Surf at the Waters Edge Halifax Waterfront Goes Wireless

October 22, 2019

first_imgThe most visited destination in Nova Scotia now offers free wireless service in key Halifax Harbourwalk areas from the Cable Wharf to Tall Ships Quay. “The activity of the waterfront has historically connected Nova Scotians with the world and the wireless waterfront develops upon this,” Colin MacLean, president and CEO, Waterfront Development Corporation said today, Sept. 16. “From our shores, a person can connect with anyone in the world, for free.” The wireless waterfront provides yet another attractive feature for residents, tourists, and marine services users. Access is easy: connect to Wireless-Waterfront through a wi-fi utility, choose a browser, review and agree to the user terms and conditions. “Wireless capability is the perfect enhancement for anyone choosing to live, shop, work and play along the waterfront,” said Gordon Laing, president, Southwest Properties, developer of Bishop’s Landing. “Visitors will have access to luxurious retail outlets and residences, and also the ability to connect online in this vibrant part of Halifax.” Until Oct. 31, when Waterfront Development staff spot someone surfing the Internet on the Harbourwalk, the person will get a code to log in to the website to enter a contest. The grand prize is an Apple iPad. Splice Training will provide two hours of training and accessories. The wireless infrastructure was built using Cisco Outdoor wireless technology, a robust system installed by Unis Lumin. The Corporation invested $85,000 to purchase the network of antennae. This service will drive new traffic to the waterfront, increase marine services business, and enhance visitor experience. The infrastructure provides an opportunity to develop new revenue streams and can support other functions such as security. Waterfront Development Corporation is a provincial Crown corporation developing the strategic potential of the four waterfronts in Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax and Lunenburg. Revenues are directly reinvested in the waterfronts to drive economic opportunity, enhance tourism, provide experiences and reflect and protect marine heritage.last_img read more

Bombardier says C Series shift to Airbus allows it to focus on

October 13, 2019

first_imgWith its focus no longer diverted by the aircraft formerly known as the C Series, Bombardier Inc. says it is working to improve the profitability of its regional jets and turboprops by boosting sales and cutting costs.The Montreal-based transportation giant’s regional aircraft order backlog rose to 116 planes, enough for three years of production that sets it up for the potential to increase production rates. Its commercial aircraft segment won orders for a total of 16 Q400 aircraft and 35 CRJ Series equipped with its new cabin design.“Adding a little bit of volume here also is very beneficial to those programs as you add units especially at the current rates — that does improve the cost structure,” chief financial officer John Di Bert said Thursday during a conference call about its second-quarter results.“It’s about continuing to focus on adding volume, it’s about leaning out the cost structure and make sure we have very efficient programs, really focusing on that aftermarket and then we’ll take it from there,” said Di Bert.Bombardier’s shares increased nearly five per cent at $4.99 in Thursday trading after the company posted strong results and signalled that its turnaround plan remains on track.“Our solid performance positions us to achieve our free cash flow break even target for this year and more importantly to sustain cash generation well into the future,” Di Bert added.Bombardier, which reports in U.S. dollars, said overall revenues increased three per cent to $4.26 billion in the second quarter.Most of the improvement was due to an 11 per cent increase in revenue at Bombardier Transportation, which accounted for $2.26 billion of the total. Revenue fell at Bombardier’s commercial aircraft and business aircraft divisions.The company achieved a second-quarter profit of $70 million as it posted a $232 million increase free cash flow, helped by $600 million net proceeds from the sale of Downsview airport in Toronto.Net income was equal to two cents per share and compared with a year-earlier loss of $243 million or 11 cents per share.On an adjusted basis, Bombardier earned $87 million or three cents per share.Analysts had estimated one cent per share of net income and an adjusted loss of one cent per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.“With our heavy investment cycle largely behind us, our focus is now on ramping-up production and improving operational efficiency to accelerate growth,” CEO Alain Bellemare told analysts.The results were “impressive” with solid free cash flow and plenty of momentum for the second half of the fiscal year, said Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets.Bombardier concluded a number of key strategic actions in the quarter, including closing a partnership deal with European giant Airbus.Under the partnership, the European aircraft manufacturer acquired a majority 50.01 per cent stake in the C Series commercial jet program effective July 1.Airbus has since renamed the two models of C Series passenger jets to the A220-100 and A220-300.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

Indian company says Lankan oil plant deal only at preliminary stage

October 8, 2019

That country’s Board of Investments announced on March 21 that Singaporean company Silver Park, held by the family of Jagathrakshakan, had committed to implementing the project. Oman Oil Company has proposed to take an up to 30% equity stake. Documents accessed by ET from the Singapore company regulator ACRA show that Jagathrakshakan had been a director and shareholder in Silver Park but exited it in September 2018.His wife, daughter and son continue to hold positions in the company. In his electoral affidavit filed on March 25 for Lok Sabha polls — he is DMK’s candidate from the Arakonam constituency — Jagathrakshakan disclosed assets, including of wife J Anusuya, of ?114.7 crore. He also revealed that he and his wife had agreed to purchase shares in Silver Park but the acquisition had not been done yet. Jagathrakshakan S, the senior DMK leader whose family owns the company that recently agreed to build a $3.8-billion oil refinery in Sri Lanka, said the investment plan for the project was in a “very preliminary stage” and that it could see several more investors once the details were worked out, the Economic Times reported.The proposed refinery near the Hambantota port is the largest foreign direct investment project in Sri Lanka. Queried about the progress of the project, Jagathrakshakan, a former union minister, said: “What I can say now is that we have shown our interest, and they (Omani Ministry) have also said they are interested. This is not a project just two entities can implement. As I see it, it will have about 15 people investing in it.” He refused to name other potential investors as the terms of the deal were just evolving, the Economic Times report said.The project is expected to take a little over 40 months for completion of construction, a Sri Lankan government official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe laid the foundation stone on March 24 for the project, which he claimed would be a cornerstone development in making Hambantota a multinational investment zone. read more

OECD raises economic growth outlook for Canada this year to 24 per

October 3, 2019

by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 7, 2017 3:54 am MDT Last Updated Mar 7, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OECD raises economic growth outlook for Canada this year to 2.4 per cent TORONTO – Canada’s economy is projected to grow this year by 2.4 per cent, equalling what’s now expected in the United States and ahead of the other Group of Seven countries, according to estimates released Tuesday by the OECD.The Paris-based organization had previously said Canada’s economy was expected to rise by 2.1 per cent this year — better than last year but still modest compared with past economic recoveries from downturns.The OECD also raised its estimates for several of the world’s biggest economies, including the U.S. and China, but kept its world economic estimate unchanged at 3.3 per cent — just slightly better than last year’s rate of 3.0 per cent.“Confidence has improved, but consumption, investment, trade and productivity are far from strong, with growth slow by past norms and higher inequality,” the OECD said.The think tank said Canada’s economy will be supported this year by export growth, a better market for commodities and government spending initiatives.However, it again raised a red flag about the rapid increase in house prices in Canada and other countries including Australia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.“As past experience has shown, a rapid rise of house prices can be a precursor of an economic downturn,” it said.The OECD works with the governments of 35 member countries, including Canada, and major non-member countries including China, India and Brazil to collect data and analyze economic trends around the world.The modest pickup in global growth in 2017-18 reflects the effect of ongoing and projected fiscal measures, notably in China and the U.S., and initiatives in other economies such as Canada, the report says.“These are expected to catalyse private economic activity and push up global demand.”“Exiting the low-growth trap depends on the joint impact of macroeconomic, structural and trade policy choices, as well as on concerted and effective implementation of existing initiatives.”The OECD report said the U.S. and Canada are projected to lead the Group of Seven countries in economic growth this year, with the next highest G7 country being Germany at 1.8 per cent GDP growth.Next year, the U.S. economy is projected to grow by 2.8 per cent and Canada’s is expected to expand by 2.2 per cent, ahead of the other G7 countries. Global economic growth for 2018 is forecast to be 3.6 per cent.In its previous report issued in November, the OECD estimated Canada’s economic growth for 2016 would be 1.2 per cent, but that was upgraded Tuesday to 1.4 per cent, in line with what Statistics Canada reported last week. read more

Doha meeting must take decisive action to tackle growing crisis of climate

October 2, 2019

“Let us be under no illusion. This is a crisis. A threat to us all. Our economies. Our security. And the well-being of our children and those who will come after,” Mr. Ban said at the start of the high-level segment of the 18th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).“The danger signs are all around,” he added, pointing to the unprecedented melting of icecaps, rising sea levels, and land degradation and drought in various parts of the world.“No one is immune to climate change – rich or poor,” he stated. “It is an existential challenge for the whole human race – our way of life, our plans for the future. We must take ownership. We, collectively, are the problem. Then we should have the solutions.”The two-week conference brings together the 195 Parties to the UNFCCC, the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Under the Protocol, 37 States – consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy – have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. Delegates at the two-week conference – that ends this Friday – will, among other goals, try to extend the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period expires at the end of 2012.“I urge all Parties to work with a spirit of compromise – to take the long view and avoid getting bogged down in minutiae,” Mr. Ban told participants. “Let us ensure that we stay on track for an effective, fair, ambitious and universal climate agreement by 2015.”The Secretary-General said he hoped for five key “deliverables” by Governments in Doha this week, beginning with the adoption of a ratifiable second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. “The Kyoto Protocol remains the closest we have to a global, binding climate agreement. It must continue. It is a foundation to build on. It has important institutions, including accounting and legal systems, and the framework that markets sorely need. Its continuation on 1 January 2013 would show that governments remain committed to a more robust climate regime.”He also expected progress on long-term climate finance, and ensuring that the institutions set up in Cancun and Durban to support mitigation and adaptation by developing countries – including the Green Climate Fund and the Climate Technology Centre and Network – are fully equipped and effective.In addition, he expected governments to demonstrate, with no ambiguity, that negotiations on a global and legally binding instrument remain on track, and to show how they intend to act on the gap between mitigation pledges and what is required to achieve the two degrees target.Recent UN-led reports have pointed to the urgency of keeping global average temperatures from rising beyond an internationally agreed level of two degrees Celsius, beyond which climate change would have serious impacts.“The gap can be bridged. But time is not on our side,” Mr. Ban warned.The President of the General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, told the meeting that addressing the problem of climate change must become a core national interest of every UN Member State.“The window of opportunity to prevent the effects of climate change from spiralling out of our control is closing,” he said. “When future generations look upon the choices we made, let them not be forced to exclaim that we failed to act in time. Let them not have to suffer the consequences of the inability to answer the clarion call to act with conscientious foresight.”Speaking to reporters in Doha today, Mr. Ban emphasized that “we are in a race against time,” adding that every delay will require greater future effort or will mean greater future harm.“If we act together with clear purpose, we can meet this challenge. But we need to be united – governments from all regions, business and civil society. We have a clear choice: stand together, or fall together.” read more

Thesis defences — Feb 4 to 8

October 2, 2019

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Feb. 4 to 8.All are open for the University community to attend.Applied Disability Studies MA thesis defenceApplied Disabilities Studies student Catherine McHugh will defend the thesis “A Comparison of Modified Food Chaining and Simultaneous Presentation plus Nonremoval of the Spoon for the Treatment of Food Selectivity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” on Monday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. in TH 150.The examination committee includes Dawn Zinga, Chair; Kathryn Peterson, External Examiner (Assistant Professor in the University of Nebraska Medical Center); Kimberley Zonneveld, Supervisor; Maurice Feldman, Graduate Program Director and Committee Member; and Ivy Chong, Committee Member.Geography and Tourism Studies MA thesis defenceGeography and Tourism Studies student Khuraam Farrukh will defend the thesis “Social Media Representations of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, and their Relation to Metropolitan Domination: The Case of Attabad Lake” on Monday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes Mary-Beth Raddon, Chair; Shafqat Hussain, External Examiner (Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Trinity College); David Butz, Supervisor and Graduate Program Director; and Nancy Cook and Jeff Boggs, Committee Members. read more

Outotec to deliver minerals processing technology to Norilsk Nickel in Russia

September 24, 2019

first_imgOutotec has signed a contract with Norilsk Nickel for the delivery of minerals processing technology and equipment to the second phase expansion of the Talnakh copper-nickel concentrator in the Krasnoyarsky Region in Russia. The value of comparable deliveries is typically €60-80 million. Outotec will deliver a fully automated flotation complex with performance guarantees including Outotec TankCell® flotation cells in different sizes as well as Outotec® High Rate thickeners, electrification and a process control system. In addition, Outotec provides plant commissioning services and spare parts for two years. Deliveries are scheduled to be completed in early 2015. Once fully operational in 2016 the Talnakh concentrator complex will process annually over 10 Mt of ore. The Talnakh phase 1 already uses Outotec flotation technologies.“Outotec and Norilsk Nickel have established a trusted partnership over the decades by completing a number of projects together. It is delightful that our flotation and thickening innovations have proved their performance at the existing Norilsk Nickel operations and we can again serve as a partner in implementing modern technology for reduced processing costs and higher efficiency”, notes Peter Weber, President of EMEA region at Outotec.last_img read more

President Higgins accepts invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to visit the UK

September 22, 2019

first_imgThis is a further demonstration of the warm and positive relationship that now exists between Ireland and the United Kingdom.The State Visit in April, following on the very successful visit to Ireland by Queen Elizabeth in 2011, will be a wonderful opportunity to deepen this even further. Queen Elizabeth II made a historic visit to Ireland in May 2011, visiting places such as the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse and the National Stud in Kildare.Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh admire a pint of Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse during the second day of her State Visit to Ireland. (Arthur Edwards/PA Images)At the time of the visit, Mary McAleese was President of Ireland.Speaking during her visit at the State dinner, Queen Elizabeth said Ireland and the UK are becoming “as good neighbours should be”.Read: Duking it out, part deux: Who wants to stop for a Guinness?>In pictures: The second day of the Queen’s historic visit>Read: What the international media is saying about the Queen’s visit> PRESIDENT MICHAEL D. Higgins has been invited by Queen Elizabeth II to visit the United Kingdom.Áras an Uachtaráin confirmed that President Higgins will go to the UK for a state visit from 8-10 April 2014.State visitIn an interview with last year, President Higgins stated that he had hoped to return the State visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland last year by visiting the UK either in 2013 or early in 2014.The statement released today said President Higgins was “very pleased to accept” the invitation from Queen Elizabeth.The President will be accompanied on the State visit by his wife, Sabina Higgins.No further details about the president’s schedule were released but it stated that details of the president’s programme will be announced jointly by Áras an Uachtaráin and Buckingham Palace.Taoiseach Enda Kenny said in a statement this evening that he warmly welcomes the news, stating:last_img read more

10 of Irish households are using four times as much water as

September 21, 2019

first_img Share206 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 1:19 PM By Cianan Brennan 10% of Irish households are using four times as much water as the rest of the country New figures from the CSO show that usage of water in Ireland is heavily skewed by a small fraction of consumers. 116 Comments Apr 25th 2017, 1:19 PM Source: Shutterstock/nikkytokJUST 10% OF households in Ireland are using a huge proportion of the country’s water, new statistics show.The stats, released today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), show that just 3.4% of all customers consumed a huge 31% of water monitored in 2015.The top 10% of consumers meanwhile accounted for 43% of all consumption, an average of 1,665 litres per day per water meter compared to the overall average of 383 litres.The data was measured using installed water meters.771,348 such meters had been installed in Irish properties at the end of 2015. The figure has since passed the 800,000 mark.The lower levels of consumption can be accounted for by vacant properties and the likes of one-occupier households according to a spokesperson for the CSO. Domestic public water consumption by 10% of population, 2014 and 2015 Source: CSOClick here to view a larger image“As you move further up the chart, larger households, and especially leaks, come into play,” they said.County Cavan had the lowest average consumption in the country with 313 litres consumed on average throughout 2015, with Kerry and Tipperary sporting the highest of 430 litres. Cavan also had the lowest monthly average in March 2015 of 288 litres per metre.Longford meanwhile, struck the highest monthly average in June of 474 litres.In the capital, Dublin 2 had the lowest annual average of 283 litres per day. Dublin 6 meanwhile had the highest average daily consumption in the city at 488 litres per day for the year, though that usage actually decreased across the year from 516 litres in January to 455 litres in December.The decision as to how average water consumption is to be measured under Ireland’s next water regime was one of the largest bones of contention for the Oireachtas Water Committee in compiling its final report, with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil ending up at loggerheads as to whether the 133 litre per day limit for excessive use should apply per person or per household.Read: Graphic image shows garda’s injury after ‘vicious assault’ by prisonerRead: Gardaí appeal for witnesses after cars damaged in Castleknock 17,491 Views Short URLlast_img read more

Apple store le troisième magasin français ouvre samedi à Paris Opéra

September 20, 2019

first_imgApple store : le troisième magasin français ouvre samedi à Paris OpéraParis – C’est au 12 rue Halévy, dans le 9e arrondissement, que le troisième Apple Store français ouvrira ses portes samedi prochain.Proximité des géants du shopping que sont les Galeries Lafayette et le Printemps Haussman, station de métro desservie par plusieurs lignes, à la fois chic et branché, le quartier de l’Opéra Garnier semble être un choix judicieux pour l’ouverture du troisième magasin de la marque à la pomme. La boutique, qui proposera tous les produits stars d’Apple, de l’iPhone 4 à l’iPad, en passant par les iPod et les iMac, est certes proche de celle du Carrousel du Louvre, mais elle ne devrait pas manquer d’attirer elle-aussi de nombreux aficionados des hautes technologies made in Apple.  Rendez-vous samedi à 10h pour l’inauguration du magasin, qui sera ensuite ouvert du lundi au mercredi de 8h à 20h et de 9h à 21h du jeudi au samedi. Le 28 juin 2010 à 15:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

September 17, 2019

Andros Arts and Crafts Showcased in National Arts Festival – Nicholls Town

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 14, 2018 – Andros –Photo  – NICHOLL’S TOWN, Andros, The Bahamas  — Arts and Crafts Adjudicator Katrina Cartwright (left) and her adjudication assistant and Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture representative Melissa Allen-Maynard discuss a piece entered into the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival, at Huntley Christie High School in Nicholl’s Town, Andros, on March 8, 2018.  (MOYSC/BIS Photo: Eric Rose)Photo – Ninth-grader Tamari Wallace proudly shows off his creation, as Arts and Crafts Adjudicator Katrina Cartwright is pictured in the background, during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Adjudications at Huntley Christie High School.  (MOYSC/BIS Photo: Eric Rose)Photo – Arts and Crafts Adjudicator Katrina Cartwright  (left) and eighth-grader Elli Evans discuss one of her pieces she entered into the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival, at Huntley Christie High School in Nicholl’s Town, Andros, March 8, 2018.  (MOYSC/BIS Photo: Eric Rose)Photo – Eighth-grader Elli Evans showcases one of her two pieces.  (MOYSC/BIS Photo: Eric Rose)Photo – Arts and Crafts Adjudicator Katrina Cartwright (right) and art teacher Elkino Dames share a laugh, during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Adjudications in Nicholl’s Town.  (MOYSC/BIS Photo: Eric Rose)last_img read more

September 15, 2019

Video records good Samaritans rescuing unconscious driver on I95

first_imgBOCA RATON, FLA. (WSVN) – Two men were caught on camera working to rescue a driver who was unconscious after he crashed along Interstate 95.The man who helped to save a South Florida driver said he felt hesitant to speak with reporters at first because he didn’t want recognition for just doing the right thing.A video showed the rescue that happened along I-95’s southbound lanes in Boca Raton. That video has since gone viral.“Did what I had to do,” said Gregory Glenn, who saved the driver. “The guy, of course, wasn’t responsive.”Glenn said he’s thankful that he had his baseball bat in the car, which he used to help smash out the window after the driver of a Jeep sped right by him before crashing.“I’m thinking I’m going 55, and he slams his car into the wall and then it got up on the wall,” Glenn said. “It looked like it was gonna flip, and thank God it didn’t. Then when it came down, I was looking over, and the car was racing. The engine was full roar like he had his foot on the accelerator.”By the time these good Samaritans turned off the engine, cleared the smoke and flagged down paramedics, they realized the driver of the Jeep was unconscious. “I knew I was taking a risk because that vehicle could have come off that wall any second because, like I said, the wheels were turning, so I knew I was taking a risk, but I did what I had to do,” Glenn said.Driver Adam Turetsky, who was stuck in the resulting traffic said he was touched by what he saw.“I didn’t want to get in the way,” Turetsky said. “I took out my phone and started recording the situation.”But Glenn said he’s not looking for accolades. “I just happened to be at the right place at the right time, and I hope that somebody’s in the right place at the right time when I need that same help one day,” he said.Police have identified the man behind the wheel of that Jeep as 53-year-old Victor Sanchez from Fort Lauderdale. They said he passed out while driving, causing the accident.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

September 6, 2019

Revocation of Article 370 will not be solution Kodandaram

first_imgHyderabad: TJS President Kodandaram has stated that repealing of Article 370 will not be a lasting solution to the Kashmir problem. He said the Centre should ensure that no other problem crop up while addressing the contentious issue. Addressing the media on Monday, Kodandaram felt that just by revoking Article 370 would not address the problem, he said. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us The Centre did not explain as to why Kashmir issue became a big problem, the problem would continue as it was there yesterday and today, he felt. Kodandaram also said the Centre has to take steps to find a permanent solution to the issue. “We need to learn lessons from Telangana formation as bifurcation issues still exist. The Centre must find an amicable solution to this problem, he felt.last_img read more

September 6, 2019

NAAC team inspects PB Siddhartha College

first_imgVijayawada: The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) visited PB Siddhartha Arts and Science College on a two-day inspection, said the college principal Dr Meka Ramesh on Tuesday. The principal said that the NAAC team had visited the college for the third time to assess the quality and standards maintained by the college authorities. He said that the visiting team was led by Mumbai University vice-chancellor Prof Rajan Welukar. Also Read – TDP flays government for sand problems Advertise With Us The team inspected the infrastructure, quality of educational standards, results secured by the students, laboratory facilities, students talent, campus placements, sports, NCC, NSS and others functionalities in the institution. The NAAC team includes Lucknow University professor Kumkum Misra, Coimbatore Institute of Management and Technology principal Kumara Swamy. Siddhartha Academy academic adviser LK Mohan Rao, director V Babu Rao, dean Rajesh C Jampala, internal quality control department coordinator Rajesdra Prasad, training and placement head K Sridhar and others were present.last_img read more

September 6, 2019

Collector Md Imtiaz to receive Poshan Abhiyan Award today

first_imgVijayawada: Krishna District Collector Md Imtiaz has been selected for the prestigious National Poshan Abhiyan Award by the Union government. The Collector will receive the award from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on August 23.The collector has been selected for the award for the best implementation of the National Nutrition Programme in the district. The Union government announced this award to Krishna district for conducting convergence action meetings at 26 places, organising 100 per cent nutrition awareness programmes among the public, conducting 100 per cent community-based events in the district. The Union government had taken into consideration conduct of 100 per cent immunisation programmes in the district. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us According to the district officials, the percentage of the anaemia has been decreased to 0.5 per cent from 5.04 per cent and also the low weight babies were limited to 5.047 per cent in the district. Adding to this, the 100 per cent gas connections in the Anganwadi centres, construction of toilets, drinking water facility arrangements and developing 249 Nutri gardens in the district have contributed to bag the National Poshan Abhiyan Award. To receive the award, ICDS Project Director, K Krishna Kumari, former DM&HO Dr I Ramesh, ICDS expansion officer N Sunitha Devi accompanied the Collector Imtiaz to Delhi.last_img read more

Closing your car loan Dont make these mistakes

September 5, 2019

first_imgcar loanCreative Commons/Nick YoungsonHave you taken a car loan that is about to come to a close? Then, this is a write up for you. For many, the closure of a vehicle loan is an exciting time and requires only the payment of the last of the Equated Monthly Instalments (EMIs) that has been hanging closing on your existence. But it is not just the last EMI that one should be wary. Several formalities must be done prior to the closure of your vehicle loan before you can say the vehicle is finally yours.Let’s take a look at the steps to be followed to close a car loan. Remember, your obligations are not over yet till you secure all the requisite papers from the bank after you payment of the last EMI of the loan secured. This may not be something to worry about and certainly not a Herculean task. But only if you are aware of what needs to be done.Securing NOCThis is the first step to take once you are done paying your EMI. In normal cases, the bank that lent you the loan is expected to send you the closure documents within a specified period of time. The No Objection Certificate (NOC) is a document stating that the borrower has cleared the loan and the bank has no issues to settle pending on any of the loan clauses.Removal of hypothecation It is important to cancel the hypothecation after the loan has been paid off. How is it done? This is an endorsement in your car’s registration book, which is done to hypothecate the car to the financier or the banks. In this case, the Registration Certificate (RC) of the borrower will show the lender’s name. This will prevent one selling the car and also the financier is allowed to seize the vehicle in your possession if the EMI or loan is defaulted. This is to be removed from the card after the closure of the loan. The banks send the NOC to the Regional Transport Office (RTO) where the vehicle was registered to state that the loan has been settled. This can be done either through an agent or yourself.Hypothecation removed from your insuranceThe hypothecation also needs to be removed from insurance papers. If this is not done immediately, there are chances that your insurance claims can go to the bank’s account and not yours. Submitting the NOC from the lending bank to the insurance provider does this.The sooner you secure all the documents after the closure of your loan the better. Else the matter will just be complicated leading to several procedures or irritants. It is important that you sort then in time, after all, you do not want to spoil the feel good atmosphere on completion of your loan.last_img read more

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to urge states to reduce VAT on petrol

September 5, 2019

first_imgA sharp cut in petrol price can provide a booster dose to India’s slowing economy.ReutersWith the petrol price making headlines for the past one week, in a latest development, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will soon urge chief ministers of all states to cut sales tax or value added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel.”We have proactively cut excise duty. Now it is the turn of states to reduce VAT,” Pradhan said.Currently, states impose VAT ranging from 26-28 percent on petrol and diesel. The minister said that he urged states to reduce VAT by at least 5 percent on fuel to provide one more slab of relief to consumers, IANS reported.Under all round attack on rising fuel prices, the government on Tuesday decided to slash the excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre, effective from Wednesday, to cushion the impact of rise in international crude prices, in a decision that will cost the exchequer Rs 13,000 crore during the remaining part of the fiscal.The government said, with the reduction in excise duty on petrol and diesel Centre has sacrificed Rs 26,000 crore in revenue from its exchequer.”States are the biggest beneficiaries. They get all of the VAT collection plus they also get 42 percent of the central excise collections,” the Union petroleum minister said.Despite demands from various stakeholders, petroleum products do not come under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime and are continued to be taxed as per the old VAT regime.Petrol prices in India are on the rise. The prices have risen by almost Rs 6-7 per litre since June 16. The Modi government introduced dynamic fuel pricing on June 16 for revising retail fuel prices daily across the nation in conjunction with the change in the crude oil prices.Prices of crude oil have fallen by as much as two-thirds in the last nine years, but in a strange way, during the same period, retail petrol prices in the four metro cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai increased by approximately Rs 22 per litre for petrol i.e 43 percent increase. Price chartRaghavendra N IBTlast_img read more

Samsungs Vertical TV Is What We Deserve

September 1, 2019

first_img I think most millennial stereotypes are dumb if only because the idea of “generations,” grouping together huge swathes of vastly different people just based on the vague time frame in which they were born, doesn’t really make a lot of sense. But sometimes even bad myths stumble upon real truths. And gosh darnit we millennials sure do you like looking at vertical videos.It’s laziness really. No one would argue that vertical orientation is more pleasing to the eyes than widescreen. Our eyes are next to each other, not on top of each other. But it’s worth suffering through a vertical video on your phone with one hand because that’s more convenient than rotating it with two.However, apparently no one told Samsung that vertical video is only palatable on phones. It’s not something we’re actually seeking out. Either someone got confused or Samsung is looking to actively punish my generation with this vertical TV.AdChoices广告Samsung recently revealed a new concept TV called “The Sero” or “The Vertical”. And yes, it’s as cursed as it sounds. This is a 43-inch smart TV that can rotate into a vertical orientation. So it ends up looking like a cell phone that’s somehow even bigger than modern phones. The mobile connection goes deeper, though. The TV would theoretically connect to multiple mobiles via NFC. You could then mirror your phone screen on the television. Finally, quick 4K Instagram videos. Tweets on a TV screen at last!Along with The Sero Samsung also detailed “The Frame,” a concept TV designed to look like a painting when not in use. And when it comes to weird TV gimmicks we appreciate the elegance of this one. I will say though that the The Sero would be an absolutely killer way to play vertical arcade games. That might be worth the suggested $16,200 price all on its own.For more on high-concept Samsung products here’s the latest on the troubled two-screen Galaxy Fold and learn about how a Samsung fridge might be your next dating app. Samsung’s 108MP Camera Sensor Is Coming to a Smartphone Near YouHuge Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Doesn’t Have Room For Headphone Jack Stay on targetlast_img read more

August 29, 2019

Trans people in Chile can now change their name and gender without

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Santiago Pride 2018. | Photo: Movilh Chile / Flickr Transgender people in Chile can now change their legal name and gender, without having to go through surgery. New government in Chile says it will not prioritize equal marriagePublic approval for same-sex marriage and adoption skyrockets in ChileBrazil’s Supreme Court ruled trans people can officially update gender without surgeryRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : A recent survey showed 65% of Chileans above the age of 18, supported marriage equality. That’s a seven point jump since February.On trans issues, 67% of people agreed a person should be able to transition without surgery or approval for a medical board. But only once they’ve changed their gender markers on official documents such as national ID cards and passports.More Chileans than ever also support the rights of same-sex couples to adopt children. A staggering 52% of people support same-sex adoption, which is ten points higher than in February.Chile currently offers civil partnerships to same-sex couples. The previous president introduced a bill to legalize love but the new Chilean president recently stated legalizing same-sex marriage is not a priority.A spokesperson for the 68-year-old politician said: ‘There is no commitment to take forward or lead a procedure regarding equal marriage.’See also:Will Luis Larrain be successful as Chile’s first openly-gay Congress member?Chileans turn up in pink triangles to protest Chechnya’s gay concentration campsWhy Santiago, the vibrant Chilean capital, is the Andes’ crown jewelGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The Chilean House of Deputies passed the Gender Identity Bill yesterday (12 September) with a vote of 95-46.It allows anyone over the age of 14 to self-identify their gender. But people 14-18 years old will need consent from their parents or legal guardians.President Sebastian Pinera must sign the bill into law within the next 30 days. He publicly supports the bill and is expected to do so.Trans advocacy group Organizing Trans Diversidades tweeted yesterday: ‘Today, Chile takes a historic step forward in the inclusion of transgender identities.‘Let’s now eradicate transphobia in schools, on the streets and in workplaces. Today it is everyone’s responsibility to protect trans youth,’ they tweeted.¡POR FIN! CON 95 VOTOS, APROBADO EL PROYECTO DE LEY DE #IDENTIDADDEGÉNERO #LIGAHORA: hoy Chile da un paso histórico en la inclusión de identidades #trans. Ahora, a erradicar la #transfobia en escuelas, calles y trabajos: hoy es responsabilidad de #todes proteger la #NiñezTrans.— Asociacion OTDChile (@OTDChile) September 12, 2018Gay Star News also reached out to Chile’s leading LGBTI organization, Movilh.Support for LGBTI rights skyrockets in ChileChileans overwhelmingly support LGBTI rights in the South American country. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more