BJP leaders to tour U.P. villages before Lok Sabha poll

first_imgBJP leaders in Uttar Pradesh, including Ministers and legislators, will tour villages and spend a night there in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha election. In keeping with a decision of the party, they will hear villagers’ problems and spread the word about the “good work” done by the Central and State governments in recent times.“Party leaders will not just tour villages but will also stay there at night so as to build the momentum as the 2019 Lok Sabha election is inching close. We are just a few months away from the next election, and it is necessary for us to connect to the vast rural people, hear them out and tell them about the schemes of the Centre,” said a State leader of the BJP.Support baseThe party has had a strong presence in urban areas of the State and has grown in rural areas only since 2014. Party leaders from the large agrarian State believe a rural outreach is essential to perform well in Uttar Pradesh that sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha. The last Assembly election proved that the party’s appeal was intact, despite the jolt from demonetisation. Retaining the rural support is crucial for the party to return to power in 2019. The CSDS-Lokniti Mood of the Nation Survey 2018 suggested that the disenchantment with the Narendra Modi government was the highest among farmers.The BJP is also planning to organise village ‘chaupal’ and bring on board the beneficiaries of the government schemes so that they can create a positive image for the party.last_img read more

Players keep high hope on Ranji

first_imgA total of 88 matches, Rs 2 crore winners’ prize money besides up to lakhs of rupees to be earned as match fees alone, and lots and lots of hopes for many players. These are some of the salient features of the 77th edition of the Ranji Trophy beginning on Monday.Defending champions Mumbai will start their Ranji Trophy campaign against Saurashtra in Mumbai on Monday.And by the time the huge silver trophy, named after legendary KS Ranjitsinhji, is presented to the winners in January, some new heroes would have emerged.Thirteen matches in the Elite and Plate Divisions of the Super League will be played in the opening round, with defending champions Mumbai playing Saurashtra at home. Last year’s runners-up Karnataka will meet Punjab in the second round beginning on November 10.The difference between Mumbai, the undisputed kings, and the rest is starkly evident from the numbers: they have won it 39 times and Delhi, the second most successful side, has clinched it only seven times! Last year’s winning captain Wasim Jaffer is hoping that Mumbai make it a hat-trick of titles.Had Gautam Gambhir’s Delhi, who eventually emerged winners, and the Mohammed Kaif-led Uttar Pradesh not kept Mumbai away from the final in 2007-08, they would have completed the hat- trick in 2008-09. Uttar Pradesh has been the second most consistent team in recent years. The team with limited resources has reached three finals in the last five years and won the title in 2005-06.”For the last few seasons, the pressure is on us to finish among the first three or four positions. We’ll try to improve on our previous performances. Since we have a limited batting line-up, we’ll have to get solid opening partnerships to compete,” Uttar Pradesh coach and ex- captain Gyanendra Pandey told M AIL T ODAY . On the other hand, Delhi coach Manoj Prabhakar has already set high goals in a season in which a day’s work gets a player Rs 10,000.advertisementAssam and Haryana, both promoted from Plate Division to the Elite on the basis of good performances, have set different goals. “We have nothing to lose, so we are really not worried. But we will play good, fearless and positive cricket and try to express ourselves. We are not setting neither too high goals nor too low,” Assam captain Amol Muzumdar, who led Mumbai to the title in 2006-07 and is playing as one of the 23 guest players this season, said.Hyderabad and Maharashtra have been demoted from the Elite to the Plate Division.There’ll be players who would exceed the expectations. “Mark my words, you will have five to seven new heroes at the end of the season,” said Punjab bowling coach and former India pacer Bhupinder Singh (senior).Karnataka pacer Abhimanyu Mithun, who had a fairytale Ranji and India debut last season, is aiming to remain in contention in the season of the World Cup. “The new season is a new challenge as all teams now know how I bowl. I have been bowling in right areas and my outswinger is also going well. My goal will be to play hard cricket,” Mithun, who was the top wicket-taker with 47 scalps in the last season, told Mail Today. Gujarat wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel’s case is just the opposite.”It’ll be the same scenario for me as last year. I will and will try to score lots of runs,” said the man who tallied 727 runs — the third highest tally — last season but never got the India call. “Selection is not in my hands. I’ll have to remain focussed.”last_img read more

Football : Arsenal complete signing of Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira for €30m.

first_imgAdvertisementPremier League giants Arsenal have signed Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira from Seria A giants Sampdoria for an undisclosed fee but is believed to be around €30m . This is Unai Emery’s fourth signing of the summer having already signed right back Stephan Lichtsteiner, goalkeeper Bernd Leno and defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos. The 22-yr old midfielder featured in all of Uruguay’s matches in the ongoing FIFA World Cup where Uruguay reached the quarterfinals. Lucas Torreira’s tactical awareness will be a big boost to the Arsenal midfield.Torreira, who will be wearing the number 11 shirt for Gunners, has been at the club for a medical and will now have a post-World Cup break and will join the squad in early August. Having moved to Italy in 2013 after starting his youth career at hometown club 18 de Julio, Lucas is an extremely tactically aware player leading his former coach to say that Torreira is the best tactically since Sergio Busquets. A brief spell at Montevideo Wanderers and he then moved to Pescara youth team. Following a string of impressive performances, he earned the first team call up in 2014-15 season. On July 2015, Torreira transferred to Sampdoria for €1.5 million, but he remained with Pescara on loan for the 2015–16 season to gain first-team experience. A year later, after the completion of his loan period at Pescara, he was back to Sampdoria and by the 2016-17 season he became a regular starter for Sampdoria even scoring two goals in their famous 3-2 victory over Juventus.Upon completion of the deal Arsenal head coach Unai Emery said: “In Lucas Torreira, we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game. A midfielder with great quality, I have enjoyed watching his performances for Sampdoria in the past two seasons, and we all saw him do very well for Uruguay in the World Cup. He is a young player already with good experience, but who wants to keep on growing. We welcome Lucas to Arsenal and look forward to him joining us soon for pre-season.”We’re excited to have you with us, @LTorreira34 👊#WeAreTheArsenal 🔴— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 10, 2018Read also :FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia sacks their assistant coach over political reasonsFootball: German star’s father urges him to leave the team after being made the ‘scapegoat’ for World Cup exit Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img“I am happy my performance has not gone down too much. “I am happy my performance has not gone down too much. Yes it has been up and down, but that happens to even a world champion,” said Rai who is also supported by OGQ, which is co-founded by sports legends Prakash Padukone and Geet Sethi. Rai, who clinched the gold medal in the ISSF World Cup in March in the 50M pistol in Bangkok, said he was happy to have taken part in the subsequent ISSF World Cup in Rio last month to get an idea of what sort of conditions he will get there during the Olympics. “The range is a bit different in that the 10M and 50M ranges are adjacent to one another and there was a lot of disturbance. The targets were also different,” said Rai who stood sixth in the Rio event after making the finals. Rai is now leaving for France to take part in an invitation event there from June 8-13 followed by the ISSF World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan. “The event in France is only for those who have qualified for the Rio Games and I expect a lot of them to be present there,” said Rai. He did not single out anyone as the main threat in Rio. “All are good competitors,” said the Army man of Nepali origin. Women shooters Heena Sidhu, taking part in her second Games like Thapa, and Apurvi Chandela too were confident of putting up a good show in Rio. “It feels like its my first Olympics. Two months to go and we are on the right track,” said Heena, a former world no. 1 in 10m air pistol. “I am trying to better my performance. I have bought a new air rifle and a new kit and have got used to them. I did decently in Rio after not doing too well in Munich,” said Apurvi who is to train in Moscow, which she said had very good facilities, along with ace marksman Gagan Narang and Chain Singh. (More) PTI SSR KRK ATK KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Kontron: mission-ready COBALT 901|400 series ideal for airborne applications

first_img Continue Reading Previous Lauterbach: TRACE32 extends the reach of Time Partition TestingNext congatec: first SMARC 2.0 module with NXP i.MX8 processor Kontron announced its COBALT 901|400 Series with MIL-STD-1553. Designed as a mission-ready platform for a wide range of aircraft-based defense applications, COBALT with MIL-STD-1553 provides complex serial data bus sub-system support. This addition to Kontron’s proven COBALT family extends its extensive and rugged small form factor features for usage in high density multi-protocol airborne embedded applications. The 1553 data bus is increasingly deployed in applications beyond avionics flight control to new Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) designs such as military target acquisition and satellites. Because of this, there is a need for the ability to transmit higher data rates over existing MIL-STD-1553 bus infrastructures while allowing concurrent operation with 1553 interface speeds in legacy systems. It also satisfies the growing need for connectivity and design flexibility that can help defense system designers speed development and time-to-deployment.The COBALT 901|400 Series with MIL-STD 1553 builds on the capabilities of Kontron’s basic COBALT 901 and enhances design flexibility by adding an L2 Ethernet switch and integrated MIL-STD-1553A/B interface with two dual-redundant channels. Based on its hardened COMe Type 6 module form factor module with a specialized carrier board and integrated 6th Generation Intel Quad-Core Xeon E3-1505L processors (2.0 GHz), Kontron’s new COBALT platform delivers the dramatically higher CPU and graphics performance necessary to support data-intensive electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR), advanced voice, video, data link processing (i.e. Link 16) and the latest situational awareness applications. It also features 16 or 32 gigabytes (GBs) of ECC RAM, and has a removeable solid state drive bay option that supports two RSSDs. This gives designers maximum flexibility to select and configure the right amount of storage capacity as an ordering option without modifying the system.In addition, COBALT with MIL-STD 1553 provides a highly scalable, adaptable and programmable application foundation that allows developers to address dynamic interface mix changes. This rugged IP67 fully sealed and compact system has no ITAR restrictions and offers the power-efficient computing performance to meet decreasing SWaP demands in today’s military systems. Plus, the platform offers high speed data transfer capabilities that enable faster data loading via a dedicated USB 3.0 port.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more


first_imgNow that Nebraska voters have restored the death penalty, Governor Pete Ricketts says he plans to meet with the attorney general to discuss how to resume executions.Ricketts said Wednesday it’s too early to know exactly how the state will acquire the lethal injection drugs it currently lacks or whether Nebraska will change its protocol.Nebraska has struggled to obtain all of the necessary drugs, and Ricketts previously said the state would halt its efforts until after Tuesday’s statewide vote.Voters overturned the Legislature’s decision last year to abolish capital punishment by a 61 to 39 percent margin.A coalition partially financed by Ricketts launched a ballot drive that placed the issue on the ballot after lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto in May 2015.Ricketts says the vote demonstrates clear public support for capital punishment in Nebraska.APlast_img read more

Hearing into Sexual Orientation Complaint Continues

first_imgThe independent board of inquiry considering the human rights complaint of Lindsay Jane Willow will resume on Friday, Jan. 13, at 9:30 a.m., in the seminar room of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis St., Halifax. The hearing continues at the Art Gallery on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 9:30 a.m. The board will then complete its hearings on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, beginning at 9:30 a.m. each day, in Room 303 of the Dalhousie Student Union Building, 6136 University Ave., Halifax. The board is considering whether Ms. Willow was discriminated against because of sexual orientation by Halifax Regional School Board and two teachers at Halifax West High School. -30-last_img read more

More than 90 per cent of children reaching Italys shores are separated

“These figures indicate an alarming trend of an increasing number of highly vulnerable children risking their lives to get to Europe,” said Lucio Melandri, the Senior Emergency Manager at UNICEF. “Current systems in place are failing to protect [them as they] find themselves alone in a [completely] unfamiliar environment,” he added, calling for a coordinated European response, given that the children are on the move. “Apart from addressing the factors that are forcing children to travel alone, a comprehensive protection, monitoring system needs to be developed to protect them,” he stressed. In 2016, some 25,800 unaccompanied or separated children arrived in the European country – compared to the 12,360 who arrived in 2015. These children, arriving by themselves, also accounted for a staggering 91 per cent of all the 28,200 children who reached Italy’s shores last year as refugees or migrants. A majority among of such arrivals were from Eritrea, Egypt, Gambia and Nigeria. Adding to the complex challenges, the Central Mediterranean route from North Africa to Italy also has an incredibly high ratio of unaccompanied and separated children among the refugees and migrants. Compared to other routes, only 17 per cent of the child refugees and migrants who arrived to Greece by sea in 2016, came without adult family members or guardians. “The presence of so many unaccompanied or separated children along the central Mediterranean route is unprecedented,” said Mr. Melandri. “It is obviously clear that we have a serious and growing problem on our hands.” Girls most at riskAccording to UNICEF, though most of the children were boys aged 15-17 years, younger children and girls were also among the arrivals. Girls are at a particular risk of sexual exploitation and abuse, including commercial sexual exploitation by criminal gangs. It further stated that several of the girls who were interviewed by its staff earlier this year in Palermo, the capital of the Italian island of Sicily, reported that they were forced into prostitution in Libya as a means to ‘pay off’ the cost of the boat travel across the Mediterranean. Most of the boys spoke of being forced into manual labour. In addition to protecting child refugees and migrants – particularly unaccompanied children – from exploitation and violence, UNICEF urged stopping the detention of refugee or migrant children; keeping families together; providing quality, learning, healthcare and other related services to all refugee and migrant children; addressing underlying causes of large-scale movements; and combatting xenophobia, discrimination and marginalization. read more

Mens soccer Ohio State looks to continue momentum against Rutgers Sunday

Senior defender Hunter Robertson (6) passes the ball upfield during the OSU vs. Penn State game on Tuesday. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (5-1-0) will look for their fifth consecutive shutout against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-4-1) when the teams face off in Piscataway, New Jersey, Sunday at 1 p.m. The Buckeyes are one shutout away from tying the program record of five consecutive shutouts set by the 2007 team, which finished as the runner-up in the College Cup.Ohio State is off to its best start to a season in 12 years and senior defender Kevin Blackwood has not been surprised by the team’s early success.“It’s based on what we did in the summer, I came here earlier before I transferred and a lot of the guys were talking about going and doing actual work on their own, getting that head start before the season actually started,” Blackwood said. “Basically, I think it’s hard work and dedication. The comradery of the team has been phenomenal and that’s one of the reasons for the start so far.” The Buckeyes are coming off a commanding 3-0 win against Penn State at Jesse Memorial Stadium Tuesday, while the Scarlet Knights are coming off a 3-0 loss against No. 3 Maryland. All four Rutgers losses have come at the hands of top-15 opponents. Senior defender Hunter Robertson said despite the four losses on Rutgers’ record, the Buckeyes will still need to treat Rutgers as they would any other tough opponent as Rutgers’ only losses have come against some stiff competition.“It’s a Big Ten game we really want to get three points from them, but we know that those four losses were against some really good teams — Indiana, Maryland, Wake Forest, North Carolina,” Robertson said. “They didn’t get the best results against them, but they’re going to be battle tested and we know if we want to win we have to come in and play really hard and be really efficient to score goals.”The Buckeyes will look to contain one of Rutgers’ top weapons, redshirt senior forward Ethan Vanacore-Decker, who leads the team with five points (two goals, one assist). Robertson said that with the talent Rutgers has on the offensive side of the ball, the Buckeyes will need to deploy a more defensive approach to the game.“We are playing with two midfielders holding back, more than usual,” Robertson said. “Usually, we have two of them on attack, but they have a pretty special attacking mid and a fast forward, so we’re trying to keep someone on this attacking mid at all times, so when they try to play the long ball we have someone to cover because the kid’s really fast.”The team is looking ahead for the chance to win its sixth game and is beginning to focus on what they must do to come away with the victory.“We just have to be locked in, ready to go, we cannot take them lightly,” Blackwood said. “I know this is the Big Ten, every team we play from now on is going to be really good. Match their intensity, work hard for 90 minutes, and be tuned in.” read more

Trevali grows zinc production substantially through Glencore deal

first_imgGlencore plc has entered into a definitive agreement with Trevali Mining Corp, whereby Trevali will purchase Glencore’s 80% interest in the Rosh Pinah mine in Namibia and 90% interest in the Perkoa mine in Burkina Faso. The aggregate consideration is $400 million, of which $244 million is to be paid in cash, with the remaining $156 million paid by Trevali through the issuance of 175,125,304 share. Trevali will additionally pay Glencore $30 million to repay an existing debt facility. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close by July 2017.The transaction will add two African zinc assets to Trevali’s portfolio of mines in Peru and Canada, creating the only global mining company focused on zinc. The transaction will materially increase Trevali’s geographic footprint and access to global capital markets. This will enable the company to take advantage of the significant opportunities to grow across the zinc market.Glencore will increase its direct ownership in Trevali from 4% to 25% and its board membership to a total of two seats.Following the completion of the transaction, Trevali will have an annual production of some230,000 t of contained zinc and will have operational presence in North America, South America and Africa. Glencore will have the offtake from all four of Trevali’s mines.Trevali expects that, upon completion of the transaction, the assets would deliver high-quality, long-life zinc production to Trevali’s existing portfolio, improving asset and geographic diversification, and would create a premier TSX-listed global zinc producing company.Creates the only publicly-traded, pure-play intermediate zinc producerMore than doubles Trevali’s current production scale to approximately 410 Mlb payable of annual zinc production, to position the company as a top-10 global zinc producerMaintains an attractive cash-cost profile with increased leverage to zincRefinanced balance sheet significantly reduces cost of capital and increases covenant flexibility to pursue M&A opportunitiesFurther builds on Trevali’s long-standing strategic relationship with Glencore, which will become a cornerstone investor (25%) in TrevaliDiversifies the portfolio and creates a global platform to enable future growthAddition of Glencore’s industry-leading operating and management teams.Dr Mark Cruise, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trevali: “The acquisition of Rosh Pinah and Perkoa is a historic event and unique opportunity for Trevali shareholders, and sets the stage for a multi-asset, low-cost global zinc producer. The assets provide strong upside to shareholders in the current strengthening macro-zinc environment through scale of production as well as an attractive package of exploration ground.”Commenting on the transaction, Daniel Mate, Glencore’s Head of Zinc Marketing, said: “We are pleased to strengthen our partnership with Trevali as they embark on the development of the premier zinc company in the market. Trevali has a proven track record in the sector demonstrated by the success in opening up the Santander mine in Peru and the Caribou mine in Canada. We have been working together as partners since their first mine was built and we share the same vision for the future growth of the business through value-creating organic and inorganic growth opportunities. We are excited to form part of this unique global zinc vehicle, providing pure zinc exposure across a wide geographic footprint”last_img read more

Live in a rural area You could be getting nicer bus shelters

first_imgAdditional hand-straps for the DART,Improvement works at Busáras station,The purchasing of ticketing equipment to speed-up roll out of the Leap Card to cities outside Dublin,Walking/cycling improvements across Dublin and other cities.Read: In Cork, Limerick or Galway? Like cycling? The public bike scheme will be ready by autumn >More: Half a million people now own a Leap Card > CYCLE PATHS AND bus shelters are due an upgrade with €7 million worth of funding from the Department of Transport.It is part of a €200 million stimulus package previously announced by government, which Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly said will both improve the public transport system and provide employment.At least 40 new bus shelters are to be created in rural areas with this new round of funding.“The winter storms recently demonstrated the shortage of bus shelters in many rural areas,” Kelly said.The government has set its sights the public taking five million more journeys using public transport this year.Other measures, some of which Kelly conceded are “quite small” but will result in an improved service, include:last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Friday

first_img Get our daily news round up: Share Tweet Email 2 Comments 9,485 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cliodhna Russell Friday 21 Apr 2017, 8:53 PMcenter_img Short URL Karim Cheurfi Source: Uncredited#PARIS: The Champs Elysees shooter Karim Cheurfi has been described as an oddball by his neighbours in the multi-ethnic suburb of Chelles east of Paris. Meanwhile, a suspect wanted in the wake of last night’s shooting has handed himself in to Belgian police.#US: Despite a public outcry, the US state of Arkansas has put a man to death as part of a series of executions.#GERMANY: The suspect in the bomb attack on Borussia Dortmund’s team bus wanted to spark a drop in the football club’s share price, German authorities have said.PARTING SHOTThese brown bears now live in the lap of luxury after a life of horrendous abuse. Apr 21st 2017, 8:53 PM Here’s What Happened Today: Friday Status of new National Maternity Hospital project to be reviewed, Siobhan Phillips family to sue An Garda Síochana and Paris shooter revealed – it’s the Evening Fix. The board of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group plans to review the status of the new National Maternity Hospital project, in light of recent developments.The family of Siobhán Phillips, who was shot on the same night that Garda Tony Golden was killed, have announced they are to sue An Garda Síochána.Gardaí are investigating whether the Kinahan gunman ‘accidentally shot himself or was murdered’.Two masked men have robbed a cash-in-transit van in north Dublin.Cork woman Vera Twomey has been stopped at Dublin Airport attempting to bring medicinal cannabis into the country.Plans to build over 100 apartments in south Dublin have been shot down by the planning board.Wetherspoon’s has been given the green light for a €4 million ‘super pub’ on Camden Street.One ‘diet drink’ a day could increase risk of dementia and strokes, according to a seven-year study.INTERNATIONAL  NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Ballybunion, County Kerry. Source: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ielast_img read more

Bridgebuilding underway at CCMV

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Elections to the board of the Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria (CCMV) took place last week establishing its new committee, led by Jim Wood. Mr Wood returns to the presidency after heading the committee in the late 1990s. His election comes after a turbulent period for the CCMV, following the membership’s recent rejection of proposals recommended by the previous committee to transform the organisation’s financial situation and redefine its position within the wider Greek Cypriot community. Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Mr Wood said that one of the new committee’s priorities will be to create solutions to reduce the CCMV’s $1.5 million debt. “The community has a lot of assets but it’s cash-flow poor. We need to look at the good work the previous committee did, capitalise on that, and see what more we can do,” he said. Commenting on the well-publicised divisions expressed within the community in the past, the new president has called for a new spirit of unity to prevail within CCMV. “It’s time to build bridges,” said Mr Wood. “We need everyone on board. It’s not about five or ten people working: everyone needs to put in, whatever they can offer.” Mr Wood said the key to finding solutions for the organisation lay in prioritisation. “There are a number of conflicting priorities for the community at the moment, and we need to prioritise. It’s easy to say but difficult to do. With eleven people on the committee and with members coming in on sub committees, I think we have enough gifted people around to be able to assist us, and really help the community.” With the previous committee’s plans partly based on a vision for greater involvement by the younger generation in the CCMV’s future, Mr Wood said he believed generational change could only come about by encouraging unity. “If we can talk to the people of today, and the people of tomorrow, and combine the positives, the things that unite us, then I think we can be successful. But tomorrow is coming vary fast and we need to be laying the foundations now.” CCMV’s new president is also a practising Naturopath. Naturopathy is an area of holistic medicine that involves encouraging energies to assist processes such as reproduction, growth, and adaptation. Mr Wood’s knowledge of such health-enhancing processes will be more than useful for the future well-being of the organisation of which he is president. CCMV office holders elected last week are: Vice President, Maro Ostrognay; Secretary, Loukas Thrasis; Assistant Secretary, Pavlos Andronikos; Treasurer, George Efthymiou; and Assistant Treasurer, Dimitris Demetriades. Other Members elected were: Andrew Demetriou, Harry Neokleous, Sofronis Michaelides, Koullis Aristidou and Evros Evripidou.last_img read more

Property prices plummet

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram IMF’s ‘Global Housing Watch’ says that a typical upscale housing unit of 100 m2 in Greece was only slightly out of reach of average household incomes, but were much more affordable than in places like Belgium, Canada, Australia or the UK.Greece recorded the second biggest decline in real estate prices in the world in the fourth quarter of 2013, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday.In a report called ‘Global Housing Watch’, the IMF said the biggest decline worldwide was in India (-9.1 per cent), followed by Greece (-7.02 per cent), Italy (-6.54 per cent), Cyprus (-6.48 per cent) and Croatia (-6.35 per cent).On the other hand, the Philippines (10.56 per cent), Hong Kong (10.25 per cent), New Zealand (9.1 per cent), China (9.1 per cent) and Colombia (8.1 per cent) saw their real estate prices increase in the same period.The report said that a typical upscale housing unit of 100 m2 was only slightly out of reach of average household incomes, but was much more affordable than in places like Belgium, Canada, Australia or the UK.The report also found that the house price-to-rent ratio in Greece was -16.3 per cent below the average. In other words, it makes more sense to buy a home than to rent it. In Canada, on the other hand, the current ratio is about 86.7 per cent, meaning it makes the most sense to rent.Source: enetenglish, ana-mpalast_img read more

Pensions Ombudsman rejects Standard Life employees transfer value complaint

first_imgThe Pensions Ombudsman has rejected a complaint by a Standard Life employee, which claimed that the organisation mishandled his request for a new cash equivalent transfer value (CETV).The complainant, referred to as Mr T, was a deferred member of The Standard Life staff pension scheme. In March 2016, he requested a CETV. He was quoted £911,578 in April 2016, which under the scheme rules would be guaranteed for 90 days until July 2016.A question and answer sheet sent to members in August 2015 outlined that deferred pension scheme members would be able to request at least one free statutory transfer quotation a year under the scheme’s rules with a guarantee period of 90 days.Near the time of the CETV expiry date, Mr T observed that the transfer value quotations he obtained through the self-service online portal were significantly higher than the original CETV quote. He subsequently decided not to accept the CETV.It was stated on the online quotations that the amount was not guaranteed and that this figure was for illustrative purposes only.Although Mr T thought he would accept the original CETV quote, he claimed that the question and answer sheet led him to believe that he would be able to request a new CETV within 12 months of his original request. After the initial quote expired, Mr T went on to request a new CETV in July 2016.He was informed by the pension trustees that only one CETV would be issued in any 12-month period, as stated in the scheme rules, although further CETVs could be issued on a discretionary basis where events outside of the member’s control required it. The trustees also advised Mr T that they would not settle a transfer based on values that were not guaranteed.In August 2016, Mr T complained that the trustees’ refusal to settle a transfer based on values that were not guaranteed restricted his ability to transfer out of the scheme to once per 12 months.The trustees concluded that the information in the question and answer sheet may not have been clear, and could have led members to believe they could obtain a further quote. On 18 October 2016, they offered to accept the original CETV outside of the expiry date if Mr T still wished to transfer.On 31 October 2016, the scheme complied with a request from Standard Life to offer an additional CETV to deferred members who may not have appreciated the policy of providing one CETV every 12 months. The amnesty stated that members who received a CETV with a calculation date between 1 March 2016 and 30 September 2016 that had not yet expired, could request a new CETV before 30 November 2016. Members who received a CETV calculated after 30 September 2016 were not eligible for the transfer amnesty, as they had been clearly informed of the CETV policy.Mr T applied for a new CETV in November 2016 and was quoted £1,087,235 in December 2016, guaranteed until February 2017. He accepted this offer.In January 2017, Mr T complained to the Ombudsman that the second CETV quote was significantly lower than it would have been if he had received a new CETV when he wrote to them ahead of the amnesty. Mr T sought to gain compensation of between £45,000 and £65,000.A Pensions Ombudsman adjudicator ruled that no further action was required by the trustees. The adjudicator found that the trustees did not act unreasonably by offering to honour the original CETV, that the second CETV was provided within a reasonable timescale, and that there was no evidence to support that Mr T had been financially disadvantaged by the ‘alleged maladministration’. The adjudicator also found that there was no obligation for the trustees to honour online quotations.Mr T appealed the judgement, and the complaint was escalated to Karen Johnston, deputy pensions ombudsman. She upheld the original adjudicator’s decision.She said: “Had Mr T been aware of the correct position, he could either have accepted the original CETV before the expiry date, or waited until he was next entitled to apply for a new CETV. In offering to honour the original CETV beyond the guarantee date, the trustee put right any injustice which may have flowed from the unclear communication.“The evidence is clear that the CETVs were the only transfer values that were actually guaranteed. Consequently, I do not think it reasonable for Mr T to expect a transfer to be settled on the basis of the figures quoted in illustrations he obtained via the portal. It was not maladministration for the trustees to refuse to do that.”last_img read more

Were still as close to Doomsday today as weve ever been

first_img Comment 1 How to stop climate catastrophe | What the Future “The velocity of change across these and other technological fronts is extremely high; the international effort to manage these rapid advances has been, to date, grossly insufficient,” reads the new statement from the Bulletin.The panel also focused on the threat of climate change and the renewed rise in global greenhouse emissions following a plateau in recent years.Susan Solomon, a professor of environmental studies at MIT, said the US failure to stop a rise in carbon emissions is “simply an act of gross negligence.”While the clock did not advance closer to midnight this year after two years of inching toward the brink, Bronson and the other panelists were clear to keep the focus on doom and gloom. Sci-Tech Tags Now playing: Watch this: 6:23 Share your voice “[The 2019 time] should not be taken as a sign of stability but as a stark warning,” Bronson said.But rather than despairing and retiring to the family fallout shelter to Netflix-and-chill our lives away, the Bulletin lays the task of turning back the clock at the feet of the public.”Today, citizens in every country can use the power of the Internet to fight against social media disinformation and improve the long-term prospects of their children and grandchildren. They can insist on facts, and discount nonsense. They can demand action to reduce the existential threat of nuclear war and unchecked climate change.”Naturally, the Bulletin even includes a hashtag, because what better tool to save the world, right?Fight the Power: Take a look at who’s transforming the way we think about energy. Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. We’re still living in the most perilous times since the end of World War II, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and its trademark Doomsday Clock, which remains set at just two minutes to midnight for the second year in a row.The clock is a kind of metric — midnight represents doomsday — that the organization contrived decades ago to warn “the public about how close we are to destroying our world with dangerous technologies of our own making.”  The Bulletin makes periodic announcements updating the current “time” on the clock, indicating how close we are to some sort of existential catastrophe.It’s two minutes before midnight for the second year in a row. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists In its seven decades of existence, the clock has never been closer to midnight than it is right now. It was also at two minutes before midnight in 1953, at the beginning of the Cold War and a nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union.”We have in fact entered a period we call the ‘new abnormal’,” Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin, said at a press conference Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.In a lengthy statement released at the same time on its website, the Bulletin laid out how this period is defined by a “devolving state of nuclear and climate security” and “a qualitative change in information warfare and a steady misrepresentation of fact that is undermining confidence in political structures and scientific inquiry.” A series of panelists at the press conference decried the erratic nature of relations between the United States and other nuclear powers like Russia and North Korea, which have often played out on President Trump’s Twitter feed.”Journalists, you love Trump’s tweets,” Jerry Brown, former California governor and the Bulletin’s executive chair, told reporters. “You love the leads that get the clicks … but the final click could be a nuclear strike.”In addition to the threats of nuclear arms, climate change and fake news, Bronson cited risks from nascent technologies like artificial intelligence and synthetic biology. 8 Photos 8 sci-fi ideas that might become science fact pretty soon (pictures)last_img read more

SCCL calls for more women entrepreneurs in Khammam

first_imgKhammam: Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) is conducting many service programmes mainly for women, said Director of the company N Balaram. On Friday, he attended as the chief guest to the valedictory of training programme held for women at Singareni Office in Hyderabad. The SCCL has conducted a five-day training programme with support of National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Hyderabad. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, he explained that the company was giving training for women in all areas under Singareni Seva Samithi (SSS) and Singareni Employees Wives Association (SWA). He appealed to the women to become entrepreneurs and become financially independent. Later the Director presented certificates to over 25 women who were trained in tailoring, fashion designing, embroidery and other vocational courses. General Manager Anthony Raja, SSS all area co-ordinator Budagam Mahesh and other officers attended the programme.last_img read more

Hasina receives DLitt

first_imgIndia`s Kazi Nazrul University confers honorary DLitt degree upon prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday received ‘Doctor of Literature (DLitt)’ degree from Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol in Paschim Bardhaman district in Bengal of India.The university authorities conferred the honorary DLitt degree upon her at a special convocation programme.Sheikh Hasina was honoured with the degree in recognition of her outstanding contributions towards building exploitation-and disparity-free society which is the ideal of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, reports UNB.Vice chancellor of the Kazi Nazrul University Sadhan Chakrabarti delivered the welcome speech. Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee was present at the convocation ceremony.Premier Hasina arrived in Bengal on Friday on a two-day official visit to India at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.On Friday, she along with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi unveiled the plaque of Bangladesh Bhaban at Vivsa-Bharati University in Santiniketan.The prime minister attended Visva-Bharati Convocation Ceremony as the guest of honour.last_img

Houston Schools Launch New Be Nice Program for Mental Health Bullying Prevention

first_img Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Crime Stoppers of Houston, a nonprofit dedicated to public safety, partnered with the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan to launch the program this fall. So far, more than a dozen Houston schools have signed up for training and there is a wait list.Christy Buck, who developed the program, said that it teaches skills — sort of the “stop, drop and roll” of mental health — that could ultimately save lives.“Ultimately. it’s taking responsibility for myself to be the person that might change attitudes and culture in a school for more kindness, consideration and respect,” Buck said.Buck said that early research shows that the training improves school climate, with fewer behavior problems.Rania Mankarious, who leads Crime Stoppers of Houston, said that it dovetails with other initiatives at the nonprofit to keep schools safe, giving kids tools “to notice not just when a student is going to bring a gun on campus, but when a student behaves differently or is posting things that are concerning, or maybe making outcries, empowering them to get involved as a community, so we can create an entire new culture in our schools.”Laura IsenseeStudents learn tools to recognize emotions in others and take action to challenge and empower others and themselves. 00:00 /00:49center_img X Laura IsenseeKandice Sloop with the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan coaches students on an action plan to be nice. The program is meant to prevent bullying and suicide.At Stevens Elementary, a group of second graders gathered around a new coach, Kandice Sloop, who asked them what it means to “be nice.”“Do you think you can notice if someone was playing by themselves at the playground? Is that something we can notice? What would you do if that’s what you noticed?” Sloop asked.Then Sloop guided them through an action plan to be nice: — to notice how others are feeling and behaving, invite others to play, to challenge and empower themselves and others.It may sound simple, but the training — dubbed “Be Nice” — could have important, positive effects on school climate, according to early research.last_img read more