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Konkona Sen Sharma to direct web series

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first_imgKonkona Sen Sharma is set to make her digital directorial debut with a series based on the life of Arati Das, better known as Misss Shefali. Chronicling the life of a young Bengali girl who ruled as the 'Queen of Cabaret' in Kolkata, the Zee Studios' series will also mirror politics of West Bengal in the '60s and '70s through her life journey. "The whole era of post-Partition and pre-liberalisation fascinated me. Since I am from Kolkata, I have been aware of the subject and her unique story. Also Read - An income drop can harm brain"It's about the fascinating life of this female protagonist who decided to live life on her own terms, it's extremely interesting, and right up my ally. That is why I decided to make this series," Konkona said in a statement. The director said casting is underway. "We are still developing the script and we plan to go on floors early next year. It is going to be an interesting journey," she added. Ashima Avasthi, VP & Head, Zee Studios Originals said the team is delighted to partner with Konkona for the show. Also Read - Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award"Filmmaking is literally in her blood. She was born into the trade, and has performed admirably across disciplines, from acting, writing to directing. Over the next one year, we are working towards building a varied slate of 10-12 original shows along with direct-to-digital films. "We will focus on especially curated stories that remain untold across genres such as biopics, crime thrillers, light-hearted comedies, slice of life dramas, dark comedies among others," she added. Konkona made her feature film directorial debut with 2017's "A Death in the Gunj". For which, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director. Apart from various films in her career, the acto has also starred in the critically acclaimed Lipstick Under My Burkha in the same year which won her numerous international awards.last_img
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Owners of multimillion dollar Vancouver home owners say they cant stomach tax

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first_imgVANCOUVER – Lynne Kent says owning a home in Vancouver that’s valued at $4 million isn’t the blessing it may appear to be.She and her husband are among a small group of homeowners in British Columbia facing a tax bump on homes assessed at over $3 million who say they simply can’t afford it — a claim that some are questioning.“I think the whole property value escalation is more of an albatross than a benefit, and have seen it that way because this whole escalation is really pushing us out of our home,” said Kent, 71.The school tax increase introduced in the B.C. budget would be set next year at 0.2 per cent on the portion of property valued above $3 million. It would increase to 0.4 per cent on the portion above $4 million.For the Kents, that would mean an extra $2,000 annually.Kent and her husband bought their three-bedroom bungalow in the Kitsilano neighbourhood in 1972 or 1973 for about $40,000, which was their household income at the time. They renovated the 1923 home in 1982, themselves.As retirees, they live on Canada Pension Plan and Old-Age Security payments, plus some savings, she said.They could sell their home, and are eligible to defer both the new tax and property taxes, but Kent says that’s not the point.“We raised our kids here, we have grandkids who are in university, who are part of our family life here. We hope to have great-grandkids here. It’s our home. We didn’t buy it as a money-making asset, we bought it as a home,” she said.Kent said she disagrees with the concept of deferring taxes on an ideological basis, since it means the province is stuck with the tab in the meantime.“We want to pay our taxes. It’s not that we don’t want to pay our taxes, but we want them to be fair,” she said.The school tax sparked a protest last week that prompted Attorney General David Eby, who represents many multimillion-dollar home owners in the riding of Vancouver-Point Grey, to cancel a town hall because of security concerns.A online petition with almost 13,000 signatures characterizes it as a cash grab on a “vulnerable minority” that disregards incomes, financial circumstances and the ability to pay.But Brendon Ogmundson, deputy chief economist for the British Columbia Real Estate Association, says he thinks the tax has been blown out of proportion.It will be rare that someone who owns a home valued at more than $3 million can neither afford the tax, nor defer it, he said.“There’s going to be cases where it might be true, for whatever reason, that there’s a hardship. And the government should look at those cases. But in general, we’re talking about very wealthy households, whether they got there through income or the increase in their home prices,” Ogmundson.The tax will affect fewer than three per cent of homeowners in the province, he said, and therefore won’t have much of an impact on the real estate market, if any.Tom Davidoff, associate professor of strategy and business economics at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder school of business, said the tax is so low, relative to property values, that it will be negligible even after many years of accrual.Davidoff said it’s a smart tax for places like Vancouver, where housing supply is limited and it’s difficult to build more because of limited space and zoning restrictions.“If you tax a $4-million house, other than the person in the house who has to pay the money, which of course is a negative for them, nothing bad happens in the economy,” he said.“When you do income taxes or sales taxes, you can chase away actual economic activity.”Paul Kershaw, founder of Generation Squeeze, said the net wealth in homes today has increased in B.C. by over $650 billion in the past four decades. One third of that wealth has gone to people over 65 and five per cent has gone to people under 35, he said.While he said he understand seniors’ concerns about the school tax, it’s a problem that many people would like to have.“There are literally hundreds of thousands of younger British Columbians and renters of all ages who would love to see their standard of living shrivel before their eyes in a way that actually nets them over $5 million, while they were sleeping and raising their kids and watching their televisions and cooking in their kitchens, because that is how this wealth accumulation has unfolded,” he said.Even if the bubble bursts and the value drops by half, many of those homeowners will still have a couple of million dollars in their pockets if they sell, he said.Some are still wary, however. Kris Sims, B.C. director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, says it could represent a slippery slope to an extension of the tax to less expensive homes.And she pointed to families not unlike the Kents, who have children and want to pass their homes on to the next generation, which may not be able to afford the taxes on them.From Sims’ view, it doesn’t matter if a home is assessed at $8 million. The homeowners don’t deserve a “surprise” $16,000 new tax each year, she said.“On paper, their homes have ballooned in assessed value,” Sims said. “That is why this is really unfair, because it’s based on assessed value, not (price) when it’s sold.”last_img
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Man armed with baseball bat shot by RCMP on Long Plain First

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first_imgAPTN National NewsA 28 year-old man is in stable condition in hospital after being shot by an RCMP officer this weekend in Manitoba.The incident happened in the early morning hours Saturday. RCMP responded to a call of an assault on the Long Plain First Nation near Portage La Prairie.A man armed with a baseball bat allegedly threatened the RCMP officer responding to the call.Regina police have been called in to investigate the shooting, which is standard procedure after the discharge of a police weapon.The incident occurred after a fight broke out following a drinking party.last_img
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People furious over report of chiefs per diem rate double dipping has

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first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsPeople across Nova Scotia are furious after finding out chiefs make hundreds of dollars in per diems for doing as little as sitting on a conference call for the Mi’kmaw Family Services Agency.“This double dipping has to stop,” said Daniel Toney, a member of Annapolis First Nation in Nova Scotia.Toney was part of a protest there earlier this month.People are upset over the amount of money his chief, Janette Peterson takes home.The chief gets her salary but also pulls in travel costs and per diems that double her salary. Peterson wasn’t available for comment.“They’re already being paid to represent the department of Indian Affairs in whatever they’re doing,” said Elizabeth Marshall, member of Eskasoni, Cape Breton. “And I don’t know what they’re doing in all these meetings. What are they accomplishing?”Marshall said she doesn’t see any benefit play out on the ground in her home community. What she sees is poverty, addiction, domestic abuse and high numbers of kids being taken into care.“The chiefs are sapping many of these organizations,” said Marshall. “Are they meeting just for the honorariums or there to help our people?”One of those organizations is Mi’kmaw Family & Children’s Services (MFCS); a cash-strapped agency tasked with child welfare on reserves in Nova Scotia.Ottawa may be to blame for the agency’s chronic deficit, but a 2013 review of the agency points out “the cost of board expenses has risen 171 per cent in five years” to the tune of over $100,000 a year.In 2011, the agency couldn’t afford full board meetings. The review by Cooney Consulting points out “the number of meetings decreased and the costs increased.”It’s the chiefs who make up the board. And according to the report, decided a few years ago to raise their per diems to $500 “regardless of time commitment.”A per diem is paid out even for a phone call.The report recommends putting community members on the board.Brenda Cope, an administrator with MFCS, said the chiefs offer an advantage.“What we find is that the chiefs are more powerful than community members,” said Cope. “So when we’re talking to AANDC, it’s better to have the chiefs involved.”Cope said the board costs are still running at over $100,000 because the chiefs are “meeting more often and because they’re doing more.”But she added, the chiefs are looking at making changes to “bring it more into line with other organizations.”Some effort to curb the cost of bringing chiefs to the table has been made said Potlotek Chief Wilbert Marshall.“Sometimes we have three meetings and people would get paid the full three meetings, the whole thing. Now we changed that part,” said Marshall. “If you’re already there you don’t have to travel, right? You get the honorarium. And some places are dropping theirs to $300 a day.”Marshall said he racks up over 100,000 km a year on his personal car traveling to all these meetings. It’s demanding work he said.“It’s hard because you’re gone every week,” said Marshall. “This week alone, I’ll be here for two days. I was gone one day. Next week? I’m gone all week.”And the chiefs have some big agenda items on their plates, whether it’s child welfare, governance or treaty rights.“There are a lot of expectations placed upon chiefs in terms of sitting in and playing a role in various initiatives,” said Chief Paul Prosper.Chiefs can be a powerful advocate for an agency. But that comes at a price. For the Mi’kmaq child welfare agency the $500 per diem is steep.Prosper said it’s about striking a balance.“There have been some initiatives that are undertaken to try to look into that and bring that cost down,” said Prosper. “Because you don’t want to saddle an agency with that kind of cost, the chiefs do recognize that.”The chiefs are now looking at the question of how often they should meet and how much they should get paid.Elizabeth Marshall said they already are.“If you’re there to help the people, you don’t need the per diem. They’re already getting a salary, sometimes six figures. Even with Transparency Act,” said Elizabeth Marshall, “per diems don’t show up.”And she said nobody wants to talk about the kickbacks for chiefs.“Any type of whistle blowing, anybody who challenges the chiefs, they’re blacklisted,” she said.Marshall is shocked by the dollar figure attached to per diems, that a two meeting can mean $1,000 for a chief.“As a poor person, even the travel costs are outrageous,” said Marshall. “Without the per diems, I doubt the chiefs would even have any meetings.”Daniel Toney said people don’t know what happens behind closed door meetings. Or how much money the chiefs pocket. He wants that to change.“People aren’t aware of it,” said Toney. “Until we lift the veil, most will continue to follow blindly.”The Cooney review of MFCS provides a rare glimpse.It was never made public. But it has led to changes.According to a written release from chair of the board, Chief Debra Robinson, “the agency has approved new by-laws, a human resources manual, board governance manual and revised job descriptions. All of these changes have led to clarity on the role of the board and staff with respect to governance and management.”The Assembly of Nova Scotia Chiefs is looking at how to make its meetings to deal with the business of the nation more affordable but there’s no timeline on that.And no drop yet in per diem rates.Prosper wants to spend more time in the First Nation that elected him last year. Technology may be way to do it.In the age of Skype and video conferencing, per diems and travel costs could be a thing of the past, though it doesn’t look like that will happen anytime soon.troache@aptn.calast_img
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Loblaw delivers closing arguments in 437million tax dispute with CRA

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first_imgTORONTO – The Canada Revenue Agency’s allegations that Loblaw Companies Ltd.’s Barbadian banking subsidiary was established and used for tax avoidance are “absurd,” the retail conglomerate’s lawyer told a Toronto court on Tuesday.Loblaw’s lawyer Al Meghji said in his closing arguments at the Tax Court of Canada that Barbados-based Glenhuron Bank Ltd. was viewed as a bank under Barbadian law, and should qualify for the appropriate tax exemption under Canadian law.“All of the evidence supports the finding that the incorporation and the getting of the bank license was driven by commercial considerations,” Meghji told Justice Campbell Miller. “There was no purpose of avoiding Canadian tax.”The trial centred on the federal government’s reassessments of Loblaw’s subsidiary for several tax years dating as far back as 2001, and began after the company filed an appeal in 2015.The reassessments, which were received between 2015 and 2018, are for the 2000 to 2013 taxation years and total $437 million of taxes, interest and penalties owed, according to Loblaw’s latest quarterly financial report.Loblaws Inc. was incorporated as an international business corporation in Barbados in September 1992 and its activities included investing in short term securities and holding cross-currency swaps, according to court documents.Loblaws Inc. changed its name to Glenhuron Bank Ltd. in November 1993 and in December 1993 it became a licensee under the Offshore Banking Act of Barbados.Glenhuron was liquidated in 2013, when Loblaw decided to use that capital domestically to buy Shoppers Drug Mart.Department of Justice lawyers had argued during the trial, which began in April, that Loblaw Financial took steps to make Glenhuron Bank appear to be a foreign bank in order to avoid paying tax.Government lawyers had said that the Barbados-based entity did not qualify because, among other things, it mainly invested the grocery giants’ own funds and did not conduct business with arms-length entities.Glenhuron meets the requirements of a bank on various fronts, Meghji told the court Tuesday.The majority of Glenhuron’s activities, based on revenues, involved arms-length entities, such as swap contracts with large banks, he said.Its banking licence from Barbadian authorities is further evidence that it fits the profile of a bank, he added.The allegation that Loblaw established the Barbadian subsidiary as a means to “shoehorn” itself into the foreign banking exemption under Canadian law is “untenable, it’s absurd,” as Glenhuron’s establishment predated the rules, said Meghji.“At the time, none of this applied to them… The rules weren’t around,” he said.Glenhuron was established for viable commercial reasons, said Meghji.However, Justice Miller on Tuesday told Meghji that he had examined the documentation and evidence over the course of the trial but was “still struggling to find the non-tax reason for setting this Barbadian company up.”Barbados was chosen to be vehicle for the reinsurance and finance business “which were subsequently carried out, and wildly profitable,” Meghji replied.“That company was created to do exactly what it did,” he told the court. “It wasn’t created to avoid Canadian tax.”Department of Justice lawyers are due to deliver their closing arguments in court on Wednesday.last_img
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City of Fort St John to provide free feminine hygiene products in

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the news of the provincial government now offering free hygiene products in schools, City Council has made the decision to do the same in city facilities the public has access to.After recent news the government is now supplying free feminine hygiene products to students, the staff of the City of Fort St. John will do a 12 month trial on offering the same to patrons of public city facilities.It is going to be a process of trial and error, shared Mayor Ackerman on the distribution of the hygiene products, the way to offer them has not yet been determined. During the Council meeting, direction to make baby change tables available for both male and female washrooms in city facilities is to be accommodated in this year’s budget.The provincial government issued a press release April 5th, 2019, under a ministerial order, that all B.C. public schools will be required to provide free menstrual products for students in school washrooms by the end of 2019.Education Minister Rob Fleming said it’s time to normalize and equalize access to menstrual products in schools, helping to create a better learning environment for students.The ministerial order – takes effect immediately but allows districts until the end of 2019 to comply – comes with $300,000 in provincial startup funding. Over the coming months, the ministry will continue to work with school districts, community and education partners to look at the needs of each district, identify gaps and ensure they have the funding needed to meet this new requirement.At a Regular Council meeting on April 8th, 2019 Councillor Byron Stewart made a notice of motion regarding public facilities and free feminine hygiene products.Councillor Stewart inquired if free feminine hygiene products were available in public facilities in response to the news of the provincial government now offering free hygiene products in schools.last_img
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New Finance Minister says fuel price formula will be reviewed

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Rajapaksa expressed these views after assuming duties at the Finance Ministry today.The formula was introduced by former Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera on the advise of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). (Colombo Gazette) New Finance Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says the fuel price formula will be reviewed.He said the formula cannot continue in its present form so there needs to be a change.
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UN rushes relief funds to floodhit Tajikistan

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The Government, following an appeal for international assistance, has begun to conduct campaigns advising the population to refrain from drinking tap water, although many people may have no other choice, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Because of the landslides and destroyed bridges, the only north-south road link via Dushanbe has become impassable, leaving an estimated 5,000 people stranded and complicating the delivery of clean water by truck. OCHA has allocated $20,000 to help provide emergency supplies, while the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has contributed $25,000 to purchase vital logistical and communication equipment. In addition, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been supplying chlorine and helping to enhance hospitals’ response capacity. A $30,000 grant from the Government of the Netherlands was also approved.
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UN chief unveils 15 billion initiative to achieve universal education

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“Every one of us stands on the shoulders of our teachers, our communities, our families who believed in us and invested in our education,” Mr. Ban said at the launch of the Education First initiative, at the margins of the 67th session of the General Assembly in New York. “We are here today because we know every child everywhere deserves that same chance.”Countries, private companies and foundations mobilized resources for the initiative, which will focus on three priorities over the next five years. These priorities are: putting every child in school, improving the quality of learning and fostering global citizenship through education.“Education First seeks to answer the call of parents everywhere for the schooling their children deserve – from the earliest years to adulthood,” Mr. Ban said.At the end of the 1990s, 108 million children of primary school age were not enrolled in schools. That number has fallen to 61 million today, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) global monitoring report. While there has been significant progress, Mr. Ban stressed there is still much left to do to help achieve universal primary education – one of the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – before the target date of 2015.“We must spare no effort to achieve the MDGs by 2015. We have three years and three months. We must intensify our work. This is our collective responsibility.”Mr. Ban also emphasized that the initiative will encourage transformative education that will give children the necessary tools and skills for today’s job market, bridging the gap between skills and technological power, while at the same time helping young people “forge more just, peaceful and tolerant societies.”Among the countries that pledged to intensify their support for Education First are Australia, Bangladesh, South Africa, Timor-Leste and Denmark. From the private sector, the Western Union Foundation and the Master Card Foundation pledged to give grants for economically disadvantaged students from the African continent so they can complete their education.The launch, which was attended by Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, UN officials, chief executive officers of major corporations and representatives from civil society, was followed by a discussion of the initiative’s goals. Among the panellists are Queen Rania Abdullah of Jordan, Nobel laureate and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from Myanmar, and youth representative Charles Young of Jamaica.
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High level group reaffirms commitment to develop framework to fight global poverty

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“We had a lively, constructive and very productive set of discussions,” said Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, one of the three co-chairs of the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda after the panel’s second meeting in London.According to a news release, discussion among the Panel members covered human development, jobs and livelihoods, and how to reach the marginalized and excluded. The three-day meeting also allowed Panel members to gather input from international civil society, private sector representatives and global youth, answering Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for transparency and inclusiveness in its consultations.The High-level Panel is part of Secretary-General Ban’s post-2015 initiative, mandated by the 2010 MDG Summit, at which UN Member States took stock of the progress made in achieving the MDGs. Member States have called for open, inclusive consultations – involving civil society, the private sector, academia and research institutions from all regions, in addition to the UN system – to advance the development agenda beyond 2015.The eight MDGs, agreed on by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development.’President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, who is also a co-chair along with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, stressed that development will need to involve a sustainability perspective if it is to maintain economic growth without damaging the environment. “Through sustainability, we want to guarantee that economic growth does not jeopardise the environment. We must ensure that the present generation meets their needs without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs,” he said. Members of the Panel will continue discussion among themselves and with various stakeholders over the next eight months. The next meeting of the panel will be held in the first quarter of 2013 in Monrovia, Liberia.“Today’s meeting was very, very participatory, very rich, bringing together the diverse groups of panel members that have served and achieved so much in their areas. And so we are looking forward to the next few months,” President Sirleaf said.
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Islande le volcan Eyjafjöll calmé Katla pourrait se réveiller

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first_imgIslande : le volcan Eyjafjöll calmé, Katla pourrait se réveillerIslande - Alors que le volcan Eyjafjöll a cessé de cracher ses cendres après avoir lourdement perturbé le trafic aérien, un autre volcan plus puissant encore pourrait à son tour entrer en éruption.Un rapport des experts de l'Institut pour la diminution des risques et du nombre des catastrophes, qui fait partie de l'University College London, annonce qu'une "éruption à court terme" du volcan Katla est "une forte possibilité".Alors que la fin de l'éruption de l'Eyjafjöll annoncée dimanche est finalement encore incertaine, les experts indiquent qu'il "est très probable que les éruptions en Islande, modérées ou importantes, couplées à des conditions météo appropriées, provoquent une répétition des perturbations récentes du transport aérien".Par ailleurs, dans un autre rapport publié par l'Institut de physique de Londres, des scientifiques expliquent avoir découvert une charge électrique engendrée par les nuages de cendres volcaniques qui ont récemment survolé l'Écosse. Cette charge électrique aurait pu sérieusement endommager les avions. Les experts tiennent à avertir des dangers que représentent les nuages de cendres, expliquant que "des particules chargées d'électricité peuvent provoquer des interférences radio et, si elles pénètrent dans l'appareil, peuvent présenter un risque pour les passagers ou les appareils de vol".Après l'éruption de l'Eyjafjöll, qui avait repris son activité le 14 avril, ce sont plus de 100.000 vols qui ont dû être annulés à cause de l'impressionnant nuage craché par le volcan.Le 27 mai 2010 à 15:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img
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Mosquito Fogging Exercises commence

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 29th 2017: Mosquito Fogging exercises have begun as an increase of mosquitoes are anticipated with the start of summer. The exercise is to be conducted by the Ministry of Environmental Health and will take to various communities and neighbourhoods across The Bahamas.While no updated travel advisories have been issued for the region, including The Bahamas, ahead of the usual hectic summer season, health officials including the CDC in the US, remain on alert in event of possible cases.The Bahamas Ministry of Environmental Health is urging residents to keep an ear out for community announcements on the radio for scheduled times in their neighbourhoods. The exercise is usually conducted at night, or after the sun has set, as a result, residents are asked to stay indoors. #MagneticMediaNews#MosquitoFoggingExerciseCommencecenter_img Related Items:last_img
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IBM to cut 10K jobs this year Report

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first_imgVisitors walk past the IBM booth at the 9th China International Software Product & Information Service Expo in Nanjing, Jiangsu province September 6, 2013.Reuters FileInternational Business Machines Corp (IBM) plans to cut roughly 10,100 Global Technology Services (GTS) division jobs.The job cuts are part of the company's move to redeploy about 30 percent of the group's 103,000 employees, technology website The Register quoted unnamed company sources as saying.IBM, the American multinational technology company, is one of the world's original PC producers. It is currently a broad-based producer, an integrator and software-maker.The firm beat expectations for revenue in its last quarterly results in October after 22 straight quarters of declines.The Register published a leaked slide which it said was from an IBM internal presentation. It showed 10,100 jobs classified as "attrition w/o backfill". The report also said IBM was planning to redeploy 30 percent of its workforce in its GTS division.  "We do not comment on speculation," Reuters quoted an IBM spokesman as saying. "Many consultants recommend things to IBM, many of which remain merely recommendations," he added.The news comes soon after IBM signed a 10-year managed services agreement with Emirates Airline, in a deal valued at approximately $85 million.last_img
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French aerospace contractor Thales to hire 2000 engineers for Bangalore centre

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first_img. [Representational image]ReutersIn a major boost to the local manufacturing, French aerospace and defence contractor Thales has announced that the company will set up an Engineering Competence Centre in Bengaluru by early 2019.Emmanuel de Roquefeuil, Thales VP and country director, India, told The Times of India that the Bengaluru based-centre will provide hardware and software capabilities for the civil and defence sectors.Thales is a French headquartered multinational company that designs systems and provides services for the aerospace, defence, transportation and security markets. The company has an ambitious plan of hiring around 2,000 people in its Bengaluru centre in the next 3-5 years.Most of the jobs would demand high-end engineering and software skills. Presently, Thales already has around 1,500 people in its India operations, both directly and indirectly through its supply chain. The company aims to take this number to 5,000 in its latest expansion plans.In a statement, the company said that "India's first-of-a-kind ECC will work on high value-added software domains such as air traffic management, in-flight connectivity & entertainment, complex avionics systems, cockpit & flight management systems, radar software's and advanced hardware technologies such as radio frequency/ designs for radars and communications."Despite fears of monopoly in the European market, Thales has got regulatory approval from the European Union for its $5.6 billion acquisition of Netherlands-based Gemalto, a digital security company.Gemalto is a major technology company and have offices across Gurgaon that employ around 1,000 people. Moreover, it also has a 15,000-strong workforce worldwide. The French-based Thales is on taking over spree as it also acquired Guavus, a US-based firm that deals with real-time big data processing and analytics. The deal was closed at around $215 million.Roquefeuil said that "Guavus in India has a strong foothold in artificial intelligence and big data analytics. Overall we've spent close to $7 billion on acquisitions the last year."last_img
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Trump Opponents From Texas Prepare For Last Stand At GOP Convention In

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first_img Listen X 00:00 /02:28 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The Republican National Convention in Cleveland starts later in July. A majority of delegates are pledged to vote for Donald Trump. But there’s a movement afoot to block Trump from winning the nomination, one that includes members of the Texas delegation.Ever since Trump became the presumptive GOP nominee, the question has been whether his former opponents will rally behind him. Paul Simpson is chairman of the Harris County Republican Party. He’s going to Cleveland as a delegate from Houston.Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016“I think the party’s going to pull together,” Simpson says. “I think we will be united in the fall, because it’s largely – we have such a terrible choice on the other side at the presidential level.”In other words, the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. But there are still Republicans who worry Trump is the wrong candidate to face Clinton in November. Grant Moody is a delegate from San Antonio.“I have good relationships with the [Bexar] County party officials,. I know that obviously they feel a duty to party unity at this point, but I think that that’s a false premise, to be honest,” Moody says. “It’s based on the fact that we can unite around Donald Trump and he can actually win and beat Hillary, and I don’t think that’s the case.”Moody is part of Free the Delegates, a coalition aimed at stopping Trump from winning the nomination. The group’s best strategy hinges on getting a statement out of the convention’s rules committee that delegates are free to vote their conscience.HPM ArchiveDonald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.“There’s actually only been one convention in the last 160 years where the Republican delegates were officially bound,” says James Dickey, a delegate from Austin and another member of the Free the Delegates coalition. “That was the ’76 convention, where the delegates then were forced to vote for [Gerald] Ford instead of [Ronald] Reagan, and we all know how that ended up.”Those are the national party’s rules. The state parties have their own systems.  “On the second ballot, a large number of delegates become unbound. The third ballot is when Texas becomes unbound. The fourth ballot is when Florida becomes unbound,” says Matt Mackowiak, an Austin-based Republican consultant. “That’s where you might have another candidate – someone who ran, or someone like Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan – could step forward and could start building support.”The odds still favor Trump clinching the nomination on the first ballot. But the rules could make the difference. The stop-Trump forces only need to win over a quarter of the rules committee to put their argument before the convention.“You know, they have a right to their voice,” says Toni Anne Dashiell, who represents Texas on the Republican National Committee. “And if they get the 28 people that they need from the committee to have a minority report, then it’s open for discussion on the floor.”Dashiell says she’ll stand behind the party’s nominee, whoever that is. But for now, she’s staying neutral. Sharelast_img
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Globus family of brands launches Undiscovered Britain amid strong numbers

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first_img Share Thursday, February 28, 2019 Globus family of brands launches ‘Undiscovered Britain’ amid strong numbers Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Globus << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — In typical fashion most Canadian travellers are more concerned about the value of their dollar than politics. So far Brexit isn’t having an impact on Canadian visitor figures to Britain and in fact, in 2016 when the ‘yes’ vote for Brexit came in, the pound sterling dropped and visitor figures shot up 24%.Canadians may pay more attention to Brexit as the UK-EU ‘divorce date’ – March 29 – rapidly approaches but so far visitor numbers from this market are strong, says Lynda Falcone, Travel Trade Development Manager – Canada for Visit Britain.Falcone says Visit Britain keeps tabs on the Brexit situation, surveying travel agents and tour operators in Canada, “and we haven’t seen any impact.”Falcone updated the trade yesterday at Globus family of brands’ ‘Undiscovered Britain’ event in Toronto. Globus and VisitBritain want agents to help their clients explore “the cobblestones less travelled” with the new Undiscovered Britain itineraries available through both Globus and Cosmos.Stephanie Bishop, Managing Director for the Globus family of brands, says Globus’ numbers to Great Britain just keep climbing, with the destination firmly in the top three for the travel company, along with Italy and France. “Great Britain has delivered time and time again and now with ‘Undiscovered Britain’ we’ll see that again.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThe idea is get Canadians past London – as wonderful as London is – and into other cities and regions in Great Britain, including Scotland and Wales.A stand-alone mini-brochure outlines the Undiscovered Britain itineraries, including the 12-day ‘Britain Uncovered’ to London, Exeter, Cardiff, Warwick, Liverpool, Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh, and the 6-day ‘Hidden Treasures of Southern England’ to London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath and Southampton, both with Globus, and the 7-day ‘Scottish Outlander Adventure’ to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Strathpeffer with Cosmos. More than half a dozen itineraries are available in all.Globus has also, for the first time, produced a stand-alone Britain & Ireland brochure this year. Racking space at agencies is always a concern when splitting off product into a new brochure but Bishop says the decision was the right one. “When a client is looking for Great Britain, they’re looking for Great Britain. They’re not looking for Italy.”Touring offers so much flexibility these days, adds Bishop. “The beauty with touring is, it’s all included … and you earn great commission,” she told agents.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesWith Globus’ private touring concept, clients can choose any itinerary in the brochure and get separate transportation and guiding. “For many years travel agents were asking us for solutions for small groups. This is the solution,” says Bishop.She also reminded agents about ‘Cosmos Lite’, the budget-minded brand’s off-shoot touring style. Cosmos Lite offers touring a la carte, with a combination of cities, multiple night stays, later wake-ups, included breakfasts and “amazing price points.”Bishop ended her presentation with a reminder about the company’s resources for the trade (including agentlingo.ca and the 2019 Travel Agent Guide) plus a few helpful tips for agents…“Average selling price is on the rise”“Average stays are on the rise”“Selling beyond iconic places demonstrates your value”“Be curious and qualify clients”“Avoid selling with your wallet in mind”“Up-sell, add on and cross-sell”last_img
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Rare sighting of Happy Feet for Antarctic travellers

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first_imgEmperor Penguins Antarctica Travellers to Antarctica were spoilt to see Emperor Penguins recently aboard the Le Boreal that was able to make its way South in the Weddell Sea to Snow Hill Island, where there is the colony of these penguins.An extremely rare event that has not been achieved in the past 10 years due to difficulty of access and pending weather conditions, another vessel that attempted this a few seasons ago was trapped in ice for days.The largest of the penguin family and stars of ‘Happy Feet’ and ‘March of the Penguins’, Emperor Penguins tend to stay far south than most Antarctic passenger vessels can reach. The opportunity for travellers to witness such a rare sight was the result of Expedition Leader Larry Hobbs, who studied the ice charts in advance, receiving the forecast that the ice was likely to shift further south than normal.  A mixture of good weather conditions and the ability of the Le Boreal’s speed and stability meant the ship was able to accomplish this landing.Antarctica remains one of the most unique and beautiful places in the world, unmatched by its vast expanses of ice untouched by civilisation.  The combination of adventure and the wonder of nature have lured the most enthusiastic of voyages to Antarctica and for the past 20 years Abercrombie & Kent have been offering award winning cruises to the destination.A&K’s new cruiser vessel, Le Boreal takes travellers into the heart of this pristine wilderness, and face-to-face with nature at its best, with the highest standards in comfort, design and safety and journeys are accompanied by an expert group of lecturers and researchers. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img
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January Construction Spending Beats Forecast

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first_img Census Bureau Homebuilders Private Construction Residential Construction 2014-03-03 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Share Construction spending saw an unexpected—albeit slight—uptick in January, according to monthly data released by the Census Bureau.The government’s latest report shows spending on all construction projects was up 0.1 percent from December, coming to an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of $943.1 billion. That figure is 9.3 percent ahead of January 2013’s estimate of $863.1 billion.Economists polled by Reuters had expected a 0.5 percent decline in spending to follow December’s originally reported 0.1 percent improvement.Private construction spending led the way, gaining 0.5 percent month-over-month to an annual adjusted rate of $670.8 billion. Spending on private homebuilding projects was at a rate of $359.9 billion, 1.1 percent above December’s revised estimate.Breaking down the numbers, spending on new single-family construction was at a rate of $186.0 billion, up 2.3 percent month-over-month, while multifamily spending came to $36.3 billion, up just 1.0 percent.On the public side, spending was down 0.8 percent to an adjusted rate of $272.3 billion, with residential projects contributing about $4.5 billion (down 13.4 percent compared to December).center_img March 3, 2014 458 Views January Construction Spending Beats Forecastlast_img
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