Truck drivers launch indefinite strike press for demands

first_imgKolkata: Demanding implementation of Revision of Safe Axle Weights of Goods Vehicles, the Federation of West Bengal Truck Operators Association (FWBTOA) launched an indefinite strike on Monday.”Our strike will continue if our demand is not met. It is difficult for us to say that for how many days the indefinite strike will continue,” said Sajal Ghosh, joint secretary of FWBTOA. FWBTOA, along with Posta Goods Transport Operators’ Association, protested against harassment of truck drivers on the road by the police, delivery of permit within the scheduled time and illegal citation cases. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaGhosh explained that truck drivers in other states enjoy the benefits of the Revision of Safe Axle Weights of Goods Vehicles that allows them carry 25 percent more commodities. This apart, the denomination of third party insurance should also be reduced, Ghosh said. Due to high maintenance cost and skyrocketing diesel prices, trucks which were bought by truck owners on loan and EMI basis from SBI banks have failed to pay their EMI on time. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe truck owners are shelving their vehicles due to high maintenance cost. “We will die unnatural death if the rate of third party insurance keeps on increasing. Today, we have to pay Rs 48,000 per annum for third party insurance. We also want reduction in diesel price,” Ghosh said. The indefinite truck drivers’ strike paralyzed the movement of trucks across the state. Nearly 30,000 trucks were stranded at the different places across the state.last_img read more

Former child refugee set free as he fights deportation to Somalia

first_imgTORONTO – Former Somali child refugee Abdoul Abdi has been released from custody as he continues his fight against deportation to a country he has no connection to.Benjamin Perryman, Abdi’s lawyer, says he was released Wednesday morning from the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ont., to a halfway house in the greater Toronto area.Abdi grew up in foster care in Nova Scotia, but never got Canadian citizenship, and was held by the Canada Border Services Agency after spending five years in prison for multiple offences, including aggravated assault.Abdi’s case has become a rallying point for advocates who say it was wrong for the province to fail to apply for citizenship on his behalf.Perryman said Abdi told him Wednesday it felt “unreal” to be free after five years, and thanked his supporters and wanted “to say thank you for being given a chance.”No deportation hearing has been scheduled yet.The lawyer continues to fight Abdi’s deportation in Federal Court.“The Minister also has the power to settle the court case and provide Mr. Abdi with the relief he is seeking, but that has not occurred,” Perryman said in an email.“We are hopeful that the government will stop its efforts to deport Mr. Abdi and that his case can be resolved without having to go to court.”Perryman has said Abdi was given grossly inadequate care by the province as a foster child. He said deporting him to Somalia — a country to which he has no ties and where he would be unable to care for his Canadian-born daughter — would be unfair.Abdi was six years old when he arrived in Nova Scotia as a refugee. He went to live with his aunt, who didn’t speak English, and was soon apprehended by the Nova Scotia government.Between the ages of eight and 19, Abdi was moved 31 times, separated from his sister and was never granted citizenship. His aunt’s efforts to regain custody were rejected, and attempts to file a citizenship application for the children was blocked.last_img read more

We are taking a chance on the lives of our elders Pimicikamak

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsAfter years of lobbying the federal government, Pimicikamak Cree Nation now has funding in place for a new hospital.Now, the push is on for a better personal care home for aging loved ones.last_img

Parents of Terrie Dauphinais relieved after break in case

first_imgTerrie Anne Dauphinais was a 24-year-old Métis mother of three.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsIt’s a major moment in the life of Sue Martin’s family – news of an arrest.“We got that phone call,” Sue said Friday. “My husband said, ‘Is this the call I’ve been waiting for, that we’ve been waiting for, for 16 years and 22 days?’”She and Tony Martin cried together after speaking with the homicide detective.“It’s out of our hands now,” Sue added via phone. “It’s in the courts hands, it’s in the detectives’ hands.”On May 21, Calgary police arrested Kenneth Dauphinais in connection with the 2002 slaying of his estranged wife Terrie Ann Dauphinais at Calgary Airport.Police say the 43-year-old accused was living in Winnipeg and known to police from the onset of the investigation. He is charged with second-degree murder and remains in custody.Sue Martin says police did not tell the parents what led to the arrest. Only that Kenneth was always considered a suspect.“It’s part of the evidence, is what we’re thinking.”Terrie was 24 when she was found dead in her northwest Calgary home on April 29, 2002. Her three children were safe and locked in their rooms.Sue says she and Tony have only seen the grandchildren twice since then. But think of them often and encourage others to do the same.“Don’t pray for us – we’re OK,” said Sue. “Lift your pipes up, light that sacred fire, send those prayers out, have those prayer circles for the three children. Tony and I are fine.”Sue knows this is a turning point as the mother of one of hundreds of slain Indigenous women in Canada.She encourages other families to keep the faith.“Don’t give up,” she said. “Keep on calling and do what you have to do, but do it in a good way. Lay your medicines down, pray to our Creator, pray to our ancestors.“Walk in that good way without anger and hate. And I know that’s hard to do.”Sue supports the request to double the inquiry’s mandate commissioners have submitted to Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett. The commissioners are still waiting for a response.“This part of us fighting for so long for justice is done for Terrie,” Sue read more

Majority of Montreal condo investors have negative cash flow CMHC

first_imgTORONTO — A report by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. suggests a majority of landlord investors who bought properties in large, high-rise condominium buildings in downtown Montreal are not collecting enough rent to recoup their operating expenses.The national housing agency estimates that investors who made a 20 per cent down payment on their properties are spending more on mortgage payments, condo fees and property and school taxes than the amount they receive in rental income.The report suggests the owners of 75 per cent of the 375 rented condominiums it examined from Quebec’s property listing service, Centris, experienced negative cash-flow. It found that in this scenario, operating expenses on average, exceeded rent by $385 a month.CMHC noted the conclusions were theoretical and could vary due to a number of other factors that were not taken into consideration for the report, including whether the owners put down a down payment larger than 20 per cent or if the unit was purchased with cash.CMHC economist Francis Cortellino, the report’s author, says the ultimate hope for these investors is that their costs would be recouped in the resale of the condo, if market conditions continue to tighten and favour sellers.Last month, the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board reported condo sales were up 22 per cent year over year, with the median price for a condo up four per cent to $265,000.The CMHC report also found the proportion of investors (56.5 per cent) in the very large high-rise condominium apartments in downtown Montreal, what the agency categorized as new buildings of 300 or more units, was higher than in other condominium buildings (30 per cent).It made this conclusion by looking at property assessment bills, and whether they were sent to the actual condo units or to a different address.Resale of the units in the newer buildings within one year was also higher (7.2 per cent) than in the older buildings (1.8 per cent). While the percentage of sales resulting in a loss were also greater in the newer buildings (15 per cent) than in the older buildings (five per cent).Cortellino says the report’s findings give a snapshot of the investor condo market in Montreal, but the CMHC still needs to “dig a bit deeper” to draw more conclusions.  Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Morocco Receives the First Batch of US Tanks ABRAMS

Rabat – Morocco officially received the first batch of American tanks, Abrams M1A1, during a ceremony on Tuesday held at the Central Establishment and Management of Material Storage (ECGCM) at Nouaceur (near Casablanca) in the presence of Moroccan and US civil and military officials, says the Moroccan News Agency (MAP).This delivery is part of a procurement contract which have more plans spread over the years 2017 and 2018, the same source claimed, noting that this transaction reflects “the shared will of Morocco United States of America to deepen their defense cooperation.”“It contributes to strengthening and developing interoperability between the Royal Armed Forces and the US Armed Forces,” MAP added. According to the same source “this acquisition strengthens an already strong cooperation and aims to bring the Moroccan-American partnership at a more advanced level of military cooperation.”The Abrams tank is the third-generation main battle tank and it is reportedly stated that it is a more developed version of the fighter craft that fits under the last plan, level of major equipment of the Royal Armed Forces. read more

Casablanca Building Collapse Four Killed and 24 Wounded New Toll

Rabat – The collapse of a 4-storey building, on Friday in the Driss El Harti avenue in Ben M’sik (Casablanca), claimed the lives of four and wounded 24 victims, according to the new toll by the Casablanca-Settat Wilaya on Sunday.The 24 injured were sent to Casablanca’s hospitals, said the source, adding that nine people left the hospital after receiving the necessary health care while the others are still hospitalized but stable.On Saturday, the building’s owner was arrested to conduct an investigation, led by the competent security authorities under the supervision of the public prosecutor, in order to find out the causes behind this incident and people responsible for it, the same source said. With MAP read more

Public anger mounts as Bombardier set to outline plan to revise compensation

MONTREAL — Bombardier appears unable to shake off public anger over hefty pay packages to its senior executives.Dozens of angry protesters launched paper airplanes in front of Premier Philippe Couillard’s Montreal offices on Sunday to protest how the executives are compensated.Earlier, many of them waved signs and shouted slogans such as “too much is too much!” during a march that began in front of the company’s headquarters. Many of the protesters said they wanted the Quebec government to impose conditions on companies that receive public money so jobs are protected and executive bonuses are limited.“It’s our money, and the government is laughing at us,” said one protester, Pierre Brazeau. “If we don’t come out in the streets, they’ll continue to exploit us like they’re doing now.”Bombardier has faced a storm of public criticism ever since it circulated documents showing six executives were in line for a roughly 50 per cent increase in compensation last year.The increases came despite the fact the company recently received a $372.5 million loan from the federal government, and US$1 billion from the Quebec government.Chief executive Alain Bellemare has since asked the company’s board of directors to delay payment of more than half of last year’s total planned compensation for six executives, including himself, to 2020, provided the company meets certain objectives.Executive chairman Pierre Beaudoin also asked the board to cut his 2016 compensation by US$1.4 million to bring it in line with what he received the previous year.Bombardier has said it will formally inform shareholders on Monday about changes to the compensation for several of its top executives when it files a new proxy circular with the securities regulator.Protesters and opposition politicians, however, say the company’s reversal doesn’t go far enough.One protester, who gave her name only as Carole, said she hoped the demonstration would convince the company to repeal the pay hikes altogether.“I’m hoping it will make a difference,” she said. “But I know that if we don’t do anything, nothing will change.”Parti Quebecois legislature member Alain Therrien pointed out it was the second straight weekend of protests outside Bombardier’s headquarters.“We can see this isn’t solved, even if Mr. Couillard would like it to be,” he said at the protest.Quebec’s governing Liberal party used its majority to block several opposition motions calling on the government to take action last week, with Couillard arguing that government interference would send a bad signal to businesses.The Canadian Press read more

Ranil asserts no room for terrorism to raise its head again

The Prime Minister also accused some media organisations of publishing false reports stating that the LTTE was attempting to regroup in the country. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today asserted that there was no room for terrorism to raise its head again in Sri Lanka.The Prime Minister said that the Government has taken measures to ensure democracy is protected in the country and National security is secured. Wickremesinghe said that of the LTTE regroups then former President Mahinda Rajapaksa must be blamed for not completely eradicating terrorism. Speaking at an event today, the Prime Minister said that if the media has evidence to prove that the LTTE was regrouping then such evidence must be submitted to the police.He said that if the media fails to do so then he will call the editor and the journalist of the media organisation and question them over the news report. The Prime Minister said the media has a right to question the Government but not incite communal hatred. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Slacks Wall Street Debut Strong Start Now the Real Work Begins

Slack’s much-anticipated debut today as a publicly-traded stock showed why the company has been a Silicon Valley darling and “unicorn,” though the team collaboration pioneer still has much to prove in the industry, experts said. Slack Modernizes Desktop Client Beth Schultz July 22, 2019 Touts greater efficiency, responsiveness, and reliability… all of which should help workers be more productive. Slack’s first-ever day of trading opened at a “reference” price of $26 per share, and closed at $38.70, a runup of almost 50% that left the company with a market capitalization of $19.51 billion. While strong, the performance fell short of the spectacular 72% increase that the previous hot tech IPO, Zoom, experienced on its initial day of trading. Whatever you call it, Slack’s debut “was certainly successful,” Kerravala concluded. “But today is where the hard work for them begins.”Tags:News & ViewsSlackIPOZoomZeus KerravalaTeam Collaboration Tools & WorkspacesAnalyst InsightFuture of WorkMessagingVendor News Articles You Might Like Taming Teams: Where’s My Data? Kevin Kieller July 02, 2019 This simple storage question has a complex answer that any multinational organization considering Teams needs to explore. stockmarket_growth_774.png The biggest challenge of all, though, is Slack’s need to compete against the biggest tech companies in the world for team collaboration—Facebook, Cisco, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and others. “It’s not just fighting one 800-pound gorilla but five-plus,” he wrote. Another major challenge is moving more of Slack’s predominately non-paying customer base up the “freemium” ladder. “If it could crack the code and convert the rest of the ‘free’ base into enterprise licenses, it could put up impressive growth numbers without even having to get new customers,” Kerravala wrote. See All in Team Collaboration Tools & Workspaces » “The first is that Slack isn’t profitable,” he continued. “While they have an impressive revenue number, they are still losing money. Those losses have narrowed, but they’re still losing money.” Why Slack Should Be Concerned about Microsoft Teams Kevin Kieller July 25, 2019 Likable though he may be, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield is missing the point about his company’s chief competition. Log in or register to post comments With a successful IPO behind it, Slack must now turn its attention to the obstacles it faces, Kerravala said. “Slack is a good company but has a few challenges,” he wrote to No Jitter. “The first is the product needs to be easier to use. The cryptic slash commands appeal to developers and IT people but not your general worker. I talked to a Microsoft Teams user today that told me he tried using Slack but those commands confused him. Then he used Teams, and the point-and-click, drag-and-drop interface was dead easy.” The difference, according to Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, has a lot to do with the fact that Zoom was already profitable when it went public in April. “Some people I talked to thought Slack would have a ‘Zoom like’ IPO, and while the stock is up nicely, it’s not in the same neighborhood as Zoom for a couple of reasons,” Kerravala wrote in an email correspondence with No Jitter. Taming Teams: Microsoft Looks to Inspire Partners Kevin Kieller July 16, 2019 Pushes the multiplier effect of the cloud, and highlights embedded Teams capabilities Slack’s debut on the market was technically not an IPO (initial public offering) as the term is usually used, because the company didn’t offer its stock via Wall Street underwriters, a process that generally also involves issuing new shares of stock. With a direct offering such as Slack’s, only the already-existing shares–those owned by the firm’s funders (venture capitalists), employees, or other early holders–are made available to the public for the first time. (For more on the difference between an IPO and a direct offering, see this Fortune article.) The second point of comparison comes with the two companies’ aspirations, according to Kerravala. Slack is trying to do nothing less than change the way people work (as reflected in the company’s chosen ticker symbol, “WORK”). By comparison, Zoom has set itself a somewhat less-lofty goal of being a leading platform for video and other work meetings—a more established market category. Slack Debuts New Enterprise Security Controls Beth Schultz August 06, 2019 Enhancements aim to provide the ability to deploy Slack at enterprise scale in “safe, secure, and centralized way.” read more

DR of Congo UN reports situation remains tense in Bunia with sporadic

According to a UN spokesman in New York, fighting between the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) and the Ituri Patriotic Resistance Front (FRPI) was reported in the general area of Kindia, a southern part of Ituri, with casualties on both sides. Wide-scale looting is also continuing in some localities.Meanwhile, the UN Security Council was mulling the possibility of dispatching a multinational emergency force to help stabilize the volatile situation. “During closed consultations this morning, the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Affairs, Hédi Annabi, updated the Security Council on the latest situation in the DRC,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said. He added that Secretary-General Kofi Annan attended the consultations, during which a draft resolution on the deployment of such a force was circulated.In the meantime, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Jean-Marie Guéhenno has concluded meetings in Kampala, Kigali and Pretoria, and returned to the DRC capital of Kinshasa today, Mr. Eckhard noted.During a press conference at UN Headquarters, Carolyn McAskie, UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, stressed that to solve the crisis in the DRC, it was necessary to deploy a multinational force to Bunia and pressure Uganda, Rwanda and the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD-Goma) into coming to the negotiating table.Having just returned from a weeklong visit to the area to assess humanitarian efforts on the ground, Ms. McAskie said that despite Ituri’s volatility, “Bunia looks like a ghost town.” Currently, between 15,000 and 20,000 people were sheltering themselves in the compound of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC). Although non-governmental organizations (NGOs) had been “courageous” and the UN had been able to take care of many basic needs, people were “crowded, miserable, and huddled under plastic sheeting,” she said.”MONUC’s battalion of 700, charged with maintaining security, is not large enough,” she said, telling reporters that inter-ethnic animosity was running high. She described hearing gunfire 100 meters behind her at times and said she had seen women and children whose limbs had been amputated. The lack of security was preventing UN agencies and NGOs from carrying out their duties.Asked about claims of genocide in the area, Ms. McAskie said she could not offer figures on the total number of deaths since nobody knew what the situation was like outside of Bunia. Initial reports of thousands of people being massacred had been exaggerated. The figure was actually closer to 400.She added, however, that leaders were attempting to gain power by stirring up ethnic hatred, and men, women, and children were responding by attacking each other brutally. In that context, although the actual figures did not add up to genocide, the conflict, like that which had taken place in Rwanda, definitely had a genocidal nature. Listen to UN Radio report read more

UNESCO chief deplores recent killing of journalists

UNESCO chief deplores recent killing of journalists “As long as violence is used to muzzle the voice of reporters, the free flow of ideas, which UNESCO has been created to promote, will remain an unattainable ideal,” Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said yesterday in Paris, deploring the impunity surrounding the vast majority of these killings. Mr. Matsuura also voiced grave concern over the high number of journalists imprisoned in 2003 – 766 were arrested and 124 were reported to be in jail in the latter part of the year. The five murdered journalists he named were Ersa Siregar of the private Indonesian television channel Rajawali Citra Televisivi, who had been held captive for six months by separatist rebels in Aceh; Ivannia Mora Rodriguez in Costa Rica; William Soto Cheng in Colombia; Volodymyr Karachevtsev, deputy editor-in-chief of the weekly Ukrainian newspaper Kurier; and Marco Boukoukou Boussaga, Editor-in-Chief of L’Autre journal in Gabon. “It is a source of grave concern that the number of journalists killed in the line of duty in 2003 was higher than in any year since 1995,” Mr. Matsuura said. His comments on the toll were based on reports of professional organizations, which recorded as many as 42 deaths in 2003, compared to at most 25 in 2002. In 1995, a record 49 journalists were murdered, including 22 in the civil conflict in Algeria. Up to 19 of the journalists killed in 2003 died in Iraq, 5 in the Philippines and 3 in Colombia. Mr. Matsuura pointed out that “the vast majority of the killings remain un-investigated and unpunished” despite a 1997 pledge by UNESCO’s Member States to bring the perpetrators of such crimes to justice. read more

Fine Gael TD suggests minibudget to avoid need for property tax

first_img No (1003) I don’t know (244) The Dublin South TD suggested a 2.5 per cent levy on corporate profits, which would yield about €650 million a year, a 4 per cent levy on the full incomes of people earning over €120,000 a year, and a betting tax – on all money gambled and not just on winnings – which could yield an estimated €250 million.“It would be easy because all the systems of collection are in place for those levies,” he insisted.“We would not have to give anybody extra powers or tell tales on anybody else; it is all in place. The only thing that is missing is telling the story, setting it out and explaining it.”Finance minister Michael Noonan did not respond to Mathews’ suggestions when he was addressing the points raised by opposition TDs at the conclusion of yesterday’s debate. A vote on the legislation to change the property tax system will be taken next Tuesday.Mathews was one of 86 TDs who voted in favour of introducing the property tax when the legislation was passed by the Dáil just before Christmas.The former banker has had a sometimes uneasy relationship with the party leadership – last year he tabled a motion at the Oireachtas’ finance committee demanding the appearance of Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan to discuss the promissory note issue.Mathews’ proposal was opposed by the party as a whole – forcing him to vote against his own motion, in a vote in which the government was still beaten due to the presence of Fine Gael members at a parliamentary party meeting elsewhere in Leinster House.Quick poll: Do you agree with Peter Mathews’ proposals for alternative revenue measures? Poll Results: Yes (1281) A FINE GAEL TD has openly suggested that Ireland should not introduce a property tax – and instead bring in a supplementary budget to find other ways of raising the €500 million that the tax would bring in every year.Peter Mathews told the Dáil yesterday that he believed the Budget deficit could be closed by bringing in a ‘mini-budget’ – with levies on corporate profits and high earners, and a tax on betting.“Could we dare to be courageous and bring in a supplementary budget that would park the property tax and bring in three other strands of revenue creation,” Mathews asked TDs during a debate on legislation to change some aspects of the tax.Mathews said the three measures could form part of a ‘three year national recovery programme’.Do we look to the large numbers of people who are weighed down, unfit, depleted and too exhausted to carry on their work to take more exhaustion, or do we look to the stronger people who are temporarily toned and strong and can carry the extra load?To me, it makes sense to look to them, but we must explain to them the reason we are doing it. We should tell them we are doing it for three years, and that we would like them to step up to the mark with their stronger resources. YesNoI don’t knowVoteRead: Pyrite homes, disabled accommodation to receive Property Tax exemption More: Seller faces €500 fine if they under-declare value of homelast_img read more

Les inondations au Vietnam font au moins 13 morts

first_imgLes inondations au Vietnam font au moins 13 mortsVietnam – D’après les derniers chiffres rapportés, les inondations au Vietnam ont d’ores et déjà fait 13 morts, parmi lesquels plusieurs enfants.Les inondations en question touchent le centre du pays, et plusieurs personnes ont été portées disparues suite aux violentes crues qui ont été observées par le Comité national de lutte contre les catastrophes naturelles.Au total, ce sont près de 62.000 habitations qui auraient été inondées, et l’AFP précise que 900 soldats ont été mobilisés pour évacuer la population. S’il ne pleut plus autant aujourd’hui au Vietnam, la situation reste malgré tout très préoccupante. Le 5 octobre 2010 à 11:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Ford needs you to drink tequila so you can drive its bioplastic

first_imgYou should never, ever get wasted on tequila and get behind the wheel of your car. It’s totally cool to drive yourself home in a car made from tequila waste, however.Ford and Jose Cuervo have teamed up, and they definitely didn’t do it to remind you that drinking and driving is never a good idea (though it’s never a bad idea to drive that point home). No, the world’s sixth-largest automaker is working with the tequila distiller to make their vehicles a bit greener.Don’t expect this collaboration to result in something like The Homer rolling off Ford’s production lines. It’s not about Ford’s designers doing the whole lick it, slam it, suck it thing to get their creative juices flowing. Ford wants to use byproducts from the tequila-making process to make parts for their vehicles.Agave bagazo — bagasse in EnglishTo make tequila, agave piñas are cooked in autoclaves or ovens. The fibers that remain when the cooking is done — called bagazo in Spanish– are normally discarded or used to fertilize the agave fields, but Ford wants to turn bagazo into bioplastic.In their press release, Ford notes that their vehicles average around 400 pounds of plastic content. They’re constantly looking for ways to reduce the environmental impact all that plastic makes, and finding sustainable sources is one of them.As the number one tequila brand on the market, the folks at Cuervo have plenty of bagazo to ship Ford’s way. They’ll be using this agave-based bioplastic along with things like rice hulls, soy, and coconut fiber to keep the vehicles rolling off their assembly lines as eco-friendly as possible.last_img read more

John Laird Technology 2012 Smile Youre on Government Camera

first_imgEvery technological advance — gunpowder, cameras, cars, airplanes, the Internet — has brought both benefits and detriments. Combining two technologies seems to magnify the best and the worse. A car with a GPS increases navigation, but driving and texting can be deadly.So it is with the convergence of aviation and photography.The thought of some terrorist crawling out of his cave and into a satellite’s viewfinder truly warms my heart. So does the prospect of him squinting up toward a missile-laden drone. And many of us are proud that nonmilitary drone technology is advanced in our own Pacific Northwest. Manufacturer Insitu is based in Bingen and has offices around the area. We’re comforted to know that drones can enhance weather research and assist in search-and-rescue missions.But when the focus of high-tech wizardry becomes an American who neither wants nor needs to be surveilled, everything changes. The difference between a drone deployed against the Taliban and one deployed against an unwitting American is like the difference between a squirrel two feet outside your screen door and a squirrel two feet inside that door. We love and coo at the first, but we panic wildly in resistance to the second.Recently the Federal Aviation Administration released a list of 63 organizations in 20 states that were authorized to fly domestic drones. The closest of those to Clark County is the Seattle Police Department. Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh told The Seattle Times: “We will be careful to have policy in place to make sure that, one, the system isn’t abused, and when it is deployed, it’s used for the lawful purpose it’s intended.”Sounds fine, sir, but the skeptic in me wonders: When law officers are joysticking a drone back to its base after finding a lost child or checking out a riot, what’s to stop them from flying over my backyard to see if my lawn needs mowing? Or flying over a golf course to verify that the par I just wrote down wasn’t actually a bogey?last_img read more

Aberdeen Asset Management uses roboadvice to promote awareness of pension changes

first_imgAberdeen Asset Management introduced a robo-advice platform to help employees fully understand the complex pension changes that came into effect on 6 April 2016, specifically the changes to the annual allowance and lifetime allowance for high earners.The financial services organisation worked with Lemonade Reward to introduce a platform whereby employees could enter their data, such as earnings and pension contributions, and the system worked out what their new allowance and tax bill would be.Brian Thomson, head of reward and operations at Aberdeen Asset Management, says: “It was built around those changes and we felt that, as an employer, we needed to communicate with people, so we sent out emails across the organisation. We’d kept people up to speed in the run-up as well, in terms of ‘these changes are coming’.”The online service was complemented with face-to-face seminars and presentations, and employees were also able to ask individual questions of the Lemonade team.“Even though we are a financial services [organisation], not everybody was fully aware of the changes,” says Thomson. “Some of them are quite complex, especially the annual allowance and the tapering of that. So [employees] were very appreciative of all aspects: the initial communications, the access to the online assessment, and the seminars and face-to-face support.”Of its 1,500 UK employees, around 400 accessed the robo-advice platform; more than were estimated to be at risk of pension tax charges. Thomson explains that the business reasons behind implementing the platform came down to time, consistency and cost. “We needed something that we could re-use because we don’t think this will be a one-off situation, so something that gives us a strong base to build on and repeat, if we need to, next year,” he explains.last_img read more

Unangax cemetery at former WWII internment camp may be added to Funter

first_img“I think it’s very important in terms of the state of Alaska protecting the Unangax historic cemetery site,” Monteith told lawmakers. Unangax women tend to graves near a World War II internment camp on Funter Bay in the 1940s. (Photo by Harold Hargrave, courtesy of Alaska State Library) The House passed the bill 29-4. It now moves to the Alaska Senate. But it’s unlikely to be considered before next year’s legislative session. He was testifying in support of House Bill 122 that would expand Funter Bay Marine Park by about 250 acres to include this historic cemetery. “Even my grandma used to say, late into her late 90s, used to say things like, ‘I hope it never happens again,’” Stepetin said. Some 32 marked graves remain near the shores of Funter Bay which descendants continue to visit. “The value of protecting the social and historical significance of this land will cement the history for good and we will never have to repeat this history again,” Stepetin said. Martin Stepetin told the House Resources Committee that all four of his grandparents spent the war at Funter Bay in miserable conditions. This circa 1970s photo shows marked graves of those who perished at a World War II internment camp near Funter Bay. (Photo courtesy of Alaska State Library) But the Juneau Democrat said she wanted to ensure it would remain open to the public by adding it and surrounding lands to the nearby Funter Bay Marine Park. University of Alaska Southeast anthropology professor Daniel Monteith told lawmakers that 290 islanders from St. Paul and 190 islanders from St. George were relocated to Southeast Alaska and interned in a makeshift camp on Admiralty Island. More than a thousand miles away from the islanders’ ancestral home in the Pribilofs in the Bering Sea, the villagers had to make due with few provisions and little heat in a shuttered salmon cannery on Funter Bay. After the Japanese bombed Dutch Harbor, Alaska in 1942, U.S. authorities forcibly evacuated more than 800 Unangax people from nine villages in the remote western islands ahead of the Japanese advance. This circa 1970s photo shows graves of those who perished at a World War II internment camp. HB 122 would add this to Funter Bay Marine Park. (Photo courtesy of Alaska State Library) Bill sponsor Rep. Sara Hannan said the cemetery is already on state-owned land managed by the Department of Natural Resources. “The descendants of the families who are buried there had some real anxiety about whether they would always have access to be able to visit the graves of their family,” Hannan told CoastAlaska. Alaska lawmakers are considering expanding a state park to include historic graves of Alaska Natives who were among those who died in World War II internment camps.last_img read more

Sunny Deols son Karan Deols intense sledgehammer workout video will leave you

first_img Karan Deol’s intense workout with a sledgehammer and tractor tyre stuns the internetInstagram Karan Deol’s intense workout with a sledgehammer and tractor tyre stuns the internetInstagramMeanwhile, as his elder son Karan Deol will make his debut in Bollywood with the film Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, his father and actor Sunny Deol had earlier described it as a proud moment for him. The film is slated to release on July 19.”For a father, it’s a moment of pride to look at their children achieve what they have always strived for! Presenting to you ‘Pal Pal…’ in cinemas on July 19,” Sunny had tweeted.Sunny, who is also directing the movie, unveiled the official posters of the film and described it as a “story of romance filled with adventures”. Apart from his son, he also introduced another new face Sahher Bambba. She will be seen playing Karan’s love interest in the movie.The title of the film is taken from veteran actor Dharmendra’s famous song Pal pal dil ke paas from the movie Blackmail, which released in 1973.#PalPalDilKePass #19July #KaranDeol #SunnyDeol #Dharmendra Get Ready ……….??— Karan Deol (@ikarandeol) February 24, 2019 Sunny Deol son, Karan DeolInstagramUnlike other Bollywood star kids, Sunny Deol’s son Karan Deol chose to stay away from the world of glitz and glamour. His presence on social media is also limited and you won’t see him sharing or retweeting anything apart from his family members’ posts. But when his grandfather and legendary actor Dhamendra uploaded a video of his grandson working out at his farmhouse, social media users were left jaw-dropped after looking at his macho physique.Like father, like son, Karan Deol was looked every bit of Sunny Deol and lived up to the mark of the latter’s tag ‘Dhai Kilo Hath’ which is often used to describe Sunny Deol’s persona. In the video, Karan was seen working out intensely with a sledgehammer and a tractor tyre building up his strength.After watching the video, online users, who had earlier trolled the third generation of the Deol family, were all stunned to see Karan showcasing his strength like his father Sunny Deol. People couldn’t stop calling the next superstar of Bollywood while many termed him as the upcoming Sunny Deol.”Ur Family is still keeping the Indian Family value system which is very good to see, it’s rare in Bollywood,” an online user commented on the Instagram post while another user wrote, “Sher ka beta sher to fir potah bhi to sher hi hoga.”Followed by another user who wrote, “Strong guy like father and grandpa. May god give him more strength and power. Stay healthy always,” while another online user wished him all the success for his new film career. Take a look. last_img read more

Rupashree sees stellar success across state

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government is seeing a huge response to its Rupashree project that was rolled out across the state from April 1 this year. Since its inception, the state government has received nearly 70,000 applications and disbursed more than 47,233 applications under the scheme and the total amount sanctioned has been more than Rs 118 crore.The scheme, a brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, provides a one-time financial assistance of Rs 25,000 to the family of a girl at the time of her marriage, if her family income is less than Rs 1,50,000 per year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAs per figures available with the state Women and Child Development & Social Welfare department which is implementing the project, Murshidabad tops the number of applications, disbursements and the amount sanctioned.The figures till July 9 reveal that Murshidabad has received 9,237 applications, disbursed 5,288 and has allocated an amount to the tune of Rs 13.2 crore. 326 applications have been rejected.The second in the list is Purulia that has received 5,870 applications and disbursed 5,183 applications against an amount to the tune of Rs 12.95 crore. However, the number of rejections is very low and stands at only 36. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPSouth 24-Parganas district appears third in the list having received 5,460 applications. The number of disbursements is 4,640, with an amount to the tune of Rs 11.6 crore.The number of applications in some districts of North Bengal has been found to be relatively low. Kalimpong has had the lowest number of applications of only 100 and 87 of these have already been disbursed. North Dinajpur has received 316 applications and 166 of these have already been cleared. Jhargram has had a lower number of sanctions. The number of applications that have been received are 1,039, with the disbursement of 223 against an amount of Rs 5.5 lakh.Jhargram has been carved out as a separate district from West Midnapore on April 4, 2017. West Midnapore has received 5,274 applications and has sanctioned an amount of more than Rs 1 crore against disbursement of 4,026 applications.”Districts like Kalimpong and Jhargram have a reasonably lesser area in comparison to most of the districts. So, applications have been less. It is nothing unusual,” a senior official of the department pointed out.It may be mentioned that the state government has allotted Rs 1,500 crore for the project and around 6 lakh families will be getting the benefits of the scheme. More than 2,000 applications on an average are being received everyday.last_img read more