Kvitova wins Stuttgart title

first_imgStuttgart (Germany): World number three Petra Kvitova won her second WTA title of 2019 as she beat Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) in the final of the tournament in Stuttgart on Sunday. The Czech star, a two-time Wimbledon champion and runner-up at the Australian Open in January, succeeds compatriot Karolina Pliskova as champion at the clay-court event. Kvitova thanked the fans and her coaches, who did not join her in Stuttgart this week. “It was amazing to see the arena full every day,” she said. “My coaches were not actually here, so I’m looking forward to seeing them again.”last_img

UN child rights envoy demands insurgent group release abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

“I am appalled by these attacks and I am in solidarity with the victims and their families in this tragedy. I strongly condemn the statement by video of the supposed leader of Boko Haram, which claimed that the abducted girls be sold, possibly for forced marriages, “said Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, in a press release.Ms. Zerrougui said she and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo- Nqcuka, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, had contacted the Nigerian Government to urge it to redouble efforts to secure the release of these girls.”In the coming days, I will continue the dialogue with the Government of Nigeria. I welcome the commitment of world leaders and I call on the international community to support the Government of Nigeria in its efforts to recover abducted girls, “said Ms. Zerrougui.”Every child, regardless of gender, ethnic origin, social status, language, nationality or religion, has the right to education and to live without fear of violence,” she declared.Since July 2009, the extremist group Boko Haram, whose name stands for “Western education is a sin”, has been carrying out targeted attacks against schools, police, religious leaders, politicians, public and international institutions, indiscriminately killing civilians, including dozens of children, the press release said.“The insurgent group continues to demonstrate that they have no regard for human rights. This senseless violence must be stopped immediately,” added Ms. Zerrougui, stressing that attacks on schools, students and teachers are prohibited under international humanitarian law and perpetrators must know that they will be held accountable. read more

AsiaPacific UN official urges deeper regional connectivity for landlocked developing countries

“Over the last decade, Asian LLDCs have performed relatively well and infrastructure improvements in some LLDCs show that with large-scale investments and prioritization in policy planning, LLDCs can match, if not outperform the achievements of neighbouring sea-accessing countries,” said Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of ESCAP.She called for stronger political commitment and the increased involvement of public and private sectors at the launch of the Bridging Transport, ICT and Energy Infrastructure Gaps for Seamless Regional Connectivity report at the Second UN Conference on LLDCs, which was held in Vienna, Austria, from 3 to 5 November.“However, regional connectivity remains an unfinished agenda for LLDCs,” she added. “Bridging infrastructure gaps remain a complex and expensive medium-to long-term challenge, and one that will require strong political commitment and the involvement of a range of multi-sectoral stakeholders in the public and private sectors.”Ms. Akhtar underscored that ESCAP’s findings suggest new investments are needed to improve transport infrastructure and logistics services, particularly along international intermodal transport corridors serving LLDCs. The agency’s research also identifies high-priority investments in terrestrial cross-border fibre-optic infrastructure for ICT connectivity, among others in Bhutan/India and Kazakhstan/Turkmenistan. Even then, however, the analysis suggests that such bilateral solutions would bring more benefits if integrated into a regionally cohesive approach that provides multiple configurations of routings, ESCAP’s Executive Secretary said. ESCAP also estimates that demand for energy is set to double by 2050. To enhance energy security, the agency is promoting the Asian Energy Highway, which seeks to integrate more renewable energy into a seamless power grid for sustainable use of clean energy. The report also presents strategies, policy recommendations and initiatives that are designed to reinforce the regional coherence of connecting infrastructure and their cross-sectoral synergies.“The [report] makes a valuable contribution to the policy debates about wider LLDC connectivity and will help shape future policymaking in the region and beyond,” Ms. Akhtar said.The Second UN Conference on LLDCs brought together business leaders, government officials from LLDCs and transit countries, development partners and senior officials from international organizations to exchange views on the challenges and opportunities faced by LLDCs. A 10-year action plan aimed at accelerating sustainable development in the world’s 32 LLDCs was adopted at the conference’s conclusion. read more

Tobacco control a major component of environmental protection efforts – UN health

The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), which is celebrating the 15th anniversary of it being adopted this year – is a global health treaty that advocates for the control of tobacco production, sale and use, as a way of reducing tobacco-related illnesses, deaths, environmental degradation and poverty across the world.“People often immediately think of the health impact that tobacco has, but there is not enough awareness of how tremendously destructive it is for the environment too, on land, under water and in the air,” said Dr. Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, the Head of the WHO FCTC Secretariat.According to a report by the Secretariat and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the noxious effects of tobacco on the environment begin with the pre-production process, as a particularly high amount of deforestation occurs not only to create space for tobacco farming, but also because a lot of timber is required for the drying process of tobacco leaves after they are harvested. Estimates show that tobacco farming causes up to five per cent of global deforestation, with 200,000 hectares of natural wood biomass loss each year.“Studies indicate that tobacco growing could be up to 10 times more aggressive than all other deforestation factors,” Dr. da Costa e Silva noted.Governments need to understand that tobacco control is a major component of any effective and holistic environmental protection effort – Dr. Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, WHO FCTC Secretariat chiefIn addition, the report states that tobacco crop production leads to accelerated soil degradation, as it strips the earth of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium faster and more extensively, than other major food and cash crops.“Importantly, tobacco production and use are major sources of pollution,” stressed the FCTC Secretariat chief.The joint Secretariat-UNDP report notes that cigarette butts have become the most discarded waste item worldwide, with some 4.5 trillion thrown away each year, representing 1.69 billion pounds of toxic trash annually. Various studies indicate that this was compounded and accelerated as bans on indoor smoking took effect in many of the world’s cities and countries over the past two decades.However, environmental pollution from tobacco starts well before cigarettes are discarded, during the production phase, as tobacco crops require large amounts of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and growth regulators that pollute the ground, nearby waterways and aquifers. The process presents serious health hazards for farmers and their families.“Among the pesticides used to grow tobacco are some highly toxic products that affect animals and humans alike, many of which are banned or being phased out in several countries,” explained Dr. da Costa e Silva, who added that the manufacturing of cigarettes also contributes to high greenhouse emissions responsible for global climate change.In line with Article 17 and 18 of the Convention on Provision of Viable Alternative Activities and Protection of the Environment, the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC is calling on governments to better regulate tobacco agriculture and to work on helping tobacco farmers worldwide, switch to environmentally-friendly alternative crop production. This is being encouraged through the use of incentives such as access to credit, and by providing training on environmentally-friendly practices, among other measures.The UN tobacco control watchdog also recommends that Parties to the treaty urgently adopt regulations that make the industry responsible for the impact that it has on the planet.“Tobacco giants have been lobbying worldwide for policies that exonerate them from any environmental responsibility,” said Dr. da Costa e Silva. “But ultimately, tobacco producers should be responsible for liability, economic costs and provision of information on the environmental impacts of their activities,” she added, explaining that “governments need to understand that tobacco control is a major component of any effective and holistic environmental protection effort they want to undertake”.In October, a High-Level Segment on Tobacco Control and Global Climate Action will take place in the Swiss city of Geneva, as part of the eighth session of the  Conference of the Parties (COP8) to the WHO FCTC, to discuss the effect of tobacco cultivation, production and consumption on the environment and the contribution of Article 18 of the WHO FCTC implementation, to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the 17 global goals, or SDGs. read more

Mining industry calls for energy efficiency benchmarking

first_imgThe need for improving operational efficiency has been a common theme across the mining industry over the past 18 months, with escalating energy prices, lower ore grades and increased labour costs all effecting the industry. Mining and mineral processing is an energy intensive process and energy costs represent a significant proportion of this cost. There are compelling economic and environmental reasons for mining and milling operations to examine their energy consumption using the best tools available. Energy benchmarking has been undertaken in various forms in recent years with the aim of improving overall energy efficiency within the industry through the achievement of best practice.Benchmarking energy efficiency was raised as an important step in the Innovation journey during the last Coalition for Eco Efficient Comminution (CEEC) workshop in June 2012.  Joe Cucuzza, AMIRA’s Managing Director said “One of the outcomes at CEEC was a call for an industry wide benchmarking program; one which will enable to normalisation of energy efficiency in each key operational area. The aim is to develop a Rating System which can be used by any operation globally, to assess its unique energy efficiency as well as benchmark itself against like operations.”“Companies that participate in this project will benefit from improved capability in mapping current energy usage and of quantitatively assessing performance against industry norms; availability of an energy efficiency reporting system (a Star rating) for use in benchmarking performance of current operations at both overall and at individual process step level and a tool for assessing energy performance of new or modified circuit designs “CEEC International are partnering with AMIRA on the development of an energy efficiency rating system, to recognize mining operations with outstanding energy efficiency in their operations. Tim Napier-Munn, CEEC Director said “Mining companies have yet to be rewarded for their leadership in energy efficiency. Only by establishing a global benchmarking system will companies be able to self-assess their current status, and understand the potential benefits of improved efficiency. Each step in efficiency translates to improved earnings, a positive outcome for shareholders. Year on year efficiency energy improvements will be recognized with AMIRA-CEEC Energy Efficiency Star awards.”last_img read more

Outotec in contract for Fruta de Norte gold project

first_imgOutotec has been awarded an order for the delivery of minerals processing technology packages by Lundin Gold for their greenfield project Fruta Del Norte in Ecuador. The contract value booked in Outotec’s 2017 third quarter order intake is over EUR 10 million.Ecuador, until recently only known by its oil resources, is quickly gaining ground as a mining investment destination in Latin America thanks to significant gold and copper resources. Fruta del Norte, property of Lundin Gold, is one of the world’s largest, highest grade undeveloped gold deposits, with reserves estimated at about 4.8 Moz of gold and 6.3 Moz of silver. Fruta Del Norte is expected to produce approximately 325,000 oz of gold a year over a 15-year mine life.Outotec’s scope includes process engineering and the delivery of grinding mills, flotation, thickening and filtration technology packages. The deliveries will take place before the end of 2018. “We are pleased to deliver our energy efficient process equipment to Lundin Gold’s greenfield project, Fruta del Norte. This order will strengthen Outotec’s position as a supplier of advanced minerals processing technologies in Ecuador”, says Kimmo Kontola, head of Outotec’s Minerals Processing business unit.last_img read more

There was no sweetheart deal for Apple in Ireland

first_imgTHE CEO OF IDA Ireland Barry O’Leary has said that he thinks that foreign companies in Ireland are paying a substantial amount of corporation tax and he does not believe the country is being used as as a tax haven by companies like Apple.O’Leary was speaking to the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee today where he faced tough questioning from independent TD Shane Ross who queried how much tax companies are actually paying and whether they were just using Ireland as “a kind of conduit”.“They are paying a substantial amount of corporation tax at €2.7 billion,” he said, adding that this amounted to around €19,000 per employee per year.O’Leary told the committee that other countries are doing deals with companies which offer lower levels of tax while Ireland’s 12.5 per cent rate is “transparent” and steady.He denied that there had been a “sweetheart deal” for Apple to encourage the company to invest in Ireland.Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy was critical of the line of questioning on corporation tax, saying it creates the impression that companies “only exist to create tax” and ignores that fact that they also employ thousands of people who pay tax and spend money in the economy.His colleague John Deasy also spoke out against Ross’s questions on Ireland’s taxation system, telling the committee that the focus of the IDA should be on making the country more competitive “within the rules”.“I think that we annoy countries by being so successful and by attracting so many companies into Ireland,” he added.Read: Ireland is Apple’s ‘Holy Grail of tax avoidance’>Poll: Do you think Ireland’s corporate tax rate should be retained?>last_img read more

Facebook building huge North Carolina data facility

first_imgNorth Carolina sure is proving popular with tech companies looking to set up huge data centers. First Apple built itself a huge data facility there, which is rumored to be the backbone to their ambitions for bringing iTunes to the cloud… but now Facebook is entering the state to build a new, top-of-the-line data center in Forest City, North Carolina.“This project continues Facebook’s strategy of moving from leased data centers to owned facilities that are customized to be more cost-effective and efficient,” Barry Schnitt, a Facebook spokesman, wrote on the social network’s official site.According to North Carolina Governor Bev Persue, the facility will cost about $450 million to build, and the construction will create 250 jobs during its 18-month building phase; one it’s completed, it will then employ between 35 and 45 full time and contract workers.This isn’t the first new data facility the information hungry social network has built recently. They previously began building a facility in Prineville, Oregon, which is scheduled to open up next year, albeit amongst some controversy: the facility will be getting its electricity largely from coal. That’s an environmental no-no these days, but Facebook has argued (rather lamely) that the design of the facility is efficient enough that it would offset the environmental use of coal.That’s hard to believe, but either way, the new North Carolina facility won’t be subject to the same criticisms: it’s coal use is well within line with the national average, and the use of clean nuclear power is 39 percent, which is about double the national average. If North Carolina’s clean enough for eco-friendly Apple, it ought to be clean enough for Facebook.Read more at New York Timeslast_img read more

Counterproductive union dismayed at cashstrapped Bus Éireanns plans to cut overtime

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cianan Brennan Share Tweet Email ‘Counterproductive’ – union dismayed at cash-strapped Bus Éireann’s plans to cut overtime The dire financial situation at the State-owned bus company is such that it could be declared insolvent within 18 months. 12,415 Views Short URL Saturday 14 Jan 2017, 2:20 PM 57 Comments center_img THE UNION REPRESENTING Bus Éireann workers has decried leaked cost-cutting plans on behalf of the troubled State-owned company.The Irish Times this morning reported that the company is planning to cut overtime in a bid to fight off financial armageddon.Other measures planned include the doing-away with of annual leave carry-overs, a hiring freeze, and a ban on charter hire of non-company-owned buses. It’s understood that the drastic moves are being put in place in order to save €8 million in costs over the coming weeks.The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) has described the leaked plans as likely to be “counterproductive”, and has suggested that cutting overtime as suggested would simply deny the company the ability to operate all of its services.When asked for comment on the plans, a Bus Éireann spokesperson did not address the mooted cuts directly but replied that “changes are urgently required to address Bus  Éireann’s adverse financial situation”. Union general secretary Dermot O’Leary in response said that the NBRU sees the leaking of a consultant report into the company’s finances last week, together with today’s statement, as being “geared towards conditioning staff into accepting cuts to terms and conditions… It would also lend credence to our view that the focus on cutting staff entitlements is being advanced in order to allow the Department of Transport to abdicate its responsibility towards a State-owned company”.What is required here is an acceptance that any resolution to this crisis can only be achieved by all stakeholders engaging on all of the issues which have contributed to Bus Éireann’s current predicament, inclusive of Government policy.“Turning the spotlight on staff is a sad reflection on the new management structure at the Company,” he added.It is broadly accepted at present that Bus Éireann will become insolvent inside the next 18 months if its financial spiral is not arrested.The leaked report from earlier this week, compiled by consultancy firm Grant Thornton, advised that the company’s Expressway inter-city services be cancelled in a bid to cut costs.Regarding today’s story, O’Leary added “Cutting overtime will have a direct impact on the ability of Bus Éireann to operate all of its services and may end up being counterproductive in that it may result in the NTA imposing sanctions and withdrawing some of the PSO funding it is contractually obliged to provide in order to support vital bus services all over Ireland”.Siptu has also come out to oppose any roster changes for Bus Éireann Expressway workers.“Siptu members in the Expressway arm of Bus Éireann will not have their terms and conditions of employment sacrificed, so as to subsidise the abysmal failure of the State to provide the requisite investment,” said divisional organiser Greg Ennis.“We are calling on the management of Bus Éireann to immediately release its proposed ‘plan’ for changes in the company to their workers’ trade unions rather than continue to drip feed it into the media.”Read: People weren’t happy that this harpist was bumped off the Late Late Show last nightRead: That was quick: Ireland’s cold snap passes with mild weather likely for the rest of the week This may result in alterations to the operation of some routes, but the National Transport Authority have advised that they will ensure local demands for public transport are met, and that ‘no rural communities will be left behind’. We are making all efforts to ensure that no passengers are discommoded as we introduce vital cost savings and necessary efficiencies. https://jrnl.ie/3186689 Jan 14th 2017, 2:20 PM last_img read more

The Jeremy Kyle Show has suspended recordings following the death of a

first_img Monday 13 May 2019, 11:06 AM https://jrnl.ie/4632097 Short URL THE JEREMY KYLE Show has stopped recording and broadcasting on ITV following the death of a participant on the show last week. A statement from ITV today confirmed the suspension of the show while a review is carried out.“Everyone at ITV and The Jeremy Kyle Show is shocked and saddened at the news of the death of a participant in the show a week after the recording of the episode they featured in and our thoughts are with their family and friends,” it said. “Given the seriousness of this event, ITV has also decided to suspend both filming and broadcasting of The Jeremy Kyle Show with immediate effect in order to give it time to conduct a review of this episode of the show.“ITV will not screen the episode in which they featured.”The show also airs weekdays in Ireland on Virgin Media Television.A Virgin Media spokesperson confirmed to TheJournal.ie that it would be taking the same approach and suspending the show from its schedule. The show, which is produced by ITV studios, regularly features people appearing on the show to get advice from the host on family feuds, relationships and break-ups, addiction problems and DNA testing. Some participants also take part in lie-detector tests for the show which has been airing in the UK since 2005. May 13th 2019, 11:06 AM Image: ITV Host Jeremy Kyle Host Jeremy Kyle Image: ITVcenter_img 62 Comments 126,059 Views The Jeremy Kyle Show has suspended recordings following the death of a participant last week Virgin Media Ireland also confirmed it would be suspending the show from its schedule. Share34 Tweet Email2 By Conor McCrave Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Pochettino insists Spurs must improve squad in January

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed the club are keen to improve their playing staff when the January transfer window opens at the start of next year.Spurs became the first club in the Premier League since the transfer window was added to the calendar at the turn of the millennium that did not sign a single player in the summer transfer window after they failed to make a single addition to their squad during the offseason.Pochettino has hinted that the North London club are looking to add to their squad in January.The former Southampton manager admitted that all coaches are keen to sign new players every six months ‘to change the dynamic in the dressing room.’Pochettino said, according to 101GreatGoals:Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“All the coaching staff, managers, always want to improve the squad with signings and players from the academy because football is dynamic.”“Every six months you need to do something to refresh and to wake up, or to change the dynamic in the dressing room always.”“We tried to sign players but we could not achieve what we need or what we want.”Spurs were interested in signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa in the summer, it remains to be seen if they’ll renew their interest in the England international when the transfer window reopens in January.last_img read more

BMW launches 2019 5 Series plugin hybrid wireless charging pilot in California

first_img Review • 2018 BMW 530e plug-in hybrid: The most practical 5er 2018 BMW 530e iPerformance is a premium plug-in hybrid More From Roadshow BMW Hybrids Luxury cars Auto Tech Sedans More about 2018 BMW 5 series Enlarge ImageThe wireless charger operates only slightly slower than the BMW i Wallbox, adding only 30 minutes or so to top off the 530e’s small battery. BMW In late 2017, BMW announced its first wireless-charging pilot program, which started in Germany. Using 2018 530e plug-in hybrid models, it marked BMW’s first foray into helping owners ditch plugs in favor of magnetic induction. We knew it would come to the US, we just didn’t know when. Apparently, that time is now.BMW announced this week that it will launch a 5 Series wireless charging pilot in the US. The pilot will be available only in California, and it will be limited to just 200 residential homeowners who have an enclosed garage space. In order to determine whether you’re eligible, BMW has an online questionnaire to fill out. Qmerit will handle the installation of the wireless charging pad and, thankfully, BMW will pick up the tabs for installation, maintenance and subsequent removal at lease termination. Don’t expect a free car, though. You’ll have to shell out for a 36-month lease on a 2019-model-year BMW 530e. The cars are available in white, black or blue, and they come loaded with a good amount of equipment, including leather upholstery and the necessary wireless charging hardware. It also packs the M Sport package, which adds 19-inch BMW M wheels, keyless entry, black exterior trim, a power tailgate, heated front seats and LED fog lights. The 530e is also loaded with all manner of active and passive safety equipment.bmw-530e-wireless-002Enlarge ImageNot the best parker in the world? Fear not, the infotainment system is here to help, with guidelines that tell you precisely where to park over the charging pad. BMW Initiating charging is nice and easy. Parking over the wireless charging pad will start the process without any further steps required on the driver’s part. The pad generates a magnetic field, which the car converts to electricity to charge its battery. The system charges at 3.2 kilowatts with an efficiency of about 85%, which is enough to fill up the 530e’s battery in about 3.5 hours.You don’t have to eyeball the parking job, either, even though the car can deviate from the optimum charging position by up to 2.75 inches longitudinally and up to 5.5 inches laterally. The charging hardware and vehicle connect over Wi-Fi, and a display appears on the infotainment screen with guide lines telling the driver how to park over the pad. It can be installed indoors or outdoors, and driving over the pad won’t hurt it. If anything is detected within the pad’s magnetic field that isn’t a car, it will switch itself off. BMW Tagscenter_img Share your voice 0 Post a comment 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 42 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T first drive: Brilliant, but bittersweetlast_img read more

Kuskokwim Fishermen Set Sights on CoManagement

first_imgKuskokwim River Inter Tribal Fisheries Commission steering committee members hear from AVCP attorney Sky Starkey. (Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK)Efforts to establish tribal co-management of Kuskokwim salmon are slowly progressing. A steering committee is in Bethel to sketch out the future of who regulates the river. Kuskokwim fishermen are eager to be managers, instead of simply advisers.Download Audio10 members of a steering committee met for the first time in Bethel Thursday. Fisherman from Nikolai at the headwaters down to the mouth began to define what they want to see in tribal co-management. Committee member Bob Aloysius from Kalskag emphasized tribes need to be more than simply advisers.“Recommendations to go a point, and nothing happens. We need to have authority to implement, maintain, monitor, and enforce whatever we come up with,” said Aloysius.The steering committee for the Kuskokwim River Intertribal Fisheries Commission is being facilitated by the Association of Village Council Presidents and Tanana Chiefs Conference, building off of tribal resolutions passed last year. Kuskokwim king salmon runs have been in decline for several years and unprecedented restrictions have hit subsistence fishermen hard. That’s led to conflicts among communities along different parts of the river. Jacob Black from Napakiak said for tribal management to succeed, everyone has to be on board.“Our elders used to say, there may be a lot of people on the Kuskokwim or Alaska, but if you’re not united, you’re never going to accomplish nothing, that’s 100 percent true, to me. Right now we are not united,” said Black.The full commission someday would include representatives from all Kuskokwim tribes choosing to take part. The smaller steering committee is trying to determine next steps and outline the mission and goal. They elected Bob Aloysius and Mike Williams as interim co-chairs while more members are expected to join. The long-term vision in some capacity includes equal footing among tribes, state and federal managers.In the meantime, a federal demonstration project for co-management could build capacity for the change. Gene Peltola Junior, the assistant regional director for the Federal Office of Subsistence Management described a possible new committee under the federal subsistence board. He says if it’s structured properly it could have more input.“But if they were to give it weighted opinion, or whatever you call it, I truly feel the local individual would have a lot more say in management than they have had in the past,” said Peltola Junior.Sky Starkey, an attorney who works for AVCP presented a vision of how the committee could push the boundary of the law in order to maximize co-management potential.To give it teeth, Starkey says tribes should seek broad application of a section of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, or ANILCA, that governs subsistence on federal lands. That would force the federal board to defer to their committee’s plan, unless the proposal fails to meet strict criteria.“Trying to use that and trying to strengthen it so the recommendations carry a lot of weight,” said Starkey.One idea is to create a new regional advisory council that replaces the fish responsibilities of two current regional committees. In the very preliminary conception, tribes would make comprehensive management plans and take responsibility for researching and monitoring fish, while giving traditional knowledge equal footing.The meeting continues Friday at the cultural center in Bethel. A meeting for Yukon tribes is scheduled for next week in Fairbanks.last_img read more

Is BJP preparing ahead of big day Gopal Shetty orders 2000 kg

first_imgThe shop owner said that the workers were excited to wear PM Modi’s masks.Twitter/ANIIt seems that the 17th Lok Sabha was a bit of a cakewalk for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as it is pretty confident of its victory even before the results of the Lok Sabha elections 2019 are declared. Two days ahead of the counting of votes for the general elections, sweet shop workers have started preparing sweets in Borivali, Mumbai. “We’ve received an order of 1500-2000 kg sweets from BJP’s Gopal Shetty,” the shop owner told a news agency.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Gopal Shetty from Mumbai’s North Lok Sabha seat is contesting against actor-turned-politician Congress’s Urmila Matondkar.The shop owner said that the workers were excited to wear PM Modi’s masks. According to News18-IPSOS exit poll, Gopal Shetty may emerge as the winner from the Lok Sabha seat. Back in 2014, the BJP won this seat when Gopal Shetty defeated the Congress candidate Sanjay Nirupam with a margin of 47.2 per cent votes. He was President of Mumbai Regional Congress Committee back then. However, the above incident has been reported from a single constituency in Mumbai. Gopal Shetty looks pretty confident of his victory. Isn’t it?This incident came two days after the results of the exit polls, following the mammoth seven-phase voting for the Lok Sabha 2019 elections, which predicted seats between 302 and 365 for Prime Minister Narendra-Modi led NDA in the 542-member lower house of parliament. If the exit polls are to be believed, PM Modi will retain back to power with a bigger majority in the parliament, with financials leading the charge.An exit poll on News 18 forecast that the NDA will win 336 seats while it gave 82 seats for the UPA. The Republic CVoter exit poll has forecast 295 and 122 seats for the NDA and UPA, respectively. However, Neta-News X predicted that the NDA could fall short of the majority and win 242 seats. It gave the UPA 164 seats.The Mumbai North Lok Sabha Constituency voted on April 29. The general elections 2019 took place in seven phases across India in a time span of about a month and a half. A total of 542 seats went to the polls in which an estimated 900 million electors voted to exercise their voting rights. The final results will be declared on May 23.last_img read more

Interim budget FY20 Middleincome earners welcome IT relief

first_imgMiddle-income earners have welcomed the income tax proposals that stand-in finance minister Piyush Goyal presented in the final budget of the Narendra Modi government for 2019-20 financial year.Though the income-tax slabs have remained unchanged, now individuals with a net taxable income of up to Rs 5 lakh are exempt from paying any income tax for this fiscal.The saving for individuals of this slab would amount to Rs 12,500 per year, experts say.A person who earns up to Rs 6.5 lakh per annum can effectively bring down the next taxable income to Rs 5 lakh with proper investments and escape paying any tax, according to experts.The budget has also raised the standard deduction to Rs 50,000 from Rs 40,000,People earning larger incomes do not benefit from the changes to the tax rules because there is no change in the slabs, but only a rebate, according to experts.Those earning less than Rs 10 lakh can still benefit because of the increase in the limit of exemption available on house rent and children’s tuition fees. The threshold for tax deduction at source on rent has gone up to Rs 2.4 lakh from current Rs 1.8 lakh.Interest income earned up to Rs 40,000 will not attract any tax, Goyal said. The government hopes to simplify tax interface further to increase collection and return filings. Goyal said the tax scrutiny would be done electronically eliminating any interaction between the tax authority and the taxpayer. “Within nearly two years, all assessment and verification of IT return will be done electronically by an anonymous tax system without any intervention by officials. All income tax returns to be processed within 24 hours and refunds to be issued simultaneously,” he said.The existing income-tax slabs for individuals below 60 years are: up to Rs 2.5 lakh, no tax; Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh, 5 per cent; Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, 20 per cent; and above Rs 10 lakh, 30 per cent.For senior citizens (aged 60 years or above but less than 80 years), income up to Rs 3 lakh comes free of tax. Income from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh is taxed at 5 per cent, and an income from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh at 20 per cent and above Rs 10 lakh at 30 per cent.The minister said that the direct tax collection has increased to Rs12 lakh crore in the 2018-19 financial year from Rs 6.38 lakh crore in 2013-14. He said the tax base was also expanded to Rs 6.85 crore from Rs 3.79 crore. For senior citizens aged 80 years and above, income up to Rs 5 lakh was exempt from tax. Income from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh was taxed at 20 per cent and above Rs 10 lakh was at 30 per cent.The interim budget leaves unchanged the cess on income tax that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley raised to 4 per cent from 3 per cent in the FY2019 budget.The tax proposals have evinced mixed reaction from tax experts. Shalini Jain, Partner, EY India: “Anyone with net taxable income up to Rs 5 lakh will not be paying any taxes. However, anyone with a net taxable income above Rs 5 lakh will not be able to avail this tax benefit and only get the standard deduction benefit.” Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:19Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:18?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Budget 2019 – History of direct taxation in India last_img read more

Everyone Home DC New Name But Continued Mission

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFROEveryone Home DC may sound new to some people in the area, but their organization has spent the last 50 years trying to eradicate homelessness and help families in need. Formerly formed in 1967 and named Capital HIll Group Ministry (CHGM), the organization was a collection of churches and clergy members that gathered together to fight against racial and socioeconomic inequalities. The organization turned to homelessness in the 80s.“We were founded by churches,” said Karen Cunningham, Executive Director of Everyone Home DC. “But 50 years ago. For some time our staff and board members recognized that our original name did not serve us. It didn’t tell people what we do. It wasn’t as welcoming. Last year they made the name change a strategic priority.”After a year long rebranding initiative, Everyone Home DC emerged as the new moniker. “We believe that everyone should have a home. All of our neighbors have a right to a safe, healthy, dignified place to live,” Cunningham said. “It’s more welcoming to the diverse face of the community we serve. We want to be welcoming to anyone who cares about this issue.” Everyone Home DC has a bevy of programs including Family Homelessness Prevention, Family Housing Programs, Shirley’s Place Day Center, Street Outreach, Drop-In Day Center, and Community Support Projects and Systems Change.Just because the name went through a change doesn’t mean the organization doesn’t still vigorously fight to end homelessness. Last year, Everyone Home DC was able to accomplish the following: Provide housing stabilization services to nearly 800 families at imminent risk of homelessness. 249 families secured their own apartments with the assistance of Everyone Home DC’s Prevention Program staff, An additional 214 families secured stable long-term housing. About 94 percent of the families who turned to Everyone Home DC for supportive services were able to avoid a traumatic shelter stay.Through Shirley’s Place Day Center, more than 2,000 individuals experiencing homelessness were able to reliably access a clean, safe place to shower, to wash laundry and eat nutritious meals, to access computers and wifi, new clothing, transportation and rental and utility assistance. And Everyone Home DC’s Street Outreach team supported more than 400 chronically homeless individuals in meeting their immediate and long-term goals.As its program expanded so did it’s budget. With Cunningham at the helm since 2013, the organization grew their annual budget from $1 million to $2.2 million according to the website.These goals were accomplished through a series of interwoven systems used to help families and individuals secure some form of housing. However, the need is still great. “There is one housing option for every 10 people living on the street,” Cunningham added. Cunningham said that In the last number of years “D.C. has really been investing more to end homeless with strategic plans like Homeward DC,” Cunningham said. “And we’ve established structures within the city to work in a coordinated way so that service providers and the government are working closely together to identify families experiencing homelessness and match the ones in the most vulnerable situations to the housing they need.” For more information about programs please go to everyonehomedc.org.last_img read more

Nintendo Warns About 3DSs Risk to Kids Eyesight

first_imgIs Nintendo’s forthcoming portable gaming system hazardous to your health? The company has issued warnings about the 3DS ahead of its upcoming Nintendo World conference, suggesting that extended use of the console may be harmful for children under the age of six.“Vision of children under the age of six has been said [to be in the] developmental stage,” the company said in a warning on its site, “delivers 3D images with different left and right eye images, [which] has a potential impact on the growth of children’s eyes.”This isn’t the first time the company has issued such a warning for the glasses-free 3D console. When the device was announced back in June at E3, Nintendo America’s head, Reggie Fils-Aime, told Kotaku that the company was recommending a break after playing for an hour. Nintendo has since halved that number, suggesting that players take a break after 30 minutes,Fortunately, the device lets the user dial down or turn off the 3D effect.last_img read more

Dwayne Johnson wanted for The Wolf Man

first_imgActor Dwayne Johnson is reportedly being eyed by Universal Pictures to play the lead role in its The Wolf Man reboot. The project is part of its plan to revive its classic monsters.It will be included in the studio’s shared monster universe, which is being overseen by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, reports aceshowbiz.com. Morgan wrote the screenplay of Furious 7.There is no confirmation yet from the actor and no other details about The Wolf Man are available as of now.  It has been reported that other famous characters such as the Mummy, Frankenstein and Dracula will inhabit the same universe and interact with one another across films and plots.  The Wolf Man reboot is scheduled to release on April 13, 2018.last_img

Queen Elizabeth II meets Merkel gets grand Berlin boat tour

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, left, waves as she and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, arrive at their hotel in Germany’s capital Berlin, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip are on an official visit to Germany until Friday, June 26. (Joerg Carstensen/dpa via AP) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Quick workouts for men Elizabeth strolled across the grounds with Gauck for a formal greeting by a military honor guard and band that played ‘God Save the Queen’ as well as the German national anthem.The four then took a leisurely boat ride along the Spree River, with the royals waving at hundreds of school children who packed bridges along the route, holding British and German flags.They then met Merkel at the chancellery. In a video on the government’s Facebook page, Merkel and Elizabeth chatted in English while walking through the chancellery to a terrace where Merkel pointed out the former course of the Berlin Wall.“And where the train goes, there, there was the wall … and I lived in East Germany, just a few hundred meters behind these railways,” Merkel told the queen.In another room, Merkel again expressed a “warm welcome” to the queen and pointed out that her visit coincides with the 70-year anniversary of the end of World War II in 1945.Earlier, the British royals were met by cheering crowds outside the Hotel Adlon as they climbed inside a Bentley limousine to take them through the city. The iconic luxury British car brand Bentley was taken over by Germany’s Volkswagen in 1998. Patients with chronic pain give advice Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories center_img Top Stories BERLIN (AP) — Waving to cheering crowds as she began a three-day state visit to Germany, Queen Elizabeth II met with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday and rode in an open-topped boat along the Spree River in Berlin.The 89-year-old monarch and her husband, 94-year-old Prince Philip, started their jam-packed day at Berlin’s Bellevue Palace, where they were greeted by President Joachim Gauck, Germany’s head of state, and his partner, Daniela Schadt, and signed a guest book. Thursday will be spent in the financial hub of Frankfurt, with time blocked out for the queen to meet the public in the city’s central square.On Friday, the royal couple plans to meet with residents of Berlin in Pariser Platz before traveling to Lower Saxony for a visit to the former Nazi Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.Bergen-Belsen was liberated by the British on April 15, 1945, and Elisabeth plans to visit a memorial there and meet with some survivors and liberators of the camp.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more