APTN National NewsA high school in Edmonton is taking a different approach to teaching at risk youth.It’s providing students wtih one on one time and is catering to each student’s individual need.Learning about Indigenous culture is a big part of the curriculum.APTN’s Chris Stewart brings us this story.
Trade and aid are still major barriers to achieving the anti-poverty goals that countries committed themselves to achieving by 2015, despite significant progress in debt relief for the poorest States, according to a United Nations report launched today by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.The report – “Delivering on the Global Partnership for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)” – was prepared by the MDG Gap Task Force, created by Mr. Ban to track global commitments on aid, trade and debt, and to follow progress on access to essential medicines and technology.Released ahead of a high-level event on the MDGs to be convened by Mr. Ban in New York on 25 September, the report finds that donors will need to boost their development assistance by $18 billion a year between now and 2010 if they are to meet the pledges they made in 2000 to halve poverty and other socio-economic ills.“This report sounds a strong alarm,” Mr. Ban told a news conference in New York. “While there has been progress on several counts, delivery on commitments made by Member States has been deficient, and has fallen behind schedule.”The report states that though donor countries have stepped up official development assistance (ODA) since 2000, aid flows have actually declined in recent years – by 4.7 per cent in 2006 and a further 8.4 per cent in 2007. In addition, the recent breakdown of the Doha development round of trade negotiations – aimed at establishing an open, equitable, rule-based and non-discriminatory multilateral trading and financial system – was “a major setback” for developing countries seeking to benefit from expanding global trade opportunities to reduce poverty. According to the report, only 79 per cent of exports from least developed countries are given duty-free access to the markets of developed countries, well short of the target set in 2005 of 97 per cent. In addition, there has only been a mild reduction of tariffs on agriculture exports.While there has been progress on debt relief, the report cites the need for further action, noting that in 2006, 52 developing countries spent more on debt service than on public health and 10 spent more on debt service than on education.Also, while access to medicines to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis has improved, the availability of affordable essential medicines is still far from adequate. In addition, wide variations in pricing mean that essential medicines – including antibiotics and painkillers – are often unavailable to the poor. The report recommends eliminating national taxes and duties on essential medicines, as well as adopting generic substitution policies for essential medicines.Regarding technology, the report says developing countries have unprecedented access to new information and communication technology (ICT), with over 77 per cent of the population able to receive a mobile cellular telephone signal, up from 46 per cent in 2001.However, the digital divide between developed and developing countries continues to widen for technologies such as broadband internet connection, the report adds, noting that more than 30 per cent of people in the developing world are still living without electricity.The report calls for urgent action on MDG 8, which focuses on the global partnership to support the other seven Goals – ranging from reducing illiteracy to improving maternal health and improving access to safe water and sanitation – if the anti-poverty targets are to be achieved.With only seven years left until the 2015 deadline, the Secretary-General stressed that concerted action has never been more important. “We are already in the second half of our contest against poverty. We are running out of time,” he stated.Ad Melkert, Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and chair of the Task Force, recalled recent findings by the World Bank showing that the number of people living in absolute poverty globally is estimated to be 500 million higher than previously assumed.“This serves as a reminder that the relentless focus on the facts on the ground is key to maintaining the momentum of the Millennium Goals campaign,” he stated.He also emphasized the “indispensability” of a larger commitment by the rich world towards MDG 8, which he said is “essentially the signature to the contract for development between the rich and the poor.” 4 September 2008Trade and aid are still major barriers to achieving the anti-poverty goals that countries committed themselves to achieving by 2015, despite significant progress in debt relief for the poorest States, according to a United Nations report launched today by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
“The rate of new Ebola cases shows encouraging signs of slowing in some of the hardest-hit parts of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — and that’s good news. The full-scale international strategy to attack Ebola through safe burials, treatment facilities and community mobilization is paying dividends,” the Secretary-General confirmed in an op-ed published in today’s The Washington Post.“Governments and communities in the region are combating the virus. Dozens of countries have stepped up with life-saving contributions. The United Nations is also partnering closely with regional organizations such as the European Union and the African Union, which is mobilizing medical professionals and health-care volunteers from throughout the continent,” he added. Amid recent signs of progress in containing the devastating outbreak, the UN system has been accelerating its Ebola response, including ramped up on-the-ground medical assistance for local governments in affected areas via the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER); providing financial support for the countries hardest hit by the socio-economic consequences of the disease through the World Bank; and monitoring the urgent laboratory testing of an experimental Ebola vaccine which, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), could be distributed across West Africa as early as January 2015.While the UN’s ultimate goal is a complete reversal of infection rates and zero cases in all countries, the stated short-term target is captured by a UN-wide directive aimed at managing and treating 70 per cent of Ebola cases and making safe 70 per cent of burials by 1 December – a strategy, Mr. Ban said, which was the only way to break the exponential curve of infection.Recent frontline reports from Guinea and Liberia, in fact, suggest significant decreases in infection rates across many affected areas, fuelling hopes that the target may be within reach. Anthony Banbury, the head of UNMEER, will brief the Security Council on 10 November providing Council members with a full update of the UN’s ongoing Ebola response.Tempering initial enthusiasms, however, the Secretary-General warned against declaring “mission accomplished too soon,” noting that “as caseloads go down in some areas, they are rising in others.” In addition, he said, outbreaks had a tendency of flaring up again if a gap in the response left space for the disease to spread.“The outbreak remains active,” he continued. ‘People are dying every day. New infections continue. And no one can say with certainty what the coming weeks might bring.”Mr. Ban admitted that the Ebola outbreak had left global responders with “no time to lose,” and that the crisis had evolved into a complex public health emergency with “profound social, economic, humanitarian, political and security dimensions.”As a result, he urged international stakeholders to remain vigilant and intensify their responses while also keeping an eye on the underlying causes of the epidemic, most notably by strengthening the region’s health systems.“Ebola will be beaten through a resolute and coordinated effort. We have initial evidence to prove that this can happen. But we must speed up efforts to first get the crisis under control and then bring it to an end,” concluded the Secretary-General.“Now is no time to let down our guard. We must keep fighting the fire until the last ember is out.”
It’s hard to imagine there being more hype surrounding the Ohio State football program than there is right now. Coming off an undefeated season in 2012, the expectations for the 2013 Buckeyes are to be better than they were a year prior. Nearly all of the ridiculously early preseason polls have OSU ranked somewhere in the top five. Braxton Miller – who appeared on this week’s cover of “Sports Illustrated” – is one of the favorites to win the Heisman trophy, despite being on the list with last year’s winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Anything short of an undefeated regular season, a victory in the Big Ten championship and an appearance in the National Championship game will likely be construed as a failure for Urban Meyer and his squad this year. Perfection, after achieving it in 2012, is the goal for OSU in Meyer’s second season at the helm of the program. It’s March, though, and no one – not even juggernaut Alabama – is perfect right now. There are plenty of questions that OSU will start trying to answer come Tuesday, the first day of spring practice. Here are five: 1. Is OSU still angry? With the 2012 Buckeyes ineligible for the postseason, Meyer chose to motivate his players last season by telling them to take their fury out on the teams OSU faced. “You’re an angry football team. You’re a hungry football team,” Meyer was heard saying on “ESPN All-Access: Ohio State Training Days” last August. This season, though, Meyer, will have to go about getting his team focused and motivated differently than he did a year ago. Is the drive for a national championship better inspiration than the rage and “shock the world” mentality the Buckeyes had on way to a 12-0 season in 2012? 2. How much better will Braxton Miller be? Like the team itself, it will be hard for Miller to be much better than he was in 2012. The then-sophomore quarterback broke OSU’s total yards record for a season and was the Big Ten’s offensive player of the year. Miller and his coach, however, see plenty of room for improvement. Fundamentals and footwork are the key for the rising junior, Meyer and Miller both have said. “If he becomes fundamentally the best quarterback in America, I think he will be the best quarterback in America. I think it’ll be comical what he’ll do,” Meyer said. “But he’s not there yet.” How much closer has Miller gotten to getting there? 3. Who are the leaders? Meyer called the 2012 senior class one of his favorite groups of players he’s ever coached. Along with being close to Meyer’s heart, they were the most important leaders of the team. Without the leadership of John Simon, Zach Boren and co., OSU wouldn’t have achieved anything close to an undefeated year last season, Meyer said. Who will fill that role this season? Rising redshirt senior Jordan Hall was a captain in 2012 despite being injured for most of the year, and Meyer has said he’ll be a captain again. Apart from the speedy playmaker, Miller, rising redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier are likely candidates for captaincy. 4. Who’s Miller going to get the ball to? OSU gained 5,085 yards of offense in 2012, and 93 percent of that output is returning. The Buckeyes are only losing 370 yards with the graduation of wide receiver Jake Stoneburner, fullback Boren, punter Ben Buchanan (gained six yards on a fake punt) and the transfer of wide receiver Verlon Reed. Wide receivers Corey “Philly” Brown and Devin Smith, along with tailback Carlos Hyde, were Miller’s favorite targets in 2012. Will that change in 2013? Hall, now healthy, is likely to be featured heavily in the upcoming season’s offense. He’s made the move from running back to the “No. 3” hybrid role made famous by former Florida playmaker Percy Harvin. Meyer brought in a top three recruiting class that featured speedy talent at nearly every skill position. Incoming freshman wide receivers Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson, James Clark and Corey Smith, along with running back Ezekiel Elliott, could all see the field come fall. None of those five will be on campus in time for spring ball, though, but come August they could push the upperclassmen. Is Miller excited for the crop of offensive talent OSU will display this season? “Heck yeah,” Miller responded when asked about the situation at an OSU men’s basketball game against Northwestern in February. 5. Will OSU make the jump other programs have in year two of a new system? Meyer is now in his second season at the helm of the OSU football program. In year two at Florida, Meyer won a national championship. So did Jim Tressel in his second year at OSU, as did Bob Stoops in his second season at Oklahoma. Are this season’s Buckeyes capable of winning it all in year two of the Meyer System? We’ll find out in the fall, but if it’s going to happen, we might get glimpses of the possibility starting Tuesday.
OSU freshman infielder Noah West (8) hits a home run during the first game of their double header against Minnesota on Mar. 25. Credit: Ed Sutelan | Lantern reporterIn the Ohio State baseball team’s first taste of Big Ten play for the season, little went right for the Buckeyes. Over the three-game sweep at the hands of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Buckeyes surrendered a total of 26 runs on 41 hits and managed to produce only 12 runs on 19 hits over the weekend.With another chance to pick up some wins in conference play this upcoming weekend against Purdue, the Buckeyes must first gain some momentum against the 11-11 Ohio University Bobcats at home on Tuesday. Coach Greg Beals believes the team is currently missing that one hit and that his offense will need to start finding some consistency in order to find its stride again.“Offensively, we’re always searching. We need to get better,” Beals said. “I thought we had some quality at-bats, but … we’re missing the hit when we really need one.”Scouting Ohio UniversityOSU has not been playing its best baseball of late, but OU has itself been finding difficulties making it into the win column. After starting the season 11-7, the Bobcats have lost each of their past four games, including a three-game sweep at home to Butler University.The 11 wins the team has compiled at this point have been derived largely from the success of its pitching staff. As a unit, the team has a combined ERA of 3.65, Of the nine pitchers who have contributed double-digit inning totals to the team so far, only one has an ERA north of 3.50 while five of the pitchers have sub-3.00 ERAs.A big reason the team’s pitching staff has found so much success so far is its ability to miss bats. In 202 innings pitched this season, the Bobcats have struck out 199 batters (8.87 batters per nine innings) and have held opposing hitters to a measly .243 batting average. While the pitching staff has been able to keep runs off the scoreboard, the Bobcat offense has had an equally challenging time bringing runners across the plate. The lineup does not have a single batter with a batting average over .300 and, as a unit, the team is batting just .254. OSU has struggled to make consistent contact, as well as the inability to make much out of the contact it makes. While the team’s on-base percentage is at .333, its slugging percentage is actually a point below, sitting at .332 on the season. They have 10 home runs, less than half of the 22 accumulated by the OSU offense. The star on the team this season has been redshirt junior pitcher and designated hitter Michael Klein. As a batter, Klein is slashing .299/.371/.517 with team-leading totals in walks (nine), hits (26), RBI (13) and slugging percentage. He is also tied for the team lead in batting average and home runs (four).On the mound, Klein has been the top starting pitcher for the Bobcats. Klein has the lowest ERA of any of the weekend starting pitchers at 2.19 and has allowed just 22 hits and six walks with 27 strikeouts in his 24.2 innings of work.Injury-riddled Bullpen Needs Arms to Step UpThe Buckeyes were missing two key arms in their bullpen over the past weekend, and it certainly did not help an aspect of the team that has struggled this season. With redshirt junior starting pitcher Adam Niemeyer out with an elbow injury, sophomore pitcher Connor Curlis was forced to shift from bullpen arm to starting pitcher on Saturday. Redshirt junior relief pitcher Kyle Michalik was also out over the weekend with an ankle injury. His status for Tuesday’s game against OU remains uncertain.After his team’s bullpen was unable to keep the game close in Saturday’s 15-5, Game 1 blowout, Beals said his team needs to get healthy soon in order to help alleviate some of the woes of the pitching staff.“We’re a little banged up in our pitching staff and when we put together the travel roster opening day, there’s four guys that as far as the pitchers, the 12 pitchers, there’s four guys that we had on that opening day travel roster that were not available to us this weekend,” Beals said. “So we need to get healthy to help us on the mound, so that we can keep ourselves in ball games better than we did there in Game 1.”Junior relief pitcher Seth Kinker is currently the only healthy Buckeye reliever owning a sub-3.00 ERA and one of only three arms with a sub-4.00 ERA.And as one of the leaders in that bullpen, Kinker is trying to help the inexperienced arms develop that relief mindset of trusting their stuff and being ready for any moment to be brought into the game.“Some of the leaders in the bullpen have also brought everyone together and we’re talking about certain situations where your name is going to be called and you need to be able to step up and command that situation,” Kinker said.Kinker also emphasized that the only way pitchers will develop confidence in their skill is by continuing to work on it and gaining experience on the mound.“You’ve got to be out there to get that confidence. And the only time you get that confidence is going day in and day out, working day in and day out and in the end, you’re going to find that confidence in your stuff,” Kinker said. “Rather than going out there, not being ready for that situation. I think that everyone just needs to calm down a little bit, it’s the first weekend. We’re going to find that confidence here in a little bit.”The two teams will look to get back to their winning ways on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium.
Mining company, UK Coal has been awarded the prestigious Carbon Trust Standard after taking action to reduce the carbon footprint of its operations. It achieved a 45% absolute reduction in its carbon footprint over the past three years, which represents a greenhouse gas reduction of 980,000 t of CO2. “The measures we have taken clearly demonstrate UK Coal’s full commitment to reduce our own carbon footprint and support for national objective of cutting emissions of greenhouse gases”, says Chief Executive Jon Lloyd. The Standard is awarded only to companies that pass rigorous, independent investigation into the measures they are taking that have a direct beneficial impact on reducing their carbon footprint and their environmental impact.Lloyd: “We have made substantial investment in new technology and more energy efficient equipment over recent years, and will continue to do so to maintain supplies of coal produced in the UK and reduce the need for imported coal which has a significantly higher carbon transport footprint.”Measures taken by the company include:Using methane extracted from mines for safety reasons to generate electricity. Methane generation has increased by 119% over the last three years, from 75.8 GWh to 165.8 GWh, following a £15 million investment in gas turbines. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas with a global warming potential 21 times that of CO2Upgrading the fleet of vehicles used in surface mining with engines which have improved fuel efficiency by 13.7%. Company cars are now fuelled by diesel rather than petrolThe installation of a new high efficient booster fan at Welbeck Colliery at a cost of £480,000 that almost doubled air ventilation flow whilst reducing energy consumption.Installing variable speed drive motors on high-power coal cutting equipment and coal conveyance systems at mines to reduce energy consumptionIntroduced a Teflon additive to greases and oils to prolong the life cycle of components, reduce frictional losses and achieve energy savings.Lloyd: “Coal today generates around one-third of all the electricity generated in the UK. The government has repeatedly stated that without coal, the lights would go out in parts of Britain. We and other coal producers fully support the wide range of initiatives being taken by the government to ensure coal remains an important part of our energy mix, consumed in a way which addresses the concerns over the environment and climate change. We continue to work with others to achieve that goal.”Harry Morrison, General Manager, Carbon Trust Standard: “To build the low carbon economy of the future, it is essential that all companies across all sectors focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These efforts are even more important for companies with carbon-intensive operations such as mining. UK Coal has made a significant achievement in reducing its corporate carbon footprint by 45%, and we welcome their continued efforts to further drive carbon out of their day to day business.”
Cloud computing : Microsoft lance Office 365Office 365, version hébergée dans le “cloud” de la célèbre suite bureautique de Microsoft, est désormais accessible dans sa version finale. Disponible avec une offre d’abonnement mensuel, elle est lancée dans 40 autres pays du monde dont la France.Un peu plus de deux mois après la mise en ligne de la version bêta d’Office 365, Microsoft a lancé hier la version définitive de sa toute nouvelle suite bureautique “online” en France et dans une quarantaine d’autres pays à travers le monde. Le logiciel et les offres de services connectés ont été traduits dans 20 langues différentes. À lire aussiMicrosoft Surface RT : la tablette est enfin disponible à la vente physique en FrancePour ne pas rebuter les clients potentiels, Microsoft a joué la carte de la ressemblance. L’interface est la même que celle du Pack Office classique avec ses outils Word ou Excel. Le produit vise essentiellement les professionnels et les petites entreprises et devrait connaître un grand succès. Microsoft explique en effet avoir reçu 200.000 demandes de participation à ses phases de tests bêta dont 70% de PME de moins de 25 salariés.Nouveauté notable, Office 365 n’est pas un simple logiciel. Proposé sous forme d’abonnement à partir de 5,25 euros par mois et par utilisateur, il s’agit davantage d’une offre de services. Différentes versions (de 9 à 25,50 euros par mois et par utilisateur) seront proposées aux plus grandes entreprises ou aux établissements de l’enseignement avec notamment un accès à Office Professionnel Plus 2010 en ajoutant un abonnement mensuel à partir de 22,75 euros par utilisateur.Pour ceux qui hésiteraient encore à franchir le cap, Microsoft propose une version test gratuite aux entreprises de moins de 25 utilisateurs, nous apprend CNET France. Valable 30 jours, elle permet d’évaluer les possibilités offertes par la suite, notamment les Office Web Apps (les versions en ligne de Word, Excel, PowerPoint et OneNote ), Exchange Online (messagerie, agendas…), SharePoint Online (sites collaboratifs et réseaux d’entreprises ) et Lync Online (communications unifiées).Le 29 juin 2011 à 12:24 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target All the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCCVoltron Confirmed Gay AF The Marvel Cinematic Universe may be skipping this year’s Comic Con, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely devoid of Marvel content. Fox had a Marvel-sized hit on their hands last fall with the first season of The Gifted. It may not have followed the X-Men as we know them, but it was thoroughly an X-Men show. The pilot even had the theme song from the ’90s cartoon in it. The trailer for Season Two debuted at the show’s panel. Season One didn’t leave things in a great place for the mutants. And it looks like they’re going to get even worse in Season Two.I really like this show. Sure, it can be a little formulaic, but it’s a damn good formula. Plus, the mutant powers are always amazing. That continues in Season Two, where we get to see even more of them. We even get a glimpse of the Strucker twins using their joint powers again. After Season One, we know how dangerous that is. Blink’s power continues to be the most impressive to me. Sure, Eclipse throwing light is cool, Polaris’ magnetic powers are great, but I just love the way those portals look. She’s going to be using them a lot too. Now, it’s not just the Sentinels who are after them, the underground is at odds with the Hellfire Club and the Frost sisters. We’re also going to see the “real” Underground this season? Those would be the Morlocks, who we’re going to see a lot of this season. After the trailer, the cast described them as a completely free mutant society living underground. Also, it looks like Reed’s powers are coming back, so that’s exciting.The panel attended by Jeph Loeb, Matt Nix, Natalie Alyn Lind, Sean Teale, Skyler Samuels, Blair Redford, Emma Dumont, Jamie Chung and Steven Moyer, Comic Book reports. They revealed a little bit about the second season. It takes place six months after the events of Season One. Things really haven’t gotten any better since then. Samuels said her three characters, the Frost triplets, have some issues with one another. “Me, myself and I are at odds throughout the show.”Over on the Mutant Underground side, Thunderbird and Blink have formed a relationship. Of course they have, the show has been setting that one up since episode one. Redford described their interactions as “hot and heavy after six months.” As for Polaris, Dumont describes the character like this: “Pregnant. She’s very pregnant, nine months pregnant. She’s struggling with missing Marcos. They created a mutant together, created a person. That’s terrifying and hard, and she’s really scared about the labor.”She may have more reason than most mothers to be too. We saw her in labor in the trailer, and boy that’s going to be a harrowing scene, I can already tell. Dumont also said she’ll follow even further in her father, Magneto’s footsteps this season. We saw her going that way in Season One, and now that she has a kid, she believes even stronger in the need to live separately from humans. As for that baby, we won’t see what kinds of powers it’ll have for a while. They don’t manifest until puberty. Dumont has a theory, though. “I’m going to go with metal bending.”Sean Teale teased even more elements from the X-Men comics that they get to explore this season, according to Entertainment Weekly. That’s mostly because they spent the whole season in hiding in that one house. Now, they’re still going out on missions, but they’re on the run. “We opened it up, so there are so many other facets of the X-Men and just our universe in general that we haven’t been able to show because of what we were doing last year, he said. “And now that we’ve been on the run, we see so many cities, so many subsets of the mutant world.”Sean Teale, Emma Dumont and Blair Redford (Cr: Eliza Morse/FOX)We’ll also see a lot more of The Purifires. They only made a brief appearance in Season One, but they are what they sound like. Teale described them as “a mutant hate group.” He then added sarcastically, “I don’t know what parallels we could compare that to in modern-day times. If only we had an idea. They’re tiki torch-carrying mutant haters.” So yeah, the metaphors are going to get a little on the nose this season, but when has X-Men not been on the nose? When you have a story about people who are hated because they weren’t born a certain way, the real-world parallels jump out on their own.Jeph Loeb addressed that aspect of the show directly. “The sort of best Marvel stories are where you take a situation from the real world and you put it through the Marvel prism,” he said. “If I could boil it down to one word that describes the X-men, it’s tolerance.”The Gifted, even without the major movie characters, is the most X-Men show on TV. From the look of that trailer, the action and special effects will be just as thrilling, possibly even better, than Season One. And if you want a civil rights allegory on the side, well The Gifted doesn’t get much more X-Men than that. The show returns sometime this fall on Fox.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
The majority (92%) of respondents believe that job security is important, although only 65% of employees feel that their current job offers them this, according to research by NatCen.The British social attitudes survey, which interviewed 4,328 British adults, also found that 71% of respondents felt they had a ‘good’ job, defined as a job that has at least four positive attributes such as being interesting or having opportunities for advancement.The research also found:81% of respondents believe that having good opportunities for advancement is important, although only 34% said they have this in their current job.66% of respondents feel that having a high income is important.62% of respondents admit that they would still enjoy having a job even if they didn’t need the money.57% of respondents in professional and managerial roles confess they have no control over how their day is structured.Kirby Swales, director of the Survey Research Centre at NatCen, said: “It is reassuring that after an extended period of recession, more people have what we would consider good jobs, regardless of their gender, age or social class. However, the class divide is alive and well in Britain, as evidenced in the polarisation of flexibility at work.“Although many of us value our jobs beyond their monetary value there is a discrepancy between what workers say they value in a job, such as job security and opportunities for advancement, and what their current job actually affords them. This could lead to dissatisfaction in the future which may be a cause for concern for employers.”
Buying a car may become much cheaper if the government implements a standard tax rate of 17-18% for most number of goods and services recommended by a panel.Analysts say that car manufacturers, who pay 30-50% as tax currently, will likely cut prices significantly once the tax reform is approved.”The automobile sector could benefit significantly from Goods and Services Tax (GST) if the government accepts the recommendations of the GST panel and puts automobiles (except luxury cars) in the general category of standard goods and services with a rate of 17-18 per cent,” said Sanjeev Prasad of Kotak Institutional Equities.At present, the government levies 30.4% tax on small cars having length of less than 4 metres and engine size below 1500 cc. The tax includes an excise duty of 12.5%, central sales tax of 2%, national calamity contingent duty of 1% and value added tax (VAT) of 12.5%.If the GST become effective, small car prices may come down by 12% to 13%, as the manufacturers may just need to pay a tax of 17 -18%.”As GST would subsume all taxes, a standard rate of 17 per cent would mean that prices could come down by over 10 per cent,” NDTV Profit quoted Kapil Singh and Siddhartha Bera of Nomura, as saying.Lower taxes will not only benefit small car buyers but also could bring down the prices of luxury cars despite a proposed tax of 40% under GST.Once GST is implemented, prices of luxury sedans could fall by 4-5%, while prices of sports utility vehicles (SUVs) can drop by 10-12%, according to analysts.Appealing for early passage of the GST bill, Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra said on Tuesday that failing to implement the bill will divide the country and thwart it from becoming a common market.While the Modi government wants to implement the GST from April 1, 2016, the bill is facing strong opposition in the Rajya Sabha, where it does not have a majority.
The Latest on President Donald Trump and allegations of sexual misconduct (all times local):3:50 p.m.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump’s tweet disparaging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER’-sten JIHL’-uh-brand) is “disgusting and disgraceful, and of course obviously not true.”Trump tweeted Tuesday that Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, would come to his office “begging” for campaign contributions and would “do anything” to get them.Democrats accused the president of making crude insinuations.A day earlier, Gillibrand said Trump should resign because there were credible accusations against him. Barring that, she said, “Congress should investigate the multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations against him.”Pelosi says she supports the more than 100 Democrats who have called for a congressional investigation into the allegations. When asked if Trump should resign, she says, “I don’t think he ever should have been president.”__3:45 p.m.The White House says “there’s no way” the president’s tweet about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER’-sten JIHL’-uh-brand) was “sexist at all.”President Donald Trump lashed out at the New York Democrat in a tweet Tuesday, calling her a “lightweight” and a “total flunky” for Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.Trump also said Gillibrand “would come to my office begging for campaign contributions not so long ago” and would “do anything for them.”Gillibrand called the tweet a “sexist smear,” and Trump ignored a reporter’s question about the tweet.Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump was talking about a political system he thinks is rigged and the fact that politicians repeatedly beg for money.Sanders says only people with their minds in the gutter would read anything sexual into the tweet.___2 p.m.The White House is offering a rebuttal to sexual misconduct allegations involving President Donald Trump.Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had promised that the White House would provide a list of eyewitnesses and evidence to exonerate Trump.Nearly 24 hours later, it sent over a rebuttal of just two of the accounts, one that Trump groped a woman on a plane in the 1970s, the other that he behaved inappropriately in a beauty pageant dressing room.But both simply cited news reports quoting eyewitnesses who vouched for Trump’s behavior.Several of Trump’s accusers have resurfaced their accusations against the president amid a rising tide sexual misconduct claims that have cost a number of powerful men positions of prominence in entertainment, journalism and politics.__11:35 a.m.Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren has fired back at President Donald Trump for his tweet against New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Warren asks: “are you really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame @SenGillibrand?”Trump on Tuesday lashed out at Gillibrand after she called for his resignation over sexual misconduct allegations. Democrats say Trump made unsavory insinuations about Gillibrand.Warren said in a tweet: “Do you know who you’re picking a fight with? Good luck with that, @realDonaldTrump. Nevertheless, #shepersisted.”The phrase “she persisted” went viral from a comment earlier this year by the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He silenced Warren when she tried to read a letter from Coretta Scott King about then-attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions.__11:29 a.m.A Senate Democrat is showing her support for her colleague Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says, “There’s nobody tougher” than Gillibrand and she won’t be intimidated by President Donald Trump.Shaheen, D-N.H., says “Women will continue to speak up.”Trump slammed Gillibrand after she called on him to resign over past allegations of sexual misconduct. Gillibrand responded by saying she and other women won’t be silenced.__11:25 a.m.The political money website OpenSecrets.org says President Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka Trump, have donated nearly $8,000 to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s congressional campaigns since 2007.The group says the figures are based on individual contributions data from the Federal Election Commission.Trump gave Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, $4,800 in two separate contributions in September 2010. The money came just ahead of a special election to fill the remaining two years of Hillary Clinton’s Senate term. Gillibrand was re-elected to a full Senate term in 2012. Ivanka Trump donated $2,000 to Gillibrand in 2014.Trump criticized Gillibrand in a tweet Tuesday, saying she came “begging” to him for contributions.__11:15 a.m.Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says President Donald Trump’s latest tweet about her was a “sexist smear” aimed at silencing her voice. The New York Democrat says she won’t be silenced on the issue of sexual harassment.She’s renewing her calls for a congressional investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against the president, because she says that’s “the right thing to do.”Gillibrand silently shook her head at the idea that she had “begged” Trump for campaign contributions.Trump earlier Tuesday laced into Gillibrand, tweeting that she would come to his office “begging” for campaign contributions and “do anything” to get them.Democrats accused the president of making unsavory insinuations about the New York senator.__11:05 a.m.A House Democrat is lashing out at President Donald Trump for his tweet about New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, calling him a “truly disgraceful human being.”Trump criticized Gillibrand on Tuesday, tweeting that she would come to his office “begging” for campaign contributions and “do anything” to get them. Democrats accused the president of making unsavory insinuations about the New York senator. On Monday, Gillibrand had called for Trump’s resignation, citing accusations of sexual misconduct.Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth said in a statement that in responding to the allegations, Trump had tried to “publicly shame yet another woman” and in the process “the president has shown us exactly what kind of person he is.”Yarmuth said: “This is not about politics. Donald Trump has proven to be a poison for the presidency, a cancer on the country, and a truly disgraceful human being.”__9:10 a.m.Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is responding to a Twitter attack by President Donald Trump over her call for him to resign over past allegations of sexual misconduct.The New York Democrat tweeted: “You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office.”Gillibrand on Monday had called for Trump to resign, after several women called new attention to past allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump.On Twitter Tuesday, Trump called Gillibrand a “lightweight.”__8:35 a.m.President Donald Trump is lashing out at Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who has called on him to resign over allegations of sexual misconduct.In a tweet on Tuesday, Trump calls the New York Democrat “lightweight” and “a total flunky for Chuck Schumer,” the Senate Democratic leader.Trump says Gillibrand “would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them).”Gillibrand told CNN on Monday that the allegations of sexual misconduct are credible and numerous and that Trump should resign.Trump sailed past a raft of allegations of sexual misconduct in last year’s presidential election, but the national #MeToo spotlight is turning back to the president and his past conduct.__7:38 a.m.President Donald Trump is pushing back against sexual misconduct allegations, saying he’s the target of “false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met.”Trump lashed out on Twitter Tuesday, a day after three women who previously accused Trump of sexual harassment shared their stories on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today.”Trump says Democrats “have been unable to show any collusion with Russia” and now are “moving on” to these allegations. He adds: “FAKE NEWS!”The women — Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks — urged Congress to investigate Trump’s behavior.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied the allegations Monday and pledged to provide a list of eyewitnesses whose accounts exonerated the president. She did not provide the list by late Monday. Share
Share Wikipedia CommonsMontgomery County officials have confirmed a second case of West Nile Virus for the present year.Montgomery County officials have confirmed a second case of West Nile Virus for the present year.The county’s Public Health District said the person who has contracted the virus is a male in his 60s who lives in Montgomery County. He is currently being treated at a hospital.On this date in 2017, there was one reported case of West Nile Virus.County personnel are spraying insecticide in parts of the county and residents can check the treatment activity map at Precinct3.org/mosquitoabatement/ or call 281-364-4203.West Nile Virus infection can cause serious disease and is most commonly spread by infected mosquitoes. People typically develop symptoms between three and 14 days after they are bitten.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Inspired by several real-life events, “Undercover” centers on Ferry Bouman, a major Ecstasy producer whose luxurious life on the Dutch-Belgian border begins to unravel when two undercover agents – jointly dispatched by Belgian and Dutch police forces – start moving in on his operation. “Undercover” stars Tom Waes (“New Texas”) and Anna Drijver (“Love Life”).The series, created and written by Nico Moolenaar (“Missing Persons Unit”), Bart Uytdenhouwen and Piet Matthys, is set in the Flemish province of Limburg, which has a growing reputation as a mecca for synthetic drugs. Eshref Reybrouck and Frank Devos directed the series, which is now in post.“Undercover” was produced by leading Flemish producer De Mensen for VRT. Pieter Van Huyck, Ivy Vahhaecke and Jan Theys take producer credits. The series is being backed by Dutch FilmWorks, Good Friends, Gardner and Domm, Gallop Tax Shelter and the Belgian tax shelter.The complex financing structure, more akin to film finance, is typical of international’s new TV landscape where companies and broadcasters seek multiple partners to fund big-budget drama projects and tap into their partners’ expertise in creating distinctive, competitive high-profile series.Early indications are that Federation Ent. will be one of the most active of high-profile European players at Canneseries and MipTV next month. It will start selling “Undercover” at MipTV.Based both in Paris and Los Angeles, Federation boasts a slate of high-profile series including Eric Rochant’s spy thriller drama “The Bureau” and “Marseille,” Netflix’s first French-language original series, as well as the hit Israeli thriller “Hostages” and German financial thriller “Bad Banks.” “Bad Banks” was one of the most prominent titles at last month’s Berlin Series program, in the Berlin Film Festival’s scripted drama section. Pascal Breton’s Federation Entertainment has acquired second-window worldwide distribution rights to “Undercover,” the Flemish crime thriller series which will make its world premiere at the inaugural edition of Canneseries, the new international festival set in the French Riviera town.Federation Ent. also has first-window rights in France. Flemish-Belgian broadcaster VRT, the series’ primary broadcaster, and German pubcaster ZDF, its co-producer, will be premiering the Dutch-language series in their respective territories. Prior to Federation’s involvement, Netflix had already boarded “Undercover” in development and picked up first-window rights outside of France, Belgium and the German-speaking world. Netflix also has second-window TV rights in France, German-speaking territories and Belgium. Popular on Variety
Popular on Variety Each musical guest sits for a casual interview and then plays a few songs, with Mayer backing on rhythm guitar and occasionally throwing in a solo. Past guests include Halsey, Charlie Puth, Thundercat, Cautious Clay and Alec Benjamin.You may be wondering if this is Mayer’s ploy to land his own show on network television. He hasn’t directly asked for that as of yet, nor are any deals rumored to be in the works — but it wouldn’t be the first time he’s had a show on TV. In 2004, when Mayer was still a baby-faced newcomer, he made a two-part special called “John Mayer Has a TV Show.” The highlight of that project was the segment in which he walked around a parking lot before a show wearing a bear suit, interviewing fans who had no idea they were talking to John Mayer. In 2015, he guest hosted three episodes of “The Late Late Show,” in which he and Ed Sheeran gave each other tattoos.At the end of each episode of “Current Mood,” Mayer likes to bid his several-thousand-strong audience goodnight with some words of encouragement to get them through the next seven days.“Part of me wanting to do this show is to bring people back to a more human tradition of hearing someone talk, believing what they’re saying, being put at ease, [and] made to feel okay,” Mayer said on Sept. 30 at the end of Episode 1. “So set aside some time to be truthful and kind. The world around you is beautiful. The world that is downloaded from the big mother brain in the sky as contributed by millions of people… that’s tiring. We all have to live in there, but let’s live outside the Matrix as well,” he said. “God bless you, I love you, have a good week.”The second season of “Current Mood” returns to Instagram this Sunday, January 27, premiering at 7 p.m. PT/ 10 p.m. ET. John Mayer’s guitar chops have made him a household name, but it’s hardly his only talent. Following stints in comedy and Twitter infamy, Mayer launched his own talk show last year, not on television, but on Instagram via the app’s live video feature. “Current Mood with John Mayer,” a delightful 45-minute program in which Mayer regales viewers with musical guests, witty segments and type-written cue cards, returns for its second season today after a brief holiday hiatus. Andy Cohen and Maggie Rogers are scheduled to appear. “The show started as a way to fight my own loneliness, and maybe help some other people fight theirs,” Mayer said in an Instagram story Friday.The show is filmed on an iPhone in Mayer’s living room and can be watched on Mayer’s page for the next 24 hours, or find it on YouTube uploaded by dutiful fans after. Each episode is packed with comedic bits and a stream of notoriously complex and thought-provoking discussion topics that showcase the Grammy winner’s razor-sharp wit. He debates everything from the best way to eat cereal to how the tabloids never seem to grow tired of harping on his infamous dating life. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Year in Review: Data News From the start of QM to the end of quantitative easing, the past year saw plenty of big news in the mortgage and financial markets. As the new year rolls in, MReport is taking a look at some of the biggest data headlines of 2014.Survey: Young Buyers Driven Off By Down Payment Fears: There’s a pervasive view held by younger consumers when considering whether to purchase a home or not, according to Freddie Mac’s Christina Boyle. She believes that consumers persistently overestimate the size of a down payment they need in order to finance a home, and this lack of education is harming the housing market.Former Goldman Sachs Exec Predicts Doom for Housing: Former Goldman Sachs executive Joshua Pollard sent a sobering 18-page report to the White House warning of a potential nosedive in home prices that could put the country back into a recession before the ripples of the previous one settle.Originator Satisfaction Scores Rise Despite Customer Frustrations: Lenders continue to score better and better when it comes to customer satisfaction, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some complaints. In its 2014 report, J.D. Power outlines the steps originators can take to make the mortgage process easier on consumers.Lenders: Increasing Mortgage Availability Not Worth Regulatory Risk: Is all the talk of lenders loosening credit standards just a sign of wishful thinking? A survey released in November by the Collingwood Group splashed cold water on the idea that companies are eager to open up their purse strings just to get a little more business.Mortgage Denials Point to Much Tighter Market: Reinforcing concerns of a too-tight credit market, a new measure of mortgage application denials released in December suggested that getting a loan might be even tougher for lower-credit borrowers than previously thought. December 30, 2014 478 Views Share 2014-12-30 Tory Barringer in Data, Featured, News
Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Most people agree that the Cardinals signing linebacker Daryl Washington to a new contract was a good move.Washington, 25, is one of the team’s emerging defensive stars, and could be on the precipice of his first Pro Bowl campaign. But even more than that, according to ESPN NFL insider John Clayton, the move shows the Cardinals are still moving in the right direction.“I think anytime you take care of your own, particularly a good young player like Washington, I think that’s a good thing,” Clayton told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Thursday. “So I think league-wide it’s well accepted.” Clayton noted how the Cardinals weren’t exactly overflowing with salary cap space, but found a way to get a deal done that keeps one of its better players around for a while.“You want to try have a core group, and I think that’s what’s going to be important — particularly with the defense,” he said. Top Stories 0 Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
HOUSEHOLDS could save some €1,000 a year by implementing the European Commission’s 2020 energy efficiency targets, participants at a workshop run by the European Commission’s representation in Cyprus were told yesterday.The EU aims for an overall 20 per cent reduction in Europe’s energy consumption by 2020, and is pushing for greater efficiency at all stages of the energy chain, including introducing energy efficient buildings.As part of meeting 2020 targets EU households could save €1,000 a year, while an estimated 400,000 job positions could be created across the EU, said Thea Pieridou, chief communications officer for the European Commission representation in Cyprus.She was one of the speakers at a workshop on how energy efficiency can help overcome the ongoing debt crisis, organised as part of the European year of citizens.The EU’s policies on reducing carbon emissions, increasing energy efficiency use and ultimately bringing building’s energy use to zero will necessitate training and recruiting architects, engineers, construction workers and other players.Buildings will need to be designed and built in a “very different way,” said the head of the European Parliament office in Cyprus, Tasos Georgiou.The commerce ministry’s permanent secretary Stelios Chimonas said that Cyprus plans to draw from EU funds to integrate renewable energy sources and energy efficiency moves while using natural gas as an energy source should reduce costs energy further in the coming years, Chimonas said. But in addition to that, consumers need to be armed with information and be armed with tools to help them control their energy usage better, the energy regulator’s chief George Shammas said.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
British ferry and shipping freight operator P&O will shift the registration of its UK vessels to Cyprus ahead of Britain’s departure from the European Union, in part to keep its tax arrangements in the bloc, the company confirmed on Tuesday.P&O currently has six UK-registered ships operating on the English Channel route to France, although it announced last month it was moving two of those to the Cyprus registry and one has already been transferred.All commercial ships have to be registered, or flagged, with a country partly to comply with safety and environmental regulations.The move could complicate any attempts by the UK government to secure extra space on ships to help cope with potential disruption to trade if it fails to secure a negotiated departure from the EU.“In advance of Britain leaving the European Union on March 29, 2019, we undertook a review of the flag status of our ships on the English Channel,” a P&O spokesman said in a statement.“For operational and accounting reasons, we have concluded that the best course of action is to re-flag all ships to be under the Cyprus flag.”The spokesman said Cyprus was among the world’s leading flag registries, “resulting in fewer inspections and delays”.He added the move “will result in significantly more favourable tonnage tax arrangements as the ships will be flagged in an EU member state”.“We have no plans to make any other changes, including the terms and conditions of any of our seafarers, as a result of the new arrangements.”Such a taxation system like the EU’s allows shipping companies to pay corporation tax based on the tonnage of their vessels rather than on profit.Industry sources told Reuters in December that the UK government had made approaches to companies including P&O, to secure back-up vessels in case Britain failed to secure a negotiated withdrawal from the EU.Since then, Britain has awarded contracts worth more than 100 million pounds ($129 million) in total to three shipping firms to provide extra ferries, comprising French firm Brittany Ferries, Denmark’s DFDS and a new British company Seaborne Freight.When asked on Tuesday if P&O could provide space on ships if needed by the government, the company declined to comment.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoTruthfinderEnter Any Name, Wait These Seconds, See Instant ResultsTruthfinderUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Private clinical laboratories that have joined Gesy said on Tuesday they face many problems after the system was introduced mainly due to technical issues and procedures that in some cases takes four times longer to complete.Head of the Clinical Laboratories Association Charilaos Charilaou told the Cyprus News Agency the technical problems have knock-on effects on their work.He said before joining Gesy private labs had a different way of running clinical tests but now, for the same analyses, it takes four times longer.Charilaou said that there are now many referrals for each Gesy patient while it should be only one for all the analyses they need. “There should a single referral that includes the haematological, biochemical, microbiological and immune tests labs examination. Now there are four different documents,” he said. This means labs have to do four different procedures and registrations and it takes four times longer to complete for less than half of what they used to be paid.He said private sector labs had developed a way of working to offer quick, quality services so both doctors and patients were satisfied.“We are now lost in this process. They have turned us into a ‘hospital situation’ because they have designed the system for hospitals.”He said the whole procedure should be simplified and all referrals replaced by a single one for each patient.Charilaou also expressed concerns over the new software system they are using which, he said, make things more difficult since it is still uncharted territory.He expressed pessimism over positive changes in the revised software programme that will be available as of Friday because nothing changes for private labs.“They have designed it for hospitals where laboratories are scattered. They take each patient’s blood in four bottles to send it to the hematology, microbiology lab, etc,” Charilaou said.He added that the association raised the issue some five months ago.As things stand now, he said, there is no barrier to how many analyses are being ordered while due to this oversubscription clinical laboratories have raised concerns over their fees.“We do not know what to do with the payments, with our costs,” Charilaou said, adding that labs now wonder whether they will be permanently working to this rhythm.The head of the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) Thomas Antoniou said earlier in the week a revised version of the Gesy software programme already in use would be launched.Antoniou said the software operated very well, exceeding expectations but that it would be further improved.Cyprus, he said, may be one of the first countries to introduce a universal IT system for all services.“The software is working, but as with all software improvements will be made based on observations from users,” Antoniou said.He added it will be improved constantly.Antoniou said healthcare providers have been trained to use the software, while more training sessions would follow for all professionals.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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