OTTAWA – If he had to do it all over again, Pierre Poilievre would have worn a suit.Canada’s election watchdog said Friday that the former Conservative cabinet minister’s decision in 2015 to wear a party-branded shirt to announce an expansion of child benefit payments broke election financing rules.Poilievre wore the blue shirt with the large “C” at two announcements on the same day about an increase in the value of the now defunct universal child care benefit.At the time, Poilievre — the social development minister — said the payments were from “our Conservative government,” adding that “if the Liberals and NDP were to take office they would take the benefits away and raise taxes.”In a ruling published Friday, the commissioner of Canada elections says Poilievre’s choice of leisure wear coupled with his statements made the occasion more like a campaign event.This made the approximately $4,800 in spending related to the events, which the government picked up, “a de facto non-monetary contribution” to the Conservative party, and afoul of election rules that limit political donations to citizens or permanent residents.“The government of Canada is not eligible to make such contribution to the party,” the notice says.Poilievre had faced criticism for his shirt during the July 2015 announcement marking the arrival of 3.8 million payments valued at almost $3 billion to families with children age 17 and under. The payments were a result in an increase in the value of the benefit, and an increase in the number of children eligible.The Liberals and NDP at the time saw the announcement made in the dead of summer, and three months before election day 2015, as a ploy to buy votes.The commissioner notes that Poilievre talked in waxing terms about the expansion to the payments, referring to them as “the biggest single one-time pay out in history” and “Christmas in July” for Canadian parents.But it was the shirt that caught most people’s attention — even one of Poilievre’s staffers.The commissioner’s notice, known as a compliance agreement, says that one of Poilievre’s ministerial staff questioned his fashion choice shortly before the Halifax announcement. Poilievre confirmed that he wanted to wear that shirt.In the ruling, the commissioner notes Poilievre told him: “in retrospect, he would have worn a suit.”The text of the compliance agreement says that Poilievre’s intention was to link the child care benefit to the party, “and to provoke the media to cover (Conservative party) involvement in the funding.”The commissioner says that Poilievre’s words and clothing were designed to make a “positive association” between the party and the benefit to curry gain a partisan advantage in the ensuing election.In doing so, the commissioner said, Poilievre broke election financing rules and he’s ordered the now-opposition MP to post a link to the ruling on his website, his Facebook page and his Twitter account.Poilievre agreed to comply with the relevant provisions of federal election financing laws in the future.He has not responded to a request for comment.The notice was posted at the end of a week where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau toured the country to promote his government’s child benefit, which replaced the universal child care benefit and two tax measures. Speaking in Shelburne, N.S. on Friday, Trudeau wore a blue shirt.
Midem 2014 will host the first-ever meeting in Europe of TRANS4M, a collaborative community improvement initiative founded by musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist will.i.am, who will deliver a keynote introduction to the event on Saturday February 1, 2014.This special TRANS4M panel at MIDEM will explore how the dynamic of direct artist-fan connections places the entertainment industry in an advantageous position to drive positive social change. The panel will focus on the TRANS4M movement and its mission to help technology innovators, brands and music makers work together more closely to TRANS4M society for the better.Midem will host this first-ever European TRANS4M panel event curated by will.i.am, “Entertainment as a TRANS4Mation Driver,” to help foster positive social change and innovation with the support of the international music ecosystem gathered in Cannes. As President of the i.am.angel Foundation, will.i.am will deliver a live introduction about the TRANS4M movement and mission from his studio in Hollywood.“Midem is the ideal event to introduce TRANS4M to the global music industry as it brings together the brightest minds and most important decision-makers. Leaders in the music business are in a unique position to drive positive change within the industry and beyond among music fans around the globe,” commented will.i.am.Moderating the curated TRANS4M panel in Cannes will be Ken Hertz, Senior Partner of media law firm Hertz Lichtenstein & Young LLP, who is also Co-Founder and Founding Principal of global branding and licensing agency, memBrain llc.TRANS4M is a high-level meeting of minds to promote social change and is sponsored by the will.i.am’s i.am.angel Foundation. Last year the TRANS4M conference hosted in Los Angeles, featured keynote speaker President Bill Clinton and a special address by NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin about the Space Endeavor.Organised by Reed MIDEM, Midem takes place in Cannes from February 1-4.Find out more here.Source:PR Newswire
by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted May 18, 2016 7:41 am MDT Last Updated May 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – CBS is looking for more laughs, with the nation’s most popular television network planning to double the amount of sitcoms it has on the air through new projects premiering this fall starring Kevin James, Matt LeBlanc and Joel McHale.Former “NCIS” actor Michael Weatherly is also staying on CBS’ Tuesday-night lineup as the star of a new drama based on talk-show host Dr. Phil McGraw’s past career as a trial consultant.CBS was the last of the four biggest broadcasters to present its plans for next season to advertisers this week. The network is introducing eight new series next season, six of them in the fall.CBS will end the current season as the nation’s most-watched network for the eighth year in a row, and 13 out of the last 14 years. The network has 17 series that average more than 10 million viewers per episode, more than all the other broadcasters combined, scheduling chief Kelly Kahl said.The network will air four comedies each on Monday and Thursday night, the latter starting in late October following a package of NFL games. James, the former “King of Queens” actor, will play a retired police officer who finds home life unexpectedly complicated in “Kevin Can Wait.”“It’s Kevin exactly the way you want to see him,” said Glenn Geller, CBS entertainment president.He’ll be paired on CBS’ Monday-night lineup with LeBlanc’s “Man With a Plan,” where the star plays a contractor who stays home with the kids when his wife gets a job. With Matthew Perry returning on “The Odd Couple,” it brings CBS’ prime-time count of former “Friends” actors to two. On the “Great Indoors,” McHale plays a former adventure reporter who takes a desk-bound job and has to deal with a younger staff.All six of CBS’ new fall shows feature white male actors in the starring roles, which left Geller open to questions at a news conference Wednesday about whether the network has diversity issues. Last year’s most high-profile new CBS show, “Supergirl,” has been transferred to the CW network, and CBS rejected a pilot series based on the Nancy Drew books.He pointed to the midseason drama “Doubt,” which will feature transgender actress Laverne Cox playing a transgender lawyer.Besides Weatherly’s show, “Bull,” the other CBS fall dramas are a remake of “MacGyver” starring Lucas Till and “Pure Genius,” a medical drama based in Silicon Valley.With the cancellation of “CSI: Cyber,” next fall marks the first CBS schedule since 1999 without a “CSI” series. But Geller said that doesn’t necessarily mean the crime procedural franchise has shut down for good.The “NCIS” franchise is still going strong, with the original series still the most-watched scripted show on TV. All three “NCIS” shows are back next fall, with “NCIS: Los Angeles” moving to CBS’ Sunday-night schedule to replace the departed drama “The Good Wife.”CBS said it’s negotiating to move the series “Limitless,” a film adaptation that premiered last fall, to another network. Lots of comedies on tap on 2 nights for CBS this fall
Commentators described her as a “left field choice” for Miss Markel. As a review of her Fall 2017 collection in Vogue put it: “Dror is not known for dressing blushingly demure brides.”Miss Dror, a graduate of the Shenkar Fashion Art Academy in Tel Aviv, has previously designed outfits for international superstar Beyoncé – who wore a bridal gown from the designer’s Fall 2016 collection to present an award at the Grammys in 2016, and a bodysuit on stage during the Formation World Tour – and Naomi Watts.After college she worked in Milan for four years with Italian designer Roberto Cavalli before opening own bridal label back home in Israel in 2010. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. There has already been speculation that Miss Markel will incorporate the Lily of the Valley into her outfit, a flower which featured in Diana’s own wedding bouquet.But Miss Dror is also famed for her risque creations, with plunging necklines, figure-hugging mermaid hems and sleeveless bodices a trademark feature. A spokeswoman for Dror told The Telegraph she was asked last week by a representative of the royal family to submit a sketch for a wedding dress for Miss Markel. Diana, Princess of Wales and her husband, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales pictured by Patrick Lichfield at Buckingham Palace on the day of their wedding in July 1981. Credit:Lord Lichfield/Getty Creative Model showing off Inbal Dror’s Fall 2017 collection, New York Bridal WeekCredit:H. Walker/WWD/REX/Shutterstock “She was asked to do a sketch last week by the royal family. Unfortunately it’s a secret and I can’t give more details about it,” she said, adding that the sketches seen so far may not be the final drafts that Miss Dror actually submitted to the palace.”It is important to say that these are just preliminary sketches and weren’t distributed by her. She has no idea how they made it to the world media.” From Queen Victoria to Catherine Middleton royal brides have made a point of wearing wedding dresses designed by the best British designers of the day.But it looks as if Meghan Markle may be about to break with tradition, this time by selecting an outfit crafted by a foreign designer.The Israeli designer Inbal Dror has been asked to submit designs for the dress to be worn by the American actress when she marries Prince Harry on May 19 next year.Preliminary sketches submitted by Miss Dror have already emerged, and if they are anything to go by, Miss Markel’s bridal gown is likely to be a marriage of tradition and modernity.The 41 year-old is known for the long trains on her dresses – and if she incorporates one into the actresses’ outfit it will no doubt be interpreted as recalling the long train worn by Harry’s mother Diana, when she married Prince Charles at St Paul’s Cathedral in July 1981. Victoria asked that the plain, cream-coloured satin gown be made from fabric woven in Spitalfields, east London – where the area’s weavers were suffering in the face of cheap foreign imports – and trimmed with a deep flounce and trimmings of lace hand-made in Honiton and Beer, in Devon, to demonstrate her support for British industry.Queen Elizabeth chose a design by Norman Hartnell and Diana’s dress was made with ivory silk taffeta and lace by Elizabeth Emanuel and was valued at the time at £9,000.A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: “We appreciate there’s a lot of interest in this but we’re not saying anything on this subject at the moment.“There will be plenty of detail to come over the coming weeks which we will release in good time. Until then people will have to be patient.” The tradition of picking a named designer for a royal wedding dress was established by Queen Victoria in 1840, when she chose a lace was designed by William Dyce, head of the then Government School of Design, later known as the Royal College of Art, and mounted on a white satin dress made by Mary Bettans.
REPORTS THAT THE government is to drop the GP card for people with long-term illness has been heavily criticised by a number of groups.It was reported in the Irish Times today that there are plans for the free GP card for such people to be dropped, despite the fact the Government had committed to making the card available.Speaking to News at One on RTÉ today, Junior Minister Alex White said that the plan for free GP care for all will be seen within the lifetime of this government.He said that legislation for the free card for people with long-term illnesses has become bogged down. He has proposed that the government look at the entirety of the plan and how they phase and cost it.White described it as good public policy to say ‘are we doing it in the right way’. He added there is no change in the government planning to provide free GP care for all within the lifetime of this government.According to White, if they continue with the plan as it is, they risk risk further delay. He is due to make a proposal to Health Minister James Reilly before the end of the summer.White said that it is true that delays are frustrating, and that they are frustrating for people in government as well.“We’ll do this, but we may have to do it in a slightly different way,” said White, adding that clarity is what people want to see.DisappointingHowever, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said that it is a “hugely disappointing development” and something that will create great difficulties and concerns for other sectors.Ó Caoláin described the health policy of the government as “now in tatters”. This was supposed to be the first phase of the extension of free GP care to all within the lifetime of the government as they promised in their Programme for Government. It was to have been introduced in March 2012 but we now find that it has been abandoned.Deputy Ó Caoláin said it is time “for a major rethink on health policy by this government with the emphasis on supporting and enhancing the public health system, funded from fair taxation, and ensuring equal access for all based on medical need alone”.“Mishandling”The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has strongly criticised the Government for what it described as “the mishandling of its efforts” to extend GP cards to patients with long-term illnesses.Dr Ray Walley, chairman of the GP Committee of the IMO, said that the Government had wasted two years trying to achieve an impossible objective while ignoring a growing crisis in chronic patient care and GP services.Dr Walley said that the IMO had warned the Government that there would be huge problems trying to extend free GP card coverage on the basis of health rather than income.He added that the failure would raise serious questions about the Government’s strategy for free GP care for all during the lifetime of this Government, adding: “The Minister should refocus his efforts on tackling the resource crisis in GP surgeries now so that patients could start seeing a meaningful improvement in their treatments.”“In tatters” Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD described the news as a “reminder of the abject failure of James Reilly’s leadership”.The two key pillars of the Government’s plan for the health service are Universal Health Insurance and Free GP Care for All. Over the course of the last few weeks, it has become clear that both policies are collapsing.He also questioned if Minister Reilly “is the wrong person to be in charge of one of the country’s most important departments?”.Read: 20,000 people over 70 to lose medical cards under new legislation>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QEsyjfnv9Y(YouTube: scoopview)IS POPE FRANCIS an exorcist?The question has been swirling ever since Francis laid his hands on the head of a young man after celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Square last Friday.The young man heaved deeply a half-dozen times, convulsed and shook, and then slumped in his wheelchair as Francis prayed over him.The television station of the Italian bishops’ conference said it had surveyed exorcists, who agreed that Francis either performed an exorcism or a prayer to free the man from the devil.The Vatican was more cautious, however, saying Francis “didn’t intend to perform any exorcism”.“But as he often does for the sick or suffering, he simply intended to pray for someone,” it said.Fueling the speculation is Francis’ obsession with the devil, a frequent subject of his homilies.Read: Body of Padre Pio to be put on permanent displayMore: Modern churches aren’t up to scratch, says Vatican museum chief
Islamic State poses a threat to everyone. The vicious attacks in Paris, Brussels, Istanbul and the Orlando nightclub massacre among others, followed by bloodbaths in 10 different countries during the recent Ramadan will attest to that. And in light of those heinous attacks, many countries are adopting anti-terror measures that directly curb essential human rights and raise legitimate concerns that scenes resembling an Orwellian novel are not that far ahead. In Russia, the ‘Yarovaya law’, which was voted last month, is a clear violation of basic civil rights and puts a dagger into privacy and freedom, creating a ‘Big Brother state’ as many activists opposed to the controversial act have suggested. Amendments require all telecommunication operators to store recordings of their customers’ phone calls and message transcripts for six months, while messaging services such as Facebook are ordered to provide decryption keys to Russia’s Federal Security Service. The companies protested that this is an impractical and very expensive measure that would inevitably force them to considerably raise their tariffs, but the legislation committee was having none of it. The legislation also makes it a crime to not warn the authorities of ‘reliable’ information regarding a potential terrorist threat. Even children as young as 14 can face up to a year in prison over such a ‘failure’ to report a ‘credible threat’, while merely expressing approval of a terrorist attack on the internet can land you in prison for a maximum of seven years. Tanya Lokhkina, the Russian spokesperson for Human Rights Act, called the ambiguous bill ‘an attack on freedom of expression, freedom of conscience and the right to privacy that gives law enforcement unreasonably broad powers’. And sensitive data that could easily end up in the black market, some might add.In Bulgaria, the local government earlier last week approved an anti-terrorism bill that suspends any idea of due process, giving the police, military and other security services over-reaching powers during anti-terrorist operations, including expanded internet surveillance, the right to enter, without a warrant, homes and offices and obtain personal documents and other assets, even seizing civilians’ cars if it is deemed necessary. The army can also detain people almost at will, while officers will be authorised to restrict movement, suspend internet access and raid private properties of people suspected of carrying out a terrorist act. In Poland, the anti-terrorism legislation signed into law a few weeks ago is also controversial and has sparked vociferous protests from the opposition. The law allows unrestricted control over the digital communication of foreign nationals, access to every confidential database imaginable and mandatory sharing of personal data by mobile phone operators. The bill also allows the Secret Service to conduct wiretapping of suspects for up to three years and detain them for 14 days without charges. Amnesty International slammed the bill, saying it gives ‘seemingly unlimited powers’ to the intelligence services, but a high-rank Polish security official told Reuters on condition of anonymity that “Poland does not face any immediate threats from Islamist militants, but we are no longer an anonymous country to them”. Add Israel, where with the new ‘anti-terror’ bill, chanting songs at a demonstration, wearing the ‘wrong’ T-shirt, sharing a Facebook post, even donating clothing to the Palestinians are crimes punished with multi-year jail sentences and you realise that the writing is most certainly on the wall about the definition of a suspected terrorist.In Australia, even though there is a certain element of over-legislation when it comes to anti-terror laws (since 9/11, 61 pieces of anti-terror legislation have been voted, 48 of those during the Howard administration), there is no Soviet-like legalisation of state surveillance. There is an extended period of detention for known suspects, even the revocation of citizenship in some cases or house arrest in others. Suspects face certain restrictions in movement, citizens can be brought in for questioning, and while certain lines are being crossed it’s nothing like the draconian, totalitarianism-like measures that are being implemented in country after country around the globe. And with French PM Michelle Valls admitting recently that more Paris-style attacks are ‘a certainty’ during this new age of hyper-terrorism, let’s brace ourselves for some unprecedented laws. It will be for our own good. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
0 Enlarge ImageWe’ve been excited for the new Soul EV since we saw it last year, but our wait for it just got longer. Kia If, like us, you were all excited to get behind the wheel of the new Kia Soul EV that debuted in fall in Los Angeles, then we have some sour news for you. It likely won’t be available in the US until 2020, according to a report Wednesday by Wards Auto. The news of the Soul EV’s delay is a bummer but not totally unexpected, given the trouble that Kia has been having meeting worldwide demand for its Niro EV. It’s been having so much trouble, in fact, that its sales for its first long-range electric model are down because customers can’t get their hands on one. The “Soul EV will probably be [coming to the US] next year,” Michael Cole, chief operating officer for Kia Motors America, told Wards Auto. You may be forgiven for not knowing why we’re so excited for the new Soul EV. I mean, the last one was a little “weak tea” with a merely acceptable range and less than impressive performance numbers, right? Well, the new version not only doubles the range of the old Kia Soul EV, but it also gets Kia’s latest and greatest interior tech and some pleasantly adjusted styling. “Kia’s plan to reduce emissions and improve average fuel economy by 25% by 2020 through the development of clean combustion, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles is a key component to our continued success in the US market,” a Kia representative told Roadshow. “Kia Motors America considers many factors, including production capacity, when bringing any vehicle to market. We are excited about both the 2019 Niro EV, which is arriving in select dealerships now, and the all-new Soul, which will arrive at a later date.” Oh, and once the Soul does get here, it will probably be available in only a handful of states (at least at launch), with California being likely being the first. Tags 2020 Kia Soul EV: Electric power, familiar shape Post a comment Electric Cars Car Industry Crossovers 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Kia Soul EV first drive: More style, more range, more fun More From Roadshow Originally published May 10, 2:53 p.m. PT. Update, 3:24 p.m.: Adds Kia’s official statement. Kia Share your voice 2019 Kia K900: The best luxury sedan you’ve never heard of 63 Photos Kia
The federal government wants to know, among other things, how tribes use federal resources to improve housing.Listen nowThe Robert C. Weaver Federal Building in Washington, D.C., in the United States. As of September 2010, the building housed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (Creative Commons photo by Wikimedia Commons)The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to create a special committee to gather that information. Lourdes Castro Ramírez is head of HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing. She said her office will bring together people running federal programs and tribal representatives around the country at least twice a year to discuss priorities for Native housing.“We believe that the creation of a committee that allows for regular feedback, regular discussion — and really, also an opportunity to identify best practices and models that are working across Native American communities — will help further our impact and will also help inform the future of Native American housing programs,” Ramírez said.There will be up to eight tribal representatives and at least one of them will represent Alaska.Ramírez said federal funding for housing programs has become scarce and it’s especially important for her agency to have a firm understanding of how Native communities use that money.The deadline to comment on the agency’s planned Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee is July 23. Comments can be left on the Federal Register website.
The fifth tranche of sovereign gold bonds (SGBs) will open on Sept. 1. Encouraged by the response to the earlier rounds, the Narendra Modi government had said after the fourth tranche in July that it will come up with more tranches this fiscal. The fifth tranche will close on Sept. 9 and the price of gold per gm will be fixed in line with earlier rounds.The fourth tranche saw a collection of Rs. 919 crore representing 2,950 kg of gold. The price per gm of gold was fixed at Rs.3,119. The overall collection in four tranches was Rs. 2,292 crore representing 8,064 kg of gold.The announcement regarding the fifth tranche was made on Tuesday.”The Reserve Bank of India, in consultation with the Government of India, has decided to issue fifth tranche of sovereign gold bonds. Applications for the bond will be accepted from September 01, 2016 to September 09, 2016. The Bonds will be issued on September 23, 2016,” the RBI said in a statement.”The bonds will be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), designated post offices, and recognised stock exchanges viz., National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange,” the central bank statement added. The gold bonds will have a tenor of eight years with an exit option from the fifth year.Key details of the fifth tranche (according to the RBI):The bonds will be denominated in multiples of gram(s) of gold with a basic unit of 1 gram.Applications for the bond will be accepted from Sept. 1 to 9, 2016.The bonds will be issued by the RBI on behalf of government of India.The bonds will be restricted for sale to resident Indian entities including individuals, HUFs, Trusts, Universities and Charitable Institutions.The maximum amount subscribed by an entity will not be more than 500 grams per person per fiscal year (April-March). A self-declaration to this effect will be obtained.Price of the bond will be fixed in Indian Rupees on the basis of simple average of closing price of gold of 999 purity published by the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Limited for the week (Monday to Friday) preceding the subscription period.The bonds will be issued on Sept. 23, 2016.Investors will be compensated at a fixed rate of 2.75 per cent per annum payable semi-annually on the initial value of investment.The tenor of the bonds will be for a period of eight years with exit option from 5th year to be exercised on the interest payment dates.The bonds can be used as collateral for loans. The loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is to be set equal to ordinary gold loan mandated by the Reserve Bank from time to time.The capital gains tax arising on redemption of SGB to an individual has been exempted. The indexation benefits will be provided to long term capital gains arising to any person on transfer of bond.Bonds will be trade-able on stock exchanges/ NDS-OM within a fortnight of the issuance on a date as notified by the RBI.
Karnataka dy CM Laxman S SavadiTwitterThe government of Karnataka has three deputy chief ministers in power in the cabinet headed by the state chief minister BS Yediyurappa. But, there are some uncertainties when it comes to the appointment of Laxman S Savadi, who failed during the 2018 elections.The 59-year-old Savadi is BJP lawmaker from Athani constituency of Belgaum district and belongs to Lingayat community. He has been inducted as one of the three deputy CM’s along with Dr Ashwath Narayan and Govind Karjol and has also been granted with the cabinet portfolio of Transport Ministry.Laxman Savadi is not a new face to controversies. In 2012, he along with two other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, CC Patil and Krishna Palemar, were caught red-handed for watching pornographic content in his mobile phone during an assembly session. They were caught by the media and caused a major embarrassment to the saffron party. The BJP leaders were using mobile phones inside the state legislature when it is prohibited inside.The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah has criticised the saffron party over the induction of Savadi at such a reputable post. “BJP has no shame and has appointed Savadi as the deputy CM, who was caught watching a blue film in the Assembly,” he said.Not just opposition, several party leaders have also showcased their displeasure over Savadi’s appointment. BJP MLA and Yediyurappa’s close aide MP Renukacharya has protested against Savadi’s inclusion asking what was the necessity or urgency to induct him into the ministry, even when he is not an elected representative.It is alleged that Savadi has been rewarded by the central leadership for helping in sabotaging the Congress-Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) coalition in Karnataka. He is a close friend of disqualified Congress MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi, who persuaded many Congress party leaders to revolt against the party and destabilise the government.
Prime ministers of Bangladesh and India flagged off bus services between Agartala-Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala in June 2015. Reuters File PhotoThe Bangladesh government’s decision to allow India use of its territory for transit of cargo and passengers to the North East may be seen as a major concession in Bangladesh but Indian users are showing little interest to avail themselves of the facility, reports thehindubusinessline.com.In June 2015, the prime ministers of both the countries flagged off bus services between Agartala in Tripura and Kolkata in West Bengal through the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. The State transport departments of West Bengal and Tripura offered to run two separate services for three days a week.Policy makers expected the service to be a major hit among travellers, as the distance travelled is only 500 km compared with the 1,650-km journey through the chicken’s neck or Siliguri corridor.Unviable pricingTwo years later, both the state governments are finding it tough to sustain the service for want of passengers.While the West Bengal government run service has become in frequent, Tripura has suspended the service for the last one-and-a-half months, following an accident, but no one seems to be missing it.According to sources, the bus barely got four-five passengers per trip against a capacity of 45.The reasons are not difficult to fathom. Passengers need multiple entry visa from Bangladesh to travel. The journey takes 17-20 hours and the fare is Rs2,000.Compared with this, a flight between Kolkata and Agartala takes only an hour and costs Rs3,500 for this weekend. The fare falls to Rs2,200-2,300 for travel next week.“The bus fare is way too steep,” admits an official. The Indian authorities were keen to cap the bus fare at Rs1,500. But Bangladesh wanted to keep the fare higher to ensure higher earnings.The goods transit through Ashugunj river port has met a similar fate.Inaugurated in June 2016, it allowed Indian users to ferry cargo from Kolkata port to Ashugunj in Bangladesh via inland water. From Ashugunj the cargo would travel 50 km to reach Akhaura border gates with Tripura.In Bangladesh, prime minister Sheikh Hasina was accused of sacrificing the country’s interests. The bone of contention was the government’s decision keep transit fee at Tk192.2 (Rs152) per tonne as against a proposal of Tk1,245 (Rs986) made by a committee (Core Committee of Transit).A recent report by the Dhaka-based think-tank Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) shows that from June 2016 to January 2017, only three shipments were routed through Ashugunj. Sources in Tripura government confirm limited use of the facility.The long turnaround time (21-28 days), rudimentary port facility, transit related procedural hassles, and uneconomical transit fee vis-a-vis the road and rail transport through the Siliguri corridor are some of the reasons for its limited use.Transporting goods through Siliguri has become an attractive option after the introduction of broad-gauge rail services to Agartala in January this year.According to Manik Dey, Transport Minister of Tripura, most of the cement, rice, steel, construction material movement in the State has shifted to rail. Petroleum products, which are still supplied by trucks, will shift to rail too once Indian Oil sets up a depot in Agartala.Strategic optionBut New Delhi is still keen to keep the transit option open as it can be used for ferrying essentials in case of emergency.Delhi has also proposed a soft loan to Dhaka for the development of container terminal at Ashugunj. A $338.8-million loan was granted for redevelopment of the road from Ashugunj to Akhaura.
Stay on target Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… We had to wait through a whole hour of weird awkward banter at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago to get to it, but it was worth the wait. Our first look at Star Wars: Episode IX is here. Prepare yourself, body and soul, for the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker coming this December.A true teaser (would you expect nothing less from returning Force Awakens director J.J. “Mystery Box” Abrams) the first glimpse leaves us with more questions than answers? Why is Luke’s lightsaber repaired? Why did Kylo Ren bother gluing together his dumb helmet?. Is Rey’s Force jump over the spaceship just to flex on people? How much plot from The Last Jedi will this movie ignore (is Rey actually the Skywalker who rises???) to appease dumb fans?But really the value of a new Star Wars trailer is to remind you that Star Wars is still a thing. And this trailer is chock full of familiar faces including Billy Dee Williams and the late Carrie Fisher. Plus we heard a classic cackle from Emperor Sheev Palpatine, still the greatest Star Wars character.The Rise of Skywalker promises to end the core Skywalker Saga of Star Wars films. Disney even says the series will take a break after this. And in a nice touch of these movies being like rhyming poetry, the trailer includes the phrase “Every Generation Has A Legend” which also appeared in the first trailer for Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Truly things have come full circle.So watch this first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker again and again until the movie comes out later this year. For more on Star Wars get ready for the upcoming video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, check out this R2-D2 observatory, and watch Topher Grace’s emotional trailer for the whole Star Wars saga.
María Gapita Chavarría Cerrano is 84 years old and Blass Angulo Chinchilla is 91 years old. They’ve been married for 64 years and live in Carrillo. Courtesy of Mónica Quesada Costa Rican Vice President Ana Helena Chacón gives her speech at the event. Mónica Quesada / The Tico Times Soledad Cantillo and Eliecer Torresdance swing criollo at the centenarian meeting after the inauguration. Mónica Quesada / The Tico Times Estebana García Pérez, 97 years old (center), is accompanied by her daughter Elizabeth García Pérez. Mónica Quesada / The Tico Times A woman from Carrillo participates in a Nicoya Peninsula water tasting organized by the National Training Institute (INA). Mónica Quesada / The Tico Times A traditional dance presentation at Nicoya’s park kiosk. Mónica Quesada / The Tico Times Dan Buettner, who spoke at the event, is a National Geographic Fellow who made the world’s Blue Zones famous through his articles and books about the regions. His presentation in Costa Rica included a series of questions to help participants determine their average life expectancy. Mónica Quesada / The Tico Times Dr. Gianni Pes of Italy is responsible for establishing Sardinia as a Blue Zone, the second zone confirmed after Okinawa, Japan. He delivered the lecture “Longevity in Sardinia: Debunking Myths and Future Perspectives.” Mónica Quesada / The Tico TimesMónica Quesada is a Costa Rican photojournalist and former Tico Times photographer. Learn more about her work at her website. Facebook Comments Students show their love of the elderly during the event. Courtesy of Mónica Quesada The inaugural event included a musical act. Courtesy of Mónica Quesada The Marimba Brisas del Norte played during the event at Nicoya’s Central Park. Courtesy of Mónica Quesada Costa Rica hosted the World Meeting of Blue Zones from Nov. 16-18. The event celebrated regions around the world where people exceed the average life expectancy, oftentimes reaching the age of 100 or more.Costa Rica’s Blue Zone is located in the Nicoya Peninsula, encompassing five Guanacaste cantons: Santa Cruz, Hojancha, Carrillo, Nandayure and Nicoya. José Bonifacio Villegas Fonseca is 100 years and six months old. He still loves riding horses. Courtesy of Mónica Quesada See also: Costa Rica studies the longevity of its centenarian citizens Pablo Castillo Carrillo is 95 years old and lives in Hojancha. His mother was renowned as one of the oldest people in the region: her name was Panchita Castillo Carrillo and she died at the age of 110 in December 2016. Courtesy of Mónica Quesada Related posts:Espressivo brings ‘Battlefield’ to National Theater for iconic building’s anniversary U.S.-bound – and delighted Ocean-gazing under the dome Whatcha lookin’ at up there?
The Government of India launched the e-Tourist Visa on November 27, 2014. The scheme had been extended to 77 countries at nine airports designated for providing e-Tourist visa service.The Centre is now going to extend this facility to 36 more countries from August 15, 2015. The new countries which will be included in e-Tourist Visa scheme are Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Belgium, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, East Timor, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Malta, Malaysia, Mongolia, Monaco, Mozambique, Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Seychelles, Slovenia, Spain, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Turks & Caicos Island, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Venezuela.With this addition, the total count of countries under the scheme will go upto 113.Simultaneously, the Centre is going to add 7 more Indian airports as designated airports for entry on e-Tourist Visa from August 15, 2015. New Airports which will be included in the scheme are Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Gaya, Jaipur, Lucknow, Tirchy, and Varanasi.With this, the total number of designated airports will become 16.Since the launch of the scheme on November 27, 2014, more than 2,00,000 e-Tourist Visas have been issued till now. It is expected that this substantial addition of countries and airports will give big boost to the tourism industry in the country.Further details in this regard may be checked on the e-Tourist Visa website: indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.
May 23, 2012 466 Views Agents & Brokers Existing-Home Sales Home Prices Housing Affordability Lenders & Servicers Pending-Home Sales Processing Service Providers 2012-05-23 Krista Franks Brock California’s Greatest Obstacle Is Shrinking Inventory Things are looking up in California. Pending-home sales are continuing to rise on an annual basis; median prices are rising; and equity sales are starting to make up a larger portion of total sales, according to the “”California Association of Realtors””:http://www.car.org/ (CAR). [IMAGE]California’s pending-home sales have been rising year-over-year for the past 12 months, according to the California Association of Realtors’ (CAR) “”Pending Home Sales Index””:http://www.car.org/newsstand/newsreleases/2012releases/aprilphsi released this week. However, despite the year-over-year gains, April’s pending home sales demonstrated a decline from March. Pending-home sales include contract signings but not closings. The index is based on 2008 contract signings with an index score of 100 equaling the average amount of contracts signed per month in 2008.[COLUMN_BREAK]The pending-home sales index for March was revised to 138.9, and April’s index came in almost 11 points below at 128. While lower than the March index, April’s index showed growth from last April’s index of 114.4. CAR’s president, “”LeFrancis Arnold””:http://www.car.org/aboutus/carleadership/lefrancisarnold/, attributed last month’s fall in pending sales to “”inventory constraints.””””The tight inventory we’ve been experiencing in the distressed market over the past several months is now spreading to equity properties, essentially affecting the supply conditions of both the distressed and non-distressed markets,”” Arnold said. CAR’s chief economist, “”Leslie Appleton-Young””:http://www.car.org/marketdata/speeches/lesliebio/, concurs that “”inventory is scarce in all price ranges,”” and in fact stated with the release of California’s “”existing home sales report””:http://videos.car.org/?bcpid=987216733001&bckey=AQ~~,AAAAzBtBmCE~,gKfMMlGoPZI5kU4oXdOB9V1GODmgg1BX&bclid=969047625001&bctid=1649379781001 earlier this month that inventory is “”the biggest issue”” right now in California’s housing market. Appleton-Young reported a 4.2-month housing supply in April. This compares to a 6.2 month supply for the nation overall, according to the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ latest “”report.””:http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2012/05/april-existing-home-sales-up-prices-rise-againEquity sales ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô non-distressed sales ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô continue to make up more than half of the state’s sales, rising from 54.4 percent in March to 58 percent in April. Last month’s rate was the highest reported since July 2008. As distressed properties tend to sell at lower prices, this can have a positive impact on prices. The median home price in April in California was $308,050, marking the first time prices have risen above $300,000 since December 2010, according to the existing home sales report released earlier this month. in Data, Origination, Servicing Share
The Associated Press names SZA’s ‘Ctrl’ album of the year This cover image released by Columbia Records shows “Something To Tell You,” a 2017 release by Haim. (Columbia Records via AP) by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Dec 13, 2017 9:32 am PDT Last Updated Dec 13, 2017 at 10:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The top 10 albums of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu.1. SZA, “Ctrl”: As the beat of the opening track of SZA’s debut album played at a concert this week in New York City, the entire venue passionately sang the first two minutes of the song “Supermodel,” and the singer hadn’t even showed her face onstage. And that’s just it — SZA is the voice of this generation. The 28-year-old’s “Ctrl” is a masterpiece about a girl navigating in life — dating, falling in love, dealing with dusty boys, self-doubt, acceptance and more. Her voice glides over each song nicely as she spits matter-of-fact lyrics and even finds ways to reference the TV shows “Martin” and “Narcos,” as well as “Forrest Gump,” in the songs. “The Weekend” is her at the top of the game; “Broken Clocks” is just as addictive; and “Normal Girl” and “20 Something” prove that SZA is not one of those alternative R&B artists with one or two tricks up her sleeve.2. Kendrick Lamar, “DAMN.”: To put out one epic album is impressive. Two? It’s remarkable. BUT THREE? It’s astonishing. There has not been a more consistent act in music in the last few years like Kendrick Lamar. Icon status is “DAMN.” closer than we might think.3. Daniel Caesar, “Freudian”: Listening to Daniel Caesar’s debut album will make you want to fall in love. The Canadian newcomer brilliantly sings R&B songs that echo D’Angelo and hit straight to the heart. “Freudian” is a beautiful work of art.4. Jay-Z, “4:44”: So, this SUPERSTAR with a super private wife and uber private life uncovered his most intimate thoughts and life moments — and people were moved by what he revealed. It wasn’t just for the stuff that went on to dominate blogs and entertainment headlines. No, it was Jay’s vulnerability, proving that honesty is what keeps artists relevant, long after they’ve transitioned from being the new hot thing.5. Taylor Swift, “reputation”: Don’t be a hater — you know Taylor Swift knows how to craft perfect pop music. “Reputation” is exceptional, especially the songs “End Game,” ”Delicate” and “Dress,” perfectly showing how Tay Tay continues to grow as an artist.6. Sam Smith, “The Thrill of It All”: Sam Smith’s “Thrill” is a ride you don’t want to get off.7. St. Vincent, “MASSEDUCTION”: St. Vincent’s fifth album, full of electro pop, glam rock and techno sounds, is an adventurous album that deserves to be heard by the masses. Even when she slows things down — like on “New York” and the excellent “Happy Birthday, Johnny” — she’s just as alluring.8. Miguel, “War & Leisure”: “I’m Luke Skywalkin’ on these haters,” a confident Miguel sings on “Sky Walker,” the first single from his fourth album. And he’s right — he’s barely got competition when it comes to music. “War & Leisure” is just another grand album in his catalogue.9. H.E.R., “H.E.R.”: Gabi Wilson, under her stage name H.E.R., shines brightly on her full-length debut album, with songs like “Focus,” ”U” and “Losing” showing that, like SZA, H.E.R. is also a groundbreaker in the alternative R&B movement.10. Haim, “Something to Tell You”: Who doesn’t want to be part of the sister trio Haim? The rockers, who proved how outstanding they were on their 2013 debut album and at live concerts, keeps up the momentum on their sophomore release, “Something to Tell You,” highlighted by Haim’s harmonies.
App Store Official Charts for the week ending March 3, 2019:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations3. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.4. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.5. iSchedule, HotSchedules6. Spectre Camera, Chroma Noir LLC7. Rebel Inc., Ndemic Creations8. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB9. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi10. NBA 2K19, 2KTop Free iPhone Apps:1. Roller Splat!, Voodoo2. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC3. Color Bump 3D, Good Job Games4. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.5. Snapchat, Snap, Inc.6. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.7. Facebook, Facebook, Inc.8. WhatsApp Messenger, WhatsApp Inc.9. Gmail – Email by Google, Google LLC10. TikTok – Real Short Videos, musical.ly Inc.Top Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Procreate, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Notability, Ginger Labs4. GoodNotes 5, Time Base Technology Limited5. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB6. Amazing Frog?, FAYJU7. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations8. Toca Hair Salon 3, Toca Boca AB9. Bendy and the Ink Machine, Joey Drew Studios Inc.10. Five Nights at Freddy’s, Scott CawthonTop Free iPad Apps:1. Color Bump 3D, Good Job Games2. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.3. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC4. Paint Pop 3D, Good Job Games5. Matchington Mansion, Firecraft Studios Ltd.6. Amazon Prime Video, AMZN Mobile LLC7. Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game, Amanotes Pte. Ltd.8. Paint By Number: Coloring Book, DAILYINNOVATION CO., LIMITED9. Words Story, ZHOU JIAPING10. Sausage Flip, MADBOX__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2019 8:47 am PDT The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store
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