s work to establish itself in the U.S. market as a reason for its surge over last year’s most valuable brand, the Royal Bank of Canada.RBC (TSX:RY), Scotiabank (TSX:BNS), Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), and Bell (TSX:BCE) rounded out the top five most valuable brands in the ranking, growing 19 per in value year over year due to growth in international markets.In general, Brand Finance says the top 50 Canadian brands saw a combined value increase of six per cent to $126.4 billion from $119 billion compared with 2012.But it wasn’t all good news for the value of Canadian brands.Nearly half of the companies on the list saw their brand value drop, with energy and mining companies leading the pack — down 14 per cent year-over-year.“It is estimated that global growth rates will continue to be low for the foreseeable future emphasizing the need to build strong brands that can differential themselves and fend off competition from frequently larger foreign companies,” said Edgar Baum, managing director of Brand Finance Canada.“Canadian brands can accomplish this by quantifying their brand strength by channel and geography, and invest their limited brand and marketing dollars where it would differentiate themselves from their global competitors and provide the highest financial return.”Brand Finance says its ranking showed that Enbridge (TSX:ENB) saw a significant decline of $550 million in its brand value, partly due to the company’s controversial Northern Gateway project and its current pipeline projects in the U.S.The list also noted that Research in Motion’s (TSX:RIM) BlackBerry brand dropped off the top 10 list this year, declining 38 per cent in value to $2.04 billion.It attributed the loss to declines in RIM’s market share price and troubles at the beleaguered technology firm in 2012, even though it pointed out that the company may be on the rebound.The ranking also signalled growth in value in Canada’s retail brands, including gains from Dollarama (TSX:DOL), Circle K by Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.A), Tim Horton’s (TSX:THI), Lululemon (TSX:LLL) and clothing manufacturer Gildan (TSX:GIL).It also noted that real estate management firms Ivanhoe Cambridge and Cadillac Fairview made it onto the list this year.___Top 10 Most Valuable Brands in Canada, according to Brand Finance Canada1. Toronto-Dominion Bank2. Royal Bank of Canada3. Scotiabank4. Bank of Montreal5. Bell6. CIBC7. Rogers Communications8. Enbridge9. Bombardier10. Weston read more

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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Applications for US jobless benefits fall to 302000 4week average lowest since

Applications for US jobless benefits fall to 302,000; 4-week average lowest since June 2007 by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2014 6:45 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, a steady decline that suggests a strengthening job market.Weekly applications for unemployment aid dipped 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped 3,000 to 309,000, the level since June 2007, about five months before the start of the Great Recession.Applications are a proxy for layoffs, a sign that they expect economic growth to continue. When businesses are confident enough to keep staff, they are also likely to hire more people.Hiring is at its healthiest clip since the late 1990s and the 6.1 per cent unemployment rate is at a 5 1/2-year low. Employers added 288,000 jobs in June, the fifth straight month of job gains above 200,000.Still, the steady hiring gains have yet to boost wages significantly. Wage growth has barely matched inflation since the recession ended five years ago.But more people with jobs increases the total number of paychecks, which could boost consumer spending and growth. After a sharp contraction in the economy in the first three months of the year, most economists expect growth to return in the April-June quarter and exceed 3 per cent at an annual pace in the second half of 2014. read more

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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Fed slows bond buying further but provides no clear signal on timing

Fed slows bond buying further but provides no clear signal on timing of first rate hike by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 30, 2014 12:38 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve is further slowing the pace of its bond purchases because it thinks an improving U.S. economy needs less help. But it’s offering no clearer hint of when it will start raising its benchmark short-term interest rate.The Fed on Wednesday reiterated its plan to keep short-term rates low “for a considerable time” after its bond purchases end. Most economists think a rate increase is about a year away despite a strengthening economy. The government estimated Wednesday that the economy grew at a fast 4 per cent annual rate last quarter.In a statement after a two-day policy meeting, the Fed revised the wording of its previous statement to acknowledge that while the unemployment rate has fallen steadily, the job market remains subpar in other ways. The Fed didn’t specify what it meant. But Chair Janet Yellen expressed concern to Congress this month about stagnant wage growth, a high number of part-time workers who can’t find full-time jobs and the proportion of the unemployed who have been out of work for more than six months.The Fed also tweaked its statement to say inflation had risen closer to its 2 per cent target. The statement said concerns that inflation would persistently run below the Fed’s 2 per cent target had “diminished somewhat.” But it expressed no concerns about the slight acceleration in prices.The Fed announced, as expected, that it’s paring its monthly purchases by another $10 billion to $25 billion. The bond purchases have been intended to keep long-term borrowing rates low and are set to end in October.The Fed’s decision was approved on a 9-1 vote with Charles Plosser, president of the Fed’s Philadelphia regional bank, dissenting. The statement said Plosser objected to continuing to include language that the Fed’s key short-term interest rate was likely to remain at record low near zero “for a considerable time” after the end of its bond purchases. Plosser felt that language did not “reflect the considerable economic progress that has been made.” read more

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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Human rights essential to reconciliation in wake of Thailand political crisis –

“In moments of political crisis and turbulence, it is crucial to promote the full respect of the rule of law,” the experts stressed in a press release from the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). The four experts, tasked with monitoring protection and promotion of human rights on a range of issues – arbitrary detention, enforces disappearances, freedom of expression and torture and degrading treatment ¬– are raising the alarm in the wake of months of unrest that culminated in late May with the military’s declaration of martial law and subsequent takeover of the Government. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay both issued strong calls for Thailand to ensure respect for human rights and promptly restore the rule of law, following the issuance of 21 announcements and three Orders by the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (NPOMC) – the new body that has seized power from the caretaker government.The 11th announcement suspended constitutional rights and freedoms. Six announcements severely restricts freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, including censorship of all media outlets, closure of television and radio stations, prohibition of information critical of the NPOMC, restrictions on internet and prohibition of political gatherings of more than five people.“The various limitations to fundamental rights put in place since the military assumed control of the country and the Constitution was suspended are deeply disturbing,” noted the experts in their statement today. “Reportedly numerous individuals remain arbitrarily detained, and unacceptable restrictions continue to be imposed on freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly.” Particular concern was expressed with regard to the chilling effects of the summoning by the military of more than 440 individuals, including political leaders, academics, journalists and activists to army bases. Many remain in detention without access to family or lawyer. Some are held incommunicado in unknown locations and may be at risk of torture or ill-treatment. “Public criticism of authorities and the freedom of the Thai media are negatively affected by various measures, including the ban on political gatherings of more than five persons and the reported closure of a vast number of community radios,” the experts stressed. “Restoring the space for public dialogue is crucial to allow durable solutions to the political impasse affecting Thailand to be forged,” the experts underscored. The group of experts requested information from the current authorities on multiple allegations of human rights violations they received after the imposition of martial law on 22 May 2014. The experts issuing the statement are: Mr. Mads Andenas, Chair-rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances; Mr. Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Mr. Maina Kiai, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and Mr. Juan E. Méndez, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. read more

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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Goodman professors host provincial accounting and finance conference

Three professors from Brock University’s Goodman School of Business are collaborating with York University’s School of Administrative Studies to host the Ontario Universities Accounting and Finance Symposium.The Nov. 22 to 23 conference is chaired by Goodman Professor of Accounting Samir Trabelsi, who is joined by Professor of Finance Mohamed Ayadi, Associate Professor of Finance Skander Lazrak and colleagues at York University on the organizing committee.“The event’s objective is to promote thought leadership to bridge a gap between accounting and finance research, and education and business practices,” says Trabelsi.In its fourth year, the event is being held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel and has attracted leading industry experts in accounting and finance and world-class academics from universities in the U.S. and Ontario.“It’s no secret that accounting is a very important strength the Goodman School of Business offers and has offered for many years,” said Goodman School of Business Dean Andrew Gaudes. “This collaborative effort with York lends itself further to the strength of the accounting program that we have here, as well as the faculty that present their research in the sessions.”The symposium will consist of two panel discussions and research presentations.The first panel will discuss risk management and features: Professor Rashad Abdel-Khalik, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign; Dimitry Khmelnitsky, Veritas Investment Research; Ken Kivenko, Kenmar Associates; and Richard Leblanc, York University.The second panel’s discussion will focus on innovation and features: Thomas Chemmanur, Boston College; Karen Jones, Accounting Standards Board Canada; Arvind Kamath, Scotiabank; and Bharat Sarath, Rutgers School of Business.Research presentations include: Jeff Callen, University of Toronto; Sean Cleary, Queen’s University; Yun Ke, Brock University; Ken Klassen, University of Waterloo; Onem Ozocak, Brock University; Gary Spraakman, York University; Nabil Tahani, York University; and Yan Wang, McMaster University.Anyone interested in attending the symposium can email silasb@yorku.ca until Thursday, Nov. 16. There’s no charge for tickets. read more

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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh US sends 80 extra troops to Chad to help in search for

first_imgTHE UNITED STATES has deployed 80 military personnel to Chad to help regional efforts to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in neighboring Nigeria.President Barack Obama made the announcement today.In a letter to Congress, he said:“These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area”.The full text was tweeted by Political Reporter for Time Magazine, Zeke Miller: A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community.Additional reporting by AFP.© – AFP 2014Read: Abducted schoolgirls: Nigeria says it will talk to Boko Haram>Read: New Boko Haram video claims to show missing Nigerian schoolgirls> Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetlast_img read more

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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh LETTER TO THE EDITOR Joe Maselli Explains Why You Should Vote For

first_imgDear Editor,I am the eldest son of Mark Maselli, writing on behalf of his candidacy. I am writing this letter to tell the voters of our town that my father will be a Selectman that cares about the interests of the residents and our future as a community.My father has always been a hard worker both professional and personally. He has been a proud and hard-working small business owner for nearly 20 years. Going the extra mile is something my dad always strives to achieve when it comes to taking care of our family and his business.Many voters and residents may see my father as a stark outsider to the race, and that’s OK. However, he’s tired of being a bystander and watching poor decisions being made in town government. It terrifies me when I see some of our elected officials failing to answer basic questions and taking vague positions that affect residents the most. It is time for someone – a common voice like his – to stand for common-sense government and to be a voice for the residents of Wilmington. I couldn’t be prouder of my dad for taking a courageous position for a better future for every single resident of Wilmington. He very much wants our town to begin moving in a more positive direction. Put simply, he is concerned about the future of Wilmington.NOW is the time for unity and action in our town. My father wants to promote a path of action that ensures EVERYBODY comes together. The town is becoming increasingly divided on issues that hold us back from moving forward, which won’t help us out down the road. We need to collaborate on issues instead of fighting and welding disagreements that polarize the residents. My father is determined to help lead Wilmington by uniting, not dividing. I humbly ask the voters of Wilmington to vote for my father, Mark Maselli, on April 27, for one of the two, 3-year seats on the Board of Selectmen. I hope all reading this will consider putting their support behind a new voice for our town – a voice that brings Wilmington together and turns talk into action.GET THE VOTE OUT – APRIL 27th!!!Sincerely,Joe MaselliLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Mark Maselli Is Such A Great Guy Who Would Make A Great SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Mark MaselliIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Maselli Speaks From The Heart And Is Genuine, Transparent & RealIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Drone app now shows where youre allowed to fly

first_img Post a comment Drones Apple The FAA’s drone app now shows where you can (and can’t) fly. Moment The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has rereleased its drones app, this time with useful information on where you can and can’t fly your drone in the national airspace system (NAS). The B4UFLY mobile app is free in the Apple App Store and Google Play store as of Wednesday.The app now has a clear status indicator of whether it’s safe to fly your recreational drone, or whether you’re in a prohibited zone, like the area around an airport, a military facility or even the Super Bowl. Maps are “informative [and] interactive,” the FAA said, with people able to move a location pin to search any areas they wish to fly in. 1:48 Share your voice New DJI Digital headset video can finally keep up with racing drones UPS wants to bring drone deliveries to hospitals across the US Uber and AT&T partner on 5G air taxis reading • Drone app now shows where you’re allowed to fly See All 27 Photos Apple Now playing: Watch this: DJI Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom redesigned for faster, longer flights Foldable drone can fit through tight spaces Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it • Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Mobile Drones Mobile Apps Drones on CNET Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 0 “As we continue our efforts to safely integrate drones into the NAS, working with our industry partners to provide innovative technology is critical,” said FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell. The FAA’s app also includes maps that can be filtered; info about controlled or special use airspace; and data on critical infrastructure, airports, national parks, military training routes and temporary restrictions.There’s also a link to the FAA’s Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, where you can ask for permission to fly in controlled airspaces.last_img read more

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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Borewell inaugurated in Mancherial

first_imgMancherial: Former Municipal vice-president Nalla Shankar inaugurated a borewell at Hamaliwada in Mancheial on Tuesday. Speaking the occasion, Shankar assured that he will develop all wards in the municipality and MLA Diwakar Rao will arrange some more borewells to solve water problem in ward no. 10. Shankar said the ruling TRS is working for the welfare and development of poor and requested the locals to enrol their names in membership registration programme that is going on, to support the TRS in the coming municipal elections.Mailaram Srinivas, Atmakuru Satish, Chanti, Ramu, Ramesh, Tota Tirupathi and others were present.last_img read more

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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Lenovo applies for a patent for a grip tablet keyboard

first_imgThe patent application was apparently made back in 2010, but thus far, Lenovo has not made such a device available for sale. It’s not known if they plan to, or if the company decided the idea wouldn’t sell. At any rate, the dual keypads talk to the tablet wirelessly either through Bluetooth or infrared, and because they are clamped on when needed, can be placed anywhere on the tablet. Their small size also makes them much more portable than a wireless keyboard.The patent application also notes that the original design calls for a standard QWERTY keyboard, though others might be added as well and that the dual keyboards can also be placed flat on a table in front of the tablet, if desired, to serve in a more conventional way. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) — With the introduction of the tablet computer, users of such devices have been forced to make some tradeoffs regarding keyboards. Virtually all tablets make use of image display and finger touching or tapping to create a virtual keyboard, which for many, is not nearly the same as one that provides the tactile feedback of keys being pressed and released. To get around this, many have resorted to purchasing wireless keyboards, which do offer the ease of typing, but detract from the portability that is so critical to the tablet experience. Now, according to Patentbolt, Chinese hardware maker Lenovo has applied for a patent that gives users the best of both worlds. Explore further Tablet keyboard cases turn Android devices into netbookscenter_img Citation: Lenovo applies for a patent for a grip tablet keyboard (2012, May 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-lenovo-patent-tablet-keyboard.html The idea is rather clever. Instead of going with a standard keyboard shape or trying to create a big overlay, Lenovo has come up with a way to clamp two tiny keyboard devices to either side of a tablet with tiny cell phone size keys on both top and bottom. Users hold onto their tablet by holding onto the keyboards, or more descriptively, their keypads. Each keypad has keys on both the top and bottom part; one has the keys for typing words and numbers, the other for control mechanisms such as the space bar, or Ctrl key. If the lettered keys are on the bottom side, users can type with their fingers as they grip. Conversely, if the keys are on the top side, they can type as they do with messaging on their cell phones, i.e. using their thumbs. © 2012 Phys.Orglast_img read more

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Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh BJP trying to communalise Bihar atmosphere Nitish

first_imgBihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar today charged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of trying to communalise the election atmosphere in the state saying the party is in “panic in the face of defeat.” Kumar said the BJP has neither any ‘leader’ nor any ‘policy and intention’ to show the people, and therefore, was trying to communalise the situation.”BJP in panic – without neta, niti & niyat in Bihar & facing defeat they’re brazenly attempting to communalise & mask it with Modi’s rhetorics,” Kumar said in a tweet. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damAddressing a public meeting, Kumar asked people to remain ‘alert’ as there would be attempts to create tension among communities to rake up emotion before the five-phase Assembly polls beginning October 12. Kumar’s comment came in view of the lynching of a man in Bishada village of Uttar Pradesh recently following rumours that the family had consumed and stored beef.”You (people) have to maintain peace and harmony at any cost. It is their (BJP’s) design to provoke you in order to reap (political) dividends,” the senior JD(U) leader said.Terming the BJP led NDA a divided house, Kumar said a leader of one NDA constituent is making public statement against the leader of another partner.last_img read more

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