USplotted bid on Venezuela Prez Maduros life thwarted

first_imgCaracas: Venezuela’s socialist government says it has derailed a coup bid, claiming the United States, Colombia and Chile colluded in a plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro. The claim is the latest in a series by under-pressure Maduro, who is facing popular backlash at home over a failing economy and spiraling inflation, as well as increasing international isolation. The far-left leader is embroiled in a power struggle with Juan Guaido, the man the United States and scores of other countries recognize as Venezuela’s legitimate interim ruler. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonMaduro warned that he would be “ruthless in a revolutionary counter-offensive against an attempted fascist coup — ruthless!” In a speech broadcast nationwide, an agitated Maduro denounced a “fascist attempt to assassinate me” — and lashed out at Colombian President Ivan Duque saying his “complicity” was “evident.” Venezuelan Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez earlier said the alleged coup involved active duty and retired military officers, and was to have been executed last weekend. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador”We were in all the meetings to plan the coup d’Etat. We were in all the conferences,” he said, suggesting informers had infiltrated the alleged plotters — at least six of whom had been detained. In his televised speech, Rodriguez also accused opposition leader Juan Guaido of planning “a bloodbath.” Guaido for his part dismissed the coup claims as fiction, saying the media had “lost count” of how many times the same accusations had been repeated. Recognized by the United States and more than 50 other countries as interim president, Guaido said he would continue to call on the armed forces to abandon Maduro. Russia, one of the regime’s most important allies, said Wednesday that it had rotated out a team of military “technicians” it had sent to Venezuela to ensure the maintainance of military equipment and provide training to the Venezuelan military. Rodriguez accused Colombia’s Duque of being closely involved in the alleged plot, and implicated Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and US National Security Advisor John Bolton. Without referring directly to the charge, Colombia’s foreign minister, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, said his country would “continue to act through political and diplomatic means” in Venezuela. Rodriguez presented testimony from one of the detainees — Lieutenant Carlos Saavedra, whose “confession” revealed the plan envisaged the takeover of three military bases, including La Carlota air base in Caracas. Maduro, his wife Celia Flores, and top Socialist Party official Diosdado Cabello were to be assassinated, along with other figures, the government said. In his speech, Maduro briefly referred to an “Israeli group” he said was to carry out the killing. The plotters hoped to spring Raul Baduel, a former defense minister under late president Hugo Chavez, from jail to proclaim him president, Rodriguez said. Maduro demoted Baduel last year as part of a purge of senior military officers. Also purged was general Antonio Rivero, allegedly another leader of the coup bid. Maduro said he would seek the arrest and extradition from the Dominican Republic of a third former general, Eduardo Baez, who was also accused of involvement. The head of the National Assembly, Guaido proclaimed himself Venezuela’s interim president in January on the grounds Maduro’s 2018 re-election was illegitimate.last_img read more

Officials ponder easing mobility for doctors nurses between provinces

first_imgHALIFAX — Efforts to create regional licensing for health care professionals in Atlantic Canada could be the vanguard for similar changes nationally, a leading advocate says.The four East Coast premiers called this week for common licensing for doctors, nurses and other health professionals, saying allowing them to easily move between provinces would improve people’s access to care.The registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador, Dr. Linda Inkpen, said work has actually been underway for a year to align licensing regimes in Atlantic Canada.Inkpen, who is also president of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada, said the regional work is an offshoot of an issue that has been on the national radar for at least a decade as issues around internal trade gained prominence.She said the issue has gained added impetus over the last few years.“Anything that we can do that enhances mobility of our physicians helps directly and indirectly the public and the patients whom we exist to serve,” said Inkpen.At the national level, Inkpen said ongoing talks have been focused on two areas — the streamlining of regular licensing for fully licensed doctors with no disciplinary history, and to help free up locum physicians, who move from province-to-province for fill-in work.“We are hopeful … that we will have come to an agreement if not in all colleges across Canada, certainly in some colleges, so that we can make that process a little easier for our physicians,” she said.Inkpen concedes it will take longer to get some form of agreement nationally, however, she believes something can be in place in Atlantic Canada sooner.“It’s going to take a little bit longer but we are talking months, we’re not talking years,” she said. “We are talking I would say within 12 months.”The national work is more complicated and will require “more than the colleges to sort it out” Inkpen said. She said provinces and territories will need to get more involved, because colleges are governed by 13 different pieces of legislation.Atlantic Canada’s premiers want to see movement to improve mobility across a range of professions.But they believe it’s especially important for health care workers such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists and physiotherapists, given the region faces challenges posed by an aging population and higher-than-average incidences of chronic diseases.Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said it’s part of the puzzle to improve access to primary care in his province, where many people don’t have a family doctor.“One of the biggest complaints that we’ve heard around the whole process is how difficult it is to be allowed to practice in the province,” he said. “We want to provide some consistency within the region, and I would argue once we are able to do that it will probably go national.”Janet Hazelton, president of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, said she has talked to a nurse in Alberta who wants to move east, but has been waiting for three months for a temporary licence.“I’m not sure why sometimes it takes so long,” said Hazelton of the time period it can take to work in another province.She points to Ontario, where she says registered nurses are currently being laid off.“They are laying off registered nurses and we (Nova Scotia) can’t hire enough. But if it’s going to take them three months to get a licence then that’s a deterrent.”She said harmonized and streamlined licensing would also help nurses who live in border areas and have to pay twice if they want to work in both provinces: “That’s a lot of money.”Dr. Sheila Marchant-Short, registrar for the College of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island, said the issue has the attention of national nursing bodies, and there are “certainly benefits to figuring something out.”“As an Atlantic group we haven’t had a really fulsome discussion yet,” she said. “So we will in a response to the Atlantic premiers, but we aren’t there yet.”Keith Doucette, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Lawyers of Rouse Avenue court complex in HC for recognition of bar

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court has sought a response of the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) on a plea by a lawyer’s body seeking to be recognised as the bar association of the newly-opened court complex at Rouse Avenue here.Justice Vibhu Bakhru issued notice to the BCD seeking its stand on the plea by lawyers’ body Rouse Avenue Bar Associates for recognition. The court gave the council two weeks time to file its response and listed the matter for further hearing on July 24. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe petitioner-association, which claims to represent the lawyers practising at the new court complex, moved the high court after the BCD on April 3 rejected its request for issuance of Advocates Welfare Fund Stamps on the ground that it was not a recognised body. The court noted that since recognition has not yet been granted to the association, the BCD cannot be faulted for not issuing them the stamps. The BCD, on its part, opposed the association’s plea for recognition, saying that it has been the prevalent practice that the council holds the first elections at any newly set up court complex in the national capital for creating the bar association there. It said that if every group of lawyers was allowed to form a bar association at each court complex, then there would be numerous lawyers’ bodies which would create a lot of confusion. After hearing both sides, the court directed the BCD to indicate its stand on affidavit and ordered it to refrain from circulating any derogatory messages regarding the petitioner association.last_img read more

Fire Destroys 300 Homes in Slum Near Rabat

Rabat – Around 300 homes in the Tazrout 1 slum of Ain Aouda have been destroyed by a fire that broke out around 3 p.m. on Wednesday.The fire in the Skhirate-Temara prefecture was contained by about 6 p.m., and no casualties have been recorded.Local authorities have commended efforts of the civil protection for mobilising the relevant human resources and equipment, which they said allowed local authorities and royal police to put out the fire. Seven hundred families live in the affected region, which has been affected by two fires in just two weeks.A fire broke out around 9 p.m. on June 23, damaging 100 houses in the town.

TSX drops 100 points Bank of Montreal falls 45 as earnings report

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 3, 2013 6:45 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX drops 100 points, Bank of Montreal falls 4.5% as earnings report disappoints TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed sharply lower Tuesday as investors reacted negatively to the latest earnings report from the Bank of Montreal and pushed other financial stocks lower ahead of reports from all the big banks this week.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 99.7 points to 13,319.87 with losses spread over most sectors. Traders are also cautious ahead of economic data later in the week that could give a better idea of where the Federal Reserve is headed in cutting back on stimulus measures.Bank of Montreal’s (TSX:BMO) annual net profit hit a record $4.2 billion in 2013. That included $1.088 billion of net income in the fourth quarter, which was up one per cent from a year earlier. Its adjusted net income fell two per cent from a year ago to $1.102 billion or $1.64 a share.That beat forecasts of $1.58 a share but Barclays observed that “BMO reported a $121-million gain in Wealth Management that is not recurring and will not likely be treated as core (earnings) in the market.”“This represents roughly 19 cents a share and would take BMO’s core number to $1.45, well below consensus.”BMO’s return on equity also dropped to 15 per cent versus 15.6 per cent. Its stock fell $3.28 or 4.46 per cent to $70.25. But prior to Tuesday morning, BMO stock was up more than 20 per cent from its 52-week low, leaving the shares vulnerable to a bit of profit taking.“It’s a small blip,” said Allan Small, senior investment adviser with Holliswealth.“It wasn’t anything earth shattering and so, when you have a run-up as we have seen, especially in the last couple of quarters of the main banks and you have an earnings report that doesn’t kind of jibe with the rest of the run-up, this is what you’re going to get.”The bank’s quarterly dividend will be increased by two cents to 76 cents per common share.The Canadian dollar was down 0.07 of a cent at 93.91 cents US a day before the Bank of Canada makes its next interest rate announcement.U.S. indexes were also weak as the Dow Jones industrials dropped 94.15 points to 15,914.62, the Nasdaq dipped 8.06 points to 4,037.2 and the S&P 500 slipped 5.75 points to 1,795.15.There is lot of U.S. economic data coming out this week, culminating with the release of the government’s employment report on Friday.A strong employment report would raise concerns that the Fed is set to start tapering its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases that have kept U.S. interest rates low and persuaded many investors to seek higher returns in the stock market.Economists forecast that the American economy cranked out about 175,000 jobs in November, down 5,000 from October.The TSX financial sector lost 1.57 per cent. Other banks reporting this week and under selling pressure included CIBC (TSX:CM), which lost $1.04 to $90.34 while Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) declined $1.16 to $64.19.Industrials fell 1.4 per cent with Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) down $3.39 to $163.17.The gold sector was also a drag, down 1.37 per cent as February gold gave back $1.10 to US$1,220.80 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) lost 49 cents to C$22.25.The base metals sector was down 0.24 per cent with March copper was down one cent to US$3.17 a pound. First Quantum Minerals(TSX:FM) dropped 25 cents to C$17.The energy sector was the major gainer, ahead 0.3 per cent while oil prices were slightly higher in the wake of a stronger than expected reading on U.S. manufacturing Monday and ahead of a meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna on Wednesday.The January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange edged $2.22 higher to US$96.04 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) rose 65 cents to C$37.58.Elsewhere, Potash Corp. (TSX:POT) shares were up 11 cents to $33.82 after the fertilizer giant said it was cutting its workforce by about 18 per cent, affecting about 1,045 people. The Saskatoon-based company says the decision is necessary because of soft demand for potash and phosphates. read more

Ukraine a country on edge says UN deputy chief urging dialogue among

“While the situation in Kiev is stable, there have been disturbing reports from some parts of the country, primarily Crimea,” Mr. Eliasson said, briefing the Security Council by video from Kiev, where he has been since Monday after having been sent by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on an urgent mission to de-escalate a dangerous situation in Ukraine and assess conditions for a peaceful settlement of the crisis.Following months of political unrest, triggered by the Government’s decision last November not to sign an agreement on broader European integration, Kiev erupted in violent demonstrations and street clashes in late January, culminating with the removal by Parliament of President Viktor Yanukovych. Tensions have been mounting in the Crimea region, where additional Russian troops and armoured vehicles have reportedly been deployed.According to a note to correspondents issued this evening by a UN spokesperson in New York, Mr. Eliasson said Ukraine is “grappling with a series of fast-moving and serious challenges.” In Crimea, he cited examples such as blockades of Ukrainian military bases by armed elements with no insignias and attempts to intimidate international envoys, including the Secretary-General’s Special Advisor, Robert Serry, who was threatened yesterday by a number of unidentified men that demanded he leave the region. Mr. Eliasson said that in all of his meetings in Ukraine, he had underlined the urgent need for de-escalation and for a political solution to the country’s current crisis. Apart from a military de-escalation, he said that there is a need to end provocative rhetoric that has only served to heighten tensions. According to the note, he had called for meaningful dialogue among all key parties, and stressed that the UN remains ready to do its part to facilitate such dialogue. He emphasized that the Organization’s efforts are rooted in the UN Charter, in particular the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity and of the peaceful settlement of disputes. He also underlined the importance of adhering to the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As for his meetings, Mr. Eliasson said that he held talks with Ukrainian authorities, including the Acting President, the Prime Minister and the Acting Foreign Minister. He also met with civil society representatives, including Orthodox Church leaders, as well as members of the diplomatic community. Mr. Eliasson emphasized the need for unity, diversity and inclusion in Ukraine, and the importance that all parts of the country and all segments of the population have a sense of participation in building their future. He also noted that the Secretary-General remains actively engaged on the situation in Ukraine, reaching out to key international actors on the urgent need to find a political solution.The Deputy Secretary-General stated that the international community has been working on initiatives that will support the people of Ukraine and contribute to de-escalating the situation in the country. While in Ukraine, he consulted closely with the OSCE to determine how to the two organizations could best work in coordination to support human rights, monitor the security situation and address minority concerns, among other efforts. Mr. Eliasson also informed the Council that UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic, had just arrived in Kiev, following a request by the Secretary-General to immediately travel to Ukraine. Mr. Šimonovic is set to visit the East, West and South of the country, including Crimea, to evaluate the current human rights situation. Finally, the Deputy UN chief underscored the need for a solution that will benefit all of the people of Ukraine and the region and ensure the maintenance of international peace and security. read more

Unemployment jumps to 159 per cent

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Unemployment soared among young people, with the unemployment rate rising to 40.4 per cent in February, up 8.5 percentage points from the same month last year according to the latest statistical data. The unemployment rate jumped to 15.9 per cent in February, from 12.1 per cent in February 2010 and 15.1 per cent in January 2011. The number of unemployed people rose by 181,952 in February from the same month in 2010 (an increase of 30.1 per cent) and by 30,435 or 4.0 per cent compared with January 2011. The number of employed people totaled 4,178,312 in February, down 225,739 compared with February 2010 and by 89,272 compared with January 2011. The unemployment rate among people aged 15-24 was 40.4 per cent (32 per cent in February 2010), in the 25-34 age group rose to 19.9 per cent from 15.2 per cent in 2010 and in the 35-44 age group rose to 14.4 per cent from 10.4 per cent last year. Among women, unemployment rose to 19 per cent in February from 15.3 per cent in the same month last year. Southern Aegean (32.7 per cent from 21.3 per cent), western Macedonia (23.9 per cent from 16.6 per cent), Ionian Islands (22.4 per cent from 16.8 per cent), western Greece (17.1 per cent from 10.6 per cent) and central Macedonia (16.3 per cent from 12.6 per cent) recorded the highest rates, while the unemployment rate in Attica jumped to 14.8 per cent in February from 10.9 per cent in February 2010.last_img read more

North Caicos Parents in jail in Provo second child at Social Services

first_img PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tribute No medical report yet in Capron death Further investigation warranted in death of Provo man Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Oct 2015 – North Caicos was on Friday rocked with news of the arrest of the parents of that five year old boy who was found dead in his bed on September 30. Some are finding it hard to believe the couple could have killed their son, who was a student of the Adelaide Omeler Primary School. Magnetic Media is informed that the autopsy shows that the child’s neck was broken and Police are checking the parents out first in the investigation. Over the weekend, there were many disturbing allegations about the family and a report that the younger son, a three-year old is now with Social Services. At the time of the death discovery, the father of Joas St Louis shared with media his surprise that his young son was dead. The mother and father are being held in jail in Provo now. Related Items:dead, joas st. louis, North caicos, parents jail Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Planning for Social 20

first_imgNova: Similar to putting together a balanced financial portfolio, selecting products that align with your aims and means is key. Users have begun to figure out which modes of interaction and storytelling appeal to them most. That includes identifying preferences for how they’d like to interact with the institutional accounts they follow. Social 2.0 will hopefully be about audiences and publishers capitalizing on the due diligence and takeaways produced in phase one. With any luck, the anticipated refocus will also allow for the plethora of clever yet niche social platforms to increase in usage and prominence.FOLIO: What has become most important in New York Magazine’s social media strategy—follower volume or interaction?Nova: Follower numbers are important, but they are only one part of the equation we use to evaluate the strength of our program. We view traffic and engagement as coexisting primary goals, with follower growth closely behind. It’s also critical to make sure that we’re not just recreating the reader experience on social. We want to enhance it, and offer exclusive content that serves, in part, to validate our fans’ commitment to following us on social.FOLIO: What’s next for your social strategy development?Nova: Over the past year, we’ve collaborated with our integrated marketing and ad sales teams to create several dynamic social media activations for our clients. We’ll maintain our focus on that area, as well as on conversion and driving more loyal site visitors via our social channels to cultivate brand ambassadors. Important too is that our writers and editors continue to make notable contributions to the social space.If you’re looking to better understand how your brands can thrive in a converged media landscape, register now for FOLIO: and min’s MediaNext event on October 28-30. Social media has become the key source of referral traffic for media companies and content creators are constantly leveraging their presence on various platforms to invigorate their brands and enhance their communities. Here, Adriana Nova, associate director of social media for New York Magazine, and noted speaker at FOLIO:’s MediaNext event, October 28 to 30 in New York, talks about her strategy for engaging and interacting with a changing social audience.FOLIO Magazine: How do you see social media engagement evolving?Adrianna Nova: I think we’ll see both audiences and publishers hone their instincts for and approaches to pairing the right content with the right platforms. The first wave of the social gold rush was about optics, i.e. to see and be seen on as many platforms as possible to make the point that you were present whether it made sense or not. By now, savvy users and companies have discerned that staking a claim is only part of the equation. If you’re not involved in the conversation in a way that is meaningful and relevant it needlessly saps energy and ROI. Loss leaders in social aren’t generally sustainable, since maintaining an effective social presence takes significant time and resources.FOLIO: Is the social audience changing the way it interacts with different kinds of content?last_img read more

Jennifer Lopez Drops Dinero Featuring Cardi B And DJ Khaled

first_img Facebook Jennifer Lopez’ “Dinero” With Cardi B, DJ Khaled jennifer-lopez-drops-dinero-featuring-cardi-b-and-dj-khaled Hear J-Lo’s new upbeat, bilingual single featuring two of music’s hottest namesNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 17, 2018 – 7:34 am One day after teasing her latest mega-collaboration by revealing the song’s artwork on her Instagram, Jennifer Lopez has now dropped her new single, “Dinero,” featuring Cardi B and DJ Khaled.In her upbeat, bilingual new song, Lopez trades verses with rapper Cardi B, celebrating the desire for — and joy of having — money, with DJ Khaled providing the hype track. The song arrives ahead of its live debut on the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday. Email Jennifer Lopez Drops “Dinero” Featuring Cardi B And DJ Khaled My new single #DINERO ft. @djkhaled and #CardiB is available NOW!!!💰💰💰(Link In Bio)— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) May 17, 2018center_img Twitter News The new single comes just three weeks after Lopez’ Spanish single, “El Anillo,” which dropped on April 27. The singer also released “Us” featuring Skrillex back in February. The GRAMMY-winner’s most recent full-length album is 2014’s A.K.A.Cardi B is having a breakout year with the arrival of her debut album, Invasion Of Privacy, and a staggering list of features to her credit. Not to be outdone, DJ Khaled led all nominees for the BET Awards on the strength of his album Grateful and its single, “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller.Lopez continues her Las Vegas residency through Sept. 29 at Planet Hollywood Resort And Casino. Tickets and other information is available via Ticketmaster.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

VIDEO Wilmington Senior Center Discuss Its New Memory Cafe

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In the latest episode of ‘Let’s Be Candid About Elder Issues,’ Wilmington Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello sits down with her Case Manager Laura Pickett to discuss the Senior Center’s new Memory Cafe.A Memory Café is a special gathering place for those dealing with memory loss and their Caregivers. The “Café” gives the person with memory loss and their caregiver an opportunity to socialize, participate in an activity and make new friends in a welcoming environment.Watch the episode, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Player error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedIT’S OUR TURN: Wilmington Seniors Speak Out In Favor Of A New Senior CenterIn “Government”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”VIDEO: Senior Center Holds Alzheimer’s Association FundraiserIn “Videos”last_img read more

UAA names economics lab after Nobel laureate Vernon Smith

first_imgVernon Smith, 2002 Nobel laureate in Economics (Photo courtesy of UAA)Nobel laureate economist Vernon Smith spent three years at the University of Alaska Anchorage late in his career, and UAA has now named the centerpiece of its experimental economics program after him.Listen nowSmith was a C student in high school, with sloppy handwriting. No one else in his family had been to college. He grew up on a farm in Kansas and helped build B-29 bombers as a teenager during World War II.But Smith worked hard at a local community college, passed the entrance exam at Cal Tech and started reading about economics.“I was really amazed, here are the social sciences, you could do social science in a rigorous way,” Smith said.Smith taught at universities around the country and developed methods for conducting laboratory experiments in economics. Essentially, he created tools that didn’t exist before that have allowed for a much greater understanding of how complex systems and markets are likely to behave in the real world.“So you can do experiments to answer policy questions,” Smith said. “But the first job is to understand that world.”For Smith, understanding and getting to know Alaska started in the mid-1960s, when he visited for seven weeks of camping and fishing.“You know, kind of fell in love with Alaska on that summer trip,” Smith said.Smith returned over the years, and he was visiting Anchorage when – decades later in the early 2000s – a UAA professor asked if he’d be interested in being the first ever Rasmuson Chair of Economics. Smith agreed, but then something happened: That fall he won the Nobel in Economics.Of course, that was great for Smith. But it worried UAA.“Well they thought I wouldn’t come, thought, now, you know, ‘It’s probably off because he’ll be so busy,’ but I didn’t- I still wanted to come,” Smith said. “It was something I wanted to do, and I figured I’d just make time for it.”So with Nobel prize in hand, Smith came to UAA and laid the groundwork for the experimental economics program and the lab there that is now named after him.Over the years, with his connection to Alaska, Smith also watched the state’s own grand experiment play out, as it used its oil wealth to create a permanent fund. He said the fund was a great idea, and a really great model for other resource-rich states or countries.But Smith says 100 percent of that oil tax revenue should’ve gone to the fund, with an income tax to pay for state government. He says Alaskans have so far gotten a “free ride.”If there were a more direct connection between Alaskans’ income and how government is funded, Smith says more people would be more engaged with policy decisions and government officials.“I mean, people think, ‘What difference does it make? You just put it in one pocket and take it out of the other,’” Smith said. “But it goes through some sort of a ballot process, you see, so that governments don’t get access to that free. They’ve got to convince the people that they’re willing to pay taxes in order to support their programs. It’s a big difference.”At this point, years down the road, Smith says an income tax will be a hard sell. And with the Legislature set to again take up the issue, it could be another Alaska economics experiment still playing out.last_img read more

BNP doesnt know if Jamaat defects alliance

first_img.Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami is considering severing its two decades of political alliance with Bangladesh Nationalist party, sources in the alliance have indicated.The Jamaat leaders were learned to have discussed the matter in a few recent meetings, but the major alliance partner BNP or other parties in the 20-party alliance said they are still in dark about any such decision by the Jamaat.Jamaat’s policymaking body Majlish-e-Shura convened meeting twice in January and February where they discussed about starting afresh as a socio-cultural organisation.The party has also changed its constitution to that end, according to party sources. Jamaat leaders, however, are in no way making any public comment about such decisions.Some BNP leaders said they are yet to get any indication from the Jamaat about its exit from the alliance. The Jamaat has not yet shared any such thinking in two meetings of the 20-party alliance following the 30 December election.“I’ve learnt about such a development through the news media. They didn’t inform us anything like that . The BNP doesn’t know anything about it,” said Nazrul Islam Khan, BNP standing committee member and coordinator of the 20-party alliance.Another component of the 20-party alliance, Bangladesh Jatiya Party’s (BJP) chairperson Andaleeve Rahman Partha, too, said they do not know anything about it.He, however, maintained that their alliance would not be affected, should the Jamaat leave.Jamaat’s central executive committee member Ahsanul Mahbub Zobair told Prothom Alo that they discussed about many things in their internal meetings but did not reach any decision.Terming the alliance with the BNP as electoral, Zobair said the Jamaat is now giving full concentration on its own party as the alliance has decided not to take part in any election under the current government.The BNP had formed the 4-party alliance with Jamaat and two other parties including Jatiya Party of HM Ershad in 1999 and which swept the general elections in 2001 although Ershad quit much before the polls. The alliance was extended more than once later with Jamaat remaining a vital component of it.The alliance was defeated heavily by the Awami League-led grand alliance in 2008 general elections.Subsequently, the top leaders of Jamaat were convicted for alleged crimes against humanity during the 1971 liberation war and the party lost its registration with the election commission (EC) by a court order.Since then, the BNP was being pressured by the civil society members and even by the ruling AL to do away with the Jamaat. The BNP-Jamaat combine, however, remains unscathed even after the BNP’s joining of the jatiya Oikya Front led by elderly politician Kamal Hossain.The BNP has long been maintaining that the alliance with Jamaat is not an ideological one; it’s merely electoral.After BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was jailed in February last year, the relations between two parties start souring which culminated in the Sylhet city corporation elections after the Jamaat filed independent candidate defying the BNP and alliance decision.In recently held eleventh general election, a total of 22 Jamaat leaders contested with the BNP’s electoral symbol ‘sheaf of paddy’. But the Jamaat was unsatisfied with the BNP over seat sharing.After the election, Jatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain told an Indian newspaper that he would not have formed the alliance with the BNP, had he known that Jamaat would contest the polls under the umbrella of BNP.As the talks of Jamaat’s quitting of the BNP alliance hit the political arena for last several days, some BNP leaders and pro-BNP intellectuals seem to be happy about such development, if it is true.Former vice chancellor of Dhaka University Emajuddin Ahmed and Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury expressed satisfaction over such development.BNP standing committee member Mahbubur Rahman thinks it will be good for his party if Jamaat finally depart from the alliance.“I always think that the BNP should not take Jamaat in any kind of alliance,” Mahbubur told Prothom Alo.* This report, originally published in Prothom ALo Bangla online, has been rewritten in English by Galib Ashraflast_img read more

The varied colours of life

first_imgAll art enthusiasts can find their way to IHC as Bhiku Ram Jain Foundation in association with Art Mall brings to us the group art show Colour Of Life – 14. The show is a part of their annual All India Art Exhibitions. The exhibition will display the art works of about 70 eminent and upcoming artistes in the discipline of paintings, sculptures, graphics, drawings, photography and digital art from across the country. The works on display celebrate the theme of colourful aspect through an individualistic makeover by the artistes, bringing the hopes, aspirations, achievements and challenges before the participating artistes. The overall effect on the canvas shows graphic detailing and symbolic forms to highlight such ideas. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A set of four unique sandal wood sculptures will be displayed made way back in 20th century by Mali Chand Jangid from Churu, Rajasthan. Eminent artistes like Jatin Das, Niren Sen Gupta, Vijender Sharma, Om Prakash said that the selection of the participants is done by an organising committee where emphasis of selection is based on creating an aura for enhance of colours empowerment which forms as a mission to bring together the largely untouched segments of genuinely art works before a gamut of art lovers who have shielded away from the gallery doors, intimidated by price tags and name droppings thus making it an art-friendly show for artistes and the art lovers alike. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe show will be inaugrated by Prof Rajeev Lochan , Director National Gallery of Modern Art, Prof S N Lahiri, Principal Delhi College of Art, K K Chakravarty, Chairman Lalit Kala Academy , Jatin Das along with Her Excellency Milena Santana-Ramirez, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Bolivarian, Republic of Venezuela along with Andrea Kucerova, Deputy Head of Mission, Political Affairs, Embassy of the Czech Republic.When:1 – 3 JuneWhere: Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat CentreTimings: 11am – 7pmlast_img read more

Ramapada Chowdhury breathes his last at 95

first_imgKolkata: Acclaimed Bengali writer Ramapada Chowdhury, whose story Abhimanyu was made into a Hindi movie Ek doctor ki maut, died at a city hospital on Sunday, his family said. He was 95 and has left behind his wife and two daughters.He was admitted to the hospital on July 21 with old age ailments including lung problem. He died of cardiac arrest at 6:30 pm, a spokesman of the hospital said.Abhimanyu was based on the life and work of Dr. Subhas Mukhopadhyay who created India’s first and the world’s second test-tube baby in 1978. Director Tapan Sinha turned the story into a award winning Hindi film Ek doctor ki maut in 1990. Mrinal Sen’s Hindi film Ek din achanak (1989) was also based on Chowdhury’s story Beej. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeChowdhury had penned famous literary works such as Pratham Prahar (1954), Banpalashir padabali (1960), Ekhoni (1969), Kharij, Bari badle jay (1988), Abhimanyu (1982). He was conferred the Sahitya Academy award for Bari badle jay in 1988.Born on December 28, 1922 at Kharagpur, Chowdhury’s most active years were between 1950s and ’80s. His last book, Harano Khata was published in 2015.Many of his works had also been made into critically acclaimed Bengali films. He was also the recipient ofRabindra Puraskar, Ananda Puraskar and Rabindranath Tagore Memorial International Prize.last_img read more

Need of the hour is to conserve water stop its wastage CM

first_imgKolkata: The state government will observe July 12 every year as “Save Water Day”, according to a tweet uploaded by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media on Saturday.A rally titled “Save Water Save Life” will be organised on July 12 at 3 pm from Jorasanko to Gandhi Statue in which Banerjee will also take part. The state government has urged the NGOs, clubs, various organisations and students to participate in the procession. In the tweet, Banerjee expressed concern over the sharp fall in the groundwater level and global warming. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe tweeted: “Due to extreme depletion of groundwater and inadequate availability of surface water several states like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Gujarat are reeling under severe water scarcity. Finally water to drink has become a huge challenge in many places. In West Bengal a review was done and it was found that groundwater level was a point of concern in some blocks.” The state government is doing constant monitoring and three lakh water bodies have been dug under the flagship project “Jal Dharo, Jal Bharo”. Around 500 check dams have been constructed and 41,000 acres of land have been brought under irrigation in water scarce areas of Jangalmahal and saline areas of the Sunderbans under the “Jal Tirtha” programme. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateShe further mentioned: “The need of the hour is to conserve water and stop its wastage and misuse. Also finding ways to develop and adopt highly sustainable water use systems and policies.” It may be mentioned that Mayor Firhad Hakim has proposed to introduce rainwater harvesting in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) area. He has urged people not to waste water. The KMC will install meters to find out the usage of water. Steps have been taken to stop wastage of water through leaks that have come up on the KMC water supply line. The KMC is planning to set up a separate zone to wash cars with unfiltered water. It may be mentioned that there used to be a pumping station to lift unfiltered water at Mallickghat off Burrabazar, which is almost defunct now. The unfiltered water was used to clean roads and for washing purposes. Every household had tanks to keep unfiltered water. In New Town, awareness campaigns to conserve water will be held on July 12. The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) conserves 30 gallons of filtered water every day by recycling wastewater which is used to water roadside trees and gardens.last_img read more

MondoHub Master USB Hub One Hub 28 USB Ports to Rule Them

first_imgIncludesMondoHub Master USB HubPower adapterQuick install guideOriginal value: $79.99 | Wcctech Deals: $55.99 at 30% discount Share Tweet Submit Yes, the MondoHub is truly one hub to rule them all, adding 28 USB ports to any PC or Mac. Got a bunch of USB devices to plug in but only one free USB port? You’ll love MondoHub Master USB Hub. Featuring four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports for lightning fast data transfer or charging, plus with automatic overcurrent protection, you can’t overwork this hub.Head over to Wcctech Deals and get the MondoHub Master USB Hub for just $55.99.30% off MondoHub Master USB HubAdd 24 USB 2.0 & 4 USB 3.0 ports to your computerOrganize cable clutter better with hub-to-PC side panel portsSwitch any port on or off depending on which you’re using at a given timeProtect your devices with automatic overcurrent protectionRecharge devices or instigate rapid data transfer in the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 portsDetails & RequirementsCertifictions: FCC, CE, RoHS24 USB 2.0 ports4 USB 3.0 portsTransfer speeds: 1.5/12/480 Mbps/5 GbpsUp to 500 mA powerDimensions: 0.9″H x 9″W x 4.4″DWeight: 354 gPower adapter input: 100 -240 V, 50/60 Hz, 1.6 A maximumPower adapter output: 5 V / 4 ACompatibility: USB-enabled PC or Mac system, Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, Mac OS X 10 or later, Available USB 2.0 or 3.0 portlast_img read more

Eclipse announces support for Java 12

first_imgLast month, the team at Eclipse announced that Eclipse now supports Java 12. What are the latest changes in support with Java 12 Updated project compliance and JRE Eclipse comes with project compliance and JRE updated to 12 that changes the current project to be compatible with Java 12. Preview features Users can enable preview features in Java 12 by selecting Preferences > Java > Compiler > Enable preview features option. Users can further configure the problem severity of these preview features. Set enable preview features The issue with the Enable preview features option in preferences has been resolved. Configure problem severity of preview features Configure problem severity is now provided to update the problem severity of preview features in Java 12. Default case has been added Add ‘default’ option is now available to add a default case to the enhanced switch statement in Java 12. Missing case statements An option to add missing case statements has been provided for the enhanced switch statement in Java 12. Java Editor In the Java > Editor > Code Mining preference, users can now enable the Show parameter names option which will show the parameter name in method or constructor calls. Java views and dialogs An option to control the comment generation while creating or is now available. To know more about this news, check out the post by Eclipse. Read Next Eclipse 4.10.0 released with major improvements to colors, fonts preference page and more Eclipse IDE’s Photon release will support Rust What can Blockchain developers learn from Eclipse Attacks in a Bitcoin network – Koshik Rajlast_img read more

Spring Kicks Off Early for Some Housing Markets

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News The “spring” buying season does not necessarily wait for spring to arrive. Trulia’s latest look at the U.S. housing market shows homebuyer interest in January and February is up 2 percent from the annual average since 2011, a trend that has paved the way for robust March-to-July buying interest.Along Florida’s west coast and in the Phoenix/Tucson area, pre-March buying is already in full swing, said Jed Kolko, Trulia’s chief economist. Home search activity in Cape Coral-Fort Myers is 22 percent higher than the national average in the first two months of the year, and activity in the Northport-Sarasota-Bradenton metro is 17 percent higher. Tucson, West Palm Beach, and the Daytona Beach area also are above 10 percent over national averages.El Paso, Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix, Kansas City, and Charleston round out the top 10 metros where early-year buying activity is hottest.Unsurprisingly, early-winter search activity is slowest in harsher climates, particularly in the upper Northeast. But activity is surprisingly slow in some warm-winter environments, such as Honolulu and Houston, Trulia reported. These markets tend to see much-improved activity as March and April roll in.According to Kolko, these delayed markets do not necessarily see delays due to weather. Almost across the board, activity is slow between Christmas and spring in pricier metros, such as coastal California and Hawaii. Additionally, lower-cost metros have an early start to the housing season even within metros, Kolko said.Search activity picks up more at the start of the year in more affordable neighborhoods than in more expensive neighborhoods, generally regardless of the metro’s overall activity. Meanwhile, higher-priced neighborhoods tend to have slightly shorter house-hunting seasons that pick up in earnest from March through June.Any dips, however, are in the mid-to-low single digits.”No markets are as far below the annual average for home search activity in January and February as the west coast of Florida is ahead,” Kolko said.Indeed, according to Trulia, no downswing in activity is worse than 5 percent lower than the national average, this figure occurring in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, region and in Seattle. Long Island, Honolulu, San Francisco (three historically pricey metros), Syracuse, Houston, Buffalo, Rochester, and Hartford are all 3 to 4 percent lower than the national average.Kolko chalked up the increased early-year activity in less-pricey markets to investors looking for foreclosures.”Their housing demand is less seasonal,” Kolko said. “Investors tend not to hibernate as much as conventional buyers do in the winter months.” Share Trulia 2015-02-06 Scott_Morgancenter_img February 6, 2015 519 Views Spring Kicks Off Early for Some Housing Marketslast_img read more

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