CBI files 5 cases against HAL official, others

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation has registered five cases against a senior manager of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and others for allegedly causing a loss of more than ₹13 crore to the public sector undertaking.The agency has alleged that Bhaben Maitra, Senior Manager (Finance) at HAL’s office in Odisha, siphoned off the funds in conspiracy with other employees by using forged documents between 2013 and 2017.The first case pertains to alleged misappropriation of ₹13.11 lakh by the accused official in 2013, in league with two contractual workers and two private contractors. Another case involves ₹1.86 crore, in which the same modus operandi was used by accused persons, while in the third case they allegedly siphoned off ₹1.71 crore.In October last year, the agency had registered a case against Mr. Maitra for alleged embezzlement of ₹5 crore using forged bills, work orders and invoices.last_img read more

Davis thinks his foul woes ‘cost’ Taipei the game vs Gilas

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ LATEST STORIES “Towards the end, my last foul was a guard driving to the basket with nobody guarding him,” Davis said after finishing with 20 points and nine rebounds.It was a sorry defeat for Chinese Taipei, which shot 9-of-24 from downtown.“Gilas is very strong with their guard play, so we knew this was gonna happen. That’s just something we gotta work at,” said Davis.Chinese Taipei are now 0-2 after getting blown out by reigning Fiba Asia champion Australia to begin its campaign but Davis said that his team shouldn’t be discouraged and instead, look at its current situation as a reason to get better.“Gilas played their heart out. But I’m very proud of us because we never did give up. We really kept it close, we gave up some late 3-point shots in the end, but overall, we gotta let this be learning lesson for us, and hopefully, we’ll prepare to get them back when they come to Taipei,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Gilas Pilipinas’ Kiefer Ravena drives and draws Chinese Taipei’s Quincy Davis’ fifth foul. Davis fouled out with still 1:59 remaining in the game. Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERChinese Taipei center Quincy Davis III said that one of the keys to Gilas Pilipinas win over the Taiwanese was the performance of its guards.“The Gilas guard play, the way they attack the basket was very tough for us,” Davis said.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Antetokounmpo downplays spat with assistant coach Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Taipei gets another crack at the Philippines sometime in June next year. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Davis was instrumental in the visitors jumping to an early 17-3 lead that silenced the crowd inside Smart Araneta Coliseum, He poured in 10 points in the opening frame alone.But Davis got into early foul trouble and he wasn’t as dominating since with Gilas center June Mar Fajardo and guard Jayson Castro playing aggressive throughout the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I got in foul trouble early, just major mistakes that really hurt us. I think my defensive fouls really cost me and the team,” said Davis, who sat on the bench for the majority of the third period after picking up his fourth foul when he tried to spin around Fajardo.Davis was then whistled for his fifth and final foul while trying to stop a driving Kiefer Ravena with still 1:59 left. View commentslast_img read more

Ind vs NZ 1st Test preview: Will Dhoni use Sehwag to fill middle order gap created by exit of Dravid, Laxman?

first_imgTill a few months ago, India’s middle order looked rock solid in the longest format of cricket. However, with the departure of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, Indian selectors and the team management have been short of ideas as far as their replacements are concerned.However, the solution might already be there in Indias playing XI. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni might look to Delhi batsman Virender Sehwag to anchor a solid role in the middle order rather than using him in his usual role as an opener as India take on New Zealand in the twp-Test series beginning in Hyderabad on Thursday.Sehwag can bring solidity to the middle order if he curbs his natural playing instincts. In fact, Sehwag had himself expressed his desire to bat in the Indian middle order earlier this year.No doubt, Sehwags solid starts have been central to shaping many a wins for Dhoni’s Devils in the longer version. However, the exit of highly dependable Dravid and crisis manager Laxman has left a big hole in India’s batting order.And the onus is on the team management to either plug the gap in the middle with youngsters like Cheteshwar Pujara and Suresh Raina or offer Sehwag his much sought after slot at 5 or 6.Dhoni, in his media address ahead of the opening Test against New Zealand, had said that India would miss the two top batsmen, but he also insisted that the youngsters needed to step up to fill the gap.The presence of Mumbai’s Ajinkya Rahane could provide India an opportunity to experiment with the Gautam Gambhir-Rahane combine at the top against the inexperienced Kiwis.advertisementSehwag’s record as an opener stands testament to his prowess with the new ball. However, for a batsman who started off with a debut Test century batting at number six on a hostile Bloemfontein track in South Africa in 2001, one cannot deny Sehwag’s utility as a middle order batsman.While it has been a catch-22 situation for Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher, if the explosive Sehwag can prove his mettle lower down the order against the Kiwis it would certainly lend some much needed strength to India’s batting mix.Moreover, the move could provide India some much-needed dependability and experience in the middle before the more dangerous Englishmen and Aussies come calling.Teams (from):India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane, Subramaniam Badrinath and Piyush Chawla.New Zealand: Ross Taylor (Capt), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Daniel Flynn, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum, Tarun Nethula, Jeetan Patel, Tim Southee, Kruger van Wyk, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.Match Starts at 9.30 AM IST.last_img read more

Video: Dez Bryant Says Cowboys Aren’t Hazing Ezekiel Elliott, They “Need His Mind Right”

first_imgDez Bryant seen on TMZ sports.Despite 2016 being running back Ezekiel Elliott’s first season in the NFL, don’t expect the Cowboys rookie to be picking up any massive dinner checks this offseason. With the playoffs in mind, they want the former Ohio State star’s head to be clear of distractions. On Tuesday, TMZ Sports posted this great video to YouTube of Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant saying that the Cowboys don’t playfully haze rookies anymore and that Elliott will escape the tradition altogether because they “need his mind right.”With so many weapons on the field it’s easy to see why. The addition of Elliott behind one of the best offensive lines in the country provides endless possibilities in Dallas. Bringing balance to the potent offense could really open things up for Tony Romo.last_img

Film Industry Contributes $1.2 Billion to Local Economy

first_img Miss Robinson pointed out that this was the first time the figure had exceeded $1 billion, noting that the expenditure is the value of the budget that international productions spend in Jamaica. Film Commissioner at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Renée Robinson, says the local film industry performed remarkably for the 2017/18 financial year, contributing a record $1.2 billion in film production expenditure to the local economy. Story Highlights Film production expenditure, which relates to the value of the production budget that comes into the island to offset the services rendered, shows that for the 2017/18 fiscal period, some $1.2 billion was allocated, up from $745 million in the previous year, representing a 65 per cent increase. Film Commissioner at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Renée Robinson, says the local film industry performed remarkably for the 2017/18 financial year, contributing a record $1.2 billion in film production expenditure to the local economy.Film production expenditure, which relates to the value of the production budget that comes into the island to offset the services rendered, shows that for the 2017/18 fiscal period, some $1.2 billion was allocated, up from $745 million in the previous year, representing a 65 per cent increase.Miss Robinson pointed out that this was the first time the figure had exceeded $1 billion, noting that the expenditure is the value of the budget that international productions spend in Jamaica.“So, this would be to hire cast, crew, drivers, rental of equipment, anything that is part of the production process that is being spent in Jamaica,” she added.Some 124 international film productions took place over the period and generated 2,781 jobs.Miss Robinson explained that the Commission is able to differentiate and segment the types of productions that are shot on the island by tracking through the film registration process.“Documentary productions led the genres, with 35 documentaries filmed in Jamaica over the period, up from 17 in the previous year, and TV productions followed with 24, up from 15 in 2016/17,” the Film Commissioner said.Three feature films were shot on the island: ‘Yardie’, directed by Idris Elba; ‘Like Father’ and ‘The Intent 2’.For the first time, a webisode production was filmed in Jamaica.“We also had some high-profile productions filmed in Jamaica over the period, including ‘Caribbean’s Next Top Model’, and we were fortunate enough to shoot the entire season. We also shot an episode of ‘The Amazing Race Israel’ and an episode of ‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’,” the Film Commissioner informed.Other prominent productions included the ‘Pretty Bird’ music video for Beyoncé and Jay-Z; ‘Perfect Places’ music video by Lorde, and ‘Candice Patton’ by America’s Next Top Model celebrity guest judge, Kelly Cutrone.“So, there has been quite a bit of activity in the local film industry as we tracked the various international productions that come into the island and the local personnel and services that they utilise for their projects. We are committed to improving our tracking and monitoring strategies,” Ms. Robinson said.The Commission is mandated to promote the Jamaican film industry through facilitation of activities that increase investment, export and employment in the sector.last_img read more

StoltNielsen Sees Drop in Net Profit

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed shipowner Stolt-Nielsen reported a net profit of USD 22.2 million in the third quarter of 2016, down from USD 37.8 million seen in the second quarter of the year.Revenue for the period slightly decreased to USD 474.1 million, from a revenue of USD 478.9 million reached in the previous quarter.The company said that the net profit for the first nine months stood at USD 90.3 million, compared with a net profit of USD 111.3 million recorded in the same period a year earlier, while revenue for the respective periods was at USD 1.41 billion and USD 1.48 billion.“Stolt-Nielsen’s third-quarter results were mixed. Stolt Tankers’ results were held down by weak summer demand, combined with the impact of Chinese production cutbacks and a weaker clean petroleum products (CPP) market, which pushed swing tonnage into the chemical tanker markets. As expected, the result was a reduction in volume with a corresponding softness in spot freight rates,” Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer of Stolt-Nielsen Limited, said.Stolt Tankers reported a drop in operating profit to USD 31.4 million, compared with USD 45.3 million, reflecting lower deep-sea rates and reduced COA volume, and a loss on bunker hedges of USD 0.5 million, compared with a gain of USD 6.5 million in the prior quarter.Stolthaven Terminals’ operating profit was at USD 14.8 million, up from USD 13.8 million, mainly due to improved operating performance at its wholly-owned terminals. As marginally lower trading results were offset by higher income from joint ventures Stolt Tank Containers’ operating profit was unchanged at USD 10.7 million, according to the company.“It is difficult to forecast what the year ahead may bring. Volume growth has not kept pace with supply-side growth, a situation made more acute by the recent influx of CPP swing tonnage. On the demand side, the weak return volumes from China and the Far East are likely to continue,” Stolt-Nielsen said, adding that they believe the decline in rates and the margin squeeze “will soon bottom out.”last_img read more

Canada allies to discuss whether to start intercepting North Korean vessels

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada and its Korean War allies will sit down in Vancouver next week to mull ways to tighten the screws on North Korea — including whether to intercept North Korean shipping.U.S. State Department officials confirmed that China and Russia were not invited to Tuesday’s meeting, which Canada is co-hosting with the U.S. in response to North Korea’s recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests.Instead, only those countries that deployed troops as part of the United Nations during the Korean War between 1950 and 1953 have been invited to participate in the discussions, which China has blasted as “Cold War thinking.”More than 25,000 Canadians served as part of UN Command during the war, of which 516 died. Canada was one of 17 countries to contribute troops to the UN force.The Vancouver meeting is expected to put a heavy emphasis on finding ways to crack down on the many smuggling and money-laundering schemes that Pyongyang has employed to sidestep sanctions and pay for its nuclear program.The Trudeau government has provided little information in the days leading up to the Vancouver summit, despite being a co-host, and appears to be instead consumed with the threat of a trade war with the U.S.But Brian Hook, director of policy for U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said the plan is to come up with concrete ways that Washington and its allies can strengthen the “maximum-pressure campaign” on North Korea.One of the options to be discussed, he said, would be naval interdiction to stop North Korean smuggling.“We will be discussing with our partners and allies the kind of steps that we can take on maritime interdiction and to be disrupting funding and disrupting resources,” Hook said during a briefing in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.“And maritime interdiction helps us to disrupt resources and then the financial side helps us to disrupt the financing of their nuclear and missile program.”Western security officials have accused Russia and China of exporting oil to North Korea in recent months, which would be a violation of UN sanctions.Both countries have denied the charges, but the reports have nonetheless put a spotlight on the importance of maritime trade and smuggling to the North Korean government’s continued survival and weapons development.Any agreement on naval action against North Korean shipping could result in the deployment of Canadian warships and other naval vessels into the area, and is certain to spark anger and threats from Pyongyang.But it could also put Canada, the U.S. and their allies at further odds with China, which has opposed the Vancouver meeting and warned that it will hurt — not help — efforts to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea.“The current situation in the Korean Peninsula is very complicated and sensitive,” Chinese foreign ministry Lu Kang said this week, according to a transcript from the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa.“All parties should work to defuse tensions and promote dialogue, rather than blindly resort to pressure and isolation.”Hook, meanwhile, defended the decision not to invite China and Russia to Vancouver, which State Department under-secretary Steven Goldstein later said was made in conjunction with Canada.Some have questioned what progress can be made without two of North Korea’s most important neighbours, but Hook said the meeting was not intended to replace other efforts involving China and Russia.“This ministerial will enhance and strengthen all of the efforts underway to achieve our policy goals,” he said.“China has the same policy goal in terms of ensuring that North Korea does not become a nuclear-weapons state and acquire the means to deliver a nuclear warhead.”The meeting comes as North and South Korean officials have held their first talks in several years, raising fresh hopes that a diplomatic solution to the crisis can be achieved.But while Canada and the U.S. have welcomed the Korean discussions, Hook said they were unlikely to change the agenda of the Vancouver meeting or result in a short-term softening of sanctions.“We believe that the North Koreans are starting to feel the bite of a global pressure campaign,” he said.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

The Mets Hot Streak Should Carry Into September

The New York Mets are on some kind of tear right now. With a 9-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night, the Mets have won 21 of their last 29 games — a run that dates to July 25 and the handful of player acquisitions the team made before MLB’s trade deadline.The biggest catalyst for New York’s sudden success has been a vastly improved offense. Over that red-hot 29-game stretch, they’re averaging 6.2 runs per contest, or 46 percent more than the National League average.1After adjusting for park effects. By contrast, the Mets were scoring just 3.4 runs per game before their hot streak began, or 11 percent below the NL average. New York’s shift from ranking 26th in park-adjusted runs per game2Indexed relative to the league. through July 24 to No. 1 in the month-plus since is by far the biggest offensive turnaround any team enjoyed over that span:But how much of this improvement should we expect the Mets to retain going forward? To get a general sense of how much regression to the mean tugs on scorching August performances like those of the 2015 Mets, I gathered Retrosheet data on all MLB teams in the expansion era3Since 1961. and measured how much of a team’s August scoring-index boost (relative to its scoring index through July) carried over into September and October.4Including regular-season games only. The effect was slight, but significant: About 21 percent of a team’s August hike in scoring rate is “real,” in the sense that it can be expected to continue into subsequent months.And the Mets have reason to believe they can hang on to more than 21 percent of their offensive gains. One of their trade-deadline pickups, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, leads the team in offensive runs above average over the past 30 days. So at least part of New York’s scoring surge is due to talent they’ve added since July (as opposed to existing players simply hitting better, which is less sustainable). And, as our friend Jonah Keri pointed out Monday, the Mets also have the easiest schedule in baseball over the remainder of the season.Combine it with New York’s 86 percent probability of making the playoffs, and the Mets are looking like a far more credible World Series threat than they were earlier in the season. read more

Lauderdales presence helps OSU swat away competition

Somebody asked Ohio State center Dallas Lauderdale if he was happy with his performance in Friday’s win over California, a game in which the junior blocked seven shots. Before he could answer, junior guard Jon Diebler gave his two cents. “I like having him back there,” Diebler said.It seems clear that this OSU team doesn’t need a lot of points from the center position, with all of the scoring coming from other positions. If his performance Friday was a sign of things to come, Lauderdale is ready to be that dominant defensive presence the Buckeyes need.“Coach [Thad Matta] always tells me to own the paint,” Lauderdale said. “Anything in the paint, offensively and defensively, is mine. I really take that to heart and that’s what I need to do.”Lauderdale said that mentality was not something that came right away. He said he didn’t own the paint as a freshman or for most of his sophomore season. It was not until the end of last year, Lauderdale said, that he really began to understand his role on the team.“We need a post presence to just go hold down the post and open things up for the wings so that they can do what they do,” Lauderdale said. “Owning the paint is going to open things up for the wings. [The other centers and I] can’t just fade into the background.”With Lauderdale returned from a hand injury, the Buckeyes have regained the low post presence that was lacking in his absence. Kyle Madsen and Zisis Sarikopoulos sufficed as temporary replacements, but neither has the defensive prowess of Lauderdale. With Lauderdale back, Diebler said the Buckeyes have confidence in their second line of defense. “If I get blitzed, my man Dallas is back there,” Diebler said. “Just having a guy, a threat back there and knowing that he can not just block shots, but alter shots, it gives you that much more confidence on defense.”Lauderdale’s development as a shot blocker is encouraging, Matta said, and he has adapted an ability to keep the ball in bounds after a block.Last season there were a number of times Lauderdale would block a shot into the second or third row of the stands, and although the thunderous blocks were a sight to see, they allowed the opposition to retain possession. Now, Lauderdale seems to have changed his style. “He had a block against Cal where he blocked the ball back in bounds, which is a huge step,” Matta said. “I actually saw in his eyes, when he saw that he could block it he realized he could deflect it back in bounds. Those are little things that hopefully we continue to expand on.”Lauderdale acknowledged that in the past he might have had a flair for the dramatic. But now, after studying some of the game’s greats, he has become the shot blocker Matta wants him to be. “I pay attention to old school blockers such as Bill Russell, how he always kept it in bounds,” Lauderdale said. “I’ve also been watching Dwight Howard and how he just catches it. Instead of swatting it into the stands I might try and catch one.” read more

Carragher back Salah for the POTY

first_imgJamie Carragher believes that Mohamed Salah should be rewarded for his fantastic season by being voted as the Player of the year in the Premier League as he will have to fight for it against Kevin De Bruyne.The former Fiorentina and AS Roma player has scored 29 goals in this Premier League’s season so far and Jamie Carragher believes that it is enough to top over Kevin De Bruyne in their race for this award.The former Reds defender spoke about Salah as he said, according to 101 Great Goals:“All season I thought De Bruyne would win it.”“About a month ago I said that Salah was on De Bruyne’s coattails but now I honestly think he’s gone past him.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“He scored four against Watford, got the late winner at Palace and then scored home and away against City.”“What Salah is doing is unprecedented. Ronaldo is the only player who has scored that number of goals from playing out wide.”“Even Thierry Henry, possibly the greatest player ever to grace the Premier League, only got 39 goals in his most prolific season ever. That shows the kind of company Salah is in.”“He’s still got five Premier League games left and potentially three more in the Champions League.”“Salah has to win Player of the Year now. You’d be hard pushed to make a case against him.”last_img read more

DP representing TCI at CARICOM Government meeting Guyana

first_imgThere will be some familiar faces at the 28th heads of government meeting, including Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon Fred Mitchell. Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp “The meeting is expected to focus on the effects on the economic climate on member states of the Caribbean Community and framework by which the Community can achieve growth and development amidst the current environment. Additionally, the issue of crime and security is top among the three broad area that are up for discussion.” Aside from the plenary sessions, during the two-day conference, DP Astwood is expected to hold bilateral talks with CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador, Irvine LaRocque and region leaders including one with Minister Mitchell. The intercessional meetings wrap up today. #MagneticMediaNewscenter_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 17, 2017 – Regional security is a major topic at the 28th Intercessional meeting of CARICOM being held in Georgetown, Guyana at the Marriott Hotel and the Turks and Caicos is represented with a delegation led by Border Control minister and Deputy Premier, Hon Sean Astwood. Crime, gun violence and border control are all major matters shared as concerns and challenges among regional countries. Minister Astwood, who left a couple of days ago for the meeting is hailing it as a great networking opportunity and in a media release today shared the value of the sessions to CARICOM states and their developments – both as a community and individually. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Seward PD Seek Public Assistance In Locating Shoplifter

first_imgAnyone with information is asked to contact the Seward Police Department at (907) 224-3338 with any information. Reference case #19-2042. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Seward Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identify a shoplifter from a case that occured in Seward on July 9.According to SPD, the suspect may be driving a green 1993 Oldsmobile Bravada with a spider-webbed windshield and a storage rack on the back (Alaska License JMM914).last_img

SELECTMEN NEWS Committee Created To Propose Changes To Annual Town Meeting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Changes may be on the way for Annual Town Meeting, but not anytime in the immediate future.At Monday’s meeting, Selectman Mike McCoy asked his colleagues to put an article on this year’s Town Meeting warrant asking voters to change the dates of the Annual Town Election and Annual Town Meeting. McCoy noted the recent Bylaw Review Committee, which he served on, was supportive of changing the date of Annual Town Meeting.Under McCoy’s proposal, the Town Election would fall on the third Saturday of March and the Town Meeting would fall on the fourth Saturday of March. McCoy felt turnout would increase with less conflicts predicted in late March as compared to early May, when First Communions, spring youth sports, and yard work are all in full swing.While his colleagues didn’t necessarily dismiss the idea, they opted not to support it. Instead, Selectmen unanimously agreed to form a Town Meeting Review Committee on the suggestion of Town Moderator Robert Peterson, Jr.“I have no opposition to moving Town Meeting… but I ask the board when moving the date, that you consider taking a holistic approach to the issue of Town Meeting,” Peterson told the board. “I do strongly suggest the Town consider doing some sort of Town Meeting Review Committee…. There are things we can look at to speed the process along, whether it be consent agendas or electronic voting…”“I think Mr. Peterson’s idea is a great idea,” responded Selectman Jonathan Eaton. “I’d rather a solution come from the community than this board. I don’t want to make a change now and then have to change it again next year. My preference is to start a committee as soon as possible and solicit feedback. There’s a lot of good in the survey we’ve conducted, but we have a lot of questions that we need to do some more digging on.”“I agree. Let’s have a review committee. But let’s add a caveat that they need to have something decided in time so we can put something on warrant for next year’s meeting. Let’s get it going now so it’s ready for next year’s warrant,” agreed Selectman Ed Loud.“I’d be inclined to develop a subcommittee and for them to come back and give us a report on which way to go,” concurred Selectman Kevin Caira.The makeup of the Committee is yet to be fleshed out, but it sounded like each Selectman will appoint three members to a 15-member committee.All Selectman also seemed unanimous in their desire to keep the Town Meeting on Saturday, as opposed to moving it to a weeknight or multiple weeknights.“I’m concerned about seniors, some of which are less likely to drive at night,” pointed out Selectman Greg Bendel, who was also cool to the idea of a March Town Meeting. “I worry about a March Meeting. We had 5-6 snow days at school last March. We’d still be running into winter weather. What would happen if Town Meeting were to get snowed out, which unfortunately is a possibility in New England in March.”“This is an impossible problem to try to solve. 23,000 people live in Wilmington,” added Selectman Eaton. “There’s always going to be a conflict… A lot of the themes I saw [in the town meeting survey] was that weeknights weren’t good for seniors, but weekends were tough for parents.”Town Manager Jeff Hull cautioned that moving the Town Meeting too early in the year would create issues for the town’s budget process.“The Governor doesn’t present his budget [which includes state aid, the town’s second largest revenue source] until the end of January. If we have a Town Meeting at the end of March, I have to present the budget to the Board of Selectmen at the end of December, well before the Governor’s,” explained Hull. “It just creates a greater level of uncertainty when putting the budget together.”“Clearly we had some past Town Meetings – like the new high school vote – where a significant amount of people showed up. To some measure, [attendance] is a function of what the topics are at the Town Meeting,” Hull later added. “When people really want to turn out – hockey rink, new High School, new Middle School — people turn out when there are issues that they want to be heard on. I’m not sure that any particular date is going to solicit a groundswell of interest.”Any date change would need Town Meeting approval and then require an act of the State Legislature.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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSelectmen & Residents Are Ready To “Fix” Annual Town Meeting, Possibly Move It From Saturday To 2-3 WeeknightsIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Clerk Concerned With Moving Town Meeting To March; Review Committee To Be Appointed SoonIn “Government”ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE GETS TO WORK: 20 Building Projects Happening In Town RIGHT NOWIn “Business”last_img read more

Road block in protest at AL leader arrest

first_imgPro-AL transport workers block road near Hathazari bus stand protesting at arrest of a local Awami League leader on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloChittagong’s road communication with Rangamati and Khagrachhari was cut off as transport workers blocked the Hathazari road in Chittagong on Sunday protesting the arrest of a local Awami League (AL) leader.Police on Saturday late night arrested Ctg district (North) AL member and general secretary of northern district bus owners’ association, Manjurul Alam Chowdhury, after he shot a man in the leg at the Railway Officers club following an altercation.Kotwali police station officer in-charge (OC) Jasimuddin said Manjurul is still in custody following the incident as the victim is yet to file any complaint.The transport workers gathered at Hathazari bus stand area at around 9:00am in the morning as well as in the areas like Chittagong University gate no 1, Islamia Haat, Madan Haat, Jaamtal, Taria, and Nayahat, blocking the road communications of the port city.last_img read more

YouTube Music Unveils Ones to Watch Artists in the UK

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 YouTube has revealed the 10 music artists from the U.K. who it says are the ones to watch in the coming year. The roster is headed by singer-songwriter Mahalia, and each of the “Ones to Watch” will feature on a dedicated playlist on the YouTube music app.“YouTube has a really long history of being a springboard for artists such as Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa and Stormzy,” said Azi Eftekhari, head of music partnerships at YouTube U.K. “The YouTube Music app launched earlier this year, and we thought this was a good opportunity for us to share more widely the artists we have an eye on for 2019, and who we think are going to really shape the U.K. music scene.”Mahalia, who will release her debut album in 2019, is YouTube’s top pick of the 10 chosen artists, with the remaining nine listed in no particular order. The featured artists are already gaining traction on YouTube: Mahalia’s “Sober,” for example, has had more than 20 million views. Popular on Variety center_img Eftekhari said the criteria for selecting the “Ones to Watch” included subscriber numbers, engagement and growth, but entailed more than just crunching the viewing numbers.“Layered on top of that, it is really us looking at, creatively, are we excited by the artist, do we think there is a buzz about them in the industry,” she said. “And also looking at the visual element of what they are doing, because all of these artists are expressing themselves through visuals as well as audio, so they are very uniquely YouTube artists.”Mahalia said she “grew up watching YouTube.” She added: “The platform has helped me grow and build a real, personal fan base in the U.K. and around the world while never compromising my creativity.”The list also includes singer-songwriters Grace Carter and Sam Fender and rappers Kojey Radical and Slowthai. The others are Octavian, L-Devine, Dermot Kennedy, Samm Henshaw and Jade Bird.last_img read more

Rep Lucido committee off to busy start in Lansing

first_img The first six months of the 2017-18 House session have been busy for state Rep. Peter Lucido, of Shelby Township, as he has submitted 55 bills for review by his fellow legislators to help move Michigan forward. The majority of his bills have been assigned to the House Law and Justice Committee, which Lucido serves as vice-chair.“Anybody who knows me knows already that I like working hard – hard and smart,” Lucido said. “And as a licensed attorney, the law and seeing justice done have been part of my everyday focus for decades. This committee works diligently in making Michigan safer, but does so in a responsible way for our fellow citizens.”Nineteen bills sponsored by Lucido have been assigned to the committee, and five have advanced to the House floor. Altogether, 102 bills have been submitted to the committee with 30 being voted out, helping decrease the number of drunken drivers on state roads, improve protections of children, give victims of human trafficking a chance to get their lives in order, add protections for courtroom and corrections officials and extend domestic violence protections to family pets.“Our committee has also had multiple presentations focusing on ‘Safe and Secure Rehabilitation,’ which has provided insight into our state’s criminal justice system especially in prisons,” Lucido said. “Our goal as a committee is to reform our criminal justice system, so gaining this added insight will help us over the coming months.”Collectively, four of Lucido’s bills have been signed into law – giving Michigan’s citizens the option of using a paper or electronic proof of registration, increasing juror pay in civil and criminal court proceedings, and allowing expert testimony in human trafficking cases.“We’re off to good start in Lansing, but that’s just it – it’s a start,” Lucido said. “We’ve got a lot to do over the next 18 months or so.” 05Jul Rep. Lucido, committee off to busy start in Lansing Categories: Lucido News,Newslast_img read more

Settop vendor Humax is expanding its presence in

first_imgSet-top vendor Humax is expanding its presence in the residential gateway market, with the acquisition of a 21.98% stake in MMC Technology.Humax has acquired an additional 8% stake in the residential gateway provider, making it the majority shareholder. The set-top specialist said it would us the investment to advance its home gateway server technology, develop a next generation set-top box platform and expand the company’s business activities in the residential gateway market.Humax and MMC Technology also plan to enter emerging market where demand for residential gateway products is increasing as internet penetration grows. Humax then plans to expand its business to the US, Latin America and other European markets. MMC Technology’s products have to-date focused on the Korean domestic market.CEO of Humax, Dae-Gyu Byun, said, “For more than 15 years, MMC Technology has accumulated and established technological expertise in the residential gateway market. This advanced know-how will become leverage for us to find a new market for our home gateway server, which is the next-generation set-top box.”last_img read more

JeanMarc Denoual at The Future of Broadcasting co

first_imgJean-Marc Denoual at The Future of Broadcasting conferenceFrance-based OTT TV service Molotov has passed the milestone of one million, according to Jean-Marc Denoual, the outfit’s chief operating officer and co-founder.Molotov, which launched in France a year ago, is currently available free of charge. “Our strategy is to start the subscription model in the second half of this year,” said Denoual, speaking at Marketforce’s The Future of Broadcasting conference yesterday.The company plans to start marketing pay TV actively when it reaches a certain number of subscriptions, said Denoual, who described Molotov is “a distributor”.He said the strategy is to open up the platform up to all who want to be on it. The company is focusing on signing up movie packages and non-exclusive pay TV packages. It is talking to Canal+, but this is “complex”, said Denoual.He said Molotov is not providing SVOD because it wants to focus on the TV experience, meaning a mix of live OTT TV, replay and premieres of upcoming shows.Molotov launched last July on Apple devices, adding iPhone in September. The company launched in Android in December, and is also available on smart TVs.Cloud DVR was launched in December after the company negotiated deals with content suppliers.Denoual compared Molotov’s freemium model to gaming. “The strategy is like a gaming strategy. We want to attract the maximum number of people as fast and possible and then start subscriptions,” he said.Denoual said that the idea was to create a new TV experience and distribution platform to help content providers win back a younger TV audience.“We tried to rethink the way to present TV,” he said. “We provide a single experience aggregated with all channels with EPG in the cloud and some additional features.”Molotov’s founders ­– Canal+ founder Pierre Lescure, Jean-David blanc and Denoual – previously spent over a year trying to convince free TV channels to make their content available on the platform.Denoual said that Molotov had the intention of reinforcing rather than undermining channels by pointing people to them on the basis of the content they want to watch.last_img read more