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Liberals propose billions for affordable housing including individual benefits

first_imgOTTAWA – A Liberal government fond of promising help for those working hard to join the middle class unveiled billions in housing help Wednesday that could make a difference to hundreds of thousands of households — but only in a few years when federal money finally flows to new units and tenant benefits.The release of the national housing strategy on National Housing Day was designed to tout tens of billions in planned and expected spending over the next decade and solidify the federal government’s re-entry into the affordable housing sector.Included in the plan was a promise to introduce legislation to make housing a fundamental right, create a new, portable housing benefit for low-income households, and prioritize funding for the most vulnerable populations like women fleeing domestic violence.But the plan itself rests heavily on provinces and territories kicking in matching funds, without which federal dollars won’t flow.Even then, it won’t happen until April 2018 and not until 2021 in the case of the new housing benefit.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the reason much of the money won’t be spent until after the next election in 2019 is because the federal government needs to take the time to get the details right and satisfy myriad local, provincial and territorial needs.“We are looking at the realistic horizon that is going to not just put a Band-Aid on the problem, but create the kind of deep change and lasting impact that we know Canadians are going to need,” he said at an event in Toronto.“When we say the federal government is back for the long term, we mean it — and that starts with getting it right from the very beginning.”NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called the plan “timid” because of the delays in spending when the money is desperately needed now.And Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said the strategy does nothing for lowering the high cost of housing ownership in major urban centres, only making a passing reference to exploring further options.What the plan does is pull together almost $10 billion in planned spending, $11.2 billion in housing money outlined in this year’s budget, and $4.8 billion the Liberals promised to keep spending on funding to affordable housing providers. The rest is all from provinces, territories and the private sector to total about $40 billion over a decade.There are also strict strings attached.A new housing fund to create 60,000 new affordable housing units and allow repairs to 240,000 more, through grants and loans, will prioritize mixed-income developments and require about one-third of all those units to be offered at 80 per cent of median market rents for a 20-year period. (A mix of other funding is poised to create an additional 40,000 new affordable housing units.)The $4-billion portable housing benefit could eventually help 300,000 households by 2028 and provide on average $2,500 a year in help, but only if provinces and territories match $2 billion in federal money and ensure the extra money doesn’t cause a jump in private rents. Mitigating inflationary pressures account for why the documents speaks of targeting the money to those in community and social housing.The strategy also says the government plans to create a federal housing advocate and table legislation to enshrine housing as a human right, requiring regular reports to Parliament on federal efforts to ease the housing burden for hundreds of thousands of families.The details of that idea and others in the strategy still need to be worked out, prompting municipal and housing groups to lend cautiously enthusiastic support for the plan.Recently released census data found that 1.7 million households were in “core housing need” in 2016, meaning they spent more than one-third of their before-tax income on housing that may be substandard or does not meet their needs.The government hopes the strategy will lift 530,000 of those families out of that core housing need category, help 385,000 more avoid losing their homes and lift 50,000 out of homelessness.Wednesday’s news included precious little help for Indigenous communities, which is getting a separate plan that Trudeau said the government is still finalizing. Separate plans are in the works for First Nations, Inuit and Metis.last_img read more

Minnesota judge tosses charges midtrial against 3 activists

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota judge abruptly dismissed charges against three climate change activists during their trial on Tuesday, saying prosecutors failed to prove that the protesters’ attempt to shut down two Enbridge Energy oil pipelines caused any damage.Clearwater County District Judge Robert Tiffany threw the case out after prosecutors rested their case and before the protesters could use their defence: that the threat of climate change from using crude oil drilled from Canadian tar sands was so imminent that the activists’ actions were not only morally right, but necessary.The attorneys had long fought to use a “necessity defence” during the trial of the three Seattle-area residents, two of whom admitted turning the emergency shut-off valves on the northwest Minnesota pipelines in 2016 as part of a co-ordinated action in four states. Such a defence has been used by other activists protesting pipelines.Their attorney, Lauren Regan, acknowledged outside the courthouse in Bagley that she and her clients were surprised that the judge granted their motion to dismiss the case. The three defendants faced felony charges involving criminal damage to critical public service facilities. They could have faced up to a year in jail, according to prosecutors.“I’m very relieved the state of Minnesota acknowledged that we did no damage and intended to do no damage,” defendant Emily Johnston said. “I also admit that I am disappointed that we did not get to put on the trial that we hoped for.”Clearwater County Attorney Alan Rogalla declined to comment afterward.Climate change activists have increasingly turned to direct actions against oil and gas pipelines, with mixed legal success . Valve-turner cases in other states resulted in convictions that are under appeal. A Massachusetts judge in March cleared 13 gas pipeline protesters who used a necessity defence. While the cases generally have not set binding legal precedents, activists are hoping they help legitimize direct action as a tactic against climate change.In the Minnesota case, Johnston and Annette Klapstein readily acknowledged turning the emergency shut-off valves on two Enbridge Energy pipelines on Oct. 11, 2016, near Leonard, about 210 miles (338 kilometres) northwest of Minneapolis. A third defendant, Ben Joldersma, called in a warning to Enbridge. Charges were earlier dropped against a fourth defendant.They did it as part of a co-ordinated action by Climate Direct Action activists to shut down five Canadian tar sands crude pipelines in Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana and Washington state. A total of 11 activists were charged in the four states.Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge temporarily shut down the two pipelines as a precaution before any damage occurred. The company issued a statement Tuesday saying the protest was “reckless and dangerous.”“The individuals involved in these activities claimed to be protecting the environment, but they did the opposite and put the environment and the safety of people at risk — including themselves, first responders and neighbouring communities and landowners,” the company said.The defendants insisted there was never any danger.“We did everything in our power to make sure this was a safe action, and we did this to protect our children and all of your children from the devastating effects of climate change,” Klaptstein said at the activists’ news conference afterward.While the judge took the unusual step of allowing allowed the necessity defence in a ruling last October, he said the defendants had to clear a high legal bar to succeed. He said the defence applies “only in emergency situations where the peril is instant, overwhelming, and leaves no alternative but the conduct in question.”The valve turners had hoped to put climate change itself on trial by presenting expert witnesses who would have backed up their claims that climate change was making natural disasters worse, and that the threat of climate change from Canadian tar sands crude — which generates more climate-damaging carbon dioxide than other forms of oil — was so imminent that they had no legal alternatives. But they never got the chance.last_img 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

Mens Volleyball Ohio State falls to Lindenwood in four sets despite seasonhigh

Then-junior setter Sanil Thomas sets the ball during the second set of No. 3 Ohio State’s match against No. 8 Penn State on Jan. 28, 2018 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions in straight sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-17) to pick up their fifth win of the season. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Senior ReporterSeason-high offensive production was not enough for the Ohio State men’s volleyball team on Friday night, falling to Lindenwood in four sets, 25-21, 30-28, 17-25 and 25-20. The Buckeyes (7-16, 2-7 MIVA) used the return of senior setter Sanil Thomas and junior outside hitter Reese Devilbiss to attain a season-high 65 kills on the night, but their 42 total errors compared to 23 by Lindenwood (8-15, 4-6 MIVA) kept the Buckeyes from establishing a rhythm and winning more than a single set. “I thought at times our offense was really, really good,” Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said. “But it just seemed like there were crucial moments where an error would pop up when we could really separate ourselves from [Lindenwood].” The Buckeyes opened up an 8-5 lead early in the second set thanks to a three-point run, including a kill by Devilbiss, a combined block by Devilbiss and redshirt senior middle blocker Blake Leeson and an ace by freshman middle blocker Ethan Talley. Ohio State extended its lead to as many as five, but a late 6-1 point surge by the Lions tied the match at 23. A kill by redshirt sophomore outside hitter Jake Hanes gave Ohio State set point, but a kill by Lindenwood freshman outside hitter Phil Swartz took the set to overtime. The Lions and the Buckeyes traded single-point leads, but an Ohio State attack error and a kill by Swartz pushed Lindenwood over the Buckeyes in the second set, 30-28. Swarts led the Lions with 14 kills and three aces, also contributing three digs. As a team, Lindenwood mostly had their way offensively tallying 47 kills on .404 hitting. Hanes led the Buckeyes with 17 kills, adding two digs, while Devilbiss finished with 14 kills and two aces, adding three digs and a block assist. Thomas accounted for 60 assists, a kill, two aces, three digs and a block assist. His 60 assists tie his career high for the Buckeyes, which he set in a four-set win over Loyola Chicago during the 2017-18 season. Thomas said the offensive production has a lot more to do with the hitters than his own play. “The 60 assists is a lot on the hitters,” Thomas said. “It’s a testament to them. I have good hitters around me.” Kills by Talley, Hanes and redshirt sophomore outside hitter Tyler Alter gave Ohio State a 13-9 lead early in the third set. The Buckeyes extended their lead to as many as eight points leading to a 25-17 third set victory, forcing a fourth set. The Buckeyes were firing on all cylinders in the third set, hitting at a .818 clip with zero attack errors and five service errors, their lowest error in a set all night. But the fourth set led to relapse, as Ohio State committed six attack and six service errors. Lindenwood jumped out to a 20-16 lead in the fourth set thanks to a four-point run including kills by Swartz and senior middle blocker Connor Hipelius. The Lions rode the four-point margin to match point, at which point Leeson committed his first and only service error, handing the Lions a 25-20 set victory and a 3-1 match triumph. Ohio State will try to split the weekend against Quincy at 7 p.m. on Saturday at St. John Arena. read more

Report Ademola Lookman to remain at Everton

first_imgAdemola Lookman’s transfer to RB Leipzig is reportedly no longer a possibility and he will now remain at EvertonThe English winger spent the latter part of last season on loan at Leipzig and impressed the German side.After scoring on his Leipzig debut, Lookman netted four goals in his final five appearances before returning to Everton this summer.But Leipzig wanted Lookman back and, this time, on a permanent deal.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Die Bullen apparently offered Everton an increased offer of £25m plus add-ons for the 20-year-old.However, Sky Sports reports that Everton wanted a fee in the region of £28m.Toffees’ boss Marco Silva had stated recently that he would like to retain Lookman at Goodison Park, despite not having handed the youngster a single minute on the pitch in the club’s three opening games of the new season.last_img read more

Alex McLeish wants an improved Scottish side

first_imgScotland boss Alex McLeish has called on his players to put up a better display in their upcoming games after a dismal outing against Belgium.McLeish’s side will face Albania on Monday in their first Uefa Nations League fixture on the back of a 4-0 loss to Belgium.Finishing top of the group will ensure a place at Euro 2020 and a first major finals appearance in 22 years.“I’m hearing people say it’s more hope than expectation, but we have to change that perception,” McLeish said.“The players are motivated for it, and this is where it starts.”Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…And he went on to suggest that Scots often “produce their best” when they are “backed into a corner.”“I’m not saying everyone is against us, but the players know that to get their names on the international map again, they have to win these types of games,” he said.“We need to change it from ‘ach, they’ll no do it’ to ‘great team we’ve got, exciting times ahead’.“We feel pretty good about ourselves, but it’s time to stop the talking.”last_img read more

Expert explains why Salas plane crashed

first_imgAccording to expert Juan Arturo del Azar, he believes pilot David Ibbotson suffered from “spatial disorientation.”Spatial disorientation is defined as the inability of a pilot to correctly interpret aircraft attitude, altitude or airspeed in relation to the Earth or other points of reference.And for flying expert Juan Arturo Del Azar, the cause of the crash of a light aircraft in the English Channel carrying Argentinean footballer Emiliano Sala and English pilot David Ibbotson could be just that.“As in any investigation we can only speculate on what has been published until there’s official information,” Juan Arturo Del Azar was quoted by The Express.“But everything so far indicates there was an operation that should never have existed and a pilot who was not qualified to fly in the conditions there were that night.””The bulk of the plane was on the seabed and very few things were missing.” David Mearns, who led the privately-funded search for the plane that was carrying Emiliano Sala, explains how his team found and identified the wreckage pic.twitter.com/yEtnglCGlG— ZooM Harare (@ZoomHarare) February 5, 2019“What we know is that the pilot ‘requested descent’ on passing Guernsey,” he added.“I’ve flown that same route at least 400 times. It’s a crossing over water.”“The reason for requesting a descent, according to the aviation community, was because the plane was accumulating ice,” he explained.“But the information we have now is that this pilot was not authorized to fly with instruments.”AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“If that is the case, it could be a lot simpler. It could simply be a case of being in a cloud, not knowing how to fly with instruments and suffering what is called spatial disorientation,” Del Azar continued.“There’s a well-known incident, that of John Kennedy Jr, in which that happened.”“When a person is in a cloud and looks out of the window, they are disorientated. Then they have to know how to fly the plane looking just at the instruments,” he added.“If the information is correct and this pilot wasn’t qualified to fly with instruments, yes, there could have been ice.”“Your body sends you erroneous signals at that point. Your body tells you the plane is rising and the plane is falling and vice-versa,” the expert commented.“At that point, the only thing that is valid are the instruments. It’s something that’s very routine but it’s something for which a pilot must have a license and training.”“At night-time, everything is much more complicated. Ninety-five percent of accidents are human errors, errors by the pilot or maintenance errors. It’s not the planes’ fault. At times there are faults but they are a tiny minority, three to four percent,” he concluded.Emiliano Sala’s sister shared this photo yesterday of his dog still waiting for him to return…’Nala also waits for you’This is absolutely gutting 😔😔😔 pic.twitter.com/sV96ql2xnH— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) February 5, 2019last_img read more

San Diego County average gas price drops for 18th consecutive day

first_img Posted: June 6, 2019 June 6, 2019 San Diego County average gas price drops for 18th consecutive day KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped Thursday for the 18th consecutive day and the 30th time in the past 31 days, decreasing 1.2 cents to $3.884, its lowest amount since April 9.The average price has dropped 21.6 cents over the past 31 days, including nine-tenths of a cent on both Tuesday and Wednesday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.The average price is 6.7 cents less than one week ago and 21.6 cents lower than one month ago, but 13.1 cents more than one year ago. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Apple HomePod arrives in China on Jan 18

first_img Share your voice Smart Speakers & Displays Audio • Earlier this month, Amazon announced that more than 100 million Alexa devices have been sold. At CES last week, Google said the Assistant is expected to be built into 1 billion devices by the end of the month. (Of course, many of the devices with Assistant built in are Android phones, which come with the software installed by default.)Read: All the new Google Assistant products from CES 2019In the near term, Apple will have at least one hard-won advantage over Amazon and Google in China — Siri supports both Cantonese and Mandarin. Alexa and Google Assistant do not.Beyond language, however, China is a dynamic and challenging region for foreign companies. Though Amazon dominated the virtual assistant market in that country as recently as 2017, Google has since overtaken it, according to reporting by Axios. But Chinese companies such as Alibaba and Xiaomi are making inroads, as well. And the Chinese government is known to prefer local manufacturers and has a track record of impeding non-Chinese operators with regulatory hurdles.  James Martin/CNET Like Amazon and Google, Apple will be challenged to navigate China’s complicated political environment. At CES, the company hung a massive sign near the Las Vegas Convention Center to remind attendees about its privacy protections for consumers — and implying that other companies lack its standards. It may have a trickier time occupying the moral high ground in China. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it How to decide on a smart speaker Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Now playing: Watch this: reading • Apple HomePod arrives in China on Jan. 18 15 Photos Tags Applecenter_img Since debuting in the US in February last year, the HomePod has incrementally expanded its geographic reach to the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico and Spain. On Friday, we’ll add China to that list. The smart speaker will sell for 2,799 yuan (roughly $415, £320 or AU$580) in white and space gray. Read: Apple’s smart home is still way behindThe HomePod delivers high-quality audio and strong integration with Apple’s Siri virtual assistant and the company’s universe of products. But it lags far behind Google and Amazon, both of which have their own vast lineups of smart speakers — in addition to a burgeoning ecosystem of third-party devices that support the company’s respective virtual assistants, Google Assistant and Alexa.  Comment 1 See All 1:08 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Our 10 favorite products of CES 2019: The absolute best of CES 2019Complete coverage of CES 2019: Read CNET’s comprehensive coverage Apple HomePod plays music, controls your smart home Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy?last_img read more

Honda Activa 125 Official Brochures Leak Online Price and Features Details

first_imgThe official brochure of Honda Activa 125, the latest variant of Activa, has surfaced online, suggesting the bookings for the two-wheeler is likely to commence shortly.The brochure images of Activa 125, which hit the cyberspace earlier on Sunday, confirmed most of the details known to two-wheeler enthusiasts in the country. The scooter, which made its first appearance at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014 along with Honda’s sportsbike CBR 650F, is speculated to reach brick and mortar stores within the next three months.Activa 125 draws power from a 125cc, single cylinder, four-stroke engine, which can pump in a power of 8.6bhp at 6500 rpm and peak torque of 10.12 Nm at 5500 rpm. The engine is mated to a V-Matic CVT transmission and the company claims the best fuel efficiency for the scooter. Seated on a wheelbase of 1,260 mm, Activa 125 measures 1,814 mm in length, 704 mm in width, and 1,151 mm in height. The scooter comes with telescopic fork suspension at the front and hydraulic type at the rear.Other features of the new Activa 125 include optional disc brake, tubeless tires, digital meter and metal body .The Activa 125 will be available in four colours – Midnight Blue Metallic, Black, Peal Sunbeam White and Sword Silver Metallic. Honda’s dealerships are likely to start the booking soon in India, reported IAB.Currently, India’s 125 cc automatic scooter segments has been dominated by Piaggio’s Vespa, Suzuki’s Access and Swish and Mahindra’s Duro and Rodeo. With the launch of Activa 125, Honda will be able to reach larger audience in the country as the Activa 125 comes with lots of attractive features. Early rumors suggested that the Honda would price Activa 125 around the 60,000 bracket.(Edited by Vishnuprasad S Pillai)last_img read more

State Bank of India cuts interest rates on home loans to lowest

first_imgPeople walk out of the State Bank of India main branch in Mumbai, India, March 9, 2016.Reuters fileState Bank of India (SBI) has cut interest rates on home loans of up to Rs 30 lakh, from the current 8.60 percent to 8.35 percent, effectively from Tuesday, May 9. “The effective interest rate for all eligible salaried customers will be 8.35%p.a. for loans upto ₹30 lakhs. Over and above, an eligible home loan customer can also avail of an interest subsidy of ₹. 2.67 lacs under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana scheme,” the lender said in a statement.”With this reduction, SBI’s offering is the lowest in the market,” SBI said.For loans over Rs 30 lakh, the effective rate of interest rate will be 8.5 percent as against 8.60 percent currently. For more than ₹ 75 lakh, the rate remains unchanged at 8.6 percent. Besides, eligible borrowers can also apply for Rs 2.67 lakh interest subsidy under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, according to SBI.”We have seen a steep hike in the home loan enquiries recently and reduction in rates will further help millions of home buyers fulfil their dream of owning a home,” Rajnish Kumar, managing director of National Banking Group, SBI, said in the statement. SBI, India’s biggest lender, offers home loans through its network of about 15,969 branches nationwide.Simultaneously, the bank also reduced interest rates on deposits. Deposits held for 2 to less than 3 years will now fetch 6.25 percent as against 6.75 percent earlier, the bank said, while senior citizens will get 6.75 percent, down from 7.25 percent currently payable. SBI shares were trading 0.90 percent higher at Rs 298.60 on the BSE at around 3.06 pm.last_img read more

In the aftermath of the avalanche

first_imgLandslide victim Shadhon Mala Chakma in front of her new home. Photo: Supriya ChakmaIt had been raining from early Sunday morning, sometimes lightly and sometimes a bit heavier and so it looked like we wouldn’t be able to go to Monighona. But then armed with an umbrella, we decided to make our way to the village which had been devastated by a landslide. The people had no choice but to return to the village despite the risks because the district administration had hurriedly shut down all shelters on 7 September. And now these hapless people, tucked away in the remains of their little village, were forgotten.A devastating landslide on 13 June had damaged the livelihood and property of 22 families in the village. Twelve families had lost everything and 10 families were partially bereft. Six persons were killed, three from one family.After an auto-rickshaw trip from Rangamati town, we walked the rugged terrain to the village Monighona. The village is surrounded by hills. As we entered the village, we caught side of a sandy expanse. This used to be crop land even four months ago, but the avalanche has rendered the area barren.So far 15 of the 22 families have returned. Three new houses have been erected with Tk 6000 allocated by the administration and whatever the families have managed to borrow. The other 12 families have partially repaired their damaged homes and live in them somehow. The other seven families who haven’t returned are still living with their relations.Shadhon Mala Chakma lives in one of the newly built houses. The house is not complete as yet and construction materials lie strewn in the foreground. She relates how their home was destroyed by the landslide. When the administration evicted them from the shelters, she built this house on her brother’s land.After the avalanche they were first taken to the Jubo Unnayan shelter and then to the gymnasium shelter. Her reproach tinged with anger, Shadhon Mala told Prothom Alo, “The two bundles of corrugated tin and Tk 6000 are not enough to build a house! I had to borrow from my relations and have so far spent Tk 30,000 building this house.”Jibon Basu Chakma’s house rebuilt after the devastating landslide. Photo: Supriya ChakmaShadhon Mala Sarkar isn’t safe even in the new house. It is located at the foot of the hills. Before the disaster, she would sell vegetables and rear poultry, but now her means of earning a living have been wiped out. She is submerged in debt, struggling for the upkeep of her family. Her husband has been unwell for long. She is just one of the many in her village facing the same predicament.In the same village, Jibon Basu Chakma’s house was partially damaged in the landslide and he had to move with the others to the shelters. But he too had to return to the village when the shelters shut down. He carried out some repairs and lives in their makeshift home.He was worried.  “We are not safe. There are hills all around. When the rains come, we will have to shift. Just look at our living conditions,” he said, pointing to the remaining signs of devastation all around.Jibon Basu Chakma was a clothes vendor and has used up all his savings to rebuild his damaged house.Kalparanjan Chakma used to live with his family next door. He lost his wife and a daughter in the disaster. They had been sleeping when the avalanche took place at around four in the morning. There had been a loud noise followed by screams. Neighbour Jibon Basu Chakma had rushed out and saw the house had been reduced to a pile of rubble. He managed to rescue one of the little girls from under the rubble and the father survived too. But they left after the tragedy, never to return.*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla online, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir.last_img read more

US media group CBS Corp posted record single quar

first_imgUS media group CBS Corp. posted record single quarter financial results yesterday, as its chief executive revealed the firm remained in talks with Netflix about producing original programming for the streaming service.The leading broadcast network’s first quarter results for the three months to March 31, 2013, showed revenues of more than US$4 billion, which was up 6% on the previous year. Operating income was up 18% at US$800 million and earnings per share were up to 73¢ from 59¢ in Q1 2012.“Each of these financial metrics is the best we’ve ever posted in a single quarter, reflecting both the strength of our base businesses and the ongoing success of our strategy to grow the company’s steady and recurring revenue,” said CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves.CBS will finish the current TV season top of all key demographics, including adults ages 18 to 49 for the first time since the 1991-92 season, said Moonves. Furthermore, the company was on track to repurchase $2.2 billion in shares this year, he added.CBS was also keen to play up its partnerships with VOD platforms such as Amazon and Netflix.“We recently renewed and expanded our agreement with Amazon, and we continue to benefit very nicely from our Netflix deal as well. These two deals led to strong double-digit growth in streaming revenues during the quarter,” said Moonves.“As we look to the future, our relationships with Netflix and Amazon will remain very strong, and we’re confident they will continue to be extended beyond their current terms.”Moonves also disclosed the CBS Studios was in talks with Netflix over producing an unnamed original series, as he previous noted in February. “We’re talking to them about producing for them. So the great news is, we can produce for anybody, and we’ve got a lot more capacity,” he added.last_img read more

• People are watching more movies and television s

first_img• People are watching more movies and television shows at home… Just look at the chart below. It shows how much the video streaming industry has grown over the last five years. You can see that the industry’s nearly quadrupled in size since 2013. Netflix is a big reason for this. Netflix, as you may know, is the world’s largest video streaming company. It allows you to watch thousands of movies and television shows from the comfort of your own home. Its subscriber base has jumped 1,485% since 2007. Its sales have surged 921% over the same period. Netflix isn’t the only company cashing in on video streaming, either. Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, also allows you to stream 18,405 movies and 1,981 TV shows online. The number of people who subscribe to its video service has jumped 12% over the past year. So, it really doesn’t matter if you attribute the decline of movie theaters to the “Netflix Effect” or the “Amazon Effect.”• The important thing is to know how to profit from this megatrend… The most obvious way to do this is to buy shares of Netflix or Amazon. Just understand that both stocks have been soaring. Netflix is up 2,183% over the last five years. Amazon is up 318%. Now you have to pay top dollar to own these stocks. After all, Netflix trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 215. Amazon trades at 248 times earnings. That makes it nine times more expensive than the average large U.S. stock. The good news is that there’s a cheaper way to profit from this megatrend.• You can buy digital real estate investment trusts (REITs)… Digital REITs own and operate data centers. Here’s what one looks like on the inside. Without them, online video streaming wouldn’t be possible. But here’s the thing…• Digital REITs aren’t just a way to profit from the decline of movie theaters… In addition to video streaming, they handle online shopping, cloud computing, and data storage. In other words, they’re a way to profit from the growth of the internet. And the industry is booming right now. Data created and stored in data centers is up 47% over the last year. Monthly internet traffic is up 22% over the same period. Spending on cloud services is up 18%. But don’t worry if you don’t own any digital REITs yet.• This real estate boom is just taking off… You see, global internet traffic is poised to jump 218% over the next four years. Global video traffic, which includes television and movie streaming, is poised to jump 289% over the same period. Data center traffic is poised to jump 326%. In short, the future is bright for digital REITs. So, consider investing in them if you haven’t already. Here are five solid names to begin your research… • AMC’s stock plunged 27% on the news… It was the stock’s worst day ever. But let’s be clear about something. AMC’s problems didn’t start last week. The stock’s been in free fall for months. Just look at the chart below. You can see that AMC’s down 57% this year. It’s now trading at its lowest price ever.• AMC’s management is doing everything it can to stop the bleeding… It’s talking about slashing spending…laying off workers…and closing theaters earlier. These emergency measures might buy AMC some time. But they won’t save the company. You see, the movie theater business is in terminal decline. Last year, Americans bought 38 million fewer tickets than they did in 2015. And attendance by millennials, or 18- to 35-year-olds, has declined in five out of the last six years. If this doesn’t change soon, the industry will have a genuine crisis on its hands. And that’s exactly why I’m writing about it.• You see, we love a good crisis at Casey Research… That’s because they often present incredible opportunities. Sometimes, they even allow you to buy a dollar’s worth of assets for pennies. But here’s the thing… you don’t always have to wait until a crisis is over to profit from it. Sometimes you can make money while the ship is sinking. That’s the case with the movie theater industry today. In a minute, I’ll show you how to flip this crisis into big gains. You won’t even have to short (bet against) stocks. You just have to invest in a special kind of company that will thrive while the movie theater business suffers. I’ll have more to say about this in a second. But let’s first look at why people are going to the cinema less. — By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch AMC Entertainment Holdings (AMC) is in big trouble. AMC is the second-largest movie theater company in the U.S. It operates more than 1,000 theaters nationwide. For years, it was a great business. But those days are over. Last Wednesday, management said its box office sales fell 4.4% last quarter. It also warned of a larger-than-expected loss for the second quarter. It blamed the bad results on weak “industry box office trends.” In other words, people aren’t going to the movies much right now. It doesn’t look like business will pick up anytime soon, either. After all, AMC only did $792 million in sales last month. That’s the company’s worst revenue figure for July in roughly a decade. Digital Realty Trust (DLR) Recommended Link Recommended Link Regards,Justin Spittler San Francisco, California August 10, 2017 P.S. Tonight, Doug Casey and Casey Report editor E.B. Tucker will be sharing details on what could be the biggest breakthrough in Casey Research’s 40-year history… The Predictable Profits Formula. This formula is a way to identify tiny stocks with the potential to pay out 700%, 800%, 900%… and generate average returns of 106% with 91.4% probability. It’s all part of tonight’s FREE special online training event at 8 p.m. ET. As a gift just for attending, you’ll get the name of a free stock to watch… so you can follow it at home and see the proof for yourself of how effective and accurate this system is. You don’t want to miss this. Click here to reserve your spot tonight. DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT) Equinix (EQIX) TONIGHT AT 8PM: For the first time ever, Doug Casey and E.B. Tucker reveal their new way of investing in a FREE training… And frankly, if Doug and E.B. are right, this idea could prove to be some of the safest money you ever make… In the back-test, they found this method paid an average 106%, with 91.4% certainty… As you know, Casey Research has never hosted a training like this before. So click here to register now and watch the conversation with Doug and E.B. tonight at 8pm ET. (NOTE: Watch to the end to get the name of one stock identified by this new system for FREE.) If this were a traditional class action lawsuit, it would literally be the biggest of all time… On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, approximately $2.6 trillion may begin flooding America’s economy – almost overnight. Remember the $5 billion Exxon Valdez case of 2001? Well, this is 540 times bigger. You could walk out to your mailbox in a few weeks… and find a “check” for $12,500… $27,000… $58,550… all the way up to $127,895. You won’t need to hire a lawyer… spend a dime on a five-minute phone call… or, God forbid, ever step foot in a courtroom. President Trump has made it ingeniously simple to collect your share of this $2.6 trillion “tax settlement.” — CoreSite Realty (COR) CyrusOne (CONE)last_img read more

Losing weight can be difficult exhausting and fru

first_imgLosing weight can be difficult, exhausting and frustrating. With all the poor information and bad messages out there, it’s hard to know what really works when it comes to weight loss. NPR’s Science Desk is working on stories about overcoming the biological and mental hurdles to losing weight, and we want to hear from you. Please describe your experience in the form below or follow this link to respond. Part of this project involves putting voices on air, so we’d love if you could send us a voice memo. You can do that in the form, or email a voice memo to talktous@npr.org with “weight loss” in the subject line.Your response may be used in an upcoming story, on air or on NPR.org. Thanks! Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

A senior civil servant has refused to allow the mo

first_imgA senior civil servant has refused to allow the mother of a woman who took her own life – after being repeatedly failed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – to see a secret report into her daughter’s death.Jodey Whiting (pictured) died in February 2017, 15 days after she had her out-of-work disability benefits mistakenly stopped for missing a work capability assessment (WCA).But Emma Haddad, DWP’s director general for service excellence, has now told Joy Dove, Whiting’s mother, that she cannot see a secret internal review that was carried out into her daughter’s death.She told her in a letter: “We do not share Internal Process Reviews due to the personal customer data they contain.”But only last week, work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd revealed key details from another internal process review (IPR) to MP Frank Field, the chair of the Commons work and pensions committee.That review was carried out following the death of Stephen Smith, who died in April, months after he was found fit for work by DWP despite being in hospital with such severe health problems that his weight had fallen to six stone.There appears to be no legal reason why an IPR cannot be released to the next-of-kin in full, if the work and pensions secretary gives her or his permission for it to be released.This week, a DWP spokesperson said the letter to Field was simply “outlining the outcome of the Internal Process Review into Stephen Smith’s case rather than a full copy of the report”.She added: “We do not share Internal Process Reviews due to the personal customer data they contain.”John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said today (Thursday): “It is morally reprehensible that the DWP is attempting to hide behind a cloak of secrecy.“Joy has an absolute right to know the contents and conclusions drawn from the DWP internal review into her daughter Jodey’s death.“This denial only strengthens our case for a full independent judicial inquiry into Jodey’s case.“We would like to add our voices to Joy’s in demanding full disclosure of the entire review immediately, no ifs, no buts.”The letter from Haddad contained written answers to questions put to her by Dove – and prepared with the help of Disability News Service (DNS) – during a face-to-face meeting that took place earlier this month.In the letter, Haddad also refused to tell her whether any DWP civil servant had been disciplined for the failings that led to her daughter’s death.The Independent Case Examiner (ICE) concluded earlier this year that DWP was guilty of “multiple” and “significant” failings in handling the case.But a DWP spokesperson said this week: “We discussed with Mrs Dove the actions taken as a result of Jodey’s case, including corrective actions, but we cannot discuss any specific actions taken in relation to individual members of staff.”Haddad also refused to say if she believed that it was ministers or civil servants who were responsible for Jodey Whiting’s death, stating only that ICE “provided a thorough and in-depth review of how we dealt with Jodey’s case and what failings had taken place”.A DWP spokesperson added: “The Independent Case Examiner did not find any evidence of misconduct by Civil Servants or Ministers.”*Sign the Jodey Whiting petition here. If you sign the petition, please note you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeeSamaritans can be contacted free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by calling 116 123 or emailing jo@samaritans.orglast_img read more

SAINTS meet Castleford for the second time this se

first_imgSAINTS meet Castleford for the second time this season having secured a 28-22 win back in March at Langtree Park.Super League Summary:Castleford won 5St Helens won 36 (includes wins in 1999 and 2014 play-offs)1 drawHighs and Lows:Castleford highest score: 36-22 (H, 2002) (Widest margin: 35-16, H, 1997)St Helens highest score: 72-4 (A, 2006) (also widest margin)Career Milestones:Paul Clough needs one appearance to reach 250 for his career.Clough has played 39 games for Bradford since 2015, and was previously with Widnes (15 games, 2014), Whitehaven (4 dual-registration games, 2013) and St Helens (189 games, 2005-2013).He has also played 2 games for England Knights (2011-2012).Steve Tyrer needs one appearance to reach 200 for his career.Tyrer has played 110 games for Halifax since 2012, and was previously with Widnes (38 games, 2011 & 2008-2009), Salford (20 games, 2010), Celtic Crusaders (9 games, 2009) and St Helens (22 games, 2006-2008).Super League Milestones:Pat Richards needs four points to draw level with Lee Briers in fourth place in the list of all-time Super League pointscorers.1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds, 1997-2015) 3,4432 Paul Deacon (Wigan/Bradford/Oldham, 1997-2011) 2,4133 Andy Farrell (Wigan, 1996-2004) 2,3764 Lee Briers (Warrington/St Helens, 1997-2013) 2,2325 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons/Wigan, 2006-2013 & 2016) 2,2286 Sean Long (Hull FC/St Helens/Wigan, 1996-2011) 2,2007 Danny Tickle (Widnes/Hull FC/Wigan/Halifax, 2000-2015) 2,1878 Danny Brough (Huddersfield/Wakefield/Castleford/Hull FC, 2005-2006 & 2008-2016) 1,9629 Iestyn Harris (Bradford/Leeds/Warrington, 1996-2001 & 2004-2008) 1,67410 Michael Dobson (Salford/Hull KR/Wigan/Catalans Dragons, 2006, 2008-2013 & 2015-2016) 1,501Point-Scoring Run:Luke Walsh has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in St Helens’ last 25 matches.His scoring streak began with five goals and a field goal in a 35-34 home win against Huddersfield on July 10 2015.Walsh last failed to score in Saints’ 46-18 defeat at Leeds on July 3 2015.First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 = Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers), Jodie Broughton (Catalans Dragons), Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 134 = Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Stefan Marsh (Widnes Vikings) 108 = Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Kevin Penny (Warrington Wolves) 9Goals:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 462 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 453 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 424 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 415 = Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 397 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 388 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 289 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 2710 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 22Goals Percentage:1 Jordan Lilley (Leeds Rhinos) 86.36 (19/22)2 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 84.78 (39/46)3 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 80.39 (41/51)4 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 79.31 (46/58)5 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 79.24 (42/53)6 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 77.77 (14/18)7 Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 77.27 (17/22)8 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 76.47 (39/51)9 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 75.00 (45/60)10 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 73.68 (28/38)Points:1 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 1182 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 1043 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 994 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 945 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 90 6 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 877 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 828 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 689 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 64last_img read more

Downtime Deterrent 247 Web Monitoring

first_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Just Uptime’s small web monitoring application makes a big difference to clients like Comply Serve Limited. –shares Next Article It’s an online company’s worst nightmare: The server goes down in the middle of the night and clients on the other side of the world are unable to access the reports and programs they depend on. It could spell disaster. Fortunately, companies with the technical know-how have recognized this and sought to remedy it.One such company, Just Uptime, will monitor your website and send an alert if your server goes down. To some, this may seem like a minor detail, but for businesses with a strong web presence, these text messages, e-mail notifications and uptime reports can be vital.The best testament to good service is positive customer reviews, and Just Uptime has such a customer in Comply Serve, a U.K.-based firm founded in 2006 to reduce implementation and ownership costs of compliance management software. The company’s current client roster includes major players in highly regulated industries such as transportation and pharmaceuticals, though smaller businesses also benefit from the accessibility of Comply Serve’s technical resources.Terry McMahon, IT manager for Comply Serve, says that employing Just Uptime’s monitoring services was essential, especially after the complexities of creating an internal monitoring system became apparent. Because Comply Serve provides web-based software to customers, the company demands a high degree of online availability, he says. “While we pride ourselves on hitting our 99.99 percent availability target, we still need a dependable method of monitoring our various services to alert us of any down time.”McMahon says he also finds Just Uptime’s application to be comprehensive, easy to use and affordable. “It takes the pain out of remote monitoring in much the same way that we take the pain out of compliance management,” McMahon says. “I particularly like the fact that we can monitor from multiple sites around the world.”Comply Serve has not received any reports of outages since signing on last June, but has received alerts that its website was rebooting every night–a potential concern for clients in other time zones. Without a web monitoring service, McMahon says, it might have gone unnoticed for months.McMahon has also been impressed by Just Uptime’s response time. “Back when we first started using the service, a casual inquiry about the ability to pause monitoring to cope with a maintenance window resulted in the feature appearing within a week or so . [and] it felt like they were listening and responding.”Would Comply Serve recommend the service to others? Absolutely, McMahon says. “Pretty much everyone with a foot in the internet needs what Just Uptime provides.” Guest Writer Writer and Content Strategist Downtime Deterrent: 24/7 Web Monitoring Register Now »center_img February 18, 2009 3 min read Jennifer Wang Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Small Business Heroes Add to Queuelast_img read more

How Microsoft Plans to Fight Carbon Emissions with an AI TechFirst Approach

first_imgHow Microsoft Plans to Fight Carbon Emissions with an AI Tech-First Approach MTS Staff WriterApril 16, 2019, 7:17 pmApril 16, 2019 AIBrad Smithcarbon emissionsdata sciencefundingMarketing TechnologyMicrosoftNewsTechnologyzero-carbon Previous ArticleFormstack Acquires WebMerge, Enhances Document Creation and Automation CapabilitiesNext ArticleGeoEdge Researchers Uncover Hacker Abuse of WebRTC Protocols via Behavioral Analysis Informed by New Research from PwC UK that Shows AI can Boost Global GDP by up to 4.4% and Reduce Emissions by 4% by 2030, Microsoft Commits to a Tech-First Approach to Drive Progress Across Operations, Products, Customers and Data ScienceMicrosoft President Brad Smith shared the company’s vision of a doubling down on sustainability. The new announcement includes a road map that will put sustainability at the core of every part of Microsoft’s business and technology. The objective is to work for sustainable outcomes.“The magnitude and speed of the world’s environmental changes have made it increasingly clear that we must do more, and now Microsoft is taking steps to do just that,” said Brad Smith.Microsoft is Advocating for Environmental Policy ChangesMicrosoft has planned a substantial increase of the company’s internal carbon fee to $15 per metric ton on all carbon emissions. The internal Microsoft tax was established seven years ago. The mission was to hold all business divisions financially responsible for reducing carbon emissions.since its launch in 2012, Microsoft has managed to reduce the carbon emissions by more than 9.6 million of CO2.In 2017, Microsoft declared its plan to reduce emissions by 75% by 2030.The funds from the recent increased fee will maintain Microsoft’s carbon neutrality. This would also help Microsoft to take a tech-first approach that will put sustainability at the core of every part of its business.Marketing Technology News: SpotX and clypd Bridge Audiences between National Linear TV and OTTOther key commitments include:Building sustainable campuses and datacenters, including a “zero-carbon” campus in Puget Sound and innovating to reduce carbon at campuses around the world.Accelerating research through data science in its AI for Earth program with new datasets and open source APIs for environmental applications.Partnering with existing and new customers to drive sustainable transformations with a low-carbon cloud, devices and solutions.Advocating for environmental policy changes, including joining the Carbon Leadership Council in support of a framework for a national price on carbon.Brad added “We’re taking action to put our own house in order, while increasingly addressing sustainability challenges around the globe by engaging our strongest assets as a company — our employees and our technologies.”“Since its 2012 implementation, our carbon program has reduced emissions by more than 15.6 million metric tons of CO2, invested in more than 28 million megawatt-hours of green power, and impacted more than 7.5 million people around the globe.” – MicrosoftThe Role of AI in Building Carbon-Free Future in TechIn addition, Microsoft announced with PricewaterhouseCoopers UK (PwC UK) new research that shows the potential of AI to enable economic growth while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Looking at four key sectors — agriculture, energy, water and transport — the report finds that AI-enabled advances could yield as much as a 4.4% increase in global GDP and a 4% decrease in global greenhouse gas emissions while creating as many as 38 million new jobs globally.Marketing Technology News: UNICEF Engages Infotools to Integrate Multi-Country Data and Easily Access InsightsThe announcement builds on more than a decade of work on this issue, including reducing carbon emissions and purchasing more than 1.5 GW of renewable energy, as well as partnering with customers to drive sustainable transformation and a $50 million commitment to AI for Earth.Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.Marketing Technology News: Video Conferencing Services Provider, IVCi, Lists Four Industries That Can Benefit From Video Conferencing Technologylast_img read more