Goa Governor acts on complaint against Minister

first_imgPanaji: Goa Governor Mridula Sinha asked the State’s Chief Secretary, Dharmendra Sharma, to take appropriate action on a complaint filed by activist lawyer Aires Rodrigues against an illegal bungalow built by Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar in Old Goa. This was confirmed to The Hindu by a Raj Bhavan spokesperson on Wednesday.On April 9, in a petition to the Archaeological Survey of India, Goa Circle, copied to the Governor and the Prime Minister, Mr. Rodrigues alleged that Mr. Madkaikar’s company, Nikitasha Realtors, had built a palatial bungalow in Old Goa, which violated the law by being within 300 metres from the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO heritage monument. The bungalow’s compound wall was less than 50 metre from the protected monument.The ASI, in its reply on April 10, had informed Mr. Rodrigues that it does not have the magisterial powers either for removal of encroachment or for demolition of illegal structures and asked him to approach the local authorities for further action in the matter. The ASI also told him that it had asked the Old Goa Police to register an FIR against Mr. Madkaikar over the unauthorised compound wall, copying local authorities, including the North Goa Collector and the local panchayat, but no action was taken.Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Mr. Madkaikar said that his bungalow was legal in every way and he was willing to offer documents related to his newly constructed house to any authority for examination. “I have all the approvals, licences from the authorities,” he said. “If required I will present it before appropriate authority.”last_img read more

PH wins bronze in sepak takraw men’s doubles

first_imgFILE PHOTO – PH Chinlone team wins the 1st silver for the country during the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZThe Philippines earned a podium finish in sepak takraw in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Philippines won the bronze medal in the men’s doubles event sharing the plum with Laos.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Myanmar won the gold while Malaysia settled for silver.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Centeno wins gold, Amit settles for silver anew in women’s 9-ball Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Nehru Cup 2012: Underdogs Nepal hold India to draw

first_imgTheir pre-match billing as underdogs seemed to have spurred Nepal to give their all as they held India to a goalless draw in a Nehru Cup encounter on Tuesday.After rain forced a delay of 30 minutes, both sides went on the offensive but the stray attacks did not result in any goal.Nepal took control of the midfield early on and did not allow medios Mehtab Hossain and Lenny Rodrigues any space. Nepal earned four corners in the space of ten minutes and there was a close shave for the hosts in the 14th minute as Jagajit Shrestha’s corner created panic in the Indian defence.The ground conditions forced the Indians to resort to the long ball strategy and Sunil Chhetri was tightly marked by the Nepal defence.In the 19th minute, Chhetri tried an overhead-kick but the ball was cleared by Rohit Chand and that was his only attempt at goal in the first half.India got a free-kick just before halftime and Nepal’s Sandip Rai was shown a yellow card for an infringement. But Anthony Pereira failed to make use of the opportunity.Nepal’s display must have surprised India coach Wim Koevermans and he was forced to bring striker Robin Singh in place of winger Clifford Miranda, who failed to provide any spark to the Indian attack during his stay on the field.The second half started with India switching to the 4-4-2 formation with Koevermans hoping that the taller Robin would be able to unsettle the Nepalese defenders.advertisementAnthony Pereira, who had switched to the left wing, tested Nepal goalkeeper Kiran Chemjong for the first time in the second half but his shot was saved by the latter.Mehtab, however, found his bearings in the second half and in the 57th minute, found an overlapping Syed Rahim Nabi but his shot from 40 yards was easily collected by Chemjong.The Indians looked more composed in the second half but the through ball needed to pierce the rival defence was missing in the Indian players’ repertoire.Rodrigues was replaced by Jewel Raja in the 77th minute. Jewel’s introduction had an immediate effect as he made a fine run into the rival box as he dribbled past Sagar Thapa and shot a right-footer which was palmed out by Chemjong for a corner.India almost got the elusive goal from the corner but Chemjong somehow blocked Robin’s powerful left-footer.India upped the ante in the last ten minutes and Jewel was once again in the thick of the action. He found Chhetri near the box but the Indian skipper’s feeble shot was easily collected by Chemjong. In the 91st minute, Chhetri came close to breaking the deadlock but his shot went over the bar.In the dying moments of the game, India got a free-kick and Nepal’s Bikash Singh Chhetri was shown the red card for protesting.In the post match press conference, Koevermans said that Nepal played well in the first half but the slushy turf did not allow the players to play to their potential. “The conditions were difficult and it’s unfortunate that the matches have to be played on these conditions. But we can’t do anything about it,” he said.last_img read more

Beijing’s South China Sea claims unfounded, rules The Hague tribunal

first_imgAn international tribunal ruled unanimously Tuesday that there is no legal basis for China’s “nine-dash line” claiming rights to much of the South China Sea.The panel of legal experts in The Hague said that any historic rights to resources that China may have had were wiped out if they are incompatible with exclusive economic zones established under a UN treaty.The Philippines, which brought the arbitration case against China, welcomed the ruling. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay called it a “milestone decision” and pledged to pursue a peaceful resolution of its territorial disputes with China.”The Philippines strongly affirms its respect for this milestone decision as an important contribution to ongoing efforts in addressing disputes in the South China Sea,” he said.A satellite image released by the Asian Maritime Transparency Initiative at Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies shows construction of possible radar tower facilities in the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea. Photo: ReutersHow Beijing responds to the ruling in the case filed by US ally the Philippines could chart the course of global power relations in an increasingly dangerous hotspot. It comes as the US has ramped up its military presence in the region and could seek to marshal world opinion to pressure Beijing into complying with the verdict. A new Philippine leader who appears friendlier to Beijing could also influence the aftermath of the ruling.China drafted its so-called nine-dash line to demarcate its claims to virtually the entire South China Sea. Manila brought the case because China’s claims infringe upon its own 200-mile exclusive economic zone. The dispute centers on waters through which an estimated $5 trillion in global trade passes through each year and are home to rich fishing stocks and a potential wealth of oil, gas and other resources.advertisementChina, which boycotted the case, summoned its demobilised sailors and officers for training drills in exercises that apparently started just days ago.The People’s Liberation Army Daily newspaper said on social media late Monday that Chinese navy reserves have been called up to perform “functional tasks.” The post followed online rumors that reservists in central Chinese provinces were called up for an unspecified mission from July 10-22.In the Philippines, more than 100 left-wing activists marched to the Chinese Consulate in metropolitan Manila, yelling, “Philippine territory is ours, China get out.” They called their campaign to push China out of the South China Sea, “CHexit” or “China exit now.”Vietnam, meanwhile, accused Chinese vessels of sinking a Vietnamese fishing boat in disputed waters. Nguyen Thanh Hung, a local fisheries executive in the central province of Quang Ngai, said two Chinese vessels chased and sank the Vietnamese boat around midday Saturday as it was fishing near the Paracel islands. The five fishermen were rescued by another trawler around seven hours later.China has argued that the tribunal has no jurisdiction and says it won’t accept the ruling. It has insisted that bilateral talks between Beijing and other claimants is the only way to address the dispute.Findings of the tribunal are binding on the parties, including China. But the court – without police or military forces or a system of sanctions at its disposal – can’t enforce its ruling, so its potential impact remains unclear.Also read:High stakes legal ruling looms in South China Sea dispute China holds combat drill in South China Sealast_img read more

Ignored for Khel Ratna, Bajrang Punia to move court

first_imgStar Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia has vowed to move court after being ignored for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.Asian Games champion Bajrang was considered as a strong contender for India’s highest sporting honour following his recent achievements. He won gold medals in Gold Coast and Jakarta this year. The Haryana grappler has also won a World Championship bronze medal in 2013 besides winning silver medals in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and Glasgow Commonwealth Games.The selection committee, which met on Monday, recommended cricketer Virat Kohli and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu for the prestigious award.Speaking to Mail Today, the 24-year-old wrestler said he was ‘hurt’. “I don’t know what is in their (selection committee’s) mind. My achievements are there what else do you want? I am coming to Delhi tomorrow and will file a case in the court against it. I am really disappointed,” Bajrang said on Tuesday.”I tried Rathore sir’s (Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh) number several times but of no use. He didn’t even reply. I will now meet him personally and enquire about the matter,” he added. “The World Championship is scheduled to begin next month and such ignorance of the ministry is really disappointing,” said Bajrang, who is currently training in Bengaluru.Meanwhile, Olympic bronze medallist and Bajrang’s guru, Yogeshwar Dutt, raised questions over ‘selection criteria’. “Bajrang has been consistently performing well in international tournaments. I am unable to understand why his name not being nominated for Khel Ratna. I am not against anybody. I am happy for the athletes who are getting awards but on what basis Bajrang has been ignored? The committee must make the criteria for selection transparent,” he said.advertisementIt is also learnt that Indian wrestling coach Sujeet Maan has also expressed his disappointment over Dronacharya award snub. According to sources, Maan is likely to meet the sports minister soon.last_img read more

A Top 25 Team Is Already On Serious “Upset Alert” Today

first_imgA general view of the field before the game between the Oregon Ducks and Michigan State Spartans.EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 12: A general view of the field before the game between the Oregon Ducks and Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 12, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)This college football season has already experienced a plethora of upsets so far. Now that the fifth weekend has begun, it appears more stunning losses could occur in today’s early afternoon session.It’s been extremely difficult to figure out Michigan State, as the Spartans continue their unpredictable play. From losing to Arizona State to defeating Indiana with ease, Mark Dantonio’s team has proven to be very inconsistent.Unfortunately, that trend won’t die this weekend, as Michigan State is on “upset alert” against Central Michigan.After Central Michigan struck first, the Spartans drove into the red zone, but an ill-advised interception from Brian Lewerke swung the momentum in their opponent’s favor.Interception! Sean Bunting (@MrSeanyB1) picks off Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke in the end zone. Central Michigan has the ball back with 3:39 left in the first quarter. pic.twitter.com/sPBibsb9jM— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) September 29, 2018Even though there’s plenty of time for Michigan State to gain momentum, they’re struggling to move the ball through the air. If the No. 21 Spartans lose to Central Michigan, they’d fall to 2-2 on the season.Right now, Michigan State trails 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. The game is available on FS1.last_img read more

Capital Health Seeks Input on Health Services

first_imgResidents in the Capital Health district are being asked for their input on how the province delivers continuing-care services to infants, children, youth, adults and seniors. “It’s important we hear from all Nova Scotians on this important health-care issue,” said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. “The input we receive will help us build a better system.” Continuing-care services include home care, nursing homes, end-of-life care, adult day centres, adult protection, and other services that support people of all ages living in the community. More than 50 public meetings will have taken place throughout the province by the end of July. Public input and additional research will be used to develop short- and long-term plans for continuing-care services. The public meeting in Capital Health will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 in the Thomas Raddall Room of the Keshen Goodman Library, 330 Lacewood Dr., Halifax. More information about continuing care visit the Department of Health website at www.gov.ns.ca/health . Written submissions will be accepted by e-mail to contcaresfp@gov.ns.ca, or by mail to Project Manager, Strategic Framework Project, Continuing Care Branch, PO Box 488, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2R8, or by fax to 1-866-544-7700 (toll-free). Input can also be provided by calling toll-free 1-877-564-3400 or by fax to 1-866-544-7700.last_img read more

Ontario womans remains to return home from the Bahamas mother

first_imgThe remains of an Ontario woman who died in the Bahamas during hurricane Dorian will soon be returned home, her mother said.Josie McDonagh said Alishia Liolli’s body was flown off the Abaco Islands to a funeral home in Nassau on Wednesday night and should be coming to Canada in the coming days.“There’s nothing in this world that could explain what I’m experiencing right now,” McDonagh said through tears.Liolli, 27, died after the full force of Dorian hit the Caribbean islands on Sept. 1. She had moved to the Bahamas in 2013 where she helped build and run a program for adults with autism.McDonagh could not get in touch with her daughter or her son-in-law for days as she frantically posted for help on various websites. Liolli’s husband, Cialin Dany, was able to find someone with a working phone to deliver the devastating news to McDonagh.“The first three days was hell for me,” McDonagh said.During those days, McDonagh spent a lot of time dealing with Canadian Consulate officials in Nassau. She said they were also struggling to get information in the aftermath of the hurricane due to the devastation it wracked upon Abaco Islands.The official death toll in the Bahamas stands at 50, but authorities expect that number to increase significantly.“The embassy couldn’t reach out to anyone on the island,” McDonagh said. “There was no police force left on the island. Their hands were tied, our hands were tied.”Then Dany stepped up, McDonagh said. He was running all over the island with the couple’s 17-month-old son trying to get the paperwork in order to bring his wife’s body to Canada.“If it wasn’t for my son-in-law, she wouldn’t be coming home,” McDonagh said. “That’s seven days running around with my grandson. He ran out of diapers, he ran out of milk. I blame the Canadian government for not going in and having our own people there helping out.”McDonagh said she does not blame the people at the Canadian consulate, who continue to work under difficult circumstances, but she hopes the federal government can learn from her daughter’s ordeal.Hours before Dorian pounded the Bahamas, Liolli asked her friends and loved ones on social media to pray for her family and the small island she called home.“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t terrified; but the dogs, chickens, husband & children are inside and everything is batted down the best we could!” Liolli wrote on Aug. 31. “I love you all — please pray for our Bahamasland, especially our Abaco.”On Wednesday, Dany wrote about Liolli on Facebook.“We had so much dreams and so much plans,” he said. “My heart is aching, my head is exploding.”Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Visitors to National Library Metcalfe Hall can now learn about lives of

first_imgKolkata: Visitors to the National Library of India and the Metcalfe Hall here can now acquaint themselves with the inspiring lives of four Bengali icons — Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Rabindranath Tagore, Subhash Chandra Bose and Syama Prasad Mookerjee — and the sights and sounds of the City of Joy. The newly opened experiential museum “Icons of Nationalism: From the Soil of Bengal” in the National Library at Alipore celebrates the essence of Bengali nationalism and Bengal’s icons who dedicated their lives to India’s freedom from the colonial rule. The museum has been set up by the Union Culture ministry. The museum, equipped with reciprocal installations like interactive walls, immersive projections, touchscreen panels and audio-visual installations, is an attempt to inspire the youth. One can visit the museum between 10 am and 6 pm. “While the flame of nationalism was ignited all over the country, Bengal was the main theatre of the struggle for freedom from the British imperialism. The soil of Bengal nurtured many nationalists and certain personalities became the flag bearers of freedom, and thus the ‘Icons of Nationalism’. “Whether through their pen, paintings, music or actions, they often charted a path for the independence movement,” the developing companies Tagbin and Expression said. At the digital museum, on view is archival material like original letters written by these personalities, literature, newspaper clippings, documents and archival footage, Tagbin said. The materials have been sourced from the National Archives of India, the Nehru Memorial Museum Library (NMML), Bankim Sangrahashala and the Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, among others. The Metcalfe Hall at the crossing of Hare Street and Strand Road is also hosting an experiential exhibition titled “Ami Kolkata” (I am Kolkata), which sheds light on Kolkata as the city of stories, surprises, memories, cultures, celebrations, influences and confluences. Each aspect is detailed out as a zone. The exhibition contains a 70-feet hand-painted walkway with traditional “alpana” showcasing Kolkata’s iconic scenes, old photographs, posters, advertisements, signboards and other memorabilia. A selection of vintage prints and paintings on the bond between the Hooghly river and the city’s contemporary scenes, inspired by traditional Patachitra art, are also on view. In the “City of Celebration” zone, a traditional Durga idol building scene and installations of a Bengali wedding can be viewed. A gallery of paintings, music, cinema, dance, theatre, visual culture and literary art also await visitors as well. The last zone presents soundscapes from streets, an ever-present backdrop to the life in the city. Both the exhibition and the museum were opened by the West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Friday.last_img read more

Rwandans set to benefit from UN farm loans and grants

The agreements for the Project for Rural Income through Exports (PRICE) and Support Project for the Strategic Plan for the Transformation of Agriculture (PAPSTA) were signed by Finance Minister John Rwangombwa and UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Vice-President Yukiko Omura in Kigali, capital of the small African country, where agriculture employs more than 70 per cent of the population of 11 million.“With its focus on enabling smallholder farmers and vulnerable groups to participate in export value chains for coffee, tea, silk and horticulture, PRICE is a flagship project in terms of public-private partnership,” Mr. Omura said.The Government and IFAD will work with project beneficiaries and the private sector to boost the potential of the agriculture sector, which currently accounts for 32 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), on the path from subsistence agriculture to market-based farming.The project will support 170 farmers’ cooperatives nationwide, and will push for a high share of the export price to reach the smallholder producers.With this new project IFAD, which is dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries, will have financed 14 programmes in Rwanda since 1981 for a total investment of $189.8 million, benefiting an estimated 500,000 households. 29 September 2011More than 125,000 vulnerable households in Rwanda, particularly those headed by women and young people, are set to benefit from a $39.8-million United Nations loan and grant accord signed today to increase the volume and improve the quality of coffee, tea, silk and horticulture production. read more

Bombardier founding family to profit from BRPs first dividend and sale of

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 1, 2017 4:36 am MDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bombardier founding family to profit from BRP’s first dividend and sale of shares MONTREAL – Bombardier’s controlling family will soon receive a multimillion-dollar return from its investment in BRP Inc., a recreational products manufacturer that was spun off as an independent company from Bombardier Inc.The Beaudoin-Bombardier family, which owns 41.2 million multiple-voting shares of BRP in addition to its holdings in Bombardier, will receive $3.3 million from a new quarterly dividend to be paid by BRP next month.The family could also earn up to $129 million by cashing in some of its BRP stock as part of the snowmobile maker’s plan to buy back and cancel up to $350 million worth of shares.Affiliates of U.S.-based Bain Capital — which helped the family buy BRP from Bombardier — will also receive dividends and participate in the stock buyback. Bain currently has about 31.7 million BRP shares.Both controlling shareholders, which together own 65.3 per cent of BRP shares, intend to sell some of their stock to maintain their proportionate holdings after the company buys back shares before the end of July. The price per share will be determined through a Dutch auction process.BRP chief executive Jose Boisjoli said the family and Bain — which collectively control the company through multiple-voting shares — will be involved equally in the share buyback.BRP’s publicly traded shares (TSX:DOO) reached an all-time high of $37.87 early Thursday after the dividend, buyback and financial results were announced. The stock was up 13.1 per cent at $37.17 in afternoon trading in Toronto.The maker of Ski-Doo snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft and other recreational equipment raised its growth estimates for fiscal 2018 after posting record first-quarter revenues.The company also posted a first-quarter net loss, but attributed that to the impact of unfavourable currency fluctuations on the value of its long-term debt.Boisjoli told analysts before the company’s annual meeting that its financial capacity and flexibility “has sufficiently increased to deliver on our growth objective while enhancing the return to our shareholders.”BRP had a net loss of $19 million or 17 cents per share for the period ended Jan. 31, compared to a year-earlier profit of $110.7 million or 96 cents a share. Revenue rose to $956.2 million from $929.9 million.On an adjusted basis, BRP said it had normalized income of 25 cents per share, better than the nine cents per share forecast by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Chief financial officer Sebastien Martel said BRP’s initial dividend will be adjusted as the business and its profitability grow.“Our objective is to continue to provide good returns to shareholder, and we will be adjusting the dividend payout in line with the results that we will be delivering,” he said, adding there is no targeted payout.BRP hiked its guidance for the year. It is now expecting revenue from all business units will be four to six per cent above fiscal 2017 — four percentage points higher than previous guidance.Similarly, BRP raised its adjusted net income growth forecast to a range of between 10 per cent and 16 per cent, from the previous range of seven per cent to 13 per cent. read more

MH370 families protest as pilot suicide raised as a cause of plane

first_imgIRATE CHINESE RELATIVES of passengers aboard the crashed Flight MH370 scuffled with security personnel outside Malaysia’s embassy last night, demanding answers about the plane’s mysterious and lonely demise in the stormy Indian Ocean.Malaysia — decried as “murderers” by the Beijing protesters — defended its decision to release new analysis of satellite data that determined the plane had plunged into the southern seas far off western Australia.Gale-force winds and huge waves halted the ocean search for wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines plane, deferring relatives’ quest to attain closure with definitive physical proof of the plane’s destruction and the loss of its 239 passengers and crew.Mark Binskin, vice chief of Australia’s Defence Force, underscored the dangers from the weather — as well as the enormous size of area under inspection by aircrews using a mix of high technology and binoculars to scan the waves.“We’re not trying to find a needle in a haystack, we’re still trying to define where the haystack is,” he told reporters.The Boeing 777 went missing on March 8 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, dropping off air traffic control screens in what has become one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history.PA Graphics/Press Association ImagesAustralia pledges welcome Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said they would be warmly welcomed in their “desperately difficult time” should they make the trip. Australia will facilitate travel for Chinese relatives by waiving its standard visa fees, officials said.Numerous sightings of suspected debris, by satellites as well as aircraft criss-crossing the southern Indian Ocean, had raised hopes that wreckage would be found. But none has been retrieved yet.The US Navy has sent a specialised device to help find the “black box” of flight and cockpit voice data, along with a robotic underwater vehicle that can scan the ocean’s depths.Those efforts will be crucial in determining what caused the Boeing 777 to deviate inexplicably off course and fly thousands of miles in the wrong direction.Malaysia believes the plane was deliberately diverted by someone on board. But the lack of evidence has fuelled intense speculation and tormented families.“Terrorism, pilot suicide and a complex set of mechanical failures never seen before are now the likely possibilities. A simple failure such as a simple fire or structural failure is becoming very unlikely,” said aviation consultant Gerry Soejatman. © AFP, 2014Read: Malaysia Airline sends text message to MH370 familiesRead: Malaysian PM confirms that flight MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean west of Perthlast_img read more

PM Minnis excited by discussions during Austin Texas trip

first_img Related Items: By: Matt Maura (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, January 25, 2018 – Austin, TX – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis Tuesday described his stopover visit to Austin, Texas, as being “very productive” after meeting with State, technology and business officials from a number of major U.S. companies operating there.  The Austin visit is part of the Minnis Administration’s plan to establish Grand Bahama as the technology hub of the region, and follows on the heels of Grand Bahama hosting its first major Technology Summit in Freeport, in November 2017.Austin is considered the “Silicon Hills” of Texas because of the cluster of high-tech companies in the Austin metropolitan area including Dell, Hewlett Packard, Google, Samsung and Cisco Systems, among others.  Its name “Silicon Hills” refers to the hilly terrain on the west side of Austin.  The area employs more than 2,000 persons from major corporations like Apple and Microsoft.  The city also has a booming bio-tech industry with more than 8,000 employees.Prime Minister Minnis, who departed New Providence on Sunday (January 21) for Austin – the first stop on a visit to the State of Texas which includes a stopover in Houston – also met with Governor Greg Abbott “in order to establish a relationship between the Governor of Texas and the Prime Minister with the expressed purpose of identifying foreign investment and business opportunities that would benefit The Bahamas.”Prime Minister Minnis and his delegation also met with officials from the Austin Technology Council (ATC).  Since 1992, the Austin Technology Council has been the “informed opinion leader and unifying voice” of technology in Austin and Central Texas and is the region’s largest tech industry organization.“We had a very productive day in Austin where we met with the Austin Technology Council,” Prime Minister Minnis said.  “I made a presentation on doing business in The Bahamas and creating a technology hub, especially in Grand Bahama.  I further spoke about the great benefits of Grand Bahama and all of the infrastructure already present.  I spoke of the Port, of our stable government, and after completing that we had a very productive lunch meeting with Governor Greg Abbott and quite a number of business leaders.“We are now in a digital revolution and it is essential that The Bahamas gets on board and moves with that revolution.  We must not get left behind.  We can be the technology hub in the region and be the leading technology centre for the Caribbean,” the Prime Minister added.Prime Minister Minnis said that meeting involved discussions surrounding business opportunities for Bahamians and businesses opportunities between the State of Texas and The Bahamas.“We also spoke about the educational opportunities for our students as you know we have a large student population here.  We will continue those meetings.”The Prime Minister and his delegation, which includes Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield; Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. James Kwasi Thompson; His Excellency Sidney Collie, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States of America; His Excellency Joshua Sears, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister; His Excellency Cornelius A. (C.A.) Smith, Non-Resident Ambassador-designate for Central American States and Mrs. Linda Mackey, Bahamas Consul-General, Miami, also toured the Dell Headquarters where presentations were made.“I met with and spoke with their Chief Commercial Officer on possibilities of future ventures, and that will be followed up especially by State Minister Thompson with respect to creating such a hub in Grand Bahama,” Prime Minister Minnis added.The Prime Minister and his delegation traveled to Houston to meet with Television Evangelist Joel Osteen and members of the Bahamian Diaspora, including the Bahamian student population in Texas.last_img read more

Shearer explains why Emerys substitutes were effective

first_imgAlan Shearer has explained why Unai Emery’s substitutes were very effective during Arsenal’s derby victory against Tottenham Hotspur.Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day programme on Sunday, Shearer was full of praise for how Emery used his options off the bench with two of those substitutes coming in on the stroke of half-time.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring for Arsenal with penalty kick only for Tottenham to turn things around courtesy of goals from Eric Dier and Harry Kane.It was through the hard work of Emery’s substitutes that the Gunners regained control of the match, firstly through another Aubameyang goal that levelled the score at 2-2, before Lacazette and Lucas Torreira finished off the visitors.Shearer hailed Emery’s decision to take off Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as the key reason why the Gunners saw off their North London rivals.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“He did it brilliantly today,” he said, according to Football.London. “At half-time, Iwobi and Mkhitaryan were ineffective in the first half.”“He brought Ramsey and Lacazette on and what these two players did was make the pitch bigger, stretched Tottenham out and played Ramsey in the No. 10 role.”“They invited him to run in behind, get in between the centre-halves Juan Foyth and Jan Vertonghen, and he did that all the second half.”last_img read more

Find Out Who Helmed The Top Grossing Tours Of 2018

first_imgNews Twitter What Were The Top Grossing Tours Of 2018? find-out-who-helmed-top-grossing-tours-2018 Email In a year full of blockbuster tours, which artists came out on top in terms of earnings?Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 6, 2018 – 4:33 pm This has been a big year for big tours, with many of today’s biggest artists raking in big revenue. But who brought in the most dough? As it turns out, Ed Sheeran tops Billboard’s ranking of 2018’s top-five tours ranked by gross. Having performed 99 shows, with attendance of more than 4.8 million in his audiences, Sheeran’s tally is a towering $429 million total. The four-time GRAMMY winner added his latest wins earlier this year at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, with Best Pop Solo Performance for “Shape Of You” and Best Pop Vocal Album for ÷ (Divide).Coming in second place on Billboard’s list with 48 shows is Taylor Swift, who entertained 2.6 million in her audiences, taking away $315 million. Swift’s career total of GRAMMY wins is 10 to date.Third on the list is the power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z—The Carters—whose On The Run II Tour had 48 performances with audiences of 2.1 million and a gross of $253 million. As of now, Beyoncé has one more GRAMMY win than Jay-Z. She has 22 and he has 21. Their single “Apes**t” and its music video is now the basis of a tour at the Louvre Museum. Find Out Who Helmed The Top Grossing Tours Of 2018 https://twitter.com/Pink/status/1069840112882606080 Facebook Bruno Mars placed fourth, giving 100 performances for audiences totaling 1.9 million, with a gross of $237 million. His career GRAMMY wins of 11 include six from last year as he swept the categories he was nominated in. At the 60th GRAMMY Awards, the album 24K Magic and its single of the same name won Album Of The Year, Best R&B Album and Record Of The Year. Mars’ “That’s What I Like” won Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Song Of The Year.Fifth is P!nk, giving 88 performances for audiences of 1.2 million with a gross of $180 million. Pink is a three-time GRAMMY winner. Her most recent album is Oct. 2017’s Beautiful Trauma. At this coming GRAMMY Week, she will perform at the MusiCares Person Of The Year gala honoring Dolly Parton.For the casual music fan and industry enthusiast alike, there is something awesome about the scale of these numbers that is represented in the six GRAMMY winners above, themselves. The dollars, the audiences, the hard work and most of all the art are, taken together, tremendous accomplishments. Touring is an industry based on live music and many more capable performers ensure its vitality. But there is something to marvel at even in the top five alone.Carrie Underwood On Why She Is Supporting The Women On Her New TourRead morelast_img read more

Senators heard about permanent fund problems before leaving

first_imgLegislative Finance Director David Teal testifies before the Senate Finance Committee in April. Teal’s latest forecast says Alaska Permanent Fund earnings could be depleted in 10 years if the Legislature doesn’t take action. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Alaska’s Senate decided to end its work this special session without voting on a bill to tax income.Listen nowGov. Bill Walker’s administration said the tax is needed to close the gap between what the state spends and what is raises.Nonpartisan Legislative Finance Director David Teal used a computer model to forecast what will happen if the Legislature doesn’t act to close the budget gap.It wasn’t pretty.The Constitutional Budget Reserve – a piggy bank the state has drawn from to balance the budget the last five years – would be gone next year.The permanent fund would lose a sixth its value before its earnings reserve account – the state’s other piggy bank —  also would fall to zero in about 10 years.“Because you have these unplanned draws, the earnings reserve account is depleted or depleting by ’27,” Teal said. “You probably have a year left before that is also depleted.”After that the only choice to cover nearly half state government would be massive budget cuts or plundering the main body of the permanent fund.Teal said the projections are better under a Senate plan that draws from permanent fund earnings, but he still sees problems.Teal’s model also mapped out less dire scenarios Thursday in a Senate Finance Committee meeting.The state budget would be balanced in eight years if the state passed the Senate’s plan to draw from permanent fund earnings.But there would be other problems.The CBR would still be drawn down to zero in five years. And the permanent fund would lose value compared with inflation, and see more than a half-billion dollars in unplanned draws.The state could could compensate by cutting the rate of growth in spending.But Teal said that could be a challenge.“You’re more aware than I am that cutting the budget or constraining the budget is easier said than done,” Teal said. “I mean, it’s very easy to sit here and say all you have to do is grow at half the rate of inflation. But when it comes to achieving that, you may find it far more difficult than simply saying it.”Walker is seeking to shore up state finances with a one and a half percent tax on income from employment or self employment.The tax would be limited to twice the annual permanent fund dividend.But like a separate income tax introduced by the House majority earlier this year, the Senate has been cool to the idea.Eagle River Republican Sen. Anna MacKinnon said the possibility of “small steps” to limit future spending, as well as the potential for permanent fund earnings to outpace projections, make it premature to consider the tax.“From my perspective, I feel a little bit held hostage to some of the revenue discussion – that we have to have that before we act to use the interest that we’re receiving in a sustainable way,” MacKinnon said.The tax would raise an estimated $320 million, roughly half the projected budget gap over the next few years, if the Legislature passed a plan to draw from Permanent Fund earnings.State Tax Director Ken Alper said the tax would help protect the permanent fund.“We view this plan as a form of insurance, as a backup plan just in case we run out of our other sources of money, that we’re not in the relatively desperate straits of having to overdraw the permanent fund,” Alper said.And state Revenue Commissioner Sheldon Fisher said the tax would reduce uncertainty in the state, which he said is stalling business investment.“I think it’s prompting people to hold back in terms of economic activity and I think it’s critical as we think about this plan and think about the various options that are available to us, to try to come up with a solution,” Fisher said.But that consensus remains elusive. Some senators say the state should wait to see whether oil prices rise before considering the tax. And they expressed other reasons for holding off on acting now.After reviewing a chart that showed Alaskans have one of the lowest state and local tax burdens in the country, Anchorage Republican Sen. Natasha von Imhof said they face other costs.“When you start adding the total cost of living in Alaska when it comes to transportation, when it comes to the cost of energy, particularly in the rural areas, and then the amount of health care that we pay … the cost of living is much higher than many states in the Union,” von Imhof said.The Legislature could consider the tax bill during the next session, which begins in January.But differences over the proposal could make it difficult to reach an agreement in an election year.last_img read more

Houston Conference Aims To Empower Female Entrepreneurs

first_img X Listen Florian MartinCarolyn Rodz is the founder of the Circular Board, an accelerator for female entrepreneurs. 00:00 /03:31 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Share You’ve heard of the “glass ceiling” that can prevent women from moving up in big organizations.The same goes for women who want to start their own company: In the United States, 38 percent of companies are led by women, but the number is rising fast.A conference happening on Thursday and Friday in Houston provides resources and networking opportunities with and for female entrepreneurs.The second annual Circular Summit takes place at Hotel ZaZa near Hermann Park.Carolyn Rodz is a co-founder of Circular Board, which organizes the summit.Click on the play button above to listen to the interview. last_img read more

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

first_imgThe members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Rho Xi Omega Chapter and the Cultured Pearls of Service will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of their international program A.S.C.E.N.D. The signature program is designed to support high school students in five areas: Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking and Development. The ceremony will be held on March 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Baltimore City College Auditorium. RSVP to Autumn Anderson via email at amanderson@bcps.k12.md.us.last_img read more

Curiosity rover finds possible evidence of ancient explosive volcanoes on Mars

first_imgThis low-angle self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called “Buckskin.” Bright powder from that July 30, 2015, drilling is visible in the foreground. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Curiosity finds rocks that might point to a continental crust on Mars 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. (Phys.org)—A large team of researchers from across the U.S. studying data sent back from Mars by the Curiosity rover has found evidence of tridymite, a type of mineral associated with explosive volcanoes here on Earth. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how the rover found the sample, the testing it underwent, and why it might lead to rethinking the early history of the Red planet. More information: Richard V. Morris et al. Silicic volcanism on Mars evidenced by tridymite in high-SiOsedimentary rock at Gale crater, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1607098113AbstractTridymite, a low-pressure, high-temperature (>870 °C) SiO2 polymorph, was detected in a drill sample of laminated mudstone (Buckskin) at Marias Pass in Gale crater, Mars, by the Chemistry and Mineralogy X-ray diffraction instrument onboard the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity. The tridymitic mudstone has ∼40 wt.% crystalline and ∼60 wt.% X-ray amorphous material and a bulk composition with ∼74 wt.% SiO2 (Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer analysis). Plagioclase (∼17 wt.% of bulk sample), tridymite (∼14 wt.%), sanidine (∼3 wt.%), cation-deficient magnetite (∼3 wt.%), cristobalite (∼2 wt.%), and anhydrite (∼1 wt.%) are the mudstone crystalline minerals. Amorphous material is silica-rich (∼39 wt.% opal-A and/or high-SiO2 glass and opal-CT), volatile-bearing (16 wt.% mixed cation sulfates, phosphates, and chlorides−perchlorates−chlorates), and has minor TiO2 and Fe2O3T oxides (∼5 wt.%). Rietveld refinement yielded a monoclinic structural model for a well-crystalline tridymite, consistent with high formation temperatures. Terrestrial tridymite is commonly associated with silicic volcanism, and detritus from such volcanism in a “Lake Gale” catchment environment can account for Buckskin’s tridymite, cristobalite, feldspar, and any residual high-SiO2 glass. These cogenetic detrital phases are possibly sourced from the Gale crater wall/rim/central peak. Opaline silica could form during diagenesis from high-SiO2 glass, as amorphous precipitated silica, or as a residue of acidic leaching in the sediment source region or at Marias Pass. The amorphous mixed-cation salts and oxides and possibly the crystalline magnetite (otherwise detrital) are primary precipitates and/or their diagenesis products derived from multiple infiltrations of aqueous solutions having variable compositions, temperatures, and acidities. Anhydrite is post lithification fracture/vein fill. To date, planetary scientists believe that the geological history of Mars has been very tame compared to our own home planet—this is, they believe, because Mars does not have shifting plates that lead to big earthquakes and explosive volcanoes. Evidence of volcanoes on that planet to date has shown them to be of the steady flowing type such as those that led to the creation of the Hawaiian Islands—they form due to melting hot mantel plumes just below the surface. But now, a mineral find might mean scientists will have to rethink the ancient history of Mars.The Curiosity rover has been rolling around in Gale crater since 2014, and last year it began digging and studying samples from an area known as Marias Pass. The research team noted that the makeup of the rocks there appeared to suggest silica, so they subjected them to X-ray analysis. That showed the samples to have a very high level of tridymite, which was both surprising and thought provoking because it conflicted so sharply with the history that has been written for the planet—they suggest it appears likely that the mineral was created somewhere else on the planet and was carried to the crater basin. This is because prior research has suggested parts of the basin were once filled with water—that Martian lake would have been filled by streams and rivers coming from distant places bringing with them and depositing sediments, some of which could have been material ejected or formed by explosive volcanoes. But if Mars did have such volcanoes, the team wonders, how did they form in the absence of plate tectonics?The findings by the team and their theories are likely just the first stage of what will be many projects aimed at reevaluating Mars’ history, or looking for ways that tridymite might be created without the intense heat of a violent volcanic eruption.center_img Citation: Curiosity rover finds possible evidence of ancient explosive volcanoes on Mars (2016, June 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-curiosity-rover-evidence-ancient-explosive.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2016 Phys.org Explore furtherlast_img read more