PC leader backtracks on opening Greenbelt to developers

Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford is backtracking on his proposal to open up Ontario’s Greenbelt to developers.Ford has said he’d open the area to construction as a way to ease the housing crisis in the GTHA.That led to huge public backlash.Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger called it a “terrible policy decision to pander to a few select developers.”Ford walked back his comments Tuesday, promising to maintain the Greenbelt.The people have spoken – we will maintain the Greenbelt in its entirety. pic.twitter.com/VcNDZdXtPZ— Doug Ford (@fordnation) May 1, 2018The Greenbelt is a 7,200-square-kilometre area bordering the Greater Golden Horseshoe region around Lake Ontario.It was protected from urban development by legislation in 2005. read more

GOLDEN LEAGUE France won replay of EURO 2014 final

golden leaguegolden league handballkarabaticSloveniaUlrik Wilbek French nationak team won the Golden League tournament by triumph over Denmark 28:26 in a replay of the Men’s EHF EURO 2014 Final. After defeat against Slovenia at the Round 2, Karabatic and Co. again found the rhytm and beat big rival, which head-coach Ulrik Wilbek was the last time at the Danish bench…Norway beat Slovenia 30:28.STANDINGS:France 4Norway 4Denmark 2Slovenia 2 ← Previous Story Poland wins tournament in Lublin Next Story → Serbian “Eagles” beat Slovakia twice read more

Four teams for the EHF Cup trophy in Berlin

← Previous Story LNH: Montpellier only three steps more for the trophy! Next Story → FTC Rail-Cargo are the new queens of Hungary The EHF Cup F4 showdown will take place in the Max Schmelling Arena in Berlin this weekend. Two German teams, Danish Skjern and Slovenian RK Gorenje will fight for the title which was in possesion of Hungarian PICK Szeged from the last May.14:30 Skjern – HSV Handball17.30 Fuchse Berlin – RK Gorenje

The behindthescenes machinations shaping the governments new alcohol laws

first_img The new Public Health (Alcohol) Bill has been under consideration by the government since late 2015 but has not yet been enacted. It is a far-reaching bill with new legislation on aspects such as minimum pricing, advertising and product labelling. Over the next few weeks, TheJournal.ie will look at different aspects of the bill, the sides for and against the measures, and the effect the bill will have.THE PUBLIC HEALTH (Alcohol) Bill was published by then-Minister for Health Leo Varadkar in December 2015.It has a wide-ranging set of measures designed to reduce the effects of alcohol-related harm in Ireland.An important aspect of the legislation relates to how alcohol can be advertised, both in shops and supermarkets, on billboards and at sporting events.While the Bill has cross party support, a number of changes were recommended after it was debated at committee stage. Politicians have also highlighted how a great deal of lobbying has been done by industry to try and amend other aspects before it gets signed into law.Advertising RestrictionsSome of the restrictions included in the bill relate to advertising in public spaces, at events and in media outlets.In terms of outdoor advertising, ads promoting an alcohol product would be prohibited in or on public service vehicles, at bus stops and in or at a train or bus station.Outdoor advertising within 200 metres of a school or playground will also be banned.At the committee stage (the third stage, after it has been debated in the Dáil), it was proposed that the following line was put in: “Advertising, indirect advertising and other sales promotion of an alcohol product is prohibited if it is carried out or aimed at the general public in public places.”It was also proposed that alcohol sponsorship of sport would be phased out by the end of 2023, and that sponsorship of any event which is particularly aimed at children is also banned.Another amendment tabled related to the broadcast watershed for alcohol advertising.Addressing the committee, Minister of State Marcella Corcoran Kennedy explained: “It states that advertisements for alcohol products cannot be broadcast on television before 9pm and that such advertisements cannot be broadcast on the radio other than between the hours of 10am and 3pm on weekdays.The watershed times have been agreed in consultation with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, which have the intelligence in this area.A spokesperson for Alcohol Action Ireland told TheJournal.ie that while advertising restrictions alone will not solve the public health crisis of alcohol in this country, all of the measures in the legislation “are designed to work together to help create an environment that supports or empowers people to make healthier choices in relation to their alcohol consumption”.Brewers, however, have claimed that the advertising restrictions proposed will effectively freeze them out from the majority of all outdoor advertising space in major cities in Ireland.The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) has a twofold argument, saying that the restrictions are “disproportionate” and that they won’t work. Source: Shutterstock/Alexandru NikaThe body, which represents brewers, distillers, brand owners and distributors in Ireland, has also warned that the move will have negative consequences across a variety of sectors, claiming the watershed rule will have “huge financial implications for domestic broadcasters” in terms of revenue.ABFI Director Ross Mac Mathúna said: “We would like to see the sensible implementation of the Bill, however the proposed measures are not fit for purpose and will result in unintended consequences.”Their figures claim that, of the 8261 advertising spots in Greater Dublin, Cork and Limerick, only 969 of these (11.7%) would be available to book for alcohol advertising under the provisions of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.A spokesperson for Alcohol Action Ireland criticised a lack of evidence to substantiate this claim that 88% of outdoor advertisement space would be made unavailable under the new system.They also told TheJournal.ie that the alcohol industry was not “primarily concerned with ‘unintended consequences’ of this legislation, but the intended consequence” which would ultimately aim for a reduction in alcohol consumption.Alcohol marketing and childrenThe ABFI says that the restrictions on advertising will have little benefit on the issue of underage drinking.Countries such as France have banned advertising at sporting events and have implemented content restrictions on other alcohol-related advertising, but the ABFI argues that research on underage drinking in France show that these measures will not work in Ireland.Data published in 2013 did show that there was an increase in the number of underage drinkers consuming alcohol regularly in France, but this is not directly linked to advertising.Mac Mathúna said: “We are concerned about the proposed advertising restrictions given the lack of clear evidence that these measures will address the misuse of alcohol.Underage consumption [in Ireland] is declining.According to the recent ESPAD survey – a European-wide survey on alcohol use among teenagers – Ireland was found to be below average in terms of alcohol use in a number of categories, including regular consumption.One category, however, where Ireland did not perform so well in terms of how many teenagers had been drunk in the previous 30 days, and the average alcohol intake on the last day that they drank. Percentage of prevalence, Irish teenagers versus European average Source: ESPADThe Alcohol Action Ireland spokesperson said: “Children are continuously exposed to positive, risk-free images of alcohol and its use, which are far removed from the reality of the situation.Restricting advertisements for alcohol products to content about the nature of those products will mean that advertisements will be less likely to glamourise alcohol or make it appealing to children. By Sean Murray Source: Frances Black/Twitter 25,863 Views Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 7:10 AM The behind-the-scenes machinations shaping the government’s new alcohol laws The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill aims to impose restrictions on alcohol advertising in Ireland. https://jrnl.ie/3212472 Share Tweet Email1 Image: Shutterstock/SpeedKingz Independent Senator Frances Black Source: Niall Carson PA Archive/PA Images“We have to stop listening to the industries whose representatives are in here fighting against saving lives.”center_img 42 Comments Feb 5th 2017, 7:10 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Yesterday I highlighted the intense lobbying by the alcohol industry who are working hard 2 dilute the #AlcoholBill https://t.co/gCcuWlswar— Frances Black (@frances_black) November 18, 2016 Short URL Senator David Norris also drew attention to the issue. He said: “Multinational corporations have been carrying out extensive lobbying of Members of this House. Sometimes, they are clever in how they conceal their origins referring to ‘responsible drinkers’ and all of that rubbish.No one believes it. They have stopped lobbying me because I used to send material back and tell them that I did not believe them.Also speaking in the Seanad on the matter, Fine Gael senator Catherine Noone expressed her fears that the advertising industry would begin to lobby members to reduce to the effect the bill will have.She said: “My concern is that the advertising industry will start to lobby us to reduce the effect the Bill will have on its industry. The objective of the advertising measures contained in the Bill is to protect young people from exposure to alcohol marketing.If there is to be any reduction or removal of measures in the legislation, I hope it will not be a precedent for other industries to start lobbying us. I believe this is only the start of it.Section 20By law, lobbyists are required to register and disclose who they are lobbying and what they are lobbying them about.The register lists details of who has been lobbying politicians on a range of issues and, in the case of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, it is section 20 that has led to a great number of lobbying attempts.Section 20 concerns the “structural separation” of alcohol products for sale in shops and supermarkets.In practice, it will mean the erection of a physical barrier to separate alcohol from other products in shops.On the register of lobbyists, it can be seen that shop owners have been keen to get this part of the Bill amended in particular.Blue Silver Merchants ULC, trading as McInerney’s SuperValu Loughrea, published details on 17 January that they had phone three local TDs on the issue.The intended results of this lobbying was to “avoid the expenditure of €45,000 in our store in order to comply with proposed legislative changes to prevent alcohol from being visible to our customers”.A Centra store in Sligo held a meeting with three local TDs seeking the “elimination of the requirement for structural separation”.Other recorded instances of lobbying politicians on this piece of the legislation can be found here, here, and here.This issue almost caused a rift between Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance in November.The Bill instructs that alcohol must be separated from the other products on sale in the shop by a physical barrier, so that alcohol products and advertising are not readily visible to members of the public.Plans to force small retailers and corner shop owners to segregate alcohol products was a “step too far”, said the Independent Alliance.Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works Sean Canney described the section of the bill as “a retrograde step” and said it is simply “inoperable”.“Segregation like this will add nothing to the control of drinking. Drinking is an issue in this country and education about alcohol needs to start in the school.“I am fearful of the fact that this legislation could drive drink further underground and make drink an even less sociable pastime,” he said.Unlike other disagreements the Independent Alliance has had with Fine Gael in the past, this time they might actually have some support from government backbenchers.Corcoran-Kennedy briefed her party colleagues on the new bill at the parliamentary party meeting at a November meeting, where concerns were raised were also raised by Fine Gael TDs about the impacts it will have on small corner shops.At a previous parliamentary party meeting in October, there was a heated discussion about the new bill, with rural TDs raising the same concerns as members of the Independent Alliance.Many stated it would be a non-runner for their constituents.Next week, we’ll take a look at the issue of minimum pricing.Read: ‘His eyes were rolling in his head and there was froth coming out of his mouth’Read: New laws on the way to curb the spread of pubs and off licences Image: Shutterstock/SpeedKingz “Due to weak systems of industry self-regulation, children in Ireland are currently very poorly protected from these sophisticated and powerful influences on their expectations and behaviour in relation to alcohol.”According to research carried out at the Health Promotion Research Centre at NUI Galway, over 90% of children reported that they were exposed to traditional, or offline, alcohol advertisements in the week prior to the study being carried out.Dr Michal Molcho at NUI Galway said: “Given that these findings echo previous studies, coupled with the vulnerability of young people to alcohol, there is a clear need for immediate action on alcohol marketing regulation.”The ABFI, however, said: ”The drinks industry in Ireland abides, in the strictest manner, to all codes relating to advertising and marketing.”LobbyingAs amendments to the legislation were under review by members of the Seanad, several came forward to air their frustrations on the amount of lobbying taking place from industry on the matter.Independent Senator Frances Black told the House in November: “Is the Leader aware of the amount of lobbying by the alcohol industry on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill? I am shocked by the amount of lobbying.I have seen it with my own eyes. I saw seven people from the industry standing around one Deputy in the coffee dock some days ago and I was absolutely horrified.last_img read more

Worry over new earthquake in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A magnitude of 5.3 earthquake was felt all over Crete, Greece yesterday at 11:30 p.m. local time (2030 GMT) according to Greece’s Institute of Geodynamics.No casualties or damages have been reported so far, however, three aftershocks, each of a magnitude of 3.5, have occurred within half an hour of the main quake and a minor earthquake of 4.1.The epicenter was off the southern coast of Crete, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), near the coastal town of Ierapetra and about 60 kilometers (37 miles) southeast of the island’s largest city, Heraklion.In the past seven days there have been seven earthquakes in Greece, with 29 tremors in the past 30 days. The largest earthquake this month has been the 5.4 in Pýrgos, Crete topped by last month’s 6.3 near Plomárion, Lesvos.To check daily seismic activity in Greece go to: http://www.geophysics.geol.uoa.gr/stations/maps/recent.htmllast_img read more

Extreme Rules Payback and MITB 2015 PPV buyrate figures

first_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Natalya Opens Up About Her Reaction To Roman Reigns’ Cancer Battle Shawn Michaels Could The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns Actually Happen? Impact Wrestling presents Rebellion this Sunday from Toronto, streaming live globally on FITE.tv As part of WWE’s Q2 2015 earnings report released on Thursday, the following are the buyrates for WWE PPVs in the second quarter of 2015.* WWE Extreme Rules 4/26/15 (headlined by Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton) – 56,000 buys (down from 108,000 buys in 2014)* WWE Payback 5/17/15 (headlined by Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns) – 54,000 buys (down from 67,000 buys in 2014)* WWE Money in the Bank 6/14/15 (headlined by Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose) – 57,000 buys (down from 122,000 buys in 2014)Source: WWE CorporateRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:13Loaded: 100.00%0:14Remaining Time -0:17 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Google+ Pinterest Jon Moxley Joins AEW Ronda Rousey Facebook Twitter Seth Rollinscenter_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articles Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Videos Articles WWE Live returns to China this September, Will hold tryouts this July in Shanghai WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Video: Impact announces Rebellion Pay Per View for April 28 live in Torontolast_img read more

ITC chairman YC Deveshwar passes away at 72 PM Modi others mourn

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:05Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:03?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Worlds Biggest Tobacco Company To Phase Out Cigarettes Closecenter_img Yogesh Chander Deveshwar, the chairman of ITC, passed away on Saturday morning at a private hospital in Gurugram and is survived by his wife and son. He was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. The cause of his death is not known.Deveshwar stepped down from an executive role as chairman and CEO of ITC in 2017 but remained with the company as a non-executive chairman. He served at ITC for over half a century and became known for his business acumen which brought the conglomerate to its position today.ITC is one of the biggest diversified conglomerates in the world and the largest cigarette-maker in India. It has 20,000 employees across 60 locations in the country.ITC’s managing director Sanjiv Puri mourned the death while attributing ITC’s successful transformation and growth to Deveshwar’s leadership in a statement, “Spearheading a journey of stellar growth that led the Harvard Business Review to rank him the 7th Best Performing CEO in the world, his leadership transformed ITC into a valuable and admired multi-business conglomerate with a robust portfolio of front-ranking businesses in FMCG, Hotels, Paperboards & Paper, Packaging and Agri-Business.” ITC chairman YC Deveshwar passes awayReuters FileWith regard to the employment opportunities created by ITC, he added, “His death is mourned by many, as he was considered an astute Indian visionary whose cause provided employment to over 60 lakh people.”Born on February 4, 1947, in Lahore, Deveshwar was an IIT Delhi and Harvard Business School alumnus who joined ITC in 1968 and became the chairman in 1996. He led state-owned carrier Air India as the chairman and managing director from 1991 to 1994. He was also a director on the central board of the Reserve Bank of India. Deveshwar received the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian honour in India, in 2011. ITC LtdReutersPrime Minister Narendra Modi was grieved by his passing. He tweeted, “Shri YC Deveshwar made a strong contribution to Indian industry. His efforts helped ITC become a professionally run Indian company with a global footprint. Saddened by his demise. My thoughts are with his family, friends and the ITC group in this hour of grief.”Other political leaders also mourned the loss of the inspirational businessman.Saddened by the death of Yogi C Deveshwar, Chairman ITC. Yogi excelled as a corporate professional and an entrepreneur and took his company to great heights. May God render peace to the departed soul & give to his family strength to bear this loss.— Chowkidar Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) May 11, 2019In a message CM recalled Deveshwar’s presence when the TS-iPASS was launched in Hyderabad in June 2015 and the way he extended his support to Telangana in that meeting. CM conveyed his condolences to the members of the bereaved family.— Telangana CMO (@TelanganaCMO) May 11, 2019Saddened at the passing away of the longest serving Chairman of ITC group #YCDeveshwar He transformed the company into a world class corporate. May his soul rest in eternal peace.— Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) May 11, 2019Saddened to learn of the passing away of Padma Bhusan & #ITC Group Chairman YC Deveshwar. His stewardship transformed ITC into a diversified global conglomerate with focus on Indian brands. His leadership and vision will continue to inspire generations. RIP #YogiDeveshwar— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) May 11, 2019Saddened to know about the demise of longest serving ITC Chairman – Padma Bhushan Shri #YCDeveshwar. He was a visionary leader who stood test of the time and worked relentlessly for sustainable growth.Condolences to his family and everyone associated with ITC the group. pic.twitter.com/XPDeCyzKQQ— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) May 11, 2019last_img read more

Two wheeler sales February 2017 Royal Enfield posts 19 growth

first_imgThe logo of Royal Enfield is pictured on a bike at Royal Enfield’s flagship shore in Bangkok, Thailand, February 24, 2016.Reuters fileRoyal Enfield motorcycles saw yet another month of robust sales in February 2017. Eicher Motors, which makes the motorcycles, sold 58,439 units during the month, up 19 percent from 49,156 motorcycles sold in February 2016. Exports rose 7 percent to 1,702 units.Read: Domestic car sales February 2017: Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai post robust growth Bajaj Auto, TVS Motor and Hero Motocorp are yet to report their volume sales data.Other entities in the two-wheeler space in India include unlisted entities such as Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI), Yamaha Motor, Suzuki Motors India Ltd. (SMIL) and Vespa India.TVS Motor shares were down marginally to Rs 424 apiece, Hero Motocorp up 1.21 percent at Rs 3,173 and Bajaj Auto almost flat at Rs 2,771.last_img read more

Its Daleks vs Cybermen in New Miniatures Game

first_imgBBCThe initial release comes with DIY snap-fit plastic miniatures of the iconic villains and illustrated rule books with “a wealth of information and photographs.” Future expansion packs will introduce other foes and allies (like Silurians, Sontarans, and UNIT), allowing players to grow their game and collection.“We’ve been tirelessly researching episodes both new and old, sculpting miniatures and working back and forth with the BBC to ensure the results are completely authentic,” the company website said.A number of sets are already available for purchase, including the Tenth Doctor and companions (Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, Wilf Mott) and the Twelfth Doctor and companions (Clara Oswald, Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint, Strax).BBCFans can also snag The Silence, Judoon, Zygons, and long-forgotten Tetraps—a test piece for a new sculptor, according to Warlord Games’ Head of Product Design, Paul Sawyer—plus two figures (The Ghost and Dr. Sims) from 2016 Christmas special “The Return of Doctor Mysterio,” among others.Warlord hopes to broaden its Doctor Who horizons over the next year with more plastics and more metal.“We are ramping through them at the moment,” Sawyer said in a recent Q&A session with the game maker. “As we speak, I’m awaiting the next batch of [3D-printed] designs through, which includes Victor Kennedy, the Abzorbaloff and Missy, among many others.”Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. There is nothing miniature about Doctor Who. Except these new releases from Warlord Games.The pewter and plastic models span more than 50 years of stories and characters—including the Doctor himself, as well as companions and enemies.And soon, you’ll be able to recreate the battle in Canary Wharf with Warlord’s first Who-themed tabletop skirmish game, “Exterminate!” Expected for release this spring (so, any day now), the title pits Daleks against Cybermen in a fight to the unemotional finish.Three levels of gameplay—harsh “Battle” environment, “Adventure” world, “Episode” challenges—are each dictated by eight scenarios that come with the game, according to the BBC.last_img read more

Its Your Duty as an American to Send Voters Pizza

first_imgStay on target Snapchat Rolls Out Election Day Filters and ToolsJohn McAfee is still running, but this time it’s for President It’s Election Day 2016, which means the world will be watching with baited breath as the nation with the largest military in the world decides who will be pointing the guns — Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. With such a historic election, you can bet lines for the polls are going to be pretty crazy. So why not send pizza to hungry voters across the country?Polls.Pizza lets you report long lines at voting booths and then it sends pizzas to those most in need. And honestly, unless you see bald eagles pooping apple pies over amber waves of grain while America the Beautiful plays in the background, you’re going to be hard-pressed to find anything more American than the delicious fusion of pizza and democracy.To get cheesy goodness into the hands of your fellow Americans, you need to send polls.pizza a link to a social media report of a long line (be it a tweet or public Facebook post) as well as the address of the polling place. Then, the site will determine if the claim is legitimate and feed hungry citizens eager to perform their civic duty.We’re sending eight pizzas from Sarpino’s Pizzeria to Welles Park in Chicago – should be there soon! pic.twitter.com/M0qyB8iIfq— Pizza to the Polls (@PizzaToThePolls) November 7, 2016So far, the site’s already delivered 32 pizzas to four different polling sites feeding dozens of hungry voters. If you want to follow all the action on the big day, follow @pizzatothepolls on twitter, and donate to the fund if you can.Now, if you’re not sure where you, dear reader, are supposed to vote, you can just search for your address on yourfuckingpollingplace.com. In the vein of “What’s the fucking weather?” and “Where the fuck should I go to eat?”, “Where’s my fucking polling place?” shows you the closest registered voting locations, their hours, and a map so you can get to your fucking polls and do your fucking civic duty. Plus! If you’re not sure what’s going to be on the ballot, you can get a preview so you can do some quick research before you head out.With these kinds of resources, you have ZERO excuse. Go. Vote.last_img read more

Financial dispute EDMC North MCD mulling to move court sit on strike

Financial dispute EDMC North MCD mulling to move court sit on strike

first_imgAmid the tussle between AAP government and BJP-ruled Municipal Corporations over financial issues, cash-strapped North and East Corporations have declared all out war against the government. The North Corporation, after convening a special House on Monday, announced to move court and sit on hungerstrike if funds are not released immediately. The East Corporation too announced to convene a special House this week for similar move. “I have directed the Commissioner to prepare to go to court for seeking our funds which are our legitimate right. In order to mount pressure, we are also planning to sit on hungerstrike in front of the CM’s residence,” said Mayor of North MCD Ravinder Gupta.   Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreGupta said: “The Delhi government has deliberately stopped releasing funds to the Corporations. Their global share and grants in various heads are not being given accordingly with efforts to paralyse civic services. We have not paid salaries and pensions and even have stopped councillors’ funds. A total of Rs 250 crore, deposited in the Provident Fund, have been spent to meet the expenses. If the sanitation system collapses and the staff go on strike due to non-payment of salaries, only the Delhi government would be responsible.”  Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedThe EDMC, too, announced to go to court along with North Corporation. “East Corporation is running a loss of nearly Rs 1,000 crore every year and is facing acute shortage of money. If the government will not release money immediately, civic services will be badly hit,” said Harshdeep Malhotra, EDMC Mayor. Condemning the indifferent attitude of the Delhi government towards civic agencies, North MCD Mayor said efforts have been made to meet Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to demand the Corporation’s legitimate right to funds but in vain. He said for several years the Delhi government has not released funds and now, currently, the amount has reached a whopping Rs 2,000 crore. It is due to this that the civic body is not able to pay salaries to its employees for the past two months and pensions to beneficiaries besides payment to contractors since June last year.last_img read more

BJP cant win by creating fear psychosis among voters Abhishek

BJP cant win by creating fear psychosis among voters Abhishek

first_imgRajgunj: Taking a dig at the saffron party, Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee said they cannot win elections by creating fear psychosis among the voters, at a meeting here on Friday.”BJP is trying to terrorise people to win elections. They are trying to induce fear psychosis among the voters. But this will not help them to win the election. On May 23, the party will be ousted from Delhi,” Banerjee said. He said BJP is such a heinous political party that it is taking the credit for Indian Army’s achievements. “As BJP has not carried out any development work in the country, Narendra Modi is taking the credit for Indian Army’s bravery. It is really shameful,” he said, adding: “Nowhere in the history Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatawill you find such an arrogant Prime Minister, who speaks only lies.” He said BJP leaders are coming to the state to create confusion among the people and alleged that the party hates Bengal. “Though the Bengal Assembly had unanimously cleared the change of name of the state, the Centre is yet to give clearance. The BJP leaders do not know the language and are ignorant about the state’s rich culture and heritage as well,” Banerjee said. He urged people to cast their votes in favour of the Trinamool candidate. “Throughout the year you will find our workers by your side, but the BJP leaders are like seasonal birds and they can never be traced after the election gets over,” he said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee said in the past seven years, there has been all round development in Bengal. Two Utkarsh Bangla and Sabuj Sathi projects have bagged international awards. “Various schemes taken up by Mamata Banerjee have helped people coming from all cross-sections of society. Kanyashree has helped the girl students pursue higher education. There are more schemes like Yubashree, Rupashree and Swastha Sathi, among others,” he added. While unemployment has reached an all-time high in the country, the Bengal government has drastically brought down unemployment, creating job opportunities for unemployed youths, he stated. He said the country needs a stable secular government at the Centre to carry out sustainable development throughout the country and urged the voters to give their mandate in favour of the Trinamool nominee. “By casting your vote in favour of the Trinamool candidate, you are actually strengthening the hands of Mamata Banerjee,” he said, urging people to go to the polling stations on April 18 and cast their votes in the morning.last_img read more

Prime Day 2019 Deal on Apple Watch Series 4 Get up to

Prime Day 2019 Deal on Apple Watch Series 4 Get up to

first_img Share Tweet Submit Upgrade to the Apple Watch Series 4 today and save $75 in the process on select models including 40mm and 44mm options.You might be holding on to your old Series 1 or Series 2 Apple Watch, but Series 4 is a huge leap forward in terms of performance and display technology. If you’re on the verge of treating yourself to a Series 4 upgrade then now’s the time to jump onboard as a wide range of models are discounted and you can save up to $50 on GPS models and up to $75 on Cellular models.There are range of options to choose from here and in the end you’ll be getting a capable smartwatch that suits your lifestyle and use-case. Here’s a quite run-down of the features:GPS + CellularOver 30% larger displayElectrical and optical heart sensorsECG appDigital Crown with haptic feedback50% louder speakerS4 SiP with faster 64-bit dual-core processorImproved accelerometer and gyroscope for fall detectionSwim proofwatch OS 5Although the list of features suggest that the Apple Watch Series 4 runs watchOS 5, and it does obviously, but do keep in mind that the device will be upgraded to watchOS 6 later this year which is jam-packed with tons of new features. This includes dedicated apps that have no reliance on the iPhone, and a dedicated App Store for, you know, watchOS apps!There’s a lot to like here, starting with that display. So why not check out the deals and treat yourself to an upgrade which has been way more than due, right?Buy Apple Watch Series 4 GPS – Up to $50 OffBuy Apple Watch Series 4 Cellular – Up to $75 Offlast_img read more

KZN Police looking for minorities

KZN Police looking for minorities

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The South African Police Service invites youth of all races between 18 and 30 years old to join the police. There are vacancies existing for trainees (entry level constables) at units, stations and at the Provincial  Office of  KwaZulu-Natal. Applicants must be able to meet the following requirements: they must be South African citizens; physically, medically and mentally healthy; grade 12 or equivalent qualification; code 8 drivers licence will be an added advantage; between the ages of 18 and 30 years of age; be able to speak two official languages; No tattoos; within the mass and height restriction- applicants should have BMI (BODY MASSS INDEX) of less than 30; no criminal record or cases pending.Application forms must be obtained from your nearest police station. The forms will also be available on the SAPS Website. Completed application forms together with the following documents must be returned to your recruitment centre: certified copies of identity document, certified copy of grade 12 certificate (matric certificate), certified copy of drivers licence and proof of residence.We are making a special appeal to persons from minority groups to please apply for these vacancies to ensure the SAPS is able to meet its obligation in terms of employment equity guidelines.We are not receiving sufficient applications from White, Indian and Coloured communities and we urge school leavers from those communities to consider employment in the SAPS.It is our intention is to promote representivity through the filling of these posts.last_img read more

ForteVillage Sardegna Sardinia has something in

first_imgForteVillage Sardegna (Sardinia) has something in common with Alibaba, whose creative founding CEO Jack Ma thinks he is running a country rather than a company. Well, this luxury holiday complex is similarly akin to a country, although at 25.5 hectares it is still short of the 44 hectares of the Vatican, the world’s smallest nation. Anyway, run with presidential style by the superbly inventive Lorenzo Giannuzzi, ForteVillage has 750 bedrooms spread over eight resorts. Especially during the peak season, August – which has a five-night minimum stay – occupancy is 100%, with 80% repeats, some for as long as three weeks. Add to this the fact that 600 of ForteVillage’s 1200 workforce also live on site and this really is a sizeable destination.About 65% of the hotel rooms are taken by families, so it is fair to say that about 1500 guests, including kids, are sleeping on the complex most nights. I was undoubtedly the only single-occupancy during my stay, and I was in ground-floor villa 150-L, my ideal of all the room styles. It is in Villa del Parco, with a quick entrance, via the hotel’s gorgeous back garden, to the spa and, super-important, the gym. Sports facilities are available by the dozen, a good thing as you can spend a tremendous amount of time, and consume a lot of calories, in eating magnificently. There are 21 venues in all, plus stands and kiosks in the resort’s shopping area. I arrived on the direct British Airways flight from London Gatwick and was really hungry. What a delight to go straight to a fish market, choose what you want, in my case calamari, with a superb salad buffet to start.Yes, this really is a state of heaven, and always innovating. One recent addition is an arena which can seat thousands – they were rehearsing, that night, for Mamma Mia!, sorry I would not be able to stay for it (coming up are three classic-crossover singers, and then, on 13 August 2017, Charles Aznavour). Lorenzo Giannuzzi first worked here, on reception, when he was 22 but he returned, as GM, in 1995, since when he has masterminded transformation and expansion. I likened ForteVillage to one of my favourite books, Nevile Shute’s A Town Like Alice. According to the author, Alice Springs started with a generator to power the ice-cream machine to please the workers constructing what would become that city. Here on Sardinia the story really started with Mussolini planting pines to ward off mosquitoes, and later came Lord Forte, then simply Charles Forte, to build a single hotel.Lorenzo Giannuzzi is forever growing his empire – coming up is a water park, I suspect similar to Wild Wadi at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. In the last year he has added more retail, and yet more sports. Come to this luxury resort and, regardless which of its eight hotels you stay in, you have a choice of what he calls academies: chess, led by Anatoly Karpov; cycling, with Cipollini; football, working with Chelsea; rugby with English international stars Will Greenwood and Austin Healey; table tennis, with Michael J Fitch, and tennis, led by Australian coach Rocco Loccisano. As we drove past the array of tennis courts on a general recce of this entire luxury complex, there was Lorenzo Giannuzzi hitting as hard as he could – that man is truly amazing.ForteVillage Sardegna is indeed largely the creation of Lorenzo Giannuzzi, who is always coming up with something new. He did, admittedly, inherit a thalassotherapy spa when he arrived, but he has made what is now AcquaForte significant – already 20% of adults make at least one visit to the facility, and that number is growing every year. The team of professionals includes chiropractors, nutritionists and such personal trainers as Ruben Tavares, who seems to relocate here from his London base for part of every summer.Although ForteVillage traditionally closes during winter, AcquaForte is staying open right up to 10 December 2017, to get enthusiasts in perfect shape for the festive season (the spa’s director, Dino Mitidieri, told me how he is working with nutritionist Elisabetta Orsi to change his own body shape, purely by his diet). I had no time for body reshaping, but I did have the necessary 90 minutes for the six-pool thalasso sequence. This started with floating on a blue neck pillow in brown water at 37-38°, especially high in magnesium salt, with saline density 30°Bé. I progressed through pools of sea oil and aloe, and trace elements, and via Jacuzzi jets, finishing in pure seawater at around 26°C. I felt marvellous, so full of energy, and then it was time to lie on a waterbed, with constantly changing lights, for a salt scrub followed by being massaged in honey (who was the philistine who subsequently said what a waste of all that honey?).I love the way the entire AcquaForte wellness complex is indoors-outdoors – the two treatment rooms I was in both had all-wall windows looking straight into Mediterranean undergrowth. This area of Sardinia has what many say is Europe’s most ideal and temperate climate, so it is perfectly plausible to think of operating nearly until Christmas (Villa del Parco, one of the resort’s eight hotels and just a few metres from AcquaForte, is staying open to accommodate determined spa-goers). As you would expect, I made good use of the hotel’s main Technogym, which has all-wall windows that open completely, overlooking the Olympic pool beneath. There are also gym pieces, along with Pilates and full assessment items, in the Performance Centre. What was this? Well, I had a balance assessment, with eyes open, eyes closed and then with teeth firmly closed, producing a printout, above, showing that a one-time gammy right foot today results in six more kilos of body weight being put on one leg.I slept magnificently, I loved having my own garden and I began to understand just a little bit more about how hospitality is second nature to Italians. Could I have a coffee maker, I asked, of course saying please. Literally within 15 minutes a Segafredo machine was brought, the container was filled with a litre of water, and it was plugged in, all ready to go. I also had 20 cups and saucers, and the same number of sachets. Italians do not do anything in short measure, and this is certainly true of the food and drink at this place.Well, there are 21 restaurants, plus numerous bars and snack places and even a Champagne room. During her far too short stay, the gal ate magnificently, and every meal, it seemed, produced different experiences. At dinner outside on the terrace at Belvedere, atop the three-floor main building of the Villa del Parco, was sensational. Chef Antonello Arrus started our meal with mackerel tartare with vegetables cooked in sea-water and the wines were local, a Tuvaoes Vermentino di Sardegna DOC followed by Santadi ‘Terre Brune’ Carignano del Sulcis Superiore.The entire resort is half-board by the way, though many pay surpluses to dine in Gordon Ramsay and two other restaurants (and of the total, at least 70% pay to eat lunch even though everyone can have a copious buffet breakfast as late as 10.30am). Talking of lunch, personally I would alternate, lunching first in Beach Comber and then in Fish Market. Both are right by the beach, with open sides and lots of sea breezes. Both have sensational salad bars, where you point to what you want and a server fills an enormous bowl with, in my case, varieties of greens and the local tomatoes that are, say many, one of the keys to Sardinia’s longest-lifespan of the whole of Italy, rivalled only by a few Greek Islands. Next the fish you have already chosen from a display of today’s catch is brought, cooked as you want – one day I had breaded calamari, the next it was fillets of turbot.One dinner I had to have the local specialty, fritto misto, with a veritable who’s who, or what’s what, of fish varieties (do the 1200 people who work here also eat well? None seems even a pound overweight and yes, they work hard but they have a good life, which includes a regular Friday night staff barbecue). Guests could well put on weight, especially with the ice-cream and cookie stands around, and with a regular programme of eminent visiting culinarians. And the hotel’s own chefs are sometimes taken elsewhere to spread the word on ForteVillage’s fine cooking: last winter, the resort ran Gildo’s pop-up at Gstaad Palace from December through to March, and hosted a gourmet festival in Kiev this March.Pommery is main sponsor of the resort’s cooking school, but sadly there was no occasion to drink any bubbles, even Prosecco, during my stay. There was so much I did not do. On the list for next time is to find out about Barbie world, and to visit the Mahiki nightclub. I guess I should take a DJ lesson, and watch Marvin Berglas the magician, and Anatoly Karpov teaching chess. Honestly, the thing about ForteVillage Resort is that you just DO need to come back again and again and you still cannot keep up with what it has to offer. I am one of the many who simply love this place.last_img read more

NEW YORK — Actors Ellen Burstyn and Josh Charles

first_img NEW YORK — Actors Ellen Burstyn and Josh Charles, dancer Savion Glover and former “Today” show correspondent Ann Curry all were poetry readers for a night.“Poetry & the Creative Mind” is a benefit for the Academy of American Poets held each year at Lincoln Center, with people in a wide range of fields reading some of their favourite verse. Burstyn chose two poems by the late Mary Oliver, while Curry’s selections included Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise.” Others guest included the chef and restaurateur Daniel Rose, singer Stephen Merritt and Ireland’s ambassador to the United States, Daniel Mulhall, who worked in a subtle reference to President Donald Trump. Mulhall joked that each morning he likes to “fire off a good tweet.”But in his case, he tweets a poem.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ellen Burstyn, Ann Curry and others read at poetry benefitcenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2019 6:20 pm PDTlast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2019 11:20 am PDT Guard in Boosie Badazz case: spray prevented fight in store BILOXI, Miss. — A security guard who used pepper spray on a crowd including rapper Boosie Badazz says he did so because a man was trying to start a fight with him as he tried to get the group to leave a store. In an interview with The Sun Herald, 55-year-old Glen Kerley also denied using racial slurs.Last week he won a $233,000 default judgment against the Louisiana rapper and his bodyguard, who didn’t appear in court to defend themselves against Kerley’s damage lawsuit.Kerley testified he was assaulted while dealing with the rapper and onlookers at a Dillard’s store during Biloxi’s 2017 Black Beach Weekend.The rapper whose given name is Torrance Hatch sued the store.Another Dillard’s employee had testified that Kerley was known for aggressiveness toward black shoppers.___Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.comThe Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this March 10, 2014, file photo, rapper Boosie Badazz appears at a news conference in New Orleans. The security guard who used pepper spray on a crowd including rapper Boosie Badazz says he did so as he was trying to get the group to leave and a man was trying to start a fight with him. In an interview with The Sun Herald, 55-year-old Glen Kerley denied allegations that he used racial slurs. He spoke with the newspaper after winning a $233,000 default judgment against the Louisiana rapper. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File) last_img read more

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