Lesser-known Raj Shah, Obama appointee, quits as Pentagon-Silicon Valley liaison

first_imgDuring the Obama years, the highest-profile Indian-American in the administration was Dr. Rajiv ‘Raj’ Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. In the Trump administration, it’s a different Raj Shah — the man who is the president’s principal deputy press secretary.But there is yet another Raj Shah, an Obama administration holdover who until recently had been the Pentagon’s liaison to Silicon Valley. Shah, who flew largely under the radar for the past two years, recently quit his post as head of the Mountain Valley, California-based Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), popularly known as the Pentagon’s innovation shop.Read it at India Abroad Related Itemslast_img read more

Watch: 5 times birthday girl Amy Poehler totally won us over

first_imgAbsurd, inappropriate, hilarious with a dash of genius. That, ladies and gentlemen, is Amy Poehler for you. Amy, who is being hailed as one of the top contenders for the Best Actress in a Comedy series at the 2015 Emmy Awards for her role in Parks and Recreation, has, time and again, proved her mettle as a wonderful and talented individual.And today, on September 16, as the Saturday Night Live star turns 43, it’s only fair we take you back to all the times this phenomenal woman has won us over.Like this time, when she did a Hilary Clinton WITH Hilary Clinton.The time when she admitted to being a bad guest.The time she hosted the Golden Globes with Tina Fey.When she won her first Golden Globe award.This time she trashed an editor of Sports Illustrated for his sexist remark.last_img read more

UEFA Champions League, Barcelona vs Inter Milan LIVE Streaming: When and Where to Watch Online, TV Telecast, Team News

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Barcelona will host Inter Milan at the Camp Nou on Wednesday in the second matchday of the UEFA Champions League 2019-20. In the previous week, Barcelona was held to draw by Borussia Dortmund, while Inter Milan also drew with Slavia Praha.Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku has been ruled out of Wednesday’s Champions League group stage clash at Barcelona due to a thigh muscle injury, manager Antonio Conte said on Tuesday. Lukaku, who was signed for around 80 million euros (71.2 million pounds) from Manchester United in the close season, is the club’s leading goalscorer in Serie A alongside midfielder Stefano Sensi, with three goals.Meanwhile, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde named Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele in his squad for Wednesday’s match, with both forwards declared fit after they took part in training on Tuesday.Messi limped off during Barca’s 2-1 win over Villarreal last week after suffering an adductor injury while Dembele has been nursing a thigh problem.However, Barcelona will be without full-back Jordi Alba, center-back Samuel Umtiti and 16-year-old winger Ansu Fati.Antoine Griezmann has found it “difficult” to connect with Messi at Barcelona so far. Griezmann has had to carry the mantle in Messi’s absence but is yet to hit top form after joining the club from Atletico Madrid for 120 million euros ($131 million) in the summer. He has three goals in eight matches so far.There were also doubts around how he would be welcomed after key players were believed to have been unimpressed by how the Frenchman rejected a move to Barcelona in 2018.What time is kick-off?The game will kick-off at 12:30AM IST on October 3. There are eight Champions League games tonight with two of them in the early 10.25PM slot and six that will start at 12:30AM on October 3.What TV channel is it on?Sony will show every game from the Champions League LIVE in India this season. Barcelona vs Inter Milan will be LIVE on Sony Ten2 SD and HD on Tuesday night.How can I stream it?The Champions League Barcelona vs Inter Milan live stream will be available on Sony LIV app in India for premium users. barcelonaBarcelona vs Inter MilanCamp Nouchampions league First Published: October 2, 2019, 11:40 PM ISTlast_img read more

DP World CDPQ Join Forces to Invest in Ports and Terminals

first_imgzoom Dubai-based port and terminal operator DP World and North America’s pension fund managers Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) have joined forces to create an investment vehicle to invest in ports and terminals globally, excluding the United Arab Emirates.The investment platform, which totals USD 3.7 billion, with DP World holding a 55% share and CDPQ the remaining 45%, will invest in these assets across their life cycle, with a focus on investment grade countries.DP World said that the investment would cover mostly existing assets, with up to 25% invested in greenfield opportunities.The investment vehicle will be seeded with two of DP World’s Canadian container terminals, located on the Pacific Coast in Vancouver and Prince Rupert, with CDPQ acquiring a 45% stake of the combined assets for USD 640 million.CDPQ’s investment in the two Canadian terminals are subject to a number of customary regulatory approvals.“The opportunity landscape in the port and terminal sector remains significant and this partnership offers us greater flexibility to capitalise on these opportunities while maintaining a strong balance sheet and retaining control,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, said.last_img read more

Two women in their 70s arrested in dawn standoff with sneaky council

first_imgIn a statement Mr Clegg added: “Whether you think the trees need to come down or not, the way the council have acted is inexcusable.”Sheffield’s Labour leaders have shown that they are willing to go to any lengths in their tree felling mission against the wishes of the community, using disproportionate and underhand tactics to get their own way.”Relationships between residents and the council are already strained over this issue and this will only inflame tensions further.”The two pensioners were later released from custody and picked up by Mrs Brayshaw’s husband Jonathan from Shepcote Lane Police Station in Sheffield.Mr Brayshaw, 71, said he was contacted by his wife Freda to say she had been released from police custody.Retired solicitor Jonathan said Freda Brayshaw, also 71, had led a “calm and peaceful” protest before being taken away in a police car.He said the grandmother-of-two had “strong views” about the trees and a large banner was erected outside their townhouse promoting SORT (Save Our Rustlings Trees) on Thursday. Stag chairman David Dillner, who is at the scene, took the controversial tree-felling programme to the High Court earlier this year but lost his case.The retired actor complained that Sheffield City Council had not held a full consultation before launching the programme, and had failed to assess the environmental impact.Council bosses had disputed Mr Dillner’s allegations and in April a judge said the claim was “devoid of merit”.In a statement, Bryan Lodge, the council’s cabinet member for the environment, said he stood by the decision to do the “vital” maintenance work.Mr Lodge said: “For more than a year we have worked tirelessly with Amey and the local community to find the right solution for Rustlings Road. We have written to every home, brought in a new survey process for the entire city and set up an independent tree panel. Our approach has been assessed at the High Court on three occasions.”We have made a final decision to increase the number of trees on Rustlings Road by almost 30%. We need to replace eight out of the 30 existing trees, but we will plant 17, which means the road is gaining an extra nine trees. Professor Jenny Hockey, left, and Freda Brayshaw, protested against council’s decision to ‘cut down healthy trees’Credit: Alex Cousins / SWNS.com A crowd of neighbours and members of Sheffield Tree Action Group (Stag) stood around the last tree to go.Bob Hockey’s 70-year-old wife Jenny, a retired university professor, was one of three arrested after a “peaceful” protest with another neighbour in their street. Professor Jenny Hockey, left, and Freda Brayshaw, protested against council's decision to 'cut down healthy trees' Police in Sheffield are protecting council workers felling treesCredit: Tom Maddick/SWNS.com The 72-year-old said: “The police and contractors came and knocked on doors in the middle of the night at about 4.30am and asked people to move cars.”Then some protesters went to intervene. There is not much we can do but she (Jenny) wanted to make a stand.”She and another woman stood inside the ribbon around the tree. Then a young lad passing by jumped in and joined them.”I don’t blame the police. They are just doing their job. Cars were reportedly towed to gain access to the street Council contractors started cutting down trees with chainsaws before dawn Two women aged 70 and 71 were held in custody for eight hours after a stand-off with police over the controversial cutting-down of trees in a residential street before dawn.Angry residents in Rustlings Road, Sheffield, were woken by contractors who, with police protection, had arrived to fell a number of trees using chainsaws. “We have been protesting because the council is cutting down healthy trees and ignoning the advice of a panel they set up to advise them.”Mr Hockey said his neighbour and friend Freda Brayshaw, 71, a former teacher, was also carted off by police.Sheffield Hallam Liberal Democrat MP Nick Clegg voiced his support for the campaigners, who condemned “pig-headed” Sheffield City Council for going ahead with “improvement” works.He tweeted: Police in Sheffield are protecting council workers felling trees Cars were reportedly towed to gain access to the streetCredit:Tom Maddick/SWNS.com V. shocked to hear this morning about #Sheffieldtrees Council actions are unjustifiable, underhand and a waste of precious police resources— Nick Clegg (@nick_clegg) November 17, 2016 Council contractors started cutting down trees with chainsaws before dawnCredit:Dave Higgens/PA Wire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We understand that this will be a difficult day for the tree campaigners, but this work is absolutely essential to ensure that Sheffield has healthy street trees for future generations.”We carried out the work very early in the morning, on the advice of the police, to make sure it could be done safely. This isn’t usually needed but in this case it was considered the best option for the safety of the public, protesters and the workers.”I understand there are strong emotions about this but have to stand by the decision to do this vital maintenance work. We’ve got 36,000 street trees in Sheffield and this programme means that in years to come we’ll have even more.”South Yorkshire Police confirmed that 12 officers “provided assistance at the request of the council”.A police spokesman said: “We have a small presence to ensure the safety of local residents and contractors whilst the work is carried out. Three people have been arrested on suspicion of preventing lawful work under Section 241 of the Trade Union and Relation Act 1992.” A sign on tree cut down by contractors in Rustlings Road One Stag member, Chris Rust, wrote on Facebook: “There was a very sneaky, small print road closure notice at each end of the road which enabled them to do this. By the time it was light eight trees were gone, three people arrested on their doorsteps, massive police presence.”Joe Otten, Lib Dem member at Sheffield City Council and opposition spokesman for environment, said: “They are magnificent trees that improve our quality of life. Yes, there are a few cracks in the pavement and some of the trees will have to go as part of the upgrade package.”They have the budget and programme and they are just going ahead with it. It’s pig- headed.”It is not necessary. They are just being stubborn about the way they go about it.” Whether you think the trees need to come down or not, the way the council have acted is inexcusableNick Clegg A sign on tree cut down by contractors in Rustlings RoadCredit:PAlast_img read more

Veolia Water to manage old tin mine water treatment plant

first_imgFor the next 10 years, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (Veolia Water) will operate and maintain the water treatment plant at the old Wheal Jane tin mine located near Truro in Cornwall, England. Veolia Water will be working for the UK Coal Authority which has recently taken over the role of client from the Environment Agency. The Wheal Jane mine was closed and the pumps stopped in 1991, allowing the mine to flood. In 1992 over 10 million gallons of polluted water containing iron and other metals was released into Restronguet Creek, Carnon River and Falmouth Bay due to a faulty plug in the underground Nangiles Adit. The Environment Agency was in charge of finding a long-term solution for treating the water. As a result, a bespoke treatment plant was designed and constructed to meet the stringent discharge limits set by the Environment Agency for discharge to the local water course.last_img read more

Facebook au service dHadopi

first_imgFacebook au service d’Hadopi ?France – Si l’on en croit Pascal Nègre, patron d’Universal Music France et président de la Société civile des producteurs phonographiques (SCPP), les réseaux sociaux devraient rapidement contribuer à véhiculer le message de sensibilisation contre le téléchargement illégal de la Haute autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur Internet (Hadopi).Lors de la conférence annuelle de SCPP, Pascal Nègre a assuré à certains journalistes et notamment au Figaro, que les réseaux sociaux comme Facebook, seront un excellent relais pour transmettre la peur d’Hadopi. Lorsqu’un internaute soupçonné de téléchargement illégal recevra un message d’avertissement de la haute autorité, “ses 1.000 ou 1.500 amis seront au courant, ils informeront à leur tour leurs 1.500 amis. Ce sera dans le quotidien des Français” explique Pascal Nègre. Les réseaux sociaux contribueront ainsi à la sensibilisation contre le téléchargement d’œuvres protégées par des droits d’auteurs, estime-t-il.Les premiers emails d’avertissement sont attendus au cours de l’été ou au plus tard en septembre. Et Pascal Nègre se montre très optimiste quant à l’impact déjà ressenti d’Hadopi, évoquant une “augmentation des ventes de disques physiques ” et un “emballement des ventes numériques”.Suite à l’autorisation délivrée par la Cnil le 10 juin dernier, la SCPP a par ailleurs annoncé le lancement d’une surveillance qui concernera pour commencer 5.000 œuvres musicales. Une base de données qui s’enrichira rapidement de 5.000 titres supplémentaires. Les producteurs de disques fourniront ainsi à Hadopi les adresses IP des internautes soupçonnés de téléchargement illégal.Le 25 juin 2010 à 15:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Syndrome dAsperger comment reconnaitre cette forme dautisme

first_imgSyndrome d’Asperger : comment reconnaitre cette forme d’autisme ?Dans un ouvrage qui paraitra bientôt, le journaliste flamand Thierry Debels avance que le prince Philippe, mari de la reine Elisabeth II, souffrirait du syndrome d’Asperger. Une forme d’autisme qui affecte les interactions sociales mais pas le développement du langage et de l’intelligence.Décrit pour la première fois dans les années 1940, le syndrome d’Asperger est un trouble du développement humain qui affecte les interactions sociales et la communication chez celui qui en souffre. Ce syndrome fait partie de ce qu’on appelle les troubles du spectre autistique (TSA) qui comprennent notamment l’autisme. Toutefois, il reste difficile à identifier et à diagnostiquer. Comme l’autisme, le syndrome d’Asperger se caractérise principalement par des difficultés à interagir et à établir des relations avec les autres, et ce dès le plus jeune âge. Néanmoins, il n’affecte généralement par le langage ou le développement cognitif, contrairement à l’autisme qui peut conduire à des retards ou déficiences. Selon le Manuel diagnostique et statistique des troubles mentaux, le syndrome d’Asperger se manifeste par une altération marquée de l’utilisation de comportements non-verbaux, tels que le contact visuel ou les mimiques faciales, dans les interactions sociales.De la maladresse et des difficultés à s’exprimer Ainsi, l’enfant atteint d’un tel trouble se montre maladroit, hésitant, semble avoir des difficultés à comprendre ce qu’on lui dit et à exprimer ce que lui-même veut dire. Il montre également un manque de réciprocité sociale et émotionnelle, évitant de partager ses plaisirs ou ses émotions avec autrui. Ajouté à cela, il présente un répertoire “d’intérêts et d’activités restreints, stéréotypés et répétitifs”. Autrement dit, ses centres d’intérêts vont être limités et se manifester avec une intensité ou une orientation anormale. Il peut également se livrer à des rituels voire à des gestes répétitifs et stéréotypés comme se tordre les mains ou les doigts.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le syndrome d’Asperger peut également s’accompagner d’autres traits tels qu’une hypersensibilité à certains bruits ou des difficultés à écrire. Toutefois, le sujet atteint possède une intelligence tout à fait normale voire supérieure et souffrirait, d’après certains spécialistes, de moins de difficultés dans la vie quotidienne que les autistes de haut niveau. D’autres critères de diagnostic ont également été avancés mais n’ont pas encore été confirmés officiellement. Des causes qui restent mystérieuses Aujourd’hui, on ignore les causes exactes du syndrome même si plusieurs hypothèses ont été émises. Certaines chercheurs évoquent ainsi l’existence possible d’anomalies dans l’hémisphère droit du cerveau, plus précisément dans la région responsable des émotions et du traitement de l’information. Par ailleurs, les scientifiques ont constaté que ce trouble était plus fréquent chez les garçons que chez les filles, suggérant un rôle potentiel de certaines hormones comme la testostérone. Mais aucune de ces hypothèses n’a été pour l’heure clairement validée.  En France, le syndrome d’Asperger peine encore un peu à être reconnu mais il peut être diagnostiqué très jeune chez les enfants. Une fois le trouble confirmé, ces derniers peuvent alors bénéficier d’une prise en charge multidisciplinaire qui consiste principalement en un recours à des thérapies comportementales. En général, ceci permet aux enfants qui en souffrent de s’améliorer au fil des années même si certaines difficultés sociales ou comportementales peuvent persister à l’âge adulte. Le 20 février 2013 à 16:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

New Doctor Who Comic Takes Readers Way Beyond the Looking Glass

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target Part four of Titan’s comic crossover takes the Eleventh Doctor and Alice Obiefune further than they have ever gone before: to ancient Gallifrey.Routine travel turns treacherous when the TARDIS’s doomsday circuit starts ringing, signaling, well, the end of everything.“It basically keeps an eye out for the end of time. Or in this case … space,” the Doctor explained in “The Lost Dimension: Alpha.” “It seems we’re running out of it!”A scenario that is impossible, absurd, ridiculous—and “terribly intriguing” to the Time Lord.In an effort to navigate to the source of this endless white void, the pair journey to another impossible realm: the origin of the Time Lords.(The word “impossible” is bandied about quite a lot throughout the pages of Nick Abadzis’s comic tale.)Trapped on ancient Gallifrey while the Doctor repairs his ailing ship, he and Alice use this opportunity to investigate rumors that Omega, once a Time Lord hero, was betrayed by his boss, Lord Rassilon.Part four of “The Lost Dimension” is on sale now (via Titan Comics)Told through “real-time” action and Alice’s parchment narration, the story unfolds slowly, giving the reader time to settle into this new (old) world. Eventually, the Doctor decides to “sniff around” the Higher City, where he wrangles an out-of-control TT-Capsule (ancient TARDIS) and catches the attention of frenemy Rassilon.Adopting an old Time Lord Academy nickname, the Doctor—er, Theta Sigma—easily slips into “call me Rass”‘s inner circle, inducted into the ranks of the TT-Capsule Test Pilot Scheme.Alice, eager to leave this off-limits place, tries to convince her friend to leave.“What we should’ve done was got out of there, right then,” she recounts, bemoaning the Doctor’s disregard. “I had a feeling that we were rushing towards something catastrophic, and there was no way we could avoid it.”Already full of dread, the narrative takes an even darker turn when Alice is visited by a hypercube in the form of Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor, who warns the companion to stop “me—I mean, your version of me” from piloting the Type 1 TARDIS.Uh oh.Part four of “The Lost Dimension”—penned by veteran Abadzis, with art from Leandro Casco and JB Bastos—is on sale now.We’re officially halfway through Titan’s “The Lost Dimension” event, which began with the super accessible “Alpha” issue, and continues through to next month’s “Omega” finale—due out on Oct. 25. Two specials and a Twelfth Doctor story hit shelves in the coming weeks.In the meantime, catch up with parts two and three, available for $3.99 each.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

New TCI Police sworn in assigned to CID Marine and Tactical

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 15, 2017 – Providenciales – Thirteen new Police officers are sworn in now and the new squad will join the Criminal Investigations Department, #CID; Tactical Unit and Marine Branch.    The men and women, hailing from Jamaica and the Philippines are trained and ready for active duty.David Barnett, Marlon Dawkins, Christopher Morrison, Robert McClean, Horace Chung, Renaldo Burke, Monique Brandford, Rory Burke, Dexter Anthony, Marlon Morse, Andrea Lewis and Carl Wynters; and from the Philippines Daphney Alcima were officially sworn in by Commissioner James Smith as Constables.A media release from the Police Force explained, the officers are presently undergoing orientation and an introduction session to the Force’s Code of Conduct.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#CID, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Teen accused of trying to run over cop ordered to remain in

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A teen shot by a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy after a troubling traffic stop Monday faced a judge, Tuesday.Dalvin Williams was arrested Monday on charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and grand theft. A judge classified the 17-year-old as high risk, Tuesday, ordering he remain in juvenile custody.A BSO deputy shot Williams in the shoulder after, BSO said, he tried to hit a deputy with his car after he was pulled over in Pompano Beach, Monday, in a suspected stolen vehicle.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of October 7, 2018:Address: 7 Bailey RoadPrice: $517,500Buyer: Dennis Williams & Preethi JeyasekaranSeller: Geeta ChakravarthyDate: 10/11/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 12,197sfAddress: 6 Kendall StreetPrice: $689,000Buyer: Mary KrupinskiSeller: Jobeal Capital LLCDate: 10/9/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 13,504sfAddress: 2 Moore StreetPrice: $420,000Buyer: Charles McCauley & Barbara McCauleySeller: Robert A. Marino & Carol A. MarinoDate: 10/12/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 22,651sfAddress: 23 Oakdale RoadPrice: $306,900Buyer: Debra A. Goldberg, Trustee for Golden RTSeller: David J. Winston & Maura E. FinchDate: 10/10/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 10,019sfLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

Fairbanks police say injured officer was shot 5 times

first_imgFairbanks police Sgt. Allen Brandt was shot 5 times early Sunday. The suspect remains at large. (Dash cam screen grab from the Fairbanks Police Department)The Fairbanks Police Department released new details regarding an officer who was shot over the weekend.At a press conference Monday, acting police chief Brad Johnson says Sgt. Allen Brandt was responding to reports of gunshots when he came under fire.“During the attack, Sgt. Brandt was able to exit the vehicle and return fire,” Johnson said. “It is unknown whether or not the suspect was struck.”Police Chief Johnson says Brandt was shot four times in his lower body and once in his chest.“Sgt. Brandt was wearing body armor, which protected his chest area,” Johnson said. “He sustained injuries to his legs and shrapnel in his left eye.”“He is awake, alert and in stable condition.”After the attack, the shooter stole Brandt’s patrol vehicle and fled, abandoning it a few blocks away.Sgt. Brandt was flown to an Anchorage hospital for treatment.The suspect, who is identified as an Alaska Native male in his 20s, remains at large.No further details are available at this time, and the investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Parts of IAF plane found 51 years after crash

first_imgChandigarh: An expedition by the Dogra Scouts has recovered parts of an Indian Air Force AN-12 transport aircraft that crashed in the icy mountains of Himachal Pradesh 51 years ago, killing all 102 people on board, the Indian Army said on Sunday. The Western Command launched an operation on July 26 to recover the mortal remains of over 90 missing soldiers who were onboard the AN-12 BL-534 aircraft which went missing over the Rohtang Pass in Kullu district on February 7, 1968. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us After 13 days of rigorous search and recovery operation in the Dhaka Glacier at an altitude of 5,240 metres, the team recovered parts of the aircraft like the aero engine, fuselage, electric circuits, propeller, fuel tank unit, air brake assembly and a cockpit door, it said in a statement. Personal belongings of passengers were also recovered. The search area, including location of recoveries, has been mapped for future reference, the Army said. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us The expedition was joined by a team of Indian Air Force on August 6 to augment the operation. The glacier had high levels of snow accumulation due to old avalanches, precipitous gradients, avalanche-prone slopes and open crevasses along the course which made movement of the team extremely difficult and energy sapping. The aircraft went missing over the Rohtang Pass on its way back to Chandigarh Air Force base. Since the crash, there were rumours that the aircraft might have strayed into enemy territory and may have been forced to land in enemy territory with all the onboard passengers being taken as prisoners of war. However, the mystery of the missing airplane was finally solved as a mountaineering expedition in 2003 stumbled on the debris of the plane near Dhaka Glacier, and found the identity card of a soldier was on board the missing aircraft.last_img read more

Bengal to push for GST exemption up to Rs 50 lakh Mitra

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal would try to prevail upon the GST Council for giving exemption to businesses having an annual turnover of up to Rs 50 lakh, the state’s Finance Minister Amit Mitra said today. At present, the exemption limit for GST is for businesses having an annual turnover of Rs 20 lakh or less. “Let the GST stabilise first. It has not yet stabilised as matching of invoices with vouchers was being done manually,” Mitra said at a meeting of garment manufacturers and traders here. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed He said the implementation of the new tax regime was done in a hurry, and the GST network had not been able to upload the GSTR2 form online yet for matching vouchers with invoices done through the GSTR1 (already uploaded online). “The exemption limit can be raised gradually,” he said. Mitra also announced that requirement of e-way bills for workers within the state was no longer needed. This, he said, would apply to the garment manufacturers in West Bengal. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP “The state government will help the industry (garment) to get more organised so that better margins are realised,” the minister said. Mitra said the state had already formed a JV with the National Institute of Design (NID) of Ahmedabad for a design centre in West Bengal, and efforts would be made for designing of textiles as well. He stressed upon the need for upgradation of the quality of garments and refrain from using ‘azo-dyes’, which bar the manufacturers from exporting to European countries.last_img read more

Delta is the latest airline to raise checked bag fees

first_imgTags: Baggage, Delta Air Lines Share ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines is joining two rivals in raising fees to check a bag on a flight within the United States.Delta on Wednesday posted new fees of US$30 for checking a first bag and $40 for a second bag, increasing the previous fees by $5 each.The changes match increases recently imposed by United Airlines and JetBlue Airways. By midday, American Airlines had not increased bag fees.Southwest Airlines lets passengers check up to two bags free.Airlines have been pulling in more revenue from extra charges for several years. Last year, U.S. carriers raised $7.4 billion from fees on checked bags and ticket changes, led by American, Delta and United.Last month, both Air Canada and WestJet upped their fees for both the first checked bag (from $25 to $30) and the second checked bag (from $30 to $50). Air Canada’s fee hike kicks in on Oct. 5 while WestJet’s start Oct. 1.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckWith files from The Associated Press Posted by Delta is the latest airline to raise checked bag feescenter_img Thursday, September 20, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Private sector jobs to see little growth in the first quarter of

first_imgOnly half of employers in Costa Rica expect improvements in revenue from their companies, according to the Index of Business Expectations released this week.The indicator measured by the Institute for Research in Economics at the University of Costa Rica shows how optimistic or pessimistic the country’s companies are for January-March this year.The final result was 53.1 points, indicating that “business optimism is at the lowest point of the past three years,” the institute’s analysis states.On average, 64 percent of employers expect to maintain their staff during the first quarter, while 23 percent said they may increase jobs. Twelve percent is considering layoffs for the next three months.The most positive sectors for employment are agriculture and construction, although 8 out of 10 employers in those sectors also said they don’t intend on investmenting, the study concluded. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Morales facing defeat in key Bolivia vote early data

first_imgMorales, Bolivia‘s first indigenous head of state, promised to respect the official results of Sunday’s vote on whether he can run for re-election to extend his time in office to 19 years.But he insisted on waiting for full results to trickle in from rural areas where he has strong support.“We are going to respect the results, whether it be a No or a Yes. We always have respected them. That is democracy,” he told a news conference.“We are going to wait patiently for the final whistle from the electoral tribunal. We are optimistic,” added Morales, a keen football fan.Morales, 56, wants to run for another five-year term when his current one ends in 2020, to continue a socialist program credited with improving the fortunes of poor indigenous groups.Exit polls published by private media late Sunday indicated Morales narrowly lost the vote.An Ipsos poll for ATB television said the “No” vote had 52.3 percent to 47.7 percent for “Yes.” A survey by Mori for Unitel television gave the “No” vote 51 percent to 49 percent.Partial official results with nearly a third of votes counted on Monday showed about 62 percent for No and 38 percent for Yes.Vice President Álvaro García said the early official count was based on returns in urban areas.He warned the jubilant opposition to wait for all the results to trickle in from rural areas where Morales has strong support, and from voters abroad.The Supreme Electoral Tribunal said it expected to have an official result with 90 percent of votes counted within two days.Longest-serving presidentOpposition figures celebrated their projected victory.“Bolivia said no!” declared Santa Cruz Governor Rubén Costas.Samuel Doria Medina — defeated twice by Morales in presidential elections — said: “We have recovered democracy and the right to choose.”The early results “are showing strong support (for Morales) in the provinces, but in the main cities and even in the medium-sized ones, there is a strong ‘No’ vote,” said analyst Jorge Komadina.However, “the forces of the opposition are scattered” and lack a single leader, he said. “They are a disparate grouping of leaderships and political intentions.”Morales said ahead of the referendum that he was prepared to give up on a fourth term if voters rejected the bid.“With my record, I can leave happily and go home content. I would love to be a sports trainer,” he was quoted as saying in an interview with Spanish newspaper El País.Alleging ‘US hoax’In January, Morales became the longest serving president since Bolivia‘s independence from Spain in 1825 — rare in a country that has seen numerous military coups.He is one of a generation of Latin American leftist leaders who champion “21st-century socialism.”He has overseen robust economic growth, but opponents accuse him of presiding over corruption and investing in flashy infrastructure projects at the expense of health and education.Since first taking office, he has been strongly re-elected twice.Bolivia‘s mineral- and gas-rich economy has more than tripled in size during his decade in office.But his popularity has suffered over allegations that he used his power to influence deals in favor of CAMC, a Chinese engineering company that signed contracts worth $576 million with Bolivia.The president rejected the allegations as “a hoax by the U.S. Embassy” to discredit him, and insisted he had “nothing to hide.” LA PAZ, Bolivia — Early returns Monday indicated Bolivian President Evo Morales was facing defeat in a referendum on seeking a fourth term in power, but he sat tight pending results from his rural strongholds. Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:Bolivian president asks to see child born to ex-girlfriend Bolivia announces plans for nuclear research complex Bolivia’s Evo Morales marks 10 years in office Bolivia’s Morales: The US abolished Costa Rica’s armylast_img read more

Mount Lofty House breaks new ground with ultraluxury development

first_imgMount Lofty House breaks new ground with ultra-luxury developmentMount Lofty House breaks new ground with ultra-luxury developmentSouth Australia will soon have a new boutique hotel with the commencement of the final redevelopment stage at award-winning Mount Lofty House, part of AccorHotels’ MGallery by Sofitel brand.Named ‘Sequoia’, the development, which will sit separate from Mount Lofty House, will include 15 luxury villas which will be positioned on the front escarpment of Mount Lofty Estate, and will capture unparalleled views of the Piccadilly Valley. Each of the spacious villas will have private balconies overlooking the valley, fireplaces and views from every angle, whether it be from the bathroom, bedroom or lounge area.The development of Sequoia is part of a $14 million upgrade of Mount Lofty House, which has seen the construction of the triple-hatted, multi-award winning Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, the introduction of the Stables Day Spa, and a new heritage inspired entry to the estate.Also part of the upgrade, work is well underway on refurbishing all existing rooms of Mount Lofty House, which will elevate the property to an all-suite hotel. The refurbishment of the guestrooms is expected to complete in February 2019, while Sequoia is scheduled to open mid-2019. The hotel’s Piccadilly Panorama Event Centre is also undergoing a redesign which will be completed by the end of 2018.General Manager of Mount Lofty House, Jesse Kornoff, said, “Construction has now started on Sequoia and we are all incredibly excited by the development as it will add an entirely new level of guest experience on the estate which has been synonymous with decadence and celebration in Adelaide for 170 years.“The Sequoia development will rival some of the best boutique hotels in Australia and together with the refurbishment of the rooms at Mount Lofty House, we are confident that Mount Lofty Estate is going to become a destination in its own right”.Mount Lofty House offers guests a truly unique experience, showcasing South Australian produce, history and lifestyle within 15 minutes of the CBD. From this gateway among the gardens, visitors can tour some of the best wine regions in the State and taste the seasonal flavours of SA as winter weaves its way through the Hills. Source = Mount Lofty Houselast_img read more