Temporary Removal of Road Weight Restrictions Extended

first_imgThe temporary removal of spring weight restrictions on Nova Scotia roads has been extended for all counties until 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, March 8. The Department of Transportation and Public Works may post lower weights for individual roads throughout the province. Updated information is available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran . Transportation and Public Works staff monitor the roads daily to determine if and when weight restrictions are needed. Weight restrictions help ensure safe driving conditions and protect roads weakened by mild, wet weather. -30-last_img

Fadnavis reshuffles Cabinet drops 6 Ministers inducts 13

first_imgMumbai: With an eye on the upcoming Assembly elections in four months, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday reshuffled his cabinet by dropping six Ministers and inducting 13 others. The 13 comprise 10 from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), two from Shiv Sena and one from ally the Republican Party of India (A) (RPI-A). As expected, former Congressman and Leader of Opposition in the state Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil joined as a Minister, and another long-time contender Mumbai BJP President Ashish Shelar was also inducted. All the ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor C.V. Rao at a function in Raj Bhavan. Besides Vikhe-Patil and Shelar, the other Cabinet rank Ministers who were sworn-in are: Sanjay Kute, Suresh Khade, Anil Bonde and Ashok Uike and Tanaji Sawant (all BJP), and Jaydutt Kshirsagar (Shiv Sena). Five legislators were inducted as Ministers of State — Yogesh Sagar, Sanjay Bhegde, Parinay Fuke (all BJP), Atul Save (Shiv Sena) and Avinash Mahatakear (RPI-A). Six incumbent ministers – Prakash Mehta, Vishnu Savra, Ambarish Atram, Dilip Kamble, Pravin Pote and Rajkumar Badole – who were dropped for lacklustre performance, tendered their resignations which were accepted by Fadnavis. With this, on the eve of the Maharashtra Assembly’s monsoon session starting here on Monday, Fadnavis has consolidated the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena’s position before the upcoming elections.last_img read more

Will run govt for full term says Nepal Premier K P Oli

first_imgKathmandu: Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on Sunday said he will continue for full five-year term and warned his detractors not to “day dream about toppling” his government. His statement came days before the completion of his two-and-half-year term at the office. In February 2018, Oli became prime minister for the second time, over two months after his Left alliance comprising his party CPN-UML and Nepal Communist Party (NCP) led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ swept the country’s historic parliamentary and local polls. According to media reports, there was a power sharing agreement between the CPN-UML and the NCP under which Oli, after completing his two-and-half-year term at the office, will hand over the premiership to Prachanda for the rest of the tenure of the five-year government. “Don’t worry, I will remain as the Prime Minister of the country till the next election,” Oli said addressing the Parliament. Warning those wishing for his departure, he said, “Don’t day dream about toppling my government. There are people who have been saying that the prime minister is shivering as his tenure is nearing end….I am not going to quit anytime soon,” he said.last_img read more

NEB rejects Burnabys bid to stop work at Trans Mountain pipeline terminal

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. — The National Energy Board has rejected the City of Burnaby’s request that it rescind orders allowing the company building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to conduct work at its terminal in the city.The Metro Vancouver city had asked that the board cancel the orders after the Federal Court of Appeal quashed government approval for the expansion project.Burnaby had argued the terminal work was primarily related to the project, but the board said in a written decision Thursday that it’s upholding the orders, allowing Trans Mountain Corp. to do infrastructure work at the Burnaby Terminal.The NEB says piping modifications are not associated with the expansion project and the relocation and decommissioning orders appropriately allow Trans Mountain to optimize the site in preparation to offer new services to shippers.The board also allowed the company to continue tree clearing as part of the approved work.Burnaby has been a long-standing opponent of the pipeline expansion, which would substantially increase tanker traffic in the city’s waters, and it was among the plaintiffs in the Federal Court of Appeal case against the project.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Quebec facing strong opposition to new bill restricting cannabis consumption

first_imgMONTREAL — The Quebec government faced strong opposition as public consultations began Tuesday on its bill seeking to increase the legal age of cannabis consumption and ban it from all public areas.Junior Health Minister Lionel Carmant has said he tabled Bill 2 in order to protect young people and send a message that smoking marijuana is not a trivial matter. The proposed legislation restricts marijuana usage to people aged 21 and over and limits its smoking to private property.The province’s public health agencies are largely against the new restrictions. They say raising the legal age to 21 from 18 won’t prevent young people from obtaining marijuana. And they say banning it from public areas marginalizes tenants whose landlords have banned smoking, creating a system were only certain groups can consume a legal product without breaking the law.The Canadian Press has learned that two public health organizations are planning to suggest a compromise on the age limit during hearings on Bill 2 before a legislative committee in Quebec City. Two well-placed sources said the committee will be told the government should give gradual access to cannabis to youth aged 18 to 20.People between 18 and 20 years should only be allowed to purchase marijuana with a low percentage of THC — the drug’s main psychoactive component, the committee will be told. “This proposal shows the scientific community, in public health, is trying to give an honourable exit door to the government on its policy,” said one source, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the matter.The current law is already one of the strictest legal regimes for marijuana in the country. Personal cultivation of cannabis plants is banned and the only way to legally purchase the product is through a government agency.The previous Liberal government had allowed public consumption of marijuana in places where tobacco was permitted, with certain restrictions, but the new Coalition Avenir Quebec government is not alone in seeking tighter rules. Even before Bill 2, many Quebec municipalities adopted their own bylaws banning all public consumption of cannabis.Marianne Dessureault, spokeswoman for Quebec’s association of public health, will appear before the committee Wednesday. She said she understands the desire to protect young, developing brains from the risks of marijuana, but she feels the bill lacks a scientific basis.“I am worried that we are going ahead and maybe transforming a law that sought to protect public health, towards a law that has more of a political flavour,” she said in an interview. “It’s concerning. It’s clear that (the bill) has a populist appeal and that it doesn’t have its place in public health policy.”Bastien Quirion, professor of criminology at the University of Ottawa, is also scheduled appear before the committee Wednesday. He questioned why the government would prohibit people under 21 years old from consuming cannabis but allow them to drink alcohol or smoke tobacco.“One hundred years of cannabis prohibition show that it’s not through banning it that we are going to eradicate the practice or prevent risky behaviour,” he said in an interview. “It will just put certain groups in a precarious position.”Maude Faniel-Methot, a spokeswoman for Carmant, declined to comment on the idea of giving younger people gradual access to THC. She said the minister is open to listening to all suggestions to amend the bill.Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

WTO upholds South Korean ban on Fukushima seafood

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — The World Trade Organization has upheld South Korea’s import ban on Japanese seafood from areas affected by the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima.South Korea on Friday welcomed the decision and said it will continue to block all fishery products from Fukushima and seven neighbouring prefectures to ensure “only foods that are confirmed as safe are put on the table.”South Korea imposed the ban in 2013 after the Tokyo Electric Power Company revealed that highly contaminated water leaked from a storage tank at a crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima that was submerged by a massive tsunami in 2011.Japan launched a complaint with the WTO over the ban in 2015, saying that the radioactive levels of seafood from the areas were safe.The Associated Press

UN expert calls for integration of gender perspective into criminal justice systems

“Given the historical and pervasive discrimination against women throughout the world, we have to look at how women are represented and treated in the criminal justice system,” Ms. Knaul said, presenting her latest annual report in New York to the General Assembly.Ms. Knaul said integrating a gender outlook is a fundamental step towards allowing equal access to justice for men and women and stressed that “we all have an essential responsibility to integrate a gender perspective into our own mandates and work.”Ms. Knaul also expressed particular concern for the lack of integration and women’s points of view into judicial procedures, noting that women’s representation should be encouraged and “traditional notions of judging and judicial authority must be challenged.”“I hope this report will encourage stakeholders to properly study, understand, assess, and challenge the impacts and effects that gender-based stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination have on both women and men in their access to and engagement in the justice system as a whole, and the criminal justice system in particular,” Ms. Knaul said. 21 October 2011A gender perspective needs to be integrated into countries’ criminal justice systems to ensure women are not “ruled out of the law,” the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Gabriela Knaul said today. read more

Lighthouse theatre airs its Sexy Laundry

PORT DOVER — Lighthouse Festival Theatre has some Sexy Laundry it wants you to see.Sexy Laundry, which opens the theatre’s 2019 summer season, is more than just a comedy about a couple hoping to spice up their marriage.“A lot of people instantly think it’s a laugh-a-second comedy, but in actual fact there’s some real things happening here; there’s some real emotion,” said LFT artistic director Derek Ritschel“What people will leave with is an honest portrayal of a marriage that maybe needed a spark.”The production stars Melodee Finlay as Alice and Ralph Small as Henry.Finlay is a Lighthouse regular, having appeared in Stage Fright, Henry and Alice: Into the Wild, Guys and Dolls, among other shows. She also starred as Alice in Lighthouse’s 2009 production of Sexy Laundry, which is the best-selling show in the theatre’s 40-year history.“I remember it being a great experience and I remember having fun,” Finlay said of her first go-around as Alice.She said she does not remember all the details of the production 10 years ago.“It can be dangerous when you’re recreating a role and you’re working with a different director and different actors.”Smalls is well known at Lighthouse as a director and actor. He directed last year’s world premiere production of Fair and Square. He is also the artistic director of the Bluewater Summer Playhouse in Kincardine, Ont.Ritschel, who directs the play, said he thinks of himself as the third actor in Sexy Laundry.“There’s two up on stage, but there’s one out here looking out for those two, seeing what they can’t see.”Ritschel said Sexy Laundry looks at a relationship from the perspective of both sides.With only two actors on stage, they need to be comfortable with each other. Finlay and Small have known each other for 30 years.“You’re just on for the whole ride,” said Finlay. “You start, you go through the arcs and the falls, you get the whole experience. I love it, and I love working with Ralph.”Previews of the comedy, written by Michele Riml, will be staged May 22 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and May 23 at 2 p.m., ahead of opening night May 23 at 8 o’clock. Shows continue until June 8.Sexy Laundry has become an international hit with ongoing productions in Canada, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Lithuania, Slovenia, New Zealand, Iceland, Mexico, the UK and the USA. Sexy Laundry has been translated into seven languages.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

Cyprus scrambles for new funds as clock runs down

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Cypriot government was frantically trying on Wednesday to come up with a plan that would secure enough financing to secure new terms for a bailout from the eurozone and International Monetary Fund that would prevent its banking system and economy from collapsing, with dangerous consequences for Greece.Talks between President Nicos Anastasiades and the troika of lenders in Nicosia proved inconclusive on Wednesday as Cyprus’s overtures to Russia for financing also failed to yield results.Having rejected a proposal put forward by the eurozone to tax bank deposits, Anastasiades and the leaders of opposition parties met on Wednesday morning to discuss an alternative plan that would have to raise as much as 5.8 billion euros so the EU and IMF could approve the release of another 10 billion for Cyprus.The leaders agreed to form technical teams to work on a new proposal to raise money. It is thought this will involve some kind of solidarity tax to be paid by Cypriots but not via a levy on deposits. This money may be placed in a fund that will also include social security fund reserves, state assets and the property of the Church of Cyprus, which said on Wednesday that it was willing to contribute to any rescue package.However, it is thought troika representatives rejected the initial plan put to them. A revised scheme was being drawn up on Wednesday night and was due to be presented to party leaders on Thursday.Cypriot Finance Minister Michalis Sarris spent the day in Moscow discussing the possibility of funding with Russian officials. He met with Finance Minister Anton Siluanov and First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov but there was no agreement. Sarris said he would remain in Moscow until he reaches a deal.However, the mood in Moscow seemed less than favorable for the Cypriot government. Russian lenders VTB and Gazprombank denied they were set to take over the troubled Cyprus Popular Bank (Laiki).Kathimerini understands that the Russian side is unwilling to buy the bank for a symbolic sum while taking over its capitalization needs.Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev accused the European Union and Cyprus of acting “like an elephant in a china shop” by agreeing the deposit tax, over which Moscow was not consulted.“All possible mistakes that could be made have been made by them,” he told the Financial Times. “The measure that was proposed is of a confiscation nature, and unprecedented in its character.”Medvedev added that Russia might cancel its double taxation agreement with Cyprus as he expressed concern that capital flight might bring down the island’s banking system.Sarris was expected to continue discussion on Thursday with Russian officials in the hope of securing a deal for investors to take over either Laiki or Bank of Cyprus. The possibility of Moscow demanding involvement in the extraction of Cypriot natural gas or a naval or air force base on the island remains.There is immense pressure on Cyprus to find alternative funding as failure to do so could result in the European Central Bank cutting off lending to Cypriot banks. “We can provide emergency liquidity only to solvent banks and… the solvency of Cypriot banks cannot be assumed if an aid program is not agreed on soon, which would allow for a quick recapitalization of the banking sector,” said ECB board member Joerg Asmussen.A collapse of the Cypriot banking system is likely to have damaging consequences for the Greek financial sector and economy. Cypriot banks in Greece have about 20 billion euros of assets and 12 billion of liabilities, with deposits insured up to 100,000 euros. Cyprus is one of Greece’s biggest trading partners, absorbing 7 percent of Greek exports. However, the potential of a run on Greek banks could be devastating. Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras insisted that the Greek economy was “fortified” against any shocks from Cyprus.Source:Kathimerinilast_img read more

Le patron dAmazon invente lairbag pour smartphone

first_imgLe patron d’Amazon invente l’airbag pour smartphoneLundi, Jeff Bezos, le patron d’Amazon, a rendu public un brevet qu’il a déposé en février 2010 auprès des autorités américaines. Il s’agit d’un système d’airbag destiné à protéger les smartphones des chutes. L’idée a de quoi faire rire. Mais alors qu’un Français sur trois utilise aujourd’hui un smartphone, ces bijoux de technologie s’avèrent toujours aussi fragiles et cassent trop souvent dès la première année d’acquisition. C’est donc tout naturellement que Jeff Bezos, patron d’Amazon, a élaboré un système de protection contre les chutes, autrement dit un véritable airbag pour smartphone dont il a déposé le brevet en février 2010 aux Etats-Unis. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Selon Le Nouvel Obs, le système fonctionne ainsi : l’écran est en fait protégé par des petites ventouses qui s’activent grâce à des capteurs. Si le mobile dépasse une certaine vitesse, c’est qu’il est en chute libre, le système réagit donc en déployant les ventouses et en émettant des jets de gaz afin de ralentir la chute du téléphone. Selon des informations obtenues par Numerama, le système serait même équipé de ressorts. Tout ceci dans le simple but d’atténuer l’impact. Un système plus efficace qu’une coque ? Seul l’avenir le dira alors qu’on en sait encore peu sur l’état d’avancement du système. Interrogée par le Nouvel Obs, une vendeuse de l’enseigne Tél&Com note toutefois que la coque reste un accessoire quasi-essentiel : “Si le client ne prend pas d’assurance, la coque reste le moyen le plus facile de protéger son appareil et d’éviter de payer cher en cas d’accident”. Selon le coût de l’invention de Jeff Bezos, l’airbag pour smartphone pourrait donc remporter un grand succès auprès des propriétaires de smartphones.Le 17 août 2011 à 20:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Geek Pick SteelSeries Arctis 9X Is An Excellent Xbox Headset

first_imgStay on target Wireless gaming headsets present a whole host of dumb cross-compatibility issues. While just about everything works with PC, headsets made for either the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 don’t work on the other console. And don’t even get us started on the Nintendo Switch’s “voice chat” solutions. So keep in mind the SteelSeries Arctis 9X is made for Xbox One. Even getting it to work on PC requires an Xbox Wireless Adapter as just a straight Bluetooth connection hurts performance.Fortunately, the headsets works fantastically on the platforms it’s built for. As we expect from SteelSeries the audio quality is high, remaining balanced as you listen to the sounds from the game itself or your friends’ voices picked up by the impressive microphone. The dual audio connection even lets you pipe in music at the same time. Only the weak bass stands out as a flaw.The physical headset itself is also comfortable, which is good because why else go wireless unless you’re looking for extra comfort. You’ll have no issues leaving the elastic headband and memory foam ears cups on your head for extended gaming sessions.For more on the SteelSeries Arctis 9X check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. For more on gaming headsets check out the Rig 300, 400, and 500 Pro from Plantronics.More on Geek.com: Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Geek Pick: JBL PartyBox 300 Is a Huge Karaoke SpeakerGeek Pick: Apple AirPods 2 Let You Take Your Beats On The GoGeek Pick: Dell XPS 13 Leads Dell’s Computex 2019 Lineup The next-generation of video game consoles is almost here. Earlier this year we heard the first details on the PlayStation 5. And at E3 2019 just a few days ago Microsoft unveiled the impressive specs for Project Scarlett, its upgraded Xbox coming holiday 2020 alongside Halo: Infinite.But in the meantime there’s still plenty of fun to be had with your current consoles like the Xbox One. And with most games these days you’ll have even more fun playing with chatting with friends online through a headset. The SteelSeries Arctis 9X is one of the best wireless Xbox One headsets you can buy.last_img read more

Rep Susan Davis calls on Navy to assess national threat of border

first_img Posted: April 23, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego Congresswoman Susan Davis might ask the U.S. Navy to look at border sewage spills that have rankled a wide variety of government, environmental and recreational stakeholders for years.Davis, a Democrat, proposes an assessment of how sewage flow from the Tijuana River might affect construction of a $1 billion Navy SEAL training center proposed for a strip of land south of Silver Strand State Beach.“We know the environmental and economic impact these spills have. What we don’t know, with the Navy planning to stage training operations in potentially contaminated waters, are the national security concerns,” Davis said. “The Navy should take a look at this and coordinate with relevant agencies to assess what can be done to prevent future spills.”Davis, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, may include language in this year’s defense bill to commission a Navy report regarding the cumulative tens of millions of gallons of sewage that have sickened people and forced South Bay beach closures.The 600-acre SEAL training campus is estimated to take 10 years to complete, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Personnel are expected to gradually migrate from the existing Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado.Davis’ call for a Navy report comes as the Port of San Diego and cities of Chula Vista and Imperial Beach forge ahead with a lawsuit alleging the federal government is violating two U.S. laws that protect water quality and public health. The suit also targets the private operator of a treatment plant that serves Tijuana.Beaches as far north as the Hotel del Coronado have been forced to close as sewage is driven out of Baja into American waters.In 2010, former U.S. Border Patrol agent Josh Willey contracted a flesh-eating bacterial infection while training at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado. The infection is thought to be related to sewage spills.The Mexican government announced in March it will invest $4.35 million in upgrades to Tijuana’s wastewater system to reduce sewage flows, but funds fall far short of the approximately $330 million in recommended upgrades outlined by the Baja California government. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 5:20 PM Rep. Susan Davis calls on Navy to assess national threat of border sewage spillscenter_img April 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

After highlevel Arctic talks the party moves to Anchorage

first_imgThe Anchorage Museum is hosting the North By North festival, four days of programming focused on different aspects of the Arctic (Photo courtesy of the Anchorage Museum).While the Arctic Council convenes in Fairbanks, the after-party is happening in Anchorage.Listen nowAs delegates, dignitaries and stakeholders wind down high level council meetings, the Anchorage Museum is hosting North by North, a first-time festival focused on issues specific to the Circumpolar North.The four days of events are meant to keep the focus on Alaska during international conversations about the future of the Arctic, according to Museum Director Julie Decker.“If there’s a lot of people from outside looking in, it’s really important to have the inside represented by the people who live here, and to empower the voice of Alaskans at a time when there’s a lot of curiosity and interest in our place,” Decker said in a phone interview.North by North will feature academic and policy-focused presentations on everything from U.S.-Russia relations to the status of global ivory bans on indigenous carvers. But there is also a push to reach a broader audience. The festival includes outdoor film-screenings, food trucks dishing out northern cuisine and roof-top dance-parties DJ’ed by global musicians.Those same performers are also part of a formal panel discussion the very next day on the topic of “Arctic music.”The festival is part of the museum’s deliberate effort to re-orient what comes to mind when people think of the high north.“We want to celebrate the place we live in and the people who live here, and really we want to help change the narrative for our place,” Decker said. “Move it from the idea that we’re an uninhabited place of natural resources, and say, ‘this is a contemporary place that expects to grow, that is optimistic about it’s own future.’”“We’re trying to put the emphasis on the human qualities of the Arctic,” Decker added.The North by North festival kicks off with a live streaming of the Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks on Thursday morning. It wraps up Sunday with a craft-fair and Mother’s Day brunch.A full schedule of the North By North festival is available here.last_img read more

Ivanka is exception to Trumps Buy American rule

first_imgThis file photo taken on January 11, 2017 shows US President-elect Donald Trump talking to his daughter Ivanka during a press conference at Trump Tower in New York. Photo: AFPIn his January inauguration speech, US president Donald Trump made a seemingly straightforward pledge: “We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American.”His daughter is the exception: even as he spoke, at least eight shipments of Ivanka Trump-branded shoes, bags and clothes — more than 53.5 tonnes — were steaming towards American ports from China, according to US Customs bills of lading examined by AFP. Trump uses his presidential pulpit to censure manufacturers — both domestic and foreign — for using overseas labour to make goods for American consumers, but the Ivanka-branded orders have kept rolling in.More than two tonnes of ladies’ polyester woven blouses, 1,600 cowhide leather wallets and 23 tonnes of made-in-China footwear were among at least 82 such shipments that passed US Customs — almost one per business day — from Trump’s November 8 election win through February 26, records showed.The goods were made in China by three US companies holding licences to manufacture products for Ivanka Trump’s fashion line: garment maker G-III, Mondani Handbags and Marc Fisher Footwear.Marc Fisher told AFP it had no comment, while the others did not respond to requests.The first daughter’s business has come under scrutiny since major US department store chain Nordstrom announced in February it would stop carrying her products, citing poor sales.That provoked a scathing attack from Trump and his advisers and even prompted senior counsellor Kellyanne Conway to urge Americans to go out and buy his daughter’s products.The Washington Post reported this week that many had done just that, with February proving a banner month for the brand, in terms of sales. ‘Very hypocritical’ More than 1,200 shipments of Trump-branded products have flowed into the US from China and Hong Kong over the past decade, according to an examination of US import data last year by anti-Trump political action committee Our Principles PAC.During his campaign, Trump defended the licensing of the Trump name for goods made in China — from shoes to ties to dress shirts — as smart business.But at the same time he frequently accused China of stealing US jobs through unfair trade practices and currency manipulation, while also slamming US firms such as Ford and Nabisco for off-shoring.Since taking office, he has kept up the pressure, vowing to punish domestic and foreign companies that manufacture abroad with massive tariffs of as much as 45 percent.His frequent fusillades have led some companies to second-guess decisions to build production facilities overseas.In February, Japanese firm Nisshinbo Holdings, a leading global maker of automobile brake parts, dropped plans to open a factory in Mexico, saying it was due to Trump’s trade policies.But the president has been notably silent on his daughter’s products, which are sold in American retailers like Macy’s, Lord & Taylor and TJ Maxx.G-III alone sold $29.4 million of the goods in 2015, and sales in the first nine months of 2016 were up $13.3 million over the same period the previous year, according to the company’s public filings.But rather than chide his daughter’s partners for making their products abroad, Trump instead lashed out at Nordstrom last month after it announced it would stop carrying Ivanka’s fashion range.”My daughter has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom,” he tweeted.Christopher Balding, an expert on Sino-US trade relations at Peking University, called it “very hypocritical to make (bringing jobs back to the US) a policy plank and manufacture her products in China”.But “in their defence… she couldn’t get those products manufactured in the US at a reasonable price point.”However, a long-time garment industry executive who spoke on condition of anonymity told AFP simple products like polyester dresses could “definitely” be made in the US at a similar price once savings from transportation and tariffs are factored in.”The less labour involved in making the garment, the more they can compete with Asian manufacturers.” ‘Tough policies’ Late last month, Ivanka sat in on a White House meeting where her father discussed “tough policies” to bring “our jobs back”.”Everything is going to be based on bringing our jobs back,” the president said, as he addressed a group of manufacturing moguls from a dozen American firms.Following the meeting, a spokesperson for the Ivanka Trump brand told AFP the company has “consistently expressed that we share industry leaders’ interest in bringing more manufacturing opportunities to the US and are looking forward to being a part of the conversation”.Just not yet: two days later, more than 5,000 Ivanka Trump polyester blouses arrived in Newark, New Jersey.And at least one shoe factory in southern China has received an order for 10,000 shoes for next season, according to Chinese newspaper the Global Times.last_img read more

State govt says no to BJPs Rath Yatra but says party can

first_imgKolkata: The state government has denied permission to BJP’s “Rath Yatra” but stated that if the saffron party wanted to hold meetings, then it could go ahead with the same. A communication will soon be sent stating that the BJP can organise meetings and take prior permission from the administration for the same. The state government has clearly stated that the law and order situation might be affected due to the Rath Yatra and maintained that it would not be possible to deploy adequate police personnel due to the upcoming festive season. “A huge contingent of our forces will be deployed Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifefor Christmas tentatively from December 21 to 31 and from January 7 to 17 due to Ganga Sagar Mela,” sources said. Senior officials of the state government in the ranks of Chief Secretary Malay De, Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya and Director General of Police Virendra held a high-level meeting at Nabanna on Saturday after getting reports from the District Magistrates and police superintendents who stated that such “Rath Yatras” may disturb communal harmony.last_img read more

Kelloggs Mexico follows US recall of salmonella cereal

first_imgMexico City, Mexico — Following the cereal recall in the US, the Federal Consumer Protection Agency in Mexico has announced the voluntary and preventive recall of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal due to the potential presence of Salmonella.Kellogg’s initiated an investigation with the external manufacturer that produces Honey Smacks® immediately after being contacted by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control of the United States.Although the affected products are made in the United States, Kellogg’s Mexico has also issued the consumer alert. Kellogg’s says consumers can identify the potentially infected products by the “use by” date and UPC Code.The “use by” date on the boxes are between June 14, 2018 and June 14, 2019 with the UPC codes of 3800039103, 3800014810 and 0750100807562.Kellogg’s Mexico is extending the US recall, asking consumers to not use the product, but instead, throw it away and wash any containers used to store the cereal.As of Thursday, the outbreak of salmonella found linked to the Kellogg’s Honey Smacks product had sickened 73 people in 31 states across the US. According to a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 24 were hospitalized but no deaths were reported.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AllianceBernstein Releases White Paper on Housing Finance

first_img The relationship between housing finance and the government has been a hotly debated topic from Wall Street to Main Street since the mortgage crisis began, and the recently released white paper from “”AllianceBernstein””:https://www.alliancebernstein.com/ABCOM/global_landing_page/index_page.htm?corp=true provides a critical look at the role of private capital in reducing the housing market’s dependence on Capitol Hill. Written by the company’s Structured Asset Portfolio Management and Research division, the document emphasizes the importance of tapping into private funds to develop a stable foundation for the mortgage sector.[IMAGE]The white paper, which is titled “”Increasing the Role of Private Capital in the Mortgage Market,””:https://www.alliancebernstein.com/Research-Publications/White-Papers/Housing-Finance/Stories/6718-Housing-Finance.htm was created by Matthew D. Bass and Michael S. Canter, and through the insight provided by its researchers, AllianceBernstein hopes to advance the cause of attracting more private capital to the mortgage marketplace. The company’s evaluation encompasses three specific aspects of facilitating investments in mortgage assets including the necessary position of the government in housing, as well as the solutions possible via greater private market involvement and the deleveraging first loss capital. Within its white paper, AllianceBernstein clearly noted that “”government involvement in the mortgage market is necessary to ensure a stable, well-functioning market.”” However, the company couched its statement carefully, going on to write, “”The private market is better positioned to price risk ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ª private investors should provide first-loss capital to the mortgage market to protect taxpayers from losses, while the government should provide catastrophic loss insurance to ensure stability in periods of market stress and to maintain the credit risk-free nature of agency MBS.””Bass and Canter also commented on the length of time such a transition would take, and the document’s creators stated that “”the greatest chance of success will depend on the development of multiple private-capital based options to provide the broadest and deepest investor base.””Other key notations within the white paper included the call for first loss capital to be unlevered and for the credit tranches applied to be removed for the first loss piece. Additionally, Bass and Canter mentioned that there is “”secular demand for income producing assets like first loss mortgage risk from longer-term investors such as pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and insurers with longer-duration liabilities.””Generally, the white paper focused on building quality in the housing finance sector in order to achieve long-term stability, as opposed to targeting quantity through initiatives like lower mortgage rates based on systemic leverage. In conclusion, Bass and Canter stated, “”The process of bringing private capital into the mortgage market will take time. If these changes are well communicated and the market is structured appropriately, we believe that there is a deep investor base that is ideally positioned to invest in first-loss mortgage risk over the long term.”” Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology December 14, 2011 416 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-12-14 Abby Gregory AllianceBernstein Releases White Paper on Housing Financelast_img read more

Buying Costs Still Beat Renting but for How Long

first_img Housing Affordability Mortgage Rates Trulia 2014-02-26 Tory Barringer Share Despite reports of declining home affordability nationwide, Trulia’s latest data shows purchasing a home still remains more affordable than renting in the largest markets—though the scale is close to tipping in a few.Mortgage rates would have to climb to 10.6 percent before ownership costs eclipsed rental costs on a national scale, Trulia says in its Winter 2014 Rent vs. Buy Report. The last time rates went that high was nearly 25 years ago, the company points out.“However, some markets might tip in favor of renting this year if prices continue to outpace and if mortgage rates rise,” Trulia notes. “Given current home prices and rents, Honolulu would tip at 5.0 percent, followed by San Jose and San Francisco [at 5.4 percent and 5.8 percent].”Freddie Mac’s latest forecast predicts 30-year fixed rates will hover near 5.0 percent by the fourth quarter of this year.Moreover, the company determined that if prices in each market took an unexpected tumble over the next few years, renting would become cheaper than buying in 37 of the 100 largest metros—by as much as 79 percent in some cases.“In many markets, the rent-versus-buy decision depends on the one factor you can’t control or perfectly predict: what happens to home prices after you buy,” said Trulia chief economist Jed Kolko. “Sharp price appreciation could make homeownership essentially free, but price declines could mean that renting would have been the better deal in hindsight.He added: “The current home-price recovery could lull prospective buyers into thinking that future price gains are inevitable, but when doing the rent-versus-buy math, people should prepare for the worst, not just hope for the best.” February 26, 2014 506 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Buying Costs Still Beat Renting, but for How Long?last_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 3 2019 11

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jul 3, 2019 11:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Nov. 26, 2016 file photo, British singer Joss Stone laughs as she adjusts her earpiece before performing a concert in Karen, on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. Stone says Wednesday, July 3, 2019, she was deported from Iran after arriving to perform a concert in the Islamic Republic. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File) British singer Joss Stone says she was deported from Iran TEHRAN, Iran — British soul singer Joss Stone says she was deported from Iran after arriving to perform a concert in the Islamic Republic.Posting on Instagram, Stone says in a video: “Well, we got to Iran, we got detained and then we got deported.”She posted images of herself boarding a flight to Iran’s Kish Island in the Persian Gulf, which is an economic free zone that allows travel by all nationalities.Iranian newspapers reported Stone’s Instagram comments on Thursday, though there was no immediate government comment on her claims.Stone came to fame in 2003 as a small-town teenager with a big, soulful voice, showcased on her bestselling debut album “The Soul Sessions” and hit singles including “Fell In Love With A Boy.” She also has taken acting roles.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Bicommunal project produces rarest olive oil in the world

first_imgColive Oil is not a spelling mistake, and it’s pronounced co-live; as in co-living, co-operation, and co-existence. The first olive oil made from fruit from both north and south of the divide, this is a premium product with a social mission, explains founder and CEO Hasan Siber. It’s billed as “the rarest olive oil in the world.” Which it might well be, as the varietal used in its making has, according to Hassan, long been forsaken in favour of other, more economically rewarding and less flavoursome olives…But let’s start at the beginning, with two friends – one Greek Cypriot and one Turkish Cypriot – who met in their first weeks at university. Immediately hitting it off, Alexandros Philippides and Hasan stayed in touch even after their studies were completed, when the former returned to Cyprus and the latter remained in London. The two also collaborated on a number of projects, so when last year Hasan came up with the idea of a bicommunal olive oil, Alexandros was the first person he turned to.Today, Hasan is CEO and Alexandros CFO of Colive Oil, and the primarily e-commerce venture boasts eight members all over the world, from London to New York to Thessalonica. But while each is crucial to the project, it’s Hasan’s vision for ‘Taste Without Limits’ that clearly drives this innovative venture…Fascinated by olive oil from an early age, Hasan recently trained in Italy for three months as an olive oil sommelier. “I wanted,” he says, “to have the fullest information possible on how to create the best olive oil.” Of course he knew that Cypriot olives were the key to the project: “When you’re abroad, if you mention Cyprus, people always reference the quality of the island’s olive oil. Friends in London always asked for bottles of the stuff; it’s just so good! Cyprus,” he continues, “is the best place in the world to grow olives due to its climate, soils, and geographical location. But, as part of my research, I realised that we had one unique cultivar which was under-utilised: the Kypriaki…”Known in Turkish as ‘Kıbrıslı’ (which means the same thing, basically translating as ‘from Cyprus’ or ‘Cypriot’), this cultivar is commonplace across the island – and is the reason your grandmother’s home-made olive oil tastes so good! – but rarely used in commercial production, Hasan explains. “Other local companies use various other varietals of olives for a number of reasons, mostly economic. But, although Kypriaki may not be as financially rewarding as other varietals, it actually produces what we believe to be the finest olive oil the world…”According to Hasan, the Kypriaki olives create an oil which “starts with a fresh, meadow-like taste that fills the lungs, and tastes rich and spicy to the palate. There’s a matchless taste to Kypriaki olive oil; most olive oils are one note – but Kypriaki is a taste explosion, a crescendo of rising and falling notes.”With the freshest hand-picked olives edited by an olive sommelier, the brand is controlled from tree to table to ensure no toxic chemicals or bruised olives make the cut. At the moment, the farms involved are located in the Morphou and Larnaca regions, though this will expand by October (the start of the next olive season) when over 40 farmers both north and south of the border have been chosen to participate in the bicommunal venture. Exactly half of the olives used in production come from the north, and half from the south – 800 kilos per side. “In essence, we’re bottling the taste of Cyprus!” Hasan smiles.Cold-pressing (which ensures the olives are never exposed to more than 25 degrees of heat, thus keeping the vitamins, antioxidants and polyphenols intact and retaining the taste profile) takes place at a mill in Limassol, and the oil is bottled at a Nicosia facility belonging to an expert horticulturalist. In fact, Hasan reveals, the only real difficulty thus far has been getting that first shipment across the border…With official permission (following four months of intense lobbying) secured, “We picked up the shipment and drove to the nearest crossing, to be told the olives could only pass the Nicosia checkpoint. So off we went to the capital, where we were informed that only clean olives “ – those with no twigs or leaves – “could pass. Well, when you’re creating extra virgin olive oil, the olives must go from tree to mill within 48 hours, so I called in my entire family to help!” laughs Hasan. Cousins, uncles, even his 92-year-old grandmother worked through the night to clean the olives, and the shipment reached the press in the nick of time!Stored in nitrogen to retain the quality of taste, Colive Oil is bottled, sealed and sent within the week. As a largely e-commerce venture (though selected delis and restaurants will also carry the product), the oil can be sent anywhere in the world within days – bringing an almost immediate taste of Cyprus to those who long for home. Subscription packages (one bottle a month for a year), retail bottles and the signature edition will all soon be available at a cost of between €15 and €30, and an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to further the venture will launch in November.In the meantime, two local chefs (one from each side of the divide) are creating recipes using Colive Oil and demonstrating its use at various location round Cyprus, helping to promote peace through their use of this island product. “We look on this as a Cypriot product, not a bicommunal venture,” Hasan explains. “Our tagline is taste without limits which, obviously, has a double meaning. Nothing divides the actual land other than manmade designations. The trees don’t care if they were planted by Ottomans, Lusignans, British or Cypriots,” Hasan laughs, “and so we assume there are no borders in Cyprus, and work on the premise that if we can respect each other enough to share resources then we can coexist in peace. A peaceful Cyprus is not something on paper written by politicians,” he concludes, “it’s about coexisting from the basis of a united, peaceful island. Whatever peace looks like, we have to cooperate. We have to Co-live! Colive Oil will be available from the end of August at the Home for Cooperation, and from November online. 10 per cent of profits will go to bicommunal ventures. For more information, visit https://coliveoil.com/ or the Facebook page ‘Colive Oil’ You May LiketalThe most spectacular underwater hotels in the worldtalUndoFinsFeed20 Rarely Seen Historical Photos UncoveredFinsFeedUndoMy Daily DiscoveryThis Summer Thieves Can’t Steal Your Stuff If You Use ThisMy Daily DiscoveryUndo Urgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoBale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more