Moroccan Killed in Navy Shooting is 20YearOld Woman

Rabat- While firing on a migrant boat trying to cross the Mediterranean between M’diq and Fnideq, the Moroccan navy killed one of the migrants, a 20-year-old woman.The young woman, identified as “Hayat B,” reportedly died at the scene after she took a deadly shot while aboard a Spanish go-fast boat. The boat was controlled by a Spanish national.Moroccan electronic news outlets based in the north, Chamal Post, reported that the woman had lived in the Jebel Dersa neighborhood in Tetouan and attended the Abdelmalek Essaadi University of Law campus in Martil, a town on the Mediterranean. Three other Moroccans on the boat, named as Lahabib (26), Hamza (25), and Mouad (32),were also wounded in navy gunfire and are currently being hospitalized in M’diq-Fnideq prefecture.Chamal Post reported that a “special source” from Moroccan authorities said the migrant boat did not respond to the navy’s warnings, so the navy resorted to gunfire.  The incident is the first known time that the Moroccan navy has fired at a migrant boat.Authorities justified the navy, saying the migrants were not “clearly visible,” and that the Spanish helmsman was arrested, pending an investigation.Lately, Morocco has become strict with attempts at irregular migration to Europe, especially in the north.Moroccan maritime police stopped hundreds of Moroccans trying to escape for Europe from a beach in Martil on Saturday night, September 22.A video of the incident shows migrants franticly making their way back to the shore to escape police.Disappointed, many Moroccans wishing to migrate protested that night, chanting the slogan: “The people want free herga [irregular migration]!”Police have also deployed security barriers at the entrances to northern cities like Tangier and Tetouan to stop migrants from leaving for Europe.According to a statement from Morocco’s National Observatory for Human Rights (ONDH) on Monday, security services in Tangier and other northern cities and towns like Martil have arrested young Moroccans and sub-Saharans trying to escape to Europe.They then transported the migrants back to their home cities under strict supervision.“Hundreds of young people in Martil flood to the town’s shores with the hope of migrating irregularly across the Mediterranean,” ONDH emphasized.Moroccans account for 13 percent of the undocumented migrants who attempted to reach Europe in 2018 (7,100 Moroccans).The Spanish Ministry of Interior indicated that more than 250,000 undocumented Moroccans are currently living in Spain, with close to 5,000 identified as “unaccompanied minors.” read more

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Government wants consensus on Constitutional Assembly

The Deputy Minister invited all political parties to share their views on the proposal and reach a consensus for a new Constitution.Speaking earlier, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) asked as to why the vote on the Resolution is being delayed. The Government says it wants consensus on the proposed Constitutional Assembly and it is for this reason that it is allowing the proposal to be debated in Parliament.Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith P Perera said that the Government could have used its 2/3rd majority to have the Resolution on proposal passed in Parliament. However he says the Government decided against that move and instead is seeking the support of all political parties in Parliament for the Constitutional Assembly. “We want to reach a consensus on the matter. The Government is committed to unite the country and not divide it,” he said. JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that his party is ready for the vote at anytime and the delay to take the vote gives the impression that there is a division in the Government on the proposal.Tamil National Alliance leader and opposition leader R. Sampanthan urged all political parties to back the process to create a new Constitution.The Sri Lanka Freedom Party said that it supports the Resolution and added that several amendments proposed to the Resolution by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party have been accepted. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Conference Board finds Ontario pension plan will be good for economy in

Conference Board finds Ontario pension plan will be good for economy in long run by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 22, 2015 12:54 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 22, 2015 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Conference Board of Canada says the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan will mean long-term increases in income that offset the small negative effect on the economy over the near-to-medium term.In a cost-benefit analysis of the Liberal government’s pension plan, the Conference Board says the increase in mandatory savings initially results in a period of reduced household spending as pension contributions lower family income.The negative effect on Ontario’s GDP in the near term is partially offset by the fact that individuals are expected to reduce their RRSP contributions when they start paying into Ontario’s pension plan.The Conference Board — an independent, not-for-profit applied research organization — says the impact on overall real GDP is also offset by a fall in imports as less household spending is used to buy foreign goods and services.Expected decreases in Employment Insurance and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board payroll premiums “further mitigate the short-term economic impact” of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.Mitzie Hunter, the province’s associate finance minister, says the report clearly shows Ontarians and the province’s economy will be better off under the Ontario pension plan, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017.The Conference board says in the long term, the impacts from the ORPP “are entirely positive” because benefits paid from the plan will exceed contributions.“The report reinforces earlier analyses from experts like former Bank of Canada Governor, David Dodge, and reiterates that, over the long-term, the ORPP would add billions to the Ontario economy by ensuring that future retirees have adequate savings for retirement,” Hunter said in a statement.The Liberals want anyone who doesn’t have a workplace pension to be enrolled in the ORPP, which will require mandatory contributions of 1.9 per cent of pay from employers and a matching amount from workers — up to $1,643 a year from each.The Progressive Conservatives warn this is the wrong time to hit employers with what they call a payroll tax in the form of pension deductions for each worker.The Conference Board says by 2045, real disposable income in Ontario would be higher than it would have been without the ORPP. Retirees would spend the extra income from the ORPP benefits, which would spur economic activity.By 2093, real disposable income would be $19.4 billion — or 1.2 per cent — higher than it would be without the ORPP. Some of the large increase in domestic savings would be reinvested in Ontario’s economy, boosting business investment.The higher consumer and investment spending results in real GDP being $9.6 billion higher by the end of the forecast period than it would be without the ORPP.“We estimate that … the creation of the ORPP will generate $39.7 billion in GDP over the forecast period from 2017 to 2093,” said the Conference Board.“Even after accounting for the fact that Ontario residents place more value on income earned in the near term than they would on income earned decades in the future, the ORPP still has a strong positive effect on Ontario households.”The report concludes that the design of the Ontario pension plan will benefit members through lower average financial management costs, the sharing of market risk and eliminating the risk of outliving one’s savings, a significant worry for many.“As the Conference Board shows, members of the ORPP could see higher rates of return than if they invested on their own,” said Hunter.Ontario always maintained it would prefer an enhanced Canada Pension Plan instead of creating its own pension, but a meeting of federal-provincial finance ministers this week pushed back debate on the CPP until another meeting in about a year.———Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter read more

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Clock ticking down on final decision for 36B Pacific NorthWest LNG project

Clock ticking down on final decision for $36B Pacific NorthWest LNG project by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 25, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 25, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Time is running out for the federal government to decide on whether to approve the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, which could open the way for one of the largest infrastructure investments in Canadian history.The legislated deadline for a decision on the Petronas-led, $36-billion liquefied natural gas project on British Columbia’s north coast is Oct. 2, following numerous delays in the review process including a three-month extension earlier this year.The project has drawn intense scrutiny, both for the carbon emissions it would cause, and for the potential impact the $11.4-billion export terminal on Lelu Island, south of Prince Rupert, B.C., would have on the fertile wild salmon habitat.The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency released a draft environmental report in February that found the project would not result in serious harm to fish habitat. However, its report also stated carbon dioxide emissions totalling 5.3-million tonnes a year from the LNG facility, and another 6.5-million to 8.7-million tonnes from collection and transportation of the natural gas, would pose a significant ecological threat.Since then, the CEAA has been working to produce a final report with attached conditions, taking into account information provided by Petronas and over 34,000 comments from the public on the draft report, CEAA spokeswoman Karen Fish said in an email.Once a final report is complete, it will be up to federal cabinet ministers to decide whether the project will cause significant adverse environmental effects, and if it does, whether those effects are justified.Fish said the government of Canada intends to make a final decision within the legislated time frame of Oct. 2, though because that falls on a Sunday, the deadline is actually pushed to Oct. 3.The pending decision comes as the Trudeau government tries to balance the competing pressures of meeting climate change goals and allowing major energy projects to move forward.Petronas, meanwhile, has to balance its own interests to decide whether to go ahead with the project.Last year the Malaysian state-owned energy company said it would move forward with a positive final investment decision if the federal government approves the project — but in August it stated that it would have to reassess the project once approval is given.“Upon the finalization of the report, we need to conduct a total review of the proposed project prior to tabling it to the project’s partners for a final investment decision,” Petronas said.The potential investment decision comes as the global LNG market continues to be weighed down by a glut of supplies from new projects, and the low prices that have come as a result.But AltaCorp Capital analyst Dirk Lever said he’s starting to see the first signs of a recovery, or at least that a bottom of the market might have been reached, which would be good for Canadian projects.“If the overall market is looking better, then Canadian prospects could be improving,” said Lever.He added, however, that Petronas would have to be quite confident about the Pacific NorthWest LNG project before committing the billions of dollars required to make it happen.“A decision is going to be delayed and delayed until as such time as they have much greater clarity, and they feel a lot more confident,” said Lever.Besides the financial uncertainty, the company still has to finalize agreements with the Lax Kw’alaams First Nations on whose traditional territory the export terminal will sit.Members of the community have been vocal critics of the project in the past. However, in a community poll in August, two-thirds of the 812 Lax Kw’alaams members who voted were in favour of continuing to pursue LNG development in their traditional territory.In a letter to the community, Mayor John Helin said the vote was only part of the process, and the community was still determined to protect Lelu Island and the salmon habitat.“We have not moved on our position about the environment. It is still our number one concern,” said Helin.Follow @ibickis on Twitter. read more

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The AliFrazier Battle Of Internet Chess Is Happening This Week

You’re reading Back of the Envelope, an experiment that aims to bring shorter, quicker content to FiveThirtyEight. Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian chess grandmaster and No. 1-ranked chess player in the world, is just over two weeks away from defending his world championship in New York City. It’ll be a grueling test, with hours-long games spread out over 19 days, but Carlsen will be the heavy favorite. But rather than poring over potential opening moves or studying the intricacies of endgames, he’s heading to the internet to play some speed chess.Thursday, Carlsen will play Hikaru Nakamura, the four-time U.S. chess champion, in Chess.com’s online Grandmaster Blitz Battle final, which the site is billing as the Ali vs. Frazier of online chess. In the world championship for chess with “classical” time controls, each player gets at least 100 minutes for all his or her moves. But Thursday’s blitz battle will feature a series of games wherein the players get just 5 minutes, 3 minutes and, finally, 1 minute per side.According to the latest FIDE list, a ranking that uses Elo ratings and in-person results, Carlsen and Nakamura are the second- and third-best blitz players in the world, respectively. (China’s Liren Ding is No. 1.) But according to Chess.com’s newly developed Computer Accuracy & Precision Score (or CAPS), Nakamura may have a slight edge in speed games over the world champion. CAPS is based on a comparison between the humans’ actual moves and the moves deemed best by a computer.You can watch the match, starting at 1 p.m. Eastern, on Chess.com and Twitch. And if you can’t wait, here’s an appetizer — the two grandmasters playing a private speed game in a hotel room a few years ago: Share on Facebook read more

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Restaurants swapping out sprouts for kale on Christmas menus after shortage of

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. Restaurants are swapping brussels sprouts for kale on their Christmas menus, suppliers have said, after a hot summer caused a shortage of the traditional British brassica.The long, freezing winter followed by a record-busting heatwave left many plants parched, and farmers have reported low crops of many vegetables, including Brussels sprouts.Vernon Mascarenhas, a trader from Nature’s Choice at New Covent Garden market, said there will “definitely not be enough brussels sprouts to go around.”Because of this, restaurant menus are changing to accommodate the lack of sprouts, and being forced to feature kale instead.While sprouts hate long, dry summers, the UK’s kale crop thrived, meaning it is a good substitute for the Christmas table.Mr Mascarenhas said: “We are going to have a real problem with Christmas because of brussels sprouts – they just haven’t grown.“There will definitely be a shortage, and they will be more expensive and there won’t be enough to go around for sure.”It’s starting to cause a big problem because restaurants are having to adjust their Christmas menus as they don’t have the produce.”They will be using kale instead and other forms of cabbage. It’s been a very good year for kale. The weather the sprouts didn’t like, kale did like.”Another seasonal vegetable which has been hit by the lack of rain is the sumo pumpkin. The large pumpkins, which are favoured by carvers, did not grow and instead the market is flooded with small and medium sized pumpkins – which are good for soup but don’t make much of a statement on the doorstep.Mr Mascarenhas added: “”Those are the ones that you would do big carvings with, the size of a spaceball.”Most of them have grown but they haven’t grown into the big ones.”We have lots of medium and small pumpkins.” read more

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Archos accuses French government of trying to stunt national tablet industry with

first_imgTablets are the next big thing in technology, and so it’s natural that governments want to get their taxes in on them before they hit big. You’d think, though, that governments would want to promote tablet makers in their own country by reducing taxes on domestically produced slates while hiking taxes for foreign-produced models.Not so with the French, though! Les grenouilles legislators are considering imposing a new tablet tax that would affect all tablet models that have at least 40GB of internal storage as part of French “private copy” taxation which imposes extra fees on digital media like blank CDs, DVDs and USB thumb drives.AdChoices广告Tablets don’t have a lot in common with blank media, but that’s not stopping legislators from trying to push a law through that would add up to $16 to the cost of an iPad or even an Android tablet like the Galaxy Tab.Here’s where it gets weird though: while French lawmakers want to tax devices running iOS or Android, they don’t want to tax Windows 7 tablets, ostensibly because that’s a “full” OS instead of a mobile one.Even if that made sense — and it doesn’t — it actually penalizes one of the most notable French tablet makers, Archos, who work exclusively with Android. Archos is now accusing the government of discriminating against French enterprises while kowtowing to US and Japanese firms, and as proof, point to the fact that they paid over three million euros in private copying taxes in 2009 alone. Hard not to see their point.Read more at Techdirtlast_img read more

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Klopp Out of form Firmino doesnt need a break

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists there are no concerns over Roberto Firmino ahead of tonight’s Champions League game at Red Star BelgradeThe Brazilian striker has only found the net once in nine games, amid suggestions that he could be in need of a rest.Aside from playing more Premier League games than any other player since the start of last season, Firmino had been actively involved in Liverpool’s run to the Champions League final.He also represented Brazil at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.But Klopp remains unconcerned over Firmino and claims that he remains a key member of the squad regardless of his lack of goals.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“No. He’s hard-working, sometimes better, sometimes a bit less, but good. That’s how it is,” Klopp told reporters on YouTube.“It will be all fine for sure. If he didn’t score in the last few games then… one in nine? All competitions? Didn’t he score against Red Star? That was the one goal he scored? Okay, good.“I am not concerned. Things like this happen. He is a very important player for us. I was not really happy with our defending first half in London and he was involved in that. That’s what I’m talking about.“In the end, everything will be fine. We know about these situations. Sometimes it is clicking easier than in other moments, that’s all. There are no concerns.”The Group C game between Red Star and Liverpool will begin at 18:55 (CEST).last_img read more

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Bahamas PM says new Constitutional Bill will remove temptation for political interference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 19, 2017 – Nassau – The establishment of an independent Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in The Bahamas will ensure – among a number of things — that the State’s prosecutorial functions are insulated from Executive direction, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis told a gathering of Commonwealth Attorneys-General, Law Ministers and Senior Officials on Monday.Prime Minister Minnis said the Bill should also remove the “temptation” for political interference in the administration of the criminal justice system.The Bill for An Act to Amend the Constitution of The Bahamas to provide for the Establishment of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and For Matters Connected Thereto (Long Title) was tabled in the House of Assembly Wednesday (October 18, 2017).   The Short Title is the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2017.By virtue of the creation of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Bill seeks to confer all powers relating to criminal prosecutions previously vested in the Attorney-General, to the Director of Public Prosecutions.Certain functions now being performed by the Office of the Attorney-General, such as the power to issue a Fiat authorizing commencement of legal action in sensitive matters, or a Nolle Prosequi, will be transferred to the Director of Public Prosecutions.  The establishment in law of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, was part of the legislative package promised in the Speech From the Throne in May.Addressing the Opening Session of the Meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers and Senior Officials at Baha Mar Resort, Prime Minister Minnis told delegates that it was “inspiring” to see the emphasis that was being placed on the independence of the judiciary as a separate branch of Government.“Here in The Bahamas, we have had a recent case in which the constitutional limits of the courts and Parliament collided,” Prime Minister Minnis said.   “It is therefore important that we give recognition to principles that will ensure that there is no intrusion on the province of the courts.“Closely aligned with this is the need to ensure that the State’s prosecutorial functions are insulated from executive direction and to remove the temptation for political interference in administration of the criminal justice system.“We are introducing in law, an Independent Director of Public Prosecutions which was one of the recommendations of our Constitutional Commission and one of the commitments made by this Government,” Prime Minister Minnis added.By: Matt Maura (BIS)last_img read more

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MISSING WEDDING BAND Keep An Eye Out Around Elias Or TewksburyWilmington Elks

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — A Wilmington senior recently lost his gold wedding band while at Elia’s Country Store or the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Lodge in Tewksbury. He’s had it for over 60 years! If found, please call his daughter Liz Sullivan at 978-808-5172.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… RelatedOBITUARY: John “Jack” Whitman, 72In “Obituaries”Tewksbury-Wilmington Emblem Club To Hold Cootie Party & Sundae Fundraiser On August 4In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, August 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Birthdays of senior citizens celebrated

first_imgKapra: Combined birthday celebrations of senior citizens were held on a grand note at Senior Citizens Welfare Association in Kamala Nagar on Wednesday. Local corporator Pavani Reddy participated as the chief guest. She felicitated senior citizens with mementos and shawls.She wished them they would continue their life journey in the pink of health. She said she would always be available for any kind of help for them. Narsing Rao, Eshwaraiah, Anjaneyulu, Ruguma Reddy, Esupadam, Satyanarayana Murthy, Venkateshwar Rao, Shanker Reddy and others were present.last_img

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Box Office Collection Kamal Haasans Uttama Villain Beats Shruti Hassans Gabbar is

first_imgKamal Haasan’s “Uttama Villain” and Shruthi Haasan’s “Gabbar is Back” was released on 1 May in US box officeFacebook/ Uttama Villain/ Gabbar is BackIndian cinema saw a different feat on 1 May when latest releases of father–daughter duo, Kamal Haasan and Shruti Haasan, clashed at the box office. While Kamal’s “Uttama Villain” faced glitches ahead of its 1 May release in India, Akshay Kumar-Shruti Haasan’s “Gabbar Is Back” had a smooth opening at the box office all over the word.At the overseas box office, “Uttama Villain” made a grand opening on 1 May and this is well reflected in the film collection.In the US, father Kamal Haasan’s flick has surpassed daughter Shruti’s “Gabbar Is Back” in terms of box office collection.According to popular film portal Bollywood Hungama, Tamil film the first weekend box office collection in the US of “Uttama Villain” is ₹2.96 Crore and Bollywood flick “Gabbar is Back” is in second position with weekend collection of ₹1.31 Crore.It should also be noted that the Akshay Kumar–Shruti Haasan starrer was being shown on more screens than Kamal Haasan’s movie this weekend. “Gabar is back” was shown in 107 screens, whereas “Uttama Villain” in 98 screens. This is a clear indication that Kamal Haasan’s flick is a step ahead when it comes to any other Indian release this weekend in the US.Meanwhile in India, “Gabbar is Back” is breaking record one after another and leads in opening weekend box office collection. But business figures if “Uttama Villain” in India is still awaited as the film managed its release only by 2 May matinee show here.Kamal Haasan’s “Uttama Villain” faced cancellation of shows on 1 May and 2 May as the makers had to sort out financial issues with financiers in the last minute of release.The star cast of “Uttama Villian”, directed by Ramesh Aravind, also include late filmmaker K Balachander, Andrea Jeremiah, Pooja Kumar, Urvashi, Jayaram, Parvathy Nair, Parvathi Menon, Nassar, MS Bhaskar, Chithra Lakshmanan, Ananth Mahadevan, and Shanmugarajan.last_img read more

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Satellite rights of Wazir Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 could be lower

first_imgGAZAB , DILWALE TV RIGHTS SOLD FOR 60 CRORES HIGHEST EVER #GeruaFastest5mViews @taran_adarsh— SRK HATERS KO MAARO (@SRKswarrior1) November 20, 2015The worldwide box office collection of “Dilwale” was Rs 306.10 crore, while that of “Bajirao Mastani” stood at Rs 347.57 crore till the end of the fourth weekend. TwitterHindi film production houses and distributors selling satellite and television rights of their movies for whopping amounts, as has in the past, may not continue in the current year. This could affect the revenue of entities like Eros International Media, 30% of whose earnings comes from selling film rights to movie channels.”Bajirao Mastani”, globally distributed by listed entity Eros, reportedly sold the satellite rights of the Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone-starrer for Rs 35 crore, according to Business Standard. Earlier, trade analyst Taran Adarsh had said MSM had acquired the TV rights of Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Dilwale” from Red Chillies Entertainment for Rs 60 crore, besides agreeing to jointly produce content for films and television.Another blockbuster, “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” starring Salman Khan earned about Rs 50 crore under a five-year deal between the actor and Star India Network, while the music rights (sold to T-series) have fetched around Rs 10 crore.But these could be aberrations and may not recur. In 2015, there was a 40% decline in rates for satellite and television rights of Hindi films, according to Mint.The report said new Hindi film channel launches pushed prices up. Aggressive buying made business sense for channels as these movies drove television rating points (TRPs), translating into increased advertisement revenues.But not many TV channels are expected to be launched in 2016, and therefore, satellite rights of even box office hits may see softening of rates, giving leeway to channels to drive a hard bargain.Also, box office hits are not necessarily successful when aired on TV channels, the Mint report added. “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” was a box office success, earning Rs 188 crore, but generated TRP of a meagre 0.2. The Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone-starrer was acquired for Rs 25 crore.Paradoxically, the lesser known film”Ramaiya Vastavaiya” garnered just above Rs 36 crore at the box office but registered a TRP of 2.5 when shown on television, the report said.The trend could hit a major revenue stream for distributors and producers, like Eros and other production houses. The company derives about 30% of its revenues from these rights, with theatrical rights contributing 38% and the rest coming from overseas sales.Eros recovers the entire production cost of movies before they are released in theatres by selling music rights, satellite rights and 39% guaranteed cost recovery from its parent for international distribution, according to an update by ICICI Direct last August.Hindi movie channels largely comprise of Sony Max, Star Gold, Zee Cinema, Movies OK and &pictures.It would be interesting to see how the latest set of movies such as “Wazir” and “Kya Kool Hain Hum 3” end up when they sell their satellite rights. “Wazir” features Farhan Akhtar, Aditi Rao Hydari, Bejoy Nambiar, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan, while “Kya Kool Hai Hum 3” has Tusshar Kapoor, “Bigg Boss 9” contestant Mandana Karimi, Aftab Shivdasani as lead characters.Meanwhile, shares of Eros International have been going downhill ever since “Bajirao Mastani” directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali was released on 18 December, 2015. The price was Rs 260 on the day and closed at Rs 202 on 15 January, 2016. During trading, the stock almost touched its 52-week low of Rs 198.95.Shah Rukh Khan’s “Dilwale” was also released on 18 December.MSM and Red Chillies Ent ink strategic alliance. To co-produce TV, digital and film content. TV rights of #Dilwale also acquired by MSM.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) November 20, 2015last_img read more

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Treasure trove KMC unveils online archive of information about Kolkata its history

first_imgKolkata: Now everyone will be able to access authentic information about Kolkata and its history from any part of the globe by a simple mouse click.The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has unveiled the website of its archive www.kmcarchive.in to enable people across the world gather information about the City of Joy simply by logging onto the website. The website was inaugurated by Mayor Firhad Hakim on Saturday. “KMC is the only municipal corporation in the country that has an archive of its own. The website of the archive is surely a new feather in the cap of the civic body,” Hakim said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe website will be of immense benefit to those who want to pursue research activities about Kolkata and how it has evolved through the passage of time. It contains information about the Mayors of Kolkata since its inception, their works for the development of the city, the similarity between the residences of the United Kingdom and Kolkata, how the city was founded and so on. “If somebody wants to have additional information about any specific content Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bosein the website, he/she would have to write an e-mail and necessary input will be provided,” a senior official of the civic body said. It may be mentioned that people from different parts of the world have a curiosity about Kolkata’s history and heritage. There have been instances of researchers from Boston, Cambridge, Oxford and other universities coming to the civic body’s archive section, seeking information about the city. “Now, people don’t need to come physically. Information can be accessed right from their homes at the click of a mouse,” the official maintained. The archive section has set a target of uploading information about nearly one lakh subjects related to Kolkata on its website. The archive of KMC had started its journey on February 3, 2015. It has been named after scholar Amol Home, the first editor of the Calcutta Municipal Gazette, the publication of which started on November 15, 1924. The archive contains documents, charts, maps, drawings and paintings of early Calcutta, various articles like history books on Kolkata, photographs of persons and places of interest, newspapers, street list (1889 – 2014), civic receptions, list of heritage buildings, etc.last_img read more

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Printing from Tablet PCs Made Easy

first_imgJune 13, 2011 How Success Happens Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A number of small-business owners are buying tablet computers such as the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab as low-cost, portable alternatives to notebook computers. Tablets can be loaded with easy-to-use mobile applications that manage business tasks such as emailing and file saving.But when it comes to printing business documents, tablet PCs can present a challenge. Most tablets do not come with much by way of printing capabilities, and when they do, they are usually limited to specific devices.While apps can be downloaded from the iTunes Store or Android Market, some can be hard to use. What’s more, printers and adapters that can accept content directly from tablets can be pricey and time-consuming to set up.The good news is that printing from your tablet doesn’t have to be difficult, as long as you know how to get your tablet to connect to the specific printers in your office. Here’s a list of options that can help minimize the struggle of printing from a tablet PC, as well as some thoughts on the positives and negatives for each:Tablet Printing AppsHow they work: A number of mobile apps — including PrintBureau ($14.99), Print n Share ($8.99) and PrintDirect (free) by EuroSmartz Ltd. — offer convenient printing capabilities from a tablet computer. If you are using a wireless printer, most mobile printing apps will search for that device. If the device is a USB-connected printer, you’ll most likely need to install a separate printing utility on your desktop or laptop that connects your tablet to the printer software on your traditional computer.The positive: Once installed, most apps let you print directly from the application you’re using, such as Apple’s mobile word processing app called Pages or email. Many also come with extra features for organizing files or printing from cloud storage services such as Dropbox.The negative: Getting your tablet device to communicate with your printer isn’t always easy — especially if you’re printing from a desktop using one of the print utilities. Make sure to read the set-up instructions for the app, printer and printer software carefully. There can be a number of potential conflicts, such as an app that’s not compatible with your type of printer.Related: The Arrival of Web-Based PrintingCloud-Based PrintingHow it works: Services such as Google Cloud Print offer a free alternative to mobile apps by letting you put your Google Docs on a cloud-based server and print from there.To use Google Cloud Print, you’ll need to enable the application as part of an existing account for Google’s suite of online office products and then carefully go through the set-up process. This process can vary depending on which printers, browser and printing software you are attempting to use. And remember, the printer the printer you use must be connected to the Internet.The positive: Cloud-based printing is flexible and easy to use. Also, it allows you to print documents using numerous printers without requiring you to install individual apps or drivers.The negative: It doesn’t capture all of options for presenting information. For example, advanced printing features such as zooming and scaling an image to page — features you’d generally find on a desktop or laptop — are not fully supported.In the case of Google Cloud Print, you must print through an active Google account, import content into that account as a document and print from there. This usually requires bypassing your regular email or word processing client, if you are running Microsoft Office Outlook or other office software tools.Also keep in mind that cloud printing is still a niche solution. As of now, only Hewlett Packard’s line of ePrint printers fully supports Google Cloud Print.Related: BlackBerry’s New Tablet Not Ready for Prime TimePrinting from a Bluetooth Wireless ConnectionHow it works: Most tablets come with Bluetooth wireless capabilities built in. Bluetooth is the technology headsets use to connect to cell phones wirelessly. Just as with a headset, a Bluetooth-enabled printer can be “paired” with a properly configured tablet. That is, each can be told to find each other and connect as a normal PC and printer. Once enabled, printing from a tablet is direct and fast.The positive: You can print directly without the occasional app-related troubles.The negative: Printing is available only within a limited distance between printer and device. Bluetooth printing also doesn’t offer much control over print jobs in terms of copies and collation, among other things.Also, if you don’t have a Bluetooth-enabled printer, you’ll need to purchase a Bluetooth adapter. These usually cost about $30.Bottom Line: Printing from your tablet device doesn’t have to be difficult — it should be a convenience. Just make sure to take everything step-by-step. Tablet printing is still a work in progress.Related: A Tablet PC Buyers Guide 5 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Nowlast_img read more

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Sandals Foundation celebrates 10th anniversary The work is far from over

first_img Travelweek Group Thursday, March 21, 2019 Posted by Sandals Foundation celebrates 10th anniversary: “The work is far from over” Sharecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Sandals Foundation, Sandals Resorts, Volunteering MONTEGO BAY — Sandals Foundation is celebrating 10 years of goodwill in the Caribbean, and is now promising to double down on its efforts to protect the environment and bring together local communities over the next decade.“Our goal has always been simple – to unite the Caribbean region, elevate its people and protect its delicate ecosystem – and I am so proud of how far we’ve come in our first decade,” said Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International and President of the Sandals Foundation. “To build on our momentum and bring even more awareness to importance of supporting the Caribbean, we are tapping into the power of social media to launch a campaign to galvanize the world to join in our efforts.”The hashtag #FaceTheCaribbean encourages guests across the 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts to help change the face of the Caribbean for generations to come, whether through donating towards a particular project, participating in the Pack for a Purpose program, purchasing items from Caribbean Artisan Collections available in the Sandals and Beaches Resort Shops, or through voluntourism excursions such as the Reading Road Trip.Since its inception in 2009, the Sandals Foundation has worked with an extensive network of donors, volunteers, partners and social media activists to build schools, outfit computer labs and libraries, foster youth engagement through sports programs, manage marine protected areas, offer free medical, dental and eye care and much more.It has worked with 578 schools across the region to promote literacy and technological advancements, as well as award scholarships to deserving students. It has partnered with CLEAR Caribbean to establish restoration programs inside Saint Lucia’s Soufriere Marine Management Area and trained local stakeholders to build, install and monitor two coral nurseries. And it has also launched the Women Helping Others Achieve (WHOA) program, an initiative aimed at positively impacting marginalized women across the Caribbean through vocational training, counseling, agricultural programs and more.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthTo date, the foundation has raised $11,182,955, impacting well over 850,000 people in the region, with the overall dollar amount of projects and programs implemented valued at over $58 million.Moving forward, the Sandals Foundation will be placing special emphasis on the environment, with investments already made towards supporting marine conservation and environmental awareness. These include:Floating Classrooms: This unique program brings children face-to-face with the marine ecosystemBoscobel Sanctuary & Whitehouse Fish Sanctuary: In partnership with the government of Jamaica, the foundation has established and manages the sanctuaries to combat the effects of overfishing along Jamaica’s coastlineEndangered Species Conservation: The foundation has provided education and resources to protect important species including the Grenada Dove, Sea Turtles and Parrotfish, as well as worked with land-based organizations to protect fauna and flora including the Lansan treeOn the importance of preserving the environment, Heidi Clarke, Executive Director of the Sandals Foundation, said: “The Caribbean Sea connects more than 700 islands and coastlines, which is a source of livelihood for thousands of people. The role we all play in supporting protected areas and teaching the next generation the importance of caring for their precious environment is crucial now more than ever. The Sandals Group of companies and Sandals Foundation have intensified our efforts by reducing plastic pollution through our operations and in our communities as well as ensuring we engage all the key stakeholders in our efforts.”More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Last year, in partnership with Oceanic Global, all 19 Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts eliminated the 21,490,800 single-use plastic straws and stirrers used across the resorts each year, along with plastic laundry bags and plastic bags throughout gift shops. As of Feb. 1, 2019, all resorts have also eliminated Styrofoam.Although the Sandals Foundation has made tremendous progress in the region, the work is far from over, it says. It is committed to engaging 100,000 people in environmental protection and conservation over the next 10 years, which involves working with schools to integrate marine education in their lesson plans, spearheading hands-on field trips to protected areas, and engaging residents in coastal communities on proper solid waste management programs.In line with its mission to reduce waste, the foundation will also provide school children in the region with reusable lunch kits to reduce their dependence on Styrofoam.And another pledge from the Sandals Foundation: to strengthen the resilience of coral reefs in the region by planting 30,000 coral fragments onto reef systems over the next 10 years. As part of this initiative, locals will receive training in coral restoration, and guests at Sandals and Beaches Resorts will be able to participate in coral planting dives.For more information go to www.sandalsfoundation.org.last_img read more

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Qantas launches Next Generation Checkin Neil Perry menus

first_imgQantas has officially launched its Next Generation Check-in as well as a new Neil Perry designed domestic food and wine program. “Next Generation Check-in has now opened in Sydney and Perth and is already dramatically reducing domestic check-in times for customers allowing them to move through the check-in area with increased speed and ease,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce announced. “In addition to Next Generation Check-in, Qantas has made changes across the entire domestic experience with the most significant changes to the Business Class offering, both inflight and on the ground.” “Qantas invented Business Class travel in 1974. We have set standards both nationally and internationally and we’re now raising the bar once again.”“The introduction of Neil Perry designed menus means our domestic Business Class offering has been aligned to that of international Business Class –it’s now one premium standard.” Neil Perry menus have been matched with fantastic wines and will now be enjoyed by Qantas passengers inflight and throughout Qantas Business Lounges. “Our new menus are more contemporary, seasonal, and adventurous and will change weekly,” Mr Joyce said. “We have kept the food offering simple –classic with a contemporary feel and more appropriate to the time of day with great emphasis on freshness and choice,” Qantas Consulting Chef Neil Perry said. In Economy Class and in Qantas Clubs, customers will also enjoy new Neil Perry influenced menus, which will include a greater range of hot options and premium breakfasts. Mr Joyce concluded,“Qantas customers can now check-in via their mobile phone, pre-select seats, check-in and pass through premium security lanes, enjoy more food and wine and be treated to enhanced levels of service both inflight and in the lounges.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

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Home Sales Increase as Buyers Avoid Rising Rents

first_img 2017-03-09 Mirasha Brown Home Sales Increase as Buyers Avoid Rising Rents March 9, 2017 659 Views in Headlines, News, Originationcenter_img Share As rents in some areas continue to rise, people are beginning to realize that home ownership might be a better choice. Three Florida economists say this truly is a good time to buy a home in most U.S. cities. Research on this issue was performed by Ken Johnson, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University; William G. Hardin III, Ph.D., Florida International University; and Eli Beracha, Ph.D., Florida International University. Together, these economists author The Beracha, Hardin & Johnson (BH&J) Buy vs. Rent Index. “This is great news for home ownership and the financial returns to ownership,” said Johnson, a real estate economist who is an associate dean of graduate programs and professor in FAU’s College of Business. “We are not where we were in 2012, when nearly any purchase was a sound financial decision. However, overall, we are now in a situation where aggressive marketing from sellers combined with due diligence and sound negotiation from buyers is creating a housing market that’s more in line with what we’ve seen historically.”The latest BH&J Index comes on the heels of the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which found that home prices rose 5.8 percent year over year, the highest annual increase since June 2014.The BH&J Index is designed to signal whether current market conditions favor buying or renting a home in terms of wealth creation over a fixed holding period in a particular market relative to historical market conditions and alternative investment opportunities. The index summarizes 23 major metropolitan housing markets and the U.S. real estate market as a whole (represented by the member index metropolitan areas). In order to arrive at the index value for each location and each point in time, the index conducts a “horse race” comparison between an individual that is buying a home and an individual that rents a similar quality home and reinvests all monies otherwise invested in home ownership. The end results of each comparison are calibrated to yield a value between -1 and 1. The comparison between buying and renting considers many factors including, but not limited to, rent-to-price ratio, mortgage rates, expected rate of inflation, real past stock market long term returns, long term rent growth and housing price appreciation, costs associated with maintenance and property taxes, homeownership tax benefits, transaction costs and average homeowners’ duration between relocations.The major goal of the BH&J Index is to provide information on the health of housing markets around the country enabling consumers, real estate market professionals, developers, lenders and housing policy makers to make more informed decisions.Both indexes incorporate property appreciation from housing markets around the country, but unlike Case-Shiller, the BH&J Index adds additional rental, maintenance and alternative investment data streams, among others, to indicate when and why housing markets might be changing direction.These latest numbers show that 15 of the 23 cities in the index are solidly in buy territory, while another five are only marginally in rent territory. Only three cities—Dallas, Denver, and Houston—present scores that are worrisome in terms of local housing market conditions. “The scores for Dallas, Denver, and Houston have worried us for some time now,” said Beracha, co-author of the index and assistant professor in the T&S Hollo School of Real Estate at FIU. “The last time we saw scores of this magnitude, housing market crashes soon followed.”last_img read more

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