Tuticorin (TN): Former Vice President of Maldives Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor, who had sought political asylum in India after arriving on a cargo vessel on Thursday, has been sent back to the island nation, with authorities not allowing him to deboard as he did not possess the required documents. “The Maldivian leader left Tuticorin coast by midnight Friday,” a police official told PTI in Tuticorin. Adheeb arrived in the cargo vessel along with nine crew members but was not allowed to disembark from the ship. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He left for his home country in the same ship, police said. Coast Guard personnel oversaw the vessel leaving Indian waters. He was questioned on-board by various central agencies, they said. Adheeb had sought political asylum in India as he faces a serious risk to his life in his home country, a UK lawyer representing the politician had said. Official sources in New Delhi said the Maldivian leader was not permitted to enter India as he was not entering through a designated entry point and did not possess valid documents. They said reports about his deportation are incorrect. “Again, because he is not in India, news about his detention or arrest in India are false,” a source said.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – A U.S. appeals court has ruled in favour of Charles Schwab Corp. and several of its mutual funds, giving new life to their lawsuits alleging 16 financial institutions including Royal Bank of Canada conspired to manipulate the benchmark Libor interest rate.The 2nd U.S. Circuit court of Appeals in Manhattan disagreed with portions of a lower court’s decision dismissing Schwab’s claims, and remanded the case for proceedings.Circuit Judge Gerard Lynch says in the 64-page decision today that the district court was “wrong to assume, at the pleading stage, that Schwab was not harmed by, and may have even benefited from, Libor manipulation.”Libor, or the London Interbank Loan Rate, is a set of benchmark interest rates, published daily, that approximate the average rate at which major banks can borrow money and is a reference point for interest rates for financial instruments globally.Schwab, and several of its mutual funds, allege the 16 banks, including JP Morgan Chase and Citibank, artificially suppressed the Libor rate between August 2007 and May 2010.They are seeking damages in connection with US$665 billion in transactions involving floating-rate and fixed-rate debt instruments.“We will vigorously defend against this action,” said a Royal Bank spokesman.
Rabat – The city of Marrakech is the chosen destination for some of the world’s most-acclaimed football stars to celebrate the end of the year festivities.Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Brazilian international Neymar da Silva Jr, and Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola will be in the “Red City” to welcome the New Year.Ronaldo will stay in the royal suite of the city’s luxury hotel “The Pearl Marrakech” in the Hivernage neighborhood, according to Spanish news agency EFE. The Real Madrid striker has chosen the five-star hotel during his previous visits to the southern Moroccan city. According to the same source, the former Portuguese star pays MAD 35,000 (€ 3,200) per night for his royal suite at “The Pearl.”Ronaldo will be accompanied by his teammate at Real Madrid Karim Benzema, and his friend, Moroccan Kickboxing Champion Badr Hari, the daily said citing trusted sources.Cristiano enjoyed a weekend in Marrakech in the beginning of October to celebrate Portugal’s Euro 2016 classification.He was photographed with the Moroccan boxer at night clubs, resort pools, with fans, and even at a traditional Moroccan dinner. Ronaldo was so happy and grateful that he even tweeted his first message ever in Arabic.Spanish national Pep Guardiola, who got married to his longtime girlfriend Cristina in Marrakech in May 2014, will return to Morocco’s top travel destination to celebrate New Year’s Eve.Marrakech seems to be a town of joy for Guardiola who won the FIFA Club World Cup after Bayern Munich defeated the Moroccan Raja Casablanca Sport Club (2/0) in Marrakech in December 2013.According to the same source, Brazilian and Barcelona striker Neymar Da Silva will also arrive in the “Red City” to say good-bye to 2015.Marrakech is considered the tourist capital of Morocco, and has become the favorite destination for high-profile athletes and the rich and famous.Many football players have fallen for Morocco’s charm. Last October, some of the world’s top football legends have visited the country, including Ronaldinho, Zinedine Zidane, and Diego Maradona.Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho visited Agadir at the end of October to play in a gala match to honor former Moroccan player Mustapha Hadji’s.French former star and current coach for Real Madrid B team Zinedine Zidane visited Marrakech at the end October as well to deliver gold medals to the Moroccan national youth team in its first ever Danone Nations Cup.Argentina’s football legend, Diego Armando Maradona, visited Morocco to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Green March. The superstar participated in a ‘gala match’ for charity, alongside other international football legends.Maradona visited Marrakech and Laâyoune during his four-day trip. He is expected back in Morocco to visit Agadir after receiving an invitation from the city’s governor.
VANCOUVER — Eldorado Gold Corp. says it will resume mining and construction work at a project in northern Greece after an injunction temporarily set aside decisions by Greece’s Ministry of Energy and Environment that forced a shutdown.The Vancouver-based company said Monday that Greece’s Council of State issued an injunction in favour of the Labour Centre of Halkidiki and the unions representing the workers of Hellas Gold S.A., a subsidiary of Eldorado.The council is expected to issue a final ruling at some point in the near future, however Eldorado said the injunction will remain in place until then.“We will resume our mining and construction activities in Halkidiki and bring our employees and contractors back to work, effective immediately,” Eldorado chief executive Paul Wright said in a statement.Eldorado Gold Corp can resume mining in northern Greece, court rulesEldorado scores legal win over disputed Greek goldmine project“Furthermore, we will continue to engage in constructive dialogue with the Ministry of Energy with a view to addressing any concerns the Ministry might have.”The Greek government temporarily halted work at the Canadian-run gold mine in August after it said the company violated terms of technical studies.According to documents released by the government, the violations concern a project to build a copper and gold processing plant, including not carrying out certain tests on the flash smelting process proposed for use.The mines under development have been controversial, with many fearing they will cause environmental contamination and affect tourism.The project has divided residents with supporters and opponents staging multiple demonstrations and, at times, clashing. Eldorado has fought several legal battles as it works to develop the project.
Canada’s economy unexpectedly stalled in February as manufacturing and production in other goods producing sectors shrank during the month. The real estate sector, which expanded 0.5 per cent, had its best one-month gain since 2015 as housing in Toronto soared. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg predicted a 0.1 per cent gain in February, after a 0.6 per cent jump in January.Key PointsThe recovery in goods production seen in recent months came to a halt in February, with those sectors recording a 0.3 per cent decline in February after three straight months of gains. Manufacturers recorded a 0.6 per cent decline in production, with the mining sector down 0.2 per cent. On the upside, it’s all about real estate. The runaway housing market in Toronto was a major contributor to economic activity in February, fuelling a 5.3 per cent gain in output of real estate agents and brokers.Suddenly, Canada has one of the world’s fastest growing economies — but is it real?Here are six ways the Ontario Budget will help (or hurt) your wallet Other sectors benefiting from the hot housing market was the finance and insurance sector as a whole, which posted a 0.7 per cent gain. Construction was up 0.5 per cent during the month. Gains in real estate and finance meanwhile are fuelling demand for professional services like legal services. The professional, scientific and technical services component recorded a 0.5 per cent increase, led by a 2.9 per cent gain in legal services. From a year earlier, GDP is up 2.5 per cent in February, the biggest gain since January 2015.Big PictureCanada’s housing sector, particularly in Toronto, has become both the main driver of growth and one of the biggest sources of uncertainty amid concern the gains aren’t sustainable.Even with the stalled growth in February, Canada is still on pace to have a strong first quarter, with annualized growth estimated to be just below 4 per cent. That would likely be the fastest in the Group of Seven.At the same time, caution prevails. At a rate decision two weeks ago in Ottawa, Canada’s central bank revised up growth projections for 2017, but cut them for 2018 and raised questions about the sustainability of the rebound and the country’s long-term growth outlook.Bloomberg.com
The countries under review have ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and are reviewed regularly by CEDAW on how they are implementing the Convention. The Committee’s dialogues with the delegations will take place at the Palais des Nations – Room XVI. CEDAW’s findings, officially termed concluding observations, on the countries reviewed, will be published on Monday, 6 March. (Colombo Gazette) The Committee, which is composed of 23 international independent experts, will hold dialogues with delegations from the respective governments and will also be briefed by NGOs and national human rights institutions. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in Geneva from 13 February to 3 March 2017 to review women’s rights in the Sri Lanka as well as Ukraine, Ireland, Jordan, El Salvador, Germany, Rwanda and Micronesia.The UN Committee will review Sri Lanka on February 22, the UN Human Rights office said.
Malinga dismissed South Africa‘s top-scorer Reeza Hendricks for 65 on Friday, his 97th T20 international wicket. He is one short of the world record of 98 held by Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi. (Courtesy AFP) “I want to play in the T20 World Cup and then end my career.” “After the World Cup, my cricketing career is ending,” the 35-year-old said after his his side were beaten by 16 runs by South Africa in the second Twenty20 international at SuperSport Park. Sri Lankan limited overs captain Lasith Malinga will retire from international cricket after next year’s Twenty20 World Cup, he revealed on Friday.Malinga said that he would quit one-day internationals after the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales this summer before calling time on his career following the Twenty20 tournament, being played in Australia over October-November 2020.
The Saskatchewan government is defending its decision to sign an infrastructure funding agreement worth almost $1 billion on a handshake that the terms of the deal would later be made more favourable to the province.That handshake is now at the centre of the latest dust-up between Regina and Ottawa, which began last month when the province took its funding negotiations public and accused the federal government of delaying a host of projects.While the two sides subsequently agreed to fund some projects, the spat has nevertheless continued, leading to accusations of political manoeuvring by Premier Scott Moe and Regina-Wascana member of Parliament Ralph Goodale ahead of the Oct. 21 federal election.“We were moving forward with an understanding that there would be more flexibility added to it,” Deputy Premier Gord Wyant said of the decision to sign the deal in October, a month after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blasted Saskatchewan for its tardiness.“If we would have waited to sign an amending agreement or have something formal without taking them at their word, we wouldn’t have any projects approved this year,” Wyant continued, adding that he was “assured” the flexibility would be there.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Infrastructure Canada spokeswoman Ann-Clara Vaillancourt said the original agreement was executed because the federal government wanted to capitalize on construction season and get infrastructure projects moving this year.However, she said, “we would not have made a promise that is not reflected in the agreement, just for the sake of getting it signed.”Wyant’s use of “flexibility” refers to Saskatchewan’s stated desire to use some funds from a $307-million pool earmarked for transit projects in major cities — one of four streams in the deal — to pay for cultural and recreation projects in Saskatoon and Regina.According to the province, an immediate transfer would preserve the $56-million culture and recreation stream for use in other communities. Wyant said proposed projects in Saskatoon and Regina would devour roughly 40 per cent of that total.Saskatoon and Regina collectively represented 41 per cent of the province’s population at the time of the 2016 census.The agreement Saskatchewan and Canada inked in October states Ottawa will review requests for transfers between streams “including, but without being limited to,” three and five years after the deal was executed “to reflect Saskatchewan’s needs.”At the time, following a series of bitter exchanges between Moe and Trudeau, Wyant traded compliments with federal infrastructure minister François-Philippe Champagne, who referred to his provincial counterparts as his “new best friends.”This spring, Infrastructure Canada’s Deputy Minister Kelly Gillis wrote to her provincial counterpart stating that the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program had been changed “to respond to the concerns and challenges (Saskatchewan) raised.”In the letter, Gillis said new “flexibilities” include the ability for the province to immediately transfer money out of the transit stream and into streams for green infrastructure and projects in rural and northern communities, but not culture and recreation projects.Wyant, meanwhile, said Ottawa was aware of the province’s expectations, and that while Saskatchewan didn’t have a signed agreement, it had “conversations” and a draft amending agreement to that effect with its federal counterpart.Vaillancourt, however, said the changes reflected in Gillis’s letter — the ability to transfer some funds between streams ahead of the original three-year window — were a response to an “official request” from the province.“While there were parameters to the funding there was significant latitude within them and we allowed for more still.”email@example.com/macphersonaRelated ‘Not Ralph Goodale’s re-election fund’: Moe agrees to fund three projects but not Regina pools Feds approve Sask. infrastructure projects using formula province rejects Province could withhold funding for big city infrastructure projects if feds don’t cave on dispute Feds and province trade blame over infrastructure projects delays
Full implementation of the Programme of Action for 2001-2010 by both the LDCs and their development partners is critical if these countries are to attain their internationally agreed development goals, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Executive Secretary Kim Hak-Su told the session.“In these countries, implementation of macroeconomic policies may be less than effective, owing to human resources and institutional constraints,” he said. “External sector performance may be erratic, given their reliance on a narrow range of commodities and trading partners. Provision of government services may be limited or costly.”The meeting was co-organized by the ESCAP and the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS), with support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP).Over 60 representatives from the 14 LDCs attended, reviewing progress towards attainment of the goals of the Programme of Action adopted at the Third UN Conference on Least Developed Countries in Brussels in May 2001, which among things called on the international community set aside 0.20 per cent of gross national product (GNP) as official development assistance (ODA) to the LDCs.The High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Anwarul K. Chowdhury, noted that during the last half decade, benefits of South-South cooperation rose for LDCs. Some developing countries have become important markets, emerging as significant investors in or suppliers of technology, producers of medicinal drugs and providers of technical assistance as well as financial aid and debt relief of LDCs, he said. The 14 LDCs are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
“We ultimately expect to help return the nearly 70,000 Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia during 2007, 2008,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) regional liaison representative for Africa Ilunga Ngandu said of the Sudanese, who fled the 21-year civil war in southern Sudan that ended with a peace accord in January 2005. The end of the rains and swampy road conditions allowed the first convoy since late May to leave Bonga camp, near Gambela in western Ethiopia, on Wednesday. It is due to cross into Sudan’s Blue Nile state on Saturday after an 820-kilometre-long journey. “We had to take this long and tiring route because the other options are either not suitable or unsafe, or both,” said Wella Kouyou, who oversees UNHCR operations in Bonga. More than 300 of this week’s returnees are aged under 18, indicating that most were probably born and raised in Ethiopia. The main influx of southern Sudanese to Ethiopia came in 1987. Samuel Nur was born in Sudan, but the 23-year-old was only an infant when his parents fled to Ethiopia in 1987 and his homeland should be as much of a mystery to him as to his four children, but he said his parents had tried to keep him in touch with his roots. “So much so, that I feel like I had been there as a grown-up,” he said, adding that he had passed on his enthusiasm to his kids. “That’s why they are now so happy to go home.” Before leaving Bonga, a camp of 17,000 Sudanese, the returnees received a reintegration package of blankets, jerry cans, sleeping mats, a water filter and a sanitary kit for girls and women. “I am happy to be going home at long last… and I must thank UNHCR and the Ethiopian people for hosting us all those years,” said Taripcana Joseph, a Christian and a mother of four. Ethiopia hosts close to 69,000 Sudanese in five camps. More than 91,500 Sudanese have returned home from neighbouring countries. Of these, almost 20,000 went back with UNHCR assistance. An estimated 350,000 Sudanese refugees remain in exile. “With the resumption of the return movement at this point in time, we, together with our partners… expect to assist the return of more than 11,000 Sudanese refugees over the next six months,” Mr. Ngandu said.
If you were asked what WiFi looks like, you’d probably be tempted to say “nothing.” Well, you’d be right — for the most part. Just because WiFi is a radio wave signal doesn’t mean you can’t create a visual representation of it. That’s just what Austrian artist and architect Peter Jellitsch has done in a new art project.Jellitsch’s new installation is called Bleecker Street Documents, named after the apartment building where he acquired his dataset. You see, Jellitsch spent 45 days in a New York apartment last year and took careful measurements of the WiFi signal strength in the building on a daily basis. He ended up with hundreds of painstakingly transcribed data points.What he did with those numbers is the really cool bit. Jellitsch created a physical model based on the signal readings with each data point chronologically plotted with signal strength. Higher numbers jut upward, and lower values stay flat.The resulting sculpture is essentially a visualization of signal strength over time — an angular mountain range of WiFi numerology, if you will. The final version was milled on a CNC machine and affixed to a shipping pallet for exhibition. The installation has the sculpture, of course, but also some of Jellitsch’s original data and general info on WiFi signals and radio waves.Peter Jellitsch, via Co.Design
Ironically enough, NASA has a “moonshot” subdivision of its own, the Innovative Advanced Concepts unit (NIAC). This division hands out everything from grants or to moral support to hungry space scientists. This week NASA decided to grant funding to an innovative thruster design that could change the way spacecraft maneuver in orbit, and even how they travel between the stars.The idea is called a Photonic Laser Thruster (PLT), and as the name implies it uses the energy contained in the photons of a laser to push a spacecraft away from that laser’s emitter. Photons don’t generally carry much kinetic energy, but the mirrors uses to bounce the photons back and forth form what’s known as a resonant optical cavity to accelerate the particles. As lead researcher Dr. Bae explains in the video below, the spacecraft is accelerated like a bullet down the barrel of a gun, before it exceeds the thruster’s range and is left to fly on its own momentum.This isn’t he first time Dr. Bae has received NIAC funding for this technology; the first time, back in 2006, he managed to show impressive thrust-power ratios that forced NASA scientists to sit up and take notice. Today PLT tech is a genuine contender to become the dominant thruster technology. At present NASA uses things like xenon ion thrusters to get the job done, but these still use up a fuel; the advantages and disadvantages of burning material the move are still intact.The biggest problem for PLT is its limited range, probably not ever to exceed 1000 km from the laser emitter. That makes the technology best for short-range adjustments like nudging slightly to maintain an orbit. One big advantage of photon thrusters is that a low-powered beam can have truly miniscule effect, allowing extremely small-scale adjustments to a ship or satellite’s trajectory.A small-scale PLT in action.A projected early use for PLTs is some sort of tethered satellite array, for instance a computational telescope system in which the diameter of the functional lens is equal to the distance between the participating satellites. With a PLT emitter at the center, the whole could be kept moving very accurately and, perhaps more importantly, very economically.Laser thrusters also take many mission-critical parts out of the ship itself, which is both a blessing and a curse. Making ships lighter and emptier is always good, as is reducing the number of life-saving devices all put in one place; a ship can’t leak a fuel it doesn’t have, can’t get explode a rocket that doesn’t exist. That means the ship itself can be a lot cheaper to produce, keeping the most expensive and powerful parts of the system within easy reach on a stationary emitter. NASA hopes that change alone with exponentially decrease the lifetime costs of many missions, since it will no longer have to continually replace such specialized equipment.On the other hand, taking self-control away from ships and turning them into little more than manned catapult rounds is likely to ruffle a few feathers as well, most notably among astronauts themselves. Almost certainly, any manned ship under the control of PLT technology would supplement it with conventional thrusters under human control. For that reason, among others, PLT will likely be confined to unmanned satellite maneuvering, at least for a while.Dr. Bae with a test unit.Right now a form of on-board laser propulsion called Ablative Laser Propulsion (ALP) is already used. This takes samples of solid propellant and uses a laser to burn off a portion as plasma, which rapidly expands and creates thrust on its way out of the chamber. Like most fuel propulsion systems this provides good acceleration but poor control, at least compared to something like PLT.The latest NIAC grant is part of his ongoing push to get a test vehicle into space. The NASA grant is for just $500,000, but Dr. Bae says he is pursuing outside sources of funding. At this point, the technology can make only limited progress until its basic premise has been proven in the field.
Monday 10 Apr 2017, 9:09 AM SIPTU says Irish Water workers are not overpaid after reports of €5,000 bonuses for all staff It’s reported that staff receive perks such as car allowances and fitness instructors as well as health insurance packages for executives and their spouses. Image: Sam Boal Apr 10th 2017, 9:09 AM Short URL Image: Sam Boal Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article DESPITE WATER CHARGES being suspended, Irish Water staff are receiving bonuses based on their performance.A Freedom of Information request by the Sunday Independent revealed that all 675 Irish Water staff received a bonus payment of almost €5,000 on average, totalling €3.2 million.It’s also reported that staff receive other perks such as car allowances and funded fitness instructors as well as health insurance packages for executives and their spouses.However Adrian Kane from SIPTU told Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio 1 that Irish Water staff are not overpaid.When asked if all Irish Water staff got bonuses, Kane said:Well if you want to call it bonuses and you want to sensationalise everything with regard to Irish Water you can get me to say yes but I’ll try to explain the actual situation on the ground.“There’s 675 people working in Irish Water. The majority of people are on ranges of between €25,000 and €55,000 … and the sort of performance related allowances typically range from around €750 to €1,500.When asked if all staff received a bonus, Kane said, “It wouldn’t be correct to say that all staff did”. He said that he couldn’t say definitively but added, “It would strike me as strange that some people wouldn’t have.”He explained that there was a pay freeze in the company since 2008, adding, “We managed to get a pay increase of 2.2% this year which was below the average where pay increases are taking place.”The people we represent in Irish Water aren’t overly paid, that’s for sure. They do a hard day’s work and the performance related allowance they get is not very significant.“We’d prefer a more traditional pay model and we’ve instigated a review of the pay model looking to get to a place we believe would be fairer and more transparent.”Read: Fianna Fáil may not support new Fine Gael Taoiseach if water charges debacle not resolved> 114 Comments 26,218 Views Share836 Tweet Email3 http://jrnl.ie/3332404 By Cliodhna Russell
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Devil May Cry 5 was first unveiled at this year’s E3. At the time, we received very little information about the game. Specifically, when it would be released. Yesterday at Gamescom, Capcom announced Devil May Cry 5 will land on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on March 8, 2019. We were also treated to a brand-new trailer which shows just how insane this title is going to be.Capcom-Unity posted the new trailer along with a few things they wanted fans to take note of. Firstly, every Devil Break arm has its own set of attacks which vary according to where Nero is standing or which direction he’s moving in. His Gerbera arm can deflect projectiles or can be used to make Nero evade attacks. It should come as no surprise that Devil Breakers can break. Players can do this on purpose in order to give themselves some breathing room from foes or to use a Breaker’s ultimate move. The last part of the trailer has long-time series star, Dante, using his bicycle as a weapon… because why the hell not?Those in Germany attending Gamescom can try a demo of Devil May Cry 5 for themselves. Located at the Xbox booth, the demo is playable from August 22 to 27. American gamers attending PAX West in Seattle can play the demo in booth #2019 from August 31 to September 4. That isn’t the only Devil May Cry 5 fun happening at PAX West, however.A panel called “The SSStylish gameplay of Devil May Cry 5” will be held on August 31, from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm PST, at the Wyvern theater. Attendees can expect to see director Hideaki Itsuno, along with producers Michiteru Okabe and Matt Walker talking about the game. Those not attending PAX West can catch the panel on Twitch. There will even be a Devil May Cry 5 “SSStylish Pizza Party” on August 31 at SPiN Seattle hosted by cosplayer, Linda Le (VampyBitMe). Attendees are encouraged (but not obligated) to come dressed as their favorite Devil May Cry character. Director Itsuno and producers Okabe and Walker will be at the party to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.Gamescom has had some pretty great news so far. We can’t recommend the Plantronics’ RIG 300 and RIG 400 Pro Gaming Headsets that debuted there enough. And we are huge fans of Devil May Cry, especially now that you can play on PC. And there’s plenty of PS4 news breaking at Gamescom this year too. Stay on target
One budget item that survived Governor Bill Walker’s veto pen last month is $2 million for pre-kindergarten programs. That’s a pot of money that’s been granted to a handful of Alaska school districts each year since 2009. Now, $600,000 of that pot is available to help start new programs for four-year-olds.Governor Bill Walker announced vetoes totaling $1.29 billion at a press conference in Anchorage on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. (Screenshot via web stream courtesy Gov. Walker’s office)The bulk of the $2 million will still go to five districts this year – the Anchorage, Mat-Su, Nome, Lower Kuskokwim and Yukon-Koyukuk school districts are renewing their grants, and will receive up to $400,000 each to maintain their existing pre-K programs. The remaining funds will be divvied up among new applicants.“We had money left over to offer $600,000 dollars in competitive grants for districts that are looking to do either planning for a pre-elementary program, or beginning to implement a pilot program with a small amount of funds, or looking to support four-year-olds that are currently being supported in existing programs,” said Anji Gallanos, early learning administrator for the Department of Education and Early Development.These one-year planning grants will be up to $100,000 each.The $2 million allocated to the program could still vanish if the legislature decides to override the Governor’s vetoes during the new special session. That uncertainty motivates the department to stretch these dollars as far as they can possibly go.Gallanos said DEED is encouraging the five districts with existing programs to look for more sustainable sources of funding over the next few years, to eventually wean off of state dollars. Meanwhile, other districts will get state grants to start new programs. And so the cycle will go, Gallanos said, hopefully reaching more and more kids.“We really have to point out that we’re making progress,” Gallanos said. “And I don’t know that it’s necessarily progress that a district is going to look for other funds, but we do have to rely on other partnerships and resources. Because there isn’t gonna be a big magic pot of money that I can see in Alaska’s near future — unless federal grants come out — that’s just going to wave a magic wand and say, everybody gets preschool!”“So we really have to be creative in the way that we do it,” Gallanos added. “And I believe we’re getting there.”The department will release their request for applications this Friday. Applications are due August 5th, and grants will be awarded in mid-August.There’s an online informational meeting for districts and their partners this Friday, July 15, at 3 p.m.Editor’s Note: the original version of this story mistakenly included mention of a “Yukon Kuskokwim” School District. It has been corrected to Yukon-Koyukuk School District.
Nach Baliye 9 couple Anita Hassanandani and Rohit ReddyInstagramThe ninth season of Nach Baliye is surely different from all the others. Apart from setting the standards of dance and concept too high, the performances have been top-notch right from the premiere episode.One couple that has surely emerged as the most popular and strongest in the show has been Anita Hassanandani and husband Rohit Reddy. Their high-energy and power-packed performance on a cabaret number in the first episode had floored Raveena Tandon too. But owing to Rohit’s illness, the couple could not perform in the second week.However, despite being diagnosed with Jaundice and Hepatitis A, Rohit is in no mood to give up. The couple received an overwhelming amount of wishes and prayers for Rohit’s speedy recovery and to see the jodi back on screen.And now, the latest news is that despite not being healed properly, Rohit would be seen performing in the next episode alongside Anita. The act would be poles apart from what anyone else has done before as it will most probably be a silent act.A non-dancer Rohit had earlier mentioned that he was made to stand behind at his wedding sangeet performance. Just like the judges, we refused to believe that story. In their first performance, he looked every bit made for the stage and camera.A surprised and shocked Raveena had said, “I am flabbergasted, I couldn’t take my eyes off Rohit, he completely owned the performance, Rohit was like an atom bomb that burst on stage.” She ended with telling Anita, “Aapke ghar mai hi competition hai’ (The competition is in your house).”Let’s see how their performance turns out to be this week. We wish them the best.
eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Haven’s hard workAPU’s policy change came after years of dialogue between the college and its ‘underground’ student LGBTI group, Haven. LGBTI organization, Brave Commons, helped Haven in its lobbying of the university.‘We thought it was unfair to single out queer folks in same-sex romantic relationships while it is impossible to enforce or monitor [whether other students are remaining abstinent],’ said Brave Commons co-executive director, Erin Green.‘Queer students are just as able to have romanticized relationships that abide by APU’s rules. The code used falsely assumed that same-sex romances always involved sexual behavior. This stigmatization causes harm to our community, especially those serious about their Christian faith.’The Office of Student Life has also worked to launch a safe space and program for LGBTI students. Launching at the beginning of this year’s academic year and features weekly meetings.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Azusa Pacific University (APU) in California recently overturned its ban on LGBTI relationships, by taking out language in its student standard of conduct agreement.Student paper, Zu News, reported the policy backflip and also revealed the university has also created a special LGBTI program.But the college will still retain its official stance on marriage that ‘sexual union is intended by God to take place only within the marriage covenant between a man and a woman’.‘The changes that occurred to the handbooks around sexual behavior creates one standard for all undergraduate students, as opposed to differential standards for different groups,’ Associate Dean of Students Bill Fiala told Zu.‘The change that happened with the code of conduct is still in alignment with our identity as a Christian institution. The language changed, but the spirit didn’t. Our spirit is still a conservative, evangelical perspective on human sexuality.’ Students Azusa Pacific University | Photo: Facebook/APU A conservative, evangelical college in the United States will now allow LGBTI people to express their relationships on campus. Conservative Christian colleges in America grapple with LGBTI issuesBoozy and cliquey LGBT+ university societies fail studentsUK universities failing LGBTI students mental health – 4 in 5 are strugglingRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/evangelical-college-overturns-ban-on-lgbti-relationships-on-campus/
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThis shocking video of dangerous driving has been released by Cheshire Police after it was revealed more than 20 people have died in road accidents this year in the county. A total of 22 people have lost their lives in car accidents since the start of the year – that’s more than one every week. Last year 46 people lost their lives as a result of a road traffic collision. Chief Constable Darren Martland, Chief Fire Officer Mark Cashin and Chief Executive Officer of North West Ambulance Service Daren Mochrie have warned that if more people don’t think about how they drive then more people could lose their lives. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window “Stopping any more deaths from occurring as a result of something unnecessary and totally avoidable is a top priority for us. “While it is absolutely necessary that officers are out enforcing the laws of the road, it’s also about educating road users on how to drive safely, and we will be working closely with our Cheshire Road Safety Group colleagues to help prevent further tragedies from occurring.” Chief Fire Officer Mark Cashin said: “The number of people that have been killed or seriously injured on our roads as a result of careless driving is a real concern for us. “Firefighters do a great job of rescuing people from collisions. Sadly, it is sometimes just too late and our firefighters have seen far too many fatalities and life-changing injuries on the roads as a result of something completely preventable. Sadly, investigations carried out into the collisions show some of the fatalities could have been prevented, as the biggest cause of accidents is motorists driving carelessly, followed by driving too fast, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, not wearing a seatbelt and driving while using a mobile phone – together known as the Fatal 5. Chief Constable Darren Martland said: “From a policing perspective, this is Cheshire’s biggest killer. People are dying on our roads as a result of motorists’ poor driving, reckless decisions and momentary lapses in concentration. “Fatal collisions are heart-breaking – for the family, for the community, and for the responding emergency services staff who have to witness the tragedy and subsequent aftermath. Driver named following fatal collision “Human error is by far the biggest contributory factor to fatal collisions and if a person drives carelessly. No matter how safe you think your vehicle is, the risk of a serious collision occurring is increased considerably. It’s just not worth dying for.” Daren Mochrie, Chief Executive for NWAS said: “We see all too often the devastation that is caused by careless and dangerous driving. Lives have been unnecessarily lost due to careless driving and we really urge drivers to think twice before they get behind the wheel and help avoid this heartbreaking situation from happening. Read MorePolice appeal for witnesses after Staffordshire trainspotters cause major disruption to rail services “It takes just one of the five fatal factors to cause an accident and just a bit of extra care to prevent them. Please don’t take the risk and only drive when it’s safe to do so.”. Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play . Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes “One reckless decision can cost you, or an innocent member of the public, their life. “It is absolutely crucial we educate motorists on how to use the roads safely. All vehicles today are designed to keep us safe but, when driven badly, they can turn into a lethal machine. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive
Source = InterContinental Hotels Group IHG to add its Vibrant voco™ brand to Kirkton ParkIHG to add its Vibrant voco™ brand to Kirkton ParkIHG will give it’s stunning Kirkton Park property in the NSW wine region a refresh and rebrand it as voco™ Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, making it the fourth signing in Australia since IHG launched the upscale voco™ brand globally in June.With 70 voguishly appointed rooms, the property was one of the first Hunter Valley Hotels established in the prestigious wine region. In June 2017 IHG took over management of the hotel under the banner of Kirkton Park Hunter Valley and has since built a reputation for being one of the wine region’s most desirable destinations.As part of the rebrand, voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley will make several aesthetic upgrades with the distinctive and luxurious voco™ brand hallmarks: ‘Come on in’, ‘Me time’, and ‘voco life’. The boutique hotel will once again join forces with luxury interior designer, Greg Natale, to bring the interior design concept to life in a new and inventive way that celebrates its location and surroundings.Located in the heart of Pokolbin and just minutes away from the region’s most popular wineries, the Australian colonial heritage property is complemented by 70 acres of rural surroundings including farmland, a wholesome vegetable garden and picturesque walking trails.Guests will be treated to the ultimate upscale voco experience that celebrates the individuality of the hotel, stunning location and local people, with each stay tailored to deliver a unique and memorable experience. Once checked in, elements of the voco™ hotels will be on offer, including tennis courts, billiards room, indoor heated pool, sauna and spa, and gymnasium. Guests will also be able to enjoy access to the welcome lounge, open-fire library, 24-hour reception and room-service and on-site restaurants and bars, adding to the vibrant voco™ experience.Penny Crossley, General Manager of Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, said: “The Hunter Valley is famous for local wineries and produce growers. voco is the perfect fit for us to deliver genuine, passionate service every day. Our approach is personalised, friendly and charming and we want to ensure every stay is memorable. As a hotel, we are connected with the local community, so can offer a truly localised experience as our beautiful country estate serves as the perfect spot to unwind.”“We are very proud to bring this amazing property to life as voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, and to further build on our personal passion for sustainable stays. We look forward to continuing to offer the charming, memorable and distinctive hallmarks we are famous for, with a dash of the voco flair.”The newest of voco hotels will have a genuine, sustainable and paddock-to-plate focused mindset, embracing local surroundings. Mirroring IHG’s global focus on sustainability, the hotel will make upgrades to the owned vegetable garden, minimise food waste with on-property animals, install a panel Solar Farm 100 KW system, serve filtered water to conferencing guests, consciously reduce plastic usage and install sustainable In-Room amenities and shower concepts. Guests will also be able to collect their own eggs, help the staff feed the on-site farm animals and learn about the vegetables from the Chef.Launched in June this year, the voco brand will strengthen IHG’s offer in the $40 billion upscale segment, which is expected to grow by a further $20 billion by 2025. This distinctive brand will offer owners the ability to drive higher returns by delivering a compelling guest experience and leveraging IHG’s powerful systems. Including best-in-class revenue management and technology capabilities and IHG® Rewards Club, one of the world’s largest hotel loyalty programmes.IHG currently has 48 hotels operating under four brands in Australasia, including: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, with another 27 in the pipeline, including voco, EVEN Hotels and Hotel Indigo.*To book your stay at Kirkton Park Hunter Valley today, visit www.kirktonparkhuntervalley.com.au.
The deep-set worry that low-income housing has a deleterious effect on the values of other properties appears to have little basis in reality. According to a new study by Trulia of the country’s 20 least affordable housing markets, low-income housing built during a 10-year span shows no effect on nearby home values.Trulia reported Wednesday that resistance to affordable housing development has surfaced in places like San Francisco, New York, and Seattle, where low-inventory and high competition has sparked worries about affordable development. But the firm’s analysis of more than 3,000 low-income housing projects built between 1996 to 2006 “found no significant effect on home values located near a low-income housing project, with a few exceptions.”Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, were two exceptions. Low-income housing projects there had a negative effect on nearby homes in terms of price per square foot‒‒a drop of $18 to $19 per square foot, “suggesting a region-specific market effect for these two geographically adjacent metros,” Trulia reported. But the reason could be too-much-too-fast.“Concentrating subsidized housing projects in particular areas such as Roxbury and Dorchester in Boston, or Cambridgeport in Cambridge in a short time period, for example, might have the effect of crowding out other development activity,” the report stated.In almost all other markets, low-income housing seems to have had no effect either way. Denver, in fact, was the only metro where low-cost housing actually benefited other homes.One reason for this could be that parts of downtown Denver around where low-income housing projects were built saw a renaissance in the 1990s, driven by the development of the lower downtown area and the construction of Coors Field.“Some of these neighborhoods in downtown Denver are now the most sought real estate in the metro area,” the report stated. “Indeed, neighborhoods such as the Central Business District and Five Points, where low-income housing projects were concentrated in our study period, outperformed greater Denver in terms of home values per square foot.”The important thing to remember, Trulia reported, is that apart from these two wildly disparate examples, the overall truth is that low-cost housing doesn’t affect real estate markets much.“These are exceptions to the finding that low-income housing projects largely have no effect on home values,” the report stated. “The bottom line for NIMBYs who fear that property values will take a hit when a low-income housing project locates nearby is that their anxiety is largely unfounded‒‒at least in cities where housing is either expensive or in short supply.”Click here to view Trulia’s complete report. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News November 16, 2016 846 Views Does Low-Income Housing Affect Property Values? Share Low-Income Housing Property Values 2016-11-16 ScottMorgan1