Jammu-Srinagar highway reopens, over 4,500 vehicles resume journey

first_imgOver 4,500 vehicles, mostly trucks carrying apples from Kashmir, have resumed their onward journey by Sunday afternoon as the Jammu-Srinagar national highway was reopened for traffic three days after being blocked by a massive landslide, officials said. The 270-km strategic highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, was cleared of debris brought in by the landslide near Digdole around 3 p.m. on Saturday, a traffic department official said. However, intermittent shooting stones, due to rains, from the hillocks overlooking the highway at several places including Digdole, Maroog and Panthiyal disrupted free flow of traffic.With improvement in weather, light motor vehicles were allowed to ply from both the sides, while preference was given to stranded Jammu-bound trucks carrying apples from Kashmir to outside markets.“So far, over 3,700 trucks and 800 light motor vehicles crossed the Jawahar Tunnel, the gateway of Kashmir,” the official said adding Kashmir-bound trucks, which are stranded at various places on the highway, are likely to be allowed to move towards their destination later in the day. Meanwhile, the Mughal Road which connects the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region with Shopian district in south Kashmir remained closed for the 12th day on Sunday. The road, which usually remains closed during the winter months, was closed on November 6 after high altitude areas including Pir Ki Gali experienced the first major snowfall of the season. Officials said a 37-km stretch of the road, from Bufliaz to Mansar morh, was cleared, while work on the seven-km stretch from Mansar morh towards Shopian is underway. The road has become slippery after the recent snowfall, delaying its reopening, they said.last_img read more

NCAA: Peralta career high helps Perpetual Help beat JRU in battle of also-rans

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers The Altas improved to 4-10, out of the running for a semifinal but could complicate matters for Final Four contenders Letran, Mapua and San Sebastian in their succeeding matches.Peralta, who spent most of his time on the bench in previous outings, exploited the break given to him by coach Frankie Lim after also pulling down nine rebounds when he pinched hit for Kim Aurin in the rotation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manAgem Miranda had 16 points for the Bombers, who plummeted deep into the standings after sharing an identical 4-11 record with the Arellano Chiefs.PERPETUAL 77—Peralta 25, Charcos 13, Adamos 11, Giussani 9, Razon 6, Aurin 6, Labarda 4, Sese 3, Tamayo 0, Martel 0, Sevilla 0, Cuevas 0. Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program02:11CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Marck Espejo, Bryan Bagunas spearhead SEA Games men’s volleyball team JRU 66—Miranda 16, Delos Santos 12, Dionisio 10, Vasquez 7, Dela Rosa 6, Jungco 5, Arenal 4, Amores 4, Aguilar 2, Abaoag 0, Macatangay 0.Quarters: 21-16, 40-33, 61-51, 77-66 Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MANILA, Philippines–Rey Anthony Peralta set a career-high 25 points as the Perpetual Altas pulled off a 77-66 win over the hard-fighting Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

India ready to change plans vs New Zealand batsmen after Mumbai defeat: Bharat Arun

first_imgIndia’s bowling coach Bharath Arun made it clear that Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav are the first choice for Test matches while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are the preferred options in limited-overs formats.”If you look at Shami and Yadav, they are your number one Test bowlers. And Bhuveshwar (Kumar) and (Jasprit) Bumrah have been exceptional and possess all the skills to do well in ODI competitions,” Arun gave a peek into the mind of the team management.”With the volume of cricket India is going to play, it is very important that we have pool of bowlers to choose from so that they remain fresh for every form of the game that we play,” explained Arun at pre-match media conference.Keeping in mind that Umesh and Shami will have a role to play in red-ball cricket, the team management wanted the Test bowlers to play Ranji Trophy.”We encourage them to play first-class cricket. Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav have been playing first-class cricket and Shami has done pretty well for Bengal (10 wickets from 2 games),” Arun said.Workload management has been a priority, the former India medium pacer said.”Too much or too little of bowling is not good for the bowlers. So we need to ensure where they bowl enough and play enough number of matches so that they stay fit and sharp when we require them,” the bowling coach opined.Arun also heaped praise on young spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal saying he was happy with the way they have performed and going for runs in one odd match won’t trouble them.advertisement”Well these two boys (Chahal and Yadav) have done exceptionally well for us and we would like to take a good look at them before we could come up on a combination for the World Cup. So far they have shaped up really well,” he said.After performing extremely well against Australia, the two struggled against the Kiwi batsmen Tom Latham and Ross Taylor in Mumbai as they conceded 125 runs and managed a solitary wicket between them.”See in all fairness, in the last nine games, India have won nine on the trot and these two wrist spinners have done their job. They have time and again taken wickets. Sometimes it does happen that you don’t get the desired wickets, you have plans in place but it doesn’t work out.”If you look at the overall percentages, we are happy with the way they have shaped up, so one-odd match shouldn’t trouble us,” he added.Latham in particular disturbed the length of spinners by using the sweep and the reverse sweep shots and Arun said the team had their plans in place.”Yes, we do (have plans). We have taken a good look at the videos, how they played the sweeps and things like this. Definitely the plans would change for these batsmen,” he added.India stare at a rare series defeat at home after clinching the past six bilateral series and Arun conceded that it would be a challenging task.”Again, we look at it as a big challenge right now. New Zealand compete exceptionally well, they had a fantastic partnership and they went on to win that (Mumbai) game. It is a bigger challenge for us to come back.”We know we have our plans in place and it is good testing ground for the team (on) how you come back from behind and do well in the series,” he added.Meanwhile, quizzed on the workload of bowlers, Arun said, “You got to consider the weather, consider the workload, how much they have bowled in the match, how much they have bowled at practice and then based on that.””It’s just not the decision of the bowling coach, it is a combined decision of the physio, trainer and the bowling coach, we decide to rest someone at practice and then we do that.”India skipper Virat Kohli and the fast bowlers did not come for practice since it was an optional session at the MCA Stadium here.last_img read more

Jakarta and Palembang: Tale of two contrasting Asian Games co-hosts

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma Jakarta, Aug 30 (PTI) A bustling metropolis and a conservative capital of South Sumatra province, the co-hosts of the ongoing Asian Games — Jakarta and Palembang are like chalk and cheese. The two cities paint a contrasting picture even though Indonesia as a whole deals with rising Islamic influence in its sociopolitical landscape. Jakarta seems like any other modern city, welcoming you with a sea of skyscrapers which are tall enough to hide the poor pockets of the Indonesian capital. The hijabs that are a must for the women in Palembang, make way for the flowing locks in Jakarta. There is only one thing that unites them: their endless love for Bollywood and its famous son — Shahrukh Khan. Expectedly, due concerns were raised when it was decided that Palembang will be partially hosting the Asian Games alongside Jakarta. “Yes, there were concerns. We were not sure if there were enough hotels in Palembang to meet the huge demand during the Games. The city is also traditional, a bit on the conservative side,” Muhammad Buldansyah, media head of Games organising committee, INASGOC, told PTI. “But then we had the infrastructure in place and little time. In addition to that, South Sumatra governor was more than supportive.” Palembang is not an international city, certainly not the best advert of Indonesia, but the fact that it had a sporting history, having hosted the Southeast Asian Games in 2011, proved to be the clincher. Jakarta, being the capital and host of 1962 Asiad, was a natural choice.advertisement Originally, Surabaya, country’s second largest city, was picked to host the Asian Games but in the host city race, it lost to Hanoi in 2012. As things would pan out two years later, Indonesia was chosen as the host country by Olympic Council of Asia following Vietnam’s pull-out owing to financial constraints. It left Indonesia with four years to prepare with business tycoon Erick Thohir at the helm of affairs. Most of the infrastructure was in place, a full-fledged sport city in Palembang and a state of the art sports complex in the heart of Jakarta, but multiple cities hosting the world’s second biggest multi sporting event for the first time posed a stiff challenge. “It was a huge challenge but it was important for the economy of both the cites. This (two cities hosting) could actually be the way forward for the Asian Games,” Thohir had said in the lead-up to the event. Buldansyah, on his part added: “There were challenges, especially in Palembang, but the OCA was satisfied with the facilities. It gave its go ahead and we tried our best.” Traffic, terrorism and crime were also a major concern. But Indonesia put out all the stops to ensure a fairly smooth conduct of the Games. With three days to go for the closing ceremony, it won’t be pre-mature to say ‘a job well done’. PTI BS SSCSSClast_img read more

Miss World 2018: Miss India Anukeerthy Vas in top 30. Who is she?

first_imgManushi Chhillar broke the dry spell that India was under when she brought home the prestigious Miss World crown in 2017 the first time after Priyanka Chopra last won it in 2000.It seems like another one of India’s beauties is acing it at the beauty pageant that saw over 118 contestants participating in the race for the crown.We are talking about Miss India 2018, Anukreethy Vas. The 20-year-old student from Tamil Nadu won the crown of Miss India this year from among 30 promising contestants.But there are still some of us who do not know much about the girl. Take a look at everything you need to know about the stunner.Anukreethy is a student pursuing a Bachelors degree in French from the Loyola College in Chennai.She has been raised by a single mother and it was her mother’s dream that she takes up French as a course so that she could become a translator.Anukreethy finished her schooling from RSK Higher Secondary School in Thiruverumbur, Tamil Nadu.She loves to sing, dance and ride bikes. She is also a state-level athlete. Although she enjoys all sports, basketball and handball are her favourite.Anukreethy wants to pursue her passion in Fine Arts and also wants to be a supermodel. Her favourite photographer is Atul Kasbekar.She won the Miss India pageant not just because of her looks, but her exceptional intelligence too. The final question that was put to the contestants during the Miss India finale was whether success was a better teacher or failure.Anukreethy won the judges over with her amazing answer, that went like this:”I would say failure is a better teacher because when you get continuous success in life, you will feel content at a point and your growth will stop. But when you get failures continuously, the soul will have the fire and you will keep working hard until you reach the goal.”She continued:”It’s always been failure in my life that took me to this position. From a village-based place, from all the struggle, I am here. Not even a single person was there to support me other than my mother and I feel only the failures, the criticism I have gone through have brought me up as a confident and independent woman in this society. And experience is always the best teacher and that is what I can tell you. So keep trying.”Only an intelligent woman can think like this.Anukreethy is also an active member of the Beauty with a Purpose campaign. Her project is educating and improving the condition of the transgender community. She is intelligent, beautiful and a very gentle person who cares about others.And it is probably this very attitude of hers that has positioned her in the top 30 contestant list at the Miss World 2018 pageant.advertisementHer personal motto is this: The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. So be the best version of yourself everyday.The Miss World 2018 finale is all set to be held in Sanya, China on December 8. Manushi Chhillar will be crowning her successor at the ceremony. We hope that Anukreethy does the country proud again and wish her all the best.ALSO SEE | What has Miss India 2018 Anukreethy Vas been doing since her crown win?ALSO WATCH | Tamil Nadu girl Anukreethy Vas crowned Miss India 2018last_img read more

11 days agoMonaco midfielder Alan Dzagoev reveals open ended Chelsea offer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Monaco midfielder Alan Dzagoev reveals open ended Chelsea offerby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMonaco midfielder Alan Dzagoev has recalled the open ended offer he had from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.The CSKA Moscow legend, 29, played in a trial game at the Blues early in his career, with former manager Avram Grant rejecting the chance to sign him.But club owner Abramovich told the Russian midfielder he would bring him to the club if he just said the word.Dzagoev recalled: “It’s true that Abramovich told us if we want to go to England, we just need to tell him.”But at the time, the situation was a very confusing one for me. So, I decided to stay with the club.”Dzagoev stayed in Moscow and has gone on to play over 300 times for CSKA – while adding 59 caps for Russia.The midfielder also revealed he was never approached by Arsenal or Tottenham, despite being linked with the two Premier League sides down the years. last_img read more

Report: Juventus 1 AC Milan 0

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s goal proved decisive as Juventus defeated 10-man AC Milan 1-0 to win the Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah.The Portugal forward headed through the limp hands of Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma just after the hour, which was enough to settle a low-key affair.Juve could have won by a more comfortable scoreline with Douglas Costa and Joao Cancelo having decent chances, while the Bianconeri twice correctly had goals ruled out for offside before Franck Kessie was deservedly sent off for Gennaro Gattuso’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Milan, who only named Gonzalo Higuain among the substitutes amid rumours of a move to Chelsea, hit the crossbar through Patrick Cutrone, but that was as close as they came to denying Ronaldo the chance to celebrate his first piece of silverware as a Juve player. 61′ SIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!! @Cristiano HEADS JUVE IN FRONT IN THE #SUPERCUP!!!!! #JuveMilan [1-0] #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/ncfYPAGat2— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 16, 2019Douglas Costa tried his luck in the fourth minute for Juve with a whipped strike from the right of the box that flashed past the far post, before Cancelo drilled a low shot across the face of goal and Blaise Matuidi rightly had a goal ruled out for offside.Ronaldo went close with an acrobatic effort on the stroke of half-time but a turgid opening period ended goalless.Milan had created little of note until Cutrone’s venomous left-footed strike on the turn crashed off the woodwork just after the restart.But it was Ronaldo, shortly after stinging the palms of Donnarumma, who opened the scoring.Miralem Pjanic hung up a perfect cross that Ronaldo headed through the hands of Donnarumma, who will likely feel he could have done better.Paulo Dybala thought he had doubled the lead when side-footing home from Matuidi’s pass, only for the offside flag to deny Juve again, with Higuain introduced to the action soon after. Any hopes of a Milan turnaround were ended when Kessie was dismissed after a VAR check for an ugly lunge on Emre Can, who made a fine tackle to deny Andrea Conti at the near post in Milan’s only glimmer of a threat in the closing stages.What does it mean? Ronaldo adds to medal haulIt was always surely a matter of when not if Ronaldo won honours with Juve after joining in a €112million deal from Real Madrid in the close-season. This trophy will be small fry in comparison to the other titles he will have his eyes on, but an unbeaten first half to the season suggests that a Serie A crown at the very least is on the agenda, while Juve are in the hunt for Coppa Italia and Champions League glory.Match-winner Ronaldo proves decisive againRonaldo has made a habit of producing the goods during a trophy-laden and prolific career and it was no different on this occasion. The ex-Manchester United forward had already threatened the Milan goal a couple of times before making his decisive contribution.Kessie red compounds anonymous outingMilan, save for a few rare moments, rarely troubled Juve and were particularly lacking against a star-studded midfield. Kessie’s rash challenge on Can, which fully merited the red card it yielded, was an apt way to end a difficult encounter.Key Opta Facts- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored eight goals in his last seven finals.- This is the Supercoppa Italiana with fewest goals since 2007 (Inter 0-1 Roma).- Juventus have scored in all their last eight games against AC Milan.- Milan have not scored in their last three games against Juventus.- Milan have hit the woodwork 10 times this season IN all competitions.What’s next?Juventus return to domestic action at home to Chievo on Monday, while AC Milan will lick their wounds and attempt to rebound against Genoa on the same day.  read morelast_img read more

Video: Punches Thrown In USC-UCLA Game

first_imgGeneral view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 22: General view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on November 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, rivals USC and UCLA met in Pasadena to settle their differences. The Trojans entered the game winners of three-straight against the Bruins, but both programs are in the midst of down seasons.Despite their struggles this season, both teams got up for a game against their bitter rival. It didn’t take long for the competitive juices to start flowing either.USC defensive lineman Brandon Pili let the magnitude of the moment overwhelm him. During the first half, Pili was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, but he should have been ejected from the game entirely.In the video below, Pili can be seen throwing a punch to the head of a UCLA offensive lineman.Her’s the play.How did Brandon Pili not get tossed? pic.twitter.com/X5pDDkdpZi— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) November 17, 2018Usually, plays like this result in an immediate ejection, but that wasn’t the case here.As it stands now, USC holds a 24-21 lead with just over four minutes left in the first half.last_img read more

Training Workshop for Teachers August 21-23

first_img Ms. Lim Kai Ling, a Scholastic Professional Development Specialist and lead PR1ME Mathematics Trainer, will be joined by several local and regional PR1ME trainers, including former Chief Education Officer from Barbados, Dr. Wendy Griffiths. Story Highlights Leading Mathematics Expert from Singapore, Kelly Lim Kai Ling, will again headline presenters at the upcoming training workshop, ‘Amazing Mathematics Powers (AMP)…PRIMEd for Success’ to be held August 21 to 23 at the Shortwood Teachers’ College in Kingston.Ms. Lim Kai Ling, a Scholastic Professional Development Specialist and lead PRIME Mathematics Trainer, will be joined by several local and regional PRIME trainers, including former Chief Education Officer from Barbados, Dr. Wendy Griffiths.Chief Executive Officer for The Book Merchant Ltd (BML), Sharon Neita, told JIS News that the presenters would utilise the Scholastic PRIME Mathematics, a compilation of the best practices in Singapore, Republic of Korea and Hong Kong, which are three of the top-performing countries in mathematics.Exposure to this methodology will involve focusing on critical thinking skills and less on drill and practice. This will translate into the development of creative and problem-solving skills in children.“We see an urgent need to immerse our educators in best practices in teaching mathematics. The Book Merchant Limited has a long-standing history of investing in the capacity building of teachers and teaching quality through the provision of provisional development resources and teaching training programmes,” Mrs. Neita pointed out.In addition to Mathematics training, there will be a literacy component to the three-day workshop this year. This will be delivered by renowned education consultant and lecturer at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Dr. Joan Spencer-Emandez, and Educator, Trainer and Senior Manager in Scholastic for Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, Mr. Miguel Melendez.Popular Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at The UWI, Mona, Dr. Rose Johnson, will be on hand again this year to provide teachers with innovative strategies, which when utilised, bring about immediate behavioural change in students.In the meantime, the initiative, which is now in its second year, is endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.Partnering with the BML are Shortwood Teachers’ College and the Jamaica Teaching Council.Some 350 teachers from Jamaica and the Caribbean benefited from the training workshop at the first staging last year. This year, the organisers anticipate that some 600 educators from Jamaica and across the Caribbean will participate in the workshop.For further information, interested persons may contact the BML at 876-946-0926 or by email at info@bookmerchant.net. Chief Executive Officer for The Book Merchant Ltd (BML), Sharon Neita, told JIS News that the presenters would utilise the Scholastic PR1ME Mathematics, a compilation of the best practices in Singapore, Republic of Korea and Hong Kong, which are three of the top-performing countries in Mathematics. Leading Mathematics Expert from Singapore, Kelly Lim Kai Ling, will again headline presenters at the upcoming training workshop, ‘Amazing Mathematics Powers (AMP)…PR1Med for Success’, to be held August 21-23 at the Shortwood Teachers’ College, in Kingston.last_img read more

Temporary closure of the Cecil Lake and Goodlow Transfer Stations

first_imgFor further questions you are asked to call; 250.784.3200 or you can CLICK HERE for answers to FAQ DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Cecil Lake and Goodlow Transfer stations will be temporarily closed from Tuesday, January 22nd and anticipated to resume regular operations Friday, January 25th, 2019.Due to vandalism that took place on the weekend, the transfer stations require attention.The PRRD expresses there regards to the inconvenience this closure may cause.last_img

UN refugee agency to facilitate absentee voting for Iraqs upcoming elections

5 February 2010A large number of Iraqi refugees sheltering in neighbouring countries will be able to vote in Iraq’s parliamentary elections early next month with help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the agency announced today. A large number of Iraqi refugees sheltering in neighbouring countries will be able to vote in Iraq’s parliamentary elections early next month with help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the agency announced today.Responding to a request from Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), UNHCR said it is ready to cooperate with Iraqi authorities and host governments, providing demographic data on registered Iraqi refugees and informing them of their rights to participate in the 7 March elections.“As of December 2009, UNHCR had on its records some 300,000 Iraqis who are believed to still be present in the region – including over 210,000 in Syria – of whom close to 190,000 are of voting age,” UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming told reporters in Geneva.Ms. Fleming noted that based on host government sources, the total number of Iraqis in the region is much higher, as hundreds of thousands do not register with UNHCR for various reasons.UNHCR said it will also provide logistical support that may be needed for a smooth and orderly election process, which many consider to be a major opportunity to consolidate national reconciliation. read more

Morneau should donate shares to charity instead of selling them first experts

OTTAWA — Of all the headaches Bill Morneau is nursing these days, this might be the least of them: what’s the best way to donate millions of dollars in stock-market gains to charity?Nice problem to have, many Canadians might say.But even finance ministers have to manage their money, and Morneau is doubtless well aware of the whopping tax bill that will accompany the sale of roughly $21-million worth of shares in his former company, Morneau Shepell.A cynic might suggest that’s part of the reason he has decided to make a charitable donation out of the difference between what the shares are worth today and what they were worth in 2015 when he first became finance minister — a dollar figure roughly estimated at around $5 million.Donating that much to charity will bring a sizeable tax credit that should help to soften the blow. But experts have advice for anyone contemplating such a decision: donate the shares themselves instead of selling them.It’s in Morneau’s interest to donate the value in shares, since liquidating the stock first would result in a big tax hit, particularly when it comes to capital gains, said accountant Robert Kleinman, executive vice-president of The Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal.“It would be foolish to sell those shares, get the cash, and then donate the cash,” Kleinman said.“Look, he’s going to be poorer by doing this. By donating, his total value — even with the tax savings — will be less because he’s giving $5 million. But the cost of the gift will be relatively low.”Morneau’s latest move is one of several he’s made in recent days to counter opposition allegations that he profited from decisions he’s taken since becoming federal finance minister two years ago. The transaction is expected to be conducted by a trustee under the guidance of the federal ethics commissioner.The conflict-of-interest allegations stem from a pension bill, introduced in the House of Commons by Morneau himself, that could benefit Morneau Shepell, a human resources and pension management firm he helped build with his father.The concerns about Bill C-27 have caught the attention of the ethics commissioner, who says she’s looking into the accusations to determine whether an investigation is necessary. For his part, Morneau has insisted from the outset that he was never in a conflict of interest.He promised last week to sell all of his roughly one million shares in the company and place all his other substantial assets in a blind trust — a step he says the ethics commissioner told him in 2015 would not be necessary.Until the shares are divested, they will remain behind a conflict-of-interest screen — overseen by the minister’s chief of staff — to ensure he is recused from any discussions or decisions that could benefit his personal interests.On Thursday, Morneau went a step further, vowing to donate to charity the difference in the value of the shares between the date he was elected in October 2015 and the day they’re sold.Kim Moody, a director at Moodys Gartner Tax Law, agreed that Morneau would be better off donating the shares directly, since the numbered company where the stock is held wouldn’t have to pay taxes on any capital gains, since there would be none.“Clearly, he’s still net out of pocket, but at the end of the day it’s pretty tax advantageous.”That approach would also allow Morneau to take $2.5 million out of the numbered company — tax-free — through a capital dividend account. In addition, Moody said, the firm would get that $5-million charitable receipt.“Clearly if he’s well-advised, which I presume he is, that would be the recommendation — don’t liquidate the stock.” read more

Majority of three and fouryearolds now own an iPad survey finds

The report’s authors said that: “More than a quarter of under fives actively use voice recognition software, often to ask for nursery rhymes and music in general, but also to answer some of their most pressing questions, such as ‘who are Everton playing next?’ and ‘how big is the moon?’”By the age of four, most youngsters are “self-sufficient” on a tablet or mobile phone, as they become able to navigate their way around apps, games and downloadable content.Earlier this year, Amazon announced that its Alexa voice assistant will teach children to mind their Ps and Qs, following concerns that the voice-activated Echo speakers were leading children to bark orders. The company’s latest speaker will reward children for saying “please” and “thank you” in an attempt to encourage more polite questions.When a child questions a new “Kids Edition” of the Echo speaker and says “please”, it will respond: “Thanks for asking so nicely.”When they say “thank you”, the speaker will reply “you’re welcome” or “no worries”. Children’s charities had previously warned that the commanding way people have learned to address voice assistants was being picked up by children.An earlier report from Childwise found that children were learning to talk “as aggressively or rudely as they like without any consequences”. More than two thirds of preschool households own a voice recognition gadget, such as Siri or Alexa More than two thirds of preschool households own a voice recognition gadget, such as Siri or Alexa More than two thirds of preschool households own a voice recognition gadget, such as Siri or Alexa, the survey found. The majority of three and four-year-olds now own an iPad for the first time, a survey has found.It is likely to become the “new norm” for children under the age of five owning their own tablet, laptop, netbook or computer, according to a new report by specialist research agency Childwise.A survey of over 1,000 parents carried out by Childwise found that 54 per cent of three to four-year-old children now have their own device, up from 47 per cent last year.”Personal ownership is also likely to become the norm for the majority of preschoolers in the next year or two, as the balance tips in favour of those with a device rather than those without,” the report said.Childwise, which has produces an annual report into the media habits of pre-school children, also found that children under-fives are now spending nearly three hours on average a day watching videos either on television or online.Under fives now  watch an average of 2.8 hours of videos a day, up from 2.6 hours last year and 2.4 hours in 2014. 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. read more

Redesign relaunch of J D Neuhaus heavy duty engineering Profi hoists

first_imgAs a completion of the re-design project for their Profi range of air operated hoists, J D Neuhaus has now launched its new, innovative Profi 75 TI and Profi 100 TI hoists, offering SWL capacities of 75 and 100 t respectively. Existing products in the Profi range cover lift capacities from 250 kg up to a full 60 t. The latest introductions, which incorporate savings in energy requirements as well as reductions in both weight and overall size dimensions, cover the demanding requirements of heavy engineering working conditions. The key component of these hoists is a new air motor unit, based on the well-proven J D Neuhaus motor-brake concept and incorporating a patented integrated brake system, with a stepped brake piston and a reliable self-lubricating rotor. In the standard configuration of a 6 bar air pressure supply, the motor provides a 9 kW power output, adequate for the operation of either hoist while still providing significant energy reductions.At full nominal lift capacities (75 or 100 t), the compressed air consumed is 7.6 m3/min which represents in excess of 30% saving over the hoists being replaced. On lowering of full loads, the air consumed is 6 m3/min, which represents an impressive full 50% saving over the power/energy consumption of the hoists being replaced. The new hoists are designed with machinery group classification according to ISO 4301/FEM 9.5 II is M3/1Bm, which is good for 400 hours full load operation.Although the overall air consumption has been reduced significantly, the lift and lower speeds with/without loads have been increased compared with the previous models of hoists, which helps to reduce handling and to increase production outputs over a full working day. The lifting speeds at full load have increased from 0.45 to 0.53 m/min (Profi 75 TI) and 0.35 to 0.4 m/min (Profi 100 TI). Lifting speeds without a load increase from 0.85 to 1.33 m/min (Profi 75 TI) and from 0.7 to 1.0 m/min (Profi 100 TI). The lowering speeds at full load have also benefited, increasing from 1 to 1.25 m/min (Profi 75 TI) and from 0.8 to 0.95 m/min (Profi 100 TI). Computer simulations like CFD were used throughout the development processes, with all simulation results validated in various praxis tests to achieve energy savings up to 50%, depending upon the operating conditions.The combination of optimised material selection and modern design methods has also achieved significant weight reductions for the new hoists. This ensures that the relation between hoist unit weight and safe working loads is much better than with the superseded hoist designs. An overall weight saving of 750 kg has been achieved for the Profi 75 TI, and 640 kg for the Profi 100 TI. Some reductions in size have also been achieved, particularly that between the load bearing surfaces of the load and suspension hooks. Significant reductions in sound levels during operation have also been achieved, with the new hoists registering 77 dB(A) at full load lifting and 83 dB(A) on the lowering operation.Lifting and lowering motor limiters incorporating a pneumatic pin valve design are also available as optional extras for both hoists.last_img read more

Theyve taken the heart and soul out of the town Locals worried

first_img The Tesco store on the outskirts of Naas. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall IrelandOnline shopping Alan Shine, CEO Kildare North Chamber of Commerce, paints a different picture of businesses in Naas.“I would say that there has been a lot of openings recently,” he tells TheJournal.ie.He points towards the recent opening of Meadows & Byrne homeware store in the centre of the town as an example of improved businessShine says that Naas is “striding forward and going forward” as a town with strong restaurants and higher-end fashion boutiques.“Naas like any other urban town close to Dublin is competing with the likes of Dundrum, Liffey Valley and Kildare Outlet Village,” says Shine.He says that problems exist for the retail sector of many towns in Ireland.“I think the retail sector is continuing to struggle and compete with out of town and online,” he says.Shine says that hotel and restaurants are doing good business in the town, stating that Osprey’s Hotel and Lawlor’s Hotel are both adding rooms to their dwellings.He also states that the Punchestown Racing Festival in April should bring 120,000 people through the town. Naas is usually the town of choice to visit for Punchestown revellers. Source: RollingNews.ieHe did state that any further loss of car park would not be acceptable, however.HopefulIn a statement to TheJournal.ie Kildare County Council pointed to a number of investment projects and initiatives it was undertaking in Naas.These include:€4 million on projects for updating roadsUndertaking a review of parking by-laws in the townFacilitating the continued development of the Naas shopping centre siteA shopfront improvement schemeIn relation to the Naas shopping centre Nama site, the council said that a decision in regards to the sale of the site was “imminent”.“Kildare County Council officials are working non-stop with a clear focus on facilitating appropriate development on the site in question,” a spokesperson says.Despite these commitments and plans, retailers in Naas say that the town is suffering.A new group called Naas Against Authority Sabotage met in the town last Friday to express anger at the business closures and the view that the council wasn’t doing enough for retailers.Despite planning to shut the doors on his business, however, Paul McEntaggart remains hopeful for the future.“I remain hopeful that with proper planning we can turn this around,” he says.Paul says he will continue to run his business online for the time being, but he hopes the issues facing the town can be sorted out.“I’m a positive guy. I still believe in Naas.I’m hopeful for the future and I still believe this can get sorted. I still believe in this town.Read: Is this still the most economically depressed town in Ireland?Read: Three bombs discovered in vehicle during garda search in Kildare 46,504 Views Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 10:00 PM Share394 Tweet Email3 Catherine Murphy said Main Street in Naas has been undermined. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieMurphy points to the opening of the Tesco store, the closing of Superquinn on the Main Street and the lack of parking which she says “undermined the Main Street at a critical time”.It’s lost the vitality that it used to have. There use to be a variety of shops.Council plans to pedestrianise Poplar Square are also being met with resistance from local retailers, as the plans would further reduce the number of parking spaces in the town.“It’s going to take more car park spaces,” says Paul McEntaggart.They’re choking the town of life – they’re suffocating it. ‘They’ve taken the heart and soul out of the town’ – Locals worried as business after business closes in Naas Retail businesses in the town are facing a myriad of problems. By Cormac Fitzgerald Feb 11th 2017, 10:00 PM Short URL 57 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3232643 PAUL MCENTAGGART OPENED The Foot Shop on Main Street in Naas in 2012, with high hopes for the future.Paul felt that the north Kildare town would be a great place to start his business, which aimed to sell footwear for people with specific orthopaedic needs.However, after four years in Naas Paul says he’s now forced to shut the doors on his business.“I was abroad for a long time and I came home and wanted to be a success story,” says Paul, who is originally from Clondalkin in Dublin.“I’m not naive, I’m not stupid but I genuinely thought I had a good product.”But you’re hit with a brick wall here. People just don’t want to come to Naas.The Foot Shop in Naas is the latest in a string of retail businesses closing in the town, which has a population of about 20,000 and sits about a 45 minutes drive from Dublin.Kate Conway, the owner of Top Drawer Boutique – which has been present in Naas in some form for 100 years – announced recently that her shop would also be closing its doors. Conway’s Boutique alongside other shops in Naas. Source: Google Maps“It has become almost impossible for small traders to survive in the town,” Conway told the Leinster Leader last week.Mattimoe’s Londis – which was present in the town for over 30 years – also closed its doors for the final time last month.The closures are compounded by other business ceasing trading in recent years. Estimates are that over 40 businesses have closed in the town in the past decade.The closures include high-profile chains and franchises like Penneys, Marks and Spencers and Superquinn as well as multpile smaller, independent outlets. Superquinn in Naas which closed in 2011. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland“Its feels like the Naas Main Street has been forgotten,” says Paul. “They’ve taken the heart and soul out of the town.”If you look at the small towns across the country it’s the same thing.What’s happening in Naas?The people closing their businesses in Naas list a number of issues the town has been facing, one of the principle of them being parking.“There’s no car park spaces for people here,” says Paul.Business owners state that parking spaces in the town are at a minimum.With the closure of Superquinn in 2011, shoppers lost the use of the 60-space surface car park there. Superquinn shut its doors as a result of its lease expiring.The building in which it was situated was located was owned by Penneys (who operated a smaller outlet store nearby). The shopping centre site pictured in 2011 Source: RollingNews.iePenneys had plans to redevelop the site into a bigger store in the centre of the town but in 2015 it announced it would be leaving Naas altogether and cancelled the development plans after closing its store there.Compounding the parking issue is the site of a planned 16,000 square metre shopping centre which been a fixture in the centre of the town for the past seven yearsThe cranes still hang above the Naas skyline from the project, which was abandoned and the loans on it transferred to Nama. Over 200 car parking spaces were lost when construction began on the site.If the centre was to be developed it would provide hundreds of car park spaces in the townOn top of the parking situation, retailers point to the opening of the huge Tesco store on the outskirts of the town as drawing business away from the centre.“I think there’s been a number of things that have happened to Naas in recent years,” Catherine Murphy, Social Democrats TD For Kildare North tells TheJournal.ie. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Stamoulis property hits the roof

first_imgIn a month when housing affordability has been a hotly-contested topic, one eminent Greek Australian may have set a new benchmark for size, price and luxuriousness.After three years of building, property developer Harry Stamoulis is close to being handed the keys to his new home – Australia’s largest residential construction.The St Georges Road property in Melbourne, built on the former Baillieu family estate, is understood to span some 3,200 square metres, with a grand ballroom, five bedrooms, two kitchens, and nine bathrooms, along with an indoor swimming pool and staff quarters.Mr Stamoulis paid $24 million for the land in 2010, and the mansion’s epic build is believed to have added at least another $40 millionto the final cost. One report suggests cabinetry in the kitchen alone is said to have cost $2 million.Greek themes reportedly run throughout the property, with Fairfax’s Domain newspaper saying the house’s Hellenic credentials including a meandros – a Greek repeated motif – with arcs around the imposing front doors, plus intricate sculptures of entwined human figures and horses.Since 2012 an army of builders under the management of Krongold Constructions, has been working on the property, its subterannean basement and the outlying grounds.Landscape designer to the rich and famous, Paul Bangay, is understood to have been commissioned to shape the Mediterranean-style gardens which include a rectangular pond, tennis court, and shaded pergolas.The house’s grand colonnade facade some suggest bears a resemblance to the Greek Parliament in Athens’ Syntagma Square.Nearby on Saint Georges Road, businessman and philanthropist Daniel Besen is building another modern mansion which is believed to have an underground art gallery. Prestige buyers advocate David Morrell told Fairfax Media that the super wealthy in Melbourne are “land banking” adjoining blocks to create a new wave of family compounds.Mr Morrell said multiple blocks in suburbs like Toorak cost a premium, because they are few and tightly held by establishment families through generations.“It is an expensive business, first you have to collect the land and often people won’t want to sell, so it’s not for the faint hearted,” he said.In 2013 Harry Stamoulis sold his luxury penthouse in the Royal Domain Tower on St Kilda Road to retail magnate Solomon Lew for $13.3 million.BRW estimates the Stamoulis family’s wealth to be $540 million. Its origins lie in the Gold Metal Soft Drink company, established by Harry Stamoulis’ late father Spiros. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Espèces menacées la Cites réclame plus de moyens pour les protéger

first_imgEspèces menacées : la Cites réclame plus de moyens pour les protégerDoha, Qatar – La Convention sur le commerce international des espèces de faune et de flore sauvages menacées d’extinction (Cites) a réclamé plus de moyens pour assurer la protection de la vie sauvage. Jusqu’au 25 mars prochain, les 175 Etats membres de la Cites examineront quarante-deux propositions d’inscription de nouvelles espèces au répertoire des animaux et végétaux en danger d’extinction, ou de renforcement des régulations déjà mises en place. Depuis sa création en 1975, la Convention régule déjà le commerce de quelque 34.000 espèces de faune et de flore sauvage. Disposant de 5 millions de dollars par an pour accomplir sa mission de protection des espèces, la Cites assure que ce budget est insuffisant et demande à ce qu’il soit augmenté dès cette année.”Sans financement adéquat, la Cites risque de laisser tomber non seulement les espèces auxquelles nous semblons attacher de l’importance, mais aussi le monde en développement qui se bat pour préserver la vie sauvage”, a averti Willem Wijnstekers, le secrétaire général de la Convention. Pour pouvoir assurer la sauvegarde des espèces menacées par la destruction des écosystèmes, la surpêche ou encore la surexploitation du bois, “il nous faudrait une hausse de près de 30%”, notamment pour aider les pays en développement à faire respecter les réglementations et interdictions du commerce des animaux protégés, estime Juan Carlos Vasquez, de la Cites.A Doha, l’inscription du thon rouge à l’annexe I de la Cites est en ce moment étudiée. Si elle est adoptée par la majorité des pays membres de la Convention, elle entraînera l’interdiction du commerce international de l’espèce. Le sort de quatre espèces de requins mais aussi des coraux est également à l’ordre du jour de la réunion, à laquelle participent près de 1.500 délégués représentant quelque 150 États, de nombreuses ONG et des associations scientifiques. Le 21 mars 2010 à 17:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Bicyclist hospitalized after Fort Lauderdale hitandrun

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a bicyclist to the hospital after, police said, he was struck in Fort Lauderdale by a driver who fled the scene.Fort Lauderdale Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the hit-and-run near Southeast 17th Street and Eisenhower Boulevard, just after 9 a.m., Saturday.Investigators said the victim, a 52-year-old man, was riding his bike when he was struck by a dark colored vehicle. The driver did not stop and then sped away.Paramedics transported the bicyclist to Broward Health Medical Center, where he was last listed in critical condition.The crash took place hours after another bicyclist was fatally struck by a car in Davie, Friday night. The driver in that crash stayed at the scene.If you have any information on this hit-and-run, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more