Federal banking regulator proposes new stress test for all uninsured mortgages

OTTAWA — The federal banking regulator is proposing a new stress test for all uninsured mortgages as part of efforts to tighten lending rules.The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) recommended the measure as part of draft changes that it has published for public consultations.The change would mean that homebuyers who have a down payment of 20 per cent or more — and therefore don’t require mortgage insurance — will still face a stress test to see if they can handle their payments if interest rates rise.The regulator also proposed Thursday expressly prohibiting co-lending arrangements that are designed or appear to be designed to circumvent regulatory requirements.The suggestions follows a move by Ottawa last year to require that all insured mortgages undergo a stress test to determine if borrowers will be able to make their payments if circumstances change such as in the event of a job loss or interest rate hike.Speculation is rampant that the Bank of Canada could raise its key interest rate target as early as next week.If the central bank raises its key rate, the big banks are expected to raise their prime rates, a move that will increase the cost of variable rate mortgages and other loans tied to the benchmark rate.OSFI said it expects to finalize its guidelines later this year. read more

Maldives opposition seeks support in Sri Lanka to pay TV station fine

The opposition coalition had appealed to all Maldivian citizens residing in Sri Lanka to join in the inauguration event this evening. RaajjeTV was fined by an exorbitant MVR two million (USD 130,000), the maximum amount allowed under the defamation bill, last Wednesday for broadcasting a live interview which the government-controlled MBC alleged to contain content that defames incumbent President Abdulla Yameen. Following this, the station had re-opened it’s ‘Aburufulhu fund’ box on the 10th of August. The fund opening was inaugurated by opposition coalition’s Presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in front of the station’s main office in the capital. (Colombo Gazette) The Maldives Joint Opposition is to open a fund box in order to assist privately run television station RaajjeTV to pay off a fine imposed by Maldives Broadcasting Commission (MBC), after the inauguration of their campaign site in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Sunday, RaajjeTV reported.As an initiative by supporters of the opposition coalition in Colombo, “Minivan Javvu Jagaha” was opened on Sunday evening at 04:30 where a fund box was also be placed for contributions to RaajjeTV’s ‘Aburufulhu Fund’. read more

With UNs help West African nations agree on steps against human trafficking

The plan adopted at the just-concluded Meeting on Trafficking in Human Beings in Accra, Ghana, calls for the countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to ratify and fully implement international instruments of ECOWAS and the UN that strengthen laws against human trafficking and protect victims of trafficking, especially women and children.The two-day meeting, which ended on Wednesday, was held in cooperation with the Vienna-based UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP). The 15 ECOWAS member States are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.According to ODCCP, trafficking in human beings is pervasive and growing in West Africa today, with the involvement of organized crime driving this growth and increasing the number of the sub-region’s citizens who suffer its depredations. Two main types of trafficking exist in the sub-region: trafficking in children mainly for domestic work and for farm labour across and within national borders; and trafficking in women and children for sexual exploitation mainly outside of the sub-region. Poverty is a major driving force in the rise of trafficking in human beings, and women and children are easily lured into trafficking networks by recruiters who promise lucrative jobs abroad.The action plan will be submitted for adoption by the annual Summit of ECOWAS Heads of States in December. It will commit countries to adopt laws criminalizing trafficking in human beings and to build the necessary administrative structures. Working in co-operation with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other representatives of civil society, ECOWAS countries will take responsibility for protecting trafficking victims. They will also develop public awareness campaigns aimed at potential victims of trafficking, using both traditional channels of information as well as the mass media. read more

Drugmaker losses pull stocks lower smallcap surge goes on

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Major U.S. stock indexes slipped Friday as drug companies dragged the market lower. Small-company stocks bucked the downward trend and continued to climb, and bond yields rose to their highest level in a year.Drugmakers like Merck and biotech company Amgen took some of the biggest losses Friday. Weak results from Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch hurt retailers as investors kept a close eye on the upcoming holiday season.Small companies including regional banks continued to make large gains. Those stocks have risen sharply since the presidential election last week and are now at record highs.“Some of the proposals that (President-elect Donald) Trump has promoted, specifically deregulation and also some of his trade proposals, are better for small companies than potentially they are for large ones,” said Katie Nixon, chief investment officer for Northern Trust.The Dow Jones industrial average slid 35.89 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 18,867.93. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 5.22 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,181.90. The Nasdaq composite touched a record high early on, but turned lower and gave up 12.46 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5,321.51.That’s not a big loss, but the major indexes hadn’t fallen that much since before the presidential election. Still, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished substantially higher this week after their big gains the week before. But indexes of smaller companies, like the Russell 2000 and the S&P 600, did better. They are on 11-day winning streaks and have hit all-time highs.Among small-company stocks, mortgage lending service company LendingTree added $6.80, or 7.3 per cent, to $100 and coal miner Cloud Peak Energy rose 79 cents, or 15.8 per cent, to $5.79.Losses for drug companies weighed down health care stocks. Botox maker Allergan retreated $8.20, or 4.1 per cent, to $191.78 and biotech giant Amgen fell $2.13, or 1.4 per cent, to $145.23. Hepatitis C drugmaker Gilead Sciences shed 96 cents, or 1.3 per cent, to $74.62.Drug company stocks are coming off their biggest weekly gain in two years. The stocks had been falling in the months leading up to the election because investors worried that under a Hillary Clinton presidency, the federal government would take steps to rein in drug prices. Those kinds of steps are less likely under a Trump presidency and a Republican-controlled Congress.The dollar continued to climb. It’s near one-year highs against the euro and six-month highs against the yen. The dollar rose to 110.63 yen from 109.89 yen. The euro fell to $1.0599 from $1.0626.The dollar hasn’t been this strong since early 2003. Nixon of Northern Trust said that’s affecting big multinational companies because it can hurt their sales outside the U.S., but it’s less of a problem for smaller, domestically-oriented companies.Investors continued to sell U.S. government bonds at a rapid clip, and bond prices wobbled and turned lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.34 per cent from 2.30 per cent. Bond prices have fallen hard since the election and yields are now at their highest in a year.Teen clothing company Abercrombie & Fitch plunged $2.33, or 13.8 per cent, to $14.60 after it reported weak sales and a smaller profit than analysts had expected. Gap’s said fewer people visited its stores heading into the holiday season. Its stock gave up $5.10, or 16.6 per cent, to $25.61. Sporting goods Hibbett Sports retailer cut its annual forecasts after a weak third-quarter report. It dropped $4.90, or 10.8 per cent, to $40.40.Shoppers are not buying as many clothes and moving toward discount chains. That trend continued as discount retailer Ross Stores rose $2.47, or 3.8 per cent, to $68 after it posted a better-than-expected profit and sales.Companies that sell common household products are also moving lower. Procter & Gamble gave up $1.07, or 1.3 per cent, to $82 and drugstore operator Walgreens Boots Alliance slumped 72 cents to $83.27. Those companies have fallen since the election as investors buy companies that could benefit more from faster economic growth.Benchmark U.S. crude rose 27 cents to close at $45.69 a barrel in New York, while Brent crude, which is used to price international oils, added 37 cents to $46.86 a barrel in London. Energy companies traded higher. Chevron rose $1.08, or 1 per cent, to $109.20 and ConocoPhillips jumped $1.15, or 2.6 per cent, to $44.76.Gold fell $8.20 to $1,208.70 an ounce. Silver lost 15 cents to $16.62 an ounce. Copper dipped 2 cents to $2.47 a pound.In other energy trading, wholesale gasoline stayed at $1.34 a gallon. Heating oil picked up 1 cent to $1.46 a gallon. Natural gas climbed 14 cents, or 5.2 per cent, to $2.84 per 1,000 cubic feet.France’s CAC 40 fell 0.5 per cent and the FTSE 100 in Britain dipped 0.3 per cent. The German DAX lost 0.2 per cent. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index added 0.6 per cent as the yen hit a six-month low, helping shares of the country’s big exporters. South Korea’s Kospi shed 0.3 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.4 per cent.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAP His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/journalist/marley-jay by Marley Jay, The Associated Press Posted Nov 18, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Nov 18, 2016 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Oct. 7, 2016 file photo, a sign for Wall Street is carved into a building located near the New York Stock Exchange. Japanese shares rose, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, on the yen’s weakness while other Asian benchmarks wobbled after Fed chair Janet Yellen signaled that policymakers intend to raise interest rates soon. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Drugmaker losses pull stocks lower; small-cap surge goes on read more

Coldstream Guards soldier who prowled streets of Windsor before raping woman is

Prior to the attack, Brayley had drunk at least nine pints and taken cocaine, while the victim was estimated to have been three times over the drink drive limit when the attack occured.She was found in the Bachelor’s Acre park, just 200 yards from the castle where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, married this year. The attack happened on December 14 last year. Both the victim and the accused were on nights out with friends. “Before you attacked your victim, CCTV footage showed you in a club trying to put your arms around women to touch their breasts and backsides.”You can also be seen walking around Windsor. I reject your claim you were looking for somewhere to purchase food, instead you were prowling.”This was a reconnaissance mission, looking for a lone female and somewhere to rape her.”Brayley, of Victoria Barracks in Windsor, Berks., originally denied he had even had sex with his victim, and only once it was proved with DNA evidence, he admitted intercourse but claimed the woman begged him to have sex. This was a reconnaissance mission, looking for a lone female and somewhere to rape herJudge Johannah Cutts QC Brayley had drunk at least nine pints and taken cocaine A Coldstream Guards soldier who “prowled” streets and bars near Windsor Castle on a “reconnaissance mission” before raping a woman has been jailed for 19 years.A judge said Connor Brayley was “looking for a lone female and somewhere to rape her”, as he sentenced him at Reading Crown Court on Friday.Brayley dragged his victim down an alleyway after a night out, less than 200 yards from the famous royal residence, before the 24-year-old raped the young mother close to a park, the court was told. Judge Johannah Cutts QC said: “There is no mistaking that you targeted a lone woman for your own sexual gratification.”Your victim was entitled to be enjoying herself and she was entitled to get home safely. However, she had the misfortune to come across you. Brayley had drunk at least nine pints and taken cocaineCredit:INS News Agency Ltd 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. read more

New visa to let Chinese and Indian tourists travel freely between Ireland

first_imgMINISTER FOR JUSTICE and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, today announced a new visa scheme between Ireland and the United Kingdom will start this autumn.The scheme will allow Chinese and Indian tourists and business visitors to travel between Ireland and the UK on a single visa. The current situation means even those travelling between the Republic and Northern Ireland need two separate visas.Fitzgerald said this evening that the ‘British Irish Visa Scheme’ will provide a major boost to tourism”. She added that the scheme “marked an historic development in the relationship between Ireland and the UK and in the operation of the Common Travel Area which has existed between the two countries since 1922″.Arrangements to allow for this scheme are being processed in the UK Home Office but Fitzgerald’s department said that Irish authorities are also working with the authorities of the countries concerned on the practical implementation.Read: Leaving to work in Australia? Make sure you know your rights>Read: Tourism numbers are up and so are jobs in accommodation and food>last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Timolina By Sean Murray Share3 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The 9 at 9: Wednesday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day. EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #FATAL CRASH: A man in his 50s, wh0 was out walking with his daughter, has died following a fatal road collision in west Dublin. The young woman is being treated in hospital for her injuries.2. #WARNING: The HSE has issued a public health warning to illegal drug users in the Cork area over a powerful new drug linked to the death of a 16-year-old earlier this week.3. #MANNING: In one of his last acts as US President, Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who is now due to be released in May.4. #NEXT-GEN TRAVEL: A new Dennis O’Brien-backed hotel aimed at the tech-savvy traveller is set to open in the spring of 2018.5. #TRAFFICKING: A woman accused of trafficking a young Nigerian woman into the country and forcing her into prostitution has gone on trial in Dublin.6. #BREXIT: Theresa May laid out her plan for a hard Brexit yesterday, and it’s been described as the “worst possible outcome for Ireland”.7. #LAWSUIT: Just before his inauguration, Donald Trump has been hit by a defamation lawsuit from a former contestant on his reality TV show The Apprentice.8. #COLD CASE: Gardaí have issued a fresh appeal for information, ten years to the day that Michael Gallagher was murdered at his home in Tallaght.9. #FAIR DEAL: The Department of Health has committed to “priority” of statutory homecare for the elderly in the wake of the broadcast of an RTÉ documentary on the subject. 11,726 Views Short URL Jan 18th 2017, 7:46 AM Image: Shutterstock/Timolina Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 7:46 AM No Comments http://jrnl.ie/3191919 last_img read more

Ne manquez pas léclipse partielle de Lune visible ce soir dans le

first_imgNe manquez pas l’éclipse partielle de Lune visible ce soir dans le cielTraditionnellement nommée “Lune Rose” (“Pink Moon” en anglais), la lune sera pleine le soir du jeudi 25 avril. Mais l’astre connaitra également au même moment une éclipse partielle visible dans partout et notamment dans l’hémisphère nord. C’est une habitude, les différentes pleines lunes de l’année ont toutes le droit à leur petit surnom. Au mois de janvier, la Lune du loup (en anglais “Wolf Moon”) a pointé son né, juste avant la Lune de neige (“Snow Moon”) en février et la Lune de tempête (“Storm Moon”) en mars. Le mois d’avril n’y échappe et ce soir c’est la pleine “Lune rose” (“Pink Moon”) qui fera son apparition. Alors, surtout, ne vous attendez pas à ce que l’astre se teinte subitement d’un couleur rose malabar. Elle tire tout simplement son nom du Calopogon tubéreux, plus joliment appelé “Grass pink” en anglais. En effet, cette orchidée qui est donc rose est l’une des premières plantes à fleurir dès l’arrivée des beaux jours. D’où le surnom de la Lune que l’on peut considérer comme annonciatrice de la venue de cette jolie fleur.Pleine lune et éclipse lunaireMais cette année, la “Lune rose” sera un peu particulière, puisqu’elle aura lieu en même temps qu’une éclipse lunaire partielle. Une grande partie des habitants de la planète seront en mesure de l’admirer. Par contre, l’Amérique du Nord devra se contenter d’une simple Lune rose, ce qui en soit, est déjà un spectacle splendide. Depuis l’Europe et l’Afrique de l’Ouest, elle aura lieu juste après le coucher du soleil et sera visible à l’Est. L’Asie de l’Ouest et Centrale pourront l’apercevoir vers minuit, au dessus de leur tête. Enfin, en Australie, Indonésie et Asie de l’Est, elle sera visible avant le coucher du soleil le 26 avril, vers l’Ouest. L’éclipse lunaire ne sera, en revanche, que partielle. À son apogée, durant la nuit du 25 au 26 avril, l’ombre de la Terre ne couvrira que 1,5% du diamètre de la Lune, à peine visible. Avec une durée de 27 minutes, cette éclipse de lune sera la troisième éclipse partielle la plus courte du 21ème siècle. La prochaine fois que l’ombre de la Terre touchera l’astre lunaire aura lieu le 15 avril 2014, mais l’éclipse lunaire sera cette fois-ci totale. L’éclipse lunaire partielle se déroulera dans le voisinage proche de Saturne, la planète dorée, qui sera bientôt plus proche de la Terre qu’elle ne l’a jamais été. Attention donc, à ne pas la rater, car elle aura lieu à la même heure pour tout le monde, à 19h54, heure universelle.Une éclipse partielle lunaire, c’est quoi ?Une éclipse lunaire, même partielle, ne peut avoir lieu que lorsque la Lune est pleine, et qu’elle fait face au Soleil dans le ciel de la Terre. À ce moment, la Terre se situe exactement entre la Lune et le Soleil, obscurcissant le satellite. Cette fois, l’alignement Soleil-Terre-Lune est légèrement désaxé, ce qui provoque une éclipse partielle uniquement. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreIl est possible d’apercevoir une éclipse lunaire quand l’ombre de la Terre touche la surface de la Lune. La Terre possède une ombre double. Une ombre noire “interne” et une pénombre environnante plus claire. Cette nuit, la Lune ne pénètrera dans la partie la plus sombre de l’ombre de la Terre que brièvement. Seule la partie la plus au Nord de la Lune passera dans cette zone.D’ailleurs, pour ceux qui n’ont pas de joli point de vue, SLOOH, un système de surveillance de l’espace sur Internet, retransmettra en direct l’éclipse partielle à l’aide de télescopes situés dans les îles Canaries.À noter que la prochaine pleine lune aura lieu le 25 mai prochain et portera le joli nom de Lune fleurie. Deux prochaines éclipses solaires auront lieu cette année, le 25 mai et le 18 octobre, mais ce ne seront que des éclipses pénombrales. C’est-à-dire que l’ombre de la Terre ne touchera pas la Lune. L’astre ne fera que traverser la pénombre de notre planète. Le 25 avril 2013 à 16:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

This Strange Species Lives Off Nuclear Energy Is Like Alien Life on

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. When we talk about an asteroid hitting earth and wiping out all life, it’s generally presumed that we don’t really mean ALL life. There are some species that live far below ground that could survive. And one bacterium could potentially survive far longer than the rest of us because unlike the overwhelming majority of creatures on our planet, it uses radiation to survive instead of deriving power from the sun.Desulforudis audaxviator lives in total darkness, just under two miles beneath the surface. There it manages to cling to life in a place that has no sunlight, no oxygen, and no organic compounds (like methane or ethane) to break apart for energy. Instead, it lives off the small trickle of radiation from the decaying uranium in the rocks around it.According to researchers from the University of Sao Paulo, this could give us a great model for extraterrestrial life. Specifically life on Europa, the frozen ocean moon of Jupiter.“We studied the possible effects of a biologically usable energy source on Europa based on information obtained from an analogous environment on Earth,” study lead, Douglas Galante told Brazilian news organization FAPESP.Current hypotheses suggest that life on Europa may resemble that found in the depths of Earth’s oceans, piggybacking off of the chemical and thermal energy found in seafloor vents. But having another, totally separate mechanism for life to make energy dramatically increases the chances that life could adapt and survive under conditions found beyond our world.“The uranium breaks down the water molecules to produce free radicals. The free radicals attack the surrounding rocks, especially pyrite, producing sulfate. The bacteria use the sulfate to synthesize ATP [adenosine triphosphate], the nucleotide responsible for energy storage in cells,” Galante said. “This is the first time an ecosystem has been found to survive directly on the basis of nuclear energy.”In their paper, Galante and his team also posit that these conditions may well be found on Europa, meaning it’s feasible that yet another form of life could exist there.“In our study, we worked with three radioactive elements: uranium, thorium and potassium, the most abundant in the terrestrial context. Based on the percentages found on Earth, in meteorites and on Mars, we can predict the amounts that probably exist on Europa,” Galante said.Whether Europa could sustain life will ultimately come down to its chemistry. We know that, through the regular movement of Jupiter and Europa through the system of Jovian moons, could generate enough stretching and pulling of Europa’s core to keep it warm. In fact, we know this is the case. So, as long as the conditions were favorable for life there, and provided the chemical make-up of the moon itself favors it, life could very well exist in its depths.Adding more fuel to these hypotheses are the fact that life on Earth started very shortly after the planet formed. Essentially, as soon as things weren’t totally molten, life sprang up — almost immediately in geological terms.“The ocean bed on Europa appears to offer very similar conditions to those that existed on primitive Earth during its first billion years,” Galante added. So studying Europa today is to some extent like looking back at our own planet in the past.”I dunno about you, but this has me very excited. Not just the fact that there are bacteria that can live on nuclear energy, but that it seems the more we look, the more we seem to find that life really will find a way.last_img read more

Geek Deals Support Charity Get Great Games with Yogscast Jingle Jam 2018

first_imgFor the end of the year holiday festivities, the folks at the Yogcast have a fundraising event. And thanks to the help of Humble Bundle and some excellent developers, the Yogscast Jingle Jam earns some big bucks for charity while delivering some really fun games on Steam. • Yogscast Jingle Jam 2018Any amount will be appreciated by the charities, but a purchase of $5 or more will also give you some Black Ops 4 salutes and a written shout-out on a Yogcast stream.Spend at least $5Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 C.O.D.E. Salute Pack (Battle.net)$5 Shout-out on Yogscast StreamGo for the $35 minimum, and you’ll be swamped with Steam codes – with more games revealing daily through Christmas. Game Dev Studio, Guild Wars 2, Westerado: Double Barreled, and more will be yours to keep in your Steam library.Spend at least $35Animal Super Squad KabounceThe Greater GoodBatalj BETA Two-PackCardLife: Cardboard Survival (Sold Out)-40% off any purchase on Displate.comWarhammer: End Times – VermintideGUILTY GEAR Xrd -SIGN- (Limited Availability)Guns of Icarus Alliance Collector’s EditionSwitchbladeTower 57Unit 4Throne of Lies: The Online Game of DeceitFreaky AwesomeGuild Wars 2 Jingle Jam 2018 PackLakeview Cabin CollectionChivalry: Medieval WarfareGame Dev StudioNo Time to Explain RemasteredConvoySlime-sanWesterado: Double BarreledSpace Pilgrim Episode I: Alpha CentauriDon’t Stand OutSure FootingMore goodies unlock every day until ChristmasBy default, your money will benefit each of these non-profits: Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal; Stand Up To Cancer; International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association; WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation; SpecialEffect; Mental Health Foundation; War Child UK; The Call of Duty Endowment; and any one of Humble Bundle’s other participating non-profits.Sale Ends: December 31st, 2018 at 11:59PM PTNote: Terms and conditions apply. See the Humble site for more information.For more great Humble deals, go to TechBargains.last_img read more

Weather Eye: Scorching heat tops out today, continues throughout the week

first_img Summer continues in full swing as sunny, hot weather is with us for a few more days. Eventually the pressure pattern changes and we get cooler ocean air midweek to cool us down into the 80s.Our average high for this week is about 81 or 82 degrees and we still will remain above that. No rain in sight and I can see temperatures next weekend shooting back toward 90 degrees. We are on a roll with a string of 90s beginning Thursday with 95 degrees, Friday at 91 degrees, and 91 degrees as of 5 p.m. Saturday. Today, we top out at 95 or so and another 90-degree high Monday and Tuesday.At midmonth we are running about three degrees above normal with the average mean temperature.Last July, Vancouver only had three 90-degree high temperatures; we have accomplished that already and will be adding three more to beat 2017. Last year on this date we had a “cool” 80 degrees for a high.Since it is quiet in the weather department here is a tidbit for you. The Sequim City Ordinance 95-009, Section 2.1 specifically prohibits “weather conditions that are detrimental to enjoyment of activities within the city.” How about that for an ordinance?Now that may sound a little difficult to enforce, but that city lies in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains and only receives about 15 inches of rain annually about the same as Los Angeles. Their year to date rainfall so far in 2018 was only 6.45 inches. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

HEA – Status of Transmission Lines Near Swan Lake Fire

first_imgThe power lines along the Sterling Highway remain de-energized so fire crews can safely work in and around these power lines. In a release from HEA, “we have reports of trees that have fallen into lines as a result of fire activity, no member’s power will be affected since these power lines are de-energized.” Motorists along the Sterling Highway are reminded to never approach a power line that may be on or near the ground in the vicinity of the highway. HEA continues to collaborate daily with the fire management team. This transmission line will remain de-energized until HEA is allowed to safely evaluate these lines for damage by the Incident Management Team. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Transmission lines along the Sterling highway, in the vicinity of fire operations, have been de-energized since August 18, per the request of the inter-agency Incident Management Team overseeing the Swan Lake Fire.last_img read more

Bengaluru airport hikes User Development Fee by a massive 120

first_img[Representational Image]Reuters fileSad news awaits passengers flying from Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru as the User Development Fee (UDF) for both domestic and international passengers has been increased.The UDF has seen a massive hike of over 120 per cent and will be on effect from Tuesday. The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) had decided to increase the charges from its previous rates on Monday.According to reports, the UDF has been increased from Rs 139 to Rs 306 for domestic passengers and Rs 1,226 will be charged from the international passengers from the previous Rs 558.According to the Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), the body which operates KIA, the revised rates will be applicable for air tickets bought from April 16 to August 15, after which the UDF will be regressed back.”This incremental increase in charges will provide BIAL much-needed relief as we are in the midst of a massive Rs 13,000 crore-capacity expansion to cater to the stupendous growth of the aviation sector in India,” said Hari Marar, BIAL MD and CEO, reports The Hindu.The four-month hike is based on an amendment issued by AERA earlier this month. The amendment itself followed an interim relief given by the ruling Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal’s (TDSSAT) ruling of March which allowed BIAL to collect revised charges for a limited period of four months, reports Deccan Herald.In its amendment, AERA has directed BIAL to deposit the excess money collected in a separate bank account to manage the funds. These funds will be used only for the infrastructural expansion of the airport. The overall collection and expenditure will be reviewed by AERA.last_img read more

No correlation between surrendering passport citizenship DG

first_imgTarique Rahman and Masud RezwanBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) acting chairman Tarique Rahman will have to return home if he wants to get back his passport, a top official concerned said on Thursday.Major general Masud Rezwan, director general of Department of Immigration and Passports, came up with the observation following controversies surrounding Tarique’s passport and state minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam’s claim that the BNP leader forfeited his nationality.Read More: Shahriar finds no rationale for finding flaws in his docsThe official, as UNB reported, explained that there is no correlation between ‘citizenship and surrendering a passport’.”One’s citizenship is not cancelled if s/he has no passport. If BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman has filed an appeal seeking cancellation of his citizenship, that’s a different thing, but we’ve no idea whether Tarique filed any application in this regard,” Masud Rezwan was quoted to have said.The DG told Prothom Alo on Thursday morning that two types of citizens are not entitled to securing passport – a fugitive person or the one sentenced to a minimum of two years of imprisonment. Any of this categories of persons cannot get back passport before completion of five years of his/her jail term or freeing of charges, according to the official.He added that Tarique Rahman would not be able to get a passport even if he files any application at the moment.The DG referred to the Bangladesh Passport Order 1973, which says, a person convicted for minimum of two years would not be issued a passport if he applies within five years of conviction.Tarique Rahman has been sentenced to suffer 10 years of imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust case by a Dhaka court which also awarded his mother, BNP chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia with five years in jail.However, the official pointed out, Tarique Rahma, who has been staying in London since 2008, would have to return home to get back his passport after getting the national identification (NID) card.”It’s known to all that Tarique has no NID and he has to return home for taking both NID and passport,” UNB quoted him as saying.The DG said to a questioner, “There’ll be no problem in his return to home. He can return home after taking travel pass from Bangladesh Embassy (high commission in London) and anyone can do it.””Tarique surrendered his passport at London High Commission in 2014 and he hasn’t filed any application for his passport since then,” Masud Rezwan was quoted to have said.Tarique renewed his passport from Bangladesh high vommission in London in 2010 after he left Bangladesh in 2008, he said.When Tarique left the country, he was not a convicted accused, the official recalled.Addressing a reception hosted by the UK Awami League in honour of prime minister Sheikh Hasina in London last week, Shahriar Alam had said Tarique, gave up his nationality by handing over his Bangladesh passport to the UK Home Office almost four years ago.Afterwards, Tarique served a legal notice upon Shahriar asking him to prove by 10 days his remark that he has relinquished his nationality by submitting his Bangladeshi passport.On behalf of Tarique, BNP law affairs secretary Kaiser Kamal sent the notice by post to the foreign ministry’s address.BNP also protested at the state minister’s comment and challenged the Bangladesh high commission to show Tarique Rahman’s Bangladeshi passport, had he submitted it.last_img read more

As Shutdown Eases Federal Workers Fear Prospect Of Another

first_img Share Wikimedia CommonsStatue of Liberty seen from the Circle Line ferry, Manhattan, New YorkThe swift steps ending a messy and expensive government shutdown has enabled hundreds of thousands of federal workers to return to work Tuesday, but some say they fear they could find themselves in limbo again in a few more weeks.Congress sped toward moving to reopen government after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations on Monday afternoon. The House approved the measure shortly thereafter, sending the spending bill to President Donald Trump, who quickly signed it.Ali Niaz, a Department of Labor employee who was sent home Monday, took advantage of the partial three-day federal paralysis to tap into shutdown discounts offered by a tavern in the nation’s capital. He asked the bartender if the same deals would be “offered next month when the government shuts down again” — already pointing to when a temporary spending measure ends in early February.For days, the shutdown effectively cleaved the federal workforce in half as hundreds of thousands of workers were sent home while others declared essential employees stayed on the job.Felicia Sharp, a lab tech with the Defense Department at Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia, was deemed essential and reported to work Monday. She said the whiplash that occurs when employees are furloughed makes it hard to plan upon returning to work.Sharp, who also serves as a local president for the American Federation of Government Employees, said the deal that keeps government open for a few weeks, “only just postpones the inevitable for a while.” When the next deadline approaches, she predicted, “it will be the same situation all over again.”During the 2013 shutdown, which lasted more than two weeks, Sharp took on two part-time jobs to make sure her bills were paid.J. David Cox, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 700,000 federal and D.C. government workers, said his members have been exasperated with the inability of Congress and Trump to negotiate a budget.“We can’t be the ball for the pingpong game,” Cox said, after Senate Democrats dropped their objections Monday to a temporary funding bill in return for assurances from Republicans leaders that they will soon take up immigration and other hot-button issues.last_img read more

Forget com GoDaddy Offers 14 New Website Domain Extensions

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min read December 11, 2013 Register Now »center_img Like the sound of Weddings.Photography for your business website? Or KeyLimePie.Guru, perhaps?Website-domain registrar GoDaddy is allowing people to pre-register for 14 new domain extensions starting today, including both “.photography” and “.guru.”While websites currently end with familiar domain extensions such as “.com,” “.org,” “.net,” and “.org,” that is all changing. That’s critical for entrepreneurs, because in the evermore online world, the clarity and searchability of a business’s website domain can make or break its success.Consider the hypothetical entrepreneur, Joe, who owns a plumbing business called Pipe Master Joe. If his website were PipeMasterJoe.com, that would leave more room for misinterpretation than, say, the website PipeMasterJoe.Plumbing. Or, what if PipeMasterJoe.com were already taken? With the addition of more domain extensions, now Joe the plumber has more options.Related: Self-Made Billionaire Michael Rubin: E-Commerce Is Rapidly Changing (Video)”In order for small businesses to be successful, a strong online identity is a must. The new name options can help provide quick and easy context for a business,” said Mike McLaughlin, the vice president of domains at GoDaddy, in a statement. “If you think about it, domain names are essentially 21st century real estate — it is the online address given to customers, friends and family.”Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Go Daddy has access to the pre-registration for the following 14 domains:1) .estate2) .photography3) .ventures4) .guru5) .bike6) .clothing7) .gallery8) .singles9) .camera10) .lighting11) .plumbing12) .equipment13) .graphics14) .holdingsThe 14 domain extensions will begin to become available early next year, and competition is likely to be fierce. That’s why GoDaddy is able to sell early access: It’s offering to do the hustle for you.This website inventory expansion is a long time coming. Back in 2005, the non-profit organization that oversees the name of Internet sites, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers, started the process of making more generic top level domains (commonly referred to as gTLDs) available.Related: TOMS Creates E-Commerce Hub for Socially Conscious ShoppersAs soon as a domain name opens, GoDaddy’s technology will instantly attempt to register you for the domain name for which you have pre-registered. The cost of pre-registering for a domain name is contingent upon how close you want to be to the front of the line and what domain name you are going after. Fees can go as high as $12,000.To pre-register for any of the above domains, visit www.GoDaddy.com/NewDomains. If multiple customers pre-register for the same domain, they will be invited into an auction for the specific address. There are no guarantees. If GoDaddy can’t get your domain name, then you get your money back, save any application costs.  Related: Your Blog’s Secret Weapon: Old Content Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Wccftech Deals – Zools Cold Storage Cause Hot Storage Isnt an Option

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Go back to the enewsletter Six Senses Duxton the

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSix Senses Duxton, the first city hotel from acclaimed hospitality and wellness company Six Senses, is now open at 83 Duxton Road in historic Tanjong Pagar in the Chinatown area of Singapore. Along with sister hotel Six Senses Maxwell opening later this year, Six Senses Duxton seeks to engage with the surrounding neighbourhood and provide a new level of sustainability practised in Singapore.“Six Senses Duxton aims not only to deliver a five-star luxury hotel experience, but to actively improve the surrounding neighbourhood and natural environment as we do so,” says Six Senses chief executive officer Neil Jacobs. “Singapore has been my home for almost 20 years, specifically the colourful enclave of Tanjong Pagar. Together with our team, I am delighted to bring our unique new urban Six Senses experience to life in Singapore, and for us to enrich and be enriched by the Duxton and Maxwell communities.”In addition to infusing a touch of local culture and quirkiness into each property, Six Senses is known for its commitment to authenticity, community, and sustainability. Six Senses Duxton was originally a row of traditional shophouses, re-designed and re-utilised to harmoniously blend the shophouse aesthetic with the comfort of a modern hotel. As a conservation project, Six Senses Duxton has received the Urban Redevelopment Authority Architectural Heritage Award.“We look forward to welcoming you to experience a hotel that is truly different from the inside out. Numerous processes and procedures are in place to ensure that we truly ‘walk the walk’ in terms of adhering to our commitments to sustainability and conservation,” says general manager Murray Aitken. “We are focused on the creation and operation of self-sustaining hotels that are supportive of social equity and leave a legacy for future generations.”Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell are focused on enhancing social and economic benefits to neighbouring communities. Six Senses supports Singapore entrepreneurs by looking to local suppliers before a search for any product or service is expanded regionally. From in-room minibar items to restaurant ingredients to hotel operating supplies, priority has always been to source and partner locally. In this spirit, exclusive partnerships within the community will be announced in the coming months, giving Six Senses guests additional access to unique local experiences and extending the brand’s reach into the surrounding community.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2017 11:56 am PDT Last Updated Dec 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rachel Crooks, left, Jessica Leeds, center, and Samantha Holvey attend a news conference, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in New York to discuss their accusations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump. The women, who first shared their stories before the November 2016 election, called for a congressional investigation into Trump’s alleged behavior. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) The Latest: Sanders says Trump already addressed allegationscenter_img WASHINGTON – The Latest on sexual misconduct allegations against President Donald Trump (all times local):2:55 p.m.The White House is pushing back on sexual misconduct allegations against President Donald Trump, saying he has already denied them.Three women who previously accused Trump of sexual harassment shared their stories Monday on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today.” They’re calling for a congressional investigation.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump “has addressed these accusations directly and denied all of these allegations.” She says the people decided in November to elect him regardless.Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks are among the women who have alleged harassment by Trump.The White House has called the claims false and “totally disputed in most cases.”The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has said the women should be heard.___10:30 a.m.Three women who have previously accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment are sharing their stories on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today.”Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks on Monday told of alleged harassment by Trump spanning decades.The White House called the claims false and “totally disputed in most cases.” It said “the timing and absurdity of these false claims speak volumes.”One of the accusers, Rachel Crooks, called the White House statement “laughable.”Crooks says of sexual misconduct: “I think politicians seem to be immune to this.”The women, who first shared their stories before the November 2016 election, were holding a press conference later Monday to call for a congressional investigation into Trump’s alleged behaviour.last_img read more

Prices have risen 328 per cent since start of millennium

first_imgBy Liam CarterSince the start of the new millennium, prices in Cyprus have increased by a total of 32.8 per cent on average, with alcohol and tobacco rising a whopping 66 per cent and almost 92 per cent respectively, and food by over 60 per cent.Statistical data analysed and published by Eurostat shows how the economy of the European Union and its member states have evolved since the year 2000.The just-published figures show that tobacco and alcohol, alongside housing, water, electricity and gas have increased by 91.8 per cent and 66 per cent respectively overall in Cyprus during the period.On average, the price for alcoholic beverages and tobacco in the European Union (EU) increased by 92.1 per cent.Meanwhile, the average price for housing, water, electricity and gas have increased by 57.2 per cent between 2000 and 2017.  In Cyrus the same figure was 64 per cent, 9 percentage points above the EU average.The highest price hike amongst EU member states for housing, water, electricity, gas and alcoholic beverages and tobacco was reported in Romania with an increase of 536.5 per cent and 726.5 per cent respectively.Moreover, between 2000 and 2017, the prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages in Cyprus increased by 62.6 per cent. By contrast, on average, prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages in the EU increased by 43.3 per cent.Interestingly, the same data also show that in the span of 17 years, the prices for clothing and footwear have decreased by 20.8 per cent in Cyprus while the EU average has gone up by 0.8 per cent.On a different note, with 42.4 per cent, Cyprus also registered the biggest decrease in communication charges amongst EU countries. EU average in communications charges decreased by 21.7 per cent. You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionType in your name and wait 8 seconds. It’s crazy what this site reveals about people.TruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoWomenTales.com15 Plus Size Clothes Worth Their PriceWomenTales.comUndoHealthZapBurdened With Doubts; Man Got Down The LadderHealthZapUndo Heroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more