New Delhi: State-owned Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) has cut the marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) by up to 10 basis points (bps) for various tenors with effect from Thursday. MCLR for overnight and one-month loan tenor has been reduced by 10 bps to 8.20 per cent and 8.25 per cent, respectively. Earlier, MCLR for overnight and one-month tenor was 8.30 per cent and 8.35 per cent, respectively. Similarly, for three-month, six-month and one-year tenor loans, MCLR has been decreased by 5 bps to 8.45 per cent, 8.55 per cent and 8.65 per cent, respectively. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepEarlier, MCLR for three-month, six-month and one-year tenor loans were at 8.50 per cent, 8.60 per cent and 8.70 per cent, respectively. “This is to inform that the bank has revised MCLR for different tenors with effect from July 11,” the bank said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday. Earlier this week, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said he expects faster transmission of the three successive repo rate cuts totalling 75 basis points. On Tuesday, the State Bank of India had lowered its lending rates by 5 basis points across all tenors. After the 25 bps repo rate cut in the Monetary Policy review held in June, Bank of Maharashtra, Corporation Bank and IDBI Bank had reduced their MCLR by 5-10 bps.
Heavy rains to continue in Himachal over 500 stuckHeavy rains to continue in Himachal over 500 stuck
October 18, 2019October 18, 2019
Shimla: While heavy rains have already claimed 22 lives in Himachal Pradesh over the past two days, the meteorological department on Monday predicted that the downpour is likely to continue in parts of the the state during the next 24 hours. Light-to-moderate rainfall will occur at many places in the state in the next 24 hours with heavy rains expected at isolated places, Shimla Met centre Director Manmohan Singh said. Over 500 people are stranded in several parts of the state as a number of roads have been blocked by landslides and flash floods, officials said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Efforts are on to clear the roads and restore traffic to move them to safer places. The National Disaster Relief Force is diverting the water accumulated in Kangra district’s Nurpur sub-division by digging an alternative route, an official said. Multiple landslides blocked the flow of water in streams and formed a big artificial lake in Khadetar village in the sub-division. Residents of Trindi, Danni, Mairka, Lador, Thana, Hindorghaat, Letri and Jassur villages have been asked to vacate their houses, the official added. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In Chamba district, several roads remain blocked, another official said. The Chamba-Pathankot road has been blocked at Parihar, the Chamba-Chowari road via Jot has been blocked at Bhatalwan Ghar and Mathunu. The Lahru-Sihunta road is blocked at Lahri Bhatti near Lahru; the Lahru-Tunnuhatti road is blocked at Barian Gala. The Kihar-Chamba road is blocked at Gharatnala and Rohala Nullah near Sundla; the Tissa-Chamba road is blocked at Pangola Nullah; and the Chamba-Pangi road is blocked at Saach Pass. At least 22 people were killed and 12 injured in rain-related incidents in the state on Sunday, officials said, adding the total loss amounted to Rs 490 crore.
Blurred Vision Album Release Concert To Benefit CharityBlurred Vision Album Release Concert To Benefit Charity
October 16, 2019October 16, 2019
Canadian rock band Blurred Vision – led by Iranian born brothers Sepp and Sohl Osley, and drummer Ben Riley – will release their debut album “Organized Insanity” under their Open Eyes Records imprint, and will raise money for WhyHunger at their album release concert in Toronto.Blurred Vision and The CubeThe 11 track album is produced by Terry Brown, most famous for his iconic work with legendary Canadian trio Rush.“Organized Insanity” drops Tuesday November 25 2014, and will be available internationally as a digital release on iTunes, and other download and streaming platforms with pre-orders available as of Monday October 20, 2014.The cover art, which the group calls the “Insanity Cube”, is the work of renowned designer Hugh Syme who created some of the most memorable Rock album covers from bands including Rush, Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Iron Maiden.Blurred Vision will be releasing a series of video podcasts anticipating the album’s release which includes a live studio performance sneak peek of some of the album tracks and a “round-table chat” with the band.Blurred Vision’s debut “Organized Insanity” delves into issues the band say are “vital to our existence as a Rock ‘N’ Roll band”. The album opens with the track “No More War”, an anti-war anthem with an homage to Martin Luther King Jr.. “Organized Insanity” touches controversial themes of war, politics, religion, and the state of the music scene today while at times digging into personal subjects surrounding relationships and love with songs like “Tonight”, “Arms Of Our World”, and “Wherever You Are” that demonstrate the band’s broad songwriting palette. Among the eleven original tunes are two tributes that highlight Blurred Vision’s influences; “Dear John”, an emotional track written for Beatle legend John Lennon, and “The Keeper”, a prog-rock/mid-east fusion with melodies inspired by the Persian mystic poet Hafez and even sung in Persian on the first verse.Blurred Vision will perform at The Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto on November 23rd, for the Organized Insanity Album Release Concert. Part of the proceeds from the Hard Rock Cafe show will benefit WhyHunger, an international charity organization based in New York City. Blurred Vision are official ambassadors of the charity, who are behind the annual “Imagine There’s No Hunger” campaign that kicks off in November, in partnership with Yoko Ono Lennon, and Hard Rock International.Under the creative direction of acclaimed producer and filmmaker Babak Payami and his Toronto-based Imagisti Creative Studio, Blurred Vision is gearing up for a 2015 album launch concert tour of the U.K, U.S. and Canada. Details of the tour will be announced late 2014.
Video Live performances of The Tragically Hips hidden gemsVideo Live performances of The Tragically Hips hidden gems
October 15, 2019October 15, 2019
Buoyed by that, they’re among the uniquely talented acts whose deep cuts get as rapturous a reception as the hits. Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Escape Is At Hand For The Travellin’ Man (From Phantom Power) Advertisement The band are Canadian icons, but it wasn’t just name-checking hockey players and smaller dots on maps of the country that got them there. A lot of that can be chalked up to raucous live performances sharpened to a wicked edge by years of touring and anchored by Downie’s maniacal pacing and off-the-cuff monologues. Advertisement The tour announced by The Tragically Hip shortly after the band confirmed singer Gordon Downie’s brain cancer diagnosis kicks off in Victoria, B.C. Friday night. Login/Register With: There’s an argument to be made that this touching song about friends made on the road is the band’s best jam. A steady beat, an easily shouted chorus and a few guitar-borne whale sounds carry the lovely lyrics. Strapping on the guitar tends to anchor Downie to the stage, but his frenetic energy remains in this 2006 performance at The Phoenix in Toronto.
October 15, 2019October 15, 2019
Winnipeg-based band Streetheart is seen here in an undated handout photo, with lead singer Kenny Shields at centre. The band’s frontman, Kenny Shields died on Friday at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg, according to Robyn Stewart, executive director for the Western Canadian Music Alliance. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Trevor Brucki, *MANDATORY CREDIT* Twitter Kenny Shields, the brash lead singer of Canadian rock band Streetheart who swaggered across the country’s stages for decades, died of heart failure Friday. He was 69.The Juno-winning artist was part of the homegrown brand of guitar-driven hits that became rock radio staples throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, including “Action,” “Hollywood,” “Look in Your Eyes,” “What Kind of Love Is This,” and a cover of the Rolling Stones classic “Under My Thumb.”Guitarist Jeff Neill said Shields died Friday at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg after a number of heart problems. Advertisement Login/Register With: “At his peak he was as good as anyone who had ever picked up a mic, stood in front of a band and started singing,” Neill said.“Kenny had a confidence … He had a dangerous element that was attractive.”Born and raised in the small farming community of Nokomis, Sask., Shields’ knack for playing music started taking shape around the time he enrolled in an amateur talent show at six years old. He moved to Saskatoon to attend university where he joined local band Witness Incorporated.Shields began travelling across Canada with the band, touring with legendary acts including Roy Orbison and Cream, but his career was sidetracked in 1970 following a car accident that left him critically injured.After the dissolution of his first band, Shields moved to Winnipeg in 1975 to return his focus to music. He teamed up with another group from his home province, and in the years that followed, they would shuffle band members to eventually become Streetheart.The band would record six studio albums and a double-disc live album, which garnered several achievements, including six gold records, four platinum albums and a gold single. They’d also tour with AC/DC, Styx and Max Webster and were considered one of the best-selling rock bands to emerge from Western Canada in the 1970s.Neill says his band mate stood among the best in the business for his ability to command a stage and surprise the audience with theatrics.“If there was something to be climbed up — put a mic in his back pocket and climb up some scaffolding — he was more than willing to do that,” he said.“That bit of excitement, that bit of the unknown, was always a part of who he was.”Bob Hallett, formerly of Great Big Sea, remembers buying tickets to the band’s East Coast shows when he was a teenager. He said Streetheart was one of the top-notch Canadian rock ‘n’ roll acts that would play smaller cities.“The bands that did make it this far — the Streethearts, the April Wines, the Troopers — were really special to us,” Hallett remembers.“As far as we were concerned they were the biggest bands in the world.”Streetheart was an early pioneer of music video experimentation in Canada. A clip of 1979’s single “Under My Thumb” was commissioned by the band’s record label to promote their album “Under Heaven or Hell,” five years before MuchMusic would hit the airwaves. Advertisement The band also brought home a Juno Award for most promising group of the year in 1980.Around that time they faced conflicts behind the scenes, which led to band mates Paul Dean and Matt Frenette exiting to form Loverboy.Even after the original Streetheart lineup dissolved, Shields continued to play music, touring for years as the Kenny Shields Band in the 1980s.By the late 1990s, some members of the band reunited as Kenny Shields and Streetheart and began appearing at festival shows across the country.The band was inducted into the Western Canadian Music Association Hall of Fame in 2003.”I never really ever aspired to be in anything like this,” Shields said during the ceremony. “I never would have planned it.”Despite some heart problems in the past, Shields continued to perform until earlier this year when illness forced him to back out of a 40th anniversary tour.Earlier this month, the singer became confused and disoriented during a Canada Day concert in Sherwood Park, Alta. The band quickly scrapped their tour with an announcement on Facebook.Streetheart planned to play a farewell concert at the Winnipeg Classic RockFest next month as a tribute to Shields, with friends substituting for the singer. Organizers say their performance is still moving forward on Aug. 29 as scheduled.Shields is survived by his wife and daughter.BY DAVID FRIEND – THE CANADIAN PRES Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook
With billions in new fiscal room feds chose investments over return toWith billions in new fiscal room feds chose investments over return to
October 13, 2019October 13, 2019
OTTAWA – The Trudeau government tabled a budget Tuesday that will use billions of dollars worth of fresh fiscal runway for new investments, a decision that leaves Ottawa with no timetable for balanced books anywhere on its horizon.Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s budget will channel the extra dollars into new spending that he’s banking on to lift Canada’s long-term growth.In releasing his third fiscal plan, Morneau sought to reassure Canadians the new commitments would be carried out in a responsible way, while arguing his earlier investments had already produced encouraging economic results.“The economy is doing well — remarkably well,” Morneau said in prepared remarks of his budget speech.“With a strong and growing economy in place, we believe that now is the right time to focus on the deeper challenges that hold our economy — and our people — back.”Compared to the fall, the government says it has $19.8 billion in additional cash to play with over the next six years — an average of $3.3 billion a year in extra fiscal elbow room.That money was generated by a number of sources, including the stronger economy, revenues from tax changes for private corporations, lower-than-expected departmental spending and nearly $5 billion in re-profiled infrastructure commitments over the next two years alone.But due to the new investments, the government will continue posting annual deficits at roughly the same pace.Morneau’s plan to raise long-term growth is counting on waves of new measures designed to advance fundamental science, nurture the innovative economy and topple many of the barriers preventing women from fully participating in the workforce.Indeed, one of the predominant themes of the budget is to bring more women into the workforce, which many say will bring big economic benefits.But it remains to be seen whether the additional investments will be enough to give future generations the economic boost the Liberals have promised.Some say Ottawa has spent too much, because the government may have to eventually address another economic downturn or potential fallout from the trade and competitiveness uncertainty connected to the United States.Others argue Morneau should be spending far more if he truly wants to increase growth. For example, some said the budget’s lack of a comprehensive child-care plan means Ottawa hasn’t gone far enough to ensure the economy reaps the benefits of higher female participation in the workforce.The government is projecting deficits roughly in line with its October projections. The new outlook now shows an $18.1-billion shortfall for 2018-19 that’s expected to gradually shrink to $12.3 billion in 2022-23, including annual $3-billion cushions to offset risks.During the 2015 campaign, the Liberals had pledged to keep annual deficits at no more than $10 billion and to balance the books by 2019.On Tuesday, Morneau reiterated that he’s instead focused on another fiscal “anchor” of lowering the net debt-to-GDP ratio — a measure of Ottawa’s debt burden — each year. The budget predicts the ratio to decline each year over the outlook.The lack of target date for a balanced budget drew swift criticism Tuesday — from some economists and from the opposition Conservatives. There are concerns over Ottawa’s deficit plan at a time of economic expansion and warnings it could find itself far deeper down the deficit hole in the event of a recession.Other major worries are linked to the unknowns surrounding the outcome of the NAFTA renegotiation and the potentially greater fallout from the U.S. plan to slash corporate tax changes.Many have urged Morneau to respond by cutting business taxes in Canada — but he has refused to act until the U.S. government irons out the details of its tax overhaul. The budget acknowledged the uncertainty and said more analysis was necessary.The government will do its homework on the U.S. tax plan before taking any steps to address it, Morneau told a news conference before the budget was introduced.“It’s not news to me that business is asking for lower tax rates — I was in business, that’s a pretty common refrain,” Morneau said.Dennis Darby, president and CEO of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, said the budget was a “missed opportunity” because it lacked reforms needed to improve competitiveness and encourage investment. He added that changes were missing long before the U.S. tax changes emerged and they’ve only exacerbated the situation.Jean-Francois Perrault, chief economist for Scotiabank, said the government’s plans to focus new spending in the budget on important, long-term goals to address inequality also raise the question of whether it still has room to navigate rough economic waters in the future.“If you do things that reduce inequality, depending on how you do them, there is a growth payoff,” Perrault said.For example, he said the budget introduces lots of smaller steps towards raising workforce participation among women — but it lacks a broader child-care plan. For Perrault, child care is the single most important measure that encourages women to enter the workforce.The Liberals provided money in last year’s budget for child care, but many called it insufficient.Economist Armine Yalnizyan agreed that the budget lacks the “secret sauce” of child care.She said in other jurisdictions government-subsidized child care has proven it pays for itself by enabling more women to enter the workforce, thus raising revenues.Yalnizyan also argues that in its effort to keep the debt-to-GDP on a downward track, the Liberals are actually spending less over the outlook when the promised investments are compared to revenues. To explain it, she noted how the government moved forward nearly $5 billion in past infrastructure commitments to the next two years.She said as long as there’s no unexpected downturn, the government appears to keeping its fiscal powder dry this year, so it can put more into the 2019 budget — which will be tabled months before the next election.“But that does not square with their focus on saying we need to plan for the long-run growth of the economy,” Yalnizyan said.Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled Jean-Francois Perrault’s surname.
Tentative deal reached with education support workersTentative deal reached with education support workers
October 7, 2019October 7, 2019
Ontario has reached a tentative contract agreement with the union representing school support staff, ending a work-to-rule campaign.Education Minister Liz Sandals says in a statement that the deal is net-zero, meaning any salary increases are offset through savings elsewhere. The Liberal government had threatened to dock the pay of support staff represented by CUPE and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, as well as the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, if they didn’t end their work-to-rule campaigns. Premier Kathleen Wynne had said that if the unions didn’t end their administrative strikes by November 1st, she would give permission to school boards to trigger five days’ notice to dock their pay. Public elementary teachers are the only teachers in the province that haven’t reached an agreement.
Nigerias planned pullout of Bakassi Peninsula may be delayed UN envoy saysNigerias planned pullout of Bakassi Peninsula may be delayed UN envoy says
October 6, 2019October 6, 2019
Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa and Chairman of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, said yesterday that after extensive talks with Nigerian authorities, in addition to the head of Nigeria’s delegation to the Commission, Prince Bola Ajibola, he remained confident “progress is close at hand.”He stressed that Cameroon’s sovereignty in that area was not disputed, but “the planned operation may be delayed due to unexpected technical difficulties.”At the same time, Mr. Ould-Abdallah said, the Mixed Commission is carrying out its other activities to follow up on the implementation of the 2002 ruling by the International Court of Justice on the border between Nigeria and Cameroon in a satisfactory manner.He added that the demarcation process is progressing well, and that the two nations have submitted their view on how to proceed with a maritime boundary.
Teachers increasingly refusing to teach unruly children amid incidents of violence andTeachers increasingly refusing to teach unruly children amid incidents of violence and
September 25, 2019September 25, 2019
In 2013 there were four such ballots, which rose to eight in 2017. But NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said there were “many more” cases where action had eventually been taken by the school – but only after staff threatened to ballot for industrial action.According to official data, 5,075 children were suspended from secondary schools for physically assaulting a teacher in 2016/17 and 51,835 were suspended for verbal abuse or threatening behaviour against a teacher. Together, these made up almost one in five (19 per cent) of all suspensions.In primary schools, 17,500 children were suspended for a physical assault against a teacher and 6,220 for verbal abuse or threatening behaviour against a teacher, contributing to 37 per cent of all primary school suspensions.A Department of Education spokesperson said: “Teachers and school staff have a right to be safe while doing their jobs and any form of misconduct, including violence towards them, is completely unacceptable. “We have already made great strides in empowering teachers to tackle bad behaviour and have recently announced a £10 million investment to support schools to share best practice in behaviour management.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. School staff are increasingly refusing to teach unruly children, figures show, amid incidents of violence and sexual assault.The number of “refusal to teach” ballots has doubled in the past five years, according to the teaching union National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT).Teachers at a comprehensive school in Cardiff refused to teach a Year 10 boy with a history of “disruptive, aggressive and violent behaviour” who sexually assaulted a female member of staff, the union said.Meanwhile staff a secondary school in Tyne and Wear refused to teach a Year 9 girl who was becoming “more and more violent”, and had been urinating throughout the school, often in front of staff, as well as “defecating around the school [and] wiping it on school equipment”.At an academy in Essex, teachers balloted for industrial action after staff said they no longer felt safe due to “physical and verbal abuse” from students and reports of a number of blades and weapons brought into school.Under a “refusal to teach” ballot, staff in a particular school can take industrial action as a last resort, to protest against the behaviour of a particular pupil. They can also take action short of a strike, which could involve refusing to cover lessons for colleagues or take on voluntary duties.
Cimos Koper is out of Championship race – Radojkovic to lose jobCimos Koper is out of Championship race – Radojkovic to lose job
September 22, 2019September 22, 2019
← Previous Story Masip had higher salary than the players Next Story → Topic of the Week: SEHA as a future of “South Stream”? Cimos KoperFredi Radojkovic Current Slovenian champion, Gorenje Velenje beat Cimos Koper 35:28 in derby match last Wednesday. Now, EHF CL 2011/2012 TOP 8 team from Koper is 8 points behind Gorenje and 6 behind Celje Pivovarna Lasko what means that championship race is almost over for the Champion and Challenge Cup Winner from 2011. Normally, media speculation about changes on the Koper’s bench began and current coach, Fredi Radojkovic answered:– I didn’t resign, but I think about that solution. I don’t know how are making this kind of stories. It is normal when team doesn’t fit the ambition that coach is first who has to leave. I will understand and accept any decision from the Management – said Radojkovic who win all the trophies with the Cimos in the last three seasons.photo: siol.net
Get an extra 25GB of storage in the Dropbox Great Space RaceGet an extra 25GB of storage in the Dropbox Great Space Race
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
Among the many cloud storage services available today, Dropbox has continued to stand out from the pack by providing lots of ways to earn extra free storage. They offer an additional 500MB for referrals, and 125MB for connecting a Facebook account, following Dropbox on Twitter, or just providing feedback. Today the company announced a new way to get an even bigger boost to your storage limit: The Great Dropbox Space Race.By registering a college email address and installing the Dropbox client, you’ll earn points for your school. As the school’s point total climbs, everyone who participates can earn extra free storage for the next two years. Each person gets an extra 3GB just for signing up for the Space Race, but if the school reaches the top tier, the total bonus space will hit 25GB.If you’ve already got a Dropbox account that’s registered with a non-school email account, you can still participate by verifying your school address on the Space Race page. By registering you’ll earn 1 point for your school, and you can then tack on an additional 2 points by going through the Dropbox “Get Started” guide. If you refer one of your classmates to the promotion, you’ll also earn 1 point when he or she registers, and 2 when he or she completes the guide. And all of those referrals will still earn you the usual 500MB bonus.There are four reward levels of 3GB, 8GB, 15GB, and 25GB. The number of points needed to reach them are different for each school, and are normalized according to the school’s total enrollment. So even if you’re at a smaller school, you’ve still got a shot at hitting that 25GB mark.Read more at the Dropbox blog
September 17, 2019September 17, 2019
Neymar’s former Barcelona team-mate Martin Montoya believes that the Brazilian wants to return to the clubThe 26-year-old left Barcelona last year for a world-record transfer of €222m to Paris Saint-Germain.However, Neymar has been persistently linked with a return to Camp Nou along with a shock switch to rivals Real Madrid.The likes of Lucas Vazquez welcome the idea of Neymar joining Los Blancos.But former Barcelona defender Montoya is certain Neymar’s heart lies in Catalonia.“I don’t know, I think it is difficult to get done,” Montoya told Goal about a possible Neymar return to Barcelona.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“Paris is also a great team and I don’t think they will let him to leave easily.“Paris paid a big amount of money for him and I don’t think Barcelona would pay the same price for him [to come back].“I think Neymar wants to go back because he was really comfortable and adapted the three years he was at the club.”In his four years at Barcelona, Neymar forced a deadly “MSN” attacking partnership with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.“He had a great connection with Luis Suarez and Messi, but I think it is very difficult for him to come back to Barca,” added Montoya.Neymar has managed 12 goals and six assists in 14 appearances across all competitions for PSG this season.
Clark County likely to reach deal on housing straysClark County likely to reach deal on housing strays
September 16, 2019September 16, 2019
Clark County Commissioners seem to realize they have no other options than to agree to terms on a contract with the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.Last month, the county was given an Oct. 1 deadline by the Humane Society to agree to a two-year contract to house county strays.Toward the end of a nearly hourlong debate, Mielke said he believed the Humane Society held the upper hand.“I think we’re limited to what we can do in our negotiations,” Mielke said.Mielke then asked Madore, who has long voiced multiple issues about the contract, if he recognized the deadline. Madore responded, “yes,” and from there commissioners began to work on a timeline to agree to a contract.Stacey Graham, president and executive director of the Humane Society’s local chapter, said the society would accept a letter of intent in lieu of a contract as the county continues to work out specifics.A draft of that letter is expected to come back to commissioners at next week’s board time.And while the matter has been debated since March, the truth is there is no obvious alternative to the Humane Society for housing stray animals the county picks up, a legal requirement mandated by the state. There is no other properly sized facility operating such services in the area, and a county cost analysis on building and operating a shelter of its own as an alternative came back north of $1 million a year in operating costs alone.In March, the Humane Society requested the county boost its payment to $132.50 per animal in 2013, and to $145 per animal in 2014.For years, the county has paid the Humane Society less than what the organization says it costs to house animals. In 2012, the county paid $120 per animal, or a total of $265,000 on the year.
September 15, 2019September 15, 2019
MIAMI SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – Homeowners in a Miami Springs neighborhood are on edge after two alligators were spotted in the area.One homeowner said the gator was first spotted last week in a lake near Lake Drive and Royal Ponciana Boulevard.Another neighbor said they spotted a gator while swimming in their pool over the weekend.One gator was lassoed and caught by trappers over the weekend. However, the other is still being monitored in the water.The gator sightings have caused some concern for residents of the neighborhood because most of the families have pets, children and unfenced in yards.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Installation Officials Offer Insight on What Else Communities Can Do to SupportInstallation Officials Offer Insight on What Else Communities Can Do to Support
September 13, 2019September 13, 2019
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Washington, D.C. — While much of the opening day of the 2018 Defense Communities National Summit focused on recognizing the contributions communities make on behalf of the missions and personnel at neighboring installations, keynote speakers highlighted additional actions local leaders can take to support military readiness. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson urged community officials to take a public stance when a dispute involving an installation and the community arises; for example, if residents were to complain about noise from military aircraft or traffic at a gate backing up onto local roads. When such a conflict surfaces, it’s important for community members to explain why “the sound of freedom” is important, Wilson said. Rather than base officials calling in to radio shows to explain the requirements of a military mission, listeners need to hear community representatives make the case for a particular sacrifice on the part of residents. “You need to make the call,” she said. “These things matter.”Meanwhile, Lucian Niemeyer, assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, urged community leaders to consider projects outside the gates that support installation readiness, including efforts to enhance energy and water resilience or resolve environmental concerns. Local commanders already have a lot on their plate, Niemeyer said.Phyllis Bayer, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, advised community leaders to come forward with prospective ideas for partnering or for introducing smart cities technologies that could benefit a local base. Wilson also cited two specific issues communities can address to support military families. The first is focusing on the quality of public schools, an overriding concern as military families move frequently. The other issue is easing the way for military spouses to continue their careers by ensuring their states offer reciprocity for spouses’ professional licenses. “[It’s] a very big deal,” she said. In February, all three service secretaries wrote the National Governors Association to underscore the importance of the two issues.Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quay Drawdy
Impart Vedic knowledge to mankind students told TTD SO AVImpart Vedic knowledge to mankind students told TTD SO AV
September 6, 2019September 6, 2019
Tirumala: TTD Special Officer (Tirumala) AV Dharma Reddy exhorted the students of Vedic studies that the essence of Vedas and ancient knowledge should be imparted to future generations to promote righteous and moral bound lifestyles in society. Speaking at the 127th convocation of the TTD Veda Vignana Peetham here on Saturday, Dharma Reddy said that the TTD set up Veda Pathashala to rejuvenate the declining Vedic studies by providing free education, economic support and basic facilities to the students taking up Vedic studies. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us As a result, thousands of students are popularising the importance of Vedas today. He also applauded the parents of students for encouraging their wards in Vedic studies. He stated the Vedic students are equally important to IAS, IPS, IRS, doctors, engineers and other professions. Veda Vignana Peetham Principal Kuppa Venkata Shiva Subramanyam Avadhani highlighted its 136 glorious years chequered history and said 610 students in 17 faculties led by 50 teachers are presently studying in the peetham. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The EO said students of the 12-year-long Vedic studies attracted TTD financial grant of Rs 3 lakh in the form of bank deposits and Rs 1 lakh for those, who underwent eight years courses. The students received these funds including the interest accrued after the completion of studies. They also became eligible for professional posts of Veda pundits, Archakas, Purohits, teachers and also a dignified status in the society, he added. Thereafter, the Tirumala SO presented certificates and 10 gram silver medals to all 31 graduates of the Peetham completed various Vedic courses.
Who will pick Indias 2019 World Cup squad Here are the 5Who will pick Indias 2019 World Cup squad Here are the 5
September 5, 2019September 5, 2019
MSK Prasad, former wicket-keeper batsman, is chairman of selectorsThe date has been set. Indian cricket team for the 2019 World Cup will be selected on April 15. But who are the men making the big decisions? The Indian selection committee is unique. It consists of five people representing the five zones of domestic cricket. Let’s get to know these individuals a little betterMSK Prasad – Chairman (South)Mannava Sri Kanth Prasad is the chairman of the selection committee. From Andhra Pradesh, he was never as successful as his namesake Venkatesh from the neighbouring state of Karnataka. To be fair, he played for India at the worst time. Making his debut in 1999, MSK was part of the disastrous tour of Australia where the Sachin Tendulkar-led Indian team received a 3-0 drubbing.Prasad was one of a spate of wicket-keepers India tried after the exit of Nayan Mongia – a search that ended only when Mahendra Singh Dhoni arrived on the stage.Devang Gandhi – (East) Devang Gandhi perished on India’s ill-fated 1999/00 tour of AustraliaDarren England/Getty ImagesOn that same fateful tour of Australia, Devang Gandhi too was a casualty. Gujarati by birth but player for Bengal in Ranji Trophy, Gandhi was an opener who began his career against New Zealand at home.One Test in Australia was, however, enough for Indian team management to feel that he is lacking in technique against pace bowling and send him home. His domestic career was reasonably good with an average of 42.73 in 95 games.Jatin Paranjape – (West)Jatin Paranjape played only four ODIs in his international career. Son of the famous Mumbai cricketer and coach Vasu Paranjape, the 46-year old is also married to the sister of Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre. Unfortunately for him, his relations are more prominent than his record.Gagan Khoda – (Central)Ironically, Gagan Khoda has a highest score of 89 in his international career of two ODIs. Hailing from Rajasthan, Khoda remained a stalwart for his home state and scored more than 8,000 runs in 132 first-class games at an average of 39.06.Sarandeep Singh – (North) Sarandeep Singh is a former Delhi Player and representative of North Zone in selection committeeRebecca Naden – PA Images/Getty ImagesUndoubtedly, the best player among these selectors, Sarandeep – a reliable and consistent off-spinner – had the misfortune of being around at the same time as Harbhajan Singh. His best moment came in 2002 when he helped India save a Test in West Indies while batting with Rahul Dravid. Apart from picking more than 300 wickets in 92 matches in first-class cricket, he was once described as the Jason Gillespie of Indian domestic cricket due to his dogged style of batting.
September 3, 2019September 3, 2019
Ten Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village. ReutersSome Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar are finding work in the fishing industry in neighbouring Bangladesh, earning a tiny daily income and occasional share of the catch, all under the official radar.The Shamlapur refugee camp, near a fishing colony on one of the world’s longest beaches, is home to about 10,000 Rohingya refugees, aid groups say, many driven out of Myanmar’s Rakhine State by sectarian violence last year.“We saved our lives by escaping here, so we are happy to be here,” said Mohammed Yosuf, 20, who works as a fisherman, earning about 200 or Tk 300 ($1.20 to $3.60) for each five-day trip.Yosuf said he fled with his wife, Sobora Khatun, who was nine months’ pregnant when they escaped after two months shackled in captivity. Their three-year-old son drowned in a river crossing, but baby daughter Rukia was born safely.They are among nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled a military crackdown, the United Nations and human rights groups say, almost all of them winding up in makeshift camps around the southern district of Cox’s Bazar.Although the refugees cannot work legally, some find jobs on fishing boats or help push them out to sea. The vessels are similar to the craft that carried thousands of Rohingya across the waters to Bangladesh.Others in the camp earn money by shattering ice blocks to preserve the catch in the searing heat, mending nets or repairing boats.Two in five Rohingyas depend on a family member with an informal job in Shamlapur, while one in 20 rely on financial assistance from a family member abroad, a survey by migration research group the Exchange Foundation shows.“Rohingyas in Shamlapur are mostly living in makeshift accommodation and are only occasionally engaged in (illegal and seasonal) gainful employment,” the group said in March.“A sword to my face”Some Rohingya women have found work drying fish at a yard in nearby Nazirartek, for a daily takehome of Tk 100 to Tk 200 ($1.20 to $2.40).“I was wounded by a sword to my face,” said Hasina Begum, 30, describing how she fled her home.“Then I lost consciousness and I was lying on the ground and some of my neighbours took me to the boat and we crossed the river to the Bangladesh border,” said Hasina, who battles pain and memory difficulties after losing the sight of one eye.She escaped from Kutupalong refugee camp to seek fish-drying work.“Yes, it’s a better life, as I can work here with drying fish and I can earn money,” she added.Spread over 200 acres (81 hectares), the fish-drying yards handle around 100 tonnes of fish every day of the peak drying season from September to May.Here, under a blistering noon sun, a Rohingya woman toils over a long wooden table, sorting pungent clusters of fish while constantly swatting away flies and mosquitoes. Others tie up fish that had been draped over bamboo poles to dry.The fish-drying industry generates annual revenue of about $20 million, traders and government officials say.Even the children work hard.From dawn, they push boats into the water or join fishing trips to earn a small bag of fish they can swap for tamarind from canny beachside vendors who get the better of the deal, as the fish is prized above the sour flavouring the children enjoy.Hakim Ali, 45, works on a salt pan on the edge of the Teknaf river dividing the two countries, carrying bags of salt for Tk 10 (12 cents) each to gather between Tk 300 and Tk 500 ($3.60 and $6) every day.Ali said he left his home near the town of Buthidaung in Myanmar eight months ago, after rampaging mobs killed one of his brothers, threw another in jail and razed his home and paddy fields.“We want justice and freedom of movement in Myanmar,” Ali told Reuters, when asked what it would take for him to return.“If the Myanmar government fulfils the demand, that day I will go.” ($1=Tk 82.8800)
September 2, 2019September 2, 2019
A recent paper highlights the sexualization of women in the field: In a list of the top words that correlated most frequently with women interviewing for jobs, none had anything to do with economics. Teresa Ghilarducci of The New School for Social Research sits down with economics correspondent Paul Solman to discuss power imbalances. Share
September 1, 2019September 1, 2019
Hello my dear friends. I have been a little under the weather for the past couple of weeks, but the show must go on. I want to start off by telling you about my popular Godchild, Mrs. Maybelle, who is still making her mark in our Baltimore community by giving back. She is not only a very popular, very talented and gifted comedian, but she is the producer and CEO of her own full figured modeling company. This weekend on March 18, at the Forum Caterers she will step up again with a fashion show only as Mrs. Maybelle could do. Cash bar and lite fare are included. I will see you there.Mrs. Maybelle and Company host their 11th annual Full Figured Fashion Show, on March 18, 2 p.m.-6 p.m., at the Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Ave. For ticket information, call 443-226-8895.There is another one of our local entertainers who has gone national, but always comes back to his hometown to share his gift; I am talking about Isaac Parham a gifted and talented saxophonist. Parham is a native of Baltimore and attended the Music Careers Program at Frederick Douglass High School, and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, a conservatory and university-preparatory school. The school has influenced the music of Grover Washington, Jr., Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, David Sanborn and so many others. Check him out at the Caton Castle Lounge, on Caton Ave. and Hilton Street on March 17, 6p.m.-10p.m. I promise you will not be disappointed. If you enjoy good jazz then you will enjoy Parham and his band.Isaac Parham will headline the jazz show at Caton Castle Lounge on March 17, 6p.m.-10p.m. For ticket information, call 410-566-7086.There are a couple of things I must inform you about in advance, because for one of the events, you have to make deposit early for a jazz bus trip coming up in June. Let me explain; Jazz Expressways Foundation will host a weekend trip to the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington, June 22 thru June. As you see that is a few months away meaning you have to get your deposit in very soon this month. Now check this out! We are leaving Baltimore on June 22 at 10 a.m., from Cromwell Bridge Road in Towson, stopping for shopping and eating at Christiana Shopping Mall. The trip also includes reservations for two nights and three days at the Doubletree Hotel, admission to the festival and much more, including a stop at the Delaware Park Casino on the way home. Call 410-532-8536 for ticket information.Mousey Thompson, drummer will grace the stage at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills, Md., in concert with “The James Brown Experience,” and special guest, the Rodney Kelley Experience. For ticket information, call 443-798-1942.The other event you need to know about in advance is called “Bangin’ with the Boomers” a party for the young at heart. Come and join me for an afternoon of fun, food, door prizes, vendors, live entertainment, dance music by DJ Sugar Chris and dancing for all my senior citizen fans, who love reading my column. We have put together a buffet luncheon party just for you at the Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Ave., on Apr. 12, noon- 3p.m. Get out of that senior citizen building; I don’t care if you come by mobility van, car, bus, wheelchair, walker or cane, come out and have some fun with me. For ticket information, call me at 410-833-9474. If you like it, then I will do this every 2nd Thursday of the month. So call me or email me email@example.com.Well, my dear friends, it is about that time. Remember, I love you, and if you need me call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until the next time, I’m musically yours.