The Uttar Pradesh police have arrested a person and booked 22 others, mostly traders, in Kanpur on charges of likening Prime Minister Narendra Modi to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in posters and hoardings.An FIR was registered at the Govind Nagar police station in Kanpur against the traders under Sections 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) and 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) of the Indian Penal Code, and Section 32(2) of the UP Special Powers Act. Unable to smoothly operate their businesses due to the high circulation of coins in the market post-demonetisation, traders and hawkers in Kanpur had put up posters and hoardings to draw the attention of the government after their pleas to the local authorities and branches of the RBI had gone unheeded.On the controversial posters and hoardings, Mr. Kim and Mr. Modi were placed on either side, while mentioning that the former would not rest till he destroyed the world, while the latter till he destroyed businesses or trade. “Mein vyapar ko mitake dum lunga [I will not rest till I destroy businesses],” the caption under Mr. Modi read in Hindi.The posters also appeal Mr. Modi to explain through his ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme what small traders should do with the huge supply of rezgaari (small change).Ashok Verma, Kanpur South SP, said the posters were a “provocation to hurting public sentiments and threat to public order”.
Drivers worry that their tires lose heat if they stay behind the car too long.But Vettel failed to capitalize.“Maybe that was the problem, my restart was too good,” Vettel said. “I was too close.” SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief On a track more suited to Mercedes than Ferrari, Hamilton felt Vettel got “way too close” for comfort.“This weekend we definitely didn’t have the race pace. The car is not quite where we need it,” Hamilton said. “It was only just enough to stay ahead.”Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was third — for his sixth podium of the season — finishing ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, with Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas fifth.Ricciardo showed great race intelligence and opportunism to pass Bottas after the safety car incident.After 12 races, four-time F1 champion Vettel has 220 points to three-time champion Hamilton’s 213 heading into next weekend’s Italian GP in Monza.“The positive thing is that we had really good race pace,” Vettel said. “I’m looking forward to next week.”Hamilton made a good start to the race on the long climb up to Eau Rouge, with Vettel on his tail.But Max Verstappen’s hopes of a first win this season ended on lap 8 when his Red Bull lost power.“I can’t believe this,” Verstappen said. His exasperation was understandable — it is the sixth time this season he has failed to finish the race, and some 80,000 Dutch fans had crossed the border to cheer him on.“I’m not happy at all,” Verstappen said. “I am very disappointed for the fans who buy an expensive ticket to watch and I retire after eight laps. No words.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Read Next View comments Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Although it was a comfortable win for the British driver, it got a bit tense toward the end.“I was waiting for Lewis to make a mistake and he didn’t,” Vettel said.With about 10 laps left, Vettel almost overtook his challenger as they emerged from behind the safety car.Vettel got his Ferrari alongside Hamilton on a long straight, but Hamilton edged his Mercedes into the corner just in time.“I’m not entirely happy,” said Vettel, adding that he got his approach slightly wrong.ADVERTISEMENT Vettel finished second, about 2 seconds behind Hamilton.“Sebastian was very, very close. He was very consistent throughout,” said Hamilton, after his 200th GP. “That’s what racing’s about.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHamilton was in good form all weekend, topping every part of qualifying.“Really brilliant,” Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said. “Hamilton’s drive was really fantastic.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (right) raises his trophy in the air on the podium after winning the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany placed second and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia (left) placed third. (Photo by OLIVIER MATTHYS / AP)SPA-FRANORCHAMPS, Belgium — Lewis Hamilton celebrated his record-equaling 68th pole position with victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, trimming championship leader Sebastian Vettel’s lead to seven points.Hamilton clinched his fifth win of the season and 58th overall, having equaled Michael Schumacher’s pole record.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Guiao focused on winning, not securing top draft pick LATEST STORIES The 19-year-old Verstappen secured a podium with third place in China but has been hit with reliability issues since.Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso retired on lap 27 — the latest setback as McLaren continues to struggle with Honda engines. The Spanish driver has completed only three races so far.The Spa track, nestled in the Ardennes forest, is the longest in F1 at 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) and the race is often full of incident, especially when it rains.It stayed dry, but there was one heated clash between Force India drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, prompting the safety car to come out after they made contact with each other on lap 30, sending debris onto the track.Their tense relationship is degrading fast.After bumping on the track at the Azerbaijan GP in June, they did it again when they touched wheels as Ocon moved on the outside of the track shortly after the start, with Perez responding by squeezing the Frenchman against the barrier.Later the pair came into contact again with Ocon’s front wing flying away and a tire dropping off Perez’s car as a result.This prompted a furious, expletive-laced outburst from Ocon, who was already unhappy that his team had pitted Perez for new tires ahead of him. After both cars pitted for repairs, Ocon finished ninth but Perez had to retire just before the end.The safety car stayed out for four laps, which was too long for Hamilton’s liking, and he used an expletive of his own to complain.“There was hardly any debris about,” Hamilton said afterward. “They did a good job cleaning the track.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games
Australian opener David Warner fought a lone battle in the 1st Test against Bangladesh, scoring a hundred on a raging turner even as the Aussies became the latest victims of the Bangla Tigers in the Test arena.In the last 12 months Bangladesh has recorded Test wins over England, Sri Lanka and now the Australians. The star opener, though, felt that his 112 was one of his best Test innings.”I would have to say yes (on one of his best Test tons) as it came in the fourth innings on a turning wicket. There are a lot of mental things that go through your head but you have got to overcome those. In these conditions you have got to be fast on your feet as that is the key to going down the wicket, lunging forward and lunging back and not getting caught in between. There were a few times when I did get caught in between but I was able to negate any dismissal”, Warner expressed. (Also Read: Australian media slam Steve Smith’s ‘prima donnas’ and ‘dust bunnies’)Warner did not have the best of tours to India earlier this year when his team lost the closely contested series 2-1. He just scored 193 runs in 8 innings which included just one half century. The century against Bangladesh, even though in a losing cause, has come as a relief to the opener.Australian cricket was plagued by the pay dispute ahead of the Bangladesh tour but the cricketers refused to offer any excuse for the defeat.advertisementAustralian cricketers revolted and refused to sign new contracts before Cricket Australia bowed to their demands but Warner insisted that the battle had no impact on the team’s preparations or morale.”I do not think the MoU stuff had any impact on our preparations or mindset. We had a great preparation for this series, we had a great preparation in Dubai before our trip to India and we played out of our skin there as well but we keep on losing those clumps (of wickets) in a row,” Warner said.Warner added that Australia will have to find a way to build partnerships and negotiate their way on these wickets.”We always get one partnership and we fail to go on with our partnership with a second one. So it is upon us as batsmen to keep being responsible for it and be accountable.”However, in what may worry the Aussies is that the opener does not have a solution in sight.”What is the answer? I am not sure, I can’t think of one at the top of my head. You have got to dig deep as much as you can in these conditions as momentum can swing quickly. So you can never settle, you can never rest, you have always got to be thinking on your feet and making sure you are sending messages back to the guys in the change room of what is happening out there”, he added.Australia will need to win the second and final Test to avoid becoming only the third country after Zimbabwe and West Indies to lose a Test series against Bangladesh. Warner though has promised to learn from this experience and stick to his attacking approach.”For me it was about coming out and just backing myself and my game plan. I have probably tinkered with it a lot over the last few years in these conditions and probably did not know the basics of what I do best. I always talk about my defence taking care of itself when I am attacking and I have showed myself and proven to myself that I can do that on turning pitches as well with a positive mindset and energy in the legs. As anyone would tell you, it takes a bit of time to get used to these conditions and hopefully my time has come now. It has probably taken a bit longer than I expected but I am going to take the same mindset out there and just use my feet with confidence. It is about trusting my game and having that attacking approach with defence at the back of my mind,” concluded Warner.After the series against Bangladesh, Australia will come to India for for a five-match ODI series followed by three T20 international matches where the captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad will aim to continue his form and give Virat Kohli’s Team India a real challenge.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emerson Palmieri set to land a contract with Chelseaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmerson Palmieri is set to land a new contract with Chelsea.TMW says now a regular starter under manager Frank Lampard’s training, Palmieri is very close to penning a contract renewal. It will be an upgrade that will lead him to receiving €5m-a-year, plus an extension until June 30, 2024. Emerson’s form has also seen him force his way into Italy coach Roberto Mancini’s plans.The fullback is in his third season with the Blues.
On Saturday morning, ESPN’s College GameDay did something it’s never done before. The show kicked off from Atlanta, where thunderstorms forced the crew to move their location during the show.For the first time in the show’s history, ESPN decided to move the broadcast inside to be safe.GameDay analyst David Pollack gave those watching at home an inside look at the new shooting location. Check it out.This has never happened in @CollegeGameDay history. pic.twitter.com/6WeQ20oWMr— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) December 1, 2018It’s probably best for everyone involved in the broadcast that the show was moved inside.The GameDay crew was in Atlanta to kick off the day’s action which features several play-in games for the College Football Playoff.No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Texas and No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 21 Northwestern are just a few of the games on tap this Saturday.Which teams will impress the committee enough to earn a spot in the playoff? We’ll have to wait and see.
zoom Due to subdued market growth and operational problems in the vastly overstretched ports in Brazil, Hamburg Süd and its Brazilian subsidiary Aliança were only able to increase transport volume in liner services by 1 per cent year-on-year to around 3.3 million TEU. Hamburg Sud, April 1, 2014 My location With freight rates falling slightly and devaluation of the most important earnings currency (US dollar) by around 4 per cent as against the euro, total revenues of the business field shipping fell by 3.9 per cent to €5.3 billion.In 2013, worldwide bulk shipping was still marked by substantial overcapacity and transport volumes – particularly to China – falling below expectations, even if there was an apparent improvement towards the end of the year.Overall, Hamburg Süd’s bulk business and product tanker business failed to generate positive results last year. Liner services were slightly better than the previous year, and also performed well by industry comparison.Despite the unsatisfactory business environment, investments totalling €450 million were considerably above the level of the previous year (€247 million). These investments mainly comprise instalments and final payments for twelve 9,000/9,600 TEU ships and four smaller 3,800 TEU newbuilds.( more information ) 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 Print Close
This tent is home to a family of four this week as they wait for social housing. (Photo Tatanniq Idlout)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsBrian Tagalik and his family have pitched a tent outside the Nunavut legislative building in Iqaluit because they are homeless.Tagalik said his wife and two children, aged 7 and 18 months, slept in the nylon tent Monday night and plan to do so again Tuesday and Wednesday night.All to bring attention to what they say is a homelessness crisis in the capital and embarrass politicians into acting.“We have a foamy, sleeping bags and a Coleman stove,” Tagalik said in a Facebook conversation with APTN News Tuesday.“We’ve been homeless four years; couch surfing from friends and family.”The tent he borrowed from his brother is not much protection against the Arctic winds and temperature, which dipped to -4 C overnight.But Tagalik feels he has no choice but to put his homelessness situation on public display.“I want this to not happen again, to any family,” he said. “That walk I took with family in tow, will stick with me forever.“Tears streaming, scared, hurt, lost, but somehow I knew the toughest part has passed.”Both he and his wife are working and his daughters go to school.But he says they cannot afford to rent an apartment for more than $2,000 a month and have been on the waiting list for five years for more affordable public housing.Iqaluit MLA Adam Arreak-Lightstone says more than 400 people are on that list.“This demonstration is putting a face to the situation,” he said in a telephone interview.“This will put more pressure on the Iqaluit Housing Authority to do what they can.”Arreak-Lightstone suggested housing officials “get creative” and build or retro-fit new structures instead of the usual five- or 10-plex.Everything from “tiny homes” to shipping containers should be looked at as alternatives, he said, to help ease the crisis families like Tagalik find themselves in.He says housing stock also has to be replaced quicker after fires and maintenance problems.“This peaceful demonstration has to be done to open up the eyes of housing and create some compassion towards those people that are actually in need,” Arreak-Lightstone said in a telephone interview.Tagalik would like to see more homeless people join him in establishing a Tent City like those being formed in southern Canada.Tatanniq Idlout is also homeless in Iqaluit and has been couch surfing.She says she’s proud of Tagalik for going public.“They say it’s hard to provide statistics on homelessness in Nunavut because it’s ‘hidden homelessness’,” she said.“You can’t hide this if it’s on the steps of our government.”firstname.lastname@example.org@katmarte
Rabat – Morocco received a loan of EUR 80 million from the French Development Agency (AFD) to fund the last segment of the Tangier-Casablanca high-speed train (TGV) project, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The loan was signed in Rabat between the National Railway Board (ONCF) and AFD at a ceremony chaired by Mohammed Boussaid, Minister of Economy and Finance, and Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs.The new loan will make it possible to complete the financing of the project, which has “generated a slight additional cost,” reported MAP. Le Drian said that “the loan is the fruit of a partnership based on trust between the two countries and their companies.” The foreign minister added that this contribution is “the sign of collaboration and a joint acting will on equipment, which is a determining factor for the future of Morocco.”Boussaid said that “the implementation of this financing brings AFD’s contribution to more than EUR 300 and that of France to more than EUR 1 billion, which is more than 50 percent of the financing of this project.”He added that the TGV project is supported by King Mohammed VI, explaining that “it is one of the flagship achievements of our bilateral relationship.” Mohammed Rabie Khlie, ONCF’s Director General, said that the TGV project is “on the right track.” He added that works on the infrastructure, rails and electrical cables were completed.“We are testing 110 kilometers to reach the speed of 320 kilometers per hour by the end of this week.Khlie continued that the overall work will be completed before the end of 2017, and that the first four months of 2018 will be devoted to testing the TGV.In 2011, the AFD granted an initial sum of EUR 220 million to the ONCF for the establishment of the TGV project. The TGV was originally scheduled to be finished in 2015, but it was recently postponed to late 2017.
CALGARY — TransAlta Corp. says Brookfield Renewable Partners and its institutional partners have signed a $750-million deal to invest in the company’s hydro assets.Under the terms of the agreement, Brookfield will acquire exchangeable securities, which will be convertible into an equity ownership interest in TransAlta’s Alberta hydro assets.Brookfield will also purchase TransAlta common shares on the open market to increase its share ownership stake to nine per cent.TransAlta says it will include two Brookfield nominees, Harry Goldgut and Richard Legault, on its slate of directors for election at the upcoming 2019 annual shareholders’ meeting.It says it will use $350 million of the investment to speed the company’s coal-to-gas transition strategy and up to $250 million to buy back shares over three years.The remainder of the investment will be used to advance the development of existing and new growth projects, and for general corporate purposes. Companies in this story: (TSX:TA, TSX:BEP.UN) The Canadian Press
17 October 2008The United Nations agency tasked with protecting press freedom today condemned the recent murder of a local newspaper editor in southern Thailand, the second journalist to be killed in the South-East Asian country in less than a month and the fourth this year. Wallop Bounsampop, the editor of Den Siam, was shot in the head on 5 October by two men at a restaurant in his home village in Chonburi province.Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), issued a statement warning about the recent increase in attacks against journalists operating in Thailand.“This murder, like all attacks on media workers, undermines the basic human right of freedom of expression,” he said. “I trust that the authorities will do all they can to bring the culprits of this reprehensible crime to justice.”The non-governmental organization (NGO) Reporters without Borders said the killing of Mr. Bounsampop could be linked to his articles. The 52-year-old’s death comes just weeks after Jaruek Rangchareon, a reporter for Matichon in central Thailand, was shot dead on 27 September.
Centre for Biotechnology student will defend his Master of Science thesis via video conference Friday, Feb. 10 at 9:30 a.m. in WH147.His thesis is titled Secondary Transmission Dynamics of the West Nile Virus in Mosquitoes. His examination committee members are Dr. Michael Bidochka, Chair; Dr. Robbin Lindsay (Zoonotic Diseases and Special Pathogens, Winnipeg), External Examiner; Dr. Fiona Hunter, Supervisor; Dr. Ping Liang and Dr. Art van der Est, Committee Members.
Three members of the Brock Graduate Studies community were recently honoured for their outstanding leadership and mentorship efforts.Snezana Ratkovic, Tek Thongpapanl and Jennifer Rowsell were recognized on Thursday, April 12 during the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ Mapping the New Knowledges Conference awards ceremony.Ratkovic, a research officer and instructor with the Faculty of Education, was awarded the 2018 Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award for contributing vision and leadership to the Graduate Studies community.Mike Plyley presents the Michael Plyley Graduate Mentorship Award to Tek Thongpapanl.Ratkovic has mentored more than 30 graduate students during her time with the University. She is a research fellow with the Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education, and facilitates a research education program in the Faculty of Education that includes academic writing retreats, research-skills workshops and assistance with research ethics applications. “This award is precious and inspirational,” Ratkovic says. “It honours 12 years of graduate student research education, support and mentoring. It acknowledges the pivotal role of research, mentorship, experiential learning and student professional development in lives of our graduate students, and in life of our University. It also confirms that our Brock research community values research education and student researchers’ contribution to scholarship, academe and society.”Thongpapanl, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for the Goodman School of Business, and Rowsell, Professor and Director of the Centre for Multiliteracies, were awarded the Michael Plyley Graduate Mentorship Award after being nominated by their students. The award recognizes outstanding support and encouragement received during a student’s development as a graduate researcher. “As faculty members, we are blessed with opportunities to contribute to students’ intellectual growth and development, bringing out the very best in each and every one of them through our mentorship activities,” says Thongpapanl. “While I am grateful for being recognized as this year’s winner, particularly, in the presence of so many great mentors being nominated, this award does not actually mark my success but rather the successes of my past and current students as they live their meaningful and flourishing personal and professional lives.“There is nothing more rewarding to us than seeing a positive return on the investment we make in our future generations.”Also presented at the ceremony were the 2018 Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Awards, given to research-based graduate students who are working on innovative projects.This year’s recipients include:Faculty of Applied Health SciencesStephanie Beni, MA Applied Health, studying “Implementing a pedagogical approach that prioritizes meaningful physical education”Lara Green, PhD Applied Health, studying “The Examination of Potential Mechanisms Underlying the Cross Education Phenomenon”Faculty of EducationJulianne Burgess, PhD Educational Studies, studying “Lifelines: Building ELL resilience through literacy practices in a trauma-informed classroom”Faculty of HumanitiesRickie Castle, MA Classics, studying “The Positioned Parasite: Philip in Xenophon’s Symposium”Terrance Herbert McDonald, PhD Interdisciplinary Humanities, “Mediated Masculinities: the Expression and Alteration of Masculinity in American Genre Films 1990-2010”Faculty of Mathematics and ScienceAlyssa Davis, MSc Earth Science, studying “Paleoatmospheric and paleoenvironmental interpretations of the Early Paleozoic”Guan Wang, PhD Chemistry, studying, “Analytical devides and assays for point-of-care disease diagnosis”Faculty of Social SciencesShannon Kitchings, MA Social Justice and Equity Studies, studying “Inside Voices: Witnessing Oral Disclosures of Trauma”Ann Farrell, PhD Psychology, studying “Filtering the environment through personality for adolescent bullying perpetration”Goodman School of BusinessAli Anwar, MSc Management, studying “The Personalization-Privacy Paradox in M-Commerce Loyalty Outcomes Explained Through Customers’ Flow Experience and Regulatory Foci”Recipients of the 2017-18 Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Awards were honoured during the Mapping the New Knowledges Conference on Thursday, April 12. From left are Diane Dupont, Interim Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Lara Green, MA Applied Health, Stephanie Beni, PhD Applied Health, Julianne Burgess, PhD Educational Studies, Alyssa Davis, MSc Earth Sciences, Guan Wang, PhD Chemistry, Shannon Kitchings, MA Social Justice and Equity Studies and Ali Anwar, MSc Management
When Jon Diebler arrived on campus in 2007, he was joining an Ohio State men’s basketball squad that had been in the National Championship the year before. At the time, the basketball program’s recent success left the incoming freshman with a chip on his shoulder. “We expected things to just be given to us,” Diebler said. “I mean, we worked extremely hard, but we didn’t do what we had to do to win enough games and get into the tournament.” That year, the Buckeyes went 24-13 and missed out on the NCAA Tournament, settling for a berth in the National Invitation Tournament. “But along with that, freshman year I think we all learned from it, from going to the NIT. It gave us a whole different perspective on things,” Diebler said. “We’ve come a long ways and I know we couldn’t be happier to go out with this team. We’ve got a pretty good team right now.” Three years later, the Buckeyes are the Big Ten champions, and the catalyst for their last two wins has been Diebler. After shooting a record-breaking 10-for-12 from beyond the arc against Penn State on Tuesday, Diebler again led the team in scoring after shooting 7-of-8 from 3-point territory in Sunday’s 93-65 win against Wisconsin. “We needed to pressure the strong hands, and we needed to get up a little, especially on Diebler,” Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. “When you hit 10, I thought we did a great job of holding him to seven.” Diebler, who participated in the Senior Night festivities before the start of the game, finished with 27 points, six rebounds and four assists. After the game, Diebler was having trouble figuring out why he’s been shooting so well lately. “I’ve just been getting a little bit of daylight, and (my teammates) are doing a great job of screening for me and getting me the ball,” he said. “I’m just fortunate enough to knock them down. I don’t even know how to explain it.” Diebler has now gone 17-for-20 from deep over the last two games, an 85 percent shooting display. Some basketball players are lucky to be that automatic from the free-throw line, much less from the 3-point line. “It’s an amazing run for him, and I told the team after the game that we were 14-of-15 from three and Jon apologized to everybody for missing,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “All of the shots that he shoots, and all of the practice that he does, you know it’s very gratifying to see him shoot like that.” OSU set an NCAA record for 3-point shooting percentage in a single game with 93.3 percent accuracy from deep. “That’s, what, the first time in six or seven games that we’ve had the same guy lead us in scoring twice?” Matta said. “And I know this: Jon will score zero points for us; as long as we win, he’s fine with that.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Hundreds of students took to the streets of Athens and Thessaloniki on Thursday to protest a controversial new law overhauling the higher education sector as sit-ins at university faculties grew. The demonstrations were mostly peaceful and not large by Greek standards, but many students have yet to return from extended summer vacation and unions have pledged to organize larger rallies later in the fall. Only one incident was reported, close to the main premises of Athens University, when unidentified protesters reportedly attacked a police officer as he was getting into his car. The assailants used stones to smash the windows of the vehicle before fleeing according to police, who said the officer involved suffered minor injuries. More of a nuisance to authorities was the occupation of dozens of university faculties with student unions putting the number of sit-ins at between 150 and 200. The action has driven a rift between Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou and university academics who are being blamed for tolerating the protests. Yesterday, rectors were due to meet in a bid to formulate a common position of the reforms. Many academics are vehemently opposed to the new law, arguing that it will subject state institutions to excessive external interference. They are expected to stick to that position today, championing the “open university.” The new law, voted through Parliament last week, paves the way for independent evaluations of university academics, sets restrictions on the length of time students have to complete degrees and abolishes university asylum — a ban on the presence of police on university grounds. Source: Kathimerini
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Maras Group, the Adelaide property development company founded by Theo Maras, has won a national award for making Adelaide’s major high streets prosper.The group’s long-term contribution to South Australia was recognised this week at the Mainstreet Australia Awards 2014 in Melbourne. Held at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne, awards were given in seven categories, marking best practice, innovation, leadership, creativity, success and passion.Sponsored by Westpac, Maras Group took out the award for ‘Business Support of the Mainstreet Industry’ in recognition of the group’s support of the main street industry.The awards – which also recognised Maras Group’s commitment to re-shaping the East End district of Adelaide – were established in 2009 to recognise people, programs and businesses that contribute to the vibrancy of Australia’s major commercial centres. President of Mainstreet Australia, Mr Steve Bentley said that “behind every one of our successful main streets, there are committed leaders, businesses, volunteers, committee members, community members, centre managers and councils. Through their hard work, dedication and initiative, they enable main streets to thrive on all levels, and respond to the constant challenges”.Steve Maras, managing director of Maras Group, told Neos Kosmos that he was delighted to be recognised by the award. “It’s something that our company is extremely passionate about and we will continue to assist and promote main streets as best we can. We would also like to acknowledge the outstanding work of our devoted and committed team here at Maras Group”.One of Adelaide’s most significant transformations over the past two decades has been the group’s redevelopment of the former Adelaide Fruit and Produce Exchange – the city’s historic market.The redeveloped strip is now regarded as Adelaide’s most popular high end ’boutique’ fashion destination and is home to the Adelaide Fringe as well as a host of other cultural events.
More From Roadshow Roadshow 3:20 The new safety tests that start in 2020 will simulate three common pedestrian accident situations: An adult crossing the road as cars approach at both 12 and 25 mphA child popping out from between parked cars, again with cars coming at 12 and 25 mphAn adult walking along the right hand side of the road as cars come up at 25 and 37 mphNew IIHS pedestrian collision ratings arrive at a time of increased pedestrian fatalities, believed to be partly caused by the profusion of high-fronted SUVs that impact chests and heads more than just legs. IIHS Points are awarded based on how well the car detected the pedestrian and slowed, and for how well it alerted the driver — we aren’t in the fully autonomous world yet. This new battery of tests is being added now for three reasons: 1. The number of pedestrians killed by cars in the US spiked over 45% from 2009 to 2017, a much higher rate than the 10% increase in overall auto fatalities during the same period. Reasons often cited include phones distracting drivers and pedestrians, a profusion of SUVs with taller front ends that impact pedestrian heads and chests, not just legs, and pedestrians being drunk in a third of the cases.Pedestrian fatalities are up around 45% since 2009 and have grown from 12% of all car accident fatalities to 16%. That sounds alarm bells. NHTSA 2. Affordable, mainstream cars like the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe offer the tech to do something about pedestrian impacts, including forward sensors and automatic emergency braking systems. Forty countries have agreed to require automatic emergency braking on new cars as of 2020, though the US has not signed on to that pledge.3. Avoidance technology has been around long enough for insurance industry data to confirm that cars with it are involved in about a third fewer pedestrian collision claims. And never lose sight of the fact that IIHS star ratings, and the showroom appeal they create, are as much a way to force carmakers to build vehicles that result in fewer claims, as they are a service to help you buy a safe car. The new tests will be added to Top Safety Pick criteria in 2020, but a few vehicles have already been subjected to them, with the highest scores going to the Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and the Volvo XC40. Technologies like Subaru’s highly regarded Eyesight camera system are driving collision avoidance deep into the affordable car category. Subaru The technologies that are achieving those scores today will seem quaint compared to what’s coming: Lidar that not only sees pedestrians but predicts their next move is under development, and 5G-powered V2X connectivity may turn every pedestrian’s phone into a beacon that warns nearby cars of their proximity and giving automatic braking another input to help it do its job. Share your voice 0 Tight handling and new electronics make the 2016 Honda Civic a star compact Now playing: Watch this: The new ratings for IIHS Top Safety Pick cars will soon include how well the car avoids hitting pedestrians, a reflection of advances in technology and a retreat in pedestrian safety. 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet first drive: The uber-roadster Honda Kia Subaru Toyota Volvo Cooley On Cars Never mind the occupants, the safest cars will soon protect… Post a comment 2020 BMW 330e first drive: A plug-in 3 Series without compromise Tags
.Unnayan Onneshan (UO), an independent multidisciplinary think-tank, has said the proposed budget for 2018-19 fiscal year lacks measures necessary to address the macroeconomic, medium term and institutional challenges the economy is facing.”The budget speech seems to lack providing prudent and farsighted solutions to the current challenges except it earmarks ambitious targets of expenditure amidst inefficient distribution of resources and cost overrun,” it said its rapid assessment of the new proposed national budget.Inequality has widened on the back of the gap between return on capital and return on labour on the one hand and the persistent primitive accumulation in the form of looting in different sectors of the economy on the other, the think-tank said.Institutional fragility has been evident in the economy, leading different economic sectors to fail to maintain discipline, it said, adding that institutional fragility and political uncertainty are contributing to lack of confidence among investors and entrepreneurs.The UO said in the wake of parliamentary elections, investors may adopt wait-and-see policy about making investment since they are fearful about the process of the transition of power and the subsequent business environment recalling the situation after the national election back in 2014.It said incapacity to implement the budget has been a major challenge in recent years. The rate of implementation has assumed a decreasing trend since FY 2011-12. In FY 2011-12, budget implementation rate was 93 per cent which decreased to 91 per cent in FY 2012-13, 85 per cent in FY 2013-14, 82 per cent in FY 2014-15, 81 per cent in FY 2015-16 and 79 per cent in FY 2016-17.Despite the increasing trend in tax revenue over the years, the tax-GDP ratio is very low compared to global average. In FY 2015-16, Tax-GDP ratio in Bangladesh stood at 8.98 per cent, while it increased slightly to 9 percent and 10.39 per cent in FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18 respectively.Bangladesh has a regressive tax structure where people with low income have to share relatively larger share of the tax burden due to different forms of indirect taxes. In 2018-19 budget, revenue from income tax and VAT has been estimated to be Tk 1,007.19 billion and Tk 1,105.55 billion respectively. In FY 2018-19, 34 per cent of total NBR revenue would come from taxes on income and profit whereas 53.79 per cent would come from indirect sources, including Value Added Tax and Supplementary Duty, together.The budget has set a target of collecting Tk 3,392.80 billion as revenue receipts. The target seems to fall short since a gap between revenue target and actual collection has been regular, the think-tank said.In the first nine months of the current fiscal year, the revenue collection stood at Tk 1,440 billion against a target of Tk 1,670 billion leaving a shortfall by Tk 230 billion.About the rising operating expenditure, the UO evinces that in the budget for FY 2018-19, a total of Tk 1122.66 billion has been proposed for salary and allowances and interest repayment which constitutes 24.17 per cent of the total budgetary outlay. In addition, in the proposed budget for FY 2018-19, operating expenditure grows by 21 per cent while development expenditure registers a 13 per cent growth.It mentioned that it has been regular phenomenon in Bangladesh that the mass people fear national budget. This is because budget has been the occasion of increase in price of many necessities either directly or indirectly.The measures taken in the budget 2018-19 is likely to increase price of some 19 commodities while reducing price of some 14 commodities.While national budget is directly linked to the living standard of the mass, they have little stake in the formulation of budget. Lack of fiscal accountability in Bangladesh due to limited role of the parliament in budget-making process together with constitutional and systematic rigidities results in inefficiency, poor implementation of budget and misuse of public resources, the think-tank said.It said due to persistent depreciation, the local currency has been exposed to serious pressure. In 2017, local currency has experienced a depreciation of 5 percent against US Dollar. In May 2018, the exchange rate has stood at Tk 83.70 per USD which was Tk 80.69 in August 2017. Depreciation of local currency has added to the inflationary pressure on the mass.Sluggish export growth and cut in the inflow of wage earners’ remittance along with high import payment is exerting pressure on the current account balance. Referring to the deficit in current account balance, the think tank finds that the current account balance recorded a deficit of USD 7.08 billion during July-March, 2017-18 due mainly to a significant trade deficit and lower income from services and primary income accounts compared to that of July-March, 2016-17.High inflationary pressure is increasing the cost of living, thus gradually degrading the living standard of the mass by lowering the consumption capacity of the people with limited income. Statistics suggest that twelve-month average inflation increased to 5.83 per cent in April 2018 from 5.82 per cent in March 2018.Observing institutional fragility in the banking sector due to massive irregularities followed by rise in default loans and resulting capital shortfall, the UO shows that at the end of 2017, total default loans in the banking sector stood at Tk 743.03 billion, representing 9.31 per cent of the gross loan, compared to Tk 621.72 billion in the previous year.Amid chaotic situation in the country’s financial sector and political uncertainty ahead of the national election, foreign investors are increasingly making exit from capital market, the UO said.Private sector investment has been remaining stagnant at below 23 per cent for a decade. It stood at 22.07 per cent of GDP in FY 2014-15, 21.78 per cent in FY 2015-16, 23.1 in FY 2016-17 and 23.25 per cent in FY 2017-18.Meanwhile, it is found that net Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has slumped recently. In 2017, FDI has declined by 7.76 per cent compared to that in the previous yearThe economy of Bangladesh is missing the opportunity to capitalise its demographic dividend. While the GDP growth figure is impressive, the poor rate of quality job creation is characterising it as jobless growth. The economy is presenting disconcerting job scenario with a huge number of people remaining out of work.Referring to the state of jobless growth, the research organisation notes that unemployed population increased to 2.68 million in FY 2016-17 while 1.46 million remained underemployed. In addition, the number of people not in education, employment or training rose to 48.28 million in FY 2016-17, representing 44.25 per cent of the people who are able and ready to work, from 46.6 million in FY 2015-16.If not dealt with effectively, income inequality together with inequality in access to health and social security, multidimensional poverty, and joblessness particularly among the youth may undermine the development already achieved by the county, comments the UO.Calling for prudent and farsighted fiscal management, the research organisation states that proposed actions are inadequate to bring fiscal discipline in the management of revenue, deficit and debt one the one hand and to establish an inclusive society in the absence of distributive reforms in the tax system on the other.
Wotif faces a yearly profit drop of 15.4 per cent to AUD $43.2 million, following greater competition with its rivals and some uncertainty over regulatory approval for its purchase by Expedia.The Australian company’s hotel room night bookings system for Australia and New Zealand declined by 9.4 per cent but its accommodation margins increased by 13.7 per cent because of increased hotel commission rates.Expedia is currently offering AUD $3.06 a share and a AUD $0.24 fully franked dividend via a Wotif scheme of arrangement.Wotif has previously struggled to compete against Booking.com and Expedia.The ACCC is expected to make a decision on 10 September and the NZ regulator will make a ruling on 10 October.Source = ETB News: Tom Neale
September 22, 2014 663 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market The ongoing legal battle between the U.S. government and Bank of America over the sale of soured loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the financial meltdown continued last week as lawyers for the government argued against a motion to throw out a fraud verdict rendered against the bank.In a court filing made Thursday, attorneys for the Justice Department said BofA’s attempt to overturn last October’s fraud verdict—which resulted in a $1.3 billion civil penalty—”[defies] the evidence, the law, and common sense.”The department’s argument came as a response to a late August filing by lawyers representing the megabank, who then said the government failed to conclusively prove that BofA’s Countrywide unit misrepresented the quality of loans packaged and sold to the GSEs in the lead-up to the housing crash. In their own filing, BofA’s team said argued “the evidence unambiguously showed that the … loans sold to Fannie and Freddie were well within industry standards for loan quality, and thus Fannie and Freddie received exactly what they paid for.”The bulk of the case revolved around a program at Countrywide called the High Speed Swim Lane (HSSL, or Hustle), which critics say emphasized production speed and volume at the expense of loan quality. The program ended before BofA’s acquisition of Countrywide in 2008.Also charged in the case was former Countywide official Rebecca Mairone, who the government accused of pushing the Hustle program against evidence that the loans being made were low-quality. Mairone was also found guilty and was ordered to pay $1 million.That judgment has also been disputed, with Mairone’s attorney arguing “… there was insufficient evidence for the jury to conclude that Mairone knew of any HSSL loans that were sold to the GSEs as ‘investment quality’ despite being ineligible for sale.”An after-hours call to a BofA spokesperson was not answered, and a request for comment from Mairone’s attorney was not immediately returned. U.S., BofA Continue Fight in ‘Hustle’ Case Bank of America Countrywide Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Justice Department 2014-09-22 Tory Barringer Share
You might also be interested in “From the start, especially in certain countries like Spain and Germany, the increase in sales was somewhere between two to six times the original sales,” he said.”If you take away the hassle of cutting it yourself, you have a real seller on your hands. That is something that the machine made possible.”He said around 250 machines were now being used in roughly 20 countries at present, anticipating there would be a total of 500 machines in operation in 12 months’ time and more than 1,000 in two years.”It’s definitely something that’s exploding,” he said.The first sales have recently been made in the Chinese market, with the machines due to be delivered by the end of July. Van Keeken expected huge growth in that market as well.Dutch Food Technology recently opened a sales office in the U.S., where retailers including Whole Foods and Walmart have used Piñabars.Production of the machines is still based solely in the Netherlands but Van Keeken said the company was looking into expanding elsewhere.Van Keeken also said the company was not confined to just pineapples, and was looking at “different fresh experiences” for other foods.”We have some ideas now for our current machines, such as small ones…but we see a trend toward ‘fresh but fast’. It has to be convenient. So that’s something we want to pick up on,” he said.www.freshfruitportal.com Chinese fruit store caught falsely labeling dragon … U.S. Florida Tomato Exchange says newly proposed M … The developers of pioneering technology that customers can use to slice a pineapple of their choice and take it home in a plastic tub are expecting exponential growth over the next couple of years. Dutch Food Technology sales manager Michel van KeekenSpeaking to Fresh Fruit Portal at last week’s London Produce Show and Conference, Dutch Food Technology sales manager Michel van Keeken said the number of machines in operation around the world was set to quadruple by the end of 2020.Customers place a pineapple in the machine, which then picks it up, removes all the skin and the core, cuts it into slices and returns it to the customer in a plastic tub within a matter of seconds.The idea for the machine, named Piñabar, came about in 2013 years ago when the company was approached by a retailer that asked if they could develop such technology.Van Keeken said the company launched its first product in 2015 in Dutch and German supermarkets.”We have been picked up by retailers like Carrefour in Spain and Edeka in Germany, which introduced it inside of their franchises and we grew very fast…now we have machines in places including Scandinavia, Southern Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.”Edeka has an exclusivity agreement with Dutch Food Technology to use the machine in Germany, and a similar deal has been made with U.S. pineapple company Chestnut Hill Farms, which will sell fruit along with the machine to its clients.There have been huge increases in pineapple sales in stores that have installed a machine, he said. June 12 , 2018 U.S. and China near deal that could end U.S. tarif … Police uncover huge Italian ‘kiwigate’ scandal …