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Meeting with Federal officials about Caribou Recovery cancelled

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District says a meeting was scheduled between Area E Director Dan Rose and Federal Ministry of Environment and Climate Change but was cancelled at the request of Province of B.C.Rose says the meeting between the PRRD and the Federal Government was scheduled for Monday, December 10 to discuss their concerns with the Southern Mountain Caribou.  The meeting was cancelled the day before.Rose said Thursday; the PRRD has been working with the Federal Government.  “The Federal Government was quite concerned with the lack of transparency and engagement by the Provincial Government in the creation of the caribou recovery plan.” Rose wants the current plan to be suspended until a comprehensive impact analysis is completed on all socioeconomic impacts of any changes to land use in the B.C. Peace.This is the second meeting with the PRRD that has been cancelled by the Province.  The Province was supposed to meet with the Board at the beginning of December, but the meeting was cancelled when the Province discovered the meeting would be open to the public.The Regional District says they are continuing to advocate for an open conversation with the Province, Federal Government and local governments regarding the status of the discussions about caribou recovery activities west of Chetwynd.Over 17,000 people have signed a petition against the proposed Caribou Recovery Plan.  You can see the petition and sign it here.last_img read more

Swedish Security Guards Investigated after Assaulting 9yearold Moroccan Boy

Rabat – The police are reportedly investigating the two Swedish security guards who were filmed slamming a Moroccan nine-year-old boy’s head into a stone floor at the main station in Malmö, Sweden.According to The Local, Linda Pleym, a spokesperson for Skåne police, told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that “they are suspected of assault and will be questioned on that matter.”The same source added that Anders Lönnebo, the CEO of the security company Svensk Bevakningstjänst, which employed the guards, admitted on Monday that the incident “didn’t look good on camera”. Cecilia Granath, spokeswoman for the train station Jernhusen, told The Local on Monday that her company contacted the security guard to account for the incident.“We have a zero-tolerance policy towards excessive violence,” she said.In the video, published on YouTube, a security guard weighing approximately 90 kilos sat on the boy’s chest and pressed his gloved hand violently over the boy’s mouth and nose.The guard slammed the boy’s head against the stone floor, while the child struggled to recite the Shahadah (declaration of faith). read more

Domestic TV producers get smaller piece of Canadian pie foreign share grows

OTTAWA — A new report says foreign companies nearly doubled their share of the film and television production done in Canada over a 10-year period, and accounted for more than half of the $8.92 billion generated in 2017-18.The Canadian Media Producers Association says foreign location and service companies working in this country accounted for a record $4.77 billion of the industry’s total volume for the 12 months ended March 31, 2018.That’s up 26 per cent or $991 million from the previous 10-year high of $3.78 billion set in 2016-17 and more than triple the $1.45 billion generated by foreign location and service companies in the year ended March 31, 2009.Independent Canadian production volumes fell for the first time in five years in 2017-18 but accounted for 34 per cent of the total. In-house production by broadcasters accounted for 13 per cent of Canadian volume after shrinking to the lowest level in nine years.The annual score card comes as the Canadian media landscape shifts — with mobile devices on wireless networks becoming stronger alternatives for viewing television, film and digital video content in homes and theatres.The report shows the overall volume of screen media produced in Canada has grown nearly 62 per cent over the decade, from $5.12 billion in 2008-09, but the strongest growth has been from foreign location and service companies.Independent Canadian television production volume dropped 10 per cent to $2.73 billion in 2017-18 from $3.04 billion in the previous year, which was a 10-year high. In-house production by Canadian broadcasters, which has been more volatile over the decade, accounted for $1.11 billion in volume last year, down 15.3 per cent from $1.32 billion in 2016-17 and the lowest since 2009-10.The Canadian Press read more

Four Somali nationals detained in Modara

Four Somali national who were rescued from a stranded boat and brought ashore in Modara today were detained by the harbor police.According to the police media unit the Somali nationals had been adrift at sea for several days and were rescued by a Sri Lankan fishing boat. He said that the four Somali nationals were taken aboard his boat and brought to the Modara fishing harbor today. The captain of the Sri Lankan fishing boat has said that he had set sail a month ago to catch fish and while out at sea he had seen the Somali boat. The Somali nationals were handed over to the Modara police and later to the harbor police for further investigations.  The navy is already on alert for Somali pirates who may enter Sri Lankan waters to kidnap Sri Lankan fishermen for ransom. Recently six Sri Lankan fishermen were rescued by the Spanish Navy from the custody of Somali pirates after they were kidnapped last year.The pirates had demanded a sum of US $6 million as a ransom for the fishermen. They had vowed to kill the fishermen unless they receive the money.In January last year Somali pirates killed two Sri Lankan fishermen and took another three as hostages after their vessel got lost in the Indian Ocean. (Colombo Gazette) read more

High school tech skills tested at inaugural Maker Challenge

They came ready to make their mark, just as their name would suggest.And Team Impact, of Lakeshore Catholic High School, did just that, walking away with the top prize in the Faculty of Education’s inaugural Maker Challenge.The Brock competition saw high school teams from Niagara and Hamilton come up with innovative creations meant to aid others and solve common problems.The projects were presented and judged during the Faculty’s annual Teaching with Technology Showcase.Team Impact created a fully accessible cafeteria table to win the competition at Brock’s Hamilton campus.With the day’s big win came a $2,000 prize that will support the Port Colborne school’s technology program.The students were focused on creating something that would help people in need, said Lakeshore teacher Tino Nuccitelli.When it was realized the school was without accessible tables in its cafeteria, the team jumped into action.The students created a table with a void in the attached bench that would allow someone in a wheelchair to sit with their peers to enjoy a meal.Nuccitelli said the experience allowed his students to hone their creative skills, but it also opened their eyes to the challenges people with disabilities may face.It caused them to grow emotionally, he added.Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in St. Catharines placed second in the competition with an innovative approach to community beautification, and Stratford Northwestern Secondary School, in Stratford, took home third place for their accessible tech education table.Dan Lynch, manager of Brock University’s BioLinc, helped to judge the competition and was impressed by what the students brought to the table. The challenge stressed teamwork, co-operation and resourcefulness, and provided technological education teachers and students the opportunity to demonstrate their creative abilities and community spirit by working on a public service technology class project.“The Maker Challenge was a success. It showed off the students’ creativity and entrepreneurship as they created and built some very resourceful pieces,” said Challenge organizer Tony DiPetta.“We hope that this is the beginning of a longstanding tradition in our Faculty and we look forward to what students and teams submit in years to come.”A full list of Maker Challenge submissions is available at competition was a highlight of Thursday’s Teaching with Technology Showcase, which drew about 150 teacher candidates. The event was designed to inform future teachers about the latest technology and increase comfort with tools available for today’s technology-driven classrooms.More than 20 workshops were held covering a variety of topics such as social media in the classroom and using SMART technology to promote collaboration.The event offered a “wide range of topics for all teacher candidates regardless of their subject areas or divisions,” said teacher candidate Alyssa Berardocco.“We could all take something away from today and put it to use in our future classrooms. It gives us tangible skills and resources as we begin teaching.”Team Impact, of Lakeshore Catholic High School in Port Colborne, won the Faculty of Education’s inaugural Maker Challenge by creating an accessible cafeteria table. read more

Opinion If Ohio State wants to win Haskins has to start in

Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLast season, redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins secured the backup quarterback position when redshirt junior quarterback Joe Burrow was temporarily sidelined with a hand injury. In that backup role, Haskins threw for 565 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, completing 70.2 percent of his passes across eight gamesWhile the numbers in his limited play aren’t gaudy by any means, Haskins made his best case for the 2018 starting job on a single drive against his team’s arch-rival. Once J.T. Barrett was forced to exit the game and Ohio State trailed 20-14, Haskins orchestrated a scoring drive that proved to be the game-winner in its 31-20 victory. Given the collectiveness he showed in the most tense moment of his football career, Haskins made a strong case for why on Sept. 1, when the when the Ohio State football team opens its season against the Oregon State Beavers, he should start at quarterback. “It’s crazy to go win the biggest rivalry in sports. I never thought it would be a reality,” Haskins said after the win. “I got my number called and it worked out for me. I’m thankful.”Worked out for him it did, most importantly in the eyes of head coach Urban Meyer.“I can’t say it’s comfort yet,” Meyer said after the game. “But to see him perform in that environment, and more importantly against that defense. That’s an elite defense.”If there’s one thing about quarterbacks that matters to Meyer, it’s big-game experience. That was evident when he began the 2015 campaign with Cardale Jones — who led his team to a national championship the year prior —, to be the Week One starter over Barrett, — who became statistically the greatest quarterback in school history.From a scheme standpoint, Meyer has almost always had a quarterback weith the ability to make plays on the ground. Haskins has the skills to extend a play at times, but in no way are his legs a threat for opposing defenses to worry about.The lack of mobility, however, might not be a detriment to his chances of becoming the starter since Ohio State will be returning two previous 1,000-yard rushers. Last season, Barrett out-carried Mike Weber or J.K. Dobbins in seven games and out-carried both combined on two occasions.With that duo behind him, the Buckeyes’ offense can become more simplified. The running backs run and the quarterback throws. And Haskins will throw well because what he lacks on the ground, he makes up for with incredible arm talent.“It would mean the world to me [to be the starter],” Haskins said following Ohio State’s Cotton Bowl victory. “I’ve been working for this since I was a little kid and it’s right there so I’m going to go take it.” read more

A good year for Goldplat

first_imgGoldplat, the AIM quoted gold producer with international gold recovery operations located in South Africa and Ghana and a gold mine in Kenya, provides a corporate and operational update. Good progress is being made on all areas of strategic focus. At Goldplat Recovery Ltd (GPL) in South Africa, a strategic stockpile of in excess of a year of planned production through the CIL circuits has been procured and metallurgical test work is currently being undertaken to optimise metal recoveries from and profitability of this material. This has been an important initiative to de-risk the most profitable production stream at GPL and the Board is encouraged to note that this strategic objective has been reached within the first six months of the financial year.At Gold Recovery Ghana (GRG), the elution plant construction is progressing according to plan, and commissioning is expected to begin before the end of December 2017. This progress has recently been acknowledged very positively by the Ghanaian Ministry of Mines. A team is on the ground in Ghana to commission the tailings project pilot plant, with surveys of target material for the pilot testing on going.At Kilimapesa Gold (Pty) Ltd, production remains on target for 5,800 ounces of gold in FY2018 and profitability is being achieved on an operational level. This has been achieved despite a number of days of lost production, caused by the election process which affected diesel supplies.Further to its announcements in April and September t6his year, the company is pleased to announce that both parties, being Rand Refinery and GPL have formally agreed on an arbitration process for the recovery of the amounts owed to GPL, and have appointed a retired Appeal Court Judge to act as arbitrator. The arbitration proceedings have been scheduled for 25-29 June 2018.Gerard Kisbey-Green, CEO of Goldplat commented: “We are pleased to have finally made tangible progress towards settlement of the dispute with Rand Refinery after a protracted period of negotiations. We remain confident that this arbitration process will result in the full recovery of the amounts owed to GPL and company will keep shareholders informed of progress.  From an operational point of view, I am delighted to say that progress is being made across the board which positions us strongly for the remainder of the 2018 financial year.Goldplat plc has two market leading recovery operations in South Africa and Ghana and an operational gold mine in Kenya. It produced 42,857 oz of gold during FY 2017, with 40,285 gold equivalent ounces sold and transferred, resulting in an operating profit from continuing operations of £2.9 million for the year. This result does not benefit from the increased processing capacity that was achieved at the Kilimapesa gold mine towards the end of FY 2017, with operational profitability achieved during last two months of FY 2017.  Accordingly, the company believes it is well placed to build upon production and profitability during FY 2018.The company’s strategy is focussed on using cash flow generated from its flagship gold recovery and mining operations to self-fund the sustainable growth and expansion of its niche gold recovery business model internationally. It is also committed to increasing its primary mining production output through acquisition and/or gaining interests in producing or near-production assets, preferably in Africa.  Goldplat retains exposure to a small exploration project in Ghana, in which Ashanti Gold is earning an interest via an earn-in option agreement.last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Friday

first_img No Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The 5 at 5: Friday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… 6,973 Views EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #TRIAL: Evidence has been given on the ninth day of the Ana Kriegel murder trial. 2. #CERVICALCHECK: The Royal College of Surgeons has said a judge’s ruling in a case concerning the CervicalCheck scandal could throw the future of the Irish cancer screening programmes into doubt. 3. #ARRESTS: Gardaí investigating an ongoing feud in Drogheda arrested three men this afternoon. 4. #CHELSEA MANNING: The former US intelligence analyst has been freed from jail after two months in custody.5. # RELIEF: A Dublin council has raised €15 million in loans from the Housing Finance Agency to provide first-time buyers access to a government loan scheme. Share Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/Jennifer Larsen Morrow Friday 10 May 2019, 4:55 PM Image: Shutterstock/Jennifer Larsen Morrow May 10th 2019, 4:55 PM By Cónal Thomaslast_img read more

Woman pleads guilty in samurai sword attempted-murder case

first_imgA Camas woman accused of trying to kill her live-in boyfriend with a samurai sword because she believed he was cheating on her pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted first-degree domestic violence murder.The prosecution will recommend a 20-year prison sentence for Emily Javier, 31, while the defense is free to argue for a sentence below the standard range of 15 to 20 years.Javier will be sentenced March 11 in Clark County Superior Court, following what the attorneys anticipate will be a contested half-day hearing. Her defense attorney, Chris Ramsay, told the court he plans to call at least one expert to testify.On Wednesday, Javier admitted to taking substantial steps toward trying to kill her boyfriend, Alex Lovell, then 29.She previously told investigators she hatched a plan to kill Lovell, whom she had been dating for two years, and specifically bought the sword from a store in Vancouver Mall for that purpose. She hid his cellphone so he couldn’t call for help, attacked him in his sleep and then called 911 only after she believed he was dead, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.The affidavit states that she told officers, “I was trying to kill him for cheating. That was my purpose.”Lovell was found inside the couple’s bedroom with several life-threatening injuries.In an interview with The Columbian 1 1/2 weeks after the attack, Lovell said his index, middle and ring fingers on his left hand were “pretty much” cut off at the base, though doctors were able to reattach them. His right foot sustained a clean cut, and his left knee suffered a laceration that required a metal plate to repair some of the bone, he said. His right wrist was put in a cast. He suffered minor lacerations on his torso, a “decent cut” on the left side of his head, as well as bruising on his neck.last_img read more

Garbage fire extinguished at West MiamiDade Solid Waste plant

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Heavy black smoke could be seen billowing from a massive garbage heap outside of a West Miami-Dade Solid Waste plant.7Skyforce hovered above the fire near Northwest 87th Avenue and 58th Street around 1:13 p.m., Wednesday.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue arrived on scene and quickly extinguished the fire.Officials said no injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Active Interest Media Purchases Fitness Association

first_img Conversely, AIM has invested heavily in boosting both its video production capabilities and educational offerings — particularly within its healthy living group — so it’s likely the company sees opportunity in IDEA’s streaming video business.  The price tag is open to speculation, but it’s easy to see why IDEA was an arractive pickup for the Boulder, Colorado-based enthusiast media company. AIM produces about sixteen stand-alone events or events series in concert with the various media brands across its portfolio, none of which are quite on the scale of the annual IDEA World Convention, a four-day conference attracting over 14,000 attendees. In a statement, AIM president and CEO Andy Clurman praised IDEA for playing “a key role in building the modern-day fitness industry” and stated that the acquisition will allow AIM to enhance the content and products it already offers to fitness enthusiasts through its existing brands like Oxygen, Clean Eating, Yoga Journal, and Muscle and Performance.  Active Interest Media (AIM) announced today that it has acquired the IDEA Health & Fitness Association, a membership organization for wellness professionals, for an undisclosed sum.center_img “We’ve long admired AIM’s leadership in the consumer and B2B enthusiast space, and have talked for years about the best way to join forces and inspire the world to fitness together,” said IDEA CEO Peter Davis, who will continue with AIM in a leadership role, overseeing the integration of the companies, according to a statement. Founded in 1982, IDEA produces the IDEA World Convention — the world’s largest fitness conference, according to AIM — as well as a website and magazine, IDEA Fitness Journal.last_img read more

Reliance Jio effect RIL share hits 52week high shareholders gain Rs 20000

first_imgReliance Industries Ltd.’s (RIL) telecom arm Reliance Jio Infocomm has delivered big gains to RIL shareholders. The announcement of Reliance Jio’s 4G services may have dragged the shares of rivals such as Idea Cellular and Bharti Airtel down substantially, eroding investors’ wealth, but RIL shareholders are gaining big time.The RIL stock hit a new 52-week-high of Rs 1,093.25 on Friday before closing at Rs 1,075.65, raising its market capitalisation by more than Rs 20,000 crore in two weeks ended 16 September. Based on the closing prices of Friday, RIL emerged as the biggest gainer on the bourses in terms of market capitalisation, adding Rs 10,361 crore during the week ended 16 September, after gaining Rs 10,004 crore in the preceding week.Though the Mukesh Ambani-owned company lags far behind IT services exporter Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), its market capitalisation has gone up by Rs 20, 365 crore in two weeks, after losing Rs 4,800 crore in the week ended 2 September.In sharp contrast, TCS gained merely Rs 1,704 crore during the week ended 16 September after an erosion of Rs 31,723 crore in the previous week as a result of the company suggesting a bleak earnings outlook for the second quarter.HDFC Bank also gained for the second week in a row, adding Rs 1,906.75 crore, after gaining Rs 1,550 crore last week (ended 9 September).Other scrips that gained during the week included cigarette manufacturer ITC and IT services exporter Infosys, while public sector enterprises State Bank of India (SBI), Coal India Ltd. (CIL) and energy company ONGC saw an erosion in their market capitalisation.FMCG company Hindustan Unilever was the sole private company among India’s top 10 most-valued companies to lose in terms of market capitalisation during the week when the Sensex ended at 28,599, down marginally from the 9 September closing of 28,797.last_img read more

Domestic fuel price strategic concerns weigh on India as Iran oil waiver

first_imgThe US decision to end a waiver to India and other countries on Iran oil imports is threatening to drive domestic fuel prices up. ReutersThe US has offered to make available crude at concessional terms as India faces runaway fuel price rise when trade with Iran stops as the waiver on oil imports granted to India ends on May 2. However, there is cause for concern that any concession deal could come with strings attached affecting India’s strategic interests involving Iran and Russia.International crude prices have spiked after news emerged of US decision to end the waiver from Iran trade sanctions given to oil imports to India, China, South Korea and Turkey emerged. China and Turkey have taken a defiant stand but India has agreed to stop buying Iranian oil. International crude price has hit a recent high of $74 per barrel and there is a threat that it could go even higher. India’s domestic fuel prices are linked to the international oil price and an increase in international crude price could push up the fuel price and hurt Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s re-election bid in the ongoing general election.The US has strong strategic ties with the Persian Gulf states of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that view Iran as a regional rival. India, however, has long-standing strategic relations with Iran and cannot afford to alienate the nation, which provides the only corridor for stable access to Afghanistan and Central Asian nations like Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. India developed Iran’s Chabahar port as a counterweight to Chinese-controlled Gwadar port in Pakistan’s Balochistan province. The port is a key hub of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative with economic and geostrategic ramifications. An employee fills diesel in a public bus at a fuel station in Kolkata. The spike in international oil prices has threatened a runaway increase in India’s domestic fuel prices.ReutersBeyond trade, New Delhi considers ties with Teheran as important for containing geopolitical strategies of Islamabad and Beijing. Gwadar port is considered to be part of China’s ‘String of Pearls’, a network of ports intended for Chinese power projection in the Indian Ocean Region.It is not clear whether the US would meet India’s expectation of buying oil under the same lenient terms as Iran provided including a 60-day credit period. Washington has apparently asked Riyadh and Abu Dhabi to help India meet the shortfall with the cancellation of the deal with Teheran.The US is also unhappy about India’s strong defence ties with Russia. India is one of the largest arms importers from Russia and there are ongoing discussions for buying more arms from Russia. US arms manufacturers are direct competitors to Russian arms makers and they have always envied India’s cosy relationship with Russians. Though India is in talks with the US manufacturers for buying more military equipment, the slow progress has been frustrating for them. Any deal with the US for oil at concessional terms could provide US arms makers leverage in trade talks.last_img read more

Poor infra major barrier to increasing exports

first_imgState minister for finance and planning MA Mannan (R) and president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Siddiqur Rahman take part in the roundtable, jointly organised by Prothom Alo and HSBC Bank, on Thursday at Prothom Alo`s Karwan Bazar office. Photo: Prothom AloBangladesh’s exports will suffer unless infrastructure deficiencies are addressed immediately, observed a Prothom Alo roundtable on Thursday.The discussants drew attention to poor conditions of roads, inadequate power supply affecting industries, and delay in shipment of exportables at the Chittagong port.They also blamed public organisations such as National Board of Revenue (NBR) for creating problems that hamper smooth operation of business.Bangla daily Prothom Alo, in collaboration with HSBC Bank, organised the roundtable on ‘Export potentials and catalyst forces’ at its Karwan Bazar office in Dhaka.“The country’s roads are really, really in a bad shape,” president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Siddiqur Rahman told the meeting.Dwelling on the constraints of exports, Leathergoods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) president Md Saiful Islam said, “The more the lead time [time between initiation and execution of a business process] is, the more unfavourable is the condition for doing business.”He pointed out that Chittagong port authorities have four gantry cranes and of them, two remained non-functional now. “They don’t seem to have any contingency planning for serving the businesses,” he regretted.The business leader stressed the need for improving infrastructures for reaching the initial target of increasing export earning to 25 per cent from the sectors other than readymade garments (RMG) sector which accounts for 82 per cent of annual national exports.He also recommended raising capacity of Shahjalal International Airport’s cargo handling for helping the exporters.BGMEA’s Siddiqur Rahman partially blamed the traders themselves for the congestion at Chittagong port, saying that many of them do not want to take deliveries in time, especially during the Eid holidays and monsoon season.Referring to 6 per cent annual growth or $15 billion added to the economy, Viyellatex Group chairman KM Rezaul Hasanat questioned: “Do we have infrastructures to use that money to add value?”Former president of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) Fazlul Haque cited the example of the government plan to import LNG (liquified natural gas) as altenative source of energy and said, “As an investor I don’t know what its price would be.”Sadat Jute Industries Ltd managing director Mahmudul Huq described state-run Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) as a cancer-ridden entity for its failure to run public sector jute mills profitably.He mentioned that the country exported 20,000 tonnes of jute yarn in 1980, when the public sector played the key role in jute exports. The export has now increased to 675,000 tonnes a year, thanks to private sector participation, he pointed out. “This happened without any government help,” he added.State minister for finance and planning MA Mannan assured the businessmen of looking into the issues raised.He, however, admitted that it is not easy to bring reforms, especially in organisations such as NBR that brings money for the government.Former chairman of Bangladesh Finished Leather and Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters Association (BFLLFEA) Abu Taher, IT firm Brain Station 23 chief executive officer Raisul Kabir, CPD’s Zafar Sadiq, HSBC Bangladesh chief executive officer Francois de Maricourt, and HSBC Bangladesh’s country head of global trend and receivable finance Md Shahiduzaman also addressed the roundtable moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayum.last_img

Nukes on the menu at TrumpKim dinner in Hanoi

first_imgTrump- KimDonald Trump and Kim Jong Un meet Wednesday in Hanoi for the second date in an unlikely friendship that the US president hopes will push North Korea’s reclusive leader closer to reaching a deal on his nuclear arsenal.Trump touched down late Tuesday on Air Force One after flying half way around the world from Washington, while Kim arrived earlier, following a two-and-a-half-day train journey from Pyongyang.On completing their marathon trips, the protagonists of international diplomacy’s most surprising bromance were treated to joyful welcomes from crowds of excited, flag-waving onlookers across the Vietnamese capital.But much of their schedule was shrouded in mystery, and the summit has been preceded by few of the usual preliminary negotiations, with some of the arrangements still being ironed out in Hanoi on Tuesday.Starting with a brief conversation followed by dinner Wednesday, then in more talks Thursday, Trump and Kim aim to build on their startling initial meeting in Singapore last June.While that first summit ended with a vague statement promising to work “towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”, they have since disagreed on what that means, and this time Trump in particular faces pressure to deliver concrete results.On the plus side, there has been more than a year without North Korea rattling its neighbours with rocket and nuclear tests.But the isolated state has done nothing to roll back the arsenal it has already built, and Trump’s own top intelligence advisers say Kim remains determined to keep the one weapon he believes can guarantee his regime’s survival.And while Trump left Singapore claiming that North Korea is “no longer a nuclear threat”, analysts dismiss that as “patently false” and Pyongyang is believed to have spent the intervening time quietly expanding its capabilities.Good vibes”Thank you to all of the people for the great reception in Hanoi. Tremendous crowds, and so much love!” Trump tweeted after reaching his Hanoi hotel from the airport.Earlier, Kim got a similar reception from excited locals when he visited the North Korean embassy under heavy security.”Trump is someone who has a strong character. His words are followed by actions,” said one admiring Hanoi resident, Le Dinh Hung, who carried a painting of Trump that he wanted to give him.The US president, who left behind a mounting tide of legal and political troubles in Washington, will be hoping he can carry those good vibes into the summit.Long gone are the days when he ridiculed Kim as “rocket man” and Kim responded by calling him a “mentally deranged US dotard”. Now Trump talks of “love” between them.And in the run-up to the summit he suggested that if the North gave up its weapons, it could be transformed from an isolated fortress state to an Asian economic tiger — much like Vietnam, a communist country that embraced capitalism and buried its confrontation with the United States.But the North is rated as the world’s least investable country by global risk assessment firm Verisk Maplecroft.”With complete Denuclearization, North Korea will rapidly become an Economic Powerhouse,” tweeted Trump. “Without it, just more of the same.”Sticks and carrotsWith Congress investigating Trump for alleged illegal activities and also preparing to try and stop his controversial use of executive power to fund the construction of a US-Mexican border wall, the president would dearly like to change the news narrative by proclaiming a dramatic win.Critics of Trump say he is so keen to deal with Kim that he could give away too much in his desire to make headlines, even endangering long-standing allies South Korea and Japan. In Singapore, Trump took his own generals by surprise when he announced a suspension of military exercises with the South — something the North badly wanted.But the time for empty gestures is also over, analysts say.”The window for diplomatic progress with North Korea will not remain open indefinitely. The second summit… must emphasise substance over pageantry,” said Kelsey Davenport from the Arms Control Association.For Washington, this would ideally include getting Kim to dismantle the key nuclear facility at Yongbyon, allow in international inspectors, or even hand over a full list of all the country’s nuclear assets — something the North Koreans have categorically refused to do.In return, Trump is believed to be considering dangling relief from tough international sanctions. Opening of diplomatic liaison offices is another possible US concession.And Trump could go further by making a hugely symbolic declaration that the 1950-53 Korean War is over, after hostilities ended with a ceasefire but no peace treaty.However, every potential move is fraught with danger.North Korea has proved expert for many years at stringing along American presidents while continuing to pursue its nuclear ambitions.And the rarely restrained Trump appeared to downplay expectations before he flew to Vietnam, stressing that continued suspension of missile and nuclear tests was what mattered most, and suggesting that more summits may be needed.”I don’t want to rush anybody. I just don’t want testing,” Trump said at the weekend. “As long as there’s no testing, we’re happy.”last_img read more

Father demands justice after daughters death

first_imgKolkata: The hapless father of a six-month-old girl has started fast unto death in Asansol demanding stern action against the persons responsible for her daughter’s death.Akshay Ghosh, father of the child, who is on fast unto death said despite repeated complaints the administration has not taken any action against the nursing home. Earlier, Ghosh and his wife Rupa had staged a dharna for 26 days outside the nursing home situated at Kumarpur off Sen Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRaligh Road.On March 20, the child had high fever and was taken to the nursing home. The nursing home authorities had administered an injection and within half an hour the baby showed signs of uneasiness and died.Following the death, Ghosh requested the nursing home authorities to tell him the name of the injection and the course of treatment they had followed. But the nursing home refused to disclose the name of the injection and also did not tell anything on the treatment. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedGhosh said following this he had gone from the pillar to post demanding stern action against the culprits. “What has happened to my daughter can happen to others. So, I want action against the culprits whose callousness has led to the death of my only daughter.” He said on March 19 was the baby’s naming ceremony and she was absolutely fine on that day. She had taken her food and slept well at night. She had fever from the afternoon and as the temperature shot up she was taken to the nursing home.last_img read more

Wonder Woman Gal Gadot Set to Portray ActressInventor Hedy Lamarr

first_imgActress Gal Gadot won applause around the world for her portrayal of the title character in Wonder Woman. Now she’s pursuing a project in which she plays a real-life woman who many consider a wonder: the Austrian-born actress and brilliant inventor Hedy Lamarr. “Sources tell Variety that Gadot is near a deal to star in and executive produce a Showtime series based on the life and career of Hedy Lamarr,” Variety magazine reported in early August 2018. “The series has not been formally picked up at the premium cabler, but it would be a limited series should the deals become finalized.”Gadot was a model and former Miss Israel before she became an actress. She first played the DC hero Wonder Woman, who appeared in comic books in 1941, in the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before getting her own film. Gadot is currently filming Wonder Woman 1984.Gal Gadot. Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 3.0The Hedy Lamar project is being spearheaded by Sarah Treem, the creator of the Showtime series The Affair. The Handmaid’s Tale producer Warren Littlefield and Endeavor Content are also participating.Called “the most beautiful woman in films,” Lamar, whose birth name was Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, first appeared onscreen in a German film at the age of 17. She worked in German and Czechoslovakian productions until the 1932 German film Exstase brought her to the attention of Hollywood.Hedy Lamarr in Dishonored Lady, 1947.Once in the U.S., she changed her name to Hedy Lamarr and starred in her first Hollywood film, Algiers in 1938, co-starring Charles Boyer. Her leading men included Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, and Jimmy Stewart. Her films ranged from John Steinbeck’s Tortilla Flat (1942) to White Cargo (1942) and Cecil B. DeMille’s Samson and Delilah (1949).However, it was in her scientific inventions that Lamarr truly excelled.Hedy Lamarr in Experiment Perilous, 1944.As The Guardian wrote, “There can hardly be any more extraordinary story from the Hollywood golden age than that of Hedy Lamarr; a very beautiful star with a moderate acting talent but an untutored brilliance in science and engineering that should by now be getting her compared to  Nikola Tesla, or maybe even a neglected female scientist like Rosalind Franklin. Her tragedy was that she was in the wrong business, precisely that business that promotes beauty over brains – the movie business.”Honorary grave of Hedy Lamarr at Vienna’s Central Cemetery, Group 33 D No. 80 (Dec. 2014). Photo by Mario Herger – CC BY-SA 4.0Hedy Lamarr patented an idea that later played a key role in secure military communications and mobile phone technology. In 1942, Hedy and composer George Antheil patented what they called the “Secret Communication System.”Hollywood leading Ladies Quotes.The original idea, meant to solve the problem of enemies blocking signals from radio-controlled missiles during World War II, involved changing radio frequencies simultaneously to prevent enemies from being able to detect the messages.Gal Gadot at the ‘Justice League’ Press Conference at The Rosewood Hotel on November 3, 2017 in London, England. Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImageHow did this come about?It was the early 1940s, and Lamarr wanted to contribute to the war effort; Europe was in flames, while the film industry in the U.S. continued production uninterrupted. She turned to her friend, the composer George Antheil, with whom she would resume her inventor’s career.Austrian-American actress Hedy Lamarr, c. 1950. Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty ImagesAntheil was quoted in the recent publication by Richard Rhodes, Hedy’s Folly, which examines the actress’s innovative side: “We began talking about the war, which, in the late summer of 1940, was looking most extremely black. Hedy said that she did not feel very comfortable, sitting there in Hollywood and making lots of money when things were in such a state. She said that she knew a good deal about munitions and various secret weapons and that she was thinking seriously of quitting MGM and going to Washington, DC, to offer her services to the newly established Inventors Council.”Read another story from us: How Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood beauty of the Golden Age, became a first-class inventor, creating a visionary device that led to Wi-Fi and GPSLamarr’s personal life also fascinates. She was married six times; after her final divorce in 1965, she stayed unmarried for the last 35 years of her life. Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to read more

Ocwens Financial Fortunes Turn Around in Q3

first_img October 26, 2016 557 Views Share Earnings Mortgage Servicers Ocwen Financial Profits 2016-10-26 Seth Welborn Ocwen Financial Corp. on Wednesday afternoon announced its first quarterly profit in more than a year, posting a net income of $9.5 million for the third quarter of 2016.The reported $9.5 million net income was welcome news for Ocwen, which endured losses of $111 million and $87 million in the first and second quarters of 2016, respectively.One huge difference for Ocwen was in the servicing segment, which recorded a pre-tax income of $33.2 million in Q3—an improvement of $47.9 million over the second quarter. Ocwen attributes the turnaround to strong performance under the government’s Making Home Affordable streamline modification program, significant operating cost improvements, gains from the execution of servicing “clean up” call rights and MSR sales, and continued reductions in advances and match funded advances.“We are very pleased with the financial result this quarter, recording our first quarterly profit since the second quarter of 2015,” said Ron Faris, President and CEO. “We saw terrific execution from our servicing team, which completed more than 21,000 modifications in the quarter, successfully delivered $12.0 million of gains on servicer ‘clean up’ call rights transactions and continued to reduce operating costs.  Additionally, our Automotive Capital Services business continues to grow and move closer to profitability. Our mortgage lending business saw growth in origination volume, but we must improve margins.”The year 2016 brought a new hope for Ocwen as Phyllis Caldwell assumed the role of independent Chairwoman for the company in March. With the change in leadership signaling a new era in the company’s history, Ocwen hopes it can leave its troubled past behind.“We remain focused on putting legacy matters behind us,” Caldwell said. “We received the much awaited Standard & Poor’s upgrade to our servicer ranking in August. We continue to progress toward a potential resolution with the California Department of Business Oversight to end the current consent order and associated third party auditor before year-end. We are also continuing to achieve benchmarks and meet necessary conditions that we believe will result in the other remaining third-party monitorships concluding at their scheduled end dates.”Caldwell continued, “I am also proud to say that despite some of the challenges of the past, we have continued to invest in our corporate culture, risk management, compliance, service excellence and technology. We have maintained our leadership in helping families struggling with their mortgage payments as evidenced by our number one status in the HAMP program. We are also making progress in building our new asset generation businesses. Most importantly, the entire Ocwen team is devoted to working in the best interest of homeowners and investors to deliver positive outcomes.”center_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicing Ocwen’s Financial Fortunes Turn Around in Q3last_img read more

No holiday is as overloaded as expectation and the

first_imgNo holiday is as overloaded as expectation and the potential for disaster as a honeymoon. It’s got to be different, it’s got to be special and, above all, it’s got to be romantic. No problem then. Here, to save you from trouble and strife, are Skyscanner’s top tips for avoiding a honeymoon from hell, and our top 10 honeymoon paradise destinations. So, you know all the stuff about making sure your passport is up to date and that you don’t book yourselves into a family resort and checking that you haven’t booked in the middle of the rainy season, or a room with twin beds. Oh yes, and of course tell everyone you’re on honeymoon so you get the really nice rooms and lots of freebies, but pay attention, this is the really important stuff if you stay married after you come back.Skyscanner’s three golden rules for a perfect honeymoon1. Think it throughBooking the honeymoon is often the groom’s responsibility. In which case, it’s worth checking your idea of romantic matches your bride’s. We’ve heard of some brave souls who really went the extra mile to surprise their new wives. One bloke we were told about took his wife kayaking Norwegian fjords for two weeks with just army rations and a tent. Another captured the romance of the occasion by organising a tour of Treblinka and Dachau. History does not relate how the marriages are doing now, but you have to admire the risk-taking.2. Remember you’ll need a breakYour bride will be probably be suffering from post wedding exhaustion after all those months planning the big day itself. Yes, we know it’s supposed to be a memorable holiday of a lifetime but does she really want to spend two weeks wearing oilskins and learning to crew a yacht in the Atlantic? And even if she has spent the last year in the gym to fit into her wedding dress and is as fit as a flea, she still might not want to go rock-climbing. Maybe you’ve always wanted to climb K2 but marriage is supposed to be about compromise so you might as well start here.3. Alone timeMake sure you build in time when you don’t have to be anywhere or do anything. It is your honeymoon after all. And when we say, you don’t have to be anywhere or do anything – we mean by yourselves. We know of a very entertaining South African chap whose consuming passions, like many of his fellow countrymen, were sport and beer. He got married, went on honeymoon to the Maldives, and much to everyone’s surprise came back saying it was the best holiday he had ever been on. Further questioning revealed that he had met a fellow, bored South African bloke at the bar on the second day, and spent the rest of the two weeks drinking beer and talking about rugby for fourteen hours a day. Someone pointed out that this was not very romantic, to which our hero pointed out that it most certainly was, since sometimes the two of them drank champagne.In honour of our South African friend and all the other romantics out there, we begin our round-up of dream destinations in one of the honeymoon capitals of the world…Huvafen Fushi, Maldives Whilst some of the Caribbean islands have turned into charter holiday hotspots to be avoided like the plague, Mustique retains its exclusivity. Stay in style at the Cotton House Hotel and choose from a range of beautiful accommodation with stunning views over a turquoise ocean.Find cheap flights to Saint VincentHire a motor-home round CaliforniaYou don’t have to break the bank for ultimate romance. What could be nicer than spending a few weeks in the cosy confines of a motor-home as you explore the vast state of California. A diverse geography, coupled with an equally diverse range of cities means that for around $90 a day, you can travel wherever your hearts desire.Find cheap flights to CaliforniaTrans-Siberian RailwayIf you’re after a memorable honeymoon, then what could be more so, than making one of the great journeys of the world with your new wife or husband. Okay, it might lack the glamour of the Maldives or the Caribbean, but you’ll have much better stories to tell than if you spent two weeks on a sun-lounger.Find cheap flights to MoscowAmazon Jungle trekFor those of an adventurous nature, why not think about honeymooning amidst the splendour of the rain forest on an organised jungle safari. Whilst the idea of roughing it with plenty of interested wildlife might not be everyone’s cup of tea, there will be no danger of getting bored by the pool.Find cheap flights to BrazilClimb Mount Aconcagua, ArgentinaAnd if your new wife happens to love the idea of rock-climbing after all, why not make an attempt at the summit of this 22,840 ft mountain. Clearly you’ll need to be fit, but guided tours make this impressive ascent possible even with minimal experience of the mountains.Find cheap flights to ArgentinaMetropolitan magic, New York RelatedCheap flights to dream honeymoon destinationsA honeymoon on a budget doesn’t mean you have to say no to Barbados, the Maldives or any of your other dream destinations. Pause all that stressful wedding prep for a moment and plan the perfect post-wedding holiday, without needing to extend that bank loan. There’s no need to panic,…The best honeymoon destinations for every month and every budgetYou’ve spent months fretting over the perfect wedding but chances are, the honeymoon wasn’t your first thought. Now you’re stuck with a date, some leftover spending money and the desire to get away somewhere truly special. Worry not. Whether your budget is fully five star or you’ve got to be…Babymoons to buddymoons: introducing five new honeymoon trendsBabymoons, buddymoons and maximoons – we reveal the newest alternatives to the traditional honeymoon.center_img If your banking bonus has come through this month, then this might be the place for you – otherwise forget it. Private bungalows with glass above turquoise waters are the order of the day here. Don’t expect much change from US$2000 per night for the Lagoon Bungalow with plunge pool – but you do get breakfast thrown in which is good of them.Find cheap flights to MaleSafari Holidays, BotswanaBotswana has cunningly decided that whilst tourists are a good thing, lots of them are not. Consequently, it has adopted a high price/low volume approach which means that the wildlife is undisturbed and plentiful, and its tourists are generally well off. Treat yourself to a trip staying at luxury camps like Mombo Camp, Vumbura Plains Camp and Jao Camp which are the places to stay in the Okavango Delta.Find cheap flights to BotswanaGalapagos IslandsThe Galapagos Islands are an archipelago off the coast of Ecuador, and represent one of the wonders of the natural world. To a certain extent, the authorities have copied the Botswanan model of trying to limit the number of tourists who go there. If you can afford the hefty price tag, then you will be treated to wildlife wonders and some of the best scuba diving on the planet.Find cheap flights to EcuadorDubai, United Arab EmiratesIf you are after a bit of luxury, you need look no further than Dubai with its plethora of top hotels. One of the most famous is the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab which has become one of best known buildings in the world. With truly extraordinary levels of service, the hotel will pamper to your every need whilst you admire the opulence wherever you look.Find cheap flights to DubaiMustique, Caribbean If the middle of nowhere is too from anywhere to float your romantic boat, why not go to New York, voted most romantic city in a Skyscanner poll? Beating Paris, Venice and Rome, the excitement and buzz of New York makes it a great city for couples. Stage your own Hollywood movie moment on the top of the Empire State Building, kiss in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge or go skating in Central Park.Find cheap flights to New YorkReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more