Alberta adds jobs amid countrywide declines

first_imgJob creation is up in Alberta, while the numbers are down throughout the country.The mixed news on the jobs front came out Friday morning as Statistics Canada released August results.ATB’s Chief Economist Todd Hirsch said it was a good report for the province.“It was a surprisingly strong number for Alberta (with) over 16 thousand new jobs,” said Hirsch.“It was one of the strongest single months we have seen in a long, long time.”He said though the numbers can rise and fall month-to-month, this continues a trend of the province adding jobs, especially over the past 12 months.Economist Trevor Tombe with the University of Calgary said the province set a new all-time high for positions in August, however, the unemployment rate stayed at 6.7 per cent.“Alberta’s population has also been growing; you want to look at what fraction of the population is employed,” Tombe said.Both said the job numbers prove the province is crawling, not running, towards a full recovery from the recession.Hirsch says another good sign is that jobs are coming from a wide range of sectors, which will make the province more stable going forward even if they are lower paying positions than the lucrative jobs handed out from the oil industry before prices crashed.The unemployment rate for Calgary climbed to 8.2 per cent, though Hirsch believes that mostly due to people moving to the city without first being employed.On the national level, Statistics Canada reported some surprise job losses last month.The Canadian economy lost 51,600 net jobs in a decrease that drove up the unemployment rate from 5.8 to an even six per cent.Analysts had predicted the country would add 10,000 positions.But TD senior economist Brian DePratto notes that beneath the disappointing headline numbers there were some solid results.He points out there was an increase in full-time work — with the economy adding 40,400 permanent positions.The employment drop last month was caused by a loss of 92,000 part-time positions, with nearly all coming from the province of Ontario.last_img read more

Annual Christmas Pyjama Drive a success

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Annual Christmas Pyjama Drive in FSJ has been a success this year.Fort St. John started participating in the Christmas Pyjama Drive in 2013, the event originally started on the Lower Mainland in 2010, pyjamas were collected and distributed through various Lower Mainland Christmas Bureaus to underprivileged children.This year, the PJ drive ran from November 14st until December 9th, 2018. The pyjama drive collects new PJ’s in all sizes, for children aged 0 to 16 years. “The Drive ended last weekend and I delivered most of the PJs this morning.  There are a few more donations trickling in so we don’t know our final numbers yet, but it will likely be over 400 pairs,” said Jennifer Mc Cracken, Event Co-ordinator.Some of the organizations we have helped over the years have included FSJ Pregnancy Care Center, FSJ Women’s Resource Society, FSJ Big Brothers & Big Sisters, the Salvation Army Christmas Hampers, Community Bridge (formerly North Peace Community Resource Society) and a local Christmas hamper program organized by Phoenix Volunteer Club.To date, 2,867 pairs of Pyjamas have been donated!last_img read more

1984 antiSikh riots Sajjan Kumar accuses CBI of tutoring key witness in

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, serving life term in Tihar jail, accused the CBI before a Delhi court on Tuesday of tutoring a key witness in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The fact that the witness was giving information contrary to his police statements in 1985 point to his being tutored, Kumar’s counsel said. The submission came after Joginder Singh, who is a witness and the complainant in the case, told the court that certain facts written in the statement given by him to the police relating to the case were false. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Singh was being cross-examined before District Judge Poonam A Bamba when he said that, contrary to his previous statement to the police, he did not run away from his house when some people came and looted his house during the riots. Three persons — Kumar, Brahmanand Gupta and Ved Prakash — are facing trial on charges of murder and rioting pertaining to the killing of Surjit Singh (Joginder’s cousin) in Sultanpuri. The riots broke out after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Kumar is currently lodged in Tihar jail after conviction in another case related to the riots. Singh had said in 1985 that some people had entered his house and looted precious jewellery and money. He said he had run away from his house and did not recognise any of them. When the defense counsel pointed out that in his previous statement Singh had not named the accused or named any Surjit, the witness told the court, “I had named everyone. I had taken the name of Sajjan Kumar as one of the accused and given every detail about Surjit to the police. I don’t know if they had recorded it or not.” The advocate appearing for the former Congress leader however said, “Singh has been tutored. It was evident from the previous statement and today’s statement that Singh was giving a false statement.” Another witness, Cham Kaur, had on November 16 last year identified Kumar before the court as one who had allegedly instigated the mob to kill Sikhs. Kaur had told the court that she had seen Kumar allegedly addressing a crowd in the national capital’s Sultanpuri area in 1984. “On November 1, 1984 when I stepped out to look for my goat, I saw accused Sajjan Kumar addressing the crowd and saying ‘hamari ma maar di, Sardaro ko maar do’ (They killed our mother, kill the Sikhs),” Kaur had told the court. She further said the next morning, her son and father were killed. Before Kaur, another key prosecution witness Sheela Kaur identified Kumar as one who had instigated a crowd in Sultanpuri. The case was transferred from the Karkardooma court to the Patiala House court here by the Delhi High Court, which had directed the district judge to video record the proceedings. The Delhi High Court had on December 17 last year convicted Kumar and sentenced him to imprisonment for “remainder of his natural life” in another 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, saying the riots were a “crime against humanity” perpetrated by those who enjoyed “political patronage” and aided by an “indifferent” law enforcement agency.last_img read more

Nepal Devastated By New Earthquake

By Zineb El MechrafiBoston- A second major earthquake shook Nepal just 17 days after the first devastating quake, killing 42 and injuring 1,117, the Nepali government said. The tremors have been felt as far away a New Delhi and sent people running into streets and open areas.Tuesday’s magnitude of the earthquake was 7.3 while it struck at a depth of about 15 kilometers, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicenter was located in an isolated area approximately 11 miles from the town of Kodari, a border crossing from Nepal to Tibet, and 47 miles from the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu.  A woman in Tibet, which is part of China, was also killed when falling rocks hit her car as it traveled through Gyirong, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported. At least 17 more people died in northeastern India as a result of the earthquake, according to Indian Home Ministry spokesman Kuldeep Dhatwalia. Sixteen of those deaths were in Bihar state, while the other was in Uttar Pradesh.Witnesses have spotted significant landslides and the collapse of buildings that were already damaged and unstable from the first earthquake. Prakash Banjara, 22, was volunteering to deliver food and supplies to villages in Sindhupalchowk when “the earth started shaking so violently.”“The mountains before my eyes started tumbling down in massive landslides,” Mr. Banjara said. “There are continuous landslides in this area” and the road was “completely blocked by landslides”.Aid workers reported serious damage to some villages seen from the air as the country still struggles to recover from the devastation while in constant fear.A 21-year-old Nepalese nursing student Shristi Mainali told NBC News from Kathmandu.” At first we just felt like a shake, and we thought it was normal, we are having aftershock, but it didn’t stop, so we got up and rushed to our garden. We could see the ground moving, shaking … in that moment you cannot differentiate whether it’s the ground is shaking or it’s your legs shaking.” Just as the residents were trying to return to normality after this dramatic event that Mother Nature has decided to strike again. read more

Millennial Money Making good enough choices can pay off

Sometimes good enough is good enough.In a world of information overload, it’s common to feel angst when making choices. You never know whether you’re making the best one.Call it optimizer guilt. And it can be especially prominent in choosing financial products, which can be opaque and confusing: Do I have the best credit card? What 401(k) investment will give me the best return? Where should I open an account to save for my kid’s college expenses?Besides adding stress, optimizer guilt can keep you from making important money decisions that need action now.The solution may be the theory of “good enough,” or what academics have called “satisficing.” Make a decision based on the best information you can reasonably gather at the time, and then get on with your life. In many cases, you can revisit the decision later, if necessary — refinance your mortgage, move your retirement funds or choose a different 529 college savings plan.“The truly great thing about ‘good enough’ — and the reason it is so powerful — is that it allows you to get to the starting line in a way that waiting for the ultimate, best possible result does not,” writes financial expert Jean Chatzky in her book “Make Money, Not Excuses.”HOW SIMPLIFYING CAN HELPYou may have heard the same problem called “paralysis by analysis” and the solution as, “Don’t make perfect the enemy of the good,” or the acronym KISS: “Keep it simple, stupid.”“Good enough” is not just a financial well-being thing, it’s a happiness thing.Having more choices is good only up to a point because of the accompanying pressure to optimize, argues psychologist Barry Schwartz in his book “The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less.”“As the number of choices grows further, the negatives escalate until, ultimately, choice no longer liberates, but debilitates,” he wrote in a research paper with Andrew Ward, a fellow professor at Swarthmore College. “Learning to accept ‘good enough’ will simplify decision-making and increase satisfaction.”If you get an adrenaline rush from plotting your credit card points on spreadsheets and poring over price-to-earnings ratios of individual stocks, this concept may not be for you. You’re a die-hard optimizer who crunches numbers for sport.The theory of good enough is for those who feel overwhelmed, thinking they should optimize their money life but feeling shame because they don’t have the time or desire. If that’s you, consider decluttering your finances. Simplify by combining financial accounts, save with automatic deposits, and skip low-value retail loyalty programs and coupons.Here are a few specific examples of good enough.— RETIREMENT INVESTING. Too many choices in a company-sponsored retirement plan, like a 401(k), can lead to making no selection at all. If that sounds familiar, a good-enough decision would be to contribute enough to get all of your employer’s matching contribution and invest the money in a target-date index fund, a fund that invests based on what date you expect to retire. Is that optimal? Maybe not. But it gets you started. You can raise your contribution percentage and research other funds later. Meanwhile, your nest egg has started growing.— REWARDS CREDIT CARDS. If you pay your credit card balance in full every month, you’re a candidate for a rewards credit card, but how to choose among the thousands available? To get started, a good-enough choice is a flat-rate cash-back credit card that pays 1.5% or higher. It gives you a fixed amount of cash back no matter what you buy. You can always get a complicated points or miles card later. Until then, you’ll be earning rewards on everything you charge to the card in the best rewards currency: cash.— COLLEGE SAVINGS. You gain tax advantages by squirreling college savings in certain types of accounts, but it can be dizzying trying to choose among them all. A good-enough option is to invest in your own state’s 529 savings plan and potentially reap a state tax break, too, depending on the state. Choose a target-date fund, based on when your child is likely to attend college. Later, you might move the money to a different state’s plan or start a different account. The point is, you started saving.For big-money decisions or unusual circumstances, you might want to put more effort into making an ideal choice, or you might seek professional advice. But for many other decisions, settling for “good enough” can end up being optimal._____________________________________________________This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Gregory Karp is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: gkarp@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @spendingsmart.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: How to pick the best credit card for you: 4 easy steps http://bit.ly/nerdwallet-steps-picking-credit-cardsBarry Schwartz TED Talk on “The Paradox of Choice” https://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_the_paradox_of_choiceGregory Karp Of Nerdwallet, The Associated Press read more

Mainstreaming issues of ageing key task for next years global conference UN

Nitin Desai, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, told a UN press briefing on Monday that the Second World Assembly on Ageing must recognize that the issue of ageing could not be handled as a social welfare problem, but something that had to be reflected in all the things that governments did. It should not be treated as a special problem to be tackled by a special department of a ministry.In his remarks, Mr. Desai said that while the first Assembly had a major impact on public thinking on the question of ageing, a second conference – scheduled from 8 to 12 April 2002 in Madrid – was needed in the wake of changes that had taken place in the world, such as globalization.There was now a growing recognition that the question was not an “industrial-country problem,” Mr. Desai noted, and that developing countries would be confronted over the next two decades with increases in the proportion of the aged in the population – a process which took nearly 100 years in the industrialized world.The UN General Assembly decided last year to convene the Second Assembly on Ageing in 2002 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the first conference and to review the outcome of that meeting. It was also mandated to map out a new international strategy for action on socio-cultural, economic and demographic realities of the 21st century.A preparatory committee for the Second World Assembly has begun the first of three sessions at UN Headquarters in New York to negotiate a draft final document for the Madrid conference. That document would form the basis for a new international strategy to tackle the issues facing older persons. read more

Rwanda Security Council approves list of judicial nominees to war crimes tribunal

The list of nominees, which will be forwarded to the UN General Assembly, includes Mansoor Ahman of Pakistan, Teimuraz Bakradze of Georgia, Kocou Aresene Capo-Chichi of Benin, Frederick Mwela Choba of Zambia, Pavel Dolene of Slovenia, Sergei Aleckseievich Egorov of the Russian Federation and Robert Fremr of Czech Republic.Other nominees include Asoka de Zoysa Gunawardana of Sri Lanka, Mehmet Guney of Turkey, Michel Mahouve of Cameroon, Winston Churchill Matanzima Maqutu of Lesotho, Eric Mose of Norway, Arlette Ramaroson of Madagascar, Jai Ram Reddy of Fiji, William Hussoin Sekule of Tanzania, Emile Francis Short of Ghana and Francis M. Ssekandi of Uganda.Cheick Traore of Mali, Xenofon Ulianovschi of Moldova, Andresia Vaz of Senegal, Ines Monica Weinberg de Roca of Argentina, Mohammed Ibrahim Werfalli of Libya, and Lloyd George Williams of Saint Kitts and Nevis were also among those nominated for the Tribunal.The Council created the Tribunal, located in Arusha, Tanzania, in November 1994 to prosecute people responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of Rwanda throughout that year.The Tribunal is also empowered to deal with the prosecution of Rwandan citizens responsible for genocide and other such violations of international law committed in neighbouring States over the same period. read more

Meyer and Andersen set to put aside friendship for Big Ten title

OSU coach Urban Meyer (left) and Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen exchange laughs during a Dec. 5 press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis ahead of the Big Ten Championship Game.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorINDIANAPOLIS- A decade ago, the current head coaches of the two participants in the Big Ten Championship Game shared a sideline and together helped lead the 2004 Utah Utes to an undefeated season.Gary Andersen, the current Wisconsin coach, was an assistant under then-Utah coach Urban Meyer as the Utes became the first “BCS bowl buster” as they defeated Pittsburgh in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl, 35-7, to cap a perfect season.Andersen characterized his time coaching for Meyer as a “great experience.”“Coach Meyer let us do what we wanted to do and what we did in the past. We were very successful, had a great year,” Andersen said Friday. “I learned a lot, a lot from Coach Meyer in that year in a lot of different ways. I put that into a lot of my philosophies as a head football coach.”Meyer reiterated Andersen’s comments, adding that while he did not know Andersen well when he hired him, that changed very quickly.“I love Gary. Gary is a guy that I only knew briefly when we hired him. By the time mid‑season rolled around, he was one of my top guys, a guy I would close the door and lean on quite frequently,” Meyer said Friday. “Obviously one of the best in the business at what he does.”Meyer’s high praise of Andersen is well deserved, as the Wisconsin coach has led the Badgers to back-to-back nine win seasons in his first two years in Madison, Wis.A defensive-minded coach, Andersen has led a Badger defense that ranks second in the country statistically. Andersen was the defensive line coach during the 2004 season under Meyer.The Badger defense is something that worries Meyer, especially heading into the game with redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones making his first career start.“Very rugged defense. Very multiple. They blitz a lot. You can tell they’re very intelligent, well‑coached,” Meyer said. “They do a lot of stuff. If you do a lot of stuff and not make mistakes, you’re intelligent and well‑coached.”On the other side of the ball, Andersen said he does not expect the OSU offense to do much differently with Jones at the helm.“You look at it, as a defensive staff, Coach Aranda and his staff basically came to the conclusion that this man is very, very capable of running their offense, doing a great job of putting the ball into the hands of their playmakers,” Andersen said. “We don’t expect the offense to change a bit, quite frankly.”Meyer said all week leading up to the game that Jones will have an opportunity to play well due to the playmakers Andersen mentioned, and Meyer’s comments did not change on Friday.“He’s (Jones) prepared very well. Tuesday is a rugged day for anyone in practice. But I saw the improvement we needed to see on Wednesday. I made it at least a couple hundred times since the beginning of the week that the quarterback is a product of those around him,” Meyer said. “He still obviously has to execute and do his things. The guys had a very good practice around him as well, starting with the offensive line. I’m very confident in Cardale.”With Jones making his first career start, Andersen said he hopes that his defense can rattle the Glenville High School product.“One of our goals is to frustrate a quarterback, put a quarterback in a position where he doesn’t feel comfortable, let him understand that we’re going to be around him,” Andersen said. “Regardless, if that happens or not, that’s always a goal.”Whether or not the Badgers defense can get to Jones might not be the biggest storyline of the game, however.Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon leads the nation in rushing yards with 2,260 and despite sending in Jones for his first start, Meyer said he was more worried about the Heisman candidate for the Badgers.“Yeah, number one is tackling this ball carrier. That’s our number one concern, is getting this guy on the ground,” Meyer said. “Then number two is making sure that we are protecting our quarterback. They blitz a lot. Very complicated defense.”Regardless of what the worries are on the field, Meyer said come kick off, his relationship with Andersen will change.“Gary and I are great friends. We’ll always be great friends.  Great respect for each other.  Great family people. Our families get along. That will never change,” Meyer said. “For 60 minutes tomorrow we’re going to be competitors.”The Badgers and Buckeyes are scheduled to kick off Saturday at 8:17 p.m. from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. read more

VIDEO Amazing goal by Mikkel Hansen

PSG Handball took important points against HBC Nantes 27:26 in the last match of LNH in 2014. Triumph against one of the biggest rivals, which put PSG on the second place behind Montpellier, will be remembered also by amazing goal of Mikkel Hansen.. ← Previous Story Norwegian No. 1 Silje Solberg: Spanish shooters and fast-breaks… Next Story → SG Flensburg win 80th “Landesderby” AmaZING handball goalMikkel HansenPSG Handball

Les distributeurs automatiques de billets vecteurs de germes

first_imgLes distributeurs automatiques de billets vecteurs de germesD’après une étude anglaise concernant les lieux publics et les germes, il semblerait que les distributeurs automatiques de billets abritent autant de microbes que les toilettes publiques.DAB et toilettes publics : même combat concernant les germes et microbes. C’est en tout cas ce que nous révèle l’institut Biocote qui a étudié le sujet. Ainsi, les scientifiques britanniques ont prélevé et étudié des échantillons provenant de distributeurs de billets et ont constaté que la teneur en microbes était la même que dans les toilettes ouvertes à tous, et que les bactéries étaient également les mêmes dans les deux endroits, des coliformes aux bacilles.À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Le directeur de l’étude, Richard Hastings, a expliqué dans un communiqué : “Nous avons été très surpris pas les résultats, le niveau de contamination des distributeurs était équivalent à celui des toilettes publiques. En plus, le type de bactéries que nous avons trouvées dans ces machines était similaire à celles qu’on trouve dans des toilettes publiques, qui sont des endroits bien connus pour véhiculer des maladies”, rapporte Europe 1. L’étude a permis de déterminer que les touches des DAB étaient donc très sales, mais également les billets eux-mêmes. Seule façon de se débarrasser de ces germes : se laver les mains, comme après chaque passage aux toilettes.Le 2 février 2011 à 14:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Nouvelle rumeur le Galaxy S3 serait flexible

first_imgNouvelle rumeur: le Galaxy S3 serait flexibleInfo réelle, intox ? Canular ou source sûre ? Un site chinois vient d’apporter une nouvelle rumeur à propos du Galaxy S3 de Samsung. Une de plus, qui semble cependant bien peu probable! Le site chinois xda.cn prétend que Samsung pourrait sortir un Galaxy S3… flexible ! En effet, sur les photos, on aperçoit un téléphone à l’écran très incurvé. Alors, flexibilité du téléphone ou moulage un peu spécial ?Cependant, on s’aperçoit rapidement que le téléphone possède des touches physiques. Celle du milieu fait même penser à un mp3 plutôt qu’à un mobile.Surtout, il semble peu probable que Samsung s’aventure à sortir un smartphone avec des touches physiques aussi volumineuses, alors que la tendance est au tout tactile ou au touches discrètes.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le site nippon prétend même que le smartphone possède un écran HD 720p Super Amoled Plus 3D. Ce qui ferait de lui un écran flexible. Ou bien, le site a tout simplement confondu avec le Samsung Galaxy Skin qui devrait être prévu pour le deuxième trimestre 2012 ? Ce dernier possède, lui, un écran AMOLED entièrement flexible… Et, en effet, le téléphone présenté rappelle étrangement le Galaxy Skin.Il se pourrait aussi que Samsung possède plusieurs prototypes pour son Galaxy S3 et, n’arrivant pas à se décider, choisisse celui qui sera le plus compétitif au moment de sa sortie ? En attendant, la prochaine rumeur, on se contentera de celle-ci qui semble tout de même un peu légère et fait plus de sceptiques que de convaincus. En tout cas, une chose est sûre, le Galaxy S3 ne sera pas présenté à la fin du mois au Mobile World Congress 2012. Le 2 février 2012 à 17:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

PM Tables Sexual Harassment Bill

first_img Recommended for you Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Dec. 9 (JIS): Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, tabled the Sexual Harassment Bill in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (December 8).The legislation provides a framework for addressing the issue of sexual harassment in Jamaica. Specifically, it outlines sexual harassment in the home, workplace and institutions, and the actions that can be taken against persons, who commit such offences.Speaking at the Jamaica House press briefing today (December 9), Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said the legislation was shaped from the CARICOM Model Bill on Sexual Harassment, taking into account local cultural norms.“Importantly too, under the Act, victims of sexual harassment will be able to seek redress in the Resident Magistrate’s Court or at a special division of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal, which will be established for this purpose,” Senator Falconer informed.Following debate and passage in the Lower House, the Bill will go before the Senate for its deliberation. Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Related Items:bill, jamaica, sexual harassment billlast_img read more

ASA to EPA Where Are Your Renewable Fuel Priorities

first_imgThe farmer leaders of the American Soybean Association (ASA) today voiced their exasperation, confusion and anger at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency following an announcement that the EPA will approve an application allowing Argentine biodiesel easier access to the U.S. market.“Today’s decision issued by EPA on Argentinian biodiesel shows a lack of coordination and alarming tone-deafness regarding the purposes of the Renewable Fuels Standard,” said ASA President and Brownfield, Texas, farmer Wade Cowan. “EPA has put the interests of our foreign competitors above those of soybean farmers here in the U.S. At this point, we can only scratch our heads and wonder what EPA’s priorities are when it comes to the domestic renewable fuels industry.”EPA’s announcement followed a December notice that the agency would postpone setting biofuels volume requirements for 2014 until early in 2015. Speaking at the National Biodiesel Board Conference last week, former Senator Byron Dorgan said EPA’s inability or unwillingness to set the 2014 RFS volume requirements demonstrated that there was “no minimum threshold for embarrassment” at EPA.Cowan added, “Do they recognize that they have not set volume requirements for 2014—which has already passed—or for 2015, which we’re already a month into? Do they realize that every link in the biodiesel supply chain—from soybean farmers to gas station owners—is in limbo, awaiting their long-delinquent action on these decisions? Do they recall that one of the purposes of this program is to increase domestic energy independence? It sure seems that the answer to each of these questions is a resounding ‘no’.”ASA wrote to EPA in March 2014 with questions and a request that the Argentine application be subject to a formal public comment period, given the potential ramifications and the numerous factors involved and impacts that go beyond EPA’s domain. EPA did not respond to ASA’s letter, and no public comment period was provided before its announcement. ASA is not aware of any requirement or deadline for EPA to act on the Argentine application.“President Obama should not be pleased with the job EPA is doing on renewable fuels. The agency’s manner of haphazard decision-making, which is so sorely lacking in direction, belies the Obama Administration’s support for the U.S. biofuels industry,” Cowan said. “Until the past year, the White House could rightly share the credit for the benefits that this industry has provided to the rural economy, energy security, and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. But these latest actions and inactions from EPA overshadow that progress and can only be seen as an embarrassment.”last_img read more

Chilkur prays for speedy recovery of priest in US

first_imgHyderabad: Special prayers were performed at Chilkur Balaji Temple today for the speedy recovery of the injured Hindu priest in US, who was attacked near his temple by unknown hooligans. Hindu priest was attacked while he was walking down the street in his religious garb near a temple in Floral Park, New York. Swami Harish Chander Puri said that around 11 a.m. (local time) on July 18, near the Shiv Shakti Peeth in Glen Oaks, while he was walking, a man came up from behind and started hitting him, a local news channel reported. Puri said he was beaten so badly, he had to be rushed to the hospital. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The priest suffered bruises and abrasions all over his body. Some of the people who regularly visit the temple said they believe the priest was targeted. The attacker screamed things like, “this is my neighbourhood,” during the incident, they said. Chilkur Balaji head priest C S Rangarajan said US should be ranked as the most unsafe place for Harmless Religions like Hinduism. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Rangarajan further said that USCIRF, as an independent, bi-partisan commission, advises the President, Congress and the Secretary of State on international religious freedom issues. In its Annual Report, USCIRF unflinchingly describes threats to religious freedom around the world and recommends to the State Department countries for designation as “countries of particular concern” (CPCs) for engaging in or tolerating “systematic, ongoing, egregious violations…,,” The report is silent on Conditions on the US… USCIRF also recommends to the State Department that non-state actors cited for similarly severe violations be designated as “entities of particular concern” (EPCs). Who will certify the US and the security it provides for it’s residents belonging to ethnic Religions, asked Rangarajan. The US Government should now look within itself before advising others, said the Chilkur head priest.last_img read more

Affected by floods rains Karanataka to keep independence day

first_imgBengaluru: The Karnataka government has decided to celebrate the country’s independence day in a “simple” way as most parts of the State had been affected by floods and incessant rains. With Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa heading a “one-man” Cabinet with no Ministers, senior government officials have been asked to hoist the national flag on August 15 at district and taluk level functions. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us In the normal course, Ministers do the honours at district headquarters. In a letter to Deputy Commissioners of all districts, Police Commissioners and Police Superintendents, office of the Chief Secretary said that other than Bengaluru City, in all other districts, sub-divisions and taluks, respective Deputy Commissioners, Assistant Commissioners and Tahsildars have been instructed to hoist the national flag. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us Also, due to floods in most districts, it has been ordered to celebrate the independence day in a simple way, the letter read. A total of 2,217 villages in 86 taluks of 17 districts have been affected due to floods and rains in the State, where 1,224 relief camps have been opened giving shelter for nearly four lakh people. The rain fury has left 48 persons dead in the State, while 16 are missing. Yediyurappa, who took oath as the Chief Minister on July 26, will be hoisting the national flag at the main function in the state capital Bengaluru. Advertise With Us The Chief Minister has already indicated that a decision on Ministry expansion is likely after August 16, following his visit to Delhi to meet the party’s central leadership. According to party sources, only 10 to 12 members are likely to be inducted into the Ministry in the first round.last_img read more

US announces USD 125 million aid to Afghanistan

first_imgKABUL: The US has announced an additional amount of $125 million in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, aimed at meeting the needs of internally displaced persons, conflict and flood-affected communities, and Afghan returnees, the American Embassy here said on Tuesday. By this aid, the total US funding in this fiscal year to the Afghan humanitarian response reaches nearly $190 million, reports TOLO News. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us The amount will support life-saving activities that provide emergency food, nutrition, clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, emergency health, disaster preparedness and risk reduction, shelter, protection, humanitarian coordination and logistics, and non-food items and relief commodities, the embassy said in a statement The US has urged countries to make or increase their contributions to the UN humanitarian appeal for Afghanistan, which is currently only 27 per cent funded, it said. Washington remains committed to supporting the most vulnerable Afghans and stands with the people in their dedication to helping create an Afghanistan in which all its citizens have the opportunity to live in peace and dignity, the statement added.last_img read more

Kapil Sharmas shocking transformation after marriage revealed by Bharti Singh

first_imgKapil Sharma and wife GinniinstagramThe ups and downs in Kapil Sharma’s life can very well be perceived to have been lifted straight out of a Bollywood script. From struggling days, immense success to instant stardom and fall-down; the ace comedian has really had a roller-coaster ride in both personal and professional life. However, just like any other filmy hero, Kapil, has decided to bounce back and how!Kappu, as the industry loves to call him, has not only tied the knot with the love of his life – Ginni Chathrath but has also left behind alcohol and smoking. And amidst all his trials and tribulations, one person who has stood rock solid behind him has been his wife – Ginni. Bharti Singh, who plays an integral part in the Kapil Sharma show has spoken up fondly about how Ginni has brought along a massive change in Sharma.In an interview with Pinkvilla, Bharti has said that Kapil Sharma not only comes on time now but also makes sure that no one has to stay late because of him. Bharti, who plays Titli, says Ginni has brought along a positive influence in Kapil’s life and also sends food for the entire team many times.”He comes on the sets cut to cut and is always on time. We always finish the shoot on time and I always think that Ginni is very lucky and she is very sweet. She sends food not just for Kapil, but also for all of us. Ginni is taking great care of Kapil, right from yoga to sending him to the gym to boiled vegetables and everything else. Kapil bhai has also become very calm and patient,” Bharti said.Well, we are sure Kapil would bounce and never look back at failures again.last_img read more

HSBC says Bonus for Chairman Capped at 1 Million Pounds

first_imgBanking group HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA.L) has attempted to head off investor criticism over a new pay plan, capping any share bonus for its Chairman Douglas Flint this year at 1 million pounds ($1.7 million) and saying it would be a one off.Under new pay proposals set out in March, HSBC said it could have awarded Flint up to 2.25 million pounds worth of shares as an annual bonus in exceptional circumstances.The bank had said in 2010, when the former finance director became chairman, he would be paid his salary but no bonus and some investors were concerned about the change in structure.HSBC said it had met with investors ahead of its annual shareholder meeting on May 23 and had made adjustments to the plan.Simon Robertson, chairman of the remuneration committee, said in a statement if any award was made this year to Flint it would reflect changes to his responsibilities since his original appointment when salaries were set.”Any award would be made in recognition of the exceptional circumstances facing HSBC over the medium term of intense regulatory change, an increased focus on changing conduct and behavior and the implementation of enhanced banking standards,” Robertson said.He said the share bonus would be specific to Flint, and the bank did not intend to make such payments a feature of the chairman’s pay over the long-term.Flint was paid 2.4 million pounds last year. Under the structure announced in March, he could have received 4.7 million pounds, but the maximum he can now get is 3.4 million.HSBC, like many other banks, has changed its pay structure this year to meet new EU rules that cap bonuses at the level of their fixed pay, or double the amount with shareholder approval.Rivals Standard Chartered Plc (STAN.L) and Barclays Plc (BARC.L) have faced significant opposition to their pay policies at recent shareholder meetings.($1 = 0.5960 British Pounds)last_img read more