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Ukrainian capital gets smarter with new urban tech

first_imgRelated Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#Kiev#Smart Cities#smart city#Ukraine How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Earlier this month the Ukrainian capital Kyiv (Kiev) saw its central part equipped with 50 high-tech underground garbage containers for solid urban waste, reported Kiev City State Administration (KCSA).Another 250 containers will appear in the city by the end of the year, with the total number reaching one thousand next year.Manufactured locally, these garbage containers are designed to make city streets clean and reduce the smell. They are armed with solar panels, fire control system and sensors which control the rubbish volume and send a signal to a dispatcher, when necessary.See also: Volvo wants to automate your garbage pickupIn parks, the containers will have a wood cover for esthetic reasons.“Old trash bins often get dirty, they are a source of an unpleasant smell and occupy a lot of space in Kyiv yards. The new underground containers are five times more spacious than traditional ones,” commented City mayor Vitali Klitschko.“Kyiv does not only have to look modern, but to use modern technology as well,” he added.Meanwhile, the city authorities plan to equip 29 city pedestrian crossings with a smart lighting system. The lighting will switch on by a movement detector and charges via solar batteries.The city authorities hope that this technology will help them reduce the number of road accidents as well as energy consumption.The project was designed by Volodymyr Basovskyi and was supported by 862 supporters city inhabitants in a competition.Kyiv authorities have already allocated funding to implement the idea in the nearest future. However, the launch date has not been specified. Baptiste Parravicinilast_img read more

Creating and Ingesting Proxies in AVID Using DaVinci Resolve

first_imgIn this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll cover the best practices for using DaVinci Resolve to sync, color grade, and transcode proxies for ingest into AVID.Note: we recorded this tutorial using DaVinci Resolve 16.1 and AVID Media Composer 2018.12.3.The DaVinci Resolve to AVID round trip is an industry-standard workflow used by many professional DITs, assistant editors, and post houses. This tutorial is ideal for assistant editors who are beginning an assembly of a show while production is still underway. This process uses DaVinci Resolve to create master clips that you can ingest in AVID, without consolidating or transcoding your media. This is because the proxies you’ll create in DaVinci Resolve are in the MXF OP-Atom codec, which allows you to drop them into your Avid MediaFiles folder and begin editing immediately. 1. Receive Shuttle Drive — Create BackupsDepending on the size of the production and your specific role, you may or may not be responsible for creating backups of the RAW files recorded for that particular day. Check with the unit production manager or the dailies house to confirm whether or not someone is in charge of creating backups of the RAW files. If this critical responsibility falls to you, make sure you can create three separate backups of all recorded RAW files. At the end of production, you should keep all three of these drives physically separate.Do not begin proxy creation until you’ve created at least one backup.It’s critical to create a backup before you begin proxy creation.2. Set up a Project in DaVinci ResolvePress SHIFT + 9 on a Mac to bring up Resolve’s Project Settings > General Options > Conform Options.Check the boxes: Assist using reel names from the: Source clip filename. This step is critical in making sure that the relinking process runs smoothly.3. Bring Media into ResolveWithin the Media Panel, navigate to that day’s footage.Right-click that day’s media folder and select: Add Folders and Subfolders into Media Pool (Create Bins).4. Sync the MediaIdeally, the media folder you just ingested contains a folder with all recorded sound rolls and folders for each camera roll. If the sound mixer and 1st AC synced their timecode, Resolve’s Autosync feature makes syncing media a breeze.With all media folders selected (sound and footage), right-click and select Autosync Audio > Based on Timecode.Note: Earlier versions of DaVinci Resolve would assume 2-channel audio is stereo and 6-channel audio is 5.1, instead of multichannel mono. To fix this, select and right-click all 2-channel and 6-channel audio clips. Navigate to Clip Attributes… > Audio and select Mono from the dropdown menu. For more information on resolving this issue, check out this link. 5. Verify the SyncCheck each clip to make sure the Timecode Autosync was successful. Otherwise, Resolve has a Waveform sync feature that’ll work in most situations. A last resort is to manually sync your clips using the slate.6. Create Timelines for Each Camera RollNavigate to one of the day’s camera rolls. All of the clips within this folder should be synced with their respective audio files.Select all of the clips within the open camera roll folder, right-click, and select Create New Timeline Using Selected Clips.Name the timeline and specify the number of audio tracks. You should set this to the maximum number of tracks that any single clip has. For instance, if one of your clips has eight audio tracks, you should set this value at eight. If all of your clips only have four tracks, then you should set this at four, etc.Select Create.7. Add a LUT to the ProxiesMost editors prefer working with a LUT or base grade applied to their proxies. You can apply a Log Conversion LUT or a custom LUT that the DIT has provided.To do so, navigate to the Color tab, select all clips, right-click, and navigate to the desired LUT via the LUT menu.8. Export an ALEWith the timeline thumbnail selected, right-click and navigate to Timelines > Export > ALE. Select Save.How to export an ALE.9. ExportUnder the Deliver tab in Resolve, set the following options for the Export:Specify a location on your editing drive for the proxies to write to.Make sure to export Individual Clips by specifying as such at the top of the Export Setting window.IMPORTANT: Under the Video tab, select MXF OP-Atom from the Format dropdown list. If you miss this step, you won’t be able to ingest the proxies directly into AVID.Select your desired codec (DNxHD or DNxHR will work for most cases).Choose your desired compression. In most cases, the 145/120/115 8-bit compression offers the best balance of quality and performance.Under the Audio tab, select the Linear PCM audio codec, and set your channel selection to Same as Source.Under the File tab, set the Filename Uses setting to Source Name.Select Add to Render Queue and Start Render.10. Ingest the Proxies into AVIDWith AVID closed, add the newly created proxies to the Avid MediaFiles > MXF > 1 folder.After the proxies have been added to the Avid MediaFiles folder > 1 folder:Rename the folder to the recording date of the media.Delete the two database files that are located inside this media folder (AVID will regenerate these on startup).Open AVID.Select File > Import … and navigate to the newly populated Avid MediaFiles folder that houses your proxies.Finally, select the newly created .mdb database file, and select Import.The proxies will then pull directly into your AVID project, ready for editing.Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Celebration Day” by Make Music“Start Small” by Alex Kizenkov“Chill Your Life” by FASSounds“Cheerful Life” by FASSounds“Never Say Goodbye” by DeKibo“Feel My Vibe” by Ulas PakkanLooking for more information on working with DaVinci Resolve?DaVinci Resolve Keyboard ReviewDaVinci Resolve’s Boring Detector – Offensive or Misunderstood?Glowing Results: Grading Skin Tones in DaVinci ResolveWorking with Super Slow Motion in DaVinci ResolveHow to Make an Object Disappear Using DaVinci Resolvelast_img read more

Ladakh gets divisional status

first_imgThe administration of Governor Satya Pal Malik on Friday granted Ladakh a divisional status, thus creating three administrative units of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.Ladakh was earlier a part of the Kashmir division. “The J&K government has approved creation of a separate a administrative and revenue Division for Ladakh. This division will comprise Leh and Kargil districts with its headquarters at Leh,” said a government order.Ladakh will now get its own Divisional Commissioner and Inspector General of Police. “A committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary to Government, Planning, Development and Monitoring Department to identify the posts of divisional level heads of various departments that may be required for the new division,” said the order.The is second time that Ladakh was granted more autonomous status in the State. Earlier the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed government established the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Councils (LAHDC) Leh and Kargil.”After the elections of 2019 should the people of J&K repose faith in National Conference (NC), our government will grant division status to Chenab valley and Pir Panchal regions as already laid out in our regional autonomy promise,” said NC vice president and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.Welcoming the decision, Peoples Democratic Party president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said, “The process of decentralization of administrative control by creation of new division is good and welcome though Ladakh already has Hill Development Councils. However we are forced to question the intent behind it. As we have already said that whenever such decisions are to be taken Chenab and Pirpanchal regions should not and can not be ignored because of underdevelopment in these areas.”She said the PDP had sought to create new divisions in these regions earlier also when we were in coalition with the BJP but the BJP opposed it then. “Now it seems Governor is peddling one party’s agenda by ignoring the deserving Pirpanchal and Chenab areas at the behest of BJP,” said Ms. Mufti.last_img read more

Indian Entrepreneurs Challenges & Niches

first_imgStarting a company isn’t easy under the best of circumstances; entrepreneurs find themselves juggling talent recruitment, cash flow, customer relations and more. In India, startups have to keep even more balls in the air including government licenses, power outages and the like. Even uncooperative family members can cause an enterprise to struggle or fail.Sashi Reddy, vice president and general manager of big data and analytics at Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC), who earlier founded AppLabs, which was taken over by CSC, sees potential for “small-format retail that can scale to tier II and tier III Indian cities.” Among the possibilities are restaurant chains and fitness gyms, as well as agricultural technology and food processing businesses. Mobile payments, education and health care are other areas where he said there is room for growth. What’s not hot, in his opinion? “E-commerce, any retail play requiring more than a certain amount of space in tier I cities, or anything too reliant on infrastructure,” he noted.According to Aneesh Reddy, co-founder and CEO of Singapore-based Capillary Technologies, in the technology sector, software as a service for small-to-medium enterprises is a promising area. “Unlike in the U.S. or the U.K., where companies are moving from old software to new software, in India they are adopting it for the first time — on a massive scale,” he pointed out.Samir Mitra, an angel investor and a senior advisor to the office of the prime minister of India, mentioned two areas he found interesting. “One is health care,” said Mitra. “There is a worldwide arbitrage opportunity, especially because the U.S. has regulations inhibiting innovation in delivery. India can deliver service and product innovation; it can incubate and come up with new business mechanics and export that.”The second area where Mitra sees potential is high-value manufacturing. “We’ve decided we need to make electronics manufacturing a key priority for the country,” he said. “By 2030, the import bill for consumer electronics and hardware may surpass the cost of petroleum imports. So we’re trying to bring that (on shore), starting with two semiconductor (fabrication plants)” Like CSC’s Reddy, Mitra also noted the potential in food processing.Sasha Mirchandani, founder of early-stage fund Kae Capital and co-founder of Mumbai Angels, said that while e-commerce may have slowed down, “ancillary services around that space” are still in play. “We’re quite bullish on that,” he stated, pointing out that there are Indian companies doing “hard-core innovation” at a global level. Online payment systems are another hot area, he added: “While the past saw lots of failures, we think that 2013 onward, Payments 2.0 (will be big), with an ecosystem around that coming into place.”The Funding Is ComingThe good news, according to the experts, is that India has experienced a steady rise in funding sources for nascent companies. Mirchandani observed that in previous years the problem was that there were no angel investor clubs in India. Now, several exist, including the Indian Angels Network; Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai Angels, and Calcutta Angels. “There are several accelerators and some incubators,” he said. “So the market is segmenting itself nicely. It’s still a small industry, so we have a long way to go.”Reddy of CSC shared that view. “Funding sources have increased,” he noted. “There are angel networks, seed funds, U.S. venture capitalists with India arms and Indian venture capitalists. Unlike in the U.S., VCs (in India) are comfortable with non-tech companies.”Mitra painted a fairly bleak picture of the current situation but was optimistic about the future. “Right now in India we have a funding ecosystem problem,” he said. “In certain areas we’re doing well, but it’s still a drop in the ocean.” A two-pronged approach is needed to serve both the top and bottom of the pyramid, he noted. “At the bottom, (start-ups) don’t get funding. Credit is a huge problem and, if it’s a services-oriented business, there are no fixed assets and therefore no collateral. So banks don’t look at you.” Mitra added that in his government advisory role he is trying to establish seed funding for such ventures and to encourage other groups — such as domestic pension funds — to allocate some of their assets toward those investments.Experts on the private equity panel note that a good deal of capital was deployed earlier did not get any returns for the limited partners. “The froth is yet to get cleared out,” said Vikram Deswal, chief investment officer and portfolio manager at East Bridge Capital Management. “Lots of capital we’ve raised is from people who earlier had given capital to private equity funds in India. As of today, there is a lot more capital raised but not deployed. Interest in India remains, but people are licking their wounds.”Anurag Bhargava, chairman of Gurgaon-based real estate fund and developer Ireo, agreed. “The industry is maturing,” he said. “You didn’t have as many experienced teams five to 10 years ago. Now capital will flow back, but on a more selective basis.”Mukund Krishnaswami, a founding partner of PE company Lighthouse Funds, exhorted investors not to worry about the pedigree of a company’s principals. “The quality of your promoter is most important. (If they are good) and they understand the business on the ground, don’t be afraid to put more capital behind them.”Problems Facing Start-upsBut there is also no shortage of reasons not to start a company. Devita Saraf, CEO of Mumbai-based high-end television company Vu Technologies, noted that in India it is 5% more expensive to manufacture a cell phone than to import it. “Duty structures mean that it’s harder to produce (goods) in India,” she said. “Rupee depreciation is affecting industries like ours. Unless the government either stays out of the way or makes it simple, we will continue to face these issues.”Capillary’s Reddy added that his business focused on India for the first two years, but found a limited market for software-as-a-service. “We had clients referring us to other clients in the Middle East, in the U.K., etc. But it would take us weeks of paperwork every time we had to (get) salaries out to (our subsidiaries there). We said it’s time to get rid of this mess.” The company decided to incorporate in Singapore instead, because of “the ease of doing business there” and the fact that “investors are more confident putting cash into a company with headquarters in Singapore.”Social pressures can be a big challenge, observed panelists, when it comes to hiring new talent; people are skittish about joining a start-up because their families might object. The hierarchy of acceptable employment, from a parent’s point of view, is clear, said Wharton operations and information management professor Kartik Hosanagar: “They want (their children to join) a multinational company (with a brand reputation). (The next best is) an unbranded multinational, then an Indian branded company and only then a start-up.”Saraf agreed that social issues could be an obstacle. While her family was supportive of her business — her father, Rajkumar Saraf, is chairman and CEO of Indian PC manufacturer Zenith Computers — potential distributors were skeptical. “When Vu first came out with LCD TVs six years ago and sent them to the market, about 50 different channel partners came back with the same answer,” Saraf noted. “They said, ‘Your TV is great; the quality is great; they’re selling out, and the service is good. But your boss is a Marwari woman. Once she’s married, what will you do to get us spare parts?’ We told the team to say, ‘She’s there just for show; her brother is really running the business.’ Then they were fine.”Capillary’s Reddy illustrated the point with another anecdote. “We asked a close friend to join our company,” he said. “One day before starting, he told us his mom and dad were not cool with his joining a start-up: ‘My value in the Tamil marriage market will fall,’ he explained. So the parents have to be taken care of. Once we had (money) coming in, we’d talk to (new hires’) parents, their spouse’s parents, etc. That was helpful.”Mirchandani acknowledged the concern but warned that some candidates could be using such factors as an excuse. “I’ve seen people who don’t want to be at a start-up and have dropped out,” he said. “Yes, the parents are there, but if someone wants to do it, that won’t be an issue.”CSC’s Reddy offers some words of wisdom for entrepreneurs. When starting a company, the numbers don’t tell the whole story, so “don’t over-think things,” he said. “We create complex models, we tweak one cell, see how it affects others and get confident about it,” he noted. But with start-ups you have to go with what your gut says. “There’s no perfect business plan. Do some analysis, but then take the plunge.”He cited the example of a video game business that he had tried to start. After $100,000 of market research and careful study of the Chinese marketplace, he launched the business in India, recruiting talent from Electronic Arts and other places. “It was a horrible failure,” he said. “The analytics didn’t capture everything.”Small is BetterBeing No. 1 in a small part of a large market is preferable, Reddy said. In big markets, lots of mistakes are forgiven. “You get more leeway to work through mistakes since there is room for everyone.” Such markets allow new players to enter, so playing off big trends is a plus. But it can be hard to identify new trends — “By the time they’re in The New York Times, you’ve missed the bus.” So he advised the audience to look at where VCs were investing. If there’s too much buzz, it’s too late, he noted. “Select a tiny area of a huge market and become No. 1 in that. Then you can always expand that box.”At first, Reddy said, the idea for AppLabs was to be the No. 1 software testing company in the Bay Area in California. “Then we expanded to the U.S. Then we wanted to be tops in enterprise apps in the U.S., then in the U.S. and the U.K., etc.”Reddy’s final piece of advice? “Boring is good. While (business-to-consumer) gets all the attention, (business-to-business) is easier to make money in. Don’t lose sight of the value you bring to customers. Process innovation, frugal innovation, pricing innovation, marketing innovation — all of these can make a boring business profitable,” he said. “The routine stuff isn’t easy — it’s just that people don’t want to do it because it’s boring. Execution will be the only differentiator, so embed that into your organization’s culture. Great execution will always beat big ideas unless you are Steve Jobs.” Related Itemslast_img read more

London Olympics 2012: Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt a win away from bronze

first_imgIndia’s Yogeshwar Dutt defeated Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari of Iran in the repechage round 2 of the 60kg wrestling competition of the London Olympics on Saturday. With this win Yogeshwar is just a win away from bronze medal. This was his fourth bout of the day in which he won three and lost one. First, he beat Bulgaria’s Anatolie llarionovitch Guidea in the qualification, but ended up losing to Russia’s Besik Kudukhov in the pre-quarterfinals. Later in the repechage round one Yogeshwar defeated Puerto Rico’s Franklin Gomez Matos. However, Dutt’s Olympic medal hopes were rekindled as he qualified for the repechage round of the men’s 60kg wrestling event after Russian Besik Kudukhov, who had defeated the Indian in the pre-quarterfinal.Yogeshwar must thank World Champion Kudukhov for keeping alive his bronze medal hope.The Russian, bronze medallist at the 2008 Beijing Games, won his quarter-final match 3-1 against Esmaeilpoorjouybari and semi-final 3-0 against Myong Ri to qualify for the final. Kudukhov will face Azerbaijan’s Toghrul Asgarov in the title clash.Yogeshwar had lost his pre-quarterfinal bout to Kudukhov. The Indian survived just two periods before losing 3-0 to the reigning World Champion, who was also a bronze medallist at the 2008 Beijing Games.last_img read more

Mercedes B Class launched in India at Rs 21.49 lakh

first_imgGerman luxury carmaker launched its new Mercedes Benz B Class Sports Tourer in India on Tuesday. The new luxury car will be priced at Rs 21.49 lakh for the B180 and Rs 24.87 lakh for the B180 Sport (ex-Mumbai).According to reports, Mercedes Benz B Class Sports Tourer is available in two variants B 180 and the B 180 Sport. It may be noted that the B-Class is India’s first sports tourer. The sports tourer category comprises cars like the Audi A3 Sportsback, BMW Active Tourer 1 series and VW Tiguan and Touran and Ford C Max.The car is reportedly packed with safety features with 7 airbags including a knee airbag. Mercedes-Benz is offering a 1.6 litre petrol engine that churns out 122PS of power and is repotedly mated to Merc’ss 7-speed dual clutch gearbox with 3 driving modes. Debashis Mitra, Director, Sales & Marketing, Mercedes-Benz India said: “We are extremely excited with the initial response of the B-Class in India. Our Strategy of introducing the segment & then launching the car has been well received by our customers. The huge response only demonstrates that the Three Pointed Star is easily the most aspired brand in India and kicks off a beginning of our product offensive in next couple of year in India.””The sell out of the new B-Class in the pre launch phase convinces us that there is a latent demand for ‘Sports Tourers’ in India and they are looking forward for cars loaded with features,” he further added. With this launch, Mercedes would be able to take on rivals BMW and Audi. The B-Class has been a success with over 75000 units sold within the first few months of its launch globally.It may be noted that most of the models of these three luxury carmakers are priced above Rs 30 lakh. These iconic car brands are attempting to appeal to the younger and highly aspirational salaried class. In coming five to six years, Mercedes Benz India expects cars priced in the Rs 20-25 lakh band to account for 40-50 percent of total sales.With Agency inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball lead as Lakers hand Mavericks loss at home

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening “With the guys out, (we were) trying to take over and be the leaders of our team,” Ingram said.The Lakers won for just the second time in seven games since James strained his groin on Christmas Day, and they swept the season series from the Mavericks 3-0.Dallas led 67-54 at halftime but had its worst-scoring half of the season with just 30 points after the break – fewer than it scored in either of the first two quarters. The Mavs were 11-of-43 from the field in the second half and had 11 turnovers.Luka Doncic led the team with 27 points, and he had six of their 11 made field goals in the second half, including their only two 3-pointers.“I think they played way better defensively in the second half,” Doncic said. “We didn’t move the ball as well as we did in the first half. That was it.”ADVERTISEMENT Ball was held scoreless against Minnesota but responded with some clutch baskets in the second half. His fast-break dunk gave the Lakers their first lead of the game at 82-80 late in the third quarter. And he hit his only 3 of the second half with 4:23 to go to give LA a 100-89 lead.“I just tried to be more aggressive,” Ball said. “I shoot when I’m open. I just tried to force the issue a little bit more.”Ingram scored 15 of his 29 in the second half and had six assists for the game. With Dallas cutting a 14-point Lakers lead to seven twice in the final minutes, each time Ingram drew the defense to him and dished to JaVale McGee for dunks.Dallas fell for just the fourth time at home this season. The Mavericks entered the day tied for the fewest home losses in the NBA.TIP-INSLakers: Josh Hart scored 14 points, led the team with 12 rebounds and five steals and tied Ingram for a team-high six assists.Mavericks: J.J. Barea played his 800th game, becoming the 11th undrafted player from a U.S. high school or college to play 800 games since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. … Numerous Dallas Cowboys, including running back Ezekiel Elliott and linebacker Jaylon Smith, attended the game, drawing an ovation from the sellout crowd.KUZMA RETURNSWith James still out, the Lakers got Kyle Kuzma back in the lineup after missing the past two games with a lower-back contusion. Kuzma missed his first eight shots and didn’t score until midway through the second quarter, but he hit two 3s early in the third quarter to spark the Lakers’ comeback. He finished with 13 points.OUT OF THE FLOW Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives against Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) of Germany during the the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS— A challenge from their head coach gave Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball motivation. All they needed was an opening.The cold-shooting Dallas Mavericks provided it.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said a lack of ball movement has slowed the team in its losses this season, and on Monday, they had only 12 assists for a team that averages almost 23 a game.Barea could only laugh when told he led the team with three assists, saying, “You can’t win the game like that. Hopefully it won’t happen again.”UP NEXTLakers: Host Detroit on Wednesday.Mavericks: Host Phoenix on Wednesday. Two of the Suns’ nine wins this year have come against Dallas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Ingram scored 29 points and Ball added 21 as the Los Angeles Lakers handed the Mavericks a rare home loss, 107-97, on Monday night.After a blowout loss to Minnesota on Sunday, Lakers coach Luke Walton called for the two to bring more passion and fire. The duo responded, helping Los Angeles rally from a double-digit halftime deficit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I put so much responsibility on them because that’s what I believe they’re capable of doing,” Walton said.Ball and Ingram said they talked after the loss Sunday and agreed they needed to step up in the absence of LeBron James and veteran point guard Rajon Rondo. 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Maha set to bid adieu to typewriters

first_imgMumbai, Aug 11 (PTI) Typewriter, the prime tool in government offices before the arrival of computers, is all set to become part of history in Maharashtra.The state council of examinations is holding the last examination of the manual typewriting tomorrow, setting aside the objection from the typewriting training centres that still lure aspirants across the state.The process of phasing out the typewriters was set in motion through a Government Resolution (GR) in 2013.Based on the order, the council has been conducting the typewriting examination by using computers.”Following the GR, we have started conducting the typewriting exams through computers and tomorrow, on 12th August, for the last time we will conduct the typewriting exams through typewriters,” Sukhdev Dere, the commissioner of Maharashtra State Council Of Examination told PTI.”From August 18 onwards, all the exams would be conducted on computers only, which means in the coming days the use of typewriters would get extinct,” Dere said.The GR, issued by the Department of School Education and Sports, had emphasised on the need to educate computer trained professionals for government offices to follow the e-governance motto.It was opposed by the institutes imparting training in typewriting and they lobbied to keep the typewriting examination for few more years.Prabhakar Dambal, the president of Bombay Commerce Educational Institute Association, said the decision would hit over 3,500 private typewriter training institutes in the state”We are not averse to advancement, but we want this issue to be addressed in a humane manner. This decision would definitely cost heavily around 3,500 typing institutes and 10,000 instructors across the state who are dependent on it,” he said.advertisement”Typewriting has been an integral part of personal and professional life of lakhs of people in the state and phasing it in a haste would have an adverse impact on them,” said Ashok Abhyankar, who runs a shorthand and typewriting institute here.Setting aside the objections of the typewriter trainers, Dere termed the decision to phase out typewriters as “progressive” and said it is in-line with Digital India.”Typewriting machines are getting outdated. Now we are advancing in the digital world and therefore, computer-trained individuals and professionals to adopt the e-governance model in the demand in present times,” he said. PTI APM GK NM GKlast_img read more

Publication du rapport sommaire des consultations sur le rétablissement de léquilibre financier

first_imgDe nombreux Néo-Écossais sont d’avis que le gouvernement doit adopter une approche prudente en ce qui a trait au rétablissement de l’équilibre financier, selon un rapport sommaire publié aujourd’hui 30 mars par Graham Steele, ministre des Finances. Ce rapport résume les idées présentées par 1 495 Néo-Écossais lors de séances de consultations publiques organisées dans plus de 20 communautés de janvier à mars. Lorsqu’on a demandé aux participants dans quel délai le budget devrait être équilibré, 56 % ont indiqué qu’un délai de trois à cinq ans était réaliste. « Le rapport indique que les participants ont compris dès le début que l’écart serait très difficile à combler dans un court délai sans créer des difficultés pour de nombreux Néo-Écossais ou sans porter atteinte à l’économie, » a dit M. Steele. « Je suis très heureux de la réaction à notre initiative de rétablissement de l’équilibre financier. Grâce à ces consultations et à tout ce que nous avons entendu au cours des deux derniers mois, nous sommes prêts à retrousser nos manches et à prendre les décisions nécessaires pour rétablir l’équilibre financier de notre province. » L’objectif des consultations publiques était de discuter des défis financiers auxquels la Nouvelle-Écosse fait face et de donner aux citoyens la chance de définir les valeurs et les priorités qui devraient être incluses dans le plan pluriannuel de la province pour le retour à une situation financière durable. Le rapport, préparé par l’entreprise Fourth Wave Strategies Inc., présente le processus, les questions abordées et les grands thèmes des réponses obtenues. « Il ne s’agissait pas uniquement d’une consultation prébudgétaire, mais c’est lors du dépôt du budget le 6 avril prochain que les gens verront pour la première fois des résultats tangibles découlant du processus, a dit M. Steele. C’est pourquoi j’encourage tout le monde à écouter ou à lire le discours du budget. Cette année, nous offrons un plus grand nombre de façons de l’entendre ou de le lire. » Les Néo-Écossais peuvent écouter le discours du budget en direct sur Legislative Television, EastLink TV ou sur le Web à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca. Les documents du budget seront également disponibles à la même adresse, accompagnés d’une vidéo sommaire. Pour la première fois, il est également possible de suivre le budget sur Twitter (nsgov). Les consultations pour le rétablissement de l’équilibre financier ont eu lieu dans les communautés suivantes : Whitney Pier, Port Hawkesbury, Antigonish, Stellarton, Amherst, Truro, Wolfville, Kentville, Digby, Yarmouth, Liverpool, Bridgewater, Tantallon, Lower Sackville, Halifax, Dartmouth, Eastern Passage et Sheet Harbour. Une autre consultation publique a eu lieu en français par vidéoconférence pour les communautés acadiennes. En plus des consultations publiques, M. Steele a également tenu une dizaine d’autres séances de consultation auprès des dirigeants d’entreprises et syndicaux, des chambres de commerce et des dirigeants autochtones. Le rapport sommaire sur le rétablissement de l’équilibre financier peut être consulté en ligne à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/finance.last_img read more

Vivienne Westwood Gets Wet For PETA

first_imgSwapping her fabulous frocks for a shower cap, Dame Vivienne Westwood literally makes a splash in a provocative new PETA video about the meat industry’s depletion of world water supplies.Dame Vivienne Westwood Launches Shower VideoCredit/Copyright: PETA UK“I am an eco-warrior, but I take long showers with a clean conscience because I’m vegetarian”, says Dame Vivienne in the spot, which she unveiled in a lunchtime launch at the award-winning gourmet vegetarian eatery tibits.Video: Vivienne Westwood — Get Your Feet Wet!In the video, which she is screening in advance of World Water Day on 22 March, the designer draws attention to the huge amount of water used by the meat trade. Rivers are diverted for livestock factories, not only for the animals but also for crops grown exclusively to fatten them. A European study cited in the recent New York Times piece Meat Makes the Planet Thirsty reports that it takes 4 million gallons of water to produce 1 ton of beef but just 85,000 gallons to produce a ton of vegetables. Another UN study singles out the meat industry as one of the leading causes of climate change.“By avoiding meat, you do more for the environment than recycling or driving a hybrid car”, explains Dame Vivienne from under the showerhead. The stylish spot was directed by Robbie Newby and scored by Carter Burwell, the BAFTA and Emmy winner known for his soundtracks for films by the Coen brothers and Spike Jonze.Video: Why I Don’t Eat Animals — Vivienne WestwoodFor more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.last_img read more

The Latest: China to hike tariffs on $60 billion in US goods

BEIJING — The Latest on the tariffs battle between China and the United States (all times local):9 p.m.China has announced it is raising tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods in retaliation for the latest penalties on its exports announced by the Trump administration.The Finance Ministry said Monday the penalty duties of 5% to 25% on hundreds of U.S. products including batteries, spinach and coffee take effect June 1.That followed Trump’s increase Friday of duties on $200 billion of Chinese imports from 10% to 25% in a dispute over Beijing’s technology ambitions and trade surplus.___1:58 p.m.Companies are waiting to see how China will retaliate for President Donald Trump’s latest tariff hikes on Chinese imports while economists warned the escalating dispute could slow growth.Chinese officials gave no indication Monday what steps they might take after threatening “necessary countermeasures” for Trump’s penalties on $200 billion of Chinese goods, imposed Friday.Trade talks wrapped up later Friday in Washington without an agreement.Jake Parker, the vice-president of the U.S.-China Business Council, an industry group, said officials appeared to be studying the potential impact on China’s economy before deciding how to respond.Morgan Stanley economists said the tariff hike could trim China’s annual economic growth by 0.5 percentage points. They said that impact could grow if uncertainty prompts companies to cut jobs or postpone investment.The Associated Press read more

SLFPs Dayasiri appointed cocabinet spokesman

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member Dayasiri Jayasekera has been appointed co-cabinet spokesman.Jayasekera was appointed to the post after concerns had been raised in the past that only United National Party (UNP) views were being expressed at post cabinet press briefings. Jayasekera will now join cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and former Media Minister Gayantha Karunatillake at press conferences. (Colombo Gazette)

East Timor recent grenade attack linked to private dispute UN probe finds

Investigations conducted by the UN peacekeeping force, in conjunction with the UN Civilian Police (CIVPOL) and the Indonesian military, have revealed that the market site where the incident occurred on 29 May is a regular, traditional trading point located south of Balibo in a creek bed on the Tactical Co-ordination Line between East and West Timor, the UN peacekeeping force said in a statement issued in Dili. Witnesses say that a fight occurred on 28 May between a militia member and a gambling ring organizer who was operating at the market. The militia member then enlisted aid from another more senior member of the militia and they, with the possible assistance of one other, conducted a vengeance attack with hand grenades the next day. The gambling ring organizer was among those killed in the attack. Most of the casualties were bystanders who were not involved in the gambling. “This is primarily a criminal issue and has been handed over to UN CIVPOL for further investigation,” the UNTAET statement said. read more

Average US 30year mortgage edges up to 356 per cent

by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2016 8:11 am MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Average US 30-year mortgage edges up to 3.56 per cent WASHINGTON – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week but remain at levels low enough to boost home sales in the spring buying season.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage edged up to 3.56 per cent from a 52-week low of 3.54 per cent last week. The rate is down from 4.02 per cent a year ago.The average rate on the 15-year fixed rate mortgage also rose — to 2.83 per cent from a 52-week low of 2.81 per cent. A year ago, the 15-year rate stood at 3.21 per cent.Worries about the global economy — and specifically that the United Kingdom might vote Thursday to leave the European Union — have sent investors scurrying to the relative safety of U.S. Treasury bonds. Their purchases have driven rates lower. And long-term mortgage rates track the yield on 10-year Treasury notes.Last week, the Federal Reserve decided to keep short-term rates unchanged at 0.25 per cent to 0.50 per cent.“The low rates continue to be good news for the housing market,” said Sean Becketti, chief economist at Freddie Mac.The National Association of Realtors reported Wednesday that sales of existing homes rose in May to the highest level since February 2007. But the Commerce Department reported Thursday that new-home sales dropped 6 per cent in May, though they are up 6.4 per cent so far this year.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country at the beginning of each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage rose to 0.6 point from 0.5 point last week. The fee for a 15-year loan was steady at 0.5 point.Rates on adjustable five-year mortgages averaged 2.74 per cent this week, same as last week. The fee remained at 0.5 per cent. read more

How The World Cup Semifinalists Match Up

Source: Football Whispers England is striking gold from the set pieceTeams with the best rate per 90 minutes of shots from set pieces (corner kicks and free kicks) in the World Cup TeamPasses per possessionRank teamGOALSSHOTSSHOTS ON GOAL Portugal0.693.880.69 Croatia3.194 Croatia has conceded only one goal from a set play — Russia’s equalizer in extra time of the quarterfinals. But it has conceded 22 shots from them so far, which is tied for the most in the tournament. This suggests that some luck has been involved — Russia, for instance, gave up the same number of shots from set pieces as Croatia did, but five of those shots resulted in goals against.The game will probably be tense and closed off, with England’s willingness to patiently pass the ball in its own half combined with Croatia’s indifference to pressing high resulting in an overall lack of openness. The beauty of high-stakes knockout stage soccer, though, is that one goal can change everything.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. France3.636 England4.3621 Croatia, which takes on England in the other semifinal, had just a 3 percent pre-tournament chance of winning the tournament and an SPI of 80.4, according to FiveThirtyEight’s predictions. The team is now at 18 percent with an SPI of 82.0, which reiterates the impressive run it’s been on, despite having to ride its luck in two consecutive penalty shootouts. Gareth Southgate’s young England squad, up to 85.2 in SPI, has fulfilled its pre-tournament dark horse expectations, taking advantage of a relatively easy draw to increase the chances of it finally “coming home.”The brutal truth of knockout soccer, though, is that team strength counts for only so much; just ask Spain and Brazil, which went out to Russia and Belgium, respectively. Soccer is a random game, and this is exacerbated in situations where one win carries such importance.Tactics also play a big part. Belgium was lucky in its 2-1 win over Brazil, to the extent that the South Americans had 3.01 expected goals to Belgium’s 0.52. But Roberto Martinez set his side up in a way that was designed to exploit Brazil’s limited weaknesses. Romelu Lukaku — normally the team’s central striker, with four goals already this World Cup — was moved out to the right wing to exploit the space behind Brazil’s marauding left back, Marcelo. Kevin De Bruyne, whom Martinez had underused in a deep midfield role, was shifted to the “false nine” position — in which an attacking midfielder plays nominally as a striker but drops deeper than typical to receive the ball — so that he could receive the ball behind the Brazilian midfielders and launch counterattacks quickly. The Red Devils may have ridden their luck, but they had a plan.In the two semifinals, the stylistic clashes should make for an entertaining spectacle.Belgium vs. France: divergent defendingBelgium and France are both comfortable teams on the ball. They both average more than four passes per possession, according to soccer media and technology company Football Whispers, putting them both in the top third of teams at this World Cup. The Red Devils tend to be slightly more patient, holding the ball for about 1.5 seconds more when they get it than France does, and they switch play from side to side more, with possessions that are wider (in terms of the distance between how far right and left they go) by about 3 yards. How England and Croatia match up stylisticallyNumber of per-possession passes (for and against) and where that ranks among World Cup teams Germany0.304.231.51 TeamPasses per possessionrank Off the ball, both teams implement an aggressive press — but in subtly different ways. England looks to stunt its opposition’s attacks, allowing it to cycle the ball in its own half but not advance much: The Three Lions regain the ball, on average, 54.81 yards away from their own goal, the second highest distance of any team in Russia this summer, but they allow their opponents well more than four passes per possession. Zlatko Dalic’s team, on the other hand, regains the ball in the attacking third just 1.8 times per game compared with England’s 5.6, but Croatia allows its opposition only a little more than three passes per possession, the lowest of any side remaining. In other words, it’s easy to pass into Croatia’s half but difficult to do anything once you get there.The stylistic factor most likely to influence this semifinal matchup, though, is England’s skill when it comes to set plays (corners and free kicks). Southgate has spoken about his focus on them as an opportunity for England to gain an advantage over opponents, with this strategy bearing fruit: England has scored five goals from them already, nearly half of of its total so far. From Set Pieces (Per 90 Minutes) Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Australia0.003.730.31 England4.846 The World Cup in Russia has become one of European dominance. The four teams that remain all hail from the continent: France, Belgium, England and Croatia will be battling in the semifinals Tuesday and Wednesday for a shot at glory in the final Sunday in Moscow. In this World Cup of Upsets, the French are the only consistently successful team left. Croatia and Belgium have never reached the final, while England’s only appearance was in 1966.The first semifinal, France vs. Belgium, features the two strongest teams remaining in the competition, each with a Soccer Power Index rating of 87.5, according to FiveThirtyEight’s model. Belgium’s rating has improved steadily from before the tournament began, when it stood at 85.4, to after the dramatic quarterfinal win against Brazil, the tournament favorite. France, meanwhile, has strolled to the semifinals relatively easily, apart from a dramatic 4-3 victory against Argentina in the round of 16. While Les Bleus’ World Cup average of 1.12 expected goals per 90 minutes is the worst of the remaining teams, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, their 0.67 expected goals conceded per 90 leads the semifinalists and is fourth best in the tournament: Spain0.645.341.07 When they don’t have the ball, the two teams behave very differently. Belgium is much more willing to press high up the pitch, taking risks and committing men in the hope of a valuable turnover: They’ve regained the ball in their attacking third 5.2 times per game compared with France’s 2.6, while their possessions start an average of 48.92 yards from their own goal, compared with France’s 47.28 yards.The downside to this sort of pressing, though, is that if the initial Belgian press is broken, its opposition can keep the ball under a lot less pressure and start to probe in attack. Belgium’s opponents have the ball for 2.61 seconds longer on average than France’s opponents do. Belgium’s opponents average well over four passes per possession, whereas Didier Deschamps’ side allows opponents just 3.63 passes, the sixth lowest of all teams in Russia.Martinez will need a characteristically proactive game plan to avoid allowing France the room to counter that Argentina did — speedster Kylian Mbappe needs no second invitation. Martinez will also have to find a replacement for Thomas Meunier — his first choice to play right wing-back, who is suspended for receiving his second yellow card against Brazil — in a squad thin on full-backs. Deschamps will probably avoid tinkering, hoping that his balanced side will frustrate Belgium while relying on individual talent in attack.England vs. Croatia: intense pressing and set playsDespite being blessed with arguably the most talented midfield in the competition, Croatia doesn’t dawdle when it gets on the ball, moving it to the attackers quickly: Croatia has had the fewest passes per possession of the four teams remaining. England, conversely, has had the most. Some of this is because of the quality of opposition each side has faced, but it’s also a fair reflection of their respective directness: Gareth Southgate’s men hold the ball for more than 3 seconds longer when they get it, often using possession as a defensive tactic. Croatia3.8916 TeamOpponent’s passes per possessionRank France4.2212 Brazil0.184.231.10 Uruguay0.924.601.84 Belgium4.689 Belgium4.3822 Source: Football Whispers Argentina0.233.930.69 Morocco0.303.951.22 England0.865.711.73 TeamOpponent’s passes per possessionRank How France and Belgium match up stylisticallyNumber of per-possession passes (for and against) and where that ranks among World Cup teams Switzerland0.233.670.46 read more

Ohio State unable to get on a roll offensively in loss to

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) is sacked by Virginia Tech sophomore cornerback Kendall Fuller during a game Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Jon McAllister / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State football team broke records and multiple streaks Saturday night, many of which were not positives.The Buckeyes dropped their first home opener since 1978, due in part to a lack of offense as they allowed seven sacks, six of which occurred in the fourth quarter.The loss also snapped OSU’s streak of 25 consecutive regular-season wins, which was the longest such streak in the country.Coach Urban Meyer said postgame that he was “very disappointed” with the way his team performed in front of a record crowd of 107,517, in Ohio Stadium.“We had all kind of issues that we have to get a lot better at,” Meyer said. “We also had a lot of dropped passes…we just have to do a better job.”Redshirt-senior offensive lineman Darryl Baldwin said the offense, which was four of 16 on third downs, needs to do a better job to help out the defense.“We just haven’t been able to get on a roll offensively,” Baldwin said. “Defense has been playing well and when we get these opportunities, we haven’t been taking advantage of them. Those three and outs have been killing us.”Not only could the Buckeyes not convert third downs, they could not complete passes. Redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett completed just nine of his 29 attempts, including three interceptions — the last of which was taken back 63 yards for a score by Virginia Tech junior cornerback Donovan Riley.Despite a less than stellar showing, Meyer said he thought his quarterback did well with what he had.“Gutsy effort,” Meyer said. “Obviously not good enough, but a quarterback is a product of those around him, and we all have to get better.”The Hokie defense lined up in zero coverage — a formation with no deep safeties — for most of the game and crowded the line of scrimmage, daring the Buckeyes to throw the football. It was a tactic co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said the OSU coaching staff had not expected.“They played something we hadn’t prepared for so it took quite a bit of adjusting,” Herman said. “We had to find some ways to get to the speed option game, and we did that during the second half. We got a little momentum back on our side but couldn’t make the plays in the end.”After a year in which the Buckeyes were near the top nationally in yards per game in 2013, when then-junior Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde each rushed for over 1,000 yards, OSU managed just 108 rushing yards against the Hokies. Barrett, who suffered the seven sacks, led the team with 70 yards on the ground.The next leading rusher for OSU was sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, who carried the ball just eight times for 32 yards.Baldwin said he was disappointed that OSU could not move the football on the ground.“The run game opens up the entire offense,” Baldwin said. “It really just opens up everything and we just couldn’t get it started.”Although the running game struggled, Herman said the loss cannot be blamed solely on one unit or person.“From myself on down to the players, it was certainly not one position or one thing that you can say, ‘this is the reason,’” he said.Meyer said that the team will regroup and come back ready to go on Sunday.“So anxious to get back to work tomorrow and get a little better,” Meyer said. “We had a good meeting as a team (after the game).”The Buckeyes are set to begin preparations for their next game against Kent State, which is scheduled to kickoff at noon on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. read more

Column The Troika may be gone but Irelands social problems remain

first_imgWE FIND OURSELVES at a defining juncture in the European Union’s history. The unprecedented economic and financial crisis of recent years has shaken the European Union and its member states to the core.As the instability in the Union has receded, the last number of months has seen the emergence of an important debate at European level, and in individual member states, regarding the future shape of the European Union. The creation of this real economic union, which includes an annual European process for economic policy coordination and governance, presents both opportunities and challenges for national parliaments and parliamentarians.Some commentators in Ireland have proclaimed that with the departure of the Troika we have regained full economic control of our country. This is not so. The new reality is that measures introduced to deal with the European crisis – known in eurospeak as the “Six Pack” and the “Two Pack” – mean that member states have increased the role of other member states by pooling economic sovereignty.EU countries, and particularly euro area countries, are no longer able to formulate and conduct their economic policy in complete isolation from other EU countries. This process for enhanced budgetary surveillance, the European Semester, also provides a valuable opportunity for Oireachtas Members, for instance, to feed into Irish national budgetary decisions, as well as pan-European policy, in a more meaningful way than ever before.Strengthening the social dimension of the unionBecause of the speed of response required to deal with the economic crisis, the policies introduced to date are largely focused on fiscal and economic matters. Now that we have entered calmer waters we need to look again at the adequacy of our new tools; people want Europe to have the right economic policies to deal with the crisis, but they want Europe to tackle the social impact of the recession as well. This has been an ongoing demand from our citizens, which we hear repeatedly, not just during referenda campaigns.The Oireachtas Joint Committee on European Affairs, which I chair, has devoted considerable time to debate how the sustainability of the European social model can be secured for our people, particularly for groups such as our youth. We have done that not just in Dublin but also at every opportunity we have on the European stage.So we are glad to see that the European Commission has published a proposal on strengthening the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union at the end of 2013. It outlined how indicators such as unemployment and youth unemployment rates, the changes in disposable income levels of households, the at-risk-of-poverty rate, and inequality might be monitored.To discuss this proposal, my Committee hosted a series of detailed meetings involving relevant groups from within Irish society, such as the National Youth Council, the National Women’s Council, Social Justice Ireland, as well as Irish Congress of Trade Unions, IBEC, and the ESRI. We were keen to get their thoughts on what social indicators would and could be measured.We also heard a representative of the European Commission outlining three major strands of action, namely to provide greater surveillance of employment and social developments; to secure enhanced labour mobility; and finally, to support the strengthening of social dialogue.Economic and social progress: two sides of the same coinMy Committee has now concluded our analysis and based on our discussions we have issued a paper outlining our thoughts and suggestions on the process. We are calling for a specific focus on employment and social indicators in Economic and Monetary Union, arguing that economic and social progress are essentially two sides of the same coin. We believe that the new shared economic governance mechanisms must be capable of identifying and addressing problematic developments related to employment and social policies in EMU in good time.To help to do that we recommend that:Clarity be provided regarding the introduction of the social indicators scoreboard;While the indicators must carry weight, levels of sanctions or supports for Members States in breach of social indicator thresholds be carefully considered;The proposed scoreboard be expanded to include figures on child and old-age poverty and the participation of women and young people in employment, andWe need to strengthen the involvement of social partners at a European level.We forwarded the contribution to President Barroso of the EU Commission, President Van Rompuy of the EU Council and President Schultz of the EU Parliament, as well as to our Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton TD, and to the appropriate Committee in each EU Member State’s national parliament.I am of the firm belief that the Houses of the Oireachtas, and particularly its Committee system, can play a proactive and practical role in shaping policy at EU level, particularly in underpinning the credibility of moves towards genuine Economic and Monetary Union. We should do this by engaging and including Irish civil society in our debates. In doing so we can ensure that the citizen’s thoughts and concerns are kept at the heart of the development of better EU policy and laws.Dominic Hannigan TD is Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on European Union Affairs.Read: Michael Noonan to discuss Troika exit with head of eurozone bailout fundRead: ECB ‘held a gun’ to Government’s head over bailoutlast_img read more

Finance minister rules out personal tax cuts in Budget says any welfare

first_imgSpeaking after the meeting, the minister said: “A no deal Brexit will have profound implications for Ireland on all levels. These include macroeconomic, trade and sectoral challenges, both immediately and in the longer term.”He added: “While there are risks ahead there are also opportunities; our goal is to position our economy to minimise these risks and to maximise the opportunities that lie ahead.”SensibleThe Irish Fiscal Advisory Council this morning said a no-deal Brexit budget is the most sensible option for Budget 2020 ahead of Donohoe’s meeting with cabinet ministers.In its pre-budget submission, the budget watchdog warned that the economic outlook  has deteriorated in recent months as the risk of a hard Brexit has increased.It also warned the Government should not rely on corporation tax outperformances to balance the budget and that it should not expect long-term spending to be offset by such a volatile source of income. Seamus Coffey, Chair of the council said there is significant uncertainty in relation to Brexit just weeks out from the 31 October divorce deadline.“I think planning on the basis of a hard Brexit given what we know is the most appropriate course of action,” he said speaking on RTÉ Radio 1′s Morning Ireland programme.“That’s not to say that it will happen or even that the probability of it happening is above 50% but of the range of possible outcomes that Brexit can bring, it does appear that a hard Brexit is the most likely and planning on the basis of that for the budget over the next couple of weeks is the most appropriate action to take.”“In overall terms, what happens with Brexit shouldn’t have an impact on the overall package that Government chooses to deliver,” Coffey said. “The Government has set out a plan for budgetary measures in the 2020 budget totalling €2.8 billion. The advice of the IFAC is that the Government should adhere to, stick to and deliver on that plan.”“If a no-deal or a hard Brexit is the base line for what they should do in that scenario, then this sort of environment should frame what they do with this €600 million but that is up to the Government to choose what individual or particular measures it wishes to introduce,” he added.- With reporting by Michelle Hennessy. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Image: Sam Boal Wed 8:14 AM 32,354 Views Donohoe will deliver Budget 2020 on 8 October. Image: Sam Boal Source: Michelle Hennessy/Twitter Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 2:39 PM Updated Wed 2:39 PM FINANCE MINISTER PASCHAL Donohoe has ruled out a reduction in personal taxation in the next Budget and said the welfare package will be “different in scale” to previous years. The minister received approval from Cabinet to base Budget 2020 around the assumption that there will be a no-deal Brexit come 31 October.The Government is set to deliver a range of budgetary measures on 8 October to the tune of €2.8 billion.Some €2.1 billion of that has already been committed to projects outlined in the Summer Economic Statement in June, with the remaining €700 million thought to be earmarked for tax cuts and increased spending. With a no-deal Brexit looking more likely by the day, Donohoe sought permission from Cabinet today to base the Budget around the impact this would have on Ireland. Speaking to reporters today, he said the government had to make sensible choices for the Budget, ruling out any reductions in personal taxation or sweeping welfare increases.Donohoe said there are many who would argue, given that the economy is doing well, that there is a case for personal tax reductions before Brexit.“I am not going to do that, I am going to make a set of very safe choices.”He said he wanted to maximise the resources available to the government to help citizens who find themselves in difficulty as a result of a no-deal fallout. The minister said the government has already seen a situation in Ireland where taxation and welfare decisions were made that the country later could not afford. “And we have seen the difficulty in undoing them.”A statement from the Department of Finance said the budget aims “to give certainty to businesses and citizens” and “supporting sectors and regions most exposed to Brexit-related disruption”.  Share18 Tweet Email center_img Minister Paschal Donohoe says the Budget will be a safe and careful one, with plans to ensure Ireland has the supports needed for a no-deal Brexit. pic.twitter.com/WOtAhwBz48— Michelle Hennessy (@michellehtweet) September 11, 2019 Donohoe will deliver Budget 2020 on 8 October. https://jrnl.ie/4804332 Finance minister rules out personal tax cuts in Budget, says any welfare changes will be targeted Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe brought the proposal to the Government today. 86 Comments By Conor McCrave Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Matt Riddle added to WWE MSG live event 205 Live Best of

first_imgFacebook WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events WhatsApp Pinterest NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Google+center_img The updated card for WWE at Madison Square Garden on December 26 next week is now listing newly debuted NXT star Matt Riddle on the card.Riddle will be part of special “NXT Mega Tag Team Match” featuring Riddle, WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne, NXT North American Champion Ricochet, Aleister Black and Velveteen Dream vs. NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa and The Undisputed Era.You can check out the full card over at MSG.com.205 Live “Best of 2018” to air next weekNext week’s episode of 205 Live will be a special “Best of 2018” special.F4WOnline reports that a decision hasn’t been made if 205 Live will continue forward in 2019 as a taped show or it will return to its original Tuesday night time slot.The show was shifted to Wednesday night due to season two of the Mixed Match Challenge series airing live right after Smackdown on Facebook Watch. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Twitterlast_img read more

Vancouver police shoot kill suspected car thief after altercation

first_imgA man suspected of stealing a vehicle from a Vancouver-area driveway Friday morning was killed in an officer-involved shooting a few blocks away.The incident began at about 6:20 a.m. when the man, whose name has not been released, confronted the owner of a vehicle at 5804 N.E. 41st Circle, in the Roads End neighborhood north of Highway 500 and west of Northeast Andresen Road.The man climbed into the car, a 2014 Honda Accord, and rammed it into the garage before fleeing, according to emergency radio traffic monitored by The Columbian.The person who called 911 to report the car theft reportedly fired a gun into the air, according to emergency radio traffic.Neighbor Norese Massenburg said he awoke upon hearing the gunshots. When he investigated, he learned that his neighbor had been trying to prevent the theft.last_img read more