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Des Canadiens en lice aux prix EmmysDes Canadiens en lice aux prix Emmys

first_img Login/Register With: Tatiana Maslany a déjà remporté un Emmy pour son rôle dans Orphan Black  en 2016. TORONTO — Les actrices canadiennes Tatiana Maslany et Sandra Oh sont en lice pour remporter un prix Emmy. Advertisement Twitter Facebookcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Leur nom figure dans la catégorie de la meilleure actrice dans une série dramatique.Le travail de Tatiana Maslany, qui incarnait de multiples clones dans la série Orphan Black dont la dernière saison a été diffusée sur Space l’an dernier, est ainsi souligné.Sandra Oh, qui a grandi à Ottawa et a étudié à l’École nationale de théâtre du Canada à Montréal, est en nomination pour son rôle d’agente secrète dans la série  Killing Eve diffusée à BBC America. L’émission sera reprise sur la chaîne Bravo au Canada à partir du 22 juillet.last_img read more

SD 60 facing teacher shortage using AHCOTE strategy to attract teachersSD 60 facing teacher shortage using AHCOTE strategy to attract teachers

first_imgSD 60 and 59 are currently facing a teacher crunch after the decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that introduced hundreds of new jobs across the province, resulting in the districts competing with other regions of the province in regards to teacher prospects.“How do we enhance growing the strategy of growing teachers locally?” added Sloan. “AHCOTE is a great strategy and is a high yield strategy in that regard because it takes in people who are already familiar with the area that want to teach here. It’s the best way to try to produce more teachers in the immediate future to help deal with the shortages.”Even though the school year is nearly 75 percent complete, the district still has teacher vacancies, Sloan stated he is very confident with the support from everyone involved that more people will be drawn to northeast B.C. to help deal with the shortage. In the meantime, the district is signing off on a lot of letters of permission for people who have the necessary college degrees in the required fields, as a temporarily fill. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 is teaming up with other schools and their representatives in northeastern B.C., in order to come up with better ways of recruiting more teachers to the area.The Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education is comprised of the Northern Lights College along with area School Districts including 59 and 60. Its training program is run out of NLC in association with Simon Fraser University.“The Consortium has always had representatives from Fort Nelson, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John,” said Superintendent Dave Sloan. “In the past few years the cohorts have gotten smaller and there are fewer teacher candidates. Cohorts have gone to 18 months of intake every other year instead of every year as both districts north and south of the river are facing a teacher shortage.”last_img read more

Gun shots in Taylor leads to police pursuitGun shots in Taylor leads to police pursuit

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – After a report of gunshots in Taylor, the Fort St. John RCMP were able to apprehend three suspects.On February 17, 2019, at 2:48 AM, the Fort St John RCMP Received a call from a Taylor resident who had been awakened by what they believed to be gunshots in the 9800 block of North Spruce Street in Taylor.Several officers were immediately deployed to the scene. On route, officers noted a lone vehicle heading north on Highway 97 from Taylor. When one of the officers went to conduct a traffic stop of the Dodge van, several items were observed being thrown from the van, one of which was believed to be a bullet-resistant vest.Police pursued the vehicle to Fort St John where it pulled into a local hotel parking lot and the three occupants attempted to flee from police on foot, but they were all taken into custody.The RCMP allege items were thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit.  The items were all recovered and identified as a bullet resistant vest, a shotgun and a 9mm pistol.I am very proud of the systematic response by our officers to this type of high risk call. They were able to contain the threat to the public while safely apprehending the alleged suspects, says Sergeant Dave Tyreman, acting Operations Officer.A 32-year-old Taylor woman, a 29-year-old Fort St John Man, and a 34-year-old Victoria man are being held in custody pending a Provincial Court appearance to answer to numerous firearm and other related offences.last_img read more

Maître Gims Denied French Nationality Due to PolygamyMaître Gims Denied French Nationality Due to Polygamy

By Zoubida SenoussiRabat – Maître Gims is in a precarious situation right now. The Congolese rapper has been the center of media attention since he was denied French nationality a few weeks ago.The singer-songwriter expressed his disappointment in  France’s refusal to grant him French citizenship. “Iy first request [for French citizenship] was quickly rejected and I don’t understand why,” Gims said in an interview with the French television program En Balade Avec. But we might know the reason behind his citizenship rejection…According to the French magazine Closer, the famous Francophone singer is still married to “a French woman living in Morocco,” and never filed for divorce before he tied the knot with his new wife, DemDem, in 2005. Gims had converted to Islam back in 2004, before taking a second wife.“Maître Gims is now married to two women, and this has hindered the artist’s candidacy for French nationality even though he has been living in France since he was 2 years old,” added the tabloid.“According to France’s policies on foreigner residency, it is forbidden to live ‘in a state of polygamy’”, points out Closer, explaining why Gims’ application for citizenship was likely rejected.Nevertheless, Gims continues to profess his affection for  France and his attachment to French language and culture. “I feel French. After all, being French is  not just a title on a paper–it’s a way of life. Today, I am French, I speak French, I love the French language, and I am an ambassador of the French language all over the world.”Maître Gims was born in the Congo in 1986 under the name “Gandhi Djuna,” but spent his childhood  in France. Starting in 2002, Gims kicked-off his career in France as a singer and a rapper with the French hip-hop group, “Sexion d’Assaut.” He began his solo career in 2013. read more

Several SLFP members JHU to contest with UNPSeveral SLFP members JHU to contest with UNP

The SLFP members and the JHU will contest with the UNP under a common front with the intention of promoting good governance.The SLFP members contesting with the UNP had objected to the decision by the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), of which the SLFP is an alliance member, to give nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the Parliament election.President Maithripala Sirisena had approved the nomination following pressure from some UPFA political parties and SLFP members. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile the Jathika Hela Urumaya said that it was also in talks with the UNP and was expected to sign an agreement on contesting under the UNP elephant symbol. Several Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members have decided to contest the Parliament election under the United National Party (UNP) ticket.So far at least 13 SLFP members have informed President Maithripala Sirisena, the SLFP chairman, that they will be contesting the August 17 election under the UNP elephant symbol. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) had announced yesterday that it will also be supporting the UNP.JHU spokesman Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe said that the final agreement between the JHU and UNP was expected to be reached today. Among the SLFP members contesting with the UNP are Ministers Rajitha Senaratne, Arjuna Ranatunga and M.K.D.S Gunawardena. read more

Addressing General Assembly Ban urges political financial support for UN prioritiesAddressing General Assembly Ban urges political financial support for UN priorities

“I will urge world leaders to rise above national interests for our collective future,” Mr. Ban said in his address to the 193-member General Assembly. “We are capable of this spirit of global citizenship.” The Secretary-General stressed that while he is determined to make the UN Secretariat “truly global, modern and effective,” Member States must also do their part to “empower the United Nations itself.”“This global Organization should not have to plead with Governments for troops, police, assets or resources while the victims of war and poverty suffer and die,” he said urging action that would make this year “one of extraordinary progress.”Briefing on the UN challenges for 2014, Mr. Ban decried the continued violence in Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), among others.He noted that those conflicts are “devastating countries endowed with natural wealth, productive citizens, proud histories and every chance at peace and prosperity.”“Leaders there must now act on their historical duty to reach this potential,” Mr. Ban said, adding that he remains “gravely concerned at the immoral and irresponsible actions of too many individuals with influence and responsibility.”Noting that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, whose “senseless cataclysm” led to the establishment of the League of Nations and then the UN, Mr. Ban said the Organization is a “unique platform that helps us all rise above human failings.”Just back from a trip to the Middle East, where he chaired a humanitarian donors’ conference for Syria in Kuwait, which generated some $2.4 billion in pledges, and where he visited a Syrian refugee camp in northern Iraq, Mr. Ban highlighted the humanitarian impact of the conflict. “Humanitarian aid can feed a hungry child, which is important enough. But it can also indirectly stop a bomb by reducing social tensions,” the UN chief said.He also stressed the importance of the work underway by the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the UN on meeting a tight deadline to rid Syria of chemical weapons. Also, Mr. Ban and the UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, are intensifying efforts to bring the anti- and pro-Government parties together next week in Switzerland for their first official talks.Elsewhere, two situations in particular “require the heightened and focused attention of the international community” due to grave violations of human rights and where there is the danger of mass atrocities, Mr. Ban said – South Sudan and the CAR.In South Sudan, where the crisis has reached “tragic proportions,” Mr. Ban reiterated his call on the parties to end the violence through political dialogue and reasserted his support for mediation efforts led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union.Turning to CAR, Mr. Ban urged the international community to redouble efforts to help the people restore peace and stability “as soon as possible.”He called for generous contributions at a pledging conference hosted on Monday by the European Union in Brussels.“In the CAR and wherever such atrocities occur, the perpetrators must be held to account,” Mr. Ban underscored.In the Middle East, the coming year will be “critical” for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he said. “I strongly support the current negotiations and urge the parties to make the courageous commitment needed to end the occupation and achieve a two-State solution.”Given the gravity of the situation in the Gaza Strip, he also called on authorities there, as well as those in Israel and Egypt, to do everything possible to ameliorate the dire humanitarian situation.Turning to other regions, Mr. Ban highlighted that the UN mission in Sierra Leone is due to complete its work and withdraw this year, demonstrating “how far the country has come – and the value of sustained efforts to keep, consolidate and build peace.”The international community must also focus greater attention on the inter-related threats of organized crime, terrorism, piracy, extremism, and trafficking in drugs, people and arms, he said. This includes continuing to strive towards achieving a nuclear-weapon-free world, which could be furthered this year at the Nuclear Security Summit at The Hague.The international community also continues its focus on human rights and the rule of law, particularly given the positive response to the Rights Up Front initiative, designed to promote early action to prevent atrocities and other grave violations.Among other events hosted by the UN this year, the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples “will promote their inclusion and recognition of their valuable knowledge,” Mr. Ban noted.With 714 days left until the deadline for the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), he urged efforts to speed up progress towards the 2015 deadline and to agree on a roadmap that will define the post-2015 development agenda.“We must seize this momentum,” he said. “Political leaders are deeply engaged in the global discussion on development, key constituencies are mobilized and we increasingly know what works.”At least one fifth of the world’s population – and about half the poor and half of all schoolchildren – live in countries experiencing violence, political conflict, insecurity and fragility.“These are the very countries where the post-2015 agenda must have the most impact,” Mr. Ban said, highlighting the importance of institutions, governance and the rule of law. He also emphasized the UN’s strong commitment to African development.“I urge traditional and new donors to provide the necessary financing, capacity-building and technology transfer, in keeping with their long-standing commitments,” Mr. Ban noted.He warned Member States, however, against succumbing to the myth that development is incompatible with robust climate action.“Evidence shows that the goals of eradicating poverty, promoting inclusive growth, and holding global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius are mutually reinforcing,” Mr. Ban noted.He is due to host a climate summit on 23 September that will bring together political leaders as well as leaders from business, the finance community and civil society.The summit will help lay the groundwork for a legally-binding treaty to be adopted in 2015, and enter force by 2020, which would cut climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. read more

Dunkirk heros son reunited with the little ship that saved himDunkirk heros son reunited with the little ship that saved him

first_imgThe boat was salvaged and owned by the same person for 30 years before he put it up for sale on eBay three years ago. 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. David Wilson with ‘Count Dracula’, the little boat back from the deadCredit:Phil Yeomans Mr Wilson is helping to return Count Dracula to her former glory in time for the 80th anniversary of the evacuation in 2020 when the original ‘little ships’ will return to Dunkirk.The restoration project is costing £200,000.Count Dracula already had a remarkable existence before Dunkirk as it was built for the German navy in 1913.Kaiser Wilhelm II gifted her to Admiral Franz von Hipper who used it as his launch boat on the SMS Hindenburg in the First World War. It was even at the Battle of Jutland. Kevin Kilkenney, whose great uncle was also evacuated at Dunkirk, purchased the boat and with the assistance of restoration expert Derek Abra is attempting to return her to her former glory at Mr Wilson’s boat yard. Sgt Wilson was left behind with a group of engineers to blow up a bridge then they made their way along the coast looking for a means to escape.They found this boat with the crew washed up on a mud bank and the mechanic with them managed to jury rig the gear box to allow them to set off.David Wilson, 79, who runs the boat yard Wilson’s of Hayling in Hayling Island, Hampshire, said: “It’s the boat my dad came back from France in at Dunkirk. “My father only spoke a few times about Dunkirk but he told me Count Dracula was the boat which rescued him.”It is an amazing story and this boat has a remarkable history. It’s incredible that it has now turned up in my boat yard after all this time.”After the war, Count Dracula went back to the Greiner family who eventually sold her and she was then used as a houseboat before being abandoned on the Thames Estuary. Count Dracula on the SMS Hindenberg before its scuttling in Scapa Flow at the end of WW1 When the German fleet was scuppered at Scapa Flow in 1919, the boat was salvaged by the Royal Navy.It became a private yacht and its London owner Carl Greiner gave it the name Count Dracula. Count Dracula on the SMS Hindenberg before its scuttling in Scapa Flow at the end of WW1Credit:Kevin Kilkenny David Wilson with 'Count Dracula', the little boat back from the dead Sgt William Wilson, who was rescued by the ‘Count’ In June 1940 he sent his son Alan to take her to Ramsgate, Kent, to be a part of the flotilla of ‘little ships’ destined for Dunkirk.With two 35ft lifeboats in tow, Count Dracula lifted 702 British and 10 Belgian soldiers over the course of the evacuation. A Dunkirk hero’s son has been reunited with the ‘little ship’ which saved him 77-years-ago as it emerges that the boat was built for the German fleet and served in the Battle of Jutland. Sgt William Wilson was one of 712 soldiers plucked from the beaches by the 50ft vessel – named Count Dracula – during the Dunkirk evacuation in the Second World War.Now, the decrepit timber craft turned up at a boat yard owned by Sgt Wilson’s son, David, for restoration. Sgt William Wilson, who was rescued by the 'Count'last_img read more

LETTER Parking meters a burden and hated by overwhelming majority ofLETTER Parking meters a burden and hated by overwhelming majority of

The Editor.Dear Sir,Though there has been a plethora of comment on the Parking Meter Scheme, many of our members have insisted that we make a public comment on the issue:(1) Iniquitous profit-sharing.The profit-sharing between M&CC and Smart City is iniquitous by any standards.  Smart City’s main input to the Scheme are a number of used parking meters and a few ancillary things which they have costed at US$10.millions but which many knowledgeable persons including Deputy Mayor Duncan have said is a bloated  figure.  The Guyana side would be providing the Georgetown road system worth billions of dollars and the main enforcers in the person of 50 City constables or one-third of the force.  The Guyana side would be inputting 99% of the assets while Smart City would be supplying 1% but receiving 80% of the profits.  The more equitable arrangement is for the Guyana side to receive 85% of the profits and Smart City 15% which is the norm companies receive.  Except this is done, the Scheme must be scrapped.(2) Parking Meter Scheme a drain on Guyana’s foreign exchange.Parking Meters are not producing or generating any wealth for the country but would be exporting Guyana’s foreign exchange on a daily basis.  The Scheme should have been brought to the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Bank of Guyana for their imprimatur and except this is done immediately, the Scheme must be scrapped.(3) Scheme condones corruption.The Government of Guyana worked very hard over the last two years to re-establish the culture of transparency and non-corruption in Guyana.  Smart City’s Parking Meter Scheme is quickly negating all of Government’s anti-corruption efforts.  The Scheme must be scrapped before more damage is done.(4) Parking Meters is a regulatory mechanism and never a tax or profit-making activity.Smart City is intent on making a profit-kill and M&CC to get revenue out of the Meters.  Both activities are turning the raison d’etre of parking meters on its head and will cause untold damage.  Scrap the Scheme before the disaster it will bring to the City and all Guyana strikes.(5) Parking Meters have started destroying businesses in Georgetown.A large portion of people who come to the City to buy will not do so any longer;  they will use internet shopping and avoid the City.  Loss of customers and business have started.  Scrap the meters before business dies.(6) M&CC  should cease to be in terror of scrapping this unequal Contract .  The Contract is illegal and could be legally scrapped.  M&CC must act before more damage is caused.(7) M&CC  could easily earn more than enough revenue by collecting the monies owed to it and could easily control whatever traffic congestion may be in the City: i) M&CC are owed billions of dollars in uncollected taxes.  If they do their work and collect even a fraction of this money, they will have more than enough money.  ii) M&CC still have the numerous highrise buildings in the City paying the old rates;  they should begin to collect the proper rates.  iii) Numerous businesses have sprung up all over the City and they still pay domestic rates. M&CC should ensure that they pay the business rates.  iv) Control of Traffic.  The traffic congestion in the City is concentrated in Water and High Streets from Church Street to Hadfield Street and in the older parts of Regent Street.  Once these streets are controlled, Camp street and King street will fall into line.  The area to be controlled is small and the 50 constables who are deployed as Smart City enforcers, could easily control the traffic.The Scheme is a burden and hated by the overwhelming majority of citizens;  is negating Central Government’s efforts in ending corruption and bringing transparency;  is saddling M&CC with an unequal Contract and unfair profit-sharing;  is a drain on Guyana’s foreign exchange;  is killing business in Georgetown;  and except for the profit harvest, it doesn’t do Smart City much good since the past of so many of its management and operatives are  being uncovered disturbing their privacy.  The Scheme does no one any good and should forthwith be scrapped since the longer it lingers, the more damage will be caused.Yours sincerelyJ. DeonauthSecretary of the GCA. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCoincidence or deliberate: No parking meter in front of Govt officials’ premisesJanuary 20, 2017In “Business”Parking meter fiasco continuesSeptember 23, 2016In “Local News”Govt, M&CC at loggerheads over streets allocated for parking metersMarch 17, 2017In “Business” read more

We spent €50 million a week on alcohol in 2013 and 75We spent €50 million a week on alcohol in 2013 and 75

first_imgWe can no longer afford to accept our harmful relationship with alcohol as the norm.IRELAND SPENT €50 million a week, lost 3,230 work and study days in a year and binged most of the time last year.The latest figures from the Health Research Board also show that 15% of 18-24 are classed as alcohol dependent. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandThe report also found that:75% of all alcohol consumed was done so as part of a binge drinking sessionOne in five (21.1%) drinkers engaged in binge drinking at least once a weekAlmost two thirds (64.3%) of 18-24 year olds consumed six or more standard drinks on a typical drinking session in the last yearMore than half (54%) of 18-75 year old drinkers were classified as harmful drinkers which equates to 1.35 million harmful drinkers in IrelandOne in eight (13%) men and almost one in ten (9%) women drank their recommended weekly guidelines in one sittingAmong 18-24 year-olds, 28% of men and 22% of women consume weekly guidelines in one sittingWe spent more than €50.6 million was spent on alcohol in the week prior to the study3,230 work-or-study years were lost through alcohol related illness in the year prior to the study43% of standard drinks are consumed at home, 42% in a pub/nightclub and 10% in restaurant or hotel64% of men and 51% of women started drinking before the legal age of 18Monthly binge drinking most common among 18-24 year old age group (at 60%)Harmful drinking is highest among 18-24 year old age group (at 75%).Dependent drinking is highest among 18-24 year old age group (at 15%).The report added that of the 6,000 people surveyed, 21% had not drank in the last year. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe authors of the report say that the figures underline the “harmful nature of drinking in Ireland.“This is the first time we have had such robust, detailed evidence on Irish people’s drinking habits. What is clear is we need to alter people’s perceptions of their drinking. The report shows people who defined themselves as ‘light or moderate drinkers’ actually drank six or more standard drinks in a typical drinking occasion, which is binge drinking’, says Dr Jean Long, Head of the Evidence Centre at the Health Research Board and co-author of the report.Alcohol Action Ireland, an alcohol awareness charity said that the normalisation of binge drinking was a problem.“[The survey] shows is the extent to which this situation – and the huge harms that our society suffers as a result – has become normalised,” said Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland.“One in five people who defined themselves as ‘light drinkers who do not binge drink’ and half of those who defined themselves ‘moderate drinkers who do not binge drink’ were actually binge drinking on a typical drinking occasion.”Read: Irish alcohol prices are the highest in EuropeOpinion: The first step to fixing Ireland’s alcohol problem? Fight back against the drinks industrylast_img read more

Nama has clawed back €800 million from debtors putting assets beyond itsNama has clawed back €800 million from debtors putting assets beyond its

first_imgTHE NATIONAL ASSET Management Agency has recouped more than €800 million that debtors had transferred beyond the agency’s reach.Finance Minister Michael Noonan confirmed that the agency swooped for the assets, about two thirds of which was in property, in a reply to Fianna Fail Finance Spokesman Michael McGrath.The remaining third was mostly comprised of share portfolios as cash, the Finance Minister said.OffenceSpeaking to TheJournal.ie, McGrath said that there was a possibility that the debtors had committed an offence under section seven of the Nama act, which makes it an offense to withhold information relevant to the operation of the agency.He said that “it is implicit from the Minister’s reply that debtors went out of their way to put assets beyond the reach of Nama”. It does raise a fundamental question about the lack of co-operation from some of Nama’s debtors.He said that the bad bank deserved praise for pursuing debtors that had attempted to move assets, but added that “it would be naive to believe they had identified all instances where debtors moved assets beyond the agency’s reach”.Private sectorMcGrath said that the agency is facing a major problem with former employers transitioning into the private sector, often with intimate knowledge of Nama’s property portfolio.“That continues to be a major issue facing the agency…a cooling off period has been introduced, but the reality is they have a high staff turnover.”They don’t have long term jobs security, they have access to highly sensitive commercial information, and there is a real conflict of interest when they go on to join private sector property firms after their work with the agency.Read: How many Nama debtors have gone bankrupt so far?>Read: Nama has completed over €5 billion in loan and property sales so far this year>last_img read more

La Honda CRZ hybride et sportive à la fois découvrez les imagesLa Honda CRZ hybride et sportive à la fois découvrez les images

first_imgLa Honda CR-Z : hybride et sportive à la fois, découvrez les imagesÉtats-Unis – C’est au salon de Détroit que la firme japonaise Honda a exposé son nouveau modèle de voiture hybride : le coupé Honda CR-Z. En matière de technologie hybride, Honda n’en est pas à son premier essai puisque la Civic Hybrid et l’Insight sont commercialisées depuis 2008. Cette nouvelle venue devrait être mise en vente dans le courant de l’année 2010.À lire aussiMal des transports : pourquoi est-on malade en voiture et comment l’éviter ?Le prototype de la CR-Z avait déjà été dévoilé lors de différents salons automobiles. Mais c’est la version définitive que nous avons eu le droit de découvrir sur le salon de Detroit, qui a lieu du 11 au 24 janvier. Elle est certes moins futuriste que les prototypes qui avaient été proposés, mais pour une voiture hybride, elle montre un vrai look de coupé sportif.Ce modèle écologique peut utiliser l’énergie électrique ou, en mode essence, consommer 5 litres de carburant au 100 km et rejeter 117 grammes de CO2 par km. Il comporte trois modes de conduite, dont un mode économique. Découvrez ce modèle en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/hybride/le-nouveau-coupe-honda-hybride-en-images_art5281.htmlLe 17 janvier 2010 à 11:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Additional Foodgrain Godowns To Be Created In 19 StatesAdditional Foodgrain Godowns To Be Created In 19 States

first_imgThe government is planning to construct foodgrain storage capacity of 151 lakh tons in 19 states, said Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution K.V. Thomas informed the Parliament Tuesday.”To strengthen the functional areas, like Quality Control, Storage etc., the Government carried out the organizational restructuring of FCI in the year 2010. Further to reduce the storage under Cover and Plinth (CAP), the Government formulated a Scheme for construction of storage godowns through private entrepreneurs, Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) and State Warehousing Corporations (SWCs),” said the Minister.”Out of this tenders have been finalized for creation of storage capacity of about 89 lakh tonnes as on 15.02.2012 by the private entrepreneurs. CWC and SWCs are constructing 5.4 and 14.75 lakh tonnes respectively under the Scheme, out of which a capacity of about 5 lakh tonnes has already been completed by CWC/SWCs,” the minister said in a written reply.Under the scheme, the Food Corporation of India would give a guarantee of ten years for assured hiring to the private entrepreneurs, he added.Stating the steps taken by FCI to prevent food grain damage, the Minister said, “Prophylactic and curative measures are carried out regularly for the control of insects/pests. Effective rodent control measures are also undertaken. Regular quality checks are conducted to ensure proper preservation of foodgrains in storage. Adequate dunnage is provided for the foodgrain stocks stored in CAP.”last_img read more

People wont be granted visas just to come and live MahathirPeople wont be granted visas just to come and live Mahathir

first_imgProspective buyers look at a model of the development at the Country Gardens` Forest City showroom in Johor Bahru. Photo: ReutersMalaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday declared that foreigners will not be granted visas to live in the giant Forest City real estate project on the country’s southern tip, a major threat to the marketing strategy for the development. It is not his first broadside against the plan by Chinese developer Country Garden Holdings Co to create a new city that was envisaged to eventually house 700,000 people on reclaimed land near Singapore, but it could be his most damaging. The company has been targeting foreigners more than Malaysians for sales of the apartments.A top official at the project told Reuters last week that in the weeks immediately after 93-year-old Mahathir came back into power, through a shock election victory in May, demand for the apartments had weakened, and that the uncertainty remained a concern.Mahathir’s latest comments are likely to exacerbate those concerns.“One thing is certain, that city that is going to be built cannot be sold to foreigners,” Mahathir said at a news conference on Monday in Kuala Lumpur in response to a question from Reuters. “We are not going to give visas for people to come and live here.”Mahathir, who was Malaysia’s leader from 1981-2003, said the government’s objection was “because it was built for foreigners, not built for Malaysians. Most Malaysians are unable to buy those flats.”Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd, the joint venture between Country Garden and the Johor state government that is developing Forest City, said in a statement it is in touch with Mahathir’s office as it seeks clarification. It said it believed Mahathir’s comments “may have been taken out of context in certain media reports” as they do not correspond with the content of a meeting between the prime minister and Country Garden Holdings Chairman Yeung Kwok Keung.In that meeting on 16 August, Mahathir “reiterated that he welcomes foreign investments which could create employment opportunities, promote technology transfer and innovations that could benefit Malaysia’s economic growth and job creation,” Country Garden Pacificview said.It also said that it has complied with all Malaysian laws and regulations concerning approvals to sell to foreign purchasers.Shares in Hong Kong-listed Country Garden, which rose as much as 3.9 per cent on Monday morning, trimmed their gains to 2.5 per cent after Mahathir’s comments.Country Garden Chinese buyers now make up about two-thirds of the owners of the Forest City apartments that have been sold so far, with 20 per cent from Malaysia and the rest from 22 other countries including Indonesia, Vietnam and South Korea.Mahathir had capitalised on popular disquiet about Chinese investment pouring into Malaysia during his election campaign. He even suggested in a speech last December that he hoped Forest City would become an actual forest with baboons and monkeys as residents, according to local media reports.Since becoming prime minister he has put the brakes on a number of China-backed projects, including the $20 billion East Coast Rail Link project and a natural gas pipeline project in Sabah. Plans for a high speed rail link from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, which was expected to be a big boost to the Forest City project, have also been suspended.“GHOST TOWN” QUESTIONSForest City’s sales have picked back up in recent weeks, and the developer has been seeking to change the project’s image. Country Garden is trying to make it appear more Malaysian and less Chinese, according to the official, Ng Zhu Hann, who is head of strategy for Country Garden Forest City.Country Garden is also willing to acknowledge for the first time that if demand does falter it will have to slow down the building of the development. It is eventually intended to be a $100 billion city, with apartment blocks, houses, office towers, hotels and shopping centres on four man-made islands.“If the demand is there, we will build. If it’s not there, we will slow down,” Ng said in an interview at the gleaming Phoenix Hotel, one of the finished new structures on the first of the reclaimed islands. “So there’s no worry of a ghost town, oversupply – If the demand is not there, we won’t be building.”Mahathir’s victory is the second big threat that the development – which is a partnership between Country Garden and the Sultan of Johor – has faced in the past couple of years. Beijing’s moves to stem capital outflows imposed after the yuan plummeted in late 2016 hurt mainland Chinese demand for the apartments.“CHINESE STIGMA”Ng said what he called the “Chinese Stigma” is the biggest hurdle facing the project.“What the Malaysian government does not want is a Chinese enterprise coming to Malaysia, taking government contracts, affecting the project opportunities of local developers, making the money and going back,” Ng said.This has prompted a change in hiring strategy as Forest City seeks to recruit more Malaysians like Ng into senior management positions.“My predecessor was a Chinese. In the past, our management had only one Malaysian, which was head of legal. This (my) position is usually held by a Chinese, but now I’m here,” said Ng, who is ethnic Chinese but from Malaysia.Ng said that the political uncertainty had hurt investor sentiment.“It’s not that people don’t want to invest, but people are now: ‘Let’s wait and see. What if they change their policy again?’ Political stability is one, policy stability is another.”After Mahathir’s comments, Ng defended the local nature of the project.“There are many Malaysians in this project,” Ng told Reuters. “1,100 out of 1,545 of the total workforce are Malaysians.”SKYSCRAPERS ABOVE MANGROVESAt the end of a thirty-minute drive from the crossing from Singapore through palm oil plantations and jungle, the once sleepy town of Gelang Patah known for its mangroves and fishing villages now has a skyline of skyscrapers.This futuristic development is only half of the first of four man-made islands envisioned for the development – only 2.7 square kilometres of the planned reclamation of 20 square kilometres.Work to build higher rise residential towers, town houses and commercial buildings is continuing full steam, with dozens of heavy duty trucks carrying sand and materials while cranes dot a skyline that is growing taller and denser as high-rise apartments rapidly approach completion.Forest City is barely inhabited, with only a handful of staff living at its service apartments and guests at its hotel.But earlier this month, an international school opened its doors to the first 60 students – mostly from China and also from South Korea – to its 22-acre campus planted with “vertical gardens,” an Olympic-size pool and three yoga studios.They will be knocking about the Shattuck St Mary’s school campus designed to accommodate 1,000 students as construction roars on in the backdrop.Liang Ri Sheng, 44, who runs an electrical services company in Guangzhou, said he hopes Forest City will be the gateway for his son to an international life, riding on the strength of China’s Belt and Road regional infrastructure push.“It will give both eastern and western exposure for my son. I think it’s good for my son’s growth and development,” Liang told Reuters. He was speaking before Mahathir’s latest remarks.His family will be one of the first 482 to get the keys to their new homes by September.Another buyer, Jackie Chan (not related to the actor of the same name), who bought an apartment in Forest City last year for around $140,000, said he hadn’t expected such a twist.“When I bought it I was betting on long-term appreciation and didn’t expect there would be such a policy risk. But I’m not aiming for their immigration visa so there’s no impact for me. The investment amount is small so I’m just going to keep it as a vacation home,” said Chan, who lives in Hong Kong.last_img

Ohio State Coach Apologizes to Colleagues Wife after Mishandling Allegations of DomesticOhio State Coach Apologizes to Colleagues Wife after Mishandling Allegations of Domestic

first_imgBy Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor Ohio State head coach Urban Myer issued an apology Aug. 24 via Twitter to Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of former assistant coach Zach Smith, for not personally acknowledging her during the press announcement of his suspension the previous day.Myer, along with Ohio State’s athletic director Gene Smith, were both suspended for three games this upcoming season for mishandling allegations of domestic violence posed against Zach Smith. Courtney Smith recently told reporters that she had personally informed Myer that she was being abused by her former husband, but the head coach never took action. http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/24467082/urban-meyer-ohio-state-buckeyes-issues-apology-courtney-smithOhio State University football coach Urban Meyer is seen during a press conference in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, to announce the results of an investigation of NCAA college football coach Urban Meyer for the way he handled domestic-abuse allegations against a former assistant. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)Myer told reporters Aug. 22 that his loyalty to Zach Smith’s grandfather, former legendary Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce, clouded his judgment and influenced the manner in which he handled the allegations against Smith.When asked during the press conference if he had any message for Courtney Smith, Myer said his only message is for everyone involved and that he was “sorry we’re in this situation.” He took to Twitter two days later to send her a more direct apology.http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/24467082/urban-meyer-ohio-state-buckeyes-issues-apology-courtney-smith“My words and demeanor on Wednesday did not show how seriously I take relationship violence. I sincerely apologize,” Myer said in a two paragraph apology posted to Twitter. “I was taught at a very young age that if I ever hit a woman I would be kicked out of the house and never welcomed back. I have the same rule in my house and in the Football Program at Ohio State. Over the years, we have worked hard to educate and remind our coaches and players of the seriousness of relationship violence.“I understand my lack of more action in this situation has raised concerns about this commitment,” Myer continued. “I once again apologize for this, and I extend my empathy to all women, men and families who are affected by relationship violence. This has been a real learning experience for me. I fully intend to use my voice more effectively to be a part of the solution.“Let me say here and now what I should have said on Wednesday: I sincerely apologize to Courtney Smith and her children for what they have gone through.”last_img read more

Media Veterans Brett Bouttier Betsy Morgan Jeff Berman Form Venture Targeting ConsumerMedia Veterans Brett Bouttier Betsy Morgan Jeff Berman Form Venture Targeting Consumer

first_imgBouttier said Magnet Companies won’t be a passive investor. “The three of us will be very hands-on operators,” he said. Magnet intends to share resources and the expertise of the founders across its subsidiaries, providing its portfolio companies with capabilities often unavailable to early-stage businesses.Bouttier and Berman are based in L.A., while Morgan is located in New York City. David Hernand of law firm Paul Hastings negotiated the company’s financing and Ziffren Brittenham’s Bryan Wolf acting as legal adviser to the partners. For now, Magnet has a placeholder website up and running at magnetcompanies.com.As for the name of the venture, Magnet Companies is betting it can fulfill the magnetic implications of its moniker: “One of the things all three of us have learned consistently is, when you put people who know how to build together with the financial resources to do it, it attracts the best talent,” said Bouttier.Pictured above (l. to r.): Brett Bouttier, Betsy Morgan, Jeff Berman Popular on Variety “We’re not running around town as investors,” Bouttier told Variety. “We are looking at it as an operating fund. We’re looking to go out to build and buy things.”The three Magnet founders have résumés that cut across digital media.Morgan was the first CEO of the Huffington Post and headed Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze, after 10 years at CBS Interactive; most recently, she was executive in residence at investment bank LionTree Advisors. Bouttier, prior to Awesomeness (which was just acquired by Viacom), led Warner Bros. Television Group’s digital division and was part of the team that launched TMZ. Berman most recently was executive in residence at VC firm Greylock Partners. Previously, Berman was president of Whalerock Industries, the production company that has developed apps and digital properties with celebs including the Kardashian and Jenner sisters, Ellen DeGeneres and rapper Tyler, the Creator; before that, he ran the NFL’s digital-media businesses and led Myspace’s sales and marketing.Magnet’s partners plan to recruit talent and content creators to build new businesses, and they also are looking to acquire existing brands that can be “modernized” to better engage consumers in media consumption and ecommerce.“Chaos is opportunity. There’s a certain amount of chaos in the media industry today,” Morgan said.In terms of segments Magnet Companies is looking at, Bouttier was cagey but he pointed to news and information, music, sports, and fashion as examples: “These are all big areas where there are new opportunities for brands to tap into a modern consumer behavior.” He said the partners are currently in discussions with a number of potential target companies.Magnet is looking at tapping pure-play media brands as well as “product-driven” consumer brands, Bouttier added. “There’s never been a better time to build new brands,” he said. “You can literally become part of the new behavior of people’s lives.”Magnet’s holding-company structure and its focus on next-generation consumer brands sounds somewhat like what Jeffrey Katzenberg is doing with WndrCo in targeting mobile entertainment, or like Peter Chernin’s Chernin Group and Barry Diller’s IAC. A trio of seasoned media and tech execs — Betsy Morgan, Brett Bouttier and Jeff Berman — has teamed up to form Magnet Companies, a holding company looking to buy and build direct-to-consumer companies and maximize their reach, engagement and revenue.Magnet Companies has secured “significant backing” from a multibillion-dollar private-equity fund based in New York, according to Bouttier, who most recently was president of AwesomenessTV. He declined to say how much money Magnet has at its disposal, nor would he reveal the name of the PE fund.So what is Magnet’s play, exactly? The partners say they’re focused on the intersection of “content, community and commerce”: The idea is to assemble and operate a portfolio of consumer-oriented properties that generate multiple streams of revenue. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more