Nova Scotia First in Canada to Unveil Project CTO Plaque

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil recognized Project CTO’s work to commemorate internments in Canada during, and immediately after, the First World War. The first of 100 plaque unveilings planned across the country today, Aug. 22, was held at the Cumberland County Museum and Archives in Amherst at 11 a.m. The project is sponsored by the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund. “Ensuring freedoms and legal protections for all residents of our country is a hallmark of a strong and healthy democracy,” said Premier McNeil. “The unveiling of these plaques across Canada reaffirms the commitment of Canadians to a more peaceful world where the rights of all individuals and communities are respected. “I would like to thank the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund for making this possible.” Marking the centennial of the start of the war and the War Measures Act, Project CTO is unveiling the plaques across the country at 11 a.m., local time, to raise awareness of the first time Canada imprisoned people of ethnic heritage it considered a threat during a time of conflict. The plaques are being unveiled in churches, cultural sites, museums and other public spaces across the country. They encourage Canadians to remember the victims of the internment operations who were branded “enemy aliens.” They included people of Armenian, Croatian, German, Hungarian, Serbian and Ukrainian heritage. More information about Project CTO is available at and .last_img read more

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Jackson Browne And Steve Earle To Play Benefit Show For California Proposition

first_imgSinger Songwriters Jackson Browne and Steve Earle will join forces on Monday, October 24 at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego, CA for an acoustic show to support YES on 62 – Repeal the Death Penalty.Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations.This special benefit concert is paid for by Volunteers for Yes on 62. YES on California Proposition 62 would repeal the state death penalty and replace the maximum punishment for murder with life in prison without possibility of parole. It would apply retroactively to those already sentenced to death. Under Prop 62, the death penalty will be replaced with a strict life sentence. Those convicted of the worst crimes will NEVER be released. Instead of being housed in expensive private cells on death row, murderers will be kept with other maximum-security inmates.For more information, please visit available online at or charge-by-phone (800) 745-3000 or (805) 963-4408. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice. Convenience charges apply to all phone and internet outlet ticket orders.last_img read more

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CBI searches Bhushan Power and Steel premises in Rs 2348 cr bank

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI on Saturday conducted country-wide searches at official and residential premises of debt-ridden Bhushan Power and Steel Limited (BPSL) in connection with a bank fraud case that cost banks and the government a whopping Rs 2,348 crore, sources here said.The federal agency registered a case on Friday against the company, naming its Chairman and Managing Director Sanjay Singal along with promoters and associates of the company. An official source here added that the case is registered under Bank Security and Fraud by the Economic Offences Division of CBI. Speaking to the Millennium Post, agency sleuths said that searches were conducted in Delhi, Chandigarh, Kolkata, and Odisha, which resulted in the seizure of various documents pertaining to the case. The CBI alleged that top-level officials of BPSL hatched a criminal conspiracy with unknown public officials to divert funds from loan accounts in a Chandigarh branch of Punjab National Bank and Kolkata branches of Oriental Bank of Commerce, IDBI Bank, and UCO Bank through several shell companies “without any obvious purpose”. The CBI has charged the accused in the case with using forged documents and falsifying accounts, thereby causing a loss of more than Rs 2,300 crore to the concerned banks, financial institutions, and government exchequers. Furthermore, sources added that the company also claimed inadmissible CENVAT credit for themselves. In addition to what has been alleged by CBI, the Delhi-based steel manufacturer has defaulted on loans of up to Rs 47, 204 crore, borrowed from 33 banks and financial institutions between 2007 and 2014. In order to recover the defaulting loans, the PNB-led consortium of lenders had initially chosen to go to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), after PNB had declared BPSL accounts as a Non-Performing Asset. The CBI searches come in the backdrop of BPSL’s apparent insolvency troubles as a Delhi bench of NCLT is trying to facilitate a buyout, for which both Tata Steel and JSW-Steel have made their bids, with the Sajjan Jindal-led company leading at the last count.The Delhi bench was suppose to make a decision on the Rs 19,650 crore offer from JSW by March 31.last_img read more

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UN human rights expert reports on appalling conditions for ordinary Palestinians

John Dugard, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, said that he wished to speak only about Israeli actions against ordinary, non-militant, non-activist Palestinians who simply wanted to lead a good life, educate their children and enjoy the basic amenities of life. The human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory had deteriorated since 2001, and was intolerable, appalling, and tragic for ordinary Palestinians, he was reported as saying by a press release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).In response, Israeli Ambassador Itzhak Levanon said there could be no value in a report that follows a one-sided and imbalanced mandate that did not conform to the reality on the ground and which prejudged key issues. He said that, like its predecessors, it was characterized by errors of omission as well as distortions of both fact and law.While it had been Israel’s intention to disengage from Gaza only to return to it, clearly Israel had the fundamental right and duty to defend and protect its citizens, Mr. Levanon said, adding that any Palestinian Government should renounce violence, recognize Israel and accept existing Israeli-Palestinian agreements.Also speaking on behalf of a “concerned country,” Palestinian representative Mohammad Abu-Koash thanked the Rapporteur for his report and warned that the Middle East was in turmoil while no genuine effort had been expended to address its root cause, namely, ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian, Syrian, and Lebanese territories.Representatives from over 20 other countries also spoke during the debate before the 47-member Council moved on to discuss reports on the human rights situations in Cuba, Cambodia, Haiti and Somalia.In wrapping up her presentation, Christine Chanet, Personal Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Cuba, highlighted the negative effects of the United States embargo, saying it was not a path to democracy and should not continue, but, as per her mandate, she said she could only deplore it and not recommend that it be lifted. She said there was nothing new in terms of prison or detention conditions in Cuba but that these continued to be a source of concern. There were also no unknown detainees, all were recorded, and there was nothing hidden. Nor had there been any changes with regards to the legal arsenal and while there was some progress in gender equality, more work remained to be done.In response, Juan Antonia Fernandez Palacios of Cuba said his country could not understand what concerns the European Union (EU) was talking about, as it kept secret prisons and was collaborating with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as well as repressing people. He also slammed Washington for committing atrocities, including in Guantanamo, and said it should therefore stop making critical comments that were insulting to the Council’s Member States. Over 10 countries also made statements on this report.Regarding Cambodia, Yash Ghai, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights in the country, said he was concerned that few of his or his predecessor’s recommendations had been implemented, and that human rights continued to be violated on a systemic scale.Responding to Mr. Ghai’s report, Vun Chheang from Cambodia acknowledged the assistance and cooperation provided by the UN but said that the tragic events that took place from 1970 onwards had seriously affected the country, including the loss of skilled individuals and the annihilation of infrastructure. Representatives from eight other countries were also involved in this debate.Presenting his report on Haiti, Louis Joinet, Independent Expert appointed by the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights, highlighted the spirit of conciliation and reconciliation of the Haitian people, saying this had led to progress although acknowledging that much remained to be done, particularly regarding the protection of civilians.In response, Jean-Claude Pierre of Haiti paid tribute to the Independent Expert and said that the Government had endeavoured to implement his recommendations. He also highlighted that the authorities had reinstated equality between men and women, and in order to curb violence had launched a programme to disarm armed groups. Concluding its discussion of country-specific reports today, the Council also heard from Ghanim Alnajjar, Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, who warned that although there was an apparent calm in the areas controlled by the Islamic Council Union, the situation would surely and disastrously deteriorate if the international community did not engage with Somali leaders. In the dialogue that followed the presentation of the report, Finland spoke on behalf of the EU, and there were also statements from Italy, Djibouti, the US and Sudan. Rapporteurs are unpaid independent human rights experts. read more

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AltaGas says Petrogas deal will bolster access to North American markets

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 12, 2013 11:36 pm MDT AltaGas says Petrogas deal will bolster access to North American markets CALGARY – AltaGas Ltd. is buying a 25 per cent stake in privately held Petrogas Energy Corp. in a deal it says will help it move natural gas liquids and crude oil to North American markets.Petrogas has more than 1,500 rail cars and 24 rail and truck terminals. It also has major terminal and storage facilities with rail access at key energy hubs in Alberta, Ontario and the United States.“Our investment in Petrogas provides strategic alignment with a major North American integrated midstream service provider and brings a unique opportunity to optimize and expand our current midstream assets, increasing our ability to move (natural gas liquids) and crude oil to meet market demands,” said Altagas CEO David Cornhill.The deal also brings with it the infrastructure Altagas will need to pursue a partnership with Japan’s Idemitsu Koas Co. Ltd. to export gas overseas, Cornhill added.Calgary-based AltaGas said it will initially exchange approximately 2.8 million shares and an unspecified amount of cash for a 25 per cent stake in Petrogas. There’s also a provision for it to buy an additional 25 per cent this year in Petrogas, which is also based in Calgary.The deemed value of the AltaGas shares is $35.69 apiece, or nearly $100 million in total, which is above the Thursday closing price of $35 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.In Friday afternoon trading, Altagas shares rose 1.2 per cent to $35.45.Petrogas has annual sales of more than $2.7 billion and about $750 in total assets.AltaGas, which has a market value of about $4.1 billion based in the Thursday stock price, is an energy infrastructure business with a focus on natural gas, power and regulated utilities.The two companies have agreed to enter a natural gas liquids marketing agreement in which Petrogas will buy output from AltaGas-owned processing facilities.The initial acquisition is expected to close Oct. 1, subject to customary regulatory approvals, including approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Mens volleyball Ohio State closes out season with a pair of wins

The No. 2 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (26-2, 15-0 MIVA) beat both Lindenwood University and Quincy University on Friday and Saturday, closing out the regular season and staying perfect in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play.OSU is only the second team in 25 years to go undefeated in MIVA action. The last time the MIVA saw a perfect conference record was in 2014 when Loyola University, Chicago went 14-0.LindenwoodOn Saturday, the Buckeyes traveled to face the Lindenwood Lions (5-18, 4-12 MIVA) where they won in straight sets, 25-17, 25-15, 25-19.Defensively, the Lions struggled to maintain OSU’s offensive efforts. The Lions had only 9 digs through three sets of action. The Buckeyes, on the other hand, tallied 19 digs as a team.The Buckeyes hit over .400 during the night with junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen and senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson combining for 24 kills in the match. OSU also performed well at the service line with Szerszen and redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Leeson both serving four aces a piece.Despite OSU’s high attacking efficiency, the Lions stuffed the Buckeyes on six occasions. Lindenwood’s sophomore Connor Hipelius led the team with four block assists for the night.QuincyAfter taking care of business at Lindenwood, the Buckeyes traveled to Quincy University for the regular-season finale, taking the match in four sets (25-16, 25-27, 25-15, 25-12) against the Hawks (7-21, 2-14 MIVA).After never trailing in the first set, the Buckeyes went down 22-16 in the second frame before erasing that deficit with a 7-0 run. OSU ultimately dropped the set in extra points.Aside from the second set, the Buckeyes were hitting above .300, with a match high of .533 in the third set. Quincy’s best attacking efficiency came in the third set as well at .206.In sophomore setter Sanil Thomas’ second start of the season, he assisted on 43 kills and led the team with 11 digs. He helped both Szerszen and junior Maxime Hervoir rack up 17 kills each.With the regular season wrapped up, the MIVA Tournament seeding is locked in. OSU has the top seed, which means that the Buckeyes will have home-court advantage for the duration of the tournament.The Buckeyes start MIVA Tournament action on Saturday when they face Quincy again. First serve is set at 5 p.m. in St. John Arena. read more

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Boart Longyear and Centerbridge Partners agree recapitalisation

first_imgBoart Longyear’s largest shareholder, Centerbridge Partners, has agreed to increase its investment in the company through a comprehensive recapitalisation plan. The agreement, parts of which are subject to approval by Boart Longyear’s shareholders, is designed to improve the company’s debt structure and liquidity. This will give Boart Longyear the liquidity to weather the challenges of the current depressed markets for drilling services and products and the financial strength to allow more time for those markets to recover. “This partnership with Centerbridge, an experienced investment firm and the company’s largest shareholder, will ensure that the Boart Longyear franchise, which will have been operating 125 years next year, remains fundamentally strong and valuable,” said Richard O’Brien, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boart Longyear.The agreement with Centerbridge marks the successful completion of a strategic review process Boart Longyear’s Board of Directors and executive management team initiated in February. The goal was to create a more sustainable capital structure. Boart Longyear commenced the strategic review as it believed the status quo was unsustainable and the company required financial flexibility to withstanding current operating conditions until the drilling market returns.Centerbridge Partners is an excellent strategic fit for Boart Longyear:Centerbridge is dedicated to partnering with strong management teams across targeted industry sectors to help companies achieve their operating and financial objectivesCenterbridge brings significant capital and operational resources to bear for the benefit of all the company’s stakeholdersCenterbridge recognises Boart Longyear as the world’s leading drilling services and products businessThe recapitalisation reflects a partnership between the company and Centerbridge and is not a change of control transaction.last_img read more

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Montpellier Handball sign talented Italian brothers Mengon

← Previous Story Greece excluded from Women’s 17 EHF Champ and have to pay 25.000 fine Next Story → Veselin Vujovic is the best EX-YU coach 2016/2017 One of the most ambitious European teams, the VELUX EHF Champions League winner from 2003, French Montpellier Handball, trying to built future on international background of his roster. One of the hottest projects from the future coming from Italy. The 17-years old Italian brothers, Marco and Simone Mengon, signed three-years contrac with the famous club.Boys playing on left back and playmaker positions. Their domestic team was Pallamano Pressano. read more

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€500m worth of TBills sold at auction

first_imgTHE NATIONAL TREASURY Management Agency has completed an auction of Irish Treasury Bills, selling the target amount of €500 million.The total bids received amounted to €1.822 billion, almost 3.6 times the amount on offer. The Treasury Bills, which have a maturity of three months, were sold at an annualised interest rate of 0.12 per cent – lower than the 0.19 per cent the bills were sold for in April.A three-month maturity to 19 August was offered on the bills.Read: Another €500m of T-Bills for sale this week>More: The NAMA advisors who work for free cost €23,000 last year>last_img read more

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Winter storm Nemo collides with the North America and this is what

first_imgClick to enlargeIf you live in the northeastern part of the US, you might have gotten an emergency weather alert on your phone yesterday, warning you of an impending snowpocalypse that was set to ravage the land, but also adorably named Nemo. As the storm approaches, looking out your window today should have yielded a nice shot of an erratic landscape of snow or rain. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have some pictures of the storm hitting the North American landmass, showcasing the storm in its impressive, freezing, which took it upon themselves to begin naming winter storms in the same vein of naming hurricanes, named this storm Nemo not after the Disney fish, but after the Greek boy name that means “from the valley,” or “nobody” in Latin. For those of you who may experience the eight to 16 inches of snow that Nemo is predicted to unleash upon certain parts of the northeastern US, you probably don’t consider the storm a nobody. Other parts of the northeastern US are expected to get around one to two feet of snow, coupled with winds strong enough to be considered hurricane force (albeit the very minimum of what would register as hurricane-force winds).If you’re legitimately worried about Nemo, just remember to stay inside where it is warm, and perhaps don’t spend all of your time on Twitter or blogs that have scary headlines about snow dooming us all. Perhaps you also shouldn’t watch a certain weather-based Dennis Quaid vehicle either.last_img read more

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Man in scooter trails schoolboy in Pembroke Pines

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A man who, authorities said, approached a juvenile walking toward his school bus stop in and continued to follow him on a scooter triggered a police investigation in Pembroke Pines.According to Pembroke Pines Police, the incident took place along the 100 block of Northwest 108th Terrace, in front of the Camden Portofino Clubhouse, Friday, at around 7:15 a.m.Investigators said the man riding the scooter trailed the student and tried to strike up a conversation. Officials said the subject was using a scooter due to a leg injury.The juvenile was eventually able to wave down a passing driver who allowed him to wait inside her vehicle until the school bus arrived. The scooter rider then left the area in an unknown direction and was not seen again.Saturday night, police said they had identified the subject but concluded he did not pose a threat to the juvenile. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Doctors strike hits medical services at RUIA Hospital in

first_imgTirupati: Indian Medical Association, AP Government Doctors Association and Junior Doctors Association were on agitation path hitting medical services in Government Ruia hospital and all private nursing homes. Doctors and medicos have gathered in large numbers at Ruia hospital from the morning and raised slogans against the arrests of JUDAs and National Medical Commission bill. The doctors reiterated their demand to remove certain clauses in the NMC bill as they are suicidal for the medical profession and for people’s health as well. While APGDA will resume duties after 12 noon, private doctors will close their nursing homes for the day. JUDAs however will continue their agitation.last_img read more

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FDA warning to drug maker Dr Reddys share value drops by 15

first_imgDr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, India’s second-largest drugmaker, has received a “warning letter” from U.S. regulators over inadequate quality controls at three manufacturing plants producing drugs for cancer and other diseases.The warning is the latest in a string of incidents that have hurt the industry’s reputation and slowed its growth in the world’s largest drug market, where India supplies more than 40 percent of the generic and over-the-counter medicines.Dr Reddy’s said the FDA warning meant it would not receive U.S. approvals for drugs made at the plants until it fixed the problems, a blow for business at a company which relies on the United States for a majority of its sales.The affected plants account for more than 10 percent to 12 percent of the company’s sales.Dr Reddy’s said a production halt may not be required, but the news caught investors by surprise, sending shares to their lowest in four months.”We are probably looking at flat to declining earnings in FY 2017, while earlier we were expecting growth,” said analyst Nimish Mehta, founder of Research Delta Advisors.Analysts warned the move by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would hit U.S. sales for at least the next two years, as the launch of key products may be delayed.”There is no indication in the warning letter that we need to stop manufacturing, but we will be examining the contents and deciding our strategy,” Dr Reddy’s Chief Finance Officer Saumen Chakraborty told Indian television news channel ET Now.The FDA inspected the company’s Srikakulam, Miryalaguda and Duvvada drug manufacturing sites in November, January and February, and almost immediately issued initial notices asking the group to rectify some problems.But it was unable to fix the issues to the satisfaction of the FDA, and was hit with a warning letter. Such letters are issued by the agency when it finds a manufacturer has “significantly violated” its regulations.”We had absolutely no idea it could escalate to this level,” said Siddhanth Khandekar of ICICI Securities.Dr Reddy’s said the agency’s concerns with the plants related to quality control procedures and how data was recorded. It did not provide details.The FDA has already banned plants of other Indian firms, such as Wockhardt Ltd and Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd, a unit of the country’s largest drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, after finding faulty, fudged or incomplete data records in recent years.Both companies have been unable to get their plants cleared by the agency, more than two years after the bans.But analysts say the FDA considers data integrity issues to be the most serious, typically requiring at least two years to be remedied to its satisfaction.Dr Reddy’s Chief Executive G V Prasad said the group was revamping its quality systems as a result.The FDA has increased the number of inspections of foreign plants supplying to the United States over the past year, exposing quality control issues at several Indian drugmakers. India plants of multinational drugmakers, such as Novartis and Mylan, have also come under fire.Industry executives say they have been improving their manufacturing and systems, but sanctions continue.Dr Reddy’s makes drug ingredients at the Srikakulam and Miryalaguda plants, and cancer medicines at the Duvvada plant.last_img read more

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After Chandrababu Naidus home TDP office gets demolition notice from Jagan govt

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:59Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:58?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 … Close No Special Category Status to AP: Major setback for Jagan Mohan Reddy’s poll promisecenter_img Terming the building illegal, the AP government issued a notice to TDP, asking him to explain why the property should not be demolished.Days after demolishing the Praja Vedika structure and serving a notice to Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu, the Jagan Mohan Reddy-led Andhra Pradesh government has now issued a notice to the TDP saying its Vishakhapatnam office building was illegally constructed. The commissioner of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) issued a notice to the TDP city wing president under section 452 of the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Act and section 7 of the Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation Act to submit documents regarding the party office land within a week.The GVMC also said in the notice, issued on June 28, that the TDP office will be demolished by the corporation if the party fails to present the legal documents in seven days.Responding to the GVMC’s claim, the TDP leaders said that the party office was constructed on land taken on lease from the government. Full text of the notice.TDP’s response “We were given the land on lease by the revenue department in 2001 for Rs 25,000 per annum. The lease allotment was made in a proper manner and it was issued on the orders of the then collector S Narsinga Rao. Incidentally, I was the city president back then,” TDP Urban president SA Rahman was quoted as saying in The Times of India.An emergency meeting of the party leaders was convened by Rahman on Monday to decide the future course of action. The leaders were also to meet the GVMC commissioner in this regard.Meanwhile, the GVMC chief city planner said that TDP had secured approval for building plan online and was now being asked to furnish documents as a regular course of action. TDP FacebookDemolition of Naidu’s residenceA demolition notice was earlier served to Naidu on June 28, asking him to vacate his residence in Amaravati. Terming the construction of the building illegal, the AP government had asked Naidu to explain why the property should not be demolished.According to the government, the house violates the norms of the River Conservation Act as it is located within 100 metres from the Krishna riverbank in Undavalli in Guntur district.The notice came two days after the demolition of the Praja Vedika. The demolition was ordered by Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy after holding his government’s first Collector’s Conference at the Praja Vedika.”Praja Vedika is an illegal structure. It is constructed violating rules. A person of the stature of a Chief Minister had allowed construction of this building. If a CM himself violates rules, imagine the corruption prevailing down the administration?” said Jagan at the meeting.Jagan took over the Praja Vedika structure, in a move that TDP termed as “vendetta politics” and alleged that the government showed no courtesy to the former CM and that his belongings were thrown out of the building.Senior TDP leader and former minister Y Ramakrishnudu had termed the government’s action in taking possession of Praja Vedika as ‘witch-hunting’. “The government has deliberately resorted to this action. If it did not want to give Praja Vedika, it could have communicated the same in writing,” he said.last_img read more

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County Liquor Board Not Compliant According to State Audit

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comAnother state audit has revealed Prince George’s County is not compliant when it comes to following guidelines to oversee its regulatory practices.  The General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Audits says the County’s Liquor Board didn’t properly inspect licensees or adequately respond to complaints between 2015-2017.In a story first reported by {The Washington Post} the audit concluded that 73 approved applications lacked required documentation and the Board had no written policies on how to handle complaints about licensees, among other issues.  This audit is the start of a review process that will be conducted every three years covering inspections, disciplinary procedures, management oversight and licensing.    The County’s Liquor Board has been under intensive scrutiny since 2017 when they promised reforms.A state audit revealed the Prince George’s County Liquor Board did not properly inspect licensees or adequately respond to complaints between 2015-2017.The Liquor Board is responsible for approving and processing alcoholic beverage licenses. Conclusions from the audit revealed the Liquor Board generated $2.3 million in revenue during the 2017 fiscal year. That year, the Board also granted 73 alcoholic beverage licenses but none of the licensees were properly vetted.  There is no documentation on file that should have been required before approval, including proof of residency for the business owner and security plans for the business. The audit also found that written policies and procedures were not comprehensive nor had they been formally adopted by the Board.According to the audit, from fiscal 2015 though fiscal 2017, there were reportedly 53 complaints filed to the Board. As of last July, 17 were reportedly still unresolved. The Liquor Board also didn’t provide routine inspections for 102 of the 618 licensed businesses. Inspection reports were sometimes incomplete or flawed by errors. Procedures to handle complaints about licensees that were ambiguous at best directed to the Board through  the county’s 311 system were not always investigated, and the Board had no written policies or procedures specifying how to do so.The audit reviewed 20 cases of inspection violations. In 10 of those cases it found the licensees accepted a compromise offer from staff.  Non-compliant licensees were reportedly offered the chance to attend public disciplinary hearings and in some cases staff would allow those licensees to avoid hearings altogether in exchange for an admission of guilt and pay permits in some cases at a reduced rate.  That violated a 2015 opinion by the Maryland attorney general saying the Board didn’t have the statutory authority to delegate to staff decisions about whether to fine offenders and in what amount.The Liquor Board promised a procedural makeover after a 2017 scandal when the commissioner and executive director were charged in and convicted in an elaborate bribery scheme. Former state delegate and County Council member William Campos (D) was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison for accepting bribes and kickbacks in exchange for official favors. David Son, the former director of the Liquor Board, was sentenced to five years for bribery, conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Former Board member Anuj Sud was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to accepting cash for votes.Officials promised to overhaul the Board in 2017 under former County Executive Rushern L. Baker. However, after her inauguration current  County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, who took office in January, appointed three new members: Daphne Turpin Forbes, Tammie Norman and Tammy Sparkman. She also reappointed Armando Camacho and Kenneth Miles.Last month, after Prince George’s County Public Schools were cited for not completing 14 of 23 necessary improvements in the five years after a previous audit revealed an absence of the required documentation for contract, Alsobrooks spoke on accountability, saying she promises,“to make sure we are having accountability across our Boards.”last_img read more

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Splinter Cell Blacklist Paladin Collectors Edition includes an RC plane

first_imgIn order to hype up the high-margin collector’s edition of the latest entry of Ubisoft’s decade-old Splinter Cell franchise, the studio is including a remote controlled replica of protagonist Sam Fisher’s plane.Splinter Cell Blacklist:The Paladin Collector’s Edition, as advertised in the YouTube video above, includes the tie-in graphic novel Splinter Cell: Echoes (which serves as a prequel to Blacklist), an additional map pack, limited edition poster, and a remote controlled plane.Echoes is an 88-page graphic novel written by Nathan Edmondson, a DC comics scribe most famous for his series The Activity, which served as part of the 2011 DC Universe Reboot cannon.The additional maps found in the collector’s edition are the co-op maps Billionaire’s Yacht, Dead Coast, and the Upper Echelon Pack. The collector’s edition also includes some in-game content to enhance the player’s experience, such as the Gold Sonar Goggles and Upper Echelon Suit.Ubisoft says the Paladin, the included R/C airplane, will get a fair amount of airtime and “is a custom three-channel, dual-motor plane” modeled after the mobile headquarters of protagonist Fisher and his spypals at Fourth Echelon.Splinter Cell Blacklist:The Paladin Collector’s Edition will be available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on August 20 carrying a price of $169.99. There’s no word yet on a PC release, but the collector’s edition for consoles will almost certainly be released in limited quantities, so a pre-order is essential.Considering last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 mega-pack, has this started an arms race in the category of insanely large collector’s editions?last_img read more

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Environmental group measures methane seeps in the Arctic

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2012 Phys.Org Journal information: Nature Geoscience Methane is considered by most Earth scientists to be number two on the list of greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming, after CO2, and because of that more research is being done with the hopes of finding where all of it is coming from. It generally forms when organic matter decays or is digested and thus known sources include animal exhaust, including from humans, melting of permafrost, waste from landfills and decaying matter beneath the floor of the world’s oceans. Now, based on this new research it appears another significant source is seeps from lakes formed by glaciers. Scientists believe that when glaciers formed they trapped organic matter beneath them. Later as lakes formed at their edges, methane began to be produced as the organic matter rotted. That methane remained trapped however, until recently, by the cap of ice that remained on the surface of such lakes. Now, in the past decade, with the rise in Arctic temperatures, seeps have developed allowing the methane to slowly escape into the atmosphere. The team has mapped, using both aerial and ground based surveys, 150,000 such seeps in Alaska and Greenland alone.Scientists monitoring methane in the atmosphere have found that levels of the gas rose predictably in the latter half of the last century, then for unknown reasons, leveled off for about five years, and then resumed rising again. Because of this, researchers are concerned, as it’s thought that the Arctic, which is experiencing warming at a faster pace than anywhere else on the planet, could be entering a phase where because of feedback loops such as these seen with methane (and with carbon emissions from melting permafrost) we’re on a course that could see global warming occur on a much faster pace than has been previously anticipated. Others of course suggest that because we still don’t really understand how the whole system works, making any sort of prediction at this point would be premature. Wetlands are bad and good news for Arctic warming: study ( — A team of researchers, led by Katey Walter Anthony, of the University of Alaska, has been studying and mapping so-called seeps, holes in lake ice near the edges of glaciers where methane is bubbling up from below into the atmosphere, and suggest that a feedback loop may be in the works. As the team writes in their paper describing their observations, which has been published in the journal Nature Geoscience, seeping methane that results from Arctic warming, might itself also be contributing to warming; a feedback loop that could accelerate global warming.center_img More information: Geologic methane seeps along boundaries of Arctic permafrost thaw and melting glaciers, Nature Geoscience (2012) doi:10.1038/ngeo1480AbstractMethane, a potent greenhouse gas, accumulates in subsurface hydrocarbon reservoirs, such as coal beds and natural gas deposits. In the Arctic, permafrost and glaciers form a ‘cryosphere cap’ that traps gas leaking from these reservoirs, restricting flow to the atmosphere. With a carbon store of over 1,200 Pg, the Arctic geologic methane reservoir is large when compared with the global atmospheric methane pool of around 5 Pg. As such, the Earth’s climate is sensitive to the escape of even a small fraction of this methane. Here, we document the release of 14C-depleted methane to the atmosphere from abundant gas seeps concentrated along boundaries of permafrost thaw and receding glaciers in Alaska and Greenland, using aerial and ground surface survey data and in situ measurements of methane isotopes and flux. We mapped over 150,000 seeps, which we identified as bubble-induced open holes in lake ice. These seeps were characterized by anomalously high methane fluxes, and in Alaska by ancient radiocarbon ages and stable isotope values that matched those of coal bed and thermogenic methane accumulations. Younger seeps in Greenland were associated with zones of ice-sheet retreat since the Little Ice Age. Our findings imply that in a warming climate, disintegration of permafrost, glaciers and parts of the polar ice sheets could facilitate the transient expulsion of 14C-depleted methane trapped by the cryosphere cap. Explore further Citation: Environmental group measures methane seeps in the Arctic (2012, May 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The effect on lake ice formation of subcap and superficial seeps. Image (c) Nature Geoscience (2012) doi:10.1038/ngeo1480last_img read more

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Pabitra Sarkar to inaugurate Bangla Boi Mela

first_imgThis month, Bengal association is back with its much-awaited Bangla Boi Mela (book fair) and Literary festival from March 12 to 18. Organised at New Delhi’s Kali Bari, Mandir Marg, this edition will have more than 60 publishers and booksellers from West Bengal, North East India and Delhi participating to please the book lovers from every walk of life.Bangla Boi Mela by the Bengal association is the third largest fair outside Bengal and this year, renowned literary personality, Pabitra Sarkar has consented to inaugurate the 17th book fair. During seven days of the festival, well-known literary personalities will participate in various literary discussions, cultural programmes by artists from Bangladesh, Kolkata, Delhi and other states will be held, and local talents will be presented. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBesides these, students from eight Bangla schools of Delhi and one more from Madanpur Khadar, Delhi, and run by Bengal Association will be participating in various contests like on the spot drawing, music, dance, recitation and quiz competitions. Every day, there will be ‘Lucky Draws’ and winners will be awarded discount coupons for books. Established by Dr B C Roy, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, in 1958, Bengal association promotes Indian cultural literary and linguistic visage with equal esteem and respect towards all language speaking residents living, surrounding or intermingling with them without any caste, creed, religion, faith or dogma. To showcase their activities during the last six decades, Bengal association is celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of its existence in a befitting manner throughout the year.last_img read more

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Government must act now to mitigate tourism fallout from JAL

first_imgThe Australian government must act now to mitigate any tourism fallout from the financial troubles plaguing Japan Airlines. Shadow Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo said the bankruptcy rumours plaguing JAL were worrying for the tourism industry, particularly for Queensland, the epicentre of Japanese tourism in Australia. Mr Ciobo urged the Rudd Labor Government to swing into action to stem any further damage to the tourism industry.“JAL provides regular tourism access into Australia via Sydney and Brisbane. It is vital it maintains these links – whole swathes of the industry are banking on them,” Mr Ciobo said.He said Japanese tourism was at a crossroads and that Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese had to prioritise the sector. “Mr Ferguson and Mr Albanese must make it their number one priority to meet the relevant tourism industry heads to work out a plan of action which could include additional marketing in the Japanese market, or the show of support which the Coalition Government offered in 2007.”“After a decline in Japanese tourism in recent years, the industry was beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel thanks to increased capacity on the route,” Mr Ciobo said.Mr Ciobo said there are two simple reasons why JAL must maintain its existing routes into Australia.  “JAL has an extensive and long-established distribution network in Japan making it a trusted player in the market. “Secondly, if JAL pulls the pin here, it will reduce competition on the route which would lead to higher prices and, therefore, fewer visitors.”Despite the decline in Japanese tourism in recent years, Japan has maintained its position as the fourth-largest source of international visitors to Australia.According to latest figures, almost 348,000 Japanese visitors came to Australia and spent almost $1 billion in the year to September. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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Qatar Airways has announced a new premium global c

first_imgQatar Airways has announced a new premium global chauffeur service offering seamless door-to-door transfers for customers in all cabin classes. The convenient new luxury service is designed to take the stress out of passengers’ travel plans.This new service provided by Qatar Airways is bookable for a fee online and the Qatar Airways app. Qatar Airways passengers, no matter what cabin they are flying in, can choose from a wide-range of high-end vehicles, provided by top auto manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac to take them to and from their chosen airport.Qatar Airways Group chief executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said, “We are delighted to launch this new premium global chauffeur service for all Qatar Airways passengers, bringing a personal luxury service to their doorsteps. Our partnership with Blacklane is an innovation that we know our passengers will value. Offering luxurious door-to-door transfers will enhance their overall travel experience when they fly with Qatar Airways.“We are always looking at ways to improve our unrivalled five-star service, both on the ground and in the air. We are confident that this new seamless chauffeur service will be quick, convenient and in line with our company ethos to keep our customers at the heart of everything we do.”The new chauffeur-driven service is available for passengers at more than 85 Qatar Airways destinations around the world. Blacklane is also available in over 500 airports worldwide, including the majority of destinations served by the airline’s codeshare and interline partners.Benefits of the new global chauffeur service include access to Blacklane’s modern fleet of high-end vehicles, and highly professional drivers, to ensure a safe, comfortable journey. Customers can choose Business Class, business vans, SUVs or First Class cars.The global chauffeur service features all-inclusive highly-competitive rates – including all taxes, tolls, fees and gratuities – which are confirmed before booking online. Customers also receive up-to-date SMS and email updates and confirmations, which include the driver’s name and phone number.Passengers can take advantage of a generous complimentary wait time of up to an hour for airport pickups. Payments are cashless, which means there’s no need to carry cash or worry about having the correct local currency. Credit cards are only charged after customers finish their ride. There is also a free change and cancellation policy of up to an hour before for one-way journeys. Customers can reach Blacklane’s customer care team 24/7 over phone, email and social media for any urgent needs.last_img read more

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