NSBI Approves Innovation Rebate

first_imgNova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for RKO Steel Limited. Based in Burnside Industrial Park, RKO Steel has been manufacturing steel products, coatings and other high quality steel items for over 30 years, for export across Canada, the United States and other international markets. RKO Steel Limited is proceeding with a $2.9 million capital investment to add specialized stainless and aluminum welding equipment to meet the increased demand for export and help increase efficiency and production levels. The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $725,000 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $2.9 million. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $2 million and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs. Quick facts: the Innovation Rebate Program was developed in consultation with Nova Scotia companies the Innovation Rebate Program provides financial incentives on projects that enable a company to increase innovation capacity through private sector capital investments or adoption of new technologies and business processes the program provides up to a 25 per cent rebate based on eligible project costs, as defined in the Innovation Rebate Program guidelines the total project cost must be between $2 million and $15 million. The maximum amount of eligible project costs to which the rebate will be applied is $15 million. the maximum rebate amount for an eligible project, including related parties, cannot exceed $3,750,000 over a 24-month period the innovation rebate works as a rebate against a company’s direct costs and is only paid out once the project is completecenter_img Information on NSBI transactions can be found at http://www.novascotiabusiness.com/fundingdisclosures. -30-last_img read more

Buffetts firm reports 25B 4Q loss on paper stock losses

OMAHA, Neb. — Warren Buffett’s company recorded a $25 billion loss in the fourth quarter because of a big drop in the paper value of several of its stock investments.Buffett said Saturday that Berkshire Hathaway’s businesses are performing well overall, but it has to record the market value of its stock holdings at the end of each quarter and Buffett has struggled to find attractive acquisitions recently. Berkshire lost $25.4 billion, or $10.31 per Class B share, in the quarter. That’s down from last year’s profit of $32.6 billion, or $13.19 per B share.Buffett has long said Berkshire’s operating earnings offer a better view of quarterly performance because they exclude investments and derivatives, which can vary widely.By that measure, Berkshire reported operating earnings of $5.7 billion, or about $2.32 per B share. That’s up from $3.3 billion, or about $1.35 per share.The five analysts surveyed by FactSet expected Berkshire to report operating earnings of $9.58 per share for the full year. Berkshire reported operating earnings of $24.8 billion, or about $10.05 per B share.The Associated Press read more

Rain to continue till Monday

Showers or thundershowers will develop elsewhere during the afternoon and night. Heavy falls (more than 100mm) is also likely at some places. The Department of Meteorology  also said that showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Pottuvil via Galle and at several places as well.Winds will be Southwesterly and speed will be 30-40 km/hr. The speed may increase up to 50kmph at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Trincomalee via Jaffna and from Hambantota to Pottuvil. The heavy rain experienced in some parts of the country will continue till Monday, the Department of Meteorology said today.According to the Department of Meteorology showers will occur at times in the Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-Western provinces and in the Jaffna peninsula. The sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Trincomalee via Jaffna and from Hambantota to Pottuvil may be fairly rough at times. (Colombo Gazette) There may be temporary localized strong winds during showers. The general public have been requested to take adequate precautions to minimize the damages caused by lightning activities. read more

SMMT appoints new Aftermarket Development Manager

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Wendy Williamson as Aftermarket Development Manager. Wendy brings a wealth of experience in the aftermarket sector and will take control of SMMT activities from the end of the year when SMMT’s current aftermarket expert, Bob Davis, retires.Prior to joining SMMT, Wendy spent many years working both in the commercial vehicle and automotive sectors at Unipart. Her relationship with key stakeholders and knowledge of topical issues will prove invaluable as SMMT builds-on and develops its aftermarket activities.Commenting on SMMT’s new appointment, Chief Executive Paul Everitt said, “The aftermarket sector is one of UK automotive’s most diverse and dynamic business areas, so Wendy’s experience and passion for the industry will be invaluable to SMMT’s support for its aftermarket members.”Wendy replaces Bob Davis who retires after more than 27 years in the industry with SMMT. During his time with SMMT, he was a board member of FIGIEFA, the international body for automotive aftermarket distributers, was influential in the ‘Right to Repair’ campaign and has recently been instrumental in the progress towards digital radio rollout across the sector.Wendy can be contacted on wwilliamson@smmt.co.uk and on 020 7344 9235.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Teck Receives Area Based Management Plan Order for Elk Valley British Columbia

first_imgTeck Resources has received an Area Based Management Plan Order from the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, providing clarity around watershed protection and mining activities in the Elk Valley of British Columbia. Developing a regulatory basis to deal with impacts of mining on water quality in this region, and will establish a regulatory context for permitting of future mining activity.The Order, issued under Section 89 of the Environmental Management Act, stipulates the development of an area-based management plan, in consultation with communities of interest. The plan to be developed will address the impact of selenium and other substances released by mining activities throughout the watershed, associated economic and social costs and benefits, and concentration targets and time-frames required to stabilise and reduce levels of these substances.The Order establishes a long-term selenium concentration target for Lake Koocanusa which Teck expects can be achieved using water treatment technologies described in its draft Valley-wide Selenium Management Action Plan which was submitted to regulators early in the first quarter. Development of the area-based plan in accordance with the Order and the associated public consultation is expected to take up to 15 months. Permitting activities on Line Creek Phase II and other Teck projects are expected to continue in the interim.Senior Vice President of Sustainability and External Affairs, Marcia Smith said “Teck is committed to maintaining the health of the Elk River and this step by the province provides a path forward to finalizing an Elk Valley Water Quality Plan. This measure recognizes the priority of protecting the environment while also ensuring the economic well-being of local communities and residents.”As the operator of five steelmaking coal mines in the Elk Valley which directly employs over 4,000 people, Teck is committed to continued work with communities, first nations and other local stakeholders to finalise an area-based plan that achieves the shared goal of protecting the watershed and economic health of the region.Teck’s Valley-wide Selenium Management Action Plan outlines significant measures to protect aquatic health while supporting sustainable mining activities in the Elk Valley and will be adapted as Teck works with communities of interest to meet the terms of the Order. The plan includes investments by Teck over the next five years of up to C$600 million on the installation of water diversion and treatment facilities, investments in research and development to improve selenium management, and on-going aquatic monitoring.“We have been taking action on this issue for the past several years,” added Smith. “To date, we have constructed several water diversions to keep water clean, and construction is currently underway on our first water treatment plant at Line Creek Operations.”last_img read more

€569 million Ryanairs profit for last year up 13

first_imgRYANAIR HAS REVEALED a full year profit after tax of €569 million, up 13 per cent on last year.Revenue rose by 13 per cent to €4.88 billion to the end of March 2013.Passenger numbers were also up by five per cent to 79.3 million, which the low-cost carrier said helped lead to the profit increase.The airline reported the profits despite higher oil costs, up by 8 per cent, and an increase in fuel unit costs which rose by 3 per cent, while the average fare improved by 6 per cent. Fuel now represents a 45 per cent of the companies total costs.Seven new bases were opened by the carrier last year – Chania in Greece, Eindhoven and Maastricht in the Netherlands, Fez in Morocco, Krakow in Poland, Marrakech in Morocco and Zadar in Croatia.It also started to travel to 217 new routes to now give a total of over 1,600 routes and has a total fleet of 305 after buying 15 new aircrafts last year.Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary welcomed the profit announcement but said they were disappointed that the European Commission in February 2013 decided to prohibit Ryanair’s third offer for Aer Lingus.Read: As Norwegian PM boycotts Ryanair, O’Leary insists staff not treated like slaves>More: On the up: Aer Lingus passenger figures increase in March>last_img read more

Spooky card tricks and scary snakes whats your Halloween party turn

first_img Oct 30th 2016, 8:00 PM IT’S HALLOWEEN EVE and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a…. WHAT WAS THAT?If you’re still looking for a scare at bedtime, Irish performance artist Grim Squeaker took some time out this week ahead of his Bleedin’ Deadly appearances in the Bram Stoker Festival, to share two of his best tricks with TheJournal.ie.WARNING: One of these is not child-friendly but you can see it here – just DON’T try it at home.Here’s the card trick we can put on the site without a health warning:The Three-Card Scary Monty Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeMeanwhile, his partner Kitty le Roux was teaching us how to care for snakes this week when we met them both as they prepped for their Halloween shows. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeDo you have an unusual party trick? Let us know below.The painless man and the reptile queen: Meet one of Ireland’s most unusual power couples> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Spooky card tricks and scary snakes: what’s your Halloween party turn? Irish performance artists Grim Squeaker and Kitty Le Roux share theirs with us. By Fora Staff Sunday 30 Oct 2016, 8:00 PM Share9 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/3050710 9,637 Views Short URL 9 Comments last_img read more

Explosives firearms and ammunition recovered by gardaí in Co Louth

first_img Image: Garda Press Office https://jrnl.ie/4518996 Gardaí during a follow up search on 28 February. Source: Garda Press Office Gardaí during a dig for weapons in Omeath last month.New IRA As previously reported by TheJournal.ie, the find on 1 February is linked to the so-called New IRA – a splinter group which gardaí and the PSNI believe is in the process of unearthing weapons stored in remote areas along the border.As we move closer to the possibility of a no deal Brexit, gardaí believe certain elements of the dissident community are unearthing caches of weapons which have been buried in a number of locations across the region for a number of years.Dozens of areas are suspected of being utilised in this way but police on both sides of the border need concrete evidence before a dig for munitions is launched. Former Chief Constable of the PSNI, Hugh Orde, warned about the risks of a border leading to a resumption violence in the area.Orde said recreating a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic would have “huge consequences in terms of security” and police and customs officers “would become a target”.With reporting from Garreth MacNamee Image: Garda Press Office 8 Comments Explosives, firearms and ammunition recovered by gardaí in Co Louth The army EOD team destroyed some of the material in a controlled explosion. Friday 1 Mar 2019, 11:06 AM By Adam Dalycenter_img Short URL Mar 1st 2019, 11:06 AM GARDAÍ IN LOUTH have discovered explosives, firearms and ammunition during a follow-up search operation targeting dissident republican groups at lands near Omeath.Searches carried out on 1 February, in the same area on the Cooley Peninsula, recovered a substantial quantity of ammunition of varied calibre along with a mortar tube. During yesterday’s search operation, gardaí recovered a number of explosives, two firearms and a sizable quantity of ammunition of various calibres.Gardaí said this probe formed part of investigations targeting the activities of dissident republicans.The army EOD team – assisting members of Garda Special Detective unit – destroyed some of the material in a controlled explosion. A spokesperson said that gardaí wouldn’t provide any further details at this time due to “operational reasons”.  Share20 Tweet Email 13,561 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

HP excels at life in the fast lane

first_imgWith Hewlett-Packard’s newest inkjet printer, a product hatched partly in Vancouver, many numbers stagger.Some examples: The newly released Officejet Pro X printer contains 42,240 nozzles, each placing ink drops one-third the size of a human hair on a piece of paper. The ink drops onto the page at a speed of up to 30 miles per hour. Hewlett-Packard boasts that the printer can produce documents at half the cost per page of comparable laser printers, while using just half as much energy.But HP is banking on one number, and it’s one that employees of HP’s Printing and Personal Systems Group in Vancouver are especially proud of: this machine can produce up to 70 printed pages per minute. In fact, the new Officejet model is listed in Guinness World Records as the world’s fastest inkjet or laser printer in its price range. That claim is based on a test of comparable printers undertaken April 6 in Vancouver. (The record is based on the printer’s fastest setting; a higher-quality setting prints 42 pages per minute).The new Officejet Pro X printers are getting rave reviews, even from inkjet skeptics. “Blazing fast,” declared one technology geek blog. “The baddest business inkjet printer of all,” claimed another. Among mainstream computer publications, Computer Shopper joined the praise chorus by calling the Officejet Pro X “a slam-dunk winner for small businesses and workgroups.”In the glow of such commentary, it’s not surprising that local HP engineers and other design team members take special pride in what they’ve helped create. Indeed, they believe the new line of printers — which contain hundreds of patented components — breaks through so many technological barriers that they have the potential to reinvigorate and expand the stagnant inkjet printer market.“This is one of those moments when you introduce a set of innovations that you see the significance of what you’ve done and possibilities of where you can go in the future,” said Stephen Nigro, HP’s senior vice president of Inkjet Printing Solutions, who is based in Vancouver. “It changes the view of where inkjet printing will go. We’re changing our market projections about the growth of inkjet.”last_img read more

Walker Appoints Lincoln To Vacant Alaska House Seat

first_imgAustin Baird, a spokesman for Walker, said after some conversations with district party leaders, it “became clear” that residents wanted additional candidates to be considered. He says Lincoln was one of two additional candidates to step forward. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A vice president of an Alaska Native regional corporation has been appointed to the western Alaska House seat left vacant by the resignation of Democratic Rep. Dean Westlake. Gov. Bill Walker late Wednesday appointed John Lincoln of Kotzebue to replace Westlake, who resigned last month after being accused by female aides of unwanted touching and inappropriate comments. Lincoln’s appointment is subject to confirmation by House Democrats. Lincoln’s name was not on an initial short list of three finalists sent to the governor from Democrats in the district, House District 40.last_img read more

Adobe Lightroom is now in the Mac App Store

first_img See It Computers Photography See All See it Stephen Shankland/CNET The Mac App Store has received significant criticism, but Apple’s efforts to improve it apparently have paid off, as Adobe started using the store to sell its Lightroom software for the first time on Thursday. The photo-editing and cataloging software, geared for photo enthusiasts and pros who want something richer than Google Photos or Apple Photos, costs the same as outside the Mac App Store: $10 per month, including the software and 1TB of online storage.”With the redesign of the Mac App Store, it was the perfect time to set this in motion and make Lightroom the first Adobe app to be available on the MAS,” Sharad Mangalick, Lightroom principal product manager, said in a statement. “We’ve been working closely with Apple to bring Lightroom to leverage the new MAS.”On iPhones and iPads, the App Store is the only way you can download software, and plenty of Adobe apps are available there. But on Macs, you can also download apps directly from the software maker. By bypassing the Mac App Store, developers can sidestep some security-minded restrictions, Apple approval processes and the 30% fee Apple charges.Plenty of software is available through the Mac App Store, though, which can be familiar to iPhone users, bring buyers some assurances that software can be trusted, and offer sellers benefits when it comes to software discovery, distribution and payments. Apple scored one notable victory when Microsoft released Office 365 on the Mac App Store in January.Adobe offers Lightroom in the Mac App Store with a seven-day free trial. “Once your free trial ends, the recurring monthly payment is automatically charged to your iTunes account,” Adobe says on the Lightroom Mac App Store listing. If you want to cancel, you have to do so at least 24 hours before the beginning of a new monthly billing cycle. It’s a 603MB download.One app that isn’t available through the Mac App Store, though, is Adobe’s Lightroom Classic, a version with a longer lineage and a richer feature set. For now at least, the newer Lightroom, until recently called Lightroom CC, is the only option.Adobe's Lightroom software, now available on the Mac App Store, is designed for editing and cataloging photos and costs $10 per month.Adobe’s Lightroom software, now available in the Mac App Store, is designed for editing and cataloging photos and costs $10 per month. Apple “Lightroom is better suited architecturally to operate within the structure of the Mac App Store,” Mangalick said of Lightroom Classic’s absence. “We can’t go into specifics, but it is related to sandboxing and how Lightroom and Lightroom Classic differ in approaching photo organization.” Sandboxing is a security precaution that reins in potentially badly behaving apps, but it also limits the power of legitimate apps.The newer Lightroom, which stores photos in the cloud, is more appropriate for a world where you might be taking photos with your phone’s Lightroom app one day, editing them on your iPad or Mac the next, then showing them with the Lightroom web app the day after that.It’s gradually maturing, but it’s missing plenty of features, like the ability to tag photos with location data, choose rich options for importing and exporting photos, or create photo books. And that cloud connection can be costly — you have to pay more to store bigger photo catalogs.Lightroom in the Mac App Store is available in all countries where Adobe already sells it. Adobe didn’t comment on what fraction of sales revenue it pays Apple.Adobe didn’t comment on any plans to bring other members of its Creative Cloud software suite to the Mac App Store.Originally published June 20, 6 a.m. PT.Update, 10 a.m.: Adds more detail about Lightroom pricing in the Mac App Store. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $249 Best Buy Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier $329 reading • Adobe endorses Apple Mac App Store with Lightroom release Share your voice Adobe Creative Cloud Adobe Apple Lightroom Post a comment Review • Apple iPad 2018 review: The iPad for everyonecenter_img Mentioned Above Apple iPad 2018 (space gray, 32GB) Amazon $249 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 0 Apple iPad • $249 See It See It Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple Tagslast_img read more

Tax Liability Eats into HDFC Earnings Q4 Net Profit Down by Half

first_imgHousing Development Finance Corp. Ltd (HDFC), the country’s largest housing financier, saw its profit nearly halved in the March quarter of FY15, as a result of provision for deferred tax liability.HDFC’s net profit increased by 8% to Rs 1,862 crore for the quarter ended March 2015, compared to a profit of Rs 1,723 crore in the same quarter in FY14. On a consolidated basis, net profit was up 10% to Rs 2,646 crore.The mortgage financier had to set aside Rs 119.77 crore as deferred tax liability in the January-March quarter against Rs 87.29 crore in December quarter.Analysts say that net profit growth would have come at 15% in the absence of deferred tax liability.”This was the first year they had to make this provision for deferred tax, so the impact may be higher but going forward the numbers will adjust. The company will also benefit from lower cost of funds next year as domestic interest rates drop and they also make use of the $500 million approval to raise money from abroad,” said Ravi Shenoy, assistant vice president, midcaps research, Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd, told Live Mint.The bank’s consolidated profit growth is less than its usual 20% rate due to the deferred tax liability, Shenoy said.However, the fall in net profit due to deferred tax provision was partly offset by an increase in individual loan growth.Individual loans increased by 23% in the fourth quarter, while non-individual loans picked up by 14% on annual basis. Loans for individual homebuyers accounted for 71% of total loan book in the financial year.Overall, the size of bank’s loan book rose to Rs.2.28 trillion in the March quarter, from Rs.1.97 trillion in the corresponding quarter a year ago.”The results for the fourth quarter could not be taken at face value. Besides the absence of deferred tax liability in FY14, the fourth quarter of FY14 received exception interest income, resulting in a bunching up of interest income from Hiranandani Constructions, which was classified as an NPA in earlier quarters. This resulted in net interest income showing lower growth in FY15,” Keki Mistry, vice-chairman and CEO, HDFC, told The Times of India.last_img read more

Who is Sumit Nagal the Indian to win a set against Roger

first_imgSumit Nagal.TwitterTennis in India has never been as big as cricket or football. But the country has produced many stars who had made India proud in the international circuit. A tennis player from India named Sumit Nagal has made the country proud by winning a set against legendary tennis player Roger Federer in the US Open 2019 at the Arthur Ashe stadium on August 26.The 22-year-old tennis player won the opening set of the match and went down fighting in the first round fixture of the tournament. Nagal who was playing his first Grand Slam match broke the legendary Swiss player in the ninth game of the first set to win it 6-4, much to the shock of tennis fans all over the world.Even though he lost the match, the 22-year-old delighted the crowd with his game. The score-board at the end of the match read 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 for Federer.The Indian prodigy has won the hearts of millions of tennis fans all over the world and has become an overnight sensation in India.Story of Sumit NagalSumit Nagal, the boy on whom the hopes of India were pinned is a 22-year-old budding tennis player from Jhajjar district of Haryana. Nagal’s childhood dream was to become a cricketer but his father convinced him not to. Gradually he fell in love with tennis and after some time he was selected by Mahesh Bhupati for his academy.This changed the life of Nagal who never looked back after that. The 190th ranked player started to grow regularly as a player and has been playing consistently well. He made his Davis Cup debut for India in 2016 against Spain.He won his only ATP Challenger Tour title in 2017, defeating American Jay Clarke in the final. The youngster who seeks inspiration from Japanese culture recently came second in the Junior Asian Games 2018 along with Amandeep Singh.The Indian tennis player has also been in a controversy related to him being dropped from the Anand Amritraj-led Davis Cup squad in 2017 due to disciplinary issues. Sumit Nagal.TwitterHis road to the US Open 2019 main draw had been interesting. Nagal had beaten Tatsum Ito of Japan and Peter Polansky in the first two fixtures of the qualifiers in straight sets. He came back from a set down in the final fixture of the qualifier to beat his Brazilian opponent Joao Menezes 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.He was elated after his win as he had to struggle hard and keep himself calm and composed to get through the match. The 22-year old was trailing in the second set 1-4 and from there, he made his comeback.After the Roger Federer match, the world got to know about the 22-year-old and his future also looks bright. In the upcoming years, this young Indian player will continue to entertain tennis fans with his game and can actually make it big for the country as he has the hunger to achieve more.last_img read more

DC Unions Leery of D Cs Ward 7 Gets Urban Farm Residency

first_imgCouncil member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) introduced a bill that would require D.C. workers to live in the District. (Photo credit: D.C. Council )On Sept. 22 D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), introduced a bill, “The Jobs for D.C. Residents Amendment Act of 2015,” that would require employees of the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, the Metropolitan Police Department, the District of Columbia Public Schools, and Public Charter School Board, to live in the District if they are hired on or after Jan. 1, 2017. Evans said District government employees shouldn’t live in Maryland or any other jurisdiction but in the city where they earn their paychecks.“Eighty percent of our police force lives outside of the city,” he said. “We need our city employees to put money back into the city, not Maryland. The bill will not cover current police officers but we should be hiring our own residents for jobs with D.C. government.”Sandy Allen served on the D.C. Council with Evans from 1996-2005. She fully supports what her former colleague wants to do. “I am for this because I am a true Washingtonian,” Allen said. “People who work in the city should live in the city.”“I support Jack Evans’ bill in theory,” Stanley Mayes, a Ward 1 political and civic activist, said. “With housing costs run amok in the city, there needs to be exemptions for public employees whose salaries cannot keep pace with living in Washington. There should be a bonus for people who work for the city to live in the city.”Mayes said that in his ward, it is not uncommon to hear of a four-bedroom house priced at $1,000,000, a one-bedroom apartment rented out at $2,800 a month and a basement apartment at $2,200.The District is one of the most expensive cities in the country to reside in, according to statistics reported by the Alexandria, Virginia-based Council for Community and Economic Research. The average cost of apartment rent in the District is $1,960 and the average price of a home in the city averages $767,000, the report said. The “Cheat Sheet“ reported in January that in order to live comfortably in the District, one must make $108, 092.The “Cheat Sheet“ figure gives the leaders of the unions a pause on Evans’ bill. “If it takes $108, 092 to live in the city, that is prohibitive for a teacher,” Elizabeth Davis, the president of the Washington Teachers’ Union, said. “D.C. teachers make under $90,000 and if you add the residency requirement, it will make recruiting for positions difficult. Jack Evans’s bill is unrealistic and out of touch with what the average teacher makes.”Delroy Burton, the chairman of the D.C. Police Union, agrees with Davis. “The starting salary for a District police officer is $52,184 and that isn’t enough to buy a house or rent an apartment comfortably in many parts of the city,” Burton said. “Evans’ bill won’t help our recruitment for police officers.”Allen doesn’t see the high costs of housing in the city as a problem for D.C. employees who would fall under Evans’ bill. “The District of Columbia has a first-time homebuyer program for District government employees and that should be utilized,” she said. “There is a caveat, this program should be used by qualified District residents and the [District government] employee preference should be given to them.”Mayes worries that District government employees covered by the Evans bill will reside in certain parts of the city only. “This bill will put pressure on police, fire, and school system employees to live in Wards 7 and 8, where there are some affordable homes,” he said. “That shouldn’t be the case because D.C. employees should be spread across the city.”Evans’s legislation has been placed in the Committee of the Whole, with input from the Committee on Education and the Committee on the Judiciary. His bill has been co-sponsored by D.C. Council members Vincent Orange (D-At Large), Anita Bonds (D-At Large) and Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7).The bill must go through the normal routine of passing the D.C. Council, signature by the mayor and the approval of the U.S. Congress in order for it to become law. Evans, in response to the critics of the bill, said that his legislation will provide middle-class stability. “We should be hiring our own residents but people who come to work here should live here,” he said. “This bill is not unique. In Chicago, in order to work for the government there, you have to live in the city.”last_img read more

Abhishek leads protest rally in Purulia intellectuals join outcry

first_imgKolkata: Abhishek Banerjee, All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and party’s MP, led a rally in Purulia on Sunday protesting against the killing of five Bengalis at Tinsukia district in Assam.It may be mentioned that Banerjee held a rally on Friday in Kolkata protesting against the same. From there, he had demanded an inquiry by the Supreme Court into the Assam massacre. In Kolkata, he had addressed a rally at Hazra Road intersection. The Trinamool Congress organised protest marches all across the state protesting against the incident and on Saturday, Banerjee led a protest rally in Bankura district. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter leading the mammoth rally at Bankura, he went to Purulia where he led another huge procession protesting against the same incident. He was carrying a black flag and slammed the BJP for such gruesome incidents in which people are getting killed for hailing from a particular community. Banerjee addressed the rally and urged people to raise their voices against such incidents of violence. Meanwhile, intellectuals from the state protested against the killing of the five Bengalis in Assam. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to them, exclusion of 40 lakh people in the final draft of the Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) created an unstable situation and such incidents are an outcome of the same. Intellectuals including Subodh Sarkar, Suvaprasanna, Abhirup Sarkar and others held a meeting in front of the Academy of Fine Arts. Poet Subodh Sarkar said: “Five Bengalis have been shot dead in Assam and no reason behind it has surfaced yet. It had been a tradition that Assamese and Bengalis stayed together. Then who are these people trying to create fissures between them? We know who are they and I would like to tell them that they are playing with fire and they have to stop doing the same immediately.” Sarkar also added: “This is inhuman. We cannot believe that a human being can do such a thing. There was a good relation between Assamese and Bengalis. But the trouble began since the NRC issue cropped up and now it is going to an extreme level.” Painter Suvaprasanna condemned the attack on the poor people and asserted that Bengal would stood by them in such hour. Singer Pratul Mukhopadhyay, film personality Dipankar Dey were among others present at the protest.last_img read more

CM accepts Sovans resignation from both mayoral and ministerial posts

first_imgKolkata: Sovan Chatterjee, state minister for Fire and Emergency Services and Housing tendered his resignation on Tuesday evening. He will submit his resignation from the post of Mayor of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Wednesday. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has accepted his resignation letter and sent it to Governor K N Tripathi.Before leaving Nabanna, the state administrative headquarters, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that Chatterjee had sent his resignation earlier also but she had not accepted any of them. She added that Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, will look after Fire and Emergency Services and Housing — the departments Chatterjee used to take care of. Municipal Commissioner Khalil Ahmed will look after the administrative work in the KMC until a new Mayor is sworn in. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThere was a marked deterioration in the relationship of Mamata Banerjee with Sovan Chatterjee for the past one year after the latter could not concentrate on official business. During this period, Banerjee had urged him several times to concentrate on his official assignments which, however, fell flat. The matter came to head on Tuesday morning when Chatterjee, who is the state Housing minister, faltered while replying to a question in the Assembly over the number of houses constructed under Gitanjali project. He said that the department has received recommendations for construction of 25 lakh houses under the said housing project between 2011-12 and September 2018. The Chief Minister who was present on the floor of the House stood up and informed the MLAs that 25 lakh houses have been constructed under Gitanjali and other schemes while the number of sanctioned houses under these schemes was 40 lakhs. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMamata Banerjee had the best of relations with Sovan Chatterjee and she used to call him by his pet name “Kanan”. Before the Trinamool Congress came to power, he had accompanied Banerjee in all important party meetings and was considered to be the “most obedient boy.” After Banerjee became the Chief Minister for the second time in 2016, Chatterjee was asked to look after three departments. He was also the president of the Trinamool Congress’ South 24-Parganas unit. But in the past one year, Chatterjee started bunking office and despite Banerjee’s repeated requests asking him to concentrate on his work, there was no change. Finally, Banerjee made Suvendu Adhikari the minister for Environment department replacing Sovan. Subhasis Chakraborty, the party’s Rajya Sabha MP, was made the president of the party’s South 24-Parganas unit. Chatterjee became the Councillor of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation in 1985 when the new civic board with Member, Mayor-in-Council system was introduced. He was the youngest Councillor and a firebrand leader from Behala. From 1985 till 2000 he took the leading role in the KMC to highlight the failure of the Left Front board to look after the city properly. He became a Mayor in council member in 2000 and looked after the Water Supply department. He became Mayor in 2010 and 2015. He was elected from Behala East Assembly seat in 2011 and 2016 respectively.last_img read more

New Cooling System Reduces Temperatures In Crowded City Buildings Without Electricity

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New bus launched linking Stafford and Alton Towers

first_imgDriver named following fatal collision Police search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes center_img Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA new bus has been launched linking Stafford, Uttoxeter and Alton Towers. D&G Bus – the local bus operator serving Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has announced the introduction of its X41 service. The new route will link Stafford Railway Station, Stafford Town Centre with Pitcher Bank, in Weston, Uttoxeter Railway Station and Uttoxeter Bus Station before heading on to the Alton Towers Resort in the Staffordshire Moorlands. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Key details: Adult returns £12 (Stafford) or £10 (Uttoxeter), child/concessions return £8 (Stafford) or £7 (Uttoxeter) Group return tickets £36 (Stafford) or £30 (Uttoxeter) Contactless payments up to £30 accepted Easy connections with X41 at Stafford Railway Station and Uttoxeter Railway Station Easy connections with local bus services in Stafford and Uttoxeter The X41 service will run daily to Alton Towers from Saturday, May 18. X41 Timetable Monday to Saturday Stafford, opp. Railway Station 9.25am Alton Towers Resort, Plaza 5.30pm Eastgate Street, Stop L1 9.30am Alton, Smithy Bank 5.32pm Weston, Old School Close 9.43am Denstone, The Tavern 5.42pm Uttoxeter, Railway Station 10.05am Rocester, High Street 5.47pm Uttoxeter, Bus Station Stand 4 10.10am Uttoxeter, Bus Station Stand 5.56pm Rocester, High Street 10.19am Uttoxeter, Railway Station 6.02pm Denstone, The Tavern 10.24am Weston, Old School Close 6.18pm Alton, Smithy Bank 10.29am Eastgate Street, Stop L1 6.31pm Alton Towers Resort, Plaza 10.36am Stafford, opp. Railway Station 6.36pm   Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –   Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –   For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more

10 great tools to stay completely anonymous online

first_imgEverybody is facing a battle these days. Though it may not be immediately apparent, it is already affecting a majority of the global population. This battle is not fought with bombs, planes, or tanks or with any physical weapons for that matter. This battle is for our online privacy. A survey made last year discovered 69% of data breaches were related to identity theft. Another survey shows the number of cases of data breaches related to identity theft has steadily risen over the last 4 years worldwide. And it is likely to increase as hackers are gaining easy access more advanced tools. The EU’s GDPR may curb this trend by imposing stricter data protection standards on data controllers and processors. These entities have been collecting and storing our data for years through ads that track our online habits– another reason to protect our online anonymity. However, this new regulation has only been in force for over a month and only within the EU. So, it’s going to take some time before we feel its long-term effects. The question is, what should we do when hackers out there try to steal and maliciously use our personal information? Simple: We defend ourselves with tools at our disposal to keep ourselves completely anonymous online. So, here’s a list you may find useful. 1. VPNs A VPN helps you maintain anonymity by hiding your real IP and internet activity from prying eyes. Normally, your browser sends a query tagged with your IP every time you make an online search. Your ISP takes this query and sends it to a DNS server which then points you to the correct website. Of course, your ISP (and all the servers your query had to go through) can, and will likely, view and monitor all the data you course through them— including your personal information and IP address. This allows them to keep a tab on all your internet activity. A VPN protects your identity by assigning you an anonymous IP and encrypting your data. This means that any query you send to your ISP will be encrypted and no longer display your real IP. This is why using a VPN is one of the best ways to keeping anonymous online. However, not all VPNs are created equal. You have to choose the best one if you want airtight security. Also, beware of free VPNs. Most of them make money by selling your data to advertisers. You’ll want to compare and contrast several VPNs to find the best one for you. But, that’s sooner said than done with so many different VPNs out there. Look for reviews on trustworthy sites to find the best vpn for your needs. 2. TOR Browser The Onion Router (TOR) is a browser that strengthens your online anonymity even more by using different layers of encryption– thereby protecting your internet activity which includes “visits to Web sites, online posts, instant messages, and other communication forms”. It works by first encasing your data in three layers of encryption. Your data is then bounced three times– each bounce taking off one layer of encryption. Once your data gets to the right server, it “puts back on” each layer it has shed as it successively bounces back to your device. You can even improve TOR by using it in combination with a compatible VPN. It is important to note, though, that using TOR won’t hide the fact that you’re using it. Some sites may restrict allowances made through TOR. 3. Virtual machine A Virtual machine is basically a second computer within your computer. It lets you emulate another device through an application. This emulated computer can then be set according to your preferences. The best use for this tool, however, is for tasks that don’t involve an internet connection. It is best used for when you want to open a file and want to make sure no one is watching over your shoulder. After opening the file, you then simply delete the virtual machine. You can try VirtualBox which is available on Windows, Linux, and Mac. 4. Proxy servers A proxy server is an intermediary between your device and the internet. It’s basically another computer that you use to process internet requests. It’s similar to a virtual machine in concept but it’s an entirely separate physical machine. It protects your anonymity in a similar way a VPN does (by hiding your IP) but it can also send a different user agent to keep your browser unidentifiable and block or accept cookies but keep them from passing to your device. Most VPN companies also offer proxy servers so they’re a good place to look for a reliable one. 5. Fake emails A fake email is exactly what the name suggests: an email that isn’t linked to your real identity. Fake emails aid your online anonymity by not only hiding your real identity but by making sure to keep you safe from phishing emails or malware— which can be easily sent to you via email. Making a fake email can be as easy as signing up for an email without using your real information or by using a fake email service. 6. Incognito mode “Going incognito” is the easiest anonymity tool to come by. Your device will not store any data at all while in this mode including: your browsing history, cookies, site data, and information entered in forms. Most browsers have a privacy mode that you can easily use to hide your online activity from other users of the same device. 7. Ad blockers Ads are everywhere these days. Advertising has and always will be a lucrative business. That said, there is a difference between good ads and bad ads. Good ads are those that target a population as a whole. Bad ads (interest-based advertising, as their companies like to call it) target each of us individually by tracking our online activity and location– which compromises our online privacy. Tracking algorithms aren’t illegal, though, and have even been considered “clever”. But, the worst ads are those that contain malware that can infect your device and prevent you from using it. You can use ad blockers to combat these threats to your anonymity and security. Ad blockers usually come in the form of browser extensions which instantly work with no additional configuration needed. For Google Chrome, you can choose either Adblock Plus, uBlock Origin, or AdBlock. For Opera, you can choose either Opera Ad Blocker, Adblock Plus, or uBlock Origin. 8. Secure messaging apps If you need to use an online messaging app, you should know that the popular ones aren’t as secure as you’d like them to be. True, Facebook messenger does have a “secret conversation” feature but Facebook hasn’t exactly been the most secure social network to begin with. Instead, use tools like Signal or Telegram. These apps use end-to-end encryption and can even be used to make voice calls. 9. File shredder The right to be forgotten has surfaced in mainstream media with the onset of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. This right basically requires data collecting or processing entities to completely remove a data subject’s PII from their records. You can practice this same right on your own device by using a “file shredding” tool. But the the thing is: Completely removing sensitive files from your device is hard. Simply deleting it and emptying your device’s recycle bin doesn’t actually remove the file– your device just treats the space it filled up as empty and available space. These “dead” files can still haunt you when they are found by someone who knows where to look. You can use software like Dr. Cleaner (for Mac) or Eraser (for Win) to “shred” your sensitive files by overwriting them several times with random patterns of random sets of data. 10. DuckDuckGo DuckDuckGo is a search engine that doesn’t track your behaviour (like Google and Bing that use behavioural trackers to target you with ads). It emphasizes your privacy and avoids the filter bubble of personalized search results. It offers useful features like region-specific searching, Safe Search (to protect against explicit content), and an instant answer feature which shows an answer across the top of the screen apart from the search results. To sum it up: Our online privacy is being attacked from all sides. Ads legally track our online activities and hackers steal our personal information. The GDPR may help in the long run but that remains to be seen. What’s important is what we do now. These tools will set you on the path to a more secure and private internet experience today. About the Author Dana Jackson, an U.S. expat living in Germany and the founder of PrivacyHub. She loves all things related to security and privacy. She holds a degree in Political Science, and loves to call herself a scientist. Dana also loves morning coffee and her dog Paw. Read Next: Top 5 cybersecurity trends you should be aware of in 2018 Twitter allegedly deleted 70 million fake accounts in an attempt to curb fake news Top 5 cybersecurity myths debunkedlast_img read more

Dutch unknown if DeltaAir Canada needles related

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family AMSTERDAM (AP) – A spokesman for Dutch police investigating how needles got into six turkey sandwiches on Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to U.S. cities last month says it’s too early to say whether there is any connection with a new incident on Air Canada.Air Canada said Tuesday a passenger found what appears to be a sewing needle in a catered sandwich on board a flight from Victoria, British Columbia, to Toronto. Top Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Dutch police officer Robert van Kapel said Dutch investigators have been interrogating witnesses in the chain of people who had access to the Delta sandwiches, and were examining the actual sandwiches Wednesday.He said it was too early to rule out a copycat or link with the Air Canada incident, which is also being investigated.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more