Manitoba Premier says tax cut will come even if opposition delays bill

first_imgWINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says his long-promised cut to the provincial sales tax will take effect July 1, even if the opposition delays the legislation that enacts it.Opposition parties in the Manitoba legislature are allowed to choose up to five bills each spring and hold them back until the fall. Pallister said Friday his government will make the cut effective as of Canada Day, even if the bill is still before the legislature.“Just as the NDP did,” Pallister told The Canadian Press, pointing to 2013 when the then-NDP government raised the sales tax to eight per cent from seven on July 1, even though the Progressive Conservatives opposition delayed passage of the relevant bill until December.“We stayed here through the long hot days of the summer on principle, opposing their attempt to break their word to Manitobans. But they still imposed the (tax) hike.”Pallister promised to reverse the tax increase during the 2016 election campaign. On Thursday, the government introduced a budget that, among other things, would bring the sales tax back down to seven per cent.Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew said Friday his party has not yet decided whether to delay the budget bill, which would also change some income tax measures and eliminate a subsidy to political parties.“We want to see what else this government’s legislative agenda looks like,” Kinew said.Kinew acknowledged the government has the ability to enact the tax cut as scheduled, regardless of his efforts.It’s common for governments to raise taxes on items such as tobacco and fuel immediately on budget day, even though the budget bills are not passed into law for weeks or months.But last year, the NDP delayed a bill that would have enacted a provincial carbon tax beyond the initial Sept. 1 start date. The government reacted by pushing back the start date to December and later, in a dispute with the federal government, abandoned the tax altogether.Kinew and Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont have already indicated they will vote against the sales tax cut, although they cannot block it due to the Progressive Conservative majority in the legislature.Kinew said the tax cut is coming at the expense of proper funding for health care, education and other programs.Pallister said the cut will put a little extra money in people’s pockets.“The money is staying with the senior couple that’s trying to make ends meet … the money is staying with the single mom trying to support her kids, the money is staying with a family-owned business that’s trying to create jobs.”Steve Lambert, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Nick Cannon To Host Kidney Walk

first_imgAward winning actor, comedian and host of NBC-TV’s top rated “America’s Got Talent” Nick Cannon will soon shine the spotlight on the body’s least known but most hardworking organ—the kidney.Nick Cannon To Host Kidney WalkNick Cannon, who never gave his own kidneys a second thought, was hospitalized last winter for acute kidney injury and diagnosed with lupus nephritis. His condition has stabilized and he’s now stepping out in support of the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Walk to spread the word about kidneys and kidney disease.“The kidneys filter out toxins in the blood, acting as the body’s purifier, but unless they stop working, people pay no attention. The fact is there are 26 million Americans with kidney disease and most don’t know it. One in three people in this country are at risk because of high blood pressure and diabetes—the two leading causes. So none of us can afford to ignore this anymore,” says Cannon.Cannon will host and help kick off the Kidney Walk in New York City on October 14 at South Street Seaport, a 5K event that will draw 7,000 walkers who will help raise awareness and funds to support the fight against kidney disease.“This walk will help those at risk take the lifesaving step of getting their kidneys checked,” said Cannon. “By participating in the Kidney Walk, we’re all helping get the word out about screening and the importance of healthy lifestyle in preventing kidney disease. I had very unhealthy eating habits but I now know that eating low fat, low sodium and low sugar diets and keeping blood pressure and blood sugar under control can prevent kidney damage.”Onsite registration for the NYC Kidney Walk begins at 9:30 am and the Walk starts at 10.30 am. Walkers participate as individuals or form teams with family, friends or colleagues. Cannon is urging New Yorkers to step out with him as part of Team Nick Cannon. To support his efforts, those in New York or anywhere in the country can make a contribution by visiting www.Teamnickcannon.comThe National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of patients and families affected by this disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.The NYC event is one of nearly 100 Kidney Walks held by the National Kidney Foundation in cities around the country. For more information or to support the event, visit read more

Not Long Left To Preregister Bids On One Night For One Drops

first_imgOn Friday, March 18, guests at the fourth edition of One Night for ONE DROP imagined by Cirque du Soleil, featuring Leona Lewis, and presented by MGM Resorts International, and McLaren Automotive will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of luxurious items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences at an exclusive auction.With the striking array of items ranging from $1000 to $400,000, patrons will have the option to bid openly or discretely through a live or silent auction.Prizes include the ultra rare McLaren 675LT Coupe, a vehicle customized especially for ONE DROP by presenting sponsor McLaren Automotive. Valued at $400,000, this 675LT Coupe was created in conjunction with Formula One world champion Jenson Button and features an autograph by Button on the carbon fiber sill panel. Other remarkable items and experiences include:• Takashi Murakami Arhat painting – valued at $400,000, this original artwork has been created specifically for One Night for ONE DROP 2016 by one of today’s leading contemporary artists, Takashi Murakami.
 • One week of aquatic adventure onboard luxury yacht, TIARA – valued at $250,000, this week-long adventure in Southeast Asia is complete with an experienced crew, extraordinary diving experience, high-tech amenities, outdoor entertainment, kite surfing equipment, Jacuzzi and more aboard the 175-foot luxury yacht Tiara.
 • A stunning Richard Mille timepiece –A stunning new Richard Mille timepiece — valued at $85,000—the RM 67-01 Automatic Extra Flat in titanium will arrive in boutiques this fall. But the prototype is available exclusively at One Night for ONE DROP 2016. This Swiss-made creation represents Richard Mille’s pillars of quality, including the best in technical innovation, artistry, architecture and the heritage of haute horlogerie.
 • Exclusive foursome with PGA tour professional Sergio GarcÍa – Of priceless value, this unique golf package includes an intimate golf session for four with Sergio GarcÍa at the Indian Creek Country Club, private jet transportation, a two-night stay at the Grand Beach Hotel Surfside in Miami, a roundtrip limousine service from the hotel to the golf course and more.For more information and to make a bid in the last few days before Friday’s event on any of the five live auction items, click here for the live auction.• Two-night stay in the Kingpin Suite at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas – valued at $30,850, this extravagant Las Vegas vacation is up for bid in the silent auction and will feature a two-night stay at the plush Kingpin Suite at The Palms. Guests will also enjoy dinner credit for two at the N9NE Steakhouse or Nove Italiano, a table and complimentary bottle at Ghostbar, a spa credit at Drift Spa and airport limousine pick-up and return. 
 • Two VIP tickets to the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show – valued at $25,000, this bombshell package includes two coveted tickets to the most highly anticipated fashion event of the year. As part of the silent auction, this prize will grant the winning bidder a prime seat location at the show, entrance into the VIP after-party and more. 
 • One-Week Backstage Experience on Tour with Cirque du Soleil – valued at $7,500, this exclusive tour will give the winner a firsthand experience under the iconic yellow and blue big top including rare meet-and-greet opportunities with Cirque du Soleil artists, an inside look at rehearsals and the opportunity to work with the crew as they put together remarkable shows. This item is up for bid in the silent auction.To view the complete list of silent auction items and to make a bid in the last few days before Friday’s event, please click here .Presented by MGM Resorts International, McLaren Automotive and, One Night for ONE DROP will feature GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Leona Lewis, TV star Miles “Baby Boogaloo” Brown, Cirque du Soleil artists from all eight shows in Las Vegas and more. Show-only tickets are now on sale starting at $100 with VIP packages available for $3,000. All proceeds will benefit ONE DROP’s global initiatives, along with innovative educational programming in Nevada through a partnership with the Las Vegas Springs Preserve.last_img read more

Ban Kimoons Apology to Morocco Is a Hoax

Rabat – The “information” published on Sunday night by a number of Moroccans websites has turned out to be a hoax.Immediately after it was published, the inaccurate news was shared by thousands of Moroccans, who believed that Ban Ki-moon had ended up admitting that he had gone so far when he described Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara as “occupation.”However, after a thorough research and contacts with diplomats in Rabat and New York, the buzz created by the rumor turned to be a hoax aimed more at bringing traffic to the news websites that published it than keeping Moroccans informed of the latest developments in the dispute pitting Morocco against Ban Ki-moon.A source from the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Morocco World News by phone “it is unlikely that Ban Ki-moon has apologized to Morocco” over the statements he made during his recent trip to the Tindouf camps and Algiers earlier this month. The same source, who asked to speak on the condition of anonymity, added that there was no meeting on the issue this weekend and that Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to have luncheon with members of the Security on Monday.Contrary to the claims contained in the news outlets that published the rumor, during the meeting he held last Monday with Morocco’s Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezoaur, the UN chief did not present his apologies to Morocco. He rather expressed anger with disappointment for the march that was organized on March 13 in Rabat to protest against his statements.Following Ban Ki-moon to overstep his mandate as UNSG and take sides with the Algeria-backed Polisario, Morocco decided to cut the presence of the United Nations in the Western Sahara, known as MINURSO. On Sunday the majority of the 84 personnel affected by Rabat’s decision left the region. read more

Canadian passengers scramble after British Airways cancels flights due to strike

LONDON — Canadian travel agencies are scrambling to help passengers whose British Airways flights have been cancelled on Monday and Tuesday after a pilots strike grounded the global carrier.The airline says more than a dozen flights between Canada and London are slated to be cancelled over the two days affecting about 3,500 passengers based on the size of the scheduled aircraft.Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is most impacted with four flights each day. One arrival and one departure are cancelled over the two days in Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.“Customers were sent email notifications if they have been affected,” British Airways said in an advisory to travel agents.Passengers can receive refunds or rebook for later flights. They may also be able to rebook on partner airlines such as American Airlines, Finnair and Aer Lingus, if seats are available.Toronto travel agency TTI Travel says some customers have called to inquire but there doesn’t appear to be any alarm.“We’ve been looking at flights and trying to re-accommodate them and make some decisions around how we support them and what those options are,” said TTI vice-president Lucy Lavigna.British Airways cancelled almost all its flights for 48 hours, affecting as many as 195,000 travellers, due to a strike by pilots over pay.The U.K.’s flagship carrier said in a statement Monday that it had “no way of predicting how many (pilots) would come to work or which aircraft they are qualified to fly.”As a result, it said it had “no option but to cancel nearly 100%” of its flights for the duration of the strike.“We have supplemented our fleet by using aircraft and crew from other airlines (wet-leasing) and working with our partner airlines to schedule larger aircraft to take the maximum number of customers,” said the trade support website that details customer guidelines.British Airways operates up to 850 flights a day. London’s sprawling Heathrow Airport was most affected by the work stoppage as it is the airline’s hub and is used for many of the company’s long-haul international flights.The sprawling departure area at Heathrow Terminal 5 was almost empty, with only a handful of BA flights set to leave on Monday.There were no queues at any of the check-in desks or security gates and only a handful of people waiting on benches. The terminal is typically quite busy.British Airways said it stands ready to return to talks with the pilots’ union, Balpa, and that it has offered all affected customers full refunds or the option to rebook. The airline had been preparing for weeks for the strike, giving travellers advanced notice.“We understand the frustration and disruption Balpa’s strike action has caused our customers,” it said.“After many months of trying to resolve the pay dispute, we are extremely sorry that it has come to this.”British Airways says it has offered pilots an 11.5 per cent pay raise over three years but the union says its members want a bigger share of the company’s profits.The union accuses British Airways of making big profits at the expense of workers who made sacrifices during hard times. British Airways’ parent company, IAG, made a net profit of 2.9 billion euros (US$3.2 billion) last year.Union leader Brian Strutton said pilots are determined to be heard.“They’ve previously taken big pay cuts to help the company through hard times. Now BA is making billions of pounds of profit, its pilots have made a fair, reasonable and affordable claim for pay and benefits.”A further strike is penciled in for Sept. 27.— With files from The Canadian PressThe Associated Press read more

Microcredit aids poor especially women UN envoy for developing countries says

Anwarul K. Chowdhury, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, told the General Assembly today that the overwhelming majority of people in LDCs live in rural areas “on the brink of survival.””Microcredit programmes effectively mobilize savings and delivers financial services to the poor, including small holders and self-employed, particularly women,” he said. “It has been rightly stated ‘Microcredit is foreign aid that works’.”Mr. Chowdhury said that according to UN statistics, “The number of people with access to microcredit schemes has risen from 7.6 million in 1997 to 26.8 million in 2001 – 21 million of them are women, enabling them to control assets, make economic decisions and assume control of their lives.”He added that he would “strongly support” donations to the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), and the World Solidarity Fund, which assist microcredit programmes. read more

Wimbledon fire Blaze rages on court at All England Tennis Club

first_imgA fire broke out today on a practice court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon.The blaze sparked panic at the home of the world famous tennis tournament,  just weeks before the championship gets underway. London Fire Brigade said four fire engines were sent to the scene shortly after 12.30pm as plumes of smoke were seen rising from the vicinity of the club.Reports from the scene suggested that the flames had been extinguished by around 1pm.A club spokeswoman said: “The AELTC can confirm the London Fire Brigade has been attending a small fire outside Gate 1, which has now been extinguished.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Four fire engines are currently attending reports of a fire in the practice court area of the All England Tennis Club in #Wimbledon— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) May 26, 2017 I think the All England Tennis Club is on fire. Dozens of sirens, massive plume of white smoke, ash falling like snow. #Wimbledon— Calum Carpenter (@CalumCarpenter) 26 May 2017last_img read more

Tongon gold mine shows success of Randgold in partnering

first_imgRandgold Resources’ Chief Executive Côte d’Ivoire last week. The way the company’s new gold mine at Tongon was nurtured as a project through a civil war and then successfully commissioned in the final quarter of 2010 during the post-election disturbances – represents a triumph of the company’s philosophy of partnering with its host countries, he said last Friday.The volatile environment, the challenge of ramping up production while transitioning from oxide to sulphide ore treatment and complexities which arose in the changeover from diesel to grid power affected production. Additionally, a failure of the barring gear on the No1 mill in November led the company to revise its 2011 production guidance and the mine ended its first full year as a fully stabilised operation on track to achieve the planned average of 270,000 oz/y going forward. Developed at a cost of some $400 million, it is the biggest mine in Côte d’Ivoire as well as one of the largest private-sector investments in that country. It has 90 t of gold reserves and an estimated 10-year life.“When we invest in a new mine, we are also investing in the country where it is located and in that country’s people,” Bristow said. “The value we demonstrably deliver to these stakeholders builds strong and mutually beneficial relationships. It is these relationships that enabled us to develop and commission Tongon in the face of many obstacles.”He noted that of the 410 people employed at Tongon by Randgold, 382 were Ivorian, many of them recruited from nearby villages, while the contractors’ complement of 773 included 727 national personnel.“As a matter of principle we employ a very high proportion of local nationals wherever we operate, and we insist that our contractors do the same. This not only creates employment in remote and often deprived areas, but also transfers valuable skills which will open up future opportunities for these people,” he said.Bristow cited the cooperation between Randgold and the Ivorian power utility as another example of partnership in action. Tongon has now been hooked up to the national power grid, making it the first Randgold mine which does not have to rely on self-generated electricity. Access to this power is a significant cost advantage to the mine, but the roll-out of the grid into the north of the country also benefits the local communities.“Mining in Africa should be about sustainability and not short-term gain. That’s why Randgold’s growth strategy is a long-term one, focused on creating lasting value for all its stakeholders,” he said.last_img read more

Cat auto trucks reach 1 billion tonnes covering 793F 789D and 797F

first_imgCaterpillar mining trucks working within MineStar™ Command for hauling recently reached a milestone of 1 billion tonnes hauled. Caterpillar deployed the first six commercial autonomous trucks in 2013, and the fleet has now grown to more than 150 with six different mining companies operating Command for hauling in iron ore (Fortescue Metals, BHP, Vale, Rio Tinto), copper (Teck’s Highland Valley Copper) and oil sands (Imperial Oil Kearl).“Command for hauling has proven its value to mining customers,” said Sean McGinnis, product manager, Caterpillar Mining Technology. “That value is reflected in the rate at which the Cat autonomous fleet achieved this milestone. The fleet is growing quickly and production continues to climb as mining companies benefit from greater truck productivity, increased truck utilisation, consistent truck operation and reduced costs.“In the process of hauling one billion tonnes, the autonomous trucks traveled nearly 35 million kilometres,” McGinnis said. “No lost time injuries have been attributed to Cat autonomous haulage. Command for hauling has demonstrated how it enhances safety by eliminating truck operating errors and by reducing the number of people working in the active mining area.”Initial development of Cat autonomous mining trucks began more than 20 years ago. “In 1996 Caterpillar debuted the first autonomous mining truck at MINExpo,” said Michael Murphy, chief engineer of Cat MineStar. “Caterpillar was an early adopter of GPS guidance technology, and we had success with it in a number of applications. At that time, Caterpillar focused on developing the building blocks for automation. These technologies are now the core of MineStar capabilities, which assist onboard operators and enable teleremote, semi-autonomous and autonomous machine operation.”Currently, Cat autonomous trucks are operating in Australia, South America and North America. A fleet of 70 Cat autonomous trucks in Australia has achieved productivity increases of 30% at significantly reduced costs. Driven by additional process improvements, greater productivity gains are possible.The current Cat autonomous truck fleet is primarily composed of Cat 793F trucks, which carry 227 t of payload. But the range of truck models is expanding. Caterpillar has developed and is deploying autonomous Cat 797F (363 t payload) and Cat 789D (181 t payload) trucks. To serve customers with mixed fleets, Caterpillar has developed a retrofit kit for another brand of trucks. The retrofit equips the trucks to work autonomously within Command for hauling.last_img read more

JPMorgan Chase to pay 5 million settlement in parental leave case

first_imgInvestment banking organisation JPMorgan Chase is to pay a $5 million (£3.9 million) settlement in a class action parental leave case involving fathers who claim they were denied the opportunity to take additional paid parental leave as primary caregivers.The proposed settlement, which has been arranged with The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio and law firm Outten and Golden, relates to a class action discrimination lawsuit filed by fraud investigator Derek Rotondo in June 2017 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).Rotondo argued that the organisation discriminates against men by assuming that women will be the default primary caregiver, and therefore entitled to take up to 16 weeks of paid parental leave under JPMorgan Chase’s policy. Men, on the other hand, are automatically designated as the non-primary caregiver, receiving only two weeks of paid parental leave.Rotondo, who began working at JPMorgan Chase in 2010, sought to take 14 weeks of primary caregiver parental leave after the birth of his son, but was denied by the firm’s HR department. Rotondo was informed that he was only entitled to two weeks of paid parental leave unless he could prove his partner was incapacitated or had returned to work. Rotondo’s wife works as a teacher and, at this time, was on leave over the summer holidays.Rotondo states that JPMorgan Chase’s parental leave policy violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Ohio Fair Employment Practices Act, as well as other state and local laws that prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on sex or sex-based stereotypes.The proposed class action settlement, announced and filed on 30 May 2019, confirms that JPMorgan Chase will continue to operate its current gender-neutral parental leave policy, which was clarified in December 2017. The firm will also train those administering the policy on its application and create a fund to pay $5 million to fathers who believe they were unlawfully denied access to paid parental leave on the same terms as mothers between 2011 and 2017; the fund will cover legal fees and administrative costs too.Before the settlement can go into effect, the district court will need to provide notice to class members about their rights, allow them to file claims forms in order to receive compensation and hold a hearing to determine whether the settlement is fair. JPMorgan Chase is not admitting liability in the settlement.Reid Broda, associate general counsel at JPMorgan Chase, said: “We are pleased to have reached an agreement in this matter and look forward to more effectively communicating the policy so that all [male and female] employees are aware of their benefits. We thank Mr Rotondo for bringing the matter to our attention.”Peter Romer-Friedman, civil rights attorney at Outten and Golden, added: “All parents, regardless of their sex, deserve fair paid leave. Even as some [organisations] like [JPMorgan Chase] expand the amount of paid leave to their employees, it is important for all to remember that these policies must follow our historic civil rights laws. We hope that other fathers like Derek Rotondo will take a stand for gender equality at their [organisations]. Derek’s courageous action in this case will benefit thousands of families.”Freda Levenson, legal director at ACLU of Ohio, said: “Paid parental leave is crucial for all parents, and it should be up to families, not employers, what their caregiving arrangements will look like. In order for women to compete on an even playing field at work, we need to ensure that men can play an active role at home.”last_img read more

Subarus STI S209 is Americas most hardcore WRX yet

first_img Review • 2018 Subaru BRZ tS: A better BRZ, mostly Post a comment Share your voice Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago See All More about 2018 Subaru BRZ tS Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show 1:53 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 40 Photos Detroit Auto Show 2019 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend Now playing: Watch this: Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star Subaru Detroit Auto Show 2019 Subaru The S209 gets the same all-wheel-drive system as the regular STI, with a six-way, manual, locking center differential, and limited-slip diffs at the front and rear. Three drive modes — Intelligent, Sharp and Sport Sharp — allow you to dial in the level of hooliganism. A close-ratio six-speed manual is the only transmission available, and massive Brembo brakes should provide great stopping power.Inside, the changes are minimal, with a suede-wrapped steering wheel and Recaro front bucket seats.Only two color combinations will be available: WR Blue with gray wheels, or Crystal White with gold wheels. We don’t have any word on pricing yet, but seeing as how the STI Type RA costs nearly $50,000, we don’t think the S209 will be too cheap. Look for it to hit dealerships later this year. More From Roadshow • reading • Subaru’s STI S209 is America’s most hardcore WRX yet The stock Subaru WRX STI is already a pretty potent machine. And while the current Type RA ups the performance a little bit more, we’re stoked to see the arrival of the STI S209 at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show this week. It’s Subaru’s first STI “S-Line” car to be sold in the US, and only 200 examples will be sold.Continuing the tradition of the S-Line models available in Japan since 2000, the S209 gets upgrades to both its engine and chassis. It uses the 2.5-liter H4 engine we know from the stock STI, though its turbocharger has increased boost, a bigger turbine and compressor. The result is 341 horsepower, and Subaru says 10 percent more torque will be available at 3,600 rpm, right in the heart of the power band.The engine also gets a high-flow fuel pump and larger fuel injectors. In a nod to the 2004-07 WRX STI, the S209 even gets an intercooler water spray system, operated via steering wheel paddles. (The old STI, for reference, had a button to the left of its steering wheel.)Enlarge ImageGold wheels? Check. Wing? Check. Steven Pham/Roadshow The S209 takes a number of cues from Subaru’s STI Nürburgring Challenge race car, including a 1.7-inch wider body, 0.6-inch wider track, big fender flares and a flexible front-strut tower bar. Front bumper canards help generate extra downforce, and vents on the rear fenders help reduce drag. A carbon fiber roof and rear wing help reduce weight.For maximum stickiness, the S209 rides on specially designed 265/35-series Dunlop GT600A summer tires, wrapped around 19-inch wheels. Detroit Auto Show: Check out all the latest releases.Subaru: Stay up to date on all things Subaru. 2019 Subaru STI S209 is a limited-edition rocket Performance Cars Sedans 0 Subaru WRX STI S209 is the most powerful STI ever Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more

13 sent to jail for drunk driving

first_imgPatancheru: Thirteen person caught drunk during the drive by the Traffic police here were on Tuesday produced in Sangareddy district court. They were fined Rs.2,000 each, besides being sentenced to imprisonment ranging from two to 15 days. This was stated by traffic CI Venu Kumar. While seven were sentenced to seven days, one each was jailed for 13 and 15 days.last_img

Idea of interim polltime govt a deviation Sushma tells Khaleda

first_img.The onus is on the incumbent government to ensure a congenial atmosphere to make sure that all political parties take part in the elections, India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has conveyed Bangladesh politicians.During her interactions with leaders of two sides of the political divide, the Indian minister also made a general statement that it’s the people of Bangladesh who will decide under which mechanism the next general elections would be held.Sushma Swaraj left behind the above message for the country’s political leadership, according to political leaders and diplomats who were present in the meetings during her two-day Dhaka visit.She held a series of meetings with the top government officials and both ruling and opposition political leadership.Sushma met prime minister and ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) president Sheikh Hasina at her Ganabhaban official residence on Sunday evening. Shortly after that, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson and former minister Khaleda Zia met Sushma at Sonargaon Hotel.Sources present in the meeting said Sushma and Hasina discussed different issues regarding the next general elections.A diplomat told Prothom Alo that Sushma gave a message that India being a largest democratic state wants the next general elections to be held in a participatory manner.And to the end, the incumbent government should shoulder the responsibility of creating a congenial atmosphere for a participatory election, Sushma was quoted by the diplomat.Diplomats and BNP leaders said during her meeting with Sushma, Khaleda raised the issue of next general elections. During the meet, Sushma listened to Khaleda more than she herself spoke.The sources said Sushma spoke of working together by all political parties and the civil society members to improve the country’s political atmosphere when Khaleda alleged that space of freedom of expression is being squeezed in the country.When Khaleda raised the issue of a party-neutral poll-time government to oversee the next general elections, Sushma then referred to Indian system of conducting polls and termed installation of an interim government for holding the polls a “deviation from the system”.The Indian leader, however, said it is the people of Bangladesh who will decide how the next general elections will be held.Observing that in a democratic polity, the political parties have no alternative but to join the polls, Sushma hoped the BNP will join the next general elections.Ruling AL leaders said the Indian leader has dropped a message that the next general elections too “must be held under Sheikh Hasina”.“The AL’s position is exactly what Sushma Swaraj said about a participatory general elections. So, Sushma is right,” said AL presidium Kazi Zafar Ullah.BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said a representative government is a prerequisite for making sustainable the friendship between the two countries.“And keeping this in view, discussion was held on the necessity of holding a neutral election during the talks with Sushma Swaraj,” said Amir Khosru.The sources said the BNP delegation mentioned the issue of chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha’s “forced leave” and alleged to Sushma that it is manifestation as to how the government wants to keep the judiciary under control.Several BNP leaders said there is the system of holding elections under the incumbent government in many countries, but holding parliamentary elections keeping the existing parliament in place is unprecedented and the BNP clearly stated this message to Sushma.BNP delegation also apprised Sushma that it is the AL which amended the constitution to introduce the system of holding elections without dissolving existing parliament before the last general elections.A senior BNP leader told Suhsma in the meeting that party-neutral caretaker government system was introduced in the wake of mutual mistrust between the two major political parties and following a sturdy street agitation launched by the very AL and the ruling quarter has shifted ts position from its earlier position with a bad intention.last_img read more

Hundreds detained in Moscow at protest

first_imgRiot police officers detain a man during an unsanctioned rally urging fair elections in downtown Moscow on 3 August. Photo: AFPPolice detained over 800 people at an opposition gathering in Moscow on Saturday, as authorities upped the pressure on top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny by launching a criminal probe into his anti-graft group.Crowds walked along the capital’s central boulevards in a protest “stroll” over the refusal by officials to let opposition candidates run in September polls for city parliament seats — a local issue that has turned into a political crisis.Most of those candidates and opposition leaders, including Navalny, are being held by police following a protest rally last weekend, in which 1,400 demonstrators were detained — one of the biggest crackdowns in years.On Saturday, riot police were deployed in large numbers in central Moscow, some shops and cafes were shut, metal barriers were erected, mobile internet was down for many hours, and a metro station was temporarily closed.Some 828 people were detained during the rally, independent protest monitor OVD-Info said.Police said only 1,500 people took part in the gathering.AFP correspondents said the turnout was likely in the thousands but a precise estimate was difficult as the protest was spread over several neighbourhoods.Police actions questionedAFP observed dozens of arrests along the route of the protest, as police formed human chains and grabbed people indiscriminately.”They came and took seven people right in front of me,” said 50-year-old Olga Yakovleva sitting on a bench on a square along the protest route. “I lost the power of speech… it was just people sitting and talking.”Lyubov Sobol, an ally of key opposition leader Navalny and currently three weeks into a hunger strike after being barred from taking part in the election, was dragged from a taxi and detained as she set off for the rally.Hours later she was taken to court where she was fined 300,000 rubles ($4,600) for a gathering on July 15, and held for further questioning over the protest last weekend, her team said.Opposition candidates who attempted to run in the polls next month argue that the authorities have arbitrarily declared signatures they gathered to qualify invalid.Riot police officers detain a participant of an unsanctioned rally urging fair elections at Moscow`s Pushkinskaya Square on 3 August. Photo: AFPPeople in the crowd on Saturday said they just wanted the opposition to have a chance to compete.”I believe everyone should have a right to take part” in the polls, 39-year-old Robert told AFP.Footage surfaced of officers in riot gear beating people prostrated on the pavement with batons, and many officers began to wear masks to prevent activists from identifying them on photos and videos.Amnesty International condemned the “unnecessary and excessive use of force” and “unfounded” attempts to paint Moscow protest actions as a violent uprising.Authorities have launched investigations into last weekend’s “mass riots” and “violence against police”, echoing similar probes into protests against President Vladimir Putin in 2012 which saw several people jailed.Protestors insist their actions are strictly peaceful, and there have been no reports of damaged property.New ‘laundering’ probeThe opposition had hoped the September polls would bring an end to the monopoly of Kremlin loyalists in Moscow’s parliament.The body decides the city’s multi-billion-dollar budget but lacks political independence from mayor Sergei Sobyanin, an ally of Putin.Sobyanin has warned the opposition against “new provocations”.Navalny and other protest leaders say corruption is rife in the capital. His anti-corruption foundation FBK this week published a new investigation into Sobyanin’s deputy, accusing her of selling prime Moscow property to family members at rock-bottom prices.On Saturday, FBK, which previously made other high-profile investigations into the questionable wealth of top officials, itself became a target of a new probe into “laundering” a billion rubles ($15.3 million).The popular FBK collects money through donations. Navalny’s ally Leonid Volkov dismissed the allegations as an attempt to stamp out Navalny’s national network of volunteers.Navalny, currently in jail, was rushed from his cell to hospital last weekend in an incident his personal doctor said could be poisoning with an unknown chemical substance.A state toxicology lab said no traces were found.President Vladimir Putin has yet to comment on the situation in Moscow.last_img

New Black Mirror Anthology Series Trailers Reveal Technology Chaos

first_img Black Mirror Season 5 is coming next month, and Netflix just released three new trailers for the eerie anthology series that focus on dangerous interactions between humans and tech devices.Creator Charlie Brooker and executive producer Annabel Jones are showing three new stories for Black Mirror’s fifth season. “Smithereens,” “Striking Vipers,” and “Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too” each have a different plot, however, they all show the dark side of our digital world, including how AI, virtual reality, and DM apps could be troublesome for mankind. Black Mirror Season 5, which features a star-studded cast of Miley Cyrus, Topher Grace, and Anthony Mackie, will premiere on Netflix on June 5.“Smithereens”AI-like meditation guidance takes a turn for the worst in “Smithereens,” where a driver, who works for a car service that operates like Uber, experiences a horrid mind trip. Will he be able to get back on track and focus on taking people to their destinations? Only time will tell.“Striking Vipers”“Striking Vipers,” explores how some relationships fall apart due to tech. One character accuses the other of “going away,” and it’s possible that one of them is seeking other hotties on a dating app. Except, this “wandering” behavior might stab them in the back if they get caught.“Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too”When a celebrity unveils a wacky chatbot device, all hell breaks loose in “Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too.” A teen tries to use the Alexa-like gadget for a self-esteem boost, however, the starlet behind the cute product is secretly falling apart herself. Cyrus plays “Ashley Too,” and we’re ready to see the chatbot device’s slow demise.More on ‘Black Mirror’ Season 5 Trailer: Miley Cyrus Shows Tech’s Dark SideNetflix Enters First-Look Deal With ‘Umbrella Academy’ Creator Dark HorseNetflix ‘I Am Mother’ Sci-Fi Film Trailer Reveals Dangerous Robot Parent What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies Stay on targetlast_img read more

Cancun prepares for over a million travelers in upcoming holiday season

first_imgThe director of the Tourism Promotion Council of Quintana Roo, Darío Flota Ocampo, said that the new operations announced by international airlines means “millions of travelers” from the United States, Canada, Colombia, Panama and Brazil can enjoy direct flights to Quintana Roo and its destinations. Cancún, Q.R. — Municipal authorities around Cancun are preparing for the upcoming holiday season that will see more than a million travelers land at the Cancun International Airport. For the upcoming season, more than a million visitors are expected to land at the Cancun airport. Darío Flota Ocampo says that anticipated figures for destinations like Cancun-Puerto Morelos are 422,267 tourists with another 506,333 expected for Riviera Maya. He adds that 66,745 are expected on Isla Mujeres, 44,508 in Chetumal, 42,822 in Cozumel, 17,899 for Holbox, 9,365 in Bacalar, 9,056 in Mahahual, 4,314 in Felipe Carrillo Puerto and 1,356 in José María Morelos. He says the opening of the new Medellin-Cancun route, whose first flight landed less than a month ago, also adds improvements in air connectivity. Given the increase in the demand of international tourists for the state’s destinations, the Cancun Airport and allied airlines announced more flights from South and North America. “The good work of the Tourist Promotion Council of Quintana Roo has been reflected in the assurance of its relations with partners of US airlines,” he added. He noted that in recent weeks, the State Department of the United States confirmed that Cancun has no travel restrictions and is safe to visit, adding that Cancun remains classified as a Level 2, the same as other popular destinations such as the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and China. The Secretary of Ecology and Urban Development in Benito Juárez, Armando Lara De Nigris, says that the city of Cancun alone is expecting to host nearly half a million visitors. In light of expected guests, city workers are out in full force cleaning the 13 public beach areas that account for about 230,000 square meters of space. He says these figures are calculations for December 20, 2018 to January 6, 2019 and represent an estimated growth of several percentage points. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The design of ceiling-mounted Infinix-i vascular X-ray systems ensures head-to-toe and fingertip-to-fingertip coverage for surgical and interventional procedures. The system features a triple-axis C-arm and 270 degree gantry pivot that allows for unparalleled patient access, a critical element for imaging systems used in hybrid procedures. The system’s remote park capability enables clinicians to perform procedures in the OR that do not require imaging. Infinix-i systems offer various configurations plus compatibility with hybrid cath and OR tables, allowing healthcare facilities to create the ideal hybrid OR. Toshiba’s CAT-880B hybrid catheterization table is designed to assist clinicians during imaging or surgery and allow for greater positioning flexibility. The side-to-side cradle and head-to-toe tilt permits clinicians to angle the table in the best position to quickly complete procedures. It features a 550-pound table weight limit, making it well suited for a range of patients, and a minimum table height of 75 cm, providing patient access and physician comfort regardless of the procedure being performed. Toshiba also offers a customized surgical adaptor board for the CAT-880B hybrid catheterization table, allowing physicians to adapt surgical instruments to the catheterization table. For example, this adaptor allows for quick conversion from endovascular to open surgical repair or facilitates a combination of open/endovascular approaches concurrently.   Additionally, the Infinix CC-i and VC-i systems are now available to be combined with the Maquet Magnus table for enhanced use during hybrid OR procedures. As a result of this compatibility, rotational, low-contrast and 3D angiography imaging can now be performed in Maquet Magnus-equipped rooms. 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Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Leach allowed his son to take the football he recovered following an Eagles fumble in the first quarter of Sunday’s 27-6 victory over Philadelphia.The football made its appearance in the first grade class but not before a brief father and son discussion, a teachable moment if you will.“[I] told him he’s not allowed to brag about it,” Leach said. “If he wants to bring it he could bring it but we had to have our lesson about bragging and humility.”But wasn’t there some hesitation? Game balls are fairly valuable.“No. I told him he might not want to play with it too much on the playground,” Leach said.“It’s a great memory for him. If he gets a lot of enjoyment out of it and it’s a memory for him, then if the ball gets a little scuffed up it gets a little scuffed up.”Now about the play.Leach, after snapping the ball to punter Dave Zastudil, raced down field and was one of the first players to arrive when Anthony Sherman knocked the ball out of Damaris Johnson’s hands. The Cardinals scored their first touchdown of the day eight plays later.“I think Anthony made a great play,” Leach said. “I just happened to be there and jumped on it. [I] expected the dog pile that usually ensues after a fumble to happen and nobody jumped on me, so after I knew I had it, I figured maybe I had better get up and run but (the officials) blew it dead by then. “It was a good play. We’ve been doing well on special teams…hopefully we keep it going.”For Leach, who was appearing in his 174th career regular season game, it was his first fumble recovery as a Cardinals player and just the second of his career.So, there will be a special place for the ball, right?“I’ve got some footballs through the years that right now they’re in my bedroom closet with nowhere to put them,” he said.“Maybe some day when we settle in the house we’re going to be in forever, we’ll have a special place for them. But for right now, I just try to keep the kids from playing with—especially the ones that are painted, playing with those too much. Eventually we’ll find a good spot for them.” 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories September 24, 2012: Leach, “It’s a great memory for him”Most kids bring their favorite toy—or whatever happens to be the favorite item of the moment, to show and tell. But when your Dad plays in the NFL and happens to make a key play in Week 3, the toy is forgotten.“The first thing he said was, he asked if he could bring the ball to school today,” Cardinals long snapper Mike Leach said, referring to his 6-year-old son Ryan.last_img read more

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