1000 new buses Kejriwal flags off first batch of 25

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday flagged off first batch of 25 new buses of the 1,000 standard floor ones to be procured in a phased manner by the Delhi government.He said no new buses were added to the public transport in last seven-eight years. The 25 new buses are equipped with hydraulic lifts for differently-abled commuters, besides CCTV cameras, GPS, and panic buttons. In September, the second batch of 125 standard floor buses under cluster scheme will be rolled out, Kejriwal said. The entire fleet of 1,000 standard floor buses will be delivered by January next year.last_img read more

Over 380 killed as quake and tsunami hits Indonesian city

“The situation is chaotic, people are running on the streets and buildings collapsed. There is a ship washed ashore,” said Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia’s meteorology and geophysics agency.A 2004 tsunami triggered by an earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra killed 226,000 across the Indian Ocean, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire – the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim. Last month, a series of deadly earthquakes struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, with the biggest, on 5 August, killing more than 460. Video on social media shows people screaming and fleeing in panic and a mosque amongst the buildings damaged. Palu is home to more than 300,000 people. Rescue operations have started but a minister said that communications had been disrupted and that the runway in the city was damaged, although it was hoped that helicopters would still be able to land.The earthquake hit just off central Sulawesi at a depth of 10km (6.2 miles) just before 18:00 (11:00 GMT), the US Geological Survey said.A tsunami warning was issued, but lifted within the hour. Over 380 people have been confirmed dead after a strong tsunami triggered by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit a coastal Indonesian city on Friday.Waves of up to 2m (6.6ft) high swept through Palu on Sulawesi island, the BBC reported. Dramatic video of the tsunami hitting Palu shows the high waves sweeping away several buildings and then the large tilted mosque in the town, about 80km from the quake’s epicentre. I”We have not received comprehensive reports yet because communications are cut. Many bodies were found along the shoreline because of the tsunami, but the numbers are still unknown,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the agency, told Reuters.It is not clear whether the deaths came in the quake or the resulting tsunami. More than half of the world’s active volcanoes above sea level are part of the ring. read more

The Latest Egypt aviation minister upset by paused flights

CAIRO — The Latest on suspended flights to Egypt (all times local):11:50 p.m.Egypt’s minister of civil aviation says he’s frustrated that British Airways suspended flights to Cairo without consulting Egyptian authorities.Egyptian Lt. General Younes Elmasry and British Ambassador to Egypt Sir Geoffrey Adams said Sunday they would work together to resolve the situation as soon as possible.Adams apologized for not informing Egyptian authorities before British Airways announced it was suspending flights to and from Egypt for a week.The U.S. warned citizens Friday about travelling to Egypt, saying terrorist groups including ISIS committed multiple deadly attacks.British authorities also warned against travelling to parts of Egypt due to terrorist attacks.British Airways attributed its cancellations to what it called its constant review of security arrangements at all airports.German airline Lufthansa had also suspended flights but resumed flying to Cairo Sunday.___10:20 p.m.Lufthansa has resumed flying to Cairo following a one-day suspension due to safety concerns.The German airline’s website shows LH582 took off from Frankfurt after a two-hour delay and arrived in Egypt’s capital Sunday afternoon.On Saturday, British Airways announced the suspension of its flights to and from Cairo for seven days.British Airways attributed its cancellations to what it called its constant review of security arrangements at all airports, calling them “a precaution to allow for further assessment.” Lufthansa said it was suspending its flights as a precaution, mentioning “safety” but not “security” as its concern.The U.S. warned citizens Friday about travelling to Egypt saying terrorist groups including ISIS committed multiple deadly attacks.British authorities also warned against travelling to parts of Egypt due to terrorist attacks.The Associated Press read more

Marking 10 years since Rwanda genocide UN officials voice regret and resolve

Video of commemorative meeting [2hrs 8mins]Photo Gallery: – Events at UN Headquarters on Reflection Day- Collection on peacekeeping in 1994- Exhibit at UN Headquarters The officials also looked at ways to prevent any repetition of similar horrors in the future.”While we may look backwards, we must move forward,” the President of the General Assembly, Julian Hunte of Saint Lucia, told a commemorative meeting which included the participation of the Security Council. On 6 April 1994 an airplane carrying two Hutu officials, President Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda and President Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi, was downed under conditions that have never been conclusively explained. The next day extremists among Rwanda’s majority Hutus, who have said Belgian colonialism left them as second-class citizens, went on a 100-day campaign of killing Tutsis and moderate Hutus, using mainly machetes, clubs and garden hoes.According to an independent, UN-authorized inquiry, key countries were operating under the shadow of peacekeeping failures in Somalia. Their forces evacuated their own civilian nationals and showed little or no political will to maintain a presence in Rwanda or to share information on the unfolding tragedy with the UN Force Commander in Rwanda, Gen. Romeo Dallaire of Canada, before they, too, left. Ghanaian troops, under Deputy Force Commander Gen. Henry Kwami Anyidoho, remained, along with some Senegalese forces, notably the late Capt. Mbaye Diagne, to take whatever defensive action they could. Many of those who died had taken shelter at the peacekeepers’ military posts, only to find themselves abandoned and defenceless.The Rwandan Government recently put the final death toll at 937,000 men, women and children.”What a pity it is that the deliberate killing of the President of Rwanda, together with the President of Burundi, would not have caused a nation to mourn, but instead would have resulted in 100 days of terror and violence, in full view of the United Nations and the world,” Mr. Hunte said.”What a pity it was that people could be targeted for assassination, that complicity could be all around, that the media could help to fuel the conflict.”The Security Council President for April, Ambassador Gunter Pleuger of Germany, said, “The genocide in Rwanda was a shock that moved the whole organization: it triggered some important innovations in peacekeeping, it defined the mandate of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and it had a considerable impact on the work of the Security Council.”The Council was now giving increased attention to conflict prevention, addressing the root causes of conflict, including the impact of massive violations of human rights, sharpening its understanding of post-conflict peacebuilding, and combating impunity in relation to war crimes, he said.Asserting that the UN is “serious about mastering the challenge” posed by the threat of genocide, he said the world’s people should see this as a sign of hope. “In return, we will understand that your hope places on us the obligation not to fail you again,” he said.Deputy Secretary General Louise Fréchette, noting that Secretary-General Kofi Annan today in Geneva unveiled a plan to combat genocide, said it would spur the UN to improve its operations to prevent armed conflicts, protect civilians, end impunity for perpetrators and monitor warning signals. The plan calls for the designation of a Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide with a mandate including preventing mass murder and ethnic cleansing by reporting looming signs to UN bodies through the Secretary-General, Ms. Fréchette said.”Right now, for example, we have abundant warning that something horrible is going on in the Greater Darfur region of Sudan,” she said, urging access by humanitarian and human rights personnel to victims there. She also noted that the Secretary-General has said if this access is denied, the international community should be prepared to act swiftly in response.Speaking by satellite television, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said his Government had adopted a two-pronged approach to “banish the ideology of genocide.””One approach includes constitutional measures that prescribe punitive action against those who promote an ideology of hate, intolerance and division within our communities,” he said.”The other approach includes implementing a proactive programme aimed at promoting national unity and reconciliation and encouraging open and frank discussions about the costly mistakes of the past to ensure that they are not repeated.”Genocide survivor Jacqueline Murekatete described how neighbours her relatives trusted came and killed them. The dying had not yet ended, however, she said, because one of the heinous crimes committed in 1994 was the mass rape of women, many of whom had contracted HIV/AIDS. Meanwhile, orphans roamed the streets, she added.Other speakers included representatives of the African Union, the African Group, the Asian Group, the Latin American and Caribbean Group, and the Western European and Others Group, interrupted for a minute of silent mourning at noon.Performing songs of mourning and of hope were Rwandan singer Cécile Kayirebwa and the New York group, the Boys Choir of Harlem.At a solemn march outside the UN building, Under-Secretary-General for Management Catherine Bertini told a crowd of hundreds of staff members, “Each of us remembers what we saw on television, our growing horror as we began to grasp the enormity of what was happening and our frustration at the inability of the international community to act effectively.” Calling the 100-day massacre “the most flagrant and incontrovertible instance of genocide that humanity had witnessed in half a century,” she said the genocide had left scars on the UN and its standing in public opinion.She rang the UN’s Peace Bell, a gift from the Government of Japan, to signal the start of the minute of silence, prior to which staff members walked in a giant circle before the Secretariat Building. read more

US business expanded stockpiles modestly in November despite lower sales

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jan 14, 2015 8:23 am MDT FILE – In this Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, file photo, Towne East J.C. Penney employee Derreck Andrews stocks sweaters for Thanksgiving Day sales, in Wichita, Kan. The Commerce Department reports on business stockpiles in November on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher, File) WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses added to their stockpiles by a modest amount in November, even though sales were weak for a fourth consecutive month.Businesses increased stockpiles by 0.2 per cent in November, matching the increase in October, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. Total business sales fell 0.2 per cent in November following a 0.3 per cent drop in October. A separate report Friday says that retail sales declined in December.While businesses could start cutting back on their stockpiling if sales don’t improve, economists remain optimistic. They are expecting a rebound in demand in coming months, given strong employment gains and a big drop in gas prices, which means people have more money to spend on other items.Further increases in stockpiles to fill empty shelves would likely translate into increased factory production and stronger economic growth.For November, stockpiles at the wholesale level rose by 0.8 per cent, while manufacturing inventories were up a slight 0.1 per cent. Retail inventories actually fell 0.1 per cent.A major reason for the bullish outlook on business sales is the improvement in the job market. The economy added nearly 3 million jobs in 2014, the strongest job growth since 1999. The hiring gains mean more people working and rising incomes that should boost consumer spending, which accounts for 70 per cent of economic activity.Many analysts believe the economy will grow by 3 per cent in 2015, which would be the strongest annual gain in growth in a decade. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US business expanded stockpiles modestly in November despite lower sales read more

Tobias Karllson retires from Swedish NT

One of the players with the longest run in the Swedish national team, Tobias Karlsson, decided to retire from playing on the NT level. The 35-years old defensive specialist of SG Flensburg, concluded that he can’t “cope” anymore on both stages.– It has been a very difficult decision to make, and became even more difficult after the Olympics where we do not come up to the level we know we can keep. It would have been much easier if we had played well there. I have always felt a tremendous pride in representing Sweden, and although I have played my last international match, I hope to come will be able to help the team in other ways, said 35-year-old.– I have extremely high standards for myself and feel that my body can no longer cope with the harsh burden that comes in both – club and national teams. I can no longer perform at a high level, I will not be able to strengthen the team – concluded SG Flensburg member since 2009.Karlsson won Olympic silver medal in London 2012.Sweden got a new head-coach….Icelander Kristjan Andresson is new Swedish NT coach! ← Previous Story Icelander Kristjan Andresson is new Swedish NT coach! Next Story → RK Vardar beat PPD Zagreb in old SEHA derby Tobias Karlsson read more

How we should REALLY choose our Eurovision contestants

first_imgTONIGHT, IN A special edition of the Late Late Show, RTE 1 will air the final of Eurosong which determines who will represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest.The five final acts will perform their songs, the public will vote, and one will be selected.RTE have invited Lordi, Finnish rock stars and former Eurovision winners, to perform, but we can’t help but think there is more that could be done to spice up the competition.Aside from singing their songs, what could we get the contestants to do to make tonight more interesting?We could make them carry cheese down a steep hill.YouTube/CSSurvivorWe could get them to compete in a complex marshmallow eating contest.YouTube/ASIAnafticusWe could make them hang on bananas while we spray chocolate at them.YouTube/MsEttenna1We could make them go through an extreme obstacle course.YouTube/BBCWe could hide a clue in a tomato in a giant pile of tomatoes and make them look for it while other people throw tomatoes at them.YouTube/cylusdesignActually, that might even be too mean for us.It’s probably too late to spice things up this year, but maybe if we submit our ideas we can have an impact on next year’s proceedings.Here’s hoping!Ireland’s Eurovision 2013 entry will be one of these acts…>Financial crisis means Poland and Portugal quit the Euro(vision)>VIDEO: The best people in the whole world, caught on camera>last_img read more

Windows 8 will have 9 SKUs

first_imgIf you choose to install a Linux distribution you typically have the choice of 32-bit or 64-bit versions. Mac OS X is pretty simple too: server or consumer. But if you use Windows 7, you have 6 different versions available: Starter Edition, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise. It’s quite ridiculous, and yet Microsoft has decided to increase the version count for Windows 8 to 9 SKUs. The discovery was made in the registry files of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which lists the following versions:Windows 8 ARM editionWindows 8 Starter EditionWindows 8 Home BasicWindows 8 Home PremiumWindows 8 ProfessionalWindows 8 Professional PlusWindows 8 UltimateWindows 8 Enterprise EvalWindows 8 EnterpriseFor the majority of people (consumers) the Enterprise and Starter Edition can be discounted. But that still leaves 6 SKUs to choose from, one of which is the expected new ARM edition.What I don’t understand is why Microsoft hasn’t learned from Windows 7. If you look at the majority of consumer hardware it ships with just one version: Windows 7 Home Premium as it offers everything the typical user needs. I think you could easily trim that list down to just 5 SKUs: Starter EditionHome EditionProfessional EditionEnterprise EditionARM EditionConsumer hardware ships with Starter or Home depending on the market, with Home offering all the features seen in Windows 7’s Home Premium edition. Professional brings together everything in Professional and Ultimate for business users, and Enterprise is the top-end for corporate users. By doing that the naming fits better too, with consumer and business customers having a very clear choice.Another thing Microsoft could do: drop versions completely and just ship a fully-featured Windows 8 for ARM or x86 at a consumer-friendly price. That’s never going to happen though, is it?Read more at Windows 8 Beta, via Engadgetlast_img read more

Inkshares Is Kickstarter For Books

first_img Think of all the independent movies, video games, and high-concept technology that we now have in our lives thanks to the power of crowdfunding. As corporations become more risk-averse, creators can take their dreams directly to platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo for an adoring public to fund into reality.The advantage of using a major crowdfunding service is that the larger audience gives you more potential backers. But as crowdfunding services becomes more all-encompassing, projects could also be lost in the shuffle.That’s why we shouldn’t be surprised to see more niche, specific crowdfunding services crop up. Case it point? Inkshares is Kickstarter for books.Chances are the website you’re imagining when I say “Kickstarter for books” is virtually identical to Inkshares. Aspiring authors create a page for their work-in-progress. From there they can immediately enter the funding stage, but in general it’s a good idea to get familiar with the larger Inkshares community. Follow other authors and their projects. Post snippets from your manuscripts to attract more followers to your own project.You can join Syndicates to consistently fund new books in certain genre every month. Or you can enter contests to receive an extra funding boost. Nerdist just rewarded some promising books about video games. Beyond just being a fun social experience, the goal here is to build a sizable audience already interested in your work so you can launch your funding phase with a bang!Once you do decide to launch your campaign you can customize it in a few different ways. You can adjust the length of the campaign to give yourself up to three months of funding time, or reduce it to create more urgency for potential backers. If you hit 750 backers, Inkshares and its editorial partners at Girl Friday Productions will professionally edit the book.This is a neat mix between self-publishing and traditional publishing sensibilities. The author has a fair amount of freedom and individual pressure to create demand, but also receives the validation and constructive criticism of a publisher. If your book only hits 250 backers it’s still eligible for publishing, just with much lighter outside edits. But your writing is perfect so it’s no big deal, right?If you’re worried this sounds like a scam, some of the authors who have used Inkshares should reassure you. Gary Whitta, co-writer of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, used the platform to fund his debut novel, a dark fantasy called Abomination. It’s a real book, at Barnes & Noble and everything. It’s pretty good, too! I’ll read anything that prominently features big ‘ole bug. Another success story on Inkshares is HERB: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis. This weed cookbook sold 13,811 copies because of course it did.But enough on Inkshares’ past glories, here are some descriptions for some unfinished books on the site right now. Maybe one of these will be the next huge literary sensation?Bad Medicine: Slay it Queen!– The Walking Dead meets Ru-Paul’s Drag Race. An up-and-coming drag-queen faces a poorly timed zombie apocalypse. Can she wield a machete and still look good in Jimmy-Choo?Crocodile Tears– A spoiled party girl ends up carrying a voodoo curse that transforms her into a humanoid crocodile. Forced to retreat to her family’s long dormant estate deep in the bayou, she meets a headstrong traveler looking to hide out.Programming Your Way Out of Debt– I graduated with $100k in debt, quit my first job to pursue my own ventures and travel the world at 25. Can’t wait to read that last one!I first stumbled across Inkshares while researching various options for my own manuscript, a sci-fi comedy about talking pies. It’s a long story. While I won’t be using the site for my own manuscript, at least not right now, I do think it is worth investigating for any of you out there chipping away at a fiction or nonfiction book and unsure of agents, querying, and other publishing methods. So go forth and write the Great American Internet Novel! Stay on target How ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Traumatized a Genera…Interviews With Late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Are Becoming a Book last_img read more

Nassau Farmers say it will take 60 Million to rebound from storm

first_img Related Items:#FarmersUnitedAssociation, #HurricaneMatthewdevastatesfarmers, #MagenticMediaNews Favorite Things – Police Cadet Corps Relaunched in The Bahamas Favorite Things – CCTV Launched in Jamaica, dubbed the “Jamaica Eye” Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 30, 2017 – Nassau – Farmers in The Bahamas have pull and are important because they reduce the importation of food by an astounding $1 billion dollars per year; that is why the Farmer United Association of Nassau believes its presentation to the Minister of Agriculture following the double devastation of Hurricane Matthew and contaminated feed which wiped out livestock will get them some assistance.The FUA has put the injection required at $60 million, telling media that to rebound it will take $30,000 per acre.  There is said to be 2000 acres of farm land in Nassau and 60-100 members of the FUA.  The farmers have organized themselves and president of the newly formed group, Caron Shepherd explained that the farmers are still trying to overcome issues with salt in the soil and the Ministry has yet to disclose if the tests on the feed to pigs and hogs was contaminated.Shepherd agreed that the $60 Million request was unprecedented and said the voucher offered to the farmers by Agriculture Minister, V Alfred Gray would likely be insufficient to replenish the farms.#MagenticMediaNews#FarmersUnitedAssociation#HurricaneMatthewdevastatesfarmers TCI: New Training Center opened by Hotel & Tourism Associationlast_img read more

Monthly ASA Presidents Message

first_imgASA President John Heisdorffer/Photo credit: Joe MurphyHello Soy Family,Writing from Washington, D.C. where I’m in town to attend the ASA March board meeting, and as issues like trade, RFS, the farm bill and infrastructure come into the national spotlight, I don’t think there could be a better time to be in our nation’s capital as a soy grower.As the governing committee and board members meet with lawmakers and members of the Administration this week, below is a rundown of what we’ll be talking about:Trade is vital for soybean growers, and we support negotiations that would produce a modernized NAFTA 2.0 and encourage the Administration to enhance trade with Asia-Pacific countries.Additionally, the threat of Chinese retaliation on soybeans as a result of the Section 232 tariffs on imported steel and aluminum is top of mind for ASA. One in three rows of harvested soybeans are exported to China, and countries like Brazil are looking to bolster soy exports to China in America’s place. China is a valuable trading partner and rural America is looking at the very real possibility of being collateral damage in a trade war.On the biodiesel front, ASA board members will be voicing strong opposition to a cap on the price of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), an action that would significantly undermine the integrity of the RFS, reduce biodiesel demand and violate President Trump’s promise to protect the RFS. Additionally, they’ll continue supporting the biodiesel tax extension credit.Time with lawmakers cannot pass without voicing strong support for passing the 2018 Farm Bill on time to provide stability and certainty at a time of low crop prices and low farm income. ASA is promoting a Farm Bill that includes a strong farm safety net, maintaining the current crop insurance program which includes harvest price coverage.Finally, infrastructure remains a top concern for ASA, and we continue to support funding of $8.8 billion over 10 years to complete upgrades to lock and dams on the Inland Waterways system that have been authorized by Congress. Our competitors in South America are making improvements to their infrastructure system and it’s vital the U.S. does the same to stay competitive in a global marketplace.As I said before, it’s an important time to be representing soybeans in Washington, D.C. and not a responsibility I take lightly. Soybean growers need more trade opportunities, and dependable infrastructure to move our beans. We need programs that create soybean and soybean oil demand, and a Farm Bill that gives us the security and certainty to keep farming as we always have.last_img read more

Two game changing reforms in the Pipeline Arun Jaitley

first_imgIn line with the expectation of major reform measures by the government, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday announced that two more “game changing reforms” are coming up.”Two more game changing reforms are on the anvil in the form of a state-of-the art indirect tax system the GST (Goods and Services Tax) and the JAM to implement the direct benefit transfer scheme,” Jaitley told the Lok Sabha while presenting the NDA government’s first full budget.The JAM number trinity, as described by the Economic Survey 2014-2015 released on Friday, consist of the financial inclusion scheme Jan Dhan Yojana and the Aadhaar and mobile numbers, all of which allow the government to offer support to poor households.The finance minister in his budget speech also proposed changes in the direct tax system to make it complementary with the far-reaching changes to be brought in by the GST.By subsuming a large number of central and state taxes into a single tax, the GST would mitigate cascading or double taxation in a major way and pave the way for a common national market.”We’re moving in various directions to implement GST from next year,” Jaitley told parliament.The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry has said that after the Reserve Bank cut interest rates in January, implementation of the GST would take care of the other major demand of Indian industry.last_img read more

Sensex Nifty hit record highs after exit polls predict sweeping victory by

first_imgMarkets opened on a high note in what seems to be a repeat of 2014 when markets cheered a clear mandate for the BJP.ReutersA day after exit poll results 2019 predicted a clear mandate for the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, domestic stock markets on Monday, May 20, opened on a high note in what seems to be a repeat of 2014 when markets cheered a comfortable majority for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).By 12:15 hrs, the S&P BSE Sensex jumped 1,032 points at 38,963 while the Nifty 50 climbed 308 points to 11,715. It has been reported widely that the early morning jump has made investors richer by Rs 3 lakh crore.The exits polls, following the mammoth seven-phase voting for the Lok Sabha 2019 elections, showed 339 and 365 seats for Modi’s NDA in the 545-member lower house of parliament. This time Prime Minister Narendra Modi will retain back to power with a bigger majority in the parliament, with financials leading the charge.Modi has faced severe criticism for weak job growth and farm prices but the Prime Minister turned the campaign into a fight for national security after tensions with nuclear-armed neighbour Pakistan escalated earlier this year.”I expect another 2-3% rally in the market in the next 3-4 days based on the cue,” said Samrat Dasgupta, a fund manager at Esquire Capital Investment Advisors as quoted by news agency Reuters.”But once the results are out on Thursday, even if it is as expected, I don’t see much upside to the market.””The economy is passing through a rough patch because a lot of data indicators are showing a slowdown, so people will wait for announcements from the new govt/cabinet to see what policies will be made,” Dasgupta said.The broader NSE Nifty was up 2.22% at 11,660.45 as of 0347 GMT, while the benchmark BSE Sensex was 2.31% higher at 38,807.88.India’s NSE stock futures listed on the Singapore exchange, an indicator for the broader NSE Nifty, was up 2.02% as of 0348 GMT, after rising as much as 2.76%.Financial stocks led gains, boosted by Yes Bank Ltd, which was up 6.2%, and State Bank of India Ltd, which surged 5.4%.The Nifty IT index was down 1%, dragged by Infosys Ltd’s 1.3% fall, as the rupee rallied.The partially convertible rupee was trading at 69.49/50 per dollar at 0343 GMT, after rising to 69.3550 earlier, making it up 1.2 percent on the day. The gain, if sustained, would be the highest since December.The rupee had closed Friday at 70.22. Further gains in the rupee will also depend on flows into the stock markets.The benchmark 10-year bond yield was trading at 7.30 percent, down 6 basis points on the day after briefly falling to a low of 7.28 percent.(With inputs from agencies)last_img read more

Private sector employees ask for 3 percent salary hike

first_imgNo related posts. The National Union of Workers (UNT) called for a 3.03 percent wage increase for the private sector to be applied during the second half of this year.The request was filed Monday at the National Wage Council.The union said their calculation corresponds to 2.47 percent based on inflation projections by Costa Rica’s Central Bank, plus 0.56 percent inflation registered in the second half of 2012.The UNT also requested an 8 percent increase for workers receiving minimum wage.Next Monday, representatives of the business sector will present a salary-increase proposal to the National Wage Council, and a week later, the government will establish the definitive increase after negotiating with members from both sectors. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Ricas leftist surge isnt new

first_imgRelated posts:The real communist threat in Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís and Johnny Araya head to April 6 runoff after close Costa Rica vote Costa Rica prepares for first visit by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon So much for dialogue and consensus: Legislative Assembly snubs President Solís’ 100-day report With all due respect toAgence France Presse, the left-right polarization in Costa Rica isn’t altogether unprecedented.In 1948, Communist Party leader Manuel Mora was the head of the government army that faced José “Pepe” Figueres’ National Liberation Army. The alliance between Mora, Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia’s populist Republican Party and Catholic Church Archbishop Victor Manuel Sanabria was an only-in-Costa Rica phenomena that produced the Social Security System and the country’s labor code, but also set up the Civil War with the onset of the Cold War.An orthodox Marxist, Mora didn’t believe that Costa Rica, a nation of campesinos with no industrial proletariat could produce the class-based dictatorship of the proletariat envisioned by Karl Marx.Mora nonetheless seized the opportunity, along with Calderón, to make the reforms against the wishes of Costa Rica’s entrenched plutocracy.One of the most telling questions directed to José María Villalta in the last debates was the one from a journalist who asked how he justified the alliance the Broad Front Party made with other parties from the political right in the Legislative Assembly. Villalta pointed to the Calderón-Mora-Sanabria pact as a precedent for his Broad Front Party alliances.Despite the outcome of the 1948 Civil War, Costa Rica’s communist forebears have the respect of many in Costa Rica. Mora is a Benemérito de la Patria (National Hero), an honor bestowed by the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly, and another communist figure from that era, the writer Carmen Lyra, was also named Benemérita de la Patria and graces Costa Rica’s ₡20,000 note.For several generations Costa Rica’s social peace has been based on the “handshake at Ochomogo,” where Figueres and Mora met to agree to the peaceful surrender of San José to end the Civil War, and where Figueres assured Mora that he planned to expand, not roll back, the social programs initiated by Calderón Guradia.While the Communist Party was banned and its leaders forced into exile for a period, Mora eventually returned and led the party to victories for one or two congressmen per presidential term, who served as a third force that held the governing party to its social justice promises. That proved to be a remarkably stable formula which saw Costa Rica safely through the Cold War with no meaningful armed opposition.Mora stuck to his orthodoxy in opposing armed conflict in Costa Rica following the Sandinista victory in Nicaragua, to the chagrin of some in the Communist Party, which split over the disagreement in tactics. The three-party formula began to come apart once the welfare state began being chipped away little by little, piece by piece, starting with the presidency of Luis Alberto Monge in the context of the Reagan revolution and the assault on big government in climes north and south.But the rise of the Broad Front Party and also the strength of anti-free-trade Citizen Action Party candidate Luis Guillermo Solís is evidence that a great many Costa Ricans expect their government to play a large role in securing economic well-being. It just may be as Tico as gallo pinto.And by the way, the ruling National Liberation Party is still a member of Socialist International.After the fall of the Iron Curtain, I interviewed Manuel Mora and asked him if he thought socialism was dead. He replied, “Are poverty and inequality dead? As long as there are poverty and inequality there will be socialism.”José María Villalta may prove him right.Formerly a reporter and assistant editor at The Tico Times, John McPhaul is a freelance writer who lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

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